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European Explorer

plus Greek Island Cruising

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The one that unearths 18 countries in 35 unbelievable days, topped off by a Greek Island cruise

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  • Duration

    34 days

  • Countries

    18 Countries

  • Meals

    34 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 13 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Cruise Ship

  • Group Size

    Maximum 53 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team, Captain and Crew and Local Guides

London, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Athens, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Meteora, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Plitvice, Ljubljana, Austrian Tyrol, Munich, Lucerne, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, Beaujolais, Dover, Calais, Fontainebleau, Monaco, Verona, Pisa, Vatican City, Capri, Pompeii, Bari, Corinth Canal, Kusadasi, Crete, Budva, Lake Bled, Liechtenstein, Edam, Belgium

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About this trip

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 sailing around the islands of Greece 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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  • plus Greek Island Cruising

    Option 1

  • plus Mykonos Island

    Option 2

    On this version of the trip you'll stay at Mykonos Island for 4 days instead of exploring the Greek Islands on a cruise ship

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
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Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. via via

    Fontainebleau

  6. 1 1 night

    Beaujolais

  7. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  8. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  9. via via

    Monaco

  10. via via

    Verona

  11. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  12. 1 1 night

    Florence

  13. via via

    Pisa

  14. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  15. via via

    Vatican City

  16. via via

    Capri

  17. 1 1 night

    Sorrento

  18. via via

    Pompeii

  19. via via

    Bari

  20. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  21. via via

    Corinth Canal

  22. 1 1 night

    Athens

  23. 1 1 night

    Mykonos

  24. via via

    Kusadasi

  25. 1 1 night

    Patmos

  26. 1 1 night

    Rhodes

  27. via via

    Crete

  28. 1 1 night

    Santorini

  29. 1 1 night

    Athens

  30. 1 1 night

    Tirana

  31. via via

    Budva

  32. 2 2 nights

    Dubrovnik

  33. 1 1 night

    Plitvice

  34. 1 1 night

    Ljubljana

  35. via via

    Lake Bled

  36. 2 2 nights

    Austrian Tyrol

  37. 1 1 night

    Munich

  38. via via

    Liechtenstein

  39. 2 2 nights

    Lucerne

  40. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  41. via via

    Edam

  42. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  43. via via

    Belgium

  44. via via

    Calais

  45. via via

    Dover

  46. London

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DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Welcome to the first day of the best time of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights. 

Dover

A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on your trip. 

Calais

After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I while driving past ancient battlefields in the Valley of the Somme.

Paris

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with tickets to the observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower.

Stay

Ibis Hotel Porte d'Orleans (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

It's time to stroll the dreamy streets of Paris - and we'll start with a morning visit to Montmatre's cobbled street, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Then there's plenty of time to lust over haute couture you can't afford, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with VIP seats and dinner at the iconic cabaret show and dinner - make this a night to remember in the city of lights.

Stay

Ibis Hotel Porte d'Orleans (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a French Perfumery in Paris to learn about the secrets of the perfume trade through an olfactory journey

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne and eat traditional French food

    EUR 124.00

DAY 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region via Fontainebleau

Paris

Farewell French capital! We're off in search of charming countryside & legit, straight from the source vino.

Fontainebleau

With its medieval stature and grand surrounding ponds, Château Fontainebleau will take your breath away. We'll amble around the gardens then recommence our scenic journey to Beaujolais.

Beaujolais

Tonight's the night we camp out at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. We say "camp" - LOL. This might be the most royal experience of your life. Wine tasting at the Château’s working winery is just one of the ways we'll kill time while we're here.   

Stay

Contiki Chateau (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau

  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château

  • See Château Fontainebleau, the ancient castle once occupied by Napoleon

DAY 4 - Lyon to Barcelona

Lyon

It's Spain day - eeekkkk!!!! Out of Lyon & through the Pyrénées mountains in search of Barcelona - that's today's plan of attack. 

Barcelona

Year-round and Monday to Sunday, Barcelona is a hive of festive activities. Start making the most of our time here by exploring the city, being sure to devour enough sangria and tapas to see your heart content. 

