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Ultimate European

plus Greek Islands

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

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  • Duration

    45 days

  • Countries

    15 Countries

  • Meals

    44 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 14 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Ferry

  • Group Size

    Average 39 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Paris, Swiss Alps, Beaujolais, Barcelona, French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Athens, Ios, Santorini, Kavala, Canakkale, Istanbul, Black Sea, Bucharest, Transylvania, Budapest, Salzburg, Austrian Tyrol, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Arles, Monaco, Pisa, Pompeii, Bari, Patras, Corinth Canal, Thermopylae, Troy, Gallipoli, Dachau, Dresden, Belgium

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About this trip

Two week holidays are for the time poor, and that ain't you. 45 days will get you through an entire Europe guidebook. From Romania 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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  • Ultimate European

    plus Greek Islands

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    plus Egypt

    On this version of the trip you'll spend 6 days exploring Egypt, including a Nile cruise, instead of the Greek Islands

Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 2 2 nights

    Swiss Alps

  6. 2 2 nights

    Beaujolais

  7. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  8. via via

    Arles

  9. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  10. via via

    Monaco

  11. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  12. via via

    Pisa

  13. 1 1 night

    Florence

  14. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  15. via via

    Pompeii

  16. via via

    Bari

  17. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  18. via via

    Patras

  19. via via

    Corinth Canal

  20. 1 1 night

    Athens

  21. 3 3 nights

    Ios

  22. 3 3 nights

    Santorini

  23. 1 1 night

    Athens

  24. via via

    Thermopylae

  25. 1 1 night

    Kavala

  26. via via

    Troy

  27. 1 1 night

    Canakkale

  28. via via

    Gallipoli

  29. 3 3 nights

    Istanbul

  30. 1 1 night

    Black Sea

  31. 1 1 night

    Bucharest

  32. 1 1 night

    Transylvania

  33. 2 2 nights

    Budapest

  34. 1 1 night

    Salzburg

  35. 2 2 nights

    Austrian Tyrol

  36. 1 1 night

    Munich

  37. via via

    Dachau

  38. 2 2 nights

    Prague

  39. via via

    Dresden

  40. 2 2 nights

    Berlin

  41. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  42. via via

    Belgium

  43. via via

    Calais

  44. via via

    Dover

  45. London

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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

Generator Hostel (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

Today's the day to stroll the beautiful streets of Paris, with plenty of time to lust over designer haute couture or French vintage stores, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral, order coffee and crêpes, or get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Tonight, foodies will have the chance to eat a Parisian feast in Montmartre, surrounded by cobbled lanes, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Otherwise, this is your night to sign up for an iconic Parisian cabaret show. Either option will give you the perfect way to make it one to remember!

Stay

Generator Hostel (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 3 - Paris to Swiss Alps

Paris

Out with the city life, in with the fresh mountain air. On leaving Paris we’ll coast through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before crossing the border to Switzerland.

Swiss Alps

With magical views unfolding outside our windows we'll find ourselves in Switzerland, ready for two nights at our accommodation in the heart of this traditional resort town. 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, as well as load up on Swiss chocolate.

Stay

Schützenbach (Or similar)

DAY 4 - Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

Open the window of your room and drink in the incredible view. Today you’re free to explore this classic European adventure town. Feeling extra adventurous? Those who are brave enough can sign up for a high ropes course in the treetops, or take a canyon swing for breath-taking views.

Stay

Schützenbach (Or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 37.00

  • Journey to the 'top of the world' as you take a cog train up Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps

    EUR 150.00

DAY 5 - Swiss Alps to Beaujolais Wine Region

Swiss Alps

It’s been sweet, but we’re swapping Switzerland back for France again this morning.

Beaujolais

Rolling into the Beaujolais region of France amidst vineyards, we'll arrive at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. This might just be our most decadent accommodation yet, complete with newly-renovated bedrooms & bathrooms, an on-site nightclub, artwork in every room, a games room, and a powder room for makeup and hair. And we haven't even shown you the pool or the gardens yet! Tonight we'll start off with an included dinner and wine tasting here at the Château, because, when in France...

Stay

Contiki Chateau (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau

  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château

  • Enjoy an included dinner using fresh local produce prepared by Contiki Chefs

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.

Stay

Contiki Chateau (Special Stay)

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 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.

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 Hostel (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 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.

Stay

Urbany Hostel (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 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...

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 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.

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 11 - French Riviera to Venice

French Riviera

Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are just around the corner.

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 12 - Venice

Venice

Buongiorno! Venice is ours for a full and glorious Italian day. We'll start exploring The Floating City by jumping aboard our own private motoscaffo boat and cruising the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. Here we'll take selfies at the Bridge of Sighs, see the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square. Next, you have the option to discover hidden Venice with a guided walking tour or a traditional gondola ride, or take a guided cruise out to the UNESCO heritage site of Burano. At this picture-perfect fisherman’s island decorated with gorgeous technicolour houses, you’ll visit a local family restaurant and indulge in the best seafood feast you’ve ever experienced.

