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THE ORIGINAL

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Most companies have taglines and slogans and jingles. At Contiki, we have a way of life. It’s called #NOREGRETS. We treat every day as a new adventure. We build friendships that last a lifetime. We live every day like it’s our last and leave absolutely nothing behind. #NOREGRETS isn’t just a travel philosophy. It’s at the heart of everything we do.

life is there to be lived. make sure you look back with #noregrets

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EUROPE summer 2014/5 #NOREGRETS Make every moment count Life’s an adventure Backstage Pass Our travel styles Do things with passion Blockbusters & back streets ME Time Taste Europe

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Tread lightly people Join us online Value & savings Superior Trips Superior Trips - Multi-Country Superior Trips - In-Depth Regional The original since ‘62 Tread lightly projects Budget Trips

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Why we love Europe Camping Trips Winter Trips Festivals & more Stay longer Got a question? Contiki cares Booking conditions How to book

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trip index 2014/5 SUPERIOR Trips Multi-Country

SUPERIOR Trips in-depth regionaL

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.81

Turkish Sailing

Summer Winter

C$178/day from C$147/day from

Summer Winter

C$135/day from C$133/day from

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

Croatian Island Cruising

25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.150

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.86

Ski or Board Austria

Mykonos & Island Cruising

30 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.123

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.87

London to Rome

Greek Island Hopping

17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.123

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.88

Ultimate European plus Greek Island Hopping

Amsterdam to Barcelona

Scotland & Ireland

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.34

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.58

European Discovery

England & Scotland

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.36

9/10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

Best of Europe

Scotland

Spotlight on Greece

10/13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.38

6 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.90

European Encounter

Great Britain & Ireland

17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.40

17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Island Hopping

Road to Athens & Road to Rome

London & Paris

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.91

7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.62-63

18/14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.42

London, Paris & Amsterdam

Spotlight on Greece plus cruising

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

European Impressions 19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.44

European Inspiration 20 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

European Vista 22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.48

European Panorama

London, Paris & Rome 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.63

Simply Italy

Egypt & The Nile 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.70

Mediterranean Highlights

European Explorer plus Island & Cruising options

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

Mediterranean Trail

These trips also operate in Winter. See p.146 for more.

Easypace trips. See p.12 for more.

Munich Oktoberfest

46 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.127

4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.155

Greek Sailing

Pamplona – Running of the Bulls

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.128

4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.156

8/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.91

Greek Island Adventurer

Aegean Classic & Golden Fleece Cruises

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.130

Pamplona plus Bilbao BBK Live

6/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.92

BUDGET Trips

Best of Russia 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.131

Scandinavia & Russia Plus

Summer Winter

C$142/day from C$134/day from

10/13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.134

Russia Plus 12/14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.136

CAMPING TripS

European Highlights 15 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

European Whirl

Bilbao BBK Live 5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.157

Anzac Classic / Odyssey 4/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.158

London Explorer 3/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.159

Easter in Amsterdam 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.159

European Horizon 11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.100

6/8 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.157

Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.159

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Royal Ascot 1 day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.159

19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

The Expedition

Christmas in Paris

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.141

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.160

The Little Hopper

Christmas in Amsterdam

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.142

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.160

The Escape

New Year in Paris

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.142

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.161

Eastern Rocker

The Big Chill

New Year in Amsterdam

Eastern Road

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.111

47 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.143

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.161

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.76

Eastern Trail

The Southern Trail

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.162

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

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Scandinavia

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.68

FESTIVALS & DAY TRIPS

Ultimate European plus Egypt option

Italian Espresso Spanish Spree

1 or 2 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.152

46 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.124-127

23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.132

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.50

34 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.52

Croatian Island Hopper

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

From C$94/day

London to Athens plus Greek Island Adventurer

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.58

Road to Athens plus cruising

38 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.118

Winter Wanderer

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.32

30 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

European Adventurer

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.121

European Magic

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.63

WINTER Trips, SKI & snowboard

30 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.116

London to Athens

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.84

Ireland

Road to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping

European Contrasts plus Corfu & sailing options

Mediterranean Trail plus Greek Island Hopping

European Experience 21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.106

European Spirit

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.75

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.108

Mediterranean Trail plus cruising

European Trail

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.75

24 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.110

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Berlin, Prague & Vienna

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.112

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.143

Western Rocker

The Northern Trek

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.78

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.112

26 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.143

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BOOK MARK

Berlin to Budapest

Trail to Rome

The Easy Rider

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.79

17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.113

33 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.144

Berlin & Prague

Trail to London

The Mini Rider

7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.80

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.113

15 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.145

Vienna & Budapest

European Escapade

The Easy Roller

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.80

26 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.145

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This world is an amazing place. It’s there for you to open up, explore & make your mark. With this incredible gift comes an amazing opportunity. The number one travel rule we live by: don’t waste a moment, don’t let any experience pass you by. Make every moment count.

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Contiki is the expert at making every moment count. For over 50 years, we’ve gathered the best people in the travel industry to give you the best experiences of your life. So what can you expect on a Contiki trip? Everything. An eclectic experience & value for money that can’t be beat. We’ve sourced amazing accommodation throughout Europe (like our

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very own 16th century French Château!), we know the best restaurants to eat with the locals (ask about the squid ink pasta on Capri), & we give you exclusive Backstage Pass access to the best of the best attractions & experiences that Europe can offer. We have an amazing team with the local know-how to open up a view of Europe you can’t get any other way. Best of all they take care of all of details so you can get on with making every moment count.

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“action expresses priorities ” - Gandhi It’s easy to believe in things, but much harder to live them. For over 50 years we’ve had some immutable truths. They’re not just words we say, they’re words we live by: Make every moment count. You only get one shot at life, but if you do it right that is all you need. We’re about people, not things. It’s people’s individuality, diversity and a little bit of craziness that makes the world go ‘round.

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Life’s an adventure. Push yourself - you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Do things with passion. Life isn’t just there to be lived; it’s there to be loved.

Be young, and stay that way no matter what your age. Always see the world through youthful eyes.

Tread lightly, respect our world and its inhabitants. Walk around the world, not over it.

Challenge everything. Disregard what seems impossible. Embrace change.

Be part of the story. Don’t sit on the sidelines - get involved and make your mark.

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Some people call Europe a rite of passage. At Contiki, we call it an adventure. There’s no other continent on Earth that combines such a heady mix of culture, history, creativity and sheer awesomeness. Europe is what life is all about: discovery. It’s time to start your own adventure.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: Adventure isn’t just something you do, it’s an attitude. It’s getting outside your comfort zone, meeting

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new people and experiencing different cultures. It’s having the courage to go further. Life’s an adventure, so live it.

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Insider access included as standard in every trip. When you travel Europe you want to make sure you do it right. You want special treatment and exclusive access that turns a regular trip into the trip of a lifetime. That’s why Contiki gives you a Backstage Pass to Europe. It’s a combination of all the things below, many exclusive to us, that come together to make up your trip like no other. Best of all, it’s free and comes included as part of every Contiki trip.

EXCL EX CLUS USIV VE inclusions After 50 years travelling the continent, no other company can give you better access to Europe. The blockbusters are all included as part of your trip (and we help you skip the lines too!). Better than that we’ll also get you to the parts of Europe that only a local friend in the know can show you. There are exclusives like our “Paris by Night” and “Special Access Rome” tours. We’ll get you around in style too, keeping you in touch, with WiFi available on our coaches, and for free at most of the places we stay. See p.16-17.

EXCLUSIVE Options Freedom to explore. It’s an important part of travelling, so we provide you with loads of free time to discover and create your own adventure. We call it ME Time because it’s all about you choosing your own path. If you want to really dial up the experience, we also have a host of exclusive ME Time optionals. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s after bungy jumping in the Swiss Alps or a classical music buff who wants to catch a Mozart concert in Vienna, we’ll provide you with something extra special. See p.18-19.

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You’ll get to stay in some eye-popping accommodation when travelling with Contiki. We either own or have exclusive agreements with stunning properties throughout Europe, like the 16th century Château de Cruix in the south of France, a beautiful beachside resort in the Greek Islands and a magnificent Gasthof in the Austrian Alps. A Gasthof is a German-style tavern by the way! See p.30-31, 56-57, 98-99 & 140-141.

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EXCLUSIVE team We’ve got over 400 team members across Europe. They’re all passionate travellers whose sole focus is making your trip the time of your life. They live and breathe “local Europe”, so if you want to get off the beaten track they can give you the inside scoop on what to do and where to go. If you want to find the best shopping in Florence or the best pint of ale in London, just ask! See p.14-15.

E CLUSIVE FOOD EX Most of our included dinners feature the very best in regional cuisine from authentic local restaurants. Think traditional goulash in Budapest and terrific local Catalan cuisine in Barcelona. Or if you feel like sampling the buzz of a local market, tag along with our On-road Cooks and barter for the freshest foods around. See p.20-21.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canals & gable houses by night <Canal boat cruise & drinks

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Day 3: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, home of the iconic Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wowedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports <Whitewater rafting adventure

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Day 5: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;floating cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & interesting little shops. Contiki Village (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Bridge of Sighs, the Dogeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palace & St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square <Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 6: Venice to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible stopover in the Swiss Alps.

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. O This trip will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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STYLES Not all travellers are the same and we know that.

Some people are looking for creature comforts; others just want the bare essentials. Our Contiki Backstage Pass gives you exclusive ways to see Europe no matter how you want to travel, or the type of accommodation you’re after (& yes, it’s all included). Whether it’s looking to stretch your budget, wanting to get around as much of Europe as possible or really going local & digging deep in one region, it’s your choice how you go...

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6 ways to go • Superior Multi-Country • Superior In-Depth Regional • Budget • Camping • Ski & Snowboard • Festivals

easypace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, later starts most mornings & even more local meals, our easypace trips offer a more relaxed way to see Europe.

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Plus, you still get all the great authentic experiences as part of your Backstage Pass to Europe, that let you get under the skin of the places you visit.

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• Discover tons of Europe with trips that visit multiple cities, regions & countries • Island cruising in Greece

• Explore Europe deeper with trips that visit specific regions, countries or cities • Many 2-3 night stops means more time to explore locally • Cruising & sailing options

• Discover tons of Europe with trips that visit many cities, regions & countries • Flotilla sailing in Greece • Regional trips to Russia, Scandinavia & Greece

• All hotels with ensuite bathrooms & the comforts of home • Feature Hotel experiences (p.31) • Free WiFi in most hotels

• All hotels complete with ensuites & all the comforts of home • Feature Hotel experiences (p.31) • Free WiFi in most hotels

• Hotels & Hostels • Contiki’s exclusive Special Stopovers like a French Château, Austrian Gasthof, Corfu Beach Resort, Swiss Chalet (p.98) • Contiki Village Cabins • Free hotel upgrades • Free WiFi at Contiki’s Château & Gasthof

• Stay in some of Europe’s best campsites • Free hotel & hostel upgrades

• Twin-share hotel rooms • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share room option

• Twin-share hotel rooms • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share room option

• Maximum Quad-share • Many upgrades to Twin-share • Free hotel upgrades

• Twin-share tents • ‘A tent to myself’ option • Multi-share (hotel upgrades)

How long & when?

• Trips from 10 to 34 days • Summer (16 trips) • Winter (6 trips)

• Trips from 5 to 21 days • Summer (36 trips) • Winter (15 trips)

• Trips from 8 to 46 days • Summer (28 trips) • Winter (6 trips)

• Trips from 11 to 47 days • Summer (9 trips)

Easypace trips?

• 4 Trips

• 18 Trips

• 3 Trips

Eat

• Continental breakfast everyday • Lots of included meals • Many included dinners at local restaurants

• Continental breakfast everyday • More authentic local meals • ALL included dinners at local restaurants

• Continental or cooked breakfast everyday • Loads of home-cooked fresh local meals

• Cooked breakfast everyday • Home-cooked meals & locally sourced regional produce cooked up by our amazing On-road Cooks

• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides

• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides • Cruise Representative

• Tour Manager & Driver • On-site Teams at Special Stopovers & Contiki Villages • Local Guides

• Tour Manager & Driver • On-road Cook • Local Guides

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SKI & snowboard trips

Keep it cool with our ski & boarding packages in Hopfgarten, Austria. The World’s #1 resort, combined with our very own Gasthof exclusive to our travellers. It’s the perfect way to indulge in the on-slope action, après ski & allround good times. See p. 152.

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• See a lot of Europe like we did back in ’62. The original way to go

festivals & special events

From running of the bulls to catching some of the world’s biggest bands at Bilbao BBK Live to raising a stein at Oktoberfest, we’ve got Europe’s epic festival scene covered. We’ve got Christmas & New Year trips to Paris & Amsterdam plus Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, cool day trips to Royal Ascot & more. See p. 154.

Over 500 definite departures, with more added every week. Check your trip on contiki.com & look out for the definite departure symbol on the availability calendar.

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DO THINGS WITH meet the contiki team Imagine a travel buddy who knows Europe inside out – where to eat, play, sleep, party, shop & find authentic local experiences. The Contiki team are more than just walking, talking guidebooks. All of our Tour Managers, Drivers, On-road Cooks & On-site Team Members are lifelong travellers whose sole passion is to make sure you have the time of your life. And of course it goes without saying that we’re here to take care of you too. We’ll look after the boring stuff, like finding the accommodation, getting across borders & hauling luggage, so you can do what you came for – have fun! Our Tour Managers & Drivers are your oracles on all things Europe. They’re extensively trained & travelled.

They know Europe inside out & are bursting with jawdropping experiences they can’t wait to share. Want to hunt down designer threads in Paris? Want to paraglide through the Austrian Alps? All you’ve gotta do is ask! Our exclusive On-site Teams are set up throughout Europe to welcome you to your home away from home. All 100 of them live locally & can hook you up with the best things to see off the beaten track. We’ve been travelling around Europe for over 50 years now & have a great network of expert Local Guides who’ll give you an insider’s unique perspective on the places you visit. It’s the special angle only a local can give.

meet Cally & Adam On-site Team members, from Australia Being a part of Contiki is awesome, the culture amongst our Team & travellers is what makes every day so amazing.

meet our team. visit contiki.com/team

We’re travellers at heart, but live on-site at the Contiki Gasthof in Hopfgarten & being local we’ll help you get even more out of your trip. Getting to know everyone & helping you with your journey is something we get a kick out of. Our On-site teams at our Contiki Special Stopovers & Villages have you covered. We’ll sort your room before you arrive, cook you delicious meals & we’re here if you need anything, or just for some good banter. It’s the most rewarding job we’ve ever had.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: For the Contiki team, the connections & friendships we’ve made around the world mean we work

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Local Guide, from Santorini I love where I live, and sharing all the little local secrets this beautiful island has hidden away. Being fortunate enough to explore the sites & pass on my knowledge to Contiki travellers, exposing you guys to new experiences & enriching your trip is what makes my job so rewarding. I’ll show you the best places to eat, shop & hang out… and I may even be able to get you the odd discount along the way too.

meet DAN

Tour Manager, from Australia On my trips it’s all about knowing every location, offering in-depth knowledge of all the sites & making sure you’re enjoying every moment of your trip without the stress. I want to create a fun, memorable experience for every traveller by offering you insider info that you can’t get anywhere else. The experience & training I’ve received over the years is what allows you to relax & focus on having the time of your life.

meet mark

Tour Driver, from New Zealand

no compulsory tipping, only passionate service & exclusive local knowledge. Meet more of our team on p.56, p.99 & p.141

I travelled Contiki back in 2005 & loved it so much that I applied to become a Driver as soon as I got back home. After 8 years I love Europe more than ever. My sister even works with us now. I work with the Tour Managers to take care of everything as you travel. I’ll get you where you need to be, so you arrive & get straight to exploring.

better together & have fun doing it. That’s why people are at the heart of everything we do – we’re about people.

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BLOCK UST TERS &

Europe is epic. on every trip we make sure you see the very best the iconic sights & the hidden gems. all included.

Europe’s blockbusters, ALL included: – Berlin Wall – St Mark’s Square in Venice

From the must-sees, like the Colosseum & the Berlin Wall, to the less obvious but just as amazing stuff, we make sure you see & experience all the best that Europe has to offer. We cover most of your entry fees too, plus we’ll save you time, like skipping the line at the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum & the Vatican.

– Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

On top of that we also show you the parts of Europe that you probably wouldn’t find without a local friend in the know. It’s all included as standard with your Backstage Pass. With Contiki you get incredible value that can’t be matched by anyone else.

– Bicycle tour of Amsterdam

– Skip the line at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, plus the Vatican & Colosseum in Rome – A traditional beer hall in Munich – The Leaning Tower of Pisa Plus lots more, see our trip pages

Discover the real Europe Included cycling tours or orientation talks at every stop, plus locally guided special access walking tours. Our team will take you inside the real Europe with authentic experiences like trying escargot in a Parisian café or wine tasting in a Beaujolais cuvage.

Exclusive Experiences Loads of what we offer you can’t get anywhere else. Like our “Special Access Rome” sightseeing tour, our “Paris by Night” tour & a host of other exclusive walking tours, meals & experiences.

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ME ME Time is the last ingredient to that perfect trip. We make sure you get all the free time you need to see Europe, your way. It means having the freedom to choose; relaxing at a cozy café, heading off to explore that interesting local market down the road or getting a locally guided tour of Rome. Contiki’s Backstage Pass to Europe means our Team will help you get off the beaten path with the inside scoop on where to go & what to do. If you really want to make every moment count our ME Time optionals give you the chance to take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences, unique to the places you visit. Some will get your blood pumping like paragliding in the Tyrol, whitewater rafting in Austria, or bobsledding in Lillehammer. Others will let you soak up European culture, like wine tasting in the Rhine Valley, learning to cook Italian in Rome or relaxing at a Turkish bathhouse. Our exclusive access around Europe means you’ll get great deals & your ME Time optionals are all organised by us. And it’s now even simpler to get involved – most ME Time Optionals can be paid by your debit or credit card, or local currency. Easy! See p.164 for more.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: At Contiki, we are young. But being young isn’t always about age. It’s about a

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• Gondola ride, Venice • Cabaret Show, Paris • Whitewater rafting, Austria • River cruise & dinner, Budapest • Italian cooking class, Rome • Wine tasting, Rhine Valley • Flamenco show, Barcelona tour of the Vatican • Guided Museums, Rome • Bungy jumping, Swiss Alps • Schnaps museum visit & tasting, Vienna Plus loads more!

Important: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasio ons, 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 insu urance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & may involve some risk.

Look out for the “Don’t Miss” call outs on our trip pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per trip are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries and include:

state of mind. Being young is treating every day as a chance to live life out loud, utterly and completely.

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TAS STE included picnic AT COntiki’s château de cruix

meet the people behind the food. visit contiki.com/bsp Exploring new cultures through food is one of the best things about travel. And there’s no place on Earth that can deliver more diverse & delicious experiences than Europe. We’ll take you on a journey from homemade baklava in Greece to steaming pans of paella in Spain, pork knuckles & steins in Germany & endless platters of fresh seafood plucked straight from the Mediterranean. Even old classics like pizza take on a new look when they’re made the way the Italians intended.

Italian feast with Chianti wine in the rolling Tuscan hills, to delicious meze in Istanbul or a Spanish banquet & flamenco dancing in Barcelona.

Travelling the Contiki way is about authentic local cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else. Each region we travel to has its own special delicacies & traditional dishes. We tailor the food to your trip & we’ll take you right to the best on offer.

What’s more, it allows us to make the meals we include even better. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions others might offer - our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks. You’ll have the chance to grab a recommendation from our team or just follow your nose to that beautiful bakery down the road.

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We include breakfast every day & tons of evening meals. But we like to leave some well-placed gaps (like lunches) for a few reasons. Rather than having to time your day of exploring around an included lunch, we believe in maximising your ME Time to let you discover the local flavours on your terms.

Superior In-Depth Regional Every included dinner is at one of our favourite local restaurants, cafés, trattorias or tavernas. You’ll get a chance to meet the local characters, and really indulge in the regional specialities. See p.56-57 for more.

Superior Multi-Country Get a chance to go local too, like a bistro on the French Riviera, and authentic Italian trattorias in Rome & Florence. See p.28-29 for more.

Budget & Camping We do a lot of local home cooking. Our On-site Teams & On-road Cooks are a bunch of foodies who love to get creative with the abundance of fresh, local produce at their fingertips. It’s all about authenticity. Think Swiss fondue in Switzerland & Beaujolais red at our 16th century French Château. See p.96-97 & p.140 for more.

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Just a few places you can realLy taste Europe with us. Barcelona With the stars as your backdrop & dining in the city’s old bull ring, Cinco Jotas is THE place to indulge in tasty tapas, Barcelona-style! Viva España! Taste it on: Spanish Spree & Mediterranean Highlights trips Rome Learn to make pizza at Scoglio di Frisio with owner Eugenio, then taste the results at this rustic trattoria in the heart of the city. Taste it on: Best of Europe, Mediterranean Highlights, European Encounter & European Vista trips Prague Goulash anyone? Indulge Czech-style at Restaurant Plzenska. Taste it on: Best of Europe, Eastern Road & Berlin to Budapest trips Florence We love Italy! Experience Florentine cuisine at its best at Gatto e la Volpe. Taste it on: Simply Italy trips Brussels Mussels, frites, chocolate mousse anyone? Yes…It can only be Brussels. Get a mouthful at Chez Leon, and wash it all down with a Belgian beer. Try it on: European Impressions trips Nice Experience why the French do it best with some local faves like onion tart, beef stew, cod & aioli sauce, panna cotta…the list goes on…at La Ferme Saleya. Try it on: Mediterranean Highlights trips Krakow Try authentic Polish cuisine at Ariel Restaurant. Taste it on: Eastern Road trips Budapest Hungry in Hungary? Get your fill as the city floats by on our Danube river cruise. Taste it on: Berlin to Budapest trip York Get into the legendary British pub vibes at the Lowther Pub. Taste it on: Great Britain & Ireland trips

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Contiki has an insatiable appetite for discovering new things in every nook & cranny of the world. To continue sharing our discoveries with young travellers for decades & centuries to come, we need to respect & protect those places through everything that we do. We’re at the start of a very exciting journey; the journey to becoming a more responsible & sustainable company. We’ve done some great things, but we’re ready & raring to do a whole lot more.

#CONTIKICARES We’re creating a community of young & passionate people, who simultaneously live with a conscience & live to travel.

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We seek inspiration from some incredible humans. From renowned environmental explorers taking on the World, to individuals in our own Contiki team taking charge with office sustainability; the people who get involved with Contiki Cares inspire & challenge us to be the best we can be.

CÉLINE COUSTEAU Environmental activist, explorer & documentary film maker. She’s also the granddaughter of legendary oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau & a big source of inspiration for Contiki. We are excited to have partnered with Céline for 3 years now. Her passion & connection with both our travellers, team & the ocean never ceases to amaze us. As a documentary filmmaker & gifted storyteller, Céline has a fantastic ability to connect with people from diverse cultures. It’s through these real life stories that she helps educate & encourage us, our travellers & everyone around her, to become responsible global citizens & to better understand our natural environments. Constantly travelling the globe, Céline has ventured on countless expeditions, from deep explorations into the Peruvian Amazon to recently swimming with sharks with our Contiki travellers on our Earth Month expedition in the Galapagos Islands. She is a super human to say the least.

R:EVOLVE Contiki’s army of gung-ho eco-warriors. Contiki offices across the globe are developing localised environmental initiatives under the guide of R:evolve leaders – the chosen individuals who’ve proven their care & commitment to sustainability. These R:evolve leaders even had hands on training with the MAR Leaders on their projects & spent a week in Mexico with Céline Cousteau. The projects R:evolve leaders & their teams work on include staff volunteer programmes, Oxfam chocolate campaigns, swap stalls & incentivised staff car-pooling schemes. The New Zealand team even purchased hybrid cars for their sales teams! It’s one of the many ways we’re empowering our staff to make changes from the ground up. Read more about our local projects on p.95.

Contiki: You recently travelled to the Galapagos Islands as part of Contiki’s Earth Month expedition. What was the most meaningful part of the experience for you? Céline: Visiting the Galapagos is itself a huge privilege. However, seeing the travellers get involved with a conservation initiative while enjoying a once in a lifetime journey was the reward for me. Witnessing them give back to the place they were visiting & have fun doing it added a deeper meaning to the journey itself. I imagine it will be something they take home with them as something really special. Contiki: You spent time with our travellers on their Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper trip while you were there. After interviewing the travellers, what do you think they took away from the experience? Céline: I loved hearing how many of them never thought they would swim with sharks. They were thrilled they had the experience because it made them realize it’s not what you see on TV; it’s exciting of course & yet, serene. I think they took home a better understanding of these animals & their underwater realm. Plus it was just an amazing place! Contiki: How did you feel about swimming with the sharks, and what are your thoughts on the new SharkSavers project launched in the Galapagos? Céline: Though I have had many experiences with sharks while diving, at Kicker Rock we were literally swimming amongst them because they are in a relatively confined passage between two rocks. It was magical. SharkSavers are getting the everyday person involved with research which is undeniably valuable as it makes people feel it’s something that they can contribute to. This helps demystify science, making it real & accessible. More important, it makes the subject (in this case sharks) relevant. Contiki: This is your 3rd year partnering with Contiki – what about the partnership continues to excite you? Céline: The people I work with at Contiki are excited about the possibilities of ideas & project of what we can get the company, staff & travellers involved in. My partnership with them is continuously evolving as we explore new ideas, push our boundaries, and challenge how much we can do. All this is done with meaningful attention to realistic steps & goals while keeping a long view of the future. These factors make this relationship a thoughtful journey & a real pleasure. And let’s not deny it, it’s fun to work with great people in amazing places for good causes!

