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The Northern Trek

4.3
13 reviews
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The one that stretches your budget camping from Athens to London over 26 unforgettable days

Duration
26 Days
Countries
19 Countries

Visiting Athens, Kavala, Gallipoli, Istanbul, Sofia, Struga, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Seline, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Swiss Alps, Heidelberg, Amsterdam, London, Thermopylae, Canakkale, Troy, Skopje, Budva, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Split, Bratislava, Český Krumlov, Dachau, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Rhine Valley, Edam, Belgium, Calais, Dover

Is this trip for me?

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
  • See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae
  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

25 nights accommodation

21 nights in Twin Share Tent, 4 nights in Hotel

For 21 nights of campfire fun, you'll be snoozing two-to-a-tent on comfy air mattresses. Another 4 nights will be spent in hotel upgrades.

42 Meals

17 Dinner, 25 Breakfast

In addition to 25 breakfasts, we'll be keeping you fed and watered with 17 included dinners. Think rich moussaka in Bulgaria, baked lamb in Albania and lashings of late-night Dutch fries in the Netherlands.

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, 14 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Take in commemorative artwork & remains of the Berlin Wall on a historical walking tour
- Breathe in the beautifully restored Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence and Opera house, Dresden
- Indulge in traditional Czech cuisine and clap along to local folk dancing in Prague*
- Immerse yourself in Czech beer culture with a Pivo & Pubs tour, Prague*
- Marvel at the austere beauty of Vienna's grand palaces and cathedrals
- Explore the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias and the Chain bridge with a locally guided tour of Budapest

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
With 26-days up your sleeve, this is more than just a holiday. Roam the romantic Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Bulgaria, learn the art of a beer stein in Germany, & visit the iconic Prater fun park in Vienna. These 19 countries woven between Athens & London will leave you utterly love drunk. 

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The Northern Trek

25 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
  • See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae
  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
  • Visit ANZAC Cove
  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery & Chunuk Bair
  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit Troy's Wooden Horse with a local guide
  • See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • See Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes & a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Scenic drive along the Adriatic coast
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • Orientation of Bratislava Old Town
  • See Bratislava's medieval castle
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • Take a day trip to Český Krumlov in Czech Republic, one of the most picturesque towns in Europe
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Scenic drive through the Alps
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • See Heidelberg's medieval castle
  • Visit the riverside town St. Goar
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

14 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening EUR 33.00
  • Istanbul Walking Tour EUR 10.00
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 37.00
  • Dubrovnik City walking tour EUR 7.00
  • Group Photo Budapest EUR 11.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 40.00
  • Schnitzel and Screams EUR 34.00
  • Old Vienna Schnaps Museum EUR 7.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour EUR 22.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • 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
  • Sea Palace Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Edam Bike Ride EUR 6.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Athens
via
via
Thermopylae
1
1 night
Kavala
1
1 night
Gallipoli
via
via
Canakkale
via
via
Troy
2
2 nights
Istanbul
1
1 night
Sofia
via
via
Skopje
1
1 night
Struga
1
1 night
Tirana
via
via
Budva
3
3 nights
Dubrovnik
via
via
Bosnia & Herzegovina
via
via
Split
1
1 night
Seline
2
2 nights
Budapest
via
via
Bratislava
2
2 nights
Vienna
via
via
Český Krumlov
2
2 nights
Prague
via
via
Dachau
2
2 nights
Munich
via
via
Liechtenstein
via
via
Lucerne
2
2 nights
Swiss Alps
1
1 night
Heidelberg
via
via
Rhine Valley
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
via
via
Edam
via
via
Belgium
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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