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Europe 2009/10

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Tours for all budgets

From £48/Day Europe Winter

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How To Book Bookings

Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there's space on the tour you've chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your Contiki tour (see page 142).

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At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of £60 per person per tour which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent.

3. Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking.

Contiki Travel (UK) Limited Wells House 15 Elmfield Road Bromley, Kent, BR1 1LS

USA & Canada

Asia

4. You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent not less than 45 days before the departure date, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure.

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

IMPORTANT By paying the £60 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on page 143, which make up the contract between you and Contiki. Reservations: TEL: (020) 8290 6422 FAX: (020) 8225 4222 Brochure Hotline: 0870 333 4884

Email travel@contiki.co.uk Web contiki.com

Special Interest Groups Group Bookings

If you’re looking for something completely different our Special Interest Groups Departments in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand have been helping those with specific group travel requirements for years! School and University trips, choirs, wine tours, Grand Prix, ski tours - you name it we’ve done it!

From supplying competitive quotations to helping you plan the best itinerary right down to the last detail, our worldwide team of experts is able to arrange a custom designed holiday or incentive trip to suit your particular requirements. Call your travel agent or nearest Contiki Office – you’ll be surprised at how we can make it happen.

If you’re planning to organise a group to Europe, America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, why not take a close look at the wide variety of tours detailed in any of our Contiki brochures. It is more than likely that one (or more!) of the itineraries will fit in perfectly

with your requirements. As long as everyone on your group is 18 – 35, any date can be reserved exclusively for your group at special, reduced rates – perhaps even a free trip for yourself!!

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Europe Contiki Holidays is a division of the familyowned The Leading Travel Companies, and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

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, Thialand, United Kingdom, USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Bermuda. © Copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Printed in the UK. Please don’t throw this brochure away, we encourage you to either pass it on to a friend or place it in a paper recycling bin.

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Ever thought there must be more to life?

Europe & Contiki

There is. Think two words:

Europe. Contiki. Europe, because it’s packed full of things to see, do and love. Contiki, because we’re the people to help you see your world. So if you want to meet people your age and on your wavelength to share fantastic times travelling, there’s no better way to go. This could be the beginning of the rest of your life! We’ve been a family owned business since 1962 and have led the way since day one, helping generations of travellers discover the world.

Adventure and passion – that’s the Contiki spirit. It’s what we stand for… and after travelling with us, you just might too!

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Find your way

Find your way around //////////////////////////// This brochure may be big but we’ve made it nice and easy to navigate your way around. Here, you’ll find where you need to go, fast. 2–3 4–5 6–7 8–9 10–11 12–13 14–15 16–17 18–19 20–21 22 23 24 25 26–27 28–37 38–65 66–133

Europe & Contiki (That’s where you are right now) Why Contiki? What kind of holiday are you after? Ways to travel with us Real value. Cool deals. Included highlights & sightseeing Explore More & optional activities Contiki crew Eat & sleep Contiki-style About contiki.com Travelling responsibly & our Foundation The coolest places in Europe right now Special departures & festivals London calling Camping Original tours Concept Unique tours Time Out Hotel tours

UNFOLD THE BACK OF THE BROCHURE AND YOU’LL FIND A LIST OF EVERY SINGLE TOUR WE OFFER.

134–139 140–141 142 143 144 146

Winter tours & ski packages Got a question? Want to stay longer? Where do I leave from? The fine print Every tour at a glance How to book


You know the feeling? When you’ve done something so fun, you just want to do it again? That’s Contiki. And that’s why people come from all over the globe to explore Europe with us.

Only the best bits

Dompletely 18-35

No younger. No older. Just everyone in between. Travel with us and you’ll meet people your age and build your global network big time! All with the aim to see, smell, taste and live Europe while sharing some incredible times together. Are you ready?

Like the idea of travelling with your own personal travel guru? Our crew are trained to help you get the most from your holiday, from visiting the sights to finding and doing things a little more ‘off the itinerary’. Tap into their local knowledge and get all the help and advice you need. And trust us, they’ve made it through training ‘boot camp’ to get here, so they know their stuff.

Oo hassle Truth is, travel can be hard work. Like when it’s late and you’re lugging your backpack in the rain, up a lonely street, in a foreign city, looking for street signs, whilst juggling a map. That’s not fun and it won’t happen with Contiki! We take all the hard work out of your holiday, so you can get down to clocking up some seriously good times – everything a holiday should be about.


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Why Contiki?

I want

‘me time’

The best value We’ve done some hard bargaining across Europe so you get the best deals. You’ve probably already noticed that what others call ‘extras’ – to us, are all included as part of the package. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting, so you can plan to a tee (more on page 12). Our unique extras include access to the Contiki Basement in London where you can pick up your email, store luggage and get info from helpful Contiki staff. Other surprises include fitting our modern coaches with power charging units & loads of included sightseeing.

We hear you. We know you need your own time to check things out, explore the back streets, find a great place for a meal or just enjoy some chill out time. All our trips have flexibility & free time every day. There’s also Explore More Optional Activities (pages 16-17) that allow you to pick and mix, whether you’re into art, adventure sports, music or food, the choices are healthy and we’re pretty confident you’ll find something you just can’t say no to. While we’re talking flexibility, look at the ways you can choose to travel on page 10-11.

Knowledgeable

After 46 years in the business, we have built up quite a reputation. We’re a member of Tour Operator Associations worldwide and we’re recognised globally for our reliability and quality. Sure, the company may have grown and evolved, but that essential Contiki spirit is as strong as ever.

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We’ve got a whole lot of stuff that covers you – from departure dates that are set to go (preferred departures or PD’s as we call them) to fuel and currency surcharge coverage (more on page 13). So once your deposit is paid, you’re protected. Look for the diamond-shaped symbol next to individual departure dates on your itinerary for PD’s. Be quick, demand for PD’s is high.


There’s plenty of free time to do things ‘off the itinerary’ as well as do included stuff, like a bike ride in Holland!

Travelling with other people is much more fun, share memories and make friends for life!


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What kind of holiday are you after?

What kind of holiday are you after? Meeting people your age from around the world

A comfortable hotel after a full day’s sightseeing

Plenty of meals included

Tour Managers full of local knowledge

Exploring 1 or 2 countries in-depth

Staying in a 16th century French Chateau

Having interesting, unique places to stay

Camping under the stars

Experiencing the magical atmosphere of a European winter

Staying close to the city action

Checking out some of Europe’s best festivals

Having plenty of free time to yourself

One trip. Lots of different countries

No hassle, near door-to-door transport

An affordable one

Whatever kind of trip you’re after, we’ve got it covered.

Travelling with us isn’t just about looking. It’s about living, doing (and tasting) Europe every day!

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You’ve seen it in books and films, everywhere you turn, history and culture come alive.


They’re the big questions. Take a look at our tour options, see what you want and let your journey begin…


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Ways to travel

Camping Original

Concept Unique

Time Out Hotels

From £48/Day Multiple countries

From £62/Day Multiple countries

From £78/Day Multiple countries In-depth regional

Prefer it back to basics? A budget-friendly camping trip should hit the spot. It’s how Contiki started. Stay in new and spacious twin-share tents at well-equipped campsites and stretch your budget a surprisingly looooong way. More on pages 28-37

Like to mix it up? Keep it simple one night and a little more spectacular the next? Concept Unique gives you a chance to stay in everything from cabins, hostels to hotels, and even a 16th century French chateau. More on pages 38-65

Looking for total comfort at a great price? Central location? Easy access to the sights? Time Out Hotel tours offer hotels in or close to city centres, excellent facilities and one-off feature hotels. More on pages 66-133

Festivals, Events & Winter Tag your tour into one of Europe’s many music festivals or events, plus we’ve got a few special departures of our own, like Oktoberfest! More on page 25. Or pack your woollies and come in the winter, when you can catch some snow and beat the crowds. More on pages 134-139.


Real value. Cool deals.

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We’ve done the sums on doing a tour versus travelling on your own in 4 of Europe’s key cities. And the results are in! Check the next page to find ways to cut your holiday costs even more.

Venice Italy Breakfast

€4.90

Paris France €4.50

Lucerne Switzerland SF17.00

Barcelona Spain €6.50

Ham & cheese panini & cappuccino at the Café Gianni

Café latté & a croissant at the Café Moulin

Platter of cold meats and cheese & coffee at the Café Parterre

Spanish omelette and coffee at Café Zurich

€75.00

€22.00

SF25.00

City sightseeing tour

Lake cruise

€22.00

€79.00

€65.00

SF120.00

At the Ibis Paris Maine Montparnasse

At the Waldstatterhof Swiss Seehotel

€15.00

€5.60

SF10.00

Metro Pass

Bus and train

(2 courses and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)

€30.00

€52.00

SF35.00

At the Café de Flore

At the Restaurant Galliker

Transport based on Youth Rail Pass

€17.57

€17.57

€17.57

€17.57

Converted to £’s

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Converted to £’s

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Sightseeing

Private motorboat to historic islands: €55.00 City sightseeing tour €20.00

1 Night’s Accommodation (avg. price of budget hotel)

Day Travel Pass

At the Albergo Venezia

Grand canal water-bus

Dinner

(2nd class 25 years or under based on the Global Pass/valid in 20 countries/for 1 month)

Total cost of your day in £’s when doing it your own way The unbeatable Contiki price

At the Trattoria Marco Polo

£178/day

£134/day

£130/day

Bike sightseeing tour of city

€65.00

At the Hotel Antibes

€5.50 Metro Pass

€30.00 At the restaurant Casa Leopoldo

£118/day

Contiki’s Europe from £84/day

Prices and exchange rates validated at 24th October, 2008 at the locations stated. Actual costs may change without notice. Sightseeing cost comparison is based on similar activities of what’s included in a Contiki tour price. Contiki’s per day pricing based on European Panorama tour daily cost.


Save up to £155 off the cost of your tour when you book and pay in full, 6 months before departing. For tours departing in winter (as marked on the tour pages), a 6 & 12 month Early Payment Discount applies. For more information on Early Payment Discounts, check the tour page for savings on the trip of your choice.

Multi-tour discounts Book any 2 Contiki trips of 10 days or longer, at the same time & get up to £60 off the cost of the second tour. EUROPE+EUROPE save £60 EUROPE+AMERICA save £60

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EUROPE+GREAT BRITAIN save £60

Group discounts MORE 4 save 5% Get 4 or more people to book at the same time on the same tour and take 5% off the cost per person. SAVINGS 7 save 7.5% Book 7 people travelling on the same holiday at the same time and score a 7.5% discount per person. PERFECT 10 save 10% Round up a group of 10 friends booking on the same tour at the same time and the 11th person travels free. Or everyone in your group gets 10% off. Whatever way you like it! TRIPLE DISCOUNTS save 5% Reduce the twin share price by 5% by booking 3 in a room on many Time Out Hotel tours. NB. All discounts apply to the land tour price only. Group discounts, multi-tour discounts and early payment discounts can be combined on tours of 8 days or more.

Real value. Cool deals.

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Early Payment discounts

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Guarantees NO FUEL OR CURRENCY SURCHARGES GUARANTEE: In these difficult times of rising prices, it is good to know that Contiki has taken the bold step to guarantee no fuel or currency surcharges on all its coach tours (excluding government taxes and cruising). Once you have paid your deposit, you will be totally protected and can plan your holiday with this added peace of mind. PREFERRED DEPARTURES: To help our customers plan their trip and take advantage of our early payment discounts, use frequent flyer points and get in on airline’s early booking offers, Contiki has designated a large number of trips as Preferred Departures (PD). Because these departures have a reliable booking history, you can rest assured that they will, except under circumstances beyond our control, operate as scheduled. Look for the white diamond-shaped symbol against individual departure dates on the tour itinerary of your choice. All non-PD departures may be subject to rescheduling. If one of our preferred departure dates doesn’t fit with your travel plans, don’t worry, we adjust our capacity each year to ensure that the vast majority of all of our departures operate as scheduled. Since we expect a high demand for our PD options, please check contiki.com for the most up-to-date information. If you’re booking a tour within 50 days of departure between 1 May-30 September, it’s automatically guaranteed that the tour will run, except under circumstances beyond our control.

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Conditions apply.


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That’s what you’re after isn’t it? To explore the places you’ve seen in films, read about in books and daydreamed of visiting! We call them Included Highlights and they’re a part of every Contiki itinerary, every day.

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Best of all, they’re included in the cost of your tour so you can score extra bang for your buck and be sure you will see the things that are key to every destination. Stuff like locally guided tours, some entrance fees, cycling tours, organised evenings out – they’re just some of what’s included. Follow the footprints for a bit more of what you’ll see…

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FINDING INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS On each tour page of the brochure, we’ve listed a lot of the sightseeing included in your tour price within the itinerary section. It’s clearly marked in a different colour – see the example here for how it looks.

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Want to explore more? Sure there are loads of activities already included, but there's also plenty of ‘Free Time’ to go for it and create your own adventure ‘off the itinerary’. Explore something you might have already seen in more detail, or just chill out, go shopping, relax and see where the backstreets take you. You can also try one of our many Explore More ‘Optional Activities’ that help turn a great trip into an unforgettable one. Each one has been handpicked based on past traveller feedback and we’ve negotiated great rates to pass on to you.

Shopping, London

It’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities and be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding and therefore involve some risk.

Paris cabaret show & dinner Whitewater rafting in Austria Amsterdam canal boat cruise Classical concert in Vienna

Rhine Valley wine tasting Schnaps museum & tasting Cog-railway ride up a mountain Caique boat cruise in Corfu

Gondola ride in Venice Spanish flamenco show Guided tour of ancient Rome Parasailing & waterskiing Belly-dancing dinner in Turkey

Tandem paragliding in the Tyrol Historical walking tour in Berlin Thermal pools bath in Pamukkale Tuscan feast & entertainment Guided tour of Pompeii

Beerhall dinner in Munich Trip to the volcano on Santorini Ghost walk in York Guided bike tour in Prague Scottish haggis & bagpipe evening Guinness brewery visit

Jeep hire on Corfu Day clubbing on Mykonos Cruise on a Scottish ‘Loch’

Boat trip on Geiranger Fjord Countryside mountain bike ride Russian ballet Turkish bath Croatian island cruise & swimming

Tandem paragliding, Tyrol

Gondola ride, Venice


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Explore More & Free Time Optionals

Mountain biking, Austria

Group dinner, Paris

Cable car ride, Switzerland

Whitewater rafting, Austria Cabaret show, Paris Nightclub, Florence

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“My brain is packed with all the travel knowledge, insider tips and great ideas you need, so you can make the most of your time.”

“Sure it’s a tour, but I like to keep it flexible and move things around to suit the group and the day. I’m here to make your trip the best it can be, and am always listening and ready to help.”

“I always keep an eagle eye on things to help make your trip as hassle-free as possible.”

“I live, eat and breathe travel. Careful, it’s catching!”

“Like to get a handle on the lingo? I’ll give you a few key words and phrases you need to mix it with the locals. Then it’s over to you to give it a try.”

“I look friendly, sound friendly and even wake up friendly. Not bad, eh? I’m also around your age and I’ve got a pretty good idea of the kind of fun you’re after.”

“TM’s come from a big melting pot of countries, which adds up to even more fun and spirit".

“Travelling with me is all about you concentrating on the fun bits. To do that, I like to focus on keeping things organised and running smoothly, so you can focus on enjoying your holiday.”

“There’s no tougher training in the travel industry than our 10 week training course and there’s a good reason why. Contiki makes sure that only the very best people make it through so that you get to benefit from having the cream of the crop.”

“I’m just one part of a bigger, broader Contiki crew, all working together to give you the trip of a lifetime and we can’t wait to meet you!


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They’re young, super-friendly and they’ve done a whole lot of homework on where you’re headed, so you have more time to enjoy it. They know what’s hot, what’s fun and exactly how to find what you’re looking for. They’ve made it through training boot camp to join the Contiki Crew, so they couldn’t be better qualified and they love what they do. All adding up to an even better holiday for you!

Think of your Tour Manager as the best guide book you ever had, without you having to turn the pages! They’ll give you all the background and inside info, tell you the best things to check out at each location, offer great ideas on what to explore in your free-time and help you make the most of every single day.

These guys are the other half of our dynamic, on-the-road duo. Nobody knows the roads like our Tour Drivers. They can handle everything from jam-packed city streets to fast moving freeways with ease, while you relax and avoid lugging your bags around. They’ll drop you near door-to-door and get you where you want, when you want, while you sit back, enjoy the scenery and get to know your travel posse.

Dedicated to tempting your tastebuds and making sure those special stopovers run smoothly, our Mobile Cooks and Site Reps are masters at rustling up a delicious, nutritious storm. They also come with a generous dollop of local knowledge, which makes them an even more essential part of every Camping and Concept tour. You’ll meet our Mobile Cooks onboard Camping trips, while our resident Site Reps look after you at Contiki stopovers and villages.

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Contiki crew


Get your tastebuds ready! Of all the memories you’ll make on your trip, what you ate will be right up there with the best of them. Europe’s overflowing with amazing foods to excite (and challenge) your tastebuds, and there’s lots of meals included on all of our tours. Here’s some inspiration…

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Eat & Sleep Contiki-style

Snails? Go hardcore in the taste department in Europe – there's loads to try – if you dare.

Grab some of yo ur group and he ad out together on on e of our fantastic optional dinners or even dinner and a sh ow.

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...and afterwards, sleep eazzzzy Whatever tour you choose, you’ll sleep well in a comfy bed at one of our great properties, many of which have been recently upgraded. You’ll find more details about all our accommodation on: Camping tours - pages 28-29 Concept tours - pages 40-41 Time Out tours - pages 68-69


Bags packed & ready to go? Or just thinking about it? Wherever you’re at with your travel plans, joining the Contiki community online will help. Here’s where you can connect with lots of travellers your age all with the aim to get out there and live the travel dream! You’ll find advice and comments from past Contiki travellers to answer all those little questions (and the big ones)! And there’s a healthy amount of pre-trip meeting going on too, so you can often find trip mates from your tour before you even leave home.

What else can you find at contiki.com? • Contiki videos & mini-movie • Cool competitions • The latest deals • More detailed itineraries, prices & Explore More activity options • Plus there’s contikipedia…our very own wiki full of answers to every Contiki question imaginable written by our tour managers and past travellers.

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The coolest places in Europe right now Int

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1 country. 1000 islands. Croatia is hotter than hot with beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, unspoilt villages, cool places to eat and drink, it also plays host to one of Europe’s hottest summer music festivals. There are lots of ways to explore this gem, from cruising the islands to exploring over land. See page 110 for Contiki’s brand new Croatian cruise tour.

“Paris of Eastern Europe”, “2 cities in one” – call it what you like, Budapest is one of the buzziest cities in Europe. Buda with its mysterious old castles and beautiful hills, Pest with its modern city life. Hungary’s capital has a cool cultural scene, endless nightlife, loads of history, topped off with a spectacular location right beside the Danube.

Stockholm is right up there amongst the most beautiful national capitals in the world. But it’s not just a pretty face. It’s also full of life and fun. Visit the Södermalm area for its pub culture, cafes, galleries and small, funky stores filled with local artists’ and designers’ work. Plus there’s the not-to-be-missed summer Mynttorget street-festivals. It’s a city that’s great to explore on foot, although with so many islands and archipelagos, you might find yourself hopping in a boat.

Contiki has 6 tours that visit Croatia: Croatian Island Sailing, 25 & 46 day camping, European Adventurer, European Spirit and European Explorer.

Contiki has 6 tours that visit Budapest. Eastern Road, Berlin to Budapest, Vienna to Budapest, 25 & 46 day camping and the Ultimate European.

Contiki has 3 tours that visit Stockholm: Scandinavia, Russia & the Baltic and Russia & Scandinavia.

Low cost airlines Charge it on the go You wouldn’t travel anywhere without your music or a camera, right? That’s why most of our coaches are fitted with charging units, so you’ll never have to worry about your ipod, MP3 or camera batteries running out of juice. Just charge up onboard and you’re good to go – how convenient is that? Don't forget to bring your adapter plug.

Picked a tour that doesn’t start in a major gateway city? There’s an easy, cheap way to get there by getting online and booking one of the many low cost airlines Europe has to offer. And remember, book early to get a great deal! Here’s a few websites to try and there’s plenty more out there, so just google it: easyjet.com ryanair.com skyscanner.net


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Festivals and special events

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Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo 4 Days £245

Amsterdam for Easter

Oktoberfest Munich 7 Days £299 5 Days £229 17–23 September 2009

24–28/9 or 29/9–3/10 2009

Starts/ends in London A four day Easter party at Contiki’s hotel in exciting Amsterdam. Take a bicycle ride, see how cheese and clogs are made and visit the bulb fields at Keukenhof.

Starts/ends in London There’s nothing to match the thrilling pageantry of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy a city tour of Edinburgh and an included ticket for the closing night of the tattoo. Alternatively a number of our Great Britain and Scotland trips are in Edinburgh during this world-famous event – check out departure dates on pages 94-97.

From humble beginnings as a royal wedding celebration to one of Europe’s greatest festivals, Munich’s Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Visit the Bavarian beer halls for a stein of beer or a plate of pork knuckle, squeal with delight on a rollercoaster or giant ferris wheel, or simply wander through the stalls and enjoy the ‘Gemütlichkeit’. Choose from our 5 or 7 day tours to experience all the fun. We’ve also highlighted the departures in Munich during the festival on all of our normal tours.

Accommodation Multi Share (no more than 6 to a room).

Accommodation All single rooms with shared facilities.

Accommodation Two person tents. Sleeping bag required.

28-31 August 2009

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It’s big, it’s bustling and sometimes it’s a bit tricky knowing where to start. That’s where Houses of Contiki can help, especially with the Parliament all new Contiki Basement. and Big Ben

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Your London launch pad Arriving in London can be a huge challenge so the Contiki Basement is a place for you to hang out, chill and get your bearings. With the help of our staff, you can learn about and book activities, day trips and sightseeing around the city. Exclusively for our travellers, and open 7 days a week, it’s a handy meeting spot located in the heart of central London, at Russell Square, below the Royal National Hotel. For a small fee you can also pick up your email in our internet cafe and store luggage (a service you’ll learn to love more than you know)! Open May-Sept 9.00am to 8.00pm Open Oct-April 11.00am to 7.00pm W

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Booking your London hotel Need London accommodation before or after your tour? We have two great options, the Royal National and Imperial Hotels. Both are right in central London, next to Soho - a 10 minute walk from theatres, nightlife and shopping. They are bookable at Contiki’s Basement, or before you leave home (book early as space may be limited). Sometimes it may be necessary to relocate passengers at the adjacent President, Bedford or Tavistock Hotels, all of equal standard to what was originally booked. • Book through your travel agent when you book your tour • If you want to share with a friend, book at the same time • Going solo? We’ll share you with a samesex room mate in a twin or triple room • Pay in full 45 days before your stay • Cancellation policy is outlined on page 143 • Booking amendments are charged at £15 per change • Rooms usually available from 2pm on your date of arrival • For more details on hotels, see page 142 W

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Hotel prices Room Type

Royal National Triple Twin

Imperial Twin Single

Summer 2009 Mar 21 – Oct 31 £30

£45

£50

£75

Winter 2009/10 Nov 1 – Mar 31

£39

£45

£65

£30

2 or 4 night ‘London Explorer’ packages are available, see right page Important note: Double beds not available at the Royal National or Imperial Hotels


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Explore London packages Want maximum fun from your London stay? Want to do it at your own pace? Grab a value-packed collection of extras, excursions and great accommodation from our 2 & 4 night London Explorer packages. You can take one before or after your tour!

Imperial Hotel

2 night inclusions * Accommodation * continental breakfast daily * return tube Heathrow airport transfer * open top bus sightseeing tour * London show theatre tickets (stalls or dress circle) to one of a selection of shows * Contiki staff assistance * ‘Welcome to London’ information booklet. 4 night package extra inclusions. All 2 night package inclusions PLUS * 3 day underground and bus travel pass * Day excursion/entrance fee to Stonehenge and a guided tour of the Roman Baths in Bath (you can choose dates to take these inclusions on). W

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London Explorer prices Summer (21/3 - 31/10 09) 2 nts 4 nts Royal National Hotel Triple share with facilites Twin share with facilites

Winter (1/11 - 31/3 10) 2 nts 4 nts

M3LPR M5LPR

M3LPR M5LPR

£155

£335

£145

£315

£175

£375

£155

£339

M5LPI £415 £499

M3LPI £185 £215

M5LPI £389 £455

Imperial Hotel M3LPI Twin with facilities £195 Single with facilities £245

Commencing daily Please note - this package is not an escorted tour.

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Save money! Remember if you book early you save money

Camping Contiki-style

Meals

You haven’t camped until you’ve camped Contiki-style, our camping trips are all about living it up on a budget.

With the help of a fully decked coach kitchen, your Mobile Cook will prepare fantastic food for you to enjoy, from hot breakfasts to 2 course dinners included in your Food Fund. Meal times bring everyone together. A couple of times you’ll be asked if you can pitch in to help.

Accommodation Sleep in spacious brand new, twin-share tents (in fact, there’s enough room for 3!) on comfy air-mattresses at well-equipped campsites. No experience is necessary to pitch our easy to assemble, twin-share tents – they’re up and down in a minute.

Contiki Crew You’ll travel with 3 Contiki road crew: your Tour Manager, Driver and Mobile Cook. And at Contiki Villages & Stopovers you’ll meet our resident Site Reps. More on this super skilled team on page 18.

Sightseeing, free time & transport Our brand new equipment has arrived!

• New 3 person tents, but always twin-share means lots of space

• Sturdy new stools, comfy air-mattresses • Great new cook tent facility Flexible new modular tours

All the key sights are included in your tour (pages 14-15), plus there’s lots of free time for you to do the things you like best, whether it’s choosing one of our Explore More optional activities (pages 16-17) or just taking the time to chill out, relax and do whatever you like! And as with every Contiki tour, you’ll travel in style on a comfy, air-conditioned coach.

The super-popular 46-day Europe Camping tour is now available in 2 modules, so you can break halfway through and have more time in Greece to cruise the Greek Islands. Or if your time is limited, just take 1 of the modules. More on pages 36-37.

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Sleep under the stars New twin-share tents Stretch your holiday budget See all the key sights Get back to nature Well-equipped campsites Fun & very social

Multi-country tours 21 days – pages 30-31 32 days – pages 32-33 46 days – pages 34-35 22 days – page 36 25 days – page 37


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Irish Sea

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Wales

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ENGLAND

Calais English Channel

Poland

Rhine Valley

BELGIUM

St Goar

Valley of the Somme

10 countries: France Switzerland Monaco Italy Vatican City Austria Czech Republic Germany Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London Dover

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Cesky Krumlov

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Slovakia

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Burgundy Region

FRANCE Atlantic Ocean

AUSTRIA

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Hungary

Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia Croatia ITALY Apennine 2 VENICE Mountains Bologna

Pisa Monaco

Spain

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

Bosnia

2 FLORENCE Adriatic Sea

Vatican City

Serbia

2 ROME

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain


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the city of Bologna, an historic and elegant city, and then on to enchanting Venice. (B,D)

Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D)

Day 12: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. (B,D)

See the White Cliffs of Dover

Private motorboat to the historic islands

Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy en-route to the heart of the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic drive through the Alps Day 4: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera Wind down out of the mountains and travel south to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Day 6: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco

Day 9: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 11: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains to

10 countries 20 nights camping 20 breakfasts & 12 dinners

Day 13: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 14: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! (B,D)

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 20 nights in twin share tents

Lauterbrunnen

(including air mattresses) (more on pages 28-29) • 20 breakfasts (B) & 12 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Mobile Cook • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 15: Vienna to Prague Stop at the World Heritage town Ceský Krumlov as you travel through Bohemia to Prague, the golden “City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov Day 16: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)

Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock

Florentine leather craft demonstration

Amsterdam

Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations

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

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria

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See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square

Day 8: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B)

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See Bologna’s famous porticos & two towers

Visit a Monte Carlo casino

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Day 17: Prague to Munich Back to Germany and into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B)

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When to go and how much

See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

Code: CCCM Summer 2009

Day 18: Munich to Heidelberg Head north to Heidelberg, known for its baroque old town, pubs full of character, and lively student ambience. (B)

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Start London

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2009 APR 22 APR 29 MAY 13 MAY 20 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 10 JUN 17 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 8 JUL 11

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

849 849 869 889 889 889 889 889 889 935 935 935

2009 JUL 15 JUL 22 JUL 25 JUL 29 AUG 5 AUG 12 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 5 • SEP 7 • SEP 12 • SEP 15 •

AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

935 935 935 935 935 915 915 915 915 915 915 915

See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Day 19: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Journey past castles and vineyards along the Rhine River to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) See Amsterdam’s canals and gable houses by night Day 20: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Day 21: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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4 11 14 18 25 1 8 15 25 27 2 5

Compulsory Food Fund of £155 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based on twin share tents. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum VIENNA: Schnaps museum visit & tasting PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls AMSTERDAM: Bike ride through the countryside

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £45. See page 13 for details.


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St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Irish Sea

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North Sea

NETHERLANDS 2 AMSTERDAM GERMANY

Edam

ENGLAND Wales

Ruhr Valley

London Dover

BELGIUM

Calais English Channel

St Goar

Valley of the Somme Versailles

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Chateau Loire Valley Chambord

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Atlantic Ocean

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Hungary

Slovenia 2 VENICE Croatia

2 FLORENCE

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

Slovakia Mauthausen

SWITZ

FRANCE

Biarritz

Czech Rep

1 HEIDELBERG MUNICH 1

ITALY

Vatican City

SPAIN

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

Bosnia Serbia

Adriatic Sea

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Ionian Sea

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to the beautiful Château Versailles. (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Day 4: Paris to St. Emilion Cut through the Loire Valley and pass rolling vineyards en-route to the Bordeaux region and St. Emilion. (B,D) Stop at Château de Chambord Day 5: St. Emilion to Pamplona Swim and shop in fashionable Biarritz before crossing into Spain to Pamplona. (B,D) See the lighthouse and bay in Biarritz See Pamplona’s famous bull ring Day 6: Pamplona to Barcelona Head south to the baroque city of Zaragoza and on to Barcelona. (B,D) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional Flamenco show! (B) Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to Arles, then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 9: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and 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 and 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 and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 12: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Days 13-14: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ for a couple of days in the “Eternal City" and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D)(B,D)

Day 15: Rome to Sorrento From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri and soak up its sweeping views and romantic atmosphere before setting sail for Sorrento. (B) Visit the Isle of Capri Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 17-20: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B,D)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town Day 21: Corfu to Italy Cruise the Adriatic Sea. (B) Day 22: Arrival Venice Visit Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona and then make your way to the enchanting city of Venice. (B,D) See Juliet's Balcony & the Roman Arena Day 23: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars and markets. (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 24: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 25: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 26: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en-route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 27: Munich to Swiss Alps Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 28: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps and opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 29: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg Head north to Heidelberg, known for its baroque old town and lively student ambience. (B) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Day 30: Heidelberg to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) See Amsterdam’s canals and gable houses by night Day 31: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Day 32: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Pompeii

12 countries 29 nights camping 2 nights ferries 31 breakfasts & 19 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 31 nights accommodation: 29 nights in twin share tents (including air mattresses) & 2 nights on board ferries (more on pages 28-29) • 31 breakfasts (B) & 19 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Mobile Cook • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

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When to go and how much Code: CCCD Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

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2009 JUL 7 † JUL 14 JUL 21 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 18 AUG 28 • SEP 3 • SEP 7 •

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1475 1475 1475 1475 1475 1435 1435 1435 1435

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7 14 21 28 4 18 28 4 8

Compulsory Food Fund of £245 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. † This tour will be in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. Prices above are based on twin share tents. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Munich

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £69. See page 13 for details.

BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show CORFU: Watersports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain


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Prague

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North Sea

London Dover Calais English Channel

Versailles

GERMANY Germany Rhine Valley

Belgium BELGIUM

St Goar

1 HEIDELBERG

Burgundy Region

FRANCE France

Chateau de Cruix

1 LYON

Pont du Gard

SPAIN BARCELONA 2

3 PRAGUE Czech Rep REP CZECH

Ukraine

Cesky Krumlov Slovakia SLOVAKIA VIENNA 1 MUNICH 2 Bratislava Austria 2 BUDAPEST SWITZ Liechtenstein AUSTRIA Hungary Switz Lucerne HUNGARY 2 Slovenia SWISS Verona ALPS Croatia CROATIA 2 Italy VENICE BOSNIA Bosnia Serbia 2 FLORENCE 1 ZADAR

3 PARIS

Pyrenees Mountains

Poland

Ruhr Valley

Valley of the Somme

22 countries: France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro (in transit), Bosnia (in transit), Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)

Belarus

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Edam

England ENGLAND

Arles

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

Romania

Split

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Adriatic Sea

Costa Blanca

Canal

Costa del Sol

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris. Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Days 2-3: Paris. Indulge in this sophisticated city and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to the beautiful Château Versailles. (B)(B,D) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Day 4: Paris to Lyon. Travel through Burgundy and Beaujolais wine country to gourmet Lyon. (B,D) Stop at Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau Taste local wine Day 5: Lyon to Barcelona. Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard 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 Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera. Travel through Provence to Arles, en-route to the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 8: French Riviera. Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 9: French Riviera to Venice. Head through Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona, on to Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena Day 10: Venice. Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars and markets. (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 11: Venice to Florence. Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and check out its architectural wonder before rolling through Tuscany to Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 12: Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 13: Florence to Rome. Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Day 14: Rome. Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento. From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri, soak up its sweeping views and set sail for Sorrento. (B) Visit the Isle of Capri Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu. Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 17-19: Corfu. Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B,D)(B) See Corfu's Venetian fortress Day 20: Corfu to Athens. Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B,D) Day 21: Athens. Sightsee the ancient wonders of this bustling city. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide 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 and Byzantine Thessaloniki Day 23: 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 24: Canakkale to Istanbul. Make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli Battlefields. Hotel (B) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove Day 25: Istanbul. Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D) See the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar with a local guide Day 26: Istanbul to Sofia. Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of Socialist heritage and modern Euro living. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Day 27: Sofia to Ohrid. Cut across Macedonia to the red-roofed houses, sidewalk cafés, and rustic fish restaurants of Lake Ohrid. (B,D) Day 28: Ohrid to Durres. Cross into Albania and on to Durres where steep mountains plunge into the deep Adriatic sea. Hotel (B,D) Day 29: Durres to Dubrovnik. Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Croatian coastline Days 30-31: Dubrovnik. Find historic buildings, modern galleries and amazing seafood in this stunning town. (B)(B,D) See the fortified city and old port Day 32: Dubrovnik to Zadar. Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split, and 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 and 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 and bustling Pest. (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion Day 35: Budapest to Vienna. Stop for lunch in Slovakia before arriving in Austria. (B) See Bratislava’s medieval castle

Day 36: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 37: Vienna to Prague. Stop at the World Heritage Listed town, Cesky Krumlov. (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov Days 38-39: Prague. Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B,D) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Day 40: Prague to Munich. Head to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 41: Munich to Swiss Alps. Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 42: Swiss Alps. Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps and opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 43: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg. Head north to Heidelberg. (B) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Day 44: Heidelberg to Amsterdam. Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals and gable houses by night Day 45: Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Day 46: Amsterdam to London. Ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends. (B)

Camping Original

46 days Europe Camping 22 countries 39 nights camping 5 nights hotels 1 night ferry 45 breakfasts & 29 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 45 nights accommodation: 39 nights in twin share tents (including air mattresses), 5 nights in hotels & 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 28-29) • 45 breakfasts (B) & 29 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Mobile Cook • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

When to go and how much Code: CCCA Summer 2009 Start London

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Start London

Finish London

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2009 APR 21 APR 28 MAY 12 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 9 JUN 23 JUN 30

JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG

1849 1849 1899 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945

2009 JUL 7 JUL 14 JUL 21 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 15 • AUG 20 • AUG 22 •

AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 1995 1995 1995

5 12 26 3 10 24 7 14

21 28 4 11 18 29 4 6

Compulsory Food Fund of £345 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based on twin share tents. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Amsterdam

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £95. See page 13 for details.

VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals CORFU: Hire a jeep & discover the island ISTANBUL: Fun belly-dancing evening & dinner DUBROVNIK: Island cruise & swimming MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain


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22 days Europe Camping 6 countries 20 nights camping 1 night ferry 21 breakfasts & 13 dinners

22 Days Europe Camping England ENGLAND

Rome R TOU NEW

ays 22 D £999 from/Day £46

165 of £ fund d o fo plus

Netherlands

London Dover Calais English Channel

Germany

Belgium

Poland Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

What’s included

Versailles

Slovakia

3 PARIS

Burgundy Region

All as per itinerary

• 21 nights accommodation: 20 nights in twin share tents (including air mattresses) & 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 28-29) • 21 breakfasts (B) & 13 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Mobile Cook • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

More options See Europe and the Greek Islands. Popular demand means we’ve made our 46 day camping tour ‘modular’. We now offer it as 2 separate tours of 22 and 25 days as well as the whole 46 day trip, so you can break the tour up in the middle to spend more time in Greece to cruise, island hop and relax. The 22 day tour travels from London to Athens. Then you can travel back to London on the 25 day tour on a later departure. If you’re short on time, you could just take 1 of the modules. There’s only a limited number of places available on each module. See the Mix+Match panel on opposite page for tour combination ideas.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £49. See page 13 for details.

FRANCE France

Austria Hungary

Switz

Chateau de Cruix

Italy Arles

Pyrenees Mountains

Slovenia

Verona

1 LYON

Pont du Gard

Ukraine

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

SPAIN Mediterranean Sea 2 BARCELONA

2

2 FLORENCE

Vatican City

2

Adriatic Sea

Montenegro

ROME Mt.Vesuvius Pompeii

Isle of Capri

Bulgaria

Macedonia Brindisi

1 SORRENTO

Albania

Greece 1 3 GREECE CORFU ATHENS 2 Ionian Sea Corinth Canal

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris. Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Days 2-3: Paris. Indulge in this sophisticated city and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to the beautiful Château Versailles. (B)(B,D) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Day 4: Paris to Lyon. Travel through Burgundy and Beaujolais wine country to gourmet Lyon. (B,D) Stop at Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau Taste local wine Day 5: Lyon to Barcelona. Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard 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 Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district

Code: CCCL Summer 2009 Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 APR 21 APR 28 MAY 12 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 9 JUN 23 JUN 30

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL

999 999 1025 1049 1049 1049 1049 1049

2009 JUL 7 JUL 14 JUL 21 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 15 AUG 20 AUG 22

JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP

1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1075 1075 1075

12 19 2 9 16 30 14 21

28 4 11 18 25 5 10 12

Compulsory Food Fund of £165 per person applies (in addition to tour cost).

Bosnia Serbia

ITALY

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Romania

Croatia VENICE

When to go and how much

Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera. Travel through Provence to Arles, en-route to the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 8: French Riviera. Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques & sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 9: French Riviera to Venice. Head through Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona, on to Venice. (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena Day 10: Venice. Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, bars and markets. (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 11: Venice to Florence. Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and check out its architectural wonder before rolling through Tuscany to Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 12: Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based on twin share tents. Start 6.45am and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142.

Day 13: Florence to Rome. Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 14: Rome. Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 15: Rome to Sorrento. From Naples, catch a boat to the Isle of Capri, soak up its sweeping views and set sail for Sorrento. (B) Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu. Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 17-19: Corfu. Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town Day 20: Corfu to Athens. Travel across Corinth Canal to Athens. (B,D) Day 21: Athens. Sightsee the ancient wonders of this bustling city. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium Day 22: Depart Athens. It’s time to say farewell to your new friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city CORFU: Hire a jeep & discover the island

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25 Days Europe Camping

ays 25 D £1015 from/Day £41 fund food plus

NETHERLANDS Edam 2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

London Dover Calais

189 of £

GERMANY Germany Rhine Valley St Goar

English Channel

1 HEIDELBERG

3 PRAGUE Czech Rep REP CZECH

Ukraine

Cesky Krumlov

France

1 MUNICH 2 Austria AUSTRIA

SWITZ Liechtenstein Switz 2 Lucerne

Slovakia SLOVAKIA VIENNA Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST Hungary HUNGARY

Slovenia

SWISS ALPS Italy

Spain Mediterranean Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Itinerary and included sightseeing

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When to go and how much Code: CCCR Summer 2009 Start Athens

Finish London

£ pp

Start Athens

Finish London

£ pp

2009 MAY 12 MAY 19 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUN 30 JUL 14 JUL 21

JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG

1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1059 1059

2009 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 5 • SEP 10 • SEP 12 •

AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

1059 1059 1035 1035 1035 1035 1035 1035

Belarus Poland

Ruhr Valley

Belgium BELGIUM

25 days Europe Camping

Dubrovnik R TOU NEW

North Sea

England ENGLAND

Camping Original

Day 1: Athens to Kavala. Meet your fellow travellers at 7.30am. Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. (D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae and Byzantine Thessaloniki Day 2: Kavala to Canakkale. Ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. Hotel (B,D) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with local guide Day 3: Canakkale to Istanbul. Make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli Battlefields. Hotel (B) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove Day 4: Istanbul. Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D) See the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar with a local guide Day 5: Istanbul to Sofia. Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of Socialist heritage and modern Euro living. Hotel (B,D) See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Day 6: Sofia to Ohrid. Cut across Macedonia to the red-roofed houses, sidewalk cafés, and rustic fish restaurants of Lake Ohrid. (B,D) Day 7: Ohrid to Durres. Cross into Albania and on to Durres where steep mountains plunge into the deep Adriatic sea. Hotel (B,D)

Croatia CROATIA

Romania

BOSNIA Bosnia Serbia 1 ZADAR Split 3 DUBROVNIK BULGARIA Adriatic Sea MONTENEGRO 1 Bulgaria Black Sea SOFIA Macedonia ISTANBUL DURRES MACEDONIA KAVALA OHRID 1 1 2 1 Gallipoli Albania ALBANIA Troy 1 CANAKKALE Greece GREECE TURKEY Thermopylae Ionian Sea

Athens

5 12 26 3 10 24 7 14

Compulsory Food Fund of £189 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141.

• These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based on twin share tents. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Day 8: Durres to Dubrovnik. Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Scenic Drive along the Croatian coastline Days 9-10: Dubrovnik. Find historic buildings, modern galleries and amazing seafood in this stunning town. (B)(B,D) See the fortified city and old port Day 11: Dubrovnik to Zadar. Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split, and then travel on to Zadar. (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split Day 12: Zadar to Budapest. Head north, past Lake Balaton to a lively arts, café and music scene in the “Paris of the East.” (B,D) Day 13: Budapest. Feel the history of this fascinating city – split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion Day 14: Budapest to Vienna. Stop for lunch in Slovakia before arriving in Austria. (B) See Bratislava’s medieval castle Day 15: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 16: Vienna to Prague. Stop at the World Heritage Listed town, Cesky Krumlov. (B,D)

21 28 4 11 18 29 4 6

Visit the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov Days 17-18: Prague. Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B,D) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Day 19: Prague to Munich. Head to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 20: Munich to Swiss Alps. Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Scenic drive through the Alps Day 21: Swiss Alps. Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps and opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain. (B,D) Day 22: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg. Head north to Heidelberg. (B) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Day 23: Heidelberg to Amsterdam. Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit the riverside town of St. Goar See Amsterdam’s canals and gable houses by night Day 24: Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Day 25: Amsterdam to London. Ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends. (B)

17 countries 19 nights camping 5 nights hotels 24 breakfasts & 16 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 24 nights accommodation: 19 nights in twin share tents (including air mattresses) & 5 nights in hotels (more on pages 28-29) • 24 breakfasts (B) & 16 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Mobile Cook • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13. The ‘22 & 25 Day Camping’ tours easily Mix+Match with:

• Louis Hellenic Cruises (p.112-113)

• Mykonos & Island Cruising (p.115)

• Greek Island Hopping (p.116-117) • Spotlight on Greece (p.118-119) See the ‘More options’ panel on the opposite page for how you can spend more time in the Greek Islands. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £49. See page 13 for details.

ISTANBUL: Fun belly-dancing evening & dinner DUBROVNIK: Island cruise & swimming MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain


Save money! Remember if you book early you save money

Big Top arrivals area

Accommodation A Concept trip is all about mixing it up, so get ready to stay in everything from hotels and cabins, to hostels and special stopovers like Contiki’s very own 16th century French Chateau or our Swiss Chalet at the foot of the picturesque Alps. Accommodation is twin-share (maximum quad share) and majority with private bathroom facilities.

Contiki travellers and managed by our crew. We choose unique, traditional places in fantastic locations, like a 16th century Chateau in France, a Swiss Chalet and an Austrian Gasthof. Some have recently been upgraded and there’s great facilities for you to enjoy like big screen TVs, pools, bars and internet access.

Meals Your Food Fund includes a buffet breakfast daily and many 2-course dinners that highlight local favourites like snails and fondue. Free nights are great for getting out on the town and trying out local restaurants. At lunchtime, we keep it flexible and let you make your own choices, with complete freedom to try what you like, when you like without having to head back to a central spot.

Theme night parties

What’s new! • Our French Chateau has just had a makeover and looks amazing • A warm Contiki welcome under our new ‘Big Top’ arrivals tent in Paris (with other stops to follow very soon) • Brand new cabins & upgraded Contiki Villages • All cabins with private bathroom facilities • Bells and whistles like big screen plasma TV’s, increased web access plus more • New 22 day tour - more on page 50-51

Chateau dining room

What’s a Special Stopover? It’s accommodation that’s exclusively for

Contiki Crew You’ll travel with 2 Contiki crew: your Tour Manager and Driver, while our resident Site Reps look after you at Concept special stopovers and Contiki villages. More on this super skilled team on page 18-19.

Sightseeing, free time & transport All the key icons and spots are included in your tour (pages 14-15), plus there’s lots of free time (pages 16-17) for you to do the things you like best. And as with every Contiki tour, you’ll travel in style on the comfiest coaches out there, all of which are air-conditioned.

Site reps

t p e c Con rom f s r u o t y a D / 2 £6 d d fun s foo e d lu inc

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Concept Unique

Stay in a variety of places Always comfortable Unique & very European Twin-share – max quad-share Mostly private facilities

Concept tours

Multi-country tours 16 tours to choose from more on pages 42-65

Contiki Chateau


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Concept Unique

Contiki Gasthof, Austria

Our team of 90 dedicated, resident Contiki special stopover and village staff are on hand and ready to help in: Antibes Paris Lyon (our Chateau) Florence Rome Venice Corfu Tyrol (our Gasthof) Lauterbrunnen (our Chalet)

Cabin interior

Chateau breakfast

Cabin exterior

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10 Days European Horizon

ys 9 a D 10 £52 from/Day £53 5 f £8 nd o u f food plus

North Sea Irish Sea

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND England

1 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais English Channel

Belgium BELGIUM

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE France Atlantic Ocean

Poland

St Goar

2 PARIS

7 countries: Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Austria Italy Switzerland France

GERMANY

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY

1 TYROL Austria SWITZ AUSTRIA Lucerne Hungary Switz 2 Brenner Pass Slovenia SWISS Croatia ALPS Lake Como 1 VENICE Italy Bosnia ITALY

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Serbia Adriatic Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Amsterdam

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

AMSTERDAM: Canal boat & drinks cruise past many famous sights TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure


43 Itinerary and included sightseeing

Private motorboat to the historic islands

Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry the English Channel and head to the freewheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D)

Day 6: Venice to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como and stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching our incredible stopover in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

See the White Cliffs of Dover

Murano glass-blowing demonstration

See Amsterdam's canals and gable houses by night

See the Wooden Chapel Bridge

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

Day 7: 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)

Stunning drive along the Rhine River See the Lorelei Rock Day 3: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) Learn how beersteins are crafted See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports Day 5: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ and find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, and interesting little shops. Contiki Village (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Concept Unique

See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

Scenic drive through the Alps

Rome Bakery Paris

7 countries 9 nights accomm 9 breakfasts & 6 dinners

Day 8: Swiss Alps to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the glittering “City of Lights”. Contiki Village (B,D)

What’s included

Evening tour of illuminations

All as per itinerary

• 9 nights accommodation: 2 nights

See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 1 night in Contiki’s exclusive Austrian Gasthof, 3 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 2 nights in hotels & 1 night in a hostel (more on pages 38-41) • 9 breakfasts (B) & 6 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Day 9: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history among the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B) Visit a French Perfumery Day 10: Paris to London Catch the ferry from Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

St. Mark’s Square

10 days European Horizon

When to go and how much

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/horizon

Code: CCEH Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 APR 18 APR 25 APR 29 MAY 10 MAY 13 MAY 21 MAY 23 MAY 28 JUN 1 JUN 7 JUN 9 JUN 13 JUN 16 JUN 20 JUN 23 JUL 2 JUL 4

APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL

529 529 529 545 545 559 559 559 559 559 559 559 559 559 559 589 589

2009 JUL 9 JUL 12 JUL 15 JUL 18 JUL 25 JUL 31 AUG 6 AUG 12 AUG 19 AUG 26 AUG 29 SEP 3 SEP 5 SEP 10 SEP 13 SEP 15

JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP

589 589 589 589 589 589 589 575 575 575 575 575 575 575 575 575

27 4 8 19 22 30 1 6 10 16 18 22 25 29 2 11 13

18 21 24 27 3 9 15 21 28 4 7 12 14 19 22 24

Compulsory Food Fund of £85 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £29. See page 13 for details.

RHINE VALLEY: Sample Rhine Valley wines at a tasting in an historic cellar MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls VENICE: Gondola ride along the world-famous canals SWISS ALPS: Travel up Jungfrau Mountain by the highest Cog-railway in the world with amazing views at the top PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne


14 Days European Highlights

s y a 14 D £745 from/Day £54 125 of £ und f d foo plus

Irish Sea

North Sea

NETHERLANDS AMSTERDAM 2

Edam

ENGLAND Wales Calais English Channel

BELGIUM

St Goar

Czech Rep Slovakia MUNICH 1

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Tyrol

Beaujolais Region

AUSTRIA Hungary

Switz

1 CHATEAU DE CRUIX

Atlantic Ocean

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

8 countries: France Monaco Italy Vatican City Austria (in transit) Germany Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London Dover

Brenner Pass

FRANCE

ITALY

Slovenia 1 VENICE Croatia

Apennine Mountains Avignon

Spain

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

1 FLORENCE

Bosnia Serbia Adriatic Sea

Vatican City

2 ROME

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Sacre Coeur, Paris

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum


45 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” Contiki Village (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B) Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais vineyards to Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards Taste local wine 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)

Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 8: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D)

Wine Tasting

Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

What’s included

Murano glass-blowing demonstration All as per itinerary

Day 10: Venice to Munich Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B)

• 13 nights accommodation: 1 night

Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

See the Papal Palace in Avignon Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur

Stunning drive along the Rhine River

Day 5: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D)

See the Lorelei Rock Day 12: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands and on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D)

Code: CCPE Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Visit a French perfumery

Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house

2009 APR 3 APR 8 APR 15 APR 22 APR 27 APR 29 MAY 3 MAY 6 MAY 9 MAY 13 MAY 15 MAY 20 MAY 23 MAY 27 MAY 30 JUN 1 JUN 3 JUN 6 JUN 10 JUN 13 JUN 17 JUN 20 JUN 24 JUN 27 JUL 1 JUL 4

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

745 745 745 745 745 745 765 765 765 765 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 785 825 825

2009 JUL 8 JUL 12 JUL 15 JUL 17 JUL 22 JUL 27 JUL 29 AUG 2 AUG 3 AUG 5 AUG 8 AUG 12 AUG 14 AUG 20 AUG 26 SEP 2 SEP 6 SEP 9 SEP 14 • SEP 15 • SEP 16 • SEP 18 • SEP 20 • SEP 23 • SEP 25 •

JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT

825 825 825 825 825 825 825 825 825 825 825 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805 805

Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 6: French Riviera to Florence Stop and 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 and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities and then it’s on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce,

Florence

14 days European Highlights 8 countries 13 nights accomm 13 breakfasts & 7 dinners

Day 9: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past the city of Bologna, and on to enchanting Venice. Contiki Village (B)

Day 11: Munich to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D)

See the Royal Palace in Monaco

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/highlights

Concept Unique

Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence

Learn how beersteins are crafted

Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside See the city's canals and gable houses by night Day 13: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 14: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Rome

When to go and how much

16 21 28 5 10 12 16 19 22 26 28 2 5 9 12 14 16 19 23 26 30 3 7 10 14 17

21 25 28 30 4 9 11 15 16 18 21 25 27 2 8 15 19 22 27 28 29 1 3 6 8

Compulsory Food Fund of £125 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

VENICE: Gondola ride along the world-famous canals MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls RHINE VALLEY: Sample Rhine Valley wines at a tasting in an historic cellar AMSTERDAM: Paddle bike ride on the canals

in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 8 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 3 nights in hotels & 1 night in a hostel (more on pages 38-41) • 13 breakfasts (B) & 7 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Rome

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £39. See page 13 for details.


18 Days European Whirl

ys 5 a D 18 £95 from/Day £54 65 f £1 nd o u f food plus

North Sea Edam

ENGLAND England

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais English Channel

Belgium BELGIUM

Poland Dresden

Germany Rhine Valley GERMANY

2 PRAGUE Czech Rep CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

2 PARIS

9 countries: Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Czech Republic Austria Italy Vatican City Switzerland France

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE France Atlantic Ocean

1 TYROL Austria SWITZ AUSTRIA Hungary Switz 2 Brenner Pass Slovenia SWISS Croatia ALPS Lake Como 2 VENICE Italy Apennine Mountains

1 FLORENCE ITALY

Bosnia Serbia Adriatic Sea

Montenegro Spain Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

2 ROME

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Hopfgarten

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour


47 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry the English Channel and head to the freewheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. Hotel (D)

Day 10: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. Contiki Village (B,D)

See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam's canals and gable houses by night

See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

Day 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B)

Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations

Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Day 3: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the Autobahn and get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar and club scene. Hostel (B,D) Day 4: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. Hostel (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie' Day 5: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. Hostel (B) Visit Dresden, destroyed in World War 2 and known as the 'Florence of the North' See the rebuilt baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Fortress, Opera House & Frauenkirche in Dresden See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square in Prague Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B) W For more go to contiki.co.uk/whirl

Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Private motorboat to the historic islands

Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside

Day 7: Prague to Munich Back to Germany and into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 8: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports Day 9: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Plunge in for an exhilarating optional whitewater rafting adventure. Then wind through the Bavarian Alps via the Brenner

Concept Unique

Pass to fairytale Venice. Contiki Village (B,D)

18 days European Whirl

Paris Rome

9 countries 17 nights accomm 17 breakfasts & 9 dinners

Day 11: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice and criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona

What’s included

See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

All as per itinerary

Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D)

• 17 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 1 night in Contiki’s exclusive Austrian Gasthof, 7 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 2 nights in a hotel & 5 nights in hostels (more on pages 38-41) • 17 breakfasts (B) & 9 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Day 13: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings and sacred art. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 14: Florence to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como and stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before heading further into the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge 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.” Contiki Village (B,D) Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral Day 17: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history among the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B) Visit a French Perfumery Day 18: Paris to London Catch the ferry from Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

When to go and how much Code: CCEW Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 APR 5 APR 9 APR 19 APR 25 MAY 3 MAY 8 MAY 12 MAY 18 MAY 22 MAY 24 MAY 26 MAY 31 JUN 4 JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 17 JUN 21 JUN 23 JUN 25 JUN 28

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

955 955 955 955 979 979 979 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999

2009 JUL 6 JUL 12 JUL 14 JUL 16 JUL 19 JUL 23 JUL 25 JUL 29 AUG 2 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 19 AUG 24 AUG 27 AUG 30 SEP 3 SEP 6 SEP 10 SEP 14 • SEP 21 •

JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029

22 26 6 12 20 25 29 4 8 10 12 17 21 24 1 4 8 10 12 15

23 29 31 2 5 9 11 15 19 27 3 5 10 13 16 20 23 27 1 8

Compulsory Food Fund of £165 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £49. See page 13 for details.

MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne


20 Days European Experience

s 5 y a 20 D £104 from/Day £53 189 of £ und f d foo plus

Irish Sea North Sea Edam

ENGLAND England

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales London Dover Calais English Channel

Belgium BELGIUM

St Goar

Czech Rep Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS FRANCE

Atlantic Ocean

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

France Beaujolais Region 2 CHATEAU DE CRUIX

Poland

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY

Valley of the Somme

10 countries: France Monaco Italy Vatican City Austria Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

Slovakia

Austria SWITZ Liechtenstein 2 TYROL AUSTRIA Hungary Switz Lucerne 2 Brenner Pass Slovenia SWISS Croatia ALPS 2 VENICE ITALY Italy Apennine Mountains

Pisa Monaco

Spain

1 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia Adriatic Sea

Vatican City

2 ROME

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops G Paris

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence


49 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” Contiki Village (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B)

See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Taste local wine

Day 14: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B)

Scenic Drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 6: French Riviera to Florence Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 7: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 8: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 9: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 10: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past

10 countries 19 nights accomm 19 breakfasts 1 lunch & 13 dinners

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)

See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

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 and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B)

Tyrol

Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations

See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards

French picnic lunch

20 days European Experience

Private motorboat to the historic islands

See Château Fontainebleau

Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château and immerse yourself in the rural French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic. Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D)

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/experience

Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 13: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of Tyrol - exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking, and mountain biking! Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais vineyards to Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Concept Unique

the city of Bologna, and on to enchanting Venice. Contiki Village (B,D)

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 19 nights accommodation: 2 nights

See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 15: Munich to Swiss Alps Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz

Amsterdam

When to go and how much Code: CCMX Summer 2009

See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 16: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you opt in for a cog railway ride up the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 17: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, known for its great old town and lively student ambience, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock Day 18: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands and on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside See the city's canals and gable houses by night Day 19: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 20: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 MAR 31 APR 4 APR 10 APR 20 APR 27 APR 30 MAY 4 MAY 8 MAY 11 MAY 14 MAY 18 MAY 22 MAY 25 MAY 28 JUN 1 JUN 3 JUN 5 JUN 11 JUN 13 JUN 15 JUN 17 JUN 19 JUN 22 JUN 25 JUN 29 JUL 1

APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

1045 1045 1045 1045 1045 1045 1069 1069 1069 1069 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1099 1155

2009 JUL 3 JUL 6 JUL 8 JUL 10 JUL 13 JUL 17 JUL 20 JUL 23 JUL 26 JUL 31 AUG 3 AUG 6 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 20 AUG 24 AUG 28 AUG 31 SEP 4 SEP 7 • SEP 12 • SEP 14 • SEP 18 • SEP 21 • SEP 23

JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1155 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125 1125

19 23 29 9 16 19 23 27 30 2 6 10 13 16 20 22 24 30 2 4 6 8 11 14 18 20

22 25 27 29 1 5 8 11 14 19 22 25 29 5 8 12 16 19 23 26 1 3 7 10 12

Compulsory Food Fund of £189 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Austrian Gasthof, 9 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 3 nights in hotels & 1 night in a hostel (more on pages 38-41) • 19 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 13 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £55. See page 13 for details.

ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting in an historic cellar AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


22 Days European Spirit

Tyrol

R TOU W NE

ys 99 a D 22 £11 from/Day £55 of und od f o f plus

North Sea Irish Sea

5 £20

Edam

England

NETHERLANDS

Poland

Germany GERMANY

Belgium BELGIUM

11 countries: France Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Czech Republic Austria Slovenia (in transit) Croatia Bosnia (in transit) Italy Vatican City

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales

English Channel

Dresden

2 PRAGUE Czech Rep REP CZECH Slovakia

2 PARIS

2 VIENNA FRANCE France

Austria AUSTRIA Hungary SLOVENIA VENICE Slovenia ZAGREB 1 CROATIA Croatia 2 Italy ITALY Bosnia 2 ZADAR Pag Island 1 BOSNIA Serbia Pisa FLORENCE DUBROVNIK 3 Adriatic Sea Montenegro

Switz

Atlantic Ocean

Spain Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

2 ROME

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour


51 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Paris Check-in at the Contiki Village and meet up with your Contiki Crew and get to know your fellow travellers over dinner. Contiki Village (D) Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B) Day 3: Paris to Amsterdam Pass through 3 countries in one day as you head to the Netherlands's freewheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) See the city’s canals and gable houses by night Day 4: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Day 5: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the Autobahn and get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar and club scene. Hostel (B,D) Day 6: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. Hostel (B)

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

See Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Day 11: Vienna to Zagreb Cross through Slovenia en-route to the newly buzzing Balkan gem of Zagreb. Hotel (B) Day 12: Zagreb to Dubrovnik Set out for Croatia’s sparkling coastline and continue on to the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Hostel (B,D)

Day 17: Zadar to Venice Wind along the dramatic Adriatic Coast to the enchanting port city of Venice. Contiki Village (B,D)

All as per itinerary

• 21 nights accommodation: 7 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 3 nights in hotels & 11 nights in hostels (more on pages 38-41) • 21 breakfasts (B) & 10 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Croatia

Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria

Day 10: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you

What’s included

Day 18: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. Contiki Village (B,D)

Walking tour with a local guide

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

11 countries 21 nights accomm 21 breakfasts & 10 dinners

Day 16: Zadar Spend the morning exploring the city and see St. Donatus’ church before we travel to Pag Island. Enjoy time relaxing on the beach and check out the many day bars and clubs. Hostel (B)

Day 7: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. Hostel (B,D)

Day 9: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B)

Canal Cruise, Amsterdam

Day 15: Dubrovnik to Zadar Travel north to Zadar, an historic port city on the Adriatic Sea. Hostel (B,D)

See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie'

Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock

Vienna

See the fortified city and the old port

Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall

See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square

22 days European Spirit

Days 13-14: Dubrovnik Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures, and amazing seafood in this stunning World Heritage site. Hostel (B)(B,D)

Day 19: Venice to Florence. Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings and sacred art. Contiki Village (B)

Day 8: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B)

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wander this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! Hostel (B)

Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 20: Florence to Rome. Stop and 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 Day 21: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 22: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. (B)

Mix+Match

When to go and how much

Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13.

Code: CCSP Summer 2009 Start Paris

Finish Rome

£ pp

Start Paris

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 MAY 6 MAY 20 JUN 3 JUN 17 JUL 1

MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL

1199 1239 1239 1239 1299

2009 JUL 15 JUL 29 AUG 12 AUG 26 SEP 9

AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP

1299 1299 1269 1269 1269

27 10 24 8 22

The ‘European Spirit’ tour will easily Mix+Match with:

• Rome to Athens (p.104-105) 5 19 2 16 30

Compulsory Food Fund of £205 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 5.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142.

Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £65. See page 13 for details.

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert - Schnaps museum visit & tasting - Viennese dinner featuring schnitzel PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch DUBROVNIK: Island cruise & swimming ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals FLORENCE: Tuscan dinner - Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence


25 Days European Escapade

ys 99 a D 25 £12 from/Day £52 55 f £2 nd o u f food plus

Contiki Theme Night

Irish Sea

North Sea Edam

ENGLAND England

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales Calais English Channel

Belgium BELGIUM

Czech Rep Heidelberg

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

FRANCE France CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Atlantic Ocean

Poland

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY St Goar

Valley of the Somme

11 countries: France Spain Monaco Italy Vatican City Austria Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London Dover

Slovakia

Mauthausen

2 VIENNA

2 TYROL Austria SWITZ Liechtenstein AUSTRIA Hungary SwitzLucerne Dolomite 2 Mountains Slovenia SWISS ALPS Croatia 2 VENICE ITALY Italy Apennine Mountains

Pont du Gard

SPAIN

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA 2

Arles

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia

Serbia

Adriatic Sea

Vatican City

2 ROME

Places visited 1Spain 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. Contiki Village (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B) Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards Taste local wine Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château and enjoy a scenic walk & picnic. Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Picnic lunch Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the Pyrénées Mountains to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard Day 6: 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 Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to Arles, then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 8: French Riviera Today, stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Rub shoulders with the rich and 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 Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 11: 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, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 13: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past the city of Bologna, and on to enchanting Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 14: Venice Meander through the tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos and markets. Contiki Village (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 15: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 16: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander the city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 17: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en-route to Munich. Hostel (B) Entry into Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 18: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning alpine scenery en route to a quaint Tyrolean village. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 19: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure - exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking, and mountain biking! Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 20: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 21: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps and opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 22: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and traditional German 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 free-wheeling Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside See the city's canals and gable houses by night Day 24: Amsterdam Check out the myriad of museums, trendy cafés & notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 25: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel, where the tour ends. (B)

Concept Unique

The Louvre, Paris

25 days European Escapade

Barcelona

11 countries 24 nights accomm 24 breakfasts 1 lunch & 16 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 24 nights accommodation: 2 nights

When to go and how much Code: CCBE Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 MAR 28 MAR 31 APR 7 APR 13 APR 23 APR 25 MAY 1 MAY 7 MAY 13 MAY 19 MAY 21 MAY 25 MAY 27 MAY 31 JUN 4 JUN 6 JUN 12 JUN 14 JUN 18 JUN 22 JUN 24 JUN 30

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1335 1335 1335 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369

2009 JUL 2 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 8 JUL 12 JUL 15 JUL 18 JUL 20 JUL 24 JUL 30 AUG 1 AUG 5 AUG 11 AUG 17 AUG 23 AUG 29 AUG 31 SEP 4 • SEP 10 • SEP 13 • SEP 16 • SEP 19

JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT

1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

21 24 1 7 17 19 25 31 6 12 14 18 20 24 28 30 6 8 12 16 18 24

26 28 30 1 5 8 11 13 17 23 25 29 4 10 16 22 24 28 4 7 10 13

Compulsory Food Fund of £255 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Austrian Gasthof, 10 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 5 nights in hotels & 3 nights in hostels (more on pages 38-41) • 24 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 16 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £69. See page 13 for details.

VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals VIENNA: Schnaps museum visit & tasting MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls TYROL: Tandem Paragliding SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting in an historic cellar AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


29 Days European Contrasts

s 9 y a 29 D £155 from/Day £54 of und od f o f plus

5 £29

NETHERLANDS 2 AMSTERDAM

Edam

ENGLAND

Calais English Channel

BELGIUM

St Goar

Cesky Krumlov

1 MUNICH

FRANCE

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region Beaujolais Region

Atlantic Ocean

SWITZ

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Hungary

Slovenia 2 VENICE Croatia

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Vatican City

Romania

Bosnia Serbia

Adriatic Sea

2 ROME

Montenegro Macedonia

1

Mediterranean Sea

Slovakia

2 VIENNA

Liechtenstein AUSTRIA Dolomite Mountains

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS

Pisa Monaco

Spain

3 PRAGUE

Heidelberg

2 PARIS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

Valley of the Somme

12 countries: France Monaco Italy Vatican City Greece Austria Czech Republic Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley London Dover

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii

Albania

Brindisi

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

1

GREECE 3 CORFU Corinth Canal

Prague

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum


55

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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel and on to France. Contiki Village (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. Contiki Village (B) Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Château Fontainebleau See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards Taste local wine Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Chateau & enjoy a scenic walk & picnic. Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Picnic lunch Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera Travel through Provence to the glamorous French Riviera. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic Drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 6: French Riviera Today, sun worship on the beach and practise celebrity-spotting. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder. Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 8: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy’s favourite cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 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, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 11: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Adriatic Ferry (B) Days 12-14: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. Hotel (B,D)(B)(B,D) Day 15: Corfu to Italy Cruise to the enchanting port of Venice. Adriatic Ferry (B)

Day 16: Arrival Venice Visit Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet's Balcony & the Roman Arena Day 17: Venice Meander through the tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos and markets. Contiki Village (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 18: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Vienna. Hostel (B) Day 19: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander the city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, 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 town of Cesky Krumlov on the way to Prague. Hostel (B,D) Visit the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov Days 21-22: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, beer and bohemian crystal beads. Hostel (B)(B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge & Wenceslas Square Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 23: Prague to Munich It’s southbound through Germany today to Munich, home of the world famous Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 24: Munich to Swiss Alps Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop for Swiss chocolate in Lucerne before reaching the incredible Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 25: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps and opt in for a cog railway ride up the 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 and traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock Day 27: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to free-wheeling Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside See the city's canals and gable houses by night Day 28: Amsterdam Check out the myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 29: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel, where the tour ends. (B)

Concept Unique

The Contiki Château

29 days European Contrasts

Beaujolais

12 countries 28 nights accomm incl 2 nights ferries 28 breakfasts 1 lunch & 16 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 28 nights accommodation: 2 nights

When to go and how much Code: CCSE Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 APR 5 APR 13 APR 23 APR 28 MAY 1 MAY 7 MAY 11 MAY 15 MAY 19 MAY 25 MAY 29 MAY 31 JUN 8 JUN 12 JUN 21 JUN 24 JUN 28 JUL 10

MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG

1559 1559 1559 1559 1599 1599 1599 1645 1645 1645 1645 1645 1645 1645 1645 1645 1645 1725

2009 JUL 12 JUL 14 JUL 16 JUL 18 JUL 24 JUL 30 AUG 5 AUG 9 AUG 15 AUG 21 AUG 23 AUG 27 AUG 29 • SEP 2 • SEP 4 • SEP 10 • SEP 12 • SEP 16

AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT

1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1725 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685

3 11 21 26 29 4 8 12 16 22 26 28 6 10 19 22 26 7

9 11 13 15 21 27 2 6 12 18 20 24 26 30 2 8 10 14

Compulsory Food Fund of £295 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 3 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Corfu hotel, 10 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 3 nights in hotels, 6 nights in hostels & 2 nights on board ferries (more on pages 38-41) • 28 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 16 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Prague

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £79. See page 13 for details.

CORFU: Cruise around the islands on a traditional sailing boat VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert MUNICH: Dinner & entertainment at one of the oldest & most traditional Bavarian Beerhalls AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


37 Days European Adventurer

ys 69 a D 37 £20 from/Day £56 of fund ood f s plu

9 £39

N.Ireland S.Ireland

North Sea

Irish Sea

NETHERLANDS 2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

Ruhr Valley London Dover Calais English Channel

BELGIUM

St Goar

Poland

1 RHINE VALLEY

Slovakia

MUNICH 1

3 PARIS

Burgundy Region

2 SWISS ALPS

AUSTRIA 2 VIENNA 2

SWITZ

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

Liechtenstein Lucerne Verona

TYROL

Hungary SLOVENIA Lake Bled 1 LJUBLJANA 2 VENICE CROATIA

Apennine Mountains Pont du Gard

SPAIN Portugal

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA 2

Ukraine

Heidelberg

FRANCE Atlantic Ocean

GERMANY

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

Belarus

Edam

ENGLAND

Arles

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Romania

BOSNIA 1 ZADAR

Split Adriatic Sea

Serbia 2 DUBROVNIK MONTENEGRO

Bulgaria Black Sea

Vatican City

2 ROME Mt. Vesuvius

1 DURRES

Bari Pompeii

ALBANIA GREECE 1 PREVEZA 1 Ionian Sea

Patras Corinth Canal

Costa Blanca

Turkey

1 ATHENS 3 MYKONOS

Costa del Sol

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

BARCELONA: Flamenco dancing show FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence


57 Concept Unique

37 days Europe Adventurer 17 countries 36 nights accomm incl 1 night ferry 36 breakfasts 1 lunch & 22 dinners Château picnic, Beajoulais

Rome

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to Paris. Contiki Village (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to beautiful Château Versailles. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards Taste local wine Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château and enjoy a scenic walk & picnic. Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Picnic lunch

Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, to Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard 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 Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence to Arles. Then it’s on to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 9: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and 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, through Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona and on to Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. Contiki Village (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 12: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and check out its architectural wonder before rolling through the Tuscan hillsides to Florence. Contiki Village (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 13: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of

What’s included Italy’s favourite cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: Rome to Athens Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross Italy and board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) Day 17: To Athens From Patras, cross the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium Day 18: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos. Hotel (B) Days 19-20: Mykonos Hang out for a few days in this Aegean paradise with its azure seas, golden beaches, and young, vibrant party culture. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills Day 21: Mykonos to Preveza Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. Hotel (B,D) Day 22: Preveza to Durres Travel into Albania and wind through the dramatic mountains, and along the Adriatic Coast. Hotel (B,D) Continues over page

All as per itinerary

• 36 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Austrian Gasthof, 11 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 10 nights in hotels, 8 nights in hostels & 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 38-41) • 36 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 22 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Dubrovnik

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £105. See page 13 for details.

ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum DUBROVNIK: Island cruise & swimming VIENNA: Viennese dinner featuring schnitzel MUNICH: Dinner at a traditional Bavarian Beerhall TYROL: Mountain bike tour and BBQ lunch SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


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37 days Europe Adventurer

17 countries: France Spain Monaco Italy Vatican City Greece Albania Montenegro (in transit) Bosnia (in transit) Croatia Slovenia Austria Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

Continued from previous page

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Amsterdam

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Compulsory Food Fund of £399 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

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, and amazing seafood in this stunning World Heritage site. Hostel (B) See the fortified city and old port Day 25: Dubrovnik to Zadar Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split, and then travel on to Zadar. Hostel (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split Day 26: Zadar to Ljubljana Take off from the seaside city and cruise on into Slovenia’s capital with its swinging alternative youth and student culture. Hotel (B,D) See the castle and old town Day 27: Ljubljana to Vienna Skirt past picture perfect Lake Bled on the road to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. Hostel (B) See picturesque Lake Bled Day 28: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city & encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 29: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by the Austrian Alps stunning alpine scenery en-route to Contiki's own Tyrolean Gasthof. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 30: Austrian Tyrol Choose your adventure – action-packed outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking, and mountain biking! Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports Day 31: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 32: Munich to Swiss Alps Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the Contiki stopover in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 33: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the Swiss Alps and opt in for a cog railway ride up the Jungfrau Mountain. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 34: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock 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 Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside See the city's canals & gable houses by night Day 36: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 37: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel, where the tour ends. (B)

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21 days London to Athens

London to Athens

The Acropolis, Athens

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6 countries: France Spain Monaco Italy Vatican City Greece

London Dover Calais English Channel

Netherlands Germany

Belgium

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

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Burgundy Region

FRANCE Atlantic Ocean

Austria

Switz

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225 Slovakia of £ fund

Hungary

Slovenia Verona Croatia 2 VENICE

Romania

Apennine Mountains Pont du Gard

Pyrenees Mountains

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Arles

Pisa Monaco

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Bosnia Serbia

ITALY

Adriatic Sea

Montenegro Vatican City

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Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius Pompeii Brindisi

More options

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Add a little more Greece to your trip with a Greek Island Hopping tour combination that creates a 33 day tour. More on pages 61 & 116-117.

Bulgaria

Albania GREECE 3 CORFU 1 ATHENS

Ionian Sea

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

Corinth Canal

BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals FLORENCE: Tuscan regional dinner


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21 days London to Athens

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” Contiki Village (D)

Venice

See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral

6 countries 20 nights accomm incl 1 night ferry 20 breakfasts 1 lunch & 12 dinners What’s included

Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to the illustrious Château Versailles and opt in for a cabaret show and dinner. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais vineyards to Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Paris

All as per itinerary

• 20 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 3 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Corfu hotel, 11 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 1 night in a hotel, 2 nights in a hostel & 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 38-41) • 20 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 12 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

Continued from previous page

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £65. See page 13 for details.

See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards Taste local wine Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château and immerse yourself in the French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic. Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Picnic lunch Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D)

When to go and how much

Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard

Code: CCLG Summer 2009 Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 APR 4 APR 12 APR 26 APR 29 MAY 5 MAY 8 MAY 10 MAY 15 MAY 21 MAY 24 MAY 29 JUN 3 JUN 7 JUN 10 JUN 13 JUN 16 JUN 21 JUN 25

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JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP

1295 1295 1359 1359 1359 1359 1359 1359 1359 1359 1359 1359 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325

24 2 16 19 25 28 30 4 10 13 18 23 27 30 3 6 11 15

17 20 22 25 29 4 8 13 16 18 22 28 31 5 10 14 26

Compulsory Food Fund of £225 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 12.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional Flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence to Arles, once the home of Vincent Van Gogh. Then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Head to the Italian countryside, past the ancient maritime city of Genoa, through Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona and on to fairytale Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. Contiki Village (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 12: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and 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 and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy and board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) Days 17-19: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)(B)(B,D) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town Day 20: Corfu to Athens Leave the island and travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B) Day 21: Athens After sightseeing the ancient wonders, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Visit a French perfumery

Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide

See the Royal Palace in Monaco

See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Visit a Monte Carlo casino

continued from page 59: PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum CORFU: Watersports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city ATHENS: Dinner in Plaka area

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Corinth Canal Piraeus

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Days 1-21: London to Athens Refer to London to Athens map, itinerary and included sightseeing described on pages 59-60.

For a more detailed itinerary, included sightseeing and optional activities for days 22-33, see the Greek Island Hopping tour on pages 116-117.

Day 22: Athens. (B)

>> explore more >>

Day 23: Athens to Mykonos. (B,D)

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See pages 59 & 60 for what you could get up to.

Days 24-25: Mykonos. (B)(B) Day 26: Mykonos to Santorini. (B,D) Days 27-28: Santorini. (B)(B) Day 29: Santorini to Ios. (B,D) Days 30-31: Ios. (B)(B) Day 32: Ios to Athens. (B) Day 33: Depart Athens. Your tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. (B)

When to go and how much

6 countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Greece

Code: CLGI Summer 2009

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3

Itinerary and included sightseeing

In the afternoon on Day 21, you will be transferred to meet your fellow travellers on the Greek Island Hopping tour.

Mykonos

Aegean Sea

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £99. See page 13 for details.

London to Rome

Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 APR 4 A APR 12 B APR 26 APR 29 MAY 5 MAY 8 MAY 10 A MAY 15 B MAY 21 B MAY 24 B MAY 29 JUN 3 A JUN 7 JUN 10 JUN 13 JUN 16 JUN 21 A JUN 25

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7 13 28 31 6 9 12 15 21 24 30 6 9 12 15 18 24 27

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Compulsory Food Fund of £235 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 8.00am. A - These departures stay one more night in Athens add £35 per person supplement code: CLGA B - These departures stay one less night in Athens deduct £25 per person supplement code: CLGB For departure point information see page 142.

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Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 21 day London to Athens tour. Check it out below.

Itinerary and included sightseeing Days 1-15: London to Rome Refer to London to Athens map, itinerary and included sightseeing described on pages 59-60. Day 16: Rome Say your farewells and swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Rome

>> explore more >> See London to Athens optional activities on pages 59 & 60, excluding Pompeii, Corfu & Athens.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £45. See page 13 for details.

32 nights accomm incl 1 night ferry 32 breakfasts 1 lunch & 15 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 32 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 3 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Corfu hotel, 11 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 13 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a hostel & 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 38-41) • 32 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 15 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

When to go and how much Code: CCLR Summer 2009

ays 5 D 6 1 £86 m o fr /Dayf £179 5od fund o £5 o s u f

33 days London to Athens plus Greek Island Hopping

Start London

Finish Rome

£ pp

Start London

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 APR 4 APR 12 APR 26 APR 29 MAY 5 MAY 8 MAY 10 MAY 15 MAY 21 MAY 24 MAY 29 JUN 3 JUN 7 JUN 10 JUN 13 JUN 16 JUN 21 JUN 25

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL

865 865 865 865 889 889 889 909 909 909 909 909 909 909 909 909 909 909

2009 JUN 27 JUN 30 JUL 2 JUL 5 JUL 9 JUL 15 JUL 19 JUL 24 JUL 27 JUL 29 AUG 2 AUG 8 AUG 11 AUG 16 AUG 21 AUG 25 SEP 6

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909 909 955 955 955 955 955 955 955 955 955 955 935 935 935 935 935

19 27 11 14 20 23 25 30 5 8 13 18 22 25 28 1 6 10

12 15 17 20 24 30 3 8 11 13 17 23 26 31 5 9 21

Compulsory Food Fund of £179 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 7.30am. For departure point information see page 142.

16 days London to Rome 5 countries France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City

15 nights accomm 15 breakfasts 1 lunch & 11 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 15 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 11 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages & 2 nights in a hostel (more on pages 38-41) • 15 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & 11 dinners (D) included in your food fund • Refer to “What’s Included” on page 60 for all other inclusions


45 Days Ultimate European plus Egypt or Greek Island options

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Irish Sea

North Sea

NETHERLANDS AMSTERDAM 2

ENGLAND Wales

Ruhr Valley London Dover Calais English Channel

BELGIUM

St Goar

SWITZ

Liechtenstein

2 Lucerne SWISS ALPS

CHATEAU 2 DE CRUIX

2 TYROL

Dolomite Mountains Slovenia Verona

2 VENICE

1 BUDAPEST HUNGARY Romania Croatia

Apennine Mountains Pont du Gard

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA 2

Arles

Pisa Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

2 FLORENCE

1 BELGRADE

Bosnia

SERBIA

ITALY

Adriatic Sea

BULGARIA 1 Black Sea SOFIA Macedonia ISTANBUL KAVALA 1 3 Brindisi Gallipoli Albania Troy 1 CANAKKALE 1 2 GREECE TURKEY CORFU Thermopylae Montenegro

Vatican City

2 ROME Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

SPAIN

Ukraine

Slovakia VIENNA AUSTRIA 2

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

Atlantic Ocean

1 RHINE VALLEY

Heidelberg

3 PARIS

FRANCE

Poland

GERMANY

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

Belarus

Edam

Ionian Sea

Corinth Canal

2 ATHENS

Costa Blanca Costa del Sol

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

EGYPT OPTION & map see p.65

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

GREEK ISLAND OPTION & map see p.65

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PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & glass of champagne POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city


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45 days Ultimate European 17 countries (Egypt opt) 16 countries (Greek opt) 44 nights accomm incl 1 night ferry 44 breakfasts 1 lunch 27 dinners (Egypt opt) 24 dinners (Greek opt)

Blue Mosque - Turkey

What’s included

Colosseum, Rome

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” Contiki Village (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to the illustrious Château Versailles and opt in for a cabaret show and dinner. Contiki Village (B,D)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region Travel through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais vineyards to Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See Chablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards Taste local wine Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region Relax at the Contiki Château and immerse

yourself in the French countryside on a scenic walk & picnic. Contiki Special Stopover (B,PL,D) Picnic lunch Day 6: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, en-route to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Hostel (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard Day 7: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional Flamenco show! Hostel (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence to Arles, once the home of Vincent Van Gogh. Then onward to the glamorous French Riviera. Contiki Village (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Visit the historic city of Arles Day 9: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach.

Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! Contiki Village (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 10: French Riviera to Venice Head to the Italian countryside, through Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona, and on to fairytale Venice. Contiki Village (B,D) See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. Contiki Village (B,D) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 12: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and 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 and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. Contiki Village (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 14: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Contiki Village (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Continues over page

All as per itinerary

• 44 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive French Chateau, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Swiss Chalet, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s exclusive Corfu hotel, 11 nights in comfortable cabins in Contiki’s own villages, 13 nights in hotels, 5 nights in hostels, 1 night onboard a ferry & Egypt option: 5 nights in hotels & 1 overnight train (sleeper seat) or Greek Island option: 6 nights in hotels (more on pages 38-41) • 44 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch (PL) & Egypt option: 27 dinners (D) or Greek Island option: 24 dinners (D) included in your food fund • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver, resident Contiki special stopover & village staff • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Egypt option: return air transfer from Athens to Cairo • Greek Island option: local ferry transfers - Athens to Ios, Ios to Santorini, Santorini to Athens • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities Lucerne

VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals ISTANBUL: Fun belly-dancing evening & dinner VIENNA: Schnaps museum visit & tasting TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Jungfrau Mountain RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting in an historic cellar plus for Egypt: ASWAN: Visit Abu Simbel’s Temple of Ramses II GIZA: Light & sound show at the Pyramids


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 15: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Contiki Village (B,D) Day 16: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy and board the overnight ferry to Greece. Adriatic Ferry (B) Days 17-18: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town Day 19: Corfu to Athens Leave the island and travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. Hotel (B,D) Days 20-26: You choose! There’s either an Egypt or Greek Island option. Details on opposite page. Day 27: Athens to Kavala Journey along Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. Hotel (B,D) Drive past Spartan Thermopylae and Byzantine Thessaloniki

Day 28: Kavala to Canakkale Ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. Hotel (B,D) Visit Troy’s Wooden Horse with a local guide Day 29: Canakkale to Istanbul Make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli Battlefields en route to the cultural melting pot of Istanbul. Hotel (B) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove Days 30-31: Istanbul Savour an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where East literally meets West. Hotel (B,D)(B) See the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar with a local guide Day 32: Istanbul to Sofia Traverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of Socialist heritage and modern Euro living. Hotel (B,D) See Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Day 33: Sofia to Belgrade Uncover the surprising beauty of Serbia and the ragged charm of its capital, Belgrade. Hotel (B,D) See the Kalemegdan Fortress and the historic old town Day 34: Belgrade to Budapest Go north along the Danube River and find a lively arts, café and music scene in the “Paris of the East.” Hotel (B) Day 35: Budapest to Vienna See and feel the history of this fascinating city – split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. Then it’s onto Austria’s cultural capital, Vienna. Hostel (B)

Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion Day 36: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! Hostel (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 37: Vienna to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by the stunning Austrian Alps en-route to Contiki's own Tyrolean Gasthof. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 38: Austrian Tyrol Choose your own adventure in the mountains of the Tyrol exhilarating outdoor activities include tandem paragliding, hiking, and mountain biking! Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports Day 39: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. Hostel (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 40: Munich to Swiss Alps Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and stop for Swiss chocolate in lakeside Lucerne before reaching the Contiki Chalet in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz

See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic drive through the Alps Day 41: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world when you opt in for a cog railway ride up to the snowcovered Jungfrau Mountain. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D) Day 42: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley Move on through Heidelberg, known for its baroque old town and lively student ambiance, to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and traditional German atmosphere. Hotel (B,D) See Heidelberg’s medieval castle Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock Day 43: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands and on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hotel (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside See the city's canals and gable houses by night Day 44: Amsterdam Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. Hotel (B) Day 45: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)


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See the Aga Khan Mausoleum

DAYS 20-26

Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak in Luxor

Day 20: Athens to Cairo Sightsee the ancient wonders and feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Later, fly out to the exotic city of Cairo. Hotel (B)

Day 24: Luxor to Red Sea Be amazed by the sheer volume of monuments around Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings. Later, travel across the desert to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Hotel (B,D)

See the first modern Olympic Stadium

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Guided tour including Acropolis and Parthenon Day 21: Cairo Sightseeing - overnight train to Aswan Step into this intense, 24/7 city where ancient meets modern all in one shot. Stare in awe at the Sphinx and the monumental pyramids of Giza. Overnight train (B,D) Visit the Egyptian Museum and Bazaar

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

Day 25: Red Sea to Cairo Laze on the white sand beaches of the Red Sea or snorkel its amazing coral reefs and naturally changing water colour (yes, it sometimes really is red). This evening, flex your bargaining skills in the colourful bazaars back in Cairo. Hotel (B) Day 26: Cairo to Athens Fly from Cairo back to Athens, where you will rejoin your fellow travellers. Hotel (B)

Guided tour of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx Day 22: Aswan Unwind in Egypt’s sunniest and southernmost city. Enjoy its laid back pace of life and distinctive African atmosphere. There’s the chance to see the elegant Tomb of Aga Khan high up on the West Bank. Hotel (B) Sail on a felucca to the Botanical Gardens

Anzac Day March 28 departure We overnight at the Dawn Service Site on the evening April 24/25. Join the National Services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.

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Or boat ride out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. Hotel (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira Day 26: Santorini to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece for your final night in the Greek capital. Hotel (B)

Edfu

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Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium Days 21-22: Ios Chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches for the day. Then get caught up in the nightlife of this ultimate party island. Hotel (B)(B) Visit Ios town

Days 24-25: Santorini Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town.

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Lake Nassar

Anzac Cove

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Compulsory Food Fund of £455 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

GREECE

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £145. See page 13 for details.

Santorini

Corinth Canal ATHENS Piraeus

Aegean Sea

Ionian Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

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Day 20: Athens to Ios Sightsee the ancient wonders and feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Then cruise to the Greek island gem of Ios. Hotel (B)

Day 23: Ios to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue and white buildings, spectacular island sunsets, and breathtaking natural scenery. Hotel (B)

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Anzac Day March 28 departure We overnight at the Dawn Service Site on the evening April 24/25. Join the National Services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.

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Compulsory Food Fund of £505 per person applies (in addition to tour cost). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel for this tour. For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based mostly twin share, with a max. of quad share. Start 6.45am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £129. See page 13 for details.


Save money! Remember if you book early you save money

Plenty of shopping

Croatia Island Sailing

Discover local foods

Accommodation Prefer bed linen to a sleeping bag? You’ll stay in hotels of excellent standard, often that are centrally located with a couple of surprises thrown in, including feature hotels and cruise options. There’s also a choice of single, twin or triple share (page 68-69).

Meals

Multi-country tours

• New feature hotels – Chateau Fontager in France & Hotel Cabala in Rome

• More chance to live like a local with even more meals at local restaurants on In-depth regional trips

• 3 awesome new tours! Eastern Mediterranean cruising (page 114), Best of Europe coach/plane/train combination tour (pages 76-77), Croatian Island cruising tour exclusive to Contiki travellers (pages 110-111) Group dinner

Want to get a taste of a lot of places? Multi-country trips start & end in London, covering more than 20 countries and have the flexibility to suit every timeline.

Time Out tours include great breakfasts and lots of dinners, but there’s some meals we don’t include, like lunches – they are generally free for you to go exploring and do your own thing. In-depth regional trips include even more local restaurants so you can really see ‘what’s cooking’ locally.

In-depth regional tours Prefer to explore the heart of a place? Got a soft spot for a particular country or region? Or just short of time? Explore just a few destinations in-depth, even staying in some locations for 3 nights. We’ve designed these tours to include fewer meals, so you can get out there and try different things. Plus a key feature of In-depth tours are centrally located hotels. These tours start & end in different cities across Europe. Guided walking tour

Your Contiki Crew, Sightseeing & Transport You’ll travel with a fun and professional Contiki Tour Manager and Driver (see page 18). And as with every Contiki tour, you’ll travel in style on a comfy, air conditioned coach. Sightseeing the key icons in each destination is included in your tour price (see pages 14-15). Plus there’s lots of free time to do the things you like best (see pages 16-17).

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Comfy hotels Central locations Easy access to key sights Special feature hotels Options for solo travellers Choose multi-country or In-depth regional tours Winter travel options

Multi country tours 13 tours to choose from – pages 70 to 92 In-Depth regional tours 36 tours to choose from – pages 93 to 133 Britain, Scotland, Ireland & France – pages 93 to 99 Italy, Spain & combinations – pages 100 to 109 Croatia, Greece, Turkey & Egypt – pages 110 to 122 Eastern Europe – pages 123 to 127 Russia & Scandinavia – pages 128 to 133

Winter & Ski tours Page 135 to 139


Hotel Cabala, Rome

Chateau Fontager, Lyon Experience the beautiful French countryside with a stay in this charming, old French castle set in parklands beside the River Rhone. There’s lots to impress, including fantastic rooms and a sizeable swimming pool!

Eventhotel Pyramide, Vienna An attraction in itself! This striking hotel offers deluxe rooms and a wellness centre to chill out in after a solid day’s sightseeing.

Hotel Cabala, Rome Offering a 360 degree hilltop view of Rome and the surrounding countryside, this is a great place to escape when you’ve spent the day in the bustling streets of Rome. All the spacious Villa rooms are stylish and air-conditioned... not to mention the fantastic pool!

Chateau Fontager, France

Easy access via public transport Many of our hotels have easy access to all the action, like the Hotel Giglio, Rome – just 2 stops from the city centre or Blue Square Hotel Amsterdam - a 10 minute tram ride to the city centre.

Central The Capitol Hotel Florence, The Ibis Wenceslas Square Prague, plus our hotels in Dubrovnik and Athens are some of the many hotels located right in the city. There’s also Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Nice and more. Central locations are a key feature of In-depth tours.

Close to key monuments Croatia cruise cabin

Like the Ibis Port de Clichy hotel in Paris – close to Montmartre, the home of Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

Blue Square Hotel, Amsterdam


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Croatia cruising Cruise the beautiful Northern Adriatic on one of Croatia’s best boats – exclusive to Contiki travellers. With comfortable, air-conditioned twin-share cabins, each with private facilities. Explore unspoilt islands and villages, coastal towns, remote coves for swimming or just relax, lie back and enjoy plenty of room on the deck to work on your tan. See page 110.

Santorini hotel, Greece

Louis Hellenic cruising Sit back, relax and sail away on a classic cruise liner with great facilities like pools, shopping and entertainment. You’ll have the chance to mix with a wide range of people onboard as you visit the jaw-droppingly beautiful Greek Islands and Turkey. See page 112. Nile cruising Float back into ancient history and admire Egypt’s incredible scenery from the deck of your well-appointed cruise boat as you sail from Aswan to Luxor along the Nile. See page 120. Event Hotel, Austria

Louis Hellenic cruising

Hotel Divani, Corfu

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Wales

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Ruhr Valley London Dover Calais English Channel

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY

Belgium BELGIUM

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Valley of the Somme

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FRANCE France Atlantic Ocean

Slovakia

MUNICH 1 SWITZ 1 Switz LUCERNE Swiss Alps

Austria AUSTRIA

Lake Como

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Slovenia Croatia 2 VENICE Bosnia

ITALY

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Hungary

Brenner Pass

Adriatic Sea

Amsterdam

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise RHINE VALLEY: Sample Rhine Valley wines at a tasting in an historic cellar


71 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel and head up to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night Day 2: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals and cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and old-time German atmosphere and try some of the local ‘drop’. (B,D)

alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. A gondola ride optional is a must! (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

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

Scenic Alpine drive

See the Lorelei Rock

Evening Tour of Illuminations

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

See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées & Notre Dame Cathedral

Visit a traditional beer hall Day 4: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Day 5: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight

Day 8: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history among the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French Perfumery Day 9: Paris to London Catch the ferry in Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

Paris

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See the Wooden Chapel Bridge

Stunning drive along the Rhine River

See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz

9 days European Magic

Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations

Day 7: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards and wine regions of Burgundy and Chablis to the glittering “City of Lights”. (B,D)

Learn how beersteins are crafted

Time Out Hotels

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 8 nights twin or triple share hotel Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 8 continental breakfasts (B) & 5 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBHH - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £205. WWHH - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £179. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £39. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £69. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £35. See page 13 for details.

VENICE: Gondola ride along the famous canals, a truly memorable Venetian experience - Authentic Venetian dinner with a selection of specialities & regional wines MUNICH: Explore Munich like a true Bavarian, by bike on a guided cycle tour PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & three course dinner LUCERNE: Travel to the top of Mt. Stanserhorn by funicular train & aerial cable car (summer departures only) - Private cruise on stunning Lake Lucerne


11 Days Amsterdam to Barcelona

S.Ireland

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Irish Sea Edam

England

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Wales

English Channel

Czech Rep Champagne Region

2 PARIS Burgundy Region

FRANCE France

Swiss Alps

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Slovenia Croatia

Italy

Monaco

Pyrenees Mountains

Portugal

Austria

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Adriatic Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops Spain

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & three course dinner


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mountain resort town sitting in Mont Blanc’s shadow. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument See Mont Blanc (weather permitting)

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

Day 7: Chamonix to French Riviera Motor through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy and on to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D)

Day 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B)

Visit a French perfumery

Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night Day 3: Amsterdam to Paris Journey through Belgium, past Waterloo, and into the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) Evening Tour of Illuminations 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, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 5: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) Day 6: Lucerne to Chamonix Wander the cobble streets of jawdroppingly gorgeous Lucerne. Then cross over the Alps to Chamonix, the

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

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Amsterdam

7 countries 10 nights hotels 10 breakfasts & 6 dinners

See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 9: French Riviera to Barcelona Travel past Cannes, through France’s rustic Provence region, over the Pyrénées Mountains to Mediterranean Barcelona. (B,D)

What’s included All as per itinerary

Scenic drive along the Cote d’Azur Day 10: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an unforgettable optional Flamenco show! (B)

• 10 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 10 continental breakfasts (B) & 6 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Swiss Alps Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

See Gaudi’s Art nouveau Cathedral & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district Day 11: Depart Barcelona Make your final farewells to your newfound friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Perfumery, France

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/amsterdam-barcelona

When to go and how much Code: BBAB Summer 2009 Start Amsterdam

Finish £ Barcelona pp

Start Amsterdam

Finish £ Barcelona pp

2009 MAY 8 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUN 26 JUL 3

MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL

2009 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 7 AUG 28 SEP 4 SEP 11

JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP

18 1 8 15 22 29 6 13

999 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1029 1055

Flamenco, Barcelona 20 27 3 10 17 7 14 21

1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1029 1029 1029

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £309.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £49. See page 13 for details.

LUCERNE: Private cruise on stunning Lake Lucerne CHAMONIX: Cable car ride to Aiguille du Midi FRENCH RIVIERA: Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show


12 Days European Discovery

s y a 12 D £889 from/Day £75

North Sea Irish Sea

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND England

1 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales Calais English Channel

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY

Belgium BELGIUM

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

2 PARIS

8 countries: Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Austria Italy Vatican City Switzerland France

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE France

Poland

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London Dover

SWITZ 1 Switz LUCERNE

Swiss Alps

Atlantic Ocean

1 TYROL Austria AUSTRIA

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Lake Como

Italy

Slovenia Croatia 1 VENICE

Apennine Mountains

FLORENCE 1

Bosnia ITALY

Serbia Adriatic Sea

Montenegro

Spain Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

2 ROME Albania

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting in an historic cellar


75 When to go and how much

Time Out Hotels

Code: BBHD Summer 2009

Tyrol

Trevi Fountain, Rome

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/discovery

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry the English Channel and head to the freewheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam's canals and gable houses by night Day 2: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, canals and cool cafés. Next, stop in the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Stunning drive along the Rhine River See the Lorelei Rock Day 3: Rhine Valley to Munich Head south to Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) Learn how beersteins are crafted See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning alpine scenery en route to a cool Tyrolean village. (B,D) See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports

Day 5: Austrian Tyrol to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ and find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, and interesting little shops. (B) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing demonstration Day 6: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice and criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 7: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B) Day 8: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings and sacred art. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 9: Florence to Lucerne Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en-route to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument Day 10: Lucerne to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis to the glittering “City of Lights”. (B,D) Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral Day 11: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history among the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French Perfumery Day 12: Paris to London Catch the ferry from Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 4 APR 11 APR 16 APR 18 APR 25 APR 28 APR 30 MAY 2 MAY 5 MAY 7 MAY 9 MAY 12 MAY 14 MAY 16 MAY 19 MAY 21 MAY 23 MAY 26 MAY 27 MAY 28 MAY 30 MAY 31 JUN 2 JUN 4 JUN 6 JUN 9 JUN 11 JUN 13 JUN 14 JUN 18 JUN 20 JUN 21 JUN 23 JUN 24 JUN 25 JUN 27 JUN 28 JUL 1 JUL 2 JUL 4 JUL 5 JUL 7 JUL 9 JUL 11 JUL 14 JUL 16 JUL 18 JUL 19 JUL 21 JUL 23 JUL 25 JUL 26 JUL 28 JUL 30 AUG 1 AUG 2 AUG 4 AUG 6 AUG 9 AUG 11 AUG 15 AUG 18 AUG 20 AUG 22 AUG 25 AUG 29 SEP 3 SEP 5 SEP 10

APR APR APR APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP

1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1055 1085 1085 1085 1085 1085 1085 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109

6 13 15 22 27 29 6 9 11 13 16 18 20 23 25 27 30 1 3 6 7 8 10 11 13 15 17 20 22 24 25 29 1 2 4 5 6 8 9 12 13 15 16 18 20 22 25 27 29 30 1 3 5 6 8 10 12 13 15 17 20 22 26 29 31 2 5 9 14 16 21

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 SEP 12 SEP 13 SEP 15 SEP 17 • SEP 19 • SEP 20 • SEP 22 • SEP 23 • SEP 24 • SEP 26 • SEP 27 • SEP 29 • OCT 1 • OCT 3 OCT 8 OCT 10 OCT 15

SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1109 1055 1055

23 24 26 28 30 1 3 4 5 7 8 10 12 14 19 21 26

Code: WWHW Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 18 OCT 20 OCT 25 OCT 27 NOV 3 NOV 10 NOV 17 NOV 22 NOV 24 NOV 26 NOV 29 DEC 3 DEC 6 DEC 8 DEC 10 DEC 13 DEC 15 DEC 17 DEC 19 DEC 21 DEC 23 DEC 25 DEC 27 DEC 29 DEC 31

OCT OCT NOV NOV NOV NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN JAN JAN JAN JAN

29 31 5 7 14 21 28 3 5 7 10 14 17 19 21 24 26 28 30 1 3 5 7 9 11

929 929 929 929 919 919 919 919 919 919 919 919 919 919 919 919 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945 945

2010 JAN 2 JAN 4 JAN 6 JAN 8 JAN 10 JAN 12 JAN 17 JAN 19 JAN 26 JAN 28 JAN 31 FEB 2 FEB 9 FEB 16 FEB 21 FEB 23 FEB 28 MAR 2 MAR 9 MAR 14 MAR 16 MAR 18 MAR 21

JAN 13 JAN 15 JAN 17 JAN 19 JAN 21 JAN 23 JAN 28 JAN 30 FEB 6 FEB 8 FEB 11 FEB 13 FEB 20 FEB 27 MAR 4 MAR 6 MAR 11 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 25 MAR 27 MAR 29 APR 1

945 945 945 945 945 945 945 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 889 909 909 909 909

For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBHD - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £279. WWHW - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £235. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in the Austrian Tyrol is replaced by 1 night in Innsbruck. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

12 days European Discovery 8 countries 11 nights hotels 11 breakfasts & 6 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 11 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 11 continental breakfasts (B) & 6 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Munich

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £55. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £89. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £45. See page 13 for details.

TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum LUCERNE: Cruise on Lake Lucerne (summer departures only) FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner


13 Days Best of Europe Mixing coach, train & plane Our new tour mixes travel modes from a high-speed train, to a comfortable coach as well as a plane flight. It’s perfect if you’re a bit short on time, allowing you to maximize your holiday time and go further, faster!

7 countries: France Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Czech Republic Italy Vatican City

Irish Sea

North Sea

NETHERLANDS 2 AMSTERDAM

Edam

England Wales

GERMANY

2 BERLIN Poland Dresden

BELGIUM English Channel

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP Slovakia

3 PARIS

FRANCE

Austria Hungary

Switz Slovenia

Atlantic Ocean

Croatia ITALY Bosnia Serbia Adriatic Sea

Montenegro Spain Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

3 ROME Albania

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Greece

R TOU W NE

ys 99 a D 13 £14 from6/Day £11

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


77 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Paris Check-in to your hotel and explore the stylish, cosmopolitan city of Paris for the afternoon. Later meet up with your Contiki Crew and fellow travellers for dinner and evening sightseeing. (D) Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Days 2-3: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city for a couple of days and find magic, romance, and history. Day trip to the illustrious Château Versailles and opt in for a cabaret show and dinner. (B)(B) See Château Versailles (entrance not included) Visit a French perfumery Day 4: Paris to Amsterdam Zip along in a high speed train headed for the Netherland's free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. (B,D)

Day 5: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Day 6: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the Autobahn and get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar and club scene. (B,D) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall

Day 8: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. (B,D)

Start in Amsterdam Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 13 day Best of Europe tour, visiting 5 countries. Check it out below. Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam Check-in to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. (D) Days 2-10: Amsterdam to Rome Refer to days 4-13 itinerary and included sightseeing above.

7 countries 12 nights hotels 12 breakfasts & 5 dinners

See the rebuilt baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Fortress, Opera House and Frauenkirche in Dresden Day 9: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)

What’s included

See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square

All as per itinerary

• 12 nights twin or triple share hotel

Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 10: Prague to Rome Catch a short flight to Rome this morning and by the afternoon be walking in history's footsteps around this amazing city. (B,D)

Rome

See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Days 11-12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ for a couple of days in the “Eternal City" and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B)(B)

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 12 continental breakfasts (B) & 5 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • High speed train journey between Paris & Amsterdam • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Flight between Prague & Rome • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Day 13: Rome The tour ends after breakfast and it's time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. (B) Please note: For your convenience, days 1 and 13 have been structured to allow you to start and finish the tour without requiring extra nights of accommodation.

See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie'

10 Days

13 days Best of Europe

Visit the city destroyed in World War 2 and known as the 'Florence of the North'

R TOU NEW

ays 10 D £1199 from0/Day £12

>> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, or choose from the optional activities below, excluding Paris. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £59. See page 13 for details.

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/best-europe-amsterdam

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/best-europe-paris

See the city’s canals and gable houses by night

Time Out Hotels

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

Mix+Match

When to go and how much Code: BBTC Summer 2009

Code: BBTAM Summer 2009

Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13.

Start Paris

Finish Rome

£ pp

Start Amsterdam

Finish Rome

£ pp

The ‘Best of Europe’ tour will easily Mix+Match with:

2009 MAY 24 JUN 7 JUN 21 JUL 5 JUL 19 AUG 2 AUG 16 AUG 30 SEP 13 SEP 27

JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG SEP SEP OCT

1499 1499 1499 1539 1539 1539 1499 1499 1499 1499

2009 MAY 27 JUN 10 JUN 24 JUL 8 JUL 22 AUG 5 AUG 19 SEP 2 SEP 16 SEP 30

JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG SEP SEP OCT

1199 1199 1199 1235 1235 1235 1199 1199 1199 1199

5 19 3 17 31 14 28 11 25 9

5 19 3 17 31 14 28 11 25 9

• Simply Italy (p.100-101) • Italian Espresso (p.102-103)

For Travel Insurance see page 141. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBTC - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £449. BBTAM - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £359.

BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum

Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £75. See page 13 for details.


15 Days Road to Athens

ys 49 a D 15 £13 from/Day £90

ENGLAND England London Dover Calais English Channel

Poland Germany

Belgium

GERMANY Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

2 PARIS

MUNICH

Burgundy Region

FRANCE France

Ukraine Slovakia

1 Tyrol

SWITZ 1 Switz LUCERNE

Austria AUSTRIA

Liechtenstein

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

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8 countries: France Switzerland Liechtenstein Germany Austria (in transit) Italy Vatican City Greece

Belarus

Netherlands

Italy Pisa

Slovenia Croatia 2 VENICE

2 FLORENCE

Romania

Bosnia Serbia

ITALY

Adriatic Sea

Bulgaria

Montenegro Spain Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

2 ROME

Macedonia

Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Brindisi

Albania

Greece 1 2 GREECE CORFU Corinth Canal

1 ATHENS

Ionian Sea

Acropolis, Athens

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner LUCERNE: Cog-railway and cable car ride to the top of Mt Stanserhorn


79

Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening illuminations tour of Paris Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history among the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French Perfumery Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Chablis & Burgundy vineyards See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic Alpine drive Day 4: Lucerne to Munich Leave the gorgeous lake town behind, cross through tiny Liechtenstein, and arrive in lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 5: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Day 6: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 7: Venice to Florence Roll through the hills of Tuscany and stop

11 Days Road to Rome Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 15 day Road to Athens tour, visiting 7 countries. Check it out below. Days 1-10: London to Rome Refer to Road to Athens map, itinerary and included sightseeing described opposite and above. Day 11: Rome Say your farewells and swap addresses as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

• Tour code: BBRL • For departure dates see price panel on the right. For prices, deduct £425 from price panel on the right. • Single room supplement: £255

in Pisa to check out its 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 and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 9: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 10: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 11: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross southern Italy and board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Days 12-13: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town Day 14: Corfu to Athens Leave the island and travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. (B) Day 15: Depart Athens After sightseeing the ancient wonders, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium

ays 24 D 1 1 £9 from/Day £84 >> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See Road to Athens optional activities below, excluding Corfu.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £49. See page 13 for details.

