European Escapade

From London to London

Visiting: London, Paris, Beaujolais, Barcelona, French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice, Austrian Tyrol, Munich, Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam


Tour Operator: Contiki


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Tour Overview

From Rome to the Rhine Valley, not a minute of your European Escapade will be wasted. For 23 unforgettable days, you'll travel through all of your bucket list destinations, for a heart-pounding, non-stop adventure. From Contiki's exclusive Chateaux in the vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region, through Spain, Italy, Germany more - not to mention an eye-widening encounter with the Swiss Alps - this kaleidoscope of history, culture and nature will leave you dizzily devoted to all things Europe.

Highlights

  • iconPrivate boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • iconVenice - See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • iconScenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • iconFind your morning zen with some morning yoga on the lawns of our exclusive 16th century Chateau
  • iconFrench Riviera - Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • iconFlorence - Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • iconTake a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island of Venice
  • iconUnwind on the lawn with Yoga
  • iconAustrian Tyrol - See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
  • iconSee the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: London to Paris

Location: London, Paris

Accommodation: Ibis Budget Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to the first day of the best trip of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights.A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on our trip.After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme.We'll kick off our trip as we arrive in the glittering city of love, Paris. It's straight down to business with a tour of the city lit up by those famous lights. Then, we'll bond with our Contiki fam with a delicious included dinner. The French are proud of their culinary culture for a reason.

icon Day 2: Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Ibis Budget Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drool over haute couture, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve Champagne show. Smitten and it's only day two!

icon Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region via Fontainebleau

Location: Paris, Beaujolais

Accommodation: Contiki Chateau

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region

Location: Beaujolais

Accommodation: Contiki Chateau

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Picnic Lunch

Pinch yourself, this is another day at the Château & another chance to live your best French countryside life with a full day here in Beaujolais. Rise & shine with optional sunrise yoga on the sprawling lawn of the Château's gardens, relax in the courtyard with a coffee & croissant, or loll about poolside in our castle-like setting. Our highlight today is a picnic in the picturesque gardens. Cue panoramic views & red wine.

icon Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Location: Beaujolais, Barcelona

Accommodation: Generator Barcelona (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bye-bye Beaujolais! And hello Barcelona. The Pyrénées mountains will keep our eyes satisfied today as we roll across the border for Spain's most lively city. Each day as sweet as the last.Well would you look at that for timing, we've pulled into Barcelona just on sangria o'clock. Fate, you've done it again! Tapas and a night exploring the city should have us in the Spanish mood before we know it.

icon Day 6: Barcelona

Location: Barcelona

Accommodation: Generator Barcelona (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, Montjuic hilltop vistas, & wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection. There's plenty of free time to roam free or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea, just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun.

icon Day 7: Barcelona to The Riviera via Arles

Location: Barcelona, French Riviera

Accommodation: Beach Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more...After a dreamy drive across the border into France through landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs, we'll arrive at our lunch break town of Arles. Here we will get a peek at an ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera, and who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour as we roll through this glitzy coastline.

icon Day 8: French Riviera including Monaco

Location: French Riviera

Accommodation: Beach Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we'll take 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. Then it's back to glamorous beach resorts, coastal villages, superyachts & members of the Jet Set - a scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur shows us everything we want to know about the French Riviera, as we make our way to the heart of it all, Monaco.It wouldn't be a true visit to Monaco without seeing the Royal Palace and the Monte Carlo casino, and that's exactly what we'll look for first. Then, what better place to spend your last night in France? You have a free evening to don your glad rags, spritz on some of your new perfume & rub shoulders with the high rollers, before it's back along the coast tonight.Monaco, you've been a real winner today. Winding our way back along the Côte d'Azur, we'll say goodbye to the flash pack and set our sights for bed.

icon Day 9: French Riviera to Florence via Genoa and Pisa

Location: French Riviera, Florence

Accommodation: Plus Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

After almost a week in France you'll be full to the brim with all things French and ready for new ground. Italy, perhaps?We'll make a stop at Italy's largest seaport for lunch, surrounded by spectacular architecture and twisting streets.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, begin your Italian adventure with a night out with your group with dancing a plenty.

icon Day 10: Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Plus Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today is a perfect balance of guided wisdom, food and free time to roam. Take the opportunity to explore streets bursting with heritage and delicious flavours in an optional street food walking tour, or take yourself to the local markets and down some gelato. Tonight you can choose to end your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner - think olive oil tasting, each meal matched with a locally produced wine and more.

icon Day 11: Florence to Rome

Location: Florence, Rome

Accommodation: Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.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.After our drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets.

