European Vistas | Start Amsterdam | 2024

European Vistas | Start Amsterdam | 2024

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European Vistas | Start Amsterdam | 2024

28 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in London

Visiting: London, Dover, Calais, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Odense, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kraków, Banská Bystrica, Budapest, Hopfgarten im Brixental, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Milan, Lucerne, Lyon, Paris

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BHSVME19

Age range:

18-35

Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

For memorable sights to unforgettable nights, this is the trip to open your eyes to all aspects of Europe. Journey from the laidback lowlands of Amsterdam to the exhilarating heights of the Austrian Tyrol, from the vibes of Eastern Europe to the breathtaking beauty of Italy’s cities and coastlines. Who says you can’t have it all? Culture, fun, history, adrenaline, food & new friends along the way, this is 28 days of experiences to last a lifetime.

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Day 1: London To Amsterdam
Location: London, Dover, Calais, Amsterdam
Accommodation: Ibis Budget Amsterdam City South (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

The adventure of a lifetime kicks off today. Meet up with your new Contiki family in London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.


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 travel north to Amsterdam!


And here we are at our final stop for this evening: Amsterdam! You can start your exploration of this city with an optional trip up to the A’DAM tower and swing (with drink in hand) for panoramic views over the city. Afterwards, there's plenty of nightlife to keep you going until the early hours.

Day 2: Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam
Accommodation: Ibis Budget Amsterdam City South (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. Today use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this place is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more. After exploring, you'll want to join your new Contiki family for an optional dinner at a local fishing village and maybe a few drinks aboard a cruise down the river. Could today get any better?

Day 3: Amsterdam To Hamburg
Location: Amsterdam, Hamburg
Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hamburg Barmbek (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to Hamburg – that's today's agenda.


Crossing over to Germany, we find ourselves in another charming city dotted with canals and cafes, along with a central city lake and plenty of parks. We’ll acquaint ourselves with Hamburg by starting with an orientation of the city, before free time to find some dinner tonight.

Day 4: Hamburg To Copenhagen
Location: Hamburg, Odense, Copenhagen
Accommodation: Moxy Sydhavnen (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Hamburg, it’s been sweet, but we have our sights set on another famous port city. And first...


On our way to wonderful Copenhagen today, we’ll also pass via Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson. With cobbled streets and colorful houses in a historic district full of character, it’s easy to see where his inspiration came from.


Constantly named amongst the most livable cities in the world (along with one of the happiest), Copenhagen greets us with craft beer breweries, a Renaissance-era castle, hip bars and cafes, a walkable city center and - you guessed it - more canals. We’ll start with a walking tour of the top sites, followed by free time to find dinner in one of the local spots.

Day 5: Copenhagen
Location: Copenhagen
Accommodation: Moxy Sydhavnen (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Copenhagen is an artwork of locals on bicycles, Danish pastries in cute café windows, and Renaissance architecture. Being a bustling university town and home to the hippie hood of Freetown Christiana, nightlife, and unique culture can be found at every turn.

Day 6: Copenhagen To Berlin
Location: Copenhagen, Berlin
Accommodation: Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Before you go bursting out of your travel clothes thanks to your new-found Danish pastry dependency, we're saying ‘farvel’ to Denmark. Next stop: the ferry, then Berlin!


On the world map of party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this iconic city, and we'll kick it off with a bit of a tour of the city and its troubled but fascinating past. Once we've gotten acquainted with the key sites, we'll enjoy an included dinner together.

Day 7: Berlin
Location: Berlin
Accommodation: Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tours, glorious tours! After our taster of Berlin's history yesterday, we’ll have two inspiring walking tours in store for today (totally optional of course). First up, take a historical walking tour, including a visit to the site of Hitler's bunker. Next, we’ll embark on an Alternative Berlin walking tour, taking us to all the city’s hipster haunts and historical hotspots. If you're looking for a night out, tonight is the perfect time to scope out one of those underground raves or cocktail-lounge-in-the-basement scenarios that Berlin is famous for.

Day 8: Berlin To Warsaw
Location: Berlin, Warsaw
Accommodation: Ibis Budget Warszawa Centrum (Warsaw, Poland)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we'll motor out of Berlin, ready for our next city. Berlin is one tough act to follow, but we think Poland will deliver.
The capital of Poland has a vibrant urban scene and we’re staying right in the center of it, in the hip & artistic district of Praga. We’ll get treated to an authentic Polish feast tonight to begin our introduction to this lively European city, with all day tomorrow to explore.

