Page 1

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

Travel Agent Reservations

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

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

Contiki Holidays

How to book

Europe 2013 - 2014

• 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. • 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. • 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.

Groups & special interest tours Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, North America, Central America, Latin 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.

Europe Summer 2013/14

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.173 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

Contiki loves the planet

you have one life one shot so make it count

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.

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

01-176 Europe 2013 Cover.indd 1

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. Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime.

THE ORIGINAL

SINCE '62

05/09/2012 14:40


no one looks back on their life & remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep.

02 No Regrets.indd 2

05/09/2012 11:42


02 | 03 | 04

they say that one day your life will flash before your eyes. so you’d better make sure it’s worth watching. Memories aren’t created from the things you said you’d do. They’re built from things you’ve done. The moments captured. The worlds discovered. The lifetime seized. You only get one, after all. So make it count. A journey with Contiki is a kaleidoscope of unexpected adventures, inspiring places, lifelong friendships, brilliant stories and unforgettable memories. But most of all, it’s living life out loud, utterly and completely.

No regrets.

03-04 No Regrets 210.indd 2

04/09/2012 13:22


02 | 03 | 04

they say that one day your life will flash before your eyes. so you’d better make sure it’s worth watching. Memories aren’t created from the things you said you’d do. They’re built from things you’ve done. The moments captured. The worlds discovered. The lifetime seized. You only get one, after all. So make it count. A journey with Contiki is a kaleidoscope of unexpected adventures, inspiring places, lifelong friendships, brilliant stories and unforgettable memories. But most of all, it’s living life out loud, utterly and completely.

No regrets.

03-04 No Regrets 210.indd 2

04/09/2012 13:22


No Regrets It’s your time Live Europe Backstage Pass Our travel styles Team Contiki Make every moment count ME Time Are you a foodie?

02 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20

365 days of change Join us online Unrivalled value. Save with Contiki Time Out Tours Time Out Tours, Multi-Country The original since ‘62 Time Out Tours, In-Depth Regional Europe by day Concept Tours

22 24 26 28 30 56 58 96 98

Concept tours, diverse & unique Europe by night Camping Tours Winter Tours Festivals & more Got a question? Stay longer & booking conditions Contiki cares. Contiki around the world How to book

100 138 140 154 162 170 172 174 176

tour index 2013/4 Time Out Tours Multi-Country

in-depth regionaL

Vienna & Budapest

Trail to Rome

The Northern Trek

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

26 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.149

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

Trail to London

The Easy Rider

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

32 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.150

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.83

European Escapade

The Big Chill

Summer from NZ$198/day Winter from NZ$162/day

Summer from NZ$150/day Winter from NZ$143/day

Turkish Sailing

25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.116

46 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.152

European Magic

Ireland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.84

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.32

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Croatian Island Cruising

European Contrasts plus Corfu & sailing options

WINTER Tour & SKI AUSTRIA

Amsterdam to Barcelona

Scotland & Ireland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.86

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.118

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

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Croatian Island Hopper

European Adventurer

European Discovery

England & Scotland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.88

37 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.120

From NZ$97/day

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.36

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.61

Mykonos & Island Cruising

London to Athens

Winter Wanderer

Best of Europe

Scotland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.89

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.123

24 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.158

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

6 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.61

Greek Island Hopping

Ski Austria

European Encounter

Great Britain & Ireland

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.90

London to Athens plus Greek Island Adventurer

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.40

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.62

Spotlight on Greece

Road to Athens & Road to Rome

London & Paris

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.92

7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64-65

Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Island Hopping

Ultimate European plus Greek Island Hopping

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.93

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.126-129

London, Paris & Rome

Spotlight on Greece plus cruises

Ultimate European plus Egypt option

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.65

8/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.93

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.129

Simply Italy

Aegean Classic & Golden Fleece Cruises

Greek Island Adventurer

17/13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.42

Road to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping 29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

Road to Athens plus cruises 21/25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

European Impressions 18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.44

European Inspiration 19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

European Vista 21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.48

European Panorama 28 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.50

European Explorer plus Island & Cruising Options 33 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.52

key These tours also operate in Winter. See p.154 for more.

Easypace tours. See p.12 for more.

London, Paris & Amsterdam 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.65

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

Italian Espresso 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.68

Spanish Spree

and use me as a

BOOK MARK

Concept Tours multi-country

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.70

London to Rome 16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.125

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

7/15 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.160

FESTIVALS & DAY TRIPS

From NZ$96/day Munich Oktoberfest 4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.163

Pamplona – Running of the Bulls 4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.164

Best of Russia

Pamplona plus Bilbao BBK Live

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.131

6/8 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.165

Scandinavia & Russia Plus

Bilbao BBK Live

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.132

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.165

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

Summer from NZ$149/day Winter from NZ$142/day

Mediterranean Highlights

European Horizon

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

Mediterranean Trail

European Highlights

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.76

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

Mediterranean Trail plus Greek Island Hopping

European Whirl

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.77

European Experience

Mediterranean Trail plus cruises

20 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.108

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.142

European Spirit

The Escape

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.110

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.143

European Trail

The Mini Rider

23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.112

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.144

Eastern Rocker

The Easy Roller

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.113

Paris at New Year

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.80

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

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.169

Berlin to Budapest

Eastern Trail

The Expedition

Amsterdam at New Year

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.81

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.146

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.169

Berlin & Prague

Western Rocker

The Southern Trail

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.148

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.169

Egypt & The Nile

13/17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.77

fold me over

6/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.94-95

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.125

Eastern Road 13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.78

Berlin, Prague & Vienna

18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.106

Scandinavia 9/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.134

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

CAMPING TOURS MULTI-COUNTRY

From NZ$111/day The Little Hopper

Anzac Classic / Odyssey 4/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.166

London Explorer 3/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Amsterdam in Easter 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Royal Ascot 1 day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Paris at Christmas 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

Amsterdam at Christmas 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

it’s time

EUROPE 2013/4

life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it.

No one wants to regret the chance not taken; to sit on the sidelines, experiencing the world through our friends’ status updates. We want to get out there and see it for ourselves!

And so was born Contiki, the original adventure travel company for 18 to 35s. Sure, there was no Facebook back in 1962. But there was a world that needed exploring, a beaten up old mini-van, and a group of mates with adventure in their bones.

your

twitter.com/ContikiNZ 05-06 Index_No Regrets 2 210.indd 2

- ferris bUELler

Since that first trip, we’ve spent 50 years perfecting the art of living with no regrets. And to tell you the truth, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at it. There’s so much to discover in Europe. You won’t want to miss

youtube.com/contiki

a thing, which is why we cover Europe’s ‘Best Of’, while still allowing you heaps of free time and flexible options to find your own adventures. And the best part? Our local know-how and experience is like having a backstage pass to Europe. Escape the tourist traps to eat with the locals. Skip the lines for direct access to Europe’s most popular attractions. Ditch the hotels and spend the night at a 16th Century French Château! And make it all that much sweeter by sharing it with your new travel mates. It’s all about making every moment count. And at Contiki, it’s what we do best.

facebook.com/contiki 04/09/2012 14:40


No Regrets It’s your time Live Europe Backstage Pass Our travel styles Team Contiki Make every moment count ME Time Are you a foodie?

02 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20

365 days of change Join us online Unrivalled value. Save with Contiki Time Out Tours Time Out Tours, Multi-Country The original since ‘62 Time Out Tours, In-Depth Regional Europe by day Concept Tours

22 24 26 28 30 56 58 96 98

Concept tours, diverse & unique Europe by night Camping Tours Winter Tours Festivals & more Got a question? Stay longer & booking conditions Contiki cares. Contiki around the world How to book

100 138 140 154 162 170 172 174 176

tour index 2013/4 Time Out Tours Multi-Country

in-depth regionaL

Vienna & Budapest

Trail to Rome

The Northern Trek

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

26 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.149

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

Trail to London

The Easy Rider

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

32 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.150

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.83

European Escapade

The Big Chill

Summer from NZ$198/day Winter from NZ$162/day

Summer from NZ$150/day Winter from NZ$143/day

Turkish Sailing

25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.116

46 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.152

European Magic

Ireland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.84

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.32

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Croatian Island Cruising

European Contrasts plus Corfu & sailing options

WINTER Tour & SKI AUSTRIA

Amsterdam to Barcelona

Scotland & Ireland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.86

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.118

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

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Croatian Island Hopper

European Adventurer

European Discovery

England & Scotland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.88

37 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.120

From NZ$97/day

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.36

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.61

Mykonos & Island Cruising

London to Athens

Winter Wanderer

Best of Europe

Scotland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.89

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.123

24 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.158

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

6 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.61

Greek Island Hopping

Ski Austria

European Encounter

Great Britain & Ireland

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.90

London to Athens plus Greek Island Adventurer

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.40

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.62

Spotlight on Greece

Road to Athens & Road to Rome

London & Paris

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.92

7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64-65

Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Island Hopping

Ultimate European plus Greek Island Hopping

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.93

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.126-129

London, Paris & Rome

Spotlight on Greece plus cruises

Ultimate European plus Egypt option

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.65

8/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.93

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.129

Simply Italy

Aegean Classic & Golden Fleece Cruises

Greek Island Adventurer

17/13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.42

Road to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping 29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

Road to Athens plus cruises 21/25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

European Impressions 18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.44

European Inspiration 19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

European Vista 21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.48

European Panorama 28 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.50

European Explorer plus Island & Cruising Options 33 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.52

key These tours also operate in Winter. See p.154 for more.

Easypace tours. See p.12 for more.

London, Paris & Amsterdam 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.65

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

Italian Espresso 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.68

Spanish Spree

and use me as a

BOOK MARK

Concept Tours multi-country

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.70

London to Rome 16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.125

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

7/15 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.160

FESTIVALS & DAY TRIPS

From NZ$96/day Munich Oktoberfest 4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.163

Pamplona – Running of the Bulls 4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.164

Best of Russia

Pamplona plus Bilbao BBK Live

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.131

6/8 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.165

Scandinavia & Russia Plus

Bilbao BBK Live

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.132

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.165

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

Summer from NZ$149/day Winter from NZ$142/day

Mediterranean Highlights

European Horizon

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

Mediterranean Trail

European Highlights

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.76

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

Mediterranean Trail plus Greek Island Hopping

European Whirl

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.77

European Experience

Mediterranean Trail plus cruises

20 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.108

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.142

European Spirit

The Escape

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.110

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.143

European Trail

The Mini Rider

23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.112

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.144

Eastern Rocker

The Easy Roller

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.113

Paris at New Year

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.80

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

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.169

Berlin to Budapest

Eastern Trail

The Expedition

Amsterdam at New Year

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.81

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.146

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.169

Berlin & Prague

Western Rocker

The Southern Trail

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.148

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.169

Egypt & The Nile

13/17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.77

fold me over

6/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.94-95

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.125

Eastern Road 13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.78

Berlin, Prague & Vienna

18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.106

Scandinavia 9/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.134

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

CAMPING TOURS MULTI-COUNTRY

From NZ$111/day The Little Hopper

Anzac Classic / Odyssey 4/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.166

London Explorer 3/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Amsterdam in Easter 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Royal Ascot 1 day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

Paris at Christmas 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

Amsterdam at Christmas 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

it’s time

EUROPE 2013/4

life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it.

No one wants to regret the chance not taken; to sit on the sidelines, experiencing the world through our friends’ status updates. We want to get out there and see it for ourselves!

And so was born Contiki, the original adventure travel company for 18 to 35s. Sure, there was no Facebook back in 1962. But there was a world that needed exploring, a beaten up old mini-van, and a group of mates with adventure in their bones.

your

twitter.com/ContikiNZ 05-06 Index_No Regrets 2 210.indd 2

- ferris bUELler

Since that first trip, we’ve spent 50 years perfecting the art of living with no regrets. And to tell you the truth, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at it. There’s so much to discover in Europe. You won’t want to miss

youtube.com/contiki

a thing, which is why we cover Europe’s ‘Best Of’, while still allowing you heaps of free time and flexible options to find your own adventures. And the best part? Our local know-how and experience is like having a backstage pass to Europe. Escape the tourist traps to eat with the locals. Skip the lines for direct access to Europe’s most popular attractions. Ditch the hotels and spend the night at a 16th Century French Château! And make it all that much sweeter by sharing it with your new travel mates. It’s all about making every moment count. And at Contiki, it’s what we do best.

facebook.com/contiki 04/09/2012 14:40


05 | 06 | 07

New Goodies Turk Tu rkis rk ish is h Sa Sail ilin il ing in g – exxperi rie ence tthe en he h e

Best Be st of Ru Russ ssia ss ia a – un uncco unc ove verr th the e be best st bit itss

New Ne ew Co Con nccep pt tr trip ipss – tr ip trav avel av el Con nce ept

Turq Tu r u rq uo oisse Co ois Coas astt fo as fo the ultima for mate ma te re elaxi xiing n bre reak akk. p. p 84 4

on our ult ltim im imat mat ate e hi h gh g liigh ghts tri rip. p. p.131 p. .131 .1

styl st y e ye yl year a -rou ar ound nd dw wit ith h 6 aw awes esom ome e ne ew trips. p.1 112 12-115 2

Croa Cr ati tian a Islan an an and nd Ho Hopp pperrs – grabb

leap ap… … Gr Gree eece ce by bo oat a has nev ever er bee een n t is goo th ood. d p.1 118 1

a to t we well & h hiit th the e su sun n deck ck on ou ur new ne w on o e-wa way y trips. s p.8 88

contiki.com/app

Gree Gr eek k Fl Flot o il ot i la Sai aili ling ng – takee the

More re fessttiivals ls! Check out p. p 16 1 33-16 69

contiki.com/meetups

New Camp m ers – more cam mping cllas assi sics si cs. p.14 cs 14 44

W Fi on ou Wi o r coaches – stayy connec e te ed on n the he road d

pinterest.com/contiki


LIVE europe

Art class, Amsterdam

4WD, Berlin

08-09 Destinational 2.indd 2

A new perspective, Barcelona

The slow lane, Beaujolais

Frequent flyer, Tyrol

Retail therapy, Paris

LATE LUNCH, CHIANTI

Morning shower, Lauterbrunnen

Main stage, Bilbao

18/09/2012 15:19


08 | 09

TWENTY years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

- Ma Mark rk Twain rk wa ain

jump start, turkey

08-09 Destinational 2.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:19


When you travel Europe, urope, you want to make sure you do it right. t. You want special treatment and exclusive access that turns a regular trip into the trip of a lifetime. That’s hat’s why Contiki offers you a Backstage Pass to Europe. It’s a combination of many things, exclusive to us, that gives you unrivalled value, and sets the Contiki experience apart from the rest.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS After 50 years travelling around Europe, no company can provide better access to Europe than Contiki. Like skipping the queues at the Eiffel Tower and the Vatican. We’ll get you around in style, doing all the hard work and saving your precious time for exploring. And, staying connected has never been easier, with WiFi on our coaches & at most of the places we stay.

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION You ll get to stay in so You’ some me eeye ye-p -po opping accomm ac mod odat atio ion when travelling with Cont Co ntiki. We either own or ha havve exclusive agreements ts w wit ith h stunning pro rope perties e thro th rou ugh hout Europe, like the 16th h cen ntury Château de Cruix in the south h off France, a beautiful beachside reesort on the Greekk I lands and a magnificen Is nt Ga asth hof in thee A strian Alps. A Gasthoff is a Germ Au manstyle tavern by the way!! st

EXCLUSIVE Options

EXCLUSIVE FOOD Foo ies rejoice! Most of our included Food dinn di nners feature the very best in regional cuisin cu ne fr f om authentic local restaurants. Trry trad aditional goul g lash h in nB Bud udap apes pe t an nd teerr rrif ific ic llo ocal Cat atal alan an cuisiine iin Barc rcel e ona a. Or if you feel like sampling the buzz of a local markket et, tag along with wi t our On-road ad Coo ooks ks a and nd b bar arte ter for thee freshest th st ffoo oods ds aroun und. d.

EXCLUSIVE inclusions Wee’l’lll sh W show o you all the blockbust sterrs, but but bett tter er than that we’ll also o ge g t you to the he pa art rtss of Eur urop opee th that only a local friend in thee know can an ssho how you. The iconic sights arre all included in yo a your u tour, but so are so ome exclusives like ke o our “Paris by Night” and “Special Access Rome me” tours.

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

10-11 We are Contiki.indd 2

We’ve got over 400 0 team meemb bers across Europe, and the ac hey’re alll passionate traveller pa erss whose sole focus iss m makking your trip th the time m of yo our life. Theyy live & breathe “local Th a Europee” and have ha v an intimate knowled edge of every city ty and every destination on. They’’re like hu uma m n guidebooks: so iff yo y u wan nt to gett of offf th t e beaten track they can n give you yo u th the in insside word d on wha at to o do and wher wh eree to t go. If yo you want to fi find nd tthe best sh hop oppi ping ng in Fl Flor oren ence ce o or the best pint off alee in Lon ndon, n, jju ust ask!

cont co tik i i’ i’s ’s exclusive château de cru ru uix x

18/09/2012 15:20


10 | 11

travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

your

backstage pass exclusive inclusions are highlighted on each tour page

behind ind th the scenes with contiki

contiki’s exclusive château de cruix x

10-11 We are Contiki.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:22


our

travel

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

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

first big trip

Goin ng solo o 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.

At first your European trip might seem 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!

easypace

With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, later starts most mornings & even more local meals, our easypace 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, Time Out In-Depth Regional & Concept tour pages.

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.

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.31) on Time Out tours or ‘A tent to myself’ (see p.140) on Camping tours.

12-13 Travel Styles.indd 2

04/09/2012 14:48


6to go ways

Time Out Multi-Country hotel tours

Time Out In-Depth Regional hotel tours

Concept tours

Camping tours

12 | 13

exclusives

✓Accommodation

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

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

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

• All hotels with ensuite bathrooms & the comforts of home • Feature Hotel experiences (p.30) • Free WiFi in most hotels

• All hotels complete with ensuites & all the comforts of home • Feature Hotel experiences (p.30) • Free WiFi in most hotels

• Contiki’s exclusive Special Stopovers like a French Château, Austrian Gasthof, Corfu Beach Resort, Swiss Chalet (p.100) • Contiki Village Cabins • Free hotel upgrades • Free WiFi at Contiki’s Château & Gasthof • Hotels & Hostels

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

Staying in

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

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

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

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

How long & when?

• Trips from 9 to 33 days • Summer (16 tours) • Winter (6 tours)

• Trips from 4 to 22 days • Summer (36 tours) • Winter (14 tours)

• Trips from 8 to 45 days • Summer (26 tours) • Winter (6 tours)

• Trips from 10 to 46 days • Summer (9 tours)

Easypace trips?

• 4 Trips

• 19 Trips

• 1 Trip

Eat

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

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

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

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

• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides

• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides • Cruise Representative

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

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

What’s the go?

Staying where?

Your team

snowboard & ski trips Keep it cool with our ski & boarding packages in Hopfgarten, Austria. The world’s #1 resort, combined with our very own Gasthof exclusive to our travellers. It’s the perfect way to indulge in the on-slope action, après ski & all-round good times.

definIte departures

12-13 Travel Styles.indd 3

Food & team

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

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

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

04/09/2012 14:49


TEAM “Not all those who wander are lost” Imagine a travel buddy who knows Europe inside out – where to eat, play, sleep, party, shop & find authentic local experiences. The Contiki team are more than just walking, talking guidebooks. They’re lifelong travellers whose sole passion is to make sure you have the time of your life. And of course it goes without saying that we’re here to take care of you too. We’ll look after the boring stuff, like finding the hotel, getting across borders & hauling luggage, so you can do what you came for – have fun! Our Tour Managers & Drivers are your oracles on all things Europe. They’re extensively trained & travelled. They know Europe inside out & are bursting with jaw-dropping experiences they can’t wait to share. Want to hunt down the designer threads in Paris? Want to paraglide through the Austrian Alps? All you’ve gotta do is ask! Our exclusive On-site Teams are set up throughout Europe to welcome you to your home away from home. All 100 of them live locally & can hook you up with the best things to see off the beaten track.

14-15 Team Contiki.indd 2

We’ve been travelling around Europe for 50 years now & have a great network of expert Local Guides who’ll give you an insider’s unique perspective on the places you visit. It’s the special angle only a local can give. Look, we’ve just got to say it - our team is The Business. All of our Tour Managers, Drivers, On-road Cooks & On-site Teams are knowledgeable Europe lovers who are all about sharing their passions, discoveries & inside info with other adventure-seekers.

meet SArka

Šárka, Local Guide, Prague “I’ve been a guide for 10 years - it doesn’t feel like a job & I think it shows! Prague is one of the most magical cities in the world & has charm at any time of the year. I love seeing Contiki travellers enjoy Prague together - it’s not just about showing you the highlights. I love to share what I think is unique & special, so it’s more personal & local.”

18/09/2012 15:23


14 | 15

meet cecilia

exclusives

TEAM

Cecilia, Tour Manager, from Ancona, Italy “I’d describe myself as a musician, a traveller & a passionate Italian! I have so much to share with our travellers about my country - if I don’t I go crazy! I love answering questions about Italy, teaching my language, my favourite places to go & little secret sights, the really local stuff. I want to keep my traditions alive, especially the food. I love my job & I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

meet Mark

Mark, Tour Driver, from New Zealand “I travelled Contiki back in ‘05 & loved what I saw the team doing...I applied as soon as I got back! After 7 years I love Europe more than ever. My sister even works with us now.

meet t our tour mana managers

I work with the Tour Managers to take care of everything as you travel. I’ll get you where you need to be, so you arrive & get right amongst the action. There’s no stress when you travel Contiki.”

no compulsory tipping, Passionate service & exclusive local knowledge. Meet more of our team on p.29, p.58, p.99 & p.141

14-15 Team Contiki.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:23


Europe is epic. and We ma ake sur re you see the VERY best - the blockb busters s that’ll knock your socks off. BETTER TH HAN THAT we also o show you the parts of Europ pe tha at yo ou proba ably won ’t t fin nd without a local frie end in th he know. it’’s all included d as standard with your r backs stag ge pass s, so you get incredible value that can’t be match hed by anyone else . Iconic sights, all include ed

Disc Di scov over er the rea eall Eu Euro rope pe

E clus Ex usiv ive e Experiences

From m the must-sees, like the Co olosseum & the Berlin Wall, to the less obviious (but just as amazing) stuff – we make sure you see & experience all the best that Europe has to offer. We cover a bunch of enttry feess too, plus we’ll save you time, like queue skipping at the Eiffel Tower & the Vaticcan.

Includ Incl uded ed ccyc ycliling ng ttou ours rs o orr or orie ient ntat atio ion n ta talk lkss at eve very ry ssto top, p, p plu luss lo loca callllyy gu guid ided ed sspe peci cial al acce ac cess ss w wal alki king ng tou urs rs.. Ou Ourr te team am w wililll ta take ke yyou ou in nsi side de tthe he real Eu Euro r pe lik ikee on only ly a lloc ocal al ccan an,, with h authenttic exp xper erie ienc nces es llik ikee ta tast stin ing g escargot in a Pariisi sian n caf afé, é, o or winee ttas asti ting n in a Beaujolais cu cuva age.

LLoadss of w wha hatt we w offer you can’t get anyw wheere r else. Lik ike our “Special Access Rome m ” sightseeing g ttour, our “Paris by Night” tour u & excclusive des esig gne n r outlet shopping acro r ss Eur u ope. Che h ck out ut the Backstage Pass in ncl c usions on every tour pag age. We bring Europe to life... like a guidebook never co c uld.

Travelling with us is AS MUCH about THE JOURNEY AS THE PLACES WE DISCOVER. Seeing Europe from all angles: from our comfy coaches, to included flights, train trips, ferry & boat rides. Travel Trav elliling ng o on n ou ourr en envi viro ro onm nmen enta en tallllllyy ta frie fr iend ndly ly ccoa oach ches es is mo more re o off a so soci c al a eve vent nt than th an jjus ustt a wa wayy to g get et a aro roun und. d. Y You ou’r ’ree neve ne verr sh hor ortt of m mat ates es to ha hang ng g outt w wit i h, sso it o chat ch at,, re recl clin inee or cchi hillll & lis iste ten n to yyou ourr iP iPod od. They’r They ’ree al a l st stat atee of the art rt, wi with th W WiF iFi,i, aiirr co con, toi oilets ts & kilile lerr so oun und d sy syst stem emss as ssta tand ndard d & iff yyou ou’r ’ree no nott ch chec ecki king ng

16-17 Getting Around_Inclusions.indd 2

out th out thee aw aweesom esom omee vi view ews, ew s, o on n ma many ny coac co ache hess th ther eree ar aree fi film lm ms to kee eep p you yo u en ente tert rtai aine ned. d. But th But thee be best s thing ng: ou ourr co oac ache hess ar ae hass ha ssle le ffre ree. e. FFro rom m th thee mo mome ment n you ou jump ju m o mp on bo boar a d, d, tto o th thee mo mome m ntt we dr drop op you yo u at yyou ourr do door or & unl nloa oad d yo your u bag ags, s, we mak akee ge gett ttin ing g ar arou ound nd EEur u ope ea easy sy.

Onboard

WI FI & POWER POINTS

04/09/2012 14:50


16 | 17

exclusives

✓ inclusions & access

The best of europe in your pocket. Introducing our SHOUT app including content provided by Lonely Planet. contiki.com/app Includes content provided by

16-17 Getting Around_Inclusions.indd 3

04/09/2012 14:51


ME Travel is all about freedom & discovery. You want to get amongst it. See More. Do More. Live more. And go home utterly & completely regret-free.

TIME ca aba are ret, t, p par aris ar s

ME Time is the last ingredient to that perfect trip. We make sure you get all the time you need to see your Europe, your way. It means having the freedom to choose; relaxing at a cozy café, heading off to explore that interesting local market down the road or getting a locally guided tour of Rome.

even e ev ven ning g ca ana n l cr cruise uise ui se , am a mst s er erda r am

Making the most of those personal moments that are unique to you is just as important as experiencing the big sights. They’re the memorable moments that happen when you least expect them, when you really connect with the places you visit & the people you travel with. Contiki’s Backstage Pass to Europe means our Team will help you get off the beaten track with the inside word on where to go & what to do. If you really want to make every moment count, our ME Time optionals give you the chance to take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences, unique to the places you visit. Some will get your blood pumping like paragliding in the Tyrol, bobsledding in Lillehammer & learning to cook the Italian way in Rome. Others will let you soak up cultural Europe, like wine tasting in the Rhine Valley, flamenco dancing in Barcelona or relaxing at a Turkish bathhouse. Our exclusive behind the scenes access around Europe means you’ll get great deals, & your ME Time optionals are all organised by us. Look out for the ‘don’t miss’ call outs on our tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

18-19 ME Time.indd 2

M Time, ME im , ber im erli lin li

w te wa ters rspo port rts, s, c cor orfu fu

M

e time optionals

gondola ride, venice

cabaret show, paris

Sit back and watch this magical city open up from the canals in a gondola, taking in the city’s magic sights & sounds at every corner.

Practice your can-can at our Parisian Cabaret show in the heart of the Pigalle district.

18/09/2012 15:25


18 | 19

don’t count the days. make the days count.

exclusives

✓opt

ME Tim i e, p par aris is

whitewater rafting, austria Get your blood pumping with some serious action in Tyrol’s monumental mountains. Challenge yourself – it’s your time!

18-19 ME Time.indd 3

river cruise & dinner, budapest Sample Hungarian delights with Budapest as your backdrop on a Danube river cruise & dinner.

Italian Cooking Class, Rome When in Rome…get in the know as you whip up delicious Italian pasta & other treats (from scratch!) at a traditional cooking class.

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

ions

18/09/2012 15:25


Exploring new cultures through food is one of the best things about travel. And there’s no place on Earth that can deliver more diverse & delicious experiences than Europe. We’ll take you on a journey from homemade baklava in Greece to steaming pans of paella in Spain, pork knuckles & steins in Germany, and endless platters of fresh seafood plucked straight from the Mediterranean. Even old classics like pizza take on a new look when they’re made the way the Italians intended. Travelling the Contiki way is about authentic, local cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else. Each region we travel to has its own special delicacies & traditional dishes. We tailor the food to your trip & we’ll take you right to the best on offer. On our Time Out In-Depth Regional trips every included dinner is at one of our favourite local restaurants, cafés,

20-21 Food with Contiki.indd 2

trattorias or tavernas. You’ll get a chance to meet the local characters, and really indulge in the regional specialities. See p.58-59 for more. On many of our Time Out MultiCountry tours you’ll get a chance to go local too, like at a local bistro on the French Riviera, and authentic Italian trattorias in Rome & Florence. See p.28-31 for more. On our Concept & Camping trips we do a lot of local home cooking. Our On-site Teams & On-road Cooks are a pack of foodies who love to get creative with the abundance of fresh, local produce at their fingertips. It’s all about authenticity. Think Swiss fondue in Switzerland & Beaujolais red at our 16th Century French Château. See p.98-101 & p.140-141 for more. Plus, on many of our ME Time optionals there’s even more to tempt,

from an Italian feast with Chianti wine in the rolling Tuscan hills, to delicious meze in Istanbul or a Spanish banquet & flamenco dancing in Barcelona. We include breakfast every day & loads of evening meals, but we like to leave some well-placed gaps (like lunches) for a few reasons. Rather than having to time your day of exploring around an included lunch, we believe in maximising your ME Time to let you try the local flavours as your choose. What’s more, it allows us to make the meals we include even better. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions others might offer - our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks. You’ll have the chance to do a little gourmet adventuring of your own - grab a recommendation from a team member, stalk a few locals, or just follow your nose to that beautiful bakery down the road.

18/09/2012 15:27


20 | 21

Our little black book. exclusives ✓f

o od

see the stories behind our foodies food

Just a few of the places you could get the taste of Europe with Contiki. Barcelona Viva EspaĂąa! Monchos is the place to get your taste buds around authentic Catalan dishes & fresh sangria in Spain. Taste it on: Spanish Spree & Mediterranean Highlights tours Rome Learn how to make pizza at Scoglio di Frisio with owner Eugenio, then taste the results at this rustic trattoria in the heart of the city. Taste it on: Best of Europe & Mediterranean Highlights tours Prague Goulash anyone? Indulge Czech-style at Restaurant Plzenska. Taste it on: Best of Europe, Eastern Road & Berlin to Budapest tours Budapest Hungarian cuisine = delicious. With the city as your backdrop on a Danube river cruise where better to try it? Taste it on: Berlin to Budapest tour Krakow Try authentic Polish cuisine at Ariel Restaurant Taste it on: Eastern Road tour Florence We love Italy! Experience Florentine cuisine at its best at Gatto e la Volpe Taste it on: Simply Italy tour York Get into the real British pub vibes at the Lowther Pub Taste it on: Great Britain & Ireland tour

20-21 Food with Contiki.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:27


365 days is the time it takes our precious planet to revolve around the sun. And the time in which Contiki is committed to delivering real change through our sustainability efforts. Exploring our precious planet is a privilege. A privilege that also comes with responsibility, and at Contiki we put that responsibility at the core of everything we do. Our R:evolve program supports our ocean conservation initiatives, and in April 2012 Contiki’s sustainability ambassador Céline Cousteau connected with Contiki team & community members to make a movement

22-23 Loves Conversation.indd 2

of change. The focus is on encouraging everyone to make a difference to our planet every day, and really make it count. As part of the initiative Contiki selected 10 R:evolve Leaders from inside the company and our community of travellers. They spent 10 days in Mexico & experienced first-hand the beauty of our oceans and the need to preserve our reefs & its inhabitants through their

work with the MAR Leadership Foundation, one of Contiki’s ocean sustainability projects. The end goal: to get every individual focused on their actions, and how they can count towards leaving the world a better place. Find out more & watch Céline’s documentary of the trip at: contiki.com/contikicares

04/09/2012 14:52


22 | 23

A chat with CEline Contiki: This year you travelled to Mexico with the Contiki team to work with the MAR Leadership Foundation. What was the highlight of the trip for you?

ALLYSSA ALLYSS SA BEA BEASLEY AUSTRALIA WHO TRAVELLED TO MEXICO WITH CELINE COUSTEAU FOR MAR R LEADER ERSH SHIP IP F FOU OUND NDAT ATIO ION N “W “Winning ng the Con ontiiki E Ear arth Wee e k co omp mpet etit ittio on to Mex exic ico o wa wass an ama mazi z ng & eye ye-o -ope peni ning ng exp xper erie ienc ncce. Not onl nlyy di did d I ge get to d ve the di h Mesoame meri rica can n Re Reef ef witth Cé Céliline ne C Cou oust stea au and th the MAR MA R te t am m, I ex expe peri pe rien ri nce c d firs rstt ha thand nd d tthe he a ama mazi zing n wor orkk beein ing g d ne in do n su ust stai a ni n ng our mar a in inee ec ecos osys yste tems ms.. Myy ffel ello low w tr trav avel elle lers rs and an d th thee Co Cont ntik ikii te team am wer eree fa fant ntas asti t c an and d I ha ave m mad a e fr ad f iend nds ds that th at I w wililll ke keep ep ffor orev ever er””.

Contiki’s R:evolve Leaders & MAR Leaders, Mexico

Céline: It was wonderful to see the Contiki R:evolve winners not only discover the world of diving, but learn about and take active part in the conservation efforts happening on the Mesoamerican Reef. I feel there was a sense of pride - not only had they won the trip because of their own sustainability initiative, but their company was really doing something positive in supporting the MAR Leadership program. My hope is this experience stays with them and continues to inspire them. Contiki: You worked closely on the 2012 R:evolve Initiative with the Contiki community. y What were your y thoughts g on the responses for making a commitment to the change? Céline: There were a lot of good ideas submitted and my belief is all of these can and should be implement whether a winner or not. Many suggestions were as simple as recycling and consuming less, which are always good actions to follow. There were also intricate and thoughtful strategies that started with looking at how people function and to then create a sustainability project that adapted to their lifestyle, making it easy for them to integrate the initiatives proposed. Those ideas are the ones that are really about problem solving with people’s own options, limitations, and potential in mind. Contiki: What do you think Contiki travellers can do to make a change to our planet? Céline: Every journey offers possibilities: bring your own amenities rather than open a new shampoo in every hotel, recycle everything you can, bring a water bottle, don’t take all the print outs unless you need them (or better yet just share them). Ask how you can give back to the places you visit- either to people, culture and arts, the environment, other species or in any way you can think to. You can return to places you have visited and volunteer your time to local non-profits to restore local ecosystems, support communities or otherwise donate time. As travellers, we have incredible opportunities to give back to the places we visit. Contiki: What are some of your upcoming projects you are working on? Céline: I have a few film projects between the end of this year and early next year. The first is a short video about a humpback whale we rescued in Chile; the post-production and distribution is sponsored by the TreadRight Foundation. The second project, which will begin production in 2013, is a full length documentary to be shot in the Brazilian Amazon focusing on indigenous tribes dealing with a health crisis. Follow Céline on twitter @celinecousteau and at celinecousteau.com

22-23 Loves Conversation.indd 3

04/09/2012 14:52


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

Tools meetups Meet the rest of your travellers before you go in our private MeetUps. Access it on the go with our new iiPh P one app, ‘Shout’. c ntik co ki. i.co c m. m.au au/meetups

part pay

Check-in

Registter yourr tour ur onl nline & share with your family and frien nds to o he help l you pay off your trrip, or use s thee ttoo ool to budget your own n paymen nts ts..

Check in for your tour before you go. It’ll save you time & paperwork on the first day ay of your trip & makes sure we have your important details on file..

co ontiki.co com/ m/pa part rtpa pay y

co ont ntik iki. ik i.co om/ m/checkin

Rev views

e-BrochU UrE Es Crrea e te a per erso sona na ali lise se ed Co Cont n iki e-br b ochure. br Ch hoose the tou urs you w wa an to com ant an mpare, then th en dow ow wnl nloa oad d or share re eo on Facebo ook & Twit Tw itter. r.

Don’ n’tt ju ust ttak a e ou ak ur wo worrd for it, check ck out tou ur rev evie ev iews ie w & see ws e w wha hat our past st tra ave vellller es ha ave e to sa say. y. co onttik i i.co c m/re eviiew e s

cont co ntik ki. i com/br b oc br och hur s hure hu

social media Got a question? Our FB team would love to help out.”

facebook

24-25 Contiki Online.indd 2

#

CONTIKI on your tweets, we read everything.

Follow our vloggers & get inspired for your travels.

twitter

youtub be

We realise questions can ccome up anytime & our team are here to help 24/7

All our tweeters have been on Contiki trips themselves & can help with questions or advice

Join us as we take yo ou behind the scenes of Con on nti tiki iki trips around the world

facebook.com/contiki

twitter.com/contikinz

youtube.com/contiki

04/09/2012 14:53


24 | 25

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

timeline Create a shared group timeline of your travel adventures.

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

Travel tools View your trip itinerary, maps & more. Plus view nearby hotspots provided by Lonely Planet. Looking for a restaurant? A museum? The population of Florence? Shout has you covered. Includes content provided by

the exchange The Exchange brings together the hottest trends in music, fashion, food, nightlife & so much more from around the globe. From the best spots to get your European fashion fix, to a guide on the best festivals & the European music scene, we’ve got you covered. We pull together the insider goss from a host of contributors including some of the coolest brands, bloggers, our travellers & of course our very own Contiki team out on the road. It’s everything you’ll need to know for your upcoming Europe trip written by young & fun people just like you. Find out more at contiki.com/exchange BBK Live Festival, Bilbao Piazza Navona, Rome

24-25 Contiki Online.indd 3

04/09/2012 14:53


value

unrivalled

You can’t do all that we do for less. See More. Do More. Get More. Independent travel isn’t all it’s cut out to be. Hidden costs & taxes, dodgy accommodation, over-inflated peak season prices, taxis & locally guided tours can all end up costing way more than you think. What’s more, you have to sort it all yourself. We’ve done the math & compared a typical day on a Time Out Hotel tour to a day doing the same on your own. You can’t get close to the same quality of accommodation, amazing food experiences & exclusive inclusions for the same price. What’s best, our awesome team are here to share their exclusive knowledge, to make your trip hassle-free & show you a jaw-droppingly, eye poppingly good time. It’s all part of our exclusive Backstage Pass to Europe.

rome, italy

Breakfast including

athens, greece

TRAVELLING greece & italy with contiki

€9.00

€8.00

Included

€6.00

€3.00

Included

Day Metro pass (all zones)

Day Metro pass (all zones)

orange juice, fruit & coffee

Your daily travel

€19.00

€19.00

to your next destination

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

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

Guided historical city tour

€51.00

€36.00

Guided city walking tour through Rome & Rome bus tour

Athens city sightseeing & locally guided tour of the Acropolis

Three-course

€30.00

€31.00

local meal

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

Greek delights at The Hani, Plaka

Transport

Accommodation

€60.00

€69.00

at a central city hotel

Regent Hotel, Rome

Hotel President, Athens

Hidden taxes

Eeek Who Knows?!?

Eeek Who Knows?!?

Cost of travelling your own way

NZ$270/Day

NZ$256/Day

Compare other ways to travel with Contiki in a day Camping from NZ$111/Day Concept from NZ$142/Day

Included

Included

Included

Included

Included

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.

Time Out Multi-Country from

NZ$162/Day

Time Out In-Depth Regional from

NZ$143/Day

* Prices & exchange rates validated at 10th July, 2012 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 21 Day European Vista (Winter) p48-49, 14 Day Spanish Spree (Winter) p.70-71, 23 Day European Trail (Winter) p.112, 46 Day The Big Chill p.152-153. Food fund is included in the Camping & Concept tour comparisons above.

26-27 Compare & Savings 3.indd 2

18/09/2012 15:28


26 | 27

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

travelling again? 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 p170 for more.

pay early for the best deals Book & pay early for the best deal on your tour & airfares. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn.

Save up to NZ$790

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.

triple share

Pay in full on or before 27th Dec 2012 & save up to 10%.

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

Pay in full on or before 28th Feb 2013 & save up to 7.5%.

Save up to NZ$590 Save up to NZ$395 Pay in full on or before 30th Apr 2013 & save up to 5%. * Pay Early Savings of NZ$790, NZ$590 & NZ$395 based on 33 Day European Explorer p.52-53.

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!

Europe’s still hot when the temperature drops Contiki explores Europe year round, including winter. Think snow, sights & slopes! There are 26 winter tours to choose from as well as our popular Ski Austria packages. For more winter tour options & info – see p.154-161. Or check out our trips that run yearround, marked with the symbol above on p.5.

26-27 Compare & Savings 3.indd 3

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of you tour price only (This excludes taxes, included flight costs and any applicable food funds. Your tour price does not include the costs of international flights to / from Europe that start or end your tour).You can combine group discounts (‘Book with mates’), multi tour discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on tours of 7 days or longer.

gold seal protection 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.

GO VINTAGE. Buy your next outfit at your local charity shop.

RIDE A BIKE TO WORK. Save money on transport costs (plus you’ll get fit too!)

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

GOT SKILLS? Why not take it to the streets & try busking.

GO BACK TO BASICS? Save money on fruit & veg & grow your own. Got your own tip on how to save? Tell us about it at facebook.com/contiki

18/09/2012 15:28


HOTEL TOURS

time out

OUR GREAT VALUE hotel tours are all about keeping it comfy every day you travel. you’ll stay in well located hotels, always twin-share with excellent facilities. Exclusive Inclusions

2 ways to go multi-country • Spectacular Feature Hotels • See more in the time you have • Trips from 9 - 33 days • Options to start & end in London, Paris or Amsterdam • See p.30-31.

in-depth regional • Mostly 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning • Go in-depth in a country or region • Trips from 4 - 22 days • Even more authentic, local meals • See p.58-59.

You’ll see the best of all the places that we travel - the best sites are included in the cost of your tour & lots of extra special experiences too. We’ll show you all the blockbusters, but better than that we’ll also get you to the parts of Europe that only a local friend in the know can open up.

Exclusive accomModation Time Out is all twin-share hotel accommodation, every night. It’s all the comforts that you would expect, and a home away from home. It’s the perfect place to head back to after a long day of exploring. Comfort to us means great facilities you’ll love - like TVs in your room, en-suites, pools, gyms, bars & free WiFi at most. Bliss. • Location, location, location!

your backstage pass includes: Exclusive food Time Out tours include breakfast each day & lots of dinners. But we don’t include your lunches so you’re free to go exploring & do your own thing, to suit your taste & budget. Our In-Depth Regional trips include even more local restaurant meals so you can taste the best local flavours in the places you visit. We don’t include lunches for a few reasons. We believe in maximising your ME Time to allow you to explore local flavours as your choose. What’s more, it allows us to ensure that the meals we include are even better. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions others might offer our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks.

28-29 Intro Time Out.indd 2

Staying close to the action is key, so we get you closer with more central hotels. That means more time getting out there & less time getting to the places that count, so you see & experience more. Like close to Montmartre (home of the Sacre Coeur & the Moulin Rouge) in Paris, right by Prague Old Town Square & right near the Duomo in Florence.

