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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.

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EUROPE 2013/4 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?

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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

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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

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Summer Winter

Summer Winter

R1281/day from R1046/day from

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Trail to Rome

The Northern Trek

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.105

26 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.133

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

Trail to London

The Easy Rider

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.105

32 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.134

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.75

European Escapade

The Big Chill

Turkish Sailing

25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.106

46 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.136

WINTER Tour & SKI AUSTRIA

European Magic

Ireland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.76

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

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.54

Croatian Island Hopper

European Contrasts plus Corfu & sailing options

European Discovery

Scotland & Ireland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.77

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.108

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.34

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.54

Croatian Island Cruising

European Adventurer

Best of Europe

England & Scotland

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.78

37 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See web

From R632/day

10/13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.36

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.55

Greek Island Hopping

London to Athens

Winter Wanderer

Amsterdam to Barcelona

Scotland

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.80

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.110

24 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.142

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.38

6 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.55

Spotlight on Greece

Ski Austria

Road to Athens & Road to Rome

Great Britain & Ireland

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.82

London to Athens plus Greek Island Adventurer

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.56

London & Paris

Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Island Hopping

Road to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping

7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.58-59

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.83

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See web

London, Paris & Amsterdam

Spotlight on Greece plus cruises

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

8/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.83

London, Paris & Rome

Aegean Classic & Golden Fleece Cruises

17/13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.39

Road to Athens plus cruises 21/25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See web

European Encounter 16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.40

European Impressions 18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.42

European Inspiration 19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.44

European Vista 21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

Simply Italy 12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.62

Spanish Spree

28 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.48

13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

key These tours also operate in Winter. See p.138 for more.

Easypace tours. See p.12 for more.

Mykonos & Island Cruising 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.85

Concept Tours multi-country

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64

European Panorama

33 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See web

6/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.84 & web

Italian Espresso

Mediterranean Highlights

European Explorer plus Island & Cruising Options

Mediterranean Trail 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.68

Mediterranean Trail plus Greek Island Hopping

Summer Winter

R945/day from R920/day from

Ultimate European plus Greek Island Hopping

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.94

18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.96

European Experience 20 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.98

European Spirit 22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.100

FESTIVALS & DAY TRIPS

From R622/day

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.112-113

Ultimate European plus Egypt option 45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.113

Greek Island Adventurer 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

Munich Oktoberfest 4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.147

Pamplona – Running of the Bulls 4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.148

Best of Russia

Pamplona plus Bilbao BBK Live

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.115

6/8 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.149

Scandinavia & Russia Plus

Bilbao BBK Live

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.116

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.149

Scandinavia 9/12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.118 12/14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.120

Mediterranean Trail plus cruises Egypt & The Nile

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.111

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.92

European Whirl

13/17 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.69

London to Rome

Russia Plus

European Highlights

1 or 2 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.144

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.111

European Horizon

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.69

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.70

CAMPING TOURS MULTI-COUNTRY

Anzac Classic / Odyssey 4/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.150

London Explorer 3/5 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.151

Amsterdam in Easter 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.151

Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo

From R743/day

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.151

The Little Hopper

1 day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.151

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.126

Paris at Christmas

The Escape 12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.127

Royal Ascot

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.152

Amsterdam at Christmas

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Eastern Road

23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

BOOK MARK

Berlin, Prague & Vienna

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.128

Eastern Rocker

The Easy Roller

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.103

Paris at New Year

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.129

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.153

Berlin to Budapest

Eastern Trail

The Expedition

Amsterdam at New Year

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.73

9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.130

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.153

Berlin & Prague

Western Rocker

The Southern Trail

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.132

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.153

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13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.71

European Trail

The Mini Rider

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.152

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.152

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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.

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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.

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When you travel Europe, you want to make sure you do it right. You want special treatment and exclusive access that turns a regular trip into the trip of a lifetime. That’s why Contiki 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.

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styles Not all travellers are the same and we know that. Some people are looking for creature comforts; others just want the bare essentials. Our Contiki Backstage Pass gives you exclusive ways to see Europe no matter how you want to travel. 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.124) on Camping tours.

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Time Out Multi-Country hotel tours

Time Out In-Depth Regional hotel tours

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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.90) • 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

Your team

• 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?

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

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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 Christmas & 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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.28, p.53, p.89 & p.125

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 or taking to the seas for some watersports in Corfu. 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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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,

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trattorias or tavernas. You’ll get a chance to meet the local characters, and really indulge in the regional specialities. See p.52-53 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.88-91 & p.124-125 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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 LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION “Winning the Contiki Earth Week competition to Mexico was an amazing & eye-opening experience. Not only did I get to dive the Mesoamerican Reef with Céline Cousteau and the MAR team, I expe perienced first-hand the amazing work being done in sustaining our marine ecosystems. My fellow travellers and the Contiki team were fantastic and I have made friends that I will keep forever”.

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 implemented 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

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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 mee etups

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

Reviews

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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

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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

R1781/Day

R1689/Day

Compare other ways to travel with Contiki in a day Camping from R743/Day Concept from R920/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

R1046/Day

Time Out In-Depth Regional from

R938/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) p.46-47, 14 Day Spanish Spree (Winter) p.64-65, 23 Day European Trail (Winter) p.102, 46 Day The Big Chill p.136-137 Food fund is included in the Camping & Concept tour comparisons above.

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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 p.154 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 R5045

2 or more Book 2 or more Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get R550 off your second tour.

triple share 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 27th Dec 2012 & save up to 10%.

Save up to R3785 Pay in full on or before 28th Feb 2013 & save up to 7.5%.

Save up to R2520 Pay in full on or before 30th Apr 2013 & save up to 5%. * Pay Early Savings of R5045, R3785 & R2520 based on 33 Day European Explorer see contiki.com/explorer.

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.

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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 R90 for each day that you miss & will cover your air ticket costs. See more on p.154. Note: Travel agent fees may apply.

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

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HOTEL TOURS

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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.52-53.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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• 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

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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

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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.

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european magic 9 Days 7 countries From R10489pp* R1166 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

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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.

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Total Cost R pp*

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

12359 12359 12685 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 13469 13469 13469 13469

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

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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

13469 13469 13469 13469 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999 12999

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Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHH 2014

2013

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Amsterdam). Ferry across the English Channel & head 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

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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

11085 11085 10815 10815 10815 10815 10815 11359 11359 11359

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

11359 11359 11359 10489 10489 10489 10489 10815 10815

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 R1345. 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 R3255. WWHH - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2845. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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How much & when Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost R 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

17199 17199 17199 17199 17199 17199 17655 17655 17655 17655 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745

2013

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

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

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost R 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

18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 18109 17199

2013 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

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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

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Day 2: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals & cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & 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

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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

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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

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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 R1870. 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

14349 14349 14349 14349 14135 14135 14135 14135 14135 14135 14135 14135 14559 14559 14559 14559 14559 14559

Dec 28 Dec 30

Jan 8 Jan 10

14559 14559

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

14559 14559 14559 14559 13715 13715 13715 13715 13715 13715 13715 13995 13995

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

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or tripleshare). BBHD - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of R4529. WWHW - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R3645. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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

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13 Days 7 countries From R21275pp* R1637 per day FRANCE BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC ITALY / VATICAN CITY

BERLIN

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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!! :)

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Total Cost R pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

21275 21275 21275 21275 21275 22025 22025

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

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

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

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

Day 5: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, 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

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

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

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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

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

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Finish Rome

Total Cost R pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

22025 21275 21275 21275 21275 21275

2013 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

Finish Rome

Total Cost R pp*

2013 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

22 29 5 19 3 10 17

Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost R pp*

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

31 7 14 28 12 19 26

15729 15729 15729 15729 16285 16285 16285

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

31 14 28 4 11 25

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

17 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging High speed train journey between Paris & Amsterdam

Summer 2013 Code: BBTAM Start Ams’dam

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

PARIS 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

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* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBTC - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of R6385. Tour starts 6:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of R4719. Tour starts 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Flight from Prague to Rome Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R2030. 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 R550 with our multi tour discount. See p.27. The ‘Best of Europe’ tour will easily Mix+Match with: Simply Italy (p.60-61) Italian Espresso (p.62-63)

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 R15729pp* R1573 per day STUCK FOR TIME? Start your tour in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 10 days.

$

Pay early & save up to R1459. See p.27 for details.

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

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NETHERLANDS Edam

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2 AMSTERDAM

amsterdam TO barcelona

BELGIUM

Germany Champagne Region

2 PARIS

easypace

Burgundy Region

SWITZ

11 Days 7 countries

LUCERNE 2

FRANCE

Swiss Alps Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

From R16265pp* R1479 per day

ITALY

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN Portugal

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

BARCELONA 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BARCELONA

backstage pass Inclusions • 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

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing

switzerland amsterdam

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

How much & when

10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 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

$

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost R pp*

2013 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

3 17 24 7 21 28 5

Start Ams’dam

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost R pp*

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13 27 3 17 1 8 15

16265 16685 16685 16685 16685 16685 17439

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

12 19 2 23 30 6

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam Check-in to your hotel & explore this free-wheeling, vibrant city. Later, meet up with your Contiki team. (D)

Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,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 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

• •

Summer 2013 Code: BBAB Start Ams’dam

What’s Included:

Places visited Nightstops

22 29 12 2 9 16

17439 17439 17439 16685 16685 16685

* 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 R4999 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 6:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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

• •

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

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

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 8: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later

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

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1740. See p.27 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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road TO ATHENS

TIME OUT NORTH SEA

ENGLAND

Road to Athens 17 days

Poland

Netherlands

London Dover

Belgium

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

17 Days 8 countries

GERMANY Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

Slovakia

SWITZ

1 LUCERNE Brenner Pass Slovenia VENICE 2

Swiss Alps

From R21935pp* R1291 per day

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Pisa

ITALY

Serbia

Montenegro

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius

Vatican City

Inclusions

Hungary

AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

FRANCE

backstage pass

2 TYROL

Burgundy Region

Albania

Pompeii Brindisi

GREECE

1

2 CORFU

1

1

PARIS

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Featured Hotel night

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

••

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

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

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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)

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Enjoy a scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Day 8: Venice Meander along alleyways & canals to art-filled palazzi, quaint local shops, bars & markets. (B) Take a private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals M Gondola ride along the canals

• • •

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

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

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Day 11: Florence to Rome Farewell to Florence as we roll through Umbria’s hills & vineyards to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City

Day 12: Rome Tap into this living museum & later 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 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) 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 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

• •

IONIAN SEA

ATHENS 1 Corinth Canal

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

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

Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

21935 21935 22515 23095 23095 23095 23095 23095 23095 23095 23095 23905 23905

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

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Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

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

23905 23905 23905 23905 23905 23905 23095 23095 23095 23095 23095 23095

2013 9 16 30 13 18 20 27 4 9 11 16 18 23

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

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

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

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 R5775 & 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

road to rome

• ‘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

What’s Included: 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

exte n sio n If you have more time, you can add a 3 or 7 day Greek Island Cruise, or a 3 day Greek Island Hopping to your tour. See contiki.com for full details.