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/road-rome

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/road-athens

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Time Out Hotels

15 days Road to Athens 8 countries 13 nights hotels 1 night ferry 14 breakfasts & 7 dinners Corfu

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 14 nights twin or triple share

Venice

accommodation: 13 nights in hotels & 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 66-69) • 14 continental breakfasts (B) & 7 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

When to go and how much Code: BBAL Summer 2009 Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start London

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 APR 13 APR 20 APR 27 MAY 4 MAY 11 MAY 16 MAY 18 MAY 25 MAY 30 JUN 1 JUN 6 JUN 8 JUN 13 JUN 15 JUN 20 JUN 22 JUN 27 JUN 29 JUL 4

APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

1349 1349 1349 1385 1385 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1439

2009 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 16 JUL 18 JUL 20 JUL 23 JUL 25 JUL 27 AUG 1 AUG 3 AUG 8 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 7 SEP 12 SEP 14

JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP

1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419 1419

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

20 25 27 30 1 3 6 8 10 15 17 22 24 31 7 14 21 26 28

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 12.30pm. For departure point information see page 142.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £69. See page 13 for details.

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13. The ‘Road to Athens’ tour will easily Mix+Match with: • Louis Hellenic Cruises (p.112-113) • Greek Island Hopping (p.116-117) • Spotlight on Greece (p.118-119) The ‘Road to Rome’ tour will easily Mix+Match with: • Simply Italy (p.100-101) • Italian Espresso (p.102-103) Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Single room supplement add £355.

LUCERNE: Cruise on Lake Lucerne VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals CORFU: Watersports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding FLORENCE: Tuscan Hills Feast with singing & dancing - Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum


16 Days European Encounter

ys 49 a D 16 £11 from/Day £72

nd Irish Sea

North Sea Edam

ENGLAND England

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais English Channel

Belgium BELGIUM

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

10 countries: Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Switzerland Liechtenstein Austria Italy Vatican City France Monaco

Slovakia

2 PARIS AUSTRIA Austria 1 INNSBRUCK

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

FRANCE France Atlantic Ocean

CHATEAU DE FONTAGER 1

Spain

Poland

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY

SWITZ Liechtenstein Hungary Switz SWISS 2 Brenner Pass ALPS Slovenia Croatia ITALY 1 VENICE Italy Apennine Bosnia Mountains 1 Avignon Pisa Serbia Monaco FLORENCE 2 Adriatic Sea FRENCH Montenegro RIVIERA 2 ROME Lucerne

Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

French Riviera

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise SWISS ALPS: Cable car to the top of a Swiss Mountain (summer departures only)


81 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry the English Channel and head to the freewheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam via Belgium. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See Amsterdam's canals and gable houses by night Day 2: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Scenic River Cruise (summer departures only) See the Lorelei Rock Day 4: Rhine Valley to Swiss Alps Pass fairytale castles and rolling vineyards on the way to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Wander the cobble streets of this jaw-droppingly gorgeous alpine lake town and shop for watches, chocolate and Swiss army knives before travelling to Engelberg. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge Scenic Alpine drive Day 5: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps surrounding this popular ski village and be there to party when the nightlife goes off later on. (B) Day 6: Swiss Alps to Innsbruck Twist and turn through scenic alpine vistas to Innsbruck. Soak up the sights and discover Tyrolean specialty shops in its medieval Old Town. (B,D) Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck Day 7: Innsbruck to Venice Wind through the Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy. Meander through the ‘floating city’ and find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, and interesting little shops. (B)

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Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Private motorboat to the historic islands See Piazza San Marco, Bridge of Sighs & the Doges' Palace Murano glass-blowing demonstration Day 8: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice and criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B,D) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, & Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 9: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s

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glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B) Day 10: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings and sacred art. (B)

16 days European Encounter

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 11: Florence to French Riviera Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder en-route to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 12: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 13: French Riviera to Château de Fontager Travel north and take a lunch break in Provence’s graceful city, Avignon. Arrive at Château de Fontager and enjoy its large pool, lovely grounds, and charming locale on the Rhone River. (B,D) Visit Avignon & see the Papal Palace Visit a French perfumery Special overnight stay at Château de Fontager Day 14: Château de Fontager to Paris Leave the authentic medieval castle behind and pass through wine country on the road to the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) See the Chablis & Burgundy vineyards See Fontainebleau Château Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 15: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 16: Paris to London Catch the ferry from Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

Venice

Tyrol

When to go and how much Code: BBHX Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

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2009 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 17 APR 24 APR 26 MAY 1 MAY 3 MAY 8 MAY 10 MAY 13 MAY 15 MAY 17 MAY 22 MAY 24 MAY 27 MAY 29 JUN 3 JUN 5 JUN 7 JUN 12 JUN 17 JUN 19 JUN 21 JUN 24 JUN 26 JUN 28 JUN 29 JUL 1 JUL 3 JUL 5 JUL 8 JUL 10 JUL 12 JUL 17 JUL 19 JUL 24 JUL 26 JUL 31 AUG 2 AUG 7 AUG 9 AUG 12 AUG 14 AUG 21 AUG 23 AUG 28 AUG 30 SEP 4 SEP 6 SEP 11 SEP 13 SEP 18

APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT

1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1405 1405 1405 1405 1405 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1465 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1439

11 18 25 2 9 11 16 18 23 25 28 30 1 6 8 11 13 18 20 22 27 2 4 6 9 11 13 14 16 18 20 23 25 27 1 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 27 29 5 7 12 14 19 21 26 28 3

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2009 SEP 20 SEP 25 SEP 27 OCT 2 OCT 4 OCT 9 OCT 11 OCT 16

OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

1439 1439 1439 1439 1439 1369 1369 1369

5 10 12 17 19 24 26 31

Code: WWHZ Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 17 OCT 22 OCT 24 OCT 31 NOV 7 NOV 14 NOV 19 NOV 21 NOV 26 NOV 28 NOV 30 DEC 3 DEC 7 DEC 10 DEC 14 DEC 16 DEC 18 DEC 20 DEC 22 DEC 26 DEC 28 DEC 30

NOV NOV NOV NOV NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN JAN JAN JAN JAN

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1199 1199 1199 1199 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1185 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219

2010 JAN 1 JAN 3 JAN 5 JAN 7 JAN 9 JAN 14 JAN 21 JAN 28 JAN 30 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 20 FEB 27 MAR 4 MAR 6 MAR 11 MAR 13 MAR 18 MAR 20 MAR 25

JAN 16 JAN 18 JAN 20 JAN 22 JAN 24 JAN 29 FEB 5 FEB 12 FEB 14 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 19 MAR 21 MAR 26 MAR 28 APR 2 APR 4 APR 9

1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1219 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1149 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBHX - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £359. WWHZ - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £305. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

10 countries 14 nights hotels 1 night Château 15 breakfasts & 8 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 15 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 14 nights in hotels & 1 night in Contiki’s Feature Hotel (more on pages 66-69) • 15 continental breakfasts (B) & 8 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Château de Fontager

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £69. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £119. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £59. See page 13 for details.

TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure (summer departures only) VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum FLORENCE: Tuscan hills feast with singing and dancing PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner


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Berlin

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Irish Sea

S.Ireland

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND England

1 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales

GERMANY

Ruhr Valley

London Dover Calais English Channel

1 BRUSSELS Belgium BELGIUM

Czech Rep

Valley of the Somme

MUNICH 1

2 PARIS

10 countries: Belgium Netherlands Germany Switzerland Liechtenstein Austria Italy France Monaco Spain

Loire Valley

France FRANCE Atlantic Ocean

1 BORDEAUX

SWITZ LUCERNE 2 Switz

Liechtenstein

Swiss Alps

Italy

SPAIN Portugal

BARCELONA 2

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

AUSTRIA Austria Innsbruck

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Pisa Monaco

Carcassonne

Poland

Germany 1 RHINE VALLEY

Slovenia Croatia 2 VENICE

Apennine Mountains

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Bosnia

Adriatic Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Places visited Spain 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise LUCERNE: Cable car or cog railway ride to the top of Mt Pilatus


83 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Brussels Meet up with your Contiki crew and ferry across the English Channel. Dash through France to Brussels, famous for its chocolate, waffles, and beer. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover See the Statue of the Mannekin-Pis, the Grand Place & the Palace of Justice Day 2: Brussels to Amsterdam Head to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam and check out its myriad of museums, cool cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house See the city’s canals & gable houses by night Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley Follow the river to the Rhine Valley with its charming wine villages and old-time German atmosphere. (B,D) Learn how beersteins are crafted Stunning drive along the Rhine River See the Lorelei Rock Day 4: Rhine Valley to Lucerne Pass fairytale castles and rolling vineyards on the way to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) Scenic Alpine drive Day 5: Lucerne Your jaw will drop at the alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument Day 6: Lucerne to Munich Leave the gorgeous lake town behind, cross through tiny Liechtenstein, and arrive in lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 7: Munich to Venice Wind through the Alps to Innsbruck, before travelling via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck

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Day 8: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 9: Venice to Florence Snake through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and check out its architectural wonder before rolling through the Tuscan hillsides to Renaissance Florence. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and 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 11: Florence to French Riviera Head out along the Italian coastline and past the ancient maritime city of Genoa to the glamorous French Riviera. Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 12: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 13: French Riviera to Barcelona Travel past Cannes, through France’s charmingly rustic Provence region, over the Pyrénées Mountains to Mediterranean Barcelona. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d’Azur Day 14: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an unforgettable optional Flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district 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 and pass rolling vineyards en-route to the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 17: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 18: Paris to London Catch the ferry from Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

French Riviera

Time Out Hotels

18 days European Impressions 10 countries 17 nights hotels 17 breakfasts & 9 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 17 nights twin or triple share hotel Amsterdam Carcassonne

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 17 continental breakfasts (B) & 9 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Venice

When to go and how much Code: BBEM Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

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Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 APR 9 APR 16 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 24 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 21 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 5

APR MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

1475 1475 1475 1515 1515 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1585 1585

2009 JUL 9 JUL 12 JUL 16 JUL 19 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 • SEP 24 • SEP 27 • OCT 1

JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT

1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555

26 3 17 24 31 7 10 14 21 28 5 8 12 19 22

26 29 2 5 9 16 23 30 13 20 27 4 11 14 18

For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £389.

VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence Tuscan hills feast with singing and dancing BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £75. See page 13 for details.


19 Days European Inspiration

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North Sea

Irish Sea

Edam

ENGLAND England

NETHERLANDS

2 BERLIN

2 AMSTERDAM Netherlands

Wales London Dover Calais English Channel

Belgium BELGIUM

Poland

GERMANY Germany

Dresden

2 PRAGUE Czech Rep CZECH REP

Valley of the Somme

Slovakia

2 PARIS

9 countries: Belgium (in transit) Netherlands Germany Czech Republic Austria Italy Vatican City Switzerland France

MUNICH 2

Burgundy Region

FRANCE France Atlantic Ocean

Tyrol Austria SWITZ AUSTRIA Lucerne Hungary Switz 2 Brenner Pass Slovenia SWISS ALPS Lake Como Croatia 2 VENICE Italy

Pisa

2 FLORENCE ITALY

Bosnia Serbia

Adriatic Sea

Montenegro

Spain Mediterranean Sea

Vatican City

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

2 ROME Albania

AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour


85 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry the English Channel and head to the freewheeling, 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 and peddle past windmills in the scenic village of Edam, worldfamous for its namesake cheese. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés, and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B)

See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 13: Rome to Florence Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder on the road to Renaissance Florence. (B,D)

Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house

Day 14: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. Later on, enjoy exploring at your own pace. (B)

See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie' Day 5: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. (B,D) Day 6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 7: Prague to Munich Back to Germany and into Munich, the festive home of Oktoberfest. (B) Visit a traditional beer hall Day 8: Munich Don some ‘Lederhosen’ and have some fun in this cultural haven with its staggering array of museums, killer shopping, and lively beer gardens. (B,D)

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See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 4: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)

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Day 11: Venice to Rome Leave enchanting Venice and criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B)

Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside

Day 3: Amsterdam to Berlin Motor down the Autobahn and get ready for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight, enjoy this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bar and club scene. (B,D)

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Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations

See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 15: Florence to Swiss Alps Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como and shop in lakeside Lucerne before arriving at our destination in the Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Day 16: Swiss Alps Chill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Opt in for a scenic trip up one of the many surrounding mountains and enjoy the picturesque beauty of Central Switzerland. (B) Day 17: Swiss Alps to Paris Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D) Evening tour of illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 18: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery Day 19: Paris to London Catch the ferry from Calais back to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See World War I battlefields in France

9 countries 18 nights hotels 18 breakfasts & 9 dinners

Berlin Wall

When to go and how much

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 18 nights twin or triple share hotel

Code: BBAP Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 MAR 28 APR 11 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 4 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 1 JUN 6 JUN 8 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 22 JUN 27 JUN 29 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 18 JUL 20 JUL 25 JUL 27 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 5 SEP 7 SEP 12 SEP 14 • SEP 19 • SEP 21 • SEP 26 • SEP 28 • OCT 3

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

1599 1599 1599 1639 1639 1639 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685 1685

15 29 13 20 22 27 3 10 17 19 24 26 1 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 31 5 7 12 14 19 26 2 9 16 23 25 30 2 7 9 14 16 21

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Finish London

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2009 OCT 5 OCT 10

OCT 23 OCT 28

1685 1599

Code: WWAP Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 2 NOV 9 NOV 16 NOV 23 NOV 30 DEC 7 DEC 14 DEC 16 DEC 18 DEC 20 DEC 22 DEC 24 DEC 28 DEC 30

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6 13 20 27 4 11 18 25 1 3 5 7 9 11 15 17

1345 1345 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1325 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365

2010 JAN 1 JAN 3 JAN 5 JAN 11 JAN 16 JAN 18 JAN 25 FEB 1 FEB 8 FEB 15 FEB 22 MAR 1 MAR 8 MAR 15

JAN 19 JAN 21 JAN 23 JAN 29 FEB 3 FEB 5 FEB 12 FEB 19 FEB 26 MAR 5 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 2

1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289 1289 1315

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 18 continental breakfasts (B) & 9 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Prague

See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Day 9: Munich to Venice Wind through the Bavarian Alps via the Brenner Pass to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles Day 10: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square

Paris

For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBAP - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £419. WWAP - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £339. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch TYROL: Whitewater rafting adventure (summer departures only) VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals FLORENCE: Tuscan hills feast with singing and dancing ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum LUCERNE: Cruise on Lake Lucerne (summer departures only) PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £85. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £129. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £65. See page 13 for details.


21 Days European Vista 10 countries: France Switzerland Monaco Italy Vatican City Austria Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

Irish Sea

North Sea Edam

ENGLAND

NETHERLANDS

2 AMSTERDAM

Wales

GERMANY

Poland

London Dover Calais English Channel

BELGIUM

Valley of the Somme

1 RHINE VALLEY

Slovakia

2 PARIS

MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

Hungary

Brenner Pass

Swiss Alps

Slovenia Croatia 2 VENICE

ITALY

Atlantic Ocean

1 VIENNA 2 TYROL AUSTRIA

SWITZ 2 LUCERNE

Apennine Mountains Pisa Monaco

Spain

2 FRENCH RIVIERA Mediterranean Sea

1 FLORENCE

Bosnia Serbia Adriatic Sea

Montenegro Vatican City

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

2 ROME Albania

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Colosseum, Rome

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner FRENCH RIVIERA: Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco


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Prague

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Visit a French perfumery Day 3: Paris to Lucerne Pass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) Day 4: Lucerne Your jaw will drop at the alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument Day 5: Lucerne to French Riviera Catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como en route to the glamorous resort town of Nice. Tonight rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 6: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. (B,D) Day 7: French Riviera to Florence Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 8: Florence to Rome A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities and then it’s on the road to Rome. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum in Rome

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/vista

See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 9: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 10: Rome to Venice Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past the city of Bologna, and on to enchanting Venice. (B,D) Day 11: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars and markets. (B)

Private motorboat to the historic islands

Time Out Hotels

See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lace-making demonstrations Day 12: Venice to Austrian Tyrol Wind through the Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to a quaint Tyrolean village. (B,D)

21 days European Vista

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, and mountain biking! (B,D) Day 14: Austrian Tyrol to Munich Wind down out of the mountains to lively Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 15: Munich to Vienna Leave festive Bavaria behind and head to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 16: Vienna to Prague Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour of Vienna. Then travel through Bohemia to Prague, “The City of a Thousand Spires.” (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 17: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 18: Prague to Rhine Valley Journey through Germany to the Rhine River valley full of castles and renowned vineyards. (B,D) See the Lorelei Rock Scenic River Cruise (summer departures only) Day 19: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s in to the Netherlands and on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house See the canals, gable houses and the city by night Day 20: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills out to the scenic village of Edam, world-famous for its namesake cheese. Then check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Day 21: Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

10 countries 20 nights hotels 20 breakfasts & 11 dinners When to go and how much

What’s included All as per itinerary

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For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBHV - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £455. WWHT - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £369. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. The 2 nights in the Austrian Tyrol are replaced with a 2nd night in both Florence and Vienna. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 20 continental breakfasts (B) & 11 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Munich

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £89. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £149. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £75. See page 13 for details.

LUCERNE: Cruise on Lake Lucerne (summer departures only) FLORENCE: Tuscan hills feast with singing and dancing - Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum TYROL: Tandem paragliding (summer departures only) - Mountain bike tour and BBQ lunch (summer departures only) VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert & dinner RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting in an historic cellar AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


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You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel and journey to the “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux Cut through the Loire Valley and 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 the greatest fortress city of Europe Day 5: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional Flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Art nouveau Cathedral & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 6: Barcelona to French Riviera Travel through Provence to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Day 7: French Riviera Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop, and worship the sun on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 8: French Riviera to Florence Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Florence. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 9: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in this atmospheric city. 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 Day 10: Florence to Rome Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. (B) See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Two night stay at Hotel Cabala Day 11: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Then get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 12: Rome to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Cross Italy and board the ferry to Greece. (B)

Days 13-15: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B)(B,D) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu’s old town Day 16: Corfu to Italy Cruise across the Adriatic Sea to the enchanting port of Venice. (B) Day 17: Arrive Venice Head out to Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona and then it’s back to Venice. (B,D) See Juliet's Balcony & the Roman Arena Day 18: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 19: Venice to Vienna Ride through the Dolomite Mountains to Austria’s capital, Vienna. (B) Day 20: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and its wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture and, of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 21: Vienna to Munich Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en-route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B) Entry into Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 22: Munich to Austrian Tyrol Be ‘wowed’ by stunning alpine scenery en-route to a cool Tyrolean village. (B,D) See this idyllic region famous for adventure sports Day 23: Austrian Tyrol to Lucerne Cross through tiny Liechtenstein and arrive in the magical Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz Day 24: Lucerne Your jaw will drop at the unrivalled beauty of this lakeside town. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument Day 25: Lucerne to Rhine Valley Follow the Rhine River to a valley full of castles and vineyards. (B,D) Take a scenic River Cruise Learn how beersteins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock Day 26: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam Next it’s on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house See the canals, gable houses and the city by night Day 27: Amsterdam Hop on a bike and peddle past windmills out to Edam. Afterwards, check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Day 28: Amsterdam to London Circle back to Calais via Belgium for our ferry crossing to England where it’s time to say farewell. (B)

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12 countries 25 nights hotels 2 nights ferries 27 breakfasts & 14 dinners What’s included Rome

All as per itinerary

• 27 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 21 nights in hotels, 4 nights in Contiki’s feature hotels & 2 nights on board ferries (more on pages 66-69) • 27 continental breakfasts (B) & 14 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Paris

When to go and how much Code: BBHM Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

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For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £609.

Amsterdam

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £119. See page 13 for details.

BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city CORFU: Cruise around the islands on a traditional sailing boat VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals VIENNA: Schnaps museum visit & tasting TYROL: Tandem paragliding RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting in an historic cellar AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


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Poland

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You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner FRENCH RIVIERA: Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco


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Paris

Itinerary and included sightseeing MYKONOS ISLAND OPTION

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Including days 16-19 staying on Mykonos Island Day 1: London to Paris. Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris. Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Lyon. Travel through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais vineyards to the gourmet’s paradise of Lyon. (B) Stop at Contiki’s very own 16th century Chateau Taste local wine Visit Lyon’s old town Day 4: Lyon to Barcelona. Head to southern France, through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard

Day 5: Barcelona. See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an optional Flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Art nouveau Cathedral & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 6: Barcelona to French Riviera. Travel through Provence, one of France’s most stunning regions, past Cannes, to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Day 7: French Riviera. Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, shop the upscale boutiques and do a little sun worshipping on the beach. Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Day 8: French Riviera to Venice. Head to the Italian countryside, past the ancient maritime city of Genoa, through Romeo and Juliet’s home of Verona and on to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Visit a French perfumery See Juliet’s balcony & the Roman Arena Day 9: Venice. Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, little shops, bars and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 10: Venice to Florence. Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan hillsides to Florence, a Renaissance city full of striking buildings and sacred art. (B) Walking tour with a local guide See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Florentine leather craft demonstration Day 11: Florence to Rome. Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder on the road to Rome. (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 Day 12: Rome. Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living

museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 13: Rome to Sorrento. From Naples, catch the boat to Capri and soak up its sweeping views and romantic atmosphere before setting sail for 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 and board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B) Day 15: To Athens. From Patras, cross the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium Day 16: Athens to Mykonos. Sightsee the ancient wonders and feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city before ferrying to Mykonos. (B,D) Days 17-19: Mykonos. Hang out for a few days in this Aegean paradise with its azure seas, golden beaches, and young, vibrant party culture. (B,D)(B)(B) Day 20: Mykonos to Preveza. Back to Greece’s mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D) Day 21: Preveza to Tirana. Travel into Albania and wind through the dramatic mountains and along the Adriatic Coast. (B,D) Day 22: Tirana to Dubrovnik. Continue along the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the lovely, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,D) Day 23: Dubrovnik. Find historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures, and amazing seafood in this stunning World Heritage site. (B,D) Day 24: Dubrovnik to Zadar. Move up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split, and travelling on to Zadar. (B,D) See Diocletian’s Palace in Split Day 25: Zadar to Vienna. Take off from the seaside city and cruise on through Slovenia to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B) Day 26: Vienna. Viennese culture waltzes right up to you on a morning tour. Take the afternoon to wander this picture book city and its wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture and, of course, strudel! (B) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Continues over page

17 countries 32 nights accomm 32 breakfasts 4 lunches (Cruising option) 17 dinners (Mykonos option) 19 dinners (Cruising option) 4 suppers (Cruising option) What’s included All as per itinerary

• 32 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki's feature hotel, 1 night onboard a ferry & Mykonos option: 29 nights in hotels or Cruising option: 4 nights on board cruise ship (your choice of quad or twin share) & 25 nights in hotels (more on pages 66-69) • 32 continental breakfasts (B) & Mykonos option: 17 three-course dinners (D) or Cruising option: 4 lunches (L), 19 three-course dinners (D) & 4 suppers (S) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossings • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Greek Dancers

BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show VENICE: Gondola ride FLORENCE: Tuscan hills feast with singing & dancing ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city ATHENS: Greek dinner & dancing night DUBROVNIK: Island cruise & swimming RHINE VALLEY: Wine tasting VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert & dinner SWISS ALPS: Cog-railway ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


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17 countries: France Spain Monaco Italy Vatican City Greece Albania Montenegro (in transit) Bosnia (in transit) Croatia Slovenia (in transit) Austria Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Netherlands Belgium (in transit) Santorini

When to go and how much Mykonos Island Option Code: BBHE Summer 2009

Greek Island Cruising Option Code: BHEC Summer 2009

Start London

£ pp

Start London

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Finish London

Finish London

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Itinerary and included sightseeing MYKONOS ISLAND OPTION continued Map for this tour on previous page

2009 APR 19 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 12 JUL 19 AUG 2 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 AUG 30 • SEP 6 • SEP 13

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £155. (Mykonos Island option) or £149 (Cruising option). See page 13 for details.

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For Travel Insurance see page 141. • These tours will be in Munich during Oktoberfest. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBHE - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £945. BHEC - Summer 2009 Single room/cabin supplement add £915. Port taxes and gratuities (compulsory) add £80.

Day 27: Vienna to Munich. Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en-route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B,D) Entry into Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 28: Munich to Lucerne. Leave the festive capital of Bavaria behind, cross through tiny Liechtenstein, and arrive in the magical Swiss Alps. (B,D) Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz Day 29: Lucerne. Your jaw will drop at the alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument Day 30: Lucerne to Rhine Valley. Follow the Rhine River, past the Black Forest to a valley full of castles and renowned vineyards. (B,D) Take a scenic River Cruise Learn how beer steins are crafted See the Lorelei Rock Day 31: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam. Next it’s in to the Netherlands and on to the free-wheeling, vibrant city of Amsterdam. (B,D) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house See the canals, gable houses and the city by night Day 32: Amsterdam. Hop on a bike and 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 and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside Day 33: Amsterdam to London. Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

GREEK ISLAND CRUISING OPTION Includes 4 days Greek Island cruising Between days 16-20, there’s an option to cruise the Greek Islands hop onboard! More on page 112. Days 1-15: See main itinerary Day 16: Athens to Mykonos Cruise to Mykonos with its golden beaches and young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Visit Mykonos town Day 17: Mykonos to Patmos via Kusadasi (Turkey) Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi. Later, enjoy friendly, unspoilt Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos Day 18: Patmos to Rhodes Explore pristine beaches, medieval towns, and cool shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes Day 19: Rhodes to Santorini via Heraklion (Crete) Drop by Crete en-route to Santorini and its famous blue & white buildings. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit the main town of Fira Day 20: Santorini to Preveza Back to the mainland, we make our way through the mountains to Preveza. (B,D) Days 21-33: See main itinerary

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8 days Southern Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

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Atlantic Ocean

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Irish Sea

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DUBLIN 2

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B) & 4 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

1 KILKENNY 1 CORK

Ring of Kerry Blarney

Dublin

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Entrance to the Port Heritage Centre in Cobh, last port of call for the illfated Titanic

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

See the Rock of Cashel

Day 2: Dublin to Galway Cruise around and see the sights in this down-to-earth, friendly city before departing for Galway. (B) Visit to Kilmainham Gaol See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square and St. Stephen's Green

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Day 3: Galway Dive into picturesque Galway and relax for the day in this quintessentially Irish town. (B,D) Day 4: Galway to Killarney Catch an impressive view of the Cliffs of Moher on your way to green, shamrockdotted Killarney. (B,D) Day 5: Killarney to Cork Motor around the scenic Ring of Kerry before getting a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. Then time later to explore burgeoning Cork. (B,D) See Killarney National Park

Guided tour of Jameson's Whisky distillery in Midleton See Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral Day 7: Kilkenny to Dublin Return to the capital and shop in thriving markets, relax in intimate cafés, and tap into a healthy, humming nightlife. (B) Day 8: Depart Dublin The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 8 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

More options

When to go and how much Code: BBIR Summer 2009 Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

£ pp

Start Dublin

Finish Dublin

£ pp

2009 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUN 29 † JUL 2 JUL 6 † JUL 9 JUL 13 †

APR APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

669 669 669 669 669 689 689 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 725 725 725 725

2009 JUL 16 JUL 20 † JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 10 † AUG 13 AUG 17 † AUG 20 AUG 27 AUG 31 † SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 1 OCT 8

JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT

725 725 725 725 725 725 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 705

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 6 9 13 16 20

All as per itinerary

• 7 nights twin or triple share hotel

Cliffs of Moher

KILLARNEY 1

What’s included

23 27 30 6 13 17 20 24 27 3 7 10 17 24 1 8 15

While you’re in this part of the world, you can also experience Great Britain with Contiki. Take a 15 day Great Britain & Southern Ireland tour & combine the best of both regions. More on pages 96-97.

Blarney Castle

For Travel Insurance see page 141. † The itinerary for these tours will be Dublin 1 night, Galway 2 nights, Killarney 2 nights, Cork 1 night, Dublin one night. Please book using the code BBIRR. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13.

See Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone

Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%.

Day 6: Cork to Kilkenny Visit portside Cobh and Midleton’s smooth Irish whiskey distillery. Next it’s on to the charming Middle Age town of Kilkenny. (B)

Start 8.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £175.

DUBLIN: Visit the Guinness Brewery Storehouse KILLARNEY: Horse-drawn car ride through the National Park KILKENNY: Guided walking tour of the city

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £35. See page 13 for details.


94 Time Out Hotels Ben Nevis

8 Days

1 HIGHLANDS

Loch Ness

Scotland SCOTLAND

Loch Lomond

8 days Great Britain

Great Britain

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

Northumberland National Park Gretna Green

3 countries

Hadrian’s Wall

Irish Sea

England, Scotland, Wales

1 YORK North Wales

7 nights hotels 7 breakfasts & 4 dinners

North Sea

1 LIVERPOOL Chester

ENGLAND

England

WALES Wales

1 OXFORD

What’s included

London

Windsor

ys 8 Da £575 from/Day £72

All as per itinerary

• 7 nights twin share hotel

More options While you’re in this part of the world, you can also experience Southern Ireland with Contiki. Take a 15 day Great Britain & Southern Ireland tour & combine the best of both regions. More on pages 96-97.

Stonehenge

English Channel

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

France

When to go and how much Big Ben, London

Code: BBBR Summer 2009 Start London 2009 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 22 † JUN 25 JUN 29 † JUL 2 JUL 6 † JUL 9 JUL 13 † JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 3 † AUG 6 •

Finish London

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£ pp

689 689 689 689 689 689 705 705 725 725 725 725 725 725 725 725 745 745 745 745 745 745 745 745 745

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 AUG 10 • † AUG 13 • AUG 20 • AUG 24 • † AUG 27 • SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 1

AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

745 689 689 689 689 689 689 689 689 689

17 20 27 31 3 10 17 24 1 8

Code: WWBR Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 15 DEC 10 DEC 17 DEC 27 DEC 31

OCT DEC DEC JAN JAN

22 17 24 3 7

599 595 615 615 615

2010 JAN 7 FEB 4 MAR 4

JAN 14 FEB 11 MAR 11

615 575 575

For Travel Insurance see page 141.

• These tours will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). † Please book these tours using the code BBBRR. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £35. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £59. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £29. See page 13 for details.

Start 7.30am and end approx. 8.00pm. For departure point information see page 142. BBBR - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £179. WWBR - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £155. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Oxford Meet up with your Contiki Crew and view London on a sightseeing tour. Then there’s free time to hang out in Windsor en-route to Oxford. (D) See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey See Windsor Castle

Scenic drives including the Whisky Trail and Royal Deeside Visit and tour a whisky distillery (subject to availability) Day 6: Scottish Highlands to Glasgow Head over Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to legendary Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Then onto the happening music and arts scene of Glasgow. (B) Visit Loch Ness and Loch Lomond

Day 2: Oxford to York From the distinguished university town journey through the charming Peak District to York. (B,D)

Day 7: Glasgow to Liverpool Cross back into England at the border town of Gretna Green and continue through the gorgeous Lake District to Liverpool. (B)

Walking tour of York

Entrance to Gretna Green Museum

See York Minster

Take part in an historic wedding ceremony

Day 3: York to Edinburgh Leave England behind and travel through Northumberland National Park to Scotland’s vibrant capital, Edinburgh. (B,D) See the famous Roman construction, Hadrian's Wall See Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile Day 4: Edinburgh Wind through the streets surrounding the city’s imposing castle and take in its intriguing blend of ancient and modern. (B) Day 5: Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands Journey through the wildly rugged, yet romantic Scottish Highlands. (B,D)

See the famous sights of The Beatles on a Magical Mystery Tour with our local guide in Liverpool Day 8: Liverpool to London London’s calling! Stop in the Roman town of Chester then through Wales and onto London where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit the Tudor town of Chester Scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park Visit the Welsh town Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - the town with the longest name in the UK

OXFORD: Guided walk through the town & university grounds YORK: Evening ‘Ghost’ walk EDINBURGH: Traditional dinner with haggis & bagpipe entertainment SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS: Boat cruise on the ‘Loch’ LIVERPOOL: Dinner & visit to the Cavern Club

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/britain

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B) & 4 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges


95 Time Out Hotels

5 Days Scotland

5 days Scotland 1 country Scotland 4 nights hotels 4 breakfasts & 2 dinners

ys 5 Da £399 from/Day £80

Ben Nevis

What’s included

1 HIGHLANDS

Loch Ness

Scotland SCOTLAND

All as per itinerary

• 4 nights twin share hotel

Loch Lomond

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

N.Ireland

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh Check-in to your hotel and this evening meet up with your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. Then hit the streets for some sightseeing of Scotland’s vibrant capital city. (D) See Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile

continuing south to the happening music and arts scene of Glasgow. (B) Visit Loch Ness and Loch Lomond Day 5: Glasgow to Edinburgh Say farewell to your new found friends after breakfast this morning and catch your train back to Edinburgh. Or choose to squeeze in some last minute shopping and sightseeing in Glasgow before departing later in the afternoon. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 5 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 2: Edinburgh Wind through the streets surrounding the city’s imposing castle and take in its intriguing blend of ancient and modern. Walk in the footsteps of Scottish royalty and peek into little shops as you stroll down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland. (B) W For more go to contiki.co.uk/scotland

England

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Edinburgh Castle

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Irish Sea

Day 3: Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands Journey into the wildly rugged, yet romantic Highlands region at the heart of Scotland. Cross through part of the Royal Deeside estate, home to the Balmoral Castle, summer home of the royal family. (B,D)

More options

When to go and how much Code: BBSC Summer 2009 Start Edinburgh

Finish Edinurgh

£ pp

Start Edinburgh

Finish £ Edinburgh pp

2009 MAR 28 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 24 † JUN 27 JUL 1 † JUL 4 JUL 8 †

APR APR APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL

399 399 399 399 399 415 415 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 435 435 435

2009 JUL 11 JUL 15 † JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 5 † AUG 8 • AUG 12 • † AUG 15 • AUG 22 • AUG 26 • † AUG 29 • SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3

JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT

1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 28 1 5 8 12

15 19 22 29 5 9 12 16 19 26 30 2 9 16 23 30 7

While you’re in this part of the world, you can also experience the rest of Great Britain & Southern Ireland with Contiki. Take a 15 day Great Britain & Southern Ireland tour & combine the best of both regions. More on pages 96-97.

435 435 435 435 435 435 435 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 425

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This tour joins the Great Britain & Ireland tour on Day 3 in Edinburgh.

Scenic drives including the Whisky Trail and Royal Deeside

• These tours will be in Edinburgh during the Festival &

Visit and tour a whisky distillery (subject to availability)

† Please book these tours using the code BBSCR.

Day 4: Scottish Highlands to Glasgow Try and catch a glimpse of “Nessie” in the legendary Loch Ness before heading past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Stop on the shores of Loch Lomond and opt in for a scenic boat cruise before

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 4 continental breakfasts (B) & 2 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Military Tattoo (tickets not included). This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. Start 4.30pm and end approx. 10.00am. Aberdeen Angus cows

For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £105.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £19. See page 13 for details.

