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Warsaw to London Vistas

(Winter)

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The one that takes you from historic Eastern Europe to French vineyards, plus the Swiss Alps & Italy's highlights

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  • Duration

    20 days

  • Countries

    10 Countries

  • Meals

    19 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 2 Regional Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 53 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver & Local Guides

Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Milan, Lucerne, Lyon, Paris, London, Auschwitz, Banska Bystrica, Orvieto, Vatican City, Pompeii, Calais, Dover

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About this trip

On this trip we’ll cross Europe from East to West, checking off plenty of bucket list sights along the way. Take in the cultural hotspots of Eastern Europe, pull on some warm woollen gear to explore the Austrian Alps, live your Italian dreams without the summer crowds, raise a glass of Beaujolais at Contiki’s very own Chateau and soak up the Parisian sights (with snow if we’re lucky) before crossing the Channel to London with a backpack bursting with memories.


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DAY 1 - Start Warsaw

Warsaw

Welcome aboard! Ready to discover Warsaw? Tragic bombings after the war have seen this city experience a rebirth, and it's packed with museums, a buzzing street art scene, and cool vibes dotted with a dose of random to keep us on our toes. Our Local Guide will give you the insider track as we take it all in on foot. A renowned musical city, keep your ears open day long and see what sound pleasures you also stumble upon. Tonight you’ll have free time for dinner, so Perogi (Polish dumplings) and a glass of Kompot somewhere within Warsaw's lively cafe scene should be on your agenda - just ask your Trip Manager for the best local hangs. 


DAY 2 - Warsaw to Krakow via Auschwitz

Warsaw

Waving ‘pa!’ to Warsaw, we have our sights set on Krakow this morning.


Auschwitz

En route, we’ll stop off at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp for a sobering reminder of Poland’s dark past.

Krakow

Once the capital of Poland, Krakow is now known for its rich history, tasty pretzels, excellent vintage markets (you heard it from us) and salt mining heritage. Tonight you’ll have time to explore the local restaurants for a traditional dinner, then you can rest up knowing we have all day tomorrow to get our Krakow on. 


 

DAY 3 - Krakow

Krakow

Good morning Poland! Today is all about getting up close and personal with Krakow life. We’ll cover the basics on our included sightseeing tour in the morning, and you have a free afternoon to stroll the charming streets of Krakow. Check out Kazimierz, the UNESCO-listed Old Town & historic Jewish Quarter with its jumble of street art, vintage markets, crumbling cafes & 14th century synagogue.  An optional Pierogi making class will keep us entertained into the evening.

DAY 4 - Krakow to Budapest via Banska Bystrica

Krakow

We say a fond farewell to Krakow and head for the bright lights of Budapest this morning.

 

Banska Bystrica

Pastel painted and manicured to perfection, Banska Bystrica is a lunch break that will charm you to no end. Being in Slovakia, it's also your chance to brag 3 countries in one day - you crazy globetrotter you.

Budapest

Welcome to Hungary! Coming in at number 3 on our list of countries ticked off through the day. From the moment we arrive in the river split city, you'll understand why we needed a couple of nights here. Take you're time exploring this evening, stop for a drink in a ruin bar tucked away in the Jewish Quarter and keep our eyes peeled for a delicious Langos. 

DAY 5 - Budapest

Budapest

Those still keen to explore can jump on the Budapest Past and Present Tour and continue learning about this incredible city. The House of Terror, the Parliament Building and more, we will take you on a journey of old and new. After all the beauty and knowledge you soaked up yesterday at the church of St Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge, you’ll probably be feeling like a day soaking in the city's famous outdoor thermal pools, set amongst Art Nouveau architecture while getting a bargain-priced massage. As the evening draws in, why not take an optional River Cruise and dinner? Gliding across the shimmering night-lit river of Danube, you’ll get to experience the beautiful sights of Budapest while enjoying a delicious al-la-carte Hungarian feast.

DAY 6 - 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.

