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45 nights accommodation
26 nights in Hotel, 6 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 4 nights in Hostel, 8 nights in Contiki Village, 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.
66 included Meals
21 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.
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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.
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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.
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38 included, 29 optional that you can add
From the cobbled laneways of Paris to the azure waters of the Greek Islands, you'll be treated to the best every city has to offer. Think snaking through Venetian canals on a private boat, partying till sunrise on insanely beautiful Ios and soaking up Gaudi's magnificently quirky architecture in Barcelona.
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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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London
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Dover
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Calais
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3 nights
Paris
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2 nights
Beaujolais
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2 nights
Barcelona
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Arles
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2 nights
French Riviera
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Monaco
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2 nights
Venice
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Pisa
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2 nights
Florence
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Vatican City
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2 nights
Rome
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Pompeii
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Bari
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1 night
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
2
2 nights
Corfu
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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
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via
Mauthausen
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2 nights
Austrian Tyrol
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1 night
Munich
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via
Liechtenstein
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Lucerne
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2 nights
Swiss Alps
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Heidelberg
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1 night
Rhine Valley
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Edam
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Amsterdam
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Belgium
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Calais
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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. 

Stay
Joe and Jo Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - 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. 

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See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Parisian Dinner
EUR 36.00
Parisian Cabaret
EUR 82.00
Stay
Joe and Jo Hotel (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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Joe and Jo Hotel (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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Contiki Chateau
DAY 6 - 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.
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Picnic in the French countryside
Unwind on the lawn with Yoga and a glass of wine!
Stay
Contiki Chateau
DAY 7 - 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.
Stay
Urbany Meridiana Hostel (or similar)
DAY 8 - 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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Urbany Meridiana Hostel (or similar)
DAY 9 - Barcelona to The 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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Premiere Classe Hotel Seyne sur mer (or similar)
DAY 10 - 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.
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See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
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. 

 
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Premiere Classe Hotel Seyne sur mer (or similar)
DAY 11 - 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.

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Visit a French perfumery
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 12 - 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
Hidden Venice walking tour and Aperitivo
EUR 17.00
Secrets of Venice walking tour
EUR 11.50
Stay
Camping Fusina (or similar)
DAY 13 - 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 14 - 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
Tuscan Dinner
EUR 35.00
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Camping Internazionale (or similar)
DAY 15 - 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
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
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.
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Seven Hills Campsite (or similar)
DAY 16 - 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.  
 