$

end rome 13 days

SAVE

From R16619pp* R1279 per day

Pay early & save up to R2390. See p.27 for details.

STUCK FOR TIME?

10

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

Visit contiki.com/ road-rome

Tour code: BBRL See price panel on left for departure dates & deduct R5316 for price to pay. Single room supp. R4545.

$

Pay early & save up to R1855. See p.27 for details.

World Heritage sites visited

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european encounter 16 Days 10 countries From R17345pp* R1085 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!

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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 R pp*

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

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Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost R pp*

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

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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

21189 21189 21745 21745 22305 22305 22305 22305 22305 22305 22305 22305 22305 22305 23095 23095 23095

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

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

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Jan 11 Jan 15

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Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr

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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 R2309. 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 R5575. WWHZ - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R4599. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

rome

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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,

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THE TYROL

28/09/2012 11:04


european impressions 18 Days 10 countries From R23179pp* R1288 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

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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

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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

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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 R 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 R 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

23179 23179 23789 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399 25129 25129

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

25129 25129 25129 25129 25129 25129 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399 24399

* 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 R6099 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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 R2510. 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

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european inspiration easypace

19 Days 9 countries From R20135pp* R1060 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

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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

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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 R 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 R pp*

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

26495 26495 26495 26495 26495 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465

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

24195 24195 24835 24835 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 25465 26495 26495 26495

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

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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

21015 21015 21015 20705 20705 20705 20705 20705 20705 21325 21325 21325 21325 21325 21325

Dec 30

Jan 17

21325

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

21325 21325 21325 21325 20135 20135 20135 20135 20135 20135 20495 20495

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 R2649. 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 R6369. WWAP - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R5335. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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

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ROME

28/09/2012 11:08


european vista 21 Days 10 countries From R21949pp* R1046 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 :(

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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 R pp*

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

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

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost R pp*

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

29155 29155 29155 29155 29155 29155 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889

2013 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

26495 26495 26495 27195 27195 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 27889 29155 29155

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

19 26 2 16 23 30 7 14 16 18 23

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 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan

8 15 22 6 13 20 27 3 5 7 12

22969 22969 22629 22629 22629 22629 22629 22629 23309 23309 23309

Dec 30

Jan 19

23309

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

23309 23309 21949 21949 21949 21949 22405 22405

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 R2915. 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 R6975. WWHT - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R5829. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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

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lucerne

28/09/2012 11:09


european panorama 28 Days 12 countries From R36585pp* R1307 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

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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.

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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

• •

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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 R 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

36585 36585 37549 38515 38515 38515 38515 38515 40065 40065

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost R 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

40065 40065 40065 40065 38515 38515 38515 38515 38515

* 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 R9629 & 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

European Panorama 28 days What’s Included: 25 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 7 nights in Contiki’s Feature Hotels, 18 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 R4005. 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)

28/09/2012 11:10


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.

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28/09/2012 11:11


50 | 51 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 50-51 Heritage.indd 3

28/09/2012 11:12


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

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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.

28/09/2012 11:13


52 | 53

cruising with contiki

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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.

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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

28/09/2012 11:13


Visit contiki.com/ireland S

ireland LONDONDERRY 1

8 Days 1 country

Belfast ATLANTIC OCEAN

N.IRELAND

REP. OF IRELAND

From R9699pp* R1213 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 R pp*

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

9699 9699 9699 9955 9955 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10569 10569 10569 10569 10569

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 R pp*

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

10569 10569 10569 10569 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215 10215

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 R1055. See p.27 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

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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 R2555. Tour starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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 R16995pp* R1308 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.55.

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 R4475.

Visit contiki.com/scotland-ireland

$

Pay early & save up to R1850. See p.27 for details.

28/09/2012 11:14


54 | 55 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 R11855pp* R1318 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 R1390 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)

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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 R pp*

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

11855 11855 11855 11855 12165 12165 12479 12479 12479 12479 12479 12479 12479 12479 12479 12479 12915 12915 12915

What’s Included:

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost R 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

12915 12915 12915 12915 12915 12915 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855 11855

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

10425 10275 10275 10585 10585

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

10585 9965 9965

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1290. See p.27 for details.

7

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Scottish highlands

scotland 6 days From R8235pp* R1373 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 R2165.

Visit contiki.com/ scotland

$

Pay early & save up to R895. 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 R3119. WWBR - Winter 2013/14 - 8 days Single room supplement of R2645. 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.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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.

28/09/2012 11:15


great britain & ireland 16 Days 5 countries From R18955pp* R1185 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

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28/09/2012 11:16


56 | 57

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 R pp*

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

18955 18955 18955 18955 19455 19455 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 20655 20655 20655

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 R pp*

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

20655 20655 20655 20655 20655 20655 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955 19955

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

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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

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 R4989. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

SAVE Pay early & save up to R2065. See p.27 for details.

7 World Heritage sites visited

ARAN ISLANDS

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

• ••

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.

28/09/2012 11:17


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 R9075pp* R1297 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 crossing

6 World Heritage sites visited

exte n sio n This tour can be extended from Paris to Amsterdam or Rome. See p.59 for details.

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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 R pp*

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

10359 10359 10635 10635 10905 10905 10905 10905 10905 10905 10905 11285

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 R pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

11285 11285 11285 11285 10905 10905 10905 10905 10905 10905 10905

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

9495 9495 9355 9355 9355 9635 9635 9635

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

9635 9635 9075 9075 9075 9265 9265

* 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 R2725. WWGE - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2409. 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 R1125. See p.27 for details.

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Visit contiki.com/london-paris-plus

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGP

+ paris extension easypace

9 Days, 2 countries From R10955pp* R1218 per day Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.58. 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 R pp*

Start London

Finish Paris

Total Cost R 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

12699 12699 13035 13035 13369 13369 13369 13369 13369 13369 13369 13835

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

13835 13835 13835 13835 13369 13369 13369 13369 13369 13369 13369

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

11465 11465 11295 11295 11295 11635 11635 11635

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

11635 11635 10955 10955 10955 11179 11179

london & paris + 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 R12269pp* R1364 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 R pp*

13929 13929 14295 14295 14665 14665 14665 14665 14665 14665 14665 15175

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 R pp*

15175 15175 15175 15175 14665 14665 14665 14665 14665 14665 14665

w

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWGA

Itinerary & sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.58. 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

12835 12835 12645 12645 12645 13025 13025 13025

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 R3665. WWGA - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R3255.

+ rome

10 Days, 3 countries From R13615pp* R1362 per day

Start London

Finish Rome

Total Cost R 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

14685 14685 15075 15075 15459 15459 15459 15459 15459 15459 15459 15999

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

Itinerary & sightseeing

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

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••

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

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

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

14245 14245 14035 14035 14035 14455 14455 14455

backstage pass Inclusions See inclusions on the opposite page

ME Time optionals

Paris extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Amsterdam extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Train journey & transfer to hotel Rome extension: 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Flight to Rome & transfer to hotel (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)

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging (days 1-7)

Start London

Finish Rome

Total Cost R 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

15999 15999 15999 15999 15459 15459 15459 15459 15459 15459 15459

2014 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 25 Feb 22 Mar 1 Mar 15 Mar 22

9/10 days

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

Paris, Amsterdam or Rome

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team (days 1-7)

Summer 2013 Code: BBGR

london & paris

Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.58.

13025 13025 12269 12269 12269 12525 12525

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

London & Paris +

What’s Included:

Summer 2013 Code: BBGA Start London

time out

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

BBGP - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of R3345. WWGP - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2909.

How much & when

Visit contiki.com/london-amsterdam

easypace

Start London

easypace

london & paris

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

13 20 3 3 10 24 31

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$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1515. See p.27 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

14455 14455 13615 13615 13615 13895 13895

* 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 R3865. WWGR - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R3615. Tours start 6:00pm & end approx. 8:00am.

LONDON EYE

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simply italy 12 Days 2 countries From R13025pp* R1086 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 (summer departures only) • 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

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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 R pp*

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

15195 15195 15195 15595 15595 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 16395 16395 16395

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 R pp*

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

16395 16395 16395 16395 16395 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15995 15195

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. 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

13635 13635 13429 13429 13429 13835 13835 13835

Dec 30

Jan 10

13835

Jan Feb Mar Mar

13835 13025 13025 13295

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 R1639. 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 R4799. WWSY - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R4845. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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 R550 with our multi tour discount. See p.27. Fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.80-81. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.53.

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

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italian espresso easypace

8 Days 2 countries From R9299pp* R1163 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...

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chianti region

TIME OUT

How much & when Finish Venice or Rome

Total Cost R pp*

Finish Venice or Rome

Total Cost R pp*

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

10299 10299 10575 10845 10845 10845 10845 10845 10845 10845 11119 11119

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

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

11119 11119 11119 11119 11119 11119 10845 10845 10845 10845 10845 10845

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

9735 9595 9595 9595 9885 9885

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

9885 9885 9299 9299 9499

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1110. 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 R3255. WWHI - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R3065. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Venice or approx 6:00pm in Rome. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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.

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.80-81 or connect with the ‘Spotlight on Greece’ tour detailed on p.82-83. Alternatively, fly to Berlin & connect with the ‘Eastern Road’ tour detailed on p.71. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.53.

