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Small budget, small window of time, big list of Must Dos? The European Encounter should do the trick. Make your way through 10 countries, catching some rays on the Italian Riviera, downing pizza in Rome & exploring castles in Prague. If you know a better way to spend just under two & a half weeks, we need to hear about it!
DETAILS
Starting fromR26 610
Package ValiditySet departure dates between 04 NOV 2017 - 10 DEC 2017.  *** Book & pay by 14 JUN 2017 & SAVE 7.5%, discount already included in the price ***
Duration16 days
DestinationBelgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco & London
Starts inLondon
Ends inParis
Age Group18 - 35 years

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


** Tour operates from 21 OCT 2017 - 17 MAR 2018. Please enquire with your Travel Agent for dates & prices.

 

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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.

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Amsterdam to Berlin

Motor down the autobahn & get ready for a dose of uber-cool Berlin. We’ll give you the background on Berlin’s troubled history on a driving city tour. Learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall & check out the controversial Reichstag (German Parliament) as well as Tiergarten (one the world’s biggest parks), while you Trip Manager points out the little details & peels back the layers of history. With two nights in this historical hot spot, you’ve got time to find out what makes Germany’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. It’s hard to believe that this funky town has had such a troubled past.

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Berlin

Fuel up on breakfast this morning as we've got one big ol' day of Berlin exploring ahead of us. First up, we'll tour the city's best bits, stopping for photo ops at the Holocaust memorial, the Brandenburg gate & Checkpoint Charlie. We'll then take a humbling trip out to Sachsenhausen, a Nazi concentration camp where prisoners were kept from 1936-1945. Here we'll discover more about the brutal Nazi regime, documenting the experience in poignant black & white photography. Once back in the city you'll then have the afternoon free to wander & shoot as you please. Maybe you'll feel yourself graviating towards trendy Mitte or the hipster haven of Kreuzberg, or perhaps our optional Berlin tour is more your jam - think street art photography that includes the East Side Gallery, plus a progressive dinner that will see you eating at various stops throughout the city.

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Berlin to Prague

Heading south, we roll on to the region of Dresden, often dubbed 'Florence of the North' because of its beauty. This town completely rebuilt itself after being flattened in World War II. Your Trip Manager will show you Dresden’s signature buildings, like the Opera House, the domed Frauenkirche, the Royal Residence – once home to the Saxon Kings – & the massive Zwinger Palace, where the royals went to party! Lunchtime! Go local & hang out in a cafe, order some hearty German dishes with regional specialities like sour roast & potato soup. Then we head over the border & into the Czech Republic to Prague.

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Prague

The early bird may well capture the worm, but so does the photographer. Wake up bright & early for our sunrise photography session to learn the trick to capturing the first golden rays of the day. Heading back to the hotel for breakfast, you've then got an entirely free day to explore your fariytale surrounds. Do your own thing, or opt to join our cycling trip through the city, stopping off for regular shooting ops on route.

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Prague to Salzburg

Prague Stock up on breakfast treats, then it's eyes to the green & grassy horizon as we make for Salzburg. Berchtesgaden Lunch stops don't come much more picturesque than this. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps on the Austrian border, Berchtesgaden is the town best known for the Eagle's Nest - a teahouse that was built for Adolf Hitler, & a work of engineering mastery thanks to it's elevation of 1834m above sea level. Today, you can take the specially adapted mountain bus up to the nest to enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding alps. Next up: storybook Austria. Salzburg is famed for two things, Mozart & The Sound of Music, but you'll soon realise this magical town deserves your praise entirely in its own right. Our evening walking tour, accompanied by a Local Guide, will take us through Mirabel Gardens & into the streets of the old town, where classical music drifts from open windows. We'll stop by the resplendent Hohensalzburg castle lit up in all its night time glory (read - photographers dream), then dinner tonight is on us, with an optional food photography lesson for those who are keen. If you're looking to up your Insta food game, this is your chance.

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Salzburg to Venice

Wind through both the Austrian & Italian Alps into Venice’s grand squares & art-filled palazzo’s.

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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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Venice to Rome

Today we’ll cross the Apennines mountain range on the way to the ancient city of 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 with a few slices of pizza & people watch.

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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 Italian Riveria

Visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa & on to the Italian Riviera to explore the stunning five lands of Cinque Terre.

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Italian Riviera to Lucerne

Catch a glimpse of Lake Como before arriving in Lucerne, nestled in the Swiss Alps.

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Lucerne

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 Trip Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches Switzerland is so famous for. This afternoon, choose an optional cruise on one of Europe’s most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alps reflect back across the water.

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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 Tour Manager will fill you in on the world’s most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower & the Arc de Triomphe.

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Paris

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. Try indulging in some delicious pastries & relax in one of Paris’ many green spaces. 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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Depart 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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