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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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trip index 2014/5 Time Out Trips Multi-Country

Time Out Trips in-depth regionaL

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

Turkish Sailing

Summerfrom NZ$223/day Winter from NZ$181/day

Summer from NZ$167/day Winter from NZ$161/day

European Magic

Ireland

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

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

Amsterdam to Barcelona

Scotland & Ireland

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

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

Croatian Island Cruising

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

Road to Athens 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

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

London, Paris & Rome 10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.63

Simply Italy

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

Winter Wanderer 24 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.158

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

London to Athens plus Greek Island Adventurer

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

Ultimate European plus Egypt option 45 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.127

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

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

European Explorer plus Island & Cruising options

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

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

Mediterranean Trail plus Greek Island Hopping

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

FESTIVALS & DAY TRIPS

From NZ$88/day Munich Oktoberfest 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

Spanish Spree

From NZ$114/day

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

Croatian Island Hopper

Italian Espresso

Mediterranean Highlights

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European Adventurer

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

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

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

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

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

WINTER Trips, SKI & snowboard

London to Athens

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

Road to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping

European Contrasts plus Corfu & sailing options

Summer from NZ$165/day Winter from NZ$159/day

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

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

CAMPING TripS

European Highlights

From NZ$121/day

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

European Spirit

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

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

Easter in Amsterdam Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo Royal Ascot 1 day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.167

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

European Experience

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

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

14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.102

European Whirl

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.

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.


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 & 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/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/bsp 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 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

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/app

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

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

timeline Create a shared group timeline of your travel adventures.

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#CONTIKI on your tweets, we read everything.

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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/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

NZ$315/Day

NZ$288/Day

Transport

Compare other ways to travel with Contiki in a day Camping from NZ$121/Day Concept from NZ$159/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

NZ$181/Day

Time Out In-Depth Regional from

NZ$161/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 NZ$870 Pay in full on or before 15th January 2014 & save up to 10%.

#2 Save up to NZ$650 Pay in full on or before 31st March 2014 & save up to 7.5%. * Pay Early Savings of NZ$870 & NZ$650 based on 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 tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get NZ$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 home, we won’t charge you a cent. And if you’re ill or have to leave the trip early for personal reasons, Gold Seal will refund you NZ$40 for each day that you miss. See more on p.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.

We

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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MULTI-COUNTRY

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 NZ$1785pp* NZ$199 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$230. See p.27 for details

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

BALTIC SEA

NETHERLANDS

1 AMSTERDAM

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

1

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

Innsbruck

1 LUCERNE

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia Lake Como

2 VENICE

Croatia

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Bosnia

ITALY

World Heritage sites visited ADRIATIC SEA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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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 NZ$ pp*

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

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Finish Paris or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

16 Jul 24 20 Jul 28 27 Aug 4 3 Aug 11 10 Aug 18 17 Aug 25 24 Sep 1 7 Sep 15 14 Sep 22 21 ● Sep 29 28 ● Oct 6 5 Oct 13

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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

2014 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

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Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

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Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

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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 NZ$565. WWHH - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$485. 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/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 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 NZ$2865pp* NZ$261 per day SAVE

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

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

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

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.

MONACO

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

FRENCH RIVIERA 3

2

Monaco

ADRIATIC SEA

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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 NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

2865 2965 2965 2965 2965 3069

2014 May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

2 23 6 20 27 4

Start Ams’dam

Finish Barcelona

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

3069 3069 3069 2939 2939

2014 12 2 16 30 7 14

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

11 18 1 22 5

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 NZ$875 & 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/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 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 NZ$2375pp* NZ$198 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$319. 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

2 PARIS

Slovakia

MUNICH 1 Burgundy Region

1 TYROL

SWITZ

FLORENCE

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).

Visit contiki.com/discovery

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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

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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 NZ$ 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

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

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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Start London or Ams’dam

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Jan 7 Jan 9 Jan 11

2565 2565 2565

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

2565 2565 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2439 2439

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 NZ$769. WWHW - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$639. 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/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 for even more

PARIS

03/09/2013 16:28


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 NZ$3649pp* NZ$281 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$350. 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. You’ll save NZ$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27.

Bosnia

7 World Heritage sites visited Spain

1

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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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BEST OF EUROPE PARIS

How much & when

AMSTERDAM

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBTC Start Paris

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

3649 3649 3649 3649 3775

2014 May Jun Jun Jun Jul

18 1 15 29 6

Start Paris

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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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 NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2715 2715 2715 2805 2805

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.

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May Jun Jun Jul Jul

21 4 18 2 9

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Start Ams’dam

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

2805 2805 2715 2715 2715

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 NZ$1095. Trip starts 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 8:00am in Rome. BBTAM - Single room supplement of NZ$819. 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/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 for even more

BEST OF EUROPE start amsterdam - 10 days From NZ$2715pp* NZ$272 per day STUCK FOR TIME? Start your trip in Amsterdam & visit 5 countries in 10 days.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$250. See p.27 for details.

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

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03/09/2013 16:27


Dave McGuinness: What a awesome night to finish our tour, thanks Contiki European Encounter 2013.

amsterdam

16 Days 10 countries From NZ$2985pp* NZ$187 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$400. 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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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

Vatican City

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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

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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 NZ$ 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 NZ$ pp*

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4025 4025 4025 4025 4025 3885 3885 3885 3885 3885

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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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18 25 8 22 29 3 10 12 18 22

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2014 Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

2 9 23 7 14 18 25 27 2 6

3149 3149 3075 3075 3075 3075 3075 3075 3229 3229

Dec 28 Dec 30

Jan 12 Jan 14

3229 3229

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr

3229 2985 2985 2985 2985 3075

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 NZ$969. WWHZ - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$805. 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/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 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 NZ$3799pp* NZ$224 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 NZ$409. 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

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 See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Summer 2014 Code: BBAL Start London or Paris

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2014

Ferry crossings

M Caique cruise in Corfu M Imperial Rome tour

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 NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep

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2014 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

8 29 12 17 19 26 3 8 10 15

3799 3909 4009 4009 4009 4009 4009 4009 4009 4009

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 NZ$1005 & 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/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.

10

Corinth Canal

World Heritage sites visited

IONIAN SEA

Itinerary & Sightseeing

VENICE

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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

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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 NZ$2899pp* NZ$223 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/ road-rome

Trip code: BBRL See price panel on left for departure dates & deduct NZ$900 for price to pay. Single room supp. NZ$770.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$319. 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 NZ$ pp*

2014

ATHENS 3

From NZ$6675pp* NZ$231 per day

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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 NZ$ pp*

2014 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

6265 6429 6675 6515 6595 6515 6675 6515 6595 6675

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

6685 6765 6845 6765 6845 6765 6675 6515 6675

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

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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 NZ$1669 & 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 NZ$680. 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 NZ$5245pp* NZ$250 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 NZ$ pp* NZ$ 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

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

5455 5599 5745 5745 5745 5745 5745 5885 5885 5885 5885 5885 5745 5745

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

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

5685 5829 5975 5975 5975 5975 5975 6115 6115 6115 6115 6115 5975 5975

5245 5375 5505 5505 5505 5505 5505 5645 5645 5645 5645 5645 5505 5505

5015 5145 5275 5275 5275 5275 5275 5415 5415 5415 5415 5415 5275 5275

* 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 NZ$585. 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 NZ$1319 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$1435 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/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 NZ$4055pp* NZ$226 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$440. 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/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 NZ$ pp*

Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul

4055 4055 4159 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4435

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 NZ$ 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

4435 4435 4435 4435 4435 4265 4265 4265 4265 4265

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1065 & 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/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 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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03/09/2013 16:22


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 NZ$3455pp* NZ$182 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$460. 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/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 16:20


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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

• • •

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 NZ$ 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 NZ$ pp*

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4225 4225 4335 4335 4475 4475 4475 4475 4475 4475 4475 4475 4475 4625 4625

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

backstage pass

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

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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

3745 3745

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

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3745 3745 3745 3745 3455 3455 3455 3455 3455 3559 3559

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 NZ$1109. WWAP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$935. 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/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 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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03/09/2013 16:21


FLORENCE

21 Days 10 countries From NZ$3789pp* NZ$181 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$510. 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!

Visit contiki.com/vista

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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

1 VIENNA 2 TYROL

Pisa

FRENCH RIVIERA

Monaco

2

Croatia

Apennine Mountains

1 FLORENCE

Bosnia

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

03/09/2013 16:18


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Y

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

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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)

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Day 19: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands & on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the canals, gable houses & the city by night

• •

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 NZ$ pp*

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

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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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

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Winter 2014/15 Code: WWHT 2014

2014 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

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7 14 21 12 19 26 2 4 6 11

3995 3995 3895 3895 3895 3895 3895 4095 4095 4095

Dec 29 Dec 31

Jan 18 Jan 20

4095 4095

Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr Apr

4095 4095 3789 3789 3895 3895

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 NZ$1225. WWHT - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$1025. 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. ●

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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/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 for even more

03/09/2013 16:18


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 NZ$6269pp* NZ$224 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$685. 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

Poland

GERMANY Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

1 RHINE VALLEY

BELGIUM

Czech Rep Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Loire Valley

2 VIENNA

1 TYROL

FRANCE SWITZ

Château Chambord

1 BORDEAUX

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/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

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

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World Heritage sites visited

3 CORFU CORINTH CANAL

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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

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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 NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

6269 6435 6595 6595 6595 6595 6595 6595

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 NZ$ pp*

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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

6865 6865 6595 6595 6595 6595 6595

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1645 & 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/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

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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 for even more

11/10/2013 14:06


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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 NZ$7945pp* NZ$241 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$870. 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

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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 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 NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul

8029 8255 8465 8465 8465 8465 8465

2014 GREECE

From NZ$8029pp* NZ$244 per day

AEGEAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL ATHENS

Piraeus

MYKONOS 4

IONIAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ 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

8715 8715 8715 8715 8465 8465 8465

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 NZ$2535 & 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/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 NZ$870. 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 NZ$7945pp* NZ$241 per day

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

Finish Ams’dam or London

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

7625 7825 8025 8025 8025 8025 8025 8265 8265 8265 8265 8025 8025 8025

320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320

7945 8145 8345 8345 8345 8345 8345 8585 8585 8585 8585 8345 8345 8345

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share.

Visit contiki.com/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)

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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 NZ$2399 & 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/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 NZ$825. 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 NZ$1619pp* NZ$203 per day SAVE

DUBLIN 2

Cliffs of Moher

Blarney

IRISH SEA

1 KILKENNY CORK 1

pay early & save up to NZ$175. See p.27 for details 1

Visit contiki.com/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

• 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

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Finish Dublin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2014

Exclusive inclusions

See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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 NZ$ 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

1619 1619 1619 1665 1665 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1765 1765 1765 1765 1765

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

1765 1765 1765 1765 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705

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 NZ$2775pp* NZ$214 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 NZ$425. Trip starts 4:30pm in Dublin & ends approx. 8:00am in Dublin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.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 NZ$735.

Visit contiki.com/scotland-ireland

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$300. 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 NZ$1899pp* NZ$211 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 NZ$205. See p.27 for details

London

7 1

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp*

Finish Glasgow or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

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

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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

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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

1649 1609 1695 1695

Jan 3 Feb 6 Mar 7

Jan 10 Feb 13 Mar 14

1695 1565 1565

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

SCOTLAND 6 days From NZ$1319pp* NZ$220 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 NZ$345.

Visit contiki.com/ scotland

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$140. 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 NZ$505. WWBR - Winter 2014/15 - 8 days Single room supplement of NZ$425. 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/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.

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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 NZ$215 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/ day-trips

03/09/2013 17:00


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 NZ$3149pp* NZ$197 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$340. 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/day-trips

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IRISH SEA

ENGLAND

Cliffs Of Moher

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ 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 NZ$ pp*

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

3445 3445 3445 3445 3445 3445 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325

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

3149 3149 3149 3149 3245 3245 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3325 3445 3445 3445

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 NZ$835. 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/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 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

+

2

Versailles

From NZ$1535pp* NZ$220 per day

FRANCE

SWITZ

ITALY

6

SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$190. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited 1

Visit contiki.com/london-paris

LoNDON

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

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

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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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ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of Stonehenge See itinerary & visit contiki.com 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 NZ$469. WWGE - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$415. Trip starts 6:00pm in London & ends approx. 8:00am in Paris.

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

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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

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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/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 NZ$1849pp* NZ$206 per day Visit contiki.com/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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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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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 NZ$605. WWGA - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ575.

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossing

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From NZ$2279pp* NZ$228 per day

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BBGP - Summer 2014 Single room supplement of NZ$575. WWGP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$499.

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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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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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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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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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amalfi coast

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Total Cost NZ$ 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 NZ$815. WWSY - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ845. 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/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 for even more

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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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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 NZ$50 with our Multi-trip discount. See p.27

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

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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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8 days

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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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* 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 NZ$565. WWHI - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$535. 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/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.

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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 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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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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Barcelona

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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 NZ$1119. WWEH - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$849. 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/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 for even more

• •

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 NZ$1455pp* NZ$182 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$180. See p.27 for details

EGYPT

LUXOR

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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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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/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 NZ$ pp*

5 19 3 17 31 14 28

Finish Cairo

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

1825 1825 1825 1785 1785 1785

Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

12 26 10 24 7 21 5

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2014 Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

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

1525 1505 1505 1505 1549 1549

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar

3 17 14 28 14

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

10 24 21 7 21

1549 1549 1455 1455 1489

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 NZ$525. WTEG - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$449. 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/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 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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Ryan: The best thing I have ever done with my life.

CINQUE TERRE

13 Days 5 countrIES From NZ$2365pp* NZ$182 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$320. 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.

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Bosnia

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Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

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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

• •

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 NZ$ pp*

2014 May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

17 31 14 28 5 12

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct

3239 3239 3239 3099 3099

May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

29 12 26 10 17 24

3099 3099 3099 3099 3239 3239

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

19 26 2 23 20

31 7 14 4 2

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2015 Nov 13 Dec 11

2435 2435

Jan 9 Mar 7

Jan 21 Mar 19

2559 2365

* 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 NZ$1085. WWMD - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$945. 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 NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2875 2945 2945 2945 2945 2945

2014 May May Jun Jun Jun Jun

5 19 2 16 23 30

Start Rome

Finish Madrid

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

3079 3079 3079 2945 2945

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

backstage pass

2014

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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

2499 2435 2559

Feb 23

Mar 7

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

2365

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 NZ$1029. WWDM - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$945. 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/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 for even more

FLORENCE

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easypace

10 Days 3 countries

2 ROME ITALY

Vatican City

ADRIATIC SEA

Pompeii

From NZ$2519pp* NZ$252 per day

2

SORRENTO

Isle of Capri

Albania

Brindisi

1 GREECE

2

SAVE

IONIAN SEA

pay early & save up to NZ$255. See p.27 for details

corfu

5

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2519 2519 2519 2519 2585

2014 May Jun Jun Jun Jul

21 4 18 25 2

Start Rome

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep

2585 2585 2585 2519 2519

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 NZ$629 & 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/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

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How much & when

+ GR G EE EK ISLA IS SLAND LA AND D HOP PPI PING NG

easypace

21 Days 3 countries

Total Cost NZ$ 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

Visit contiki.com/trail-island

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 NZ$ pp*

4889 4969 4809 5025

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

5025 5105 4889

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1265 & 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/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 NZ$510. 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

13 Days 4 countries

Start Rome

AEGEAN SEA

TURKEY

Athens GREECE

Kusadasi Mykonos

Patmos

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

Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

2 16 30 7 14 21 4 18 1 15

230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230 230

3265 3265 3265 3265 3345 3345 3345 3345 3265 3265

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

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

3495 3495 3495 3495 3575 3575 3575 3575 3495 3495

3199 3199 3199 3199 3285 3285 3285 3285 3209 3209

2969 2969 2969 2969 3055 3055 3055 3055 2979 2979

* 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

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Summer 2014 Code: METCG3

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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 NZ$330.

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 NZ$735 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$765 to twin-share price for an outside cabin (add port taxes for total price). 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/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/trail3

21 days

For full details, see contiki.com.

How much & when

From NZ$3199pp* NZ$247 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 NZ$4969pp* NZ$237 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.

03/09/2013 16:40


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 NZ$2685pp* NZ$207 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$285. 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/eastern-road

Ukraine

CZECH REP

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

03/09/2013 16:37


76 | 77

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.

time out easypace

EASTERN ROAD BERLIN

How much & when

PRAGUE

13 days

Summer 2014 Code: BBRH Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul

2685 2685 2755 2755 2755 2755 2875

2014 Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

27 11 25 8 22 29 13

Start Berlin

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct

2875 2875 2755 2755 2755 2755 2755

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 NZ$685 & 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/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 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

03/09/2013 16:38


easypace

9 Days 3 countries

BERLIN 3 Poland

Netherlands

From NZ$1655pp* NZ$184 per day

Dresden

3 PRAGUE Kutna Hora

CZECH REP

5

SAVE

GERMANY

Belgium

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

Slovakia

France

VIENNA 2

World Heritage sites visited

AUSTRIA Switz

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp*

Finish Vienna

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

2065 2119 2175 2175 2175 2249

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

20 27 10 7 14 28

2249 2249 2249 2175 2175 2175

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

1745 1705 1705 1705 1705 1785 1785

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

11 25 22 16 30

1785 1785 1655 1655 1705

* 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 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 NZ$545. WWBV - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$445. 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/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.

03/09/2013 17:10


78 | 79

time out easypace

BERLIN TO BUDAPEST

11 days

easypace

11 Days 5 countries

backstage pass

BERLIN 3

GERMANY

From NZ$1895pp* NZ$173 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 NZ$265. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

Bratislava

VIENNA 2

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

Switz

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp*

Finish Budapest

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul

2459 2525 2589 2589 2589 2679

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

22 29 12 9 16 30

2679 2679 2679 2589 2589 2589

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

1999 1949 1949 1949 1949 2045 2045

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

13 27 24 18 1

2045 2045 1895 1895 1949

* 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 NZ$645. WWIT - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$515. 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/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 for even more

vienna

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

03/09/2013 17:11


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 NZ$1299pp* NZ$186 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 NZ$170. See p.27 for details

3 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Austria

BERLIN Switz

Visit contiki.com/berlin-prague

1

Places visited Nightstops

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul

1595 1625 1675 1675 1675 1735

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

18 25 8 5 12 26

1735 1735 1735 1675 1675 1675

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

1385 1349 1349 1349 1349 1415 1415

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

3 17 14 8 22

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar

9 23 20 14 28

1415 1415 1299 1299 1365

* 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 NZ$419. WWBP - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$355. 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/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

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

3 World Heritage sites visited SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$140. See p.27 for details

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Start Vienna

5 Days 3 countries Czech Rep

From NZ$1045pp* NZ$209 per day

Germany

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA 2

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY Italy

Slovenia Croatia Serbia

BUDAPEST

Visit contiki.com/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

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

1295 1365 1365 1365 1409 1409

Start Vienna

Finish Budapest

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

1409 1409 1409 1365 1365 1365

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

1105 1075 1075 1075 1129

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

1129 1129 1129 1045 1045 1075 1075

* 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)

Finish Budapest

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

Summer 2014 Code: BBVB

& 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 NZ$339. WWVB - Winter 2014/15 Single room supplement of NZ$285. 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/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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time out

2 ISTANBUL

TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY

10 days

Gallipoli

1 CANAKKALE Troy

TURKEY

110 0D Days ays countries 2c ountries

AEGEAN SEA

CORINTH CANAL

Athens

IZMIR 1 KUSADASI 1

From NZ$2319pp* NZ$232 per day pay early & save up to NZ$210. See p.27 for details

Visit contiki.com/odyssey

PAMUKKALE 1 Ephesus

Patmos

6

SAVE

Hieropolis

1

Places visited Nightstops

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 9 nights twin or triple-share accommodation: 6 nights in hotels 3 nights on board a cruise ship 21 meals: 9 continental/buffet breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 7 three-course dinners (D) 3 suppers (S)

Santorini Rhodes

World Heritage sites visited

PAMUKKALE

backstage pass

Pergamum

GREECE

An experienced & professional Turkish Tour Manager, Driver & on-board cruise representative

Crete

Modern air-conditioned coach

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

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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 NZ$599 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$625 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/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 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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jesskeri: This trip was easily one of the best weeks of my life.

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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 NZ$649. 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/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 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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Andrea Pavez @drepavez: back from an amazing trip with the best group! #croatia #contiki

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Sun seekers listen up…it’s all about Hula Hula Beach Bar, Hvar. This waterside spot goes off, so grab a towel, hit the sun loungers with a book & laze the day away.

