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Ultimate European plus Egypt

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The one that goes big and bold, covering everything from Paris to The Pyramids

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

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

  • Duration

    45 days

  • Countries

    18 Countries

  • Meals

    44 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 15 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 39 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Paris, Beaujolais, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Corfu, Athens, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Red Sea, Kavala, Canakkale, Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Austrian Tyrol, Munich, Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Arles, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City, Pompeii, Bari, Corinth Canal, Giza, Thermopylae, Troy, Gallipoli, Mauthausen, Liechtenstein, Heidelberg, Edam, Belgium

Top Experiences

52 included & 35 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

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

    Included

    Beaujolais

  • 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

  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu

    EUR 43.00

    Corfu

Ultimate European plus Egypt

52 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
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
  • See Chablis, Burgundy and 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
  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island 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
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • See Mount Vesuvius
  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium
  • See the impressive Corinth Canal
  • Visit Cairo Museum
  • See the great pyramids and Sphinx in Giza
  • See the Aga Khan Mausoleum
  • Sit back and chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat
  • Visit the ancient Valley of the Kings & get face to face with the pharaohs in Egypt
  • Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
  • See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae
  • Spark your imagination as you visit the mythological Horse of Troy with a local guide
  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli and ANZAC Cove
  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair
  • The Blue Mosque the Galata Bridge the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • See the Kalemegdan Fortress and the historic old town
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road of Vienna & see St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road of Vienna & see St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • See the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz
  • Scenic drive through the Alps
  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Walk (or jog) along the breathtaking River Rhine & spot castles on the German hillside
  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs
  • See Heidelberg's medieval castle
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam

35 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
  • Tuscan Dinner EUR 41.00
  • Welcome to Florence Walking Tour EUR 10.00
  • Sip n Dip EUR 35.00
  • Pizza Making Evening EUR 35.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu EUR 43.00
  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour EUR 35.00
  • Water sports EUR 15.00 - 45.00
  • Nile Cruise with Buffet Dinner & Show US 50.00
  • Egyptian Village Visit USD 26.00
  • Abu Simbel by bus USD 145.00
  • Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak & Luxor USD 58.00
  • Red Sea Cruise USD 62.50-74.50
  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening EUR 35.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00
  • Eat Schnitzels & take thrill rides at one of the world's oldest theme parks, Prater in Vienna EUR 34.00
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 132.00
  • Bike along the vibrant green trails of the Austrian Alps followed by a BBQ at our Gasthof (Summer Only) EUR 33.00
  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only) EUR 50.00
  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes EUR 22.50
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Adventure Park EUR 37.00
  • Canyon Swing EUR 130.00
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city EUR 15.00
  • Sea Palace Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar EUR 23.00

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About this trip

Two week holidays are for the time poor, and that ain't you. A month and a half will jive you through an entire Europe guidebook. From Serbia to Switzerland & Istanbul to Amsterdam, you're about to cover some serious ground. With included flights and ferries and enough activities to take your breath away, this is nothing short of a trip of a lifetime. And it's all topped off with a trip to the exotic lands of Egypt.

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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. 3 3 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. via via

    Vatican City

  14. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  15. via via

    Pompeii

  16. via via

    Bari

  17. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  18. 2 2 nights

    Corfu

  19. via via

    Corinth Canal

  20. 1 1 night

    Athens

  21. 1 1 night

    Cairo

  22. via via

    Giza

  23. 2 2 nights

    Aswan

  24. 1 1 night

    Luxor

  25. 1 1 night

    Red Sea

  26. 1 1 night

    Cairo

  27. 1 1 night

    Athens

  28. via via

    Thermopylae

  29. 1 1 night

    Kavala

  30. via via

    Troy

  31. 1 1 night

    Canakkale

  32. via via

    Gallipoli

  33. 3 3 nights

    Istanbul

  34. 1 1 night

    Sofia

  35. 1 1 night

    Belgrade

  36. 2 2 nights

    Budapest

  37. 1 1 night

    Vienna

  38. via via

    Mauthausen

  39. 2 2 nights

    Austrian Tyrol

  40. 1 1 night

    Munich

  41. via via

    Liechtenstein

  42. 2 2 nights

    Swiss Alps

  43. via via

    Heidelberg

  44. 1 1 night

    Rhine Valley

  45. via via

    Edam

  46. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  47. via via

    Belgium

  48. via via

    Calais

  49. via via

    Dover

  50. London

+40 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

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. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Montmartre (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

  • 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 Budget Porte de Montmartre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

DAY 3 - 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.