YOU Over the past 50 years, we’ve been overawed by the conscientious attitude of so many of our travellers. From taking time to clean up a beach in New Zealand, to attending a charitable dinner in Cambodia, we’re constantly inspired by the selfless ways in which people choose to use their time abroad. If you have an idea for us, want to know how you can get involved or just feel like a chat, send an e-mail to contikicares@contiki.com. We’d absolutely love to hear from you.

& our planet. We want to walk you guys around the world, not over it.

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every way to stay connected We know there’s more to your travels than the time you spend away, so there are a number of exclusive Contiki online tools to help you get the most out of your travel experience. Find out more at contiki.com

Download our App today - It’s Free. Shout! brings together the photos, videos & updates of everyone travelling on the same trip to create one epic story of your groups trip. Save every moment & create a real-time timeline of your awesome travels to share with your friends back home. Find out more at contiki.com/app

meetups Meet other travellers before you go on your trip & chat on the go.

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Head to The Exchange for the lowdown on all the latest music, fashion, food, nightlife & so much more from the places you visit around the globe. Looking for the scoop on the hottest trends, from the best spots to get your European fashion fix, or a guide on the best festivals & the European music scene? We’ve got you covered.

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SAVINGS SAV You can’t do all that we do for less. See More. Do More. Get More.

When you travel independently it can be stressful. Hidden costs & taxes, dodgy accommodation, over-inflated peak season prices, taxis & locally guided tours can all end up costing way more than you think. What’s more, you have to sort it all yourself – who wants the hassle? We’ve compared a typical day on one of our Superior Hotel trips to a day doing the same on your own. You can’t get close to the same quality of accommodation, amazing food experiences & exclusive inclusions for the same price. What’s best, our trips come with our exclusive Tour Managers & team, just for you. They live in Europe so they know it back to front & they ensure it’s hassle-free, while showing you a jaw-droppingly, eye poppingly good time. It’s all part of our exclusive Backstage Pass to Europe, included as part of your Contiki trip.

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Breakfast including

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TRAVELLING greece & italy with contiki

€12.00

€10.00

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€6.00

€3.00

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Day Metro pass (all zones)

Day Metro pass (all zones)

orange juice, fruit & coffee

Your daily travel

€19.50

€19.50

to your next destination

2nd class 25yrs or under based on the global pass valid in 22 countries for 1 month

2nd class 25yrs or under based on the global pass valid in 22 countries for 1 month

Guided historical city tour

€51.00

€36.00

Guided city walking tour through Rome & Rome bus tour

Athens city sightseeing & locally guided tour of the Acropolis

Three-course

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A pizza making lesson & meal at Scoglio di Frisio, Rome

Greek delights at The Hani, Plaka

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Regent Hotel, Rome

Hotel President, Athens

Hidden taxes

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Cost of travelling your own way

C$258/Day

Transport

C$236/Day

Compare other ways to travel with Contiki in a day Camping from C$107/Day Budget from C$134/Day

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travel made easy Travelling on your own can be stressful. How do I get there? Where should I stay? What stuff do I need to see & how do I get tickets? There’s so much to sort out & it can take up tons of your precious time. Leave the hard part to us - we get you there, sort your accommodation, show you the main sites (& the hidden gems too) & share advice on the best things to see & do. And in today’s world, having certainty over your costs is another plus.

Included

Superior Multi-Country from

C$147/Day

Superior In-Depth Regional from

C$133/Day

* Prices & exchange rates validated at 31st July, 2013 at the locations stated. Actual costs may change without notice. Sightseeing cost comparison is based on similar activities of what’s included in a Contiki trip price. Contiki pricing based on 22 Day European Vista (Winter) p48-49, 14 Day Spanish Spree (Winter) p.68-69, 24 Day European Trail (Winter) p.110, 47 Day The Big Chill p.143.

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pay early & save more Book & pay early for the best deal on your trip & airfares. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn. Check contiki.com for latest availability.

#1 Save up to C$715 Pay in full on or before 15th January 2014 & save up to 10%.

#2 Save up to C$535 Pay in full on or before 31st March 2014 & save up to 7.5%. * Pay Early Savings of C$715 & C$535 based on 34 Day European Explorer p.52-55

we have even more ways to save.

travelling again? If you’ve travelled with us or one of our sister companies before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. See p.164 for more.

2 or more Book 2 Contiki trips of 7 days or longer at the same time & get C$50 off the cost of the second trip.

triple share Book triple-share & we’ll give you a 5% discount. (Available on many of our Superior hotel trips).

single traveller savings If travelling alone, share a room with another Contiki traveller of the same sex, twin room basis (non smoking). On our Superior trips, if you prefer your own room, or on our Camping trips for a tent to yourself, we have cost-effective single supplements avaialble. See each trip page for details. 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 loyalty discounts (‘Travelling Again’) group discounts (‘Book with Friends’), multi trip discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. Pay Early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of trip departure & may not be combined with Last Minute Deals.

book with friends CONTIKI PART PAY We believe in the principle of “the more the merrier.” So the more friends you can round up, the more you will save.

4 or more Everyone saves 5% 7 or more Everyone saves 7.5% 10 or more Everyone saves 10%, or invite an 11th for free!

Let others help fund your trip! Got an upcoming birthday, graduation or special event? Once you’ve booked, register your trip online & share with your family & friends to help fund your adventure. You can also use Part Pay to make payments yourself, allowing you to pay off your trip over time.

one stop shop for your airfare &tour We can make booking your tour even easier. Contiki can make your flight arrangements from almost anywhere in Canada Best prices

Lots of choice

Complete flexibility

Great service

We guarantee to offer you the best airfare we have available to suit your Contiki tour on the day you book. There are excellent prices for scheduled flights on some of the world’s top airlines. We work closely with our airline partners to bring you fantastic airfares. Our air partners operate out of all Canadian gateways & give you access to all European destinations.

We work with a range of major airline partners, to make sure we can offer you the best available airfares & flight departure times to suit you. With our partners operating out of most Canadian gateways, we make getting to Europe easy.

Need a flight to get you from the airport you arrived into, to the city your tour departs from? Want to extend your stay in Europe?

Contiki’s specialist agents do the hard work for you to make sure your tour & flights work together – too easy.

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We can help you customize your flight itinerary to meet your travel needs. Just ask us for a quote and we’ll endeavor to find you the best available airfare at the time of booking.

Check out the latest deals at contiki.com/deals

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OUR GREAT VALUE HOTEL Trips ARE ALL ABOUT KEEPING IT COMFY EVERY DAY YOU TRAVEL. YOU’LL STAY IN WELL LOCATED HOTELS, ALWAYS TWIN-SHARE WITH EXCELLENT FACILITIES.

2 ways to go multi-country

in-depth regional

• Spectacular Feature Hotels • See more in the time you have • Trips from 10 - 34 days • Options to start & end in London, Paris or Amsterdam • See p.30-31.

• Mostly 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning • Go in-depth in a country or region • Trips from 5 - 21 days • Even more authentic, local meals • See p.56-57.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

EXCLUSIVE food Superior trips include breakfast each day & lots of dinners. But we don’t include your lunches so you’re free to maximise your ME Time & explore local flavours to suit your taste & budget. And for the real food lovers, our In-Depth Regional trips include even more local restaurant meals so you can taste the best local flavours in the places you visit.

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WiFi

91% of our Superior properties have FREE WiFi! Staying connected is easy.

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Exclusive accomModation Superior is all twin-share hotel accommodation with all the comforts you would expect, every night. That means in-room TV, en-suite, pools, gyms, bars & free WiFi at most hotels. It’s the perfect place to head back to after a long day of exploring.

Exclusive Inclusions After 50 years travelling the continent, no company can give you better access to Europe. And we even get you skipping the line at some of them such as the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum & The Vatican. Plus, we’ll get you around in style, keeping you in touch, with WiFi available on our coaches, and free at most of the places we stay.

Exclusive TEAM With your expert team at hand, you’re ready to explore. They live & breathe “local Europe”, so if you want to get off the beaten path they can give you the inside scoop on what to do & where to go. If you want to find the best shopping in Florence or the best stein of beer in Berlin, just ask!

Exclusive options With ME Time, we make sure you get all the free time you need to see Europe how you want to. It means having the freedom to choose; relaxing at a cozy café, heading off to explore the local market or getting a locally guided tour of Rome.

Location, location, location! Staying close to the action is key, so we get you closer with more central hotels close to all the icons like the Moulin Rouge & Sacre Coeur in Paris, Old Town in Prague & the Duomo in Florence. All our hotels also have easy access to public transport, be it the Metro, tube or tram, allowing you to get out there & make every moment of your trip count.

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easypace eas sypace e With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, and even more local meals, our easypace trips offer a more relaxed way to see Europe. Plus, you still get all the great authentic experiences that let you get under the skin of the places you visit. Look out for the pink easypace tab on the Superior MultiCountry & Superior In-Depth Regional trip pages.

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MULTI-COUNTRY

SUPER RIOR HOTEL TRIP

• Always twin-share as standard • Spectacular Feature Hotels • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share option • easypace options – take it easier • Options to start or end in Paris, London or Amsterdam

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Even if you’re planning on leaving your friends at home, don’t worry. We’ll match you with a same sex room-mate, so it’s all good. More than half our travellers are just like you – ready to head off on their own & experience Europe with young, fun & like-minded travel buddies.

‘A room to myself’ option If you like the idea of a little more privacy & comfort, you always have the option of a room to yourself for a little extra. Check out the trip price panels for details. Limited single rooms available.

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Superior Multi-Country trips let you see a lot of europe, in the time you’ve got. Multi-Country is all about comfy twin-share hotels every night & extra special Feature Hotel experiences with exceptional facilities. for A LITTLE MORE glam as you travel.

feature hotels - relax & enjoy a little glam Château de Fontager, Rhône region.

Mount Titlis, Swiss Alps.

Spend a night in the beautiful French countryside at this charming castle beside the River Rhône. Indulge in delicious French cuisine in the banqueting room, take a dip in the huge pool or just sit back & take in the surroundings.

Get a taste of the true Alpine lifestyle & incredible views at our hotel set 1000m (3,300 ft) up Mount Titlis. There is year round snow, so ride to the 3048m (10,000 ft) summit in one of the world’s only revolving cable cars to explore the glacier & Glacier Park. There are all kinds of snow toys at the top, or if going a little slower is more your thing, then hire a bike or hike the many mountain trails.

Hotel Cabala, Rome. When in Rome… there’s no better place to stay than a Roman Villa. With 360-degree views of the Roman countryside, Hotel Cabala is a welcome escape after the busy streets of the city. Rooms are spacious, chic & airconditioned… oned… not to mention the fantastic pool.

Aphrodite Resort Hotel, Mykonos. Set on one of Mykonos’ best beaches, s, this resort hotel is your chance to relax. Take advantage of the amazing facilities & surroundings. Swim, sunbathe or get active & try some watersports or tennis.

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Eventhotel Pyramide, Vienna. This one-of-a-kind hotel is an attraction in itself! The rooms are deluxe & if you’re feeling like being pampered, there’s a wellness centre with a tranquil indoor aquatic world, sauna, pool & also a gym to chill out in after a long day’s sightseeing.

Himmelrich Hotel, Kriens, Lucerne. Nestled part way up Switzerland’s mighty Mt. Pilatus, thiss hotel gives you the city’s best

views over this stunning region. Take in the impressive scenery from the outdoor deck with Switzerland’s dramatic Alps as your backdrop. Combine this with modern facilities & FREE WiFi, this hotel is the ultimate way to stay by Lucerne. 

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MICHELLE @LEONGERR: I had the best time on my European Magic tour! Greatest time of my life! Shout out to my awesome tour manager Bri!.

Paris

10 Days 8 countries From C$1585pp* C$159 per day SAVE

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Papeneilnad bar, Amsterdam. One of the oldest pubs in the city & on the corner of Brouwersgracht (the ‘Dam’s most photographed canal) - it’s the perfect spot for people watching.

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ot a hunger for a European fix but don’t have much time? No problemo. Fit it all in with our ‘big’ little trip, checking out Amsterdam’s canals, the Swiss Alps & Paris boutiques with a healthy dose of beer halls, boats & baguettes thrown in for added good times.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London.

Lucerne

Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head up to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening canal boat cruise

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Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals & cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

Day 4: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, a charming festive 800-year-old city & home of the worldfamous Oktoberfest. (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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Day 5: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps & stop at Innsbruck, Austria before we arrive in enchanting Venice. (B,D)

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See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck M Bobsled ride (summer departures only)

Day 6: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. An optional gondola ride is a must! (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 7: Venice to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & then steer all the way into the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Scenic Alpine drive

Day 8: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards & wine regions of Burgundy to the glittering “City of Lights”. (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 9: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris - shop the chic boutiques, overload on pastries, traditional baguettes & cheese or sit back with a café au lait & people watch. (B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & three course dinner

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9 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 13 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$515. WWHH - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$425. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

• Locally guided bike tour of Munich • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided city walking tour in Venice M Venetian dinner & regional wines M Private cruise on Lake Lucerne (summer departures only) See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Lucerne

Day 10: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Barcelona

11 Days 7 countries From C$2325pp* C$212 per day SAVE

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Slovenia Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Market lovers & bargain hunters listen up! The Albert Cuypmarkt, Dappermarkt & Waterlooplein markets are must-visits in the free-spirited city of Amsterdam. Grab a bike, or a tram & hit the streets then get ready to rummage.

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he trip to leave you saying ‘ooh la la’! Fit in bike rides in the ‘Dam, the bright lights of Paris, a dabble in a casino & a stroll down Las Ramblas. All in just 11 days, well done you!

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote.

* 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 C$719 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam Check-in to your hotel & explore this free-wheeling, vibrant city. Later, meet up with your Contiki team. (D) Day 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, great shopping & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening boat cruise along the canals

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Day 3: Amsterdam to Paris Journey through Belgium, past Waterloo & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 4: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner

panoramic views, hit the shops for watches, chocolate & Swiss Army knives, or sit café side & relax overlooking the lake & famous Wooden Chapel Bridge. (B) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument M Private cruise on stunning Lake Lucerne

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Day 7: Lucerne to French Riviera En route to Italy feed your shopping urges today – pick up famous fashion labels at bargain prices at a designer outlet mall stop before reaching the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

Day 8: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco

PARIS

Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 15 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Guided tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

• Locally guided bike tour past windmills, canals & dijks through cheese making Edam

Day 9: French Riviera to Barcelona Travel through France’s rustic Provence region, over the Pyrénées Mountains to Mediterranean Barcelona. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

• Italian fashion experience Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Day 10: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing trip. It’s food, fiesta, fashion & fun everywhere from Gaudi’s amazing architecture to the buzz of La Rambla. Tonight, feel the passion at an unforgettable optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dance show

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ME TIME optionals M Cable car ride up Mt. Pilatus (weather dependant) M Traditional Swiss lunch & show in Lucerne See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

AMSTERDAM

Day 11: Depart Barcelona Swap emails addressess & say farewell to your new-found friends as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

FRENCH RIVIERA

Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) Day 6: Lucerne Wake up in lakeside Lucerne. You could head to the Alps for

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The world renowned macaroon heaven at Ladurée. It’s THE place to try these iconic French treats (cute takeaway box packed with treats for later is essential).

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Brenner Pass

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Apennine Mountains

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rab a camera, your Instagram account & let’s go! Breeze through the Rhine Valley & romantic Italy before saying ‘bonjour!’ to the beauties of Paris. Time to get snap happy!

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TYROL

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBHD Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

2014

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening boat cruise along the canals

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Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals & cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River

Day 4: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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Day 5: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a cool Tyrolean village. (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

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Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals Day 7: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & crisscross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 8: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a trip of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 9: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell

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Day 6: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & interesting little shops. (B)

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Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence

Day 10: Florence to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne View the Lion Monument

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Day 11: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the “City of Lights”. (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 12: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history among the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & dinner

Day 13: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 16 meals: 11 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Locally guided bike tour of Munich • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Gelato in Rome – on us

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$685. WWHW - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$555. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. 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 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Bike ride in the Austrian Tyrol (summer departures only) M Whitewater rafting (summer departures only) M Tuscan hills feast in Florence See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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13 Days 7 countries From C$2939pp* C$227 per day SAVE

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The street performers on Alexanderplatz in Berlin are incredible. Amazing hip hop & breakdancing to surpass any episode of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

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Keen to see more, & save more? This trip will Mix & Match with Simply Italy p.64-65 & the Italian Espresso p.66-67.

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Spain

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he aim of this game? To explore the best of Europe by train, coach & plane. Soaking up the sights, sounds & smells of each destination before rolling on to the next. A jet set lifestyle based around the Eiffel Tower, bratwurst & the Vatican, if you will.

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13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBTC Start Paris

Finish Rome

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Paris Check-in to your hotel & explore the stylish, cosmopolitan city of Paris for the afternoon. Later meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers for dinner & evening sightseeing. (D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 7: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city for a couple of days & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the illustrious Château Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. (B)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Visit a French perfumery

Day 8: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an evermodernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

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Day 4: Paris to Amsterdam Zip along in a high speed train headed for the Netherlands’ free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 5: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

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Day 6: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

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& discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)

M Scenic river cruise with lunch Day 10: Prague to Rome Catch a short flight to Rome this morning & by the afternoon be walking in history’s footsteps around this amazing city. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Days 11-12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B)(B) M Italian cooking class & dinner

Day 13: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

Day 9: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets

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

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 17 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

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The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/best-europe. Included flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.164 for important info. * 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). BBTC - Single room supplement of C$895. Trip starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Single room supplement of C$665. Trip starts 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • 300km/h trip on a high speed train (start Paris option) • Explore windmills, canals & djks by bike • Bike ride through Prague with our local expert • Special access Rome sightseeing tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals PARIS

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Parisian Cabaret show Italian feast & show in Rome Guided Vatican tour Eye Spy Berlin tour

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BEST OF EUROPE start amsterdam - 10 days From C$2195pp* C$220 per day STUCK FOR TIME? Start your trip in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 10 days.

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Trip code: BBTAM See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

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17 Days 11 countries From C$2565pp* C$151 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$339. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) Netherlands / Germany Switzerland / Liechtenstein Austria / Italy / Vatican City FRANCE / MONACO

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Wales

LONDON 1

Poland

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley Dover

Calais

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS AUSTRIA Burgundy Region

FRANCE

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Liechtenstein

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Brenner Pass

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he trip to become a Euro pro in just 16 days. Want to lose yourself in Venice? Try schmoozing your way onto a super yacht in the French Riviera? Munch on Swiss chocolate? You can do it all & more on your European Encounter.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 3: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 4: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Scenic Rhine River cruise (summer departures only)

Day 5: Rhine Valley to Lucerne Weave through castle-dotted valleys & rolling vineyards on the way to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Scenic Alpine drive See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne M Cable car up Mt. Pilatus (weather dependent)

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Day 6: Lucerne Breathe in the Alpine beauty of this lakeside town as you spend the day exploring. Wander the cobbled streets of this gorgeous mountain setting & shop for goods that Switzerland is known for - watches, chocolate & Swiss Army knives (B)

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Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals Day 9: Venice to Rome Say farewell to the canals & gondolas of Venice, before reaching the jaw-dropping sights of ancient Rome. (B,RD) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 11: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

How much & when the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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Day 13: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 14: French Riviera to Château de Fontager Travel north & take a lunch break in Provence’s graceful city, Avignon. Arrive at Château de Fontager & enjoy its large pool, lovely grounds & charming locale on the Rhone River.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit a French perfumery Visit Avignon & see the Papal Palace

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Day 15: Château de Fontager to Paris Leave the authentic medieval castle behind & pass through wine country on the road to the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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Day 16: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner

Day 12: Florence to French Riviera Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder en route to the glamorous French Riviera. Later, rub shoulders with

Day 17: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Day 7: Lucerne to Innsbruck Twist & turn through scenic Alpine vistas to Innsbruck. Soak up the sights & discover Tyrolean specialty shops in its medieval old town. (B,D) Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck M Whitewater rafting (summer departures only)

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$845. WWHZ - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$685. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 16 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 1 night in a French Château & 15 nights in hotels 23 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 1 Regional Dinner: Italian trattoria feast (RD) 7 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Explore windmills, canals & djks by bike (summer departures only) • Rhine River Cruise (summer departures only) • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided city walking tour in Venice M Wine tasting in St Goar See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 8: Innsbruck to Venice Wind through the Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & interesting little shops. (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

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Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

16 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry

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24 meals: 16 continental breakfasts (B) 8 three-course dinners (D)

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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Exclusive inclusions • Guided bike tour of Munich • Private boat through the canals of Venice • ‘Paris by Night’ tour & head to the top of the Eiffel Tower • Locally guided tours of Florence & Athens Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Caique cruise in Corfu M Imperial Rome tour See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$875 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 12:00 noon in Athens. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. For travel insurance see p.165.

Corinth Canal

World Heritage sites visited

IONIAN SEA

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Places visited Nightstops

Day 3: Paris Indulge in the magic, history & romance of legendary Paris. (B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & dinner

Day 4: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Alpine Lucerne. Hotel (B) See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic Alpine drive

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Day 5: Lucerne to Munich Leave the gorgeous lake town behind, stop in tiny Liechtenstein & later arrive in Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall M Mt. Stanserhorn cog rail & cable car ride

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Day 6: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Take in Alpine scenery en route to a cute Tyrolean village. (B,D) Day 7: Austrian Tyrol Get an adrenaline rush - there’s loads on offer today. (B,D) Explore this region, famous for its adrenaline sports

Day 8: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps to Venice via the Brenner Pass. (B,D) Enjoy a scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles M Whitewater rafting adventure

Day 9: Venice Meander along alleyways & canals to art-filled palazzi, quaint local shops, bars & markets. (B) Take a private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 10: Venice to Florence Head through Tuscany via Pisa before arriving in Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: Florence Get inside info from your local guide on Florence’s Renaissance buildings & art before exploring your way. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

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Day 12: Florence to Rome Farewell to Florence as we roll through Umbria’s hills & vineyards to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon &

Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City

Day 13: Rome Tap into this living museum & later you could delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 14: Rome to Greece Pass by Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii before our overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 15-16: Corfu Kick back & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B) M Water sports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding Day 17: Corfu to Athens Leave Corfu via the Corinth Canal en route to mythological Athens. (B) Day 18: Depart Athens After morning sightseeing, swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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ROAD TO ROME end rome - 14 days From C$2519pp* C$180 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter version of the 18 day Road to Athens trip, visiting 8 countries in 14 days.

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Trip code: BBRL See price panel on left for departure dates & deduct C$740 for price to pay. Single room supp. C$635.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$275. See p.27 for details.

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ROA AD TO AT ATHENS ENS

How much & when

+ GR GREEK EEK IS EE SLA LAND N HOP ND PPIN NG

Start London

30 Days 9 countries

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

Piraeus GREECE

IONIAN SEA

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3

Places visited Nightstops Feature Hotel night

1

Visit contiki.com/road-athens-island

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-17: London to Athens See Road to Athens on opposite page. Days 18-19: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B)(B) Day 20: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 21-22: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 23: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. (B,D)

Days 24-25: Santorini Indulge in Santorini’s famous blue & white buildings, beaches & sunsets. (B)(B)

SANTORINI

Day 26: Santorini to Ios Cruise to another Greek gem, the beautiful island of Ios. (B,D) Days 27-28: Ios Take a couple of days to relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 29: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B) Day 30: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast. (B)

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$570. See p.27 for details.