EDINBURGH: Traditional Scottish dinner with bagpipe entertainment & a chance to try some local Haggis SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS: Scenic & relaxing boat cruise on the 'Loch'


15 Days Great Britain & Southern Ireland

Loch Ness

Ben Nevis

ys 45 a D 15 £12 from/Day £83

1 HIGHLANDS

SCOTLAND

Loch Lomond

GLASGOW 1

2 EDINBURGH Northumberland National Park Gretna Green

Hadrian’s Wall

N.Ireland Irish Sea

S.IRELAND

DUBLIN

1 YORK Holyhead

2

GALWAY 2

North Sea

1 LIVERPOOL Chester

Cliffs of Moher

1 KILKENNY

4 countries: England Scotland Wales Ireland

KILLARNEY 1

1 CORK

ENGLAND WALES

Ring of Kerry Blarney

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

1 OXFORD Windsor

London

France English Channel

Tower Bridge, London

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

YORK: Evening ‘Ghost’ walk EDINBURGH: Traditional dinner with haggis & bagpipe entertainment


97 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Oxford Meet up with your Contiki Crew and view London on a sightseeing tour. Then there’s free time to hang out in Windsor en-route to Oxford. (D) See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey See Windsor Castle Day 2: Oxford to York From the distinguished university town journey through the charming Peak District to York. (B,D) Walking tour of York See York Minster Day 3: York to Edinburgh Leave England behind and travel through Northumberland National Park to Scotland’s vibrant capital, Edinburgh. (B,D) See the famous Roman construction Hadrian's Wall Day 4: Edinburgh Wind through the streets surrounding the city’s imposing castle and take in its intriguing blend of ancient and modern. (B) See Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile Day 5: Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands Journey through the wildly rugged, yet romantic Scottish Highlands. (B,D) Scenic drives including the Whisky Trail and Royal Deeside Visit and tour a whisky distillery (subject to availability) Day 6: Scottish Highlands to Glasgow Head over Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to legendary Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Then on to the happening music and arts scene of Glasgow. (B) Visit Loch Ness and Loch Lomond Day 7: Glasgow to Liverpool Cross back into England at the border town of Gretna Green and continue through the gorgeous Lake District to Liverpool. (B) Entrance to Gretna Green Museum

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/britain-ireland

Take part in an historic wedding ceremony

Time Out Hotels

See the famous sights of The Beatles on a Magical Mystery Tour with our local guide in Liverpool Day 8: Liverpool to Dublin Get inside Chester’s ancient medieval walls and then it’s on through Wales to board the ferry to Dublin. (B,D) Scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park Visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - the town with the longest name in the UK

Fish, chips & mushy peas

Day 9: Dublin to Galway Cruise around and see the sights in this down-to-earth, friendly city before departing for Galway. (B)

4 countries 14 nights hotels 14 breakfasts & 8 dinners

Visit to Kilmainham Gaol See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square and St. Stephen's Green Day 10: Galway Dive into picturesque Galway and relax for the day in this quintessentially Irish town. (B,D)

What’s included

Day 11: Galway to Killarney Catch an impressive view of the Cliffs of Moher on your way to green, shamrockdotted Killarney. (B,D)

All as per itinerary

• 14 nights twin share hotel

Day 12: Killarney to Cork Motor around the scenic Ring of Kerry before getting a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. Then time later to explore burgeoning Cork. (B,D) See Killarney National Park See Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone Day 13: Cork to Kilkenny Visit portside Cobh and Midleton’s smooth Irish whiskey distillery. Next it’s on to the charming Middle Age town of Kilkenny. (B) Entrance to the Port Heritage Centre in Cobh, last port of call for the illfated Titanic Guided tour of Jameson's Whisky distillery in Midleton See the Rock of Cashel See Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral Day 14: Kilkenny to Dublin Return to the capital and shop in thriving markets, relax in intimate cafés, and tap into a healthy, humming nightlife. (B) Day 15: Dublin to London Ferry back across the Irish Sea to Wales and then it’s back to London where the tour ends. (B)

Killarney

15 days Great Britain & Southern Ireland

Liverpool

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 14 continental breakfasts (B) & 8 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

When to go and how much Code: BBUK Summer 2009 Start London

Finish London

£ pp

Start London

Finish London

£ pp

2009 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 22 † JUN 25 JUN 29 † JUL 2 JUL 6 †

APR APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

1245 1245 1245 1245 1245 1245 1279 1279 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1345 1345

2009 JUL 9 JUL 13 † JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 3 † AUG 6 • AUG 10 • † AUG 13 • AUG 20 • AUG 24 • † AUG 27 • SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 1

JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT

1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1345 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 6 9 13 16 20

23 27 30 6 13 17 20 24 27 3 7 10 17 24 1 8 15

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This tour is a combination tour where clients who have booked the Great Britain section only return to London on Day 8 and those who have booked the Southern Ireland only section join on Day 8. • These tours will be in Edinburgh during the Festival & Military Tattoo (tickets not included). This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. † The itinerary for these tours will be Dublin 1 night, Galway 2 nights, Cork 1 night, Dublin 1 night. Please book using the code BBUKR. Prices above are twin share. Start 7.30am and end approx. 8.00pm. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £329.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £65. See page 13 for details.

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS: Boat cruise on the ‘Loch’ DUBLIN: Visit the Guinness Brewery Storehouse KILLARNEY: Horse-drawn car ride through the National Park OXFORD: Guided walk through the town & university grounds LIVERPOOL: Dinner & visit to the Cavern Club KILKENNY: Guided walking tour of the city


98

7 Days

Time Out Hotels

7 days London & Paris

London & Paris North Sea

2 countries England, France

6 nights hotels 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners

NETHERLANDS s

England ENGLAND Bath

3

2 AMSTERDAM LONDON Dover

Stonehenge

Calais English Channel Valley of the Somme

PARIS 3

+

BELGIUM

2

Versailles

What’s included

ys 7 Da £535 from/Day £77

Germany

1

FRANCE France

SWITZ Switz

All as per itinerary ITALY Italy

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 6 continental breakfasts (B) & 2 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Mediterranean Sea

ROME 2

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops This map shows route & nightstops for all tours featured on pages 98-99

Paris

When to go and how much Code: BBGE Summer 2009

More options This tour can be extended onward from Paris through to either Amsterdam or Rome. Check out the opposite page for more info. London

Start London

Finish Paris

£ pp

2009 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 18 May 23 May 30 Jun 6 Jun 8 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jun 29 Jul 4 Jul 6 Jul 11 Jul 13 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 1 Aug 8 Aug 15 Aug 17 Aug 22 Aug 29

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

625 625 625 639 639 659 659 659 659 659 659 659 659 659 659 675 675 675 675 675 675 675 675 659 659 659 659

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Start London

Finish Paris

£ pp

2009 Sep 5 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 3

Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct

659 659 659 659 659

11 18 25 2 9

Code: WWGE Winter 09/10 2009 Oct 17 Oct 31 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 27 Dec 30

Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

23 6 20 4 18 25 2 5

559 559 549 549 549 565 565 565

2010 Jan 2 Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 27 Mar 6 Mar 13 Mar 20

Jan Jan Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar

8 22 5 5 12 19 26

565 565 535 535 535 545 545

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure, see page 13. Prices above are twin share.

Itinerary and included sightseeing

See the White Cliffs of Dover

Day 1: Arrive London Check-in to your hotel after 2pm and the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6pm, meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers for dinner and a stroll through Covent Garden. (D)

Days 5-6: Paris Indulge in this sophisticated city for two whole days and find magic, romance, and history in everything from the breezy boulevards and impressive monuments, to the great works of art and magic lights. Take a trip to the illustrious Château Versailles and perhaps opt in for a cabaret show and dinner. (B)(B)

Walking tour to see Soho, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus in London's West End Days 2-3: London Get set for a couple of action packed days in this cosmopolitan city - sightsee the city's traditional icons, day trip to architecturally beautiful Bath and mysterious Stonehenge, and catch a roarin' West End musical. Free time to shop up a storm, explore vibrant neighbourhoods, or catch a bird's eye view of it all from the London Eye. (B)(B) See the mystical boulders of Stonehenge Visit the old Roman town, Bath Experience a traditional English Pub Sightseeing tour of London See Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the House of Parliament, Big Ben and the Royal Palace

Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am.

1 day Tube pass for the London Underground

For departure point information see page 142.

Entrance to a famous West End Musical

BBGE - Summer 2009

Day 4: London to Paris This morning, ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and into the glittering “City of Lights.” (B,D)

Single room supplement add £165. WWGE - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £139.

BATH: Guided tour of the Roman Baths STONEHENGE: Audio guided tour of Stonehenge PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & three course dinner

Evening Tour of Illuminations See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral

Entrance and guided tour of Château Versailles Visit a French perfumery Day 7: Depart Paris The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say "au-revoir" to your new friends. (B)

Paris W For more go to contiki.co.uk/london-paris

• 6 nights twin share hotel


W For more go to contiki.co.uk/london-paris-plus

99

London & Paris

When to go and how much

plus Paris extension

Code: BBGP Summer 2009 Start London

Finish Paris

£ pp

9 Days from £639 £71/Day

2009 APR 11 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 18 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 8 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUN 29 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 17 AUG 22 AUG 29

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP

769 769 769 789 789 809 809 809 809 809 809 809 809 809 809 829 829 829 829 829 829 829 829 809 809 809 809

Itinerary and included sightseeing

delicious gourmet food. Or day trip out to a nearby attraction like Disneyland Paris, the Champagne Region, or the Monet gardens in Giverny. (B)(B)

Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary and included sightseeing described on page 98.

Day 9: Depart Paris The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say "au-revoir" to your new friends. (B)

Days 7-8: Paris Check out this avant-garde city for a couple more days. Cruise from one side of the metropolis to the next using your included metro pass. Shop in stylish boutiques for the hottest Parisian fashions, peruse world-renowned museums like the Louvre or the Pompidou, and savour

2 day pass on Paris metro

Please note: The Paris extension portion of this tour is unescorted.

>> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See page 98 for what you could get up to.

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Start London

Finish Paris

£ pp

2009 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3

SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

809 809 809 809 809

13 20 27 4 11

2009 OCT 17 OCT 31 NOV 14 NOV 28 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 27 DEC 30

OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN

25 8 22 6 20 27 4 7

669 669 659 659 659 679 679 679

2010 JAN 2 JAN 16 JAN 30 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20

JAN 10 JAN 24 FEB 7 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28

679 679 639 639 639 649 649

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/london-amsterdam

plus Amsterdam 9 Days from £719 £80/Day Itinerary and included sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary and included sightseeing described on page 98. Days 7-8: Paris to Amsterdam Hop on the train and head to the Netherland's free-wheeling, vibrant capital city, Amsterdam. Check out its myriad of museums, cool cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B)(B)

Transfer to station and train to Amsterdam Transfer to Amsterdam hotel 2 day city tram pass Day 9: Depart Amsterdam The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: You’ll travel independently by train and will be met by a Contiki Representative in Amsterdam and transferred to your hotel. Your stay in Amsterdam is unescorted.

>> explore more >> See optional activities on page 98.

Code: BBGA Summer 2009 Start London

Finish £ Ams’dam pp

2009 APR 11 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 18 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 8 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUN 29 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 17 AUG 22 AUG 29

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP

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835 835 835 859 859 879 879 879 879 879 879 879 879 879 879 905 905 905 905 905 905 905 905 879 879 879 879

Start London

Finish £ Ams’dam pp

2009 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3

SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

13 20 27 4 11

879 879 879 879 879

2009 OCT 17 OCT 31 NOV 14 NOV 28 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 27 DEC 30 2010 JAN 2 JAN 16 JAN 30 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20

OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN

25 8 22 6 20 27 4 7

755 755 745 745 745 765 765 765

plus Rome W For more go to contiki.co.uk/london-rome

10 Days from £805 £81/Day Itinerary and included sightseeing Days 1-6: London to Paris Refer to London & Paris itinerary and included sightseeing described on page 98. Day 7: Paris to Rome Squeeze in some last minute sightseeing or shopping around Paris before hopping on the overnight train to Rome. (B) Transfer to station and overnight train to Rome Transfer to Rome hotel 2 day pass on Rome metro Days 8-9: Rome Check-in to your hotel and use your metro

pass to get out and see the ancient sights of the “Eternal City.” Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ and explore this living museum, give sophisticated Italian fashions a go, and gorge on delicious gelato. (B) Day 10: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. (B) Please note: You’ll travel independently by train and will be met by a Contiki Representative in Rome and transferred to your hotel. Your stay in Rome is unescorted.

>> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See page 98 for what you could get up to.

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 APR 11 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 18 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 8 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUN 29 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 17 AUG 22 AUG 29

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP

965 965 965 989 989 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1015 1039 1039 1039 1039 1039 1039 1039 1039 1015 1015 1015 1015

20 27 4 11 18 25 27 1 8 15 17 22 29 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 3 10 17 24 26 31 7

London & Paris plus Paris extension 2 countries England, France 8 nights hotels plus Amsterdam 4 countries England, France Belgium (in transit) Netherlands 8 nights hotels Train journey (+ transfer) plus Rome 4 countries England, France Switzerland (in transit), Italy 8 nights hotels 1 night train (+ transfer)

JAN 10 JAN 24 FEB 7 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28

765 765 719 719 719 735 735

Start London

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3

SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

1015 1015 1015 1015 1015

14 21 28 5 12

Code: WWGR Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 17 OCT 31 NOV 14 NOV 28 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 27 DEC 30 2010 JAN 2 JAN 16 JAN 30 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20

OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN

26 9 23 7 21 28 5 8

839 839 829 829 829 855 855 855

JAN 11 JAN 25 FEB 8 MAR 8 MAR 15 MAR 22 MAR 29

855 855 805 805 805 825 825

BBGR - Summer 2009 - Single room supplement add £255. WWGR - Winter 2009/10 - Single room supplement add £215. For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure, see page 13. Prices above are twin share. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142.

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 8 continental breakfasts (B) & 2 three-course dinners (D)

• A dedicated crew with an

Code: BBGR Summer 2009 Start London

plus Paris, Amsterdam or Rome extensions

Code: WWGA Winter 09/10

BBGA - Summer 2009 - Single room supplement add £219. WWGA - Winter 2009/10 - Single room supplement add £189.

London & Paris

9 or 10 days London & Paris

Code: WWGP Winter 09/10

BBGP - Summer 2009 - Single room supplement add £199. WWGP - Winter 2009/10 - Single room supplement add £169.

London & Paris

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experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver on days 1-7 • Transport in a modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging on days 1-7 • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours in London & Paris • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Rome


12 Days Simply Italy

g y Switz Slovenia Lake Garda

MILAN 1

s y a 12 D £885 from/Day £74

France

Verona

2 VENICE

Croatia

Bologna

LA SPEZIA 1 Cinque Terre

2 FLORENCE

Bosnia

Pisa Apennine Mountains

Adriatic Sea

Montenegro

ITALY Mediterranean Sea

2 countries: Italy Vatican City

3 ROME Vatican City Pompeii Isle of Capri

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

2 SORRENTO

A

Ionian Sea

Pisa

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum LAKE GARDA: Cruise on the lake


101 Time Out Hotels

12 days Simply Italy

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Sorrento

2 countries 11 nights hotels 11 breakfasts & 6 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary Rome

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/simply-italy

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel and this evening meet your Tour Manager and get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D) Day 2: Rome to Sorrento Travel south past Naples, the home of pizza, to the beautiful resort town of Sorrento. Tonight, a chance for dinner on a terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples with a view of Mt. Vesuvius. (B) See the Bay of Naples See Mt. Vesuvius Scenic coastal drive to Sorrento Day 3: Capri Excursion Chill out on the Isle of Capri. Be amazed at the natural beauty, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals. (B,D) Day 4: Sorrento to Florence From postcard perfect Sorrento, pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Scenic drive along the coast Local wine tasting in the Chianti region Day 5: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and 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 6: Florence to La Spezia Stop and check out Pisa's famous architectural wonder and then watch locals fishing along the shores. Indulge in tasty local food and wine, and pick up some rare souvenirs in the seaside setting of the Cinque Terre. (B,D) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit Monterosso, Portovenere and La Spezia Cruise (weather permitting) and train along the scenic coast

• 11 nights twin or triple share hotel

Day 7: La Spezia to Milan Leave the beauty of the Cinque Terre region behind and head to the capital of fashion, Milan!

When to go and how much

See the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and La Scala Opera House in Milan

Code: BBSY Summer 2009

Day 8: Milan to Venice Follow the route of the Romans to the lakeside resort of Sirmione. Later, profess your love in Romeo and Juliet's home of Verona before arriving in fairytale Venice. (B) Visit Sirmione on Lake Garda See Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena Day 9: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations Day 10: Venice to Rome Stop in the city of Bologna, an historic and elegant city. Then criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. (B,D) See Bologna’s famous porticos & two towers See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum and Roman Forum See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 11: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B) Day 12: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say “arreviderci” to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 12 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Start Rome

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 3 MAY 6 MAY 10 MAY 13 MAY 17 MAY 20 MAY 24 MAY 27 MAY 31 JUN 3 JUN 7 JUN 10 JUN 14 JUN 17 JUN 21 JUN 24 JUN 28 JUL 1 JUL 5 JUL 8 JUL 10 JUL 12 JUL 15 JUL 19 JUL 22 JUL 26 JUL 29 AUG 2 AUG 5 AUG 9

APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG

1099 1099 1099 1099 1135 1135 1135 1135 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179 1179

9 16 30 7 14 17 21 24 28 31 4 7 11 14 18 21 25 28 2 5 9 12 16 19 21 23 26 30 2 6 9 13 16 20

Start Rome

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 AUG 16 AUG 19 AUG 23 AUG 26 AUG 30 SEP 2 SEP 6 SEP 9 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 23 SEP 27 OCT 4 OCT 11

AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1099

27 30 3 6 10 13 17 20 24 1 4 8 15 22

Code: WWSY Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 18 NOV 8 NOV 22 DEC 6 DEC 20 DEC 27 DEC 29

OCT NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN

29 19 3 17 31 7 9

925 915 915 915 939 939 939

2010 JAN 3 JAN 17 FEB 7 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14

JAN 14 JAN 28 FEB 18 MAR 11 MAR 18 MAR 25

939 939 885 885 885 905

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBSY - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £349. WWSY - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £329. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 11 continental breakfasts (B) & 6 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13. Fly to Barcelona and connect with the Spanish Spree tour detailed on pages 108-109. Alternatively, fly to Athens and connect with the Greek Island Hopping tour detailed on pages 116-117. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £59. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £89. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £45. See page 13 for details.

POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city SORRENTO: Boat Cruise around the Isle of Capri FLORENCE: Tuscan hills feast with singing and dancing VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals


8 Days Italian Espresso

St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Switz

ys 95 a D 8 5 £ m fro /Day £75

Hungary Slovenia VENICE

Croatia

2

France 3 FLORENCE Pisa

Chianti Region

Bosnia

Apennine Mountains

Adriatic Sea

San Gimignano

ITALY

2 countries: Italy Vatican City

2 ROME Vatican City

Mediterranean Sea

A

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

Ionian Sea

VENICE: Gondola ride through the world famous canals - a truly memorable Venetian experience


103 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel and this evening meet your Tour Manager and get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. Then hit the streets for some sightseeing of Italy’s ancient capital city. (D) See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum and Roman Forum Day 2: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B) Day 3: Rome to Florence Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Renaissance Florence. A local guide gives you the inside track on the city’s striking buildings and sacred art. (B,D) See St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Day 4: Florence Uncover the amazing masterpieces of Michelangelo’s Florence. Also, shop along the Ponte Vecchio or get your lips around some fine Tuscan cuisine before hitting up the Florentine nightlife. (B)

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Day 5: Florence Take a day trip out to the hills of the rustic Chianti region for a wine tasting and a stop in medieval San Gimignano - the quintessential Tuscan town. (B) Day 6: Florence to Venice Roll through the Tuscan hillside, stopping in Pisa to check out its architectural wonder, the Leaning Tower. Snake through the Apennine Mountains to fairytale Venice. (B,D) Wine Tasting

Day 7: Venice Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, interesting little shops, bars and markets. A gondola ride optional is a must! (B)

2 countries 7 nights hotels 7 breakfasts & 3 dinners

Private motorboat to the historic Venetian islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lace-making demonstrations

What’s included

Day 8: Depart Venice/Rome The tour ends after breakfast in Venice and it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a free transfer back to Rome where your tour ends when you arrive. (B)

All as per itinerary

• 7 nights twin or triple share hotel

Please note: Days 1 and 8 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

You choose! You can end your tour in either Venice or Rome.

Florentine leather craft demonstration

Florence

When to go and how much Code: BBHI Summer 2009 Start Rome

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/espresso

8 days Italian Espresso

2009 MAR 28 APR 11 APR 18 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 2 JUN 6 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUN 30 JUL 4 JUL 7 JUL 11 JUL 14 JUL 18 JUL 21 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 22 AUG 29

Venice

Finish Venice or Rome

£ pp

APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP

749 749 749 769 769 789 789 789 789 789 789 789 789 789 799 799 799 799 799 799 799 799 799 789 789 789

4 18 25 9 16 23 30 6 9 13 20 27 4 7 11 14 18 21 25 28 1 8 15 22 29 5

Start Rome 2009 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 15 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3 OCT 10

Finish Venice or Rome

£ pp

SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT

789 789 789 789 789 789 749

12 19 22 26 3 10 17

Code: WWHI Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 24 NOV 14 NOV 28 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 27 DEC 29

OCT NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN

31 21 5 19 26 3 5

625 615 615 615 635 635 635

2010 JAN 2 JAN 9 JAN 23 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 20

JAN 9 JAN 16 JAN 30 FEB 20 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 27

635 635 595 595 595 595 609

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBHI - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £235. WWHI - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £195. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B) & 3 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! Fly to Athens and connect with the Greek Island Hopping tour detailed on pages 116-117 or connect with the Spotlight on Greece tour detailed on pages 118-119. Alternatively, fly to Berlin and connect with the Eastern Road tour detailed on pages 126-127. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £39. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £59. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £29. See page 13 for details.

FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence including one drink - Regional food feast in the Tuscan countryside with local Chianti wines & entertainment ROME: Locally guided tour & entry to The Colosseum & Roman Forum & learn about the glory of Imperial Rome - Roman dinner & local entertainment VENICE: Authentic Venetian dinner with a selection of specialities & regional wines


10 Days Rome to Athens

Corfu

ys 5 a D 10 £89 from/Day £90

Serbia ITALY

Adriatic Sea

Montenegro

2 ROME

Macedonia

Vatican City Pompeii

2 countries: Italy Vatican City Greece 13 day Greek Island Cruise Option will visit 3 countries: Italy Vatican City Greece Turkey

Isle of Capri

Bulgaria

2

Brindisi

Albania

SORRENTO 1

CORFU 2

Ionian Sea

GREECE Greece

Corinth Canal

2 ATHENS

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum


105

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/rome-athens

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel and this evening meet your Tour Manager and get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D) Day 2: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B) See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City Day 3: Rome to Sorrento Travel south past Naples, the home of pizza, to the beautiful resort town of Sorrento. Tonight, a chance for dinner on a terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples with a view of Mt. Vesuvius. (B) See the Bay of Naples See Mt. Vesuvius Day 4: Capri Excursion Chill out on the Isle of Capri. Be amazed at the natural beauty, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals. (B,D) Day 5: Sorrento to Corfu Pass Naples, catch a view of Mt. Vesuvius, and opt for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins. Then cross Italy and board the overnight ferry to Greece. (B,D) Scenic drive along the coast Days 6-7: Corfu Kick back and relax, get into the water

13 Days Rome to Athens plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/rome-athens3

For what’s included, refer to the Rome to Athens tour. Visits 1 extra country (Turkey). Additionally includes 3 nights onboard a cruise ship, onboard cruise rep, 3 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) & 3 suppers (S).

Itinerary and included sightseeing Days 1-9: Rome to Athens Refer to Rome to Athens map, itinerary and included sightseeing described above. Day 10: Athens to Mykonos Cruise to Mykonos with its golden beaches and young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Visit Mykonos town Day 11: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi. Later, enjoy friendly, unspoilt Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See Monastery of St. John on Patmos Day 12: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en-route to Santorini and its famous blue & white buildings. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands

sports, shop, and soak up the sun in this Greek island paradise. (B,D)(B) See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town Day 8: Corfu to Athens Leave the island and travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en-route to the mythological city of Athens. (B,D) Day 9: Athens Sightsee the ancient wonders and feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. (B) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium Day 10: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 10 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

More options You can also experience the Greek Islands with Contiki, with a 3 day Greek Island cruise. See below for more info.

Time Out Hotels

Colosseum

When to go and how much Code: BBGGA Summer 2009 Start Rome

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start Rome

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 MAY 13 MAY 20 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 10 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 8 JUL 15

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL

895 919 919 919 919 919 929 929 929

2009 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 5 AUG 12 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 2 SEP 9 SEP 16

JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP

929 929 929 919 919 919 919 919 919

22 29 5 12 19 3 10 17 24

31 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £229.

ays 13 D £1115 from/Day £86 s taxe port plus

£55 ies atuit & gr

Aegean Sea Corinth Canal

GREECE

TURKEY ATHENS Kusadasi Mykonos

Patmos

Santorini

Mediterranean Sea Crete

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops Visit the main town of Fira Day 13: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast and transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

10 days Rome to Athens 2 countries 8 nights hotels 1 night ferry 9 breakfasts & 5 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 9 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 8 nights in hotels, 1 night onboard a ferry (more on pages 66-69) • 9 continental breakfasts (B) & 5 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

When to go and how much Code: RAICT3 Summer 2009 Twin Cabin Start Finish Out In Start Rome Athens £pp £pp Rome

Finish Athens

Twin Cabin Out In £pp £pp

2009 MAY 13 MAY 20 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 10 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 8 JUL 15

AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP

1239 1239 1239 1209 1209 1209 1209 1209 1209

MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL

25 1 8 15 22 6 13 20 27

1175 1209 1209 1209 1209 1209 1239 1239 1239

1115 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145 1175 1175 1175

2009 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 5 AUG 12 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 2 SEP 9 SEP 16

3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28

1175 1175 1175 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are based on twin share in hotels & twin inside cabin on cruise ship. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 12.00 noon. For departure point information see page 142. Single inside cabin supplement add £285. Single outside cabin supplement add £299. Port taxes and gratuities add £55. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa.

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13. Add the Greek Island Hopping tour detailed on pages 116-117 or connect with the Spotlight on Greece tour detailed on pages 118-119. Alternatively, fly to Cairo and connect with the Egypt tour detailed on page 120-121. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

>> explore more >> See below for optional activities.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £45. See page 13 for details.

POMPEII: Entry fee & guided tour of the ancient city CORFU: Watersports including parasailing, waterskiing & tube riding ATHENS: Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka Greek Island Cruise optional activities: KUSADASI: Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus PATMOS: Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John


13 Days Mediterranean Highlights Czech Rep

5 countries: Spain France Monaco Italy Vatican City

Germany Austria

Switz

France

Slovenia

Atlantic Ocean

FRANCE Cinque Terre

1 AVIGNON Pyrenees Mountains Zaragoza

Portugal

Hungary

Aix-enProvence

Croatia Bosnia

Monaco

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Mediterranean Sea

2 MADRID

ITALY Italy PISA/LA SPEZIA 1 2 FLORENCE

2 BARCELONA

San Adriatic Sea Gimignano

Vatican City

2 ROME

SpainSPAIN

s y a 13 D £879 from/Day £68

Costa Blanca

Ionian Sea

Costa del Sol

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

French Riviera

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

MADRID: Guided tour of the Valley of the Fallen BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show


107

Start Madrid option

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/madrid-rome

Itinerary Day 1: Arrive Madrid Check-in to your hotel; later meet your Contiki Crew and fellow travellers. (D) Day 2: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. (B) Day 3: Madrid to Barcelona Head to the baroque Zaragoza for lunch and on to Mediterranean Barcelona. (B,D) Day 4: Barcelona This sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour - it's food, fiesta, fashion and fun! (B) Day 5: Barcelona to Avignon Travel through the charming Provence region to graceful Avignon. (B,D) Day 6: Avignon to French Riviera Stop in Aix-en-Provence, then through to the glamorous French Riviera. Tonight Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) Day 7: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques, and sun worship on the beach. (B,D)

Day 8: French Riviera to Pisa Enter the Cinque Terre region and explore the colourful cliff-side villages. Then it’s on to Pisa. (B,D) Day 9: Pisa to Florence Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa and roll through Tuscany to Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Day 10: Florence A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in this atmospheric city. (B) Day 11: Florence to Rome Enjoy a break in medieval San Gimignano. Then pass through rural Umbria on the road to Rome. (B) Day 12: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum. (B) Day 13: Depart Rome The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say “arrivederci” to your new friends. (B) Note: this tour stays overnight in Pisa. Please note: Days 1 and 13 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

included sightseeing for both Madrid & Rome options Madrid Tour the Royal Palace with a local guide (Royal Palace tour may be substituted with a tour of the Prado if the Palace is closed for an official state function) Zaragoza See Zaragoza’s monumental cathedral Barcelona See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Avignon See the Papal Palace French Riviera See the Cours Mirabelle in Aix-enProvence Visit a French perfumery Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur

Visit Monaco & see the Royal Palace Visit a Monte Carlo casino Cinque Terre Visit the towns of Monterosso, Portovenere and La Spezia Cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic coast Pisa See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Rome See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Start Rome option

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/rome-madrid

Itinerary Day 1: Arrive Rome Check-in to your hotel; later meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. Day 2: Rome Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ and explore this living museum. (B) Day 3: Rome to Florence Enjoy a break in medieval San Gimignano. Then get back on the road to Renaissance Florence. (B,D) Day 4: Florence Get the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in this atmospheric city. (B) Day 5: Florence to La Spezia Check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa; then enter the unspoiled Cinque Terre region. (B,D) Day 6: La Spezia to French Riviera Explore colourful cliff-side villages before heading to the glamorous French Riviera. (B,D) Day 7: French Riviera Stroll through outdoor markets, shop upscale boutiques and sun worship. Later Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B)

Day 8: French Riviera to Avignon Through charming Provence, break for lunch in Aix-en-Provence, then continue on to graceful Avignon. (B,D) Day 9: Avignon to Barcelona Wind along the Mediterranean coast past the Pyrénées Mountains to vibrant Barcelona. (B,D) Day 10: Barcelona This sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour - it's food, fiesta, fashion and fun. (B) Day 11: Barcelona to Madrid Head to baroque Zaragoza for lunch and on to buzzing Madrid. (B,D) Day 12: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. (B) Day 13: Depart Madrid The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Note: this tour stays overnight in La Spezia & visits Pisa. Please note: Days 1 and 13 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

When to go and how much

Time Out Hotels

Code: BBMD Summer 2009 Start Madrid

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 13 JUN 15 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 6 JUL 11 JUL 13 JUL 18 JUL 20 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 3

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG

1169 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1229 1229 1229 1229 1229 1229 1229 1229 1229

21 28 4 18 25 27 2 9 16 18 23 25 30 1 6 13 15

Start Madrid

Finish Rome

£ pp

2009 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 29 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26

AUG AUG SEP SEP OCT OCT

1229 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199

20 27 10 24 1 8

Code: WWMD Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 31 DEC 5

NOV 12 DEC 17

925 909

2010 JAN 9 MAR 6

JAN 21 MAR 18

935 879

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBMD - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £419. WWMD - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £345. In winter the itinerary changes slightly, we will use the train rather than the boat in Cinque Terre. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

13 days Mediterranean Highlights 5 countries 12 nights hotels 12 breakfasts & 6 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 12 nights twin share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 12 continental breakfasts (B) & 6 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

When to go and how much Code: BBDM Summer 2009 Start Rome

Finish Madrid

£ pp

2009 APR 27 MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 8 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29 JUL 1 JUL 6 JUL 8 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 22 JUL 27

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG

1079 1109 1139 1139 1139 1139 1139 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169

9 23 6 20 27 4 11 13 18 20 25 1 3 8

Start Rome

Finish Madrid

£ pp

2009 AUG 3 AUG 17 AUG 31 SEP 14

AUG AUG SEP SEP

1169 1139 1139 1139

15 29 12 26

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save up to £59. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £89. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £45. See page 13 for details.

Code: WWDM Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 19 NOV 23 DEC 28

OCT 31 DEC 5 JAN 9

925 909 935

2010 FEB 22

MAR 6

879

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBDM - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £419. WWDM - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £345. In winter the itinerary changes slightly, we will use the train rather than the boat in Cinque Terre. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

FRENCH RIVIERA: Dinner near the Royal Palace of Monaco FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum

You choose! Travel from Madrid to Rome or Rome to Madrid. This tour operates in both directions.

Rome


12 Days Spanish Spree

Ibiza

ys 9 a D 12 £86 from/Day £73

Atlantic Ocean

France Pyrenees Mountains

Zaragoza

Portugal

2 BARCELONA

MADRID

2

SPAIN

Mediterranean Sea

Toledo

3 IBIZA

2 countries: Spain Gibraltar

CORDOBA 1 1 SEVILLE

Denia

2 GRANADA Costa Blanca Gibraltar Costa del Sol

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

MADRID: Castillian Tapas dinner accompanied by local wines


109 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Barcelona Check-in to your hotel and explore this cosmopolitan, Mediterranean city for the afternoon. This evening meet up with your Contiki Crew and fellow Contiki travellers. (D) Day 2: Barcelona See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It's food, fiesta, fashion and fun. (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla district Day 3: Barcelona to Madrid Head to the baroque city of Zaragoza for lunch and on to buzzing Madrid. (B,D) See Zaragoza’s monumental cathedral Day 4: Madrid Get hooked on the Spanish capital’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture with new vitality. Find it in everything from the shopping, food & dining, to its arts & culture. (B) Tour the Royal Palace with a local guide (Royal Palace tour may be substituted with a tour of the Prado if the Palace is closed for an official state function) See the Gran Via, the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana Day 5: Madrid to Cordoba Be spellbound by Toledo’s grandiose medieval buildings, Moorish mosques, and winding cobbled streets en-route to Cordoba in the heart of Andalusia. (B,D) See the Alcazar Fortress and Gothic Cathedral in Toledo Day 6: Cordoba to Seville See the fantastic historical attractions of this thriving city and roam its narrow old lanes lined with whitewashed houses and flower-filled balconies. Then it’s on to

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Granada

Seville, the Spanish capital of culture and fashion. (B) Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba See the Cathedral, Alcazar & Plaza de Espana in Seville Day 7: Seville to Granada Stop on the curious island of Gibraltar and see “The Rock.” Then wind along the Costa del Sol and through the Sierra Nevada mountains to Granada. (B,D) Visit The Rock of Gibraltar that is still under British Sovereignty Scenic drive past Marbella & Malaga Day 8: Granada Walk back in time in this once Moorish city full of romance and folklore. Take a look at the fabled palace, experience the lively street culture, and break for tapas and sangria! (B) Guided visit of the Alhambra Palace Day 9: Granada to Ibiza Time to party in Ibiza!! Head east to the Mediterranean coast and catch a ferry to Spain’s world-famous party island. (B,D) Days 10-11: Ibiza Revel in the buzzing atmosphere of this fantasy island. Hang out on its fine beaches, soak up the relentless sunshine or get into the water sports. At night, get into the hotter than hot nightlife. (B,D)(B) Visit Ibiza town and the beaches Day 12: Depart Ibiza The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 12 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

After your tour Returning to Barcelona, Madrid or the UK after your tour? Low-cost airlines fly regularly from Ibiza check skyscanner.net for info.

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12 days Spanish Spree

Plaza de España, Seville

2 countries 11 nights hotels 11 breakfasts & 6 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 11 nights twin or triple share hotel

Paella

When to go and how much Code: BBEH Summer 2009 Start Barcelona

Finish Ibiza

£ pp

2009 APR 19 MAY 3 MAY 17 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 12 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 26 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 10 JUL 12 JUL 17 JUL 19 JUL 24 JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 9 AUG 14 AUG 16 AUG 23

APR MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP

999 1025 1049 1049 1049 1049 1049 1049 1049 1049 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1065 1049 1049 1049

30 14 28 11 18 23 25 2 7 9 16 21 23 28 30 4 6 13 20 25 27 3

Start Barcelona

Finish Ibiza

£ pp

2009 AUG 30 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 11

SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT

1049 1049 1049 1049 1049 999

10 17 24 1 8 22

Code: WWEH Winter 09/10 Start Madrid

Finish Madrid

£ pp

2009 OCT 14 NOV 25 DEC 23 DEC 30

OCT DEC JAN JAN

25 6 3 10

909 895 919 919

2010 JAN 13 FEB 10 MAR 17

JAN 24 FEB 21 MAR 28

919 869 885

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa. BBEH - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £365. WWEH - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £319. Winter departures feature a slightly modified itinerary. Two nights in Madrid, Cordoba one night, Seville two nights, Granada two nights, Valencia one night, Barcelona two nights and Madrid one night. For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 11 continental breakfasts (B) & 6 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13. Fly to Rome and connect with the Simply Italy tour detailed on pages 100-101. Alternatively, fly to Athens and connect with the Greek Island Hopping tour detailed on pages 116-117. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £49. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £89. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £45. See page 13 for details.