Stay

Park Putxet (or similar)

DAY 5 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Sample some paella, and take an unmissable wander through the colourful gardens of Parc Güell for a look at the architecture that has helped put this city on the map. Beach lovers could head to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea - the day is yours to do with as you please.

Barcelona

Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, Montjuic hilltop vistas, & wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection. There's plenty of free time to roam free or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea, just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun. 
 

Stay

Park Putxet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with dinner

    EUR 64.00

DAY 6 - Barcelona to French Riviera

Barcelona

Provided you haven't been lured to a full time life of Flamenco dancing, this morning we leave Barcelona with a glamorous Riviera pinned on the map.

French Riviera

You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera. And who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour will be on show as we roll into this glitzy coastal town. Rest well tonight so you're full of beans & looking fresh for our day prancing around the region tomorrow. 

Stay

Kyriad Nice Port (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

DAY 7 - French Riviera including Monaco

French Riviera

Missing an opportunity to see this part of the world up close and personal would be criminal. Speaking of things you shouldn't miss, this region is famous for lavender honey, aioli & rosé wine; all 3 in one meal should be your mission. 

Monaco

A night in glamorous Monaco should complete your day slash life. Get dressed up - we're about to embark on the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. 

French Riviera

After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow. 

 

Stay

Kyriad Nice Port (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco

    EUR 41.00

DAY 8 - French Riviera to Venice via Verona

French Riviera

Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are about to warm us from the inside out. But first, we stock up on legitimate French perfume and discover how these sweet scents are made with a stop at Fragonard perfumery.

Verona

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, a posse of travellers, all alike in excitement, check out the place that inspired Romeo & Juliet. We'll also check out the Roman Arena where other love stories were told. 

Venice

Yes, it's as cute as you imagine. Yes, you'll feel like you're part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are actually hanging out in the gondola clad floating city of Venice! And tomorrow it is yours to explore. ..unless you're in need of more excitement tonight. 

Stay

Hotel Garden (or similar)

DAY 9 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

Stay

Hotel Garden (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island of Venice

  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square

  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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 26.00

  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner

    EUR 57.00

DAY 10 - Venice to Florence

Venice

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we're not done with you yet, our next destination Florence is just around the corner.  

Florence

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is more proof that Italy has so many great places packed into one small region. Here you’ll be free to drift along the River Arno, get into the Tuscan vibes with a drop of Chianti wine, visit the markets and taste the local gelato, and admire the beauty of the city and its magnificent Duomo Cathedral. Take it all in! Tonight you’ll have the chance to sign up for a delicious Tuscan dinner, visit the historic Red Garter bar or enjoy a free evening.

Stay

The Gate Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo and learn how to make risotto overlooking the Tuscan Hills

    EUR 49.00

DAY 11 - Florence to Rome via Pisa

Florence

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas … we're coming in hot. 

Pisa

As if we were going to leg it to Rome without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal. 

Rome

After our drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner

    EUR 50.00

DAY 12 - Rome

Rome

This morning we're up and out early to make the most of our chance to explore this ancient city. Starting with a visit to the world's smallest country, Vatican City.

Vatican City

When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine. This is also the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring.

Rome

Back in Rome, we'll have time to hit the streets and discover the incredible ancient civilisation on our doorstep. You can opt to take a tour of the famous Colosseum and walk in the footsteps of Emperors and Gladiators in a guided tour, or snap epic selfies against a background of pink azaleas by the entrance. Visit the Trevi Fountain and throw coins to make a wish, sip espresso in a cobbled backstreet and soak up Italian life as it dances by.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See a gob-smacking renaissance masterpiece: St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 45.00

  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and the art of the Vatican Museums

    EUR 41.00

DAY 13 - Rome to Sorrento via Capri

Rome

One more destination is left to cement our Italian love affair. And it could be one of the European destinations you've been lusting over the most. 

Capri

…the island of Capri! We'll sail over the Tyrrhenian Sea taking in the glorious waters and majestic beauty of coastal Italy. Once on Isle of Capri, you can roam the hillside town of Anacapri, sip too many cups of coffee, and marvel at how the cliffs meet the sea.

