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Road to Paris

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The one that brings you Venetian Charm, Swiss Vistas and a Parisian Fling in 7 whirlwind days

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    7 days

  • Countries

    6 Countries

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager and Driver Team and Local Guides

Split, Ljubljana, Venice, Lucerne, Paris, London, Calais, Dover

Top Experiences

9 included & 5 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

    Included

    Lucerne

  • 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

Road to Paris

9 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Orientation of Ljubljana
  • Included dinner at Slovenia's oldest restaurant, Ljubljana
  • Catch a traditional motoscafo and sail to Venice
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • 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
  • Montparnasse Tower Visit
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Drive through the WWI Battlefields on our way to London

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • 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 37.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps EUR 25.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show EUR 124.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    6 nights in Hotel

    Spend 6 comfy nights in hotels. Stay twin share, save a bit of cash and go triple share, or splash out and snooze alone.

About this trip

7 days fun-filled days, 6 beautiful countries, and endless memories to be made. All it needs is you, and voila! It’s the perfect compact trip to make all your European fantasies come to life. Starting in Croatia, journeying through Venice, the Swiss Alps, Paris and ending in London, you’ll be surprised how much you can get up to in a week…

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Map & Itinerary

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

Nights spent per location

  1. Split

  2. 1 1 night

    Ljubljana

  3. 1 1 night

    Venice

  4. 2 2 nights

    Lucerne

  5. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  6. via via

    Calais

  7. via via

    Dover

  8. London

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DAY 1 - Split to Ljubljana

Split

Welcome, travellers! After meeting some new found friends doing the second leg of the trip back to London, we’ll head from Croatia to Slovenia, where we’ll enjoy dinner in this beautiful jewel of the East.

Ljubljana

This gorgeous and seriously underrated city fringes the emerald Ljubljanka River, and is filled with hip cafes and leafy plazas. We'll waste no time getting stuck into the local cuisine while bonding with our Contiki fam with a tasty included dinner.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Ljubljana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Orientation of Ljubljana

  • Included dinner at Slovenia's oldest restaurant, Ljubljana

DAY 2 - Ljubljana to Venice

Ljubljana

Ever the advocates of a balanced holiday, today we’re trading in the obscure unknown for the globally adored hot spot of Venice. Whoop!

Venice

Yes, it’s as cute as you imagined. Yes, you’ll feel like you’re part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are actually hanging out in the gondola filled floating city of Venice! A private boat ride, gothic architecture and a web of lanes to explore will keep you day filled quite nicely.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Catch a traditional motoscafo and sail to Venice

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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 37.00

DAY 3 - Venice to Lucerne

Venice

We have a few days left - Switzerland & France, we’re coming for both of you.

Lucerne

Passing Lake Como, we cruise out of Italy and find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against Lake Lucerne. And chocolate. Don’t forget to eat ALL the chocolate.

Stay

Barabas Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

DAY 4 - Lucerne

Lucerne

There’s no reason why today can’t be wasted strolling these beautiful streets or sitting in a coffee shop pondering mountain life, and consuming more chocolate - that’s perfectly acceptable too. Those wanting to spice up their day can visit the top of a Swiss Mountain and take an optional cruise tonight, giving yourself a better look at the stunning Swiss Alps reflected off the water.  Spoilt for choice much?

Stay

Barabas Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Swiss Mountain

    EUR 54.00

  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps

    EUR 25.00

DAY 5 - Lucerne to Paris

Lucerne

Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. Once we’ve crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before our arrival in Paris.

Paris

Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts; tonight we fall in love with everything Paris. Our Trip Manager fills us in on the city’s secrets, with a city tour of Paris. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

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

  • Montparnasse Tower Visit

DAY 6 - Paris

Paris

It's time to stroll the dreamy streets of Paris, moan 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 a ticket to an iconic cabaret show and dinner. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a French perfumery

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Show

    EUR 124.00

DAY 7 - Paris to London

Paris

Soak up your last dose of romance from Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you’ve seen during this awesome trip, not to mention how close you’ve grown to your Contiki fam. If you're not ready to leave behind the land of beauty, art and fresh croissants just yet, you can choose to end your trip here in Paris. Otherwise, continue on to our goodbye point: London.

Calais

Dover

London

What a journey! On arrival in London say a final farewell to the group - the adventure has come to an end, and this is where we part ways.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drive through the WWI Battlefields on our way to London

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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.

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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).