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

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


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

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

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

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Time Out Trips in-depth regionaL

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

Turkish Sailing

Summer Winter

A$198/day from A$161/day from

Summer Winter

A$149/day from A$143/day from

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

Croatian Island Cruising

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

Ski or Board Austria

Mykonos & Island Cruising

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.123

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

London to Rome

Greek Island Hopping

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.123

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

Ultimate European plus Greek Island Hopping

Amsterdam to Barcelona 11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.34

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

European Discovery

England & Scotland

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

8/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.59

Best of Europe

Scotland

Spotlight on Greece

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

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

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

European Encounter

Great Britain & Ireland

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

16 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.60

Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Island Hopping

Road to Athens & Road to Rome

London & Paris

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

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

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

London, Paris & Amsterdam

Spotlight on Greece plus cruising

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

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

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

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

European Panorama

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.63

Simply Italy

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

Mediterranean Highlights

European Explorer plus Island & Cruising options

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

Mediterranean Trail 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.74

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Ultimate European plus Egypt option

Munich Oktoberfest

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.127

Mediterranean Trail plus Greek Island Hopping

4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.163

Greek Sailing

Pamplona – Running of the Bulls

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

4-7 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.164

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

Greek Island Adventurer

Aegean Classic & Golden Fleece Cruises

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

Pamplona plus Bilbao BBK Live

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

Concept Trips

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

Scandinavia & Russia Plus Scandinavia

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

FESTIVALS & DAY TRIPS

From A$78/day

Italian Espresso Spanish Spree

1 or 2 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.160

45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.124-127

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

28 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.50

33 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.52

Croatian Island Hopper

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

From A$102/day

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

Scotland & Ireland

Road to Athens plus cruising

37 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.118

London to Athens plus Greek Island Adventurer

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

London, Paris & Rome

European Adventurer

Winter Wanderer

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

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.43

29 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.116

21 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.121

European Magic

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

WINTER Trips, SKI & snowboard

London to Athens

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

Ireland

Road to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping

European Contrasts plus Corfu & sailing options

Summer Winter

A$146/day from A$142/day from

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

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

CAMPING TripS

European Highlights 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

European Whirl

20 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.106

European Spirit

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

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

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

Easter in Amsterdam Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo 4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

From A$107/day

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

18 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.104

European Experience

Bilbao BBK Live

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

European Horizon 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.100

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

The Little Hopper

Christmas in Paris

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

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

The Escape

Christmas in Amsterdam

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

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.168

The Mini Rider

New Year in Paris

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

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

22 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.75

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

European Trail

See p.154 for more.

Mediterranean Trail plus cruising

Easypace trips.

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

Eastern Rocker

The Easy Roller

New Year in Amsterdam

Eastern Road

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.111

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

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

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

Eastern Trail

The Expedition

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

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Berlin, Prague & Vienna

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

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

4 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.170

Western Rocker

The Southern Trail

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

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

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

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

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BOOK MARK

Berlin to Budapest

Trail to Rome

The Northern Trek

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

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

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

Berlin & Prague

Trail to London

The Easy Rider

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

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

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

Vienna & Budapest

European Escapade

The Big Chill

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

25 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.114

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

These trips also operate in Winter.

See p.12 for more.

23 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.110

SAVE MORE see p.27 for discounts & deals


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenge everything. Disregard what seems impossible. Embrace change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Day 6: Venice to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como & stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

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

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

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

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6 ways to go • Time Out Multi-Country • Time Out In-Depth Regional • Concept • Camping • Ski & Snowboard • Festivals

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

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

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For our easypace trips, look out for the symbol above on the Time Out MultiCountry, Time Out In-Depth Regional, Concept & Winter trip pages.

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PASS 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.31) • Free WiFi in most hotels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How long & when?

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

• Trips from 4 to 22 days • Summer (36 trips) • Winter (15 trips)

• Trips from 8 to 45 days • Summer (28 trips) • Winter (6 trips)

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

Easypace trips?

• 4 Trips

• 18 Trips

• 3 Trips

Eat

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

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

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

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

• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides

• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides • Cruise Representative

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

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

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SKI & snowboard trips

Keep it cool with our ski & boarding packages in Hopfgarten, Austria. The World’s #1 resort, combined with our very own Gasthof exclusive to our travellers. It’s the perfect way to indulge in the on-slope action, après ski & allround good times. See p. 154.

definIte departures

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

festivals & 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. See p. 162.

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

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

They know Europe inside out & are bursting with jawdropping experiences they can’t wait to share. Want to hunt down 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. We’ve been travelling around Europe for over 50 years now & have a great network of expert Local Guides who’ll give you an insider’s unique perspective on the places you visit. It’s the special angle only a local can give.

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

meet our team. visit contiki.com.AU/team

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

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

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PASS exclusives ✓ team

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

meet DAN

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

meet mark

Tour Driver, from New Zealand

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

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

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

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BLOCK UST TERS &

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

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

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

– Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

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

– Bicycle tour of Amsterdam

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

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

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

WORDS WE LIVE BY: We get one shot at life, but if you do it right, that’s

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ME ME Time is the last ingredient to that perfect trip. We make sure you get all the free time you need to see Europe, your way. It means having the freedom to choose; relaxing at a cozy café, heading off to explore that interesting local market down the road or getting a locally guided tour of Rome. Contiki’s Backstage Pass to Europe means our Team will help you get off the beaten 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, whitewater rafting in Austria, or bobsledding in Lillehammer. Others will let you soak up cultural Europe, like wine tasting in the Rhine Valley, learning to cook Italian in Rome or relaxing at a Turkish bathhouse. Our exclusive access around Europe means you’ll get great deals & your ME Time optionals are all organised by us. And it’s now even simpler to get involved – most ME Time Optionals can be paid by your debit or credit card, or local currency. Easy! See p.172 for more.

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

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PASS exclusives ✓ OPTIONS ME TIME OPTIONALS

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

Important: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasio ons, for some of the activities, travellers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave, it’s important that you check your insu urance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & may involve some risk.

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

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

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TAS STE included picnic AT COntiki’s château de cruix

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

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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 discover the local flavours on your terms.

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

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

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

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.96-97 & p.140-141 for more.

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

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

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

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WORDS WE LIVE BY: Tread lightly is about a way of life that respects people

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A chat with CÉline Hear from Céline on her recent trip to the Galapagos Islands with team Contiki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 groups trip. Save every moment & create a real-time timeline of your awesome travels to share with your friends back home. Find out more at contiki.com.au/app

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

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our digital goodies meetups Me eet the rest of your travellers before you go in our trip-specific MeetUps. Access it on the go with our iPhone & An ndroid app, ‘Shout!’. contiki.com.au/meetups

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

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

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

rome, italy

Breakfast including

athens, greece

TRAVELLING greece & italy with contiki

€12.00

€10.00

Included

€6.00

€3.00

Included

Day Metro pass (all zones)

Day Metro pass (all zones)

orange juice, fruit & coffee

Your daily travel

€19.50

€19.50

to your next destination

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

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

Guided historical city tour

€51.00

€36.00

Guided city walking tour through Rome & Rome bus tour

Athens city sightseeing & locally guided tour of the Acropolis

Three-course

€30.00

€31.00

local meal

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

Greek delights at The Hani, Plaka

Accommodation

€71.20

€74.00

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

A$279/Day

Transport

A$256/Day

Compare other ways to travel with Contiki in a day Camping from A$107/Day Concept from A$142/Day

Included

Included

Included

Included

travel made easy Travelling on your own can be stressful. How do I get there? Where should I stay? What stuff do I need to see & how do I get tickets? There’s so much to sort & 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.

Included

Time Out Multi-Country from

A$161/Day

Time Out In-Depth Regional from

A$143/Day

* Prices & exchange rates validated at 31st July, 2013 at the locations stated. Actual costs may change without notice. Sightseeing cost comparison is based on similar activities of what’s included in a Contiki trip price. Contiki pricing based on 21 Day European Vista (Winter) p48-49, 14 Day Spanish Spree (Winter) p.68-69, 9 Day Eastern Trail (Winter) p.112, 46 Day The Big Chill p.152-153. Food fund is included in the Camping & Concept tour comparisons above.

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

#1 Save up to A$770 Pay in full on or before 15th January 2014 & save up to 10%.

#2 Save up to A$580 Pay in full on or before 31st March 2014 & save up to 7.5%. * Pay Early Savings of A$770 & A$580 based on 33 Day European Explorer p.52-55

we’ve got even more ways to save.

travelling again? If you’ve travelled with us or one of our sister companies before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. See p.172 for more.

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

book with friends 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!

triple share Book triple-share & we’ll give you 5% off (available on many of our Time Out hotel trips). The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of you trip price only. (This excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, any applicable food funds & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights to / from Europe that start or end your trip). You can combine loyalty discounts (‘Travelling Again’) group discounts (‘Book with Friends’), multi trip discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. Pay Early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of trip departure, or bookings that already receive a 6 month or 12 month pay early discount & is not combinable with Last Minute Deals.

gold seal protection Our Gold Seal means that if you cancel your trip before you leave Australia, 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 A$40 for each day that you miss & will cover your air ticket costs. See more on p.173.

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

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

2 ways to go multi-country

in-depth regional

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

• Mostly 2 & 3 night stays, often later starts in the morning • Go in-depth in a country or region • Trips from 4 - 22 days • Even more authentic, local meals • See p.56-57.

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

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

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WiFi

91% % of ourr Time Out properties have F EE FR E WiF iFi! Staying connected is easy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Choose from 52 great trips from 4 to 33 days

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TIME OUT HO OTEL TRIP PS

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

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Even if you’re planning on leaving your 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 to yourself for a little extra. Check out the trip price panels for details. Limited single rooms available.

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

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

Mount Titlis, Swiss Alps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paris

9 Days 7 countries From A$1589pp* A$177 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$205. See p.27 for details

BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS GERMANY / AUSTRIA ITALY / SWITZERLAND FRANCE

BALTIC SEA

NETHERLANDS

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ENGLAND

Wales

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 2

Slovakia

MUNICH 1 AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

SWITZ

don’t miss Papeneilnad bar, Amsterdam. One of the oldest pubs in the city & on the corner of Brouwersgracht (the ‘Dam’s most photographed canal) - it’s the perfect spot for people watching.

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FRANCE Swiss Alps

ATLANTIC OCEAN

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Brenner Pass

Slovenia Lake Como

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ITALY

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

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How much & when

Paris

9 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBHH Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

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Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWHH 2015

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Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

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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 up to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night M Evening canal boat cruise

Lucerne

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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 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

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Day 4: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps & stop at Innsbruck, Austria before we arrive in enchanting Venice. (B,D)

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

Day 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

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

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

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

Exclusive inclusions

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHH - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$499. WWHH - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$425. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

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

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Lucerne

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)

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easypace

Barcelona

11 Days 7 countries From A$2549pp* A$232 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$270. See p.27 for details

NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) FRANCE / SWITZERLAND ITALY (IN TRANSIT) MONACO / SPAIN

NETHERLANDS Edam

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BELGIUM

Germany

Champagne Region

2 PARIS

Explorer1225807: This was the trip of a lifetime! I met the greatest people on this trip and had so much fun.

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VISIT

Burgundy Region

SWITZ FRANCE

Austria

LUCERNE 2 Swiss Alps

Slovenia Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

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

Croatia

ITALY

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

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BARCELONA

How much & when

SWISS ALPS

11 days

easypace

AMSTERDAM TO BARCELONA

Summer 2014 Code: BBAB Start Ams’dam

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost A$ pp*

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Finish Barcelona

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21 28 11 1 15

* 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 A$775 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

• •

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

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

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

• •

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

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

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

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Visit a Monte Carlo casino M Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco

PARIS

• Guided tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter • Locally guided bike tour past windmills, canals & dijks through cheese making Edam

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

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

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

backstage pass

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

AMSTERDAM

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

FRENCH RIVIERA

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

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ROME

12 Days 8 countries From A$2095pp* A$175 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$280. See p.27 for details

BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS GERMANY / AUSTRIA ITALY / VATICAN CITY SWITZERLAND FRANCE

IRISH SEA

Scott Banbury: Best time of my life. Great people, great tour manager...If you’re thinking about doing a tour STOP thinking and just do it you wont regret it. #NOREGRETS #thankyoucontiki

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM Wales

ENGLAND Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

BELGIUM

RHINE 1 VALLEY

Poland

GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

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Slovakia

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

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SWITZ

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FRANCE

LUCERNE

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

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Swiss Alps

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

Lake Como

ATLANTIC OCEAN

don’t miss

AUSTRIA

1

1 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Bosnia

FLORENCE 1 ITALY 1

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

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Montenegro

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

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How much & when

TYROL

12 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBHD Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014

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 M Evening boat cruise along the canals

••

Day 2: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals & cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River

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

• •• •

Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a cool Tyrolean village. (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

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)

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

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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 trip 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

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

Day 9: Florence to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne View the Lion Monument

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Day 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)

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

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Finish Paris or London

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16 18 21 28 4 18 23 30 2 7 9 13 15 17 19 21 23 25

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Jan 7 Jan 9 Jan 11

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

2279 2279 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2165 2165

2015 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

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

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

17 22 31 7 14 21 28 7 14 21 28 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). BBHD - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$685. WWHW - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$565. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in the Austrian Tyrol is replaced by 1 night in Innsbruck. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

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

PARIS

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Bianca Dyer: Last night in Europe! It has been one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever done. I’ve met the most incredible people on Contiki. I’ve made friends for life.

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PRAGUE

13 Days 7 countries From A$3245pp* A$250 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$310. See p.27 for details

FRANCE / BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS / GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC ITALY / VATICAN CITY

Edam

NETHERLANDS

BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

2 Poland

Ruhr Valley Dresden

ROME BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

GERMANY

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

don’t miss

Slovakia

3 PARIS

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

Austria FRANCE

Hungary

Switz Slovenia

MATcH

mix &

Croatia ITALY

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

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

World Heritage sites visited

Bosnia

Spain

1

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

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How much & when

AMSTERDAM

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBTC Start Paris

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

3245 3245 3245 3245 3355

2014 May Jun Jun Jun Jul

18 1 15 29 6

Start Paris

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

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3355 3355 3355 3245 3245

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Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

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25 8 22 12 26

Summer 2014 Code: BBTAM Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2415 2415 2415 2499 2499

2014

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

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

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

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

• •

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

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

• •

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

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

• •

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

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

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

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

• •

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

21 4 18 2 9

backstage pass

Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

2499 2499 2415 2415 2415

2014 30 13 27 11 18

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

16 30 13 3 17

25 8 22 12 26

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBTC - Single room supplement of A$969. Trip starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Single room supplement of A$725. Trip starts 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

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

ME TIME optionals PARIS

M M M M

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

See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

BEST OF EUROPE start amsterdam - 10 days From A$2415pp* A$242 per day STUCK FOR TIME? Start your trip in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 10 days.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$225. See p.27 for details.

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

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amsterdam

16 Days 10 countries From A$2655pp* A$166 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$355. See p.27 for details

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

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

Wales

Poland

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS AUSTRIA Burgundy Region

FRANCE

SWITZ

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Croatia

1

10

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

Slovenia

VENICE ITALY Pisa

World Heritage sites visited

1

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

CHâTEAU DE FONTAGER 1

Ice cream lovers listen up... Amorino in Innsbruck is the place for the ultimate fix to fend off the Austrian heat! With dairy-free options on offer too, there’s something for everyone’s taste...

1 INNSBRUCK

LUCERNE 2

VENICE

don’t miss

Liechtenstein

Avignon

Bosnia

1 FLORENCE

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

ADRIATIC SEA

Spain

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: 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 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) 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

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

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

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.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit a French perfumery Visit Avignon & see the Papal Palace

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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 Riviera. Later, rub shoulders

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)

PISA

16 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBHX Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

11 2 9 23 30 6 13 20 25 27 2

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

3585 3585 3585 3585 3585 3465 3465 3465 3465 3465

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

26 17 24 7 14 21 28 5 10 12 17

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19 26 2 9 23 30 13 20 4 18

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Winter 2014/15 Code: WWHZ 2014 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

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2014

2014 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

2 9 23 7 14 18 25 27 2 6

2795 2795 2739 2739 2739 2739 2739 2739 2875 2875

Dec 28 Dec 30

Jan 12 Jan 14

2875 2875

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr

2875 2655 2655 2655 2655 2739

2015 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar

3 24 31 21 28 21

18 8 15 8 15 5

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHX - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$859. WWHZ - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$715. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 15 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 1 night in a French Château & 14 nights in hotels 23 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B) 1 Regional Dinner: Italian trattoria feast (RD) 7 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

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

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

Day 7: Innsbruck to Venice Wind through the Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & interesting little shops. (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

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NORTH SEA

ENGLAND London

Poland

Netherlands Dover

Belgium

GERMANY

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

Czech Rep

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

17 Days 8 countries

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

Slovakia

2 TYROL 1 Liechtenstein AUSTRIA Brenner Pass LUCERNE Slovenia

SWITZ Swiss Alps

2 VENICE

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Pisa

From A$3385pp* A$200 per day

Hungary

Bosnia Serbia

ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius

Albania

Pompeii

SAVE

Brindisi

pay early & save up to A$365. See p.27 for details

GREECE

1

1

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PARIS

1

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

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

••

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

Summer 2014 Code: BBAL Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014

Ferry crossings

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

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

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How much & when

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

22 13 27 1 3 10 17 22 24 29

Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

3655 3655 3655 3655 3655 3655 3565 3565 3565

2014 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

8 29 12 17 19 26 3 8 10 15

3385 3479 3565 3565 3565 3565 3565 3565 3565 3565

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

1 6 8 15 29 5 19 2 9

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

17 22 24 31 14 21 4 18 25

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 A$885 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip 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 earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

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Corinth Canal

World Heritage sites visited

IONIAN SEA

Itinerary & Sightseeing

VENICE

backstage pass

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities Feature Hotel night

2 ATHENS CORFU 1

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) 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,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall M Mt. Stanserhorn cog rail & cable car ride

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

Day 7: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps to fairytale Venice via the Brenner Pass. (B,D) Enjoy a scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles M Whitewater rafting adventure

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

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

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

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

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

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

• •

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

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

• •

ROAD TO ROME end rome - 13 days From A$2565pp* A$198 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter version of the 17 day Road to Athens trip, visiting 7 countries in 13 days.