MADRID: Locally guided tour of the Valley of the Fallen & learn about it’s importance in the Spanish Civil War SEVILLE: Flamenco dance show & dinner in the home of flamenco! GRANADA: Locally guided tour of the historic Moorish Quarter of Albaicin & La Cartuja including a visit to La Cartuja Monastery


8 Days Croatian Island Cruising

R TOU W NE

ys 65 a D 8 6 £ m fro /Day £84 Why cruise Croatia with Contiki? • The boat is exclusive to Contiki • Comfortable & modern boat with large decks and sun lounges • Breakfast and lunch every day • Dinner on one night, giving you flexibility to explore the ports on other nights • Spacious twin-rooms with private facilities • Fully air-conditioned

CROATIA

Bosnia

SPLIT 1 1 MAKARSKA

HVAR 1 1 KORCULA

ZULJANA 1 2 DUBROVNIK

Adriatic Sea Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops Dubrovnik harbour

MONTENEGRO: Day trip taking in the area’s breathtaking scenery, stunning fjords and the coastal beach town of Budva CETINA RIVER: Whitewater rafting


111 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Split to Hvar All aboard! Step on to your exclusive Contiki sailing ship to meet your Contiki Rep and friendly crew. Cruise to Croatia’s party capital, Hvar, and check out the town’s lively main square and hilltop castle-fort for breathtaking views. Tonight explore the restaurants and bars around the bustling port. (L) See the Arsenal Fort Day 2: Hvar to Korcula En-route to the fortified fishing village of Korcula, slip into a private cove for swimming and lunch. Then moor in the port of Marco Polo’s enchanting hometown and explore its brilliant architecture and narrow cobblestone streets to discover excellent local wines, restaurants and bars. (B,L) Visit the fortified Old Town Day 3: Korcula to Dubrovnik Dive in and splash around in the crystal clear waters. Then get up close to nature with a stop at the low-key island of Mljet, known for its perfect combination of unspoiled National Parkland and quaint fishing villages. Continue along Croatia’s sparkling coastline and the picturesque, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. (B,L)

Stop at Mljet National Park (entrance not included) See the fortified city and the old port

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Day 4: Dubrovnik Roam around the historic buildings, modern galleries, ancient sculptures and taste amazing seafood in this stunning World Heritage site. Or opt in for a fabulous day trip to tiny Montenegro to see the deepest Fjord south of Norway and spend time in Kotor and Budva. (B,L)

8 days Croatian Island Cruising

Day 5: Dubrovnik to Zuljana Navigate past the Elephite Islands to moor in a secluded cove near Zuljana, and get set for a private beach party complete with great food, great music, and plenty of dancing (B,L,D).

1 country Croatia 7 nights cruise 7 breakfasts 7 lunches & 1 dinner

Day 6: Zuljana to Makarska Wind along the stretch of sandy beaches and peaceful bays of the Makarska Riviera. In Makarska, delve into the fashionable cafés, bars and boutiques along its palm-fringed promenade. (B,L)

What’s included

See Mount Biokovo Day 7: Makarska to Split Jump onto an exhilarating optional whitewater rafting adventure in the morning. Then drift on the boat past the windsurfer’s paradise of Brac to the Mediterranean-style port-town of Split. (B,L)

All as per itinerary

• 7 nights on a sailing cruise boat (twin share) (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) & 1 dinner (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Contiki representative • Sightseeing tours of all main cities • Port & Visitors taxes

See Diocletian’s Palace in Split Day 8: Split The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Getting there

When to go and how much

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/croatian-cruising

Code: BBCI Summer 2009

Contiki’s exclusive boat

Start Split

Finish Split

2009 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUL 4 JUL 18

MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL

30 13 27 11 25

Above Below Deck Deck Start £pp £pp Split

755 755 825 865 895

695 695 765 809 839

2009 AUG1 AUG15 AUG29 SEP 12 SEP 26

Finish Split

AUG AUG SEP SEP OCT

Above Below Deck Deck £pp £pp

8 22 5 19 3

895 895 865 825 695

There are low-cost airlines who fly to Split like easyjet.com (more on page 24). Flights can get tight – so book early to get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights right through to Split.

839 839 809 765 665

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. Note: ‘Above Deck’ cabins have a door that opens to the outside, while ‘Below Deck’ cabins have a port hole and door that opens to the inside. Start 12 noon and end approx. 9.00am. For departure point information see page 142. Single above deck cabin supplement add £659. Single below deck cabin supplement add £595. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £39. See page 13 for details.


Louis Hellenic Cruises

6 days Aegean Classic

Aegean Classic

When to go and how much Code: 6CGS Summer 2009 Start Athens

Finish Athens

2009 MAR 8 MAR 15 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 12 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 18 OCT 25 NOV 1 NOV 8

MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 17 APR 24 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 15 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 7 AUG 14 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 4 SEP 11 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 2 OCT 9 OCT 16 OCT 23 OCT 30 NOV 6 NOV 13

Quad Out Quad In £pp £pp

Twin Out £pp

Twin In £pp

539 539 539 539 539 539 539 539 539 539 555 555 555 555 555 555 555 565 565 565 565 565 565 555 555 555 555 555 555 555 555 539 539 539 539 539

455 455 455 455 455 455 455 455 455 455 469 469 469 469 469 469 469 479 479 479 479 479 479 469 469 469 469 469 469 469 469 455 455 455 455 455

6 days incl 4 days cruising E Aegean Sea

Greece, Turkey

4 nights cruise 1 night hotel 5 breakfasts 4 lunches 4 dinners & 4 suppers What’s included All as per itinerary

• 5 nights accommodation: 4 nights onboard a cruise ship (your choice of quad or twin share) & 1 night in a hotel (more on pages 66-69) • 5 buffet breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 4 three-course dinners (D) & 4 suppers (S) • Onboard representative • Fun-filled entertainment on every night of every cruise

349 349 349 349 349 349 349 349 349 349 359 359 359 359 359 359 359 369 369 369 369 369 369 359 359 359 359 359 359 359 359 349 349 349 349 349

For Travel Insurance see page 141. Start 7.00pm and end approx. 12.00 noon. For departure point information see page 142. Single inside cabin supplement add £59 to twin price. Single outside cabin supplement add £65 to twin price. Port taxes and gratuities add £80. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa.

TURKEY 1 ATHENS Kusadasi

ys 6 Da £349 from/Day £59 s taxe port plus

80 ies £ atuit & gr

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Board your ship and cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out for the day on this island with its golden beaches and young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Visit Mykonos town Day 3: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi and 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

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

Mykonos

Patmos

Santorini Rhodes

Crete

Mediterranean Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

See Monastery of St. John on Patmos Day 4: Cruising to Rhodes Arrive at the sunniest island in the Aegean and spend the day exploring pristine beaches, medieval towns, and cool little shops. (B,L,D,S) See the fortified town of Rhodes Day 5: 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, and breathtaking natural scenery. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit the main town of Fira Day 6: Arrival into Athens Returning to Athens, enjoy breakfast then transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. Or take one last opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon. (B) Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

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2 countries

435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 435 445 445 445 445 445 445 445 459 459 459 459 459 459 445 445 445 445 445 445 445 445 435 435 435 435 435

KUSADASI: Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus ATHENS: Guided tour of the famous Acropolis


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About our cruises Louis Hellenic Cruises are our trusted cruise operating partner, running Contiki trips on classic cruise ships through the sun-kissed Greek Isles. Onboard, there is a daily program of changing activities to choose from, the opportunity to mix with a wide range of people (these cruises are not exclusive to Contiki travellers), and get the low-down from our onboard dedicated Contiki Cruise Rep. Our rep is a great guide to the best things to do and see both onboard and onshore. Each vessel has excellent facilities like a pool, bar, nightclub, live evening entertainment, casino and a spa. Freshly prepared meals are a highlight and choose from either a casual buffet or more special full-service restaurant. Comfortable rooms all have private facilities, with a choice of either a Standard Outside Cabin with porthole or a Standard Inside Cabin without porthole. Single accommodation in either of these cabin types is available on request. Check the ‘When to go and how much’ panel for more or contiki.com/cruising. The order of ports of call may be reversed on some days and the itinerary is subject to change.

Golden Fleece

When to go and how much

9 days incl 7 days cruising Istanbul

ys 9 Da £499 from/Day £56 s& taxe port plus

60 s £1 uitie grat

e Aegean Sea

TURKEY

1 ATHENS Patmos

Kusadasi

Mykonos

Santorini Rhodes

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/golden-fleece

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel and meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area Day 2: Athens and sail to Istanbul This morning you could choose to sightsee Athens’ ancient wonders before cruising toward Turkey. (B,D,S) Day 3: Cruising to Istanbul Enjoy the ship's great amenities. Anchor in diverse Istanbul. (B,L,D,S) Day 4: Istanbul and the Bosphorus Savour this cultural city’s incredible mosaic of sights. (B,L,D,S) Visit Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque Day 5: Cruising to Mykonos Hang out on golden beaches and in the island’s young, party culture. (B,L,D,S) Visit Mykonos town Day 6: Cruising to Kusadasi via Patmos Stop by friendly Patmos. Later, enjoy the

Crete

Mediterranean Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

resort town of Kusadasi. (B,L,D,S) See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar Day 7: Cruising to Rhodes Explore pristine beaches, medieval towns, and cool shops. (B,L,D,S) Day 8: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en-route to Santorini and its famous blue & white buildings. (B,L,D,S)

Code: 9GFS Summer 2009 Start Athens

Finish Athens

2009 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 9 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 1 OCT 8 OCT 15 OCT 22

APR APR MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

17 24 1 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 23 30

Quad Out Quad In £pp £pp

649 649 649 649 649 649 669 669 669 669 669 669 685 685 685 685 685 685 669 669 669 669 669 669 669 669 669 649 649

499 499 499 499 499 499 519 519 519 519 519 519 529 529 529 529 529 529 519 519 519 519 519 519 519 519 519 499 499

Twin Out £pp

Twin In £pp

829 829 829 829 829 829 855 855 855 855 855 855 875 875 875 875 875 875 855 855 855 855 855 855 855 855 855 829 829

689 689 689 689 689 689 705 705 705 705 705 705 725 725 725 725 725 725 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 705 689 689

Visit Heraklion town on Crete

For Travel Insurance see page 141.

See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini

Start 7.00pm and end approx. 12.00 noon.

Visit the main town of Fira

Single inside cabin supplement add £100 to twin price.

Day 9: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast and transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B)

Single outside cabin supplement add £110 to twin price.

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

9 days Golden Fleece 2 countries Greece, Turkey

7 nights cruise 1 night hotel 8 breakfasts 6 lunches 7 dinners & 7 suppers What’s included All as per itinerary

• 8 nights accommodation: 7 nights onboard a cruise ship (your choice of quad or twin share) & 1 night in a hotel (more on pages 66-69) • 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 three-course dinners (D) & 7 suppers (S) • Onboard representative • Fun-filled entertainment on every night of the cruise

For departure point information see page 142.

Port taxes and gratuities add £160. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa.

RHODES: Tour of the traditional fishing village of Lindos & the medieval city of Rhodes PLUS these Optionals for Aegean Classic 6 days: PATMOS: Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John ATHENS: Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka PLUS these Optionals for Golden Fleece 9 days: ISTANBUL: Guided city sightseeing tour CRETE: Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos


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9 Days

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Bulgaria

5 countries

Eastern Mediterranean Cruising

Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey e

Turkey

GREECE

TURKEY

1 ATHENS Piraeus

Mykonos

Antalya

R TOU NEW

Santorini

CYPRUS Limassol Mediterranean Sea

What’s included

Ashdod Jerusalem Port Said

All as per itinerary

• 8 nights accommodation: 7 nights onboard a cruise ship (your choice of quad or twin share) & 1 night in a hotel (more on pages 66-69) • 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 three-course dinners (D) & 7 suppers (S) • Onboard representative • Fun-filled entertainment on every night of the cruise • Local guides in Cairo & Jerusalem

Giza

ISRAEL

Egypt EGYPT

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Mykonos

Red Sea

When to go and how much

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Start Athens

Finish Athens

2009 APR 30 MAY 14 MAY 28 JUN 11 JUN 25 JUL 9 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 20 SEP 3 SEP 17 OCT 1

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP OCT

8 22 5 19 3 17 24 31 7 14 28 11 25 9

Quad Out Quad In £pp £pp

815 815 835 835 835 855 855 855 855 855 835 835 835 835

649 649 669 669 669 685 685 685 685 685 669 669 669 669

Twin Out £pp

985 985 1009 1009 1009 1035 1035 1035 1035 1035 1009 1009 1009 1009

Twin In £pp

835 835 855 855 855 875 875 875 875 875 855 855 855 855

For Travel Insurance see page 141. Start 7.00pm and end approx. 12.00 noon. For departure point information see page 142. Single inside cabin supplement add £110 to twin price. Single outside cabin supplement add £110 to twin price. Note: Standard outside cabins are with a porthole & standard inside cabins are without a porthole. Port taxes and gratuities add £160. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £35. See page 13 for details.

60 s £1 uitie grat & s taxe port plus

Cairo

Code: 9TCC Summer 2009

Egypt

ys 9 Da £649 from/Day £73

Day 1: Arrive Athens Check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area Day 2: Athens Sightseeing and Cruise This morning you could sightsee the ancient wonders of Athens before hopping aboard the cruise ship headed for Egypt. (B,D,S) Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon with a local guide See the first modern Olympic Stadium Day 3: Cruising to Egypt Kick back, relax, and maximize the cruise ship's great amenities as you sail through the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. (B,L,D,S) Day 4: Arrive Port Said for Cairo Drop anchor in Port Said at the mouth of the Suez Canal. Step into the intense, 24/7 city of Cairo and stare in awe at the Sphinx and the monumental pyramids of Giza. (B,L,D,S) Visit the Egyptian Museum and Bazaar Guided tour of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx Day 5: Port Said to Ashdod for Jerusalem Cruise toward Israel and dock in Ashdod, the country’s largest port. Make a pilgrimage to the ever-holy, modern metropolis of Jerusalem. (B,L,D,S) Visit the Old City and the New City. See the Mount of Olives, Via Dolorosa,

Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall Lunch at a Kibbutz Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem Day 6: Ashdod to Limassol Arrive on Aphrodite's seductive island, Cyprus, and spend the day chilling in seaside Limassol, known for its locally grown wine, and the best nightlife on the island. (B,L,D,S) Day 7: Limassol to Antalya and Cruising Moor in the Turkish harbour of sun-kissed Antalya and wander through the narrow winding streets, old wooden houses, and shops in its picturesque old quarter. (B,L,D,S) Visit Antalya’s Old Town Day 8: Santorini and Mykonos Drop by the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue and white buildings. Then hang out for the afternoon on Mykonos, with its azure seas, golden beaches, and young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit the main town of Fira Visit Mykonos Town and see the traditional Cycladic-style houses See Mykonos’ famous windmills Day 9: Arrival into Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece and the mythological city of Athens. Disembark after breakfast and transfer into central Athens where the tour ends once you arrive. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 9 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

ATHENS: Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka LIMASSOL: Tour of Limassol and visit the Ancient City Kingdom of Amathus ANTALYA: Visit Antalya Museum and the Düden Waterfall, known as the Alexandrian falls. SANTORINI: Sail to the active volcanic isle of Nea Kameni on a traditional boat

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1 night hotel 7 nights cruise 8 breakfasts 6 lunches 7 dinners & 7 suppers


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8 Days

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Mykonos & Island Cruising

8 days Mykonos & Island Cruising

Mykonos

2 countries Greece, Turkey

ce

4 nights hotels 3 nights cruise 7 breakfasts 2 lunches 4 dinners & 3 suppers

GREECE Aegean Sea

ys 8 Da £755 from/Day £95 s taxe port plus

TURKEY

Corinth Canal 1 ATHENS Kusadasi

£60 ies atuit & gr

3 MYKONOS

Patmos

What’s included

Santorini

All as per itinerary

• 7 nights twin or triple share Crete

accommodation: 4 nights in hotels & 3 nights on board a cruise ship (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 4 three-course dinners (D) • Experienced, professional local guide in Athens & representative onboard cruise ship • Coach transfers • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Mediterranean Sea Santorini

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. Twist and turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets and find ancient sites, cafés, and shops full of history and character. This evening meet up with your Tour Escort and fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/mykonos-cruising

Day 2: Athens to Mykonos Board the cruise ship and get set to island-hop your way to heaven, starting with a few days on the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. (B,D) Days 3-4: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its azure seas, golden beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets and whitewashed cube houses found in the picture-perfect Cycladic capital. (B)(B) Visit Mykonos town See the traditional Cycladic style houses See the famous windmills Day 5: Mykonos to Turkey Soak up some more sun on the pristine beaches, wind through the labyrinthine of roads shopping for souvenirs, or lunch with the locals and international jet setters for another day. When you’re finished soaking up the atmosphere onshore, head offshore and sail away into the sunset

toward Turkey and the Dodecanese Islands. (B,D,S) Day 6: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop in the port-town of Kusadasi and shop in the town’s colourful bazaar or get a feel for ancient Roman life on an optional tour to the classical city of Ephesus. Later on, dock at the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos and 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 Day 7: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete, the largest of the islands, en-route to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue and white buildings, spectacular island sunsets, and breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to a cliff-top town, like Fira. Or boat ride out to the volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Visit the main town of Fira

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

When to go and how much Code: BBGM Summer 2009 Start Athens

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start Athens

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 MAY 11 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29 JUL 6 JUL 13 JUL 20

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL

755 775 775 775 775 775 775 775 795 795 795

2009 JUL 27 AUG 3 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 5

AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

795 795 795 775 775 775 775 775 775 775 775

18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27

3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12

For Travel Insurance see page 141. Prices above are based on twin share in hotels & twin inside cabin on cruise ship. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. Single room/cabin supplement add £235. Port taxes and gratuities add £60.

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Day 8: Arrival into Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece and the mythological city of Athens. Disembark after breakfast and transfer into central Athens where the tour ends once you arrive. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 8 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £39. See page 13 for details.

ATHENS: Guided tour of the famous Acropolis KUSADASI: Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus PATMOS: Guided tour of the Monastery of St. John CRETE: Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos


13 Days Greek Island Hopping

Albania

ys 49 a D 13 £10 from/Day £81

GREECE Aegean Sea Corinth Canal Piraeus

Ionian Sea

3 islands: Mykonos Santorini Ios

3 ATHENS MYKONOS 3

Turkey

IOS 3 SANTORINI 3

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

ATHENS: Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka area - Guided tour of the famous Acropolis


117 Time Out Hotels

13 days Greek Island Hopping 3 islands 12 nights hotels 12 breakfasts & 4 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 12 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 12 continental breakfasts (B) & 4 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager • Ferry crossings (tourist class on all journeys) & coach transfers • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges cosmopolitan atmosphere, and young, vibrant party culture. Wander through the tiny streets and whitewashed cube houses the picturesque Cycladic capital is renowned for. (B)(B)

When to go and how much Code: BBGI Summer 2009

Visit Mykonos town Day 6: Mykonos to Santorini Sail to the quintessential Greek island, Santorini, world-famous for simple blue and white buildings, spectacular island sunsets, and breathtaking natural scenery. (B,D) Santorini

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/island-hopping

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek of Athens. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. (D) Day 2: Athens Sightsee the ancient wonders and feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city. Twist and turn through the Plaka’s maze of narrow medieval streets and find ancient sites, cafés, and shops full of history and character. (B) Visit the famous Plaka area Day 3: Athens to Mykonos Hop aboard a ferry in the morning and journey to the popular Aegean paradise of Mykonos. (B,D) Days 4-5: Mykonos Hang out on this island famous for its azure seas, golden beaches,

Days 7-8: Santorini Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or take a cable car up to the cliff-top town of Fira. From here, catch a staggering panoramic view of the island’s submerged volcano and sip on cocktails as the sun goes down. There’s also a chance for a boat ride out to the active volcanic island, Nea Kameni. (B)(B) Visit the main town of Fira Day 9: Santorini to Ios Cruise to another Greek Island gem, the Island of Ios. (B,D) Days 10-11: Ios Chill out poolside or on soft, sandy beaches for the day. Then get caught up in the nightlife of this ultimate party island. (B)(B) Visit Ios town Day 12: Ios to Athens Set sail back to mainland Greece and the mythological city of Athens. (B)

Start Athens

Finish Athens

£ pp

Start Athens

Finish Athens

£ pp

2009 APR 25 APR 28 MAY 1 MAY 4 MAY 7 MAY 10 MAY 13 MAY 16 MAY 19 MAY 22 MAY 25 MAY 28 MAY 31 JUN 3 JUN 6 JUN 9 JUN 12 JUN 15 JUN 18 JUN 21 JUN 24 JUN 27 JUN 30 JUL 3 JUL 6 JUL 9 JUL 12 JUL 15

MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL

1049 1049 1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129

2009 JUL 18 JUL 21 JUL 24 JUL 27 JUL 30 AUG 2 AUG 5 AUG 8 AUG 11 AUG 14 AUG 17 AUG 20 AUG 23 AUG 26 AUG 29 SEP 1 SEP 4 SEP 7 SEP 10 SEP 13 SEP 16 SEP 19 SEP 22 SEP 25 SEP 28 OCT 1 OCT 4 OCT 7

JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT OCT

1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1129 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105 1105

7 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 27

Day 13: Depart Athens The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

For Travel Insurance see page 141.

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

Start 7.00pm and end approx. 8.00am.

30 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 1 4 7 10 13 16 19

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! You'll also save £60 with our multi tour discount. See page 13. Add the Spotlight on Greece tour detailed on pages 118-119. Alternatively, fly to Italy and connect with the Simply Italy tour detailed on pages 100-101, or to Spain and connect with the Spanish Spree tour detailed on pages 108-109. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £495.

SANTORINI: Visit Oia at sunset - Guided walking tour of Santorini - Boat trip to the Volcano’s core IOS: Island cruise on a traditional sailing boat ATHENS: Final night alfresco dinner

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £55. See page 13 for details.


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4 Days

Time Out Hotels

4 days Spotlight on Greece

Albania

What’s included

Greece

All as per itinerary

GREECE

• 3 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 3 continental breakfasts (B) & 2 three-course dinners (D) • Experienced & professional local guide • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • “Welcome to Greece” information pack • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Aegean Sea

DELPHI 1 Corinth Canal

ys 4 Da £399 from0/Day £10

1 ATHENS

Corinth

Mycenae

OLYMPIA 1 Ionian Sea

Mediterranean Sea Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Mix+Match Combine this trip with another tour and double your fun! Add the Greek Island Hopping tour detailed on pages 116-117. Alternatively, fly to Rome and connect with the Italian Espresso tour detailed on pages 102-103, or fly to Cairo and connect with the Egypt tour detailed on pages 120-121. Use low-cost airlines with these tours. See page 24.

Athens

When to go and how much

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Code: BBBS Summer 2009 Start Athens 2009 APR 27 MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 22 JUL 6 JUL 13

Finish Athens

APR MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL

30 14 28 4 11 25 9 16

£ pp

Start Athens

Finish Athens

£ pp

399 409 419 419 419 419 429 429

2009 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 3 AUG 17 AUG 31 SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 28

JUL JUL AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT

429 429 429 419 419 419 419 419

23 30 6 20 3 10 17 1

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 5.00pm. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £129.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £19. See page 13 for details.

Day 1: Arrive Athens Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. Visit the famous Plaka area Day 2: Athens to Olympia Sightsee the ancient wonders and feel the gritty urban soul of this bustling city before criss-crossing the beautiful, historic Peloponnese region en-route to Olympia. (B,D)

Day 4: Delphi to Athens Be swept away by Delphi’s history, spectacular ruins, and museum as well as its heartbreakingly beautiful location on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Return to the mythological city of Athens where the tour ends in the afternoon. (B) Guided tour of Delphi including the Temple of Apollo Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

Delphi

Guided tour of Athens including the Acropolis and Parthenon

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/greece

1 country Greece 3 nights hotels 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners

Spotlight on Greece

See the impressive Corinth Canal Guided tour of Mycenae, including the Palace of Agamemnon See the Acronafplion citadel at Nafplion Day 3: Olympia to Delphi On your mark, get set, go! A local guide shows off the site of the first Olympic Games. This afternoon, cross the Corinthian Gulf and arrive in Delphi, the centre of the universe in Ancient Greek times. (B,D) Guided tour of Olympia including the Olympic Stadium and Temples of Hera and Zeus

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

ATHENS: Traditional taverna meal in the Plaka


119 Time Out Hotels

Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise Aegean Sea Corinth Canal 1

ys 8 Da £729 from/Day £92 s taxe port plus

TURKEY ATHENS Patmos

GREECE

When to go and how much

Santorini

60 ies £ atuit & gr

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/greece3

Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary and included sightseeing opposite. Day 5: Athens to Mykonos Cruise to Mykonos with its golden beaches and young, vibrant party culture. (B,L,D,S) Visit Mykonos town Day 6: Cruising to Patmos via Kusadasi Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi. Later, enjoy friendly, unspoilt Patmos. (B,L,D,S) Visit Kusadasi’s local bazaar See Monastery of St. John on Patmos Day 7: Cruising to Santorini via Crete Drop by Crete en-route to Santorini and its famous blue & white buildings. (B,L,D,S) Visit Heraklion town on Crete

Visit the main town of Fira on Santorini See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini Day 8: Arrival into Athens Disembark after breakfast and transfer into central Athens where the tour ends. (B) Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

>> explore more >> See optional activities below. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £19. See page 13 for details.

Spotlight on Greece plus 7 day Greek Island Cruise Istanbul

ays 99 D 2 1 £9 m o r f /Day £84 s taxe port plus

160 ies £ atuit & gr

ce Aegean Sea

TURKEY

1 ATHENS Patmos

Kusadasi

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/greece7

Rhodes

Crete

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Days 1-4: Athens to Athens Refer to Spotlight on Greece map, itinerary and included sightseeing opposite.

>> explore more >>

Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

Greece, Turkey

Code: SPICR3 Summer 2009 Twin Cabin Start Start Finish Out In Athens Athens £pp £pp Athens 2009 APR 27 MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 22 JUL 6 JUL 13

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL

4 18 1 8 15 29 13 20

789 789 809 809 809 809 829 829

729 729 749 749 749 749 765 765

2009 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG3 AUG17 AUG31 SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 28

Finish Athens

Twin Cabin Out In £pp £pp

JUL AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT

829 829 829 809 809 809 809 809

27 3 10 24 7 14 21 5

765 765 765 749 749 749 749 749

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.00pm and end approx. 12.00 noon. For departure point information see page 142. Single inside cabin supplement add £225. Single outside cabin supplement add £245. Port taxes and gratuities add £60. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa.

When to go and how much Code: SPICR7 Summer 2009 Twin Cabin Start Start Finish Out In Athens Athens £pp £pp Athens 2009 APR 27 MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 22 JUL 6 JUL 13

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL

8 22 5 12 19 3 17 24

1139 1139 1169 1169 1169 1169 1199 1199

999 999 1025 1025 1025 1025 1049 1049

2009 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG3 AUG17 AUG31 SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 28

Finish Athens

Twin Cabin Out In £pp £pp

JUL AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT

1199 1199 1199 1169 1169 1169 1169 1169

31 7 14 28 11 18 25 9

1049 1049 1049 1025 1025 1025 1025 1025

Mykonos

Santorini

Days 5-12: Athens to Athens Refer to Golden Fleece cruise (days 2-9) itinerary and included sightseeing on p.113.

2 countries

Crete

Mediterranean Sea

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Little Venice, Mykonos

Kusadasi Mykonos

8 days Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise

Mediterranean Sea

See optional activities below. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £19. See page 13 for details.

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.00pm and end approx. 12.00 noon. For departure point information see page 142. Single inside cabin supplement add £309. Single outside cabin supplement add £355. Port taxes and gratuities add £160. If you require a Schengen visa for this tour it must be a multi-entry visa.

4 nights hotels 3 nights cruise 7 breakfasts 3 lunches 5 dinners & 3 suppers What’s included All as per itinerary

• 7 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 4 nights in hotels & 3 nights onboard a cruise ship (more on pages 66-69) • 3 continental breakfasts (B), 4 buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) & 3 suppers (S) • Onboard representative • Fun-filled entertainment on every night of every cruise • Refer to “What’s Included” on page 118 for all other inclusions

12 days Spotlight on Greece plus 7 day Greek Island Cruise 2 countries Greece, Turkey

4 nights hotels 7 nights cruise 11 breakfasts 6 lunches 9 dinners & 7 suppers What’s included All as per itinerary

• 11 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 4 nights in hotels & 7 nights onboard a cruise ship (more on pages 66-69) • 3 continental breakfasts (B), 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D) & 7 suppers (S) • Refer to “What’s Included” above & on page 118 for all other inclusions

PLUS these optional activities for the 3 & 7 day Spotlight on Greece plus Greek Island Cruise: KUSADASI: Guided tour of the classical Greek archaeological site of Ephesus PATMOS: Guided tour of the Monastry of St. John CRETE: Guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos


8 Days Egypt & The Nile

ys 99 a D 8 5 £ m fro /Day £75

Mediterranean Sea

Israel Giza Sakkara

2 CAIRO

1

The Nile

z ue fS lf o 1 Gu

EGYPT

1 LUXOR Esna

Red Sea

1 EDFU ASWAN Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

1

Kom Ombo

Lake Nassar

Cairo

ASWAN: Visit Abu Simbel’s Temple of Ramses II GIZA: Light & sound show at the Pyramids LUXOR: Take a camel ride & observe everyday life along the West Bank of Thebes


121 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cairo Check-in to the hotel and explore Egypt’s buzzing capital city for the afternoon. At 7pm, meet up with your Tour Manager and 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 and the time of the Pharaohs. Stare in awe at the Sphinx and the monumental pyramids of Giza before boarding the overnight train to Aswan. (B,D) Visit the Egyptian Museum and Bazaar Guided tour of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza Day 3: Nile Cruise - Aswan Unwind in the beautiful riverside setting of Egypt’s sunniest city. Enjoy its laid back pace of life and distinctive African atmosphere. After being treated to sightseeing and a ride on a traditional felucca sailboat, kick back and listen to Nubian music, eat some freshly caught fish, or explore the souk, full of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. (B,L,D)

unique temple in Kom Ombo en-route to the friendly city of Edfu. (B,L,D) View Kom Ombo, the Temple of Two Gods Day 5: Nile Cruise - Edfu to Luxor Wind through the commercial and religious centre of Edfu to its most famous attraction, the Temple of Horus the Avenger. Cast off in the afternoon and watch Upper Egypt slip away as we meander up the Nile River to Luxor. (B,L,D)

8 days Egypt & The Nile

Abu Simbel

Visit the Temple of Horus See the the Colossos of Memnon

1 country Egypt 2 nights hotels 3 nights cruise 2 nights trains 7 breakfasts 3 lunches & 6 dinners

Day 6: Luxor to Cairo Be amazed by the sheer volume of monuments around Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings. Then board the overnight train back to bustling Cairo. (B,D) Guided visit of the Temple of Karnak Guided tour through the Valley of Kings Day 7: Cairo Squeeze in more sightseeing, including a trip out to Sakkara to see the world’s oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid. Spend the rest of the day shopping and flexing your bargaining skills in the colourful bazaars in Cairo. (B,D)

Sail on a traditional felucca

Shopping at the Khan El Khalili bazaar

View the Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam

Visit the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque and Sultan Husan Mosque

See the Botanical Gardens

Day 8: Depart Cairo The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Day 4: Nile Cruise - Aswan to Edfu Today consider taking an excursion to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel – the most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture. Then cruise on down the Nile River with a stop at the

Time Out Hotels

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 7 nights twin share accommodation: 2 nights in hotels, 2 nights twin berth sleep couchette on train (Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo) & 3 nights Nile cruise (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 6 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Egyptian Tour Manager • Coach transfers • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges • Transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival

Please note: Days 1 and 8 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Temple of Karnak, Luxor

When to go and how much

The Nile Cruise

• Cruise the Nile on a superb ship

Code: BBEG Summer 2009

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/egypt

Start Cairo 2009 MAR 21 MAR 28 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

Finish Cairo

MAR 28 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

£ pp

609 609 609 609 609 609 625 625 645 645 645 645 645 645 645 659 659 659 659 659 659 645 645 645 645

Start Cairo 2009 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 3

Finish Cairo

SEP SEP OCT OCT

19 26 3 10

£ pp

645 645 645 645

featuring luxury cabins, all with private shower, WC, TV & air-conditioning Cruise Amenities

• Swimming pool • Sun deck • Restaurant • Lounge • Bars • Gift shop • Disco

Code: WTEG Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 17 OCT 24 OCT 31 NOV 14 NOV 28 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 26

OCT OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN

24 31 7 21 5 19 26 2

629 629 629 629 629 629 639 639

2010 JAN 2 JAN 9 JAN 16 JAN 23 FEB 6 FEB 20 MAR 6 MAR 20

JAN 9 JAN 16 JAN 23 JAN 30 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 13 MAR 27

639 639 639 599 599 599 599 615

For Travel Insurance see page 141. Prices above are twin share. Start 7.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBEG - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £189. WTEG - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £189. The Sphinx, Cairo

For details of winter tours between Oct 2008 - Mar 2009, ask Contiki or your travel agent.

Save Money! Summer tour discounts If you pay 6 months in advance you save £29. Winter tour discounts If you pay 12 months in advance you save £59. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £29. See page 13 for details.


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8 Days

Time Out Hotels

8 days Turkish Delight

Troy

What’s included

Bulgaria

Black Sea

3 ISTANBUL Gallipoli Troy

ys 8 Da £485 from/Day £61

1 CANAKKALE

All as per itinerary

TURKEY Turkey

• 7 nights twin share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 7 continental breakfasts (B) & 4 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Turkish Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Calcium Terraces, Pamukkale

Pergamum

Aegean Sea

Izmir

2 KUSADASI

Ephesus

1 PAMUKKALE Hieropolis

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

When to go and how much

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Code: BBSL Summer 2009 Start Istanbul

Finish Istanbul

£ pp

Start Istanbul

Finish Istanbul

£ pp

2009 MAY 9 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUL 4 JUL 11 JUL 18

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL

485 495 495 495 509 509 509

2009 AUG 1 AUG 15 AUG 29 SEP 12 SEP 26 OCT 10 OCT 24

AUG AUG SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT

509 495 495 495 495 485 485

16 30 13 27 11 18 25

8 22 5 19 3 17 31

For Travel Insurance see page 141. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £149.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul Check-in to your hotel and meet up with your Contiki Crew and fellow Contiki travellers this evening in Turkey’s capital, a burgeoning metropolis where East literally meets West. Day 2: Istanbul to Canakkale Make a pilgrimage to the historic Gallipoli Battlefields and pay your respects, then ferry across the Dardanelles to the quaint port city of Canakkale. (B,D) Journey along the Sea of Marmara Visit Lone Pine Cemetery See ANZAC Cove Day 3: Canakkale to Kusadasi Tread among the legendary ruins of Troy, setting to Homer's "Iliad" and “Odyssey.” Journey along Turkey’s beautiful coastline and see the ancient cities of Pergamum and Izmir before arriving in seaside Kusadasi. (B,D) See Troy’s Wooden Horse Scenic mountain drive to Pergamum, ancient capital of Asia Minor Visit Homer’s birthplace, Izmir

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £25. See page 13 for details.