Sorrento

"So so so so in love with Sorrento" are about the only words you'll muster up today as you sit seaside in the #InstaFamous town of beauty. Back on the mainland we will toast our time in Italy and begin discussing our fanciful ideas about what Greece has in store. And we'll do this over a dashing sunset and a Bay of Naples Feast for those who opt in.  

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only)

    EUR 28.00

  • Indulge in local delicacies as you enjoy a homemade feast prepared by the Marciano family in Sorrento (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 28.00

DAY 14 - Sorrento to Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Sorrento

Arrivederci Italy! You've been real. And the next few days have a lot to live up to. Luckily, with Greece on the horizon, we're in pretty safe hands. 
 

Pompeii

After less than an hour gazing lovingly out of our windows at the Italian countryside, it will be time for a stop. Here in the ancient city of Pompeii you will have the chance to partake in a guided walking tour taking through Roman city remains.

Bari

After taking in the rugged beauty of the boot's south, we board our overnight ferry to Greece. Don't be ashamed if you need to wipe away a tear or two as we plough through the Ionian Sea watching Italy get smaller.

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Stay

Overnight ferry

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 15 - Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Athens via Corinth Canal

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Bounce out of your ocean bed - we're pulling up in Greece! 

Corinth Canal

The awe of Greece's mainland will begin shortly after our arrival as we catch a glimpse of Corinth Canal. This manmade passageway squeezes boats through its path, sandwiched by two steep cliffs and sitting over gloriously blue ocean.

Athens

A collage of ancient wonders and modern magnificence, the allure of Athens is hard to dismiss. Choose to sample traditional Greek food with an optional dinner and then make the most of the night with your friends in this ancient city.

Stay

President Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on authentic Greek dishes and see traditional Greek dancing in the heart of Athens' historic Plaka district

    EUR 40.00

DAY 16 - Athens to Mykonos

Athens

Alright sailors it's time to hit the sea! We'll board a Greek ship and head straight for the crisp white isle of Mykonos. 

Mykonos

Jetsetters and backpackers alike are drawn to this pristine, has-it-all island. Drift off under a beach cabana, snack on olives & tzatziki in a cute cafe, or stroll the white-washed lanes of the Old Town. Tonight you could head out for a few drinks in Little Venice, this quintisential waterside spot is famous the world over, so why not tick that off your list. Back on the boat we'll sleep knowing that you'll be waking up in Turkey.  

Stay

Sailing

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the traditional Cycladic buildings of Mykonos town

DAY 17 - Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi

Mykonos

 As you doze, we'll depart Mykonos and drift across the Aegean Sea towards our next stop - Kusadasi!

Kusadasi

Rise and shine globe trotters, our captain has kindly escorted us to Turkey! Here in the port town of Kusadasi you can rummage for treasures in the local bazaar and take a trip to Ephesus, the holiday hangout of Mark Antony and Cleopatra where our Local Guide will turn back the clock. Simply incredible, this ancient Roman town is packed full of ruins, and stories galore. Keep an eye out for the two story library, (yes, the ancient people were ahead of the times even way back when).

Patmos

Out of Kusadasi we drift on towards the rugged island of Patmos, quaint, known for it's seafood, we'll tell you straight up that the octopus is some of the best you'll ever try. Explore this holy hotspot with an optional excursion to Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites of the 11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and the Grotto of St. John. A must when you're in the area, dating back to 1088 as a protection from pirates! St John's Grotto is up next where part of the bible was written by St John himself. Nothing like a bit of history to keep things interesting. Back on the boat, a sundowner is calling, and maybe some of the ship nightlife before we wake up in Rhodes. 

Stay

Sailing

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

  • Visit ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse

    EUR 67.00

DAY 18 - Patmos to Rhodes

Patmos

Today we take to the mixed bag of Rhodes, influenced by its edging on Europe, Africa and Asia. Shop up a storm of leather, silver, olive oil and honey or uncover Acropolis of Lindos & the walls of Rhode’s medieval town centre on an optional tour with a Local Guide. If sand, swims and sunshine are calling you then Elli Beach might be calling your name, so grab a sunbed and get horizonal and people watch.  Beaches, local wine & fresh seafood - your life is complete. 