icon Day 12: Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hostel Trustever/ Hello Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Open your eyes this morning and give yourself a few minutes to let the reality sink in … you may even need to pinch yourself a few times. Yes, you are actually in Rome! Opt to be guided around the Roman Forum and Colosseum first up, continuing to file info into the brain under "mind-blowing historical facts." The rest of the day is yours to chow pizza, sip coffee, watch the Vespas fly by, and just generally get in the swing of all things Italian.

icon Day 13: Rome to Venice

Location: Rome, Venice

Accommodation: A&O Mestre (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over...Kudos to the cats of decades gone who constructed this lagoon fairytale. Boats, bridges, gondolas; your heart is going to pound. Start off this evening with an optional walking tour that not only shows you the sights but also finishes with traditional Venetian cicchetti, washed down with an aperitivo.

icon Day 14: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: A&O Mestre (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. You have the chance to become truly Venetian with a gondola ride up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

icon Day 15: Venice to Austrian Tyrol

Location: Venice, Austrian Tyrol

Accommodation: Contiki Haus Schoneck (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Arrivederci, Venice! You've been splendid. We're back on the road through the Dolomite Mountains en route to find lands fit for the Sound of Music.Onwards, upwards & seeing the world with more grateful eyes than ever before, we'll settle back on the road and soon arrive in the breathtaking Austrian Tyrol. We'll be welcomed with open arms to Contiki's very own Austrian Gasthof (guesthouse), but before we settle in, we'll get outside and explore the dreamy setting we'll call home for the next two nights. Tonight is a welcome evening & tomorrow we'll get into the swing of things with some of the adventure activites this town is famous for.

icon Day 16: Austrian Tyrol

Location: Austrian Tyrol

Accommodation: Contiki Haus Schoneck (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view...and your life in general. If you're feeling lively you can jump onto a bike tour through green mountains and waterfalls. If you're feeling really lively you can go tandem paragliding. Not so lively? Stroll around and take in the incredible setting; drink endless hot chocolate, go up a mountain in a gondola, carry on sighing with happiness.

icon Day 17: Austrian Tyrol to Munich via Dachau

Location: Austrian Tyrol, Munich

Accommodation: Haus International (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Farewell life in the blissful Austrian Alps, but don't give up on your Sound of Music image just yet. We'll leave Austria this morning in search of lands that prove the setting still exists.This morning we'll feel worlds away as we journey to the medieval town of Dachau near the German border, for a visit back into Europe's history. Here in Dachau we'll take a sobering but eye-opening visit to Dachau Concentration Camp memorial. Once the original working 'camp', this memorial house the stories of a generation never to be forgotten.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, starting out with a city tour and a visit to a beer hall.

icon Day 18: Munich to Swiss Alps via Liechtenstein

Location: Munich, Swiss Alps

Accommodation: Mattenhof (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains.We'll make a well earned pit stop in the capital of the tiny country of the Principality of Liechtenstein - famous for being double landlocked - surrounded by the two already landlocked countries of Switzerland and Austria, now there's a fact we bet you never thought you would learn.Arrive in this picture perfect setting ready for two nights at our Chalet-style accomodation. This place comes to life as the sun sets, so tonight we'll have a chance to spend our free time checking out the local nightlife and foodie scene.

icon Day 19: Swiss Alps

Location: Swiss Alps

Accommodation: Mattenhof (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Open the window of your room & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! Feel free to explore this classic European adventure town.

icon Day 20: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley via Heidelberg

Location: Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley

Accommodation: Hotel Montag (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Out with the altitude, into Germany for a brand new day and a brand new country. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting into beer and wine territory in the castle dotted landscapes of the Rhine Valley.We keep the suspense with a stop off in Heidelberg and its medieval vibes which are matched only by its student vibes before we're back on the road and the alpine air.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!!!

icon Day 21: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam

Location: Rhine Valley, Amsterdam

Accommodation: Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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 to see windmills & picturesque Dutch houses on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house. Flashing red lights, pretty canals, crooked buildings, cafes bursting with pizza + chocolate + French fries. Amsterdam is all that and way too many bags of chips.

icon Day 22: Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

It's our last full day on tour & 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.

icon Day 23: Depart Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam, London

Meals: Breakfast

Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.

What's Included

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    A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

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    For 24 nights, you'll be treated to some of quirkiest and most elaborate sleeping arrangements in Europe. Spend 2 nights in Contiki's own French Château, another 2 in our Austrian Gasthof, 2 more in our Swiss Chalet, 6 in our cosy village cabins, 5 in groovy hostels and 7 in hotels!

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    We'll be gourmandising all over Europe on this trip, sampling moreish local cuisine like fresh swirls of pasta, crunchy schnitzel and lashings of cheese. 24 continental breakfasts will be included, as will 1 picnic lunch and 13 dinners.

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    A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything

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