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European Experience

4.6
164 reviews
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1542eurs2019
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The one that visits Europe’s major cities over 3 weeks, including a stay in the Contiki chateau

Duration
21 Days
Countries
11 Countries

Visiting London, Paris, Beaujolais, French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice, Austrian Tyrol, Munich, Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Fontainebleau, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City, Dachau, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Edam, Belgium

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Sample Champagne & Escargot
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • Only $200 deposit to secure your spot today
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What's included?

20 nights accommodation

5 nights in Hotel, 6 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 6 nights in Contiki Village, 3 nights in Hostel

At night, we'll be kicking back in some of the coolest accommodation options you'll ever encounter. Spend 2 nights in Contiki's very own French Château, another 2 in our Austrian Gasthof, 2 more in our Swiss Chalet, 6 in our cosy village cabins, 3 in funky hostels and 4 in hotels.

32 Meals

12 Dinner, 19 Breakfast, 1 Picnic Lunch

This culinary tour of Europe will awaken taste buds you didn't even know existed. Slurp on snails in France and twirl spaghetti on the cobbled streets of Italy. Breakfast is included every day, and you'll also be treated to 1 picnic lunch and 12 scrumptious dinners on us.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

34 included, 18 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Sample escargot in Paris, washed down with a glass of French champagne
- See Rome's most iconic spots on a Special Access tour, including the Colosseum & Trevi Fountain 
- Step into Vatican City & admire Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece with a local guide*
- Cruise through the canals & islands of Venice in a private motoscaffo
- Catch a cog train up to the top of Jungfrau mountain in the breathtaking Swiss Alps*
- Cycle past a Dutch windmills & tulip fields in a visit to a Dutch cheese farm 

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
A scenic roadtrip peppered by charming cities & iconic sites, you're onboard the European Experience. The perfect midpoint for those feeling unsure about how much time they have and what their budget is. Questions that will be long behind you when you're sipping vino at Contiki's Château & boating through the canals of Venice.

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European Experience

34 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Sample Champagne & Escargot
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau
  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château
  • Visit Château Fontainebleau, the ancient castle once occupied by Napoleon
  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region
  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga and a glass of wine!
  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Aperol Spritz making at our Italian Cocktails Class
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Dachau Concentration Camp
  • Scenic drive through the Alps
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam

18 Free Time Add-Ons

The things that worth to be done on this trip

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 107.00
  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo overlooking the Tuscan Hills EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 39.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 32.00
  • Trip t-shirts EUR 21.00 - 32.00
  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by sumptuous seafood dinner EUR 50.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only) EUR 50.00
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 130.00
  • Bike along the vibrant green trails of the Austrian Alps followed by a BBQ at our Gasthof (Summer Only) EUR 33.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • Journey to the 'top of the world' as you take a cog train up Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps EUR 142.00
  • Jungfrau Mountain and Ropes Course EUR 178.00
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 24.00
  • Sea Palace Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city EUR 15.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
2
2 nights
Paris
via
via
Fontainebleau
2
2 nights
Beaujolais
via
via
French Riviera
via
via
Monaco
1
1 night
French Riviera
via
via
Pisa
2
2 nights
Florence
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
2
2 nights
Venice
2
2 nights
Austrian Tyrol
via
via
Dachau
1
1 night
Munich
via
via
Liechtenstein
via
via
Lucerne
2
2 nights
Swiss Alps
via
via
Heidelberg
1
1 night
Rhine Valley
via
via
Edam
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
via
via
Belgium
via
via
Calais
via
via
Dover
London
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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