European Highlights

14 Days from $2,517*pp, twin share

This trip delivers a highlight reel of European beauty, history, culture and food over two unforgettable weeks. The perfect loop from London, it will see you gliding through Venetian canals one moment and gawping at the Austrian Tyrol the next. Oh, and did we mention the French Riviera and a stay at Contiki's legendary private chateau? Twinkling cities, lush vineyards and enough culture to fill a thousand journals - this one has it all.


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Inclusions

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Air conditioned coach with charging ports & WiFi
  • An experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team plus local guides

Top 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
  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Scenic Drive Past Vineyards Orchards and Castles
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

Travel Dates: Various departures dates available between April 2021 - June 2021 



Itinerary

Day 1: London to Paris

Join forces in London & get to know the wolf pack you're about to take on Europe with. We'll hit the road this morning and make tracks for two weeks of adventure. 

Shortly before we find our ferry for France, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you're learning and we haven't even left the UK!

Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We will travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, before reaching .... Paris!

Pop the champagne, dial up the romance, & pass the escargot - we're in Paris, baby! Don't waste a second unpacking, we're going to hit the streets and see how this city comes alive by night.

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

Stay: Jo & Joe (or similar)


Day 2: Paris

Drool over haute couture, 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 the Nouvelle Eve Champagne show. Smitten and it's only day two!

Stay: Jo & Joe (or similar)


Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais

Farewell French capital! We're off in search of charming countryside & legit, straight from the source vino.

With its medieval stature and grand surrounding ponds, Château Fontainebleau will take your breath away. We'll amble around the gardens then recommence our scenic journey to Beaujolais.

Tonight's the night we camp out at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. We say "camp" - LOL. This might be the most royal experience of your life. Wine tasting at the Château’s working winery is just one of the ways we'll kill time while we're here.

Included Experiences:

  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
  • Special stay: Contiki's XVI century Chateau
  • Wine tasting at Contiki's Château
  • See Château Fontainebleau, the ancient castle once occupied by Napoleon

Stay: Contiki Chateau



Day 4: Beaujolais to French Riviera

Yes, yes, you could stay here forever, but unfortunately the show must go on. And there is more French fabulousness just around the corner, we promise. 

Missing an opportunity to see this glorious part of the world up close and personal would be criminal. Speaking of things you shouldn't miss, the French Riviera region is famous for lavender honey, aioli & rosé wine; all 3 in one meal should be your mission.

Stay: Beach Hostel (or similar)


Day 5: French Riviera including Monaco

A night in glamorous Monaco should complete your day slash life. Don a fancy necklace and pop a plum in your mouth - we're about to embark on the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. 

After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.

Included Experiences:

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

Stay: Beach Hostel (or similar)


Day 6: French Riviera to Florence

After almost a week in France you'll be full to the brim with all things French and ready for new ground. Italy, perhaps? 

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. 

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.

Included Experiences:

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

Stay: Autopark (or similar)


Day 7: Florence To Rome

This morning is a perfect balance of guided wisdom and free time to roam in Florence. We'll uncover the beautiful art of traditional leather & explore streets bursting with heritage before eventually hitting the road for Rome.

And you thought your morning was interesting! The afternoon will really take it up a notch as we uncover Italian icons in the country's capital of Rome as you get a glimpse of its glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfecto!

Included Experiences:

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

Stay: Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

Day 8: Rome

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. This is also 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.

Stay: Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)



Day 9: Rome to Venice

We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over...

Venice is yours for this glorious Italian afternoon. 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.

Included Experiences:

  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square

Stay: Anda Hostel (or similar)


Day 10: Venice to Munich

Confident we have ticked off all the Italian essentials, we can now leg it to Germany. After all the sophistication and glamour of France and Italy, a few beers and the chance to wear suspenders will be precisely what we feel like.  

After winding through the Austrian Alps we will arrive in lively Munich. Bavarian culture, a famous Glockenspiel and charm aplenty; Munich doesn't just turn it on during Oktoberfest! Explore peaceful gardens and legendary beer halls or join in the bike tour and explore the side streets you wouldn't usually see. 

Included Experiences:

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Scenic Drive Past Vineyards Orchards and Castles

Stay: Haus International (or similar)


Day 11: Munich to Rhine Valley

In case we weren't already aware how devilishly lucky we are, this morning we're reminded with a sobering step back in time to one of the darkest moments in history. They say that the more you learn about the past, the better prepared you are for the future. And today the past will unfold itself at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. 

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!!!

Included Experiences:

  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Dachau Concentration Camp

Stay: Hotel Montag (or similar)


Day 12: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

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...

Edam. You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside squealing at windmills & going hysterical over tulip fields on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house. 

Pretty canals lined with quaint crooked houses and cafes bursting with life. Amsterdam is all that and way more than what you could ever imagine.

Included Experiences:

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm and clog makers house

Stay: Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)


Day 13: Amsterdam

It's our last full day on trip & 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. The best way to say farewell to this gorgeous city? Opt to take the A'DAM lookout swing, an incredible observation deck with unrivalled panoramas of the twisting canals below.

Stay: Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)



Day 14: Depart Amsterdam

Down your breakfast and wipe away your tears - this is always the worst day of the trip. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am for those leaving us in the canal lined city. 

For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium, then cross into France to Calais where we make our way back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.



*Terms and Conditions: Pricing correct as of 19 August 2020, available for new bookings only, per person, twin share. Valid for departure April 2021. Additional dates and pricing are available. $99 per person deposit is vaild until 17 December 2020 secure your future travel with Contiki. Applicable for travel April, 2021 – June 17, 2021. Contact your local italktravel & cruise agent for more.