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17 nights accommodation
15 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Adriatic Ferry
16 nights of the trip, you'll be lounging around in some of the coolest hotels in western Europe in either single, twin or triple-share rooms. There'll also be 1 night cosied up on ferry as we cross the sparkling Adriatic Sea.
23 included Meals
8 Dinner, 15 Breakfast
We'll be munching on the tastiest cuisine each country has to offer. 16 continental breakfast are included and 8 dinners. Think fresh platters of seafood, rich pasta dishes and hearty alpine fare.
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.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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22 included, 17 optional that you can add
See Munich on two wheels as we zip around its cobbled streets by bike, navigate the snaking canals of Venice in a private boat and get a happy snap with the world's most awkward lean in the city of Pisa. On top of that, the best bits of every city will be included as standard.
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Forget the flat line flight - the journey from London to Athens needs to be absorbed on land, lapping up the scenery of French vineyards, Swiss Alps, Italian countryside and the energy of the cities in between. Cycle through the charming streets of Munich, see St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, & ramp things up with paragliding in Austria if you're feeling game.
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Paris
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Lucerne
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Liechtenstein
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Munich
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Innsbruck
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Austrian Tyrol
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Venice
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Pisa
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Florence
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Rome
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Vatican City
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Pompeii
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Bari
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Overnight Adriatic Ferry
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Corfu
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DAY 1 - Arrive London
London
Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what’s to come. At 4:00pm meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow travellers.  
DAY 2 - London to Paris
London

Welcome to the first day of the best time 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. 

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Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Get a view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
See the White Cliffs of Dover
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 your 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 while driving past ancient battlefields in the Valley of the Somme.

Paris

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with tickets to the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower.

Stay
Ibis Paris Alesia Montparnasse 14th Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Paris
Paris

Fragonard Perfumery 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 you can drool over haute couture you can't afford, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve cabaret show.

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Visit a French perfumery
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Parisian Cabaret Dinner & Show
EUR 124.00
Stay
Ibis Paris Alesia Montparnasse 14th Hotel(or similar)
DAY 4 - Paris to Lucerne
Paris

Already enjoying the vibes of Europe just 3 days in, we take things up a notch this morning and head to the Swiss Alps.

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See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards
See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Lake Cruise
EUR 24.00
Lucerne

Just when you think France is the most scenic place on Earth, we make a border cross and start traipsing through the lands of Switzerland; comparing the two would be completely inequitable. Let the wonderland of Lucerne truly uncover itself with a cruise over its perfectly glassy lake. 

Stay
Ibis Budget Luzern (or similar)
DAY 5 - Lucerne to Munich via Liechtenstein
Lucerne

When a cable ride to the summit of a beautiful Swiss mountain starts your day, you know it’s going to be a good one. After our morning vistas we shall take to the coach for a bit of country hopping. 3 countries in one day - squeal!!! 

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See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
Visit a traditional beer hall
Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Swiss Mountain
EUR 50.00
Liechtenstein

Although just a tiny dot on the map, Liechtenstein is an economically and geographically incredible place, known for its stunning mountain castles.  We'll enjoy lunch in its capital, Vaduz, before continuing our journey to Austria. 

Munich

A city famous the world over for its annual beer festival is a city we need to know about. And luckily enough, the Bavarian culture of the beer fest is a year round attraction. After exploring the Old Town and seeing the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz, throw your feet up in a traditional beer hall, downing roasted pork knuckle & a stein of one of Germany’s 5000 brews.

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Super 8 Hotel Munich City (or similar)
DAY 6 - Munich to Austrian Tyrol via Innsbruck
Munich

Before we make a mad dash to lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music we'll take a guided cycle around the streets of Munich, drinking in any last bits of fabulousness that our beer hall antics distracted us from yesterday. 

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Locally guided bike tour of Munich's famous landmarks
See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck
Innsbruck

After crossing through the Bavarian Alps, its time to head to this famous Olympic town and your jaw will drop at the sight of the famous ski jump, and you'll have a chance to soak up the medieval old town atmosphere for the afternoon, don't forget to try a piece of delicious Austrian strudel and some local schnaps!

Austrian Tyrol

2-nights at an insanely cute Austrian Gasthof (guest house) are coming right up. Tyrol will prove a haven for both adrenalin junkies and those in need of a bit of RNR in order to stay on form for all the globe trotting we've got coming up. 

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Haus Lukas (or similar)
DAY 7 - Austrian Tyrol
Austrian Tyrol
Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view...and your life in general. 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, carry on sighing with happiness.
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See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Tandem Paragliding
EUR 129.00
Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch
EUR 33.00
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Haus Lukas (or similar)
DAY 8 - Austrian Tyrol to Venice
Austrian Tyrol

Good morning, roamers. We could let you sleep all day, but there's some whitewater rafting that needs to be tended to, as well as a floating city in Italy that has our names written all over it. Shall we? 

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Scenic drive past vineyards orchards and castles
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
White Water Rafting (Summer Departures only)
EUR 45.50
Venice

You'll think you've seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Bavarian Alps & Brenner Pass en route to Italy. Relax in Venice tonight knowing we have all day tomorrow to admire canals & explore pretty streets. Just another day in the traveller's life.

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Hotel Garden (or similar)
DAY 9 - 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.

