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HOLIDAYS FOR 18-35’S 2012/13 EUROPE

See more with Contiki Contiki Holidays and our travel agent partners can offer you excellent prices on scheduled flights on some of the world’s top airlines. Combine this with Contiki’s sweet deals means you can see more for less. Take advantage of our exceptional multi-tour savings, early payment discounts, past passenger discounts and great flight deals & keep exploring. Heading to Australia or New Zealand? Book your air ticket & stop off on one of our Asia or South America trips on the way. Want to try South America? Take one of our awesome American or Mexican tours to break the journey. Speak to your travel agent or Contiki Specialist for ways to see more with Contiki.

How to book

Inc. Britain, Egypt & the Mediterranean

Call Contiki or visit your travel agent Contiki Holidays (Canada) Limited

• Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there’s space on the tour you’ve chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your tour. • At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of C$200 per person per tour which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent.

Call our Contiki experts at our Sales Center 6 days a week. Sales Center hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm (EST) and Sat 10am-4pm (EST) Tel: 1 800 268 1835 (416) 932 9449 Fax: 1 877 782 6311 (416) 932 1147 TICO Registration: Wholesale #2058256 Retail #2759979

• Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking. • You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent not less than 45 days before the departure, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. • We will then send to your travel agent your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. Travel Agents can also book online at contiki.com.

Europe Summer 2012/13

33 Kern Road Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 1S9 Tel: (416) 932 9377 Web: contiki.com

IMPORTANT By paying the C$200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.151, which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

DRIVEN BY SERVICE

Contiki Holidays is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

Groups & special interest tours

HAVE YOU DONE IT?

Whether you’re looking to organize a group tour to Europe, Egypt, North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand then please have a look at the huge range of tours in our brochure. It is more than likely that at least one of our itineraries will fit perfectly. If you’re looking for something completely different for your school, university or club then just ask. We’ve been designing and operating outstanding special tours for years.

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Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

Have you done it?

The text pages for this brochure are printed on 90% recycled paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re done. Either pass it on to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy.

THE ORIGINAL

SINCE ‘62 Celebrating 50 great years. See p.34

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> MEET CÉLINE Ms Cousteau talks oceans, Ghandi, and her family. See p.88

> WHAT’S NEW IN 2012 More shopping, new feature hotels, Easy Pace tours. See p.6

> MASTER CHEF Eugenio’s traditional Carbonara alla Frisio recipe. See p.15

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CONTENTS EUROPE 2012/13 > What’s What 02 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 19 20 21 22 24 25

Meet Contiki Love Europe The Contiki way Explore more Meet the team For travellers like you Bon appétit Only Contiki includes more Compare Contiki Save with Contiki & air deals Only Contiki Our tours 5 great ways to go Contiki cares Join us online

Superior MULTI-COUNTRY TOURS

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From C$125 per day

Superior IN-DEPTH REGIONAL TOURS

58

From C$95 per day

Winter/Ski 95

From C$76 per day

Budget Tours 102

From C$123 per day

Festivals + Events 140

From C$67 per day

Cool Stuff 34 35 56 88 120

The original since ‘62 Online, on the road We love Europe Meet Céline We are Contiki

Other Stuff 148 150 151 152

Got a question? Want to stay longer? Booking conditions How to book

Meet us and other travellers online:

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twitter.com/contikican

facebook.com/contiki

youtube.com/contiki

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The Original

Since ‘62 Seeing the world with Contiki is about more than just travelling, it’s about taking a journey. A journey where you’ll discover awe inspiring places & create unforgettable memories. A journey packed full of local culture, cool places & great people. An experience that will change your view on the world. It starts with English speaking people just like you from We’re the original around the world (Australia, travel company Canada, USA, UK, New for 18-35s. We’ve Zealand, South Africa, been travelling Singapore, Brazil & more), the world with people who are determined people like you to get the most out of every since ’62. minute. With Contiki you’ll See p.34 for more discover the real flavour of Europe - the culture & the history, the food & the local customs & especially, the people themselves. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a first timer, with a group or going solo, one thing’s for certain - our know-how means you’ll experience more. We include heaps of extras, from amazing accommodation & authentic local food, to sights, fantastic optional activities & great tour guides.

The greatest journeys start with a single step & end up as legendary stories. Start yours with us.

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Love Europe... We all travel for the moments. Some moments in life make your jaw drop and your eyes widen, like the first time you look up in the Sistine Chapel, or taking your first steps up the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Some take your breath away, like the white knuckle rush you get white water rafting in the Austrian Alps. Others are a little more low-key, like learning your first Spanish saying from the locals in Madrid, or watching the sun set over the Greek Islands with new friends.

One thing’s for certain - these moments all come together to create a story unique to you. One that will live with you forever. It’s the diversity that makes Europe special - the rich local cultures, the unique regional food and the amazing characters you meet along the way. It’s about widening your perspective and coming home with your own story to tell... Your journey starts here...

Art class French practice 17:43: St. Germain, Paris

11:56: The Louvre, Paris

Main stage 16:20: Bilbao

Retail therapy

15:21: Via Dei Condotti, Rome

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UNESCO’s World Heritage sites

Face to face with history

Europe has more World Heritage sites than any other continent in the world. Most Contiki tours visit World Heritage sites, so look for the World Heritage symbol on the tour pages.

12:53: The Colosseum, Rome visit contiki.com/worldheritagelist to find out more

Late lunch

A new perspective 14:25: Barcelona

Island hopping

15:35: Croatia

Scan to explore Europe with Contiki...

19:43: Florence

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There’s so much to experience in Europe. Seeing it all with Contiki isn’t quite like anything else - find out what makes us different. Walking tour of ancient Rome

What’s new in 2012 ‘Easy Pace’ tours. With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts plus all our usual benefits including great local experiences. See p.22-23 for more. Discover incredible local fashion, with designer outlet shopping at 4 locations across Europe. Even more authentic cuisine at specially selected local restaurants. See p.14-15 for more. Two new Feature Hotels - the Jailhotel & the Himmelrich Hotel. See p.28 for more.

See Europe your way.

Get more with Contiki.

No matter how you like to travel, we’ve got trips to suit all tastes. Whether it’s cruising in the Med or overland through the Alps, a long adventure or a short getaway, going basic for your budget or a deluxe treat, there’s a Contiki with your name on it. With 5 different trip styles to choose from there’s one to suit every taste & budget. Find out more on p.22-23.

We know it’s important that you get the most for your money, which is why our tours include more sights, more activities, more amazing accommodation plus a host of exclusive extras you can only get with us. The bottom line? You’ll get more incredible experiences travelling with Contiki.

Amazing places to stay. Travel with us & you’ll stay in loads of spectacular places. How about a 16th century French Château or a Roman Villa. Perhaps a Gasthof in the Austrian Alps or a beachside resort in the Greek Islands. Many of our Special Stopovers, Contiki Villages & Feature Hotels are exclusive to us & all are guaranteed to impress.

Tuscan wine tasting & antipasti

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Contiki’s exclusive Château & On-site Team

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Only Contiki

Get even more value with our “Only Contiki” special inclusions, like a locally guided city bike tour in the Dutch countryside, a night cruise & dinner in Budapest, an extra special sightseeing trip in Rome & plenty more. Check the “Only Contiki” section on the tour pages to see the included experiences.

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Free time to explore

Contiki

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More time to explore. No journey is complete without time to relax & find your own path. That’s why we give you heaps of free time to head out, discover & create your own adventure. Relax, learn, explore more deeply or just hang out - it’s your choice. Plus, we also give you plenty of inspirational ideas with our optional activities. See p.8-9 for more.

We’re here for you. From your Tour Manager & Driver, to our customer service teams & locally-based On-site Teams, everyone at Contiki has one single focus - to make your trip the experience of a lifetime. See p.10-11 for more.

Local know-how. Wherever you travel you want to get the local experience - whether it’s finding an authentic Greek taverna for lunch in Athens, or having a blast with the locals after dark in Prague. Our team are all passionate travellers who live & breathe Europe & can’t wait to show you the insider’s view of the places you visit.

More authentic thentic local meals included

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Biking, Switzerland White water rafting, Norway

Take it easy, Rome Enjoy authentic local cuisine, Florence

Explore more Make the most of your free time... No journey is complete without some time to explore, relax & go your own way.

Please note: Explore More optional activities are not included in the price of your tour. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasions, for some activities, travellers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave it’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & therefore involve some risk.

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On our trips, the only things that are fixed are your destinations. Want to venture out on your own amongst the locals, or hang with new friends? Want to do something active or just plain chill out? It’s up to you.

Hit the shops, Barcelona Gondola ride, Venice

All of our trips are planned to ensure there’s heaps of free time, giving you the freedom to travel the way you want. Free time means time to head off & do your own thing, like hunting down some local music or finding the latest fashion. Grab your camera & frame up some great shots, or spend some time poolside, at the beach, shopping, hiking, biking or taking to the streets. Free time is about doing what you’re into, taking time to enjoy the experience of new places & new cultures. But we take it further. On each tour, for an additional cost we’ve hand-picked a load of

inspiring Explore More options, unique to the places you visit. Some will get your blood pumping, like paragliding in the Tyrol, bobsledding in Lillehammer & white water rafting in Austria. Others will give you a rich cultural experience, like wine tasting in the Rhine Valley, Flamenco dancing in Barcelona or relaxing at a Turkish bathhouse. You’ll get great prices & we can organise it all too.

Moulin Rouge, Paris Island cruise, Croatia

Look out for the Explore More symbol on the tour pages & don’t forget your sense of adventure.

Bungy jumping / Classical concert in Vienna / Rhine Valley ey wine tasting / Caique boat cruise in Corfu / Istanbul meze e & belly dancing / Croatian island cruise & swim / Paris cabaret / Parasailing & waterskiing / Lillehamer bobsled / Spanish Flamenco / Guided tour of Rome & many more...

visit contiki.com/exploremore

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Meet the team The Contiki Difference

Steven

Kirsty

Nothing beats having a travel buddy who knows the real Europe like the back of their hand, a friend who is solely focused on making your trip an epic journey. With Contiki you have over 400 Tour Managers, Drivers & On-site Teams like this across Europe - they’re passionate travellers with only one thing on their mind. You. Europe Our Tour Manager & Driver teams are like on-road guidebooks. They’ll fast-track you to the must-see sights & open doors to authentic experiences that only locals could know about. And they’re always happy to help. They’re professionals who make your trip hassle free. We pick the best of the bunch & send them on a comprehensive training trip (the best in the industry). This

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means you can sit back & relax, knowing that choosing to go Contiki means everything from finding your hotel, to knowing the best local bars, negotiating border crossings & every other important detail of your trip will be taken care of. At our Contiki-only Special Stopovers & Contiki Villages, our resident On-site Teams roll out the red carpet so you get the VIP treatment. There are nearly 100 of them, and because they live in Europe they can give you the local lowdown. They’ll not only make sure you have a great

time, but because they’re exclusive to Contiki you won’t get treated like just another one of the crowd. On top of this, in many locations we use expert local guides to give an insider’s unique perspective of the places we travel.

Our team have put together a guide to some of the coolest stuff to see & do in 4 of Europe’s hottest cities, see p.56-57.

Having a team as big, knowledgeable & well trained as ours means one thing - you just need to focus on experiencing the absolute best that Europe has to offer.

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Getting Around Travelling with us is about mixing it up & seeing Europe from all angles, from relaxing on our comfy coaches, to included plane, train, ferry & boat rides. Travelling on our environmentally friendly coaches (see p.24) is more of a social event than just a way to get around. You’re never short of buddies to hang out with, so chat, recline, pop in your iPod & chill. They’re all state of the art, with air-con, toilets & killer sound systems as standard, & if you’re not checking out the views, on many of them there are films to keep you entertained. Most have got electrical outlets to charge your phone, camera, iPad or iPod on board too. But what’s best is that our coaches are hassle free. From the moment you jump on board, to the moment we drop you at your door & unload your bags, we make getting around Europe easy.

Onboard

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS to keep you charged

PROFILES

Meet Kate, Shona, Pat (Tour Manager), Alice, Sally & Baxter the dog at Contiki’s French Château. They’re part of our expert On-site Teams throughout Europe.

> CINDY, Tour Manager, lives in Saint Sultice, France I will…get you into the real Europe. It’s my backyard & I’ll show you all the things I love. We know…the authentic places outside the tourist trail. Taste…Tapas in Spain, in particular clam, jellyfish & squid with apple! Travel is…about new experiences & being open to anything.

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> NUNO, Driver, lives in Braga, Portugal Don’t miss…Austria’s activities like paragliding, bike riding & getting back to nature. I love…being able to show you my Europe. Don’t forget…me once you leave your tour! You’ll love Europe…because each new culture is like a new lesson on life.

> BAXTER, resident pooch, Château de Cruix, France I love…the girls that visit the Château & rub my tummy *woof!* I eat…anything I can find. I’ll…lick you to death but won’t fetch your slippers. > PATRICK, Tour Manager, from Melbourne, Australia I love my job...because I’m a traveller who is lucky enough to share my knowledge with people so they can be as passionate as I am. Don’t forget…to come with the attitude of an adventurer! Listen…to me play the guitar on tour. I can’t really play, but I’m trying & it makes people laugh.

Get in touch with fellow travellers:

> BRIDGET, Tour Manager, from Wellington, New Zealand I love…seeing people’s faces when they see the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Believe…that travel & Europe will leave an impact on your life, as well as the people you meet on your tour. I am…a vegetarian, but not in Germany or Austria. facebook.com/contiki twitter.com/contikican

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Some of the best experiences you can have on the road are not just about the places you visit, but the people you share them with. Contiki began as a bunch of friends discovering Europe together. Sharing the good times with like-minded young travellers is still at the heart of everything we do today. Our trips bring together people just like you from all

around the globe. So whether you’re an experienced traveller or a first time explorer, travelling solo, as a couple or group, you’ll come home with great memories shared with new friends.

you For travellers like

We’d love to hear from you... @tlw88 via twitter for iPhone “The French Riviera was awesome, the food was amazing everywhere & Rhine Valley was so beautiful.”

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Alarna G. facebook. com/contiki “Really didn’t want to leave....made awesome friends and spent way too much money shopping!! Lol.”

Bridgette A. facebook.com/ contiki. “I did it all on my own it was the best time of my life, the fellow people on my tour ended up feelin like family :) ♥ contiki.”

Sarah K. facebook.com/ contiki

@jeshy134 via twitter for iPhone

“I just got home from Contiki Road to Athens anyone thinking about going just DO it! It’s the most fun u will ever have.”

“I look at my own Contiki Europe pics & I’m jealous of past me!”

@buzylizie via Web “Each trip expands your outlook on life, yourself & others :) opens u 2 new experiences.”

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A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles

Going solo?

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First big trip?

More than half our travellers go it alone, which means you are guaranteed to link up with other young (18-35 is all we do), adventurous & like-minded travel buddies. We don’t charge single supplements for solo travellers - we’ll match you up with a same sex room-mate. For a little extra you can always opt for the privacy of ‘A room to myself’ (see p.29) on Superior tours.

Your first European trip can be a bit daunting, even if you’ve travelled a lot before. So from the moment you decide to go, we’re here to help. Give us a call, drop us an email, get online or find us on Facebook & Twitter. We’ll answer your questions & give you lots of essential travel tips. Need advice on what to pack? Ideas for what to do with your free time? Just ask! You’ll also receive an exclusive Contiki-only Travellers Guide filled with essential pre-trip info, tips on the destinations you’re headed to, currency information, ideas for your free time plus lots more.

The Contiki Basement London is such a buzzing city it is hard to know where to begin. Don’t worry, our exclusive team at the Contiki Basement are at the ready to help make starting out in London easy.

If you’re looking for inspiration you can pick their brains on anything from gigs & shows to shopping, art or something more quirky – just ask. They can even help you sort sightseeing tours & theatre tickets. As well as being located at The Royal National Hotel, our main London hotel & the departure point for all tours starting in London, the Basement’s where your “Kick-Start” meeting is held. You can also use the Basement for everything from storing your bags & checking your emails (we’ve got FREE WiFi), to hanging out & showing off to your buddies on Facebook with our free video booth.

London Calling > If your tour starts or ends in London, there’s so much to see & do. So, it makes sense to stay & check it out, especially as the city gears up for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. We make it easy with great rates at the Royal National & Imperial Hotels, smack bang in the centre of London. You won’t get more central & they’re near ultra cool East London, Soho & the West End. Or choose a complete package for discovering London with our 3 or 5 day London Explorer packages. Both include accommodation, return airport transfers, sightseeing tours, tickets to famous West End shows plus breakfasts & access to Contiki’s Basement team. For full details & how to book see p.141.

Hashtag your tweets. We read everything. #Contiki

Our team are here to answer your questions, give advice & share all things Contiki. contiki.com/community

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twitter.com/contikican

facebook.com/contiki

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On our Superior In-Depth Regional tours we’ve hand-picked some of our favourite local places to eat for each & every included dinner. Think quaint tavernas in Greece, rustic trattorias in Italy & cute little bistros in France, where you’ll sample local specialities & meet the colourful local characters. On most of our Superior tours you’ll get a deeper understanding of

European cuisine, as you learn how to make authentic Italian pizza from our chefs in Rome & meet some local characters at some of our favourite European restaurants. On our Budget trips, our expert On-site Teams make sure you’re filled with delicious home-cooked food, sourced fresh from local markets. You’ll get a taste of the places you visit, with our teams dishing up unique regional specialities. Plus, on many of our optional nights out there’s even more to tempt, from an Italian feast with Chianti wine in the rolling Tuscan hills, to delicious meze in Istanbul, or a Spanish banquet & Flamenco dancing in Barcelona. We’re pretty good at catering to special dietary requirements too - just let us know when you book & we’ll do our best to accommodate.

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We include breakfast every day & about half your evening meals, but we don’t include every meal (especially lunches) for a reason. There’s a world of tastes to explore in every destination, and with our team on hand to point you in the direction of the best local eateries, we keep things flexible so you can branch out and make your own discoveries. On top of this, we add some extra special experiences.

Appétit

Exploring new cultures through food is one of the best things about travel, and we’re passionate about serving up the most authentic culinary experiences. From freshly caught seafood in Greece, pasta & pizza in Italy to rich French flavours & delicious tapas & paella in Spain wherever you choose to travel, we’ll open doors to some of the best local restaurants.

Pizza making demonstration in Rome

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Eugenio’s traditional Carbonara alla Frisio If you travel on a Contiki tour through Rome, you might be treated at Eugenio’s restaurant, Scoglio di Frisio. “I chose this recipe as it is easy to do at home & it has its own history: at the end of World War II, a lot of people came to Rome from Abruzzo to work. Many of them worked in coal (carbone) mines & that’s why the recipe takes the name Carbonara.”

You’ll need… 180g pasta (Bucatini or Rigatoni) 1 egg 2 teaspoons of Parmigiano cheese 1 teaspoon of black pepper 20g of pork underbelly or bacon 1 spoon of olive oil 20g salt 1 litre of water (for the pasta) A drop of white wine

Authentic local food

Then…

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Put egg, parmigiano cheese & pepper into a bowl & mix until it becomes smooth, then place in the fridge.

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Fry the olive oil & pork underbelly (or bacon) until golden brown. Once cooked, leave the bacon to cool, then throw away half of the liquid in the frying pan, place the frying pan back on the grill & add in a drop of white wine.

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Put 1 litre of water & the salt into a pot, with a drop of olive oil. When the water starts to boil, place in the pasta until it’s soft & cooked. Place the pasta in the frying pan, with the bacon & the egg mix. Put the frying pan back on the heat & mix pasta with the sauce. Pay attention to eggs: they don’t have to be cooked!

We love it local & here are a few of our favourite spots you’ll visit on our tours… > Barcelona Monchos is the place for tapas & sangria in Spain. Spanish Spree & Mediterranean Highlights tours.

> Rome Taste traditional Italian food in an authentic rustic atmosphere at Scoglio di Frisio. Best of Europe & Mediterranean Highlights tours.

> Prague Indulge Czech style at Restaurant Plzenska. Best of Europe, Eastern Road & Berlin to Budapest tours.

> Budapest Feast on traditional Hungarian cuisine on our Danube River Cruise. Berlin to Budapest tour.

> Krakow Try authentic Polish cuisine at Ariel Restaurant. Eastern Road tour.

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If pasta is too dry, add a little water from the pasta cooking pot.

Try Florentine food at its best at Gatto e la Volpe. Simply Italy tour.

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At the very end, add Parmigiano cheese. Done! (Serves 1)

Experience the traditional British pub vibes at the Lowther Pub. Great Britain & Ireland.

> York

Check out p.56-57 for more of our favourite restaurants to try across Europe.

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When in Rome... We’ve got Rome covered. With our exclusive “Special Access Rome” sightseeing tour, we’ll take you places others can only point out on a map. You’ll uncover relics from the past of the former capital of the Roman Empire, like the Colosseum & Palatine Hill. You’ll see St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican City, the world famous Roman Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & Spanish Steps.

Only Contiki

Contiki’s exclusive Special Stopovers

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Our exclusive Contiki On-site Teams

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There’s so much to see and do in Europe. We make sure you experience everything, from the blockbuster sights to authentic local experiences - but we also make sure that you get the best bang for your buck. With Contiki you get more included as part of your tour than going any other way. Iconic sights, all included:

Amazing accommodation:

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 a bunch of entry fees too, plus we’ll save you time, like queue skipping at the Eiffel Tower & the Vatican.

Whichever way you choose to travel, we hook you up with some special places to stay. We’ve got comfortable cabins at our Contiki Villages, exclusive experiences at our Special Stopovers & spectacular stays at our amazing Feature Hotels, all included for you.

Discover the real Europe:

From our On-road Crew & exclusive On-site Teams, to our exceptional customer service teams - from the moment you decide to book until your last day of tour, it’s all about you.

Learn more with included cycling tours, orientation talks at every stop, plus locally guided special access walking tours. Our team will also take you inside the real Europe like only a local can, with authentic experiences like tasting escargot in a local Parisian café or wine tasting in a Beaujolais cuvage.

Exclusive experiences: Go exploring by bike

Loads of what we offer you can’t get anywhere else. From our “Special Access Rome” sightseeing tour, to our “Paris by night” tour & exclusive designer outlet shopping across Europe. Check out the “Only Contiki” highlights on every tour page.

The best team:

Authentic food: Discover the best local cuisine. We include more special meals & some exclusive culinary experiences - learn to make pizza in Rome, dine with the locals in Nice & nibble on tapas in Barcelona.

Better value: This all adds up to better value for you. Plus there’s no extra cost if you’re travelling solo & we’ve got great ways to save even more. See p.19 for more.

Paris je t’aime... Get acquainted with Paris’ famous sights as you explore the city on our exclusive “Paris by Night” sightseeing tour. Burn around the Arc de Triomphe & people watch the chic Parisians down the famous Champs Élysées. You’ll wonder at the stunning architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre & of course the unmissable Eiffel Tower.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Included highlights are shown on each tour page

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Definite departures Over 500 definite departures, with more added every week. Check your tour on the Contiki website & look out for the definite departure symbol on the availability calendar.

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Great value Compare Contiki in a day Compare Contiki to travelling on your own & you’ll be surprised. As well as saving you money (see the table below) we give you more by looking after all the details & making your trip hassle free - things you don’t get when you go it alone. All your accommodation & transport looked after (including door to door service), loads of included sightseeing & some amazing local food. Most importantly, you get 24/7 access to our knowledgeable On-road Team - all their local insight will make sure you get the most out of all the places you visit. Breakfast

Day Travel Pass

Sightseeing

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

Dinner (2 courses & a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)

Accommodation 1 night (avg. price of budget hotel)

Total cost when travelling on your own converted to C$

Rome, Italy

Prague, Czech Rep

Athens, Greece

€9.00

125 Kč

€8.00

Café latte, orange juice and pastry at Bar Brasile

Bagel & coffee at Bohemia Bagel

Café latte, orange juice and pastry at Gregory’s

€4.00

110 Kč

€3.00

Day Metro pass

Day travel pass

Day Metro pass

€61.00

845 Kč

€36.00

City walking tour (€30) & Rome Bus Tour (€31)

Walking Sightseeing tour

City sightseeing & guided Acropolis tour

€20.32

€20.32

€20.32

€30.00

514 Kč

€31.00

At Scoglio di Frisio

At Plzenska Restaurant Old Town

At The Hani, Plaka

€60.00

1835 Kč

€69.00

At Regent Hotel Rome

At Ibis Old Town Hotel

At Hotel President

C$251/day

C$219/day

C$228/day

How much is your time worth? 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, & it can take up loads of your precious time. Leave the hard bits 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.

You can’t do all that we do for cheaper, see for yourself Superior Multi-Country from Superior In-Depth Regional from

C$125/day C$95/day

Budget Multi-Country from

C$123/day

* Prices & exchange rates validated at 25th July, 2011 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 tour price. Contiki pricing based on 18 Day European Encounter (Winter) p.40-41, 7 Day Aegean Classic (Quad inside) p.92 & 12 day European Horizon p.106-107.

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with Contiki Our top 5 saving tips

We know how important your hard earned money is to you, so we have plenty of deals to help your money go further.

1 Go Vintage.

Pay Early

Travelling Again?

3 Cut the credit.

If you’ve travelled with us before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. Plus, we can hook you up with discounts with our sister companies as well. See p.148 for more.

4

$

SAV E

Book early & save up to C$349* if you book & pay 12 months before you leave, or save up to C$309* if you book & pay 6 months before you leave. See tour pages to find out your pay early discount. * Pay Early Savings of C$349* & C$309 based on 26 Day Winter Wanderer p.98-99 & 35 Day European Explorer p.52-55 respectively.

Book with Mates 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!

2 or More

Buy your next outfit at your local charity shop.

2 Ride a bike to work.

Save money on transport costs (plus you’ll get fit too!)

Stick a picture of your next holiday spot on your credit card. When you go to use it next, you’ll think twice.

Book a triple share room & we’ll give you 5% off (available on many of our Superior hotel tours).

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land tour price (ie: not international flights to and from Europe that start or end your tour). You can combine group discounts, multi tour discounts & early payment discounts on tours of 7 days or longer.

Why not take it to the streets & try busking.

5 Go back to basics.

Save money on fruit & veg & grow your own.

Got your own tip on how to save? Tell us about it at facebook.com/contiki

Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get C$100 off the cost of the second tour. You can pick any Contiki tour worldwide – so why not add on another tour & have twice the fun.

Triple Share

Got skills?

Only Contiki

The original since ‘62 Because we’ve been doing what we do longer than anyone else, no one knows Europe like us. We live & breathe it & our experience means that you get the most amazing, authentic, life changing experiences for 18-35s.

Travel your way Our diverse range of trips means we have a tour with your name on it. Whether you’re looking for a long trip or quick get-away, if you’re a first timer or a seasoned traveller, going solo or with a group, you will find your perfect trip with Contiki.

More free time We build in loads of free time so you can explore on your own if you want. Free time means time to head off & get local. We’ve also organised a whole load of amazing optional activities for you to try if you’d like. It’s your choice. Our Tour Managers take care of all the details (not you), so you’ll get the most out of your trip.

Unbeatable value More sights, more activities, more free time, more definite departures & more amazing accommodation, plus a host of exclusive experiences that you only get with Contiki. The bottom line? Go Contiki - you’ll get more than going any other way.

Extraordinary service When it comes to crew, we lead. Our team are the biggest, the best trained & the most committed to delivering amazing experiences, tailored especially for 18-35s. And only Contiki has nearly 100 locally-based team members to look after you at our exclusive locations around Europe.

Single Traveller Saving

Amazing accommodation

If travelling alone, share a room with another Contiki traveller on a same sex, twin-room basis (non-smoking). On our Superior tours, if you prefer your own room, we have a cost-effective single supplement available.

Only Contiki includes the widest range of amazing overnight stays. Our exclusive Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers, with their dedicated Contiki Teams, are genuinely unique. We’ve now got more Feature Hotels than ever before & each offers an authentic local experience.

See each tour itinerary for details.

Incredible food

One stop shop for your airfare & tour

Check out our latest deals at contiki.com/deals

Nobody does food like Contiki. Wherever you travel you can expect the best of regional European cuisine. Each included meal on our Superior In-Depth Regional tours is at one of our favourite local restaurants. Our Budget tours are packed with feature meals & you get loads of market-fresh home cooking. Get your taste buds ready.

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

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? 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.

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

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Scan to view our latest deals... Find out more at contiki.com/barcodes

with Contiki Our top 5 saving tips

We know how important your hard earned money is to you, so we have plenty of deals to help your money go further.

1 Go Vintage.

Pay Early

Travelling Again?

3 Cut the credit.

If you’ve travelled with us before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. Plus, we can hook you up with discounts with our sister companies as well. See p.148 for more.

4

$

SAV E

Book early & save up to C$349* if you book & pay 12 months before you leave, or save up to C$309* if you book & pay 6 months before you leave. See tour pages to find out your pay early discount. * Pay Early Savings of C$349* & C$309 based on 26 Day Winter Wanderer p.98-99 & 35 Day European Explorer p.52-55 respectively.

Book with Mates 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!

2 or More

Buy your next outfit at your local charity shop.

2 Ride a bike to work.

Save money on transport costs (plus you’ll get fit too!)

Stick a picture of your next holiday spot on your credit card. When you go to use it next, you’ll think twice.

Book a triple share room & we’ll give you 5% off (available on many of our Superior hotel tours).

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land tour price (ie: not international flights to and from Europe that start or end your tour). You can combine group discounts, multi tour discounts & early payment discounts on tours of 7 days or longer.

Why not take it to the streets & try busking.

5 Go back to basics.

Save money on fruit & veg & grow your own.

Got your own tip on how to save? Tell us about it at facebook.com/contiki

Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get C$100 off the cost of the second tour. You can pick any Contiki tour worldwide – so why not add on another tour & have twice the fun.

Triple Share

Got skills?

Only Contiki

The original since ‘62 Because we’ve been doing what we do longer than anyone else, no one knows Europe like us. We live & breathe it & our experience means that you get the most amazing, authentic, life changing experiences for 18-35s.

Travel your way Our diverse range of trips means we have a tour with your name on it. Whether you’re looking for a long trip or quick get-away, if you’re a first timer or a seasoned traveller, going solo or with a group, you will find your perfect trip with Contiki.

More free time We build in loads of free time so you can explore on your own if you want. Free time means time to head off & get local. We’ve also organised a whole load of amazing optional activities for you to try if you’d like. It’s your choice. Our Tour Managers take care of all the details (not you), so you’ll get the most out of your trip.

Unbeatable value More sights, more activities, more free time, more definite departures & more amazing accommodation, plus a host of exclusive experiences that you only get with Contiki. The bottom line? Go Contiki - you’ll get more than going any other way.

Extraordinary service When it comes to crew, we lead. Our team are the biggest, the best trained & the most committed to delivering amazing experiences, tailored especially for 18-35s. And only Contiki has nearly 100 locally-based team members to look after you at our exclusive locations around Europe.

Single Traveller Saving

Amazing accommodation

If travelling alone, share a room with another Contiki traveller on a same sex, twin-room basis (non-smoking). On our Superior tours, if you prefer your own room, we have a cost-effective single supplement available.

Only Contiki includes the widest range of amazing overnight stays. Our exclusive Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers, with their dedicated Contiki Teams, are genuinely unique. We’ve now got more Feature Hotels than ever before & each offers an authentic local experience.

See each tour itinerary for details.

Incredible food

One stop shop for your airfare & tour

Check out our latest deals at contiki.com/deals

Nobody does food like Contiki. Wherever you travel you can expect the best of regional European cuisine. Each included meal on our Superior In-Depth Regional tours is at one of our favourite local restaurants. Our Budget tours are packed with feature meals & you get loads of market-fresh home cooking. Get your taste buds ready.

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

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? 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.

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

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Discover your ideal trip...

KEY:

Château de Fontager

These tours also operate in winter. See p.95-97 for more. Easy Pace tours. See p.22 for more.

Superior

Superior

Superior

Budget

Winter

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

From C$125/day

From C$125/day

In-Depth Regional From C$95/day

Touring & Ski Austria From C$76/day

ROAD TO ATHENS plus CRUISES Days From Page 23 / 27 ..................C$3585 ...... 43

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 14...............................C$1695 ...... 72-73

EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS Days From Page 20...............................C$3185 ...... 44-45

SPANISH SPREE Days From Page 15...............................C$1649 ...... 74-75

EUROPEAN INSPIRATION Days From Page 21...............................C$2635 ...... 46-47

EGYPT & THE NILE Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1065 ...... 76-77

EUROPEAN VISTA Days From Page 23...............................C$2879 ...... 48-49

TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY Days From Page 11...............................C$1545 ...... 78

EUROPEAN PANORAMA Days From Page 30...............................C$4929 ...... 50-51

BERLIN, PRAGUE & VIENNA Days From Page 10...............................C$1215 ...... 79

EUROPEAN EXPLORER Days From Page 35...............................C$5919 ...... 52-55

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST Days From Page 12...............................C$1385 ...... 80

DISCOVER Page SUPERIOR TOURS .............. 26-27 ABOUT SUPERIOR Page ACCOMMODATION ......... 28-29 EUROPEAN MAGIC Days From Page 11...............................C$1399 ...... 30-31 AMSTERDAM to BARCELONA Days From Page 12...............................C$2085 ...... 32-33 EUROPEAN DISCOVERY Days From Page 14...............................C$1819 ...... 36-37 BEST OF EUROPE Days From Page 11 / 14 ..................C$2855 ...... 38-39 EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER Days From Page 18...............................C$2245 ...... 40-41 ROAD TO ATHENS / ROAD TO ROME Days From Page 19 / 15 ..................C$2315 ...... 42

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Superior In-Depth Regional Page DISCOVER IN-DEPTH TOURS ............... 58-59 IRELAND Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1195 ...... 60 SCOTLAND & IRELAND Days From Page 14...............................C$2055 ...... 60 ENGLAND & SCOTLAND Days From Page 10 / 11 ..................C$1185 ...... 61 SCOTLAND Days From Page 7 ..................................C$975.......... 61 GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND Days From Page 17...............................C$2429 ...... 62-63 LONDON & PARIS Days From Page 8 / 10......................C$1049 ...... 64-65 LONDON, PARIS & AMSTERDAM Days From Page 10.........................C$1465 ..... 65 LONDON, PARIS & ROME Days From Page 11...............................C$1669 ...... 65

BERLIN & PRAGUE Days From Page 8 ..................................C$959.......... 81 VIENNA & BUDAPEST Days From Page 6 ..................................C$779.......... 81 EASTERN ROAD Days From Page 14...............................C$2075 ...... 82-83 CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 9 ..................................C$889.......... 84-85 GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 14...............................C$2049 ...... 86-87 SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE + CRUISING Days From Page 5 / 9 / 13 .............C$769.......... 90-91 AEGEAN CLASSIC & GOLDEN FLEECE CRUISES Days From Page 7 / 10......................C$665.......... 92-93 MYKONOS & ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1345 ...... 94

From C$123/day DISCOVER Page BUDGET TOURS....................................... 102-103

DISCOVER Page WINTER TOURS.................... 95-97

ABOUT BUDGET Page ACCOMMODATION ............................ 104-105

WINTER WANDERER Days From Page 26...............................C$3369 ...... 98-99

EUROPEAN HORIZON Days From Page 12...............................C$1469 ......................... 106-107 EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 16...............................C$1999 ......................... 108-109 EUROPEAN WHIRL Days From Page 20...............................C$2519 ......................... 110-111

SKI AUSTRIA Days From Page 7 / 15......................C$615.......... 100-101

More ways to travel

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE Days From Page 22...............................C$2765 ......................... 112-113

DISCOVER MORE Page WAYS TO TRAVEL.............................................140

EUROPEAN SPIRIT Days From Page 23...............................C$2945 ......................... 114-115

LONDON EXPLORER Days From Page 3 / 5 .........................C$275........................................141

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE Days From Page 27...............................C$3455 ......................... 116-117

PARIS AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................C$545........................................142

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS Days From Page 31...............................C$4095 ......................... 118-119

AMSTERDAM AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................C$485........................................142

EUROPEAN ADVENTURER Days From Page 39...............................C$5335 ......................... 122-124

ST PATRICK’S DAY IN DUBLIN Days From Page 4 ..................................C$349........................................142

LONDON TO ATHENS Days From Page 23.........................C$3199 .....................125-126

PARIS AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................C$545........................................143

LONDON TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 35...............................C$4715 ......................... 127

AMSTERDAM AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................C$485........................................143

LONDON TO ROME Days From Page 18...............................C$2495 ......................... 127 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 47...............................C$6699 ......................... 128-130 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + EGYPT OPTION Days From Page 47...............................C$6739 ......................... 131 GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURER Days From Page 10...............................C$1249 ..................... 132-133 SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA Days From Page 28...............................C$4309 ..................... 134-135

HOGMANAY IN EDINBURGH Days From Page 4 ..................................C$535........................................143 ANZAC CLASSIC / ODYSSEY Days From Page 4 / 5 .........................C$455........................................144 MUNICH OKTOBERFEST Days From Page 4-7.............................C$289........................................145 PAMPLONA RUNNING OF THE BULLS Days From Page 4-7.............................C$310........................................146 PAMPLONA + BILBAO BBK LIVE Days From Page 6 / 8 .........................C$575........................................147

SCANDINAVIA Days From Page 16 / 18 ..................C$2415 ..................... 136-137

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL & MILITARY TATTOO Days From Page 4 ..................................C$465........................................147

ITALIAN ESPRESSO Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1179 ...... 68-69

RUSSIA Days From Page 13 / 15 ..................C$2029 ..................... 138-139

ROYAL ASCOT Days From Page 1 ..................................C$139........................................147

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL plus GREEK ISLAND CRUISES Days From Page 15 / 19 ..................C$2139 ...... 71

Need help finding your perfect trip? Scan to ask the Contiki genius Find out more at contiki.com/barcodes

Superior Multi-Country & In-Depth Regional Superior is all about hotel accommodation & keeping it comfy, no matter what the season. With twin-share hotels near the sights, you’ll get all the comforts of home - many have ensuites, TVs & WiFi. We’ve got 2 ways to travel Superior – our Multi-Country tours & In-Depth Regional tours.

Superior Multi-Country Our Multi-Country tours are a great way to see a lot of Europe, with hotel accommodation every night. Our hand-picked Feature Hotels offer an extra special spot of glam. Think a Château in France, a Roman Villa, amazing hotels in the Swiss Alps or a Greek Island beach resort for the ultimate summer experience.

Superior In-Depth Regional Our In-Depth Regional tours are all about having that little extra time to explore a specific region. With more 2 & 3 night stops, you can explore & go off the beaten tourist track even more. Authentic, local food is an important part of In-Depth Regional tours every included dinner is in one of our favourite local restaurants, so you can try some authentic cuisine, meet some locals & really indulge in the flavours of Europe. Think tapas in Barcelona, traditional French cuisine in Nice & a Greek feast in Athens. And what’s best is that many of our tours operate in winter too. Look for the symbol in the index for our year-round tours.

AMSTERDAM IN EASTER Days From Page 4 ..................................C$359........................................147

SIMPLY ITALY Days From Page 13...................................C$1649........66-67

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL Days From Page 12...............................C$1895 ...... 70-71

We understand what you want from your trip. Choose from our 5 great ways to travel.

Easy Pace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, & even more local meals, our Easy Pace tours 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 symbol above on the Superior Multi-Country & Superior In-Depth Regional tour pages.

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www.contiki.com/trips

Discover your ideal trip...

KEY:

Château de Fontager

These tours also operate in winter. See p.95-97 for more. Easy Pace tours. See p.22 for more.