Day 4: Kusadasi Get a feel for ancient Roman life in the classical city of Ephesus, one of the bestpreserved ancient cities on the Mediterranean. Later, explore the porttown of Kusadasi. (B,D)

Guided tour of Ephesus’ famous Roman ruins Visit a Turkish carpet factory See Kusadasi’s shopping bazaar & promenade Day 5: Kusadasi to Pamukkale Stop in the ancient spa town of Hieropolis & opt for a relaxing soak in the famous hot, bubbly pools of Pamukkale. (B,D) See Hieropolis’ famous church See the calcium terraces of Pamukkale Day 6: Pamukkale to Istanbul Travel through Turkey’s scenic countryside to the cultural melting pot of Istanbul. (B) Day 7: Istanbul See an incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city. Cap the day off if you choose by taking a traditional Turkish bath or sitting down for an optional belly-dancing Turkish dinner. (B) Visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market with a local guide See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, and Suleymaniye Mosque Day 8: Depart Istanbul This morning the tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 8 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

ISTANBUL: Authentic Turkish bath experience - Fun belly-dancing evening & dinner TROY: Guided tour through the centuries-old ruins PERGAMUM: Visit the amazing ancient hillside remains of this once powerful city PAMUKKALE: Bathe in the thermal pools & hot water springs

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/turkey

1 country Turkey 7 nights hotels 7 breakfasts & 4 dinners

Turkish Delight


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9 Days

Time Out Hotels

Berlin & Prague Plus Vienna

9 days Berlin & Prague Plus Vienna

Berlin Wall

3 countries Germany, Czech Republic, Austria

8 nights hotels 8 breakfasts & 3 dinners

BERLIN 3 Poland

ys 9 Da £665 from/Day £74

Germany GERMANY

Dresden

What’s included 3 PRAGUE KutnaRep Hora Czech CZECH REP VIENNA 2 Austria AUSTRIA

Switz

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2pm and the afternoon is yours to explore Germany’s über-cool capital city. At 6pm meet up with your Tour Manager and get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner. (D)

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/berlin-vienna

Days 2-3: Berlin Take a couple of days to savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork and the Berlin Wall See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie' Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some tasty local fare, like bratwurst, and wash it down with a stein of good German beer in Dresden. Then it’s off south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. (B,D) Visit the city destroyed in World War 2 and known as the 'Florence of the North' See the rebuilt baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger

Fortress, Opera House and Frauenkirche in Dresden Days 5-6: Prague The next two days are yours to snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage Listed town of Kutna Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D) Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the State Opera House 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 and encounter its wealth of music, lively cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, delicious strudel! (B) Day 9: Depart Vienna Time to say goodbye to your new Contiki buddies as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 9 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Slovakia Hungary

Italy

Slovenia

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Prague

All as per itinerary

• 8 nights twin or triple share hotel

Croatia Bosnia

When to go and how much Code: BBBV Summer 2009 Start Berlin

Finish Vienna

£ pp

2009 APR 11 APR 25 MAY 9 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 29 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 26 OCT 3

APR MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

725 725 745 765 765 765 765 785 785 785 785 785 785 765 765 765 765 765 765

19 3 17 31 14 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 6 13 20 4 11

Start Berlin

Finish Vienna

£ pp

2009 OCT 10

OCT 18

725

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 8 continental breakfasts (B) & 3 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

More options This tour can be extended onward from Vienna through to Budapest. Check out page 124 for more info.

Code: WWBV Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 14 DEC 5 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 22 DEC 27

OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC DEC JAN

25 1 22 13 20 27 30 4

689 689 685 685 685 699 699 699

2010 JAN 2 JAN 9 JAN 23 FEB 13 MAR 6 MAR 20

JAN 10 JAN 17 JAN 31 FEB 21 MAR 14 MAR 28

699 699 665 665 665 675

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBBV - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £189. WWBV - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £175.

BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert

Prague


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Time Out Hotels

Berlin to Budapest

Budapest

5 countries Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

10 nights hotels 10 breakfasts & 4 dinners

GERMANY 3 BERLIN

What’s included

3 PRAGUE KutnaRep Hora Czech CZECH REP

All as per itinerary

Slovakia SLOVAKIA

• 10 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 10 continental breakfasts (B) & 4 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

VIENNA 2 Austria AUSTRIA Italy

ays 11 D £765 from/Day £70

Poland

Dresden

ny

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST Hungary HUNGARY

Slovenia Croatia

Places visited Bosnia 1 1 or more nightstops

Romania Serbia Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

When to go and how much

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Code: BBIT Summer 2009

The Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Start Berlin

Finish £ Budapest pp

2009 APR 11 APR 25 MAY 9 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 29 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 26 OCT 3 OCT 10

APR MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT

Start Berlin

Finish £ Budapest pp

Code: WWIT Winter 09/10 21 5 19 2 16 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 8 15 22 6 13 20

875 875 895 919 919 919 919 945 945 945 945 945 945 919 919 919 919 919 919 875

2009 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 14 DEC 5 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 22 DEC 27

OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN JAN

27 3 24 15 22 29 1 6

799 799 785 785 785 809 809 809

2010 JAN 2 JAN 9 JAN 23 FEB 13 MAR 6 MAR 20

JAN 12 JAN 19 FEB 2 FEB 23 MAR 16 MAR 30

809 809 765 765 765 779

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBIT - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £229. WWIT - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £205.

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel after 2pm and the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6pm, meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D) Days 2-3: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)(B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork and the Berlin Wall See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie' Day 4: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. (B,D) See the rebuilt baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Fortress, Opera House and Frauenkirche in Dresden Days 5-6: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)(B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square

Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 7: Prague to Vienna Explore the World Heritage listed town of Kutna Hora before heading south to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B,D) Scenic drive along historic Ring Road See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the State Opera House Day 8: Vienna Viennese culture waltzes right up to you as you wander through this picture book city and encounter its wealth of music, cafés, parks, incredible architecture and, of course, strudel! (B) Day 9: Vienna to Budapest Hit up three capital cities today! From Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia and then onto the lively arts, café and music scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B,D) Visit Bratislava’s historic old town See St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael Gate and Baroque Tower Day 10: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (B) Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion Day 11: Depart Budapest Time to say goodbye to your new-found friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 11 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert BUDAPEST: Evening river cruise & dinner

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/berlin-budapest

11 days Berlin to Budapest


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Berlin & Prague

When to go and how much

Time Out Hotels

Code: BBBP Summer 2009

BERLIN 3 GERMANY Germany Dresden

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/berlin-prague

ys 7 Da £499 from/Day £72 Itinerary and included sightseeing

Start Berlin

Finish Prague

£ pp

2009 APR 11 APR 25 MAY 9 MAY 23 JUN 6 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 29 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 26 OCT 3

APR MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

565 565 579 595 595 595 595 609 609 609 609 609 609 595 595 595 595 595 595

Start Berlin

Finish Prague

£ pp

2009 OCT 10

OCT 16

565

Poland

3 PRAGUE Czech Rep CZECH REP Austria Slovakia

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops Hungary

More options This tour can be extended onward from Prague through to Budapest. Check out page 124 for more info.

Days 1-6: Berlin to Prague Refer to Berlin to Budapest itinerary and included sightseeing described on page 124.

17 1 15 29 12 26 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 4 11 18 2 9

Code: WWBP Winter 09/10 2009 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 14 DEC 5 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 22 DEC 27

OCT OCT NOV DEC DEC DEC DEC JAN

23 30 20 11 18 25 28 2

525 525 515 515 515 535 535 535

2010 JAN 2 JAN 9 JAN 23 FEB 13 MAR 6 MAR 20

JAN 8 JAN 15 JAN 29 FEB 19 MAR 12 MAR 26

535 535 499 499 499 515

>> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See below for what you could get up to.

Vienna & Budapest Poland

Czech Rep

Slovakia SLOVAKIA

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/vienna-budapest

Day 1: Arrive Vienna Check-in to your hotel after 2pm and the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6pm meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers for dinner before exploring the nightlife. (D)

6 nights hotels 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners What’s included

VIENNA 2 Austria AUSTRIA Italy

Bratislava

2 BUDAPEST Hungary HUNGARY

Slovenia Croatia

Romania

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

More options While you’re in this part of the world, you can also visit Berlin & Prague. Check out page 124 for more info.

Days 2-5: Vienna to Budapest Refer to days 8-11 Berlin to Budapest itinerary and included sightseeing described on page 124.

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

>> explore more >>

See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the State Opera House

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See below for what you could get up to.

• 6 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 6 continental breakfasts (B) & 2 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

When to go and how much Code: BBVB Summer 2009

Itinerary and included sightseeing

2 countries Germany, Czech Republic

All as per itinerary For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBBP - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £149. WWBP - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £135.

Day 7: Depart Prague Time to say goodbye to your newfound friends as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

ys 5 Da £415 from/Day £83

7 days Berlin & Prague

Start Vienna

Finish £ Budapest pp

2009 APR 17 MAY 1 MAY 15 MAY 29 JUN 12 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 7 AUG 14 AUG 21 SEP 4 SEP 11 SEP 18 OCT 2 OCT 9

APR MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT

21 5 19 2 16 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 8 15 22 6 13

459 469 479 479 479 479 495 495 495 495 495 495 479 479 479 479 479 479 459

Start Vienna

Finish £ Budapest pp

2009 OCT 16

OCT 20

5 days Vienna & Budapest

459

Code: WWVB Winter 09/10

3 countries Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

2009 OCT 23 OCT 30 NOV 20 DEC 11 DEC 18 DEC 25 DEC 28

OCT NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN

27 3 24 15 22 29 1

435 435 429 429 439 439 439

2010 JAN 2 JAN 8 JAN 15 JAN 29 FEB 19 MAR 12 MAR 26

JAN 6 JAN 12 JAN 19 FEB 2 FEB 23 MAR 16 MAR 30

439 439 439 415 415 425 425

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBVB - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £119. WWVB - Winter 2009/10 Single room supplement add £109.

4 nights hotels 4 breakfasts & 2 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 4 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 4 continental breakfasts (B) & 2 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Optionals for Berlin & Prague 7 days: BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch Optionals for Vienna & Budapest 5 days: VIENNA: Mozart & Strauss classical music concert BUDAPEST: Evening river cruise & dinner


12 Days Eastern Road

Berlin Cathedral

Latvia

Sweden Denmark

ys 5 a D 12 £93 from/Day £78

Baltic Sea

Lithuania North Sea

Belarus BERLIN 2 Netherlands GERMANY

Dresden

Czestochowa Auschwitz

Belgium

2 KRAKOW

2 PRAGUE CZECH REP

6 countries: Germany Czech Republic Austria Hungary Slovakia Poland

2 WARSAW

POLAND

Ukraine SLOVAKIA

France

Banska Bystrica

VIENNA 1

2 BUDAPEST

AUSTRIA Switz

HUNGARY Romania

Slovenia Italy

Croatia Bosnia

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Serbia Adriatic Sea

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

Bulgaria

BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour PRAGUE: Traditional Czech evening meal & entertainment


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Hungary and enjoy the café scene of the “Paris of the East.” (B)

Day 1: Arrive Berlin Check-in to your hotel and then the afternoon is yours to explore. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers for dinner. (D)

Day 7: Budapest All your senses are surrounded by the history of this fascinating city split by the Danube River into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (B,D)

Day 2: Berlin Savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B)

Day 8: Budapest to Krakow Go north through Slovakia and stop for lunch in picturesque Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. (B,D)

See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie' Day 3: Berlin to Prague Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, in Dresden on your way south to Prague, an ever-modernizing hub of eastern European revival. (B,D) Visit the city destroyed in World War 2 and known as the 'Florence of the North' See the rebuilt baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Fortress, Opera House and Frauenkirche Day 4: Prague Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover Gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 5: Prague to Vienna Head south through the Czech countryside to Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna. (B)

Time Out Hotels

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

12 days Eastern Road

Local foods Prague

6 countries 11 nights hotels 11 breakfasts & 5 dinners

Visit the town square and see the black obelisk in Banska Bystrica Day 9: Krakow Wander through the lively market stalls and pavement cafés of this city’s unspoiled medieval Old Town. (B) Guided sightseeing of the Cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill

What’s included

Day 10: Krakow to Warsaw Take a sobering guided tour of Auschwitz and view the famous “Black Madonna” in Częstochowa en-route to Warsaw. (B,D)

All as per itinerary

• 11 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 11 continental breakfasts (B) & 5 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Entrance and guided tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp See the monastery at Jasna Gora Day 11: Warsaw Immerse yourself in the impressive cultural scene, thriving nightlife, and intriguing attractions of Poland’s revitalized capital. (B) Guided sightseeing of the Old Town, St. John's Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Chopin's park and the Warsaw Ghetto Day 12: Depart Warsaw/Berlin The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Or catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival. (B) Please note: Day 1 has been designed to allow you to start the tour without needing an extra night of accommodation.

Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road See the Hapsburg Palaces, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the State Opera House Day 6: Vienna to Budapest Morning sightseeing in Vienna. Cross into

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

Getting to & from Berlin & Warsaw

When to go and how much Code: BBRH Summer 2009

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/eastern-road

Berlin Wall

Start Berlin 2009 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 16 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 6

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

£ pp

Start Berlin

MAY MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL

935 955 955 979 979 979 979 979 979 979 1005 1005

2009 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 20 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 19

6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15 17

Finish Warsaw or Berlin

£ pp

JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP SEP SEP

1005 1005 1005 1005 1005 1005 979 979 979 979 979 979

22 29 31 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30

It’s easy. There are either direct international flights or budget airlines like easyjet.com that fly to/from London. skyscanner.net is the place to go for the best deals & see page 24 for more airlines.

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end Warsaw approx. 8.00am or Berlin approx 7.00pm. Please specify when booking whether you want to end your tour in Warsaw or Berlin. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £245.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £49. See page 13 for details.

VIENNA: Royal Palace - classical music concert & dinner BUDAPEST: Evening river cruise & dinner KRAKOW: See the amazing sculptures of the salt mines on a Guided tour WARSAW: Chopin piano recital


14 Days Russia & The Baltic

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

ys 45 a D 14 £13 from/Day £97

FINLAND Gulf of Bothnia

HELSINKI 2 Petrodvorets

2 ST PETERSBURG

1

1 STOCKHOLM

Estonia

1 NOVGOROD

SWEDEN

4 countries: Latvia Russia Finland Sweden

RUSSIA RIGA 2

LATVIA

Baltic Sea

1 VELIKIYE-LUKI

Klin

3 MOSCOW

Lithuania

Poland Belarus Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

MOSCOW: Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum ST. PETERSBURG: Evening at the Russian Ballet


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Day 9: St. Petersburg Explore the palace-lined waterways of this grand city dubbed the “Venice of the North.” (B)

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

See the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress

Day 2: Riga Be transfixed by this up-and-coming city’s maze of cobbles, voluminous spires, and authentic art nouveau architecture. (B) See the Powder Tower, Riga Castle and the Doma Cathedral - the largest church in the Baltic states

See the church of the Spilt Blood and the Admiralty Day 10: St. Petersburg to Helsinki We cross the border, leaving Russia behind and journeying to Finland’s quirky capital, Helsinki. (B,D)

Day 12: Helsinki to Stockholm Chill out in the city in the morning, then in the afternoon board the luxurious overnight cruise boat to Sweden. (B)

Guided tour of the Kremlin Visit Red Square and see Lenin's Mausoleum and St. Basil's domed Cathedral

Day 14: Depart Stockholm The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

See a performance by the Moscow Circus

Please note: Days 1 and 14 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

Day 7: Moscow to Novgorod Head north to the ancient fortress city of Novgorod. (B,D) Guided tour of Novgorod’s old town

While you’re in this part of the world, you can also experience Scandinavia with Contiki. Take a 22 day Russia & Scandinavia tour & combine the best of both regions.

See the Millennium Bell Day 8: Novgorod to St. Petersburg On the way to St. Petersburg, stop and see a symphony of gardens and fountains at the Versailles-inspired palace in Petrodvorets. (B,D)

Start in Moscow

ays 11 D £1089 from/Day £99

>> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See optional activities below. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £55. See page 13 for details.

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/russia11

More on pages 132-133.

11 Days

Please note: Transfer from Moscow airport to hotel included. Please provide your flight arrival details when booking.

What’s included All as per itinerary

• 13 nights twin or triple share accommodation: 12 nights in hotels & 1 night onboard a cruise boat (more on pages 66-69) • 13 continental breakfasts (B) & 8 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Local guides in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Novgorod • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Stockholm

When to go and how much

More options

See Tchaikovsky's house in Klin

Days 2-11: Moscow to Stockholm Refer to days 5-14 itinerary and included sightseeing above.

4 countries 12 nights hotels 1 night cruise 13 breakfasts & 8 dinners

Day 13: Stockholm Wander through the dramatic setting of this stunning, lively, maritime city. Get your finger on the pulse of its cuttingedge design or perhaps visit the Vasa Museum. (B,D) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) and see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace

Day 1: Arrive Moscow You'll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. (D)

Moscow

Visit the 'Church of the Rock'

See the city that was known as 'Little Stalingrad' after a battle in World War II

Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 14 day Russia & The Baltic tour, visiting 3 countries. Check it out below.

14 days Russia & The Baltic

See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square Day 11: Helsinki Absorb the sights and sounds of this vibrant and technologically progressive coastal city. Or opt in for a day trip to Estonia’s capital, Tallinn. (B)

Days 5-6: Moscow Zoom around the city on the planet’s busiest subway system and take in the deeply historical, richly layered, fast growing metropolis that is Moscow. (B)(B,D)

W For more go to contiki.co.uk/russia14

Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum

Day 3: Riga to Velikiye-Luki Cross the border into the world’s biggest country and travel to historic Velikiye-Luki, site of a major World War II battle. (B,D)

Day 4: Velikiye-Luki to Moscow Continue on to Moscow, the spiritual, political and economic capital of Russia. (B,D)

Time Out Hotels

Code: BBRU Summer 2009

Code: BBUR Summer 2009

Start Riga

Finish £ Stockholm pp

Start Moscow

Finish £ Stockholm pp

2009 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 14 SEP 28

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT

2009 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 9 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 17 OCT 1

MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT

24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 27 11

1345 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1415 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379

24 31 7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 27 11

1089 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145 1145 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119 1119

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. BBRU - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £345. BBUR - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £279.

HELSINKI: Daytrip via hydrofoil to Estonia (Tallinn) STOCKHOLM: Guided tour of the Town Hall, featuring the Nobel Prize Banquet Room

Getting there Choose to start the Russia & Scandi tour in Riga or Moscow, you’ll end the tour in Stockholm. There are low-cost airlines who fly from/to London like ryanair.com (from Riga and Stockholm) and airbaltic.com (from Riga, Moscow and Stockholm). Book early to get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights right through into Riga or Moscow and out of Stockholm.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £69. See page 13 for details.


10 Days Scandinavia

The Ice Bar, Stockholm

ys 5 a D 10 £91 from/Day £92

1 GEIRANGER Lom Skei

Lillehammer

Sognefjord

Flam

1 ELVERUM

2 VOSS

Gulf of Bothnia

Finland

Hardangervidda

3 countries: Sweden Norway Denmark

NORWAY

1 OSLO 2 STOCKHOLM

Estonia

SWEDEN GOTHENBURG 1 Latvia DENMARK North Sea

Baltic Sea

1

COPENHAGEN

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Lithuania

Belarus

d

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

GEIRANGER: Cruise the Geiranger Fjord (seasonal) FLAM: Take a trip on the spectacular Flam railway


131 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Stockholm Check-in to your hotel and this evening meet up with your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. (D) Day 2: Stockholm Wander through the dramatic setting of this stunning, lively, maritime city. Get your finger on the pulse of its cutting-edge design or perhaps visit the Vasa Museum. (B) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) and see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace Day 3: Stockholm to Elverum Drive through Sweden’s beautifully forested wilderness past Lake Vanern and into Norway. (B,D) Scenic drive through unspoilt forests and lakes, known for bears, moose and wolves Day 4: Elverum to Geiranger Amazing scenery will captivate you as you hop, skip, and jump through Lillehammer, Lom, and on to Geiranger. (B,D) Visit the 1994 Winter Olympics town and see the ski jump See one of the few remaining medieval stave churches in Norway See the stunning Geiranger Fjord Day 5: Geiranger to Voss Motor onward through more of Norway’s ruggedly beautiful mountains, fjords, and glaciers on the way to Voss. (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier in Skei See Sognefjord, the longest and most spectacular fjord in Norway

Time Out Hotels

Drive through the Laerdal Tunnel – an engineering marvel and the world's longest road tunnel Day 6: Voss Amp up for some excitement in Norway’s adventure capital or just hang out in Voss’ lakeside setting. (B) Explore the natural surroundings which make the town famous for extreme sports Day 7: Voss to Oslo It's one photo op after another as you cross the Hardangervidda to the country’s low-key capital city. (B)

10 days Scandinavia

A Norwegian fjord Stockholm

3 countries 9 nights hotels 9 breakfasts & 5 dinners

Scenic drive through the Telemark region Visit Europe's largest mountain plateau, home to the Telemark Ski Day 8: Oslo to Gothenburg Feel Oslo’s Scandinavian friendliness as you mosey past bustling docks and crowded cafés in this thriving city. Then it’s back to Sweden. (B)

What’s included

Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures

All as per itinerary

• 9 nights twin or triple share hotel

See the City Hall and Parliament Day 9: Gothenburg to Copenhagen Leave behind the cool, student-vibe of Gothenburg and experience the sights and sounds of Denmark’s cosmopolitan capital on a sightseeing tour. (B,D)

accommodation (more on pages 66-69) • 9 continental breakfasts (B) & 5 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum and the Royal Palace Day 10: Depart Copenhagen The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Please note: Days 1 and 10 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

More options Rafting near Voss, Norway

While you’re in this part of the world, you can also experience Russia & the Baltic with Contiki. Take a 22 day Russia & Scandinavia tour & combine the best of both regions. More on pages 132-133.

Getting there

When to go and how much

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COPENHAGEN: Taste Denmark's most famous beer, Carlsberg, at the brewery where it's made & enjoy an included beer in their bar. VOSS: Whitewater rafting on the Raundal & Stranda rivers

There are low-cost airlines who fly from/to London like ryanair.com (from Stockholm and Copenhagen) and easyjet.com (from Copenhagen). Book early to get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights right through into Stockholm and out of Copenhagen.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £45. See page 13 for details.


22 Days Russia & Scandinavia

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1 GEIRANGER Lom Skei Flam

FINLAND

Lillehammer

Sognefjord

1 ELVERUM

2 VOSS

Gulf of Bothnia

Hardangervidda

NORWAY

HELSINKI 2

1 OSLO

Petrodvorets

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2 STOCKHOLM

Estonia

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6 countries: Latvia Russia Finland Sweden Norway Denmark

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Belarus

Germany

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Klin

3 MOSCOW

Lithuania

Poland

Gerainger Fjord

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

MOSCOW: Guided tour of the Military & Missile Museum ST. PETERSBURG: Evening at the Russian Ballet


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Day 1: Arrive Riga Check-in to your hotel and this evening meet up with your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. (D) Day 2: Riga Be transfixed by this up-and-coming city’s maze of cobbles, voluminous spires, and authentic art nouveau architecture. (B) See the Powder Tower, Riga Castle and the Doma Cathedral Day 3: Riga to Velikiye-Luki Cross the border into the world’s biggest country and travel to historic Velikiye-Luki, site of a major World War II battle. (B,D) See the city known as 'Little Stalingrad' Day 4: Velikiye-Luki to Moscow Continue on to Moscow, the spiritual, political & economic capital of Russia. (B,D) Days 5-6: Moscow Zoom around the city on the planet’s busiest subway system and take in the deeply historical, richly layered, fast growing metropolis that is Moscow. (B)(B,D) Guided tour of the Kremlin Visit Red Square and see Lenin's Mausoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral See a Moscow Circus performance Day 7: Moscow to Novgorod Head north to the ancient fortress city of Novgorod. (B,D) See Tchaikovsky's house in Klin Guided tour of Novgorod’s old town See the Millennium Bell Day 8: Novgorod to St. Petersburg On the way to St. Petersburg, stop and see a symphony of gardens and fountains at the Versailles-inspired palace in Petrodvorets. (B,D) Day 9: St. Petersburg Explore the palace-lined waterways of this grand city dubbed the “Venice of the North.” (B) Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum See the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress See the church of the Spilt Blood and the Admiralty Day 10: St. Petersburg to Helsinki We cross the border and journey to Finland’s quirky capital, Helsinki. (B,D)

See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square Visit the 'Church of the Rock' Day 11: Helsinki Absorb this vibrant and technologically progressive coastal city or opt in for a day trip to Estonia’s capital, Tallinn. (B) Day 12: Helsinki to Stockholm Chill out in the city in the morning, then in the afternoon board the luxurious overnight cruise boat to Sweden. (B) Days 13-14: Stockholm Wander through the dramatic setting of this stunning, lively, maritime city. Get your finger on the pulse of its cutting-edge design or perhaps visit the Vasa Museum. (B,D)(B) Visit Gamla Stan (the old town) and see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace Day 15: Stockholm to Elverum Drive through Sweden’s forested wilderness past Lake Vanern into Norway. (B,D) Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves Stay in the beautiful riverside town of Elverum Day 16: Elverum to Geiranger Amazing scenery will captivate you as you hop, skip, and jump through Lillehammer, Lom, and on to Geiranger. (B,D) Visit the 1994 Winter Olympics town See one of the few remaining medieval stave churches in Norway See the stunning Geiranger Fjord Day 17: Geiranger to Voss Motor onward through more of Norway’s ruggedly beautiful mountains, fjords, and glaciers on the way to Voss. (B,D) See the incredible Boyabreen glacier in Skei See Sognefjord, the longest and most spectacular fjord in Norway Drive through the Laerdal Tunnel – an engineering marvel and the world's longest road tunnel Day 18: Voss Amp up for some excitement in Norway’s adventure capital or just hang out in Voss’ lakeside setting. (B) Explore the natural surroundings which make the town famous for extreme sports

19 Days Start in Moscow Stuck for time? We’ve got a shorter version of the 22 day Russia & Scandinavia tour, visiting 5 countries. Check it out below. Day 1: Arrive Moscow You'll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow Contiki travellers. (D) Days 2-19: Moscow to Copenhagen Refer to days 5-22 itinerary and included sightseeing above. Please note: Transfer from Moscow airport to hotel included. Please provide your flight arrival details when booking.

ays 19 D £1825 from/Day £97

>> explore more >> You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. See optional activities below. Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance, you save £89. See page 13 for details.

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Itinerary and included sightseeing

Time Out Hotels

Day 19: Voss to Oslo One photo op after another as you cross the Hardangervidda to the country’s lowkey capital city. (B) Scenic drive through the Telemark ski region Visit Europe's largest mountain plateau Day 20: Oslo to Gothenburg Feel Oslo’s Scandinavian friendliness as you mosey past bustling docks and crowded cafés, then it’s back to Sweden. (B) Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures See the City Hall and Parliament Day 21: Gothenburg to Copenhagen Leave behind the cool, student-vibe of Gothenburg and experience the sights and sounds of the Denmark’s cosmopolitan capital on a sightseeing tour. (B,D) See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum and the Royal Palace Day 22: Depart Copenhagen The tour ends after breakfast. (B)

22 days Russia & Scandinavia 6 countries 20 nights hotels 1 night cruise 21 breakfasts & 12 dinners What’s included

Please note: Days 1 and 22 have been designed to allow you to start and finish the tour without needing extra nights accommodation.

All as per itinerary

• 21 nights twin or triple share The Kremlin

When to go and how much Code: RUSD22 Summer 2009

Code: RUSD19 Summer 2009

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For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 6.00pm and end approx. 8.00am. For departure point information see page 142. RUSD22 - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £529. RUSD19 - Summer 2009 Single room supplement add £469.

accommodation: 20 nights in hotels & 1 night onboard a cruise boat (more on pages 66-69) • 21 continental breakfasts (B) & 12 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Local guides in Moscow & St. Petersburg • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Getting there Choose to start the Russia & Scandi tour in Riga or Moscow, you’ll end the tour in Copenhagen. There are low-cost airlines who fly from/to London like ryanair.com (from Riga and Copenhagen) and airbaltic.com (from Riga, Moscow and Copenhagen). Book early to get yourself a cheap deal. Or even easier, schedule your international flights right through into Riga or Moscow and out of Copenhagen.

Save Money! If you pay 6 months in advance you save £99. See page 13 for details.

HELSINKI: Daytrip via hydrofoil to Estonia (Tallinn) STOCKHOLM: Guided tour of the Town Hall, featuring the Nobel Prize Banquet Room GEIRANGER: Cruise the Geiranger Fjord (seasonal) FLAM: Take a trip on the spectacular Flam railway VOSS: Whitewater rafting on the Raundal & Stranda rivers COPENHAGEN: Taste Denmark's most famous beer, Carlsberg, at the brewery where it's made & enjoy an included beer in their bar.


Don’t hibernate during winter, pack your warm winter woollies and discover a magical, snow-covered Europe on one of our many great-value winter trip itineraries!

2 2 s ’ i re The ter & sk win s to m tour ose fro cho Contiki offers you 3 ways to go in Winter...

Why Winter?

All our winter tours are all Timeout Hotels standard with 3 different ways to go. Multi-country, In-depth regional and ski/boarding trips. There’s 22 tours from 5-24 days, covering a range of countries and cities. More on Timeout Hotels tours on page 66-69.

Top 5 reasons

More London anyone?

2. See even more as it's less crowded in Winter.

Celebrate New Years! Take a look at the date chart on each tour itinerary page and see where you could be celebrating New Year’s Eve in 2009!

3. Have fun skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the snow with fantastic European-style apres ski. 4. Stop dreaming of a White Christmas…and experience one! 5. Cultural events come alive in winter plus there’s the Christmas markets, festivals and carnivals the list goes on.

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For tours that start or end in London, it’s a great place to hang out a little longer, with a buzzing local scene and loads of amazing sights to see. Check out our London Explorer 2 & 4 night packages on page 27.

1. Airfares are cheaper - up to 50% off! Spend less getting there, but have more to play with when you arrive.


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Ski Austria 7&14 days

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£319

Take the idyllic resort town of Hopfgarten in Austria, combine it with snow and a bunch of 18-35’s, mix in a range of activities & nightlife and we’ll guarantee outrageous fun from the moment you arrive to the minute you leave! 7 & 14 day ski packages including return coach transfers from London to Hopfgarten, accommodation & breakfast start from £319.

Winter tours & ski packages


Ski Austria Staying in the pretty Tyrolean mountain village of Hopfgarten, Contiki’s very own Gasthof makes for an amazing place. All levels of skiers and boarders, from beginners to advanced, will enjoy a ski holiday here. There’s also a big mix of non-ski stuff to do like tandem paragliding, sleigh rides, ice-skating, plus 3 of the most famous Austrian towns nearby to check out including Salzburg, Innsbruck or Kitzbuhel.

Why ski with Contiki?

Skiing & snowboarding for everyone A great place in winter for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, well-groomed runs combined with the informal and friendly atmosphere of our village makes Hopfgarten the perfect Ski destination. The whole ski area is part of the ‘Ski Welt’ circuit, offering 250km (155 miles) of piste with interconnecting gondola, chair and drag lift systems to get you quickly to any area of the mountain.

• We know ski - we’ve been doing it for 20 years! • Hopfgarten is part of the Ski Welt region with 250km • •

• • •

(155 miles) of runs and lift, gondola and chair systems to get you all around the mountain fast! Hopfgarten has one of the biggest artificial snowmaking machinery systems in Europe, so you can count on the conditions being great. After dark there’s aprés ski “Contikistyle” with outdoor schnaps stands, lively bars and late night clubs, plus lots of action in the Gasthof bar just for Contiki travellers. We cater for beginners, intermediates and advanced there’s terrain for everyone A decent meal is key when you are burning energy on the slopes and we include hot buffet breakfast daily. Pre-book and pay a small supplement and we can also include five 3-course dinners (7 night package) or ten (for 14 night package).

Beginners Hopfgarten is a great place to learn to ski and snowboard. Enjoy Beginner Ski and/or Snowboard lessons with patient, helpful and friendly English-speaking instructors. Take to the gentle nursery slopes (perfect for beginners) on the latest model skis, which make gliding down the slopes so much easier. Once you’ve got some confidence you can take advantage of the whole Ski Welt ski area, where you and your instructor have the choice of all the slopes through the Welt area. It’s the ideal way to get any novice skier motoring through the tress from ‘middle station’ and up on to the more advanced slopes in no time at all. Intermediates & advanced Intermediates and Advanced skiers or snowboarders will want to take full advantage of our Ski Welt pass for the whole Ski Welt area, including the 7km (4.3 mile) descent to the village. You may also like to go out with an experienced local ski guide, in a group or on your own, to really discover the hidden mountain (this can be booked while you are in resort). For the experienced skier, this is a great way to familiarise yourself with the area. Why not combine 3 days skiing with 3 days boarding – it’s easy, just check the price panel on the following page for details.

Gampen 1956m Choralpe 1820m

Kitzbuehler Horn St Johann in Tyrol

Astberg 1267m

Hartkaiser

Going Ellmau 820m

Eiberg 1673m

Brandstadt 1650m Neualm

Zinsberg 1674m Kandleralm Hohe Salve

Rigi 1532m

Scheffau 752m

Hochbrixen

Alpenrose 1553m

Talkaser 1760m Mittelstation 1320m

Brixen i Thale Westendorf 800m

Salvenmoos Ski Runs Easy Medium Difficult Ski Lifts Gondola

Fleiding 1892m

Söll 700m

Talstation 789m Kelchsau

HOPFGARTEN Itter 700m

Penningberg

Ski Facts • Mountain Restaurants: 63 • Lifts: Gondola 8 Chair 36 Drag 44 Beginners 12 • Ski Welt Pass: Shown in map • Ski Welt: Beginners runs 63 (blue) Total 107km Intermediate runs (51 (red) Total 120km Advanced runs 7 (black) Total 23km • Total length of pistes: 250km


137 Time Out Hotels

7 & 14 days Ski Austria

Getting there You can get to Hopfgarten either by Contiki coach from London or by flying to Munich, Salzburg or Innsbruck and making your own way from the airport to the village. Check out contiki.co.uk/ski for a detailed run-down on getting there.

Hopfgarten Village

Unique accommodation

Lessons & ski extras

When to go and how much

The Gasthof Schöneck is Contiki's very own traditional chalet, complete with it’s own dedicated, resident Resort team – the whole place is exclusive to Contiki travellers!

Contiki has negotiated you great deals on lots of ski extras like lessons (private or group) with English speaking instructors and the latest ski and equipment hire. All you need to bring is yourself – we can organise the rest!

Ski Austria Winter 2009/10

All our prices are based on quad-share (with a number of twin rooms including private facilities available for a small supplement). If you’re travelling alone, we can easily organise for you to share a room with someone of the same sex for no extra cost.

Book in advance with your travel agent or you can book and pay when you get there.

Free time & après ski After a day on the slopes you’re in for a treat – Contiki offers a wide range of fun winter activities that you can book once in Hopfgarten, which are organised by the Contiki team in resort. Tandem paragliding For the more adventurous, why not fly off a mountain, in tandem with you very own qualified pilot! An exhilarating experience with unparalleled views. Sleigh ride A magical journey through the forested Penningberg on a genuine “two-horse open sleigh”. There’s even time to relax and at mountain Gasthof to “jingle those bells”. Ice skating Why not try your hand at the traditional winter sport of ice skating on a frozen alpine lake? Afterwards you can enjoy some typical Austrian cuisine in the mountain restaurant. Kitzbuhel Known as the Monte Carlo of the Tyrol, this historic town is home of the famous Hahnenkamm Ski Race. The city is also renowned for its gastronomic delights, the city’s numerous beer cellars, and the fabulous après ski.

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Day trips to Salzburg and Innsbruck For those who want to explore the area a little more, we are able to arrange day trips to Innsbruck, home to the Golden Roof, or Salzburg, famous for being the birthplace of Mozart, as well as those singing Von Trapps!

