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26 NEW & IMPROVED TRIPS

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TRAVEL CREATES

CHANGE LIFE’S GREATEST LESSONS ARE LEARNED THROUGH TRAVEL.


2018

HI G HL I G HT S Some things never change. Our passion for discovering new little corners of the world, our obsession with Italian gelato, our not so secret love for anything European - these things will always continue to influence why and where we travel. But you know what? Change is also good. We may be turning the ripe old age of 56 in 2018, but our appetite for innovation and discovery ensures we don’t look a day over 21. And that’s why this year, we’ve mixed things up a bit, bringing you not only new destinations we know you’ll love, but also new ways of seeing the old-time favourites we’ve been visiting for years. 2018 promises to be bigger, better, and more adventure-filled than ever before. The journey starts now.

TRAV E L C RE ATES

you. Each of us is on a journey. Where that journey first started we have no say in, but where that journey leads is entirely up to us. The decisions we choose to make, the paths we choose to go down, the risks we think are worth taking these are the things that truly define us. At Contiki, we live passionately by one philosophy - to travel with no regrets. Why? Because life, real life, doesn’t happen when you colour inside the lines. It’s only when you break free, trust your instincts, and intentionally live with your eyes wide open, that you become the person you’re meant to be. So ask yourself this - do you want to live life in the shadows, or do you want to live life with no regrets?

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A FOODIE’S DELIGHT Want to see what you could be munching down at our French Château? Head to p30 for all the foodie facts.

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You know them, you love them, but what does a Trip Manager actually get up to on an average travel day? p24 gives you the nitty gritty.

INTRODUCING OUR NEW TRAVEL STYLE Revolutionary,if we do say so ourselves, this all new travel style gives you ultimate flexibility and local’s only access to Europe’s best cities. Learn about Independent Insider on p100.

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IT’S A TRIP MANAGER’S LIFE

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SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE Head to p32 to see why 2018 is seeing us renew our travel crush on this Ionian Goddess.

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NEW RIVER CRUISING U by Uniworld is a new take on experiential travel. All the things that make Contiki the best travel experience you’ll ever have, except on a river. Can’t decide if you want to be on dry land or cruise the rivers? You can always do both with our combo trips, see p14.

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NEW TRIPS TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION TRIPS

We have a whole host of brand new trips taking you to Ibiza, The Algarve and all over the Mediterranean. Summer’s calling, so get ready to explore these hot new destinations.

Edition trips take you even further into the cultures of the amazing countries we visit. Taste even more local delicacies on our Munch trip, and spend even more time in the backstreets of local neighbourhoods on Boutique Local. See p73 for all the details.

It’s back, and this year it’s only getting better. Our Limited


CONTENTS

START YOUR TRIP AT

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 / 19

Amsterdam to Barcelona 11 days

European Discovery 12 days

Eastern Road 13 days

Mediterranean Highlights 13 days

European Encounter 16 days

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Road to Athens & Road to Rome 17/13 days

Road to Athens + Greek Island Hopping 29 days

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21 days

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Western Rocker 8 days

European Impressions 19 days

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European Inspiration 19 days

European Vista 21 days 23 days

A$170

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Eastern Rocker Eastern Trail

Road to Athens + Greek Island Cruising

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Trail to Rome 16 days

Trail to London 16 days

European Quest 25 days

Western Quest 8 days

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9 days

Eastern Quest 10 days

Quest to Rome 16 days

Quest to London 18 days

p.68

33 days

p.70-72

P/D

29 days

Berlin to Stockholm 13 days

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20 days

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10 days

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England & Scotland 9 days

Scotland 6 days

Great Britain & Ireland 16 days

Ireland 8 days

Scotland & Ireland 13 days

Fiestas & Siestas 12 days

Simply Italy 12 days

Italian Espresso 8 days

Iberian Peninsula & Morocco 21 days

Spanish Spree 14 days

Spain, Morocco & Portugal 15 days

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Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey 10 days

Morocco 5 days

Egypt & The Nile 8 days

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Adriatic Unearthed – start Rome 15 days

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New & Improved Itinerary

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15 days

Adriatic Horizons 8 days

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Adriatic Spirit 8 days

9 days

p.156

15 days

p.140

p.157

Rolling on the Rhine p.158

Germanys Finest p.159

Danube Flow

8 days

p.161

8 days

15 days

8 days

p.160

WINTER P.172 FROM A$119 P/D

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11 days

8 days

Winter Wanderer Ski or Board Austria

Iceland Fire & Ice 6 days

4 days

8 days

p.164

Greek Sailing 8 days

p.166

8 days

Spotlight on Greece + Greek Island Hopping

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The Southern Trail 21 days

p.169

26 days

p.169

10 days

p.182

p.148

Insider London, Insider Barcelona 4 days

Russia Plus p.150

Insider Berlin, Insider Madrid 4 days

Best of Russia p.151

p.184

Contiki in London 3-5 days

Scandinavia

p.183

ANZAC Classic / Odyssey 4/5 days

p.146

Paris for Christmas 4 days

These trips also operate in Winter. See p.172 for more

DUBLIN

ENGLAND WALES

AMSTERDAM

WARWICK BRISTOL

NETHERLANDS

LONDON

BELGUIM

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CHATEAU DE CRUIX

LYON

CONTIKI PETS

FRANCE

(Baxter the dog & Tiki the kitten)

BORDEAUX AVIGNON

SAN SEBASTIAN

AIX-ENPROVENCE

BILBAO PAMPLONA

SALAMANCA PORTO

Our cover shot for a reason; breathtaking scenery, a 16th Century Château exclusive to Contiki, and a pool for the most epic of pool parties.

BARCELONA

MADRID

PORTUGAL

French Château

C ON T I KI I N

The Original 46 days

S H O R T T R I P S & F E S T I VA L S P. 1 8 0

4-7 days p.145

YORK MANCHESTER LIVERPOOL

IRELAND GALWAY

SPAIN VALENCIA

LISBON

IBIZA

CORDOBA THE ALGARVE

SEVILLE

GRANADA

The Northern Trek p.170

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Oktoberfest

Scandinavia & Russia Plus

8 days

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C A M P I N G P. 1 6 8 F R O M A $ 1 2 0 P/D

Sziget Festival p.145

Spotlight on Greece + Greek Cruising options

12/14 days

You’ll need to register at MyContiki for your trip before you travel. Check out p194 for more information contiki.com/registration.

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LAKE DISTRICT

BELFAST

Trip registration

Croatia Island Escape + Escape Plus

p.143

Spotlight on Greece

9/12 days

BE

p.163

The Mini Balkan 5 days

NORTHERN IRELAND

p.162

SKI

4 days p.142

Balkans Discovery

22 days

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Turkish Sailing

1 or 2 weeks p.141

Best of Balkans - start Budapest

8/12 days

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Croatian Island Hopper - South

9 days

24 days

Best of Balkans - start Split

16 days

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Croatian Island Hopper - North

Idyllic Aegean

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Adriatic Unearthed – start Split

Best of Britain 10 days

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8 days

Greek Island Hopping

p.114

6 days

8 days

Mediterranean Escape

LONDONDERRY

CARDIFF

Travel Insurance is not only a good idea, it’s compulsory when you travel with us. Buy it online before you travel at contiki.com/insurance. Don’t panic if you forget, you can pick it up at the Contiki Basement.

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The Seine Experience

Island Cruising & Santorini

13 days

Italian Bellissimo 11 days

Mediterranean Escape + Greek Island Hopping

EDINBURGH

GLASGOW

CORK

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PARIS

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13 days

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Barcelona to Munich

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wifi

p.96-98

Ultimate European + Greek Island option

29 days

Aegean Classic

14 days

Madrid to Lisbon 13 days

Mediterranean Escape + Greek Island Cruising

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13 days

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SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

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Ultimate European + Egypt option 45 days

London to Athens + Greek Week p.88

INDEPENDENT INSIDER P. 1 0 0 F R O M A $ 1 8 4 P / D

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p.82

37 days

16 days

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European Contrasts + Corfu & Sailing options

SKAFTAFELL

SELFOSS

p.93

SAI LIN

p.80

European Whirl 18 days

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European Adventurer

London to Rome

25 days

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14 days

European Escapade

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European Highlights

Greek Week

21 days

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10 days

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European Horizon

London to Athens

20 days

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9 days

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European Experience

Ibiza & Beyond

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Kickstart

European Explorer + Mykonos & Cruising options

You can also start most of our High Energy & Discoverer trips from Paris or Amsterdam?

ICELAND

If you’re meeting us at the Basement, make sure you’ve registered online to find out more details of the exclusive Kickstart London Exploring Tour with our local expert. Visit contiki.com/registration for more details and to register.

European Panorama 28 days

DID YOU KNOW

Your home away from home. Free WiFi, luggage storage, charge stations, free photo booth & if you’re a last minute kind of traveller, sort your travel insurance, check in for your trip & stock up on last minute threads from the Contiki merch store. Visit contiki.com/contikistore for a sneak peek.

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Mediterranean Quest

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European Trail p.50

Q&A Trip Index Top Trips How to book

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9 days

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European Magic

A$168

Munch Life's About Options U by Uniworld Six-Two The Travel Project Limited Edition (NEW) Intro to Independent Insider (NEW)

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What's Your Travel Style? Sleep in Comfort Contiki Cares & Treadright The Travel Corporation A Day in the Life of a Trip Manager No Regrets Inclusions Free Time

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Travel Creates Change Highlights for 2018 Contiki in Europe What We Know Why Travel Contiki Ways to Save Mix & Match

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The Contiki Basement

Amsterdam for Christmas 4 days

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Amsterdam for Easter 4 days

Paris for New Year 4 days

Amsterdam for New Year 4 days

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How to Read a Trip Page

Amsterdam King’s Day 4 days

St. Patrick’s Day 4 days

Hogmanay 4/5 days

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Visit p193 for a full lowdown of our trip maps and itineraries.

Overnight stops

Contiki-only Special Stopovers

ASSILAH FEZ

MOROCCO

Check out p30 to learn about how our partnership with VizEat will see you dining in the homes of locals on our Independent Insider & In-Depth Explorer trips.

MARRAKECH

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ON-SITE TEAM MEMBERS At all our Special Stopovers and Cabin Villages, to make your stay as fun as possible.

NIC FRE RIV


GEIRANGER

START YOUR TRIP AT

The Contiki Basement

FINLAND

GJOVIK

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DID YOU KNOW You can also start most of our High Energy & Discoverer trips from Paris or Amsterdam?

ICELAND

Your home away from home. Free WiFi, luggage storage, charge stations, free photo booth & if you’re a last minute kind of traveller, sort your travel insurance, check in for your trip & stock up on last minute threads from the Contiki merch store. Visit contiki.com/contikistore for a sneak peek.

REYKJAVIK

WEST HIGHLANDS

wifi Available at most accommodation across Europe.

Kickstart

ST PETERSBURG

STOCKHOLM

SCOTLAND

DENMARK

C heck the hashtag on the trip page and let the alumni of 2017 inspire your 2018 European summer.

COPENHAGEN LONDONDERRY NORTHERN IRELAND

LAKE DISTRICT

BELFAST

YORK MANCHESTER LIVERPOOL

IRELAND GALWAY

DUBLIN

WALES

BRISTOL

NETHERLANDS DS

WARSAW

GERMANY RHINE VALLEY

Cruise the rivers of Europe with U by Uniworld in France, Germany, Hungary & The Netherlands.

BELGUIM KRAKOW

PRAGUE

CZECH REP.

HEIDELBERG PARIS MUNICH

Insurance Travel Insurance is not only a good idea, it’s compulsory when you travel with us. Buy it online before you travel at contiki.com/insurance. Don’t panic if you forget, you can pick it up at the Contiki Basement.

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SWITZERLAND LUCERNE

CHATEAU DE CRUIX

LYON

CONTIKI PETS

FRANCE

(Baxter the dog & Tiki the kitten) BORDEAUX

AVIGNON

SAN SEBASTIAN

AIX-ENPROVENCE

BILBAO

Trip registration

SALAMANCA

Our cover shot for a reason; breathtaking scenery, a 16th Century Château exclusive to Contiki, and a pool for the most epic of pool parties.

BARCELONA

MADRID

PORTUGAL

French Château

SPAIN

AUSTRIA

SWISS ALPS

Our beloved traditional Austrian guesthouse is currently getting a MAJOR facelift. What will it look like? You’ll just need to visit to find out.

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

VENICE SLOVENIA LJUBLJANA MILAN CROATIA CINQUE BOLOGNA PLITVICE TERRE BOSNIA & BELGRADE SELINE HERZEGOVINA ZADAR ITALIAN FLORENCE SARAJEVO RIVIERA SPLIT NIC NICE DUBROVNIK MONTENEGRO FRENCH FRE SOFIA RIVIERA RIV BUDVA ROME MACEDONIA TIRANA KAVALA STRUGA SORRENTO ALBANIA AMALFI CANAKKALE

SERBIA

BULGARIA

GREECE

CONTIKI IN

GRANADA

Europe How to Read a Trip Page Visit p193 for a full lowdown of our trip maps and itineraries.

Overnight stops

Contiki-only Special Stopovers

MOROCCO

Check out p30 to learn about how our partnership with VizEat will see you dining in the homes of locals on our Independent Insider & In-Depth Explorer trips.

MARRAKECH

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ON-SITE TEAM MEMBERS At all our Special Stopovers and Cabin Villages, to make your stay as fun as possible.

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IZMIR KUSADASI

MYKONOS

SANTORINI

FEZ

GALLIPOLI

TURKEY ATHENS

ASSILAH

ISTANBUL

DELPHI OLYMPIA

SEVILLE

Swiss Chalet Near the foot of the Swiss Alps. Think waterfalls, alpine hikes & wild parties in our very own bombshelter club.

PREVEZA IBIZA

CORDOBA THE ALGARVE

Austrian Gasthof

SLOVAKIA

CORFU VALENCIA

LISBON

VIENNA

ITALY

PAMPLONA

PORTO

TYROL

SALZBURG

IOS

U by Uniworld

POLAND

LONDON

RHINELAND

You’ll need to register at MyContiki for your trip before you travel. Check out p194 for more information contiki.com/registration.

BELARUS

BERLIN AMSTERDAM

WARWICK

CARDIFF

MOSCOW

MINSK

ENGLAND

CORK

We’re pretty passionate about it, which is why we have 11 Contiki Chefs at our Special Stopovers & 4 On-road Cooks on our Camping trips.

RUSSIA

EVERY ONE OF OUR TRIPS HAS A UNIQUE HASHTAG

EDINBURGH

GLASGOW

Food

NOVGOROD

SWEDEN

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

VIK

HELSINKI

OSLO

SKAFTAFELL

SELFOSS

If you’re meeting us at the Basement, make sure you’ve registered online to find out more details of the exclusive Kickstart London Exploring Tour with our local expert. Visit contiki.com/registration for more details and to register.

NORWAY NO

PAMUKKALE

BODRUM

TRIP MANAGERS

RHODES

They completed a 67 day training trip & a 30,000 word essay... when we say they are the oracles on all things travel in Europe, we mean it.

CRETE

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Contiki Villages

BOATS

In Rome, Florence & Venice. Complete with bars, pools & an On-site Crew to take care of the hassle.

on which to soak up the sun in Greece, Turkey & Croatia.

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Stay Longer

DRIVERS

For exclusive hotel rates before and after your trip visit contiki.com/ staylonger

Who can back a 7 tonne luxe coach down a side street in Rome? These guys can!

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COACHES

CAIRO

EGYPT

HURGHADA LUXOR

EDFU ASWAN

Eco-friendly Euro 6 coaches with some free WiFi, comfy seats & charging points, TVs & air-con. See contiki.com/freewifi


I’m a shy person, I never thought I would be able to talk to strangers, yet the strangers on my trip soon became my friends. Each day, these guys made me laugh and I didn’t want the trip to end. When it did, I waved the bus goodbye and cried. I cried for everything I’d discovered over the last few weeks and saying goodbye to my incredible new friends. SARAH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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A complete social experience guaranteed to leave you with new friends all across the globe. Being led by the best in the business, by a team who train for 67 long, hard days straight to become Trip Managers. A huge appreciation for all things food, in the form of our Munch food philosophy. A choice of 8 totally unique ways to travel and a mix of accommodation styles that put budget, timeframe and personal interests centre stage. The sleekest, sexiest coaches on the road, with the lowest emissions possible. Ultimate free time, plus Free Time AddOns to make your experience that bit more incredible. More No Regrets moments than you could count on your fingers AND toes, helped along by our No Regrets Inclusions, which are built into each and every trip. The peace of mind that you’re travelling with a family run business who care passionately about their travellers. That’s Contiki Know-How. Read on

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e’ve seen some monumental events happen in our lifetime; Apollo 11 landing on the moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Psy’s Gangnam Style. All moments that changed the world... albeit some in

different ways to others.

And over these years, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve made mistakes, we’ve had adventures that are now safely stored away in the archives labelled ‘NEVER tell the parents’, we’ve taken risks, and somehow we’ve become a company that young, brave and courageous travellers look to as their ticket to the world. This role in young people’s lives - your lives - never ceases to amaze us. Because actually, the reason we do what we do, is for you. We know that it is your generation; those currently finishing exams, riding out the college years and working the daily hustle, who hold the future of the world in their hands. You are the ones who can change the status quo. You are the

ones who can make a difference. Travel gives you the golden keys to knowledge, understanding and compassion. It opens you up to a whole new world of perspective. It changes who you are as a human. That’s what Contiki does to you. You see, when you travel with us, it’s not just about the cool destinations you visit, or the unique places you sleep, or the experiences that have you telling stories for decades. These things are a given on any Contiki. But how our trips actually change you as a person, that’s through the people you meet; the strangers who become closer than family. For anyone who’s ever travelled with us, you’ll understand this. You’ll know the magic that happens when you put a group of young, spirited adventurers together. You’ll know that the friendship you created over that 3am gyros in Mykonos, is for life. So if you’re thinking about travelling with us, know this. What you’re buying isn’t just a ticket, or a space on a coach. It’s so much more than that. You’re buying memories, experiences, and friendships that might just change the course of your entire life. You ready? EUROPE SUMMER 2018 11


THE VALUE OF

Contiki Know-How You’ve saved hard for your trip, so damn right you want to know exactly where your money’s going. The good news is, we care about value every little bit as much as you do.

The Practical Stuff

The Cherries On Top

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A mix of accommodation types to suit every budget. 8 unique ways to travel, so you can explore Europe your way. Transport to get you from A to B in style & comfort, thanks to our fleet of coaches (not to mention they’re the greenest way to travel). Our Munch food philosophy (obsession) that will have you coming home a jeans size bigger #sorrynotsorry. No Regrets Inclusions built into every trip. Cherry-picked Free Time Add-Ons guaranteed to amplify your adventure. Breakfast included every day. A Trip Manager & Driver power duo of dreams, plus a host of Local Guides. Free WiFi on our coaches and at our accommodation to ensure you stay connected / keep the parents happy. Visit contiki.com/freewifi.

WHY TRAVEL

Contiki?

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DESIGNED FOR 18-35 YEAR OLDS Our trips are created exclusively for 18-35 year olds. No younger, no older.

TRAVEL EXPERIENCES YOU WANT Looking for all the major icons but also the underthe-radar local favourites? No problem, we do it all.

UNRIVALLED VALUE Unique accommodation, an A+ team, comfy transport, tons of meals and No Regrets Inclusions on every trip. Now that’s value.

MORE FREEDOM Hours of Free Time for solo wanderings, plus tasty Free Time Add-Ons to amp up your experience even further.

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Bags of Free Time for solo wandering. An Instagram feed that will make you look like a legit travel blogger. Countless ‘firsts’, from the first Italian gelato, to the first real British pint. The best trained team in the business (who have all undertaken the most comprehensive training in the industry). The security of travelling with a family-run business who genuinely care about their travellers. An army of new friends from all around the world (so future travel plans for the next 10 years = sorted). The knowledge that you’ll never be the same again.

AUTHENTIC FOOD EXPERIENCES Locally sourced ingredients, region specific meals and foodie experiences and trips to make your tummy smile.

SUPPORT & FLEXIBILITY The flexibility to change your mind and the knowledge that from start to finish, we’ve got your back.

MORE FUN, LESS HASSLE Enough said. We’ll take care of the details, you focus on the memory making.

TAILORED TRAVEL STYLES 8 incredible travel styles to suit every type of traveller, even you.

PEACE OF MIND We are a family-run business who care deeply about the wellbeing of our travellers, and providing incredible experiences and value. We’re financially secure and put our all into delivering excellent trips each and every time.

THE ORIGINAL & THE BEST We don’t imitate, we just do our thing better than anyone else. That’s what 56 years as the world’s leading youth travel company gets you.


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GOLD SEAL

Our Gold Seal Protection means that if you cancel your trip before you leave Australia, we won’t charge you a cent. And if you’re ill or have to leave the trip early for personal reasons, Gold Seal will refund you A$90 for each day that you miss and will cover your air ticket costs. See more on p.191.

CONTIKI & SAVE We have access to amazing air deals this season, giving you the opportunity to book your flight and trip together to save BIG!

Get bonus $$ off flights booked with our trips. The longer the trip, the more you save! Visit contiki.com/europe-air for more details and to see our preferred airline partners.

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, any applicable food funds & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights to/from Europe that start or end your trip). You can combine either loyalty discounts (‘Travelled Before’) or multi-trip discounts with group discounts (‘Book Together’), & early payment (Book Early) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. Book Early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of trip departure and are not combinable with Last Minute Deals. Group discounts (‘Book Together’) are available on all trips. Book Early savings of A$880, A$660 & A$440 based on European Explorer + Greek Island Cruise Option p. 72. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

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EVER CONSIDERED A RIVER CRUISE? No, us neither, that is until our friends over at U by Uniworld went and turned the river cruising industry on its head.

Look out for the Trip and Cruise combo Mix and Match boxes on trip pages to see if your chosen trip links with a U by Uniworld River Cruise. Visit contiki.com/river-cruises for more. By mixing and matching your Contiki trip with a River Cruise, you’ll save up to 5% and receive a US$50 Ship Board Credit. **

See, their trips are river cruising, but not as you know it. Strictly for travellers aged 21-45, these trips are a whole new way of seeing Europe, complete with exquisite food, rooftop yoga, mixology & cooking masterclasses and on board DJs (did we mention these experiences are all on board?) If you can tear yourself away from the impressively furnished ships, the on land experiences are arguably even better.

INDEPENDENT INSIDER DESIGNED FOR FREEDOM

MADRID TO LISBON

BARCELONA TO MUNICH

Craving ultimate freedom and flexibility from your trip? In the spirit of freedom and flexibility we’ve designed our Independent Insider travel style to match up with multiple trips. Check the trip pages starting from p100 to see how you can add trips to Russia, Spain, Portugal and more. And, do we need to say it again, you’ll get 5% off when you book two trips together*.

Look out for the Mix and Match callout boxes on each trip page to see which two trips you can Mix and Match. Visit contiki.com/independent-insider for more.

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Look out for the start and end icons on each trip page to see all your start and end city options.

Not fussed about London and want to start your trip in mainland Europe? Do it – the flights may actually work out cheaper. Whilst London IS pretty rad and the start point for the majority of our trips, most itineraries actually also offer the option of starting and ending your trip in either Paris or Amsterdam (check your trip itinerary to confirm the start and end destination). Many of our trips also start all across Europe, so check out low-cost airlines to meet us wherever suits you.

Look for the Your Choice boxes on trip pages for multiple start and end locations.

* The 5% discount will be applied to the lower priced of your two trips. This is not combinable with ‘Travelling Again’ discounts – please contact Contiki or your travel agent to apply this discount when booking your trip. This discount applies to the land portion of your trip price only. Both trips must be 7 days or longer. See p.13 for more information. ** 5% discount on the Trip & River Cruise combination applies to the land portion of your trip only and has already been applied to the total combo cost. US$50 Ship Board Credit promotion is only valid until the 27th April, 2018.

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Full of energy and always on the go Keen and curious to see and do everything Foodie enthusiast who likes learning about new cultures A people person who also enjoys space to do their own thing

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A social butterfly who loves to be surrounded by new people Seemingly endless amounts of energy, whether day or night Not averse to a party or a good time Loves exploring everything the world has to offer

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Well travelled, so knows a thing or two about the world Needs freedom to do their own thing Craves unique, one-of-a-kind experiences that speak to their passions Guilty of loving a lie-in and a lazy breakfast or two

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A serious culture junkie who craves authenticity and unique experiences A food and coffee fiend with a nose for local hangouts More of a laid back, take your time approach to exploring new places Loves to experiment with new languages and get to know new people Swipe through to p120 to see all In-Depth Explorer trips.

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Lives for summer Potentially a mermaid in a past life Enjoys chill out time and party time in equal measure Thinks beach hair is the best kind of hair Swipe through to p152 to see all Sailing, Cruise & Beach trips.

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Outdoorsy adventurous type Loves to escape and switch off from the real world Knows how to be thrifty and have fun on a budget Wants to see all of Europe whilst sleeping under the stars

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Risk taker with an active lifestyle A big fan of layering and steaming hot chocolates Has a serious appreciation for Christmas and all associated traditions Hates queues and paying peak season prices

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Spontaneous and fun Lives for music and dancing in fields Thinks life is all about the moments Seeking memories, not regrets

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COMFORT

SLEEP IN

Dream your way around Europe in a mix of cosy hotels, trendy hostels, traditional sailboats and even a French Château.

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Bougainvillea heaven comes to life at the Haroula, located in the heart of Fira. Whitewashed perfection, with a side order of pool fun.

Rooftop pool in the heart of Dubrovnik, complete with spa AND a free shuttle to the Old Town? SIGN US UP.

Our beloved traditional Austrian guesthouse is currently getting a MAJOR facelift. What will it look like? You’ll just need to visit to find out.

Cruise the rivers of Europe in style. U by Uniworld’s river boats are sleekness on a whole new level, complete with sun deck, gym, modern suites, and a bartender who knows how you take your favourite cocktail.

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Accommodation was good, the cabins at the campsites were surprisingly modern, and the Contiki Château in France was amazing! Emma, Australia

Free WiFi in most Contiki accommodation

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HOSTELS

Well located, WiFi ready, cosy, and even a pool or two - that’s what you get with our hotels. Catch your zzz’s in same sex twin-share rooms, or flash a little extra cash and upgrade to your own room if privacy is what you’re after.

Budget friendly these may be, but you wouldn’t know it looking at them. Cool and comfy, not to mention clean and practical, our hostels are all about trendy sleeps, for less. And forget about 9 to a room dorms; you’ll be sleeping twin or quad share only.

SPECIAL S T O P O VE R S & C A B I N VI L L A G E S Remember that time you woke up in a 16th Century French Château? Or perhaps the time you snoozed in an Austrian Gasthof, or a Swiss Chalet? No? That’s about to change. Exclusive to Contiki travellers (so non-stop lols and party times a plenty), our Special Stopovers & Cabins may just be the resounding memory from your summer in Europe.

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Emerald waters, groups of friends, unicorn floaties - you know already our boats are the stuff of Instagram dreams, and you’d be right. Snooze on sea on our yachts, U by Uniworld River Cruise ships, sailboats, cruise ships, or traditional Turkish gulets, with the option to sleep above or below deck, plus air-con for a little extra $$.

Want to see all of Europe but don’t think your budget can get you there? Camping’s for you. Luxury she ain’t, but super fun she is, thanks to well-equipped campsites (with perks like pools and bars), roomy two-person tents (or an option to fly solo), plus comfy blow-up mattresses.

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CELINE COUSTEAU

LISBON PORTUGAL

SUPPORTING WOMEN

Everywhere Want to know what it’s like to work for a company like Contiki? Empowering. Because aside from the small detail of knowing that you’re having a positive impact on young people’s lives, you also know that you’re working for a company who champion women in business. In Contiki’s senior leadership team, 50% are claiming the title #girlboss. Over half of all our Trip Managers worldwide are female, and 63% of our On-site Team members are women. We’ve even got a small army of female Drivers showing our badass coaches who’s boss. And it doesn’t just stop with our team. In partnership with TreadRight, our big sister on

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sustainability, we’re also supporting the Alliance for Artisans Enterprise, who are committed to keeping heritage works and ancient practices alive by equipping young women with the skills they need to earn money for themselves and their families. In Europe, we have worked with Tria ETC, who are committed to connecting rural Greek female artisans to global markets, and worldwide we support similar projects in Peru, Canada, Laos and more. Want to know what else we do to support women and champion feminism in Europe? Head to p37 to see what we discovered when we sent YouTuber Alli Speed to Iceland with The Travel Project during Women’s Month.

Speaking of women smashing life, check out @celinecousteau and follow along as the TreadRight Ambassador, environmentalist, adventurer and explorer saves the planet, one project at a time.

The TreadRight Foundation is a not-forprofit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. treadright.org


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Impact LAUTERBRUNNEN SWITZERLAND

Want to know the difference between tourism and sustainable travel? The answer is you, and how you choose to travel. Travel irresponsibly, and you become just another tourist. Travel responsibly, and you become an ambassador for change. Which one will you be?

TAKE THE PLEDGE FLORENCE ITALY

RELATIONSHIPS THAT LAST A

Lifetime Want to know the key to any successful relationship? Mutual respect. That’s how we feel about our travellers, and that’s how we feel about our loyal suppliers across Europe. You see, when we make a commitment to someone, we mean it. We’re not about just going for the easy solution or the cheapest option, we’re in it for the long run. We’ve worked with our suppliers in Italy - the Fortini family - since 1975, and we’ve been sending our travellers to the scenic town of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland since the very first Contiki trip in 1962. Our travellers even still stay in the same family owned campsite and village 56 years later. How’s that for commitment? Contiki is a company that is built on loyalty, honesty and trust. Relationships built on this, well, they last a lifetime. contiki.com/contikicares

I pledge to travel with a company who puts the environment, society and local communities first. I pledge to respect the culture, religions and people of the places I visit. I pledge to take shorter showers, especially in countries where water is a luxury. I pledge to minimise my plastic usage, dispose of my rubbish responsibly and use reusable water bottles wherever possible. I pledge to buy local, supporting local economies and trades.

I pledge to never take part in any activities that cause harm or distress to animals. I pledge to never visit sites of religious or cultural importance if this goes against the wishes of the local people, and I pledge to always dress and act respectfully at these sites. I pledge to offset my flight emissions by seeking out the greenest ways to travel on land. I pledge to use my voice for good, speaking up when I see something or someone acting in a way that harms other people, animals, or the environment.

Will you take the pledge? Snap yourself treading lightly whilst travelling, tag it with #contikicares and #treadright, and we’ll give you your 15 minutes of much deserved fame.

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There’s a lot that goes into making a Contiki trip the absolute best it can be.

here’s all the things you can see, like our a family of over 30 award winning travel brands who team, our coaches, our properties, but there’s also a collectively show over 2 million travellers the world each lot that you can’t see – the emotions, the decisions, year, passion is still why we do it today. and most of all, the passion behind Being part of The Travel Corporation ensuring that every single traveller has family of brands, and being a familyOUR FAMILY the experience of a lifetime. owned business, means that we That passion, that unfaltering drive for complete customer satisfaction, is part of the Contiki DNA, passed down from our parents, The Travel Corporation, and most of all, passed down from our founders, the Tollman family.

VALUES AND FLEXIBLE APPROACH ARE ALL GEARED UP TO GIVE YOU PIECE OF MIND

Passion is the reason our Chairman, Mr Tollman, started The Travel Corporation over 60 years ago, and whilst we’ve grown over the years to become

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operate with a ‘family first’ mentality. Just as you would go above and beyond for your nearest and dearest, doing anything to ensure their safety and happiness, that’s how we feel about our travellers.

Our CEO spends over 200 days on the road each year, meeting around 1000 travellers, just to ensure their happiness. Now that’s commitment.

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Because of The Travel Corporation, we can…

Give you the freedom to change your mind Sometimes plans change, meaning you can’t travel at a certain time, or to a certain place. But thanks to TTC’s Freedom Guarantee, you can swap onto a different departure or change your trip entirely, for zero cost. Just drop us a line, let us know which trip you want to swap to, and if there’s space, we’ll do the rest. Visit contiki.com/freedomguarantee

Ensure your deposit is safe and sound Say hello to FlexDeposit, another genius perk created by TTC. Our FlexDeposit guarantee is given for free once you’ve paid your deposit and works as credit towards your next adventure. So if you can’t travel, it means your deposit isn’t lost - it’s simply transferred. FlexDeposit is available until your 36th birthday (the maximum age you can travel on a Contiki), after which time you can use it with any of our sister TTC brands, or gift it to a friend.

Make sure you can get home, no matter what Give you (and your parents) peace of mind Being a family run company means that we operate with family values; trust, honesty, loyalty. You’d move heaven and earth for your family to ensure their safety and happiness, right? Well we’ll do the same for you. Wherever you are in the world, you’re in safe hands with us. Visit TTC.com

Sometimes incidents occur that you can’t plan for. In 2016, the Calais ferry strikes meant that hundreds of Contiki travellers were unable to get either to Paris, or back to London. Other companies left their travellers stranded but we don’t work like that. At TTC, our travellers’ safety and happiness is our first and ultimate priority, so we worked round the clock, finding solutions that meant our travellers’ could get home or start their trips with minimal disruption.

Leave the world a better place The Travel Corporation and TreadRight, our older & wiser sister on all things sustainable, are firm advocates for change. That’s why they’ll never ask for donations from travellers, but rather choose to donate their own profits to the projects they support. Visit Treadright.org to read more on our 40 plus sustainable tourism projects worldwide.

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DAY IN THE LIFE of a

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Our people are what make us, us. Highly trained, professional, always up for a good time, and with a knowledge of Europe so vast it will make your eyes water, they’re the secret sauce to our already winning formula. Whether Trip Manager, Driver, Contiki Chef, On-site Team Member, boat skipper or Château pooch, you won’t find a crew like ours anywhere else.

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07:00 Wake up in Seville. Shave, shower, shirt selection, pack. 08:00 Time to check out & head to one of my favourite cities. Driver loads bags to coach, I hang back in hotel lobby to count heads, check keys & ensure no-one has decided to make a new home for themselves in Seville. 08:30 Day talk done and chilled playlist on (it’s my job to ensure I match the tunes to the vibes). Nap time for everyone else means work time for me - calls to be made, reservations to be confirmed, talks to be prepped. 12.30 We make a stop off at the stunning Belem Tower, a castle cut off from land when the high tide comes in - I tell the group to get their cameras at the ready for a truly Disney Castle-esque Insta stop. 13:30 Call hotel to confirm ETA and make sure everything is ready for our arrival. Message all suppliers to re-confirm today’s bookings. 14:30 Lisbon, let’s be seeing you! Cristo Rei (Christ the Redeemer statue) is our next stop off - who needs Rio anyway? We take a few snaps with 24 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

the big guy, then it’s on to the hotel for check-in, but not before I take the group for a taste of real Portugal - a Pastéis de Nata (custard tart) in my favourite tucked away bakery in the Barrio Alto district. 19:30 Lisbon, we’re here, and we’re ready for our night out. We head to the Time Out market, a fave spot of mine with enough food stalls & variety to keep every one of my crew happy with endless dinner options. 21:00 Lisbon has some of the best nightlife in Europe, so many bars, so little time! 22:00 The weather is great, so where better to go on a balmy summer evening than Park Bar, with views of the river, great cocktails and a young crowd. 23:30 After saying goodnight to the group (they’re staying out) I head back to the hotel to prep for another busy day tomorrow. A full day of Lisbon awaits, and I need to have my gameface ON!

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MINUTE SPECIALTY TALKS EVERY DAY ON POP CULTURE, LOCAL LIFE, FOOD, ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Visit youtube.com/ contiki to see our Trip Managers doing their thing on the road on their daily vlogs.

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NO REGRETS

As important as the destination is, we know it’s the experiences you have there that really define your adventure. That’s why we build No Regrets Inclusions into every single trip, because going home feeling like you’ve missed opportunities just ain’t an option with us.

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REFLECT

1 • AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP, POLAND 2 • ANZAC COVE & LONE PINE CEMETERY, TURKEY 3 • THE SITE OF CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, BERLIN

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2 • UNESCO PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA 3 • DAY TRIP TO ISLE OF CAPRI, ITALY

2 • ALHAMBRA, GRANADA

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1 • TUSCAN WINE TASTING, ITALY

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2 • COUNTRYSIDE PICNIC, FRANCE 3 • CHAMPAGNE + ESCARGOT, PARIS

PLAY 1 • BLUE LAGOON, ICELAND

Check out the trip pages and #CONTIKI for real life No Regrets moments from our travellers and follow @ CONTIKI to feed your travel inspiration.

2 • BIKE TOUR, LONDON 3 • PARADISE BEACH, MYKONOS 2 • @MILLIE.JEAN 1 • ACROPOLIS, ATHENS 2 • VATICAN MUSEUM, ROME 3 • GEIRANGER FJORD, NORWAY

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FREE TIME IBIZA

VESPA RIDE FLORENCE

TIME Don’t get us wrong, showing you Europe is what we live for, but even we can’t do Europe quite like you.

YOUR TIME, YOUR CHOICE Everyone wants something different from this continent, be it music, art, food, culture, beaches, or just some serious chill time, so to make sure you do Europe your way, we put Free Time centre stage. With us, Free Time is made up of two choices. You can explore independently, perhaps scouting out the cutest house on the Cinque Terre, or the comfiest hammock on Ios, or you can take your pick from our Free Time Add-Ons. What are these? Only the experiences we’ve cherry-picked to help take your trip to the next level. Think a London craft beer tasting tour, think white water rafting in the Austrian Alps, think high kicks at the Moulin Rouge, and you’re on the right track.

FREE TIME PARIS Important: Free Time Add-On activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators and on occasions, for some of the activities, travellers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave, it’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities and be aware that some of our add-ons can be physically demanding and may involve some risk.

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Paris with me

GONDOLA RIDE VENICE

Anna Lebedeva is a Parisian blogger who snaps, eats and explores every little inch of her beloved city. Follow her journey on Instagram @paris.with.me Your favourite coffee shop: My favourite has to be my local, Dose - Dealer de Café, in Batignolles - I love the atmosphere, the pastries, and of course the coffee. Your favourite place to go shopping: For food, I like to shop in the markets - Marché d’Aligre on Saturday/Sunday morning is the best. For clothes and accessories, I tend to get lost in the streets of Le Marais, stopping in each cute little shop I see. Merci concept store has also been one of my favourites for many years now. Favourite place to get a pastry/macaron:

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I have two - ‘Aux Délices de Manon’ (their pastry is so delicious) have a couple of addresses in Paris, and ‘Pain Pain’ boulangerie in Montmartre. Your favourite view of the Eiffel Tower: From the Rue de l’Université, and another one from Passerelle Debilly (by the Palais de Tokyo). Your favourite place for a picnic: Île St Louis, by the Seine. Your favourite place to get a cocktail: My most recent discovery is Le Fitzgerald. Such a great little cocktail bar! A local secret no one knows about: My favourite secret place in Paris is Jardin du Petit Palais. I didn’t know about this place until FREE TIME TUSCANY

last Spring, and I was so excited when I finally discovered it! The entry to Musée des Beaux Arts at

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Petit Palais is free, and you then cross the hall to get into the garden. There is also a café and tea room here, so you can enjoy a peaceful moment in this urban oasis.

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Every bit as delicious as it sounds, Munch is our commitment to local, authentic, and utterly delectable food experiences.

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If you’ve been thinking about Europe, we bet you’ve also been thinking about food. The fresh baguettes of France, the exquisite pintxos of Spain, the sun-ripened tomatoes of Italy - all so good you can almost taste them. And that’s what travel is all about immersing yourself in a new country and a new culture, through food. Like you, we’re utterly obsessed with all things foodie, so we created Munch, the word we use to describe our love affair with food. What does it mean? • It’s the bespoke menus we created in partnership with European Masterchef Thomas Castberg, which are served exclusively at our Special Stopovers, that showcase local, authentic food at its very best. • It’s the professional training of every Contiki Chef, educating

them on flavour, technique, and presentation. • It’s a commitment with our restaurant partners to deliver fresh, local, delicious food. • It’s the superior training of our Trip Managers in food culture, and their Little Black Book of foodie haunts in every destination you visit. • It’s breakfast included each and every day. • It’s the Free Time Add-On food experiences you won’t be able to resist, like a five-course Italian feast on the island of Burano. • And of course, it’s our foodie focused trip itself - Limited Edition Munch (see p74) - which will see you nibbling your way through the Mediterranean.


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The Aperol Spritz is an Italian afternoon aperitivo essential. Served in bars across all of Italy, the Spritz is served icy cold & is the ultimate refreshing drink after a hard day’s travel. Spice up your summer and make this delish bev at home. Step 1. Start with a large wine glass Step 2. Pour in a measure of Aperol Step 3. Add a good slug of Prosecco Step 4. Top off with just a splash of soda water Step 5. A few ice blocks to keep it cool Step 6. Garnish with a slice of orange and mix together with your straw.

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For thousands of years, food has been bringing people together, and today is no different. Food is the connection between you and the rest of the world. Our partnership with VizEat takes our passion for food to another level, inviting you into locals’ homes, rooftop gardens & cooking schools to have an immersive dining experience the way only locals know how. Experience VizEat on our new travel style, Independent Insider, and on our In-Depth Explorer trips. See p102 & p120.

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Life is

About Options So you want to go to Greece, but you don’t know how you want to do it? That’s our kind of dilemma, and the best news is we can solve it. We offer 4 different ways to travel in Greece, so whether you want a little bit of everything, ultimate freedom, party vibes or straight up sailing, we can make it happen.

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SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH If the colour of the Aegean doesn’t get the butterflies fluttering inside your stomach, nothing will, and how better to experience one of the most gorgeous seas on earth, than by spending 24 hours a day in it? Our Sailing, Cruise & Beach trips will see you visiting both the big 3 and the lesser known more intimate isles, each and every one boasting its own unique charm, personality and beauty. The holiday of dreams? You already know it.

See p.154-157 & p.166 for Sailing, Cruise & Beach trips to Greece.

DISCOVERER HIGH ENERGY A land as old, revered and fabled as Greece, sometimes needs to be completely uncovered, so for that we have Discoverer. See, do, eat and explore our favourite corners of this country, learning from the locals, deep diving into the culture, soaking up the sunshine, and getting intimately acquainted with the local variations of souvlaki.

See p.50-51 & p.68-72 for Discoverer trips to Greece.

If a party’s what you want, a party’s what you’ll get, and Greece sure knows how to provide. Make the most of those balmy summer nights in the fun time meccas of Ios, Mykonos and Corfu, safe in the knowledge that your morning dip in the Med will instantly restore you to your former glory.

See p.88-99 for High Energy trips to Greece.

GOT YOUR HEART SET ON GREECE? These trips sell like hot cakes, so book early to secure your spot and save 10%. CAN’T MAKE UP YOUR MIND? Book a 2nd trip and save an additional 5%. See p.13 for more details.

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We’re proud to bring you new trips from our friends & sister company, U by Uniworld, who have created a brand new river cruising experience for travellers aged 21-45. Come aboard one of two designer-inspired floating boutique hotels and journey down the rivers of France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, The Netherlands and Hungary. But this isn’t just a cruise, it’s a full-on activity packed, culturally enticing, immersive travel experience. And it’s travel inspired by U. See our 4 favourite trips on p158-161 or visit contiki.com/ ubyuniworld to see all 11 amazing river cruise itineraries. Want more? You can also match your Contiki trip with a river cruise and our awesome super cruises, see p.14 for our combo offers.

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TRAVEL WITH

U BY UNIWORLD TWO SHIPS The B cruises down France’s Seine river. Her chic style and Parisian influence will put you in the French spirit even before stepping off. The A makes her home on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, flowing through The Netherlands and Central Europe.

ROOFTOP LOUNGIN’ Grab a drink and meet us on the top deck. It’s the best view in the house and the spot to meet new friends or listen to a local guest DJ.

YOGA

Book before 27th April 2018 to get US$50 credit to spend on board.

Find your centre with a complimentary rooftop morning yoga session, led by the ship’s wellness coach. The views are sure to help with the meditation.

MIXOLOGY CLASS

DELICIOUS DINING

What’s the secret for getting the smoke-infused flavour into your smoky bourbon cocktail? Our master bartenders will show you how.

Our ships feature two venues for dining, a full-service restaurant and a casual rooftop eatery, each serving farm-to-table cuisine, often inspired by the culinary style of the places you’ll visit. Or if you’re in the mood for breakfast (or dinner) in bed, you can also order room service.

WHAT YOU GET

CHIC COMFORTABLE SHIPS

DO IT YOUR WAY

DOCK IN THE CITY CENTRE

TRAVEL ALL OVER UNPACK ONCE

LIVE THE LOCAL LIFE

Doubles as a social club and venue for meeting like-minded travellers on board. They’re decked out with a sleek design, contemporary flair, and tons of exciting elements and extras on board. And all rooms have waterfront views.

On board and on shore. You’ll have several daily options of activities, excursions and events to choose from, all tailored to your travel personality. Or do your own thing. It’s all your call.

Of amazing European destinations and find yourself in the heart of the action the moment you step off the ship. Voilà!

Cruising with U is an easy and convenient way to get from city to city. Or even country to country. There’s a whole lot of travel in store.

And experience both iconic sites and little treasures that will fill your social feeds with wanderlust-inspiring moments, all cruise long.

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INSP IRAT ION LIVES H E RE CONTIKI.COM/SIX -TWO

WHAT IS SIX-TWO?

THE TRAVEL PROJECT

Looking to discover this year’s hottest, under-the-radar destinations? Stressing about what to pack for Europe and just want someone to do it for you? Experiencing a millennial style freak-out and need some #realtalk life guidance? Taking 5 from work and want a new regular read that isn’t a Buzzfeed ‘what star sign is my cat’ quiz?

The Travel Project is a celebration of the reasons why it is so important to travel. Featuring the works of iconic content creators across multiple storytelling platforms, we want to explore how travel has the ability to create a positive change both within the world, and within ourselves.

is like your cheeky, sexy, free thinking little sister. A content hub featuring everything from travel hacks and packing lists to thought-provoking pieces on female travel and mental health, think of it as the Hotel California of inspiration; you can log off, but you’ll never leave. You’ll find us at contiki.com/ six-two, where you can expect to find content like this...

#NOREGRETS

#STORIES

5000 18-35’S VOTED FOR 2017’S BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES. THESE ARE THE RESULTS

THIS GUY HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE MOST CONTIKI TRIPS EVER TAKEN

#TRAVELHACKS

#THETRAVELPROJECT

8 HACKS TO HELP YOU BEAT THE POST TRAVEL BLUES

ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF LIFE NOT MATCHING YOUR REALITY?

SEE MORE AT CO N T IK I. C O M/ SIX - T W O

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CRO ATIA

A country’s journey from devastating war zone to festival mecca Just over 20 years ago, Croatia was a war zone; a country torn apart by civil war. 20,000 people lost their lives, countless more their families and livelihoods. And yet now, Croatia is one of the hottest destinations in the world for young travellers. In partnership with MTV Australia, The Travel Project investigates the role that music and festival culture has played in the country’s rise to greatness. “As we walk through the streets of her home, Vesna points out smattered marks on sandstone pillars; strong emotional reminders of the war. We walk on to the Old Town museum, where the faces of locals who lost their lives defending the city are displayed on the walls. She stops in front of a photograph of


TRAVEL MAKES

Better Humans a young man, visibly upset. He was her cousin.” Emily St John, MTV Australia Travel Editor

C O STA RIC A

The marriage of tourism and sustainability Costa Rica may be smaller than Lake Michigan, but it’s also home to over 5% of the world’s entire biodiversity and, perhaps more impressively, is the only tropical nation ever to have reversed deforestation. But what role does tourism play in keeping Costa Rica a leader of sustainability? The Travel Project teamed up with Thirst Project CEO and Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Seth Maxwell, to find out. “The temperatures cooled as we climbed higher into the mountains, so we stopped to warm up with some liquid caffeine at the Don Juan Coffee Farm. We learned not only how coffee is grown and produced, but how this delicious export has become a cash cow for the country AND fits perfectly into Costa Rica’s sustainability strategy. At every turn, I was constantly met by people who were deeply connected to their land and environment in the strongest ways imaginable.” Seth Maxwell, Thirst Project CEO

N O RWAY

Lessons in happiness In 2017, Norway topped the World Happiness Report, claiming the title of the ‘happiest country in the world’. But in a land where half the year is spent in darkness, living costs are through the roof, taxes are equally high and where it rains...a lot...how do they find happiness? Simple, through feeling safe. “This sense of contentment is almost tangible when you travel to Norway, but not in an obvious way. People don’t walk around with big cheesy grins on their faces, but they do

have a sense of quiet self-assurance, as if they know their place in the world.” Ginny Copestake, six-two’s Global Editor

I C E L A ND

The icy isle leading the feminist charge Despite being a country of just over 300,000 inhabitants, Iceland is one of the most progressive and forward thinking nations in the world, especially when it comes to women’s rights. Youtuber Alli Speed travelled to the icy isle to discover why it is one of the best countries in the world to be a woman. “We so often feel as though speaking out once, publicly, is doing our part in securing a future for women across the world. While it’s absolutely true that you can’t lead a march without first putting one foot in front of the other, it’s critical to stay focused on long-term goals. We march, not just for the future of our generation, but for the women who will follow in our footsteps and go further than we ever could. Iceland stands as a shining example of what’s possible for the rest of us, if we fight for it.” Alli Speed, YouTuber

S PA I N

Arguably the best holiday destination in the world for LGBTQ+ travellers In 2014, Spain was voted the most LGBTQ+ friendly country in the world, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Centre. Spain was one of the first countries to legalise same-sex marriage back in 2005, and every year plays host to one of the biggest Pride parades in the world, in Madrid. So what is it like to travel here as a gay couple? YouTuber and LGBT educator Michael Rizzi investigates. “Why is telling this story so important to me? Because as LGBT+ people, we have to consider our sexuality or gender identity when travelling. It’s easy to forget this when you live in a country that provides love and support for your identity. As such, we need LGBT+ travellers to tell their story and inspire others in our community to travel without fear.”

@BECAROUNDTHEWORLD

... AND WE WANT

YOU We love to talk, write, muse and dream about travel, but you know what we also love? Your travel stories. If you love to write, are semi-obsessed with travel photography, know your way around a camera or just have an incredible travel story to share, we want you. Submit your content to us and if it gets shared on six-two, not only will you have the kudos of being published by an established travel content site, you’ll also automatically go into the running to win free trips with Contiki. www.contiki.com/thetravelproject

If you had’ve told me 3 months ago that I’d be watching the sun set on the edge of the Grand Canyon, I would most definitely have LOL’d (is that still a ‘thing’?) But, here I am, thanks to my passion for writing and #Contiki six-two BEC JENKINS CONTIKI COMMUNITY TRIP WINNER

Michael Rizzi, YouTuber & LGBT Educator

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Discoverer GO EVERYWHERE If you’ve been dreaming of Europe your entire life, imagining a trip that will take you from the top of the Eiffel Tower, to the sunny shores of the French Riviera, crossing the Austrian Alps and the canals of Venice in between, you have to go Discoverer. On these trips no icon is left unseen, no city left undiscovered, no plate left thoroughly unlicked. Go everywhere, do everything, visiting multiple countries on a single itinerary, no matter how long you’ve got to play with.

ARE YOU A DISCOVERER TRAVELLER? •

Do you want to see as much of Europe as you possibly can, no matter how long you’ve got?

Do you want to snuggle down in hotel accommodation?

Would you be up for saving a few pennies by bunking down in trendy quad-share hostel accommodation (available on our Trail & Quest trips)?

Do you want to split your time between organised sightseeing and independent adventuring?

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION FROM A$185 P/DAY HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION FROM A$168 P/DAY Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions CONTIKI.COM/DISCOVERER

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EUROPEAN MAGIC 9 DAYS

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8 COUNTRIES

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A GREAT TASTE OF EUROPE’S HIGHLIGHTS FOR THOSE TIGHT ON TIME

VENICE ITALY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

START

8

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

13

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

London

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Wine Tasting, St Goar F Austria at Altitude, Innsbruck F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris

END

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

End Apr 16 Apr 30

#EUMAGIC

WINTER 2018/19

A$1925 Start Oct 20 Oct 27

End Oct 28 Nov 04

A$2235 Start May06 May13 CODE: WWHH

A$1879 Start Nov 03 Nov 24

DAY 2 Rhine Valley After a morning roaming the eccentric streets of Amsterdam, we’ll cruise to the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Ogling at river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our first day in Germany. (B,D)

Valley of the Somme

DAY 9 Paris Whether you take your 9 7 complimentary transfer to Paris PARIS CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to Burgundy Region central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

MUNICH

AUSTRIA Innsbruck

LUCERNE

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DAY 3 Munich Saying goodbye to the Rhine we’ll head on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800 years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

3

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FRANCE

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

ITALY

4

Lake Como

DAY 6 Lucerne After taking in our final piece of Italian eye candy, Lake Como, we’ll steer into the heart of the Swiss Alps, enjoying scenic alpine vistas en route. Lucerne will greet us warmly with charm, chocolate & quaint cobbled lanes. (B,D)

VENICE

DAY 4 - 5 Venice Through the Bavarian Alps with a sightseeing stop in Austria, we’ll make our way to Italy. Endless canals & art filled palazzi will see us falling in love with picturesque Venice. (B,D)(B) F Gondola ride along the canals

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$2179 Start Apr 08 Apr 22

END

DAY 7 - 8 Paris Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll marvel at monuments between boutique shopping & countless baguettes. (B,D)(B) F French Cabaret & Dinner

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided bike tour of Munich (summer departures only) • Private motorboat to the historic islands of Venice • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in START 1 Amsterdam. Londonites will pass the AMSTERDAM White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate Dover RHINE 2 famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite to explore Amsterdam’s VALLEY Calais BELGIUM canals & gable houses. (D) GERMANY F Evening canal boat cruise NETHERLANDS

ENGLAND

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

7:30AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

End May14 May21

A$2295 Start May20 May27 Jun 10

CODE: BBHH

End May28 Jun 04 Jun 18

A$2375 Start Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 01

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09

Start Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 15

End Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 23

Start Jul 22 Jul 29

End Jul 30 Aug 06

Start Dec 28 Dec 30

End Jan 05 Jan 07

Start 2019 Jan 05

End

A$2295 Start Aug 12 Aug 19 Sep 02

End Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 10

Start End Sep 09 Sep 17 Sep 16 Sep 24 Sep 23 ● Oct 01

A$1825 Start Jan 19 Feb 02

End Jan 27 Feb 10

Start Feb 16 Mar 02

Start End Sep 30 ● Oct 08

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End Nov 11 Dec 02

Start End Dec 01 ★ Dec 09

A$1975 Start End Dec 15 ★ Dec 23 Dec 22 ★ Dec 30

Jan 13

End Feb 24 Mar 10

A$1875 Start Mar 16

End Mar 24

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHH - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$585. WWHH - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$495. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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11 DAYS

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PARIS FRANCE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 10

14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 10 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

NETHERLANDS

START

5PM AMSTERDAM

Edam

AMSTERDAM DAY 1 - 2 Amsterdam With a weaving of canals, some 90 museums, & a world famous Red Light district, the compact city of Amsterdam sure knows how to entertain. We’ll explore the nooks by bike & indulge in the city’s outskirts, cruising past tulips & windmills to the cheese farms of Edam. (D)(B) F Canal Pizza Cruise

1

DAY 3 - 4 Paris Passing through Belgium we’ll arrive amidst the lamp-lit bridges & sparkling icons of Paris, made extra special with an exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour. From the Louvre Museum to the iconic Eiffel, the capital of croissants is even better than you’ll have dreamed it. (B,D)(B) F Parisian Cabaret & Dinner

START

BELGIUM

Champagne Region

PARIS

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Burgundy Region

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris F Swiss Mountain, Lucerne F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona

FRANCE

END

8AM BARCELONA

DAY 5 - 6 Lucerne Through vineyards & French countryside, we’ll cruise into Switzerland & ascend into the Alps. Despite breathtaking scenery & a charming way of life, this little mountain town will truly win us with its bounty of Swiss chocolate. (B)(B) F Swiss Mountain F Swiss Fondue Lunch & Show F Lake Cruise

5

Swiss Alps

DAY 11 Barcelona Our trip will wrap up in Barcelona on day 11. We’ll say teary farewells & make plans for new adventures before going our separate ways. (B)

ITALY

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Pyrenees Mountains

DAY 9 - 10 Barcelona SPAIN Stepping into the sultry lands of Spain, we’ll arrive in Barcelona. Marvelling at the Gothic Quarter & the tree-line La Rambla district, we’ll be guiding through the intricacies of the city. Sangria, churros & a heap of paella, & our Barcelona stint will be complete. (B,D)(B) F Flamenco Show with Dinner

FRENCH RIVIERA

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA8 French Riviera DAY 7 -

After slicing through Italian countryside, we’ll arrive by the suave seaside of the French Riviera. We’ll tap into the lifestyle of the rich ‘n’ famous, floating along the Côte d’Azur & dropping in at a French Perfumery. (B,D)(B) F Monaco Dinner

BARCELONA

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Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

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CODE: BBAB

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Start Jun 01

START AMSTERDAM & FINISH BARCELONA

End Jun 11

A$3029 Start Jun 15

End Jun 25

Start Jun 29

End Jul 09

Start Jul 06

End Jul 16

Start Jul 13

End Jul 23

Start Aug 10

End Aug 20

A$2899 Start Aug 31

End Sep 10

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$889 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 8:00am in Barcelona. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

CONTIKI.COM/AMSTERDAM-BARCELONA

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#AMSTERDAMTOBARCELONA

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, canals & dijks through cheese-making Edam • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

SWITZ

LUCERNE


EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 12 DAYS

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9 COUNTRIES

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FROM

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FROM

A$202 *PP/PD

12 DAYS UNCOVERING EUROPE’S FINEST DESTINATIONS & THE ITALIAN LA DOLCE VITA

#EUDISCOVERY

VENICE ITALY

My husband and I had the trip of a lifetime and made friends for life. We’re already planning our next Contiki!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ALEXANDRAKATEM

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Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@DIVINE626

CONTIKI.COM/DISCOVERY

@LORGIE_MARCH

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

11 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Rafting, Tyrol (summer only) F Tuscan Evening, Florence F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris

DISCOVERER

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NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Discover hidden Venice with our local specialist

• Gelato in Rome – on us • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

7:30AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

START

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will pass the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite to explore Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses. (D) F Evening canal boat cruise

END

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 2 Rhine Valley After a morning roaming the eccentric streets of Amsterdam, we cruise to the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Ogling at river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our first day in Germany. (B,D)

DAY 4 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll head out of Munich & on to Austria, with a stop in scenic Innsbruck before arriving in our Tyrolean mountain digs for the night. Tonight is all about mega chills in this scenic mountain village. (B,D)

NETHERLANDS

DAY 12 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end (B)

START

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AMSTERDAM GERMANY

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2

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

DAY 3 Munich Saying goodbye to the Rhine we’ll head on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800 years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

RHINE VALLEY

END

DAY 5 Venice Taking the stunning Brenner Pass past orchards & castles, we’ll roll into Italy with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & canal charm. (B) F Gondola Ride

Valley of the Somme

DAY 10 - 11 Paris Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll marvel at monuments (hello Eiffel Tower!) between boutique shopping & countless baguettes. (B,D)(B)

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MUNICH

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Burgundy Region SWITZ

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Innsbruck

TYROL

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FRANCE

LUCERNE

DAY 9 Lucerne After taking in our final piece of Italian eye candy, Lake Como, we’ll steer into the heart of the Swiss Alps, enjoying scenic alpine vistas en route. Lucerne will greet us warmly with charm, chocolate & quaint cobbled lanes. (B)

Lake Como

5

VENICE

Apennine Mountains

FLORENCE

8 ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

6

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1

DAY 8 Florence Today we’ll move out of Rome in search of Florence, watching grapevines roll over hills through rural Umbria en route. Once in Florence, a Local Guide will lead us through the secret streets & sacred art surrounding the majestic Duomo cathedral. (B) F Tuscan Evening

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

DAY 6 - 7 Rome With our newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Venice & dart through the Apennine Mountains in search of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B) F Emperors & Gladiators inc. Colosseum

MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a European Discovery trip and U by Uniworld Rolling on the Rhine River Cruise from A$5349. See p.14 for more details.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2965 Start Mar 29 Apr 12 Apr 21 Apr 28 ■

CODE: BBHD

End Apr 09 Apr 23 May02 May09

WINTER 2018/19

A$2559 Start Oct 16 Oct 18 Oct 30

End Oct 27 Oct 29 Nov 10

A$3039 Start May03 May05 May10 May12

CODE: WWHW

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End May14 May16 May21 May23

A$3115 Start May19 May24 May31 Jun 02 Jun 07 Jun 09

End May30 Jun 04 Jun 11 Jun 13 Jun 18 Jun 20

Start Jun 12 Jun 14

End Jun 23 Jun 25

A$3225 Start Jun 19 Jun 21 Jun 23 ■ Jun 26 Jun 28 Jun 30

End Jun 30 Jul 02 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 09 Jul 11

Start Jul 03 Jul 05 Jul 07 ■ Jul 10 Jul 14 Jul 17

End Jul 14 Jul 16 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 25 Jul 28

Start Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 02 Aug 09

End Jul 30 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 13 Aug 20

Start End Dec 28 ★ Jan 08 Dec 30 Jan 10

Start 2019 Jan 03 Jan 06

End

A$3115 Start Aug 11 Aug 16 Aug 18 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 01 ■

End Aug 22 Aug 27 Aug 29 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 12

Start Sep 04 Sep 13 Sep 20 ● Sep 22 ● Sep 25 ● Sep 27 ●

End Sep 15 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 03 Oct 06 Oct 08

A$2425 Start Jan 22 Feb 05 Feb 12

End Feb 02 Feb 16 Feb 23

Start Feb 26 Mar 05

End Mar 09 Mar 16

Start End Sep 29 ● Oct 10 Oct 02 ● Oct 13 Oct 04 ● Oct 15

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

A$2495 Start End Nov 13 Nov 24 Nov 25 ★ Dec 06 Nov 27 ★ Dec 08

Start End Dec 04 ★ Dec 15 Dec 08 ★ Dec 19 Dec 10 ★ Dec 21

Start End Dec 12 ★ Dec 23

A$2625 Start End Dec 16 ★ Dec 27 Dec 20 ★ Dec 31 Dec 22 ★ Jan 02

Jan 14 Jan 17

A$2485 Start Mar 12 Mar 19

End Mar 23 Mar 30

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHD - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$795. WWHW - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$655. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. ■ This date links with the U by Uniworld Rolling on the Rhine trip. Please note you must be 21-35 years old to travel on a U by Uniworld trip combined wirth a Contiki Trip. See p.158 for more. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in the Austrian Tyrol is replaced by 1 night in Innsbruck. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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EASTERN ROAD 13 DAYS

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6 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$2655 *

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FROM

A$204 *PP/PD

LOOP THROUGH A COLLISION OF HISTORY & MODERNITY IN EASTERN EUROPE

#EASTERNROAD

BUDAPEST HUNGARY

This was my first Contiki & I loved it! I learnt so much thanks to the Trip Manager & the Eastern Road was a lot of fun, I loved all the places I went to & would definitely do another Contiki.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @EG_GRIFFIN

44 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MERCELA213

CONTIKI.COM/EASTERN-ROAD

@NATALIE_JULIA1

Laura Clarkin


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Traditional Czech Evening, Prague F River Cruise with Dinner, Budapest F Salt Mines Tour, Krakow

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert

• Locally guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps

START

END

5PM BERLIN

BALTIC SEA

DAY 1 - 2 Berlin We’ll join forces in the heartland of Germany, getting acquainted over all things Berlin. From Holocaust history to pokey art galleries, Berlin will dazzle us with old & new. Appreciating a few beers & sausages will complete the German experience. (D)(B) F Historical Walking Tour F Alternative Berlin

DAY 13 Warsaw or Berlin Team hugs & heartfelt goodbyes will mark the end of our trip. Wrap things up with a free ride back to Berlin, or you can choose to stay put in Warsaw. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 (ending in Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 11 - 12 Warsaw Jumping into the reviving city of Warsaw, we’ll be guided through music ghettos & a lively café scene. Taking in artistic nooks & dining on dumplings & roulade, the capital of Poland will prove the perfect trip finale. (B)(B,D)

END

BERLIN

WARSAW

1

13 11

START

POLAND

Czestochowa

Dresden GERMANY

Auschwitz

PRAGUE

9

3

Kutna Hora

DAY 3 - 4 Prague After a stop in the resilient town of Dresden, we’ll arrive in the arms of Prague. The Czech capital will delight us with Hradčany Castle, gothic cathedrals & a vibrant town square. We’ll take to the paths by bicycle, AN going deep into this Bohemian city. (B)(B,D) F Bunker Tour

8AM WARSAW OR 7PM BERLIN

KRAKOW

DAY 9 - 10 Krakow Our first Polish destination is an untouched relic of European history. We’ll explore the Jewish Quarter, admire a royal castle, & hear tales of mythical dragons. Our time here will conclude with a somber visit to the most infamous former Nazi concentration camp. (B,D)(B) F Salt Mines Tour F Pierogi Dinner

CZECH REP Banska Bystrica

VIENNA

SLOVAKIA

5 Bratislava

AUSTRIA

7

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

DAY 5 - 6 Vienna En route to the capital of Austria, we’ll marvel at a chapel crafted in human bones. We’ll then move on to Vienna & ease the spook with schnapps & strudel. The home of Swarovski will sparkle with palaces, an opera house & museums aplenty. (B)(B) F Old Vienna Schnapps Museum F A Classical Night Out with Dinner

DAY 7 - 8 Budapest After a stroll through Slovakia’s capital, we’ll bunker down in Budapest. Here we’ll hop from one side of the river to the other, taking in the magic of both Buda & Pest. Goulash & royal monuments can be sandwiched between the iconic Art Nouveau thermal pools. (B)(B) F Past & Present tour F River Cruise with Dinner F Group Photo

ADRIATIC SEA

YOUR CHOICE End this trip in either Warsaw or Berlin. It’s your choice!

