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European Magic

(From April 2022)

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

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  • Duration

    9 days

  • Countries

    8 Countries

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 39 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

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About this trip

This one gives you a taste of Europe’s highlights for those tight on time. Think 8 countries, 9 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.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
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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

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DAY 1 - London to Amsterdam

London

Your 9-country, 8-day adventure begins here! You'll meet up with your Contiki crew in London and we'll all board our coach here, ready to set off for European soil.

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

And here we are at our final stop for this evening: Amsterdam! We'll start our exploration of this city with a peek of canals, bicycles & 17th century gable houses lit up by night. Next on the agenda tonight, we have an authentic canal-side Dutch dinner on the cards, followed by an optional evening cruise along the canals - the perfect way for our travel crew to get to know each other. Afterwards, there's plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the early hours.

Stay

A&O Hotel Amsterdam (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • Authentic Dutch dinner at canal side Delirium Restaurant

  • 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

This morning is your chance to explore Amsterdam. Take a wander down a cobbled canal-lined street, step into a local 'Poffertjes' cafe for Dutch mini pancakes, or check out some of the cute bookshops lining the canal. Then say 'Vaarwel!' because this afternoon we're setting off for our next country, Germany.

Frankfurt

Wilkommen to Frankfurt, Germany's thriving city metropolis with a big city scene by day and a vibrant nightlife in the evenings. We'll start off with an orientation tour here in Frankfurt, then tonight you're free to find yourself some dinner and discover the city by night.

Stay

A&O Hotel Frankfurt (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Frankfurt’s highlights on an orientation tour

DAY 3 - Frankfurt to Munich

Frankfurt

Saying goodbye to Frankfurt, we'll head on to the German city of Munich - where lederhosen, dirndls, steins of beer and gingerbread-style buildings await.

Munich

"Prost!”. Here in the home of Oktoberfest we'll take a quick tour of the city, and amuse ourselves watching the antics of mechanical figurines in the city's famous Glockenspiel. Making the most of our time in Munich this evening, we'll get introduced to 800 years of history at a traditional Bavarian beer hall.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Munich City West (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike’s Bikes (Summer Only)

  • Guided walking tour of Munich seeing the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz (Winter Only)

  • Clink your steins & say “Prost!” at a Bavarian Beer Hall in Munich

DAY 4 - Munich to Venice via Innsbruck

Munich

'Auf Wiedersehen' Munich, we're off to tick more countries off our list. This morning we'll climb aboard our coach ready for a scenic roll through the Bavarian Alps, past fairytale castles and rambling vineyards, en route to Austria.

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

Ah, Venice! Fresh pasta, lilting accents & romantic architecture - we've arrived in one of Italy's most famous cities. Tonight we'll relax here, knowing we have all day tomorrow to cruise canals & explore picturesque cobbled 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

  • Ascend Nordkette Mountain and marvel at Austria’s alps (Seegrube)

    EUR 29.50

DAY 5 - Venice

Venice

Buongiorno! Venice is ours for a full and glorious Italian day. We'll start exploring The Floating City by jumping aboard our own private motoscaffo boat and cruising the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. Here we'll take selfies at the Bridge of Sighs, see the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square. Next, you have the chance to discover hidden Venice with a guided walking tour, take a traditional gondola ride, or just explore these cobbled streets on your own. Tonight, you can choose to sign up for an authentic Venetian 3-course feast, or take a Venetian mask-making workshop. Not only will you get to paint your very own Venetian mask, you'll be supporting local crafts and traditions too.

Stay

Hotel Ambra Quarto Daltino (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

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 26.00

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

    EUR 39.50

  • Use your imagination and paint your very own Venetian mask to create a truly unique masterpiece (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    EUR 60.00

DAY 6 - Venice to Lucerne

Venice

With a few days left, it's time to say 'ciao' to our time in Venice. We'll never forget you, city of canals and beauty, but Switzerland is calling us. Back on our coach we'll pass Lake Como as we cruise out of Italy and head onwards and upwards toward the Swiss Alps. 

Lucerne

With magical views unfolding outside our windows we'll find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against the lake it's named after. Here we'll visit the wooden chapel bridge and lion monument, then you'll have the chance to take an optional lake cruise tonight, giving yourself a better look at the epic Swiss Alps reflected off the water. Our other recommendation for tonight? Swiss chocolate.

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument 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

It's been sweet, but our time in Lucerne is up this morning. We're Paris-bound! Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. We'll jump back onto our coach to cross the border out of Switzerland and (back) into France.

Paris

After coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy, we'll arrive in the City of Lights. Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, this evening we'll fall in love with everything Paris on a dreamy night-time tour. Is it just us, or is love in the air? Once we've seen the most famous landmarks, we'll celebrate our first night in the city by heading up the Montparnasse Tower for the best panoramic views of the city.

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

There's 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. Just don't wear yourself out, because tonight's your chance to get involved with VIP seats and dinner at the iconic Moulin Rouge cabaret show. With your last night looming, this is the perfect way to make it one to remember. Get ready to go out with a bang!

Stay

Ibis Hotel Porte d'Orleans (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a French Perfumery in Paris to learn about the secrets of the perfume trade through an olfactory journey

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

Rise, shine, and soak up your last dose of Paris this morning over a coffee and croissant together, as we marvel at how much we've seen on this magical journey. It may be over for now, but these friendships and memories will last a lifetime. Our last coach ride together will be a complimentary transfer to CDG airport this morning, or you can stay onboard for the full ride back to London. Plenty of time to start planning the next reunion...

Calais

Dover

London

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

Top Experiences

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

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

    Included

    Amsterdam

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

    EUR 30.00

    Amsterdam

  • See the Golden Roof & Royal Palace in Innsbruck

    Included

    Innsbruck

  • Nordkette Mountain (Seegrube)

    EUR 29.50

    Innsbruck

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

    Included

    Lucerne

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

    Included

    Paris

European Magic (From April 2022)

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
  • 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 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 26.00
  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood EUR 39.50
  • Make & paint your own Venetian mask EUR 60.00
  • 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 You'll Stay

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  • 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.

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