DAY 1 - London to Paris
The summer of your life starts now in London town. Say your goodbyes and grab any last minute snacks before we hit the road in search of Paris.
Wave farewell as we leave behind the famous White Cliffs of Dover. The chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are the first of many natural beauties we’ll see on our trip.
We’ll soon arrive in Calais, where a historical talk will give us a poignant glimpse of the past, as we take in the World War One battlefields and pass the Valley of the Somme.
We know you've been dreaming of Parisian sights since way back when. It’s straight down to business as we kick things off with a night tour, marvelling at the city sparkling with lights and romance from the top of the Montparnasse Tower. City of love, city of light, city of bridges...Paris is known in many ways and loved the world over. Cheese, wine, macarons, iconic sights at every corner, museums, fashion, the list is endless and the good times are only just beginning.
DAY 2 - Paris
There’s an old song about Paris in the spring, but Paris in the summer is even more magical! Stroll the cobbled streets and leafy boulevards. Break a baguette in one of the many beautiful parks, stroll the endless walkways of The Louvre, Montmartre, or Notre Dame. Snap a selfie from the top of Le Tour Eiffel then explore the bars and boutiques of the hipster Left Bank or Le Marais. Tonight is your chance to treat yourself to an optional Parisian cabaret dinner and show and make the most of the dazzling city of lights.
DAY 3 - Paris to Lucerne
This morning we wind our way through the French countryside, past the scenic vineyards of the Burgundy region and across the border to Switzerland. Usually known for winter pursuits, we’ll soon find out that the Swiss Alps in the summer is a wild and wonderful place.
Just when you think France is the most scenic place on Earth, we make a border cross into Switzerland and the charming town of Lucerne. Cobbled streets, fairytale medieval architecture, snow-capped mountain backdrops and swans floating past on the sparkling lake make this a setting fit for fairytales. Tonight’s your chance to sample a traditional cheese fondue before we get ready for a busy day tomorrow in this scenic paradise.
DAY 4 - Lucerne
The day is yours to enjoy the great outdoors. Take an optional trip up Mount Pilatus via a cable car and cogwheel railway, where you can go hiking, ride Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan or simply take in the views. Speaking of views, there are plenty more of those if instead you choose to take a cruise on Lake Lucerne, sitting back and drinking in the meadows, forests and mountain peaks. Back in town, you’re free to pick up some souvenirs (a Swiss watch? A cowbell?), check out the wooden Chapel Bridge (dated 1333) and nibble on some delicious chunks of cheese (or chocolate) before dinner tonight.
DAY 5 - Lucerne to Beaujolais Wine Region
Watch the Alpine vistas fade into the distance as we head back into France, via cosmopolitan Lake Geneva. The best is yet to come when you check into Contiki’s very own – and very spectacular - 16th century chateau...
Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Beaujolais wine region, with newly refurbed rooms and luxe dressing rooms, the Chateau is the perfect backdrop to summer days and nights lounging by the pool. Included tonight is a French feast and wine tasting, followed by a night at our on-site bar, ‘La Cave’.
DAY 6 - Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona
Bonjour Beaujolais! Wake up and salute the sun illuminating the vineyards at a laid-back morning yoga class on the Chateau lawns. There’s time to savour some coffee and a pain au chocolat at the breakfast buffet before we swing south into Spain.
Sunshine year round, great food and even better locals – that’s just the start of Barcelona’s never-ending list of delights. A city tour is included on arrival at the quirky yet cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia. Starting with panoramic views from Montjuïc you can enjoy a taste of all the city’s highlights to help you plan your day tomorrow. Back in the city there’s free time for dinner - whether you choose paella or tapas (not forgetting sangria), it’s time to let the good times roll.
DAY 7 - Barcelona
We’ll start the day strolling the cobbled streets with an included tour of the Gothic Quarter, followed by plenty of free time afterwards to discover Barcelona’s best sites. Hit up the beach, search for souvenirs on La Rambla or browse designer shops on Passeig de Gracia. Don’t miss the Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s other architectural wonders. Foodies will love La Boqueria market and sports fans won’t want to miss a visit to Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona. Just save some energy for tonight, with a chance to get tickets for a fiery traditional Flamenco show on the cards.