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

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Learn to make pizza

28/09/2012 11:29


spanish spree 14 Days 2 countries From R13119pp* R938 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

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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 R pp*

Finish Madrid

Total Cost R pp*

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

18889 18889 18889 18425 18425 18425 18425 18425 18425 18425

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

17499 17965 18425 18425 18425 18425 18425 18889 18889 18889 18889

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

13729 13525 13935 13935

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

13935 13119 13389

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

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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 R6449. WWEH - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R4875. 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. ■ These tours will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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 R1710. 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 R550 with our multi tour discount. See p.27. Fly to Rome & connect with the ‘Simply Italy’ tour. See p.60-61. Alternatively, fly to Athens & connect with the ‘Greek Island Hopping’ tour detailed on p.80-81. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.53.

ibiza

• •

try paella

28/09/2012 11:31


mediterranean highlights 13 Days 5 countries From R13789pp* R1061 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 (summer departures only) • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums • Explore the Palace of the Spanish Royal Family on our locally guided tour Plus 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

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Learn flamenco in Barcelona, spot the rich & famous on the French Riviera & work on your tan on the Med coast. Indulge in the delights of Tuscany, discover ancient Rome & soak up the Spanish flavour of Madrid, plus more ...

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 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

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)

• •

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 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)

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How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBMD Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost R pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug

17725 17725 17725 17725 18349 18349 18349

2013 May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

18 1 15 29 6 13 20

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost R pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct

18349 18349 18349 17725 17725 17725

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

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2014 Nov 14 Dec 12

14215 14215

Jan 8 Mar 1

Jan 20 Mar 13

14645 13789

* 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 R6215. WWMD - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R5419. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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

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 R pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

16419 16845 16845 16845 16845 17435 17435

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

6 20 3 17 24 1 8

What’s Included:

Finish Madrid

Total Cost R pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

17435 17435 17435 16845 16845 16845

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 R1830. 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 Cinque Terre region. (B) Visit the towns of Monterosso, Portovenere & La Spezia See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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 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

MADRID

Itinerary & Sightseeing

TIME OUT

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

15 22 29 12 26 9

27 3 10 24 7 21

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2014 Nov 2 Nov 30 Jan 8

14429 14215 14645

Feb 17

Mar 1

13789

* 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 R5895. WWDM - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R5419. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

28/09/2012 11:32


Visit contiki.com/trail

easypace

mediterranean trail 10 Days 3 countries

Serbia

Montenegro

ADRIATIC SEA

ITALY

3 ROME Vatican City

From R14099pp* R1410 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 R1480. 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.53)

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 R pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

14099 14465 14465 14465 14465 14465 14465 14825 14825

2013 8 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

14825 14825 14825 14825 14465 14465 14465 14465 14465

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 R3615 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE

28/09/2012 15:04


Summer 2013 Code: METIH

mediterranean trail + greek island hopping

Start Rome

AEGEAN SEA

C CORINTH CANAL

easypace

Piraeus

22 Days, 3 countries From R27425pp* R1247 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.

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Istanbul

mediterranean trail AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Athens

easypace

GREECE

17 Days, 4 countries From R24535pp* R1444 per day Places visited

Patmos

Santorini

Rhodes

19 25 10 16 31 6

27425 26985 27425 26985 28115 27675

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 R pp*

28115 27675 27425 26985 27425

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 R6855 & 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 nights accommodation. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

What’s Included: 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.53) 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.68

5

World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

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.53)

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities R pp* R 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

1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530

21035 21575 21575 21575 21575 21575 21575 22115 22115 22115 22115 22115 22115 21575 21575 21575 21575 21575

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost R pp* R pp*

Twin In Total Cost R pp*

22565 23105 23105 23105 23105 23105 23105 23645 23645 23645 23645 23645 23645 23105 23105 23105 23105 23105

20889 21385 21385 21385 21385 21385 21385 21885 21885 21885 21885 21885 21885 21385 21385 21385 21385 21385

19359 19855 19855 19855 19855 19855 19855 20355 20355 20355 20355 20355 20355 19855 19855 19855 19855 19855

* 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 R4965 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or R5395 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.68

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.53)

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 R pp* R pp*

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost R pp* R pp*

Twin In Total Cost R pp*

May 24 Jun 7 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 5 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27

30379 31059 31059 31059 31059 31059 31059 31059 31059

24535 25065 25065 25065 25065 25065 25065 25065 25065

3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900

26479 27159 27159 27159 27159 27159 27159 27159 27159

20635 21165 21165 21165 21165 21165 21165 21165 21165

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

Nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing

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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)

Total Cost R 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 R20889pp* R1607 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)

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How much & when

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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 R5295 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or R6789 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 & 17 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the tour without needing extra ngihts accommodation. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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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.68

8

World Heritage sites visited

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egypt & THE NILE

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Israel

2 CAIRO

8 Days 1 country

EZ SU OF LF GU

Giza Sakkara

1

EGYPT

THE NILE

From R9125pp* R1141 per day

1 HURGHADA 1 LUXOR Esna

RED SEA

1 EDFU

backstage pass

Kom Ombo

ASWAN 1

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 expert - plus more

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 accommodation (more on p.30-31 & p.53) 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

1

THE NILE

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Summer 2013 Code: BBEG Start Cairo

Finish Cairo

Total Cost R pp*

30 6 13 20 27 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29

Finish Cairo

Total Cost R pp*

2013

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

Start Cairo

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

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

9335 9335 9335 9335 9335 9579 9579 9825 9825 9825 9825 9825 9825 9825

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

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

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

10069 10069 10069 10069 10069 10069 9825 9825 9825 9825 9825 9825 9825

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

19 26 9 23 7 14 21 28

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

26 2 16 30 14 21 28 4

9549 9549 9409 9409 9409 9409 9695 9695

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

9695 9695 9695 9125 9125 9125 9315

* 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.

The Nile Cruise: Cruise the Nile on a superb ship featuring luxury cabins, all with private shower, WC, TV & air-conditioning

BBEG - Summer 2013 Single room supplement of R2939.

Cruise Amenities: Swimming pool, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, bars, gift shop, disco

Note: Single room supplement does not apply to night 2. Overnight train cabins are twin-share only.

WTEG - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2825.

Tour starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am For more ways to save see p.27.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1005. See p.27 for details.

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

3 World Heritage sites visited

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LAKE NASSAR

Places visited Nightstops

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

religious centre of Edfu to its most famous attraction, the Temple of Horus the Avenger. Later, we set sail & meander up the Nile to Luxor, where we’ll literally walk like an Egyptian on a stroll up the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes. (B,L,D) Day 6: Luxor to Hurghada Be amazed by the sheer volume of famous monuments around Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings before we hit beachside Hurghada. Maybe do some shopping, chill at the beach & get into the city’s many bars, restaurants & cool nightlife. (B)

See the the Colossos of Memnon M Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak Day 7: Hurghada to Cairo Today it’s back to Cairo for some last minute shopping. Tonight, enjoy our farewell dinner & a final night on the town. (B,D) Day 8: Depart Cairo The 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 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. 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 &

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Eastern Road 13 days

easypace

13 Days 6 countries

backstage pass Inclusions WARSAW 2

BERLIN 2

From R15295pp* R1177 per day

POLAND GERMANY Czestochowa

Dresden

Auschwitz

2 KRAKOW

2 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

Ukra

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 2 AUSTRIA

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

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

prague

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

• •

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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

Summer 2013 Code: BBRH

• •

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)

How much & when Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost R pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

15295 15295 15695 15695 15695 15695 15695 16245 16245

2013

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

• •

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.

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 R pp*

Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

16245 16245 16245 15695 15695 15695 15695 15695 15695

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

• 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

ME Time optionals

HUNGARY

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)

easypace

time out

2 9 16 30 6 13 20 27 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). Single room supplement of R3925 & 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

What’s Included: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) 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 R1620. See p.27 for details.

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

BERLIN

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

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easypace

berlin & prague + vienna 9 Days 3 countries BERLIN 3

From R9545pp* R1061 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

AUSTRIA Switz

1

VIENNA

How much & when Finish Vienna

Total Cost R 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 R 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

12415 12415 12415 11995 11995 11995 11995 11995 11995

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWBV

w

11395 11395 11695 11995 11995 11995 11995 12415 12415

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

9985 9835 9835 9835 9835 10135 10135 10135

Dec 30

Jan 7

10135

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

10135 10135 9545 9545 9739

2014 Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 15 9 23

Italy

Slovenia

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Summer 2013 Code: BBBV Start Berlin

Places visited Nightstops

Hungary

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 R2999. WWBV - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2535. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Vienna. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. For details of winter tours between Oct 2012 - Mar 2013, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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.

exte n sio n This tour can be extended from Vienna to Budapest. See p.73 for details.

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$

SAVE

Pay early & save up to R1240. See p.27 for details.

PRAGUE

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11 Days 5 countries

Berlin to Budapest 11 days backstage pass

BERLIN 3

Inclusions

Netherlands Poland

GERMANY

From R10855pp* R987 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 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) 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

• • • •

Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M World War II bunker tour Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D) See the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city. Spend the day experiencing its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! You can opt for a taste of the city’s legendary music scene at a Mozart & Strauss concert. (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Day 9: Vienna to Budapest Hit up three capital cities today! From Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia & then onto the lively arts, café & music scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B)

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 R pp*

Finish Budapest

Total Cost R pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

13945 13945 14309 14675 14675 14675 14675 15195 15195

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

30 6 13 3 10 17 24 1 8

15195 15195 15195 14675 14675 14675 14675 14675 14675

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWIT

w

14 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D)

11525 11525 10855 10855 11079

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

11355 11189 11189 11189 11189 11525 11525 11525

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 R3669. WWIT - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2885. 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.156. For travel insurance see p.155. 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 R1519. See p.27 for details.

BERLIN

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VIENNA

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How much & when

berlin & prague

Summer 2013 Code: BBBP Finish Prague

Total Cost R pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

26 2 9 30 6 13 20 27 4

9505 9505 9505 9185 9185 9185 9185 9185 9185

Winter 2013/14 Code: WWBP

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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 R7575pp* R1083 per day

BERLIN 3 Poland

Dresden

3 PRAGUE

13 27 11 25 1 22 29 6 13

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

8725 8725 8955 9185 9185 9185 9185 9505 9505

2013 19 3 17 31 7 28 5 12 19

2013 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec

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.73 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.73.