GETTING THERE

1

Getting to & from the start & end destinations is easy. There are international flights that fly directly to these destinations. Check out Contiki.com/flights for the best deals & options.

Places visited Itinerary day Optional end city

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2655 Start Apr 22 May06

CODE: BBRH

End May04 May18

A$2725 Start May20 Jun 03

START BERLIN & FINISH WARSAW OR BERLIN

End Jun 01 Jun 15

A$2845 Start Jun 17 Jun 24

End Jun 29 Jul 06

Start Jul 08 Jul 22

End Jul 20 Aug 03

Start Jul 29

End Aug 10

A$2725 Start Aug 12 Aug 19

End Aug 24 Aug 31

Start Sep 02 Sep 09

End Sep 14 Sep 21

Start Sep 16

End Sep 28

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$685 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or approx 7:00pm in Berlin. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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DISCOVERER

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MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS 13 DAYS

|

5 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2415 *

|

FROM

A$186 *PP/PD

DIVE INTO BLUE SEAS, SUN & A WHOLE LOAD OF SIZZLING DESTINATIONS

#MEDHIGHLIGHTS

FLORENCE ITALY

Amazing experience! I had a great group of people, an excellent Trip Manager & visited so many beautiful places! I would recommend this to anyone.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ELLESEDOCKS

46 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@GPBANFF

CONTIKI.COM/MED-HIGHLIGHTS

@MADDISONANNIKA

Patricia Floudas


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES

16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona F Monaco Dinner, Monaco F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum, Rome

DAY 3 - 4 Barcelona Splitting our drive out of Madrid we’ll stop in Zaragoza for sightseeing & lunch, before heading on to beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B,D)(B)

START

DAY 5 Avignon Today we’ll take on the city of Popes & the Papal Palace after a fairytale drive through the Provence region. Your time in Avignon can be spent by the Rhône River, sipping aniseed liqueur & eating local delicacies like Ratatouille. (B)

4PM MADRID

DAY 1 - 2 Madrid Prepare to be welcomed by the Spanish wonderland that is Madrid. You’ll check in to our hotel before lounging about or spending the day exploring. Our first group dinner will be on the evening agenda; day two will see us completely uncovering the city. (D)(B)

ITALY FRANCE

Cinque Terre

AVIGNON 5 Aix-enProvence

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN Zaragoza

START END

Monaco

8

9

San Gimignano

START END

MADRID

1

DAY 9 - 10 Florence Through the Apennine Mountains & romantic hills of Tuscany we’ll cruise towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B)(B) F Tuscan Evening

8AM ROME

DAY 13 Rome After breakfast it will be time to kiss our Med friends goodbye – one on each cheek because by this stage we’ll feel very at home in Europe. (B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start/end city

DAY 8 Pisa / Italian Riviera The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre will keep our day colourful, visiting the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere. After soaking up the sunshine & iconic Italian setting, we head on to Pisa where the leaning tower awaits. (B)

FLORENCE

6

END

Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour • Cruise along the stunning, colourful coastal towns of the Cinque Terre (summer departures only)

DAY 6 - 7 French Riviera This will be a day for donning navy stripes as we’ll be heading to the French Riviera, with a stop in Aix-en-Provence en route. When we’re not wasting time lounging about in the sun, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. (B)(B,D)

11

13

ROME

Vatican City

BARCELONA

1

• Explore the Palace of the

PISA/ ITALIAN RIVERIA

FRENCH RIVIERA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

3

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 11 - 12 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the grapevines of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B) F Dinner “La Dolce Vita”

Like the look of this trip but want even more delish food experiences? Head to p.74 to see how you can do this exact trip with even more tasty food experiences. CONTIKI.COM/MUNCH

YOUR CHOICE Keep it flexible & choose where you want to start, either Madrid, or Rome – this trip operates in both directions.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3215 Start May19 May26

CODE: BBMD

End May31 Jun 07

WINTER 2018/19

A$2555 Start Oct 27

A$3135 Start May07 May14

CODE: WWMD

End Nov 08

SUMMER 2018

A$2489 Start Nov 24

CODE: BBDM

End May19 May26

WINTER 2018/19

A$2555 Start Oct 15

Start Jun 09

End Oct 27

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS START MADRID

End Jun 21

A$2489 Start Nov 12

START MADRID & FINISH ROME

Start Jul 07 Jul 14

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS START MADRID

End Dec 06

A$2615 Start Jan 08

End Jan 20

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS START ROME

A$3215 Start End May28 Jun 09 Jun 11 ■ Jun 23 CODE: WWDM

A$3355 Start End Jun 23 ● Jul 05 Jun 30 Jul 12

A$3355 Start Jun 18 Jun 25

End Jun 30 Jul 07

A$2415 Start Mar 09

End Nov 24

Start Jul 28

End Aug 09

START MADRID & FINISH ROME

Start Jul 02 Jul 16

A$2415 Start Feb 25

End Sep 27

DEPARTURES

CODE: BBMR

End Mar 21

End Jul 14 Jul 28

Start Sep 15

START MADRID & FINISH ROME

A$3459 start end Jun 23 ● Jul 05

Start Aug 06

End Aug 18

A$3215 Start End Aug 20 ■ Sep 01 Sep 03 Sep 15

A$3459 start end Sep 01 ● Sep 13

START ROME & FINISH MADRID

A$3459 start end Jun 11 ■ Jun 23

START ROME & FINISH MADRID

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS START ROME

A$2615 Start End Dec 27 ★ Jan 08

End Jul 19 Jul 26

CODE: BBMM

A$3215 Start End Aug 18 Aug 30 Sep 01 ● Sep 13

A$3459 start end Aug 20 ■ Sep 01

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBMM Single room supplement of A$1129. BBMR Single room supplement of A$1129..

START ROME & FINISH MADRID

End Mar 09

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBMD/BBDM - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1129. WWMD/WWDM - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$965. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. ● Munch departure code: BBMM. ■ Munch departure code: BBMR. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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DISCOVERER

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EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER 16 DAYS

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10 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2985 *

|

FROM

A$187 *PP/PD

GET SET TO EXPLORE THE EUROPEAN BIG GUNS INCLUDING ROME & PRAGUE

#EUENCOUNTER

FLORENCE ITALY

The trip was full of action! The Trip Manager was awesome, the Trip Driver was a great guy & everyone got on really well. Everything was planned out perfectly, would deямБnitely recommend!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @CHANTALLE_TELLA

48 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@JESSY294

CONTIKI.COM/ENCOUNTER

@LUDDITE6

Damian Hudson


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 21

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

15 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

15 breakfasts (B), 6 Dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Lake Cruise, Lucerne F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum, Rome

START

NETHERLANDS

1

ENGLAND

Calais

GERMANY BELGIUM

END

4 Valley of the Somme

16 14

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

PRAGUE CZECH REP

PARIS SALZBURG

DAY 16 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

DAY 4 - 5 Prague After a stop in Dresden we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. Bohemian Prague will steal our hearts with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B)(B,D)

Dresden

Dover

1

with our local expert

BERLIN

2

AMSTERDAM

London

12 FRANCE

DAY 12 - 13 Lucerne After taking in our final piece of Italian eye candy, Lake Como, we’ll steer into the heart of the Swiss Alps, enjoying scenic alpine vistas en route. Lucerne will greet us warmly with charm, chocolate & quaint cobbled lanes. (B,D)(B) F Swiss Mountain

DAY 6 Salzburg Pastel riverside terraces will mark our arrival into scenic Salzburg. Home to Mozart & The Sound of Music, there is no shortage of culture to explore in this lively historic city. (B)

6 AUSTRIA

SWITZ

DAY 11 Italian Riviera From Florence we’ll make our way to the Leaning Tower of Pisa before journeying to the iconic setting of the Italian Riviera. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre will keep our day colourful as we soak up the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere. (B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

Gallery in Berlin

• Bike ride of Bohemian Prague

DAY 2 - 3 Berlin Whisking down the autobahn we’ll arrive in the cool capital of Germany. Two nights here will give us enough time to go deep into the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. (B,D)(B) F Locally guided historical walking tour of Berlin

START

DAY 14 - 15 Paris Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll marvel at monuments between boutique shopping & countless baguettes Hotel (B,D)(B) F Cabaret Show & Dinner

• See the East Side

7:30AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will pass the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite to explore Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses. (D)

END

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

LUCERNE

Swiss Alps

Lake Como

CINQUE TERRE

11 Pisa

7

10

VENICE DAY 7 Venice Winding beyond the Austrian Alps, we’ll make our way into Italy with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. (B)

FLORENCE ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

8

ROME Vatican City

DAY 10 Florence Passing through the grapevines of rural Umbria, we’ll make our way to Renaissance Florence. Here we can drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B) F Tuscan Evening

DAY 8 - 9 Rome With our newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Venice & dart through the country in search of Rome. Here we’ll spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B) F Guided tour of Vatican

Start End Jun 27 Jul 12 Jun 29 ● Jul 14 Jul 06 ● Jul 21

Start End Jul 13 ● Jul 28 Jul 20 ● Aug 04 Aug 03 ● Aug 18

Start End Aug 10 ● Aug 25

Start End Dec 27 ★ Jan 11 Dec 29 ★ Jan 13

Start 2019 Jan 05

MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a European Encounter trip and a U by Uniworld Seine Experience River Cruise from A$7039. See p.14 for more details.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: BBHX

A$3795 Start End Apr 27 ● May12

WINTER 2018/19

A$3155 Start Oct 20

End Nov 04

START LONDON OR AMS’DAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

A$3889 Start End May11 ● May26

CODE: WWHZ

A$3075 Start Nov 03 Nov 24

A$3989 Start End May25 ● Jun 09 Jun 01 Jun 16 Jun 08 ● Jun 23

A$4129 Start End Jun 15 ● Jun 30 Jun 20 Jul 05 Jun 22 ● Jul 07

A$3989 Start End Aug 24 Sep 08 Aug 31 Sep 15 Sep 14 ● Sep 29

Start End Sep 28 ● Oct 13

START LONDON OR AMS’DAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End Nov 18 Dec 09

Start End Dec 08 ★ Dec 23

A$3229 Start End Dec 15 ★ Dec 30 Dec 22 ★ Jan 06

End

Jan 20

A$2985 Start Jan 19 Feb 02

End Feb 03 Feb 17

Start Feb 16 Mar 02

End Mar 03 Mar 17

A$3075 Start Mar 16

End Mar 31

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHX - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1005. WWHZ - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$805. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent. ● This date links up with the U by Uniworld The Seine Experience trip. Please note you must be 21-35 years old to travel on a U by Uniworld trip combined wirth a Contiki Trip. See p.161 for more.

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DISCOVERER

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DISCOVERER

ROAD TO ATHENS 17 DAYS

|

9 COUNTRIES

|

A$4185 *

FROM

|

FROM

A$246 *PP/PD

GET YOUR CULTURE FIX AS YOU CHASE THE SUN DOWN SOUTH

ROME ITALY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 16

24

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 15 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry

INCLUDED MEALS 16 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Swiss Mountain, Lucerne F Paragliding, Tyrol F Tuscan Evening, Florence

#ROADTOATHENS

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Paris by night tour • Guided bike tour of Munich • Locally guided tours of Florence & Athens

START

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, ready to see the chalky White Cliffs of Dover en route to Paris. Here in the city of lights & love we’ll begin our exploring, marvelling at monuments - hello Eiffel Tower! (D)

DAY 9 - 10 Florence Waking up to another day of postcard moments, you’ll see The Leaning Tower of Pisa & a enjoy a drive through dreamy Tuscany. In Renaissance Florence we’ll spend two nights drinking up secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B,D)(B) F Tuscan Evening

DAY 2 Paris With so many sites ticked yesterday, today will be free for ENGLAND baguettes, boutique shopping & a visit London to a French perfumery. Explore hidden Dover Calais coffee shops or grab a bike & find a picnic spot by the Eiffel Tower; the day will be yours. (B) F Cabaret Show & Dinner 1 PARIS DAY 3 Lucerne After driving through the vineyards of Burgundy, we’ll steer into the heart of the Swiss Alps, enjoying scenic alpine vistas along the way. Lucerne will greet us warmly with charm, chocolate & quaint cobbled lanes (B) DAY 4 Munich Leaving Lucerne & its quaint charm, we’ll head on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B,D) DAY 5 - 6 Austrian Tyrol Today it will be out of Munich & on to Austria with a stop in scenic Innsbruck before arriving in the adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Wild thrills or mega chills will be yours for two nights in this scenic mountain village. (B,D)(B,D)

DAY 13 Adriatic Ferry Our last slice of Italian eye candy will be Naples & Mt.Vesuvius, with a tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. Then it will be time to say goodbye to the immensely ‘bella’ boot & board our overnight ferry to Greece. (B)

GERMANY START

MUNICH 4

AUSTRIA

5

SWITZ FRANCE

DAY 11 - 12 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the grapevines of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we’ll spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B) F Guided tour of Vatican

3

TYROL

Liechtenstein

LUCERNE

7

ITALY Pisa

9

VENICE

FLORENCE 11

DAY 7 - 8 Venice Taking the stunning Brenner Pass past orchards & castles, we’ll roll into Italy with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. (B,D)(B) F Whitewater Rafting F Gondola Ride

DAY 17 AthensThis morning we’ll make the most of our last morning together by taking a locally guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. Then it will be time to plot a reunion trip over teary goodbyes, with the trip coming to a heartbreaking end. (B) 12PM ATHENS

ROAD TO ROME

Vatican City

END ROME - 13 DAYS

13

Bari GREECE

14 IONIAN SEA

1

DAY 16 Athens Motoring past the narrow trench of the Corinth Canal, we’ll make our way to mythological Athens. Swapping seaside for city, the bright lights & ancient relics will mark our final hours on tour. (B)

END

ROME

Pompeii

DAY 14 - 15 Corfu Slipping onto island time, we’ll arrive in the idyllic Greek Islands. The second largest Ionian island will host us for two nights, giving us endless hours to soak up Corfu’s glistening seas & breezy beach life. (B,D)(B) F Ionian Dinner Experience F Captain’s Cruise of Corfu

FROM A$3195 PP END

FROM A$246 PD CORFU 17 ATHENS STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a

shorter version of the 17-day Road to Athens trip, visiting 7 countries in 13 days. Trip code: BBRL See price below for departure dates & deduct A$990 for price to pay. Single room supp. A$829. Visit contiki.com/road-rome

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4185 Start May01

CODE: BBAL

End May17

A$4285 Start May15 May29

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ATHENS

End May31 Jun 14

Start Jun 05 Jun 12

End Jun 21 Jun 28

A$4395 Start Jun 19 Jun 26

End Jul 05 Jul 12

Start Jul 01 Jul 03

End Jul 17 Jul 19

Start Jul 10 Jul 31

End Jul 26 Aug 16

A$4285 Start Aug 14 Aug 28

End Aug 30 Sep 13

Start Sep 04

End Sep 20

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1095 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 12:00 noon in Athens. Note: on some departures, due to Greek ferry scheduling, trip itinerary may be altered. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

50 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/ROAD-ATHENS


ROAD TO ATHENS FROM

A$6335 * |

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 20

34

ESSENTIALS Unlimited drinks package including beer, wine, local spirits & soft drink. An experienced On-Board Cruise Rep. See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 1 - 16 London/Paris to Athens Step your way through the epic Road to Athens days as outlined on p.50.

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • A locally guided trip of Ephesus

CONTIKI.COM/ ROAD-ATHENS-GREEK3

28

AEGEAN SEA

21 16 END

TURKEY Kusadasi

GREECE Mykonos

END

Patmos

10AM ATHENS

DAY 21 Athens After the final team breakfast you will be transferred back to central Athens, where we’ll share teary goodbyes & make plans for a reunion trip. (B) For a full itinerary, inclusions & cool ways to spend your free time, check out contiki.com.

Santorini

DAY 20 Santorini This morning we’ll say ‘kalo proi’ to Crete, a paradise of coves, cliffs & white sand beaches. We’ll then drift on to Santorini, where a cable car or hill climb will take us to Fira’s blue dome building vistas. (B,L,D)

Crete

1

Places visited Itinerary day

CODE: RTACR3

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ATHENS

ROAD TO ATHENS + 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$340 PORT TAXES

A = ON OR ABOVE DECK, B = BELOW DECK

A$6945 A A$6335 B start end May29 Jun 18 Jun 05 Jun 25

start Jun 12

end Jul 02

A$7109 A A$6485 B start end Jun 19 Jul 09 Jun 26 Jul 16

start Jul 03 Jul 10

end Jul 23 Jul 30

start Jul 31

A$6945 A A$6335 B start end Aug 14 Sep 03 Aug 28 Sep 17

end Aug 20

39

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FROM

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

DAY 1 - 16 London/Paris to Athens Step your way through the epic Road to Athens days as outlined on p. 50.

FROM

A$241 *PP/PD

DAY 17 - 18 Athens From anise-flavoured aperitifs to ancient architecture, you’ll have the luxury of time to absorb all things Athens. Two nights here & you’ll be very much at home, roam around the streets like Aphrodite or Apollo. (B)(B)

DAY 19 - 21 Mykonos Windmills, white building & dreamy sunsets will mark our arrival in Mykonos! This party mecca will be ours for 3 nights, leaving us sun-kissed, salt soaked & bursting with very fond memories. (B,D)(B)(B)

ATHENS 29 16

END

AEGEAN SEA

AFTER BREAKFAST

DAY 29 Athens Back in Athens where the island hopping adventure first began, we’ll have one final breakfast as a team before saying our sad goodbyes & going our separate ways. (B)

1

Places visited Itinerary day

GREECE

19 25

DAY 28 Athens It will be broken hearts all round today as we pack our sacks & hit the seas for Athens. The Greek Island good times will soon come to a halt. (B)

IOS

SANTORINI

22

DAY 25 - 27 Ios Beautiful beaches & a rugged backdrop make Ios look like a world of its own. From all night discos to quaint coffee shops, the island of Ios will offer a ‘choose your own adventure’. (B,D)(B)(B)

CODE: RTAI

A$6995 start May01

end May29

A$7355 start Jul 03

end Jul 31

ROAD TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ATHENS

A$6965 start end May15 C Jun 10

A$7075 start end May29 B Jun 25

A$6965 start end Jun 05 C Jul 01

A$7175 start Jun 12

end Jul 10

A$7255 start end Jul 10 B Aug 06 Jul 31 B Aug 27

A$7175 start Aug 14

A$6965 start end Aug 28 C Sep 23

A$7175 start Sep 04

end Oct 02

end Sep 11

A$7255 start end Jun 19 B Jul 16

A$7145 start end Jun 26 C Jul 22

A$7255 start end Jul 01 B Jul 28

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1835 & tripleshare reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends in Athens after breakfast. B - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: RTAIB C - These departures stay two less nights in Athens code: RTAIC Note: on some departures, due to Greek ferry scheduling, trip itinerary may be altered. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Day 29 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra night’s accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#ROADTOATHENS

CONTIKI.COM/ ROAD-ATHENS-ISLAND

MYKONOS

DAY 22 - 24 Santorini Finally, those iconic blue & white buildings & endless horizons will become a reality. Donkeys, wineries, & lazy lunches will be yours to absorb for 3 wonderful nights. (B,D)(B)(B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • See the Corinth Canal • See the famous windmills on Mykonos • Visit Ios Town

end Sep 24

+ GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

A$6995 * |

For full details, see contiki.com FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Highlights & Volcano Cruise, Santorini F Island Tour, Delos

start Sep 04

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$1675 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or A$1835 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Note: on some departures, due to Greek ferry scheduling, trip itinerary may be altered. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Day 21 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra night’s accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

END

INCLUDED MEALS 28 breakfasts (B), 11 dinners (D)

DAY 19 Crete Today you’ll rise & shine in the port of Kusadasi & shop all things Turkish in the town’s lively bazaar. Back on the water we’ll cruise to the island of Patmos before our evening sail to the idyllic island of Crete. (B,L,D)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

29 DAYS | 9 COUNTRIES |

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & 1 ON BOARD A FERRY 27 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry

DAY 18 Kusadasi This morning we’ll hit the waters & cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos. In the evening we’ll do a country hop, sailing towards the Turkish town of Kusadasi. (B,L,D)

ATHENS

ROAD TO ATHENS W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W

DAY 17 Athens From anise-flavoured aperitifs to ancient architecture, today you’ll have the luxury to absorb all things Athens. Roam around the streets like Aphrodite or Apollo, sampling olives & chatting archeology. (B)

#ROADTOATHENS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Islands & volcanoes, Santorini F Visit St. John’s Monastery - Grotto of the Apocalypse, Patmos

A$302 *PP/PD

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

NIGHTS IN HOTELS + ON CRUISE SHIP & FERRY 16 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry, 3 nights on board a cruise ship INCLUDED MEALS 20 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D)

FROM

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21 DAYS | 10 COUNTRIES |

+ 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE


EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS 19 DAYS

|

11 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$4215 *

|

FROM

A$222 *PP/PD

SAY BONJOUR, CIAO, HELLO & A BIG HOLA TO A 19-DAY EUROPEAN EXTRAVAGANZA

#EUIMPRESSIONS

FLORENCE ITALY

Best value for money! I would highly recommend Contiki to everyone. All the stress of planning a holiday is gone, all you have to do is make sure you turn up for your trip of a lifetime!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @BECSHANNON_

52 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@JEMRIO7

CONTIKI.COM/IMPRESSIONS

@JIMINY3EE

Sarah Pennisi


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 26

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

18 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

18 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Canal Cruise, Amsterdam F Swiss Mountain, Swiss Alps F Gondola Ride, Venice

7:30AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

START

END

DAY 2 Rhineland Amsterdam is a different city by day, & the morning will be yours to explore. Later we’ll drive to Germany, pulling up in Rhineland where we will stay for the night. (B)

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will pass the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite to explore Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses. (D)

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 19 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided Palace tour in Madrid • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Guided tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

NETHERLANDS

1

START

ENGLAND

AMSTERDAM DAY 5 Munich Leaving Switzerland, we’ll pass through the tiny country of Liechtenstein before arriving in Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

GERMANY

London Dover Calais

BELGIUM

END

DAY 17 - 18 Paris A drive past the Loire Valley takes us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love we’ll marvel at monuments (hello Eiffel Tower!) between boutique shopping & countless baguettes. (B,D)(B) F Cabaret Show & Dinner

Valley of the Somme

RHINELAND

2

Heidelberg

19 17 PARIS

Dachau

Loire Valley

AUSTRIA SWITZ Lucerne

Liechtenstein

16

1

SPAIN

9

Monaco

VENICE

8

FLORENCE

NICE

Pyrenees Mountains

ITALY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Zaragoza

11 13

DAY 6 - 7 Venice Before driving the Brenner Pass lined by orchards & castles, we’ll stop for lunch in scenic Innsbruck. With two nights in Venice, we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” charmed by its artistic palazzi & maze of canals. (B,D)(B) F Venetian Dinner

Apennine Mountains Pisa

DAY 8 Florence Through the Apennine Mountains & romantic hills of Tuscany, we’ll cruise towards Renaissance Florence. Here we can drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B)

BARCELONA

MADRID

DAY 13 - 14 Madrid Splitting our drive out of Barcelona, we’ll stop in Zaragoza for sightseeing & lunch. In the Spanish capital of Madrid, we’ll peel back the culture & its sultry layers. (B,D)(B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

6

BORDEAUX

San Sebastian

15

Innsbruck

Brenner Pass

SWISS ALPS

ATLANTIC OCEAN

PAMPLONA DAY 15 Pamplona Today we’ll leave Madrid in search of the historic town of Pamplona, famed for its bull running tradition & the words of Ernest Hemingway. (B)

MUNICH

5 FRANCE

3

DAY 16 Bordeaux Today we’ll drift between sea dips & pintxos bar in the picturesque coastal town of San Sebastian. Later we’ll head in to quintessential wine country; the French city of Bordeaux will await us. (B)

DAY 3 - 4 Swiss Alps A scenic alpine drive & a stop in lakeside Lucerne will mark the drive from Germany into the Swiss Alps. Two nights of Swiss chocolate & a breathtaking mountain setting will be ours to lap up until departure. (B,D)(B,D)

DAY 11 - 12 Barcelona Passing Cannes, the Côte d’Azur coastline & the Pyrénées Mountains, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B,D)(B) F Flamenco Show with Dinner

DAY 9 - 10 French Riviera With glitz & glamour calling our names we’ll head on to the French Riviera pit-stopping at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. When we’re not lapping up sunshine, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. (B,D)(B)

Start Jul 02 Jul 09

Start Aug 06

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4215 Start Apr 23

CODE: BBEM

End May11

A$4325 Start May07

START LONDON OR AMS’DAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End May25

A$4435 Start May21 Jun 11

End Jun 08 Jun 29

A$4615 Start Jun 18 Jun 25

End Jul 06 Jul 13

End Jul 20 Jul 27

Start Jul 16 Jul 30

End Aug 03 Aug 17

End Aug 24

A$4435 Start Aug 20 Aug 27

End Sep 07 Sep 14

Start Sep 03 Sep 17

End Sep 21 Oct 05

Start End Sep 24 ● Oct 12 Oct 01 ● Oct 19

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1135 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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EUROPEAN INSPIRATION 19 DAYS

|

10 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$3549 *

|

FROM

A$187 *PP/PD

TAKE YOUR SWEET TIME TO SOAK UP THE LIKES OF PARIS, PRAGUE, FLORENCE & BERLIN

#EUINSPIRATION

BURANO ITALY

The Trip Manager, Kristy was incredible! The trip would not have been the same without her. Basically, this trip was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I can’t wait to do more in the future!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ANDTHENKYLIEEE

54 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@BAGGY_MADS

CONTIKI.COM/INSPIRATION

@KENDALL_QUILL

Richelle Fernandes


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 26

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

18 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

18 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Volendam Dinner, Amsterdam F Burano Island Cruise & Dinner, Venice F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour

• Wine tasting in Tuscany

• Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide

START

7:30AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

DAY 2 Amsterdam A morning cycle will take us to a cheese farm & a clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside en route. Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained long into the evening. (B) F Canal Cruise

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will pass the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite to explore Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses. (D)

DAY 3 - 4 Berlin Whisking down the autobahn we’ll arrive in the cool capital of Berlin. Two nights here will give us enough time to go deep into the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. (B,D)(B) F Historical Walking Tour

NETHERLANDS

END

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

1

ENGLAND

DAY 19 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

BERLIN

DAY 5 - 6 Prague After a stop in Dresden we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. Bohemian Prague will steal our hearts with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B,D)(B)

AMSTERDAM

London Dresden

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

GERMANY

5

END

Valley of the Somme

19 17

DAY 17 - 18 Paris Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll marvel at monuments (hello Eiffel Tower!) between boutique shopping & countless baguettes. (B,D)(B)

3

Edam

START

PARIS

PRAGUE CZECH REP

Dachau

FRANCE

MUNICH

7 Tyrol

SWITZ

15

DAY 15 - 16 Lucerne The Leaning Tower of Pisa & Lake Como will mark the end of our time in Italy. Then we’ll move on to the Swiss Alps, finding lakeside Lucerne, where we’ll spend two nights amidst endless charm & chocolate. (B)(B)

DAY 7 - 8 Munich Leaving picturesque Prague, we’ll head on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)(B,D)

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

LUCERNE

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps Lake Como

9

VENICE

ITALY Pisa

DAY 9 - 10 Venice Driving the Brenner Pass lined by orchards & castles, we’ll make our way to the fairytale setting of Venice. Here we’ll have two nights to fall head over heels for the “floating city,” charmed by its artistic palazzi & maze of canals. (B,D)(B) F Whitewater Rafting (summer only) F Gondola Ride

13 FLORENCE

Chianti Region

DAY 13 - 14 Florence In the Tuscan hills we’ll pair cheese with Chianti wine before making our way to Renaissance Florence. Here we can drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B,D)(B) F Tuscan Evening

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

11

ROME Vatican City

DAY 11 - 12 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Venice & dart through the grapevines of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we’ll spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4269 Start Apr 15 Apr 29

CODE: BBAP

End May03 May17

WINTER 2018/19

A$3749 Start Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29

End Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16

A$4385 Start May06

CODE: WWAP

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End May24

A$4529 Start May20 May27 Jun 03

End Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 21

Start Jun 12

End Jun 30

A$4675 Start Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 26

End Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 14

Start Jul 01 Jul 03 Jul 08

End Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 26

End Jan 16

Start Jan 14

End Feb 01

Start Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05

End Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23

A$3549 Start Feb 04 Feb 25 Mar 04

End Feb 22 Mar 15 Mar 22

A$4495 Start Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 09

End Sep 06 Sep 13 Sep 27

A$3659 Start Mar 18

End Apr 05

Start End Sep 16 ● Oct 04 Sep 18 ● Oct 06 Sep 25 ● Oct 13

Start End Sep 27 ● Oct 15 Sep 30 ● Oct 18

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

A$3659 Start End Nov 19 Dec 07 Nov 26 Dec 14 Dec 03 ★ Dec 21

Start End Dec 10 ★ Dec 28

A$3845 Start End Dec 17 ★ Jan 04 Dec 22 ★ Jan 09 Dec 27 Jan 14

Start Dec 29 2019 Jan 04

Jan 22

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBAP - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1119. WWAP - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$955. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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EUROPEAN VISTA 21 DAYS

|

11 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$3895 *

|

FROM

A$185 *PP/PD

TAKE A REAL CHUNK OUT OF EUROPE AS YOU SPEND 3 WEEKS SCOPING OUT ADVENTURES

#EUVISTA

VENICE ITALY

Amazing trip, great Trip Manager and coach driver. The trip included so many iconic locations, great optional activities, really good nightlife and was such an incredible experience!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ALYCE89

56 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@BRITTAWOODMAN

CONTIKI.COM/VISTA

@DANIELBARNES90

Daniel Giosserano


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 30

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

20 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

20 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris F Gondola Ride, Venice F Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch (Summer departures only), Tyrol

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour

END

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 21 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

DAY 18 Rhine Valley Cruising into the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley, we’ll ogle at vineyards & fairytale castles. The rest of our evening will be spent soaking up river scenery & taking a lesson in crafting beer steins. (B,D)

DAY 16 - 17 Prague Leaving Austria, we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. Bohemian Prague will steal our hearts with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B,D)(B)

NETHERLANDS Edam

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

DAY 19 - 20 Amsterdam Museums, cafe’s & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eccentric city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts, we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. (B,D)(B) F Canal Cruise

ENGLAND

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, ready to see the chalky White Cliffs of Dover en route to Paris. Here in the city of lights & love we’ll begin our exploring & monuments marveling - hello Eiffel Tower! (D)

21 19

END

AMSTERDAM

GERMANY

London Dover

18

BELGIUM

Calais

Valley of the Somme

PARIS

PRAGUE

RHINE VALLEY

START

16

DAY 14 Munich Heading out of Austria, we’ll make tracks for the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

CZECH REP Dachau

1

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique shopping & all things quintessentially French. Explore hidden coffee shops or grab a bike & find a picnic spot by the Eiffel; the day will be yours. (B)

MUNICH 14 Burgundy Region SWITZ

3

FRANCE

15

TYROL

12

VIENNA

AUSTRIA

LUCERNE

Brenner Pass Swiss Alps

10

ITALY

DAY 12 - 13 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll arrive in the adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Wild thrills or mega chills will be yours for two nights in this scenic mountain village. (B,D)(B,D) F Paragliding

VENICE

Apennine Mountains

DAY 3 - 4 Lucernce Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in luscious Lucerne. Endless charm, chocolate & quaint cobbled lanes will be ours to uncover until departure. (B,D)(B,D) F Swiss Fondue Lunch & Show F Lucerne Lake cruise

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

DAY 15 Vienna Arriving in Vienna, we’ll soak up schnapps & strudel, & visit the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst it all. (B) F A classic night out with Dinner

Pisa

5

7

FLORENCE

Monaco

FRENCH RIVIERA 8

DAY 5 - 6 French Riviera With glitz & glamour calling our names, we’ll head on to the French Riviera. When the sun drops & the boutique stores shut up shop, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo Casino. (B,D)(B) F Monaco Dinner

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

DAY 7 Florence Stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll cruise towards Renaissance Florence. Here we can drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B) F Tuscan Evening

ROME

Vatican City

DAY 8 - 9 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the grapevines in search of Rome. Here we spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B)(B) F Guided tour of Vatican

DAY 10 - 11 Venice Crossing the Appenine Mountains, we’ll arrive in fairytale Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & canal charm. (B,D)(B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4705 Start Apr 07 Apr 28

CODE: BBHV

End Apr 27 May18

WINTER 2018/19

A$4109 Start Oct 22 Oct 29

End Nov 11 Nov 18

A$4829 Start May12 CODE: WWHT

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Jun 01

A$4955 Start May19 May26

End Jun 08 Jun 15

Start Jun 02 Jun 09

End Jun 22 Jun 29

A$5175 Start Jun 16 Jun 25

End Jul 06 Jul 15

Start Jun 30 Jul 07

End Jul 20 Jul 27

Start Jul 21 Aug 04

End Aug 10 Aug 24

A$4955 Start Aug 18 Aug 25

End Sep 07 Sep 14

A$3895 Start Jan 21 Feb 11

End Feb 10 Mar 03

Start Mar 04

End Mar 24

A$4009 Start Mar 18

End Apr 07

Start End Sep 08 Sep 28 Sep 12 ● Oct 02

Start End Sep 15 ● Oct 05 Sep 22 ● Oct 12

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

A$4009 Start End Nov 26 Dec 16 Dec 10 ★ Dec 30

A$4215 Start End Dec 17 ★ Jan 06 Dec 24 ★ Jan 13

Start End Dec 28 ★ Jan 17 Dec 30 Jan 19

Start 2019 Jan 14

End

Feb 03

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHV - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1229. WWHT - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$1045. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in winter) in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. The 2 nights in the Austrian Tyrol are replaced with a 2nd night in both Florence & Vienna. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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DISCOVERER

EUROPEAN TRAIL 23 DAYS

|

14 COUNTRIES

|

A$3895 *

FROM

|

FROM

A$170 *PP/PD

TRAIL YOUR WAY THROUGH EUROPE’S BUCKET LIST MUSTS & LESSER KNOWN SECRETS

EDAM THE NETHERLANDS

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 22

33

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS 22 nights quad-share hotel/ hostel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 22 breakfasts (B), 11 dinners (D)

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Amsterdam. By night, we will unite to explore Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses. (D)

END

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Pierogi Dinner, Krakow F River Cruise with Dinner, Budapest F Historical Walking Tour, Berlin

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Bike tour of, Amsterdam • Visit Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps

End Apr 22 May06 May13 May20

#EUTRAIL

WINTER 2018/19

A$4045 Start Oct 20 Oct 27

End Nov 11 Nov 18

A$4399 Start May05 May12

CODE: WWEL

A$3995 Start Nov 03 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 19

End May27 Jun 03

START

ENGLAND London Dover

DAY 21 - 22 Paris Today a drive past Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here we’ll marvel at monuments between boutique shopping & countless baguettes. (B,D)(B) F Cabaret Show with Champagne DAY 19 - 20 Swiss Alps We’ll see the Leaning Tower of Pisa & Lake Como on our drive into the Swiss Alps. Two days of chocolate & a breathtaking mountain setting. (B,D)(B,D)

A$4505 Start May19 May26 Jun 02 Jun 04 Jun 09

CODE: CCEL

POLAND

GERMANY

3

1

BERLIN

AMSTERDAM Calais

BELGIUM

Dresden

PRAGUE 5

END

Kutná Hora

21 23

PARIS

KRAKOW

Auschwitz CZECH REP

AUSTRIA

SWITZ

SWISS ALPS

19

VENICE

11

SLOVENIA

9

SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 7

BUDAPEST

DAY 11 - 12 Budapest After visiting Slovakia’s charismatic Banská Bystrica, we’ll arrive in Budapest. From a Royal Palace to a gothic church, we’ll bounce across the river to Buda & Pest. (B)(B) F Past & Present Tour DAY 13 Ljubljana In Slovenia’s capital, we’ll meander through a vibrant student scene, greeting monuments & exploring the old town. (B) DAY 14 Venice Driving through the enchanted Julian Alps, we’ll make our way to Venice. Here we’ll fall head over heels. (B)

HUNGARY

DAY 15 - 16 Rome We’ll leave 13 Venice & dart through the Apennine LJUBLJANA Mountains in search of Rome. Places visited (B,D)(B,D) 17 FLORENCE DAY 17 - 18 Florence Today we’ll 1 Itinerary day F Locally guided tour of the Vatican watch grapevines roll over hills through Optional start city museums rural Umbria en route to Florence. A local 15 ROME Optional end city Guide will lead us through the secret Vatican City streets to the Duomo Cathedral. (B,D)(B) Optional start/end city FRANCE

14

ITALY Pisa

End Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 26 Jul 01

Start Jun 11

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End Jul 03

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 09 Dec 11

NETHERLANDS Edam

DAY 9 - 10 Krakow We’ll take a sombre visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Then stroll markets, absorb the lively culture, & explore the Old Town. (B,D)(B) F Salt Mines Tour

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$4239 Start Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28

DAY 3 - 4 Berlin Whisking down the autobahn we’ll arrive in the cool capital of Berlin. Go deep into the city’s creative culture. (B,D)(B) F Cold War & Cold Drinks

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 23 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

DAY 5 - 6 Prague After a stop in Dresden, Prague will steal our hearts for two nights of castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B,D)(B) F Prague Bike Tour DAY 7 - 8 Vienna A church made from over 40,000 human skeletons will be our last Czech site before entering Austria. In Vienna we’ll soak up schnapps & strudel, & palaces. (B)(B,D) F Schnapps Museum F A classic night out

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Start Dec 27 Dec 29 Dec 31

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Jan 27 Feb 03

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way.

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PRAGUE CZECH REPUBLIC

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10

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will pass the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite to explore Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses. (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Volendam Dinner, Amsterdam F Historical Walking Tour, Berlin F Bike Tour, Prague (Summer only) NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

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BERLIN DAY 5 - 6 Prague After a stop in Dresden we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. Bohemian Prague will steal our hearts for two nights with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B,D)(B) F Prague bike tour

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London

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Dover

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DAY 3 - 4 Berlin Whisking down the autobahn we’ll arrive in the cool capital of Berlin. Two nights here will give us enough time to go deep into the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. (B,D)(B) F Cold War & Cold Drinks

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Kutná Hora

DAY 7 Vienna A church made from over 40,000 human skeletons will be our last Czech site before entering Austria. In Vienna we’ll soak up schnaps & strudel, & palaces. (B) F Schnaps Museum F A classic night out

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8

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* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Please note Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Vienna. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a wider adventure. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the European Trail. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.58.

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POLAND Auschwitz 2

6PM VIENNA START

DAY 1 Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere! Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Trip Manager & travel buddies tonight (D)

KRAKOW

CZECH REP

VIENNA

DAYS 2 - 8 Vienna to Rome See days 9-15 of European Trail (p.58) itinerary, sightseeing & Free Time Add-Ons.

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ROME

9

1

Places visited Itinerary day

END

12:30PM ROME

H O W MUC H & W H EN FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Pierogi Dinner, Krakow F River Cruise with Dinner, Budapest F Gondola Ride, Venice

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NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Visit Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps • Private boat through the canals of Venice

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SUMMER 2018

A$1715 Start Apr 07 Apr 21 Apr 28

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WINTER 2018/19

START VIENNA & FINISH ROME

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A$1655 Start Mar 16 Mar 23

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* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 23-day European Trail, 16-day Trail to London & 16-day Trail to Rome trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a group of other travellers who have been travelling on these trips. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

FROM

A$182 *PP/PD DAY 4 - 5 Swiss Alps The Leaning Tower of Pisa & Lake Como will mark our drive from Italy into the Swiss Calais Alps. Two nights of Swiss chocolate & a breathtaking mountain setting will Valley of the Somme be ours to lap up until departure. 8 6 PARIS (B,D)(B,D)

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FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Cabaret Show with Champagne, Paris F Swiss Mountain, Swiss Alps F Guided Tour of the Vatican, Rome

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City • Explore Florence on foot with our local guide

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DAY 8 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

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START

Lake Como ITALY

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON START

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

SWISS ALPS

Pisa

2

DAY 2 - 3 Florence Today we’ll move out of Rome in search of Florence, watching grapevines roll over hills through rural Umbria en route. Once in Florence, a Local Guide will lead us through the secret streets & sacred art surrounding the majestic Duomo cathedral. (B,D)(B)

FLORENCE

ROME 1

Vatican City

6PM ROME

DAY 1 Rome Prepare to be welcomed into the historical heartthrob of Rome. You’ll check in to our hostel before lounging about or exploring. Later the team will join forces & the adventure starts rolling. (D)

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START ROME & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

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A$1449 Start Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 03 Feb 10

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Trip starts 6:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or 6:30pm in London. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 23-day European Trail & 16-day Trail to London trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a group of other travellers who have been travelling on these trips. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group.


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FROM

A$2845 *

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DISCOVERER

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BERLIN GERMANY

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21

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START

1

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Historical Walking Tour, Berlin F Pierogi Dinner, Krakow F River Cruise with Dinner, Budapest

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DAY 16 Rome Time to give your travel pals a kiss on each cheek; you’ll feel very at home in Europe by the end of this trip. (B) DAY 15 Rome With our newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Venice & dart through the Apennine Mountains in search of Rome. Here we will visit historic monuments in a whirl of Vespas, pasta & culture. (B,D) DAY 14 Venice Driving through the enchanted Julian Alps, we’ll make our way to the fairytale setting of Venice. Here we’ll fall head over heels for the “floating city,” charmed by its artistic palazzi & maze of canals. (B)

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13 LJUBLJANA

14

VENICE DAY 11 - 12 Budapest After visiting Slovakia’s charismatic Banská Bystrica, Apennine Mountains we’ll arrive in the ‘Paris of the East.’ From Places visited a Royal Palace to a gothic church, we’ll 1 Itinerary day bounce across the river split city of hilltop Optional start city Buda & bustling Pest, being allured by END the city for two nights. (B)(B) 16 ROME F Past & Present tour

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START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH ROME

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Kutna Hora

DAY 13 Ljubljana In Slovenia’s capital we’ll meander through a vibrant student scene, greeting monuments & exploring the old town. It may be hard to pronounce, but Ljubljana will not be hard to love. (B)

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DAY 5 - 6 Prague After a stop in Dresden we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of cobblestone streets. Prague will steal our hearts for two nights with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B,D)(B) F Prague bike tour DAY 7 - 8 Vienna A church made from over 40,000 human skeletons will be our last Czech site before entering Austria. In Vienna, we’ll soak up schnapps, strudel & visit the city’s prides – its palaces. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst all of it. (B)(B,D) F Schnapps Museum DAY 9 - 10 Krakow Paying tribute to Poland’s tumultuous past, we’ll take a sombre visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Then we’ll switch things up uncovering the country’s buzzing present day setting, strolling markets, absorbing the vivacious culture & exploring the medieval Old Town. (B,D)(B) F Salt Mines tour

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Start Dec 27 Dec 29 Dec 31 2019

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* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 23-day European Trail & 16-day Trail to London trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a group of other travellers who have been travelling on these trips. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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DAY 3 - 4 Berlin Whisking down the autobahn, we’ll arrive in the cool capital of Berlin. Two nights here will give us enough time to go deep into the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. (B,D)(B) F Cold War & Cold Drinks

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$3049 Start Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28

POLAND

Auschwitz

PRAGUE 5

FRANCE

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

Dresden

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Calais

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London

Dover

END

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23

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END

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#TRAILTOLONDON

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CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

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VIENNA 1

Burgundy Region FRANCE

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Auschwitz

START END

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12

SWISS ALPS

Lake Como

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7

2

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Pisa 10 FLORENCE DAY 8 - 9 Rome With our newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Venice & dart through the 8 ROME Vatican City Apennine Mountains in search of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican Places visited City. (B,D)(B,D) 1 Itinerary day F Locally guided tour of the Vatican Optional end city Museums

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START VIENNA & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

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START VIENNA & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

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End Mar 31 Apr 07

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$420 FOOD FUND

End Dec 30 Jan 01 Jan 06 Jan 08

Start End Dec 28 ★ Jan 12 Dec 30 Jan 14 2019 Jan 03 Jan 18

Start Jan 05 Jan 07 Jan 12

End Jan 20 Jan 22 Jan 27

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 23-day European Trail. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a group of other travellers who have been travelling on this trip. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group.

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25 DAYS

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11 COUNTRIES

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A$4185 *

FROM

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FROM

DISCOVERER

EUROPEAN QUEST A$168 *PP/PD

A HOT LAP AROUND THE SUN-SOAKED MEDITERRANEAN

CINQUE TERRE ITALY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 24

34

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS 24 nights quad-share hotel/ hostel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 24 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D)

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Cabaret Show, Paris F Cruise around the Isle of Capri, Sorrento (summer only) F Eagle’s Nest, Salzburg (summer only) NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Train along the Cinque Terre • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide

End Apr 23 May07 May21

WINTER 2018/19

End Nov 12 Nov 19

CODE: WWEQ

A$4295 Start Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16

Dresden GERMANY

BELGIUM

1

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20

CZECH REP

PARIS SALZBURG

Loire Valley

DAY 4 - 5 San Sebastian For two nights we’ll drift between sea dips & pintxos bars. (B,D)(B)

BERLIN

AMSTERDAM

Calais

Valley of the Somme

19 AUSTRIA

END

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

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FRANCE Verona

3

DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona From the Gothic Quarter to La Rambla, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B)(B,D) F Flamenco show with dinner

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SAN SEBASTIAN 4

DAY 8 - 9 Nice Rub shoulders with the rich & famous, then roll dice in Monte Carlo. (B,D)(B) F Monaco dinner

Pisa Monaco

8

St-Jean-de-Luz Pyrenees Mountains

11

Zaragoza

6

DAY 11 Florence Visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, then drink up the city’s secret streets & sacred art. (B)

VENICE

FLORENCE

15

BARCELONA

DAY 14 - 15 Rome We’ll head to Rome via Pompeii. Here we will visit monuments in a whirl of Vespas, pasta & culture. (B,D)(B) F Guided tour of the city of Pompeii F Guided tour of Vatican F Cooking class & dinner DAY 12 - 13 Sorrento With two nights here, laze under a striped umbrella or roam the Isle of Capri. (B)(B,D)

DAY 10 Cinque Terre Soaking up the sunshine & iconic setting of Monterosso, we’ll sip wine & take dip in the crystal Ligurian Sea. (B)

17

NICE

SPAIN

ROME Vatican City Pompeii

SORRENTO

DAY 21 - 22 Berlin Go deep into the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites. (B,D)(B) F Walking tour of Berlin DAY 19 - 20 Prague Two nights of castles, cathedrals & quirky personality. (B,D)(B) F Nuclear bunker tour DAY 18 Salzburg Home to Mozart & The Sound of Music, there is no shortage of culture to explore. (B)

12

Isle of Capri

DAY 16 - 17 Venice From Verona to Venice, our Italian love affair is getting even deeper. (B,D)(B) F Gondola ride along the canals

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Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

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22

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A$4259 Start Mar 15

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Start 2019 Jan 04 Jan 11

End

Jan 28 Feb 04

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:30am in London (6:45am in winter) or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or 6:30pm in London. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way.

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25 23

START

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes & boutique shopping. (B) F Parisian dinner

SUMMER 2018

A$4485 Start May04 May11

NETHERLANDS Edam

END

London Dover

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the team this morning in London or later in Paris. (D)

DAY 3 Bordeaux We’ll sip wine & admire vines. (B)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

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7

10

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

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ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Parisian Dinner, Paris F Cabaret Show, Paris F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, ready to see the chalky White Cliffs of Dover en route to Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our exploring & monument marvelling - hello Eiffel Tower! (D)

#WESTERNQUEST

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WINTER 2018/19

A$1455 Start Oct 19 Oct 26

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A$1479 Start May04 May11

CODE: WWWQ

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1 PARIS

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique shopping & all things quintessentially French. Explore hidden coffee shops or grab a bike & find a picnic spot by the Eiffel; the day will be yours. (B) F Parisian Dinner DAY 3 Bordeaux Producing tonnes of grape juice per year, a visit to Bordeaux is essential. We’ll sip wine & admire vines in this elegant & picturesque French city. (B)

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city

Loire Valley

FRANCE

END

DAY 8 Barcelona Time to give your travel pals a kiss on each cheek; you’ll feel very at home in Europe by the end of this trip. (B)

3 BORDEAUX

SAN 4 SEBASTIAN

9AM BARCELONA

St-Jean-de-Luz

Zaragoza END DAY 4 - 5 San Sebastian For two nights we’ll drift between sea 6 8 dips & pintxos bar in the picturesque BARCELONA coastal town of San Sebastian. The SPAIN Basque city’s energetic town centre will call for endless espressos & hours of exploring. (B,D)(B)

DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona Stopping in the ancient Roman town of Zaragoza, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B)(B,D) F Flamenco show with dinner

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A$1445 Start Mar 30 Apr 13 Apr 27

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START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH BARCELONA

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End Sep 14 Sep 21 Oct 05 Oct 12

A$1425 Start Mar 15

End Mar 22

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$180 FOOD FUND

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A$1475 Start End Dec 21 ★ Dec 28 Dec 24 ★ Dec 31 Dec 29 Jan 05

Start 2019 Jan 04 Jan 11

Jan 11 Jan 18

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Please note Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Vienna. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a wider adventure. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the European Quest. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.63.

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A$1599 * |

8

11

CINQUE TERRE

Pyrenees Mountains

NICE

END

ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

7

9

Barcelona

5

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

7:15AM BARCELONA

Pompeii

SORRENTO

Capri

START

1

DAY 2 - 8 Nice to Rome See days 9-15 of European Quest (p.63) itinerary, sightseeing and Free Time Add-Ons.

DAY 1 Barcelona to Nice Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning. Travel through the charmingly rustic reigon of Provence to the glamorous French Riviera (D)

Places visited Itinerary day

9AM ROME

DAY 9 Rome Your trip ends after breakfast, so it’s time to swap email addresses s & say “arrivederci” to your new friends (B)

END

Vatican City

SPAIN

START

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$1695 Start Apr 06 Apr 20

CODE: CCMQM

End Apr 14 Apr 28

WINTER 2018/19

A$1675 Start Oct 26

A$1599 Start Mar 01 Mar 08

A$1735 Start May04 May11

CODE: WWMQ

End Nov 03

End Mar 09 Mar 16

START BARCELONA & FINISH ROME

End May12 May19

A$1775 Start May18 May25 May30 Jun 01 Jun 08 Jun 13

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$170 FOOD FUND

A$1885 Start Jun 15 Jun 20 Jun 22 Jun 27 Jun 29 Jul 04

End May26 Jun 02 Jun 07 Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 21

START BARCELONA & FINISH ROME

End Jun 23 Jun 28 Jun 30 Jul 05 Jul 07 Jul 12

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End Jul 14 Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 26 Jul 28 Aug 02

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Start 2019 Jan 05 Jan 11

End

A$1815 Start Aug 15 Aug 17 Aug 22 Aug 24 Aug 31

End Aug 23 Aug 25 Aug 30 Sep 01 Sep 08

Start Jan 18

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End Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 13 Oct 20

A$1599 Start Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15

End Feb 02 Feb 09 Feb 23

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$190 FOOD FUND

A$1649 Start Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16

End Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

Start End Nov 23 Dec 01 Nov 30 Dec 08 Dec 07 ★ Dec 15

A$1635 Start Mar 15 Mar 22

End Mar 23 Mar 30

* Prices are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:15am in Barcelona & ends approx. 9:00am in Rome. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 25-day European Quest, 16-day Quest to Rome & 18-day Quest to London trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a group of other travellers who have been travelling on these trips. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

Start End Dec 14 ★ Dec 22

A$1695 Start End Dec 21 ★ Dec 29 Dec 28 Jan 05 Dec 31 Jan 08

Jan 13 Jan 19

#MEDQUEST

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FLORENCE 4

Pisa

Monaco

1

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

ITALY

3

NIGHTS IN HOSTEL 8 nights quad-share hostel accommodation

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Monaco Dinner, Monaco F Cruise around the Isle of Capri (Summer only), Sorrento F Guided tour of the Vatican, Rome

A$178 *PP/PD

FROM

FRANCE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

DISCOVERER

9 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES |

EASTERN QUEST 10 DAYS | 8 COUNTRIES |

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W 9

13

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS 9 nights quad-share hotel/ hostel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

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A$176 *PP/PD

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NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

10

END

London Dover

DAY 10 Amsterdam to London This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

ENGLISH CHANNEL

8

Dresden Calais BELGIUM

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Verona

CZECH REP AUSTRIA

1 VENICE

7:15AM ROME

Places visited Itinerary day Optional end city

DAY 1 Rome to Venice Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning. We then travel over the Appenine Mountains, stopping in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona en route to Venice. (D)

DAY 2 - 9 Venice to Amsterdam See days 17-24 of European Quest (p.63) itinerary, sightseeing & Free Time Add-Ons.

ITALY

1

START

START

Rome

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$1815 Start Apr 14 Apr 28

CODE: CCQEM

End Apr 23 May07

WINTER 2018/19

A$1805 Start Nov 03 Nov 10 Nov 17

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A$1855 Start May12

CODE: WWQE

START ROME & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End May21

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A$2019 Start Jun 16 Jun 21 Jun 23 Jun 28 Jun 30 Jul 05

START ROME & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

Start End Nov 24 Dec 03 Dec 01 Dec 10 Dec 08 ★ Dec 17

A$1855 Start End Dec 15 ★ Dec 24 Dec 22 ★ Dec 31 Dec 29 Jan 07

Start 2019 Jan 05 Jan 08

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$160 FOOD FUND

End Jun 25 Jun 30 Jul 02 Jul 07 Jul 09 Jul 14

Start Jul 07 Jul 12 Jul 14 Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 26

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Start Feb 09 Feb 23 Mar 09

End Feb 18 Mar 04 Mar 18

A$1785 Start Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30

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TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$160 FOOD FUND

End

Jan 14 Jan 17

Start Jan 13

End Jan 22

A$1755 Start Jan 19 Jan 26 Feb 02

End Jan 28 Feb 04 Feb 11

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:15am in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or 6:30pm in London. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 25-day European Quest & 18-day Quest to London trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who have been travelling on these trips. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Private motorboat ride to the historic islands of Venice • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike through cheese making Edam (summer only)

PRAGUE 4

SALZBURG 3

FRANCE

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Gondola Ride, Venice F Eagle’s Nest, Salzburg (summer only) F Volendam Dinner, Amsterdam

6 BERLIN

GERMANY

AMSTERDAM


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WINE TASTE & BEACH HOP ACROSS EUROPE’S CHICEST HOT SPOTS

ROME ITALY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 15

21

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS 15 nights quad-share hotel/ hostel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 15 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Cabaret Show, Paris F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona F Cruise around the Isle of Capri (Summer only), Sorrento NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

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backstreets & Gothic Quarter

#QUESTTOROME

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WINTER 2018/19

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A$2895 Start May04 May11

CODE: WWQR

A$2809 Start Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16

START

4

DAY 12 - 13 Sorrento Boating, beautiful islands & a backdrop of cliff-edge houses – there’s nowhere in the world quite like Sorrento. With two nights here, there will be no need to hurry, you’ll be free to laze under a striped umbrella or roam around the Isle of Capri. (B)(B,D)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Team this morning in London, or this afternoon in Paris. (D)

Valley of the Somme

8

St-Jean-de-Luz Pyrenees Mountains

Monaco

Vatican City

NICE END

Zaragoza SPAIN

6

14 16

BARCELONA

DAY 11 Florence After a visit to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll cruise on towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B) F Tuscan Evening

DAY 3 Bordeaux We’ll sip wine & admire vines in this elegant & picturesque French city. (B)

DAY 4 - 5 San Sebastian For two nights we’ll drift between sea dips & pintxos bar in the picturesque coastal town of San Sebastian. (B,D)(B) DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona Stopping in the ancient Roman town of Zaragoza, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B)(B,D) F Flamenco show with dinner

ROME Pompeii

SORRENTO

12

Isle of Capri

DAY 10 Cinque Terre Soaking up the sunshine & iconic Italian setting of Monterosso, we’ll sip local wine & take a dip in the crystal Ligurian Sea. (B)

DAY 8 - 9 Nice Rubbing shoulders with the rich & famous, we’ll shop boutiques & stroll outdoor markets in Nice. When the sun drops & the perfumeries shut up shop, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo Casino. (B,D)(B) F Monaco dinner

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A$2835 Start Mar 30 Apr 13 Apr 27

London Dover

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

1 PARIS DAY 2 Paris Explore hidden coffee DAY 14 - 15 Rome shops or grab a bike & find a picnic Indulging our newfound appetite for spot by the Eiffel Tower; the day will be all things Italian, we’ll leave Sorrento Loire Valley yours. (B) via ancient Pompeii in search of F Parisian dinner Rome. Here we will spend two nights FRANCE visiting historic monuments in a whirl of Vespas, pasta & culture. (B,D)(B) 3 BORDEAUX CINQUE ITALY F Guided tour of Pompeii TERRE 10 F Guided tour of the Vatican SAN Pisa 11 FLORENCE F Cooking class & dinner SEBASTIAN

1

Night’ tour

START

ENGLAND

DAY 16 Rome Time to give your travel pals a kiss on each cheek; you’ll feel very at home in Europe by the end of this trip. (B)

• Exclusive ‘Paris by • Explore Barcelona’s

9AM ROME

End May19 May26

A$2989 Start May18 May23 May25 Jun 01

CODE: CCQRM

End Jun 02 Jun 07 Jun 09 Jun 16

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START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ROME

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End Dec 08 Dec 15 Dec 22

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ROME

End Jun 21 Jun 23 Jun 28

A$3145 Start Jun 15 Jun 20 Jun 22 Jun 27

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TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$320 FOOD FUND

Start Jun 29 Jul 04 Jul 06 Jul 11

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End

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Start Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 08 Aug 10

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End Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 13 Oct 20

A$2785 Start Mar 15

End Mar 30

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$360 FOOD FUND

Start End Dec 14 ★ Dec 29

A$2905 Start End Dec 21 ★ Jan 05 Dec 24 ★ Jan 08 Dec 29 Jan 13

Start 2019 Jan 04 Jan 11

Jan 19 Jan 26

* Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Please note Trip starts 7:30am (6:45am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Vienna. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a wider adventure. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the European Quest. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.63.

