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London to Rome

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The one that heads between historic heavyweights via some glitzy Rivieras

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    15 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    14 Breakfast, 4 Dinner, 1 Picnic Lunch

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

London, Paris, Beaujolais, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Dover, Calais, Arles, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City

Top Experiences

21 included & 11 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Barcelona

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

    EUR 50.00

    Barcelona

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

London to Rome

21 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • 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
  • Welcome Dinner
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
  • Wine Tasting at Contiki's Chateau
  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region
  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Visit the historic city of Arles
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • 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
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

11 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
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 50.00
  • Nice Bike Ride EUR 25.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti EUR 44.00
  • Welcome to Florence Walking Tour EUR 10.00
  • Get a taste of Tuscany with wine tasting in a 16th century winery, followed by dinner (paired with wines) EUR 45.00
  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica and the art of the Vatican Museums EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 14 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    4 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 8 nights in Hostel

    You'll be hopping between some of the coolest accommodation options you've ever encountered. Spend 2 nights in Contiki's own French Château, 6 in our cosy village cabins, 6 in hotels and 2 in funky hostels.

About this trip

For those unenthused by ticking countries off a list; those who would rather get to know a place inside out. Indulge in champagne & escargot in Paris and spend a couple of nights moseying along the French Riviera. And that's just the beginning...

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    Reserve your space now with a deposit, pay the rest 45 days before departure

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 2 2 nights

    Beaujolais

  6. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  7. via via

    Arles

  8. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  9. via via

    Monaco

  10. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  11. via via

    Pisa

  12. 2 2 nights

    Florence

  13. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  14. Vatican City

+4 more

DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Welcome to the first day of the best trip of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights. 

Dover

A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on our trip.

Calais

After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme. 

Paris

We'll kick off our trip as we arrive in the glittering city of love, Paris. It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by those famous lights. Then, we'll bond with our Contiki fam with a delicious included dinner. The French are proud of their culinary culture for a reason.

Stay

Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Welcome Dinner

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Croissant in one hand, cappuccino in the other - this should be your signature look for the next few days. See Louis the XIV's favourite Palace of Versailles, then head back to Paris to window shop with wishful eyes, admire old world art works, & take in the iconic sites, you have plenty of time to fall head over heels for the city of love. 

Stay

Ibis Paris 17 Clichy Batignolles (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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 82.00

DAY 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Paris

Just before you get too comfortable in that beret and striped shirt combo, we're dragging you away in search of vineyards and châteaus. 

Beaujolais

We call it "Château Hopping," but you can just call it "the good life" if you'd prefer. Southbound, we roll on through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.
 

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château

DAY 4 - Beaujolais Wine Region

Beaujolais

Pinch yourself, this is another day at the Château & another chance to live your best French countryside life with a full day here in Beaujolais. Rise & shine with optional sunrise yoga on the sprawling lawn of the Château's gardens, relax in the courtyard with a coffee & croissant, or loll about poolside in our castle-like setting. Our highlight today is a picnic in the picturesque gardens. Cue panoramic views & red wine.

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy a French picnic in the beautiful countryside of the Beaujolais wine region

  • Unwind on the lawn with Yoga

DAY 5 - Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Beaujolais

Bye-bye Beajoulais! And hello Barcelona. The Pyrénées mountains will keep our eyes satisfied today as we roll across the border for Spain's most lively city. Each day as sweet as the last.

Barcelona

Well would you look at that for timing, we've pulled into Barcelona just on sangria o'clock. Fate, you've done it again! A scrumptious Spanish feast and a night exploring this culturally rich city should have us in the fiesta mood soon enough.

Stay

Urbany GO Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 6 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, Montjuic hilltop vistas, & wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection. There's plenty of free time to roam free or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea, just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun.

Stay

Urbany GO Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 50.00

DAY 7 - Barcelona to The Riviera via Arles

Barcelona

As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more...

Arles

After a dreamy drive across the border into France through landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs, we'll arrive at our lunch break town of Arles. Here we will get a peek at an ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.

French Riviera

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? Sapphire waters & endless glamour as we roll through this glitzy coastline.

Stay

Premiere Classe Hotel Seyne sur mer (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the historic city of Arles

DAY 8 - French Riviera including Monaco

French Riviera

Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check out! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Later on enjoy free time on the Côte d'Azur.

Monaco

Please tell us you didn't throw away all of your pennies on perfume today? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy. We're visiting the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco.

French Riviera

After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow. 
 

Stay

Premiere Classe Hotel Nice (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nice Bike Ride

    EUR 25.00

DAY 9 - French Riviera to Venice

French Riviera

Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy, taking in the sights of Liguria, Lombardia, & the Veneto regions along the way. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are just around the corner.

Venice

The floating city of gondolas, canals and pretty bridges - what a splendid way to commence our Italian love affair. Rest up tonight, you'll want to be alert for tomorrow's magical agenda.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

DAY 10 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti

    EUR 44.00

DAY 11 - Venice to Florence via Pisa

Venice

Venice we love you, but we need to see a bit more of this boot to satisfy our hungry wanderlust ways.

Pisa

As if we were going to leg it from Venice 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.

Florence

For those of you not familiar with the whole Florence deal, we have two words for you: it's heaven. Potter along the River Arno, be totally Tuscan with a drop of Chianti wine, and take in the beauty of the city and its protruding Duomo Cathedral.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

DAY 12 - Florence

Florence

Today is a perfect balance of guided wisdom, food and free time to roam. Take the opportunity to explore streets bursting with heritage and delicious flavours in an optional street food walking tour, or take yourself to the local markets and down some gelato. Tonight you can choose to end your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner - think olive oil tasting, each meal matched with a locally produced wine and more.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Welcome to Florence Walking Tour

    EUR 10.00

  • Get a taste of Tuscany with wine tasting in a 16th century winery, followed by dinner (paired with wines)

    EUR 45.00

DAY 13 - Florence to Rome

Florence

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.

Rome

After our drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

DAY 14 - Rome

Rome

Today we'll wander amidst historic masterpieces & tick off the world's smallest city, the Vatican City. History buffs (or those who remember the film Gladiator) can get into the spirit with an optional Emperors and Gladiators tour of Rome, including the Colosseum.

Stay

Multi-share Accommodation

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums

    EUR 41.00

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

DAY 15 - Depart Rome

Rome

Your trip ends after breakfast, so it's time to swap email addresses and say "Arrivederci" to your new friends.

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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.

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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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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).