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16 Day Tour of Europe - The European Encounter

The European Encounter tour is perfect for adventurers and romantics alike. You’ll have the opportunity to take a bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside, go white water rafting in Austria, take in a Parisian cabaret show and enjoy a relaxing gondola ride in Venice all on the same tour! If that sounds like a lot of fun already, there’s much more in store on this European Encounter.

Day 1 - London to Amsterdam.
Meet your Contiki 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)

Day 2 - 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)

Day 3 - 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)

Day 4 - Rhine Valley to Engelberg.
Today we head for the Alps and lakeside Lucerne. Enjoy an orientation tour of the beautiful city of Lucerne. An opportunity to see the Lion Monument, cross the Chapel Bridge and shop for watches and Swiss chocolate. Later we take a short journey to Engelberg and our hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 - Engelberg at Leisure.
This morning, an opportunity for your to take the revolving cable to the top of Mount Titlis for spectacular view at 10,000 ft. Relax in Engelberg for the afternoon. After dinner, enjoy the nightlife in Engelberg. (B,D)

Day 6 - Engelberg 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. (B,D)

Day 7 - Innsbruck to Venice.
We head south over the Brenner Pass to Venice where we learn about glass-blowing. Enjoy our complimentary 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)

Day 8 - 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 and the Pantheon. (B)

Day 9 - 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 Sistine Chapel.(B,D)

Day 10 - Rome to Florence.
We drive to Florence where our local expert guide takes us on a walking tour of the Duomo, Giotto's Bell-tower, 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)

Day 11 - 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)

Day 12 - 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)

Day 13 - 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)

Day 14 - Lyon to Paris.
Drive north to the Château of Fontainbleau before continuing on to Paris. Tonight we enjoy a magical evening tour of the city illuminations. (B,D)

Day 15 - Paris Sightseeing.
Today, a full day for you to explore Paris. See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Nôtre Dame Cathedral. 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)

Day 16 - 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. 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

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 * 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.

Departures?
Year round 2007. Please enquire for available dates.

How much?
From £869 - £1179 GBP per person
Single Supplement - £295 GBP
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