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25 Day Tour of Europe - European Escapade

Discover the culture and essence of Europe, as you travel through 11 countries on this exciting tour! Get ready as you visit magnificent cities such as Paris, Fontainebleu, Beaujolais, Pont du Gard, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Vienna, Munich, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Rhine Valley, and Amsterdam

Day 1 - London to Paris.
Meet your Contiki Crew as we head for the White Cliffs of Dover and our cross-Channel ferry to France. Enjoy a perfect introduction to the romantic city of Paris as we take an evening tour to view the splendid illuminations. Contiki Village (D)

Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing.
Our included sightseeing tour takes in the many sights and sounds of France's capital. Gaze at world-famous landmarks like the mighty Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Visit Nôtre Dame, stroll along the Champs Elysées and watch the world go by from a sidewalk café. Tonight, a chance to taste traditional French cuisine and see a famous Parisian cabaret. Contiki Village (B)

Day 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region, Lyon.
We travel south and stop at Fontainebleau to see the magnificent château. Then to the Beaujolais vineyards near Lyon and two nights in Contiki's exclusive Château de Cruix. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 4 - Beaujolais Wine Region.
Drink in the atmosphere, enjoy our included picnic lunch and explore the French countryside - the choice is yours. Contiki Special Stopover (B, Picnic Lunch, D)

Day 5 - Lyon to Barcelona.
Continuing south we stop at the aqueduct of Pont du Gard then head to the Spanish border and Barcelona. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 6 - Barcelona Sightseeing.
On our included sightseeing tour we'll take in Gaudi's Art Nouveau Cathedral, the 1992 Olympic Games complex, and lots more. Stroll along the Ramblas, shop for Lladró porcelain and Majorica Pearls, eat tapas and check-out a Flamenco evening. Contiki Village (B)

Day 7 - Barcelona to Antibes - French Riviera.
We travel back to France today via the beautiful Camargue. Our lunch stop is at Aigues Mortes, one of the last remaining completely walled cities of France. A chance to explore the area before continuing to our campsite at Antibes. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 8 - Riviera at Leisure.
It's your choice today - perhaps mix with the rich and famous on the beach at Cannes or take a trip into Nice to shop for souvenirs and explore this "Queen of the Riviera". At night, we go to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 9 - Antibes to Florence.
First a visit to a French perfumery before entering Italy. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa before arriving in this most glorious of Renaissance cities, Florence. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 10 - Florence Sightseeing.
Begin with our included walking tour to see the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Santa Croce. Time is yours to shop for leather, gold and silver, visit one of the many galleries or stroll along the River Arno. Tonight, an opportunity to enjoy the colourful Florentine nightlife. Contiki Village (B)

Day 11 - Florence to Rome.
All roads lead to Rome and our Contiki Village. This afternoon why not discover the ancient ruins of Rome with a local guide. Later, a walking tour of this ancient city will include the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Contiki Village (B)

Day 12 - Rome Sightseeing.
Today, take your chance to explore Rome. Leisurely discover the secrets of the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel or simply wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere. Perhaps a barbecue tonight and a party in the local disco. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 13 - Rome to Venice.
Travelling north we pass by medieval hillside villages. Then cross the rugged Appennine mountains for the Byzantine city of Venice. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 14 - Venice Sightseeing.
Our complimentary motor boat takes you to see St Mark's Square, the Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs. See glass and lace-making demonstrations, wander the fascinating canal side streets and why not treat yourself to a gondola ride? Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 15 - Venice to Vienna.
A spectacular drive before we waltz into the home of Strauss to see the splendours of the once mighty Austrian Empire. Hotel (B)

Day 16 - Vienna Sightseeing.
Our sightseeing tour takes it all in; the fabulous Palace of the Hapsburg's, the State Opera House and also fashionable Kartnerstrasse where you can try authentic apple strüdel and Viennese coffee. Hotel (B)

Day 17 - Vienna to Munich.
On to lively Munich where we experience Bavarian hospitality as we visit a favourite beer hall. Hotel (B)

Day 18 - Munich to Hopfgarten - Austrian Tyrol.
Our orientation tour includes the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Perhaps the opportunity to go white water rafting (subject to weather conditions) before a special welcome at Contiki's own Gasthof in the Austrian Tyrol. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 19 - Austrian Tyrol at Leisure.
The picture-postcard village of Hopfgarten is an excellent base to make the most of the beautiful countryside and experience a vast range of outdoor activities: walking, cycling, parapenting or perhaps trout fishing. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 20 - Hopfgarten to Lauterbrunnen - Swiss Alps.
First to Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein. Then to Lucerne, with time to shop. Home tonight is at the base of the Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 21 - Swiss Alps at Leisure.
A spectacular day where you can choose to hike the many trails or enjoy a trip up the snow-covered Jungfrau mountain on a cog railway that passes through the Eiger mountain! Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 22 - Lauterbrunnen to Rhine Valley.
Heading north we leave Switzerland and enter Germany en route to Heidelberg for an orientation tour of this university city. Then onto the picturesque town of St Goar in the Rhine Valley before reaching our Hotel. Hotel (B,D)

Day 23 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam.
Today, we cross the Dutch border making our way to Amsterdam. Visit a cheese farm and see how clogs are made on our afternoon sightseeing tour. Cycle through the countryside and explore the fishing village of Edam. Contiki's centrally located hotel is home for our last two nights. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 24 - Amsterdam at Leisure.
After a diamond exhibition, why not take a canal bike ride to explore Amsterdam further, perhaps visit Anne Frank's house. It's a day to remember and tonight, we celebrate our last evening together. Contiki Special Stopover (B)

Day 25 - Amsterdam to London.
Time to swap addresses as we travel through the Belgian Countryside and back to Calais for our ferry crossing to England. (B)

NB: the tour price does not include a night in London at the end of your tour

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS - 24 nights accommodation &endash; 8 nights in Contiki Special Stopovers, 12 nights in Contiki Villages, 4 nights in hotel * Breakfast (B) & Dinners (D) included in Food Fund - as per itinerary

CONTIKI SPECIALS - Experienced, professional tour manager & driver. * Resident Contiki manager & team at Special Stopovers. * Contiki Village representatives. * Modern air-conditioned coach. * Free Contiki document wallet. * Free Contiki 'Travellers Guide' information book. * Ferry crossings.

The food is often prepared especially for you by the Contiki staff. You'll occasionally help with serving and washing up -- it's all part of the experience! For breakfast, there's cereal, muesli, yogurt, bread rolls and fresh fruit as well as a hot dish. At lunch you're free to do your own thing. About half your dinners are included in the cost of your tour (see tour itinerary for specific meal details) On other nights we take you out to sample the local restaurants. Veggie lover? If notified at the time of booking, Contiki will do their best to meet any special dietary requirements

Mid-March to September 2004. Please enquire for available dates

How much?

From £949 to £999GBP (+ Food Fund of £189 GBP)
Sleeping bag required


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