Wet your European appetite on the European Discovery. From a traditional German beer hall to a breathtaking Austrian mountain range, and a gelateria in Rome, you will get a taste for all the best bits, ticking off 9 countries in one trip. By the time you get back to London you’ll be completely smitten by all things Europe.
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London | Dover | Calais | Amsterdam | Rhine Valley | Munich | Austrian Tyrol | Innsbruck | Venice | Rome | Vatican City | Florence | Lucerne | Paris
• 12 nights of twin or triple share hotel accommodation (upgrade to single room available)
• 11 breakfasts, five dinners
• Air-conditioned luxury coach with WiFi and charging points
• Professional Trip Manager
*See the full itinerary below for daily inclusions*
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DAY 1: Arrive London
London: Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what’s to come. At 6:00pm meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow travellers.
DAY 2: London to Amsterdam
London: Your heart-pounding adventure kicks off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.
Dover: Shortly before we find our ferry for Europe, 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!
Calais: Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam!
Belgium: Cross off another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on your way to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam: Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore following an optional evening canal cruise. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.
See the White Cliffs of Dover
See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)
DAY 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley
Amsterdam: Now it's time to pour some sunlight on the agenda & take in the beauty of canals, crooked buildings, obscure museums & a café culture like no other.
Rhine Valley: 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!!!
Learn how beer steins are crafted
Scenic drive along the Rhine River
DAY 4: Rhine Valley to Munich
Rhine Valley: Too much grape juice last night? Not to worry, the prospect of Munich should lift your spirits as we travel south & swap wine culture for beer.
Munich: Today our eyes will be treated to a famous gothic clock, a charming old town & traditional Bavarian culture. You'll have the option to explore the side streets by bicycle and afterwards why not choose to explore one of the cities many beer halls, where you can try a stein of beer or even a pork knuckle!
See the Lorelei Rock
See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
Mike's Bike Tour
DAY 5: Munich to Austrian Tyrol via Austrian Tyrol and Innsbruck
Munich: Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We're hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music.
Austrian Tyrol: This part of the world is famous for adventure sports, so best put your name next to the optional White Water Rafting and get in the spirit of things
Innsbruck: After some adventure time, its time to head to this famous Olympic town and your jaw will drop at the sight of the famous ski jump, and you'll have a chance to soak up the medieval old town atmosphere before it's back on the road to our Gasthof for the night!
Austrian Tyrol: Tonight you'll rest up in a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that is waiting for us with open arms. With so much fresh air to breathe in outside, explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon.
See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck
See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
White water rafting
DAY 6: Austrian Tyrol to Venice
Austrian Tyrol: Wake up roamers, we have a bountiful breakfast and a floating city in Italy to tend to. Life's tough!
Venice: You'll think you've seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps & Brenner Pass en route to Italy. And then we'll arrive in Venice & your jaw will hit the floor over hidden lanes, story book bridges & a private canal boat ride.
Scenic drive past vineyards orchards and castles
Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
Locally guided walking tour of Venice
DAY 7: Venice to Rome
Venice: Farewell floating city, but Italy, we're not done with you yet, our next destination the Eternal City of Rome is just around the corner.
Rome: 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!
Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon & Piazza Navona
Gelato on us
DAY 8: Rome with Vatican City
Rome: Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city.
Vatican City: 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.
Rome: Then hit the streets for your own discoveries. Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.
See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
DAY 9: Rome to Florence
Rome: We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over…
Florence: The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Take a moment to take in the unique beauty of this beautiful city where culture and la dolce vita is evident in every direction you look at. We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine.
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
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
Space Electronic Disco
DAY 10: Florence to Lucerne
Florence: Say a fond farewell to Italy, and hello to the land of creamy chocolate, cheese and not to mention watches. Hello Switzerland!
Lucerne: Swans float under wooden bridges, snowcapped mountains stand regally behind us & chocolate tastes like heaven on earth. You're in the Swiss Alps & you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Eeek!!!
See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
DAY 11: Lucerne to Paris
Lucerne: Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before our arrival in Paris.
Paris: Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris. Our Trip Manager fills us in on the city's secrets, then to celebrate our first night in the city, we'll head up to the viewing platform on Montparnasse tower.
See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
Get a view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower
DAY 12: Paris
Paris: Fragonard Perfumery now there's a place to check out, and stock up on perfume, obviously! Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Later you can drool over haute couture, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many exhibitions of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.
Visit a French perfumery
DAY 13: Paris to London
Paris: Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you've seen during this awesome trip. And how close you've grown to your Contiki pals.
London: What a journey!? On arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the journey on arrival.
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