Make the most of your free time with ME Time optionals

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep

20 27 3 24 31 7 14 21 28

easypace

5 Days 3 countries From R5955pp* R1191 per day

Czech Rep

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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.73 for details.

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SLOVAKIA

Germany

VIENNA 2

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY Slovenia

Italy

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

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)

7925 7805 7805 7805 7805 8045 8045 8045

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

4 18 15 9 23

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

10 24 21 15 29

8045 8045 7575 7575 7729

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 R2295. WWBP - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R2015. 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.155.

$

SAVE

Pay early & save up to R950. 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 R pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

7325 7515 7705 7705 7705 7705 7975 7975 7975

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.73. Make the most of your free time with ME Time optionals

Start Vienna

Finish Budapest

Total Cost R pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

7975 7975 7975 7705 7705 7705 7705 7705 7705

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)

25 8 15 6 20 28 2 5

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Start Vienna

Poland

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

2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

Summer 2013 Code: BBVB

vienna & budapest

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

19 2 9 30 14 22 27 30

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 R 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

6235 6145 6145 6145 6325 6325

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

6325 6325 6325 5955 5955 6079 6079

* 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 R1929. WWVB - Winter 2013/14 Single room supplement of R1585. 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 R795. See p.27 for details.

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Macedonia GREECE

turkey

2 ISTANBUL Gallipoli

1 CANAKKALE Troy

TURKEY

& greek island odyssey CORINTH CANAL

time out Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey 10 days

Pergamum AEGEAN SEA

Athens

backstage pass

IZMIR 1 KUSADASI 1

10 Days 2 countries

PAMUKKALE 1 Ephesus

Patmos

Hieropolis

Santorini

From R15119pp* R1512 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

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 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 7: Kusadasi to Rhodes Board your cruise ship & set sail to Rhodes via Patmos in the Greek Islands. (B,D,S)

• •

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

• ••

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 R pp* Total Cost R pp* Total Cost R pp* R pp* R 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

2090 2090 2090 2090 2090 2090 2090 2090 2090

14399 14399 14399 14759 14759 14759 14399 14399 14399

16489 16489 16489 16849 16849 16849 16489 16489 16489

13029 13029 13029 13355 13355 13355 13029 13029 13029

15119 15119 15119 15445 15445 15445 15119 15119 15119

* 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 R3929 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or R4319 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

9 nights accommodation: 6 night in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (twin or triple-share) (more on p.30-31 & p.53) 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

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1475. 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

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

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TURKISH SAILING 8 Days 1 country From R4665pp* R584 per day

TURKEY

bodrum 2 YALICIFTLIK cokertme 1 1

Karacasogut 1 tuzla 1 1 1 English KISEBUKU Harbour

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

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing Bodrum

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBTS

ME Time optionals

Start Bodrum

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

2013

What’s Included: 7 nights accommodation on a traditional Turkish Gullet boat (more on p.53) 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) A dedicated captain & crew Port & visitors taxes

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R615. 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.

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Nightstops

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

Finish Bodrum

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

Port Taxes & Supplements R pp*

Tour R pp*

750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750

3915 4755 4755 4755 4755 5845 5845 5845 5845 6169 6169 6169 6169 6169 6169 5845 4755 4755

Total Cost R pp*

4665 5505 5505 5505 5505 6595 6595 6595 6595 6919 6919 6919 6919 6919 6919 6595 5505 5505

* Prices above are based on two person berths.

If you’re travelling solo we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single cabin supplement add R5529. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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 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

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

Kisebuku. Tonight take a well-deserved swim, sunbake & chill in this remote bay. (B,L,D) Explore the Byzantine ruins of Kisebuku

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) 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 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 mudbath, 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

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north - start dubrovnik Visit contiki.com/mykonos-cruising BOL 1 wild bay 1 1 1 HVAR

CROATIAN

Croatian Island Hopper 8 days

KORCULA 1

ISLAND HOPPER

1 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

1

Nightstops

cruise croatia

2 ways to go

south - start split Split

8 Days 1 country

easypace

TIME OUT

MAKARSKA

• ‘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

CROATIA

1 MAKARSKA PUCISCA 1 wild 1 1 BOL bay 1 HVAR 1 KORCULA

From R10955pp* R1370 per day

ADRIATIC SEA

1

1 DUBROVNIK

Places visited Nightstops

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

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) Day 2: Dubrovnik to Korčula Today set sail for Korčula, home of Marco Polo. The Old Town’s cobbled streets are perfect for exploring & its hidden bars in old turrets are the ideal spot for a blissful sunset. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town

Day 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)

easypace

CROATIA

SPLIT 1

See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

What’s Included:

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)

7 nights twin-share accommodation on a sailing cruise boat (more on p.30-31 & p.53) 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 6 lunches (L) 1 dinner (D)

ONE OF OUR BOATS

south This tour follows the same itinerary as the North with the exception of day 7 where you spend the night in Split.

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBDI Start Finish Dubrovnik 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)

Port Taxes & On or On or above Below Supplements above deck Total Cost deck R pp* R pp* R pp* R pp*

Below Total Cost R pp*

2013 Jul Jul Aug Aug

6 20 3 17

Jul Jul Aug Aug

13 27 10 24

900 900 900 900

10735 11635 10055 11275 12175 10635 11275 12175 10635 11275 12175 10635

10955 11535 11535 11535

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)

Summer 2013 Code: BBSI Start Split

Finish Port Taxes & On or On or above Below D’rovnik Supplements above deck Total Cost deck R pp* R pp* R pp* R pp*

Below Total Cost R pp*

29 13 27 10

Orientations of all destinations Port & visitors taxes

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1125. See p.27 for details.

2

2013 Jun Jul Jul Aug

A dedicated captain & crew with an experienced & professional Contiki representative

Jul Jul Aug Aug

6 20 3 17

900 900 900 900

10735 11635 10055 11275 12175 10635 11275 12175 10635 11275 12175 10635

10955 11535 11535 11535

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. Single on or above deck cabin supplement add R7895. Single below deck cabin supplement add R7445. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. DUBROVNIK

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croatian island cruising 8 Days 1 country From R7815pp* R977 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

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

KORCULA

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

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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 R pp* R pp* R pp* R pp*

Below Total Cost R 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

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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

900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900 900

7785 8345 8345 8345 9515 9765 10565 10565 11275 11275 11275 11275 11275 11275 10565 10565 9765 8345 7785

8685 9245 9245 9245 10415 10665 11465 11465 12175 12175 12175 12175 12175 12175 11465 11465 10665 9245 8685

6915 7205 7205 7205 8595 8845 9985 9985 10465 10465 10465 10465 10465 10465 9985 9985 8845 7205 6905

7815 8105 8105 8105 9495 9745 10885 10885 11365 11365 11365 11365 11365 11365 10885 10885 9745 8105 7805

* 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 R7779. Single below deck cabin supplement add R7325. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof port hole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A’ class boats. Tour starts 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.53) 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 R1125. 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.53). 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

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greek island hopping easypace

13 Days 3 ISLANDS From R15415pp* R1186 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

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TIME OUT Greek Island Hopping 13 days IOS

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGI Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost R 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

15415 15415 15415 15415 15415 15415 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16805 16805 16805 16805 16805 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475

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 R 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

17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 17475 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229 16229

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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

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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

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 R7325 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. Note: for operational reasons, this tour may run in reverse For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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)

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 R1745. 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 R550 with our multi tour discount. See p.27. Fly to Rome & connect with the ‘Simply Italy’ tour. See p.60-61 (selected departures). Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See p.53.

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

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spotlight on greece

Bulgaria Macedonia

4 Days 1 countrY From R6119pp* R1530 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

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

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

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

5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional local guide Modern, air-conditioned coach “Welcome to Greece” information pack Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R649. See p.27 for details.

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

ME Time optionals

3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31)

Mycenae

1

Inclusions

What’s Included:

1 ATHENS

Corinth

Summer 2013 Code: BBBS Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

6119 6119 6275 6275 6275 6495 6495

2013 Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

29 13 27 10 24 8 22

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

6495 6275 6275 6275 6275 6119

2013 2 16 30 13 27 11 25

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

5 19 2 16 30 14

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

• •• •

How much & when Start Athens

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

8 22 5 19 3 17

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

* 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 R1899 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share tour price. Tour starts 7:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 6:00pm in Athens. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

4 World Heritage sites visited

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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

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spotlight on greece

TURKEY

+ 3 day greek island cruise

AEGEAN SEA

1 ATHENS Kusadasi

GREECE

8 Days, 2 countries From R12455pp* R1557 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.

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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)

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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 R pp*

2013 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Jul 8

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

20399 20855 20479 20935 21395 21209

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 R pp*

21665 22125 20479 20935 21395

* 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 R6179 & 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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

What’s Included: 15 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 3 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel, 12 nights in hotels (more on p.30-31 & p.53) 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.82

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.53)

Start Athens

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities R pp* R 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

1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530

12205 12205 12515 12515 12515 12955 12955 12955 12515 12515 12515 12515 12205

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost R pp* R pp*

Twin In Total Cost R pp*

13735 13735 14045 14045 14045 14485 14485 14485 14045 14045 14045 14045 13735

12455 12455 12735 12735 12735 13125 13125 13125 12735 12735 12735 12735 12455

10925 10925 11205 11205 11205 11595 11595 11595 11205 11205 11205 11205 10925

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 R3399 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or R3795 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.82

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.53)

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 R18969pp* R1581 per day Places visited

Start Athens AEGEAN SEA

Piraeus GREECE

16 Days, 1 country From R20399pp* R1275 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)

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How much & when

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2013 Apr 29 May 13 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 24 Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 30

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities R pp* R pp*

Twin Out Twin In Total Cost R pp* R pp*

Twin In Total Cost R pp*

May 10 May 24 Jun 7 Jun 21 Jul 5 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 11