Superior

Superior

Superior

Budget

Winter

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

From C$125/day

From C$125/day

In-Depth Regional From C$95/day

Touring & Ski Austria From C$76/day

ROAD TO ATHENS plus CRUISES Days From Page 23 / 27 ..................C$3585 ...... 43

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 14...............................C$1695 ...... 72-73

EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS Days From Page 20...............................C$3185 ...... 44-45

SPANISH SPREE Days From Page 15...............................C$1649 ...... 74-75

EUROPEAN INSPIRATION Days From Page 21...............................C$2635 ...... 46-47

EGYPT & THE NILE Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1065 ...... 76-77

EUROPEAN VISTA Days From Page 23...............................C$2879 ...... 48-49

TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY Days From Page 11...............................C$1545 ...... 78

EUROPEAN PANORAMA Days From Page 30...............................C$4929 ...... 50-51

BERLIN, PRAGUE & VIENNA Days From Page 10...............................C$1215 ...... 79

EUROPEAN EXPLORER Days From Page 35...............................C$5919 ...... 52-55

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST Days From Page 12...............................C$1385 ...... 80

DISCOVER Page SUPERIOR TOURS .............. 26-27 ABOUT SUPERIOR Page ACCOMMODATION ......... 28-29 EUROPEAN MAGIC Days From Page 11...............................C$1399 ...... 30-31 AMSTERDAM to BARCELONA Days From Page 12...............................C$2085 ...... 32-33 EUROPEAN DISCOVERY Days From Page 14...............................C$1819 ...... 36-37 BEST OF EUROPE Days From Page 11 / 14 ..................C$2855 ...... 38-39 EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER Days From Page 18...............................C$2245 ...... 40-41 ROAD TO ATHENS / ROAD TO ROME Days From Page 19 / 15 ..................C$2315 ...... 42

Index 21-22 GF Contents Tour Styles_CAD.indd 1

Superior In-Depth Regional Page DISCOVER IN-DEPTH TOURS ............... 58-59 IRELAND Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1195 ...... 60 SCOTLAND & IRELAND Days From Page 14...............................C$2055 ...... 60 ENGLAND & SCOTLAND Days From Page 10 / 11 ..................C$1185 ...... 61 SCOTLAND Days From Page 7 ..................................C$975.......... 61 GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND Days From Page 17...............................C$2429 ...... 62-63 LONDON & PARIS Days From Page 8 / 10......................C$1049 ...... 64-65 LONDON, PARIS & AMSTERDAM Days From Page 10.........................C$1465 ..... 65 LONDON, PARIS & ROME Days From Page 11...............................C$1669 ...... 65

BERLIN & PRAGUE Days From Page 8 ..................................C$959.......... 81 VIENNA & BUDAPEST Days From Page 6 ..................................C$779.......... 81 EASTERN ROAD Days From Page 14...............................C$2075 ...... 82-83 CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 9 ..................................C$889.......... 84-85 GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 14...............................C$2049 ...... 86-87 SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE + CRUISING Days From Page 5 / 9 / 13 .............C$769.......... 90-91 AEGEAN CLASSIC & GOLDEN FLEECE CRUISES Days From Page 7 / 10......................C$665.......... 92-93 MYKONOS & ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1345 ...... 94

From C$123/day DISCOVER Page BUDGET TOURS....................................... 102-103

DISCOVER Page WINTER TOURS.................... 95-97

ABOUT BUDGET Page ACCOMMODATION ............................ 104-105

WINTER WANDERER Days From Page 26...............................C$3369 ...... 98-99

EUROPEAN HORIZON Days From Page 12...............................C$1469 ......................... 106-107 EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 16...............................C$1999 ......................... 108-109 EUROPEAN WHIRL Days From Page 20...............................C$2519 ......................... 110-111

SKI AUSTRIA Days From Page 7 / 15......................C$615.......... 100-101

More ways to travel

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE Days From Page 22...............................C$2765 ......................... 112-113

DISCOVER MORE Page WAYS TO TRAVEL.............................................140

EUROPEAN SPIRIT Days From Page 23...............................C$2945 ......................... 114-115

LONDON EXPLORER Days From Page 3 / 5 .........................C$275........................................141

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE Days From Page 27...............................C$3455 ......................... 116-117

PARIS AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................C$545........................................142

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS Days From Page 31...............................C$4095 ......................... 118-119

AMSTERDAM AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................C$485........................................142

EUROPEAN ADVENTURER Days From Page 39...............................C$5335 ......................... 122-124

ST PATRICK’S DAY IN DUBLIN Days From Page 4 ..................................C$349........................................142

LONDON TO ATHENS Days From Page 23.........................C$3199 .....................125-126

PARIS AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................C$545........................................143

LONDON TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 35...............................C$4715 ......................... 127

AMSTERDAM AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................C$485........................................143

LONDON TO ROME Days From Page 18...............................C$2495 ......................... 127 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 47...............................C$6699 ......................... 128-130 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + EGYPT OPTION Days From Page 47...............................C$6739 ......................... 131 GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURER Days From Page 10...............................C$1249 ..................... 132-133 SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA Days From Page 28...............................C$4309 ..................... 134-135

HOGMANAY IN EDINBURGH Days From Page 4 ..................................C$535........................................143 ANZAC CLASSIC / ODYSSEY Days From Page 4 / 5 .........................C$455........................................144 MUNICH OKTOBERFEST Days From Page 4-7.............................C$289........................................145 PAMPLONA RUNNING OF THE BULLS Days From Page 4-7.............................C$310........................................146 PAMPLONA + BILBAO BBK LIVE Days From Page 6 / 8 .........................C$575........................................147

SCANDINAVIA Days From Page 16 / 18 ..................C$2415 ..................... 136-137

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL & MILITARY TATTOO Days From Page 4 ..................................C$465........................................147

ITALIAN ESPRESSO Days From Page 9 ..................................C$1179 ...... 68-69

RUSSIA Days From Page 13 / 15 ..................C$2029 ..................... 138-139

ROYAL ASCOT Days From Page 1 ..................................C$139........................................147

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL plus GREEK ISLAND CRUISES Days From Page 15 / 19 ..................C$2139 ...... 71

Need help finding your perfect trip? Scan to ask the Contiki genius Find out more at contiki.com/barcodes

Superior Multi-Country & In-Depth Regional Superior is all about hotel accommodation & keeping it comfy, no matter what the season. With twin-share hotels near the sights, you’ll get all the comforts of home - many have ensuites, TVs & WiFi. We’ve got 2 ways to travel Superior – our Multi-Country tours & In-Depth Regional tours.

Superior Multi-Country Our Multi-Country tours are a great way to see a lot of Europe, with hotel accommodation every night. Our hand-picked Feature Hotels offer an extra special spot of glam. Think a Château in France, a Roman Villa, amazing hotels in the Swiss Alps or a Greek Island beach resort for the ultimate summer experience.

Superior In-Depth Regional Our In-Depth Regional tours are all about having that little extra time to explore a specific region. With more 2 & 3 night stops, you can explore & go off the beaten tourist track even more. Authentic, local food is an important part of In-Depth Regional tours every included dinner is in one of our favourite local restaurants, so you can try some authentic cuisine, meet some locals & really indulge in the flavours of Europe. Think tapas in Barcelona, traditional French cuisine in Nice & a Greek feast in Athens. And what’s best is that many of our tours operate in winter too. Look for the symbol in the index for our year-round tours.

AMSTERDAM IN EASTER Days From Page 4 ..................................C$359........................................147

SIMPLY ITALY Days From Page 13...................................C$1649........66-67

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL Days From Page 12...............................C$1895 ...... 70-71

We understand what you want from your trip. Choose from our 5 great ways to travel.

Easy Pace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, & even more local meals, our Easy Pace tours 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 symbol above on the Superior Multi-Country & Superior In-Depth Regional tour pages.

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great ways to go

Not all travellers are the same. We all want something different, something unique when we see the world. That’s why we keep it flexible & give you 5 great tour styles, so you can travel your way.

Château de Cruix

Budget Multi-Country Stay in our own 16th century Château, Austrian Gasthof or Swiss Chalet one night, then mix it up with hostels, cabins & bonus hotel upgrades the next. Budget tours give you a taste of all the ways to sleep easy in Europe,

Check out why our Special Stopovers are called just that…

& our exclusive, Contiki-only Special Stopovers are an event in themselves - you’ll be in the expert hands of our resident teams, who are there just for you.

Ski & board 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 on the slope action, après ski & all-round good times.

Head to Google Images & search for • Château de Cruix • Gasthof Schöneck • Contiki Chalet Lauterbrunne • Corfu Village Hotel ... to see what everyone’s talking about…

Festivals, events & short breaks From running with the bulls, catching some of the world’s biggest bands at Bilbao BBK Live & drinking from steins at Oktoberfest we’ve got Europe’s epic festival scene covered. We’ve got New Year trips to Paris & Amsterdam plus Hogmanay & cool one day trips to Ascot & more.

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Contiki cares... We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer, be they natural or cultural, & we’re committed to ensuring they remain for the generations to come. Through our various causes we put conservation at the core of how we plan & run our tours. There are also a bunch of ways that you can help as well. Learn more at: contiki.com/contikicares/you

Contiki loves oceans. Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface & they form the largest habitat on the planet supporting the greatest variety of life. We support marine preservation through our projects around the world, including the

Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) which helps young environmentalists in their hands-on work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef & by backing Oceana’s valuable research & education work. See p.89 for more.

Meet Céline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.88-89

Our Foundation We’re founding partners of the non-profit Conservation Foundation.

Recycling

Our Foundation has spent over US$2 million to help underprivileged communities & support sustainable tourism around the world. It’s part of its commitment to preserving our planet for generations to come (so far, the Foundation has helped protect 3 million hectares of forest in Brazil, supported the World Wildlife Fund’s work with indigenous sustainable tourism in Australia, plus much more).

The Travel Corporation & Contiki are committed to using recycled paper for the body stock of our brochures. The environmental benefits are important in the following ways:

Our coaches We want you to see the world. But we also want to look after it.

Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion & cause less pollution per passenger kilometre than any other transportation option. Contiki’s coach fleet is among the most efficient in Europe & complies with EU emissions standards V & VI. The Travel Corporation participates in Smart Move, an initiative promoting the greater use of coaches’ worldwide & possible reductions of CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year as a result.

The use of recovered fibre means that the mill uses approx 1/5th of the energy that would be required to produce corresponding grades from primary fibres.

Recycled paper makes for less waste being deposited into landfills.

The body stock paper in our brochures meets the following Forest/Environmental/Process Certifications: PEFC, Blue Angel, ISO 9001 & 14001.

The paper mill uses a chlorine free fibre bleaching process (PCF) that avoids potential dioxins from being released into adjoining waterways.

We are proud to commit to using what is one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

The paper mill uses a complex filtration process that returns the river

*

By using paper made from recycled fibre we save approximately. 90,000 trees per year.*

What’s more, we’re committed to continuing with this support for sustainable tourism for years to come. We’re the primary sponsors of The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices around the world.

water in a cleaner state than initially received.

Calculation based on that provided by The Environmental Defense Fund.

CARBON EMMISSIONS GRID Method of Kg of CO2 travel per passenger mile Car* 0.3264 kgs Air 0.1318 kgs Rail 0.0929 kgs Coach** 0.0483 kgs

Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Greenhouse Gas (ghg) conversion factors 2009. * Car assumes national UK average of 1.5 people per car. ** Assumes average of 36 passengers

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Get connected Join the Contiki community to create a personal profile, plan your trip, save articles & share your travel experiences. You’ll also get access to our discussion forums where you can chat to past travellers & our super-knowledgeable Contiki Team for lots of handy travelling tips & advice. Plus, head to our meeting place & chat with your tour mates before you leave.

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Got an upcoming birthday, graduation or special event? Sign up for Contiki Part Pay & ask your family & friends to give towards your travels (what could be a better present than that!) Plus, you can use Part Pay to make payments yourself, allowing you to budget your savings to pay off your trip.

Create your own personalised Contiki e-brochure. Simply choose the tours you want to compare from the search results, name your e-brochure & then you can either download it to keep, or share on Facebook or Twitter – easy! Build yours at contiki.com/brochures

Find out more contiki.com/partpay Join up contiki.com/community

Join us online... Whatever you’re looking for your search starts at contiki.com Get more info on our European tours or use our trip finder to find your perfect trip. Our tour pages have past traveller reviews, interactive route maps, the ability to compare tours & you can check live availability & definite departures.

Contiki Reviews Win a tour - share your review & win a Contiki trip. Don’t just take our word for it, check out our tour reviews & see what our past travellers have to say about our trips. Plus, once you get back from your tour, leave a review & you could win your next trip on us! Find out more contiki.com/reviews

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Superior Great value hotel tours

$ 26-27 Superior Intro_CAD.indd 2

REMEMBER If you book early you save money!

• EXCLUSIVE & UNIQUE FEATURE HOTELS • GREAT VALUE HOTEL TOURS • EASY ACCESS TO ALL THE ACTION • HOTELS - BIG ON COMFORT & TOP LOCATIONS

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2 ways to explore...

Sleep easy & stay in comfortable, well located hotels with excellent facilities. Plus there’s two ways to travel, Multi-Country or In-Depth Regional tours, so you get to experience Europe the way you want.

Multi-Country tours

In-Depth Regional tours

Want to get a taste of all Europe has to offer? These tours usually start & end in London & cover more than 20 countries. They have the flexibility to suit every timeline - from 11 – 35 days long. For more on our Multi-Country tours see p.28-55

Prefer to get into the heart of a place, love a particular country or region, or just short of time? These tours stay in locations for 2 or 3 nights. They include more local restaurant dinners & well-located hotels. For more on our In-Depth tours see p.58-94

Great comfort & top locations Superior is all hotel accommodation, every night. They’re all twin-share too, with private facilities, so it’s comfy & easy. We’ll get you as close as we can to the key sights & all the action, plus they’re comfortable & have great facilities like pools, bars & gyms. There are also fantastic Feature Hotels & Cruise options on many itineraries. See p.28-29.

Loads included & free time too

Easy Pace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays & often later starts in the morning, our Easy Pace tours offer a more relaxed way to see Europe. Plus, you still get authentic meals, local experiences & more time to get under the skin of the places you visit. Look out for the Easy Pace symbol on tour pages.

With your expert Tour Manager & Tour Driver (p.10-11) at hand, you’re ready to explore – they’ll tell you all the hot places to go including the main sights & what’s off the beaten track too. Many of the best sites are included in the cost of your tour (p.16-17) & lots of extra special experiences too. Plus there’s plenty of free time for you to do the things you like. Choose from our optional Explore More activities (p.8-9) at the bottom of the tour pages. Just take time to chill out, relax & do what you want.

Great local flavours Superior tours include breakfast each day & lots of dinners. But we don’t include your lunches – for a reason. So you’re free to go exploring & do your own thing. Our In-Depth Regional trips include even more local restaurant meals so you can literally see ‘what’s cooking’ in the places you visit. See p.58-59.

Getting around You’ll travel in style on our comfy coaches – they’re some of the newest coaches out there & they’re all air-conditioned, have power outlets for charging & all ferry crossings are included too.

Save even more! On some of our Superior tours you can save even more money for other stuff, by booking triple-share. You’ll save an additional 5% on your booking. Check out the price panels on the tour pages to see if you can save.

Explore more: optional activities

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Look out for the orange Explore More optionals panel on the bottom of every tour page

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Superior Tours Multi-Country tours

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Multi-Country tours to choose from

Hotel Cabala, Rome

Comfort & Style Superior Multi-Country tours are all about comfy hotels every night. Comfort to us means great facilities you’ll love - like TVs in your room, en-suite bathrooms, laundry facilities, fluffy towels & often WiFi at your fingertips. We’re flexible too, share with others or get a room to yourself for a little extra. We’ll get you as close as we can to the action when you’re in the city too, so you’re right near the main sights, places to go out & all the best bits. We’ve not only picked some great hotels for you to stay in throughout Europe, but some extra special places too. We call them Feature Hotels - they’re distinctive locations, with exceptional facilities.

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Our Feature Hotels >

Relax & enjoy a little extra glam

Château de Fontager, Lyon

Hotel Cabala, Rome

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

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

Mount Titlis, The Swiss Alps 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’s all kinds of snow toys to enjoy at the top, or if going a little slower is more your thing, then hire a bike or hike the many mountain trails.

Aphrodite Resort Hotel, Mykonos Set on one of Mykonos’ best beaches, this resort hotel is your chance to really relax. Swim, sunbathe or get active & try some watersports or tennis.

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

Jailhotel, Lucerne Check-in to a truly different overnight experience at Lucerne’s Jailhotel. As the city’s ‘white collar crime’ jail for more than 135 years, its closure saw the building transformed into a comfy modern hotel with a twist. Its location right in the centre of Lucerne’s Old Town means you’re close to key sights like the Wooden Chapel Bridge, lakeside bars & famous watch & chocolate stores.

Himmelrich Hotel, Kriens, Lucerne Nestled part way up Switzerland’s mighty Mt Pilatus, this 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 & WiFi, this hotel is the ultimate way to stay by Lucerne.

Keep a look out for all our Feature Hotels on the tour pages.

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Aphrodite Resort Hotel, Mykonos

Himmelrich Hotel, Kriens, Lucerne

Hotel Cabala, Rome

Château de Fontager, Lyon

Location, Location, Location > When you stay in the city, it’s not just about great facilities & comfort. We know it’s essential to be close to where the action’s at, so you spend less time getting there & more time experiencing the places that count. In the heart of the city The Ibis Wenceslas Square Prague, the Ibis Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw, plus our hotels in Dubrovnik & Athens are just some of the many hotels located right in the heart of the city. Just like in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Nice & more.

Right where it’s at

visit contiki.com/superior to find out more

Going solo? 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 & likeminded travel friends.

‘A room to myself’ option 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 tour price panels for details. Limited single rooms available.

Easy access

Mount Titlis, Swiss Alps

You can really live like a local - many of our hotels have easy access to public transport, so jump on the Metro, tube or tram & get moving. Like the Hotel Regent, Rome – just 2 stops on the Metro to the heart of the city or Blue Square Hotel, Amsterdam - a 10 minute tram ride to the city centre.

Close to what you want to see The Ibis Port de Clichy hotel in Paris, close to Montmartre (home of Sacre Coeur & the Moulin Rouge), Ibis Old Town in central Prague & Hotel President, right by the Duomo in Florence (plus many more).

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Château de Fontager, Lyon

The Jailhotel, Lucerne

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European Magic 11 Days 8 Countries England, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

From C$1399pp C$128 per day

Sacre Coeur, Paris

Scotland BALTIC SEA

GO

NORTH SEA

• Locally guided bike tour of Munich’s famous landmarks • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover

Calais

BELGIUM

Only Contiki includes

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

SWITZ

1 LUCERNE Swiss

• The Jailhotel

AUSTRIA Innsbruck

Hungary

Explore more: optional activities

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

Alps Lake Como

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bosnia

ITALY

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

ADRIATIC SEA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Plus Feature Hotel

Slovakia

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

Plus

Amsterdam Evening boat cruise along the canals Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Tyrol Bobsled ride Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided city walking tour • Authentic Venetian dinner & regional wines Lucerne Private cruise on Lake Lucerne Paris Cabaret show & three course dinner • Mt Stanserhorn cog railway & cable car ride Visit contiki.com/magic-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/magic HUNGRY?

Alice Parkinson: Great inclusions, a great team & amazing new friends all in 9 days. Cheers Contiki...

Need a serious European fix but don’t have much time? The European Magic is perfect. Taste the different vibes of Europe, from the canals of Venice to the history of Germany & from chic Paris to the exhilarating Alps.

Superior

Grab some tasty poffertjes in Amsterdam. These tiny, fluffy pancakes dusted in sugar will satisfy any craving.

European Magic 11 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel & head up to the 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 4: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s museums, canals & cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & oldtime German atmosphere. (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River

Day 5: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, a charming festive 800-year-old city & home of the worldfamous Oktoberfest. (B)

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Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 6: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps & stop at Innsbruck, Austria before we arrive in enchanting Venice. (B,D) See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck

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) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

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Day 8: Venice to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake

How much & when Como & then steer all the way into the heart of the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic Alpine drive

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Day 9: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards & wine regions of Burgundy & Chablis to the glittering “City of Lights”. (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 10: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris - shop the chic boutiques, overload on pastries, baguettes & cheese or sit back with a café au lait & people watch. (B) Visit a French perfumery

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)

Code: BBHH summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

1765 1765 1799 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

13 27 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 9 13 16

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

1895 1895 1849 1849 1799 1799 1799 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849

2012 15 29 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 11 15 18

23 7 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 19 23 26

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

20 27 30 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 ● 28 ● 5

22 29 1 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

30 6 9 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

18 1 22 6 13 22 25 27 29

13 meals: 8 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

Code: WWHH winter 2012/13 2012

9 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 8 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29)

Ferry crossings

2013 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 3 24 8 15 24 27 29 31

Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan

28 11 2 16 23 1 4 6 8

1475 1439 1439 1439 1479 1479 1479 1479 1479

Dec Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

31 3 10 24 21 7 14

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

2 5 12 26 23 9 16

Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar

10 13 20 3 3 17 24

1479 1479 1479 1399 1399 1399 1425

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$475. WWHH - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$375. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$149. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$89. See p.19 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Venice

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Amsterdam

Lake Como

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Amsterdam to Barcelona

Easy Pace

12 Days 7 Countries Netherlands, Belgium (in transit), France, Switzerland, Italy (in transit), Monaco, Spain

From C$2085pp C$174 per day

Sagrada Família, Barcelona IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

England

Wales

GO

NETHERLANDS

BELGIUM ENGLISH CHANNEL

Germany

PARIS 2

Czech Rep

Champagne Region

Burgundy Region

Austria

SWITZ FRANCE

• Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Italian food & fashion experience • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter

Plus

Plus Feature Hotel

LUCERNE 2 Swiss Alps

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Only Contiki includes

• The Jailhotel

Slovenia Croatia

Explore more: optional activities

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

SPAIN

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA 2

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

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2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Amsterdam Evening boat cruise along the canals Paris Cabaret show & dinner Lucerne Private cruise on stunning Lake Lucerne • Cable car up Mt. Pilatus (weather dependant) • Traditional Swiss dinner & folklore show French Riviera Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco Barcelona Flamenco dance show Visit contiki.com/amsterdam-barcelona-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/amsterdam-barcelona LOCAL HOTSPOT

Drew Pepper: Great job Contiki! Absolutely the best two weeks of my life, overall the entire trip was about as good as it gets...

If variety is what gets you going, this cultural overload from Amsterdam to Barcelona will give you the hit you need. From pancakes & cheese in the ‘Dam & the très chic French to the fresh Swiss Alps & sangria in Spain – you’ll encounter it all & more on this 12 day trip.

Superior

Feel like partying amongst dodgem cars & birdcages? Better check out a club in Lucerne called Mad Wallstreet for some eclectic fun!

Amsterdam to Barcelona 12 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Amsterdam Check-in to your hotel & explore this free-wheeling, vibrant city. Later, meet up with your Contiki team. (D) 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, great shopping & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 4: 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 5: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B)

How much & when

Day 6: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 7: Lucerne Wake up in lakeside Lucerne. You could head to the Alps for panoramic views, hit the shops for watches, chocolate & Swiss Army knives, or sit café side & relax overlooking the lake & famous Wooden Chapel Bridge.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

Day 10: French Riviera to Barcelona Travel past Cannes, through France’s rustic Provence region, over the Pyrénées Mountains to Mediterranean Barcelona. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

• • •

Day 8: Lucerne to French Riviera En route in Italy feed your shopping urges today – you can pick up famous fashion labels at bargain prices on a designer outlet mall stop before reaching the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

Day 11: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. 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

Day 9: 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

Day 12: Depart Barcelona Swap email addresses & say farewell to your new-found friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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Code: BBAB summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Finish C$ Ams’dam Barcelona pp

2012 May 3 May 17 May 24 Jun 7 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 5

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

4 18 25 8 22 29 6

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

14 28 4 18 2 9 16

2085 2169 2169 2169 2169 2169 2245

Depart Canada

Start Finish C$ Ams’dam Barcelona pp

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Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

13 20 3 24 31 7

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

23 30 13 3 10 17

2245 2245 2169 2085 2169 2169

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$645 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 6:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

10 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 8 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29) 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

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$109. See p.19 for details.

3

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

Lion Monument, Lucerne

Paris

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The Original Since ’62 We’re the original travel company for 18-35s - we’ve been travelling the world with people like you for 50 years. The old combi vans have long since been replaced by state-of-the-art coaches, but some things will never change. Our spirit of adventure lives on. We’re a bunch of young travellers who are still as passionate about discovering new things across the globe today as we’ve ever been. But we’re nothing without our fellow travellers - you are Contiki & we’d love you to write the next chapter of our story... Love it retro? Check out three of our favourite old logos from the Contiki archives…

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Happy birthday to us. And to celebrate, presents for you. It really is true that time flies when you’re having fun. This year we’re celebrating sharing the good times, so we thought we would give our travellers a chance to get their hands on some presents. We’re giving away free trips, loads of goodies & plenty

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more, so register to find out how you can be in to win. We have so much planned, so fasten your seat belts. Register at contiki.com/since62

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ONLINE, ON THE ROAD > Top Travel Tools We asked our Tour Managers to tell us about the handiest & best travel tools & apps. Here are their top picks. The best part? They’re all free.

Love WiFi? So do we! That’s why more than 50 of our properties have WiFi & internet access.

1 WiFi Finder Instantly find free WiFi Internet hotspots wherever you are across Europe. This handy little app allows you to pinpoint the nearest WiFi spots, complete with address & how long it will take you to get there. Available for: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Android

2 XE Currency

H k up to FREE WiFi in Hook i many off our Special Stopovers, the Contiki Basement & hotels including our Château de Cruix in Beaujolais, Corfu Village Hotel in Corfu, Trubsee Hotel in Engelberg, Jailhotel in Lucerne, Eventhotel Pyramide in Vienna & more.

Can’t work out your Euros from your Krona, or your Francs from Kuna? Problem solved. This cool currency converter will let you choose your favourite currencies for comparison. Available for: Web, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7.

3 Google Translate

This trusty translator will have you speaking like a local in no time. You can choose from 50 languages, type in phrases & hey presto, you are chatting to the locals. Available for: Web, Mobile webite, iPhone/iPod Touch, Android.

4 Viber, Skype & Hey Tell There’s nothing like free phone & video calls so you can call your friends & brag about your trip. Put an end to global roaming phone bills & check out these apps for free international calls & text messages. Available for: iPhone, Android, Blackberry & most other 3G phones.

5 WorldView

Get the world in your pocket & check out the view from over 14,000 webcams. Search for a specific place or take a look at popular webcams from around the world. Available for: Web, iPhone/ipod Touch/iPad. REMEMBER: Using your phone & data plan overseas can be very expensive! We recommend you turn off your data while overseas. Contact your phone provider to find out more.

contiki.com/travelapps

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On Foursquare? Follow us & get exclusive Contiki insider hints & tips on what to do & where to go from past passengers & staff. You can add tips to your to-do list & then mark them off once you’ve done them. Check in around Europe to earn these cool Foursquare badges. Jetsetter Historian I’m on a boat Pizzaiolo

foursquare.com/contiki

09/09/2011 16:04


European Discovery 14 Days 9 Countries England, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

From C$1819pp C$130 per day

Explore the local shops, Rome

GO

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Wales

Poland

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

RHINE 1 VALLEY

GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

LUCERNE

ATLANTIC OCEAN

• Locally guided bike tour of Munich’s famous landmarks • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Enjoy delicious gelato in Rome – our treat • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

1 TYROL

SWITZ

1

Only Contiki includes

AUSTRIA

Swiss Alps

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Plus

Plus Feature Hotel

Slovenia

Lake Como

FLORENCE 1

1 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

• The Jailhotel

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Explore more: optional activities

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

2 ROME

Amsterdam Evening boat cruise along the canals Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Tyrol Whitewater rafting (summer departures only) • Bike ride (summer departures only) Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided walking tour Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Lucerne Cruise on Lake Lucerne (summer departures only) Florence Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence Paris Cabaret show & dinner Visit contiki.com/discovery-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/discovery

Hit Europe hard & get a lot in a little time as you see, taste & experience its coolest sites. From romantic Italy to cool German vibes, the scenic Tyrol & Alps to the icons of Paris, it’s good times on the go.

FOR THE ROMANTICS

Superior

Take an Amsterdam canal cruise & kiss under the Skinny Bridge. As the tale goes, you’ll be together forever!

European Discovery 14 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team. 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

••

Day 4: 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 5: 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

• •• •

Day 6: 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

Day 7: 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) 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

• • •

Day 8: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & criss-cross 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

• •

Day 9: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) Day 10: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards

How much & when 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 demo

• •

Day 11: Florence to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne View the Lion Monument

• •

Day 12: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy & Chablis to the “City of Lights”. (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 13: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history among the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery

Day 14: 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)

Code: BBHD summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

2012 Mar 20 Apr 3 Apr 10 Apr 17 Apr 24 Apr 26 May 1 May 3 May 8 May 10 May 15 May 17 May 22 May 24 May 29 May 31 Jun 5 Jun 7 Jun 12 Jun 14 Jun 17 Jun 19 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 26 Jun 28 Jul 3 Jul 5 Jul 8 Jul 10 Jul 12

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

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

2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2415 2415 2415 2415 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2529 2529 2529 2529 2529

2012 Jul 15 Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 24 Jul 26 Jul 31 Aug 2 Aug 7 Aug 9 Aug 14 Aug 16 Aug 21 Aug 23 Aug 28 Aug 30 Sep 4 Sep 6 Sep 9 Sep 11 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep 18 ● Sep 20 ● Sep 21 ● Sep 23 ● Sep 25 ● Sep 27 ● Oct 2 ● Oct 4 Oct 9

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

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 Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct

2529 2529 2529 2529 2529 2529 2469 2469 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2469 2349

22 5 12 19 26 28 3 5 10 12 17 19 24 26 31 2 7 9 14 16 19 21 23 26 28 30 5 7 10 12 14

2 16 23 30 7 9 14 16 21 23 28 30 4 6 11 13 18 20 25 27 30 2 4 7 9 11 16 18 21 23 25

17 19 21 24 26 28 2 4 9 11 16 18 23 25 30 1 6 8 11 13 15 18 20 22 23 25 27 29 4 6 11

28 30 1 4 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29 3 5 10 12 17 19 22 24 26 29 1 3 4 6 8 10 15 17 22

Code: WWHW winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 4 Nov 18 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 7 Dec 9 Dec 13 Dec 15 Dec 17 Dec 19 Dec 21 Dec 23 Dec 25 Dec 27

Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

16 23 30 6 20 25 2 9 11 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

27 3 10 17 1 6 13 20 22 26 28 30 1 3 5 7 9

1915 1915 1915 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925

12 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 11 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29) 17 meals: 11 continental breakfasts (B) 6 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

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$189. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$125. See p.19 for details.

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2012 Dec 29

Dec 31

Jan 11 1925

2013 Jan 2 Jan 4 Jan 6 Jan 11 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 3 Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 3 Mar 10 Mar 17

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar

4 6 8 13 22 29 5 12 19 26 5 12 19

15 17 19 24 2 9 16 23 2 9 16 23 30

World Heritage sites visited

1925 1925 1925 1925 1819 1819 1819 1819 1819 1819 1819 1855 1855

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$629. WWHW - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$489. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in the Austrian Tyrol is replaced by 1 night in Innsbruck. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent. Tyrol, Austria

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Best of Europe Planes, trains & automobiles

Easy Pace

14 Days 7 Countries France, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Vatican City

From C$2855pp C$204 per day

Rome

Edam

NETHERLANDS

GO

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

England

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • 300km/h trip on a high speed train • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17)

Poland

Ruhr Valley Dresden

GERMANY

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

3 PARIS

Only Contiki includes

Slovakia

Austria FRANCE

Hungary

Switz

Explore more: optional activities

Slovenia Croatia ITALY Bosnia Serbia ADRIATIC SEA MEDITERRANEAN SEA Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

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Vatican City

3 ROME

Paris Parisian cabaret show & dinner Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour Prague Scenic river cruise with lunch Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Visit contiki.com/best-europe-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/best-europe

This trip is about getting around fast, with more time to really explore. Catch a cabaret in Paris, canals, windmills & stroopwaffels in Amsterdam, bargainpriced beer in Prague & the history of Rome & Berlin in 14 days.

DON’T MISS

Superior

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

Best of Europe 14 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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

Days 3-4: 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 5: 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

the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

Day 10: 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

• •

Day 11: 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)

How much & when

• •

See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Days 12-13: 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) Day 14: Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Depart Canada

Start Paris

2012 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 16 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

20 27 3 17 1 8 15

Finish Rome

C$ pp

Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2929 2929 2929 2929 3029 3029 3029

1 8 15 29 13 20 27

Day 6: 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) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

• •

Day 8: 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) Day 9: 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) Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as

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Start Paris

2012 Jul 28 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 1 Sep 8 Sep 22

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

29 12 26 2 9 23

Finish Rome

C$ pp

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

3029 2855 2855 2929 2929 2929

10 24 7 14 21 5

Code: BBTAM summer 2012 Depart Canada

2012 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 19 Jul 3 Jul 10 Jul 17

Start Finish Ams’dam Rome

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

23 30 6 20 4 11 18

Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

1 8 15 29 13 20 27

C$ pp

2235 2235 2235 2235 2309 2309 2309

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Depart Canada

Depart Canada

Start Finish Ams’dam Rome

C$ pp

2012 Jul 31 Aug 14 Aug 28 Sep 4 Sep 11 Sep 25

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2235 2179 2235 2235 2235 2235

1 15 29 5 12 26

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

10 24 7 14 21 5

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). BBTC - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$869. Tour starts 6:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$659. Tour starts 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Day 7: 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 Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

Code: BBTC summer 2012

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 17 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging High speed train journey between Paris & Amsterdam Flight from Prague to Rome Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$149. See p.19 for details.

7 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Combine this trip with another tour & double your fun! You’ll also save C$100 with our multi tour discount. See p.19. The ‘Best of Europe’ tour will easily Mix+Match with: Simply Italy (p.66-67) Italian Espresso (p.68-69)

Berlin

Best of Europe start in Amsterdam, 11 days From C$2179pp C$199 per day Stuck for time? Start your tour in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 11 days. Tour code: BBTAM See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save C$115. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/best-europe-ams

Pizza at The Alice, Rome

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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European Encounter 18 Days 11 Countries England, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco

From C$2245pp C$125 per day

Venice

GO

d IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

Wales

Poland

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

Only Contiki includes

• Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals • Cruise on the Rhine River - castles, villages, vineyards & more • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Italian food & fashion experience • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

AUSTRIA Burgundy Region

FRANCE

SWITZ

CHATEAU DE FONTAGER

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

1

ITALY

Slovenia

1 VENICE

Croatia

Plus

Plus Feature Hotel

• French Château

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Pisa

Avignon

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

1 INNSBRUCK

LUCERNE

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Spain

Liechtenstein

1 FLORENCE

Explore more: optional activities ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

2 ROME

Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Lucerne Cable car up Mt. Pilatus (weather dependant) Tyrol Whitewater rafting (summer departures only) Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided city walking tour Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Florence Tuscan hills feast Paris Cabaret show & dinner Visit contiki.com/encounter-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/encounter

This tour is perfect if you want to see Europe but don’t have a lot of time on the clock. From pumping rapids in the Tyrol to wine tasting in the Rhine Valley & admiring super yachts in the Riviera, on this trip you’ll experience it all.

PHOTO OP

Superior

Head up to the Sacre Coeur in Paris for an unbeatable view of the city, then wind your way down through the quaint artistic scene in Montmartre.

European Encounter 18 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team. 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

••

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. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 5: 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) See the Lorelei Rock

• •

Day 6: Rhine Valley to Lucerne Following the Rhine River, weave through castle-dotted valleys & rolling vineyards on the way to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic Alpine drive See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

••

Day 7: 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)

See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square

Day 10: Venice to Rome As we farewell Venice, get ready to shop up a storm & flash the cash at a designer outlet mall stop in Barberino, before reaching 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

• •

Day 11: 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) Day 12: 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 demo

• •

Day 13: Florence to French Riviera Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder en route to the glamorous French Riviera. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 8: 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

How much & when

• •

See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 14: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 15: 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.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit a French perfumery Visit Avignon & see the Papal Palace

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Day 16: 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

• •

Day 17: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 18: 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)

Code: BBHX summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

2925 2925 2995 2995 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3145 3145 3145

2012 Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

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

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3069 2995 2995 2995 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069 2925

2012 13 27 4 11 18 25 1 6 8 15 20 22 27 29 4 6 11

28 12 19 26 2 9 16 21 23 30 5 7 12 14 19 21 26

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

11 16 18 23 25 1 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10

13 18 20 25 27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12

28 2 4 9 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

18 25 1 8 22 29 5 10 12 14 18 22 24

2012 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 27 3 10 24 1 7 12 14 16 20 24 26

Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

4 11 18 25 9 16 22 27 29 31 4 8 10

2355 2355 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2375 2375 2375 2375

23 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 8 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

Code: WWHZ winter 2012/13 2012

16 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29)

Dec 26

Dec 28

Jan 12 2375

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr

2013 Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

30 1 9 16 31 14 21 28 14 21

1 3 11 18 2 16 23 2 16 23

16 18 26 2 17 3 10 17 31 7

2375 2375 2375 2375 2245 2245 2245 2245 2285 2285

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$779. WWHZ - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$599. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$229. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$149. See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

The Colosseum, Rome

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Day 9: 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 Private motorboat to the historic islands

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Château de Fontager

Barberino designer outlet shopping

Rhine Valley

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www.contiki.com/road-athens

Road to Athens 19 Days, 9 Countries From C$3015pp

ENGLAND

LONDON 1

C$159 per day

Dover

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Belgium

GERMANY Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

FRANCE

SWITZ

Swiss Alps

Slovakia

Liechtenstein

1 LUCERNE

2 TYROL AUSTRIA Slovenia

2 VENICE

Pisa

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Romania

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Serbia ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME

Spain

Vatican City

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Albania

Brindisi

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

Tyrol

What’s Included: 16 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.28-29) 24 meals: 16 continental breakfasts (B) 8 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

GO

Only Contiki includes

• ‘Paris by Night’ tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Bike tour of Munich • Walking tour in Florence • Take a guided tour of Athens - plus more

Code: BBAL summer 2012 Depart Canada

2012 Apr 22 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 29 Jul 1 Jul 8

Start London

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

24 1 15 29 5 12 19 26 1 3 10

Finish Athens

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

10 17 31 14 21 28 5 12 17 19 26

C$ pp

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp

3015 3085 3159 3159 3159 3159 3159 3159 3235 3235 3235

2012 Jul 13 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 5 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 2 Sep 7 Sep 9

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

3235 3235 3235 3235 3159 3085 3085 3085 3159 3159 3159

$

Road to Rome end in Rome, 15 days From C$2315pp* C$155 per day

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$155. See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

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31 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 25 27

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$799 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 12:00noon in Athens. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii.

Plus Feature Hotel • The Jailhotel

15 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 9 11

Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 19 day Road to Athens tour, visiting 7 countries in 15 days. More info at www.contiki.com/ road-rome

Tour code: BBRL See price panel above for tour departure dates & deduct C$700 for price to pay. Single room supplement of C$569.

$ Pay 6 months in advance you save C$119. See p.19.

