Trip Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights Amsterdam | 1 Nights St Goar | 1 Nights Munich | 2 Nights Venice | 1 Nights Lucerne | 2 Nights Paris
Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. Next stop: the buzzing, free-wheeling city of Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam's eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.
With an optional evening canal cruise, you've got a chance to get to know the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover Amsterdam at water level. Get some pointers on the city's hot spots from your Trip Manager and head into town for a fun night out.
Canal Cruise (1.5 hours) Euro 31.50
Experience Amsterdam's coffee shops, museums and cool, quirky boutiques. In your free time, wander along shady canals and pass gabled houses or hop on two wheels like the laid-back locals and bike through the centre of town. Chill out while the coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.
Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle and the world's largest free-hanging cuckoo clock! Kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.
Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner
Wine tasting Euro 9.00
Travelling south, pull into the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture with modern lifestyle. Explore the heart of Munich's old town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It's a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.
Get off the beaten track and onto Munich's side streets with our Local Guide on a fun biking tour around the city - it's a great way to see the sights. Then, get a taste of tradition at a typical beer hall. Park yourself at a long wooden table, order yourself some hearty local food, like roasted pork knuckle, and quench your thirst with a stein of one of Germany's 5000 brews.
On the coach, take it easy and catch up on some sleep or watch the world go by as we wind through the Bavarian Alps and the Brenner Pass to Italy, land of passion! But first, pull into Innsbruck, a down-to-earth student city.
Walk around the medieval streets of the old town, grab some lunch, and check out Innsbruck's landmark Golden Roof and Royal Palace. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the impressive Olympic Ski Jump, used in both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner
Known as the "floating city", 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.
Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There's an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You'll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping. Maybe grab a table on St. Mark's Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco. Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!
Secrets of Venice Walking Tour Euro 11.00
Gondola ride Euro 23.00
Venetian Dinner Euro 37.50
Venice Group Photo Euro 11.00
Trip t-shirts From Euro 21.00 - 32.00
Catch a glimpse of stunning Lake Como as we make our way into the massive Swiss Alps. With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and quaint buildings, Lucerne's centre is perfect to explore on foot. Also to stock up on lots of genuine Swiss chocolate! Your Trip Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches that Switzerland is so famous for. This evening, choose an optional cruise on one of Europe's most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alps reflect back across the water.
Hotel, Dinner and Breakfast
Mt. Stanserhorn (Summer Only) Euro 51.00
Lake Lucerne Cruise (Summer Only) Euro 25.00
With down-time on the coach, plug in your MP3, chill out to some music and chat with friends while travelling through the scenic wine producing region of Burgundy. Tonight, the group kick-starts Paris with the 'Tour of Illuminations', which shows off the French capital's transformation into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafes give us a real taste of Paris' romance.
Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the world's most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Then get a stunning view of the entire city with included entry to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Oui, oui, Paris!
Hotel, Dinner and Breakfast
Next up: Fragonard! This perfumery has an elegant interior and is a unique setting for a look into the history of perfume. It's also a chance to pick up some French perfume at great prices. This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods). Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank. Step into the Notre Dame or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre, where you can get up close to the famous Mona Lisa.
In your free time, try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris' many city parks. Tonight is the last night with your friends, so make it special. Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. But don't stop there - afterwards hit the clubs and finish up your travels with a big Parisian night out.
Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show Euro 157.00
This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.
Trip Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
Itinerary: 2 Nights Rome | 2 Nights Florence | 2 Nights Venice
Rome Florence and Venice
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Steeped in history, the 'Eternal City' is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start your guided introduction to Rome from St. Peter's Square, the heart of the Vatican, and see other highlights such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Maybe take an optional tour of the Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces. (B)
Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and charming villages form the backdrop as you journey into the heart of Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to visit the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and see the legendary Leaning Tower. Then, head east to magnificent Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance' (B)
Today is devoted to the wonders of Florence, starting with a guided walking tour featuring some of the city's greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces and incredible courtyards; Loggia dei Lanzi; the fantastic Duomo with Giotto's gothic Bell Tower; and the Baptistry's ornate bronze door known as the 'Gate of Paradise'. (B,D)
Travel north and cross the Po River to fabled Verona, setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. See Julie's balcony - and be sure to rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck! Also, marvel at the ancient Roman Amphitheater, where gladiators used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a popular venue for the world-famous opera festival and other well-known artists' performances. Continue to the Venice area for two overnights. (B)
One of the most unique cities on Earth, Venice is a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sites. View the delightful criss-crossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation features a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and a visit to a Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Later, explore at leisure on your own, join one of our optional excursions, or just relax, sipping a cappuccino or typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafes. (B,D)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Trip Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights Brussels | 1 Nights Frankfurt | 1 Nights Innsbruck | 1 Nights Venice | 1 Nights Lucerne | 1 Nights Dijon | 1 Nights Paris
Head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your FERRY for the Continent. Here, your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you to Brussels for an orientation drive and an overnight.
Journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy a scenic CRUISE. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight. (B,D)
Today's highlight is a drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages with medieval towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses, and richly decorated fountains. Spend some time in the center of Rothenburg before heading to the Innsbruck area for an overnight. (B,D)
Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Alps while crossing the Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where a BOAT RIDE along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco allows to admire the palazzos and maze of streets. Time at leisure to soak up the magical atmosphere of this unique city. At a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP, experience this Venetian art. (B,D)
Stop in fascinating Verona and see Juliet's legendary balcony. Cross the Swiss border and enjoy the idyllic views of Canton Ticino, then descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne. (B)
Your visit this morning focuses on the Old Town in the heart of Lucerne. Also, there's time for an optional excursion to Mount Stanserhorn. In the afternoon, journey into France for an overnight in the charming town of Dijon. This evening, dine at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Leave Dijon and travel on the autoroute to Paris, where included sightseeing with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sites. (B)
Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London, where your holiday ends. (B)
Trip Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights Rome | 2 Nights Sorrento | 2 Nights Florence | 2 Nights Venice | 1 Nights Milan | 1 Nights La Spezia | 2 Nights Rome
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Check-in to your hotel, drop off your stuff, meet your Trip Manager and travel buddies at 4:00pm and head out into the streets of Italy to get a sneak peek at vibrant Rome.
Hotel, Regional Dinner
Travel south towards the home of pizza, Naples. This morning there's a chance to take a guided tour of ancient Pompeii. Later, we'll reach Sorrento, where you'll enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the stunning bay.
Hotel, Breakfast and Regional Dinner
Pompeii Guided Walking Tour Euro 22.50
This morning, it's a boat ride to the main marina of the island of Capri, famous for its stunning caves and surrounding rock formations. Get out on the water of the Bay of Naples in an optional cruise around Capri in our very own traditional wooden motorboat. See the world-famous Green and White Grottos and choose to get up closer to the world-famous Blue Grotto, with its intense blue glow, on a separate boat ride into the cave. With plenty of swim stops on the cruise around the island, cool off in the Mediterranean and then use your free time to explore even more of the island.
Soak up the views and head off with some friends into the cute, white-washed villages where you can try out the region's sweet lemon liqueur, limoncello. If you have time, explore Sorrento's web of narrow streets or the Villa Communale Park, which has stunning views of Mt. Vesuvius.
Bay of Naples Feast Euro 37.00
Capri Cruise (Summer Only) Euro 28.00
Locally Guided Tour of the Isle of Capri (Winter Only) Euro 29.00
Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence. Before arriving in Florence, we'll stop off for a wine tasting in the rustic hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, known for its iconic cypress trees and olive oil. In an historic villa, the group will see a working winery, complete with its old cellar and vats. Here you can learn more about the region's wines as you taste a glass or two of the local wine.
Then, it's on to breathtaking Florence. The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above the city's centre, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. After dinner, walk along the River Arno with your Trip Manager, take in the atmosphere and head into the heart of Florence, where you can sit back and relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine.
Hotel, Regional Dinner and Breakfast
Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. 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 learn from the masters how Florentine leather is made and understand this region's traditional art. With bargains and bustle, the city's markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city. Tonight, there's a choice of a group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the pretty Tuscan country setting. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florenc's biggest club.
Souvenir group photo Euro 11.00
Space Disco Euro 16.00
Tuscan Evening Euro 41.00
Say arriverderci to Florence, before professing your love in Romeo & Julie's home of Verona. Next up: the canals and gondolas of Venice.
Known as the floating city, 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 Doges Palace and the expanse of St. Marks Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venices unique beauty and way of life. Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There's an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide.
You'll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market a local favourite for food shopping. Maybe grab a table on St. Mark's Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco. Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!
Secrets of Venice walking tour Euro 11.00
Gondola ride Euro 23.00
Burano Island Cruise & Dinner Euro 50.00
Along the pretty shores of Lake Garda, we drop into the quintessential European lake town of Sirmione, complete with vine-covered villas, Roman ruins and a castle. For amazing views of the surrounding Dolomite Mountain range and an interesting lakeside look at the local lifestyle, we've organised a chance to go out on Italy's largest lake in an optional cruise. Later, the energy levels turn up a notch as we head to Italy's fashion capital and economic powerhouse, Milan.
Your Trip Manager will show off Milan's monuments and talk to you about the massive Duomo Cathedral, the elegant shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the world-famous La Scala Opera House, where many singing greats have graced the stage. With a free afternoon, hit the streets of this cool capital and you'll be rewarded with designer stores and funky little boutiques. Your Trip Manager, who knows Milan's ins and outs, will be happy to point you in the right direction for the best buys before you flash the plastic.
Lake Cruise Euro 12.50 for 20-29pax; Euro 9.50 for more than 29 pax
Heading south, we hit the national park and UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre, where colourful coastal villages dot 18 kilometres of ragged cliffs and old walled vineyards tumble down the hillside almost to the wate's edge. It's a great journey by train along the coast, giving you the chance to take in the unique atmosphere.
Watch the locals fishing along the shore, rub shoulders with the rich in famous in Portovenere and check out picture-postcard town of Monterosso. Later chill out and get a slice of the good life, grab a table at a beachfront cafe and try some mouthwatering pesto with locally baked foccacia bread.
This morning, there's free time in Pisa and some fun photo-ops of its most famous monument, the Leaning Tower. Later, we head back to the 'Eternal City' of Rome. This city oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age which you'll encounter at almost every corner. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. 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 (it's meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.
This morning, check-out the smallest country in the world and home to the Pope, the Vatican City. There's included entry and our Local Guide to show you St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Make the most of our Local Guide's inside knowledge and uncover the remains of an ancient empire with a fantastic optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafe's and bars. 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. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.
Make your last night on tour special by hooking up with your friends for an optional dinner. In a typical Roman restaurant, you'll enjoy an authentic Italian experience, complete with an opera singer, live music and pasta. But don't stop there afterwards dive into Rome's night action with your buddies and finish up your travels with a night to remember.
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum Euro 30.00
Dinner La Dolce Vita Euro 40.50
The trip ends after breakfast and it's time to say arrivederci to your new friends.