Visit contiki.com.au/ road-rome

Trip code: BBRL See price panel on left for departure dates & deduct A$820 for price to pay. Single room supp. A$680.

SAVE

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

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ROA AD TO ATHENS ENS

How much & when

+ GR GREE EEK IS SLA LAND N HOP ND PPIN NG

Start London or Paris

29 Days 8 countries

AEGEAN SEA

Piraeus

MYKONOS 3

GREECE

IONIAN SEA

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

5565 5715 5929 5789 5859 5789 5929 5789 5859 5929

2014

ATHENS 3

From A$5929pp* A$205 per day

time out

Summer 2014 Code: RTAI

IOS 3

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun

22 13 27 1 3 10 17 22 24 29

Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

1 6 8 15 29 5 19 2 9

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

27 2 5 11 26 1 16 28 7

5939 6009 6079 6009 6079 6009 5929 5789 5929

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re 1

Visit contiki.com.au/road-athens-island

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-16: London/Paris to Athens See Road to Athens on opposite page. Days 17-18: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B)(B) Day 19: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 20-21: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 22: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek

island, Santorini. (B,D) SANTORINI

Days 23-24: Santorini Indulge in Santorini’s famous blue & white buildings, beaches & sunsets. (B)(B) Day 25: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 26-27: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 28: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B)

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 A$1479 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: RTAIC D - These departures stay two less nights in Athens code: RTAID Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Day 29 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

SAVE

Day 29: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast. (B)

pay early & save up to A$605. See p.27 for details

ROAD TO ATHE HE EN NS N S 21 Days 9 countries

TURKEY

1 ATHENS GREECE

Kusadasi Patmos

Mykonos

From A$4659pp* A$222 per day Santorini

Crete

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Day 19: Kusadasi. Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar Before it’s off to Patmos. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

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Day 20: Crete to Santorini. Wake up to Greece’s biggest island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Day 21: Arrival into Athens. Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B)

Start London or Paris

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

World Heritage sites visited

time out

2014 Apr 22 May 13 May 27 Jun 1 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 29 Aug 5 Sep 2 Sep 9

May 12 Jun 2 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun 30 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 4 Aug 18 Aug 25 Sep 22 Sep 29

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

4849 4975 5105 5105 5105 5105 5105 5235 5235 5235 5235 5235 5105 5105

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

Twin In Total Cost A$ pp*

5049 5175 5305 5305 5305 5305 5305 5435 5435 5435 5435 5435 5305 5305

4659 4775 4895 4895 4895 4895 4895 5015 5015 5015 5015 5015 4895 4895

4459 4575 4695 4695 4695 4695 4695 4815 4815 4815 4815 4815 4695 4695

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 18: 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)

10

Summer 2014 Code: RTACR3

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

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

27 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:  Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 24 nights in hotels 39 meals: 28 continental breakfasts (B) 11 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions see p.42

For full details, see contiki.com

How much & when

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

29 days

backstage pass

SANTORINI 3

Places visited Nightstops Feature Hotel night

ROAD TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

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

ISTANBUL

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$520. See p.27 for details.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$1169 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$1275 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Note: on some departures, when the Greek ferry crossing is on a Sunday, the route changes to Florence to Rome via Pompeii. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Day 21 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

ROAD TO ATHENS + 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

21 days

backstage pass 19 nights twin or triple-share accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry: 16 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 37 meals: 20 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 11 dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.42

11 World Heritage sites visited

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lucerne

Matt Psomas: Contiki adventure is over...18 amazing days & crazy nights with all my new friends. Weird feeling now but i already miss you all.

18 Days 10 countries From A$3595pp* A$200 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$390. See p.27 for details

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

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

London

Dover

1 BRUSSELS

Calais

BELGIUM

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

Slovakia AUSTRIA

Loire Valley ATLANTIC OCEAN

BARCELONA

SWITZ

FRANCE

1 BORDEAUX

Liechtenstein

Innsbruck

Lucerne

SWISS 2 ALPS Lake Garda

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

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

2 FLORENCE 12 World Heritage sites visited

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2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pisa

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

SPAIN

1

Visit contiki.com.au/impressions

Carcassonne

Monaco

1

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city Feature Hotel night

2 BARCELONA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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F

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

time out EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS FLORENCE

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

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 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 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 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.  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.  Feature Hotel (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 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)

How much & when 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

18 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBEM Start London

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

3595 3595 3705 3815 3815 3815 3815 3815 3815 3815 3945

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

10 24 8 22 29 12 16 19 23 26 3

Start London

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

backstage pass

2014 27 11 25 8 15 29 3 6 10 13 20

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

10 Jul 14 Jul 17 Aug 31 Aug 7 Aug 21 Sep 28 Sep 4 Sep 18 ● Oct 25 ● Oct

27 31 3 17 24 7 14 21 5 12

3945 3945 3945 3945 3945 3795 3795 3795 3795 3795

* 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 A$945 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 17 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps & 15 nights in hotels 26 meals: 17 continental breakfasts (B) 9 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

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

amsterdam

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

Day 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)

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

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

See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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

easypace

SWISS ALPS

19 Days 9 countries From A$3075pp* A$162 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$410. See p.27 for details

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

NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Poland

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley

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 ROME

FRANCE

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

Slovenia Lake Como

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

Visit contiki.com.au/inspiration

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10 Pisa

World Heritage sites visited

2 VENICE

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Chianti Region

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

1

1

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

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

03/09/2013 10:06


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I

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

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EUROPEAN INSPIRATION BERLIN

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: 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 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 3: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 4: Berlin Savour the mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

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

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Day 7: Prague to Munich Stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial Visit a traditional beer hall

• •

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

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Day 11: Venice to Rome Say farewell to the canals & gondolas of Venice, before reaching ancient the jawdropping sights of ancient Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 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)

PRAGUE

How much & when Day 13: Rome to Florence Stop in the Tuscan hillside & go local with a Chianti wine tasting & delicious cheeses. Next up, the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. (B,D)

Summer 2014 Code: BBAP

Day 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

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

• •

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.  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.  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)

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 6 20 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 17 22 24 29 1 6

Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

4115 4115 4115 4115 4115 4115 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959 3959

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

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

3765 3765 3859 3859 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 4115 4115

2014 15 20 27 3 17 24 1 8 13 15 17 20 22 25 27

backstage pass

2014 Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

8 13 15 27 3 10 24 31 14 16 21 23 28 5

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Winter 2014/15 Code: WWAP Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

19 days

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2014 Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

2 7 14 21 5 12 19 26 31 2 4 7 9 12 14

3249 3249 3249 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175 3329 3329 3329 3329 3329 3329

Dec 29 Dec 31

3 5 7 12 19 26 9 2 9 16 23

18 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps & 16 nights in hotels 27 meals: 18 continental breakfasts (B) 9 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Jan 16 Jan 18

3329 3329

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

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr

3329 3329 3329 3329 3075 3075 3075 3075 3075 3169 3169

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

2015 Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

21 23 25 30 6 13 27 20 27 3 10

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBAP - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$985. WWAP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$829. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Ferry crossings

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

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

AMSTERDAM

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

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FLORENCE

21 Days 10 countries From A$3375pp* A$161 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$455. See p.27 for details

France / Switzerland Monaco / italy / Vatican City Austria / Germany / Czech Republic / Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

Andrew Gordon @andkiw: Last day of my European Vista Contiki tour today. Heading back to London in a couple of hours :-( NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Poland

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London Dover Calais

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP Dachau

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

SWITZ

Swiss Alps

Slovenia

VENICE 2 ITALY

Take an Amsterdam canal Cruise, grab your loved one & kiss under the Skinny Bridge. If the tale is true, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be together forever!

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World Heritage sites visited

1

1

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

Hungary

Brenner Pass

LUCERNE

TOP TIP

AUSTRIA

2 LUCERNE

FRANCE

12

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Pisa

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Monaco

2

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Apennine Mountains

1 FLORENCE

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

time out EUROPEAN VISTA TYROL

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps.  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.  Feature Hotel (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument

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Day 5: Lucerne to French Riviera Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to the glamorous resort town of Nice. (B,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,RD) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza

• • •

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

Day 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.

How much & when  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

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Day 17: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

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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 in the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Then check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) M Evening canal boat cruise Day 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)

21 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBHV Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

4569 4569 4569 4569 4569 4375 4375 4375 4375 4375 4375 4375 4375

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

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

4155 4155 4265 4385 4385 4385 4385 4385 4385 4385 4385 4385 4385 4569

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

12 14 19 26 9 23 30 6 10 13 17 20 27

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Winter 2014/15 Code: WWHT 2014

2014 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

18 25 1 22 29 6 13 15 17 22

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan

7 14 21 12 19 26 2 4 6 11

3565 3565 3479 3479 3479 3479 3479 3655 3655 3655

Dec 29 Dec 31

Jan 18 Jan 20

3655 3655

Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr Apr

3655 3655 3375 3375 3475 3475

2015 Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

5 17 24 21 14 21

25 6 13 13 3 10

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share).

BBHV - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$1085. WWHT - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$905. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ●

backstage pass

2014

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

Start London or Paris

These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest.

For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 20 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotels: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps, 1 night in Vienna & 17 nights in hotels 31 meals: 20 continental breakfasts (B) 1 Regional Dinner: Italian trattoria feast (RD) 10 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

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

For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171.

• Private boat through the canals of Venice

For travel insurance see p.173.

• Rhine River cruise (summer departures only)

Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. The 2 nights in the Austrian Tyrol are replaced with a 2nd night in both Florence & Vienna. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

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

03/09/2013 10:08


Tamara Wright: Last day on Contiki!! Bike rode around Amsterdam, went through Anne Frank’s house and a little bit of shopping! Bring on our party cruise tonight :).

AMSTERDAM

28 Days 12 countries From A$5575pp* A$200 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$609. See p.27 for details

france / SPAIN / MONACO ITALY / VATICAN CITY GREECE / AUSTRIA GERMANY / Liechtenstein SWITZERLAND NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

swiss alps NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM ENGLAND

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Poland

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London Dover

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Loire Valley

1 BORDEAUX

SWITZ Liechtenstein Dolomite Mountains

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS

Pisa Carcassonne Pyrenees Mountains

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

Visit contiki.com.au/panorama

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

Croatia

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Bosnia Serbia

ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

2 ROME

SPAIN

BARCELONA 2

AUSTRIA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

Macedonia

1

visit

2 VIENNA

1 TYROL

FRANCE

Château Chambord

Slovakia

Mauthausen

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

1

1

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

Albania

Brindisi

GREECE

18

1

World Heritage sites visited

3 CORFU CORINTH CANAL

IONIAN SEA

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

time out EUROPEAN PANORAMA BARCELONA

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

Day 10: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome.  Feature Hotel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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.  Feature Hotel (B,D)

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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

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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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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 Days 13-15: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun.  Feature Hotel (B,D)(B)(B,D) M Island sailing cruise Day 16: Corfu to Italy Cruise up the Adriatic to the enchanting city of Venice. (B) Day 17: Arrive Venice Relax & take in the view as we head to the canal lined streets of Venice. (B,D)

How much & when

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See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

Day 22: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning Alpine scenery en route to a cool Tyrolean village. (B,D) See this idyllic region famous for adventure sports 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.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic Alpine drive

• • •

Day 24: Swiss Alps Chill in the breathtaking Alps & enjoy one of the many outdoor activities on offer.  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 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 19: Venice to Vienna Today we head to Austria’s capital, Vienna. (B,D)

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)

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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

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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) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial

Summer 2014 Code: BBHM Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

5575 5715 5865 5865 5865 5865 5865 5865

Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

21 12 19 26 9 16 23 30

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

backstage pass

2014

2014 18 8 15 22 6 13 20 27

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

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

10 24 7 21 24 28 5

6095 6095 5865 5865 5865 5865 5865

* 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 A$1455 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 25 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 2 nights on board ferries:

 Feature Hotels: 2 nights in the Swiss Alps, 2 nights in a Roman Villa, 3 nights at a Corfu Beach Resort & 18 nights in hotels 41 meals: 27 continental breakfasts (B) 14 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

••

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

28 days

CORFU

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

• •

• Explore Barcelona’s backstreets & Gothic Quarter • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide

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

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

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

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

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Brad Edwards: I can’t believe our 33 day European Explorer Contiki has already finished! 17 Countries, so many awesome people & hundreds of amazing experiences!.

33 Days 17/18 countries From A$7055pp* A$214 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$770. See p.27 for details

France / Spain / Monaco / Italy Vatican City/ Greece / Turkey (Cruise option only) / Albania Montenegro (in transit) Bosnia (in transit) / Croatia Slovenia (in transit) / Austria Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit) Edam

Wales

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais

GERMANY

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS FRANCE

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

SWITZ

LUCERNE 2 ATLANTIC OCEAN

Swiss Alps

CHâTEAU DE 1 FONTAGER

Slovakia

Mauthausen

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA Liechtenstein

Hungary SLOVENIA

Verona

Romania

CROATIA

2 VENICE

BOSNIA Pisa

1 FLORENCE

1 ZADAR

Serbia

Monaco Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

ITALY

Split

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MONTENEGRO

2 ROME BARCELONA 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

Pompeii

Macedonia

1 TIRANA

Bari

1 SORRENTO

ALBANIA

Isle Of Capri

1

1

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

Bulgaria

GREECE

1 IONIAN SEA

1 PREVEZA Corinth ATHENS Canal 1 Patras

MYKONOS 4

MYKONOS ISLAND OR CRUISING OPTION & maps see p.55

Visit contiki.com.au/explorer

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

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

time out EUROPEAN EXPLORER VIENNA

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris) & ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

••

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & dinner Day 3: Paris to Château de Fontager We make our way south- bound through Burgundy via the beautiful 12th century Château Fontainebleau before arriving at our Feature Hotel.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau

Day 4: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Day 5: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta,

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

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Day 6: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence, one of France’s most stunning regions, to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

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

• •

Day 8: French Riviera to Venice Au revoir France, it’s all about saying ‘Ciao’ in Italian as we head into the canals & gondolas of floating Venice. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

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33 days

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 31 nights twin or triple-share accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry: (see p.55 for full breakdown of accommodation for Mykonos Island & Greek Island Cruising options) 49 meals (Mykonos Island option) (see p.55 for full breakdown of meals) 59 meals (Greek Island Cruising option) (see p.55 for full breakdown of meals) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

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

ME TIME optionals M M M M

ROME

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Amsterdam Canal cruise Mt Pilatus experience Gonola ride Guided tour of ancient Ephesus (Greek Island cruising option)

See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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greek islands

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

• • •

Day 11: Florence to Rome Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 13: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch the boat to Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before sailing to Sorrento. (B) Day 14: Sorrento to Greece From postcard perfect Sorrento, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Day 15: To Athens From Patras, cross the Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. (B) M Greek dinner & dancing night

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

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Days 16-20 There’s either a Mykonos Island or Greek Island cruising option. See p.55.

Day 21: Preveza to Tirana Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. (B,D)

Day 22: Tirana to Dubrovnik Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the lovely, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D)

Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore

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

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amazing seafood in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,D) M Island cruise & swimming Day 24: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split & travelling on to Zadar. (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 25: Zadar to Vienna Take off from the seaside city & head on through Slovenia to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)

Day 28: Munich to Lucerne Leave the festive capital of Bavaria behind, cross through tiny Liechtenstein & arrive in the magical Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz M Cog railway ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus

View the Lion Monument

Day 30: Lucerne to Rhine Valley Follow the Rhine River, past the Black Forest to a valley full of castles & vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

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

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

••

See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

Day 32: Amsterdam Hop on a bike & peddle past windmills out to the scenic town of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Then check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) M Evening canal boat cruise Day 33: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Day 26: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & its wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel!  Contiki Feature Hotel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Mozart & Strauss concert & dinner

• •

Day 27: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of the famous Oktoberfest. Indulging in beer, bratwurst & ‘kraut while you’re here is a must. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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How much & when

+ MYKONOS ISLAND D OPT TIO ION N

Summer 2014 Code: BBHE Start London or Paris

33 Days 17 countries

Total Cost A$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

7145 7329 7515 7515 7515 7515 7515

2014 GREECE

From A$7145pp* A$217 per day

AEGEAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL ATHENS

Piraeus

MYKONOS 4

IONIAN SEA

Visit contiki.com.au/explorer-mykonos

Places visited Feature Hotel night

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing

 Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

See the famous windmills M Paradise Beach trip

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

Day 16: Athens to Mykonos Sightsee the ancient wonders of this bustling city before ferrying to Mykonos, for some sun & good times. Enjoy a tasty local dinner tonight & if you’re up for it, head to a local spot for some partying.