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18 DAYS

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A$3075 *

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DISCOVERER

QUEST TO LONDON A$171 *PP/PD

FROM

A TASTY BLEND OF MEDITERRANEAN COASTLINES & EASTERN EUROPEAN CULTURE

BERLIN GERMANY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 17

24

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS 17 nights quad-share hotel/ hostel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 17 breakfasts (B), 7 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Eagle’s Nest (summer only), Salzburg F Historical Walking Tour, Berlin NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

DAY 11 Salzburg Pastel riverside terraces will mark our arrival into scenic Salzburg. Home to Mozart & The Sound of Music, there is no shortage of culture to explore in this city. (B) DAY 12 - 13 Prague Out of Austria, we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. (B,D)(B) F Bunker tour DAY 14 - 15 Berlin After a hop through Dresden, we’ll arrive in the cool capital of Berlin. Go deep into the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. (B,D)(B) F Historical walking tour DAY 16 - 17 Amsterdam Museums, cafēs & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eccentric city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. (B,D)(B) F Canal cruise

• Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional end city

End Apr 23 May07

A$3205 Start Oct 26

CODE: WWQL

London Dover Calais

END

GERMANY

BELGIUM

Dresden

PRAGUE 12

CZECH REP

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

FRANCE

DAY 18 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

SALZBURG 11

CINQUE TERRE 3

Verona

START

1 BARCELONA

9 VENICE

4 FLORENCE

NICE

SPAIN

AUSTRIA

ITALY

Pisa

2 Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

START

14 BERLIN

7

ROME Vatican City Pompeii

SORRENTO 5

DAY 5 - 6 Sorrento Boating, beautiful islands & a backdrop of cliff-edge houses – there’s nowhere in the world quite like Sorrento. With two nights, you’ll be free to laze under a striped umbrella or roam around the Isle of Capri. (B)(B,D) DAY 4 Florence After a visit to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll cruise on towards Florence. (B)

Isle of Capri

7:15AM BARCELONA

DAY 2 Nice We’ll shop boutiques & stroll outdoor markets in Nice. When the sun drops & the perfumeries shut up shop, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo Casino. (B) F Monaco dinner

DAY 1 Barcelona to Nice Today we’ll meet in the seaside city of Barcelona before hitting the road. It will be heart eyes all round as we pass the Côte d’Azur & the enchanting region of Provence. (D)

DAY 7 - 8 Rome We’ll leave Sorrento via ancient Pompeii. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments in a whirl of Vespas, pasta & culture. (B,D)(B) F Guided tour of Pompeii F Guided tour of the Vatican F Cooking class & dinner

DAY 3 Cinque Terre The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre will keep this day brightly coloured. Soaking up the sunshine & iconic Italian setting of Monterosso, we’ll sip local wine & take a dip in the crystal Ligurian Sea. (B)

A$3359 Start May18 May25 May30 Jun 01 Jun 08

CODE: CCQLM

End Jun 04 Jun 11 Jun 16 Jun 18 Jun 25

Start Jun 13

START BARCELONA & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Jun 30

START BARCELONA & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

A$3535 Start Jun 15 Jun 20 Jun 22 Jun 27 Jun 29

End Jul 02 Jul 07 Jul 09 Jul 14 Jul 16

Start Jul 04 Jul 06 Jul 11 Jul 13 Jul 18

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$330 FOOD FUND

End Jul 21 Jul 23 Jul 28 Jul 30 Aug 04

Start Jul 20 Jul 25 Jul 27 Aug 01 Aug 03

End Aug 06 Aug 11 Aug 13 Aug 18 Aug 20

Start Aug 10

End Aug 27

A$3405 Start Aug 15 Aug 17 Aug 22 Aug 24 Aug 31

End Sep 01 Sep 03 Sep 08 Sep 10 Sep 17

Start Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Oct 05 Oct 12

End Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08 Oct 22 Oct 29

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$340 FOOD FUND

A$3075 A$3135 End Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End 2019 Jan 07 Jan 18 Feb 04 Jan 25 Feb 11 Mar 01 Mar 18 Mar 15 Apr 01 Jan 14 Jan 05 Jan 22 Feb 01 Feb 18 Mar 08 Mar 25 Mar 22 Apr 08 Jan 17 Jan 11 Jan 28 Feb 15 Mar 04 * Prices above are based on quad-share accommodation, for more information see p.192. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:15am in Barcelona & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or 6:30pm in London. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 25-day European Quest trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a group of other travellers who are already travelling on these trips. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the group. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. End Nov 12

A$3159 Start Nov 02 Nov 09 Nov 16

End May21 May28

18 16 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

DAY 9 - 10 Venice From Verona to Venice, these two nights will see us smitten by romantic Italy. We’ll fall head over heels for the “floating city.” (B,D)(B) F Gondola ride

End Nov 19 Nov 26 Dec 03

Start End Nov 23 Dec 10 Nov 30 ★ Dec 17 Dec 07 ★ Dec 24

Start End Dec 14 ★ Dec 31

A$3275 Start Dec 21 Dec 28 Dec 31

CONTIKI.COM/QUEST-LONDON

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#QUESTTOLONDON

WINTER 2018/19

A$3255 Start May04 May11

NETHERLANDS

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$3179 Start Apr 06 Apr 20

END


EUROPEAN PANORAMA 28 DAYS

|

13 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$6379 *

|

FROM

A$228 *PP/PD

CHECK OUT THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF THE COASTS, CITIES & CULTURE

#EUPANORAMA

FLORENCE ITALY

My Contiki was one of the best things I have ever done; it covered everywhere I wanted to see! I will be recommending Contiki to all my friends back home as it truly was a trip of a lifetime!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @_OBY

68 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@CONTIKIJAH

CONTIKI.COM/PANORAMA

@HARRY83

Aimee Jack


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 40

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

25 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 2 nights on board ferries

27 breakfasts (B), 13 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona F Captain’s Cruise, Corfu F Paragliding, Tyrol

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

END

DAY 28 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

DAY 25 Rhine Valley Cruising into the wine villages & old world charm of Rhine Valley, we’ll ogle at vineyards & fairytale castles. Soaking up river scenery & drinking local wine – what more could us cultured travellers ask for? (B,D) F Wine Tasting

DAY 23 - 24 Swiss Alps We’ll pass through the tiny country of Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne on our way to two nights in the Swiss Alps. World-famous chocolate & a breathtaking mountain setting will be ours to lap up until departure. (B,D)(B,D) F Swiss Mountain

RHINE 25 VALLEY

BELGIUM

GERMANY

MUNICH

PARIS

Château Chambord

22

17

Pisa

6

Carcassonne

8

VENICE

DAY 13 - 15 Corfu Slipping onto island time we’ll arrive in the idyllic Greek Islands. The second largest Ionian island will host us for three days, giving us endless hours to soak up Corfu’s glistening seas & breezy beach life. (B,D)(B)(B,D) F Ionian Dinner Experience

FLORENCE

Monaco ITALY

FRENCH RIVIERA

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME

SPAIN

16

Pyrenees Mountains

AUSTRIA Dolomite Mountains

SWISS ALPS

BORDEAUX

DAY 16 Italy Continuing with the theme of sun, salt & sea, we’ll hit the waters & cruise the Adriatic by ferry. When we next plant our feet on solid ground it will be in fairytale Venice. (B)

TYROL

Liechtenstein

23 Lucerne 3

19

Mauthausen

SWITZ

9 4

Vatican City

DAY 6 - 7 French Riviera With glitz & glamour calling our names, we’ll head on to the French Riviera. When the sun drops & the boutique stores shut up shop, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo Casino. (B,D)(B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

SORRENTO 11

DAY 8 Florence After a visit to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll cruise on towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. (B)

DAY 9 - 10 Rome In a whirl of Vespas, pasta & culture, we’ll arrive in the captivating capital of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B)

DAY 19 - 20 Vienna Here in Vienna, we’ll soak up schnapps & strudel, & visit the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst it all. (B,D)(B) F Schnapps Museum

VIENNA

21

FRANCE

Loire Valley

DAY 21 Munich Today we’ll head on to the German city of Munich, taking a sobering visit to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial on the way. On arrival in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

DAY 17 - 18 Venice Exploring the narrow alleyways & grand square of this “floating city” will inspire an endless reel of photo opportunities. We’ll have two nights to meander through its artistic palazzi & be swept up by its undeniable charisma. (B)(B) F Gondola Ride

Valley of the Somme

BARCELONA DAY 4 - 5 Barcelona Stopping in medieval Carcassonne, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B,D)(B)

AMSTERDAM

26

START

1

1

DAY 22 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll arrive in the adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Wild thrills or mega chills will be yours for two nights in this scenic mountain village. (B,D) F Whitewater Rafting

Dover Calais

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique shopping & all things quintessentially French. Explore hidden coffee shops or grab a bike & find a picnic spot by the Eiffel; the day will be yours. (B) F Cabaret Dinner & Show

DAY 3 Bordeaux Producing tonnes of grape juice per year, a visit to Bordeaux is essential. We’ll sip wine & admire vines in this elegant & picturesque French city. (B,D)

28

END

ENGLAND London

Concentration Camp Memorial • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter

DAY 26 - 27 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eccentric city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts, we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. (B,D)(B)

NETHERLANDS Edam

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, ready to see the chalky White Cliffs of Dover en route to Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our exploring & marvelling monuments - hello Eiffel Tower! (D)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Visit Mauthausen

Pompeii

Bari

GREECE

12

13

CORFU

IONIAN SEA

DAY 11 Sorrento Boating, beautiful islands, & a backdrop of cliff-edge houses – there’s nowhere in the world quite like Sorrento. Laze under a striped umbrella & capture endless reels of this photogenic vista. (B) F Visit Amalfi Coast & Positano

DAY 12 Adriatic Ferry Our last slice of Italian eye candy will be Naples & Mt.Vesuvius, with a tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. Then it will be time to say goodbye to the immensely ‘bella’ boot & board our overnight ferry to Greece. (B) F Guided tour of Pompeii

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$6379 Start Apr 30

CODE: BBHM

End May27

A$6545 Start May07

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Jun 03

A$6715 Start May21 Jun 04

End Jun 17 Jul 01

Start Jun 11

End Jul 08

A$6985 Start Jun 18 Jun 25

End Jul 15 Jul 22

Start Jul 09 Jul 23

End Aug 05 Aug 19

Start Aug 06

End Sep 02

A$6715 Start End Aug 20 Sep 16 Sep 03 ● Sep 30

Start End Sep 10 ● Oct 07

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1695 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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EUROPEAN EXPLORER 33 DAYS

|

18/19 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

+ MYKONOS ISLAND OR GREEK ISLAND CRUISING OPTIONS

A$8239 *

|

FROM

A$250 *PP/PD

GET READY TO SEE IT ALL AS YOU DELVE INTO A COLOSSAL AMOUNT OF COUNTRIES

#EUEXPLORER

DUBROVNIK CROATIA

Contiki was such a great way to have a holiday. Everything was super organised which was perfect. We had the best Trip Manager. He went above and beyond to help us out with everything we needed.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ANDREAKATS

70 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MICHAEL.ANGELINI

CONTIKI.COM/EXPLORER

@TALESOFATOURGUIDE

Jenna Dunley


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

START

7:30AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Contiki Team this morning in London, ready to see the chalky White Cliffs of Dover en route to Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our exploring & monuments marvelling - hello Eiffel Tower! (D)

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

Mykonos Island option. 52 included meals for Greek Island option. (See p.72 for full breakdown of meals)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Cabaret Show & Dinner, Paris F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona F A Classic Night out with Dinner, Vienna

DAY 33 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B)

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique shopping & all things quintessentially French. Explore hidden cafes or grab a bike & find a picnic spot by the Eiffel; the day will be yours. (B)

sightseeing tour

• Day trip to the Isle of Capri

DAY 27 Munich Today we’ll head on to the German city of Munich, taking a sobering visit to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial on the way. On arrival in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

END

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Special access Rome

DAY 31 - 32 Amsterdam A morning cycle will take us to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained long into the evening. (B,D)(B) F Canal Cruise

DAY 25 - 26 Vienna Here in Vienna, we’ll soak up schnapps & strudel, & visit the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst it all. (B)(B)

DAY 24 Zadar An intoxicating mix of history & contemporary, the untapped Zadar will impress us to no end. Here you can watch the sun drop while in the ocean listening to the sea organ chime. (B,D)

DAY 28 - 29 Lucerne We’ll pass through the tiny country of Liechtenstein on our way to two nights in the Swiss Alps. Worldfamous chocolate & a breathtaking mountain setting will be ours to lap up until departure. (B)(B) F Swiss Mountain

DAY 22 - 23 Dubrovnik Motoring along the dazzling Adriatic coastline through tiny Montenegro, we’ll make our way to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. A UNESCO World Heritage site of mega clubs & seafood restaurants, we’ll lose sense of time indulging in this playground. (B,D)(B,D) F Dubrovnik Cruise

NETHERLANDS Edam

33 31

END

ENGLAND

AMSTERDAM

DAY 30 Rhine Valley Cruising into the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley, we’ll ogle at vineyards & fairytale castles. The rest of our day will be spent soaking up river scenery & taking a lesson in crafting beer steins. (B,D)

GERMANY

London

30

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

RHINE VALLEY

START

Valley of the Somme

PARIS

1

MUNICH

FRANCE

27

Fontainebleau

DAY 3 Lyon Moving through Burgundy we’ll take a fanciful stop at the 12th century Château Fontainebleau. With restaurants & colourful buildings France’s gastronomic capital is a pleasure to the senses. (B)

Burgundy Region

28

AUSTRIA

Swiss Alps

SLOVENIA Verona

3

8

6

Monaco

10

VENICE

FLORENCE

SPAIN

BARCELONA

24

Split

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

22

DUBROVNIK MONTENEGRO

ROME

Vatican City

Pompeii

13

21

Bari

SORRENTO

TIRANA

ALBANIA

Isle of Capri

DAY 6 - 7 French Riviera With glitz & glamour calling our names, we’ll head on to the French Riviera. When the sun drops & the perfumeries shut up shop, we’ll roll the dice at the Monte Carlo Casino. (B,D)(B) F Monaco dinner

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

DAY 8 - 9 Venice Exploring the narrow alleyways & grand square of this “floating city” will inspire an endless reel of photo opportunities. We’ll have two nights to meander through its artistic palazzos & be swept up by its undeniable charisma. (B,D)(B) F Gondola Ride

DAY 10 Florence Today we’ll roll through Tuscan hills in search of Florence. Here a Local Guide will lead us through the secret streets & sacred art surrounding the majestic Duomo cathedral. (B) F Tuscan Evening

ISLAND OR CRUISE OPTION DAY 16 - 20 YOUR CHOICE Settle down in Mykonos or cruise the Greek Islands, these four days will be your choice. (B)

ZADAR

ADRIATIC SEA

11 4

CROATIA

ITALY

FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

DAY 21 Tirana Undergoing an awakening from its repressed past, Tirana will surprise & delight with its vibrant & forward-thinking nature. Tirana will spark your fondness for Albania. (B,D)

25

Liechtenstein

Pisa

DAY 4 - 5 Barcelona From the Pyrénées Mountains to the Mediterranean coastline, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B,D)(B)

VIENNA

SWITZ

LUCERNE LYON

Mauthausen

GREECE

14

DAY 11 - 12 Rome In a whirl of Vespas, pasta & culture, we’ll arrive in the captivating capital of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. (B,D)(B) F Guided Tour of Vatican

DAY 13 Sorrento Boating, beautiful islands or a backdrop of cliff-edge houses – there’s nowhere in the world quite like Sorrento. Cruising in from Naples via Capri, we can capture endless reels of this photogenic vista. (B)

20

PREVEZA Corinth Canal

IONIAN SEA

Patras

DAY 14 Adriatic Ferry Our last slice of Italian eye candy will be Naples & Mt.Vesuvius, with an optional tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. Then it will be time to say goodbye to the immensely ‘bella’ boot & board our overnight ferry to Greece. (B)

15

ATHENS MYKONOS ISLAND OR CRUISING OPTION SEE MAPS P.72

DAY 15 Athens Motoring down the narrow trench of the Corinth Canal, we’ll make our way to mythological Athens. Swapping seaside for city, the bright lights & ancient relics will mark our time in this capital city. (B) F A Traditional Athens Affair

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32 NIGHTS IN HOTELS & 1 ON A FERRY 31 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation, 1 night on board a ferry, see p.72 for full breakdown.

TOP EXPERIENCES


DISCOVERER

EUROPEAN EXPLORER 33 DAYS | 18 COUNTRIES |

A$8239 * |

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 32

46

INCLUDED MEALS 32 breakfasts (B) 14 dinners (D)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Hidden Treasures, Mykonos F Island Tour, Delos

CONTIKI.COM/ EXPLORER-MYKONOS

16

START

17

ATHENS

DAY 16 Start Athens to Mykonos From anise-flavoured aperitifs to ancient architecture, you’ll have time to absorb all things Athens. We’ll then board our ferry feeling very island ready, & make our way to the pristine shores of Mykonos. (B) F Hidden Treasures of Mykonos

CONTINUE

DAY 17 - 19 Mykonos Windmills, white buildings & dreamy sunsets will mark our arrival in Mykonos! This party mecca will be ours for 3 whole nights, leaving us sun-kissed, salt-soaked & bursting with very fond memories. (B,D)(B)(B,D)

Itinerary day

SUMMER 2018 CODE: BBHE EUROPEAN EXPLORER + MYKONOS ISLAND OPTION

A$8239 Start Apr 29

End May31

A$8455 Start May13

START START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

A$8675 Start May27 Jun 10

End Jun 14

End Jun 28 Jul 12

#EUEXPLORER

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Medieval tour, Rhodes & Lindos F Islands & volcanoes, Santorini NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Guided tour through Ancient Ephesus

CONTIKI.COM/ EXPLORER-CRUISE 72 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Start Jun 17 Jun 24

End Jul 19 Jul 26

Start Jul 01 Jul 08

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$200 PORT TAXES & GRATUITIES

End Aug 02 Aug 09

Start Jul 22 Aug 05

End Aug 23 Sep 06

Start End Aug 19 Sep 20 Sep 02 ● Oct 04

Start End Sep 09 ● Oct 11

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$2659 & tripleshare reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

FROM

A$8585 * | 16

+ GREEK ISLAND CRUISE OPTION FROM

A$260 *PP/PD

ATHENS

AEGEAN SEA

START

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & ON CRUISE SHIPS, FERRY 27 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation, 4 nights on board a cruise ship, 1 night on board a ferry

ESSENTIALS Unlimited drinks package including beer, wine, local spirits and soft drink. An experienced On-Board Cruise Rep. See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 20 Continue Preveza Feeling sufficiently lulled by island life, we’ll head back to the mainland of Greece. We’ll then make our way through the country’s picturesque mountains before arriving in coastal Preveza. (B,D)

H O W MUC H & W H EN

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

52

19

MYKONOS

33 DAYS | 19 COUNTRIES |

INCLUDED MEALS 32 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 16 dinners (D)

AEGEAN SEA

START

EUROPEAN EXPLORER

32

A$250 *PP/PD

ATHENS

1

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Athens guided tour • See the famous windmills of Mykonos • Visit Paradise Beach, Mykonos

FROM

GREECE

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & 1 ON A FERRY 31 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation, 1 night on board a ferry

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

#EUEXPLORER

FROM

+ MYKONOS ISLAND OPTION

Kusadasi

GREECE

START

Mykonos Patmos

Santorini Rhodes CONTINUE

DAY 20 Continue Preveza Feeling sufficiently lulled by island life, we’ll head back to the mainland of Greece. We’ll then make our way through the country’s picturesque mountains before arriving in coastal Preveza. (B,D)

1

Places visited Itinerary day

Crete

DAY 19 Santorini After a stint in Crete, it will be on to those iconic blue & white dome buildings! Donkeys, wineries, & lazy beach hangs will be yours to absorb in Santorini. (B,L,D) F Guided tour of the Minoan Palace

ATHENS

TURKEY

DAY 18 Rhodes The Dodecanese Island of Rhodes offers a class in culture & history or the chance to beach hop & party. However you choose to tackle this magical island, it will not leave you disappointed. (B,L,D)

DAY 16 Athens to Mykonos Ships ahoy! This morning we’ll hit the waters & cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos. Windmills, white buildings & dreamy sunsets – this party mecca is ours for the evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 17 Patmos The unspoilt island of Patmos will be ours after exploring the resort clad Kusadasi. Colourful bazaars & local tavernas will be waiting if you can drag yourself out of the water. (B,L,D) F Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018 CODE: BHEC EUROPEAN EXPLORER + GREEK ISLAND CRUISE OPTION

A$8585 Start Apr 29

End May31

A$8795 Start May13

End Jun 14

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

A$9009 Start May27 Jun 10

End Jun 28 Jul 12

A$9265 Start Jun 17 Jun 24

End Jul 19 Jul 26

Start Jul 01 Jul 08

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$400 PORT TAXES & GRATUITIES

End Aug 02 Aug 09

Start Jul 22 Aug 05

End Aug 23 Sep 06

A$9009 Start End Aug 19 Sep 20 Sep 02 ● Oct 04

Start End Sep 09 ● Oct 11

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$2585 & tripleshare reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.


LOOKING FOR A TRAVEL EXPERIENCE THAT SPEAKS TO YOUR GREATEST PASSIONS? Want to spend your time nibbling your way down the Mediterranean coastline, or exploring Italy via chic, boutique hotels? Back by popular demand, our 2 refreshed Limited Edition trips, Munch & Boutique Local, will run for a second year running. But how do these differ from a regular Contiki? Well, they’re built around experiences designed to help you realise and unleash your biggest passions. EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN Consider yourself a foodie whose travel plans consist of following your nose to discover the most local, authentic and exquisite food? Our Munch trip is for you. Journeying the divine Mediterranean coastline, you’ll spend your days alternatively exploring and tasting the region famed globally for its foodie offerings. And it doesn’t stop at the tasting; we’ll also have you cooking up a storm, courtesy of our food orientated experiences, not to mention learning what makes the food of the region so flippin’ magical, from our equally food obsessed (and culinary trained) Trip Managers. EXPLORE ITALY IN STYLE Do your passions lie more in discovering every quirk and nuance of a country, with a little side helping of cool living? If so, Boutique Local is probably for you. Deep diving into all of Italy’s glorious offerings by day, this trip adds the je ne sais quoi by staying exclusively in independent hotels. We’re talking Instagram worthy decor, crisp white sheets and breakfast spreads of dreams. I mean, if you’re gonna do Italy, you may as well do it in comfort, right? Read on for more

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13 DAYS

|

5 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$3459 *

|

FROM

A$267 *PP/PD

A DELICIOUS TRIP TO MUNCH YOUR WAY AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN W H AT Y O U N E E D TO K N OW

12

14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

@EATINGUPWITHTHEHANNASHIANS

@BURNTBOXLONDON

@EATINGUPWITHTHEHANNASHIANS

@AMANTEFALKENSTEIN

@AMANTEFALKENSTEIN

@HAYDEN_QUINN

INCLUDED MEALS 10 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D), including a VizEat dining experience

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 8 AVIGNON After a whirl around Aix-en-Provence’s tree-arched streets, we’ll pull up in the old Papal town of Avignon. You might want to settle in to a typical French charcuterie and eat your way through the local delicacies. (B)

DAY 9 & 10 BARCELONA Out of France, we’ll find ourselves in beachside Barcelona, where a VizEat tapas cooking class with trained local chef awaits us. We’ll be introduced to the very best tapas bars and guided through the delicacies of a local Spanish market. A few sangrias will seal off our Barca adventure. (B,D)(B) F Flamenco Show & Dinner SPAIN

DAY 6 & 7 FRENCH RIVIERA Arriving by the sapphire waters and endless glamour of the French Riviera, we’ll begin sampling the unique flavours of this region. We’ll be treated to an included team dinner, take a food tour of Nice Old Town, & shop for lavender and local honey at the local markets. (B)(B,D) F French Riviera Dinner

DAY 5 ITALIAN RIVIERA Today we’ll visit the leaning Tower of Pisa (cue many #fail photos) then head on to the Italian Riviera. The 18 kilometres of romantic crumbling cliffs and fishing ports of the Cinque Terre offer us local delicacies like pasta with pesto and wine soaked mussels – yes please. (B)

ITALY FRANCE Cinque Terre

AVIGNON 8

Monaco

Aix-enProvence

Pyrenees Mountains

6

PISA/ ITALIAN RIVERIA 5 3 FLORENCE

FRENCH RIVIERA

San Gimignano

1

Zaragoza

9

END

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BARCELONA

13 11

START

ROME

#CONTIKIMUNCH

S U M M E R 2 018 CODE: BBMM

START MADRID

Start

Finish

Jun 23 Sep 1

A$ pp Jul 5 3459 Sep 13 3459

Madrid

Total Cost

Rome

FROM A$267 PER DAY

START

END

AFTER BREAKFAST

DAY 13 END MADRID With tummies round and satisfied, our trip will come to an end. We’ll wrap up after a final scrumptious breakfast, making plans to unite for another food extravaganza. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

4:00PM ROME

DAY 1 & 2 ROME Kicking off in the delectable land of pasta, we’ll check into our hotel before our first team catch up. From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome’s sights will be trumped only by the optional cooking class & traditional pizza party. (B,D)(B) F Italian Cooking Class

1

Places visited Itinerary day

CONTIKI.COM/MUNCH

74 44 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

DAY 3 & 4 FLORENCE Before arriving in the heart of Tuscany, we’ll take a detour to get amongst the grape vines and olive groves to sample the local wine. We’ll then continue on to Florence, where you’ll likely be getting well acquainted with the world’s oldest gelateria.

Vatican City

MADRID DAY 11 & 12 MADRID Driving out of Barcelona we pass Zaragoza, where pretty bridges & Baroque buildings are only overshadowed by the delicious local Spanish fare. Landing in Madrid, we’ll share dinner with some locals, and tuck into paella and tangy gazpacho and learn the history of the city’s famous sites. (D)(B) F Farewell Dinner

CHECK OUT #CONTIKIMUNCH FOR ALL THE TRAVELLERS’ MEMORIES FROM CONTIKI MUNCH 2017

SEE P.46 FOR FINER DETAILS

S U M M E R 2 018 CODE: BBMR

START ROME

Start

Finish

Jun 11 Aug 20

A$ pp Jun 23 3459 Sep 1 3459

Rome

Madrid

Total Cost

FROM A$267 PER DAY SEE P.46 FOR FINER DETAILS


boutique Local 12 DAYS

|

2 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$3689 *

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FROM

A$308 *PP/PD

THE LOCALS’ VIEW OF ITALY’S TRENDIEST CITIES, IN THE COMFIEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS W H AT Y O U N E E D TO KN OW

11

14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 11 nights twin or triple-share boutique hotel accommodation BAGLIONI HOTEL REGINA ROME

HOTEL CONTINENTAL VENICE

HOTEL NH LA SPEZIA

LUXE BATHTIMES

VESPA RIDES FLROENCE

BOAT TRIPS LAKE COMO

INCLUDED MEALS 11 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 6 & 7 VENICE Keeping on the theme of romantic Italian cities, we’ll hop from Florence to the Romeo & Juliet setting of fair Verona. We’ll then arrive amidst the famous canals of Venice, where we’ll dabble in Passeggiata, the Italian art Lake of evening walking and delight in Garda drifting gondolas. (B)(B) Verona 6 F Evening Passeggiata of Venice VENICE F Burano Island Cruise & Dinner F Gondola Ride

DAY 8 MILAN VIA LAKE GARDA Once sufficiently charmed by all things Venice, we’ll move on to Roman ruins & a fable like castle by Lake Garda. Once in the cool and cultured mecca of Milan, we’ll shop the arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and enjoy the unsurpassed Italian elegance MILAN 8 of this city. (B) F Lake Cruise DAY 9 ITALIAN RIVIERA Trading our sleek city get up for some suave boating attire, we’ll move from Milan to the Italian Riviera. Here in the stunning Cinque Terre region, we’ll enjoy wine soaked mussels and watch a dreamy sunset by the water. (B)

9 Cinque Terre

ITALIAN RIVIERA Pisa

4

FLORENCE Chianti Region Apennine Mountains ITALY

DAY 10 & 11 ROME Shortly after leaving the Italian Riviera, we’ll find ourselves sitting by the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We’ll then pass through Tuscan wine country once more before heading back to Rome for another look at Italy’s warmhearted capital. (B)(B) F Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’

END

AFTER BREAKFAST

12 1

ROME

Vatican City

START

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

4:00PM ROME

Isle of Capri

DAY 1 START ROME We’ll arrive in Rome and settle in to our boutique digs, feeling like we’ve walked straight into a home inspiration Pinterest board. Wasting no time getting acquainted with the city, we’ll have a 4pm pow wow before taking to the sights. (D)

2

SORRENTO

DAY 2 SORRENTO This morning we’ll poke our heads around the Vatican City, feeling intensely impressed by the Pope’s choice in decor. We’ll then take a scenic drive to the cliffs of Sorrento, where we’ll learn to make pizza the local way. (B,D)

DAY 3 CAPRI Famous world over for its shimmering beauty and endless glamour, the Isle of Capri will become our reality. Making the most of our time on this precious gem of an island, you can cover it by foot and cool off with dips in the ocean before returning to the lovely town of Sorrento, where we’ll rest our weary well-travelled heads. (B) F Private Capri Cruise (summer only) F Bay of Naples Feast F Locally guided walking tour inc. Ana Capri (winter only)

S U M M E R 2 018 CO D E: B B I B Start

Rome

ION

Jun 20 Jul 29

Finish

Rome

Total Cost

Jul 1 Aug 9

A$ pp 3689 3689

FROM A$308 PER DAY 1

Places visited Itinerary day

SEE P.128 FOR FINER DETAILS

#BOUTIQUELOCAL

DAY 12 END ROME We’ll dive into one last team breakfast and say heartfelt goodbyes, wrap up our time on tour and prepare to return to the normality of our real lives. Making plans for another boutique trip is the only way to ease the pain. (B)

START END

DAY 4 & 5 FLORENCE After casting our last wistful stares upon the Gulf of Naples, we’ll head to where the Tuscan sun dances on groves of succulent olives. In Florence, we’ll take you to all the iconic musts, and leave you free to make myriad, uncover your very own Florence of your own local discoveries. (B,D)(B) F Pompeii Guided Walking Tour F Space Electronic Disco F Group Photo in Florence F Tuscan Evening

CONTIKI.COM/BOUTIQUE-LOCAL

EUROPE SUMMER SUMMER 2018 2018 45 75 EUROPE


High Energy EXPLORE, PARTY, SLEEP, REPEAT

OK crew, if you want to explore Europe’s biggest and best by day (we’re talking Amsterdam, Rome, Prague, Barcelona & Ibiza just to get you started) and then keep the good times rolling after dark, High Energy is probably your vibe. Designed for those who want to clock the miles in Europe whilst also shimmying and shaking to some of the best parties on the continent, High Energy is fast, vast and fabulous. Did we mention these are the only trips that stay in our Special Stopovers in summer? See that fabulous Château on the front of this brochure? That’s where you’ll be sleeping on a High Energy trip.

ARE YOU A HIGH ENERGY TRAVELLER? •

Are you equally excited by Europe’s most iconic sights, as the nightlife you know is the stuff of legends?

Do you want to see your budget go further whilst not compromising on the places you’ll visit?

Do you want to stay in some seriously unique accommodation, like a 16th Century French Château, an Austrian Gasthof, or our cosy cabins?

SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS FROM A$170 P/DAY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION FROM A$241 P/DAY Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions CONTIKI.COM/HIGH-ENERGY

76 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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HIGH ENERGY

IBIZA & BEYOND 9 DAYS

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1 COUNTRY

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FROM

A$1989 *

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FROM

NE W

A$221 *PP/PD

ALL OUT SPANISH FLAVOUR MADE EVEN SWEETER BY A 3 NIGHT IBIZA SOJOURN

IBIZA SPAIN

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 8

10

NIGHTS IN HOTELS/ HOSTELS 8 nights quad-share hotel/ hostel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Flamenco Show & Tapas F Visit to Medieval Toledo F Valencia Cooking Class

END

DAY 1 - 2 Barcelona We’ll join up & kick off in the sultry Spanish city of Barcelona. Exploring the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla & beyond, we won’t leave a pocket of this sizzling city uncovered. Churros & sangria enjoyed at rooftop bars & cosy cafés – we’ll take it all, with a side portion of paella. Hostel (D)(B) F Bike ride F Flamenco show & tapas

9AM MADRID

DAY 9 Madrid Trip ends after breakfast & say farewell to your new friends. (B)

DAY 7 - 8 Madrid From rooftop bars to 1920’s architecture, Madrid holds an unassuming charm & multi-layered persona that’s hard to resist. We’ll bunker down here for the rest of our trip, getting acquainted with every nook & cranny. You’ll be guided by our city tour, & can choose to venture beyond the city skirts to the medieval walled city of Toledo. We’ll then top things off with an optional farewell Española dinner. Hostel (B,D)(B)

4:00PM BARCELONA

DAY 3 - 5 Ibiza Switching from ancient streets to strobe lights, we’ll ferry to the world’s party capital of Ibiza. Life will be dialled up to 100% from the moment we pull up. Day parties, DJs, beach clubs, warehouse bars – this island has earned its reputation as a mecca of good times. Those not fussed on 6am dance floor sessions will find no shortage of enjoyment thanks to the beaches, markets & water sports that abound the island. Hotel (B)(B)(B)

START END

MADRID

9

BARCELONA

1 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

7

SPAIN

VALENCIA

6

3

IBIZA

Denia

DAY 6 Valencia After our Mediterranean Sea sail & a short bout by land, we’ll find ourselves in Valencia, where crumbling coloured buildings meet spaceship looking architecture, & parks & fountains fill the streets. Step one of our cultural immersion will be to sign up for a cook off & dinner – Valencia is the birthplace of Spain’s much adored paella dish. Hotel (B) F Cooking class & dinner

MIX & MATCH

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Madrid City Tour • Barcelona Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

#IBIZABEYOND

START

1

See more & save more! This trip will Mix & Match with Spain, Morocco & Portugal p.134-135. You’ll save 5% with our Multi-trip discount. See p.13.

Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$1989 Start May06

CODE: CCIB

End May14

A$2055 Start May27

START BARCELONA & FINISH MADRID

End Jun 04

Start Jun 10

End Jun 18

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$180 FOOD FUND

A$2175 Start Jun 24

End Jul 02

Start Jul 01

End Jul 09

Start Jul 15

End Jul 23

Start Aug 12

End Aug 20

A$2065 Start Aug 26

End Sep 03

Start Sep 16

End Sep 24

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 4:00pm in Barcelona & ends approx. 9:00am in Madrid. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

78 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/IBIZA-BEYOND


10 DAYS

|

8 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$1835 *

|

FROM

A$184 *PP/PD

DANCE, DRINK,EXPLORE & MAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH 8 COUNTRIES IN 10 DAYS

HIGH ENERGY

EUROPEAN HORIZON

PARIS FRANCE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 9

15

NIGHTS IN CABINS & SPECIAL STOPOVERS Special Stopovers: 1 night Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights Swiss Chalet. 1 night Contiki Village, 4 nights hotel & 1 night hostel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Paragliding, Tyrol F Jungfrau Mountain, Swiss Alps F Cabaret Show, Paris

START

DAY 2 Rhine Valley After a morning roaming the eclectic streets of Amsterdam, we’ll leap into the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our first day in Germany. Hotel (B,D)

6:45AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Hook up with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will whiz past the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite & whirl through Amsterdam’s pretty setting. ENGLAND Hotel (D) F Canal Cruise London

NETHERLANDS

1

START

GERMANY

2

Dover BELGIUM

Calais

END

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 10 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

DAY 8 - 9 Paris Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll marvel at monuments amidst a frenzy of boutique bars & countless baguettes. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Parisian Dinner

DAY 4 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll head out of Munich & on to Austria, arriving in the bucket list ticking adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Explore the nooks of this scenic little mountain village & get to know its wild side with a thrill-seeking experience. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Whitewater Rafting

AMSTERDAM

St Goar

RHINE VALLEY

END

Valley of the Somme

10

8

PARIS

MUNICH

Burgundy Region SWITZ Lucerne

3

AUSTRIA

TYROL

6

FRANCE

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Exclusive ‘Paris by night’ sightseeing tour with champagne & escargot • Our legendary party nights

DAY 3 Munich Saying goodbye to the Rhine, we’ll kick off to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we’ll be wowed by 800 years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Hostel (B)

4

Brenner Pass

DAY 6 - 7 Swiss Alps Lake Como & SWISS Lake Como ALPS 5 lakeside Lucerne will mark our drive from Italy into the Swiss Alps. Then VENICE ITALY it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting, & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

DAY 5 Venice Taking the gorgeous Brenner Pass past orchards & castles, we’ll roll into Italy with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. Contiki Village (B) F Gondola Ride

1

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: CCEH

End Apr 16 Apr 27

A$1909 Start May02 May12

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End May11 May21

A$1969 Start May17 May21 May27 May29 Jun 02 Jun 05

End May26 May30 Jun 05 Jun 07 Jun 11 Jun 14

Start Jun 09 Jun 12

End Jun 18 Jun 21

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$230 FOOD FUND

A$2085 Start Jun 15 Jun 18 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 28

End Jun 24 Jun 27 Jun 30 Jul 03 Jul 04 Jul 07

Start Jun 29 Jul 01 Jul 02 Jul 10 Jul 14 Jul 19

End Jul 08 Jul 10 Jul 11 Jul 19 Jul 23 Jul 28

Start Jul 24 Jul 26 Jul 30 Aug 01 Aug 06 Aug 08

End Aug 02 Aug 04 Aug 08 Aug 10 Aug 15 Aug 17

Start Aug 15 Aug 17 Aug 18

End Aug 24 Aug 26 Aug 27

A$1975 Start Aug 23 Aug 25 Aug 30 Sep 02 Sep 07 Sep 13

End Sep 01 Sep 03 Sep 08 Sep 11 Sep 16 Sep 22

Start End Sep 20 ● Sep 29 Sep 22 ● Oct 01

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● This trip will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

CONTIKI.COM/HORIZON

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 79

#EUHORIZON

A$1835 Start Apr 07 Apr 18


EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS 14 DAYS

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9 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2495 *

|

FROM

A$179 *PP/PD

2 WEEKS SEEING THE BEST OF EUROPE PLUS A STAY IN OUR 16TH CENTURY CHATEAU

#EUHIGHLIGHTS

EDAM THE NETHERLANDS

Contiki is an amazing way for young individuals to travel. I had the most amazing trip, I met wonderful new people, saw incredible sights all over Europe & generally had the time of my life.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @JAKENICC

80 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MADDYDAVIES

CONTIKI.COM/HIGHLIGHTS

@TEAGS_RACHELE

Savannah Klerck


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 18

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 1 night French Château, 4 nights Contiki Villages, 7 nights hotel, & 1 night hostel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

13 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Cabaret Show, Paris F Guided tour of the Vatican, Rome F Gondola ride, Venice

DAY 14 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

14 12

END

ENGLAND

DAY 1 London to Paris Hook up with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

DAY 12 - 13 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Amsterdam Farewell Dinner

AMSTERDAM

sightseeing tour with champagne & escargot • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château

DAY 11 Rhine Valley After a morning visit to Dachau Concentration Camp, we’ll leap into the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our second day in Germany. Hotel (B,D) F Wine Tasting

DAY 10 Munich Saying goodbye to Italy, we’ll kick on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Hostel (B)

GERMANY

London

11

Dover Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’

NETHERLANDS Edam

NORTH SEA

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6.30PM LONDON

END

START

HIGH ENERGY

13

TOP EXPERIENCES

St Goar

BELGIUM

RHINE VALLEY

START

Valley of the Somme

1

Dachau

PARIS

Fontainebleau

MUNICH 10 FRANCE

Burgundy Region

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique bar hopping & all things quintessentially French. Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel during the day & tap into the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B) F Parisian Dinner

AUSTRIA

Tyrol

DAY 9 Rome to Venice Taking the gorgeous Brenner Pass past orchards & castles, we’ll roll on with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. Contiki Village (B) F Secrets of Venice Walking Tour

Beaujolais Region

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

Brenner Pass

3

VENICE

ITALY

9

Apennine Mountains Pisa

6

FLORENCE

Monaco

4

DAY 3 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris, we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards, making tracks for a 16th century Château nestled deep within wine country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for the night. After all, it is owned by Contiki. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

1

1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

DAY 4 - 5 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of The Riviera. When we’re not in the ocean or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)(B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

ADRIATIC SEA

THE RIVIERA 7

ROME Vatican City

DAY 7 - 8 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the grapevines of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D)

DAY 6 Florence After stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2495 Start Apr 03 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 22 Apr 28

CODE: CCPE

End Apr 16 Apr 24 May01 May05 May11

A$2575 Start May02 May12

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End May15 May25

A$2645 Start May16 May19 May21 May26 May28 Jun 02

End May29 Jun 01 Jun 03 Jun 08 Jun 10 Jun 15

Start Jun 06 Jun 08 Jun 10 Jun 13

End Jun 19 Jun 21 Jun 23 Jun 26

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$320 FOOD FUND

A$2809 Start Jun 16 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 24 Jun 27 Jun 28

End Jun 29 Jul 03 Jul 06 Jul 07 Jul 10 Jul 11

Start Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 06 Jul 08 Jul 11 Jul 16

End Jul 14 Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 24 Jul 29

Start Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 22 Jul 25 Jul 29 Aug 01

End Jul 31 Aug 03 Aug 04 Aug 07 Aug 11 Aug 14

Start Aug 05 Aug 09 Aug 15

End Aug 18 Aug 22 Aug 28

A$2679 Start Aug 22 Aug 26 Sep 03 Sep 05 Sep 09 Sep 14 ●

End Sep 04 Sep 08 Sep 16 Sep 18 Sep 22 Sep 27

Start Sep 15 ● Sep 16 ● Sep 19 ● Sep 21 ●

End Sep 28 Sep 29 Oct 02 Oct 04

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● This trip will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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EUROPEAN WHIRL 18 DAYS

|

10 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$3235 *

|

FROM

A$180 *PP/PD

COMBINED HISTORY, ADVENTURE, NATURAL BEAUTY, FOOD & FUN TIMES

#EUWHIRL

BERLIN GERMANY

Along with a very informative and knowledgeable Trip Manager we covered 10 countries in 18 days, visited 10 world heritage sights and became a small family. I wouldn’t have done it any other way, this trip showed us everything.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @_EMMYBEE

82 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@DHANANJAYSINGHPEELWA

CONTIKI.COM/WHIRL

@JIMMY_JWB

Teagan Ball


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 25

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

17 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Paragliding, Tyrol F Jungfrau Mountain, Swiss Alps F Cabaret Show, Paris

Special Stopovers: 1 night Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights Swiss Chalet. 5 nights Contiki Villages, 4 nights hotel & 5 nights hostel accommodation

START

DAY 2 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts, we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Hotel (B) F Canal Cruise

1

START

AMSTERDAM

London Dover ENGLISH CHANNEL

Calais

Dresden

GERMANY BELGIUM

5

Valley of the Somme

18 16

MUNICH

7 8

SWISS ALPS

1

14

Brenner Pass Lake Como

ITALY

9

VENICE

FLORENCE 13

DAY 9 - 10 Venice After a final nod to Tyrol’s crazy ways with the option of a whitewater rafting adventure, we’ll roll into Italy with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Gondola Ride

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

DAY 16 - 17 Paris Today a drive past the vineyards of Burgundy will take us to two nights in Paris - Oui merci! Here in the city of lights & love we’ll marvel at monuments amidst a frenzy of boutique bars & countless baguettes. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Parisian Dinner

11

ROME

Vatican City

DAY 14 - 15 Swiss Alps Lake Como & lakeside Lucerne will mark our drive from Italy into the Swiss Alps. Then it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting, & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

TYROL

SWITZ

10AM PARIS CDG AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 8 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll head on to Austria, arriving in the bucket list ticking adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Explore the nooks of this scenic little mountain village & get to know its wild side with a thrill-seeking experience. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Whitewater Rafting

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

PRAGUE CZECH REP

PARIS

DAY 18 Paris Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

DAY 5 - 6 Prague After a stop in Dresden, we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. Bohemian Prague will dazzle us for two nights non-stop with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. Hostel (B)(B)

DAY 7 Munich Today we’ll head back to Germany – there’s no way we’d miss the city of Munich. On arrival in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800 years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Hostel (B)

3

Edam

ENGLAND

END

DAY 3 - 4 Berlin After a charge down the autobahn, we’ll arrive in the capital of cool, Berlin. Two nights here will give us enough time to go deep on the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. Hostel (B,D)(B) F Historical Walking Tour

BERLIN

NETHERLANDS

1

dijks by bike through cheese-making Edam • Private motorboat to the historic islands of Venice

6:45AM LONDON OR 6PM AMSTERDAM

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Hook up with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Amsterdam. Londonites will whiz past the White Cliffs of Dover & chocolate famed Belgium. By night, the team will unite & whirl through Amsterdam’s pretty setting. Hotel (D)

END

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Explore windmills, canals &

DAY 13 Florence Passing through the grapevines of rural Umbria, we’ll make our way to Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B)

DAY 11 - 12 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Venice & crisscross the Apennine Mountains in search of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Rome of the Emperors & Gladiators inc. Colosseum

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3235 Start Apr 05 Apr 14 Apr 22

CODE: CCEW

End Apr 22 May01 May09

A$3315 Start May01 May13

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH PARIS OR LONDON

End May18 May30

A$3425 Start May15 May24 May27 Jun 03 Jun 06 Jun 09

End Jun 01 Jun 10 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 26

Start Jun 10 Jun 14

End Jun 27 Jul 01

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$440 FOOD FUND

A$3629 Start Jun 15 Jun 17 Jun 22 Jun 25 Jun 28 Jun 30

End Jul 02 Jul 04 Jul 09 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul 17

Start Jul 01 Jul 03 Jul 05 Jul 07 Jul 08 Jul 12

End Jul 18 Jul 20 Jul 22 Jul 24 Jul 25 Jul 29

Start Jul 15 Jul 18 Jul 22 Jul 25 Jul 27 Jul 30

End Aug 01 Aug 04 Aug 08 Aug 11 Aug 13 Aug 16

Start Aug 06 Aug 13 Aug 16 Aug 19

End Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 02 Sep 05

A$3465 Start Aug 26 Aug 28 Sep 11 Sep 17 ● Sep 18 ● Sep 20 ●

End Sep 12 Sep 14 Sep 28 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 07

Start End Sep 22 ● Oct 09

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● This trip will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 83

HIGH ENERGY

17


EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE 20 DAYS

|

11 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$3435 *

|

FROM

A$172 *PP/PD

TAKE A TRIP THROUGH ALL THE EUROPEAN MAJOR CITIES & SIP VINO AT OUR CHATEAU

#EUEXPERIENCE

PARIS FRANCE

A great tour with an amazing Trip Manager, Fabrizio Romeo as well as a brilliant coach driver, Fransisco Antonio Faraia. The trip was well organised with excellent accommodation & a great variety of unforgettable experiences which covered several countries.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @DANIELLEMARIE_

84 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@LUKEMARTIN31

CONTIKI.COM/EXPERIENCE

@RINA_TEIX

Adam Barbarich


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 32

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 2 nights French Château, 2 nights Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights Swiss Chalet. 6 nights in Contiki Villages, 1 night hostel & 6 nights hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

19 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 12 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Gondola Ride, Venice F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum, Rome F Rafting, Tyrol

END

DAY 20 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

DAY 18 - 19 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Canal Cruise

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 1 London to Paris Hook up with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with champagne & escargot • French countryside picnic • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château

DAY 17 Rhine Valley Leaping through Heidelberg, we’ll arrive in the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our second stint in Germany. Hotel (B,D) F Wine Tasting

DAY 14 Munich Leaving Tyrol & its wild village vibes, we’ll head on to the German city of Munich. Paying tribute to Germany’s tumultuous past, we’ll take a sombre visit to Dachau Concentration Camp. Later, we’ll arrive in the home of Oktoberfest & be wowed by 800-years of history. Hostel (B)

NETHERLANDS Edam ENGLAND

20 18

END

AMSTERDAM GERMANY

London Dover

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique bar hopping & all things quintessentially French. Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel during the day & tap into the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B) F Parisian Cabaret Show

17

ENGLISH Calais CHANNEL

St Goar

BELGIUM

RHINE VALLEY

START

Valley of the Somme

1

Heidelberg

Fontainebleau

14

Beaujolais Region

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

15

Liechtenstein Lucerne

SWISS ALPS

3

5

TYROL

12

AUSTRIA

Brenner Pass

ITALY

Pisa

6

10

VENICE

FLORENCE

DAY 10 - 11 Venice With the Italian capital officially uncovered, we’ll hit the road with our compass pointing towards Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Hidden Venice Guided Walking Tour With Aperitivo

Monaco

THE RIVIERA DAY 5 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of the Riviera. When we’re not in the Mediterranean Sea or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)

1

MUNICH

FRANCE SWITZ

DAY 3 - 4 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris, we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards, making tracks for a 16th century Château nestled deep within wine country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for 2 nights. After all, it is owned by Contiki. (B,D)(B,PL,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

DAY 12 - 13 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll head on to Austria, arriving in the bucket list ticking adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Explore the nooks of this scenic little mountain village & get to know its wild side with a thrill-seeking experience. (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch

Dachau

PARIS

Burgundy Region

1

DAY 15 - 16 Swiss Alps Lakeside Lucerne & the teeny country of Liechtenstein will mark our drive from Germany into the Swiss Alps. Then it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting, & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Jungfrau Mountain

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

8

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

DAY 6 - 7 Florence After stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Florence Disco

ROME Vatican City

DAY 8 - 9 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the grapevines of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Guided tour of the Vatican

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3435 Start Apr 02 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr 27

CODE: CCMX

End Apr 21 May05 May12 May16

A$3539 Start May07

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End May26

A$3645 Start May17 May23 May31 Jun 06 Jun 11

End Jun 05 Jun 11 Jun 19 Jun 25 Jun 30

Start Jun 14

End Jul 03

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$500 FOOD FUND

A$3865 Start Jun 18 Jun 20 Jun 22 Jun 25 Jun 27

End Jul 07 Jul 09 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 16

Start Jun 29 Jul 02 Jul 06 Jul 09 Jul 12

End Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 31

Start Jul 20 Jul 26 Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 09

End Aug 08 Aug 14 Aug 18 Aug 25 Aug 28

Start Aug 13 Aug 20

End Sep 01 Sep 08

A$3695 Start Aug 27 Sep 10 ● Sep 12 ● Sep 14 ● Sep 17 ●

End Sep 15 Sep 29 Oct 01 Oct 03 Oct 06

Start End Sep 19 ● Oct 08

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● This trip will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 85

HIGH ENERGY

19


EUROPEAN ESCAPADE 25 DAYS

|

12 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$4279 *

|

FROM

A$172 *PP/PD

LIVE IT UP EUROPEAN STYLE, PARTYING YOUR WAY THROUGH MUNICH & BARCELONA

#EUESCAPADE

VENICE ITALY

European Escapade was exactly what I hoped it would be. You get to see so many great things in such a short amount of time, plus the Free Time Add-On’s really were the highlights of the trip.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @CONTIKINIC

86 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@GEORGIEROSE1

CONTIKI.COM/ESCAPADE

@SHOWMEYOURPIXELS_

Isabel Jones


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 38

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS

INCLUDED MEALS

Special Stopovers: 2 nights French Château, 2 nights Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights Swiss Chalet. 6 nights Contiki Villages, 7 nights hotel & 5 nights hostel accommodation

END

French picnic

• Special access Rome

DAY 22 Rhine Valley Leaping through Heidelberg, we’ll arrive in the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our second stint in Germany. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 20 - 21 Swiss Alps Lakeside Lucerne & the teeny country of Liechtenstein will mark our drive from Austria into the Swiss Alps. Then it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting, & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Jungfrau Mountain

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

NORTH SEA

DAY 1 London to Paris Hook up with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

ENGLAND

Edam NETHERLANDS

25 23

END

AMSTERDAM

22

Dover Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

St Goar

BELGIUM

Heidelberg Dachau

PARIS

1 Fontainebleau

VIENNA

MUNICH 17

15

FRANCE

Burgundy Region

Liechtenstein SWITZ

AUSTRIA

DAY 17 Munich Today we’ll kick on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Hostel (B)

Dolomite Mountains

20

3

18

TYROL

Lucerne

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

DAY 3 - 4 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris, we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards, making tracks for a 16th century Château nestled deep within wine country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for 2 nights. After all, it is owned by Contiki. (B,D)(B,PL,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

RHINE VALLEY

START

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for baguettes, boutique bar hopping & all things quintessentially French. Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel during the day & tap into the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B)

DAY 5 - 6 Barcelona Saying goodbye to the grape juice, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t stop until we’ve got this city sussed. Hostel (B,D)(B) F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks

DAY 18 - 19 Austrian Tyrol Paying tribute to Germany’s tumultuous past we’ll take a sombre visit to Dachau Concentration Camp. Later, we’ll arrive in the adventure sports mecca of Tyrol, where you can explore the nooks of this scenic little mountain region & get to know its wild side with thrill-seeking experiences. (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Whitewater Rafting

GERMANY

London

Valley of the Somme

1

with champagne & escargot

• Enjoy baguettes & brie on a sightseeing tour

DAY 23 - 24 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Canal Cruise

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

F An evening Passegiata & Aperitivo, Venice F Schnitzel & Screams, Vienna F Mike’s Bikes, Munich

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

DAY 25 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

1

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

ESSENTIALS

24 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 13 dinners (D)

SWISS ALPS

13

VENICE

ITALY

Pisa

Arles

7 Pyrenees Mountains

9

FLORENCE

Monaco ADRIATIC SEA

THE RIVIERA 11

SPAIN

5

DAY 15 - 16 Vienna Today we’ll take in the Dolomite Mountains en route to Vienna, soaking up schnapps & strudel whilst visiting the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst it all. Hostel (B)(B) F Schnapps Museum

ROME

Vatican City

BARCELONA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

DAY 7 - 8 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of the Riviera. When we’re not in the Mediterranean Sea or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)(B)

DAY 9 - 10 Florence After stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Tuscan dinner

DAY 11 - 12 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the vineyards of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will wander amidst historic masterpieces & tick off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D)

DAY 13 - 14 Venice With the Italian capital completely devoured, we’ll hit the road with our compass pointing towards Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Gondola Ride

Start Jul 13 Jul 19 Jul 21 Jul 25 Jul 31

A$4635 Start Aug 24 Aug 30 Sep 06 ● Sep 12 ● Sep 15 ●

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4279 Start Mar 28 Apr 09 Apr 20 Apr 26

CODE: CCBE

End Apr 21 May03 May14 May20

A$4425 Start May02 May08 May14

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End May26 Jun 01 Jun 07

A$4569 Start May16 May24 Jun 01 Jun 05 Jun 07

End Jun 09 Jun 17 Jun 25 Jun 29 Jul 01

Start Jun 11 Jun 13

End Jul 05 Jul 07

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$640 FOOD FUND

A$4849 Start Jun 19 Jun 21 Jun 23 Jun 25 Jun 28

End Jul 13 Jul 15 Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 22

Start Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 09 Jul 11

End Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 31 Aug 02 Aug 04

End Aug 06 Aug 12 Aug 14 Aug 18 Aug 24

Start Aug 02 Aug 06 Aug 12 Aug 18

End Aug 26 Aug 30 Sep 05 Sep 11

End Sep 17 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 06 Oct 09

Start End Sep 17 ● Oct 11

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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HIGH ENERGY

24


EUROPEAN CONTRASTS 29 DAYS

|

13 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$4975 *

|

FROM

A$172 *PP/PD

DO, SEE & EXPERIENCE ALL EUROPE HAS TO OFFER - 13 COUNTRIES IN 30 DAYS

#EUCONTRASTS

THE ALPS SWITZERLAND

This is the best trip for solo travellers to experience the world, make friends & learn to love life. It was fast, energetic, exhausting at times but gorgeous and detailed.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @KAINEBOWERMAN

88 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MAISRJONES

CONTIKI.COM/CONTRASTS

@SMARTYPIE

Nicole Ellul-Thorn


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 2 nights French Château, 1 night Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights Swiss Chalet. 6 nights Contiki Villages, 10 nights hotel, 5 nights hostels & 2 nights on board ferries

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

Resort option. 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 12 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Parisian Dinner, Paris F Secret of Venice Walking Tour, Venice F A Classical Night Out, Vienna

END

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 29 End Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris Hook up with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

END

29 27

DAY 26 Rhine Valley Leaping through Heidelberg, we’ll arrive in the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our second stint in Germany. Hotel (B,D)

AMSTERDAM GERMANY

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

1

CZECH REP

AUSTRIA

SWISS ALPS

5

Pisa Monaco

7

FLORENCE

8 Vatican City

ROME

Pompeii

CORFU RESORT OR SAILING OPTION

Bari

10

SORRENTO 11

12 GREECE

CORFU DAY 8 - 9 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the vineyards of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will wander amidst historic masterpieces & tick off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum

DAY 10 - 11 Sorrento Boating, beautiful islands, & a backdrop of cliff-edge houses – there’s nowhere in the world quite like Sorrento. Choose to travel the Amalfi coast to the breathtaking Positano. Later, we cross Italy & board the ferry to Greece. (B)(B)

DAY 20 - 21 Prague After a stop at the World Heritage town of Ceský Krumlov, we’ll find ourselves in Prague, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. The Bohemian Czech capital will dazzle us for two nights non-stop with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. Hostel (B,D)(B)

DAY 18 - 19 Vienna Today we’ll take in the Dolomite Mountains en route to Vienna, soaking up schnapps & strudel whilst visiting the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst it all. Hostel (B)(B) F Schnapps Museum

DAY 16 - 17 Venice Arriving in Venice, we will find ourselves falling head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. You’ll have 2 nights to lift the lid on this mystical city, sussing out the best Aperol drinking spots & hunting down the elusive floating book store. Contiki Village (B)(B) F Gondola Ride

VENICE

ITALY

THE RIVIERA

DAY 5 - 6 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of The Riviera. When we’re not in the Mediterranean Sea or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)(B)

DAY 7 Florence After stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B) F Tuscan dinner

16

DAY 22 Munich Saying goodbye to Prague, we’ll kick on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800 years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Hostel (B)

VIENNA

15

1

18

TYROL

Liechtenstein Dolomite Lucerne Mountains 24

3

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

DAY 24 - 25 Swiss Alps Lakeside Lucerne & the teeny country of Liechtenstein will mark our drive from Austria into the Swiss Alps. Then it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting, & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Jungfrau Mountain

Cesky Krumlov

23

Beaujolais Region

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

DAY 23 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll head out of Germany & on to Austria, arriving in the bucket list ticking adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Explore the nooks of this scenic little mountain village & get to know its wild side with a thrill-seeking experience. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

20 PRAGUE

SWITZ

DAY 3 - 4 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards, making tracks for a 16th century Château nestled deep within wine country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for 2 nights. After all, it is owned by Contiki. (B,D)(B,PL,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

with champagne & escargot

• Enjoy a French picnic lunch • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide

DAY 27 - 28 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts we’ll take a morning cycle to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Hotel (B,D)(B)

DAY 2 Paris Today will be free for London RHINE Dover 26 baguettes, boutique bar hopping & VALLEY BELGIUM all things quintessentially French. Calais St Goar Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel START Tower during the day & tap into Valley of the Somme Heidelberg the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B) MUNICH 1 PARIS FRANCE F Parisian Cabaret Show 22

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

DAY 15 Italy Continuing with the theme of sun, salt & sea, we’ll hit the waters & cruise the Adriatic by ferry. Our next playground of exploration will be fairytale Venice. Adriatic Ferry (B)

CORFU SAILING OPTION

DAY 12 - 14 Corfu Slipping into island time, we’ll arrive in the idyllic Greek Islands. The second largest Ionian island will host us for three whole days, offering up lazy sunshine filled days, glistening open seas & party fueled nights under the stars aplenty. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B,D) F Captain’s Cruise of Corfu

Why not try your hand at sailing European-style on a flotilla? Catch some rays, swim & get hands-on as you help out while cruising the waves in gorgeous Greece on your private yacht. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,L) (B,L) (B,L) Trip code: CCSES See p.154 for more info & price panel for departure dates & prices. Visit contiki.com/contrasts-sailing

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4975 Start Apr 20 Apr 30

End May18 May28

SUMMER 2018

A$5989 Start May29

CODE: CCSER

A$5555 Start May15 May18 May29

CODE: CCSES

End Jun 26

Start Jun 01

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS + CORFU RESORT

End Jun 12 Jun 15 Jun 26

Start Jun 01 Jun 13

End Jun 29 Jul 11

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS + SAILING OPTION

End Jun 29

Start Jun 13

End Jul 11

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

A$5839 Start Jun 16 Jun 29 Jul 01

End Jul 14 Jul 27 Jul 29

Start Jul 03 Jul 07 Jul 13

End Jul 31 Aug 04 Aug 10

Start Jul 19 Jul 25 Aug 04

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$770 FOOD FUND

End Aug 16 Aug 22 Sep 01

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

A$6265 Start Jun 16

End Jul 14

Start Jul 03

End Jul 31

Start Jul 07

Start Aug 12

End Sep 09

A$5625 Start End Aug 22 Sep 19 Aug 25 Sep 22 Sep 01 ● Sep 29

Start End Sep 06 ● Oct 04 Sep 08 ● Oct 06 Sep 12 ● Oct 10

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$770 FOOD FUND

End Aug 04

A$6065 Start Aug 22

End Sep 19

Start Aug 25

End Sep 22

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 89

HIGH ENERGY

41

28

START

TOP EXPERIENCES


LONDON TO ATHENS 21 DAYS

|

7 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$4045 *

|

FROM

A$193 *PP/PD

TAKE IN THE CULTURE WHILE YOU MAKE YOUR WAY SOUTH FOR SOME SUN & FUN

#LONDONTOATHENS

CORFU GREECE

Contiki is awesome, they take you to the places you want to see and keep it exciting and fun along the way. We went to so many different places in such short time. The Contiki team are really friendly and helpful as well.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @AA_ROG

90 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@DANSHEVLIN

CONTIKI.COM/LONDON-ATHENS

@MADDISON_B

Kate Ciantar


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 31

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

20 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 10 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks, Barcelona F Locally Guided Walking Tour, Venice

Special Stopovers: 2 nights French Château. 6 nights Contiki Villages, 9 nights hotel, 2 nights in hostels & 1 night on board a ferry

START

Château

• Explore Barcelona’s

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

ENGLAND

END

London Dover

Calais

Valley of the Somme

1

PARIS

Versailles Burgundy Region Beaujolais Region

4

FRANCE

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

VENICE 10

Pisa

Arles

DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona Saying goodbye to the grape juice, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t stop until we’ve got this city sussed. Hostel (B,D)(B)

DAY 8 - 9 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of The Riviera. When we’re not in the Mediterranean Sea or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)(B)

DAY 20 Athens Feeling sufficiently lulled by island life, we’ll motor down the narrow trench of the Corinth Canal, making our way to mythological Athens. Swapping seaside for city, the bright lights & ancient relics will mark our final hours on trip. Hotel (B) F A Traditional Athens Affair

Apennine Mountains

DAY 4 - 5 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris, we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards, making tracks for a 16th century Château nestled deep within wine country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for 2 nights. After all, it is owned by Contiki. (B,D)(B,PL,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

8

Pyrenees Mountains

12

FLORENCE

Monaco ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

THE RIVIERA

SPAIN

6

12PM ATHENS

DAY 21 Athens From anise-flavoured aperitifs to ancient architecture, this morning you’ll absorb all things Athens. Roam around the ancient streets, sample olives & dance through history – this city is nothing if not unique, & the perfect way to end our adventure. (B)

START

DAY 2 - 3 Paris The next 2 nights will be free for baguettes, boutique bar hopping & all things quintessentially French. Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel Tower during the day & tap into the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Parisian Cabaret Show

1

with champagne & escargot

• Wine tasting at Contiki’s

backstreets & Gothic Quarter

DAY 1 London to Paris Join the Contiki Team this morning in London or this evening in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

1

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

BARCELONA

MEDITERRANEAN 14 SEA Vatican City

ROME

Mt Vesuvius Pompeii

Bari

GREECE

16

DAY 10 - 11 Venice Arriving in Venice, we will find ourselves falling head over heels for the “floating city,” with its artistic palazzi, markets & maze of canals. You’ll have 2 nights to lift the lid on this mystical city, sussing out the best Aperol drinking spots & hunting down the elusive floating book store. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Gondola Ride

17

END

CORFU Corinth Canal

20 21

IONIAN SEA

ATHENS

DAY 12 - 13 Florence After stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B,D)(B)

DAY 14 - 15 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the vineyards of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will wander amidst historic masterpieces & tick off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum DAY 16 Adriatic Ferry Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) F Guided Tour of Pompeii

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Special Stopover

DAY 17 - 19 Corfu Slipping into island time, we’ll arrive in the idyllic Greek Islands. The second largest Ionian island will host us for three whole days, offering up lazy sunshine filled days, glistening open seas & party fuelled nights under the stars aplenty. Adriatic Ferry (B,D) (B)(B,D) F Captain’s Cruise of Corfu F Guided Tour of Pompeii

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$4045 Start Apr 29

CODE: CCLG

End May19

A$4159 Start May13

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ATHENS

End Jun 02

A$4285 Start May27 Jun 05 Jun 10

End Jun 16 Jun 25 Jun 30

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$610 FOOD FUND

A$4535 Start Jun 16 Jun 19 Jun 24

End Jul 06 Jul 09 Jul 14

Start Jun 28 Jul 01 Jul 08

End Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 28

Start Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 22

End Aug 02 Aug 05 Aug 11

Start Jul 31 Aug 05 Aug 14

End Aug 20 Aug 25 Sep 03

Start Aug 19

End Sep 08

A$4335 Start Aug 26 Aug 30

End Sep 15 Sep 19

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am London or 5:00pm Paris & ends approx. 12:00noon in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Note: On some departures, the itinerary may change due to sudden alterations to the Italian/Greek Ferry schedule.

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 91

HIGH ENERGY

20


HIGH ENERGY

LONDON TO ROME 16 DAYS | 6 COUNTRIES |

A$2955 * |

FROM

London

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 15

Dover

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château. 6 nights in Contiki Village Cabins, 5 nights hotel & 2 nights in hostels INCLUDED MEALS 15 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 8 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks, Barcelona F Guided Tour of the Vatican, Rome F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum, Rome

#LONDONTOROME

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Walking tour of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

CONTIKI.COM/ LONDON-ROME

Calais

START

Valley of the Somme

1

Burgundy Region

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

Beaujolais Region

DAY 1 - 15 London to Rome See p.90-91 London to Athens for itinerary, sightseeing & Free Time options

28

39

INCLUDED MEALS 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) 10 dinners (D)

#LONDONTOATHENS

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • See the first modern Olympic stadium in Athens • See the famous windmills, Mykonos

CONTIKI.COM/ LONDON-ATHENS-GREEK 92 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

VENICE 10 Apennine Mountains Pisa

8

Pyrenees Mountains

1

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Special Stopover

12

FLORENCE

Monaco ITALY

THE RIVIERA

SPAIN

END

7:30AM ROME

DAY 16 Rome Your trip ends after breakfast, so it’s time to swap email addresses & say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

6

16 14

BARCELONA

Vatican City

END

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

CODE: CCLR

LONDON TO ROME

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ROME

End May14

A$3049 Start May13

A$3179 Start Aug 26 Aug 30

End Sep 10 Sep 14

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. for more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 7:30am in Rome. Note: This trip is part of a wider adventure. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the European Trail. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.58.

End May28

A$3145 Start May27 Jun 05 Jun 10

A$3325 Start Jun 16 Jun 19 Jun 24

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$470 FOOD FUND

A$2955 Start Apr 29

FROM

End Jun 11 Jun 20 Jun 25

A$5535 * |

End Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 09

Start Jun 28 Jul 01 Jul 08

END

FROM

End Jul 28 Jul 31 Aug 06

Start Jul 31 Aug 05 Aug 14

End Aug 15 Aug 20 Aug 29

Start Aug 19

End Sep 03

END

21 28 29

ATHENS

START

22

Please note: Day 29 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

DAY 1 - 21 London to Athens Refer to London to Athens on p.90-91. In the afternoon of day 21, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on our Greek Week trip.

MYKONOS

25

IOS DAY 28 Athens Today we’ll make the most of our final hours on the Greek Isles, before sailing back to the mainland of Athens, arriving late into the evening. Hotel (B)

Places visited Itinerary day

Start Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 22

A$191 *PP/PD

DAY 29 Athens It will be sad faces all round this morning as we pack our bags, check-out of our hotel, & come to the sad realisation that our trip has come to an end. (B)

1

End Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 23

+ GREEK WEEK

GREECE 10AM ATHENS

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Island Tour, Delos F Mykonos by night, Mykonos F Adventure & Beach Day, Ios

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

Arles

29 DAYS | 7 COUNTRIES |

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château. 6 nights Contiki Village Cabins, 17 nights hotels, 2 nights in hostels, & 1 night on board a ferry

4

FRANCE

LONDON TO ATHENS W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

PARIS

Versailles

START

24

A$185 *PP/PD

FROM

DAY 25 - 27 Ios With a rugged backdrop & quaint coffee shops, the island of Ios is a wild card of surprises, offering all night dancing & beach parties galore. We’ll soak it up for 3 nights, seeing this island by all hours. Hotel (B)(B)(B)

DAY 22 - 24 Athens to Mykonos It will be squeals all round when we arrive in the party mecca of Mykonos. Windmills, white buildings & iconic sunsets - this island paradise will be ours for 3 nights, leaving us with tired dancing feet & killer tans. Hotel (B)(B)(B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$5535 Start Apr 29

CODE: LTAW

End May27

A$5965 Start End Aug 26 B Sep 24 Aug 30 Sep 27

LONDON TO ATHENS + GREEK WEEK

A$5715 Start End May13 B Jun 11

A$5889 Start End May27 C Jun 23 Jun 05 C Jul 02 Jun 10 Jul 08

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ATHENS

A$6245 Start End Jun 16 Jul 14 Jun 19 Jul 17 Jun 24 B Jul 23

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$800 FOOD FUND

Start End Jun 28 Jul 26 Jul 01 Jul 29 Jul 08 C Aug 04

Start Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 22

End Aug 10 Aug 13 Aug 19

Start End Jul 31 Aug 28 Aug 05 B Sep 03 Aug 14 B Sep 12

Start End Aug 19 C Sep 15

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: LTAWB C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: LTAWC Note: On some departures, the itinerary may change due to sudden alterations to the Italian/Greek Ferry schedule.


9 DAYS

|

2 ISLANDS

|

FROM

A$2015 *

|

FROM

HIGH ENERGY

GREEK WEEK A$252 *PP/PD

9 DAYS OF STRAIGHT UP SUN, SAIL, PARTY & CHILL, SET ON THE IDYLLIC AEGEAN

SANTORINI GREECE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 8

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 8 nights in quad-share hotels

9

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

START

6PM ATHENS

DAY 1 Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon delving into the city’s historical past. This evening meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. Why not get together for an optional tasty & authentic Greek meal tonight?