Rhodes

Stay

Sailing

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the fortified town of Rhodes

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

    Euro 74.00

DAY 19 - Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Rhodes

We say goodbye to Rhodes and all it's ancient history as we cruise to our next destination, the iconic isle of Santorini.

Crete

Some may say we've saved the best 'til last, with Crete and Santorini marking our final full day. Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands & home to the 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace. Catch some sleep or explore it all morning with the option of exploring the Place of Knossos. As a quick 101, it's the home to the legend of the Minotaur, a half man half bull which lived in a labyrinth and was slayed by Theseus. A great way to look into days gone by, and we're talking 2000BC. With this fast and furious morning ticked, we head off to our next paradise found.

Santorini

Get a belt handy - you're going to need to strap that jaw up off the floor as the island of Santorini slowly becomes a reality. Those iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches are enough to bring a tear to the eye. Set on a caldera, or old volcano, Santorini is literally towering over the landscape. And the best way to get the sheer scale of it all is by boat, and lucky for you sweet traveller, we give you the chance to do just that! Make sure your phone is on full charge, as an Instagram upload is a must tonight. 

Stay

Sailing

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Heraklion town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization

    Euro 74.00

DAY 20 - Santorini to Athens

Santorini

Wave goodbye to the picture perfect Santorini, it's time to cruise across the Aegean to Athens and continue our adventure across the best spots in Europe. 

Athens

Loaded up on sunshine, we'll rejoin the rest of the crew on the mainland as we cruise back into Athens today. We'll reconnect over a free evening tonight and swap stories of our Greek Island escapades.

Stay

President Hotel (or similar)

DAY - Athens to Meteora

Athens

Back on the coach and bound for the border, we have one more stop to complete before we say goodbye to Greece.

Meteora

Here in Meteora, we'll be greeted by the spectacular site of six clifftop monasteries built on gigantic natural stone pillars. You'll have the chance to take an optional guided tour of thid UNESCO World Heritage site, or use the time to explore your own way before we settle in for an included dinner and our stay here for the night.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided Tour of Monasteries

DAY 21 - Meteora to Tirana

Meteora

Rolling across the border to Albania, we'll stop for sweeping views across Lake Ohrid before cruising into Tirana, the capital city.

Tirana

Soviet-era buildings meet modern culture, with rainbow-coloured concrete buildings, lush woodland parks, and 'Peace Bell' built with old cartridge shells. We'll begin with an orientation of Tirana and a free evening to explore the city's nightlife and hip bars.

Stay

AS Tirana Hotel (or similar)

DAY 22 - Tirana to Dubrovnik via Budva

Tirana

Obscure off the beaten track capitals one day, trusted favourite cities the next. Such is the beauty of a see it all trip! Goodbye Tirana, we have Dubrovnik on top of the deck. 

Budva

We're making a stop in this coastal heaven before Dubrovnik. A 2,500 year old town famous for its beautiful beaches and its cobbled stone roads. A coffee maybe before we make our way to Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik

...we make our way to Croatia. The spectacular seaside fortress town of Dubrovnik, also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, is yours to explore for the evening - not forgetting it has an enviable party scene. 

Stay

Hotel Adria (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik from the water and spend the afternoon island hopping with swim stops

DAY 23 - Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

The city of Dubrovnik is so much more than just a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Game of Thrones location - not that either of those claims to fame are even mildly mediocre. After you've been guided around the city with intricate detail you'll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and indulge 'til your heart's content. If that's not enough, a boat cruise and some island hoping can be dished up for your afternoon pleasure. 

Stay

Hotel Adria (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a locally walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal

    EUR 39.00

DAY 24 - Dubrovnik to Plitvice

Dubrovnik

Hitting the road for Plitviče, today we're off in search of the cascading teal pools at Plitviče Lakes.