DAY 7 - Salzburg

Salzburg

Today is ours to enjoy all of Salzburg’s delights. The options are endless; take a guided tour of the city with a local expert to uncover its wonders, or perhaps jump in the car for a drive through spectacular scenery. We'll also have the chance to visit a local farm and enjoy an authentic Austrian Dinner prepared by our hosts, followed by some schnaps.

DAY 8 - Salzburg to Ljubljana

Salzburg

Morning Salzburg! Today we say goodbye to Austria and continue east in our discoveries, bound for Hungary.


Ljubljana

Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries, a distinct identity within Slovenian culture has evolved from the melody of influences surrounding it. After we've had a walking orientation to get acquainted with our new surroundings, you’ll have the chance to explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto, sit by one of Ljubljana’s atmospheric watercourses or sign up for a BiteMojo food tour of the city.

DAY 9 - Ljubljana to Venice

Ljubljana

Ever the advocates of a balanced holiday, today we're trading in the obscure unknown for the globally adored hot spot of Venice. Whoop!

Venice

Yes, it's as cute as you imagine. Yes, you'll feel like you're part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are actually hanging out in the gondola clad floating city of Venice! A private boat ride, gothic architecture and a web of lanes to explore will keep your day filled quite nicely. 

DAY 10 - Rome to Venice via Orvieto

Venice

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we're not done with you yet. Our next destination, the Eternal City of Rome, is just around the corner, after a special lunch stop.


Orvieto

Here in Orvieto we’ll take time for a visit to Casa Segreta for lunch. This family-owned farm offers fresh pasta, focaccia and homemade olive oil among other traditional Italian specialities, all nestled in the Umbrian countryside.


Rome

Arriving in the Eternal City of Rome, we’ll uncover Italian icons like the Trevi Fountain, ancient monuments and glimpses of historical glory as we weave our way on a city walking tour amongst gelato shops, espresso bars and cobbled streets - perfetta!

DAY 11 - Rome

Rome

Rise and shine, Rome awaits us! Today will be a whirlwind of Roman architecture and bucket list sights as we uncover all of Rome’s key features, from the Colosseum to St Peters Basilica, and even the Vatican City. Not enough? There’s also the option to head back in time and discover Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators.

 

DAY 12 - Rome to Sorrento via Pompeii

Rome

Full of gelato and memories, we’ll bid ‘ciao’ to Bella Roma and head south for Sorrento, with a special stop on the way.

Pompeii

Driving down the coast today, we have the option to check out the ruins of Pompeii, the fascinating Roman town that was destroyed by Vesuvius and then perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. 


Sorrento

Soak up the sweeping views on route to gorgeous Sorrento, where sun-bleached pastel houses perch along cliffs, tumbling down to the Mediterranean sea. Here you’ll have the chance to treat yourself with a visit to La Sorgente, a nearby locally-owned family mozzarella farm, for an authentic Italian meal complete with fresh homemade mozzarella, rich olive oil and sunshine-coloured limoncello.


DAY 13 - Sorrento

Sorrento

Today you’ll have the chance to wander the cobbled streets of Sorrento or visit a local family-run lemon farm high in the hills of Amalfi. Here you’ll get to learn how these huge, sunshine coloured fruits are harvested and turned into limoncello, as well as homemade lemon cake and lemonade. Just save some room for tonight - we’re heading out to enjoy a tasty real napolitana-style dinner with ‘the best pizza in Sorrento’ at Pizzeria Trianon.


DAY 14 - Sorrento to Florence

Sorrento

See you, Sorrento! Thanks for making our Instagram feeds look like shoots for Italian Vogue! 

 

Florence

The famous dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city, making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can continue your Tuscan love affair with a stroll along River Arno & ponder the prettiness of Florence over another vino or two. 

DAY 15 - Florence to Milan

Florence

Florence, you’ve been a dream, but today will see us moving onwards and upwards to Milan.


Milan

Arriving in super-chic Milan, where Italy’s fashionistas and divas alike gather in their droves, you can find bucket list sights like the famous Milan Duomo, Galleria and La Scala. Here you’ll have the option to sign up for an EatWith Milan foodie experience, dining in the home of a local who'll teach you how he makes pasta like a pro, before feeding you a delicious meal of local specialties.