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry 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 4: Paris Indulge in the magic, history & romance of legendary Paris. (B) Visit a French perfumery

Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Alpine Lucerne.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Chablis & Burgundy vineyards See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic Alpine drive

• • •

Day 6: Lucerne to Munich Leave the gorgeous lake town behind, stop in tiny Liechtenstein & later arrive in lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

• •

1 2 CORFU

GREECE

IONIAN SEA

Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 7: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Take in the stunning Alpine scenery en route to a cute Tyrolean village. (B,D)

Day 8: Austrian Tyrol Get an adrenaline rush - there’s loads on offer today. (B,D) Explore this region, famous for its adrenalin sports

Day 9: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps to fairytale Venice via the Brenner Pass. (B,D) Enjoy a scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Day 10: 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

• • •

Day 11: Venice to Florence Head through Tuscany via Pisa before arriving in Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 12: Florence Get inside info from your local guide on Florence’s Renaissance buildings & art before exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell

Bulgaria

Corinth Canal

1 ATHENS

Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Leather craft demonstration

Day 13: 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 14: Rome Tap into this living museum & later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) Day 15: Rome to Corfu Pass through Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins before crossing southern Italy to board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 16-17: Corfu Kick back, relax & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B) Day 18: Corfu to Athens Leave Corfu via the Corinth Canal en route to Athens. (B) Day 19: Depart Athens After morning sightseeing, say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

• •

Explore more: optional activities Paris Parisian cabaret show & dinner Lucerne Lake Cruise • Mt. Stanserhorn cog rail & cable car ride Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure • Zorbing adventure Venice Gondola ride along the canals Florence Tuscan hills feast • Nightclub entry Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Corfu Water sports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding Visit contiki.com/road-athens-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Road to Athens

Superior

How much & when

+3 day Greek Island Cruise

Code: RTACR3 summer 2012

23 Days, 10 Countries

Depart Start Finish Canada London Athens

AEGEAN SEA

From C$3585pp

CORINTH CANAL

C$156 per day

TURKEY

1 ATHENS Kusadasi Patmos

Mykonos

Santorini

More time? Add a 3 day

Greek Island Cruise to your Road to Athens tour. Places visited Nightstops

Days 1-19: Canada to Athens Refer to Road to Athens map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 20: Athens to Mykonos Cruise to Mykonos with its golden beaches & young, vibrant party culture. Head into town for a sunset drink at a cute harbourside bar in Little Venice. (B,L,D,S) Day 21: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of

Kusadasi. Later, enjoy friendly, unspoilt Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See Monastery of St. John on Patmos

• •

Day 22: Cruising to Santorini Cruise to the postcard perfect Greek island, Santorini, with its stunning blue & white buildings & rugged volcanic scenery. Experience panoramic Aegean views from cliff-top Fira & maybe hit Perissa beach for a swim &

Explore more: optionals

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

sunbathing. Later, why not sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset at Oia or go for a late night stroll through the cobbled lanes. (B,L,D,S) Visit the main town of Fira on Santorini See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini

••

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

2012

GREECE

Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$175

Itinerary & sightseeing

Day 23: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Refer to p.42 plus Kusadasi Guided tour of Ephesus Patmos Guided tour of the Monastry of St. John

Apr 22 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8

Depart Start Finish Canada London Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

Road to Athens

May 14 May 21 Jun 4 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30

3715 3799 3899 3899 3899 3899 3899 3899 3995 3995

3585 3675 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3855 3855

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

15 22 29 5 12 19 26 2 9

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1

3995 3995 3995 3899 3799 3799 3799 3899 3899

3855 3855 3855 3765 3675 3675 3675 3765 3765

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$955 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$985 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$175. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

How much & when

+7 day Greek Island Cruise 27 Days, 10 Countries

From C$4245pp C$158 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$455 AEGEAN SEA

Mykonos

Add a 7 day Greek Island Cruise to your Road to Athens tour. Visiting Greek favourites, mixed with a bit of Turkey, it’s perfect for chilling in the sun. For a more detailed itinerary, sightseeing & cool ways to spend your free time for days 20-27, see p.92-93.

TURKEY

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing

Places visited Nightstops

Days 1-19: Canada to Athens Refer to Road to Athens map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

Day 22: Istanbul & the Bosphorus

Day 26: Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Day 23: Cruising to Mykonos

Day 20: Athens & sail to Istanbul

Day 24: Cruising to Izmir via Patmos

Day 21: Cruising to Istanbul

Day 25: Cruising to Rhodes

Day 27: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens for breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

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Depart Start Finish Canada London Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

Apr 22 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8

Depart Start Finish Canada London Athens

May 18 May 25 Jun 8 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 3

4489 4489 4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4715 4715

4245 4245 4349 4349 4349 4349 4349 4349 4455 4455

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

15 22 29 5 12 19 26 2 9

Refer to p.42 plus additional optional activities for the 7 day Greek Island Cruise section; see p.93 (Golden Fleece)

20 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 16 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.28-29 & 59) 37 meals: 20 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D), 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional local guide & on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & early payment savings see p.42

11 World Heritage sites visited

Superior Road to Athens +7 day cruise 27 Days What’s Included:

2012 Apr 24 May 1 May 15 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10

What’s Included:

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5

4715 4715 4715 4599 4489 4489 4489 4599 4599

4455 4455 4455 4349 4245 4245 4245 4349 4349

Izmir

1 ATHENS

More time?

Explore more: optionals

Code: RTACR7 summer 2012

2012 Istanbul

Road to Athens +3 day cruise 23 Days

2012 Apr 24 May 1 May 15 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10

www.contiki.com/road-athens-greek7

GREECE

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www.contiki.com/road-athens-greek3

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$1099 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$1165 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$455. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

24 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 16 nights in hotels (twin or triple-share), +1 night on board a ferry, 7 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.28-29 & 59) 52 meals: 24 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 15 dinners (D) 7 suppers (S) An experienced & professional on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & early payment savings see p.42

13 World Heritage sites visited

09/09/2011 10:32


European Impressions 20 Days 11 Countries England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain

From C$3185pp C$160 per day

NORTH SEA

ENGLAND

Wales

GO

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

1 RHINE VALLEY

1 BRUSSELS

Calais

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Loire Valley

SWITZ

SWISS 2 ALPS

1 BORDEAUX

Innsbruck

Plus

Brenner Pass Lake Garda

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Carcassonne

SPAIN

2 FRENCH RIVIERA 2 BARCELONA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Pisa

Plus Feature Hotel

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Monaco

• Locally guided bike tour of Munich’s famous landmarks • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Only Contiki includes

• Swiss Mountain Hotel

2 FLORENCE ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Explore more: optional activities Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Venice Gondola ride • Guided walking tour Florence Nightclub entry • Tuscan hills feast Barcelona Flamenco dance show Paris Cabaret show & dinner Swiss Alps Bungy jumping Visit contiki.com/impressions-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/impressions DON’T MISS

Holly Duncan: Just in Paris waiting for my flight home after an awesome 3 weeks. Sad to say good bye I wish I could keep it going.

Get a feel for the real Europe, from Swiss fondue & Gaudi’s Barcelona to tantalizing tipples in Bordeaux. European Impressions serves up fresh mountain air, the bridges of Florence & beer in Brussels…as well as good friends, great times & great places.

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.

Superior European Impressions 20 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London.

for one of the many activities on offer like the Ice Flyer & hiking.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

Day 3: London to Brussels Meet up with your Contiki team. 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 Mannekin-Pis, the Grand Place & the Palace of Justice

Day 8: Swiss Alps to Munich Leave this gorgeous area behind, 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

Day 4: Brussels to Amsterdam Head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam & check out its myriad of museums, cool cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 9: Munich to Venice Wind through the Alps & stop in Innsbruck, before travelling via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

••

• •

Day 5: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River Learn how beer steins are crafted

• •

Day 6: Rhine Valley to Swiss Alps Stop in lakeside Lucerne for chocolate before arriving in the beautiful Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic Alpine drive

•• •

Day 7: Swiss Alps Enjoy waking up to stunning views in this Alpine paradise. Opt

• • • • •

Day 10: 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

• •

Day 11: Venice to Florence Stop at lakeside Sirmione then check out Pisa’s architectural wonder before reaching Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

••

Day 12: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities.

How much & when 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 demonstration

• •

Day 13: 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 & Monte Carlo! (B) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 14: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 15: 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 16: 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

Code: BBEM summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

3185 3185 3265 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3439 3439

2012 Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

3 24 8 15 22 29 12 16 19 23 26 3 7

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

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

3439 3439 3439 3439 3345 3265 3265 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345

2012 5 26 10 17 24 31 14 18 21 25 28 5 9

22 13 27 3 10 17 1 5 8 12 15 22 26

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

10 14 17 24 31 7 21 28 4 11 18 ● 22 ● 25 ●

12 16 19 26 2 9 23 30 6 13 20 24 27

29 2 5 12 19 26 9 16 23 30 7 11 14

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$845 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

18 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 16 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29) 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

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$165. See p.19 for details.

12 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• •

Day 17: Barcelona to Bordeaux Feel the glory of medieval Carcassonne on the road to Bordeaux. (B) Visit one of Europe’s greatest fortress cities

Day 18: 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

Florence

Spanish flamenco show

The Swiss Alps

Capitoline Hill, Rome

Day 19: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B)

Bungy jump in the Swiss Alps

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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)

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European Inspiration

Easy Pace

21 Days 10 Countries England, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

From C$2635pp C$126 per day

Jewish Memorial, Berlin

GO

Only Contiki includes

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

Calais

Dresden

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2

Slovakia

Dachau

MUNICH 2

Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA Tyrol

SWITZ

Hungary

2 LUCERNE

FRANCE

• Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Italian food & fashion experience • A guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan castle while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

Slovenia Lake Como

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Pisa

2 FLORENCE

Chianti Region

Bosnia

Plus

Plus Feature Hotel

• The Jailhotel or Swiss Mountain Hotel

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

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Explore more: optional activities

2 ROME

Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour Prague Scenic river cruise & lunch Tyrol Whitewater rafting (summer departures only) Venice Gondola ride • Guided walking tour Florence Tuscan hills feast Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Paris Cabaret show & dinner IONIAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/inspiration-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/inspiration THIRSTY?

Amelia: This tour is fantastic. You have enough time in each city to get a taste of what they are like.

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, stroll across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence & sing in the beer halls of Munich. The European Inspiration, with its two night stops gives you a perfect look at some of Europe’s favourites & what makes them tick.

Superior

Be sure to do it like a local & have a pint of Pilsner in Prague, born & brewed in nearby Pilsen.

European Inspiration 21 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team. 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 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. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

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. (B,D) Day 6: 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 Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

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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. (B,D) 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

• •

Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 10: Munich Don some lederhosen & have some fun in this cultural haven with its staggering array of museums, killer shopping & lively beer gardens. (B,D) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 11: Munich to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Day 12: 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

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Day 13: Venice to Rome As we farewell Venice, get ready to shop up a storm at a designer outlet mall stop in Barberino, before reaching Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 14: 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 Day 15: Rome to Florence Stop in the Tuscan hillside as we

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Day 8: 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

How much & when make our way to the Renaissance city of Florence. (B,D) Day 16: Florence A local guide shows you around 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

• •

Day 17: 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.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See Lucerne’s Wooden Chapel Bridge

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Day 18: Lucerne Enjoy the Alpine beauty of this lakeside town as you wander through the cobbled streets.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) Day 19: 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 20: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery

Day 21: 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)

Code: BBAP summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

3325 3325 3399 3399 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3589 3589 3589

2012 Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

5 19 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 12

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

3589 3589 3589 3489 3399 3399 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489

2012 7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 25 30 2 7 14

25 9 23 30 6 13 20 27 4 11 13 18 20 25 1

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

14 19 26 2 9 23 30 6 13 ● 15 ● 20 ● 22 ● 27 ● 4

16 21 28 4 11 25 1 8 15 17 22 24 29 6

3 8 15 22 29 12 19 26 3 5 10 12 17 24

Code: WWAP winter 2012/13 2012 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

13 20 27 3 17 24 1 10 13 15 17 20 22 24

2012 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

15 22 29 5 19 26 3 12 15 17 19 22 24 26

Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

2 9 16 23 7 14 21 30 2 4 6 9 11 13

2765 2765 2765 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795

Dec 27 Dec 29

Dec 29 Dec 31

Jan 16 2795 Jan 18 2795

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

2013 Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

31 3 10 17 24 7 14 2 9 16

2 5 12 19 26 9 16 4 11 18

20 23 30 6 13 27 6 22 29 5

2795 2795 2795 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2689 2689

19 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 17 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29) 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 Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$269. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$169. See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$885. WWAP - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$705. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

• •

Day 9: Prague to Munich Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. (B)

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Tuscan castle wine tasting

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European Vista 23 Days 11 Countries England, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$2879pp C$126 per day

The Tyrol, Austria

GO

Only Contiki includes

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

LONDON 1

GERMANY Poland

Ruhr Valley Dover

Rhine Valley

Calais

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

2 PARIS

Slovakia

Dachau

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

1 VIENNA 2 TYROL

SWITZ

AUSTRIA

2 LUCERNE

FRANCE

Hungary

Brenner Pass Swiss Alps

Plus

Slovenia ITALY

2 VENICE

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Spain

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

• The Pyramide Hotel, Swiss Mountain Hotel

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

1 FLORENCE

Bosnia

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Plus Feature Hotel

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Pisa

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Enjoy delicious gelato in Rome – our treat • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Cruise on the Rhine River - castles, villages, vineyards • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam

Explore more: optional activities

2 ROME

IONIAN SEA

Paris Cabaret show & dinner Lucerne Lake Lucerne cruise (summer only) French Riviera Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco Florence Tuscan hills feast • Nightclub entry Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Tyrol Tandem paragliding • Mountain biking & lunch • Whitewater rafting • Zorbing (all Tyrol optionals are for summer departures only) Vienna Mozart & Strauss classical concert & dinner Rhine Valley Wine tasting Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/vista-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/vista TRAVEL TIP

blonde_ babe877: Words really can’t even begin to express how it feels to gaze at Michelangelo’s David, take a gondola ride in Venice, or eat in a Parisian café.

With two night stops in almost every place, live it up the way only the locals can. All your bases are covered, from Tuscan feasts & wine tasting to mountain biking, paragliding & rafting, the choice is yours - go leisurely or adventurous... or both.

Superior

Need some free WiFi to get in contact with friends & family? Two words; Apple Store.

European Vista 23 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. 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

••

Day 4: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 6: Lucerne Your jaw will drop at the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D)  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

• •

Day 7: Lucerne to French Riviera Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to the glamorous resort town of Nice. (B) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur 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. Tonight, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B,D) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

• •

Day 9: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous tower before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: 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) Day 12: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Appenine Mountains before reaching enchanting Venice. (B,D) Day 13: 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

• • •

Day 14: 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 15: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of Tyrol exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking! (B,D) Day 16: 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

• • •

Day 17: Munich to Vienna Leave festive Bavaria behind & head to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)

Day 10: 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,D) 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 Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

How much & when Day 18: 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

• •

Day 19: 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

Code: BBHV summer 2012 Depart Canada

••

Day 21: 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

• •

Day 22: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills out to 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) Day 23: 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)

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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

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

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

5 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 30 5

Day 20: 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)

Start London

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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

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

2012 7 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 18 23 25 30 2 7

27 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 8 13 15 20 22 27

3639 3639 3639 3729 3729 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3949 3949

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

12 14 19 26 2 9 23 30 6 10 ● 13 ● 15 ● 17 ● 20 ● 27 4

14 16 21 28 4 11 25 1 8 12 15 17 19 22 29 6

3 5 10 17 24 31 14 21 28 2 5 7 9 12 19 26

3949 3949 3949 3949 3825 3729 3729 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825 3825

21 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 18 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29) 31 meals: 20 continental breakfasts (B) 11 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

Code: WWHT winter 2012/13 2012 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

18 25 1 15 22 29 6 13 15 17 22 29

2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 27 3 17 24 1 8 15 17 19 24 31

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4 6 8 13 20

3019 3019 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 3049 3049 3049 3049 3049

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

5 17 24 14 21 7 14

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

7 19 26 16 23 9 16

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

27 8 15 8 15 29 5

3049 2879 2879 2879 2879 2879 2935

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$965. WWHT - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$765. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. The 2 nights in the Austrian Tyrol are replaced with a 2nd night in both Florence and Vienna. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$295. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$185. See p.19 for details.

12 World Heritage sites visited

Prague

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Zorbing

Try gelato on us!

09/09/2011 10:39


European Panorama 30 Days 13 Countries England, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$4929pp C$165 per day

François I's stunning Château de Chambord

GO NORTH SEA

Edam

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Poland

GERMANY

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Cruise on the Rhine River - castles, villages, vineyards • Locally guided bike tour to Edam - plus more

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

BELGIUM

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Loire Valley

FRANCE

Château Chambord

1 BORDEAUX

Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains Verona

Pisa

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Carcassonne Pyrenees Mountains

2 BARCELONA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

AUSTRIA

Romania

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

Explore more: optional activities

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Albania

Brindisi

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

• Swiss Mountain Hotel, Roman Villa, Corfu Beach Resort • Contiki On-site Team - Corfu

Serbia

Montenegro

Vatican City

Plus Feature Hotels

Slovenia

2 VENICE

ITALY

Plus

Hungary

1

SPAIN

2 VIENNA

1 TYROL

SWITZ

2 SWISS ALPS

Slovakia

Mauthausen

Only Contiki includes

3 CORFU

GREECE

CORINTH CANAL IONIAN SEA

Paris Cabaret show & dinner Barcelona Flamenco dance show Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Pompeii Entry fee & tour of the ancient city Corfu Island sailing cruise Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided city walking tour Vienna Schnaps museum visit & tasting Tyrol Tandem paragliding Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/panorama-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/panorama CHECK OUT

Daniela: The best trip of my life! I miss the tour and my Contiki family every day, wish I could have stayed forever!

If drinking wine in Bordeaux, eating tapas in Barcelona & chilling on the beach in Corfu is what gets you going, then the European Panorama is your perfect trip. Loads of essential inclusions & cool optionals make for an epic holiday experience.

Superior

Parc Güell in Barcelona. This park was designed by Antoni Gaudi & has enough cool sights to keep any stroller entertained.

European Panorama 30 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry 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

••

Day 4: Paris Discover this city’s magic, romance, history & legendary icons. (B) Day 5: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to Bordeaux. (B) Scenic drive to see Château de Chambord

Day 6: 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 7: 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

• •

Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 9: French Riviera 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

Florentine leather craft demo

Day 12: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City Two night stay at Hotel Cabala

• • •

Day 13: Rome Explore the “Eternal City”. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 14: 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) Days 15-17: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B,D) Day 18: Corfu to Italy Cruise up the Adriatic to the enchanting port of Venice. (B) Day 19: Arrive Venice Head out to Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona & then it’s back to Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s Balcony & the Roman Arena

Day 20: 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

• • •

• •

Day 21: Venice to Vienna Today we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. (B,D)

••

• •

Day 10: 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 Day 11: 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

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How much & when

• •

See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 24: 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

Day 25: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before spending two nights in the magical Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic Alpine drive

• • •

Day 26: Swiss Alps Chill in the breathtaking Alps & enjoy one of the many outdoor activities on offer.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 27: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Follow the Rhine River to a valley full of castles & vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

••

Code: BBHM summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

2012 Apr 14 Apr 28 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 9 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7

Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug

16 30 14 21 28 11 18 25 2 9

13 27 10 17 24 8 15 22 29 5

4929 4929 5059 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185 5335 5335

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

2012 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 4 Aug 11 Aug 25 Aug 28 Sep 1 ● Sep 8 ●

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

16 23 30 6 13 27 30 3 10

12 19 26 2 9 23 26 30 7

5335 5335 5335 5185 5059 5059 5185 5185 5185

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$1299 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

26 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 7 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 19 nights in hotels, +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.28-29) 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

$

Pay 6 months in advance you save C$255. See p.19 for details.

18 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 28: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next up, it’s 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 29: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills out to Edam. Afterwards, check out the cool cafés & nightclubs. (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)

Tyrol, Austria

Pompeii

Rome

Corfu

Day 22: 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 Day 23: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial

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European Explorer + Mykonos Island or Greek Island Cruising options 35 Days 18/19 Countries England, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey (Cruise option only) Albania, Montenegro (in transit), Bosnia (in transit), Croatia, Slovenia (in transit), Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$5919pp C$170 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$245

St. Peter’s Square, Rome IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA Edam

Wales

NETHERLANDS

Belarus

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover Calais

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS FRANCE

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

LUCERNE 2

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA 2

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Hungary SLOVENIA

Verona

Romania

CROATIA

2 VENICE

BOSNIA Pisa

SPAIN

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Monaco

Slovakia

Mauthausen

Liechtenstein

Swiss Alps

ATLANTIC OCEAN

CHATEAU DE 1 FONTAGER

Ukraine

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

1 FLORENCE

1 ZADAR

ITALY

Split

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Serbia

2 DUBROVNIK MONTENEGRO

2 ROME

Isle Of Capri

Pompeii

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Macedonia

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Bari

1 SORRENTO

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www.contiki.com/explorer

From 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.

Explorer1214138: Your trip is really only what you make it. As long as you are really ready to let yourself go and enjoy every minute, you can’t go wrong.

DON’T MISS Partial to a Freudian slip? Check out the home of the infamous psychoanalyst at the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna.

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Superior European Explorer 35 Days What’s Included: 32 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation (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)

Pompeii

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 Dubrovnik

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Only Contiki includes

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Italian food & fashion experience • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town & historic streets • Cruise on the Rhine River - plus more

Plus

Plus Feature Hotels

• French Château, Mykonos Resort, The Pyramide Hotel, The Jailhotel

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & dinner Barcelona Flamenco dance show Monaco Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco Venice Gondola ride along the canals Florence Tuscan hills feast Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Pompeii Guided tour of the ancient city Athens Greek dinner & dancing night Dubrovnik Island cruise & swimming Vienna Mozart & Strauss concert & dinner Swiss Alps Cog railway ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus Rhine Valley Wine tasting Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/explorer-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the ChampsÉlysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

• •

Day 4: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 5: Paris to Château de Fontager Head south through Burgundy via the beautiful 12th century Château Fontainebleau before arriving at our Feature Hotel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit Château Fontainebleau

Day 6: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Day 7: 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! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

The Pantheon, Rome

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Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence, one of France’s most stunning regions, past Cannes, to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques

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ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B)

Itinerary & sightseeing Continued & 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

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Day 10: 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. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

Day 11: 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 Murano glass-blowing demonstration

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Day 12: Venice to Florence Wind through the Apennine Mountains & Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings & sacred art. (B)

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• • •

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

Day 13: 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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Day 14: 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) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch the boat to Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before sailing to Sorrento. (B) Day 16: Sorrento to Greece From postcard perfect Sorrento, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s

Day 17: To Athens From Patras, cross the Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B)

Days 18-22 You choose! There’s either a Mykonos Island or Greek Island cruising option. See p.55. Day 23: Preveza to Tirana Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. (B,D) Day 24: Tirana to Dubrovnik Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the lovely, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Day 25: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,D) Day 26: 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 27: Zadar to Vienna Take off from the seaside city & cruise on through Slovenia to

Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) Day 28: 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

• •

Day 29: 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

Day 32: 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 33: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next we head to the Netherlands & on to the cool, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

• •

Day 34: 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) Day 35: 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 30: 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

Day 31: Lucerne Your jaw will drop at the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

• •

Parliament, Vienna

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European Explorer

Superior

How much & when

+ Mykonos Island option

Code: BBHE summer 2012

35 Days, 18 Countries

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

GREECE

From C$6065pp

2012

AEGEAN SEA

C$174 per day

CORINTH CANAL

ATHENS

Piraeus

MYKONOS 4

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 18: 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.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Days 19-21: 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 picture-perfect Cycladic paradise.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See the 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. (B,D)

Explore more: optionals

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

27 11 18 1 15 22 29

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

31 14 21 5 19 26 2

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European Explorer + Greek Island Cruise option 35 Days, 19 Countries Kusadasi Mykonos

Patmos

C$170 per day Santorini Rhodes

Crete MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Day 18: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Tonight, hang out on this island, famous for its golden beaches & vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 19: 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

Day 20: 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 21: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to Santorini, world-famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking

Explore more: optionals

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Places visited

See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

49 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 17 three-course dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.53

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$309. See p.19 for details.

18

Code: BHEC summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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

• • •

Day 22: Santorini to Preveza After sightseeing, it’s back to the mainland, where we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Refer to p.53 plus Patmos Guided tour of Monastry of St. John Kusadasi Guided tour of Greek site Ephesus Crete Guided tour of Minoan Palace

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

27 11 18 1 15 22 29

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

What’s Included:

2012 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

29 13 20 3 17 24 1

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

31 14 21 5 19 26 2

5919 6075 6225 6225 6225 6225 6399

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

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Superior European Explorer + Cruise 35 Days

How much & when

2012 TURKEY

Athens

Itinerary & sightseeing

32 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 9 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 23 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.28-29)

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

www.contiki.com/explorer-cruise

Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$245

What’s Included:

World Heritage sites visited

Refer to p.53 plus Mykonos Mykonos night tour • Paradise beach trip

From C$5919pp

European Explorer + Mykonos 35 Days

2012 29 13 20 3 17 24 1

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$1915 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Places visited Featured Hotel night

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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. 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). Port taxes & gratuities add C$245. Single room supplement of C$1869 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

32 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 5 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 23 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 4 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.28-29 & 59) 59 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 19 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) For all other inclusions see p.53

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$305. See p.19 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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All roads lead to Rome... By day: If you’re looking for a

Taste: The best food in the city

break from the sights, head to Villa Borghese. You can hire a golf cart for an hour to cruise around people watching, or grab a drink & snacks & just lay in the sun. There is also free WiFi so you can jump online & boast about your adventures to your friends.

at Restaurant ‘34’. The unbeatable caprese salad, freshly caught seafood & rustic atmosphere make this hidden gem a must-visit every time you’re in Rome.

By night: The best place to party with the locals is the Trastevere. Start with dinner at Taverna della Scala, then head to Nylon Bar. Its modern vibe attracts the young local crowd, with great drinks, good wine & great DJs on deck. Beige bar is another favourite with its cool interior, moody vibe & great music.

We love: Hiring a bike & hitting the streets. Rome’s not usually known for exploring other than on foot, but grabbing a bike & a map & seeing the sights by bike mean you can see even more.

Europe By day: Head to the top of the Institut du Monde Arabe overlooking the River Seine. Off the tourist track, you can practise your French on the locals & experience some of the city’s best views at the same time. Get your threads at: Free P’ Star in Bastille. If you’re after some chaotic fun, then this place is for you. It’s packed with all kinds of finds, from vintage, 80s, dresses & bags to hats it’s the perfect place for the ultimate rummage. Or, for French fashion at its best, head to Rue Saint Honore. Home to almost every high end fashion like Dior, Hermes & Chanel – it’s one of the most fashionable streets in the world. Lay your towel down at: Ile de la Cite in summer. In the middle of the Seine River, it transforms into a beach paradise with sand &

umbrellas. Just sit back & watch the world go by.

Love it live: The place to head for music is Universal Café. Be instantly transported back to the 1950s, when Paris was the jazz capital of the world. With nightly live music, it’s always packed with regulars & passers by alike. Our tip: on Tuesdays, it’s an open jam session if you’re keen to get involved.  

By night: It’s got to be the ultra chic Latin Quarter, for off the beaten track cafes & bars. Pop into Le Pop-In, in Bastille. With its shabby chic mismatched furniture, this cute (or should we say, tiny) spot is the place to go for live music. With weekly performances by Paris’s hottest up & coming bands – it’s the ultimate place to say “I heard it there first”.

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The fast track to Amsterdam’s finest By day: Our hidden spot to play with the funky Amsterdam-ers is Blijburg city beach. It’s the perfect place to chill, catch some rays, swim during the day & party at night. Join in a game of water volleyball, or grab some lunch & listen to some live music.

By night: The ONLY place to party is Escape Club on Rembrandts Plain. It’s one of Europe’s biggest clubs, packed with people & international DJ’s spinning some of the latest tracks. Our tip? Dress to impress!

entrance & be ready to walk up a very steep flight of stairs to find it, but it’s worth it! The owner lives upstairs & does most of the cooking - our favourites are apple & bacon, or the bacon & cheese.

Go local at: Waterlooplein flea markets. There are hundreds of market stalls full of vintage bags, brooches as well as classic trash & treasure items. From cheap guitars, to random CD’s, books & paintings, take time to chat to the laid back locals & pick up some unique local gems from your trip to Amsterdam.

Taste: Pancakes at the Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis (the upstairs pancake house!) Find the small

Europe is home to some of the world’s coolest cities, but finding inspiring places off the beaten track can be tough. Our On-road Team know what’s hot. With the help of our Tour Managers Alex, Jude, Jon & Lara, we’ve pulled together a list of the best places to eat, shop & play.

By day: See the still-visible reminders of the tumultuous history of 20th Century Germany: head to the rebuilt Reichstag, the Topography of Terror, the uplifting East Side Gallery & the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Treat your tastebuds: To a true Berliner currywurst at Konnopke Imbiss. Since 1930 it has been selling Berlin’s favourite snack it’s the oldest imbiss (snack stand) in the city & still the best.

For something girly: Treat yourself to an afternoon cocktail or two with a view to die for at the top of the Fernsehturm (TV tower). It’s the tallest structure in Germany & perfect place to enjoy a drink with the girls & enjoy a 360° view of the city.

For the true treasure hunters: No visit to Berlin is complete without a rummage through RAW markets on a Sunday. You can bargain for anything here too & the friendly locals are always up for teaching you some German. Enjoy live music, whilst indulging on a strong coffee & some local treats like waffles & wurst.

By night: Get the raw & real Berlin experience at the Kunsthaus Tacheles art collective in the Mitte District. It’s art, photography, bars & clubs in an old bombed-out shopping centre.

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Superior In-Depth Regional tours

$

27

In-Depth tours to choose from

• CHOOSE TO CRUISE • COMFY HOTELS & GUEST HOUSES

REMEMBER If you book early you save money!

• FANTASTIC FACILITIES • ALWAYS TWIN-SHARE

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More time to go local...

Some parts of Europe are just too good to leave. You get to the heart of a location on In-Depth, often staying 2 or 3 nights in one spot. It means more time to get to know a country or region & more time to soak up its culture.

Treat your tastebuds

Save even more!

Tasting the different flavours of Europe is an essential part of any holiday. Trying authentic (& delicious) meals prepared by locals the traditional way is a key part of experiencing new cultures. On our In-Depth tours we’ve included some extra special, authentic Regional Dinners at some of our favourite local restaurants so you can really immerse yourself in the taste of Europe.

On some of our Superior InDepth tours you can save an additional 5% by booking tripleshare. Check out the price panels on the tour pages for more.

“Choose from 27 In-Depth tours from 5 to 18 days”

Easy Pace

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 • Sample Greek specialities at our favourite Athens taverna • Pick your way through a delicious variety of tapas dishes in buzzing Barcelona • Treat yourself to traditional French specialities as you dine out in Nice …and many more, so keep an eye out on the tour pages.

Stay close to the action Style, comfort & great locations - the key ingredients of our regional tour accommodation. We’ll get you as close as we can to the key sights, so it’s easy to get around & make the most of your days exploring. You’re never short on comfort on In-Depth tours too, like TVs in your room, often WiFi, en-suite bathrooms, laundry facilities & fluffy towels – plus concierge services at your fingertips. It’s your choice too - share with your buddies, or go solo for a little extra.

Low-cost airlines to Europe Not all our In-Depth tours start in London. So if you need flights to the city your tour departs from ask your travel agent or go online & book with one of Europe’s great low-cost airlines.

With minimum 2 & 3 night stays & often later starts in the morning, our Easy Pace tours offer a more relaxed way to see Europe. Plus, you still get authentic meals, local experiences & more time to get under the skin of the places you visit. Look out for the pink “Easy Pace” symbol on the tour pages.

Cool ways to cruise Croatia On our exclusive Croatian Island Cruising tour, explore unspoiled islands & coastal villages of the beautiful Dalmation Coast on a local boat (one of Croatia’s best!). More on p.84-85 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 Nile cruising 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. You can really go local too – soak up the rays on a traditional felucca while you sit back & watch Egyptians go about their day. See p.76-77

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

Going solo? Even if you’re planning on leaving your buddies at home, we’ll match you with a same sex room-mate. 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.

Explore more: optional activities

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Croatia

Look out for the orange Explore More optionals panel on the bottom of every tour page

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www.contiki.com/ireland

Ireland 9 Days 2 Countries Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

From C$1195pp C$133 per day

What’s Included: 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

Cliffs of Moher

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$59. See p.19 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Belfast

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Dublin

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Blarney

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

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Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

• Learn about the troubled history of Belfast on a locally guided walking tour • Visit Blarney Castle & kiss the famous Blarney Stone

N.IRELAND

REP. OF IRELAND

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Only Contiki GO includes

Belfast

ATLANTIC OCEAN

11 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D)

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Giant’s Causeway

LONDONDERRY 1

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Finish Dublin

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

7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 11 16 23 30 7 9 14 21 28

C$ pp

1195 1195 1195 1225 1225 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1299 1299 1299 1299

Depart Canada

Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

C$ pp

2012 Jul 22 ◆ Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 12 ◆ Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 26 ◆ Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 16 ◆ Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 5 Oct 12

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

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

1299 1299 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255

23 28 4 11 13 18 25 27 1 8 15 17 22 29 6 13

30 4 11 18 20 25 1 3 8 15 22 24 29 6 13 20

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$309. Tour starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. ◆ These tours operate in reverse. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Itinerary & sightseeing

fascinating historical sites, before travelling south through Connacht to Galway. (B) See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Dublin Check-in to your hotel & this evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. (D)

Day 5: 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)

Day 3: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of Belfast then be amazed by natural rock formations of the spectacular Giant’s Causeway as we make our way to the walled city of Londonderry. (B) See the Giant’s Causeway

Day 4: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its

Day 6: Galway to Cork Spot the Cliffs of Moher then get the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone before arriving in Cork. (B,D) Visit Blarney, home of the Blarney Stone

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

• ••

Day 8: Kilkenny to Dublin Take time to explore Dublin’s vibrant mix of thriving markets, museums, cafes & enjoy the easy-going local hospitality. (B) See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square & St. Stephen’s Green

Day 9: Depart Dublin The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Day 7: Cork to Kilkenny See the brightly coloured buildings of hill-side Cobh before reaching the charming

Please note: Days 2 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Scotland & Ireland 14 days From C$2055pp C$147 per day Highland fling? Add 5 days to your tour & get a slice of Scotland too. Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Edinburgh Days 3-6: See Days 7-10 England & Scotland on p.61.

Day 7: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland. (B,D) Days 8-14: See Days 3-9 Ireland map, itinerary & sightseeing above.

For full details, dates & prices check out our website. Tour code: BBED Single supplement of C$535

$ Pay 6 months in advance

you save C$105. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/scotland-ireland

Explore more: optional activities Dublin Guinness Brewery Storehouse visit Londonderry Walking tour including Bogside Murals Galway Boat ride to the Aran Islands Kilkenny Guided walking tour Visit contiki.com/ireland-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/england-scotland

England & Scotland

Superior England & Scotland 11 Days

11 Days 2 Countries England, Scotland

What’s Included:

From C$1579pp

9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

C$144 per day

12 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D)

1 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Loch Ness Isle of Skye

SCOTLAND

WEST 1 HIGHLANDS

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

St. Andrews Stirling

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

Northumberland National Park Gretna Green

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

N.Ireland

NORTH SEA

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

1 YORK

IRISH SEA

Rep. of Ireland

Liverpool

ENGLAND

1 WOLVERHAMPTON

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Wales

Scottish Highlands

1 LONDON Bath

Stonehenge

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Wolverhampton Meet up with your Contiki team. Take a London sightseeing tour, then travel to Wolverhampton, via Bath. Tonight, get to know your group over dinner & maybe hit the town for a night out. (D) See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge Visit the old Roman town of Bath

• •

Day 4: Wolverhampton to York Spend some time in Liverpool home of the ‘Fab Four’, before making our way through the cute Peak District to York. (B,D) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower

••

Day 5: York to Lake District This morning we make our way to Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from, like hiking & kayaking. (B) Visit Bowness & see Lake Windermere

Day 6: 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

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 7: 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 10: 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 8: 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 9: Scottish Highlands to West Highlands See the stunning Isle of Skye,

• •• • •

Day 11: Depart Glasgow/ Train to London The tour ends after breakfast in Glasgow, so say farewell to your new friends. Or if you’ve chosen to end in London, catch the train back down south where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

Scotland 7 days From C$975pp C$140 per day Just want Scotland? Try everything Scottish on our 7 day tour. For full details, dates & prices check out our website. Tour code: BBSC. Single supplement of C$249

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save C$49. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/scotland

Explore more: optional activities York Evening ‘Ghost Walk’ Lake District Kayaking or Canoeing • High ropes course Edinburgh Dinner with haggis & bagpipes Visit contiki.com/england-scotland-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

60-61 Ireland - Eng & Scot_CAD.indd 3

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

GO ENGLISH CHANNEL

Code: BBBR summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Glasgow pp or London

2012 Mar 21 Apr 4 Apr 18 Apr 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 25 May 30 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 22 Jun 27 Jul 4 Jul 11

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

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

23 6 20 27 4 11 18 25 27 1 8 15 22 24 29 6 13

31 14 28 5 12 19 26 2 4 9 16 23 30 2 7 14 21

1579 1579 1579 1579 1619 1619 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1715 1715

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Glasgow pp or London

2012 Jul 13 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 1 ● Aug 3 ● Aug 8 ● Aug 15 ● Aug 17 ● Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 5 Sep 7 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 3

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

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

23 28 4 11 13 18 25 27 1 8 15 17 22 29 6 13

1715 1715 1715 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655

Code: WWBR winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 18 Dec 6 Dec 13 Dec 24 Dec 26

Oct Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 8 15 26 28

Oct Dec Dec Jan Jan

27 15 22 2 4

1245 1215 1249 1249 1249

2013 Jan 3 Jan 31 Feb 28

• 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 15 20 27 3 5 10 17 19 24 31 7 9 14 21 28 5

Only Contiki includes

Plus Regional Dinners

• Traditional English roast dinner in a local pub

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$119. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$79. See p.19 for details.

7 Jan 5 Feb 2 Mar 2

Jan 12 1249 Feb 9 1185 Mar 9 1185

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$425. WWBR - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$319. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Glasgow or 1:00pm in London. ● These tours will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in Bristol, York 1 night, Edinburgh 2 nights, Scottish Highlands 1 night, Glasgow 1 night, Liverpool 1 night. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

You choose Want to finish in London? Add C$160 to take the train from Glasgow to London.

Edinburgh

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Great Britain & Ireland 18 Days 5 Countries England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales

From C$2429pp C$135 per day

The Giant’s Causeway

GO

• 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 walking tour • Visit Blarney Castle & kiss the famous Blarney Stone

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1 Loch Ness

Isle of Skye

SCOTLAND

WEST 1 HIGHLANDS

ATLANTIC OCEAN

St. Andrews

Stirling

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

Northumberland National Park

Giant’s Causeway

LONDONDERRY 1

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

N.IRELAND

REP. OF IRELAND

GALWAY 2

DUBLIN 2

Plus Regional Dinners

• Traditional English roast dinner in a local pub 1 YORK

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

Holyhead Liverpool

Explore more: optional activities

ENGLAND

Cliffs Of Moher

1 KILKENNY Blarney

Plus

Gretna Green Belfast

Only Contiki includes

1

1 WOLVERHAMPTON WALES

CORK Bath

1 LONDON

Stonehenge

Places visited Nightstops

62-63 GB & Ireland_CAD.indd 2

France ENGLISH CHANNEL

York Evening ‘Ghost Walk’ Lake District Kayaking or Canoeing • High ropes course Edinburgh Traditional dinner with haggis & bagpipes Dublin Guinness Brewery Storehouse visit Londonderry Walking tour with local guide Galway Boat ride to the Aran Islands Kilkenny Guided walking tour Visit contiki.com/britain-ireland-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/britain-ireland LOCAL TIP

AussieBeksta: The people were awesome, the sights were amazing & the experiences we had were incredible.

Sightseeing, history & culture - hit the highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland. Stroll Edinburgh’s Royal Mile & then search for Nessie at the Loch. Add to that sampling Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone, exploring castles, cathedrals & more!

Superior

Enjoy what the locals believe to be the best pint of Guinness in Dublin at J. O’Connell’s pub.

Great Britain & Ireland 18 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Wolverhampton Meet up with your Contiki team & take a London sightseeing tour before travelling to Wolverhampton, via Bath. Tonight, get to know your group over dinner & maybe hit the town for a night out. (D) See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge Visit the old Roman town of Bath

• •

Day 4: Wolverhampton to York We’ll spend some time channeling the home of the ‘Fab Four’ in Liverpool, before making our way through the cute Peak District to York. (B,D) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower

••

Day 5: York to Lake District This morning we make our way to Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from, like hiking & kayaking. (B) Visit Bowness & see Lake Windermere

Day 6: 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

• •

Aran Islands

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Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland, travelling through County Meath to Dublin. (B,D) Day 12: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of the now redeveloped Belfast then be amazed by natural rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway. (B) See the Giant’s Causeway

Day 13: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its

How much & when fascinating historical sites, before travelling south through Connacht to Galway. (B) See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry

Day 14: 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) Day 15: Galway to Cork Spot the Cliffs of Moher then get the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone before arriving in Cork. (B,D) Visit Blarney, home of the Blarney Stone

Day 16: 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

• ••

Day 17: 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

Day 18: Dublin to London We ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales & travel back to London where the tour ends upon arrival. (B)

Code: BBUK summer 2012 Depart Canada

2012 Mar 21 Apr 4 Apr 18 Apr 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 25 ◆ May 30 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 22 ◆ Jun 27 Jul 4 Jul 11

Start London

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

23 6 20 27 4 11 18 25 27 1 8 15 22 24 29 6 13

Finish London

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

7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 11 16 23 30 7 9 14 21 28

C$ pp

2429 2429 2429 2429 2489 2489 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2639 2639

Depart Canada

Start London

2012 Jul 13 ◆ Jul Jul 18 Jul Jul 25 Jul Aug 1 ● Aug Aug 3 ●◆ Aug Aug 8 ● Aug Aug 15 ● Aug Aug 17 ●◆ Aug Aug 22 Aug Aug 29 Aug Sep 5 Sep Sep 7 Sep Sep 12 Sep Sep 19 Sep Sep 26 Sep Oct 3 Oct

15 20 27 3 5 10 17 19 24 31 7 9 14 21 28 5

Finish London

C$ pp

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

2639 2639 2639 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549

30 4 11 18 20 25 1 3 8 15 22 24 29 6 13 20

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$649. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00pm in London. This tour is a combination tour where clients who have booked the England & Scotland only section return to London on Day 11 and those who have booked the Ireland only section join on Day 11. ● These tours will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ◆ The Ireland section of these tours operate in reverse. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

16 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 23 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 8 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

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$125. See p.19 for details.