Finish Ams’dam or London

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

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

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014

27 11 18 1 15 22 29

29 12 19 3 17 24 31

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

6 Aug 13 Aug 27 Aug 10 Sep 24 Sep 31 ● Oct 7 ● Oct

7739 7739 7739 7739 7515 7515 7515

7 14 28 11 25 2 9

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of A$2245 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

SAVE

pay early & save up to A$770. See p.27 for details

Summer 2014 Code: BHEC Start London or Paris

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

From A$7055pp* A$214 per day

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip A$ pp*

Port Taxes Total Gratuities Cost A$ pp* A$ pp*

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

27 May 11 Jun 18 Jun 1 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 29 Jul 6 Aug 13 Aug 27 Aug 10 Sep 24 Sep 31 ● Oct 7 ● Oct

29 12 19 3 17 24 31 7 14 28 11 25 2 9

6775 6949 7125 7125 7125 7125 7125 7339 7339 7339 7339 7125 7125 7125

280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280

7055 7229 7405 7405 7405 7405 7405 7619 7619 7619 7619 7405 7405 7405

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

Visit contiki.com.au/explorer-cruise

Places visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 16: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship & we cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its golden beaches & vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Day 17: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. Later on, relax on the beach or in a local taverna on the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar

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See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos M Guided tour of Monastery of St. John Day 18: Cruising to Rhodes Spend the day exploring pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes

Day 19: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to Santorini, famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular

backstage pass 31 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:

 Feature Hotels: 1 night in a French Château, 4 nights at a Mykonos Resort, 2 nights in Vienna & 24 nights in hotels 48 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 16 three-course dinners (D)

18

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

EUROPEAN N EXP XPLORER X P ER R 33 Days 18 countries

33 days

World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

Athens

EUROPEAN EXPLORER + MYKONOS ISLAND OPTION

For all other inclusions see p.53

••

GREECE

time out

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

•• •

Day 20: Santorini to Preveza After sightseeing, it’s back to the mainland & through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium in Athens

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 A$2125 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 7:30am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

time out EUROPEAN EXPLORER + GREEK ISLAND CRUISING OPTION

33 days

backstage pass 31 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:

 Feature Hotels: 1 night in a French Château, 2 nights in Vienna & 24 nights in hotels 4 nights on board a cruise ship 58 meals: 32 continental breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 18 three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) For all other inclusions see p.53

20

SAVE

pay early & save up to A$730. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

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EXPLORE in-depth

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

• Twin-share as standard • ALL included dinners at local restaurants • Mostly 2 & 3 night stays • Often later morning starts • ‘A room to myself’ option • Triple-share option • easypace options take it even easier • Cruising & sailing options • 36 trips from 4 - 22 days

MADRID

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

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

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

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

meet DANIELLE

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

No single supplements Even if you’re planning on leaving your mates at home, don’t worry. We’ll match you with a same sex roommate, 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.

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‘A room to myself’ option

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

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GIONAL

HOTEL TRIPS & CRUISES

BERLIN

CRUISING WITH CONTIKI Croatia Sailing

Nile Cruising

On our Croatian Island Cruising trips explore unspoiled islands & coastal villages of the beautiful Dalmation Coast on a local boat (one of Croatia’s best!). See p.84-87 for more.

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

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

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

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

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

03/09/2013 10:18


LONDONDERRY 1 Belfast ATLANTIC OCEAN

N.IRELAND

8 Days 1 countrY

REP. OF IRELAND

GALWAY 2

From A$1445pp* A$181 per day SAVE

DUBLIN 2

Cliffs of Moher

Blarney

IRISH SEA

1 KILKENNY CORK 1

pay early & save up to A$155. See p.27 for details 1

Visit contiki.com.au/ireland

GIANT’S CAuSEWAY

1

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

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

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

11 meals: 7 hot breakfasts (B) 4 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

How much & when

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 Dublin

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014

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

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

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Start Dublin

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

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

Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

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

1445 1445 1445 1485 1485 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575

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

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

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

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

Summer 2014 Code: BBIR

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

1575 1575 1575 1575 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519 1519

World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing

dublin

backstage pass

Places visited Nightstops

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

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

• ••

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

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

cliffs of moher

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

SCOTLAND & IRELAND 13 days From A$2475pp* A$191 per day

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$375. Trip starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

HIGHLAND FLING? Add 5 days to your trip & get a slice of Scotland too. Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh Days 2-5: See Days 5-8 England & Scotland map, itinerary & sightseeing on p.59.

Day 6: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland. (B,D) Days 7-13: See Days 2-8 Ireland map, itinerary & sightseeing above. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Trip code: BBED Single supplement of A$649.

Visit contiki.com.au/scotland-ireland

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$269. See p.27 for details.

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time out Isle of Skye

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Loch Ness 1

ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

1 WEST HIGHLANDS

St. Andrews

Stirling

Northumberland National Park

Gretna Green

9 Days 2 countries

NORTH SEA

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

backstage pass 1 YORK

IRISH SEA

From A$1695pp* A$189 per day

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

liverpool 1

8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

ENGLAND

Wales

pay early & save up to A$185. See p.27 for details

London

7 1

Visit contiki.com.au/england-scotland

eilean donan castle

Itinerary & Sightseeing

••

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

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

Day 3: York to Lake District This morning we make our way to Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. (B) Visit Bowness & see Lake Windermere Day 4: Lake District to Edinburgh Stop at Hadrian’s Wall & cross the border town of Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. (B) Entrance to Gretna Green Museum Driving city tour to see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace & the Royal Mile 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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Summer 2014 Code: BBBR Start London

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

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

1855 1855 1855 1855 1855 1855 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWBR

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

Start London

2014

2014 28 Apr 4 Apr 18 Apr 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 27 Jun 30 Jun 6 Jun 10 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 24 Jul 27 Jul 4 ■ Jul 8 Jul 11 Jul

2014 Oct 18 Dec 6 Dec 20 Dec 28

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

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

1695 1695 1695 1695 1745 1745 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1855 1855 1855

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

18 22 25 1 5 8 15 19 22 29 2 5 12 16 19 26 3 10

● ● ● ● ● ●

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles on our locally guided Magical Mystery Tour • Spot ‘Nessie’ on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

2015 Oct Dec Dec Jan

25 13 27 4

1475 1435 1509 1509

Jan 3 Feb 6 Mar 7

Jan 10 Feb 13 Mar 14

1509 1385 1385

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

SCOTLAND 6 days From A$1179pp* A$197 per day JUST WANT SCOTLAND? Try everything Scottish on our 6 day trip. For full details, dates & prices see our website. Trip code: BBSC. Single supplement of A$305.

Visit contiki.com.au/ scotland

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$125. 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 2014 - 9 days Single room supplement of A$445. WWBR - Winter 2014/15 - 8 days Single room supplement of A$379. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Glasgow or 2:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ■ Itinerary switched to Lake District on Day 2 & York on Day 3. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. 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 trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

choiCe

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,RD) Guided walking tour of York See York Minster & Clifford’s Tower M Evening ‘Ghost Walk’

• ••

How much & when

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

your

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

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

World Heritage sites visited

day trips

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

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

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

london

SAVE

9 days

2 EDINBURGH

1 GLASGOW

Want to finish in London? Add A$195 to take the train from Glasgow to London.

Take advantage of our great deals on day trips & visit Stonehenge, Bath or beautiful Windsor Castle. It’s easy: book on arrival at Contiki’s Basement. Visit contiki.com.au/ day-trips

03/09/2013 10:19


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

EDINburgh

16 Days 5 countries From A$2815pp* A$176 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$305. See p.27 for details

ENGLAND / SCOTLAND Northern ireland IRELAND WALES (in transit)

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Loch Ness

Isle of Skye

SCOTLAND

WEST 1 HIGHLANDS St. Andrews Stirling

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

Northumberland National Park

LONDON

LONDONDERRY 1

LAKE 1 DISTRICT

Belfast

N.IRELAND

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

REP. OF IRELAND

GALWAY 2

DUBLIN 2

day trips

london

Stonehenge, Bath or the home of the Queen, Windsor Castle sound like you? Bag a bargain & take advantage of our great deals on day trips from London.

Blarney

1 YORK

Holyhead

1 Liverpool

1 KILKENNY

1 CORK

WALES

London

It’s easy: book on arrival at Contiki’s Basement, London. Visit contiki.com.au/day-trips

7 1

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IRISH SEA

ENGLAND

Cliffs Of Moher

Visit contiki.com.au/britain-ireland

NORTH SEA

Gretna Green

Places visited Nightstops Start/end city

World Heritage sites visited

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R

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

time out GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND scottish highlands

How much & when

dublin

16 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBUK Start London

Finish London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

Start London

Finish London

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 3065 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965

2014

28 Apr 4 Apr 18 May 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 Jun 27 Jun 30 Jun 6 Jun 10 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jul 24 Jul 27 Jul 4 ■ Jul 8 Jul 11 Jul

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

2815 2815 2815 2815 2889 2889 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 3065 3065 3065

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

18 22 25 1 ● 5 ● 8 ● 15 ● 19 ● 22 ● 29 2 5 12 16 19 26 3 10

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

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 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 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,RD) 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. (B) Visit Bowness & see Lake Windermere

Day 4: Lake District to Edinburgh Stop at Hadrian’s Wall & cross through the border town of Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. (B) Entrance to Gretna Green Museum Driving city tour to see Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace & the Royal Mile

• •

Day 5: Edinburgh Spend a day exploring the city.Combining medieval & modern, its buildings are perched on top of hills, shadowed by cliffs & overlooking the sea. (B,D)

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Day 7: Scottish Highlands to West Highlands See the stunning Isle of Skye, with its moors, mountains, lochs & sea cliffs. (B) See the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle Visit seaside town Portree See Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis Day 8: West Highlands to Glasgow Visit historic Stirling before arriving in lively Glasgow. (B) See Stirling Castle & the William Wallace Monument See George Square & the Glasgow City Chambers

• •

Day 9: Glasgow to Dublin Ferry to Northern Ireland, travelling through County Meath to Dublin. (B,D) Day 10: Dublin to Londonderry Discover the troubled history of Belfast then we make our way to the walled city of Londonderry. (B) 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 M Locally guided walking tour including Bogside Murals

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) Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher Visit Blarney, home of the Blarney Stone

• •

Day 14: Cork to Kilkenny See the brightly coloured buildings of portside Cobh before reaching charming Kilkenny. (B,D) Entrance to the Port Heritage Centre, the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic See the Rock of Cashel See Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice’s Cathedral M Guided walking tour of Kilkenny

backstage pass

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. Single room supplement of A$735. Trip starts 7:30am in London & ends approx. 8:00pm in London. This trip is a combination trip where clients who have booked the England & Scotland only section return to London on Day 9 & those who have booked the Ireland only section join on Day 9. ● These trips will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). ■ Itinerary switched to Lake District on Day 2 & York on Day 3. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

Exclusive inclusions • Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles on our locally guided Magical Mystery Tour • Spot ‘Nessie’ on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness • Learn about the troubled history of Belfast on a locally guided tour • Visit Blarney Castle & kiss the famous Blarney Stone • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

••

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

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

See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

aran islands

Day 16: Dublin to London We ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales & travel back to London where the trip ends upon arrival. (B)

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NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND Wales

2 AMSTERDAM

LONDON 3 Dover

Bath

Calais BELGIUM

easypace

Stonehenge

7 Days 2 countries

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Germany

Valley of the Somme

PARIS 3

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Versailles

From A$1365pp* A$195 per day

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World Heritage sites visited 1

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How much & when

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

Summer 2014 Code: BBGE Start London

Finish Paris

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2014

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

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

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of Stonehenge See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex roommate at no extra charge.

BBGE - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$415. WWGE - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$365. Trip starts 6:00pm in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Paris.

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

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

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

••

Days 5-6: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city

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

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

PARIS

For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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Summer 2014 Code: BBGP Start London

9 Days 2 countries From A$1649pp* A$184 per day Visit contiki.com.au/london-paris-plus

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

2-day pass on the Paris Metro

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

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

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Visit contiki.com.au/london-paris-rome

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary & sightseeing on p.62. 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 trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: You’ll travel independently by plane & will be met by a Contiki Representative in Rome & transferred to your hotel. Your stay in Rome is unescorted.

Paris extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

Rome extension: 9 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Flight to Rome & transfer to hotel

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All other inclusions: 10 meals: (Paris extension) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) 10 meals: (Amsterdam) 8 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) 11 meals: (Rome) 9 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team (days 1-7) Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging (days 1-7) Sightseeing tours in London & Paris

BBGA - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$535. WWGA - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$505.

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

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From A$2029pp* A$203 per day

backstage pass

How much & when

Start London

10 Days 3 countries

9/10 days

Amsterdam extension: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation Train journey & transfer to hotel

Exclusive inclusions

Summer 2014 Code: BBGR

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LONDON & PARIS + PARIS + AMSTERDAM + ROME

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BBGP - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$509. WWGP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$445.

Start London

9 Days 4 countries

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

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

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Total Cost A$ pp*

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Itinerary & Sightseeing 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)

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* 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 2014 Single room supplement of A$579. WWGR - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$545. Trips start 6:00pm & end approx. 8:00am.

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12 Days 2 countries From A$1985pp* A$166 per day SAVE

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Italy Vatican City

Switz

Slovenia Lake Garda Verona

MILAN 1

Cinque Terre

ITALIAN 1 RIVIERA Pisa

MUST DO

VENICE 2

France

2 FLORENCE Chianti Region Apennine Mountains

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

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3 ROME Vatican City

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Mt. Vesuvius

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

Pompeii

2 SORRENTO Isle of Capri

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

Visit contiki.com.au/simply-italy

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

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How much & when

amalfi coast

12 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBSY Start Rome

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

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Day 2: Rome to Sorrento Travel south towards the home of pizza, Naples. Later, we’ll reach Sorrento, where you’ll enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the stunning bay. (B,RD) See Mt. Vesuvius Scenic coastal drive to Sorrento

••

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

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

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

• • •

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

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

• •

ROME

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

• •

Day 11: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum. (B) See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City M Guided tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum

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

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11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 15 meals: 11 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: pizza making experience & local trattoria dining (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Jan 9

2155

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

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Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBSY - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$719. WWSY - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$749. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

ME TIME optionals rome

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

VENICE

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

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VENICE

8 Days 2 countries From A$1419pp* A$178 per day SAVE

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Italy Vatican City

Switz

Austria

Slovenia

ROME

Verona

TOP TIP

France

MATcH

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

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

Visit contiki.com.au/espresso

VENICE 2

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

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

3 FLORENCE

Pisa Chianti Region San Gimignano

Apennine Mountains

ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

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

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ITALIAN ESPRESSO FLORENCE

How much & when

8 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBHI Start Rome

Finish Venice or Rome

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Finish Venice or Rome

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

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

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

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

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Day 8: Depart Venice/Rome The trip ends after breakfast in Venice & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a free transfer back to Rome where your trip ends upon arrival. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 (ending in Venice) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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2014

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Start Rome

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBHI - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$505. WWHI - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$475. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Venice or approx 6:00pm in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

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

Exclusive inclusions • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Guided tour of a Tuscan Winery with Chianti & antipasto • Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Experience local Venetian artisans at work Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

PISA

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

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

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Barcelona

14 Days 2 countries From A$1999pp* A$143 per day SAVE

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SPAIN GIBRALTAR

MADRID

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France

BILBAO 1

San Sebastian Pyrenees Mountains

1 PAMPLONA

Freebie hunters listen up…Head to the Magic Fountain in Barcelona. The changing colours, motion & music make for a ‘magical’ free night out.

Zaragoza

Segovia

Portugal

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Toledo

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

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How much & when

Barcelona

14 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBEH Start Madrid

Finish Madrid

Total Cost A$ pp*

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Start Madrid

Finish Madrid

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* Prices above are based on twin-share.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

backstage pass

2014

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBEH - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$995. WWEH - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$755. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Madrid & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. ● These trips will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171 For travel insurance see p.173. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 2 nights in Madrid, Bilbao 1 night, Pamplona 1 night, Barcelona 2 nights, Valencia 1 night, Granada 2 nights, Seville 2 nights, Cordoba 1 night, Madrid 1 night. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

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

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

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

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8 Days 1 countrY From A$1295pp* A$162 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$160. See p.27 for details

EGYPT

LUXOR

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Souq al-Gomaa bazaar in Khalifa, Cairo where you can haggle with the locals for a live donkey. Just don’t try & take it on the coach…

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Kris Kaminskis: Back home now. Egypt was truly amazing! Contiki took such good care of us. So sad its over.

