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European Trail

(From April 2020)

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The one that trails through Europe’s bucket list musts & lesser known secrets

Duration
23 Days
Countries
13 Countries

Visiting London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome, Florence, Swiss Alps, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Dresden, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, Auschwitz, Banska Bystrica, Lake Bled, Pisa

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Included Dinner
  • 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?

22 nights accommodation

22 nights in Hotel or Hostel

Snooze in a combination of funky hostels and hotels for 23 nights in same-sex quad-share accommodation. Think stunning mountain views of the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps & staying around the corner from the coolest alternative nightlife in Budapest.

28 Meals

6 Dinner, 22 Breakfast

You'll be treated to a heady combination of all Europe's tastiest culinary offerings, from French snails to hearty Austrian Schnitzel. Breakfast is on us each day bar 1, as well as 11 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

32 included, 22 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Cycle past Dutch windmills on a visit to a traditional Edam cheese farm and clog maker's house
- Take in commemorative artwork & remains of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery
- Taste test the local liqueur at the family-run Old Vienna Schnaps Museum, Austria*
- See Hradčany Bohemian castle & the gothic cathedral of St Vitus in a walking tour of Prague
- Entrance & a guided tour of the haunting Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camp memorials, Poland
- Cruise the canals and historic islands of Venice on a private motorboat

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
This epic 23 day trail through Europe balances all the sightseeing icons with unexpected marvels and underrated destinations. From walking the cobbled streets of Michelangelo's Florence and seeing Paris lit up at night, to being blown away by the fairy-tale beauty of Slovenia's Lake Bled, getting a sobering WW2 education in Poland and bunking down amid snow-capped mountains in the Swiss Alps, this is a barnstorming European best-of. Because we don't want you to miss out on the unmissable.

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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 East Side Gallery

Berlin

See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus

Prague

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

EUR 31.50

Amsterdam

Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker

EUR 10.00

Berlin

TV Tower

included

Berlin

European Trail (From April 2020)

32 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Included Dinner
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • See East Side Gallery
  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • See Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town
  • See the picturesque Lake Bled (Summer Only)
  • 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 Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne (Winter Only)
  • View the Lion Museum (Winter Only)
  • Visit a Watch Shop and Chocolate Shop (Winter Only)
  • 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
  • Sample Champagne & Escargot
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Drive through the WWI Battlefields on our way to London

22 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
  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker EUR 10.00
  • TV Tower
  • Pivo and Pubs EUR 25.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour (Summer Only) EUR 22.00
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert EUR 32.00
  • Head 200 metres underground & explore the massive galleries & chapels of Wieliczka Salt Mines, Krakow EUR 30.00
  • Learn how to make traditional Pierogi (Polish dumplings) followed by dinner, Krakow EUR 32.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 40.00
  • Take a step back into Budapest’s dark history with a guided tour of the WW2 sites (St Stephen's Basilica, shoes on promenade, House of Terror) EUR 22.00
  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana
  • 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
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 36.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 39.00
  • Get a taste of Tuscany with wine tasting in a 16th century winery, followed by dinner (paired with wines)
  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo overlooking the Tuscan Hills
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 52.00
  • Indulge in a traditional cheese fondue lunch EUR 38.00
  • 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 at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 84.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
via
via
Belgium
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
2
2 nights
Berlin
via
via
Dresden
2
2 nights
Prague
via
via
Kutna Hora
2
2 nights
Vienna
via
via
Czech Republic
via
via
Auschwitz
2
2 nights
Krakow
via
via
Banska Bystrica
2
2 nights
Budapest
via
via
Lake Bled
1
1 night
Ljubljana
1
1 night
Venice
2
2 nights
Rome
2
2 nights
Florence
via
via
Pisa
2
2 nights
Swiss Alps
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.

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).

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