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HOLIDAYS FOR 18-35’S 2012/13 EUROPE

See more with Contiki With the great value round the world flights on offer, combined with Contiki’s sweet deals means you can see more for less. So take advantage of our exceptional multi-tour savings & keep exploring. Heading to Europe? Book a round the world air ticket & keep travelling with Contiki on one of our Asia or USA trips, or even South America. Speak to your travel agent for details on round the world tickets & ways to see more with Contiki.

How to book

Inc. Britain, Egypt & the Mediterranean

Call Contiki or visit your travel agent Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Limited

• The first step is to confirm that there’s availability on the tour you’ve chosen. At the same time, you can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your tour. • At the time of booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of NZ$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. • Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send confirmation of the details of the booking.

Travel Agent Reservations

• You must pay the balance of your holiday fare not less than 45 days before the tour departure date, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before the tour departure date.

Tel - (09) 300 1600 or 0800 CONTIKI (0800 2668454) Fax - (09) 379 2372 DX - CP27510 K’Road Email - reservations@contiki.co.nz Web - contiki.com/agents

• We will then send your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure.

Europe Summer 2012/13

2nd Floor, 15-17 Day Street, P.O.Box 68-640 Newton, Auckland 1145 Tel - 0508 CONTIKI (0508 2668454) Email - contiki@contiki.co.nz Web - contiki.com Administration Phone Tel - (09) 300 1601

IMPORTANT: By paying the NZ$200 deposit per person per tour, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.163 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. www.TheTravelCorporation.com

Groups & special interest tours

Contiki loves the planet

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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 Australia.

Legendary for a reason

The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% 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.

LEGENDARY for a reason

Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand then please have a look at the huge range of tours in our brochures. It is more than likely that at least one of our trips will fit perfectly. As long as you are all 18-35 any date can be reserved exclusively for your group at special reduced rates - perhaps even a free trip for you. If you’re looking for something completely different for your school, university or club then just ask - we’ve been designing and running outstanding special tours for years.

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.94

> 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 > 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 & Earlybird savings Only Contiki Our tours 6 great ways to go Contiki cares Join us online

Camping Tours 26

From NZ$114 per day

Concept Tours 40

From NZ$152 per day

Time Out MULTI-COUNTRY TOURS

78

From NZ$167 per day

Time Out IN-DEPTH REGIONAL TOURS

108

From NZ$143 per day

Winter/Ski 145

From NZ$94 per day

Festivals + Events 152

From NZ$82 per day

Cool Stuff 34 35 56 94 124

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

Other Stuff 160 162 163 164

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

Meet us and other travellers online:

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twitter.com/contikinz

facebook.com/contiki

youtube.com/contiki

flickr.com/contikiholidays

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www.contiki.com

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 people just like you from around the world, people who are determined to get the most out of every minute. With Contiki you’ll discover the real flavour of Europe - the culture & the history, the food & the local customs & especially, the people themselves.

We’re the original travel company for 18-35s. We’ve been travelling with world with people like you since ’62. See p.34 for more

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 Del 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

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.80 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 6 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 and dinner in Budapest, an extra special sightseeing trip in Rome and 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

The

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More time to explore. No journey is complete without time to relax and find your own path. That’s why we give you heaps of free time to head out, discover and 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 and 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 and breathe Europe and 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, Voss, 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 mate 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 & On-road Cooks 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 mates 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 power points 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

POWER POINTS 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/contikinz

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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 mates. 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.80) on Time Out tours or ‘A tent to myself’ (see p.26) on Camping 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 also where your “Kick-Start” meeting is held. You can also use the Basement for everything from storing your bags & checking your emails, to hanging out & showing off to your mates 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.153.

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/contikiNZ

facebook.com/contiki

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European cuisine, as you learn about French wine in our Bordeaux wine tasting, and how to make authentic Italian pizza from our chefs in Rome.

On our Time Out 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 trattoria’s in Italy & cute little bistros in France, where you’ll sample local specialities & meet the colourful local characters.

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.

On most of our Time Out tours you’ll get a deeper understanding of

On our Camping & Concept trips, our expert On-road Cooks & 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.

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.

Bon

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 and 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 some of Europe’s hidden gems > 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.

> Florence

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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

includes more...

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’s 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 Parisian’s 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 NZ$

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

NZ$307/day

NZ$268/day NZ$279/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 Camping from Concept from

NZ$114/day NZ$152/day

Time Out Multi-Country from Time Out In-Depth Regional from

NZ$167/day NZ$143/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 46 Day The Big Chill p.38-39, 22 Day European Spirit p.52-53, 21 Day European Vista (Winter) p.100 & 14 Day Spanish Spree (Winter) p.126. Food fund is included in the Camping & Concept tour comparisons above.

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Book early & save up to NZ$405* if you book & pay 12 months before you leave, or save up to NZ$429* if you book & pay 6 months before you leave. See tour pages to find out your pay early discount. * Pay Early Savings of NZ$405* & NZ$429 based on 24 Day Winter Wanderer p.148-149 & 33 Day European Explorer p.104-107 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!

1 Go Vintage. 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!)

3 Cut the credit. Stick a picture of your

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

4 Got skills? Why not take it to the streets

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.160 for more.

& try busking.

5 Go back to basics. Save money on fruit and veg & grow your own.

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

2 or More Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get NZ$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 Book a triple share room & we’ll give you 5% off (available on many of our Time Out 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.

Check out our latest deals at Check out our latest deals at contiki.com/deals contiki.com/deals

Deal 1

Plus save even more!

Get 7.5%* off the cost of your Europe tour when you book & pay in full by the 16th December 2011.

When you combine any of these deals with our “2 or More” discounts see above.

Deal 2 Get 5%* off the cost of your Europe tour if you pay a deposit of NZ$200 by the 16th December 2011.

Conditions * Savings apply to tour price only & does not apply to Food Fund on Concept or Camping tours. Deal 2 deposit is non-refundable. Applies to all European Summer tours from this 2012/13 brochure with the exception of any tour of 6 days or less, Ski Austria, any Greek Island cruising tours, Spotlight on Greece plus 3 days & 7 days Greek Island Cruising, Mykonos + Island Cruising or London Explorer packages. These offers cannot be combined with Early Payment discounts or Group discounts. If you are booking more than 1 tour, these discounts will apply to every qualifying tour.

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.

Gold Seal Protection

Amazing accommodation

Our Gold Seal means that if you cancel your tour before you leave home, we won’t charge you a cent. And if you’re ill or have to leave the trip early for personal reasons, Gold Seal will refund you NZ$40 for each day that you miss. See more on p.161.

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.

Earlybird deals save up to 7.5% Book before 16th December 2011 & save up to 7.5%! Check our 2 great deals below to find the one that suits you!

The original since ‘62

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

Legendary for a reason What does all this add up to? The most amazing travel experience, tailored specifically for you.


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Only Contiki

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. Pay Early

$

SAV E

Book early & save up to NZ$405* if you book & pay 12 months before you leave, or save up to NZ$429* if you book & pay 6 months before you leave. See tour pages to find out your pay early discount. * Pay Early Savings of NZ$405* & NZ$429 based on 24 Day Winter Wanderer p.148-149 & 33 Day European Explorer p.104-107 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!

1 Go Vintage. 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!)

3 Cut the credit. Stick a picture of your

Travelling Again?

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

4 Got skills? Why not take it to the streets

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.160 for more.

& try busking.

5 Go back to basics. Save money on fruit and veg & grow your own.

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

2 or More Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get NZ$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 Book a triple share room & we’ll give you 5% off (available on many of our Time Out 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.

Check out our latest deals at Check out our latest deals at contiki.com/deals contiki.com/deals

Deal 1

Plus save even more!

Get 7.5%* off the cost of your Europe tour when you book & pay in full by the 16th December 2011.

When you combine any of these deals with our “2 or More” discounts see above.

Deal 2 Get 5%* off the cost of your Europe tour if you pay a deposit of NZ$200 by the 16th December 2011.

Conditions * Savings apply to tour price only & does not apply to Food Fund on Concept or Camping tours. Deal 2 deposit is non-refundable. Applies to all European Summer tours from this 2012/13 brochure with the exception of any tour of 6 days or less, Ski Austria, any Greek Island cruising tours, Spotlight on Greece plus 3 days & 7 days Greek Island Cruising, Mykonos + Island Cruising or London Explorer packages. These offers cannot be combined with Early Payment discounts or Group discounts. If you are booking more than 1 tour, these discounts will apply to every qualifying tour.

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.

Gold Seal Protection

Amazing accommodation

Our Gold Seal means that if you cancel your tour before you leave home, we won’t charge you a cent. And if you’re ill or have to leave the trip early for personal reasons, Gold Seal will refund you NZ$40 for each day that you miss. See more on p.161.

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.

Earlybird deals save up to 7.5% Book before 16th December 2011 & save up to 7.5%! Check our 2 great deals below to find the one that suits you!

The original since ‘62

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

Legendary for a reason What does all this add up to? The most amazing travel experience, tailored specifically for you.


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KEY:

Château de Fontager

These tours also operate in winter. See p.145-147 for more. Easy Pace tours. See p.22-23 for more.

Camping

Concept

Time Out

Time Out

Winter

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

From NZ$114/day

From NZ$152/day

From NZ$167/day

In-Depth Regional From NZ$143/day

Touring & Ski Austria From NZ$94/day

DISCOVER Page CAMPING TOURS .................................. 26-27

DISCOVER Page CONCEPT TOURS.................................... 40-41

DISCOVER Page TIME OUT TOURS .............. 78-79

LONDON & PARIS Days From Page 7 / 9 .........................NZ$1315 .. 114-115

DISCOVER Page WINTER TOURS.................... 145-147

THE LITTLE HOPPER Days From Page 10...............................NZ$1219 ..................... 28

ABOUT CONCEPT Page ACCOMMODATION ............................ 42-43

ABOUT TIME OUT Page ACCOMMODATION ......... 80-81

EUROPEAN HORIZON Days From Page 10...............................NZ$1565 ..................... 44-45

EUROPEAN MAGIC Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1659 .. 82-83

EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 14...............................NZ$2199 ..................... 46-47

AMSTERDAM to BARCELONA Days From Page 11...............................NZ$2699 .. 84-85

EUROPEAN WHIRL Days From Page 18...............................NZ$2795 ..................... 48-49

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY Days From Page 12...............................NZ$2189 .. 86-87

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE Days From Page 20...............................NZ$3095 ..................... 50-51

BEST OF EUROPE Days From Page 10 / 13 ..................NZ$2675 .. 88-89

EUROPEAN SPIRIT Days From Page 22...............................NZ$3329 ..................... 52-53

EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER Days From Page 16...............................NZ$2745 .. 90-91

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE Days From Page 25...............................NZ$3879 ..................... 54-55

ROAD TO ATHENS / ROAD TO ROME Days From Page 17 / 13 ..................NZ$2640 .. 92

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS Days From Page 29...............................NZ$4485 ..................... 58-59

ROAD TO ATHENS plus CRUISES Days From Page 21 / 25 ..................NZ$4339 .. 92-93

EUROPEAN ADVENTURER Days From Page 37...............................NZ$5875 ..................... 60-62

EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS Days From Page 18...............................NZ$3799 .. 96-97

LONDON TO ATHENS Days From Page 21.........................NZ$3615..................63-64

EUROPEAN INSPIRATION Days From Page 19...............................NZ$3175 .. 98-99

LONDON TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 33...............................NZ$5455 ..................... 65

EUROPEAN VISTA Days From Page 21...............................NZ$3490 .. 100-101

THE ESCAPE Days From Page 12...............................NZ$1419 ..................... 29 THE EXPEDITION Days From Page 21...............................NZ$2459 ..................... 30-31 THE SOUTHERN TRAIL Days From Page 21...............................NZ$2539 ..................... 32 THE NORTHERN TREK Days From Page 26...............................NZ$3115 ..................... 33 THE EASY RIDER Days From Page 32...............................NZ$3795 ..................... 36-37 THE BIG CHILL Days From Page 46...............................NZ$5199 ..................... 38-39

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LONDON TO ROME Days From Page 16...............................NZ$2765 ..................... 65 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 45...............................NZ$7295 ..................... 66-69 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + EGYPT OPTION Days From Page 45...............................NZ$7649 ..................... 69 GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURER Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1489 ................. 70-71 SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA Days From Page 26...............................NZ$5129 ................. 72-73 SCANDINAVIA Days From Page 14 / 16 ..................NZ$2915 ................. 74-75 RUSSIA Days From Page 12 / 14 ..................NZ$2380 ................. 76-77

EUROPEAN PANORAMA Days From Page 28...............................NZ$6075 .. 102-103 EUROPEAN EXPLORER Days From Page 33...............................NZ$7890 .. 104-107

Time Out In-Depth Regional Page DISCOVER IN-DEPTH TOURS ............... 108-109 IRELAND Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1485 .. 110 SCOTLAND & IRELAND Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2535 .. 110 ENGLAND & SCOTLAND Days From Page 8 / 9 .........................NZ$1299 .. 111

LONDON, PARIS & AMSTERDAM Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1879 .........115 LONDON, PARIS & ROME Days From Page 10...............................NZ$1965 .. 115 SIMPLY ITALY Days From Page 12...................................NZ$2085...116-117 ITALIAN ESPRESSO Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1519 .. 118-119 MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL Days From Page 11...............................NZ$2319 .. 120-121 MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL plus GREEK ISLAND CRUISES Days From Page 14 / 18 ..................NZ$2965 .. 121 MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2185 .. 122-123

WINTER WANDERER Days From Page 24...............................NZ$4089 .. 148-149 SKI AUSTRIA Days From Page 7 / 15......................NZ$759...... 150-151

More ways to travel DISCOVER MORE Page WAYS TO TRAVEL.............................................152 LONDON EXPLORER Days From Page 3 / 5 .........................NZ$335....................................153 PARIS AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$665....................................154 AMSTERDAM AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$590....................................154

SPANISH SPREE Days From Page 14...............................NZ$1995 .. 126-127

ST PATRICK’S DAY IN DUBLIN Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$429....................................154

EGYPT & THE NILE Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1279 .. 128-129

PARIS AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$665....................................155

TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY Days From Page 10...............................NZ$2149 .. 130

AMSTERDAM AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$590....................................155

BERLIN, PRAGUE & VIENNA Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1499 .. 131

HOGMANAY IN EDINBURGH Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$655....................................155

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST Days From Page 11...............................NZ$1765 .. 132

ANZAC CLASSIC / ODYSSEY Days From Page 4 / 5 .........................NZ$545....................................156

BERLIN & PRAGUE Days From Page 7 ..................................NZ$1175 .. 133

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST Days From Page 4-7.............................NZ$349....................................157

VIENNA & BUDAPEST Days From Page 5 ..................................NZ$959...... 133

PAMPLONA RUNNING OF THE BULLS Days From Page 4-7.............................NZ$375....................................158

EASTERN ROAD Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2475 .. 134-135 CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1175 .. 136-137

PAMPLONA + BILBAO BBK LIVE Days From Page 6 / 8 .........................NZ$699....................................159

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2625 .. 138-139 SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE + CRUISING Days From Page 4 / 8 / 12 .............NZ$955...... 140-141

ROYAL ASCOT Days From Page 1 ..................................NZ$169....................................159

AEGEAN CLASSIC & GOLDEN FLEECE CRUISES Days From Page 6 / 9 .........................NZ$1299 .. 142-143

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND Days From Page 16...............................NZ$2899 .. 112-113

MYKONOS & ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1819 .. 144

Concept

Time Out Time Out 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 en-suites, TVs & WiFi. We’ve got 2 ways to travel Time Out – our Multi-Country tours & In-Depth Regional tours.

Time Out 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.