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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 NZ$1355. Single below deck cabin supplement add NZ$1255. 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/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 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 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 NZ$1355. Single below deck cabin supplement add NZ$1275. 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/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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ME TIME optionals M Guided tour of the famous Acropolis See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Or take a single supplement option: add NZ$549 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

Day 7: Crete to Santorini Wake up to Greece’s biggest

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Days 3-4: Mykonos Hang out on this island, famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses found in the pictureperfect Cycladic paradise, then enjoy a drink at a harbourside bar in Little Venice to watch the sunset.  Contiki Feature Hotel (B)(B)

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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/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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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 NZ$ 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

2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2869 2869 2869 2869 2869 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985

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 NZ$ pp*

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

2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2985 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775 2775

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 NZ$1235 & 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/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 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 NZ$1019pp* NZ$255 per day

1 ATHENS

Corinth IONIAN SEA Mycenae

1

OLYMPIA

4

SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$110. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp*

May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul

1019 1045 1075 1075 1075 1109 1109

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 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 NZ$ pp*

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

1109 1075 1075 1075 1075 1045

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 NZ$315 & 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/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 17:06


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 NZ$3655pp* NZ$229 per day

1 1

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

3 IOS SANTORINI 3

Places visited Nightstops Feature Hotel night

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/greece-island

ios

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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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 NZ$ pp*

2014 Apr May May Jun

Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2014

28 May 13 12 B May 28 26 C Jun 9 9 Jun 24

3655 3735 3675 3755

Jul Jul Aug Sep

7 C Jul 21 21 Aug 5 18 C Sep 1 1 Sep 16

3805 3885 3675 3755

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

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1089 & 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 NZ$2115pp* NZ$265 per day

Places visited Nightstops

1

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

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

TURKEY

1 ATHENS

8 Days 2 countries

backstage pass

Summer 2014 Code: SPICR3

Crete

Visit contiki.com/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

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

2099 2099 2155 2155 2155 2229 2229 2229 2155 2155 2155 2155 2099

2329 2329 2385 2385 2385 2459 2459 2459 2385 2385 2385 2385 2329

1885 1885 1929 1929 1929 1995 1995 1995 1929 1929 1929 1929 1885

2115 2115 2159 2159 2159 2225 2225 2225 2159 2159 2159 2159 2115

* 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

TURKEY

Chios

1

12 Days 2 countries

GREECE

Kusadasi Mykonos

From NZ$3189pp* NZ$266 per day

Santorini

1

Places visited Nightstops

Symi Rhodes

Crete

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$565 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$629 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 NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

May 9 May 23 Jun 6 Jun 20 Jul 4 Sep 12 Sep 26 Oct 10

600 600 600 600 600 600 600 600

3125 3125 3205 3205 3205 3205 3205 3205

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

3725 3725 3805 3805 3805 3805 3805 3805

2589 2589 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655

3189 3189 3255 3255 3255 3255 3255 3255

* 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 NZ$775 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$935 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/cruising

mykonos

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: 6CGS Start Athens

TURKEY

1 ATHENS

6 Days (4 days cruising) 2 countries From NZ$1509pp* NZ$252 per day

Mykonos

Kusadasi Patmos

3 World Heritage sites visited athens

1

Santorini Rhodes

Places visited Nightstops

Visit contiki.com/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 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

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Twin In Total Cost NZ$ 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

320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320 320

1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435

1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1805 1805 1805 1805 1805 1805 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755

1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539

1189 1189 1189 1189 1189 1189 1189 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219

* 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 NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

2014

AEGEAN SEA

GREECE

Finish Port Taxes & Twin Out Athens Gratuities NZ$ pp* NZ$ 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 NZ$240. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad-share). Or take a single supplement option: add NZ$179 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$195 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/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 17:05


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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 NZ$2365pp* NZ$263 per day Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

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

Twin In Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2769 2769 2769 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2825 2769

2365 2365 2365 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2409 2365

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)

Apr 24 May 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29 Jun 5 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Sep 4 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 2 Oct 9

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M Guided tour of ancient Ephesus M Turkish hammam experience See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

* Cruise prices above are based on twin-share. Substantial savings for quad-share rooms are available online or ask at time of booking for prices save a minimum of NZ$390. If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or quad-share). Or take a single supplement option: add NZ$309 to twin-share price for an inside cabin (plus add port taxes for total price) or NZ$345 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/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.

EUROPE SINCE 1962

1977: india

1978: communist russia

1981: kia ora to NZ

1982: our château

1982: america 1991: canada

1984: down under

2009: asia

2011: latin america

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/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/contikicares Viewers be warned, you’re going to be pretty darn keen to get involved with these trips next year.

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MAR LEADERS The individuals protecting the precious Mesoamerican Reef system. 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.

SharksCount ★ Contiki’s newest project

R:EVOLVE Local initiatives in your region Contiki’s New Zealand office has partnered with Sustainable Coastlines to continue the journey to protect the oceans at home. Here are some of the initiatives we are currently working on together:

• Contiki Staff beach cleans – We get together once a year to clean & collect rubbish in some of the worst affected coastal areas of Auckland, such as Rangitoto Island, the North Shore & Okura Bush Walkway.  

• Beach cleans by clients - Keep New Zealand beautiful is a phrase important to New Zealanders & travellers alike. As such, we give our the opportunity to volunteer for beach clean ups at Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu and the Bay of Islands.

The team pioneering education & awareness about one of the most feared creatures on the planet.

• Aluminium Drink bottles – The average

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 programme 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.

• Hybrid Cars – Our Sales team are

traveller buys 1 plastic bottle drink per day while on tour. The tap water in New Zealand is clean & drinkable, so we created aluminium drink bottles that are easy on the environment. These are available for all Contiki travellers in NZ & cost less than two plastic bottles of water. constantly driving around the country delivering the latest news & updates on Contiki, so we’ve provided them with Hybrid Honda Insight cars to minimise our effect on the environment.

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 NZ$1679pp* NZ$168 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$165. See p.27 for details

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

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Day 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/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 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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* 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/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 for even more

03/09/2013 17:33


berlin

18 Days 9 countries From NZ$3015pp* NZ$168 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$290. 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 Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

18 days

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/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 for even more

03/09/2013 17:31


rome

20 Days 10 countries From NZ$3285pp* NZ$165 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$310. 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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FRENCH 1 RIVIERA 1

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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

••

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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Trip Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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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/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 for even more

03/09/2013 17:30


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 NZ$3735pp* NZ$170 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$345. 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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ZADAR 1 1 FLORENCE

Serbia BOSNIA Split

3 DUBROVNIK

ITALY Spain

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1 LJUBLJANA 1 ZAGREB

Places visited Nightstops

ADRIATIC SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 ROME Vatican City

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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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Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share,

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

22 days

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/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)

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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 for even more

Day 22: Depart Rome The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B)

03/09/2013 17:29


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 NZ$3669pp* NZ$160 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 Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

3359 3459 3459 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3769 3769 3769 3769 3769 3769 3769 3769 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645

3949 4049 4049 4145 4145 4145 4145 4145 4145 4145 4145 4145 4145 4359 4359 4359 4359 4359 4359 4359 4359 4235 4235 4235 4235 4235 4235 4235 4235 4235

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

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

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWEL

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

paris

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

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

3219 3219 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175 3175 3265 3265 3265 3265 3265

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

3809 3809 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3855 3855 3855 3855 3855

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

3265 3265 3079 3079 3079 3079 3079 3145 3145

590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590 590

3855 3855 3669 3669 3669 3669 3669 3735 3735

* 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/eurotrail

22 nights accommodation: 10 nights hotel upgrade 12 nights in hostels

SLOVENIA

VENICE 1

pay early & save up to NZ$375. 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

• •

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 NZ$1315pp* NZ$165 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/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 Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

1205 1239 1239 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1349 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305

1395 1429 1429 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1539 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495 1495

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

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

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/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$130. 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

1175 1175 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1195 1195 1195 1195 1195

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

1365 1365 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385

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

1195 1195 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1145 1145

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

1385 1385 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1335 1335

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.

03/09/2013 17:27


POLAND

EASTERN TRAIL

KRAKOW Auschwitz 2

Summer 2014 Code: CCVR Start Vienna

Finish Rome

Trip Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

1369 1409 1449 1449 1449 1449 1449 1449 1449 1449 1449 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485

1559 1599 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675

CZECH REP

backstage pass 8 nights accommodation: 5 nights hotel upgrade 3 nights in hostels

9 Days 7 countries

VIENNA 1 AUSTRIA

From NZ$1425pp* NZ$159 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/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

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

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 NZ$150.

SAVE

See p.27 for details.

2014 Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec 2015 Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar

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

1295 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1315 1315 1315

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

1485 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1505 1505 1505

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

1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1265 1265

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

1505 1505 1505 1505 1505 1425 1425 1425 1425 1425 1455 1455

* 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 NZ$1399pp* NZ$175 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/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 Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

1269 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1385 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339

1489 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1605 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559

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

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

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 NZ$135. 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

w

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

1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1215 1255 1255 1255

220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220

1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1475 1475 1475

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

1255 1255 1255 1255 1255 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1205 1205 1205

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

1475 1475 1475 1475 1475 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1425 1425 1425

* Prices above are based on quad-share.

04/09/2013 08:59


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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 NZ$2599pp* NZ$163 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/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 Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

2405 2475 2475 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2699 2699 2699 2699 2699 2699 2699 2699 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615

2795 2865 2865 2939 2939 2939 2939 2939 2939 2939 2939 2939 2939 3089 3089 3089 3089 3089 3089 3089 3089 3005 3005 3005 3005 3005 3005 3005 3005 3005

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

390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390

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/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 NZ$269.

SAVE

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

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

2315 2315 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2275 2345 2345 2345 2345 2345

390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390

2705 2705 2665 2665 2665 2665 2665 2665 2735 2735 2735 2735 2735

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

2345 2345 2209 2209 2209 2209 2209 2255 2255

390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390 390

2735 2735 2599 2599 2599 2599 2599 2645 2645

Start Vienna

POLAND

16 Days 10 countries From NZ$2699pp* NZ$169 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/trail-london

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

Places visited Nightstops Optional end city

Bosnia

ITALY ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME

Vatican City

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

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

Finish Paris or London

Trip Food NZ$ pp* Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

2405 2475 2545 2545 2545 2545 2545 2545 2545 2545 2545 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2695 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605 2605

2825 2895 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 2965 3115 3115 3115 3115 3115 3115 3115 3115 3115 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025 3025

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

420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWVL

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)

112-113 European Trail modules.indd 3

paris

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 NZ$269. 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

concept

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w

25 1 8 22 29 6 13 20 22 27

Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

9 16 23 7 14 21 28 4 6 11

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concept TRAIL TO LONDON

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 NZ$4169pp* NZ$167 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$395. 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/escapade

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1

1

Pisa

Arles

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

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

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

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Day 17: Vienna to Munich Today we’ll head to Munich, the home of Oktoberfest. On arrival, explore the sights or head to one of the city’s beer halls tonight for dinner & a taste of their famous drop. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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 NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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/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

tyrol

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 for even more

04/09/2013 09:14


prague

29 Days 12 countries From NZ$4865pp* NZ$168 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$479. 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/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

contiki village rome

Slovakia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii Brindisi

1

1

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3 CORFU

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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?

concept EUROPEAN CONTRASTS paris

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 & Food Resort Fund NZ$ pp* NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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Summer 2014 Code: CCSES (sailing) Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip & Sailing NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$535. See p.27 for details.

Trip code: CCSES See p.96 for more info & price panel for departure dates & prices.

Visit contiki.com/ 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/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 for even more

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florence

37 Days 17 countries From NZ$6335pp* NZ$172 per day pay early & save up to NZ$620. 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) NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Wales

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/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

Serbia

1 ZADAR Split

2 DUBROVNIK

ADRIATIC SEA

MONTENEGRO

ROME 2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Vatican City

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.

concept EUROPEAN ADVENTURER SWISS ALPS

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

••

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 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

••

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

•• •

Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Head to the Italian countryside, past the ancient maritime city of Genoa, stop in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before we head to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona

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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

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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 NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

5245 5245 5415 5885 5885 5885 5885 5885 5885 6225 6225 6225 5975 5975 5975 5975

1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090

6335 6335 6505 6975 6975 6975 6975 6975 6975 7315 7315 7315 7065 7065 7065 7065

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

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/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 NZ$3955pp* NZ$189 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$379. 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

CHECK OUT

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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/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 for even more

Bosnia

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

ME TIME optionals

Slovenia

VENICE 2

Serravalle (Designer outlet mall)

Brindisi

Albania GREECE

1 1 1

Places visited Nightstops Optional start city Special Stopover night

13 World Heritage sites visited

3 CORFU Corinth Canal

IONIAN SEA

1 ATHENS

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greek islands

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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Finish Athens

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620 620

3955 4055 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4175 4419 4419 4419 4419 4419 4419 4419 4419 4419 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225 4225

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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 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

19 24 4 7 17 21 27 30 5 9 11 14 16 19 23 26 2 7 10 16 22 25 30 4 8 13 15 20 24

3335 3435 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3555 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3799 3605 3605 3605 3605 3605 3605

* 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/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 NZ$5545pp* NZ$192 per day

MYKONOS 2

PAROS 2 SANTORINI 2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Visit contiki.com/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 NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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

4885 4885 5009 5109 5189 5269 5189 5189 5269 5189 5189 5189 5189 5629 5549 5629 5549 5549 5549 5549 5265

660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660 660

5545 5545 5669 5769 5849 5929 5849 5849 5929 5849 5849 5849 5849 6289 6209 6289 6209 6209 6209 6209 5925

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

29 4 18 28 1 7 10 15 21 24 29 6 13 21 27 2 5 10 19 24 31

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/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27.

SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$560. See p.27 for details

How much & when

LO ONDON TO ROME 16 Days 5 countries

rome

Visit contiki.com/london-rome

Itinerary & Sightseeing

Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ 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

2455 2535 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2805 2805 2805 2805 2805 2805 2805 2805 2805 2665 2665 2665 2665 2665 2665

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

2995 3075 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3345 3205 3205 3205 3205 3205 3205

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 NZ$2995pp* NZ$188 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/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 NZ$280. 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 NZ$7865pp* NZ$175 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$790. 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

1 BELGRADE

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia SERBIA

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

ITALY

BULGARIA ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

1 SOFIA

2 ROME SPAIN

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2 BARCELONA

Vatican City

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Brindisi

BLACK SEA

ISTANBUL 3

KAVALA 1

Gallipoli

Albania

1 CANAKKALE 1

1

1

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

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Troy

2 CORFU

GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae

2 ATHENS IONIAN SEA

Corinth Canal

EGYPT OPTION & map see p.127

GREEK ISLAND OPTION & map see p.127

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ot time to take a real European summer holiday? This is your ultimate trip. With 45 days you’ll get Europe’s key sites (& more). Plus you can tailor your trip the way you want - mix it up with Egypt or the Greek Islands - it’s up to you.

concept ULTIMATE EUROPEAN EGYPT

Itinerary & Sightseeing

don’t miss

28th march departure

day

anzac

Incredible caldera views, delicious seafood & live music to complete the package...find utter perfection at Rastoni Restaurant, Santorini. We love the King scallops & smoked salmon, with a side of baked feta. Yum!

Pay tribute to the fallen at this once in a lifetime experience. We overnight at the Dawn Service site on the evening of 24/25 April. Join the National Services at Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair.

AMSTERDAM

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

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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 Fontainebleau See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

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

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the Pyrénées Mountains, en route to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion & fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex M Flamenco dance show

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

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Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

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45 days

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 42/43 nights accommodation (see p.127 for full breakdown of Egypt & Greek Island options) 72 meals included in Food Fund (Egypt option) (see p.127 for full breakdown of meals) 69 meals included in Food Fund (Greek Island option) (see p.127 for full breakdown of meals) 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 • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Locally guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis • Toga party in Corfu • Explore the Wooden Horse of Troy with our Local Guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • Discover Istanbul with our expert Local Guide Egypt only • Locally guided tours of the Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids of Giza • Tour the Valley of the Kings with a local Egyptian expert • Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Guided walking tour in Venice M Tuscan dinner in Florence M Light show at The Philae Temple (Egypt option) CORFU

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château de cruix

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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

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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 Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 13: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry

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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

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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

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Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum of history. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy & board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) Days 17-18: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)(B) Day 19: Corfu to Athens Leave the island & travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B,D)

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Day 27: Athens to Kavala Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. Hotel (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae & Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 28: Kavala to Canakkale Ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. Hotel (B,D)

Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide

Day 29: Canakkale to Istanbul Make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli battlefields en route to the cultural melting pot of Istanbul. Hotel (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove

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Days 30-31: Istanbul Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B)(B) See the Blue Mosque & the Grand Bazaar with a local guide M Belly dancing evening & dinner

Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman’s Bastion

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

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Day 37: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Experience the stunning Alpine scenery as we head to the cool Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 32: Istanbul to Sofia Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of Socialist heritage & modern Euro living. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 38: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of the Tyrol - exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking & mountain biking!  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

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

Day 39: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of the famous Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz M Whitewater rafting adventure

Day 40: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne for chocolate before reaching the Contiki Chalet in the Swiss Alps.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

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Day 41: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt in for a cog railway ride up to the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain.  Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) M Cog railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain Day 42: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg,

known for its Baroque old town & lively student ambiance, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages & traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle See the Lorelei Rock Learn how beer steins are crafted M Wine tasting in an historic cellar

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Day 43: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the Netherlands & the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night

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Day 44: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés & nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 45: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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Day 34: Belgrade to Budapest Go north along the Danube River & find a lively arts, café & music scene in the “Paris of the East.” Hotel (B) Day 35: Budapest Get into the historical past of this fascinating centuries-old city, split in two by the Danube River into hilltop Buda & bustling Pest. Tonight, go local & find a cool little restaurant & people watch. Hotel (B)

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 20: Athens to Cairo Visit the ancient sites that dot Athens & experience the nonstop action that this city is known for. Later, say farewell to Greece & hello to Egypt as we fly out to Cairo. Hotel (B) See the first modern Olympic Stadium Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide

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Day 21: Cairo Sightseeing overnight train to Aswan Step into this intense, 24/7 city where ancient meets modern. Stare in awe at the Sphinx & the monumental Pyramids of Giza. Overnight train (B,D)

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Guided tour of the Great Pyramids & Sphinx

Day 22: Aswan Unwind in Egypt’s southernmost city & enjoy its distinctive African atmosphere. There’s the chance to see the Tomb of Aga Khan high up on the West Bank. Hotel (B) Sail on a felucca See the Aga Khan Mausoleum M Light show at Philae Temple

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Day 23: Aswan to Luxor Opt for more exploring of the ancient sights on an excursion to the temple of Abu Simbel, then follow the Nile River to Luxor. Hotel (B,D)

Day 24: Luxor to Red Sea Be amazed by the sheer volume of monuments & royal burial sites around Luxor. Later, travel across the desert to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Hotel (B,D) Day 25: Red Sea to Cairo Laze on the white sand beaches or snorkel the amazing coral reefs. Later, it’s back to the bustling capital. Hotel (B) Day 26: Cairo to Athens This morning we’ll fly from Cairo back to Athens, where you will rejoin your fellow travellers for the rest of your adventure. Hotel (B)

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/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 NZ$760. See p.27 for details

URO OPEA O PEA

Summer 2014 Code: CUEG Start London or Paris

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SANTORINI 3 Places visited World Heritage 1 Nightstops sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 20: Athens to Ios Visit the ancient sites that make Athens so famous & feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Later, get ready to get on island time as we cruise toward the Greek island paradise of Ios. Hotel (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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working on your tan. Later, get caught up in the night-life of this ultimate party island. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Ios town M Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat

Day 23: Ios to Santorini Sail to Santorini, famous for its blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. You could head out to a little taverna for an authentic local meal - trying saganaki is a must! Hotel (B) Days 24-25: Santorini Santorini is a paradise for the

photographer within. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town. Or take a boat ride out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. Experiencing one of Oia’s sunsets is a must. Hotel (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira M Visit Oia at sunset

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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. 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/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 26: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece for your final night in the Greek capital. It’s time to rejoin your fellow travellers for the rest of your adventure. Hotel (B)

ULTIMATE EUROPEAN + EGYPT OPTION

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backstage pass 42 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry & 1 overnight train (sleeper seat):

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 20 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 6 nights in hostels 72 meals included in Food Fund (Egypt option) 44 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 27 dinners (D) Return flight from Athens to Cairo For all other inclusions see p.125

How much & when

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backstage pass 43 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry:

 Special Stopovers: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights at Contiki’s Corfu Resort, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet & 21 nights hotel upgrade 8 nights in Contiki Village Cabins 6 nights in hostels 69 meals included in Food Fund 44 breakfasts (B) 1 picnic lunch (PL) 24 dinners (D) Local ferry transfers in the Greek Islands For all other inclusions see p.125

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8 Days 1 country From NZ$1575pp* NZ$197 per day SAVE

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GREECE

Athens

temple of apollo

Aegina

don’t miss

Perdika

Bouboulina’s Museum, Spetses. Named after the ancient Greek heroine – it’s the perfect spot for an in-depth historical fix.

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There are low cost airlines that fly to Athens from London.

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Flights can get busy, so book in advance for the best deals.

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eet the newest member of our sailing family, the Greek Sailing! Explorers seeking new territory will love this trip to the Saronic coast hotspots, visiting little known gems like Hydra, Nafplio & Aegina. Sun seekers will love life on board our boat, where swim stops & sunshine are endless. All aboard!

