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EUROPEAN ESCAPADE

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE

London to Amsterdam

From Rome to the Rhine Valley, not a minute of your European Escapade will be wasted. This is 25-days of heart-pounding, non-stop adventure. One minute you’ll be throwing dice at the Monte Carlo casino, the next you’ll be downing champagne & escargot in Paris. Age Restriction 18-35.

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Highlights

London | Dover | Calais | Paris | Fontainebleau | Beaujolais | Barcelona | Arles | The Riviera | Monaco | Pisa | Florence | Rome | Venice | Vienna | Munich | Dachau | Austrian Tyrol | Vaduz | Lucerne | Swiss Alps | Heidelberg | Rhine Valley | Edam | Amsterdam

Includes

• Exclusive "Paris by Night" sightseeing tour with Champagne and escargot
• Winetasting in Beaujolais
• Picnic in the French countryside
• Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
• Visit a French perfumery
• Visit the historic city of Arles
• See the Royal Palace in Monaco
• See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
• Locally guided walking tour of Florence
• Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
• Private boat through the canals and islands of Venice
• Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna
• Visit a traditional beer hall in Munich
• Visit a cheese farm and clog maker's house
• See canals and traditional Dutch windmills on a countryside bike tour in Edam
• Plus free time for optional activities
• Fifteen nights of quad-share accommodation in a mix of French châteaus, Austrian gasthofs, Swiss chalets, village cabins, hostels and hotels
• 24 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 13 dinners
• Air-conditioned luxury coach with WiFi and charging points
• Professional Trip Manager

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26 nights

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Day 1: Arrive 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 travelers.

Day 2: London to Paris
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 will travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, before reaching…Paris!

Paris: Pop the champagne, dial up the romance, & pass the escargot – we’re in Paris, baby! Don’t waste a second unpacking, we’re going to hit the streets and see how this city comes alive by night.

Inclusions:
See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Champagne and escargot
Exclusive “Paris by Night” sightseeing tour

Day 3: Paris
Drool over haute couture you can’t afford, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, and 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!

Optional add-ons:
Parisian dinner
Nouvelle Eve cabaret show

Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region via Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau: 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.

Beaujolais: Tonight’s the night we camp out at Contiki’s very own 16th-century Château. 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.

Inclusions:
See Château Fontainebleau
See Chablis, Burgundy, and Beaujolais vineyards
Wine tasting at Contiki’s Château

Day 5: Beaujolais
Another day, another chance to explore the French countryside and lull about poolside in our castle-like setting. We’ll be topping the day off with a picnic, no less. Cue the panoramic views and red wine.

Inclusions:
Picnic in the French countryside

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona
Beaujolais: Bye-bye, Beaujolais, and hello Barcelona! The Pyrenees 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.

Barcelona: 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.

Day 7: Barcelona
Barcelona: 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.

Inclusions:
See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

Optional add-ons:
Flamenco show with Tapas & Drinks

DAY 8: Barcelona to French Riviera via Arles
Barcelona: As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more...

Arles: 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.

The Riviera: 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.

Inclusions:
Visit the historic city of Arles
Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

DAY 9: French Riviera including Monaco
The Riviera: Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check in on Facebook! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France.

Monaco: Please tell us you didn't throw away all of your pennies on perfume today? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy. We're visiting the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco.

The Riviera: After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.

Inclusions:
Visit a French perfumery
See the Royal Palace in Monaco
Rub shoulders with the rich and famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino

DAY 10: French Riviera to Florence via Pisa
The Riviera: After almost a week in France you'll be full to the brim with all things French and ready for new ground. Italy, perhaps?

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 Florence.

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.

Inclusions:
See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

DAY 11: Florence
Florence: Today 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. Take to the local markets, down some gelato & make yourself known for the evening of optional festivities.

Inclusions:
Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

Optional add-ons:
Group Photo
Tuscan Dinner
Space Electronic Disco

DAY 12: Florence to Rome
Florence: Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.
Rome: 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.

Inclusions:
Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

Optional add-ons:
Vatican Tour

DAY 13: Rome
Rome: Rome wasn't built in a day but we sure can try and see it all in one day! Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.

Optional add-ons:
Pasta cooking dinner

DAY 14: Rome to Venice
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…

Venice: 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.

DAY 15: Venice
Venice: 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.

Inclusions:
Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas

Optional add-ons:
Gondola ride
Trip t-shirts

DAY 16: Venice to Vienna
Venice: Arrivederci, Venice! You've been splendid. We're back on the road through the Dolomite Mountains en route to Vienna, the home of delicious cakes, Mozart and more.

Vienna: Armed with excitement of what's up next, we arrive in Vienna ready for coffee, sachertorte, also known as what might be the world's greatest chocolate cake, and a serious cultural fix. For those culture vultures among us, you could end the day with a Mozart and Strauss concert and a night out.

Optional add-ons:
A classic night out

DAY 17: Vienna
Vienna: A whole day lies ahead to uncover the ethereal Austrian capital. Our Trip Manager will uncover the historical heritage of Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And once you've seen all that, you'll have a bit of free time to check out art galleries and local coffee houses, maybe even try a slice of the famous Sacher Torte.

Inclusions:
See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

Optional add-ons:
Old Vienna Schnaps Museum
Schnitzel and Screams

DAY 18: Vienna to Munich
Vienna: Don't give up on your Sound of Music image just yet. We'll leave Vienna this morning in search of lands that prove the setting still exists.
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, starting out with a city tour and a visit to a beer hall.

Inclusions:
See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
Visit a traditional beer hall

Optional add-ons:
Mike's Bike Tour

DAY 19: Munich to Austrian Tyrol via Dachau
Munich: Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We're hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music.

Dachau: Have a change of mood with a sobering visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Vibes will be lifted a little later when we arrive in Austrian Tyrol.

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.

Inclusions:
See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
Optional add-ons:
White Water Rafting

DAY 20: Austrian Tyrol
Austrian Tyrol: 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.

Inclusions:
See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

Optional add-ons:
Tandem Paragliding
Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch

DAY 21: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps via Liechtenstein and Lucerne
Austrian Tyrol: Farewell life in the blissful Austrian Alps, but fear not, the alpine air will fill your lungs later today at our next amazing destination, but not before a few stops to explore even more along the way.

Liechtenstein: We'll make a well-earned pit stop in the capital of the tiny country of the Principality of Liechtenstein - famous for being landlocked by not one but two countries, now there's a fact we bet you never thought you would learn.

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 traditional and oh so cheesy fondue and a night in the infamous 'bomb shelter' bar.

Inclusions:
See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Optional add-ons:
Scenic drive through the Alps

DAY 22: 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'.

Optional add-ons:
Jungfrau Mountain
Jungfrau & Adventure Park

DAY 23: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley via Heidelberg
Swiss Alps: 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.

Heidelberg: 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.

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!!!

Inclusions:
Learn how beer steins are crafted
Scenic drive along the Rhine River

Optional add-ons:
Wine Tasting

DAY 24: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam
Rhine Valley: 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...

Edam: 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.

Amsterdam: 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.

Inclusions:
Visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house
See canals and a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

DAY 25: Amsterdam
Amsterdam: 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.

Optional add-ons:
Canal Bike
Canal Cruise (1 hour)
Sea Palace Dinner

DAY 26: Amsterdam to London
Amsterdam: 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.

Belgium: For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.
Calais

London: 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.

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