AMSTERDAM IN EASTER Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$439....................................159 EDINBURGH FESTIVAL & MILITARY TATTOO Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$565....................................159

SCOTLAND Days From Page 6 ..................................NZ$1199 .. 111

We understand what you want from your trip. Choose from our 6 great ways to travel.

Easy Pace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, and 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 Time Out Multi-Country and Time Out In-Depth Regional tour pages.

Time Out 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.

Stay in our own 16th century Château, Austrian Gasthof or Swiss Chalet one night, then mix it up with hostels, cabins and bonus hotel upgrades the next. Concept gives you a taste of all the ways to sleep easy in Europe, and 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. Check out why our Special Stopovers are called just that… Head to Google Images & search for • Château de Cruix • Gasthof Schöneck • Contiki Chalet Lauterbrunnen • Corfu Village Hotel ... to see what everyone’s talking about…

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Discover your ideal trip...

KEY:

Château de Fontager

These tours also operate in winter. See p.145-147 for more. Easy Pace tours. See p.22-23 for more.

Camping

Concept

Time Out

Time Out

Winter

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

Multi-Country

From NZ$114/day

From NZ$152/day

From NZ$167/day

In-Depth Regional From NZ$143/day

Touring & Ski Austria From NZ$94/day

DISCOVER Page CAMPING TOURS .................................. 26-27

DISCOVER Page CONCEPT TOURS.................................... 40-41

DISCOVER Page TIME OUT TOURS .............. 78-79

LONDON & PARIS Days From Page 7 / 9 .........................NZ$1315 .. 114-115

DISCOVER Page WINTER TOURS.................... 145-147

THE LITTLE HOPPER Days From Page 10...............................NZ$1219 ..................... 28

ABOUT CONCEPT Page ACCOMMODATION ............................ 42-43

ABOUT TIME OUT Page ACCOMMODATION ......... 80-81

EUROPEAN HORIZON Days From Page 10...............................NZ$1565 ..................... 44-45

EUROPEAN MAGIC Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1659 .. 82-83

EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 14...............................NZ$2199 ..................... 46-47

AMSTERDAM to BARCELONA Days From Page 11...............................NZ$2699 .. 84-85

EUROPEAN WHIRL Days From Page 18...............................NZ$2795 ..................... 48-49

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY Days From Page 12...............................NZ$2189 .. 86-87

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE Days From Page 20...............................NZ$3095 ..................... 50-51

BEST OF EUROPE Days From Page 10 / 13 ..................NZ$2675 .. 88-89

EUROPEAN SPIRIT Days From Page 22...............................NZ$3329 ..................... 52-53

EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER Days From Page 16...............................NZ$2745 .. 90-91

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE Days From Page 25...............................NZ$3879 ..................... 54-55

ROAD TO ATHENS / ROAD TO ROME Days From Page 17 / 13 ..................NZ$2640 .. 92

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS Days From Page 29...............................NZ$4485 ..................... 58-59

ROAD TO ATHENS plus CRUISES Days From Page 21 / 25 ..................NZ$4339 .. 92-93

EUROPEAN ADVENTURER Days From Page 37...............................NZ$5875 ..................... 60-62

EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS Days From Page 18...............................NZ$3799 .. 96-97

LONDON TO ATHENS Days From Page 21.........................NZ$3615..................63-64

EUROPEAN INSPIRATION Days From Page 19...............................NZ$3175 .. 98-99

LONDON TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 33...............................NZ$5455 ..................... 65

EUROPEAN VISTA Days From Page 21...............................NZ$3490 .. 100-101

THE ESCAPE Days From Page 12...............................NZ$1419 ..................... 29 THE EXPEDITION Days From Page 21...............................NZ$2459 ..................... 30-31 THE SOUTHERN TRAIL Days From Page 21...............................NZ$2539 ..................... 32 THE NORTHERN TREK Days From Page 26...............................NZ$3115 ..................... 33 THE EASY RIDER Days From Page 32...............................NZ$3795 ..................... 36-37 THE BIG CHILL Days From Page 46...............................NZ$5199 ..................... 38-39

Index 21-22 GF Contents Tour Styles.indd 1

LONDON TO ROME Days From Page 16...............................NZ$2765 ..................... 65 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 45...............................NZ$7295 ..................... 66-69 ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + EGYPT OPTION Days From Page 45...............................NZ$7649 ..................... 69 GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURER Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1489 ................. 70-71 SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA Days From Page 26...............................NZ$5129 ................. 72-73 SCANDINAVIA Days From Page 14 / 16 ..................NZ$2915 ................. 74-75 RUSSIA Days From Page 12 / 14 ..................NZ$2380 ................. 76-77

EUROPEAN PANORAMA Days From Page 28...............................NZ$6075 .. 102-103 EUROPEAN EXPLORER Days From Page 33...............................NZ$7890 .. 104-107

Time Out In-Depth Regional Page DISCOVER IN-DEPTH TOURS ............... 108-109 IRELAND Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1485 .. 110 SCOTLAND & IRELAND Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2535 .. 110 ENGLAND & SCOTLAND Days From Page 8 / 9 .........................NZ$1299 .. 111

LONDON, PARIS & AMSTERDAM Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1879 .........115 LONDON, PARIS & ROME Days From Page 10...............................NZ$1965 .. 115 SIMPLY ITALY Days From Page 12...................................NZ$2085...116-117 ITALIAN ESPRESSO Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1519 .. 118-119 MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL Days From Page 11...............................NZ$2319 .. 120-121 MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL plus GREEK ISLAND CRUISES Days From Page 14 / 18 ..................NZ$2965 .. 121 MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2185 .. 122-123

WINTER WANDERER Days From Page 24...............................NZ$4089 .. 148-149 SKI AUSTRIA Days From Page 7 / 15......................NZ$759...... 150-151

More ways to travel DISCOVER MORE Page WAYS TO TRAVEL.............................................152 LONDON EXPLORER Days From Page 3 / 5 .........................NZ$335....................................153 PARIS AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$665....................................154 AMSTERDAM AT CHRISTMAS Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$590....................................154

SPANISH SPREE Days From Page 14...............................NZ$1995 .. 126-127

ST PATRICK’S DAY IN DUBLIN Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$429....................................154

EGYPT & THE NILE Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1279 .. 128-129

PARIS AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$665....................................155

TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY Days From Page 10...............................NZ$2149 .. 130

AMSTERDAM AT NEW YEAR Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$590....................................155

BERLIN, PRAGUE & VIENNA Days From Page 9 ..................................NZ$1499 .. 131

HOGMANAY IN EDINBURGH Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$655....................................155

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST Days From Page 11...............................NZ$1765 .. 132

ANZAC CLASSIC / ODYSSEY Days From Page 4 / 5 .........................NZ$545....................................156

BERLIN & PRAGUE Days From Page 7 ..................................NZ$1175 .. 133

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST Days From Page 4-7.............................NZ$349....................................157

VIENNA & BUDAPEST Days From Page 5 ..................................NZ$959...... 133

PAMPLONA RUNNING OF THE BULLS Days From Page 4-7.............................NZ$375....................................158

EASTERN ROAD Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2475 .. 134-135 CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1175 .. 136-137

PAMPLONA + BILBAO BBK LIVE Days From Page 6 / 8 .........................NZ$699....................................159

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 13...............................NZ$2625 .. 138-139 SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE + CRUISING Days From Page 4 / 8 / 12 .............NZ$955...... 140-141

ROYAL ASCOT Days From Page 1 ..................................NZ$169....................................159

AEGEAN CLASSIC & GOLDEN FLEECE CRUISES Days From Page 6 / 9 .........................NZ$1299 .. 142-143

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND Days From Page 16...............................NZ$2899 .. 112-113

MYKONOS & ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 8 ..................................NZ$1819 .. 144

Concept

Time Out Time Out 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 en-suites, TVs & WiFi. We’ve got 2 ways to travel Time Out – our Multi-Country tours & In-Depth Regional tours.

Time Out 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.

AMSTERDAM IN EASTER Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$439....................................159 EDINBURGH FESTIVAL & MILITARY TATTOO Days From Page 4 ..................................NZ$565....................................159

SCOTLAND Days From Page 6 ..................................NZ$1199 .. 111

We understand what you want from your trip. Choose from our 6 great ways to travel.

Easy Pace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, and 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 Time Out Multi-Country and Time Out In-Depth Regional tour pages.

Time Out 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.

Stay in our own 16th century Château, Austrian Gasthof or Swiss Chalet one night, then mix it up with hostels, cabins and bonus hotel upgrades the next. Concept gives you a taste of all the ways to sleep easy in Europe, and 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. Check out why our Special Stopovers are called just that… Head to Google Images & search for • Château de Cruix • Gasthof Schöneck • Contiki Chalet Lauterbrunnen • Corfu Village Hotel ... to see what everyone’s talking about…

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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 6 great tour styles, so you can travel your way. Château de Cruix

Camping The legendary Contiki camper - the way we started back in ‘62. It’s a little different now, with spacious tents for two, comfy air mattresses & set in some of Europe’s best campsites, but it is still a great option to stretch your travel budget to the max.

At our Contiki Villages, you’ll get the use of our awesome On-site Teams & facilities (some with pools, bars & WiFi) too, and on some nights we take it up a level, with free hostel & hotel upgrades. Want a tent to yourself? For a little extra it’s yours.

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.

Festivals, events & short breaks From running with the bulls, catching some of the world’s biggest bands at Bilbao BBK Live & drinking 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.95 for more.

Meet Céline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.94-95

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 use 100% recycled paper for the body stock of all 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 100% 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: FSC, 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 km Car 0.2028 kgs Air 0.0819 kgs Rail 0.0577 kgs Coach 0.0300 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.

Contiki Part Pay

Your e-brochure

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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Check-in Already booked? Don’t forget to check-in for your tour – it only takes 5 mins. As well as saving you time & paperwork on the first day of your trip, it makes sure we have important contact information on file should we need to contact you.

Not sure what trip to choose? Compare tours on our website, post to Facebook & let your friends vote & help you decide. Simply select on search page to compare up to 5 tours.

Get in touch Don’t miss our latest updates, deals or giveaways. Our team are there to answer questions, give advice & talk & share all things Contiki.

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Camping Tours

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7

Camping tours to choose from

REMEMBER If you book early you save money!

• STAY IN EUROPE’S BEST CAMPSITES • GET BACK TO NATURE

• BIG, ROOMY TENTS FOR 2 • FREE HOTEL UPGRADES

• CAMP IN COMFORT AT A GREAT PRICE • THE ORIGINAL CONTIKI EXPERIENCE SINCE ‘62

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The original Contiki

Travel the way Contiki began, sleep under the stars & stretch your holiday budget. Camping Contiki-style is all about getting back to basics, but getting a whole lot for your money.

Sleep easy in super comfort

Getting around

Get a good night’s sleep in our new twin-share A-frame tents. They’re designed for 3, so there’s plenty of room to spread out & get comfy. We also give you an air-mattress & a stool too, perfect for hanging with your travel buddies, festival style. What’s more, our easy to pitch tents are up & down in a minute.

As with every Contiki tour, you’ll travel in style on a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging. Better still, all of your ferry crossings are included. Easy.

“Choose from 7 great tours from 10 to 46 days”

Going solo? Amazing campsites Better still is that you’ll stay in some of Europe’s best campsites, so you don’t have to rough it. Some campsites have swimming pools, bars, pizzerias, nightclubs & food stores, so you’re all set.

Even if you’re planning on leaving your mates at home, don’t worry. We’ll match you up with a same sex travel buddy to share your tent with. More than half our travellers are just like you – ready to head off on their own & experience Europe with young, fun & like-minded travel mates.

So whether your free-time is about relaxing by the pool, getting active hiking or exploring the city, our campsites are your perfect base.

‘A tent to myself’ option

Your Contiki team On our Camping tours, you’ll travel with 3 on-road experts: your Tour Manager, Tour Driver & On-road Cook. More about our team on p.10-11.

If you like the idea of more space & privacy then why not book one of our great tents all for yourself, for just a little extra. Check out the tour price panels for details. Limited ‘A tent to myself’ spaces available per tour.

Plus... Free overnight upgrades! Delicious food, every day Meal times are definitely one of the many great things about our Camping tours. Your On-road Cook prepares the tastiest dishes made with fresh ingredients, in the fullydecked coach kitchen (with a little help from you & your friends).

We take it up a level with free upgrades to hotels & hostels on some nights, so keep an eye out on the tour pages for more.

Your Food Fund covers hot breakfasts every day (that means hash browns, bacon & eggs) & lots of 2-course dinners too. You’ll also get a taste of some local delicacies - even escargot & frogs legs on some trips. At lunchtime, we let you make your own choices, there’s no need to spoil your day heading back to a meeting point. You can try what you like, when you like & spend what you want.

Loads included & free time too Most of the main sights 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 like. Choose from our optional Explore More activities (p.8-9) or just take time to chill out, relax & do whatever you’re into.

Explore more: optional activities

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

7 Camping tours to choose from

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www.contiki.com/littlehopper

The Little Hopper 10 Days, 4 Countries From NZ$1219pp* NZ$122 per day

Wales

Netherlands

ENGLAND London Dover Calais

Belgium

Germany

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2 Burgundy Region

FRANCE

The Louvre, Paris

What’s Included: 9 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) (more on p.26-27) 15 meals included in Food Fund: 9 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Ferry crossing

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Go local & sample cuisses de grenouille (frogs legs!) • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Discover Florence’s sights on a locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17)

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$55. See p.19 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

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ATLANTIC OCEAN

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

1039 1069 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125

180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180

1219 1249 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305

2012 25 9 23 30 13 20 27 4 7 11 18 21 25 1 15 22 5 14 19

4 18 1 8 22 29 6 13 16 20 27 30 3 10 24 31 14 23 28

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

Slovenia

Pisa

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$255. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

Code: CCCK summer 2012

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

Austria

2 SWISS ALPS ITALY

How much & when Start London or Paris

SWITZ

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy en route to the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 4: 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

Monaco

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

1 ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera Wind down out of the mountains & travel south to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 6: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

• •

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

Day 9: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

Day 10: Depart Rome It’s time to say farewell to your new friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Day 8: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B)

Switzerland

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Swiss Alps Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Florence Tuscan dinner • Nightclub entry Visit contiki.com/littlehopper-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/escape

The Escape

Camping

12 Days, 7 Countries

The Escape 12 Days

From NZ$1419pp*

What’s Included:

NZ$119 per day

11 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 2 nights in hostel upgrade (more on p.26.27)

NETHERLANDS

17 meals included in Food Fund: 11 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D)

2 BERLIN

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

Dresden

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages

CZECH REP

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

MUNICH 2 AUSTRIA Tyrol

FRANCE

Switz Brenner Pass

Venice

Slovenia ITALY

Apennine Mountains

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

Bosnia

GO

ADRIATIC SEA

Code: CCCW summer 2012 Start Rome

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Meet up with your Contiki team & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D) Day 2: 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 3: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

Day 4: Venice to Munich Say farewell to the romance of Venice as we wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B,D)

Ferry crossing

How much & when

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1 ROME

Day 5: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & loads of traditional food & beer gardens to discover. (B) Day 6: Munich to Prague Travel through Bohemia to Prague, the golden “City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D) Day 7: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• •

Day 8: Prague to Berlin Head north & back into Germany, via a lunch stop in Dresden for a taste of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight enjoy this cutting edge city’s arts, bar & club scene. Hostel (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative

• •

artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall Day 9: Berlin Get into the cool city vibes as you discover the mix of the old & new Berlin. From its historical past to the upbeat arts & cultural scene, there’s loads to explore. Hostel (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

Day 10: Berlin to Amsterdam Say farewell to Germany as we motor down the autobahn & get ready for some fun in the vibrant free-wheeling city, Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 11: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 12: 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)

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

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

1199 1229 1229 1229 1229 1229 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1259 1259 1259 1259 1259

220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220

1419 1449 1449 1449 1449 1449 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1479 1479 1479 1479 1479

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

4 May 18 May 1 Jun 8 Jun 22 Jul 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 30 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 24 Sep 31 Sep 14 Sep 23 ● Oct 28 ● Oct

15 29 12 19 3 10 17 24 27 31 7 10 14 21 4 11 25 4 9

Only Contiki includes

• Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Let the good times roll - chill at our legendary party nights • Italian food & fashion experience

$

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

5 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$300. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Prague

Explore more: optional activities Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Prague River cruise & lunch Berlin Locally guided walking tour Amsterdam Countryside bike ride Visit contiki.com/escape-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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

From NZ$2459pp* NZ$118 per day

Pantheon, Rome

GO NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

Dresden

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2

Slovakia

MUNICH 2

Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA SWITZ

FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS ITALY

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Tyrol

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• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Go local & sample cuisses de grenouille (frogs legs!) • Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Italian food & fashion experience • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Let the good times roll - chill at our legendary party nights

Brenner Pass

Slovenia Apennine Mountains

2 Pisa FLORENCE

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Monaco

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city MEDITERRANEAN SEA Optional end city Optional start/end city

Hungary

Only Contiki includes

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

2 ROME

Explore more: optional activities

Bosnia

Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Swiss Alps Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Rome Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Venice Gondola ride along the canals Tyrol Whitewater rafting adventure Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Prague River cruise & lunch Amsterdam Countryside bike ride Visit contiki.com/expedition-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/expedition

The Expedition takes you through Europe the original Contiki way, on an epic introduction to some of Europe’s top destinations. With two night stops in each city, you can really explore & live it like a local.