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

Visit contiki.com.au/egypt

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

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How much & when

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8 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBEG Start Cairo

Finish Cairo

Total Cost A$ pp*

5 19 3 17 31 14 28

Finish Cairo

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

1625 1625 1625 1589 1589 1589

Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

12 26 10 24 7 21 5

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18 8 22 6 20 27

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2014

2014 Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun

Start Cairo

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

25 15 29 13 27 3

1365 1345 1345 1345 1385 1385

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar

3 17 14 28 14

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

10 24 21 7 21

1385 1385 1295 1295 1329

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share accommodation: 3 nights in hotels 1 night twin-berth sleep couchette train (Cairo to Aswan) 3 night Nile Cruise 15 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 5 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Egyptian Tour Manager Coach transfers

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

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

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

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

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. BBEG - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$465. WTEG - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$399. Note: Single room supplement does not apply to night 2. Overnight train cabins are twin-share only. Trip starts 7:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Local taxes & service charges Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival

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

CAIRO

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

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

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CINQUE TERRE

13 Days 5 countrIES From A$2095pp* A$162 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$285. See p.27 for details

SPAIN / France Monaco / Italy Vatican City

ZARAGOZA Austria Switz

don’t miss

FRANCE

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Ristorante Belvedere in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre is a must for seafood lovers. Polish off a hearty feast with a panacotta & a glass of wine... heaven!

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Keep it flexible & choose where you want to start, either Madrid, or Rome – this trip operates in both directions.

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

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

time out MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS MONACO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• •

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

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

• •

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

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

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

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

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

• •

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

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

How much & when

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBMD Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

17 31 14 28 5 12

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct

2885 2885 2885 2755 2755

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

29 12 26 10 17 24

2755 2755 2755 2755 2885 2885

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

19 26 2 23 20

31 7 14 4 2

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2015 Nov 13 Dec 11

2169 2169

Jan 9 Mar 7

Jan 21 Mar 19

2279 2095

* 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 2014 Single room supplement of A$959. WWMD - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$839. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip 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.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Summer 2014 Code: BBDM Start Rome

Finish Madrid

Total Cost A$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2555 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619

2014 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

5 19 2 16 23 30

Start Rome

Finish Madrid

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

2735 2735 2735 2619 2619

2014 17 31 14 28 5 12

Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep

7 14 21 11 8

19 26 2 23 20

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWDM 2014 Oct 20 Nov 17 Dec 28

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: local tapas feast in Barcelona & regional feasts in our favourite local spots (RD) 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

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

2015 Nov 1 Nov 29 Jan 9

2225 2169 2279

Feb 23

Mar 7

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

2095

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBDM - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$915. WWDM - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$839. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Madrid. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

FLORENCE

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easypace

10 Days 3 countries

2 ROME ITALY

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

Pompeii

From A$2245pp* A$225 per day

2

SORRENTO

Isle of Capri

Albania

Brindisi

1 GREECE

2

SAVE

IONIAN SEA

pay early & save up to A$229. See p.27 for details

corfu

5

Visit contiki.com.au/trail

capri

1

backstage pass

Exclusive inclusions

Day 1: Arrive Rome Welcome to Roma! Check-in to your hotel & tonight meet your Contiki Team. Start the adventure right & get to know your group over an Italian feast. (RD)

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: BBGG Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2245 2245 2245 2245 2295

2014 May Jun Jun Jun Jul

21 4 18 25 2

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

2295 2295 2295 2245 2245

2014 30 13 27 4 11

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

9 23 6 20 3

18 1 15 29 12

* Prices above are based on twin-share. • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Day trip to Capri • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica & art of the Vatican • A locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of Pompeii

2

World Heritage sites visited

Places visited Nightstops

Corinth Canal

Itinerary & Sightseeing

ROME

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

ATHENS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHENS

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 A$555 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au 

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How much & when

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easypace

21 Days 3 countries

Total Cost A$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul AEGEAN SEA CORINTH CANAL

2 ATHENS Piraeus MYKONOS GREECE 3

Places visited IONIAN Nightstops SEA Feature Hotel night

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 10: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 11: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Feature Hotel (B,D) Days 12-13: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 14: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek

island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 15-16: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery & sunsets. (B)(B) Day 17: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D)

21 C Jun 9 4 Jun 24 25 Jul 15 2 C Jul 21

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

4355 4425 4285 4465

Jul 23 C Aug 11 Aug 6 Aug 26 Sep 3 C Sep 22

4465 4535 4355

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 A$1119 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: METIHC Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Days 1 & 21 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

pay early & save up to A$450. See p.27 for details

Day 20: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B)

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 21: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast. (B)

easypace

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Start Rome

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TURKEY

Athens GREECE

Kusadasi Mykonos

Patmos

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2 16 30 7 14 21 4 18 1 15

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

2895 2895 2895 2895 2975 2975 2975 2975 2905 2905

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

Twin In Total Cost A$ pp*

3095 3095 3095 3095 3175 3175 3175 3175 3105 3105

2855 2855 2855 2855 2915 2915 2915 2915 2855 2855

2655 2655 2655 2655 2715 2715 2715 2715 2655 2655

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

Santorini

Crete

Places visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Day 10: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, then later, we’ll set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S) Day 11: Kusadasi Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar Before it’s off to Patmos. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S)

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19 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:  Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 16 nights in hotels 27 meals: 20 continental breakfasts (B), 3 Regional Dinners (RD), 4 three-course dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions see p.74

5 World Heritage sites visited

time out

Summer 2014 Code: METCG3

+ 3 DA AY GR G EE EEK K IS SLA LAND L AND A CRUI CRUISE

Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Mediterranean Trail map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite.

backstage pass

Day 12: Crete to Santorini Wake up to Greece’s biggest island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Day 13: Arrival into Athens Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B)

For a full itinerary, inclusions & cool ways to spend your free time, check out contiki.com.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$295.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$649 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$679 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Trip starts 4:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 13 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL + 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE

13 days

easypace

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL

Visit contiki.com.au/trail3

21 days

For full details, see contiki.com.

How much & when

From A$2855pp* A$220 per day

MEDITERRANEAN TRAIL + GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

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

SAVE

Days 18-19: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B)

Start London or Paris

2014

2014

From A$4425pp* A$211 per day

1

Finish Athens

easypace

Start Rome

1

time out

Summer 2014 Code: METIH

backstage pass 12 nights twin or triple-share accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry: 8 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 25 meals: 12 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) 3 Regional Dinners (RD) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.74

6 World Heritage sites visited

See p.27 for details.

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DemiAnn: I would definitely recommend this tour because it is the perfect way to discover Eastern Europe. I wouldn’t change a thing!

BERLIN

easypace

13 Days 6 countries From A$2389pp* A$184 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$255. See p.27 for details

Germany / Czech Republic Austria / HUNGARY SLOVakia / POLAND

PRAGUE

don’t miss  A cocktail at Hotel U Prince in Prague. With 360 degree views over the city of spires, it’s the perfect place to spend an evening.

choiCe

your

BALTIC SEA NORTH SEA

End this trip in either Warsaw, or Berlin. It’s your choice!

Belarus

WARSAW 2

BERLIN 2 Netherlands

POLAND GERMANY Czestochowa

Dresden

Belgium

Auschwitz

2 KRAKOW

there

getting

2 PRAGUE Getting to & from the start & end destinations is easy. There are international flights that fly directly to these destinations, or budget airlines to & from London. Visit skyscanner.net for the best deals & options.

Kutna Hora

6 World Heritage sites visited

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SLOVAKIA

France

Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 2 AUSTRIA

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

HUNGARY 1

Visit contiki.com.au/eastern-road

Ukraine

CZECH REP

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

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W

ho isn’t talking about Eastern Europe right now? And with its pumping nightlife, intriguing culture & incredible food, it’s no surprise. Join the conversation as you visit Berlin, Prague, Budapest & Krakow… you’ll soon get the hype.

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EASTERN ROAD BERLIN

How much & when

PRAGUE

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBRH Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost A$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2389 2389 2449 2449 2449 2449 2559

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

27 11 25 8 22 29 13

Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost A$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

2559 2559 2449 2449 2449 2449 2449

2014 9 23 6 20 4 11 25

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 3 17 24 7 14 21

1 15 29 5 19 26 3

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel & then the afternoon is yours to explore. Later, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD) Day 2: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & the historic Reichstag building See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• •

Day 3: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• • • •

Day 4: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) M Nuclear bunker tour Day 5: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside via small town Kutná Hora to Austria’s

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cultured capital, Vienna, home to Mozart’s music & of course, strudel! (B) See the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 6: Vienna Spend some time exploring the city today. Head to the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (zoo), the Belvedere Palace, or one of the city’s many fantastic art galleries. If relaxing is more your vibe, then this beautiful city is perfect for strolling – stopping for some delicious pastries & coffee along the way. (B) M Classical music concert & dinner Day 7: Vienna to Budapest Cross into Hungary & enjoy the café scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Evening river cruise & dinner

Day 8: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & the bustling Pest. (B) Day 9: Budapest to Krakow Go north through Slovakia & stop for lunch in picturesque Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. (B,RD) Visit the town square & see the black obelisk in Banska Bystrica

M Guided tour of the amazing salt mines Day 11: Krakow to Warsaw Take a sobering guided tour of Auschwitz & view the famous “Black Madonna” in Częstochowa en route to Warsaw. (B) Entrance & guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps See the monastery at Jasna Góra

• •

Day 12: Warsaw Immerse yourself in the impressive cultural scene, thriving nightlife & intriguing attractions of Poland’s revitalized capital. (B,RD) Guided sightseeing of the Old Town, St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Chopin’s park & the Warsaw Ghetto

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 A$609 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or approx 7:00pm in Berlin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

PRAGUE

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, dine at our favourite taverna in Prague, a delicious local meal in Krakow & a Polish feast in Warsaw (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw • A moving experience - locally guided tours of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps

Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Day 13: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The trip ends after breakfast in Warsaw & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. Or catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your trip ends upon arrival. (B)

ME TIME optionals M M M M

Schnaps museum visit & tasting Eye Spy Berlin tour Budapest Parliament tour Traditional Czech dinner & entertainment See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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

BUDAPEST

backstage pass

BERLIN

Day 10: Krakow Wander through the lively market stalls & pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. (B) Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill

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easypace

9 Days 3 countries

BERLIN 3 Poland

Netherlands

From A$1475pp* A$164 per day

Dresden

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP

5

SAVE

GERMANY

Belgium

pay early & save up to A$200. See p.27 for details

Slovakia

France

VIENNA 2

World Heritage sites visited

AUSTRIA Switz

Visit contiki.com.au/berlin-vienna

1

How much & when

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 8 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 11 meals: 8 continental breakfasts (B) 3 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, at our favourite tavern in Prague & a traditional feast in Vienna (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Summer 2014 Code: BBBV Start Berlin

Finish Vienna

Total Cost A$ pp*

Finish Vienna

Total Cost A$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

1835 1889 1935 1935 1935 2005

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 27 10 7 14 28

2005 2005 2005 1935 1935 1935

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWBV

w

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

12 10 31 21 28 5

2014 20 18 8 29 6 13

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

18 1 8 29 13 27 30

Start Berlin

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

12 19 2 30 6 20

2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

26 9 16 7 21 4 7

1555 1519 1519 1519 1519 1595 1595

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

11 25 22 16 30

1595 1595 1475 1475 1519

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Exclusive inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert (summer departures only) • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St. Vitus’ Cathedral & more on our guided walking tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Schnaps museum visit & tasting M Eye Spy Berlin tour M Nuclear bunker tour in Prague See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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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). BBBV - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$485. WWBV - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$395. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Vienna. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

Places visited Nightstops

Italy

Hungary

Slovenia

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore Germany’s über-cool capital city. At 5:00pm meet up with your Tour Manager & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (RD) Days 2-3: Berlin Take a couple of days to savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• • • •

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare,

like bratwurst, & wash it down with a stein of good German beer in Dresden. Then it’s off south to Prague, an evermodernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) Visit the city destroyed in World War II & known as the ‘Florence of the North’ See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

• •

Days 5-6: Prague The next two days are yours to snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M Scenic river cruise along the Vltava with lunch

• •

Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutná Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,RD) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road in Vienna

• •

Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you in the city once home to Mozart. You’ll enjoy wandering through this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, lively cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, delicious strudel! (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert & dinner Day 9: Depart Vienna Time to swap email addresses & say goodbye to your new Contiki buddies as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 9 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

PRAGUE

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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time out easypace

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST

11 days

easypace

11 Days 5 countries

backstage pass

BERLIN 3

GERMANY

From A$1685pp* A$154 per day

Dresden

10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP SLOVAKIA

6

France

SAVE

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

Poland

pay early & save up to A$235. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

Bratislava

VIENNA 2

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

Switz

Visit contiki.com.au/berlin-budapest

PRAGUE

1

HUNGARY

Places visited Nightstops

14 meals: 10 continental breakfasts (B) 4 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, dine at our favourite taverna in Prague, a Viennese experience in Vienna & a Hungarian feast on a Danube River cruise (RD) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Croatia

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD)

Summer 2014 Code: BBIT

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

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

Start Berlin

Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare, like bratwurst, & wash it down with a stein of German beer in Dresden. Then we head to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

Days 5-6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• •

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Total Cost A$ pp*

Finish Budapest

Total Cost A$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul

2189 2245 2305 2305 2305 2385

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

22 29 12 9 16 30

2385 2385 2385 2305 2305 2305

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWIT

w

2014

• • • •

Finish Budapest

12 10 31 21 28 5

2014 22 20 10 1 8 15

2014

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

• •

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

• •

Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, & Michael’s Gate with its Baroque tower

Day 10: Budapest All your senses are surrounded today by the history of this fascinating centuries-old city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Later, enjoy an amazing dinner of local specialities & a scenic river cruise tonight. (B,RD) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Guided tour of the Parliament Building

Day 11: Depart Budapest It’s time to say goodbye to your new-found friends this morning as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 11 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

18 1 8 29 13 27 30

Start Berlin

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

12 19 2 30 6 20

2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

28 11 18 9 23 6 9

1785 1735 1735 1735 1735 1825 1825

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

13 27 24 18 1

1825 1825 1685 1685 1735

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBIT - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$575. WWIT - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$455. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. For details of winter trips between Oct 2013 Mar 2014, speak to Contiki or your travel agent.

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

Exclusive inclusions • Bike ride of Bohemian Prague with our local expert (summer departures only) • See Prague’s Charles Bridge, St Vitus’ Cathedral & more on a locally guided walking tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Schnaps museum visit & tasting M Eye Spy Berlin tour M Budapest Parliament tour See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

vienna

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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BER RLIN & PRAGU UE

How much & when

easypace

Summer 2014 Code: BBBP

backstage pass 6 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

Start Berlin

7 Days 2 countries From A$1169pp* A$167 per day

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Dresden

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

2 World Heritage sites visited SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$150. See p.27 for details

3 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Austria

BERLIN Switz

Visit contiki.com.au/berlin-prague

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Total Cost A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

1425 1459 1495 1495 1495 1545

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

18 25 8 5 12 26

1545 1545 1545 1495 1495 1495

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWBP

w

2014

2014 12 10 31 21 28 5

18 16 6 27 4 11

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

18 1 8 29 13 27 30

Start Berlin

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

12 19 2 30 6 20

2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

24 7 14 5 19 2 5

1235 1205 1205 1205 1205 1265 1265

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

9 23 20 14 28

1265 1265 1169 1169 1215

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

• •

Day 1: Arrive Berlin. Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 5:00pm, meet your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD)

See the artwork at the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking trip of the city

Days 2-3: Berlin. Savour the mix of old & new in this changing city. Find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War memorial, Bradenburg Gate & Reichstag

Day 4: Berlin to Prague. Bite into some local German fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. (B,RD) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden

• •

Finish Prague

Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

GERMANY

8 meals: 6 continental breakfasts (B) 2 Regional Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin & dine at our favourite taverna in Prague (RD) An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Poland

BERLIN 3

Finish Prague

Days 5-6: Prague. Discover Gothic architecture & enjoy the beer in this medieval city. (B)(B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M World War II bunker trip

• •

Day 7: Depart Prague. Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

For a more detailed itinerary, see p.79. Make the most of your free time with ME TIME optionals

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBBP - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$369. WWBP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$315. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Berlin & ends approx. 8:00am in Prague. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

How much & when

easypace

VIENNA & BU UDAPE EST backstage pass 4 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation

Summer 2014 Code: BBVB Start Vienna

5 Days 3 countries

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

Czech Rep

From A$935pp* A$187 per day

Germany

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

3 World Heritage sites visited SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$125. See p.27 for details

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SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY Italy

Slovenia Croatia Serbia

BUDAPEST

Visit contiki.com.au/vienna-budapest

ADRIATIC SEA

1

Places visited Nightstops

Day 2: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city. Experience its music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! You can opt for a taste of the city’s legendary music scene at a Mozart & Strauss concert. (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert

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

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

18 16 6 27 4 11

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul

1159 1219 1219 1219 1259 1259

Start Vienna

Finish Budapest

Total Cost A$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

1259 1259 1259 1219 1219 1219

2014 22 20 10 1 8 15

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

18 25 8 5 12 26

22 29 12 9 16 30

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWVB 2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

24 7 14 5 19

w

2015 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

28 11 18 9 23

985 965 965 965 1015

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

2 5 9 23 20 14 28

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

6 9 13 27 24 18 1

1015 1015 1015 935 935 965 965

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Vienna. Check-in to your hotel after 2:00pm & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (RD)

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 Poland

6 meals: 4 continental breakfasts (B) 2 Regional Dinners: a Viennese experience in Vienna & a Hungarian feast on a Danube River cruise (RD) An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Finish Budapest

& a scenic river cruise. (B,RD) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion M Guided trip of the Parliament Building

Day 5: Depart Budapest. Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) For a more detailed itinerary, see p.79. Make the most of your free time with ME TIME optionals

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). BBVB - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of A$305. WWVB - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of A$249. Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 8:00am in Budapest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

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2 ISTANBUL

TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY

10 days

Gallipoli

1 CANAKKALE Troy

TURKEY

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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)

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Day 4: Canakkale to Izmir Tread among the legendary ruins of Troy, setting to Homer’s “Iliad” & “Odyssey.” Journey along Turkey’s beautiful coastline to see the ancient city of Pergamum. Tonight we stay in Homer’s birthplace of Izmir & enjoy the buzzing nightlife. (B,D) Scenic mountain drive to Pergamum, ancient capital of Asia Minor M Guided trip of the centuriesold ruins

Day 5: Izmir to Pamukkale Today there’s your chance to see the ancient spa town of Hieropolis & opt for a relaxing

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Day 2: Istanbul You’ll see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city. There’s the opportunity to go local & take a traditional Turkish bath or for something really different, try an optional dinner complete with belly dancing! (B) Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace & Suleymaniye Mosque M Dinner & belly dancing Day 3: Istanbul to Canakkale Pay your respects as you take a pilgrimage to the historic Gallipoli battlefields, before boarding a ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

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soak in the famous hot, bubbly pools of Pamukkale. (B,D) M Visit to the site of the thermal pools & hot springs Day 6: Pamukkale to Kusadasi Get a feel for ancient Roman life in the classical city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities on the beautiful Mediterranean. Later, explore the port town of Kusadasi. (B) Visit a Turkish carpet factory See Kusadasi’s shopping bazaar & promenade

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Day 7: Kusadasi to Rhodes Board your cruise ship & set sail to Rhodes via Patmos in the Greek Islands. (B,D,S) Day 8: Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring medieval towns & cool little shops or relaxing on the stunning beaches. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes M Trip of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes

Day 9: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en route to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its famous blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira M Guided trip of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

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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 A$529 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$555 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Trip starts 7:00pm in Istanbul & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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Exclusive inclusions • Visit the Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge & Spice Markets in Istanbul • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • See one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World - a locally guided trip of Ephesus Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Volcano Boat trip in Santorini M Turkish bath experience See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

Day 10: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast before transferring into central Athens where the trip ends. Or, if you’re feeling up for it, there’s also the opportunity for a guided trip of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 10 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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he check list – bikini, sun cream, sailor’s hat. That’s pretty much all you’ll need as you set sail from Bodrum on the ultimate relaxing trip. Swim, snorkel & sunbathe your way around Turkey, we’ll provide the delicious home-cooked treats. Too. Good.

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Day 1: Start Bodrum On arrival at Bodrum, make your way to the port & board our traditional Turkish Gulet & let the good times begin. With the harbour as your backdrop get to know your group over a dinner as you relax & watch the sunset. Bodrum’s nightlife goes off, so if you’re up for some group bonding then head out & explore the city by night. (D)

Day 4: English Harbour to Karacasogut Explorers could opt to visit Turtle Beach on Dalyan for a day trip to experience one of the famous mud-baths, try & spot some turtles, or just relax in paradise. After a swimming or snorkelling fix it’s onto Karacasogut, where you could head to the beach town of Marmaris & take in this cool village vibe by night. (B,L,D)

Day 2: Bodrum to Cokertme via Orak Island All aboard! Set sail for quiet Orak Island for a swim in the crystal-blue waters, complete with a tasty lunch on-board. It’s all about taking in the incredible coast as we sail to Cokertme. This little fishing town is perfect for exploring or meeting some locals before dinner overlooking the bay. (B,L,D)

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Day 3: Cokertime to English Harbour via Seven Islands Check out the sunrise en route to Seven Islands, famous for its dotted island landscape. After breakfast, stop for swims at Kufre Bay & Uzun Liman (Long Port), head on land for a stroll through the forest, play some boardgames on deck with your fellow sailors or sit back in the sun! Later we cruise to English Harbour for the night. (B,L,D)

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Day 5: Karacasogut to Ballisu via Cleopatra Island Next up: Cleopatra Island. This slice of paradise with its small beach, white sand, legendary stories & clear water is like an open-air museum. Afterwards it’s more fun in the sun at Ballisu – do some swimming or a stroll through the pine forests before a relaxing dinner & another incredible sunset. (B,L,D) See the sights of Longoz Bay

Kisebuku. Tonight take a welldeserved swim, sunbake & chill times. (B,L,D) Explore the Byzantine ruins of Kisebuku

Day 7: Pabucburnu to Bodrum via Yaliciftlik Discover Pabucburnu & Yaliciftlik Bay, or head on land & experience the vibrant local life in the village on an optional guided tour. This afternoon capture the last of the Turkish coastline views as we cruise back to Bodrum for our last night out with the group. (B,L,D)

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* 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 A$575. Note: many cabins have double beds & most people choose to sleep under the stars up on deck. All cabins have private ensuite bathrooms. We use a selection of ‘standard’ boats Trip starts 3:30pm in Bodrum & ends approx. 10:30am in Bodrum. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share berth accommodation on board a traditional Turkish Gulet boat 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced captain & crew Port & visitors taxes

EXPERIENCE SAILING IN TURKEY • Stay & play on a Traditional Turkish Gulet • Comfortable & modern Gulet with large decks & outdoor areas for relaxing • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner each day • Two-person berths with private ensuites • Use of fun water gear like flippers, snorkels & fishing equipment Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Marmaris city tour at night See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

M Local village tour Day 8: Bodrum The trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to swap email addresses & say goodbye to your travel buddies. (B)

Day 6: Ballisu to Pabucburnu via Kisebuku & Kargili Another relaxing morning! Catch the rays on deck before we reach Kargili Bay for morning swimming. Later, it’s time to get a culture fix as you explore & learn about the ancient Byzantine ruins of

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nstagram users, be prepared for a lot of #nofilters on this trip. From the crystal clear waters to the untouched coastline, plus endless sunshine, culture & incredible nights out with new friends, you’ll be having a few pinch yourself moments on this trip!

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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 3: Korčula to Dubrovnik Today we’ll head to stunning Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Tonight, hit the pedestrian district of the Old Town & spend your evening exploring the town’s hot spots. (B) See the fortified city & the Old Port M Dubrovnik Walking Tour

Day 4: Dubrovnik Dubrovnik has so much to see & do, so head back to the city or sun worship on amazing beaches. Opt for a kayaking excursion around the old city walls for a different view of the

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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 A$1199. Single below deck cabin supplement add A$1115. 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. Trip starts 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

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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

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city - you can jump out & stop for swims when you like. You could venture further afield on the cable car above Dubrovnik for breathtaking views. (B,D) M Sea kayaking trip Day 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)

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights twin-share accommodation on a traditional sailing cruise boat 14 meals: 7 continental breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 2 dinners (D) An experienced captain & crew with an onboard Contiki representative Orientations of all destinations Port & visitors taxes

EXPERIENCE SAILING IN CROATIA • Stay on our ‘A’ Class boat - exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable boat with decking for sunbathing • Breakfast every day • 5 lunches • Dinner on 2 nights, giving you flexibility to explore your way the ports on other nights • 2 bed rooms with private facilities Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Discover the walled city of Dubrovnik, on a locally guided walking tour See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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 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 trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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• Comfortable boat with decking for sunbathing • Breakfast every day • 5 lunches • Dinner on 2 nights, giving you flexibility to explore your way the ports on other nights • 2 bed rooms with private facilities Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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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 A$1199. Single below deck cabin supplement add A$1135. Note: ‘On or Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a roof port hole & door that opens to the inside. We use a selection of exclusive ‘A’ class boats. Northbound - Trip starts 12:00 noon in Dubrovnik & ends approx. 8:00am in Split. Southbound - Trip starts 12:00 noon in Split & ends approx. 8:00am in Dubrovnik. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

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,L) See the Arsenal Fort

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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,D) 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) Visit Zlatni Rat beach M Captains Dinner

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) Day 7: Marsaka to Split Today we cruise on to the Dalmatian capital, Split. Get up close to real Roman heritage when you wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace. Tonight, hit the promenade then

the old town bars for your last night out. (B,L) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 8: Depart Split The good times in Croatia end after breakfast this morning, when it’s time to swap Facebook & email addresses & say goodbye to your new friends. (B)

SOUTH This trip follows the same itinerary as the North with the exception of day 7 where you spend the night in Split. Day 1: Split to Pucisca. (L,D) Day 2: Pucisca to Makarska. (B) Day 3: Makarska to Bol. (B) M Captains Dinner Day 4: Bol to Wild Bay. (B,L,D) Day 5: Wild Bay to Hvar. (B,L) Day 6: Hvar to Korčula. (B,L) Day 7: Korčula to Dubrovnik. (B,L) M Sea kayaking trip Day 8: End Dubrovnik. (B)

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* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Or take a single supplement option: add A$485 to twin-share price for a single room/ inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price).

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Triple-share reduction of 5% available based on the twin-share trip price. Visit Mykonos town See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

Day 5: Mykonos to Kusadasi Soak up some more sun on the pristine beaches, wind through the labyrinth of roads shopping for souvenirs, or lunch with the locals & international jet setters for another day. When you’re finished soaking up the atmosphere onshore, we’ll set sail on our overnight cruise to Kusadasi. (B,D,S) Day 6: Kusadasi to Patmos Wake up in the port town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar Before it’s off to Patmos. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar M Tour the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus with a local guide

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

7 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort

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island, Crete famous for its soft white sand, little coves & rocky coast. This afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town in Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit Santorini’s main town of Fira

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Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

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Day 8: Arrival in Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Disembark after breakfast & transfer into central Athens where the trip ends once you arrive. (B) Please note: Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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easypace

santorini

13 Days 3 ISLANDS From A$2345pp* A$181 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$265. See p.27 for details

MYKONOS SANTORINI IOS

Kayla Skerry @kaylaafaith: View from dinner. I seriously love Greece #greece #vacation #contiki .

MYKONOS

don’t miss

CORINTH CANAL

Paradise Club, Mykonos’ go to spot. Look no further than this beachside spot for an epic night out. Read more on The Exchange. contiki.com.au/exchange

Piraeus

AEGEAN SEA

Turkey

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

GREECE

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mix &

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See more & save more! Ciao Bella! Use low cost airlines to fly to Rome - this trip will Mix & Match with our Simply Italy trip p.64-65. You’ll save up to A$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27.

World Heritage sites visited

1

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he one with the donkey ride. Plus island time. Plus Greek food. Plus cocktails at sunset. Need we say more? Well, there’s sailing, volcanoes & the Acropolis… get geared up for heart stopping island hopping.

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mykonos

How much & when

santorini

13 days

easypace

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING

Summer 2014 Code: BBGI Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

2345 2345 2345 2345 2345 2345 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2555 2555 2555 2555 2555 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655

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

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at mythological Athens. Later meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before starting the trip right - indulging in a delicious local Greek dinner. (RD) Day 2: Athens Feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Twist & turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets & find ancient sites, cafés & shops full of history & character. Why not take a guided tour of the famous Acropolis? (B) Visit the famous Plaka area M Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka area

Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry in the morning & journey to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos for some sun & good times at our beach resort. Located on one of the islands best beaches, it’s all about sun & fun. Later, get a taste of some Greek specialities with dinner at the resort.  Feature Hotel (B,D)

 Feature Hotel (B)(B)

Visit Mykonos town

Day 6: Mykonos to Santorini Enjoy the breathtaking views as we ferry into the caldera of the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Soak it all in, from its famous blue & white buildings to its spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking scenery. (B,RD) Days 7-8: Santorini With two days here, indulge in amazing views, scenery & black stone beaches, & get into the activities on offer. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. From here, catch unbeatable panoramic views of the island’s submerged volcano & sip on delicious cocktails as the sun goes down. There’s also a chance for a boat ride out to the active volcanic island, if you’re feeling like something different. (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira M Visit Oia at sunset

Day 9: Santorini to Ios Cruise to another Greek gem, the beautiful island of Ios. (B,D) Days 10-11: Ios Take a couple of days to relax & enjoy the sun, meet some locals & chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches. While you’re here don’t miss out on a taste of the nightlife in this ultimate party island. (B)(B) Visit Ios town M Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

Day 12: Ios to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. Chill with your buddies on your last full day. (B)

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

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ 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

2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465

backstage pass

2014 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24

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

15 18 21 24 27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25

27 30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 1 4 7

* Prices above are 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 A$1095 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. Note: for operational reasons, this trip may run in reverse For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:

 Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 9 nights in hotels 16 meals: 12 continental breakfasts (B) 2 Regional Dinners: Greek feast in one of our favourite tavernas (RD) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings & coach transfers Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of the Acropolis M Boat trip to the volcano’s core in Santorini See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

ATHENS

Days 4-5: Mykonos There’s two free days to kick back on island time, Mykonosstyle - it’s famous for its warm water, clear seas, golden beaches & young party culture. Go shopping, maybe hire a car to explore more of the island or take it up a level & head to stunning Paradise Beach for some water sports & a taste of the area’s buzzing nightlife!

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Bulgaria

Macedonia

4 Days 1 countrY

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

DELPHI

1 CORINTH CANAL

From A$915pp* A$229 per day

1 ATHENS

Corinth IONIAN SEA Mycenae

1

OLYMPIA

4

SAVE

pay early & save up to A$99. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com.au/greece

delphi

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation 5 meals: 3 continental breakfasts (B) 2 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Local Guide Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Greek info pack Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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

• How much & when Summer 2014 Code: BBBS Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

915 935 959 959 959 995 995

2014

Exclusive inclusions • Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Guided walking tour of Mycenae & the Palace of Agamemnon • Explore the birthplace of the Olympics with a guided tour of Olympia • Learn about the Greek gods on our guided tour of Delphi Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Traditional meal in Athens Plaka area See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

28 12 26 9 23 7 21

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

995 959 959 959 959 935

2014 1 15 29 12 26 10 24

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

4 18 1 15 29 13

7 21 4 18 2 16

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Day 2: Athens to Olympia Sightsee ancient Athens & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city before crisscrossing the beautiful, historic Peloponnese region en route to Olympia. (B,D) Guided tour of Athens including the Acropolis & Parthenon See the impressive Corinth Canal Guided tour of Mycenae, including the Palace of Agamemnon See the Acronafplion citadel at Nafplion

Gulf & arrive in Delphi, the centre of the universe in Ancient Greek times. (B,D) Guided tour of Olympia including the Olympic Stadium & Temples of Hera & Zeus

Day 4: Delphi to Athens Be swept away by Delphi’s history, spectacular ruins & museum, as well as its beautiful location on the slopes of Mount

Parnassus. Return to Athens where it’s time to swap Facebook & email addresses & say farewell to your new friends, as the trip ends in the afternoon. (B) Guided tour of Delphi including the Temple of Apollo

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the trip without needing an extra night of accommodation.