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 7 nights two berth accommodation on a sailing yacht - exclusive to Contiki 7 meals: 7 breakfasts A dedicated on-board skipper Port & visitors taxes

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Day 1: Athens to Perdika It all begins in Athens! First you’ll meet your Skipper & Contiki team, then board the yacht & set sail to the stunning Perdika. This little fishing village is a great way to start the trip & indulge in traditional Greek food as you get to know your sailing buddies. Day 2: Perdika to Hydra Next up: Hydra, an island renowned for its beauty & is bound to impress. En route we will pass some small islands & have some swim stops to cool off in the heat. On arrival, discover as much as you can on foot or donkey, as this little paradise is vehicle free. Wander the cathedrals & monasteries found here, eat some seafood by the water, take a dip in the ocean & get social! (B) Day 3 Hydra to Plaka, Leonidion Leave Hydra early in the morning and set sail to Cape Korakas (Crow) for a lunch/ swim stop off the Argolis coast. Then sail south towards the Peloponessus coast, where Plaka of Leonidion is found. A quiet little village with hospitable residents is our next stop. (B)

Day 5: Nafplio to Spetses Today, stop for a swim at Zogeria Bay. With a population of just over 4,000 people, this littleisland offers relaxation the way the Greeks do it best! Enjoy some chill-out time on the beach or indulge in an icy Frappuccino to cool off as you wander through the quite streets, maybe by ahorse-drawn carriage. With boutiques &loads to explore, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Next on the list, Spetes. (B) Day 6 Spetses to Poros Swim at Kounoupi islet and Dhokos to let the basking continue as you stop for a few swimming sessions before docking up in Poros - with its pine, lemon & olive trees dotting the landscape. Pick up some olive oil to take home, or just roll out your towel at Kanali beach & pop into a local tavern for

lunch, or head to Askeli for some beachside volleyball. Enjoy every second until the sunsets, then make the most of the night. (B)

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1455 & triple-share reduction of 5% is available based on twin-share trip price. Trip starts 2:30pm in Athens & ends approx. 9:00am in Athens. You will need to bring your own towel. Luggage is limited to a small backpack. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

EXPERIENCE SAILING IN greece • Stay on a modern sailing yacht - exclusive to Contiki • Breakfast daily • Two-person berths with bathrooms on-board • Use of on-board gear like snorkels & goggles

Day 7: Poros to Aegina Today we will be heading to another beauty…Aegina! Sail past the uninhabited Moni island on the way, its crystal light blue water & beautiful beaches are utter perfection! Once we’ve dropped anchor in Aegina, make the most of your last night out. (B) Day 8: Aegina to Athens We pull up the anchor one last time as we head back to Athens. This means it’s time to start saying farewell to the crew, swap contact details & reflect on the trip. (B) Please note: You will help in preparing breakfast, keeping the boat clean & assist in sailing.

Day 4: Plaka to Nafplio Get the cameras ready for photo ops in Nafplio, and try delicious local food on its beautiful cobbled streets. Find the local markets & sample some food or hit the shops. If historical fortresses or amazing views are your thing, check out the Palamidi Fortress citadel & Akronafplia fortress… worth the walk! (B)

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backstage pass

Day 1: Start Athens Check-in to your hotel & spend the afternoon delving into the city’s historical past. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers. Why not get together for a tasty & authentic Greek meal tonight? Hotel

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 8 nights accommodation: 2 nights hotel upgrade 6 nights in quad-share guesthouses 1 meal: 1 continental breakfast An experienced & professional Tour Manager Ferry crossings & coach transfers

How much & when

Guesthouse & hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Summer 2014 Code: CCGD Start Athens

Finish Athens

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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• Explore Mykonos, Paros & Santorini in depth Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Boat trip to volcano & hot springs in Santorini See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 5:00pm in Athens & ends approx. 8:00am in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Hop on board a ferry in the morning & head to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos. If you’re feeling up for it, start your adventure right & get your island bearings on a walking tour before indulging in a tasty, local meal. Guesthouse (B) M Local Greek feast Day 3: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere & party culture. Stroll the tiny streets & whitewashed cube houses, or head to Paradise Beach for some water sports. We’ll drop you in cute Mykonos Town tonight, where you could sip a drink & watch the sunset in iconic Little Venice & frame up some pics by the famous windmills. Guesthouse Visit Mykonos town

exploring on Antiparos island or simply chill on one of Paros’ three main beaches. Tonight, you can visit Parikia & the old Venetian fortress. Guesthouse

up to the cliff-top town of Fira, or visit Oia to see the island’s submerged volcano. Guesthouse Visit Perissa Beach M Visit Oia at sunset

Day 6: Paros to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for simple blue & white buildings, spectacular island sunsets & breathtaking natural scenery. Guesthouse Visit Naoussa Afternoon trip to Fira

Day 8: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece & the mythological city of Athens. You could toast the end of your trip with a farewell dinner then head out for a final night with the group. Hotel

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Day 7: Santorini There’s your chance to visit the famous black sand beach, Perissa for some swimming in this picture perfect spot. Or chill your way, maybe ride a donkey or take a cable car

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

MYKONOS

Day 4: Mykonos to Paros Cruise through the Cyclades Islands to the ultra chilled island of Paros, with its traditional Greek vibes, cool beaches & cute fishing villages. Hit the beach, shop or maybe head to Naoussa village for a look at this cute seaside spot. Later, hit up Parikia by night! Guesthouse Day 5: Paros Spend the day relaxing on island time. There’s the option of a Caique cruise of the nearby islands & beaches for a spot of swimming. You could also go

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

Petrodvorets

From NZ$1899pp* NZ$238 per day SAVE

1 NOVGOROD RUSSIA

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

pay early & save up to NZ$175. See p.27 for details

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ST. PETERSBURG

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start St. Petersburg Hello Russia! Known as the “Venice of the North”, St. Petersburg’s canals & opulent buildings will impress. Over 8 days you’ll dive head first into this country packed with culture, history & sights. Today meet your fellow travellers & Tour Manager & maybe head out into the action. Hotel. (D) Days 2-3: St. Petersburg St. Petersburg will astound & amaze everywhere you look & there’s so much to see. With two full days to explore get right into it - you’ll discover the riches & palace-lined waterways of this impressive city. Maybe see the Russian Ballet, shop in local markets for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into the local specialties beef stroganoff & vodka! Hotel. (B)(B) Locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars & one of the world’s largest art & culture museums Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens See the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood See the St. Peter & St. Paul Fortress M Russian Ballet recital

Day 5: Novgorod to Moscow Stop into the township of Klin on the way to Russia’s economic powerhouse & cultural core.

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As the country’s historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes up extravagance from the time of Tsars, relics from the Cold War & a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes a haven for explorers. Hotel (B,D) See the famous composer Tchaikovsky’s house in Klin

Days 6-7: Moscow Moscow is a richly layered city, with history & culture at every

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turn. Witness the mix of ‘New’ & ‘Old’ Russia - architecture, culture & people. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin’s Mausoleum & St. Basil’s Cathedral Locally guided coach sightseeing tour of the city

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Day 4: St. Petersburg to Novgorod Discover the picturesque ancient fort town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel. (B,D) Locally guided tour of Novgorod’s old town & see the Millennium Bell

7 nights in hotel upgrade 10 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D)

with many free upgrades to twin-share. No sleeping bag or towel is required as linen is provided. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Airport transfers in St. Petersburg & Moscow are not included but can be arranged at an extra charge. Please contact Contiki or your travel agent for details on how to book these. Trip starts 6:00pm in St. Petersburg & ends approx. 8:00am in Moscow. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Exclusive inclusions • Locally guided tour of St. Petersburg & the Hermitage • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on a locally guided tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Neva River cruise in St. Petersburg M Russian dinner in Moscow M Guided tour of Peter & Paul Fortress See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

ST. PETERSBURG

Day 8: End Moscow The trip ends after breakfast in Moscow. (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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Germany (start OR END Berlin option) / Denmark Sweden / Norway Finland / Russia Belarus / Poland

Justin Ward: Contiki through Scandinavia and Russia - TICK!

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VISIT Scandi fashion at the home of international favourite, Acne at Norrmalmstorg 2, Stockholm. You’ll be hard pressed to leave without taking home something for yourself.

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nyone up for a bobsled ride on an Olympic track? How about a Russian ballet? Thought so! Get to grips with Scandi life before exploring the wonders of Moscow, Minsk & Warsaw. Expect natural beauty, bags of culture & a Russian favourite, vodka!

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Start Berlin/ Copenhagen Meet your Contiki team in Berlin this morning or later this afternoon in Denmark’s harbourside capital, Copenhagen, to begin your Scandic adventure. Hostel (D) Day 2: Copenhagen Take in the sights this morning & the vibrant waterfront area, Nyhavn, before some free time to wander through this cosmopolitan hub or feel the vibes in Christiania – the city’s modern hippy community. Tonight you could head to the famous Tivoli amusement park for some rides. Hostel. (B) See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum & the Royal Palace M Tour the Carlsberg Brewery

Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo Today we’ll head to the Norwegian capital Oslo, where there’s free time to explore the city’s great shopping & harbour. Hostel (B,D) Orientation tour of Oslo

Day 4: Oslo Walk along the boardwalk by the port to get a feel for the relaxed capital’s lifestyle. Hostel (B) Day 5: Oslo to Voss See beautiful rugged landscapes as we journey through Hardangervidda en route to Voss. Hostel (B) Day 6: Voss to Geiranger fjord You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mountains, fjords & glaciers as we head to Geiranger & its famous fjord. Hostel (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

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Day 7: Geiranger fjord to Gjovik Travel on the picturesque Geiranger Fjord, then it’s on to Lom to see the famous 12th C stave church before a thrill at the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer - there’s your chance for an adrenaline rush on the bobsled track! Next up: Gjovik. Hotel (B,D) Cruise along the stunning Geiranger Fjord See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway Visit the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics M Bobsled ride on the Olympic bobsled track

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

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Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves

Day 9: Stockholm After a city sightseeing tour the time is yours to hang out in this über-cool city. You could check out the Vasa warship, Skansen open air museum or do some shopping in the city’s trendy stores. Hotel (B,D) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace M Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room

Day 10: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki Relax or take in some last minute sightseeing before we board our luxury boat for our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) Day 11: Helsinki This morning we head to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki! See the city sights before your chance to explore. There are loads of museums, monuments & cool shops in this vibrant coastal city. Hotel. (B) See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium & Senate Square Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’

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Day 12: Helsinki to St. Petersburg Pass through Finland’s pine forests & wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia & reaching the “Venice of the North” - St. Petersburg. Hotel. (B,D) Days 13-14: St. Petersburg Check out the city sights & go local with two full days to explore - you’ll discover the riches & palace-lined waterways of this impressive city. Maybe see the Russian Ballet, shop in local markets for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into the local specialties - beef stroganoff & vodka! Hotel. (B)(B) See the St. Peter & St. Paul Fortress See the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood Visit the Hermitage – one of the world’s largest art & culture museums Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens M Russian Ballet recital

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How much & when Day 15: St. Petersburg to Novgorod Discover the picturesque ancient fort town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel. (B,D) Locally guided tour of Novgorod’s old town & see the Millennium Bell

Day 16: Novgorod to Moscow Stop into the township of Klin on the way to Russia’s spiritual, political & economic hub, Moscow. Hotel. (B,D) See the famous composer Tchaikovsky’s house in Klin

Days 17-18: Moscow Moscow is a richly layered city, with history & culture at every turn. Witness the mix of ‘New’ & ‘Old’ Russia - architecture, culture & people. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin’s Mausoleum & St. Basil’s Cathedral Locally guided coach sightseeing tour of the city Guided tour of the famous Moscow metro

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Day 19: Moscow to Minsk Pass by the site of Napoleon’s great defeat in Borodino & then leave Russia for Belarus. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided city tour of Minsk

Day 20: Minsk to Warsaw Cross the border into Poland & arrive in Warsaw. Hotel (B) Visit Brest Fortress – one of the most important Soviet World War II monuments

Day 21: Warsaw Warsaw’s past is amazing. See parts of the city that were totally reconstructed after being ruined in the war, as well its colourful palaces, churches & mansions. Hotel (B,RD) Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings

Day 22: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The trip ends after breakfast in Warsaw, or catch a complimentary transfer to Berlin where your trip ends upon arrival. (B) Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 22 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

st. petersburg

22 days

Summer 2014 Code: CCSR Start Berlin or Cop’hgen

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

Trip NZ$ pp*

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Total Cost NZ$ pp*

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share.

No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Trip starts 7:30am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.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: 21 nights accommodation: 14 nights in hotels upgrade 6 nights in quad-share hostels 1 night quad-share Baltic cruise 32 meals: 21 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 1 Regional Dinner: Polish feast in Warsaw (RD) 9 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Cruise stunning Geiranger Fjord • A locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg

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• Visit the Peterhof Gardens & fountains • Locally guided tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Discover Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour • Guided Metro tour in Moscow • See the birthplace of communist Russia on our locally guided tour of Minsk • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Bike ride in Oslo M Guided tour of Peter & Paul Fortress See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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ALL HOTELS & HO OSTELS GEIranger fjord

12 Days 5 countries From NZ$2695pp* NZ$225 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$240. See p.27 for details

Germany (start Berlin option) / Denmark Sweden / Norway Finland (end helsinki option)

DON’T MISS

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The Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo. Home to artefacts from the world-famous Thor Heyerdahl’s expeditions, including his original balsa raft - which he called KonTiki. It’s a cool way to spend an afternoon, & with the similar name as us, it’s extra cool, of course.

See more & extend your trip to Russia on our 22 day Scandinavia & Russia trip.

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Jono Samios: Excellent night of local Finnish dinner, topped off with a visit to the metal bar owned/operated by 69Eyes for a few drinks. Scandinavia has been incredible - Best tour group I could have hoped for on my first Contiki trip with the coolest Tour Leader and Driver! Farewell Helsinki

Hardangervidda region

Keep it flexible & choose where you want to start – either Berlin or Copenhagen.

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Many low cost airlines fly two & from the start & end destinations. Visit skyscanner.net or flysas.com. Book early for the best deals, or book your international flights to Copenhagen & out of Helsinki or Stockholm.

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candis are effortlessly cool. Is it the blonde hair? The awesome knit-wear? Bountiful fresh air? Dive head first into Scandinavian culture visiting Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland & re-appear Scandi cool.

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How much & when

12 days

Summer 2014 Code: CCSH Start Berlin or Cop’hagen

Finish Helsinki

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Day 1: Start Berlin/ Copenhagen Meet your Contiki team in Berlin this morning or later this afternoon in Denmark’s harbourside capital, Copenhagen, to begin your Scandic adventure. Hostel (D) Day 2: Copenhagen Take in the sights this morning & the vibrant waterfront area, Nyhavn, before some free time to wander through this cosmopolitan hub or feel the vibes in Christiania – the city’s modern hippy community. Tonight you could head to the famous Tivoli amusement park for some rides. Hostel. (B) See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum & the Royal Palace M Tour the Carlsberg Brewery

Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo Today we’ll head to the Norwegian capital Oslo, where there’s free time to explore the city’s great shopping & harbour. Hostel (B,D) Orientation tour of Oslo

Day 4: Oslo Walk along the boardwalk by the port to get a feel for the relaxed capital’s lifestyle. Hostel (B) Day 5: Oslo to Voss See beautiful rugged landscapes as we journey through Hardangervidda en route to Voss. Hostel (B) Day 6: Voss to Geiranger fjord You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mountains, fjords & glaciers as we head to Geiranger & its famous fjord. Hostel (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

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Day 7: Geiranger fjord to Gjovik Travel on the picturesque Geiranger Fjord, then it’s on to Lom to see the famous 12th C stave church before a thrill at the Olympic lakeside town of Lillehammer - there’s your chance for an adrenaline rush on the bobsled track! Next up: Gjovik. Hotel (B,D) Cruise along the stunning Geiranger Fjord See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway Visit the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics M Bobsled ride on the Olympic bobsled track

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Day 8: Gjovik to Stockholm Today we head into the home of the Nobel Prize, Ikea, stylish locals, SAAB & of course…ABBA. It’s all about Sweden! Hotel (B) Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves

Day 9: Stockholm After a city sightseeing tour the time is yours to hang out in this über-cool city. You could check out the Vasa warship, Skansen open air museum or do some shopping in the city’s trendy

stores. Hotel (B,D) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace M Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room

Day 10: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki Relax or take in some last minute sightseeing before we board our luxury boat for our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) Day 11: Helsinki This morning we head to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki! See the city sights before your chance to explore. There are loads of museums, monuments & cool shops in this vibrant coastal city. Hotel. (B) See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium & Senate Square Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’

• •

Day 12: Helsinki Say your farewells & swap addresses as your trip ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 (starting Copenhagen) & 12 have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

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with many free upgrades to twin-share. No sleeping bag is required as bed linen is provided. You need to bring your own towel on this trip. Trip starts 7:30am in Berlin or 6:00pm in Copenhagen & ends approx. 12:00 noon in Stockholm or 8:00am in Helsinki. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

COPENHAGEN

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 11 nights accommodation: 4 nights hotel upgrade 6 nights in quad-share hostels 1 night quad-share Baltic cruise (end Helsinki option) 16 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise (end Helsinki) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Bike ride in Oslo M Visit the Ice Bar in Stockholm See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

HELSINKI

SCANDINAVIA end stockholm - 9 days From NZ$2099pp* NZ$234 per day STUCK FOR TIME? End your trip in Stockholm & visit 4 countries in 9 days. Trip code: CCSS See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

Visit contiki.com/ scandi-stockholm

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$180. See p.27 for details.

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ALL HOTELS & HOSTELS S ST PETERSBURG

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Sweden (start stockholm option) / Finland / Russia Belarus / Poland / Germany (end Berlin option)

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MUST TRY

Alexandra Nelson: Going to miss you all!! Best Contiki crew. We made every moment count.

16 Tons is Moscow’s belle de jour. Attracting a mix of local & foreign bands it’s packed with a cool local crowd & an atmosphere that rocks.

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How much & when

14 days

Summer 2014 Code: CCRS Start Stockholm

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

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Food Fund NZ$ pp*

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2014

Day 1: Arrive Stockholm Check-in to your hotel & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. Hotel (D) Day 2: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki Relax or take in some last minute sightseeing before we board our luxury boat for our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Overnight Baltic Cruise (B) M Guided tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room Day 3: Helsinki This morning we head to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki! See the city sights before your chance to explore. There are loads of museums, monuments & cool shops in this vibrant coastal city. Hotel. (B) See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium & Senate Square Visit the ‘Church in the Rock’

• •

Day 4: Helsinki to St. Petersburg Pass through Finland’s pine forests & wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia & reaching the “Venice of the North” - St. Petersburg. Hotel. (B,D) Days 5-6: St. Petersburg Check out the city sights & go local with two full days to explore - you’ll discover the riches & palace-lined waterways of this impressive city. Maybe see the Russian Ballet, shop in local markets for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into the local specialties - beef stroganoff & vodka! Hotel. (B)(B) See the St. Peter & St. Paul Fortress See the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood Visit the Hermitage – one of the world’s largest art & culture museums Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens

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M Russian Ballet recital Day 7: St. Petersburg to Novgorod Discover the picturesque ancient fort town of Novgorod, once the stronghold of the early Tsars. Hotel. (B,D) Locally guided tour of Novgorod’s old town & see the Millennium Bell

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

Days 9-10: Moscow Moscow is a richly layered city, with history & culture at every turn. Witness the mix of ‘New’ & ‘Old’ Russia architecture, culture & people. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin’s Mausoleum & St. Basil’s Cathedral Locally guided coach sightseeing tour of the city M Visit the Kremlin Armoury

then leave Russia for Belarus. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided city tour of Minsk

Day 12: Minsk to Warsaw Cross the border into Poland & arrive in Warsaw. Hotel (B) Visit Brest Fortress – one of the most important Soviet World War II monuments

Day 13: Warsaw Warsaw’s past is amazing. See parts of the city that were totally reconstructed after being ruined in the war, as well its colourful palaces, churches & mansions. Hotel (B,RD) Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings

• •

Day 14: Depart Warsaw/ Berlin The trip ends after breakfast in Warsaw, or catch a complimentary transfer to Berlin where your trip ends upon arrival. (B)

Day 11: Moscow to Minsk Pass by the site of Napoleon’s great defeat in Borodino &

Please note: Days 1 & 14 (ending Warsaw) have been designed to allow you to start & finish the trip without needing extra nights accommodation.

RUSSIA PLUS end helsinki - 12 days From NZ$2695pp* NZ$225 per day

27 17 1 8 15 29 12 19 2 9

7 28 12 19 26 9 23 30 13 20

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share, with many free upgrades to twin-share.