DON’T MISS

Camping

Kunsthaus Tacheles art collective in Berlin - art, photography, bars & clubs in an old shopping centre (bombed in World War II) near Oranienburger Tor.

The Expedition 21 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy en route to the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 4: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera Wind down out of the mountains & travel south to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 6: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

How much & when

vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B,D)

Day 17: Prague to Berlin Head north & back into Germany, via a lunch stop in Dresden for a taste of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight enjoy this cutting edge city’s arts, bar & club scene. Hostel (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall

• •

Day 11: 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 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

• •

• •

Day 18: Berlin Get into the cool city vibes as you discover the mix of the old & new Berlin. From its historical past to the upbeat arts & cultural scene, there’s loads to explore. Hostel (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

Day 13: Venice to Munich Say farewell to the romance of Venice as we make our way to Germany & into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B,D)

Day 19: Berlin to Amsterdam Say farewell to Germany as we motor down the autobahn & get ready for some fun in the vibrant free-wheeling city, Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 14: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & loads of traditional food & beer gardens to discover. (B)

Day 20: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 15: Munich to Prague Travel through Bohemia to Prague, the golden “City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D)

Day 21: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Day 16: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets &

• •

Code: CCCM summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2049 2105 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2305 2305 2305 2305 2305 2305 2305 2209 2209 2209 2209 2209

410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410 410

2459 2515 2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619

2012 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

25 May 9 May 23 Jun 30 Jun 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Jul 4 Jul 7 Jul 11 Jul 18 Aug 21 Aug 25 Aug 1 Aug 15 Sep 22 Sep 5 Sep 14 ● Oct 19 ● Oct

15 29 12 19 3 10 17 24 27 31 7 10 14 21 4 11 25 4 9

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$529. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

20 nights accommodation: 18 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 2 nights in hostel upgrade (more on p.26-27) 32 meals included in Food Fund: 20 breakfasts (B) 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$105. See p.19 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 8: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Day 9: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills & terraced

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Don’t miss a cabaret show in Paris

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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www.contiki.com/southerntrail

The Southern Trail 21 Days, 6 Countries From NZ$2539pp*

ENGLAND London

Germany

Dover

Nz$121 per day

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Belgium

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

3 PARIS

Slovakia

Burgundy Region

Austria Hungary

Switz FRANCE

Château de Cruix

LYON 1

SPAIN

2 BARCELONA

Slovenia

Verona

2 VENICE Pisa

Arles

Pyrenees Mountains

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia Serbia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

What’s Included: 19 nights accommodation: 19 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.26-27) 32 meals included in Food Fund: 20 breakfasts (B) 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Ferry crossings

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • A locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis

$

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

13 World Heritage sites visited

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How much & when Code: CCCL summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400

2539 2595 2649 2649 2649 2649 2649 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2709 2709 2709

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

24 8 15 22 5 19 26 3 10 17 31 7 14 19 24

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

14 28 4 11 25 9 16 23 30 6 20 27 3 8 13

2139 2195 2249 2249 2249 2249 2249 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2309 2309 2309

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$555. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). Ferry across the English Channel to 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

••

Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the beautiful Château Versailles. (B)(B,D) See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 4: Paris to Lyon Travel through Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country to gourmet Lyon. (B,D) Stop at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château Taste local wine

• •

Day 5: Lyon to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Day 6: Barcelona Sightsee this sexy city, then tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

• •

Montenegro

ROME 2 Mt. Vesuvius Vatican City

1 SORRENTO

Brindisi

Albania

1 3 CORFU

GREECE

IONIAN SEA

Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to Arles, then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

••

Day 8: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets & chill on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 9: French Riviera to Venice Stop at Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before we head to enchanting Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena

Day 10: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals

• •

Day 11: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa & see the tower, before rolling through Tuscany to Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 12: Florence Our local guide gives you the inside track on Florence, before exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell

Bulgaria

Macedonia

Pompeii

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

Itinerary & sightseeing

R Romania ia

Croatia atia ati a

Isle of Capri

Corfu

e Ukraine

ATHENS 1

Corinth Canal

Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo

Day 13: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (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 Explore the “Eternal City”. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri, soak up its sweeping views & set sail for Sorrento. (B) Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu Pass along the Bay of Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 17-19: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B,D)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town

Day 20: Corfu to Athens Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B) Day 21: Depart Athens After sightseeing the ancient wonders, 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

• •

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Venice Gondola ride • Guided walking tour Pompeii Entry fee & guided tour Corfu Water sports Visit contiki.com/southerntrail-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/northerntrek

The Northern Trek

Camping The Northern Trek 26 Days

26 Days, 18 Countries From NZ$3115pp*

What’s Included:

NORTH SEA

NZ$120 per day

Edam

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Poland

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley Dover

London

25 nights accommodation: 21 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share (more on p.26-27)

Belarus

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

St Goar

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

1 HEIDELBERG 2 MUNICH SWITZ FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS

Ukraine SLOVAKIA

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

Liechtenstein

2

AUSTRIA

VIENNA

Bratislava

42 meals included in Food Fund: 25 breakfasts (B) 17 dinners (D)

2 BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

Lucerne

Slovenia

Romania CROATIA

Italy

An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team

BOSNIA

1 ZADAR Split

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Serbia BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

Spain

1 SOFIA

DURRES 1

STRUGA KAVALA 1 1

ALBANIA

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Meet your fellow travellers & Contiki team tonight & get excited for your adventure. (D) Day 2: Athens to Kavala Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to Kavala. (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae & Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 3: Kavala to Gallipoli Visit the Gallipoli battlefields on our way to Turkey. (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

Struga with its cute village atmosphere. (B,D) Day 8: Struga to Durres Cross into Albania & on to mountainous Durres. Hotel (B,D) Day 9: Durres to Dubrovnik See the sparkling coastline & tiny Montenegro before reaching Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

Days 10-11: Dubrovnik Discover historic buildings, bars & amazing seafood. (B)(B,D) See the fortified city & port

Day 16: Vienna After a morning tour, explore the city’s music, cafés, parks, architecture & try strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

• •

Day 17: Vienna to Prague Stop at World Heritage listed Český Krumlov before Prague, “City of a Thousand Spires”. (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

Days 18: Prague Discover this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets, Gothic architecture & beer. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square

• ••

Day 12: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split & then travel on to Zadar. (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 13: Zadar to Budapest Head north, past Lake Balaton to a lively arts, café & music scene in the “Paris of the East.” (B,D)

Day 19: Prague to Munich Head to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial

Day 14: Budapest Explore this fascinating city – split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 20: Munich Explore your way. There’s museums, shopping & lots of traditional food & beer! (B,D) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 4: Gallipoli to Istanbul Ferry to Troy before continuing on to Istanbul. Hotel (B) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide Day 5: Istanbul Discover the action in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided tour of the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar

Day 6: Istanbul to Sofia Head to Sofia, with its modern Euro vibes. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 7: Sofia to Struga Cut across Macedonia to

Day 15: Budapest to Vienna Stop for lunch in Slovakia before arriving in Austria. (B) See Bratislava’s medieval castle Visit Vienna’s Prater fun park

• •

• • •

Day 21: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the spectacular Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz

Explore more: optional activities Istanbul Belly dancing evening & meal Dubrovnik Island cruise & swimming Vienna Mozart & Strauss concert • Schnaps museum visit & tasting Prague River cruise & lunch Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Swiss Alps Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Amsterdam Dutch rice table dinner • Countryside bike ride Visit contiki.com/northerntrek-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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ISTANBUL 2 1 GALLIPOLI

Eceabat

Troy

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Optional end cities

Switzerland

BLACK SEA

MACEDONIA

GREECE

TURKEY Thermopylae

IONIAN SEA

• •

See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 22: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 23: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg Head to Heidelberg. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 24: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to freewheeling Amsterdam. (B)

1 ATHENS

• •

Finish Ams’dam or London

Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 25: Amsterdam Discover museums, cool cafés & 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)

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2755 2755 2755 2755 2755 2639 2639 2639 2639 2639

540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540

3115 3115 3115 3115 3115 3295 3295 3295 3295 3295 3179 3179 3179 3179 3179

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

14 Jun 28 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jul 25 Jul 9 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Aug 6 Aug 20 Sep 27 Sep 3 ● Sep 8 ● Oct 13 ● Oct

8 22 29 6 20 3 10 17 24 31 14 21 28 3 8

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

Code: CCCR summer 2012 Start Athens

Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages

Ferry crossings

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Visit the Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC cove • The Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge & Spice Markets discover Istanbul with our expert local guide • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik

$

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

14 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$630. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Dubrovnik

30/08/2011 09:48


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...

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ONLINE, ON THE ROAD > Top Travel Tools We asked our Tour Mangers to tell us about the handiest & best travel tools & apps. Here are their top picks. The best bit? 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 & hotels including our Château De Cruix in Beaujolais, Corfu Village Hotel in Corfu, Trubsee Hotel in Engelberg, Lowengraben 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.

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The Easy Rider 32 Days 12 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$3795pp* NZ$119 per day

The Eiffel Tower, Paris NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

GO

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley

GERMANY

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Explore Pamplona - home of the ‘Running of the Bulls’ • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) • Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles • A moving experience at the Mauthausen memorial - plus more

London Dover Calais

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

1 HEIDELBERG MUNICH 1

3 PARIS

Versailles

Loire Valley

SWITZ

FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS

1 BORDEAUX

Biarritz

Arles

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees 1 PAMPLONA Mountains

Hungary

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

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Verona

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Serbia ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

ROME 3 Mt. Vesuvius

Isle of Capri

1

2 BARCELONA

Zaragoza

SPAIN

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA

Dolomite Mountains

Pisa Monaco

Slovakia Mauthausen

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

Only Contiki includes

Poland

Pompeii

1 SORRENTO

Brindisi

1 4 CORFU IONIAN SEA

GREECE

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Barcelona Flamenco dance show Pompeii Entry fee & guided tour Corfu Water sports like parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding Venice Gondola ride along the canals Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Swiss Alps Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Visit contiki.com/easyrider-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/easyrider DON’T MISS

@Crazycontiki.blogspot. com: Dutch Apple pie &.... Poffertjes were amazing! I remember trying them once back in NZ, but wow these ones were the real deal.....

The Easy Rider is a camping classic, so let the good times roll. Dive into the history & culture of Italy, learn flamenco in Spain or parasail in Corfu (& that’s just the start) as you get cosy with Europe’s ultimate highlights.

Unforgettable gelato in Venice. Get off the beaten track & head on over to La Boutique del Gelato for our favourite Italian treat.

Camping The Easy Rider 32 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the beautiful Château Versailles. (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 4: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to the Bordeaux region & St. Emilion. (B,D) Day 5: Bordeaux to Pamplona Swim & shop in fashionable Biarritz before crossing into Spain to Pamplona. (B,D) See the lighthouse & bay in Biarritz See Pamplona’s famous bullring

• •

Day 6: Pamplona to Barcelona Head south to the Baroque city of Zaragoza & on to Barcelona, then see why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. (B,D) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

Day 7: Barcelona Explore the city & feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to Arles, then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

••

Day 9: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 10: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B)

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• •

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

Day 12: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Days 13-14: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ for a couple of days in 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,D)(B,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before setting sail for Sorrento. (B) Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 17-20: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B,D)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town

Day 21: Corfu to Italy Cruise the Adriatic Sea. (B) Day 22: Arrival Venice Visit Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona & then make your way to the enchanting city of Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s Balcony & the Roman Arena

Day 23: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

How much & when

• •

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

Day 26: 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

• •

Day 27: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the spectacular Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • •

Day 28: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 29: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg Head north to Heidelberg, known for its Baroque old town & lively student feel. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 30: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Code: CCCD summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

3145 3475 3475 3475 3475 3475 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3559 3559 3559 3559

650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650 650

3795 4125 4125 4125 4125 4125 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4209 4209 4209 4209

2012 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

24 15 22 12 19 26 3 10 13 17 24 31 14 28 1 6

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25 15 22 13 20 27 3 10 13 17 24 31 14 28 2 7

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$810. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. ■ This tour will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

29 nights accommodation: 29 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.26-27) 50 meals included in Food Fund: 31 breakfasts (B) 19 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$169. See p.19 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

Day 31: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 32: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Day 24: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna then hit the rides at Prater park. (B) Visit Vienna’s Prater fun park

Day 25: 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! (B,D)

Corfu

Amsterdam

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The Big Chill 46 Days 22 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro (in transit), Bosnia (in transit), Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$5199pp* NZ$114 per day

The Pantheon, Rome Denmark

BALTIC SEA

GO

Lithuania

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND Dover London Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

St Goar

2 PRAGUE

3 PARIS

2 MUNICH

FRANCE Château de Cruix

LYON 1

2 SWISS ALPS

SPAIN

Liechtenstein

2 VIENNA

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

Lucerne

Arles

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

SLOVAKIA

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

SWITZ

Ukraine

CZECH REP

1 HEIDELBERG

Burgundy Region

Pyrenees Mountains

GERMANY

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

Poland

Ruhr Valley

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 2 BARCELONA

Romania CROATIA

2 VENICE Pisa

Monaco

Slovenia

Verona

BOSNIA

Split

ITALY

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME 2 Mt. Vesuvius Vatican City

Serbia

1 ZADAR

2 FLORENCE

Pompeii

Isle of Capri

DURRES 1

1 SORRENTO

Brindisi

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KAVALA STRUGA 1 1

ALBANIA

IONIAN SEA

Eceabat Troy

GREECE Thermopylae

Corinth Canal

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour (see p.16-17) with Champagne & escargot • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Special access Rome sightseeing tour (see p16-17) • Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Greek food & fashion experience • Visit the famous Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC cove • The Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge & Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik - plus more

BULGARIA

MACEDONIA

1 3 CORFU

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

SOFIA 1

MONTENEGRO

Only Contiki includes

2 ATHENS

ISTANBUL 2 1 GALLIPOLI TURKEY

Explore more: optional activities Paris Cabaret show & glass of champagne Venice Gondola ride • Guided walking tour Pompeii Entry fee & guided tour Corfu Island sailing cruise Istanbul Belly dancing evening & meal Dubrovnik Island cruise & swimming Munich Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment Swiss Alps Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Visit contiki.com/bigchill-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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www.contiki.com/bigchill CHECK OUT

@tlw88: It’s hard to choose one thing, but the French Riviera was awesome, the food was amazing everywhere & Rhine Valley was beautiful.

