16 Day Tour of Europe - The European Encounter

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam, the Rhine Valley, the Swiss alps, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence, the French Riviera, Lyon, and Paris

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London to Amsterdam. Meet your the crew as we drive to the White Cliffs of Dover for our cross-Channel ferry to France. Then through Belgium to Holland and its capital, Amsterdam for the evening. (D)

Amsterdam Sightseeing. Visit the cheese village of Edam, a cheese farm and see clogs being made. Shop for diamonds and take a bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside. Tonight why not get together for a local meal? (B)

Amsterdam to the Rhine Valley. Leaving Holland we enter Germany and head for the Rhine Valley. We travel past Cologne, seeing the barges and boats on the waterways. At St Goar we take a Rhine river cruise past vineyards, castles and the infamous Lorelei rock. (B, D)

Rhine Valley to Lucerne. Today we head for the Alps and lakeside Lucerne. Don't miss an opportunity to take a cable car or cog railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus and enjoy the fabulous views. (B,D)

Lucerne Sightseeing at Leisure. Enjoy an orientation tour of the beautiful city of Lucerne. An opportunity to see the Lion Monument, cross the Chapel Bridge, spend time wandering through the narrow cobbled streets shopping for watches and Swiss chocolate. (B,D)

Lucerne to Innsbruck. Now to Austria via Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Perhaps take the opportunity to try white water rafting before arriving in Innsbruck to see the Golden Roof and take a scenic drive to view the Olympic ski jump. (B,D)

Innsbruck to Venice. We head south over the Brenner Pass to Venice where we learn about glass-blowing and lace-making. Enjoy our complimentry motor boat to see St Mark's Square, the Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Tonight why not treat yourself to a gondola ride? (B)

Venice to Rome. Southwards as we pass Bologna, climb through the Appennine Mountains, passing medieval hillside villages and on to the fabled Seven Hills of the Eternal City, Rome. Tonight a walking tour of this ancient city includes the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain the Pantheon and Piazza Venezia. (B)

Rome Sightseeing. Today why not discover the ancient ruins of Rome with a local guide and in your free time leisurely discover the secrets of the Vatican City and the Sistene Chapel. (B,D)

Rome to Florence. We drive to Florence where our local expert guide takes us on a walking tour of the Duomo, Giotto's Belltower, Piazza della Signoria and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Enjoy a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Tonight join the locals in a restaurant or club.(B)

Florence to Nice - French Riviera. We continue via Italy's west coast to view the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then to the Côte d'Azur and our hotel on the French Riviera. Tonight, we drive to Monaco to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino. (B)

Nice Sightseeing at Leisure. Rub shoulders with the jet-set on the promenade at Nice. A chance to relax, swim or shop for French fashion &endash; the choice is yours! (B,D)

Nice to Lyon. Visit a French perfumery before our drive to see the Palace of the Popes in the Papal city of Avignon. Then north along the Rhône Valley to Lyon. (B)

Lyon to Paris. Journey north to the Chateau of Fontainbleau before continuing to the romance of Paris. Arriving in Paris we visit Notre Dame Cathedral on our city tour. Tonight we enjoy a magical evening tour of the city illuminations. (B,D)

Paris Sightseeing. Today, a full day for you to explore Paris. See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. There's time to shop on the Champs Elysées, take in a museum or stroll by the Seine. Tonight join us for dinner and a famous Parisian cabaret. (B)

Paris to London. Going north we first visit the Canadian War Memorial situated near the Valley of the Somme. From here to Calais and our cross channel ferry to Dover to arrive in London early evening. (B)

 

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS • 15 nights in superior tourist class hotels. • Accommodation based on your choice of twin or triple-share with private facilities. • Continental breakfasts (B) and three-course dinners (D) as per itinerary. • Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges.

CONTIKI SPECIALS • Experienced, professional Tour Manager and Driver. • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • Free Contiki 'Travellers Checks' information book. • Free Contiki backpack. • Ferry transport as per itinerary.

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