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European Quest

(From April 2020)

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The one that does a 25 day loop combining Europe’s icons & Mediterranean cool featuring Capri & San Sebastian

Duration
25 Days
Countries
11 Countries

Visiting London, Paris, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Nice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Venice, Salzburg, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Zaragoza, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Capri, Pompeii, Vatican City, Verona, Dresden, Belgium

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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?

24 nights accommodation

24 nights in Hotel or Hostel

Snooze in a combination of funky hostels and hotels for 25 nights in same-sex quad-share accommodation.

30 Meals

6 Dinner, 24 Breakfast

Feast on cuisine from every corner of Europe, with 24 breakfasts and 10 dinners on us. Think rich and flavoursome Spanish paella, aromatic French cheese and the strange combination of curry and sausage that is German currywurst.

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

30 included, 21 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Catch a train along the pastel-hued villages & dramatic cliffs of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre
- Roll the dice in style at the iconic Monte Carlo casino, Monaco
- Discover the secrets of Michelangelo's Florence in a locally guided walking tour
- Take a scenic coastal drive along the sparkling Côte d'Azur, Nice
- Uncover the lives of Emperors & Gladiators in a special access guided tour of the Colosseum in Rome*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Coast to coast, city to city, the European Quest is el perfecto! Balancing everything we love about being in Europe. Stunning days spent on the coast of San Sebastian, cultured nights bar hopping in Prague, and enough time in Italy to leave you up to your eyebrows in pizza.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

Paris

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

Paris

See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

Barcelona

Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

EUR 64.00

Barcelona

Ride e-bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history

EUR 25.00

Nice

Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa

EUR 41.00

Florence

European Quest (From April 2020)

30 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • 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
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit the town famous for its wine
  • See the Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Catch a train along the Cinque Terre
  • Visit the town of Monterosso
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand
  • Soak up spectacular views along the Amalfi Coast on a scenic drive
  • See Mount Vesuvius
  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)
  • 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 Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • See the Astronomical Clock
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

21 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne with dinner at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 160.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 64.00
  • Ride e-bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history EUR 25.00
  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco EUR 36.00
  • Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa EUR 41.00
  • Cruise around the shimmering waters of the Isle of Capri (Summer Only) EUR 28.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 36.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Vatican Tour EUR 35.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice EUR 34.00
  • See all the iconic sites of melodic Salzburg including many from the Sound of Music EUR 12.00
  • Visit a working Austrian farm in the foothills of the Alps and enjoy a farm-to-table meal followed by homemade Schnaps EUR 37.00
  • Salzburg Farmers Dinner
  • Visit Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest, Salzburg (Summer only) EUR 33.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour (Summer Only) EUR 22.00
  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker EUR 10.00
  • Take an alternative walking tour and uncover a different side to Berlin EUR 25.00
  • Tastes of Berlin (Winter only) EUR 39.50
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 31.50

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
2
2 nights
Paris
1
1 night
Bordeaux
via
via
Saint-Jean-de-Luz
2
2 nights
San Sebastian
via
via
Zaragoza
2
2 nights
Barcelona
2
2 nights
Nice
via
via
French Riviera
via
via
Monaco
1
1 night
Cinque Terre
via
via
Pisa
1
1 night
Florence
2
2 nights
Sorrento
via
via
Capri
via
via
Pompeii
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
via
via
Verona
2
2 nights
Venice
1
1 night
Salzburg
2
2 nights
Prague
via
via
Dresden
2
2 nights
Berlin
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
via
via
Belgium
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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