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Ultimate European plus Greek Islands

(From March 2020)

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The one that does it big - all of Europe, topped off with the Greek Islands

Duration
45 Days
Countries
17 Countries

Visiting London, Paris, Beaujolais, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Corfu, Athens, Ios, Santorini, 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, Thermopylae, Troy, Gallipoli, Mauthausen, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Edam, Belgium

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Ferry

Highlights

  • 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
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

44 nights accommodation

27 nights in Hotel, 4 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 12 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Adriatic Ferry

For 45 incredible nights, you'll be sleeping in some of the coolest and most diverse accommodation you'll ever encounter. Spend 2 nights in Contiki's own French Château, 2 in our Austrian Gasthof, 2 in our Swiss Chalet, 8 in our cosy village cabins, 23 in hotels, 8 in funky hostels and 1 aboard a ferry.

56 Meals

11 Dinner, 44 Breakfast, 1 Picnic Lunch

Wrap your taste buds around an abundance of scrumptious cuisines. As well as favourites like hearty Italian pasta and Spanish paella, you'll also sample unique offerings like Serbian sour chicken soup and Greek delights like saganaki and moussaka. Breakfast is on us every day except one, as well as 1 picnic lunch and 21 dinners.

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

54 included, 29 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Discover lamp-lit bridges & a sparkling Eiffel Tower in an exclusive 'Paris by Night' tour 
- Sleep & chill poolside at the Contiki's own French Château in the Beaujolais countryside 
- Uncover the lives of Emperors & Gladiators in a special access guided tour of the Colosseum in Rome*
- Sample some souvlaki and soak up the scenery of Fira, the gorgeous capital of Santorini
- Catch the sunset over the famous cascade of blue roofs in Oia, Santorini*
- Enjoy some thrilling watersports upon the irridescent Ionian waters of Corfu, Greece *

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Two week holidays are for the time poor, and that ain't you. 45 days 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 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 Greek Island gallivant.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris

Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

Paris

See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

Barcelona

Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas

EUR 64.00

Barcelona

Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa

EUR 41.00

Florence

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

EUR 36.00

Rome

Ultimate European plus Greek Islands (From March 2020)

54 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)
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • See Mount Vesuvius
  • Get a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments, the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium
  • See the impressive Corinth Canal
  • Get a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments, the Acropolis and Parthenon
  • See the first modern Olympic Stadium
  • Visit Ios town
  • Visit the main town of Fira
  • Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
  • See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae
  • Visit Troy's Wooden Horse with a local guide
  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery & 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
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • See this mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Scenic drive through the Alps
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • 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

29 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
  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 84.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 64.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa EUR 41.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 35.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 36.00
  • 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 40.00
  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour EUR 35.00
  • Water sports EUR 15.00 - 45.00
  • Farewell to Ios Evening Cruise EUR 35.00
  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise EUR 50.00
  • Visit Oia and soak up one of the world's most famous sunsets EUR 28.00
  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening EUR 33.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 40.00
  • Group photo EUR 11.00
  • Schnitzel and Screams EUR 34.00
  • Soar over the spectacular Austrian Alps on a exhilarating paragliding experience (Summer Only) EUR 130.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • German Wine Tasting in the picturesque village of St.Goar, the Rhine Valley EUR 9.00
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 31.50
  • Sea Palace Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city EUR 15.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
3
3 nights
Paris
2
2 nights
Beaujolais
2
2 nights
Barcelona
via
via
Arles
2
2 nights
French Riviera
via
via
Monaco
2
2 nights
Venice
via
via
Pisa
2
2 nights
Florence
via
via
Vatican City
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Pompeii
via
via
Bari
1
1 night
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
2
2 nights
Corfu
via
via
Corinth Canal
1
1 night
Athens
3
3 nights
Ios
3
3 nights
Santorini
1
1 night
Athens
via
via
Thermopylae
1
1 night
Kavala
via
via
Troy
1
1 night
Canakkale
via
via
Gallipoli
3
3 nights
Istanbul
1
1 night
Sofia
1
1 night
Belgrade
2
2 nights
Budapest
1
1 night
Vienna
via
via
Mauthausen
2
2 nights
Austrian Tyrol
1
1 night
Munich
via
via
Liechtenstein
via
via
Lucerne
2
2 nights
Swiss Alps
via
via
Heidelberg
1
1 night
Rhine Valley
via
via
Edam
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
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 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.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

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).

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