7 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Kiss the Blarney Stone

Edinburgh

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www.contiki.com/london-paris

London & Paris

Easy Pace

8 Days 2 Countries England, France

From C$1049pp C$132 per day

What’s Included: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

LONDON 3

Bath

Dover Stonehenge

8 meals: 6 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

2 AMSTERDAM

Germany Valley of the Somme

PARIS 3

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Paris

BELGIUM

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2

+

Itinerary & sightseeing

Versailles

FRANCE

SWITZ

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

ITALY

Sightseeing tours in London & Paris

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

ROME 3

Ferry crossings

Code: BBGE summer 2012

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Experience a famous West End musical in London • Discover mystical Stonehenge & explore beautiful Bath on our day trip • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sighseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Guided tour of King Louis XIV’s magificent Château Versailles • 300km/h trip on a high speed train (Amsterdam extension only)

6 World Heritage sites visited

Extension This tour can be extended from Paris to Amsterdam or Rome. See p.65 for details.

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Depart Canada

2012 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

Start London

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

7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Finish Paris

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

13 27 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13

C$ pp

1289 1289 1325 1325 1355 1355 1355 1355 1355 1355 1355 1399

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris

C$ pp

2012 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

1399 1399 1399 1325 1325 1325 1355 1355 1355 1355 1355

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

20 27 3 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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 3-4: 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, 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 Roman town of Bath Experience a traditional English pub 1 day pass on the London Underground

•• • •• •

Day 5: 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

Days 6-7: 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 Château Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. (B)(B) Visit a French perfumery

Day 8: Depart Paris The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “au revoir” to your new friends. (B)

Code: WWGE winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 19 Dec 26 Dec 29

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

20 27 10 24 20 27 30

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Jan Jan

26 2 16 30 26 2 5

1095 1095 1079 1079 1109 1109 1109

2013 Jan 25 Mar 1 Mar 15

Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Feb 1 1049 Mar 8 1049 Mar 22 1069

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. BBGE - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$335. WWGE - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$269. Tour starts 6:00pm in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Paris. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Hit the shops in London

Explore more: optional activities Bath Entry to the Roman Baths and audio guided tour Stonehenge Audio guided tour of Stonehenge Paris Cabaret show & three-course dinner Visit contiki.com/london-paris-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:01


London & Paris + Paris extension 10 Days 2 countries: England, France From C$1255pp C$126 per day

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-7: Canada to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.64.

Easy Pace

Paris

www.contiki.com/ london-paris-plus

London & Paris + Amsterdam 10 Days 4 countries: England, France, Belgium (in transit), Italy From C$1465pp C$147 per day

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-7: Canada to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.64. Days 8-9: Paris to Amsterdam Hop on the train & head to the Netherlands’ free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. Check out the museums, cool cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Grab a bike & hit the streets to explore like the locals. (B)(B)

Easy Pace

• ••

Transfer to station & train to Amsterdam Transfer to Amsterdam hotel 2 day city tram pass

Day 10: Depart Amsterdam The tour 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.

www.contiki.com/ london-amsterdam

London & Paris + Rome

Easy Pace

11 Days 3 countries: England, France, Italy

The Pantheon, Rome

C$152 per day hotel on arrival, then head out to explore Rome. (B) Transfer to airport & flight to Rome Transfer to Rome hotel 3 day pass on the Rome Metro

fashion & most impotantly, gorge on delicious gelato. (B)(B)

Days 9-10: Rome Do it like a local & use your Metro pass to get out & see the ancient sights of the “Eternal City.” Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & explore this living museum, from the Vatican to the Colosseum. Hit the shops for some sophisticated Italian

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.

• Itinerary • & sightseeing • Day 8: Paris to Rome Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome. Check-in to your

Explore more: optionals

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Start London

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

7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Finish Paris

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

15 29 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15

C$ pp

1575 1575 1619 1619 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1715

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris

C$ pp

2012 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

1715 1715 1715 1619 1619 1619 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

22 29 5 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

2012 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 19 Dec 26

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 10 24 20 27

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

28 4 18 2 28 4

1315 1315 1295 1295 1329 1329

2013 Dec 29 Jan 25 Mar 1 Mar 15

Dec Jan Mar Mar

30 26 2 16

Jan Feb Mar Mar

7 3 10 24

1329 1255 1255 1279

BBGP - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$409. WWGP - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$325.

Superior London & Paris + Paris, Amsterdam or Rome 10/11 Days

What’s Included: Paris extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Amsterdam extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Train journey & transfer Rome extension: 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Flight to Rome & transfer (more on p.28-29)

Code: BBGA summer 2012

All other inclusions:

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp

2012 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

10 meals: (Paris & Ams’dam) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

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

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

7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

15 29 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15

1699 1699 1755 1755 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1859

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp

2012 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

22 29 5 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

1859 1859 1859 1755 1755 1755 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799

Code: WWGA winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 19 Dec 26

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 10 24 20 27

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

28 4 18 2 28 4

1535 1535 1509 1509 1555 1555

2012 Dec 29

2013 Jan 25 Mar 1 Mar 15

1555

Dec 30

Jan 7

Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Feb 3 1465 Mar 10 1465 Mar 24 1495

BBGA - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$445. WWGA - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$385.

Code: BBGR summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

2012 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

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

7 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Finish Rome

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

16 30 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16

C$ pp

1979 1979 2035 2035 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085 2155

Start London

Finish Rome

C$ pp

2012 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

2155 2155 2155 2035 2035 2035 2085 2085 2085 2085 2085

23 30 6 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8

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 crossings

GO

Depart Canada

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

11 meals: (Rome) 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

Only Contiki includes See inclusions on opposite page

6 World Heritage sites visited

Code: WWGR winter 2012/13

From C$1669pp

Days 1-7: Canada to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.64.

Depart Canada

Code: WWGP winter 2012/13

Please note: The Paris extension section of this tour is unescorted.

Code: BBGP summer 2012

2012 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

Days 8-9: 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 worldrenowned 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 10: Depart Paris The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “au revoir” to your new friends. (B)

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Day 11: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

www.contiki.com/ london-rome

See optionals listed on p.64 for all tours above

2012 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 19 Dec 26

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 10 24 20 27

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

29 5 19 3 29 5

1745 1745 1719 1719 1769 1769

2012 Dec 29 2013 Jan 25 Mar 1 Mar 15

1769

Dec 30

Jan 8

Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Feb 4 1669 Mar 11 1669 Mar 25 1699

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. BBGR - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$515. WWGR - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$435. Tours start 6:00pm & end approx. 8:00am. For more ways to save see p.19. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Rome

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Simply Italy 13 Days 2 Countries Italy, Vatican City

From C$1649pp C$127 per day

16th century Tuscan castle & wine tasting experience

GO

Switz

Slovenia Lake Garda

MILAN 1

Verona

Croatia

2 VENICE

Italy

LA SPEZIA 1 2 FLORENCE

Cinque Terre

Bosnia

Pisa Chianti Region

Apennine Mountains ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

Vatican City

3 ROME

Plus Naples (Designer outlet mall)

Isle of Capri

Plus Regional Dinners

• Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals • Dine on regional specialities in local trattorias

2 SORRENTO

IONIAN SEA

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• Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Italian food & fashion experience • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • A guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan castle while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums. • Cruise along the stunning, coastal towns of the Cinque Terre • Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • The true Sorrento experience - a glass of Prosecco overlooking the Bay of Naples - plus more

Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

Places visited Nightstops

Only Contiki includes

Explore more: optional activities Pompeii Guided tour of the ancient city Sorrento Boat cruise around the beautiful Isle of Capri Florence Tuscan hills feast Lake Garda Cruise on the lake Venice Gondola ride • Guided walking tour Rome Guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum Visit contiki.com/simply-italy-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:02


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www.contiki.com/simply-italy

Ciao bella! It’s time for iconic monuments, quaint cities, ancient history, beaches, delicious food & fashion. Italy has it all, so discover its best, from the romantic vibes of Florence, Milan & Rome to the picturesque Sorrento, La Spezia & the Cinque Terre.

INDULGE...

DID YOU KNOW?

You’ll go local with a delicious meal of Italian classics at Osteria del Gatto e la Volpe in Florence.

In August 2010, Georgia Boscolo became Venice’s first female gondolier.

Superior Simply Italy 13 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & this afternoon meet your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers. Day 3: Rome to Sorrento Travel south towards the home of pizza, Naples, where we’ll make a stop at a fashion outlet mall where you can splash some cash on discounted designer gear. Later, we’ll reach Sorrento, where you’ll enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the stunning bay. (B) See Mt. Vesuvius Scenic coastal drive to Sorrento

••

Day 4: 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,D) Day 5: Sorrento to Florence From postcard perfect Sorrento, pass through rural Umbria & Tuscany’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Local wine tasting in the Chianti region

Day 6: 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. (B)

Florence

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• •

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

Day 7: Florence to La Spezia Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder & then watch locals fishing along the shores. Indulge in tasty local food & wine in the seaside setting of the Cinque Terre. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit Monterosso & Portovenere along the Cinque Terre Cruise (weather permitting) & train along the scenic coast

• • •

Day 8: La Spezia to Milan Leave the beauty of the Cinque Terre region behind & head to the capital of fashion, Milan! (B,D) See the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II & La Scala Opera House in Milan

Day 9: Milan to Venice Follow the route of the Romans to the lakeside resort of Sirmione. Later, profess your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before arriving in fairytale Venice. (B) Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda See Juliet’s Balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

••

How much & when Day 10: 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

• • •

Day 11: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B,D) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 12: 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

Day 13: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: BBSY summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Rome

Finish Rome

C$ pp

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

1965 1965 1965 2015 2015 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065 2115 2115

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

7 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 26 30 3

Depart Canada

Start Rome

Finish Rome

C$ pp

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

2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2065 2015 2015 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

8 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 27 1 4

19 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 8 12 15

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

7 10 14 21 24 28 4 11 25 1 8 15 22 29

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

8 11 15 22 25 29 5 12 26 2 9 16 23 30

19 22 26 2 5 9 16 23 6 13 20 27 4 11

Code: WWSY winter 2012/13 2012 Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

14 4 2 16 21 25 30

2013 Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

15 5 3 17 22 26 31

Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

26 16 14 28 2 6 11

1729 1699 1699 1755 1755 1755 1755

Jan Feb Mar Mar

13 3 3 17

Jan Feb Mar Mar

14 4 4 18

Jan Feb Mar Mar

25 15 15 29

1755 1649 1649 1685

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$615. WWSY - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$610. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 15 meals: 11 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (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

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$169. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$99. See p.19 for details.

9 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Combine this trip with another tour & double your fun! You’ll also save C$100 with our multi tour discount. See p.19. Fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.86-87. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

Sorrento

09/09/2011 11:02


Italian Espresso

Easy Pace

9 Days 2 Countries Italy, Vatican City

From C$1179pp C$131 per day

The Spanish Steps, Rome

GO

Switz Hungary Slovenia

Verona

Croatia

2 VENICE

Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa Chianti Region San Gimignano

3 FLORENCE

Bosnia

Only Contiki includes

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • A guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan castle while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

Apennine Mountains

Plus

ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

Plus Regional Dinners

• Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals • Dine on regional specialities at local trattorias

2 ROME Vatican City

Explore more: optional activities Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Optional start/end city (end Venice or Rome)

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IONIAN SEA

Rome Guided tour & entry to the Colosseum & Roman Forum • Roman dinner Florence Nightclub entry & one drink • Delicious Tuscan feast with Chianti wine Venice Gondola ride • Venetian dinner with regional wines Visit contiki.com/espresso-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:06


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www.contiki.com/espresso HUNGRY?

Elena: Definitely a good mix of things to see! It really is an Italian Espresso, where you get the best of Italy in such a short time!

Want a short but in-depth introduction to Italy? From the canals & cobbled lanes of timeless Venice to the vibes of the Eternal City & gorgeous Florence, it’s all here. With incredible food, coffee & people, you’ll get amongst it all, the way only the Italians can.

Did you know that in Rome you can get a slice of pizza for around €2 almost anywhere? Try Alice Pizzeria on Via delle Grazie (near the Vatican) for some of our favourites.

Superior Italian Espresso 9 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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. See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B,D) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence

Day 3: 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,D) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City

Day 4: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the

Day 5: 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) Florentine leather craft demo Day 6: Florence Enjoy a day trip out to the hills of the rustic Chianti region for a wine tasting & a stop in medieval San Gimignano - the quintessential Tuscan town. (B) Day 7: 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

How much & when your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before arriving in fairytale Venice. (B,D) Day 8: 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

• •

Day 9: Depart Venice/ Rome The tour 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 tour ends upon arrival. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 9 (ending in Venice) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: BBHI summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Rome

Finish Venice or Rome

C$ pp

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

6 27 11 18 25 1 15 22 29 6 8

Depart Canada

Start Rome

Finish Venice or Rome

C$ pp

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 28 12 19 26 2 16 23 30 7 9

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

14 5 19 26 2 9 23 30 7 14 16

1335 1335 1369 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1435 1435

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

13 20 27 3 17 31 7 14 21 28

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

14 21 28 4 18 1 8 15 22 29

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

21 28 4 11 25 8 15 22 29 6

1435 1435 1435 1399 1369 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

Code: WWHI winter 2012/13 2012 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

19 9 23 14 20 25

2013 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

20 10 24 15 21 26

Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

27 17 1 22 28 2

1235 1215 1215 1255 1255 1255

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 22 1 15

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

5 19 23 2 16

Jan Jan Mar Mar Mar

12 26 2 9 23

1255 1179 1179 1179 1199

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). BBHI - Summer 2011 Single room supplement of C$415. WWHI - Winter 2011/12 Single room supplement of C$459. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Venice or approx 6:00pm in Rome. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

7 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 10 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 3 three-course dinners (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

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$119. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$69. See p.19 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Combine this trip with another tour & double your fun! Fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.86-87 or connect with the ‘Spotlight on Greece’ tour detailed on p.90-91. Alternatively, fly to Berlin & connect with the ‘Eastern Road’ tour detailed on p.82-83. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

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Delicious included meals

09/09/2011 11:07


www.contiki.com/trail

Mediterranean Trail

Easy Pace

12 Days, 3 Countries From C$1895pp C$158 per day

Corfu

What’s Included: ITALY

9 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 9 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.28-29 & 59)

Montenegro

ADRIATIC SEA

3 ROME Vatican City

14 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D)

Macedonia Naples (Designer outlet mall)

Pompeii Isle of Capri

2

Brindisi

Albania

SORRENTO

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

1

CORFU 2

Modern, air-conditioned coach

GREECE

IONIAN SEA Corinth Canal

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

2 ATHENS

Places visited Nightstops

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

GO

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & art of the Vatican • Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis

Plus

Plus Regional Dinners

• Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals

$

Itinerary & sightseeing

Only Contiki includes

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$95. See p.19 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

70-71 Med Trail_CAD.indd 2

How much & when

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & tonight meet your Tour Manager & fellow travellers for dinner. (D)

Code: BBGG summer 2012 Depart Canada

2012 May 7 May 21 May 28 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9

Start Rome

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

Finish Athens

8 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10

May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

18 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20

C$ pp

Depart Canada

1895 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1995 1995

2012 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 3 Sep 10

Start Rome

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

Finish Athens

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21

C$ pp

1995 1995 1995 1945 1895 1895 1895 1945 1945

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$479 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19.

Day 3: Rome Take a guided tour of the famous Vatican & its museums. Later, you could opt to tour the Colosseum before a free evening to experience Rome by night! (B) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

• •

Day 4: Rome Explore the “Eternal City” in

your free time & get a feeling for Imperial Rome. (B) Day 5: Rome to Sorrento Travel south towards the home of pizza, Naples, where we’ll stop at an outlet mall - you can splash some cash on discounted designer gear. Later, we’ll reach Sorrento for a sunset drink overlooking the bay. (B) See the Bay of Naples & Mt. Vesuvius

Day 6: Capri Excursion Be amazed at the natural beauty of Capri, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals. (B,D) Day 7: 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 to Greece. (B) Scenic drive along the coast

Days 8-9: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B)(B,D) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town

Day 10: Corfu to Athens Travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B,D) Day 11: Athens Sightsee the ancient wonders of this bustling city. (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Day 12: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Explore more: optional activities Rome Locally guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum Pompeii Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city Corfu Water sports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding Athens Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka Visit contiki.com/trail-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:08


Mediterranean Trail

Superior

How much & when

+3 day Greek Island Cruise

Code: METCG3 summer 2012

15 Days, 4 Countries

Depart Start Canada Rome

Easy Pace

From C$2139pp C$143 per day

TURKEY

Athens

Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$179

AEGEAN SEA Kusadasi Patmos

Mykonos

Santorini

More time? Add a 3 day Greek Island Cruise to your Mediterranean Trail tour.

Days 1-11: Canada to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 12: Athens to Mykonos Cruise to Mykonos with its golden beaches & young, vibrant party culture. Head into town for a sunset drink at a cute harbourside bar in Little Venice. (B,L,D,S) Day 13: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of

Kusadasi. Later, enjoy friendly, unspoilt Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See Monastery of St. John on Patmos

sunbathing. Later, why not sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset at Oia or go for a late night stroll through the cobbled lanes. (B,L,D,S) Visit the main town of Fira on Santorini See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini

••

• •

Day 14: Cruising to Santorini Cruise to the postcard perfect Greek island, Santorini, with its stunning blue & white buildings & rugged volcanic scenery. Experience panoramic Aegean views from cliff-top Fira & maybe hit Perissa beach for a swim &

Explore more: optionals

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited

Itinerary & sightseeing

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

May 21 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23

2299 2359 2359 2359 2359 2359 2359 2419 2419

2012

GREECE

CORINTH CANAL

Day 15: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Refer to p.70 plus Kusadasi Guided tour of Ephesus Patmos Guided tour of the Monastry of St. John

May 7 May 21 May 28 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9

Depart Start Canada Rome

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

2419 2419 2419 2359 2299 2299 2299 2359 2359

+7 day Greek Island Cruise 19 Days, 4 Countries

2139 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2249 2249

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

16 23 30 6 13 20 27 3 10

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11

30 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24

2249 2249 2249 2195 2139 2139 2139 2195 2195

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$539 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$585 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$179. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Note: Days 2 & 15 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Depart Start Canada Rome

From C$2569pp

Istanbul

C$136 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$455 AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

More time?

Izmir

Athens

Mykonos

Add a 7 day Greek Island Cruise to your Mediterranean Trail tour. Visiting Greek favourites, mixed with a bit of Turkey, it’s perfect for chilling in the sun. For a more detailed itinerary, sightseeing & cool ways to spend your free time for days 12-19, see p.93.

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited

Days 1-11: Canada to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

Day 14: Istanbul & the Bosphorus

Day 18: Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Day 15: Cruising to Mykonos

Day 12: Athens & sail to Istanbul

Day 16: Cruising to Izmir via Patmos

Day 13: Cruising to Istanbul

Day 17: Cruising to Rhodes

Day 19: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens for breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

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Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

May 7 May 21 May 28 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9

May 25 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27

2879 2955 2955 2955 2955 2955 2955 3025 3025

Depart Start Canada Rome

Finish Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

3025 3025 3025 2955 2879 2879 2879 2955 2955

2569 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2699 2699

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

16 23 30 6 13 20 27 3 10

Refer to p.70 plus additional optional activities for the 7 day Greek Island Cruise section; see p.93 (Golden Fleece)

What’s Included: 12 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 9 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.28-29 & 59) 27 meals: 14 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D), 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional local guide & on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & early payment savings see p.70

6 World Heritage sites visited

Superior Mediterranean Trail +7 day cruise 19 Days What’s Included:

2012 May 8 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11

3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28

2699 2699 2699 2635 2569 2569 2569 2635 2635

TURKEY

CORINTH CANAL

Explore more: optionals

Finish Athens

2012

Easy Pace

Itinerary & sightseeing

How much & when Code: METCG7 summer 2012

edonia

Mediterranean Trail +3 day cruise 15 Days

2012 May 8 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10

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Mediterranean Trail

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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. 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$655 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$729 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$455. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Note: Days 2 & 19 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

16 nights accommodation: 9 nights in hotels (twin or triple-share), +1 night on board a ferry, 7 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.28-29 & 59) 42 meals: 18 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 11 dinners (D) 7 suppers (S) An experienced & professional on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & early payment savings see p.70

8 World Heritage sites visited

09/09/2011 11:09


Mediterranean Highlights 14 Days 5 Countries Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City

From C$1695pp C$122 per day

The Cinque Terre

GO

SE OO YO

D

IR

UR

CH

Belgium

E C TI O N

Germany

Austria Switz Slovenia FRANCE

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Croatia

ITALY Cinque Terre

1 AVIGNON

PISA/ITALIAN RIVIERA 1 2 FLORENCE

Bosnia

Only Contiki includes

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Cruise along the stunning, colourful coastal towns of the Cinque Terre • 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

Monaco Pyrenees Mountains Zaragoza

2 MADRID

Aix-enProvence

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 BARCELONA

San Gimignano

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

IONIAN SEA

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Plus Regional Dinners

• A feast for a king - local tapas dishes in a famous Barcelona restaurant • Dine like the locals at a French bistro • Learn to make pizza Italian-style in Rome

Vatican City

SPAIN

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

Plus

Explore more: optional activities Barcelona Flamenco dance show French Riviera Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco Florence Nightclub entry & one drink Rome Locally guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum Visit contiki.com/med-highlights-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Learn flamenco in Barcelona, spot the rich & famous on the French Riviera & work on your tan on the Med coast. Indulge in the delights of Tuscany, discover ancient Rome & soak up the Spanish flavour of Madrid, plus more…

YOU’LL LOVE

LIKE TO SHOP?

Indulging at an Italian feast at Scoglio di Frisio, Rome. It’s one of our delicious local meal experiences at this family owned restaurant.

For cheap boutique fashion, look no further than the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. There are loads of great places to bag yourself a bargain.

Superior Mediterranean Highlights 14 Days What’s Included:

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Madrid Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later meet your Tour Manager & fellow travellers for dinner. (D) Day 3: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. (B) Day 4: Madrid to Barcelona Stop in Baroque Zaragoza for lunch before heading towards Barcelona. (B,D) See Zaragoza’s monumental cathedral

Day 5: 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

• •

Day 6: Barcelona to Avignon Travel through the charming Provence region to graceful Avignon. (B) See the Papal Palace

Day 7: 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 Mirabelle 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

• • •• •

Day 8: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 9: 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 & La Spezia See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

• •

Day 10: Pisa to Florence Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa & roll through Tuscany to Renaissance Florence. (B) Florentine leather craft demo

Code: BBMD summer 2012 Day 11: 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

Day 12: Florence to Rome Enjoy a break in medieval San Gimignano. Then pass through rural Umbria on the road to Rome. (B,D) Day 13: Rome Visit the Sistine Chapel, then tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. (B) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 14: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 3: Rome Visit the Sistine Chapel & tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City”. (B) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 4: Rome to Florence Discover medieval San Gimignano, then head to Renaissance Florence. (B) Florentine leather craft demo

Pisa, then enter the unspoiled Cinque Terre region. (B) Visit the towns of Monterosso, Portovenere & La Spezia See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

• •

Day 7: Italian Riviera to French Riviera Explore colourful cliff-side villages before heading to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Day 8: 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

• •

Day 5: 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

Day 9: 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 Mirabelle in Aix-en-Provence See Avignon’s Papal Palace

Day 6: Florence to Italian Riviera Check out the Leaning Tower of

Day 10: Avignon to Barcelona Wind along the Mediterranean

• •

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•• • •

Depart Canada

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

C$ pp

2012 May 18 Jun 1 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

2315 2315 2315 2315 2395 2395 2395

19 2 16 30 7 14 21

31 14 28 12 19 26 2

Depart Canada

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

C$ pp

2012 Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 24 Sep 7 Sep 21

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

2395 2315 2159 2159 2315 2315

28 4 11 25 8 22

9 16 23 6 20 4

Code: WWMD winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 26 Nov 30

Oct 27 Dec 1

Nov 8 1775 Dec 13 1745

2013 Jan 7 Mar 1

Jan 8 Mar 2

Jan 20 1799 Mar 14 1695

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). BBMD - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$765. WWMD - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$659. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.19. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

coast through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Day 11: 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

• •

Day 12: Barcelona to Madrid See Baroque Zaragoza with a lunch stop as we head to buzzing Madrid. (B,D) See Zaragoza’s monumental cathedral

Day 13: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. (B) Day 14: Depart Madrid The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Depart Canada

Start Rome

2012 May 6 May 20 Jun 3 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 21 4 18 25 2 9

Finish Madrid

C$ pp

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2145 2199 2199 2199 2199 2275 2275

19 2 16 30 7 14 21

Depart Canada

Start Rome

2012 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 9

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

16 23 30 13 27 10

Finish Madrid

C$ pp

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

2275 2275 2275 2145 2145 2199

28 4 11 25 8 22

16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (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

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$179. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$115. See p.19 for details.

8 World Heritage sites visited

You choose

Code: BBDM summer 2012

Itinerary & sightseeing Start Rome option Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & travel friends. (D)

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

How much & when

Itinerary & sightseeing Start Madrid option

Travel from Madrid to Rome or Rome to Madrid. This tour operates in both directions.

Code: WWDM winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 14 Nov 18 Dec 26

Oct 15 Nov 19 Dec 27

Oct 27 1775 Dec 1 1745 Jan 8 1799

2013 Feb 17

Feb 18

Mar 2

1695

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$765. WWDM - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$659. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Rome

Try paella in Spain

09/09/2011 11:20


Spanish Spree 15 Days 2 Countries Spain, Gibraltar

From C$1649pp C$110 per day

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, Barcelona

GO

• Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour • Catch a flight to the world-renowned 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 Caliphs in Cordoba

France ATLANTIC OCEAN

BILBAO 1

San Sebastian Pyrenees Mountains

1 PAMPLONA

Portugal

Zaragoza

Segovia

2 BARCELONA

MADRID 3

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

SPAIN Toledo

CORDOBA 1 SEVILLE 1

Denia

2 IBIZA

Only Contiki includes

Plus

Plus Regional Dinners

• A feast for a king - local tapas dishes in a famous Barcelona restaurant • The diverse taste of Spain - regional dinners in our favourite local restaurants across Spain

COSTA BLANCA

2 GRANADA COSTA DEL SOL

Explore more: optional activities

Gibraltar

Places visited Nightstops

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Madrid Castillian dinner with local wines Barcelona Flamenco dance show & dinner Granada Guided tour of the Moorish Quarter of Albaicin, Capilla Real & La Cartuja plus a visit to La Cartuja Monastery Visit contiki.com/spain-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:22


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Hola! Go local on this perfect intro to sunny Spain. From Gaudi’s architecture & flamenco in Barcelona, cosmopolitan Madrid, beaches & parties in Ibiza to laid back Seville, we’ll show you everything that we love about Spain & more.

TEMPTING TREAT

KEEP IT CHEAP

Dine on delicious Spanish tapas at our included dinner at Moncho’s in Barcelona.

Head to the Magic Fountain in Barcelona. The changing colours, motion & music make for a ‘magical’ experience & a great free night out.

Superior Spanish Spree 15 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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. (D) Day 3: 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 4: Madrid to Bilbao Head north to Segovia with its Roman Aqueduct & Alcazar fortress before continuing to Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Art Museum. (B,D) Day 5: 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 6: Pamplona to Barcelona Soak up the Baroque city of Zaragoza before we make our way to the buzzing city of Barcelona. (B,D)

Day 7: 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

• •

Day 8: Barcelona to Ibiza It’s time to party! Board your flight to the world-famous island of sun, sand & sounds. (B) Day 9: 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 10: Ibiza to Granada This morning it’s a fast ferry to the mainland, before reaching Granada. (B,D) Day 11: 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) Day 12: Granada to Seville Wind along the Costa del Sol &

How much & when see the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop in Gibraltar before arriving in Seville. (B) Scenic drive past Marbella & Malaga Visit the Rock of Gibraltar

• •

Day 13: 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 14: 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

Day 15: Depart Madrid Your tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 15 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: BBEH summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Madrid

Finish Madrid

C$ pp

2012 Apr 22 May 6 May 20 Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8 ■ Jul 10 Jul 15

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

2385 2449 2509 2509 2509 2509 2509 2569 2569 2569 2569

23 7 21 4 11 18 25 2 9 11 16

6 20 3 17 24 1 8 15 22 24 29

Depart Canada

Start Madrid

Finish Madrid

C$ pp

2012 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 5 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 2 Sep 9 Sep 16 Sep 23

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2569 2569 2509 2449 2449 2449 2509 2509 2509 2509

23 30 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24

5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Code: WWEH winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 21 Nov 25 Dec 16 Dec 26

Oct Nov Dec Dec

22 26 17 27

Nov Dec Dec Jan

4 9 30 9

1729 1699 1755 1755

2013 Jan 6 Feb 10 Mar 10

Jan 7 Feb 11 Mar 11

Jan 20 1755 Feb 24 1649 Mar 24 1685

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). BBEH - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of C$875. WWEH - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$610. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. ■ This tour will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. 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 tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

13 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 17 meals: 13 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Flight from Barcelona to Ibiza Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$169. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to C$125. See p.19 for details.

7 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Combine this trip with another tour & double your fun! You’ll also save C$100 with our multi tour discount. See p.19. Fly to Rome & connect with the ‘Simply Italy’ tour. See p.66-67. Alternatively, fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.86-87.

Gaudi’s Parc Güell

Walking tour of Barcelona

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Ibiza

Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

Seville

09/09/2011 11:23


Egypt & The Nile 9 Days 1 Country Egypt

From C$1065pp C$119 per day

The pyramids of Giza

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Israel

2 CAIRO EZ SU OF LF GU

Giza Sakkara

GO

1

EGYPT

THE NILE

1 HURGHADA 1 LUXOR RED SEA

Esna

1 EDFU

Only Contiki includes

• From pharaohs to mummies - 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 • Local villages, ancient sites & stunning scenery - see them all on your relaxing three-night cruise down the Nile

Kom Ombo

1 ASWAN

Places visited Nightstops

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Explore more: optional activities LAKE NASSAR

Giza Light & sound show at the Pyramids Aswan Visit Abu Simbel’s Temple of Ramses II • Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam Edfu View Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods • Visit the Temple of Horus Luxor Visit a traditional Egyptian village • Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak Visit contiki.com/egypt-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Explore ancient Egypt, with its icons, buzzing cities & incredible sights. From the intensity of Cairo & cruising the Nile in style to travelling like the locals on a felucca, this is an intense week of discovery in one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

Superior

Souq al-Gomaa bazaar in Khalifa, Cairo where you can haggle with the locals for a live donkey. Just don’t try & take it on tour!

Egypt & The Nile 9 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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 3: 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

Day 4: 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) Day 5: 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. 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) Day 6: 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)

How much & when Day 7: 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

Day 8: 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 9: Depart Cairo The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: BBEG summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Cairo

2012 Mar 30 Apr 6 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29

Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

31 7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30

Finish Cairo

C$ pp

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

1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1089 1089 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119

7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Depart Canada

Start Cairo

2012 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

Finish Cairo

C$ pp

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

1145 1145 1145 1145 1119 1089 1089 1089 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119

14 21 28 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6

Code: WTEG winter 2012/13 2012 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

12 19 26 9 23 7 14 21 28

2013 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

13 20 27 10 24 8 15 22 29

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

20 27 3 17 1 15 22 29 5

1145 1145 1145 1129 1129 1129 1165 1165 1165

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

4 11 18 1 15 1 15

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

5 12 19 2 16 2 16

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

12 19 26 9 23 9 23

1165 1165 1095 1095 1095 1095 1119

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 2011 Single room supplement of C$319. WTEG - Winter 2011/12 Single room supplement of C$329. Note: Single room supplement does not apply to night 3. Overnight train cabins are twin-share only. Tour starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

7 nights twin-share accommodation: 3 nights in hotels, 1 night twin-berth sleep couchette on train (Cairo to Aswan), 3 nights Nile cruise (more on p.28-29 & 59) 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 upon arrival The Nile Cruise: Cruise the Nile on a superb ship featuring luxury cabins, all with private shower, WC, TV & air-conditioning Cruise Amenities: Swimming pool, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, bars, gift shop, disco

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$109. Or pay 6 months in advance you save C$55. See p.19 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

Relax on a traditional felucca

Cruise the Nile in style

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The Sphinx

09/09/2011 11:24


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Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey 11 Days 2 Countries Turkey, Greece

From C$1545pp C$141 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$245

What’s Included:

2 ISTANBUL

9 nights accommodation: 6 night in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (twin or triple-share) (more on p.28-29 & 59) 21 meals: 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 7 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S)

Gallipoli

1 CANAKKALE

Troy

TURKEY Pergamum AEGEAN SEA CORINTH CANAL

IZMIR 1

Athens

KUSADASI 1

Ephesus

Hieropolis

Santorini

Modern, air-conditioned coach

Rhodes

On-board cruise representative

Crete

Places visited Nightstops

Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Code: BBSL summer 2012 Depart Start Finish Canada Istanbul Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

2012

Ferry crossing

GO

Only Contiki includes

• The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • See one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World - a locally guided tour of Ephesus

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$79. See p.19 for details.

PAMUKKALE 1

Patmos

An experienced & professional Turkish Tour Manager & Driver team

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

Istanbul

May 15 Jun 5 Jun 19 Jul 3 Jul 17

Depart Start Finish Canada Istanbul Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

2012 May 16 Jun 6 Jun 20 Jul 4 Jul 18

May 25 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27

1745 1745 1745 1785 1785

1585 1585 1585 1625 1625

Jul Aug Aug Sep

31 14 28 25

Aug Aug Aug Sep

1 15 29 26

Aug Aug Sep Oct

10 24 7 5

1745 1699 1745 1745

1585 1545 1585 1585

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$465 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$515 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$245. Tour starts 7:00pm in Istanbul & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

6 World Heritage sites visited

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s capital, a busy metropolis where East literally meets West. (D) Day 3: Istanbul You’ll see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city. There’s the opportunity to take a traditional Turkish bath or 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

• •

Day 4: 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

• ••

Day 5: Canakkale to Izmir Tread among the legendary

ruins of Troy, then 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

Day 6: Izmir to Pamukkale Today there’s your chance to see the ancient spa town of Hieropolis & opt for a relaxing soak in the famous hot, bubbly pools of Pamukkale. (B,D) Day 7: 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

••

Day 10: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to 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

•• •

Day 11: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast before transferring into central Athens where the tour ends. Or, if you’re feeling up for it, there’s also the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 11 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 8: Kusadasi to Rhodes Fit in some last minute shopping in Turkey before boarding your cruise ship & setting sail to Rhodes in the Greek Islands. (B,D,S) Day 9: 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

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Explore more: optional activities Instanbul Dinner & belly dancing Troy Guided tour of the centuries-old ruins Pergamum Visit the ancient remains of this once powerful city Pamukkale Visit to the site of the thermal pools & hot springs Rhodes Tour of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes Crete Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos Visit contiki.com/odyssey-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:26


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Berlin & Prague + Vienna

Superior

Easy Pace

10 Days 3 Countries

What’s Included:

Germany, Czech Republic, Austria

8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

From C$1215pp C$122 per day

11 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 3 three-course dinners (D)

BERLIN 3 Poland GERMANY

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Dresden

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP Slovakia

VIENNA 2 AUSTRIA Hungary

Switz Italy

Slovenia

Places visited Nightstops

Berlin

Croatia B

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm meet up with your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D) Days 3-4: 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

See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

Days 6-7: 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

• •

Day 8: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D)

• •

See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

Day 9: 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) Day 10: Depart Vienna Time to say goodbye to your new Contiki buddies as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

• • •

Day 5: 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,D) Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’

Tyn Church & Prague Castle

Explore more: optional activities Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour Prague Scenic river cruise along the Vltava with lunch Vienna Mozart & Strauss classical music concert & dinner Visit contiki.com/berlin-vienna-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Berlin & Prague + Vienna 10 Days

GO

Code: BBBV summer 2012 Start Berlin

Finish Vienna

C$ pp

Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

1429 1429 1465 1499 1499 1499 1499 1499 1555 1555

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

6 20 4 18 25 1 22 29 6 13

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

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

i

How much & when Depart Canada

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

Finish Vienna

C$ pp

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

1555 1555 1499 1465 1499 1499 1499 1499 1499

Only Contiki includes

• Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St Vitus’ Cathedral & much more on our locally guided walking tour

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 21 5 19 26 2 23 30 7 14

15 29 13 27 3 10 1 8 15 22

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

21 28 4 25 1 8 15 22 29

29 5 12 2 9 16 23 30 7

Plus

Plus Regional Dinners

• Prost! A traditional dinner in a German beer hall • Dine at one of our favourite taverns in Prague - an authentic Czech feast

Code: WWBV winter 2012/13 2012 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 26 9 30 7 17 20 23 27

5

2013 Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 27 10 1 8 18 21 24 28

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

28 4 18 9 16 26 29 1 5

1265 1265 1249 1249 1249 1285 1285 1285 1285

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 8 2 16

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

5 19 9 3 17

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

13 27 17 11 25

1285 1215 1215 1215 1235

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$369. WWBV - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$315. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Vienna. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

World Heritage sites visited

Extension This tour can be extended from Vienna to Budapest. See p.80 for details.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

09/09/2011 11:26


www.contiki.com/berlin-budapest

Berlin to Budapest

Easy Pace

12 Days 5 Countries Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

From C$1385pp C$116 per day

BERLIN 3

What’s Included: 10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

GERMANY

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • See the Prague’s Charles Bridge, St Vitus’ Cathedral & much more on our locally guided walking tour

Plus

Plus Regional Dinners

• Prost! A traditional dinner in a German beer hall • Dine at one of our favourite taverns in Prague - an authentic Czech feast • Sample local Hungarian dishes on our stunning Danube River cruise

6 World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & sightseeing

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

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

Poland

Dresden

14 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D)

Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

Berlin

Places visited Nightstops

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

Code: BBIT summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Budapest pp

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

6 20 4 18 25 1 22 29 6 13

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Budapest pp

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 21 5 19 26 2 23 30 7 14

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

17 1 15 29 5 12 3 10 17 24

1745 1745 1789 1835 1835 1835 1835 1835 1899 1899

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

21 28 4 25 1 8 15 22 29

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

31 7 14 4 11 18 25 2 9

1899 1899 1835 1789 1835 1835 1835 1835 1835

Code: WWIT winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 30 Dec 7 Dec 17 Dec 20 Dec 23

Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 27 10 1 8 18 21 24

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

30 6 20 11 18 28 31 3

1445 1445 1425 1425 1425 1465 1465 1465

2012 Dec 27

Dec 28

Jan 7

1465

2013 Jan 4 Jan 18 Feb 8 Mar 2 Mar 16

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

1465 1385 1385 1385 1409

5 19 9 3 17

15 29 19 13 27

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$449. WWIT - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$359. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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. (D) Days 3-4: 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

• • • •

Day 5: 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,D) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal

Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden Days 6-7: 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

• •

Day 8: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 9: 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)

• •

Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, & Michael’s Gate with its Baroque tower

Day 11: Budapest All your senses are surrounded 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,D) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 12: Depart Budapest It’s time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 10: 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)

Explore more: optional activities Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour of the city Prague River cruise with lunch Vienna Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Budapest Guided tour of the Parliament Building Visit contiki.com/berlin-budapest-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:28


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Berlin & Prague

Code: BBBP summer 2012 Depart Canada

Easy Pace BERLIN 3 Poland

GERMANY

C$120 per day

Dresden

Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

6 20 4 18 25 1 22 29 6 13

3 PRAGUE

Only Contiki includes See p.80 for Only Contiki includes & Regional Dinners (except Danube River cruise)

Itinerary & sightseeing

• •

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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. (D)

• •

Days 3-4: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new & find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B)

Places visited Nightstops

Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War memorial, Bradenburg Gate & Reichstag Take in the artwork at the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

Day 5: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local German fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague. (B,D) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal

Explore more: optionals

C$ pp

Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden Days 6-7: 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

• •

Day 8: Depart Prague Time to say goodbye to your newfound friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) For a more detailed itinerary, see p.80.

Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour of the city Prague Scenic river cruise & lunch

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish Prague

C$ pp

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

1199 1199 1165 1139 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 21 5 19 26 2 23 30 7 14

Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

13 27 11 25 1 8 29 6 13 20

1099 1099 1139 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1199 1199

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

21 28 4 25 1 8 15 22 29

27 3 10 31 7 14 21 28 5

Code: WWBP winter 2012/13

CZECH REP

GO

Finish Prague

2012

8 Days, 2 Countries From C$959pp

Start Berlin

2012 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 30 Dec 7 Dec 17 Dec 20 Dec 23

Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 27 10 1 8 18 21 24

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

26 2 16 7 14 24 27 30

999 999 989 989 989 1019 1019 1019

2012 Dec 27

Dec 28

Jan 3

1019

2013 Jan 4 Jan 18 Feb 8 Mar 2 Mar 16

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

1019 959 959 959 979

5 19 9 3 17

11 25 15 9 23

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$285. WWBP - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$245. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Prague. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

www.contiki.com/vienna-budapest

Vienna & Budapest Easy Pace

6 Days, 3 Countries Czech Rep

From C$779pp

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2

C$130 per day

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

Code: BBVB summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Vienna

Finish C$ Budapest pp

2012 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 24 May 31 Jun 7 Jun 28 Jul 5 Jul 12 Jul 19

Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

13 27 11 25 1 8 29 6 13 20

17 1 15 29 5 12 3 10 17 24

899 899 929 949 949 949 949 985 985 985

Depart Canada

Start Vienna

Finish C$ Budapest pp

2012 Jul 26 Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 4

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

27 3 10 31 7 14 21 28 5

31 7 14 4 11 18 25 2 9

985 949 929 949 949 949 949 949 949

HUNGARY

Code: WWVB winter 2012/13

Slovenia Croatia

GO

Only Contiki includes Regional Dinner: Sample local Hungarian dishes on our stunning Danube River cruise

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing

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)

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Vienna 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. (D)

Day 4: 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

Day 3: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you. Spend the day experiencing its wealth of music,

• •

Explore more: optionals

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Day 5: Budapest Explore this fascinating centuries-old 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,D) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 6: Depart Budapest Time to say goodbye to your newfound friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) For a more detailed itinerary, see p.80.

Vienna Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Budapest Guided tour of the Parliament Building

2012 Oct 25 Nov 1 Nov 15 Dec 6 Dec 13 Dec 23 Dec 26 Dec 29

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

26 2 16 7 14 24 27 30

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

30 6 20 11 18 28 31 3

815 799 799 799 799 825 825 825

2013 Jan 2 Jan 10 Jan 24 Feb 14 Mar 8 Mar 22

Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 11 25 15 9 23

Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

7 15 29 19 13 27

825 825 779 779 779 795

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 2012 Single room supplement of C$229. WWVB - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of C$199. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare tour price. Tour starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Superior Berlin & Prague 8 Days What’s Included: 6 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 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 Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2 World Heritage sites visited

Extension This tour can be extended from Prague to Budapest. See p.80 for details.

Superior Vienna & Budapest 6 Days What’s Included: 4 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 6 meals: 4 continental breakfasts (B) 2 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

3 World Heritage sites visited

More time? Visit Berlin & Prague while you’re in this part of the world. See p.80 for details.

09/09/2011 11:34


Eastern Road

Easy Pace

14 Days 6 Countries Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland

From C$2075pp C$149 per day

Prague

GO

Latvia Sweden Denmark BALTIC SEA

Only Contiki includes

• Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw • A moving historical experience - locally guided tours of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps - plus more

Lithuania

NORTH SEA

Belarus

BERLIN 2 Netherlands

2 WARSAW

POLAND

Plus

Plus Regional Dinners

GERMANY Czestochowa

Dresden

Belgium

Auschwitz

2 KRAKOW

2 PRAGUE

Kutna Hora

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2

France

Ukraine

Banska Bystrica

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA Switz

HUNGARY Italy

• Prost! A traditional dinner in a German beer hall • Dine at one of our favourite taverns in Prague • Traditional dinner in one of our favourite restaurants in Krakow • Get a taste for Polish cuisine in an authentic local restaurant in Warsaw

Romania

Slovenia

Explore more: optional activities

Croatia

Bosnia

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

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ADRIATIC SEA

Serbia

Bulgaria

Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour Prague Traditional Czech dinner & entertainment Vienna Classical music concert & dinner Budapest Evening river cruise & dinner Krakow Guided tour of the amazing salt mines Warsaw Chopin piano recital Visit contiki.com/eastern-road-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:35


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From medieval Prague, stunning Vienna & cultural Budapest, Eastern Europe is one of the hottest places to head right now. With lively cities in Poland, a bit of edgy Berlin, plus amazing food - it’s the perfect intro to this part of the world.

OUR TREAT

DON’T MISS

Sample delicious Czech classics like spit-roasted chicken and pork, or baked camembert at Plzenska Restaurant in Prague Old Town.

The beer spas in Prague, a massage at the Széchenyi Bath in Budapest & cute bars with live music in Krakow are Eastern Europe essentials.

Superior Eastern Road 14 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D) Day 3: 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 Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

• • •

Day 4: 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,D) 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

• •

Day 5: 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

Day 6: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside via small town Kutná Hora to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna, home to Mozart’s music & of course, strudel! (B) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 7: 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) Day 8: 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

Day 9: 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 10: Budapest to Krakow Go north through Slovakia & stop for lunch in picturesque Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. (B,D)

How much & when

Visit the town square & see the black obelisk in Banska Bystrica

Day 11: 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

Day 12: 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

• •

Day 13: Warsaw Immerse yourself in the impressive cultural scene, thriving nightlife & intriguing attractions of Poland’s revitalized capital. (B,D) Guided sightseeing of the Old Town, St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Chopin’s park & the Warsaw Ghetto

Day 14: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The tour 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 tour ends upon arrival. (B)

Code: BBRH summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Warsaw pp or Berlin

2012 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

27 11 18 25 8 ● 22 29 6 13

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Warsaw pp or Berlin

2012 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

28 12 19 26 9 23 30 7 14

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

10 24 31 7 21 5 12 19 26

2075 2075 2125 2125 2245 2125 2125 2199 2199

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 17 24 31 7 14 21

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

21 28 4 18 25 1 8 15 22

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2 9 16 30 6 13 20 27 4

2199 2199 2125 2075 2075 2125 2125 2125 2125

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$525 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or approx 7:00pm in Berlin. ● This tour will be in Poland during UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) 16 meals: 12 continental 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 Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$105. See p.19 for details.

9 World Heritage sites visited

You choose You can end your tour in either Warsaw or Berlin.

Getting to & from Berlin & Warsaw

Please note: Days 2 & 14 (ending in Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

It’s easy. There are either direct international flights or budget airlines like easyjet.com that fly to/from London. skyscanner.net is the place to go for the best deals. Included bike ride in Prague

Schnaps tasting in Vienna

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Croatian Island Cruising

Easy Pace

10 Days 1 Country Croatia

From C$889pp C$89 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$100

GO SPLIT 1

Bosnia & Herzegovina CROATIA

1

HVAR

MAKARSKA

1

1

KORCULA

1

TRSTENIK

Cruise Croatia

• ‘A’ Class boat - exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable & modern boat with large decks • Breakfast every day • 5 lunches • Dinner on 2 nights, giving you flexibility to explore the ports on other nights • Spacious twin-rooms with private facilities

Explore more: optional activities

2

DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

Nightstops

Dubrovnik City wall kayaking trip Trstenik Captain’s dinner Visit contiki.com/croatian-cruising-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Steph Walsh: Jumping off the boat at one of our daily swim stops in the clear turquoise waters with your best friend makes a top 5 moment! Thanks Contiki

Crystal blue waters, sunshine & endless good times are guaranteed as you island hop in the Croatian sun. See why we love it here as you sail the untouched coastline & swim, explore & indulge in some of the country’s favourite holiday spots.

THIRSTY?

Superior

Massimo Bar in Korcula is the best place for a cocktail. Set in Zakerjan Tower (an old fortress) at the western edge of the Old Town, it’s perfect for ocean views.

Croatian Island Cruising 10 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Split Make your way to the hotel & enjoy the afternoon in Split, wander through Roman ruins & sample the fantastic seaside café culture. Day 3: 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: Hvar to Korcula Start the day with a swimming stop before a long lunch on deck as we head to Korcula, home of the famous adventurer, Marco Polo. Get a feel for its buildings, fascinating architecture & stone streets. Tonight, try some locally produced white wines & discover the town’s nightlife. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town

Day 5: Korcula to Dubrovnik Today we’ll head to stunning Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. 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. 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

Day 6: Dubrovnik Dubrovnik has so much to see & do, so head back to the city or sun worship on amazing beaches. You could venture further afield with a day trip along the Dalmation coast or the cable car above Dubrovnik for breathtaking views. (B,D) Day 7: 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)

How much & when Day 8: 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 is yours, so head to a local restaurant & try some grilled fish or a mixed seafood platter. (B,L) Day 9: 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 10: Split The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Code: BBCI summer 2012 Depart Start Canada Split

Finish On or Below Split above deck deck C$pp C$pp

2012 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13

Depart Start Canada Split

Finish On or Below Split above deck deck C$pp C$pp

2012 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 9 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14

May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 9 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 21

989 989 1039 1039 1039 1185 1215 1335 1335 1399

889 889 935 935 935 1089 1115 1269 1269 1349

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

21 28 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

28 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1335 1289 1215 1039 989

1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1269 1245 1115 935 889

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. 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. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add C$985. Single below deck cabin supplement add C$945. Port taxes & gratuities add C$100. 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. Tour starts 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

8 nights twin-share accommodation: 7 nights on a sailing cruise boat, 1 night in a hotel (more on p.28-29 & 59) 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 2 dinners (D) A dedicated captain & crew with an experienced & professional Contiki representative Orientations of all destinations Port & visitors taxes

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save up to C$59. See p.19 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

Getting there There are low-cost airlines who fly to Split like easyjet.com Flights can get tight, so book early to get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights right through to Split.

Our boat!

Dubrovnik Old Town

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Hvar

09/09/2011 11:39


Greek Island Hopping

Easy Pace

14 Days 3 Islands Mykonos, Santorini, Ios

From C$2049pp C$147 per day

Santorini

GO

AEGEAN SEA CORINTH CANAL Piraeus

Turkey

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

GREECE IONIAN SEA

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

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Only Contiki includes

Regional Dinner: A real taste of Greece with dinner in one of our favourite local tavernas

Plus

Plus Feature Hotel

• Mykonos Resort

Explore more: optional activities Athens Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka area • Guided tour of the Acropolis Santorini Visit Oia at sunset • Boat trip to the volcano’s core Ios Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat Visit contiki.com/island-hopping-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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With stunning islands, relaxed vibes, sunshine & great food, everyone loves the Greek Islands. From the party vibes of Mykonos & Ios to the whitewashed walls of Santorini, along with a slice of Athens, there’s plenty of time to chill.

DON’T MISS

Superior

Petros the Pelican in Mykonos. As the islands official mascot, see if you can spot this cute creature strolling the towns alleyways at his unhurried, chilled out pace.

Greek Island Hopping 14 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at mythological Athens. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before starting the tour right - indulging in a delicious local Greek dinner. (D) Day 3: 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. (B) Visit the famous Plaka area

Day 4: 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.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 5-6: Mykonos There’s two free days to kick back on island time,

Mykonos-style - 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!  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town

Day 7: 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,D) Days 8-9: 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

How much & when 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

Day 10: Santorini to Ios Cruise to another Greek gem, the beautiful island of Ios. (B,D) Days 11-12: 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

Day 13: Ios to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Opt to take a tour of the famous Acropolis or chill with your buddies on your last full day. (B) Day 14: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: BBGI summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

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

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 Jul

2049 2145 2145 2145 2145 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275

2012 Apr May May May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

29 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 1 4 7 10 13

Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

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

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

2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2199 2199 2199 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199

2012 30 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 2 5 8 11 14

12 15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26

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

16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26

17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27

29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 3 6 9

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$969 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. Note: for operational reasons, this tour may run in reverse For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

12 nights accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 9 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29) 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings (tourist class on all journeys) & coach transfers Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$109. See p.19 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Combine this trip with another tour & double your fun! You’ll also save C$100 with our multi tour discount. See p.19. Fly to Rome & connect with the ‘Simply Italy’ tour. See p.66-67 (selected departures). Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Mykonos Old Town

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09/09/2011 11:40


Contiki has proudly partnered with leading environmentalist, adventurer and explorer, CĂŠline Cousteau (granddaughter of legendary oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau) to raise awareness of our ocean conservation projects.

oceans

Supporting our

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MEET CÉLINE COUSTEAU >

We’ve joined forces with Céline to help educate our Contiki community and team about environmental issues and marine protection. We speak with Céline in an exclusive interview on ocean conservation and what we can all do to make a difference.

Contiki: You were just 9 years old when you took your first expedition with your grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, in the Amazon on his legendary boat ‘The Calypso’. You have recently celebrated his 100th birthday anniversary, what do you think you’ve learned most from him?

“The health of our fragile oceans are key to the well-being of our planet as a whole and Contiki’s choice to help protect the marine environment is a cause which deeply resonates with me.” Céline Cousteau

Céline: Of course there’s so much I have learned, but the heart of it all was an understanding from early on that my existence was only a small part of a greater whole. That learning came from being part of a family of travellers, filmmakers, explorers, and photographers who would each bring back their stories from the field. My grandfather showed me it is more what you do with your learning’s that makes a difference. Each of us has the capacity to do more and we owe it to ourselves and others to reach for our full potential when given the opportunity. Contiki: You spend most of your life around oceans, what is it that makes you so passionate about them? Céline: They’re such a wondrous universe and are right under our noses. I’ve had the tremendous opportunity to explore the underwater world and be a part of many discussions about its health, so am very aware of the importance of protecting it. We desperately need more people out there to help communicate and educate around this. Paramount to all of this, people depend on a balance in the natural world, and we are all those people. Contiki: What do you think is the biggest issue threatening our oceans today? Céline: There are many issues and a lot of them are intertwined, however one example of a very tangible threat is overfishing. We are taking out a lot of species from the ocean in

Find out more...

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unsustainable quantities and with harmful fishing practices. Consequences are reduced resources, which in turn impacts the natural food chain of the ocean that naturally exists in a healthy balance, so other species are impacted along this chain. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, we don’t have to stop eating everything! We just need to remember consumer choices do make a difference. Find out more at montereybayaquarium.org (they even have a handy iPhone app) or visit blueocean.org/seafood. Contiki: People often think, ‘I’m just one person, what can I really do? What advice would you give to them? Céline: It shouldn’t be overwhelming. Ghandi once said: “be the change you want to see in the world” - why look any further. By incorporating small changes in all aspects of our lives and empowering others around us to do the same, that is action. These small changes in parallel with our efforts to influence leaders have the power to implement environmental protection laws and make a difference. Contiki: What ‘green tips’ would you recommend to our readers for while they are travelling? Céline: There are so many small things you can do to make a difference. I would recommend filling and packing your own travel sized toiletries so you don’t need to open a new one each time you change hotels. Take your own water bottle (metal is better than plastic) - every bottle you don’t buy is one less piece of plastic used. You can also calculate your carbon footprint based on your travel miles when you get back and offset this online.

Our conservation projects At Contiki we love oceans, and are committed to protecting them for future generations to enjoy. We actively support two ocean conservation projects, The Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) and Oceana, who are both involved in the critical task of marine protection. Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) is a fresh new initiative that supports young local environmentalists working ‘hands on’ to protect the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Reef system. Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Their project work involves atsea expeditions gathering research which they use to inform policy makers to create important laws to protect our ocean systems. To find out more visit contiki.com/contikicares

See the full interview online at contiki.com/contikicares

Watch Céline’s video message to Contiki travellers at contiki.com/celinecousteau

Follow Céline on twitter @celinecousteau and at celinecousteau.com

09/09/2011 11:42


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Spotlight on Greece

Delphi

5 Days 1 Country Greece

From C$769pp C$154 per day

What’s Included: 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29)

GREECE

CORINTH CANAL Corinth

An experienced & professional local guide

OLYMPIA 1

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Only Contiki GO includes • Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Step 3,500 years back in time on a guided walking tour of Mycenae & the Palace of Agamemnon • Discover the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games with a guided tour of Olympia • Learn about the Greek gods & the Oracle on our guided tour of Delphi

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$39. See p.19 for details.

1 ATHENS

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This evening meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

Mycenae

IONIAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops

“Welcome to Greece” information pack Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Itinerary & sightseeing

DELPHI 1

5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

Modern, air-conditioned coach

AEGEAN SEA

How much & when

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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

Day 4: 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 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 5: Delphi to Athens Be swept away by Delphi’s history, spectacular ruins & museum as well as its heartbreakingly beautiful location on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Return to the mythological city of Athens where the tour ends in the afternoon. (B) Guided tour of Delphi including the Temple of Apollo

Please note: Day 2 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

Code: BBBS summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

2012 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 8 Jul 22

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

769 799 825 825 825 855 855

30 14 28 11 25 9 23

3 17 31 14 28 12 26

Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

2012 Aug 5 Aug 19 Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 14

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

825 799 825 825 825 825

6 20 3 17 1 15

9 23 6 20 4 18

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$239 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 6:00pm in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

4 World Heritage sites visited

Day 3: Athens to Olympia Sightsee ancient Athens & experience this bustling city before criss-crossing the beautiful, historic Peloponnese region en route to Olympia. (B,D)

• • • •

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Mycenae

Explore more: optional activities Athens Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka Visit contiki.com/greece-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

09/09/2011 11:46


Spotlight on Greece

Superior

How much & when

+3 day Greek Island Cruise

Code: SPICR3 summer 2012

9 Days, 2 Countries

Depart Start Finish Canada Athens Athens

C$157 per day

CORINTH CANAL

GREECE

TURKEY

1 ATHENS

AEGEAN SEA

Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$179

Kusadasi

Santorini

More time? Add a 3 day Greek Island Cruise to your Spotlight on Greece tour.

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing

Day 6: Athens to Mykonos Cruise to Mykonos with its golden beaches & young, vibrant party culture. Head into town for a sunset drink at a cute harbourside bar in Little Venice. (B,L,D,S) Day 7: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of

Kusadasi. Later, enjoy friendly, unspoilt Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See Monastery of St. John on Patmos

• •

Day 8: Cruising to Santorini Cruise to the postcard perfect Greek island, Santorini, with its stunning blue & white buildings & rugged volcanic scenery. Experience panoramic Aegean views from cliff-top Fira & maybe hit Perissa beach for a swim &

Explore more: optionals

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

sunbathing. Later, why not sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset at Oia or go for a late night stroll through the cobbled lanes. (B,L,D,S) Visit the main town of Fira on Santorini See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini

••

May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 8

Depart Start Finish Canada Athens Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

Day 9: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

May 21 Jun 4 Jun 18 Jul 2 Jul 16

1539 1579 1579 1579 1635

1409 1445 1445 1445 1495

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

22 5 19 2 16

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

23 6 20 3 17

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

30 13 27 10 24

1635 1579 1539 1579 1579

1495 1445 1409 1445 1445

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$415 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$455 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$179. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa.

Depart Start Finish Canada Athens Athens

From C$1789pp C$138 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$455 GREECE CORINTH CANAL

More time?

1

AEGEAN SEA

Izmir

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing

TURKEY

Athens

Mykonos

Add a 7 day Greek Island Cruise to your Spotlight on Greece tour. Visiting Greek favourites, mixed with a bit of Turkey, it’s perfect for chilling in the sun. For a more detailed itinerary, sightseeing & cool ways to spend your free time for days 6-13, see p.93.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops

Days 1-5: Canada to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

Day 8: Istanbul & the Bosphorus

Day 12: Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Day 9: Cruising to Mykonos

Day 6: Athens & sail to Istanbul

Day 10: Cruising to Izmir via Patmos

Day 7: Cruising to Istanbul

Day 11: Cruising to Rhodes

Day 13: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens for breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Explore more: optionals

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Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

2012 Istanbul

Refer to p.90 plus additional optional activities for the 7 day Greek Island Cruise section; see p.93 (Golden Fleece)

18 meals: 7 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D), 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional local guide & on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & early payment savings see p.90

Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 8 Jul 22

Depart Start Finish Canada Athens Athens

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

What’s Included:

2012 Apr 30 May 14 May 28 Jun 11 Jun 25 Jul 9 Jul 23

May 11 May 25 Jun 8 Jun 22 Jul 6 Jul 20 Aug 3

2095 2189 2245 2245 2245 2319 2319

1789 1875 1919 1919 1919 1985 1985

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

5 19 2 16 30 14

Superior Spotlight on Greece +7 day cruise 13 Days

How much & when Code: SPICR7 summer 2012

13 Days, 2 Countries

7 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 4 nights in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.28-29 & 59)

World Heritage sites visited

www.contiki.com/greece7

+7 day Greek Island Cruise

What’s Included:

5

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Refer to p.90 plus Kusadasi Guided tour of Ephesus Patmos Guided tour of the Monastry of St. John

Spotlight on Greece

Spotlight on Greece +3 day cruise 9 Days

2012 May 14 May 28 Jun 11 Jun 25 Jul 9

Patmos

Mykonos

Days 1-5: Canada to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

Twin Twin Out In C$pp C$pp

2012

From C$1409pp

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www.contiki.com/greece3

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

6 20 3 17 1 15

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

17 31 14 28 12 26

2245 2189 2245 2245 2245 2245

1919 1875 1919 1919 1919 1919

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$555 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$649 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$455. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa.

11 nights accommodation: 4 nights in hotels (twin or triple-share), 7 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.28-29 & 59) 33 meals: 11 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 9 dinners (D) 7 suppers (S) An experienced & professional on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & early payment savings see p.90

7

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

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Louis Hellenic Cruises Choose to cruise Hit the sun-kissed Greek isles for some R&R, with our Contiki cruise partners, Louis Hellenic. These cruises aren’t exclusive to Contiki, so there’s the opportunity to mix with loads of other people, while visiting iconic spots like Santorini, Rhodes, Crete & Mykonos. On board you’re looked after - our Contiki Rep is your guide to the best things to see & do both on board & onshore. With pools, bars, nightclubs, live entertainment each night plus a casino & a spa, there’s lots going on. Included meals mean you’ll indulge in fresh food each night – 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 or contiki.com/cruising. Santorini

www.contiki.com/aegean

What’s Included:

Aegean Classic

5 nights accommodation: 1 night in a hotel 4 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.28-29 & 59)

7 Days including 4 days cruising 2 Countries

17 meals: 5 buffet breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 4 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S)

Code: 6CGS summer 2012 Depart Canada

From C$665pp

Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise

C$95 per day

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

1 ATHENS

TURKEY

Patmos Mykonos

Santorini

Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$245

Rhodes

3 Crete

World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon exploring the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history. This evening meet up with your Cruise Representative & fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

• Ephesus

Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Tonight, hang out on this island, famous for its young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 4: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. Later on, dock at

Places visited Nightstops

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

••

Day 5: 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 6: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the islands, en route to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings,

Finish Quad Out Quad In Twin Out Twin In Athens C$ pp C$ pp C$ pp C$ pp

Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 1 Apr 8 Apr 15 Apr 22 Apr 29 May 6 May 13 May 20 May 27 Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 5 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 2 Sep 9 Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Oct 7 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Nov 4

Mar 16 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr 6 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 5 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 2 Nov 9

2012

Kusadasi

On-board cruise representative

Start Athens

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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. Or take a boat ride out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & it’s main town of Fira

••

Day 7: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 7 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Explore more: optional activities Athens Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka • Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Kusadasi Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus Patmos Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John Rhodes Tour of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes

Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 7 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 May 5 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 9 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 4 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 1 Sep 8 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3

815 815 815 815 815 815 815 815 815 815 845 845 845 845 845 845 875 875 875 875 875 845 815 815 815 835 835 835 835 835 835 825 825 825 825

665 665 665 665 665 665 665 665 665 665 689 689 689 689 689 689 715 715 715 715 715 689 665 665 665 685 685 685 685 685 685 675 675 675 675

979 979 979 979 979 979 979 979 979 979 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1049 1049 1049 1049 1049 1015 979 979 979 999 999 999 999 999 999 989 989 989 989

839 839 839 839 839 839 839 839 839 839 869 869 869 869 869 869 899 899 899 899 899 869 839 839 839 859 859 859 859 859 859 849 849 849 849

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 & quad-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad-share). Or take a single supplement option: Add C$99 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$109 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$245. Tour starts 7:00pm 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 tour, it must be a multi-entry visa. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Visit contiki.com/aegean-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Golden Fleece

Superior Golden Fleece 10 Days

10 Days including 7 days cruising 2 Countries

What’s Included:

Greece, Turkey

8 nights accommodation: 1 night in a hotel 7 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.28-29 & 59)

From C$925pp C$93 per day

28 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 7 three-course dinners (D) 7 suppers (S)

Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$455

On-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise Istanbul

4 World Heritage sites visited

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

Izmir

1 ATHENS

Athens

Mykonos

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This evening meet your Cruise Representative & fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

Day 3: Athens & sail to Istanbul Board the ship & enjoy the facilities as we cruise to Turkey’s vibrant capital. (B,D,S) Day 4: Cruising to Istanbul Enjoy the ship’s great amenities. Anchor in diverse Istanbul. (B,L,D,S) Day 5: Istanbul & the Bosphorus You’ll see 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 specialities & take in the beautiful sightseeing spots. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6: Cruising to Mykonos Hang out on one of Greece’s best islands, famous for golden beaches & its fun party scene. (B,L,D,S)

• •

islands, en route 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 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 spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & it’s main town of Fira

Day 10: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B)

Day 9: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the

Please note: Days 2 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 7: Cruising to Izmir via Patmos Stop by friendly Patmos. Later, enjoy the resort town of Izmir. (B,L,D,S) See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos Visit Izmir’s local bazaar Day 8: Cruising to Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes

••

Cruise in style

Explore more: optional activities Athens Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka • Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Istanbul Guided city sightseeing tour Patmos Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John Rhodes Tour of the fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes Crete Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos Visit contiki.com/golden-fleece-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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TURKEY

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops

Code: 9GFS summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Quad Out Quad In Twin Out Twin In Athens C$ pp C$ pp C$ pp C$ pp

Mar 29 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 24 Jun 7 Jun 21 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 2 Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct 25

Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 18 Jun 1 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 24 Sep 7 Sep 21 Oct 5 Oct 19 Nov 2

Markets, Turkey

2012 Mar 28 Apr 11 Apr 25 May 9 May 23 Jun 6 Jun 20 Jul 4 Jul 18 Aug 1 Aug 15 Aug 29 Sep 12 Sep 26 Oct 10 Oct 24

1185 1185 1185 1185 1229 1229 1229 1269 1269 1229 1185 1215 1215 1215 1199 1199

925 925 925 925 959 959 959 989 989 959 925 945 945 945 935 935

1499 1499 1499 1499 1559 1559 1559 1615 1615 1559 1499 1539 1539 1539 1519 1519

1249 1249 1249 1249 1299 1299 1299 1345 1345 1299 1249 1279 1279 1279 1265 1265

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 & quad-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad-share). Or take a single supplement option: Add C$175 to twin-share price for an inside cabin or C$189 to twin-share price for an outside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$455. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa. For more ways to save see p.19.

Rhodes Old Town

Evzone Guards, Athens

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www.contiki.com/mykonos-cruising

Mykonos & Island Cruising 9 Days 2 Countries Greece, Turkey

From C$1345pp C$150 per day Plus port taxes & gratuities of C$179

What’s Included: 7 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 1 night in a hotel, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.28-29 & 59)

AEGEAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL

TURKEY

1 ATHENS MYKONOS

GREECE

Kusadasi

3

16 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 4 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S)

Itinerary & sightseeing

Patmos

Santorini

Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

An experienced & professional local guide in Athens & representative on-board the cruise ship Coach transfers Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Only Contiki GO includes Feature Hotel: • Mykonos Beach Resort

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$69. See p.19 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

• Code: BBGM summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

1345 1399 1399 1399 1429 1429 1429

2012 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

13 27 10 24 1 8 15

Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

1429 1399 1345 1345 1399 1399 1399

2012 14 28 11 25 2 9 16

21 4 18 2 9 16 23

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

22 5 12 26 2 9 23

23 6 13 27 3 10 24

30 13 20 3 10 17 1

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$410 to twin-share price for a single room/inside cabin. Port taxes & gratuities add C$179. Triple-share reduction of 5% available based on the twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Ephesus

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Day 3: 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) Days 4-5: 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 picture-perfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbourside bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

•• •

Day 6: Mykonos to Turkey 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, head offshore & sail away into the sunset toward Turkey & the Dodecanese Islands. (B,D,S) Day 7: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar or get a feel for ancient Roman life on an optional tour to the classical city of Ephesus. 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

••

Day 8: Cruising to Santorini 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 a cliff-top town, like Fira. Or take a boat ride out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B,L,D,S) See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira

• •

Day 9: Arrival into Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends once you arrive. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Mykonos

Explore more: optional activities Kusadasi Tour the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus with a local guide Patmos Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John Athens Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Visit contiki.com/mykonos-cruising-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Winter Superior Winter tours, plus skiing & boarding in Austria 22 Winter tours to choose from

Read on

$

REMEMBER If you book early you save money!

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• IT’S CHEAPER TO TRAVEL • AWESOME SKI & BOARDING TRIPS

• LESS CROWDS • COMFY HOTELS EVERY NIGHT

• WINTER FESTIVALS • SAME GREAT CONTIKI

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Europe’s hot in winter

Superior Winter Beat the crowds & explore Europe in winter. Lots of our tours operate throughout the colder months, so it’s easy to find a time that suits to travel. Plus, when you travel Contiki-style in winter, it’s all Superior hotel accommodation, so you’ve got somewhere warm & toasty to come home to each night. There are loads of reasons to pack your coat & experience a European winter. Here are just a few…. • Airfares are up to 50% cheaper, so spend less getting there & more when you arrive. • Smaller crowds mean shorter queues. • Never had a white Christmas? Stop dreaming about it - experience one. • Events, festivals & markets - winter is culture central. • Skiing & après ski like only the Europeans know how.

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4 ways to go >

All hotels

Superior Multi-Country

‘A room to myself’ option

Want to see a lot in the time you have? Try our MultiCountry trips from 11-26 days (see p.26-55).

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

Superior In-Depth Regional Keen to get to the heart of a particular region? Try our In-Depth tours, from 6-15 days (more on p.58-94).

Hit the slopes Try our ski & boarding packages in the Austrian Tyrol. Hit the slopes at one of the world’s top resorts, stay at our exclusive Contiki-only Gasthof complete with our On-site Team & get into the après ski lifestyle! We include day trips, ski races & cool optionals, so there’s plenty going on both on & off the slopes (see p.100-101).

Festivals & events To top it off, we know what else is hot do in Europe, so we’ve got festival & event tours & some awesome NYE tours including Hogmanay, so you can ring in the new year in style (more on p.142-143).

Going solo? Even if you’re planning on leaving your buddies 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.

Save even more! On some of our Superior tours you can save more money by booking triple-share. You’ll save an additional 5% on your booking. Check out the price panels on the tour pages to see if you can save.

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Our Winter Tours Experience the good times with Contiki in winter. With 22 great tours & awesome ski & board trips in the Austrian Alps, get ready for a winter adventure...

“Choose from 22 winter tours from 6 to 26 days�

Multi-Country Tours Page 30 36 40 46 48 98

Days 11 European Magic 14 European Discovery 18 European Encounter 21 European Inspiration 23 European Vista 26 Winter Wanderer

From C$1399 C$1819 C$2245 C$2635 C$2879 C$3369

In-Depth Regional Tours 64 65 65 61 66 68 72 74 76 79 80 81 81

8/10 10 11 10 13 9 14 15 9 10 12 8 6

London & Paris London, Paris & Amsterdam London, Paris & Rome England & Scotland Simply Italy Italian Espresso Mediterranean Highlights Spanish Spree Egypt & the Nile Berlin, Prague & Vienna Berlin to Budapest Berlin & Prague Vienna & Budapest

C$1049 C$1465 C$1669 C$1185 C$1649 C$1179 C$1695 C$1649 C$1095 C$1215 C$1385 C$959 C$779

Ski Austria 100

Explore more: optional activities

7/14 Ski Austria

C$615

Look out for the orange Explore More optionals panel on the bottom of every tour page

Check out our winter festivals & events on p.142-143

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Winter Wanderer 26 Days 12 Countries England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$3369pp C$130 per day

NORTH SEA

England

ENGLAND

GO

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

2 et AMSTERDAM Neth Netherlands N herlan rlan ands

Wales

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

Germany

Belgium Bel

Calais

Poland Dresden

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

Czech Rep CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

Mauthausen

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

France

Hungary Dolomite Mountains

LUCERNE ITALY

Italy

Pisa

SPAIN

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA BARCELONA

Plus

2 VENICE

Croatia

• French Château

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Plus Feature Hotel

Slovenia

2 ROME

pain Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Featured Hotel night

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • A moving experience at the Mauthausen memorial

Austria AUSTRIA 2 Switz

CHATEAU DE 1 FONTAGER

Pyrenees Mountains

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

Only Contiki includes

IONIAN SEA

Explore more: optional activities Paris Parisian cabaret show & three-course meal Lucerne Fondue lunch in a traditional Swiss restaurant Barcelona Flamenco dance show Florence Entrance to one of the largest nighclubs & one drink Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Venice Gondola ride along the canals Vienna Schnaps museum visit & tasting Prague Scenic river cruise with lunch Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/wanderer-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Discover Europe in winter - sleep in a French Château, splash some cash in Monaco’s casinos & dive into the culture of Vienna. From glühwein to Christmas markets, this trip proves Europe is definitely still hot when the temperature drops ...

MUST DO

Superior

Head to the Rathausplatz in Vienna at Christmas time. The wurst, glühwein, the brass bands & the falling snow - perfect!

Winter Wanderer 26 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Imperial Hotel, then free time to explore London. Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields. (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 4: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards

Day 6: Lucerne Soak up the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

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Day 7: Lucerne to Château de Fontager We make our way back to France & the beautiful Château de Fontager nestled in the idyllic countryside. (B,D)  Contiki Feature Hotel Day 8: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Day 9: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. 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

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Day 10: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence, past Cannes, to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

Day 11: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through markets, check out the many museums & shop the upscale boutiques. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monte Carlo! (B) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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Day 12: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 13: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. (B,D) 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 Navona, Colosseum & the Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 14: 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) Day 15: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. (B,D) Day 16: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

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Day 17: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 18: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to explore the citiy's wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

How much & when Day 20: Munich to Prague Wind through the German countryside & Bohemia to 'The Golden City' of Prague. (B,D) Day 21: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & 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 22: Prague to Berlin Bite into some local fare at your stop in Dresden en route to über-cool Berlin. (B,D) Day 23: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new where you’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) 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

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Day 24: Berlin to Amsterdam Motor down the autobahn, past Hanover, to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 25: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

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)

Code: WWHL winter 2012/13 Depart Canada

Start London

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35 meals: 23 continental breakfasts (B) 12 three-course dinners (D)

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An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

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24 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 23 nights in hotels (more on p.28-29)

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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$895 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● Spend New Years Eve in Amsterdam. ■ Spend New Years Eve in Berlin. ▲ Spend New Years Eve in Prague. ◆ Spend New Years Eve in Vienna. ✱ Spend New Years Eve in Venice. ✝ Spend New Years Eve in Rome. ✚ Spend New Years Eve in the French Riviera. ▼ Spend New Years Eve in Barcelona. ★ Spend New Years Eve at the Château de Fontager. ◗ Spend New Years Eve in Lucerne. ✜ This tour will be in Venice during the Carnival. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

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

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save C$349. Or pay 6 months in advance you save C$175. See p.19 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Musee d'Orsay, Paris

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Day 19: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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Prague

Lucerne

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Ski Austria Start & end in London or Hopfgarten Skiing or boarding in Europe is unbeatable . From picture perfect ski villages to loads of adventure activities & the true home of après ski, Hopfgarten in Austria is the perfect place for a generous dose of the European mountain lifestyle.

Why choose us? • Stay in Contiki’s own Gasthof (guesthouse) • Hot breakfast included daily • Exclusive Contiki only inclusions • Flexible 1 & 2 week options • Great rates for ski essentials like lessons & gear hire • Travel by coach from London or make your own way there

Where you’re headed: Hopfgarten village, in the Austrian Tyrol, is the perfect location for a ski or boarding holiday. At the gateway to Europe’s top ski resort, Ski Welt, it’s perfect for indulging in loads of on & off piste action. Ski Welt is perfect for serious skiers, boarders & learners alike. Boasting over 279km (174 miles) of piste, with gondolas & chair lifts, near perfect terrain & one of the biggest artificial snow making networks in Europe, great conditions are guaranteed.

private facilities), plus internet facilities & WiFi. Hang up your boots, chill in the bar, or join one of our famous party nights. We include a hot buffet breakfast daily & for a small pre-booked supplement we’ll also include five 3 course dinners (or ten for a 2-week holiday), all prepared on site.

On the iPhone? You can download Ski Welt’s own App, the SkiWelt iTrailMap before you leave home. It’s got everything you need, from ski maps, 3D map with GPS, lift status updates, the weather, web cams & more.

2 ways to go:

Our On-site Team:

Travel on the coach from London, or meet us there. If you prefer to fly, we offer free transfers from Innsbruck airport & Wörgl train station (easy links to Munich & Salzburg airports).

The knowledge & expertise of our team is what makes the real difference. They all live in Hopfgarten, so they know what’s hot to do both on & off the slopes.

Perfect for all levels: Beginner: With 107km of easy runs, Ski Welt has the perfect terrain for beginners. Combined with our great value ski school, you’ll be up on the slopes in no time. Intermediate: Want to improve on your technique? Loads of intermediate runs mean you really test your skills. Advanced: Plenty of black runs will keep the keenest of keen skiers & riders challenged.

Where you stay & what’s included: Our own Gasthof features single, twin, triple & quad-share rooms (most with

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Après ski: European après ski is an essential part of any holiday. Literally meaning ‘after ski’, with drinking, dancing & socialising in Hopfgarten’s bars, clubs & outdoor schnaps stands, it’s a perfect way to finish up your days.

Ski essentials - gear & hire Don’t buy expensive new gear before you go - we’ll kit you out with hire gear, clothing & equipment when you arrive. At ski school, our English-speaking instructors will teach you the right techniques to get you up on the slopes, or for the more experienced, teach you ways to improve your know how.

How much? No. of nights

7 14 (6 days ski) (13 days ski)

Ski pass

C$329

C$559

Equipment hire (skis, boots & poles or board & boots)

C$79

C$145

Ski lessons (5 days for 4hrs per day)

C$199

C$199

Ski lessons (3 days for 4hrs per day)

C$179

C$179

Snowboard lessons (5 days for 2hrs per day)

C$195

C$195

Snowboard lessons (3 days for 2hrs per day)

C$165

C$165

Ski & Snowboard lessons C$269 (3 days ski for 4hrs per day & 3 days snowboard for 2hrs per day)

C$269

Note: Credit cards are not accepted at Gasthof Schöneck. Prices above are in C$.

Only Contiki

GO includes

A personal Ski Guide: Get to know the mountain right from the start on our free guided piste tours. Our Local Ski Guide runs 2 free mountain tours per week, once at the start to show you the ropes, then later on to help uncover some hidden spots. A Salzburg day trip: See more of this alpine region on an included day trip to the home of the Sound of Music. Relax & explore this stunning World Heritage Listed Old Town, overlooked by Hohensalzburg Castle. Sit at a café, get your shopping fix at the city’s many great stores or check out the birth-place of Mozart – there’s loads to explore. The Contiki Grand Slam: If you’re feeling up for it, have a laugh with your ski buddies & show off your skills with our downhill ski race.