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
EUR 30.00
Stay
Seven Hills Campsite (or similar)
DAY 17 - 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.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See Mount Vesuvius
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
EUR 24.50
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
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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.
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TBA (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
TBA (or similar)
DAY 20 - 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.
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Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens and visit to the Acropolis
See the first modern Olympic Stadium
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 & 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 Athens (or similar)
DAY 21 - Athens to Ios
Athens
This morning is ours to soak up the last few hours of Athens, before we swap ancient history for island life on Ios.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens and visit to the Acropolis
See the first modern Olympic Stadium
Ios
Sweet mother of sunshine we're going to the Greek Islands! And Ios, no less. A little less developed than its brothers and sisters, you'll be overawed by its rugged beauty from the time we begin our approach. Relax this eve as we've got 3 whole nights up our sleeves to explore.
Stay
Far Out Hotel Ios (or similar)
DAY 22 - Ios
Ios
Don’t underestimate the power of this village. When the sun sets, this place really comes to life. As such, we suggest a day out on the water getting salty on a boat trip, or a full day of pool hangs and beach time so you're all sun-kissed and feeling floaty by the time the night rolls in.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Visit Ios town
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Sailing Spectacular Ios
EUR 43.00
Stay
Far Out Hotel Ios (or similar)
DAY 23 - Ios
Ios
Another day, another chance to soak up the Greek sun and frolic in the sand without a care in the world. Get some adrenaline in with some watersports, or if you haven't done so already, go explore the pretty town and down a hearty meal at a local cafe. You're going to need the fuel if you want to hang out in the party scene of Hora until the break of dawn.
Stay
Far Out Hotel Ios (or similar)
DAY 24 - Ios to Santorini
Ios
Just as you're beginning to lose track of time and forget that a world exists beyond Ios, we'll head off. One more day getting in the groove of things and you'll wind up being that kid who came to Ios and decided to never leave.
Santorini
Thousands of years ago a volcano erupted - one of the largest eruptions in the recorded history of the Earth - and made what we now know as the island of Santorini. Only it didn't have its iconic blue-domed churches back then, those came a little further down the track. That's all for your history lesson, now the day is yours to potter & pout while taking happy snaps. And "happy" today will be an absolute understatement.
Stay
Far Out Hotel Ios (or similar)
DAY 25 - Santorini
Santorini
Rise and shine, Greek Island travellers! The island of Santorini will not explore itself. Take a swim at Perissa Beach, eat the local specialty of fried tomato balls known as domatokeftedes, and roam the streets of Fira. Just remember to plan your day around the excursion to the iconic sunset of Oia - this is not an optional you're going to want to miss.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Visit the main town of Fira
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Highlights & Volcano Cruise
EUR 47.00
Sunset in Oia
EUR 28.00
Stay
Pension Santorini (or similar)
DAY 26 - Santorini
Santorini
The beautiful thing about having two full days on the one island is you have time to both relax and explore. Whatever you didn't do yesterday is still up for grabs today. If you feel like you've crammed it all in already, just head to the black or red sand beaches and spend another glorious day ocean-side. Ain't life grand?
Stay
Pension Santorini (or similar)
DAY 27 - Santorini to Athens
Santorini
Wipe those sad looks off your faces! Life doesn't end when you leave the Greek Islands. In fact we have many, many more places to look forward to. Turkey, Austria and Germany just to name a few.
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 28 - 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.
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Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae
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
Candia Hotel (or similar)
DAY 29 - 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.
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Visit Troy's Wooden Horse with a local guide
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
3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 30 - 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.
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Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
Journey along the Sea of Marmara
Visit Lone Pine Cemetery & Chunuk Bair
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)
DAY 31 - 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.
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The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Turkish Evening Dinner and Show
EUR 33.00
Stay
Kafkas Hotel (or similar)
DAY 32 - 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 33 - 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.
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See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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
Montecito Hotel (or similar)
DAY 34 - 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.
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See the Kalemegdan Fortress and the historic old town
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 Hotel (or similar)
DAY 35 - 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!
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Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
River Cruise with Dinner
EUR 39.00
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
Wombats Hostel (or similar)
DAY 36 - 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.
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Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photo
EUR 10.00
Stay
Wombats Hostel (or similar)
DAY 37 - 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!
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See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Old Vienna Schnaps Museum
EUR 7.00
Schnitzel and Screams
EUR 34.00
Vienna
Many can't shake the Austrian association of singing on sprawling mountains and conservative blue dresses, which makes the sophisticated city of Vienna a very pleasant surprise. A palace, a cathedral, an opera house and a...SCHNAPS MUSEUM!! Will all welcome us into the arms of Austria.