Plus, we’ll get you around in style, doing all the hard work and saving your precious time for exploring. And, staying connected has never been easier with WiFi on our coaches & at most of the places we stay.

Exclusive TEAM With your expert Tour Manager & Tour Driver 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 so you can discover your Europe. And we mix it up with our expert local guides, who will fast-track you to the best local secrets & info.

Exclusive options We ensure there’s plenty of Me Time to do what you want, to customise your trip to you. Choose from our ME Time optionals or just use your free time to chill out, relax & do what you want.

We

WiFi

73% of our Time Out properties have FREE WiFi! Staying connected is easy!

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).

Exclusive access After 50 years travelling around Europe, no company can provide better access to Europe than Contiki. Like skipping the queues at the Eiffel Tower and the Vatican.

18/09/2012 15:30


28 | 29

easypace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, and even more local meals, our easypace 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.

28-29 Intro Time Out.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:30


time out hotel tours

Want a taste of all Europe has to offer? Time Out Multi-Country trips visit a lot of countries, in the time you’ve got. MultiCountry is all about comfy twin-share hotels every night & extra special Feature Hotel experiences with exceptional facilities, for a little extra glam as you travel.

discover loads of europe

b rlin be in

• Always twin-share as standard • Spectacular Feature Hotels • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share option • easypace options – take it easier • Options to start or end in Paris, London or Amsterdam • Trips from 9 - 33 days

30-31 Time Out Accomm.indd 2

18/09/2012 15:31


30 | 31

feature hotels relax & enjoy a little glam Château de Fontager. Spend a night in the beautiful French countryside at 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. chât âtea ea au DE DE fon on nta ager r

Eventhotel Pyramide, Vienna. This one-of-a-kind hotel is an attraction in itself! 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.

Hotel Cabala, Rome.

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

When in Rome… there’s no better place to stay than a Roman Villa. With 360-degree views of the Roman countryside, Hotel Cabala is a welcome escape after the busy streets of the city. Rooms are spacious, chic & airconditioned… not to mention the fantastic pool. ho ote tel ca cab caba ba ala la, rome m

no single supplements 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 & like-minded 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. himm hi mmelri mm riich hh hot ot o tel el, lu uce cern rne rn e

a hrod ap dit ite e re reso sort rt hot otel el ca c apt ptiio on

Himmelrich Hotel, Kriens, Lucerne.

Mount Titlis, 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 at the top or if going a little slower is more your thing, then hire a bike or hike the many mountain trails. mt t. ti tit tlis, swis ss alps

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 & FREE WiFi, this hotel is the ultimate way to stay by Lucerne.

meet chris

Tour Manager, from Melbourne Before Contiki I was a graphic designer working in Melbourne, but here I am now working & living in Europe! My passion is art, culture & travel. I love exploring new places I visit, as well as finding new hidden spots in cities I’ve been to time & time again. I’m always on the hunt for street art & places to share with my travellers. I’m all about showing off the sights & sounds of Europe that I’ve discovered along the way.

30-31 Time Out Accomm.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:32


european magic 9 Days 7 countries From NZ$1615pp* NZ$180 per day BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS GERMANY / AUSTRIA ITALY / SWITZERLAND FRANCE

PARIS

BALTIC SEA

your backstage pass includes

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ME Time

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2

Slovakia

MUNICH 1 AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

SWITZ FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

Innsbruck

1 LUCERNE Swiss

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Alps Lake Como

• Locally guided bike tour of Munich’s famous landmarks • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

ME Time optionals Bosnia

ITALY

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count. M Guided city walking tour in Venice

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

M Venetian dinner & regional wines Serbia ADRIATIC SEA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1

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

in Venice M Private cruise on Lake Lucerne

@Allyson Pete: Germany yesterday ... Italy today ... Switzerland tomorrow..! This is why we love @contiki

Visit contiki.com/magic 32-33 European Magic.indd 2

04/09/2012 14:54


32 | 33

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.

amsterdam

time out

How much & when Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1939 1939 1995 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2115 2115 2115 2115

2013 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

14 28 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7 10 14 17

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 22 6 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15 18 22 25

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

21 Jul 29 28 Aug 5 31 Aug 8 4 Aug 12 11 Aug 19 18 Aug 26 25 Sep 2 1 Sep 9 8 Sep 16 15 Sep 23 22 ● Sep 30 29 ● Oct 7 6 Oct 14

2115 2115 2115 2115 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHH 2014

2013

venice

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 M Evening boat cruise along the canals

••

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 M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

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

enchanting Venice. (B,D) See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck M Bobsled ride

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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 6: Venice to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & then steer all the way into the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 26 2 23 30 7 14 21 28 30

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

27 3 10 1 8 15 22 29 5 7

1699 1699 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1749 1749 1749

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

2 4 11 25 8 22 8 15 22

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

What’s Included: 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBHH Start London or Ams’dam

European Magic 9 days

10 12 19 2 16 2 16 23 30

1749 1749 1749 1615 1615 1615 1615 1665 1665

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 Ferry crossings

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$210. See p.27 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Scenic Alpine drive

Day 7: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards & wine regions of Burgundy to the glittering “City of Lights”. (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 8: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris - shop the chic boutiques, overload on pastries, traditional baguettes & cheese or sit back with a café au lait & people watch. (B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & three course dinner

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)

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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$509. WWHH - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$435. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

lucerne

• •• •

Day 4: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps & stop at Innsbruck, Austria before we arrive in

lucerne amsterdam

32-33 European Magic.indd 3

04/09/2012 14:55


amsterdam to barcelona easypace

11 Days 7 countries From NZ$2585pp* NZ$235 per day NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) FRANCE / SWITZERLAND ITALY (IN TRANSIT) MONACO / SPAIN

barcelona

your backstage pass includes • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through cheese making Edam • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Italian fashion experience • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter

NETHERLANDS Edam

ME Time

2 AMSTERDAM

BELGIUM

Germany

Czech Rep

Champagne Region

PARIS 2 Burgundy Region

Austria SWITZ

FRANCE

LUCERNE 2 Swiss Alps

Slovenia Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Croatia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Cable car ride up Mt. Pilatus (weather dependant) in Lucerne M Traditional Swiss lunch & folklore show in Lucerne

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

ITALY Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN Portugal

1

BARCELONA 2

Places visited Nightstops

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ADRIATIC SEA

Adel de Lange: I just came back from my very first contiki tour, it was amazing. Met alot of great people & have awesome memories. Definitely not gonna be my last one. Already starting to plan my next one. Visit contiki.com/amsterdam-barcelona

34-35 Amsterdam to Barcelona.indd 2

04/09/2012 14:57


the french riviera

34 | 35

How much & when Finish Barcelona

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2585 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2775

2013 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

3 17 24 7 21 28 5

Start Ams’dam

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

2775 2775 2775 2655 2655 2655

2013 13 27 3 17 1 8 15

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

12 19 2 23 30 6

22 29 12 2 9 16

* 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$795 & 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. switzerland

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

• •

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

Day 4: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) Day 6: Lucerne Wake up in lakeside Lucerne. You could head to the Alps for

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

• •

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 at a designer outlet mall stop before reaching the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

Amsterdam to Barcelona 11 days What’s Included: 10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBAB Start Ams’dam

TIME OUT

easypace

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.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

$

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

3 World Heritage sites visited

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 M Flamenco dance show

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

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

• •

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

amsterdam

34-35 Amsterdam to Barcelona.indd 3

04/09/2012 15:00


european discovery 12 Days 8 countries From NZ$2115pp* NZ$177 per day BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS GERMANY / AUSTRIA ITALY / VATICAN CITY SWITZERLAND FRANCE

ROME

your backstage pass includes • Locally guided bike tour of Munich’s famous landmarks • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • 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 • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower IRISH SEA

ME Time

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Poland

1 AMSTERDAM ENGLAND

Wales

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

RHINE 1 VALLEY

GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

2 PARIS MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

LUCERNE ATLANTIC OCEAN

AUSTRIA

1 Swiss Alps

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

Lake Como

1 VENICE

M Bike ride in the Austrian Tyrol (summer departures only) M Tuscan hills feast in Florence

Bosnia

FLORENCE 1 ITALY 1

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME

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

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

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

for the romantics

ME Time optionals

1 TYROL

SWITZ FRANCE

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Abbie LaRose: Just finished the European Discovery Tour & it was Amazing. Would recommend Contiki to everyone. Our Tour Manager Filippo & our Coach driver Geordie were awesome & made the trip a blast. Can’t wait to book my next Contiki Trip just need to decide where.

Vatican City

Visit contiki.com/discovery 36-37 European Discovery.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:03


36 | 37

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.

AUSTRIAN tyrol

time out

How much & when 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

2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2749 2749 2749 2749 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919

28 4 11 18 25 27 2 4 9 11 16 18 23 25 30 1 6 8 13 15 18 20 22 25 27 29 4 6 9 11 13

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2819 2679

2013

2013 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

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

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

16 18 20 23 25 27 1 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 31 5 7 10 12 14 17 19 21 22 24 26 28 3 5 10

● ● ● ● ● ● ●

27 29 31 3 5 7 12 14 19 21 26 28 2 4 9 11 16 18 21 23 25 28 30 2 3 5 7 9 14 16 21

Itinerary & Sightseeing

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHW 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 M Evening boat cruise along the canals

••

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

36-37 European Discovery.indd 3

M Whitewater rafting (summer departures only) 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• • •

Day 6: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & crisscross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 8: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards

to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence

• •

Day 9: Florence to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (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 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 M Cabaret show & dinner

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)

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

15 17 22 29 5 19 24 1 3 8 10 14 16 18 20 22 24 26

What’s Included: 11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBHD

FLORENCE

European Discovery 12 days

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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$290. See p.27 for details.

8 World Heritage sites visited

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

26 28 2 9 16 30 5 12 14 19 21 25 27 29 31 2 4 6

2229 2229 2229 2229 2175 2175 2175 2175 2175 2175 2175 2175 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285

Dec 28 Dec 30

Jan 8 Jan 10

2285 2285

2014 Jan 3 Jan 5 Jan 7 Jan 12 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 4 Mar 11 Mar 18

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

2285 2285 2285 2285 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2115 2175 2175

14 16 18 23 1 8 15 22 1 8 15 22 29

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

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or tripleshare). BBHD - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$705. WWHW - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$569. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. 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 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent. AMSTERDAM

04/09/2012 15:03


best of europe easypace

13 Days 7 countries From NZ$3265pp* NZ$252 per day FRANCE BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC ITALY / VATICAN CITY

BERLIN

Li

Edam

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

Poland

Ruhr Valley Dresden

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

GERMANY

Slovakia

3 PARIS Austria

Hungary

Switz Slovenia

Croatia ITALY Bosnia

ADRIATIC SEA

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • 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 through cheese making Edam • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

ME Time

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

FRANCE

your backstage pass includes

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little Ro random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Italian feast & show in Rome M Eye Spy tour in Berlin

don’t miss The street performers on Alexanderplatz in Berlin are incredible. Amazing hip hop & breakdancing to surpass any episode of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

3 ROME Spain

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city

Vatican City

@kiwirocker: I loved my european @contiki trip. Was brilliant!! :)

Visit contiki.com/best-europe 38-39 Best of Europe.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:04


38 | 39

amsterdam

time out

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBTC Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

3265 3265 3265 3265 3265 3385 3385

19 26 2 16 30 7 14

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

3385 3265 3265 3265 3265 3265

2013

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

Start Paris

31 7 14 28 12 19 26

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

28 11 25 1 8 22

9 23 6 13 20 4

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 M Parisian cabaret show & dinner

• •

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

Day 5: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, 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 M Evening canal boat cruise

• •

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

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

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’ 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 M Scenic river cruise with lunch

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

• •

Days 11-12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B)(B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 13: Rome The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

22 29 5 19 3 10 17

Finish Rome

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

31 7 14 28 12 19 26

2419 2419 2419 2419 2499 2499 2499

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

31 14 28 4 11 25

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Flight from Prague to Rome

2499 2419 2419 2419 2419 2419

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2013

2013 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

Start Ams’dam

17 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D)

High speed train journey between Paris & Amsterdam

Summer 2013 Code: BBTAM

Itinerary & Sightseeing

What’s Included: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

FRANCE Start Paris

Best of Europe 13 days

easypace

This trip is about getting around fast, with more time to really explore. Catch a cabaret in Paris, canals, windmills & stroopwaffels in Amsterdam, bargain-priced beer in Prague & the history of Rome & Berlin in 13 days.

9 23 6 13 20 4

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBTC - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$979. Tour starts 6:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$735. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$310. See p.27 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.27. The ‘Best of Europe’ tour will easily Mix+Match with: Simply Italy (p.66-67) Italian Espresso (p.68-69)

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

best of europe start amsterdam 10 days From NZ$2419pp* NZ$242 per day STUCK FOR TIME? Start your tour in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 10 days.

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$220. See p.27 for details.

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

Visit contiki.com/ best-europe-ams prague

38-39 Best of Europe.indd 3

04/09/2012 15:04


european encounter 16 Days 10 countries From NZ$2665pp* NZ$167 per day BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) Netherlands / Germany Switzerland / Liechtenstein Austria / Italy / Vatican City FRANCE / MONACO PARIS

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

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

Plus Feature Hotel

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

Plus Regional Dinner

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

• French Château

GERMANY

• A delicious Italian pizza feast at a local trattoria

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ME Time

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

Slovakia AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

SWITZ

Liechtenstein

1 INNSBRUCK Hungary

LUCERNE 2 Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

CHATEAU DE FONTAGER 1

ITALY

Pisa Avignon

Slovenia

1 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

1 FLORENCE

Monaco

1

1

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

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

ADRIATIC SEA

Bosnia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Guided city walking tour in Venice

don’t miss Sugar Factory, Amsterdam. Where performance meets clubbing, two nights at the club are never the same - be it dancers, MCs, DJs or actors mixing with the crowd.

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

@nicola_stratton: Go on contiki. I went on a contiki tour through europe alone met the best people!

Visit contiki.com/encounter 40-41 European Encounter.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:04


CHâTEAU DE fontager, FRANCE

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.

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

Day 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)

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) See the Lorelei Rock Scenic Alpine drive See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne M Cable car up Mt. Pilatus (weather dependent)

•• •

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)

orchards & castles Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals

Riviera. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

Day 8: Venice to Rome As we say farewell to 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 12: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D)

• •

• •

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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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 M Tuscan hills feast

• • •

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) M Cabaret show & dinner

Day 11: Florence to French Riviera Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder en route to the glamorous French

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)

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 M Whitewater rafting (summer departures only)

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBHX Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

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

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3629 3629 3629 3629 3629 3629 3629 3505 3505 3505 3505 3505 3505 3505 3505 3329

2013 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

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

3329 3329 3419 3419 3525 3525 3525 3525 3525 3525 3525 3525 3525 3525 3629 3629 3629

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

12 17 19 24 26 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 4 11

27 1 3 8 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHZ 2013 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

18 19 26 2 9 23 30 7 11 13 15 19 21 23

w

2013 Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

2 3 10 17 24 8 15 22 26 28 30 3 5 7

2815 2815 2815 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2885 2885 2885 2885

Dec 27 Dec 31

Jan 11 Jan 15

2885 2885

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr

2885 2885 2665 2665 2665 2665 2665 2745 2745

40 | 41

time out European Encounter 16 days What’s Included: 15 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 14 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31) 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

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$360. See p.27 for details.

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

4 11 25 1 15 22 1 15 22

19 26 9 16 2 9 16 30 6

SAVE

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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$875. WWHZ - Winter 2013/14 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

rome

• •

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,

40-41 European Encounter.indd 3

amsterdam

THE TYROL

04/09/2012 15:06


Visit contiki.com/road-athens NORTH SEA

road to athens

London

Poland

Netherlands

ENGLAND Dover

Belgium

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

GERMANY Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

17 Days 8 countries

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

Slovakia

2 TYROL

Burgundy Region

SWITZ FRANCE

Swiss Alps

From NZ$3435pp* NZ$203 per day

1 LUCERNE

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

2 VENICE Pisa

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Croatia

Bosnia

Serbia

Montenegro

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius

Vatican City

PARIS

Hungary

AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

Albania

Pompeii Brindisi

backstage pass Inclusions

1

• ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Bike tour of Munich • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Walking tour in Florence • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Guided tour of Athens

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

1

15 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.30-31) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$369. See p.27 for details.

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

•• venice

How much & when

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

Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

23 30 14 28 2 4 11 18 23 25 30 2 7

Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

9 16 30 13 18 20 27 4 9 11 16 18 23

3435 3435 3529 3619 3619 3619 3619 3619 3619 3619 3619 3699 3699

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

9 14 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 3 8 10

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

25 30 1 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 24 26

3699 3699 3699 3699 3699 3699 3619 3619 3619 3619 3619 3619

* 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$905 & 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. 12:00 noon in Athens. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

10 World Heritage sites visited

42-43 Road to Athens.indd 2

2 CORFU IONIAN SEA

ATHENS 1 Corinth Canal

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Summer 2013 Code: BBAL What’s Included:

GREECE

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Featured Hotel night

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Alpine Lucerne. Hotel (B,D) See 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 Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall M Mt. Stanserhorn cog rail & cable car ride

•• •

Day 5: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Take in Alpine scenery en route to a cute Tyrolean village. (B,D) M Whitewater rafting adventure Day 6: Austrian Tyrol Get an adrenaline rush - there’s loads on offer today. (B,D) Explore this region, famous for its adrenaline sports

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

• • •

Take a private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals M Gondola ride along the canals

Day 12: Rome Tap into this living museum & later you could delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

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

Day 13: Rome to Greece Pass through Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii before our overnight ferry to Greece. (B)

Day 10: Florence Get inside info from your local guide on Florence’s Renaissance buildings & art before exploring your way. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

• •

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

• •

Days 14-15: Corfu Kick back, relax & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B) M Water sports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding Day 16: Corfu to Athens Leave Corfu via the Corinth Canal en route to mythological Athens. (B) Day 17: Depart Athens After morning sightseeing, it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

• •

road to rome end rome 13 days From NZ$2615pp* NZ$202 per day STUCK FOR TIME?

We’ve got a shorter version of the 17 day Road to Athens tour, visiting 7 countries in 13 days.

Day 8: Venice Meander along alleyways & canals to art-filled palazzi, quaint local shops, bars & markets. (B)

Visit contiki.com/ road-rome

Tour code: BBRL See price panel on left for departure dates & deduct NZ$820 for price to pay. Single room supp. NZ$695.

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$285. See p.27 for details.

04/09/2012 15:06


Summer 2013 Code: RTAI

road to athens

Start London or Paris

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

Piraeus

29 Days, 8 countries From NZ$5715pp* NZ$198 per day

GREECE

IONIAN SEA

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3 Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

1 1

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 20-21: Mykonos. Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 22: Mykonos to Santorini. Ferry to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 23-24: Santorini. Indulge in Santorini’s famous blue & white buildings, beaches & sunsets. (B)(B)

Day 25: Santorini to Ios. Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 26-27: Ios. Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 28: Ios to Athens. Set sail back to Athens. (B) Day 29: Depart Athens. The tour ends after breakfast. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

Visit contiki.com/road-athens-greek3

road to athens

TURKEY

1 ATHENS GREECE

Kusadasi

Mykonos

Santorini

1

Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-16: London/Paris to Athens. See Road to Athens on opposite page.

sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S)

Places visited Nightstops

Day 21: Arrival into Athens. Your tour ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B)

Day 17: Athens. Explore more of Athens. (B)

Day 19: Kusadasi. Shop in the colourful bazaar or take an optional tour of Ephesus. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

Days 18: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos. Cruise to Mykonos, then later, we’ll set

Day 20: Crete to Santorini. Spend time in Crete, then we’re off to Santorini. (B,L,D,S)

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

Istanbul

Visit contiki.com/road-athens-greek7

road to athens

+ 7 day greek island cruise

AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Athens

GREECE

25 Days, 9 countries From NZ$5499pp* NZ$220 per day Places visited 1

Nightstops

Patmos

Kusadasi

1 MYKONOS Santorini

Rhodes

42-43 Road to Athens.indd 3

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Start London or Paris

5365 5505 5715 5645 5715 5645 5715 5789

2013 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 30 Aug 6 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 8 Sep 10

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Day 20: Cruising to Mykonos. On to Mykonos & a full 24 hours here to explore the island. Hotel (B,L) Day 21: Mykonos. Hang out on the island, then rejoin the cruise. (B,D,S) Day 22: Cruising to Kusadasi via Patmos. Chill in Patmos & later shop at Kusadasi’s bazaar. (B,L,D,S)

C May 20 C Jun 10 Jun 25 C Jul 1 Jul 16 C Jul 22 Jul 28 C Aug 3

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

5859 5789 5859 5789 5715 5645 5645 5715

C C C C

6 12 27 2 17 23 5 8

* 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$1429 & 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. 8:00am in Athens. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: RTAIC Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this tour may run in reverse. Day 29 has been designed to allow you to finish the tour without needing an extra nights accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

Day 23: Cruising to Rhodes. Spend the day exploring. (B,L,D,S) Day 24: Santorini via Crete. Enjoy beautiful scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 25: Arrival into Athens. Your tour ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

What’s Included: 27 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 24 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 40 meals: 28 continental breakfasts (B), 15 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions & pay early savings see p.42

10

World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: RTACR3

19 nights accommodation: 16 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr 23 ● May 13 Apr 30 ● May 20 May 14 ● Jun 3 May 28 Jun 17 Jun 4 Jun 24 Jun 11 Jul 1 Jun 18 Jul 8 Jun 25 Jul 15 Jul 2 Jul 22 Jul 9 Jul 29 Jul 16 Aug 5 Jul 23 Aug 12 Jul 30 Aug 19 Aug 6 Aug 26 Aug 13 Sep 2 Aug 20 ● Sep 9 Aug 27 ● Sep 16 Sep 3 ● Sep 23 Sep 10 ● Sep 30

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

4709 4709 4835 4955 4955 4955 4955 4955 5079 5079 5079 5079 5079 5079 4955 4955 4955 4955 4955

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

4939 4939 5065 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185 5309 5309 5309 5309 5309 5309 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185

4515 4515 4619 4729 4729 4729 4729 4729 4845 4845 4845 4845 4845 4845 4729 4729 4729 4729 4729

4285 4285 4389 4499 4499 4499 4499 4499 4615 4615 4615 4615 4615 4615 4499 4499 4499 4499 4499

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling

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

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$1125 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$1239 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Additional notes: see below.

For all other inclusions & pay early savings see p.42

How much & when

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: RTACR7

23 nights accommodation: 17 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 6 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

Start London or Paris

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr 23 Apr 30 May 14 May 28 Jun 4 Jun 11 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 3 Sep 10

May 17 May 24 Jun 7 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 5 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 4

6175 6175 6319 6465 6465 6465 6465 6465 6465 6465

5499 5499 5635 5765 5765 5765 5765 5765 5765 5765

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

5585 5585 5729 5875 5875 5875 5875 5875 5875 5875

4909 4909 5045 5175 5175 5175 5175 5175 5175 5175

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling

Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-16: London/Paris to Athens. See Road to Athens on opposite page. Day 17: Athens. Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 18: Athens to Istanbul. Cruise to Istanbul. (B,D,S) Day 19: Istanbul. Explore this exotic city. (B,L,D,S)

2013 Apr 23 May 14 May 28 Jun 4 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jun 30 Jul 7

Start London or Paris

+ 3 day greek island cruise 21 Days, 9 countries es s From NZ$4515pp* NZ$215 per day

Finish Athens

AEGEAN SEA

+ greek island hopping

Days 1-16: London/Paris to Athens. See Road to Athens on opposite page. Days 17-18: Athens. Explore more of Athens. (B)(B) Day 19: Athens to Mykonos. Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

42 | 43

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/road-athens-island

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$1295 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$1469 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Tour starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Additional notes: (also apply to RTACR3 above) On some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Day 25 has been designed to allow you to finish the tour without needing an extra nights accommodation.

11

World Heritage sites visited

52 meals: 24 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D), 6 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 & pay early savings see p.42

13

World Heritage sites visited

04/09/2012 15:06


european impressions 18 Days 10 countries From NZ$3645pp* NZ$203 per day BELGIUM NETHERLANDS / GERMANY SWITZERLAND Liechtenstein / AUSTRIA ITALY / FRANCE MONACO / SPAIN FRANCE

your backstage pass includes

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

• 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 • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

London

Dover

1 BRUSSELS

Calais

BELGIUM

• Swiss Mountain Hotel

1 RHINE VALLEY

ME Time

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

AUSTRIA Loire Valley

SWITZ

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

1 BORDEAUX

Liechtenstein

Innsbruck

Lucerne

SWISS 2 ALPS Lake Garda

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

2 FLORENCE Carcassonne

SPAIN

1

1

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

2 FRENCH RIVIERA 2 BARCELONA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Monaco

Plus Feature Hotel

Pisa

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Bosnia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

don’t miss The rooftop bar at La Rinascente in Florence. On a sunny day this tiny terrace is perfect for sitting back with a coffee or glass of wine over-looking the city.

M Guided walking tour in Venice M Tuscan hills feast in Florence

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. Visit contiki.com/impressions

44-45 European Impressions.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:07


44 | 45

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.

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 Manneken Pis, the Grand Place & the Palace of Justice

• •

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) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Stunning drive along the Rhine River Learn how beer steins are crafted

• • •

Day 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 5: Swiss Alps Enjoy waking up to stunning views in this Alpine paradise. Chill for the day & opt in for one of the many outdoor activities on offer like the Ice Flyer & hiking.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) M Bungy jumping

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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 9: Venice to Florence It’s on to Pisa to check out its architectural wonder before reaching Renaissance Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 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) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo M Nightclub entry

• •

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! (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 today take a stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D)

Day 6: Swiss Alps to Munich Leave this gorgeous area behind, then we cross through tiny Liechtenstein & arrive in lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

• • •

Day 7: Munich to Venice Wind through the Alps & stop in Innsbruck, before travelling via the Brenner Pass to lakeside Sirmione & onward to fairytale Venice. (B,D) See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda

• • •

44-45 European Impressions.indd 3

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 M Flamenco dance show

• •

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

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

PARIS

Itinerary & Sightseeing

time out

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBEM Start London

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

11 25 9 16 23 30 13 17 20 24 27 4 8

Start London

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

28 12 26 2 9 16 30 4 7 11 14 21 25

3645 3645 3735 3855 3855 3855 3855 3855 3855 3855 3855 3985 3985

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

11 Jul 28 15 Aug 1 18 Aug 4 25 Aug 11 1 Aug 18 8 Aug 25 22 Sep 8 29 Sep 15 5 Sep 22 12 Sep 29 19 ● Oct 6 23 ● Oct 10 26 ● Oct 13

3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835

* 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$955 & 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

European Impressions 18 days What’s Included: 17 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 15 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$395. See p.27 for details.

12 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. PISA

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)

AMSTERDAM

SWITZERLAND

04/09/2012 15:08


european inspiration easypace

19 Days 9 countries From NZ$3085pp* NZ$163 per day BELGIUM (in transit) NETHERLANDS / GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC AUSTRIA / ITALY VATICAN CITY SWITZERLAND / FRANCE

SWITZERLAND

your backstage pass includes • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through cheese making Edam • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Italian 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 • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

NORTH SEA

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Plus Feature Hotel

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

• Swiss Mountain Hotel Poland

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley

ME Time

London Dover Calais

Dresden

BELGIUM GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme Dachau

PARIS 2

Slovakia

MUNICH 2

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

Tyrol

SWITZ

Hungary

2 LUCERNE FRANCE

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

Slovenia Lake Como

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa

2 FLORENCE

Chianti Region

Spain

1

1

don’t miss Al Capones in Prague. This tiny bar is like entering another world & is perfect for a shoulder rub with the locals.

ME Time optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Scenic river cruise & lunch in Prague

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

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

Bosnia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

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

46-47 European Inspiration.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:08


46 | 47

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

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

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 M Evening canal boat cruise

• •

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) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

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 site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

Day 5: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an evermodernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

• • •

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

• •

Day 8: Munich Don some lederhosen & have some fun in this cultural haven with its staggering array of museums, epic shopping & lively beer gardens. (B,D) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 9: Munich to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles M Whitewater rafting (summer departures only)

Day 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• • •

Day 11: Venice to Rome As we say farewell to Venice, get ready to shop up a storm at a designer outlet mall stop in Barberino, before reaching Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (B)

Day 13: Rome to Florence Stop in the Tuscan hillside as we make our way to the Renaissance city of Florence. (B,D) 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 M Tuscan hills feast

• •

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

• •

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 M Cabaret show & dinner

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)

BERLIN

Itinerary & Sightseeing

time out

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBAP Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

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

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

4139 4139 4139 4139 4139 3979 3979 3979 3979 3979 3979 3979 3979 3979

2013 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

24 8 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10 12 17 19 24 31

3785 3785 3879 3879 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 4139 4139 4139

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

15 20 27 3 10 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5

● ● ● ● ●

2 7 14 21 28 11 18 25 2 4 9 11 16 23

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWAP 2013 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

16 21 28 4 18 25 2 9 14 16 18 21 23 26 28

European Inspiration 19 days

easypace

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.

What’s Included: 18 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 16 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31) 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

2013 Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

3 8 15 22 6 13 20 27 1 3 5 8 10 13 15

3259 3259 3259 3179 3179 3179 3179 3179 3179 3339 3339 3339 3339 3339 3339

Dec 30

Jan 17

3339

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

3339 3339 3339 3339 3085 3085 3085 3085 3085 3085 3179 3179

2014 Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

2 4 7 13 20 27 10 17 3 10 17 24

20 22 25 31 7 14 28 7 21 28 4 11

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$410. See p.27 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

PARIS

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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$995. WWAP - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$835. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

AMSTERDAM

• •

46-47 European Inspiration.indd 3

ROME

04/09/2012 15:11


european vista 21 Days 10 countries From NZ$3385pp* NZ$162 per day France / Switzerland Monaco / italy Vatican City Austria / Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

FLORENCE

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • 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 • 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 through cheese making Edam Plus Feature Hotel • The Pyramide Hotel, Swiss Mountain Hotel

NORTH SEA

Plus Regional Dinner

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

• A delicious Italian pizza feast at a local trattoria

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ME Time

1 RHINE VALLEY

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP Dachau

2 PARIS

Slovakia

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

Slovenia

VENICE 2 ITALY Pisa

Monaco

1

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

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

AUSTRIA

2 LUCERNE

FRANCE

1

1 VIENNA 2 TYROL

SWITZ

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

1 FLORENCE

Bosnia

ADRIATIC SEA

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

indulge On Parisian macarons at the famous Ladurée. It’s THE place to try these iconic French treats (takeaway box essential).

ME Time optionals M Tuscan hills feast in Florence M Mountain biking & lunch in Tyrol M Whitewater rafting in Tyrol ME Time optionals in Tyrol listed above are on summer departures only.

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

@Mark Middleton: @ContikiSA Having the best time EVER!! #EuropeanVista. Last day 2day :(

Visit contiki.com/vista 48-49 European Vista.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:14


48 | 49

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.

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) M Cabaret show & dinner 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.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

• •

Day 5: Lucerne to French Riviera Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to the glamorous resort town of Nice. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit a French perfumery

• •

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! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

• •

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 M Nightclub entry

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

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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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) M Tandem paragliding 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) M Mozart & Strauss classical concert & dinner 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

• •

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

• •

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)

••

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

• •

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) M Evening canal boat cruise 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)

amsterdam

Itinerary & Sightseeing

time out

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBHV Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

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

4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415

2013

6 20 27 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 17 22 24 29 1 6

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

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

4195 4195 4195 4295 4295 4425 4425 4425 4425 4425 4425 4425 4425 4425 4599 4599

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

13 15 20 27 3 10 24 31 7 11 14 16 18 21 28 5

● ● ● ●

2 4 9 16 23 30 13 20 27 1 4 6 8 11 18 25

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHT 2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

European Vista 21 days What’s Included: 20 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 17 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31) 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

2013

19 26 2 16 23 30 7 14 16 18 23

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan

8 15 22 6 13 20 27 3 5 7 12

3575 3575 3485 3485 3485 3485 3485 3485 3665 3665 3665

Dec 30

Jan 19

3665

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

3665 3665 3385 3385 3385 3385 3485 3485

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

6 18 25 15 22 8 15 22

26 7 14 7 14 28 4 11

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$459. See p.27 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 room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHV - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$1095. WWHT - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$915. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. 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 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Paris

• • •

48-49 European Vista.indd 3

lucerne

04/09/2012 15:14


european panorama 28 Days 12 countries From NZ$5725pp* NZ$205 per day france / SPAIN MONACO / ITALY VATICAN CITY / GREECE AUSTRIA / GERMANY Liechtenstein / SWITZERLAND NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

FLORENCE

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • 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 • Cruise on the Rhine River - castles, villages, vineyards • Locally guided bike tour through Edam - plus more

NORTH SEA

Edam

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM ENGLAND Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Poland

GERMANY

Plus Feature Hotels

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

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

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Loire Valley

FRANCE

Château Chambord

2 VIENNA

1 TYROL SWITZ

2 SWISS ALPS

1 BORDEAUX

Liechtenstein Dolomite Lucerne Mountains Verona

AUSTRIA

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia Serbia

Pisa

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

Carcassonne

SPAIN

Pyrenees Mountains

ME Time

Slovakia

Mauthausen

ITALY

Montenegro

Vatican City

Macedonia

1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

1

1

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

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

M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums M Guided city walking tour in Venice M Evening canal boat cruise

Albania

Brindisi

GREECE

1

3 CORFU

Christie Gatta: 25 days until I am in the UK then Contiki will start! wooohooo yeeehhaaaa :)

CORINTH CANAL IONIAN SEA

50-51 European Panorama.indd 2

check it out

ME Time optionals

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME BARCELONA 2

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Visit contiki.com/panorama 04/09/2012 15:15


50 | 51

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.

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 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

Day 2: Paris Discover this city’s magic, romance, history & legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner

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 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 M Flamenco dance show

• •

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

• •

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 demonstration

• •

50-51 European Panorama.indd 3

Start London or Paris

Day 16: Corfu to Italy Cruise up the Adriatic to the enchanting city 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 in Verona

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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• • •

Day 19: Venice to Vienna Today we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. (B,D)

tyrol

• • •

Entry into the Mauthausen memorial 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 M Tandem paragliding

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

• • •

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

22 29 13 20 27 10 17 24 1 8

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug

5725 5725 5869 6019 6019 6019 6019 6019 6265 6265

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 19 26 9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

15 Aug 22 Aug 29 Aug 5 Sep 12 Sep 26 Sep 29 Sep 2 ● Sep ● 9 Oct

11 18 25 1 8 22 25 29 6

6265 6265 6265 6265 6019 6019 6019 6019 6019

* 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$1499 & 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

European Panorama 28 days What’s Included: 25 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 5 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 20 nights in hotels, +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.30-31) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$625. See p.27 for details.

18 World Heritage sites visited

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 beautiful valley full of castles & vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

••

Day 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 M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

Day 26: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next up, it’s the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

Day 21: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (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)

• •

Finish Ams’dam or London

2013

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) M Island sailing cruise

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBHM

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) M Guided tour of Pompeii

LUCERNE

Itinerary & Sightseeing

time out

• •

Château de chambOrd

Corfu

Day 27: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in Edam. Afterwards, check out the cool cafés & nightclubs. (B)

04/09/2012 15:15


european explorer

+ Mykonos Island or Greek Island cruising options

33 Days 17/18 countries From NZ$7275pp* NZ$221 per day

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)

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

London

NETHERLANDS

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley Dover Calais

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS FRANCE

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

LUCERNE 2 ATLANTIC OCEAN

AUSTRIA

Verona

SPAIN

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Romania

CROATIA

2 VENICE

BOSNIA Pisa

Pyrenees Mountains

Hungary SLOVENIA

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Monaco

2 VIENNA

Liechtenstein

Swiss Alps

CHATEAU DE 1 FONTAGER

Slovakia

Mauthausen

1 FLORENCE

1 ZADAR

ITALY

Split

Serbia

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MONTENEGRO

2 ROME BARCELONA 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

Pompeii

Bulgaria

Macedonia

1 TIRANA

Bari

1 SORRENTO

ALBANIA

Isle Of Capri

GREECE

1

1

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

52-53 European Explorer 1.indd 2

1 PREVEZA 1 IONIAN SEA

Corinth Canal Patras

1 ATHENS

4 MYKONOS

MYKONOS ISLAND OR CRUISING OPTION & maps see p.55

VENICE

04/09/2012 15:16


52 | 53

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.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Italian 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 • 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 Feature Hotels • French Château, Mykonos Resort, The Pyramide Hotel

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Guided tour of the ancient Greek site Ephesus (Greek Island cruising option).

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

vienna

time out

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 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) M Cabaret show & dinner Day 3: Paris to Château de Fontager We make our way south- bound through Burgundy via the beautiful 12th century Château Fontainebleau before arriving at our Feature Hotel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit Château Fontainebleau

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 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 M Flamenco dance show

• •

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 & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

• •

European Explorer 33 days What’s Included: 31 nights twin or triple-share accommodation (see p.55 for full breakdown of accommodation for Mykonos Island & Greek Island Cruising options) 49 meals (Mykonos Island option) (see p.55 for full breakdown of meals) 59 meals (Greek Island Cruising option) (see p.55 for full breakdown of meals) 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

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

itinerary continues over page

BARCELONA

Samantha Rodrigues: This would have to have been the most amazing experience I have ever had. So well run, so many sights to see & I feel like we fit more into a day than I thought possible. But what’s more is I made some really amazing friends that I know I am always going to keep in contact with. So worth the money, so much included & the memories you make just make it all the more unforgettable.

zadar

Visit contiki.com/explorer

PARIS

52-53 European Explorer 1.indd 3

04/09/2012 15:17


Visit contiki.com/explorer

european explorer continued

Itinerary & Sightseeing continued ➙ 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 See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• • •

Day 10: Venice to Florence Wind through the Apennine Mountains & Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings & sacred art. (B) Walking tour of Florence with a local guide See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

• • •

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

• •

this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

amazing seafood in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,D) M Island cruise & swimming

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 ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Day 15: To Athens From Patras, cross the Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B) M Greek dinner & dancing night

Days 16-20 You choose! There’s either a Mykonos Island or Greek Island cruising option. See p.55. 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 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore

Day 23: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures &

54-55 European Explorer 2.indd 2

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 & head 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 M Mozart & Strauss concert & dinner

Florence 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 M Cog railway ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus

View the Lion Monument

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

Day 31: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next we head to the Netherlands & on to the cool, vibrant, free-wheeling city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

••

See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

Day 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) M Evening canal boat cruise 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 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

• • •

lucerne

04/09/2012 15:18


54 | 55

Visit contiki.com/explorer-mykonos

european explorer Macedonia

+ mykonos island option Albania Al lbania

33 Days 17 countries From NZ$7295pp* NZ$222 per day

Summer 2013 Code: BBHE

European Explorer + Mykonos Island 33 days

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

7295 7495 7689 7689 7689 7689 7689

2013 GREECE

AEGEAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL ATHENS

MYKONOS 4

IONIAN SEA 1

Itinerary & sightseeing

Places visited Featured Hotel night

some partying.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium in Athens M Mykonos night tour

See the famous windmills M Paradise Beach trip

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

time out

Start London or Paris

Piraeus

MYKONOS

How much & when

Day 20: Mykonos to Preveza We head back to Greece’s mainland, then make our way through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D)

Days 17-19: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the picture-perfect Cycladic paradise.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See traditional Cycladic style houses

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013

28 12 19 2 16 23 30

30 13 20 4 18 25 1

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

7 Aug 14 Aug 28 Aug 11 Sep 25 Sep 1 ● Oct 8 ● Oct

8 15 29 12 26 3 10

7919 7919 7919 7689 7689 7689 7689

* 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$2299 & 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

TURKEY

+ greek island cruise option GREECE

33 Days 18 countries From NZ$7275pp* NZ$221 per day

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$790. See p.27 for details.

18

How much & when

time out

Summer 2013 Code: BHEC

European Explorer + Greek Is. Cruise 33 days

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour Port Taxes Total NZ$ pp* Gratuities Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Kusadasi Mykonos Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

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

28 12 19 2 16 23 30 7 14 28 11 25 1 ● 8 ●

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

6965 7145 7325 7325 7325 7325 7325 7545 7545 7545 7325 7325 7325 7325

30 13 20 4 18 25 1 8 15 29 12 26 3 10

310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310

7275 7455 7635 7635 7635 7635 7635 7855 7855 7855 7635 7635 7635 7635

Crete

CRETE

Places visited

Itinerary & sightseeing

54-55 European Explorer 2.indd 3

For all other inclusions see p.53

2013

AEGEAN SEA

Athens

49 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 17 three-course dinners (D)

••

european explorer

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 triple-share accommodation: 7 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 24 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more o n p.30-31)

World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/explorer-cruise

Day 16: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & we cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its golden beaches & vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S)

What’s Included:

See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos M Guided tour of Monastery of St. John 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 natural scenery. (B,L,D,S)

• • •

Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira M Guided tour of the Minoan Palace 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 in Athens

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$2189 & 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

What’s Included: 31 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 24 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 4 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 59 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 19 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) For all other inclusions see p.53

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$750. See p.27 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

04/09/2012 15:18


SINCE forever young

THE ORIGINAL

1962

The old vans have long since gone, but some things will never change. Our spirit of adventure lives on. We’re still as passionate about discovering new things as ever. Connecting young travellers is at the heart of everything we do. It’s about discovering mind-blowing places, sharing the adventures & having an awesome time doing it! “Good” has never been nearly good enough for our travellers or us. Making every trip the greatest ever, delivering awesome value, creating epic stories, lasting friendships & genuinely making every second count is what we’re all about.

29th APRIL 1962. 1 BEAT UP MINI-VAN, 12 ADVENTURERS, 12 WEEKS, 1 CONTINENT, ONE HELL OF AN URGE TO EXPLORE. CONTIKI WAS BORN.

56-57 Heritage.indd 2

18/09/2012 15:36


56 | 57 We’ve been heading out on epic adventures since ‘62. From europe, the usa to overland explorers from london to kathmandu & everywhere in between.

EUROPE SINCE 1962

1977: MATES FOR LIFE, india

1978: keeping it cool in communist russia

1979: Afghanistan ADVENTURE

1981: We said kia ora to contiki NZ

1982: SUNRISE AT our french château

1982: our american dream starts stateside & in 1991: came contiki canada

1984: we started making a splash down under

2009: contiki takes on asia

2011: Our newest crush...Latin America

CONTIKI: THE ORIGINAL ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANY 56-57 Heritage.indd 3

18/09/2012 15:36


time out HOTEL tours & CRUISING

experience a region in-depth Our In-Depth tours are all about more time to go local. MORE Authentic local meals & more time to soak up regional cultures

• Twin-share as standard • ALL included dinners at local restaurants • Mostly 2 & 3 night stays • Often later morning starts • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share option • easypace options take it even easier • Cruising & sailing options • Trips from 4 - 22 days

58-59 Intro to Regionals.indd 2

easypace With minimum 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning, and even more local meals, our easypace 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 tour pages.