No sleeping bag or towel is required as linen is provided. Copy of passport required at the time of booking. Important Visa info: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher & a Russian Visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Important Visa info: A Belarus visa should be obtained prior to starting the CCRH trip. Contact Contiki for further details. Trip starts 6:00pm in Stockholm or 2:00pm in Helsinki & ends approx. 8:00am in Warsaw or 7:00pm in Berlin. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

13 nights accommodation: 12 nights hotel upgrade 1 night quad-share Baltic cruise 20 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 1 Regional Dinner: Polish feast in Warsaw (RD) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Overnight cruise (start Stockholm) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • A locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg • Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars • Locally guided tour of Novgorod • Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour • Guided Metro tour in Moscow • See the birthplace of communist Russia on our locally guided tour of Minsk • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals

STUCK FOR TIME? Start your trip in Helsinki & visit 5 countries in 12 days. Trip code: CCRH See price panel opposite for departure dates & prices.

Visit contiki.com/ russia-helsinki

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

SAVE

Pay early & save up to NZ$249. See p.27 for details.

M Neva River cruise in St. Petersburg M Russian dinner in Moscow M Guided tour of Peter & Paul Fortress See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Europe has so many amazing things to see & experience that it’s difficult to get it down to a shortlist of best bits. The Exchange is our online bible, giving the lowdown on all the latest trends in music, fashion, food, nightlife & more from around the globe. We’ve picked out these European highlights to give you an insight into why we love Europe so much, but you can find loads more at contiki.com/exchange. Plus don’t forget to download our Shout! app before your trip - it’s free for iPhone & Android and is packed with even more top tips for your travels.

DANCE DANCE DANCE: Europe’s Festival Circuit

“Watching Two Door Cinema Club at #BBK13. Life is TOO GOOD right now!!”

Dancing in a field with a bunch of your best mates, listening to your favourite band with a cider in hand – is there any better way to spend a summer weekend? European festivals are renowned for scoring the best line-up of musicians, and year in year out deliver incredible experiences that keep people talking for the rest of the year. Lovebox festival in London brings the freshest underground DJs, transfixing electronic live acts, camp pop divas, outspoken rappers & some of the biggest names in London nightlife to

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je essic ca via via vi Victoria Park every July. A festival for the cool kids, past acts have included Rudimental, Disclosure and Plan B. Benicàssim Festival in Spain is known around the world for its incredible scenery, temperatures & music acts. Whether you want to spend the festival camping under the stars (aka the sweaty but memorable option) or prefer to grab a room in a local hotel, this is one festival not to be missed. Past acts have included The Arctic Monkeys, Bastille & Azealia Banks. Keep an eye on contiki.com/exchange for more European festival news.

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“Plan for today. Wake. Swim. Sun. Party <3 Life! #contiki #GreekIslandCruise”

Eat like a local, European style Want to treat your tastebuds to an explosion of flavour and intensity? Head to Europe. Whether eating tapas in Spain, bratwurst in Germany or souvlaki in Greece, Europe is a foodies dream. Eat like a local with our picks. I Due Fratellini in Florence is where you eat if you want incredible sandwiches, local wine & friendly locals all on a budget. A ‘blink and you miss it’ hole-in-the wall bar, I Due Fratellini serves only locally sourced ingredients complimented with incredible Tuscan wines. Try the incredible soft goat’s cheese, Tuscan salami & fennel Panini for just €2.50, grab a glass of wine & fuel up! Craving some traditional Spanish fayre? Plan a trip to El Sobrino de Botín in Madrid, otherwise known as the world’s oldest

c rist ch tie v via i restaurant (Guinness Book of Records approved, no less). Founded in 1725 Restaurant Botín is nearly 300 years old, but if they’ve learnt anything in 300 years it’s how to deliver incredible Spanish cuisine. Try the Cochinillo (suckling pig), Cordero (lamb) or amazing Almejas (clams). Get the inside track on Europe’s latest eateries at contiki.com/exchange

5 Things you’ve just got to Do: Germany Edition 1

RAISE A STEIN AT OKTOBERFEST

From Europe’s biggest beer drinkers comes the world’s biggest beer festival, Oktoberfest. Held in Munich in the Bavarian region of Germany, spend the week singing, dancing & raising steins of the country’s best brews in un-humanly large beer halls. Don’t forget your lederhosen & dirndls!

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GRAB A BURGER AT AN EX-TOILET...

Yes, it used to be a public toilet, but don’t let that put you off. Situated on a traffic island just underneath the U-Bahn tracks in Berlin, Burgermeister is a century old, beautifully decorated, and now serves the best all-beef burgers & fries you’ll get in Germany. And the home-made peanut dip is an absolute must!

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SEE THE COUNTRY ON TWO WHEELS

Whether wheeling round Munich on a 3-hour guided tour checking out landmarks or exploring the bike trail that runs alongside the Berlin Wall, cycling round Germany is just plain FUN. And with over 70,000 kilometres of bike routes throughout the country, you’ll burn off the bratwurst flab in no time!

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SPEND THE DAY AT GRUNEWALD

For grabbing an afternoon of peace & tranquillity amongst the mayhem of Berlin, head to Grunewald. A 7400 acre green space, spend the morning exploring the forest on bike or horseback & then cool down with a dip in one of the freshwater lakes. Perfection.

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GET YOUR HISTORY FILL AT THE BERLIN WALL

No trip to Germany would be complete without a visit to the fallen Berlin Wall. A poignant symbol of the internal strife the country has struggled through, the Wall also has some incredible graffiti art that showcases the talents of the country’s street artists.

“Just tried the German cheese cake at 1900 Café Bistro. Life will never be the same again #expandingwaistline #NOREGRETS”

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TRAVEL THE ORIGINAL CONTIKI WAY IN OUR CAMPING CLASSICS WITH A TWIST. STRETCH YOUR BUDGET EVEN FURTHER BY SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN SPACIOUS TENTS COMPLETE WITH AIR MATtRESSES, BEFORE KICKING BACK OUTSIDE THE TENT WITH YOUR TRAVEL BUDDIES IN TRUE FESTIVAL STYLE. THIS IS MADE FOR THOSE THAT LIVE TO EXPLORE. your

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

Exclusive accomodation Get a great night’s sleep in our twinshare A-frame tents. They’re designed for 3, so you’ve got plenty of room, plus an air mattress & stool to complete the experience. • The best campsites Long gone are the days of roughing it! With us, you’ll stay in some of Europe’s best campsites, packed with facilities that will really make your stay. Some have swimming pools, bars, pizzerias, clubs & shops, so everything you need is at your fingertips. • ‘A tent to myself’ option If you like the idea of more space & privacy then why not book one of our great tents all for yourself, for just a little extra. Check out the trip price panels for details.

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. And our campsites are the perfect base for exploring.

Exclusive FOOD Meal times are definitely one of the great things about our Camping trips. Our On-road Cooks scour the local markets to find the best local ingredients to prepare tasty local dishes, just for you. Our fully decked out mobile kitchen means we’ve got it all at the ready, with a little bit of help from you & your travel buddies along the way.

Limited ‘A tent to myself’ spaces available per trip.

Your Food Fund covers hot breakfasts every day (that means pancakes, bacon & eggs) & lots of two-course dinners too. You’ll also get a taste of some local delicacies - like frogs legs & escargot on some trips.

• FREE hotel upgrades… We take it up a level on our trips, with free upgrades to hotels & hostels on some nights, so keep an eye out on the trip pages for more.

At lunchtime we let you make your own choices, there’s no need to spoil your day heading back to a meeting point. You can try what you like, when you like & spend what you want.

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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 & The Vatican. Plus, we’ll get you around in style, keeping you in touch with WiFi available on our coaches, and at some of the places we stay.

Exclusive OPTIONS We ensure you get that all essential ME Time to do the things you like. Whether it’s hitting the backstreets, shopping in the local boutiques, or at the beach, it’s all about getting a fix of the things you love. However you choose to spend your ME Time, our campsites are your perfect base.

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MEET ONE of our EXCLUSIVE ON-ROAD COOKS IN EUROPE Boyd, On-road Cook, from New Zealand I’ve been working for Contiki for 3 years now. My twin brother Cam works for us, and so does our younger brother Bryce – it’s a total family affair. The great outdoors is what I love, so from fishing to snowboarding to beaches, Europe has so much going on – whatever the weather!

Choose from 9 great trips from 10 to 46 days

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After seasons as On-site team at Corfu, Hopfgarten (summer & winter) & Rome it’s safe to say that I love Europe & I love Contiki. Our travellers & our amazing team is what makes it awesome – I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

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NORTH SEA

Wales

ENGLAND London

Dover Calais

10 Days 4 countries

Belgium

ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

Germany

PARIS 2 Burgundy Region

From NZ$1355pp* NZ$136 per day

ATLANTIC OCEAN

2 SWISS ALPS

FRANCE

Slovenia Croatia

ITALY

6

SAVE

Austria

SWITZ

pay early & save up to NZ$125. See p.27 for details

World Heritage sites visited 1

Visit contiki.com/littlehopper

swiss alps

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

2 FLORENCE ADRIATIC SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

1 ROME

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass

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

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 9 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses)

••

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

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: CCCK Start London or Paris

Finish Rome

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190

1355 1399 1399 1469 1469 1469 1415 1415 1415

2014

Exclusive inclusions • ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Go local & sample cuisses de grenouille (frogs legs!) • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Dinner in a Parisian bistro M Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

14 11 25 2 16 30 27 12 17

May Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

23 20 4 11 25 8 5 21 26

1165 1209 1209 1279 1279 1279 1225 1225 1225

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy en route to the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 4: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you

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

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

•• •

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

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

• •

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

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

rome

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$275. 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 Rome. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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camping Denmark

THE ESCAPE BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND London

Dresden

Dover Calais

12 Days 7 countries

12 days

Ruhr Valley

BELGIUM

GERMANY

PRAGUE 2

ENGLISH CHANNEL

CZECH REP

MUNICH 2

From NZ$1639pp* NZ$137 per day

Slovenia

11 nights accommodation: 2 nights hostel upgrade 9 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses)

Tyrol

ITALY

pay early & save up to NZ$145. See p.27 for details venice

2 VENICE Apennine Mountains

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

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

World Heritage sites visited 1

Visit contiki.com/escape

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

Brenner Pass

5

SAVE

AUSTRIA Switz

FRANCE

ADRIATIC SEA

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

backstage pass

1 ROME

An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Meet up with your Contiki team & get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D)

berlin

Day 7: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles

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Ferry crossing

May Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep Sep

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

1399 1399 1485 1485 1485 1485 1419 1419 1419

240 240 240 240 240 240 240 240 240

1639 1639 1725 1725 1725 1725 1659 1659 1659

Exclusive inclusions

23 Jun 20 Jul 4 Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 8 Aug 5 Sep 21 ● Oct ● Oct 26

3 1 15 22 5 19 16 2 7

• Italian fashion experience • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice • Let the good times roll - chill at our legendary party nights Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

• •

Day 6: Munich to Prague Travel through Bohemia to Prague, the golden “City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D)

Summer 2014 Code: CCCW

2014

Day 3: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas

Day 5: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & loads of traditional food & beer gardens to discover. (B) M Locally guided bike ride

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

Start Rome

Day 2: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. (B,D)

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

How much & when

Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

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

• •

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

See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided walking tour

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

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

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$329. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:00pm in Rome & 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/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.

ME TIME optionals M River cruise & lunch in Prague M Eye Spy tour in Berlin See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

prague

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

munich

Day 12: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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NORTH SEA IRISH SEA

ENGLAND

Netherlands

London Dover

14 Days 5 countries

Germany Calais Belgium

ENGLISH CHANNEL Valley of the Somme

3 PARIS Versailles Loire Valley

From NZ$1985pp* NZ$142 per day

1 BORDEAUX

11

SAVE

World Heritage sites visited 1

Visit contiki.com/minirider

paris

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 13 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 22 meals included in Food Fund: 13 breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D)

How much & when Summer 2014 Code: CCCDL Start London or Paris

Ferry crossing

2014

Finish Rome

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

1695 1759 1865 1865 1865 1865 1785

290 290 290 290 290 290 290

1985 2049 2155 2155 2155 2155 2075

• ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Enjoy the gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

• Explore Pamplona - home of the ‘Running of the Bulls’ • Discover Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M French dinner with local wine in Paris See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

144-145 14 & 19 Day Camping.indd 2

26 30 14 21 28 11 17

Trip NZ$ pp*

May Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Sep

Exclusive inclusions

13 May 17 Jun 1 Jul 8 ■ Jul 15 Jul 29 Aug 4 Sep

Zaragoza

2 BARCELONA

ITALY

ROME 2 Vatican City

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

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

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

•• •

••

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

Pisa

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

Itinerary & Sightseeing

florence

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Pyrenees 1 Mountains PAMPLONA

Places visited SPAIN Nightstops Optional start cities

FLORENCE 2

Arles

Biarritz

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

An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages

Switzerland

FRANCE

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$385. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends at 12 noon in Rome. ■ These trips will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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

• •

••

Day 9: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 10: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s

most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration M Nightclub entry

• •

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

• •

Day 13: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ in the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. (B,D) Day 14: Rome It’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends as your trip ends at midday. (B)

rome

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

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

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camping NORTH SEA

THE EASY ROLLER Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

GERMANY Poland

Ruhr Valley

NETHERLANDS

London Dover ENGLISH CHANNEL Calais

19 days

Rhine Valley St Goar

BELGIUM

Czech Rep

HEIDELBERG 1

19 Days 9 countries

Slovakia

1 MUNICH

FRANCE

Liechtenstein AUSTRIA

SWITZ

Dolomite 2 Lucerne Mountains SWISS 2 ALPS VENICE

From NZ$2725pp* NZ$144 per day

ITALY

Croatia

ADRIATIC SEA

ROME 1 Mt. Vesuvius

18 nights accommodation + 2 nights on board ferries: 16 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses)

1

lucerne

Montenegro

Pompeii

World Heritage sites visited Isle of Capri

Visit contiki.com/easyroller

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

Slovenia

1

pay early & save up to NZ$245. See p.27 for details

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

backstage pass

Hungary

Bosnia

9

SAVE

2 VIENNA

Brindisi 1 SORRENTO

Albania

GREECE

1 4 CORFU

27 meals included in Food Fund: 18 breakfasts (B) 9 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Rome Meet your fellow travellers & Contiki team tonight & get excited for your adventure. (D)

Day 8: Corfu to Italy Cruise the Adriatic Sea. (B) Day 9: Arrival Venice It’s on to the magical floating city of Venice. (B) Day 10: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

26 30 14 21 28 11 17 ●

Jun Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Oct

2345 2345 2485 2485 2485 2379 2379

380 380 380 380 380 380 380

2725 2725 2865 2865 2865 2759 2759

13 18 1 8 15 29 5

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

greek islands

Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

• •

Day 13: Vienna to Munich Say farewell to the home of Mozart & strudel as we head towards Munich, famous for the legendary Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Day 11: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna then hit the rides at Prater park. (B) Visit Vienna’s Prater fun park Day 12: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour.

Day 15: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps & opt for a cog railway ride up

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Ferry crossings

May Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep

Day 14: Munich to Swiss Alps Stop in tiny Liechtenstein & lakeside Lucerne before reaching the spectacular Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps

Summer 2014 Code: CCCDR

Exclusive inclusions

2014

Day 3: Sorrento to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B)

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

Start Rome

Day 2: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before setting sail for Sorrento. (B)

Days 4-7: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B,D)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town M Water sports like parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding

How much & when

• • •

the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) M Mt. Jungfrau cog railway ride Day 16: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg Head north to Heidelberg, known for its Baroque old town & lively student feel. (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle

Day 17: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$520. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:00pm in Rome & 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/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 trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Corfu Caique boat cruise M Guided bike ride in Munich See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

amsterdam

Day 18: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 19: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

swiss alps

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Carla Verster: 9th tour done & dusted. Tons of new memories, friends, knowledge and cultural experiences. These are the times of my life... Bring on tour number 10 in December!!! Cant wait! We Contiki – no regrets 

berlin

21 Days 10 countries From NZ$2695pp* NZ$129 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$249. See p.27 for details

France / Switzerland MONACO / ITALY VATICAN CITY AUSTRIA / Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM ENGLAND

Wales

Ruhr Valley

Poland

London Dover

Dresden Calais

BELGIUM GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

PARIS 2 MUNICH 2 prague

Burgundy Region

AUSTRIA Tyrol

SWITZ FRANCE

don’t miss You haven’t done Berlin ‘til you’ve taken to the Rathaus Schöneberg markets for a rummage. Clothes, books, vintage cameras, stopping for a bratwurst en route = a great morning in the city.

Visit contiki.com/expedition

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2 SWISS ALPS ITALY

11

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Slovenia

2 VENICE Apennine

Croatia

Mountains

World Heritage sites visited

1

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

2 Pisa FLORENCE

Barberino (Designer outlet mall)

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA

Bosnia

ADRIATIC SEA

2 ROME MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Vatican City

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L

ove it local? This one’s yours. Get back to nature whilst ticking off some of Europe’s top destinations with two night stops in each city. What’s not to love!

camping THE EXPEDITION paris

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 & glass of champagne Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy en route to the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic drive through the Alps

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

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

•• •

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

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

• •

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

• •

Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ & explore this living museum of history. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B,D) M Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums Day 11: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. (B,D) Day 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 13: Venice to Munich Say farewell to the romance of Venice as we make our way to Germany & into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B,D) M Whitewater rafting Day 14: Munich Explore the cultural side of Munich. There’s world-class museums, shopping & loads of traditional food & beer gardens to discover. (B) Day 15: Munich to Prague Travel through Bohemia to Prague, the golden “City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D)

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How much & when Day 16: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & Bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock M River cruise & lunch

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

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

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

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

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

21 days

Summer 2014 Code: CCCM Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2275 2359 2359 2495 2495 2495 2395 2395 2395

420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420

2695 2779 2779 2915 2915 2915 2815 2815 2815

backstage pass

2014 May Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

14 Jun 11 Jul 25 Jul 2 Jul 16 Aug 30 Aug 27 Sep 12 ● Oct 17 ● Oct

3 1 15 22 5 19 16 2 7

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$579. 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/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: 20 nights accommodation: 2 nights hostel upgrade 18 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 32 meals included in Food Fund: 20 breakfasts (B) 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Ferry crossings

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

ME TIME optionals M Entry & drink at one of Florence’s best nightclubs M Whitewater rafting experience M Eye Spy tour inBerlin See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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ENGLAND London

Dover Belgium

Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme

Germany

3 PARIS Versailles

21 Days 6 countries

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

Visit contiki.com/southerntrail

VENICE

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 19 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry: 19 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 32 meals included in Food Fund: 20 breakfasts (B), 12 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages

How much & when

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Start London or Paris

Exclusive inclusions • ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Locally guided tour of Athens Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Entry & drink at one of Florence’s best nightclubs M Locally Guided Vatican City experience M Corfu Caique boat cruise See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Montenegro

Pompeii Brindisi

Macedonia Albania

1 SORRENTO

Summer 2014 Code: CCCL Finish Athens

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2014 19 26 16 7 28 18 6 11

2405 2469 2555 2555 2705 2705 2595 2595

420 420 420 420 420 420 420 420

2825 2889 2975 2975 3125 3125 3015 3015

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$605. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:45am in London or 5:00pm in Paris & ends approx. 12:30pm in Athens. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

GREECE

3 CORFU IONIAN SEA

ATHENS 1 Corinth Canal

Itinerary & Sightseeing

• •

See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino

••

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

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

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

Day 4: Paris to the Lyon region Travel through the famous Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country regions. (B,D) Day 5: Lyon to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Day 6: Barcelona Sightsee this sexy city, then tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

• •

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

••

Day 8: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets & chill on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery

• 148-149 21 & 26 Day Camping.indd 2

Vatican City

Isle of Capri

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

May May Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

Bosnia

ROME ADRIATIC SEA 2 Mt. Vesuvius

Places visited Nightstops Optional start cities

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29 6 27 17 8 29 17 22

2 FLORENCE ITALY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 2 BARCELONA

FLORENCE

Apr May May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

Pisa Monaco

Croatia

1

1

Ferry crossings

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

World Heritage sites visited

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

Slovenia

Verona

Arles

13

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

VENICE 2

LYON 1

From NZ$2825pp* NZ$135 per day SAVE

Austria

Switz

• • •

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

Day 12: Florence Our local guide gives you the inside track on Florence, before exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri, soak up its sweeping views & set sail for Sorrento. (B) Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu Pass along the Bay of Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) M Guided tour of Pompeii Days 17-19: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town M Water sports

Day 20: Corfu to Athens Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B,D) Day 21: Depart Athens After sightseeing the ancient wonders, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Athens sightseeing tour with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

• •

BARCELONA

Day 13: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• •

Day 14: Rome Explore the “Eternal City”. Later, there’s a chance to tour the

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camping THE NORTHERN TREK Edam NETHERLANDS

Wales

2 AMSTERDAM Rhine Valley

ENGLAND London

Dover Calais

26 Days 18 countries

BELGIUM

CZECH REP Cesky Krumlov SLOVAKIA

Dachau

FRANCE SWITZ

CROATIA

14 World Heritage sites visited 1

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

Romania BOSNIA

Split

DUBROVNIK

backstage pass

HUNGARY Slovenia

ZADAR 1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Ukraine

2 MUNICH 2 VIENNA Bratislava AUSTRIA 2 BUDAPEST Liechtenstein

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS Italy

pay early & save up to NZ$300. See p.27 for details

Visit contiki.com/northerntrek

2 PRAGUE

GERMANY

HEIDELBERG 1

From NZ$3415pp* NZ$132 per day SAVE

26 days Poland

Ruhr Valley St Goar

25 nights accommodation: 4 nights hotel upgrade 21 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses)

Serbia

3 DUBROVNIK BULGARIA MONTENEGRO 1 SOFIA KAVALAISTANBUL 2 1 Eceabat 1 GALLIPOLI Troy

MACEDONIA

DURRES 1 1 STRUGA

ALBANIA GREECE

Places visited Nightstops Optional end cities

ATHENS 1

Thermopylae

TURKEY

42 meals included in Food Fund: 25 breakfasts (B) 17 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

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

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

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

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

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

• ••

Day 4: Gallipoli to Istanbul Ferry to Troy before continuing on to Istanbul. Hotel (B,D) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide

Day 5: Istanbul Discover the action in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B) M Belly dancing evening & meal Day 6: Istanbul to Sofia Head to Sofia, with its modern Euro vibes. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 7: Sofia to Struga Cut across Macedonia to Struga with its cute village atmosphere. (B,D) Day 8: Struga to Durres Cross into Albania & on to seaside Durres. Hotel (B,D) Day 9: Durres to Dubrovnik See the sparkling coastline & tiny Montenegro before reaching Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

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

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

• •

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

• •

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

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

Day 19: Prague to Munich Head to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B)

Visit Dachau concentration camp memorial

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

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

• • •

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

Day 24: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

• •

Day 25: Amsterdam Discover museums, cool cafés & nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Countryside bike ride

How much & when

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

Summer 2014 Code: CCCR

Ferry crossings

Start Athens

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2865 2865 2865 3035 3035 2905 2905 2905

550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550

3415 3415 3415 3585 3585 3455 3455 3455

Exclusive inclusions

2014 May May Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep Sep

19 Jun 26 Jun 16 Jul 7 Aug 28 Aug 18 Sep 6 ● Oct 11 ● Oct

13 20 11 1 22 12 1 6

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$685. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Trip starts 6:00pm in Athens & 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/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.