From bright lights & big cities to cultural hubs & the best spots for kicking back in the sun – the Big Chill has it all. Frolic in France, taste sangria in Spain & hire jeeps to hit the streets & beaches of Corfu, before discovering Turkey & beyond.

Camping

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the garden bars of Budapest. The courtyards of old apartments have been transformed into modern clubs.

The Big Chill 46 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris. Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Days 2-3: Paris. Indulge in this sophisticated city & find magic, romance & history. Day trip to the beautiful Château Versailles. (B)(B,D) See Château Versailles (entrance not included)

Day 4: Paris to Lyon. Travel through Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country to gourmet Lyon. (B,D) Stop at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château Taste local wine

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Day 5: Lyon to Barcelona. Head through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Day 6: 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 the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

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Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera. Travel through Provence to Arles, en route to the French Riviera. (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

••

Day 8: French Riviera. Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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Day 9: French Riviera to Venice. Stop in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before we head to enchanting Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena

Day 10: Venice. Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (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 11: Venice to Florence. Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa &

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check out its architectural wonder before rolling through Tuscany to Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 12: Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on 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 demonstration

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Day 13: Florence to Rome. Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (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 14: Rome. Discover 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,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento. From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri, soak up its sweeping views & set sail for Sorrento. (B) Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu. Pass along the Bay of Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 17-19: Corfu. Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B,D)(B,D)(B) See Corfu’s Venetian fortress

Day 20: Corfu to Athens. Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B) Day 21: Athens. See the Acropolis, wander the cobbled streets of the Plaka or just relax. Later, get your shopping fix at one of Athens’ designer outlet malls. (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Day 22: Athens to Kavala. Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae & Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 25: Istanbul. Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D) See the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar with a local guide

Krumlov as you travel through Bohemia to Prague, the “City of a Thousand Spires”. (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

Day 26: 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 38: Prague. Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square

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Day 27: Sofia to Struga. Cut across Macedonia to the red-roofed houses, sidewalk cafés & village atmosphere of Struga near Lake Ohrid. (B,D) Day 28: Struga to Durres. Cross into Albania & on to Durres where steep mountains plunge into the deep Adriatic Sea. Hotel (B,D) Day 29: Durres to Dubrovnik. Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

Day 40: Munich. Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & lots of traditional food & beer gardens. (B,D) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Days 30-31: Dubrovnik. Find historic buildings, modern galleries & amazing seafood in this stunning town. (B)(B,D) See the fortified city & Old Port

Day 41: Munich to Swiss Alps. Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the spectacular Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

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Day 32: Dubrovnik to Zadar. Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split & then travel on to Zadar. (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 33: Zadar to Budapest. Head north, past Lake Balaton to a lively arts, café & music scene in the “Paris of the East.” (B,D) Day 34: Budapest. Feel the history of this fascinating city – split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 35: Budapest to Vienna. Stop for lunch in Slovakia before arriving in Austria to hit the rides at Prater park tonight. (B) See Bratislava’s medieval castle Visit Vienna’s Prater fun park

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Day 37: Vienna to Prague. Stop at the World Heritage listed town Český

Day 24: Gallipoli to Istanbul. Ferry across the Dardanelles & make a visit to Troy before continuing on to Istanbul. Hotel (B) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide

Day 39: Prague to Munich. Head to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial

Day 36: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you ona morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander the city & encounter its wealth of music, cafes, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

Day 23: Kavala to Gallipoli. Visit the historic Gallipoli battlefields as we make our way to Turkey. (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

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Day 42: Swiss Alps. Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 43: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg. Head north to Heidelberg. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 44: Heidelberg to Amsterdam. Next up, Amsterdam! (B) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 45: Amsterdam. Discover museums, cool cafés & nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 46: 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)

44 nights accommodation: 40 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.26-27) 74 meals included in Food Fund: 45 breakfasts (B) 29 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$229. See p.19 for details.

27 World Heritage sites visited Venetian masks

Code: CCCA summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

4259 4369 4705 4705 4705 4705 4705 5035 5035 5035 5035 5035 4819 4819 4819

940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940 940

5199 5309 5645 5645 5645 5645 5645 5975 5975 5975 5975 5975 5759 5759 5759

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

24 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 26 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 ● Sep 19 ● Oct 24 ● Oct

8 22 29 6 20 3 10 17 24 31 14 21 28 3 8

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex tent-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$1159. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Charles Bridge, Praque

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Concept Tours

$

19

Concept 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 Concept 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.42-43. 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.42-43.

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 9 to 45 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 & powerpoints 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 mates 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 mates.

Famously fabulous food Your Food Fund 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 Concept tours to choose from

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Concept 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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Concept Tours Tour urs

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 mates, 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/concept to find out more

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European Horizon 10 Days 7 Countries Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

From NZ$1565pp* NZ$157 per day

Switzerland

GO NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London 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

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover night

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA 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

Concept

Grab a few mates, 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 10 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 2: 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 3: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock

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See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 4: 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 5: 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

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

How much & when  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

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See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 7: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 8: 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

Day 9: 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 10: Depart Paris Morning transfer to Paris CDG airport (est arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Code: CCEH summer 2012 Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

14 21 25 6 9 17 19 24 28 3 5 9 12 16 19 22 25 28 30 2 5 8 11 14 21 27 2 8 15 22 25 30 1 6 9 11

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

23 30 4 15 18 26 28 2 6 12 14 18 21 25 28 1 4 7 9 11 14 17 20 23 30 5 11 17 24 31 3 8 10 15 18 20

1335 1335 1335 1390 1390 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1445 1445 1445 1445 1445 1445 1445 1445

230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230

1565 1565 1565 1620 1620 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1749 1749 1749 1749 1749 1749 1749 1749 1749 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675

9 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 1 night in a Contiki Village cabin, 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.42-43) 15 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$69. See p.19 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Venice

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Paris

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European Highlights 14 Days 8 Countries France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria (in transit), Germany, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$2199pp* NZ$158 per day

The Louvre, Paris

GO

Only Contiki includes

NORTH SEA Edam

Wales

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

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 Spain

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Hungary

Switz

CHATEAU 1 DE CRUIX

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover night

• 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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www.contiki.com/highlights

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?

Concept

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 14 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 9: 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 10: 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 See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

• •

How much & when Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 14: 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 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

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 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

1859 1859 1859 1859 1859 1915 1915 1915 1915 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340

2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2255 2255 2255 2255 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2435 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349 2349

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 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

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 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

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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 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

13 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s French Château, 6 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.42-43) 20 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$95. See p.19 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

The Colosseum, Rome

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Spanish Steps, Rome

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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European Whirl 18 Days 9 Countries Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

From NZ$2795pp* NZ$156 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 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

i

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Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Bosnia

ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 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 start city Optional end city Optional start/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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www.contiki.com/whirl RANDOM FACT

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!

Concept European Whirl 18 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

••

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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

• •

Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 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: CCEW summer 2012 Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 Apr Apr Apr Apr 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 Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

5 15 21 29 4 8 14 20 22 27 31 3 10 13 16 17 19 21 24 29 2 5 8 10 12 15 19 21 25 29 6 13 15 20 23 26 30 2 6 10 17 ●

Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun 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 Oct

22 2 8 16 21 25 31 6 8 13 17 20 27 30 3 4 6 8 11 16 19 22 25 27 29 1 5 7 11 15 23 30 1 6 9 12 16 19 23 27 4

2360 2360 2360 2360 2425 2425 2425 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2660 2550 2550 2550 2550 2550 2550 2550 2550 2550 2550

435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435

2795 2795 2795 2795 2860 2860 2860 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

17 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 5 nights in hostels (more on p.42-43) 26 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$125. See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 6: 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 7: Prague to Munich Back to Germany & into Munich, the festive home of

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French Perfumery

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European Experience 20 Days 10 Countries France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$3095pp* NZ$155 per day

Hire a bike in the Alps

GO NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

Wales

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London 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 start city Optional end city Optional start/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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www.contiki.com/experience

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

Concept

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 20 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 demonstration

• •

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Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

Day 12: 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 13: 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 16: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you opt in for a cog railway ride up the snowcovered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 17: 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 18: 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 19: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 20: 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 14: 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

Code: CCMX summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

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510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510 510

3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3165 3165 3165 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3229 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3419 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299 3299

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19 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, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.42-43) 33 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$135. See p.19 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• •

Day 15: 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 22 Days 11 Countries France, Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia (in transit), Slovenia, Italy, Vatican City

From NZ$3329pp* NZ$152 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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www.contiki.com/spirit INSIDER TIP

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.

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For something eerie, try the Catacombs in Paris – a bizarre collection of 6 million bones & skulls housed in underground tunnels.

European Spirit 22 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Paris Check-in to the Contiki hotel then meet up with your Contiki team & get to know your fellow travellers over dinner. Hotel (D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 3: Paris to Amsterdam Pass through 3 countries in one day as you head to the Netherlands’ free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 4: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

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

• •

See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

Day 9: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 10: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you. Wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture &, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

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Day 11: Vienna to Zagreb Cross through Slovenia en route to the newly buzzing Balkan gem of Zagreb. Hotel (B) Day 12: Zagreb to Dubrovnik Set out for Croatia’s sparkling coastline & continue on to the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D) Days 13-14: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this stunning World Heritage site. Hostel (B)(B,D) See the fortified city & the Old Port

Day 15: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split, before we reach Zadar. Hostel (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 16: Zadar to Ljubljana Say farewell to the seaside city as we head to Slovenia’s capital with its young, vibrant student culture. Hotel (B) See Ljubljana’s castle & old town

How much & when Day 17: Ljubljana to Venice Soak up the amazing scenery before heading to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 18: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

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Day 19: Venice to Florence Wind through the Apennine Mountains & Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings & sacred art. Contiki Village (B) Walking tour of Florence with a local guide See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

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Day 20: Florence to Rome Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Code: CCSP summer 2012 Start Paris

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2879 2955 2955 3029 3029 3029 3029 3029 3239 3239 3239 3239 3105 3105 3105

450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450

3329 3405 3405 3479 3479 3479 3479 3479 3689 3689 3689 3689 3555 3555 3555

2012 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

25 4 9 22 3 13 21 27 4 18 25 8 15 26 6

16 25 30 12 24 4 12 18 25 8 15 29 5 16 27

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends 8:00am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

21 nights accommodation: 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 10 nights in hostels (more on p.42-43) 31 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$145. See p.19 for details.

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

• • •

Day 21: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 22: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

• •

Day 7: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. Hostel (B,D) Day 8: 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 25 Days 11 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$3879pp* NZ$156 per day

Paris

GO NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London

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 start city Optional end city Optional start/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

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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 25 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Soak up sophisticated Paris, indulge in this magical city & its legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 3: 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 4: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at our Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Day 6: Barcelona Sightsee this sexy city then 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: French Riviera to Florence Check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 10: 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

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Day 11: 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 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 16: 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 19: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure exhilarating activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 20: 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 21: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 22: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

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Day 23: 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

• •

Day 24: Amsterdam Explore the myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 25: 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: CCBE summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct

3209 3209 3209 3209 3209 3299 3299 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3395 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3639 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489 3489

670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670 670

3879 3879 3879 3879 3879 3969 3969 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4065 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4159 4159 4159 4159 4159 4159 4159 4159 4159

2012 Mar 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 Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

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21 3 13 15 21 27 2 8 10 14 16 20 24 26 2 4 8 12 14 20 22 24 26 28 1 4 7 9 13 19 21 25 31 6 12 18 20 24 30 3 6 9

24 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, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 5 nights in hostels (more on p.42-43) 41 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$165. See p.19 for details.

15 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 17: 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

Parc Guell, Barcelona

Day 18: 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

Contiki’s French Château

Amsterdam

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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 mates.

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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European Contrasts 29 Days 12 Countries France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$4485pp* NZ$155 per day

Capitoline Hill, Rome

GO

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND London

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

St Goar

BELGIUM

• 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

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS FRANCE

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

2 MUNICH

Fontainebleau

SWITZ Beaujolais Region

2 SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Serbia

• 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

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover night

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

ITALY

1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Plus Hungary

Slovenia

1 VENICE Pisa

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

1 AUSTRIA TYROL

Burgundy Region

Spain

CZECH REP

Heidelberg

Only Contiki includes

1

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

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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 29 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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

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Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 3: 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 4: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) French picnic lunch

Day 5: 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 6: French Riviera Today, sun worship on the beach & practice celebrity-spotting. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 7: 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 8: 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

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Day 9: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

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See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & 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 11: 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 12-14: 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 15: Corfu to Italy Cruise to the enchanting port of Venice. Adriatic Ferry (B) Day 16: 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 17: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 18: 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 19: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 27: 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 28: Amsterdam Check out the museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 29: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Code: CCSE summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

3725 3725 3725 3825 3825 3825 4125 4125 4125 4125 4125 4125 4125 4125 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4365 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225

760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760

4485 4485 4485 4585 4585 4585 4885 4885 4885 4885 4885 4885 4885 4885 5125 5125 5125 5125 5125 5125 5125 5125 5125 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985

2012 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

5 May 19 May 27 May 3 May 7 Jun 11 Jun 21 Jun 25 Jun 27 Jun 4 Jul 8 Jul 17 Jul 20 Jul 24 Jul 6 Aug 8 Aug 10 Aug 12 Aug 14 Aug 20 Aug 26 Aug 1 Aug 5 Sep 11 Sep 17 Sep 19 Sep 23 Sep 25 Sep 29 Sep 31 Sep 6 ● Oct 8 ● Oct 12 ● Oct

3 17 25 31 4 8 18 22 24 2 6 15 18 22 3 5 7 9 11 17 23 29 2 8 14 16 20 22 26 28 4 6 10

26 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, 5 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 6 nights in hostels, +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.42-43) 44 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$199. See p.19 for details.

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

17 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 20: 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 21: 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 22: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & lots of traditional food & beer gardens. Hostel (B)

Notre Dame, Paris

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European Adventurer 37 Days 17 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Albania, Montenegro (in transit), Bosnia (in transit), Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From Nz$5875pp* Nz$159 per day

The Trechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

NETHERLANDS Poland Poland GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London

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 ATLANTIC OCEAN

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

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 S ki Slovakia

VIENNA 2

MONTENEGRO

2 ROME Mt. Vesuvius

Bulgaria

Macedonia

1 DURRES

Bari

Pompeii

ALBANIA GREECE

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover night

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Patras Corinth Canal

1 ATHENS 3 MYKONOS

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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.