18/09/2012 15:38


58 | 59

cruising with contiki

Aphr Ap hrod od o dit te Re eso sort ort t Hot tel el, My M ko ono nos s

Croatia Sailing On our Croatian Island Cruising trips, explore unspoiled islands & coastal villages of the beautiful Dalmation Coast on a local boat (one of Croatia’s best!).

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.

Nile Cruising

more authentic local meals

meet DANIELLE

Trying authentic (& delicious) meals prepared by locals the traditional way is a key part of experiencing new cultures. On our In-Depth Regional tours all our local meals are at some of our favourite local restaurants so you can really immerse yourself in the taste of Europe.

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 the locals going about their day.

New! Turkish Sailing Do it like the Turkish do on a traditional gullet. Spend your days lazing on the deck, taking in the views & living it up in paradise. Our exclusive boat will give you a week of utter bliss.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll experience… • Learn to make pizza like the locals in Rome • Devour mouth-watering delicacies with Budapest as your backdrop on our Danube river cruise • Sample Greek specialities at our favourite Athens taverna • Pick your way through a delicious variety of local dishes in buzzing Barcelona.

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

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.

58-59 Intro to Regionals.indd 3

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

No single supplements 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 & like-minded 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.

be erl r in

18/09/2012 15:38


Visit contiki.com/ireland S

ireland LONDONDERRY 1

8 Days 1 country

Belfast ATLANTIC OCEAN

N.IRELAND

REP. OF IRELAND

From NZ$1495pp* NZ$187 per day

GALWAY 2

DUBLIN 2

Cliffs of Moher

Blarney

1

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRISH SEA

1 KILKENNY CORK 1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing backstage pass

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

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

Day 2: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of Belfast then we make our way to the walled city of Londonderry. (B) Day 3: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its fascinating historical sites, before travelling south through Connacht to Galway. (B) See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry M Walking tour including Bogside Murals

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 11 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 4 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

dublin

Summer 2013 Code: BBIR Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1495 1495 1495 1535 1535 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625

2013 Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

6 13 27 4 11 18 25 1 5 8 15 19 22 29 3 6 13 17 20

Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1625 1625 1625 1625 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569

2013 13 20 4 11 18 25 1 8 12 15 22 26 29 6 10 13 20 24 27

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

27 31 3 10 14 17 24 28 31 7 11 14 21 25 28 5 12 19

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$160. See p.27 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

60-61 Ireland - Eng & Scot.indd 2

How much & when

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

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of NZ$395. Tour starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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 M Guided walking tour of Kilkenny

• ••

Day 7: Kilkenny to Dublin Dublin has so much to see & do, so take time to explore its

vibrant mix of thriving markets, museums, cafés & enjoy the easy-going local hospitality. (B) See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square & St. Stephen’s Green M Guinness Brewery Storehouse visit

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.

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

blarney castle

scotland & ireland 13 days From NZ$2599pp* NZ$200 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.61.

Day 6: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland. (B,D) Days 7-13: See Days 2-8 Ireland map, itinerary & sightseeing above. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Tour code: BBED Single supplement of NZ$685

Visit contiki.com/scotland-ireland

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$280. See p.27 for details.

04/09/2012 15:20


60 | 61 Visit contiki.com/england-scotland

TIME OUT

england & scotland

Isle of Skye

9 Days 2 countries

England & Scotland 9 days

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Loch Ness 1 SCOTLAND

1 WEST HIGHLANDS

backstage pass

St. Andrews

Stirling

From NZ$1825pp* NZ$203 per day

Northumberland National Park

Gretna Green

NORTH SEA

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

N.Ireland

1 YORK

IRISH SEA

liverpool 1

Rep. of Ireland

Inclusions

2 EDINBURGH

1 GLASGOW

ENGLAND

• 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 Regional Dinner • Traditional English roast dinner in a local pub

Wales 1

Eilean Donan castle

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

Day 2: Liverpool to York Catch the endless rolling country views through the cute Peak District to one of England’s most historic cities, York. (B,D) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower M Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

••

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

Day 8: West Highlands to Glasgow Visit historic Stirling before arriving in lively Glasgow, with its happening pubs & music scene. (B) See Stirling Castle & the William Wallace Monument See George Square & the Glasgow City Chambers

you choose

• •• • •

Want to finish in London? Add NZ$215 to take the train from Glasgow to London.

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 M Kayaking or canoeing

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 M Dinner with haggis & bagpipes

• •

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)

60-61 Ireland - Eng & Scot.indd 3

ME Time optionals

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

London

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBBR Start London

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1825 1825 1825 1825 1869 1869 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1985 1985 1985

What’s Included:

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

27 31 3 10 14 17 24 28 31 7 11 14 21 25 28 5 12 19

1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWBR

w

2013

2013 Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

29 5 19 26 3 10 17 24 28 31 7 11 14 21 25 28 5 9 12

6 13 27 4 11 18 25 1 5 8 15 19 22 29 3 6 13 17 20

2013 Oct Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 7 14 21 28

Start London

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

19 23 26 2 6 9 16 20 23 30 3 6 13 17 20 27 4 11

● ● ● ● ●

26 14 21 28 4

1619 1579 1579 1659 1659

Jan 4 Feb 1 Mar 8

8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 12 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 4 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

$

2014 Oct Dec Dec Dec Jan

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Jan 11 Feb 8 Mar 15

1659 1535 1535

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$195. See p.27 for details.

7

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Scottish highlands

scotland 6 days From NZ$1265pp* NZ$211 per day JUST WANT SCOTLAND? Try everything Scottish on our 6 day tour. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Tour code: BBSC. Single supplement of NZ$335

Visit contiki.com/ scotland

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$135. See p.27 for details.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBBR - Summer 2013 - 9 days Single room supplement of NZ$479. WWBR - Winter 2013/14 - 8 days Single room supplement of NZ$419. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Glasgow or 2:30pm 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.172. For travel insurance see p.171. Winter departures are 8 days long & feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in Liverpool, York 1 night, Edinburgh 2 nights, Scottish Highlands 1 night, Glasgow 1 night, Lake District 1 night. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

London day trips Love England? Grab a great value day trip to ancient Stonehenge, beautiful Bath or the home of the Queen, Windsor Castle before or after your tour. Book on arrival in London at the Contiki Basement. Visit contiki.com/day-trips for more.

04/09/2012 15:21


great britain & ireland 16 Days 5 countries From NZ$2899pp* NZ$182 per day ENGLAND / SCOTLAND Northern ireland IRELAND WALES (in transit) EDINBURGH CASTLE

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

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1 Isle of Skye

Loch Ness

SCOTLAND

WEST 1 HIGHLANDS

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Plus Regional Dinners • Traditional English roast dinner in a local pub

St. Andrews Stirling

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

ME Time

Northumberland National Park

LONDONDERRY 1

Gretna Green

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

Belfast

N.IRELAND

REP. OF IRELAND

GALWAY 2

DUBLIN 2

YORK 1

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

Holyhead

1 Liverpool

ME Time optionals

ENGLAND

Cliffs Of Moher

1 KILKENNY

Blarney

1

M High ropes course in the Lake District M Traditional dinner with haggis & bagpipes M Guided walking tour of Kilkenny

WALES

don’t miss A walk up to Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh. This walk will reward you with the best views over the city & maybe some bagpipers at the top.

CORK London

1

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Places visited Nightstops Start/end city

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Meelya: Definitely do this trip if you want to see the UK & have limited time. Covered heaps of ground & saw so much but at the same time it wasn’t endless hours on the bus with no stops... stopping at places during the day really broke up the trip. Visit contiki.com/britain-ireland

62-63 GB & Ireland.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:21


62 | 63

time out Cliffs of Moher

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!

How much & when Finish London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2899 2899 2899 2899 2985 2985 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3169 3169 3169

2013 Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

29 5 19 26 3 10 17 24 28 31 7 11 14 21 25 28 5 9 12

Start London

Finish London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3169 3169 3169 3169 3169 3169 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065

2013 13 20 4 11 18 25 1 8 12 15 22 26 29 6 10 13 20 24 27

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

19 23 26 2 ● 6 ● 9 ● 16 ● 20 ● 23 30 3 6 13 17 20 27 4 11

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

Day 1: London to Liverpool Meet up with your Contiki team & take a London sightseeing tour before travelling to the home of The Beatles, Liverpool. Tonight, get to know your group over dinner & maybe hit the town for a night out. (D) Beatles tour in Liverpool

Day 2: Liverpool to York Catch the endless rolling country views through the cute Peak District to one of England’s most historic cities, York. (B,D) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower M Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

••

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 M Kayaking or canoeing

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 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 10: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of Belfast then we make our way to the walled city of Londonderry. (B) M Locally guided walking tour

• •

Day 5: Edinburgh Spend a day exploring the city. Combining medieval & modern, its buildings are perched on top

62-63 GB & Ireland.indd 3

Day 11: Londonderry to Galway Explore Londonderry & its fascinating historical sites, before travelling south through Connacht to Galway. (B) See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry

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) M Boat ride to the Aran Islands 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 M Guided walking tour of Kilkenny

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

$

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

What’s Included: 15 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBUK Start London

Great Britain & Ireland 16 days

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 only section return to London on Day 9 & 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). For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$315. See p.27 for details.

7 World Heritage sites visited

ARAN ISLANDS

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• ••

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 M Guinness Brewery Storehouse visit

Day 16: Dublin to London We ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales & travel back to London where the tour ends upon arrival. (B)

London day trips Love England? Grab a great value day trip to ancient Stonehenge, beautiful Bath or the home of the Queen, Windsor Castle before or after your tour. Book on arrival in London at the Contiki Basement. Visit contiki.com/day-trips for more.

04/09/2012 15:23


Visit contiki.com/london-paris

london & paris

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND Wales

LONDON 3 Dover

easypace

Bath

7 Days 2 countries

2 AMSTERDAM

BELGIUM

Stonehenge

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

PARIS 3

From NZ$1399pp* NZ$200 per day

+

Germany

2

Versailles

FRANCE

SWITZ

ITALY

backstage pass Inclusions • 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 • Guided tour of King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles • 300km/h trip on a high speed train (Amsterdam extension only)

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 8 meals: 6 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours in London & Paris Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

6 World Heritage sites visited

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

64-65 London Paris_Ams_Rome.indd 2

LONDON 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

ROME 3

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

louvre, paris

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGE Start London

Finish Paris

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1615 1615 1655 1655 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1755

2013 Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul

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

Start London

Finish Paris

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

1755 1755 1755 1755 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695

2013 15 29 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

13 20 27 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28

22 29 5 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWGE 2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 26 9 23 7 21 27 30

w

2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

28 4 18 2 16 30 5 8

1475 1475 1445 1445 1445 1515 1515 1515

Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar

4 11 25 22 1 15 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

13 20 3 3 10 24 31

1515 1515 1399 1399 1399 1445 1445

* 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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$425. WWGE - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$375. Tour starts 6:00pm in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Paris. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

$

SAVE

Days 2-3: London Get set for a couple of action packed days - see the city’s traditional icons, take a day trip to architecturally beautiful Bath & mysterious Stonehenge & catch a West End musical. There’s free time to shop, explore vibrant neighbourhoods, or perhaps choose to catch a bird’s eye view of it all from the London Eye. (B)(B) Sightseeing tour of London See Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge Visit the old Roman town of Bath Experience a traditional English pub 1 day pass on the London Underground M Visit to the Roman Baths & audio guided tour M Audio guided tour of Stonehenge

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 Palace of Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. (B)(B) Visit a French perfumery M Cabaret show & threecourse dinner

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

•• • •• •

paris

Pay early & save up to NZ$175. See p.27 for details.

04/09/2012 15:23


64 | 65

Visit contiki.com/london-paris-plus

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGP

+ paris extension easypace

9 Days, 2 countries From NZ$1685pp* NZ$188 per day Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.64. Days 7-8: Paris Check out this avant-garde city for a couple more days. Using your included Metro pass, shop in stylish boutiques for the

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

2-day pass on the Paris Metro

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

Finish Paris

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Start London

Finish Paris

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

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

1975 1975 2025 2025 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075 2149

2013 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

21 28 4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6

2149 2149 2149 2149 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWGP

w

2013 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 7 Dec 21 Dec 27 Dec 30

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

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

27 3 17 1 15 29 4 7

1785 1785 1739 1739 1739 1825 1825 1825

2014 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 25 Feb 22 Mar 1 Mar 15 Mar 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

12 19 2 2 9 23 30

1825 1825 1685 1685 1685 1739 1739

BBGP - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$519. WWGP - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$455.

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/london-amsterdam

Start London

+ amsterdam

2013 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

9 Days, 4 countries From NZ$1885pp* NZ$210 per day

Finish Ams’dam

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

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

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2165 2165 2219 2219 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2355

Start London

2013 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Finish Ams’dam

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

21 28 4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2355 2355 2355 2355 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWGA

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.64. 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) 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.

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

27 3 17 1 15 29 4 7

1995 1995 1945 1945 1945 2045 2045 2045

2014 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 25 Feb 22 Mar 1 Mar 15 Mar 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

12 19 2 2 9 23 30

BBGA - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$569. WWGA - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$509

+ rome

10 Days, 3 countries From NZ$2095pp* NZ$210 per day

Start London

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr 6 Apr 20 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6

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

2295 2295 2355 2355 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2495

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

Start London

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2495 2495 2495 2495 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415

Itinerary & sightseeing

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

64-65 London Paris_Ams_Rome.indd 3

••

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

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

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

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

28 4 18 2 16 30 5 8

2215 2215 2159 2159 2159 2265 2265 2265

2014 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 25 Feb 22 Mar 1 Mar 15 Mar 22

Paris, Amsterdam or Rome

9/10 days backstage pass Inclusions See inclusions on the opposite page

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

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.30-31)

All other inclusions: 10 meals: (Paris & Amsterdam) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) 11 meals: (Rome) 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team (days 1-7)

Sightseeing tours in London & Paris Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings 22 29 5 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWGR 2013 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 7 Dec 21 Dec 27 Dec 30

London & Paris +

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging (days 1-7)

Summer 2013 Code: BBGR

london & paris

Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.64.

2045 2045 1885 1885 1885 1945 1945

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/london-paris-rome

easypace

2013 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 9 Nov 23 Dec 7 Dec 21 Dec 27 Dec 30

time out

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: BBGA

london & paris easypace

Start London

easypace

london & paris

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

13 20 3 3 10 24 31

w

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$235. See p.27 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

2265 2265 2095 2095 2095 2159 2159

* 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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ605. WWGR - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$565. Tours start 6:00pm & end approx. 8:00am.

LONDON EYE

04/09/2012 15:26


simply italy 12 Days 2 countries From NZ$1985pp* NZ$166 per day Italy Vatican City ROME

your backstage pass includes

Hungary

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Italian 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 • Experience local artisans making traditional crafts like Venetian glass, lace, masks, jewellery & gondolas - plus more

Slovenia Lake Garda Verona

MILAN 1

France

Cinque Terre

1

LA SPEZIA Pisa

Plus Regional Dinners

VENICE 2

Croatia

• Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals • Dine on regional specialities in local trattorias

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia

Chianti Region Apennine Mountains ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

3 ROME Vatican City

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

Mt. Vesuvius

M Guided tour of the ancient city of Pompeii. M Gondola ride in Venice.

Pompeii

2 SORRENTO

don’t miss Italy is a haven for the shopaholics within, so get a true fix at Via Cola di Rienzo in the Prati area, Rome. With mainstream & boutiques it’s ideal for all budgets & tastes.

Isle of Capri

IONIAN SEA

1

Places visited Nightstops

Robert Medrano: Just got back from my tour. Beyond amazing. Went solo & left Italy with 51 new friends. Visit contiki.com/simply-italy

66-67 Simply Italy.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:28


66 | 67

Time out florence

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.

How much & when Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2359 2359 2359 2419 2419 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2569 2569 2569

2013 Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

7 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 26 30 3 7 10

Start Rome

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2569 2569 2569 2569 2569 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2359

2013 18 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 4 7 11 14 18 21

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

14 21 24 28 4 11 25 1 8 11 15 18 22 29 6

25 1 4 8 15 22 5 12 19 22 26 29 3 10 17

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWSY 2013

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel & this afternoon meet your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers. (D) 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) M Boat cruise around the beautiful Isle of Capri 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) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo M Tuscan hills feast

• •

Day 6: Florence to Venice Shop ‘til you drop at Barberino Designer Outlet, before professing your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona. Next up: fairytale Venice. (B) Italian fashion experience See Juliet’s Balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

••

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

• • •

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

• •

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 11: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City M Guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 12: Depart Rome The 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.

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

21 28 4 18 2 16 21 27

w

2013 Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

1 8 15 29 13 27 1 7

2095 2095 2045 2045 2045 2149 2149 2149

Dec 30

Jan 10

2149

Jan Feb Mar Mar

2149 1985 1985 2045

2014 Jan Feb Mar Mar

13 3 3 17

What’s Included: 11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBSY Start Rome

Simply Italy 12 days

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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$255. See p.27 for details.

9

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

24 14 14 28

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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$745. WWSY - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$749. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, 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.27. Fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.90-91. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

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

• •

Day 10: La Spezia to Rome Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder then cross the Appenine Mountains on the road to Rome (B)

the vatican ROME

66-67 Simply Italy.indd 3

04/09/2012 15:28


italian espresso easypace

8 Days 2 countries From NZ$1419pp* NZ$178 per day Italy Vatican City

VENICE CANALS

your backstage pass includes

Austria Switz Hungary

Slovenia Verona

VENICE 2

Croatia

• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • 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 • Experience local artisans making traditional crafts like Venetian glass, lace, masks, jewellery & gondolas Plus Regional Dinners • Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals • Dine on regional specialities at local trattorias

France Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa

Bosnia

3 FLORENCE

Chianti Region San Gimignano

Apennine Mountains

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

2 ROME Vatican City

ME Time optionals

IONIAN SEA

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Optional start/end city (end Venice or Rome)

M Roman dinner in Rome. M Nightclub entry & one drink in Florence. M Venetian dinner with regional wines in Venice.

visit Try I Due Fratellini. This hole in the wall (literally) offers Florence’s best lunch on the go. Think sandwiches for m2-3 & glasses of wine on wooden racks. Bellisimo.

@Jil Palmer: Just got back from my @contiki Italian Espresso trip...1 word... Amazing...

Visit contiki.com/espresso 68-69 Italian Espresso.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:29


68 | 69

chianti region

TIME OUT

How much & when Finish Venice or Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Finish Venice or Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1619 1619 1659 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1765 1765

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

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

1765 1765 1765 1765 1765 1765 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHI

w

2013 Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

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

2013 20 4 18 25 1 3 8 22 29 6 8 13

2013 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

19 9 23 14 22 28

Start Rome

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

8 13 20 27 3 10 17 31 7 14 21 28

26 16 30 21 29 4

1499 1465 1465 1465 1535 1535

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 22 8 22

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

$

2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

What’s Included: 7 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBHI Start Rome

Italian Espresso 8 days

Jan Jan Mar Mar Mar

easypace

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.

11 25 1 15 29

1535 1535 1419 1419 1465

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$175. See p.27 for details.

6

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

FLORENCE

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. (D) See Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum

cuisine before hitting up the Florentine nightlife. (B) Florentine leather craft demonstration M Delicious Tuscan feast with Chianti wine

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) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City M Guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

Day 6: Florence to Venice Pick up some designer threads at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino. Later, profess your love in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before arriving in fairytale Venice. (B,D)

Day 5: Florence Enjoy a day trip out to the hills of the rustic Chianti region for wine tasting & a stop in medieval San Gimignano - the quintessential Tuscan town. (B)

Day 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 M Gondola ride

• •

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.

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 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$509. WWHI - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$475. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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.90-91 or connect with the ‘Spotlight on Greece’ tour detailed on p.92-93. Alternatively, fly to Berlin & connect with the ‘Eastern Road’ tour detailed on p.78-79. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. rome

Day 3: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. (B,D) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence

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

68-69 Italian Espresso.indd 3

Learn to make pizza

04/09/2012 15:30


spanish spree 14 Days 2 countries From NZ$1999pp* NZ$143 per day SPAIN GIBRALTAR

PARC GUELL

your backstage pass includes • Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour • Catch a flight to the world-renowned Ibiza & check out its famous clubs & beaches • Locally guided tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace • Learn about the history of Spanish culture & architecture at the Mosque of Caliphs in Cordoba Plus Regional Dinners • A feast for a king - local tapas dishes in a famous Barcelona restaurant • The diverse taste of Spain - regional dinners in our favourite local restaurants across Spain

ME Time

ATLANTIC OCEAN

France

BILBAO 1

San Sebastian Pyrenees Mountains

1 PAMPLONA

Zaragoza

Segovia

Portugal

2 BARCELONA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

MADRID 3

keep it cheap Head to the Magic Fountain in Barcelona. The changing colours, motion & music make for a ‘magical’ free night out.

ME Time optionals

SPAIN Toledo

Denia

CORDOBA 1

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

2 IBIZA

M Locally guided tour of Seville's famous sights M Explore Barcelona on a locally guided bike tour

COSTA BLANCA

SEVILLE 1

1

Places visited Nightstops

2 GRANADA Gibraltar

EFMochz: is suffering from holiday withdrawal. Thanks #contiki!

COSTA DEL SOL

Visit contiki.com/spain 70-71 Spanish Spree.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:30


70 | 71

time out SEVILLE

Hola! Go local on this perfect intro to sunny Spain. From Gaudi’s architecture & flamenco in Barcelona, cosmopolitan Madrid, beaches & parties in Ibiza to laid back Seville, we’ll show you everything that we love about Spain & more.

How much & when Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2989 2989 2989 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885

2013

2013 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

Start Madrid

22 May 6 May 20 Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8 ■ Jul 10 ■ Jul 15 Jul

5 19 2 16 23 30 7 14 21 23 28

2745 2815 2885 2885 2885 2885 2885 2989 2989 2989 2989

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

22 29 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23

4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWEH 2013 Oct Nov Dec Dec

21 25 16 27

3 8 29 9

2115 2059 2165 2165

Jan 6 Feb 17 Mar 24

Jan 19 Mar 2 Apr 6

17 meals: 13 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Flight from Barcelona to Ibiza Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2014 Nov Dec Dec Jan

What’s Included: 13 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBEH Start Madrid

Spanish Spree 14 days

2165 1999 2059

Ferry crossing

$ * Prices above are based on twin-share.

BARCELONA

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

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

on our included sightseeing tour. It’s a mix of food, fiesta, fashion & fun. (B) M Barcelona Flamenco dance show & dinner Day 7: Barcelona to Ibiza It’s time to party! Board your flight to the world-famous island of sun, sand & sounds. (B) Day 8: Ibiza Relax on Ibiza’s beaches & soak up the sunshine or get into some watersports before heading out into the island’s unbeatable nightlife. (B) Visit Ibiza’s town & beaches

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

• •

Day 11: Granada to Seville Wind along the Costa del Sol & see the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop in Gibraltar before arriving in Seville. (B) Scenic drive past Marbella & Malaga Visit the Rock of Gibraltar

Day 6: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles

Day 12: Seville to Cordoba Take your time in laid-back

70-71 Spanish Spree.indd 3

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

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

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBEH - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$1009. WWEH - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$755. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. ■ This tour will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 2 nights in Madrid, Bilbao 1 night, Pamplona 1 night, Barcelona 2 nights, Valencia 1 night, Granada 2 nights, Seville 2 nights, Cordoba 1 night, Madrid 1 night. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$295. See p.27 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.27. Fly to Rome & connect with the ‘Simply Italy’ tour. See p.66-67. Alternatively, fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.90-91. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

ibiza

• •

try paella

04/09/2012 15:31


egypt & the nile 8 Days 1 country From NZ$1399pp* NZ$175 per day EGYPT

THE NILE

your backstage pass includes • From Pharaohs to mummies - locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza • Tour the Valley of the Kings with a local Egyptian expert • Sit back & chill as you drift down the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat • Local villages, ancient sites & stunning scenery see them all on your relaxing three-night cruise down the Nile

ME Time

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Israel

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

1

EGYPT

2 CAIRO

M Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam in Aswan. M Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. M Visit a traditional Egyptian village in Luxor.

EZ SU OF LF GU

Giza Sakkara

THE NILE

1 HURGHADA 1 LUXOR Esna

RED SEA

1 EDFU Kom Ombo

1

Places visited Nightstops

72-73 Egypt & The Nile.indd 2

ASWAN 1 LAKE NASSAR

check out Souq al-Gomaa bazaar in Khalifa, Cairo where you can haggle with the locals for a live donkey. Just don’t try & take it on tour!

Explorer1346293: Salam! Where do I even begin... Let’s start with the BEST tour guide ever, a local Egyptian passionate about his country & truly loves what he does. Not only does he know everything... he knows everybody! He has 20+ years experience doing tours & has built a strong reputation for himself & for Contiki. Everywhere we went, everybody respected him & knew who he was. This makes traveling a whole lot more comfortable & makes the experience feel more local. Visit contiki.com/egypt 04/09/2012 15:33


72 | 73

TIME OUT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

Explore ancient Egypt, with its icons, buzzing cities & incredible sights. From the intensity of Cairo & cruising the Nile in style to travelling like the locals on a felucca, this is an intense week of discovery in one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

How much & when Code: BBEG summer 2013 Start Cairo

Finish Cairo

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1459 1459 1459 1459 1459 1499 1499 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535

30 6 13 20 27 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

Finish Cairo

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535

2013

2013 Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

Start Cairo

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

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

6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28

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

Code: WTEG winter 2013/14 2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 2: Cairo to Aswan Step into this intense, 24/7 city where ancient meets modern all in one shot. A local guide will take you back to ancient Egypt & the time of the Pharaohs. Stare in awe at the Sphinx & the monumental Pyramids of Giza before boarding the overnight train to Aswan. (B,D) Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo M Light & sound show at the Pyramids

Day 3: Nile Cruise - Aswan Unwind in the beautiful riverside setting of Egypt’s sunniest city. Enjoy its laid back take on life & distinctive African atmosphere. Opt to take a tour of Aswan to see the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam. After being treated to a ride on a traditional felucca sailboat, kick back & listen to Nubian music, eat some freshly caught fish, or explore the souk, full of spices, perfumes, scarves & baskets. (B,L,D) Day 4: Nile Cruise - Aswan to Edfu Today consider taking an optional visit to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel – the most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture.

72-73 Egypt & The Nile.indd 3

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

26 2 16 30 14 21 28 4

1475 1475 1449 1449 1449 1449 1495 1495

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

4 11 18 1 15 1 15

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar

11 18 25 8 22 8 22

1495 1495 1495 1399 1399 1399 1435

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

the sphinx

Day 1: Arrive Cairo Check-in to the hotel & explore Egypt’s buzzing capital city for the afternoon. At 7:00pm, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travellers.

19 26 9 23 7 14 21 28

2014

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

Day 8: Depart Cairo 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.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBEG - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$455. WTEG - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$435. Note: Single room supplement does not apply to night 2. Overnight train cabins are twin-share only. Tour starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Egypt & The Nile 8 days What’s Included: 7 nights twin-share accommodation: 3 nights in hotels, 1 night twin-berth sleep couchette on train (Cairo to Aswan), 3 nights Nile cruise (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 15 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Egyptian Tour Manager Coach transfers Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes & service charges Transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival The Nile Cruise: Cruise the Nile on a superb ship featuring luxury cabins, all with private shower, WC, TV & air-conditioning Cruise Amenities: Swimming pool, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, bars, gift shop, disco

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$155. See p.27 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 6: Luxor to Hurghada Be amazed by the sheer volume of famous monuments around Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings before we hit beachside Hurghada. Maybe do some shopping, chill at the beach & get into the city’s many bars, restaurants & cool nightlife. (B) See the the Colossos of Memnon M Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak

Day 7: Hurghada to Cairo Today it’s back to Cairo for some last minute shopping. Tonight, enjoy our farewell dinner & a final night on the town. (B,D)

TEMPLE OF HORUS

04/09/2012 15:33


mediterranean highlights 13 Days 5 countries From NZ$2099pp* NZ$162 per day SPAIN / France Monaco / Italy Vatican City

CINQUE TERRE

your backstage pass includes • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • 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 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

ME Time

Belgium

Czech Rep

Germany

Slovakia

Austria Hungary

Switz

Croatia

FRANCE

ATLANTIC OCEAN

ITALY Cinque Terre

1 AVIGNON

PISA/ITALIAN RIVIERA 1 2 FLORENCE

Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

Aix-enProvence

SPAIN Zaragoza

2 MADRID 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 BARCELONA

San Gimignano

ME Time optionals Bosnia

M Locally guided day trip to sunny Toledo

a Serbia M Delicious feast in the Tuscan hills

visit Museo Picasso. Home to one of the world’s largest collections of work by Spain’s most famous artist, this gallery is a must-visit for art lovers.

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Jacqueline: Awesome experience! Met awesome people, saw absolutely breath-taking places those places you have once dreamed about- Rome, Colosseum etc , best guide - Thanks Angie :) Still have that theme song of our bus!! Contiki will see me on another tour! Visit contiki.com/med-highlights

74-75 Med Highlights.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:33


74 | 75

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 ...

start madrid Day 1: Arrive Madrid Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later meet your Tour Manager & fellow travellers for dinner. (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

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

• • •• •

Day 7: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D)

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

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

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

Day 9: Pisa to Florence Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa & roll through Tuscany to Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. (B)

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

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

• •

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

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

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

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 M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

• •

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

Day 5: Florence to Italian Riviera Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then enter the unspoiled

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

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

74-75 Med Highlights.indd 3

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBMD Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

2779 2779 2779 2779 2905 2905 2905

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

18 1 15 29 6 13 20

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

2905 2905 2905 2779 2779 2779

2013 30 13 27 11 18 25 1

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

27 3 10 24 7 21

8 15 22 5 19 3

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWMD 2013 Nov 2 Nov 30

w

2014 Nov 14 Dec 12

2165 2165

Jan 8 Mar 1

Jan 20 Mar 13

2275 2099

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBMD - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$975. WWMD - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$839. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

•• • •

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

Start Rome

• •

May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

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

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWDM

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

Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2575 2639 2639 2639 2639 2759 2759

2013 6 20 3 17 24 1 8

What’s Included:

Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

2759 2759 2759 2639 2639 2639

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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$290. See p.27 for details.

8 World Heritage sites visited

you choose Travel from Madrid to Rome or Rome to Madrid. This tour operates in both directions.

2013 18 1 15 29 6 13 20

2013 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 27

Start Rome

Mediterranean Highlights 13 days 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Summer 2013 Code: BBDM

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

MADRID

Itinerary & Sightseeing

TIME OUT

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

15 22 29 12 26 9

27 3 10 24 7 21

w

2014 Nov 2 Nov 30 Jan 8

2219 2165 2275

Feb 17

Mar 1

2099

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBDM - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$925. WWDM - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$839. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

04/09/2012 15:33


Visit contiki.com/trail

easypace

mediterranean trail 10 Days 3 countries

Serbia

Montenegro

ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

3 ROME Vatican City

From NZ$2225pp* NZ$223 per day

Macedonia

Naples (Designer outlet mall) Pompeii

3 Isle of Capri

Albania

SORRENTO

Bari

GREECE

backstage pass Inclusions • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & art of the Vatican • A locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis

IONIAN SEA

1

2 1

positano

Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel before meeting your Tour Manager & fellow travellers, then it’s time for dinner & let the next 10 days of adventure begin. (D) Day 2: Rome You could start the day with a guided tour of the Colosseum, or meet up later for our tour of the famous Vatican, its museums & priceless art. Tonight, try going local, find a cute restaurant & experience the action of Rome by night! (B) See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums M Locally guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Summer 2013 Code: BBGG

12 meals: 9 continental breakfasts (B) 3 three-course dinners (D)

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$230. See p.27 for details.

• •

How much & when

8 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 8 nights in hotels +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Patras

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Plus Regional Dinners • Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals • Italian food & wine experience

What’s Included:

ATHENS Corinth Canal

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2225 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2339 2339

2013 8 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

2339 2339 2339 2339 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285

2013 17 31 7 14 21 28 5 12 19

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11

26 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$569 & 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Day 3: Rome Explore the ‘Eternal City’ your way today. Try some delicious Italian cuisine, people watch & soak up the vibes here. This afternoon you could opt for an Italian cooking class & pick up some tips from the locals. (B) Day 4: Rome to Sorrento En route towards Naples, we’ll stop at a designer outlet where you can splash some cash on designer gear. Later, there’s the option to tour the ancient city of Pompeii before rolling onto gorgeous Sorrento. (B,D) See the Bay of Naples & Mt. Vesuvius M Guided tour of the ancient city of Pompeii

Day 5: Capri day trip Today we’re off to the famous island of Capri. Stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri & sip on a coffee while rubbing shoulders with the chic locals. (B) Day 6: Sorrento Today’s your chance to indulge on traditional Italian favourites like mozarella & wine at our Italian food experience. This afternoon you could opt to visit the stunning Amalfi Coast & Positano. This haven for the rich & famous is the home of picture perfect views. (B) Italian food & wine experience

Day 7: Sorrento to Greece Today is perfect for relaxing & taking in the views on the way to Bari where we’ll board our overnight ferry & hit the water towards Greece. (B)

Day 8: To Athens We continue on to mythical Athens, home to ancient ruins, endless history & stories. Go local tonight & indulge in some traditional Greek favourites like saganaki & moussaka. (B,D) Day 9: Athens Get out amongst the action & get your Greek on - sightsee the first modern Olympic Stadium, the Parthenon & ruins that dot the city. (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka

Day 10: End Athens The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

ATHENS

5 World Heritage sites visited

76-77 Med Trail.indd 2

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE

04/09/2012 15:34


Summer 2013 Code: METIH

mediterranean trail + greek island hopping

Start Rome

AEGEAN SEA

C CORINTH CANAL

easypace

Piraeus

22 Days, 3 countries From NZ$4199pp* NZ$191 per day 1

1

GREECE

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3 Places visited Nightstops MEDITERRANEAN SEA Featured Hotel night

Days 13-14: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 15: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 16-17: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery & sunsets. (B)(B)

Day 18: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 19-20: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 21: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B) Day 22: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

Visit contiki.com/trail3

mediterranean trail AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

easypace

Athens GREECE

Kusadasi Mykonos

Santorini

Places visited Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Days 10: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, then later, we’ll set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S)

Day 11: Kusadasi Shop in the colourful bazaar or take an optional tour of Ephesus. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

Day 13: Arrival into Athens Your tour ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For a full itinerary, inclusions & cool ways to spend you free time, check out contiki.com.

Day 12: Crete to Santorini Spend some time in Crete & this afternoon we’re off to worldfamous Santorini. (B,L,D,S)

Please note: some departures also visit Patmos. See ● in price panel.

Visit contiki.com/trail7

Istanbul

mediterranean trail AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Athens

easypace

GREECE

17 Days, 4 countries From NZ$3759pp* NZ$222 per day Places visited

Patmos

Santorini

4199 4135 4199 4135 4315 4249

Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

2013 Jul 31 Aug 21 Aug 7 C Aug 27 Aug 21 Sep 11 Aug 28 C Sep 17 Sep 11 Oct 2

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

4315 4249 4199 4135 4199

Day 12: Cruising to Mykonos On to Mykonos & a full 24 hours here to explore the island. Hotel (B,L) Day 13: Mykonos Hang out on the island, then rejoin the cruise. (B,D,S) Day 14: Cruising to Kusadasi via Patmos Chill in Patmos & later shop at Kusadasi’s bazaar. (B,L,D,S)

we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1055 & 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. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: METIHC Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this tour may run in reverse. Days 1 & 22 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra ngihts accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Day 15: Cruising to Rhodes Spend the day exploring. (B,L,D,S) Day 16: Santorini via Crete Enjoy beautiful scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 17: Arrival into Athens Your tour ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

20 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 17 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 27 meals: 21 continental breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions & pay early savings see p.76

5

World Heritage sites visited

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: METCG3

11 nights accommodation: 8 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

2013 May 8 ● May 20 May 22 ● Jun 3 May 29 Jun 10 Jun 5 Jun 17 Jun 12 Jun 24 Jun 19 Jul 1 Jun 26 Jul 8 Jul 3 Jul 15 Jul 10 Jul 22 Jul 17 Jul 29 Jul 24 Aug 5 Jul 31 Aug 12 Aug 7 Aug 19 Aug 14 Aug 26 Aug 21 Sep 2 Aug 28 ● Sep 9 Sep 4 ● Sep 16 Sep 11 ● Sep 23

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

2849 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919 2995 2995 2995 2995 2995 2995 2919 2919 2919 2919 2919

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

3079 3149 3149 3149 3149 3149 3149 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3149 3149 3149 3149 3149

2859 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2995 2995 2995 2995 2995 2995 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925

2629 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2765 2765 2765 2765 2765 2765 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling

24 meals: 12 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 6 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

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$675 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$729 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. 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.

For all other inclusions & pay early savings see p.76

How much & when

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: METCG7

15 nights accommodation: 9 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 6 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

2013 May 8 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Aug 28 Sep 4 Sep 11

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May 24 Jun 7 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 5 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

4655 4759 4759 4759 4759 4759 4759 4759 4759

3759 3839 3839 3839 3839 3839 3839 3839 3839

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

4065 4169 4169 4169 4169 4169 4169 4169 4169

3169 3249 3249 3249 3249 3249 3249 3249 3249

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

What’s Included:

How much & when

Rhodes

Nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing

76-77 Med Trail.indd 3

Kusadasi

1 MYKONOS

Crete

Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 10: Athens to Istanbul Cruise to Istanbul. (B,D,S) Day 11: Istanbul See an incredible mix of sights in this diverse, exotic city. (B,L,D,S)

19 25 10 16 31 6

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

Start Rome

+ 7 day greek island cruise

1

2013 May 29 Jun Jun 5 C Jun Jun 19 Jul Jun 26 C Jul Jul 10 Jul Jul 17 C Aug

Start Rome

+ 3 day greek island cruise 13 Days, 4 countries From NZ$2859pp* NZ$220 per day

Finish Athens

IONIAN SEA

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 10-11: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B)(B) Day 12: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

76 | 77

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/trail-island

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$815 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$1045 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. 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. Days 1 & 18 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra ngihts accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

6

World Heritage sites visited

36 meals: 16 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D), 6 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 & pay early savings see p.76

8

World Heritage sites visited

04/09/2012 15:34


eastern road easypace

13 Days 6 countries From NZ$2399pp* NZ$185 per day Germany Czech Republic Austria / HUNGARY SLOVakia / POLAND BERLIN WALL

your backstage pass includes • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw • A moving historical experience - locally guided tours of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps - plus more Plus Regional Dinners • A traditional dinner in former West Berlin • Dine at one of our favourite taverns in Prague • Traditional dinner in one of our favourite restaurants in Krakow • Get a taste for Polish cuisine in an authentic local restaurant in Warsaw

ME Time Lithuania

NORTH SEA

Belarus

WARSAW 2

BERLIN 2 Netherlands

POLAND

ME Time optionals

GERMANY Belgium

Czestochowa

Dresden

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Vino at Zum Berger. While in Vienna, it’s the place to indulge in Austrian wine in the heart of the ‘Heuriger’ (wine tavern) district.

M Schnaps museum visit & tasting M Eye Spy Berlin tour

Auschwitz

2 KRAKOW

2 PRAGUE

drink

Kutna Hora

Ukraine

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA France

AUSTRIA

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 2 Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

Maia1986: A fabulous trip! Beautiful countries, great history, food & friends! Accommodation was great overall... Awesome people from all age groups. I would totally recommend this trip. A GREAT way to travel Eastern Europe if you’re on your own! Visit contiki.com/eastern-road

78-79 Eastern Road.indd 2

04/09/2012 15:37


78 | 79 brandenburg gate, berlin

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBRH Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

2399 2399 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2579 2579

2013 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

28 12 19 26 9 23 30 7 14

Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2579 2579 2579 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465

2013 10 24 31 7 21 5 12 19 26

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

21 28 4 18 25 1 8 15 22

2 9 16 30 6 13 20 27 4

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D) Day 2: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & the historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• • •

Day 3: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche

• •

Day 4: 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 M Traditional Czech dinner & entertainment

• •

78-79 Eastern Road.indd 3

Day 5: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside via small town Kutná Hora to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna, home to Mozart’s music & of course, strudel! (B) See the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 6: Vienna Spend some time exploring the city today. Head to the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (zoo), the Belvedere Palace, or one of the city’s many fantastic art galleries. If relaxing is more your vibe, then this beautiful city is perfect for strolling – stopping for some delicious pastries & coffee along the way. (B) M Classical music concert & dinner Day 7: Vienna to Budapest Cross into Hungary & enjoy the café scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 8: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & the bustling Pest. (B) M Evening river cruise & dinner Day 9: Budapest to Krakow Go north through Slovakia & stop for lunch in picturesque Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. (B,D) Visit the town square & see the black obelisk in Banska Bystrica

Day 10: Krakow Wander through the lively market stalls & pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. (B)

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$615 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or approx 7:00pm in Berlin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill M Guided tour of the amazing salt mines

Day 11: Krakow to Warsaw Take a sobering guided tour of Auschwitz & view the famous “Black Madonna” in Częstochowa en route to Warsaw. (B) Entrance & guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps See the monastery at Jasna Góra

• •

Eastern Road 13 days What’s Included: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

prague Start Berlin

time out

easypace

From medieval Prague, stunning Vienna & cultural Budapest, Eastern Europe is one of the hottest places to head right now. With lively cities in Poland, a bit of edgy Berlin, plus amazing food - it’s the perfect intro to this part of the world.

16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$255. See p.27 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

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

to & from berlin/warsaw It’s easy. There are either direct international flights or budget airlines like easyjet. com that fly to/from London. skyscanner.net is the place to go for the best deals

Day 12: Warsaw Immerse yourself in the impressive cultural scene, thriving nightlife & intriguing attractions of Poland’s revitalized capital. (B,D) Guided sightseeing of the Old Town, St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Chopin’s park & the Warsaw Ghetto

Day 13: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. Or catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 13 (ending in Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

04/09/2012 15:39


Visit contiki.com/berlin-vienna

easypace

berlin & prague + vienna 9 Days 3 countries BERLIN 3

From NZ$1469pp* NZ$164 per day

Netherlands

Poland GERMANY

Belgium

Dresden

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP

backstage pass

Slovakia

France

VIENNA 2

Inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert (summer departures only) • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St Vitus’ Cathedral & much more on our locally guided walking tour Plus Regional Dinners • A traditional dinner in former West Berlin • Dine at one of our favourite taverns in Prague - an authentic Czech feast

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 11 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 3 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

5 World Heritage sites visited

exte n sio n This tour can be extended from Vienna to Budapest. See p.81 for details.

