London to Paris
Start the clock: you have 7 countries to see in one trip. It can be done! And with 6 World Heritage Sites, snails & champagne in Paris, a chalet in the Swiss Alps & a private boat through the canals of Venice, the European Horizon is proof it can be done very, very well indeed.
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London | Dover | Calais | Amsterdam | Rhine Valley | Munich | Austrian Tyrol | Venice | Lucerne | Swiss Alps | Paris
• 10 nights of quad share accommodation in a mix of Austrian Gasthofs, Swiss chalets, Venetian cabins, hostels and hotels
• Nine breakfasts, six 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: 10-days of heart pounding adventure kick 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 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!
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!!!
Scenic drive along the Rhine River
Learn how beer steins are crafted
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 Glockenspiel, a charming old town & a traditional Bavarian culture. But first, take up the option to explore the side streets and English Gardens by bicycle.
See the Lorelei Rock
See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
Mike's Bike Tour
DAY 5: Munich to Austrian Tyrol
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. Next up, Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest house) is waiting for us with open arms. Before we swing into action with a themed party, get outside and explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon, or opt for a tandem paraglide for those thrill seekers amongst us.
Special stopover Contiki's Austrian Gasthof
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
Secrets of Venice walking tour
Venice Group Photo
DAY 7: Venice to Swiss Alps via Lucerne
Venice: Arrivederci, Venice! You've been splendid. And now we're off to the Swiss Alps - the splendour just doesn't stop.
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!!!
Swiss Alps: Arrive in this picture perfect setting ready for two nights at our very own Swiss Chalet, starting off with a night in the infamous 'bombshelter' bar.
See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
DAY 8: Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps: Open the window of your Swiss chalet & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! If you're feeling audacious, catch a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station on Jungfrau Mountain, keeping your balance on what's known as the 'Top of Europe'.
Special stopover at Contiki's Swiss chalet
Jungfrau & Adventure Park
DAY 9: Swiss Alps to Paris
Swiss Alps: 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 pop the champagne & experiment with escargot.
See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Exclusive Paris by Night sightseeing tour with Champagne and escargot
DAY 10: Paris
Paris: Pastries, paintings, perfume - Paris is yours! We'll take you to the glamorous Fragonard perfumery, then the time is yours to roam tree-lined quartiers, explore Notre Dame Cathedral, or get arty in the galleries of the Louvre. It's our last night together - make it count with can-can girls & Champagne over a dinner & Nouvelle Eve cabaret show.
Visit a French perfumery
Nouvelle Eve cabaret show
DAY 11: Paris to London
Paris: Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you've seen. And how close you've grown to your loved-up Contiki collective.
London: What a journey, on arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the journey on arrival.
Drive through the WWI Battlefields on our way to London
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