For full details, see contiki.com

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014

AEGEAN SEA

From C$5615pp* C$188 per day

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Summer 2014 Code: RTAI

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

21 12 26 31 2 9 16 21 23 28

Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014 C May 19 C Jun 9 Jun 24 D Jun 27 C Jun 30 D Jul 6 Jul 15 D Jul 18 C Jul 21 Jul 27

5269 5405 5615 5485 5549 5485 5615 5485 5549 5615

Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

30 5 7 14 28 4 18 1 8

D Jul C Aug Aug C Aug Aug C Sep Sep D Sep Oct

27 2 5 11 26 1 16 28 7

5615 5679 5745 5679 5745 5545 5475 5479 5609

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$1419 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: RTAIC D - These departures stay two less nights in Athens code: RTAID Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Day 30 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

How much & when

ROAD TO ATHE HEN NS S

Start London

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

May 12 Jun 2 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14

4799 4915 5035 5035 5035 5035 5035

2014

TURKEY

1 ATHENS GREECE

Mykonos

From C$4439pp* C$202 per day

Kusadasi Patmos

Santorini

Crete

Visit contiki.com/road-athens-greek3

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-17: London to Athens. See Road to Athens on opposite page. Day 18: Athens. Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 19: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos. Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, then later, we’ll set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S) Day 20: Kusadasi. Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar Before it’s off to Patmos. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

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Day 21: Crete to Santorini. Wake up to Greece’s biggest island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Day 22: Arrival into Athens. Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B)

30 days

backstage pass 28 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:  Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 25 nights in hotels 39 meals: 28 continental breakfasts (B) 11 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions see p.42

10 World Heritage sites visited

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Summer 2014 Code: RTACR3

+ 3 DAY GR REE EEK K IS I LA AND CRU AND CRUISE RU

22 Days 10 countries

ROAD TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

For a full itinerary, inclusions & cool ways to spend you free time, check out contiki.com. Please note: some departures also visit Patmos. See ● in price panel.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$495. See p.27 for details.

Apr 21 May 12 May 26 May 31 Jun 9 Jun 16 Jun 23

Start London

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 4439 4545 4655 4655 4655 4655 4655

Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

30 7 14 28 4 1 8

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

21 28 4 18 25 22 29

5155 5155 5155 5155 5035 5035 5035

4765 4765 4765 4765 4655 4655 4655

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/road-athens-greek3. * 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 C$1135 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$1225 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. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Day 22 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

ROAD TO ATHENS + 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

22 days

backstage pass 20 nights twin or triple-share accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry: 17 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 37 meals: 20 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 11 dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.42

11 World Heritage sites visited

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lucerne

Matt Psomas: Contiki adventure is over...amazing days & crazy nights with all my new friends. Weird feeling now but i already miss you all.

19 Days 11 countries From C$3435pp* C$181 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$370. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / BELGIUM NETHERLANDS / GERMANY SWITZERLAND / Liechtenstein AUSTRIA / ITALY / FRANCE MONACO / SPAIN

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1 Dover

1 BRUSSELS

Calais

BELGIUM

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

Slovakia AUSTRIA

Loire Valley ATLANTIC OCEAN

BARCELONA

SWITZ

FRANCE

1 BORDEAUX

Liechtenstein

Innsbruck

Lucerne

SWISS 2 ALPS Lake Garda

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss The rooftop bar at La Rinascente in Florence. On a sunny day this tiny terrace is perfect for sitting back with a coffee or glass of wine overlooking the city.

2 FLORENCE 12 World Heritage sites visited

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2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pisa

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

SPAIN

1

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Carcassonne

Monaco

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Feature Hotel night

2 BARCELONA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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resh Swiss air? Check. Beer in Brussels? You got it. Cabaret in Paris? Why not! Get to know the real Europe as you tick off some of the big bucket list must do’s.

superior EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS FLORENCE

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Brussels Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel. Dash through France to Brussels, famous for its chocolate, waffles & beer. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Statue of the Manneken Pis, the Grand Place & the Palace of Justice

••

Day 3: Brussels to Amsterdam Head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam & check out its myriad of museums, cool cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 4: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Stunning drive along the Rhine River Learn how beer steins are crafted

• • •

Day 5: Rhine Valley to Swiss Alps Stop in lakeside Lucerne for chocolate before arriving in the beautiful Swiss Alps.  Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic Alpine drive

•• •

Day 6: Swiss Alps Enjoy waking up to stunning views in this Alpine paradise. Chill for the day & opt in for one of the many outdoor activities on offer like the Ice Flyer & hiking.  Feature Hotel (B,D)

Day 9: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 10: Venice to Florence It’s on to Pisa to check out its architectural wonder before reaching Renaissance Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo M Nightclub entry

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Day 12: Florence to French Riviera Head out along the Italian coastline & past the ancient maritime city of Genoa to the glamorous French Riviera. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 13: French Riviera Do as the locals do today - take a stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D)

Day 7: Swiss Alps to Munich Leave this gorgeous area behind, then we cross through tiny Liechtenstein & arrive in lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

• • •

How much & when Day 14: French Riviera to Barcelona Travel past Cannes, through France’s charmingly rustic Provence region, over the Pyrénées Mountains to Mediterranean Barcelona. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 15: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion & fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an unforgettable optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

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Day 16: Barcelona to Bordeaux Feel the glory of medieval Carcassonne on the road to Bordeaux. (B) Visit one of Europe’s greatest fortress cities

Day 17: Bordeaux to Paris Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 18: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner

19 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBEM Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

2014 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

9 23 7 21 28 11 15 18 22 25 2

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

backstage pass

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

27 11 25 8 15 29 3 6 10 13 20

3435 3435 3519 3605 3605 3605 3605 3605 3605 3605 3709

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

9 Jul 13 Jul 16 Aug 30 Aug 6 Aug 20 Sep 27 Sep 3 Sep 17 ● Oct 24 ● Oct

27 31 3 17 24 7 14 21 5 12

3709 3709 3709 3709 3605 3519 3519 3605 3605 3605

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$915 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For travel insurance see p.165.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 18 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps & 16 nights in hotels 26 meals: 17 continental breakfasts (B) 9 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Locally guided bike tour of Munich • Private boat through the canals of Venice

amsterdam

• Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Guided tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Day 19: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Tuscan hills feast M Bungy jumping in the Swiss Alps M Wine tasting SWISS ALPS

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 8: Munich to Venice Wind through the Alps & stop in Innsbruck, before travelling via the Brenner Pass to lakeside Sirmione & onward to fairytale Venice. (B,D) See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda

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Jason: Thank you so much to the best tour manager & coach driver Garai & Mark for making this experience so memorable. We loved every moment of the tour & we gained so much knowledge. I will recommend you to anyone who asks!!! Thank you.

easypace

SWISS ALPS

20 Days 10 countries From C$2955pp* C$148 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$385. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / BELGIUM (in transit) NETHERLANDS / GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC / AUSTRIA ITALY / VATICAN CITY SWITZERLAND / FRANCE

NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

ENGLAND

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

Calais

Dresden

BELGIUM GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme Dachau

PARIS 2

Slovakia

MUNICH 2

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

Tyrol

SWITZ

Hungary

2 LUCERNE ROME

FRANCE

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

Slovenia Lake Como

VISIT Al Capones in Prague. Take the tram to ‘Národní divadlo’ & be prepared for a fully local immersion! This tiny bar is like entering another world. Our tip: try the Gin Fizz or Long Island Iced Tea.

Pisa

1

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Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Chianti Region

10 World Heritage sites visited

2 VENICE

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Spain

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities Featured Hotel night

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

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f you like to take a little more time as you travel, & want to roll like a local, this trip is for you. With two night stays at every stop, you’ll have the chance to really explore the best of Europe’s highlights at a chilled pace.

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EUROPEAN INSPIRATION BERLIN

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to the vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 3: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 4: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 5: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

Day 6: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an evermodernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

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Day 8: Prague to Munich Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial Visit a traditional beer hall

• •

Day 9: Munich Don some lederhosen & have some fun in this cultural haven with its staggering array of museums, epic shopping & lively beer gardens. (B,D) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 10: Munich to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles M Whitewater rafting (summer departures only)

Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 12: Venice to Rome Say farewell to the canals & gondolas of Venice, before reaching ancient the jawdropping sights of ancient Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 13: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (B)

PRAGUE

How much & when Day 14: Rome to Florence Stop in the Tuscan hillside & go local with a Chianti wine tasting & delicious cheeses. Next up, the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. (B,D)

Summer 2014 Code: BBAP

Day 15: Florence A local guide shows you striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo M Tuscan hills feast

Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

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Day 16: Florence to Lucerne Stop & check out Pisa’s architectural wonder then catch a glimpse of Lake Como before arriving in Lucerne, nestled in the Swiss Alps.  Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See Lucerne’s Wooden Chapel Bridge

• •

Day 17: Lucerne Enjoy the Alpine beauty of this lakeside town as you wander through the cobbled streets.  Feature Hotel (B) Day 18: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 19: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & dinner

Day 20: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Start London

Finish Paris or London

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Start London

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19 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps & 17 nights in hotels 27 meals: 18 continental breakfasts (B) 9 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

Jan 16 Jan 18

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Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

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Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$955. WWAP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$789. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Wine tasting in Tuscany • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Mt Pilatus experience M River cruise & lunch in Prague See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Day 7: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

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ou know the age old proverb ‘live like a local’? That’s basically this trip. Spending two nights in almost every place, get fully involved in the local culture. Come away with clogs from the ‘Dam, pizza belly from Italy & (maybe) some multi-lingual skills!

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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Day 3: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner Day 4: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 5: Lucerne Your jaw will drop at the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander the cobbled streets.  Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

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Day 6: Lucerne to French Riviera Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to the glamorous resort town of Nice. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit a French perfumery

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Day 7: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Tonight, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

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Day 8: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous tower before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa M Nightclub entry

Day 9: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities & then it’s on the road to Rome. (B,RD) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza

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Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 11: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Appenine Mountains before reaching enchanting Venice. (B,D) Day 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars & markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

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Day 13: Venice to Austrian Tyrol Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to a quaint Tyrolean village. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Day 14: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of Tyrol exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking! (B,D) M Tandem paragliding Day 15: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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Day 16: Munich to Vienna Leave festive Bavaria behind & head to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.

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M Mozart & Strauss classical concert & dinner Day 17: Vienna to Prague Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour of Vienna. Then travel through Bohemia to Prague, “The City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

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Day 18: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

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Day 19: Prague to Rhine Valley Journey through Germany to the Rhine Valley, full of castles & renowned vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Scenic Rhine River cruise (summer departures only)

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Day 20: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands & on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

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Day 21: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Then check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) M Evening canal boat cruise Day 22: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$1045. WWHT - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$865. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For travel insurance see p.165. 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 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 21 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotels: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps, 1 night in Vienna & 18 nights in hotels 31 meals: 20 continental breakfasts (B) 1 Regional Dinner: Italian trattoria feast (RD) 10 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Gelato in Rome – our treat • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Rhine River cruise (summer departures only) • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals (summer departures only) Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Tuscan hills feast M Mountain biking & lunch in Tyrol (summer departures only) M Whitewater rafting in Tyrol (summer departures only) M Guided bike tour in Munich (summer departures only) See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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AMSTERDAM

29 Days 13 countries From C$5229pp* C$181 per day SAVE

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lamenco dancing, schnaps tasting, sun lovers listen up. The European Panorama is literally rammed full of essential inclusions & then sprinkled with cool optionals on top. Like the best cupcake you’ve ever tasted.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferryerry across the English Channel to the “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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Day 3: Paris Discover this city’s magic, romance, history & legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner Day 4: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to Bordeaux. (B) Scenic drive to see Château de Chambord

Day 5: Bordeaux to Barcelona Feel the glory of medieval Carcassonne on the road to Barcelona. (B,D) Visit one of Europe’s greatest fortress cities

Day 6: Barcelona Barcelona goes off! From Gaudi’s architecture to food, markets & music, take time to indulge in it all. (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

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Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 8: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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Day 9: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Florence. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. Later, explore at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

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Day 11: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome.  Feature Hotel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 12: Rome Explore the “Eternal City”. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 13: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Cross Italy & board the ferry to Greece. (B) M Guided tour of Pompeii Days 14-16: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun.  Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B,D) M Island sailing cruise Day 17: Corfu to Italy Cruise up the Adriatic to the enchanting city of Venice. (B) Day 18: Arrive Venice Relax & take in the view as we head to the canal lined streets of Venice. (B,D)

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See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 23: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a cool Tyrolean village. (B,D) See this idyllic region famous for adventure sports M Tandem paragliding

Day 24: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before spending two nights in the magical Swiss Alps.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic Alpine drive

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Day 25: Swiss Alps Chill in the breathtaking Alps & enjoy one of the many outdoor activities on offer.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 26: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Follow the Rhine River to a beautiful valley full of castles & vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted M Wine tasting in an historic cellar Day 27: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next up, it’s the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

Day 20: Venice to Vienna Today we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. (B,D)

Day 29: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Day 21: Vienna This morning take a city tour, before the day is yours to explore Vienna’s music, cafés, architecture & of course, strudel! (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

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Day 22: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$1389 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For travel insurance see p.165.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 26 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 2 nights on board ferries:

 Feature Hotels: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps, 2 nights in a Roman Villa, 3 nights at a Corfu Beach Resort & 19 nights in hotels 41 meals: 27 continental breakfasts (B) 14 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

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Day 19: Venice Discover the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, shops, bars & markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals M Gondola ride along the canals

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour

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• Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide

Day 28: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in Edam. Afterwards, check out the cool cafés & nightclubs. (B)

• Private boat through the canals of Venice • Visit Mauthausen concentration camp memorial • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Rhine River cruise

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• Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums M Guided city walking tour in Venice M Evening canal boat cruise See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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pay early & save up to C$715. See p.27 for details

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rom Barcelona, Dubrovnik & uncharted Albania, to the big names like Paris, Florence, Rome & the ‘Dam, this trip is variety at its best. Throw in either four days beachside in Mykonos, or sailing the stunning Greek Islands & Turkey.

don’t miss Partial to a Freudian slip? Check out the home of the infamous psychoanalyst at the Sigmund Freud Museum, in Vienna.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferryerry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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Day 3: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner

fashion & fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

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Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence, one of France’s most stunning regions, to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 8: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

Day 6: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta,

Day 9: French Riviera to Venice Au revoir France, it’s all about saying ‘Ciao’ in Italian as we head into the canals & gondolas of floating Venice. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

Day 4: Paris to Château de Fontager We make our way south- bound through Burgundy via the beautiful 12th century Château Fontainebleau before arriving at our Feature Hotel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau Day 5: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D)

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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 32 nights twin or triple-share accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry: (see p.55 for full breakdown of accommodation for Mykonos Island & Greek Island Cruising options) 49 meals (Mykonos Island option) (see p.55 for full breakdown of meals) 59 meals (Greek Island Cruising option) (see p.55 for full breakdown of meals) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Day trip to the island of Capri • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Locally Guided tour of Athens • Guided tour of Dubrovnik’s old town • Rhine River cruise • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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Day 11: Venice to Florence Wind through the Apennine Mountains & Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings & sacred art. (B) Walking tour of Florence with a local guide See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

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Day 12: Florence to Rome Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 14: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch the boat to Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before sailing to Sorrento. (B) Day 15: Sorrento to Greece From postcard perfect Sorrento, 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. (B) Day 16: To Athens From Patras, cross the Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B) M Greek dinner & dancing night

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Day 10: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars & markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

Days 17-21 There’s either a Mykonos Island or Greek Island cruising option. See p.55.

Day 22: Preveza to Tirana Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. (B,D)

Day 23: Tirana to Dubrovnik Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the lovely, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D)

Day 13: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore

Day 24: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures &

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amazing seafood in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,D) M Island cruise & swimming Day 25: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split & travelling on to Zadar. (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 26: Zadar to Vienna Take off from the seaside city & head on through Slovenia to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)

Day 29: Munich to Lucerne Leave the festive capital of Bavaria behind, cross through tiny Liechtenstein & arrive in the magical Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz M Cog railway ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus

View the Lion Monument

Day 31: Lucerne to Rhine Valley Follow the Rhine River, past the Black Forest to a valley full of castles & vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

Day 30: Lucerne Be amazed by the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander the cobbled streets & shop for watches, chocolate & Swiss army knives. (B) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge

Day 32: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next we head to the Netherlands & on to the cool, vibrant, free-wheeling city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

•• •

See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

Day 33: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills out to the scenic town of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Then check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) M Evening canal boat cruise Day 34: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Day 27: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & its wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel!  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Mozart & Strauss concert & dinner

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Day 28: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of the famous Oktoberfest. Indulging in beer, bratwurst & ‘kraut while you’re here is a must. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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château de fontager

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EU UROPEAN N EX EXPLO EXPLOR XPL XPLO PL PLO LOR ORER OR

How much & when

+ MYKONOS ISLAND D OPT TIO ION N

Summer 2014 Code: BBHE Start London

34 Days 18 countries

C$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

6625 6795 6965 6965 6965 6965 6965

2014 GREECE

From C$6625pp* C$195 per day

AEGEAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL ATHENS

Piraeus

MYKONOS 4

IONIAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/explorer-mykonos

Places visited Feature Hotel night

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing

 Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

See the famous windmills

M Paradise Beach trip

See the first modern Olympic Stadium in Athens M Mykonos night tour

Day 17: Athens to Mykonos Sightsee the ancient wonders of this bustling city before ferrying to Mykonos, for some sun & good times. Enjoy a tasty local dinner tonight & if you’re up for it, head to a local spot for some partying.

Finish Ams’dam or London

Days 18-20: Mykonos Hang out on the island famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses in this picture-perfect Cycladic paradise.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See traditional Cycladic style houses

Day 21: Mykonos to Preveza We head back to Greece’s mainland, then make our way through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D)

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun

26 10 17 31 14 21 28

Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

2014 29 12 19 3 17 24 31

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

5 Aug 12 Aug 26 Aug 9 Sep 23 Sep 30 ● Oct 6 ● Oct

7 14 28 11 25 2 9

7165 7165 7165 6795 6795 6965 6965

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$2095 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For travel insurance see p.165.

SAVE

pay early & save up to C$715. See p.27 for details

Summer 2014 Code: BHEC Start London

+ GREEK ISLAND CR RU SE O RUIS OPTI OP PT TION T I IO TURKEY AEGEAN SEA Kusadasi Mykonos Patmos

From C$6539pp* C$193 per day

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

Visit contiki.com/explorer-cruise

Places visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 17: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & we cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its golden beaches & vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 18: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. Later on, relax on the beach or in a local taverna on the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar

See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos M Guided tour of Monastery of St. John Day 19: Cruising to Rhodes Spend the day exploring pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes

Day 20: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to Santorini, famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular

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backstage pass 32 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:

 Feature Hotels: 1 night in a French Château, 4 nights at a Mykonos Resort, 2 nights in Vienna & 25 nights in hotels 48 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 16 three-course dinners (D)

18 World Heritage sites visited

EUROPEAN N EXP XPLORER X P ER R 34 Days 19 countries

34 days

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

How much & when

Athens

EUROPEAN EXPLORER + MYKONOS ISLAND OPTION

For all other inclusions see p.53

••

GREECE

superior

island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira M Guided tour of the Minoan Palace

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Day 21: Santorini to Preveza After sightseeing, it’s back to the mainland & through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium in Athens

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

6539 6699 6859 6859 6859 6859 6859

2014 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun

26 10 17 31 14 21 28

Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

2014 29 12 19 3 17 24 31

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

5 Aug 12 Aug 26 Aug 9 Sep 23 Sep 30 ● Oct ● 6 Oct

7 14 28 11 25 2 9

7055 7055 7055 6699 6699 6859 6859

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/explorer-cruise. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$1985 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

superior EUROPEAN EXPLORER + GREEK ISLAND CRUISING OPTION

34 days

backstage pass 32 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:

 Feature Hotels: 1 night in a French Château, 2 nights in Vienna & 25 nights in hotels 4 nights on board a cruise ship 58 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 18 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) For all other inclusions see p.53

20

SAVE

pay early & save up to C$679. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

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SU UPERI R

EXPLORE in-depth

Our In-Depth trips are all about more time to go local. MORE Authentic local meals & more opportunity to soak up regional cultures.

• Twin-share as standard • ALL included dinners at local restaurants • Mostly 2 & 3 night stays • Often later morning starts • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share option • easypace options take it even easier • Cruising & sailing options • 36 trips from 5 - 21 days

MADRID

more authentic local meals Trying authentic (& delicious) meals prepared by locals the traditional way is a key part of experiencing new cultures. On our In-Depth Regional trips all our local meals are at some of our favourite local restaurants so you can really immerse yourself in the taste of Europe. Here’s a sample of what you’ll experience… • Learn to make pizza like the locals in Rome • Devour mouth-watering delicacies with Budapest as your backdrop on our Danube river cruise

If you like the idea of a little more privacy & comfort, you always have the option of a room all to yourself for a little extra. Check out the trip price panels for details. Limited single rooms available.

LOW cost airlines to europe Lots of our In-Depth trips start in Europe. So if you need flights to your start city, ask your travel agent or go online & book with one of Europe’s great low-cost airlines.

• Sample Greek specialities at our favourite Athens taverna • Pick your way through a delicious variety of local dishes in buzzing Barcelona

meet DANIELLE

really go local More time in different locations means that you can really explore. Hit the streets with a camera to frame up some great shots. Spend some time pool side, at the beach, shopping, or soaking up the atmosphere as you wander the streets.

No single supplements Even if you’re planning on leaving your friends at home, don’t worry. We’ll match you with a same sex room-mate, so it’s all good. More than half our travellers are just like you – ready to head off on their own & experience Europe with young, fun & like-minded travel buddies.

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‘A room to myself’ option

Tour Manager, from Calgary I’m a massive foodie & I love to share my obsession with Europe & food with our travellers. I’m always testing my tastebuds on all things delicious & finding new places to try. I’m a firm believer in gelato being appropriate at any time of the day.

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GIONAL

HOTEL TRIPS & CRUISES

BERLIN

CRUISING WITH CONTIKI Croatia Sailing

Nile Cruising

On our Croatian Island Cruising trips explore unspoiled islands & coastal villages of the beautiful Dalmation Coast on a local boat (one of Croatia’s best!). See p.84-86 for more.

Take in the views from the deck as we sail along the world’s most famous river. It’s a chance to really relax in style & absorb ancient Egypt’s incredible scenery. Go local too – soak up the rays on a traditional felucca while you sit back & watch the locals going about their day. See p.70-71.

The Med & Aegean Sit back & relax as you visit the Greek Islands & Turkey on a classic cruise liner. With great onboard facilities like pools, shopping & live entertainment, there are countless ways to enjoy your trip. See p.92-93.

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Turkish Sailing Do it like the Turkish do on a traditional gulet. Spend your days lazing on the deck, taking

in the views & living it up in paradise. Our exclusive boat will give you a week of utter bliss.

easypace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, and even more local meals, our easypace trips offer a more relaxed way to see Europe. Plus, you still get all the great authentic experiences that let you get under the skin of the places you visit. Look out for the pink easypace tab on the Superior MultiCountry and Superior In-Depth Regional trip pages.

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LONDONDERRY 1 Belfast ATLANTIC OCEAN

N.IRELAND

8 Days 1 countrY

REP. OF IRELAND

GALWAY 2

From C$1325pp* C$166 per day SAVE

DUBLIN 2

Cliffs of Moher

Blarney

IRISH SEA

1 KILKENNY CORK 1

pay early & save up to C$140. See p.27 for details 1

Visit contiki.com/ireland

GIANT’S CAuSEWAY

1

dublin

backstage pass 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

Day 2: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of Belfast then we make our way to the walled city of Londonderry. (B)

11 meals: 7 hot breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

How much & when Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

C$ pp*

Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

1325 1325 1325 1359 1359 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439

2014

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Learn about the troubled history of Belfast on a locally guided tour • Visit Blarney Castle & kiss the famous Blarney Stone • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Boat ride to the Aran Islands M Visit the Guinness Brewery See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Apr Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

5 12 26 3 10 17 24 31 4 7 14 18 21 28 2 5 12 16 19

Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

C$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct

1439 1439 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395

2014 12 19 3 10 17 24 31 7 11 14 21 25 28 5 9 12 19 23 26

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

26 30 2 9 13 16 23 27 30 6 10 13 20 24 27 4 11 18

Day 3: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its fascinating historical sites, before travelling south through Connacht to Galway. (B) See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry M Walking tour including Bogside Murals

Summer 2014 Code: BBIR

2 6 9 16 20 23 30 3 6 13 17 20 27 1 4 11 18 25

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$345. Trip starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin.

World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Dublin Check-in to your hotel & this evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. (D)

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

Places visited Nightstops

Blarney Stone before arriving in Cork. (B,D) Visit Blarney, home of the Blarney Stone

Day 6: Cork to Kilkenny See the brightly coloured buildings of hill-side Cobh before reaching the medieval Kilkenny. (B,D) Entrance to the Port Heritage Centre, last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic See the Rock of Cashel See Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice’s Cathedral M Guided walking tour of Kilkenny

• ••

Day 7: Kilkenny to Dublin Dublin has so much to see & do, so take time to explore its vibrant mix of thriving markets, museums, cafés & enjoy the easy-going local hospitality. (B) See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square & St. Stephen’s Green

Day 8: Depart Dublin The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

cliffs of moher

Day 4: Galway Discover this quintessential Irish town where Gaelic is still spoken on the streets. Opt in for the chance to visit the stunning Aran Islands, a 40 minute boat ride away. (B,D) M Boat ride to the Aran Islands Day 5: Galway to Cork Spot the Cliffs of Moher then get the chance to kiss the famous

SCOTLAND & IRELAND 13 days From C$2279pp* C$176 per day HIGHLAND FLING? Add 5 days to your trip & get a slice of Scotland too. Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh Days 2-5: See Days 6-9 England & Scotland map, itinerary & sightseeing on p.59.