80-81 Berlin_Prague_Vie - Ber_Bud.indd 2

AUSTRIA Switz

1

VIENNA

How much & when Finish Vienna

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

13 27 11 25 1 22 29 6 13

Start Berlin

Finish Vienna

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

21 5 19 2 9 30 7 14 21

28 4 11 1 8 15 22 29 6

1945 1945 1945 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWBV

w

1785 1785 1829 1875 1875 1875 1875 1945 1945

2013 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 2 9 30 14 22 27 28

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

2013 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

27 10 17 8 22 30 4 5

1555 1515 1515 1515 1515 1595 1595 1595

Dec 30

Jan 7

1595

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

1595 1595 1469 1469 1515

2014 Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 15 9 23

12 26 23 17 31

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBBV - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$469. WWBV - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$395. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Vienna. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

$

SAVE

Italy

Slovenia

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Summer 2013 Code: BBBV Start Berlin

Places visited Nightstops

Hungary

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore Germany’s über-cool capital city. At 5:00pm meet up with your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D) Days 2-3: Berlin Take a couple of days to savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• • • •

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare, like bratwurst, & wash it down with a

stein of good German beer in Dresden. Then it’s off south to Prague, an 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

• •

Days 5-6: Prague The next two days are yours to snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M Scenic river cruise along the Vltava with lunch

• •

Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage

listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you in the city once home to Mozart. You’ll enjoy wandering through this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, lively cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, delicious strudel! (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert & dinner Day 9: Depart Vienna Time to swap email addresses & say goodbye to your new Contiki buddies as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Pay early & save up to NZ$190. See p.27 for details. PRAGUE

04/09/2012 16:09


80 | 81 Visit contiki.com/berlin-budapest

berlin to budapest easypace

11 Days 5 countries

Berlin to Budapest 11 days backstage pass

BERLIN 3

Inclusions

Netherlands Poland

GERMANY

From NZ$1675pp* NZ$153 per day

• Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert (summer departures only) • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St Vitus’ Cathedral & much more on our locally guided walking tour

Dresden

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

France

VIENNA 2

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA Switz

HUNGARY Italy

Slovenia Croatia

prague

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M World War II bunker tour

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D)

Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D) See the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

Days 2-3: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You can shop the cool markets & trendy shops or take a break at a cafe for some people watching. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War memorial, Bradenburg Gate & historic Reichstag Take in the commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour of the city

• •

Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city. Spend the day experiencing its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! You can opt for a taste of the city’s legendary music scene at a Mozart & Strauss concert. (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert

• • • •

Day 9: Vienna to Budapest Hit up three capital cities today! From Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia & then onto the lively arts, café & music scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B)

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare, like bratwurst, & wash it down with a stein of German beer in Dresden. Then we head to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

Days 5-6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square

• •

easypace

time out

Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, & Michael’s Gate with its Baroque tower

Day 10: Budapest All your senses are surrounded today by the history of this fascinating centuries-old city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Later, enjoy an amazing dinner of local specialities & a scenic river cruise tonight. (B,D) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Guided tour of the Parliament Building

Day 11: Depart Budapest It’s time to say goodbye to your new-found friends this morning as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 11 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

1

Places visited Nightstops

Bosnia

Serbia

How much & when

ME Time optionals

Summer 2013 Code: BBIT Start Berlin

Finish Budapest

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Finish Budapest

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

2185 2185 2239 2295 2295 2295 2295 2375 2375

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

30 6 13 3 10 17 24 1 8

2375 2375 2375 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWIT

w

14 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D)

1809 1809 1675 1675 1725

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

2013

2013 Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

13 27 11 25 1 22 29 6 13

23 7 21 4 11 2 9 16 23

19 2 9 30 14 22 27 30

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

2014

2013 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

Start Berlin

Plus Regional Dinners • A traditional dinner in former West Berlin • Dine at one of our favourite taverns in Prague - an authentic Czech feast • Sample local Hungarian dishes on our stunning Danube River cruise

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

29 12 19 10 24 1 6 9

1765 1725 1725 1725 1725 1809 1809 1809

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 15 9 23

Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

14 28 25 19 2

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBIT - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$575. WWIT - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$455. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

$

SAVE

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

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

6 World Heritage sites visited

Pay early & save up to NZ$235. See p.27 for details.

BERLIN

80-81 Berlin_Prague_Vie - Ber_Bud.indd 3

VIENNA

04/09/2012 16:10


Visit contiki.com/berlin-prague

How much & when

berlin & prague

Summer 2013 Code: BBBP Finish Prague

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

26 2 9 30 6 13 20 27 4

1495 1495 1495 1445 1445 1445 1445 1445 1445

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWBP

w

What’s Included: 6 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 8 meals: 6 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

easypace

Start Berlin

7 Days 2 countries From NZ$1169pp* NZ$167 per day

BERLIN 3 Poland

Dresden

3 PRAGUE

Austria Switz

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

Places visited Nightstops

berlin wall 1

Itinerary & sightseeing

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D)

2 World Heritage sites visited

Days 2-3: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this changing city. Find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten,

exte n sio n This tour can be extended from Prague to Budapest. See p.81 for details.

• •

Alexanderplatz, Russian War memorial, Bradenburg Gate & Reichstag See the artwork at the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour of the city

Days 5-6: Prague Discover Gothic architecture & enjoy the beer in this medieval city. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M World War II bunker tour

••

• •

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local German fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,D) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

Day 7: Depart Prague Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) For a more detailed itinerary, see p.81.

Make the most of your free time with ME Time optionals

easypace

5 Days 3 countries From NZ$919pp* NZ$184 per day

3 World Heritage sites visited

mo r e tim e? Why not visit Berlin & Prague while you’re in this part of the world? See p.81 for details.

82-83 Ber_Pra_Vie_Bud - Turkey.indd 2

Czech Rep SLOVAKIA

Germany

VIENNA 2

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY Slovenia

Italy

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

1375 1375 1399 1445 1445 1445 1445 1495 1495

2013 19 3 17 31 7 28 5 12 19

Croatia

ADRIATIC SEA

BUDAPEST PARLIAMENT

Bosnia 1

Itinerary & sightseeing

Day 2: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city. Spend the day experiencing its music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! You can opt for a taste of the city’s legendary music scene at a Mozart & Strauss concert. (B)

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 2 9 30 14 22 27 30

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

25 8 15 6 20 28 2 5

1235 1235 1205 1205 1205 1265 1265 1265

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 15 9 23

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

10 24 21 15 29

1265 1265 1169 1169 1215

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBBP - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$359. WWBP - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$315. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Prague. For travel insurance see p.171.

$

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$149. See p.27 for details.

M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Day 3: Vienna to Budapest Hit up three capital cities today! From Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia & then on to Budapest, experience the lively arts, café & music scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B) Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, & Michael’s Gate with its Baroque Tower

••

Day 4: Budapest Explore this fascinating city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Tonight enjoy a dinner of local specialities & a

Finish Budapest

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

1155 1185 1215 1215 1215 1215 1255 1255 1255

2013 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

19 3 17 31 7 28 5 12 19

Places visited Nightstops

scenic river cruise. (B,D) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Guided tour of the Parliament Building

Day 5: Depart Budapest Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) For a more detailed itinerary, see p.81. Make the most of your free time with ME Time optionals

Start Vienna

Finish Budapest

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

1255 1255 1255 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215

2013 23 7 21 4 11 2 9 16 23

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

26 2 9 30 6 13 20 27 4

30 6 13 3 10 17 24 1 8

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWVB 2013

Serbia

Day 1: Arrive Vienna Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D)

2013

Start Vienna

Poland

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

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

Summer 2013 Code: BBVB

vienna & budapest

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

13 27 11 25 1 22 29 6 13

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/vienna-budapest

6 meals: 4 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

Start Berlin

CZECH REP

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

4 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013

GERMANY

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

What’s Included:

Finish Prague

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

25 8 15 6 20 28

w

2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

29 12 19 10 24 1

975 949 949 949 995 995

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

2 5 10 24 21 15 29

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

6 9 14 28 25 19 2

995 995 995 919 919 949 949

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBVB - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of NZ$305. WWVB - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of NZ$249. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest.

$

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$125. See p.27 for details.

04/09/2012 16:13


82 | 83 Bulgaria

Visit contiki.com/odyssey

Macedonia GREECE

turkey

time out

2 ISTANBUL

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey 10 days

Gallipoli

1 CANAKKALE Troy

TURKEY

& greek island odyssey CORINTH CANAL

Pergamum AEGEAN SEA

Athens

backstage pass

IZMIR 1 KUSADASI 1

10 Days 2 countries

PAMUKKALE 1 Ephesus

Patmos

Hieropolis

Santorini

From NZ$2165pp* NZ$217 per day

Rhodes

Crete

Inclusions • Visit the Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge & Spice Markets in Istanbul • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • See one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World - a locally guided tour of Ephesus

ME Time optionals 1

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE, ISTANBUL

Day 2: Istanbul You’ll see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city. There’s the opportunity to go local & take a traditional Turkish bath or for something really different, try an optional dinner complete with belly dancing! (B) Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace & Suleymaniye Mosque M Dinner & belly dancing

• •

Day 3: Istanbul to Canakkale Pay your respects as you take a pilgrimage to the historic Gallipoli battlefields, before boarding a ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

• ••

soak in the famous hot, bubbly pools of Pamukkale. (B,D) M Visit to the site of the thermal pools & hot springs Day 6: Pamukkale to Kusadasi Get a feel for ancient Roman life in the classical city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities on the beautiful Mediterranean. Later, explore the port town of Kusadasi. (B) Visit a Turkish carpet factory See Kusadasi’s shopping bazaar & promenade

••

Day 7: Kusadasi to Rhodes Board your cruise ship & set sail to Rhodes via Patmos in the Greek Islands. (B,D,S) Day 8: Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring medieval towns & cool little shops or relaxing on the stunning beaches. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes M Tour of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes

santorini

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Istanbul, a busy metropolis where East literally meets West. (D)

Places visited Nightstops

Day 9: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its famous blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira M Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

•• •

Day 10: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast before transferring into central Athens where the tour ends. Or, if you’re feeling up for it, there’s also the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: BBSL Start Finish Port Taxes Twin Out Twin Out Twin In Twin In Istanbul Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

2013 May 15 Jun 5 Jun 19 Jul 3 Jul 17 Jul 31 Aug 14 Aug 28 Sep 18

May 24 Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 9 Aug 23 Sep 6 Sep 27

320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320

2049 2049 2049 2105 2105 2105 2049 2049 2049

2369 2369 2369 2425 2425 2425 2369 2369 2369

1845 1845 1845 1879 1879 1879 1845 1845 1845

2165 2165 2165 2199 2199 2199 2165 2165 2165

* 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$555 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$615 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Tour starts 7:00pm in Istanbul & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

9 nights accommodation: 6 night in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (twin or triple-share) (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 21 meals: 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 7 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Turkish Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach On-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$210. See p.27 for details.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 4: Canakkale to Izmir Tread among the legendary ruins of Troy, setting to Homer’s “Iliad” & “Odyssey.” Journey along Turkey’s beautiful coastline to see the ancient city of Pergamum. Tonight we stay in Homer’s birthplace of Izmir & enjoy the buzzing nightlife. (B,D) Scenic mountain drive to Pergamum, ancient capital of Asia Minor M Guided tour of the centuriesold ruins

SAVE

6 World Heritage sites visited

Day 5: Izmir to Pamukkale Today there’s your chance to see the ancient spa town of Hieropolis & opt for a relaxing

istanbul pamukkale

82-83 Ber_Pra_Vie_Bud - Turkey.indd 3

04/09/2012 16:15


TURKISH SAILING easypace

8 Days 1 country From NZ$725pp* NZ$91 per day TURKEY

sail turkey • Traditional Turkish gullet • Comfortable & modern gullet with large decks & outdoor areas • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner each day • Two-person berths with private ensuites • Use of on-board gear like flippers, snorkels & fishing gear

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

TURKEY TURK EY

bodrum 2 YALICIFTLIK 1

A kebab in its original home! We love Denizhan Restaurant - it’s a must visit for kebab lovers & one of the best spots in the city.

ME Time optionals

cokertme 1

GULF OF GOKOVA

taste

Karacasogut K 1 tuzla la a 1 1 English 1 KISEBUKU Harbour

M Marmaris city tour M Turkish Hamam bath

Dan Clark: “I love Contiki” 1

Nightstops

Visit contiki.com/turkish-sailing 84-85 Turkish Sailing.indd 2

04/09/2012 16:31


84 | 85

time out Turkish Sailing 8 days

How much & when Bodrum

What’s Included: 7 nights accommodation on a traditional Turkish Gullet boat (more on p.59)

Summer 2013 Code: BBTS Start Bodrum

Finish Bodrum

Port Taxes & Supplements NZ$ pp*

Tour NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D)

725 849 849 849 849 1015 1015 1015 1015 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1015 849 849

A dedicated captain & crew

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21

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

1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28

120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120

605 729 729 729 729 895 895 895 895 945 945 945 945 945 945 895 729 729

* Prices above are based on two person berths.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Bodrum On arrival at Bodrum, make your way to the port & board our traditional Turkish gullet & let the good times begin. With the harbour as your backdrop get to know your group over a dinner as you relax & watch the sunset. Bodrum’s nightlife goes off, so if you’re up for some group bonding then head out & explore the city by night. (D) Day 2: Bodrum to Cokertme via Orak Island All aboard! Set sail for quiet Orak Island for a swim in the crystal-blue waters, complete with a tasty lunch on-board. It’s all about taking in the incredible coast as we sail to Cokertme. This little fishing town is perfect for exploring, shopping or meeting some locals before dinner overlooking the bay. (B,L,D) Day 3: Cokertime to English Harbour via Seven Islands Check out the sunrise en route to Seven Islands, famous for its landscape of small islands & coral reef. After breakfast, stop for swims at Kufre Bay & Uzun Liman (Long Port), head on land for a stroll through the forest, play some boardgames on deck with your fellow sailors or sit back in the sun! Later we cruise to English Harbour for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 4: English Harbour to Karacasogut via Cleopatra Island Next up: Cleopatra Island. This slice of paradise with its small beach, white sand, legendary stories & clear water is like an open-air museum. You could head to Turtle Beach for a mud-bath, or just relax. After a swimming or snorkelling fix it’s onto Karacasogut & a night with the locals. (B,L,D) M Dalyan Caunos, mud baths & Turtle Beach Day 5: Karacasogut to Tuzla via Longoz Today’s destination is gorgeous Longoz Bay nestled in-between huge pine forests. Get up close on a stroll through the forest & make a stop in Ali Baba’s local café for a taste of how the locals do it. We’ll head back on the boat to Tuzla Bay for more swimming in the turquoise-blue waters, a relaxing dinner & another incredible sunset. (B,L,D) See the sights of Longoz Bay

Kisebuku. Tonight take a well-deserved swim, sunbake & chill in this remote bay. (B,L,D) Explore the Byzantine ruins of Kisebuku

easypace

get ready for one of the most relaxing weeks of your life. Channel your inner sailor as you explore the stunning Turquoise Coast on a traditional gullet. Swim, snorkel & work on your tan on deck in-between delicious home-cooked treats.

If you’re travelling solo we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single cabin supplement add NZ$849. Note: many cabins have double beds & most people choose to sleep under the stars up on deck. All cabins have private ensuite bathrooms. We use a selection of ‘standard’ boats Tour starts 3:30pm in Bodrum & ends approx. 10:30am in Bodrum. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Port & visitors taxes

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$90. See p.27 for details.

GETTING THERE There are low-cost airlines who fly to Bodrum from London, visit skyscanner.net or easyjet.com Flights can get expensive, so book early to get the best prices. Or book your flights to fly straight to Turkey.

Day 7: Kisebuku to Bodrum via Pabucburnu & Yaliciftlik Explore Pabucburnu & Yaliciftlik Bay, or head on land & experience the vibrant local life in the village on a guided tour. This afternoon capture the last of the Turkish coastline views as we cruise back to Bodrum for our last night out with the group. (B,L,D)

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

M Local village tour Day 8: Bodrum The trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to swap email addresses & say goodbye to your travel buddies. (B)

Day 6: Tulza to Kisebuku via Kargili Another relaxing morning! Catch the rays on deck before we reach Kargili Bay for morning swimming. Later, it’s time to get a culture fix as you explore & learn about the ancient Byzantine ruins of TURKISH GULLET

84-85 Turkish Sailing.indd 3

04/09/2012 16:33


easypace

croatian island cruising 8 Days 1 country From NZ$1199pp* NZ$150 per day CROATIA

DUBROVNIK

CRUISE CROATIA • ‘A’ Class boat - exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable & modern boat with large decks • Breakfast every day • 5 lunches • Dinner on 2 nights, giving you flexibility to explore the ports on other nights • Spacious twin-rooms with private facilities

ME Time 1 SPLIT

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

CROATIA

1 MAKARSKA

ME Time optionals

1 HVAR

1

Bosnia &

KORCULA

1 TRSTENIK 2

1

At Hula Hula Beach Bar, Hvar. This waterside spot goes off, so grab a towel, hit the sun loungers with a book & laze the day away.

M Discover the walled city Dubrovnik, on a locally guided walking tour

Herzegovina

DUBROVNIK ADRIATIC SEA

relax

JuliaOsborneNZ: This cruise was absolutely amazing! I can’t say enough good things about it... It was my first time traveling alone in Europe & contiki made it such a great experience.

Nightstops

Visit contiki.com/croatian-cruising 86-87 Croatian Island Cruising.indd 2

04/09/2012 16:35


86 | 87

DUBROVNIK

TIME OUT

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBCI Start Split

Finish Split

Port Taxes & On or On or above Below Supplements above deck Total Cost deck NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Below Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Split to Hvar All aboard! Jump on board our exclusive boat, meet your Contiki Rep, captain & crew & settle into your cabin as we cruise to Hvar. Check out the town’s stunning square,16th century theatre & hill-top fortress for amazing views over the gorgeous harbour. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over dinner before hitting the town. (L,D) See the Arsenal Fort

Day 2: Hvar to Korčula Start the day with a swimming stop before a long lunch on deck as we head to Korčula, home of the famous adventurer, Marco Polo. Get a feel for its buildings, fascinating architecture & stone streets. Tonight, try some locally produced white wines & discover the town’s nightlife. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town

Day 3: Korčula to Dubrovnik Today we’ll head to stunning Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Opt for a kayaking excursion around the old city walls for a different view of the city - you can jump out & stop for swims when you like. Tonight, hit the pedestrian district of the Old Town & spend your evening exploring the town’s hot spots. (B) See the fortified city & the Old Port M Sea kayaking trip

86-87 Croatian Island Cruising.indd 3

Day 4: Dubrovnik Dubrovnik has so much to see & do, so head back to the city or sun worship on amazing beaches. You could venture further afield with a day trip along the Dalmatian coast or the cable car above Dubrovnik for breathtaking views. (B,D) Day 5: Dubrovnik to Trstenik Today we’ll sail past the Elaphite Islands, known for palms, olive trees, citrus plantations & colourful reefs. Tonight, we’ll dock in the unspoilt village of Trstenik, with its views across the Adriatic Sea. (B,L) M Captain’s dinner Day 6: Trstenik to Makarska A day’s sailing means time to relax & work on your tan. We’ll dock at Makarska with its long sandy beach & promenade. For a bit of local action, head to the main square & check out the fruit & flower markets. Tonight is yours, so head to a local restaurant & try some grilled fish or a mixed seafood platter. (B,L) Day 7: Makarska to Split After drifting past the windsurfer’s paradise of Brac, we’ll cruise to Split. Wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace for a piece of Roman heritage, complete with 220 buildings & a huge cathedral. For your last night, soak up Split’s Mediterranean vibes & make your way to one

May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140

1195 1279 1279 1279 1459 1495 1619 1619 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1619 1619 1495 1279 1195

1335 1419 1419 1419 1599 1635 1759 1759 1869 1869 1869 1869 1869 1869 1759 1759 1635 1419 1335

1059 1105 1105 1105 1319 1355 1535 1535 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1535 1535 1355 1105 1059

1199 1245 1245 1245 1459 1495 1675 1675 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1675 1675 1495 1245 1199

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add NZ$1195. Single below deck cabin supplement add NZ$1125. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof port hole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A’ class boats. Tour starts 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Croatian Island Cruising 8 days

easypace

Crystal blue waters, sunshine & endless good times are guaranteed as you island hop in the Croatian sun. See why we love it here as you sail the untouched coastline & swim, explore & indulge in some of the country’s favourite holiday spots.

What’s Included: 7 nights twin-share accommodation on a sailing cruise boat (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 2 dinners (D) A dedicated captain & crew with an experienced & professional Contiki representative Orientations of all destinations Port & visitors taxes

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$170. See p.27 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

GETTING THERE There are low-cost airlines who fly to Split like easyjet.com (more on p.59). Flights can get busy, so book early to get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights right through to Split.

HVAR

hvar

of the fantastic waterfront bars. Later, head back into the maze of streets within the palace walls & discover cool cafes & pumping clubs. (B,L) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 8: Split The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

one of our boats

04/09/2012 16:35


north - start dubrovnik Visit contiki.com/croatian-hopper SPLIT 1

croatian island hopper

CROATIA

BOL 1 wild bay 1 1 1 HVAR

MAKARSKA

KORCULA 1

2 ways to go

1 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

easypace

1

8 Days 1 country

Nightstops

south - start split

From NZ$1685pp* NZ$211 per day

Split

CROATIA

1 MAKARSKA PUCISCA 1 wild 1 1 BOL bay 1 HVAR 1 KORCULA ADRIATIC SEA

1

cruise croatia • ‘A’ Class boat - exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable & modern boat with large decks • Breakfast every day • 6 lunches • Dinner on 1 night, giving you flexibility to explore the ports on other nights • Spacious twin-rooms with private facilities

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

7 nights twin-share accommodation on a sailing cruise boat (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 1 dinner (D) A dedicated captain & crew with an experienced & professional Contiki representative Orientations of all destinations Port & visitors taxes

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$170. See p.27 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

88-89 Croatia - Myk & Is Cruising.indd 2

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing north Day 1: Arrive Dubrovnik Welcome to Croatia! On arrival in Dubrovnik head to the ship & meet your group & Contiki Rep for a tasty BBQ on board. It’s the perfect way to start a week of relaxation in paradise. (L,D)

ONE OF OUR BOATS

Day 2: Dubrovnik to Korčula Today set sail for Korčula, home of Marco Polo. The Old Town’s cobbled streets are perfect for exploring & its hidden bars in old turrets are the ideal spot for a blissful sunset. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBDI Start Finish Dubrovnik Split

Port Taxes & On or On or above Below Supplements above deck Total Cost deck NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Below Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013

What’s Included:

1 DUBROVNIK

Jul Jul Aug Aug

6 20 3 17

Jul Jul Aug Aug

13 27 10 24

140 140 140 140

1645 1729 1729 1729

1785 1869 1869 1869

1545 1629 1629 1629

1685 1769 1769 1769

Summer 2013 Code: BBSI Start Split

Finish Port Taxes & On or On or above Below D’rovnik Supplements above deck Total Cost deck NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Below Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Jun Jul Jul Aug

29 13 27 10

Jul Jul Aug Aug

6 20 3 17

140 140 140 140

1645 1729 1729 1729

1785 1869 1869 1869

1545 1629 1629 1629

1685 1769 1769 1769

Day 3: Korčula to Hvar Next up, Hvar! This place has an unexplainable buzz - its port packed with yachts from all over the world, its Old Town Square & hilltop views are awesome. Getting into the nighlife here is a must. (B) See the Arsenal Fort

Day 4: Hvar to Wild Bay Today we’re off to our exclusive overnight in a slice of paradise, Wild Bay. Croatia is the jewel of the Adriatic & it’s evident everywhere you look here. Swim in the still blue waters, relax on deck or grab a bit of

shut eye - it’s relaxing in paradise at its best. (B,L) Day 5: Wild Bay to Bol It’s onto a new vibe today, Bol on the south of the island of Brac. This quaint little town is perfect for exploring. Hit the Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) beach (it’s gorgeous) & head to one of the harbours little restaurants to grab some delicious local seafood. (B,L) Visit Zlatni Rat beach

Day 6: Bol to Makarska Today we head to Makarska with its super long sandy beach, long promenade & chilled vibe. For a bit of local action, head to the main square markets. Makarska goes off when the sun goes down, so exploring by night is a must. (B,L) Day 7: Marsaka to Split Today we cruise on to the Dalmatian capital, Split. Get up close to real Roman heritage when you wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace. Tonight, hit the promenade then the old town bars for your last night out. (B,L)

See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 8: Depart Split The good times in Croatia end after breakfast this morning, when it’s time to swap Facebook & email addresses & say goodbye to your new friends. (B)

south This tour follows the same itinerary as the North with the exception of day 7 where you spend the night in Split. Day 1: Split to Pucisca. (L,D) Day 2: Pucisca to Makarska. (B,L) Day 3: Makarska to Bol. (B,L) Day 4: Bol to Wild Bay. (B,L) Day 5: Wild Bay to Hvar. (B) Day 6: Hvar to Korčula. (B,L) Day 7: Korčula to Dubrovnik. (B,L) M Sea kayaking trip Day 8: End Dubrovnik. (B)

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add NZ$1209. Single below deck cabin supplement add NZ$1145. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof port hole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A’ class boats. Northbound - Tour starts 12:00 noon in Dubrovnik & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Southbound - Tour starts 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Dubrovnik. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

DUBROVNIK

04/09/2012 16:28


88 | 89 Visit contiki.com/mykonos-cruising

time out

mykonos & island cruising

Mykonos & Island Cruising 8 days

Albania Alb bania

8 Days 2 countries

backstage pass

AEGEAN SEA TURKEY CORINTH CANAL

From NZ$1955pp* NZ$245 per day

ATHENS 1 MYKONOS

GREECE

Kusadasi

3

Inclusions Feature Hotel: Mykonos Beach Resort

ME Time optionals

IONIAN SEA

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Santorini

Crete

1 1

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. This evening, meet up with your Cruise Representative & fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos & get set to island-hop your way to heaven, starting with a few days on the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 3-4: Mykonos Hang out on this island, famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the picture-perfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbourside bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

•• •

Day 5: Mykonos to Kusadasi Soak up some more sun on the pristine beaches, wind through the labyrinth of roads shopping for souvenirs, or lunch with the locals & international jet setters for another day. When you’re finished soaking up the atmosphere onshore, we’ll set sail on our overnight cruise to Kusadasi. (B,D,S) Day 6: Kusadasi Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar or get a feel for ancient Roman life on an optional tour to the classical city of Ephesus. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar M Tour the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus with a local guide

Day 7: Crete to Santorini Wake up to Greece’s biggest island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, MYKONOS

world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town in Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira

•• •

Day 8: Arrival in Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the tour ends once you arrive. (B) M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

What’s Included:

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

7 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 1 night in a hotel, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGM Start Athens

Finish Athens

Tour Port Taxes Total NZ$ pp* Gratuities Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

1725 1725 1725 1765 1765 1765 1725 1725 1725 1725

2013 May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

20 ● 3 17 1 15 29 19 26 9 ● 23 ●

27 10 24 8 22 5 26 2 16 30

230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230

1955 1955 1955 1995 1995 1995 1955 1955 1955 1955

* 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$509 to twin-share price for a single room/ inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% available based on the twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. ● These tours will also visit Patmos. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

16 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 4 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional local guide in Athens & representative on-board the cruise ship Coach transfers Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$175. See p.27 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

ephesus

88-89 Croatia - Myk & Is Cruising.indd 3

04/09/2012 16:28


greek island hopping easypace

13 Days 3 ISLANDS From NZ$2395pp* NZ$185 per day MYKONOS SANTORINI / IOS

SANTORINI Bulgaria BLACK SEA

Macedonia

your backstage pass includes Regional Dinner: A real taste of Greece with dinner in one of our favourite local tavernas Plus Feature Hotel

Albania

• Mykonos Resort

ME Time AEGEAN SEA Turkey

CORINTH CANAL

Piraeus

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

GREECE

IONIAN SEA

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1 1

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

party at Paradise Club! Look no further than Paradise Beach’s Paradise Club for an epic night out. Read more on The Exchange. contiki.com/exchange

ME Time optionals M Guided tour of the Acropolis in Athens. M Boat trip to the volcano’s core in Santorini.

LadyRainbow: There’s plenty of time to swim, check out the beaches and shops & dine on delicious Greek cuisine. Visit contiki.com/island-hopping

90-91 Greek Island Hopping.indd 2

04/09/2012 16:36


90 | 91

TIME OUT Greek Island Hopping 13 days IOS

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGI Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

2395 2395 2395 2395 2395 2395 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715

2013 Apr May May May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

29 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 1 4 7 10 13

Start Athens

Finish Athens

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

2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519

2013 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25

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

16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26

28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 2 5 8

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at mythological Athens. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before starting the tour right - indulging in a delicious local Greek dinner. (D) Day 2: Athens Feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. Why not take a guided tour of the famous Acropolis? (B) Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka area

Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry in the morning & journey to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos for some sun & good times at our beach resort. Located on one of the islands best beaches, it’s all about sun & fun. Later, get a taste of some Greek specialities with dinner at the resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 4-5: Mykonos There’s two free days to kick back on island time, Mykonosstyle - it’s famous for its warm water, clear seas, golden beaches & young party culture. Go shopping, maybe hire a car to explore more of the island or take it up a level & head to

90-91 Greek Island Hopping.indd 3

stunning Paradise Beach for some water sports & a taste of the area’s buzzing nightlife!  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town

Day 6: Mykonos to Santorini Enjoy the breathtaking views as we ferry into the caldera of the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Soak it all in, from its famous blue & white buildings to its spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking scenery. (B,D) Days 7-8: Santorini With two days here, indulge in amazing views, scenery & black stone beaches, & get into the activities on offer. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. From here, catch unbeatable panoramic views of the island’s submerged volcano & sip on delicious cocktails as the sun goes down. There’s also a chance for a boat ride out to the active volcanic island, if you’re feeling like something different. (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira M Visit Oia at sunset

of the nightlife in this ultimate party island. (B)(B) Visit Ios town M Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

Day 12: Ios to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Chill with your buddies on your last full day. (B)

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$1089 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. Note: for operational reasons, this tour may run in reverse For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

easypace

With stunning islands, relaxed vibes, sunshine & great food, everyone loves the Greek Islands. From the party vibes of Mykonos & Ios to the whitewashed walls of Santorini, along with a slice of Athens, there’s plenty of time to chill.

What’s Included: 12 nights accommodation: 3 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 9 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31) 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings (tourist class on all journeys) & coach transfers Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$270. See p.27 for details.

1 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.27. Fly to Rome & connect with the ‘Simply Italy’ tour. See p.66-67 (selected departures). Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.59.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. IOS

Day 13: Depart Athens 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.

Day 9: Santorini to Ios Cruise to another Greek gem, the beautiful island of Ios. (B,D) Days 10-11: Ios Take a couple of days to relax & enjoy the sun, meet some locals & chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches. While you’re here don’t miss out on a taste

04/09/2012 16:36


Visit contiki.com/greece

spotlight on greece

Bulgaria Macedonia

4 Days 1 countrY

Albania

From NZ$939pp* NZ$235 per day

AEGEAN SEA GREECE

DELPHI

1 CORINTH CANAL

backstage pass

OLYMPIA

• Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Step 3,500 years back in time on a guided walking tour of Mycenae & the Palace of Agamemnon • Discover the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games with a guided tour of Olympia • Learn about the Greek gods & the Oracle on our guided tour of Delphi

IONIAN SEA

1

delphi

3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D)

Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek of mythological Athens. This evening meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBBS Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013

Finish Athens

“Welcome to Greece” information pack

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$100. See p.27 for details.

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013

Modern, air-conditioned coach

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

29 13 27 10 24 8 22

Start Athens

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

An experienced & professional local guide

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

ME Time optionals

What’s Included:

Mycenae

1

Inclusions

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

1 ATHENS

Corinth

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2 16 30 13 27 11 25

939 965 989 989 989 1025 1025

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

5 19 2 16 30 14

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

8 22 5 19 3 17

1025 989 989 989 989 965

Day 2: Athens to Olympia Sightsee ancient Athens & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city before criss-crossing the beautiful, historic Peloponnese region en route to Olympia. (B,D) Guided tour of Athens including the Acropolis & Parthenon See the impressive Corinth Canal Guided tour of Mycenae, including the Palace of Agamemnon See the Acronafplion citadel at Nafplion

Day 4: Delphi to Athens Be swept away by Delphi’s history, spectacular ruins & museum, as well as its beautiful location on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Return to Athens where it’s time to swap Facebook & email addresses & say farewell to your new

friends, as the tour ends in the afternoon. (B) Guided tour of Delphi including the Temple of Apollo

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

Temple of Apollo

• •• •

Day 3: Olympia to Delphi On your mark, get set, go! A local guide shows off the site of the first Olympic Games. This afternoon, cross the Corinthian Gulf & arrive in Delphi, the centre of the universe in Ancient Greek times. (B,D) Guided tour of Olympia including the Olympic Stadium & Temples of Hera & Zeus

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$295 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 6:00pm in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

4 World Heritage sites visited

92-93 Spotlight on Greece.indd 2

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

05/09/2012 10:17


Summer 2013 Code: SPGI

spotlight on greece + greek island hopping

CORINTH CANAL

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

IONIAN SEA

1 1

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

3 IOS 3 SANTORINI MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 7-8: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 9: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 10-11: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery & sunsets. (B)(B)

Day 12: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 13-14: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 15: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B) Day 16: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

Visit contiki.com/greece3

spotlight on greece

TURKEY

+ 3 day greek island cruise

AEGEAN SEA

1 ATHENS Kusadasi

GREECE

8 Days, 2 countries From NZ$1975pp* NZ$247 per day

Mykonos

Santorini

1

Places visited Nightstops Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Days 5: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, then later, we’ll set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6: Kusadasi Shop in the colourful bazaar or take an optional tour of Ephesus. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

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

Visit contiki.com/greece7

Istanbul

spotlight on greece

AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Athens GREECE

Patmos

Kusadasi

1 MYKONOS Santorini

Rhodes

Nightstops Crete

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens to Istanbul Cruise to Istanbul. (B,D,S) Day 6: Istanbul See an incredible mix of sights in this diverse, exotic city. (B,L,D,S)

92-93 Spotlight on Greece.indd 3

Day 7: Cruising to Mykonos On to Mykonos & a full 24 hours here to explore the island. Hotel (B,L) Day 8: Mykonos Hang out on the island, then rejoin the cruise. (B,D,S) Day 9: Cruising to Kusadasi via Patmos Chill in Patmos & later shop at Kusadasi’s bazaar. (B,L,D,S)

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 8

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

3185 3255 3195 3265 3335 3315

B C B C

14 29 10 25 10 22

Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

2013 Jul 22 Aug 6 Aug 5 B Aug 21 Aug 19 C Sep 2 Sep 2 Sep 17 Sep 16 B Oct 2

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

What’s Included:

3379 3449 3195 3265 3335

15 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 12 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

* 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$945 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: SPGIB. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: SPGIC. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this tour may run in reverse. Days 1 & 16 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra ngihts accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Day 10: Cruising to Rhodes Spend the day exploring. (B,L,D,S) Day 11: Santorini via Crete Enjoy beautiful scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 12: Arrival into Athens Your tour ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

20 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & local guide Modern, air-conditioned coach Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions & pay early savings see p.92

4

World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: SPICR3

7 nights accommodation: 4 nights in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

Start Athens

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr 29 ● May 6 May 13 ● May 20 May 27 ● Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 5 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 2 ● Sep 9 Sep 16 ● Sep 23 Sep 30 ● Oct 7 Oct 14 ● Oct 21

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

1945 1945 1995 1995 1995 2065 2065 2065 1995 1995 1995 1995 1945

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2175 2175 2225 2225 2225 2295 2295 2295 2225 2225 2225 2225 2175

1975 1975 2015 2015 2015 2079 2079 2079 2015 2015 2015 2015 1975

1745 1745 1785 1785 1785 1849 1849 1849 1785 1785 1785 1785 1745

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$525 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$585 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra ngihts accommodation.

18 meals: 7 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D), 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional local guide & on-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise “Welcome to Greece” information pack For all other inclusions & pay early savings see p.92

5

World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: SPICR7

11 nights accommodation: 5 nights in hotels, 6 nights on board a cruise ship (more on p.30-31 & p.59)

Start Athens

+ 7 day greek island cruise

1

Finish Athens

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling

Day 8: Arrival into Athens Your tour ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B)

Day 7: Crete to Santorini Spend some time in Crete & this afternoon we’re off to worldfamous Santorini. (B,L,D,S)

12 Days, 2 countries From NZ$2989pp* NZ$250 per day Places visited

Start Athens AEGEAN SEA

Piraeus GREECE

16 Days, 1 country From NZ$3185pp* NZ$200 per day

Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 6: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

92 | 93

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/greece-island

2013 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 30

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May 10 May 24 Jun 7 Jun 21 Jul 5 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 11

3499 3499 3575 3575 3575 3575 3575 3575

2989 2989 3055 3055 3055 3055 3055 3055

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

2909 2909 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985

2399 2399 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465

* 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$719 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$875 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra ngihts accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

30 meals: 11 continental/buffet breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D), 6 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 & pay early savings see p.92

7

World Heritage sites visited

05/09/2012 10:17


LOUIS HELLENIC choose to Cruise Hit the sun-kissed Greek isles for some R&R, with our Contiki cruise partners, Louis Hellenic. These cruises aren’t exclusive to Contiki, so there’s the opportunity to mix with loads of other people, whilst visiting iconic spots like Santorini, Rhodes, Crete & Mykonos. On board you’re looked after - our Contiki Rep is your guide to the best things to see & do both on board & onshore.

CRUISES

With pools, bars, nightclubs, live entertainment each night plus a casino & a spa, there’s lots going on. Included meals mean you’ll indulge in fresh food each night – there’s something for all tastes. All rooms have private facilities & the way you stay is up to you. Try a Standard Outside Cabin with porthole or a Standard Inside Cabin without. Check the price panel for more information or contiki.com/cruising mykonos

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/aegean

aegean classic 6 Days (4 DAYS CRUISING) 2 countries From NZ$1395pp* NZ$233 per day

Summer 2013 Code: 6CGS Start Athens AEGEAN SEA

1 ATHENS

GREECE

Kusadasi

Mykonos

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

1

Itinerary & sightseeing ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 5 nights accommodation: 1 night in a hotel 4 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 17 meals: 5 buffet breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 4 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) On-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise

3 World Heritage sites visited

94-95 Louis Cruises.indd 2

Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon exploring Athens. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. This evening meet up with your Cruise Representative & fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka

Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 3: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. Later on, dock at the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos & relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while watching the locals fish for the catch of the day. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

••

M Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus Day 4: Cruising to Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring the pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes

Day 5: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the islands, en route to Santorini, world-famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. Or take a boat ride

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 5 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 7 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 5 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 4 Oct 11 Oct 18 Nov 1

1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1619 1585 1585

1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1395 1395

2013 TURKEY

acropolis

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Places visited Nightstops

out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & its main town of Fira

••

Day 6: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Please note: Days 1 & 6 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 7 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 May 5 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 9 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 4 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 1 Sep 8 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 27

320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320

1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1265 1265

1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1075 1075

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. Substantial savings for quad-share rooms are available online or ask at time of booking for prices save a minimum of NZ$210. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad-share). Or take a single supplement option: add NZ$125 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$155 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (plus port taxes for total price). Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Note: the order of ports of call may be reversed on some days & the itinerary is subject to change. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

05/09/2012 09:50


94 | 95 Visit contiki.com/golden-fleece

GOLDEN FLEECE

TIME OUT

Bulgaria Macedonia Istanbul

9 Days (7 DAYS CRUISING) 2 countries From NZ$2449pp* NZ$273 per day

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

TURKEY

1 ATHENS Patmos

Golden Fleece 9 days ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Kusadasi

1 mykonos

What’s Included: Santorini Rhodes

Crete

1

SANTORINI

1

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This evening meet your Cruise Representative & fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis

Day 2: Athens to Istanbul Board the ship & enjoy the facilities as we cruise to Turkey’s largest city. (B,D,S) Day 3: Istanbul You’ll see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Istanbul is the world’s only city to span two continents. Get a feel for the exotic & see how the locals live their daily lives in this cultural melting pot. Try tasty, local food specialities, shop & take in the sights. (B,L,D,S) M Guided city sightseeing tour

unspoilt island of Patmos. Relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while watching the locals fish for the catch of the day. Later, we’ll stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. (B,L,D,S) See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar

• •

Day 7: Cruising to Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes M Tour of the fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes

Day 8: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the islands, en route to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its

Day 4: Cruising to Mykonos Get set to island-hop your way to heaven, starting with a full 24 hours on the Aegean island party paradise of Mykonos. On arrival we’ll head to the hotel before the evening is free to explore Mykonos by night. Hotel (B,L) Day 5: Mykonos Hang out on this island, famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the picture-perfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbourside bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset before re-joining the cruise tonight. (B,D,S) See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Featured Hotel night

simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & it’s main town of Fira M Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

••

Day 9: Arrival into Athens Return to mainland Greece & mythological Athens. Enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing an extra night’s accommodation.

How much & when

8 nights accommodation: 2 night in a hotel 6 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) (more on p.30-31 & p.59) 25 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 6 three-course dinners (D) 6 suppers (S) On-board cruise representative Fun filled entertainment on every night of the cruise

Summer 2013 Code: 9GFS Start Athens

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

World Heritage sites visited

2013 Apr 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 6 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Sep 5 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 3 Oct 10

4

May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 7 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 5 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 4 Oct 11 Oct 18

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

2185 2185 2185 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2235 2185

2775 2775 2775 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2775

1859 1859 1859 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1905 1859

2449 2449 2449 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2449

ATHENS

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. Substantial savings for quad-share rooms are available online or ask at time of booking for prices save a minimum of NZ$420. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quadshare). Or take a single supplement option: add NZ$219 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$275 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (plus port taxes for total price). Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour, it must be a multi-entry visa. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

• •

Day 6: Cruising to Kusadasi via Patmos We dock at the friendly,

94-95 Louis Cruises.indd 3

ISTANBUL

MYKONOS

05/09/2012 09:51


Get your fix on the contiki.com/exchange, see p.24-25

day EAST END cool: europe’s hottest street art From the vibrant colour & raw passion that cover remnants of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, to the gritty cool of East London; street art in Europe is an explosive part of contemporary culture. In almost every city you’ll find the work of local & international artists alike, like the occasional piece from French artist Invader popping up on street corners from Paris to Prague. London’s East End is home to the work of some of the world’s most infamous urban artists. With a rich & diverse multicultural past, this trendy part of town is a hive of creative activity. From Ben Eine to Banksy, there’s something inspiring around every corner. Maximise your visit to this incredible area by taking a tour with our friends at Alternative London. One of our favourite

London’s East End

things to do, it also just happens to be the winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence & ranked one of the top five free things to do in London by TimeOut Magazine. These guys certainly know their stuff! Take to the streets by foot or by bike & get schooled in contemporary urban artists and also the vibrant history that exists in this hip part of town. If you fancy yourself as the next Bansky, Alternative London also offer workshops that will have you eyeing up any blank wall as your canvas. Alternative London Tours run a number of tour types from Tuesday to Sunday in London’s East End. Check out www.alternativeldn.co.uk for more.