DAY 2 - 4 Mykonos It will be squeals all round when we arrive in the party mecca of Mykonos. Windmills, white buildings and iconic sunsets - this island paradise will be ours for 3 nights, leaving us with tired dancing feet and killer tans. (B)(B)(B) START END

GREECE

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

9

8

1

ATHENS

2 FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Mykonos by Night, Mykonos F Sailing Spectacular, Ios F Island Tour, Delos

DAY 5 - 7 Ios With a rugged backdrop and quaint coffee shops, the island of Ios is a wild card of surprises, offering all night dancing and beach parties galore. We’ll soak it up for 3 nights, seeing this island by all hours. (B,D)(B)(B)

MYKONOS

5

END

IOS

10AM ATHENS

DAY 9 End Athens It will be sad faces all round this morning as we pack our bags, check-out of our hotel, and come to the sad realisation that our trip has come to an end. (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • See the famous windmills in Mykonos • Visit Ios Town 1

DAY 8 Athens Today we’ll make the most of our final hours on the Greek Isles, before sailing back to the mainland of Athens, arriving back in the evening. (B)

Please note: Days 1 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: CCGW

End May27 May30 Jun 02 Jun 05 Jun 08

Start Jun 03 Jun 06 Jun 09 Jun 12

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

End Jun 11 Jun 14 Jun 17 Jun 20

A$2145 Start Jun 15 Jun 18 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 27

End Jun 23 Jun 26 Jun 29 Jul 02 Jul 05

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$130 FOOD FUND

Start Jun 30 Jul 03 Jul 06 Jul 09 Jul 12

End Jul 08 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 17 Jul 20

Start Jul 15 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 24 Jul 27

End Jul 23 Jul 26 Jul 29 Aug 01 Aug 04

Start Jul 30 Aug 02 Aug 05 Aug 08 Aug 11

End Aug 07 Aug 10 Aug 13 Aug 16 Aug 19

Start Aug 14 Aug 17

End Aug 22 Aug 25

A$2015 Start Aug 20 Aug 23 Aug 26 Aug 29 Sep 01

End Aug 28 Aug 31 Sep 03 Sep 06 Sep 09

Start Sep 04 Sep 07 Sep 10 Sep 13 Sep 16

End Sep 12 Sep 15 Sep 18 Sep 21 Sep 24

Start Sep 19

End Sep 27

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

CONTIKI.COM/GREEK-WEEK

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 93

#GREEKWEEK

A$2045 Start May19 May22 May25 May28 May31


EUROPEAN ADVENTURER 37 DAYS

|

18 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$6285 *

|

FROM

A$170 *PP/PD

A EUROPEAN ADVENTURE LIKE NO OTHER HITTING UP 18 COUNTRIES IN 6 WEEKS

#EUADVENTURER

DUBROVNIK CROATIA

I have never had so much fun in my entire life! I met lifelong friends & made so many terriямБc memories. I would 110% recommend this to people who want to discover all of the most beautiful parts of Europe.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @CLAIRE.HUM

94 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@DANNIKAY

CONTIKI.COM/ADVENTURER

@JAYROLANDER

Amy Yusa


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 56

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 2 nights French Château, 2 nights Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights Swiss Chalet. 6 nights in Contiki Villages, 14 nights hotel, 9 nights hostels & 1 night on-board a ferry

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

36 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 19 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Hidden Venice walking tour & Aperitivo, Venice F Cruise, Dubrovnik F Guided tour of Pompeii, Pompeii

END

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 37 End Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. (B)

ENGLAND

START

34

Dover Calais

DAY 1 London to Paris Unite with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

St Goar

BELGIUM

START

Valley of the Somme

1

Heidelberg

MUNICH

PARIS

Versailles

31

27

FRANCE Burgundy Region

29

SWITZ

Liechtenstein

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

8

SPAIN

Monaco

26 10 VENICE

12

LJUBLJANA CROATIA BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

FLORENCE

Split

DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona Saying goodbye to the grape juice, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t stop until we’ve got this city sussed. Hostel (B,D)(B) F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks

DAY 12 - 13 Florence After stopping at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Tuscan Dinner

DAY 8 - 9 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of The Riviera. When we’re not in the Mediterranean Sea or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)(B)

DAY 10 - 11 Venice After a stop in Shakespearean Verona, we’ll arrive in the fairytale floating city of Venice. You’ll have 2 nights to lift the lid on this mystical city, finding photogenic canals, artistic palazzi, & history aplenty. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Gondola ride

Vatican City

DAY 18 - 20 Mykonos It will be squeals all round when we arrive in the party mecca of Mykonos. Windmills, white buildings & iconic sunsets - this island paradise will be ours for 3 nights, leaving us with tired dancing feet & killer tans. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B)

DUBROVNIK MONTENEGRO

Mt Vesuvius

DAY 14 - 15 Rome Pompeii With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the vineyards of Umbria in search of Rome. Here we will wander amidst historic masterpieces & tick off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. Contiki Village (B)(B,D) F Guided tour of Vatican DAY 16 - 17 Athens Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii’s ancient ruins will mark our final hours in Italy before we take our overnight ferry to Greece. Arriving in Patras, we’ll cruise over the Corinth Canal to the mythological city of Athens. Ancient relics & anise-flavoured aperitifs await! Hotel Adriatic Ferry (B)(B) F Traditional Greek dancing & dinner

23

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME 14

BARCELONA

DAY 25 Zadar An intoxicating mix of ancient & contemporary, the untapped Zadar is primed & ready to entertain us for the night. Alfred Hitchcock named it ‘the best sunset in the world’ – will you agree? Hostel (B,D)

25 ZADAR

ITALY

THE RIVIERA 6

DAY 26 Ljubljana A prime university city, Ljubljana sure knows how to have fun. Here in Slovenia’s capital we’ll meander through vibrant streets, nose round monuments & explore the old town. Hotel (B)

SLOVENIA Lake Bled

Verona

Pisa

Arles

VIENNA

AUSTRIA

Apennine Mountains

Pyrenees Mountains

DAY 4 - 5 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris, we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards, making tracks for a 16th century Château nestled deep within wine country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for 2 nights. After all, it is owned by Contiki. (B,D)(B,PL,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

SWISS ALPS

DAY 27 - 28 Vienna Today we’ll go heart eyes over gorgeous Lake Bled before arriving in Vienna, where we’ll soak up schnapps & strudel whilst visiting the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene; we’ll get amongst it all. Hostel (B)(B) F Schnapps Museum

TYROL

32

4

DAY 29 - 30 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll arrive in the bucket list ticking adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Explore the nooks of this scenic little mountain village & get to know its wild side with a thrill-seeking experience. (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch

DAY 32 - 33 Swiss Alps Lakeside Lucerne & the teeny country of Liechtenstein will mark our drive from Germany into the Swiss Alps. Then it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting, & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Jungfrau Mountain

RHINE VALLEY

Lucerne

DAY 2 - 3 Paris The next 2 nights will be free for baguettes, boutique bar hopping & all things quintessentially French. Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel during the day & tap into the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B,D)(B)

DAY 31 Munich Saying goodbye to Austria, we’ll kick on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

GERMANY

London

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

with champagne & escargot

• See the Palace of Versailles • Wine tasting at Contiki’s Château

DAY 35 - 36 Amsterdam DAY 34 Rhine Valley Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will Leaping through Heidelberg, we’ll keep us entertained in the eclectic arrive in the wine villages & old world city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city charm of the Rhine Valley. skirts we’ll take a morning cycle to a Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson cheese farm & clog maker’s house, in crafting beer steins will fill up our passing windmills & Dutch second stint in Germany. Hotel (B,D) countryside at its finest. Hotel NETHERLANDS (B,D)(B) Edam F Canal Cruise 35 37 AMSTERDAM END

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

1

1

22 Bari

TIRANA

ALBANIA GREECE

16

IONIAN SEA

21

PREVEZA

Patras

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover

DAY 21 Preveza Feeling all charged up by island life, we’ll head back to the mainland of Greece, making our way through the country’s picturesque mountains before arriving in coastal Preveza. Hotel (B,D)

17 Corinth Canal

ATHENS 18

MYKONOS

DAY 23 - 24 Dubrovnik After whizzing along the Adriatic coastline through tiny Montenegro, we’ll make our way to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. A UNESCO World Heritage site with a Hollywood reputation, we’ll lose sense of time in this historic & sun-kissed playground. Hostel (B,D)(B) F Dubrovnik cruise DAY 22 Tirana Bursting with a newfound energy, Tirana will surprise & delight with its vibrant & forward thinking nature. With luscious parks, Tirana will spark your fondness for Albania. Hotel (B,D)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$6285 Start Apr 10 Apr 20

CODE: CCPB

End May16 May26

A$6555 Start May04 May11

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Jun 09 Jun 16

A$7035 Start May18 Jun 01

End Jun 23 Jul 07

Start Jun 08

End Jul 14

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$1030 FOOD FUND

A$7385 Start Jun 15 Jun 22

End Jul 21 Jul 28

Start Jul 10 Jul 13

End Aug 15 Aug 18

Start Jul 31 Aug 11

End Sep 05 Sep 16

A$7125 Start End Aug 25 ● Sep 30 Aug 28 ● Oct 03

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 95

HIGH ENERGY

36


ULTIMATE EUROPEAN 45 DAYS

|

16/17 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

+ EGYPT OR GREEK ISLAND OPTIONS

A$8125 *

|

FROM

A$181 *PP/PD

THE TRIP OF ALL TRIPS! EGYPT, ISTANBUL, GALLIPOLI, & EVEN THE GREEK ISLANDS …

#ULTIMATEEUROPE

BARCELONA SPAIN

An amazing, once in a life experience with people I now call family and the best trip team you could ask for!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @RENDI_SMITH

96 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@ROZBOZ182

CONTIKI.COM/ULTIMATE

@TANYARECCHI

Stephanie Lillis


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 69

NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

Egypt option. 66 included meals for Greek Island option. (See p.98-99 for full breakdown of meals.)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team plus exclusive On-site Team at Special Stopovers and Cabin villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Cabaret Show, Paris F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks, Barcelona F Belly Dancing Show & Dinner, Istanbul

See p.98-99 for full breakdown of Egypt & Greek Island options.

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with champagne & escargot

• Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide

• Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis

START

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris Unite with the Contiki Team this morning in London or this afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll begin our European gallivant, taking in pretty Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower – c’est magnifique! Hotel (D)

DAY 43 - 44 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eclectic city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts we’ll visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house, passing windmills & Dutch countryside at its finest. Hotel (B,D)(B)

DAY 40 - 41 Swiss Alps Lakeside Lucerne & the teeny country of Liechtenstein will mark our drive from Germany into the Swiss Alps. Then it’s two nights of Swiss chocolate, a breathtaking mountain setting & the chance to ride the cog railway up Jungfrau Mountain – don’t mind if we do! (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Jungfrau Mountain

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

END DAY 2 - 3 Paris The next 2 nights will be free for baguettes, boutique bar hopping & all things quintessentially French. Find a picnic spot by the Eiffel during the day & tap into the city’s lively club scene by night; the time is yours. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Parisian Dinner

DAY 42 Rhine Valley Leaping through Heidelberg, we’ll arrive in the wine villages & old world charm of the Rhine Valley. Jaw-dropping river scenery & a lesson in crafting beer steins will fill up our second stint in Germany. Hotel (B,D) F Wine Tasting

DAY 45 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our monumental adventure comes to an end. (B)

DAY 4 - 5 Beaujolais Wine Region Out of Paris, we’ll head on through Burgundy & the Beaujolais vineyards,ENGLAND making tracks for a 16th century London Château nestled deep within wine Dover country. The Château will be ours to call home & let loose in for 2 nights. After all, it is owned START by Contiki. (B,D)(B,PL,D)  Contiki Special Stopover

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FRANCE Burgundy Region

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Liechtenstein TYROL 40 Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

SWISS ALPS

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Arles

DAY 37 - 38 Austrian Tyrol Today we’ll continue uncovering Austria, arriving in the bucket list ticking adventure sports mecca of Tyrol. Here you can unpack the nooks of this scenic mountain village & get amongst its thrill-seeking experiences. (B,D)(B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover F Bike Ride & BBQ Lunch

DAY 29 - 31 Istanbul This morning, pay your respects at Anzac Cove before arriving in Istanbul. We’ll be welcomed by bazaars, a mosque crafted by thousands of hand-painted tiles, & the spectacle of a city where east meets west. Every minute of our 3 nights here can and will be put to good use. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B)

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Pyrenees Mountains

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KAVALA

Bari

DAY 12 - 13 Florence After winding through the Apennine Mountains & visiting the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll glide through Tuscany towards Renaissance Florence. Here we will drink up the secret streets & sacred art around the city’s towering Duomo Cathedral. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Tuscan Dinner

DAY 16 - 18 Corfu Naples, Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii’s ancient ruins will mark our final hours in Italy before we take our overnight ferry to Greece. Arriving in Corfu, we’ll slip into island time for 3 blissful nights, giving us the chance to waste endless hours on the sand & a few nights under the stars. Adriatic Ferry (B)(B,D)(B)

DAY 19 Athens Feeling sufficiently charged by island life, we’ll motor past the narrow trench of the Corinth Canal, making our way to mythological Athens. Ancient relics, dinner delights in the Plaka district & anise-flavoured aperitifs await! Hotel (B,D)

EGYPT OR GREECE OPTION Days 20-26 Whether you walk like an Egyptian around Cairo & beyond, or head back to the Greek Isles for a little more time in the sea, these 6 days will be your choice. See p.98 - 99 for more info.

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ATHENS Corinth Canal

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DAY 14 - 15 Rome With a newfound appetite for all things Italian, we’ll leave Florence & dart through the vineyards of Umbria in search of Rome. Wandering amidst historic masterpieces, ticking off the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City & multiple gelato breaks will keep us happy. Contiki Village (B)(B,D)

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DAY 10 - 11 Venice Out of France, we’ll roll into Italy with our map set to Venice. Here we will fall head over heels for the “floating city,” admiring photogenic canals, artistic palazzi, & history aplenty. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) F Gondola Ride

28th March departure Pay tribute to the fallen at this once in a lifetime experience. We overnight at Gallipoli on the evening of April 24th so we are there to be part of the Dawn Service on April 25th. You will be sleeping outdoors & will require very warm, waterproof clothing &/or a sleeping bag. Afterwards join the National Service at Chunuk Bair.

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DAY 28 Canakkale Hopping continents without hitting the skies, we’ll ferry from Eceabat to the Turkish city of Canakkale. Here in Asia (yes, seriously) we’ll visit the ancient city of Troy before heading to this quaint port city, where we’ll bunker down for an evening before heading to Istanbul (and back to Europe)! Hotel (B,D)

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DAY 8 - 9 The Riviera Not a minute will be wasted in the rich & famous hang out of The Riviera. When we’re not in the Mediterranean Sea or market hopping, we’ll be visiting a perfumery & rolling the dice at the Monte Carlo casino. Hotel (B)(B)

DAY 32 Sofia Sofia may look a little sleepy from the outskirts, but bustling 24 hour restaurants & lively gypsy markets is what’s actually in store. We’ll be tapping in to the country’s socialist heritage & go wide-eyed at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Hotel (B,D)

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DAY 36 Vienna Today we’ll go heart eyes over Austria’s capital of Vienna, where we’ll soak up schnapps & strudel whilst visiting the city’s many historical prides. Music, architecture & a lively café scene, we’ll make the most of every bit. Hostel (B) F Schnitzel & Screams

DAY 39 Munich After a final nod to Tyrol’s crazy ways with the option of a whitewater rafting adventure, we’ll kick on to the German city of Munich. Here in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800 years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. Hostel (B) F Whitewater Rafting

RHINE VALLEY

Versailles

DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona Saying goodbye to the grape juice, we’ll weave our way to two nights in beachside Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t stop until we’ve got this city sussed. Hostel (B,D)(B)

DAY 33 Belgrade Often named one of the liveliest cities in Europe, Serbia’s capital has shaken off its rugged past, save for some socialist relics. We’ll find Belgrade’s history, nightlife, & creative corners, calling the city home for the night. Hotel (B,D)

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DAY 34 - 35 Budapest After zipping along the river Danube, we’ll arrive in the ‘Paris of the East.’ From a Royal Palace to a gothic church, we’ll bounce across the river split city of hilltop Buda & bustling Pest, being allured by this city for 2 nights. Hostel (B)(B)

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DAY 27 Kavala Taking in the glorious Greek coastline we’ll zip past Mt. Olympus, reaching the harbour side town of Kavala. A charming old town makes this one of Greece’s greatest secrets. Hotel (B,D)

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Giza

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DAY 26 Continue Athens Leaving exotic Egypt behind, we’ll hit the skies & plane it back to Athens, rejoining the rest of the gang to carry on the gallivant through Europe. Hotel (B)

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DAY 22 Aswan Emerging from our overnight train ride, we’ll find ourselves in laid back Aswan. Settling into relaxation mode, we’ll set sail on a felucca & soak up the exoticism of the region. Hotel (B) F Nubian Village Visit

RED SEA Edfu

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of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza

DAY 25 Cairo After using the day’s hours to carry on swaying amidst the coral reefs & white sands of the Red Sea, we’ll journey back to Cairo for one last night of magic & madness in the capital. Hotel (B) F Red Sea Cruise

DAY 24 Red Sea Taking our already exotic travels a step further, we’ll amble across the Egyptian desert & find ourselves in an oasis by the Red Sea. Here we’ll snorkel in salt water lapping in from the Indian ocean & explore the stretch of sea that divides Africa & Asia. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 23 Luxor Floating the River Nile, we’ll take in dramatic landscapes, palm trees, & small African villages. Later, we’ll arrive in temple clad Luxor, where epic monuments & royal history awaits. Hotel (B,D) F Abu Simbel Temple

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End Jun 05

A$8465 Start May06

End Jun 19

A$9099 Start May20 Jun 03

End Jul 03 Jul 17

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A$9569 Start Jun 17 Jun 24

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Start Jul 01 Jul 15

End Aug 14 Aug 28

Start Jul 26 Aug 03

End Sep 08 Sep 16

Start End Aug 12 Sep 25 Aug 15 ● Sep 28

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A$9215 Start End Aug 22 ● Oct 05

■ This trip will be in Gallipoli for the ANZAC Dawn Service on 25th April. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided.

You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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NIGHTS IN SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet. 6 nights in Contiki Village Cabins, 25 nights hotel, 6 nights in hostels & 1 night on board a ferry

END DAY 26 Continue Athens Today we’ll make the most of our final hours on the Greek Isles, before sailing back to mainland Athens. Here we’ll link back up with the rest of the group & let the adventures continue. Hotel (B)

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DAY 24 - 25 Santorini Finally, those iconic blue & white buildings & dreamy horizons will become a reality. Ocean explorations, wineries, & lazy lunches will be yours to absorb for 3 blissful nights. Hotel (B)(B)(B)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Sailing Spectacular, Ios F Highlights & Volcano Cruise, Santorini F Oia Sunset, Santorini

DAY 20 - 23 Ios After exploring Athens it’s time to hit the Greeek Turkey islands; our first stop is in Ios. With a rugged backdrop & quaint coffee shops, the island of Ios is a wild card of surprises, offering all night dancing & beach parties galore. We’ll soak it up for 3 nights, exploring the island by all hours. Hotel (B)(B)(B)

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A$8199 Start End Mar 28 ■ May11 Apr 08 May22

Start Apr 22

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Jun 05

A$8465 Start May06

End Jun 19

A$9105 Start May20 Jun 03

End Jul 03 Jul 17

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$1170 FOOD FUND

A$9655 Start Jun 17 Jun 24

End Jul 31 Aug 07

Start Jul 01 Jul 15

End Aug 14 Aug 28

Start Jul 26 Aug 03

End Sep 08 Sep 16

Start End Aug 12 Sep 25 Aug 15 ● Sep 28

Start End Aug 19 ● Oct 02

A$9215 Start End Aug 22 ● Oct 05

■ This trip will be in Gallipoli for the ANZAC Dawn Service on 25th April. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. For more information see p.192. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided.

You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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Italian Belissimo p114

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12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Paris Patisserie Tour F Trabi Tour of Berlin F Cocktail Mixology Class

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• London Bike Tour • Montparnasse Tower • Third Reich Tour

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DAY 1 - 3 London We’ll join forces in the much coveted capital of the United Kingdom & begin slinking through the streets. We’ll explore London’s back alleys by pushbike, with complete freedom to stop & uncover cosy cafés & mosey off the well-ridden path. Choose to get the lowdown on London’s most ambiguous street art or sample the city’s finest craft beer. (D)(B)(B) F London Street Art F Tour of iconic Wimbledon F Craft Beer Tour

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DAY 10 - 13 Berlin We’ll delve in to this city’s fascinating history with a ‘Third Reich Tour’ uncovering its turbulent past. Spend time differentiating bockwurst from kinderwurst - & more importantly Pilsner from Weizen beer. A progressive food tour & a cruise in the vintage cars of the DDR should puff out our time in Berlin quite nicely. (B,D)(B)(B)(B) F Trabi tour of Berlin F Dining with the locals by Vizeat F Alternative Berlin Tour END BERLIN

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DAY 4 - 6 Paris Rising & shining, we’ll head to Paris via the chalky white cliffs of Dover. FRANCE Our intro to this suave city will see us soaring 210-metres above the ground in Montparnasse Tower. By day we can stroll the Canal Saint-Martin or take up an indulgent Culinary Tour. By night we could sip cocktails in SoPi or enjoy a cosy dinner with the locals. (B,D)(B)(B) F Paris insider walking tour F Paris Culinary Tour F Paris theatre show

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DAY 4 - 6 Porto Floating through the sunflower fields, we’ll arrive amidst Porto’s sprawling terracotta buildings. Here in the home of fortified port wine, we’ll get to know a city experiencing a well-deserved renaissance. In our downtime you could laze in indie bookshops or peruse the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. We’ll tap into Porto’s heritage riding the old wooden tram & strolling the UNESCO stamped alleys of Ribeira. (B,D)(B)(B) F Historical Porto Walking Tour F Port Tasting & Tram Ride F Dining with the locals by Vizeat

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DAY 10 - 13 Lisbon Brimming with quirks & an undefinable charisma, the city of Lisbon will woo us within an hour. We’ll amble around the mosaic streets, pastelarias & antique stores, taking long lazy strolls & dining for hours. A mountain of castles & secret gardens can be found in Sintra, while boutiques, bookshops & the antique tram line will steal our hearts in the Bairro Alto. (B,D)(B)(B)(B) F Visit to Cascais & Sintra F Traditional seafood dinner

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Extend your trip to include Barcelona to Munich & save 5%. See p.108 for more info, departure dates & prices. Visit contiki.com/barcelona-munich.

MAP KEY Itinerary day Optional start/end city End city

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2745 Start May16 May30

CODE: EXML

End May28 Jun 11

Start Jun 13

START MADRID & FINISH LISBON

End Jun 25

A$2845 Start Jun 27 Jul 11

End Jul 09 Jul 23

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER Start Jul 25 Aug 08

End Aug 06 Aug 20

A$2745 Start Aug 22 Sep 05

End Sep 03 Sep 17

Start Sep 19

End Oct 01

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. EXML - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$685. Trip starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Lisbon. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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BARCELONA TO MUNICH 13 DAYS

|

5 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$2459 *

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FROM

NE W

A$190 *PP/PD

SPANISH CITIES, THE FRENCH RIVIERA & GERMAN BEER HALLS = THE DREAM

NICE FRANCE

CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION Independent Insider lets you pick the city or cities that you want to travel to. It’s your trip so do it your way.

NICE

MILAN

MUNICH

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

#CONTIKIBARCELONATOMUNICH

BARCELONA

FROM A$845 A$1415 A$1975 A$2459 A$1429 A$1965 A$1425

108 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/BARCELONA-MUNICH


TOP EXPERIENCES

12

16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Tapas Cooking Class, Barcelona F Dining with the Locals, Milan F Sail the Côte d’Azur

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Boat cruise on Lake Como • Visit of Neuschwanstein • Barcelona Street Art Tour

GERMANY

MUNICH

10 13

END

AUSTRIA SWITZ

FRANCE

START

3 nights

7

OR

END

ITALY

NICE SPAIN

1

START

END BARCELONA, BARCELONA ONLY OR CONTINUE ON TO NICE

ITINERARY KEY First possible start city

START

Optional start city

NICE

START

3 nights

DAY 4 - 6 Nice Hopping out of Spain, we’ll find ourselves in French terrain, where we can dabble in some erudite wine tasting or snap geraniums at the old town’s flower market. Sample the fine food offerings of the Côte d’Azur; think salade niçoise & fresh seafood. We’ll also have the offer of a day of sailing & a trip to a quaint hilltop village. (B,D)(B)(B) F Sailing the Côte d’Azur

ADD

START

MILAN

4

BARCELONA

END

OR

ADD

END NICE OR CONTINUE ON TO MILAN

END

Optional end city

ADD

Option to add further destinations

3 nights

DAY 10 - 13 Munich Arriving in Germany, we’ll stop by Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Walt Disney. In Munich, we’ll have the chance to uncover the past with a Third Reich Tour & dive into beer craft over a Bavarian beer & food evening. Venture to the museum hub & café district of Maxvorstadt to feel at home amidst the city’s creative scene. (B,D)(B)(B) (B) F Third Reich tour F White water rafting (summer only) F Bavarian beer & food experience

BARCELONA

DAY 1 - 3 Barcelona Barcelona will prove the perfect introduction to our venture, being equal parts sultry & sophisticated. We’ll take to the streets & learn the intricacies of life here before having the chance to tap into some tapas. Head to the hip hood of Gracia, meandering boutiques before catching a gig in a pokey bar. A lazy brunch & city stroll are critical Barcelona undertakings. (D,B)(B) F Experience Barcelona by Bike F Barcelona Tapas Tour

MUNICH

MILAN

ADD

3 nights

DAY 7 - 9 Milan We’ll cross into Italy & trek to Milan, where we’ll find fashion’s capital & heartbeat. To demystify Milan’s hidden layers, you can sit amongst the swagger of cutting edge galleries. We’ll head to Lake Como & the dreamy village of Bellagio, we’ll also have the chance to get our Italian food fix & eat some of the country’s finest food. (B,D)(B)(B) F Dining with the locals by VizEat

END

OR

ADD

END MILAN OR CONTINUE ON TO MUNICH

MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a Barcelona to Munich trip and U by Uniworld Danube Flow River Cruise from A$5735. See p.14 for more details.

MAP KEY Optional start/end city End city HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: EXBM

A$2845 Start End Apr 30 ■ May12 May14 ■ May26 WINTER 2018/19

A$2459 Start Nov 06

End Nov 18

START BARCELONA & FINISH MUNICH

A$2915 Start End May28 ■ Jun 09 Jun 11 Jun 23 CODE: WXBM

A$3045 Start End Jun 25 Jul 07 Jul 09 ■ Jul 21

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER Start End Jul 23 ■ Aug 04 Aug 06 Aug 18

Start Aug 20

End Sep 01

A$2915 Start End Sep 03 Sep 15 Sep 17 ●■ Sep 29

Start End Oct 01 ■ Oct 13 Oct 15 ■ Oct 27

START BARCELONA & FINISH MUNICH

Start End Nov 27 ★ Dec 09

A$2585 Start End Dec 15 ★ Dec 27

Start Dec 22

End Jan 03

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. EXBM - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$725. WXBM - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$645. Trip starts 5:00pm in Barcelona & ends approx. 8:00am in Munich. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. ■ This date links up with the U by Uniworld Danube Flow trip. Please note you must be 21-35 years old to travel on a U by Uniworld trip combined wirth a Contiki Trip. See p.160 for more.

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BERLIN TO BUDAPEST 13 DAYS

|

5 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2385 *

|

FROM

NE W

A$184 *PP/PD

GET TO KNOW WHY CENTRAL EUROPE IS THE NEW KING OF COOL

CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION Independent Insider lets you pick the city or cities that you want to travel to. It’s your trip so do it your way.

BERLIN

PRAGUE

KRAKOW

BUDAPEST

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

FROM

#CONTIKIBERLINTOBUDAPEST

A$885 A$1359 A$1895 A$2385 A$1355 A$1895 A$1375 110 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/BERLIN-BUDAPEST


TOP EXPERIENCES

12

16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Progressive Food Tour, Berlin F Bike Ride, Prague F Czech Beer Tasting

START

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Berlin Third Reich Tour • Visit to Terezin Concentration Camp, Czech Republic

BERLIN 3 nights

DAY 1 - 3 Berlin We’ll gather round in this culture king city, being introduced to its turbulent past with our Third Reich Tour. Spend time differentiating bockwurst from kinderwurst - & more importantly, Pilsner from Weizen beer. A progressive food tour & a cruise in the vintage cars of the DDR should puff out our time in Berlin quite nicely. (D)(B)(B) F Trabi Tour F Progressive food tour

BERLIN

1

POLAND GERMANY

PRAGUE

KRAKOW

4

END

7 CZECH REP

ADD

13

10

BUDAPEST HUNGARY

START

ITINERARY KEY START

First possible start city

START

Optional start city END

END

Optional end city

ADD

Option to add further destinations

PRAGUE 3 nights

DAY 4 - 6 Prague Next up is the rapidly evolving capital of the Czech Republic. We’ll cast our minds back to some of Europe’s darkest times at Terezin Concentration Camp, before journeying to Prague where fairy-tale streets meet hidden hipster bars. We’ll do some Czech beer tasting & have the option to explore the city’s narrow alleys by pushbike. We can also take a trip to the UNESCO town of Kutná Hora, where we will see one of the world’s most intriguing churches. (B,D)(B)(B) F Bike ride F Czech beer tasting F Kutná Hora visit

OR

START

3 nights

DAY 10 - 13 Budapest Feeling well versed on all things Poland, we’ll slice into the capital of Hungary where you might want to take a soothing spa visit. We can tap into the tingles with a safe house experience, then tackle the city with a past & present tour. Venture to District VII to find the Jewish quarter of gritty pubs & graffiti walls, & take up an evening of traditional Goulash cooking. (B,D)(B)(B)(B) F Past & Present Tour F Safe House experience F Dining with the locals by Vizeat

SLOVAKIA

END BERLIN OR CONTINUE ON TO PRAGUE

BUDAPEST

KRAKOW

END BUDAPEST OR

ADD

3 nights

DAY 7 - 9 Krakow ADRIATIC SEA We’ll ‘ahoj’ Prague in search of Poland’s artistic capital, where we’ll find a historic city by the Vistula River & see chapels carved out of rock salt. To see more than most, take the aid of a bike tour, cruising cobbled lanes past a Romanesque castle. Also on offer will be a trip to Schindler’s Factory & the crafting of pierogi dumplings. (B,D)(B)(B) F Krakow bike tour

MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a Berlin to Budapest trip and U by Uniworld Danube Flow River Cruise from A$5689. See p.14 for more details.

ADD END

OR

ADD

END PRAGUE OR CONTINUE ON TO KRAKOW END KRAKOW OR CONTINUE ON TO BUDAPEST

MAP KEY Optional start/end city End city HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: EXBH

A$2799 Start End May07 ■ May19 WINTER 2018/19

A$2519 Start Oct 20 Oct 27

End Nov 01 Nov 08

A$2875 Start May26 Jun 09 CODE: WXBH

A$2459 Start Nov 03 Nov 20

START BERLIN & FINISH BUDAPEST

End Jun 07 Jun 21

A$2975 Start Jun 16 Jun 23

End Jun 28 Jul 05

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING, VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER. Start Jun 30 Jul 07

End Jul 12 Jul 19

Start End Jul 16 ■ Jul 28 Jul 21 Aug 02

Start End Jul 30 ■ Aug 11

A$2875 Start Aug 25 Sep 01

End Sep 06 Sep 13

Start Dec 30 2019

Start Jan 12

A$2385 Start Feb 09 Mar 03

End Feb 21 Mar 15

Start End Sep 24 ■ Oct 06 Oct 08 ■ Oct 20

START BERLIN & FINISH BUDAPEST

End Nov 15 Dec 02

Start End Dec 08 ★ Dec 20

A$2585 Start End Dec 16 ★ Dec 28 Dec 27 Jan 08

End Jan 11

End Jan 24

A$2459 Start Mar 17

End Mar 29

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. EXBH - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$715. WXBH - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$645. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. ■ This date links up with the U by Uniworld Danube Flow trip. Please note you must be 21-35 years old to travel on a U by Uniworld trip combined wirth a Contiki Trip. See p.160 for more.

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BERLIN TO STOCKHOLM 13 DAYS

|

4 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2499 *

|

FROM

NE W

A$193 *PP/PD

SCANDINAVIA WITH A DUSTING OF BERLIN = OUR KIND OF COCKTAIL

BERLIN GERMANY

CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION Independent Insider lets you pick the city or cities that you want to travel to. It’s your trip so do it your way.

COPENHAGEN

OSLO

STOCKHOLM

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

#CONTIKIBERLINTOSTOCKHOLM

BERLIN

FROM A$885 A$1479 A$1999 A$2499 A$1495 A$2075 A$1525

112 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/BERLIN-STOCKHOLM


TOP EXPERIENCES

12

16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Dining with the locals by Vizeat F Viking Biking, Oslo F Ice Bar, Stockholm

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Visit ABBA Museum in Stockholm

• Berlin - Dinner with the Locals by VizEat

OSLO

START

END

3 nights

DAY 7 - 9 Oslo Vibes will be high on arrival in Norway, home of the midnight sun. In Oslo, we’ll trip to the Ski Jump Museum, learning of death defying leaps of courage. Only Norway’s naturally stunning landscapes of fjords will trump the city’s list of activities. Coast the streets on two wheels, stroll the vintage shops of Grünerløkka, or meander Aker Brygge over fish ‘n’ chips & modern art. (B,D)(B)(B) F Viking Biking F Half day Fjord cruise

7

STOCKHOLM OR

END

3 nights

DAY 10 - 13 Stockholm We’ll drift due east to elegant Stockholm, enjoying Absolut Vodka at an Ice Bar as our welcome. History buffs will be wowed by the Vasa Museum’s ancient warship wreckage, while the more musically inclined will enjoy a trip to the ABBA Museum. We can toast our trip off with an evening cruise, seeing the archipelago from a new vantage point. (B,D)(B)(B)(B) F Ice Bar F Vasa Museum F Dinner cruise

NORWAY

OSLO

STOCKHOLM

END STOCKHOLM. OR

10 13

ADD

ADD END OSLO OR CONTINUE ON TO STOCKHOLM .

SWEDEN

DENMARK

COPENHAGEN START

ITINERARY KEY START

First possible start city

START

Optional start city

END

Optional end city

ADD

Option to add further destinations

MIX & MATCH

4

COPENHAGEN

START

Extend your trip & save 5% to include Russia Plus trips. See p.150 for full itinerary. Visit contiki.com/russia.

BERLIN

3 nights

3 nights

DAY 4 - 6 Copenhagen Grab your last sausage staples before we skate on to Denmark. The Kingdom’s capital will greet us with open arms & ample pastries. First up is a cruise of Copenhagen’s waterways. We can go deep in the city in proper Danish fashion, taking a bike tour, cruising Copenhagen’s pretty canals, or visiting the Carlsberg Brewery. (B,D)(B)(B) F Bike tour F Tour the Carlsberg Brewery F Canal cruise

DAY 1 - 3 Berlin We gather round to not only meet each other but head out and dine with the Locals with our great local VizEat experience. Spend time differentiating bockwurst from kinderwurst - & more importantly Pilsner from Weizen beer. A progressive food tour & a cruise in the vintage cars of the DDR should puff out our time in Berlin quite nicely. (D)(B)(B) F Trabi tour F Progressive food tour F Dining with the locals by Vizeat

END

OR

GERMANY

1

BERLIN

ADD END

END COPENHAGEN OR CONTINUE ON TO OSLO.

OR

OR

END BERLIN. CONTINUE ON TO COPENHAGEN.

MAP KEY Optional start/end city End city

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3055 Start May31

CODE: EXBS

End Jun 12

WINTER 2018/19

A$2499 Start End Dec 09 ★ Dec 21

Start Jun 14 CODE: WXBS

START BERLIN & FINISH STOCKHOLM

End Jun 26

A$3159 Start Jun 28

End Jul 10

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING, VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER. Start Jul 05

End Jul 17

Start Jul 12

End Jul 24

Start Jul 19

End Jul 31

Start Aug 02

End Aug 14

Start Aug 16

End Aug 28

A$3055 Start Aug 30

End Sep 11

START BERLIN & FINISH STOCKHOLM

A$2629 Start End Dec 16 ★ Dec 28

Start End Dec 21 ★ Jan 02

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. EXBS - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$759. WXBS - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$655. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 12:00 noon in Stockholm. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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ITALIAN BELLISSIMO 11 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

|

FROM

A$2715 *

|

FROM

NE W

A$247 *PP/PD

ALL THE FOOD, ALL THE HISTORY, ALL THE FREEDOM TO DO IT YOUR WAY

#CONTIKIITALIANBELLISSIMO

ROME ITALY

CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION Independent Insider lets you pick the city or cities that you want to travel to. It’s your trip so do it your way.

ROME

TUSCANY

ITALIAN RIVIERA

ROME

MED ESCAPE

3 nights

3 nights

3 nights

1 nights

10 nights

FROM

A$2715 A$2375 114 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/ITALIAN-BELLISSIMO


TOP EXPERIENCES

10

13

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

10 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

10 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Express entrance to the Colosseum, Rome F Tuscan Evening & Cooking Class, Florence F Vespa Tour, Florence

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour

• Tuscan Wine Tasting

DAY 4 - 6 Tuscany Arriving in the fertile lands of pungent olives & juicy grapes, we’ll take an indulgent bout of wine tasting. Hit the streets of Florence with a caffè latte in hand, roaming the south bank of Arno with the cool kids. For full cultural submersion take the quintessential Italian experience of a Vespa tour & sign up to learn the mouth-watering secrets of Tuscan cooking. (B,D)(B)(B) F Vespa tour F Half day trip to San Gimignano F Tuscan dinner & cooking demonstration

DAY 7 - 9 Italian Riviera Just saying the word ‘Riviera’ should elude to the approaching glamour & greatness. Going lush on the Ligurian coast, we can take a boat cruise that sees the coloured cliffs from a new vantage point. Wine, antipasto & fancy boutiques can interlude outdoor activities like the coastal walk of Via Della Amore. (B,D)(B)(B) F Boat cruise F Hike the Via Della Amore F Dinner in the Cinqueterra ITALY

ITALIAN RIVIERA 7 4

TUSCANY

ROME

11 10

1

DAY 1 - 3 Rome Uniting in the city of Rome, we’ll feel the warmth of a hearty Italian welcome. We’ll slip straight in to the mosaic of ancient monuments, enjoying the slow espresso - sipping culture. Those keen to up their experience can visit the gardens of Tivoli, or sign up for a Roman cooking class. More exploring can be done in the borough of Monti, where Rome’s creative cats meander & linger. (D)(B)(B) F Cooking Class & Dinner F Express entrance to the Colosseum F Tivoli Gardens

END START END

DAY 10 - 11 Rome Feeling plump on life and immensely indulged, we’ll leave the Riviera region and head back to Rome. Given our first few days on tour in this city, it will almost feel like returning home. Here we’ll toast our last night of Italian glory, having a heartfelt hugging session to wrap up the Bellissimo. (B)(B)

ITINERARY KEY START

Start city

END

End city

1

START

MIX & MATCH Extend your trip & save 5% to include Mediterranean Escape. See p.116 for full itinerary.

READ ON FOR MORE

MAP KEY Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: EXRR

A$2715 Start End May16 ● May26 May23 ● Jun 02

START ROME & FINISH ROME

Start End Jun 06 ● Jun 16

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING, VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER.

A$2835 Start End Jun 20 ● Jun 30 Jul 04 ● Jul 14

Start End Jul 11 ● Jul 21 Jul 18 ● Jul 28

Start End Aug 01 ● Aug 11 Aug 15 ● Aug 25

A$2725 Start End Aug 22 ● Sep 01 Aug 29 ● Sep 08

Start End Sep 12 ● Sep 22

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. EXRR - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$809. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. ● These dates give you the option to extend your trip & link with the Mediterranean Escape trip code: BBRE

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MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE 10 DAYS

|

3 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2375 *

|

FROM

A$238

& N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

*PP/PD

ANCIENT RUINS, AWE-INSPIRING ART & SUN-KISSED BEACHES

ROME ITALY CAPTION GREECE

CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION Build your perfect trip, combining Mediterranean Escape with Greek Island Cruise or Greek Island Hopping. Summer Holiday winning!

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE

GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

FROM

See p.118 for full itinerary

#CONTIKIMEDESCAPE

A$2375 A$4355 A$4995 A$2055 A$3025

116 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/MED-ESCAPE


TOP EXPERIENCES

9

12

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & 1 ON A FERRY 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation, 1 night on board a ferry

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

9 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Cruise around the Isle of Capri F Express entrance to the Colosseum, Rome F Lemon Experience, Amalfi Coast

START

ADD

4PM ROME

DAY 1 - 3 Rome Uniting in the city of Rome, we’ll feel the warmth of a hearty Italian welcome. We’ll slip straight in to the mosaic of ancient monuments, enjoying the slow espresso-sipping culture. Those keen to up their experience can visit the gardens of Tivoli, or sign up for a Roman cooking class. More exploring can be done in the borough of Monti, where Rome’s creative cats meander & linger. (D)(B)(B) F ‘Dinner La Dolce Vita’ F Vatican Tour F Express entrance to the Colosseum Vatican City

DAY 8 - 10 Athens A time capsule of life before us, Athens will leave you stunned from sun up ‘til sun down. Here you can climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus & dine in the rustic district of Plaka. Other days might be spent sifting through treasures at Monastiraki Flea Market or visiting Brettos, one of the oldest distillery’s in Greece. (B,D)(B)(B) F A Traditional Athens Affair F Athens City Tour & Acropolis

1 ROME ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

Pompeii Isle of Capri

4

OR

END

AMALFI COAST

ADD

Bari END ATHENS OR ADD 4 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE, OR 4 DAY GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

GREECE

7

DAY 4 - 6 Amalfi Travelling to the south, we’ll find ourselves in Amalfi, where we’ll step into a glamorous afternoon of wine & mozzarella tasting. Use your time here to see the colourful homes & scenic mountains of Positano, or submerge into a tub of gelato in Sorrento. It can all be topped off with a trip to the archaeological site of Pompeii & a drift around the Bay of Naples. (B,D)(B)(B) F ‘Tastes of Amalfi’ Dinner F Amalfi Lemon Tour F Capri Cruise

INDEPENDENT INSIDER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

ATHENS 8 10

IONIAN SEA Patras

DAY 7 Overnight Ferry After taking in the rugged beauty of the boot’s south, we’ll board our overnight ferry to Greece. Ploughing through the Ionian Sea watching Italy get smaller would be a little heartbreaking if Greece wasn’t on the agenda. (B) F Guided Tour of Pompeii

Corinth Canal

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour

• Guided tour of the Vatican • Wine & Mozzarella tasting

+ 4-DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

DAY 10 Mykonos Getting into the spirit of the adventure, we’ll hit the seas with our navigation set to Mykonos. Once our ship pulls up in this paradise party mecca, it will be sunshine & good times aplenty. Donkey rides & local wine? Yes, this can happen. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 Patmos Today we’ll make a stop in Turkey – just casually – & shop the wild bazaar of port town Kusadasi. Back on the water, we’ll float to Patmos, an idyllic island where time stands still & days are long, balmy & full of seafood. (B,L,D)

GREECE

END

ATHENS

10:00AM ATHENS CENTRE

1

TURKEY

AEGEAN SEA

Kusadasi

DAY 14 Athens It will be sobs all round as we drift back to the mainland & share one final meal together. You can choose to conclude the trip straight after breakfast, or sign up for one last bout of sightseeing in Athens. (B) DAY 13 Santorini Arriving in Santorini, you’ll see quickly we’ve saved the best until last. From the dreamy sunsets to the iconic blue & white domes dripping in pink flowers, this island will be everything you’ve dreamed of & more. (B,L,D)

Patmos

Mykonos

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

DAY 12 Rhodes Pristine beaches & medieval towns will greet us on the sun-soaked island of Rhodes. A kaleidoscope of history, culture & epic parties, there will be limitless options for how you spend your time here. (B,L,D)

ADD ATHENS

+ GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

10

AEGEAN SEA

CE

MYKONOS 11

Mediterranean Escape trip links with the Greek Island Hopping trip on p.118-119.

IOS 17 14

SANTORINI

END

10:00AM ATHENS CENTRE

READ ON FOR MORE HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2375 start May12

CODE: BBRE

end May21

A$2435 start May19 May26

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE

end May28 Jun 04

start Jun 02

START ROME & FINISH ATHENS

end Jun 11

A$2495 start Jun 16 Jun 23

end Jun 25 Jul 02

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING, VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER.

start Jun 30 Jul 07

end Jul 09 Jul 16

start Jul 14 Jul 21

end Jul 23 Jul 30

start Jul 28 Aug 11

end Aug 06 Aug 20

start Aug 18

end Aug 27

A$2435 start Aug 25 Sep 01

end Sep 03 Sep 10

start Sep 08 Sep 22

end Sep 17 Oct 01

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$605 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For all trip variation departure dates and pricing visit contiki.com/independentinsider SUMMER 2018

CODE: MESI

A$5005 start end May12 A Jun 01

A$4995 start May19

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

end Jun 07

A$5135 start end Jun 02 A Jun 22

START ROME & FINISH ATHENS

A$5259 start end Jun 23 A Jul 13

A$5119 start Jun 30

end Jul 19

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING, VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER.

A$5259 start end Jul 14 A Aug 03

A$5119 start Jul 21 Aug 11

end Aug 09 Aug 30

A$5135 start end Aug 25 A Sep 14

A$4995 start Sep 01

end Sep 20

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1285 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. A - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: MESIA. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Days 1 & 20 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For all trip variation departure dates and pricing visit contiki.com/independentinsider SUMMER 2018

CODE: MESC

A$4929 A A$4355 B start end May12 May25

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE + 4-DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

A$5045 A A$4455 B start end May19 Jun 01 May26 Jun 08 Jun 02 Jun 15

A$5165 A A$4555 B start Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 07

end Jul 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 20

start Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 11

end Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 24

START ROME & FINISH ATHENS

start Aug 18

end Aug 31

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$440 PORT TAXES & GRATUITIES

A$5045 A A$4455 B start Aug 25 Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 22

A = OUTSIDE CABIN, B = INSIDE CABIN

end Sep 07 Sep 08 Sep 21 Oct 05

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$1205 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$1385 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For all trip variation departure dates and pricing visit contiki.com/independentinsider. Unlimited drinks package including beer, wine, local spirits and soft drink. Please note: On occasions, we may not always be able to facilitate 3 nights in Amalfi but in these instances we will include an additional night in Sorrento and also stay in Salerno.

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GREEK ISLAND HOPPING 13 DAYS

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1 COUNTRY

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FROM

A$3025 *

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FROM

& N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

A$233 *PP/PD

ISLAND HOP YOUR WAY THROUGH WHITE & BLUE CYCLADIC SKYLINES & TURQUOISE SEAS

SANTORINI GREECE

CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION #CONTIKIGREEKHOPPING

Build your perfect trip, combining Mediterranean Escape with Greek Island Hopping. Summer Holiday winning!

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

FROM A$2375 A$4995 A$3025

118 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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TOP EXPERIENCES

12

16

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

12 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Past & Present, Athens F Island Tour, Delos F Highlights & Volcano Tour, Santorini

START

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• See the traditional Cycladic-style houses of Mykonos • See the famous windmills of Mykonos

DAY 3 - 5 Mykonos Having opened the lid on Athens & its intricacies, we’ll pack our bags & get ready for some island time. From the old iconic windmills near Little Venice to the peppering of cute cafés, this island has no shortage of Greek charm. For those not inclined towards slow paced days, you can sip organic lavender cocktails at the world renowned Buddha Bar. (B,D)(B)(B) F Island Tour of Delos F Mykonos Beach Hopping F Hidden Treasures of Mykonos

6PM ATHENS

DAY 1 - 2 Arrive Athens Today we’ll unite in a time capsule of life on earth; a city that will leave you stunned from sun up ‘til sun down. Here you can climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus & dine in the rustic district of Plaka. Other days might be spent sifting through treasures at Monastiraki Flea Market or visiting Brettos, one of the oldest distillery’s in Greece. (D)(B) F A Traditional Athens Affair F Past & Present Athens

GREECE

ATHENS 13 12

AEGEAN SEA

1

MYKONOS 3

IOS END

INDEPENDENT INSIDER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

DAY 6 - 8 Santorini After a short bout of play at sea, we’ll pull up in the port of Santorini, finding white-washed vistas & blue dome churches. Sign up for a tour that may see you swimming in an active volcano or peruse the streets snapping tumbling bougainvillea. With other days at black or red sand beaches eating local specialties like domatokeftedes (fried tomato balls), life doesn’t get much better. (B,D)(B)(B) F Visit Oia at sunset F Highlights & Volcano tour

9

10AM ATHENS

6

SANTORINI

DAY 12 - 13 Athens Choking back the tears, we’ll wave miserably to the dreamy islands of Greece. We’ll wrap things up after breakfast in Athens, attempting a few Greek pleasantries on the way out the door. (B)(B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 9 - 11 Ios Our final destination in our trio of islands – Ios will greet us with a rugged back drop & island charm. When the sun sets, this place really comes to life, which means day sailing trips on the water are essential. Sign up for some watersports & chow down grilled octopus at a local café & your Ios stint is complete. (B,D)(B)(B) F Sailing Spectacular Ios F Farewell Dinner to the Greek Islands

MIX & MATCH ITINERARY KEY START

Start city

END

End city

1

Extend your trip to include Road to Athens p.50 or Spotlight on Greece p.145. Save 5% when you book two trips.

MAP KEY Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3025 Start May02 May05 May08 May11 May14

CODE: BBGI

End May14 May17 May20 May23 May26

A$3365 Start May17 May20 May23 May26 May29

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

End May29 Jun 01 Jun 04 Jun 07 Jun 10

A$3529 Start Jun 01 Jun 04 Jun 07 Jun 10

End Jun 13 Jun 16 Jun 19 Jun 22

FOR ALL TRIP VARIATION DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING, VISIT CONTIKI.COM/INDEPENDENTINSIDER.

A$3895 Start Jun 13 Jun 16 Jun 19 Jun 22 Jun 25 Jun 28

End Jun 25 Jun 28 Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 10

Start Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 10 Jul 13 Jul 16

End Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 25 Jul 28

Start Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 31 Aug 03

End Jul 31 Aug 03 Aug 06 Aug 09 Aug 12 Aug 15

Start Aug 06 Aug 09 Aug 12 Aug 15 Aug 18

End Aug 18 Aug 21 Aug 24 Aug 27 Aug 30

A$3529 Start Aug 21 Aug 24 Aug 27 Aug 30

End Sep 02 Sep 05 Sep 08 Sep 11

A$3365 Start Sep 02 Sep 05 Sep 08 Sep 11 Sep 14 Sep 17

End Sep 14 Sep 17 Sep 20 Sep 23 Sep 26 Sep 29

Start Sep 20 Sep 23

End Oct 02 Oct 05

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1505 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Note: for operational reasons, this trip may run in reverse. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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In-Depth Explorer LIVE LOCAL

Created for the culturally curious, In-Depth Explorer gets you eating, sleeping, exploring, and maybe even talking like a local. Featuring experiences designed to get you to the core of a country’s culture, these trips aren’t about covering huge amounts of ground and instead focus on a specific region in detail. Less time on the coach and more time enjoying indulgent lie-ins, afternoon Spritz breaks and midnight churros will really have you feeling like you’ve nailed the European way of life.

ARE YOU AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORER TRAVELLER? Do you want to get to know a specific region (think Italy, Spain or Scandinavia) in detail?

Do you consider yourself part foodie, part historian, part culture aficionado and all parts explorer?

Are you keen to travel less and wander more?

Are you ready to learn from our seriously clued up Trip Managers and Local Guides?

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

BEST OF BRITAIN 10 DAYS

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2 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$2389 *

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FROM

NE W

A$239 *PP/PD

THE UK’S MOST ICONIC CITIES WITH A SMATTERING OF WELSH CHARM

LONDON ENGLAND

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 9

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

12

INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F London Eye F Welsh Banquet at Cardiff Castle F Tour of Millenium Stadium in Cardiff

#BESTOFBRITAIN

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • London City Tour • Visit Warner Bros, Harry Potter Studio Tour • Magical Mystery Tour

DAY 9 Liverpool Home of Beatlemania & another of Britain’s most beloved football teams, Liverpool is a city worth ticking. Attuning our ear to the Scouse accent, why not sign up for a tour of the most mysterious kind, or go find the heart of the city for yourself in the energetic & transformed factory area of the Baltic Triangle. (B)

DAY 8 Manchester Manchester has a lot to be proud of, holding ownership of Oasis, Coronation Street, vegetarianism, & the oldest English language library in the world. We’ll spend a night in this hub of quirks, where we can eat laksa & dumplings in Chinatown before exploring the basement clubs of the vibrant Northern Quarter. (B)

IRISH SEA

DAY 7 Warwick Today we say ‘Hwyl fawr’ to Wales & back to beautiful England making our way to the home of one of its most important sons - William Shakespeare & his beloved Stratford-upon-Avon. Time to explore here before we head north where we bed down in the town of Warwick. (B,D)

DAY 5 - 6 Cardiff Arriving in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, we’ll find a buzzing & compact metropolis where you can enjoy rarebit (glam cheese toast) & crempog (their take on pancakes). See the city’s regal side at Cardiff Castle, or get amongst the modern day scene at the cultural art space of ‘Chapter’. If craft beer & live music sound like your jam, you can hit up the lively street of Womanby. (B,D) Places visited 1 Itinerary day Start city End city

ENGLAND

LIVERPOOL

9

8

END

8PM LONDON

DAY 10 London Weaving south-east, we’ll head back to London, taking in the charming cottages of the English countryside en route. Back in the big smoke we’ll share sad goodbyes as our trip comes to an end, leaving us with 10 days of incredible memories. (B)

MANCHESTER

WALES

WARWICK

7

Stratford-upon-Avon

CARDIFF

5

3

OXFORD Harry Potter Studio Tour

4

BRISTOL

1 Bath

DAY 4 Bristol Plunging into the culturally rich town of Bath, we’ll be instantly impressed by the Roman architecture & the remnants of what was once a British haunt of high fashion. Beyond the Roman Baths themselves you can stroll across the Pulteney Bridge, roam the Royal Crescent or visit the Victoria Art Gallery. Then on to the uber cool city of Bristol home of the Legendary Banksy. (B)(B)

10

LONDON

START END

DAY 3 Oxford This Morning our first call is at Warner Bros Harry Potter World. Then we step into the elegance of 13th century colleges, we’ll soak up the buzz of youth & aroma of academia. Explore museums, marvel at the beauty of the Bodleian Library, or sit peacefully amidst 8,000 plant & flower species at the University of Oxford’s Botanical Gardens. (B)

START

7:30AM LONDON

DAY 1 - 2 London Today we unite in the capital of a Kingdom that’s brimming with excitement & adventure. Whether you find yourself sifting through antique treasures in Notting Hill or sipping coffee after a bout of shopping in hipster Shoreditch, your time here will be remarkable. To make it a legit Brit experience, why not get up close & personal with the most famous clock of them all, Big Ben, before bunking down with board games & beers in a cosy pub when hunger (inevitably) strikes. (D)(B) F Tower of London Tour

MIX & MATCH See more & save more! This trip will Mix & Match with England & Scotland trip, p.123. You’ll save 5% with our Multi-trip discount. See p.13. You’ll need to finish in Liverpool not London.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2389 Start May13 May27

CODE: BBLL

End May22 Jun 05

Start Jun 10

START LONDON & FINISH LONDON

End Jun 19

A$2439 Start Jun 24 Jul 08

End Jul 03 Jul 17

Start Jul 22 Jul 29

End Jul 31 Aug 07

Start Aug 05 Aug 19

End Aug 14 Aug 28

A$2389 Start Sep 02

End Sep 11

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$595. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00pm in London. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

122 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/BEST-BRITAIN


9 DAYS

|

2 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$1675 *

|

FROM

A$187 *PP/PD

SEE THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE BEATLES AMONGST CHARMING CITIES & LANDSCAPES

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

LONDON ENGLAND

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 8

12

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Edinburgh Castle Experience, Edinburgh

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles on our locally guided Magical Mystery Tour • Spot ‘Nessie’ on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness

SCOTTISH DAY 7 West Highlands HIGHLANDS After visiting the pastel houses & fishing Loch 6 ports of the Isle of Skye, we’ll carry on Isle of Ness Skye to the West Highlands, home of Ben SCOTLAND Nevis - Britain’s highest mountain. (B) WEST 7 HIGHLANDS

WINTER 2018/19

A$1785 Start Oct 19 Oct 26

End Oct 27 Nov 03

CODE: WWBR

A$1735 Start Nov 09 Nov 23

End May16 May19 May26 May30

4

LIVERPOOL 1

END

8AM GLASGOW OR 2:30PM LONDON

ENGLAND

DAY 9 Glasgow or London With a big love for Britain now running deep in our bloodstream, we’ll wrap up our trip after breakfast in Glasgow, or on arrival in London for those catching the train south. (B)

1

YORK

DAY 3 Lake District Endless green hills, serene lakes & streets of stone homes will be waiting for us in the Lake District. Settling into English country life, we’ll get a good taste for the slow & simple pleasures of days gone by. (B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional end city

START END

London

START

7:30AM LONDON

DAY 1 London to Liverpool This morning you’ll meet up with the Contiki team & sweep through the very best of London. Later, we’ll move on to Liverpool where Beatlemania & football will send us into an excited flurry. (D)

DAY 2 York After a drive through rolling countryside we’ll find ourselves ambling down narrow lanes exploring all York has to offer & with 2000 years of history tucked into its monuments, its offerings are nothing short of incredible. (B,D) F Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

DAY 4 - 5 Edinburgh After stopping at a curious wedding hotspot & a Roman Empire wall, we’ll land in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. From bagpipes to Hadrian’s Wall, this musical city will entertain us from sun up to sun down, & perhaps a little into the dark. (B)(B,D) F Dinner with haggis & bagpipes F Edinburgh castle experience

SCOTLAND 6 DAYS FROM A$1105 PP FROM A$185 PD Try everything Scottish on our 6-day trip. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Code: BBSC. Single supplement A$339. Code: WWSC. Single supplement A$299. Visit contiki.com/scotland

LONDON DAY TRIPS Take advantage of our great deals on day trips & visit Stonehenge, Bath or beautiful Windsor Castle. It’s easy: book on arrival at Contiki’s Basement. Visit contiki.com/day-trips

H O W MUC H & W H EN

Start Jun 01 Jun 05 Jun 08

CODE: BBBR

End Jun 09 Jun 13 Jun 16

START LONDON & FINISH GLASGOW OR LONDON

A$2205 Start Jun 19 Jun 22 Jun 26 Jun 29

End Jun 27 Jun 30 Jul 04 Jul 07

Start Jul 03 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 31 ●

End Jul 11 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 08

Start End Aug 03 ● Aug 11 Aug 10 ● Aug 18

A$2159 Start Aug 14 ● Aug 17 ● Aug 28 Aug 31

End Aug 22 Aug 25 Sep 05 Sep 08

Start Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 18 Sep 28

End Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 26 Oct 06

Start Oct 05 Oct 12

End Oct 13 Oct 20

Start Jan 18

End Jan 26

A$1675 Start Feb 01 Feb 15

End Feb 09 Feb 23

Start Mar 01 Mar 15

End Mar 09 Mar 23

START LONDON & FINISH GLASGOW OR LONDON

End Nov 17 Dec 01

Start End Dec 07 Dec 15 Dec 14 ★ Dec 22

A$1825 Start End Dec 21 ★ Dec 29 Dec 27 ◆ Jan 04

Start End Dec 28 ◆ Jan 05 2019

Start Jan 04 Jan 11

End Jan 12 Jan 19

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBBR - Summer 2018 - 9 days Single room supplement of A$535. WWBR - Winter 2018/19 - 9 days Single room supplement of A$459. Trip starts 7:30am (7:00am in winter) in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Glasgow or 2:30pm in London if you have chosen to take the train. Add A$140 to take the train from Glasgow to London. ● These trips will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ◆ This trip will be in Edinburgh during Hogmanay. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. Note: This trip is part of a wider adventure. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Great Britain & Ireland trip. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.124-125. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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#ENGLANDANDSCOTLAND

End Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 May05

A$2159 Start May08 May11 May18 May22

St Andrews

Stirling

EDINBURGH DAY 8 Glasgow GLASGOW 9 After a castle stop in Stirling, we’ll be Gretna Green sliding into Glasgow, where live music END & plenty of quirky characters will LAKE 3 DISTRICT welcome us in traditional warm Scottish style. (B) 2

SUMMER 2018

A$2115 Start Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27

DAY 6 Scottish Highlands The beautiful Scottish Highlands never fail to disappoint, complete with endless miles of rugged countryside, mystical tales, & a very elusive lake dwelling monster, who we’ll be keeping an eye out for on our Loch Ness cruise. (B,D)


GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND 16 DAYS

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5 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$2915 *

|

FROM

A$183 *PP/PD

BRITISH HISTORY & CULTURE COMBINED WITH IRISH LANDSCAPE & GUINNESS

#GBIRELAND

DUBLIN IRELAND

I had the most amazing time! Everything is organised for you with amazing Free Time Add-On experiences and well trained Trip Managers who give you all the best advice on where to go and what to do in your free time.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @DESTINATIONSWITHANDREA

124 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MARIEKELLYWRITES

CONTIKI.COM/BRITAIN-IRELAND

@MARKUSSAMPT

Stephanie Quaglia


TOP EXPERIENCES

15

23

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

15 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

15 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Guinness Storehouse Tour, Dublin F Traditional dinner with haggis & bagpipes, Edinburgh F Edinburgh Castle Experience, Edinburgh

DAY 7 West Highlands After visiting the pastel houses & fishing ports of the Isle of Skye, we’ll carry on to the West Highlands, home of Ben Nevis - Britain’s highest mountain. (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

DAY 6 Scottish Highlands The beautiful Scottish Highlands never fail to disappoint, complete with endless miles of rugged countryside, mystical tales, & a very elusive lake dwelling monster, who we’ll be keeping an eye out for on our Loch Ness cruise. (B,D)

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 6

DAY 9 Dublin After a short bout on the sea, we’ll plonk our feet onto Irish soil. Travelling through County Meath will take us to Dublin, the character filled capital known for its multitude of cute pubs. (B,D)

Isle of Skye

Loch Ness

DAY 8 Glasgow After a castle stop in Stirling, we’ll be sliding into Glasgow, where live music & plenty of quirky characters will welcome us in traditional warm Scottish style. (B)

WEST HIGHLANDS Stirling

4

EDINBURGH

8

LONDONDERRY

3

Larne

14

LAKE DISTRICT

BELFAST

N.IRELAND

11

GALWAY

2

IRISH SEA

16 15

DAY 2 York After a drive through rolling countrysides, we’ll find ourselves ambling down narrow lanes exploring all York has to offer & with 2000 years of history tucked into its monuments, its offerings are nothing short of incredible. (B,D) F Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

Hadrian’s Wall

YORK

Holyhead

9

1

DUBLIN

LIVERPOOL ENGLAND

Cliffs of Moher

START

Kilkenny

10 Blarney

WALES

START END

CORK London

Places visited Itinerary day

DAY 4 - 5 Edinburgh After stopping at a curious wedding hotspot & Hadrian’s Wall, we’ll land in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. From bagpipes to banging festivals, this musical city will entertain us from sun up to sun down, & perhaps a little into the dark. (B)(B,D) F Edinburgh castle experience F Dinner with haggis & bagpipes

DAY 3 Lake District Endless green hills, serene lakes & streets of stone homes will be waiting for us in the Lake District. Settling into English country life, we’ll get a good taste for the slow & simple pleasures of days gone by. (B)

St Andrews

Gretna Green

13

REP. OF IRELAND

1

Beatles on our locally guided Magical Mystery Tour • Spot ‘Nessie’ on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness

Giant’s Causeway

DAY 10 Cork Today we’ll head out of Dublin with no remorse, knowing we’ll be back for more at the end of the trip. Making our way to Cork, we’ll stop in Kilkenny where we can munch down some lunch. (B,D) F Jameson Whiskey Distillery

DAY 13 Londonderry Later in Londonderry, we’ll wind back the clock & soak up some 17th century Irish history. With the knowledge we’ll walk away with, you could swear the walls of this walled city could talk. (B,D) F Locally guided walking tour including the Bogside Murals

• Follow in the footsteps of The

SCOTLAND

7

GLASGOW

DAY 11 - 12 Galway Cruising out of Cork, we’ll pass the ever incredible Cliffs of Moher & go deep on Irish traditions at Blarney Castle. Our destination of Galway will delight us to no end, serving up all things quintessentially Irish – not least some Gaelic chit chat. (B)(B,D) F Boat ride to the Aran Islands (summer only)

