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European Whirl

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The one that combines history, adventure, natural beauty, food and fun times over 18 days

Duration
19 Days
Countries
10 Countries

Visiting London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Austrian Tyrol, Venice, Rome, Florence, Swiss Alps, Paris, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Edam, Dresden, Vatican City, Lucerne

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

What's included?

18 nights accommodation

5 nights in Hotel, 5 nights in Hostel, 3 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 5 nights in Contiki Village

For 17 magical nights, you'll be snoozing in some of the most unique accommodation options Europe has to offer. Spend 1 night in Contiki's very own Austrian Gasthof, two in our Swiss Chalet, 5 in our cosy cabins, 2 in hotels and 7 in buzzing hostels.

24 Meals

7 Dinner, 17 Breakfast

Wake up to breakfast on us each day bar 1, and be treated to 8 mouth-watering dinners. You're cruising through some of the food capitals of the world, so think hearty piles of Italian pasta, snails and macarons in France and the, er, interesting combo of curry and sausage that is Germany's 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

25 included, 16 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
- Discover the charming heart of Munich in a guided walking tour past cheese markets & beer halls
- Cruise through the canals & islands of Venice in a private boat
- Step into Vatican City & admire Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece with a local guide*
- Discover the secrets of Michelangelo's Florence in a locally guided walking tour
- Uncover the lives of Emperors & Gladiators in a special access guided tour of the Colosseum in Rome*
- See the wooden chapel bridge & breathtaking Swiss Alps in Lucerne

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Dreaming of your European adventure, but don't know where to start? Welcome to the European Whirl. Taking in all the iconic hotspots you could want through Paris, Rome and Amsterdam, it also ventures to east to the trendy must-see cities of Berlin and Prague, not to mention swoon-worthy flings with the Austrian Tyrol and Michelangelo's Florence. Along the way you can expect private boats through Venetian canals, an exclusive Paris by Night tour and a blissful balance of active adventures, local experiences, foodie hotspots and total relaxation. It's the perfect way to see this blockbuster continent in all its glory.

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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

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25 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house
  • 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 the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • Special Access Rome Sightseeing
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • View the Lion Monument
  • 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

16 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
  • Feast on a seafood or steak dinner in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam EUR 38.00
  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker EUR 10.00
  • TV Tower
  • Czech Folklore Show and Dinner EUR 32.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 130.00
  • Bike along the vibrant green trails of the Austrian Alps followed by a BBQ at our Gasthof (Summer Only) EUR 33.00
  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only) EUR 50.00
  • Learn to be a Gondolier in Venice
  • Vatican Tour EUR 35.00
  • Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa EUR 41.00
  • Journey to the 'top of the world' as you take a cog train up Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps EUR 142.00
  • Jungfrau Mountain and Ropes Course EUR 178.00
  • Paris Dinner EUR 38.00
  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 160.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
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1 night
London
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Dover
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Calais
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Belgium
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
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via
Edam
2
2 nights
Berlin
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via
Dresden
2
2 nights
Prague
1
1 night
Munich
1
1 night
Austrian Tyrol
2
2 nights
Venice
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
1
1 night
Florence
via
via
Lucerne
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, 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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