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14 nights accommodation
6 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay, 6 nights in Contiki Village, 1 night in Hostel
For 13 epic nights, you’ll rest your bones in some of Europe’s most unique accommodation. Spend a night in Contiki’s very own French Chateau, 4 in our cosy cabins, 5 in comfortable hotels and 3 in funky hostels.
18 included Meals
5 Dinner, 13 Breakfast
Breakfast is on us every day, and you'll also be treated to 5 dinners come night time. Indulge in spaghetti in Italy, sample snails in France and end naughty nights out in Holland with fries drenched in mayo.
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Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
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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.
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Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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20 included, 12 optional that you can add
Picture yourself rubbing shoulders with the high-rollers in a Monte Carlo casino, sample lashings of cheese at a traditional Dutch factory and get a selfie with the world's most awkward lean in Pisa. All this is just a sample of the best bits of each city you'll get to experience.
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With two weeks on the clock, you can't afford to miss a beat. Or miss the European Highlights. The perfect loop from London, it will see you partying in Paris one moment and driving through scenic vineyards the next. Did we mention the French Riviera and Contiki's private chateau?
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DAY 1 - Arrive London
London
Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what’s to come. At 4:00pm meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow travellers.  
DAY 2 - London to Paris
London

Join forces in London & get to know the wolf pack you're about to take on Europe with. We'll hit the road this morning and make tracks for just over three weeks of adventure.

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See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Sample Champagne & Escargot
Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
See the White Cliffs of Dover
Dover

Shortly before we find our ferry for France, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you're learning and we haven't even left the UK!

Calais

Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We will travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, before reaching .... Paris!

Paris

Pop the champagne, dial up the romance, & pass the escargot - we're in Paris, baby! Don't waste a second unpacking, we're going to hit the streets and see how this city comes alive by night. 

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Ibis La Villette Cite des Sciences (or similar)
DAY 3 - Paris
Paris

Drool over haute couture, 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 dinner and the Nouvelle Eve Champagne show. Smitten and it's only day two!

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Parisian Dinner
EUR 36.00
Nouvelle Eve cabaret show
EUR 82.00
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Ibis La Villette Cite des Sciences (or similar)
DAY 4 - 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.

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See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau
Wine tasting at Contiki's Château
See Chateau Fontainebleau
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.   

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Contiki Chateau
DAY 5 - Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera
Beaujolais

Yes, yes, you could stay here forever, but unfortunately the show must go on. And there is more French fabulousness just around the corner, we promise. 

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Visit a French perfumery
French Riviera

Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check out! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Then it's back on the road along the stunning Côte d'Azur.

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Premiere Class Hotel Nice (or similar)
DAY 6 - French Riviera including Moncao
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.

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Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Montecarlo casino
Monaco

A night in glamorous Monaco should complete your day slash life. Don a fancy necklace and pop a plum in your mouth - 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. 

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Premiere Class Hotel Nice (or similar)
DAY 7 - French Riviera to Florence via Pisa
French Riviera

After almost a week in France you'll be full to the brim with all things French and ready for new ground. Italy, perhaps? 

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See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Tuscan Dinner
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Pisa

No trip around Europe is complete without seeing the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you've got that perfect snap of you holding the thing up like you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, we'll be on the fast-track to Florence. 

Florence

The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at a Free Time Add-On dinner - think olives, pastas, focaccia, meats & wine.

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Camping Internazionale (or similar)
DAY 8 - Florence to Rome
Florence

Why flee Florence when we still have some discoveries to make? We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather and eventually hit the road for Rome.

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Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
Rome

And you thought your morning was interesting! The afternoon will really take it up a notch as we uncover Italian icons in the country's capital of Rome as you get a glimpse of its glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfecto!

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Seven Hills Camping (or similar)
DAY 9 - Rome
Rome

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. Espressos and people watching should be high priority. 

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Aperol Spritz making at our Italian Cocktails Class
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Vatican Tour
EUR 35.00
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
EUR 30.00
Rome
In Italy any time is Aperol Spritz time, but there’s definitely no better time than on our last evening in Rome, watching the sun set over the city. Tonight we'll learn how to mix, shake & pour our way to the perfect blend of bitter and bubbly magic in an included Italian Cocktail making class. All the ingredients we need will be supplied to master Italian’s unofficial national drink along with a selection of other Italian classics. One more for the road?
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Seven Hills Camping (or similar)
DAY 10 - Rome to Venice
Rome

We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over...

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Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
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Secrets of Venice walking tour
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Gondola ride
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Venice

Boats, bridges, gondolas; your heart is going to pound. 

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Camping Fusina (or similar)
DAY 11 - Venice to Munich via Austrian Tyrol
Venice

Confident we have ticked off all the Italian essentials, we can now leg it to Germany. After all the sophistication and glamour of France and Italy, a few beers and the chance to wear suspenders will be precisely what we feel like.  

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See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
Scenic Drive Past Vineyards Orchards and Castles
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Mike's Bike Tour
EUR 21.00
Austrian Tyrol
Wind through the Austrian Alps to lively Munich.
Munich

Bavarian culture, a famous Glockenspiel and charm aplenty; Munich doesn't just turn it on during Oktoberfest! Explore peaceful gardens and legendary beer halls or join in the bike tour and explore the side streets you wouldn't usually see. 