Concept European Adventurer 37 Days What’s Included: 35 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, 10 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 8 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.42-43) 59 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints for charging

Florence

GO

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 Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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

• •

Days 2-3: 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 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château & immerse yourself in the

rural French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

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

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$265. See p.19 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

Day 7: 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

• •

Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence to Arles. Then it’s on to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit the historic city of Arles

• •

Day 9: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Contiki Village (B,D)

Itinerary continues over page Contiki’s French Château

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Itinerary & sightseeing Continued

•• •

Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 10: 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 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

Day 12: 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 13: 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

• •

Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B)

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See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City Day 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

• •

Days 19-20: 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 21: Mykonos to Preveza Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. Hotel (B,D) Day 22: Preveza to Durres Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. Hotel (B,D)

•• •

Day 23: 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 24: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this World Heritage site. Hostel (B) See the fortified city & Old Port

Day 25: 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 26: 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 27: 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 28: 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

• •

Day 29: 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 30: 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 31: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 32: 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 33: 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 34: 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 35: 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 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

4845 4845 4999 4999 5385 5385 5385 5385 5385 5385 5385 5385 5695 5695 5695 5519 5519 5519 5519

1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030 1030

5875 5875 6029 6029 6415 6415 6415 6415 6415 6415 6415 6415 6725 6725 6725 6549 6549 6549 6549

2012 Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17 May 27 Jun 8 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 22 Jun 25 Jun 5 Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 17 Aug 20 Aug 7 Sep 18 Sep 24 ● Sep 1 ● Oct 4 ● Oct

23 2 13 16 23 27 30 11 14 21 28 4 22 25 12 23 29 7 10

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• •

Day 36: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 37: 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

Concept London to Athens 21 Days

21 Days 6 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece

From NZ$3615pp* NZ$173 per day

George’s Boat Cruise, Corfu

GO

NORTH SEA

London

Dover

Germany

Belgium

Calais

• 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

Poland

Netherlands

ENGLAND

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

3 PARIS

Slovakia

Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Austria

FRANCE Beaujolais Region

Switz

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Pyrenees Mountains

Only Contiki includes

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

Apennine Mountains

Pisa

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Serbia ITALY

SPAIN MEDITERRANEAN SEA 2 BARCELONA

Romania

Croatia

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

2 ROME

• French Château, Corfu Beach Resort - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Explore more: optional activities

Brindisi

Albania

1

IONIAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Special Stopover night

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Bulgaria

Plus

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 Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2-3: 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 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Stop at Fontainebleau before winding through Burgundy’s wine country to reach Contiki’s very own 16th century Château nestled in the Beaujolais vineyards.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See 12th century Château Fontainbleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

The Arc de Triomphe

What’s Included: 19 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 2 nights in a hostel, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.42-43) 34 meals included in Food Fund: 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 powerpoints 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 NZ$155. See p.19 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

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How much & when Code: CCLG summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580 580

3615 3615 3705 3705 3705 3705 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 3779 4005 4005 4005 4005 4005 4005 4005 4005 4005 4005 3859 3859 3859 3859

2012 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 Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

22 25 1 4 6 11 17 20 25 30 3 6 9 12 17 21 23 26 28 1 5 11 15 20 23 25 29 4 7 12 17 21 2

May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

12 15 21 24 26 31 6 9 14 19 23 26 29 2 7 11 13 16 18 21 25 31 4 9 12 14 18 24 27 1 6 10 22

3035 3035 3125 3125 3125 3125 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3199 3425 3425 3425 3425 3425 3425 3425 3425 3425 3425 3279 3279 3279 3279

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! Hostel (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 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 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 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 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. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 5: 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 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals

Day 6: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17-19: 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 20: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) Day 21: Athens After visiting the ancient sites, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am London or 5:00pm Paris & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. Contiki’s French Château

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London to Athens + Greek Island Hopping

Code: CLGI summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Tour NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

4845 4845 4970 4970 5045 4915 5040 5040 5095 5170 5095 5095 5095 5095 5170 5095 5170 5170 5040 5400 5530 5530 5455 5530 5530 5400 5530 5530 5530 5170 5225 5170 5170

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012

33 Days, 6 Countries From NZ$5455pp* NZ$166 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 22-33, see p.138-139.

CORINTH CANAL Piraeus

3 ATHENS

AEGEAN SEA

MYKONOS 3

GREECE

IOS 3

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-21: London to Athens Refer to London to Athens map, itinerary & sightseeing described on p.63-64. In the afternoon of day 21, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on our Greek Island Hopping tour.

3

SANTORINI Places visited Nightstops Special Stopover night

Day 22: Athens. (B) Day 23: Athens to Mykonos. (B,D) Days 24-25: Mykonos. (B)(B) Day 26: Mykonos to Santorini. (B,D)

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Days 27-28: Santorini. (B)(B) Day 29: Santorini to Ios. (B,D) Days 30-31: Ios. (B)(B) Day 32: Ios to Athens. (B) Day 33: Depart Athens. Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Refer to p.63 plus Santorini Visit Oia at sunset • Boat trip to the Volcano’s core Ios Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

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 Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

22 25 1 4 6 11 17 20 25 30 3 6 9 12 17 21 23 26 28 1 5 11 15 20 23 25 29 4 7 12 17 21 2

A B B B A

A A A B B A A A A B A A A B B B

24 27 2 5 8 11 17 20 26 2 5 8 11 14 20 23 26 29 29 1 7 13 16 22 25 25 31 6 9 12 18 21 3

610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610

5455 5455 5580 5580 5655 5525 5650 5650 5705 5780 5705 5705 5705 5705 5780 5705 5780 5780 5650 6010 6140 6140 6065 6140 6140 6010 6140 6140 6140 5780 5835 5780 5780

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

From NZ$2765pp* NZ$173 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 16 days.

Wine tasting at Contiki’s Château

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-15: London to Rome Refer to London to Athens map, itinerary & included sightseeing described on p.62-63. Day 16: Rome Say your farewells & swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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 Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

22 25 1 4 6 11 17 20 25 30 3 6 9 12 17 21 23 26 28 1 5 11 15 20 23 25 29 7 12 17 21 2

May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2265 2265 2325 2325 2325 2325 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2445 2445 2445 2445

500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

2765 2765 2825 2825 2825 2825 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 3049 3049 3049 3049 3049 3049 3049 3049 3049 2945 2945 2945 2945

7 10 16 19 21 26 1 4 9 14 18 21 24 27 2 6 8 11 13 16 20 26 30 4 7 9 13 22 27 1 5 17

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

Explore Rome in your free time

Explore more: optionals

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Code: CCLR summer 2012

2012

16 Days, 5 Countries

Refer to p.63 (except Pompeii, Corfu & Athens)

Concept London to Athens +Greek Islands 33 Days What’s Included: 31 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, 13 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 2 nights in a hostel, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.42-43) 49 meals included in Food Fund: 32 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 16 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.64

$

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & 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 departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

www.contiki.com/london-rome

London to Rome

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with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 7:30am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$249. See p.19 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

Concept London to Rome 16 Days What’s Included: 15 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 3 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 2 nights in a hostel (more on p.42-43) 27 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 11 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.64

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$119. See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

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Ultimate European + Egypt or Greek Island options 45 Days 16/17 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Egypt (Egypt option only), Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$7295pp* NZ$163 per day

NORTH SEA

Belarus

NETHERLANDS

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

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

BARCELONA 2

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

2 BUDAPEST

Slovenia

Romania Croatia

1 BELGRADE

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

SERBIA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

N

Dolomite Mountains

Slovakia

HUNGARY

Apennine Mountains Pisa

Arles

AUSTRIA 2 TYROL

2 VENICE

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Pyrenees Mountains

VIENNA 1

ITALY

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

BULGARIA

2 ROME

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

1 SOFIA

Montenegro

Brindisi

BLACK SEA

KAVALA 1

Gallipoli

Albania Troy

1 2 CORFU IONIAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Special Stopover night

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ISTANBUL 3 1 CANAKKALE

GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae Corinth Canal

EGYPT OPTION & map see p.69

2 ATHENS

GREEK ISLAND OPTION & map see p.69

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 45 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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Concept Ultimate European 45 Days What’s Included: 42/43 nights accommodation (see p.69 for full breakdown of accommodation for Egypt & Greek Island options) 72 meals included in Food Fund (Egypt option) (see p.69 for full breakdown of meals) 69 meals included in Food Fund (Greek Island option) (see p.69 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 powerpoints 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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The Leaning Tower, Pisa

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

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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

Day 5: 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)

• •

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the Pyrénées Mountains, en route to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

Days 2-3: 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 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! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Stop at Fontainebleau before winding through Burgundy’s wine country to reach Contiki’s very own 16th century Château nestled in the Beaujolais vineyards.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See 12th century Château Fontainbleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

• •

Ferry crossings

Anzac Day 28th 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.

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Day 8: 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

• •

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Hire a bike in the Tyrol

Rome

Corfu

Itinerary & sightseeing Continued 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 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 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. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17-18: 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 19: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B,D)

Days 20-26 You choose! There’s either an Egypt or Greek Island option. See p.69. Day 27: Athens to Kavala Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. Hotel (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae & Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 28: 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 29: 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 30-31: 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 32: 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 33: 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 34: 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 35: 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 36: 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 40: 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 41: 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 42: 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 43: 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 44: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 45: 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 37: 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 38: 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 39: 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

Code: CCUE summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

6499 6499 6499 6499 6699 6699 7215 7215 7215 7215 7649 7649 7649 7649 7649 7649 7395 7395 7395 7395

1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150 1150

7649 7649 7649 7649 7849 7849 8365 8365 8365 8365 8799 8799 8799 8799 8799 8799 8545 8545 8545 8545

2012

45 Days, 17 Countries

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

From NZ$7649pp*

Israel

Giza

2 CAIRO EZ SU OF LF GU

NZ$170 per day

1

EGYPT

THE NILE

1 RED SEA 1 LUXOR Karnak

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 20: 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

• •

Day 21: 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

RED SEA

Edfu

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

1 ASWAN LAKE NASSAR

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

28 May 11 May 15 May 29 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 16 Jun 27 Jul 10 Jul 24 Aug 1 Aug 8 Aug 22 Sep 2 Sep 5 Sep 10 Sep 14 Sep 19 ● Oct 22 ● Oct 26 ● Oct

11 25 29 12 19 26 29 10 24 7 14 21 4 15 18 23 27 2 5 9

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

Day 22: 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

••

Day 23: Aswan to Luxor Opt for an excursion to the temple of Abu Simbel, then follow the Nile River to Luxor. Hotel (B,D) Day 24: Luxor to Red Sea Be amazed by the sheer volume

Explore more: optionals

of monuments & royal burial sites around Luxor. Later, travel across the desert to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Hotel (B,D) Day 25: 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) Day 26: 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.67 plus Aswan Visit the Temple of Ramses II • Light show at Philae Temple Luxor Visit an Egyptian village

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

+ Greek Island option

$

SAV E

Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$345. See p.19.

GREECE

From NZ$7295pp*

CORINTH CANAL

NZ$163 per day

Piraeus

ATHENS AEGEAN SEA

3 IOS 3 SANTORINI

Itinerary & sightseeing

Code: CUEG summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

6180 6180 6180 6180 6350 6350 6845 6845 6845 6845 7320 7320 7320 7320 7320 7320 6995 6995 6995 6995

1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115

7295 7295 7295 7295 7465 7465 7960 7960 7960 7960 8435 8435 8435 8435 8435 8435 8110 8110 8110 8110

2012

45 Days, 16 Countries

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

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

28 May 11 May 15 May 29 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 16 Jun 27 Jul 10 Jul 24 Aug 1 Aug 8 Aug 22 Sep 2 Sep 5 Sep 10 Sep 14 Sep 19 ● Oct 22 ● Oct 26 ● Oct

11 25 29 12 19 26 29 10 24 7 14 21 4 15 18 23 27 2 5 9

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

Day 20: 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

• •

Days 21-22: Ios Find a spot to lay down your towel, either chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches for the

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 23: 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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Days 24-25: 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

Day 26: 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.67 plus Santorini Visit Oia at sunset Ios Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

Concept Ultimate European + Egypt 45 Days What���s Included: 42 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, 22 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.42-43) 72 meals included in Food Fund: 44 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 27 dinners (D) Return air transfer from Athens to Cairo For all other inclusions see p.67

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Ultimate European

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with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

World Heritage sites visited

Concept Ultimate European + Greece 45 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 (more on p.42-43) 69 meals included in Food Fund: 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.67

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$

SAV E

Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$329. See p.19.

World Heritage sites visited

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Greek Island Adventurer 9 Days 3 Islands Mykonos, Paros, Santorini

From NZ$1489pp* NZ$166 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.

Concept

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 9 Days What’s Included: 8 nights accomodation: 6 nights quad-share guesthouse accommodation, 2 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share (more on p.42-43) 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 NZ$75. See p.19 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Mykonos

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start 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 2: 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 3: 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

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How much & when

some water sports & maybe a night out. Guesthouse Visit Mykonos town

buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Guesthouse

Day 4: 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 7: 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 5: 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 6: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for simple blue & white

Day 8: 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 9: End Athens The tour ends after check out & it’s time to say farewell to your new travel buddies. Please note: Days 1 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: CCGD summer 2012 Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

1489 1489 1489 1489 1489 1579 1579

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

12 26 9 23 30 7 14

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

1579 1579 1579 1529 1529 1529

2012 20 3 17 1 8 15 22

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

21 28 4 18 1 15

29 5 12 26 9 23

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Paros

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Scandinavia & Russia all hotels & hostels 26 Days 8 Countries Germany (start Berlin option), Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Poland

From NZ$5129pp* NZ$198 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

BERLIN

2 WARSAW Ukraine

Czech Rep

Places visited Nightstops Austria Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city

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Explore more: optional activities

Brest

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

Concept

Wrap up warm & head to a Russian vodka bar to sample some of the world’s finest drops.

Scandinavia & Russia 26 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start Berlin/ Copenhagen Meet your Contiki team in Berlin this morning or later this afternoon in Denmark’s harbourside capital, Copenhagen, to begin your Scandic adventure. Hostel (D) Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

• •

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Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17-18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 23: 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 24: 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

Day 25: 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

25 nights accommodation: 10 nights in hostels quadshare, 14 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quadshare (more on p.42-43)

Day 26: Depart Warsaw/Berlin The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw, or catch a free transfer to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 26 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Overnight cruise

37 meals: 25 breakfasts (B) 12 dinners (D)

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Return flight from Oslo to the Arctic Circle

Code: CCSR summer 2012

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

Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

4509 4509 4369 4369 4369 4589 4589 4589 4589 4589 4479 4479 4479

760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760 760

5269 5269 5129 5129 5129 5349 5349 5349 5349 5349 5239 5239 5239

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

20 ● 27 ● 10 17 24 1 8 15 22 5 12 26 2

14 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 30 6 20 27

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$215. See p.19 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

You choose You can start your tour in either Berlin or Copenhagen & end your tour in either Warsaw or Berlin.

Days 21-22: 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 16 Days 5 Countries Germany (start Berlin option), Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland

From NZ$3270pp* NZ$205 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

Russia Ru uss

Explore more: optional activities

Latvia DENMARK

BALTIC SEA

2

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Optional end cities

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Plus Regional Dinners

GULF OF BOTHNIA

Lithuania huania

COPENHAGEN

Belarus GERMANY

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

Concept

Head to the Musikhögskolan, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm for some great live music on the cheap.

Scandinavia 16 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start Berlin/ Copenhagen Meet your Contiki team in Berlin this morning or later this afternoon in Denmark’s harbourside capital, Copenhagen, to begin your Scandic adventure. Hostel (D) Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

• •

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Day 7: 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

How much & when the stunning new district around the Oslo Opera House. Hostel (B)

Day 12: 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 8: 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 13: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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

Day 14: 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 15: 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 16: Helsinki Say your farewells & swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 16 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: CCRSH summer 2012 Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Finish Helsinki

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475

3270 3270 3270 3270 3270 3405 3405 3405 3405 3405 3335 3335 3335

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

20 27 10 17 24 1 8 15 22 5 12 26 2

Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

4 11 25 2 9 16 23 30 6 20 27 10 17

2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2930 2930 2930 2930 2930 2860 2860 2860

15 nights accommodation: 10 nights in hostels quadshare, 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quadshare for end Helsinki option (more on p.42-43) 22 meals: 15 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise (end Helsinki) Return flight from Oslo to the Arctic Circle

Code: CCSRS summer 2012 Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Finish Stockholm

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

2455 2455 2455 2455 2455 2579 2579 2579 2579 2579 2515 2515 2515

460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460

2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 2975 2975 2975

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

20 27 10 17 24 1 8 15 22 5 12 26 2

2 9 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 18 25 8 15

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share. 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 or 8:00am in Helsinki. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Scandinavia

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 up to NZ$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.72-73 for details.