Plitvice

Guided by pretty wooden walkways amd surrounded by lush forest, we'll explore the 16 sparkling turquoise terraced lakes connected by cascading waterfalls that make up the UNESCO World Heritage site of Plitviče. It may be known through Croatia for its spectacular beauty, but why this place is not famous world over as one of the prettiest places in Europe, we have no idea. This evening we'll enjoy an included dinner at our accomodation on the edge of the National Park here at Plitviče.

Stay

Hotel Big House Plitvika Jezera (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park

DAY 25 - Plitvice to Ljubljana

Plitvice

Feeling zen after all those waterfalls, we'll make our way over the border with a scenic drive from Croatia to Slovenia.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana awaits us with a curving river, outdoor cafe culture and green spaces that make it one of Europe's most liveable capitals. We'll explore with a city orientation, then this evening foodies will have the chance to opt in for a Bitemojo experience to taste the best of the city's culinary hotspots.

Stay

B&B Hotel Ljubljana Park (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a walking tour

DAY 26 - Ljubljana to Austrian Tyrol via Lake Bled

Ljubljana

Saying so long to Ljubljana, we'll stop to admire Lake Bled – a picture-perfect spot and European must-see to complete our visit to Slovenia. 

Lake Bled

Surrounded by thick forest and ringed by snow capped mountains, beautiful Lake Bled is like something straight out of a fairy tale. Take a leisurely cruise on its sparkling emerald waters, visit picturesque Bled Island and take a hike to Bled Castle, an ancient fortification whose precipitous cliffside location offers stunning views over the lake and the surrounding countryside.

Austrian Tyrol

Here in the Austrian Tyrol we'll rest up in a Contiki Special Stay, a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that's waiting for us with open arms. With so much fresh air to breathe in outside, explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon. This is the perfect cosy retreat to swap stories with your crew while tucking into authentic Austrian food and local beer prepared on site and served by our Contiki chefs and bar staff.

Stay

Contiki Haus Schöneck

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit picture perfect Lake Bled and take a walk around the scenic lake, framed by the Julian Alps

DAY 27 - Austrian Tyrol

Austrian Tyrol

Wake up, glide open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view...and your life in general. If you're feeling lively you can jump onto a bike tour through green mountains and waterfalls, followed by a BBQ lunch. If you're feeling really lively you can go tandem paragliding. Not so lively? Stroll around and take in the incredible setting, drink endless hot chocolate, and settle in for another included dinner tonight at Haus Schöneck.

Stay

Contiki Haus Schöneck

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Special Stay Contiki's Austrian Gasthof

  • Dinner of traditional Austrian food prepared by Contiki Chefs

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bike along the vibrant green trails of the Austrian Alps followed by a BBQ at our Gasthof (Summer Only)

    EUR 33.00

  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only)

    EUR 132.00

DAY 28 - Austrian Tyrol to Munich

Austrian Tyrol

Another day, another chance to get into the swing of things with some of the adventure activites this town is famous for. Opt for Whitewater rating in the breathtaking Austrian Alps, or sign up for a cycle tour through the green rolling hills. Tonight you have a free evening to unwind at the local Hofbrauhaus.

Munich

A city famous the world over for its annual beer festival is a city we need to know about. And luckily enough, it's Bavarian culture is a year round attraction. You can explore the side streets of Munich on an optional bike tour, or go it on your own and see what you stumble upon. 
 

 

Stay

NH Munich Ost (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only)

    EUR 50.00

  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes (Summer Only)

    EUR 22.50

DAY 29 - Munich to Lucerne via Lichtenstein

Munich

Although we're checking out of Munich today, this is not the last Germany has seen of us. We will reunite with this fine country after a gratifying stint in the mountains of Switzerland. 

Liechtenstein

3 countries in one day - squeal!!! Although just a tiny dot on the map, Liechtenstein is an economically and geographically incredible place, known for its stunning mountain castles. We'll enjoy lunch in its capital, Vaduz, before continuing our journey to Switzerland.