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Montmartre (or similar)

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 4 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region via Fontainebleau

Paris

Farewell French capital! We're off in search of charming countryside & legit, straight from the source vino.

Beaujolais

Tonight's the night we stay at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. This might be the most royal experience of your life. Wine tasting at the Château’s working winery & pool hangs are just two of the ways we'll kill time while we're here.   

Stay

Contiki Chateau

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château

DAY 5 - 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

  • Find your morning zen with some morning yoga on the lawns of our exclusive 16th century Chateau

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.

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.

Stay

Urbany (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 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.

Stay

Urbany (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 8 - 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

Beach Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the historic city of Arles, famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh

DAY 9 - French Riviera including Moncao

French Riviera

You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera. And who we are to keep you off the A-list? Sapphire waters & endless glamour will be on your 'Must See' list for the day.

Monaco

This evening we add even more glamour to your life with a visit to Monaco. Don a fancy necklace and pop a plum in your mouth - we're about to embark on the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

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

Beach Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ride bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history

    EUR 25.00

DAY 10 - French Riviera to Venice

French Riviera

Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check in on Facebook! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. 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.

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

A&O Mestre (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.

Stay

A&O Mestre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island 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

  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by a sumptuous dinner

    EUR 44.00

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.

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

Autopark (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Dinner

    EUR 41.00

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.

Stay

Autopark (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Welcome to Florence See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence

    EUR 10.00

  • Head to the River Arno and sketch spectacular Florence under the guide of a teacher with wine in hand

    EUR 35.00

  • Learn how to make the perfect pizza at a local restaurant and indulge in your very own culinary masterpiece

    EUR 35.00

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.

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

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

Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 41.00

DAY 15 - Rome

Rome

When in Rome... This is 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, as well as stuffing yourself to the brim with pasta, gelato and caprese salad all washed down with a glass of red at a local trattoria.  
 

Stay

Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 41.00

DAY 16 - 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.

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

Stay

Overnight Ferry

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Mount Vesuvius

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 17 - 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

Ariti Grand Hotel (or similar)

DAY 18 - 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?

Stay

Ariti Grand Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports

    EUR 43.00

  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour

    EUR 35.00

  • Test the waters off one of Corfu’s beaches and sign up for some action

    EUR 15.00 - 45.00

DAY 19 - 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.

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 & modern magnificence, the allure of Athens is hard to resist. We'll jump straight in with a sightseeing tour of Athens. Our Local Guide will escort us through the history of the city visiting the Parthenon & Acropolis, followed by a visit to the first & original 'modern' (read: 1896) Olympic stadium.

Stay

Candia Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments including entry to the Acropolis and Parthenon

  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium

  • See the impressive Corinth Canal

DAY 20 - Athens to Cairo

Athens

This morning is ours to soak up the last few hours of Athens, before we swap one ancient city for another and jet plane it to Cairo.

Cairo

Landing in Cairo, we'll find a city of ornate mosques, sparkling skyscrapers & sprawling avenues of 19th-century faded grandeur awaiting us. Egypt's capital is full of energy, but we'll save the proper exploring for tomorrow. Tonight, how about a cruise on the Nile with a buffet dinner & show?

Stay

Oasis Pyramid Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nile Cruise with Buffet Dinner & Show

    US 50.00

DAY 21 - Cairo to Aswan

Cairo

Get ready for a sensory overload of the best possible variety. Markets & mayhem are on every corner, with stops for hummus and tea proving very essential.

Giza

Of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World only one remains, and today you will be seeing it up close and personal. Get the tissues ready, seeing the iconic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza in all their 4,600 year old glory will make for a day that stirs you to the very core.