96-97 The Exchange By Day.indd 2

05/09/2012 11:30


96 | 97

River Seine, Paris

Free finds

Where the city meets the sand: Europe’s urban beaches When it’s summer in the city, there’s nothing quite like a trip to the beach. Urban beaches are Europe’s hottest new trend. Whether it’s a dip in the Mediterranean in bustling Barcelona or simply sunning yourself by the River Seine in Paris, there are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in Europe. Plus it’s not just the sun & the sand you go for (let’s face it, there are real beaches for that), Europe’s urban beaches are thriving with all sorts of fun – from quirky bars to volleyball! We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to catch some rays against the backdrop of the hustle & bustle. In Amsterdam, the place to be is BadBuiten, which is essentially an artificial island floating in the Amstel River. It has a pool, a bar, a great view of the river & best of all it’s free! If you find you’d rather stay on solid ground & happen to be in fabulous Prague, look no further than Smíchovska Plaz. Located in the very hip former industrial zone, this beach has it all; 200m of white sand stretching the banks of the Vltava, a swimming pool for those

keen for a dip & even facilities for volleyball & badminton. However, if you’re looking for a bit more of a social & party vibe there’s only one place to be: Strandbar Mitte. This hot urban beach in Berlin is nestled in the trees & looks across the River Spree to the Bode Museum on Museum Island. With live music, open air dance floors, a stage for performances & a plethora of bars & restaurants, Strandbar Mitte is where the trendiest Berliners hang out in summer.

Pére-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Might seem like a strange place to visit, but this is the largest cemetery in Paris & is home to the graves of a litany of famous figures including Oscar Wilde & Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Live Music, Amsterdam

Portobello Road Market, London

I GOT IT IN Europe: it’s vintage

Catch some live classical music at the Boekmanzaal. Part of the stunning Opera House’s Muziektheater, Boekmanzaal offers free shows on Tuesday afternoons from September to May. Not to be missed, this is also a great way to see inside the beautiful building too.

Europe is a hotbed of bohemian eccentricities. A great place to head to for vintage clothes and quirky finds to take home for loved ones or just a momento of your trip. In London take a trip to the famous Portobello Road Market. This cute market running the stretch of Portobello Road in Notting Hill (cue Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts) has been going strong for over 300 years. Packed full of antiques, jewellery, fabulous fashion & general vintage bric-abrac, this place is a must visit/see. If you’re looking for something a little different, Die Nolle flea market in Berlin may be just what you’re after. Themed like an amusement park, the entire market is housed throughout 16 old railway carriages! Great for a bargain, Die Nolle is definitely not your average shopping experience.

96-97 The Exchange By Day.indd 3

Finally, the holy mother of flea markets – Ecseri Piac, Budapest (Piac is Hungarian for Market). One of Europe’s biggest & busiest, the locals say you can buy literally anything & everything at Ecseri. From fabulously kitsch trinkets to vintage clothes, silver & more, bag a bargain for yourself or even collect some items to sell on eBay when you’re home!

Night owl? See p.138-139 for Europe by Night

Museums & Galleries, London The cost of checking out some of Europe’s finest art may seem a bit daunting - but if you’re visiting London then luckily you can get your fix for free! Channel your inner artist or history buff at some of the world’s greatest museums, including the Tate Modern, National Gallery & Imperial War Museum, all free to visit most days of the year. So hit the city & explore.

05/09/2012 11:30


CONCEPT Concept is all about stretching your travel budget to the max with overnights that give you a taste of all the ways to stay in Europe. When was the last time you stayed in a French Chateau, a chalet or even on a traditional sail boat? No night is ever the same. Combine this with local knowledge & exceptional experiences & you’ll be served up with a taste of how to live like a true adventurer.

your backstage pass includes Exclusive accomodation Whether you’re exploring the vines at our Château, gazing at the Swiss Alps from our chalet, in a hotel or a hostel it’s all about keeping it authentic & unique. • Our Special Stopovers Our Special Stopovers are all about exceptional locations, unique local experiences & an expert local team are just the start. Our facilities will impress, like WiFi, plasma TVs, pools, private nightclubs, cool places to chill & local experiences that get you closer to that local access you crave. • Contiki Villages Experience our very own cabin villages in some of Europe’s coolest campsites. Our modern cabins all have private facilities, hot showers & twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/triple share). See the map opposite for where to find us. • Hotels & Hostels & more… We mix up it up on other nights with hotel overnights & hostel accommodation or even a Greek flotilla, so you get all the ways to stay in Europe.

98-99 Intro Concept.indd 2

Exclusive TEAM

Exclusive options

You’ll hit the road with an expert team: Your Tour Manager & Driver. On our Concept trips you also get exclusive access to our On-site Team at our Special Stopovers & Villages. They live there, so they’re in the know on all the best local things to see, do & experience. And they look after you from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Our housekeepers make sure your room is ready on arrival, while our On-site Cooks are busy in the kitchen cooking up delicious homecooked meals.

We know freedom to explore is an important part of travelling and with our Concept tours there’s no compromise on time to explore your own way. Use your ME Time to indulge in some local tastes, head to galleries or simply kick back and take in the scene. Choose from our ME Time optionals like whitewater rafting or checking out a French cabaret show to really make the most of your time.

Exclusive FOOD Start the day out right with breakfast each day & lots of two-course dinners. At our Special Stopovers & Villages our On-site Cooks prep delicious local meals, all sourced with fresh local ingredients. And we don’t include lunches for a reason, so you can use your ME Time to explore. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions that others might offer - our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks.

Exclusive Inclusions You’ll see the best of all the places that we travel - the best sites are included in the cost of your tour & lots of extra special experiences too. We’ll show you all the blockbusters, but better than that we’ll also get you to the parts of Europe that only a local friend in the know can open up.

We

WiFi.

Keeping in touch is easy with FREE WiFi at some of our Concept properties

Exclusive access Go deeper as you learn about Europe the local way. Check out our ‘Paris by Night’ tour, cruise the streets of Rome on our ‘Special-Access’ tour, get a fashion fix at some of Italy’s designer outlet stores & get the insider goss on Locally Guided tours. At our Château, you’ll wine taste at a 400 year-old cuvage. Take a picnic in the French countryside & dine on Swiss fondue in Switzerland. It’s all about getting into the real Europe.

New Goodies! 6 new year-round itineraries, so you can travel Concept style, no matter what the season. New Flotilla Sailing – cruising the Adriatic Sea on a traditional boat

05/09/2012 09:52


98 | 99

contiki’s exclusive château de e cru ruix ix ix

“Choose from 26 great tours from 8 to 45 days”

BA BALTI BALT B AL ALTI LT T C SEA SEA A

NETHER RLANDS R ENGLAND

AMSTE TE ERD E DAM Belgium

exclusive team - a team of 100 based in europe Czech hR Rep

Germa Germ any

PARIS S AUSTRIA

TYROL

FRANCE

SWITZ

SWISS ALPS ALP PS CHA ATEAU DE C CRUIX

Slovenia

VENICE FLOR OR RENCE ITALY

antibes Spain Spai n

Special Stopovers & Hotels with On-site teams Contiki Villages & On-site teams Local Teams

98-99 Intro Concept.indd 3

ROME E

4

C RFU COR RF F

TURKEY

05/09/2012 09:52


concept tours

special stopovers - exclusive to contiki. Fre Fr ench hC Châ hâte teau au

Swiss Sw Swis isss Cha Ch C hal alett

Wa W aki king g up to end ndle l ss le s vis ista sta tass & vi vine n ya ne y rd rds o tthe of h B he Bea ea auj ujol olai ais ai is reegi gion is lilite gion ite tera tera rall alllly lly jawjawja w drop dr pp piing. ng g. It It’s ’ss a hav aveen en for tho hose s ttha ha at love lo ve to o re rela lax. Tak la ake a di ake dip p in tthe he h he hug ug uge ge po ool ol,, flic ick th thro hro r ugh ugh a bo ug book ok,, ta ok tap p in nto thee ffre reee WiiF W Fii, leear arn mo mo ore ree at a wi win ne tas ne asti sti ting ing g iin n ou ourr 40 00 ye yea ar-o -old dF Freenc nch h cu cuva v gee or ju j st st tak ake in n thee end ndless cou ou o un nttrryysi s de d views ws.. ws

Lo ossee yo ou urrssel elf lf in in onee of th the wo world’ d’ss d’ most st bea st eautiffull spo ots ts in th he he hear a to off th hee Swiss Alps. Ou ur chalet at the fo foo ott o off th he Jung gfr frau au M au Mou ount ou nta nt aiin (4,1 ((4 4,1 158 8m / 13 13,6 641 1ftt) with its t mod oder e n co comf mffy lo mfy loun unge nge g , di diniing dini g ro oom m&o out utdo ut do oor a are reea iss alll abo rea out get e ti t ng a tta asstttee off lif ife in ife i tthe he Alp lps. s s.

Indulge in the great outdoors at our traditional Gasthof (guesthousse) in n the picturesque town of Hopfgarten. Jump on the free WiFi to o ke keep your friends updated on your trip & if you’re thirsty after a hard day mountain biking, there’s a well-loved bar to come home to. Or take a stroll through the old t wn’s cute shops, cafés & restauran to a ts an ts.

100-101 Concept Accom.indd 2

Chalet Jungfrau

A strian Au an nG Gas asth as ho off

18/09/2012 15:47


100 | 101

Corfu Beach Resort Hotel Try the ultimate way to relax at our Greek Island Beach Resort. Spend your days lazing on the beach or by the pool (your choice!) or getting into some watersports & delicious Greek tastes. Private balconies are perfect for watching the sunset & sea views, plus free WiFi in reception means uploading pics of your travels is easy.

Contiki Paris Stay close to the sights, the Metro & the city’s coolest districts near the Sacre Couer. Start the day with unlimited breakfast & free WiFi in the newly renovated rooms for a perfect Parisian experience.

contiki vi v ll llag age, e, rom ome e

Our exclusive contiki Villages Rome. Venice. Florence. The French Riviera.

Hostels Prague. Munich. Vienna. Berlin. Barcelona & more. corfu u be beac ach h reso sort r

EVEN MORE special stopovers.

We’ve chosen some of the newest & best hostels in great locations, with great facilities & staff. Hang out with your mates, grab a snack or chill – it’s your choice. Restaurants, swimming pools, jacuzzis, cafés, saunas & internet cafes are just some of what’s on offer. All rooms have private facilities & are maximum quad-share.

our EXCLUSIVE team Here are a few of our expert team that you might meet...

Dom, Head Cook, Château de Cruix

Nick, Manager Chalet Jungfrau

Daniel, Manager, Corfu Beach Resort

I’m a fluent French speaker, so our French Château is ideal for keeping up my language skills! I love cooking up healthy home cooked meals, and a kitchen with a view of a vineyard is pretty ideal. I love our family here. The locals make us all feel right at home in the middle of rural France. It’s bliss.

I did a Contiki tour back in 2010 & after a weekend at Glastonbury, I was glad I only had a one-way ticket. I love the freedom of being outdoors, so I’m at home in the Alps. It’s cheesy but I’m all about ensuring our travellers get a taste of the true Switzerland & have a relaxing & hassle free stay.

I was a pastry chef in Australia & London (serving up the likes of Kate Moss!), but after a Contiki tour back in 2009, I saw the On-site Team & knew it was what I wanted to do. So I threw in baking cakes for the Greek Islands & I’ve never looked back. I literally cannot imagine life without Contiki…

We roll out the red carpet in Rome, Venice, Florence & the French Riviera at our very own Contiki Villages. Our modern cabins all have private facilities & hot showers plus twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/triple share). Some even have pools, bars, pizzerias, nightclubs & food stores. So whether you’re all about relaxing by the pool, getting active or just exploring, our Contiki Villages are your perfect base.

Hotels Amsterdam. Athens. Cairo & more. Check out the free hotel upgrades on many of our tours – relax & enjoy a little extra luxury – it’s all included!

100-101 Concept Accom.indd 3

plus pl us hos ost tel l berlin n

18/09/2012 15:48


european horizon 10 Days 7 countries From NZ$1525pp* NZ$153 per day BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS Germany / AUSTRIA ITALY / SWITZERLAND FRANCE

SWISS ALPS

your backstage pass includes • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Indulge in a traditional Swiss cheese fondue • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Let the good times roll at our legendary party nights Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers • Austrian Gasthof - Special Stopover • Swiss Chalet - Special Stopover • Venice - Contiki Village • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Wales

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

Poland

London Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2 Burgundy Region

1

1

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

AUSTRIA

Lucerne

2 SWISS ALPS

M Explore the Tyrol on a guided bike tour M Sample delicious local wine in St. Goar

Grab a few mates, some cheese, a baguette & head to the Champs de Mars for a picnic in the park. Enjoy great views of the Eiffel Tower.

1 TYROL

SWITZ FRANCE

ME Time optionals Slovakia

MUNICH 1

keep it cheap

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia Lake Como

1 VENICE

Croatia

Vane Cahuenas: I just got back from the European Horizon tour & it was amazing!! Couldn’t have asked for a better tour manager & driver, Alex & Nuno were an amazing team!! Left with memories that will last a lifetime :-)

ITALY

Visit contiki.com/horizon 102-103 European Horizon.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:22


102 | 103

concept AMSTERDAM

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.

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCEH Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Total Fund Cost NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Apr Apr 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 Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

1305 1305 1305 1359 1359 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415

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

2013

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 M Canal boat cruise & drinks

See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports M Whitewater rafting adventure

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, home of the iconic Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment

• ••

Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

102-103 European Horizon.indd 3

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 M Gondola ride along the canals

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 M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

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)

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 Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

13 20 24 5 8 16 18 23 27 2 4 8 11 15 18 21 24 27 29 1 4 7 10 13 20 26 1 7 14 21 24 29 31 5 8 10 13 19 ●

22 29 3 14 17 25 27 1 5 11 13 17 20 24 27 30 3 6 8 10 13 16 19 22 29 4 10 16 23 30 2 7 9 14 17 19 22 28

1525 1525 1525 1579 1579 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635

* 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. ● This tour will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

European Horizon 10 days What’s Included: 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, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.100-101) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$149 . See p.27 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

VENICE

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) 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) M Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain Day 8: Swiss Alps to Paris Pass through the vineyards of

AUSTRIAN TYROL

05/09/2012 10:25


european highlights 14 Days 8 countries From NZ$2129pp* NZ$153 per day France / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Austria (IN TRANSIT) Germany NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

FLORENCE

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour 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 through cheese making Edam - plus more

Denmark

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

NORTH SEA Edam

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM Wales

ENGLAND

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

1 RHINE VALLEY

ME Time

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme Dachau

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA

Tyrol

Beaujolais Region

Slovakia

MUNICH 1

FRANCE

Fontainebleau

Hungary

Switz Brenner Pass

CHATEAU 1 DE CRUIX

Slovenia ITALY

1 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains Pisa

Avignon

Spain

1

1

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

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE

Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Indulge in local food & wine at a Tuscan feast in Florence M See Amsterdam by night on a canal cruise

love it live? Check out Melkweg in Amsterdam. This former milk factory was transformed into a venue for live music, theatre & cinema & is perfect for meeting locals.

Andre Hayes: Just finished my European Highlights trip & all I have to say is that it was amazing & the best trip of my life!!!!!!!

Vatican City

Visit contiki.com/highlights 104-105 European Highlights.indd 2

IONIAN

05/09/2012 10:32


CHâTEAU DE CRUIX

104 | 105

concept RHINE VALLEY

Do Europe like a local on this two week journey into its highlights. Ride a bike alongside the canals in the ‘Dam, wine taste in the Rhine Valley & the heart of the Beaujolais, sunbake in the French Riviera & rub shoulders with the locals like a true Parisian.

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCPE Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1809 1809 1809 1809 1809 1865 1865 1865 1865 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 2059 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955

2129 2129 2129 2129 2129 2185 2185 2185 2185 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275

2013

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) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne 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)

104-105 European Highlights.indd 3

• •

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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

Day 10: Venice to Munich Today we wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to lively Munich, festive home of iconic Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Dinner & show at a traditional Bavarian beer hall

• •

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 M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

• ••

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) M Paddle bike along the canals 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)

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 Jun Jun Jul Jul 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 10 17 24 28 1 4 8 10 15 18 22 25 27 29 1 3 5 8 12 14 15 16 19 22 26 29 30 3 4 7 10 12 14 17 22 24 27 28 29 31 3 7 9 11 15 21 28 1 4 9 10 11 13 15 18 20

● ● ● ●

16 23 30 7 11 14 17 21 23 28 31 4 7 9 11 14 16 18 21 25 27 28 29 2 5 9 12 13 16 17 20 23 25 27 30 4 6 9 10 11 13 16 20 22 24 28 3 10 14 17 22 23 24 26 28 1 3

320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320

European Highlights 14 days What’s Included: 13 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s French Château, 6 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 5 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.100-101) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$205. See p.27 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

05/09/2012 10:32


european whirl 18 Days 9 countries From NZ$2719pp* NZ$152 per day Belgium (in transit) NETHERLANDS / GERMANY Czech Republic Austria / Italy Vatican City SWITZERLAND / FRANCE

BERLIN BER B ERLIN ER LIN IN N

your backstage pass includes • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through cheese making Edam • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot - plus more

Denmark

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

Dresden

• Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet - Special Stopovers • Venice, Rome, Florence - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

ME Time

CZECH REP

1 TYROL SWITZ Hungary

SWISS 2 ALPS

Brenner Pass

Slovenia Lake Como

2 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

visit Trummelbach Falls in the Swiss Alps. These thunderous falls are seriously cool. Take a poncho & be prepared to get wet!

M Guided walking tour in Venice

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1

1

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

2 ROME Vatican City

Brooke Roy: Contiki was amazing. You haven’t lived unless you’ve lived Contiki. I did the European Whirl. Loved every minute! Visit contiki.com/whirl

106-107 European Whirl.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:35


106 | 107

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.

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

VENICE

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 M Locally guided walking tour

• • •

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

• • •

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

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCEW Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2299 2299 2299 2299 2359 2359 2359 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2485

2719 2719 2719 2719 2779 2779 2779 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 3039 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905 2905

2013

••

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 M Evening canal boat cruise

florence

Itinerary & Sightseeing

concept

Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Dinner & show at a traditional Bavarian beer hall

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 M Whitewater rafting adventure

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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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 snow-covered 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

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

5 Apr 14 May 20 May 28 May 3 May 7 May 13 May 19 Jun 21 Jun 26 Jun 30 Jun 2 Jun 9 Jun 12 Jun 15 Jul 16 Jul 18 Jul 20 Jul 23 Jul 28 Jul 1 Jul 4 Jul 7 Jul 9 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 18 Aug 20 Aug 21 Aug 24 Aug 28 Aug 31 Aug 2 Aug 5 Aug 8 Aug 12 Aug 14 Aug 19 Sep 22 Sep 25 Sep 29 Sep 1 Sep 5 Sep 9 Sep 13 Sep ● Oct 16 17 ● Oct

22 1 7 15 20 24 30 5 7 12 16 19 26 29 2 3 5 7 10 15 18 21 24 26 28 31 4 6 7 10 14 17 19 22 25 29 31 5 8 11 15 18 22 26 30 3 4

420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420

European Whirl 18 days What’s Included: 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, 5 nights in hostels (more on p.100-101) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$260. See p.27 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

SWISS ALPS

* 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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 M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne

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). AMSTERDAM

106-107 European Whirl.indd 3

05/09/2012 10:36


european experience 20 Days 10 countries From NZ$2965pp* NZ$149 per day France / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Austria / Germany Liechtenstein SWITZERLAND NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

ROME

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy amazing vistas, baguettes & brie on our French countryside picnic • Italian 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 through cheese making Edam - plus more

NORTH SEA

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Poland

Wales

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ME Time

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg Dachau

2 PARIS Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ Beaujolais Region

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Slovakia

1 MUNICH

FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

Liechtenstein Lucerne

2 TYROL AUSTRIA

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa

1

1

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

1 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

ITALY

• French Château, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Bosnia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Gondola ride in Venice

visit Get your Dutch fashion fix by those that do it best, Scotch & Soda at Keizersgracht 22, Amsterdam. Their store fit out is worth a browse even if you’re window shopping.

Drew Pepper: Great job Contiki! Absolutely the best few weeks of my life, overall the entire trip was about as good as it gets... Visit contiki.com/experience

108-109 European Experience.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:36


108 | 109

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.

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) M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne 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 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! 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 demo M Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence

• •

Day 8: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s

108-109 European Experience.indd 3

pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

Start London or Paris

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’ alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Guided walking tour

• •

Day 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 M Whitewater rafting adventure

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

Day 14: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Stop at sobering Dachau concentration camp before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCMX

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)

FRENCH RIVIERA

Itinerary & Sightseeing

concept

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2545 2545 2545 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675

2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 3035 3035 3035 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3125 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3289 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165

2013

• •

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 & opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain Day 17: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

• ••

Day 18: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 19: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise 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)

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

31 5 15 22 29 3 9 13 20 23 29 31 6 8 10 12 14 17 20 24 26 28 1 3 5 8 12 15 18 21 26 29 1 5 12 15 19 23 26 30 2 7 9 13 16 18

● ● ● ●

19 24 4 11 18 22 28 1 8 11 17 19 25 27 29 1 3 6 9 13 15 17 20 22 24 27 31 3 6 9 14 17 20 24 31 3 7 11 14 18 21 26 28 2 5 7

490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 490

European Experience 20 days What’s Included: 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, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.100-101) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$279. See p.27 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

• •

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.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz

AMSTERDAM

05/09/2012 10:36


european spirit 22 Days 11 countries From NZ$3269pp* NZ$149 per day France BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS Germany Czech Republic AUSTRIA CROATIA BOSNIA (IN TRANSIT) SLOVENIA / ITALY VATICAN CITY

PARIS

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through 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 - plus more Plus Contiki Villages NETHERLANDS

• Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages & Contiki On-site Teams

2 BERLIN

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Poland

Ruhr Valley

ME Time

Dresden

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

CZECH REP Slovakia

2 PARIS

2 VIENNA AUSTRIA Hungary

Switz FRANCE

SLOVENIA

VENICE 2

1 LJUBLJANA 1 ZAGREB

Pisa

ZADAR 1 1 FLORENCE

Serbia

1

Places visited Nightstops

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME

M Guided walking tour in Venice.

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

BOSNIA Split

Spain

ME Time optionals

CROATIA

ITALY

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

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!!

Vatican City

Visit contiki.com/spirit 110-111 European Spirit.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:38


110 | 111

For an epic mix that makes the travel experience complete, try the European Spirit. Feel the cool, cosmopolitan vibes of Paris & Berlin and take in the beauty of Prague before relaxing in the sunshine & crystal clear waters of Croatia.

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) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne 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 M Evening canal cruise

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) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall

• •

Day 6: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. Hostel (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

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) M Mozart & Strauss concert Day 10: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you. Wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture &, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

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

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

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

Day 17: Ljubljana to Venice Soak up the amazing scenery

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 M Gondola ride

• •

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

• • •

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

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCSP Start Paris

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

430 430 430 430 430 430 430 430 430 430 430 430 430

3269 3269 3375 3375 3375 3375 3575 3575 3575 3575 3415 3415 3415

2013 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

3 9 23 12 20 27 4 17 24 7 14 25 5

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

24 30 13 3 11 18 25 7 14 28 4 15 26

2839 2839 2945 2945 2945 2945 3145 3145 3145 3145 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 5:00pm in Paris & ends 8:00am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

European Spirit 22 days What’s Included: 21 nights accommodation: 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade, 10 nights in hostels (more on p.100-101) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$310. See p.27 for details.

13

• • •

FLORENCE

Itinerary & Sightseeing

concept

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

World Heritage sites visited

ROME

Day 21: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square

110-111 European Spirit.indd 3

05/09/2012 10:39


Visit contiki.com/eurotrail

european trail

BALTIC SEA

23 Days 13 countries

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

POLAND

GERMANY

London

From NZ$3255pp* NZ$142 per day

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM Dover

Dresden

Calais

KRAKOW 2

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Auschwitz

PRAGUE 2

CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

SLOVAKIA

2 PARIS

Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 2 AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

Dolomite Mountains

Lake Bled

Apennine Mountains Pisa

HUNGARY

1 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA

VENICE 1

2 BUDAPEST

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Serbia

1

amsterdam

backstage pass Inclusions • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through cheese making Edam • Locally guided tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp memorial • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

VENICE

How much & when Finish Paris or London

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3155 3155 3155 3155 3155 3155 3155 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3235 3235 3235 3235 3235 3235

3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 10 24 31 7 14 21 5

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 1 15 22 29 6 13 27

530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWEL 2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 26 2 16 30 7 14 21 28

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

10 17 24 8 22 29 5 12 19

2845 2845 2805 2805 2805 2805 2805 2889 2889

530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530

3375 3375 3335 3335 3335 3335 3335 3419 3419

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

4 11 25 8 22 1 15 22

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

26 2 16 2 16 23 6 13

2889 2889 2725 2725 2725 2725 2769 2769

530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530

3419 3419 3255 3255 3255 3255 3299 3299

* Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. Tour starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

112-113 European Trail 23 Day Concept.indd 2

ITALY Montenegro

2 ROME

ADRIATIC SEA

Vatican City

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Summer 2013 Code: CCEL Start London or Ams’dam

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

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. 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 the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 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) M Eye Spy tour in Berlin 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. 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,D)

• •

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

Day 6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• •

Day 7: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) M Mozart & Strauss concert Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere as you explore the city. You’ll enjoy wandering through this picture book city & encounter its music, lively cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, delicious coffee. Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

Day 9: Vienna to Krakow Back through the Czech Republic to Poland & our stop at Auschwitz. Then it’s on to the lively city of Krakow. Hostel (B,D)

Day 10: Krakow Go local & explore the buzzing market stalls & pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. Hostel (B) Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill M Guided tour of the amazing salt mines

Day 11: Krakow to Budapest Head south through Slovakia, stopping off in picturesque Banska Bystrica before crossing into Hungary & the “Paris of the East.” Hostel (B,D) Day 12: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & the bustling Pest. Hostel (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Evening river cruise & dinner

Day 13: Budapest to Ljubljana Today we’re making our way to Slovenia’s capital with its young, vibrant student culture. Hotel (B) See Ljubljana’s castle & old town

Day 14: Ljubljana to Venice Soak up the amazing scenery found only in the Julian Alps before heading to Venice. Explore the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops. Hostel (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

• •

continued

05/09/2012 10:41


112 | 113

concept European Trail 23 days What’s Included: 22 nights accommodation: 17 nights in hostels, 5 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 32 meals included in Food Fund: 22 breakfasts (B), 10 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

PARIS

THE VATICAN

Itinerary & sightseeing continued

Day 15: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Hostel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 16: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. You could hit the shops & get in the know on Italian fasion or simply hit the streets with a camera & capture the atmosphere. Hostel (B,D) Day 17: Rome to Florence You could explore the Vatican this morning, before we’re on the road through rural

Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. Hostel (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 18: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. Hostel (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Tuscan hills feast

• •

Day 19: Florence to Swiss Alps Make a stop in Pisa to see it’s iconic tower, catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in the stunning Swiss Alps. Hostel (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 20: Swiss Alps Chill for a day the way you want in

the breathtaking Swiss Alps – camera essential. Hostel (B,D) Day 21: Swiss Alps to Paris Leave the lush Swiss Alp views behind as we head through the stunning Burgundy region to the “City of Lights”, Paris. Hotel (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 22: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) Visit a French Perfumery M Cabaret show & dinner

Edam

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

BERLIN 2

Dover

GERMANY ENGLISH Calais CHANNEL

Dresden

BELGIUM

PRAGUE 2 CZECH REP

FRANCE

1

BERLIN

VIENNA 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city

AUSTRIA

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Cross the English Channel to Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Day 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & explore Edam & check out the ‘Dam’s museums, cafés & nightclubs. Hotel (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Day 3: Amsterdam to Berlin Get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Hostel (B,D)

• •

Day 4: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. Hostel (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & Reichstag Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie Day 5: Berlin to Prague Bite into bratwurst in Dresden on your way to medieval Prague. Hostel (B,D) Visit Dresden Day 6: Prague Discover Gothic architecture & bargain-priced beer. Hostel (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral

• • • • •

112-113 European Trail 23 Day Concept.indd 3

of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock Day 7: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 8: End Vienna Explore the city sights before it’s time to say farewell. (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & State Opera House Drive along the Ring Road

• •

For a more detailed itinerary & ME Time optionals see European Trail opposite.

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$330. See p.27 for details.

How much & when

concept

Summer 2013 Code: CCLV

Eastern Rocker 8 days

Start London or Ams’dam

NORTH SEA

London

$

Day 23: End Paris or London Your tour ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

EASTERN ROCKER ENGLAND

World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/eastern-rocker

8 Days 6 countries From NZ$1159pp* NZ$145 per day

17

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 10 24 31 7 14 21 5

Finish Vienna

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1175 1175 1175 1175 1175 1175

1319 1319 1319 1319 1319 1319 1319 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345

25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 17 31 7 14 21 28 12

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWLV

w

2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 26 2 16 30 7 14 21 28

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

26 2 9 23 7 14 21 28 4

1045 1045 1019 1019 1019 1019 1019 1049 1049

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1215 1215 1189 1189 1189 1189 1189 1219 1219

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

4 11 25 8 22 1 15 22

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

11 18 1 15 1 8 22 29

1049 1049 989 989 989 989 1009 1009

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1219 1219 1159 1159 1159 1159 1179 1179

* Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. Tour starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Vienna.

What’s Included: 7 nights accommodation: 5 nights in hostels, 2 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 10 meals included in Food Fund: 7 breakfasts (B), 3 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

5 World Heritage sites visited

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$120. See p.27 for details.

05/09/2012 10:42


Visit contiki.com/eastern-trail

eastern trail What’s Included: 8 nights accommodation: 7 nights in hostels, 1 night in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 10 meals included in Food Fund: 8 breakfasts (B), 2 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

6 World Heritage sites visited

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$135. See p.27 for details.

How much & when

KRAKOW 2

Auschwitz

CZECH REP

9 Days 7 countries From NZ$1285pp* NZ$143 per day

Summer 2013 Code: CCVR

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA

SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

Start Vienna

Finish Rome

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2 BUDAPEST

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

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

1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1319 1319 1319 1319 1319 1319 1319

1475 1475 1475 1475 1475 1475 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1499 1499 1499 1499 1499 1499 1499

HUNGARY Dolomite Mountains

Lake Bled

1 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA Croatia

VENICE 1 Apennine Mountains

Bosnia Serbia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

1 ROME

Places visited Nightstops

1

LJUBLJANA

Day 2: Vienna to Krakow We make a stop at Auschwitz, then it’s on to the lively city of Krakow. Hostel (B,D) Visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp memorial

Day 3: Krakow Explore markets & cafés in the medieval Old Town. Hostel (B) Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill

Day 4: Krakow to Budapest Cross Slovakia & into Hungary

Day 9: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” before saying farewell to your new mates. (B)

No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour.

For a more detailed itinerary & ME Time optionals see European Trail on p.112-113.

See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

6 World Heritage sites visited

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$125. See p.27 for details.

114-115 European Trail modules.indd 2

London

3 10 17 1 15 22 29 5

1159 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145 1175 1175

180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180

1339 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1355 1355

4 11 18 1 15 1 8 22 29

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

12 19 26 9 23 9 16 30 6

1175 1175 1175 1105 1105 1105 1105 1119 1119

180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180 180

1355 1355 1355 1285 1285 1285 1285 1299 1299

* Prices above are based on quad-share. Tour starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome.

Start Rome

Netherlands

Dover Belgium Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

Germany

2 PARIS Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

FLORENCE

florence 2 A

Vatican City

Itinerary & sightseeing atmospheric city. Hostel (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo Day 4: Florence to Swiss Alps Make a stop in Pisa then catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como in the stunning Swiss Alps. Hostel (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 5: Swiss Alps Chill for a day the way you want camera essential. Hostel (B,D) Day 6: Swiss Alps to Paris We head through the stunning Burgundy region to the “City of Lights”, Paris. Hotel (B,D)

2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 25 8 15 22 29 6 20

Finish Paris or London

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215

1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1455 1455 1455 1455 1455 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 1 15 22 29 6 13 27

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

ITALY

ROME 1

• •

2013 Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

Versailles

1

Day 3: Florence Get the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

Summer 2013 Code: CCRT ENGLAND

Pisa

Day 2: Rome to Florence You could explore the Vatican this morning, before we’re on the road through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. Hostel (B,D)

26 2 9 23 7 14 21 28

How much & when

8 Days 4 countries From NZ$1215pp* NZ$152 per day

Day 1: Start Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum your way today. Tonight, meet up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies to let the good times begin. Hostel (D)

w

Day 8: Venice to Rome Cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Hostel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

to the “Paris of the East.” Hostel (B,D) Day 5: Budapest Discover the history of this fascinating city split into hilltop Buda & the bustling Pest. Hostel (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion Day 6: Budapest to Ljubljana Next up: Slovenia’s capital with its vibrant student culture. Hotel (B) See Ljubljana’s castle & Old Town Day 7: Ljubljana to Venice Today we head to the ‘floating city’, Venice. Hostel (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square

western rocker 7 nights accommodation: 5 nights in hostels, 2 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 12 meals included in Food Fund: 7 breakfasts (B), 5 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 Other inclusions, as above

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

2013 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec 2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

Visit contiki.com/western-rocker

What’s Included:

2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 25 8 15 22 29 6 20

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWVR

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Start Vienna Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies tonight. Hostel

25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 17 31 7 14 21 28 12

See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 7: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris’ legendary icons. Hotel (B) Visit a French Perfumery

Day 8: End Paris or London Your tour ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B) For a more detailed itinerary & ME Time optionals see European Trail on p.112-113.

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWRT 2013 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

3 10 17 1 15 22 29

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

10 17 24 8 22 29 5

1045 1045 1045 1045 1075 1075 1075

200 200 200 200 200 200 200

1245 1245 1245 1245 1275 1275 1275

2014 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

5 12 19 26 9 23 9 16 30 6

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

12 19 26 2 16 2 16 23 6 13

1075 1075 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1035 1035 1035

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

1275 1275 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1235 1235 1235

* Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. Tour starts 6:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London.

05/09/2012 10:45


114 | 115

Visit contiki.com/trail-rome

trail to rome NORTH SEA

Edam

16 Days 11 countries From NZ$2319pp* NZ$145 per day

2

ENGLAND

NETHERLANDS

London Dover Calais

2 BERLIN

AMSTERDAM

Dresden

PRAGUE 2

KRAKOW 2

Auschwitz

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2 BUDAPEST 2

FRANCE

Banska Bystrica

AUSTRIA Switzerland

Dolomite Mountains

VENICE 1

Lake Bled

HUNGARY

1 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA

Apennine Croatia Mountains

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ROME 1 1

ROME

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city

“Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history before your tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B)

PRAGUE

Days 2-15: Amsterdam to Rome See days 2-15 of European Trail (p.112-113) itinerary, sightseeing & ME Time optionals Day 16: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the

Summer 2013 Code: CCTR

Trail to Rome 16 days

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 10 24 31 7 14 21 5

2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2395 2395 2395 2395 2395 2315 2315 2315 2315 2315 2315

2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2755 2755 2755 2755 2755 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675

2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 25 8 15 22 29 6 20

360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360

w

19 26 2 16 30 7 14 21 28

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

3 10 17 1 15 22 29 5 12

2039 2039 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2079 2079

360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360

2399 2399 2379 2379 2379 2379 2379 2439 2439

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

4 11 25 8 22 1 15 22

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

19 26 9 23 9 16 30 6

2079 2079 1959 1959 1959 1959 1999 1999

360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360

2439 2439 2319 2319 2319 2319 2359 2359

16 Days 10 countries From NZ$2325pp* NZ$146 per day

Netherlands

POLAND Germany

CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Itinerary & sightseeing PARIS

Banska Bystrica

AUSTRIA HUNGARY

Dolomite Lake Bled Mountains

1 LJUBLJANA

VENICE 1

SLOVENIA

Apennine Mountains

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

SLOVAKIA

1 BUDAPEST 2

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

Pisa

SWISS ALPS

KRAKOW 2 Auschwitz

VIENNA

2 PARIS

1

15 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hostels, 3 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 20 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B), 5 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 crossing

13 World Heritage sites visited

$

2

Croatia

FLORENCE

Bosnia

Pay early & save up to NZ$239. See p.27 for details.

concept

Summer 2013 Code: CCVL

Trail to London 16 days

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 17 31 7 14 21 28 12

Finish Paris or London

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2419 2419 2419 2419 2419 2345 2345 2345 2345 2345 2345 2345

2665 2665 2665 2665 2665 2665 2799 2799 2799 2799 2799 2725 2725 2725 2725 2725 2725 2725

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 1 15 22 29 6 13 27

380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

SAVE

How much & when Start Vienna

London Dover Belgium Calais

FRANCE

What’s Included:

Tour starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome.

AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

114-115 European Trail modules.indd 3

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

2013 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

NORTH SEA

Day 16: End Paris or London Your tour ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

trail to london

Days 2-15: Vienna to Paris See days 9-22 of European Trail (p.112-113) itinerary, sightseeing & ME Time optionals

Tour Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour.

Visit contiki.com/trail-london

Day 1: Start Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere! Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies tonight. Hostel

Finish Rome

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWTR

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. Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover

concept

Start London or Ams’dam

POLAND

GERMANY BELGIUM

How much & when

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWVL 2013 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

26 2 9 23 7 14 21 28

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

10 17 24 8 22 29 5 12

2045 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2075 2075

380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380

2425 2395 2395 2395 2395 2395 2455 2455

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

4 11 18 1 15 1 8 22 29

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

19 26 2 16 2 16 23 6 13

2075 2075 2075 1945 1945 1945 1945 1995 1995

380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380

2455 2455 2455 2325 2325 2325 2325 2375 2375

* Prices above are based on quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour. Tour starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London.

What’s Included: 15 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hostels, 3 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 22 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B), 7 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 crossing

12 World Heritage sites visited

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$240. See p.27 for details.

05/09/2012 10:48


european escapade 25 Days 11 countries From NZ$3735pp* NZ$150 per day France / SPAIN Monaco / Italy Vatican City / AUSTRIA Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) BARCELONA

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy amazing vistas, baguettes & brie on our French countryside picnic • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Italian fashion experience • A moving experience at the Dachau memorial • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through cheese making Edam - plus more Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

ENGLAND Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

St Goar

BELGIUM

GERMANY

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ME Time

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

2 PARIS

Dachau

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

MUNICH 1

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

ITALY

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Dolomite Mountains

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa

Arles

Pyrenees Mountains

1

1

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

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME 2 BARCELONA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

• French Château, Austrian Gasthof, Swiss Chalet Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Venice - Contiki Villages • Contiki On-site Teams - Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Bosnia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Tandem paragliding in the Austrian Tyrol

inside tip 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!

Joshua Cruze Cavallaro: It’s 2am & I’m in Munich & this place is going off!! Contiki is the best thing to happen to europe!!! I love contiki!! Visit contiki.com/escapade

116-117 European Escapade.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:54


116 | 117

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.

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

Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry

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 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 the 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 M Flamenco dance show

• •

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 before some free time. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell

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. 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

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 M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

Day 17: Vienna to Munich Today we’ll head to Munich, the home of Oktoberfest. On arrival, explore the sights or head to one of the city’s beer halls tonight for dinner & a taste of their famous drop. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment

Visit the Dachau memorial M Bobsled ride

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) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain 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

• ••

Day 23: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening canal boat cruise

• •

Day 24: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s 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)

PARIS

Itinerary & Sightseeing

concept

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCBE 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 Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct

3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3185 3185 3185 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3309 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359 3359

640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640

3735 3735 3735 3735 3735 3825 3825 3825 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 3949 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999

2013 Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

28 8 18 20 26 2 8 14 16 20 22 26 30 1 7 9 11 13 17 19 25 27 29 1 3 7 10 13 15 19 25 27 31 6 12 18 24 26 30 5 8 11 14 16

● ● ● ● ●

21 2 12 14 20 26 1 7 9 13 15 19 23 25 1 3 5 7 11 13 19 21 23 25 27 31 3 6 8 12 18 20 24 30 5 11 17 19 23 29 2 5 8 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

European Escapade 25 days What’s Included: 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, 5 nights in hostels (more on p.100-101) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$350. See p.27 for details.

15 World Heritage sites visited

biking in AUSTRIA

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)

pisa wine tasting

116-117 European Escapade.indd 3

05/09/2012 10:56


european contrasts

+ corfu resort or sailing options

29 Days 12 countries From NZ$4385pp* NZ$152 per day

France / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Greece / Austria Czech Republic / Germany Liechtenstein / Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit) CHâTEAU DE CRUIX

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Go Greek at our legendary toga party in Corfu • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, dijks & canals through cheese making Edam - plus more

IRISH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

ENGLAND London Calais

BELGIUM

• 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

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover ENGLISH CHANNEL

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

St Goar

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

Heidelberg

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

2 PARIS

2 MUNICH

FRANCE

Fontainebleau

SWITZ

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

2 SWISS ALPS

Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

Spain

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

chill At Wakata Lounge Bar, Prague. This tiny spot is far from the norm in Prague & is perfect for its varied beats from house to hip hop & live DJs.

ME Time optionals M Indulge in local food & wine at a Tuscan feast in Florence M Locally guided bike tour of Munich

1

2 ROME

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Hungary

Slovenia

VENICE 1

Pisa

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA 1 TYROL

Burgundy Region Beaujolais Region

Slovakia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii Brindisi

1

1

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

1

3 CORFU

corfu resort or sailing OPTION

@Jaime: I really miss touring with my contiki family, don’t get me wrong, I’m still having fun in Spain, but its not the same. Visit contiki.com/contrasts

118-119 European Contrasts.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:57


118 | 119

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.

florence

concept

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

••

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne Day 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 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 Monaco! 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 celebrityspotting. 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 the city’s striking buildings & sacred art. Later, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demo

• •

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 See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

118-119 European Contrasts.indd 3

Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to tour the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 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 island paradise.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)(B)(B,D) M Island sailing cruise Day 15: Corfu to Italy Cruise to the enchanting city 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

Day 17: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert 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

• •

Day 19: Vienna to Prague Stop at the World Heritage listed town, Český Krumlov, as you travel to Prague, the “City of a Thousand Spires”. Hostel (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

Day 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

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

• •

Day 22: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & traditional food & beer gardens. Hostel (B) M Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment 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 & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the incredible Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • •

Day 25: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps &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

corfu sailing option days 12-14 Why not try your hand at sailing European-style on a flotilla? Catch some rays, swim & get hands on as you help out while cruising the waves in gorgeous Greece on your private yacht. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,L) (B,L) (B,L)

See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

Day 27: 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 28: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise 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)

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCSER (resort) Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour & Food Resort Fund NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3665 3665 3665 3765 3765 3765 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4335 4155 4155 4155 4155 4155 4155 4155 4155 4155

4385 4385 4385 4485 4485 4485 4815 4815 4815 4815 4815 4815 4815 4815 5055 5055 5055 5055 5055 5055 5055 5055 5055 5055 4875 4875 4875 4875 4875 4875 4875 4875 4875

2013 Apr Apr Apr May May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

5 18 26 2 6 10 21 24 26 4 7 16 19 22 5 7 9 11 13 19 25 31 3 10 16 18 22 24 28 31 5 7 11

● ● ● ●

3 16 24 30 3 7 18 21 23 2 5 14 17 20 2 4 6 8 10 16 22 28 31 7 13 15 19 21 25 28 3 5 9

720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 720

What’s Included: 26 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel (or 3 nights on sail boat), 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, 6 nights in hostels, +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.100-101) 45 meals included in Food Fund: 28 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 15 dinners (D) Sailing option - 45 meals included in Food Fund: 28 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 3 lunches (L) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$430. See p.27 for details.