• • • •

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

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 A$295 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 6:00pm in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

03/09/2013 11:00


SPOTLIGHT ON N GREECE GREE EE

AEGEAN S SEA

Summer 2014 Code: SPGI

+ GR REE EEK K IS SLA LAND HOP OPPI PING PI NG G

Start Athens CORINTH CANAL

Piraeus

16 Days 1 country

GREECE IONIAN SEA

From A$3255pp* A$204 per day

1 1

ios

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

3 IOS SANTORINI 3

Places visited Nightstops Feature Hotel night

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com.au/greece-island

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens Explore more of Athens. (B) Day 6: Athens to Mykonos Ferry to Mykonos for sun & good times at our beach resort.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B,D)

Days 7-8: Mykonos Kick back on island time.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B) Day 9: Mykonos to Santorini Ferry to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. (B,D) Days 10-11: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery. (B)(B)

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How much & when

Day 12: Santorini to Ios Cruise to Ios. (B,D) Days 13-14: Ios Relax & enjoy the beaches. (B)(B) Day 15: Ios to Athens Set sail back to Athens. (B) Day 16: Depart Athens The trip ends after breakfast. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 Apr May May Jun

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014

28 May 13 12 B May 28 26 C Jun 9 9 Jun 24

3255 3325 3265 3335

Jul Jul Aug Sep

7 C Jul 21 21 Aug 5 18 C Sep 1 1 Sep 16

3379 3449 3265 3335

* 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 A$965 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: SPGIB. C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: SPGIC. Note: for operational reasons, the Greek Island Hopping section of this trip may run in reverse. Days 1 & 16 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

backstage pass 15 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation:  Feature Hotel: 3 nights at Contiki’s Mykonos Beach Resort & 12 nights in hotels 20 meals: 15 continental breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Local Guide Ferry crossings (tourist class) & coach transfers For all other inclusions see p.90

4 World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

SPOTLIGHT ON N GRE GREECE RE E E + 3 DA DAY Y GR GREE E K IS EE I LA AND N C CRU RU UIS ISE E

Start Athens

AEGEAN SEA

Kusadasi

GREECE

Mykonos Patmos

Santorini

From A$1879pp* A$235 per day

Places visited Nightstops

1

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

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

Twin In Total Cost A$ pp*

2075 2075 2119 2119 2119 2185 2185 2185 2119 2119 2119 2119 2075

1879 1879 1919 1919 1919 1979 1979 1979 1919 1919 1919 1919 1879

TURKEY

1 ATHENS

8 Days 2 countries

backstage pass

Summer 2014 Code: SPICR3

Crete

Visit contiki.com.au/greece3

2014 Apr 28 May 12 May 26 Jun 9 Jun 23 Jul 7 Jul 21 Aug 4 Aug 18 Sep 1 Sep 15 Sep 29 Oct 13

May 5 May 19 Jun 2 Jun 16 Jun 30 Jul 14 Jul 28 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 8 Sep 22 Oct 6 Oct 20

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

1875 1875 1919 1919 1919 1985 1985 1985 1919 1919 1919 1919 1875

1679 1679 1719 1719 1719 1779 1779 1779 1719 1719 1719 1719 1679

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

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens to Kusadasi via Mykonos Cruise to the Aegean island paradise of Mykonos, with it’s young, vibrant party culture. Later we set sail to Turkey. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6: Kusadasi Shop in the colourful bazaar or take an optional tour of Ephesus. Tonight, we’ll set sail to Crete. (B,L,D,S) Day 7: Crete to Santorini Spend some time on Greece’s biggest island, Crete & this afternoon we’re off to Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue &

white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 8: Arrival into Athens Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com Please note: some departures also visit Patmos. See ● in price panel.

Istanbul

GRE GREECE EECE E

Start Athens

AEGEAN SEA

Chios

1

12 Days 2 countries From A$2835pp* A$237 per day

TURKEY

GREECE

Kusadasi Mykonos Santorini

1

Places visited Nightstops

Symi Rhodes

Crete

Visit contiki.com.au/greece7

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary & sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens to Istanbul Cruise to Istanbul. (B,L,D,S) Day 6: Istanbul Get a feel for the exotic & see an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. (B,L,D,S)

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Day 7: Kusadasi via Patmos We dock at Patmos then set sail to the resort town of Kusadasi. (B,L,D,S) Day 8: Santorini Indulge in Santorini, famous for its breathtaking scenery. (B,L,D,S) Day 9: Crete We drop the anchor on the shores of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. (B,L,D,S)

Day 10: Simi via Rhodes Get set to island-hop your way to heaven. (B,L,D,S) Day 11: Mykonos via Chios Spend the evening on the party island of Mykonos. (B,L,D,S) Day 12: Arrival into Athens Your trip ends after breakfast & a transfer into central Athens. (B) For full details, see contiki.com

18 meals: 7 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 5 dinners (D) 3 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.90

5 World Heritage sites visited

How much & when

backstage pass

Summer 2014 Code: SPICR7

+ 7 DA D Y GREEK ISLAND D CRUIISE athens

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$499 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$559 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 8 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

7 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: & 4 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship

2014 Apr 28 May 12 May 26 Jun 9 Jun 23 Sep 1 Sep 15 Sep 29

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

May 9 May 23 Jun 6 Jun 20 Jul 4 Sep 12 Sep 26 Oct 10

530 530 530 530 530 530 530 530

2775 2775 2849 2849 2849 2849 2849 2849

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

Twin In Total Cost A$ pp*

3305 3305 3379 3379 3379 3379 3379 3379

2835 2835 2895 2895 2895 2895 2895 2895

2305 2305 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365 2365

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

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single supplement option: Add A$689 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$829 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). Triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twinshare price. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip it must be multi-entry. Days 1 & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

11 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: & 5 nights in hotels 6 nights on board a cruise ship 30 meals: 11 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 8 dinners (D) 6 suppers (S) An experienced & professional Local Guide & on-board cruise rep Nightly entertainment Greek info pack For all other inclusions see p.90

7 World Heritage sites visited

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CHOOSE to cruise

Hit the Greek isles for some R&R, with our Contiki cruise partners, Louis Hellenic. These cruises aren’t exclusive to Contiki, so you can mix with loads of other travellers, whilse exploring iconic spots like Santorini & Mykonos. On board you’re looked after - our Contiki Rep is your local guide on what to do on-board & on-shore. With pools, bars, nightclubs, live entertainment plus a casino & a spa, there’s lots going on. Included meals mean fresh, tasty eats – there’s something for all tastes. All rooms have private facilities & the way you stay is up to you. Try a Standard Outside Cabin with porthole or a Standard Inside Cabin without. Check the price panel for more information or contiki.com.au/cruising

mykonos

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: 6CGS Start Athens

TURKEY

1 ATHENS

6 Days (4 days cruising) 2 countries From A$1345pp* A$225 per day

Mykonos

Kusadasi Patmos

3 World Heritage sites visited athens

1

Santorini Rhodes

Places visited Nightstops

Visit contiki.com.au/aegean

Crete

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 5 nights accommodation: 1 night in a hotel 4 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) 17 meals: 5 buffet breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 4 buffet/three-course dinners (D) 4 suppers (S) An experienced on-board cruise representative Nightly entertainment Greek info pack with even more details about the places your heading & cool things to do

ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of the Acropolis See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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

Day 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

••

Twin In Total Cost A$ pp*

Mar 30 Apr 6 Apr 13 Apr 20 Apr 27 May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 8 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jul 6 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 5

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

280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280 280

1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285

1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565 1565

1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1409 1409 1409 1409 1409 1409 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375

1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095 1095

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

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)

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

2014

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

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

Day 4: Cruising to Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean & spend the day exploring the pristine beaches, medieval towns & cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes

Day 5: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the islands, en route to Santorini, world-famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. Or take a boat ride

out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & its main town of Fira

••

Day 6: Arrival into Athens Return to Athens & enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the trip ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B) M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis Please note: Days 1 & 6 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

Substantial savings for quad-share rooms are available online or ask at time of booking for prices save a minimum of A$220. 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 A$159 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$175 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (plus port taxes for total price). Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. Note: the order of ports of call may be reversed on some days & the itinerary is subject to change. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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time out Bulgaria

GOLDEN FLEECE

Macedonia

Istanbul

9 days

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

TURKEY Chios

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

1

9 Days (7 days cruising) 2 countries

ATHENS Kusadasi

Mykonos

Santorini

From A$2095pp* A$233 per day Visit contiki.com.au/golden-fleece

Symi

4 Rhodes

World Heritage sites visited 1

santorini

Crete

Places visited Nightstops

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

8 nights accommodation: 1 night in a hotel 7 nights on board a cruise ship (quad or twin-share) 29 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B) 7 lunches (L) 7 buffet/three-course dinners (D) 7 suppers (S) An experienced on-board cruise representative Nightly entertainment Greek info pack

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This afternoon meet your Cruise Representative & fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis

How much & when Start Athens

Day 3: Istanbul Today we’ll take you deep into the city, you’ll pay witness to an incredible mix of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Istanbul is the world’s only city to span two continents. Get a feel for the exotic & see how the locals live their daily lives in this cultural melting pot. Try tasty, local food specialties, shop & take in the sights. (B,L,D,S) M Guided city sightseeing tour Day 4: Kusadasi via Patmos We dock at the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos. Relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while watching the locals fish for the catch of the day. Today we pull the anchor & set sail to the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town’s colourful bazaar. This gorgeous city, which sits beside the Guvercin Ada peninsula, thrives over the summer & has everything you need plus more. (B,L,D,S) See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar

• •

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

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

Twin In Total Cost A$ pp*

2465 2465 2465 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2465

2095 2095 2095 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2105

2014

Day 2: Athens to Istanbul Board the ship & enjoy the facilities as we cruise to Turkey’s largest city. Expect mosques, beautiful palaces, delicious spices, wonderful smells & a bustling city filled with over 13 million people. It will be an awesome eye opening experience. (B,L,D,S)

ME TIME optionals

Summer 2014 Code: 9GFS

mykonos

Day 5: Santorini Today we cruise to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. (B,L,D,S) See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini & it’s main town of Fira

picturesque Island called Simi or Ano Symi. This little untouched beauty has a population of only 2500, almost all locals. So you’ll get to live like a local, totally unwind & practice the traditional Greek island way of living. (B,L,D,S)

Day 6: Crete We drop the anchor on the shores of Crete, the largest of the islands, where we’ll spend our time exploring the capital, Heraklion, The ruins of Knossos are a must for your photo collection! This town is filled with historic buildings & old ruins which you’ll no doubt stumble across, as you explore & get amongst the town. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town, M Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos

Day 8: Cruising to Mykonos via Chios First, it’s the calm before the storm as we stop off at the relaxed Chios, then we set sail & prepare to spend the evening on the Aegean island party paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the pictureperfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbour side bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset before setting sail for Athens. (B,L,D,S) See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

Day 7: Simi via Rhodes Get set to island-hop your way to heaven, starting with a visit to Rhodes where you’ll get the option to explore this fortified medieval town. Then we offer you the real Greek island experience, as we stop at the

Day 9: Arrival into Athens Return to mainland Greece & mythological Athens. Enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the trip ends. Or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon. (B)

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* 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 A$340. 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 A$275 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or A$305 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (plus port taxes for total price). Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 10:00am in Athens. If you require a Schengen visa for this trip, it must be a multi-entry visa. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

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ORIGINAL 29th APRIL 1962. 1 BEAT UP MINI-VAN, 12 ADVENTURERS, 12 WEEKS, 1 CONTINENT, ONE HELL OF AN URGE TO EXPLORE. CONTIKI WAS BORN. forever young The old vans have long since gone, but some things will never change. Our spirit of adventure lives on and with it our passion for discovering the new. Connecting young travellers with the time of their lives is at the heart of everything we do, from discovering mind-blowing places to consistently delivering awesome value. 52 years ago those 12 adventures witnessed the birth of Contiki. Now it’s your turn to be part of the story.

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WORDS WE LIVE BY: Every team member and Contiki traveller has written a chapter of the Contiki story. Now it’s your turn to be part of the story.

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Learn about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Contiki channels a sizeable portion of its energy into supporting the world’s oceans. Protecting oceans has a domino effect on the entire eco-system of the planet, from the forests to the deserts and everything in between. It’s about taking care of all the unique & colourful places that continue to mesmerise generations of Contiki travellers. To find out more about any of these projects, check out contiki.com.au/contikicares

EARTH MONTH EXPEDITIONS & OUR RECENT TRIP TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLAND Last year, Contiki launched its inaugural Earth Month Expedition - a special trip offering travellers & members of the Contiki team the opportunity to travel with an exciting purpose: to celebrate Earth Month & get hands on with our projects. Last year’s trip explored the Meso American Reef system in Mexico, while this year’s trip ventured through the bio-diverse marine playground of the Galapagos Islands. Need more convincing? Check out the GalApagos’ Trip video on Contiki.com. au/contikicares Viewers be warned, you’re going to be pretty darn keen to get involved with these trips next year.

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Local initiatives in your region

The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Leadership Program supports young, local environmentalists working hands on to protect the 1000km-long South American reef. The basic idea is to build a network of individuals who exchange ideas, cooperate together & make long-term professional relationships to support conservation projects in the MAR region. Contiki has been supporting the MAR Leadership programme since 2010, helping to provide the MAR leaders with not only financial support to get their initiatives to protect MAR off the ground, but also to help provide them with the skills they need to succeed professionally.

The green efforts of Contiki’s Australia office have been all about making everyday activities something positive for the planet. Take eating chocolate for example! Rather than just trudging up to the vending machine once (twice? Maybe three times?) a day, Contiki staff pooled together to indulge in fair trade Oxfam chocolate that supports developing communities across the planet. Other initiatives include a swap stall in which Contiki folk traded in their trash for treasure and volunteer days watching bandicoots and cleaning up beaches. In Australia, it really is easy being green!

SharksCount ★ Contiki’s newest project

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Of all the millions of animals on the planet, sharks are among the most misunderstood. Sharks are over fished for their fins & hunted for their bad-guy status. SharksCount, a program by SharkSavers, has set out to create a globalized movement that will improve their protection & image, reduce demand for fins & end shark finning, and overall raise awareness about threats to sharks. In 2013 Contiki helped kick off SharksCount in the Galapagos Islands. The programme empowers divers & snorkellers to identify, count & log the sharks they see in the water, with data contributing to making a real difference to the protection of sharks globally.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: One of the most important things we’ve learnt along our journey: do things with passion or not at all.

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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 Château, a chalet or even on a traditional sail boat? No night is ever the same. Combine this with local knowledge & exceptional experiences & you’ll be served up with a taste of how to live like a true adventurer.

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

Exclusive accomModation Whether you’re exploring the vines at our Château, gazing at the Swiss Alps from our chalet, in a hotel or a hostel it’s all about keeping it authentic & unique. • Our Special Stopovers Our Special Stopovers are all about exceptional locations. Unique local experiences & an expert local team are just the start. Our facilities are built to impress & include all the comforts you’d expect such as WiFi, plasma TVs, pools, private nightclubs, cool places to relax & local experiences that get you even closer to the real Europe. • Contiki Villages Experience our very own cabin villages in some of Europe’s coolest campsites. Our modern cabins all have private facilities, hot showers & twin-share rooms (except Venice which is twin/triple share). See map opposite for where to find us. • Hotels & Hostels & more… For the rest of your trip we’ll be mixing it up with nights at hotels, hostels & even a Greek flotilla – giving you a real taste of all the ways you can stay in Europe.

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Exclusive TEAM You’ll hit the road with an expert team: Your Tour Manager & Driver. On our 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 home-cooked meals.

Exclusive FOOD Start the day out right with breakfast each day & lots of two-course dinners. At our Special Stopovers & Villages our On-site Cooks prep delicious local meals, all sourced with fresh local ingredients. And we don’t include lunches for a reason, so you can use your ME Time to explore. So don’t sweat a few lunch inclusions that others might offer - our amazing meals are worth way more than a few generic snacks.

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

Exclusive options We know freedom to explore is an important part of travelling & with our Concept trips there’s no compromise on time to explore your own way. Use your ME Time to indulge in some local tastes, head to galleries, swim & sunbathe on boat trips or by the beach, or simply kick back & take in the scene. Choose from our ME Time optionals like whitewater rafting or checking out a French cabaret show to really make the most of your time.

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Waking up to endless vistas & vineyards of the Beaujolais region is literally jaw-dropping. It’s a haven for those that love to relax. Take a dip in the huge pool, flick through a book, tap into the free WiFi, learn more at a wine tasting in our 400 year-old French cuvage or just take in the rolling countryside views.

Lose yourself in one of the world’s most beautiful spots in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Our chalet at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain (4,158m / 13,641ft) with its modern comfy lounge, dining room & outdoor area is all about getting a taste of life in the Alps.

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Austrian Gasthof Indulge in the great outdoors at our traditional Gasthof (guesthouse) in the picturesque town of Hopfgarten. Jump on the free WiFi to keep your friends updated on your trip & if you’re thirsty after a hard day mountain biking, there’s a well-loved bar to come home to. Or take a stroll through the old town’s cute shops, cafés & restaurants.

even more special stopovers. Corfu Beach Resort Hotel Try the ultimate way to relax at our Greek Island Beach Resort. Spend your days lazing on the beach or by the pool (your choice!) or getting into some watersports & delicious Greek tastes. Private balconies are perfect for watching the sunset & sea views, plus free WiFi in reception means uploading pics of your travels is easy.

Contiki Paris Stay close to the sights, the Metro & the coolest districts near the Sacre Coeur. Start the day with unlimited breakfast & free WiFi in the newly renovated rooms for a perfect Parisian experience. CONTIKI VILLAGE, ROME

Hostels. Prague. Munich. Vienna. Berlin. Barcelona & more.

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.

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.

Hotels. Amsterdam. Cairo. Athens & more.

Restaurants, swimming pools, jacuzzis, cafés, saunas & internet cafes are just some of what’s on offer. All rooms have private facilities & are maximum quad-share.

Check out the free hotel upgrades on many of our tours – relax & enjoy a little extra luxury – it’s all included!

Our exclusive contiki Villages Rome. Venice. Florence. The French Riviera. We roll out the red carpet in Rome, Venice, Florence & the French Riviera at our very own Contiki Villages. Our modern cabins all have private facilities & hot showers plus twin-share rooms (except Venice which is

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MEET SOME OF OUR EXCLUSIVE ON-SITE TEAM Dom, Manager of our Swiss Chalet in Lauterbrunnen As a French speaker, I love living in Europe - using my language skills & mingling with the locals. I’ve worked for Contiki for a couple of years - like at our French Château as Head Cook last year. I’ve now headed Swiss-side to our Chalet in Lauterbrunnen for a change of scene & I love it! Looking out my window every morning to mountains & waterfalls, spending my day amongst some of Nature’s best scenes, as well as with our awesome team & travellers – it’s the best job in the world.