• Visit the Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • Pay tribute at Dachau Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Lunch river cruise in Prague M Dubrovnik island cruise & swimming See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

PRAGUE

Day 26: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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SWISS ALPS

32 Days 12 countries From NZ$4125pp* NZ$129 per day SAVE

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

France / SPAIN MONACO / ITALY VATICAN CITY / GREECE AUSTRIA / Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (IN TRANSIT)

NORTH SEA

NETHERLANDS

Edam

Will No Smith: Thank youPoland Contiki 

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley London

Dover Calais

GERMANY

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

1 HEIDELBERG MUNICH 1

3 PARIS Versailles Loire Valley

SWITZ

1 BORDEAUX

Hungary Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia

2 VENICE

Pyrenees

Mountains 1 PAMPLONA

don’t miss

Visit contiki.com/easyrider

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SPAIN

1

2 BARCELONA

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

Arles

Bosnia

Pisa

2 Monaco FRENCH RIVIERA MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ITALY

Serbia ADRIATIC SEA

Montenegro

Vatican City

ROME 3 Mt. Vesuvius

Isle of Capri

20 World Heritage sites visited

Macedonia

1

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

Zaragoza

Croatia

2 FLORENCE

CONTIKI VILLAGE, ROME Biarritz

2 VIENNA AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS

FRANCE

Slovakia

Pompeii Brindisi 1 SORRENTO

Albania

1 4 CORFU

GREECE

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ant to soak up some Italian culture? Flamenco with a Spaniard? Parasail in Corfu? Yeah you do! Soak up Europe’s ultimate highlights whilst sleeping under the stars. A-MA-ZING.

camping THE EASY RIDER FLORENCE

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

••

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

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 11: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

• •

Day 4: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley & pass rolling vineyards en route to the Bordeaux region. (B,D)

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

Day 5: Bordeaux to Pamplona Swim & shop in fashionable Biarritz before crossing into Spain to Pamplona. (B,D) See the lighthouse & bay in Biarritz See Pamplona’s famous bullring

Days 13-14: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ for a couple of days in the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B,D)(B,D)

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

Day 15: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri & soak up its sweeping views & romantic atmosphere before setting sail for Sorrento. (B)

• •

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

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

••

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

•• •

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

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Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) M Guided tour of Pompeii Days 17-20: Corfu Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B,D)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town M Parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding

Day 21: Corfu to Italy Cruise the Adriatic Sea. (B) Day 22: Arrival Venice It’s on to the magical floating city of Venice. (B) Day 23: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride

• •

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

Summer 2014 Code: CCCD

Day 25: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

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Day 26: Vienna to Munich Say farewell to the home of Mozart & strudel as we head towards Munich, the city famous for legendary Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

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

• • •

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

Day 30: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next we head to the Netherlands, so get ready for some fun in the cool, free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B) See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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

Start London or Paris

May Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Sep

Finish Ams’dam or London

13 Jun 13 17 Jul 18 1 Aug 1 8 ■ Aug 8 15 Aug 15 29 Aug 29 4 ● Oct 5

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

3455 3755 3979 3979 3979 3979 3815

670 670 670 670 670 670 670

4125 4425 4649 4649 4649 4649 4485

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$879. 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. ■ These trips will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

32 days

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 29 nights accommodation + 2 nights on-board ferries: 29 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 49 meals included in Food Fund: 31 breakfasts (B), 18 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • ‘Paris by Night’ tour • Enjoy the gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles • Explore Pamplona - home of the ‘Running of the Bulls’

PRAGUE

• Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide • Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Party in a toga in Corfu • Day trip to Capri • Private boat through the canals of Venice Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Caique boat cruise in Corfu M An authentic French dinner with wine in Paris M Schnaps Museum & tasting in Vienna See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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

PRAGUE

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PARIS

46 Days 22 countries From NZ$5535pp* NZ$121 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$540. See p.27 for details

France / SPAIN / Monaco Italy / Vatican City / Greece TURKEY / BULGARIA MACEDONIA / ALBANIA MONTENEGRO (IN TRANSIT) BOSNIA (IN TRANSIT) / CROATIA HUNGARY / SLOVAKIA Austria / Czech Republic Germany / Liechtenstein Switzerland / Netherlands Belgium (IN TRANSIT) Erica Mengouchian @emengouchian: It feels like this trip was all a dream. #rome #italy #pantheon #ruins #ancient #takemeback #contiki…

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RISH SEA

NETHERLANDS Edam

2 AMSTERDAM

ENGLAND

Ruhr Valley Dover London Calais ENGLISH CHANNEL

GERMANY

Rhine Valley St Goar

BELGIUM

2 PRAGUE HEIDELBERG

Valley of the Somme

2 2 MUNICH VIENNA

Versailles Burgundy Region

SWITZ

Liechtenstein

LYON 1 GREEK ISLANDS Arles

don’t miss

Pyrenees Mountains

SPAIN

Munich’s English Garden. It’s the perfect spot to take a break from the sights, so grab a picnic & park up for a few hours in the sun.

Romania CROATIA BOSNIA Serbia

Split

3 DUBROVNIK ITALY

ADRIATIC SEA MONTENEGRO

ROME 2 Mt. Vesuvius DURRES Pompeii

2 BARCELONA

Isle of Capri

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

2 BUDAPEST HUNGARY

2 FLORENCE 1 ZADAR

Pisa Monaco

Vatican City

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2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Bratislava

AUSTRIA

2 Lucerne Slovenia SWISS Verona ALPS 2 VENICE

Ukraine

SLOVAKIA

Cesky Krumlov

Dachau

3 PARIS

FRANCE

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Brindisi

1 SORRENTO

SOFIA BULGARIA 1

MACEDONIA

STRUGA 1 1 ALBANIA KAVALA 1

ISTANBUL 2 1 GALLIPOLI

Eceabat Troy

3 CORFU

27 World Heritage sites visited

GREECE

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TURKEY Thermopylae

2 ATHENS Corinth Canal IONIAN SEA

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he daddy of camping trips. Taste the sangria of Spain, frolic in France & soak up the romance of Italy. Oh yeah, plus a whole dose more of European culture & bags of time for fun in the sun. Let’s go!

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46 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 to Paris. (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. (B)(B,D) See the Palace of Versailles (entrance not included) M Cabaret show & glass of champagne

Day 4: Paris to the Lyon region. Travel through the famous Burgundy & Beaujolais wine country regions. (B,D) Day 5: Lyon to Barcelona. Head through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Day 6: Barcelona. See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district

of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

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Day 13: Florence to Rome. Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills & terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Day 14: Rome. Discover the “Eternal City” & explore this living museum. Later, there’s a chance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (B,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento. From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri, soak up its sweeping views & set sail for Sorrento. (B)

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Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu. Pass along the Bay of Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius & opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) M Guided tour of Pompeii

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

Days 17-19: Corfu. Kick back & relax, get into the water sports, shop & soak up the sun. (B)(B,D)(B) See Corfu’s Venetian fortress M Island sailing cruise

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

Day 20: Corfu to Athens. Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B,D)

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Day 21: Athens. See the Acropolis, wander the cobbled streets of the Plaka or just relax. (B,D) See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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

Day 9: French Riviera to Venice. Stop in Romeo & Juliet’s home of Verona before we head to enchanting Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena in Verona Day 10: Venice. Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars & markets. (B,D) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Guided walking tour

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Day 11: Venice to Florence. Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa & check out its architectural wonder before rolling through Tuscany to Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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

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

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

Day 25: Istanbul. Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B)

M Belly dancing show & dinner Day 26: Istanbul to Sofia. Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of Socialist heritage & modern Euro living. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 27: Sofia to Struga. Cut across Macedonia to the red-roofed houses, sidewalk cafés & village atmosphere of Struga near Lake Ohrid. (B,D)

Visit the medieval town of Český Krumlov

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

Day 28: Struga to Durres. Cross into Albania & on to Durres where steep mountains plunge into the deep Adriatic Sea. Hotel (B,D)

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

Day 29: Durres to Dubrovnik. Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline

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

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

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

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

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

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Day 36: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander the city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! (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 37: Vienna to Prague. Stop at the World Heritage listed town Český Krumlov as you travel through Bohemia to Prague, the “City of a Thousand Spires”. (B,D)

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

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Scenic drive through the Alps

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

Day 44: Heidelberg to Amsterdam. Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam! (B) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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

Day 46: Depart Amsterdam. Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

How much & when

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 44 nights accommodation + 1 night on-board a ferry: 4 nights hotel upgrade 40 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses) 74 meals included in Food Fund: 45 breakfasts (B) 29 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Cook team, plus Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Ferry crossings

Exclusive inclusions • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour • Visit a Monte Carlo casino • Day trip to the Isle of Capri • Locally guided tour of Athens

Summer 2014 Code: CCCA Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Trip NZ$ pp*

Food Fund NZ$ pp*

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

960 960 960 960 960 960 960 960

5535 5655 6065 6065 6365 6365 6139 6139

2014 Apr May May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

29 Jun 6 Jun 27 Jul 17 Aug 8 Aug 29 Sep 17 ● Oct 22 ● Oct

13 20 11 1 22 12 1 6

4575 4695 5105 5105 5405 5405 5179 5179

* Prices above are based on twin-share tents.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost. ‘A tent to myself’ (single occupancy) supplement of NZ$1265. 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/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.

• Visit the Wooden Horse of Troy with our local guide • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove • Pay tribute at Dachau Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Gondola ride in Venice M Flamenco dancing & show in Barcelona M Dubrovnik island cruise & swim See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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AUTUMN & SPRING TRIPS We

Europ pe no matter th he SEASON Save even more On some of our Time Out trips you can save even more money by booking triple-share. You’ll save an extra 5% on your booking - check out the price panel on the trip pages to see how much you can save.

5 ways to go: Time Out Hotel, Multi-Country Want to see a lot in the time you have? Try our Multi-Country trips from 9 to 24 days. Time Out Hotel, In-Depth Regional Spend more time soaking up regional cultures and going really local. Our In-Depth Regional trips focus on one country or region, and give you more time to really get in to Europe. Trips from 5-14 days. There’s a certain romance that comes out when the cities get cool & the action on the slopes is some of the best in the world. Lots of our trips operate year round. When you travel Contiki-style in winter you can choose from all hotel Time Out trips, or our year-round Concept trips. Either way you’ll have somewhere warm & toasty to come home to each night, plus there are loads of other reasons to experience Europe in Autumn, Winter & Spring:

• Airfares are up to 50% cheaper, so spend less getting there & more on your trip.

• Smaller crowds mean shorter queues. • Some of the best events, festivals & markets make it an even richer cultural experience.

• Never had a white Christmas? Stop dreaming about it – experience one.

• No one does skiing & après ski like the Europeans.

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Concept trips Stretch your budget even further with 6 winter Concept trips. Take in some of the best Europe has to offer, staying in a mix of hotel & hostel accommodation. Trips from 8-23 days. Ski & snowboard trips Try our ski & boarding packages in the Austrian Tyrol. Discover the slopes at one of the world’s top resorts. Stay at our exclusive Contiki-only Gasthof complete with our On-site Team & get into the après ski lifestyle! We include day trips, ski races & cool ME Time optionals to choose from so there’s plenty to do both on & off the slopes. 1 or 2 week options. Festivals & Events We know what else is hot to do in Europe so we’ve got festival & event trips, and some awesome New Year’s Eve trips including Hogmanay in Edinburgh, so you can ring in the New Year in style. See p. 162-170 for details.

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snow, skiing, christmas markets, less crowds & great deals make travelling in winter great. take advantage of the change in season & see how europe does autumn, winter & spring. TIME OUT multi-country WINTER TripS

TIME OUT in-depth regional WINTER TripS

From NZ$181/day

From NZ$161/day

European Magic

England & Scotland

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

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

European Discovery 12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.36

London & Paris 7/9 days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.62-63

European Encounter

London, Paris & Amsterdam

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

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

European Inspiration

London, Paris & Rome

19 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.46

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

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

Simply Italy 12 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.64

Italian Espresso

Winter Wanderer

8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.66

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

Spanish Spree 14 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.68

Concept WINTER TripS

From NZ$159/day

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

Mediterranean Highlights 13 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.72

European Trail

Berlin, Prague & Vienna

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

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

Eastern Rocker 8 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.111

Berlin to Budapest 11 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.79

Berlin & Prague

Eastern Trail

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

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

Vienna & Budapest

Western Rocker

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

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

ski & snowboard

Trail to Rome

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

From NZ$114/day

Trail to London

Ski or Board Austria

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

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

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

• Location, location, location!

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

EXCLUSIVE food Time Out Multi-Country & Concept trips include breakfast each day & lots of dinners, including authentic restaurants, bistros, trattorias & tavernas. Our Time Out In-Depth Regional trips include even more local restaurant meals so you can taste the best local flavours in the places you visit. 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 really do as the locals do.

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Exclusive Inclusions With over 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 & at most of the places we stay.

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 and 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.

• ‘No Single Supplements’ Even if you’re planning on leaving your mates at home, don’t worry. We’ll match you with a same sex room-mate, so it’s all good. More than half our travellers are just like you – ready to head off on their own & experience Europe with young, fun & like-minded travel mates.

• ‘A room to myself’ option If you like the idea of a little more privacy & comfort, you always have the option of a room all to yourself for a little extra. Check out the trip price panels for details. Limited single rooms available. Concept accommodation. With our 6 winter Concept trips, you get a great mix of hostel accommodation & bonus hotel upgrades, so you get a real taste of Europe’s diversity.

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Exclusive TEAM With your expert team including Tour Manager & Driver 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 and where to go. Plus on our Ski trips you’ll have access to our exclusive On-site team at our Gasthof in Hopfgarten. We also mix it up with our expert local guides, who will fast-track you to the best local secrets & info.

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

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PARIS

24 Days 11 countries From NZ$4549pp* NZ$190 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to NZ$490. See p.27 for details

France / Switzerland spain / Monaco Italy / Vatican City Austria / Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit) Frangipants: I couldn’t write nicer things about this tour. I had the most amazing experience, saw beautiful places & met awesome people!

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

BERLIN 2

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Ruhr Valley

London

Poland

Dover

Dresden

Calais

BELGIUM ENGLISH CHANNEL

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GERMANY

Valley of the Somme

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2 PARIS

2 VIENNA

Burgundy Region

ROME

CHâTEAU DE FONTAGER

must do Head to the Rathausplatz in Vienna at Christmas time. The wurst, glühwein, the brass bands & the falling snow - perfect!

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Barberino (Designer outlet mall) Pisa

Slovenia

Monaco

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Croatia

Bosnia

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2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

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Dolomite Mountains

ITALY

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

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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. (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. (B) M Parisian cabaret show & three-course meal Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See Burgundy vineyards

Day 4: Lucerne Soak up the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument M Fondue lunch in a traditional Swiss restaurant

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Day 5: Lucerne to Château de Fontager We make our way back to France & the beautiful Château de Fontager nestled in the idyllic countryside. (B,D)  Feature Hotel Day 6: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

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

Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through markets, check out the many museums & shop the upscale boutiques. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B)

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

Day 10: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa M Entrance to one of the largest nighclubs & one drink

Day 11: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. (B,D) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & the Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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How much & when

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

Day 17: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

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Day 18: Munich to Prague Wind through the German countryside & Bohemia to ‘The Golden City’ of Prague. (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 19: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & crystal beads. (B)

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

Day 20: Prague to Berlin Bite into some local fare at your stop in Dresden en route to über-cool Berlin. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 13: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. (B,D) Day 14: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 15: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 16: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to explore the city’s wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House

M Scenic river cruise with lunch

Day 21: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this everchanging city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• •

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

24 days

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWHL Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2014 Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

15 17 24 31 7 14 19 21 26 28 3 5 8 10 12 14 15 17 19 21 23

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jan Jan Jan Jan

17 19 21 23

4925 4925 4925 4925

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

2 Jan 25 4 Jan 27 6 Jan 29 9 Feb 1 16 Feb 8 21 Feb 13 23 Feb 15 30 Feb 22 6 Mar 1 ✜ Mar 15 20 27 Mar 22 6 Mar 29 13 Apr 5 20 Apr 12

4925 4925 4925 4925 4925 4549 4549 4549 4549 4549 4549 4549 4689 4689

 Feature Hotel: 1 night in

backstage pass

2014

● ■ ▲ ✦ ◆ ✱ ✝ ✚

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

7 9 16 23 30 7 12 14 19 21 26 28 31 2 4 6 7 9 11 13 15

4799 4799 4799 4799 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4925 4925 4925 4925 4925

Dec Dec Dec Dec

25 27 29 31

▼ ★ ◗ ✤

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1229 & 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. ● Spend New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Berlin. ▲ Spend New Year’s Eve in Prague. ✦ Spend New Year’s Eve in Munich. ◆ Spend New Year’s Eve in Vienna. ✱ Spend New Year’s Eve in Venice. ✝ Spend New Year’s Eve in Rome. ✚ Spend New Year’s Eve in the French Riviera. ▼ Spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. ★ Spend New Year’s Eve in Chateau de Fontager. ◗ Spend New Year’s Eve in Lucerne. ✤ Spend New Year’s Eve in Paris. ✜ This trip will be in Venice during the Carnival. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

23 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: a French Château & 22 nights in hotels 35 meals: 23 continental breakfasts (B) 12 three-course dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Ferry crossings

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 • Private boat through the canals of Venice • A moving experience at the Mauthausen memorial Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Indulge at a Swiss fondue lunch See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 23: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

FLORENCE

Day 24: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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

time out WINTER WANDERER lucerne

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. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

• •

Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance & history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) M Parisian cabaret show & three-course meal Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See Burgundy vineyards

Day 4: Lucerne Soak up the Alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument M Fondue lunch in a traditional Swiss restaurant

• •

Day 5: Lucerne to Château de Fontager We make our way back to France & the beautiful Château de Fontager nestled in the idyllic countryside. (B,D)  Feature Hotel Day 6: Château de Fontager to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district M Flamenco dance show

• •

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

Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through markets, check out the many museums & shop the upscale boutiques. Later, rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Monaco! (B)

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•• •

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

Day 10: French Riviera to Florence Stop & check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa M Entrance to one of the largest nighclubs & one drink

Day 11: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. (B,D) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & the Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

• • •

How much & when

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road M Schnaps museum visit & tasting

Day 17: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into the Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall

• • •

Day 18: Munich to Prague Wind through the German countryside & Bohemia to ‘The Golden City’ of Prague. (B,D) See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the Old Town Square & see the Astronomical Clock

• •

Day 19: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets & discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer & crystal beads. (B)

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

Day 20: Prague to Berlin Bite into some local fare at your stop in Dresden en route to über-cool Berlin. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

Day 13: Rome to Venice Pick up some fashion labels at bargain prices this morning – there’s your chance to shop ‘til you drop at a designer outlet mall in Barberino en route to Venice. (B,D) Day 14: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways & canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos & markets. (B) See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas M Gondola ride along the canals

• •

Day 15: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 16: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to explore the city’s wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture & of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral & the State Opera House

M Scenic river cruise with lunch

Day 21: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old & new in this everchanging city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of Checkpoint Charlie M Locally guided historical walking tour

• •

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

24 days

Winter 2014/15 Code: WWHL Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

2014 Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

15 17 24 31 7 14 19 21 26 28 3 5 8 10 12 14 15 17 19 21 23

Start London or Paris

Finish Ams’dam or London

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Jan Jan Jan Jan

17 19 21 23

4925 4925 4925 4925

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

2 Jan 25 4 Jan 27 6 Jan 29 9 Feb 1 16 Feb 8 21 Feb 13 23 Feb 15 30 Feb 22 6 Mar 1 ✜ Mar 15 20 27 Mar 22 6 Mar 29 13 Apr 5 20 Apr 12

4925 4925 4925 4925 4925 4549 4549 4549 4549 4549 4549 4549 4689 4689

 Feature Hotel: 1 night in

backstage pass

2014

● ■ ▲ ✦ ◆ ✱ ✝ ✚

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

7 9 16 23 30 7 12 14 19 21 26 28 31 2 4 6 7 9 11 13 15

4799 4799 4799 4799 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4689 4925 4925 4925 4925 4925

Dec Dec Dec Dec

25 27 29 31

▼ ★ ◗ ✤

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

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Single room supplement of NZ$1229 & 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. ● Spend New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Berlin. ▲ Spend New Year’s Eve in Prague. ✦ Spend New Year’s Eve in Munich. ◆ Spend New Year’s Eve in Vienna. ✱ Spend New Year’s Eve in Venice. ✝ Spend New Year’s Eve in Rome. ✚ Spend New Year’s Eve in the French Riviera. ▼ Spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. ★ Spend New Year’s Eve in Chateau de Fontager. ◗ Spend New Year’s Eve in Lucerne. ✤ Spend New Year’s Eve in Paris. ✜ This trip will be in Venice during the Carnival. For earlybird deals go to contiki.com/earlybirds & for more ways to save see p.27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.171. For travel insurance see p.173.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

23 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: a French Château & 22 nights in hotels 47 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

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 • Private boat through the canals of Venice • A moving experience at the Mauthausen memorial Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Indulge at a Swiss fondue lunch See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 23: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house M Evening canal boat cruise

FLORENCE

Day 24: Depart Amsterdam Morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (est. arr. 10:00am) or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay. (B)

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STA ART & END IN LON NDO ON OR HO OPFGARTEN

WHY CHOOSE US

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

• Stay in Contiki’s own Gasthof (guesthouse) • Hot breakfast included daily • Exclusive Backstage Pass inclusions • Flexible 1 & 2 week options • Great rates for ski essentials like lessons & gear hire • Travel by coach from London or make your own way there

Where you’re headed: Hopfgarten village, in the Austrian Tyrol, is the perfect location for a ski or boarding holiday. At the gateway to Europe’s top ski region, the SkiWelt, it’s perfect for indulging in loads of on & off piste action. The SkiWelt is perfect for serious skiers, boarders & learners alike. Boasting over 279km (174 miles) of piste, with gondolas & chair lifts, near perfect terrain & one of the biggest artificial snow making networks in Europe, great conditions are guaranteed.