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 13 - Venice to Florence via Pisa

Venice

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we're not done with you yet, our next destination Florence is just around the corner.

Pisa

No trip around Europe is complete without seeing the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you've got that perfect snap of you holding the thing up like you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, we'll be on the fast-track to Florence.

Florence

The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at a Free Time Add-On dinner - think olives, pastas, focaccia, meats & wine.

Stay

Yellow Hostel (Or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy an Italian Feast nestled in the heart of Florence with the local Chianti wine

    EUR 41.00

DAY 14 - Florence to Rome

Florence

This morning is the perfect balance of guided local wisdom and free time to roam. First we'll uncover the beautiful art of traditional leatherwork, then you’re free to make the most of your final hours in Florence. Finally with a heartfelt ‘ciao’ to Florence, we’re bound for the epicentre of Italy: the Eternal City of Rome.

Rome

After we drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. Starting with a city walking tour, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets.

Stay

Hello Hostel/Hostel Trustever (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

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

Hello Hostel/Hostel Trustever (Or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 41.00

  • Witness Renaissance masterpieces on a guided tour of the holy Vatican City, the smallest country in the world

    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 Athens via Patras and Corinth Canal

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Full steam ahead this morning, our course is set for Athens via the Corinth Canal.

Patras

Oh hello there...we're pulling up in Greece! The awe of this country'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.

Corinth Canal

The awe of Greece's mainland will begin shortly 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 glorious blue ocean. Docking here, we’ll make tracks overland for Athens.

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

Ariti Hotel (Or similar)

DAY 18 - 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.

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 O(r similar)

DAY 19 - 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.

Stay

Far Out Hotel Ios (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Ios town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Let’s hop on a speed boat & sail around the beautiful coastline for a day of relaxation and snorkelling

    EUR 38.00

DAY 20 - 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)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Farewell to Ios Evening Cruise

    EUR 35.00

DAY 21 - 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

Maistros Village (Or similar)

DAY 22 - 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.

Stay

Maistros Village (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Fira, the clifftop capital of Santorini

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the highlights of Santorini with a spectacular volcano cruise including crater hike and hot springs

    EUR 50.00

  • Visit Oia and soak up one of the world's most famous sunsets

    EUR 30.00

DAY 23 - 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

Maistros Village (Or similar)

DAY 24 - 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 25 - 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 26 - 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 27 - 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 28 - 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 29 - 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 30 - Istanbul to Black Sea

Istanbul

Crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria, we'll arrive at the Black Sea late afternoon.

 

Black Sea

Here we'll be greeted by coastal resort towns and bar-lined waterfronts, where we'll be headed this evening to enjoy some dinner and a taste of the local nightlife.

 

Stay

Continental Park Hotel (Or similar)

DAY 31 - Black Sea to Bucharest

Black Sea

After a free morning to spend beachside, we'll set our sights for Romania. 

Bucharest

Crossing the border, we'll arrive in Bucharest this afternoon to discover beautiful architecture, street art, rooftop cafes, and an ornate Parliament building with enough steel, bronze, marble, crystal and wood that combine to make it the heaviest in the world! You'll have free time this afternoon and evening to explore the city, maybe checking out the open air museum 'Dimitrie Gusti' with depictions of village life, exploring the colourful umbrella passage between Universitate and Victoriei, or tasting an authentic traditional meal in the Old City or one of the local bistros.

 

Stay

Ibis Styles Bucharest City Centre (Or similar)

DAY 32 - Bucharest to Transylvania

Bucharest

Departing Bucharest after breakfast, we'll set our sights for none other than Transylvania.

 

Transylvania

Of course, a stay in Transylvania wouldn't be complete without a drive to Bran Castle to visit the real life setting that inspired Dracula, before driving on towards Cluj-Napoca. Here we'll get acquainted with the city, with Saxon and Hungarian landmarks, one of the biggest old town squares in Southeastern Europe, a beautiful Botanical Garden, fortified Cetățuia Monastery and a 15th century tower. With a free evening tonight, you'll also have the chance to explore the local nightlife and bar scene.

 

Stay

Belvedere Hotel Cluj (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Bran Castle, a former royal residence and allegedly the inspiration behind the legend of Count Dracula

DAY 33 - Transylvania to Budapest

Transylvania

We'll leave behind the ghosts of Transylvania's past and hit the road for Budapest. 

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)

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 34 - 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

Wombats Hostel (Or similar)

DAY 35 - Budapest to Salzburg

Budapest

Bye Budapest! Normally we’d be devastated to be leaving, but with Austria on the horizon we have strudel and music to look forward to.

Salzburg

Onwards and upwards we go, into the mountain ranges that made the Sound of Music famous. Also home to Mozart, you can be pretty certain Salzburg knows a tune! This evening you’ll have the chance to venture off the beaten track and visit a working farm in the hills above Salzburg where the local family will invite us into their home to eat, drink and learn about their lives. This family have lived on the farm for many generations and now look to tourism to help support them and their local community, with food sourced from local farms and fruit for the schnaps from the village.