22175 22175 22645 22645 22645 22645 22645 22645

18969 18969 19355 19355 19355 19355 19355 19355

3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900 3900

18275 18275 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745 18745

15069 15069 15455 15455 15455 15455 15455 15455

* 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 R4689 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or R5685 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.82

7

World Heritage sites visited

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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

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aegean classic 6 Days (4 DAYS CRUISING) 2 countries From R8965pp* R1495 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.53) 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

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Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon exploring Athens. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. This evening meet up with your Cruise Representative & fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka

Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 3: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. Later on, dock at the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos & relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while watching the locals fish for the catch of the day. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos

••

M Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus 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 R pp* R pp*

Twin In Total Cost R 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

10189 10189 10189 10189 10189 10189 10189 10189 10189 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10685 10685 10685 10685 10685 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10395 10189 10189

8965 8965 8965 8965 8965 8965 8965 8965 8965 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9385 9385 9385 9385 9385 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 9135 8965 8965

2013 TURKEY

acropolis

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities R pp* R 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

2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130 2130

8059 8059 8059 8059 8059 8059 8059 8059 8059 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8555 8555 8555 8555 8555 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8059 8059

6835 6835 6835 6835 6835 6835 6835 6835 6835 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7255 7255 7255 7255 7255 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 7005 6835 6835

* 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 R1374. 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 R795 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or R995 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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mykonos & island cruising

Mykonos & Island Cruising 8 days

Albania Alb bania

8 Days 2 countries

backstage pass

AEGEAN SEA TURKEY CORINTH CANAL

From R12495pp* R1562 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.53)

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: BBGM Start Athens

Finish Athens

Tour R pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530

Port Taxes Total Gratuities Cost R pp* R pp*

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

10965 10965 10965 11239 11239 11239 10965 10965 10965 10965

12495 12495 12495 12769 12769 12769 12495 12495 12495 12495

* 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 R3319 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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 R1120. See p.27 for details.

2 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.122-123 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.

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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 accomModation Whether you’re exploring the vines at our Château, gazing at the Swiss Alps from our chalet, in a hotel or a hostel it’s all about keeping it authentic & unique. • Our Special Stopovers Our Special Stopovers are all about exceptional locations, unique local experiences & an expert local team are just the start. Our facilities 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.

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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 Teams at our Special Stopovers & Villages. They live there, so they’re in the know on all the best local things to see, do & experience. And they look after you from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Our housekeepers make sure your room is ready on arrival, while our On-site Cooks are busy in the kitchen cooking up delicious 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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 :-)

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With a blend of chilled Amsterdam, historic Germany & the action of the Alps, the European Horizon gives you a taste of everything. Throw in the floating city of Venice & the romantic vibes of Paris for good measure, it’s a guaranteed good time.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

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

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Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

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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)

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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.90-91) 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

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with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. ● This tour will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

World Heritage sites visited

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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

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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

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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

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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!!!!!!!

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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.

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

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Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) 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

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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

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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)

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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

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Day 8: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a 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

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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

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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

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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)

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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.90-91) 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 R1290. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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european whirl 18 Days 9 countries From R17325pp* R963 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

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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

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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

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Day 5: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. 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

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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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

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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

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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.90-91) 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 R1630. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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

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european experience 20 Days 10 countries From R18895pp* R945 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

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Treat yourself to a delicious mix of food, culture, sights, sounds & smells as you hit Europe’s best. From châteaux to casinos & from bikes to boats, you’ll experience it all & more.

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

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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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

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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)

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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.90-91) 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 R1750. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

• •

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

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european spirit 22 Days 11 countries From R20975pp* R954 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

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

3 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC 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

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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

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

• •

FLORENCE

Itinerary & Sightseeing

concept

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCSP Start Paris

Finish Rome

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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18155 18155 18619 18619 18619 18619 19735 19735 19735 19735 19085 19085 19085

* 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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.90-91) 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 R1970. See p.27 for details.

13 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

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BALTIC SEA

23 Days 13 countries

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

POLAND

GERMANY

London

From R21155pp* R920 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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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

20545 20545 20545 20545 20545 20545 20545 21775 21775 21775 21775 21775 21059 21059 21059 21059 21059 21059

3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450

23995 23995 23995 23995 23995 23995 23995 25225 25225 25225 25225 25225 24509 24509 24509 24509 24509 24509

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Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

10 17 24 8 22 29 5 12 19

18525 18525 18249 18249 18249 18249 18249 18795 18795

3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450

21975 21975 21699 21699 21699 21699 21699 22245 22245

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

18795 18795 17705 17705 17705 17705 18065 18065

3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450 3450

22245 22245 21155 21155 21155 21155 21515 21515

* 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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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

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concept European Trail 23 days What’s Included: 22 nights accommodation: 17 nights in hostels, 5 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.90-91) 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

EASTERN ROCKER Edam London

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

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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 R2175. See p.27 for details.

How much & when

concept

Summer 2013 Code: CCLV

Eastern Rocker 8 days

Start London or Ams’dam

NORTH SEA

ENGLAND

World Heritage sites visited

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)

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8 Days 6 countries From R7715pp* R965 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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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

7515 7515 7515 7515 7515 7515 7515 7965 7965 7965 7965 7965 7705 7705 7705 7705 7705 7705

1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255

8770 8770 8770 8770 8770 8770 8770 9220 9220 9220 9220 9220 8960 8960 8960 8960 8960 8960

25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 17 31 7 14 21 28 12

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Winter 2013/14 Code: WWLV 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

6759 6759 6665 6665 6665 6665 6665 6859 6859

1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250

8009 8009 7915 7915 7915 7915 7915 8109 8109

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

6859 6859 6465 6465 6465 6465 6595 6595

1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250

8109 8109 7715 7715 7715 7715 7845 7845

* 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.90-91) 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 crossing

5 World Heritage sites visited

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R795. See p.27 for details.

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eastern trail What’s Included: 8 nights accommodation: 7 nights in hostels, 1 night in hotel upgrade (more on p.90-91) 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 R895. See p.27 for details.

How much & when

KRAKOW 2

Auschwitz

CZECH REP

9 Days 7 countries From R8525pp* R948 per day

Summer 2013 Code: CCVR

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA

SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

Start Vienna

Finish Rome

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R 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

8475 8475 8475 8475 8475 8475 8975 8975 8975 8975 8975 8685 8685 8685 8685 8685 8685 8685

1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290

9765 9765 9765 9765 9765 9765 10265 10265 10265 10265 10265 9975 9975 9975 9975 9975 9975 9975

HUNGARY Dolomite Mountains

Lake Bled

1 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA

VENICE 1

Croatia

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 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

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.102-103.

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

See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

6 World Heritage sites visited

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R820. See p.27 for details.

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London

Dover Belgium Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

7569 7459 7459 7459 7459 7459 7685 7685

1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290

8859 8749 8749 8749 8749 8749 8975 8975

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

7685 7685 7685 7235 7235 7235 7235 7385 7385

1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290 1290

8975 8975 8975 8525 8525 8525 8525 8675 8675

Tour starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome.

Start Rome Germany

2013 Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

2 PARIS Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

FLORENCE

florence 2

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)

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A

Vatican City

2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 25 8 15 22 29 6 20

Finish Paris or London

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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

7755 7755 7755 7755 7755 8215 8215 8215 8215 8215 7945 7945 7945 7945 7945 7945 7945 7945

1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340

9095 9095 9095 9095 9095 9555 9555 9555 9555 9555 9285 9285 9285 9285 9285 9285 9285 9285

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 1 15 22 29 6 13 27

ITALY

ROME 1

Itinerary & sightseeing

Day 3: Florence Get the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in this

3 10 17 1 15 22 29 5

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

Netherlands

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)

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

Summer 2013 Code: CCRT ENGLAND

8 Days 4 countries From R7955pp* R995 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)

26 2 9 23 7 14 21 28

How much & when

western rocker 7 nights accommodation: 5 nights in hostels, 2 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.90-91) 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 Ferry crossing

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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.102-103.

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3 10 17 1 15 22 29

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

10 17 24 8 22 29 5

6815 6815 6815 6815 7015 7015 7015

1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340

8155 8155 8155 8155 8355 8355 8355

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

7015 7015 6615 6615 6615 6615 6615 6745 6745 6745

1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340 1340

8355 8355 7955 7955 7955 7955 7955 8085 8085 8085

* 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.

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trail to rome NORTH SEA

Edam

2

ENGLAND

16 Days 11 countries From R15125pp* R946 per day

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.102-103) itinerary, sightseeing & ME Time optionals AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

16 Days 10 countries From R15235pp* R953 per day

Total Cost R pp*

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

14755 14755 14755 14755 14755 14755 14755 15635 15635 15635 15635 15635 15125 15125 15125 15125 15125 15125

2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340

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Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

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2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340

15715 15715 15519 15519 15519 15519 15519 15915 15915

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

13575 13575 12785 12785 12785 12785 13049 13049

2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340 2340

15915 15915 15125 15125 15125 15125 15389 15389

Netherlands

POLAND

London Dover Belgium Calais

Germany

CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

SWISS ALPS

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

Itinerary & sightseeing PARIS

SLOVAKIA

1 BUDAPEST 2

Banska Bystrica

AUSTRIA HUNGARY

Dolomite Lake Bled Mountains

1 LJUBLJANA

VENICE 1

SLOVENIA

Apennine Mountains

1

KRAKOW 2 Auschwitz

VIENNA

2 PARIS

FRANCE

What’s Included: 15 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hostels, 3 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.90-91) 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 R1560. See p.27 for details.

concept

Summer 2013 Code: CCVL

Trail to London 16 days

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Finish Paris or London

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490 2490

17429 17429 17429 17429 17429 17429 18325 18325 18325 18325 18325 17805 17805 17805 17805 17805 17805 17805

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ITALY ADRIATIC SEA Vatican City

2 ROME

SAVE

How much & when Start Vienna

Pisa

104-105 European Trail modules AA.indd 3

18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 10 24 31 7 14 21 5

Food Fund R pp*

Tour starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome.

trail to london

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)

2013 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

Tour R pp*

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

Visit contiki.com/trail-london

Days 2-15: Vienna to Paris See days 9-22 of European Trail (p.102-103) itinerary, sightseeing & ME Time optionals

Trail to Rome 16 days

Finish Rome

No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this tour.