2 ways to go: Travel on the coach from London, or meet us there. If you prefer to fly, we offer free transfers from Innsbruck airport & Wörgl train station (easy links from Munich & Salzburg airports to Wörgl).

Perfect for all levels: Beginner: With 124km of easy runs, SkiWelt has the perfect terrain for beginners. Combined with our great value ski school, you’ll be up on the slopes in no time. Intermediate: Want to improve on your technique? Loads of intermediate runs mean you really test your skills. Advanced: Plenty of black runs will keep the keenest of keen skiers & riders challenged.

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Where you stay & what’s included:

SKI ESSENTIALS GEAR & HIRE

Our own Gasthof features single, twin & quad-share rooms (most with private facilities), plus internet facilities & WiFi. Hang up your boots, chill in the bar, or join one of our famous party nights. We include a hot buffet breakfast daily & for a small pre-booked supplement we’ll also include 5 three-course dinners (or ten for a 2-week holiday), all prepared on site.

Don’t buy expensive new gear before you go - we’ll kit you out with hire gear, clothing & equipment when you arrive. At ski school, our English-speaking instructors will teach you the right techniques to get you up on the slopes, or for the more experienced, teach you ways to improve your know-how.

On the iPhone?

HOW MUCH?

You can download the SkiWelt’s own App, the SkiWelt iTrailMap before you leave home. It’s got everything you need, from ski maps, 3D map with GPS, lift status updates, the weather, web cams & more.

No. of nights

Our On-site Team: The knowledge & expertise of our team is what makes the real difference. They all live in Hopfgarten, so they know what’s hot to do both on & off the slopes.

7/8

backstage pass

14/15

(6 days ski) (13 days ski) Ski pass

NZ$430

NZ$735

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

NZ$100

NZ$189

Ski lessons (5 days for 4hrs per day)

NZ$249

NZ$249

Ski lessons (3 days for 4hrs per day)

NZ$225

NZ$225

Snowboard lessons (5 days for 2hrs per day)

NZ$240

NZ$240

Snowboard lessons (3 days for 2hrs per day)

NZ$205

NZ$205

Ski & Snowboard lessons NZ$335 (3 days ski for 4hrs per day & 3 days snowboard for 2hrs per day)

NZ$335

Ski Guide: • AGetpersonal to know the mountain on our free guided piste tours. Our Local Ski Guide runs 2 free tours per week, once at the start to show you the ropes, then later on to help uncover some hidden spots. day trip: • ASeeSalzburg more of the region on a day trip to the home of The Sound of Music. Relax & explore this stunning World Heritage listed Old Town, overlooked by Hohensalzburg Castle. Contiki Grand Slam: • The Show off your skills with our downhill ski race.

Après ski: European après ski is an essential part of any holiday. Literally meaning ‘after ski’, with drinking, dancing & socialising in Hopfgarten’s bars, clubs & outdoor schnaps stands, it’s a perfect way to finish up your days.

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

Note: Prices above are in NZ$.

ME TIME optionals M Sleigh ride through the forest M Tandem paragliding with amazing views M Day trip to Innsbruck Visit contiki.com for even more

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8/15 NIGHTS From NZ$1009pp* NZ$127 per day

How much & when

SKI PLUS

Code: C7SWBIT

Code: C14SWBIT

8 Nights (6 days ski) Start Finish London London

15 Nights (13 days ski) Start Finish London London

NZ$ pp*

NZ$ pp*

2014

2014 Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26

Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 3

1109 1109 1109

2015 Jan 2 Jan 9 Jan 16 Jan 23 Jan 30 Feb 6 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 27

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar

1009 1009 1009 1009 1009 1009 1009 1009 1009

10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 7

Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26

Dec 27 Jan 3 Jan 10

1875 1875 1875

2015 Jan 2 Jan 9 Jan 16 Jan 23 Jan 30 Feb 6 Feb 13 Feb 20

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar

1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705 1705

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 7

Note: Ski Plus trips include transfers from London. Trip starts 7:00pm in London on Fridays & ends approx 10:00pm in London on Saturdays. * Important: Prices are per person, quad share & don’t include airfares. Single supp: 1 week add: NZ$625. 2 weeks add: NZ$1060. Twin-share supp: 1 week add: NZ$250. 2 weeks add: NZ$425. Half board supp: 5 nights add: NZ$95. 10 nights add: NZ$190.

SKI OR BOARD AUSTRIA

8/15 nights

backstage pass Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race Included overnight coach travel from London 7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast daily Half board options available (for a small supplement) SAVE

Visit contiki.com/ski

How much & when

SKI ONLY MEET US TH THER ERE E

7/14 NIGHTS From NZ$959pp* NZ$137 per day

SKI ONLY

Code: CPC7SW

Code: CP14SW

7 Nights (6 days ski) Start Finish NZ$ Hopfgarten Hopfgarten pp*

14 Nights (13 days ski) Start Finish NZ$ Hopfgarten Hopfgarten pp*

2014

2014

Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Dec 20 Dec 27 Jan 3

1059 1059 1059

2015 Jan 3 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28

Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar

959 959 959 959 959 959 959 959 959

10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 7

Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 27

Dec 27 Jan 3 Jan 10

1825 1825 1825

2015 Jan 3 Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21

Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar

1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655

17 24 31 7 14 21 28 7

Note: Ski Only trips start in Hopfgarten on Saturdays. You need to provide us with your flight & arrival details approx 21 days before departure to take the Innsbruck Airport transfer. Check-in starts 2:00pm & check-out is at 9:00am. * Important: Prices are per person, quad share & don’t include airfares. Single supp: 1 week add: NZ$625. 2 weeks add: NZ$1060. Twin-share supp: 1 week add: NZ$250. 2 weeks add: NZ$425. Half board supp: 5 nights add: NZ$95. 10 nights add: NZ$190. For more ways to save see p.27. For travel insurance see p.173.

Visit contiki.com/ski

Book a Winter Europe trip at the same time as a 2 week ski trip & save up to NZ$50. See p.27.

SKI OR BOARD AUSTRIA

7/14 nights

backstage pass Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race FREE coach pickup from Innsbruck airport or Wörgl train station (easy access for Munich or Salzburg airports) 7 or 14 nights accommodation & breakfast daily Half board options available (for a small supplement) SAVE

Trip + 2 week ski trip combination discounts apply when you book a Winter Europe trip at the same time as a ski trip. Save up to NZ$50 off the cost of the ski trip. See p.27 for details.

SkiWelt - recently voted Top Resort in a survey of 70 resorts in 8 countries. Mountain Restaurants: 63

Lifts & Cable Cars: 14 Cable cars 1 Funicular railway 15 Detachable chairlifts 22 Chairlifts 24 Drag lifts 15 Practise lifts

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SkiWelt: Beginners runs: 63 (blue) Total length 124km Intermediate runs: 51 (red) Total length 128km XX

Advanced runs: 7 (black) Total length 27km

World Heritage sites visited

Total length of pistes: 279km

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OUR FESTIVALS Oktoberfest ......................................................163 Pamplona .........................................................164 Pamplona & BBK Live...................................165 Anzac .................................................................166 London Explorer .............................................167 Day Trips ...........................................................167 Christmas in Paris & Amsterdam .............168 New Years in Paris & Amsterdam ...........169 Hogmanay & St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day .................170

FESTIVALS

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OKTOBERFEST start & end in london or munich three ways to go - camping, concept & time out Girls grab your dirndl, guys don some lederhosen & head to Munich. Be part of the world’s biggest beer festival - Oktoberfest!

Visit contiki.com/oktoberfest

The vibe will have you indulging in steins, whilst singing & dancing like only the Germans can. Try wurst, succulent half-chickens & pretzels & if you feel like taking a break from the beer halls, head to the amusement park or market stalls for some action. With free day trips, breakfast included daily, options on how you travel, plus our awesome team to complete the experience, Contiki is the only way to do Oktoberfest.

Stay your way... Choose to camp in pre-erected tents, stay in a hostel, or take it up a notch on our hotel trips. Choose to travel on the coach from London, or make your own way to Munich & join us there.

this event is a mustdo with contiki. all options include:

• Breakfast daily transfers from accommodation • Regular to festival site to the moving Dachau concentration • Visit camp memorial • Orientation tour of Munich & professional Contiki • Experienced Oktoberfest Team & Tour Drivers • Contiki Oktoberfest souvenir camping (tents)

concept (hostel)

time out (hotel)

start & end london

start & end london

start & end london

7 days NZ$769pp

7 days NZ$1015pp

7 days from NZ$1355pp

Sept 18th-24th

Sept 18th-24th

Sept 18th-24th

5 days NZ$609pp

6 days NZ$885pp

6 days NZ$1185pp

Sept 25th-29th & Sep 30th-4th

Sept 23th-28th, Sept 27th-Oct 2nd & Oct 1st-6th

Sept 23rd-28th, Sept 27th-Oct 2nd & Oct 1st-6th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Trip starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-Midnight

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Trip starts: 7:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-Midnight

Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Munich including ferry crossings Trip starts: 7:00pm & ends approx. 9:00pm-Midnight

start & end munich

start & end munich

start & end munich

6 days NZ$525pp

6 days NZ$775pp

6 days from NZ$1175pp

Sept 19th-24th

Sept 19th-24th

Sept 19th-24th

4 days NZ$365pp

5 days NZ$655pp

5 days from NZ$999pp

Sept 26th-29th & Oct 1st-4th

Sept 24th-28th, Sept 28th-Oct 2nd & Oct 2nd-6th

Sept 24th-28th, Sept 28th-Oct 2nd & Oct 2nd-6th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (sleeping bag & towel are required) Trip starts: 8:00am & ends approx. 8:00am

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel accommodation (a towel is required) Trip starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am

Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Trip starts: 2:00pm & ends approx. 8:00am

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PAMPLONA RUNNING OF THE BULLS three ways to go - all camping start & end in lon ndon or pamplona Run! Play your part in Spain’s legendary San Fermin FESTIVAL & the infamous bull run through Pamplona’s city streets. Feel the adrenaline rush as you don your red & white & literally run for cover - this festival is not to be missed. With our extra special inclusions like a welcome party, free transfers to & from the city, hot breakfasts daily, included funky festival t-shirts & pre-set up tents, it’s too easy. Plus there are 3 ways to go. Visit contiki.com/pamplona.

Contiki is the only way to do Pamplona! All options include: accommodation with access to • Campsite the pool, bar, restaurant & shop facilities twin-share tents & comfy air • Large mattresses - already set up for you • Continental & hot breakfasts daily • Welcome dinner & sangria party coach transfers to the bull run, plus • Morning regular free transfers to Pamplona’s city centre throughout the day

tour of Pamplona - see Plaza de • Walking Castillo, the Baroque town hall, Estafeta Street & the famous bullring

& professional Contiki • Experienced Pamplona Team & Tour Drivers • Contiki Running of the Bulls t-shirt & pañuelo

opening week

middle week

closing week

start & end london

start & end london

start & end london

7 days NZ$795pp

6 days NZ$655pp

6 days NZ$649pp

Jul 3rd-9th

Jul 7th-12th

Jul 11th-16th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Trip starts: 8:30pm & ends approx. 9:00am

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Trip starts: 8:30pm & ends approx. 9:00am

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Trip starts: 8:30pm & ends approx. 9:00am

start & end pamplona

start & end pamplona

start & end pamplona

5 days NZ$579pp

4 days NZ$435pp

4 days NZ$445pp

Jul 4th-8th

Jul 8th-11th

Jul 12th-15th

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Trip starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Trip starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattresses (a sleeping bag & towel are required) Trip starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon

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Bilbao BBK Live, Spain’s #1 music festival & the legendary Pamplona Running of the Bulls are all yours on THESE combined trips.

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6 days from NZ$1295pp

Jul 7th-14th

Jul 8th-13th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Trip starts: 4:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

backstage pass inclusions Contiki Representative • On-site Welcome drinks & snacks • Walking tours Pamplona & Bilbao • Running of theofBulls • 5 breakfasts t-shirt & pañuelo • Private coach transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao • 3 day festival ticket to BBK Live •

8 days NZ$1015pp Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattressess in Pamplona. Hostel upgrade in Bilbao (sleeping bag & towel required). Transport: Return coach transfers from London to Pamplona including ferry crossings Trip starts: 8.30pm & ends approx. 9:00am

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6 days NZ$869pp Jul 8th-13th Accommodation: Large twin-share tents with comfy air mattressess in Pamplona. Hostel upgrade in Bilbao (sleeping bag & towel required). Trip starts: 5:00pm & ends approx. 10:00am

Visit contiki.com/pamplona-bilbao

backstage pass inclusions inclusions as on p.164 in Pamplona • AllPrivate coach transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao • 3 day festival ticket to BBK Live • Upgrade to multi-share • accommodation in Bilbaohostel (a towel is required). Breakfast daily • Orientation tour of Bilbao • Visit contiki.com/pamplona-bilbao

BILBAO BBK LIVE With 3600 views over Bilbao in sunny Spain, BBK attracts the big names, but has an intimate festival feeling you’ll love. See acts spread across the 3 main stages, the 2013 line-up featured depeche mode, editors, kings of leon, alt-j, klaxons, green day, fatboy slim, the hives, two door cinema club & more. Keep updated oN 2014 at contiki.com/bilbao

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5 days from NZ$1029pp Jul 9th-13th Accommodation: Twin or triple-share hotel accommodation. Singles available for a supplement Trip starts: 4.00pm & ends approx. 10.00am

backstage pass inclusions drinks & snacks • Welcome 3 day festival ticket to BBK Live • Regular free shuttles to the festival grounds • On-site Contiki Representative • 4 breakfasts • City walking tour •

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ODYSSEY 5 DAYS CLASSIC 4 DAYS From NZ$665pp* NZ$167 per day Visit contiki.com/anzac

ANZAC COVE

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass

ODYSSEY

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: ANZAC ODYSSEY: 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) & 1 night out under the stars 3 continental breakfasts (B) ANZAC CLASSIC: 2 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (more on p.30-31) & 1 night out under the stars 2 continental breakfasts (B) BOTH OPTIONS INCLUDE: An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver Modern, air-conditioned coach Sightseeing tours as described in itinerary Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges Services of an experienced & fully licensed Turkish Guide Attendance at the Dawn Service on North Beach & the opportunity to attend the National Services at Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair Tour of the Gallipoli landing sites, battlegrounds, cemeteries & memorials with our local guide Fully guided walking tour of “Old” Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome Contiki hoodie

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s largest city where East literally meets West.

Go Contiki ANZAC With a Contiki Tour Manager & experienced English-speaking Turkish guide, you’ll pay tribute to the ANZACs who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Discover ANZAC Cove, attend the memorial ceremonies & be there for the Dawn Service. Back in Istanbul, you’re close to the action & on our city tour you’ll check out all the key sites like the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar. And with your comfy commemorative hoodie you’ll keep your travel memories fresh back home.

How much & when 5 Days Code: BBAO Start Istanbul

Finish Istanbul

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr 27

765

2014 Apr 23

4 Days Code: BBAC Start Istanbul

Finish Istanbul

Total Cost NZ$ pp*

Apr 26

665

2014 Apr 23

Day 2: Istanbul to Gallipoli Today we’ll start our pilgrimage to Gallipoli & prepare to feel this buzzing atmosphere, where we’ll join thousands of others for this incredible experience, sleeping out under the stars before taking part in tomorrow’s ANZAC Dawn Service. (B) Day 3 : ANZAC Day at Gallipoli We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the moving Dawn Service & walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops. We’ll pay our respects at the National Services for Australian troops at Lone Pine & the New Zealand GALLIPOLI

troops at Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul.

See ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly

Day 4: Istanbul After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. With a free afternoon, there are heaps of options for your time here. Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe & watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. (B)

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Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace & Suleymaniye Mosque M Optional dinner & belly dancing show Day 5: Istanbul It’s time to swap emails with your tour mates this morning, as your 5 day ANZAC adventure ends after breakfast. (B)

CLASSIC Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s largest city where East literally meets West. Day 2: Istanbul to Gallipoli Today we’ll start our pilgrimage to Gallipoli & prepare to feel this buzzing atmosphere, where we’ll join thousands of others for this incredible experience, sleeping out under the stars before taking part in tomorrow’s ANZAC Dawn Service. (B) Day 3 : ANZAC Day at Gallipoli We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the moving Dawn Service & walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops. We’ll pay our respects at the National Services for Australian troops at Lone Pine & the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul for our last night on the trip. See ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair & Johnston’s Jolly

Day 4: Istanbul After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip ends at approx. midday. (B)

* Prices above are based on twin & triple-share. 3 World Heritage sites visited

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If you’re travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra cost (either twin or triple-share). Tour starts 6:00pm & ends approx. 12:00 noon.

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It’s easy to get to the Contiki Basement. It’s conveniently located at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0DG. It’s a few minutes walk from Russell Square Underground Station, so it’s nice & central.

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Want to do London at your own pace? Grab a value-packed collection of extras, activities & great accommodation with our 2 & 4 night Explorer packages. You can take one before or after your trip. From NZ$355pp contiki.com/london-explorer

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 2 night package 2 nights accommodation (more on p.30-31) Continental breakfast daily Return Heathrow airport transfer on the London Underground Open top bus tour London theatre show tickets (stalls or dress circle) Contiki Basement team “Welcome to London” info booklet

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3 OR 5 Days

backstage pass

Basement Opening Times May to Sept: 9:00am - 8:00pm Oct to April: 11:00am - 7:00pm

From London Gatwick Take the Gatwick Express train direct to London Victoria Station, then a taxi to the Royal National Hotel. From London Stansted Take the Stansted Express train direct to Liverpool Street Station, then a taxi to the Royal National Hotel. Or you can try to navigate the Underground. There are maps at every Underground station, or ask one of the station staff to point you in the right direction.

london stay longer With so much going on in London, why not check it out for yourself. Our great hotel rates make staying longer in London easy. Getting there (for both hotels): From Heathrow Airport catch the Piccadilly Underground Line to Russell Square station (approx. £8) – travel time approx. 1 hour. The hotel is a short walk from the station. From Gatwick or Stansted airports, catch a train into central London & then catch a taxi to the hotel.

edinburgh festival & military tattoo 4 Days From mN NZ$ Z$615pp* NZ Z$154 per day Against the backdrop of the spectacular castle is Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy a locally guided city tour & an included ticket to the closing night of the tattoo. A number of our Great Britain & Scotland trips are also in Edinburgh during the event – so check out departure dates on p.59-61.