Aswan

Tonight it's an overnight train to Aswan - nothing gives you a more up-close look at a place than riding local!

Stay

Overnight Train

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Cairo Museum

  • See the great pyramids and Sphinx in Giza

DAY 22 - Aswan

Aswan

Today is all about the African vibes - how easy it is to forget that Egypt actually spans North Africa! Also in Aswan you'll be pleased to no end by colourful markets, bakeries & cafés. Walk along the Nile before we hop aboard a wooden felucca sailboat and float up to lush botanical gardens.

Stay

Sara Hotel Aswan (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Aga Khan Mausoleum

  • Sit back & chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Nubian Village tour

    USD 26.00

DAY 23 - Aswan to Luxor

Aswan

Taking a flight over Abu Simbel's Temple of Ramses II, an Egyptian desert and Lake Nasser - now there's a way to spend a day. If that isn't quite enough, perhaps listening to some Nubian music, eating spicy tomato okra and enjoying the palm-fringed Nile will see you satisfied.

Luxor

After a few drinks with the team we'll continue our epic journey, following the yellow desert road to Luxor.

Stay

Philippe Luxor Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tour Abu Simbel, site of the 2 temples built by King Ramses II (incl Transport)

    USD 145.00

DAY 24 - Luxor to Red Sea

Luxor

Only on a trip to Egypt would ancient royal tombs make a casual appearance on our daily agenda. Venturing to the Valley of the Kings known as 'City of the Dead,' our local guide will take us to some of the 63 royal tombs found here. Later, choose to visit the Temple of Karnak where we can find the world’s largest religious structure, the Temple of Amun.

Red Sea

Across the Eastern Desert to the Red Sea Resort of Hurghada - tonight we are retracing ancient trade routes & getting in the mood for tomorrow's day of ocean magnificence.

Stay

Bella Vista Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the ancient Valley of the Kings & get face to face with the pharaohs in Egypt

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak & Luxor

    USD 58.00

DAY 25 - Red Sea to Cairo

Red Sea

No matter which choose-your-own-adventure path you take today, it's probably going to land you submerged in the sea and absorbing a good burst of Egyptian sunshine. If beach hangs aren't quite enough, take the optional cruise to the jaw dropping coral reefs of the Red Sea & see if that hits the spot.

Cairo

Back to where our Egyptian odyssey kicked off - the colourful city of Cairo. It's our last evening here before we head back to Europe and reconnect with the rest of the pack. Make the most of it.

Stay

Oasis Pyramids Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise along the world-famous Red Sea & snorkel among the colourful reef

    USD 62.50-74.50

DAY 26 - Cairo to Athens

Cairo

That's it for Egypt, time to hit the skies and head back to Europe where another 19-days of endless extraordinary times are waiting for us.

Athens

Oh hey Athens, it feels like forever since we last hung out! And same goes for our Contiki posse. Enjoy this reunion night then it's back on the road tomorrow - the good times never stop.

Stay

Candia Hotel (or similar)

DAY 27 - Athens to Kavala via Thermopylae

Athens

By now you should be well and truly acquainted with all things Athens and ready to embark on our next venture. This time tomorrow we'll be on a whole new continent.

Thermopylae

Before arrival in our final destination in this fine country we'll see Greece’s highest peak, Mt Olympus, and the grounds of Thermopylae, where an ancient battle of 300 vs. thousands proved size really doesn't count.

Kavala

The coastal town of Kavala is our nest for the evening. Down your last Greek salad, cheers the country over a glass of ouzo and sleep well in preparation for our next few days in Turkey.

Stay

Nefeli Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus

  • See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae

DAY 28 - Kavala to Canakkale via Troy

Kavala

From the comfort of our ferry as it crosses the Dardanelles, get your pout out and blow your final kiss in the direction of Greece. We'll be carving up the seas making our way to...ASIA! Ah, the traveller's life.

Troy

This afternoon we discover that "Troy" means more than just a Hollywood blockbuster; so much more. Our Local Guide will unravel the historical layers of a ten year war & what is now a mythical excavation site.