DAY 16 - Milan to Lucerne

Milan

Leaving Milan this morning we’ll be saying a final ‘ciao’ to Italy, but the dreamy destinations don’t stop coming as we cross the border over the Swiss Alps.


Lucerne

With magical views unfolding outside our windows we'll find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against the lake it's named after. Here you'll have the chance to ascend Mt Pilatus on the world’s steepest (and most charming) cogwheel railway, or explore this charming mountain town that comes alive in winter. Our other recommendation for tonight? Swiss chocolate.

DAY 17 - Lucerne to Lyon

Lucerne

Though we left France in body, part of our spirit stayed behind. Today we leave Lucerne to go pick it up, venturing to the country's second biggest city for 1-night of play before Spain. 

Lyon

After rolling past the charming French countryside we grew very fond of, we'll pull up at Lyon where a charming Old Town is calling our names. Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, so we'll head off in search of a quaint 'bouchon'  to sample the local delicacies. Topped off with some beaujolais wine, but of course. 

DAY 18 - Lyon to Paris

Lyon

Rolling out of Lyon this morning we’re Paris-bound, swapping countryside for inner-city bliss.


Paris

Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris, made all the more romantic in winter months. After an included dinner at the hotel, our Trip Manager will fill us in on the city's secrets with a dreamy night-time tour of the 'city of lights', passing the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral. We’ll also take a trip up the Montparnasse Tower for the best views of the Eiffel Tower you’ll find anywhere in Paris.


DAY 19 - Paris

Paris

Pastries, paintings, perfume - Paris is ours! First we’ll visit the glamorous Fragonard perfumery for a lesson in the olfactory arts, then the time is yours to explore cosy cafes, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, hunt for vintage treasures in Le Marais, or get arty in the galleries of the Louvre. Can you believe it’s our last night together? You’ll have the chance to make it count with a VIP cabaret experience, including dinner and champagne at the one-and-only Moulin Rouge show.


DAY 20 - Paris to London

Paris

Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you’ve seen during this awesome trip, not to mention how close you’ve grown to your Contiki pals.

Calais

Dover

London

What a journey! On arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group - the adventure has come to an end.

Top Experiences

13 included & 15 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner

    EUR 160.00

    Paris

  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion

    Included

    Budapest

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

    Included

    Lyon

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

    EUR 12.00

    Salzburg

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

    EUR 45.00

    Rome

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

    Included

    Rome

Warsaw to London Vistas (Winter)

13 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a locally guided tour of the richly historical city of Warsaw, Poland
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Note: Birkenau & Oskar Schindler Museum to replace if unavailable)
  • Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • 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
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • Visit Casa Segreta (Secret House) located in the picturesque village of Baschi. We will go on a short tour of the azienda agricola along the vineyards and olive orchards before meeting the Polegri Family who will introduce us to the plants and fruits they grow along with the farming techniques used to harvest their produce. Under the veranda overlooking the Tiber Valley we'll enjoy a meal of bruschetta with their homemade extra virgin olive oil, homemade focaccia with homegrown rosemary and vegetables, a risotto or pasta made with vegetables grown on the farm, topped off with a glass of their very own wine and a homemade dessert of the day. (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)
  • Tuck into an included dinner at Pizzeria Trianon
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence
  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

15 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Learn how to make traditional Pierogi (Polish dumplings) followed by dinner EUR 32.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00
  • 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
  • See all the iconic sites of melodic Salzburg including many from the Sound of Music EUR 12.00
  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app EUR 24.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 26.00
  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice EUR 44.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 45.00
  • Witness Renaissance masterpieces on a guided tour of the holy Vatican City, the smallest country in the world EUR 41.00
  • Indulge in local delicacies as you enjoy a homemade feast prepared by the Marciano family in Sorrento (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience) EUR 28.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 50.00
  • Dine on Italian family recipes in the homes of locals with EatWith, Milan EUR 35.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner EUR 160.00

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