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European Highlights

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

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Iconic Essentials

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

  • Duration

    14 days

  • Countries

    9 Countries

  • Meals

    13 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 42 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

Top Experiences

24 included & 14 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Paris

  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau

    Included

    Beaujolais

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

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

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

    EUR 22.50

    Munich

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

    EUR 9.00

    Rhine Valley

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 & 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 Côte 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
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Scenic Drive Past Vineyards Orchards and Castles
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • 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

14 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
  • Tuscan Dinner 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 41.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • 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
  • Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam on the enthralling A’DAM Lookout Tower & Swing with a drink EUR 22.00
  • 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 23.00

Where I'll Stay?

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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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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

    Beaujolais

  7. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  8. via via

    Monaco

  9. via via

    Pisa

  10. 1 1 night

    Florence

  11. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  12. via via

    Vatican City

  13. 1 1 night

    Venice

  14. via via

    Austrian Tyrol

  15. 1 1 night

    Munich

  16. via via

    Dachau

  17. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  18. via via

    Edam

  19. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  20. via via

    Belgium

  21. via via

    Calais

  22. via via

    Dover

  23. London

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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. 

Stay

Jo & Joe (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

DAY 2 - 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!

Stay

Jo & Joe (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre

    EUR 38.00

  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show

    EUR 82.00

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

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 - 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.

Stay

Beach Hostel (or similar)

DAY 5 - 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. 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. 

Stay

Beach Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nice Bike Ride

    EUR 25.00

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.

Stay

Autopark (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Dinner

    EUR 41.00

DAY 7 - 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.

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!

Stay

Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

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

  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

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

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. 

Stay

Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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 41.00

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.

Stay

Anda Hostel (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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo

    EUR 17.00

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. 

Stay

Haus International (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

  • Scenic Drive Past Vineyards Orchards and Castles

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 22.50

DAY 11 - 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. 

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!!! 

Stay

Hotel Montag (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Dachau Concentration Camp

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 9.00

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.

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam on the enthralling A’DAM Lookout Tower & Swing with a drink

    EUR 22.00

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.

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on a traditional Dutch dinner inside a historic building

    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 23.00

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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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).