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29 Day Tour of Europe - European Contrasts

There's plenty of beautiful country and coastlines on this tour. You'll get a taste of the local culture and cuisine of each city... including Paris, Fontainebleau, Monaco, Rome, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam and more!

Day 1 - London to Paris.
A warm welcome from your Contiki Crew as we head for the White Cliffs of Dover and the Channel crossing to Calais, France. Past World War I battlefields to the splendour of Paris. What better way to begin than with an evening tour of the city illuminations. Contiki Village Contiki Village (D)

Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing.
On our included sightseeing tour we visit Nôtre Dame, view the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. There's time to shop, stroll along the Seine or just relax at a sidewalk café. Tonight, why not experience 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 &endash; the choice is yours. Contiki Special Stopover (B, Picnic Lunch, D)

Day 5 - Lyon to Antibes - French Riviera.
South today on the Autoroute de Soleil to the fabulous Côte d' Azur visiting on route the city of the Popes, Avignon. Tonight we visit Monaco to view the Royal Palace. Take the opportunity to try your luck at one of the casinos at Monte Carlo. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 6 - Riviera at Leisure.
It's your choice today &endash; 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".Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 7 - Antibes to Florence.
First we visit a French Perfumery before continuing to Pisa home of the famous Leaning Tower, before arriving in the most spectacular of Renaissance cities, Florence. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 8 - Florence Sightseeing.
Begin with our included walking tour to see the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Santa Croce. Shop for leather, gold and silver before taking the opportunity to visit one of the many museums or galleries. This evening, an opportunity to enjoy the colourful Florentine nightlife. Contiki Village (B)

Day 9 - 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 10 - 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 bar-becue tonight and a party in the local disco. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 11 - Rome to Corfu.
A chance to take a guided tour of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii as we head across Italy to Brindisi and our overnight ferry. Adriatic Ferry (B)

Day 12-15 - Corfu at Leisure.
Four sun-filled days on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu staying at Contiki's Frini Beach Stopover. Windsurf, waterski, paraglide, swim or just soak up the sun. Get off the beaten track in an open-top 4-wheel drive jeep or cruise along the coast in a caique. At night, enjoy the local cuisine and try your hand (or feet) at Greek dancing. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)(B,D)(B) (B,D)

Day 16 - Corfu to Italy - Mini Cruise.
A full day and night cruise, across the Adriatic back to Italy. Time to enjoy the boat's facilities. Adriatic Ferry (B)

Day 17 - Arrival Venice.
Our spectacular morning arrival into the Port of Venice is one of Europe's most impressive sights. After docking, we head to St. Mark's Square, the Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs. See glass and lace making demonstrations, and why not treat yourself to a gondola ride? Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 18 - Venice at Leisure.
Our complimentary motor boat takes you back into Venice for you to explore this unique island city at your leisure. Contiki Village (B,D)

Day 19 - Venice to Vienna.
An enchanting drive as we waltz into the home of Strauss to see the splendours of the once mighty Austrian Empire. Hotel (B)

Day 20 - Vienna Sightseeing.
A whole day to take it all in. Our sightseeing tour shows you the fabulous Palace of the Hapsburg's, the State Opera House and fashionable Kartnerstrasse with a chance to try authentic apple strudel and Viennese coffee. Hotel (B)

Day 21 - Vienna to Munich.
On to lively Munich where we experience Bavarian hospitality as we visit a favourite beer hall. Hotel (B)

Day 22- Munich to Hopfgarten - Austrian Tyrol.
Our orientation tour includes the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Perhaps the pportunity to go white-water rafting (subject to weather conditions) before a special welcome awaits at Contiki's own Gasthof. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 23 - 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 24 - Hopfgarten to Lauterbrunnen - Swiss Alps.
First to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Next an orientation tour of Lucerne before our stop in the Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 25 - 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 26 - Lauterbrunnen to Rhine Valley.
Heading north we leave Switzerland and enter Germany en route to Heidelberg for an orientation tour of this university city on the banks of the Neckar River. Then onto the picturesque town of St. Goar in the Rhine Valley before reaching our Hotel. Hotel (B,D)

Day 27 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam.
We cross the Dutch border making our way to Amsterdam. Visit a cheese farm and see how clogs are made. 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 28 - Amsterdam at Leisure.
After a diamond exhibition, why not take a canal bike ride to explore Amsterdam further, perhaps visiting Anne Frank's house. It's a day to remember and tonight, we celebrate our last evening together. Contiki Special Stopover (B)

Day 29 - Amsterdam to London.
South through the Dutch and Belgian Countryside into France for our cross channel ferry arriving London early evening. (B)

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

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS - 28 nights accommodation &endash; 12 nights in Contiki Special Stopovers including 4 nights in Corfu, 10 nights in Contiki Villages, 4 nights in hotels, 2 nights on Adriatic Ferry * 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 Travelers Guide. * 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 £1129 to £1189 GBP (+ Food Fund of £199 GBP) BOOK NOW.


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