Day 16: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the

Day 1: Start Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere! Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies tonight. Hostel

Summer 2013 Code: CCTR

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

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Start London or Ams’dam

POLAND

GERMANY BELGIUM

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

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10 17 24 8 22 29 5 12

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16019 16019 16019 15235 15235 15235 15235 15495 15495

* 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.90-91) 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 R1580. See p.27 for details.

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european escapade 25 Days 11 countries From R23995pp* R960 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

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

St Goar

BELGIUM

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ME Time

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

2 PARIS

Dachau

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

MUNICH 1

Liechtenstein

SWITZ FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Lucerne

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Dolomite Mountains

ITALY

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

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Got some adrenalin to burn? Bit of a culture vulture too? Take it up a level on the European Escapade. You get lots of two night stops to explore & go local, mixed with great ways to burn some energy - like bobsledding, paragliding, hiking & biking.

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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.90-91) 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 R2225. 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

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european contrasts

+ corfu resort or sailing options

29 Days 12 countries From R29099pp* R1004 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

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From beaches & bikinis, escargot & Champagne to fast paced city exploring & chilled out countryside adventures - this tour gives you it all. We keep it fresh, with no destination being quite like the next.

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

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Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) 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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 & Resort R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R 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

24419 24419 24419 25085 25085 25085 25755 25755 25755 25755 25755 25755 25755 25755 27015 27015 27015 27015 27015 27015 27015 27015 27015 27015 26385 26385 26385 26385 26385 26385 26385 26385 26385

4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680

29099 29099 29099 29765 29765 29765 30435 30435 30435 30435 30435 30435 30435 30435 31695 31695 31695 31695 31695 31695 31695 31695 31695 31695 31065 31065 31065 31065 31065 31065 31065 31065 31065

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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

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.90-91) 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 R2700. See p.27 for details.

17

Summer 2013 Code: CCSES (sailing) Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour & Sailing R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug

29480 29480 29480 29480 29480 29480 31550 31550 31550 31550

4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680 4680

34160 34160 34160 34160 34160 34160 36230 36230 36230 36230

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 R3155. See p.27 for details.

Tour code: CCSES See p.88 for more info & price panel for departure dates & prices.

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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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

ROME

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Visit contiki.com/london-athens ENGLAND London Dover

LONDON TO ATHENS

Belgium

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Slovakia

Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Pisa

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

SPAIN

BARCELONA 2

1

Sightseeing tours or orientations in all destinations Ferry crossings

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R2140. See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

110-111 London to Athens AA.indd 2

Montenegro

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Brindisi

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Special Stopover night

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

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paris

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

Finish Athens

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R 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

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Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

ADRIATIC SEA

Albania GREECE

3 CORFU

IONIAN SEA

Corinth Canal

1 ATHENS

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Serbia ITALY

1

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot plus more

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE

Pompeii

Inclusions

34 meals included in Food Fund: 20 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 13 dinners (D)

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Monaco

backstage pass

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.90-91)

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Arles

1

What’s Included:

Hungary

Switz

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

From R22779pp* R1085 per day

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

Austria

FRANCE Beaujolais Region

Pyrenees Mountains

ME Time optionals

Germany

3 PARIS

21 Days 6 countries

• French Château, Corfu Beach Resort - Special Stopovers • French Riviera, Venice, Florence, Rome - Contiki Villages - plus more

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

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

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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

* 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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

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Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château & immerse yourself in the French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) French picnic lunch

Day 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

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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

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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

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Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Grab yourself some bargains this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop for designer threads at an outlet mall in Serravalle en route to Venice. 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

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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

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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

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+ greek island adventurer GREECE 29 Days 6 countries From R31685pp* R1093 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.110. 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

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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.114.

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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

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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.

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C C B

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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.90-91) 35 meals included in Food Fund: 21 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 13 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.110

* 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R3105 . See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

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concept

london to rome

Summer 2013 Code: CCLR

London to Rome 16 days

Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

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Food Fund R pp*

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16 Days 5 countries From R17375pp* R1086 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

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Tour starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 7:30am in Rome. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Days 1-15: London to Rome See p.110 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.90-91) 27 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 11 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.110

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1589. See p.27 for details.

10 World Heritage sites visited

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ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + EGYPT OR GREEK ISLAND OPTIONS

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

45 Days 16/17 countries

Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

FRANCE

2 SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

From R47075pp* R1047 per day

1 RHINE VALLEY

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

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 Troy

1

1

backstage pass Inclusions 1

• Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & Medici Palace on our locally guided walking tour • Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Italian fashion experience - plus more Plus Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Go to contiki.com/ultimate

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

What’s Included: 42/43 nights accommodation (see p.113 for full breakdown of accommodation for Egypt & Greek Island options) 72 meals included in Food Fund (Egypt option) (see p.113 for full breakdown of meals) 69 meals included in Food Fund (Greek Island option) (see p.113 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

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

GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae

2 ATHENS IONIAN SEA

Corinth Canal

EGYPT OPTION & map see p.113

GREEK ISLAND OPTION & map see p.113

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

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Days 2-3: Paris Soak up sophisticated Paris. Take a day trip to the illustrious Château 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 Travel through wine country to reach Contiki’s 16th century Château nestled in the Beaujolais vineyards.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See 12th century Château Fontainebleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

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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 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

Contiki Village (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

••

Day 9: French Riviera Shop the boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco & Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Visit a designer outlet mall in Serravalle en route to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 11: Venice Meander through the tight alleyways & canals of Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 12: Venice to Florence Visit Pisa & check out its architectural wonder before heading to Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

Day 13: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track. See striking buildings & sacred art in this atmospheric city. 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 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to Arles, once the home of Vincent van Gogh. Then it’s onward to the glamorous French Riviera.

Day 14: 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 15: Rome Explore the “Eternal City”. Tour the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: Rome to Corfu Catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius. 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 Athens. Hotel (B,D)

Days 20-26 You choose! There’s either an Egypt or Greek Island option. See p.113. Day 27: Athens to Kavala Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. Hotel (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae & Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 28: Kavala to Canakkale Ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. Hotel (B,D) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide

Day 29: Canakkale to Istanbul See 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

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Days 30-31: Istanbul Savour the incredible sights in

this diverse city. 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. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 33: Sofia to Belgrade Uncover the beauty of Serbia & the ragged charm of its capital, Belgrade. Hotel (B,D) See Kalemegdan Fortress & the historic old town

Day 34: Belgrade to Budapest Go north along the Danube River & find a lively arts, café & music scene in the “Paris of the East.” Hotel (B) Day 35: Budapest Get into the historical past of this centuries-old city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Hotel (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 36: Budapest to Vienna Get ready for a cultural fix as we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Viennese dinner

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Day 37: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Experience the stunning Alpine scenery as we head to the cool Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 38: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure - like paragliding, hiking & biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

Day 39: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to Munich, home to 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 in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Day 42: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley See 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

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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

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Day 44: Amsterdam Head to Amsterdam & explore its museums, trendy cafés & nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 45: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or take a complimentary transfer to London & extend your stay. (B)

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Israel

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110 7110

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2 CAIRO Giza

Karnak

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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 R47385pp* R1053 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

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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)

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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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.90-91) 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.112

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R4090. See p.27 for details.

24 World Heritage sites visited

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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

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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 &

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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

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Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030 7030

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2013

GREECE

45 Days 16 countries From R47075pp* R1047 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)

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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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.90-91) 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.112

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R4470. See p.27 for details.

21 World Heritage sites visited

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easypace

greek island adventurer 9 Days 3 islands From R10155pp* R1129 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.90-91) 1 meal: 1 continental breakfast (B) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings (tourist class on all journeys) & coach transfers Guesthouse & hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1075. See p.27 for details.

1 World Heritage sites visited

NAOUssa

Nightstops

How much & when Summer 2013 Code: CCGD Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

10155 10155 10155 10155 10155 10155 10155 10155 10155 10759 10759 10759

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

11 20 25 1 8 17 22 24 29 1 6 13

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost R pp*

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

10759 10759 10759 10759 10759 10405 10405 10405 10405 10405 10405 10405

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

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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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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concept

best of russia 8 Days 1 country

Best of Russia 8 days

all hotels

backstage pass

3 ST PETERSBURG

Inclusions

Petrodvorets

From R11729pp* R1467 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 &

• • • • •

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 St. Petersburg

Finish Moscow

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R 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

10419 10419 10419 10419 10935 10935 10935 10935 10935 10675 10675 10675 10675

1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310 1310

11729 11729 11729 11729 12245 12245 12245 12245 12245 11985 11985 11985 11985

* 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

7 nights in hotel upgrade (more on p.90-91) 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 R1090. See p.27 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

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

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

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scandinavia & russia plus

all hotels & hostels

22 Days 8 countries From R28979pp* R1318 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 region

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

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Brest

2 WARSAW Ukraine

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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

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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

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Day 8: Gjovik to Stockholm Today we head into Sweden via a stop at its largest lake, Lake Vanern. Hotel (B)

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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,L,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 R pp*

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

24699 24699 24699 24699 24699 24699 25929 25929 25929 25929 25929 25315 25315

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280 4280

28979 28979 28979 28979 28979 28979 30209 30209 30209 30209 30209 29595 29595

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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.90-91) 31 meals: 21 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 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 R2590. See p.27 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

you choose Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

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scandinavia all hotels & hostels

12 Days 5 countries From R16085pp* R1341 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 region

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!!!

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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

13685 13685 13685 13685 13685 13685 14369 14369 14369 14369 14369 14025 14025

2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400

16085 16085 16085 16085 16085 16085 16769 16769 16769 16769 16769 16425 16425

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

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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

10365 10365 10365 10365 10365 10365 10875 10875 10875 10875 10875 10619 10619

2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120 2120

12485 12485 12485 12485 12485 12485 12995 12995 12995 12995 12995 12739 12739

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. 12:00 noon in Stockholm or 8:00am in Helsinki. For more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.90-91) 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 R1435. 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.116-117 for details.

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

GETTING THERE

From R12485pp* R1388 per day STUCK FOR TIME? End your tour in Stockholm & visit 4 countries in 9 days.