Explore more: optional activities Hopfgarten Take a magical sleigh ride through the forest • Tandem Paragliding with amazing views • Ice Skating on a frozen alpine lake • Day trip to Kitzbuhel, the ‘Monte Carlo’ of the Tyrol • Day trip to Innsbruck • Bobsled ride Visit contiki.com/ski-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Ski Plus

(coach from London)

8/15 Nights From C$665pp C$84 per day

Code: C7SWBIT

Code: C14SWBIT

8 Nights (6 Days Ski) Start Finish London London

C$ pp*

15 Nights (13 Days Ski) Start Finish London London

C$ pp*

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Note: Ski Plus tours include transfers from London. Tour starts 7:00pm in London on Fridays & ends approx 10:00pm in London on Saturdays. Prices are per person, quad share & don’t * Important: include airfares. Single supplement : 1 week add: C$335. 2 weeks add: C$575. Twin-share supplement : 1 week add: C$135. 2 weeks add: C$230. Half board supplement: 5 nights add: C$75. 10 nights add: C$145. Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer info, check contiki.com/departurepoints & contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.149.

Ski Only

(meet us there)

7/14 Nights

Code: CPC7SW

Code: CP14SW

7 Nights (6 Days Ski) Start Finish Austria Austria

C$ pp*

14 Nights (13 Days Ski) Start Finish Austria Austria

C$ pp*

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Ski & Board Austria Ski Plus 8/15 Nights What’s Included: Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race Included overnight coach travel from London 7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast daily Half board options available (for a small supplement)

$

SAV E

Tour + 2 week ski tour combination discounts apply when you book a Winter Europe tour at the same time as a ski trip. Save up to C$100 off the cost of the ski trip. See p.19 for details.

Ski Only 7/14 Nights What’s Included: Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race FREE coach pickup from Innsbruck airport or Worgl train station (easy access for Munich or Salzburg airports) 7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast daily

Note: Ski Only tours start in Hopfgarten on Saturdays, you also need to provide us with your flight & arrival details approx 21 days before departure. Check-in starts 2:00pm & check-out is at 9:00am. Prices are per person, quad share & don’t * Important: include airfares. Single supplement : 1 week add: C$335. 2 weeks add: C$575. Twin-share supplement : 1 week add: C$135. 2 weeks add: C$230. Half board supplement: 5 nights add: C$75. 10 nights add: C$145. Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer info, check contiki.com/departurepoints & contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.149.

Half board options available (for a small supplement)

$

SAV E

Tour + 2 week ski tour combination discounts apply when you book a Winter Europe tour at the same time as a ski trip. Save up to C$100 off the cost of the ski trip. See p.19 for details.

Ski Welt - recently voted Top Resort in a survey of 70 resorts in 8 countries. Mountain Restaurants: 63

Lifts & Cable Cars: 14 Cable cars 1 Funicular railway 15 Detachable chairlifts 22 Chairlifts 24 Drag lifts 15 Practise lifts

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Ski Welt: Beginners runs: 63 (blue) Total length 124km

Kitzbuehler Horn St Johann in Tyrol

Astberg 1267m

Hartkaiser

Going

Intermediate runs: 51 (red) Total length 128km Advanced runs: 7 (black) Total length 11km Total length of pistes: 279km

Ellmau 820m

Eiberg 1673m

Brandstadt 1650m Neualm

Zinsberg 1674m Hohe Salve

Rigi 1532m

Scheffau 752m

Hochbrixen

Gampen 1956m Fleiding 1892m Choralpe 1820m Talkaser 1760m Kandleralm Alpenrose 1553m Mittelstation 1320m Brixen i Thale Westendorf 800m

Salvenmoos Ski Runs Easy Medium Difficult Ski Lifts Gondola

Söll 700m

Talstation 789m Kelchsau

HOPFGARTEN

Penningberg

Itter 700m

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Budget Tours

$

19

Budget tours to choose from

• UNIQUE OVERNIGHTS • MAXIMUM QUAD-SHARE • FREE UPGRADES TO TWIN • EXPERT CONTIKI ON-SITE TEAMS

REMEMBER If you book early you save money! Contiki’s French Château

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Cabin. Hostel. Hotel.

Our Budget trips are all about mixing it up. Stay in everything from hotels & hostels to our own Contiki Village cabins & our exclusive, amazing Special Stopovers.

Our accommodation is mostly quad-share, almost all with private bathroom facilities. We also have many upgrades to twin-share plus we give you free hotel upgrades on some nights – even better!

Exclusive Special Stopovers Whether you’re nestled in the vines at our château, or staring over the Swiss Alps from our chalet, it’s all about authentic & unique places to stay. They all have great facilities, so you’ll feel comfy & at home, but what makes them extra special is that it is exclusive to Contiki – they’re just for you. More on p.104-105. Think bars & cool areas to hang out. Plus they have great facilities like big screen plasma TVs, pools, nightclubs & plenty of internet access. And you’ll be looked after from start to end by our Contiki On-site Team – they make sure you have a great time.

Unique Contiki Villages Contiki Villages are our very own cabin villages in some of the coolest campsites across Europe. Our modern cabins all have private facilities & hot showers plus twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/triple share). More on p.104-105.

Your Contiki Experts You’ll hit the road with an expert Contiki team: your Tour Manager & Tour Driver. What makes us truly unique is our resident On-site Teams at our Special Stopovers & Contiki Villages. Our exclusive Contiki only team look after you – they’re there to make sure you get the most out of your trip.

Loads included & free time too

“Choose from 19 great tours from 10 to 47 days”

Most of the main sights (& extra special Only Contiki stuff) are included in the cost of your tour (p.16-17), plus there’s plenty of free time for you to do the things you’re into. Choose from our optional Explore More activities (p.8-9) or just take time to chill out, relax, shop or do whatever you like.

Getting around As with all our tours, you’ll travel on the comfiest air-conditioned coaches out there, with reclining seats & power outlets for keeping all your important stuff charged & ready to roll. And we include all your ferry crossings – too easy!

Going solo? If you’re planning on leaving your buddies 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.

Famously fabulous food Your tour includes a buffet breakfast on most days & lots of tasty 2-course dinners. The kind of meals that bring the local flavours & specialities of the regions you visit to life.

Go local Use your free nights to get out on the town & try some local restaurants - we keep it flexible at meal times to ensure you get out & about every other night. At lunchtime, we let you make your own choices. No need to spoil your day heading back to a meeting spot - that way you can try what you like, when you like & spend what you want. Contiki’s Swiss Chalet

Explore more: optional activities

Look out for the orange Explore More optionals panel on the bottom of every tour page

19 Budget tours to choose from

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Budget Tours Diverse & unique

Contiki Village, Rome

Special Stopovers > French Château Our grand 16th century Château de Cruix overlooks the beautiful vineyards of the Beaujolais region. Its modern facilities & stunning setting mean it’s the perfect place to chill - picnic, relax by the huge pool, taste local wines at Contiki’s wine cellar or simply sit in a lounger & soak up the views.

Swiss Chalet Stay in the heart of the Swiss Alps at our cosy wooden chalet, in a chocolate-box village at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain (4,158m / 13,641ft). With its modern comfy lounge (with big flat screen TVs), dining room &

Exclusive to Contiki outdoor area it’s all about getting a taste of life in the Alps. The legendary ‘Bomb Shelter’ bar awaits with its famous parties, it’s the perfect way to end a busy day of exploring.

Austrian Gasthof When you stay in the Austrian Tyrol, it’s all about the great outdoors. Stay at our traditional gasthof (guesthouse) in the picturesque town of Hopfgarten. If you’re thirsty after a hard day mountain biking, there’s a well-loved bar to come home to. Alternatively try Hopfgarten’s eclectic mix of shops, cafes & restaurants as you wander the old town streets.

Contiki’s French Château

Corfu Beach Resort With just 20m from the door to the beach, it’s all about the sun & good times in Corfu. Every room has its own private balcony with great sunset & sea views. Lounge poolside, get into some watersports, try tasty Greek food & throw on a toga for our legendary party nights. Contiki’s Swiss Chalet

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Contiki’s Corfu Resort

Contiki Village, Rome

Contiki’s French Château

Contiki Village, Rome

Contiki Paris > New for 2012. In the city of love, what you’ll love even more is where you’ll stay. Close to the sights, the Metro & right amongst the atmosphere of one of the city’s coolest districts, near the iconic Sacre Coeur, it’s the place to be. Start each day with an unlimited breakfast & with WiFi in it’s newly renovated twinshare rooms, updating your Facebook & keeping in touch is easy. To top it off, our resident Contiki On-site Team are on hand to send you in the right direction of where’s hot to head in Paris!

Contiki Villages >

Hostels >

Rome. Florence. Venice. The French Riviera.

Prague. Munich. Vienna. Berlin. Barcelona. Plus more

Contiki Villages are our very own cabin villages within outstanding campsites across Europe. Our exclusive Contiki On-site Teams are on hand to look after you, ensure you have a great time & help you discover the local sights. Our modern cabins all have private facilities & hot showers plus twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/triple share). Some of our campsites even have swimming pools, bars, pizzerias, nightclubs & food stores. So whether your free-time is about relaxing by the pool, getting active hiking, playing some volleyball or exploring the city, our Contiki Villages are your perfect base.

We’ve chosen some of the newest & best hostels available for you. Great locations, great facilities & great staff. Hang out with your buddies, grab a snack or chill – you’ll have loads of options for your free time. Restaurants, swimming pools, jacuzzis, cafés, saunas & internet cafes are just some of the fantastic facilities to enjoy. All rooms have private facilities & are maximum quad-share.

Hotels > Amsterdam. Athens. Cairo. Plus more

Our On-site staff are excellent, plus there are nearly 100 in Europe. Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof

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Check out the free hotel upgrades on many of our tours – relax & enjoy a little extra luxury – it’s all included! visit contiki.com/budget to find out more

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European Horizon 12 Days 8 Countries England, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

From C$1469pp C$123 per day

Switzerland

GO NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

Plus

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1 1 TYROL

Burgundy Region

SWITZ FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

2 SWISS ALPS

• Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Indulge in a traditional Swiss cheese fondue • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Let the good times roll - chill at our legendary party nights

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

PARIS 2

Only Contiki includes

AUSTRIA

Lucerne

Hungary

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

• Austrian Gasthof - Special Stopover • Swiss Chalet - Special Stopover • Venice - Contiki Village • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Brenner Pass

Slovenia Lake Como

1 VENICE

Croatia

Explore more: optional activities Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Amsterdam Canal boat cruise & drinks Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Venice Gondola ride along the canals Swiss Alps Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Visit contiki.com/horizon-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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With a blend of chilled Amsterdam, historic Germany & the action of the Alps, the European Horizon gives you a taste of everything. Throw in the floating city of Venice & the romantic vibes of Paris for good measure, it’s a guaranteed good time.

KEEP IT CHEAP

Budget

Grab a few friends, some cheese & a baguette & head to the Champs de Mars for a picnic in the park. Enjoy some of Paris’ best views of the Eiffel Tower.

European Horizon 12 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team. 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

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Day 4: 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

Day 5: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted

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See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 6: 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 7: 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

How much & when 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 9: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 10: 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 11: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history among the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Visit a French perfumery

Day 8: Venice to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible

Day 12: 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)

Code: CCEH summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

2012 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 23 May 4 May 7 May 15 May 17 May 22 May 26 Jun 1 Jun 3 Jun 7 Jun 10 Jun 14 Jun 17 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 26

Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

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

1469 1469 1469 1499 1499 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525

2012 Jun 28 Jun 30 Jul 3 Jul 6 Jul 9 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 25 Jul 31 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 23 Aug 28 Aug 30 Sep 4 Sep 7 Sep 9

Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

1525 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555

14 21 25 6 9 17 19 24 28 3 5 9 12 16 19 22 25 28

23 30 4 15 18 26 28 2 6 12 14 18 21 25 28 1 4 7

30 2 5 8 11 14 21 27 2 8 15 22 25 30 1 6 9 11

9 11 14 17 20 23 30 5 11 17 24 31 3 8 10 15 18 20

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

10 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 1 night in a Contiki Village cabin, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.104-105) 15 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$75. See p.19 for details.

6

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

Marienplatz, Munich

Venice

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European Highlights 16 Days 9 Countries England, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria (in transit), Germany, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$1999pp C$125 per day

The Louvre, Paris

GO

Only Contiki includes

NORTH SEA Edam

Wales

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

1 RHINE VALLEY

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

Dachau

MUNICH 1

FRANCE

Fontainebleau

Plus

Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA

Tyrol Beaujolais Region

Brenner Pass

Slovenia ITALY

1 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains Pisa

Avignon

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Hungary

Switz

CHATEAU 1 DE CRUIX

Spain

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam - plus more

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

• French Château - Special Stopover • French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

2 ROME

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Venice Gondola ride along the famous canals Munich Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian beer halls Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Amsterdam Paddle bike along the canals Visit contiki.com/highlights-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Do Europe like a local on this two week journey to its highlights. Ride a bike alongside the canals in the ‘Dam, sing in a German beer hall, float in a gondola in Venice, wine taste in the Rhine Valley, try escargot in Paris & more.

LOVE IT LIVE?

Budget

Check out Melkweg in Amsterdam. This former milk factory was transformed into a venue for live music, theatre & cinema & is perfect for meeting locals.

European Highlights 16 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & 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 Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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! Contiki Village (B,D)

• •

See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 8: 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 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. Contiki Village (B) 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 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. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 11: 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

Day 12: Venice to Munich Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

How much & when

See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 13: 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

• ••

Day 14: 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

• •

Day 15: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 16: 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)

Code: CCPE summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

2012 Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

1 9 16 23 27 30 3 7 9 14 17 21 24 26 28 31 4 7 11 13 14 15 18 21 25 28 29

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

2012 Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

3 11 18 25 29 2 5 9 11 16 19 23 26 28 30 2 6 9 13 15 16 17 20 23 27 30 1

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

16 24 1 8 12 15 18 22 24 29 1 5 8 10 12 15 19 22 26 28 29 30 3 6 10 13 14

1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 2049 2049 2049 2049 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2185

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

2 6 9 11 13 16 21 23 27 28 30 2 6 8 14 20 27 31 3 8 9 10 12 ● 14 ● 17 ● 19 ●

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

4 8 11 13 15 18 23 25 29 30 1 4 8 10 16 22 29 2 5 10 11 12 14 16 19 21

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

17 21 24 26 28 31 5 7 11 12 14 17 21 23 29 4 11 15 18 23 24 25 27 29 2 4

2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2089 2129 2129 2129 2129 2129 2129 2129 2129 2129 2129

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

14 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s French Château, 6 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.104-105) 20 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$99. See p.19 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. The Colosseum, Rome

Spanish Steps, Rome

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European Whirl 20 Days 10 Countries England, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

From C$2519pp C$126 per day

Florence

GO

• Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot - plus more

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND Wales

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Dover

Calais

Dresden

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

Slov

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

1 TYROL

SWITZ

SWISS ALPS

Hungary

2

Brenner Pass

Slovenia Lake Como

2 VENICE

Bosnia

ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

i

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Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Vatican City

2 ROME

• Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • Venice, Rome, Florence - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

1 FLORENCE

Plus

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

Only Contiki includes

Explore more: optional activities Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Berlin Locally guided walking tour Munich Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian beer halls Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided walking tour Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Paris Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne Visit contiki.com/whirl-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Brooke Roy: Contiki was amazing. You haven’t lived unless you’ve lived Contiki. I did the European Whirl. Loved every minute!

From an ultra cool club scene in Berlin to the sights of ancient Rome & everything in-between, find out what really makes Europe tick. Experience our exclusive Special Stopovers, the adrenalin rush of the Tyrol & beauty of the Alps on the European Whirl.

Czechs national passion is mushroom hunting! Every year on St. Václav Day weekend, Czechs hit the forest in search of the Václavky mushroom, with hunting generally being taken more seriously than sports!

Budget European Whirl 20 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team. 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 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

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) 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 Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

• • •

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) 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

• •

Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 10: 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 11: 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

Day 12: 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

• •

Day 13: 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 14: 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)

How much & when Day 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 snowcovered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 18: 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

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

Code: CCEW summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

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

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

2519 2519 2519 2519 2569 2569 2569 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2745

2012 Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

3 13 19 27 2 6 12 18 20 25 29 1 8 11 14 15 17 19 22 27 30

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Paris or London

C$ pp

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

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

2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2669 2669 2669 2669 2669

2012 5 15 21 29 4 8 14 20 22 27 31 3 10 13 16 17 19 21 24 29 2

22 2 8 16 21 25 31 6 8 13 17 20 27 30 3 4 6 8 11 16 19

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

3 6 8 10 13 17 19 23 27 4 11 13 18 21 24 28 31 4 8 15 ●

5 8 10 12 15 19 21 25 29 6 13 15 20 23 26 30 2 6 10 17

22 25 27 29 1 5 7 11 15 23 30 1 6 9 12 16 19 23 27 4

18 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 5 nights in hostels (more on p.104-105) 26 meals: 17 breakfasts (B) 9 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$125. See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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).

Day 8: 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 9: Prague to Munich Back to Germany & into

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French Perfumery

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European Experience 22 Days 11 Countries England, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$2765pp C$126 per day

Hire a bike in the Alps

GO NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

Wales

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland GERMANY

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

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

FRANCE

2 TYROL

SWITZ

SWISS 2 ALPS

Liechtenstein Lucerne

AUSTRIA

Brenner Pass

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Pisa

Spain

1 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy amazing vistas, baguettes & brie on our French countryside picnic • Italian food & fashion experience • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam - plus more

1 MUNICH

Burgundy Region Beaujolais Region

Only Contiki includes

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Plus

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

• French Château, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Explore more: optional activities

2 ROME ITALY

Paris Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne Florence Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided walking tour Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure • Zorbing adventure Munich Dinner & entertainment in a Bavarian beer hall Swiss Alps Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/experience-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Treat yourself to a delicious mix of food, culture, sights, sounds & smells as you hit Europe’s best. From châteaux to casinos & from bikes to boats, you’ll experience it all & more.

DON’T MISS

Budget

Even if you don’t plan on high rolling at the casino in Monte Carlo, don’t miss seeing the unbelievable flashy cars that pull up out front.

European Experience 22 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & 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 Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 & Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino

• • •

Day 8: 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 9: 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

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Florentine leather craft demonstration

Day 10: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s 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

• •

Day 11: 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 12: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 13: 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

• •

Day 14: 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

Day 15: 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

How much & when  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

• • •

Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 18: 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 snowcovered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 19: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, known for its great old town & lively student ambience, 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

• ••

Day 20: 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

• •

Day 21: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B)

Code: CCMX summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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

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

2012 Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

29 4 14 21 28 2 8 12 19 22 28 30 5 7 9 11 13 16 19 23 25 27 30

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

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

2012 31 6 16 23 30 4 10 14 21 24 30 1 7 9 11 13 15 18 21 25 27 29 2

19 25 5 12 19 23 29 2 9 12 18 20 26 28 30 2 4 7 10 14 16 18 21

2765 2765 2765 2765 2765 2819 2819 2819 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 3015

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

2 4 7 11 14 17 20 25 28 31 4 11 14 18 22 25 29 1 6 8 ● 12 ● 15 ● 17 ●

4 6 9 13 16 19 22 27 30 2 6 13 16 20 24 27 31 3 8 10 14 17 19

23 25 28 1 4 7 10 15 18 21 25 1 4 8 12 15 19 22 27 29 3 6 8

3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 3015 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2875 2935 2935 2935 2935 2935 2935 2935

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

20 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 7 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.104-105) 33 meals: 19 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 13 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$139. See p.19 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

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)

Day 16: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Contiki Village, Rome

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Day 17: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne for Swiss chocolate before reaching our incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps.

Piazza Navona, Rome

Picnic in the French countryside

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European Spirit 23 Days 11 Countries France, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia (in transit), Slovenia, Italy, Vatican City

From C$2945pp C$129 per day

Walking tour of Dubrovnik

GO

NORTH SEA

Edam

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

England

Ruhr Valley

Poland Rhine Valley

Dresden

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

GERMANY

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

2 PARIS

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

Only Contiki includes

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town & historic streets • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) - plus more

AUSTRIA Hungary

Switz FRANCE

Plus

SLOVENIA

ITALY

Pisa

1 LJUBLJANA 1 ZAGREB

VENICE 2

Serbia BOSNIA Split

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Spain Vatican City

• Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages & Contiki On-site Teams

CROATIA

ZADAR 1 1 FLORENCE

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Explore more: optional activities

Montenegro

2 ROME Albania

Places visited Nightstops

Plus Contiki Villages

IONIAN SEA

Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Amsterdam Evening canal cruise Berlin Locally guided historical walking tour Prague Scenic river cruise & lunch Vienna Mozart & Strauss concert • Schnaps museum visit & tasting Dubrovnik Island cruise & swimming Venice Gondola ride • Guided walking tour Florence Tuscan dinner • Nightclub entry Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Visit contiki.com/spirit-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Ashley Digby: I had the most amazing time of my life!!! If you are even considering doing a Contiki tour make sure you do it!!

For 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

For something eerie, try the Catacombs in Paris – a bizarre collection of 6 million bones & skulls housed in underground tunnels.

European Spirit 23 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ 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

Day 3: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 4: 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

Day 5: 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

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. Hostel (B,D) 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. Hostel (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

• •

See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

Day 10: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 11: 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

• •

Day 12: Vienna to Zagreb Cross through Slovenia en route to the newly buzzing Balkan gem of Zagreb. Hotel (B) Day 13: Zagreb to Dubrovnik Set out for Croatia’s sparkling coastline & continue on to the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D) Days 14-15: 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

Day 16: 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 17: 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

How much & when Day 18: Ljubljana to Venice Soak up the amazing scenery before heading to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 19: 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

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Day 20: 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

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Code: CCSP summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Paris

Finish Rome

C$ pp

2012 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

24 3 8 21 2 12 20 26

Depart Canada

Start Paris

Finish Rome

C$ pp

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

3219 3219 3219 3069 3069 3069 3129

2012 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

25 4 9 22 3 13 21 27

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

16 25 30 12 24 4 12 18

2945 2999 2999 3069 3069 3069 3069 3069

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

3 17 24 7 14 25 5

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

4 18 25 8 15 26 6

25 8 15 29 5 16 27

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. Tour starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends 8:00am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

21 nights accommodation: 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 10 nights in hostels (more on p.104-105) 31 meals: 21 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$145. See p.19 for details.

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Day 21: 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

World Heritage sites visited

• • •

Day 22: 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) Day 23: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

• •

Day 8: 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) Day 9: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B)

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The Reichstag, Berlin

The Pantheon, Rome

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European Escapade 27 Days 12 Countries England, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$3455pp C$128 per day

Paris

GO NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

Poland

1 RHINE

Dover

Calais

BELGIUM

VALLEY

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

Dachau

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Dolomite Mountains

ITALY

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

Pisa

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

2 BARCELONA

Monaco

Plus

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

• French Château, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Explore more: optional activities

2 ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy amazing vistas, baguettes & brie on our French countryside picnic • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Italian food & fashion experience • A moving experience at the Dachau memorial • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam - plus more

Hungary

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Arles

Only Contiki includes

IONIAN SEA

Barcelona Flamenco dance show Florence Nightclub entry Venice Gondola ride along the canals Vienna Schnaps museum visit & tasting Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Tyrol Tandem Paragliding • Bobsled ride Swiss Alps Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/escapade-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Got some adrenalin to burn? Bit of a culture vulture too? Take it up a level on the European Escapade. You get lots of two night stops to explore & go local, mixed with great ways to burn some energy - like bobsledding, paragliding, hiking & biking.

INSIDER TIP

Budget

The roof of the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam turns into a beach in the summer - it’s the perfect place for inner city tanning!

European Escapade 27 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. 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 4: Paris Soak up sophisticated Paris, indulge in this magical city & its legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 5: 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 Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at our Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 7: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Day 8: Barcelona Sightsee this sexy city & tonight feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

• •

Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: French Riviera to Florence Check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 12: Florence Discover the inside info on striking buildings & sacred art

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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

• •

Day 13: 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 14: 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) Day 15: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: 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

• •

Day 17: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 18: 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

• •

How much & when Day 21: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure exhilarating activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 22: 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 23: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 24: 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

• ••

Day 25: 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

• •

Code: CCBE summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

2012 Mar 26 Apr 7 Apr 17 Apr 19 Apr 25 May 1 May 7 May 13 May 15 May 19 May 21 May 25 May 29 May 31 Jun 6 Jun 8 Jun 12 Jun 16 Jun 18 Jun 24 Jun 26

Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

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

28 9 19 21 27 3 9 15 17 21 23 27 31 2 8 10 14 18 20 26 28

21 3 13 15 21 27 2 8 10 14 16 20 24 26 2 4 8 12 14 20 22

3455 3455 3455 3455 3455 3525 3525 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

2012 Jun 28 Jun 30 Jul 2 Jul 6 Jul 9 Jul 12 Jul 14 Jul 18 Jul 24 Jul 26 Jul 30 Aug 5 Aug 11 Aug 17 Aug 23 Aug 25 Aug 29 Sep 4 ● Sep 7 ● Sep 10 ● Sep 13 ●

Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

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

30 2 4 8 11 14 16 20 26 28 1 7 13 19 25 27 31 6 9 12 15

24 26 28 1 4 7 9 13 19 21 25 31 6 12 18 20 24 30 3 6 9

3595 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3595 3665 3665 3665 3665 3665

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

25 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 5 nights in hostels (more on p.104-105) 41 meals: 24 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 16 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$175. See p.19 for details.

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

Day 26: Amsterdam Explore the myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 27: 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 19: Vienna to Munich Today we’ll head to Munich, home to the iconic Oktoberfest. On arrival, explore the city sights or head to one of the city’s famous beer halls tonight for dinner & taste of their famous drop. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Montmartre, Paris

Parc Guell, Barcelona

Contiki’s French Château

Amsterdam

Day 20: 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.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit the Dachau memorial

Monaco Casino

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European Contrasts 31 Days 13 Countries England, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$4095pp C$133 per day

Capitoline Hill, Rome NORTH SEA

GO NETHERLANDS

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

LONDON 1

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

St Goar

BELGIUM

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

Heidelberg

2 PARIS FRANCE

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Go Greek at our legendary toga party on Corfu • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam - plus more

Poland GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

2 MUNICH

Fontainebleau

1

Burgundy Region

SWITZ Beaujolais Region

2 SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Spain

Monaco

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Serbia

ITALY

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

• French Château, Corfu Beach Resort, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

Vatican City

2 ROME

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Explore more: optional activities

Albania

Brindisi

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

Plus

Hungary

1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

AUSTRIA

Slovenia

Pisa

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

TYROL Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

1 VENICE

Only Contiki includes

GREECE

3 CORFU

IONIAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL

Paris Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Corfu Island sailing cruise Venice Gondola ride along the canals Vienna Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/contrasts-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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From beaches & bikinis, escargot & Champagne to fast paced city exploring & chilled out countryside adventures - this tour gives you it all. We keep it fresh, with no destination being quite like the next.

DON’T MISS

Budget

Florence is the city for art. Even if you’re a novice, checking out the Duomo or Galleria dell’Accademia is a must do experience.

European Contrasts 31 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel & on 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 4: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 5: 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 Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) French picnic lunch

Day 7: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. Rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino

• • •

Day 8: French Riviera Today, sun worship on the beach & practice celebrity-spotting. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 9: 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 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s favourite cities. 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 demo

• •

Day 11: 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,

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

Day 12: 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) Day 13: 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 14-16: 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) Day 17: Corfu to Italy Cruise to the enchanting port of Venice. Adriatic Ferry (B) Day 18: Arrival Venice Meander through the tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. Contiki Village (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges Palace & St Mark’s Square

Day 19: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) 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

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Day 21: Vienna to Prague Stop at the World Heritage listed town, Český Krumlov, as you travel through Bohemia to Prague, the “City of a Thousand Spires”. Hostel (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

How much & when Day 25: 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 26: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & quaint 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

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Day 27: 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 to the snowcovered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 28: 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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Day 29: 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 30: Amsterdam Check out the museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B)

Code: CCSE summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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

May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

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Depart Canada

Start London

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

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3 17 25 31 4 8 18 22 24 2 6 15 18 22 3 5 7

4095 4095 4095 4185 4185 4185 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4435 4435 4435

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

10 12 18 24 30 3 9 15 17 21 23 27 29 4 ● 6 ● 10 ●

12 14 20 26 1 5 11 17 19 23 25 29 31 6 8 12

9 11 17 23 29 2 8 14 16 20 22 26 28 4 6 10

4435 4435 4435 4435 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265 4349 4349 4349 4349 4349

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

27 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 7 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 6 nights in hostels, +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.104-105) 44 meals: 28 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 15 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

$

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Day 31: 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 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

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Day 23: Prague to Munich Head to Germany & into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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Day 24: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & lots of traditional food & beer gardens. Hostel (B)

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From C$5335pp C$137 per day

The Trechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

Edam

Wales

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland Poland GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover

Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles Burgundy Region

SWITZ

FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Liechtenstein

Hungary

SLOVENIA

Lake Bled Verona

2 VENICE

1 LJUBLJANA

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

2 BARCELONA

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BOSNIA

2 FLORENCE

1 ZADAR

ITALY

Split

Serbia

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Romania

CROATIA

Apennine Mountains Arles

Ukraine

2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Lucerne

Pisa

Slovakia Slovakia S ki

VIENNA 2

MONTENEGRO

2 ROME Mt. Vesuvius

Bulgaria

Macedonia

1 DURRES

Bari

Pompeii

ALBANIA GREECE

1 PREVEZA 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

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Beach 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.

red leader: It changed me by showing me how fun and beautiful the world is and how, as cliché as it may sound, we are only young once.

HUNGRY? Make sure you have a delicious meal in Piazza della Rotunda in Rome for a fantastic view of the Pantheon.

Budget European Adventurer 39 Days What’s Included: 36 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Mykonos Beach Resort, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 11 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 8 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.104-105) 59 meals: 36 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 22 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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

Florence

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Only Contiki includes

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy amazing vistas, baguettes & brie on our French countryside picnic • Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino in the sunny French Riveria • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town & historic streets • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals to cheese making Edam

Plus

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

• French Château, Mykonos Beach Resort, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Explore more: optional activities Barcelona Flamenco dancing show Florence Nightclub entry Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Dubrovnik Island cruise & swimming Vienna Viennese dinner Tyrol Mountain bike ride & BBQ lunch • Whitewater rafting adventure Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Swiss Alps Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Amsterdam Evening canal boat cruise Visit contiki.com/adventurer-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. 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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Days 4-5: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to beautiful Château Versailles. Hotel (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 6: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château nestled in the Beaujolais vineyards.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

Day 7: 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 8: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

Ferry crossings

$

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20 World Heritage sites visited

Day 9: 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 Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

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Day 10: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to Arles, then on to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit the historic city of Arles

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Day 11: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale

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Itinerary & sightseeing Continued 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

•• •

Day 12: 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

Day 13: 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

• •

Day 14: 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 15: 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

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Day 16: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s

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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 17: 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. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 18: 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 19: 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 20: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

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• •

Days 21-22: 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 23: Mykonos to Preveza Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. Hotel (B,D) Day 24: Preveza to Durres Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. Hotel (B,D)

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Day 25: 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 26: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this World Heritage site. Hostel (B) See the fortified city & Old Port

Day 27: 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 28: 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

Day 29: 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 30: 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

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Day 31: 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 32: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure – action-packed outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

Day 33: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 34: 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

• • •

Day 35: 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) Day 36: 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

• ••

Day 37: 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

How much & when Code: CCPB summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun

May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2012 Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun

15 25 6 9 16 20 23 3 6 13

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

2012 17 27 8 11 18 22 25 5 8 15

23 2 13 16 23 27 30 11 14 21

5335 5335 5445 5445 5555 5555 5555 5555 5555 5555

Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

20 27 15 18 5 16 22 ● 30 ● 2 ●

22 29 17 20 7 18 24 1 4

28 4 22 25 12 23 29 7 10

5555 5555 5775 5775 5555 5555 5555 5665 5665

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• •

Day 38: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 39: 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)

Locally guided tour of Athens

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London to Athens

Budget London to Athens 23 Days

23 Days 7 Countries England, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece

From C$3199pp C$140 per day

George’s Boat Cruise, Corfu

GO

NORTH SEA

Poland

Netherlands

ENGLAND

LONDON 1

Dover

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Italian food & fashion experience • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Go Greek at our legendary toga party in Corfu • Guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis - plus more

Germany

Belgium

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

3 PARIS

Slovakia

Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Austria a

FRANCE Beaujolais Region

Switz

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Hungary H

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Pyrenees Mountains

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

Pisa

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 2 BARCELONA

Romania

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Plus Serbia

ITALY

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

2 ROME Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Bulgaria

• French Château, Corfu Beach Resort - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Macedonia Brindisi

Albania

1

IONIAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Special Stopover night

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

SPAIN

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GREECE

3 CORFU Corinth Canal

1 ATHENS

Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Barcelona Flamenco dance show Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided city walking tour Florence Tuscan dinner Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Pompeii Guided tour of the ancient city Corfu Water sports including parasailing & waterskiing Athens Dinner in the famous Plaka area Visit contiki.com/london-athens-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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London to Athens

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & 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

••

Days 4-5: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the illustrious Château Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. Hotel (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 6: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Stop at Fontainebleau before winding through Burgundy’s wine country to reach Contiki’s very own 16th century Château in the Beaujolais vineyards.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See 12th century Château Fontainbleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

The Arc de Triomphe

What’s Included: 20 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 2 nights in a hostel, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.104-105) 34 meals: 20 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 13 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s 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 Ferry crossings

$

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Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

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Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Athens

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2012 Apr Apr May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

22 25 1 4 6 11 17 20 25 30 3 6 9 12 17 21 23

May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

12 15 21 24 26 31 6 9 14 19 23 26 29 2 7 11 13

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Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug

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Day 9: 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) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

• •

Day 10: 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

••

Day 11: 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! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 12: 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 7: 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 13: 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

Day 8: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

Day 14: 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)

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See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 15: 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

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Day 16: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s 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

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Day 17: 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) Day 18: 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) Days 19-20: 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) Day 22: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) Day 23: 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

• •

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. Tour starts 6:45am London & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

Contiki’s French Château

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Finish Athens

C$ pp

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

35 Days, 7 Countries From C$4715pp C$135 per day

Santorini

More time? Spend more time working on your tan & exploring the Greek Islands by adding a Greek Island Hopping tour to your London to Athens tour. For a more detailed itinerary, sightseeing & optional activities for days 24-35, see p.86-87.

CORINTH CANAL Piraeus

3 ATHENS

AEGEAN SEA

MYKONOS 3

GREECE

IOS 3

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-23: Canada to Athens Refer to London to Athens map, itinerary & sightseeing described on p.125-126. In the afternoon of day 23, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on our Greek Island Hopping tour.

3

SANTORINI Places visited Nightstops Special Stopover night

Day 24: Athens. (B) Day 25: Athens to Mykonos. (B,D) Days 26-27: Mykonos. (B)(B) Day 28: Mykonos to Santorini. (B,D)

Days 29-30: Santorini. (B)(B) Day 31: Santorini to Ios. (B,D) Days 32-33: Ios. (B)(B) Day 34: Ios to Athens. (B) Day 35: Depart Athens. Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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20 23 29 2 4 9 15 18 23 28 1 4 7 10 15 19 21

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Athens

C$ pp

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

4985 5125 5125 5235 5235 5170 5235 5235 5125 4985 4985 4985 4875 4920 4875 4980

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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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. A - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: CLGA B - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: CLGB For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Budget London to Athens + Greek Islands 35 Days What’s Included: 32 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 3 nights in Mykonos Beach Resort, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 14 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 2 nights in a hostel, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.104-105) 49 meals: 32 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 16 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.126

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$235. See p.19 for details.

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Explore more: optionals

Refer to p.125 plus Santorini Visit Oia at sunset • Boat trip to the Volcano’s core Ios Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

www.contiki.com/london-rome

London to Rome

Code: CCLR summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish Rome

C$ pp

Apr Apr May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

2495 2495 2545 2545 2545 2545 2595 2595 2595 2595 2595 2595 2595 2595 2595 2595

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18 Days, 6 Countries From C$2495pp C$139 per day

Stuck for time? It’s no problem if time is a little tight, you can choose to finish early & end your tour in Rome visiting 5 countries in 18 days.

Wine tasting at Contiki’s Château

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-17: Canada to Rome Refer to London to Athens map, itinerary & included sightseeing described on p.125-126. Day 18: Rome Say your farewells & swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Start London

Finish Rome

C$ pp

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Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2595 2595 2595 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2595 2595 2595 2595 2645

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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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 7:30am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

London to Rome 18 Days What’s Included: 16 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 2 nights in a hostel (more on p.104-105) 27 meals: 15 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 11 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.126

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$125. See p.19 for details.

10 Explore Rome in your free time

Explore more: optionals

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Depart Canada

Budget

Refer to p.125 (except Pompeii, Corfu & Athens)

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

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Ultimate European + Egypt or Greek Island options 47 Days 17/18 Countries England, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Egypt (Egypt option only), Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From C$6699pp C$143 per day

NORTH SEA

Belarus

NETHERLANDS

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley

LONDON 1

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover

Calais

St Goar

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Ukraine Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

FRANCE

SWITZ

2 SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

BARCELONA 2

Dolomite Mountains

Slovakia

2 BUDAPEST HUNGARY

Slovenia

Romania Croatia

Apennine Mountains Pisa

Arles

AUSTRIA 2 TYROL

2 VENICE

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Pyrenees Mountains

VIENNA 1

1 BELGRADE

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

SERBIA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ITALY

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

BULGARIA

2 ROME

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

1 SOFIA

Montenegro

Brindisi

BLACK SEA

KAVALA 1

Gallipoli

Albania Troy

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ISTANBUL 3 1 CANAKKALE

GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae Corinth Canal

EGYPT OPTION & map see p.131

2 ATHENS

GREEK ISLAND OPTION & map see p.131

Contiki’s French Château

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www.contiki.com/ultimate

Got time to take a real European summer holiday? This is your ultimate trip. With 47 days you’ll get Europe’s keys sites (& more). Plus you can tailor your trip the way you want - mix it up with Egypt or the Greek Islands - it’s up to you.

daremetotravel.com: “Ok, so…would I do it again? Yes! The only thing I would of changed was I would of done it sooner!”

TRAVEL TIP A disposable wardrobe is so worth it on a long trip. Spend a few days in London beforehand & head to Oxford St for an endless supply of fashionable bargains.

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Budget Ultimate European 47 Days What’s Included: 43/44 nights accommodation: (see p.131 for full breakdown of accommodation for Egypt & Greek Island options) 72 meals (Egypt option): (see p.131 for full breakdown of meals) 69 meals (Greek Island option): (see p.131 for full breakdown of meals) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging

Meet the locals!

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Italian food & fashion experience • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Party in a toga in Corfu • Visit the famous Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC cove • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide • From pharaohs to mummies - locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza • Tour the Valley of the Kings with a local Egyptian expert • Experience the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat

Plus

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

• French Château, Corfu Beach Resort, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Barcelona Flamenco dance show Venice Gondola ride along the canals • Guided walking tour Florence Tuscan dinner • Nightclub entry Pompeii Guided tour of the ancient city Istanbul Belly-dancing evening & dinner Vienna Viennese dinner Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure Swiss Alps Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Rhine Valley Wine tasting in a historic cellar Visit contiki.com/ultimate-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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

The Leaning Tower, Pisa

Ferry crossings

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/Arrive London Check-in to the Royal National Hotel, then free time to explore London. Hotel Day 3: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team. Journey past World War I battlefields to 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

• •

Days 4-5: Paris Find magic, romance & history in this sophisticated city. Day trip to the Château Versailles & opt for a cabaret show & dinner. Hotel (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 6: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Stop at Fontainebleau before winding through Burgundy’s wine country to reach Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See 12th century Château Fontainbleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

• •

Day 7: 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)

Anzac Day 26th March departure. We overnight at the Dawn Service Site on the evening of 24/25th April. Join the National Services at Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair.