Day 6: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland. (B,D) Days 7-13: See Days 2-8 Ireland map, itinerary & sightseeing above. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Trip code: BBED Single supplement of C$595.

Visit contiki.com/scotland-ireland

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$245. See p.27 for details.

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superior SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Loch Ness 1

ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

1 WEST HIGHLANDS

St. Andrews

Stirling

NORTH SEA

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

backstage pass 1 YORK

IRISH SEA

liverpool 1

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

ENGLAND

Wales

LONDON 1

pay early & save up to C$180. See p.27 for details

7

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Liverpool Meet up with your Contiki team & take a London sightseeing tour before travelling to Liverpool, home of The Beatles. Tonight, get to know your group over dinner & maybe hit the town for a night out. (D) Beatles tour in Liverpool

Day 3: Liverpool to York Catch the endless rolling country views through the cute Peak District to one of England’s most historic cities, York. (B,RD) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower M Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

Day 8: Scottish Highlands to West Highlands See the stunning Isle of Skye, with its moors, mountains, lochs & sea cliffs. (B) See the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle Visit seaside town Portree See Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis

• ••

Day 9: West Highlands to Glasgow Visit historic Stirling before arriving in lively Glasgow, with its happening pubs & music scene. (B)

How much & when

• •

See Stirling Castle & the William Wallace Monument See George Square & the Glasgow City Chambers

Day 10: Depart Glasgow/ Train to London The trip ends after breakfast in Glasgow & it’s time to say farewell to your new found friends. Or if you’ve chosen to end in London, catch the train back down south where your trip ends upon arrival. (B)

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Day 4: York to Lake District This morning we make our way to Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. (B) Visit Bowness & see Lake Windermere

• •

Day 6: Edinburgh Spend a day exploring the city. Combining medieval & modern, its buildings are perched on top of hills, shadowed by cliffs & overlooking the sea. (B,D) Day 7: Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands Stop at the original home of golf - St. Andrews - on the way to the Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness. (B,D)

Start London

SCOTLAND 6 days From C$1085pp* C$181 per day JUST WANT SCOTLAND? Try everything Scottish on our 6 day trip. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Trip code: BBSC. Single supplement of C$279.

Visit contiki.com/ scotland

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SAVE

For more ways to save see p.27.

Finish Glasgow or London

C$ pp*

Finish Glasgow or London

C$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

26 30 2 9 13 16 23 27 30 6 10 13 20 24 27 4 11 18

1815 1815 1815 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWBR

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2014

2014 Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

Start London

27 Apr 3 Apr 17 Apr 24 May 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 26 Jun 29 Jun 5 Jun 9 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 23 Jul 26 Jul 3 ■ Jul 7 Jul 10 Jul

5 12 26 3 10 17 24 31 4 7 14 18 21 28 2 5 12 16 19

1679 1679 1679 1679 1719 1719 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759 1815 1815 1815

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

17 21 24 31 4 7 14 18 21 28 1 4 11 15 18 25 2 9

● ● ● ● ● ●

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Summer 2014 Code: BBBR

2014 Oct 17 Dec 5 Dec 19 Dec 27

Day 5: Lake District to Edinburgh Stop at Hadrian’s Wall & cross the border town of Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. (B) Entrance to Gretna Green Museum Driving city tour to see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace & the Royal Mile M Dinner with haggis & bagpipes

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

World Heritage sites visited

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

2015 Oct Dec Dec Jan

25 13 27 4

1475 1445 1485 1485

Jan 2 Feb 5 Mar 6

Jan 10 Feb 13 Mar 14

1485 1399 1399

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 - 10 days Single room supplement of C$455. WWBR - Winter 2014/15 - 9 days Single room supplement of C$379. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Glasgow or 2:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ■ Itinerary switched to Lake District on Day 3 & York on Day 4. Winter departures are 9 days long & feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in London,1 night in Liverpool, York 1 night, Edinburgh 2 nights, Scottish Highlands 1 night, Glasgow 1 night, Lake District 1 night. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

M High ropes course in the Lake District See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

choiCe

eilean donan castle

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

your

Visit contiki.com/england-scotland

1

12 meals: 8 hot breakfasts (B) 1 Regional Dinner: traditional English roast dinner in a local pub (RD) 3 three-course dinners (D)

day trips

From C$1679pp* C$168 per day SAVE

Northumberland National Park

Gretna Green

10 Days 2 countries

10 days

2 EDINBURGH

1 GLASGOW

london

Isle of Skye

Want to finish in London? Add C$180 to take the train from Glasgow to London.

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

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Larissa Wilson: Thank-you Contiki for making our Scotland/Ireland experience amazing! I will never forget the time we had & the awesome people we met. #NoRegrets.

EDINburgh

17 Days 5 countries From C$2679pp* C$158 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$290. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / SCOTLAND Northern ireland IRELAND WALES (in transit)

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1 Isle of Skye

Loch Ness

SCOTLAND

WEST 1 HIGHLANDS

ATLANTIC OCEAN

St. Andrews Stirling

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

Northumberland National Park

LONDON

LONDONDERRY 1

Gretna Green

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

Belfast

N.IRELAND

don’t miss Love a good view? We do. Take a walk up to Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh. This walk will reward you with the best views over the city & maybe some bagpipers to entertain you at the top.

REP. OF IRELAND

GALWAY 2

DUBLIN 2

day trips

london

Blarney

1 CORK

WALES

LONDON

Visit contiki.com/day-trips

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1 Liverpool

1 KILKENNY

It’s easy: book on arrival at Contiki’s Basement, London.

Visit contiki.com/britain-ireland

Holyhead

ENGLAND

Cliffs Of Moher

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.

1 YORK

IRISH SEA

1

7 1

Places visited Nightstops

World Heritage sites visited

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oyal family lovers, Nessie hunters & Guinness fans, your time has come! Experience English & Scottish heritage at its finest before heading off to Ireland. Kiss the Blarney Stone, check out Trinity College, & yes, taste some of the black nectar!

superior GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND scottish highlands

How much & when

dublin

17 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBUK Start London

Finish London

C$ pp*

2014 Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 2: London to Liverpool Meet up with your Contiki team & take a London sightseeing tour before travelling to the home of The Beatles, Liverpool. Tonight, get to know your group over dinner & maybe hit the town for a night out. (D) Beatles tour in Liverpool

Day 3: Liverpool to York Catch the endless rolling country views through the cute Peak District to one of England’s most historic cities, York. (B,RD) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower M Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

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Day 4: York to Lake District This morning we make our way to Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. (B) Visit Bowness & see Lake Windermere

Day 5: Lake District to Edinburgh Stop at Hadrian’s Wall & cross through the border town of Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. (B) Entrance to Gretna Green Museum Driving city tour to see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace & the Royal Mile

• •

Day 6: Edinburgh Spend a day exploring the city.Combining medieval & modern, its buildings are perched on top of hills, shadowed by cliffs & overlooking the sea. (B,D)

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Day 7: Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands Stop at the original home of golf - St. Andrews - on the way to the Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness. (B,D) Day 8: Scottish Highlands to West Highlands See the stunning Isle of Skye, with its moors, mountains, lochs & sea cliffs. (B) See the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle Visit seaside town Portree See Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis

• ••

Day 9: West Highlands to Glasgow Visit historic Stirling before arriving in lively Glasgow. (B) See Stirling Castle & the William Wallace Monument See George Square & the Glasgow City Chambers

• •

Day 10: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland, travelling through County Meath to Dublin. (B,D) Day 11: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of Belfast then we make our way to the walled city of Londonderry. (B) Day 12: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its fascinating historical sites, before travelling south through Connacht to Galway. (B) See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry M Locally guided walking tour including Bogside Murals

Day 13: Galway Discover the quintessential Irish town where Gaelic is still spoken on the streets. There’s also an option to visit the Aran Islands, a 40 minute boat ride away. (B,D) M Boat ride to the Aran Islands Day 14: Galway to Cork Spot the Cliffs of Moher then get the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone before arriving in Cork. (B,D) Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher Visit Blarney, home of the Blarney Stone

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Day 15: Cork to Kilkenny See the brightly coloured buildings of portside Cobh before reaching charming Kilkenny. (B,D) Entrance to the Port Heritage Centre, the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic See the Rock of Cashel See Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice’s Cathedral M Guided walking tour of Kilkenny

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2915 2915 2915 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815

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27 Apr 3 Apr 17 May 24 May 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 Jun 26 Jun 29 Jun 5 Jun 9 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jul 23 Jul 26 Jul 3 ■ Jul 7 Jul 10 Jul

12 19 3 10 17 24 31 7 11 14 21 25 28 5 9 12 19 23 26

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17 21 24 31 ● 4 ● 7 ● 14 ● 18 ● 21 ● 28 1 4 11 15 18 25 2 9

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$719. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00pm in London. This trip is a combination trip where clients who have booked the England & Scotland only section return to London on Day 10 & those who have booked the Ireland only section join on Day 10. ● These trips will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ■ Itinerary switched to Lake District on Day 3 & York on Day 4. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 16 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 23 meals: 15 hot breakfasts (B) 1 Regional Dinner: traditional English roast (RD) 7 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive 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 • Learn about the troubled history of Belfast on a locally guided tour • Visit Blarney Castle & kiss the famous Blarney Stone • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

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M High ropes course in the Lake District M Traditional dinner with haggis & bagpipes M Explore Hadrian’s wall

Day 16: Kilkenny to Dublin Return to Dublin where you can explore its thriving markets, museums, cafes & enjoy the easy-going local hospitality. (B) See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square & St. Stephen’s Green M Guinness Brewery Storehouse visit

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Day 17: Dublin to London We ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales & travel back to London where the trip ends upon arrival. (B)

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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 8 meals: 6 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

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Exclusive inclusions • Experience a famous West End musical in London • Discover Stonehenge & Bath on our day trip • ‘Paris by Night’ tour & head to the top of the Eiffel Tower • Guided tour of King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles • 300km/h high speed train trip (Amsterdam extension only) Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

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1335 1259 1259 1259 1285

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra charge. BBGE - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$379. WWGE - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$329. Trip starts 6:00pm in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Paris. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 - Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

M Guided tour of Stonehenge See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner & a stroll through Covent Garden. (D) Walking tour to see Soho, Covent Garden & some of London’s West End

Days 2-3: London Get set for a couple of action packed days - see the city’s traditional icons, take a day trip to architecturally beautiful Bath & mysterious Stonehenge & catch a West End musical. There’s free time to shop, explore vibrant neighbourhoods, or perhaps choose to catch a bird’s eye view of it all from the London Eye. (B)(B) Sightseeing tour of London See Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge Visit the old Roman town of Bath Experience a traditional English pub

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1 day pass on the London Underground M Visit to the Roman Baths & audio guided tour Day 4: London to Paris Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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Days 5-6: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city

for two whole days & find magic, romance & history in everything from the breezy boulevards & impressive monuments, to the great works of art & magic lights. Take a trip to the illustrious Palace of Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. (B)(B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & three-course dinner

Day 7: Depart Paris The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say “au revoir” to your new friends. (B)

PARIS

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LONDON N & PARIS

Summer 2014 Code: BBGP

9 Days 2 countries From C$1535pp* C$171 per day Visit contiki.com/london-paris-plus

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.62. Days 7-8: Paris Check out this avant-garde city for a couple more days. Using your included Metro pass, shop in stylish boutiques for the

hottest Parisian fashions, peruse world-renowned museums like the Louvre or the Pompidou Centre & savour delicious gourmet food. Or day trip to a nearby attraction like Disneyland Paris, the Champagne region, or the Monet gardens in Giverny. (B)(B)

2-day pass on the Paris Metro

Day 9: Depart Paris The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “au revoir” to your new friends. (B) Please note: The Paris extension section of this trip is unescorted.

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. BBGP - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$465. WWGP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$405.

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9 Days 4 countries From C$1745pp* C$194 per day Itinerary & Sightseeing

Days 7-8: Paris to Amsterdam Hop on the train & head to the Netherlands’ free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam.

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Check out the museums, cool cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Grab a bike & hit the streets to explore like the locals. (B)(B) Transfer to station & train to Amsterdam Transfer to Amsterdam hotel 2-day public transport pass

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Day 9: Depart Amsterdam The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: You’ll travel independently by train & will be met by a Contiki Representative in Amsterdam & transferred to your hotel. Your stay in Amsterdam is unescorted.

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backstage pass Paris extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Amsterdam extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Train journey & transfer to hotel Rome extension: 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Flight to Rome & transfer to hotel All other inclusions:

20 27 3 17 24 31 14 21 28 5

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWGA Visit contiki.com/london-amsterdam

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. BBGA - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$495. WWGA - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$459.

10 meals: (Paris extension) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) 10 meals: (Amsterdam) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) 11 meals: (Rome) 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team (days 1-7) Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging (days 1-7) Sightseeing tours in London & Paris Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

Exclusive inclusions Summer 2014 Code: BBGR Start London

LON NDON & PARIS

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10 Days 3 countries From C$1885pp* C$189 per day Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 7: Paris to Rome Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome. Check-in to the hotel, then head out & explore. (B) Transfer to airport & flight to Rome

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Transfer to Rome hotel 3-day pass on the Rome Metro

Days 8-9: Rome Use your Metro pass to get out & see the ancient sights of the “Eternal City”, from the Vatican to the Colosseum. Hit the shops for some sophisticated Italian fashion & gorge on delicious gelato. (B)(B)

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Day 10: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: You’ll travel independently by plane & will be met by a Contiki Representative in Rome & transferred to your hotel. Your stay in Rome is unescorted.

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Italy Vatican City

Switzerland

Slovenia Lake Garda Verona

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2 FLORENCE Chianti Region Apennine Mountains

Italy is a haven for shopaholics, so get a true fix at Via Cola di Rienzo in the Prati area, Rome. With mainstream & boutiques it’s ideal for all budgets & tastes.

Arthistory2012: Best vacation ever. Worth every penny, and more. Great value, food, sights, and people! The age range ADRIATIC SEA was perfect – so easy to make friends.

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Mt. Vesuvius

Use low cost airlines to fly to Athens this trip will Mix & Match with Greek Island Hopping p.88-89.

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You’ll save C$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27.

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iao Italia! Foodies, culture lovers & romantics, this one’s for you. Call out ‘Romeo, Romeo’ in Verona or shop like a pro in Florence. Explore the wonders of the Colosseum, the Vatican & Lake Garda. And pizza, guaranteed.

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amalfi coast

12 days

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & this afternoon meet your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers. (RD) Day 2: Rome to Sorrento Travel south towards the home of pizza, Naples. Later, we’ll reach Sorrento, where you’ll enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the stunning bay. (B,RD) See Mt. Vesuvius Scenic coastal drive to Sorrento

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Day 3: Capri Excursion Chill out on the Isle of Capri. Be amazed at the natural beauty, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals. (B) M Boat cruise around the beautiful Isle of Capri (summer departures only) Day 4: Sorrento to Florence From postcard perfect Sorrento, pass through rural Umbria & Tuscany’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. (B,RD) Local wine tasting in the Chianti region

Day 5: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, explore at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

Day 7: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. An optional gondola ride is a must! (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Guided walking tour

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Day 8: Venice to Milan via Lake Garda Leave the floating city behind before it’s all about the capital of fashion, Milan. (B) Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda

Day 9: Milan to Italian Riviera Take in the beauty of the region & indulge in tasty local food & wine in the seaside setting of the Cinque Terre. (B) Visit Monterosso & Portovenere along the Cinque Terre Cruise (weather permitting) & train along the scenic coast

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ROME

Day 10: Italian Riviera to Rome Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder then cross the Appenine Mountains on the road to Rome (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

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Day 11: Rome 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 Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City M Guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 12: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$679. WWSY - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$679. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 15 meals: 11 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: pizza making experience & local trattoria dining (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Guided tour of a Tuscan Winery with Chianti & antipasto • Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums • Cruise along the coastal towns of the Cinque Terre (summer departures only) • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Enjoy a glass of Prosecco overlooking the Bay of Naples • Experience local Venetian artisans at work Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals rome

M Guided tour of the ancient city of Pompeii M Gondola ride in Venice See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

VENICE

Day 6: Florence to Venice Say ‘arriverderci’ to Florence, before professing your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona. Next up: the canals & gondolas of Venice. (B,RD) See Juliet’s Balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

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Try I Due Fratellini. This hole in the wall (literally) offers Florence’s best lunch on the go. Think sandwiches for €2-3 & glasses of wine on wooden racks. Bellisimo.

See more & save more! Use low cost airlines to fly to Greece. This trip will Mix & Match with Greek Island Hopping p.88-89 trip, or Spotlight on Greece p.90-91. Or head to Berlin & connect with the Eastern Road trip p.76-77. You’ll save C$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27

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Jillybean511: I went on the Italian Expresso last week and it was the best trip ever. I will def travel with Contiki again.

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

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Pisa Chianti Region San Gimignano

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ust like an espresso. Short, intense & packed with flavour. Uncover the best of Italy in just 8 days – art, shopping, history & maybe a gondola ride or two, you can do it all & more.

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8 days

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & this afternoon meet your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers. Then it’s time to hit the streets for some sightseeing of Italy’s ancient capital city. (RD) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 2: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B) M Guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum Day 3: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B,RD) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City

M Delicious Tuscan feast with Chianti wine Day 5: Florence Enjoy a day trip out to the hills of the rustic Chianti region for wine tasting & a stop in medieval San Gimignano - the quintessential Tuscan town. (B) Day 6: Florence to Venice Pick up some designer threads at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino. Later, profess your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before arriving in fairytale Venice. (B,RD) Day 7: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways, grand squares, art-filled palazzos, boutiques, bars & markets.

See the art of Venetian glass blowing, then an optional gondola ride is a must while you’re here! (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride

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Day 8: Depart Venice/Rome The trip ends after breakfast in Venice & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a free transfer back to Rome where your trip ends upon arrival. (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.

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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).

BBHI - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$469.

7 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 10 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 3 Regional Dinners: pizza making experience & local trattoria dining (RD)

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Guided tour of a Tuscan Winery with Chianti & antipasto

WWHI - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$515. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price.

• Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

For more ways to save see p.27.

• Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Venice or approx 6:00pm in Rome.

• Experience local Venetian artisans at work

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163.

Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

PISA

ME TIME optionals M Roman dinner in Rome M Nightclub entry & drink in Florence M Venetian dinner with regional wines in Venice See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 4: Florence Uncover the amazing masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, Florence. Shop along the Ponte Vecchio or wrap your lips around some fine Tuscan cuisine before hitting up the Florentine nightlife. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration

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AmyBlake(: Spanish Spree was an awesome 2-week tour of the lively culture of Spain, with a mix of history, partying, shopping and relaxing.... Would I recommend it? Si! ATLANTIC OCEAN

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See more & save more! Use low cost airlines to fly to Italy & Greece. This trip will Mix & Match with Simply Italy p.64-65, or Greek Island Hopping p.88-89. You’ll save C$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27.

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hat’s the perfect blend of sun soaked beaches, awesome architecture & ridiculously tasty food? We’re talking the golden sands of Ibiza, Gaudi’s creations & tapas, tapas, tapas. Obviously it’s the Spanish Spree!

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Madrid Check-in to your hotel & explore the country’s capital, full of diverse neighbourhoods & lively plazas. Later, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travellers. (RD) Day 2: Madrid It’s easy to get hooked on this city that blends traditional culture with new vitality in everything from shopping & food to arts & culture. (B) Tour the Royal Palace with a local guide (Royal Palace tour may be substituted with a tour of the Prado)

Day 3: Madrid to Bilbao Head north to Segovia with its Roman Aqueduct & Alcazar fortress before continuing to Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Art Museum. (B,RD) Day 4: Bilbao to Pamplona Swim & shop in the beach resort of San Sebastian before heading to Pamplona, home of the Running of the Bulls. (B) Day 5: Pamplona to Barcelona Soak up the Baroque city of Zaragoza before we make our way to the buzzing city of Barcelona. (B,RD) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 7: Barcelona to Ibiza It’s time to party! Board your flight to the world-famous island of sun, sand & sounds. (B) Day 8: Ibiza Relax on Ibiza’s beaches & soak up the sunshine or get into some watersports before heading out into the island’s unbeatable nightlife. (B) Visit Ibiza’s town & beaches

Day 9: Ibiza to Granada This morning it’s a fast ferry to the mainland, before reaching Granada. (B,D) Day 10: Granada Take a trip back in time in this city, full of atmosphere & soaked in history. Explore the fabled palace, feel the lively culture on the streets & sample some tapas & real sangria. (B) M Guided tour of the Moorish Quarter of Albaicin, Capilla Real & La Cartuja plus a visit to La Cartuja Monastery Day 11: Granada to Seville Wind along the Costa del Sol & see the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop in Gibraltar before arriving in Seville. (B)

Scenic drive past Marbella & Malaga M Visit the Rock of Gibraltar

Day 12: Seville to Cordoba Take your time in laid-back Seville before we reach lively Cordoba, soaked in history & serving up old-world atmosphere, time-worn lanes & famously beautiful streets.(B) See the Cathedral, Alcazar & Plaza de Espana in Seville

Day 13: Cordoba to Madrid Hit the road & travel to the hill-top town of Toledo. With its mix of mosques, churches & medieval buildings, this gorgeous town is known by the locals as the “Imperial City”. After, we return to Madrid. (B) See the Alcazar fortress & Gothic cathedral in Toledo M Castillian dinner with local wines

Day 14: Depart Madrid Your trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include internal airfares. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/spain. Included flights: Prices above include the land tour & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the tour start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.164 for important info. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$939. WWEH - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$685. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. ● These trips will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 2 nights in Madrid, Bilbao 1 night, Pamplona 1 night, Barcelona 2 nights, Valencia 1 night, Granada 2 nights, Seville 2 nights, Cordoba 1 night, Madrid 1 night. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 13 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 17 meals: 13 continental breakfasts (B) 3 Regional Dinners: local tapas feast in Barcelona & regional feasts in our favourite local spots (RD) 1 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

Exclusive inclusions • Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour • Catch a flight to Ibiza & check out its famous clubs & beaches • Locally guided tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace • Learn about the history of Spanish culture & architecture at the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Locally guided tour of Seville’s famous sights M Explore Barcelona on a locally guided bike tour M Visit the Valley of the Fallen in Madrid See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Day 6: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on our included sightseeing tour. It’s a mix of food, fiesta, fashion & fun. (B) M Barcelona Flamenco dance show & dinner

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8 Days 1 countrY From C$1225pp* C$154 per day SAVE

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EGYPT

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Cruise the Nile in style! With luxury cabins, with private showers, WC, TVs & aircon. The ship features a pool, sun deck, loungers, bars & party areas.

Visit contiki.com/egypt

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ant to walk like an Egyptian, cruise the Nile & explore the Pyramids all in one week? You got it! Temples, Sphinxes, traditional felucca sailboats, this trip has it all. So grab your best Egyptian head dress & let’s go!

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Finish Cairo

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cairo Check-in to the hotel & explore Egypt’s buzzing capital city for the afternoon. At 7:00pm, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travellers. Day 2: Cairo to Aswan Step into this intense, 24/7 city where ancient meets modern all in one shot. A local guide will take you back to ancient Egypt & the time of the Pharaohs. Stare in awe at the Sphinx & the monumental Pyramids of Giza before boarding the overnight train to Aswan. (B,D) Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo M Light & sound show at the Pyramids

Day 3: Nile Cruise - Aswan Unwind in the beautiful riverside setting of Egypt’s sunniest city. Enjoy its laid back take on life & distinctive African atmosphere. Opt to take a tour of Aswan to see the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam. After being treated to a ride on a traditional felucca sailboat, kick back & listen to Nubian music, eat some freshly caught fish, or explore the souk, full of spices, perfumes, scarves & baskets. (B,L,D)

Then cruise on down the Nile River with a stop at the unique temple in Kom Ombo en route to the friendly city of Edfu. (B,L,D) M View Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods M Visit Abu Simbel’s Temple of Ramses II Day 5: Nile Cruise - Edfu to Luxor Wind through the commercial & religious centre of Edfu to its most famous attraction, the Temple of Horus the Avenger. Later, we set sail & meander up the Nile to Luxor, where we’ll literally walk like an Egyptian on a stroll up the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes. (B,L,D) Day 6: Luxor to Hurghada Be amazed by the sheer volume of famous monuments around Luxor, including the

Valley of the Kings before we hit beachside Hurghada. Maybe do some shopping, chill at the beach & get into the city’s many bars, restaurants & cool nightlife. (B) See the the Colossos of Memnon M Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak

Day 7: Hurghada to Cairo Today it’s back to Cairo for some last minute shopping. Tonight, enjoy our farewell dinner & a final night on the town. (B,D) Day 8: Depart Cairo The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 2014 Single room supplement of C$429. WTEG - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$369. Note: Single room supplement does not apply to night 2. Overnight train cabins are twin-share only. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

CAIRO

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share accommodation: 3 nights in hotels 1 night twin-berth sleep couchette train (Cairo to Aswan) 3 night Nile Cruise 15 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Egyptian Tour Manager Coach transfers Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes & service charges Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival

Exclusive inclusions • Locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza • Tour the Valley of the Kings with a local Egyptian expert • Sit back & chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat • See local villages, ancient sites & stunning scenery on your three-night Nile cruise Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam in Aswan M Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu M Visit a traditional Egyptian village in Luxor See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 4: Nile Cruise - Aswan to Edfu Today consider taking an optional visit to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel – the most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture.