17

Summer 2013 Code: CCSES (sailing) Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour & Sailing NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug

4615 4615 4615 4615 4615 4615 4865 4865 4865 4865

730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730

5345 5345 5345 5345 5345 5345 5595 5595 5595 5595

World Heritage sites visited

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

21 24 4 7 19 22 9 13 31 3

18 21 2 5 17 20 6 10 28 31

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$485. See p.27 for details.

Tour code: CCSES See p.98 for more info & price panel for departure dates & prices.

••

European Contrasts 29 days

Visit contiki.com/ contrasts-sailing

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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

ROME

05/09/2012 10:59


european adventurer 37 Days 17 countries From NZ$5769pp* NZ$156 per day France / Spain / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Greece / Albania Montenegro (in transit) Bosnia (in transit) Croatia / Slovenia / Austria Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

Edam

ENGLAND

Wales

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

Poland

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

GERMANY

1 RHINE VALLEY

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

VIENNA 2 2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

Lake Bled

Verona

Pisa Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

1 LJUBLJANA 2 VENICE CROATIA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BOSNIA

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Vatican City

Serbia

1 ZADAR Split

ROME 2

SPAIN

BARCELONA 2

Hungary

SLOVENIA

Apennine Mountains Arles

Slovakia

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MONTENEGRO

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

1 DURRES Bari

ALBANIA GREECE

1

1

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

120-121 European Adventurer 1.indd 2

1 PREVEZA 1 1 ATHENS IONIAN SEA

Patras Corinth Canal

3 MYKONOS

FRANCE

05/09/2012 11:00


120 | 121

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.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour 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 • 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 through cheese making Edam 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

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals

tapas heaven Make sure Elisabets is on your Barcelona hit list. Patatas bravas, chorizo, croquettes, YUM!

M Whitewater rafting adventure in the Austrian Tyrol.

DUBROVNIK

concept

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

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 M Flamenco dancing show

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

Day 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) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

••

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 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)

• •

••

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

•• •

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 in Verona

itinerary continues over page

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, 8 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.100-101) 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 Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Ferry crossings

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$565. See p.27 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

Dubrovnik

red leader: It changed me by showing me how fun & beautiful the world is & how, as cliché as it may sound, we are only young once. Visit contiki.com/adventurer

tyrol, austria

120-121 European Adventurer 1.indd 3

BARCELONA

05/09/2012 11:02


Visit contiki.com/adventurer

european adventurer continued

florence

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

• •

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 M Nightclub entry

• •

Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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)

122-123 Eur Adventurer + Lon-Ath.indd 2

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 M Island cruise & swimming

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 M Viennese dinner

• •

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 – actionpacked outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports M Mountain bike ride & BBQ lunch

Day 31: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment

How much & when 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) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain 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

• •

Day 36: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise 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)

Summer 2013 Code: CCPB Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

4789 4789 4945 4945 5375 5375 5375 5375 5375 5375 5375 5375 5685 5685 5685 5455 5455 5455 5455

980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980 980

5769 5769 5925 5925 6355 6355 6355 6355 6355 6355 6355 6355 6665 6665 6665 6435 6435 6435 6435

2013 Apr Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

16 May 26 Jun 7 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 4 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 16 Aug 19 Aug 6 Sep 17 Sep 23 ● Sep 31 ● Oct 3 ● Oct

22 1 12 15 22 26 29 10 13 20 27 3 21 24 11 22 28 6 9

* 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

• • •

PARIS

05/09/2012 11:11


122 | 123

concept

london to athens

London to Athens 21 days

21 Days 6 countries From NZ$3589pp* NZ$171 per day France / SPAIN MONACO / ITALY Vatican City Greece ATHENS

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Italian 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

ENGLAND

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

London Dover

Calais

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

Belgium

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Germany Slovakia

3 PARIS

ME Time

Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Austria

FRANCE Beaujolais Region

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Slovenia

VENICE 2 Pisa Arles

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia Serbia

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

2 ROME

BARCELONA 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

Brindisi

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Special Stopover night

IONIAN SEA

Tibidabo in Barcelona. It’s the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola & offers the best views of the city & coastline – get Instagramming!

M Guided city walking tour in Venice. M Paradise Beach day trip (Greek Island Adventurer option).

Albania

1

check out

ME Time optionals

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

1

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Hungary

Switz

GREECE

3 CORFU Corinth Canal

1 ATHENS

@Hannah Williams: London to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping Contiki is done! Had an amazing time. Visit contiki.com/london-athens

122-123 Eur Adventurer + Lon-Ath.indd 3

05/09/2012 11:11


Visit contiki.com/london-athens

Itinerary & Sightseeing

london to athens cont.

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 Palace of Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Day 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

• •

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

paris

How much & when What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: CCLG

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, 2 nights in a hostel, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.100-101)

Start London or Paris

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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$340. See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

124-125 London to Athens.indd 2

Finish Athens

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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 Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

3029 3029 3115 3115 3115 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3225 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3275 3275 3275 3275 3275 3275 3275

560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560 560

3589 3589 3675 3675 3675 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3785 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3999 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835 3835

2013 Apr Apr May 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 Aug Sep Sep

21 30 3 5 10 16 19 24 29 2 5 8 11 16 20 22 25 27 30 4 7 14 19 22 24 28 3 6 11 16 20 25 27 1 5

11 20 23 25 30 5 8 13 18 22 25 28 1 6 10 12 15 17 20 24 27 3 8 11 13 17 23 26 31 5 9 14 16 21 25

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 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 M Flamenco dance show

• •

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! 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’ alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

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) 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 demonstration

Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

• •

Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. 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) M Guided tour of Pompeii 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) M Water sports including parasailing & waterskiing Day 20: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) M Dinner in the famous Plaka area Day 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

• •

* 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

05/09/2012 11:15


124 | 125

Visit contiki.com/greek-adventurer

london to athens

+ greek island adventurer GREECE 29 Days 6 countries From NZ$4985pp* NZ$172 per day

MYKONOS 2 2 PAROS

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 Nightstops

more time?

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-21: London to Athens Refer to London to Athens on p.123-124. In the afternoon of day 21, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on our Greek Island Adventurer tour. Visit the famous Plaka area

Summer 2013 Code: LTAI

London to Athens + Greek Islands 29 days

Finish Athens

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

4395 4395 4505 4665 4619 4665 4619 4715 4665 4665 4715 4665 4665 4995 4995 4945 4945 4995 5035 4995 4735 4735 4735

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

4985 4985 5095 5255 5209 5255 5209 5305 5255 5255 5305 5255 5255 5585 5585 5535 5535 5585 5625 5585 5325 5325 5325

2013

ATHENS

SANTORINI 2

Spend more time exploring the Greek Islands by adding a Greek Island Adventurer tour to your London to Athens tour. For a detailed itinerary, sightseeing & ME Time optionals for days 22-29, see p.130.

concept

Start London or Paris

AEGEAN SEA

2

How much & when

Day 25: Paros Spend the day relaxing on island time. Guesthouse Visit Naoussa

• Day 22: Athens to Mykonos Hop on board a ferry in the morning & head to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Guesthouse (B) Day 23: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & party culture. Guesthouse Visit Mykonos town M Afternoon at Paradise Beach

Day 24: Mykonos to Paros Cruise to the ultra chilled island of Paros. Guesthouse

Day 26: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Guesthouse Visit the main town, Fira

• •

Day 27: Santorini Enjoy a free day. Guesthouse Visit Perissa Beach M Visit Oia at sunset Day 28: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel Day 29: End Athens The tour ends after check out. Please note: Day 29 has been designed to allow you to finish the tour without needing an extra nights accommodation.

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

21 30 5 19 29 2 5 8 11 16 22 25 30 7 14 22 24 28 3 6 11 20 25

C C B

B

C C B

19 28 2 16 25 30 2 7 9 14 21 23 28 4 11 18 20 25 1 3 8 17 22

What’s Included: 27 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights in Contiki’s Corfu hotel, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 6 nights in hotel upgrade, 2 nights in a hostel, 6 nights quad-share guesthouse accommodation, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.100-101) 35 meals included in Food Fund: 21 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 13 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.124

* 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. 8:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: LTAIB C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: LTAIC For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$499. See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/london-rome

How much & when

concept

london to rome

Summer 2013 Code: CCLR

London to Rome 16 days

Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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 Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep

2245 2245 2305 2305 2305 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2419 2419 2419 2419 2419 2419 2419

480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480

2725 2725 2785 2785 2785 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 3029 3029 3029 3029 3029 3029 3029 3029 3029 2899 2899 2899 2899 2899 2899 2899

2013

16 Days 5 countries From NZ$2725pp* NZ$171 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.

Itinerary & sightseeing

124-125 London to Athens.indd 3

21 30 3 5 10 16 19 24 29 2 5 8 11 16 20 22 25 27 30 4 7 14 19 22 24 28 3 6 11 16 20 25 27 1 5

6 15 18 20 25 31 3 8 13 17 20 23 26 1 5 7 10 12 15 19 22 29 3 6 8 12 18 21 26 31 4 9 11 16 20

* 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. 7:30am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Days 1-15: London to Rome See p.124 London to Athens for map, itinerary, sightseeing & ME Time optionals Day 16: Rome Say your farewells & swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

rome

Apr Apr May 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 Aug Sep Sep

What’s Included: 15 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 3 nights in hotel upgrade, 2 nights in a hostel (more on p.100-101) 27 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 11 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.124

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$250. See p.27 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

winetasting

05/09/2012 11:15


FRANCE

ultimate european

+ Egypt or Greek Island options

45 Days 16/17 countries From NZ$7135pp* NZ$159 per day France / Spain / Monaco Italy / Vatican City / Greece Egypt (Egypt option only) Turkey / Bulgaria Serbia / Hungary Austria / Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit) NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London Dover ENGLISH CHANNEL

Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

1 RHINE VALLEY

SWITZ

FRANCE

Liechtenstein

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Slovakia

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA 2 TYROL

Dolomite Mountains

2 BUDAPEST HUNGARY

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Romania Croatia

Apennine Mountains Pisa Arles Pyrenees Mountains

1 BELGRADE

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia SERBIA

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

BULGARIA Montenegro

1 SOFIA

2 ROME SPAIN

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 BARCELONA

Vatican City

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Brindisi

BLACK SEA

ISTANBUL 3

KAVALA 1

Gallipoli

Albania

1 CANAKKALE 1

Troy

2 CORFU

GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae

2 ATHENS 1

1

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

126-127 Ultimate European 1.indd 2

IONIAN SEA

Corinth Canal

EGYPT OPTION & map see p.129

GREEK ISLAND OPTION & map see p.129

05/09/2012 11:19


126 | 127

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.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Italian fashion experience • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Go Greek at our legendary toga party 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 Egypt Option Only • 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 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

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

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.

PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

concept

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 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 Palace of Versailles & opt in for a cabaret show & dinner. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

• •

••

Day 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 Fontainebleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

• •

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château & immerse yourself in the countryside on a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D)

Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion & fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the 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

••

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! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

itinerary continues over page

Ultimate European 45 days What’s Included: 42/43 nights accommodation (see p.129 for full breakdown of accommodation for Egypt & Greek Island options) 72 meals included in Food Fund (Egypt option) (see p.129 for full breakdown of meals) 69 meals included in Food Fund (Greek Island option) (see p.129 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 Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations 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.

PISA

ME Time optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice. M Tuscan dinner in Florence. M Light show at The Philae Temple (Egypt option).

@Cam Philip: I did a 53 day Contiki tour of Europe... BEST FUN EVER! #drink #party #sleep #sightseeing #paris #egypt #amsterdam #lovedit Visit contiki.com/ultimate

SWISS ALPS

126-127 Ultimate European 1.indd 3

PARC GUELL, BARCELONA

05/09/2012 11:23


Visit contiki.com/ultimate

ultimate european continued

Itinerary & Sightseeing continued ➙ 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

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 & 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 M Nightclub entry

• •

Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the

128-129 Ultimate European 2.indd 2

Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. 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.129. 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)

corfu Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

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

• ••

Day 36: Budapest to Vienna Get ready for a cultural fix as we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Viennese dinner

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)

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 M Belly dancing evening & dinner 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 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

mountains to lively Munich, home of the famous Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Whitewater rafting adventure

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) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain

Day 39: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the

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 M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

• ••

Day 43: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 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 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

ROME

05/09/2012 11:25


128 | 129

Visit contiki.com/ultimate-egypt

ultimate european + egypt option

Israel

EZ SU OF LF GU

1

EGYPT

Saudi Arabia

THE NILE

RED SEA

Edfu

1 ASWAN PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing

• •

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)

Ultimate European + Egypt 45 days

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

6405 6405 6405 6405 6595 6595 7175 7175 7175 7175 7175 7605 7605 7605 7605 7605 7279 7279 7279 7279

1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140 1140

7545 7545 7545 7545 7735 7735 8315 8315 8315 8315 8315 8745 8745 8745 8745 8745 8419 8419 8419 8419

2013

2 CAIRO Giza

Karnak

Summer 2013 Code: CCUE Jordan

1 RED SEA 1 LUXOR

Day 20: Athens to Cairo Visit the ancient sites that dot Athens & experience the non-stop action that this city is known for. Later, say farewell to Greece & hello to Egypt as we fly out to Cairo. Hotel (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide

concept

Start London or Paris

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

45 Days 17 countries From NZ$7545pp* NZ$168 per day

How much & when

Guided tour of the Great Pyramids & Sphinx

Day 24: Luxor to Red Sea Be amazed by the sheer volume of monuments & royal burial sites around Luxor. Later, travel across the desert to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Hotel (B,D)

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 M Light show at Philae Temple

••

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 23: Aswan to Luxor Opt for more exploring of the ancient sights on an excursion to the temple of Abu Simbel, then follow the Nile River to Luxor. Hotel (B,D) M Visit the Temple of Ramses II

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)

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

28 May 10 May 14 May 28 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 15 Jun 26 Jul 9 Jul 23 Aug 30 Aug 7 Aug 21 Sep 1 Sep 4 Sep 9 Sep 13 Sep 18 ● Oct 21 ● Oct 25 ● Oct

11 24 28 11 18 25 28 9 23 6 13 20 3 14 17 22 26 1 4 8

* 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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, 4 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry, +1 overnight train (sleeper seat) (more on p.100-101) 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.127

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$695. See p.27 for details.

24 World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/ultimate-greece

How much & when

concept

ultimate european

Summer 2013 Code: CUEG

Ultimate European + Greece 45 days

Start London or Paris

+ greek island option CORINTH CANAL

ATHENS

Piraeus AEGEAN SEA

3 IOS 3 SANTORINI SANTORINI

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 20: Athens to Ios Visit the ancient sites that make Athens so famous & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Later, get ready to get on island time as we cruise toward the Greek island paradise 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 &

128-129 Ultimate European 2.indd 3

keep working on your tan. Later, get caught up in the night-life of this ultimate party island. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Ios town M Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

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) Days 24-25: Santorini Santorini is a paradise for the

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

6045 6045 6045 6045 6205 6205 6755 6755 6755 6755 6755 7219 7219 7219 7219 7219 6845 6845 6845 6845

1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090

7135 7135 7135 7135 7295 7295 7845 7845 7845 7845 7845 8309 8309 8309 8309 8309 7935 7935 7935 7935

2013

GREECE

45 Days 16 countries From NZ$7135pp* NZ$159 per day

Finish Ams’dam or London

photographer within. 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. Experiencing one of Oia’s sunsets is a must. Hotel (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira M Visit Oia at sunset

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)

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

28 May 10 May 14 May 28 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 15 Jun 26 Jul 9 Jul 23 Aug 30 Aug 7 Aug 21 Sep 1 Sep 4 Sep 9 Sep 13 Sep 18 ● Oct 21 ● Oct 25 ● Oct

11 24 28 11 18 25 28 9 23 6 13 20 3 14 17 22 26 1 4 8

* 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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, 4 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.100-101) 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.127

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$720. See p.27 for details.

21 World Heritage sites visited

05/09/2012 11:25


Visit contiki.com/greek-adventurer

easypace

greek island adventurer 9 Days 3 islands From NZ$1549pp* NZ$173 per day

athens 2 AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

2 mykonos 2 paros

backstage pass Inclusions

santorini 2

• Explore Mykonos, Paros & Santorini in depth with transfers to some of the islands best spots

1

SANTORINI

Itinerary & Sightseeing

ME Time optionals

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

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

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) M Local Greek feast

What’s Included: 8 nights accomodation: 6 nights quad-share guesthouse accommodation, 2 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 1 meal: 1 continental breakfast (B)

How much & when

An experienced & professional Tour Manager

Summer 2013 Code: CCGD

Ferry crossings (tourist class on all journeys) & coach transfers

Start Athens

Guesthouse & hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2013

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$165. See p.27 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

NAOUssa

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

11 20 25 1 8 17 22 24 29 1 6 13

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

1549 1549 1549 1549 1549 1599 1599 1599 1599 1675 1675 1675

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1585 1585

2013 19 28 2 9 16 25 30 2 7 9 14 21

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

15 20 27 3 10 12 17 24 26 31 9 14

23 28 4 11 18 20 25 1 3 8 17 22

Day 3: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & party culture. Stroll the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses, or head to Paradise Beach for some water sports. We’ll drop you in cute Mykonos Town tonight, where you could sip a drink & watch the sunset in iconic Little Venice & frame up some pics by the famous windmills. Guesthouse Visit Mykonos town

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 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. Tonight, you can visit Parikia & the old Venetian fortress. Guesthouse Day 6: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Guesthouse Visit Naoussa Afternoon trip to Fira

••

Day 7: Santorini There’s your chance to visit the famous black sand beach, Perissa for some swimming in this picture perfect spot. Or chill your way, maybe ride a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira, or visit Oia to see the island’s submerged volcano. Guesthouse Visit Perissa Beach M Visit Oia at sunset

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 swap Facebook & email addresses & 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.

* 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

130-131 Greek Island Adv - Best of Russia.indd 2

Nightstops

ATHENS

05/09/2012 11:25


130 | 131 Visit contiki.com/best-russia

concept

best of russia 8 Days 1 country

Best of Russia 8 days

all hotels

backstage pass

3 ST PETERSBURG

Inclusions

Petrodvorets

From NZ$1785pp* NZ$224 per day

1 NOVGOROD RUSSIA

Klin

MOSCOW 3

1

ST. PETERSBURG

nd

Day 1: Start St. Petersburg Hello Russia! Known as the “Venice of the North”, St. Petersburg’s canals & opulent buildings will impress. Over 8 days you’ll dive head first into this country packed with culture, history & sights. Today meet your fellow travellers & Tour Manager & maybe head out into the action. Hotel. (D) Days 2-3: St. Petersburg St. Petersburg will astound & amaze everywhere you look & there’s so much to see. With two full days to explore get right into it - 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) Locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars & one of the world’s largest art & culture museums Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens See the Church of the Spilt Blood & the Admiralty See the St. Peter & St. Paul Fortress M Russian Ballet recital

up extravagance from the time of Tsars, relics from the Cold War & a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes a haven for explorers. Hotel (B,D) See the famous composer Tchaikovsky’s house in Klin

Days 6-7: 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 &

• • • • •

Day 4: 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

ME Time optionals

Places visited Nightstops

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing St. Basil’s Cathedral Locally guided coach sightseeing tour of the city M Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum

Day 8: End Moscow The tour ends after breakfast in Moscow, or catch a free transfer to one of Moscow’s airports for your return flight home. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: CCRP Start Saint Petersburg

Finish Moscow

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

29 5 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 14 21 4 11

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

• Locally guided tour of St. Petersburg & the Hermitage • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on a locally guided tour

5 12 26 3 10 17 24 31 7 21 28 11 18

1595 1595 1595 1595 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1635 1635 1635 1635

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

1785 1785 1785 1785 1865 1865 1865 1865 1865 1825 1825 1825 1825

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. No sleeping bag or towel is required as linen is provided. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Please provide your flight & arrival details to Contiki 21 days before departure to take advantage of our included transfers. 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 St. Petersburg & ends approx. 8:00am in Moscow. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

7 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.100-101) 10 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Airport transfers on days 1 & 8 Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$165. See p.27 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

Day 5: Novgorod to Moscow Stop into the township of Klin on the way to Russia’s economic powerhouse & cultural core. As the country’s historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG

130-131 Greek Island Adv - Best of Russia.indd 3

05/09/2012 11:26


scandinavia & russia plus

all hotels & hostels

22 Days 8 countries From NZ$4415pp* NZ$201 per day Germany (start Berlin option) / Denmark Sweden / Norway Finland Russia Belarus / Poland

WARSAW

your backstage pass includes • Cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord • 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 • Guided Metro tour in Moscow • 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 Plus Regional Dinners • A farewell dinner as we say goodbye in Warsaw

ME Time

1 GEIRANGER Lom Lillehammer

Skei Sognefjord

1 GJOVIK 1 VOSS Hardangervidda

FINLAND

GULF OF BOTHNIA

OSLO 2

HELSINKI 1 Lake Vanern

NORWAY

Petrodvorets

1 2 STOCKHOLM

3 ST PETERSBURG

1 NOVGOROD

Estonia

SWEDEN RUSSIA

ME Time optionals

Latvia

NORTH SEA

DENMARK

BALTIC SEA Klin

Lithuania

2 COPENHAGEN

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

MOSCOW 3

inside tip Fashionista’s listen up! Scandi fashion at the home of uber cool clothing Acne at Norrmalmstorg 2, Stockholm. You’ll be hard pressed to leave without taking home something for yourself.

M Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum in Moscow M Visit the Kremlin Armoury.

BELARUS

GERMANY

1

1 MINSK

POLAND

Places visited BERLIN Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city Optional start/end city Czech Rep

132-133 Scandinavia & Russia.indd 2

Brest

2 WARSAW Ukraine

Miranda Dyall: Take my advice & do the first part of the Scandi tour as well as Russia, Denmark, Sweden & NORWAY, especially NORWAY are amazing you won’t regret it... :) Visit contiki.com/scandi-russia 05/09/2012 11:28


132 | 133

From the fascinating history of Russia to the unreal landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, venture into some impressive & historical spots. Get a feel for the sleek city vibes in Oslo & Stockholm, see the famous Moscow metro, tour the Hermitage in St. Petersburg & more.

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 M Tour the Carlsberg Brewery

Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo Today we’ll head to the Norwegian capital Oslo, where there’s free time to explore the city’s great shopping & harbour. Hostel (B,D) Sightseeing tour of Oslo

Day 4: Oslo Walk along the boardwalk by the port to get a feel for the relaxed capital’s lifestyle. Hostel (B) Day 5: Oslo to Voss See beautiful rugged landscapes as we journey through Hardangervidda en route to Voss. Hostel (B) Day 6: Voss to Geiranger fjord You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mountains, fjords & glaciers as we head to Geiranger & its famous fjord. Hostel (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier in Skei See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

• •

Day 7: Geiranger fjord to Gjovik Travel on the picturesque Geiranger Fjord, then it’s on to Lom to see the famous 12th C stave church before a thrill at the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer - there’s your chance for an adrenaline rush on the bobsled track! Next up: Gjovik. Hostel (B,D) Cruise along the stunning Geiranger Fjord See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway Visit the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics M Bobsled ride on the Olympic bobsled track

• • •

Day 8: Gjovik to Stockholm Today we head into Sweden via a stop at its largest lake, Lake Vanern. Hotel (B)

132-133 Scandinavia & Russia.indd 3

Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves

Day 9: 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 M Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room

Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: Helsinki to St. Petersburg Pass through Finland’s pine forests & wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia & reaching the “Venice of the North” - St. Petersburg. Hotel. (B,D) Days 13-14: 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 M Russian Ballet recital

Day 16: 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

Days 17-18: 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 Guided tour of the famous Moscow metro

• • •

Day 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw, or catch a complimentary transfer to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

OSLO

Itinerary & Sightseeing

concept

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCSR Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Tour NZ$ pp*

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

3775 3775 3775 3775 3775 3775 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3859 3859

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640 640

4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4415 4599 4599 4599 4599 4599 4499 4499

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug

18 25 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 3 10 24 31

8 15 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 24 31 14 21

* 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. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Scandinavia & Russia Plus 22 days What’s Included: 21 nights accommodation: 7 nights in hostels quad-share, 13 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share (more on p.100-101) 31 meals: 21 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$395. See p.27 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

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

Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 22 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

• • • •

Day 15: 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

fjord, Norway

05/09/2012 11:29


scandinavia all hotels & hostels

12 Days 5 countries From NZ$2455pp* NZ$205 per day Germany (start Berlin option) / Denmark Sweden / Norway Finland

NORWAY

your backstage pass includes • Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord

1 GEIRANGER Lom Skei

Lillehammer

FINLAND

Sognefjord

Hardangervidda

ME Time

1 GJOVIK

1 VOSS

GULF OF BOTHNIA

HELSINKI 1

OSLO 2

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

Lake Vanern

NORWAY

1 2 STOCKHOLM

Estonia

SWEDEN

Latvia

NORTH SEA

DENMARK

ME Time optionals

BALTIC SEA

M Ride on the Lillehammer bobsled track M Tour the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen.

Lithuania

2 COPENHAGEN

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

Belarus

1

Places visited GERMANY Nightstops Optional start city BERLIN Optional end city

Poland

@Natalie Jensen: wow! these europe Contiki tours are awesome!!!

Visit contiki.com/scandi 134-135 Scandinavia.indd 2

05/09/2012 11:31


134 | 135

Get off the tourist track & discover the best of Denmark, Norway, Finland & Sweden. See stunning fjords, plus get a feel for the cosmopolitan vibes of Copenhagen, Oslo & Stockholm. voss

Itinerary & Sightseeing

CONCEPT

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCSH Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Finish Helsinki

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2139 2139

360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360

2455 2455 2455 2455 2455 2455 2559 2559 2559 2559 2559 2499 2499

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug

copenhagen 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 M Tour the Carlsberg Brewery

Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo Today we’ll head to the Norwegian capital Oslo, where there’s free time to explore the city’s great shopping & harbour. Hostel (B,D) Sightseeing tour of Oslo

Day 4: Oslo Walk along the boardwalk by the port to get a feel for the relaxed capital’s lifestyle. Hostel (B) Day 5: Oslo to Voss See beautiful rugged landscapes as we journey through Hardangervidda en route to Voss. Hostel (B) Day 6: Voss to Geiranger fjord You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mountains, fjords & glaciers as we head to Geiranger & its famous fjord. Hostel (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier in Skei See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

• •

134-135 Scandinavia.indd 3

18 25 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 3 10 24 31

29 5 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 14 21 4 11

Summer 2013 Code: CCSS Day 7: Geiranger fjord to Gjovik Travel on the picturesque Geiranger Fjord, then it’s on to Lom to see the famous 12th C stave church before a thrill at the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer - there’s your chance for an adrenaline rush on the bobsled track! Next up: Gjovik. Hostel (B,D) Cruise along the stunning Geiranger Fjord See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway Visit the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics M Bobsled ride on the Olympic bobsled track

• • •

Day 8: Gjovik 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 9: 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 M Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room

Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: Helsinki Say your farewells & swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Finish Stockholm

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

18 25 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 3 10 24 31

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

26 2 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 11 18 1 8

1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1625 1625

310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310 310

1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1935 1935

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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

What’s Included: 11 nights accommodation: 7 nights in hostels quad-share, 3 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share for end Helsinki option (more on p.100-101) 16 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise (end Helsinki) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$219. See p.27 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

exte n sio n While you’re in this part of the world, see more & extend your trip to Russia, on our 22 day Scandinavia & Russia tour. See p.132-133 for details.

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

GETTING THERE

From NZ$1895pp* NZ$211 per day STUCK FOR TIME? End your tour in Stockholm & visit 4 countries in 9 days.

$

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

END STOCKHOLM 9 days

Visit contiki.com/ scandi-stockholm

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

2013

scandinavia

Tour code: CCSS See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

Tour NZ$ pp*

Scandinavia 12 days

Pay early & save up to NZ$165. See p.27 for details. copenhagen

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. Book early & get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights to Copenhagen & out of Helsinki or Stockholm.

05/09/2012 11:32


russia plus

all hotels

14 Days 6 countries From NZ$2815pp* NZ$202 per day

Sweden / Finland Russia / Belarus Poland / Germany (end Berlin option)

MOSCOW

your backstage pass includes • 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 • Guided Metro tour in Moscow • 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

FINLAND GULF OF BOTHNIA

Plus Regional Dinners

HELSINKI 1 3 ST PETERSBURG

• A farewell dinner as we say goodbye in Warsaw

Petrodvorets

1 1 STOCKHOLM

Estonia

1 NOVGOROD

SWEDEN RUSSIA Latvia BALTIC SEA

Klin

Lithuania

MOSCOW 3 BELARUS

1 MINSK Brest

BERLIN

POLAND

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

love it live? 16 Tons is Moscow’s belle de jour. Attracting a mix of local & foreign bands it’s packed with a cool local crowd & an atmposhere that rocks.

ME Time optionals M Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum in Moscow

2 WARSAW

GERMANY

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Optional end city

Ukraine

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

Visit contiki.com/russia 136-137 Russia Plus.indd 2

05/09/2012 11:32


136 | 137

Itinerary & Sightseeing

St Petersburg, Russia

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.

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCRS Start Stockholm

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

2485 2485 2485 2485 2485 2615 2615 2615 2615 2549 2549 2549 2549

330 330 330 330 330 330 330 330 330 330 330 330 330

2815 2815 2815 2815 2815 2945 2945 2945 2945 2879 2879 2879 2879

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

26 2 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 11 18 1 8

8 15 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 24 31 14 21

Summer 2013 Code: CCRH hermitage building, st petersburg Day 1: Arrive Stockholm Check-in to your hotel & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. Hotel (D)

M Russian Ballet recital

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) M Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room

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’

• •

Day 4: Helsinki to St. Petersburg Pass through Finland’s pine forests & wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia & reaching the “Venice of the North” - St. Petersburg. Hotel. (B,D) 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

• • • •

136-137 Russia Plus.indd 3

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) 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 M Visit the Kremlin Armoury

Start Helsinki

then leave Russia for Belarus. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided city tour of Minsk

Day 12: 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 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 complimentary transfer to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

Day 11: Moscow to Minsk Pass by the site of Napoleon’s great defeat in Borodino &

Please note: Days 1 & 14 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

russia PLUS

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Tour NZ$ pp*

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

2139 2139 2139 2139 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2195 2195 2195 2195

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

290 290 290 290 290 290 290 290 290 290 290 290 290

2429 2429 2429 2429 2535 2535 2535 2535 2535 2485 2485 2485 2485

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

28 4 18 25 2 9 16 23 30 13 20 3 10

8 15 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 24 31 14 21

* 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. 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. Important Visa info: A Belarus visa should be obtained prior to starting the CCRH tour. Contact Contiki for further details. Tour starts 6:00pm in Stockholm or 2:00pm in Helsinki & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

concept Russia Plus 14 days What’s Included: 13 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share (more on p.100-101) 20 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$260. See p.27 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

mo r e tim e? While you’re in this part of the world, see more & add Scandinavia to the beginning of your trip. Take our 22 day Scandinavia & Russia tour. See p.132-133 for details.

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

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

start helsinki 12 days From NZ$2429pp* NZ$203 per day STUCK FOR TIME? Start your tour in Helsinki & visit 5 countries in 12 days. Tour code: CCRH See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

Visit contiki.com/ russia-helsinki

$

Pay early & save up to NZ$220. See p.27 for details.

helsinki warsaw

05/09/2012 11:33


Night Dish by dish: a tasty breakdown of tapas in spain

Gambas al Ajillo

Straight away the smells hit you. The wafting of garlic chorizo, a Spanish omelette, salty jamón ibérico (Spanish cured ham). But the next thing you experience are the sounds. More than the sounds of potatoes frying on the grill, it’s the sound of laughter, of joviality & storytelling. There’s more to tapas than just the food. Tapas is no ordinary meal, so don’t expect your usual three courses. Made up of lots of little dishes to be shared, it’s a social eating experience amongst friends. Do as the locals do & bar hop – a drink here, a dish there – meeting new friends & locals along the way. After a few places you’ll notice that there are some staple tapas dishes & you’ll be ordering like a local in no time.

Get your fix on the contiki.com/exchange

138-139 The Exchange By Night.indd 2

Here are some of the tried & tested favourites to whet your appetite & give you a jump start on your tapas experience. When you get a look at a menu, the first thing to order are Aceitunas. No, not tuna – olives! Spaniards are mad about olives & you’ll often get a mix of green, black & brown marinated in olive oil, garlic & fresh herbs. Also something to try, Boquerones – don’t be put off, white anchovies in vinegar are smooth, tangy & when done right they taste simply divine. A staple on any table are Patatas Bravas. More than just fried potatoes, these are served with creamy mayo & a zesty chilli sauce, giving these bad boys a kick! Finally, try the king of tapas, Gambas al Ajillo, which translates to ‘prawns in garlic’ – delicioso! Be daring. Try something new. Talk to a local & enjoy the awesomeness that is authentic tapas.

05/09/2012 11:31


138 | 139 Icebar, Stockholm

Free finds

A night out will never be the same Europeans certainly know how to party, there’s no doubt about that one, but there’s more to a night spot than music & lights. In Europe the fight to be the coolest place in town is a fierce battle as more & more venues offer quirky additions to your standard night out. Nachttheater Sugar Factory (www.sugarfactory.nl) in Amsterdam is where performance meets partying – with monthly “vreemed” (“weird”) nights, secret surprises and guest acts, expect the unexpected. This place is more than awesome music, it’s all about experimenting, expression & total randomness. Whatever the show, whatever the night, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience.

walls, the ceiling – even on the waitress. They’ve also got an old VW Beetle to get creative on. Or if you’re after a sensory experience you have to check out Icebar Stockholm – the world’s first permanent bar made of ice (http://www.nordicseahotel.se/en). The Swedes do it in style with everything from glasses to furniture made of ice. Jump into a provided jacket & enjoy thirty minutes of freezing fun with a drink to keep you warm.

BYO Food, Amsterdam Okay it’s not completely free, but at restaurant/bar Basis in Amsterdam it’s BYO food. That’s right, BYO food! Hang with the locals & enjoy an awesome night out on the cheap. www.basisamsterdam.nl

London’s Doodlebar (www.thedoodlebar.com) in Battersea is an awesome space that takes colouring in to a whole new level. Always the kid to ask for crayons at the table? Never fear, at Doodlebar you can draw on the tables, the

Comedy Nights, London Oia, Santorini

CHASING the sun: europe’s best sunsets It’s safe to say you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like a sunset. With stunning landscapes – both natural and constructed – Europe is home to some killer sunsets. Whether you’re there for the moment or for some awesome photography, we’ve pulled together a few must see sunsets to add to your bucket list. From Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence you get incredible views of this Renaissance city, regardless of the time of day. But if you get there for sunset, something truly spectacular happens. The light hits the River Arno setting it alight as it runs beneath the famous Ponte Vecchio, the burnt orange glow of the Cathedral’s dome radiates across the city while visitors & locals alike take in the beauty and romance of this breathtaking Italian city. Check out the village of Oia on Santorini for the most impressive sunsets in the Greek Islands, where ethereal light dips down into the Mediterranean. Or for some cosmopolitan cool, finish the day with a

138-139 The Exchange By Night.indd 3

The Blue Posts in Piccadilly hosts ‘Absolutely Free Comedy’ nights on Mondays & Thursdays. Get a laugh from rising talent, regulars on the circuit & even the odd big name from TV.

glass of Champagne high above London, taking in the sights offered by the London Eye. Almost everywhere you go in Europe, the beauty of the sunset is complimented by the beauty of your surroundings. Climb up through trendy Montmartre in Paris to Sacre Coeur. From the steps of the basilica you get sweeping views & a stunning Parisian sunset. It’s worth every step of your climb.

Film Screenings, Prague Film buff? The American Centre (part of the American Embassy) in Prague has free screenings of independent films & documentaries. Catch the action every Thursday at 6pm.

Early riser? See p.96-97 for Europe by Day

05/09/2012 11:31


camping Travel the original contiki way on our Camping classics. camping is all about getting back to basics, sleeping under the stars & stretching your budget further, a great adventure for those that live to explore.

your backstage pass includes Exclusive accomodation Get a great nights sleep in our twin-share A-frame tents. They’re designed for 3, so you’ve got plenty of room to spread out & get comfy. Complete the experience with an air mattress & stool, perfect for kicking back outside the tent with your travel buddies amongst nature, festival style. • The best campsites Long gone are the days of truly roughing it! With us, you’ll stay in some of Europe’s best campsites, packed with facilities that will really make your stay. Some have swimming pools, bars, pizzerias, clubs & shops, so everything you need is at your fingertips. • ‘A tent to myself’ option 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.

Exclusive FOOD

Exclusive OPTIONS

Meal times are definitely one of the great things about our Camping tours. Our On-road Cooks scour the local markets to find the best local ingredients to prepare tasty local dishes, just for you. Our fully decked out mobile kitchen means we’ve got it all at the ready, with a little bit of help from you & your travel buddies along the way.

We ensure you get that all essential ME Time to do the things you like. Whether it’s hitting the backstreets, shopping, just hanging out poolside or at the beach it’s all about getting your fix of the things you love.

Your Food Fund covers hot breakfasts every day (that means hash browns, bacon & eggs) & lots of two-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.

Exclusive INCLUSIONS

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

Get into the real Europe, on us! Taste escargot & Champagne in Paris, & visit a French perfumery, get a historical fix as you tour the ancient sights of Renaissance Florence or explore the bustling sights of Istanbul’s colourful Grand Bazaar. It’s all about getting to see Europe the real way: our Europe!

Exclusive TEAM

Exclusive access

As well as our Tour Managers & Drivers, on our Camping trips we complete the experience with our expert On-road Cooks who are with you the entire way. Whipping up delicious meals day in & day out is what they do best (& regional specialities too) so you always start the day out right.

No one can provide better access to Europe’s sights than Contiki. Like skipping the queues at the Vatican Museums to get you in faster, meaning more time to explore.

• FREE hotel upgrades…

140-141 Intro Camping.indd 2

However you choose to spend your ME Time our campsites are your perfect base.

Plus, we’ll get you around in style, doing all the hard work & saving your precious time for exploring. And staying connected has never been easier, with WiFi on our coaches.

05/09/2012 11:21


140 | 141

9 trips from 10 to 46 days

our EXCLUSIVE team Say hello to some of our On-road Cooks...

Mell, from South Africa Life before Contiki was definitely sheltered from “the world out there” but working for Contiki the world comes to us. We meet everyone from around the world, not just locals. I have a passion for cooking up fresh & delicious eats on the go whether its on-site or on the road.

Vanessa, from New Zealand I love experimenting with new & local foods. I love being able to literally ‘feed’ Europe to our travellers & show them what Europe means to me. Contiki is the best way to find yourself & when I look back on my life I’ll think ‘what’s next’?!

140-141 Intro Camping.indd 3

05/09/2012 11:21


Visit contiki.com/littlehopper

the little hopper N.Ireland

NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

. of and

ENGLAND

Wales

London

10 Days 4 countries

Dover

Belgium

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Germany Valley of the Somme

From NZ$1215pp* NZ$122 per day

PARIS 2 Burgundy Region

Austria

SWITZ FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS

Croatia

ATLANTIC OCEAN

SWITZERLAND

ITALY Pisa

backstage pass

Monaco

Inclusions 1

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • 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

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

•• How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCK

What’s Included: 9 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) (more on p.140-141) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$115. See p.27 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

142-143 10 & 12 Day Camping.indd 2

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

1 ROME

Itinerary & Sightseeing

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Slovenia

Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

24 8 22 29 12 19 26 3 6 10 17 20 24 31 14 21 4 13 18 23

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

3 17 31 7 21 28 5 12 15 19 26 29 2 9 23 30 13 22 27 2

1045 1075 1115 1115 1115 1115 1115 1175 1175 1175 1175 1175 1175 1175 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1215 1245 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne 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) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride 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. (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)

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 M Tuscan dinner

• •

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) spanish steps, rome

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$270. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

05/09/2012 11:13


142 | 143 Denmark

Visit contiki.com/escape

camping

the escape

NORTH SEA

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley

London

Dresden

Dover Calais

12 Days 7 countries

The Escape 12 days

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

BELGIUM

GERMANY

PRAGUE 2

ENGLISH CHANNEL

CZECH REP

Inclusions

MUNICH 2 AUSTRIA

From NZ$1455pp* NZ$122 per day

Tyrol

Switz

FRANCE

Brenner Pass

Slovenia ITALY

2 VENICE Apennine Mountains

Barberino (Designer outlet mall) ADRIATIC SEA

1

VENICE

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

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

• •

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 M Locally guided walking tour

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) M Whitewater rafting adventure

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

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)

1 ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCW Start Rome

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210 210

1455 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1515 1515 1515 1515 1515 1515

2013 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

3 May 17 May 31 Jun 7 Jun 21 Jul 28 Jul 5 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 29 Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 23 Sep 30 Sep 13 Sep 22 ● Oct 27 ● Oct 2 ● Oct

14 28 11 18 2 9 16 23 26 30 6 9 13 20 3 10 24 3 8 13

1245 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$325. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Day 6: Munich to Prague Travel through Bohemia to Prague, the golden “City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D)

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

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included:

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

Day 5: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & loads of traditional food & beer gardens to discover. (B) M Bavarian beer hall dinner & show

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

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

backstage pass

11 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 2 nights in hostel upgrade (more on p.140-141) 17 meals included in Food Fund: 11 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$135. See p.27 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

berlin wall prague

142-143 10 & 12 Day Camping.indd 3

05/09/2012 11:14


Visit contiki.com/minirider

the mini rider

IRISH SEA NORTH SEA

ENGLAND

14 Days 5 countries

Netherlands

London Dover

Calais

Belgium Germany

ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

3 PARIS

From NZ$1785pp* NZ$128 per day

Versailles Loire Valley

Switzerland

FRANCE

1 BORDEAUX

backstage pass

Biarritz

Inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles • Explore Pamplona - home of the ‘Running of the Bulls’ • Discover Florence’s sights on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

SPAIN

1

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

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

••

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCDL Start London or Paris

What’s Included: 13 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) (more on p.140-141) 22 meals included in Food Fund: 13 breakfasts (B) 9 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$170. See p.27 for details.

