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European Highlights

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0346eurs2018

The one that does Europe’s best bucket list destinations in 2 weeks

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  • Duration

    14 days

  • Countries

    9 Countries

  • Meals

    13 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 46 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager and Driver Team and Local Guides

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

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About this trip

This trip delivers a highlight reel of European beauty, history, culture and food over two unforgettable weeks. The perfect loop from London, it will see you gliding through Venetian canals one moment and gawping at the Austrian Tyrol the next. Oh, and did we mention the French Riviera and a stay at Contiki's legendary private chateau? Twinkling cities, lush vineyards and enough culture to fill a thousand journals - this one has it all.

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DAY 1 - 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 two weeks of adventure.

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. 

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Today's the day to stroll the beautiful streets of Paris, with plenty of time to lust over designer haute couture or French vintage stores, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral, order coffee and crêpes, or get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Tonight, foodies will have the chance to eat a Parisian feast in Montmartre, surrounded by cobbled lanes, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Otherwise, this is your night to sign up for an iconic Parisian cabaret show. Either option will give you the perfect way to make it one to remember!

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.   

DAY 4 - 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. 

French Riviera

Missing an opportunity to see this glorious 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.

DAY 5 - French Riviera including Monaco

French Riviera

Today we wake up in the French Riviera! We'll experience the magic of Monaco, a place that has charmed many Hollywood A-listers and aristocrats over the years.

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. 

DAY 6 - 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? 

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.

DAY 7 - Florence to Rome

Florence

This morning is a perfect balance of guided wisdom and free time to roam. We'll uncover the beautiful art of traditional leather & explore streets bursting with heritage before eventually hitting the road for Rome.

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!

DAY 8 - 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. 

DAY 9 - 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...

Venice

Venice is yours for the this glorious Italian afternoon. 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.

DAY 10 - 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.  

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. 

DAY 11 - Munich to Rhine Valley via Dachau

Munich

Today it’s goodbye Munich, hello wine country. But first, we have an important stop to make.

Dachau

Journeying out of Munich, we'll make a stop at Dachau for a sobering visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial. You'll be able to spend some time here to learn and reflect, before we head on to the Rhine Valley. 

 

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. We’ll enjoy an included dinner here, and you’ll have the chance to take up an offer of wine tasting for the evening. 

DAY 12 - 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 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.

DAY 13 - 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. The best way to say farewell to this gorgeous city? Opt to take the A'DAM lookout swing, an incredible observation deck with unrivalled panoramas of the twisting canals below.

DAY 14 - 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. 

Top Experiences

24 included & 13 free time add-ons available to add later

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

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    Paris

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

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    Paris

  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau

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    Beaujolais

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

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    Monaco

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

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    Florence

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence

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    Florence

European Highlights

24 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • 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
  • Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • 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 the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz
  • Scenic Drive Past Vineyards Orchards and Castles
  • Trip to the moving Dachau concentration camp memorial
  • Walk (or jog) along the breathtaking River Rhine & spot castles on the German hillside
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Dachau Concentration Camp
  • 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

13 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00
  • Nice Bike Ride EUR 25.00
  • Enjoy an Italian Feast nestled in the heart of Florence with the local Chianti wine EUR 41.00
  • Witness Renaissance masterpieces on a guided tour of the holy Vatican City, the smallest country in the world EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 45.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 26.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • 1ste Klas Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city EUR 15.00
  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar EUR 24.00

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