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If holidays were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be the appetizer. 8 counties in 12 days give you a taste of all the big cities plus some hidden treasures, so you know where to go next time. From Amsterdam to Rome to Paris, you won't want to miss a thing. In fact, sleep will probably be the last thing on your mind.
DETAILS
Starting fromR21 560
Package ValiditySet departure dates between 17 - 31 OCT 2017. *** Book & pay by 14 JUN 2017 & SAVE 7.5%, discount already included in price ***
Duration12 days
DestinationEurope
Starts inLondon
Ends inParis
Age Group18 - 35 years

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- 11 nights twin or triple share hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & selected dinners
- Assistance of a Trip Manager & Driver team
- Touring by coach
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- Ferry crossings
- Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

 

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London to Amsterdam

Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road & take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. Next stop: the buzzing, free-wheeling city of Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative & wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.
With an optional evening canal cruise, you’ve got a chance to get to know the group, unwind with a few drinks & uncover Amsterdam at water level. Get some pointers on the city’s hot spots from your Trip Manager & head into town for a fun night out.

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Amsterdam to Rhine Valley

In your free time, wander along shady canals & pass gabled houses or experience Amsterdam's coffee shops, museums & cool, quirky boutiques
Chill out while the coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles & vineyards. Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle & even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Kick back with a glass of local wine & choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

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Rhine Valley to Munich

Travelling south, pull into the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich – a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture with modern lifestyle.
Explore the heart of Munich’s old town with the crew, & head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel – a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures & 43 chiming bells. Get off the beaten track & onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide on a walking tour around the city – it’s a great way to see the sights. Then, get a taste of tradition at a typical beer hall. Park yourself at a long wooden table, order yourself some hearty local food, like roasted pork knuckle, & quench your thirst with a stein of one of Germany’s 5000 brews.

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Munich to Innsbruck

We continue through impressive mountain scenery into Austria. Explore the cobbled streets of the Winter Olympic town Innsbruck with its magnificent Royal Palace & Imperial church. Don't forget to try a piece of delicious Austrian strudel & some local schnaps!

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Innsbruck to Venice

This morning, roll on to Venice. Take some time to practice your Italian phrases on the coach as we travel through the Brenner Pass.
Known as the “floating city”, Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes & linked by a network of canals.
Jump on our private boat & travel through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge's Palace & the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons & all!) show Venice’s unique beauty & way of life.
Take some time to explore the floating city & lose yourself in the backstreets. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures & the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping. Maybe grab a table on St. Mark’s Square & eat some delicious Italian food al fresco. Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

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}Venice to Rome

Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome. Stylish Rome oozes energy & overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum & Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon & Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain & throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back & people watch.

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Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica. Take off into the city & absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés & bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.
In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

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Rome to Florence

Next up: Umbria’s rustic hills & many vineyards. Travel past the iconic cypress trees of this olive oil producing region, to the Renaissance city of Florence. The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above the city. Get the inside track on Florence’s cultural beginnings from our Local Guide as the group explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then, take a look into a skilful demonstration of Florentine leather making & understand this region’s traditional art. The city’s markets are a great place to hang out & bargain. Grab a gelato in your free time & enjoy the feel of this gorgeous city. Tonight there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Italian feast in the Tuscan hillsides, where you’ll get to indulge in regional dishes & sip on local Chianti wine. Afterwards, take it up a notch & opt to head with the group to one of Florence’s top clubs where you can show off your moves on the dance floor.

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Florence to Lucerne

Catch a glimpse of stunning Lake Como as we make our way into the massive Swiss Alps. With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes & quaint buildings, Lucerne’s centre is perfect to explore on foot. Also to stock up on lots of genuine Swiss chocolate! Your Tour Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches that Switzerland is so famous for.

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Lucerne to Paris

With down-time on the coach, plug in your MP3, chill out to some music & chat with friends while travelling through the scenic wine producing region of Burgundy. Tonight, the group kick-starts Paris with the 'Tour of Illuminations', which shows off the French capital’s transformation into the “City of Lights”. Lamp-lit bridges & cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the world’s most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower & the Arc de Triomphe. Then get a stunning view of the entire city with included entry to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Oui, oui, Paris!

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Paris

Next up: Fragonard! This perfumery has an elegant interior & is a unique setting for a look into the history of perfume. It’s also a chance to pick up some French perfume at great prices. This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues & diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods). Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank. Step into the Notre Dame or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre, where you can get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. In your free time, try indulging in some delicious pastries & relax in one of Paris’ many cafés. Tonight is the last night with your friends, so make it special. Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner & Champagne. But don’t stop there – afterwards hit the clubs & finish up your travels with a big Parisian night out.

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Paris

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

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