Day 8: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the Pyrénées Mountains, en route to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Day 9: 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) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

• •

Day 10: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence to Arles, once the home of Vincent van Gogh. Then it’s onward to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

• •

Itinerary continues over page Jungfrau cog railway

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Hire a bike in the Tyrol

Rome

Corfu

Itinerary & sightseeing Continued Day 11: 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! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 12: 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 13: 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

• •

Day 14: Venice to Florence Snake 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 15: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings

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& 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 demonstration

• •

Day 16: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s 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

• •

Day 17: 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 18: 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) Days 19-20: 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) Day 21: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B,D)

Days 22-28 You choose! There’s either an Egypt or Greek Island option. See p.129. Day 29: Athens to Kavala Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. Hotel (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae & Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 30: Kavala to Canakkale Ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. Hotel (B,D) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide

Day 31: Canakkale to Istanbul Make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli battlefields en route to the cultural melting pot of Istanbul. Hotel (B) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

• ••

Days 32-33: Istanbul Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Blue Mosque & the Grand Bazaar with a local guide

Day 34: Istanbul to Sofia Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of Socialist heritage & modern Euro living. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 35: Sofia to Belgrade Uncover the surprising beauty of Serbia & the ragged charm of its capital, Belgrade. Hotel (B,D) See Kalemegdan Fortress & the historic old town

Day 36: Belgrade to Budapest Go north along the Danube River & find a lively arts, café & music scene in the “Paris of the East.” Hotel (B) Day 37: Budapest Get into the historical past of this fascinating centuries-old city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Tonight, go local & find a cool little restaurant & people watch. Hotel (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 38: Budapest to Vienna Get ready for a cultural fix as we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) See Schonbrunn Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

• •

Day 42: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne for chocolate before reaching the Contiki Chalet 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 43: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up to the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 44: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, known for its Baroque old town & lively student ambiance, 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

Day 45: 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

• •

Day 46: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 47: 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 39: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Experience the stunning Alpine scenery as we head to the cool Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 40: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of the Tyrol - exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

Day 41: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of the famous Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Flamenco show, Barcelona

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Ultimate European + Egypt option

www.contiki.com/ultimate-egypt

Code: CCUE summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

2012

47 Days, 18 Countries

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

From C$6739pp

Israel

Giza

2 CAIRO EZ SU OF LF GU

C$144 per day

1

EGYPT

Karnak

Itinerary & sightseeing

• •

Day 23: Cairo Sightseeing - overnight train to Aswan Step into this intense, 24/7 city where ancient meets modern. Stare in awe at the Sphinx & the monumental Pyramids of Giza. Overnight train (B,D) Guided tour of the Great Pyramids & Sphinx

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

••

Day 25: Aswan to Luxor Opt for an excursion to the temple of Abu Simbel, then follow the Nile River to Luxor. Hotel (B,D) Day 26: Luxor to Red Sea Be amazed by the sheer volume

Explore more: optionals

RED SEA

Edfu

Day 24: Aswan Unwind in Egypt’s southernmost city & enjoy its distinctive African atmosphere. There’s the chance to see the Tomb of Aga Khan high up on the West Bank. Hotel (B) Sail on a felucca See the Aga Khan Mausoleum

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Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

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11 25 29 12 19 26 29 10 24 7

6739 6739 6739 6739 6935 6935 7079 7079 7079 7079

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14 21 4 15 18 23 27 2 5 9

7449 7449 7449 7079 7079 7079 7079 7079 7079 7079

THE NILE

1 RED SEA 1 LUXOR

Day 22: Athens to Cairo Visit the ancient sites & experience this bustling city. Later, fly out to Cairo. Hotel (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide

Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun

Depart Canada

1 ASWAN LAKE NASSAR

of monuments & royal burial sites around Luxor. Later, travel across the desert to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Hotel (B,D) Day 27: Red Sea to Cairo Laze on the white sand beaches or snorkel the amazing coral reefs. Later, it’s back to the bustling capital. Hotel (B)

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Day 28: Cairo to Athens This morning we’ll fly from Cairo back to Athens, where you will rejoin your fellow travellers for the rest of your adventure. Hotel (B)

Refer to p.129 plus Aswan Visit the Temple of Ramses II • Light show at Philae Temple Luxor Visit an Egyptian village

+ Greek Island option

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

$

SAV E

From C$6699pp

CORINTH CANAL

C$143 per day

Piraeus

ATHENS

Itinerary & sightseeing

• •

Days 23-24: Ios Find a spot to lay down your towel, either chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches for the

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

day. Grab a cocktail & keep working on your tan. Later, get caught up in the night-life of this ultimate party island. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Ios town

Day 25: Ios to Santorini Sail to Santorini, famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. You could head out to a little taverna for an authentic local meal - trying saganaki is a must! Hotel (B)

Explore more: optionals

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Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

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Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

Depart Canada

Start London

Finish C$ Ams’dam pp or London

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

2012 28 11 15 29 6 13 16 27 10 24

11 25 29 12 19 26 29 10 24 7

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AEGEAN SEA

3 IOS 3 SANTORINI

Day 22: Athens to Ios Visit the ancient sites & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Then cruise to the Greek island gem of Ios. Hotel (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Code: CUEG summer 2012

Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun

GREECE

Days 26-27: Santorini Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town. Or take a boat ride out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. Hotel (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira

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. Tour starts 6:45am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Day 28: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece for your final night in the Greek capital. It’s time to rejoin your fellow travellers for the rest of your adventure. Hotel (B)

Refer to p.129 plus Santorini Visit Oia at sunset Ios Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

Ultimate European + Egypt 47 Days What’s Included: 43 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 23 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 4 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry, +1 overnight train (sleeper seat) (more on p.104-105) 72 meals: 44 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 27 dinners (D) Return air transfer from Athens to Cairo

24 Pay 6 months in advance you save C$339. See p.19.

2012

47 Days, 17 Countries

Budget

For all other inclusions see p.129

www.contiki.com/ultimate-greece

Ultimate European

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

Budget Ultimate European + Greece 47 Days What’s Included: 44 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 24 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 4 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.104-105) 69 meals: 44 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 24 dinners (D) Local ferry transfers Athens to Ios, Ios to Santorini, Santorini to Athens For all other inclusions see p.129

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$

SAV E

Pay 6 months in advance you save C$335. See p.19.

World Heritage sites visited

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Greek Island Adventurer 10 Days 3 Islands Mykonos, Paros, Santorini

From C$1249pp C$125 per day

Santorini

CORINTH CANAL

AEGEAN SEA

2

ATHENS

TURKEY

GREECE

2 MYKONOS 2 PAROS

2 SANTORINI MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Nightstops

Explore more: optional activities Mykonos Local Greek feast • Paradise Beach day trip Paros Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat Santorini Visit Oia at sunset Visit contiki.com/greek-adventurer-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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With amazing beaches, incredible food & epic nightlife, Greece is where it’s at. Get on island time & party up a storm in Mykonos, then chill out in Paros & stunning Santorini. Finish up with some ancient history in the country’s capital, Athens.

TRAVEL TIP

LadyRainbow: There’s plenty of time to swim, check out the beaches and shops & dine on delicious Greek cuisine.

Budget

You’ll need some sunnies for this tour, so head over to Optika Xristodoulos in Athens to pick up some stylish vintage shades.

Greek Island Adventurer 10 Days What’s Included: 8 nights accomodation: 6 nights quad-share guesthouse accommodation, 2 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share (more on p.104-105) 1 meal: 1 continental breakfast (B) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings (tourist class on all journeys) & coach transfers Guesthouse & hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Athens

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$65. See p.19 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Mykonos

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon delving into the city’s historical past. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. Why not get together for a tasty & authentic Greek meal tonight? Hotel Visit the famous Plaka area

Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Hop on board a ferry in the morning & head to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos. If you’re feeling up for it, start your adventure right & get your island bearings on a walking tour before indulging in a tasty, local meal. Guesthouse (B) Day 4: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses, or head to

stunning Paradise Beach for some water sports & maybe a night out. Guesthouse Visit Mykonos town

Day 5: Mykonos to Paros Cruise through the Cyclades Islands to the ultra chilled island of Paros, with its traditional Greek vibes, cool beaches & cute fishing villages. Hit the beach, shop or maybe head to Naoussa village for a look at this cute seaside spot. Later, hit up Parikia by night! Guesthouse Day 6: Paros Spend the day relaxing on island time. There’s the option of a Caique cruise of the nearby islands & beaches for a spot of swimming. You could also go exploring on Antiparos island or simply chill on one of Paros’ three main beaches. Guesthouse Day 7: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for simple blue & white

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How much & when buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Guesthouse Day 8: Santorini With a free day, maybe ride a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. There’s also the option to visit Oia & catch a panoramic view of the island’s submerged volcano & sip on a cocktail. Guesthouse Day 9: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. You could toast the end of your tour with a farewell dinner then head out for a final night with the group. Hotel Day 10: End Athens The tour ends after check out & it’s time to say farewell to your new travel buddies. Please note: Days 2 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: CCGD summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

1249 1249 1249 1249 1249 1325 1325

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

11 25 8 22 29 6 13

Depart Canada

Start Athens

Finish Athens

C$ pp

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

1325 1325 1249 1249 1279 1279

2012 12 26 9 23 30 7 14

20 3 17 1 8 15 22

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

20 27 3 17 31 14

21 28 4 18 1 15

29 5 12 26 9 23

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. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149. Paros

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Scandinavia & Russia all hotels & hostels 28 Days 8 Countries Germany (start Berlin option), Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Poland

From C$4309pp C$154 per day

Voss

GO HONNINGSVÅG 2

• Cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord • Fly to the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle • Take a polar plunge dip in the Arctic Circle • A locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg • Visit the Peterhof Gardens & fountains • Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour • Great ringside seats at the Moscow Circus • See the birthplace of communist Russia on our locally guided tour of Minsk • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw

Alta

ARCTIC CIRCLE

GEIRANGER 1 Lom

FINLAND

Lillehammer

Skei Sognefjord

1 2 VOSS GJOVIK Hardangervidda NORWAY

GULF OF BOTHNIA Vyborg

HELSINKI 1

2 OSLO

Petrodvorets

1 2 STOCKHOLM

Only Contiki includes

3 ST PETERSBURG

Estonia

Plus

1 NOVGOROD

Plus Regional Dinners

SWEDEN RUSSIA

GOTHENBURG 1 NORTH SEA

Latvia DENMARK

BALTIC SEA Klin

MOSCOW 3

Lithuania

2 COPENHAGEN

• Taste the different local cuisines at our favourite restaurants across Scandinavia • A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Russia

BELARUS

1 MINSK

POLAND GERMANY

2 WARSAW Ukraine

Czech Rep

Places visited Nightstops Austria Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

134-135 Scandi Russia_CAD.indd 2

Explore more: optional activities

Brest

1 BERLIN

Slovakia

Romania

Copenhagen Tour the Carslberg Brewery Lillehammer Bobsled ride on the Olympic bobsled track Voss Whitewater rafting on the Raundal & Stranda rivers Nordkapp/Honningsvåg Journey to Nordkapp & visit Nordkapphallen • Go deep sea fishing for king crabs Stockholm Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room St. Petersburg Russian Ballet recital Moscow Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum • Guided tour of the famous Moscow Metro • Visit the Kremlin Armoury Visit contiki.com/scandi-russia-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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From the fascinating history of Russia to the unreal landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, venture into some impressive & historical spots. See the famous Moscow Circus, take a polar plunge in the Arctic Circle, tour the Hermitage in St. Petersburg & more.

MUST DO

Budget

Wrap up warm & head to a Russian vodka bar to sample some of the world’s finest drops.

Scandinavia & Russia 28 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/Arrive Berlin On arrival, meet your Contiki Team & get ready for your Scandi & Russia adventure. Hostel Day 3: Berlin to Copenhagen Today we head to Denmark’s harbour side capital, Copenhagen. Or, if you’ve chosen to start in Copenhagen, your 27 day tour begins this evening at 6:00pm. Hostel (D) Day 4: Copenhagen Take in the sights this morning & the vibrant waterfront area, Nyhavn, before some free time to wander through this cosmopolitan hub or feel the vibes in Christiania – the city’s modern hippy community. Tonight you could head to the famous Tivoli amusement park for some rides. Hostel. (B) See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum & the Royal Palace

Day 5: Copenhagen to Gothenburg This morning head to the cool, student vibe city of Gothenburg. With a free afternoon you could shop the cool stores on the Kungsportsavenyn, check out the Museum of Art or chill out in the city’s amazing botanical gardens. Hostel (B) Day 6: Gothenburg to Gjovik Travel north in to Norway & on to the picturesque town of Gjovik, known for its incredible ice hockey stadium built inside the local mountain – you can even take a tour if you’re up for it. Hotel (B,D) Day 7: Gjovik to Geiranger Fjord Get a thrill at the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer - there’s your chance for an adrenaline rush on the bobsled track! Then it’s on to Lom to see the famous 12th C stave church before hitting Geiranger for a fjord cruise & some picture perfect views. Hostel (B,D) Visit the home of the 1984 Winter Olympics See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway Cruise along the stunning Geiranger Fjord

• • •

Day 8: Geiranger Fjord to Voss You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mountains, fjords & glaciers as we head towards the adventure hub of Norway, Voss. Hostel (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier in Skei

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See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

Day 9: Voss Chill out today or get into the action sport this region is famous for. You could take a hike through the mountains or try some adrenalin sports like whitewater rafting. You could even take a short train ride to picturesque Bergen - Norway’s second largest city. Hostel (B) Explore Voss - famous for its extreme sports & amazing natural surroundings

Day 10: Voss to Oslo See beautiful rugged landscapes as we journey through Hardangervidda plateau to Norway’s capital, Oslo. Walk along the boardwalk by the port to get a feel for the relaxed capital’s lifestyle. Hostel (B,D) Visit Europe’s largest mountain plateau

Day 11: Oslo to Honningsvåg We’ll do some sightseeing before catching a flight to the Arctic Circle, home to 24-hour daylight & the famous Northern Lights. Tonight we stay in Honningsvåg with your chance to visit Europe’s most northern point, Nordkapp. Hostel (B,D) Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures See the City Hall & Parliament

• •

Day 12: Honningsvåg With a free day you could chill out in the city, go fishing for king crabs, the largest crabs in the world, enjoy a drink in the famous local Arctic ice bar or hike to the northernmost point in Europe. Hostel (B) Day 13: Honningsvåg to Oslo This morning we travel through Lapland, home to reindeer & the Sami people, before boarding our flight back to Oslo. Tonight you could head out & meet some locals along the stunning new district around the Oslo Opera House. Hostel (B) Day 14: Oslo to Stockholm Today we head into Sweden via a stop at its largest lake, Lake Vanern. Hotel (B) Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves

Day 15: Stockholm After a city sightseeing tour the time is yours to hang out in this über-cool city. You could check out the Vasa warship, Skansen open air museum or do some shopping in the city’s trendy stores. Hotel (B,D) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace

Day 16: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki Relax or take in some last minute sightseeing before we board our luxury boat for our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) Day 17: Helsinki This morning we head to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki! See the city sights before your chance to explore. There are loads of museums, monuments & cool shops in this vibrant coastal city. Hotel. (B) See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium & Senate Square Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’

• •

Day 18: Helsinki to St Petersburg Pass through Finland’s pine forests & wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia. Visit the town of Vyborg to learn about it’s turbulent past, before we reach the “Venice of the North” - St. Petersburg. Hotel. (B,D) Visit the town of Vyborg & visit the local markets

Days 19-20: St Petersburg Check out the city sights & go local with two full days to explore - you’ll discover the riches & palace-lined waterways of this impressive city. Maybe see the Russian Ballet, shop in local markets for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into the local specialties - beef stroganoff & vodka! Hotel. (B) (B) See the St. Peter & St. Paul Fortress See the Church of the Spilt Blood & the Admiralty Visit the Hermitage – one of the world’s largest art & culture museums Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens

• • • •

Day 21: St Petersburg to Novgorod Discover the picturesque ancient fort town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel. (B,D) Locally guided tour of Novgorod’s old town & the Millennium Bell

Day 22: Novgorod to Moscow Stop into the township of Klin on the way to Russia’s spiritual, political & economic hub, Moscow. Hotel. (B,D) See the famous composer Tchaikovsky’s house in Klin

Locally guided coach sightseeing tour of the city

Day 25: Moscow to Minsk Pass by the site of Napoleon’s great defeat in Borodino, then leave Russia for Belarus. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided city tour of Minsk

were totally reconstructed after being ruined during the war, as well seeing its colourful palaces, churches & mansions. Hotel (B,D) Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings

Day 28: Depart Warsaw/Berlin Say farewell to your new friends, the tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw, or catch a free transfer to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

Day 27: Warsaw Warsaw’s past is amazing. See parts of the city that

Please note: Days 3 (starting Copenhagen) & 28 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 26: Minsk to Warsaw Cross the border into Poland & arrive in Warsaw. Hotel (B) Visit Brest Fortress – one of the most important Soviet World War II monuments

Code: CCSR summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Warsaw pp or Berlin

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

19 ● 26 ● 9 16 23 30 7

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Warsaw pp or Berlin

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Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

26 nights accommodation: 11 nights in hostels quadshare, 14 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quadshare (more on p.104-105) 37 meals: 25 breakfasts (B) 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Overnight cruise Return flight from Oslo to the Arctic Circle Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2012 20 27 10 17 24 1 8

14 21 5 12 19 26 2

4425 4425 4309 4309 4309 4485 4485

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

14 21 4 11 25 1

15 22 5 12 26 2

9 16 30 6 20 27

4485 4485 4309 4309 4309 4395

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. Please note: If you’ve chosen to start your tour in Copenhagen, your tour will be 27 days. Deduct C$60 off the tour price above. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Tour starts 7:30am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. ● These tours will be in Poland during the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$219. See p.19 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

You choose You can start your tour in either Berlin or Copenhagen & end your tour in either Warsaw or Berlin.

Days 23-24: Moscow Moscow is a richly layered city, with history & culture at every turn. Witness the mix of ‘New’ & ‘Old’ Russia architecture, culture & people Hotel. (B)(B) Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin’s Mausoleum & St. Basil’s Cathedral

Geiranger Fjord

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo

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Scandinavia all hotels & hostels 18 Days 5 Countries Germany (start Berlin option), Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland (end Helsinki option)

From C$2715pp C$151 per day

The Fjords of Norway

HONNINGSVÅG 2 Alta

ARCTIC CIRCLE

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord • Fly to the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle • Get some thrills & chills on a polar plunge dip in the Arctic Circle

GEIRANGER 1 Lom

FINLAND

Lillehammer

Skei

Plus

Sognefjord

1 GJOVIK Hardangervidda

2 VOSS

NORWAY

• Taste the different local cuisines at our favourite restaurants across Scandinavia

HELSINKI 1

2 OSLO

1 2 STOCKHOLM

Estonia

SWEDEN

GOTHENBURG 1 NORTH SEA

Plus Regional Dinners

GULF OF BOTHNIA

Ru uss Russia

Explore more: optional activities

Latvia DENMARK

BALTIC SEA

2

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Optional end cities

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Lithuania huania

COPENHAGEN

Belarus GERMANY

1 BERLIN

Poland

Copenhagen Tour the Carslberg Brewery Lillehammer Bobsled ride on the Olympic bobsled track Voss Whitewater rafting on the Raundal & Stranda rivers Nordkapp/Honningsvåg Journey to Nordkapp & visit Nordkapphallen (the most northern point in Europe) • Go deep sea fishing for king crabs Stockholm Guided tour of the Town Hall & the Nobel Prize Banquet Room Visit contiki.com/scandi-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Get off the tourist track & discover the best of Denmark, Norway, Finland & Sweden. Cruise stunning fjords, see the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle & if you’re game, take a polar dip. Plus get a feel for the cosmopolitan vibes of Copenhagen, Oslo & Stockholm.

LOCAL TIP

Budget

Head to the Musikhögskolan, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm for some great live music on the cheap.

Scandinavia 18 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/Arrive Berlin On arrival, meet your Contiki Team & get ready for your Scandi adventure. Hostel Day 3: Berlin to Copenhagen Today we head to Denmark’s harbour side capital, Copenhagen. Or, if you’ve chosen to start in Copenhagen, your 17 day tour begins this evening at 6:00pm. Hostel (D) Day 4: Copenhagen Take in the sights this morning & the vibrant waterfront area, Nyhavn, before some free time to wander through this cosmopolitan hub or feel the vibes in Christiania – the city’s modern hippy community. Tonight you could head to the famous Tivoli amusement park for some rides. Hostel. (B) See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum & the Royal Palace

Day 5: Copenhagen to Gothenburg This morning head to the cool, student vibe city of Gothenburg. With a free afternoon you could shop the cool stores on the Kungsportsavenyn, check out the Museum of Art or chill out in the city’s amazing botanical gardens. Hostel (B) Day 6: Gothenburg to Gjovik Travel north to Norway & on to the picturesque town of Gjovik, known for its incredible ice hockey stadium built inside the local mountain – you can even take a tour if you’re up for it. Hotel (B,D) Day 7: Gjovik to Geiranger Fjord Get a thrill at the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer - there’s your chance for an adrenaline rush on the bobsled track! Then it’s on to Lom to see the famous 12th C stave church before hitting Geiranger for a stunning fjord cruise & some picture perfect views. Hostel (B,D) Visit the home of the 1984 Winter Olympics See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway Cruise along the stunning Geiranger Fjord

• • •

Day 8: Geiranger Fjord to Voss You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mountains, fjords & glaciers as we head towards the adventure hub of Norway, Voss. Hostel (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier in Skei

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See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

Day 9: Voss Chill out today or get into the action sport this region is famous for. You could take a hike through the mountains or try some adrenalin sports like whitewater rafting. You could even take a short train ride to picturesque Bergen - Norway’s second largest city. Hostel (B) Explore Voss - famous for its extreme sports & amazing natural surroundings

Day 10: Voss to Oslo See beautiful rugged landscapes as we journey through Hardangervidda plateau to Norway’s capital, Oslo. Walk along the boardwalk by the port to get a feel for the relaxed capital’s lifestyle. Hostel (B,D) Visit Europe’s largest mountain plateau

Day 11: Oslo to Honningsvåg We’ll do some sightseeing before catching a flight to the Arctic Circle, home to 24-hour daylight & the famous Northern Lights. Tonight we stay in Honningsvåg with your chance to visit Europe’s most northern point, Nordkapp. Hostel (B,D) Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures See the City Hall & Parliament

• •

Day 12: Honningsvåg With a free day you could chill out in the city, go fishing for king crabs, the largest crabs in the world, enjoy a drink in the famous local Arctic ice bar or hike to the northernmost point in Europe. Hostel (B) Day 13: Honningsvåg to Oslo This morning we travel through Lapland, home to reindeer & the Sami people, before boarding our flight back to Oslo. Tonight you could head

How much & when out & meet some locals along the stunning new district around the Oslo Opera House. Hostel (B) Day 14: Oslo to Stockholm Today we head into Sweden via a stop at its largest lake, Lake Vanern. Hotel (B) Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves

Day 15: Stockholm After a city sightseeing tour the time is yours to hang out in this über-cool city. You could check out the Vasa warship, Skansen open air museum or do some shopping in the city’s trendy stores. Hotel (B,D) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace

Day 16: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki Relax or take in some last minute sightseeing before we board our luxury boat for our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) Day 17: Helsinki This morning we head to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki! See the city sights before your chance to explore. There are loads of museums, monuments & cool shops in this vibrant coastal city. Hotel. (B) See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium & Senate Square Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’

• •

Day 18: Helsinki It’s time to say farewell to your new friends & swap email addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 3 (starting Copenhagen) & 18 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Scandinavia

Code: CCRSH summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish Helsinki

C$ pp

Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2819 2819

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

19 26 9 16 23 30 7

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish Helsinki

C$ pp

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2819 2819 2715 2715 2715 2765

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

20 27 10 17 24 1 8

4 11 25 2 9 16 23

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

14 21 4 11 25 1

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

15 22 5 12 26 2

30 6 20 27 10 17

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. Please note: If you’ve chosen to start your tour in Copenhagen, your tour will be 17 days. Deduct C$60 off the tour price above. Tour starts 7:30am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 8:00am in Helsinki.

16 nights accommodation: 11 nights in hostels quadshare, 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quadshare for end Helsinki option (more on p.104-105) 22 meals: 15 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Overnight cruise (end Helsinki) Return flight from Oslo to the Arctic Circle Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Code: CCSRS summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Stockholm pp

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

19 26 9 16 23 30 7

Depart Canada

Start Berlin

Finish C$ Stockholm pp

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

20 27 10 17 24 1 8

Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2 9 23 30 7 14 21

2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2515 2515

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14 21 4 11 25 1

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

15 22 5 12 26 2

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

28 4 18 25 8 15

2515 2515 2415 2415 2415 2465

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. Please note: If you’ve chosen to start your tour in Copenhagen, your tour will be 15 days. Deduct C$60 off the tour price above. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. Tour starts 7:30am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 8:00am in Stockholm. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save C$135. See p.19 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Extension While you’re in this part of the world, see more & extend your trip to Russia, on our 26 day Scandinavia & Russia tour. See p.134-135 for details.

You choose You can start your tour in either Berlin or Copenhagen.

end in Stockholm, 16 days Getting there

From C$2415pp C$151 per day

There are low cost airlines who fly from/to London like ryanair.com (for Berlin & Stockholm) & easyjet.com (for Berlin, Copenhagen & Helsinki) or flysas.com.

Stuck for time? End your tour in Stockholm & visit 4 countries in 16 days. Tour code: CCSRS See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save C$119. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/scandi-stockholm

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

Book early & get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights to Copenhagen & out of Helsinki or Stockholm.

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Russia all hotels 15 Days 6 Countries Sweden (start Stockholm option), Finland, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany (end Berlin option)

From C$2389pp C$160 per day

St Basil’s Cathedral, St Petersburg

GO

Only Contiki includes

FINLAND

GULF OF BOTHNIA Vyborg

HELSINKI 1 Petrodvorets

3 ST PETERSBURG

1

1 STOCKHOLM

1 NOVGOROD

Estonia

SWEDEN RUSSIA Latvia BALTIC SEA

Klin

MOSCOW 3

Lithuania

• A locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg • Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour • Great ringside seats at the Moscow Circus • See the birthplace of communist Russia on our locally guided tour of Minsk • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw

BELARUS

Plus 1 MINSK

POLAND Brest

BERLIN GERMANY

2 WARSAW

Plus Regional Dinners

• A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Russia

Explore more: optional activities Czech Rep

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Optional end cities

138-139 Russia_CAD.indd 2

Ukraine

St. Petersburg Russian Ballet recital • Canal cruise on the Neva River Moscow Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum • Guided tour of the famous Moscow Metro • Visit the Kremlin Armoury Visit contiki.com/russia-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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The tour may be called Russia, but you’ll get a whole lot more on this two week adventure. From Russian history & sights, to the Eastern bloc & a bit of Scandinavia, get an in-depth look at this fascinating & extraordinary slice of the world.

KEEP IT LOCAL

Budget Russia 15 Days

Shop with the locals & search for a bargain amongst the colourful stalls of the Hietalahti Flea Market in Helsinki.

What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-2: Depart Canada/ Arrive Stockholm Check-in to your hotel & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. Hotel (D) Day 3: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki Relax or take in some last minute sightseeing before we board our luxury boat for our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace

Day 4: Helsinki This morning we head to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki! See the city sights before your chance to explore. There are loads of museums, monuments & cool shops in this vibrant coastal city. Hotel. (B) See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium & Senate Square Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’

See the famous composer Tchaikovsky’s house in Klin

Days 10-11: Moscow Moscow is a richly layered city, with history & culture at every turn. Witness the mix of ‘New’ & ‘Old’ Russia architecture, culture & people. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin’s Mausoleum & St. Basil’s Cathedral Locally guided coach sightseeing tour of the city

• •

Day 12: Moscow to Minsk Pass by the site of Napoleon’s great defeat in Borodino & then leave Russia for Belarus. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided city tour of Minsk

Day 13: Minsk to Warsaw Cross the border into Poland & arrive in Warsaw. Hotel (B)

How much & when

Visit Brest Fortress – one of the most important Soviet World War II monuments

Day 14: Warsaw Warsaw’s past is amazing. See parts of the city that were totally reconstructed after being ruined in the war, as well its colourful palaces, churches & mansions. Hotel (B,D) Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings

Day 15: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw, or catch a free transfer to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B) Please note: Days 2 & 15 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

• •

• • • •

Day 8: St Petersburg to Novgorod Discover the picturesque ancient fort town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel. (B,D) Locally guided tour of Novgorod’s old town & the Millennium Bell

Start Finish C$ Stockholm Warsaw pp or Berlin

2012 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

31 ● 7 ● 21 28 5 12 19

Depart Canada

Start Finish C$ Stockholm Warsaw pp or Berlin

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2499 2499 2389 2389 2485 2485 2485

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27 3 17 24 7 14

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9 16 30 6 20 27

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Code: CCSRH summer 2012 Depart Canada

Start Helsinki

Finish C$ Warsaw pp or Berlin

Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug

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Depart Canada

Start Helsinki

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19 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Overnight cruise (start Stockholm) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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More time? While you’re in this part of the world, see more & add Scandinavia to the beginning of your trip. Take our 26 day Scandinavia & Russia tour. See p.134-135 for details.

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GUM Store, Moscow

You can end your tour in either Warsaw or Berlin

Russia start in Helsinki, 13 days From C$2029pp C$157 per day

Stuck for time? Start your tour in Helsinki & visit 5 countries in 13 days.

Day 9: Novgorod to Moscow Stop into the township of Klin on the way to Russia’s spiritual, political & economic hub, Moscow. Hotel. (B,D)

Tour code: CCSRH See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

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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. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Tour starts 6:00pm in Stockholm or 6:00pm in Helsinki & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. ● These tours will be in Poland during the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament. For more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.150. For travel insurance see p.149.

Day 5: Helsinki to St Petersburg Pass through Finland’s pine forests & wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia. Visit the town of Vyborg to learn about it’s turbulent past, before we reach the “Venice of the North” - St. Petersburg. Hotel. (B,D) Visit the town of Vyborg & visit the local markets Days 6-7: St Petersburg Check out the city sights & go local with two full days to explore - you’ll discover the riches & palace-lined waterways of this impressive city. Maybe see the Russian Ballet, shop in local markets for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into the local specialties - beef stroganoff & vodka! Hotel. (B)(B) See the St. Peter & St. Paul Fortress See the Church of the Spilt Blood & the Admiralty Visit the Hermitage – one of the world’s largest art & culture museums Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens

Code: CCSRR summer 2012

13 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share (more on p.104-105)

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advance you save C$109. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/russia-helsinki

Warsaw

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More ways to travel Contiki We do more than just tours. From Europe’s iconic festivals like Pamplona, St Patrick’s Day in Dublin & Oktoberfest, to New Year trips that go off, experience more with Contiki.

Festival fun starts here

New Year’s Eve trips

Europe is all about festivals – it’s home to some of the best in the world. From Oktoberfest to Pamplona & Bilbao BBK Live (to name a couple) - Contiki will take you there. Plan your tour to connect with one, or book one on its own & get amongst the festival fever the way only Europeans can.

Spend New Year’s Eve at the world’s biggest New Year party, Hogmanay. Or head to Paris or Amsterdam for New Year good times, the Contiki way.

Explore London London has so much going on & with so many of our tours starting in London, it would be wrong not to stay & check it out. Try our London Explorer package & get the most out of the city with loads of inclusions, sightseeing & experiences, all at your own pace.

Stay longer Don’t let your holiday end on the last day of tour…take advantage of our great hotel rates on accommodation before or after your tour. Ask Contiki or your travel agent for details when you book. For prices, check out p.150.

Contiki Christmas Never had a white Christmas? Head to Europe & have one! We’ve got Christmas trips to Amsterdam & Paris, so you can do Christmas Contiki-style.

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www.contiki.com/london-explorer

London Explorer

Superior

3 or 5 days Want to do London at your own pace? Grab a value-packed collection of extras, activities & great accommodation with our 2 & 4 night explorer packages. You can take one before or after your tour. From C$275pp

London Explorer 3 or 5 Days How much & when Summer (1/4/12-31/10/12) Royal National Triple-share Twin-share Imperial Hotel Twin-share Single

2 Nights M3LPR

4 Nights M5LPR

C$289 C$325

C$599 C$675

2 Nights M3LPI

4 Nights M3LPI

C$365 C$455

C$749 C$909

Winter (1/1/12-31/3/13) Royal National Triple-share Twin-share Imperial Hotel Twin-share Single

2 Nights M3LPR

4 Nights M5LPR

C$275 C$295

C$569 C$615

2 Nights M3LPI

4 Nights M3LPI

C$345 C$399

C$699 C$819

London Explorer (2 nights) is not available for start days on Fridays or Saturdays. No Contiki Tour Manager is included in this package. All rooms have private facilities. You choose the dates to take the day trips & theatre show on.

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2 night package 2 nights accommodation (more on p.28-29) Continental breakfast daily Return Heathrow airport transfer on the London Underground Open top bus tour London theatre show tickets (stalls or dress circle) Contiki Basement team “Welcome to London” info booklet 4 night package All 2 night inclusions above 4 nights accommodation (more on p.28-29) 2 day Undergound & bus pass Day trip & entry fee to Stonehenge Audio guided tour of the Roman Baths, Bath NB: London Explorer is not available during Easter 4-11 April ‘12, Diamond Jubilee 31 May - 6 June ‘12, the London Olympics 24 July - 14th August ‘12 & Christmas 20 Dec - 3 Jan 2013

The Olympics Games are coming to London on the 24th July - 14th August ‘12, & the Paralympics on the 29th August - 9th September ‘12. During this time, travellers are advised that there may be minor changes to drop off points & stay longer accommodation restrictions.

Getting to the Contiki Basement is easy. It’s conveniently located at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0DG. It’s just a few minutes walk from Russell Square Underground Station, so it’s nice & central. It’s also the departure point for all our tours that start in London. May to Sept: 9:00am - 8:00pm Oct to April: 11:00am-7:00pm

What’s Included:

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Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG, London. Tel: +44 207 637 2488 Accommodation is based on twin or triple-share. Summer stay longer rate: Triple C$59 Twin C$79 Winter stay longer rate: Triple C$55 Twin C$69

Imperial Hotel: Russell Square, WC1B 5BB, London. Tel: +44 207 837 3655 Accommodation is based on single or twin-share. Summer stay longer rate: Single C$139 Twin C$95 Winter stay longer rate: Single C$119 Twin C$85

Getting there (for both hotels): From Heathrow Airport catch the Piccadilly Underground Line to Russell Square station (approx. £5) - travel time approx. 1 hour. The hotel is a short walk from the station. From Gatwick or Stansted airports, catch a train into central London & then catch a taxi to the hotel. Note: Stay longer accommodation is restricted to 2 nights pre & post during the London Olympics (24 July - 14 August 2012.)

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Paris

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading to the land of baguettes, cheese & escargot for a taste of how the French do Christmas. Tonight we’ll tour the city icons like the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower & see why Paris really is called the “City of Lights”.

Christmas 4 Days From C$545pp C$137 per day

Explore more: optionals

Paris Cabaret show & dinner

Day 2: Paris Today is yours! From people watching whilst sipping a café au lait & nibbling croissants, to the city’s museums & art, there’s so much to see. Maybe visit a French cabaret, or ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where’s best to experience the cool pre-Christmas vibes. (B)

3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation in Paris

Day 4: Paris to London It’s time to say au revoir to the city this morning as we farewell stylish Paris & make our way back to London, where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

Code: WPXM

www.contiki.com/ paris-christmas

Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Itinerary & sightseeing

Amsterdam Christmas 4 Days From C$485pp C$122 per day

Explore more: optionals

Amsterdam Evening boat cruise along the canals

Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team as we make our way to Amsterdam to start your Christmas, Dutch-style. On arrival, we’ll show you the sights on a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. (D) Day 2: Amsterdam Roll like a local - head out & explore in your own time today. Maybe hire a bike, go shopping, relax at a café, sink your teeth into some Dutch pastries & pancakes or check out a gallery. Tonight, grab a bite at one of the many local restaurants & then get the Christmas spirit going by heading out to a local bar or nightclub. (B)

indulging in a delicious Christmas feast. Get into the Christmas spirit with your travel buddies & maybe take a canal cruise of the city. (B,L) Day 4: Amsterdam to London It’s time to say goodbye to the ‘Dam this morning as we make our way back to London, where your tour ends on arrival. (B)

www.contiki.com/ amsterdam-christmas

Start & end in London or Dublin 4 Days From C$349pp C$88 per day

Day 2: Dublin This morning we’ll show you the sights on our walking tour, topped off with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where you can try the ultimate Irish drop at the SkyBar, with its 360 degree city views. With a free afternoon, go local & explore, or head to the popular Temple Bar district & get amongst the buzzing pub vibes found here. (B) Day 3: Dublin Today is going to be epic, as you take part in Ireland’s biggest annual party, where

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An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Start London

Finish London

Twin C$ pp

Single C$ pp

2012 Dec 23

Dec 26

545

720

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

What’s Included: 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation in Amsterdam 5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B), 1 Christmas lunch (L), 1 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WAXM Start London

Finish London

Twin C$ pp

Quad C$ pp

2012 Dec 23

Dec 26

545

485

Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Itinerary & sightseeing

St. Patrick’s Day

4 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 1 three-course dinner (D)

Prices above are twin-share or quadshare. For single room supplement add C$175 to twin-share price. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

Day 3: Amsterdam Gelukkig Kerstfeest! Take it easy this morning before

Day 1: London to Dublin (or meet in Dublin) Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or join us later this afternoon in Dublin). Dublin is the ultimate place to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Tonight, get the party started with a night out on the town.

What’s Included:

Day 3: Paris Joyeux Noël! Get a truly unique Parisian experience to remember on an included cruise down the River Seine, or maybe take in the epic views from the top of the magnificent Eiffel Tower. Later, indulge in a delicious French Christmas feast & wine as you celebrate with your new travel buddies. (B,D)

locals & travellers take to the streets to celebrate like only the Irish can. With packed streets, singing, dancing & good times all day & all night, live it just like the locals! (B) Day 4: Dublin to London (or end Dublin) Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your tour ends on arrival in London. Or if you’re staying on in Dublin, your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

www.contiki.com/ dublin

What’s Included: 3 nights multi-share (up to 8 people) hostel accommodation in Dublin - choice of ensuite or shared facilities. 3 continental breakfasts (B) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: CCHO Start London

Finish London

Total Cost C$ pp

2012 Mar 15

Mar 18

399

2013 Mar 15

Mar 18

399

Price above are multi-share with shared facilities & includes the coach from London. For our ‘meet us there’ option where you join the trip in Dublin, deduct C$50 from price above. Ensuite supplement C$40. Start 8:00am in London or approx. 7:00pm in Dublin & end approx. 10:00am in Dublin or 9:00pm in London. You will need to bring your own towel.

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Paris

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki team in London before making your way across the Channel to the chic French capital. Soak up the stylish Parisian atmosphere on an evening “City of Lights” tour. You’ll see all the icons like the Arc de Triomphe & the unforgettable Eiffel Tower.

