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Western Quest

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The one that hits the highlights of Western Europe in one action-packed week

Travel Style

Iconic Essentials

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

  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    9 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

London, Paris, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Dover, Calais, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Zaragoza

Top Experiences

7 included & 4 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Paris

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

    Included

    Barcelona

Western Quest

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Visit the town famous for its wine
  • See the Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

4 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre EUR 38.00
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show EUR 82.00
  • Eat pinxtos in local bars & learn about San Sebastian and with every food tour purchase a meal is donated to a person in need (Contiki Cares) EUR 45.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 50.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    3 nights in Hotel, 4 nights in Hostel

    Snooze in a combination of funky hostels and hotels for 8 nights in same-sex quad-share accommodation.

About this trip

Think just over a week isn't enough to get a good look at Europe? The Western Quest is here to prove you wrong.  Experience the contrast of the bustling city of Barcelona to the wine region of Bordeaux & the seaside San Sebastian to the monuments & museums of Paris. When you uncover France & Spain, you've truly entered the world of Europe.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 1 1 night

    Bordeaux

  6. via via

    Saint-Jean-de-Luz

  7. 2 2 nights

    San Sebastian

  8. via via

    Zaragoza

  9. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

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DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Welcome to the first day of the best holiday 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 this trip. 

Calais

After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme. 

Paris

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by the lights of night. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

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

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Drool over haute couture you can't afford, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and a cabaret show. Smitten and it's only day two!

Stay

Ibis Budget Porte de Bagnolet (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 Bordeaux

Paris

Wipe away your tears sad travellers! Paris is not going anywhere, you can always come back and visit her again. You, on the other hand, are going somewhere, and it's somewhere pretty magnificent...

Bordeaux

Wise folk tell us that wine has been produced in Bordeaux since the 1st Century - that's a long time, which means they know what they're doing. And it's not just the vin that has dragged us here, it's a pretty place to boot featuring its famous Miroir d'eau (water mirror). 

Stay

Ibis Budget Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the town famous for its wine

DAY 4 - Bordeaux to San Sebastian via Saint Jean de-Luz

Bordeaux

Breathe in your last breath of Bordeaux before we hit the road in search of the Spanish border. In just a few short hours we'll be beach side and exploring San Sebastian.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Keep your swimmers out for our stop at a local fishing village for a dip and some people watching in this cute little town on the French and Spanish border. 

San Sebastian

With two nights in Spain's coastal town of San Sebastian, it will be hard to wipe the smiles off our faces. Flop on the beach or take a walk to the aquarium where you can get a closer look at Isla de Santa Clara. The night is yours. 

Stay

Koisi Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat pinxtos in local bars & learn about San Sebastian and with every food tour purchase a meal is donated to a person in need (Contiki Cares)

    EUR 45.00

DAY 5 - San Sebastian

San Sebastian

We'll be dropping lots of delicious sounding words today as we explore Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico. Say it again: Romántico! Follow the cobblestone roads & soak up San Sebastian's coastline. Here you can learn to surf, lounge on the beach, or bar hop until you're sinking in pintxos. 

Stay

Koisi Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico

DAY 6 - San Sebastian to Barcelona via Zaragoza

San Sebastian

Having settled into life with afternoon siestas, today will only be a departure from San Sebastian, leaving Spain is not on the agenda. Sigh with relief.

Zaragoza

This town comes complete with a baroque Basilica, a perfect combination of Islamic and Gothic architecture and truly a sight to behold.

Barcelona

Hola Barcelona...The first dose of Mediterranean Sea! That's if you can drag yourself away from the intoxicating city & get to the beach. Unique gothic architecture, round the clock parties & plenty of street life will leave you spellbound by Barcelona. 

Stay

Generator Barcelona (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 50.00

DAY 7 - Barcelona

Barcelona

They say this sexy city sizzles and we couldn't agree more. For a taste of what you can do, here's just a start of the never-ending list. Channel Gaudi at Sagrada Familia, his greatest masterpiece, started in 1882. This labour of love is still not compete, but is one for the Instagram upload for sure. Parc Guell could be next on the list, followed by a swim at the beach, and of course taking to the backstreets for some endless tapas and paella. Washed down with sangria of course. 

Stay

Generator Barcelona (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 8 - Depart Barcelona

Barcelona

That's it folks. The incredible ride has come to an end and you should all be left utterly inspired by what your time on the road has achieved. Now you have the pleasure of picking your next adventure. Greek Island Hopping, anyone? 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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).