$

Total Cost R pp*

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

END STOCKHOLM 9 days

Visit contiki.com/ scandi-stockholm

Food Fund R pp*

2013

scandinavia

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

Tour R pp*

Scandinavia 12 days

Pay early & save up to R1085. 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.

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russia plus

all hotels

14 Days 6 countries From R18475pp* R1320 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.

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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

16255 16255 16255 16255 16255 17059 17059 17059 17059 16655 16655 16655 16655

2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220 2220

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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’

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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

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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

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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 R pp*

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

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Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940 1940

15919 15919 15919 15919 16615 16615 16615 16615 16615 16265 16265 16265 16265

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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.90-91) 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 R1705. 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.116-117 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 R15919pp* R1327 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 R1465. See p.27 for details.

helsinki warsaw

28/09/2012 13:01


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

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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.

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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

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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.86-87 for Europe by Day

28/09/2012 13:03


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…

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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.

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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’?!

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28/09/2012 13:04


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 R7749pp* R775 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.124-125) 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 R735. See p.27 for details.

6 World Heritage sites visited

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R 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

6569 6739 6909 6909 6909 6909 6909 7389 7389 7389 7389 7389 7389 7389 7085 7085 7085 7085 7085 7085

1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180 1180

7749 7919 8089 8089 8089 8089 8089 8569 8569 8569 8569 8569 8569 8569 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265 8265

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

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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

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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 R1780. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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126 | 127 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 R9555pp* R797 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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460 1460

9555 9759 9759 9759 9759 9759 10335 10335 10335 10335 10335 10335 10335 10335 9965 9965 9965 9965 9965 9965

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

8095 8299 8299 8299 8299 8299 8875 8875 8875 8875 8875 8875 8875 8875 8505 8505 8505 8505 8505 8505

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 R2135. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.124-125) 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 R885. See p.27 for details.

5 World Heritage sites visited

prague

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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berlin wall

28/09/2012 13:08


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 R11625pp* R831 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.124-125) 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 R1095. See p.27 for details.

Finish Rome

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770 1770

11625 11885 12139 12139 12139 12139 12755 12755 12755 12755 12755 12755 12395 12395 12395 12395

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

9855 10115 10369 10369 10369 10369 10985 10985 10985 10985 10985 10985 10625 10625 10625 10625

* 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 R1770. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

11 World Heritage sites visited

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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 R15919pp* R838 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

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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.124-125)

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

28 meals included in Food Fund: 18 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D)

13569 13915 13915 13915 14745 14745 14745 14745 14745 14745 14745 14265 14265 14265 14265 14265

2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350 2350

15919 16265 16265 16265 17095 17095 17095 17095 17095 17095 17095 16615 16615 16615 16615 16615

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 R3380. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

$

SAVE Pay early & save up to R1470. 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

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the expedition 21 Days 10 countries From R15725pp* R749 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

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580 2580

15725 16069 16415 16415 16415 16415 16415 17239 17239 17239 17239 17239 17239 17239 16755 16755 16755 16755 16755 16755

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

13145 13489 13835 13835 13835 13835 13835 14659 14659 14659 14659 14659 14659 14659 14175 14175 14175 14175 14175 14175

* 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 R3739 . 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.124-125) 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 R1465. See p.27 for details.

11 World Heritage sites visited

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

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

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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 R16949pp* R808 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.124-125) 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 R1600. See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

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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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560 2560

16949 16949 16949 17325 17705 17705 17705 17705 18609 18609 18609 18609 18609 18079 18079 18079 18079

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

14389 14389 14389 14765 15145 15145 15145 15145 16049 16049 16049 16049 16049 15519 15519 15519 15519

* 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 R3915. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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

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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 R20115pp* R774 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

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)

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ME Time optionals

BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

Eceabat

BLACK SEA

ISTANBUL 2 1 GALLIPOLI

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.124-125)

Summer 2013 Code: CCCR Start Athens

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R 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

16985 16985 16985 16985 16985 16985 18005 18005 18005 18005 18005 17409 17409 17409 17409 17409 17409

3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130 3130

20115 20115 20115 20115 20115 20115 21135 21135 21135 21135 21135 20539 20539 20539 20539 20539 20539

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

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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 R4450. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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 R1800. See p.27 for details.

14 World Heritage sites visited

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the easy rider 32 Days 12 countries From R24995pp* R782 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

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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

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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

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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

florence

Itinerary & Sightseeing

camping

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

Finish Ams’dam or London

Tour R pp*

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

20935 21495 22045 22045 22045 22045 23365 23365 23365 23365 23365 23365 22595 22595 22595 22595

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060 4060

24995 25555 26105 26105 26105 26105 27425 27425 27425 27425 27425 27425 26655 26655 26655 26655

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 R5695. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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.124-125) 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 R2335 . See p.27 for details.

20 World Heritage sites visited

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

Day 29: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg Head north to Heidelberg, known for its Baroque old town & lively student feel. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 30: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next 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

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the big chill 46 Days 22 countries From R34169pp* R743 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

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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

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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.124-125) 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 R3180. 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 R pp*

Food Fund R pp*

Total Cost R pp*

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

28539 28539 28539 29285 30035 30035 30035 30035 31835 31835 31835 31835 31835 30785 30785 30785 30785

5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630 5630

34169 34169 34169 34915 35665 35665 35665 35665 37465 37465 37465 37465 37465 36415 36415 36415 36415

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 R8189. 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155. CORFU

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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, Prague & Vienna 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

Berlin to Budapest

From R1046/day

11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.73

Berlin & Prague European Magic

7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

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

Vienna & Budapest

European Discovery

5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.34

European Encounter 16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.40

Concept multi-country WINTER TOURS

European Inspiration 19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.44

European Vista

From Fr om R R92 920/ 0/da da ay

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

European Trail

Winter Wanderer

23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

24 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.142

Eastern Rocker

TIME OUT in-depth regional WINTER TOURS

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.103

Eastern Trail 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

Western Rocker

From R938/day

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

Trail to Rome England & Scotland

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.105

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.55

Trail to London

London & Paris

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.105

7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.58-59

ski austria

London, Paris & Amsterdam 9 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

From Fr om R63 632/day

London, Paris & Rome 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

Ski Austria

Simply Italy

1 or 2 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.144

12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Italian Espresso 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.62

We europe in winter 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: • Airfares are up to 50% cheaper, so spend less getting there & more on your trip. • Smaller crowds mean shorter queues. • Some of the best events, festivals & markets make it an even richer cultural experience. • Never had a white Christmas? Stop dreaming about it – experience one. • No one does skiing and après ski like the Europeans

Save even more 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 specific countries, regions or cities & give you more time to experience. 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. 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.

Spanish Spree

Festivals & Events

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64

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.

Mediterranean Highlights 13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

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

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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.102-105 for more.

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Check out our winter festivals & events on p.152-153

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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.

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• 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.

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winter wanderer 24 Days 11 countries From R26345pp* R1098 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

CZECH REP

2 PARIS

Mauthausen

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

CHATEAU DE FONTAGER

Hungary

2 LUCERNE ITALY

1

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

Monaco

Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia

2 VENICE

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

SPAIN

1

1

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

Croatia

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA BARCELONA

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA

SWITZ

Pisa

Pyrenees Mountains

• French Château

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

Valley of the Somme

FRANCE

• 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

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!

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Discover Europe in winter - sleep in a French Château, splash some cash in Monaco’s casinos & dive into the culture of Vienna. From glÜhwein to Christmas markets, this trip proves Europe is definitely still hot when the temperature drops ...

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

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• •

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

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SWITZERLAND

Itinerary & Sightseeing

time out

How much & when Winter 2013/14 Code: WWHL Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost R 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 R 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

27565 27565 27565 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27155 27975 27975 27975 27975 27975

Dec 26 ★ Jan 18 Dec 28 ◗ Jan 20 Dec 30 ✤ Jan 22

27975 27975 27975

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

27975 27975 27975 27975 27975 27975 26345 26345 26345 26345 26345 26345 26885 26885

* 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 R6995 & 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 more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.156. For travel insurance see p.155.

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 R2795. See p.27 for details.

13 World Heritage sites visited

Paris

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 22: Berlin to Amsterdam Motor down the autobahn to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

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

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ski austria

Start & end in London or hopfgarten Skiing or boarding in Europe is unbeatable. From picture perfect ski villages to loads of adventure activities & the true home of après ski, Hopfgarten in Austria is the perfect place for a generous dose of the European mountain lifestyle.

WHY CHOOSE US? 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.

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Where you stay & what’s included:

SKI ESSENTIALS GEAR & HIRE

backstage pass

Our own Gasthof features single, twin & 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 pre-booked 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

R2509

R4295

Equipment hire (skis, boots & poles or board & boots)

R585

R1085

Ski lessons (5 days for 4hrs per day)

R1435

R1435

Ski lessons (3 days for 4hrs per day)

R1285

R1285

Snowboard lessons (5 days for 2hrs per day)

R1385

R1385

Snowboard lessons (3 days for 2hrs per day)

R1169

R1169

Ski & Snowboard lessons R1949 (3 days ski for 4hrs per day & 3 days snowboard for 2hrs per day)

R1949

Note: Credit cards are not accepted at Gasthof Schöneck. Prices above are in Rand.

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

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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 R5545pp* R694 per day

R pp

R pp

2013

2013 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Dec 21 Dec 28 Jan 4

6095 6095 6095

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

5545 5545 5545 5545 5545 5545 5545 5545 5545

11 18 25 1 8 15 22 1 8

Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Dec 28 Jan 4 Jan 12

10355 10355 10355

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

9469 9469 9469 9469 9469 9469 9469 9469

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: R3439. 2 weeks add: R5890. Twin-share supp: 1 week add: R1375. 2 weeks add: R2355. Half board supp: 5 nights add: R565. 10 nights add: R1135. Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. For more ways to save see p.27. For travel insurance see p.155.