Lucerne

Swans float under wooden bridges, snowcapped mountains stand regally behind us, & chocolate tastes like heaven on earth. You're in the Swiss Alps & you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Eeek!!! Don't forget to take your squeals to the next level with an excursion to the heights of Mt. Pilatus. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

DAY 30 - Lucerne

Lucerne

There's no reason why today can't be wasted strolling these beautiful streets or sitting in a coffee shop pondering mountain life. And consuming chocolate - that's perfectly acceptable too. However! Those wanting to spice up their day can take an optional river cruise, sign up for a Stadtkeller lunch and admire the Lion Monument and Wooden Chapel Bridge. Spoilt for choice much?

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument in Lucerne

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps

    EUR 25.00

  • Breathe in fresh alpine air as you ascend Mt. Pilatus for spectacular views of the Swiss Alps

    EUR 54.00

  • Swiss Fondue Lunch & Show (Show operates summer only)

    EUR 43.00

DAY 31 - Lucerne to Rhine Valley

Lucerne

Out with the altitude, in with the brand new country. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting into beer and wine territory in the castle dotted landscapes of the Rhine Valley. 

Rhine Valley

After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you'll be charmed by Germany's famous Rhine Valley before we even arrive. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening - hello! We'll also learn how beer steins are crafted, take a river cruise, & admire a steep slate rock known as Lorelei.

Stay

Hotel Montag (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

  • Scenic Rhine River Cruise

  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley

    EUR 9.00

DAY 32 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam

Rhine Valley

This morning we'll drag you all away from Germany kicking and screaming that you want to stay forever. Only to see you equally infatuated with another dot on the European map hours later..

Edam

You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside to see windmills & picturesque Dutch houses on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house. 

Amsterdam

Flashing red lights, pretty canals, crooked buildings, cafes bursting with pizza + chocolate + French fries. Amsterdam is all that and way too many bags of chips.

Stay

Ibis City South (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam

  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

DAY 33 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

It's our last full day on trip & our last night to party up a storm with the squad. Use the day to explore quirky museums & sample the endless array of cuisines this city has on offer. 
 

Stay

Ibis City South (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on a seafood or steak dinner in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam

    EUR 39.00

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

  • See Amsterdam from a unique perspective as you bungy jump off a crane

    EUR 85.00

DAY 34 - Depart Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.

Belgium

For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.

Calais

Dover

London

This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.

Top Experiences

38 included & 32 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Barcelona

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

    Included

    Barcelona

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

    Included

    Monaco

  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner

    EUR 57.00

    Venice

European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising

38 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
  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais Vineyards
  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau
  • Wine Tasting at Contiki's Chateau
  • 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 Cote d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • 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 ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean
  • See the fortified town of Rhodes
  • Visit Heraklion Town
  • See UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik from the water and spend the afternoon island hopping with swim stops
  • Take a locally walking tour through Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed old town and spot GoT filming locations
  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park
  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a walking tour
  • Visit picture perfect Lake Bled and take a walk around the scenic lake, framed by the Julian Alps
  • Special Stay Contiki's Austrian Gasthof
  • Dinner of traditional Austrian food prepared by Contiki Chefs
  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic Rhine 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

32 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show EUR 124.00
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner EUR 64.00
  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco EUR 41.00
  • 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 26.00
  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner EUR 57.00
  • 'Montebuoni' Tuscan Dinner EUR 49.00
  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner EUR 50.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 45.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only) EUR 28.00
  • Indulge in local delicacies as you enjoy a homemade feast prepared by the Marciano family in Sorrento (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 28.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • A Traditional Athens Affair 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 including crater hike and hot springs EUR 50.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs EUR 50.00
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization Euro 74.00
  • Guided Tour of Monasteries
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 39.00
  • Bike along the vibrant green trails of the Austrian Alps followed by a BBQ at our Gasthof (Summer Only) EUR 33.00
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 132.00
  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only) EUR 50.00
  • 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 25.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Stadtkeller Lunch EUR 43.00
  • 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 39.00
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 30.00
  • See Amsterdam from a unique perspective as you bungy jump off a crane EUR 85.00

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