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CINQUE TERRE

13 Days 5 countrIES From C$1949pp* C$150 per day SAVE

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ow do you like the sound of azure blue waters, Riviera boutiques & a spot of flamenco dancing? Into it? We thought so. Throw in a few iconic landmarks, some super yachts & a casino or two & voilà, Mediterranean Highlights!

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Itinerary & Sightseeing (Start Madrid) Day 1: Arrive Madrid Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later meet your Tour Manager & fellow travellers for dinner. (RD) Day 2: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. (B) Day 3: Madrid to Barcelona Stop in Baroque Zaragoza for lunch before heading towards Barcelona. (B,RD) See Zaragoza’s monumental cathedral

Day 4: Barcelona This sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour - it’s food, fiesta, fashion & fun! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

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Day 5: Barcelona to Avignon Travel through the charming Provence region to graceful Avignon. (B) See the Papal Palace

Day 6: Avignon to French Riviera Stop in Aix-en-Provence, then it’s on to the glamorous French

Riviera. Tonight Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit a French perfumery Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

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Day 7: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,RD) Day 8: French Riviera to Pisa Enter the Cinque Terre region & explore the colourful cliff-side villages, before reaching Pisa. (B) Visit the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere

Day 9: Pisa to Florence Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa & roll through Tuscany to Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica

Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry & one drink

Day 11: Florence to Rome Enjoy a break in medieval San Gimignano. Then pass through rural Umbria on the road to Rome. (B,RD) Day 12: Rome Visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel, then tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum of history, from the Vatican to the Colosseum. (B) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

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Day 13: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Itinerary & Sightseeing (Start Rome) Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & travel mates. (RD) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 2: Rome Visit the Sistine Chapel & tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’. (B) See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 3: Rome to Florence Discover medieval San Gimignano, then head to Renaissance Florence. (B)

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Visit the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 6: Italian Riviera to French Riviera Explore colourful cliff-side villages before heading to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,RD) Day 7: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, it’s Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

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Day 4: Florence Get the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry & one drink

Day 8: French Riviera to Avignon Through charming Provence, stop for lunch in Aix-en-Provence, then continue on to Avignon. (B) Visit a French perfumery Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur See the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence See Avignon’s Papal Palace

Day 5: Florence to Italian Riviera Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then enter the unspoiled Cinque Terre region. (B)

Day 9: Avignon to Barcelona Wind along the Mediterranean coast through the Pyrénées Mountains to vibrant Barcelona. (B,RD)

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Day 10: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on our included sightseeing tour. It’s a mix of food, fiesta, fashion & fun. (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

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Day 11: Barcelona to Madrid See Baroque Zaragoza with a lunch stop as we head to buzzing Madrid. (B,RD) See Zaragoza’s monumental cathedral

Day 12: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. (B) Day 13: Depart Madrid It’s time to say farewell, your trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

How much & when

13 days

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBMD - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$905. WWMD - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$759. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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Exclusive inclusions • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Cruise along the stunning, colourful coastal towns of the Cinque Terre (summer departures only) • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums • Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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). BBDM - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$905. WWDM - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$759. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

ME TIME optionals M Delicious feast in the Tuscan hills See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Day trip to Capri • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & art of the Vatican • A locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of Pompeii See itinerary & visit contiki.com 

Day 2: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Today really get a taste for Roman Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the ancient Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B) See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City M Imperial tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry 13 meals: 9 continental breakfasts (B) 3 Regional Dinners: pizza making experience & local trattoria dining (RD) 1 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

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Day 3: Rome to Sorrento Travel south past Naples, the true home of pizza, to the beautiful resort town of Sorrento. Tonight,

sip a glass of Prosecco like a true local, and if you’re up for it, opt to dine on a terrace overlooking the ocean with a view of massive Mt. Vesuvius. (B) See the Bay of Naples & Mt. Vesuvius

Day 4: Capri day trip Chill out, Capri-style. Be amazed at the natural beauty here, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or people watch the glamorous visitors as you sip on a café al fresco with the locals. (B,RD) Day 5: Sorrento to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross Italy & board the overnight ferry…next up: Greece! (B,D) Scenic drive along the coast

Days 6-7: Corfu Get into some water sports, shop or simply soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise at

our resort! It’s all about the best ways to relax. (B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town M Caique cruise in Corfu

Day 8: Corfu to Athens Leave island life behind & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. (B,RD) Day 9: Athens Sightsee the ancient wonders like the Acropolis, hit the shops for some bargains & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Day 10: Depart Athens Swap details with your group, the trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

ATHENS

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$509 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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MEDIITERR RANEAN TRAIL

How much & when

+ GR G EEK EE EK ISLA IS SL LA AND HOP OPPIIN OPPI NG G

easypace

21 Days 3 countries

C$ pp*

2014 May Jun Jun Jul

From C$3999pp* C$191 per day

AEGEAN SEA CORINTH CANAL

Piraeus GREECE

1

Finish Athens

Places visited IONIAN Nightstops SEA Feature Hotel night

2 ATHENS MYKONOS 3 IOS 3 SANTORINI 3

Visit contiki.com/trail-island

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 10: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 11: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 12-13: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 14: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek

island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 15-16: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery & sunsets. (B)(B) Day 17: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 18-19: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 20: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B)

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014

21 C Jun 9 4 Jun 24 25 Jul 15 2 C Jul 21

3935 3999 3999 4035

Jul 23 C Aug 11 Aug 6 Aug 26 Sep 3 C Sep 22

4035 3999 3935

pay early & save up to C$400. See p.27 for details

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

2895 2895 2895 2895 2965

easypace

2014

13 Days 4 countries

AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Athens GREECE

Mykonos

Patmos

Crete

Places visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 11: Kusadasi Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar Before it’s off to Patmos. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

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World Heritage sites visited

Day 12: Crete to Santorini Wake up to Greece’s biggest island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Day 13: Arrival into Athens Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B)

May 21 Jun 4 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 2 16 30 7 14

2665 2665 2665 2665 2725

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

9 23 6 20 3

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

21 4 18 1 15

2965 2965 2895 2830 2895

2725 2725 2665 2599 2665

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL + 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

13 days

Kusadasi

Santorini

Day 10: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, then later, we’ll set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S)

5

superior

Summer 2014 Code: METCG3

+ 3 DA AY GR G EE EEK K IS SLA LAND L AND A CRUI CRUISE E

Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

19 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:  Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 16 nights in hotels 27 meals: 20 continental breakfasts (B), 3 Regional Dinners (RD), 4 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions see p.74

easypace

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL

Visit contiki.com/trail3

backstage pass

For full details, see contiki.com.

How much & when

From C$2665pp* C$205 per day

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

21 days

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$1035 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: METIHC Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Days 1 & 21 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

SAVE

Day 21: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast. (B)

Start Rome

easypace

Start Rome

1

superior

Summer 2014 Code: METIH

For a full itinerary, inclusions & cool ways to spend your free time, check out contiki.com.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$275. See p.27 for details.

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/trail3. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$609 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$669 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. For more ways to save see p.27. 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 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

backstage pass 12 nights twin or triple-share accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry: 8 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 25 meals: 12 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) 3 Regional Dinners (RD) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.74

6 World Heritage sites visited

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DemiAnn: I would definitely recommend this tour because it is the perfect way to discover Eastern Europe. I wouldn’t change a thing!

BERLIN

easypace

13 Days 6 countries From C$2255pp* C$174 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$235. See p.27 for details

Germany / Czech Republic Austria / HUNGARY SLOVakia / POLAND

PRAGUE

don’t miss  A cocktail at Hotel U Prince in Prague. With 360 degree views over the city of spires, it’s the perfect place to spend an evening.

choiCe

your

BALTIC SEA NORTH SEA

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

Belarus

WARSAW 2

BERLIN 2 Netherlands

POLAND GERMANY Czestochowa

Dresden

Belgium

Auschwitz

2 KRAKOW

there

getting

2 PRAGUE Getting to & from the start & end destinations is easy. There are international flights that fly directly to these destinations, or budget airlines to & from London. Visit skyscanner.net for the best deals & options.

Kutna Hora

6 World Heritage sites visited

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SLOVAKIA

France

Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 2 AUSTRIA

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

HUNGARY 1

Visit contiki.com/eastern-road

Ukraine

CZECH REP

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

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W

ho isn’t talking about Eastern Europe right now? And with its pumping nightlife, intriguing culture & incredible food, it’s no surprise. Join the conversation as you visit Berlin, Prague, Budapest & Krakow… you’ll soon get the hype.

superior easypace

EASTERN ROAD BERLIN

How much & when

PRAGUE

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBRH Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

C$ pp*

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD) Day 2: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & the historic Reichstag building See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• •

Day 3: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• • • •

Day 4: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) M Nuclear bunker tour Day 5: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside via small town Kutná Hora to Austria’s

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cultured capital, Vienna, home to Mozart’s music & of course, strudel! (B) See the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 6: Vienna Spend some time exploring the city today. Head to the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (zoo), the Belvedere Palace, or one of the city’s many fantastic art galleries. If relaxing is more your vibe, then this beautiful city is perfect for strolling – stopping for some delicious pastries & coffee along the way. (B) M Classical music concert & dinner Day 7: Vienna to Budapest Cross into Hungary & enjoy the café scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Evening river cruise & dinner

Day 8: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & the bustling Pest. (B) Day 9: Budapest to Krakow Go north through Slovakia & stop for lunch in picturesque Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. (B,RD) Visit the town square & see the black obelisk in Banska Bystrica

M Guided tour of the amazing salt mines Day 11: Krakow to Warsaw Take a sobering guided tour of Auschwitz & view the famous “Black Madonna” in Częstochowa en route to Warsaw. (B) Entrance & guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps See the monastery at Jasna Góra

• •

27 11 25 8 22 29 13

Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

C$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

2389 2315 2255 2255 2315 2315 2315

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

9 23 6 20 4 11 25

2255 2255 2315 2315 2315 2315 2389

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 3 17 24 7 14 21

1 15 29 5 19 26 3

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$575 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

PRAGUE

Day 12: Warsaw Immerse yourself in the impressive cultural scene, thriving nightlife & intriguing attractions of Poland’s revitalized capital. (B,RD) Guided sightseeing of the Old Town, St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Chopin’s park & the Warsaw Ghetto

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, dine at our favourite taverna in Prague, a delicious local meal in Krakow & a Polish feast in Warsaw (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw • A moving experience - locally guided tours of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps

Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Day 13: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The trip ends after breakfast in Warsaw & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. Or catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your trip ends upon arrival. (B)

ME TIME optionals M M M M

Schnaps museum visit & tasting Eye Spy Berlin tour Budapest Parliament tour Traditional Czech dinner & entertainment See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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

BUDAPEST

backstage pass

2014

BERLIN

Day 10: Krakow Wander through the lively market stalls & pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. (B) Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill

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easypace

9 Days 3 countries

BERLIN 3 Poland

Netherlands

From C$1369pp* C$153 per day

Dresden

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP

5

SAVE

GERMANY

Belgium

pay early & save up to C$180. See p.27 for details

Slovakia

France

VIENNA 2

World Heritage sites visited

AUSTRIA Switz

Visit contiki.com/berlin-vienna

1

How much & when

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 11 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 3 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, at our favourite tavern in Prague & a traditional feast in Vienna (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert (summer departures only) • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St. Vitus’ Cathedral & more on our guided walking tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

Summer 2014 Code: BBBV Start Berlin

Finish Vienna

C$ pp*

Finish Vienna

C$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

1689 1735 1775 1775 1775 1835

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 27 10 7 14 28

1835 1835 1775 1735 1775 1775

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWBV

w

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

12 10 31 21 28 5

2014 20 18 8 29 6 13

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

18 1 8 29 13 27 30

Start Berlin

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

12 19 2 30 6 20

2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

26 9 16 7 21 4 7

1435 1409 1409 1409 1409 1455 1455

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

11 25 22 16 30

1455 1455 1369 1369 1395

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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). BBBV - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$439. WWBV - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$359. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Vienna. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

M Schnaps museum visit & tasting M Eye Spy Berlin tour M Nuclear bunker tour in Prague See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Places visited Nightstops

Italy

Hungary

Slovenia

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore Germany’s über-cool capital city. At 5:00pm meet up with your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (RD) Days 2-3: Berlin Take a couple of days to savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• • • •

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare,

like bratwurst, & wash it down with a stein of good German beer in Dresden. Then it’s off south to Prague, an evermodernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

• •

Days 5-6: Prague The next two days are yours to snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M Scenic river cruise along the Vltava with lunch

• •

Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,RD) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you in the city once home to Mozart. You’ll enjoy wandering through this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, lively cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, delicious strudel! (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert & dinner Day 9: Depart Vienna Time to swap email addresses & say goodbye to your new Contiki buddies as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

PRAGUE

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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superior easypace

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST

11 days

easypace

11 Days 5 countries

backstage pass

BERLIN 3

GERMANY

From C$1565pp* C$143 per day

Dresden

10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

6

France

SAVE

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

Poland

pay early & save up to C$215. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

Bratislava

VIENNA 2

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

Switz

Visit contiki.com/berlin-budapest

PRAGUE

1

HUNGARY

Places visited Nightstops

14 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, dine at our favourite taverna in Prague, a Viennese experience in Vienna & a Hungarian feast on a Danube River cruise (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Croatia

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD) Days 2-3: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You can shop the cool markets & trendy shops or take a break at a cafe for some people watching. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War memorial, Bradenburg Gate & historic Reichstag Take in the commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour of the city

Summer 2014 Code: BBIT Start Berlin

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare, like bratwurst, & wash it down with a stein of German beer in Dresden. Then we head to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

Days 5-6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• •

C$ pp*

Finish Budapest

C$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul

1999 2055 2109 2109 2109 2179

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

22 29 12 9 16 30

2179 2179 2109 2109 2109 2109

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWIT

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2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

• • • •

Finish Budapest

12 10 31 21 28 5

2014 22 20 10 1 8 15

2014

M Nuclear bunker tour Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,RD) See the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city. Spend the day experiencing its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! You can opt for a taste of the city’s legendary music scene at a Mozart & Strauss concert. (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Day 9: Vienna to Budapest Hit up three capital cities today! From Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia & then onto the lively arts, café & music scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B)

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• •

Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, & Michael’s Gate with its Baroque tower

Day 10: Budapest All your senses are surrounded today by the history of this fascinating centuries-old city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Later, enjoy an amazing dinner of local specialities & a scenic river cruise tonight. (B,RD) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Guided tour of the Parliament Building

Day 11: Depart Budapest It’s time to say goodbye to your new-found friends this morning as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 11 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

18 1 8 29 13 27 30

Start Berlin

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

12 19 2 30 6 20

2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

28 11 18 9 23 6 9

1635 1615 1615 1615 1615 1665 1665

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

13 27 24 18 1

1665 1665 1565 1565 1595

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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). BBIT - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$525. WWIT - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$415. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert (summer departures only) • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St Vitus’ Cathedral & more on a locally guided walking tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Schnaps museum visit & tasting M Eye Spy Berlin tour M Budapest Parliament tour See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

vienna

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

24/09/2013 11:02


BER RLIN & PRAGU UE

How much & when

easypace

Summer 2014 Code: BBBP

backstage pass 6 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

Start Berlin

7 Days 2 countries

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing trips of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2 World Heritage sites visited SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$140. See p.27 for details

Poland

BERLIN 3

From C$1089pp* C$156 per day

GERMANY Dresden

3 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Austria

BERLIN Switz

Visit contiki.com/berlin-prague

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

• •

Day 1: Arrive Berlin. Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm, meet your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD)

See the artwork at the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking trip of the city

Days 2-3: Berlin. Savour the mix of old & new in this changing city. Find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War memorial, Bradenburg Gate & Reichstag

Day 4: Berlin to Prague. Bite into some local German fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

• •

C$ pp*

Finish Prague

C$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

1299 1339 1375 1375 1375 1419

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

18 25 8 5 12 26

1419 1419 1375 1375 1375 1375

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWBP

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2014

8 meals: 6 continental breakfasts (B) 2 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin & dine at our favourite taverna in Prague (RD) An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Finish Prague

Days 5-6: Prague. Discover Gothic architecture & enjoy the beer in this medieval city. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M World War II bunker trip

• •

Day 7: Depart Prague. Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

For a more detailed itinerary, see p.79. Make the most of your free time with ME TIME optionals

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

12 10 31 21 28 5

2014 18 16 6 27 4 11

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

18 1 8 29 13 27 30

Start Berlin

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

12 19 2 30 6 20

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24 7 14 5 19 2 5

1139 1125 1125 1125 1125 1155 1155

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

9 23 20 14 28

1155 1155 1089 1089 1109

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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). BBBP - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$335. WWBP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$285. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Prague. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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VIENNA & BU UDAPE EST backstage pass 4 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing trips of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

3 World Heritage sites visited SAVE

For more ways to save see p.27.

Start Vienna

Poland

Czech Rep

From C$875pp* C$175 per day

Germany

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY Italy

Slovenia Croatia Serbia

BUDAPEST

Visit contiki.com/vienna-budapest

ADRIATIC SEA

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Vienna. Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD) Day 2: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city. Experience its music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! You can opt for a taste of the city’s legendary music scene at a Mozart & Strauss concert. (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert

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Finish Budapest

C$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul

1065 1125 1125 1125 1159 1159

2014

5 Days 3 countries

6 meals: 4 continental breakfasts (B) 2 Regional Dinners: a Viennese experience in Vienna & a Hungarian feast on a Danube River cruise (RD) An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Summer 2014 Code: BBVB

Day 3: Vienna to Budapest. Hit up three capital cities today! From Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia & then on to Budapest, experience the lively arts, café & music scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B) Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, & Michael’s Gate with its Baroque Tower

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Day 4: Budapest. Explore this fascinating city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Tonight enjoy a dinner of local specialities

& a scenic river cruise. (B,RD) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Guided trip of the Parliament Building

Day 5: Depart Budapest. Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) For a more detailed itinerary, see p.79. Make the most of your free time with ME TIME optionals

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

18 16 6 27 4 11

Start Vienna

Finish Budapest

C$ pp*

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1159 1159 1095 1125 1125 1125

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18 25 8 5 12 26

22 29 12 9 16 30

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24 7 14 5 19

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2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

28 11 18 9 23

909 895 895 895 925

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2 5 9 23 20 14 28

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

6 9 13 27 24 18 1

925 925 925 875 875 889 889

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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). BBVB - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of C$275. WWVB - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of C$225. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY

10 days

Gallipoli

1 CANAKKALE Troy

TURKEY

110 0D Days ays countries 2c ountries

GREECE

CORINTH CANAL

Athens

IZMIR 1 KUSADASI 1

From C$1899pp* C$190 per day pay early & save up to C$190. See p.27 for details

Visit contiki.com/odyssey

PAMUKKALE 1 Ephesus

Patmos

6

SAVE

backstage pass

Pergamum AEGEAN SEA

Hieropolis

PAMUKKALE

1

Places visited Nightstops

9 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 6 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 21 meals: 9 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 7 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S)

Santorini Rhodes

World Heritage sites visited

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

An experienced & professional Turkish Tour Manager, Driver & on-board cruise representative

Crete

Modern air-conditioned coach

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Istanbul, a busy metropolis where East literally meets West. (D)

ISTANBUL

Day 4: Canakkale to Izmir Tread among the legendary ruins of Troy, setting to Homer’s “Iliad” & “Odyssey.” Journey along Turkey’s beautiful coastline to see the ancient city of Pergamum. Tonight we stay in Homer’s birthplace of Izmir & enjoy the buzzing nightlife. (B,D) Scenic mountain drive to Pergamum, ancient capital of Asia Minor M Guided trip of the centuriesold ruins

Day 5: Izmir to Pamukkale Today there’s your chance to see the ancient spa town of Hieropolis & opt for a relaxing

Summer 2014 Code: BBSL

Sightseeing trips of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 May 14 Jun 18 Jul 2 Jul 16

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Nightly entertainment on the cruise

Start Finish Istanbul Athens

Day 2: Istanbul You’ll see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city. There’s the opportunity to go local & take a traditional Turkish bath or for something really different, try an optional dinner complete with belly dancing! (B) Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace & Suleymaniye Mosque M Dinner & belly dancing Day 3: Istanbul to Canakkale Pay your respects as you take a pilgrimage to the historic Gallipoli battlefields, before boarding a ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

How much & when

soak in the famous hot, bubbly pools of Pamukkale. (B,D) M Visit to the site of the thermal pools & hot springs Day 6: Pamukkale to Kusadasi Get a feel for ancient Roman life in the classical city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities on the beautiful Mediterranean. Later, explore the port town of Kusadasi. (B) Visit a Turkish carpet factory See Kusadasi’s shopping bazaar & promenade

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Day 7: Kusadasi to Rhodes Board your cruise ship & set sail to Rhodes via Patmos in the Greek Islands. (B,D,S) Day 8: Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring medieval towns & cool little shops or relaxing on the stunning beaches. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes M Trip of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes

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Day 9: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its famous blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira M Guided trip of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

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Start Finish Istanbul Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 May 23 Jun 27 Jul 11 Jul 25

2079 2125 2175 2175

1899 1939 1985 1985

Jul 30 Aug 13 Sep 17

Aug 8 Aug 22 Sep 26

2175 2079 2125

1985 1899 1939

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/odyssey. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$495 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$549 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 7:00pm in Istanbul & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

Exclusive inclusions • Visit the Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge & Spice Markets in Istanbul • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • See one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World - a locally guided trip of Ephesus Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Volcano Boat trip in Santorini M Turkish bath experience See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 10: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast before transferring into central Athens where the trip ends. Or, if you’re feeling up for it, there’s also the opportunity for a guided trip of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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8 Days 1 countrY From C$565pp* C$71 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$85. See p.27 for details

TURKEY

MUST TRY

there

getting

A kebab in its original home! We love Denizhan Restaurant in Bodrum - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a must visit for kebab lovers & one of the best spots in the city.

jesskeri: This trip was easily one of the best weeks of my life.

TURKEY

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Getting to & from Bodrum is easy. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not flying direct to Turkey, many low cost airlines fly direct to Bodrum from London.

BALLISU 1 Kisebuku GULF OF GOKOVA

Karacasogut 1 1 English Harbour

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he check list – bikini, sun cream, sailor’s hat. That’s pretty much all you’ll need as you set sail from Bodrum on the ultimate relaxing trip. Swim, snorkel & sunbathe your way around Turkey, we’ll provide the delicious home-cooked treats. Too. Good.

