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European Magic

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The one that gives you a taste of Europe’s highlights for those tight on time

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    9 days

  • Countries

    6 Countries

  • Meals

    2 Dinner, 8 Breakfast

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Innsbruck

Top Experiences

16 included & 8 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

    Included

    Amsterdam

  • Visit a traditional beer hall

    Included

    Munich

  • See the Golden Roof & Royal Palace in Innsbruck

    Included

    Innsbruck

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

    Amsterdam

  • Nordkette Mountain (Seegrube)

    EUR 29.50

    Innsbruck

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner

    EUR 160.00

    Paris

European Magic

16 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Included Dinner at Delirium Cafe Amsterdam - the chill craft beer cafe right on the banks of the IJ
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Orientation tour of Frankfurt
  • Locally guided bike tour of Munich's famous landmarks (Summer only)
  • Locally guided walking tour of the city (Winter only)
  • Visit a traditional beer hall
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • See the Golden Roof & Royal Palace in Innsbruck
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • 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
  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • Visit a French perfumery

8 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 30.00
  • Nordkette Mountain (Seegrube) EUR 29.50
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood EUR 39.50
  • Make & paint your own Venetian mask
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps (Summer Only) EUR 25.00
  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner EUR 160.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel

    For 9 amazing nights, you'll be snoozing in hotels located in the heart of each city you visit. If you're not keen on sleeping twin share, you can save a bit of cash and go three share, or even treat yourself and upgrade to single share.

About this trip

This one gives you a taste of Europe’s highlights for those tight on time. Think 9 countries, 8 days and a handful of the top hotspots - this is how you tick off Europe's essential travel destinations without hanging around. Glide through the canals of Venice, see the Eiffel Tower & Arc de Triomphe lit up by night, indulge in some sausages and steins at a Bavarian beer hall, explore the glory of the Swiss Alps and visit the cute gable-houses of Amsterdam - all in just over a week. Now that's magic.

Buy With Confidence

  • Only $200 deposit to book

    Reserve your space now with a deposit, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

    Can't pay in full? We've got you covered with our Part Pay Program

  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

  • Financing available with UpLift

    Book now, pay later when you're eligible for Uplift

Did you know this trip runs all year round? Check out our departure dates from October to April for off-peak deals, and discover Europe with fewer crowds and traditional winter vibes.

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

    Frankfurt

  7. 1 1 night

    Munich

  8. via via

    Innsbruck

  9. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  10. 1 1 night

    Lucerne

  11. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  12. via via

    Calais

  13. via via

    Dover

  14. London

+4 more

DAY 1 - London to Amsterdam

London

Your heart-pounding adventure kicks 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 Europe, 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 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 included dinner and an optional evening canal cruise - the perfect way get to know your new travel buddies. Afterwards, an undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.

Stay

A&O Hotel Amsterdam (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • Delirium Cafe Amsterdam

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

DAY 2 - Amsterdam to Frankfurt

Amsterdam

After more time in the morning exploring Amsterdam, we'll make our way to Frankfurt, Germany's thriving city metropolis with a big city scene by day and a vibrant nightlife in the evenings.

Frankfurt

Stay

A&O Hotel Frankfurt (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Orientation tour of Frankfurt

DAY 3 - Frankfurt to Munich

Frankfurt

Saying goodbye to Frankfurt, we'll head on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest we will be wowed by 800 years of history and a traditional Bavarian beer hall.

Munich

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Munich City West (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided bike tour of Munich's famous landmarks (Summer only)

  • Locally guided walking tour of the city (Winter only)

  • Visit a traditional beer hall

DAY 4 - Munich to Venice via Innsbruck

Munich

Say "Auf Wiedersehen" to Munich as you climb aboard the coach ready for a scenic roll through the Bavarian Alps en route to Italy.

Innsbruck

Drive through Austria without getting out to say hello? Never! We'll pull into Innsbruck for lunch, a laid-back student city made famous by a medieval old town, an old Olympic Ski Jump & a Royal Palace. 

Venice

Passionate lands abounding in fresh pasta, smooth locals & romantic architecture - we've arrived in Italy! Relax in Venice tonight knowing we have all day tomorrow to cruise canals & explore pretty streets.

Stay

Hotel Ambra Quarto Daltino (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive past vineyards orchards and castles

  • See the Golden Roof & Royal Palace in Innsbruck

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nordkette Mountain (Seegrube)

    EUR 29.50

DAY 5 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. 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

Hotel Ambra Quarto Daltino (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

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

    EUR 17.00

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood

    EUR 39.50

  • Make & paint your own Venetian mask

DAY 6 - Venice to Lucerne

Venice

We have a few days left - Switzerland, France, we have not forgotten you! 

Lucerne

Passing Lake Como we cruise out of Italy and find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against Lake Lucerne. Take an optional cruise tonight giving yourself a better look at the stunning Swiss Alps reflected off the water. And chocolate. Don't forget to eat ALL the chocolate.

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps (Summer Only)

    EUR 25.00

DAY 7 - Lucerne to Paris

Lucerne

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, then to celebrate our first night in the city, we'll head up the Montparnasse Tower.

Stay

Ibis Hotel Porte d'Orleans (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower

DAY 8 - Paris

Paris

It's time to stroll the dreamy streets of Paris - and we'll start with a morning visit to Montmatre's cobbled street, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Then there's plenty of time to lust over haute couture you can't afford, 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 VIP seats and dinner at the iconic Moulin Rouge cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

Stay

Ibis Hotel Porte d'Orleans (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a French perfumery

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner

    EUR 160.00

DAY 9 - Paris to London

Paris

Soak up your last dose of Paris this morning over a coffee and croissant and marvel at how much you've seen. And how close you've grown to your Contiki pals. Sob! Hop back on the coach for a complimentary transfer to CDG airport this morning, or stay onboard for the ride back to London. Plenty of time to start planning the next reunion...

Calais

Dover

London

What a journey! Say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the trip on arrival in London.

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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).