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European Horizon

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1508eurs2020
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The one that fits in the best of Europe’s icons for those short on time

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

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

  • Duration

    10 days

  • Countries

    8 Countries

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 47 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager and Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Amsterdam, Rhine Valley, Munich, Austrian Tyrol, Venice, Swiss Alps, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Lucerne

Top Experiences

14 included & 12 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

    Included

    Amsterdam

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

    Included

    Amsterdam

  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

    Included

    Venice

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

    EUR 9.00

    Rhine Valley

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

    EUR 22.50

    Munich

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

    EUR 50.00

    Austrian Tyrol

European Horizon

14 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • 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
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Drive through the WWI Battlefields on our way to London

12 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar EUR 23.00
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 132.00
  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only) EUR 50.00
  • 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
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Adventure Park EUR 37.00
  • Canyon Swing EUR 130.00
  • Paris Dinner EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00

Where I'll Stay?

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About this trip

Short on time but want to fit in the best of Europe's icons? Broaden your horizons without compromising on the sightseeing. In 10 days we'll journey through 8 countries and fit in plenty of favourites, including Germany, Amsterdam, France & the Swiss Alps. We'll visit the canals & gable houses of Amsterdam, see the Eiffel tower lit up in a Paris by Night, jet through the canal highways of Venice in a private boat, and enjoy legendary Special Stays at our Austrian Gasthof and Swiss Chalet. The European Horizon is proof that adventures don't have to be epic in length to be epic in scope.

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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. via via

    Belgium

  5. 1 1 night

    Amsterdam

  6. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  7. 1 1 night

    Munich

  8. 1 1 night

    Austrian Tyrol

  9. 1 1 night

    Venice

  10. via via

    Lucerne

  11. 2 2 nights

    Swiss Alps

  12. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  13. via via

    Calais

  14. via via

    Dover

  15. London

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DAY 1 - London to Amsterdam

London

10-days of heart pounding adventure kick off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.

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 travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam!

Belgium

Cross off another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on your way to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam

Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore following an optional evening canal cruise. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious. 

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar

    EUR 23.00

DAY 2 - Amsterdam to Rhine Valley

Amsterdam

Now it's time to pour some sunlight on the agenda & take in the beauty of canals, crooked buildings, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. 

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 9.00

DAY 3 - Rhine Valley to Munich

Rhine Valley

Too much grape juice last night? Not to worry, the prospect of Munich should lift your spirits as we travel south & swap wine culture for beer.

Munich

Today our eyes will be treated to a famous Glockenspiel, a charming old town & a traditional Bavarian culture. But first, take up the option to explore the side streets and English Gardens by bicycle.

Stay

Haus International (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 22.50

DAY 4 - Munich to Austrian Tyrol

Munich

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We're hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music.

Austrian Tyrol

This part of the world is famous for adventure sports, so best put your name next to the optional White Water Rafting and get in the spirit of things. Next up, Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest house) is waiting for us with open arms. Before we swing into action with a themed party, get outside and explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon, or opt for a tandem paraglide for those thrillseekers amongst us.

Stay

Haus Schoneck (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 132.00

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

    EUR 50.00

DAY 5 - Austrian Tyrol to Venice

Austrian Tyrol

Wake up roamers, we have a bountiful breakfast and a floating city in Italy to tend to. Life's tough! 

Venice

You'll think you've seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps & Brenner Pass en route to Italy. And then we'll arrive in Venice & your jaw will hit the floor over hidden lanes, story book bridges & a private canal boat ride. 

Stay

Anda Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive past vineyards orchards and castles

  • 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 6 - Venice to Swiss Alps

Venice

Arrivederci, Venice! You've been splendid. And now we're off to the Swiss Alps - the splendour just doesn't stop.

Lucerne

Swiss Alps

Arrive in a picture perfect setting ready for two nights at our accomodation in the heart of this traditional resort town. This place comes to life as the sun sets, so tonight we'll have a chance to check out the local nightlife and foodie scene.

Stay

Interlaken Youth Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Swiss Mountain

    EUR 54.00

DAY 7 - Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Open the window of your room & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! Feel free to explore this classic European adventure town.

Stay

Interlaken Youth Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Adventure Park

    EUR 37.00

  • Canyon Swing

    EUR 130.00

DAY 8 - Swiss Alps to Paris

Swiss Alps

Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before our arrival in Paris.

Paris

Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris. Our Trip Manager fills us in on the city's secrets, on a dreamy night-time tour of the 'city of lights' passing the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral.  

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

DAY 9 - Paris

Paris

Pastries, paintings, perfume - Paris is yours! We'll take you to the glamorous Fragonard perfumery, then the time is yours to roam tree-lined quartiers, explore Notre Dame Cathedral, or get arty in the galleries of the Louvre. It's our last night together - make it count with can-can girls & Champagne over dinner and then Nouvelle Eve cabaret show.

Stay

Jo & Joe (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a French perfumery

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Paris Dinner

    EUR 38.00

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

    EUR 82.00

DAY 10 - Paris to London

Paris

Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you've seen. And how close you've grown to your loved-up Contiki collective. 

Calais

Dover

London

What a journey, on arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the journey on arrival. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drive through the WWI Battlefields on our way to London

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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).