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The Southern Trail

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21 nights accommodation
1 night in Hotel, 19 nights in Twin Share Tent, 1 night in Overnight Cruise
Start the trip off with a night in our London hotel before the adventure begins, then you and your new besties will be snoozing two-to-a-tent in campsites across Europe for 17 nights. There'll also be 2 nights in funky hostels and 1 night where you'll sleep in a ship as we take a ferry from Italy to Greece.
32 included Meals
12 Dinner, 20 Breakfast
Expand your palette with a plethora of gourmet treats, from Greek favourites like moussaka to steaming piles of paella in Spain. Breakfast is on us every day except one, and we'll also throw in 12 tasty dinners for good measure.
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.
Experiences
18 included, 12 optional that you can add
All the highlights of everywhere we visit will be included as standard. Fall in love with Paris on a night-time tour of the city and roll the dice at a Monte Carlo casino and explore the ancient city of Athens with a local guide.
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Smash off the big bucket list items on this gallivant through Europe's finest; France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, the Vatican City & Greece. With less money spent on fancy digs you'll never be in, you'll have more cash to sign up to a Gondola ride in Venice, a Flamenco dance show in Barcelona & watersports whilst you're island hopping on the Ionian Sea.
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Paris
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Versailles
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Paris
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Beaujolais
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Barcelona
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Arles
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French Riviera
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Monaco
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Venice
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Pisa
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Florence
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Rome
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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 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. 

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See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
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 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

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by the lights of night. 

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Camping Paris Est le Tremblay Champigny sur Marne (or similar)
DAY 3 - Paris and Versailles
Paris
Croissant in one hand, cappuccino in the other - this should be your signature look for the next few days.
 
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See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Parisian Dinner
EUR 36.00
Parisian Cabaret
EUR 82.00
Versailles
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. 
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Camping Paris Est le Tremblay Champigny sur Marne (or similar)
DAY 4 - Paris
Paris

Miss the Mona Lisa yesterday? Didn't get a chance to stroll the Seine river and watch artists brushing ballerinas on easels? Keen to pack a cheese picnic and sit near Montmartre for a new view on the city. Luckily for you Paris is still your oyster (or snail) - we're in no great hurry to move on from this bliss.

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Camping Paris Est le Tremblay Champigny sur Marne (or similar)
DAY 5 - 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. 

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See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
Beaujolais

Southbound, we roll on through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.

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Camping Municipal du Bois de la dame Hotel Ars-Sur Formans (or similar)
DAY 6 - Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona
Beaujolais
Bye-bye Beaujolais! 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.
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See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
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! Tapas and a night exploring the city should have us in the Spanish mood before we know it.
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Centre Esplai (or similar)
DAY 7 - 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.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Flamenco show with Tapas & Drinks
EUR 50.00
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Centre Esplai (or similar)
DAY 8 - Barcelona to French Riviera via Arles
Barcelona
As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more...
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Visit the historic city of Arles
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.
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Camping Les Embruns Hotel Antibes (or similar)
DAY 9 - French Riviera incl Monaco
French Riviera
This morning we'll take a guided visit to Fragonard Perfumery, part museum experience & part discount perfume shopping extravaganza, where you'll have the chance to dabble in the olfactory arts. Then it's back to glamorous beach resorts, coastal villages, superyachts & members of the Jet Set - a scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur shows us everything we want to know about the French Riviera, as we make our way to the heart of it all, Monaco.
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Visit a French perfumery
Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Montecarlo casino
Monaco
It wouldn't be a true visit to Monaco without seeing the Royal Palace and the Montecarlo casino, and that's exactly what we'll look for first. Then, what better place to spend your last night in France? You have a free evening to don your glad rags, spritz on some of your new perfume & rub shoulders with the high rollers, before it's back along the coast tonight.
French Riviera
Monaco, you've been a real winner today. Winding our way back along the Côte d'Azur, we'll say goodbye to the flash pack and set our sights for bed.
 
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Camping Les Embruns Hotel Antibes (or similar)
DAY 10 - French Riviera to Venice via Verona
French Riviera
Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are just around the corner.
 
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See Juliet's Balcony in Verona
Verona
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, a posse of travellers, all alike in excitement, check out the place that inspired Romeo & Juliet. We'll also check out the Roman Arena where other love stories were told. 
 
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. 
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Camping Fusina (or similar)
DAY 11 - 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
Gondola ride
EUR 23.00
Secrets of Venice walking tour
EUR 11.50
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Camping Fusina (or similar)
DAY 12 - 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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Camping Internazionale (or similar)
DAY 13 - 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
Tuscan Dinner
EUR 35.00
Space Electronic Disco
EUR 16.00
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Camping Internazionale (or similar)
DAY 14 - Florence to Rome
Florence
Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.
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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 on day-13.
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Seven Hills Camping (or similar)
DAY 15 - Rome
Rome
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
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.
Rome
This is also the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring. Espressos and people watching should be high priority.
 