Concept Regional trips.

Ben, Manager of our Corfu Beach Resort

Scandi & Russia Explorers will love these trips to this part of the world, all hotels & hostels while indulging in stunning scenery, culture, monuments & communist relics. Epic!

After living in Lauterbrunnen, our Château & now in Corfu I’m totally at home amongst the sights & sounds of Europe – especially when I’m by the beach. For me, the term ‘the world is your oyster’ is so, so true. Get out there, and truly live in the moment – Europe is waiting!

Greek Islands Island hop around traditional faves like Mykonos, Santorini & Paros. Or try our brand new Greek Sailing trip to picturesque lesser known spots… swim stops & sunshine a plenty! CONTIKI’S SWISS CHALET, LAUTERBRUNNEN

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Christie: Wow, think my head’s still spinning from this EPIC trip. If you want to see the best of Europe in the shortest time but still feel like you’ve experienced it, this is the tour for you. 7 countries in 10 days! EPIC trip, EPIC people and EPIC places.

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10 Days 7 countries From A$1495pp* A$150 per day SAVE

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DON’T MISS Keen for lunch on the cheap? Grab a bottle of bubbly, cheese & boulangerie delights then head to the steps by the Musee d’Orsay for some fun in the sun. With boats drifting past, the sun on your face & the Louvre to your right, it’s a perfect Parisian moment.

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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

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

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Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘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 M Whitewater rafting adventure

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Day 5: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ & find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & interesting little shops. Contiki Village (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals

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Day 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 Burgundy to the “City of Lights”. Hotel (B,D) See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

 Special Stopovers: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 4 nights hotel upgrade 1 night in a Contiki Village Cabin 1 night in a hostel 15 meals included in Food Fund: 9 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Private boat ride through the islands of Venice • Indulge in a traditional Swiss Cheese fondue • Exclusive ‘Paris by night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided Tyrol bike tour M Wine tasting in St Goar See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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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DON’T MISS Melkweg for a night out in Amsterdam. This former milk factory was transformed into a venue for live music, theatre & cinema & is perfect for meeting locals.

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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 demo 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 the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 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

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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 for endless good times, cool locals & fun. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

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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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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 13 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 1 night in Contiki’s French Château & 5 nights hotel upgrade 6 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 1 night in a hostel 20 meals included in Food Fund: 13 breakfasts (B) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Pay tribute at Dachau • Our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Indulge in local food & wine at a Tuscan feast M Amsterdam canal cruise See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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berlin

18 Days 9 countries From A$2689pp* A$150 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$259. See p.27 for details

Belgium (in transit) NETHERLANDS / GERMANY Czech Republic Austria / Italy Vatican City SWITZERLAND / FRANCE

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

ENGLAND

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

Dover

Dresden

Calais

BELGIUM

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

spitfirewhirl007: I would recommend a contiki tour to anybody wanting to experience a life changing holiday – i am already saving for my next one! go contiki!!!

amsterdam

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

1 TYROL SWITZ

FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

don’t miss Trummelbach Falls in the Swiss Alps. These thunderous falls are seriously cool. Take a poncho & be prepared to get wet!

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AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

VENICE Lake Como 2

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

Bosnia

FLORENCE 1 1

1

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

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

10 World Heritage sites visited

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

Spain

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drenaline rush + exclusive stopovers + bags of culture = European Whirl. From clubbing in Berlin to whitewater rafting in the Tyrol, plus vineyards, bratwurst (we could go on, & on...), you’ll soon be in amongst the European hype.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

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

Summer 2014 Code: CCEW Start London or Ams’dam

Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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

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 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) 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

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Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ 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

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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

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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

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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

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).

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 17 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 4 nights hotel upgrade 5 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 5 nights in hostels 26 meals included in Food Fund: 17 breakfasts (B) 9 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

florence

• Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike through cheese making Edam • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Let the good times roll chill at our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Eye Spy Berlin M Mountain bike adventure in the Tyrol See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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rome

20 Days 10 countries From A$2919pp* A$146 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$275. See p.27 for details

France / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Austria / Germany Liechtenstein SWITZERLAND NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

swiss alps

Rachel Victoria Haddock: Yep already looking up another European Tour for Christmas, Contiki is the way to travel.

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Poland

GERMANY

Wales

Ruhr Valley London Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg Dachau

2 PARIS Fontainebleau

FRANCE

Burgundy Region

SWITZ Beaujolais Region

CHâTEAU 2 DE CRUIX

SWISS 2 ALPS

Liechtenstein Lucerne

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

AUSTRIA

Monaco

Hungary

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Pisa

Spain

2 TYROL

Brenner Pass

don’t miss When in the ‘Dam, take a slice of Dutch fashion home with you at uber cool store Scotch & Soda for everything from cool printed tees to perfect fit skinny jeans & jackets. You’ll be the envy of your friends…

Slovakia

1 MUNICH

Croatia

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME 11

Vatican City

ITALY

World Heritage sites visited

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h hi there summer! The trip with it all – food, culture, sights, sounds. Did we mention our own French Château & our Swiss Chalet? The Monte Carlo casino or the shopping in Rome? Think we just did!

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

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

Summer 2014 Code: CCMX Start London or Paris

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

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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)

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

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Day 9: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 10: Rome to Venice Say ‘arriverderci’ to Rome, and take in the view en route to the canals & gondolas of Venice. Contiki Village (B,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 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 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 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 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 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

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Day 8: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s

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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

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Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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

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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

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Day 19: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise

Day 14: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Stop at sobering Dachau concentration camp before reaching lively Munich, home to Oktoberfest. Hostel (B)

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

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 19 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 2 night in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 5 nights hotel upgrade 7 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 1 night in a hostel 33 meals included in Food Fund: 19 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 13 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot • French countryside picnic • Sample local wine at Contiki’s Château • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Private boat through the canals of Venice

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike • Indulge in Swiss fondue • Pay tribute at Dachau

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Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Gondola ride in Venice M Mountain bike adventure in the Tyrol M Paragliding See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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Ashley Digby: I had the most amazing time of my life!! If you are even considering doing a Contiki make sure you do it!!

paris

22 Days 11 countries From A$3325pp* A$152 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$309. See p.27 for details

France BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT) NETHERLANDS / Germany Czech Republic AUSTRIA / CROATIA BOSNIA (IN TRANSIT) SLOVENIA / ITALY VATICAN CITY

NETHERLANDS

BERLIN 2

Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Poland

Ruhr Valley Dresden

BELGIUM

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

CZECH REP

PARIS 2

FRANCE

Slovakia

2 VIENNA AUSTRIA

berlin

Hungary

Switz SLOVENIA

VENICE 2

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

Pisa

13 World Heritage sites visited

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Places visited Nightstops

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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or an epic mix that makes the travel experience complete, try the European Spirit. Feel the cool, cosmopolitan vibes of Paris & Berlin & take in the beauty of Prague before relaxing in the sunshine & crystal clear waters of Croatia.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

How much & when

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

Summer 2014 Code: CCSP Start Paris

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

Day 5: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar & club scene. Hostel (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall

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bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B)

before heading to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 9: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) M Mozart & Strauss concert

Day 18: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride

Day 10: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you. Wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture &, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

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Day 12: Zagreb to Dubrovnik Set out for Croatia’s sparkling coastline & continue on to the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D)

Day 7: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of Eastern European revival. Hostel (B,D) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

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Day 8: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture,

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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 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

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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 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

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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

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends 8:00am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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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

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus 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 Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

• Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

31 meals included in Food Fund: 21 breakfasts (B) 10 dinners (D)

paris

• •

• •

21 nights accommodation: 6 nights hotel upgrade 5 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 10 nights in hostels

Exclusive inclusions

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

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

• Private boat through the canals of Venice • Our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

rome

ME TIME optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Entry & drink at one of Florence’s best nightclubs See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

Day 22: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

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NETHERLANDS Edam

London

Dover Calais

23 Days 13 countries

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

POLAND

GERMANY

Dresden

Kutna Hora

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

VIENNA 2 AUSTRIA

Burgundy Region

From A$3265pp* A$142 per day

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

1

amsterdam

How much & when

33 meals included in Food Fund: 22 breakfasts (B) 11 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

Summer 2014 Code: CCEL Start London or Ams’dam

Finish Paris or London

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

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

2995 3079 3079 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3355 3355 3355 3355 3355 3355 3355 3355 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245 3245

520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520

3515 3599 3599 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3685 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3875 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765

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11 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29 3 10 12 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 12 26

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWEL

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

paris

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

9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4 6 11 18 20 22

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

520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520

3389 3389 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3429 3429 3429 3429 3429

3 10 24 26 7 21 28 14 21

Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr

25 1 15 17 1 15 22 5 12

2909 2909 2745 2745 2745 2745 2745 2799 2799

520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520

3429 3429 3265 3265 3265 3265 3265 3319 3319

* 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 trip. Trip starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London.

110-111 European Trail.indd 2

Apennine Mountains Pisa

Visit contiki.com.au/eurotrail

22 nights accommodation: 10 nights hotel upgrade 12 nights in hostels

SLOVENIA

VENICE 1

pay early & save up to A$335. See p.27 for details

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

Dolomite Lake Bled Mountains

SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

2 BUDAPEST HUNGARY

1 LJUBLJANA

18 World Heritage sites visited

backstage pass

Auschwitz

PRAGUE 2 2 PARIS

SAVE

KRAKOW 2

BELGIUM

ENGLISH CHANNEL

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

Croatia Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

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 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) 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. Hostel (B) Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Eye Spy tour in Berlin

• •

Day 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) See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• • •

Day 6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B) Day 7: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) Explore the World Heritage Listed town of Kutna Hora M Mozart & Strauss concert

Day 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,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

• •

Day 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. Hotel (B,D) Day 10: Krakow Go local & explore the buzzing market stalls & pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. Hotel (B) Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill M Guided tour of the amazing salt mines

Day 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) M Evening river cruise & dinner 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,D) Day 13: Budapest to Ljubljana Today we’re making our way to Slovenia’s capital with its young, vibrant student culture. Hotel (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion See Ljubljana’s castle & old town

• •

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

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continued

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concept EUROPEAN TRAIL

rome

Itinerary & Sightseeing continued

Day 15: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice & criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Hotel (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 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. Hotel (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 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

swiss alps

Exclusive inclusions

Day 20: Swiss Alps Chill for a day the way you want in the breathtaking Swiss Alps – camera essential. Hostel (B,D)

• Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike (summer departures only)

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

• Locally guided tour of Auschwitz

• Private boat through the canals of Venice • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

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 & Champagne

• Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide

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

Day 23: End Paris or London Your trip ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Summer 2014 Code: CCLV Start London or Ams’dam

8 Days 6 countries

NORTH SEA

H

From A$1175pp* A$147 per day

Edam

ENGLAND

2

London

NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM

Dover

BERLIN 2

GERMANY Dresden

ENGLISH Calais BELGIUM CHANNEL

PRAGUE 2

Kutna Hora

CZECH REP FRANCE

prague 1

Visit contiki.com.au/eastern-rocker

VIENNA 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city

AUSTRIA

••

Days 2-7: Amsterdam to Vienna See days 2-7 of European Trail (opposite) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals

110-111 European Trail.indd 3

Day 8: End Vienna Explore the city sights before it’s time to say farewell. (B) See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & State Opera House

2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

19 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 30 5 7 12 19 21 26 2 9 16 23 30 1 6 8 13 20 4

Finish Vienna

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

1075 1105 1105 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1245 1275 1275 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335

26 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 7 12 14 19 26 28 2 9 16 23 30 6 8 13 15 20 27 11

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWLV

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 See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

23 days

Please note: No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Vienna. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$120. See p.27 for details.

2014 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec 2015 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

w

18 25 1 15 22 29 6 13 15 20 27 29 31

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

25 1 8 22 29 6 13 20 22 27 3 5 7

1049 1049 1035 1035 1035 1035 1035 1035 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1219 1219 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235

3 10 24 26 7 21 28 14 21

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

10 17 31 2 14 28 7 21 28

1065 1065 1005 1005 1005 1005 1005 1025 1025

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1235 1235 1175 1175 1175 1175 1175 1195 1195

concept EASTERN ROCKER

8 days

backstage pass 7 nights accommodation: 2 nights hotel upgrade 5 nights in hostels 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

6 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

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POLAND

EASTERN TRAIL

KRAKOW Auschwitz 2

Summer 2014 Code: CCVR Start Vienna

Finish Rome

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

2014 Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

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

1225 1259 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1395 1429 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1545 1545 1545 1545 1545 1545 1545 1545 1545 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495

CZECH REP

backstage pass 8 nights accommodation: 5 nights hotel upgrade 3 nights in hostels

9 Days 7 countries

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA

From A$1275pp* A$142 per day

Dolomite Mountains

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

6 World Heritage sites visited

1 LJUBLJANA

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

ljubljana

Visit contiki.com.au/eastern-trail

1

1 ROME Places visited Nightstops

26 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 7 12 14 19 26 28 2 9 16 23 30 6 8 13 15 20 27 11

4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 3 5 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5 19

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWVR

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

Please note: No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Days 2-8: Vienna to Rome See days 9-15 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals

venice

HUNGARY

Lake Bled

Apennine Mountains

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

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

BUDAPEST 2

SLOVENIA Croatia

VENICE 1

11 meals included in Food Fund: 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

SLOVAKIA Banska Bystrica

Day 9: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history before your trip ends & it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B)

Pay early & save up to A$135.

SAVE

See p.27 for details.

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w

25 1 8 22 29 6 13 20 22 27

Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

2 9 16 30 7 14 21 28 30 4

1155 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1175 1175 1175

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1325 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1345 1345 1345

3 5 7 10 17 31 2 14 28 7 21 28

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

11 13 15 18 25 8 10 22 8 15 29 5

1175 1175 1175 1175 1175 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1125 1125

170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170

1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1295 1295

* Prices above are based on quad-share. Summer 2014 Code: CCRT

WESTERN N ROCKER

Start Rome

ENGLAND

Netherlands

London Dover

Belgium

Calais

backstage pass 7 nights accommodation: 3 nights hotel upgrade 4 nights in hostels

ENGLISH CHANNEL

8 Days 4 countries

Germany

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

From A$1255pp* A$157 per day

SWITZ

2 swiss alps

FRANCE

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 Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

6 World Heritage sites visited

florence Pisa 2 ITALY

florence 1

Visit contiki.com.au/western-rocker

ROME 1 Vatican City

4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 3 5 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5 19

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

1135 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

1335 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395

11 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29 3 10 12 17 24 31 7 14 21 23 28 30 5 12 26

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWRT

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ & explore this living museum your way. Tonight, meet up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies to let the good times begin. Hotel (D) Days 2-7: Rome to Paris See days 17-22 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 8: End Paris or London Your trip ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

112-113 European Trail modules.indd 2

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

2014 May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

Finish Paris or London

PISA

Please note: No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Rome & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or 6:30pm in London. For travel insurance see p.173.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$120. See p.27 for details.

2014 Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec 2015 Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

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2 9 16 30 7 14 21 28 30

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4 6

1085 1085 1085 1085 1085 1085 1119 1119 1119

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1319 1319 1319

4 11 13 15 18 25 8 10 22 8 15 29 5

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

11 18 20 22 25 1 15 17 1 15 22 5 12

1119 1119 1119 1119 1119 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1075 1075 1075

200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200

1319 1319 1319 1319 1319 1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1275 1275 1275

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

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TRAIL TO ROME R

Summer 2014 Code: CCTR Start London or Ams’dam

NETHERLANDS Edam

ENGLAND

16 Days 11 countries

2

London

2 BERLIN

AMSTERDAM

POLAND GERMANY

Dover

Dresden

Calais

KRAKOW Auschwitz 2

BELGIUM

PRAGUE 2 Kutna Hora

From A$2325pp* A$146 per day

CZECH REP

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2 BUDAPEST 2

FRANCE Switzerland

AUSTRIA

Dolomite Mountains

Lake Bled

Banska Bystrica

HUNGARY

1 LJUBLJANA

VENICE 1

SLOVENIA

Apennine Mountains

Croatia Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

ROME 1 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city

rome 1

Visit contiki.com.au/trail-rome

19 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 30 5 7 12 19 21 26 2 9 16 23 30 1 6 8 13 20 4

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

2145 2209 2209 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2329 2329 2329 2329 2329 2329 2329 2329 2329

350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350

2495 2559 2559 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2759 2759 2759 2759 2759 2759 2759 2759 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679 2679

4 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 3 5 10 17 24 31 7 14 16 21 23 28 5 19

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWTR

Itinerary & Sightseeing & 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

Please note: No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:45am (7:30am in Winter) in London or 6:00pm in Amsterdam & ends approx. 12:30pm in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds

••

Days 2-15: Amsterdam to Rome See days 2-15 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals 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

2014 Apr May May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct

Finish Rome

Day 16: End Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history before your trip ends & it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B)

Pay early & save up to A$240.

