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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising

(From April 2020)

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The one that unearths 19 countries in 33 unbelievable days, topped off by a Greek Island cruise

Duration
33 Days
Countries
18 Countries

Visiting London, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Athens, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Preveza, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Vienna, Munich, Lucerne, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Fontainebleau, Monaco, Verona, Pisa, Vatican City, Capri, Pompeii, Bari, Corinth Canal, Kusadasi, Crete, Budva, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Split, Mauthausen, Liechtenstein, Edam, Belgium

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Cruise Ship

Highlights

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

32 nights accommodation

25 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Adriatic Ferry, 4 nights in Cruise ship, 2 nights in Feature Hotel

For 28 nights, you'll be snoozing in twin or triple-share hotel rooms in central city locations. Four nights will be spent aboard a cruise ship, and one on a ferry.

47 Meals

11 Dinner, 32 Breakfast, 4 Lunch

Just you wait! In addition to breakfast every day, we'll be providing 4 tasty lunches and 16 dinners for your dining pleasure. Think plates piled high with paella and pintxos in Spain, seafood fresh from the ocean in Greece and all the Italian pasta you can slurp.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver, Captain and Crew 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. A Captain & Crew for the Cruise portion of your trip. 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. For the Cruise portion of this trip, you'll jump on board a Cruise ship run by a trusted Contiki partner.

Experiences

46 included, 26 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Visit 16th century fortified city walls & GoT filming locations with a magical guided tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia
- See the dreamy Cycladic-style houses of Mykonos Old Town
- Discover the charming heart of Munich in a guided walking tour past cheese markets & beer halls
- Cruise around dramatic Italian coastline for a day trip to the enchanting Isle of Capri
- Join an evening of traditional Greek cuisine & plate-smashing in rustic Plaka, Athens*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
A couple of weeks holidaying isn't your style. You're coming to Europe and you're here to do the whole kit & caboodle with a few days on a Greek Island in between. We salute you! Albania, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland … just listing the countries on this trip is more than we have time for. 

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

Paris

See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris

Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

Barcelona

Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

EUR 64.00

Barcelona

Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa

EUR 41.00

Florence

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

EUR 36.00

Rome

European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising (From April 2020)

46 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Montparnasse Visit
  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards
  • See Château Fontainebleau, the ancient castle once occupied by Napoleon
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)
  • 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
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See a gob-smacking renaissance masterpiece: St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand
  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town
  • See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos
  • Visit Kusadasi's local bazaar
  • Tour of Ephesus
  • See the fortified town of Rhodes
  • Visit Heraklion town
  • Scenic drive along the Adriatic coast
  • Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations
  • Take a walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations
  • See one of the world's best preserved Roman buildings: Diocletian's Palace, Split
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Visit a traditional beer hall
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp
  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • View the Lion Monument
  • Visit the riverside town St. Goar
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic River Cruise
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam

26 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 84.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 64.00
  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco EUR 36.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by sumptuous seafood dinner EUR 50.00
  • Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 36.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 35.00
  • Bay of Naples Feast EUR 37.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Feast on traditional Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dances in the Plaka district of Athens EUR 40.00
  • Religious Visit to St Johns Monastery Grotto of Apocalypse EUR 67.00
  • Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights Euro 74.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise EUR 50.00
  • Santorini Highlights & volcano tour EUR 50.00
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization Euro 74.00
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 37.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert EUR 32.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps EUR 24.00
  • Swiss Fondue Lunch EUR 38.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 52.00
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Feast on a seafood or steak dinner in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam EUR 38.00
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 31.50

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
2
2 nights
Paris
via
via
Fontainebleau
1
1 night
Lyon
2
2 nights
Barcelona
2
2 nights
French Riviera
via
via
Monaco
via
via
Verona
2
2 nights
Venice
1
1 night
Florence
via
via
Pisa
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
via
via
Capri
1
1 night
Sorrento
via
via
Pompeii
via
via
Bari
1
1 night
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
via
via
Corinth Canal
1
1 night
Athens
1
1 night
Mykonos
via
via
Kusadasi
1
1 night
Patmos
1
1 night
Rhodes
via
via
Crete
1
1 night
Santorini
1
1 night
Preveza
1
1 night
Tirana
via
via
Budva
2
2 nights
Dubrovnik
via
via
Bosnia & Herzegovina
via
via
Split
1
1 night
Zadar
2
2 nights
Vienna
via
via
Mauthausen
1
1 night
Munich
via
via
Liechtenstein
2
2 nights
Lucerne
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 in all places except Greece, 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.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

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