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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
Secrets of Venice walking tour
EUR 11.50
Gondola ride
EUR 23.00
Venetian Dinner
EUR 34.50
Stay
Hotel Garden (or similar)
DAY 10 - 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.
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See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
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.
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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 11 - Florence
Florence

Today is a perfect balance of guided wisdom and free time to roam. We'll uncover the beautiful art of traditional leather & explore streets bursting with heritage. Take to the local markets, down some gelato & make yourself known for the evening of optional festivities. 

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Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photo
EUR 12.00
Space Electronic Disco
EUR 16.00
Tuscan Evening
EUR 42.00
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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 12 - Florence to Rome
Florence

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza and piazzas … we can't wait. 

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Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
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. 

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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 13 - Rome
Rome
Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city.
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See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
EUR 30.00
Vatican Tour
EUR 35.00
Vatican City
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.
Rome
Then hit the streets for your own discoveries. Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by. 
Stay
3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 14 - Rome to Overnight Adriatic Ferry via Pompeii and Bari
Rome
The majestic site of Mt. Vesuvius will interlude our trip from Rome to Bari, our ferry port for today's border leap into Greece.
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See Mount Vesuvius
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
EUR 24.50
Pompeii
Once a totally vibing hang-out of the Romans, Pompeii is now an archaeological site showing remains of what was destroyed by a mountain eruption in the year...wait for it...79AD. The saying "step back in time" is about to take on a whole new meaning.
Bari
Let your feet walk their last few steps on Italian soil before we hit the seas for an overnight ferry ride en route to Greece.
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
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Overnight ferry
DAY 15 - Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Corfu
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
Corfu
The best version of island time? Greek island time. And you'll settle straight into it on the dream scene of Corfu. A heritage listed old town, water sports aplenty & the option to hit the seas again on a cruise - this is a what your first day in Greece will look like.
Stay
Divani Palace (or similar)
DAY 16 - Corfu
Corfu
Another day, another chance to get salty & eat a smorgasbord of feta, olives and grapevines stuffed with delectable rice. Our time in Corfu is a great way for everyone to try a bit of Greek dancing - why not give it a go at our Ionian Dinner?
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Captains Cruise of Corfu
EUR 40.00
Ionian Dinner Experience
EUR 35.00
Watersports
EUR 15.00 - 40.00
Stay
Divani Palace (or similar)
DAY 17 - Corfu to Athens via Corinth Canal
Corfu
Before we lose all sense of reality and morph into sea-soaked island dwellers, we're making tracks to Athens for a dose of city meets history.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See the Corinth Canal
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
A Traditional Athens Affair
EUR 46.00
Corinth Canal
The awe of Greece's mainland will begin shortly after our arrival as we catch a glimpse of Corinth Canal. This man-made passageway squeezes boats through it's path, sandwiched by two steep cliffs and sitting over gloriously blue ocean.
Athens
A collage of ancient wonders and modern magnificence, the allure of Athens is hard to dismiss. Choose to sample more traditional Greek food with an optional dinner and then make the most of the final night with your new friends in this ancient city.
Stay
Center Square Hotel (or similar)
DAY 18 - Depart Athens
Athens

Hugs, tears, and a final batch of reminiscing; it's astounding how close a group can get in just two short weeks, but not before our Local Guide will escort us through the history of the city visiting the Parthenon and the Acropolis, as well as the first modern Olympic Stadium, host of the 1896 Games. 

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Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens and visit to the Acropolis
See the first modern Olympic Stadium
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Traveled Oct 2018
Loved the trip and the places that we went to. Saw the highlights of Europe and inspired to come back
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Hannah West
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Great way to see the sights and share your experiences with an awesome group of people. Completely stress less and so much fun!
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Shalyn Bester
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Great tour, accommodation, meals and trip manager! Everything was easy and down for you, completely a relax holiday!
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Service was great and Tomika was awesome
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Juliana Gucciardi
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I had never been by myself for a long period of time and struggle with anxiety, however I felt comfortable and safe the entire trip
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Shannon Wilson
Traveled May 2018
Such a great experience, got to see 9 countries in 17 days. Trip manager was amazing to try to help us through each city. Packed so much into the trip, well worth the money.
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Leslie Wickens
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The contiki trip I purchased was very suited to what I wanted to do. I was able to do everything I planned and was convinced to come out of my comfort zone numerous times. It certainly was the trip of a lifetime!
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Dianna
Traveled Oct 2017
Every place that was visited, I saw everything that I needed to in the city. It was quick but it never missed out any top sights to see. This trip gave me such a good insight to all the cities that was visited so that next time when i do go back, i know where to go and what to do. The cruise was amazing but in the end, i wish i did a longer one to the greek island.
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Kelly Pearce
Traveled Sep 2017
Great cities, good hotels, also add-ons and good food!
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Sarah Leaney
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Gave us a peak into Europe so we can come back and know where we like.
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Alexander Marambio
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Paragliding, white water rafting and mountain bike riding were worth the additional purchase
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Katelin Delange
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The tour managers, locations we stayed & the organised inclusions give you great value for money! You meet amazing people & your get the most of everything in in such a short period of time
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Sinead Riley
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Good way to get a lot done in small amount of time
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
Jam packed trip but see some amazing sights eith great variety from beautiful mountains in Switzerland and Austria to historical sights of Pompeii and the Coloseum and then sit back by the beach in the greek islands. Something for everyone. Truly a great holiday
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