You choose You can start your tour in either Berlin or Copenhagen.

end in Stockholm, 14 days Getting there

From NZ$2915pp* NZ$209 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 14 days. Tour code: CCSRS See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save NZ$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 14 Days 6 Countries Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany (end Berlin option)

From NZ$2775pp* NZ$199 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

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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

Concept Russia 14 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 Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 9-10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 1 & 14 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 4: 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

Day 7: 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 8: Novgorod to Moscow Stop into the township of Klin on the way to Russia’s spiritual, political & economic hub, Moscow. Hotel. (B,D)

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Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2575 2575 2435 2435 2555 2555 2555 2555 2555 2495 2495 2495 2495

340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340

2915 2915 2775 2775 2895 2895 2895 2895 2895 2835 2835 2835 2835

2012 Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

1 ● 8 ● 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 17 24 7 14

14 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 30 6 20 27

Code: CCSRH summer 2012 Start Helsinki

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2225 2225 2085 2190 2190 2190 2190 2190 2190 2140 2140 2140 2140

295 295 295 295 295 295 295 295 295 295 295 295 295

2520 2520 2380 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2435 2435 2435 2435

2012 3 ● 10 ● 24 1 8 15 22 29 5 19 26 9 16

14 21 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 30 6 20 27

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

• • • •

Start Stockholm

Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

• •

Days 5-6: 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

GUM Store, Moscow

13 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share (more on p.42-43) 19 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise (start Stockholm) 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 NZ$119. See p.19 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

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.72-73 for details.

You choose You can end your tour in either Warsaw or Berlin

Russia start in Helsinki, 12 days From NZ$2380pp* NZ$199 per day Stuck for time? Start your tour in Helsinki & visit 5 countries in 12 days. Tour code: CCSRH See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save NZ$105. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/russia-helsinki

Warsaw

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Time Out Great value hotel tours

$ 78-79 Time Out Intro.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 9 – 33 days long. For more on our Multi-Country tours see p.80-107

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.108-144

Great comfort & top locations Time Out 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.80-81.

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 Time Out 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.108-109.

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 powerpoints for charging & all ferry crossings are included too.

Save even more! On some of our Time Out 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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Time Out Tours Multi-Country tours

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Multi-Country tours to choose from

Hotel Cabala, Rome

Comfort & Style Time Out 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/timeout to find out more

Going solo? Even if you’re planning on leaving your mates 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 mates.

‘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 9 Days 7 Countries Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

From NZ$1659pp* NZ$185 per day

Sacre Couer, Paris Denmark 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

Wales

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

Only Contiki includes

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Featured Hotel night

SWITZ

1 LUCERNE Swiss

• The Jailhotel

AUSTRIA Innsbruck

Hungary

Explore more: optional activities

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

Alps Lake Como

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bosnia

ITALY

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.

Time Out

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

European Magic 9 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head up to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

••

Day 2: 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 3: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, a charming festive 800-year-old city & home of the worldfamous Oktoberfest. (B)

• •• •

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

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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

• •

Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2029 2029 2085 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189

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

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

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 23 7 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 19 23 26

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

22 Jul 30 29 Aug 6 1 Aug 9 5 Aug 13 12 Aug 20 19 Aug 27 26 Sep 3 2 Sep 10 9 Sep 17 16 Sep 24 23 ● Oct 1 ● Oct 8 30 7 Oct 15

2189 2189 2189 2189 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135 2135

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 3 24 8 15 24 27 29 31

13 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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

8 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 7 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81)

Ferry crossings

2013 Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan

28 11 2 16 23 1 4 6 8

1735 1709 1709 1709 1759 1759 1759 1759 1759

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

1759 1759 1759 1659 1659 1659 1695

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save NZ$175. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$105. See p.19 for details.

* 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 NZ$535. WWHH - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$439. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

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

From NZ$2699pp* NZ$246 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 11 day trip.

Time Out

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

Amsterdam to Barcelona 11 Days What’s Included:

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

• •

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

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

How much & when

Day 5: 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 6: 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 9: 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 7: 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 10: 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 8: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later rub shoulders with the

Day 11: Depart Barcelona Swap email addresses & say farewell to your new-found friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

••

Code: BBAB summer 2012 Start Ams’dam

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2699 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2869

2012 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

4 18 25 8 22 29 6

Start Ams’dam

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

2869 2869 2869 2769 2769 2769

2012 14 28 4 18 2 9 16

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

13 20 3 24 31 7

23 30 13 3 10 17

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$829 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 6:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

10 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 8 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81) 15 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$139. 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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European Discovery 12 Days 8 Countries Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

From NZ$2189pp* NZ$183 per day

Explore the local shops, Rome

GO

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Wales

Poland

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley London

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 start city Optional end city Optional start/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

Time Out

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

European Discovery 12 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

••

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the

How much & when inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history among the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery

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: BBHD summer 2012 Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2839 2839 2839 2839 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2989 2989 2989 2989 2989

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

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2989 2989 2989 2989 2989 2989 2989 2989 2989 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2915 2769

2012

2012 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

Start London or Ams’dam

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

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

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 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

2289 2289 2289 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325

17 meals: 11 continental breakfasts (B) 6 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$229. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$145 See p.19 for details.

8

2012

2012

11 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 10 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81)

Dec 31

Jan 11

2325

2013 Jan 4 Jan 6 Jan 8 Jan 13 Jan 22 Jan 29 Feb 5 Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 Mar 5 Mar 12 Mar 19

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

2325 2325 2325 2325 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2235 2235

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

World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHD - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$729. WWHW - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$579. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. 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.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Tyrol, Austria

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Best of Europe Planes, trains & automobiles

Easy Pace

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

From NZ$3499pp* NZ$270 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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88 | 89

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 13 days.

DON’T MISS

Time Out

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 13 Days What’s Included:

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

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

• •

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

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

Day 9: 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 10: Prague to Rome Catch a short flight to Rome this morning & by the afternoon be walking in history’s footsteps around this amazing city. (B,D)

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 11-12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B)(B) Day 13: Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Start Paris

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

20 27 3 17 1 8 15

• •

Day 8: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an evermodernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’

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Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

1 8 15 29 13 20 27

3499 3499 3499 3499 3589 3589 3589

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

29 12 26 2 9 23

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

10 24 7 14 21 5

3589 3499 3499 3499 3499 3499

Code: BBTAM summer 2012 Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2675 2675 2675 2675 2739 2739 2739

2012 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

23 30 6 20 4 11 18

Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

2739 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675

2012 1 8 15 29 13 20 27

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

1 15 29 5 12 26

10 24 7 14 21 5

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 7: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)

Finish Rome

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 NZ$1049. Tour starts 6:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$809. 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

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. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

• •

Start Paris

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Day 6: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building 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.80-81) 17 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$175 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 NZ$100 with our multi tour discount. See p.19. The ‘Best of Europe’ tour will easily Mix+Match with: Simply Italy (p.116-117) Italian Espresso (p.118-119)

Berlin

Best of Europe start in Amsterdam, 10 days From NZ$2675pp* NZ$268 per day Stuck for time? Start your tour in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 10 days. Tour code: BBTAM See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save NZ$135. 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 16 Days 10 Countries Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco

From NZ$2745pp* NZ$172 per day

Venice

GO

d IRISH SEA

• 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

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

Wales

Poland

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Only Contiki includes

2 PARIS AUSTRIA Burgundy Region

FRANCE

SWITZ

CHATEAU DE FONTAGER

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

1

ITALY

Plus

Slovenia

1 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Pisa

Avignon

Spain

1 INNSBRUCK

LUCERNE 2

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Featured Hotel night

Liechtenstein

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1 FLORENCE

Bosn

Plus Feature Hotel

• French Château

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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90 | 91

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

Time Out

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 16 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 8: 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 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 9: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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)

• •

Day 10: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Day 11: 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 6: 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

• •

Day 7: 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 See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square

How much & when

• •

See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 12: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 13: 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

••

Day 14: 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 15: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 16: 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 Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3539 3539 3629 3629 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3819 3819 3819

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

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

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3819 3819 3819 3819 3819 3819 3819 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3725 3539

2012 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

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 Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

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

2012 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

2869 2869 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2909 2909 2909 2909

23 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 8 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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

15 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 14 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81)

Dec 28

Jan 12

2909

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr

2909 2909 2909 2909 2745 2745 2745 2745 2799 2799

2013 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

1 3 11 18 2 16 23 2 16 23

16 18 26 2 17 3 10 17 31 7

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save NZ$289. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$185 See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

* 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 NZ$929. WWHZ - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$725. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

The Colosseum, Rome

• • •

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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 17 Days, 8 Countries Netherlands

From NZ$3569pp*

ENGLAND Dover London Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

NZ$210 per day

Belgium

GERMANY Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

FRANCE

SWITZ

Liechtenstein

1 LUCERNE

Swiss Alps

Slovakia

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

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Albania

Brindisi

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Featured Hotel night

Tyrol

What’s Included: 15 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 14 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.80-81) 24 meals: 16 continental breakfasts (B) 8 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

3569 3659 3755 3755 3755 3755 3755 3755 3799 3799 3799

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

24 1 15 29 5 12 19 26 1 3 10

Start London or Paris

$

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

10 World Heritage sites visited

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15 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 9 11

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3755 3755 3755 3755 3755 3755

31 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 25 27

* 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 NZ$939 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & 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. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Road to Rome end in Rome, 13 days From NZ$2640pp* NZ$204 per day

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$189. See p.19 for details.

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 17 day Road to Athens tour, visiting 7 countries in 13 days. More info at www.contiki.com/roadrome

Tour code: BBRL See price panel above for tour departure dates & deduct NZ$929 for price to pay. Single room supplement of NZ$705

$ Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$139. See p.19.

1 2 CORFU

Day 5: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Take in the stunning Alpine scenery en route to a cute Tyrolean village. (B,D)

Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). Ferry across the English Channel to 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 6: Austrian Tyrol Get an adrenaline rush - there’s loads on offer today. (B,D) Explore this region, famous for its adrenalin sports

Day 2: Paris Indulge in the magic, history & romance of legendary Paris. (B) Visit a French perfumery

Day 8: 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 3: 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 4: 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 Visit a traditional beer hall

• • •

GREECE Corinth Canal

IONIAN SEA

Itinerary & sightseeing

2012 10 17 31 14 21 28 5 12 17 19 26

Plus Feature Hotel • The Jailhotel

Finish Athens

Bulgaria

Macedonia

Day 7: 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 9: Venice to Florence Head through Tuscany via Pisa before arriving in Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 10: 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 Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria

1 ATHENS

Leather craft demonstration

Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14-15: Corfu Kick back, relax & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B) Day 16: Corfu to Athens Leave Corfu via the Corinth Canal en route to mythological Athens. (B) Day 17: 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

Time Out

How much & when

+3 day Greek Island Cruise

Code: RTACR3 summer 2012 Start London

21 Days, 9 Countries AEGEAN SEA

From NZ$4339pp*

CORINTH CANAL

NZ$207 per day

TURKEY

1 ATHENS Patmos

Mykonos

Santorini

More time? Add a 3 day

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

Days 1-17: London to Athens Refer to Road to Athens map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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

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Finish Port Taxes Twin Out Twin Out Twin In Twin In Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Day 21: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Refer to p.92 plus Kusadasi Guided tour of Ephesus Patmos Guided tour of the Monastry of St. John

Apr 24 May 1 May 15 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 7 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 4 Sep 11

May 14 May 21 Jun 4 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 3 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 1

220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220

4299 4419 4529 4529 4529 4529 4529 4529 4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4529 4529 4529 4529 4529

4519 4639 4749 4749 4749 4749 4749 4749 4819 4819 4819 4819 4819 4819 4749 4749 4749 4749 4749

4119 4229 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4399 4399 4399 4399 4399 4399 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335

4339 4449 4555 4555 4555 4555 4555 4555 4619 4619 4619 4619 4619 4619 4555 4555 4555 4555 4555

* 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 NZ$1079 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$1129 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & 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.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

www.contiki.com/road-athens-greek7

Road to Athens

How much & when

+7 day Greek Island Cruise 25 Days, 9 Countries From NZ$5339pp* NZ$214 per day AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Izmir

1 ATHENS

More time?

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 18-25, see p.142-143.

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

Itinerary & sightseeing

Apr 24 May 1 May 15 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 7 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 4 Sep 11

Day 20: Istanbul & the Bosphorus

Day 24: Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Day 21: Cruising to Mykonos

Day 18: Athens & sail to Istanbul

Day 22: Cruising to Izmir via Patmos

Day 19: Cruising to Istanbul

Day 23: Cruising to Rhodes

Day 25: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens for breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Refer to p.92 plus additional optional activities for the 7 day Greek Island Cruise section; see p.143 (Golden Fleece)

What’s Included: 19 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.80-81 & 109) 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.92

11 World Heritage sites visited

Time Out Road to Athens +7 day cruise 25 Days

Finish Port Taxes Twin Out Twin Out Twin In Twin In Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

What’s Included: May 18 May 25 Jun 8 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

550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550

5125 5125 5255 5255 5255 5255 5255 5255 5325 5325 5325 5325 5325 5325 5255 5255 5255 5255 5255

5675 5675 5805 5805 5805 5805 5805 5805 5875 5875 5875 5875 5875 5875 5805 5805 5805 5805 5805

4789 4789 4909 4909 4909 4909 4909 4909 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4985 4909 4909 4909 4909 4909

5339 5339 5459 5459 5459 5459 5459 5459 5535 5535 5535 5535 5535 5535 5459 5459 5459 5459 5459

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

Places visited Nightstops

Days 1-17: London to Athens Refer to Road to Athens map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

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Start London

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Crete

Explore more: optionals

Code: RTACR7 summer 2012

2012 Istanbul

GREECE

Road to Athens +3 day cruise 21 Days

2012

GREECE

Kusadasi

Itinerary & sightseeing

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www.contiki.com/road-athens-greek3

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 NZ$1225 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$1315 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & 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 travel insurance see p.161.

23 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 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.80-81 & 109) 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.92

13 World Heritage sites visited

30/08/2011 10:37


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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www.contiki.com

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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

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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

30/08/2011 10:54


European Impressions 18 Days 10 Countries Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain

From NZ$3799pp* NZ$212 per day

NORTH SEA

ENGLAND

Wales

GO

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

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

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Optional start/end city Featured Hotel night

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2 FRENCH RIVIERA 2 BARCELONA 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.

Time Out European Impressions 18 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: 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 6: 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 2: 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 7: 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

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Day 3: 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 8: 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 4: 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 9: Venice to Florence Stop at lakeside Sirmione then it’s on to Pisa to check out its architectural wonder before reaching Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Day 5: Swiss Alps Enjoy waking up to stunning views in this Alpine paradise. Opt for one of the many activities on offer like the Ice Flyer & hiking.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

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Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B)

How much & when

• •

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

Day 11: 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 12: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 13: 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 14: 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 Start London

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3799 3799 3899 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015 4129 4129

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

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

Start London

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 22 13 27 3 10 17 1 5 8 12 15 22 26

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

12 Jul 29 16 Aug 2 19 Aug 5 26 Aug 12 2 Aug 19 9 Aug 26 23 Sep 9 30 Sep 16 6 Sep 23 13 Sep 30 20 ● Oct 7 24 ● Oct 11 27 ● Oct 14

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

4129 4129 4129 4129 4129 4129 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015 4015

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 NZ$1000 & 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

17 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81) 26 meals: 17 continental breakfasts (B) 9 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$199. See p.19 for details.

