Contiki | European Highlights | Classic | Start London | Summer | Season 2024

This trip delivers a highlight reel of European beauty, history, culture and food over two unforgettable weeks.

The perfect loop from that will see you gawping at the glittering lights of Paris one moment to gliding through Venetian canals 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.


Tour Operator: Contiki
  • Pricing

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        (Quad)
      • 1 Apr 24
      • 14 Apr 24
      • $3,649
      • 21 Apr 24
      • 4 May 24
      • $3,406
      • 5 May 24
      • 18 May 24
      • $4,945
      • 21 May 24
      • 3 Jun 24
      • $5,115
      • 1 Jun 24
      • 14 Jun 24
      • $3,836
      • 6 Jun 24
      • 19 Jun 24
      • $5,371
      • 9 Jun 24
      • 22 Jun 24
      • $3,836
      • 13 Jun 24
      • 26 Jun 24
      • $5,371
      • 17 Jun 24
      • 30 Jun 24
      • $3,836
      • 20 Jun 24
      • 3 Jul 24
      • $5,826
      • 24 Jun 24
      • 7 Jul 24
      • $5,272
      • 29 Jun 24
      • 12 Jul 24
      • $5,826
      • 4 Jul 24
      • 17 Jul 24
      • $5,826
      • 9 Jul 24
      • 22 Jul 24
      • $4,162
      • 11 Jul 24
      • 24 Jul 24
      • $5,826
      • 15 Jul 24
      • 28 Jul 24
      • $3,956
      • 18 Jul 24
      • 31 Jul 24
      • $5,539
      • 25 Jul 24
      • 7 Aug 24
      • $3,956
      • 29 Jul 24
      • 11 Aug 24
      • $3,956
      • 2 Aug 24
      • 15 Aug 24
      • $5,539
      • 8 Aug 24
      • 21 Aug 24
      • $3,956
      • 15 Aug 24
      • 28 Aug 24
      • $5,275
      • 22 Aug 24
      • 4 Sep 24
      • $3,859
      • 27 Aug 24
      • 9 Sep 24
      • $3,859
      • 2 Sep 24
      • 15 Sep 24
      • $5,145
      • 7 Sep 24
      • 20 Sep 24
      • $3,859
      • 9 Sep 24
      • 22 Sep 24
      • $3,859
      • 12 Sep 24
      • 25 Sep 24
      • $3,859
      • 14 Sep 24
      • 27 Sep 24
      • $4,373
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  • 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! Touch down in Paris and settle into your digs before we devour a delicious dinner together. And then it's time to rev up for high-energy vibes - because we're exploring the most iconic Parisian hotspots!

     

    Day 2 - Paris

    Today's the day to stroll the beautiful streets of Paris, with plenty of time to lust over designer haute couture or French vintage stores, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral, order coffee and crêpes, or get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Tonight, foodies will have the chance to eat a Parisian feast in Montmartre, surrounded by cobbled lanes, village-esque cafes, street artists and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Otherwise, this is your night to sign up for an iconic Parisian cabaret show. Either option will give you the perfect way to make it one to remember!

     

    Day 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region via Fontainebleau

    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.  Please note: On occasion, certain departures will be moved from Contiki’s Chateau de Cruix to the French gastronomic capital of Lyon (a title which ain’t given lightly, believe us!)  We’ll get the party started with an included meal at a local restaurant, accompanied by local wine.

     

    Day 4 - Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera

    Today we wake up in the French Riviera! We'll experience the magic of Monaco, a place that has charmed many Hollywood A-listers and aristocrats over the years.

     

    Day 5 - French Riviera (Including Monaco City)

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

     

    Day 6 - French Riviera to Florence via Pisa

    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.

     

    Day 7 - Florence to Rome

    This morning is a perfect balance of guided wisdom and free time to roam. 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!

     

    Day 8 - Rome

    Rise and shine, Rome awaits us! Today will be a whirlwind of Roman architecture and bucket list sights as we uncover all of Rome’s key features. There’s also the option to head back in time and discover Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators.

     

    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.

     

    Day 10 - Venice to Munich via Tyrol

    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 Bavarian suspenders will be precisely what we feel like.   Wind through the Austrian Alps to 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.

     

    Day 11 - Munich to Rhine Valley via Dachau

    Today it’s goodbye Munich, hello wine country. But first, we have an important stop to make. Journeying out of Munich, we'll make a stop at Dachau for a sobering visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial. You'll be able to spend some time here to learn and reflect, before we head on to the 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.

     

    Day 12 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam

    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... You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside admiring windmills in Edam. 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.

     

    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.

     

    Day 14 - Amsterdam to London

    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. We'll make our way back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.  What a journey! Say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the trip on arrival in London.

     

*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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