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marmaris

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TURKISH SAILING

8 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBTS Start Bodrum

Finish Bodrum

C$ pp*

2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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Day 1: Start Bodrum On arrival at Bodrum, make your way to the port & board our traditional Turkish Gulet & let the good times begin. With the harbour as your backdrop get to know your group over a dinner as you relax & watch the sunset. Bodrum’s nightlife goes off, so if you’re up for some group bonding then head out & explore the city by night. (D)

Day 4: English Harbour to Karacasogut Explorers could opt to visit Turtle Beach on Dalyan for a day trip to experience one of the famous mud-baths, try & spot some turtles, or just relax in paradise. After a swimming or snorkelling fix it’s onto Karacasogut, where you could head to the beach town of Marmaris & take in this cool village vibe by night. (B,L,D)

Day 2: Bodrum to Cokertme via Orak Island All aboard! Set sail for quiet Orak Island for a swim in the crystal-blue waters, complete with a tasty lunch on-board. It’s all about taking in the incredible coast as we sail to Cokertme. This little fishing town is perfect for exploring or meeting some locals before dinner overlooking the bay. (B,L,D)

M Dalyan mud bath

Day 3: Cokertime to English Harbour via Seven Islands Check out the sunrise en route to Seven Islands, famous for its dotted island landscape. After breakfast, stop for swims at Kufre Bay & Uzun Liman (Long Port), head on land for a stroll through the forest, play some boardgames on deck with your fellow sailors or sit back in the sun! Later we cruise to English Harbour for the night. (B,L,D)

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experience & day trip Day 5: Karacasogut to Ballisu via Cleopatra Island Next up: Cleopatra Island. This slice of paradise with its small beach, white sand, legendary stories & clear water is like an open-air museum. Afterwards it’s more fun in the sun at Ballisu – do some swimming or a stroll through the pine forests before a relaxing dinner & another incredible sunset. (B,L,D) See the sights of Longoz Bay

Kisebuku. Tonight take a welldeserved swim, sunbake & chill times. (B,L,D) Explore the Byzantine ruins of Kisebuku

Day 7: Pabucburnu to Bodrum via Yaliciftlik Discover Pabucburnu & Yaliciftlik Bay, or head on land & experience the vibrant local life in the village on an optional guided tour. This afternoon capture the last of the Turkish coastline views as we cruise back to Bodrum for our last night out with the group. (B,L,D)

26 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12

Start Bodrum

Finish Bodrum

C$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

955 989 989 989 989 989 989 955 805 765 749

2014 May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12 19

565 565 565 609 705 749 765 785 805 865 955 955

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

19 26 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27

26 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 4

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/ turkish-sailing. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$535. For more ways to save see p.27. Note: many cabins have double beds & most people choose to sleep under the stars up on deck. All cabins have private ensuite 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share berth accommodation on board a traditional Turkish Gulet boat 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced captain & crew Port & visitors taxes

EXPERIENCE SAILING IN TURKEY • Stay & play on a Traditional Turkish Gulet • Comfortable & modern Gulet with large decks & outdoor areas for relaxing • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner each day • Two-person berths with private ensuites • Use of fun water gear like flippers, snorkels & fishing equipment Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Marmaris city tour at night See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

M Local village tour Day 8: Depart Bodrum The trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to swap email addresses & say goodbye to your travel buddies. (B)

Day 6: Ballisu to Pabucburnu via Kisebuku & Kargili Another relaxing morning! Catch the rays on deck before we reach Kargili Bay for morning swimming. Later, it’s time to get a culture fix as you explore & learn about the ancient Byzantine ruins of

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9 Days 1 countrY From C$1215pp* C$135 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$170. See p.27 for details

CROATIA

HVAR

Andrea Pavez @drepavez: back from an amazing trip with the best group! #croatia #contiki

don’t miss

2 SPLIT

Sun seekers listen up…it’s all about Hula Hula Beach Bar, Hvar. This waterside spot goes off, so grab a towel, hit the sun loungers with a book & laze the day away.

CROATIA

1 MAKARSKA

there

getting

1 HVAR If you’re not flying direct to Croatia, many low cost airlines fly direct to Split from London.

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Visit skyscanner.net or easyjet.com & book early to get the best deals.

Visit contiki.com/croatian-cruising

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1 TRSTENIK 2

2 World Heritage sites visited

KORCULA

DUBROVNIK ADRIATIC SEA

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nstagram users, be prepared for a lot of #nofilters on this trip. From the crystal clear waters to the untouched coastline, plus endless sunshine, culture & incredible nights out with new friends, you’ll be having a few pinch yourself moments on this trip!

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CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING

9 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBCI Start Split

Finish On or Below Split above deck deck C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 17 Jun 20 Jun 24 Jun 27 Jul 1 Jul 4 Jul 8 Jul 11 Jul 15 Jul 18

KORCULA

Day 2: Split to Hvar All aboard! Jump on board our exclusive boat, meet your Contiki Rep, captain & crew & settle into your cabin as we cruise to Hvar. Check out the town’s stunning square,16th century theatre & hill-top fortress for amazing views over the gorgeous harbour. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over dinner before hitting the town. (L,D) See the Arsenal Fort

Day 4: Korčula to Dubrovnik Today we’ll head to stunning Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Tonight, hit the pedestrian district of the Old Town & spend your evening exploring the town’s hot spots. (B) See the fortified city & the Old Port M Dubrovnik Walking Tour

Day 5: Dubrovnik Dubrovnik has so much to see & do, so head back to the city or sun worship on amazing beaches. Opt for a kayaking

excursion around the old city walls for a different view of the city - you can jump out & stop for swims when you like. You could venture further afield on the cable car above Dubrovnik for breathtaking views. (B,D) M Sea kayaking trip Day 6: Dubrovnik to Trstenik Today we’ll sail past the Elaphite Islands, known for palms, olive trees, citrus plantations & colourful reefs. Tonight, we’ll dock in the unspoilt village of Trstenik, with its views across the Adriatic Sea. (B,L) M Captain’s dinner Day 7: Trstenik to Makarska A day’s sailing means time to relax & work on your tan. We’ll dock at Makarska with its long sandy beach & promenade. For a bit of local action, head to the main square & check out the fruit & flower markets. Tonight

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is yours, so head to a local restaurant & try some grilled fish or a mixed seafood platter. (B,L)

backstage pass

2014 May 24 May 31 Jun 7 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 25 Jun 28 Jul 2 Jul 5 Jul 9 Jul 12 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 23 Jul 26

1355 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1595 1595 1625 1625 1739 1739 1739 1739 1839

1215 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289 1455 1455 1485 1485 1599 1599 1599 1599 1699

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

22 25 29 1 5 8 12 15 19 22 29 5 12 19

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

30 2 6 9 13 16 20 23 27 30 6 13 20 27

1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1839 1739 1739 1625

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 3: Hvar to Korčula Start the day with a swimming stop before lunch on deck as we head to Korčula, home of the famous adventurer, Marco Polo. Get a feel for its buildings, architecture & stone streets. Tonight, try some locally produced white wines & discover the town’s nightlife. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town

Finish On or Below Split above deck deck C$ pp* C$ pp*

1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1699 1599 1599 1485

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/ croatian-cruising. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$1165. Single below deck cabin supplement add C$1080. For more ways to save see p.27. 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. Boat departs Day 2 at 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Split Welcome to Split! If you’ve got time on arrival you could take a stroll by the harbour & soak up the vibes here. Hotel

Start Split

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share accommodation on a traditional sailing cruise boat +1 night in a hotel 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 2 dinners (D) An experienced captain & crew with an onboard Contiki representative Orientations of all destinations Port & visitors taxes

EXPERIENCE SAILING IN CROATIA • Stay on our ‘A’ Class boat - exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable boat with decking for sunbathing • Breakfast every day • 5 lunches • Dinner on 2 nights, giving you flexibility to explore your way the ports on other nights • 2 bed rooms with private facilities Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Discover the walled city of Dubrovnik, on a locally guided walking tour See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 8: Makarska to Split After drifting past the windsurfer’s paradise of Brac, we’ll cruise to Split. Wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace for a piece of Roman heritage, complete with 220 buildings & a huge cathedral. For your last night, soak up Split’s Mediterranean vibes & make your way to one of the fantastic waterfront bars. Later, head back into the maze of streets within the palace walls & discover cool cafes & pumping clubs. (B,L) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 9: Depart Split The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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8/9 Days 1 countrY From C$1545pp* C$194 per day SAVE

SPLIT 1

BOL 1 wild bay 1 1 1 HVAR World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/croatian-hopper

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share accommodation on a traditional sailing cruise boat +1 night in a hotel (start Split only) 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 2 dinners (D)

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Orientations of all destinations

Summer 2014 Code: BBDI

NORTH

Start Finish On or Below Dub’nik Split above deck deck C$ pp* C$ pp*

Start Finish On or Below Dub’nik Split above deck deck C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014

2014

Jun Jul Jul Aug

21 5 19 2

Jun Jul Jul Aug

28 12 26 9

1635 1635 1715 1715

1545 1545 1625 1625

Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13

Aug 23 Sep 6 Sep 20

1715 1715 1635

1625 1625 1545

Start Split

EXPERIENCE SAILING IN CROATIA • Stay on our ‘A’ Class boat - exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable boat with decking for sunbathing • Breakfast every day • 5 lunches • Dinner on 2 nights, giving you flexibility to explore your way the ports on other nights • 2 bed rooms with private facilities Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

On or Below Finish Dub’nik above deck deck C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 13 27 11 25

Start Split

Finish On or Below Dub’nik above deck deck C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014 Jun Jul Jul Aug

21 5 19 2

1745 1745 1819 1819

1649 1649 1729 1729

Aug 8 Aug 22 Sep 5

Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13

1819 1819 1745

1729 1729 1649

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/ croatian-hopper. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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. BBDI: Single on or above deck cabin supp. add C$1109. Single below deck cabin supp. add C$1045. BBSI: Single on or above deck cabin supp. add C$1165. Single below deck cabin supp. add C$1105. 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. Northbound - Trip starts 12:00 noon in Dubrovnik & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Southbound - Boat departs Day 2 at 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Dubrovnik. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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Day 1: Arrive Dubrovnik Welcome to Croatia! On arrival in Dubrovnik head to the ship & meet your group & Contiki Rep for a tasty BBQ on board. It’s the perfect way to start a week of relaxation in paradise. (L,D)

Day 5: Wild Bay to Bol It’s on to Bol, on the south of the island of Brac. This quaint little town is perfect for exploring. Hit the Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) beach & head to one of the harbours little restaurants to grab some delicious local seafood. (B) Visit Zlatni Rat beach M Captains Dinner

Day 2: Dubrovnik to Korčula Today set sail for Korčula, home of Marco Polo. The Old Town’s cobbled streets are perfect for exploring & its hidden bars in old turrets are the ideal spot for a blissful sunset. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town

Day 6: Bol to Makarska Today we head to Makarska with its long sandy beach, promenade & chilled vibe. For a bit of local action, head to the main square markets. Makarska goes off when the sun goes down, so exploring by night is a must. (B)

Day 3: Korčula to Hvar Next up, Hvar! Its port is packed with yachts from all over the world, its Old Town Square & hilltop views are awesome. Getting into the nighlife here is a must. (B,L) See the Arsenal Fort

Day 7: Marsaka to Split Today we cruise on to the Dalmatian capital, Split. Get up close to real Roman heritage when you wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace. Tonight, hit the promenade then the old town bars for your last night out. (B,L) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

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1 DUBROVNIK

Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Jun Jun Jul Jul

Port & visitors taxes

ADRIATIC SEA

How much & when

Summer 2014 Code: BBSI

An experienced captain, crew & onboard Contiki representative

Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

DUBrovnik

MAKARSKA

KORCULA 1

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pay early & save up to C$165. See p.27 for details

backstage pass

CROATIA

Day 4: Hvar to Wild Bay Today we’re off to our exclusive overnight in a slice of paradise, Wild Bay. Croatia is the jewel of the Adriatic; swim in the still blue waters & soak up the sun out on deck - relax in paradise at its best. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Depart Split The good times in Croatia end after breakfast this morning, when it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. (B)

SOUTH This trip is 9 days long & spends an additional night in Split at the start. It follows the same itinerary as the North trip with the exception of day 7 where you spend the night in Split. Day 1: Arrive Split. Welcome to Split! If you’ve got time on arrival you could take a stroll by the harbourn& soak up the vibes here. Hotel Day 2: Split to Pucisca. Meet your Tour Rep & group & get out on the water for the start of a week in paradise. (L,D) Day 3: Pucisca to Makarska. (B) Day 4: Makarska to Bol. (B)

M Captains Dinner

Day 5: Bol to Wild Bay. (B,L,D) Day 6: Wild Bay to Hvar. (B,L) Day 7: Hvar to Korčula. (B,L) Day 8: Korčula to Dubrovnik. (B,L) M Sea kayaking trip Day 9: Depart Dubrovnik. (B)

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8 days

8 Days 2 countries

TURKEY

AEGEAN SEA CORINTH CANAL

From C$1685pp* C$211 per day

ATHENS 1 Kusadasi

MYKONOS

GREECE

IONIAN SEA

Patmos

3

World Heritage sites visited

pay early & save up to C$155. See p.27 for details

1

MYKONOS

1

SANTORINI

Crete

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: BBGM

Coach transfers

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul

1745 1745 1745 1779

2014 Jun Jun Jun Jul

Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos & get set to island-hop your way to heaven, starting with a few days on the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

•• •

Visit Mykonos town See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

Day 5: Mykonos to Kusadasi Soak up some more sun on the pristine beaches, wind through the labyrinth of roads shopping for souvenirs, or lunch with the locals & international jet setters for another day. When you’re finished soaking up the atmosphere onshore, we’ll set sail on our overnight cruise to Kusadasi. (B,D,S) Day 6: Kusadasi to Patmos Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar Before it’s off to Patmos. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar M Tour the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus with a local guide

Day 7: Crete to Santorini Wake up to Greece’s biggest

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island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town in Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira

•• •

16 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 4 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide in Athens & representative on-board the cruise ship

Start Athens

Days 3-4: Mykonos Hang out on this island, famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the pictureperfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbourside bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B)

& 1 night in a hotel 3 nights on board a cruise ship

Places visited Nightstops Feature Hotel night

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. This evening, meet up with your Cruise Representative & fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

7 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort

Santorini

Visit contiki.com/mykonos-cruising

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

 Feature Hotel: 3 nights at 2

SAVE

backstage pass

2 16 30 14

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep

1779 1685 1685 1745

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2014 9 23 7 21

Jul Aug Aug Sep

28 18 25 8

4 25 1 15

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/ mykonos-cruising Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$449 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. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

ISTANBUL

Day 8: Arrival in Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the trip ends once you arrive. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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santorini

13 Days 3 ISLANDS From C$2145pp* C$165 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$235. See p.27 for details

MYKONOS SANTORINI IOS

Kayla Skerry @kaylaafaith: View from dinner. I seriously love Greece #greece #vacation #contiki .

MYKONOS

don’t miss

CORINTH CANAL

Paradise Club, Mykonos’ go to spot. Look no further than this beachside spot for an epic night out. Read more on The Exchange. contiki.com/exchange

Piraeus

AEGEAN SEA

Turkey

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

GREECE

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mix &

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See more & save more! Ciao Bella! Use low cost airlines to fly to Rome - this trip will Mix & Match with our Simply Italy trip p.64-65. You’ll save up to C$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27.

World Heritage sites visited

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he one with the donkey ride. Plus island time. Plus Greek food. Plus cocktails at sunset. Need we say more? Well, there’s sailing, volcanoes & the Acropolis… get geared up for heart stopping island hopping.

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How much & when

santorini

13 days

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GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

Summer 2014 Code: BBGI Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014 Apr May May May May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at mythological Athens. Later meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before starting the trip right - indulging in a delicious local Greek dinner. (RD) Day 2: Athens Feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. Why not take a guided tour of the famous Acropolis? (B) Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka area

Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry in the morning & journey to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos for some sun & good times at our beach resort. Located on one of the islands best beaches, it’s all about sun & fun. Later, get a taste of some Greek specialities with dinner at the resort.  Feature Hotel (B,D)

•

Feature Hotel (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town

Day 6: Mykonos to Santorini Enjoy the breathtaking views as we ferry into the caldera of the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Soak it all in, from its famous blue & white buildings to its spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking scenery. (B,RD) Days 7-8: Santorini With two days here, indulge in amazing views, scenery & black stone beaches, & get into the activities on offer. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. From here, catch unbeatable panoramic views of the island’s submerged volcano & sip on delicious cocktails as the sun goes down. There’s also a chance for a boat ride out to the active volcanic island, if you’re feeling like something different. (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira M Visit Oia at sunset

Day 9: Santorini to Ios Cruise to another Greek gem, the beautiful island of Ios. (B,D) Days 10-11: Ios Take a couple of days to relax & enjoy the sun, meet some locals & chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches. While you’re here don’t miss out on a taste of the nightlife in this ultimate party island. (B)(B) Visit Ios town M Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

Day 12: Ios to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Chill with your buddies on your last full day. (B)

28 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 3 6 9 12

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2295 2295 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295

2014 May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24

2145 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2375 2375 2375 2375

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25

27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 1 4 7

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$1015 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. Note: for operational reasons, this trip may run in reverse For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 9 nights in hotels 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 2 Regional Dinners: Greek feast in one of our favourite tavernas (RD) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings & coach transfers Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of the Acropolis M Boat trip to the volcano’s core in Santorini See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 13: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

ATHENS

Days 4-5: Mykonos There’s two free days to kick back on island time, Mykonosstyle - it’s famous for its warm water, clear seas, golden beaches & young party culture. Go shopping, maybe hire a car to explore more of the island or take it up a level & head to stunning Paradise Beach for some water sports & a taste of the area’s buzzing nightlife!

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DELPHI

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From C$845pp* C$212 per day

1 ATHENS

Corinth IONIAN SEA Mycenae

1

OLYMPIA

4

SAVE

for more ways to save. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/greece

delphi

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Local Guide Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Greek info pack Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions

ME TIME optionals See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: BBBS Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

845 879 905 905 905 935 935

2014

• Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Guided walking tour of Mycenae & the Palace of Agamemnon • Explore the birthplace of the Olympics with a guided tour of Olympia • Learn about the Greek gods on our guided tour of Delphi Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

M Traditional meal in Athens Plaka area

Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek of mythological Athens. This evening meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

28 12 26 9 23 7 21

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

905 879 905 905 905 905

2014 1 15 29 12 26 10 24

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

4 18 1 15 29 13

7 21 4 18 2 16

Day 2: Athens to Olympia Sightsee ancient Athens & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city before crisscrossing the beautiful, historic Peloponnese region en route to Olympia. (B,D) Guided tour of Athens including the Acropolis & Parthenon See the impressive Corinth Canal Guided tour of Mycenae, including the Palace of Agamemnon See the Acronafplion citadel at Nafplion

Gulf & arrive in Delphi, the centre of the universe in Ancient Greek times. (B,D) Guided tour of Olympia including the Olympic Stadium & Temples of Hera & Zeus

Day 4: Delphi to Athens Be swept away by Delphi’s history, spectacular ruins & museum, as well as its beautiful location on the slopes of Mount

Parnassus. Return to Athens where it’s time to swap Facebook & email addresses & say farewell to your new friends, as the trip ends in the afternoon. (B) Guided tour of Delphi including the Temple of Apollo

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the trip without needing an extra night of accommodation.

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Day 3: Olympia to Delphi On your mark, get set, go! A local guide shows off the site of the first Olympic Games. This afternoon, cross the Corinthian

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$259 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 6:00pm in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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Start Athens

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From C$2885pp* C$181 per day

1 1

3 IOS SANTORINI 3

Places visited Nightstops Feature Hotel night

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/greece-island

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 6: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

C$ pp*

2014 CORINTH CANAL

16 Days 1 country

Finish Athens

Days 7-8: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 9: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 10-11: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery. (B)(B)

Day 12: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 13-14: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 15: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B) Day 16: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

Apr May May Jun

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014

28 May 13 12 B May 28 26 C Jun 9 9 Jun 24

2885 3085 3035 3095

Jul Jul Aug Sep

7 C Jul 21 21 Aug 5 18 C Sep 1 1 Sep 16

3145 3205 2955 3095

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are baswed 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 C$895 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: SPGIB. C - These departures stay one less 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.

backstage pass 15 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:  Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 12 nights in hotels 20 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Local Guide Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions see p.90

4 World Heritage sites visited

Summer 2014 Code: SPICR3

SPOTLIGHT ON N GREECE GRE RE E + 3 DA AY GR GREE E K IS EE I LA AND N C CRU RU UIS ISE E

Start Athens

TURKEY

Kusadasi

GREECE

Mykonos Patmos

Santorini

From C$1699pp* C$213 per day

Places visited Nightstops

1

Crete

Visit contiki.com/greece3

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, with it’s young, vibrant party culture. Later we set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6: Kusadasi Shop in the colourful bazaar or take an optional tour of Ephesus. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S) Day 7: Crete to Santorini Spend some time on Greece’s biggest island, Crete & this afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue &

white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 8: Arrival into Athens Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com Please note: some departures also visit Patmos. See ● in price panel.

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Chios

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Kusadasi Mykonos Santorini

1

Places visited Nightstops

Symi Rhodes

Crete

Visit contiki.com/greece7

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens to Istanbul Cruise to Istanbul. (B,L,D,S) Day 6: Istanbul Get a feel for the exotic & see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. (B,L,D,S)

Day 7: Kusadasi via Patmos We dock at Patmos then set sail to the resort town of Kusadasi. (B,L,D,S) Day 8: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 9: Crete We drop the anchor on the shores of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. (B,L,D,S)

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Day 10: Simi via Rhodes Get set to island-hop your way to heaven. (B,L,D,S) Day 11: Mykonos via Chios Spend the evening on the party island of Mykonos. (B,L,D,S) Day 12: Arrival into Athens Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

Start Athens

Finish Athens

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Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

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Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

11 25 8 22 6 20

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The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/greece3. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$465 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$515 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 5:00pm 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.

backstage pass 7 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: & 4 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 18 meals: 7 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 5 dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.90

5 World Heritage sites visited

Summer 2014 Code: SPICR7 Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

May 9 May 23 Jun 6 Jun 20

2975 3085 3145 3145

2014 AEGEAN SEA

From C$2555pp* C$213 per day

Apr 28 May 12 May 26 Jun 9 Jun 23 Jul 7 Jul 21

Start Athens

+ 7 DA D Y GREEK ISLAND D CRUIS SE

12 Days 2 countries

Twin Twin Out In C$ pp* C$ pp*

2014

AEGEAN SEA

1 ATHENS

8 Days 2 countries

Finish Athens

Apr 28 May 12 May 26 Jun 9

Start Athens

Finish Athens

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Jun Sep Sep Sep

23 1 15 29

Jul Sep Sep Oct

4 12 26 10

3145 3145 3145 3145

2699 2699 2699 2699

The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/greece7. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$635 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$765 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. For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For travel insurance see p.165.

backstage pass 11 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: & 5 nights in hotels 6 nights on board a cruise ship 30 meals: 11 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 8 dinners (D) 6 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.90

7 World Heritage sites visited

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CHOOSE to cruise

Hit the Greek isles for some R&R, with our Contiki cruise partners, Louis Hellenic. These cruises aren’t exclusive to Contiki, so you can mix with loads of other travellers, whilse exploring iconic spots like Santorini & Mykonos. On board you’re looked after - our Contiki Rep is your local guide on what to do on-board & on-shore. With pools, bars, nightclubs, live entertainment plus a casino & a spa, there’s lots going on. Included meals mean fresh, tasty eats – there’s something for all tastes. All rooms have private facilities & the way you stay is up to you. Try a Standard Outside Cabin with porthole or a Standard Inside Cabin without. Check the price panel for more information or contiki.com/cruising

mykonos

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: 6CGS Start Athens

Finish Athens

Quad Out C$ pp*

Quad In C$ pp*

Twin Out C$ pp*

Twin In C$ pp*

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2014 AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

1 ATHENS GREECE

6 Days (4 days cruising) 2 countries From C$1045pp* C$175 per day

Mykonos

Kusadasi Patmos

3 World Heritage sites visited athens

1

Santorini Rhodes

Places visited Nightstops

Visit contiki.com/aegean

Crete

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 5 nights accommodation: 1 night in a hotel 4 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) 17 meals: 5 buffet breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 4 buffet/three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) An experienced on-board cruise representative Nightly entertainment Greek info pack with even more details about the places your heading & cool things to do

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of the Acropolis See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon exploring Athens. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. This evening meet up with your Cruise Representative & fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka

Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 3: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. Later on, dock at the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos & relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while watching the locals fish for the catch of the day. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos M Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus

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Day 4: Cruising to Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring the pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes

Day 5: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the islands, en route to Santorini, world-famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. Or take a boat ride

out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & its main town of Fira

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Day 6: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the trip ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B)

M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Please note: Days 1 & 6 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/aegean. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$196. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quadshare). Or take a single supplement option: add C$145 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$159 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (plus port taxes for total price). For more ways to save see p.27. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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Day 3: Istanbul Today we’ll take you deep into the city, you’ll pay witness to an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Istanbul is the world’s only city to span two continents. Get a feel for the exotic & see how the locals live their daily lives in this cultural melting pot. Try tasty, local food specialties, shop & take in the sights. (B,L,D,S)

M Guided city sightseeing tour Day 4: Kusadasi via Patmos We dock at the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos. Relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while watching the locals fish for the catch of the day. Today we pull the anchor & set sail to the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. This gorgeous city, which sits beside the Guvercin Ada peninsula, thrives over the summer & has everything you need plus more. (B,L,D,S) See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar

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Day 5: Santorini Today we cruise to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. (B,L,D,S) See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & it’s main town of Fira

picturesque Island called Simi or Ano Symi. This little untouched beauty has a population of only 2500, almost all locals. So you’ll get to live like a local, totally unwind & practice the traditional Greek island way of living. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6: Crete We drop the anchor on the shores of Crete, the largest of the islands, where we’ll spend our time exploring the capital, Heraklion, The ruins of Knossos are a must for your photo collection! This town is filled with historic buildings & old ruins which you’ll no doubt stumble across, as you explore & get amongst the town. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town, M Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

Day 8: Cruising to Mykonos via Chios First, it’s the calm before the storm as we stop off at the relaxed Chios, then we set sail & prepare to spend the evening on the Aegean island party paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the pictureperfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbour side bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset before setting sail for Athens. (B,L,D,S) See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

Day 7: Simi via Rhodes Get set to island-hop your way to heaven, starting with a visit to Rhodes where you’ll get the option to explore this fortified medieval town. Then we offer you the real Greek island experience, as we stop at the

Day 9: Arrival into Athens Return to mainland Greece & mythological Athens. Enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the trip ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B)

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The above prices are accurate as of Sept 20th, 2013 & include port taxes & supplements & gratuities. For up to date pricing please go to contiki.com/golden-fleece. Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * 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 C$314. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quadshare). Or take a single supplement option: add C$255 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or C$285 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (plus port taxes for total price). Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa.

