Ultimate European + Greek Island Option
THE Ultimate European experience! Visit 16 countries & hit up all the major European destinations in the first half of the tour. Then relax & chill in the stunning Greek Islands with a cocktail. The second half of the tour is all about uncharted territory before exploring Germany, Switzerland & the Netherlands. After this, your hardest decision will be finding somewhere new to visit for your next trip!
• 44 nights accommodation:
o 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château
o 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof
o 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet
o 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins
o 25 nights in hotel upgrade
o 4 nights in hostels
o 1 night on board a ferry
• Local ferry transfers – Athens to Ios, Ios to Santorini, Santorini to Athens
• Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
• Ferry crossings
• Experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
• Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers
• Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
• 69 meals included in Food Fund:
o 44 breakfasts
o 1 picnic lunch
o 24 dinners
• Sightseeing and Activities inclusded
o 21 World Heritage Sites visited
o See the White Cliffs of Dover
o Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
o See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
o See Château Versailles (entrance not included)
o Special Stopover: Contiki's French Château
o Wine tasting at Contiki's Château
o See Château Fontainebleau
o See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
o Special Stopover: Contiki's French Château
o Picnic in the French countryside
o See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
o Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
o Visit the historic city of Arles
o Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
o Visit a French perfumery
o See the Royal Palace in Monaco
o Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino
o Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
o See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
o See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
o See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
o Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
o See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
o Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
o Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
o See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
o See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
o See Mt. Vesuvius
o See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town
o See the Corinth Canal
o Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis
o See the first modern Olympic Stadium
o Visit Ios town
o Visit the main town of Fira
o Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
o See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae
o Visit Troy's Wooden Horse with a local guide
o Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
o Journey along the Sea of Marmara
o Visit ANZAC Cove
o Visit Lone Pine Cemetery
o The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
o See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
o See the Kalemegdan Fortess and the historic old town
o Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion
o See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
o Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
o Special Stopover: Contiki's Austrian Gasthof
o Special Stopover: Contiki's Austrian Gasthof
o See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
o See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
o Special Stopover: Contiki's Swiss Chalet
o Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
o See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
o Scenic drive through the Alps
o See Heidelberg's medieval castle
o See the Lorelei Rock
o Visit the riverside town St. Goar
o Learn how beer steins are crafted
o See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
o Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house
o See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
17 June – 19 Aug 2018
Other travel dates available Mar 2018 – May 2018 & Aug 22 2018, subject to seasonal surcharges.
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DAY 1 LONDON TO PARIS
Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.
After dinner we will depart for the 'Paris by Night tour', where the French capital transforms into the City of Lights. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the world’s most recognised monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. If you’re adventurous, get right into French culture and try out France’s national delicacy – escargot! You’ll also get to toast the start of your trip with French Champagne.
DAYS 2-3 PARIS
This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods).
Time in Paris includes a trip out to France’s most well-known château: Versailles, once home to ‘the Sun King’ Louis XIV, and hot spot of the French Revolution. Check out the impressive exterior of this extravagant palace. Then there’s an opportunity to explore the former royal family’s luxurious living quarters.
Treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaruant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.
DAY 4 PARIS TO BEAUJOLAIS WINE REGION
Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Château Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the château’s imposing, regal exterior.
We continue on through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.
Our team will make you feel right at home in Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.
DAY 5 BEAUJOLAIS WINE REGION
There’s loads of time to catch up on some sleep, laze about the Château or position yourself poolside. Explore the French countryside with a walk through the vineyards and picnic in the hills above the Château. In the afternoon, you can even get a feel for a real French country town by heading into nearby Theizé.
DAY 6 BEAUJOLAIS WINE REGION TO BARCELONA
In Spain fiesta time starts late, so settle in at one of Barcelona’s many outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria and nibble on tapas (plate-sized snacks), before a fun night out exploring the city’s nightlife with your new friends.
DAY 7 BARCELONA
First stop: Montjuic. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudi’s wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Família church. Your Trip Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelona’s oldest district, the Gothic Quarter.
Take in all of Barcelona’s buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls..
DAY 8 BARCELONA TO FRENCH RIVIERA
Unwind on the coach and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. A stop for lunch in Arles means a look at the ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.
It’s back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte d’Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.
DAY 9 FRENCH RIVIERA
Next stop on the Riviera and home to the French perfume industry is Fragonard perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices.
Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km² and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager.
DAY 10 FRENCH RIVIERA TO VENICE
Au revoir France, it’s all about saying ‘Ciao’ in Italian as we head into the famous canals & gondolas of floating Venice.
DAY 11 VENICE
Venice is packed with character - crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.
The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge's Palace and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.
DAY 12 VENICE TO FLORENCE
Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
DAY 13 FLORENCE
Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its UNESCO World Heritage city centre.
Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art.
DAY 14 FLORENCE TO ROME
Travel through Tuscany’s rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil producing region, to vibrant Rome.
Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.
DAY 15 ROME
This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.
DAY 16 ROME TO CORFU
Pass gritty Naples, see Mt Vesuvius and plunge into Pompeii’s well-preserved past in an interesting optional excursion and retrace ancient history with our expert Local Guide.
Then there’s time to chill out on the coach, crossing through the rugged landscapes of southern Italy, before boarding the overnight ferry to Greece. Check out the amazing 360 degree views from the deck!
DAYS 17-18 CORFU
Corfu is all that’s great about Greek island living. You’ll immediately find yourself on local time, browsing the markets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town and bargaining with the laid-back locals.
Jump on board the Captains Cruise of Corfu with a bunch friends for a fun day out on the water. It will give you another angle on idyllic Corfu. Work up an appetite swimming in the secluded spots and then feast on a lunch of olives, salad, cheeses, fresh bread and dips.
DAY 19 CORFU TO ATHENS
From Corfu, head to the mainland and travel to the impressive, man-made Corinth Canal.
Athens is next, a city crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul.
DAY 20 ATHENS TO IOS
Step back in time in Europe’s oldest city to the birthplace of democracy. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the marble columns perched above the city sprawl.
Then we check out the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games. Later, jump on the ferry to the island of Ios.
DAYS 21-22 IOS
Relax on sandy beaches or lounge about poolside before a big night out, when Ios’ villages come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs and let loose to the pumping tunes. Otherwise, join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes. If you’re keen, you can keep it moving until dawn!
DAY 23 IOS TO SANTORINI
Today: change islands and it’s a total change of scene.
As stunning proof of a massive volcanic eruption, Santorini will make your jaw drop with its natural beauty. From the water, look up at the well-recognised sight of iconic blue-domed, whitewashed churches.
DAYS 24-25 SANTORINI
Start your day getting familiar with this gorgeous island. Head to Santorini’s highest point for full blown vistas over the crater then cool of with a swim stop at Perissa Beach.
There's a chance to check out Santorini's main town, Fira – dramatically perched on the edge of the crater – as the group explores its narrow streets. Get tips on the best places to pick up a piece of Santorini’s famous jewellery and where to try out the delicious local specialty, domatokeftedes (fried tomato balls).
Otherwise head to one of the distinctive black or red sand beaches, and soak up the breathtaking scenery. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater. Or head to the northern tip of Santorini with the group to catch one of the island’s famously spectacular sunsets on the Oia at Sunset optional excursion.
DAY 26 SANTORINI TO ATHENS
Cruising back to Athens today for your final night in the capital. Catch up with your fellow travellers on their arrival back from Egypt and swap stories. Dinner is your choice tonight, a great opportunity to dine in the famous Plaka district.
Fly from Cairo back to Athens and catch up with the rest of the group.
DAY 27 ATHENS TO KAVALA
Northbound, we travel past mythical Mt Olympus, Greece’s highest peak, and stop off for a crash-course in ancient heroism at Thermopylae, where just 300 Spartan soldiers held off the invading Persian army’s masses of thousands.
After cruising by Byzantine Thessaloniki, we arrive in the port town of Kavala.
DAY 28 KAVALA TO CANAKKALE
Ferry across the Dardanelles, crossing from Europe into Asia, to the habourside town of Canakkale.
Get inside the legend of one the world’s most famous battles and explore the excavation site of mythical Troy. Learn how heroes and gods fought in a ten year war, as our Local Guide unravels the layers of history.
Tonight, take a walk along the waterfront complete with stunning views, or catch up on your emails back at the hotel.
DAY 29 CANAKKALE TO ISTANBUL
This morning, make a pilgrimage to the site of the region’s other bloody battle, Gallipoli. Visit stunning Anzac Cove where World War I troops landed, Lone Pine Cemetery, where Australian troops are buried and check out the memorial for New Zealand soldiers.