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Royal National Hotel: Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG, London. Tel: +44 207 637 2488 Accommodation is based on twin or triple-share. Summer stay longer rate: Twin NZ$99 Triple NZ$75 Winter stay longer rate: Twin NZ$90 Triple NZ$70 Imperial Hotel: Russell Square, WC1B 5BB, London. Tel: +44 207 837 3655 Accommodation is based on single or twin-share. Summer stay longer rate: Single NZ$180 Twin NZ$125 Winter stay longer rate: Single NZ$150 Twin NZ$105

royal ascot

easter in amsterdam

1 Day From NZ$159pp*

4 Days From NZ$509pp* NZ NZ$1 $128 28 p per er d day ay

Try one of our day festivals for a great day out in London! With Royal Ascot - get your glam gear on & rub shoulders with the rich & famous at this ultimate British day out. Keep an eye on contiki.com for more day festivals & events.

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Be part of a 4 day Easter party with Contiki in the happening city of Amsterdam. Take a bike ride or canal cruise then explore the city’s many museums, like Van Gogh or even the home of Heineken! Or take time to relax & enjoy one of the city’s many cafés & restaurants.

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NEW YEAR IN PARIS start & end in London or paris

4 Days From NZ$720pp* NZ$180 per day

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Itinerary & SIGHTSEEING Day 1: London to Paris (or meet in Paris). Meet up with your Contiki team in London before making your way across the Channel to the chic French capital. Soak up the stylish Parisian atmosphere on an evening “City of Lights” tour. You’ll see all the icons like the Arc de Triomphe & the unforgettable Eiffel Tower. Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Paris The city is yours to explore. Walk down the Champs-Élysées, visit one of the city’s many museums or take a seat in a typical Parisian café & people watch. Tonight, get ready to kick off your New Year celebrations. (B)

Day 3: New Year’s Day in Paris Happy New Year! This morning see a different side of the city with an included cruise along the River Seine, then indulge in dinner with the group, before the option to see a famous Parisian cabaret show. (B,D) Day 4: Paris to London (or end Paris). Say ‘au revoir’ before we journey to Calais to catch the ferry back to London where the tour ends on arrival. Or if you’re staying on in Paris, your tour ends after breakfast. (B) See contiki.com/paris for a full itinerary, all inclusions & ME TIME optionals

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 4 meals Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WPNY Start London

Finish London

2014 Dec 30

Jan 02

Twin Single NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 720

975

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Paris & end 8:00am in Paris or approx. 6:30pm in London.

Visit contiki.com/paris

NEW YEAR IN AMSTERDAM start & end in London or amsterdam

4 Days From NZ$640pp* NZ$160 per day

Itinerary & SIGHTSEEING Day 1: London to Amsterdam (or meet in Amsterdam). Meet up with your Contiki team & travel to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s New Year party hot spots. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel before taking a walk through the Red Light District. (D)

awesome vibes that make the city go off! (B)

Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam This morning enjoy some sightseeing with free time to explore on your own. Shop on the Kalverstraat, get a culture fix at a gallery or head to the cafés & restaurants & get amongst the atmosphere. Tonight start the New Year celebrations at a local bar before experiencing the

Day 4: Amsterdam to London (or end Amsterdam). This morning we make our way back to London where your tour ends on arrival. Or if you’re staying on in Amsterdam, your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Day 3: New Year’s Day in Amsterdam Welcome 2015! Explore even more of the city your way. Tonight, see Amsterdam’s canals & cable houses from another view on an optional canal cruise. (B)

See contiki.com/ amsterdam for a full itinerary, all inclusions & ME TIME optionals

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes: 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation 4 meals Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WANY Start London

Finish London

2014 Dec 30

Jan 02

Twin Quad NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 715

640

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Amsterdam & end 8:00am in Amsterdam or approx. 6:30pm in London.

Visit contiki.com/amsterdam

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CHRISTMAS IN PARIS start & end in London or paris

4 Days From NZ$725pp* NZ$182 per day

Itinerary & SIGHTSEEING Day 1: London to Paris (or meet in Paris). Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading for a taste of how the French do Christmas. Tonight we’ll tour the city icons like the Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower.

Seine, or maybe take in the epic views from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Later, indulge in a delicious French Christmas feast & wine as you celebrate with your new travel buddies. (B,L)

Day 2: Paris Today is yours! From people watching to the city’s museums & art, there’s so much to see. Maybe ask your Tour Manager where’s best to experience the cool pre-Christmas vibes. (B)

Day 4: Paris to London (or end Paris). It’s time to say ‘au revoir’ to Paris this morning as we head back to London, where your tour ends upon arrival. Or if you’re staying on in Paris, your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Day 3: Paris Joyeux Noël! Get a truly unique Parisian experience on an included cruise down the River

See contiki.com/ paris-christmas for a full itinerary, all inclusions & ME TIME optionals

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes: 3 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 4 meals Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WPXM Start London

Finish London

2014 Dec 23

Dec 26

Twin Single NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 725

950

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Paris & end 8:00am in Paris or approx. 6:30pm in London.

Visit contiki.com/paris-christmas

CHRISTMAS IN AMSTERDAM start & end in London or amsterdam

4 Days From NZ$580pp* NZ$145 per day

Itinerary & SIGHTSEEING Day 1: London to Amsterdam (or meet in Amsterdam). Meet up with your Contiki team as we make our way to Amsterdam to start your Christmas, Dutch-style. On arrival, we’ll show you the sights on a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. (D) Day 2: Amsterdam Head out & explore in your own time today. Maybe hire a bike, go shopping, relax at a café or check out a gallery. Tonight, grab a bite at one of the many local restaurants & then get the Christmas spirit going by heading out to a local bar or nightclub. (B)

Day 3: Amsterdam Gelukkig Kerstfeest! Take it easy this morning before indulging in a delicious Christmas feast. Get into the Christmas spirit with your travel buddies & maybe take a canal cruise of the city. (B,L) Day 4: Amsterdam to London (or end Amsterdam). It’s time to say goodbye this morning as we head back to London, where your tour ends on arrival. Or if you’re staying on in Amsterdam, your tour ends after breakfast. (B) See contiki.com/ amsterdam-christmas for a full itinerary, all inclusions & ME TIME optionals

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes: 3 nights twin or quad-share hotel accommodation 5 meals Tour Manager & Driver team Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WAXM Start London

Finish London

2014 Dec 23

Dec 26

Twin Quad NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 655

580

If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Start 8:00am in London or approx. 6:00pm in Amsterdam & end 8:00am in Amsterdam or approx. 6:30pm in London.

Visit contiki.com/amsterdam-christmas

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CHOOSE TO STAY IN A HOTEL OR HOSTEL

start & end in London or DUBLIN

4 Days From NZ$440pp NZ$110 per day

Itinerary & SIGHTSEEING Day 1: London to Dublin (or meet in Dublin). Meet up with your Contiki team this morning in London (or join us later in Dublin). Dublin is the ultimate place to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Tonight, get the party started with a night out on the town. Day 2: Dublin This morning we’ll show you the sights on our walking tour, topped off with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where you can try the ultimate Irish drop at the SkyBar, with its 360 degree city views. With a free afternoon, go local & explore, or head to the popular Temple Bar district & get amongst the buzzing pub vibes. (B)

Day 3: Dublin Today is going to be epic, as you take part in Ireland’s biggest annual party, where locals & travellers take to the streets to celebrate like only the Irish can. With packed streets, singing, dancing & good times all day & all night, live it just like the locals! (B) Day 4: Dublin to London (or end Dublin). Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your trip ends on arrival in London. Or if you’re staying on in Dublin, your trip ends after breakfast. (B) See contiki.com/dublin for a full itinerary, all inclusions & ME TIME optionals

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes: 3 nights twin-share hotel accom OR 3 nights multi-share (up to 8 people) hostel accom (en suite or shared facilities) 3 breakfasts (B) Tour Manager Contiki St. Pat’s Souvenir Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: WWPH Hotel Start London 2014 Mar 15

Finish London Mar 18

Twin Single NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 720

1069

Start in Dublin deduct NZ$60. Triple-share reduction of NZ$65.

2015 Mar 15

Mar 18

775

1165

Start in Dublin deduct NZ$65. Triple-share reduction of NZ$65.

Code: WWPT Hostel Start London

Finish London

2014 Mar 15

Mar 18

Shared En-suite NZ$ pp NZ$ pp 535

575

Start in Dublin deduct NZ$60.

2015 Mar 15

Mar 18

505

580

Start in Dublin deduct NZ$65.

Pricing above includes coach from London. Tours start 6:45am in London or approx. 5:00pm in Dublin & end 10:00am in Dublin or approx. 8:00pm in London.

Visit contiki.com/dublin

Itinerary & SIGHTSEEING 5 day hogmanay start & end in London or edinburgh

4 or 5 Days From NZ$640pp* NZ$160 per day

Day 1: London to Edinburgh (or meet in Edinburgh). Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading to Edinburgh. Or meet us there! The Scottish know how to party & Edinburgh pulls out all the stops. We’ll take a city walking tour, then head to a local pub to let the fun begin. Day 2: Edinburgh Sleep in, then explore! Stroll down Prince’s Street & the Royal Mile & maybe visit Edinburgh’s famous castle. Tonight, join the crowds for the Torchlight Procession – it opens Hogmanay with a pack of noisy, hairy Vikings from the highlands

pulling a Viking warship along a “river of fire” through the streets. Day 3: New Years Eve in Edinburgh. Maybe explore Holyrood House, visit Winter Wonderland or give haggis a go. Tonight, Hogmanay is all on! With bars & street parties pimped for amazing times, grab your mates & some drinks & get involved! (B) Day 4: Edinburgh Chill today, or check out Loony Dook where punters jump in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth. Or, just get back out there with the locals & party til the ‘wee’ hours. (B)

4 day hogmanay Day 1: London to Edinburgh (or meet in Edinburgh). Meet up with your Contiki team in London before heading to Edinburgh. Or meet us there! The Scottish know how to party & Edinburgh pulls out all the stops. We’ll take a city walking tour, then head to a local pub to let the fun begin.

Visit contiki.com/hogmanay

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Day 2: New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh Enjoy a late start today. Stroll down Princes Street & the Royal Mile or tour Edinburgh’s famous Castle. You could have some fun on the Winter Wonderland rides, or give some haggis a try. Tonight get ready for the world’s

Day 5: Edinburgh to London (or end Edinburgh). Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your trip ends on arrival in London. Or if staying on in Edinburgh, your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes: 3 or 4 nights multi-share (up to 8 people) en-suite hostel accommodation 3/4 cooked breakfasts (B) Tour Manager Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed

Code: HHWG 5 Day

biggest New Year party! (B)

Start London

Finish London

Total cost NZ$ pp

Day 3: Edinburgh Welcome 2015! Take the day to chill or explore, then get back out & party until the ‘wee’ hours. (B)

2014 Dec 29

Jan 2

950

Day 4: Edinburgh to London (or end Edinburgh). Chill or get some much needed sleep on the coach as your trip ends on arrival in London. Or if staying on in Edinburgh, your trip ends after breakfast. (B) See contiki.com/hogmanay for a full itinerary, all inclusions & ME TIME optionals NB: start Edinburgh trips do not include ME Time optionals.

Code: WWHO 4 Day Start London

Finish London

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2014 Dec 30

Jan 2

785

Please note: Start Edinburgh option does not include any coach transfers. * Price above is multi-share & includes the coach from London. Start in Edinburgh deduct NZ$145. Start 6:45am in London or approx. 5:00pm in Edinburgh & end 8:00am in Edinburgh or approx. 9:00pm in London.

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STAY LONGER OPTIO OPTIONS Look up the start city of your trip below for departure point information about where your trip starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday & stay longer either before or after your trip (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your trip. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/departurepoints.

AMSTERDAM TIME OUT TRIPS PRE: Amsterdam to Barcelona POST: European Panorama (end Amsterdam) Ibis Schiphol Hotel, Schipholweg 181, 1171 PK, Badhoevedorp. Tel: +31 206 134568 Getting there: From Amsterdam airport, take the complimentary Ibis Schiphol/Accor shuttle bus from stop A9 directly to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$150 Twin NZ$85 POST: European Explorer (end Amsterdam) Hotel Lake Land, Jachthaven 1, 1141 AV, Monnickendam. Tel: +31 299 653751 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. m4), then take bus 110, 114 or 118 (approx. m6). Duration of trip is approx. 25min – get off at stop Lagedijk & the hotel is a 2min walk away. Alternatively, catch a taxi from Centraal Station for approx. m40. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$100 Twin NZ$70 PRE: European Magic, European Discovery & European Inspiration (start Amsterdam) POST: European Vista (end Amsterdam) START HOTEL: Best of Europe (start Amsterdam) Best Western Blue Square Hotel, Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 205 063717 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. m4) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx. m20). Alternatively, Tram #14 goes from Dam Square (approx. m3), direction Slotermeer. The stop for the hotel is Plein 40-45 & the hotel is a 2 minute walk. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$150 Twin NZ$95 PRE: European Encounter (start Amsterdam) Please contact Contiki for details.

CONCEPT TRIPS PRE: Eastern Rocker, Trail to Rome, European Horizon, European Trail, European Whirl (start Amsterdam) POST: European Highlights, European Experience, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer & Ultimate European (end Amsterdam) Hotel Nieuw Slotania, Slotermeerlaan 133, 1063 JN, Amsterdam. Tel: +31 206 134568 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx. m4) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx. m20). Alternatively, Tram #14 goes from Dam Square (approx. m3), direction Slotermeer. The stop for the hotel is Plein 40-45, directly in front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$95 Twin NZ$60

ATHENS TIME OUT TRIPS & CRUISES PRE & POST: Aegean Classic Cruise & Golden Fleece Cruise POST: Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey Hotel President, 43 Kifissias Avenue, 11523, Athens. Tel: +30 210 6989 000. Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Panormou (approx. m8) & then it’s a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$215 Twin NZ$120 PRE & POST: Greek Island Hopping Poseidon Hotel, 72 Possidonos Avenue, 17562, Paleo Faliro, Athens. Tel: +30 210 9872 000 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. m4). The stop for the hotel is Edem, directly in the front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$215 Twin NZ$120 PRE & POST: Spotlight on Greece Zafolia Hotel, 87-89 Alexandras Avenue, 114 74, Athens. Tel: +30 210 6449 002 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the train to Doukissis Plakentias station, where you transfer to Metro Line 3 towards Aigaleo. Exit at Ambelokipi station & follow the signs to the Panormou exit & then it’s a 10 minute walk to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$255 Twin NZ$139 PRE & POST: Mykonos & Island Cruising Plaka Hotel, 7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos Street, 10556, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3222 096 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Monastiraki (approx. d8) in the city centre & then it’s a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$215 Twin NZ$120 POST: Road to Athens Center Square Hotel, 15 Aristogotonos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3211 770 Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$215 Twin NZ$120 POST: Mediterranean Trail Arion Hotel, 18 Ag. Dimitriou Street, 10554, Athens. Tel: +30 210 3240 415 Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$215 Twin NZ$120

CONCEPT & CAMPING TRIPS PRE & POST: Greek Island Adventurer Hotel Oceanis, 25 Grigoriou Lambraki Street, 16675, Glyfada, Athens. Tel: +30 210 8946 253 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. m4). Get off at stop Antonopoulou & the hotel is a short walk away. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$80 POST: London to Athens Dorian Inn Hotel, 15-17 Pireos Street, 10552, Athens. Tel: +30 210 5239 782 Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$160 Twin NZ$90

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PRE & POST: Greek Sailing Poseidon Hotel, 72 Possidonos Avenue, 17562, Paleo Faliro, Athens. Tel: +30 210 9872 000 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch the X96 bus from outside International Airport Arrivals (approx. m4). The stop for the hotel is Edem, directly in the front of the hotel entrance. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$215 Twin NZ$120 The Northern Trek will start at Camping Athens, 198 Athinon Avenue, 12136, Athens. Tel: +30 210 5814 113 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch Metro Line 3 to Syntagma in the city centre. From there you can catch a taxi to the campsite for approx. m15. Alternatively, take Metro Line 2 to Metaxourghio station, then bus A15 or B15 to the campsite. The bus costs approx. m2, duration of trip approx. 35 minutes – get off the bus at the Camping Athens stop.

BARCELONA POST: Amsterdam to Barcelona Novotel Cornella de Llobregat, Avinguda del Maresme 78, Ronda de Dalt exit 15, 08940, Cornella de Llobregat, Barcelona. Tel: +34 93 4747000 Stay longer rate: Single NZ$159 Twin NZ$80

BERLIN TIME OUT TRIPS PRE: Berlin to Budapest, Berlin & Prague and Berlin & Prague + Vienna Ibis Berlin Messe, Messedamm 10, Berlin 14057. Tel: +49 30 303930 Getting there: From the Berlin Brandenburg Airport take the S-Bahn towards the city centre. The hotel is located right next to Berlin’s ICC congress centre, which has its own metro station ‘Messe Nord/ ICC’. The journey will take approximately one hour and costs approximately m3. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$115 Twin NZ$69 PRE & POST: Eastern Road Grand City Hotel Globus Berlin, Ruschestrasse 45, 10367, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 555 070 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hotel, or change on to the U-Bahn (Line U5 – approx. m3). The hotel is a short walk from Magdalenenstrasse station. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$130 Twin NZ$75

DUBrovnik

ROME

PRE: Croatian Island Hopper North Departure Point: Cruise starts from the Gruz Port, Dubrovnik at 12.00pm - look for the Contiki or Katarina Lines Representative in the port. Your vessel will have a ‘Katarina Lines &/or Contiki’ sign displayed . POST: Croatian Island Hopper South Adriatic Hotel, Masavy put 9, Dubrovnik, 20000. Tel: +385 20 433609 Getting there: From the Dubrovnik Airport take a taxi will take approximately 30 minutes to reach the hotel. Alternatively you could get a bus to the city centre, and then take a local bus or taxi to Lapad where there are signs to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$165 Twin NZ$115

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EDINBURGH

The Escape & The Easy Roller will start at Seven Hills Camping, Via Cassia 1216, 00191, Roma. Tel: +39 06 3031 0826 Getting there: Catch the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino airport to Termini station (approx. m15) then take a taxi directly to the campsite (approx. m30). Alternatively, take Metro Line A from Termini to Valle Aurelia, change onto the FR3 regional train (direction Viterbo) & get off at La Giustiniana (approx. m1). A Seven Hills Camping shuttle bus runs half-hourly between the train station & the campsite from 8:00am – 12:00pm, & 4:30pm – 8:30pm (cost 50c).

Scotland and Scotland & Ireland trips will start at Holiday Inn City West, 107 Queensferry Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 3HL. Tel: + 44 871 942 9025 Getting there: From Edinburgh airport a taxi direct to the hotel will cost approx. £12-£15.

HELSINKI PRE: Russia Plus (start Helsinki) POST: Scandinavia (end Helsinki) Cumulus Airport Hotel, Robert Huberintie, 6 Vantaa, Helsinki 01510. Tel: +358 9415 75100 Getting there: There is a free shuttle from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$70

ISTANBUL Anzac Classic & Anzac Odyssey Please contact Contiki for departure details. PRE: Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey Green Anka Hotel, Molla Şeref Mh., Fındıkzade Sokak 4, 34270, Istanbul. Tel: +90 212 631 17 21 Getting there: A taxi from Istanbul Ataturk airport costs approx. 45TL (approx. m20) Stay longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$85

LONDON All trips that start in London depart from the Royal National Hotel where you’ll also find the Contiki Basement. For further details, a map, plus stay longer options in London see p.167

CONCEPT TRIPS

MADRID

PRE & POST: Scandinavia & Russia Plus (end Berlin) POST: Russia Plus (end Berlin) PLUS Berlin Hostel, Warschauer Platz 6-8, 10245, Berlin. Tel: +49 30 2123 8501 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre & take a taxi to the hostel, or change on to the S-Bahn (Line S3, S5, S7, S9 or S75 – approx. m3). The hostel is a short walk from Warschauer Strasse station. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$130 Twin NZ$85 Quad NZ$65

PRE: Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid) PRE & POST: Spanish Spree Tryp Charmartin Hotel, Calle Mauricio Ravel 10, 28046, Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 91 7333400 Getting there: From Madrid airport take a taxi directly to the hotel for approx. m30. Alternatively, catch the Metro Line 8 from the airport into the city, change at Nuevos Ministerios onto Metro Line 10 & travel to Chamartin station (approx. m6). The hotel is across the road from the station. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$145 Twin NZ$79

Bodrum Turkish Sailing Departure Point: Cruise starts from the Bodrum Harbour, Bodrum 3.30pm – please refer to your Contiki travel documents for meeting point.

