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European Encounter
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-35

16 Days / 15 Nights Trip to England, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France & Germany

European Encounter

Explore Europe’s best destinations in the England, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium - all in one trip!
Experience the best of Europe on a journey featuring beautiful views, festive cheer and intriguing moments.

Along with a small group of travellers, discover elegant streets, historic towns, castles and new experiences in Dover, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vatican City, Dresden, Salzburg, Florence and Pisa! You’ll mingle with locals, enjoy pub crawls, meet new friends, fall in love with destinations, laugh and make memories you’ll remember with a smile years from now.
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  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,461
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Contiki
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Salzburg: surprises in serenity
Highlight #1
Salzburg: surprises in serenity
Walk down to Salzach river’s grassy banks, spread a blanket and relax. Or wake up to a steaming mug of coffee and sweeping views of the Austrian Alps. Ah, the good life.
Soak in Florence’s charm and glory
Highlight #2
Soak in Florence’s charm and glory
Welcome to the birthplace of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, opera and gelato.
Berlin: Germany's vibrant capital
Highlight #3
Berlin: Germany's vibrant capital
A storied history, a creative nexus, and a wonder for the eyes awaits travellers in Europe's most hipster capital.
Vatican City: faith & opulence
Highlight #4
Vatican City: faith & opulence
Traverse the halls of opulent Vatican palaces, marvel at galleries in the Vatican museums and visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, the most impressive church in the world.
Live it up in Amsterdam!
Highlight #5
Live it up in Amsterdam!
Whether you want to cruise in historic canals, visit a coffee shop, or go dancing all night long, in Amsterdam you're guaranteed a fantastic time.
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Rome in 4K

Witness the beauty of Rome, the cosmopolitan city with globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. It is also known as the Eternal City or Caput Mundi, coming from Latin and meaning capital of the world.

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Itinerary

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. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.

Amsterdam including Edam

Amsterdam - Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other.
Edam - You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. This morning we'll head into the beautiful countryside for a taste of tradition, as we visit a local clog and cheese makers house.
Amsterdam - This afternoon use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this town is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more.

Amsterdam to Berlin

Amsterdam - Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin. That's on today's agenda. 
Berlin - On the world map of cool party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this amazing city, and we'll kick it off with a bit of history into the city and its troubled and interesting past. Once we arrive your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights.

Berlin

On the world map of cool party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this amazing city, and we'll kick it off with a bit of history into the city and its troubled and interesting past. Once we arrive your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights.

Berlin to Prague via Dresden

Berlin - More city hangs you'll all scream in unison as we motor out of Berlin, high on life & still wanting more. Since you asked so nicely, let us present you with Prague, the darling of Europe. 
Dresden - A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirthed beauty of an Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.
Prague - On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we'll get out and go exploring, seeing castles and cathedrals and learning of Bohemia Kings and gothic history.

Prague

With a full day to loiter, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antiques & you cheers-ing local beer; not to mention life! We'll explore the city one of our favourite ways today, by bike, with our Local Guide to show us all the sights and sounds of this epic spot including the Charles Bridge, St Vitus Cathedral and city spots that have put this Eastern city on the map. The night is yours to amble around the Old Town Square and find a few haunts to let the hours slip away in.

Prague to Salzburg

Prague - We warned you about falling head over heels for Prague! Sorry kids, you cannot live here forever.
Salzburg - Onwards we go - it's time for the mountain ranges that made the Sound of Music famous. Also home to Mozart, you can be pretty certain this place knows a beat. Today we'll also see the largest preserved fortress in Central Europe - Hohensalzburg - and have the chance to partake in the Sights & Sounds of Salzburg. Never a dull moment!

Salzburg to Venice

Salzburg - Austria, you are an overwhelming beauty. Although it would be nice to stay forever, it's time for us to cross the border and prepare to stuff ourselves full of all things pizza & pasta. Yes, traveller we're making our way to Italy! 
Venice - You'll think you've seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps, and then we'll arrive in Venice & your jaw will hit the floor over hidden lanes, story book bridges & a private canal boat ride.

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 it's glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfetto!

Rome

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.

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.

Florence to Italian Riviera via Pisa

Florence - Hopefully by now you are head to toe in fresh leather, you've eaten your body weight in antipasto, and you're feeling fresh as a daisy and ready to farewell Florence. 
Pisa - 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 the Italian Riviera. 
The Riviera - Hello beautiful! The 'Five Lands' or Cinque Terre is completely beautiful and will take your breath away with their stunning colours, washing hanging out windows and picture perfect setting. Perched on a cliff and overlooking the Ligurian Sea this is 100% bucket list worthy destination, use the included day pass to explore this colourful heaven, stopping for an Aperol Spritz on the way too, all in the name of culture of course!

Italian Riviera to Lucerne

The Riviera - Walk away from the Italian Riviera with plans to come back here for a few weeks or months, why not? 
Lucerne - Swans float under wooden bridges, snow-capped 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.

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.

Paris

If you're waiting for a chance to indulge yourself in all things Paris, today is your day. With our last night looming, we'll start with a guided visit to Fragonard Perfumery, part museum experience & part discount perfume shopping extravaganza, where you'll have the chance to dabble in the olfactory arts & purchase your favourite scent as a souvenir. Later you have plenty of time to wander up the Champs-Élysées for a pastel-hued macaron at the original Ladurée, then pop in to local favourite Colette, drool over haute couture on rue Saint-Honoré, admire the Notre-Dame cathedral while juggling coffee & sugared crêpes, or hustle your way through the crowds for a glimpse of the enigmatic Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, because tonight you have the chance to grab tickets for dinner at the Nouvelle Eve caberet show, an optional group evening out to perfectly top off your time in the city of lights.

Paris to London

Paris - Soak up your last dose of Paris this morning over a coffee and croissant and marvel at how much you've seen. And how close you've grown to your Contiki pals. Sob! Hop back on the coach for a complimentary transfer to CDG airport this morning, or stay onboard for the ride back to London. Plenty of time to start planning the next reunion...
Calais - Dover - London - What a journey! Say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the trip on arrival in London.

Inclusions

 Accommodation - 15 nights in Hotel

 Meals - 5 Dinner, 15 Breakfast

 Team - Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

 Transport - All transport included during the trip

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

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