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

DAY 14 Belfast Today we’ll encounter one of Irelands greats, the incredible Giant’s Causeway, before moving on to Belfast. Here, we’ll uncover a city transforming itself from a troubled past, discovering instead a rough diamond that offers up cool sites & nightlife aplenty. (B) F Titanic Museum visit

DAY 15 Dublin Back in Dublin we’ll have the chance to dive head first into the city we sampled a ‘wee bit’ back. Markets, museums, & plenty of four leaf clover fun will keep us busy in the nation’s capital. Guinness stew? Don’t mind if we do… (B) F Guinness Storehouse visit F Irish dinner & dancing evening

END

7:30AM LONDON

DAY 1 London to Liverpool This morning you’ll meet up with the Contiki team & sweep through the very best of London. Later we’ll move on to Liverpool, where Beatlemania & football will send us into an excited flurry. (D)

8:00PM LONDON

LONDON DAY TRIPS

DAY 16 Dublin to London We ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales & travel back to London where the trip ends upon arrival. (B)

Stonehenge, Bath or the home of the Queen, Windsor Castle - sound like you? Bag a bargain & take advantage of our great deals on day trips from London. It’s easy: book on arrival at Contiki’s Basement, London. Visit contiki.com/day-trips

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3495 Start Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27

CODE: BBUK

End Apr 21 Apr 28 May05 May12

WINTER 2018/19

A$3085 Start Oct 19 Oct 26

End Nov 03 Nov 10

A$3569 Start May08 May11 May18 May22 CODE: WWUK

A$3005 Start Nov 09 Nov 23

START LONDON & FINISH LONDON

End May23 May26 Jun 02 Jun 06

Start Jun 01 Jun 05 Jun 08

End Jun 16 Jun 20 Jun 23

A$3645 Start Jun 19 Jun 22 Jun 26 Jun 29

End Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 14

Start Jul 03 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 31 ●

End Jul 18 Jul 28 Aug 04 Aug 15

Start End Aug 03 ● Aug 18 Aug 10 ● Aug 25

A$3569 Start Aug 14 ● Aug 17 ● Aug 28 Aug 31

End Aug 29 Sep 01 Sep 12 Sep 15

Start Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 18 Sep 28

End Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 03 Oct 13

Start Oct 05 Oct 12

End Oct 20 Oct 27

Start Jan 18

End Feb 02

A$2915 Start Feb 01 Feb 15

End Feb 16 Mar 02

Start Mar 01

End Mar 16

START LONDON & FINISH LONDON

End Nov 24 Dec 08

Start End Dec 07 Dec 22 Dec 14 ★ Dec 29

A$3159 Start End Dec 21 ★ Jan 05 Dec 27 ◆ Jan 11

Start End Dec 28 ◆ Jan 12 2019

Start Jan 04 Jan 11

End Jan 19 Jan 26

A$3035 Start Mar 15

End Mar 30

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBUK - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$889. WWUK - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$795. Trip starts 7:30am (7:00am in winter) in London & ends approx. 8:00pm in London. This trip is a combination trip where travellers who have booked the England & Scotland only section return to London on Day 9 & those who have booked the Ireland only section join on Day 9. Those who have booked the Scotland & Ireland only section join in Edinburgh on Day 4. ● These trips will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ◆ This trip will be in Edinburgh during Hogmanay. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

IRELAND 8 DAYS

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2 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$1615 *

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FROM

A$202 *PP/PD

LEPRECHAUNS, GUINNESS & GALWAY GIRLS. THE FULL IRISH EXPERIENCE AWAITS

CLIFFS OF MOHER IRELAND

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 7

11

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Londonderry Walking Tour F Irish Dinner & Dancing evening, Dublin

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Visit Blarney Castle & kiss the famous Blarney Stone • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher

DAY 6 Belfast Today we’ll encounter one of Irelands greats, the incredible Giant’s Causeway, before moving on to Belfast. Here we’ll uncover a city transforming itself from a troubled past, discovering instead a rough diamond that offers up cool sites & nightlife aplenty. (B) F Titanic Museum visit

#CONTIKIIRELAND

End Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 May05

WINTER 2018/19

A$1699 Start Oct 27

End Nov 03

A$2025 Start May05 May12 May16 May19 May26 CODE: WWIR

A$1659 Start Nov 03 Nov 10 Nov 17

End May12 May19 May23 May26 Jun 02

LONDONDERRY 5 BELFAST 6 N.IRELAND

DAY 3 - 4 Galway Cruising out of Cork, we’ll pass the ever incredible Cliffs of Moher & go deep on Irish traditions at Blarney Castle. Our destination of Galway will delight us to no end, serving up all things quintessentially Irish – not least some Gaelic chit chat. (B)(B,D) F Boat ride to the Aran Islands (summer only)

DAY 7 Dublin Back in Dublin, we’ll have the chance to dive head first into the city we sampled on day one. Markets, museums, & plenty of four leaf clover fun will keep us busy in the nation’s capital. (B) F Guinness Storehouse Visit

REP. OF IRELAND

DAY 5 Londonderry Later in Londonderry, we’ll wind back the clock & soak up some 17th century Irish history. With the knowledge we’ll walk away with, you could swear the walls of this walled city could talk. (B,D) F Locally guided walking tour including the Bogside Murals

3 GALWAY Cliffs of Moher

8AM DUBLIN

DAY 8 Dublin The laughter & leprechaun jokes will come to an end today. You’ll say your teary goodbyes & pray that a bit of Irish luck reunites you all in the not too distant future. (B)

START END

8

END

1 DUBLIN

Kilkenny

START

CORK 2 Blarney

DAY 2 Cork Today, we’ll head out of Dublin with no remorse, knowing we’ll be back for more of it at the end of the trip. Making our way to Cork, we’ll stop in Kilkenny where we can explore the cute town & munch down some lunch. (B,D) F Jameson Whiskey Distillery

4:30PM DUBLIN

DAY 1 Dublin Today you’ll check in to your hotel & start getting acquainted with all things Irish! In the afternoon, the team will join forces, excited for the Emerald Isle adventures that sit ahead. (D) 1

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

SCOTLAND & IRELAND 13 DAYS FROM A$2499 PP FROM A$193 PD Add 5 days to your trip & get a slice of Scotland too. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Code: BBED. Single supplement A$785. Code: WWED. Single supplement A$675. Visit contiki.com/scotland-ireland

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A$1985 Start Apr 07 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28

Giant’s Causeway

Start May30 Jun 02 Jun 09 Jun 13

CODE: BBIR

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A$2065 Start Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 27 Jun 30 Jul 04

START DUBLIN & FINISH DUBLIN

End Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 11

Start Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 25

End Jul 14 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 01

Start Jul 28 Aug 04 Aug 08

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A$1745 Start End Dec 15 ★ Dec 22 Dec 22 ★ Dec 29 Dec 29 Jan 05

Start 2019 Jan 04 Jan 05

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Start Sep 01 Sep 05 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 19

End Sep 08 Sep 12 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 26

Start Sep 22 Sep 26 Sep 29 Oct 06 Oct 13

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A$1615 Start Jan 19 Jan 26 Feb 09

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Start Feb 23 Mar 09

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A$1675 Start Mar 16 Mar 23

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Start Oct 20

End Oct 27

START DUBLIN & FINISH DUBLIN

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Jan 11 Jan 12

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBIR - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$505. WWIR - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$435. Trip starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Great Britain & Ireland. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.124-125. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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SYMMETRICAL CITIES, GOLDEN COASTLINES & SUN DRENCHED DAYS

LISBON PORTUGAL

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 11

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

16

INCLUDED MEALS 11 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Barcelona Bike Ride F Visit Cascais & Sintra F Madrid Farewell Dinner

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Tour of Barcelona Gothic Quater • Visit to the Madrid Palace • Salamanca Walking Tour

DAY 5 Salamanca An archive of the Spanish Civil War with breathtaking architecture & a picturesque river setting, the village come city of Salamanca is quite the beauty. We’ll walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old City, see the ancient Cathedral Vieja, & bask in the sun of Casco Historico. (B)

DAY 3 - 4 Bilbao Eager to absorb as much as we can, we’ll pit-stop in the ancient Roman town of Zaragoza en route to Bilbao. The capital of Spain’s Vizcaya province & home to the architectural masterpiece of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is bohemian beauty at its finest. We’ll play in the Bay of Biscay & stroll the streets of Pamplona. (B,D)(B)

START

6:00PM BARCELONA

DAY 1 - 2 Barcelona We’ll join up & kick off in the sultry Spanish city of Barcelona. Exploring the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla & beyond, we won’t leave a pocket of this sizzling city uncovered. Churros & sangria enjoyed at rooftop bars & cosy cafés – we’ll take it all, with a side portion of paella. (D)(B) F Bike ride F Flamenco dinner & show

San

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2725 Start May16

CODE: BBFS

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WINTER 2018/19

A$2215 Start Nov 13

End Nov 24

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A$2325 Start Dec 20

START BARCELONA & FINISH MADRID

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A$2825 Start Jun 27

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Start Jul 11

End Jul 22

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Start Aug 08

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A$2725 Start Sep 05

End Sep 16

START BARCELONA & FINISH MADRID

End Dec 31

A$2215 Start Mar 12

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBFS - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$959. WWFS - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$809. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Barcelona & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#FIESTASANDSIESTAS

Sebastian BILBAO 3 DAY 6 - 7 Porto Slapping on our sunny Portuguese START Pamplona attitudes, we’ll cross the border & find Zaragoza SPAIN ourselves in an iconic town best known PORTUGAL 1 BARCELONA for its port wine. Alive with galleries & coffee shops, the terracotta washed 5 SALAMANCA PORTO 6 city of Porto is basically a dream. We’ll 10 12 find heritage in the old wooden tram MADRID END that rattles along the streets & in the UNESCO stamped alleys of Ribeira. You’re absolute must do whilst here? LISBON 8 It has to be the Duoro River Cruise. END 8:00AM MADRID (B,D)(B) F Cruise on the River Duoro DAY 10 - 12 Madrid From rooftop DAY 8 - 9 Lisbon bars to 1920’s architecture, Madrid F Local dinner Travelling south along the Atlantic, holds an unassuming charm & we’ll stop at the Venetian esque boat multi-layered persona that’s hard to town of Aveiro, en route to the capital. resist. We’ll bunker down here for the Once in Lisbon’s mosaic tiled streets of rest of our trip, getting acquainted with every nook & cranny. You’ll be guided pastelarias & antique stores, we’ll take by our city tour, & can chose to venture MIX & MATCH lazy strolls & dine for hours to enjoy the beyond the city skirts to the medieval pace of the city. You can find the secret walled city of Toledo. We’ll then top See more & save more! This trip will Mix haunts on a sightseeing tour, & find a things off with an optional farewell & Match with the Spain, Morocco & mountain of castles & secret gardens Española dinner. (B,D)(B)(B) Portugal trip p.134-135. You’ll save 5% Places visited by venturing to Sintra. (B,D)(B) F Visit Valley of the Fallen with our Multi-trip discount. See p.13. 1 Itinerary day F Dine with the locals seafood feast F Farewell dinner


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SAY CIAO TO ITALIAN LIVING IN THE LIKES OF CINQUE TERRE, CAPRI & VENICE

#SIMPLYITALY

MILAN ITALY

I would love to go on another Contiki trip as I enjoyed every moment of Italy and wish it didn’t have to end so that I could continue discovering more about this beautiful country.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ADAMHUSTON

128 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@AINS92B

CONTIKI.COM/SIMPLY-ITALY

@BRYONYKAY

Gracita Fils


TOP EXPERIENCES

11

14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

11 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Cruise around the Isle of Capri, Sorrento (summer only) F Tuscan Evening, Florence F Burano Island Cruise & Dinner, Venice

DAY 8 Milan From floating city to fashion capital, we’ll coast out of Venice & land ourselves in Milano. Waltzing around with eyes wide open, we’ll find that high-end shopping & enviable street style isn’t all this hotspot has to offer. (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour

• Enjoy a glass of Prosecco overlooking the Bay of Naples

• Day trip to the Isle of Capri

DAY 6 - 7 Venice The Romeo & Juliet setting of Verona will lead us along a trail of magic en route to Venice. Here we’ll spend two nights ogling over picturesque canals & art-filled palazzi, with a private boat ride to the islands topping it all off. (B)(B) F Gondola Ride F Burano Island Cruise & Dinner F Venice walking tour with cicchetti

DAY 9 Italian Riviera From Milan we’ll make our way down the Italian coastline, arriving in the iconic setting of the Italian Riviera. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre will keep our day colourful as we soak up the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere. (B)

DAY 4 - 5 Florence With the call of the Tuscan sun, we’ll float through vineyard clad Umbria, stopping in Pompeii on the way to the city of Florence. Here we’ll take in the masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, shop along Ponte Vecchio, & take to the outskirts to sip Chianti wine in the hillside. (B,D)(B) F Tuscan Evening

Lake Garda

MILAN

Verona

8

VENICE

6

DAY 3 Capri Peeling back the layers of Italy would not be complete without visiting its most adored island. Our day trip to Capri will be filled with natural beauty, cliff-side swims, & café hopping in the hillside town of Anacapri. (B)

ITALIAN RIVIERA Cinque Terre

9 Pisa

DAY 10 - 11 Rome Feeling very at home in the beautiful boot, we’ll head back to Rome via the Leaning Tower of Pisa & the Appenine Mountains. Continuing our love affair with the capital, a whirl of monuments, café culture & passionate conversation - così italiano! (B)(B) F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum

FLORENCE

Chianti Region Apennine Mountains

boutique Local

ITALY

END

8AM ROME

DAY 12 Rome Bursting with appreciation for this remarkable country, we’ll drink our final espressos & say our sad farewells - the trip will have come to a tear jerking end. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

1

4

Places visited Itinerary day

START END

12 10

1

Like the look of this trip but craving a little more luxe when it comes to accommodation? Head to p.75. to see how you can do this exact trip staying only in Boutique Hotels. See how much & when for dates & prices.

ROME

Vatican City Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

START

4PM ROME

Isle of Capri

DAY 1 Rome Today you’ll check in to your hotel before the team unites in the afternoon. Putting no delay on the Italian immersion, we’ll hit the streets for some sightseeing, with the Trevi Fountain & Piazza Navona being just two highlights on the list. Vespas, pasta & many espressos, we won’t miss a bit. (D)

2

SORRENTO

WWW.CONTIKI.COM/ BOUTIQUE-LOCAL

DAY 2 Sorrento Cruising out of Rome we’ll make our way to the Vatican City & St Peter’s. Bursting at the seams we’ll roll toward the bay of Naples, where we’ll sip a sunset drink by the seaside & take in the vista of cliff-edge houses. (B,D)

MIX & MATCH Keen to see more & save more? Use low cost airlines to fly to Athens - this trip will Mix & Match with Greek Island Hopping p.118-119. You’ll save 5% with our Multi-trip discount. SeeIONIAN p.13. SEA

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2625 Start Apr 01 Apr 15 Apr 29

CODE: BBSY

End Apr 12 Apr 26 May10

WINTER 2018/19

A$2325 Start Oct 21 Oct 28

End Nov 01 Nov 08

A$2695 Start May13

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A$2765 Start May20 May27 Jun 03 Jun 10

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A$2859 Start Jun 17 Jun 20 ● Jun 24 Jun 27

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Start Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 08 Jul 15

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End Aug 23 Aug 30

START ROME & FINISH ROME

A$2265 Start End Nov 25 Dec 06 Dec 09 ★ Dec 20

A$2379 Start End Dec 20 ★ Dec 31 Dec 27 Jan 07

A$2765 Start Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 05 Sep 09 CODE: BBBL

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Jan 17

A$2195 Start Jan 27 Mar 10

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boutique A$3689 Local JunStart20

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Start Sep 12 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30

End Sep 23 Sep 27 Oct 04 Oct 11

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A$3689 Start End Jul 29 ● Aug 09

DEPARTURES

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBSY - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$835. WWSY - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$829. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. ● Boutique Local departure code: BBIB. Single room supplement of A$1459. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


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A RICH, AUTHENTIC, CREAMY, FULL FLAVOUR OF THE MOST BELLISSIMO ITALIAN CITIES

TUSCANY ITALY

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9

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 7 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

DAY 3 - 5 Florence Basking beneath the Tuscan sun, we’ll go deep in to the city of Florence; taking in the masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, shopping along Ponte Vecchio, & taking to the outskirts to sip Chianti wine in the hillside. From secret streets to sacred art, we’ll uncover all of it. (B,D)(B)(B) F Tuscan Evening

Verona

Pisa

3

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Locally guided tour of the Vatican museums

DAY 1 - 2 Rome Today you’ll check-in to your hotel before the team unites in the afternoon. Putting no delay on the Italian immersion, we’ll hit the streets for some sightseeing, with the Trevi Fountain & Piazza Navona being just two highlights on the list. Vespas, pasta & many espressos; we won’t miss a bit. (D)(B) F Cooking Class & Dinner

#ITALIANESPRESSO

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DAY 8 Venice Today we’ll say our teary goodbyes through new-found Italian phrases, either here in Venice or later in Rome if you’re hitching a free ride back to the capital. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 (ending in Venice) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Apennine Mountains

San Gimignano

MIX & MATCH START END

1

See more & save more! Use low cost airlines to fly to Greece. This trip will Mix & Match with Greek Island Hopping p.118-119 trip. Or head to Berlin & connect with the Eastern Road trip p.44-45. You’ll save 5% with our Multi-trip discount. See p.13.

ROME Vatican City 1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional end city

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$1875 Start Apr 07 Apr 21

8

FLORENCE

Chianti Region

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Emperors & Gladiators Inc. Colosseum, Rome F Tuscan Evening, Florence F Gondola Ride, Venice

6

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4PM ROME

START

VENICE

ITALY

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 6 - 7 Venice The Leaning Tower of Pisa & the Romeo & Juliet setting of Verona will lead us along a trail of magic en route to Venice. Here we’ll spend two nights ogling over picturesque canals, art-filled palazzi, & the boutique beauty of this floating city. (B)(B) F Burano Dinner & Cruise

A$1975 Start May19 May21 May26

CODE: BBHI

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START ROME & FINISH VENICE OR ROME

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A$1649 Start Mar 02

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End Sep 22 Sep 29

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End Mar 23

START ROME & FINISH VENICE OR ROME

End Nov 10

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End Nov 24

A$1785 Start End Dec 15 ★ Dec 22

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHI - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$595. WWHI - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$549. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Venice or approx 6:00pm in Rome. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

130 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

IBERIAN PENINSULA & MOROCCO

MARRAKECH MOROCCO

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 20

29

NIGHTS IN HOTEL 20 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 20 breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D)

START

DAY 1 - 2 Madrid Packed with both traditional charm & a modern vibrancy, two nights roaming Madrid’s diverse neighbourhoods & lively plazas PORTUGAL will have us hooked. (D)(B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour in Madrid • Guided local tour & visit the Bahia Palace in Marrakech

END

End Nov 10

CODE: WIBP

A$3765 Start Nov 05

16

Denia

7

IBIZA

Sierra Nevada 9 Mountains

DAY 9 - 10 Granada This morning we’ll board a fast ferry back to the Spanish mainland. A fabled palace, atmospheric streets & tapas aplenty will keep us entertained in this old-school city. (B)(B,D) F Tour of Albaicin & Royal Chapel

GRANADA

Tarifa Tangier

Algeciras Gibraltar

DAY 21 End Madrid 15 ASSILAH With far too many tapas tucked under our belts, we’ll say goodbye to Rabat 11 FEZ our newly beloved Contiki fam. Our Casablanca Atlas trip will come to an end after Mountains breakfast, but our love affair with this part of the world never will. (B) 13 MARRAKECH

Please note: Days 1 & 21 have been designed to allow you to start & finish MOROCCO the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 20 Madrid Leaving the tiled town behind, we’ll take a border hop back to Spain. Later we’ll arrive in the capital of Madrid where we’ll have one final fiesta together to toast a great trip. (B)

DAY 7 - 8 Ibiza Switching from ancient streets to strobe lights, we’ll board a flight for the world’s party capital, Ibiza. (B)(B)

Places visited Itinerary day DAY 18 - 19 Lisbon Arriving in Portugal’s capital we’ll be mesmerized by this laid-back city of wooden trams & tiled home-fronts. For two nights we’ll be wooed by fresh seafood & dreamy sunsets by Lisbon’s Golden Gate. (B,D)(B) F Portuguese Dinner 1

DAY 16 - 17 Seville Waving goodbye to Africa, we’ll wind our way north in search of Seville. 13th Century architecture & one of the world’s biggest cathedrals will fill our time. (B,D)(B) F Eat, Speak, Love DAY 15 Assilah Cruise through Casablanca, seeing the seaside Hassan II’s Mosque & visiting the capital of Rabat. After a Kasbah & King’s Palace, we’ll crash out in Assilah. (B,D)

DAY 4 Pamplona After lounging around in San Sebastian, taking sea dips & eating pinxtos, we’ll slide our Spanish selves along to Pamplona. Here we’ll soak up a city famed for its San Fermin festival & the immortal words of Ernest Hemingway. (B) DAY 5 - 6 Barcelona Roaming beachside Barcelona will call for many sangrias – just to cool down, of course – & a churro or 12 for more energy. (B,D)(B) F Flamenco Show with Dinner DAY 11 - 12 Fez We’ll travel across the Strait of Gibraltar into the Rif Mountains to Fez. Here we’ll explore the bustling Medina, see the Royal Palace, & haggle like pros for handmade carpets. (B,D)(B) F Welcome to Morocco Dinner & Show DAY 13 - 14 Marrakech Passing the incredible oasis of Ifrane & the famous Atlas Mountains, we’ll move on to Marrakech. Soak up the souks, visit Koutoubia Mosque & sift through kilos of delicate silver jewels. (B,D)(B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN A$4679 Start May21 May28 Jun 04

CODE: IBPMO

End Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24

START MADRID & FINISH MADRID

Start Jun 11

End Jul 01

A$3955 Start Dec 22

End Jan 10

A$4845 Start Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02

End Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 22

Start Jul 09 Jul 14 Jul 16

End Jul 29 Aug 03 Aug 05

Start Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 13

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A$4679 Start Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10

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Start Dec 26

End Jan 14

Start Jan 02

End Jan 21

A$3655 Start Feb 11

End Mar 02

A$3765 Start Mar 18

End Apr 06

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End Oct 07 Oct 14

START MADRID & FINISH MADRID

End Nov 24

Start Nov 19

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). IBPMO - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1595. WIBP - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$1379. Trip starts 6:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. Winter dates feature a slightly modified 20-day itinerary, 1 night in Valencia instead of 2 nights in Ibiza & 1 less (D). Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#IBERIAANDMOROCCO

WINTER 2018/19

A$3859 Start Oct 22

End May27

Pyrenees Mountains

MADRID

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LISBON

SEVILLE

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Valley of the Fallen, Madrid F Bike Tour, Barcelona F Guided Tour to Sintra & Cascais

A$4565 Start May07

BILBAO

18

ESSENTIALS Local Guide in Morocco, See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

A$4445 Start Apr 30

DAY 3 Bilbao Today we’ll take the slow track to START 4 PAMPLONA Bilbao so we can take in Segovia. END SPAIN Later in Bilbao, Spain’s emerging hub Zaragoza of culture & cool, you’ll have time to Segovia 5 head to the iconic Guggenheim Art BARCELONA 21 20 1 Museum. (B,D) San Sebastian

6PM MADRID


SPANISH SPREE 14 DAYS

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DELVE INTO SIESTAS, SANGRIA, SPANISH CITIES & THE SUN, SAND & SOUNDS OF IBIZA LIFE

#SPANISHSPREE

SEVILLE SPAIN

Fantastic trip with a great bunch of people and fabulous Trip Manager. I highly recommend the trip for anyone wanting a snapshot of Spain.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @SAMEARP

132 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MIKERIZZI

CONTIKI.COM/SPAIN

@STEPHSUMU

Maria Gonzalez


TOP EXPERIENCES

13

17

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

13 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

13 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Valley of the Fallen, Madrid F Bike Tour, Barcelona F Guided Rock Tour, Gibraltar

START

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour in Madrid • Locally guided tour of the Alhambra

6PM MADRID

DAY 1 - 2 Madrid After checking in to your hotel you’ll be free to start exploring the nation’s capital before the team unites later in the day. Packed with both traditional charm & a modern vibrancy, two nights roaming Madrid’s diverse neighbourhoods & lively plazas will have us hooked. (D)(B)

DAY 3 Bilbao Today we’ll take the slow track to Bilbao so we can take in Segovia, with its Roman foundations. Later in Bilbao, Spain’s emerging hub of culture & cool, you’ll have time to head to the iconic Guggenheim Art Museum - one of the world’s most famous galleries. (B,D)

DAY 4 Pamplona After lounging around in San Sebastian taking sea dips & eating pinxtos, we’ll slide our Spanish selves along to Pamplona. Here we’ll soak up a city famed for its San Fermin festival & the immortal words of Ernest Hemingway. (B) DAY 5 - 6 Barcelona Roaming beachside Barcelona will call for many sangrias – just to cool down, of course – & a churro or 12 for more energy. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this sizzling city uncovered. (B,D)(B) F Flamenco Show with Dinner

San Sebastian

BILBAO END

3 4

8AM MADRID

PAMPLONA

DAY 14 Madrid With far too many tapas tucked under our belts, we’ll say goodbye to our newly beloved Contiki fam. Our trip will come to an end after breakfast, but our love affair with all things Spanish never will. (B)

Segovia

MADRID

Pyrenees Mountains Zaragoza

BARCELONA 13 14

1

5 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

START END

Toledo SPAIN

7

CORDOBA DAY 13 Madrid Taking to the hill-top town of Toledo, we’ll meander through medieval buildings & mosques, drifting through what locals know as the “Imperial City”. Later we’ll cruise back to Madrid, with one final fiesta to toast a great trip. (B) F Traditional Madrileños Dinner

SEVILLE

IBIZA

12

11

9

Sierra Nevada Mountains

GRANADA Gibraltar 1

DAY 12 Cordoba Leaving laid-back Seville, we’ll drive through the heart of Andalusia & onwards to Cordoba. Cobbled lanes, storybook balconies & an ancient mosque will be ours to explore for the night. (B)

DAY 11 Seville Winding along the Costa del Sol, we’ll arrive in Seville. 13th Century architecture & one of the world’s biggest cathedrals will fill our time in this quintessentially Spanish city. (B) F Gibraltar Guided Rock Tour

Places visited Itinerary day

DAY 9 - 10 Granada This morning we’ll board a fast ferry, taking the ocean option back to the Spanish mainland. A fabled palace, atmospheric streets & tapas aplenty will keep us entertained in this old-school city. (B)(B,D) F Tour of Albaicin & Royal Chapel

DAY 7 - 8 Ibiza Switching from ancient streets to strobe lights, we’ll board a flight for the world’s party capital, Ibiza. Those not fussed on 6am dance floor sessions will find no shortage of gorgeous beaches & water sports that abound the island. (B)(B)

MIX & MATCH See more & save more! Use low cost airlines to fly to Italy & Greece. This trip will Mix & Match with Simply Italy p.128-129, or Greek Island Hopping p.118-119. You’ll save 5% with our Multi-trip discount. See p.13.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3345 Start Apr 30

CODE: BBEH

End May13

WINTER 2018/19

A$2455 Start Oct 22

End Nov 04

A$3435 Start May07 May14

CODE: WWEH

A$2395 Start Nov 05

START MADRID & FINISH MADRID

End May20 May27

A$3525 Start May21 May28 Jun 04 Jun 11

End Jun 03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24

A$3645 Start Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 04

End Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 17

Start Jul 09 Jul 14 Jul 16 Jul 18

End Jul 22 Jul 27 Jul 29 Jul 31

Start Jul 23 Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 30

End Aug 05 Aug 07 Aug 10 Aug 12

A$2515 Start Dec 22

End Jan 04

Start Dec 26

End Jan 08

Start Jan 02

End Jan 15

Start Aug 06 Aug 13 Aug 20

End Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02

A$2319 Start Feb 11

End Feb 24

A$3525 Start Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17

End Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30

A$2395 Start Mar 18

End Mar 31

Start Sep 24

End Oct 07

START MADRID & FINISH MADRID

End Nov 18

Start Nov 19

End Dec 02

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBEH - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1239. WWEH - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$875. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. Note: This trip is part of the epic Iberian Peninsula & Morocco adventure so you’ll be waving goodbye to some of your new pals as they continue on with this separate journey. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 2 nights in Madrid (D)(B), Bilbao 1 night (B), Pamplona 1 night (B), Barcelona 2 nights (B)(D)(B), Valencia 1 night (B), Granada 2 nights (B)(B)(D), Seville 2 nights (B)(D)(B), Cordoba 1 night (B), Madrid 1 night (B). For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


SPAIN, MOROCCO & PORTUGAL 15 DAYS

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4 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2525 *

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FROM

A$169 *PP/PD

2 WEEKS, 2 CONTINENTS & UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF SOUKS, PAELLA & PIRI PIRI CHICKEN

#SPAINMOROCCOPORTUGAL

LISBON PORTUGAL

The trip was full of culture, adventure, shopping, nightlife, down time & friendship! This is truly the best way to see Spain, Portugal & Morocco, as well as being the best value for money.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @SAMEARP

134 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@SAMEARP

CONTIKI.COM/SPAINMOROCCO-PORTUGAL

@SHANBELLAMY

Jasmin Zammit


TOP EXPERIENCES

14

21

NIGHTS IN HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

14 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

14 breakfasts (B), 7 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Tour of Albacin & Royal Chapel, Granada F Welcome to Morocco dinner & show, Fez F Flamenco show with dinner, Seville

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DAY 12 - 13 Lisbon Arriving in Portugal’s capital, we’ll be mesmerized by this laid-back city of wooden trams & tiled home-fronts. For two nights we’ll be wooed by fresh seafood & dreamy sunsets by Lisbon’s Golden Gate. (B,D)(B) F Portuguese Dinner

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

8AM MADRID

DAY 15 Madrid With far too many tapas tucked under our belts, we’ll say goodbye to our newly beloved travel pals. Our trip will come to an end after breakfast, but our love affair with this part of the world never will. (B)

DAY 14 Madrid Leaving the tiled town behind, we’ll take a border hop back to Spain. Later we’ll arrive in the capital of Madrid where we’ll have one final fiesta together to toast a great trip. (B)

• Locally guided tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace • Guided local tour of the Medina of Fez • Guided local tour & visit the Bahia Palace in Marrakech

START

Please note: Days 1 & 15 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 1 - 2 Madrid After checking-in to your hotel you’ll be free to start exploring the nation’s capital before the team unites later in the day. Packed with both traditional charm & a modern vibrancy, two nights roaming Madrid’s diverse neighbourhoods & lively plazas will have us hooked. (D)(B)

MADRID 15 14

START END

1

6PM MADRID

PORTUGAL Toledo SPAIN

LISBON

12

SEVILLE DAY 10 - 11 Seville Waving goodbye to Africa, we’ll wind our way north in search of Seville. 13th Century architecture & one of the world’s biggest cathedrals will fill our time in this quintessentially Spanish city. (B,D)(B) F Eat, Speak, Love F Walking Tour inc. Bullring

ATLANTIC

DAY 9 Assilah Tarifa OCEAN Missing not a beat of this country, Tangier we’ll cruise through Casablanca ASSILAH 9 seeing the seaside Hassan II’s Mosque & visiting the capital of Rabat Rabat. After a Kasbah & King’s Casablanca Palace, we’ll crash out in Assilah. (B,D)

3

GRANADA

Sierra Nevada Mountains Algeciras Gibraltar

5

FEZ

DAY 3 - 4 Granada This morning we’ll admire the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains on the journey out of Madrid. Arriving in Granada, we’ll find an old-school city with a fabled palace, atmospheric streets & tapas aplenty. (B)(B,D)

Atlas Mountains

MOROCCO

7

1

10

Places visited Itinerary day

MARRAKECH

DAY 7 - 8 Marrakech Passing the incredible oasis of Ifrane & the famous Atlas Mountains, we’ll move on to Marrakech. Here you’ll be free to soak up the souks, visit Koutoubia Mosque & sift through kilos of delicate silver jewels. Conclude it all with a hammam ritual for ultimate travel bliss. (B,D)(B)

DAY 5 - 6 Fez Sliding through the seas that divide Europe & Africa, we’ll travel across the Strait of Gibraltar before crossing the Rif Mountains into Fez. Here in this spellbinding Moroccan city we’ll explore the bustling Medina, see the Royal Palace, & haggle like pros for handmade carpets. (B,D)(B)

A$3279 Start Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16

End Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30

A$2525 Start Feb 16

End Mar 02

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3199 Start May06 May13

CODE: BBMP

End May20 May27

WINTER 2018/19

A$2665 Start Oct 27

End Nov 10

A$3279 Start May27 Jun 03 Jun 10 CODE: WWMP

A$2599 Start Nov 10

START MADRID & FINISH MADRID

End Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24

A$3395 Start Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 01

End Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 15

Start Jul 08 Jul 15 Jul 20

End Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 03

Start Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05

End Aug 05 Aug 12 Aug 19

Start Aug 19

End Sep 02

A$2729 Start Dec 27

End Jan 10

Start Dec 31

End Jan 14

Start Jan 07

End Jan 21

Start Sep 23 Sep 30

End Oct 07 Oct 14

A$2599 Start Mar 23

End Apr 06

START MADRID & FINISH MADRID

End Nov 24

Start Nov 24

End Dec 08

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBMP - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$1110. WWMP - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$955. Trip starts 6:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Note: What’s better than new friends? More new friends! This trip joins up with travellers from our epic Iberian Peninsula & Morocco trip so prepare for even more fun times.

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TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY 10 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES |

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 9

18

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & ON CRUISE SHIP 6 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation, 3 nights on board a cruise ship INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS Silver drinks package on board the cruise ship. See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Turkish Bath Experience, Istanbul F Islands & Volcanoes, Santorini

#TURKEYANDGREECE

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Visit the Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge & spice markets in Istanbul • Visit House of the Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus

CONTIKI.COM/ ODYSSEY

FROM

A$2785 * |

FROM

A$279 *PP/PD

DAY 3 Canakkale In a more sombre mood, today we’ll ISTANBUL pay our respects in the historic START Gallipoli battlefields. Later we’ll hop 1 DAY 1 - 2 Istanbul continents without hitting the skies, Gallipoli Arriving in Turkey’s epicentre, we’ll be ferrying to the Turkish city of 3 CANAKKALE welcomed by exhilarating bazaars, a Troy Canakkale. Here on the Asian mosque crafted by thousands of END continent, we’ll be greeted by a TURKEY hand-painted tiles, & the charismatic quaint port city where we’ll bunker AEGEAN spectacle of a city where east meets Pergamum SEA down for an evening of metaphorical west. Every minute of our two nights & literal Turkish delights. (B,D) here will be put to good use. (D)(B) ATHENS IZMIR 4 10 F Belly dancing show & dinner START

7PM ISTANBUL

Patmos

END

5

KUSADASI 6

GREECE

PAMUKKALE

Ephesus Hieropolis

8AM ATHENS

SANTORINI 9

DAY 10 Athens This morning we’ll arrive on the mainland of Greece where one final meal awaits us. You’ll then have the chance to do some final sightseeing or you can wrap your trip up straight after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

7

RHODES

1

Places visited Itinerary day

DAY 7 - 8 Rhodes The Dodecanese Island of Rhodes offers a class in culture & history, or the chance to beach hop & party. However you choose to tackle this magical island, it will not leave you disappointed. (B,D)(B,L,D) F Tour of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes

Crete

DAY 9 Santorini After a sunny stopover on the island of Crete, we’ll float along to the iconic blue & white domes of Santorini. Donkeys, wineries & lazy lunches will be ours to absorb for 3 blissful nights. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Izmir Enjoying the journey as much as the destination, today we’ll be treading the ruins of Troy, cruising the Turkish coastline & visiting the ancient city of Pergamum. By night we’ll arrive in the city of Izmir, where a taste of the colourful nightlife is definitely on the cards. (B,D) F Guided trip of the centuries-old ruins DAY 5 Pamukkale Today we’ll try to comprehend how mineral waters & calcium terraces could look so good, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale. (B,D) F Visit to the site of the thermal pools & hot springs DAY 6 Kusadasi Today we’ll rise & shine for a visit to Ephesus, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Later, we’ll move to the port of Kusadasi, where we can shop all things Turkish in the town’s lively bazaar. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

CODE: BBSL

A$3175 A A$2785 B Start End May30 Jun 08

Start Jun 13

START ISTANBUL & FINISH ATHENS

End Jun 22

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$440 PORT TAXES & GRATUITIES

A$3245 A A$2839 B Start End Jun 27 Jul 06

Start Jul 11

End Jul 20

Start Jul 25

End Aug 03

Start Aug 08

A = OUTSIDE CABIN, B = INSIDE CABIN

End Aug 17

A$3175 A A$2785 B Start End Aug 22 Aug 31

Start Sep 12

End Sep 21

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Or take a single supplement option: Add A$719 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$859 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Trip starts 7:00pm in Istanbul & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

MOROCCO 5 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY |

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 4

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 4 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

6

INCLUDED MEALS 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

START

FROM

A$885 * |

FROM

8PM FEZ

DAY 1 - 2 Fez The team will meet up tonight after you’ve checked in & got acquainted with the hotel. Here in this spellbinding city of Morocco, we’ll step back to remnants of 9th Century North Africa, exploring the bustling Medina, visiting the Royal Palace, & haggling for handmade carpets. (D)(B) F Welcome to Morocco dinner & show

1

3

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END

Places visited Itinerary day

END

8AM MARRAKECH

DAY 3 - 4 Marrakech Today we’ll leave Fez, passing the famous Atlas Mountains that hug the Sahara Desert. Arriving in Marrakech, you’ll be free to soak up the souks, visit Koutoubia Mosque & sift through kilos of delicate silver jewels. Conclude it all with a hammam ritual for ultimate travel bliss. (B,D)(B) F Marrakech by night

Please note: Days 1 & 5 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 5 Marrakech Feeling well & truly hooked by the beauty & mayhem of all things Morocco, we’ll say our sad goodbyes to both our travel pals & the ancient beauty of Marrakech. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$959 Start May10

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided local tour of the Medina of Fez • Guided local tour of Marrakech & visit the Bahia Palace

START

Atlas Mountains

MARRAKECH

1

FEZ

MOROCCO

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Welcome to Morocco dinner & show, Fez F Marrakech by night

A$177 *PP/PD

CODE: BBMO

End May14

WINTER 2018/19

A$935 Start Oct 31

End Nov 04

A$909 Start Mar 27

End Mar 31

A$985 Start May17 May31 Jun 07 CODE: WWMO

A$909 Start Nov 14

START FEZ & FINISH MARRAKECH

End May21 Jun 04 Jun 11

Start Jun 14

End Jun 18

A$1015 Start Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 05

End Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09

Start Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 24

End Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 28

Start Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 09

End Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 13

A$985 Start Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 13

End Aug 27 Sep 10 Sep 17

A$955 Start Dec 31

End Jan 04

Start Jan 04

End Jan 08

Start Jan 11

End Jan 15

A$885 Start Feb 20

End Feb 24

Start Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 04

End Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 08

START FEZ & FINISH MARRAKECH

End Nov 18

Start Nov 28

End Dec 02

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBMO - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$335. WWMO - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$329. Trip starts 8:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Spain, Morocco & Portugal trip. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.134-135. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.


8 DAYS

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1 COUNTRY

|

A$1795 *

FROM

|

A$225 *PP/PD

FROM

SEE THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SIGHTS INCLUDING 1 OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD!

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

EGYPT & THE NILE

LUXOR EGYPT

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

CAIRO Giza Sakkara

1

8

2

DAY 1 Cairo Arriving in exotic Egypt, you’ll check in to your hotel before the team unites & the sensory adventure begins.

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival. See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam, Aswan F Visit the Temple of Horus, Edfu F Cruise, Red Sea NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza

DAY 2 Overnight train In this sand covered city of Cairo we’ll whirl through the markets & masses of inhabitants before greeting the Great Pyramids & Sphinx with absolute awe. By evening, we’ll go local & board an overnight train to Aswan. (B,D)

DAY 3 Nile Cruise - Aswan Emerging from our overnight train ride, we’ll find ourselves in laid back Aswan. Jumping into relaxation mode, we’ll sail on a felucca & soak up the exoticism & history of the region. Later, we’ll settle into our first of 3 nights on a luxurious cruise of the River Nile. (B,L,D) F Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam

WINTER 2018/19

A$1875 Start Oct 20

End Oct 27

End May19

CODE: WTEG

A$1845 Start Nov 03 Nov 17

End Nov 10 Nov 24

Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

RED SEA 4

EDFU Kom Ombo

3 ASWAN LAKE NASSER

DAY 4 Nile Cruise - Edfu Passing the Arabian Desert & palm trees aplenty, we’ll stop in Kom Ombo to greet the God of Crocodiles & marvel at the symmetry of the village. Back on the boat we’ll be able to swim & soak up sun before docking for a night in Edfu. (B,L,D) F Visit Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods

DAY 5 Nile Cruise - Luxor Continuing our float along the River Nile, we’ll take in dramatic landscapes, palm trees & small African villages. Later, we’ll arrive in temple clad Luxor, where epic monuments & royal history are the talk of the town. (B,L,D) F Visit Abu Simbel’s Temple of Ramses II

DAY 6 Hurghada Once we’ve admired some ancient royal tombs, we’ll amble along & find ourselves in an oasis by the Red Sea. Here in the holiday town of Hurghada we’ll snorkel in saltwater lapping in from the Indian ocean, & laze under umbrellas as we watch the sun go down. (B,D) F Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak

THE NILE CRUISE Cruise the Nile in style with luxury cabins, private showers, WC, TVs & air-con. The ship features a pool, sun deck & loungers, bars & party areas.

A$1985 Start May26 Jun 09

CODE: BBEG

End Jun 02 Jun 16

A$2035 Start Jun 23 Jul 07

START CAIRO & FINISH CAIRO

End Jun 30 Jul 14

Start Jul 21 Aug 04

End Jul 28 Aug 11

End Dec 29 Jan 05

Start 2019 Jan 12

End

Start Aug 18

End Aug 25

A$1985 Start Sep 01 Sep 15

End Sep 08 Sep 22

A$1795 Start Jan 26 Feb 09

End Feb 02 Feb 16

Start Feb 23 Mar 09

End Mar 02 Mar 16

Start Sep 29

End Oct 06

START CAIRO & FINISH CAIRO

Start Dec 01

End Dec 08

A$1905 Start Dec 22 Dec 29

Jan 19

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBEG - Summer 2018 Single room supplement of A$580. WTEG - Winter 2018/19 Single room supplement of A$549. Note: Single room supplement does not apply to night 2. Overnight train cabins are twin-share only. Trip starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am in Cairo. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For details of winter trips between Oct 2017 - Mar 2018, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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End Apr 21 May05

A$1935 Start May12

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

DAY 8 Cairo Attempting some Arabic phrases, we’ll say our goodbyes this morning in Cairo when our trip comes to a teary end. (B)

DAY 7 Cairo After using the day’s hours to carry on swaying amidst the coral reefs & white sands of the Red Sea, we’ll journey back to Cairo for one last night of magic & madness in the capital. (B)

HURGHADA 5 LUXOR

Esna

EGYPT

1

6

8AM CAIRO

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$1885 Start Apr 14 Apr 28

ILE EN TH

15

END

START END

7PM CAIRO

EZ SU OF LF GU

7

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights in hotels, 1 night twin-berth sleep couchette train (Cairo to Aswan), 3 night Nile Cruise

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ADRIATIC UNEARTHED 15 DAYS

7 COUNTRIES

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|

FROM

A$3239 *

|

FROM

START ROME

A$216 *PP/PD

THE ULTIMATE MIX OF HISTORY, CULTURE, SUNSHINE & BEACHES

DUBROVNIK CROATIA

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 14 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

18

INCLUDED MEALS 14 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

START

4PM ROME

DAY 1 - 2 Rome Today you’ll check-in to your hotel before the team unites in the afternoon. Putting no delay on the cultural immersion, we’ll hit the streets for some sightseeing, with the Trevi Fountain & Colosseum being just two highlights on the list. Vespas, pasta & many espressos; we won’t miss a bit. (D)(B) VENICE F Emperors & Gladiators 4 inc. Colosseum

DAY 3 Florence With the call of the Tuscan sun, we’ll float through vineyard clad Umbria en route to the city of Florence. Here we’ll take in the masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, shop along Ponte Vecchio, & learn a thing or two about the locals’ love of leather. (B)

SLOVENIA

5

#ADRIATICUNEARTHED

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Special access Rome walking tour • Florence walking tour • See the Unesco listed Kotor Bay • Entry into the Plitvice Lakes

Postojna Cave CROATIA

PLITVICE 6 3

FLORENCE FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Tuscan Evening Dinner, Florence F Gondola Ride, Venice F Captain’s Cruise, Corfu

LJUBLJANA

END

8AM ROME

START END

SPLIT 7

8

ITALY

ROME 15 14

DAY 15 Depart Rome Bursting with appreciation for the remarkable Adriatic region, we’ll drink our final espressos & say our sad farewells - the trip will have come to a tear jerking end. (B)

BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

TIRANA

Pompeii

13

SALERNO

9 Bari

DAY 7 Split This morning we’ll leave the lakes & hit the harbour-side, journeying to the cobblestone city of Split. With a lively waterfront & unmistakable nautical theme, we’ll slip into Croatian life quite easily. (B) F Let’s Split Dinner

DAY 8 Dubrovnik After whizzing along the Dalmatian

DAY 9 Tirana Travelling through tiny Montenegro we’ll land in Albania’s buzzing capital. With colourful buildings, cool cafés, & a post-communism mood of rebirth, Tirana will surprise & delight. (B)

ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. A UNESCO World Heritage site of mega clubs & seafood restaurants, we’ll lose sense of time playing in this wonderland. (B,D)

12

CORFU IONIAN SEA

DAY 14 Rome Today, we head north to Rome after a visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. (B) F Guided Tour of Pompeii

DAY 6 Plitvice Lakes The cascading teal forest pools of Plitvice Lakes will serve as our introduction to the magic of Croatia. We’ll walk wooden footbridges & marvel at wildlife in this UNESCO playground of natural beauty. (B,D)

ALBANIA

10

Please note - Days 1 & 15 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 5 Ljubljana A city well known for its university vibes, Ljubljana sure knows how to have fun. Here in Slovenia’s capital, we’ll meander through vibrant streets, ticking off monuments & exploring the old town for hours. (B)

DUBROVNIK coastline, we’ll make our way to the

MONTENEGRO ADRIATIC SEA Kotor Bay

1 Mt Vesuvius

DAY 4 Venice Out of Florence, we’ll roll in search of the ‘The Floating City’. Here we’ll spend the day ogling over picturesque canals & art-filled palazzi, with a private boat ride to the islands topping it all off. (B)

DAY 13 Salerno Heading to Salerno with the chance to visit the postcard cliffs of Amalfi & the Amalfi Coast, you may end this day saying we saved the best ‘til last. (B)

GREECE

DAY 12 Overnight Ferry After another full day of lazing island side, we’ll be setting off for Italy. Spending the night being lulled by the roll of the ocean, our ferry will cruise us through the night arriving by morning in the seaside town of Bari. (B)

DAY 10 - 11 Corfu Two nights on the Greek Island of Corfu will see spirits at an all time high. With water sports, succulent seafood, & nightlife abounding, what more could we greedy travellers ask for? (B,D)(B) F Ionian dinner experience 1

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3319 Start Jun 09

CODE: BBAUM

End Jun 23

A$3325 Start Jun 23 Jun 30

START ROME & FINISH ROME

End Jul 07 Jul 14

Start Jul 07 Jul 14

End Jul 21 Jul 28

Start Jul 21 Jul 28

End Aug 04 Aug 11

Start Aug 04 Aug 11

End Aug 18 Aug 25

Start Aug 18

End Sep 01

A$3239 Start Sep 01

End Sep 15

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$1155 on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

138 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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15 DAYS

|

7 COUNTRIES

|

A$3239 *

FROM

|

FROM

START SPLIT

A$216 *PP/PD

A COLLECTION OF EUROPE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOTS: PLITVICE, CORFU, VENICE & MORE

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

ADRIATIC UNEARTHED

FLORENCE ITALY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 14 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

18

INCLUDED MEALS 14 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Gondola Ride, Venice F Captian’s Cruise, Corfu F Postojna Cave, Ljubljana

DAY 14 Split This morning we’ll leave the lakes & hit the harbour-side, journeying to the cobblestone city of Split. With a lively waterfront & unmistakable nautical theme, we’ll slip into Croatian life quite easily. (B) F Let’s Split Dinner

DAY 12 Ljubljana A city well known for its university vibes, Ljubljana sure knows how to have fun. Here in Slovenia’s capital, we’ll meander through vibrant streets, ticking off monuments & exploring the old town for hours. (B) DAY 11 Venice Out of Florence we’ll roll in search of the ‘The Floating City’. Here we’ll spend the day ogling over picturesque canals & art-filled palazzi, eating gelato & pizza to top it all off. (B) DAY 10 Florence With the call of the Tuscan sun, we’ll float through vineyard clad Umbria en route to the city of Florence. Here we’ll take in the masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, shop along Ponte Vecchio, & drink up the hidden nooks that surround the Duomo Cathedral. (B)

1

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

END

START

8:00AM SPLIT

DAY 15 Split Bursting with appreciation for the remarkable Adriatic region, we’ll say our sad farewells - the trip will have come to a tear jerking end. (B)

SLOVENIA

VENICE

12

11

Postojna Cave

FLORENCE 10

CROATIA

1

START END

ROME 7

DAY 2 Tirana Travelling along the Adriatic Coast, we’ll land in Albania’s buzzing capital. With colourful buildings, cool cafes, & a post-communism mood of rebirth, Tirana will surprise & delight. (B)

DUBROVNIK

MONTENEGRO ADRIATIC SEA Kotor Bay

Mt Vesuvius Pompeii

SALERNO 6

5 Bari

DAY 1 Split to Dubrovnik The team will unite in Split today before taking to the Dalmatian coastline towards Dubrovnik. Arriving in the ancient walled city we’ll find a UNESCO World Heritage site of mega clubs & seafood restaurants, with a renowned Hollywood reputation. (D) Please note: Day 15 has been designed to allow you finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

LJUBLJANA

PLITVICE 13 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA SPLIT 1 14 15 ITALY

8:00AM SPLIT

2

TIRANA

ALBANIA GREECE

CORFU 3

DAY 3 - 4 Corfu Two nights on the Greek island of Corfu will see spirits at an all time high. With water sports, succulent seafood, & nightlife abounding, what more could we greedy travellers ask for? (B,D)(B) F Ionian dinner experience

DAY 7 - 9 Rome Today we head north to Rome after a visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Colosseum. (B)(B,D)(B) F Emperors & Gladiators inc. Colosseum F Guided Tour of Pompeii

DAY 6 Salerno Waking up on Italian soil, we’ll motor along from Bari to the seaside city of Salerno, where we’ll have the chance to visit the postcard cliffs of Amalfi & the Amalfi Coast. (B)

DAY 5 Overnight Ferry After another full day of lazing island side, we’ll be setting off for Italy. Spending the night being lulled by the roll of the ocean, our ferry will cruise us through the night, arriving by morning into the town of Bari. (B)

Start Jul 21

Start Aug 04

A$3239 Start Aug 25

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$3325 Start Jun 16

CODE: BBAUS

End Jun 30

Start Jun 30

START SPLIT & FINISH SPLIT

End Jul 14

Start Jul 07

End Jul 21

Start Jul 14

End Jul 28

End Aug 04

Start Jul 28

End Aug 11

End Aug 18

Start Aug 11

End Aug 25

End Sep 08

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$1129 on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 8:00am in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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EUROPE SUMMER 2018 139

#ADRIATICUNEARTHED

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided tour of Dubrovnik’s old town • Private boat through canals of Venice

DAY 13 Plitvice Lakes The cascading teal forest pools of Plitvice Lakes will serve as our introduction to the magic of Croatia. We’ll walk wooden footbridges & marvel at wildlife in this UNESCO playground of natural beauty. (B,D)


IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

ADRIATIC HORIZONS 8 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES |

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 7

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

FROM

A$1855 * |

DAY 4 Venice Out of Florence, we’ll roll in search of the ‘The Floating City’. Here we’ll spend the day ogling over picturesque canals & art-filled palazzi, eating gelato & pizza to top it all off. (B)

FROM

A$232 *PP/PD

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 3 Florence With the call of the Tuscan sun, we’ll float through vineyard clad Umbria en route to the city of Florence. Here we’ll take in the masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, shop along Ponte Vecchio, & drink up the hidden nooks that surround the Duomo Cathedral. (B) F Tuscan Dinner

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Postojna Cave, Ljubljana F Gondola Ride, Venice

#ADRIATICHORIZONS

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Florence walking tour • Special access Rome walking tour • Private boat through canals of Venice • Entry to Plitvice Lakes

CONTIKI.COM/ ADRIATIC-HORIZONS

LJUBLJANA

5

ITALY

Postojna Cave

VENICE 4

PLITVICE

4PM ROME

1

END

SPLIT

FLORENCE

7

8

ADRIATIC SEA

START

START

CROATIA

6 3

9

DAY 5 Ljubljana A city well known for its university vibes, Ljubljana sure knows how to have fun. Here in Slovenia’s capital we’ll meander through vibrant streets, ticking off monuments & exploring the old town for hours. (B)

SLOVENIA

1

ROME

DAY 1 - 2 Rome Today you’ll check-in to your hotel before the team unites in the afternoon. Here in Rome we’ll put no delay on the cultural immersion, hitting the streets for some sightseeing with the Trevi Fountain & Colosseum being just two highlights on the list. Vespas, pasta & many espressos; we won’t miss a bit. (D)(B) F Emperors & Gladiators inc. Colosseum

END

Places visited Itinerary day

8AM SPLIT

DAY 8 Split Bursting with appreciation for the remarkable Adriatic region, we’ll drink our final drinks & say our sad farewells - the trip will have come to a tear jerking end. (B) Please Note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

DAY 6 Plitvice Lakes The cascading teal forest pools of Plitvice Lakes will serve as our introduction to the magic of Croatia. We’ll walk wooden footbridges & marvel at wildlife in this UNESCO playground of natural beauty. (B,D)

DAY 7 Split This morning we’ll leave the lakes & hit the harbour-side, journeying to the cobblestone city of Split. With a lively waterfront & unmistakable nautical theme, we’ll slip into Croatian life quite easily. (B) F Let’s Split Dinner

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$1855 Start Jun 09

CODE: BBAH

End Jun 16

START ROME & FINISH SPLIT

A$1895 Start Jun 23 Jun 30

End Jun 30 Jul 07

Start Jul 07 Jul 14

End Jul 14 Jul 21

Start Jul 21 Jul 28

End Jul 28 Aug 04

Start Aug 04 Aug 11

End Aug 11 Aug 18

Start Aug 18

End Aug 25

A$1855 Start Sep 01

End Sep 08

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$645 on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Adriatic Unearthed (start Rome) trip. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.138.

ADRIATIC SPIRIT 8 DAYS | 6 COUNTRIES |

FROM

A$1919 * |

FROM

A$240 *PP/PD CROATIA

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 7

9

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

#ADRIATICSPIRIT

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Captain’s Cruise, Corfu F Ionian Dinner Experience, Corfu F Guided Tour, Pompeii

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided tour of Dubrovnik’s old town • See the UNESCO listed Kotor Bay • See Mt Vesuvius

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END

START

8AM ROME

BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

DAY 8 Rome Bursting with appreciation for the remarkable Adriatic region, we’ll drink our final espressos & say our sad farewells - the trip will have come to a tear jerking end. (B)

START

1

1

END

DAY 7 Rome We’ll depart from the beautiful Amalfi today & head to the Italian capital for our final night on tour passing ancient Pompeii en route. (B) F Guided tour of Pompeii

DAY 6 Salerno Waking up on Italian soil, we’ll motor along from Bari to the seaside city of Salerno, where we’ll have the chance to visit the postcard cliffs of Amalfi & the Amalfi Coast. (B)

SPLIT

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME 8

7

MONTENEGRO Kotor Bay

ITALY Mt Vesuvius Pompeii

2

TIRANA

DAY 1 Split to Dubrovnik The team will unite in Split today before taking to the Dalmatian coastline towards Dubrovnik. Arriving in the ancient walled city, we’ll find a UNESCO World Heritage site of mega clubs & seafood restaurants, with a renowned Hollywood reputation. (D)

5

SALERNO 6 1

DUBROVNIK

8AM SPLIT

ALBANIA

Bari

Places visited Itinerary day

GREECE

CORFU 3

DAY 5 Overnight Ferry After another full day of lazing island side, we’ll be setting off for Italy. Spending the night being lulled by the roll of the ocean, our ferry will cruise us through the night, arriving by morning into the town of Bari. (B)

DAY 3 - 4 Corfu Two nights on the Greek Island of Corfu will see spirits at an all time high. With water sports, succulent seafood, & nightlife abounding, what more could we greedy travellers ask for? (B,D)(B)

DAY 2 Tirana Travelling along the Adriatic Coast, we’ll land in Albania’s buzzing capital. With colourful buildings, cool cafes, & a post-communism mood of rebirth, Tirana will surprise & delight. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$1965 Start Jun 16 Jun 30

CODE: BBAS

End Jun 23 Jul 07

Start Jul 07 Jul 14

START SPLIT & FINISH ROME

End Jul 14 Jul 21

Start Jul 21 Jul 28

End Jul 28 Aug 04

Start Aug 04 Aug 11

End Aug 11 Aug 18

Start Aug 18

End Aug 25

A$1919 Start Aug 25 Sep 08

End Sep 01 Sep 15

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$665 on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 8:00am in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the 15-day Adriatic Unearthed (start Rome) trip. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.138.


15 DAYS

|

6 COUNTRIES

|

A$2889 *

FROM

START SPLIT

|

FROM

A$193 *PP/PD

DISCOVER A COMBINATION OF HIDDEN BEACHES, CITIES, CULTURE & COOL VIBES

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

BEST OF BALKANS

DUBROVNIK CROATIA

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 14 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

20

INCLUDED MEALS 14 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Dinner Cruise, Dubrovnik F Dine with the Locals, Sarajevo F Croatian Feast, Split

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik • See the sights on a locally guided walking tour of Sarajevo • Driving city tour of Budapest

END

8AM SPLIT

DAY 15 Split Bursting with appreciation for the remarkable Balkans, we’ll drink our final drinks & say our sad farewells the trip will have come to a tear jerking end. (B)

DAY 14 Split This morning we’ll leave Zadar, journeying back to the cobblestone city of Split. With a lively waterfront & unmistakable nautical theme, we’ll slip into Split’s life quite easily. (B) F Let’s Split Dinner

DAY 13 Zadar An intoxicating mix of history & contemporary, the untapped Zadar will be waiting to entertain us. Here, watch the famed sunset bring the solar paneled outdoor disco floor of Sun Salutation alive, before kicking on into the evening. (B)

Please note: Days 1 & 15 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST 9 SLOVENIA

11 START

6PM SPLIT

DAY 1 Split Today you’ll check in to your hotel room before relaxing or exploring during the free hours of the day. Later, the team will get acquainted by the coast of Croatia, sharing the first of many group dinners. (D)

PLITVICE 12 ZADAR 13 SPLIT 1

CROATIA BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

14 15

DUBROVNIK 1

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

ADRIATIC SEA

2

6

8

BELGRADE

SERBIA

SARAJEVO

Mostar

Kotor

MONTENEGRO

4

BUDVA

DAY 4 - 5 Budva After a drive past fjords & through the super-yacht town of Kotor, we’ll arrive in Budva. Two nights in Montenegro’s seaside beauty will see us being treated to buttered polenta, Adriatic Sea dips & 2500 years of history. (B,D)(B,D)

DAY 6 - 7 Sarajevo After a stop by the cute bridge town of Mostar, we’ll amble on towards Sarajevo. The complexities of the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina will be uncovered to us by the wisdom of a local guide, revealing both war-time stories & modern day delights. (B,D)(B)

DAY 11 Ljubljana A city well known for its student vibes, Ljubljana sure knows how to have fun. Here in Slovenia’s capital, we’ll meander through vibrant streets, ticking off monuments & exploring the old town. (B) DAY 9 - 10 Budapest After easing out of Serbia we’ll arrive in Budapest, the ‘Paris of the East.’ From a Royal Palace to a gothic church, we’ll bounce across the river split city of hilltop Buda & bustling Pest, being allured by this city for two nights. (B)(B,D) F Danube Dinner Cruise DAY 8 Belgrade Often named one of the liveliest cities in Europe, Serbia’s capital has shaken off its rugged past, save for some socialist relics. We’ll find Belgrade’s history, nightlife, & creative corners, calling the city home for a night. (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2889 Start May26 Jun 09

CODE: BBCH

End Jun 09 Jun 23

A$2965 Start Jun 23 Jul 07

START SPLIT & FINISH SPLIT

End Jul 07 Jul 21

Start Jul 21 Aug 04

End Aug 04 Aug 18

Start Aug 11 Aug 18

End Aug 25 Sep 01

A$2889 Start Aug 25 Sep 01

End Sep 08 Sep 15

Start Sep 15

End Sep 29

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$1005 on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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DAY 2 - 3 Dubrovnik After easing along the Dalmatian coastline, we’ll make our way to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. A UNESCO World Heritage site of mega clubs & seafood restaurants, we’ll lose sense of time for two nights indulging in this playground. (B)(B) F Dinner Cruise

START END

LJUBLJANA

DAY 12 Plitvice Lakes The cascading teal forest pools of the Plitvice Lakes will serve as our introduction to the magic of Croatia. We’ll walk wooden footbridges & marvel at wildlife in this UNESCO playground of natural beauty. (B,D)


IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

BEST OF BALKANS 15 DAYS

|

6 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

START BUDAPEST

A$2889 *

|

FROM

A$193 *PP/PD

THE VERY BEST OF THIS UNDERRATED BUT UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL EUROPEAN REGION

DUBROVNIK CROATIA

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 14

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 14 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

20

INCLUDED MEALS 14 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Guided War Tunnels Tour, Sarajevo F Folklore Dinner, Belgrade F Dinner Cruise, Budapest

#BESTOFBALKANS

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Walking tour of Ljubljana • Entry into the Plitvice Lakes • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik

START

DAY 2 Plitvice Lakes The cascading teal forest pools of the Plitvice Lakes will serve as our introduction to the magic of Croatia. We’ll walk wooden footbridges & marvel at wildlife in this UNESCO playground of natural beauty. (B,D)

8AM BUDAPEST

DAY 15 Budapest With all the senses well & truly satisfied, it will be time to kiss the Balkans goodbye. Our trip will come to an end after the teary final breakfast as a team. (B)

DAY 1 Budapest to Ljubljana This morning the team will join forces & head out of Budapest towards Slovenia’s capital. Here in Ljubljana we’ll meander through vibrant streets, ticking off monuments & exploring the old town. A city well known for its student vibes, Ljubljana sure knows how to have fun.

DAY 3 Zadar An intoxicating mix of history & contemporary, the untapped Zadar will be waiting to entertain us. Here, watch the famed sunset bring the solar paneled outdoor disco floor of Sun Salutation alive, before kicking on into the evening. (B)

DAY 4 - 5 Split This morning we’ll leave Zadar, journeying to the cobblestone city of Split. With a lively waterfront & unmistakable nautical theme, we’ll slip into life here quite easily. (B)(B,D) F Let’s Split Dinner

END

7:30AM BUDAPEST

Please note: Days 1 & 15 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 13 - 14 Budapest After drifting out of Serbia, we’ll move on to Hungary, arriving in the ‘Paris of the East.’ From a Royal Palace to a gothic church, we’ll bounce across the river split city of hilltop Buda & bustling Pest, being allured by this city for 2 nights. (B)(B,D) F Group Photo

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST 1

13 15 START END

SLOVENIA

1

LJUBLJANA CROATIA

PLITVICE 2 ZADAR 3 SPLIT 4 1

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

DUBROVNIK

DAY 6 - 7 Dubrovnik After breezing down the Dalmatian coastline we’ll make our way to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. A UNESCO World Heritage site of mega clubs & seafood restaurants, we’ll lose sense of time indulging in this playground. (B)(B) F Dinner Cruise

10 6

12

BELGRADE

SERBIA

SARAJEVO

Mostar

Kotor

DAY 12 Belgrade Often named one of the liveliest cities in Europe, Serbia’s capital has shaken off its rugged past, save some socialist relics. We’ll find Belgrade’s history, nightlife, & creative corners, calling the city home for the night. (B)

MONTENEGRO

8

BUDVA

DAY 8 - 9 Budva After a stop in the super-yacht town of Kotor this morning, we’ll arrive in breathtaking Budva. Two nights in Montenegro’s seaside beauty will see us being treated to buttered polenta, Adriatic Sea dips & 2500 years of history. (B,D)(B,D)

DAY 10 - 11 Sarajevo After a stop by the cute bridge town of Mostar, we’ll continue on towards Sarajevo. The complexities of the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina will be uncovered to us by the wisdom of a local guide, revealing both war-time stories & modern day delights. (B,D)(B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2889 Start Jun 05

CODE: BBBB

START BUDAPEST & FINISH BUDAPEST

A$2965 Start Jun 19

A$2889 End End Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 03 Jul 17 Jul 17 Jul 31 Jul 31 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 28 Aug 21 Sep 04 Aug 28 Sep 11 Sep 11 Sep 25 * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$1005 based on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in Budapest & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/ staylonger.