Accommodation Travel Option Tour Code No. of Nights Meal Option Coach Dep. London December 19 26 January 2 9 16 23 30 February 6 13 20 27 • Twin-share supplement 7 & 14 days Half Board supplement 5 & 10 nights

†Gasthof Schöneck Quad share Coach Coach C7SWD 14SWD 7 14 (6 DAYS SKI) (13 DAYS SKI) B&B B&B £ £ 349

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Prices are per person, quad share and don’t include airfares. Twin share available on request. Reduce the price of the ski package by £17 each way if you make your own way to Hopfgarten and choose not to take the coach from London. For Earlybird deals see page 134. For Travel Insurance see page 141. Christmas & New Year’s departures have dinners included. † Accommodation in Hopfgarten village may be used subject to guest numbers. • This departure date is for 1 week only. Ski extras No. of nights Ski Pass Equipment Hire (skis, boots & poles or board & boots) Ski Lessons (5 days for 4hrs/day) Ski Lessons (3 days for 4hrs/day) Snowboard Lessons (5 days for 2hrs/day) Snowboard Lessons (3 days for 2hrs/day) Ski & Snowboard Lessons (3 days ski for 4hrs per day & 3 days snowboard for 2hrs per day)

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95

85

85

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95

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75

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130

Please Note: Credit cards are not accepted in the ski village.

Save Money! Tour + 14 day ski package combination discounts apply when you book a Winter Europe tour at the same time as the ski package. Save up to £60 off the cost of the ski package. See page 13 for details.


24 Days Winter Wanderer

Florence

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North Sea

NETHERLANDS ENGLAND

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2 AMSTERDAM

Wales London Dover Calais English Channel

Poland

GERMANY

Dresden

BELGIUM 2 PRAGUE

Valley of the Somme

11 countries: France Switzerland Spain Monaco Italy Vatican City Austria Germany Czech Republic Netherlands Belgium (in transit)

CZECH REP Slovakia

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MUNICH 1

Burgundy Region

FRANCE Atlantic Ocean

SWITZ 2 LUCERNE

LYON 1

ITALY

Mauthausen

2 VIENNA

AUSTRIA Hungary

Dolomite Mountains

Slovenia Croatia 2 VENICE

Apennine Mountains Pont du Gard

Pisa Monaco

SPAIN

2 FRENCH RIVIERA

Pyrenees Mountains

BARCELONA

2

Mediterranean Sea

1 FLORENCE

Bosnia Serbia Adriatic Sea

Montenegro Vatican City

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

2 ROME

Macedonia Albania

PARIS: Parisian cabaret show & dinner LUCERNE: Swiss Fondue Lunch


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: London to Paris. Meet up with your Contiki Crew. Ferry across the English Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields. (D) See the White Cliffs of Dover Evening illuminations tour of Paris See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees & Notre Dame Cathedral Day 2: Paris. Indulge in sophisticated Paris where you’ll find magic, romance, and history amongst the city’s legendary icons. (B) Day 3: Paris to Lucerne. Pass through the vineyards of Burgundy to Lucerne, nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. (B,D) See the Chablis & Burgundy vineyards Day 4: Lucerne. Your jaw will drop at the alpine beauty of this lake town as you wander through the cobbled streets. (B,D) See the Wooden Chapel Bridge View the Lion Monument Day 5: Lucerne to Lyon. Travel on to the gourmet’s paradise of Lyon. (B) Visit Lyon’s old town Day 6: Lyon to Barcelona. Head through the majestic Pyrénées Mountains, on to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. (B,D) Check out the Roman Aqueduct at Pont du Gard Day 7: Barcelona. See why this sexy city sizzles on a sightseeing tour. It’s food, fiesta, fashion and fun. Tonight, feel the passion at an unforgettable optional Flamenco show! (B) See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district Day 8: Barcelona to French Riviera. Travel through Provence, past Cannes, to the glamorous resort town of Nice on the French Riviera. (B,D) Day 9: French Riviera. Do as the locals do - stroll through outdoor markets, check out the many museums and shop the upscale boutiques. Later rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco and Monte Carlo! (B) Visit a French perfumery See the Royal Palace in Monaco Visit a Monte Carlo casino Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur Day 10: French Riviera to Florence. Stop and check out Pisa’s famous architectural wonder before arriving in Renaissance Florence. (B) See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Day 11: Florence to Rome. A local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings and sacred art in one of Italy’s most atmospheric cities. (B) See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria in Florence Florentine leather craft demonstration See Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Colosseum & Roman Forum in Rome See St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Day 12: Rome. Tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the “Eternal City” and explore this living museum of history. Get a feeling for Imperial Rome’s glory on an optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (B,D) Day 13: Rome to Venice. Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past the city of Bologna, and on to enchanting Venice. (B,D) Day 14: Venice. Meander through the ‘floating city’s’ tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos and markets. (B) Private motorboat to the historic islands See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doges’ Palace & St. Mark’s Square Murano glass-blowing & Burano lacemaking demonstrations 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 wander and explore the cities wealth of music, cafés, parks, architecture and, of course, strudel! (B,D) See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road Day 17: Vienna to Munich. Make a sobering stop at the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial en-route to Munich, home of Oktoberfest. (B,D) Entry into Mauthausen memorial See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz Visit a traditional beer hall Day 18: Munich to Prague. Wind through the German countryside and Bohemia to golden Prague. (B,D) Day 19: Prague. Snake through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and discover gothic architecture, bargain-priced beer and crystal beads. (B) See Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square Visit the old town square and see the astronomical clock Day 20: Prague to Berlin. Bite into some local fare, like bratwurst, at your stop in Dresden on the way to übercool Berlin. (B,D) Day 21: Berlin. Savour the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. You’ll find historical significance in everything from the streets to the grand monuments. (B) See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, & historic Reichstag building Take in commemorative artwork & the Berlin Wall See the site of 'Checkpoint Charlie' Day 22: Berlin to Amsterdam. Motor down the Autobahn, past Hannover, to free-wheeling Amsterdam. (B,D) See the city’s canals & gable houses by night Day 23: Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés and notoriously fun nightclubs. (B) Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house Day 24: Amsterdam to London. Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England, where the tour ends and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Time Out Hotels

Christmas Markets

24 days Winter Wanderer 11 countries 23 nights hotels 23 breakfasts & 12 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 23 nights twin or triple share

Rome

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accommodation: 21 nights in hotels & 2 nights in Contiki’s feature hotel (more on pages 66-69) • 23 continental breakfasts (B) & 12 three-course dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Ferry crossing • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

For Travel Insurance see page 141. This is a Preferred Departure see page 13. • Spend New Years Eve in Amsterdam. † Spend New Years Eve in Berlin. †† Spend New Years Eve in Prague. †• Spend New Years Eve in Vienna. * Spend New Years Eve in Venice. ** Spend New Years Eve in Rome. *** Spend New Years Eve in Nice. **** Spend New Years Eve in Barcelona. †* Spend New Years Eve in Lyon. †** Spend New Years Eve in Lucerne. ††* Spend New Years Eve in Paris. Prices above are twin share. For triple share rate reduce twin price by 5%. Start 7.30am and end approx. 6.30pm. For departure point information see page 142. Single room supplement add £465.

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Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance you save £179. Or pay 6 months in advance and save £89. See page 13 for details.

BARCELONA: Flamenco dance show FLORENCE: Entrance to one of the largest nightclubs in Florence ROME: Locally guided tour of The Colosseum & Roman Forum VENICE: Gondola ride along the canals VIENNA: Schnaps museum visit & tasting PRAGUE: Scenic river cruise with lunch BERLIN: Locally guided historical walking tour AMSTERDAM: Evening canal boat cruise


Got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know. What’s included? • Coach, train, air transfers, and ferry transport as specified. • Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals as detailed on pages 20-21 and under ‘What’s included’ on tour pages. • Sightseeing as detailed on pages 14-15 and in the itineraries on tour pages. Unless specified, entrance fees are not included. • Experienced crew as detailed on pages 18-19 and on tour pages.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits and entrance fees other than those specified on tour pages. • Optional excursions and activities such as white water rafting, gondola rides etc. • Lunches (unless specified under “All this included”) and some dinners.

Where will I stay? Time Out tours: Accommodation is in superior tourist class hotels, ships, ferries and trains. These are described on pages 66-69 and on individual tour pages. On trains in Egypt, two people share a two-berth couchette and facilities are shared. Other train journeys are as detailed in individual itineraries. On overnight ferries, cabins with facilities are provided. Depending on the numbers and configuration on your tour, availability of singles can sometimes be limited in some locations. On certain occasions, alternative hotels to those listed in this brochure may be used. Whilst it is the Company’s intention to use hotels of a similar standard and location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. Concept tours: Your accommodation is a combination of cabins in Contiki Villages, hostels, hotels, ferries and special stopovers depending on the type of tour you select. Refer to pages 38-41 and individual tour pages for details. On overnight ferries multi-share cabins with facilities are provided. On certain occasions alternative accommodations to those listed in this brochure may be used. Whilst it is the Company’s intention to use accommodation of a similar standard and location, no liability can be accepted for any variation of either. • Special Stopovers accommodation is mostly a combination of twin and quad share but never more than 4 people sharing. You must bring your own sleeping bag and towel. Stopovers are NOT hotels and you will assist with serving meals and washing up. All stopovers have hot water showers and a bar, some have clothes washing facilities. • Contiki Villages provide accommodation in cabins, mostly twin share in Europe’s best campsites each with private facilities. You must bring your own sleeping bag and towel. You will be asked to assist with various tasks such as serving meals and washing up on a couple of occassions. Camping tours: Accommodation is in modern two-person tents with built-in ground sheets and some hotels, refer to pages 28-29 for details. Tents, which you will erect/take down, are carried on the coach. Camping Tours stay in the best available campsites. Campsite standards in Europe depend upon location & country and should not be compared to those elsewhere. Air mattresses are provided but you must bring your own sleeping bag and towel. At meal times, everyone takes it in turns to help with preparing food, cooking, washing up and so on. All campsites have hot water, bathroom facilities in shower blocks and some have clothes washing facilities, bars and shops. Cruises: Refer to pages 112-113 for details of accommodation on the Louis Hellenic Cruise ships & pages 110-111 for details of accommodation on Croatian Island Cruising. Cruise companies reserve the right to change itinerary and ports due to poor weather. Ski holidays: Refer to pages 135-137 for details of accommodation in Austria.

Will I get more information?

Explore More Optional Activities

Upon receipt of final payment, you’ll receive a copy of Contiki’s ‘Travellers Guide’ – an information book about your holiday. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details and costs of all optional excursions available on your tour. Your FREE Contiki document wallet and luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets and passports, something you’ll want to keep and use again. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

When do I choose? Optionals are arranged and 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 and your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal and weather dependent as well.

How much luggage can I bring? On Time out and Concept tours, luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29" x 20" x 10") and maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. On Camping tours the maximum suitcase size is 70cm x 45cm x 23cm (28" x 18" x 9") again with a maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs). No external metal frame backpacks please, their bulky shape makes coach packing difficult. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour. On Concept tours and Camping tours, you’ll need a sleeping bag and towel which can be purchased from Contiki in London, if necessary. On Ski Holidays you may bring one pair of ski boots and skis or a snowboard. Any luggage over the restricted size or amount can be stored with Contiki in London at a nominal charge. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk and baggage insurance is strongly recommended.

How much money do I need? You should be able to use debit and credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover lunches, some dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional excursions and activities, entrance fees to attractions and evening entertainment. It is advisable to start your tour with some cash in local currencies such as Euro, Swiss Franc and Great British Pounds.

How do I pay? You pay on tour in cash (Euro, Swiss Francs or US dollars only).

Am I expected to tip on tour? Every country in the world has different tipping policies and in Europe, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally discretionary and only given if you feel the service has met or exceeded your expectations. Your Tour Manager will assist you with any questions about this while you’re on the road. The same idea applies to your Contiki Crew - if you think they have done a good job then they would be grateful for your recognition by way of a tip, however this is not mandatory – it’s completely up to you.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given and literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care and is published in good faith. Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some excursions due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (November 2008), 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.


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Security

Do I need visas?

Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962. It is a matter of law that tour operators must fully protect their clients’ funds under regulations specified by the European Community Package Travel Directive. We confirm that Contiki is fully complying with the law, therefore your monies are fully protected. Contiki is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA No. 20305/V0438). ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA's Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 6871 Newman Street, London, W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or www.abta.com

Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your tour. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki are not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Consult your travel agent to determine which visas you require and how to obtain them.

European Explorer, Spanish Spree, London and Paris plus Rome, Rome to Athens plus 3 day cruise, Mykonos and Island Cruising, Aegean Classic Cruise, Golden Fleece Cruise, Eastern Mediterranean Cruise, Spotlight on Greece plus 3 or 7 days Cruise, Russia and the Baltic, Russia and Scandinavia, Winter Wanderer

Schengen Visas The majority of our tours travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries – eg. Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand – can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries.

Visas for Non-Schengen Countries Some of our tours also visit countries that are not covered by the Schengen Agreement. You may require visas for countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Russia. Depending on your nationality it may be possible to obtain visas for Turkey and Egypt upon arrival – you should check before you depart for your tour.

Contiki also holds a current ATOL License No. 2689.

Travel insurance You must take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before you travel. You may not be accepted on a Contiki holiday unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all thirdparty claims, actions, damages and remedies against us arising from your participation in the holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of making your booking.

Multiple Entry Schengen Visas Schengen visas can be issued for single entry or multiple entries. If your tour travels outside of the Schengen area at any point you will require a multiple entry visa. Tours which require multiple entry Schengen visas are listed below: 21 Day Camping, 32 Day Camping, 46 Day Camping, European Horizon, European Whirl, European Experience, European Spirit, European Escapade, European Contrasts, European Adventurer, Ultimate European, European Magic, Amsterdam to Barcelona, European Discovery, European Encounter, European Impressions, European Inspiration, European Vista, European Panorama,

Important: 1. Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour and will result in you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the Russian visa. 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.


Hotel departure points and stay longer options Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts and how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday and stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your tour. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.co.uk/staylonger and contiki.co.uk/departurepoints.

AMSTERDAM Amsterdam to Barcelona (PRE) Ibis Schiphol Hotel, Schipholweg 181, 1171PK, Badhoevedorp. Tel: +31 (0) 20 613 4568 Getting there: From Amsterdam airport, take the complimentary Ibis Schiphol/Accor shuttle bus directly to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single £70 Twin £45 Best of Europe will start at Blue Square Hotel, Slotermeerlaan 80, Amsterdam,1064 HD. Tel: +31 (0) 205 063717 Getting there: Catch the train direct from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station (approx e6) then take a taxi to the hotel (approx e20). Alternatively, tram 14 goes from Dam Square (single ticket cost approx e2). The stop for the hotel is Slotermeerlaan and the hotel is a 2 minute walk.

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ATHENS Aegean Classic Cruise, Golden Fleece Cruise, Mykonos and Island Cruising and Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. (PRE & POST) Dorian Inn Hotel, 15-17 Pireos Street, 10552 Athens. Tel: + 30 210 5239 782 Stay Longer rate: Single £100 Twin £59 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch metro line 3 to Syntagma Square in the city centre and then a taxi to your hotel. Spotlight on Greece (PRE & POST) Hermes Hotel, 19 Apollonos Street, 10557 Athens, Tel: +30 210 3255 514 Stay Longer rate: Single £100 Twin £59 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch metro line 3 to Syntagma Square in the city centre and then a taxi to your hotel. Greek Island Hopping (PRE & POST) Plaka Hotel, 7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos Street, 10556 Athens, Tel: +30 210 3222 096 Stay Longer rate: Single £100 Twin £59 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch metro line 3 to Syntagma Square in the city centre and then a taxi to your hotel. London to Athens (POST) City Plaza Hotel, 78 Acharnon Street, 104 34 Athens. Tel: +30 210 8225 111 Stay Longer rate: Single £69 Twin £39 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch metro line 3 to Syntagma Square in the city centre and then a taxi to your hotel. Road to Athens (POST) Omega Hotel, 15 Aristogitonos Street, Monastriraki, Athens, Tel: +30 210 3222 096-098 Stay Longer rate: Single £100 Twin £59 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch metro line 3 to Syntagma Square in the city centre and then a taxi to your hotel. Rome to Athens (POST) Arion Hotel, 18 Ag. Dimitriou St. Athens, 10554. Tel: +30 210 3240 415 Stay Longer rate: Single £115 Twin £80 Getting there: From Athens airport you can catch metro line 3 to Syntagma Square in the city centre and then a taxi to your hotel. 25 Day Camping Tour 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 Square in the city centre. From there you can catch bus A3 or a taxi to the campsite.

BARCELONA Spanish Spree (PRE) Amsterdam to Barcelona (POST) Park Putxet Hotel, Putxet 68-74, Barcelona, 08023. Tel: +34 (0) 9321 25158 Getting there: Take the bus from the airport to Placa Catalunya (approx. 30mins). From there, take the Metro to ‘Lesseps’ station, then a short walk to the hotel. A taxi directly to the hotel will cost approx. e40. Stay longer rate: Single £89 Twin £50

BERLIN Berlin to Budapest, Berlin & Prague and Berlin, Prague and Vienna (PRE) Best Western City Ost, Frankfurter Allee 73 A, Eingang: Voigstrasse 2, Berlin Tel: +49 30 428310

Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre and change on to the U-bahn (U5). The hotel is a 2 minute walk from Samariterstrasse station. Stay longer rate: Single £55 Twin £35 Eastern Road (PRE & POST) Hotel Belmondo, Joachimstaler Strasse 39-40, Berlin, 10623. Tel: +49 30 889 110 Getting there: All airports in Berlin are serviced by bus or train. Take a bus or train to the city centre – the hotel is a short walk from Zoologischer Garten or Kurfurstendamm stations. Stay longer rate: Single £65 Twin £40

CAIRO Egypt and the Nile (PRE & POST) Oasis Hotel, beginning of Cairo/Alexandria Desert Road, Cairo. Tel: +202 383 2777 or +202 383 1777 Getting there: If you have provided Contiki with your flight arrival details at least 7 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 one hour for a transfer. Stay longer rate: Summer Single £45 Twin £25 (19/3/09 - 31/10/09) except Single £55 Twin £35 (4/4/09 -19/4/09) Winter Single £45 Twin £29 (1/11/09 - 28/3/10) except Single £55 Twin £35 (24/12/09 - 4/1/10)

COPENHAGEN Scandinavia and Russia & Scandinavia (POST) Tours end at Cab Inn, Mitchellsgade 14, Copenhagen. Tel: +45 33 461616 Stay longer rate: Single £80 Twin £50

DUBLIN Southern Ireland (PRE & POST) Montrose Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Dublin 4. Tel: +353 1 269 3311 Getting there: From Dublin airport can catch a taxi for approx. e30-e40 or catch an ‘Aircoach’ (approx. e7) directly to the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single £85 Twin £50

EDINBURGH Scotland (Saturday departure) will start at Holiday Inn Edinburgh, 132 Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh.Tel: +44 (0) 131 314 7011 Getting there: From Edinburgh airport a taxi direct to the hotel will cost approx. £12-£15. Alternatively, take the number 100 bus (cost £4.50) and ask the driver to drop you at the Edinburgh Zoo which is adjacent to the hotel. Scotland (Wednesday departure) Please check your tour documents or contact Contiki for start hotel details.

IBIZA Spanish Spree (POST) ends at Hotel El Puerto, Calle Carlos 3, 24 Ibiza, 07800. Tel: +34 971 313 812 Stay longer rate: Single £59 Twin £40 (1/4/09 - 30/6/09 & 16/9/09 - 31/10/09) Single £95 Twin £70 (1/7/09 - 31/7/09 & 1/9/09 - 15/9/09) Single £115 Twin £100 (1/8/09 - 31/8/09)

ISTANBUL Turkish Delight (PRE & POST) Asur Hotel, Hoca Pasa Mh. Ibni Kemal Cd., No.34 Sirkeci, Istanbul. Tel: +90 (212) 513 3586/87 Getting there: A taxi from Ataturk airport costs approx. 345 New Turkish Lira (e20) Stay longer rate: Single £39 Twin £25

LONDON Royal National Hotel (Tourist Class), Bedford Way, WC1, London. Tel: +44 (0) 207 637 2488 Accommodation is based on twin or triple-share. Getting there: From Heathrow Airport catch the Piccadilly Line Underground to Russell Square station – travel time approximately 45 minutes. The hotel is a short walk from the station. From Gatwick or Stansted airports catch a train into central London and then catch a taxi to the hotel.

Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, WC1, London Tel: +44 (0) 207 837 3655 Accommodation is based on single or twin-share. Getting there: From Heathrow Airport catch the Piccadilly Line Underground to Russell Square station – travel time approximately 45 minutes. The hotel is a short walk from the station. From Gatwick or Stansted airports catch a train into central London and then catch a taxi to the hotel.

MADRID Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid) (PRE) Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) (POST) Hotel Florida Norte, Paseo de Florida 5, 28008, Madrid. Tel: +34 (0) 91 542 8300 Getting there: From Madrid airport take a taxi directly to the hotel for approx. e20. Stay longer rate: Single £75 Twin £45

MOSCOW Russia & the Baltic (start Moscow) and Russia & Scandinavia (start Moscow) will start at: Izmailovo Alpha Hotel, 71 Izmailovskovskoye Shosse, Moscow, 105613 Tel: +7 (0) 495 792 9898 Getting there: A transfer from either of Moscow’s two international airports is included in the cost of your tour if you arrive on the start date of the tour. Please ensure Contiki has your flight details at least one week before the tour starts.

PARIS Best of Europe (PRE) All Seasons Paris Chateau Landon, 1 & 3 Rue De Chateau Landon, Paris, 75010. Tel: +33 (0) 1 4465 3333 Getting there: From either of the airports in Paris catch a train or bus to the city centre. Then catch a taxi to the hotel, or catch a Metro line 7 to Chateau Landon station which is a short walk from the hotel. Stay longer rate: Single £65 Twin £45 European Spirit tour will start at Camping du Tremblay, Boulevard des Allies, Champigny sur Marne, Paris, 94507. Tel: +33 (0) 1 4283 3778 Getting there: Closest station is Joinville le Pont on line RER A2. From the station catch bus #101 directly to the campsite.

RIGA Russia & the Baltic (Start Riga) and Russia & Scandinavia (Start Riga) (PRE) Viktorija Hotel, 55 A Caka Str, Riga. Tel: +371 701 4111 Getting there: Take the number 22 bus from the airport to the Central Railway Station (approx. 40mins), then a taxi to the hotel will cost approx. 3-4 Lats (e6). Alternatively, take a red taxi from outside the airport (approx. 20mins) for approx. 10-12 Lats (e17). Stay longer rate: Single £55 Twin £39

ROME Rome to Athens and Mediterranean Highlights (start Rome) (PRE) Simply Italy & Italian Espresso (PRE & POST) Tours starting in Rome depart from a number of hotels, please check your tour information for exact details. Your tour may depart from any of the following hotels: Hotel Cicerone, Via Cicerone 55, 00193, Rome. Tel: +39 06 3576 Stay Longer rate: Single £105 Twin £75 Hotel Regent, Via Filippo Civinini 46, 00197, Rome. Tel: +39 06 802 401. Stay Longer rate: Single £95 Twin £65 Hotel Giglio dell’Opera, Via Principe Amedeo 14, 00185, Rome. Tel: +39 06 484 401. Stay Longer rate: Single £115 Twin £80 Hotel Palladium, Via Gioberti 36, Rome, 00185. Tel: +39 06 446 6918. Stay Longer rate: Single £115 Twin £80 Getting there: Transfers from Rome’s Fiumicino airport are available at time of booking for £18 one way and £36 return. You can also make your own way directly to the hotel. A taxi from either Fiumicino or Ciampino airport will cost approx. e40-e60 depending on your hotel. Alternatively, catch a train from Fiumicino airport to Piramide station (approx. e7) then take a taxi directly to your hotel. (approx. e7)

Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid) (POST) ends at Roma Park, Via della Caffarelleta 114, Rome, 00179. Tel: +39 06 7835 9552 Stay Longer rate: Single £75 Twin £49 Best of Europe (POST) will end at one of the hotels below: Hotel Palladium, Via Gioberti 36, Rome, 00185. Tel: +39 06 4466 918 Stay Longer rate: Single £115 Twin £80 Hotel Giglio dell’Opera, Via Principe Amedeo 14, 00185, Rome. Tel: +39 06 484 401. Stay Longer rate: Single £115 Twin £80

SPLIT Croatian Island Cruising Cruise departs from Split port at 12:00pm – further details will be provided in your tour documents. There are many small hotels and pensions located in Split and near to the port – search the web for options, or call Contiki for details of hotels we offer.

STOCKHOLM Scandinavia (PRE) Russia & the Baltic (POST) Scandic Bromma Hotel, Brommaplan, Stockholm,16876. Tel: +46 8517 34100 Getting there: From Bromma airport take a taxi directly to the hotel. From Arlanda, Skavsta or Vasteras airports travel to T-Centralen by train or bus. From there catch T19 (subway) towards Hasselby strand and alight at Brommaplan station – the hotel is a short walk from the station. Stay longer rate: Single £59 Twin £39

VENICE Italian Espresso (POST) ends at Holiday Inn Express, Via Pascoli 1, Quarto D’altino, Veneto, 30020. Tel: +39 04 2282 5000 Stay longer rate: Single £90 Twin £59

VIENNA Vienna & Budapest will start at Roomz Hotel, Paragonstrasse 1, 1110 Vienna, Austria. Tel: +43 1 743 177 Getting there: Take a taxi directly from the airport to the hotel for approximately e40.00. Alternatively catch the City Air Train (CAT) from the airport (cost approx e8.00, journey time 16min) to Wien Mitte/Landstraße Station. Transfer to the U3 underground train in the direction of “Simmering”. Get off at “Gasometer”, your hotel is adjacent to the train station.

WARSAW Eastern Road (POST) Kyriad Prestige, Warsaw, Ul Towarowa 2, Warsaw, 00811. Tel: +48 22 582 7500 Stay longer rate: Single £69 Twin £35

• Rates are per person per night including continental breakfast (except London) and have private facilities. • Rooms are only available for a maximum of 2 consecutive nights in all the following hotels except Copenhagen, Riga, Rome & Stockholm where a maximum 1 night stay applies. • 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 £15. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before and/or after their tour. • If two people are sharing a room - booking must be made at the same time. Solo travellers must book a single room in all cities – except London where you can book a twin or triple-share room and we can match you up to a same-sex room mate. • All hotels are subject to availability and where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.


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Booking conditions

Stay longer, departure points & conditions

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki and you upon the terms and conditions set out below. The following Booking Conditions, have to the extent possible, been based on the UK interpretation of the European Community Package Travel Directive. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is made between you and Contiki Travel (UK) Limited (Registered in England No. 1336852 (Contiki)) only upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to you or your travel agent. 2. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION Contiki are a member of ABTA and hold ATOL Number 2689 issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provide for your protection in the event of our insolvency. 3. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 24th October, 2008. No surcharge in respect of costs or currency fluctuations will be made within 30 days of the commencement of the land content of any holiday or once payment of the deposit of your land tour has been received. The price of your travel arrangements can be varied due to changes in transportation costs such as fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline cost changes which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator or organiser. The price of your travel arrangements can also be varied due to government action such as changes in VAT or any other government imposed changes and currency changes in relation to an exchange rate variation. In the case of any small variation, an amount equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes any amendment charges, will be absorbed or retained. For larger variations this 2% will still be absorbed for increases but not retained from refunds. Should the price of your holiday go down, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. In either case there will be an administration charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you may cancel your travel arrangements and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Whether you cancel or not you will also be entitled, on the terms set out in respect of major changes in clause 4.3 below, to accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements from us if we are able to do so. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. 4.IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 4.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 4.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable alternative. Where cancellation is necessary, a minimum period of 45 days notice will be given by us unless the circumstances leading to the cancellation were beyond our reasonable control. 4.3 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. 4.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 4.5 Contiki is not responsible for the cost of any other travel arrangements affected due to cancellation or the rescheduling of any holiday. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (November 2008) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 5.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 5.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 6. LIABILITY 6.1 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. Any money paid to a travel agent where land arrangements and a flight are booked together is held by the travel agent on behalf of Contiki at all times. 6.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies. 6.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/or fees payable under your selected holiday. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your holiday shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of £60, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country, must be submitted to Contiki within 7 days in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of £60 per person, per tour, which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid by no later than 45 days before the scheduled holiday departure date from your home country which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before scheduled departure date of the first departing tour. 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure from your home country, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki. 3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE More than 45 days notice: Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days 25% of tour fare 21-8 days: 30% of tour fare 7-1 days: 50% of tour fare Day of departure: 100% of tour fare Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date you may do so subject to availability and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of £15 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 booking within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3) except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value, in which case a £15 per person amendment fee will be charged. 4.3 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Contiki’s holidays are specifically planned for those in the 18 through 35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki holiday are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you are welcome to discuss this with a Contiki staff member. 5.3 Contiki must be advised of any medical conditions or physical disability requiring special attention before you book your holiday. You will need to discuss your requirements at the time of booking in order to make your own decision as to the suitability of the holiday taking into account your individual medical conditions or physical disability. Contiki will try to help you with your requirements but cannot guarantee to do so, either on our own or our suppliers’ (such as hotels, restaurants and excursions) behalf. Many of our holidays involve getting on and off coaches, plus other modes of transportation and various physical activities. Some holidays may not be suitable for you if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. Should your disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of Contiki accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able-bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. Contiki will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday.

5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative and the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers and any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behavoir by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel/Contiki Village staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. If you do not write within 42 days, your rights under this contract may be affected. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to English Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforcable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforcability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE Contiki very strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before joining a Contiki holiday. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit and 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 and 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. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE: Airfares to and from your holiday destination (unless you have booked a tour and fly package), airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention 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 and 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 and 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 and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such 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 handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. ARBITRATION Disputes arising out of, or in connection with, this contract which cannot be amicably settled, may be referred to arbitration, if the customer so wishes, under a special scheme arranged by the Association of British Travel Agents, and administered independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (www.abta.com). The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking form. Neither does it apply to claims, which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,000 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators within nine months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA code does not require such agreement. 3. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from March 2009 to March 2010. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Travel (Europe) Ltd., Picquet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with the exception of the Great Britain and Ireland tours described on pages 93-97 which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd. The principle operator of the Croatian Island Cruising product featured on p.110-111 is Katarina Lines. Their terms and condtions apply (available on request). IMPORTANT NOTICE: Contiki Travel (UK) Limited is a member of ABTA under member-ship number V0438/20305. As such we are fully bonded according to ABTA's rules and abide by ABTA's Code of Conduct. DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.). Where the data might be passed on for marketing purposes, you have the right to opt out of future marketing. You also have a right of access to data held which can be obtained by writing to Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd”. FURTHER ADVICE For further advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or call the ABTA Information Line Tel: 0845 850 2829 (calls are charged at local rate)


Camping Original

Concept Unique

Time Out Hotels

YR

Events & Winter

From £62/Day

From £78/Day

AMSTERDAM FOR EASTER Days From Page 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£195 . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Multi-Country Europe

Multi-Country Europe

Multi-Country Europe

INTRODUCING Page CAMPING TOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-29

INTRODUCING Page CONCEPT TOURS . . . . . . . .38-39

INTRODUCING Page TIME OUT TOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66-67

21 DAYS CAMPING Days From Page 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£849 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30–31

ABOUT CONCEPT Page ACCOMMODATION . . . . . . . . . . . .40-41

ABOUT TIME OUT Page ACCOMMODATION . . . . . . . . . . . .68-69

EUROPEAN HORIZON Days From Page 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£529 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-43

EUROPEAN MAGIC Days From Page 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£669 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70-71

YR

CROATIAN ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£665 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110-111 AEGEAN CLASSIC and GOLDEN FLEECE CRUISES Days From Page 6 / 9 . . . . . . . . . . . .£349 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112-113

BEST OF EUROPE Days From Page 10 / 13 . . . . . . . . .£1199 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76-77

EUROPEAN SPIRIT Days From Page 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1199 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50-51

ROAD TO ATHENS / ROAD TO ROME Days From Page 15 / 11 . . . . . . . . .£924 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78-79

EASTERN MED. CRUISING Days From Page 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£649 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

EUROPEAN ESCAPADE Days From Page 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1299 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-53

EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER Days From Page 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1149 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80-81

MYKONOS and ISLAND CRUISING Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£755 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

EUROPEAN CONTRASTS Days From Page 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1559 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54-55

EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS Days From Page 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1475 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82-83

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1049 . . . . . . . . . . . . .116-117

EUROPEAN ADVENTURER Days From Page 37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2069 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56-58

EUROPEAN INSPIRATION Days From Page 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1289 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84-85

SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE Days From Page 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£399 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

EUROPEAN VISTA Days From Page 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1395 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86-87

SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE plus 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£729 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

EUROPEAN PANORAMA Days From Page 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2325 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88-89

LONDON to ATHENS plus GREEK ISLAND HOPING Days From Page 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1899 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

In-Depth Regional Europe

ULTIMATE EUROPEAN PLUS EGYPT Days From Page 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2769 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62-65

YR

EUROPEAN EXPLORER Days From Page 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2899 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90-92

LONDON to ROME Days From Page 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£865 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

TURKISH DELIGHT Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£485 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

SCOTLAND Days From Page 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£399 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 GREAT BRITAIN and STHN IRELAND Days From Page 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1245 . . . . . . . . . . . . .96-97

YR

Tour prices above exclude food fund

BERLIN, PRAGUE and VIENNA Days From Page 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£665 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123

YR

SOUTHERN IRELAND Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£669 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 GREAT BRITAIN Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£575 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

EGYPT and THE NILE Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£599 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120-121

BERLIN to BUDAPEST Days From Page 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£765 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

YR

ULTIMATE EUROPEAN PLUS GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2469 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62-65

SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE plus 7 DAY GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Days From Page 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

BERLIN and PRAGUE Days From Page 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£499 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

YR

LONDON to ATHENS Days From Page 21 . . . . . . . . .£1229 . . . . . . . .59-60

YR

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE Days From Page 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1045 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48-49

YR

Tour prices above exclude food fund

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY Days From Page 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£889 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74-75

SPANISH SPREE Days From Page 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£869 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108-109

YR

25 DAYS CAMPING Days From Page 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

EUROPEAN WHIRL Days From Page 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46-47

YR

22 DAYS CAMPING Days From Page 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

AMSTERDAM to BARCELONA Days From Page 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72-73

VIENNA and BUDAPEST Days From Page 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£415 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

YR

46 DAYS CAMPING Days From Page 46 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1849 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-35

EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£745 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-45

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Days From Page 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£879 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106-107

LONDON and PARIS Days From Page 7 / 9 . . . . . . . . . . . .£535 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98-99

YR

WINTER TOURS Days From Page 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1749 . . . . . . . . . . . .138-139

32 DAYS CAMPING Days From Page 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1329 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-33

ROME to ATHENS plus 3 DAY GREEK ISLAND CRUISE Days From Page 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1115 . . . . . . . . . . . . .105

LONDON, PARIS and AMSTERDAM Days From Page 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£719 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

YR

SKI AUSTRIA Days From Page 7 / 14 . . . . . . . . . . .£319 . . . . . . . . . . . . .135-137

ROME to ATHENS Days From Page 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£895 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104-105

LONDON, PARIS and ROME Days From Page 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£805 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

RUSSIA and THE BALTIC Days From Page 11 / 14 . . . . . . . . .£1089 . . . . . . . . . . . . .128-129

YR

EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Days From Page 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£245 . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

New Tour

SIMPLY ITALY Days From Page 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£885 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100-101

SCANDINAVIA Days From Page 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£915 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130-131

YR

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST Days From Page 5 / 7 . . . . . . . . . . . .£229 . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Key

YR

From £48/Day

YR

From £46/Day

Itinerary operates year round

ITALIAN ESPRESSO Days From Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£595 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102-103

RUSSIA and SCANDINAVIA Days From Page 19 / 22 . . . . . . . . .£1825 . . . . . . . . . . . . .132-133

Tour prices above exclude port taxes & gratuities where applicable

Tour prices above exclude port taxes & gratuities where applicable

EASTERN ROAD Days From Page 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£935 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126-127

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