Canakkale

Continent crossed - squeal!! There aren't likely to be many times in your life that you'll do that at sea level. Welcome to Asia & just as importantly, welcome to Turkey.

Stay

Tusan Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Spark your imagination as you visit the mythological Horse of Troy with a local guide

DAY 29 - Canakkale to Istanbul via Gallipoli

Canakkale

So long Canakkale, we're off to the only city in the world split over two continents, incredible Istanbul.

Gallipoli

Though a few days of fun times and city frolics are ahead of us, we will start our Turkish explorations on a sobering note by visiting the battlegrounds of Gallipoli.

Istanbul

Unlike anywhere else on earth, Istanbul is set to capture your heart and imagination. Rest up tonight and the city is yours from sunrise.

Stay

Kafkas Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove

  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara

  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery & Chunuk Bair

DAY 30 - Istanbul

Istanbul

The Blue Mosque with its interior of 20,000 handmade tiles; lively spice markets; bazaars bursting at the sides with silver & jewels. Istanbul is one place we'll really have to drag you away from. Our Local Guide will show you the hotspots, and you're always free to  get lost and uncover some secrets of your own. Just be sure to find your way back if you're keen for the traditional Turkish evening with dinner and a show.

Stay

Kafkas Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Witness a colourful Turkish belly dancing show & enjoy a local feast

    EUR 35.00

DAY 31 - Istanbul

Istanbul

A city like this needs more than a day on our calendar. Take in the sites you missed yesterday or if you're all explored out, go unwind at a "hammam" spa for a Turkish bath. Then drink endless tea and eat  your body weight in baklava and you've had the full Turkey experience.

Stay

Kafkas Hotel (or similar)

DAY 32 - Istanbul to Sofia

Istanbul

With Istanbul firmly imprinted in our hearts and minds, we can leave Turkey in search of Bulgaria's capital to see what all the fuss is about.

Sofia

Once a sleepy spot on the European map, Sofia is experiencing its own mini renaissance. The pretty streets, quirky galleries and hip locals are almost enough to distract you from the astounding Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Stay

Hotel Montecito (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the most important Orthodox church in Bulgaria

DAY 33 - Sofia to Belgrade

Sofia

Sofia you were short and sweet, sometimes we gotta roll that way if we're going to see 17 countries in 45-days. Next stop: the capital of Serbia.

Belgrade

Belgrade is a city of quirks and contradictions. One minute you'll be walking past an old communist building thinking the place is rather drab, the next minute you'll be sitting by an extravagant church sipping coffee with locals chatting philosophy hoping you never have to leave.

Stay

Centar Balasevic (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Kalemegdan Fortress and the historic old town

DAY 34 - Belgrade to Budapest

Belgrade

Though Belgrade will have well and truly warmed on you, perhaps so much so you feel a little toasted, the show must go on. Hiya Hungary!

Budapest

Fun fact #1: Buda and Pest are two different cities separated by a river, together they make Budapest. Fun fact #2: You're going to be head over heels with both of them by the time we scoot outta here. Down goulash and cabbage rolls on tonight's optional cruise to get into the Hungarian spirit of things.

Stay

Wombat's (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided sightseeing & walking tour of Budapest including the Royal Palace, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast

    EUR 43.00

DAY 35 - Budapest

Budapest

Throw yourself into the sightseeing this morning with the church of St. Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge. That way you'll really earn an afternoon soaking in the cities famous outdoor thermal pools set amongst Art Nouveau architecture. Blissed out in Budapest - there's an insta caption for you.

Stay

Wombat's (or similar)

DAY 36 - Budapest to Vienna

Budapest

Under normal circumstances we'd all be devastated to be leaving Budapest. But with Austria on the horizon, it's smiles all round. Giddy up!

Vienna

Ah Vienna! We'll kick things off in this grand capital with a walking tour and explore the opulent classical architecture and wide streets. Summer evenings can be spent like a local, watching the sun set over the Donaukanal at a gorgeous beach bar.

Stay

A&O Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road of Vienna & see St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House

  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road of Vienna & see St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat Schnitzels & take thrill rides at one of the world's oldest theme parks, Prater in Vienna

    EUR 34.00

DAY 37 - Vienna to Austrian Tyrol

Vienna

From the bustling city to the open countryside. We’ll leave Vienna this morning in search of hills that are alive with the sound of music.