DAY 8 - Barcelona to Nice
As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to explore. Much, much more...
You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera, and who are we to keep you off the A-List? Discover sapphire waters & endless glamour as we roll along this glitzy coastline.
DAY 9 - Nice including French Riviera and Monaco
Nowhere says ‘French chic’ like Nice, and today is your chance to browse the tempting stalls of the market, climb to the castle (or take the lift) for breathtaking views over the Cote d’Azur or make like the locals, sipping a pastis and watching the world go by. You could also choose to pedal through the neighbouring vineyards on a bike tour and sample a glass or two of the local wine, before we drive along the shimmering coastline to Monaco later today.
Missing an opportunity to see this glorious part of the world up close and personal would be criminal. Speaking of things you shouldn't miss, this region is famous for lavender honey, aioli & rosé wine; all 3 in one meal should be your mission.
You're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy in Monte Carlo. Here you’ll have time for dinner before we get ready for an evening of glamour at the Monte Carlo Casino, forever immortalised on screen as James Bond’s nightspot of choice.
After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.
DAY 10 - Nice to Florence via Pisa
Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are about to warm us from the inside out.
As if we were going to head straight to Florence without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal.
Our destination today is Florence, home to red roofs, Renaissance architecture and rustic cuisine. Meat-eaters shouldn’t miss the chance to sample a bistecca fiorentina, a Tuscan speciality, washed down with a rich local Chianti.
DAY 11 - Florence to Rome
Today will be split nicely between two of Italy's best cities, with Rome on our afternoon to-do list. First up is frolicking around Florence this morning, with our local guide taking us behind the scenes & revealing the city's cultural beginnings. All the big sights will be by a leather craft demonstration, part of Florence's artisan history.
After a journey of romantic views past cypress trees and olive groves, we'll arrive in the Eternal City of Rome. Wasting no time uncovering the city, we'll take a tour of some of the biggest Italian icons, with famous sights and photo stops include the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on those other timeless classics – pizza, pasta and Italian gelato.
DAY 12 - Rome
You could explore one of the world's greatest icons this morning, and walk in the footsteps of gladiators, it's hard to believe these sights still exist, and when in Rome of couse! If an unveiling of the Colosseum isn't your jam, make the day your own and do all the quintessential Italian things, like sipping endless espressos while the world rides by on Vespa. We recommend heading to the Trastevere for the ultimate people watching, over a steaming bowl of carbonara in its true home, flanked by a caprese salad of fresh tomatoes, creamy mozarella and basil.
When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine. This is also the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring. Espressos and people watching should be high priority.
DAY 13 - Rome to Venice via Padua
Today we bid a reluctant ‘Arrivederci’ to Rome and travel across the top of Italy’s ‘boot’, headed for Venice, famed city of canals.
We’ll stop off along the way for free time and lunch in Padua, a city with history and hipster all rolled into one. Padua university was one of the first in the world and was home to Galileo, but it’s still going strong, giving the city a vibey student feel. It's also worth checking out Giotto’s famous frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, a kind of amazing medieval comic depicting the life of Christ.
Who can fail to fall in love with the watery wonderland that is Venice? With no roads, Venice is built on over 100 small islands, with 400 bridges crossing 150 canals including the main Grand Canal, lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Tonight you could make time for a scenic evening stroll to watch the lights sparkle on the water, with time for plenty more exploring tomorrow.
DAY 14 - 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 motoscafo 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 option to discover hidden Venice with a guided walking tour or a traditional gondola ride, or take a guided cruise out to the UNESCO heritage site of Burano. At this picture-perfect fisherman’s island decorated with gorgeous technicolour houses, you’ll visit a local family restaurant and indulge in the best seafood feast you’ve ever experienced.