BUDAPEST TIME OUT TRIPS POST: Berlin to Budapest and Vienna & Budapest (POST) Mercure Budapest Duna Hotel, Soroksari Ut 12, Budapest,Budapest, Hungary,1095 Getting there: Take a taxi directly from the airport approximately €25. Alternatively, take the 200E bus to Kobanya-Kispest then take metro M3 to Corvin-Negyed. The hotel is a short walk from Metro station.

CAIRO PRE & POST: Egypt & The Nile Victoria Hotel, 66 El Gomhoria Street, Cairo. Tel: +202 589 2290 or +202 589 2294 Getting there: If you have provided Contiki with your flight arrival details at least 14 days in advance, our local representative will be in the arrivals hall holding a Contiki sign. Due to different flight arrival times, you may need to wait in the airport up to 1 hour for a transfer. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$69 Twin NZ$45

COPENHAGEN Scandinavia and Scandinavia & Russia Plus (start Copenhagen) will start at The Generator Hostel Copenhagen, Adelgade 5-7, Copenhagen 1304. Tel: +45 78 775 400 Getting there: From the airport take the metro line M2 to stop Kongens Nytorv. The journey takes 15 minutes and costs approx. DKK 36 one way. The hostel is a 5 minute walk from Kongens Nytorv – the largest square in the city.

DUBLIN St. Patrick’s Day Trip Please contact Contiki for departure details. PRE & POST: Ireland POST: Scotland & Ireland Jurys Inn Parnell Street, Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin. Tel: +353 1 8784900 Getting there: From Dublin airport you can catch a taxi for approx. m25-m35 or the ‘Aircoach’ (approx. m7) to the O’Connell Street stop – the hotel is just around the corner. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$165 Twin NZ$90

POST: Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) Novotel Puente de la Paz, Calle Albacete 1, 28027, Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 917 24 76 00 Getting there: From Madrid airport take a taxi directly to the hotel for approx. m30. Alternatively, catch the Metro Line 8 from the airport into the city. Change on to metro line 4 at Mar de Cristal (direction Arguelles), then change again at Avenida de America onto metro line 7 (direction Hospital del Henares). Exit at Parque de las Avenidas station which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$150 Twin NZ$85

PARIS TIME OUT TRIPS PRE: European Vista, European Panorama, European Explorer & Road to Athens (start Paris) POST: European Magic, European Discovery, European Encounter, European Impressions & European Inspiration (end Paris) Please contact Contiki for details. PRE: Best of Europe (start Paris) Courtyard Marriott Paris Arcueil, 6 Avenue President Salvadore Allende, 94110, Arcueil, Paris. Tel: +33 1 770 12121 Getting There: From Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly airports, catch the RER B train to Laplace station. From there the hotel is a short walk away. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$239 Twin NZ$125

CONCEPT TRIPS PRE: European Highlights, European Experience, European Spirit, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer, Ultimate European & London to Athens (start Paris) POST: European Horizon, European Whirl, European Trail, Trail to London & Western Rocker (end Paris) Ibis Budget Hotel Paris Porte de Montmartre, 45 Rue du Docteur Babinski, 75018, Paris. Tel: +33 8 926 83126 Getting there: From Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly airports, catch the RER B train to Gare du Nord station & then a taxi to the hotel (approx. m10). Alternatively make your way to the closest Metro stop of Porte de Saint-Ouen (Line 13, direction Saint-Denis – Université) & the hotel is a short walk from there. Stay Longer rate: Single NZ$135 Twin NZ$75 European Spirit will start at Ibis Budget Hotel Paris Porte de Montmartre – details as above.

PRE: Mediterranean Trail, Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) POST: Italian Espresso (end Rome), Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid) PRE & POST: Simply Italy Please contact Contiki for details. POST: Best of Europe Please contact Contiki for details.

CONCEPT TRIPS Western Rocker Please contact Contiki for departure details.

CAMPING TRIPS

SPLIT PRE & POST: Croatian Island Cruising PRE: Croatian Island Hopper South POST: Croatian Island Hopper North Hotel Bellevue, Bana Josipa Jelacica 2, 21000, Split. Tel: +385 21 345 644 Getting There: An airport bus service runs from Split airport to Obala Lazareta, on the edge of Split’s old town (cost approx. 30kn/m4). From there, the hotel is a short walk away. Alternatively, catch a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel (approx. 350kn/m45). Stay longer rate: Single NZ$199 Twin & Twin-share NZ$129 Departure point: Cruise departs from Split port at 12:00pm – look for the Contiki or Katarina Lines representative on the port. There are many small hotels & pensions located in Split & near to the port – search the web for options, or call Contiki for details of hotels we offer.

ST. petersburg Best of Russia Please contact Contiki for departure details.

STOCKHOLM Russia Plus (start Stockholm) & Scandinavia (end Stockholm) Scandic Upplands Vasby, Hotellvägen 1, 194 35, Upplands Väsby Stockholm. Tel: +46 8 517 355 00 Getting there: From Stockholm Arlanda Airport, taxis are available to take you directly to the hotel. The 10km journey normally takes around 10 minutes, & costs approximately 260SEK.

VENICE POST: Italian Espresso (end Venice) ends at Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese, Via Terraglio 175, Preganziol, Veneto, 31100. Tel: +39 0422 490390 Stay longer rate: Single NZ$109 Twin NZ$75

VIENNA Vienna & Budapest will start at Hotel Bellevue, Althanstrasse 5, 1091, Vienna. Tel: +43 1 313 480 Getting there: Take a taxi directly from the airport for approximately m30. Alternatively catch the City Airport Train (approx. m9) to station Wien-Mitte, then take the U-Bahn (Line U4 - approx. m2) to Friedensbrücke. From there the hotel is a short walk away. PRE: Eastern Trail & Trail to London POST: Eastern Rocker Wombats Hostel, Arangasse 6, Vienna A1150. Tel: +43 1 897 2336 Getting there: From the Vienna International Airport take the shuttle bus to Westbahnhof (m8, buy ticket from driver). Alternatively, take the S-Bahn to Wien Mitte and subway U3 to Westbahnhof from there (same ticket valid for both, m3.60). From Westbahnhof walk along Mariahilfer Straße until no. 152 (corner Rosinagasse), turn right into Rosinagasse. The hostel is located on Grangasse - the second street on the left. Stay longer rate: Single NZ$125 Twin NZ$69

WARSAW POST: Eastern Road Ibis Centrum, Al. Solidarnosci 165, Warsaw 00-876 Tel: +48 22520 3000 Stay longer rate: Single NZ$99 Twin NZ$55

Note: • Rates are per person per night including continental breakfast (except London) & have private facilities. • Rooms are available for a maximum of 2 consecutive nights in most hotels. • Full payment is required 45 days before arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival date incurs 100% cancellation fee. Any amendments incur a charge of NZ$35. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before &/or after their trip. • If two people want to share a room - booking must be made at the same time. Solo travellers must book a single room in all cities - except London, Split & Berlin where you can book a twin/triple/quad-share room & we can match you up to a same sex room-mate. • All hotels are subject to availability & where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.

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QUESTION? QUE Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know:

What’s included? • Coach, train, air transfers & ferry transport as specified. • Accommodation, breakfast, lunch & evening meals as detailed under ‘What’s Included’ on trip pages & the Backstage Pass includes section. • Sightseeing as detailed on p.16-17 & in the itineraries on the trip pages. Unless specified, entrance fees are not included. • Experienced team as detailed on p.14-15 & on trip pages.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees other than those specified on trip pages. • Whitewater rafting, gondola rides, etc. • All other meals not specified under “What’s Included”. • Anything else not listed in the “What’s Included” section on itinerary pages .

included flights Flights as specifi ed on individual tour itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.175) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regarding air travel & other transportation as specifi ed. Through enrolment & payment for your tour you acknowledge & accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/fl ight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass &/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airlines terms & conditions of travel & the application of all relevant International Conventions & applicable national & international law governing air transportation.

Where will I stay? TIME OUT TRIPS: Accommodation is in superior tourist class hotels, ships & trains. These are described on p.30-31 & on individual trip pages. On trains in Egypt, two people share a two-berth couchette & facilities are shared. Other train journeys are as detailed in individual itineraries. On overnight ferries, trips are provided with allocated seating on deck. Depending on the numbers & configuration on your trip, availability of singles can sometimes be limited in some locations. On certain occasions, alternative hotels to those listed in this brochure may be used. Whilst it is our intention to use hotels of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. Twin-share means 2 people sharing, either travelling together or as a twin-share

same sex room match. Triple-share means 3 people sharing, either travelling together or as a triple-share same sex room match.

CONCEPT TRIPS: Your accommodation is a combination of cabins in Contiki Villages, hostels, hotels, guest houses & Special Stopovers depending on the type of trip you select. Refer to p.98-99 & individual trip pages for details. On overnight ferries, trips are provided with allocated seating on deck. On certain occasions alternative accommodations to those listed in this brochure may be used. Whilst it is our intention to use accommodation of a similar standard & location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. • Special Stopover accommodation is a combination of twin & quad-share but never more than 4 people sharing. You must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Stopovers are NOT hotels & you will be asked to assist with serving meals & washing up. All stopovers have hot water, showers & a bar, some have clothes washing facilities. • Contiki Villages provide accommodation in cabins, in Europe’s best campsites each with private facilities. You must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. You will be asked to assist with various tasks such as serving meals & washing up on a couple of occasions.

CAMPING TRIPS: Accommodation is in modern two-person tents with built-in ground sheets & on certain trips, hotels & ferries, refer to p.140-141 for details. Tents, which you will erect/take down, are carried on the coach. Camping trips stay in the best available campsites. Campsite standards in Europe depend upon location & country & should not be compared to those elsewhere. Air mattresses are provided but you must bring your own sleeping bag & towel. At meal times, everyone takes it in turns to help with preparing food, cooking, washing up & so on. All campsites have hot water, bathroom facilities in shower blocks & some have clothes washing facilities, bars & shops.

CRUISES: Refer to p.92-93 for details of accommodation on the Louis Hellenic Cruise ships, p.84-86 for details of accommodation on Croatian Island Cruising & p.82-83 for Turkish Sailing trips. Cruise companies reserve the right to change itinerary & ports due to poor weather.

SKI & BOARD HOLIDAYS: Both our ski & board packages stay at our Contiki Special Stopover, our Austrian Gasthof. Refer to p.160-161 for details.

FESTIVALS: Some trips offer ‘multi-share’ accomodation. These rooms maybe for up to 8 people with shared facilities & at times may be mixed gender.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your tour documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. Make sure you visit contiki.com for our travellers guide. It’s packed full of essential info for your holiday. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour. Your free Contiki document wallet* & luggage tag will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

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How much money do I need?

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You should be able to use debit & credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover meals where not included (breakfast, lunch & dinner), souvenirs, shopping, drinks, ME Time optional excursions & activities, entrance fees to attractions & evening entertainment. It is advisable to start your trip with some cash in local currencies such as Euro, Swiss Franc & Great British Pounds.

me time Optional Activities WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well.

HOW DO I PAY? Payment for your ME Time optionals is made direct to your Tour Manager on your trip. You can choose to pay in cash (local currency) or by credit or debit card as long as they have a PIN attached. Using a credit or debit card is convenient, and can save you money on withdrawal fees & poor exchange rates! You can pay using most credit & debit cards like Visa, Mastercard & AMEX. Note: It’s a good idea to let your bank know you’re travelling & check if there is a daily transaction limit, so you always have access to money when you need it. Note: In a few destinations we cannot accept credit card payment, like the UK, Croatia, Russia & Turkey. Ask your Tour Manager for details when you start your trip.

Past traveller 5% discount Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & travelled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www.thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last trip. Clients must have completed a trip before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent trip booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveller annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre & post-trip accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any nonbrochured special market promotions.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care

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& is published in good faith (this includes contiki. com & our e-brochures). Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Every country in the world has different tipping policies & in Europe, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you. No compulsory tipping - reward only excellence!

Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 & in all countries where Contiki operates we fully comply with local industry laws. In New Zealand Contiki is an allied member of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ).

Online check-in It is strongly recommended that you check in to your trip prior to departure at contiki.com/checkin. Checking in will you save time on your first day of the trip, give you essential information & also ensure that Contiki can contact you in the unlikely event of any changes to your trip due to matters out of our control. For more information on how to get more before & after your trip see p.24.

How much luggage can I bring? On our trips, luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”) & maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger & heavier suitcases on tour. On Concept trips & Camping trips, you’ll need a sleeping bag (which can be purchased from Contiki in London, if necessary) & a towel, unless otherwise indicated. On Ski holidays you may bring one pair of ski boots & skis or a snowboard. Any luggage over the restricted size or amount can be stored with Contiki in London at a small charge. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (August, 2013), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines, antibiotics.

Do I need visas? Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki are not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Consult your travel agent to determine which visas you require & how to obtain them.

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SCHENGEN VISAS The majority of our trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries – eg. Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand – can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. Schengen visas can be issued for single entry or multiple entries. If your trip travels outside of the Schengen area at any point you will require a multiple entry visa. The trips that require multiple entry Schengen visas are listed below: Road to Athens plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise, European Explorer, Spanish Spree, Mediterranean Trail plus 3 Day Greek Island Cruise, Mykonos & Island Cruising, Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise, Aegean Classic Cruise, Golden Fleece Cruise, European Spirit, European Trail, Eastern Rocker, Trail to Rome, Trail to London, European Adventurer, Ultimate European, Scandinavia & Russia Plus, Scandinavia (end Stockholm), Scandinavia (end Helsinki), Russia Plus (start Stockholm), Russia Plus (start Helsinki), The Northern Trek & The Big Chill.

VISAS FOR NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES Some of our trips also visit countries that are not covered by the Schengen Agreement. You may require visas for countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Egypt, Russia, Belarus & Turkey. Depending on your nationality it may be possible to

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obtain visas for Egypt upon arrival – you should check before you depart for your trip.

IMPORTANT 1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. 4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

Travel insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your holiday. Contiki very strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. In some instances, you may not be accepted on a Contiki holiday unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies against us arising from your participation in your holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your travel agent when you are booking your trip.

Gold Seal Protection Coverage for Cancellation: Most tour operators are interested in their passengers only after they reach their destination. With Contiki, however, you get a great deal even before you leave New Zealand. Pre-paid Cancellation Option NZ$99 per person: By paying NZ$99 per person Cancellation Option Fee with your deposit, the full amount of your deposit &/or payment to Contiki Holidays will be refunded should you cancel your tour for any reason prior to departure from New Zealand. This cancellation option covers the Land arrangements made by Contiki Holidays only. On Your Tour: Should you, or your travel companion, leave at any time during the tour for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to New Zealand due to injury, sickness or death, you & your companion will be refunded NZ$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the tour. (Please note that in some cases hotels require a one night cancellation fee). A Doctor’s certificate is required. The Cancellation Option Fee is not refundable for any reason. * Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of © Fly2 p.18 Paragliding. Photos courtesy of © Céline Cousteau p.22 Snorkeling, Snorkelling with sea lion, p.23 sea lions, Céline cousteau, Céline Cousteau snorkeling. Photos courtesy of © Titlis Roatair & Engleberg Titlis, Mount Titlis Hotel p.30 Hotel Exterior. Photos courtesy of © Himmelrich Hotel Kriens Lucerne p.31 Hotel Exterior. Photos courtesy of © Lucerne Tourist Board p.33 Lion Monument. Photos courtesy of © Lawrence Chan p.69 Tapas, Dancers, p.73 Soup, p.75 Greek flag, p.77 Strudel. Photos courtesy of © Louis Hellenic p.92 Cruise liner. Photos courtesy of © Jessica Jenkins p.138 Self portrait. Photos courtesy of © Christie p.139 Pasta. Photos courtesy of © Adele p.139 Group Photo. Photos courtesy of © Tammy Campbell p.166 Anzac Memorial.

If you want to put yourself forward for one of our photoshoots in the future, just email contikiholidaysphotography@gmail.com with a bit of info about yourself, a few photos & who knows, next year it could be you!

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CONTIKI We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer. we’re committed to ensuring they remain for generations to come. There are a bunch of ways that you can help. Learn more at: contiki.Com/contikicares/you

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OCEANS

Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface & they form the largest habitat on the planet supporting the greatest variety of life.

the TREADRIGHT FOUNDATION We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourism destinations at risk & there’s much more to that than just words on paper.

We support Marine conservation through our projects around the world, including the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) which provides seed funding to young environmentalists in their hands-on work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef.

TreadRight guides Contiki on all things sustainable - from helping us choose which global projects to support, to working with our operators, to supporting our very engaged global team & educating travellers on sustainable practices. While Contiki continues to strive to increase our sustainability efforts, we know there is much more we can do, and that’s where TreadRight comes in. To learn more about TreadRight, their projects & where they’ve

CARES Meet CÉline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.22-23 & p.95

donated more than 2million USD to date, plus for great tips on how to be a responsible traveller visit www.treadright.org.

RECYCLING Contiki, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 54,000* trees per year & reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is

OUR COACHES We want you to see the world. But we also want to look after it. Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion & cause less pollution per passenger kilometre

rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. *Calculations based on data from the Environmental Defense Network

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

CARBON EMISSIONS GRID Method of travel Car Air Rail Coach

Kg of CO2 per passenger km 0.18908 kgs 0.191452 kgs 0.0488 kgs 0.0287 kgs

Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Greenhouse Gas (ghg) conversion factors 2013. ** Car assumes national UK average of 1.5 people per car. *** Assumes average of 36 passengers.

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BOOKING

CONDITIONS COND

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below.

Our Responsibilities 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability & at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you & us upon your booking being confirmed & accepted by us & our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs, taxes (including GST), levies & exchange rates as at 31st July, 2013. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges & does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, & where available, offer you a comparable alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural & nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (August, 2013) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours & transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries & features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries & to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for each account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as & when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided &/or fees payable under the tour program. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your tour shall be deemed to be an authorisation to disburse thereof as aforesaid.

YOur Responsibilities 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of NZ$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of your tour departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of NZ$200 per person, per tour which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid by no later than 45 days before your scheduled holiday departure date, which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation

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issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date of the first departing tour 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled & cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets & other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your tour departure, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking & we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking & apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki. 3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost & expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price & is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE Over 45 days notice: .....................................Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days: ......................................................25% of tour fare 21-8 days: ........................................................30% of tour fare 7-1 days: ..........................................................50% of tour fare Day of departure: ............................................100% of tour fare When the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to & after your tour booking, such as pre & post accommodation & transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to alternate departure date or you wish to change to a different Contiki holiday, you may do so subject to availability & provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of NZ$30 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date, tour itinerary booking within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation, & normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a NZ$30 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc. are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Clients must be aged between 18 & 35 inclusive but Contiki may, in its absolute discretion, &, in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age limit. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Contiki welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour,

Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in New Zealand. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers travelling on international tours. • Contiki may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms and conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements & costs to/ from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority & decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative & the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment & well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers & any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously & may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation & related costs & have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff &/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt neither the operator, service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury, death, loss, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs & films of you while you are on holiday & that these may be used in our Group brochures &/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs &/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday & if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 28 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 28 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract & all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to New Zealand Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity & enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE Contiki very strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before embarking on a Contiki holiday. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit & will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday.

7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. Contiki will not refund for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to & from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport & visa fees, airport & ferry transfers to tour departure point, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Tour Managers & Tour Drivers, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions.

GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you & Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time & at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights & liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a tour shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the passenger of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers & other service providers are subject to the terms & conditions & limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, & other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay & loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for passengers with special needs or disabilities (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from March 2014 to March 2015. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays Limited, Picquet House, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with the exception of the Great Britain & Ireland tours described on p.58-61, the 3 & 5 day London Explorer packages described on p.167, the Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo, Hogmanay & St. Patrick’s Day tours described on p.170 all of which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd. The principle operator of the Croatian Island Cruising & Croatian Island Hopper products featured on p.84-86 is Katarina Lines. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). The operator of the Turkish sailing product featured on p.82-83 is Barbaros Yachting, Turkey. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request). This brochure was published in August 2013 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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How to book

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

Travel Agent Reservations

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

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

• The first step is to confirm that there’s availability on the trip you’ve chosen. At the same time, you can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your trip. • At the time of booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of NZ$200 per person per trip which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. • Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send confirmation of the details of the booking. • You must pay the balance of your holiday fare not less than 45 days before the trip departure date, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before the trip departure date. • We will then send your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure.

IMPORTANT: By paying the NZ$200 deposit per person per trip, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.175, which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

THE TRAVEL CORPORATION Contiki is backed by The Travel Corporation, one of the world’s most successful family-owned travel companies. Our passion and commitment for giving our travellers life changing experiences is in our blood. It also means you get the peace of mind that comes from a financially strong group with global scale. But don’t take our word for it, check out the awards we’ve won at thetravelcorporation.com.

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Contiki loves the planet The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% recycled paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re done. Either pass it on to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy.

Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Printed in Australia. Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime. 1st Edition

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