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Winter Wanderer

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The one that will make you fall in love with a traditional European winter, fairy lights and all

Duration
25 Days
Countries
12 Countries

Visiting London, Paris, Lucerne, Lyon, Barcelona, French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dover, Calais, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City, Mauthausen, Dresden, Edam, Belgium

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • 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
  • Get a view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

24 nights accommodation

24 nights in Hotel

You and your new besties will be snuggling up into twin or triple-share hotel rooms - some quirky, some grandiose and some homely. For a little bit extra, you can also opt to upgrade your own accommodation to your own room.

32 Meals

9 Dinner, 23 Breakfast

Warm your bellies with the best of what Europe has to offer, from steaming plates of paella in Spain to hearty bowls of pasta in Italy. As well as breakfast every day except one, we'll keep you fed and watered with 11 dinners.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

36 included, 19 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Discover lamp-lit bridges & a sparkling Eiffel Tower in an exclusive 'Paris by Night' tour
- See all of the Paris icons in one go, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral
- See Gaudi's colourful Sagrada Familia & walk La Rambla in Barcelona
- Roll the dice in style at the iconic Monte Carlo casino, Monaco
- Discover the secrets of Michelangelo's Florence in a locally guided walking tour

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Christmas markets, hot mulled wine, open fires & overcoats - unlike many places, Europe comes alive & fills with magic during the months of Winter. Sip coffee in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, warm up over Ravioli in Rome, & visit a traditional beer hall in Germany. With 24-days to explore, you'll be feeling à la maison in no time. 

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

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

Paris

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

Paris

See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Lucerne

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

EUR 64.00

Barcelona

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

EUR 41.00

Florence

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

EUR 36.00

Rome

Winter Wanderer

36 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
  • Get a view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • View the Lion Monument
  • Visit a Swiss watch and Swiss army knife shop
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • 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
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Visit a traditional beer hall
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Mauthausen Concentration Camp
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • See East Side Gallery
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

19 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show EUR 84.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 52.00
  • Swiss Fondue Lunch EUR 38.00
  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with some tapas EUR 64.00
  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco EUR 36.00
  • Learn the art of pasta-making and enjoy your creations served in a 3-course dinner with wine in Certosa EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 36.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 35.00
  • Venice walking tour EUR 11.50
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Feast on an authentic Venetian 3-course meal with specialities like antipasti & local seafood EUR 34.50
  • Trip t-shirts EUR 21.00 - 32.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert with Dinner EUR 67.50
  • Nuclear Bunker Tour EUR 15.00
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker EUR 10.00
  • Cold War & Cold Drinks EUR 16.50
  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 31.50
  • Feast on a seafood or steak dinner in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam EUR 38.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
London
via
via
Dover
via
via
Calais
2
2 nights
Paris
2
2 nights
Lucerne
1
1 night
Lyon
2
2 nights
Barcelona
2
2 nights
French Riviera
via
via
Monaco
via
via
Pisa
1
1 night
Florence
2
2 nights
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
2
2 nights
Venice
2
2 nights
Vienna
via
via
Mauthausen
1
1 night
Munich
2
2 nights
Prague
via
via
Dresden
2
2 nights
Berlin
2
2 nights
Amsterdam
via
via
Edam
via
via
Belgium
via
via
Calais
via
via
Dover
London
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

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