12 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• •

Day 15: Barcelona to Bordeaux Feel the glory of medieval Carcassonne on the road to Bordeaux. (B) Visit one of Europe’s greatest fortress cities

Day 16: 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 17: 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 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)

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European Inspiration

Easy Pace

19 Days 9 Countries Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France

From NZ$3175pp* NZ$168 per day

Jewish Memorial, Berlin

GO

Only Contiki includes

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland

Ruhr Valley

London 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 start city Optional end city Optional start/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.

Time Out

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

European Inspiration 19 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head to the 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 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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

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Day 8: 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 9: Munich to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Day 10: 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

• • •

Day 11: 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

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Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (B Day 13: Rome to Florence Stop in the Tuscan hillside as we make our way to the Renaissance city of Florence. (B,D)

Day 6: 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 Day 14: Florence A local guide shows you striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo

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Day 15: 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 16: Lucerne Enjoy the Alpine beauty of this lakeside town as you wander through the cobbled streets.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) Day 17: 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 18: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery

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

Code: BBAP summer 2012 Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3969 3969 4075 4075 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4299 4299 4299

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

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

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

4299 4299 4299 4299 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175

2012 25 9 23 30 6 13 20 27 4 11 13 18 20 25 1

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

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

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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

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

2012 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

3325 3325 3325 3275 3275 3275 3275 3275 3369 3369 3369 3369 3369 3369

Dec 29 Dec 31

Jan 16 Jan 18

3369 3369 3369

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

3369 3369 3369 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175 3239 3239

2013 Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

2 5 12 19 26 9 16 4 11 18

20 23 30 6 13 27 6 22 29 5

18 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 16 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81) 27 meals: 18 continental breakfasts (B) 9 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$335. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$205 See p.19 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

* 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 NZ$1045. WWAP - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$839. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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Day 7: Prague to Munich Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial Visit a traditional beer hall

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Tuscan castle wine tasting

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

From NZ$3490pp* NZ$167 per day

The Tyrol, Austria

GO

Only Contiki includes

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

GERMANY Poland

Ruhr Valley London

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 start city Optional end city Optional start/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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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.

Time Out

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

European Vista 21 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 4: 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

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Day 5: 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 6: 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

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Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous tower before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 9: 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 10: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Appenine Mountains before reaching enchanting Venice. (B,D) 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 See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• • •

Day 12: 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 13: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of Tyrol exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking! (B,D) Day 14: 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 15: Munich to Vienna Leave festive Bavaria behind & head to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)

Day 8: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities & then it’s on the road to Rome. (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 16: Vienna to Prague Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour of Vienna. Then travel through Bohemia to Prague, “The City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

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Day 17: 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 Start London or Paris

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Day 19: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands & on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

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Day 20: 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 21: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

4399 4399 4399 4525 4525 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4799 4799

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

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

Day 18: 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)

Finish Ams’dam or London

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

4799 4799 4799 4799 4799 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649 4649

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

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

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

20 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 17 nights in hotels (more on p.80-81) 31 meals: 20 continental breakfasts (B) 11 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

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

2013 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

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

3649 3649 3599 3599 3599 3599 3599 3705 3705 3705 3705 3705

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

3705 3490 3490 3490 3490 3490 3565

$

Pay 12 months in advance you save NZ$365. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$229. See p.19 for details.

12 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHV - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$1155. WWHT - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$919. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. 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

Prague

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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Zorbing

Try gelato on us!

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European Panorama 28 Days 12 Countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

From NZ$6075pp* NZ$217 per day

François I's stunning Château de Chambord

GO NORTH SEA

Edam

Ruhr Valley London

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

2 SWISS ALPS

1 BORDEAUX

Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains Verona

Pisa Carcassonne Pyrenees Mountains

2 BARCELONA

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

AUSTRIA

Romania

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

ADRIATIC SEA

Explore more: optional activities

Montenegro

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Albania

Brindisi

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Featured Hotel night

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

Serbia

2 ROME Vatican City

Plus Feature Hotels

Slovenia

2 VENICE

ITALY

Plus

Hungary

1

SPAIN

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

2 VIENNA

1 TYROL

SWITZ

Château Chambord

Slovakia

Mauthausen

Only Contiki includes

1 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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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.

Time Out

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

European Panorama 28 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). 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 2: Paris Discover this city’s magic, romance, history & legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to Bordeaux. (B) Scenic drive to see Château de Chambord

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 7: 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

Day 10: 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

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Day 11: Rome Explore the “Eternal City”. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 12: 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 13-15: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B,D) Day 16: Corfu to Italy Cruise up the Adriatic to the enchanting port of Venice. (B) Day 17: 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 18: 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 19: Venice to Vienna Today we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. (B,D)

••

• •

Day 8: 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 9: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. Later, explore at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo

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How much & when

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See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 22: 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 23: 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 24: Swiss Alps Chill in the breathtaking Alps & enjoy one of the many outdoor activities on offer.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Day 25: 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 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug

6075 6075 6235 6389 6389 6389 6389 6389 6585 6585

2012 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

16 30 14 21 28 11 18 25 2 9

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 13 27 10 17 24 8 15 22 29 5

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Aug 6 Sep 13 Sep 27 Sep 30 Sep 3 ● Sep 10 ● Oct

12 19 26 2 9 23 26 30 7

6585 6585 6585 6585 6389 6389 6389 6389 6389

* 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 NZ$1595 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

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25 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 7 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 18 nights in hotels, +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.80-81) 41 meals: 27 continental breakfasts (B) 14 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$315. See p.19 for details.

18 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 26: 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

• •

Day 27: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills out to Edam. Afterwards, check out the cool cafés & nightclubs. (B) Day 28: 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 20: 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 21: 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 33 Days 17/18 Countries 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 NZ$7890pp* NZ$240 per day

St. Peter’s Square, Rome IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA Edam

Wales

NETHERLANDS

Belarus

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London 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

Bulgaria

Macedonia

1 TIRANA

Bari

1 SORRENTO

ALBANIA GREECE

1 PREVEZA

l

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Featured Hotel night

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IONIAN SEA

Corinth Canal Patras

1 ATHENS

MYKONOS

4

MYKONOS ISLAND OR CRUISING OPTION & maps see p.107

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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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Time Out European Explorer 33 Days What’s Included: 31 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation (see p.107 for full breakdown of accommodation for Mykonos Island & Greek Island Cruising options) 49 meals (Mykonos Island option) (see p.107 for full breakdown of meals) 59 meals (Greek Island Cruising option) (see p.107 for full breakdown of meals)

Pompeii

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings Dubrovnik

GO

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 Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris) & 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 ChampsÉlysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 4: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D)

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B)

• •

Day 3: Paris to Château de Fontager We make our way southbound through Burgundy via the beautiful 12th century Château Fontainebleau before arriving at our Feature Hotel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit Château Fontainebleau

Day 5: 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

Day 6: 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 7: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques

Itinerary continues over page

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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

• ���

Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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

• • •

Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) Day 13: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch the boat to Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before sailing to Sorrento. (B) Day 14: Sorrento to Greece From postcard perfect Sorrento, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s

Day 15: To Athens From Patras, cross the Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B)

Days 16-20 You choose! There’s either a Mykonos Island or Greek Island cruising option. See p.107. Day 21: Preveza to Tirana Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. (B,D) Day 22: Tirana to Dubrovnik Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the lovely, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Day 23: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures & amazing seafood in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,D) Day 24: 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 25: Zadar to Vienna Take off from the seaside city & cruise on through Slovenia to

Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) Day 26: 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 27: 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 30: 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 31: 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 32: 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 33: 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 28: 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 29: 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

Time Out

How much & when

+ Mykonos Island option

Code: BBHE summer 2012

33 Days, 17 Countries

Start London or Paris

GREECE

CORINTH CANAL

NZ$242 per day

ATHENS

Piraeus

MYKONOS 4

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 16: 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 17-19: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture.

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

7969 7969 8175 8175 8175 8175 8339

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

31 14 21 5 19 26 2

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

8 Aug 15 Aug 29 Aug 12 Sep 26 Sep 2 ● Oct 9 ● Oct

8339 8339 8339 8175 8175 8175 8175

9 16 30 13 27 4 11

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 NZ$2445 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

•• •

Day 20: Mykonos to Preveza Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D)

+ Greek Island Cruise option 33 Days, 18 Countries Kusadasi

From NZ$7590pp*

Mykonos

Patmos

NZ$230 per day Santorini Rhodes

Crete MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Itinerary & sightseeing

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Code: BHEC summer 2012 Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

49 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 17 three-course dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.105

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$405. See p.19 for details.

18

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

Day 18: 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 19: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to Santorini, world-famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking

• • •

Day 20: 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

European Explorer + Cruise 33 Days What’s Included:

29 13 20 3 17 24 1 8 15 29 12 26 2 ● 9 ●

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

31 14 21 5 19 26 2 9 16 30 13 27 4 11

7590 7590 7790 7790 7790 7790 7945 7945 7945 7945 7790 7790 7790 7790

300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300

7890 7890 8090 8090 8090 8090 8245 8245 8245 8245 8090 8090 8090 8090

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

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

Time Out

Tour Port Taxes Total NZ$ pp* Gratuities Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Places visited

See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

Explore more: optionals

How much & when

2012 TURKEY

Athens

Day 17: 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

31 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 9 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 22 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.80-81)

Refer to p.105 plus Mykonos Mykonos night tour • Paradise beach trip

European Explorer

What’s Included:

World Heritage sites visited

www.contiki.com/explorer-cruise

Day 16: 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)

European Explorer + Mykonos 33 Days

2012

29 13 20 3 17 24 1

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

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

Explore more: optionals

Finish Ams’dam or London

2012

AEGEAN SEA

From NZ$7969pp*

106 | 107

www.contiki.com/explorer-mykonos

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 NZ$2329 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

31 nights twin or tripleshare accommodation: 5 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 22 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 4 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.80-81 & 109) 59 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 19 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) For all other inclusions see p.105

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$385. See p.19 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

Refer to p.105 plus Patmos Guided tour of Monastry of St. John Kusadasi Guided tour of Greek site Ephesus Crete Guided tour of Minoan Palace

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Time Out 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

• A HOME AWAY FROM HOME • GREAT VALUE TOURS 

Florence

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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. Here’s a sample of what you’ll experience…

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

• 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 mates, 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.

“Choose from 27 In-Depth tours from 4 to 17 days”

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 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.136-137. 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.142-143. 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.128-129.

‘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 mates 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 mates.

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 8 Days 1 Country Ireland

From NZ$1485pp* NZ$186 per day

What’s Included: 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.80-81)

Giant’s Causeway

LONDONDERRY 1

Belfast

ATLANTIC OCEAN

N.IRELAND

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

REP. OF IRELAND

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

DUBLIN 2

GALWAY 2 Cliffs of Moher

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

1 KILKENNY 1 CORK

Blarney

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

Places visited Nightstops

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

GO

Only Contiki includes

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

How much & when Code: BBIR summer 2012 Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

$

SAV E Pay 6 months in advance you save NZ$75. See p.19 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012

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

31 Apr 7 14 Apr 21 28 May 5 5 May 12 12 May 19 19 May 26 26 Jun 2 2 Jun 9 4 ◆ Jun 11 9 Jun 16 16 Jun 23 23 Jun 30 30 Jul 7 2 ◆ Jul 9 7 Jul 14 14 Jul 21 21 Jul 28

1485 1485 1485 1519 1519 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1615 1615 1615 1615

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

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

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

1615 1615 1615 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of NZ$389. Tour starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. ◆ These tours operate in reverse. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Belfast

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The Temple Bar, Dublin

IRISH SEA

Itinerary & sightseeing

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

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

Day 4: Galway Discover this quintessential Irish town where Gaelic is still spoken on the streets. Opt in for the chance to visit the stunning Aran Islands, a 40 minute boat ride away. (B,D)

Day 2: 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 3: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its fascinating historical sites,

Day 5: 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 6: Cork to Kilkenny See the brightly coloured buildings of hill-side Cobh before reaching the charming 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 7: Kilkenny to Dublin Dublin has so much to see & do, so take time to explore it’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 8: Depart Dublin The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Scotland & Ireland 13 days From NZ$2535pp* NZ$195 per day Highland fling? Add 5 days to your tour & get a slice of Scotland too. Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh Days 2-5: See Days 5-8 England & Scotland map, itinerary & sightseeing on p.111.

Day 6: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland. (B,D) Days 7-13: See Days 2-8 Ireland map, itinerary & sightseeing above.

For full details, dates & prices check out our website. Tour code: BBED Single supplement of NZ$665

$ Pay 6 months in advance

you save NZ$125. 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

Time Out England & Scotland 9 Days

9 Days 2 Countries England, Scotland

What’s Included:

From NZ$1825pp*

8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.80-81)

NZ$203 per day

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

1 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Loch Ness

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Isle of Skye

SCOTLAND

WEST 1 HIGHLANDS St. Andrews

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Stirling

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

Northumberland National Park Gretna Green

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

N.Ireland

NORTH SEA

1 YORK

IRISH SEA

Rep. of Ireland

Liverpool

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

ENGLAND

1 WOLVERHAMPTON

Scottish Highlands

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

Wales

London Bath

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: Scottish Highlands to West Highlands See the stunning Isle of Skye, with its moors, mountains, lochs & sea cliffs. (B)

• ••

Day 8: 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 9: Depart Glasgow/ Train to London The tour ends after breakfast in Glasgow & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new found friends. Or if you’ve chosen to end in London, catch the train back down south where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Code: BBBR summer 2012 Start London

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1825 1825 1825 1825 1875 1875 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1989 1989

2012 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

Start London

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

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

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

1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825

● ● ● ● ●

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

Scotland 6 days From NZ$1199pp* NZ$200 per day Just want Scotland? From the Highlands to the Loch, try everything Scottish on our 6 day tour. For full details, dates & prices check out our website. Tour code: BBSC.

2012 Oct Dec Dec Dec Dec

20 8 15 26 28

2013 Oct Dec Dec Jan Jan

27 15 22 2 4

1359 1339 1379 1379 1379

Jan 5 Feb 2 Mar 2

Jan 12 Feb 9 Mar 9

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

$ Pay 6 months in

advance you save NZ$59. See p.19.

More info at www.contiki.com/scotland

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

1379 1299 1299

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 NZ$479. WWBR - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$345. 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). For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. 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.

Only Contiki includes

• 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

2012 31 14 28 5 12 19 26 2 4 9 16 23 30 2 7 14 21

Code: WWBR winter 2012/13

Explore more: optional activities

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Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

See the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle Visit seaside town Portree See Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis

GO

Stonehenge

Plus Regional Dinners

• Traditional English roast dinner in a local pub

$

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save NZ$139. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$89 See p.19 for details.

7 World Heritage sites visited

You choose Want to finish in London? Add NZ$195 to take the train from Glasgow to London.

Edinburgh

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Great Britain & Ireland 16 Days 4 Countries England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales

From NZ$2899pp* NZ$182 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

London

Stonehenge

Places visited Nightstops

112-113 GB & Ireland.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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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!

LOCAL TIP

Time Out

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

Great Britain & Ireland 16 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: Lake District to Edinburgh Stop at Hadrian’s Wall & cross through the border town of Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. (B) Entrance to Gretna Green Museum Driving city tour to see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace & the Royal Mile

• •

Day 5: Edinburgh Spend a day exploring the city.