Please note: The 28th March departure itinerary has been amended and will now visit Anzac Cove on 27th April. Please contact your Reservations team for further information.
DAYS 30-31 ISTANBUL
With a couple of days here, there is plenty of time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot.
Our Local guide shows you one of the city’s major draw cards, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes and minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.
Istanbul’s nightlife is fantastic and your Tour Manager knows what you’re after – so find out about the city’s happening bars and clubs and go discover!
DAY 32 ISTANBUL TO SOFIA
This morning, it’s on to Sofia, Bulgaria’s largest city.
Once behind the Iron Curtain and today an emerging capital, Sofia brings together traditional Tsarist architecture and a modern feel.
It’s the perfect place to explore on foot. Your Tour Manager will lead a walking tour through this compact town. You’ll see the massive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, complete with golden domes, mosaics and murals, and then check out the stalls that surround the building.
DAY 33 SOFIA TO BELGRADE
Parked between the Danube and Sava Rivers, Belgrade is a little rough around the edges, mixing up extravagant churches and dull, Communist building blocks.
Your Tour Manager will show off the city’s treasures including the Kalemegdan Fortress and the historic old town. Free time means you can go deeper into Belgrade’s heart, and find many cute, little shops and interesting galleries.
DAY 34 BELGRADE TO BUDAPEST
We’ll head north along the Danube River, to the “Paris of the East”, Budapest. With two cities rolled into one, this exotic town has a bit of everything. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bring together the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Budapest so romantic.
Launch into Budapest’s nightlife and live it up like the locals by heading to a beerhouse, a riverside bar or a happening club.
DAY 35 BUDAPEST
On the Buda side of the river, from the Fisherman’s Bastion, you’ll get a full-blown view of the city and learn about Budapest’s history in a nutshell! Check out the colourful Church of St. Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge. Your Trip Manager knows all about Budapest’s bumpy history and will tell you more with a visit to the Liberation Monument.
DAY 36 BUDAPEST TO VIENNA
Next stop is the cultural hub of Vienna. Your Tour Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the city’s historical heritage. There’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Cruise down Kärntner Strasse, Vienna’s main shopping spot and buy some traditional ceramics and materials for gifts back home.
DAY 37 VIENNA TO AUSTRIAN TYROL
Journey through the Tyrol and The Sound of Music country to a cute Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. With 2 nights in Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest inn), there’s plenty of time for pulse-racing activities. Our resident crew will give you pointers on the best stuff to do in the region and make sure you get everything out of your time here.
DAY 38 AUSTRIAN TYROL
This morning, fill your lungs with clean mountain air, jump on a bike and get into the region’s outdoor lifestyle with a fully guided optional tour through the Tyrol’s picture perfect scenery, complete with waterfalls and mountain fields. Work up an appetite – a BBQ lunch is waiting for you at the end!
DAY 39 AUSTRIAN TYROL TO MUNICH
Kick start the day and plunge into some whitewater rafting in an adrenaline-pumping optional activity on the river.
This afternoon, travel north to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.
DAY 40 MUNICH TO SWISS ALPS
Today, travel past the stony cliffs of Liechtenstein, into the capital, Vaduz, where you can grab some lunch and in enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family’s 12th century castle.
Next stop: the jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine town of Lucerne. Your Trip Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches Switzerland is so famous for.
Tonight, we head to the alpine heights of Lauterbrunnen and stay at Contiki’s very own Swiss Chalet.
DAY 41 SWISS ALPS
It’s a change of pace among Switzerland’s massive Alps. Take in the amazing views from the campsite.
Opt to visit Jungfrau Mountain, head up the sheer slopes of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station, and step out onto the “roof” of Europe for spine-tingling views.
DAY 42 SWISS ALPS TO RHINE VALLEY
Over the border and into Germany, we head to the university town of Heidelberg. Wander around, grab a late lunch and check out its famous Baroque church.
The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.
DAY 43 RHINE VALLEY TO AMSTERDAM
In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.
Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.
DAY 44 AMSTERDAM
There’s free time to experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Get some pointers from your Trip Manager, dive into Amsterdam’s night action with your friends and finish up your travels with a night to remember.
DAY 45 DEPART AMSTERDAM
This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.
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