Stay

A&O Hostel (Or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit a working Austrian farm in the foothills of the Alps and enjoy a farm-to-table meal followed by homemade Schnaps

    EUR 37.00

DAY 36 - Salzburg to Austrian Tyrol

Salzburg

Morning Salzburg! Today you’ll have the chance to sign up for a tour of the Sights & Sounds of Salzburg before we say goodbye to Salzburg and continue on in our discovery of Austria.

Austrian Tyrol

Breathe in that fresh alpine air and take in the dreamy setting we’ve descended upon. Here in the Austrian Tyrol we'll be resting up in a Contiki Special Stay, a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that's waiting for us with open arms. This is the perfect cosy retreat to relax and swap stories with our crew, while tucking into authentic Austrian food and local beer prepared fresh on site.

Stay

Contiki Haus Schöneck (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Special Stay Contiki's Austrian Gasthof

  • Dinner of traditional Austrian food prepared by Contiki Chefs

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See all the iconic sites of melodic Salzburg including many from the Sound of Music

    EUR 12.00

DAY 37 - Austrian Tyrol

Austrian Tyrol

Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view. 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 or relax at our Gasthof.


Stay

Contiki Haus Schöneck (Special Stay)

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 38 - 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

Wombats Hostel (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 39 - Munich to Prague via Dachau

Munich

Today it’s goodbye Germany, hello Czech. But first, we have an important stop to make.

Dachau

Journeying out of Munich, we’ll make a stop at Dachau for a sobering visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial. You;ll be able to spend some time here to learn and reflect, before we head on to Prague.

Prague

On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we'll get out and go exploring, seeing castles and cathedrals and learning of Bohemian Kings & Queens and gothic history. Prague is a paradise for beer lovers and in the afternoon you have the chance to join a Pivo & Pubs experience, with a local expert ready to take you on a tour of some of Prague's coolest spots for a pint...or two. 

Stay

Plus Prague Hostel (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste beers & Czech out some of Prague’s best pubs

    EUR 26.00

DAY 40 - Prague

Prague

Today is the day we get to know the real Prague. If you’re looking to give your feet a rest, hop on a bike to whirl through the city with ease, stopping off for chimney cakes to keep energy levels high. The evening will see us immerse ourselves in Czech culture with an optional Traditional Czech evening, featuring a folklore show and dinner.

Stay

Plus Prague Hostel (Or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a guided walking tour through the winding cobbled streets of Prague and the grand Prague Castle District

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner

    EUR 32.00

DAY 41 - Prague to Berlin

Prague

You may have fallen head over heels for Prague, but we have so many more places to be! Back on the coach, we'll roll on to our next country, Germany.

 

Dresden

A drive from Prague to Berlin wouldn't be complete without stopping in Dresden. Sadly destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the beauty of an Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence. We'll spot them all on a tour of the best spots before hitting the road again.

Berlin

On the world map of party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this iconic city, and we'll kick it off with an included dinner tonight, ready for a full day of exploring tomorrow.

Stay

A&O Berlin Mitte (Or similar)

DAY 42 - Berlin

Berlin

Today you'll have the chance to really uncover Berlin. You can opt to take a historical walking tour, including a visit to the site of Hitler's bunker. Otherwise, you're free to explore all the obscurities tucked away off the main street of Unter Den Linden, see the Brandenburg gate, discover nature at the Lustgarten, or catch the U-bahn to one of Berlin's quirky neighbourhoods. Or, if you skipped the historical walking tour this morning, there'll be the chance to join an alternative walking tour of the city, showing you a side of Berlin not often seen by tourists. And if you're looking for a night out, now is the perfect time to scope out one of those underground raves or cocktail-lounge-in-the-basement scenarios that Berlin is famous for.

Stay

A&O Berlin Mitte (Or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker

    EUR 11.00

  • Take an alternative walking tour and uncover a different side to Berlin (Summer Departures Only)

    EUR 26.00

DAY 43 - Berlin to Amsterdam

Berlin

We’ll journey out of Germany today and travel through the gloriously flat Netherlands with Amsterdam in our sights. 

Amsterdam

We'll enjoy an included dinner in Amsterdam this evening, then you're free to explore this city with a peek of the canals, bicycles & 17th century gable houses lit up by night, plus plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the early hours.

 

Stay

VIA Hostel (Or similar)

DAY 44 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

It's our last full day on tour and we're here to make the most of it! Amsterdam is as cute as it comes & sure to win your heart with its cobbled main streets, canalside views, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. Today you're free to use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, or just explore. If you're hungry to taste your way through the local culture, this place is famous for Dutch pancakes, frites, cheese, stroopwafels and coffee. Just make sure you fuel up in time to hit the party scene tonight for the final time with your crew.

 

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

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

    EUR 24.00

  • Dine in a famous floating restaurant and indulge in Indonesian specialties

    EUR 35.00

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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