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ORIGINAL 29th APRIL 1962. 1 BEAT UP MINI-VAN, 12 ADVENTURERS, 12 WEEKS, 1 CONTINENT, ONE HELL OF AN URGE TO EXPLORE. CONTIKI WAS BORN. forever young The old vans have long since gone, but some things will never change. Our spirit of adventure lives on and with it our passion for discovering the new. Connecting young travellers with the time of their lives is at the heart of everything we do, from discovering mind-blowing places to consistently delivering awesome value. 52 years ago those 12 adventurers witnessed the birth of Contiki. Now it’s your turn to be part of the story.

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1977: india

1978: communist russia

1981: kia ora to NZ

1982: our château

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WORDS WE LIVE BY: Every team member and Contiki traveller has written a chapter of the Contiki story. Now it’s your turn to be part of the story.

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Learn about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Contiki channels a sizeable portion of its energy into supporting the world’s oceans. Protecting oceans has a domino effect on the entire eco-system of the planet, from the forests to the deserts and everything in between. It’s about taking care of all the unique & colourful places that continue to mesmerise generations of Contiki travellers. To find out more about any of these projects, check out contiki.com/contikicares

EARTH MONTH EXPEDITIONS & OUR RECENT TRIP TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLAND Last year, Contiki launched its inaugural Earth Month Expedition - a special trip offering travellers & members of the Contiki team the opportunity to travel with an exciting purpose: to celebrate Earth Month & get hands on with our projects. Last year’s trip explored the Meso American Reef system in Mexico, while this year’s trip ventured through the bio-diverse marine playground of the Galapagos Islands. Need more convincing? Check out the GalApagos’ Trip video on Contiki. com/contikicares Viewers be warned, you’re going to be pretty darn keen to get involved with these trips next year.

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MAR LEADERS The individuals protecting the precious Mesoamerican Reef system. The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Leadership Program supports young, local environmentalists working hands on to protect the 1000km-long South American reef. The basic idea is to build a network of individuals who exchange ideas, cooperate together & make long-term professional relationships to support conservation projects in the MAR region. Contiki has been supporting the MAR Leadership programme since 2010, helping to provide the MAR leaders with not only financial support to get their initiatives to protect MAR off the ground, but also to help provide them with the skills they need to succeed professionally.

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R:EVOLVE As well as our Ocean causes & partnerships with Céline Cousteau, we like to give back closer to home too, both on & off the road. Here’s just a few of the ways that we do… Volunteer days We love giving back locally, and our Team are given 2 paid volunteer days each year to head out & get involved in causes within our communities. Some ways our team have used volunteer days in 2013 were sorting & packaging at the Daily Food Bank, The United Way & Earth Day clean-ups.

★ Contiki’s newest project

Litter less lunch week

The team pioneering education & awareness about one of the most feared creatures on the planet.

As part of Earth Month, our entire Contiki team brought in a ‘litter less lunch’ for the week to lessen our impact on garbage collection.

Of all the millions of animals on the planet, sharks are among the most misunderstood. Sharks are over fished for their fins & hunted for their bad-guy status. SharksCount, a program by SharkSavers, has set out to create a globalized movement that will improve their protection & image, reduce demand for fins & end shark finning, and overall raise awareness about threats to sharks. In 2013 Contiki helped kick off SharksCount in the Galapagos Islands. The programme empowers divers & snorkellers to identify, count & log the sharks they see in the water, with data contributing to making a real difference to the protection of sharks globally.

The Green Living Show We had a stand at The 2013 Green Living Show - the largest sustainable living show in North America promoting our oceancentric trips & sustainability projects. Our sustainability partner Céline Cousteau was a main stage speaker & spent time in our booth answering questions. Our reservations team also did volunteer work helping at the show.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: One of the most important things we’ve learnt along our journey: do things with passion or not at all.

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BUDGET is all about stretching your travel budget to the max with overnights that give you a taste of all the ways to stay in Europe. When was the last time you stayed in a French Château, a chalet or even on a traditional sail boat? No night is ever the same. Combine this with local knowledge & exceptional experiences & you’ll be served up with a taste of how to live like a true adventurer.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

Exclusive accomModation Whether you’re exploring the vines at our Château, gazing at the Swiss Alps from our chalet, in a hotel or a hostel it’s all about keeping it authentic & unique. • Our Special Stopovers Our Special Stopovers are all about exceptional locations. Unique local experiences & an expert local team are just the start. Our facilities are built to impress & include all the comforts you’d expect such as WiFi, plasma TVs, pools, private nightclubs, cool places to relax & local experiences that get you even closer to the real Europe. • Contiki Villages Experience our very own cabin villages in some of Europe’s coolest campsites. Our modern cabins all have private facilities, hot showers & twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/triple share). See map opposite for where to find us. • Hotels & Hostels & more… For the rest of your trip we’ll be mixing it up with nights at hotels, hostels & even a Greek flotilla – giving you a real taste of all the ways you can stay in Europe.

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Exclusive TEAM You’ll hit the road with an expert team: Your Tour Manager & Driver. On our Budget trips you also get exclusive access to our On-site Teams at our Special Stopovers & Villages. They live there, so they’re in the know on all the best local things to see, do & experience. And they look after you from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Our housekeepers make sure your room is ready on arrival, while our On-site Cooks are busy in the kitchen cooking up delicious home-cooked meals.

Exclusive FOOD Start the day out right with breakfast each day & lots of two-course dinners. At our Special Stopovers & Villages our On-site Cooks prep delicious local meals, all sourced with fresh local ingredients. And we don’t include lunches for a reason, so you can use your ME Time to explore. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions that others might offer - our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks.

Exclusive Inclusions You’ll see the best of all the places that we travel - the iconic sites are included in the cost of your trip & lots of extra special experiences too. We’ll show you all the blockbusters, but better than that we’ll also get you to the parts of Europe that only a local friend in the know can show you.

Exclusive options We know freedom to explore is an important part of travelling & with our Budget trips there’s no compromise on time to explore your own way. Use your ME Time to indulge in some local tastes, head to galleries, swim & sunbathe on boat trips or by the beach, or simply kick back & take in the scene. Choose from our ME Time optionals like whitewater rafting or checking out a French cabaret show to really make the most of your time.

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special stopovers, Exclusive to Contiki French Château

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Waking up to endless vistas & vineyards of the Beaujolais region is literally jaw-dropping. It’s a haven for those that love to relax. Take a dip in the huge pool, flick through a book, tap into the free WiFi, learn more at a wine tasting in our 400 year-old French cuvage or just take in the rolling countryside views.

Lose yourself in one of the world’s most beautiful spots in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Our chalet at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain (4,158m / 13,641ft) with its modern comfy lounge, dining room & outdoor area is all about getting a taste of life in the Alps.

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Austrian Gasthof Indulge in the great outdoors at our traditional Gasthof (guesthouse) in the picturesque town of Hopfgarten. Jump on the free WiFi to keep your friends updated on your trip & if you’re thirsty after a hard day mountain biking, there’s a well-loved bar to come home to. Or take a stroll through the old town’s cute shops, cafés & restaurants.

even more special stopovers. Corfu Beach Resort Hotel Try the ultimate way to relax at our Greek Island Beach Resort. Spend your days lazing on the beach or by the pool (your choice!) or getting into some watersports & delicious Greek tastes. Private balconies are perfect for watching the sunset & sea views, plus free WiFi in reception means uploading pics of your travels is easy.

Contiki Paris Stay close to the sights, the Metro & the coolest districts near the Sacre Coeur. Start the day with unlimited breakfast & free WiFi in the newly renovated rooms for a perfect Parisian experience. CONTIKI VILLAGE, ROME

Hostels. Prague. Munich. Vienna. Berlin. Barcelona & more.

triple share). Some even have pools, bars, pizzerias, nightclubs & food stores. So whether you’re all about relaxing by the pool, getting active or just exploring, our Contiki Villages are your perfect base.

We’ve chosen some of the newest & best hostels in great locations, with great facilities & staff. Hang out with your travel buddies, grab a snack or chill – it’s your choice.

Hotels. Amsterdam. Cairo. Athens & more.

Restaurants, swimming pools, jacuzzis, cafés, saunas & internet cafes are just some of what’s on offer. All rooms have private facilities & are maximum quad-share.

Check out the free hotel upgrades on many of our trips – relax & enjoy a little extra luxury – it’s all included!

Our exclusive contiki Villages Rome. Venice. Florence. The French Riviera. We roll out the red carpet in Rome, Venice, Florence & the French Riviera at our very own Contiki Villages. Our modern cabins all have private facilities & hot showers plus twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/

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MEET SOME OF OUR EXCLUSIVE ON-SITE TEAM Dom, Manager of our Swiss Chalet in Lauterbrunnen As a French speaker, I love living in Europe - using my language skills & mingling with the locals. I’ve worked for Contiki for a couple of years - like at our French Château as Head Cook last year. I’ve now headed Swiss-side to our Chalet in Lauterbrunnen for a change of scene & I love it! Looking out my window every morning to mountains & waterfalls, spending my day amongst some of Nature’s best scenes, as well as with our awesome team & travellers – it’s the best job in the world.

Budget Regional trips.

Ben, Manager of our Corfu Beach Resort

Scandi & Russia Explorers will love these trips to this part of the world, all hotels & hostels while indulging in stunning scenery, culture, monuments & communist relics. Epic!

After living in Lauterbrunnen, our Château & now in Corfu I’m totally at home amongst the sights & sounds of Europe – especially when I’m by the beach. For me, the term ‘the world is your oyster’ is so, so true. Get out there, and truly live in the moment – Europe is waiting!

Greek Islands Island hop around traditional faves like Mykonos, Santorini & Paros. Or try our brand new Greek Sailing trip to picturesque lesser known spots… swim stops & sunshine a plenty! CONTIKI’S SWISS CHALET, LAUTERBRUNNEN

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Christie: Wow, think my head’s still spinning from this EPIC trip. If you want to see the best of Europe in the shortest time but still feel like you’ve experienced it, this is the tour for you.

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Day 4: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, home of the iconic Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 10 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 5 nights hotel upgrade 1 night in a Contiki Village Cabin 1 night in a hostel 15 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Private boat ride through the islands of Venice

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Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals & cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● This trip will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night M Canal boat cruise & drinks

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Day 6: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & interesting little shops. Contiki Village (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 7: Venice to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

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Day 8: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in

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Day 9: Swiss Alps to Paris Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to the “City of Lights”. Hotel (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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Day 10: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history among the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

• Indulge in a traditional Swiss Cheese fondue

M Guided Tyrol bike tour M Wine tasting in St Goar

venice

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 11: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG airport (est arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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15 Days 9 countries From C$2195pp* C$147 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$200. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / France Monaco / Italy Vatican City Austria (IN TRANSIT) Germany / NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

Ashlea Carter: Almost at Amsterdam, only 2 days left of contiki :( have had the most amazing time! NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Wales

ENGLAND

LONDON 1

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme Dachau

2 PARIS

Slovakia

MUNICH 1

FRANCE

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA

Tyrol Beaujolais Region

Hungary

Switz Brenner Pass

CHATEAU 1 DE CRUIX

Slovenia ITALY

1 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Melkweg for a night out in Amsterdam. This former milk factory was transformed into a venue for live music, theatre & cinema & is perfect for meeting locals.

102-103 European Highlights_CAD.indd 2

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities Special Stopover night

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

Spain

1

Visit contiki.com/highlights

Pisa

Avignon

DON’T MISS

2 ROME Vatican City

11 World Heritage sites visited

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ow do you become a European guru in just over two weeks? European Highlights. Tick off a Parisian cabaret show, sleep in a Château, check out the Vatican & free-wheel your way around Amsterdam. Oh, & don’t forget your clogs!

budget EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS rhine valley

How much & when

amsterdam

15 days

Summer 2014 Code: CCPE Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

2014

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the “City of Lights.” Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Day 3: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country & the Beaujolais vineyards to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera Stop in Provence’s graceful city, Avignon, before arriving in the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Papal Palace in Avignon Visit a French perfumery Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

• ••

Day 6: French Riviera Shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D)

• •

See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 8: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities & then it’s on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather demo See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •• •

Day 9: Rome Tap into the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 10: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past the city of Bologna & on to enchanting Venice. Contiki Village (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 11: Venice to Munich Today we wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to lively Munich, festive home of iconic Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

• •

Day 12: Munich to Rhine Valley Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial before following the river through the vineyards of the Rhine Valley. Hotel (B,D) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

• ••

Day 13: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands & on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam for endless good times, cool locals & fun. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 14: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Paddle bike along the canals Day 15: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

2 15 22 26 2 6 13 16 20 23 25 27 30 1 3 6 10 12 13 14 17 20 24 27 28 1 2

Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

backstage pass

2014 Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

16 29 6 10 16 20 27 30 3 6 8 10 13 15 17 20 24 26 27 28 1 4 8 11 12 15 16

2195 2195 2195 2195 2239 2239 2239 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2389 2389

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

5 8 10 12 15 20 22 25 26 27 29 1 5 7 9 13 19 26 30 2 7 8 9 11 13 16 18

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep ● Sep ● Sep ● Sep ● Oct

19 22 24 26 29 3 5 8 9 10 12 15 19 21 23 27 2 9 13 16 21 22 23 25 27 30 2

2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2389 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 14 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 1 night in Contiki’s French Château & 6 nights hotel upgrade 6 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 1 night in a hostel 20 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Visit a Monte Carlo casino

rome

• Pay tribute at Dachau • Our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Indulge in local food & wine at a Tuscan feast M Amsterdam canal cruise See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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berlin

19 Days 10 countries From C$2755pp* C$145 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$255. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND Belgium (in transit) NETHERLANDS / GERMANY Czech Republic / Austria Italy / Vatican City SWITZERLAND / FRANCE

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

Dresden

Calais

BELGIUM

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

spitfirewhirl007: I would recommend a contiki tour to anybody wanting to experience a life changing holiday – i am already saving for my next one! go contiki!!!

amsterdam

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

1 TYROL SWITZ

FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

don’t miss

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

VENICE Lake Como 2

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Trummelbach Falls in the Swiss Alps. These thunderous falls are seriously cool. Take a poncho & be prepared to get wet!

Bosnia

FLORENCE 1 ITALY ADRIATIC SEA 1

Visit contiki.com/whirl

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities Special Stopover night

10 World Heritage sites visited

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

Spain

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A

drenaline rush + exclusive stopovers + bags of culture = European Whirl. From clubbing in Berlin to whitewater rafting in the Tyrol, plus vineyards, bratwurst (we could go on, & on...), you’ll soon be in amongst the European hype.

budget EUROPEAN WHIRL tyrol

Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel

Summer 2014 Code: CCEW Start London

Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 4: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. Hostel (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 5: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. Hostel (B) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided walking tour

• •

Day 6: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. Hostel (B) Visit Dresden, destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square in Prague

• • • a

Day 7: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B) Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

Day 8: Prague to Munich Back to Germany & into

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Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

2014

••

Day 3: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in scenic Edam, famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out museums, trendy cafés & nightclubs. Hotel (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

19 days

Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 9: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

Day 10: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Plunge in for an exhilarating optional whitewater rafting adventure. Then wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles M Whitewater rafting adventure

Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 12: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 13: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D)

M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 14: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Day 15: Florence to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before heading further into the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Day 16: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 17: Swiss Alps to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the glittering “City of Lights.” Hotel (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Apr Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

4 18 26 5 17 19 28 31 7 10 13 14 16 18 21 26 29 2 5 7 9

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

22 6 14 23 4 6 15 18 25 28 1 2 4 6 9 14 17 20 23 25 27

2755 2755 2755 2809 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 3015 3015 3015 3015

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

12 Jul 16 Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 22 Aug 26 Aug 29 Aug 31 Aug 3 Aug 6 Aug 10 Aug 17 Sep 20 Sep 23 Sep 27 Sep 30 Sep 3 Sep 7 Sep 11 Sep 14 ● Oct 15 ● Oct

30 3 5 6 9 13 16 18 21 24 28 4 7 10 14 17 21 25 29 2 3

3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 19: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG airport (est arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay (B).

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 18 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 5 nights hotel upgrade 5 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 5 nights in hostels 26 meals: 17 breakfasts (B) 9 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike through cheese making Edam • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot

Day 18: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history among the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Visit a French perfumery M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne

backstage pass

2014

prague

• Let the good times roll chill at our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

florence

ME TIME optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Eye Spy Berlin M Mountain bike adventure in the Tyrol See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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rome

21 Days 11 countries From C$2979pp* C$142 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$270. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / France Monaco / Italy Vatican City / Austria Germany / Liechtenstein SWITZERLAND NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

swiss alps

Rachel Victoria Haddock: Yep already looking up another European Tour for Christmas, Contiki is the way to travel.

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Poland

GERMANY

Wales

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1 Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg Dachau

2 PARIS Fontainebleau

FRANCE

Burgundy Region

SWITZ Beaujolais Region

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

SWISS 2 ALPS

Liechtenstein Lucerne

FRENCH 1 RIVIERA

106-107 European Experience_CAD.indd 2

Monaco

Hungary

Slovenia Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME 1

Visit contiki.com/experience

AUSTRIA

VENICE 2

Pisa

Spain

2 TYROL

Brenner Pass

don’t miss When in the ‘Dam, take a slice of Dutch fashion home with you at uber cool store Scotch & Soda for everything from cool printed tees to perfect fit skinny jeans & jackets. You’ll be the envy of your friends…

Slovakia

1 MUNICH

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities Special Stopover night

11

Vatican City

ITALY

World Heritage sites visited

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h hi there summer! The trip with it all – food, culture, sights, sounds. Did we mention our own French Château & our Swiss Chalet? The Monte Carlo casino or the shopping in Rome? Think we just did!

budget EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE monaco

Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel

Summer 2014 Code: CCMX Start London

Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to France & into the glittering “City of Lights”. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country & the Beaujolais vineyards to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château & immerse yourself in the rural French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera Travel through France’s charmingly rustic Provence region to the glamorous French Riviera. Tonight, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! Contiki Village (B) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino

• • •

Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

••

Day 8: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo M Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence

• •

Day 9: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

2014

••

Day 3: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne

21 days

pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

• •

Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 11: Rome to Venice Say ‘arriverderci’ to Rome, and take in the view en route to the canals & gondolas of Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Guided walking tour

• •

Day 13: Venice to Austrian Tyrol Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to a quaint Tyrolean village.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles M Whitewater rafting adventure

Day 14: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of Tyrol exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

• •

Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 16: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne for Swiss chocolate before reaching our incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • •

Day 17: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world & opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain Day 18: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

• ••

Day 19: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 20: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 15: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Stop at sobering Dachau concentration camp before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. Hostel (B)

Day 21: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

30 13 20 27 1 7 11 18 21 27 29 4 8 10 12 15 18 22 24 26 29

Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

backstage pass

2014 Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

19 3 10 17 21 27 31 7 10 16 18 24 28 30 2 5 8 12 14 16 19

2979 2979 2979 2979 3039 3039 3039 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

1 3 6 10 13 16 19 24 27 30 3 10 13 17 24 31 5 7 11 14 16

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep ● Sep ● Oct ● Oct ● Oct

21 23 26 30 2 5 8 13 16 19 23 30 2 6 13 20 25 27 1 4 6

3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3099 3099 3099 3099 3099 3159 3159 3159 3159 3159 3159

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 20 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 2 night in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 6 nights hotel upgrade 7 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 1 night in a hostel 33 meals: 19 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 13 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • French countryside picnic • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide

amsterdam

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike • Indulge in Swiss fondue • Pay tribute at Dachau Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with château de cruix

ME TIME optionals M Gondola ride in Venice M Mountain bike adventure in the Tyrol M Paragliding See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Ashley Digby: I had the most amazing time of my life!! If you are even considering doing a Contiki make sure you do it!!

paris

22 Days 11 countries From C$3309pp* C$151 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$300. See p.27 for details

France BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS / Germany Czech Republic AUSTRIA / CROATIA BOSNIA (IN TRANSIT) SLOVENIA / ITALY VATICAN CITY

NETHERLANDS

BERLIN 2

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Poland

Ruhr Valley Dresden

BELGIUM

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

CZECH REP

PARIS 2

FRANCE

Slovakia

2 VIENNA AUSTRIA

berlin

Hungary

Switz SLOVENIA

VENICE 2

MUST VISIT For something eerie, try the Catacombs in Paris - a bizarre collection of 6 million bones & skulls housed in underground tunnels.

Pisa

13 World Heritage sites visited

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CROATIA

ZADAR 1 1 FLORENCE

Serbia BOSNIA Split

3 DUBROVNIK

ITALY Spain

Visit contiki.com/spirit

1 LJUBLJANA 1 ZAGREB

Places visited Nightstops

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

IONIAN SEA

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or an epic mix that makes the travel experience complete, try the European Spirit. Feel the cool, cosmopolitan vibes of Paris & Berlin & take in the beauty of Prague before relaxing in the sunshine & crystal clear waters of Croatia.

budget EUROPEAN SPIRIT florence

Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

Day 1: Arrive Paris Check-in to the Contiki hotel then meet up with your Contiki team & get to know your fellow travellers over dinner. Hotel (D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Summer 2014 Code: CCSP Start Paris

May Jun Jun Jul

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Day 4: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal cruise

Day 5: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. Hostel (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall

venice

bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B)

before heading to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 9: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) M Mozart & Strauss concert

Day 18: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride

Day 10: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you. Wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture &, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

Day 11: Vienna to Zagreb Cross through Slovenia en route to the newly buzzing Balkan gem of Zagreb. Hotel (B)

Day 12: Zagreb to Dubrovnik Set out for Croatia’s sparkling coastline & continue on to the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D)

Day 6: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. Hostel (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

Day 7: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. Hostel (B,D) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• •

Day 8: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture,

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Finish Rome

C$ pp*

2014

Day 3: Paris to Amsterdam Pass through 3 countries in one day as you head to the Netherlands’ free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

22 days

Days 13-14: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this stunning World Heritage site. Hostel (B)(B,D) See the fortified city & the Old Port M Island cruise & swimming

Day 15: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split, before we reach Zadar. Hostel (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 16: Zadar to Ljubljana Say farewell to the seaside city as we head to Slovenia’s capital with its young, vibrant student culture. Hotel (B) See Ljubljana’s castle & Old Town

Day 17: Ljubljana to Venice Soak up the amazing scenery

22 19 26 3

Jun Jul Jul Jul

12 10 17 24

3309 3309 3309 3475

Jul Aug Aug Sep

16 6 24 4

3475 3309 3309 3375

6 27 14 25

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 21 nights accommodation: 6 nights hotel upgrade 5 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 10 nights in hostels 31 meals: 21 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

paris

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

Day 21: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

Aug Aug Sep Sep

2014

Exclusive inclusions

• •

C$ pp*

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 19: Venice to Florence Wind through the Apennine Mountains & Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings & sacred art. Contiki Village (B) Walking tour of Florence with a local guide See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Finish Rome

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends 8:00am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

• •

Day 20: Florence to Rome Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Start Paris

• Private boat through the canals of Venice • Our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

rome

ME TIME optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Entry & drink at one of Florence’s best nightclubs See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 22: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

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NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

POLAND

LONDON 1

Dover

Calais

24 Days 14 countries

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM GERMANY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Dresden

Kutna Hora

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

2 PARIS

AUSTRIA SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

Apennine Mountains

1

amsterdam

How much & when

23 nights accommodation: 11 nights hotel upgrade 12 nights in hostels 33 meals: 22 breakfasts (B) 11 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

paris

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Summer 2014 Code: CCEL Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

3449 3529 3529 3615 3615 3615 3615 3615 3615 3615 3615 3615 3615 3785 3785

Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

3 10 12 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 12 26

3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685

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2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

18 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 15 20 22 27 29 4 6

17 24 31 14 21 28 5 12 14 19 26 28 30

Start London

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2014 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

11 18 20 25 1 8 15 22 29 31 5 7 12 19 3

2015 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

Pisa

World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/eurotrail

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

SLOVENIA

VENICE 1

pay early & save up to C$320. See p.27 for details

Start London

Dolomite Lake Bled Mountains

2 BUDAPEST HUNGARY

1 LJUBLJANA

18

backstage pass

Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 2

Burgundy Region

From C$3215pp* C$134 per day SAVE

KRAKOW 2

Auschwitz

PRAGUE 2

9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4 6 11 18 20 22

3329 3329 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3365 3365 3365 3365 3365

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

2 9 23 25 6 20 27 13 20

Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

25 1 15 17 1 15 22 5 12

3365 3365 3215 3215 3215 3215 3215 3265 3265

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Croatia Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ITALY

MEDITERRANEAN Places visited SEA Nightstops Optional end cities

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to the vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

••

Day 3: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 4: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. Hostel (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 5: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. Hostel (B) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Eye Spy tour in Berlin

• •

Day 6: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. Hostel (B,D) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• • •

Day 7: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B) Day 8: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) Explore the World Heritage Listed town of Kutna Hora M Mozart & Strauss concert

Day 9: Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere as you explore the city. You’ll enjoy wandering through this picture book city & encounter its music, lively cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, delicious coffee. Hostel (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

Day 10: Vienna to Krakow Back through the Czech Republic to Poland & our stop at

Auschwitz. Then it’s on to the lively city of Krakow. Hotel (B,D) Day 11: Krakow Go local & explore the buzzing market stalls & pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. Hotel (B) Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill M Guided tour of the amazing salt mines

Day 12: Krakow to Budapest Head south through Slovakia, stopping off in picturesque Banska Bystrica before crossing into Hungary & the “Paris of the East.” Hostel (B) M Evening river cruise & dinner Day 13: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & the bustling Pest. Hostel (B,D) Day 14: Budapest to Ljubljana Today we’re making our way to Slovenia’s capital with its young, vibrant student culture. Hotel (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion See Ljubljana’s castle & old town

• •

Day 15: Ljubljana to Venice Soak up the amazing scenery found only in the Julian Alps before heading to Venice. Explore the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops. Hotel (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

continued

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rome

Itinerary & Sightseeing continued

Day 16: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Hotel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 17: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. You could hit the shops & get in the know on Italian fasion or simply hit the streets with a camera & capture the atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) Day 18: Rome to Florence You could explore the Vatican this morning, before we’re on the road through rural Umbria’s

swiss alps

Exclusive inclusions

Day 21: Swiss Alps Chill for a day the way you want in the breathtaking Swiss Alps – camera essential. Hostel (B,D)

rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. Hostel (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

• Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike (summer departures only)

Day 22: Swiss Alps to Paris Leave the lush Swiss Alp views behind as we head through the stunning Burgundy region to the “City of Lights”, Paris. Hotel (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 19: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. Hostel (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Tuscan feast

• Locally guided tour of Auschwitz

• Private boat through the canals of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

Day 23: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Visit a French Perfumery M Cabaret show & Champagne

Day 20: Florence to Swiss Alps Make a stop in Pisa to see it’s iconic tower, catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in the stunning Swiss Alps. Hostel (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

• Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot

Day 24: End Paris or London Your trip ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

budget

Summer 2014 Code: CCLV Start London

Finish Vienna

C$ pp*

Finish Vienna

C$ pp*

Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

1299 1335 1335 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1425 1425

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

19 26 28 2 9 16 23 30 6 8 13 15 20 27 11

1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1389 1389 1389 1389 1389 1389 1389 1389 1389

VIENNA 1

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWLV

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AUSTRIA

2014

2014

9 Days 7 countries From C$1235pp* C$138 per day

NORTH SEA Edam

ENGLAND

2

LONDON 1

BERLIN

NETHERLANDS

2

AMSTERDAM

Dover ENGLISH Calais BELGIUM CHANNEL

GERMANY Dresden

PRAGUE 2

Kutna Hora

Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

18 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 15 20 22 27 29 4 6

Start London

2014 26 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 7 12 14

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

11 18 20 25 1 8 15 22 29 31 5 7 12 19 3

CZECH REP FRANCE

prague

Visit contiki.com/eastern-rocker

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel & head to Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 9: End Vienna Explore the city sights before it’s time to say farewell. (B) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & State Opera House

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$120. See p.27 for details.