142 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/BESTOFBALKANS


11 DAYS | 5 COUNTRIES |

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 10

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 10 nights in twin-share hotel accommodation

15

INCLUDED MEALS 10 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Danube Dinner Cruise, Budapest

CONTIKI.COM/ BALKANSDISCOVERY

A$228 *PP/PD

FROM

BUDAPEST

6PM SPLIT

DAY 1 Split Today you’ll check in to your hotel room before relaxing or exploring during the free hours of the day. Later the team will get acquainted by the coast of Croatia, sharing the first of many group dinners. (D)

END

11

9

END

HUNGARY

DAY 11 End Budapest With all the senses well & truly satisfied, it will be time to kiss the Balkans goodbye. Our trip will come to an end after a teary final breakfast as a team. (B)

CROATIA

BELGRADE

START

8AM BUDAPEST

8 Please note: Days 1 & 11 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

DAY 2 - 3 Dubrovnik 1 SPLIT 6 SARAJEVO After easing along the Dalmatian coastline, we’ll make our way to the SERBIA Places visited Mostar ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. A DUBROVNIK 2 1 Itinerary day MONTEUNESCO World Heritage site of ADRIATIC NEGRO mega clubs & seafood restaurants, SEA Kotor 4 BUDVA DAY 6 - 7 Sarajevo we’ll lose sense of time for two nights DAY 4 - 5 Budva After a stop by the cute bridge town indulging in this playground. (B)(B) of Mostar, we’ll amble on towards After a stop in the super-yacht town F Dinner Cruise Sarajevo. The complexities of the of Kotor this morning, we’ll arrive in capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina will breathtaking Budva. Two nights in be uncovered to us by the wisdom of Montenegro’s seaside beauty will see a local guide, revealing both war-time us being treated to buttered polenta, stories & modern day delights. Adriatic Sea dips & 2500 years of (B,D)(B) history. (B,D)(B,D)

DAY 9 - 10 Budapest After drifting out of Serbia we’ll move on to Hungary, arriving in the ‘Paris of the East.’ From a Royal Palace to a gothic church, we’ll bounce across the river split city of hilltop Buda & bustling Pest, being allured by this city for 2 nights. (B)(B,D)

DAY 8 Belgrade Often named one of the liveliest cities in Europe, Serbia’s capital has shaken off its rugged past, save for some socialist relics. We’ll find Belgrade’s history, nightlife, & creative corners, calling the city home for the night. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$2499 Start May26 Jun 09

CODE: BBCB

End Jun 05 Jun 19

START SPLIT & FINISH BUDAPEST

A$2569 Start Jun 23 Jul 07

End Jul 03 Jul 17

Start Jul 21 Aug 04

End Jul 31 Aug 14

Start Aug 11 Aug 18

A$2499 Start Aug 25 Sep 01

End Aug 21 Aug 28

End Sep 04 Sep 11

Start Sep 15

End Sep 25

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$875 based on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Best of Balkans (start Split or Rome) trips. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.141 & p.142. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

#BALKANSDISCOVERY

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik • See the sights on a locally guided walking tour of Sarajevo • Driving city tour of Budapest • Locally guided tour of Budapest

START

A$2499 * |

FROM

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

BALKANS DISCOVERY

THE MINI BALKAN 5 DAYS | 3 COUNTRIES |

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W 4

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 4 nights in twin-share hotel accommodation

5

INCLUDED MEALS 4 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

START

FROM

A$899 * |

DAY 1 Budapest to Ljubljana A city well known for its student vibes, Ljubljana sure knows how to have SLOVENIA fun. Here in Slovenia’s capital we’ll LJUBLJANA 1 meander through vibrant streets, ticking off monuments & exploring the old town for hours. DAY 2 Plitvice Lakes The cascading teal forest pools of Plitvice Lakes will serve as our introduction to the magic of Croatia. We’ll walk wooden footbridges & marvel at wildlife in this UNESCO playground of natural beauty. (B,D)

HUNGARY

2

Please note: Day 5 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

PLITVICE 1

3

8AM SPLIT

DAY 5 Split With our hankering for the Balkans more than satisfied, it will be time to wave the Contiki crew goodbye. Our trip will come to an end after one more delectable breakfast. (B)

START

CROATIA

ADRIATIC SEA

ZADAR

END

BUDAPEST

1

Places visited Itinerary day

END

4

5

SPLIT

DAY 3 Zadar An intoxicating mix of history & contemporary, the untapped Zadar will be waiting to entertain us. Here, watch the famed sunset bring the solar paneled outdoor disco floor of San Salutation alive, before kicking on into the evening. (B)

DAY 4 Split This morning we’ll leave Zadar, journeying to the cobblestone city of Split. With a lively waterfront & unmistakable nautical theme, we’ll slip into life here quite easily. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$899 Start Jun 05

CODE: BBBC

End Jun 09

A$925 Start Jun 19 Jul 03

START BUDAPEST & FINISH SPLIT

End Jun 23 Jul 07

Start Jul 17 Jul 31

End Jul 21 Aug 04

Start Aug 14

End Aug 18

A$899 Start Aug 21 Aug 28

End Aug 25 Sep 01

Start Sep 04 Sep 11

End Sep 08 Sep 15

Start Sep 25

End Sep 29

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$315 based on twin-share trip price. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in Budapest & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Best of Balkans (start Split) trip. . Why not join them if you have the time. See p.141.

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A$180 *PP/PD

7:30AM BUDAPEST

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Let’s Split Dinner, Split

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Walking tour of Ljubljana • Entry into Plitvice Lakes

FROM


IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE 4 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

|

FROM

A$1095 *

|

FROM

A$274 *PP/PD

4 DAYS, 4 WORLD HERITAGE SITES – LET’S GO

ATHENS GREECE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

DAY 3 Delphi Once we’ve ogled at the site of the very first Olympic Games, we’ll cross the Corinthian Gulf & arrive in Delphi. Here we’ll take in what was once the centre of the ancient Greek universe, attempting to fathom the magnitude of its history. (B,D)

END

DELPHI 3

5

DAY 4 Athens After sweeping in the history of Delphi one last time, we’ll return to Athens where our trip ends in the afternoon. Four days deep, you may even be speaking a little Greek by this point. (B)

GREECE

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

Corinth

ATHENS 1

4

AEGEAN SEA

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the trip without needing an extra night of accommodation.

START END

Mycenae

6PM ATHENS

2

OLYMPIA ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F A Traditional Affair, Athens

1

DAY 2 Olympia Dancing through history & ancient architecture, we’ll take on the gritty urban soul of Athens before breezing across the historic Peloponnese region en route to Olympia. (B,D)

Places visited Itinerary day Start city End city

START

#SPOTLIGHTGREECE

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Guided walking tour of Mycenae & the Palace of Agamemnon

6PM ATHENS

DAY 1 Athens Channeling our inner Grecian god, we’ll arrive in Athens ready to soak up all things Greek; souvlaki & anise-flavoured aperitifs in particular. Uniting with the crew after checking in to your hotel, the adventure will begin. F A Traditional Athens Affair

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$1095 Start Apr 30

CODE: BBBS

End May03

A$1125 Start May07

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

End May10

A$1149 Start May21 Jun 04

End May24 Jun 07

A$1189 Start Jun 18 Jul 02

End Jun 21 Jul 05

Start Jul 16 Jul 30

End Jul 19 Aug 02

Start Aug 13

End Aug 16

A$1149 Start Aug 27 Sep 10

End Aug 30 Sep 13

Start Sep 24 Oct 08

End Sep 27 Oct 11

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$339 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 6:00pm in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

144 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/GREECE


16 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 15

20

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 15 nights in hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 15 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

START

FROM

A$4465 * |

+ GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

A$280 *PP/PD

FROM

DAY 6 - 8 Mykonos Windmills, white buildings & iconic sunsets - this paradise will be ours for 3 whole days. Hotel (B)(D)(B)(B)

AEGEAN SEA

6PM ATHENS

ATHENS

START END

1 15 DAY 1 - 4 Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, GREECE itinerary & sightseeing opposite. DAY 5 Athens Today we’ll step back to Athens so we can go a little deeper into this time capsule of life on earth. From ancient relics to modern cafes, we’ll absorb this city & all its grilled 1 Itinerary day halloumi to boot. (B)

DAY 9 - 11 Santorini After a sunny stint on the boat, we’ll float in to the iconic blue & white domes of Santorini. (B)(D)(B)(B)

MYKONOS 6 12

IOS

DAY 12 - 14 Ios With a rugged backdrop, the island of Ios is a wild card of all night parties & secluded beaches. (B)(D)(B)(B)

9

SANTORINI

DAY 15 Athens After one last day of sunshine & Aegean Sea dips, we’ll head back to Athens for our final night. (B)

END

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE

10AM ATHENS

DAY 16 Athens The trip ends after breakfast, when you can kick the post holiday blues by planning your next one. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN ESSENTIALS Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers. Please see p.192 for more information on our essentials.

CONTIKI.COM/ GREECE-ISLAND

SUMMER 2018

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

CODE: SPGI

A$4245 Start End Apr 30 B May14

A$4459 Start End May07 C May23

A$4355 Start End May21 B Jun 04

A$4515 Start End Aug 13 B Aug 27

A$4465 Start Aug 27

A$4569 Start End Sep 10 C Sep 26

End Sep 11

A$4465 Start Jun 04

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

START

FROM

A$2789 * | 1

START END

6PM ATHENS

7

15

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS Guided tour of the House of the Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus Silver drinks package on board the cruise ship. See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

CONTIKI.COM/ GREECE3

Kusadasi Mykonos

DAY 1 - 4 Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

DAY 6 Crete Waking in the port of Kusadasi, we’ll take a tour of the ancient city of Ephesus & shop all things Turkish in the town’s lively bazaar. Back on the water we’ll drift to idyllic Patmos before moving to our evening stay of Crete. (B)(L)(D)

TURKEY

Patmos

Santorini

Crete

1

11

27

INCLUDED MEALS 11 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D)

CONTIKI.COM/ GREECE7

DAY 7 Santorini This morning we’ll say ‘kalo proi‘ to Crete, a paradise of coves, cliffs & white sand beaches. We’ll then drift on to Santorini, where a cable car or hill climb will take us to Fira’s blue dome building vistas. (B)(L)(D)

END

10AM ATHENS

SUMMER 2018

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

CODE: SPICR3

A$3045 A A$2789 B start end Apr 30 May07 May07 May14

A$3115 A A$2855 B start end May21 May28 Jun 04 Jun 11

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$340 PORT TAXES & GRATUITIES

A$3235 A A$2939 B start end Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09

start Jul 16 Jul 30

end Jul 23 Aug 06

start Aug 13

end Aug 20

A = OUTSIDE CABIN, B = INSIDE CABIN

A$3115 A A$2855 B start end Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10 Sep 17

start Sep 24 Oct 08

end Oct 01 Oct 15

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$725 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or A$835 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

FROM

A$4015 * | GREECE

START

6PM ATHENS

1

DAY 1 Athens Settling in to Grecian life, why not kick start your Greek food safari with dinner in the rustic Plaka district or climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus. Hotel DAY 2 - 3 Mykonos There’s a whole lot of incredible waiting for us on the flipside of our cruise from Athens to Mykonos; think windmills, day clubs, sunshine & perfect clear waters. (B,D)(B,L,D)

9

12

TURKEY START END

Kusadasi Mykonos Ios

Milos Santorini 1

Places visited Itinerary day Heraklion Crete

& N EWO V ED IM P RER A RY IT IN

A$335 *PP/PD

FROM

ATHENS

+ SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE

DAY 4 Ios Letting the salt air & sunshine rid us of any party residue, we’ll boat across to the island charm of Ios. (B,L,D) DAY 5 Milos Overnight we’ll have floated to another island paradise, allowing us to rise & shine in the arms of Milos. Cruise Ship (B,L,D) F Amazing beaches tour DAY 6 Santorini Just in time for breakfast, you’ll be in the home of iconic domes & cliffs that drop towards the azure crystal ocean. (B,L,D) F Santorini Highlights & Volcano

DAY 7 Heraklion Heraklion offers museums, history, & the pretty Georgiadis Park. (B,L,D) DAY 8 Kusadasi Today we’ll make a trip to our Turkish neighbours. (B,L,D)

END

10AM ATHENS

DAY 9 - 12 Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Hotel

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

CODE: SPICS7

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$760 PORT TAXES

A = OUTSIDE B = INSIDE

A$4785 A A$4885 A A$5029 A A$4885 A A$4015 B A$4099 B A$4215 B A$4099 B Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End Start End Apr 29 May10 May27 Jun 07 Jun 24 Jul 05 Jul 22 Aug 02 Aug 19 Aug 30 Sep 02 Sep 13 Sep 30 Oct 11 May13 May24 Jun 10 Jun 21 Jul 08 Jul 19 Aug 05 Aug 16 Sep 16 Sep 27 * Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$1005 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or A$1169 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin share price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens centre. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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ESSENTIALS Guided tour of the House of the Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus. Silver drinks package on board the cruise ship. See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

A$4725 Start End Jul 30 C Aug 15

H O W MUC H & W H EN

12 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES |

NIGHTS ON CRUISE SHIP & IN HOTELS 5 nights in hotels, 6 nights on board a cruise ship

End Jul 31

DAY 8 Athens After the final team breakfast, you will be transferred back to central Athens where we’ll share teary goodbyes & make plans for a reunion tour. (B)

Places visited Itinerary day

7 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W

A$4619 Start Jul 16

+ 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

8 ATHENS

DAY 5 Kusadasi Today we’ll rise & shine, ready to hit the seas & spend a sun soaked day in Mykonos. Once we’ve taken in this paradise & slipped into relaxation mode, we’ll sail on to our next country of Turkey. (B)(L)(D)

A$4515 Start End Jul 02 B Jul 16

A$349 *PP/PD

FROM

GREECE

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & ON BOARD SHIP 4 nights in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship

A$4725 Start End Jun 18 C Jul 04

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1295 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: SPGIB. C - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: SPGIC. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Days 1 & 16 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE 8 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES |

End Jun 19


SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA PLUS 22 DAYS

|

8 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$4795 *

|

FROM

A$218 *PP/PD

WANDER OFF THE TRAIL AS YOU EXPLORE MINSK, MOSCOW, STOCKHOLM & OSLO

#SCANDINAVIAANDRUSSIA

BOYABREEN GLACIER NORWAY

I’ve just completed three Contiki’s! My Trip Manager, James, was amazing, his knowledge of the places we went to on the trips & all the extra activities he organised made the trip.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @CONTIKILASSE

146 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@MGDX_GAL

CONTIKI.COM/SCANDI-RUSSIA

@WHEREONEARTHISHANNAH

Brodie Ryan-Garnsey


TOP EXPERIENCES

21

32

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

20 nights quad-share hotel/hostel accommodation & 1 night quad-share Baltic cruise

21 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 10 dinners (D)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

ESSENTIALS An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Cruise stunning Geiranger Fjord • A locally guided tour of

F Viking Biking, Oslo F Bobsled, Lillehammer F Ice Bar, Stockholm

historical St. Petersburg

• Visit the Peterhof Gardens & fountains

DAY 6 Geiranger Fjord Though you may have seen photos, the breathtaking sight of Norway’s fjords will be spine-tingling when witnessed firsthand. Mammoth mountains & the Boyabreen Glacier will offer photo opportunities aplenty. Hostel (B,D)

DAY 7 Gjovik Enjoying the journey as much as the destination, today we will see the picturesque Geiranger Fjord from the water, a 12th century church, & the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer. Later we’ll arrive in our evening nest of Gjovik. Hostel (B)

DAY 8 - 9 Stockholm Leaving Norway, we’ll cruise into Sweden, passing its largest lake of Vanern en route to Stockholm. Immensely hip & bursting with boutique bars, you’ll see why this is hailed as one of the world’s most livable cities. From museums to monuments, we’ll get amongst it all. Hotel (B)(B,D) F ABBA Museum

DAY 5 Voss Today we’ll begin our immersion into the natural beauty of this breathtaking country. We’ll drift 6 GEIRANGER across the Hardangervidda Plateau, Lom making our way to the traditional village region & fjord gateway of Lillehammer Sognefjord Voss. Hostel (B,D) 5

7

VOSS

GULF OF BOTHNIA

GJOVIK

DAY 10 Sail to Helsinki Taking to the Scandinavian seas, we’ll board our luxury boat & take an overnight cruise out of Sweden. Sleeping to the sway of the ocean, we’ll wake feeling ready to take on the capital of Finland. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) F Smorgasbord Dinner

DAY 12 - 14 St. Petersburg Heading out through the Finnish pine forests, we’ll make our way to the mammoth country that is Russia. St Petersburg offers a fairytale of ballerinas & palaces, & boasts one of the world’s largest art & culture museums to boot. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) F Russian Ballet

FINLAND

HELSINKI

Hardangervidda Region

DAY 3 - 4 Oslo OSLO 3 Our introduction to Norway will be served up in the quirky capital of Oslo. NORWAY We’ll feel wholeheartedly welcomed by this lively city, exploring its galleries & restaurant clad harbour front for two nights. Hostel (B,D)(B)

DAY 11 Helsinki Docking up after our night at sea, we’ll leave our boat & start exploring Helsinki. Another capital of cool, the diverse neighborhoods & energetic night hours will offer no shortage of entertainment & excitement. Hotel (B)

11

Lake Vanern

Petrodvorets

10

12

ST PETERSBURG

8

STOCKHOLM

NOVGOROD

SWEDEN

15

DAY 15 Novgorod After appreciating one of Russia’s big smokes, it will be time to take in the countryside. We’ll drift along to the charming town of Novgovod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel (B,D)

RUSSIA BALTIC SEA

DENMARK

DAY 2 Copenhagen From the hippy vibes of Christiania to the opulent waterfront setting of Nyhavn, Copenhagen lives up to its hype. The day will be yours to devour as you wish, but we suggest you take a typically Danish cycle & eat your bodyweight in pastries. Hostel (B) F Tour the Carlsberg Brewery

Klin

1

COPENHAGEN

START

19

POLAND

22 20

Berlin

END

Brest

WARSAW

7AM BERLIN OR 6PM COPENHAGEN

START

16

BELARUS

GERMANY

DAY 1 Berlin to Copenhagen Today you can join forces with the team by morning in Berlin or by afternoon in Copenhagen. The adventure will truly kick off with the setting of the sun, when we share a dinner & map out our Scandi road trip. Hostel (D)

1

MOSCOW

END

DAY 19 Minsk With all of Russia’s wonders revealed, it will be time to head on to Belarus. A statement of resilience & rebirth, the capital of Belarus will delight us with its manicured gardens, wide open spaces & quirks of modern communism. Hotel (B,L,D)

8AM WARSAW OR 7PM BERLIN

DAY 22 Warsaw or Berlin Get the tissues ready! Today the trip will come to an end after breakfast in Warsaw, or later in the day for those hitching a free ride to Berlin. We’ll farewell each other & the incredible lands of Scandinavia & Russia. (B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

MINSK

Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 22 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

DAY 20 - 21 Warsaw Today we’ll be welcomed into the Polish city of Warsaw. Ending our trip on a high note, this lovable city will offer an old Jewish Ghetto, plenty of perogies (Polish dumplings) & a musical culture that’s rather top notch. Hotel (B)(B,D) F Chopin Concert

DAY 16 - 18 Moscow With three days in Moscow, we’ll have plenty of time to relax & sample (even more) stroganoff & vodka. When we’re not indulging the palate, we’ll swoon over St. Basil’s Cathedral & amble around the lively Red Square. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) F Guided tour of the Armoury

YOUR CHOICE Keep it flexible & choose where you start your trip – either Berlin or Copenhagen. You can end your trip in either Warsaw or Berlin.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$5235 Start May12

CODE: CCSR

End Jun 02

A$4795 Start May19

START BERLIN OR COP’HAGEN & FINISH WARSAW OR BERLIN

End Jun 09

A$5335 Start Jun 02

End Jun 23

A$5539 Start Jun 16 Jun 23

End Jul 07 Jul 14

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$620 FOOD FUND

Start Jun 30

End Jul 21

A$4999 Start Jul 07 Jul 14

End Jul 28 Aug 04

Start Jul 21 Jul 28

End Aug 11 Aug 18

Start Aug 04 Aug 11

End Aug 25 Sep 01

Start Aug 18

End Sep 08

A$4895 Start Aug 25 Sep 01

End Sep 15 Sep 22

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share, for more information see p.192. You will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Important Visa info: You’ll need a visa for Belarus, which can be obtained with the help of your TM on the trip. The fee for this visa will be an additional charge. Trip starts 7:00am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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SCANDINAVIA 12 DAYS

|

5 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$2659 *

|

FROM

A$222 *PP/PD

CRUISE ALONG THE FJORDS OF NORWAY & BE LEFT SPEECHLESS BY SCANDINAVIA

#SCANDINAVIA

HARDANGERVIDDA PLATEAU NORWAY

The places we visited were an absolute dream, beauty doesn’t even cut it! Each place was so different from the previous & having a fun bunch of people to enjoy it with was a huge plus!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @DANISH.TRAVELLER

148 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@LUCY.JOSS92

CONTIKI.COM/SCANDI

@WHEREONEARTHISHANNAH

Natalie Lambrousis


TOP EXPERIENCES

11

16

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

10 nights quad-share hotel/hostels accommodation & 1 night quad-share Baltic cruise (end Helsinki option)

11 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Viking Biking, Oslo F Ice Bar, Stockholm F Smorgasbord Dinner, Cruise

DAY 6 Geiranger Fjord Though you may have seen photos, the breathtaking sight of Norway’s fjords will be spine-tingling when witnessed firsthand. Mammoth mountains & the Boyabreen Glacier will offer photo opportunities aplenty. Hostel (B,D)

DAY 5 Voss Today we’ll begin our immersion into the natural beauty of this breathtaking country. We’ll drift across the Hardangervidda Plateau making our way to the traditional village region & fjord gateway of Voss. Hostel (B,D)

GEIRANGER 6 Lom Lillehammer Sognefjord

5

7

VOSS

OSLO

12

10

8

STOCKHOLM SWEDEN

NORTH SEA

COPENHAGEN

BALTIC SEA

DAY 11 Helsinki Docking up after our night at sea, we’ll leave our boat & start exploring Helsinki. Another capital of cool here in Scandinavia, the diverse neighborhoods & energetic night hours will offer no shortage of entertainment & excitement. Hotel (B)

1

START

YOUR CHOICE Keep it flexible & choose where you start your trip – either Berlin or Copenhagen.

END STOCKHOLM 9 DAYS FROM

Berlin

7AM BERLIN OR 6PM COPENHAGEN

DAY 10 Sail to Helsinki Taking to the Scandinavian seas, we’ll board our luxury boat & take an overnight cruise out of Sweden. Sleeping to the sway of the ocean, we’ll wake feeling ready to take on the capital of Finland. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) F Smorgasbord dinner

END

FROM

GERMANY

END

DAY 1 Berlin to Copenhagen Today you can join forces with the team by morning in Berlin or by afternoon in Copenhagen. The adventure will truly kick off with the setting of the sun, when we share a dinner & map out our Scandi road trip. Hostel (D)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city

11

Lake Vanern

DENMARK

1

HELSINKI

GULF OF BOTHNIA

NORWAY

START

DAY 8 - 9 Stockholm Leaving Norway, we’ll cruise into Sweden, passing its largest lake of Vanern en route to Stockholm. Immensely hip & bursting with boutique bars, you’ll see why this is hailed as one of the world’s most livable cities. From museums to monuments, we’ll get amongst it all. Hotel (B)(B,D) F ABBA Museum

GJOVIK

3

DAY 2 Copenhagen From the hippy vibes of Christiania to the opulent waterfront setting of Nyhavn, Copenhagen lives up to its hype. The day will be yours to devour as you wish, but we suggest you take a typically Danish cycle & eat your bodyweight in pastries. Hostel (B) F Tour the Carlsberg Brewery

you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord

FINLAND

Hardangervidda Region

DAY 3 - 4 Oslo Our introduction to Norway will be served up in the quirky capital of Oslo. We’ll feel wholeheartedly welcomed by this lively city, exploring its galleries & restaurant clad harbour front for two nights. Hostel (B,D)(B) F Viking Biking

DAY 7 Gjovik Enjoying the journey as much as the destination, today we will see the picturesque Geiranger Fjord by boat, a 12th century church, & the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer. Later we’ll arrive in our evening nest of Gjovik. Hostel (B) F Bobsled

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• See Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle • Take in breathtaking views as

12PM STOCKHOLM OR 8AM HELSINKI

DAY 12 Helsinki Get the tissues ready! Today the trip will come to an end after breakfast in Helsinki. We’ll farewell each other & the fine lands of Scandinavia. (B) Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

A$2015 PP A$224 PD

STUCK FOR TIME? End your trip in Stockholm & visit 4 countries in 9 days. Trip code: CCSS See price panel below for departure dates & prices. Visit contiki.com/scandi-stockholm

SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA 22 DAYS Extend your trip to include Russia on our 22-day Scandinavia & Russia trip. See p.146-147.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2659 Start May12

End May23

SUMMER 2018

A$2015 Start May12

CODE: CCSH

A$2719 Start May19 Jun 02

CODE: CCSS

End May20

A$2055 Start May19 Jun 02

START BERLIN OR COP’HAGEN & FINISH HELSINKI

End May30 Jun 13

A$2839 Start Jun 16 Jun 23

End Jun 27 Jul 04

Start Jun 30 Jul 07

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$330 FOOD FUND

End Jul 11 Jul 18

START BERLIN OR COP’HAGEN & FINISH STOCKHOLM

End May27 Jun 10

A$2145 Start Jun 16 Jun 23

End Jun 24 Jul 01

Start Jun 30 Jul 07

Start Jul 14 Jul 21

End Jul 25 Aug 01

Start Jul 28 Aug 04

End Aug 08 Aug 15

Start Aug 11 Aug 18

End Aug 22 Aug 29

A$2779 Start Aug 25 Sep 01

End Sep 05 Sep 12

Start Aug 11 Aug 18

End Aug 19 Aug 26

A$2095 Start Aug 25 Sep 01

End Sep 02 Sep 09

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$280 FOOD FUND

End Jul 08 Jul 15

Start Jul 14 Jul 21

End Jul 22 Jul 29

Start Jul 28 Aug 04

End Aug 05 Aug 12

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share, for more information see p.192. You will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:00am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 12:00 noon in Stockholm or 8:00am in Helsinki. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Scandinavia & Russia Plus. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.146-147. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

RUSSIA PLUS 14 DAYS

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6 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$3175 *

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FROM

A$227 *PP/PD

THE RED SQUARE & THE HERMITAGE IN RUSSIA & ALL THE FINNISH HIGHLIGHTS

MOSCOW RUSSIA

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 13

20

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 12 nights in hotels, 1 night quad-share Baltic cruise INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D)

DAY 2 Sail to Helsinki Taking to the DAY 3 Helsinki Docking up after our Scandinavian seas, we’ll board our night at sea, we’ll leave our boat & luxury boat & take an overnight start exploring Helsinki. Another cruise out of Sweden. Sleeping to the capital of cool here in Scandinavia, the sway of the ocean, we’ll wake feeling diverse neighbourhoods & energetic ready to take on the capital of night hours will offer no shortage of Finland. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) entertainment & excitement. Hotel (B) F Guided Vasa Museum Tour FINLAND ST PETERSBURG F Smorgasbord dinner 3

6PM STOCKHOLM OR 6PM HELSINKI

START

DAY 1 Stockholm Today you will check in to your hotel before a 6pm meet up & dinner with the team. Immensely hip & bursting with boutique bars, you’ll soon see why this is hailed as one of the world’s most livable cities. From museums to monuments, we’ll get amongst it all. Hotel (D)

STOCKHOLM

START

HELSINKI

2

SWEDEN

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Canal Cruise, St. Petersburg F Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg F Dinner, Moscow NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • A locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg • Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars

END

DAY 12 - 13 Warsaw Today we’ll be welcomed into the Polish city of Warsaw. Ending our trip on a high note, this lovable city will offer an old Jewish Ghetto, plenty of perogies (Polish dumplings) & a musical culture that’s rather top notch. Hotel (B)(B,D) F Chopin concert GERMANY DAY 11 Minsk With all of Russia’s wonders revealed, it will be time to head on to Belarus. A statement of resilience & rebirth, the capital, Minsk, will delight us with its manicured gardens, wide open spaces & quirks of modern communism. (B,L,D)

End Jun 02

#RUSSIAPLUS

SUMMER 2018

A$3315 Start May22

End Jun 02

A$3175 Start May27 CODE: CCRH

A$2775 Start May29

End Jun 09

A$3715 Start Jun 10

CODE: CCRS

End Jun 23

A$3849 Start Jun 24 Jul 01

START HELSINKI & FINISH WARSAW OR BERLIN

End Jun 09

END

POLAND

WARSAW 14

Brest

Keep it flexible. You can end your trip in either Warsaw or Berlin.

RUSSIA Klin

MOSCOW

8

START HELSINKI 12 DAYS

BELARUS

11

MINSK

12

DAY 8 - 10 Moscow With three nights in Moscow, we’ll have plenty of time to relax & sample (even more) stroganoff & vodka. When we’re not indulging the palate, we’ll swoon over St. Basil’s Cathedral & amble around the lively Red Square. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) F Guided tour of the Armoury

YOUR CHOICE

7

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city

DAY 7 Novgorod After appreciating one of Russia’s big smokes, it will be time to take in the countryside. We’ll drift along to the charming town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel (B,D)

FROM A$2775 PP FROM A$232 PD Trip code: CCRH See price panel below for departure dates & prices. Visit contiki.com/russia-helsinki

SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA 22 DAYS Extend your trip to Russia on our 22-day Scandinavia & Russia trip. See p.146-147.

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$3715 Start May20

NOVGOROD

8AM WARSAW OR 7PM BERLIN

DAY 14 Warsaw or Berlin Get the tissues ready! Today the trip will come to an end after breakfast in Warsaw or later in the day for those hitching a free ride to Berlin. (B) Berlin

4

Petrodvorets

1

DAY 4 - 6 St. Petersburg Heading out through the Finnish pine forests, we’ll make our way to the mammoth country that is Russia. St Petersburg offers a fairytale of ballerinas & palaces, & boasts one of the world’s largest art & culture museums to boot. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) F Russian Ballet

A$3315 Start Jun 12

End Jun 23

A$3435 Start Jun 26 Jul 03

START STOCKHOLM & FINISH WARSAW OR BERLIN

End Jul 07 Jul 14

Start Jul 08

End Jul 21

A$3309 Start Jul 15 Jul 22

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$340 FOOD FUND

End Jul 28 Aug 04

Start Jul 29 Aug 05

End Aug 11 Aug 18

Start Aug 12 Aug 19

End Aug 25 Sep 01

End Jul 28 Aug 04

Start Jul 31 Aug 07

End Aug 11 Aug 18

Start Aug 14

End Aug 25

A$3245 Start Aug 26 Sep 02

End Sep 08 Sep 15

Start Sep 09

End Sep 22

A$2835 Start Aug 21 Aug 28

End Sep 01 Sep 08

Start Sep 04 Sep 11

End Sep 15 Sep 22

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$290 FOOD FUND

End Jul 07 Jul 14

Start Jul 10

End Jul 21

A$2895 Start Jul 17 Jul 24

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share, for more information see p.192. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Important Visa info: You’ll need a visa for Belarus, which can be obtained with the help of your TM on the trip. The fee for this visa will be an additional charge. Trip starts 6:00pm in Stockholm or 6:00pm in Helsinki & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Scandinavia & Russia Plus. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.146-147. Note: this trip breaks into smaller trips so you’ll have plenty of new friends joining along the way. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

150 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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8 DAYS

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1 COUNTRY

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A$1915 *

FROM

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FROM

A$240 *PP/PD

A COUNTRY RICH WITH CULTURE, COLOURFUL DOMES & VODKA-FUELLED MOSCOW

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

BEST OF RUSSIA

ST PETERSBURG RUSSIA

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 7

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 7 nights in twin-share hotel accommodation

10

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

START

DAY 4 Novgorod After appreciating one of Russia’s big smokes, it will be time to take in the countryside. We’ll drift along to the charming town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel (B,D)

6PM ST. PETERSBURG

DAY 1 - 3 St Petersburg Today you’ll be welcomed to the mammoth country that is Russia & greeted by your Contiki team in the afternoon after check in. St Petersburg offers a fairytale of ballerinas & palaces, & boasts one of the world’s largest art & culture museums to boot. Hotel (D)(B)(B) F Russian Ballet

1

ST PETERSBURG

Petrodvorets

4

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 5 - 7 Moscow With three nights in Moscow, we’ll have plenty of time to relax & sample stroganoff & vodka. When we’re not indulging the palate, we’ll swoon over St. Basil’s Cathedral & amble around the lively Red Square. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) F Guided tour of the Armoury

NOVGOROD END

8AM MOSCOW

RUSSIA

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Canal Cruise, St.Petersburg F Peter & Paul Fortress, St.Petersburg F Dinner, Moscow

DAY 8 Moscow With far too many kievs tucked under our belts, we’ll say goodbye to our newly beloved travel pals. Our trip will come to an end after breakfast, but our love affair with Russia never will. (B)

Klin

MOSCOW

5

8

Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Locally guided tour of St. Petersburg & the Hermitage • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Locally guided tour of Moscow

1

Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: CCRP

End May30

A$1915 Start May30

START ST. PETERSBURG & FINISH MOSCOW

End Jun 06

A$2365 Start Jun 13

End Jun 20

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$200 FOOD FUND

A$2445 Start Jun 27 Jul 04

End Jul 04 Jul 11

Start Jul 11

End Jul 18

A$1995 Start Jul 18 Jul 25

End Jul 25 Aug 01

Start Aug 01 Aug 08

End Aug 08 Aug 15

Start Aug 15

End Aug 22

A$1955 Start Aug 22 Aug 29

End Aug 29 Sep 05

Start Sep 05 Sep 12

End Sep 12 Sep 19

* Prices above are based on twin-share, if you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian visa will be an additional charge. Airport transfers in St. Petersburg & Moscow are not included but can be arranged at an extra charge. Please contact Contiki or your travel agent for details on how to book these. Trip starts 6:00pm in St. Petersburg & ends approx. 8:00am in Moscow. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture. Some travellers will be continuing their Contiki journey on the Scandinavia & Russia Plus and 14-day Russia Plus. Why not join them if you have the time. See p.146-147 & p.150. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#BESTOFRUSSIA

A$2365 Start May23


Sailing, Cruise & Beach SUN, SEA & SAND Do we even need to bother convincing you? I mean, the colour of the Aegean, the clarity of the Adriatic, the bougainvillea laden streets of Santorini, the romance of the river Seine - they kind of speak for themselves. But if we must tell you the perks, how about spending your days alternately snorkelling secret coves and bays, exploring ancient port towns and whitewashed villages, eating delicious local food cooked by your on-board crew, all whilst spent with a bunch of new pals who will soon become your ultimate BFFs...Kind of hard to resist, right?

ARE YOU A SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH TRAVELLER? •

Do you love the feel of sand on your skin and salt in your hair?

Would you be willing to muck in with the crew and learn a thing or two about sailing (totally optional, but crazy fun)?

Are you sick of seeing other people’s pics of Santorini/Dubrovnik/Corfu/ Hvar, and wanna get some of that for yourself?

Does the idea of cruising the rivers of Europe with a posse of new bezzies get your toes a-tingling?

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SETTING

CROATIA SAILING This is the adventure we know you’ve spent hours dreaming of. Let us take you on a journey across the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, on board a traditional motor sail boat. With a crew to take care of everything and an incredible group of new friends to provide constant lols, all you have to concentrate on is having the time of your life.

SAIL RIVER CRUISING Cruise the rivers of Europe in hot damn style. U by Uniworld’s river boats are sleekness on a whole new level, complete with sun deck, gym, complimentary WiFi & modern suites. Say hello to rooftop yoga, mixology masterclasses & local DJs.

TRADITIONAL MOTOR SAILBOAT CROATIA

ENSUITE CABIN CROATIA

GREEK SAILING

U BY UNIWORLD CRUISE SHIP

TURKISH SAILING

RELAX ON DECK GREECE

Those cute little white-washed villages, tiny beachfront restaurants and vast expanses of open blue ocean look all the better when you’re seeing them for real. Hop on board one of our Sailing trips to experience Greece as it deserves to be seen – on the water. Learn some essential sailing tips from your skipper, or simply lie back on deck and relax.

TURKISH GULET

Chillaxed doesn’t even come close to how you’ll be feeling on a Turkish Sailing trip. Explore the enticing Turkish waters on one of our traditional Turkish gulets. With nothing to do but swim, sunbathe, eat, drink and dream the day away, life doesn’t get much more perfect than this.

GREEK ISLAND CRUISING

CELESTYAL CRUISES GREECE

Hop on board a Greek Island Cruising trip with our cruise partners, Celestyal Cruises. This adventure is open to all ages and will see you exploring some of the Aegean’s dreamiest destinations – Mykonos and Santorini included. Plus, our Contiki Rep is on hand for all your questions.

COSY CABIN TURKEY CELESTYAL CRUISES GREECE 154 EUROPE SUMMER 2018


6 DAYS

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2 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$2055 *

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FROM

A$343 *PP/PD

CRUISE INTO THE CALDERA OF SANTORINI AS YOU SIP ON COCKTAILS & SOAK UP THE SUN

SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

AEGEAN CLASSIC

SANTORINI GREECE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 5

13

NIGHTS ON CRUISE SHIP & HOTELS 4 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share), 1 night in a hotel INCLUDED MEALS 5 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS Unlimited drinks package including beer, wine, local spirits and soft drink. An experienced On-Board Cruise Rep. See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Sightseeing Tour, Athens NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus • Spectacular Oia Village, Santorini

START

6:00PM ATHENS

DAY 1 Arrive Athens Today we’ll join forces in Athens after you’ve had time to check-in to your hotel & relax or do some exploring. Making the most of our time in the capital, we’ll amble through Plaka’s maze of streets & visit ancient relics. F Traditional Athens Affair

DAY 2 Mykonos Getting into the spirit of the adventure, we’ll hit the seas with our navigation set to Mykonos. Once our ship pulls up in this paradise party mecca, it will be sunshine & good times aplenty. (B,L,D)

AEGEAN SEA

ATHENS 6

1

START END

DAY 3 Patmos Today we’ll make a stop in Turkey – just casually – & shop the wild bazaar of port town Kusadasi. Back on the water, we’ll float to Patmos, an idyllic island where time stands still & days are long, balmy & full of seafood. (B,L,D)

GREECE Mykonos

Kusadasi

TURKEY

Patmos

END

10:00AM ATHENS CENTRE

DAY 6 Athens It will be sobs all round as we drift back to the mainland & share one final meal together. You can choose to conclude the trip straight up after breakfast, or sign up for one last bout of sightseeing in Athens. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 6 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Santorini

DAY 4 Rhodes Pristine beaches & medieval towns will greet us on the sun-soaked island of Rhodes. A kaleidoscope of history, culture & epic parties, there will be limitless options for how you spend your time here. (B,L,D)

Rhodes

Heraklion Crete DAY 5 Santorini Arriving in Santorini, you’ll see quickly we’ve saved the best until last. From the dreamy sunsets to the iconic blue & white domes dripping in pink flowers, this island will be everything you’ve dreamed of & more. (B,L,D)

1

Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: 6CGS

end Apr 27 May04 May11 May18

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

A$2429 A A$2095 B start May20 May27 Jun 03 Jun 10

end May25 Jun 01 Jun 08 Jun 15

A$2499 A A$2155 B start Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 08

end Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$440 PORT TAXES

start Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 05

end Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 10

start Aug 12 Aug 19

end Aug 17 Aug 24

A = OUTSIDE B = INSIDE

A$2429 A A$2095 B start end Aug 26 Aug 31

A$2385 A A$2055 B start Sep 02 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 23

end Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

start Sep 30 Oct 07

end Oct 05 Oct 12

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. Substantial savings for quad-share rooms are available online or ask at time of booking for prices – save a minimum of A$390. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad share.) Or take a single supplement option: add A$235 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or A$419 to twin-share price for an outside cabin . Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens centre. Note: the order of ports of call may be reversed on some days & the itinerary is subject to change. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#AEGEANCLASSIC

A$2385 A A$2055 B start Apr 22 Apr 29 May06 May13


SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

IDYLLIC AEGEAN 9 DAYS

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2 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$3225 *

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FROM

NE W

A$359 *PP/PD

OVERDOSE ON ISLAND FEELS, COLOURFUL BAZAARS & GREEK ISLAND INDULGENCE

SANTORINI GREECE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 8

21

NIGHTS ON CRUISE SHIPS & HOTELS 7 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share), 1 night in a hotel INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS Unlimited drinks package including beer, wine, local spirits and soft drink. An experienced On-Board Cruise Rep. See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Medieval Tour Acropolis of Lindos & Citadel of the Knights, Rhodes NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• House of the Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus • Spectacular Oia village, Santorini

START

END

6:00PM ATHENS

DAY 1 Athens Landing in to the ancient metropolis of Athens, we’ll settle in to our fancy hotel digs & join forces to get the low down on how the next 11 days will run. Settling in to Grecian life, why not kick start your Greek food safari with dinner in the rustic Plaka district, climb around the massive Theatre of Dionysus, sift through treasures at the Monastiraki Flea Market or visit Brettos, one of the oldest distillery’s in Greece.

ATHENS

DAY 9 End Athens With enough good times squirrelled away to last us a life time, we’ll hit the road & head back to the country’s capital for our finale. Our 9-days in Greece (plus a Turkish mini-moon) will be finished after breakfast at 10am in the city centre. (B) F Guided tour of the famous Acropolis

START END

1

10:00AM ATHENS

GREECE

Kusadasi TURKEY

Mykonos

DAY 8 Kusadasi Never ones to miss an opportunity to visit a new country, we’ll make a trip to our Turkish neighbours of the east. Here, maybe stock up on one-of-a-kind treasures at Kusadasi’s bazaar, or take a tour to Ephesus if you’re feeling nostalgic. We have all day here to enjoy Turkey, so make the most of it. Later, we set sail back to Athens. (B,L,D)

Milos Santorini

DAY 2 - 3 Mykonos There’s a whole lot of incredible waiting for us on the flipside of our cruise from Athens to Mykonos; think windmills, day clubs, sunshine & perfect clear waters just for starters. Whether you want to fly high & fancy at a beach club like Hippie Fish or Buddha Bar, or keep things easy with a stroll through Little Venice & a spot of snorkelling, our time will prove as beautiful as the bougainvillea doused houses. Later, we set sail back to Athens. (B,D)(B,L,D)

Heraklion

DAY 4 Milos Crete This morning we will anchor up and make our way to Milos. In this perfect playground you can swim in the caves of Kleftiko beach & eat fish cooked in geothermal sands. We’ll soak it all in & watch the sun set before pulling anchor for another evening of drifting. (B,L,D) F Amazing beaches tour

DAY 5 - 6 Santorini Just in time for breakfast, we’ll drop anchor at the island some may refer to as ‘heaven on earth’. Iconic dome churches, lines of boutique stores, & cliffs that drop towards the azure crystal ocean – the pure paradise of Santorini will be ours to devour. (B,L,D)(B,L,D) F Santorini Highlights & Volcano

DAY 7 Heraklion The largest of Greece’s 1,200 islands, Crete is our next port of call. If you’ve had enough of cocktails & beach umbrellas (although unlikely), the port of Heraklion offers museums, history, & the pretty Georgiadis Park, so plenty of ways to mix it up a bit. (B,L,D)

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Places visited Itinerary day

#IDYLLICAEGEAN

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: 9GIA

A$3705 A A$3225 B start end Apr 29 May07 May06 May14

start May13

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

end May21

A$3785 A A$3289 B start end May20 May28 May27 Jun 04

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$760 PORT TAXES

start Jun 03 Jun 10

end Jun 11 Jun 18

start Jun 17 Jun 24

end Jun 25 Jul 02

A = OUTSIDE B = INSIDE

A$3885 A A$3379 B start end Jul 01 Jul 09 Jul 08 Jul 16

start Jul 15 Jul 22

end Jul 23 Jul 30

start Jul 29 Aug 05

end Aug 06 Aug 13

A$3785 A A$3289 B start end Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 19 Aug 27

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. Substantial savings for quad-share rooms are available online or ask at time of booking for prices - save a minimum of A$610. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad share) Or take a single supplement option: add A$525 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or A$575 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens centre. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

156 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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9 DAYS

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2 COUNTRIES

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A$2779 *

FROM

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A$309 *PP/PD

FROM

SAILING, SUNBATHING & PARTYING, ALL TOPPED OFF WITH 3 DAYS IN SANTORINI

SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

ISLAND CRUISING & SANTORINI

SANTORINI GREECE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 8

15

START

DAY 1 Athens Today we’ll join forces in Athens after you’ve had time to check-in to your hotel & relax or do some exploring. Making the most of our time in the capital, we’ll amble through Plaka’s maze of streets & visit ancient relics. F Traditional Athens Affair

NIGHTS IN HOTELS & ON CRUISE SHIPS 3 nights on board a cruise ship, 5 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS Unlimited drinks package including beer, wine, local spirits and soft drink. An experienced On-Board Cruise Rep. See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Hellenistic & Roman Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery, Patmos

DAY 2 Mykonos Cruise your way through the Aegean to the paradise island of Mykonos. Hang out on the island famous for its golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere, great shopping & party culture. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Patmos Today we’ll make a stop in Turkey – just casually – & shop the wild bazaar of port town Kusadasi. Back on the water we’ll float to Patmos, an idyllic island where time stands still & days are long, balmy & full of seafood. (B,L,D)

AEGEAN SEA

END

ATHENS

10:00AM ATHENS CENTRE

9

DAY 9 Athens This morning we’ll wrap things up after breakfast & check out. Our island time may have come to an end, but our love affair with all things Greek never will. (B)

8

1

TURKEY

START END

Kusadasi

GREECE Mykonos

6

Patmos

SANTORINI Rhodes

DAY 8 Athens With a big salute to Santorini & island life, we’ll cruise back to the mainland & dock up in Athens. Being our final night together, we’ll be sure to toast things in style with dinner on the town. (B) F Farewell dinner

DAY 5 - 7 Santorini After three blissful nights in Santorini, you’ll likely feel we saved the best for last. From the dreamy sunsets to the iconic blue & white domes dripping in pink flowers, this island will be everything you’ve dreamed of & more. (B,L)(B)(B)

Heraklion Crete

DAY 4 Rhodes Pristine beaches & medieval towns will greet us on the sun-soaked island of Rhodes. A kaleidoscope of history, culture & epic parties, there will be limitless options for how you spend your time here. (B,L,D)

1

Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2779 start May27

CODE: BBSM

end Jun 04

start Jun 10

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

end Jun 18

A$2855 start Jun 24

end Jul 02

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$440 PORT TAXES

A$2915 start Jul 08

end Jul 16

start Jul 22

end Jul 30

start Aug 05

end Aug 13

start Aug 19

end Aug 27

A$2855 start Sep 02

end Sep 10

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Or take a single supplement option: add A$715 to twin-share price for a single room/ inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% available based on the twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens centre. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus • Spectacular Oia Village, Santorini

6:00PM ATHENS


SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

ROLLING ON THE RHINE 8 DAYS

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2 COUNTRIES

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A$2499 *

FROM

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FROM

NE W

A$313 *PP/PD

AN ADVENTURE FULL OF FAIRY TALE CASTLES, DJ PARTIES ON DECK & MEDIEVAL BANQUETS

2 DEDICATED U HOSTS 13 INCLUDED EXCURSIONS • Amsterdam Canal Cruise • Visit to Cologne Cathedral 13 U TIME OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS • Blokarting on the Beach • Germanic Castle Banquet LOCAL CELEBRITY DJ PARTY INCLUDED WINE TASTING

DAY 3 Amsterdam No trip to the “Venice of the North” would be complete without a cruise around the city’s iconic waterways. We’ll admire imperfect buildings & keep our eyes peeled for the narrowest house in the world. By night we’ll be welcoming one of the city’s best local DJs on board. U A Secret Place U A Mixologist’s Dream U Say Cheese

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DAY 6 Koblenz, Rüdesheim & Frankfurt Leaving Koblenz, we’ll watch fairytale castles & ruined fortresses before enjoying a sommelier talk & tasting on Riesling. In Rüdesheim, we’ll take a cycle & see a 12th century monastery (aka Game of Thrones set), before nesting in Frankfurt for a BBQ dinner & bout of partying. U Abbey Wine

DAY 7 Frankfurt Making the most of our final full day, we’ll go exploring ‘Mainhattan’, Europe’s largest financial centre. Take to the Old Town by foot or bike, stopping off at the Kleine Markthall for some local wares. Foodies can visit the market with our chef, buying produce for the evening’s cooking class. U Life of the Rothschilds

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MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a Rolling on the Rhine River Cruise and a European Discovery Trip from A$5349. See p.14 for more details.

HOW MUCH & WHEN

#ROLLINGRHINE

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A$3199 A A$2999 B start end Sep 01 ▲✱ Sep 08

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ● Single supplement option from A$1250. ■ Single supplement option from A$1600. ▲ Single supplement option from A$1500. Trip starts 3:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 8:00am in Frankfurt. ✱ This date links up with the European Discovery trip. Please note you must be 21-35 years old to travel on a U by Uniworld trip combined wirth a Contiki Trip. See p.42 for more. Book before 27th April, 2018 and receive a US$50pp Ship Board Credit.


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DAY 2 Miltenberg We’ll cast off from Frankfurt in the AM, leaving you to snooze peacefully en route to Aschaffenburg. Here you can take a cycle along the river before we move on to the traditional houses, river front vistas of Miltenberg. U Stone & Grapes DAY 3 Würzburg By the early morning we’ll arrive in Lohr, the birthplace of the real life Snow White. Cycling enthusiasts can disembark here & bicycle to Karlstadt, where we’ll regroup & move to our night haunt & palace town of Würzburg. U Baroque Palace U Beautiful Rothenburg

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DAY 4 Würzburg This morning you can head to the Green Market with our on-board chef, where you’ll pick up tips & ingredients for the night’s slow food cooking class. There’s also an optional excursion to romantic Rothenburg before we snuggle down on the boat for a group movie night. DAY 5 Bamberg Rising & shining in Bamberg, we’ll fill up on breakfast before exploring the beer capital of Franconia by bike. Then it’s over to you to choose an optional activity; think brewery hopping, kayaking or rock climbing. By night our boat will host a local DJ, swinging us into the evening. U Paddle power U Hang on

DAY 6 Nuremberg Stepping into Nuremberg means taking a journey back in time, to the beginning of WWII and earlier. The best way to get up to speed on the city’s secrets is to explore on guided bike tour. Meanwhile, a beer mixology class & historical talk will entertain those staying boat side. U War Bikes U Spice is nice DAY 7 Kelheim & Regensburg After an early morning stop in Kelheim, it’s onwards to Regensburg, where we’ll find 2000 years of history & the world’s oldest sausage restaurant. By eve we’ll make the most of our final night on tour, and the high concentration of bars per square mile found in this city. U Paddle to beer U Revved engines

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DAY 8 Regensburg Waking up from the last of our blissful on-board sleeps, we’ll pack our bags & say sombre goodbyes to both river cruising & our crew of travel comrades.

YOUR CHOICE Keep it flexible & choose where you want to start, either Frankfurt, or Regensburg – this trip operates in both directions.

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: UCGFF

A$2799 A A$2499 B start end May05 ● May12 SUMMER 2018

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A$3499 A A$3199 B start end Jun 09 ◆ Jun 16

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A$3199 A A$2999 B start end Sep 22 ▲ Sep 29

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ● Single supplement option from A$1250. ■ Single supplement option from A$1600. ▲ Single supplement option from A$1500. ◆ Single supplement option from A$1600. Trip starts 3:00pm in Frankfurt & ends approx. 8:00am in Regensburg. Book before 27th April, 2018 and receive a US$50pp Ship Board Credit.

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DAY 7 Budapest Majestic, sprawling, bohemian, post-modern – Budapest is so much more than a geothermal spa city. We’ll take you to the covered market, where our chef will introduce you to some of Hungary’s most iconic flavours. By night we’ll feast like Kings on the produce we bought, before hitting the city’s club scene.

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DAY 3 Passau, Engelhartszell & Linz After an early morning yoga session on deck, we’ll admire the town’s baroque cathedral & crooked lanes before hiking to two scenic viewpoints overlooking Passau. Later we’ll arrive in the futuristic Austrian city of Linz, which will be peeled back by a guided walking tour. U Deep Space U Bike the Danube

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DAY 2 Straubing, Vilshofen & Passau Just as you’re waking for breakfast we’ll pull into Straubing. Here you can roam the town’s ancient sites & gothic streets, & jump onto a bike ride to Vilshofen. By evening we’ll enjoy a BBQ dinner on deck before finding the beer gardens of Passau’s peaceful Old Town. U Beer & Meat U Into the Woods

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DAY 8 Budapest Tissues at the ready. Today will mark the end of our week of ocean festivities. We’ll chow a final breakfast together before we officially wrap things up – it’s time to move on & start planning our next Contiki.

MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a Danube Flow River Cruise and a Barcelona to Munich trip from A$5735. Or Danube Flow reverse and Berlin to Budapest from A$5689. See p.14 for more details.

HOW MUCH & WHEN

#DANUBEFLOW

SUMMER 2018

CODE: UCDFF

A$3199 A A$2999 B start end May12 ●◆ May19 SUMMER 2018

start end May26 ●◆ Jun 02

CODE: UCDFR

A$3199 A A$2999 B start end May19 ●✱ May26

START REGENSBURG & FINISH BUDAPEST

A$3499 A A$3199 B start end Jul 21 ■◆ Jul 28

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A$3199 A A$2999 B start end Sep 29 ●◆ Oct 06

start end Oct 13 ●◆ Oct 20

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160 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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A$3499 A A$3199 B start end Oct 27 ■◆ Nov 03

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ● Single supplement option from A$1500. ■ Single supplement option from A$1600. Trip starts 3:00pm in Regensburg & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. Book before 27th April, 2018 and receive a US$50pp Ship Board Credit. ■ This date links up with the Barcelona to Munich trip. Please note you must be 21-35 years old to travel on a U by Uniworld trip combined wirth a Contiki Trip. See p.108 for more info. ✱ This date links up with the Berlin to Budapest trip. See p.110 for more info.


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DAY 4 Honfleur After our arrival in Caudebec-en-Caux & Honfleur, a 7000-foot long cable-stayed bridge can have us standing 700 feet above sea level. This town is the gateway to France’s picturesque Alabaster Coastline, & home to the famous apple orchard cider farms. No shortage of joy in these parts. (B)(D) U Cliffs of Étretat U A Norman Day DAY 5 Vernon After drifting through the night, we’ll pull up in Vernon & La Roche Guyon for breakfast, where another quaint riverside town of higgledy piggledy houses & winding lanes awaits. Once on land you can grab a bike, cycling the easy 5-mile route to the artist Monet’s hamlet of Giverny. (B,D) U Monet’s gardens at Giverny U Kayak the Seine U Paragliding in the Vexin National Park

DAY 6 Paris Another overnight journey will see us pulling up in Paris by AM, where we can jump back into Parisian life. Explore by BatoBus or bike, or just stay aboard the boat where you can lose yourself in French lifestyle lectures & a champagne cocktail mixology class. (B,D) U Street art walk U Parisian cuisine U Lady Marmalade

DAY 7 Paris Our last day on the river will see us going out in style. We’ll take one final early morning yoga session on deck before enjoying another day of Parisian life, allowing you to tick any final boxes like The Louvre or the Palace of Versailles. (B,D) U The Louvre U Parisian Rooftops U Versailles fountains night show

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DAY 8 Paris Waking up from the last of our blissful on-board sleeps, we’ll pack our bags & say sombre goodbyes to both river cruising & our crew of travel comrades. (B)

MIX & MATCH TRIP & CRUISE COMBO Buy both a Seine Experience River Cruise and a European Encounter trip from A$7039. See p.14 for more details.

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INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D), plus daily bottled drinking water

ESSENTIALS An experienced captain, crew & Trip Manager, Orientations of all destinations, Port & visitor’s taxes. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Captain’s Dinner, Bol F Final Dinner, Split

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DAY 1 Dubrovnik Dubrovnik will welcome us warmly today, with our boat & lunch waiting to kick things off. Make the most of this seaside UNESCO World Heritage Site & its club scene – tomorrow we’ll be hitting the oceans. (L,D) END

SPLIT DAY 7 Split With one night left of the Mediterranean high life, we’ll move on to Split & soak up the Roman heritage of this southern Croatian port. If you’re not in the mood for historic monuments, there will be plenty of bar hoping opportunities too. (B,L)

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DAY 5 Bol Pebbled coves & a pretty monastery wait for us on the island of Brac. We’ll keep it float-y & salty by day, but in the evening there’s a recipe for adventure – & a really tasty dinner to boot. (B) F Captain’s Dinner

DAY 4 Wild Bay With turquoise waters, our time in Wild Bay won’t be nearly as wayward as the name suggests. We’ll sit pretty in this postcard setting, enjoying salt water by day & floating under starry skies by night. (B,L,D)

DAY 2 Korčula Korčula may sit incredibly close to the mainland of Croatia but it’s an island all of its own, which means we’ll be slipping onto island vibes accordingly. Hidden bars, peachy sunsets & cobbled streets by the beach; our appreciation for this country will be skyrocketing. (B,L)

DAY 3 Hvar A museum of super yachts & a hotspot for the rich & famous, Hvar will have us hooked from the get go. Laze about soaking up rays & taking dips, or explore the Venetian Fortress & Arsenal if you’re craving culture. (B,L)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: BBDI

A$1889 A A$1795 B start end Jun 23 Jun 30

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add A$1279. Single below deck cabin supplement add A$1215. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof porthole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A class’ boats North trip – Trip starts 11:00am in Dubrovnik & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

162 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

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DAY 8 Dubrovnik The heartbreak of this trip ending will be eased only by the knowledge that there are more European islands left to conquer. (B)

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DAY 3 Wild Bay Wild by name, tranquil by nature – our next stop will lull us further into heaven. Waste hours swimming in turquoise bays before we spend another night drifting under the stars. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Hvar Mixing things up a little, we’ll cruise to the famed super yacht docking spot of Hvar. Here you can switch between sipping cocktails at a beach club & venturing to ancient monuments, ensuring there’s never a dull moment island side. (B,L)

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start Aug 25

end Sep 01

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add A$1279. Single below deck cabin supplement add A$1215. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof porthole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A class’ boats Trip starts 11:00am in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Dubrovnik. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#CROATIANESCAPE

HOW MUCH & WHEN


CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE 8 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

|

FROM

A$1259 *

|

FROM

CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE PLUS

A$158 *PP/PD

CRUISE THE DALMATIAN COAST & DISCOVER HVAR, SPLIT & DUBROVNIK

#CROATIANESCAPE

DUBROVNIK CROATIA

Absolutely loved this trip! Rhi, our Trip Manager, was a professional from the get go, looking after all things big & small so all we had to do was sit back & enjoy ourselves! Hands down 15/10Â for me!!!

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @MRSBUITENDACH

164 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@RICKSTAROONEY

CONTIKI.COM/CROATIAN-CRUISING

@TINY_GLOBETROTTER

Luke Davis


TOP EXPERIENCES 14

7 NIGHTS ON SAILING BOAT 7 nights twin-share accommodation on a traditional sailing cruise boat

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

7 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D), plus daily bottled drinking water supplement

An experienced captain, crew & Trip Manager, Orientations of all destinations, Port & visitor’s taxes. See p.192 for more.

F City Walking Tour, Dubrovnik F Captain’s Dinner, Trstenik

11:00AM SPLIT

DAY 1 Split to Makarska This morning we’ll meet in Split, boarding our boat with truck loads of enthusiasm. After our first sea stint, we’ll arrive in Makarska where we’ll be blessed by the beautiful Biokovo mountains & Croatian island bliss. (L,D)

SPLIT 1

7

8

1 MAKARSKA

CROATIA

6 HVAR

TRSTENIK 5

2

KORCULA

DAY 7 Split With one night left of the Mediterranean high life, we’ll sail back to our starting point of Split. Now contented by our time at sea, we can relax & soak up the Roman heritage of this atmospheric city. (B,L)

1

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

DAY 5 Trstenik Sailing on this morning, we’ll pass the citrus plantations & olive groves of the Elaphite islands. Tonight we’ll pull into the idyllic village of Trstenik, where rugged green cliffs meet turquoise waters & offer another Croatian utopia. (B,L) F Captain’s Dinner

DAY 6 Hvar Big shiny boats meet grand historic architecture in Croatia’s glamorous seaside town of Hvar. We can take in the pristine view from the hilltop, it’s another tough day in paradise. (B,L)

Itinerary day

DAY 2 Korčula Korcula may sit incredibly close to the mainland of Croatia, but it’s an island all of its own, which means we’ll be slipping onto island vibes accordingly. Hidden bars, peachy sunsets & cobbled streets by the beach, our appreciation for this country will be skyrocketing. (B,L)

DAY 3 - 4 Dubrovnik Floating on from Korcula, we’ll dock in the kaleidoscope of mega clubs & monuments that is Dubrovnik. We’ll kick it here for two nights, allowing enough time to explore the UNESCO world heritage hotspot in all its seaside glory. (B)(B,D) F Sea kayaking trip F Dubrovnik walking tour

START END

8:00AM SPLIT

DAY 8 Split Tissues at the ready. Today will mark the end of our week of ocean festivities. We’ll chow a final breakfast together before we officially wrap things up – it’s time to move on & start planning our next Contiki. (B)

categories

• Comfortable boat with decks for sunbathing

START

END

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Choice of two different boat

GETING THERE If you’re not flying direct to Croatia, many low cost airlines fly direct to Split from London. Visit skyscanner.net & book early to get the best deals.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

CODE: BBCI

A$1395 A A$1259 B start end May19 May26 May23 May30 May26 Jun 02

CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE

A$1555 A A$1465 B start May30 Jun 02 Jun 06 Jun 09

end Jun 06 Jun 09 Jun 13 Jun 16

START SPLIT & FINISH SPLIT

A$1729 A A$1625 B start end Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 16 Jun 23

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$160 PORT TAXES

A$1905 A A$1785 B start end Jun 20 Jun 27 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jun 27 Jul 04

A$1989 A A$1865 B start Jun 30 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 18

end Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 25

start Jul 21 Jul 25 Jul 28 Aug 01 Aug 04

A = ON OR ABOVE DECK, B = BELOW DECK

end Jul 28 Aug 01 Aug 04 Aug 08 Aug 11

A$1905 A A$1785 B start Aug 08 Aug 11 Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug 22

end Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug 22 Aug 25 Aug 29

A$1815 A A$1705 B start end Aug 25 Sep 01

A$1729 A A$1625 B start Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 22

end Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add A$1295. Single below deck cabin supplement add A$1205. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof port hole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A+ class’ boats. Trip starts 11:00am in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split.

SUMMER 2018

CODE: BBPI

A$1865 A A$1765 B start end Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 16 Jun 23

CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE PLUS

A$2055 A A$1939 B start end Jun 23 Jun 30

START SPLIT & FINISH SPLIT

A$2149 A A$2029 B start end Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 07 Jul 14

start Jul 14 Jul 21

end Jul 21 Jul 28

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$160 PORT TAXES

start Jul 28 Aug 04

end Aug 04 Aug 11

A$2055 A A$1939 B start end Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 18 Aug 25

A = ON OR ABOVE DECK, B = BELOW DECK

start Aug 25 Sep 01

end Sep 01 Sep 08

These dates are for the Croatia Island Escape Plus. Stay on our exclusive air-conditioned boats. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add A$1395. Single below deck cabin supplement add A$1309. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof port hole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A class’ boats Trip starts 11:00am in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split.

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SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

GREEK SAILING 8 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

|

FROM

A$1565 *

|

FROM

A$196 *PP/PD

EXPERIENCE THE REAL DEAL & DIVE DEEP INTO GREECE’S HIDDEN ISLAND GEMS

AEGEAN COAST GREECE

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 7

7

NIGHTS ON YACHT 7 nights twin berth accommodation on a sailing yacht – exclusive to Contiki Stay on a modern sailing yacht for 8 people – exclusive to Contiki • Twin berths • Bathrooms onboard

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B)

ESSENTIALS A dedicated on-board skipper, Port & visitors taxes, Hotel/port transfers

#GREEKSAILING

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • On-board snorkels, goggles & stand up paddle board

END DAY 7 Aegina Our last full day will be used to its full potential, swimming at uninhabited Moni island before dropping anchor in Aegina. Here we’ll watch our final sunset & have the chance to kick on for some moonlight good times, if so inclined to. (B)

10:00AM ATHENS

START

DAY 8 Athens Positively sun-soaked & saltdrenched, we’ll sail back to the mainland where Athens awaits us. Here where the adventure commenced 8 days ago, we’ll say our farewells & wrap up the trip. (B) Please note: You will help in preparing breakfast, keeping the boat clean & assist in sailing.