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A&O Hauptbahnhof (or similar)
DAY 38 - 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
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
Haus Schoneck (or similar)
DAY 39 - 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.
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See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Tandem Paragliding
EUR 129.00
Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch
EUR 33.00
Stay
Haus Schoneck (or similar)
DAY 40 - 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.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
White Water Rafting (Summer Departures only)
EUR 45.50
Mike's Bike Tour
EUR 21.00
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)
DAY 41 - Munich to Swiss Alps via Liechtenstein and Lucerne
Munich
Goodbye Munich, hello mountains.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Scenic drive through the Alps
See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
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.
Lucerne
Swans float under wooden bridges, snowcapped mountains stand regally behind us, & chocolate tastes like heaven on earth. You're in the Swiss Alps & you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Eeek!!!
Swiss Alps
Arrive in this picture perfect setting ready for two nights at our very own Swiss Chalet, starting off with a night in the infamous 'bomb shelter' bar.
Stay
Camping Jungfrau
DAY 42 - Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps
Open the window of your Swiss chalet & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! If you're feeling audacious, catch a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station on Jungfrau Mountain, keeping your balance on what's known as the 'Top of Europe'.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Jungfrau Mountain
EUR 142.00
Jungfrau Mountain and Ropes Course
EUR 177.00
Stay
Camping Jungfrau
DAY 43 - 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.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Learn how beer steins are crafted
Scenic drive along the Rhine River
See the Lorelei Rock
See Heidelberg's medieval castle
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Wine Tasting
EUR 9.00
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 alternative (or similar)
DAY 44 - 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...
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
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
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 Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)
DAY 45 - 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.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Canal Bike
EUR 11.00
Canal Cruise (1 hour)
EUR 24.00
Sea Palace Dinner
EUR 32.00
Stay
Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)
DAY 46 - 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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Jontelle Herbert
Traveled Oct 2018
This trip is amazing, we literally saw the best Europe had to offer over 45 days with the most incredible bunch of people. You do spend quite a lot of time on the bus and sometimes we didn't have the longest time in a city but that's what has to happen if you want to see 18 countries in 45 days! Egypt was the highlight of my trip, the amount we saw and did in 7 days was crazy, such an amazing, historic country. Also had the best TM Scott and driver Ivan that we could have asked for, they really made the trip that much better! Would definitely do it again. #teamEGYPT #teampink
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Mikaela Murphy
Traveled Oct 2018
Brilliant, trip of a lifetime
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
I felt that I got my money's worth for what I paid for the trip. Certainly there were a few tweeks and/or enhancements that I think might be worthwhile considering, but overall I was very satisfied with my experience.
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Shivana Seemungal-Dass
Traveled Oct 2018
Expensive for quality of some accommodation.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
Everything was perfect!!!
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Totally worth the money ????????????????????
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
It was allgoods ae far pretty churr
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
Well worth the money spent
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Natalie Ritter
Traveled Sep 2018
The Contiki tour that I attended was not value for money as the included food and accommodation was sub standard. The information provided was misleading and was highly disappointing when I started the trip.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Got exactly what you paid for.
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Taylor Parkes
Traveled Aug 2018
Out of all the trips the 45 days would have to be the best it gives you a bit more down time in more places and also allows you to get a taste of almost all of Europe. The price is also incredibley cheap and once you go on a trip with Contiki you will understand why. The friends and memories you will make are all things that will last a lifetime. Can you really put a price tag on something that gives you a lifetime experience?
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Caitlin Niddrie
Traveled Aug 2018
Poor value for money, nothing included and don’t advertise that you need to pay around another $1500 for add ons.. nothing is actually included
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Nicolas Millington
Traveled Aug 2018
Price was about right for what we got
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Laura Millis
Traveled Aug 2018
Didn’t feel like a budget trip and the amount of things and experience we had for the money were well worth it
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Christina Moore
Traveled Jul 2018
I’ve already recommended this trip to friends, it included all the best possible places and was all for a good long of time too
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Benjamin Hatfield
Traveled Jul 2018
Good time. Lots of citys and adventures definitely a good qay to experience most of Europe at a fast pace.
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Jessica Stacey
Traveled Jul 2018
Best experience of my life, so worth the money. Easiest and cheapest way to travel and the friends I made were incredible
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2018
Great trip and great people. Everyone was helpful at Contiki sites
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Blaine Holt
Traveled Jul 2018
Everything was great until our final stay in Amsterdam where we were put in a **** hole with bed bugs, whilst other shorter and cheaper tours stayed at the generator....put a sour taste at the end of an amazing trip
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Joanna Smith
Traveled Jul 2018
Absolutely amazing!! Would definitely recommend
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