••

Days 3-8: Amsterdam to Vienna See days 3-8 of European Trail (opposite) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals

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Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

17 24 31 14 21 28 5 12 14 19 26 28 30

2015 Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

25 1 8 22 29 6 13 20 22 27 3 5 7

1275 1275 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

2 9 23 25 6 20 27 13 20

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

10 17 31 2 14 28 7 21 28

1289 1289 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1255 1255

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London & ends approx. 12:30pm in Vienna. For more ways to save see p.27.

EASTERN ROCKER

9 days

backstage pass 8 nights accommodation: 3 nights hotel upgrade 5 nights in hostels 10 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

6 World Heritage sites visited

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POLAND

EASTERN TRAIL

KRAKOW Auschwitz 2

Summer 2014 Code: CCVR Start Vienna

Finish Rome

C$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

1345 1379 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1485 1485 1485 1485

Start Vienna

Finish Rome

C$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

27 3 5 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5 19

1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWVR

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CZECH REP

backstage pass 8 nights accommodation: 5 nights hotel upgrade 3 nights in hostels

9 Days 7 countries

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA

From C$1235pp* C$138 per day

Dolomite Mountains

World Heritage sites visited

1 LJUBLJANA

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

6

HUNGARY

Lake Bled

Apennine Mountains

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

BUDAPEST 2

SLOVENIA Croatia

VENICE 1

11 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

1 ROME

ljubljana

Visit contiki.com/eastern-trail

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere! Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies tonight. Hostel (D)

venice

SAVE

Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

26 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 7 12 14

2014 4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 1 6 8 13 15 20 22

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

25 1 8 22 29 6 13 20 22 27

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

19 26 28 2 9 16 23 30 6 8 13 15 20 27 11

2015 Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

2 9 16 30 7 14 21 28 30 4

1285 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1299 1299 1299

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

3 5 7 10 17 31 2 14 28 7 21 28

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

11 13 15 18 25 8 10 22 8 15 29 5

1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1255 1255

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Days 2-8: Vienna to Rome See days 10-16 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 9: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history before your trip ends & it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B)

2014

Pay early & save up to C$130. See p.27 for details.

Summer 2014 Code: CCRT

WESTERN N ROCKER

ENGLAND Dover

7 nights accommodation: 3 nights hotel upgrade 4 nights in hostels

8 Days 4 countries From C$1219pp* C$153 per day

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Germany

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

12 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

6 World Heritage sites visited

florence Pisa 2 ITALY

florence 1

Visit contiki.com/western-rocker

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

ROME 1 Vatican City

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$115. See p.27 for details.

Days 2-7: Rome to Paris See days 18-23 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 8: End Paris or London Your trip ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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C$ pp*

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

3 10 12 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 12 26

1385 1385 1385 1385 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWRT

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May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 1 6 8 13 15 20 22

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

1295 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385

swiss alps

Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

2 9 16 30 7 14 21 28 30

Start Rome

2014 11 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29

2014

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & explore this living museum your way. Tonight, meet up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies to let the good times begin. Hotel (D)

Finish Paris or London

2014

Belgium

Calais

backstage pass

Start Rome

Netherlands

London

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

27 3 5 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5 19

2015 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4 6

1249 1249 1249 1249 1249 1249 1275 1275 1275

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

4 11 13 15 18 25 8 10 22 8 15 29 5

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

11 18 20 22 25 1 15 17 1 15 22 5 12

1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1239 1239 1239

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. For travel insurance see p.165.

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Summer 2014 Code: CCTR Start London

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

17 Days 12 countries

LONDON 1 Dover Calais

2

2 BERLIN

AMSTERDAM

POLAND GERMANY Dresden

KRAKOW Auschwitz 2

BELGIUM

PRAGUE 2 Kutna Hora

From C$2319pp* C$137 per day

CZECH REP

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2 BUDAPEST 2

FRANCE Switzerland

Banska Bystrica

AUSTRIA HUNGARY Lake Bled

Dolomite Mountains

1 LJUBLJANA

VENICE 1

SLOVENIA

Apennine Mountains

Croatia Bosnia

ITALY

Finish Rome

C$ pp*

Finish Rome

C$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

2489 2545 2545 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2729 2729

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27 3 5 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5 19

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Winter 2014/15 Code: WWTR

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2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

18 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 15 20 22 27 29 4 6

Start London

2014 4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 1 6 8 13 15 20 22

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

11 18 20 25 1 8 15 22 29 31 5 7 12 19 3

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME 1 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

rome

Visit contiki.com/trail-rome

2014

Places visited Nightstops

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing then ferry across the English Channel & head to Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

prague

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Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 2: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team,

Days 3-16: Amsterdam to Rome See days 3-16 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 17: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & explore this living museum, before your trip ends & it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B)

Pay early & save up to C$235.

SAVE

See p.27 for details.

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From C$2315pp* C$145 per day

ENGLAND Netherlands London Dover Belgium Calais

Germany

KRAKOW 2

CZECH Auschwitz REP

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

SWITZ

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1 BUDAPEST 2

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2 HUNGARY Dolomite Lake Bled swiss SLOVENIA Mountains 1 alps VENICE 1 LJUBLJANA

FRANCE

Apennine Mountains

Pisa

swiss alps 1

Visit contiki.com/trail-london

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

Vatican City

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere! Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies tonight. Hostel (D)

PISA

Days 2-15: Vienna to Paris See days 10-23 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 23: End Paris or London Your trip ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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backstage pass 16 nights accommodation: 8 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in hostels 21 meals: 15 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Summer 2014 Code: CCVL

budget

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp*

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Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2014

16 Days 10 countries

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TRAIL TO ROME

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome. For more ways to save see p.27.

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2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2315 2315 2315 2315 2315 2355 2355

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided, but you will 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. For travel insurance see p.165.

Ferry crossing

14 World Heritage sites visited

TRAIL TO LONDON

16 days

backstage pass 15 nights accommodation: 8 nights hotel upgrade 7 nights in hostels 23 meals: 15 breakfasts (B) 8 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

12 World Heritage sites visited

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Bec Anderson: Contiki has been absolutely amazing, I’ve met the best people, could not have asked for a better group! Can’t wait to visit everyone:) this has definitely been the best days of my life!

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26 Days 12 countries From C$3759pp* C$145 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$339. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / France SPAIN / Monaco / Italy Vatican City / AUSTRIA Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Wales

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover Calais

St Goar

BELGIUM

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

2 PARIS

Dachau

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

don’t miss

2 AUSTRIA TYROL

The roof of the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam turns into a sundeck in the summer - it’s the perfect place for inner city tanning!

World Heritage sites visited

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Pyrenees Mountains

Dolomite Mountains

ITALY

Pisa

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities Special Stopover night

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

SPAIN 1

Visit contiki.com/escapade

Lucerne

Arles

15

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

Liechtenstein

SWITZ FRANCE

rome

MUNICH 1

2 BARCELONA

Vatican City

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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ant to create some ultimate jealousy making status updates? Go on the European Escapade. Take a selfie at the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum & Sistine Chapel. Bragging rights = complete.

budget EUROPEAN ESCAPADE swiss alps

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the Channel to Paris. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Day 3: Paris Soak up sophisticated Paris, indulge in this magical city & its legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at our Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 7: Barcelona Sightsee the city, then tonight feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dance show

Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel via Provence to Arles en route to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

••

Day 9: French Riviera Explore markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun seek on the beach. Rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 10: French Riviera to Florence Check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: Florence Discover the inside info on striking buildings & sacred art

How much & when

before some free time. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry

•

Day 12: Florence to Rome Pass through Umbria’s rolling hills to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Day 21: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • • •

Day 13: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum. There’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 14: Rome to Venice Say ‘arriverderci’ to Rome, and take in the view en route to the canals & gondolas of Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 15: Venice Meander through alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 16: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 17: Vienna Experience Viennese culture on a morning tour, then wander the city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

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Day 18: Vienna to Munich Today we’ll head to Munich, the home of Oktoberfest. On arrival, explore the sights or head to one of the city’s beer halls tonight for dinner & a taste of their famous drop. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 19: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Make a sobering stop at Dachau this morning, before a change of scene in the Austrian Tyrol, with its all-round adrenalin rush.

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Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit the Dachau memorial M Bobsled ride

Day 20: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure exhilarating activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

• • •

Day 22: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Day 23: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

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Day 24: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 25: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise

Summer 2014 Code: CCBE Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

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Finish Ams’dam or London

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backstage pass

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Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 25 nights accommodation:

 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 hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 5 nights in hostels 41 meals: 24 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 16 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot

munich

• Enjoy baguettes & brie on a French picnic • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Pay tribute at the Dachau memorial

Day 26: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B) pisa

26 days

• Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike through cheese making Edam Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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ME TIME optionals M Tandem paragliding or mountain biking in the Tyrol M Cabaret show in Paris M Tour the Roman Forum & Colosseum See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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30 Days 13 countries From C$4499pp* C$150 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$409. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / France / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Greece / Austria Czech Republic Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover St Goar

BELGIUM

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

Heidelberg

Cesky Krumlov

2 PARIS 1 MUNICH

FRANCE

Fontainebleau

1

Burgundy Region

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA

SWITZ

contiki village rome Beaujolais Region

2 SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

don’t miss Wakata Lounge Bar, Prague. This tiny spot is far from the norm in Prague & is perfect for its varied beats from house to hip hop & live DJs.

TYROL Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia

Monaco

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

@Jaime: I really miss touring with my contiki family, don’t get me wrong, I’m still having fun in Spain, but its not the same.

Vatican City

1

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Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii Brindisi

GREECE

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Croatia

VENICE 2

Pisa

FRENCH RIVIERA 2

Hungary

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17 World Heritage sites visited

3 CORFU

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ne day you’re soaking up the rays in Corfu. The next your riding a gondola in Venice. Tough life! Get lost in Europe’s best cities & then grab some down time in the countryside. Literally, what more could you want?

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30 days

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive London. Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 2: London to Paris. Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to France. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Day 3: Paris. Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region. Travel through wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region. Relax at the Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) French picnic lunch

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera. Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. Rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino

• • •

Day 7: French Riviera. Today, sun worship on the beach & practice celebrityspotting. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 8: French Riviera to Florence. Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

••

Day 9: Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. Later, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Day 10: Florence to Rome. Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza

Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Day 11: Rome. Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 12: Rome to Corfu. Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Adriatic Ferry (B) Days 13-15: Corfu. Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this island paradise.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)(B)(B,D) M Island sailing cruise Day 16: Corfu to Italy. Cruise along the Adriatic Coast back to Italy. Adriatic Ferry (B) Day 17: Arrive Venice. It’s on to the magical floating city of Venice. Contiki Village (B) Day 18: Venice. Meander through the tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals

Day 19: Venice to Vienna. Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Day 20: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander the city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

Day 21: Vienna to Prague. Stop at the World Heritage listed town, Český Krumlov, as you travel to Prague, the “City of a Thousand Spires”. Hostel (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

Day 22: Prague. Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square

Day 23: Prague to Munich. Head to Germany & into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 24: Munich to Austrian Tyrol. Experience the stunning Alpine scenery as we head to the cool Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 25: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps. Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the incredible Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • •

Day 26: Swiss Alps. Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up to the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 27: Swiss Alps to the Rhine Valley. Move on through Heidelberg, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock

• •

CORFU SAILING OPTION days 12-14 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)

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Learn how beer steins are crafted

Day 28: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam. Next it’s in to the Netherlands & on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

SAVE

Pay early & save up to C$450. See p.27 for details.

Visit contiki.com/ contrasts-sailing

Day 29: Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés & fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 30: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 27 nights accommodation + 2 nights on board ferries:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: CCSER (resort) Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

2014 Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

4 24 4 19 22 24 2 5 14 17 20 3 5 7 9

Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

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May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug

3 23 2 17 20 22 1 4 13 16 19 1 3 5 7

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Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

11 17 23 29 1 8 14 16 22 26 29 3 5 9

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Summer 2014 Code: CCSES (sailing) Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

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19 22 2 5 17

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2014

2014 May May Jun Jun Jun

Start London

17 20 1 4 16

Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

20 Jul 7 Aug 11 Aug 26 Sep ● Sep 29

19 5 9 24 27

in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort or on a sail boat, 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 6 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 5 nights in hostels

2014

5039 5315 5315 5039 5035

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & 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 p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

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Trip code: CCSES See p.96 for more info & price panel for departure dates & prices.

Resort option - 45 meals: 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 16 dinners (D) Sailing option - 46 meals: 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 3 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy a French picnic • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Go Greek at our Corfu toga party (Resort option only) • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Indulge at a Tuscan feast M Locally guided bike tour of Munich See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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38 Days 18 countries From C$5845pp* C$154 per day pay early & save up to C$525. See p.27 for details

SAVE

ENGLAND / France / Spain Monaco / Italy / Vatican City Greece / Albania / Montenegro (in transit) / Bosnia (in transit) Croatia / Slovenia / Austria Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit) Edam

ENGLAND

Wales

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1 Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

GERMANY

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

3 PARIS

MUNICH 1

Versailles Burgundy Region

SWITZ

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

VIENNA 2 2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

Lake Bled

Verona

Pisa Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

20 World Heritage sites visited

2 BARCELONA

FRENCH 2 RIVIERA

Hungary

SLOVENIA

1 LJUBLJANA 2 VENICE CROATIA

Apennine Mountains Arles

Amber: Anyone wanting a real taste of Europe should definitely book this tour - I learned the places I definitely want to go back to, and the ones I really don’t. But overall a great experience that I’ll never forget my whole life!!.

Slovakia

BOSNIA

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Split

ROME 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

Serbia

1 ZADAR

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MONTENEGRO

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

1 DURRES Bari

ALBANIA GREECE

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Visit contiki.com/adventurer

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each bum? Love it cultural? Want them both? You can. Dunk yourself into the pool of Europe as you discover Amsterdam’s hidden spots, wonder at the sights of the Eternal City, cruise the Croatian coast, hit the beach in Greece & more.

budget EUROPEAN ADVENTURER SWISS ALPS

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore. Hotel Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to Paris. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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TRY Elisabets, Barcelona. Make sure it’s on your hit list. Patatas bravas, chorizo, croquettes, YUM!

ME TIME

optionals M Whitewater rafting M Wine tasting See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Days 3-4: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the beautiful Palace of Versailles. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 5: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château & enjoy the rural French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 7: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

38 days

Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 8: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dancing show

Day 9: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence to Arles. Then it’s on to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

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Day 10: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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Day 11: French Riviera to Venice Head to the Italian countryside, past the ancient maritime city of Genoa, stop in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before we head to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 36 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry :

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Mykonos Beach Resort, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 11 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 8 nights in hostels 59 meals: 36 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 22 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Explore the gardens of Versailles • Wine tasting at Contiki’s Chateau • Enjoy baguettes & brie on our French picnic • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with ROME

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Day 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

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Day 13: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa & check out its architectural wonder before rolling through the Tuscan hillsides to Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 17: Rome to Athens Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B)

Day 26: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split & then travel on to Zadar. Hostel (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 18: To Athens From Patras, cross the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide

Day 27: Zadar to Ljubljana Take off from the seaside city & cruise on into Slovenia’s capital with its alternative youth & student culture. Hotel (B) See the castle & old town

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Day 19: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Days 20-21: Mykonos Hang out for a few days in this Aegean paradise with its azure seas, golden beaches & young, vibrant party culture.  Contiki Special Stopover (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

Day 22: Mykonos to Preveza Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. Hotel (B,D)

Day 14: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s favourite cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry Day 15: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 16: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

How much & when

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Day 23: Preveza to Durres Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. Hotel (B,D) Day 24: Durres to Dubrovnik Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

Day 25: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this World Heritage site. Hostel (B) See the fortified city & Old Port M Island cruise & swimming

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Day 28: Ljubljana to Vienna Skirt past picture perfect Lake Bled on the road to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) See picturesque Lake Bled

Day 29: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Viennese dinner

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Day 30: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by the Austrian Alps stunning alpine scenery en route to Contiki’s own Tyrolean Gasthof.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 31: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure – actionpacked outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports M Mountain bike ride & BBQ lunch

Day 32: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich,

home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 33: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne for Swiss chocolate before reaching our Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

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Day 34: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Day 35: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

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Summer 2014 Code: CCPB Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

5845 5845 5965 6085 6085 6085 6085 6085

2014 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun

14 24 8 15 22 5 12 19

Start London

Finish Ams’dam or London

C$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

6085 6325 6325 6085 6085 6085 6205 6205

2014 21 31 14 21 28 12 19 26

Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

26 14 17 4 15 21 29 1

2 20 23 10 21 27 5 8

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote. * Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163. For travel insurance see p.165.

Day 36: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 37: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise Day 38: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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22 days

VENICE

22 Days 7 countries From C$3549pp* C$162 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to C$325. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / France SPAIN / MONACO / ITALY Vatican City / Greece

ENGLAND

LONDON 1 Dover

Calais

Adam Eliesen @adameliesen: Just finished an amazing @contiki London to Athens trip with the best tour manager out there @Contiki_Laura #LTA #eurotrip

Belgium

ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

Germany

3 PARIS Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

FRANCE Beaujolais Region

CHECK OUT

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Tibidabo in Barcelona. It’s the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola & offers the best views of the city & coastline – get Instagramming!

Austria Switz

Pisa Arles

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

2 FLORENCE

SPAIN

BARCELONA 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Brindisi

Albania

1

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more 1

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Montenegro

2 ROME Vatican City

M Guided city walking tour in Venice M Guided tour of the Vatican Museums

Visit contiki.com/london-athens

Bosnia

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

ME TIME optionals

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

1

Places visited Nightstops Special Stopover night

13 World Heritage sites visited

IONIAN SEA

GREECE

3 CORFU Corinth Canal

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How much & when

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 20 nights accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort & 5 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 2 nights in hostels 34 meals: 20 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 13 dinners (D)

Summer 2014 Code: CCLG Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

3549 3625 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3875

2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

28 3 14 17 27 31 6 9 14 18 20 23 25 28 2

Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3695 3765 3765

2014 19 24 4 7 17 21 27 30 5 9 11 14 16 19 23

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

5 12 17 20 26 1 4 9 14 18 23 25 30 3

26 2 7 10 16 22 25 30 4 8 13 15 20 24

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure. Ask your Contiki sales agent or your travel agent for a fly ‘n’ tour quote.

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

A sleeping bag is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel on this trip.

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

with many free upgrades to twin-share.

Trip starts 6:45am London & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.163.

Ferry crossings

For travel insurance see p.165.

Exclusive inclusions

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Wine tasting at Contiki’s Château • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Italian fashion experience • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Toga party in Corfu • Guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel

See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dance show

Day 2: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team, then ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the “City of Lights.” Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 9: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the rustic region of Provence to Arles, once home to Vincent van Gogh. Then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

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Days 3-4: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the illustrious Palace of Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Day 5: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Stop at Fontainebleau before winding through Burgundy’s wine country to reach Contiki’s very own 16th century Château nestled in the Beaujolais vineyards.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See 12th century Château Fontainbleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

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Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château & immerse yourself in the French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) French picnic lunch

Day 7: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 8: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion & fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B)

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Day 10: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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Day 11: French Riviera to Venice Grab yourself some bargains this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop for designer threads at an outlet mall in Serravalle en route to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 13: Venice to Florence Travel through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa & check out its architectural wonder before rolling through the Tuscan hillsides to Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 14: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B)

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See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

Day 15: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

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Day 16: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 17: Rome to Corfu 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) M Guided tour of Pompeii Days 18-20: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) (B)(B,D) M Water sports including parasailing & waterskiing Day 21: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) M Dinner in the famous Plaka area Day 22: End Athens After visiting the ancient sites, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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How much & when

+ GR GREE EEK K IS SLAN ND ADVENTURER ND R

Summer 2014 Code: LTAI Start London

30 Days 7 countries

GREECE

AEGEAN SEA

2

ATHENS

From C$4869pp* C$163 per day

MYKONOS 2

PAROS 2 SANTORINI 2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/london-athens-greek

2 Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-22: London to Athens Refer to London to Athens on p.121-122. In the afternoon of day 22, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on our Greek Island Adventurer trip. Visit the famous Plaka area Day 23: Athens to Mykonos Hop on board a ferry in the morning & head to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Guesthouse (B) Day 24: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & party culture. Guesthouse

Visit Mykonos town

M Afternoon at Paradise Beach Day 25: Mykonos to Paros Cruise to the ultra chilled island of Paros. Guesthouse Day 26: Paros Spend the day relaxing on island time. Guesthouse Visit Naoussa Day 27: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Guesthouse Visit the main town, Fira Day 28: Santorini Enjoy a free day. Guesthouse Visit Perissa Beach

M Visit Oia at sunset Day 29: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel Day 30: End Athens The trip ends after check out. Please note: Day 30 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

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Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014 Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp*

2014

28 May 27 3 Jun 1 17 Jun 15 27 C Jun 24 31 Jun 29 6 B Jul 6 9 Jul 8 14 Jul 13 20 B Jul 20 23 Jul 22 28 Jul 27

4869 4975 5085 5020 5085 5150 5085 5085 5150 5085 5085

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug

5 Aug 3 12 Aug 10 20 B Aug 19 26 Aug 24 1 B Aug 31 4 Sep 2 9 Sep 7 18 Sep 16 23 Sep 21 30 Sep 28

5345 5345 5410 5345 5150 5085 5085 5085 5085 5195

Prices above are land only & do not include airfares. We have great air deals linking major Canadian gateways with all the start/end cities in this brochure