DAY 6 Poros Today we’ll move to the ‘must stop’ islet of Kounoupi, also stopping at Dhokos, home to the world’s oldest shipwreck. Later, we’ll float on for pine-lined Paros, where we’ll enjoy the scent of olives & lemons from the shade of umbrellas. (B)

Nafplio

Athens

1:00PM ATHENS

DAY 1 Athens to Perdika This morning we’ll gather round in the Greek capital ready to set sail & conquer the Mediterranean. Our yacht’s first stop will be the unspoiled fishing village of Perdika, where we’ll be introduced to the slow life & succulent seafood of the isles.

START END

Aegina Perdika

DAY 2 Hydra Sailing & swim stops will lead us from Perdika to Hydra, noting many an island paradise en route. On arrival in Hydra, we’ll find a vehicle-free nirvana, where getting around on donkey is quite the norm. (B)

Poros

GREECE Hydra

Spetses Plaka

DAY 5 Spetses Today we’ll be swept away by Zogeria Bay, with its boutique shops, charming streets & slow-paced Greek life. We’ll take numerous swims & much needed iced coffee breaks before moving along to our night haunt of Spetses. (B)

DAY 4 Nafplio Move over Positano, today we’ll be crushing on a new coloured cliff vista, and it goes by the name of Nafplio. With cobbled streets & local markets, we’ll take sheer delight exploring this village. (B)

Places visited

DAY 3 Plaka Taking an early morning sail out of Hydra, we’ll have a day of tranquil bays & laid-back villages. The south coast of Spetses will host our lunch & swim stop, then along the Peloponnese Coast, we’ll find our night dock of Plaka. (B)

GETTING THERE There are low cost airlines that fly to Athens from London. Flights can get busy, so book in advance for the best deals. Or, book your international flights right through to Athens.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$1565 start May26

end Jun 02

CODE: CCGS

A$1629 start Jun 02 Jun 09

START ATHENS & FINISH ATHENS

end Jun 09 Jun 16

start Jun 16 Jun 23

end Jun 23 Jun 30

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$60 FOOD FUND AND A$50 PORT TAXES & GRATUITIES

start Jun 30

end Jul 07

A$1735 start Jul 07 Jul 14

end Jul 14 Jul 21

A$1759 start Jul 21

end Jul 28

A$1745 start Jul 28 Aug 04

end Aug 04 Aug 11

start Aug 11 Aug 18

end Aug 18 Aug 25

start Aug 25

end Sep 01

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$1455. Note: Cabins consist of a mixture of bunk & double beds however most people choose to sleep under the stars up on deck. Trip starts 1:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. You will need to bring your own towel (linen is provided). Luggage is limited to a small backpack. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

166 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/GREEK-SAILING

A$1679 start Sep 01 Sep 08

end Sep 08 Sep 15


8 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

|

A$689 *

FROM

|

FROM

A$87 *PP/PD

EXPERIENCE ENDLESS SEASIDE TOWNS, SUNSETS, SUNRISES & SHIMMERING BLUE SEAS

SAILING, CRUISE & BEACH

TURKISH SAILING

ENGLISH HARBOUR TURKEY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 7

20

NIGHTS ON BOAT 7 nights two person berth accommodation on board a traditional Turkish gulet boat INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D), plus 6 afternoon teas ESSENTIALS An experienced captain & crew, Port & visitor’s taxes, See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

3:30PM BODRUM

START

DAY 1 Bodrum Today we’ll board our traditional Turkish gulet in the seaside town of Bodrum, getting acquainted over dinner & the nitty-gritty learnings of life on board our wooden sailing boat. Later you can take to the town & make the most of being docked in lively Bodrum. (D)

BODRUM 1

7

DAY 2 Cokertme Into the pristine Gulf of Gokova, we’ll stumble upon the idyllic Orak Island. Here you can don your swimsuit & get salty before we head to our night haunt of Cokertme – no doubt lounging on our boat’s daybeds en route. (B,L,D)

START END

DAY 3 English Harbour After indulging in the crystal clear waters of the famous Cokertme Bay, it will be on for the postcard Seven Islands. Here you’ll be free to roam the forests & swim with sea critters, stopping only for lunch aboard our boat. By night, we’ll dock in English Harbour, where sea turtles & sulphur pools await. (B,L,D)

TURKEY

DAY 4 Karacasogut Unable to tear ourselves away from English Harbour, we’ll spend most of the day lapping up its beauty. Later we’ll hit the boat for another sail, landing in the beach town that is Karacasogut. (B,L,D) F Dalyan mud bath experience & day trip

8

PABUCBURNU 6

COKERTME 2

END

10:30AM BODRUM

GULF OF GOKOVA

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Dalyan mud bath experience & day trip F Turkish Hammam Bath, Bodrum

DAY 8 Bodrum Shortly after breakfast we’ll be wrapping up the tour, hugging our sail pals and bidding our dear gulet farewell. (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Stay & play on a comfortable Turkish gulet with large decks & outdoor areas for relaxing

DAY 7 Bodrum Today we’ll drift to the village of Yaliciftlik, where traditional Turkish carpets & foods get produced. After absorbing the artisan side of the country we’ll sail back to Bodrum for our last night on tour, enjoying party time or a Hammam spa to unwind. (B,L,D) F Turkish Hammam Bath, Bodrum

1

KARACASOGUT ENGLISH HARBOUR 4

BALLISU

5

Kisebuku

3

Places visited Itinerary day

GETTING THERE DAY 5 Ballisu Sailing out of Karacasogut we’ll arrive amidst the seashell shorelines & ancient mythologies of Cleopatra Island. After soaking in the pristine seas that supposedly once cooled the actual Cleopatra, we’ll head for a night under the Turkish stars in Ballisu. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Pabucburnu With wild pirate antics set for the night ahead of us, we’ll take things easy by day in Kargili. Under the shelter of grand pine trees, we’ll mooch by pristine bays & drift in & out of the ocean. (B,L,D)

Getting to & from Bodrum is easy. If you’re not flying direct to Turkey, many low cost airlines fly direct to Bodrum from London. Visit skyscanner.net & book early to get the best deals. Once in Bodrum make your way to the Barbaros Yachting stand next to the Tepecik Mosque/cafe to meet your crew.

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: BBTS

A$689 start Apr 28 May05

end May05 May12

A$1099 start Sep 01

end Sep 08

START BODRUM & FINISH BODRUM

A$745 start May12

end May19

A$939 start Sep 08

end Sep 15

A$865 start May19 May26

end May26 Jun 02

A$885 start Sep 15

end Sep 22

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$110 PORT TAXES

A$939 start Jun 02

end Jun 09

A$1045 start Jun 09 Jun 16

end Jun 16 Jun 23

A$1099 start Jun 23

end Jun 30

A$1209 start Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 14 Jul 21

end Jul 07 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28

start Jul 28 Aug 04 Aug 11 Aug 18

end Aug 04 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25

start Aug 25

end Sep 01

* Prices above are based on two-person berths. If you’re travelling solo we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single cabin supplement add A$735. Note: Cabins consists of a mix of bunks & double beds however most people choose to sleep under the stars up on deck. All cabins have private en suite bathrooms. We use a selection of ‘standard’ boats. Trip starts 3:30pm in Bodrum & ends approx. 10:30am in Bodrum. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

CONTIKI.COM/TURKISH-SAILING

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 167

#TURKISHSAILING

SUMMER 2018


Camping STRETCH YOUR BUDGET Who needs ceilings when you could be staring at the canvas of the night sky, right? Keeping it old school, our Camping trips are designed for those on a minimal budget who don’t want to compromise on experiences. And hey, these trips are far from slumming it - roomy two-person tents (or your own for a little extra $), blow-up mattresses and some seriously fun campsites decked out with pools, bars and hot showers will ensure you wake up ready to take on whatever Europe throws at you.

ARE YOU A CAMPING TRAVELLER? •

Do you want to wake up every morning to the sounds of nature?

Do you want to save pennies on accommodation, so you can splurge on experiences?

Do you want to do Europe the way

the original Contiki campers did back in ‘62?

Do you want to see everything Europe has to offer within your budget?

Do you want access to some of the continent’s coolest campsites?

CAMPING ACCOMMODATION FROM A$120 P/DAY Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions CONTIKI.COM/CAMPING

168 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CA

M

3 TRIPS FROM 21 – 46 DAYS

PI

NG


THE SOUTHERN TRAIL WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 20

32

NIGHTS IN TENTS & 1ON A FERRY 19 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 1 night on board a ferry

INCLUDED MEALS 20 breakfasts (B), 12 dinners (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

A$2999 * |

FROM

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

A$143 *PP/PD

FROM

London Dover

DAY 1 London to Paris (D)

START

DAY 13 - 14 Rome (B)(B,D) Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

DAY 15 Sorrento (B)

Valley of the Somme

1

DAY 2 - 3 Paris (B)(B,D) F Parisian Cabaret Show

Versailles

DAY 16 Overnight ferry Adriatic Ferry (B) F Guided Tour of Pompeii

PARIS FRANCE

Burgundy Region

DAY 4 Beaujolais Region (B,D)

DAY 17 - 19 Corfu (B)(B,D)(B) F Ionian Dinner Experience

BEAUJOLAIS 4 REGION

DAY 5 - 6 Barcelona (B,D)(B)

Verona

DAY 9 - 10 Venice (B,D)(B,D) F Secrets of Venice Walking Tour

Pisa

THE RIVIERA

ITALY

CONTIKI.COM/ SOUTHERNTRAIL

DAY 21 Athens (B)

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME

SPAIN

13 Vatican City

Pompeii Bari

SORRENTO 15 1

12:30PM ATHENS

Monaco

7

Pyrenees Mountains

END

FLORENCE

11

Arles

16

Isle of Capri

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city End city

GREECE

CORFU 17 DAY 11 - 12 Florence (B,D)(B)

Corinth Canal

END

ATHENS 20 21

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$2999 Start Apr 24

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH ATHENS

CODE: CCCL

End May14

A$3085 Start May08

A$3139 Start May22 Jun 05

End May28

End Jun 11 Jun 25

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$390 FOOD FUND

Start Jun 12

A$3299 Start Jun 26 Jul 03

End Jul 02

End Jul 16 Jul 23

Start Jul 10 Jul 24

End Jul 30 Aug 13

Start Aug 05 Aug 19

End Aug 25 Sep 08

A$3179 Start Aug 24

End Sep 13

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of A$755. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. This trip is part of a wider adventure. When you start your trip you may have a little internal giggle that some travellers have seemingly overpacked. In fact, these guys are part of a trip that extends longer than yours, so when you head home they’ll be continuing the Contiki journey. Why not join them & book The Original camping trip? For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

#SOUTHERNTRAIL

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Day trip to the Isle of Capri

DAY 20 Athens (B,D)

9

VENICE

DAY 7 - 8 The Riviera (B,D)(B,D)

BARCELONA 5 FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Cabaret Show, Paris F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks, Barcelona F Captain’s Cruise, Corfu

CAMPING

21 DAYS | 6 COUNTRIES |

THE NORTHERN TREK 26 DAYS | 18 COUNTRIES |

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W 25

42

FROM

A$3259 * |

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

26 24

END

AMSTERDAM

START

Rhine Valley St Goar

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

HEIDELBERG

19 FRANCE

MUNICH

15

AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein Lucerne

BUDAPEST

CROATIA

SELINE 12

BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

Split

DUBROVNIK

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F River Cruise with Dinner, Budapest F Mike’s Bikes, Munich F Jungfrau Mountain, Swiss Alps

13

HUNGARY

SWISS ALPS

ADRIATIC SEA

DAY 4 - 5 Istanbul Hotel (B,D)(B) F Belly dancing show & dinner SOFIA

ALBANIA Skopje MACEDONIA

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON.

8

BULGARIA

6

MONTENEGRO

DAY 26 Amsterdam (B) DAY 24 - 25 Amsterdam (B)(B)

Places visited Itinerary day Optional end city

DAY 12 Seline (B,D)

DAY 3 Gallipoli (B,D)

9

TIRANA

END

DAY 9 - 11 Dubrovnik (B,D)(B,D)(B) F Dubrovnik Cruise

VIENNA

Bratislava

SWITZ

21

DAY 8 Tirana Hotel (B,D)

DAY 2 Kavala (B,D) CZECH REP Český SLOVAKIA Krumlov

23

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

BLACK SEA

KAVALA 2

7

STRUGA AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

4

Troy

GALLIPOLI TURKEY

START

Thermopylae

ATHENS

ISTANBUL 3

1

DAY 13 - 14 Budapest (B,D)(B) DAY 15 - 16 Vienna (B)(B,D) DAY 17 - 18 Prague (B,D)(B) DAY 19 - 20 Munich (B)(B,D) DAY 21 - 22 Swiss Alps (B,D)(B,D) DAY 23 Heidelberg (B,D)

H O W MUC H & W H EN SUMMER 2018

A$3259 Start May14

CODE: CCCR

End Jun 08

A$3405 Start May28 Jun 11

START ATHENS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Jun 22 Jul 06

A$3575 Start Jun 25 Jul 02

End Jul 20 Jul 27

Start Jul 16 Jul 23

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$500 FOOD FUND

End Aug 10 Aug 17

Start Jul 30 Aug 13

End Aug 24 Sep 07

A$3459 Start End Aug 25 Sep 19 Sep 08 ● Oct 03

Start End Sep 13 ● Oct 08

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of A$779. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:00pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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#NORTHERNTREK

CONTIKI.COM/ NORTHERNTREK

PRAGUE

Dachau

1

DAY 7 Struga (B,D)

DAY 1 Arrive Athens (D)

17

INCLUDED MEALS 25 breakfasts (B), 17 dinners (D)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Visit the Wooden Horse of Troy with our Local Guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & Anzac Cove • Pay tribute at Dachau

DAY 6 Sofia Hotel (B,D)

6:00PM ATHENS

GERMANY

London

NIGHTS IN TENTS & HOTELS 21 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 4 nights hotel

A$126 *PP/PD

FROM


THE ORIGINAL 46 DAYS

|

23 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$5495 *

|

FROM

A$120 *PP/PD

GO BACK TO BASICS & SEE THE VERY BEST ON A BUDGET

#CONTIKIORIGINAL

CORFU TOWN GREECE

Contiki were really nice, easy to deal with & helpful with any enquiries we had.

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @CLEARLYTASH

170 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@FAERYLROTHERHAM_

CONTIKI.COM/ORIGINAL

@HOLLYJESSICAW

Sarah Brogan


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 74

NIGHTS IN CABINS & SPECIAL STOPOVERS

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

45 breakfasts (B), 29 dinners (D)

An experienced Trip Manager, Driver & Cook team plus exclusive On-site Team at Contiki villages. Air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi.

F Gondola ride, Venice F Flamenco, Tapas & Drinks, Barcelona F Cruise, Dubrovnik

1 night on-board a ferry, 4 nights hotel, 40 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses)

6:45AM LONDON OR 5PM PARIS

START

10AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

END

DAY 46 Amsterdam This morning our mammoth road trip will sadly come to an end. After the teary goodbyes you can hitch a ride to either Schiphol Airport or the big smoke of London. (B)

DAY 1 London to Paris This morning we’ll join forces in London & hit the highway to Paris. Wasting no time getting into the adventure, we’ll take in the Eiffel & Notre Dame before the day is done. (D) DAY 2 - 3 Paris The city of lights & love will serve as the perfect introduction into Europe. You’ll be free to eat way too many croissants at cosy cafés, & spend hours roaming the picturesque streets. (B)(B,D) F Parisian Cabaret Show DAY 4 Beaujolais Region Following the grapevines, we’ll cruise out of Paris & find ourselves in the wine producing region of Beaujolais. Sun-kissed vineyards & a bit of vin sampling will mark our time here. (B,D)

DAY 9 - 10 Venice Romancing our way into Italy, we’ll stop in the Romeo & Juliet town of Verona, before drifting on to iconic Venice. With its canals, palazzi & mysterious charm, this city will entertain us for two nights. (B,D)(B,D) F Secrets of Venice Walking Tour DAY 11 - 12 Florence Moving on through sundrenched Tuscan hills, we’ll pull up in the city of Florence. Here we will amble through secret streets armed with our own local guide. (B,D)(B) DAY 13 - 14 Rome Now besotted by the boot, we’ll make our way to its capital as well as Vatican City. Iconic monuments, Vespas & the culture of passion; it will be a dazzling 2 nights in Rome. (B)(B,D) DAY 15 Sorrento Making our way to the home of pizza, Naples, we’ll hit the sea & boat our way to Capri. After soaking up the country’s most adored island, we’ll hit the cliff vistas of Sorrento for our final Italian sunset. (B)

NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM

46 44

ENGLAND London

GERMANY

Dover

START

DAY 41 - 42 Swiss Alps After stopping in Liechtenstein & Lucerne, we’ll arrive in the Swiss Alps. Opt in to rise to the heights of Jungfrau Mountain, eat mountains of chocolate & take in the beauty of this region. (B,D)(B,D)

DAY 44 - 45 Amsterdam Ending on a high note – no pun intended – we’ll arrive in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Here you can visit an endless list of museums, explore the city’s infamous night hours & visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house. (B)(B)

DAY 39 - 40 Munich Today will be a rollercoaster of emotions as we move from a somber visit to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, to a lively entry into the home of Oktoberfest. (B)(B,D) DAY 37 - 38 Prague We’ll spend two nights here in Prague, snaking through cobbled streets, visiting castles & eating sweet dumplings with whipped cream. (B,D)(B)

CZECH REP

PARIS

39

FRANCE

4

Liechtenstein Lucerne

BEAUJOLAIS REGION

Verona

9 Pisa

Arles

7

DAY 16 Overnight ferry After an optional escapade through the ancient ruins of Pompeii, we’ll board a ferry & set sail for Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) F Guided Tour of Pompeii

VENICE

DAY 35 - 36 Vienna After a salute to Slovakia we’ll find ourselves in Vienna. Here we can ride one of the oldest Ferris wheels in the world, eat strudel, & ogle at Swarovski crystals. (B)(B,D)

CROATIA BOSNIAHERZEGOVINA

11

FLORENCE 32 SELINE Split

29

ROME ADRIATIC SEA 13 Mt Vesuvius Vatican City Pompeii

DUBROVNIK

SORRENTO 15

SOFIA

MACEDONIA

Bari

ISTANBUL GALLIPOLI 24 23 KAVALA

STRUGA 27

ALBANIA

Isle of Capri

22

Troy

16

17

GREECE

CORFU IONIAN SEA

DAY 23 Gallipoli Ferrying across the Dardanelles, we’ll land on the shores of Turkey. Here we will visit the historic battlefields of Gallipoli & Anzac Cove. (B,D)

BULGARIA

26

MONTENEGRO

TIRANA 28

DAY 22 Kavala Our last night in Greece will take place in the nest of Kavala, a port town near the borders of Macedonia & Turkey. We’ll absorb as much traditional Greek goodness as possible, ready for our border hop by morning. (B,D)

DAY 17 - 19 Corfu Don your swimsuit - these 3 nights will be all about the summer vibes. We’ll lap up watersports, aperitifs, & enough feta to sink a little Greek sailing boat. (B)(B,D)(B) F Ionian Dinner Experience

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

ITALY

BARCELONA

DAY 20 - 21 Athens Having devoured all things Corfu, we’ll hit the seas & move on to Athens. Where we will dance through history, with the option to visit the Parthenon, Acropolis, & first Olympic stadium. (B,D)(B,D)

33

AUSTRIA

Monaco

THE RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

Bratislava

35

MUNICH VIENNA

SWITZ

SWISS ALPS 41

SLOVAKIA

Český Krumlov

Dachau

Burgundy Region

5

DAY 43 Heidelberg Next we’ll find ourselves nesting amidst the valleys by the Neckar River. Here you can drink Pils, eat currywurst & lap up your final night in Germany. (B,D)

PRAGUE

St Goar

HEIDELBERG 43

Versailles

SPAIN

sightseeing tour

• Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Locally guided tour of Athens

37

Valley of the Somme

1

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

DAY 5 - 6 Barcelona Coasting along through the Pyrénées Mountains, we’ll arrive in Barcelona. We’ll spend two nights getting well acquainted with this Spanish hot spot. (B,D)(B) DAY 7 - 8 The Riviera Get your glamour on, The Riviera is on the agenda. We’ll get amongst the high life by throwing dice at the Monte Carlo Casino & inhaling spritzy flower water at a perfumery. (B,D)(B,D)

Edam

END

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

Corinth Canal

DAY 29 - 31 Dubrovnik Continuing our coastal road trip, we’ll kick on to the hotspot of Dubrovnik & we’ll be completely captivated by this seaside beauty. (B,D)(B,D)(B) F Dubrovnik Cruise

Thermopylae

TURKEY

20 ATHENS

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

DAY 24 - 25 Istanbul After passing the real life Troy, we’ll head to Istanbul where Asia & Europe literally meet. We’ll take in a mosque of tiny tiles, wild bazaars, & Turkish delights. Hotel (B,D)(B) F Belly dancing show & dinner

DAY 28 Tirana Colourful buildings, cool cafés, & a post-communism mood of rebirth will be waiting for us in the delightful capital of Albania. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 33 - 34 Budapest The river split city of Budapest is an up & coming mecca of culture & cool. Brimming with quirks & historical monuments, we’ll roam the pretty streets & eat goulash. (B,D)(B)

DAY 26 Sofia Today we’ll be welcomed into a surprisingly happening capital, we’ll traverse tram-lined lanes & have our mind blown by a grand cathedral, ending the day smitten by Sofia. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 27 Struga Today we’ll land in the untapped country of Macedonia. After a cruise through its cool capital, Skopje, we’ll settle into the Lake Ohrid town of Struga. (B,D)

DAY 32 Seline After a pit stop in Split, we’ll drift the Dalmatian Coast a little further on to Seline. Backing onto the Paklenica National Park & fringed by a calm inlet of ocean, our time in Seline will be utterly serene. (B,D)

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$5495 Start Apr 24

CODE: CCCA

End Jun 08

A$5665 Start May08

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMS’DAM OR LONDON

End Jun 22

A$6085 Start May22 Jun 05

End Jul 06 Jul 20

Start Jun 12

End Jul 27

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$870 FOOD FUND

A$6385 Start Jun 26 Jul 03

End Aug 10 Aug 17

Start Jul 10 Jul 24

End Aug 24 Sep 07

Start End Aug 05 Sep 19 Aug 19 ● Oct 03

A$6155 Start End Aug 24 ● Oct 08

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of A$1495. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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Winter & Ski KEEP IT COSY Cheaper prices, fewer queues, cute Christmas markets, nights spent chasing the Northern Lights and mile upon mile of powder fresh Austrian pistes just calling your name. No, we can’t see the appeal of Europe in winter either. If like us you’ve clocked on to the perks of exploring the continent in the cooler months, you’ll be massively rewarded by what you find. Not only is it cheaper to travel in Autumn, Winter and Spring, but it’s often way more chilled, plus you’ll be treated to the beauty of Europe changing seasons. Trust us, there’s little better than a crisp autumn morning, or the first snow fall of winter.

ARE YOU A WINTER & SKI TRAVELLER? •

Are you after a less hectic and more authentic way of seeing Europe?

Is seeing the Northern Lights and martian landscapes of Iceland top of your bucket list?

Are you ready to conquer the pistes of the SkiWelt region, surrounding the pretty Austrian town of Hopfgarten?

Does the idea of layering up and overdosing on hot chocolate (not so) secretly excite you?

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION FROM A$187 P/DAY SPECIAL STAYS ACCOMMODATION FROM A$119 P/DAY Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions CONTIKI.COM/WINTER-SKI

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WINTER WANDERER 24 DAYS

|

12 COUNTRIES

|

FROM

A$4485 *

|

FROM

A$187 *PP/PD

COSY INTO THE MOST MAGICAL WINTER MARKETS AND SIP ON MULLED WINE

#WINTERWANDERER

THE ALPS SWITZERLAND

Best time I could have hoped for. Great sights & great people. Our Trip manager & Driver did a fantastic job helping to make for a well organised & carefree trip. Definitely sign up, you won’t regret it

AS REVIEWED BY RECENT CONTIKI TRAVELLERS ON FEEFO @ALEXMONTGOM

174 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

Read more at contiki.com/reviews

@JELLYGYPSY

CONTIKI.COM/WANDERER

@KAYLAMAREE1994

Nicholas Leek


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TOP EXPERIENCES 32

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 23 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS

ESSENTIALS

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

23 breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D)

An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team, Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging.

F Swiss Fondue Lunch, Lucerne F Flamenco Show with Dinner, Barcelona F Canal Cruise, Amsterdam

END

DAY 22 - 23 Amsterdam Museums, cafés & boutique clubs will keep us entertained in the eccentric city of Amsterdam. Beyond the city skirts, we’ll enjoy the crisp country air of a cheese farm & clog maker’s house. (B,D)(B)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

ENGLAND

24 22

END

London

Dresden Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

BELGIUM GERMANY

18

START

Valley of the Somme

1

PARIS

MUNICH

17

Mauthausen

DAY 5 Lyon Today we’ll roll into France’s gastronomic capital, where we’ll pleasure our senses with restaurants & colourful buildings. Being in the heart of some serious wine country you have the perfect excuse to sample a few glasses, if inclined. (B)

1

Places visited Itinerary day Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

3

VIENNA

AUSTRIA

LUCERNE

Swiss Alps

5

DAY 15 - 16 Vienna Nothing warms the blood quite like Viennese Schnapps & strudel. Here in Austria’s lively hub we’ll admire architecture, café hop, & visit the city’s many historical sites. (B)(B,D) F Schnaps Museum visit & tasting

15

SWITZ FRANCE

LYON

PRAGUE

CZECH REP

Burgundy Region

DAY 3 - 4 Lucernce After a drive through the frosted vineyards of Burgundy, we’ll pull up in none other than the grand Swiss Alps. We’ll spend two nights here downing mountains of Swiss chocolate & waltzing the cobbled streets of this pretty town. (B)(B)

ITALY

Pisa

10

Dolomite Mountains

13

VENICE DAY 13 - 14 Venice Exploring the narrow alleyways & grand square of this “floating city” will inspire an endless reel of photo opportunities. We’ll have two nights to meander through its artistic palazzi & be swept up by its undeniable charisma. (B,D)(B)

FLORENCE

Monaco

SPAIN

8

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA

DAY 18 - 19 Prague Out of Germany we’ll find ourselves in the Czech Republic, within a medieval maze of pretty cobblestone streets. Bohemian Prague will steal our hearts for two nights with castles, cathedrals & a quirky persona. (B,D)(B)

DAY 17 Munich Today we’ll head on to the German city of Munich, taking a sobering visit to Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial on the way. On arrival in the home of Oktoberfest, we will be wowed by 800-years of history & a traditional Bavarian beer hall. (B)

BERLIN

20

AMSTERDAM

Dover

DAY 2 Paris With a hot coffee in one hand & croissant in the other, we’ll take on the city of lights & love. Use your free time to uncover markets, museums, & the endless Parisian magic on offer. (B) F Cabaret show with dinner

Local Guide

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour

DAY 20 - 21 Berlin After a hop through Dresden, we’ll arrive in the figuratively & literally cool capital of Berlin. Two nights here will give us enough time to go deep on the city’s creative culture, hopping from bars to galleries & historic sites galore. (B,D)(B) F Locally guided historical walking tour

6:45AM LONDON OR 5:00PM PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris All rugged & ready to rumble, we’ll join forces in London by morning or later in the afternoon in Paris. Wasting no time taking on this winter wonderland, we’ll hit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe & more. (D)

Camp

• Explore Florence on foot with our

10:00AM AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 24 Amsterdam Whether you take your complimentary transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or to central London, it will be sad goodbyes when our trip comes to an end. (B) START

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Visit Mauthausen Concentration

ADRIATIC SEA

FRENCH RIVIERA 6

DAY 6 - 7 Barcelona From the Pyrénées Mountains to the Mediterranean coastline, we’ll weave our way to two nights in bustling Barcelona. From the Gothic Quarter to the La Rambla district, we won’t leave a pocket of this city uncovered. (B,D)(B)

11

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ROME

Vatican City

DAY 8 - 9 French Riviera With glitz & glamour calling our names, we’ll head on to the French Riviera. Authentic perfumeries & the Monte Carlo Casino will be visited between cosy walks along the coastline. (B,D)(B)

DAY 10 Florence Today we’ll roll through Tuscan hills in search of the city of Florence. Here, a local Guide will lead us through the secret streets & sacred art surrounding the majestic Duomo cathedral. (B) F Tuscan evening

DAY 11 - 12 Rome Snug as bugs in Roman rugs, we’ll arrive in the captivating capital of Italy. Here we will spend two nights visiting historic monuments & ticking off the world’s smallest country, Vatican City. (B,D)(B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN WINTER 2018/19

A$4735 Start Oct 19 Oct 26

End Nov 11 Nov 18

CODE: WWHL

A$4619 Start Nov 02 Nov 16 ★ Nov 23 ★ Nov 30 ★

START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH AMSTERDAM OR LONDON

End Nov 25 Dec 09 Dec 16 Dec 23

Start End Dec 07 ★ Dec 30 Dec 12 ★● Jan 04 Dec 14 ★■ Jan 06

A$4855 Start End Dec 18 ★▲Jan 10 Dec 20 ★◆ Jan 12 Dec 22 ★✱ Jan 14 Dec 27 ★✝ Jan 19

Start End Dec 29 ★◗ Jan 21 Dec 31 ✜ Jan 23 2019 Jan 03 Jan 26

Start Jan 11 Jan 18

End Feb 03 Feb 10

A$4485 Start Jan 25 Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 01

End Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 10 Mar 24

A$4619 Start Mar 15

End Apr 07

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$1205 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● Spend New Year’s Eve in Berlin. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Prague. ▲ Spend New Year’s Eve in Venice. ◆ Spend New Year’s Eve in Rome. ✱ Spend New Year’s Eve in Florence. ✝ Spend New Year’s Eve in Lyon. ◗ Spend New Year’s Eve in Lucerne. ✜ Spend New Year’s Eve in Paris. ★ This trip visits cities during the Christmas markets. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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SKI

AUSTRIA Get a slice of mountain life this winter. Hopfgarten in Austria is the perfect place for a dose of on & off-piste action.

WHERE YOU’RE HEADED Hopfgarten village in the Austrian Tyrol, is the perfect location for a ski or boarding holiday. As the gateway to Europe’s top ski region, the SkiWelt, it’s perfect for indulging in loads of on and off-piste action. With over 284 km (176 miles) of piste, gondolas and chair lifts, near-perfect terrain and one of the biggest artificial snow-making networks in Europe, how could you say no?

WHERE YOU STAY & WHAT’S INCLUDED

APRÈS-SKI: European après-ski is an essential part of any winter holiday. Literally meaning ‘after ski’ with drinking, dancing and socialising, it’s the perfect way to finish up your day.

NEWLY RENOVA TED

Our newly renovated traditional Gasthof is currently getting a major facelift. Featuring single, twin and quad-share rooms (most with private facilities) plus free WiFi, here you can hang up your boots, chill in the bar, and join one of our famous party nights. We include a hot buffet breakfast daily and for a small pre-booked supplement, we’ll also include five, three-course dinners (or 10 for a two-week holiday), all prepared on site.

INCLUDED ON ALL TRIPS

ON THE SLOPES

• Breakfast daily PERFECT FOR ALL LEVELS:

• Salzburg day trip • Contiki-only On-site Team

Beginner: With 122 km of easy runs, SkiWelt is the perfect terrain for beginners. Combined with our great value ski school, you’ll be up on the slopes in no time. Intermediate: Want to improve on your technique? 129 km of moderate runs mean you can really test your skills. Advanced: 10 km of black runs will keep the keenest of keen skiers and riders challenged.

176 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

WWW.CONTIKI.COM/SKI


SKI PLUS

SKI OR BOARD AUSTRIA COACH FROM LONDON

8/15 NIGHTS | 1 COUNTRY |

FROM

A$979 * |

FROM

A$123 *PP/PD SKI

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W NIGHTS 8/15 Special Stopovers: 8/15 nights in Contiki’s Gasthof. One night on the coach from London. Twin or quad-share accommodation.

7/14

INCLUDED MEALS Breakfast daily (B) HOPFGARTEN AUSTRIA ESSENTIALS Experienced Contiki On-site Team, Contiki exclusives including: Salzburg day trip, Included overnight coach travel from London, Access to Contiki’s exclusive themed party nights, Half board options available (for a small supplement)

CONTIKI.COM/SKI

WINTER 2018/19

A$1075 start Dec 14 Dec 21

CODE: C7SWBIT

end Dec 22 Dec 29

WINTER 2018/19

SKI PLUS 8 NIGHTS

A$979 start Jan 04 Jan 11

start end Dec 28 ● Jan 05 CODE: C14SWBIT

A$1949 start end Dec 14 Dec 29 Dec 21 ● Jan 05

SKI PLUS 15 NIGHTS

A$1775 start Jan 04 Jan 11

start end Dec 28 ● Jan 12

START LONDON & FINISH LONDON

end Jan 12 Jan 19

start Jan 18 Jan 25

end Jan 26 Feb 02

start Feb 01 Feb 08

end Feb 09 Feb 16

start Feb 15 Feb 22

end Feb 23 Mar 02

start Feb 01 Feb 08

end Feb 16 Feb 23

start Feb 15 Feb 22

end Mar 02 Mar 09

start Mar 01

end Mar 09

START LONDON & FINISH LONDON

end Jan 19 Jan 26

start Jan 18 Jan 25

end Feb 02 Feb 09

Note: Ski Plus trips include transfers from London. Trip starts 7:00pm in London on Fridays & ends approx. 10:00pm in London on Saturdays. * Important: prices do not include airfares. ● Spend New Year’s Eve in Tyrol. Twin-share supp: 1 week add A$245. 2 weeks add A$439. Single supp: 1 week add A$605. 2 weeks add A$1099. Half board supp: 5 nights add: A$85. 10 nights add A$175.

SK I ESSEN T IA LS – W HAT Y OU’ L L N E E D T O B UDGE T F OR ON T OP OF Y OUR T R IP P RIC E . NUMBER OF NIGHTS

SKI PASS

EQUIPMENT HIRE

7/8 (6 DAYS SKI)

A$410

A$90

14/15 (13 DAYS SKI)

A$709

A$165

SKI ONLY

SKI & SNOWBOARD LESSONS 3 or 5-day ski and/or snowboard lessons are available once in the resort and can be arranged on your arrival

#AUSTRIASKI

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Experienced Contiki On-site Team

H O W MUC H & W H EN

SKI OR BOARD AUSTRIA MEET US THERE

7/14 NIGHTS | 1 COUNTRY |

FROM

A$949 * |

FROM

A$136 *PP/PD

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W NIGHTS 7/14 Special Stopovers: 7/14 nights in Contiki’s Gasthof. Twin or quad-share

7/14

INCLUDED MEALS Breakfast daily (B)

ESSENTIALS Experienced Contiki On-site Team, Contiki exclusives including: Salzburg day trip, FREE coach pickup from Innsbruck airport or Wörgl train station (easy access for Munich or Salzburg airports), Access to Contiki’s exclusive themed party nights, Half board options available (for a small supplement)

On-site Team

CONTIKI.COM/SKI

H O W MUC H & W H EN WINTER 2018/19

A$1045 start Dec 15 Dec 22

CODE: CPC7SW

end Dec 22 Dec 29

WINTER 2018/19

SKI ONLY 7 NIGHTS

start end Dec 29 ● Jan 05 CODE: CP14SW

A$1919 start end Dec 15 Dec 29 Dec 22 ● Jan 05

A$949 start Jan 05 Jan 12

SKI ONLY 14 NIGHTS

start end Dec 29 ● Jan 12

A$1745 start Jan 05 Jan 12

START HOPFGARTEN & FINISH HOPFGARTEN

end Jan 12 Jan 19

start Jan 19 Jan 26

end Jan 26 Feb 02

start Feb 02 Feb 09

end Feb 09 Feb 16

start Feb 16 Feb 23

end Feb 23 Mar 02

end Feb 16 Feb 23

start Feb 16 Feb 23

end Mar 02 Mar 09

start Mar 02

end Mar 09

START HOPFGARTEN & FINISH HOPFGARTEN

end Jan 19 Jan 26

start Jan 19 Jan 26

end Feb 02 Feb 09

start Feb 02 Feb 09

Note: Ski Only trips start in Hopfgarten on Saturdays. Check-in starts at 2:00pm & check-out is at 9:00am. Important: prices do not include airfares. You need to provide us with your flight & arrival details approx 21 days before departure to take the Innsbruck Airport transfer. ● Spend New Year’s Eve in Tyrol. Twin-share supp: 1 week add A$245. 2 weeks add A$439. Single supp: 1 week add A$605. 2 weeks add A$1099. Half board supp: 5 nights add: A$85. 10 nights add A$175.

SK I ESSEN T IA LS – W HAT Y OU’ L L N E E D T O B UDGE T F OR ON T OP OF Y OUR T R IP P RIC E . NUMBER OF NIGHTS

SKI PASS

EQUIPMENT HIRE

7/8 (6 DAYS SKI)

A$410

A$90

14/15 (13 DAYS SKI)

A$709

A$165

SKI & SNOWBOARD LESSONS 3 or 5-day ski and/or snowboard lessons are available once in the resort and can be arranged on your arrival

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#AUSTRIASKI

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

• Experienced Contiki

HOPFGARTEN AUSTRIA


WINTER

ICELAND 4 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

|

A$1315 *

FROM

|

FROM

A$329 *PP/PD

NORTHERN LIGHTS & THE BLUE LAGOONS – ICELAND HAS A LOT TO OFFER

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights single or twin-share hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Buggy Adventure F Caving F Horse Riding

END

DAY 4 Reykjavik Feeling completely enamoured by all things Iceland, we’ll wrap up the trip this morning after breakfast. Pretty Reykjavik & land of beauty, we officially salute you. (B)

START

4:00PM REYKJAVIK

DAY 3 Reykjavik With our body energised from yesterday’s thermal dipping, we’ll be ready to power on with some exploring. Take to the streets or continue with the nature theme, with sprouting geysers & volcanoes both on offer. (B) F Golden Circle tour

ICELAND

DAY 1 Reykjavik Today you’ll check in to your hotel & start exploring Reykjavik before the team unites in the afternoon. High on life & the contagious Icelandic positivity, we’ll get straight into the spirit of adventure. (D)

REYKJAVIK 1

4

Blue Lagoon

DAY 2 Reykjavik This morning we’ll bounce out of bed with complete vigour, knowing a wonder of the world sits on the agenda. With swimsuit on hand we’ll head to the otherworldly Blue Lagoon, where we can soak & soothe our aching body of bones. (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Enjoy the Blue Lagoon hot springs • Northern Lights adventure with a Local Guide

#CONTIKICELAND

8:00AM REYKJAVIK

1

Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN WINTER 2018/19

A$1485 Start End Oct 25 ● Oct 28

CODE: WWIC

START REYKJAVIK & FINISH REYKJAVIK

A$1319 Start End Nov 08 ■ Nov 11 Nov 15 ■ Nov 18

Start End Nov 22 ■ Nov 25 ■ Nov 29 ■ Dec 02 ■

Start Dec 06 Dec 13

End Dec 09 Dec 16

A$1675 Start End Dec 23 ▲ Dec 26 Dec 29 ▲ Jan 01

A$1315 Start End Jan 03 ◆ Jan 06 Jan 10 ◆ Jan 13

Start End Jan 17 ◆ Jan 20 Feb 07 ◆ Feb 10

Start End Feb 14 ◆ Feb 17 Feb 21 ◆ Feb 24

Start End Mar 07 ◆ Mar 10 Mar 14 ◆ Mar 17

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of ● A$379 ■ A$339 ▲ A$365 ◆ A$355. Trip starts 4:00pm in Reykjavik & ends approx. 8:00am in Reykjavik. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged at an extra charge. Please contact Contiki or your travel agent for details on how to book these.

178 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/ICELAND


FIRE & ICE |

1 COUNTRY

|

A$2365 *

FROM

|

FROM

A$394 *PP/PD

WINTER

6 DAYS

NE W

MARTIAN LANDSCAPES, PRETTY TOWNS AND THUNDERING WATERFALLS

NORTHERN LIGHTS ICELAND

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 5

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 5 nights single or twin-share hotel accommodation

8

INCLUDED MEALS 5 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

END

DAY 6 Reykjavik Packing our bags back in pretty Reykjavik, we’ll stay on a high from all the wonders we’ve taken in. We’ll say our farewells as the trip wraps up, leaving with a deep appreciation for this special country. (B)

START

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

8:00AM REYKJAVIK

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Entry into the Blue Lagoon • See the spectacular Glacier Lagoon

DAY 4 Selfoss Our time on the south shore will be marked by waterfalls, black beaches & pony sized horses with teal blue eyes. (B)

4:00PM REYKJAVIK

DAY 1 Reykjavik We’ll land amidst the endless quirk & colourful buildings of Reykjavik, having time to unwind before uniting with the team for a pow wow & dinner. (D)

ICELAND

REYKJAVIK 6

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Golden Circle Tour F Horse Back Riding F Caving F Buggy Adventure F Glacier Adventure

DAY 5 Reykjavik We’ll have one last piece of the Icelandic landscape to admire before we move back to the big smoke. The bucket list beauty of the Blue Lagoon will warm us, sooth us, & leave us positively lost for words. (B)

START END

1

SELFOSS

3

4 Blue Lagoon

2

VIK

DAY 2 Vik Getting straight down to business, why not opt to hop onto the Golden Circle, visiting Iceland’s most intriguing natural landmarks. From the turquoise water ravines of Þingvellir National Park, to the erupting geothermal geysers of Haukadalur, this day will take your breath away. (B,D)

SKAFTAFELL

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

DAY 3 Skaftafell Continuing on the theme of natural wonders, we’ll move to Skaftafell via the region of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Here in these hard to pronounce parts, we’ll find a peculiar pavement of volcanic rock, the rivers & glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park, & the canyon and volcano of Eldgjá. (B,D)

1

Places visited Itinerary day

HOW MUCH & WHEN WINTER 2018/19

CODE: WWFI

START REYKJAVIK & FINISH REYKJAVIK

Start End Nov 28 ● Dec 03

A$3035 Start End Dec 22 ■ Dec 27

A$2365 Start End Jan 09 ▲ Jan 14

Start End Feb 13 ▲ Feb 18

Start End Mar 13 ▲ Mar 18

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. ● Single room supplement of A$825. ■ Single room supplement of A$1125. ▲ Single room supplement of A$715.Trip starts 4:00pm in Reykjavik & ends approx. 8:00am in Reykjavik. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged at an extra charge. Please contact Contiki or your travel agent for details on how to book these.

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A$2575 Start End Nov 07 ● Nov 12


Short Trips & Festivals FOR LIFE’S MOMENTS Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Kylie, the iPod Nano (RIP), and our Short Trips & Festivals. These babies are designed to celebrate life’s best events (think Christmas, New Year, Oktoberfest, or Sziget, arguably one of Europe’s coolest festivals), and are also all about maximising the time you have in some of Europe’s key cities (London, Berlin, Barcelona & Madrid). Whatever the occasion, these trips make it that little bit more special. Do them as standalone travel experiences, or (even better) tag them on to the start or end of another Contiki trip.

ARE YOU A SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS TRAVELLER? •

Do you want to sample all the beers at Oktoberfest?

Do you want to see Amsterdam in full tulip bloom?

Do you want to see in the New Year celebrations at Hogmanay, Paris or Amsterdam?

Do you want to have the mini break of mini breaks in a sweet European city? RT

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATION FROM A$108 P/DAY

TR

SHO

24 TRIPS FROM 3 - 10 DAYS

CAMPING ACCOMMODATION FROM A$90 P/DAY Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions and money saving shenanigans. CONTIKI.COM/SHORT-TRIPS-FESTIVALS

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SZIGET FESTIVAL 10 DAYS

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4 COUNTRIES

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FROM

A$1955*

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FROM

A$196*PP/PD

AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A EUROPEAN FESTIVAL PARTY, & SZIGET IS THE BEST OF THE BEST

SZIGET IN BUDAPEST HUNGARY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 9

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 9 nights in hotels or hostels

12

INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) ESSENTIALS An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team, air conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi. Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations, Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges, See p.192 for more.

START

3:00PM BERLIN

DAY 1 - 2 Arrive Berlin With spirits higher than the ceilings of Berlin’s mega clubs, we’ll join forces in Germany’s capital & start the Sziget adventure. Museums, bars, street art & boutique shopping there’s no better spot to get the festival juices flowing. (D)(B) F Berlin historical walking tour

#CONTIKISZIGET

DAY 5 - 6 Vienna From the rides of Prater Fun Park to the culture of indulgent schnapps shots, Vienna will be the prefect prelude into Sziget. Meander the grand squares & roam the narrow streets - when we’re finished it will be on to the main event. (B,D)(B) F Old Vienna Schnapps Museum

DAY 7 - 9 Sziget Festival, Budapest Today the time will have come to get amongst a near half a million party people & celebrate music, culture & life at Sziget Festival. Take to the island each day after breakfast, & make time for a bit of Budapest in between the festivities. (B)(B)(B) F River Cruise with lunch

START

BERLIN

1

GERMANY Dresden

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Historical walking tour, Berlin F Bunker Tour, Prague F River Cruise with lunch, Budapest NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Tickets to 3 days of the festival • Orientation tour of each city

DAY 3 - 4 Prague Making our way in the Sziget direction, we’ll head south through Dresden into the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. Bohemian Prague will offer a musical melody in tune with our current mood, with jazz bars & DJs in hip nightclubs. (B,D)(B)

3

PRAGUE

Kutna Hora

CZECH REP

END

END

VIENNA

7

AUSTRIA

DAY 10 Budapest Feeling a little dusty & a lot well-lived, the trip will wrap up today after breakfast. Wave your festival companions goodbye, & head home for a good dose of bed rest. (B)

10

BUDAPEST 1

10:00AM BUDAPEST

5

Places visited Itinerary day

HUNGARY

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

A$2075 start Aug 04

end Aug 13

CODE: BBSF

start Aug 11

SZIGET HOTEL

end Aug 20

START BERLIN & FINISH BUDAPEST

SUMMER 2018

A$1955 start Aug 04

CODE: CCSF

end Aug 13

start Aug 11

SZIGET HOSTEL

START BERLIN & FINISH BUDAPEST

TOTAL PRICE LISTED INCLUDES A$210 FOOD FUND

end Aug 20

* BBSF: Prices above are based on maximum twin-share. CCSF: Prices above are based on quad-share. BBSF: Single room supplement of A$620 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. CCSF: You will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 3:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 10:00am in Budapest.

182 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CONTIKI.COM/SZIGET


OKTOBERFEST 4 DAYS

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1 COUNTRY

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FROM

A$385*

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FROM

FESTIVALS

FROM

A$97*PP/PD

BE PART OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BEER FESTIVAL – OKTOBERFEST!

MUNICH GERMANY

W H AT Y O U NE E D TO KNO W

CAMPING

HOSTEL

HOTEL

START & END LONDON

START & END LONDON

START & END LONDON

INCLUDED MEALS Breakfast daily

7 DAYS A$759pp / 5 DAYS A$615pp /

7 DAYS A$999pp / 6 DAYS A$915pp /

7 DAYS A$1535pp / 6 DAYS A$1365pp /

ESSENTIALS An experienced Festival Crew. Modern air-con coach with chargepoints & Free WiFi from London to Munich. Regular transfers from accommodation to festival site Contiki Oktoberfest souvenir.

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Trip starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 10:00pm-Midnight

Sep 20th - Sep 26th Sep 25th - Sep 30th Sep 29th - Oct 4th Oct 3rd - Oct 8th

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Trip starts: 7:00pm & ends approx. 10:00pm-Midnight

Sep 20th - Sep 26th Sep 25th - Sep 30th Sep 29th - Oct 4th Oct 3rd - Oct 8th

Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Trip starts: 7:00pm & ends approx. 10:00pm-Midnight

START & END MUNICH

START & END MUNICH

START & END MUNICH

6 DAYS A$539pp / 4 DAYS A$385pp /

6 DAYS A$795pp / 5 DAYS A$715pp /

6 DAYS A$1199pp / 5 DAYS A$999pp /

Sep 21st - Sep 26th Sep 28th - Oct 1st Oct 3rd - Oct 6th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Trip starts: 8:00am - 11:00am & ends approx. 10:00am

Sep 21st - Sep 26th Sep 26th - Sep 30th Sep 30th - Oct 4th Oct 4th - Oct 8th

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Trip starts: 1:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

CONTIKI.COM/OKTOBERFEST

Sep 21st - Sep 26th Sep 26th - Sep 30th Sep 30th - Oct 4th Oct 4th - Oct 8th

Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Trip starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

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NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Guided walking tour of Munich: See Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel, the Rathaus, Munich Residenz, Frauenkirche & Viktulienmark • Day trip to the moving Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial

Sep 20th - Sep 26th Sep 27th - Oct 1st Oct 2nd - Oct 6th


SHORT TRIPS

ANZAC ODYSSEY 5 DAYS

|

1 COUNTRY

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FROM

A$715*

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ODYSSEY 5 DAYS CLASSIC 4 DAYS FROM

A$143*PP/PD

BRING ANTIPODEAN HISTORY ALIVE ON THIS SOBERING JOURNEY TO GALLIPOLI

GALLIPOLI TURKEY

CLASSIC ITINERARY

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 4/3

3/2

BLACK SEA

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 4/3 nights twin or tripleshare hotel accommodation, 1 night out under the stars

FROM

ISTANBUL 1 Anzac Cove

INCLUDED MEALS 3/2 breakfasts (B)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS

3

5

GALLIPOLI START END

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Dinner & Belly Dancing Show, Istanbul

AEGEAN SEA

1

TURKEY

Places visited Itinerary day

START

6:00PM ISTANBUL

END

#ANZACODYSSEY

• Services of an experienced & fully licensed Turkish Guide • Attendance at the Dawn Service on North Beach & the opportunity to attend the National Services at Chunuk Bair • Opportunity to wander through the Gallipoli landing sites, battlegrounds, cemeteries & memorials • Fully guided walking tour of Old Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome

DAY 1 Istanbul Today you’ll check in to your hotel & be free to explore before uniting with the team in the afternoon. We’ll then spend two nights peeling back the layers of East & West, admiring Istanbul’s Blue Mosque & navigating the Bazaar & Spice Market. (B) F Belly dancing dinner & show

DAY 2 Gallipoli Commencing our pilgrimage, we’ll take to the road with our compass pointing to Gallipoli. Joining with thousands of others, we’ll sleep under the stars waiting to pay our respects by morning. (B)

A$715 start Apr 23

CODE: BBAO ODYSSEY

end Apr 27

184 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

CODE: BBAC CLASSIC

A$615 start Apr 23

AFTER BREAKFAST (ODYSSEY) 12:00NOON (CLASSIC) ISTANBUL

DAY 4-5 Istanbul Back in Istanbul with time to explore & with a new found level of reverence under our belt. We will share a final breakfast together, before the trip wraps up & our ANZAC experience finishes. (B)

DAY 3 ANZAC Day at Gallipoli Waking before the rise of the sun, we’ll experience a somber dawn service before walking in the soldier’s footsteps. We’ll pay our respects at the National Service for the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair, with time after to visit Australia’s Lone Pine cemetery before returning to Istanbul.

HOW MUCH & WHEN SUMMER 2018

FROM

START ISTANBUL & FINISH ISTANBUL

end Apr 26

CONTIKI.COM/ANZAC

A$615 PP A$154 PD

STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter version of the 5-day ANZAC Odyssey trip which starts one day later in Istanbul. Day 1: Arrive Istanbul. See Day 2 ANZAC Odyssey 5day itinerary for full details. Day 2: Istanbul to Gallipoli. See Day 3 ANZAC Odyssey 5-day itinerary for full details. (B) Day 3: ANZAC Day at Gallipoli. See Day 4 ANZAC Odyssey 5-day itinerary for full details. Day 4: Istanbul. After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip ends at approx. midday. (B)

#ANZACCLASSIC GO CONTIKI ANZAC With an experienced English-speaking Turkish guide, you’ll pay tribute to the ANZACs who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Discover Anzac Cove, attend the memorial ceremonies & be there for the Dawn Service. In Istanbul, you’re close to the action & on our city tour you’ll check out all the key sites like the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar. And with your comfy commemorative hoodie, you’ll keep your travel memories fresh back home.


CONTIKI IN

London

LONDON EXPLORER PA C K A G E

THE CONTIKI BASEMENT

S TAY L O N G E R IN LONDON

3 OR 5 DAYS FROM A$349pp

Feel free to make use of the services provided by Contiki’s resident staff and use the Basement as your London launch pad to kickstart your holiday of a lifetime. The Basement is also full of awesome travel resources and help for people staying in London, including iPads and Free WiFi to keep in touch with friends and family, luggage storage while you explore the city and a mail pickup point. It’s also the departure point for all our trips that start in London.

With so much going on in London, why not check it out for yourself? Our great hotel rates make staying longer in London easy.

GETTING THERE

Russell Square, WC1B 5BB, London. Tel: +44 207 837 3655

Why rush your London experience when you can take your sweet time for a few more $$? Top or tail your trip with our 2 & 4-night Explorer packages complete with extras, activities & great accommodation.

2-NIGHT PACKAGE

4-NIGHT PACKAGE

• 2 nights hotel accommodation

• All 2-night package inclusions to the left, plus 4 nights hotel accommodation • 2-day Underground and bus pass • Day trip and entry fee to Stonehenge • Audio guided tour of the Roman Baths, Bath

• Included continental breakfast daily • Return Heathrow airport transfer on the London Underground • Open top bus tour • London theatre show tickets (stalls or dress circle) • Contiki Basement Team • “Welcome to London” info booklet SUMMER 2018

WINTER 2018/19

VENUE

2 NIGHT

4 NIGHTS

VENUE

2 NIGHTS 4 NIGHTS

Royal National

M3LPR

M5LPR

Royal National

M3LPR

M3LPR

Triple-share Twin-share

A$365 A$409

A$805 A$885

Triple-share Twin-share

A$349 A$375

A$775 A$825

Imperial Hotel

M3LPI

M5LPI

Imperial Hotel

M3LPI

M5LPI

Twin-share Single

A$465 A$569

A$995 A$1185

Twin-share Single

A$435 A$505

A$929 A$1065

No Contiki Trip Manager is included in this package. You choose the dates to take the day trips and theatre show on. All rooms have private facilities.

CONTIKI.COM/LONDON-EXPLORER

It’s easy to get to the Contiki Basement. It’s conveniently located at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0DG. It’s a few minutes walk from Russell Square Underground Station, so it’s nice and central. Basement Opening Times May to Sept: 9:00am - 8:00pm Oct to April: 11:00am - 7:00pm

CONTIKI.COM/BASEMENT

ROYAL NATIONAL HOTEL Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG, London. Tel: +44 207 637 2488 Accommodation is based on twin or triple-share. Summer stay longer rate: Twin A$95 Triple A$75 Winter stay longer rate: Twin A$89 Triple A$69

IMPERIAL HOTEL

Accommodation is based on single or twin-share. Summer stay longer rate: Single A$175 Twin A$119 Winter stay longer rate: Single A$145 Twin A$105

GETTING THERE (FOR BOTH HOTELS) From Heathrow Airport Catch the Piccadilly Line to Russell Square station (approx. £8) – travel time approx. 1 hr. The hotel is a short walk from the station. From Gatwick Airport Catch the train to Victoria station where you can get on the Victoria Line to Euston Station. The hotel is a ten minute walk from the station. From Stansted Airport Catch the train to Liverpool Street station where you can get on the central line to Holborn and change to the Piccadilly Line to Russell Square. The hotel is a short walk from the station.

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SHORT TRIPS

BECOME AN INSIDER

With Contiki If you’re short on time, looking for a city escape or keen to dig a little deeper into a destination at the end of your trip - look no further. 3 night Insider trips are created for you my friend. We’ll set you up and ensure you see the city, your way.

LONDON INSIDER NE W

FROM

A$819*

FROM

A$205*PP/PD

4

3

NIGHT S HOT E L ACCOMMODAT ION

#CONTIKILONDONINSIDER

|

I N CL UDED M EAL S

DAY 1 Welcome to the much coveted capital of the United Kingdom. The next few days will be spent slinking through the streets of Soho & purring through boutiques in Shoreditch. By afternoon, we’ll get acquainted with the rest of the Contiki folk & hear the finer details of the days ahead. We’ll then be free to kick on & explore London’s moonlight hours, or we can conserve our energy for tomorrow’s day of pedalling. DAY 2 Taking to two wheels, we’ll explore London’s backstreets by pushbike. Making stops when hydration calls, we’ll uncover cosy cafés & mosey off the well-ridden path. By night we could cruise to a moonlight cinema or visit the Magic Roundabout bars in Old Street.

TRI P M AN AGER I N CL UDED

DAY 3 Today you can choose to seek out the ever illusive ‘Banksy’, getting the lowdow.n on London’s most ambiguous street art. Your free time could be spent sifting through treasures in the antique stores of Notting Hill or icon hopping from one landmark to another. Then our final night in London is ahead of us, and it’s brimming with endless possibility & craft beer. F London Street Art F Tour of Iconic Wimbeldon F Craft Beer Tour DAY 4 Rising & shining, we’ll grab our last London lattes as our minadventure comes to a close.

C ONT I K I .C O M/ LO NDO N-I NSI DE R

BARCE LONA INSIDER NE W

FROM

A$845*

FROM

A$212*PP/PD

4

3

NIGHT S HOT E L ACCOMMODAT ION

I N CL UDED M EAL S

DAY 1 Welcome to this striking setting with an enviable culture. We’ll meet & greet here in Spain’s beachside beauty, & cheers our days ahead over a bout of sangria.

#CONTIKIBARCELONAINSIDER

|

DAY 2 Barcelona will prove the perfect introduction to our time on tour, being equal parts sultry & sophisticated. We’ll take to the streets & learn the intricacies of life here before having the chance to tap into some tapas. As the sun sets, you could head to the hip hood of Gracia, meandering the bookstores & boutiques before catching a gig in some of the cities coolest bars. F Barcelona Street Life Tour F Tapas Experience

DAY 3 Today you could take a lazy brunch in the Latin Quarter before having the chance to explore Barcelona further. After a good dose of sunshine & saltwater, we’ll head back to the mainland to make the most of our final night in the city. Keen to kick it to the early AM hours? Marula, Shoko & Pulitzer Terrace are just a few of our favourite haunts. DAY 4 Wake up & dust off, it’s time to say goodbye to this beachside delight. With bags packed, you can grab a coffee (and by coffee we mean some churros) before you hit the road home.

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TRI P M AN AGER I N CL UDED


SHORT TRIPS

They may be short, but they’re very sweet. Our brand new Insider trips are part of the exciting new travel style: Independent Insider. Get to know some of Europe’s finest cities on one of our Insider destinations below, or if you’re up for it, add more cities and build your trip from 4 days, to 9, 12 or even more.

MADRID INSIDER NE W

FROM

A$915*

|

FROM

See p100 for all the destinations and how to create your very own Contiki Independent Insider trip.

A$229*PP/PD

4

3

NIGHT S HOT E L ACCOMMODAT ION

I N CL UDED M EAL S

DAY 1 Today we’ll shack up in the land of siestas and sangria & start unravelling the real Madrid. At 4pm the crew will meet, greet, & share the buzz of the 4 days ahead. By evening we can start our city shimmy, hanging somewhere local like a special rooftop bar.

DAY 3 Our last full day in Madrid is a licence to eat way too many tapas & sample churros like they’re going out of fashion. You can then choose to ease the guilt by hitting the city on pushbike, taking to hidden streets & deciphering Madrid’s distinct map of neighbourhoods. Those in need of more charming could shop for art at a local gallery or sit under the shelter of 6,000 almond trees in La Quinta de los Molinos. F Madrid Bike Tour F Tapas Tour

#CONTIKIMADRIDINSIDER

DAY 2 With pretty 1920’s architecture and an unassuming charm, it won’t take long to feel smitten in the Spanish capital. Those keen to kick it beyond the city skirts can venture to the medieval walled city of Toledo. More locally you could kill time café hopping in the hip hub of the Malasaña district or catch some reflection rainbows at the Crystal Palace of Buen Retiro Park. F Visit Toledo F Dining with the Locals

TRI P M AN AGER I N CL UDED

DAY 4 With Madrid’s many great nooks now done & dusted, we’ll gather up our goods & say farewell.

C O NT I K I .C O M/ MA DRI D-I NSI DE R

BERLIN INSIDER NE W

FROM

A$885*

FROM

A$222*PP/PD

4

3

NIGHT S HOT E L ACCOMMODAT ION

|

I N CL UDED M EAL S

DAY 1 Ready and raring to explore this chic capital. With more museums than rainy days per year, Berlin is a place worth knowing about. We’ll introduce its inner workings with an Alternative Berlin Tour, uncovering its many facets & elusive underground. F Alternative Berlin Tour

DAY 3 If yesterday’s independent food roamings whet your appetite for something more substantial, then today’s offer of a progressive food tour should provide ample satisfaction. Later you could let everything digest by sipping tea in a palace at the Tajik Tearoom, or by walking the abandoned building of Museumswohnung museum, where you can see remnants of the communist era. F Visit to the DDR F Progressive Food Tour

#CONTIKIBERLININSIDER

DAY 2 Today we can cruise Berlin the vintage way, taking a tour in the official cars of the DDR. When hunger strikes, the carnivores could spend some time differentiating bockwurst from kinderwurst from fleischwurst. Meanwhile the more vegan inclined could sample a jackfruit burger or cashew bolognese at the solar powered organic hotel of Amaranth. F Trabi Tour

TRI P M AN AGER I N CL UDED

DAY 4 Hearts they be shattering this morning, as we wrap up our Berlin experience. We’ll leave feeling tremendously cultured, raring for our next succulent adventure.

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4 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 Dinner (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

#XMASINPARIS

SHORT TRIPS

PARIS FOR CHRISTMAS

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Christmas Day Lunch

CONTIKI.COM/ PARIS-CHRISTMAS

FROM

A$599* |

A$150*PP/PD

DAY 2 - 3 Paris for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Throwing a ‘Joyeux Noël!’ in every direction, we’ll enjoy a French Christmas feast & soak up the warm spirit of the city. From Christmas markets to a cruise down the river Seine, there will be something very special about this season’s greetings. (B)(B,D)

6:45AM LONDON OR 5:00PM PARIS

START

FROM

START & END IN LONDON OR PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris Meet by morning in London or by afternoon in Paris, donning a festive grin & good spirits for the days ahead. By night we’ll get some icons ticked, seeing the Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower lit up like a Christmas tree.

END

9:00AM PARIS 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 4 Paris to London It’s time to say ‘au revoir’ to Paris (or end Paris) this morning as we head back to London, where your trip ends upon arrival. Or if you’re staying on in Paris, your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

H O W MUC H & W H EN CODE: WPXM START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH LONDON OR PARIS WINTER 2018

A$778 SINGLE ROOM A$599 TWIN SHARE start end Dec 23 Dec 26

See contiki.com/paris-christmas for a full itinerary, all essentials & Free Time Add-ons.

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 5:00pm in Paris & end 9:00am in Paris or approx. 6:30pm in London.

AMSTERDAM FOR CHRISTMAS 4 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

#XMASINAMSTERDAM

5

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Christmas Day Lunch

CONTIKI.COM/ AMSTERDAM-CHRISTMAS

FROM

A$625* |

A$157 *PP/PD

DAY 2 - 3 AmsterdamThrowing a ‘Gelukkig Kerstfeest!’ in every direction, we’ll enjoy a Dutch Christmas feast & soak up the warm spirit of the city. From Christmas markets to a possible canal cruise, there will be something very special about this season’s greetings. (B)(B,L)

6:45AM LONDON OR 6:00PM AMSTERDAM

START

FROM

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Meet in the morning in London or in the afternoon in Amsterdam, donning a festive grin & good spirits for the days ahead. By night we’ll get some icons ticked, seeing the city’s infamous Red Light District. (D)

END

H O W MUC H & W H EN CODE: WAXM START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH LONDON OR AMSTERDAM WINTER 2018

A$715 TWIN SHARE A$625 QUAD SHARE start end Dec 23 Dec 26

8:00AM AMSTERDAM OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 4 Amsterdam This morning we’ll share a breakfast with our well-bonded team before the trip wraps up. You can choose to finish the Christmas cheer in Amsterdam, or in London if you want to hitch a ride back to the big smoke. (B) See contiki.com/amsterdam-christmas for a full itinerary, all essentials & Free Time Add-ons.

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Amsterdam & end 8:00am in Amsterdam or approx. 6:30pm in London.