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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 R550. 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 R Hopfgarten Hopfgarten pp

14 Nights (13 days ski) Start Finish R Hopfgarten Hopfgarten pp

2013

2013

Ski & Board Austria 7/14 nights

meet us there 7/14 nights From R5185pp* R741 per day

Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Dec 21 Dec 28 Jan 4

5735 5735 5735

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

5185 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185 5185

11 18 25 1 8 15 22 1 8

Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 28

Dec 28 Jan 4 Jan 12

9995 9995 9995

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

9109 9109 9109 9109 9109 9109 9109 9109

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: R3439. 2 weeks add: R5890. Twin-share supp: 1 week add: R1375. 2 weeks add: R2355. Half board supp: 5 nights add: R565. 10 nights add: R1135. Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. For more ways to save see p.27. For travel insurance see p.155.

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 R550 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

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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

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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.151) 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.

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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 R4529pp

7 days R5865pp

7 days from R6895pp

Sept 19th-25th

Sept 19th-25th

Sept 19th-25th

5 days R3555pp

6 days R4975pp

6 days R6219pp

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 R3459pp

6 days R4799pp

6 days from R5815pp

Sept 20th-25th

Sept 20th-25th

Sept 20th-25th

4 days R2485pp

5 days R3905pp

5 days from R5329pp

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

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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 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

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START & END LONDON

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7 days R4699pp

6 days R3785pp

6 days R3999pp

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

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START & END pamplona

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4 days R2525pp

4 days R2665pp

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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

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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.

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7 days from R8429pp Jul 8th-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 R5685pp 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

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6 days R4975pp 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.148 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 • On-site Hot breakfast • Walking tour ofdaily Bilbao •

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bilbao BBK live With 3600 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

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5 days from R6325pp 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 •

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anzac odyssey 5 days classic 4 days From R3899pp* R975 per day

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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.

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4619

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 R pp*

Apr 26

3899

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

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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.

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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

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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 R2355pp

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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.

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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.54-57.

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 R489 Twin R650 Winter stay longer rate: Triple R470 Twin R600

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 R1205 Twin R800 Winter stay longer rate: Single R999 Twin R700

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.

R1235pp

4 days R3779pp

This trip starts & ends in London

Aug 23rd - 26th 2013 Accommodation: Single rooms with shared facilities Tour starts 6:45am & ends approx. 9:00pm

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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 R3099pp

This trip starts & ends in London

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Mar 29th - Apr 1st 2013 Accommodation: Multi-share (max 6 to a room) Tour starts 6:45am & ends approx. 6:30pm

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amsterdam

start & end in london or PARIS

start & end in london or AMSTERDAM

4 Days

4 Days

From R4715pp R1179 per day

From R4170pp* R1043 per day

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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

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

Start 8:00am & end approx. 6:30pm.

start & end in london or dublin

From R2989pp* R748 per day CHOOSE TO STAY IN A HOTEL OR HOSTEL

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2013 Dec 23 Dec 26 4715 6220 If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

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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

Twin R pp*

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Dec 26

4705

4170

* 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 R1505. 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 R pp*

Mar 15

Mar 18

4585

above is twin-share & includes the * Price coach from London. Single room supplement of R2299. Triple-share reduction of R395. Start in Dublin deduct R510. Start 6:45am London or approx. 7:00pm Dublin & end approx. 10:00am Dublin or 8:00pm London.

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* 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 R510 from price above. Ensuite supp. R260. 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

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4 Days From R4699pp R1175 per day

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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)

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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 lunch 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

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Finish London

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2013 Dec 29

Jan 1

4699

6199

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.

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new year in

amsterdam

start & end in london or AMSTERDAM

4 Days From R4170pp* R1043 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)

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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

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Finish London

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Jan 1

4705

4170

* Prices above are twin-share or quad-share.

For single room supplement add R1505 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.

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hogmanay

start & end in london or edinburgh

4 Days From R4569pp* R1143 per day

ME Time optionals

Day trip to Stirling Castle

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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

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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

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Finish London

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Jan 2

4919

4919

* Price above is multi-share & includes the coach from London. For our ‘meet us there’ option where you join the trip in Edinburgh, deduct R350 from price above. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 7:00pm in Edinburgh & end 8:00am in Edinburgh or approx. 9:00pm in London.

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got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know:

What’s included?

CONCEPT TOURS:

• 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.

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.90-91 & 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.

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.

CAMPING TOURS: Accommodation is in modern two-person tents with built-in ground sheets & on certain tours, hotels & ferries, refer to p.124-125 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:

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Refer to p.84 for details of accommodation on the Louis Hellenic Cruise ships, p.77-79 for details of accommodation on Croatian Island Cruising & p.76 for Turkish Sailing tours. Cruise companies reserve the right to change itinerary & ports due to poor weather.

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.

SKI & BOARD HOLIDAYS: Both our ski & board packages stay at our Contiki Special Stopover, our Austrian Gasthof. Refer to p.144-145 for details.

FESTIVALS: Some tours offer ‘multi-share’ accomodation. These rooms may be 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.

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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 we fully comply with local industry laws. In South Africa, Contiki is a member of the Association of South African Travel Agents Association (ASATA).

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 (September, 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.

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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

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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 & Return Flight Security: 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 R590 per person: By paying R590 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 South Africa. 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 South Africa due to injury, sickness or death, you & your companion will be refunded R90 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. Return Flight Security: If you or a member of your direct family in South Africa should fall sick* while you are on your Contiki tour, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip airline tickets on Contiki’s recommended airline(s) booked through Contiki Holidays, South Africa from South Africa. * Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of © Thomas Trinkl p.8 Paragliding, p.93 Whitewater Rafting, Photos courtesy of © Çapkin van Alphen-CauseCentric Productions p.23 Celine Cousteau, p.158 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.49 Wooden Chapel Bridge, Photos courtesy of Feelfree Rafting p.41 Whitwater Rafting, Photos courtesy of Lawrence Chan p.71 Desert, Photos courtesy of Sam Stevens p.81 Donkey Ride, Photos courtesy of Louis Cristal p.84 Cruise Liner, Photos courtesy of Lily Rhodes p.148 Pamplona, Photos courtesy of Tammy Campbell p.150 Anzac Memorial, Photos courtesy of © Ascot Racecourse Ltd p.151 Ascot, Photos courtesy of Adventure Cat p.157 Catamaran Cruise, Photos courtesy of AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstownt p.157 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!

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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 R965 Twin R575 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 R605 Twin R415 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 R889 Twin R559 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 R570 Twin R359

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 R1285 Twin R715 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 R1285 Twin R715 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 R1285 Twin R715 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 R1285 Twin R715 POST: Road to Athens Center Square Hotel, 15 Aristogotonos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3211 770 Stay Longer rate: Single R1285 Twin R715 POST: Mediterranean Trail Arion Hotel, 18 Ag. Dimitriou Street, 10554, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3240 415 Stay Longer rate: Single R1285 Twin R715

CONCEPT & CAMPING TOURS PRE & POST: Greek Island Adventurer Hotel Oceanis, 25 Grigoriou Lambraki Street, 16675, Glyfada, Athens. Tel: +30 210 8946 253

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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 R849 Twin R485 POST: London to Athens Dorian Inn Hotel, 15-17 Pireos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 5239 782 Stay Longer rate: Single R959 Twin R549 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 R965 Twin R495

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 R945 Twin R639

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.

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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.

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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 R635 Twin R385 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 R735 Twin R399

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 R849 Twin R479

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 R759 Twin R489 Quad R369

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 R459 Twin R290

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 R925 Twin R520

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 R849 Twin R459

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 R1380 Twin R715

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 R740 Twin R400 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.

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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 R1140 Twin & Twin-share R735 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 R635 Twin R429

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 R685 Twin R335

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 R200. • 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.

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booking conditions Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. Our Responsibilities 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 10th July 2012. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to add a surcharge to 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 and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any governments 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, and where available, offer you a comparable alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki 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 and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (September 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 With respect to our touring program Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 4.4 When winter brochures are released, these prices supersede any winter tour prices in the summer brochure 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/or fees payable under your selected holiday. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your holiday shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid.

YOur Responsibilities 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of R1,000, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country, must be submitted to Contiki within 7 days 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 installment 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 nonrefundable deposit of R1,000 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 the scheduled holiday departure date from your home country 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 scheduled departure date of the first departing tour.

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2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. Documents are issued maximum of 6 weeks in advance. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure from your home country, 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 and 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 and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE More than 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 Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any 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 and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.6 If flight changes are requested after the deposit has been received, or if flights are cancelled after tickets are issued, revision fees, change fees or Airline cancellation fees will be applicable and maybe in addition to the above cancellation charges. 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 and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of R200 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a R200 per person amendment fee will be charged. 4.3 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Contiki’s holidays are specifically planned for those in the 18 through 35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki holiday are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you are welcome to discuss this with a Contiki staff member. 5.3 The Company strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. The Company welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise the Company, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Company may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. The Company may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Passengers should be aware some tours include rough

terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour, the Company may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which the Company has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in South Africa. The Company cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers travelling on international tours. • The Company may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the 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 and decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative and 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 and 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 and 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 and may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on 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 and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 42 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to English Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforcable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforcability 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. Unfortunately no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including but not limited to missed meals or sightseeing. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to and from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to tour managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any 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 and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international 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 and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such thirdparties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute.Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under 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.54-57, the 3 & 5 day London Explorer packages described on page 151 & the Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo, Hogmanay & St Patrick’s Day tours described on pages 151-153 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.77-79 is Katarina Lines. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). The operator of the Turkish sailing product featured on p.76 is Barbaros Yachting, Turkey. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). This brochure was published in September 2012 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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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

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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: FSC, Blue Angel, ISO 9001 & 14001. • We are proud to commit to use one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. * Calculations based on data from 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.

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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

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How to book Call Contiki or visit your travel agent South Africa Contiki Holidays

Telephone & Fax numbers

6 Hood Avenue, Rosebank, 2196

Fax: (+27) 11 280 8460

Postal Address PO Box 413786, Craighall, 2024

Tel: (+27) 11 280 8400

Email reservations.sa@contiki.com Web contiki.com

• Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there’s space on the tour you’ve chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your tour (see p.156). • At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of R1,000 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. This will be for the land portion only. • Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking. • You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent not less than 45 days before the departure, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. • We will then send to your travel agent your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure. IMPORTANT: By paying the R1,000 deposit per person per tour, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.157 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

Groups & special interest tours Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, the USA & Canada, 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.

Contiki loves the planet 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.

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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

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

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