Day 9: Warsaw
Location: Warsaw
Accommodation: Ibis Budget Warszawa Centrum (Warsaw, Poland)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ready to discover Warsaw? Tragic bombings after the war have seen this city experience a re-birth, and it's packed with museums, a buzzing street art scene, and cool vibes dotted with a dose of random to keep us on our toes. Your local guide will give you the insider track as we take it all in on foot. A renowned musical city, keep your ears open day long and see what sound pleasures you also stumble upon. Tonight you’ll have free time for dinner, so Perogi (Polish dumplings) and a glass of compote somewhere within Warsaw's lively cafe scene should be on your agenda - just ask your Trip Manager for the best local hangs.

Day 10: Warsaw To Krakow
Location: Warsaw, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kraków
Accommodation: Vienna House Andel's Cracow (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Waving ‘pa!’ to Warsaw, we have our sights set on Krakow this morning.
En route, we’ll stop off at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp for a sobering reminder of Poland’s dark past.
Once the capital of Poland, Krakow is now known for its rich history, tasty pretzels, excellent vintage markets (you heard it from us) and salt mining heritage. Tonight you’ll have time to explore the local restaurants for a traditional dinner, then you can rest up knowing we have all day tomorrow to get our Krakow on.

Day 11: Krakow
Location: Kraków
Accommodation: Vienna House Easy Cracow (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Good morning Poland! Today is all about getting up close and personal with Krakow life. We’ll cover the basics on our included sightseeing tour in the morning, and you have a free afternoon to stroll the charming streets of Krakow. Check out Kazimierz, the UNESCO-listed Old Town & historic Jewish Quarter with its jumble of street art, vintage markets, crumbling cafes & 14th century synagogue.  An optional Pierogi making class will keep us entertained into the evening.

Day 12: Krakow To Budapest
Location: Kraków, Banská Bystrica, Budapest
Accommodation: Ibis Budapest City South Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

We say a fond farewell to Krakow and head for the bright lights of Budapest this morning.




Pastel painted and manicured to perfection, Banska Bystrica is a lunch break that will charm you to no end. Being in Slovakia, it's also your chance to brag 3 countries in one day - you crazy globetrotter you.




Welcome to Hungary! Coming in at number 3 on our list of countries ticked off through the day. From the moment we arrive in the river split city, you'll understand why we needed a couple of nights here. Take your time exploring this evening, stop for a drink in a ruin bar tucked away in the Jewish Quarter and keep our eyes peeled for a delicious Langos.

Day 13: Budapest
Location: Budapest
Accommodation: Ibis Budapest City South Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ready to explore, we’ll head out on a journey of old and new this morning with a locally guided walking tour of Budapest including the Royal Palace, the Chain Bridge & the Fisherman’s Bastion. As the evening draws in, you’ll have the chance to jump on board a Danube River Cruise with dinner included. Gliding across the shimmering night-lit river of Danube, you’ll get to experience the beautiful sights of Budapest while enjoying a delicious à la carte Hungarian feast.

Day 14: Budapest To Austrian Tyrol
Location: Budapest, Hopfgarten im Brixental
Accommodation: Contiki Haus Schoneck (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bye bye Budapest, your unique charm will remain in our hearts forever. Hitting the road, we’ll journey west and cross-country through Hungary and into Austria.
Here in the Austrian Tyrol, you'll have the chance to stay at Contiki Haus Schöneck, a Special Stay worthy of the name, where you can socialise with fellow skiers and Contiki travelers across multiple hang-out spaces, with authentic Austrian cuisine cooked on site too. There's also local beer available at the bar (which is also on site.) When it comes to hitting the hay tonight, you'll sleep in a same-sex multi-share with up to 5 other travelers.

Day 15: Austrian Tyrol
Location: Hopfgarten im Brixental
Accommodation: Contiki Haus Schoneck (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view. 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 or relax at our Gasthof.

Day 16: Austrian Tyrol To Ljubljana
Location: Hopfgarten im Brixental, Ljubljana
Accommodation: A conveniently located hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Farewell life in the blissful Austrian Alps, but the enchanting allure of Slovenia lies ahead as we make our way to the capital city of Ljubljana.
Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries, a distinct identity within Slovenian culture has evolved from the melody of influences surrounding it. We'll have a walking orientation to get acquainted with our surroundings and after that, you're free to explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto or sit by one of Ljubljana’s atmospheric watercourses.

Day 17: Ljubljana To Venice
Location: Ljubljana, Venice
Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ever the advocates of a balanced holiday, today we're trading in the obscure unknown for the globally adored hot spot of Venice. Whoop!




Yes, it's as cute as you imagine. Yes, you'll feel like you're part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are actually hanging out in the gondola clad floating city of Venice! A private boat ride, gothic architecture and a web of lanes to explore will keep your day filled quite nicely.

Day 18: Venice To Rome
Location: Venice, Rome
Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.


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!