SAVE

See p.27 for details.

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w

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

2 9 16 30 7 14 21 28 30 4 11 13 15

2065 2065 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095

350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350

2415 2415 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2385 2445 2445 2445 2445 2445

3 10 24 26 7 21 28 14 21

Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr

18 25 8 10 22 8 15 29 5

2095 2095 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 2015 2015

350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350

2445 2445 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2365 2365

Start Vienna

POLAND

16 Days 10 countries From A$2415pp* A$151 per day

ENGLAND Netherlands London Dover Belgium Calais

Germany

KRAKOW 2

CZECH Auschwitz REP

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

SWITZ

AUSTRIA

1 BUDAPEST 2

Banska Bystrica

2 HUNGARY Dolomite Lake Bled swiss SLOVENIA Mountains 1 alps VENICE 1 LJUBLJANA

FRANCE

Apennine Mountains

Pisa

swiss alps 1

Visit contiki.com.au/trail-london

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

Vatican City

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Finish Paris or London

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Vienna Viennese culture is everywhere! Explore the city your way before meeting up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies tonight. Hostel (D) Days 2-15: Vienna to Paris See days 9-22 of European Trail (p.110-111) itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 23: End Paris or London Your trip ends in Paris this morning, or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Please note: No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 6:00pm in Vienna & ends approx. 10:00am at Paris CDG airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. For travel insurance see p.173.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$240. See p.27 for details.

TRAIL TO ROME

16 days

backstage pass 15 nights accommodation: 7 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in hostels 21 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B), 6 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

14 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on quad-share. Summer 2014 Code: CCVL

TRAIL TO L LONDON ON

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16 days

backstage pass 15 nights accommodation: 8 nights hotel upgrade 7 nights in hostels 23 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B), 8 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

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

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Bec Anderson: Contiki has been absolutely amazing, I’ve met the best people, could not have asked for a better group! Can’t wait to visit everyone:) this has definitely been the best 25days of my life!

florence

25 Days 11 countries From A$3715pp* A$149 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$350. See p.27 for details

France / SPAIN Monaco / Italy Vatican City / AUSTRIA Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland NETHERLANDS BELGIUM (IN TRANSIT)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM Wales

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Poland

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

St Goar

BELGIUM

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

2 PARIS

Dachau

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

Liechtenstein

2 AUSTRIA TYROL

SWITZ FRANCE

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHâTEAU 2 DE CRUIX

rome

MUNICH 1

Lucerne

Dolomite Mountains

ITALY

Hungary

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Croatia

15

don’t miss The roof of the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam turns into a sundeck in the summer - it’s the perfect place for inner city tanning!

Visit contiki.com.au/escapade

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Arles

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

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Monaco

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME 2 BARCELONA

Vatican City

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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ant to create some ultimate jealousy making status updates? Go on the European Escapade. Take a selfie at the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum & Sistine Chapel. Bragging rights = complete.

concept EUROPEAN ESCAPADE swiss alps

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

• •

Day 2: Paris Soak up sophisticated Paris, indulge in this magical city & its legendary icons. Hotel (B) Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at our Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

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 M Flamenco dance show

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

••

Day 8: French Riviera Explore markets, shop upscale boutiques & sun seek on the beach. Rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

•• •

Day 9: French Riviera to Florence Check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 10: Florence Discover the inside info on striking buildings & sacred art before some free time. Contiki Village (B)

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

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 Say ‘arriverderci’ to Rome, and take in the view en route to the canals & gondolas of 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

• •

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

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)

How much & when

Visit the Dachau memorial M Bobsled ride

Day 19: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure exhilarating activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 20: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • •

Day 21: Swiss Alps Chill in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Day 22: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

• ••

Day 23: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 24: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise 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)

pisa

25 days

Summer 2014 Code: CCBE Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ 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. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 24 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 5 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 5 nights in hostels 41 meals included in Food Fund: 24 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 16 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy baguettes & brie on a French picnic • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Pay tribute at the Dachau memorial • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike through cheese making Edam Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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ME TIME optionals M Tandem paragliding or mountain biking in the Tyrol M Cabaret show in Paris M Tour the Roman Forum & Colosseum See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

03/09/2013 11:35


prague

29 Days 12 countries From A$4315pp* A$149 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$425. See p.27 for details

France / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Greece / Austria Czech Republic Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

ENGLAND

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London

1 RHINE VALLEY

Dover ENGLISH CHANNEL

St Goar

BELGIUM

Calais

2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

CZECH REP

Heidelberg

Cesky Krumlov

2 PARIS 1 MUNICH

FRANCE

Fontainebleau

SWITZ Beaujolais Region

2 SWISS ALPS

CHâTEAU 2 DE CRUIX

don’t miss Wakata Lounge Bar, Prague. This tiny spot is far from the norm in Prague & is perfect for its varied beats from house to hip hop & live DJs.

Liechtenstein Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

Monaco

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

Vatican City

1

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Bosnia

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com.au/contrasts

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Spain

@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.

Hungary

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Pisa

FRENCH RIVIERA 2

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA 1 TYROL

Burgundy Region

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Slovakia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii Brindisi

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ne day you’re soaking up the rays in Corfu. The next your riding a gondola in Venice. Tough life! Get lost in Europe’s best cities & then grab some down time in the countryside. Literally, what more could you want?

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29 days

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

••

Day 2: Paris. Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Hotel (B) M Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region. Travel through wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

••

Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region. Relax at the Château & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) French picnic lunch

Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera. Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. Rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino

• • •

Day 6: French Riviera. Today, sun worship on the beach & practice celebrityspotting. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 7: French Riviera to Florence. Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

••

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

• •

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 along the Adriatic Coast back to Italy. Adriatic Ferry (B) Day 16: Arrive Venice. It’s on to the magical floating city of Venice. Contiki Village (B) Day 17: Venice. Meander through the tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square M Gondola ride along the canals

Day 18: Venice to Vienna. Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) M Mozart & Strauss classical music concert Day 19: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander the city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

• •

Day 20: 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 21: 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 22: Prague to Munich. Head to Germany & into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 23: Munich to Austrian Tyrol. Experience the stunning Alpine scenery as we head to the cool Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 24: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps. Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the incredible Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

• • •

Day 25: Swiss Alps. Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up to the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 26: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley. Move on through Heidelberg, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock

• •

CORFU SAILING OPTION

Learn how beer steins are crafted

Day 27: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam. Next it’s in to the Netherlands & on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 28: Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 29: Amsterdam to London. Circle back to France via Belgium & ferry across the English Channel, where the trip ends. (B)

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: CCSER (resort) Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip & Resort A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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Finish Ams’dam or London

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Food Fund A$ pp*

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

SAVE

Pay early & save up to A$475. See p.27 for details.

Trip code: CCSES See p.96 for more info & price panel for departure dates & prices.

Visit contiki.com.au/ contrasts-sailing

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 26 nights accommodation + 2 nights on board ferries:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights

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)

backstage pass

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or approx. 6:30pm in London ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort or on a sail boat, 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 5 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 5 nights in hostels Resort option - 45 meals included in Food Fund: 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 16 dinners (D) Sailing option - 46 meals included in Food Fund: 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 3 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Enjoy a French picnic • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Go Greek at our Corfu toga party (Resort option only) • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Indulge at a Tuscan feast M Locally guided bike tour of Munich See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

03/09/2013 11:38


florence

37 Days 17 countries From A$5629pp* A$153 per day pay early & save up to A$550. See p.27 for details

SAVE

France / Spain / Monaco Italy / Vatican City / Greece Albania / Montenegro (in transit) / Bosnia (in transit) Croatia / Slovenia / Austria Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit) Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

NETHERLANDS

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

GERMANY

1 RHINE VALLEY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles Burgundy Region

SWITZ

FRANCE ATLANTIC OCEAN

SWISS 2 ALPS

CHâTEAU 2 DE CRUIX

VIENNA 2 2 AUSTRIA TYROL

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

Lake Bled

Verona

Pisa Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

20 World Heritage sites visited

1

1

SPAIN

2 BARCELONA

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

Visit contiki.com.au/adventurer

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FRENCH 2 RIVIERA

Hungary

SLOVENIA

1 LJUBLJANA 2 VENICE CROATIA

Apennine Mountains Arles

Amber: Anyone wanting a real taste of Europe should definitely book this tour - I learned the places I definitely want to go back to, and the ones I really don’t. But overall a great experience that I’ll never forget my whole life!!.

Slovakia

BOSNIA

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Split

ROME 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

Serbia

1 ZADAR

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MONTENEGRO

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

1 DURRES Bari

ALBANIA GREECE

1 PREVEZA 1 1 ATHENS IONIAN SEA

Patras Corinth Canal

3 MYKONOS

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each bum? Love it cultural? Want them both? You can. Dunk yourself into the pool of Europe as you discover Amsterdam’s hidden spots, wonder at the sights of the Eternal City, cruise the Croatian coast, hit the beach in Greece & more.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

barcelona

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

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

YUM!

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

ME TIME

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

TRY Elisabets, Barcelona. Make sure it’s on your hit list. Patatas bravas, chorizo, croquettes,

optionals M Whitewater rafting M Wine tasting See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

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

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Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dancing show

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

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

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Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Head to the Italian countryside, past the ancient maritime city of Genoa, stop in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before we head to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 35 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry :

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Mykonos Beach Resort, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 10 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 8 nights in hostels 59 meals included in Food Fund: 36 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 22 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Explore the gardens of Versailles • Wine tasting at Contiki’s Chateau • Enjoy baguettes & brie on our French picnic • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Locally guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town • Explore windmills, canals & dijks by bike

ROME

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Itinerary & Sightseeing continued

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

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Day 12: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa & check out its architectural wonder before rolling through the Tuscan hillsides to Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 16: Rome to Athens Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B)

Day 25: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split & then travel on to Zadar. Hostel (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Day 17: To Athens From Patras, cross the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide

Day 26: Zadar to Ljubljana Take off from the seaside city & cruise on into Slovenia’s capital with its alternative youth & student culture. Hotel (B) See the castle & old town

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Day 18: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Days 19-20: Mykonos Hang out for a few days in this Aegean paradise with its azure seas, golden beaches & young, vibrant party culture.  Contiki Special Stopover (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills

Day 21: Mykonos to Preveza Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. Hotel (B,D)

Day 13: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s favourite cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

How much & when

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Day 22: Preveza to Durres Travel into Albania & wind through the dramatic mountains & along the Adriatic Coast. Hotel (B,D) Day 23: Durres to Dubrovnik Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

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

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Day 27: Ljubljana to Vienna Skirt past picture perfect Lake Bled on the road to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) See picturesque Lake Bled

Day 28: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Viennese dinner

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Day 29: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by the Austrian Alps stunning alpine scenery en route to Contiki’s own Tyrolean Gasthof.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 30: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure – actionpacked outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports M Mountain bike ride & BBQ lunch

Day 31: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich,

home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 32: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne for Swiss chocolate before reaching our Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

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Day 33: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Day 34: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted

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Summer 2014 Code: CCPB Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

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15 25 9 16 23 6 13 20 27 15 18 5 16 22 30 2

21 31 14 21 28 12 19 26 2 20 23 10 21 27 5 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. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 10:00am at Amsterdam Schiphol airport or 6:30pm in London. ● These trips will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Day 35: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 36: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) M Evening canal boat cruise Day 37: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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21 days

VENICE

21 Days 6 countries From A$3519pp* A$168 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$335. See p.27 for details

France / SPAIN MONACO / ITALY Vatican City / Greece

ENGLAND London Dover

Calais

Adam Eliesen @adameliesen: Just finished an amazing @contiki London to Athens trip with the best tour manager out there @Contiki_Laura #LTA #eurotrip

Belgium

ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

Germany

3 PARIS Versailles Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

FRANCE Beaujolais Region

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Tibidabo in Barcelona. It’s the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola & offers the best views of the city & coastline – get Instagramming!

Austria Switz

Pisa Arles

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

2 FLORENCE

SPAIN

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

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Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Visit contiki.com.au/london-athens

Montenegro

2 ROME

BARCELONA 2

M Guided city walking tour in Venice M Guided tour of the Vatican Museums See itinerary & visit contiki.com.au for even more

Bosnia

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

ME TIME optionals

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Brindisi

Albania

1 1 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Special Stopover night

13 World Heritage sites visited

IONIAN SEA

GREECE

3 CORFU Corinth Canal

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How much & when

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 19 nights accommodation + 1 night on board a ferry:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort & 4 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 2 nights in hostels 34 meals included in Food Fund: 20 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL), 13 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team, plus exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour with Champagne & escargot • Wine tasting at Contiki’s Château • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Italian fashion experience • Private boat through the canals of Venice • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Toga party in Corfu • Guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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Summer 2014 Code: CCLG Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550

3519 3605 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3715 3935 3935 3935 3935 3935 3935 3935 3935 3935 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759 3759

2014 Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

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

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2969 3055 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3385 3385 3385 3385 3385 3385 3385 3385 3385 3209 3209 3209 3209 3209 3209

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am London or 5:00pm Paris & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

athens

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start London or Paris Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or later this afternoon in Paris). Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields & into the glittering “City of Lights.” Hotel (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

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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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& the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dance show Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the rustic region of Provence to Arles, once home to Vincent van Gogh. Then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit the historic city of Arles Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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

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

Day 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) Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

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 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

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)

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

Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums

Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) M Guided tour of Pompeii Days 17-19: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) (B)(B,D) M Water sports including parasailing & waterskiing Day 20: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) M Dinner in the famous Plaka area Day 21: Athens After visiting the ancient sites, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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How much & when

+ GR GREE EEK K ISLAN ND ADVENTURER ND R

Summer 2014 Code: LTAI Start London or Paris

29 Days 6 countries

GREECE

AEGEAN SEA

2

ATHENS

From A$4925pp* A$170 per day

MYKONOS 2

PAROS 2 SANTORINI 2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com.au/london-athens-greek

2 Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing Days 1-21: London to Athens Refer to London to Athens on p.121-122. In the afternoon of day 21, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on our Greek Island Adventurer trip. Visit the famous Plaka area 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 25: Paros Spend the day relaxing on island time. Guesthouse Visit Naoussa Day 26: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Guesthouse Visit the main town, Fira Day 27: Santorini Enjoy a free day. Guesthouse Visit Perissa Beach

Finish Athens

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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C B B

B B

27 1 15 24 29 6 8 13 20 22 27 3 10 19 24 31 2 7 16 21 28

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

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 trip ends after check out. Please note: Day 29 has been designed to allow you to finish the trip without needing an extra nights accommodation.

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with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. B - These departures stay one more night in Athens code: LTAIB C - These departures stay one less night in Athens code: LTAIC For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

SAVE

pay early & save up to A$500. See p.27 for details

How much & when

LO ONDON TO ROME 16 Days 5 countries

rome

Visit contiki.com.au/london-rome

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

Trip A$ pp*

Food Fund A$ pp*

Total Cost A$ pp*

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

29 4 15 18 28 1 7 10 15 19 21 24 26 29 3 6 13 18 21 27 2 5 10 15 19 24 26 31 4

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

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2675 2729 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2809 2975 2975 2975 2975 2975 2975 2975 2975 2975 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845

14 19 30 2 12 16 22 25 30 4 6 9 11 14 18 21 28 2 5 11 17 20 25 30 3 8 10 15 19

STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter version of the 21 day London to Athens trip, visiting 5 countries in 16 days. Days 1-15: London to Rome See p.122 London to Athens for map, itinerary, sightseeing & ME TIME optionals Day 16: Rome Your trip ends after breakfast, so it’s time to swap email addresses say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

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LONDON TO ATHENS + GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURER

29 days

backstage pass 27 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 3 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort & 6 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 2 nights in hostels 6 nights in guesthouses 35 meals included in Food Fund: 21 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 13 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.122

13 World Heritage sites visited

concept

Summer 2014 Code: CCLR

2014

From A$2675pp* A$168 per day

concept

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

with many free upgrades to twin-share. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 7:30am in Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com.au/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

SAVE

LONDON TO ROME

16 days

backstage pass 15 nights accommodation:

 Special Stopover: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château & 3 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 2 nights in hostels 27 meals included in Food Fund: 15 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 11 dinners (D) For all other inclusions see p.122

10 World Heritage sites visited

pay early & save up to A$250. See p.27 for details

For full details, see contiki.com.

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Robyn Dyer: Sitting looking out onto the French countryside from the Contiki chateau... Life is great :D

45 Days 16/17 countries From A$6985pp* A$156 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to A$705. See p.27 for details

France / Spain / Monaco Italy / Vatican City / Greece Egypt (Egypt option only) Turkey / Bulgaria / Serbia Hungary / Austria Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (in transit) NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Poland

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London Dover ENGLISH CHANNEL

Calais

BELGIUM

St Goar

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

FRANCE

1 RHINE VALLEY

SWITZ

SWISS ALPS 2

Liechtenstein

Lucerne

CH창TEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Slovakia

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA 2 TYROL

Dolomite Mountains

2 BUDAPEST HUNGARY

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Romania Croatia

Apennine Mountains Pisa Arles Pyrenees Mountains