Aran Islands

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Combining medieval & modern, its buildings are perched on top of hills, shadowed by cliffs & overlooking the sea. (B,D) Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland, travelling through County Meath to Dublin. (B,D) Day 10: 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 11: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its fascinating historical sites,

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

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 Start London

Finish London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

Start London

Finish London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012

23 Apr 7 6 Apr 21 20 May 5 27 May 12 4 May 19 11 May 26 18 Jun 2 25 Jun 9 27 ◆ Jun 11 1 Jun 16 8 Jun 23 15 Jun 30 22 Jul 7 24 ◆ Jul 9 29 Jul 14 6 Jul 21 13 Jul 28

2899 2899 2899 2899 2985 2985 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3169 3169

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

15 ◆ Jul 20 Aug 27 Aug 3 ● Aug 5 ●◆ Aug 10 ● Aug 17 ● Sep 19 ●◆ Sep 24 Sep 31 Sep 7 Sep 9 ◆ Sep 14 Sep 21 Oct 28 Oct 5 Oct

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

3169 3169 3169 3169 3169 3169 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of NZ$765. 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 section only return to London on Day 9 and those who have booked the Ireland only section join on Day 9. ● These tours will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ◆ The Ireland section of these tours operate in reverse. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

15 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.80-81) 23 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 8 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints 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 NZ$145. 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

7 Days 2 Countries England, France

From NZ$1315pp* NZ$188 per day

What’s Included:

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.80-81)

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

LONDON 3

Bath

Dover Stonehenge

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

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 powerpoints 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 Only Contiki GO includes

Start London

• 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)

Extension This tour can be extended from Paris to Amsterdam or Rome. See p.115 for details.

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

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

Start London

Finish Paris

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

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

1645 1645 1685 1685 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1789

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

20 27 3 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5

1789 1789 1789 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729

2012 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

*

20 27 10 24 20 27 30

Days 2-3: London Get set for a couple of action packed days - see the city’s traditional icons, take a day trip to architecturally beautiful Bath & mysterious Stonehenge & catch a West End musical.

• • • •

Day 4: London to Paris Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D)

See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Days 5-6: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city for two whole days & find magic, romance & history in everything from the breezy boulevards & impressive monuments, to the great works of art & magic lights. Take a trip to the illustrious Château Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. (B)(B) Visit a French perfumery

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

2013 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Jan Jan

26 2 16 30 26 2 5

1379 1379 1359 1359 1399 1399 1399

Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Feb 1 Mar 8 Mar 22

1315 1315 1345

Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra charge.

BBGE - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$429. WWGE - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$349. Tour starts 6:00pm in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Paris. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

114-115 London Paris_Ams_Rome.indd 2

••

• •

Code: WWGE winter 2012/13

6 World Heritage sites visited

Finish Paris

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

There’s free time to shop, explore vibrant neighbourhoods, or perhaps choose to catch a bird’s eye view of it all from the London Eye. (B)(B) Sightseeing tour of London See Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge Visit the old Roman town of Bath Experience a traditional English pub 1 day pass on the London Underground

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

30/08/2011 10:50


London & Paris + Paris extension 9 Days 2 countries: England, France From NZ$1549pp* NZ$173 per day

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.114.

Easy Pace

9 Days 4 countries: England, France, Belgium (in transit), Italy From NZ$1879pp* NZ$209 per day

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.114. Days 7-8: 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)

Paris

www.contiki.com/londonparis-plus

• ••

Transfer to station & train to Amsterdam Transfer to Amsterdam hotel 2 day city tram pass

Day 9: 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/londonamsterdam

Finish Paris

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

15 29 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15

2015 2015 2065 2065 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2189

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2189 2189 2189 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115

22 29 5 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

2012

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 10 24 20 27

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

28 4 18 2 28 4

1619 1619 1599 1599 1645 1645

Dec 30

Jan 7

1645

2013 Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Feb 3 Mar 10 Mar 24

1549 1549 1579

BBGP - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$529. WWGP - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$409.

Code: BBGA summer 2012 Start London

Finish Ams’dam

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

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

2199 2199 2265 2265 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319 2399

Start London

+ Paris, Amsterdam or Rome 9/10 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.80-81)

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2399 2399 2399 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319 2319

10 meals: (Paris & Ams’dam) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

2012

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

15 29 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

22 29 5 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

2012

2012 20 27 10 24 20 27

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

28 4 18 2 28 4

1965 1965 1935 1935 1995 1995

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2359 2359 2425 2425 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2569

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team (days 1-7) Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging (days 1-7)

Jan 7

1995

2013 Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Sightseeing tours in London & Paris

Feb 3 Mar 10 Mar 24

1879 1879 1915

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Start London

Ferry crossings

GO

Code: BBGR summer 2012 Start London

11 meals: (Rome) 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

Dec 30

BBGA - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$579. WWGA - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$495.

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

London & Paris

All other inclusions:

Finish Ams’dam

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

Time Out

Only Contiki includes

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

See inclusions on opposite page

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

2569 2569 2569 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485

6

2012

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

16 30 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

14 21 28 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

23 30 6 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8

World Heritage sites visited

Code: WWGR winter 2012/13

From NZ$1965pp*

The Pantheon, Rome 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 8-9: 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 •

Explore more: optionals

2012

2012

NZ$197 per day

114-115 London Paris_Ams_Rome.indd 3

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

2012

Easy Pace

3 countries: England, France, Italy

Day 7: Paris to Rome Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome. Check-in to your

Start London

2012

2012

Easy Pace

10 Days

Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.114.

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Code: WWGP winter 2012/13

London & Paris + Rome

Finish Paris

2012

London & Paris + Amsterdam

Start London

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

Please note: The Paris extension section of this tour is unescorted.

Code: BBGP summer 2012

2012

Days 7-8: Paris Check out this avant-garde city for a couple more days. Using your included Metro pass, shop in stylish boutiques for the hottest Parisian fashions, peruse 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 9: Depart Paris The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “au revoir” to your new friends. (B)

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Day 10: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

www.contiki.com/londonrome

See optionals listed on p.114 for all tours above

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 10 24 20 27

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

29 5 19 3 29 5

2055 2055 2025 2025 2085 2085

Dec 30

Jan 8

2085

2013 Jan 26 Mar 2 Mar 16

Feb 4 Mar 11 Mar 25

1965 1965 1999

All prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra charge. BBGR - Summer 2012 Single room supplement of NZ$619. WWGR - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$520. Tours start 6:00pm & end approx. 8:00am. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

*

Rome

30/08/2011 10:51


Simply Italy 12 Days 2 Countries Italy, Vatican City

From NZ$2085pp* NZ$174 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

116-117 Simply Italy.indd 2

• 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

30/08/2011 11:25


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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.

Time Out Simply Italy 12 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & this afternoon meet your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers. Day 2: 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 3: Capri Excursion Chill out on the Isle of Capri. Be amazed at the natural beauty, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals. (B,D) Day 4: 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 5: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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

Code: BBSY summer 2012 Start Rome

Finish Rome

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

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

Start Rome

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012

8 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 27 1 4

Day 11: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

19 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 8 12 15

2485 2485 2485 2549 2549 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2679 2679

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

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

19 22 26 2 5 9 16 23 6 13 20 27 4 11

2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615

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

15 5 3 17 22 26 31

2013 Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

26 16 14 28 2 6 11

2179 2149 2149 2215 2215 2215 2215

Jan Feb Mar Mar

14 4 4 18

Jan Feb Mar Mar

25 15 15 29

2215 2085 2085 2129

11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.80-81) 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 NZ$129. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$219. See p.19 for details.

9

* 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 NZ$779. WWSY - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$775. 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Combine this trip with another tour & double your fun! You’ll also save NZ$100 with our multi tour discount. See p.19. Fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.138-139. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.19.

Sorrento

30/08/2011 11:25


Italian Espresso

Easy Pace

8 Days 2 Countries Italy, Vatican City

From NZ$1519pp* NZ$190 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)

118-119 Italian Espresso.indd 2

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

30/08/2011 10:38


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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.

Time Out Italian Espresso 8 Days What’s Included:

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

buildings & sacred art. (B,D) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence

Day 2: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B,D) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City

Day 3: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking

How much & when

your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before arriving in fairytale Venice. (B,D)

Day 4: Florence Uncover the amazing masterpieces of Michelangelo’s home, Florence. Shop along the Ponte Vecchio or wrap your lips around some fine Tuscan cuisine before hitting up the Florentine nightlife. (B) Florentine leather craft demonstration

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

Day 5: 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 6: Florence to Venice Pick up some designer threads at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino. Later, profess

• •

Day 8: 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 1 & 8 (ending in Venice) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Code: BBHI summer 2012 Start Rome

Finish Venice or Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

7 28 12 19 26 2 16 23 30 7 9

Start Rome

Finish Venice or Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

14 5 19 26 2 9 23 30 7 14 16

1689 1689 1735 1779 1779 1779 1779 1779 1779 1825 1825

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

1825 1825 1825 1825 1779 1779 1779 1779 1779 1779

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

20 10 24 15 21 26

2013 Oct Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

27 17 1 22 28 2

1589 1565 1565 1615 1615 1615

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

5 19 23 2 16

Jan Jan Mar Mar Mar

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

12 26 2 9 23

1615 1519 1519 1519 1549

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 NZ$535. WWHI - Winter 2011/12 Single room supplement of NZ$499. 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. 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.80-81) 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 NZ$89. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to NZ$159. 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.138-139 or connect with the ‘Spotlight on Greece’ tour detailed on p.140-141. Alternatively, fly to Berlin & connect with the ‘Eastern Road’ tour detailed on p.134-135. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.19.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

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Delicious included meals

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www.contiki.com/trail

Mediterranean Trail

Easy Pace

11 Days, 3 Countries From NZ$2319pp* NZ$211 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.80-81 & 109)

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 NZ$115. See p.19 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

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How much & when

Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & tonight meet your Tour Manager & fellow travellers for dinner. (D)

Code: BBGG summer 2012 Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

8 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2012 May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

18 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20

2319 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2435 2435

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

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

2435 2435 2435 2435 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375

* 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 NZ$595 & 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

Day 2: Rome Take a guided tour of the famous Vatican, its museums & priceless art. Later, you could opt to tour the Colosseum before a free evening. Try going local, find a cute restaurant & 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 3: Rome Explore the “Eternal City” in

your free time & get a feeling for Imperial Rome. (B) Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7-8: 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 9: Corfu to Athens Travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B,D) Day 10: Athens Sightsee the ancient wonders of this bustling city. (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Day 11: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 11 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

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Mediterranean Trail

Time Out

How much & when

+3 day Greek Island Cruise

Code: METCG3 summer 2012 Start Rome

14 Days, 4 Countries Easy Pace

From NZ$2965pp* NZ$212 per day

TURKEY

Athens

AEGEAN SEA Kusadasi Patmos

Mykonos

Santorini

More time? Add a 3 day Greek Island Cruise to your Mediterranean Trail tour.

Days 1-10: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 Port Taxes Twin Out Twin Out Twin In Twin In Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Day 14: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Refer to p.120 plus Kusadasi Guided tour of Ephesus Patmos Guided tour of the Monastry of St. John

May 8 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 7 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 4 Sep 11

May 21 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 2 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 3 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24

220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220

2985 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059 3139 3139 3139 3139 3139 3139 3059 3059 3059 3059 3059

3205 3279 3279 3279 3279 3279 3279 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3279 3279 3279 3279 3279

2745 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2815 2815 2815 2815 2815

2965 3035 3035 3035 3035 3035 3035 3105 3105 3105 3105 3105 3105 3035 3035 3035 3035 3035

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or tripleshare). Or take a single supplement option: Add NZ$709 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$765 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total 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 1 & 14 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation. For travel insurance see p.161.

www.contiki.com/trail7

Mediterranean Trail +7 day Greek Island Cruise 18 Days, 4 Countries

Start Rome

Istanbul

NZ$211 per day AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

TURKEY

CORINTH CANAL

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 11-18, see p.143.

Patmos

Santorini

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited

Days 1-10: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

Day 13: Istanbul & the Bosphorus

Day 17: Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Day 14: Cruising to Mykonos

Day 11: Athens & sail to Istanbul

Day 15: Cruising to Izmir via Patmos

Day 12: Cruising to Istanbul

Day 16: Cruising to Rhodes

Day 18: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens for breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

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Refer to p.120 plus additional optional activities for the 7 day Greek Island Cruise section; see p.143 (Golden Fleece)

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.80-81 & 109) 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.120

6 World Heritage sites visited

Time Out Mediterranean Trail +7 day cruise 18 Days What’s Included:

May 25 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

550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550

3795 3890 3890 3890 3890 3890 3890 3989 3989 3989 3989 3989 3989 3890 3890 3890 3890 3890

4345 4440 4440 4440 4440 4440 4440 4539 4539 4539 4539 4539 4539 4440 4440 4440 4440 4440

3245 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3409 3409 3409 3409 3409 3409 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325

3795 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875

Rhodes

Crete

Explore more: optionals

May 8 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 3 Jul 10 Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 7 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 4 Sep 11

What’s Included:

Finish Port Taxes Twin Out Twin Out Twin In Twin In Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

2012

Easy Pace

Itinerary & sightseeing

How much & when Code: METCG7 summer 2012

edonia

From NZ$3795pp*

Mediterranean Trail +3 day cruise 14 Days

2012

GREECE

CORINTH CANAL

120 | 121

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* 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 NZ$830 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$970 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total 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 1 & 18 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.162. For travel insurance see p.161.

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.80-81 & 109) 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.120

8 World Heritage sites visited

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Mediterranean Highlights 13 Days 5 Countries Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City

From NZ$2185pp* NZ$169 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 optinal 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.

Time Out Mediterranean Highlights 13 Days What’s Included:

How much & when

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

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

• •

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

Day 6: Avignon to French Riviera Stop in Aix-en-Provence, then it’s on to the glamorous French Riviera. Tonight Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Cours 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 7: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 8: French Riviera to Pisa Enter the Cinque Terre region & explore the colourful cliff-side villages, before reaching Pisa. (B) Visit the towns of Monterosso, Portovenere & La Spezia See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

• •

Day 9: 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 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria

Day 11: Florence to Rome Enjoy a break in medieval San Gimignano. Then pass through rural Umbria on the road to Rome. (B,D) Day 12: 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 13: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Itinerary & sightseeing Start Rome option Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & travel mates. (D) Day 2: 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 3: Rome to Florence Discover medieval San Gimignano, then head to Renaissance Florence. (B) Florentine leather craft demo

Cinque Terre region. (B) Visit the towns of Monterosso, Portovenere & La Spezia See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

• •

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

• •

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

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

Day 5: Florence to Italian Riviera Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then enter the unspoiled

Day 9: Avignon to Barcelona Wind along the Mediterranean coast through the Pyrénées

• •

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•• • •

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

2925 2925 2925 2925 3029 3029 3029

2012 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

19 2 16 30 7 14 21

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

3029 3029 2925 2925 2925 2925

2012 31 14 28 12 19 26 2

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

28 4 11 25 8 22

9 16 23 6 20 4

Code: WWMD winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 27 Dec 1

2013 Nov 8 Dec 13

2285 2249

Jan 8 Mar 2

Jan 20 Mar 14

2319 2185

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 NZ$1019. WWMD - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$855. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Start Rome

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

• •

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

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

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Code: BBDM summer 2012

Mountains to vibrant Barcelona. (B,D)

12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.80-81)

Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2709 2779 2779 2779 2779 2875 2875

2012 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 21 4 18 25 2 9

Start Rome

Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

2875 2875 2875 2779 2779 2779

$

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

8 World Heritage sites visited

You choose Travel from Madrid to Rome or Rome to Madrid. This tour operates in both directions.

2012 19 2 16 30 7 14 21

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

16 23 30 13 27 10

28 4 11 25 8 22

Code: WWDM winter 2012/13 2012 Oct 15 Nov 19 Dec 27

2013 Oct 27 Dec 1 Jan 8

2285 2249 2319

Feb 18

Mar 2

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

2185

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 NZ$969. WWDM - Winter 2012/13 Single room supplement of NZ$855. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.19. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.162. For travel insurance see p.161. For details of winter tours between Oct 2011 - Mar 2012, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Rome

Try paella in Spain

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Spanish Spree 14 Days 2 Countries Spain, Gibraltar

From NZ$1995pp* NZ$143 per day

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, Barcelona