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21 Day Tour of Europe - European Vista

Enjoy a leisurely yet adventurous Contiki tour while visiting 10 fabulous countries. Venture through Europe and explore the beauty, culture, history, and its people. This tour will allow you to experience an illuminating night-tour of romantic Paris, a visit to magnificent Monaco, the art and culture of Florence, adventurous activities in Austria, and much more.

ItalyDay 1 - London to Paris.
A friendly welcome from your crew on our way to the White Cliffs of Dover. Cross the Channel to France then past World War I battlefields to Paris. Tonight an evening tour of the illuminations. (D)

Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing.
This morning we visit the Nôtre Dame Cathedral on our city tour. See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. There's time to shop on the Champs Elysées, stroll by the Seine or watch the world go by at a side-walk café. Why not join us tonight for an evening meal and afterwards a famous Parisian cabaret? (B)

Day 3 - Paris to Lyon. South from Paris, we pass through beautiful countryside and the famous vineyards of the Burgundy Region. We visit Contiki's own Château de Cruix to taste some of the local wine before travelling on to Lyon. (B)

Day 4 - Lyon to Nice - French Riviera.
Visit the city of Popes, Avignon as we head for the sun and sand of the Côte d'Azur. Tonight we visit magnificent Monaco to see the Royal Palace and a Monte Carlo Casino. (B)

Day 5 - 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 6 - Nice to Florence.
First we visit a French perfumery before continuing to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Then to our hotel in Renaissance Florence before exploring the Florentine nightlife. (B)

Day 7 - Florence to Rome.
This morning our local guide takes us on a walking tour to see the Duomo, Giotto's Belltower, Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Time to shop for silver and gold and see a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft, before we continue to the fabled city of Rome. Tonight a walking tour of this ancient city includes Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain the Pantheon and Piazza Venezia. (B)

Day 8 - 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)

Day 9 - Rome to Venice.
Our route takes us across the Appennine Mountains for two nights at our hotel near fairytale Venice. (B,D)

Day 10 - Venice Sightseeing.
Our complimentary motor boat takes us to see St Mark's Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doges' Palace. See demonstrations of glass blowing and lace making and wander the fascinating side streets. A chance to treat yourself to a gondola ride. (B)

Day 11 - Venice to Vienna.
From the towering mountains we drive through gently rolling countryside past picturesque villages for two nights at our special resort in Vienna. Take a dip in the pool, work out at the gym or just relax at the bar. Resort Hotel (B,D)

Day 12 - Vienna Sightseeing.
A city tour and then time to visit St Stephen's Cathedral, the State Opera House and maybe the Spanish Riding School. Enjoy a drive along the famous Ring Road, perhaps see the Palace of the Hapsburg's, take time to shop, wander at leisure and try authentic apple strudel. Resort Hotel (B)

Day 13 - Vienna to Munich.
From Austria, our route today takes us to Bavarian Munich. Tonight why not join the locals in a typical beer hall? (B)

Day 14 -Munich to Hopfgarten; Austrian Tyrol.
Our orientation tour takes in the Marienplatz, with its famous Glockenspiel. Then through the Bavarian Alps to Austria and the beautiful Tyrol region where you have the opportunity to try white water rafting (conditions permitting). A special Contiki welcome at the typical Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten. (B,D)

Day 15 - Austrian Tyrol at Leisure.
Be as active or inactive as you like. Take the chairlift (conditions permitting) for fabulous views, hike through the beautiful countryside with its cuckoo-clock houses, nestled beneath magnificent mountains. Perhaps go fishing or bike through the mountain valleys.(B,D)

Day 16 - Hopfgarten to Mt. Pilatus; Lucerne.
We leave Austria and pause at Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein, on our way to Switzerland and lakeside Lucerne. A very special treat as we take the cable car or cog railway for breath taking views from our resort on top of Mt Pilatus, the highest hotel in Europe. Resort Hotel (B,D)

Day 17 - Lucerne Sightseeing.
We take the cable car down for a day exploring Lucerne. Enjoy an orientation tour, perhaps visit the Lion Monument, cross the Chapel Bridge, wander through the narrow cobbled streets shopping for watches and Swiss chocolate. Resort Hotel (B,D)

Day 18 - Lucerne to the Rhine Valley.
Northward to beautiful St Goar by the River Rhine. We take a Rhine cruise passing spectacular scenery including the famous Lorelei Rock. (B,D)

Day 19 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam.
From the scenic Rhine Valley, we travel past Cologne and cross the border into Holland. Visit the cheese making village of Edam, a cheese farm, and see clogs being made. Past canals and windmills we arrive in Amsterdam for our final two nights. (B,D)

Day 20 - Amsterdam Sightseeing.
Shop for diamonds and take a bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside. Tonight why not get together for a farewell meal to round off a perfect tour? (B)

Day 21 - Amsterdam to London.
Travelling south through the Dutch and Belgian countryside to France, we catch the ferry from Calais to Dover, reaching London early evening. (B)

What's Included

4 nights in special Resort Hotels plus 16 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) * 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 £1149 - £1575 GBP per person
Single Supplement - £389 GBP
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