Day 19: Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: A conveniently located hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

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, from the Colosseum to the Vatican City. Not enough? There’s also the option to head back in time and discover Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators.

Day 20: Rome To Sorrento
Location: Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento
Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Full of gelato and memories, we’ll bid ‘ciao’ to Bella Roma and head south for Sorrento, with a special stop on the way.
Driving down the coast today, we have the option to check out the ruins of Pompeii, the fascinating Roman town that was destroyed by Vesuvius and then perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. 
Soak up the sweeping views on route to gorgeous Sorrento, where sun-bleached pastel houses perch along cliffs, tumbling down to the Mediterranean sea. Here you’ll have the chance to treat yourself with a visit to La Sorgente, a nearby locally-owned family mozzarella farm, for an authentic Italian meal complete with fresh homemade mozzarella, rich olive oil and sunshine-colored limoncello.

Day 21: Sorrento
Location: Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento
Accommodation: A conveniently located hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It simply wouldn't be a trip to Sorrento without a side note to...
We'll head over to the island of Capri for the day. With its gorgeous cragged coastline and opulent cafes, it's easy to see why this is such a playground for the rich and famous. If you'd like to spend some time on the water, opt for a cruise, with swim stops & great views of the coastline.
Back in Sorrento, we'll all tuck into an included dinner.

Day 22: Sorrento To Florence
Location: Sorrento, Florence
Accommodation: Hotel Auto Park (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

See you, Sorrento! Thanks for making our Instagram feeds look like shoots for Italian Vogue! 
 



Woah, what’s that big thing in the sky?! It’s not a hot cross bun, is it… Oh wait, it's just the Duomo! You know, the one with the famous red dome that sits above Florence? We’ll learn all about Duomo, plus the Basilica, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and more as locals show us around the city of Florence. Was that thunder?! Oh thank goodness, it was just your stomach… all that walking really gets the old appetite going. Good thing there’s a Tuscan evening ahead - a feast of local food from Central Italy with music. Opt in to this experience as a free time add on (trust us, you won’t regret it!). Eating pasta in Italy is as good as it sounds, but also keep your eye out for sumptuous Florentine steak, boozy tiramisu, and more local specialties.

Day 23: Florence To Milan
Location: Florence, Milan
Accommodation: BB Hotel Milano Sesto (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Florence, you’ve been a dream, but today will see us moving onwards and upwards to Milan.
Arriving in super-chic Milan, get ready to feel your diva self. Strut your stuff downtown to see the famous Milan Duomo, Galleria and La Scala. If you want to dine like a Milanese opt for an EatWith experience.

Day 24: Milan To Lucerne
Location: Milan, Lucerne
Accommodation: Ibis Budget Luzern City (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving Milan this morning we’ll be saying a final ‘Ciao’ to Italy, but the dreamy destinations don’t stop coming as we cross the border over the Swiss Alps.
With magical views unfolding outside our windows we'll find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against the lake it's named after. Here you'll have the chance to ascend Mt Stanserhorn, or take an optional lake cruise (summer only), giving yourself a better look at the epic Swiss Alps reflected off the water. Our other recommendation for tonight? Swiss chocolate.

Day 25: Lucerne To Lyon
Location: Lucerne, Lyon
Accommodation: Ibis Lyon Sud Oullins (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Though we left France in body, part of our spirit stayed behind. Today we leave Lucerne to go pick it up, venturing to the country's second biggest city for 1-night of play before Paris.




After rolling past the charming French countryside we grew very fond of, we'll pull up at Lyon where a charming Old Town is calling our names. Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, so head off in search of a quaint 'bouchon' to sample the local delicacies.

Day 26: Lyon To Paris
Location: Lyon, Paris
Accommodation: Ibis Paris Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rolling out of Lyon this morning we’re Paris-bound, swapping countryside for inner-city bliss.
Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris, made all the more romantic in winter months. After an included dinner at the hotel, our Trip Manager will fill us in on the city's secrets with a dreamy night-time tour of the 'city of lights', passing the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral. We’ll also take a trip up the Montparnasse Tower for the best views of the Eiffel Tower you’ll find anywhere in Paris.

Day 27: Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Ibis Paris Porte de Bagnolet (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Pastries, paintings, perfume - Paris is ours! First we’ll visit the glamorous Fragonard perfumery for a lesson in the olfactory arts, then the time is yours to roam tree-lined quartiers, explore Notre Dame Cathedral, hunt for vintage treasures in Le Marais, or get arty in the galleries of the Louvre.

Day 28: Paris To London
Location: Paris, Calais, Dover, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you’ve seen during this awesome trip, not to mention how close you’ve grown to your Contiki pals.


What a journey! On arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group - the adventure has come to an end.

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

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14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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