DAY 15 - Venice to Austrian Tyrol
Farewell gentle canals and hello wild Alpine waters.
As we arrive in the Austrian Tyrol, an optional white-water rafting adventure should get the adrenaline pumping. Once you catch your breath, we'll be resting up in a Contiki Special Stay, a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that's waiting for us with open arms. This is the perfect retreat for relaxing and swapping stories, while feasting on authentic Austrian food and local beer prepared fresh on site.
DAY 16 - Austrian Tyrol
Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view. If you're feeling lively you can jump onto a bike tour through green mountains and waterfalls. If you're feeling really lively you can go tandem paragliding. Not so lively? Stroll around and take in the incredible setting; drink endless hot chocolate, go up a mountain in a gondola or relax at our Gasthof.
DAY 17 - Austrian Tyrol to Munich via Dachau
Polish off your stay in Austria, with the excitement of our impending visit to Germany.
From the Alpine heights we journey to the medieval town of Dachau near the German border, where we'll take a sobering but eye-opening visit to Dachau Concentration Camp memorial. Once the original working 'camp', this memorial houses the stories of a generation never to be forgotten.
A city renowned for its annual beer festival is a city we need to know about. And luckily, Munich doesn't just turn it on during Oktoberfest, with Bavarian culture – and beer - flowing all summer long. Grab a snap of the famous Glockenspiel clock, explore peaceful gardens or join a bike tour to explore the side streets. Later we’ll raise a stein to the best of times with a visit to a beer hall.
DAY 18 - Munich to Prague
We'll say farewell to Munich and continue our journey in Munich. The capital of the Czech Republic is fast becoming one of the hottest spots on the European map, and today you find out why...
We start with a walking tour of the ancient streets, covering the famous Charles Bridge, astronomical clock and St Vitus Cathedral. Later you could choose to Czech out (sorry) some of the local mini breweries on a craft beer tour and dine alfresco in the Old Town Square.
DAY 19 - Prague
Wake up and explore a UNESCO World Heritage city that’s begging you to come out to play. Roam pretty lanes and romantic courtyards, admiring the colourful baroque buildings and Gothic churches. Or shop for traditional bohemian treasures. Tonight join us for an authentic Czech evening complete with dumplings, goulash and plenty of local beer!
DAY 20 - Prague to Berlin via Dresden
Pack your bags and say your sincere thanks to the Czech Republic for being such a lovely host. As promised, we're heading back to Germany for a bout in Berlin.
A drive from Prague to Berlin wouldn’t be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, boasting the born-again beauty of the Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.
On the world map of party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this iconic city and we'll kick it off with a tour to learn about its troubled but fascinating past. Once we've gotten acquainted with the key sites, we’ll enjoy an included dinner together, ready for more exploring tomorrow.
DAY 21 - Berlin
Leap out of bed knowing Berlin is ready and waiting to be explored. You can opt to discover Berlin's restless past on a historical walking tour including Checkpoint Charlie and the site of Hitler's bunker. Or choose an alternative walking tour to see the street art and counter-culture that tourists often miss. The nightlife is also yours for the taking, so this is your chance to scope out some of the underground raves or cocktail-lounge-in-the-basement scenarios that make this city a world famous party spot.
DAY 22 - Berlin to Amsterdam
We’ll journey out of Germany today and travel through the gloriously flat Netherlands with Amsterdam in our sights.
You can start your exploration of this city with an optional trip up the A’DAM tower where (if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open) you’ll be treated to unparalleled views aboard ‘Over the Edge’, Europe’s highest swing. Later, enjoy an included dinner, knowing that afterwards there’s plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the early hours.
DAY 23 - Amsterdam
Opportunities in Amsterdam are infinite and the day is yours to explore one of the world’s most unique cities. The final night on our trip together means a chance to join a farewell dinner at the beautiful fishing village of Volendam and an opportunity to cruise the famous canals and revel under the city lights.
DAY 24 - Depart Amsterdam
Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.
For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.
This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.