Finish Rome

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260 260

1785 1825 1879 1879 1879 1879 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1905 1905 1905 1905

2013 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

23 May 14 May 21 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jul 25 Jul 2 ■ Jul 9 ■ Jul 12 Jul 16 Jul 23 Aug 30 Aug 13 Aug 31 Sep 5 Sep 10 Sep

6 27 3 24 1 8 15 22 25 29 5 12 26 13 18 23

1525 1565 1619 1619 1619 1619 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1645 1645 1645 1645

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$379. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends at 12 noon in Rome. ■ These tours 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

11 World Heritage sites visited

144-145 14 & 19 Day Camping.indd 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ITALY

ROME 2 Vatican City

Itinerary & Sightseeing

bordeaux

ME Time optionals

Pyrenees Mountains

Places visited Zaragoza 2 Nightstops BARCELONA Optional start cities

Pisa

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

PAMPLONA 1

Paris

FLORENCE 2

Arles

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

Day 4: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to the Bordeaux region. (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 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) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria

Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry Day 12: Florence to Rome Pass through 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

• •

Day 13: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ 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) Day 14: Rome It’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends as your tour ends at midday. (B)

• •

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 M Flamenco dance show

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

••

trevi fountain, rome

05/09/2012 11:12


144 | 145 Visit contiki.com/easyroller

camping

the easy roller

The Easy Roller 19 days

NORTH SEA

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

19 Days 10 countries

NETHERLANDS

London

Calais

Poland

Ruhr Valley

Dover

GERMANY

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

St Goar

backstage pass

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

From NZ$2435pp* NZ$129 per day

Inclusions

1 HEIDELBERG MUNICH 1

FRANCE

SWITZ

• Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

2 VIENNA AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS Verona

Slovakia

Hungary

Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

ME Time optionals

Bosnia ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

1

LUCERNE

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Rome Meet your fellow travellers & Contiki team tonight & get excited for your adventure. (D) Day 2: 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 3: 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 4-7: 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 M Water sports like parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding

Day 8: Corfu to Italy Cruise the Adriatic Sea. (B) Day 9: 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 in Verona

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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 12: 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) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

Day 15: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride

Day 13: Vienna to Munich Say farewell to the home of Mozart & strudel as we head towards Munich, famous for the legendary Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment

Day 17: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

Day 14: 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 16: 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 18: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Day 19: 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)

ROME 1 Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Places visited Isle of Capri Nightstops Optional end cities

Brindisi 1 SORRENTO

1

How much & when

Albania GREECE

4 CORFU

Summer 2013 Code: CCCDR Start Rome

Finish Ams’dam or London

6 May 27 Jun 3 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8 Jul 15 Aug 22 Aug 25 Aug 29 Aug 5 Aug 12 Aug 26 Sep 13 ● Oct 18 ● Oct 23 ● Oct

24 14 21 12 19 26 2 9 12 16 23 30 13 1 6 11

What’s Included: 16 nights accommodation: 16 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.140-141)

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

28 meals included in Food Fund: 18 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D)

2085 2165 2165 2165 2289 2289 2289 2289 2289 2289 2289 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195

350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350

2435 2515 2515 2515 2639 2639 2639 2639 2639 2639 2639 2545 2545 2545 2545 2545

An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team

2013 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

1

Vatican City

Montenegro

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$515. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$225. See p.27 for details.

9 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. amsterdam

Day 11: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna then hit the rides at Prater park. (B) Visit Vienna’s Prater fun park

144-145 14 & 19 Day Camping.indd 3

05/09/2012 11:12


the expedition 21 Days 10 countries From NZ$2425pp* NZ$116 per day France / Switzerland MONACO / ITALY VATICAN CITY AUSTRIA / Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

BERLIN

your backstage pass includes

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Wales

Poland

ENGLAND Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

Dresden

ME Time

BELGIUM GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

PARIS 2 MUNICH 2 Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA Tyrol

SWITZ FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS ITALY

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

2 VENICE Apennine

Croatia

Mountains

2 FLORENCE Pisa

Spain

1

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

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • 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 fashion experience • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Let the good times roll - chill at our legendary party nights

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

Bosnia

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Entry & drink at one of Florence’s best nightclubs M River cruise & lunch in Prague

visit Berliner Backyards. These hidden gems are a haven for street art & quirky goodness, or just a beer in the sun. Read more on The Exchange: contiki.com/exchange

@Charl Herman: The eve of my UK & Europe @ContikiSA tour! Thank you for making my dreams a reality #Contiki! Visit contiki.com/expedition

146-147 The Expedition.indd 2

05/09/2012 11:06


146 | 147

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

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) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne 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) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride 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

pretty 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 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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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 M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

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

Day 16: 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 M River cruise & lunch

• •

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 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 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

the louvre

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Camping

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCM Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380

2425 2475 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585 2585

2013 Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

24 May 8 May 22 Jun 29 Jun 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 3 Jul 6 Jul 10 Jul 17 Aug 20 Aug 24 Aug 31 Aug 14 Sep 21 Sep 4 Sep 13 ● Oct 18 ● Oct 23 ● Oct

14 28 11 18 2 9 16 23 26 30 6 9 13 20 3 10 24 3 8 13

2045 2095 2169 2169 2169 2169 2169 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205 2205

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$569. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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

The Expedition 21 days What’s Included: 20 nights accommodation: 18 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 2 nights in hostel upgrade (more on p.140-141) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$229. See p.27 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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 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

paris ROME

146-147 The Expedition.indd 3

05/09/2012 11:11


Visit contiki.com/southerntrail

the southern trail Wales

ENGLAND London

Dover Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

21 Days 6 countries

Belgium Germany

Valley of the Somme

3 PARIS Versailles Burgundy Region

From NZ$2595pp* NZ$124 per day

Austria Switz

FRANCE Slovenia

Verona

LYON 1

Pisa

Arles

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN Portugal

2 BARCELONA

VENICE 2

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Serbia ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Inclusions

1

rialto bridge, venice

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

Pompeii Brindisi

19 nights accommodation: 19 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.140-141) 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

$

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

13 World Heritage sites visited

148-149 21 & 26 Day Camping.indd 2

1 SORRENTO

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

Albania

1 3 CORFU IONIAN SEA

GREECE

ATHENS 1 Corinth Canal

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

••

ME Time optionals

What’s Included:

Bulgaria

Macedonia

Itinerary & Sightseeing

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • A locally guided tour of Athens

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Montenegro

ROME 2 Mt. Vesuvius

Isle of Capri

backstage pass

Bosnia

Monaco

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCL Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380 380

2595 2595 2595 2649 2729 2729 2729 2729 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2765 2765 2765 2765

2013 Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug

16 23 30 14 21 4 18 25 2 9 16 30 6 13 18 23 28

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

6 13 20 3 10 24 8 15 22 29 5 19 26 2 7 12 17

2215 2215 2215 2269 2349 2349 2349 2349 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2385 2385 2385 2385

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$595. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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

Day 4: Paris to the Lyon region Travel through the famous Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country regions. (B,D) 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

• •

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

BARCELONA

enchanting Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

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 M Gondola ride

• •

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

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) M Guided tour of Pompeii

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

Days 17-19: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town M Water sports

Day 20: Corfu to Athens Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B,D)

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

Day 21: Depart Athens After sightseeing the ancient wonders, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Athens sightseeing tour with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

• •

05/09/2012 10:58


148 | 149 Visit contiki.com/northerntrek

the northern trek Denmark

SEA

camping

BALTIC SEA

NORTH SEA

Edam

NETHERLANDS

Belarus

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

26 Days 18 countries

The Northern Trek 26 days

Lithuania

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley Dover

London

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Poland

GERMANY

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

St Goar

CZECH REP

2 MUNICH SWITZ FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS

Ukraine

Liechtenstein

2

VIENNA

Bratislava

AUSTRIA

Inclusions

SLOVAKIA

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

From NZ$3045pp* NZ$118 per day

backstage pass

2 PRAGUE 1 HEIDELBERG

Lucerne

• Visit the Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove

2 BUDAPEST

HUNGARY Slovenia

Romania CROATIA

Italy BOSNIA Serbia

1 ZADAR Split

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1 SOFIA

BLACK SEA

MACEDONIA

DURRES 1

STRUGA KAVALA 1 1

ALBANIA

1

DUBROVNIK

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

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 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 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

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 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) M Belly dancing evening & meal 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 Struga with its cute village atmosphere. (B,D) Day 8: Struga to Durres Cross into Albania & on to seaside Durres. Hotel (B,D)

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 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 M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

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

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

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 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) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Day 23: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg Head north to Heidelberg, known for its Baroque old town. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 24: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 9: Durres to Dubrovnik See the sparkling coastline & tiny Montenegro before reaching Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

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

Day 25: Amsterdam Discover museums, cool cafés & nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Countryside bike ride

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

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

Day 26: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

148-149 21 & 26 Day Camping.indd 3

ME Time optionals

BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

ISTANBUL 2 1 GALLIPOLI

Eceabat

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

Troy

GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae IONIAN SEA

What’s Included:

1 ATHENS

How much & when

25 nights accommodation: 21 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 4 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.140-141)

Summer 2013 Code: CCCR Start Athens

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

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

2545 2545 2635 2635 2635 2635 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675 2675

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

3045 3045 3135 3135 3135 3135 3295 3295 3295 3295 3295 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175

An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team

2013 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

6 13 20 3 10 24 8 15 22 29 5 19 26 2 7 12 17

● ● ● ●

31 7 14 28 5 19 2 9 16 23 30 13 20 27 2 7 12

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$675. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$279. See p.27 for details.

14 World Heritage sites visited

• •

05/09/2012 10:58


the easy rider 32 Days 12 countries From NZ$3715pp* NZ$117 per day France / SPAIN MONACO / ITALY VATICAN CITY / GREECE AUSTRIA / Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (IN TRANSIT) SWISS ALPS

your backstage pass includes

NORTH SEA

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles • 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 • Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice - plus more

NETHERLANDS

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland

Ruhr Valley

London

Dover

GERMANY

Rhine Valley

Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

1 HEIDELBERG MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles Loire Valley

SWITZ

1 BORDEAUX

Arles

Biarritz

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

1 PAMPLONA

1

2 BARCELONA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

Hungary

Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE Pisa

ITALY

Serbia ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

Vatican City

ROME 3 Mt. Vesuvius

Isle of Capri

Pompeii Brindisi 1 SORRENTO

don’t miss Unforgettable gelato in Venice. Get off the beaten track & head on over to La Boutique del Gelato for our favourite Italian treat.

ME Time optionals u Bu

Macedonia

1

Zaragoza

SPAIN

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, Ro discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS Verona

FRANCE

ME Time

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

M Caique boat cruise in Corfu M An authentic French dinner & wine in Paris

Albania

1

4 CORFU

GREECE

@Lerissa va Biljon: My perfect date would be a Contiki camping tour around Europe!

IONIAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/easyrider 150-151 The Easy Rider.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:54


150 | 151

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.

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 the Palace of Versailles. (B,D)(B) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Day 4: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to the Bordeaux region. (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 M Flamenco dance show

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

150-151 The Easy Rider.indd 3

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) 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) M Guided tour of Pompeii 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 M Parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding

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 in Verona

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 M Gondola ride

• •

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

• •

Day 26: Vienna to Munich Say farewell to the home of Mozart & strudel as we head towards Munich, the city famous for legendary Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Bavarian beer hall dinner & show

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) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride 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

florence

Itinerary & Sightseeing

camping

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCD Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

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

3105 3185 3459 3459 3459 3459 3665 3665 3665 3665 3665 3665 3515 3515 3515 3515

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

3715 3795 4069 4069 4069 4069 4275 4275 4275 4275 4275 4275 4125 4125 4125 4125

2013 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

23 14 21 11 18 25 2 9 12 16 23 30 13 31 5 10

■ ■

● ● ●

24 14 21 12 19 26 2 9 12 16 23 30 13 1 6 11

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$865. 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. ■ These tours 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

The Easy Rider 32 days What’s Included: 29 nights accommodation: 29 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) +2 nights on board ferries (more on p.140-141) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$365. See p.27 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. corfu

Day 30: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next we head to the Netherlands, so get ready for some fun in the cool, free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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

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)

rome

05/09/2012 10:57


the big chill 46 Days 22 countries From NZ$5095pp* NZ$111 per day 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)

PARIS

your backstage pass includes • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Day trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally guided tour of Athens • Visit the famous Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove - plus more

NOR NO NORT NORTH N ORTH RT SEA S SE E EA A

NETHER RLANDS R Edam Eda dam d m

AMSTE STER TERDAM DAM ENGLAN A ND AN D London Calai Ca Cala C a alai ala ais a ENGL ENGLI N SH CH CHANN EL

Polan P olan ola l d la

Ruhr Valley

GERMANY

St Goar

UE E 2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

2 MUNIC CH

Burgundy Region

SWITZ

FRANCE

2 SW WISS W S AL LPS L

LYON 1

2 VIENNA A

2 BUDAPEST

Li ht Liechtenstein

AUSTRIA HUNGARY Slovenia

Verona

Romania CROATIA

2 V VENIC CE E

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

BOSNIA

Pisa a Monaco

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 2 B BARCELONA

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

ITALY

Split plit

RO OVNIK OV O 3 DUBRO

ADRIATIC SEA

MO ONTE ENEGRO

ROME 2 Mt. Vesuvius uvius Vatican City

Pompeii

SOFIA BULGARIA 1

MA M MACEDONIA ACEDONIA A

D DURRES 1

1 SO ORRENTO ORRENTO NTO Isle of Capri

KAVALA STRUGA A KAV 1

A ALBAN IA

3 CORFU IONIAN SEA

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

don’t miss Munich’s English Garden. It’s the perfect spot to take a break from the sights, so grab a picnic & park up for a few hours in the sun.

ME Time optionals

Serbia

ZA ADAR

OR RENCE 2 FLOR

SPAIN

1

B islava Brati l

Lucerne

Arles

SLOVAKIA

Cesky esky Krumlov Krum

Dachau

3 PARIS

U Ukrai ne

CZECH REP

1 HEIDELBERG

Versailles Versa illes

Pyrenees yrenees Mountains

ME Time

Rhine Vall Valley ey

BELGIUM

ISTA ANBUL A N 2 GALLIP POLI TURKEY

GREECE Thermopylae

M Gondola ride in Venice M Flamenco dancing & show in Barcelona M Dubrovnik island cruise & swimming

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

A ATHENS NS S

Visit contiki.com/bigchill 152-153 The Big Chill.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:50


152 | 153

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.

Istanbul

camping

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 Palace of Versailles. (B)(B,D) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Day 4: Paris to the Lyon region. Travel through the famous Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country regions. (B,D) 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

• •

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

•• •

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 in Verona

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 M Guided walking tour

• •

Day 11: Venice to Florence. Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa & 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

152-153 The Big Chill.indd 3

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 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. 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) M Guided tour of Pompeii Days 17-19: Corfu. Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B)(B,D)(B) See Corfu’s Venetian fortress M Island sailing cruise

Day 20: Corfu to Athens. Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B,D) Day 21: Athens. See the Acropolis, wander the cobbled streets of the Plaka or just relax. (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 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

• ••

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 25: Istanbul. Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D) M Belly dancing show & dinner

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 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

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

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

• •

Day 36: 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! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

• •

Day 37: 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”. (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

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

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

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 M Bavarian beer hall dinner & entertainment

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

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) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Day 43: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg. Head north to Heidelberg, known for it’s Baroque old town. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 44: Heidelberg to Amsterdam. Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam! (B) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

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)

The Big Chill 46 days What’s Included: 44 nights accommodation: 40 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 4 nights in hotel upgrade +1 night on board a ferry (more on p.140-141) 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

$

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

27 World Heritage sites visited

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCCA Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

4215 4215 4215 4325 4705 4705 4705 4705 4979 4979 4979 4979 4979 4775 4775 4775 4775

880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880 880

5095 5095 5095 5205 5585 5585 5585 5585 5859 5859 5859 5859 5859 5655 5655 5655 5655

2013 Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug

16 23 30 14 21 4 18 25 2 9 16 30 6 13 18 23 28

● ● ● ●

31 7 14 28 5 19 2 9 16 23 30 13 20 27 2 7 12

vienna

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$1240. 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.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171. CORFU

05/09/2012 10:53


TOURS

winter

snow, skiing, christmas markets, less crowds & great deals make travelling in europe great. take advantage of the change in season & see how europeans do winter. TIME OUT multi-country WINTER TOURS

Berlin to Budapest 11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.81

Berlin & Prague 7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

From NZ$162/day

Vienna & Budapest 5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

European Magic 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.32

European Discovery

Concept multi-country WINTER TOURS

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.36

European Encounter 16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.40

European Inspiration 19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

European Vista 21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.48

From Fr om N NZ$ Z$14 142/ 2/da dayy European Trail 23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.112

Eastern Rocker

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

Western Rocker 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

F om Fr m NZ$ Z$14 143/ 14 3 da 3/ d y

Trail to Rome

England & Scotland

Trail to London

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.61

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

London, Paris & Amsterdam 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.65

Simply Italy 12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

Italian Espresso 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.68

Spanish Spree 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.70

Egypt & The Nile 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

Mediterranean Highlights 13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

Berlin, Prague & Vienna 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.80

154-155 Winter Intro 1.indd 2

• Smaller crowds mean shorter queues. • Some of the best events, festivals & markets make it an even richer cultural experience.

ski austria

From m NZ$ Z 97/dayy

• No one does skiing and après ski like the Europeans

Ski Austria

Save even more

London, Paris & Rome 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.65

• Airfares are up to 50% cheaper, so spend less getting there & more on your trip.

• Never had a white Christmas? Stop dreaming about it – experience one.

London & Paris 7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64-65

There’s a certain romance that comes out when the cities get cool and the action on the slopes is some of the best in the world. Lots of our tours operate year round. When you travel Contiki-style in winter you can choose from all hotel Time Out tours, or pick our new European Trail Concept tour. Either way you’ll have somewhere warm and toasty to come home to each night, plus there are loads of other reasons to experience Europe in winter:

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.113

Eastern Trail

TIME OUT in-depth regional WINTER TOURS

We europe in winter

7/15 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.160

On some of our Time Out tours you can save even more money by booking triple-share. You’ll save an extra 5% on your booking - check out the price panel on the tour pages to see if you can save more.

5 ways to go: Time Out Hotel, Multi-Country Want to see a lot in the time you have? Try our Multi-Country trips from 9 to 24 days. Time Out Hotel, In-Depth Regional Spend more time soaking up regional cultures and going really local. Our In-Depth Regional tours focus on one country or region, and give you more time to experience. Hit the slopes Try our ski and boarding packages in the Austrian Tyrol. Hit the slopes at one of the world’s top resorts. Stay at our exclusive Contiki only Gasthof complete with our On-site Team & get into the après ski lifestyle! We include day trips, ski races and cool optionals so there’s plenty to do both on and off the slopes. Festivals & Events We know what else is hot to do in Europe so we’ve got festival & event tours, and some awesome New Year’s Eve tours including Hogmanay, so you can ring in the New Year in style. Concept tours Stretch your budget even further with 6 new winter Concept tours. Take in some of the best Europe has to offer, staying in a mix of hotel and hostel accommodation.

05/09/2012 10:50


154 | 155

154-155 Winter Intro 1.indd 3

05/09/2012 10:50


time out HOTEL tours & concept tours

New for 2013 - Europe in winter Concept style Our new winter Concept tours take in some of the best Europe has to offer. 6 tours ranging from 8 to 23 days, staying in a mix of great hotel and hostel accommodation. See p.112-115 for more.

156-157 Winter INtro 2.indd 2

Check out our winter festivals & events on p.168-169

ve v eni nice ce

04/09/2012 12:16


156 | 157

rome ro me e Au A ustri st s tr riia

your backstage pass includes Exclusive food Time Out Multi-Country and Concept tours include breakfast each day & lots of dinners, including authentic restaurants, bistros, trattorias and tavernas. Our Time Out In-Depth Regional trips include even more local restaurant meals so you can taste the best local flavours in the places you visit. We don’t include lunches for a few reasons. We believe in maximising your ME Time to allow you to explore local flavours as your choose. What’s more, it allows us to ensure that the meals we include are even better. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions others might offer - our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks.

Exclusive Inclusions You’ll see the best of all the places that we travel - the best sites are included in the cost of your tour & lots of extra special experiences too. We’ll show you all the blockbusters, but better than that we’ll also get you to the parts of Europe that only a local friend in the know can open up.

Exclusive accommodation Our Time Out trips are all twin-share hotel accommodation, every night. It’s all the comforts that you would expect, and a home away from home – it’s the perfect place to head back to after a long day of exploring. Comfort to us means great facilities you’ll love - like TVs in your room, en-suites, pools, gyms, bars & free WiFi at most. Bliss.

156-157 Winter INtro 2.indd 3

• Location, location, location!

Exclusive access

Staying close to the action is key, so we get you closer with more central hotels. That means more time getting out there & less time getting to the places that count, so you see & experience more. Like close to Montmartre (home of the Sacre Coeur & the Moulin Rouge) in Paris, right by Prague Old Town Square & right near the Duomo in Florence.

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 ME Time for you to do the things you like.

• Easy access. You can really live like a local on our trips. 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). • ‘No Single Supplements’ 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.

Exclusive TEAM With your expert Tour Manager & Tour Driver 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 so you can discover your Europe. Plus on our Ski trips you’ll have access to our exclusive On-site team at our Gasthof in Hopfgarten. We also mix it up with our expert local guides, who will fasttrack you to the best local secrets & info.

Exclusive options We ensure there’s plenty of time to do what you want, to customise your trip to you. Choose from our ME Time optionals or use your free time to chill out, relax & do what you want. pari pa ris s

• ‘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. • New Concept accommodation! With our 6 new winter Concept tours, you get a great mix of hostel accommodation and bonus hotel upgrades, so you get a real taste of Europe’s diversity.

04/09/2012 12:16


winter wanderer 24 Days 11 countries From NZ$4055pp* NZ$169 per day France / Switzerland spain / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Austria / Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

VENICE

your backstage pass includes

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Ruhr Valley

London

Poland

Dover

Dresden

Calais

Plus Feature Hotel

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

• French Château

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

2 PARIS

Mauthausen

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

FRANCE

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA

SWITZ

Hungary

2 LUCERNE

Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia

CHATEAU DE FONTAGER

1 ITALY

2 VENICE

Croatia

Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

1 FLORENCE

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

SPAIN

1

1

2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA BARCELONA

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

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower • Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • A moving experience at the Mauthausen memorial

Bosnia

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time optionals. Make every moment count.

ME Time optionals M Indulge like the Swiss at a fondue lunch

must do Head to the Rathausplatz in Vienna at Christmas time. The wurst, glühwein, the brass bands & the falling snow - perfect!

Vatican City

Would recommend it to anyone & everyone!

Visit contiki.com/wanderer 158-159 Winter Wanderer.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:46


158 | 159

Discover Europe in winter - sleep in a French Château, splash some cash in Monaco’s casinos & dive into the culture of Vienna. From glÜhwein to Christmas markets, this trip proves Europe is definitely still hot when the temperature drops ...

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. (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) M Parisian cabaret show & three-course meal Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See Burgundy vineyards

Day 4: Lucerne Soak up the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument M Fondue lunch in a traditional Swiss restaurant

• •

Day 5: Lucerne to Château de Fontager We make our way back to France & the beautiful Château de Fontager nestled in the idyllic countryside. (B,D)  Contiki Feature Hotel Day 6: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

• •

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

Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through markets, check out the many museums & shop the upscale boutiques. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B) Visit a French perfumery

158-159 Winter Wanderer.indd 3

• •

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 Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa M Entrance to one of the largest nighclubs & one drink

Day 11: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. (B,D) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & the Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• • • •

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) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums 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. (B,D) Day 14: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 15: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 16: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to explore the city’s wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

Day 17: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

• • •

Day 18: Munich to Prague Wind through the German countryside & Bohemia to ‘The Golden City’ of Prague. (B,D) Day 19: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M Scenic river cruise with lunch

• •

Day 20: Prague to Berlin Bite into some local fare at your stop in Dresden en route to über-cool Berlin. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 21: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this everchanging city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• •

SWITZERLAND

Itinerary & Sightseeing

time out

How much & when Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHL Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

16 18 25 1 8 15 20 22 29 4 6 9 11 13 16 18 20 22 24

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2013

● ■ ▲ ◆ ✱ ✝ ✚ ▼

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

8 10 17 24 1 8 13 15 22 27 29 1 3 5 8 10 12 14 16

4285 4285 4285 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4179 4389 4389 4389 4389 4389

Dec 26 ★ Jan 18 Dec 28 ◗ Jan 20 Dec 30 ✤ Jan 22

4389 4389 4389

2014 Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

1 Jan 24 3 Jan 26 5 Jan 28 7 Jan 30 10 Feb 2 17 Feb 9 24 ✜ Feb 16 31 Feb 23 7 Mar 2 21 Mar 16 28 Mar 23 7 Mar 30 14 Apr 6 21 Apr 13

4389 4389 4389 4389 4389 4389 4055 4055 4055 4055 4055 4055 4179 4179

* 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$1095 & 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. ● Spend New Years Eve in Amsterdam. ■ Spend New Years Eve in Berlin. ▲ Spend New Years Eve in Prague. ◆ Spend New Years Eve in Vienna. ✱ Spend New Years Eve in Venice. ✝ Spend New Years Eve in Rome. ✚ Spend New Years Eve in Florence. ▼ Spend New Years Eve in the French Riviera. ★ Spend New Years Eve in Barcelona. ◗ Spend New Years Eve in Lucerne. ✤ Spend New Years Eve in Paris. ✜ This tour will be in Venice during the Carnival. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.172. For travel insurance see p.171.

Day 22: Berlin to Amsterdam Motor down the autobahn to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

Winter Wanderer 24 days What’s Included: 23 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 22 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31) 35 meals: 23 continental breakfasts (B) 12 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to NZ$435. See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

Paris

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 23: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 24: 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)

rome AMSTERDAM

05/09/2012 10:47


ski austria

Start & end in London or hopfgarten Skiing or boarding in Europe is unbeatable. From picture perfect ski villages to loads of adventure activities & the true home of après ski, Hopfgarten in Austria is the perfect place for a generous dose of the European mountain lifestyle.

WHY CHOOSE US? in Contiki’s own Gasthof (guesthouse) • Stay Hot breakfast included daily • Exclusive Backstage Pass inclusions • Flexible 1 & 2 week options • Great rates for ski essentials like lessons & gear hire • Travel by coach from London or make your own way there •

Where you’re headed: Hopfgarten village, in the Austrian Tyrol, is the perfect location for a ski or boarding holiday. At the gateway to Europe’s top ski resort, SkiWelt, it’s perfect for indulging in loads of on & off piste action. SkiWelt is perfect for serious skiers, boarders & learners alike. Boasting over 279km (174 miles) of piste, with gondolas & chair lifts, near perfect terrain & one of the biggest artificial snow making networks in Europe, great conditions are guaranteed.

2 ways to go: Travel on the coach from London, or meet us there. If you prefer to fly, we offer free transfers from Innsbruck airport & Wörgl train station (easy links from Munich & Salzburg airports to Wörgl).

Perfect for all levels: Beginner: With 124km of easy runs, SkiWelt has the perfect terrain for beginners. Combined with our great value ski school, you’ll be up on the slopes in no time. Intermediate: Want to improve on your technique? Loads of intermediate runs mean you really test your skills. Advanced: Plenty of black runs will keep the keenest of keen skiers & riders challenged.

160-161 Ski.indd 2

Where you stay & what’s included:

SKI ESSENTIALS GEAR & HIRE

backstage pass

Our own Gasthof features single, twin, triple & quad-share rooms (most with private facilities), plus internet facilities & WiFi. Hang up your boots, chill in the bar, or join one of our famous party nights.We include a hot buffet breakfast daily & for a small prebooked supplement we’ll also include 5 three-course dinners (or ten for a 2-week holiday), all prepared on site.

Don’t buy expensive new gear before you go - we’ll kit you out with hire gear, clothing & equipment when you arrive. At ski school, our English-speaking instructors will teach you the right techniques to get you up on the slopes, or for the more experienced, teach you ways to improve your know-how.

• A personal Ski Guide:

Inclusions

• A Salzburg day trip:

HOW MUCH? On the IPhone? You can download SkiWelt’s own App, the SkiWelt iTrailMap before you leave home. It’s got everything you need, from ski maps, 3D map with GPS, lift status updates, the weather, web cams & more.

Our On-site Team: The knowledge & expertise of our team is what makes the real difference. They all live in Hopfgarten, so they know what’s hot to do both on & off the slopes.

Après ski: European après ski is an essential part of any holiday. Literally meaning ‘after ski’, with drinking, dancing & socialising in Hopfgarten’s bars, clubs & outdoor schnaps stands, it’s a perfect way to finish up your days.

No. of nights

Get to know the mountain on our free guided piste tours. Our Local Ski Guide runs 2 free tours per week, once at the start to show you the ropes, then later on to help uncover some hidden spots.

7 14 (6 days ski) (13 days ski)

Ski pass

NZ$385

NZ$659

Equipment hire (skis, boots & poles or board & boots)

NZ$89

NZ$165

Ski lessons (5 days for 4hrs per day)

NZ$220

NZ$220

Ski lessons (3 days for 4hrs per day)

NZ$199

NZ$199

Snowboard lessons (5 days for 2hrs per day)

NZ$210

NZ$210

Snowboard lessons (3 days for 2hrs per day)

NZ$179

NZ$179

Ski & Snowboard lessons NZ$299 (3 days ski for 4hrs per day & 3 days snowboard for 2hrs per day)

NZ$299

Note: Credit cards are not accepted at Gasthof Schöneck. Prices above are in NZ$.

See more of the region on a day trip to the home of The Sound of Music. Relax & explore this stunning World Heritage listed Old Town, overlooked by Hohensalzburg Castle.

• The Contiki Grand Slam:

Show off your skills with our downhill ski race.

ME Time optionals Make the most of your free time with our ME Time optionals. M Sleigh ride through the forest M Tandem paragliding with amazing views M Day trip to Innsbruck

05/09/2012 10:46


Visit contiki.com/ski

How much & when

ski plus

Code: C7SWBIT

Code: C14SWBIT

8 Nights (6 days ski) Start Finish London London

15 Nights (13 days ski) Start Finish London London

coach from london 8/15 nights From NZ$849pp* NZ$107 per day

NZ$ pp

NZ$ pp

2013

2013 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Dec 21 Dec 28 Jan 4

935 935 935

2014 Jan 3 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

849 849 849 849 849 849 849 849 849

11 18 25 1 8 15 22 1 8

Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Dec 28 Jan 4 Jan 12

1595 1595 1595

2014 Jan 3 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

1455 1455 1455 1455 1455 1455 1455 1455

18 25 1 8 15 22 1 8

Note: Ski Plus tours include transfers from London. Tour starts 7:00pm in London on Fridays & ends approx 10:00pm in London on Saturdays. * Important: Prices are per person, quad share & don’t include airfares. Single supp: 1 week add: NZ$525. 2 weeks add: NZ$900. Twin-share supp: 1 week add: NZ$210. 2 weeks add: NZ$360. Half board supp: 5 nights add: NZ$89. 10 nights add: NZ$175. Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. For more ways to save see p.27. For travel insurance see p.171.

160 | 161

SKI PLUS Ski & Board Austria 8/15 nights What’s Included: Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race Included overnight coach travel from London 7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast daily Half board options available (for a small supplement)

$

SAVE Book a Winter Europe tour at the same time as a 2 week ski trip & save up to NZ$100. See p.27.

Visit contiki.com/ski

How much & when

SKI ONLY

ski only

Code: CPC7SW

Code: CP14SW

7 Nights (6 days ski) Start Finish NZ$ Hopfgarten Hopfgarten pp

14 Nights (13 days ski) Start Finish NZ$ Hopfgarten Hopfgarten pp

2013

2013

Ski & Board Austria 7/14 nights

meet us there 7/14 nights From NZ$799pp* NZ$115 per day

Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Dec 21 Dec 28 Jan 4

885 885 885

2014 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 1 Feb 8 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 1

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

799 799 799 799 799 799 799 799 799

11 18 25 1 8 15 22 1 8

Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Dec 28 Jan 4 Jan 12

1545 1545 1545

2014 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 1 Feb 8 Feb 15 Feb 22

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405

18 25 1 8 15 22 1 8

Note: Ski Only tours start in Hopfgarten on Saturdays, you need to provide us with your flight & arrival details approx 21 days before departure. Check-in starts 2:00pm & check-out is at 9:00am. * Important: Prices are per person, quad share & don’t include airfares. Single supp: 1 week add: NZ$525. 2 weeks add: NZ$900. Twin-share supp: 1 week add: NZ$210. 2 weeks add: NZ$360. Half board supp: 5 nights add: NZ$89. 10 nights add: NZ$175. Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. For more ways to save see p.27. For travel insurance see p.171.

What’s Included: Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race FREE coach pickup from Innsbruck airport or Wörgl train station (easy access for Munich or Salzburg airports) 7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast daily Half board options available (for a small supplement)

$

SAVE Tour + 2 week ski tour combination discounts apply when you book a Winter Europe tour at the same time as a ski trip. Save up to NZ$100 off the cost of the ski trip. See p.27 for details.

SkiWelt - recently voted Top Resort in a survey of 70 resorts in 8 countries. Mountain Restaurants: 63

Lifts & Cable Cars: 14 Cable cars 1 Funicular railway 15 Detachable chairlifts 22 Chairlifts 24 Drag lifts 15 Practise lifts

160-161 Ski.indd 3

SkiWelt: Beginners runs: 63 (blue) Total length 124km Intermediate runs: 51 (red) Total length 128km XX

Advanced runs: 7 (black) Total length 27km

World Heritage sites visited

Total length of pistes: 279km

05/09/2012 10:46


festivals & more 162-163 Festivals Intro_ Oktoberfest 2.indd 2

special events & day trips. bbk live. oktoberfest. st. patrick’s day. pamplona & more. Explore London & day trips With so many of our tours starting in London, it would be wrong not to stay longer. Try our London Explorer (p.167) or head to Bath, Windsor or Stonehenge for the day, at your own pace.

Contiki Christmas We’ve got Christmas trips to Amsterdam & Paris, so you can do Christmas Contiki-style. New Year’s Eve trips Spend New Year’s Eve at the world’s biggest New Year party, Hogmanay. Or head to Paris or Amsterdam for New Year good times.

05/09/2012 10:44


162 | 163 Visit contiki.com/oktoberfest

oktoberfest start & end in london or munich

MUNICH

Be part of the world’s biggest festival of beer & good times at oktoberfest! Girls grab your dirndl, guys don some lederhosen & head to Munich. The vibe will have you indulging in steins, whilst singing & dancing like only the Germans can. Try wurst, succulent half-chickens & pretzels & if you feel like taking a break from the beer halls, head to the amusement park or market stalls for some action. With free day trips, breakfast included daily, options on how you travel, plus our awesome team to complete the experience, Contiki is the only way to do Oktoberfest.

Go Contiki & go your way. Choose to camp in pre-erected tents, stay in a hostel, or take it up a notch on our hotel trips. Choose to travel on the coach from London, or make your own way to Munich & join us there.

This event is a must-do with Contiki. All options include:

• Breakfast daily free coach transfers from • Regular accommodation to festival site

to the moving Dachau concentration • Visit camp memorial • Orientation tour of Munich. & professional Contiki Oktoberfest • Experienced Team & Tour Drivers • Contiki Oktoberfest t-shirt

CAMPING (TENTS)

concept (hostel)

time out (hotel)

START & END LONDON

START & END LONDON

START & END LONDON

7 days NZ$679pp

7 days NZ$895pp

7 days from NZ$1199pp

Sept 19th-25th

Sept 19th-25th

Sept 19th-25th

5 days NZ$535pp

6 days NZ$779pp

6 days NZ$1049pp

Sept 26th-30th & Oct 1st-5th Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Tour starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-Midnight

Sept 24th-29th, Sept 28th-Oct 3rd & Oct 2nd-7th Accommodation: Quad-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Tour starts: 7:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-Midnight

Sept 24th-29th, Sept 28th-Oct 3rd & Oct 2nd-7th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Tour starts: 7:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-Midnight

START & END MUNICH

START & END MUNICH

START & END MUNICH

6 days NZ$515pp

6 days NZ$729pp

6 days from NZ$1035pp

Sept 20th-25th

Sept 20th-25th

Sept 20th-25th

4 days NZ$375pp

5 days NZ$615pp

5 days from NZ$885pp

Sept 27th-30th & Oct 2nd-5th Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts: 8:00am & ends approx. 8:00am

Sept 25th-29th, Sept 29th-Oct 3rd & Oct 3rd-7th Accommodation: Quad-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Tour starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am

Sept 25th-29th, Sept 29th-Oct 3rd & Oct 3rd-7th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Tour starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am

162-163 Festivals Intro_ Oktoberfest 2.indd 3

05/09/2012 10:45


Visit contiki.com/pamplona

pamplona

running of the bulls start & end london or pamplona

three ways to go - all camping Run! Play your part in Spain’s legendary San Fermín & the infamous bull run through Pamplona’s city streets. Feel the adrenaline rush as you don your red & white & literally run for cover - this festival is not to be missed. With our extra special inclusions like a welcome dinner party, free transfers to & from the city, hot breakfasts daily, included funky festival t-shirts, great party nights & pre-set up tents, it’s too easy. Plus there’s 3 ways to go.

Contiki is the only way to do Pamplona! All options include: accommodation with access to the pool, • Campsite bar, restaurant & shop facilities twin-share tents & comfy air mattresses • Large already set up for you & hot breakfasts daily • Continental dinner & sangria party • Welcome coach transfers to the bull run, plus regular • Morning free transfers to Pamplona’s city centre throughout the day

tour of Pamplona - see Plaza de Castillo, • Walking the Baroque town hall, Estafeta Street & the famous bullring

& professional Contiki Pamplona Team • Experienced & Tour Drivers • Contiki Running of the Bulls t-shirt & pañuelo

opening week

middle week

closing week

START & END LONDON

START & END LONDON

START & END LONDON

7 days NZ$699pp

6 days NZ$575pp

6 days NZ$575pp

Jul 3rd-9th

Jul 8th-13th

Jul 11th-16th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts: 9:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts: 9:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts: 9:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

START & END pamplona

START & END pamplona

START & END pamplona

5 days NZ$515pp

4 days NZ$385pp

4 days NZ$415pp

Jul 4th-8th

Jul 9th-12th

Jul 12th-15th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

164-165 Pamplona_BBK.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:44


164 | 165 Visit contiki.com/pamplona-bilbao

pamplona & bilbao BBK live two ways to go! Bilbao BBK Live, Spain’s #1 music festival & the legendary Pamplona Running of the Bulls are all yours on THESE combined trips.

TIME OUT (hotel)

camping

START pamplona end bilbao

START & END LONDON

6 days from NZ$1279pp Jul 9th-14th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Tour starts: 4:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

backstage pass inclusions & professional Contiki Tour Manager • Experienced City centre hotel walking • distance from theaccommodation, action party • Welcome tours of Pamplona & Bilbao • Walking of the Bulls t-shirt & pañuelo • Running 3 breakfasts • Private coach transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao • 3 day festival ticket to BBK Live •

8 days NZ$895pp Jul 8th-15th Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Tour starts: 9:00pm & ends approx. 9:00am

START pamplona end bilbao

6 days NZ$765pp Jul 9th-14th Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Tour starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

backstage pass inclusions inclusions as on p.164 in Pamplona • AllPrivate coach transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao • 3 day festival to BBK Live • Exclusive Contikiticketcamping • next to the festival site area (pre-set up) Contiki Bilbao Team • Onsite Hot breakfast • Walking tour ofdaily Bilbao •

Visit contiki.com/bilbao

bilbao BKK live With 360 views over Bilbao, in sunny Spain, BBK attracts the big names, but has an intimate festival feeling you’ll love. See acts spread across the 3 mains stages, WITH previous years featuring Radiohead, Coldplay, The Kooks, Kasabian, Mumford & Sons, The Chemical Brothers, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers & more. Keep updated oN 2013 at contiki.com/bilbao

164-165 Pamplona_BBK.indd 3

TIME OUT (hotel) START & END BILBAO

5 days from NZ$959pp Jul 10th-14th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Tour starts: 4.00pm & ends approx. 10.00am

backstage pass inclusions city hotel accommodation • Central Welcome party in Bilbao • 3 day festival ticket to BBK Live • Regular free shuttles up to the festival grounds • Experienced & professional Contiki Tour Manager • 1 breakfast • City walking tour •

05/09/2012 10:44


Visit contiki.com/anzac

anzac odyssey 5 days classic 4 days From NZ$545pp* NZ$137 per day

anzac cove

odyssey

classic

What’s Included: 5 Day Itinerary & sightseeing

ANZAC Odyssey: 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) & 1 night out under the stars

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s largest city where East literally meets West.

3 continental breakfasts (B)

ANZAC Classic: 2 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) & 1 night out under the stars 2 continental breakfasts (B)

Both options include: An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours as described in itinerary Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Services of an experienced & fully licensed Turkish Guide Attendance at the Dawn Service on North Beach & the opportunity to attend the National Services at Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair Tour of the Gallipoli landing sites, battlegrounds, cemeteries & memorials with our local guide Fully guided walking tour of “Old” Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome Contiki hoodie

Go Contiki ANZAC With a Contiki Tour Manager & experienced English-speaking Turkish guide, you’ll pay tribute to the ANZACs who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Discover ANZAC Cove, attend the memorial ceremonies & be there for the Dawn Service. Back in Istanbul, you’re close to the action & on our city tour you’ll check out all the key sites like the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar. And with your comfy commemorative hoodie you’ll keep your travel memories fresh back home.