New Year 4 Days From C$545pp C$137 per day

Explore more: optionals

Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Paris The city is yours to explore. Walk down the ChampsÉlysées, visit one of the city’s many museums or take a seat in a typical Parisian café & people watch before kicking off your New Year celebrations. (B)

Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne

joining the group to see a different side of the city with a cruise along the River Seine. Tonight enjoy delicious French cuisine before the option of seeing a famous Parisian cabaret show. (B,D) Day 4: Paris to London Say ‘au revoir’ before we journey to Calais to catch the ferry back to London where the tour ends on arrival. (B)

www.contiki.com/paris

New Year 4 Days From C$485pp C$122 per day

Explore more: optionals

Amsterdam Evening boat cruise along the canals

Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam This morning enjoy some sightseeing before free time to explore on your own. Shop on the Kalverstraat, get a culture fix at a gallery or head to the cafés & restaurants. Tonight start the New Year celebrations as we make our way to a local bar for some included drinks before experiencing the awesome vibes, street parties & fireworks that make the city go off! (B)

Day 3: Amsterdam Welcome 2013! Take it easy today or explore more of the sights in your own time. Tonight, you have the option to see the city from a different angle on a canal cruise. Later celebrate the New Year at one of the city’s pumping clubs. (B) Day 4: Amsterdam to London This morning say farewell to Amsterdam as we make our way back to London where your tour ends on arrival. (B)

www.contiki.com/ amsterdam

Start & end in London or Edinburgh Day 4 Days From C$535pp C$134 per day

Explore more: optionals

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Stirling Day trip to Stirling Castle

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WPNY Start London

Finish London

2012 Dec 30

2013 Jan 2

Twin C$ pp

Single C$ pp

545

720

What’s Included: 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation in Amsterdam 4 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B), 1 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WAXM Start London

Finish London

2012 Dec 30

2013 Jan 2

Twin C$ pp

Quad C$ pp

545

485

Prices above are twin-share or quadshare. For single room supplement add C$175 to twin-share price. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Itinerary & sightseeing

Hogmanay

4 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 1 three-course dinner (D)

Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Itinerary & sightseeing

Amsterdam

3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation in Paris

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

Day 3: Paris Happy New Year! Take it easy this morning before

Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team & travel to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s New Year party hot spots. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel before our guided walking tour takes you through the famous Red Light District. (D)

What’s Included:

Day 1: London to Edinburgh (or meet in Edinburgh) Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading to Edinburgh for Hogmanay. Or meet us there! The Scottish really know how to party & Edinburgh pulls out all the stops for good times. We’ll take a city walking tour, then head to a local pub to let the fun begin.

the streets at the world’s biggest New Year party! (B)

Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh Maybe sleep off the night before, then head out to explore. Stroll down Prince’s Street & down the Royal Mile & get some pics outside (or tour) Edinburgh’s famous Castle. You could go on the Winter Wonderland rides, or give some haggis a try. Tonight get ready to hit

Day 4: Edinburgh to London (or end Edinburgh) Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your tour ends on arrival in London. Or if staying on in Edinburgh, your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Day 3: Edinburgh Take the day to chill, or get involved in Loony Dook, where punters jump in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth. You could head to Stirling Castle & hear the legend of William Wallace of Braveheart, or simply get back out & party until the ‘wee’ hours. (B)

www.contiki.com/ hogmanay

What’s Included: 3 nights multi-share (up to 8 people) hostel accommodation in Edinburgh 3 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: CCHO Start London

Finish London

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2012 Dec 30

2013 Jan 2

575

Price above is multi-share & includes the coach from London. For our ‘meet us there’ option where you join the trip in Edinburgh, deduct C$40 from price above. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 7:00pm in Edinburgh & end 8:00am in Edinburgh or approx. 9:00pm in London.

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www.contiki.com/anzac

ANZAC Odyssey 5 Days Classic 4 Days From C$455pp C$114 per day

What’s Included: ANZAC Odyssey: 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) & 1 night out under the stars 3 continental breakfasts (B)

ANZAC Classic: 2 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.28-29) & 1 night out under the stars 2 continental breakfasts (B)

Both options include: Airport transfers on Day 1

Go Contiki ANZAC With a Contiki Tour Manager & experienced English speaking Turkish guide, you’ll pay tribute to the ANZAC’s who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Discover ANZAC Cove, attend the memorial services & be there for the Dawn Ceremony. Back in Istanbul, you’re close to the action & on our city tour you’ll check out all the key sites like the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar. And with your comfy commemorative hoodie you’ll keep your travel memories fresh back home.

An experienced & professional Tour Manager and Driver Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours as described in itinerary Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Services of an experienced & fully licensed Turkish Guide Attendance at the Dawn Service on North Beach & the opportunity to attend the National Services at Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair In-depth tour of the Gallipoli landing sites, battlegrounds, cemeteries & memorials with our local guide Fully guided walking tour of “Old” Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome

1 World Heritage sites visited

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Start Istanbul

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Apr 26

535

2012 Apr 22

Finish Istanbul

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Apr 26

455

2012 Apr 23

ANZAC Classic

5 Day Itinerary & sightseeing

4 Day Itinerary & sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s capital where East literally meets West. Day 2: Istanbul After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. With a free afternoon, there are heaps of options for your time here. Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe & watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. (B) Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace & Suleymaniye Mosque

5 Days Code: BBAZ Finish Istanbul

ANZAC Odyssey

Prices above are based on twin & triple-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). Tour starts 4:30pm & ends approx. 8:00am. Note: Please provide your flight & arrival details to Contiki 21 days before departure to take advantage of our included transfer.

Day 3 : Gallipoli battlefields tour Today we’ll start our pilgrimage to Gallipoli, with a tour of Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly. Tonight, feel this buzzing atmosphere, where we’ll join thousands of others for this incredible experience, sleeping out under the stars before taking part in tomorrow’s ANZAC Dawn Service. (B) See ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly

Day 4 : ANZAC Day at Gallipoli We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the moving Dawn Service & walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops. We’ll pay our respects at the National Services for Australian troops at Lone Pine & the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul for our last night on tour. Day 5: Istanbul It’s time to swap emails with your tour friends this morning, as your 5 day ANZAC adventure ends after breakfast. (B)

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s capital where East literally meets West. Day 2 : Gallipoli battlefields tour Today we’ll start our pilgrimage to Gallipoli, with a tour of Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly. Tonight, feel this buzzing atmosphere, where we’ll join thousands of others for this incredible experience, sleeping out under the stars before taking part in tomorrow’s ANZAC Dawn Service. (B) See ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly

Day 3 : ANZAC Day at Gallipoli We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the moving Dawn Service & walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops. We’ll pay our respects at the National Services for Australian troops at Lone Pine & the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul for our last night on tour. Day 4: Istanbul It’s time to swap emails with your tour friends, as your 4 day ANZAC adventure ends after a morning sightseeing tour. (B)

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www.contiki.com/oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Start & end in London or Munich

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Be part of the world’s biggest festival of beer & good times at Oktoberfest! This event is a must-do & with Contiki we take it up a level. Girls grab your dirndl, guys don some lederhosen & head to the beer tents. The vibe will have you indulging in steins, whilst singing & dancing like only the Germans can. Trying wurst, succulent half-chickens & pretzels is a must do & if you feel like taking a break from the beer halls, head to the amusement park or market stalls for some action (or time out!). With free day trips, breakfast included daily, options on how you travel, plus our awesome team to complete the experience, Contiki is the only way to do Oktoberfest. Go Contiki & go your way Choose to camp in our pre-set up tents, stay in a hostel, or take it up a notch on our hotel trips. We keep it exible too - choose to travel on the coach from London, or make your own way to Munich & join us there.

All our tour options include: Breakfast daily Regular free coach transfers from accommodation to festival site Guided walking tour of Munich: See Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel, the Rathaus, Munich Residenz, Frauenkirche & Viktualienmarkt Day trip to the moving Dachau concentration camp memorial Experienced & professional Contiki Oktoberfest Team & Tour Drivers Contiki Oktoberfest t-shirt

Camping tents

Budget hostel

These trips start & end in London.

These trips start & end in London.

7 days C$525pp 5 days C$415pp

7 days C$679pp 6 days C$575pp

7 Days: Sept 20th - 26th 5 Days: Sept 27th - Oct 1st & Oct 2nd - 6th

7 Days: Sept 20th - 26th 6 Days: Sept 25th - 30th, Sept 29th - Oct 4th, Oct 3rd - 8th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air-mattresses (sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Tour starts 2:00pm & ends approx. 7:00pm-9:00pm

Accommodation: Quad-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Tour starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-12:00 midnight

These trips start & end in Munich.

These trips start & end in Munich.

6 days C$399pp 4 days C$289pp

6 days C$555pp 5 days C$455pp

6 Days: Sept 21st - 26th 4 Days: Sept 28th - Oct 1st & Oct 3rd - 6th

6 Days: Sept 21st - 26th 5 Days: Sept 26th - 30th, Sept 30th - Oct 4th, Oct 4th - 8th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air-mattresses (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts 8:00am & ends approx. 8:00am

Accommodation: Quad-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Tour starts 1:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am

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Superior hotel These trips start & end in London.

6 days C$719pp 6 Days: Sept 25th - 30th, Sept 29th - Oct 4th, Oct 3rd - 8th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Transport: Return coach transfer from London to Munich including ferry crossings Tour starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-12:00 midnight

These trips start & end in Munich.

5 days C$615pp 5 Days: Sept 26th - 30th, Sept 30th - Oct 4th, Oct 4th - 8th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Tour starts 1:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am

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www.contiki.com/pamplona

Pamplona Running of the Bulls Start & end in London or Pamplona

3 ways to go... Run! Play your part in Spain’s legendary San Fermín & the infamous bull run through Pamplona’s city streets. Feel the adrenalin rush as you don your red & white & literally run for cover - this festival is not to be missed. With our extra special inclusions like a welcome dinner party, free transfers to & from the city, hot breakfasts daily, included funky festival t-shirts, great party nights & pre-set up tents, it’s too easy. Plus there’s 3 ways to go. Contiki is the only way to do Pamplona!

Watch the locals in action at Pamplona

All options include: Campsite accommodation with access to the pool, bar restaurant & shop facilities Large twin-share tents & comfy air mattresses - already set up for you Continental & hot breakfasts daily Morning coach transfers to the bull run, plus regular free transfers to Pamplona’s city centre throughout the day Guided walking tour of Pamplona - see Plaza Castillo, the Baroque town hall, Estafeta Street & the famous bullring Welcome dinner & sangria party Experienced & professional Contiki Pamplona Team & Tour Drivers Contiki Running of the Bulls t-shirt & pañuelo

Opening week

Middle week

Closing week

7 days C$545pp

6 days C$465pp

6 days C$465pp

This trip starts & ends in London.

This trip starts & ends in London.

This trip starts & ends in London.

July 3rd - 9th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfer from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts 5:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

July 7th - 12th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfer from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts 5:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

July 11th - 16th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfer from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts 5:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

5 days C$389pp

4 days C$310pp

4 days C$310pp

This trip starts & ends in Pamplona.

This trip starts & ends in Pamplona.

This trip starts & ends in Pamplona.

July 4th - 8th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts 3:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

July 8th - 11th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts 3:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

July 12th - 15th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts 3:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

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Pamplona

Edinburgh

& Bilbao BBK Live

Festival & Military Tattoo

Don’t miss two of Spain’s iconic & not to be missed festivals. Bilbao BBK Live, Spain’s #1 music festival & the legendary Pamplona Running of the Bulls are all yours on this combined 8 day trip.

Inclusions same as Pamplona on p.146 plus: 3 day pass to Bilbao BBK Live & festival wristband.

Against the backdrop of the spectacular hilltop castle is Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy a locally guided city tour & an included ticket to the closing night of the tattoo. A number of our Great Britain & Scotland tours are also in Edinburgh during the event – so check out departure dates on p.60-63.

8 days C$655pp This trip starts & ends in London. July 9th - 16th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts 5:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

6 days C$575pp

4 days C$465pp

This trip starts in Pamplona & ends in Bilbao. July 10th - 15th 2012 Accommodation: Large twin-share tents (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts 3:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

This trip starts & ends in London

See contiki.com/bilbao-pamps for more.

Easter in

August 24th - 27th 2012 Accommodation: Single rooms with shared facilities Tour starts 6:45am & ends approx. 9:00pm

See contiki.com/tattoo for more.

Day Festivals

Amsterdam

Try one of our day festivals for a great day out in London! With Royal Ascot - get your glam gear on & rub shoulders with the rich & famous at this ultimate British day out. Keep an eye on contiki.com for more day festivals & events.

Be part of a 4 day Easter party with Contiki in the happening city of Amsterdam. Take a bike ride or canal cruise then explore the city’s many museums, like van Gogh or even the home of Heineken! Or take time to relax & enjoy one of the city’s many cafes & restaurants.

4 days C$359pp This trip starts & ends in London April 6th - 9th 2012 Accommodation: Multi-share (max 6 to a room) Tour starts 6:45am & ends approx. 6:30pm

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C$139pp See contiki.com/easter for more.

See contiki.com/day-fest for more.

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Got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: What’s included? • Coach, train, air transfers & ferry transport as specified. • Accommodation, breakfast & evening meals as detailed under ‘What’s Included’ on tour pages & the Only Contiki section. • Sightseeing as detailed on p.16-17 & in the itineraries on the tour pages. Unless specified, entrance fees are not included. • Experienced team as detailed on p.10-11 & on tour pages.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees other than those specified on tour pages. • White water rafting, gondola rides, etc. • Lunches (unless specified under “What’s Included”) & some dinners. • Anything else not listed in the “What’s Included” section on itinerary pages .

Budget tours: Your accommodation is a combination of cabins in Contiki Villages, hostels, hotels, guest houses & Special Stopovers depending on the type of tour you select. Refer to p.102-105 & individual tour pages for details. On overnight ferries, tours are provided with allocated seating on deck. On certain occasions alternative accommodations to those listed in this brochure may be used. While it is our intention to use accommodation of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. • Special Stopover accommodation is a combination of twin & quad-share but never more than 4 people sharing. You must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Stopovers are NOT hotels & you will be asked to assist with serving meals & washing up. All stopovers have hot water, showers & a bar, some have clothes washing facilities. • Contiki Villages provide accommodation in cabins, in Europe’s best campsites each with private facilities. You must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. You will be asked to assist with various tasks such as serving meals & washing up on a couple of occasions.

document wallet* & luggage tag will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

How much money do I need? You should be able to use debit & credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover lunches, some dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional excursions & activities, entrance fees to attractions & evening entertainment. It is advisable to start your tour with some cash in local currencies such as Euro, Swiss Franc & Great British Pounds.

Explore More Optional Activities When do I choose? Optionals are arranged & paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well.

Where will I stay?

Cruises:

Superior tours:

Refer to p.92-93 for details of accommodation on the Louis Hellenic Cruise ships & p.84-85 for details of accommodation on Croatian Island Cruising. Cruise companies reserve the right to change itinerary & ports due to poor weather.

How do I pay?

Ski & board holidays:

Past traveller 5% discount

Accommodation is in superior tourist class hotels, ships & trains. These are described on p.26-29 & on individual tour pages. On trains in Egypt, two people share a two-berth couchette & facilities are shared. Other train journeys are as detailed in individual itineraries. On overnight ferries, tours are provided with allocated seating on deck. Depending on the numbers & configuration on your tour, availability of singles can sometimes be limited in some locations. On certain occasions, alternative hotels to those listed in this brochure may be used. While it is our intention to use hotels of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. Twin-share means 2 people sharing, either travelling together or as a twinshare same sex room match. Triple-share means 3 people sharing, either travelling together or as a triple-share same sex room match.

Both our ski & board packages stay at our Contiki Special Stopover, our Austrian Gasthof. Refer to p.100-101 for details.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your tour documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. You’ll receive a copy of Contiki’s ‘Travellers Guide’- an information book about your holiday. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour. Your free Contiki

You pay on tour in cash (Euro, Swiss Francs, Great British Pounds or US Dollars only, depending on the activity).

Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & travelled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www. thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last tour. Clients must have completed a tour before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent tour booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveller annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre & post-tour accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith (this includes contiki.com & our e-brochures). Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Am I expected to tip on tour? Every country in the world has different tipping policies & in Europe, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. Your Tour Manager

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will assist you with any questions about this. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you.

Booking Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 and in all countries where Contiki operates we fully comply with local travel industry laws. All your money is held in a Trust Account until the time of travel to comply with Canadian Travel Industry Regulations. Contiki is a member of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA), the Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) and the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO).

Online check-in It is strongly recommended that you check in to your tour prior to departure at contiki.com. au/checkin. Checking in will you save time on your first day of tour, give you essential know before you go information & also ensure that Contiki can contact you in the unlikely event of any changes to your trip due to matters out of our control. For more information on how to get more before & after your tour see p.25.

How much luggage can I bring? On our tours, luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”) & maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger & heavier suitcases on tour. On Ski holidays you may bring one pair of ski boots & skis or a snowboard. Any luggage over the restricted size or amount can be stored with Contiki in London at a small charge. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (September, 2011), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-todate information with your travel agent prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines, antibiotics.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of © Thomas Trinkl p.2 Paragliding, p.125 rafting, p.130 Bike ride. p.37 Tyrol, Austria. p.42 Zorbing, p.48 paragliding, p.49 Zorbing. Photo courtesy of Justin Troupe p.9 Gondola. Photo courtesy of Feel Free p.107 Rafting. Photos courtesy of Lucerne Tourist Board p.119 Wooden Chapel bridge, Lion Monument, Lucerne p.33. Photos courtesy of Lawrence Chan p.130 Flamenco show, p.45 street art, p.70 Greek dancers, p.83 Mozart & Strauss Concert, Schnaps tasting in Vienna. Photo courtesy of Sam Stevens p.133 Donkey ride. Photos courtesy of © Titlis Rotair & Engleberg Titlis p.29 Alpine Lodge Trubsee, p.45 Titlis Rotair Gondola. Photo courtesy of Himmelrich Hotel, Kriens, Lucerne. p.29. Photo courtesy of

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Big thank you! We love keeping it real, so we asked some young travellers to come & join us for one of our legendary trips & see for themselves what the Contiki experience is all about. A big thanks goes out to Cal, Isa, Ben, Oba, Hollie, Lauren, Jemma, Aly, Rebecca, Lemara, Liz, Aston, Tom, Katrina, Anastassia, Henrietta & Laura! Not forgetting all our fantastic On-site Teams, plus Darth, Stephen, Leona & Ryan. We love you!

The Jailhotel, Lucerne p.29. Photo courtesy of McArthurGlen, Barberino Designer Outlet p.41. Photos courtesy of © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society, Celine Cousteau snorkelling p.88. Photos courtesy of © Çapkin van AlphenCauseCentric Productions p.89 Celine Cousteau, Celine Cousteau snorkelling. Photo courtesy of Louis Cristal p.93 Cruise liner. Photo courtesy of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay p.140 Lloyd Smith, The Loony Dook - Saltire Santas. Photos courtesy of Tammy Campbell p.144 Anzac, & Memorial. Photos courtesy of Sam Kenny p.144 Anzac. Photos courtesy of Lily Rhodes p.146 Pamplona. Photo courtesy of © Ascot Racecourse Ltd p.147 Royal Ascot. If you want to put yourself forward for one of our photoshoots in the future, just email contikiholidaysphotography@gmail.com with a bit of info about yourself, a few photos & who knows, next year it could be you!

Do I need visas? Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your tour. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki are not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Consult your travel agent to determine which visas you require & how to obtain them. Schengen Visas The majority of our tours travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries – eg. Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand – can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen

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area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries Schengen visas can be issued for single entry or multiple entries. If your tour travels outside of the Schengen area at any point you will require a multiple entry visa. The tours that require multiple entry Schengen visas are listed below: European Spirit, European Adventurer, Ultimate European, European Explorer, Spanish Spree, Scandinavia, Scandinavia & Russia, Russia, Road to Athens plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise, Road to Athens plus 7 day Greek Island Cruise, Mediterranean Trail plus 3 Day Greek Island Cruise, Mediterranean Trail plus 7 Day Greek Islands Cruise, Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise, Spotlight on Greece plus 7 Day Greek Island Cruise, Aegean Classic Cruise, Golden Fleece Cruise & Mykonos & Island Cruising. Visas for Non-Schengen Countries Some of our tours also visit countries that are not covered by the Schengen Agreement. You may require visas for countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Egypt & Russia. Depending on your nationality it may be possible to obtain visas for Egypt upon arrival – you should check before you depart for your tour. Important 1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. 4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

Contiki Holidays Travel Protection Plan PROVIDING YOU WITH “ANY REASON” CANCELLATION FLEXIBILITY AND PEACE OF MIND WHILE YOU TRAVEL: Contiki Holidays Travel Protection Plan – designed exclusively with the following: Priced at: Trips less than $2,000: $129 per person Trips $2,000 or greater: $169 per person Note: Prices are subject to change without notice. SECTION I: TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT PROTECTION - Provided by Contiki Holidays Trip Cancellation: Up to Total Trip Cost. Reimburses the non-refundable Contiki Holidays cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason such as illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member. Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, subpoena, or a documented traffic accident en route to departure, and other reasons as cited in the plan description. The Contiki Holidays “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver**. With the Contiki Holidays “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, Contiki Holidays will provide you with 100% of the cancellation charges in the form of a future travel credit certificate, should you cancel your tour more than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure for any reason that is not eligible for cash reimbursement under the Trip Cancellation section of the Travel Protection Plan. Cancellation charges are reimbursed in the form of Contiki Holidays Travel Certificates allowing you a two year credit to travel with us at a later date! Please note that to be eligible for the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, you must enroll and pay for the plan within two days of your initial trip deposit. The certificate is valid for two years, is non-transferrable and non-refundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Future travel certificates do not include airfare cancellation charges for air arrangements unless those arrangements were provided by Contiki Holidays. Trip Interruption: Up to Total Trip Cost Trip Delay: Up to C$1,000 (C$150/day)

SECTION II: TRAVEL INSURANCE BENEFITS - Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company, and Legacy General Insurance Company (Baggage Protection)* Baggage Protection: Up to C$2,500 Bag Delay: Up to C$500 Medical & Dental Expenses: Up to C$1,000,000** Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: Up to C$50,000 SECTION III: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES - Provided by On Call International While the above is not a complete description – a full plan description detailing the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you – we have highlighted just a few of the plan benefits. If you have any Travel Protection Plan questions, or would like to request a copy of the plan description, please call our plan administrator, BerkelyCare, at 1-866-580-4871. You may also view the plan at http://ca.contiki.com/ faq#Insurance The Contiki Holidays Travel Protection Plan is provided in addition to other applicable indemnity or insurance programs, where permitted by law and shall apply only after benefits have been paid. * Section II Travel Insurance Benefits, Policy Number MZ0911064H0000A-C are underwritten by Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company, Markham, Ontario. Policy/certificate form series TAHC51000 and TAHC 52000. ** NOTE: The Medical & Dental Expense benefits of this plan are subject to a maximum benefit limit of C$30,000 for those persons who, at the time of a covered Injury or Sickness, do not have valid hospital and medical insurance under a Government Health Insurance Plan of a province or territory of Canada. This plan was designed and is administered by BerkelyCareSM.

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Hotel departure points & stay longer options Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday & stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your tour. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/departurepoints.

AMSTERDAM SUPERIOR TOURS Amsterdam to Barcelona (PRE) and European Panorama (end Amsterdam) (POST) Ibis Schiphol Hotel, Schipholweg 181, 1171 PK, Badhoevedorp. Tel: +31 206 134568 Getting there: From Amsterdam airport, take the complimentary Ibis Schiphol/Accor shuttle bus from stop A9 directly to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single C$129 Twin C$79 European Encounter (start Amsterdam) (PRE) and European Explorer (end Amsterdam) (POST) Hotel Lake Land, Jachthaven 1, 1141 AV, Monnickendam. Tel: +31 299 653751 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. d4), then take bus 110, 114 or 118 (approx. d6). Duration of trip is approx. 25min – get off at stop Lagedijk & the hotel is a 2min walk away. Alternatively, catch a taxi from Centraal Station for approx. d40. Stay Longer rate: Single C$85 Twin C$59 European Magic, European Discovery and European Inspiration (start Amsterdam) (PRE) and European Vista (end Amsterdam) (POST) Best Western Blue Square Hotel, Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 205 063717 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. d4) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx. d20). Alternatively, Tram #14 goes from Dam Square (approx. d3), direction Slotermeer. The stop for the hotel is Plein 40-45 & the hotel is a 2 minute walk. Stay Longer rate: Single C$125 Twin C$75 Best of Europe (start Amsterdam) will start at Best Western Blue Square Hotel – details as above.

BUDGET TOURS European Horizon & European Whirl (start Amsterdam) (PRE) and European Highlights, European Experience, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer & Ultimate European (end Amsterdam) (POST) Hotel Nieuw Slotania, Slotermeerlaan 133, 1063 JN, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 206 134568 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. d4) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx. d20). Alternatively, Tram #14 goes from Dam Square (approx. d3), direction Slotermeer. The stop for the hotel is Plein 40-45, directly in front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single C$65 Twin C$55

ATHENS SUPERIOR TOURS & CRUISES Aegean Classic Cruise & Golden Fleece Cruise (PRE & POST) and Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey (POST) Hotel President, 43 Kifissias Avenue, 11523, Athens. Tel: +30 210 6989 000. Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Panormou (approx. d8) & then it’s a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single C$175 Twin C$99 Greek Island Hopping (PRE & POST) Poseidon Hotel, 72 Possidonos Avenue, 17562, Paleo Faliro, Athens. Tel: +30 210 9872 000 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. d4). The stop for the hotel is Edem, directly in the front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single C$175 Twin C$99 Spotlight on Greece (PRE & POST) Hermes Hotel, 19 Apollonos Street, 10557, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3255 514 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Syntagma (approx. d8) in the city centre & then it’s a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single C$175 Twin C$99 Mykonos & Island Cruising (PRE & POST) Plaka Hotel, 7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos Street, 10556, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3222 096 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Monastiraki (approx. d8) in the city centre & then it’s a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single C$175 Twin C$99

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Road to Athens (POST) Center Square Hotel, 15 Aristogotonos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3211 770 Stay Longer rate: Single C$175 Twin C$99 Mediterranean Trail (POST) Arion Hotel, 18 Ag. Dimitriou Street, 10554, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3240 415 Stay Longer rate: Single C$175 Twin C$99

BUDGET TOURS

DUBLIN Ireland (PRE & POST) and Scotland & Ireland (POST) Jurys Inn Parnell Street, Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin. Tel: +353 1 8784900 Getting there: From Dublin airport you can catch a taxi for approx. d25-d35 or the ‘Aircoach’ (approx. d7) to the O’Connell Street stop – the hotel is just around the corner. Stay longer rate: Single C$125 Twin C$65

Greek Island Adventurer (PRE & POST) Hotel Oceanis, 25 Grigoriou Lambraki Street, 16675, Glyfada, Athens. Tel: +30 210 8946 253 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. d4). Get off at stop Antonopoulou & the hotel is a short walk away. Stay Longer rate: Single C$115 Twin C$65

EDINBURGH

London to Athens (POST) Dorian Inn Hotel, 15-17 Pireos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 5239 782 Stay Longer rate: Single C$129 Twin C$75

Russia (start Helsinki) and Scandinavia (end Helsinki) The hotel for these tours has not been confirmed. Please contact Contiki for details.

BARCELONA Amsterdam to Barcelona (POST) Novotel Cornella de Llobregat, Avinguda del Maresme 78, Ronda de Dalt exit 15, 08940, Cornella de Llobregat, Barcelona. Tel: +34 93 4747000 Stay longer rate: Single C$125 Twin C$65

BERLIN SUPERIOR TOURS Berlin to Budapest, Berlin & Prague and Berlin & Prague + Vienna (PRE) Best Western Hotel City Ost, Frankfurter Allee 57-59, 10247, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 7202 2100 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hotel, or change on to the U-Bahn (Line U5 – approx. d3). The hotel is a short walk from Samariterstrasse station. Stay longer rate: Single C$95 Twin C$59 Eastern Road (PRE & POST) Grand City Hotel Globus Berlin, Ruschestrasse 45, 10367, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 555 070 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hotel, or change on to the U-Bahn (Line U5 – approx. d3). The hotel is a short walk from Magdalenenstrasse station. Stay longer rate: Single C$100 Twin C$55

BUDGET TOURS Scandinavia & Russia (end Berlin) (PRE & POST) and Russia (end Berlin) (POST) PLUS Berlin Hostel, Warschauer Platz 6-8, 10245, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 2123 8501 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hostel, or change on to the S-Bahn (Line S3, S5, S7, S9 or S75 – approx. d3). The hostel is a short walk from Warschauer Strasse station. Stay longer rate: Single C$99 Twin C$65 Quad C$45 Note: A maximum limit of one night’s stay pre/post-tour applies at this hostel

CAIRO Egypt & The Nile (PRE & POST) Victoria Hotel, 66 El Gomhoria Street, Cairo. Tel: +202 589 2290 or +202 589 2294 Getting there: If you have provided Contiki with your flight arrival details at least 14 days in advance, our local representative will be in the arrivals hall holding a Contiki sign. Due to different flight arrival times, you may need to wait in the airport up to 1 hour for a transfer. Stay longer rate: Single C$55 Twin C$35

COPENHAGEN Scandinavia and Scandinavia & Russia (start Copenhagen) The departure hotel for these tours is not yet confirmed. Please contact Contiki for details.

Scotland and Scotland & Ireland tours will start at Holiday Inn City West, 107 Queensferry Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 3HL. Tel: + 44 871 942 9025 Getting there: From Edinburgh airport a taxi direct to the hotel will cost approx. £12-£15.

HELSINKI

ISTANBUL Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey (PRE) Green Anka Hotel, Molla Şeref Mh., Fındıkzade Sokak 4, 34270, Istanbul. Tel: +90 212 631 17 21 Getting there: A taxi from Istanbul Ataturk airport costs approx. 45TL (approx. d20) Stay longer rate: Single C$115 Twin C$60

LONDON All tours that start in London depart from the Royal National Hotel where you’ll also find the Contiki Basement. For further details, a map, plus stay longer options in London see p.141

MADRID Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid) (PRE), Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) (POST) and Spanish Spree (PRE & POST) Tryp Centro Norte, Calle Mauricio Ravel 10, 28046, Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 91 7333400 Getting there: From Madrid airport take a taxi directly to the hotel for approx. d30. Alternatively, catch the Metro Line 8 from the airport into the city, change at Nuevos Ministerios onto Metro Line 10 & travel to Chamartin station (approx. d2). The hotel is across the road from the station. Stay longer rate: Single C$115 Twin C$65

PARIS SUPERIOR TOURS European Vista, European Panorama, European Explorer & Road to Athens (start Paris) (PRE) and European Magic, European Discovery, European Encounter, European Impressions & European Inspiration (end Paris) (POST) The pre and post-tour hotel for these tours is not confirmed. Please contact Contiki for details. Best of Europe (start Paris) (PRE) Courtyard Marriott Paris Arcueil, 6 Avenue President Salvadore Allende, 94110, Arcueil, Paris. Tel: +33 1 770 12121 Getting There: From Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly airports, catch the RER B train to Laplace station. From there the hotel is a short walk away. Stay longer rate: Single C$179 Twin C$95

BUDGET TOURS European Highlights, European Experience, European Spirit, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer & Ultimate European (start Paris) (PRE) and European Horizon & European Whirl (end Paris) (POST) ETAP Hotel Paris Porte de Montmartre, 45 Rue du Docteur Babinski, 75018, Paris. Tel: +33 8 926 83126 Getting there: From Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly airports, catch the RER B train to Gare du Nord station & then a taxi to the hotel (approx. d10). Alternatively make your way to the closest Metro stop of Porte de Saint-Ouen

(Line 13, direction Saint-Denis – Université) and the hotel is a short walk from there. Stay Longer rate: Single C$99 Twin C$55 European Spirit will start at ETAP Hotel Paris Porte de Montmartre – details as above.

ROME SUPERIOR TOURS Mediterranean Trail (PRE), Italian Espresso (end Rome) (POST), Simply Italy (PRE & POST) and Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) (PRE) & (Start Madrid) (POST) The pre and post-tour hotel for these tours is not confirmed. Please contact Contiki for details. Best of Europe (POST) The post-tour hotel for this tour is not confirmed. Please contact Contiki for details.

SPLIT Croatian Island Cruising (PRE & POST) Hotel Bellevue, Bana Josipa Jelacica 2, 21000, Split. Tel: +385 21 345 644 Getting There: An airport bus service runs from Split airport to Obala Lazareta, on the edge of Split’s old town (cost approx. 30kn/d4). From there, the hotel is a short walk away. Alternatively, catch a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel (approx. 350kn/d45). Stay longer rate: Single C$155 Twin & Twin-share C$100 Departure point: Cruise departs from Split port at 12:00pm – look for the Contiki or Katarina Lines representative on the port. There are many small hotels & pensions located in Split & near to the port – search the web for options, or call Contiki for details of hotels we offer.

STOCKHOLM Russia (start Stockholm) and Scandinavia (end Stockholm) Scandic Upplands Vasby, Hotellvägen 1, 194 35, Upplands Väsby Stockholm. Tel: +46 8 517 355 00

VENICE Italian Espresso (end Venice) (POST) ends at Hotel Airport Venice, Via Giovanni Pascoli 1, 30020, Quarto D’Altino, Veneto. Tel: +39 04 2282 5000 Stay longer rate: Single C$95 Twin C$59

VIENNA Vienna & Budapest will start at Hotel Bellevue, Althanstrasse 5, 1091, Vienna. Tel: +43 1 313 480 Getting there: Take a taxi directly from the airport for approximately d30. Alternatively catch the City Airport Train (approx. d9) to station Wien-Mitte, then take the U-Bahn (Line U4 - approx. d2) to Friedensbrücke. From there the hotel is a short walk away.

WARSAW Eastern Road (POST) The post-tour hotel for this tour is not yet confirmed. Please contact Contiki for details. Stay longer rate: Single C$105 Twin C$75

Note: • Rates are per person per night including continental breakfast (except London) & have private facilities. • Rooms are available for a maximum of 2 consecutive nights in most hotels. • Full payment is required 45 days before arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival date incurs 100% cancellation fee. Any amendments incur a charge of C$30 • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before &/or after their tour. • If two people want to share a room - booking must be made at the same time. Solo travellers must book a single room in all cities - except London where you can book a twin or triple-share room & we can match you up to a same sex room-mate. • All hotels are subject to availability & where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.

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Booking conditions Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. YOUR VACATION RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected vacation. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Tour prices in this brochure are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies and exchange rates as of 25th July, 2011. Should any of these costs change, a surcharge may be made on the price of your vacation. If the total tour price increases by more than 7%, passengers will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. No surcharges in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment has been received. The guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. Prices are per person and are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise specified. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR VACATION 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki vacation without payment of any transfer fee. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (September, 2011) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 With respect to our touring program, Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/or fees payable under your selected vacation. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your vacation shall be deemed to be an authorization for disbursement thereof as aforesaid.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR VACATION 1.1 In order to reserve your vacation, a deposit of C$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure from Canada, must be submitted to Contiki within 7 days in respect of that vacation. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the vacation price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. The initial deposit of C$200 per person must be made by credit card. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of C$200 per person, per tour which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 1.4 Travel documents and instructions for joining your tour will be sent to you approximately 21 days before departure (provided full payment has been received). If final payment is not received when due, costs to courier documents will be the responsibility of the Travel Agent. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the vacation price must be paid by no later than 45 days before the scheduled vacation departure date from Canada which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. Travel agency cheques must be received within 7 business days from the date payment is called in.

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2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure from Canada, the full cost of the vacation will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the vacation departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 2.6 Your authorization to use your Credit Card number for deposit and/or final payment indicates your compliance with our booking conditions, whether or not you have actually signed the appropriate draft. Verbal authorization of the use of your Credit Card confirms your reservation. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Credit Card payments are not accepted for group bookings. A signed sales draft is required. If you wish to change a credit card payment after it has been processed, change fees will apply. For security purposes, we are required to collect passengers’ credit card billing address as well as the passengers 3-digit CVC2 code (MasterCard) or 3-digit CVV2 code (Visa) or 4-digit CID code (American Express). 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki. 3.2 If you cancel, your deposit will not be refunded nor can it be credited to any other booking. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the vacation price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE Number of days prior to as % of tour commencement total price 45 days or more notice The non-refundable deposit plus the Travel Protection Plan’s insurance premium is forfeited 44-22 days: 25% 21-8 days: 30% 7-1 days: 50% Day of departure: 100% Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any vacation insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.6 If flight changes are requested after the deposit has been received, or if flights are cancelled after tickets are issued, revision fees, change fees or Airline cancellation fees will be applicable and will be in addition to the above cancellation charges. In some cases, airline tickets are 100% non refundable. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date or you wish to change to a different Contiki vacation, you may do so subject to availability and provided the new vacation date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of C$30 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier tour departure of equivalent or greater value in which case a C$30 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style, while Contiki Holiday’s tour manager and staff will do our best to accommodate passengers with special dietary needs or food allergies or restrictions, we cannot guarantee that all restaurants, accommodations or hotels will be able to adhere their special requests or meet their needs. 5.2 Contiki holidays are specifically designed and marketed for those in the 18 through 35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki vacation are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you are welcome to discuss this with a member of the Contiki staff. 5.3 The Company strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. The Company welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise the Company, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Company may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. The Company may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, assisting with luggage, toileting or dressing,). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received.

• Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations & overnight accommodations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour, the Company may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which the Company has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in North America. The Company cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers traveling on international tours. • Passengers are required to carry their own luggage to the coach and also to their rooms, there may be times passengers are required to carry their luggage far distances & up many flights of stairs with no assistance. • The Company may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the vacation. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Tour Manager or Representative has to make a decision in your best interest or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Tour Manager or Representative and the laws of the country in which you are traveling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Tour Manager’s or Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the tour or the smooth operation of the vacation itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the tour. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore you agree that your fellow travellers and any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behavior by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your vacation. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organizations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected vacation as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on vacation and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the vacation, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or Representative during the course of the vacation and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the vacation, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the vacation but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 42 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to English Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that all clients take out vacation and medical insurance before they travel. Contiki offers a comprehensive package that can be tailor made to your vacation. A brief description of this coverage is shown on p.149. The complete limitations and exclusions are contained in the certificate of insurance sent to you with your final documents. Please ask your travel agent to ask Contiki when you make your booking. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. Living standards and practices at the destination and standards and conditions there with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodation may differ from those found in Canada. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a vacation after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE VACATION PRICE Airfares to and from your vacation destination, airport taxes, airport transfers, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, special needs and

services required by handicapped clients (see 5.3 under Vacation Details & Conditions), tips to tour managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any vacation be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions.

GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorized officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company and not Contiki Holidays (Canada) Limited. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Vacation Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a vacation from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT In order to process your tour booking, Contiki Holidays will need to use personal information for you and other passengers included in your booking. This personal information may include each passenger’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, credit/debit card number and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organizations, and otherwise as required by law. Similarly, we may also need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the tours and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or telephone) about other tours and services offered by Contiki Holidays that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at Contiki Holidays, Attn: Marketing Department, 33 Kern Road, Toronto Ontario, Canada, M3B 1S9. Contiki Holidays may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law. 2. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from March 2012 to March 2013. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays Limited, Picquet House, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with the exception of the Great Britain & Ireland tours described on p.62-63, the 3 & 5 day London Explorer packages described on page 141 & the Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo, Hogmanay & St Patrick’s Day tours described on pages 142-145 & 147 all of which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd. The principle operator of the Croatian Island Cruising product featured on p.84-85 is Katarina Lines. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request).

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Australia & New Zealand

HOLIDAYS FOR 18-35’S 2012/13 EUROPE

See more with Contiki Contiki Holidays and our travel agent partners can offer you excellent prices on scheduled flights on some of the world’s top airlines. Combine this with Contiki’s sweet deals means you can see more for less. Take advantage of our exceptional multi-tour savings, early payment discounts, past passenger discounts and great flight deals & keep exploring. Heading to Australia or New Zealand? Book your air ticket & stop off on one of our Asia or South America trips on the way. Want to try South America? Take one of our awesome American or Mexican tours to break the journey. Speak to your travel agent or Contiki Specialist for ways to see more with Contiki.

How to book

Inc. Britain, Egypt & the Mediterranean

Call Contiki or visit your travel agent Contiki Holidays (Canada) Limited

• Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there’s space on the tour you’ve chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your tour. • At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of C$200 per person per tour which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent.

Call our Contiki experts at our Sales Center 6 days a week. Sales Center hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm (EST) and Sat 10am-4pm (EST) Tel: 1 800 268 1835 (416) 932 9449 Fax: 1 877 782 6311 (416) 932 1147 TICO Registration: Wholesale #2058256 Retail #2759979

• Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking. • You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent not less than 45 days before the departure, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. • We will then send to your travel agent your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. Travel Agents can also book online at contiki.com.

Europe Summer 2012/13

33 Kern Road Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 1S9 Tel: (416) 932 9377 Web: contiki.com

IMPORTANT By paying the C$200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.151, which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

DRIVEN BY SERVICE

Contiki Holidays is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

Groups & special interest tours

HAVE YOU DONE IT?

Whether you’re looking to organize a group tour to Europe, Egypt, North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand then please have a look at the huge range of tours in our brochure. It is more than likely that at least one of our itineraries will fit perfectly. If you’re looking for something completely different for your school, university or club then just ask. We’ve been designing and operating outstanding special tours for years.

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Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

Have you done it?

The text pages for this brochure are printed on 90% recycled paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re done. Either pass it on to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy.

THE ORIGINAL

SINCE ‘62 Celebrating 50 great years. See p.34

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> MEET CÉLINE Ms Cousteau talks oceans, Ghandi, and her family. See p.88

> WHAT’S NEW IN 2012 More shopping, new feature hotels, Easy Pace tours. See p.6

> MASTER CHEF Eugenio’s traditional Carbonara alla Frisio recipe. See p.15

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Contiki Holidays Summer Europe eBrochure 2012-13 - CAD  

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