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Haus International (or similar)
DAY 12 - Munich to Rhine Valley via Dachau
Munich

In case we weren't already aware how devilishly lucky we are, this morning we're reminded with a sobering step back in time to one of the darkest moments in history. 

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Scenic drive along the Rhine River
Learn how beer steins are crafted
Visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Wine Tasting
EUR 9.00
Dachau

They say that the more you learn about the past, the better prepared you are for the future. And today the past will unfold itself at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. 

Rhine Valley

After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you'll be charmed before we even arrive in Germany's famous Rhine Valley. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening. Squeal!!! 

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Hotel Montag (or similar)
DAY 13 - 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...

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See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house
Edam

You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside squealing at windmills & going hysterical over tulip fields on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house. 

Amsterdam

Pretty canals lined with quaint crooked houses and cafes bursting with life. Amsterdam is all that and way more than what you could ever imagine.

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Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)
DAY 14 - 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. 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Canal Bike
EUR 11.00
Canal Cruise (1 hour)
EUR 24.00
Sea Palace Dinner
EUR 32.00
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Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)
DAY 15 - Depart Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Down your breakfast and wipe away your tears - this is always the worst day of the trip. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am for those leaving us in the canal lined city. 

Belgium
Calais
Dover
London

For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium, then cross into France to Calais where we make our way back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure. 

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Amira
Traveled Dec 2018
10/10! I had the most amazing time and I'm already planning my next Contiki journey with my other half! Joel Desbrow was an amazing trip manager along with Dan our driver, truly amazing people!
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Elizabeth Potts
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What a great way to look at all of the fantastic things that Europe has to offer.
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Sharne Van Nek
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Was disappointing that some of the extras weren't included in initial price like eg. Colosseum.
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Braydon Beck
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One of the best purchases I’ve ever made
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Nathaniel Betzhold
Traveled Oct 2018
Loved every minute of the tour with the great group we had! Looking at another Contiki for sure.
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Jessa Pescuela
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The european highlight is all worth it.
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Anonymous
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Good value for money - accommodation is basic, however you don;t spend much time there anyway. Overall happy with price.
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Anonymous
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It was good. My only concern was that breakfast was included every morning and they didnt cater for dietry requirements.
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It was lots of fun although I didn't realize that two thirds of the trip would be France and Italy. I do with we had been able to see a bit more. Additionally, Rome was quite unpleasant.
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Jack Scanlan
Traveled Oct 2018
See the major highlights in cities visited. A great starter to your travels.
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Dee Grasso
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Value for money! Experience of a lifetime. What more can I say.
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Vinnie
Traveled Sep 2018
I had a really great time mostly because of the people on the trip. I was lucky enough to meet people who were like minded and knew how to party. The cons were the camping accommodations in Italy which were not the greatest and 2/3 campsites were bedbug ridden (Florence and Rome). I had to get up at 3 am and do laundry to make sure they didn’t creep into my backpack. The contiki crew were diligent and paid for my laundry and bed bug cream and switched rooms. The included meals were good 8/10 at times. Overall I had a great time and was v pleased with Dora and miki. I would recommend the trip to my friends with preparing them for the camping sites. Side note: the water pressure was great at all accommodations except Venice and whatever you budget for this trip you will end up going over . The FTA were decent wouldn’t recommend the cabaret show and any of the dinners, better off finding other restaurants on yelp, wine tasting was good. I personally wouldn’t do contiki again but if this is your first Europe Trip, do it up .
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
It was a fantastic trip! I would do it again in a heart beat! Met new friends, and got to see great places!
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Cheston La'Porte
Traveled Sep 2018
It was great but some places the accommodations amenities were not up to scratch. Like 4 places hot water wasn't working but that's all I could fault
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Danielle Lawlor
Traveled Sep 2018
Absolutely unforgettable experience!
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
What can I say. This trip was amazing. You make so many friends in such a short time. You will then consider them one of. Your family. This trip is fast paced and you are able to gain a lot of knowledge from this trip from your amazing tour managers and expert drivers. We on our particular trip had Beck as our tour manager (she was fantastic) and Yogi as our driver (You’ll be amazed at the spaces they are able to fit these buses into). Take part in as many add ons as you can (as long as you’re interested in them) as many of them are super interesting experiences. Be aware not all the meals are going to be fantastic (this is a budget trip after all and is not the managers fault). Know that some of the accomodation is not fancy. But be aware of the accomodation in Italy. Unfortunately a few people on my trip were burdened with Bed Bugs. (Alert your manager asap if you happen to get it to help prevent the spread). Also yes. The contiki cough is a real thing. Don’t take it lightly. If you’re getting ill. Get onto it right away to prevent it from getting any worse and also spreading. But aside from a few downsides. The trip is honestly fantastic (hence the 5 stars). And it gets you to all these different countries with many like minded people in two weeks. Have so much fun and don’t be scared to try this trip. It has been the most life changing experience for someone who had never been overseas before. Contiki really is the best way to do it! Have fun and take the plunge you won’t regret it. #NoRegrets
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Jasmine Holder
Traveled Sep 2018
Had the time of my life! Beck and Yogi were very helpful and amazing! The sights we saw were magnificent :)
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Worth the monies for 14 days trip!
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