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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising

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

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    33 days

  • Countries

    18 Countries

  • Meals

    32 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 10 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Cruise Ship

  • Group Size

    Average 42 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, 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

Top Experiences

45 included & 29 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

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

    Florence

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

    EUR 50.00

    Rome

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

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising

45 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
  • Montparnasse Tower Visit
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • 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
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • 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
  • Visit ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean
  • 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
  • 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

29 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 23.00
  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by sumptuous seafood dinner EUR 57.00
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 46.00
  • 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 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Bay of Naples Feast EUR 41.00
  • Capri Cruise 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
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 39.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert EUR 32.50
  • 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

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 32 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    27 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Adriatic Ferry, 4 nights in Cruise ship

    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.

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 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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

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

    Lyon

  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

    Preveza

  30. 1 1 night

    Tirana

  31. via via

    Budva

  32. 2 2 nights

    Dubrovnik

  33. via via

    Bosnia & Herzegovina

  34. via via

    Split

  35. 1 1 night

    Zadar

  36. 2 2 nights

    Vienna

  37. via via

    Mauthausen

  38. 1 1 night

    Munich

  39. via via

    Liechtenstein

  40. 2 2 nights

    Lucerne

  41. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  42. via via

    Edam

  43. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  44. via via

    Belgium

  45. via via

    Calais

  46. via via

    Dover

  47. London

+37 more

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

  • Montparnasse Tower Visit

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show

    EUR 124.00

DAY 3 - Paris to Lyon 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.

Lyon

After rolling past pretty French vistas we'll pull up at Lyon where a charming Old Town is calling our names. This is the second largest city in France, making it the perfect place to cool down after the excitement of Paris.   

Stay

B&B Hotel Lyon Ouest Tassin (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards

  • 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

  • Flamenco Show 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)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

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

  • 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

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 23.00

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

    EUR 57.00

DAY 10 - Venice to Florence

Venice

Venice we love you, but we need to see a bit more of this boot to satisfy our hungry wanderlust ways. Florence we are on our way!  

Florence

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. Our local guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art. With bargains and bustle, the city’s markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city. Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the pretty Tuscan country setting.

Stay

The Gate Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

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

  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

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

Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient 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

Then hit the streets for your own discoveries. Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float 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 41.00

  • Vatican Tour

    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

  • Bay of Naples Feast

    EUR 41.00

  • Capri Cruise

    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

   

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 Kusadasi's local bazaar

  • 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 Preveza via Athens

Santorini

Rejoin the rest of the Squad in Athens and continue our amazing adventures for another 2 weeks!

Preveza

Back on the mainland we find ourselves taking a journey across the Peloponnese in search of the friendly fishing village of Preveza. Here we will relish in our final Greek evening before we take to the Adriatic coastline for more mind-blowing European beauties. 

Stay

Maragarona Hotel (or similar)

DAY 21 - Preveza to Tirana

Preveza

Pack your bags and grab your last Greek breakfast feast. This morning we're hitting a very pretty road and heading to Albania!

Tirana

After a weave along the dramatic Adriatic Coast we find Albania’s colourful capital. Congratulations, wander folk! You are ticking off Tirana at precisely the right time. Rapidly changing and slowly being recognised for its unique blend - a Communist, Italian and Ottoman heritage with a foot stepped firmly in the modern world. And not yet overrun by tourists, you can explore  with a bit of space at your side.

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

  • Scenic drive along the Adriatic coast

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 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 Zadar

Dubrovnik

Saying goodbye to Dubrovnik isn't too tough this morning given we're heading to Zadar and taking the scenic route past crystal clear waters and the scattering of green islands that make up the Dalmatian Coast. Many whimsical thoughts coming right up. 

Bosnia & Herzegovina

With quick cruise through Bosnia & Herzegonvina, it's on to the next stop.

Split

We can't tease you the whole way to Zadar - a stunning stop off in Split is 100% necessary. Wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre, gob-smacked by the sheer talent of those way back when Romans.  220 buildings and a huge cathedral will be enough to make your head spin. 

Zadar

Medieval churches and marble streets mark our evening in Zadar. Take a dip by the steps of the manmade masterpiece of Sea Organ, or head out to enjoy the buzzing nightlife of this student town bursting with bars and cafés.

Stay

Porto Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See one of the world's best preserved Roman buildings: Diocletian's Palace, Split

DAY 25 - Zadar to Vienna

Zadar

Today Croatia becomes but a beautiful memory as we leave Zadar and head towards Austria. The journey will be prettied by Paklenica National Park and the stunning countryside of Slovenia.

Vienna

Austria, we have arrived! Strudel town, we are ready! Though given tomorrow's day is jam-packed with everything that's so wonderful about Vienna ,you may wish to lay low tonight and save yourself for what sits ahead. 

Stay

Ibis Wien Mariahilf Hotel (or similar)

DAY 26 - Vienna

Vienna

A whole day lies ahead to uncover the ethereal Austrian capital. Our Trip Manager will uncover the historical heritage of Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You will also be swimming in plenty of free time to saunter around art galleries and laze away hours in local coffee houses. A Mozart and Strauss concert will prove the perfect introduction for those feeling cultured and curious. 

Stay

Ibis Wien Mariahilf Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House

  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert

    EUR 32.50

DAY 27 - Vienna to Munich via Mauthausen

Vienna

Vielen dank, Vienna! We are officially in love with everything you are. We'd stay for another strudel but we've heard about the beer culture in Munich and we're a little bit intrigued... 

Mauthausen

Before we arrive in mighty Munich, we make a sobering stop at Mauthausen Concentration Camp memorial to remember Germany's turbulent past. 

Munich

Even when Oktoberfest isn't in full swing, Munich is a treasure trove of Bavarian cultural experiences. After exploring the Old Town and seeing the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz, throw your feet up in a traditional beer hall, downing roasted pork knuckle & a stein of one of Germany’s 5000 brews.

Stay

NH Munich Ost (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

  • Visit a traditional beer hall

  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp Austria

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 22.50

DAY 28 - 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 29 - 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 in Lucerne

  • View the Lion Monument

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 25.00

  • Swiss Mountain

    EUR 54.00

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

    EUR 43.00

DAY 30 - 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

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 9.00

DAY 31 - 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 32 - 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 33 - 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

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).