Stay
Seven Hills Camping (or similar)
DAY 16 - Rome to Sorrento via Capri
Rome

One more destination is left to cement our Italian love affair. And it could be one of the European destinations you've been lusting over the most. 

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Day trip by boat to the Isle of Capri
Capri

The island of Capri; we'll sail over the Tyrrhenian Sea taking in the glorious waters and majestic beauty of coastal Italy. Once on Isle of Capri, you can roam the hillside town of Anacapri, sip too many cups of coffee, and marvel at how the cliffs meet the sea.

Sorrento

"So so so so in love with Sorrento" are about the only words you'll muster up this evening as you sit seaside in the #InstaFamous town of beauty.

Back on the mainland we will toast our time in Italy and begin discussing our fanciful ideas about what Greece has in store. 

Stay
Camping Santa Fortunata Hotel Sorrento (or similar)
DAY 17 - Sorrento to Overnight Adriatic Ferry via Pompeii and Bari
Sorrento
Arrivederci Italy! You've been real. And the next few days have a lot to live up to. Luckily, with Greece on the horizon, we're in pretty safe hands. 
 
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
EUR 24.50
Pompeii
After less than an hour gazing lovingly out of our windows at the Italian countryside, it will be time for a stop. Here in the ancient city of Pompeii you will have the chance to partake in a guided walking tour taking through Roman city remains.
Bari
After taking in the rugged beauty of the boot's south, we board our overnight ferry to Greece. Don't be ashamed if you need to wipe away a tear or two as we plough through the Ionian Sea watching Italy get smaller.
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
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Overnight ferry
DAY 18 - 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
Karda Beach Camping (or similar)
DAY 19 - 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
Karda Beach Camping (or similar)
DAY 20 - Corfu
Corfu

Remember when you first looked at our itinerary and wondered if 3-days in Corfu would be too much? LOL! What a joke those feels are now. It's our final full day here and we all wish it would last for 3-months. Do any daredevil things you've been putting off or give yourself a day to relax if you've been giving it a nudge since we first arrived. 

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Karda Beach Camping (or similar)
DAY 21 - 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
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. Relax tonight with the knowledge that we have plenty of time to soak up the city tomorrow.
Stay
Athens Camping (or similar)
DAY 22 - Depart Athens
Athens
Today is ours to absorb the best of Athens. Our Local Guide will escort us through the history of the city visiting the Parthenon and the Acropolis. The trip winds down in the heart of the city at Syntagma Square, home to the Greek Parliament. Make the most of a last look at the Parthenon before you farewell your friends.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens
See the first modern Olympic Stadium
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Acropolis Entry
EUR 20.00
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Lachlan Davis
Traveled Oct 2018
Everything I could of wanted
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Analise Slack
Traveled Sep 2018
The southern trail was excellent value for money. I loved the camping aspect as everyone was so chilled out and it felt like a family. We went to so many amazing places and managed to do and see a lot in 21 days!
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Angus Cooke
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The best trip ever! Had so much fun
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Grace Power
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it was a amazing purchase.
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Marie-Louise Hellstrom
Traveled Jul 2018
It went too quik! It was a beautiful trip. I loved everything about the Southern Trial.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2018
Awesome trip with awesome people. Would recommend to my friends
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Maddison Butterworth
Traveled Jun 2018
Great Value! It is more like Glamping!
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Anonymous
Traveled May 2018
The Southern Trail was one of the best things I have ever decided to do. As a traveller who generally travels alone or with a few friends I was not sure how I was going to find the trip but it was one of the best ones I have ever done. We saw so much, made so many new friends and Chris, David and Georgia were the dream team leading us all. The days were hectic, the nights were often long and the bus ended up being the ideal R&R time that you needed between stops. When I first booked this trip I thought it would be my one and only Contiki. Now I can't wait to book another. One small detail to be aware of is that this trip is half of 'The Original' meaning on the tour most people will be going the whole way around. Not a big problem, but it is hard leaving your new Contiki family halfway
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
The places were great, the mode of transport made for lots of wasted days.
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Victoria Stewart
Traveled Aug 2017
Loved the type of people I got, my coach driver, cook and tour manager was amazing I loved them! The trip was very well organised and loved all the free time.
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Samantha Trynchy
Traveled Jun 2017
Didn't quite realize how much time would be spent on the bus but we got to see so much. Would have liked the opportunity to explore small towns or more outdoorsy activities
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Kaytlin Sims
Traveled May 2017
The trip was very thoughtful and organized! I felt very comfortable in all the accommodations and the included meals were incredible.
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