Mauthausen

Before we arrive in the blissful Alps, we make a sobering stop to remember the dark past and pay tribute at Mauthausen Concentration Camp memorial.

Austrian Tyrol

2-nights at Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest house) are coming right up. Tyrol will prove a haven for both adrenaline junkies and those in need of a bit of R&R after all the globe trotting we've been doing.

Stay

Contiki Haus Schoneck (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp Austria

DAY 38 - 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.

Stay

Contiki Haus Schoneck (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only)

    EUR 132.00

  • Bike along the vibrant green trails of the Austrian Alps followed by a BBQ at our Gasthof (Summer Only)

    EUR 33.00

DAY 39 - Austrian Tyrol to Munich

Austrian Tyrol

Polish off your stay in Austria with an optional whitewater rafting adventure - that should get the adrenaline pumping and excitement high for our impending visit to Germany.

Munich

A city famous the world over for its annual beer festival is a city we need to know about. And luckily enough, its Bavarian culture is a year round attraction. You can explore the side streets of Munich on an optional bike tour, or go it on your own and see what you stumble upon.

Stay

Haus International (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feel the unique thrill of White Water Rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps (Summer Only)

    EUR 50.00

  • Take a funny and fascinating tour through Munich on two wheels with Mike's Bikes (Summer Only)

    EUR 22.50

DAY 40 - Munich to Swiss Alps via Liechtenstein

Munich

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains.

Liechtenstein

We'll make a well earned pit stop in the capital of the tiny country of the Principality of Liechtenstein - famous for being landlocked by not one but two countries, now there's a fact we bet you never thought you would learn.

Swiss Alps

Arrive in this picture perfect setting ready for two nights of fresh mountain air and adventure. This place comes to life as the sun sets, so tonight we'll have a chance to check out the local nightlife and foodie scene.

Stay

Mattenhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive through the Alps

  • Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ascend 1,900 meters to the top of spectacular Mt. Stanserhorn in Switzerland

    EUR 54.00

DAY 41 - Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Open the window of your room & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! Feel free to explore this classic European adventure town.

Stay

Mattenhof (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Swing through the treetops on an adventure high ropes course in the Swiss Alps

    EUR 37.00

  • Canyon Swing

    EUR 130.00

DAY 42 - Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley via Heidelberg

Swiss Alps

Out with the altitude, into Germany for a brand new day and a brand new country. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting into beer and wine territory in the castle dotted landscapes of the Rhine Valley.

Heidelberg

We keep the suspense with a stop off in Heidelberg and its medieval vibes which are matched only by its student vibes before we're back on the road and the alpine air.

Rhine Valley

After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you'll be charmed before we even arrive in Germany's famous Rhine Valley. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening. Squeal!!!

Stay

Hotel Montag (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn how beer steins are crafted

  • Walk (or jog) along the breathtaking River Rhine & spot castles on the German hillside

  • See the famous Lorelei Rock, where sirens are said to sing their beguiling songs

  • See Heidelberg's medieval castle

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley

    EUR 9.00

DAY 43 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam

Rhine Valley

This morning we'll drag you all away from Germany kicking and screaming that you want to stay forever. Only to see you equally infatuated with another dot on the European map hours later...

Edam

You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside to see windmills & picturesque Dutch houses on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house. 
 

Amsterdam

Flashing red lights, pretty canals, crooked buildings, cafes bursting with pizza + chocolate + French fries. Amsterdam is all that and way too many bags of chips.

Stay

VIA Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam

DAY 44 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

It's our last full day on tour & our last night to party up a storm with the squad. Use the day to explore quirky museums & sample the endless array of cuisines this city has on offer.

Stay

VIA Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city

    EUR 15.00

  • Enjoy a reist tafel dinner at a popular floating restaurant smack in the middle of Amsterdam

    EUR 35.00

  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar

    EUR 23.00

DAY 45 - Depart Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.

Belgium

For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.

Calais

Dover

London

This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.

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