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European Magic

(From April 2020)

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

Duration
9 Days
Countries
8 Countries

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

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

8 nights accommodation

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.

10 Meals

2 Dinner, 8 Breakfast

Fill your belly with pasta in Italy and gorge yourself on cheese everywhere in between with 8 breakfasts and and 5 dinners.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

12 included, 9 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Order a stein of Bavarian beer at a traditional German beer hall, Munich*
- Cruise through the canals & islands of Venice in a private boat*
- See the famed Juliet's balcony, Verona
- Gaze our over the breathtaking Tyrol mountain range, Austria
- Take a cable car for up Nordkette Mountain for some unforgettable panoramas*
- Taste peach brandy and cognac in the wine tasting region of Sankt Goar, Germany

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
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.

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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.

Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

Amsterdam

See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck

Innsbruck

Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

Venice

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

EUR 31.50

Amsterdam

Nordkette Mountain (Seegrube)

EUR 29.50

Innsbruck

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

included

Paris

European Magic (From April 2020)

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • 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
  • Visit the bohemian and oh-so-chic district of Montmartre, Paris

9 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 31.50
  • 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 34.50
  • Trip t-shirts EUR 21.00 - 32.00
  • Make & paint your own Venetian mask and wear it while you enjoy a delicious aperitivo
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps EUR 24.00
  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, followed by dinner

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
London
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Dover
via
via
Calais
via
via
Belgium
1
1 night
Amsterdam
1
1 night
Frankfurt
1
1 night
Munich
via
via
Innsbruck
2
2 nights
Venice
1
1 night
Lucerne
2
2 nights
Paris
via
via
Calais
via
via
Dover
London
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

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.

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