Start Istanbul

4 Days Code: BBAC

Finish Istanbul

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr 26

625

2013 Apr 22

Start Istanbul

Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace & Suleymaniye Mosque M Optional dinner & belly dancing show

Day 3: Istanbul to Gallipoli Today we’ll start our pilgrimage to gallipoli

Day 4 : ANZAC Day at Gallipoli We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the moving Dawn Service & walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops. We’ll pay our respects at the National Services for Australian troops at Lone Pine & the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul for our last night on tour. See ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly

Day 5: Istanbul It’s time to swap emails with your tour mates this morning, as your 5 day ANZAC adventure ends after breakfast. (B)

4 Day Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s largest city where East literally meets West. Day 2: Istanbul to Gallipoli Today we’ll start our pilgrimage to Gallipoli & prepare to feel this buzzing atmosphere, where we’ll join thousands of others for this incredible experience, sleeping out under the stars before taking part in tomorrow’s ANZAC Dawn Service. (B) Day 3 : ANZAC Day at Gallipoli We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the moving Dawn Service & walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops. We’ll pay our respects at the National Services for Australian troops at Lone Pine & the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul for our last night on tour. See ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly

How much & when 5 Days Code: BBAO

Day 2: Istanbul After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. With a free afternoon, there are heaps of options for your time here. Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe & watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. (B)

Gallipoli & prepare to feel this buzzing atmosphere, where we’ll join thousands of others for this incredible experience, sleeping out under the stars before taking part in tomorrow’s ANZAC Dawn Service. (B)

Finish Istanbul

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr 26

545

Day 4: Istanbul After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your tour ends at approx. midday. (B)

2013 Apr 23

* Prices above are based on twin & triple-share. 1 World Heritage sites visited

166-167 Anzac-Lon and day fest 2.indd 2

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Tour starts 6:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon.

05/09/2012 10:41


166 | 167 Visit contiki.com/london-explorer

contiki’s london london explorer

RC H MO

ND

ST

RA

NT

PL

RB HE

RN BU

ST D NAR

ST R HO

HOTEL RUSSELL

SE

S HO

P

GH

GU

T

DS

OR

ILF

S RU

AU

SE LL

ST

R UA

E

L RIAL PE TE IM HO

SQ

SS RU

RUSSELL SQUARE GARDENS

L EL R UA E BE D

From London Heathrow Take the Piccadilly Underground Line from Heathrow direct to Russell Square. From there it’s just a short walk. Or, take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Station & a taxi to the Royal National Hotel. From London Gatwick Take the Gatwick Express train direct to London Victoria Station, then a taxi to the Royal National Hotel. From London Stansted Take the Stansted Express train direct to Liverpool Street Station, then a taxi to the Royal National Hotel. Or you can try to navigate the Underground. There are maps at every Underground station, or ask one of the station staff to point you in the right direction.

SQ

No Contiki Tour Manager is included in this package. All rooms have private facilities. You choose the dates to take the day trips & theatre show on.

BER

NH

Twin-share NZ$459 NZ$925 Single NZ$535 NZ$1079

All 2 night inclusions above 4 nights accommodation (more on p.30-31) 2 day Undergound & bus pass Day trip & entry fee to Stonehenge Audio guided tour of the Roman Baths, Bath

MS

L L YA NA ROTIOTEL NA H O

Twin-share NZ$485 NZ$985 Single NZ$605 NZ$1205

2 Nights 4 Nights M3LPI M5LPI

RA

OR

Imperial Hotel

2 Nights 4 Nights M3LPI M5LPI

T

CO

TH

Imperial Hotel

4 night package

E UT N IT ST OF TIO A UC

Triple-share NZ$359 NZ$745 Twin-share NZ$385 NZ$805

ED

Triple-share NZ$379 NZ$785 Twin-share NZ$425 NZ$885

IN

2 Nights 4 Nights M3LPR M5LPR

E AR

AY W

Royal National

It’s also the departure point for all our tours that start in London.

U SQ

RE

Royal National

UA

Winter (1/1/13 - 31/3/14)

SQ

Summer (1/4/13 - 31/10/13)

N

How much & when

2 nights accommodation (more on p.30-31) Continental breakfast daily Return Heathrow airport transfer on the London Underground Open top bus tour London theatre show tickets (stalls or dress circle) Contiki Basement team “Welcome to London” info booklet

ON RD

TO NG

Want to do London at your own pace? Grab a value-packed collection of extras, activities & great accommodation with our 2 & 4 night Explorer packages. You can take one before or after your tour. From NZ$359pp

GO

RD

2 night package

It’s easy to get to the Contiki Basement. It’s conveniently located at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0DG. It’s a few minutes walk from Russell Square Underground Station, so it’s nice & central.

O DF BE

What’s Included:

3 or 5 days

2 Nights 4 Nights M3LPR M5LPR

london BASEMENT

Basement Opening Times May to Sept: 9:00am - 8:00pm Oct to April: 11:00am - 7:00pm

london stay longer

short stays & day trips edinburgh festival & military tattoo Against the backdrop of the spectacular hilltop castle is Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy a locally guided city tour & an included ticket to the closing night of the tattoo. A number of our Great Britain & Scotland tours are also in Edinburgh during the event – so check out departure dates on p.60-63.

With so much going on in London, why not check it out for yourself. Our great hotel rates make staying longer in London easy.

Royal National Hotel: Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG, London. Tel: +44 207 637 2488 Accommodation is based on twin or triple-share. Summer stay longer rate: Triple NZ$75 Twin NZ$99 Winter stay longer rate: Triple NZ$70 Twin NZ$90

Getting there (for both hotels): From Heathrow Airport catch the Piccadilly Underground Line to Russell Square station (approx. £6) - travel time approx. 1 hour. The hotel is a short walk from the station. From Gatwick or Stansted airports, catch a train into central London & then catch a taxi to the hotel.

Imperial Hotel: Russell Square, WC1B 5BB, London. Tel: +44 207 837 3655 Accommodation is based on single or twin-share. Summer stay longer rate: Single NZ$180 Twin NZ$120 Winter stay longer rate: Single NZ$150 Twin NZ$105

ROYAL ASCOT Try one of our day festivals for a great day out in London! With Royal Ascot - get your glam gear on & rub shoulders with the rich & famous at this ultimate British day out. Keep an eye on contiki.com for more day festivals & events.

NZ$175pp

4 days NZ$579pp

This trip starts & ends in London

Aug 23rd - 26th 2013 Accommodation: Single rooms with shared facilities Tour starts 6:45am & ends approx. 9:00pm

166-167 Anzac-Lon and day fest 2.indd 3

Be part of a 4 day Easter party with Contiki in the happening city of Amsterdam. Take a bike ride or canal cruise then explore the city’s many museums, like van Gogh or even the home of Heineken! Or take time to relax & enjoy one of the city’s many cafés & restaurants.

4 days NZ$449pp

This trip starts & ends in London

Visit contiki.com/tattoo for more

easter in amsterdam

Mar 29th - Apr 1st 2013 Accommodation: Multi-share (max 6 to a room) Tour starts 6:45am & ends approx. 6:30pm

Visit contiki.com/day-fest for more

Visit contiki.com/easter for more

05/09/2012 10:42


christmas in

christmas in

paris

amsterdam

start & end in london or PARIS

start & end in london or AMSTERDAM

4 Days

4 Days

From NZ$639pp NZ$160 per day

From NZ$575pp* NZ$144 per day

Visit contiki.com/paris-christmas

Visit contiki.com/amsterdam-christmas

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris (or meet in Paris) Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading for a taste of how the French do Christmas. Tonight we’ll tour the city icons like the Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower. Day 2: Paris Today is yours! From people watching to the city’s museums & art, there’s so much to see. Maybe ask your Tour Manager where’s best to experience the cool pre-Christmas vibes. (B) Day 3: Paris Joyeux Noël! Get a truly unique Parisian experience to remember on an included cruise down the River Seine, or maybe

take in the epic views from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Later, indulge in a delicious French Christmas feast & wine as you celebrate with your new travel buddies. (B,D)

What’s Included:

Day 4: Paris to London It’s time to say ‘au revoir’ to the city this morning as we head back to London, where your tour ends upon arrival. (B)

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

ME Time optionals

Cabaret show & glass of champagne

3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation in Paris 4 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 1 three-course dinner (D)

Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WPXM Start London

Finish London

Twin Single NZ$ pp NZ$ pp

2013 Dec 23 Dec 26 639 845 If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

st. patrick’s day

start & end in london or dublin

4 Days From NZ$535pp* NZ$134 per day CHOOSE TO STAY IN A HOTEL OR HOSTEL

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: London to Amsterdam (or meet in Amsterdam) Meet up with your Contiki team as we make our way to Amsterdam to start your Christmas, Dutch-style. On arrival, we’ll show you the sights on a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. (D) Day 2: Amsterdam Head out & explore in your own time today. Maybe hire a bike, go shopping, relax at a café or check out a gallery. Tonight, grab a bite at one of the many local restaurants & then get the Christmas spirit going by heading out to a local bar or nightclub. (B)

Day 3: Amsterdam Gelukkig Kerstfeest! Take it easy this morning before indulging in a delicious Christmas feast. Get into the Christmas spirit with your travel buddies & maybe take a canal cruise of the city. (B,L) Day 4: Amsterdam to London This morning we head back to London, where your tour ends on arrival. (B)

ME Time optionals

Evening boat cruise along the canals

What’s Included: 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation 5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WAXM Start London 2013 Dec 23

Finish London Dec 26

Twin Quad NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 575

510

* Prices above are twin-share or quad-

share. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Single room supplement NZ$185. Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: London to Dublin (or meet in Dublin) Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or join us later in Dublin). Dublin is the ultimate place to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Tonight, get the party started with a night out on the town. Day 2: Dublin This morning we’ll show you the sights on our walking tour, topped off with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where you can try the ultimate Irish drop at the SkyBar, with its 360 degree city views. With a free afternoon, go local & explore, or head to the popular Temple Bar district

& get amongst the buzzing pub vibes found here. (B) Day 3: Dublin Today is going to be epic, as you take part in Ireland’s biggest annual party, where locals & travellers take to the streets to celebrate like only the Irish can. With packed streets, singing, dancing & good times all day & all night, live it just like the locals! (B) Day 4: Dublin to London (or end Dublin) Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your tour ends on arrival in London. Or if you’re staying on in Dublin, your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

What’s Included: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation OR 3 nights multi-share (up to 8 people) hostel accommodation - choice of ensuite or shared facilities 3 breakfasts (B) Tour Manager & Driver Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WWPH (Hotel) Start London

Finish London

Total cost NZ$ pp*

Mar 15

Mar 18

699

above is twin-share & includes the * Price coach from London. Single room supplement of NZ$355. Triple-share reduction of NZ$65. Start in Dublin deduct NZ$80. Start 6:45am London or approx. 7:00pm Dublin & end approx. 10:00am Dublin or 8:00pm London.

Code: WWPT (Hostel) Start London 2013 Mar 15

Finish London Mar 18

Shared Ensuite NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 535

575

* Price above are multi-share with shared facilities & includes the coach from London. For our ‘meet us there’ option where you join the trip in Dublin, deduct NZ$80 from price above. Ensuite supp. NZ$40. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 7:00pm in Dublin & end approx. 10:00am in Dublin or 8:00pm in London. You will need to bring your own towel. Visit contiki.com/dublin

168-169 Xmas_NYE.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:39


168 | 169

new year in

paris

start & end in london or PARIS

4 Days From NZ$639pp NZ$160 per day

ME Time optionals

Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Itinerary & sightseeing Itinerary & Day 1: London to Paris (or meet in Paris) Meet up with your Contiki team in London before making your way across the Channel to the chic French capital. Soak up the stylish Parisian atmosphere on an evening “City of Lights” tour. You’ll see all the icons like the Arc de Triomphe & the unforgettable Eiffel Tower. Day 2: Paris The city is yours to explore. Walk down the Champs-Élysées, visit one of the city’s many museums or take a seat in a typical Parisian café & people watch. Tonight there’s the option to see a famous Parisian cabaret show. (B)

Sightseeing

Day 3: New Year’s Eve in Paris This morning see a different side of the city with a cruise along the River Seine. Start the night off right & indulge in dinner with the group before kicking off your New Year celebrations. (B,L) Day 4: Paris to London Happy New Year! Say ‘au revoir’ before we journey to Calais to catch the ferry back to London where the tour ends on arrival. (B)

What’s Included: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation in Paris 4 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WPNY Start London

Finish London

2013 Dec 29

Jan 1

Twin Single NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 639

845

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Visit contiki.com/paris

new year in

amsterdam

start & end in london or AMSTERDAM

4 Days From NZ$570pp* NZ$143 per day

ME Time optionals

Evening boat cruise along the canals

Itinerary & sightseeing Itinerary & Day 1: London to Amsterdam (or meet in Amsterdam) Meet up with your Contiki team & travel to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s New Year party hot spots. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel before our walking tour takes you through the famous Red Light District. (D) Day 2: Amsterdam This morning enjoy some sightseeing with free time to explore on your own. Shop on the Kalverstraat, get a culture fix at a gallery or head to the cafés & restaurants & get amongst the atmosphere Tonight, there’s the option to get a different angle on the city on a canal cruise. (B)

Sightseeing

people watch, hit the park. Tonight start the New Year celebrations as we make our way to a local bar for some included drinks before experiencing the awesome vibes that make the city go off! (B) Day 4: Amsterdam to London Welcome 2014! This morning say farewell to Amsterdam as we make our way back to London where your tour ends on arrival. (B)

What’s Included: 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation in Amsterdam 4 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B), 1 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WANY Start London 2013 Dec 29

Finish London Jan 1

Twin Quad NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 625

570

* Prices above are twin-share or quad-share.

For single room supplement add NZ$199 to twin-share price. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex roommate at no extra charge.

Day 3: New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam Take time to explore even more of the city your way. Shop,

Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

Visit contiki.com/amsterdam

hogmanay

start & end in london or edinburgh

4 Days From NZ$695pp* NZ$174 per day

ME Time optionals

Day trip to Stirling Castle

Visit contiki.com/hogmanay

168-169 Xmas_NYE.indd 3

Itinerary & sightseeing Itinerary & Day 1: London to Edinburgh (or meet in Edinburgh) Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading to Edinburgh for Hogmanay. Or meet us there! The Scottish really know how to party & Edinburgh pulls out all the stops for good times. We’ll take a city walking tour, then head to a local pub to let the fun begin. Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh Enjoy a late start today. Stroll down Princes Street & the Royal Mile & get some pics outside (or tour) Edinburgh’s famous Castle. You could go on the Winter Wonderland rides, or give some haggis a try. Tonight

Sightseeing

get ready to hit the streets at the world’s biggest New Year party! (B)

What’s Included:

Day 3: Edinburgh Take the day to chill, or check out the Loony Dook, where punters jump in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth. You could head to Stirling Castle & hear the legend of William Wallace of Braveheart, or simply get back out & party until the ‘wee’ hours. (B)

3 continental breakfasts (B)

Day 4: Edinburgh to London (or end Edinburgh) Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your tour ends on arrival in London. Or if staying on in Edinburgh, your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

3 nights multi-share (up to 8 people) hostel accommodation in Edinburgh. An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: CCHO Start London 2013 Dec 30

Finish London Jan 2

Twin Total cost NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 745

745

* Price above is multi-share & includes the coach from London. For our ‘meet us there’ option where you join the trip in Edinburgh, deduct NZ$50 from price above. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 7:00pm in Edinburgh & end 8:00am in Edinburgh or approx. 9:00pm in London.

05/09/2012 10:39


got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know:

What’s included? • Coach, train, air transfers & ferry transport as specified. • Accommodation, breakfast, lunch & evening meals as detailed under ‘What’s Included’ on tour pages & the Backstage Pass includes section. • Sightseeing as detailed on p.16-17 & in the itineraries on the tour pages. Unless specified, entrance fees are not included. • Experienced team as detailed on p.14-15 & on tour pages.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees other than those specified on tour pages. • Whitewater rafting, gondola rides, etc. • All other meals not specified under “What’s Included”. • Anything else not listed in the “What’s Included” section on itinerary pages .

Where will I stay? TIME OUT TOURS: Accommodation is in superior tourist class hotels, ships & trains. These are described on p.30-31 & on individual tour pages. On trains in Egypt, two people share a two-berth couchette & facilities are shared. Other train journeys are as detailed in individual itineraries. On overnight ferries, tours are provided with allocated seating on deck. Depending on the numbers & configuration on your tour, availability of singles can sometimes be limited in some locations. On certain occasions, alternative hotels to those listed in this brochure may be used. Whilst it is our intention to use hotels of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. Twin-share means 2 people sharing, either travelling together or as a twin-share same sex room match. Triple-share means 3 people

sharing, either travelling together or as a triple-share same sex room match.

CONCEPT TOURS: Your accommodation is a combination of cabins in Contiki Villages, hostels, hotels, guest houses & Special Stopovers depending on the type of tour you select. Refer to p.100-101 & individual tour pages for details. On overnight ferries, tours are provided with allocated seating on deck. On certain occasions alternative accommodations to those listed in this brochure may be used. Whilst it is our intention to use accommodation of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. • Special Stopover accommodation is a combination of twin & quad-share but never more than 4 people sharing. You must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Stopovers are NOT hotels & you will be asked to assist with serving meals & washing up. All stopovers have hot water, showers & a bar, some have clothes washing facilities. • Contiki Villages provide accommodation in cabins, in Europe’s best campsites each with private facilities. You must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. You will be asked to assist with various tasks such as serving meals & washing up on a couple of occasions.

CAMPING TOURS: Accommodation is in modern two-person tents with built-in ground sheets & on certain tours, hotels & ferries, refer to p.140-141 for details. Tents, which you will erect/take down, are carried on the coach. Camping tours stay in the best available campsites. Campsite standards in Europe depend upon location & country & should not be compared to those elsewhere. Air mattresses are provided but you must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. At meal times, everyone takes it in turns to help with preparing food, cooking, washing up & so on. All campsites

have hot water, bathroom facilities in shower blocks & some have clothes washing facilities, bars & shops.

CRUISES: Refer to p.94-95 for details of accommodation on the Louis Hellenic Cruise ships, p.86-88 for details of accommodation on Croatian Island Cruising & p.84-85 for Turkish Sailing tours. Cruise companies reserve the right to change itinerary & ports due to poor weather.

SKI & BOARD HOLIDAYS: Both our ski & board packages stay at our Contiki Special Stopover, our Austrian Gasthof. Refer to p.160-161 for details.

FESTIVALS: Some tours offer ‘multi-share’ accomodation. These rooms maybe for up to 8 people with shared facilities & at times may be mixed gender.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your tour documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. You’ll receive a copy of Contiki’s ‘Travellers Guide’- an information book about your holiday & Europe. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour. Your free Contiki document wallet* & luggage tag will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

How much money do I need? You should be able to use debit & credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover meals where not included (breakfast, lunch & dinner), souvenirs, shopping, drinks, ME Time optional excursions & activities, entrance fees to attractions & evening entertainment. It is advisable to start your tour with some cash in local currencies such as Euro, Swiss Franc & Great British Pounds.

me time Optional Activities WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well.

HOW DO I PAY? You pay on tour in cash (Euro, Swiss Francs, Great British Pounds or US Dollars only, depending on the activity).

Past traveller 5% discount Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & travelled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www.thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last tour. Clients must have completed a tour before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent tour booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveller annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre & post-tour accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

170-171 Questions & Answers.indd 2

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith (this includes contiki.com & our e-brochures). Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

no compulsory tipping reward only excellence! Every country in the world has different tipping policies & in Europe, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you. No compulsory tipping - reward only excellence!

Booking Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 & in all countries where Contiki operates we fully comply with local industry laws. In New Zealand, Contiki is an allied member of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ).

Online check-in It is strongly recommended that you check in to your tour prior to departure at contiki.com/ checkin. Checking in will you save time on your first day of tour, give you essential information & also ensure that Contiki can contact you in the unlikely event of any changes to your trip due to matters out of our control. For more information on how to get more before & after your tour see p.24.

How much luggage can I bring? On our tours, luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”) & maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger & heavier suitcases on tour. On Concept tours & Camping tours, you’ll need a sleeping bag (which can be purchased from Contiki in London, if necessary) & a towel, unless otherwise indicated. On Ski holidays you may bring one pair of ski boots & skis or a snowboard. Any luggage over the restricted size or amount can be stored with Contiki in London at a small charge. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (August, 2012), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines, antibiotics.

Do I need visas? Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your tour. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki are not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Consult your travel agent to determine which visas you require & how to obtain them.

05/09/2012 10:38


170 | 171 Visit contiki.com/travel-resources

SCHENGEN VISAS The majority of our tours travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries – eg. Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand – can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. Schengen visas can be issued for single entry or multiple entries. If your tour travels outside of the Schengen area at any point you will require a multiple entry visa. The tours that require multiple entry Schengen visas are listed below: Road to Athens plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise, Road to Athens plus 7 day Greek Island Cruise, European Explorer, Spanish Spree, Mediterranean Trail plus 3 Day Greek Island Cruise, Mediterranean Trail plus 7 Day Greek Islands Cruise, Mykonos & Island Cruising, Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise, Spotlight on Greece plus 7 Day Greek Island Cruise, Aegean Classic Cruise, Golden Fleece Cruise, European Spirit, European Trail, Eastern Rocker, Trail to Rome, Trail to London, European Adventurer, Ultimate European, Scandinavia & Russia Plus, Scandinavia (end Stockholm), Scandinavia (end Helsinki), Russia Plus (start Stockholm), Russia Plus (start Helsinki), The Northern Trek & The Big Chill.

VISAS FOR NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES Some of our tours also visit countries that are not covered by the Schengen Agreement. You may require visas for countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Egypt, Russia, Belarus & Turkey. Depending on your nationality it may be possible

170-171 Questions & Answers.indd 3

to obtain visas for Egypt upon arrival – you should check before you depart for your tour.

IMPORTANT 1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. 4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

Travel insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your holiday. Contiki very strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. In some instances, you may not be accepted on a Contiki holiday unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies against us arising from your participation in your holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your travel agent when you are booking your tour.

Gold Seal Protection Coverage for Cancellation: Most tour operators are interested in their passengers only after they reach their destination. With Contiki, however, you get a great deal even before you leave home. Pre-paid Cancellation Option NZ$99 per person: By paying NZ$99 per person Cancellation Option Fee with your deposit, the full amount of your deposit &/or payment to Contiki Holidays will be refunded should you cancel your tour for any reason prior to departure from New Zealand. This cancellation option covers the Land arrangements made by Contiki Holidays only. On Your Tour: Should you, or your travel companion, leave at any time during the tour for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to New Zealand due to injury, sickness or death, you & your companion will be refunded NZ$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the tour. (Please note that in some cases hotels require a one night cancellation fee). A Doctor’s certificate is required. The Cancellation Option Fee is not refundable for any reason. * Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of © Thomas Trinkl p.8 Paragliding, p.103 Whitewater Rafting, Photos courtesy of © Çapkin van Alphen-CauseCentric Productions p.23 Celine Cousteau, p.174 Celine Cousteau, Photos courtesy of Himmelrich Hotel, Kriens, Lucerne p.31 Himmelrich Hotel, Photos courtesy of © Titlis Rotair & Engleberg Titlis p.31 Alpine Lodge Trubsee, Photos courtesy of Lucerne Tourist board p.33 Lion Monument Lucerne, p.51 Wooden Chapel Bridge, Photos courtesy of Feelfree Rafting p.41 Whitwater Rafting, Photos courtesy of Lawrence Chan p.79 Desert, Photos courtesy of Sam Stevens p.91 Donkey Ride, Photos courtesy of Louis Cristal p.94 Cruise Liner, Photos courtesy of Lily Rhodes p.164 Pamplona, Photos courtesy of Tammy Campbell p.166 Anzac Memorial, Photos courtesy of © Ascot Racecourse Ltd p.167 Ascot, Photos courtesy of Adventure Cat p.175 Catamaran Cruise, Photos courtesy of Adventure Cat p.175, Photos courtesy of AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstownt p.175 Bungy Jump. If you want to put yourself forward for one of our photoshoots in the future, just email contikiholidaysphotography@gmail.com with a bit of info about yourself, a few photos & who knows, next year it could be you!

05/09/2012 10:39


tour departure points & stay longer options Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday & stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your tour. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/departurepoints. AMSTERDAM TIME OUT TOURS PRE: Amsterdam to Barcelona POST: European Panorama (end Amsterdam) Ibis Schiphol Hotel, Schipholweg 181, 1171 PK, Badhoevedorp. Tel: +31 206 134568 Getting there: From Amsterdam airport, take the complimentary Ibis Schiphol/Accor shuttle bus from stop A9 directly to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$89 POST: European Explorer (end Amsterdam) Hotel Lake Land, Jachthaven 1, 1141 AV, Monnickendam. Tel: +31 299 653751 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. m4), then take bus 110, 114 or 118 (approx. m6). Duration of trip is approx. 25min – get off at stop Lagedijk & the hotel is a 2min walk away. Alternatively, catch a taxi from Centraal Station for approx. m40. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$90 Twin NZ$65 PRE: European Magic, European Discovery & European Inspiration (start Amsterdam) POST: European Vista (end Amsterdam) START HOTEL: Best of Europe (start Amsterdam) Best Western Blue Square Hotel, Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 205 063717 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. m4) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx. m20). Alternatively, Tram #14 goes from Dam Square (approx. m3), direction Slotermeer. The stop for the hotel is Plein 40-45 & the hotel is a 2 minute walk. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$135 Twin NZ$85 PRE: European Encounter (start Amsterdam) Please contact Contiki for details.

CONCEPT TOURS PRE: Eastern Rocker, Trail to Rome, European Horizon, European Trail, European Whirl (start Amsterdam) POST: European Highlights, European Experience, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer & Ultimate European (end Amsterdam) Hotel Nieuw Slotania, Slotermeerlaan 133, 1063 JN, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 206 134568 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. m4) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx. m20). Alternatively, Tram #14 goes from Dam Square (approx. m3), direction Slotermeer. The stop for the hotel is Plein 40-45, directly in front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$89 Twin NZ$55

ATHENS TIME OUT TOURS & CRUISES PRE & POST: Aegean Classic Cruise & Golden Fleece Cruise POST: Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey Hotel President, 43 Kifissias Avenue, 11523, Athens. Tel: +30 210 6989 000. Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Panormou (approx. m8) & then it’s a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$195 Twin NZ$109 PRE & POST: Greek Island Hopping Poseidon Hotel, 72 Possidonos Avenue, 17562, Paleo Faliro, Athens. Tel: +30 210 9872 000 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. m4). The stop for the hotel is Edem, directly in the front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$195 Twin NZ$109 PRE & POST: Spotlight on Greece Hermes Hotel, 19 Apollonos Street, 10557, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3255 514 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Syntagma (approx. m8) in the city centre & then it’s a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$195 Twin NZ$109 PRE & POST: Mykonos & Island Cruising Plaka Hotel, 7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos Street, 10556, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3222 096 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Monastiraki (approx. d8) in the city centre & then it’s a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$195 Twin NZ$109 POST: Road to Athens Center Square Hotel, 15 Aristogotonos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3211 770 Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$195 Twin NZ$109 POST: Mediterranean Trail Arion Hotel, 18 Ag. Dimitriou Street, 10554, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3240 415 Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$195 Twin NZ$109

CONCEPT & CAMPING TOURS PRE & POST: Greek Island Adventurer Hotel Oceanis, 25 Grigoriou Lambraki Street, 16675, Glyfada, Athens. Tel: +30 210 8946 253

172-173 Stay Longer_Booking Cons.indd 2

Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. m4). Get off at stop Antonopoulou & the hotel is a short walk away. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$129 Twin NZ$75 POST: London to Athens Dorian Inn Hotel, 15-17 Pireos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 5239 782 Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$85 The Northern Trek will start at Camping Athens, 198 Athinon Avenue, 12136, Athens. Tel: +30 210 5814 113 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Syntagma in the city centre. From there you can catch a taxi to the campsite for approx. m15. Alternatively, take Metro Line 2 to Metaxourghio station, then bus A15 or B15 to the campsite. The bus costs approx. m2, duration of trip approx. 35 minutes – get off the bus at the Camping Athens stop.

BARCELONA POST: Amsterdam to Barcelona Novotel Cornella de Llobregat, Avinguda del Maresme 78, Ronda de Dalt exit 15, 08940, Cornella de Llobregat, Barcelona. Tel: +34 93 4747000 Stay longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$75

12.00pm - look for the Contiki or Katarina Lines Representative in the port. Your vessel will have a ‘Katarina Lines &/or Contiki’ sign displayed . POST: Croatian Island Hopper South Adriatic Hotel, Masavy put 9, Dubrovnik, 20000. Tel: +385 20 433609 Getting there: From the Dubrovnik Airport take a taxi will take approximately 30 minutes to reach the hotel. Alternatively you could get a bus to the city centre, and then take a local bus or taxi to Lapad where there are signs to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$99

EDINBURGH Scotland and Scotland & Ireland tours will start at Holiday Inn City West, 107 Queensferry Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 3HL. Tel: + 44 871 942 9025 Getting there: From Edinburgh airport a taxi direct to the hotel will cost approx. £12-£15.

HELSINKI

BERLIN

Russia Plus (start Helsinki) & Scandinavia (end Helsinki) Cumulus Airport Hotel, Robert Huberintie, 6 Vantaa, Helsinki 01510. Tel: +358 9415 75100 Getting there: There is a free shuttle from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the hotel.

TIME OUT TOURS

ISTANBUL

PRE: Berlin to Budapest, Berlin & Prague and Berlin & Prague + Vienna Ibis Berlin Messe, Messedamm 10, Berlin 14057. Tel: +49 30 303930 Getting there: From the Berlin Brandenburg Airport take the S-Bahn towards the city centre. The hotel is located right next to Berlin’s ICC congress centre, which has its own metro station ‘Messe Nord/ ICC’. The journey will take approximately one hour and costs approximately m3. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$99 Twin NZ$59 PRE & POST: Eastern Road Grand City Hotel Globus Berlin, Ruschestrasse 45, 10367, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 555 070 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hotel, or change on to the U-Bahn (Line U5 – approx. m3). The hotel is a short walk from Magdalenenstrasse station. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$110 Twin NZ$60

Anzac Classic & Anzac Odyssey Please contact Contiki for departure details. PRE: Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey Green Anka Hotel, Molla Şeref Mh., Fındıkzade Sokak 4, 34270, Istanbul. Tel: +90 212 631 17 21 Getting there: A taxi from Istanbul Ataturk airport costs approx. 45TL (approx. m20) Stay longer rate: Single NZ$129 Twin NZ$75

CONCEPT TOURS PRE & POST: Scandinavia & Russia Plus (end Berlin) POST: Russia Plus (end Berlin) PLUS Berlin Hostel, Warschauer Platz 6-8, 10245, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 2123 8501 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hostel, or change on to the S-Bahn (Line S3, S5, S7, S9 or S75 – approx. m3). The hostel is a short walk from Warschauer Strasse station. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$115 Twin NZ$75 Quad NZ$55

Bodrum Turkish Sailing Departure Point: Cruise starts from the Bodrum Harbour, Bodrum 3.30pm – please refer to your Contiki travel documents for meeting point.

CAIRO PRE & POST: Egypt & The Nile Victoria Hotel, 66 El Gomhoria Street, Cairo. Tel: +202 589 2290 or +202 589 2294 Getting there: If you have provided Contiki with your flight arrival details at least 14 days in advance, our local representative will be in the arrivals hall holding a Contiki sign. Due to different flight arrival times, you may need to wait in the airport up to 1 hour for a transfer. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$69 Twin NZ$45

COPENHAGEN Scandinavia and Scandinavia & Russia Plus (start Copenhagen) will start at The Generator Hostel Copenhagen, Adelgade 5-7, Copenhagen 1304. Tel: +45 78 775 400 Getting there: From the airport take the metro line M2 to stop Kongens Nytorv. The journey takes 15 minutes and costs approx. DKK 36 one way. The hostel is a 5 minute walk from Kongens Nytorv – the largest square in the city.

DUBLIN St. Patrick’s Day Tour Please contact Contiki for departure details. PRE & POST: Ireland POST: Scotland & Ireland Jurys Inn Parnell Street, Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin. Tel: +353 1 8784900 Getting there: From Dublin airport you can catch a taxi for approx. m25-m35 or the ‘Aircoach’ (approx. m7) to the O’Connell Street stop – the hotel is just around the corner. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$140 Twin NZ$79

DUBrovnik PRE: Croatian Island Hopper North Departure Point: Cruise starts from the Gruz Port, Dubrovnik at

LONDON All tours that start in London depart from the Royal National Hotel where you’ll also find the Contiki Basement. For further details, a map, plus stay longer options in London see p.167

MADRID PRE: Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid) POST: Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) PRE & POST: Spanish Spree Tryp Charmartin Hotel, Calle Mauricio Ravel 10, 28046, Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 91 7333400 Getting there: From Madrid airport take a taxi directly to the hotel for approx. m30. Alternatively, catch the Metro Line 8 from the airport into the city, change at Nuevos Ministerios onto Metro Line 10 & travel to Chamartin station (approx. m6). The hotel is across the road from the station. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$129 Twin NZ$70

PARIS TIME OUT TOURS PRE: European Vista, European Panorama, European Explorer & Road to Athens (start Paris) POST: European Magic, European Discovery, European Encounter, European Impressions & European Inspiration (end Paris) Please contact Contiki for details. PRE: Best of Europe (start Paris) Courtyard Marriott Paris Arcueil, 6 Avenue President Salvadore Allende, 94110, Arcueil, Paris. Tel: +33 1 770 12121 Getting There: From Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly airports, catch the RER B train to Laplace station. From there the hotel is a short walk away. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$210 Twin NZ$109

CONCEPT TOURS PRE: European Highlights, European Experience, European Spirit, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer, Ultimate European & London to Athens (start Paris) POST: European Horizon, European Whirl, European Trail, Trail to London & Western Rocker (end Paris) Ibis Budget Hotel Paris Porte de Montmartre, 45 Rue du Docteur Babinski, 75018, Paris. Tel: +33 8 926 83126 Getting there: From Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly airports, catch the RER B train to Gare du Nord station & then a taxi to the hotel (approx. m10). Alternatively make your way to the closest Metro stop of Porte de Saint-Ouen (Line 13, direction Saint-Denis – Université) & the hotel is a short walk from there. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$110 Twin NZ$60 European Spirit will start at Ibis Budget Hotel Paris Porte de Montmartre – details as above.

ROME TIME OUT TOURS PRE: Mediterranean Trail, Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) POST: Italian Espresso (end Rome), Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid) PRE & POST: Simply Italy Please contact Contiki for details.

POST: Best of Europe Please contact Contiki for details.

CONCEPT TOURS

Western Rocker Please contact Contiki for departure details.

CAMPING TOURS

The Escape & The Easy Roller will start at Seven Hills Camping, Via Cassia 1216, 00191, Roma. Tel: +39 06 3031 0826 Getting there: Catch the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino airport to Termini station (approx. m15) then take a taxi directly to the campsite (approx. m30). Alternatively, take Metro Line A from Termini to Valle Aurelia, change onto the FR3 regional train (direction Viterbo) & get off at La Giustiniana (approx. m1). A Seven Hills Camping shuttle bus runs half-hourly between the train station & the campsite from 8:00am – 12:00pm, & 4:30pm – 8:30pm (cost 50c).

SPLIT PRE & POST: Croatian Island Cruising PRE: Croatian Island Hopper South POST: Croatian Island Hopper North Hotel Bellevue, Bana Josipa Jelacica 2, 21000, Split. Tel: +385 21 345 644 Getting There: An airport bus service runs from Split airport to Obala Lazareta, on the edge of Split’s old town (cost approx. 30kn/m4). From there, the hotel is a short walk away. Alternatively, catch a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel (approx. 350kn/m45). Stay longer rate: Single NZ$175 Twin & Twin-share NZ$110 Departure point: Cruise departs from Split port at 12:00pm – look for the Contiki or Katarina Lines representative on the port. There are many small hotels & pensions located in Split & near to the port – search the web for options, or call Contiki for details of hotels we offer.

ST. petersburg Best of Russia Please contact Contiki for departure details.

STOCKHOLM Russia Plus (start Stockholm) & Scandinavia (end Stockholm) Scandic Upplands Vasby, Hotellvägen 1, 194 35, Upplands Väsby Stockholm. Tel: +46 8 517 355 00 Getting there: From Stockholm Arlanda Airport, taxis are available to take you directly to the hotel. The 10km journey normally takes around 10 minutes, & costs approximately 260SEK.

VENICE POST: Italian Espresso (end Venice) ends at Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese, Via Terraglio 175, Preganziol, Veneto, 31100. Tel: +39 0422 490390 Stay longer rate: Single NZ$95 Twin NZ$65

VIENNA Vienna & Budapest will start at Hotel Bellevue, Althanstrasse 5, 1091, Vienna. Tel: +43 1 313 480 Getting there: Take a taxi directly from the airport for approximately m30. Alternatively catch the City Airport Train (approx. m9) to station Wien-Mitte, then take the U-Bahn (Line U4 - approx. m2) to Friedensbrücke. From there the hotel is a short walk away. Eastern Trail & Trail to London will start at Wombats Hostel, Arangasse 6, Vienna A1150. Tel: +43 1 897 2336 Getting there: From the Vienna International Airport take the shuttle bus to Westbahnhof (m8, buy ticket from driver). Alternatively, take the S-Bahn to Wien Mitte and subway U3 to Westbahnhof from there (same ticket valid for both, m3.60). From Westbahnhof walk along Mariahilfer Straße until no. 152 (corner Rosinagasse), turn right into Rosinagasse. The hostel is located on Grangasse - the second street on the left.

WARSAW POST: Eastern Road Ibis Centrum, Al. Solidarnosci 165, Warsaw 00-876 Tel: +48 22520 3000 Stay longer rate: Single NZ$105 Twin NZ$50

Note: • Rates are per person per night including continental breakfast (except London) & have private facilities. • Rooms are available for a maximum of 2 consecutive nights in most hotels. • Full payment is required 45 days before arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival date incurs 100% cancellation fee. Any amendments incur a charge of NZ$30. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before &/or after their tour. • If two people want to share a room - booking must be made at the same time. Solo travellers must book a single room in all cities - except London, Split & Berlin where you can book a twin/triple/quad-share room & we can match you up to a same sex room-mate. • All hotels are subject to availability & where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.

05/09/2012 10:38


172 | 173

booking conditions Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. Our Responsibilities 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability & at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you & us upon your booking being confirmed & accepted by us & our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs, taxes (including GST), levies & exchange rates as at 10th July, 2012. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges & does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, & where available, offer you a comparable alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural & nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (August, 2012) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours & transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries & features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries & to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for each account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as & when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided &/or fees payable under the tour program. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your tour shall be deemed to be an authorisation to disburse thereof as aforesaid.

YOur Responsibilities 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of NZ$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of your tour departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of NZ$200 per person, per tour which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid by no later than 45 days before your scheduled holiday departure date,

172-173 Stay Longer_Booking Cons.indd 3

which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date of the first departing tour 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled & cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets & other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your tour departure, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking & we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking & apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki. 3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost & expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price & is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE Over 45 days notice: ....................................Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days: .....................................................25% of tour fare 21-8 days: .......................................................30% of tour fare 7-1 days: .........................................................50% of tour fare Day of departure: ...........................................100% of tour fare When the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to & after your tour booking, such as pre & post accommodation & transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to alternate departure date or you wish to change to a different Contiki holiday, you may do so subject to availability & provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of NZ$30 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date, tour itinerary booking within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation, & normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a NZ$30 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc. are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Clients must be aged between 18 & 35 inclusive but Contiki may, in its absolute discretion, &, in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age limit. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Contiki welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour,

Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in New Zealand. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers travelling on international tours. • Contiki may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms and conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements & costs to/ from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority & decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative & the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment & well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers & any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously & may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation & related costs & have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff &/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt neither the operator, service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury, death, loss, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs & films of you while you are on holiday & that these may be used in our Group brochures &/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs &/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday & if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 28 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 28 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract & all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to New Zealand Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity & enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE Contiki very strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before embarking on a Contiki holiday. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit & will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party

claims, actions, damages & remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. Contiki will not refund for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to & from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport & visa fees, airport & ferry transfers to tour departure point, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Tour Managers & Tour Drivers, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions.

GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you & Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time & at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights & liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a tour shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the passenger of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers & other service providers are subject to the terms & conditions & limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, & other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay & loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for passengers with special needs or disabilities (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from March 2013 to March 2014. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays Limited, Picquet House, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with the exception of the Great Britain & Ireland tours described on p.60-63, the 3 & 5 day London Explorer packages described on p.167 & the Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo, Hogmanay & St Patrick’s Day tours described on p.168-169 all of which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd. The principle operator of the Croatian Island Cruising & Croatian Island Hopper products featured on p.86-88 is Katarina Lines. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). The operator of the Turkish sailing product featured on p.84-85 is Barbaros Yachting, Turkey. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). This brochure was published in August 2012 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

05/09/2012 10:38


We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer. we’re committed to ensuring they remain for generations to come. Conservation is at the heart of how we plan & run our trips. There are a bunch of ways that you can help. Learn more at: contiki.com/contikicares/you

contiki

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 handson work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef.

treadright fo oun ndation We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourism destinations at risk, & there’s much more to that than just words on paper. TreadRight supports projects that encourage the development of tourism by encouraging initiatives which benefit a destination's

environment, natural & cultural heritage, & community. In partnership with TreadRight, Contiki continues to work with Celine Cousteau & the MAR Leaders, now for the second year. 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.

Meet Cèline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.22-23

What’s more, TreadRight is committed to continuing with this support for sustainable tourism for years to come - as the primary sponsors of The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices around the world. To learn more please visit www.treadright.org.

recycling The Travel Corporation & Contiki are committed to using 100% recycled paper for the body stock of our brochures. The environmental benefits are important in the following ways: • Using paper made from recycled fibre means we save approx. 67,000 trees per year* & less waste being deposited into landfills. • The paper mill uses a chlorine free fibre bleaching process

(PCF) that avoids potential dioxins from being released into adjoining waterways. • The paper mill uses a complex filtration process that returns the river water in a cleaner state than initially received. • Using 100% recovered fibres means that the mill uses approx one fifth of the energy that would be required to produce paper from primary fibres.

• The body stock paper in our brochures meets the following Forest/Environmental/Process Certifications: PEFC, Blue Angel, ISO 9001 & 14001. • We are proud to commit to use one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. * Calculation based on that provided by The Environmental Defense Fund.

our coa aches s 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.

CARBON EMISSIONS 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.

174-175 Treadright2.indd 2

05/09/2012 10:30


174 | 175

contiki THE world around

LATIN AMERICA

ASIA

Peru, Argentina & Brazil, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Mexico & Costa Rica

Inc. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & China

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND Inc. Diving, sailing & ski options

USA & CANADA Including Hawaii Stopovers

174-175 Treadright2.indd 3

05/09/2012 10:31


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

Travel Agent Reservations

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

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

Contiki Holidays

How to book

Europe 2013 - 2014

• 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. • 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. • 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.

Groups & special interest tours Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, North America, Central America, Latin 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.

Europe Summer 2013/14

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.173 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

Contiki loves the planet

you have one life one shot so make it count

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.

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

01-176 Europe 2013 Cover.indd 1

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. Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime.

THE ORIGINAL

SINCE '62

05/09/2012 14:40

Contiki Holidays Europe Summer eBrochure 2013-14 (NZD)  

Contiki Holidays Europe Summer eBrochure 2013-14 (NZD)

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you