AMSTERDAM FOR EASTER 4 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY |

#EASTERINAMSTERDAM

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights quad-share hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

START

FROM

6:45AM LONDON OR 6:00PM AMSTERDAM

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Meet in the morning in London or in the afternoon in Amsterdam, in good Spring spirits for the Easter festivities ahead of us. By night we’ll get some icons ticked, seeing the city’s infamous Red Light District. (D)

H O W MUC H & W H EN

CONTIKI.COM/ EASTER 188 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

START LONDON OR AMSTERDAM & FINISH LONDON OR AMSTERDAM SUMMER 2018

CODE: CTTE

A$465 start Mar 30

end Apr 02

*

A$465 |

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials. NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Entry into Keukenhof Flower Garden

START & END IN LONDON OR AMSTERDAM

FROM

A$117

START & END IN LONDON OR AMSTERDAM

*PP/PD

DAY 2 - 3 Amsterdam From the iconic tulip gardens of Keukenhof to the famous cheese farms of Edam, the Spring paradise of Amsterdam will play perfect Easter host. We’ll take a bike ride, visit museums, & eat a myriad of celebratory chocolates & buns. (B)(B)

END

8:00AM AMSTERDAM OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 4 Amsterdam Today you’ll be free to hitch a ride with us back to London or wrap up your trip in Amsterdam after breakfast. Either way you’ll be feeling satisfied with your Spring Easter gallivant to the Netherlands. (B) See contiki.com/easter for a full itinerary, all essentials & Free Time Add-ons.

* Prices above are based on quad-share, for more information see p.192. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Amsterdam & end 8:00am in Amsterdam or approx. 6:30pm in London.


PARIS FOR NEW YEAR WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

CONTIKI.COM/ PARIS

A$729* |

FROM

A$183*PP/PD

DAY 3 New Year’s Eve in Paris What better way to toast in a New Year than with some bubbles in the birthplace of champagne? Fireworks & festivities abound – make a resolution for a year of incredible travel. (B)

6:45AM LONDON OR 5:00PM PARIS

DAY 1 London to Paris Today you’ll unite with the team by morning in London or by afternoon in Paris. Here in the city of lights & love, we’ll kick off our New Year festivities by greeting the Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower.

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DAY 2 Paris We’ll bounce out of bed for some Parisian exploring. We’ll take a cruise along the river Seine, & maybe even see a cabaret show. (B,D) H O W MUC H & W H EN CODE: WPNY START LONDON OR PARIS & FINISH LONDON OR PARIS WINTER 2018/19

A$979 SINGLE ROOM A$729 TWIN SHARE start end Dec 29 Jan 01

9:00AM PARIS OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 4 New Year’s Day in Paris With a brand new calendar of opportunity ahead of us, this morning you can choose to end your trip after breakfast in Paris or after a free ride back to London. Either way you’ll be brimming ear to ear, packed with enthusiasm for the days both behind and ahead of you. (B) See contiki.com/paris for a full itinerary, all essentials & Free Time Add-ons.

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 5:00pm in Paris & end 9:00am in Paris or approx. 6:30pm in London.

AMSTERDAM FOR NEW YEAR 4 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Exclusive Entry into Nightclub for NYE

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A$695* |

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A$174*PP/PD

DAY 3 New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam Making good ground on a resolution for a year of incredible travel, we’ll get DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Today ready to ring in the next trip around the you’ll unite with the team by morning in sun with some Amsterdam fun. London or by afternoon in Amsterdam. Galleries, bar hopping & lively street Here in the city of canals & infamous scenes; this city will live up to its cafés, we’ll kick off our New Year festivities entertaining reputation. (B) by visiting the Red Light District. (D) START

6:45AM LONDON OR 6:00PM AMSTERDAM

DAY 2 Amsterdam We’ll bounce out of bed for some Dutch exploring. Gable houses & numerous quirky museums, the possibilities of the day are quite endless. (B) H O W MUC H & W H EN CODE: WANY START LONDON & FINISH LONDON WINTER 2018/19

A$795 TWIN SHARE A$695 QUAD SHARE start end Dec 29 Jan 01

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8:00AM AMSTERDAM OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 4 New Year’s Day in Amsterdam With a brand new calendar of opportunity ahead of us, this morning you can choose to end your trip after breakfast in Amsterdam or after a free ride back to London. Either way you’ll be brimming ear to ear, packed with enthusiasm for the days both behind and ahead of you. (B)

See contiki.com/paris for a full itinerary, all essentials & Free Time Add-ons.

AMSTERDAM FOR KING’S DAY 4 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W

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A$430 |

6:45AM LONDON OR 6:00PM AMSTERDAM

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights quad-share hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

DAY 1 London to Amsterdam Today you’ll unite with the team by morning in London before we make tracks across the water for the Dutch capital. We’ll waste no time getting into the festive spirit, with some nightlife & canal fun on offer. (D) F Canal cruise

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

DAY 2 Amsterdam King’s Day We’ll rise, shine, & join forces with about a million other revellers ready to

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Orientation of the city

H O W MUC H & W H EN

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A$108

celebrate the great country that is the Netherlands. Known as one of the world’s greatest street parties, we’ll wear the national colour of orange & jump right into the thick of it. (B) DAY 3 Amsterdam Dust off your shoes & rinse off your tired eyes, we’ll be continuing the good times by exploring the city. Museums, a lively square & an infamous Red Light District – you’ll only have #noregrets if you stay indoors. (B)

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8:00AM AMSTERDAM OR 6:30PM LONDON

DAY 4 Amsterdam All good things must come to an end, & sadly the epic King’s Day party is included. We’ll have one final breakfast before legging it back to London, this epic party now an annual inclusion on our to-do list. (B)

A$430 start end Apr 26 Apr 29 See contiki.com/amsterdam-kingsday for a full itinerary, all essentials & Free Time Add-ons. * Prices above are based on quad-share, for more information see p.192. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Amsterdam & end 8:00am in Amsterdam or approx. 6:30pm in London.

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A$284*PP/PD

WH AT Y O U NE E D TO KN O W 3

NIGHTS IN HOTELS 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

3

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B)

DAY 1 London to Dublin Today you can unite with the team by morning in London or by afternoon in Dublin. We’ll waste no time getting into the Irish spirit, with a night of shenanigans on the town sitting ahead of us in the capital.

DAY 2 Dublin With tomorrow’s agenda officially packed, today will be all about exploring. You can visit the Guinness Storehouse, roam the lively streets & eat pub stew; all things Irish will be calling. (B)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F An Irish Dinner & Dancing Evening

#STPATRICKSDAY

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • Visit to the Guinness Storehouse • Experience fun, festivities, parades & “the Craic” in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day • Contiki St. Patrick’s souvenir

CONTIKI.COM/ DUBLIN

DAY 3 St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin Today the world goes green with envy over the lucky leprechauns enjoying St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. We’ll take to the packed streets for singing, dancing & an inhibition-free day with laughter aplenty. (B)

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WINTER 2018/19

3/4

NIGHTS IN HOSTELS multi-share (up to 8 people) en-suite hostel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 3/4 breakfasts (B)

ESSENTIALS See p.192 for more info on our essentials.

#CONTIKIHOGMANAY

FREE TIME ADD-ONS F Dinner at home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS • City orientation walk of Edinburgh • Hogmanay street party ticket

CONTIKI.COM/ HOGMANAY 190 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

10:00AM DUBLIN OR 8:00PM LONDON

DAY 4 Dublin Unless you’re so smitten that you’re staying on in Dublin, our trip will come to an end today when we arrive back in London. Feeling refreshed after some sleep on the coach, we’ll say our goodbyes & do some final St Patty’s Day reminiscing. (B) See contiki.com/dublin for a full itinerary, all inclusions & Free Time Add-on optionals.

START LONDON OR DUBLIN & FINISH LONDON OR DUBLIN

WINTER 2017/18

WINTER 2018/19

A$1165 start Mar 16

A$1185 start Mar 15

end Mar 19

end Mar 18

Winter 2017/18: Start in Dublin deduct A$10. Triple-share deduct A$40. Single room supplement of A$550. Winter 2018/19: Start in Dublin deduct A$50. Triple-share deduct A$39. Single room supplement of A$559. Pricing above includes coach from London. Trips start 6:45am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Dublin & end 10:00am in Dublin or approx. 8:00pm in London. Note: In 2018 itinerary for Day 2 & 3 will be switched.

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A$153*PP/PD

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HOGMANAY - 4 DAY Day 1: London to Edinburgh (or meet in Edinburgh). Meet up with your Contiki Team in London before heading to Edinburgh.

DAY 1 London to Edinburgh We’ll gather round in London & board the coach ready for our journey through English countryside into the capital of Scotland. Once in Scot territory we’ll be welcomed by an orientation of the city, guiding us past kilt-clad locals & on to castles down cobbled lanes.

Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. Enjoy a late start today. Stroll down Princes Street & the Royal Mile or tour Edinburgh’s famous castle. Tonight, get ready for the world’s biggest New Year party! (B)

DAY 2 Edinburgh With one of the world’s biggest parties waiting for us, the mood will be mighty cheery. Hogmanay will open with a Torchlight Procession, giving us the day to roam the streets & absorb the great land of haggis & whisky. (B) DAY 3 New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh Dancing, fireworks, carnival rides, ice-skating rinks; Edinburgh truly comes alive on day-3, becoming one of the most exciting New Year’s playgrounds on the planet. See in the calendar in true Hogmanay style, partying way into the hours of the morning. (B)

Day 3: Edinburgh. Welcome 2019! Take the day to chill or explore, then get back out & party. (B) DAY 4 New Year’s Day Edinburgh While the rest of the world will be winding down & feeling dusty, the parties in Edinburgh will be carrying on through New Year’s Day. You can conclude it all with a dabble in tradition, taking a plunge for charity into the freezing river of Firth of Forth. (B) F Scottish Evening

8:00AM EDINBURGH OR 9:00PM LONDON

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DAY 5 Edinburgh to London Packing our bags & leaving Edinburgh, we’ll head for the famous vow town of Gretna Green. After a final bout of sightseeing & history we’ll coast back to London, where our New Year trip will come to an end. (B)

Day 4: Edinburgh to London. (or end Edinburgh). Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your trip ends on arrival in London. Or if staying on in Edinburgh, your trip ends after breakfast. (B) See contiki.com/hogmanay for a full itinerary, essentials & Free Time optionals

H O W MUC H & W H EN CODE: WWHG

5 DAY

START LONDON OR EDINBURGH & FINISH LONDON OR EDINBURGH

CODE: WWHO

WINTER 2018/19

WINTER 2018/19

A$885 start Dec 29

A$745 start Dec 30

end Jan 02

4 DAY

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end Jan 02

* Price above is multi-share & includes the coach from London. Start in Edinburgh deduct A$120. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Edinburgh & end 8:00am in Edinburgh or approx. 9:00pm in London. Please note: Start Edinburgh option does not include any coach transfers.


BOOKING CONDITIONS

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any OUR RESPONSIBILITIES In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as responsibility or liability if travellers’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability & at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you & us upon your booking being confirmed & accepted by us & our confirmation thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs & exchange rates as at 8th August, 2017. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. If a booking is made and confirmed at a price which is erroneous we may correct our error by notifying you. Unless we agree to honour the erroneous price, you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. Should the total trip price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land trip has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges & does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, & where available, offer you a comparable alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural & nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any trip departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (August, 2017) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing trips & transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki will guarantee to match you up with someone of the same sex when booked in a share room configuration. 4.4 Contiki constantly strives to improve trip itineraries & features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries & to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our changes or cancellations. 4.5 We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type, size of vehicle and/ or the style of transport mentioned in the brochure, resulting in occasionally having to utilise transport without some of the features promoted including WiFi & power outlets. Please note there are strict laws in Europe governing Driver’s driving hours and this may necessitate utilising public transport in some cities. 4.6 Complimentary WiFi service is available in many Contiki guestrooms and/or the public areas of most properties. In many itineraries there is paid WiFi on-board the coaches. The WiFi on the coaches uses the cellular phone network and as a result the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. In some countries and on some coaches this service will not be available, in particular regional tours in Egypt, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Morocco, Macedonia, Russia & Belarus. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent or Contiki Specialist shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent or Contiki Specialist to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as & when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided &/or fees payable under the trip programme. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your trip shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid. 6. AIR ARRANGEMENTS 6.1 Reservations/Ticketing: If an air reservation is made by Contiki payment in full may be required for your airfare at the time of booking your flights in relation to your Contiki holiday to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday. On receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a trip including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport. Changes to flight itineraries and name changes and/or corrections may either not be allowed or may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airlines (and other travel providers including Contiki) change prices and routes from time to time. All air routings are in the sole control of the airline and are subject to change at any time. Contiki reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Contiki will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. 6.2 Air Cancellation: Cancellations incur a service fee of A$35 per person, plus any airline penalties. Airline imposed penalties may be up to 100% of the air ticket price. Published Fares, Priced Match Fares, Promo Fares and some other airfares booked are non-refundable. 6.3 Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Contiki does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single trip departure date.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of A$200, per person per trip, or the full amount payable if the booking is made within 45 days of your departure from Australia, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of A$200 per person per trip which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only.

2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 Credit Card Bookings: Contiki should be advised of your credit card number when making your reservation directly with us. For security purposes, we are required to collect the card expiration date and the customer verification code. A surcharge of 1% will be applied at the time of payment. 2.2 The balance of the holiday must be paid no later than 45 days prior to your departure date from Australia which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-trip bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days prior to your departure date from Australia. 2.3 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled & cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.4 Tickets & other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure from Australia. 2.5 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure date from Australia, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking & we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.6 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking & apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Freedom Guarantee/FlexDeposit : We know that travel plans can change. If you need to cancel for any reason, your deposit will remain secure until you’re ready to use it. Or if you can’t go, your deposit value is also transferable, so you can gift your deposit at no extra cost. The value of the original deposit can be used as credit towards booking a new trip. The original deposit refers to the trip deposit only and excludes any additional deposits such as Inca Trail, or flights. Any discounts already refunded are not applicable. The FlexDeposit will be applied as a discount on the final payment of your new trip. The amount allowed to be redeemed is equal to the original deposit amount paid. In the case of multiple deposits due to back to back trips, only one deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined. However multiple trips can be booked using multiple FlexDeposits. Valid on all Contiki trips 7 days or longer. Credit is valid until the client turns 36. i.e fitting within Contiki’s age limit as per Contiki’s booking conditions. After turning 36 years of age, the FlexDeposit can be used with one of our sister brands, get inspired here ttc.com/brands. Credit can also be gifted to family or friends. To gift to family or friend the customer must email confirmation to Contiki stating the nominated name. Gifting only valid within 5 calendar years of the original booking. (eg cancelled in 2014, valid on trips up to end of 2019). FlexDeposit is not valid on existing bookings. FlexDeposit has no cash value and is non-refundable. FlexDeposit is not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or Last Minute Deals within 120 days of original travel date. 3.2 If you cancel more than 45 days before departure, your A$200 deposit will not be refunded. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost & expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price & is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE Over 45 days notice:..........................................................Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days:............................................................................ 25% of trip fare 21-8 days:.............................................................................. 30% of trip fare 7-1 days:................................................................................ 50% of trip fare Day of departure: .................................................................100% of trip fare Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the trip deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. All Cancellation policies valid as at 17th August, 2017, and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to & after your trip booking, such as pre & post accommodation & transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the trip departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your travel agent. 3.6 GOLD SEAL PROTECTION Contiki’s Gold Seal Additional Protection plan costs only A$99 per person (payable with your deposit only & non refundable) and includes: On Your Holiday – Should you, or your travel companion, leave at any time during the trip for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to Australia due to injury, illness or death, you and your companion will be refunded up to A$90 per person per day for the unused portion of the holiday (note that in some cases hotels require a one night cancellation fee). A doctor’s certificate is required. Return Flight Security – If you or a member of your direct family in Australia should fall sick* while you are on your Contiki guided holiday, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip tickets on Contiki’s recommended airline(s) booked through Contiki from Australia. *Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied Pre-Paid Cancellation Option – Your deposit and/or payment to Contiki will be refunded in full or you will have the option to carry it over to another Contiki or TTC holiday should you cancel your holiday for any reason prior to 30 days from departure date from Australia. This cancellation option covers land arrangements made by Contiki only. If the Australian Government DFAT advice for the destination changes to “Reconsider the need to travel” or “Do not travel” you may have your deposit and / or payment refunded at any time or you will have the option to carry it over to another TTC holiday. Prior to departure from Australia your airfares are not covered by Gold Seal. We recommend you take out Covermore Travel Insurance specifically covering the value of your airfares should you cancel your holiday (Please review Covermore terms and conditions around cancellation cover). We are happy to help you with arranging that travel insurance. Any rebooking costs of airfares prior to departure are not covered by Gold Seal. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date of any available trip, you may do so subject to availability. 4.2 If the change is requested 45 days before the original trip departure no fee will be charged. 4.3 A change of booking within 45 days of original trip departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3). However trip deposits can be used as credit to a new trip, see FlexDeposit. 4.4 The new departure price would not be eligible for early payment discounts (EPD) if within 45 days before departure 4.5 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation. 4.6 A fee will be charged for any alteration to airline arrangements made by Contiki as per clause 3.

No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc. are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Clients must be aged between 18 & 35 inclusive to travel on Contiki trips. Legislation in various states in Australia has highlighted the issue of Age Discrimination. In terms of style & content, all of Contiki’s worldwide holidays are specifically designed for a particular age group. This fact should be recognised when you book one of our holidays. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable & memorable travel experience for all travellers. Contiki welcomes travellers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Travellers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All travellers must ensure they are medically & physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the trip. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a trip or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any traveller who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the traveller’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on trip, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Travellers should be aware some trips include rough terrain, extensive walking over uneven pavement, steps & locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the trip, Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels & other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodation on international trips may differ from those in Australia. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodation for travellers travelling on international trips. • Contiki may, at its sole discretion, decline the booking of any traveller or remove any traveller who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms & conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a traveller is removed from a trip. Travellers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these booking conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements & costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority & decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative & the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment & well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers & any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously & may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation & related costs & have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff &/or a Contiki Trip Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the traveller occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on trip (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Trip Managers or representatives may take photographs & films of you while you are on holiday & that these may be used in our brochures &/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs &/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Trip Manager or Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday & if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 42 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10 The contract & all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Australian Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.1 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity & enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.2 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/ traveller costs. 6. COMPULSORY INSURANCE Travel insurance is compulsory on our trips, and we have some of the best deals on rates. Visit contiki.com/insurance. It is compulsory that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses before you travel on a Contiki holiday. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance and we recommend you purchase your insurance at or soon after booking your trip. You also agree to indemnify us against all thirdparty claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday.

a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the trip. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to & from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport & visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, personal expense money, medical fees, sightseeing, visits & entrance fees, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Trip Managers, Drivers & Local Guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, Free Time options & anything else not listed in the ‘snapshot’ section of the itinerary pages within this brochure. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. 10. LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS Luggage is restricted to one reasonable sized, non-expanding suitcase size up to 29” x 20” x 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) and the maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. No metal frame backpacks are allowed. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on trip.

GENERAL

1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you & Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the trip operating company. At any time & at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights & liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time travellers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to travellers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a trip shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the traveller of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers & other service providers are subject to the terms & conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, & other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay & loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for disabled travellers (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from March 2018 to March 2019. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES Contiki Holidays Ltd, Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2JH, with the exception of the Great Britain & Ireland trips described on p.122-126, the 3 & 5 day London Explorer packages, Hogmanay & St. Patrick’s Day trips described on p.186 & 190 all of which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd. The principle operator of the Croatia Island Escape & Croatian Island Hopper products featured on p.162-165 is Katarina Lines. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). The operator of the Turkish sailing product featured on p.167 is Barbaros Yachting, Turkey. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). The operator of the Greek cruise product is Celestyal Cruises. Greek Sailing on p.166 is operated by Siva Travel. All companies can substitute any vessel & provide an alternative itinerary. The principal operator of the River Cruise products featured on p.158-161 is GRC Global River Cruises Holdings AG and their terms & conditions apply (available on request). 4. CONTIKI IS REPRESENTED IN: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. 5. U BY UNIWORLD For trips operated by U by Uniworld please visit contiki.com/ubyuniworld-tcs for full booking conditions. DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.). Where the data might be passed on for marketing purposes, you have the right to opt out of future marketing. You also have a right of access to data held which can be obtained by writing to Contiki Holidays Ltd, Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2JH. This brochure was published in August 2017 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market. Please see contiki.com for complete & up to date terms & conditions.

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Q& BEFORE YOU BOOK WHAT’S INCLUDED (ESSENTIALS)

All accommodation, transport, and a good handful of meals are included in the cost of your Contiki trip (in most regions we offer breakfast every day, plus a cherry-picked selection of authentic and tasty meals). On top of this, we also include our No Regrets Inclusions, which are basically the sights and activities we think you just can’t afford to miss (wine tasting in the Tuscan Hills to get you started). And then of course you also get our expert and highly trained team of Contiki staff; our Trip Managers, Drivers, On-road Cooks (Camping Trips) and On-site Team Members throughout our properties in Europe. Plus our modern, air-conditioned Contiki coaches with Wifi charging points, bathroom, TV and sound systems. We also include sightseeing tours of all major cities. Plus orientations in all other destinations. Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges and ferry crossing fees.

NOT INCLUDED

Flights to and from your start and end destination are not included in the cost of your trip. These can be booked independently, or added on during the booking process either online or with your travel agent. We also keep a number of meal times free for you to explore a region and its foodie offerings in greater detail, so budgeting for non-catered meals is important. In terms of activities, we also offer Free Time Add Ons, which are additional experiences you can get involved in during your free time on trip, which are not included in the overall price. Travel insurance and visas are also not included in the cost of your trip, and need to be booked separately.

AIRFARE

Flights as specified on individual trip itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.191) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regarding air travel & other transportation as specified. Through enrolment & payment for your trip you acknowledge & accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/flight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass &/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airline’s terms & conditions of travel & the application of all relevant International Conventions & applicable national & international law governing air transportation. 192 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

VISAS REQUIREMENT

Visas are super important and are essential for entering certain countries. It’s up to you to be responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Run this by your travel agent (if applicable) or check out a visa service well in advance to determine if/which visas you will require and how to obtain them. Remember, visas can take up to 6 weeks and a fee is normally charged, so no leaving this one till the last minute. We recommend you apply for all visas through your travel agent or visa service before commencing your travel journey.

Schengen visas The majority of our trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries – e.g. Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand – can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. Schengen visas can be issued for single entry or multiple entries. If your trip travels outside of the Schengen area at any point you will require a multiple entry visa. The trips that require multiple entry Schengen visas are listed below: Road to Athens plus 3-day Greek Island Cruise, Road to Athens plus Eastern Mediterranean Cruise, European Explorer, European Adventurer, Ultimate European, Spanish Spree, Iberian Peninsula & Morocco, Spain Morocco & Portugal, Adriatic Unearthed (start Rome), Adriatic Unearthed (start Split), Adriatic Horizons, Adriatic Spirit, Best of Balkans (start Split), Best of Balkans (start Budpaest), Balkans Discovery, The Mini Balkan, Spotlight on Greece plus 3-day Greek Island Cruise, Spotlight on Greece plus Eastern Mediterranean Cruise, Scandinavia & Russia Plus, Scandinavia (end Stockholm), Scandinavia (end Helsinki), Russia Plus (start Stockholm), Russia Plus (start Helsinki) Mediterranean Escape plus 4-day Greek Island Cruise, The Northern Trek, The Original, Aegean Classic Cruise, Idyllic Aegean Cruise and Island Cruising & Santorini. Visas for non-Schengen countries Some of our trips also visit countries that are not covered by the Schengen Agreement. You may require visas for countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Egypt, Russia, Belarus & Turkey. Depending on your nationality it may be possible to obtain visas for Egypt upon arrival – you should check before you depart for your trip.

IMPORTANT

1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home. 4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

PACKING

HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?

For our European trips luggage is restricted to one decent sized, nonexpanding suitcase, approximately 29” × 20” × 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) with a maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. Metal frame backpacks are not advised as their bulky shape makes packing the coach tricky, plus they are more likely to damage other luggage. On Camping trips, the maximum dimensions are 28” × 18” x 9” (70cm x 45cm x 23cm) with a maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs).

If you are traveling on the European Trail, European Quest, Scandinavia, High Energy or Camping trip, you’ll need a towel. On Ski Austria trips starting in London, you can bring one pair of boots & skis or a snowboard to be placed under the coach.

If your trip starts in London, you have the option of storing your excess luggage the day or evening before the trip departs. The Contiki Basement offers luggage storage as does the Royal National Hotel (for hotel guests only) for a nominal fee. On trips with included flights as part of the itinerary, your luggage should not exceed the weight restrictions imposed by airlines. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred for overweight luggage. You are responsible for carrying your own luggage. Luggage is at the owner’s risk and insurance is strongly recommended.

IS THERE ANY KIND OF DRESS CODE?

On a day-to-day basis we recommend comfortable, casual clothing. Some trips do include bar/club or more formal evening activities, in this case packing a few more evening appropriate pieces is a good call. If you’re jetting off to a sunny location, you’ll most likely have a beach day or a hotel pool, so swimwear is essential. If you’re travelling to areas where the culture and religion is different to your own, it’s important to be respectful of this and cover up, in particular if you are going to Churches, Temples, or places of worship.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR MY TRIP?

Dependent on where you are going and the time of the year, you may need to pack swimwear, scarfs, sweaters, appropriate footwear, or evening wear. Warm clothing is always a good call, even in the summertime as temperatures can get chilly. Check out our packing list on contiki.com/FAQ. For more packing and tips, head to contiki.com/six-two

TRAVEL INSURANCE

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE? A simple one - yes. It’s essential that you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of cancellation, personal injury and medical expenses before you travel with Contiki. We advise you to get travel insurance that covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. It’s also super important to check that your insurance covers all of the activities you’ll be partaking in, particularly any adventure activities for all you adrenaline junkies. Visit http://www.contiki.com/insurance for more information on this.

DO YOU SELL TRAVEL INSURANCE?

We sure do. Contiki travel insurance can cover you for the duration of your trip as well as any days you are travelling pre or post your Contiki trip. For a full quote on what Contiki can offer, send us an email or give us a call on the relevant home country numbers you can find here.

SLEEPING

WHERE WILL I STAY? HOTELS:

Our hotel accommodation is always twin-share, staying in superior tourist class hotels, many of which are centrally located, with great facilities. Twin-share is 2 people sharing, either travelling together or as a same-sex room match. We also offer upgrades to single rooms for a supplement, but please note that on rare occasions the availability of single rooms at some hotels can be limited. We also offer a reduced price triple-share option – either three people travelling together, or as a triple-share same-sex room match. Note: On rare occasions due to reasons outside our control, alternative hotels may be used. Whilst it is always our intention to use hotels of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. HOSTELS:

Our hostels are some of the newest & best in Europe. They are maximum same sex quad-share, with private facilities. Our hostels also offer great extras as part of the experience, like bars, entertainment areas, washing facilities & conveniently located in cities. Note: Our Festival trips may feature multi-share accommodation for up to 8 people, and at times may be mixed gender, with shared facilities. SPECIAL STOPOVERS & CABINS:

Our Special Stopovers & Contiki Village Cabin accommodation is exclusive to Contiki.


Special Stopovers: Special Stopovers are a combination of same sex twin & quad-share depending on the destination, but never more than 4 people sharing. Travellers must bring their own towel. No sleeping bags are required. Stopovers are NOT hotels & our travellers are asked to assist with serving meals & washing up, it’s all part of the adventure. All Special Stopovers have hot showers, a bar, & WiFi. Most have laundry facilities & in some destinations, pools. As well as our Contiki-only On-site Team. Contiki Village cabins: Contiki Village cabins are located within some of Europe’s best campsites, each with private facilities. Travellers must bring their own towel, and our travellers are asked to assist with serving meals & washing up, it’s all part of the fun. Contiki Village facilities can include pools, WiFi in some locations, clothes washing facilities, and restaurants. As well as our Contiki-only On-site Team.

QUAD-SHARE ACCOMMODATION: On our Discoverer and Scandinavia & Russia trips advertised with hostel style accommodation and all High Energy trips, you are accommodated in same sex quad share accommodation. Where possible we try to accommodate male/female couples with other male/female couples, however due to passenger numbers and rooming availability this cannot be guaranteed in all locations. We have free upgrades to twin share accommodation on these trips at certain locations but again this cannot be guaranteed.

& CAMPING:

Our accommodation is modern twoperson tents with built in ground sheets & air mattresses at some of Europe’s best campsites. All campsites have hot water, bathroom facilities in shower blocks & many have clothes washing facilities, pools, WiFi, bars & shops. The standard of campsites in Europe can depend on location & should not be compared to those elsewhere around the world. On our camping trips, travellers need to take down & erect tents that are carried on the coach and travellers must also bring their own sleeping bag & towel. Travellers are asked to assist with preparing meals & washing up, it’s all part of the fun. CRUISING & OTHER:

Trains: On some trips, we use trains. On our Egypt trip (BBEG only), two people share a two-berth coachette with shared facilities. On other trips, these details are outlined on the individual itineraries. Overnight ferries: On overnight ferries, trips are provided with allocated airline style seating on deck.

Both our ski & board packages stay at our Contiki Special Stopover, the Austrian Gasthof. Refer to p.176-177 for details. FESTIVALS:

BUDAPEST

DO I HAVE TO PAY ALL AT ONCE WHEN I BOOK? If you are booking your trip well in advance of the departure date, you only need to pay the deposit upon first booking, and then just ensure you have paid off the entire amount 45 days prior to departure from Australia. If you are booking 45 days or less before the trip departure date, you will need to pay the full amount of the trip up front.

Please note on these trips, with the exception of the Russia trips, you will need to bring a towel.

TRIPS WITHIN TRIPS You may notice on some of our trips that some groups join and leave at different stages. That’s because we offer shorter trips within a larger itinerary, giving greater choice & flexibility so our travellers can choose when they start their trip and how long they travel for. You can check what trips are part of a bigger trip on the actual trip page.

MAKING YOUR BOOKING WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

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BELGRADE

Some trips offer ‘multi-share’ accomodation. These rooms may be for up to 8 people with shared facilities & at times may be mixed gender.

We get that sometimes plans change unexpectedly, so our cancellation policy offers you absolute flexibility and comes in two parts:

FREEDOM GUARANTEE

The Freedom Guarantee policy ensures that even if your travel plans change, you’ll never miss out or be charged fees for changing your booking. If you want to change the dates of your trip, swap onto another trip or even change your trip for a different region entirely, that’s all possible, without incurring fees*. FLEX DEPOSIT

Flex Deposit is a policy you automatically get once you’ve paid a deposit on any Contiki trip, and works as credit towards a future Contiki adventure, ensuring your deposit money isn’t lost if you can’t travel on your original trip as intended. Flex Deposit can be used up until your 36th birthday, after which time it can then be transferred for use with any other travel brand within The Travel Corporation family of brands. It can also be gifted to a friend within 5 years of the original booking date. * You can find out more about both policies in the T&C's on p.191 & on the following websites: www.contiki.com/freedomguarantee www.contiki.com/flexdeposit

WARDROBE CREDITS Models wardrobe and styling is a mixture of models own and items provided by Kivari @kivari_the_label and shoes by Solillas.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Photos courtesy of © Celine Cousteau p.20. Photos courtesy of © Sheena Rosentreter p.36 Iceland. Photos courtesy of © Kyle Kuiper p.98 The great Pyramids of Giza, p.137 Luxor Egypt, Snorkelling, Beach Sunset. Photos courtesy of © Barbaros Yachting p.154. Photos courtesy of © Katarina Line p.154. Photos courtesy of © Siva Travel p.154 Photos courtesy of © Celestyal Cruise p.154. Photos courtesy of © Glen Kelly p.176 Snowboarding. Photos courtesy of © Sziget p.182 Sziget Festival

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BOOKING SECURITY

BROCHURE AUTHENTICITY We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith (this includes Contiki.com & our ebrochures). Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

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Contiki has been running trips for young people since 1962 & is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). The members include all the major tour operators who are financially bonded for your security & who maintain the highest standards. With the guarantees of these organisations, you know your holiday & money are secure with Contiki.

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Sailing trips: We offer a variety of sailing options from cruise ships and traditional sailing cruise boats to small sailing yachts. On our cruising trips in Greece, we offer single, twin or quad share options all with private facilities. These cruise ships offer restaurants, pools, bars & nightly entertainment on board. On our traditional sailing cruise boats in Croatia and traditional gullets in Turkey, travellers will be in twin-share cabins with private facilities. These boats feature a dining room, bar & sundecks. On our small sailing yachts in Greece, we offer twin berth accommodation with shared facilities.

SKI & BOARD HOLIDAYS:

PAYING FOR YOUR TRIP

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ADD: This shows that you can add more ‘blocks’ to your Independent Insider trip and points to the next city or what trip add-ons are avalable.

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brackets at the end of each itinerary day. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW PANEL On each trip page the 'What You Need to Know' panel highlights what’s included and some of the experiences you could have on each trip. ACCOMODATION: Show you how many nights & what style of accommodation you’ll be sleeping in. MEALS: Shows the number of meals included in each trip. ESSENTIALS: All of the things included on a Contiki as standard. FREE TIME ADD-ONS: Some of the top experiences you can do, that aren’t included in the price of your trip. NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS: Some of the top experiences you will have included in the price of your trip.

PRICE PANEL

The price panels sit underneath each trip map and itinerary. It indicates if it is a Summer or Winter departure, the code, any included taxes, food fund, and Start and End location. Departures are listed in chronological order, under a price bracket per person. SUMMER 2018 CODE: BBUK A$3495 Start Apr 06 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27

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NOW THAT YOU’VE BOOKED REGISTERING AT MYCONTIKI Just like you, we want your trip to run as smoothly as possible, so before you travel, make sure you register your details online at My Contiki. This only takes a few minutes, and means we’ll have info on: • Your personal details, including your email address and phone number. Your emergency contact info, just in case we need it • Any dietary requirements you may have • You’ll also need to make sure your trip is paid in full 45 days prior to departure from Australia. GET YOUR TRAVEL DOCS AT MYCONTIKI Care about saving the planet just like we do? You can now download your travel docs to your phone or computer straight from MyContiki. After registering your details, your docs will be available for download approximately 21 days before your trip departs. Still want paper docs? We can do that too, but you’ll still need to register for your trip first at MyContiki. FEATURES OF MYCONTIKI Think of MyContiki as your one-stopshop for everything you may need before, during, or after your trip. • Before you go: Check out your full trip itinerary, pay off your trip in multiple installments, download your travel documents, get updates on your trip and meet your Trip Manager and fellow travel pals. • During your trip: Get daily updates from your Trip Manager, chat with your new BFFs and share pics with your family and friends back home. • Back at home: Stay in touch with your Contiki fam, relive the memories through sharing photos and get exclusive access to past passenger deals. Visit www.contiki.com/mycontiki now to start unlocking all these delicious features. WHERE DOES MY CONTIKI START? Information on your trip start and end points can all be found at My Contiki, or in the documents sent to you 21 days prior to departure. If you are unsure or want clarification on this, please give your travel agent or our reservations team a call, or chat to us on Facebook.

WHAT IS A KICK-START MEETING? Every trip has a kick start meeting, hosted by the Trip Manager, which happens 194 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

either the night before the trip is due to start (if starting early the next day), or in the evening of the first day of the trip (if the trip starts later in the day). The kick start meeting is where you will meet your whole group for the first time, as well as your Trip Manager. In this meeting, your Trip Manager will give you an overview of how things work on Contiki, a health and safety briefing, as well as take all necessary information/documentation they may need from you.

It’s not essential to be at the kick-start meeting, and we get that sometimes your flight might be arriving late, or you want to spend the day exploring a new city. If you are not able to make it, just let the Contiki reservations team know in advance and make sure you know all the necessary departure details for the following morning. Your Trip Manager will post these in the hotel/hostel lobby, so just look out for them (and take a picture if you’re the type to forget).

ARE FREE TIME ADD-ON ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY TRIP?

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FREE TIME ADD-ONS ARE ON MY TRIP? Look out for the F symbol on our trip pages for the Add-Ons available on each trip. A full list of Add-Ons and approximate costs will also be sent to you with your travel documents, approximately 21 days before your trip departs.

WHAT’S THE CONTIKI BASEMENT? The Contiki Basement is our super cool, home from home London launchpad, located in the basement of the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London. This is also the London base for Contiki trips in Europe, and the meeting point for Contiki trips starting in London.

CAN I SEE A LIST OF THE ACCOMMODATION FOR EACH TRIP? Once you’ve booked your Contiki, you will be given a full accommodation list detailing all the places you’ll be staying on your trip. Prior to booking, you can check out the types of accommodation you could be sleeping in by region, at http://www.contiki.com/accommodation.

WIFI IS THERE WIFI AT THE ACCOMMODATION WE’LL STAY AT? Yup! Don’t stress about keeping connected to all your friends and family from afar; almost all accommodation Contiki stays at offers free WiFi, so you can gram/snap/chat to your heart’s content.

Your Trip Manager will take you through all of the available options at the start of your trip so you can decide if you want to do any of these awesome experiences once you’ve got the full down low.

HOW DO I PAY FOR FREE TIME ADD-ONS? Payment for your Free Time Add-Ons is made direct to your Trip Manager on your trip. You can choose to pay in cash (local currency) or by credit or debit card as long as they have a PIN attached. Using a credit or debit card is convenient, and can save you money on withdrawal fees & poor exchange rates! You can pay using most credit & debit cards like Visa, Mastercard & AMEX. Note: It’s a good idea to let your bank know you’re travelling & check if there is a daily transaction limit, so you always have access to money when you need it. Note: In a few destinations we cannot accept credit card payment, like Croatia, Russia & Turkey trips. Ask your Trip Manager for details when you start your trip.

MONEY WHAT WILL I NEED MONEY FOR ON THE TRIP?

Any additional personal expenses. This includes alcohol, shopping, and any evening entertainment not included.

PAST TRAVELLER 5% DISCOUNT We’re head over heels for our Contiki travellers, particularly those that love us so much they come back for more. That’s why when you travel with us; we’ll offer you a 5% discount on the land portion of your trips from then on. And we’ve even wrestled our TTC sister brands (found here - ttc.com) into offering the same.

NO COMPULSORY TIPPING REWARD ONLY EXCELLENCE! Every country in the world has different tipping policies. Within Europe it is customary to tip roughly 5% of the bill in table service restaurants, cafés, bars and in a taxi. All other tipping is entirely optional, and not an expectation. If you feel your Contiki Team has delivered an outstanding level of service throughout your trip you may wish to tip them, but this is at your discretion, no one else’s. Tip what you think is right.

HEALTH DO I NEED VACCINATIONS? At the time this brochure went to press (August, 2017), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent or doctor prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines, antibiotics.

SAFETY INFORMATION Security is a major concern to all of us and the situation globally is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the “Travel Advisories” put out by various governments, may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information in this regard. You must accept these risks involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions.

In terms of spending money, you’ll need to budget for the following:

DO CONTIKI COACHES HAVE WIFI?

HOW CAN I STAY ONLINE DURING MY TRIP?

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

No, these experiences are an additional cost and are not included in the price of your Contiki trip. However, thanks to our long-standing relationships with suppliers, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are getting the best deal when booking one of our Add-Ons.

I’M ARRIVING LATE, DOES IT MATTER IF I MISS THE KICKSTART?

They sure do. All of our coaches offer 100mb free WiFi to keep you up to date whilst on the road. However, this isn’t unlimited, so save any heavy internet usage (watching videos etc.) for when you get to your accommodation.

use to lower your roaming charges, or buy a local SIM card upon arrival into the region you will be visiting.

Any meals (normally lunches and dinners) that are not included. If you search for your trip at www.contiki.com, you’ll be able to see the total number of meals included in the cost of your trip.

Q&A

You can use the complimentary WiFi at most of our accommodation stops and on the coach. Alternatively, chat to your phone provider about any deals you can

Any Free Time Add-Ons you would like to do on your trip. Any additional sightseeing you plan on doing in your Free Time, that is not covered either by our No Regrets Inclusions or Free Time Add-Ons.


TRIP INDEX AL B AN IA A dr iat ic S pir it A dr iat ic U n ear t h ed E ur o pean A dv en t ur er E ur o pean E x plo r er T h e O r igin al T h e No r t h er n Tr ek AU ST RIA

p1 4 0 p1 3 8 p9 4 p7 0 p1 7 0 p1 6 9

A us t r ia S k i On ly A us t r ia S k i Plus B er lin t o B udapes t E as t er n Q ues t E as t er n R o ad E as t er n R o ck er E as t er n Tr ail E ur o pean A dv en t ur er E ur o pean Co n t r as t s E ur o pean Dis co v er y E ur o pean E n co un t er E ur o pean E s capade E ur o pean E x per ien ce E ur o pean E x plo r er E ur o pean H o r iz o n E ur o pean Pan o r ama E ur o pean Ques t E ur o pean Tr ail E ur o pean Vis t a E ur o pean Wh ir l Q ues t t o L o n do n R o ad t o A t h en s R o ad t o R o me S z iget Fes t iv al T h e O r igin al Dan ube Flo w T h e No r t h er n Tr ek Tr ail t o L o n do n Tr ail t o R o me U lt imat e E ur o pean W in t er Wan der er B EL ARU S

p1 7 7 p1 7 7 p1 1 0 p6 5 p4 4 p5 9 p6 0 p9 4 p8 8 p4 2 p4 8 p8 6 p8 4 p7 0 p7 9 p6 8 p6 3 p5 8 p5 6 p8 2 p6 7 p5 0 p5 0 p1 8 2 p1 7 0 p1 6 0 p1 6 9 p6 2 p6 1 p9 6 p1 7 4

R us s ia Plus p1 5 0 S can din av ia & R us s ia plus p1 4 6 B OSN IA & HERZ EG O V IN A

A

B alk an s Dis co v er y B es t o f B alk an s B U L G ARIA

p1 4 3 p1 4 2

T h e O r igin al T h e No r t h er n Tr ek U lt imat e E ur o pean C RO AT IA

p1 7 0 p1 6 9 p9 6

A dr iat ic H o r iz o n s A dr iat ic S pir it A dr iat ic U n ear t h ed B alk an s Dis co v er y B es t o f B alk an s Cr o at ian I s lan d E s cape Cr o at ian I s lan d H o pper E ur o pean A dv en t ur er E ur o pean E x plo r er T h e O r igin al T h e Min i B alk an T h e No r t h er n Tr ek C Z EC H REPU B L IC

p1 4 0 p1 4 0 p1 3 8 p1 4 3 p1 4 2 p1 6 4 p1 6 2 p9 4 p7 0 p1 7 0 p1 4 3 p1 6 9

B er lin t o B udapes t E as t er n Q ues t E as t er n R o ad E as t er n R o ck er E ur o pean Co n t r as t s E ur o pean E n co un t er E ur o pean I n s pir at io n E ur o pean Ques t E ur o pean Tr ail E ur o pean Vis t a E ur o pean Wh ir l Q ues t t o L o n do n S z iget Fes t iv al T h e O r igin al T h e No r t h er n Tr ek Tr ail t o R o me W in t er Wan der er D EN M ARK

p1 1 0 p6 5 p4 4 p5 9 p8 8 p4 8 p5 4 p6 3 p5 8 p5 6 p8 2 p6 7 p1 8 2 p1 7 0 p1 6 9 p6 1 p1 7 4

B er lin t o S t o ck h o lm S can din av ia S can din av ia & R us s ia Plus

p1 1 2 p1 4 8 p1 4 6

E G YP T

GREECE

M A C E DO N IA

E g y p t & Th e N i l e p 137 U l t i m a t e E u r op e a n p l u s E g y p t p 98 E N GLA N D

Ad r i a t i c Sp i r i t p 140 Ad r i a t i c U n e a r t h e d p 138 Ae g e a n C l a s s i c p 155 E u r op e a n Ad v e n t u r e r p 94 E u r op e a n C on t r a s t s p 88 E u r op e a n E xp l or e r p l u s G r e e k Island Cruising p 72 E u r op e a n E xp l or e r p l u s M y k on os Island p 72 E u r op e a n P a n or a m a p 68 G r e e k I s l a n d H op p i n g p 118 G r e e k Sa i l i n g p 166 G r e e k We e k p 93 I s l a n d C r u i s i n g & Sa n t or i n i p 157 L on d on t o At h e n s p 92 Mediterranean Escape p 116 Roa d t o At h e n s p 50 Sp ot l i g h t on G r e e c e p 144 Th e O r i g i n a l p 170 Th e N or t h e r n Tr e k p 169 Th e Sou t h e r n Tr a i l p 169 Tu r k e y & G r e e k O d y s s e y p 136 U l t i m a t e E u r op e a n p 96 H U N G A RY

Th e O r i g i n al Th e N or t h er n Tre k MOROCCO

p1 7 0 p1 6 9

I b e r i a n P e n & M orocco M or oc c o Spain, Morocco & Por tugal N E TH E R LAND S

p1 3 1 p1 3 6 p134

Am s t e r d a m for Kings Day Am s t e r d a m for N e w Ye ar Am s t e r d a m to B arce lona Am s t e r d a m for C hristm as Am s t e r d a m for Easte r E a s t e r n Q u est E a s t e r n Rock e r E u r op e a n Adv e nture r E u r op e a n Contrasts E u r op e a n D iscov e r y E u r op e a n Encounte r E u r op e a n Escapade E u r op e a n Expe rie nce E u r op e a n Explore r E u r op e a n Highlights E u r op e a n Horiz on E u r op e a n I m pre ssions E u r op e a n I nspiration E u r op e a n Magic E u r op e a n P anoram a E u r op e a n Q ue st E u r op e a n Trail E u r op e a n Vista E u r op e a n Whirl L on d on t o B e rlin Q u e s t t o L ondon Th e O r i g i n al Th e N or t h er n Tre k Tr a i l t o Rome U l t i m a t e E urope an W i n t e r Wa nde re r N O RWAY

p1 8 9 p1 8 9 p4 1 p1 8 8 p1 8 8 p6 5 p5 9 p9 4 p8 8 p4 2 p4 8 p8 6 p8 4 p7 0 p8 0 p7 9 p5 2 p5 4 p4 0 p6 8 p6 3 p5 8 p5 6 p8 2 p1 0 4 p6 7 p1 7 0 p1 6 9 p6 1 p9 6 p1 7 4

B e r l i n t o St ock holm Sc a n d i n a v i a Sc a n d i n a v i a & R ussia plus P O LA N D

p1 1 2 p1 4 8 p1 4 6

E a s t e r n Road E a s t e r n Tr a il E u r op e a n Trail Ru s s i a P l u s Sc a n d i n a v i a & R ussia plus Tr a i l t o L ondon Tr a i l t o Rome P O R TU GA L

p4 4 p6 0 p5 8 p1 5 0 p1 4 6 p6 2 p6 1

F i e s t a s & S ie stas I b e r i a n P e n & M orocco M a d r i d t o Lisbon Spain, Morocco & Por tugal RUSSIA

p1 2 7 p1 3 1 p1 0 6 p134

Sc a n d i n a v i a & R ussia plus B e s t of Ru s s ia S C O T LA N D

p1 4 6 p1 5 1

E n g l a n d & S cotland G r e a t B r i t a in & I re land H og m a n a y N e w Ye ar SERBIA

p1 2 3 p1 2 4 p1 9 0

B e s t of B r i t a i n E n g l a n d & Sc ot l a n d Great Britain & Ireland F I N LA N D

p 122 p 123 p 124

Sc a n d i n a v i a & Ru s s i a P l u s FRANCE

p 146

Am s t e r d a m t o B a r c e l on a B a r c e l on a t o M u n i c h P a r i s f or C h r i s t m a s E u r op e a n Ad v e n t u r e r E u r op e a n C on t r a s t s E u r op e a n D i s c ov e r y E u r op e a n E n c ou n t e r E u r op e a n E s c a p a d e E u r op e a n E xp e r i e n c e E u r op e a n E xp l or e r E u r op e a n H i g h l i g h t s E u r op e a n H or i z on E u r op e a n I m p r e s s i on s E u r op e a n I n s p i r a t i on E u r op e a n M a g i c E u r op e a n P a n or a m a E u r op e a n Q u e s t E u r op e a n Tr a i l E u r op e a n Vi s t a E u r op e a n W h i r l L on d on t o At h e n s L on d on t o Rom e Mediterranean Highlights Mediterranean Quest Munch P a r i s f or N e w Ye a r Q u e s t t o L on d on Q u e s t t o Rom e Roa d t o At h e n s Roa d t o Rom e Th e O r i g i n a l Th e Se i n e E xp e r i e n c e Th e Sou t h e r n Tr a i l Tr a i l t o L on d on U l t i m a t e E u r op e a n We s t e r n Q u e s t We s t e r n Roc k e r W i n t e r Wa n d e r e r GE R M A N Y

p 41 p 108 p 188 p 94 p 88 p 42 p 48 p 86 p 84 p 70 p 80 p 79 p 52 p 54 p 40 p 68 p 63 p 58 p 56 p 82 p 92 p 92 p 46 p 65 p 74 p 189 p 67 p 66 p 50 p 50 p 170 p 161 p 169 p 62 p 96 p 64 p 60 p 174

B a r c e l on a t o M u n i c h Berlin to Budapest B e r l i n t o St oc k h ol m Eastern Quest E a s t e r n Roa d E a s t e r n Roc k e r E u r op e a n Ad v e n t u r e r E u r op e a n C on t r a s t s E u r op e a n D i s c ov e r y E u r op e a n E n c ou n t e r E u r op e a n E s c a p a d e E u r op e a n E xp e r i e n c e E u r op e a n E xp l or e r E u r op e a n H i g h l i g h t s E u r op e a n H or i z on E u r op e a n I m p r e s s i on s E u r op e a n I n s p i r a t i on E u r op e a n M a g i c E u r op e a n P a n or a m a E u r op e a n Q u e s t E u r op e a n Tr a i l E u r op e a n Vi s t a E u r op e a n W h i r l G e r m a n y ’s F i n e s t L on d on t o B e r l i n O k t ob e r f e s t Q u e s t t o L on d on Roa d t o At h e n s Roa d t o Rom e Rol l i n g on t h e Rh i n e Sc a n d i n a v i a Sc a n d i n a v i a & Ru s s i a p l u s Sz i g e t F e s t i v a l Th e O r i g i n a l D a n u b e F l ow Th e N or t h e r n Tr e k Tr a i l t o Rom e U l t i m a t e E u r op e a n W i n t e r Wa n d e r e r

p 108 p 110 p 112 p 65 p 44 p 59 p 94 p 88 p 42 p 48 p 86 p 84 p 70 p 80 p 79 p 52 p 54 p 40 p 68 p 63 p 58 p 56 p 82 p 159 p 104 p 183 p 67 p 50 p 50 p 158 p 148 p 146 p 182 p 170 p 160 p 169 p 61 p 96 p 174

B a l k a n s D i s c ov e r y Berlin to Budapest B e s t of B a l k a n s E a s t e r n Roa d E a s t e r n Tr a i l Sz i g e t F e s t i v a l Th e O r i g i n a l D a n u b e F l ow Th e M i n i B a l k a n Th e N or t h e r n Tr e k Tr a i l t o L on d on Tr a i l t o Rom e U l t i m a t e E u r op e a n I C E LA N D

p 143 p 110 p 142 p 44 p 60 p 182 p 170 p 160 p 143 p 169 p 62 p 61 p 96

Iceland Fire & Ice I R E LA N D

p 178 p 179

Great Britain & Ireland Ireland St . P a t r i c k ’s D a y I TA LY

p 124 p 126 p 190

Ad r i a t i c H or i z on s Ad r i a t i c Sp i r i t Ad r i a t i c U n e a r t h e d B a r c e l on a t o M u n i c h Eastern Quest E a s t e r n Tr a i l E u r op e a n Ad v e n t u r e r E u r op e a n C on t r a s t s E u r op e a n D i s c ov e r y E u r op e a n E n c ou n t e r E u r op e a n E s c a p a d e E u r op e a n E xp e r i e n c e E u r op e a n E xp l or e r E u r op e a n H i g h l i g h t s E u r op e a n H or i z on E u r op e a n I m p r e s s i on s E u r op e a n I n s p i r a t i on E u r op e a n M a g i c E u r op e a n P a n or a m a E u r op e a n Q u e s t E u r op e a n Tr a i l E u r op e a n Vi s t a E u r op e a n W h i r l Italian Bellissimo Italian Espresso L on d on t o At h e n s L on d on t o Rom e Mediterranean Escape Mediterranean Highlights Mediterranean Quest Munch Q u e s t t o L on d on Q u e s t t o Rom e Roa d t o At h e n s Roa d t o Rom e Si m p l y I t a l y Th e O r i g i n a l Th e Sou t h e r n Tr a i l Tr a i l t o L on d on Tr a i l t o Rom e U l t i m a t e E u r op e a n We s t e r n Roc k e r W i n t e r Wa n d e r e r

p 140 p 140 p 138 p 108 p 65 p 60 p 94 p 88 p 42 p 48 p 86 p 84 p 70 p 80 p 79 p 52 p 54 p 40 p 68 p 63 p 58 p 56 p 82 p 114 p 130 p 92 p 92 p 116 p 46 p 65 p 74 p 67 p 66 p 50 p 50 p 128 p 170 p 169 p 62 p 61 p 96 p 60 p 174

SPA IN

B e s t of B a l k ans p1 4 2 U l t i m a t e E urope an plus Egy pt p9 8 U l t i m a t e E urope an plus Gre e k Islands p9 9 S LO V E N I A Ad r i a t i c H oriz ons Ad r i a t i c U ne ar the d B e s t of B a l k ans E a s t e r n Tr a il E u r op e a n Adv e nture r E u r op e a n Trail Mini Balkan Tr a i l t o L ondon Tr a i l t o Rome

p1 4 0 p1 3 8 p1 4 2 p6 0 p9 4 p5 8 p1 4 3 p6 2 p6 1

A m ste rdam to B arce lona B arce lona to M unich Europe an A dv e nture r Europe an Escapade Europe an Explore r Europe an I m pre ssions I biz a & B e y ond Europe an Panoram a Fie stas & S ie stas I be rian Pe n & M orocco London to A the ns London to R om e M adrid to Lisbon M e dite rrane an Highlights M e dite rrane an Que st M unch Que st to London Que st to R om e Spain, Morocco & Por tugal S panish S pre e The Original The S outhe r n Trail Ultim ate Europe an We ste r n Que st W inte r Wande re r SWE D E N

p4 1 p1 0 8 p9 4 p8 6 p7 0 p5 2 p7 8 p6 8 p1 2 7 p1 3 1 p9 2 p9 2 p1 0 6 p4 6 p6 5 p7 4 p6 7 p6 6 p134 p1 3 2 p1 7 0 p1 6 9 p9 6 p6 4 p1 7 4

B e rlin to S tock holm S candinav ia R ussia Plus S candinav ia & R ussia plus SWITZE RL A ND

p1 1 2 p1 4 8 p1 5 0 p1 4 6

A m ste rdam to B arce lona p4 1 Europe an A dv e nture r p9 4 Europe an C ontrasts p8 8 Europe an Discov e r y p4 2 Europe an Encounte r p4 8 Europe an Escapade p8 6 Europe an Expe rie nce p8 4 Europe an Explore r plus Gre e k I sland C ruising p7 2 Europe an Horiz on p7 9 Europe an I m pre ssions p5 2 Europe an I nspiration p5 4 Europe an M agic p4 0 Europe an Panoram a p6 8 Europe an Trail p5 8 Europe an Vista p5 6 Europe an W hirl p8 2 R oad to A the ns p5 0 R oad to R om e p5 0 The Original p1 7 0 The N or the r n Tre k p1 6 9 Trail to London p6 2 Ultim ate Europe an plus Egy pt p9 8 We ste r n R ock e r p6 0 W inte r Wande re r p1 7 4 TURK E Y A e ge an C lassic p1 5 5 A N ZA C Ody sse y p1 8 4 Europe an Explore r I sland C ruising & S antorini p7 2 M e dite rrane an Escape plus 4 Day C ruise p1 1 6 R oad to A the ns plus 3 day Gre e k I sland C ruise p5 1 The Original p1 7 0 The N or the r n Tre k p1 6 9 Turk e y & Gre e k Ody sse y p1 3 6 Turk ish S ailing p1 6 7 Ultim ate Europe an p9 6 WA L E S B e st of B ritain

p1 2 2

EUROPE SUMMER 2018 195


NETHERLANDS

TOP

22

Edam

ENGLAND

25 23

END

BERLIN

AMSTERDAM Dresden

Dover

END

BERLIN

London Calais

WARSAW

1

GERMANY

13 11

BELGIUM START

TRIPS

Valley of the Somme

PARIS

CZECH REP

Czestochowa

Dresden

1

GERMANY 19

Loire Valley

Auschwitz

PRAGUE

SALZBURG

9

3

Kutna Hora

AUSTRIA

Banska Bystrica Verona

3

CINQUE TERRE

BORDEAUX

4

St-Jean-de-Luz

8

1

ITALY

ROME 15

Zaragoza

6

SPAIN

Vatican City

BARCELONA

Pompeii

SORRENTO

13

Isle of Capri

EAS T ERN RO AD A$2655PP FOR 13 DAY S P.4 4-4 5

E U R OP E A N Q U E ST A$4185P P F OR 25 D AY S P . 63

2

Dover BELGIUM

RHINE VALLEY

1

ENGLAND London Dover Calais

Valley of the Somme

BERLIN 3

Dresden

GERMANY

KRAKOW

3

Burgundy Region SWITZ

4

Innsbruck

AUSTRIA

23 21 PARIS

TYROL

Burgundy Region

9

FRANCE

LUCERNE

FRANCE

Lake Como

5

VIENNA 7 SWITZ

SWISS ALPS

BELGIUM

GERMANY

BUDAPEST

REP Dachau

PARIS

MUNICH

Pisa

17

Tyrol

SWITZ

15

AUSTRIA

LUCERNE

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

LJUBLJANA

Lake Como

9

VENICE

ITALY

FLORENCE

8

Pisa ITALY

7

Burgundy Region FRANCE

HUNGARY

13

VENICE 14

VENICE

5 CZECH

11

AUSTRIA ITALY

Valley of the Somme

19 17 SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

19 SLOVENIA

PRAGUE

9

Kutná Hora CZECH REP

Apennine Mountains

FLORENCE

Auschwitz

PRAGUE 5 Valley of the Somme

MUNICH

Calais END

END

PARIS

Dresden

Dover POLAND

AMSTERDAM

BELGIUM

3

AMSTERDAM

London

NETHERLANDS Edam

START

END

10

1

ENGLAND

London

12

BERLIN

NETHERLANDS Edam

START

AMSTERDAM GERMANY

Calais

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

NETHERLANDS START

7

AUSTRIA

FLORENCE

Monaco

NICE

Pyrenees Mountains

SLOVAKIA

5 Bratislava

11

Pisa

SAN SEBASTIAN

VIENNA

VENICE

17

KRAKOW

CZECH REP

FRANCE

10

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POLAND

START

PRAGUE

20

13 FLORENCE

Chianti Region

ROME 15 Vatican City

7

ROME

ROME 11

Vatican City

E U R O P E A N DIS COVE R Y A$2425PP FOR 12 DAYS P.42-43

EUROPEAN TRAIL A$3895P P F OR 23 D AY S P . 58

EU RO PEAN INS PIRAT IO N A$3549PP FOR 19 DAYS P.54-55

ADRIATIC SEA

1 ROME ITALY

Vatican City

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

SPLIT 1

START END 7

8

Pompeii Isle of Capri

4 AMALFI COAST

CROATIA Bari

1 MAKARSKA

ATHENS MEDITERRANEAN DITERRANEAN SEA SEA

13 12 1

GREECE

7 GREECE Corinth Canal

IONIAN SEA

IONIAN SEA

Patras

MYKONOS

8 10

ATHENS

5

KORCULA

IOS SANTORINI

196 EUROPE SUMMER 2018

TRSTENIK 2

9 6

M E DITE R A N N E A N E SC A P E A $ 2375PP F O R 1 0 D AY S P.116

6 HVAR

3

G R E E K I SL A N D H OP P I N G A $ 3 025P P F O R 1 3 D A Y S P . 118-119

3

DUBROVNIK

CRO AT IA IS LAND ES CAPE A$1259PP FOR 8 DAY S P.164-165


SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 6 Isle of Skye

Loch Ness

San Sebastian

Hadrian’s Wall

Gretna Green

BELFAST

N.IRELAND

6

ITALIAN RIVIERA

Zaragoza

5

BARCELONA 13 14

1

MADRID

LAKE 3 DISTRICT

Larne

14

Segovia

Northumberland National Park

Giant’s Causeway

13

LONDONDERRY

PAMPLONA

St Andrews

4

8

Verona

Pyrenees Mountains

4

EDINBURGH

Stirling

GLASGOW

VENICE

Lake Garda

8

7

WEST HIGHLANDS

MILAN

3

BILBAO

SCOTLAND

9 Pisa

Cinque Terre

FLORENCE

4

START END

Chianti Region Apennine Mountains

Toledo SPAIN

16 15

GALWAY

2

IRISH SEA

REP. OF IRELAND

11

7

YORK

Holyhead

9

LIVERPOOL

1

DUBLIN

CORDOBA

12 START END

SEVILLE

Kilkenny

11

12 10

Nevada 9 Sierra Mountains

1

ROME

Vatican City

GRANADA

WALES

CORK

Blarney

ITALY

ENGLAND

Cliffs of Moher

10

IBIZA

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

START END

London

Isle of Capri

GR E A T BR ITA IN & I R E L A N D A $ 2915PP F O R 16 D AY S P.124-125

SP A N I SH SP R E E A$2319P P F OR 14 D AY S P . 132-133

START

1

ENGLAND

END

ENGLAND

NETHERLANDS GERMANY

11 Calais

London

RHINE VALLEY

2

Dover St Goar

BELGIUM

Calais

ENGLAND

1

START

GERMANY

Dover St Goar

BELGIUM

BERLIN

NETHERLANDS Edam

AMSTERDAM

London

AMSTERDAM

SORRENTO

S IMPLY IT ALY A$2195PP FOR 12 DAY S P.128-129

NETHERLANDS Edam

14 12

2

London Dover

RHINE VALLEY

Calais

3

AMSTERDAM

Dresden

GERMANY BELGIUM

PRAGUE

START END

Valley of the Somme

5

CZECH

Valley of the Somme

REP END

1

Valley of the Somme

18 16

MUNICH 10

MUNICH

Burgundy Region

4

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

AUSTRIA

6

3

Lake Como

VENICE

ITALY

5

AUSTRIA

8

FRANCE

9

SWISS ALPS

14

6

FLORENCE

Monaco

TYROL

Brenner Pass Lake Como

ITALY

VENICE

9

Apennine Mountains Pisa

VENICE ITALY

7

SWITZ

Brenner Pass

Brenner Pass

SWISS ALPS

MUNICH

Burgundy Region

Beaujolais Region

TYROL

SWITZ Lucerne FRANCE

AUSTRIA

Tyrol

3

PARIS

FRANCE

Burgundy Region

PARIS

8

10

Dachau

PARIS

Fontainebleau

FLORENCE 13

4

THE RIVIERA 8 Vatican City

E U R O P E A N H O R I ZON A $ 1835PP F O R 10 D AY S P.79

25 23

END

GERMANY

London

22

Dover Calais

ENGLAND

HOW TO BOOK

END

AMSTERDAM

17

Dover Calais

START

Once you’ve chosen your trip, here’s how to book in 3 easy steps:

GERMANY

London

RHINE VALLEY

St Goar

BELGIUM

20 18

St Goar

BELGIUM

RHINE VALLEY

1. Simply pay a non-refundable (but transferrable) deposit of A$200 per person within 7 days to secure your spot.

START

Valley of the Somme

1

Dachau

PARIS

Fontainebleau

Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

VIENNA

MUNICH 17

15

FRANCE

Burgundy Region

Liechtenstein SWITZ

AUSTRIA

Dolomite Mountains

20

3

18

SWISS ALPS

13

VENICE

ITALY

Pisa

Arles

7 Pyrenees Mountains

9

BARCELONA

14

MUNICH

FRANCE

Burgundy Region SWITZ Beaujolais Region

15

3

Liechtenstein Lucerne

SWISS ALPS

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

TYROL

12

AUSTRIA

Brenner Pass

ITALY

Pisa

Monaco

5 11

5

Dachau

PARIS

10

VENICE

FLORENCE

THE RIVIERA

SPAIN

Heidelberg

TYROL

Lucerne

CHÂTEAU DE CRUIX

1 Fontainebleau

ROME

Vatican City

6

FLORENCE

2. If you’ve taken advantage of one of our amazing Early Payment Deals, then you’ll need to pay by the deadline, otherwise you need to pay the balance of your trip no less than 45 days before your departure out of Australia or by the Early Payment due date (if applicable), whichever comes first. If you’ve booked less than 45 days before the trip departure, you’ll need to pay for the trip in full when you book.

Monaco

THE RIVIERA 8

ROME Vatican City

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE A $ 4279PP F O R 2 5 D AY S P.86-87

ROME

EU RO PEAN WHIRL A$3235PP FOR 18 DAY S P.82-83

NETHERLANDS Edam

AMSTERDAM

11 Vatican City

EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS A$2495PP FOR 14 DAYS P . 8 0 -81

NETHERLANDS Edam ENGLAND

ROME

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE A$3435PP FOR 20 DAYS P.84-85

3. Register with MyContiki and we’ll then send you or your travel agent all your documents and detailed information for your trip, approx. 21 days before you head off.

Important: By paying the A$200 deposit per person per trip to Contiki or a travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.191 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

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