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European Horizon

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

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  • Duration

    11 days

  • Countries

    8 Countries

  • Meals

    10 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, Beaujolais, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium

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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 11 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 & Contiki Chateau. Proof that adventures don't have to be epic in length to be epic in scope.

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Map & Itinerary

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DAY 1 - London to Amsterdam

London

11-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. 

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!!! 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

DAY 8 - Swiss Alps to Beaujolais

Swiss Alps

Out with the altitude, into France for a brand new day and a brand new country.

Beaujolais

Rolling into the Beaujolais region of France amidst vineyards, we'll arrive at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. This might just be our most decadent accommodation yet, complete with newly-renovated bedrooms & bathrooms, an on-site nightclub, artwork in every room, a games room, and a powder room for makeup and hair. And we haven't even shown you the pool or the gardens yet! Tonight we'll start off with an included dinner and wine tasting here at the Château, because, when in France...

DAY 9 - Beaujolais to Paris

Beaujolais

Wake yourself up with some morning yoga on the Chateau's lawn, survey the garden and give those limbs a good stretch before we pack up for Paris today.

Paris

Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris. After an included dinner at the hotel, our Trip Manager will fill us in on the city's secrets with 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.

DAY 10 - 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.

DAY 11 - 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. 

Top Experiences

18 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

  • 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

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

    Included

    Paris

European Horizon

18 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Walk (or jog) along the breathtaking River Rhine & spot castles on the German hillside
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • 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
  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau
  • Wine Tasting at Contiki's Chateau
  • Enjoy an included dinner using fresh local produce prepared by Contiki Chefs
  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga
  • 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
  • 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 24.00
  • 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 26.00
  • 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
  • Eat a traditional Parisian feast in the historic 2e arrondissement EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00

Where You'll Stay

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