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46 Day Tour of Europe - Ultimate European + Greek Island of Santorini (Option 2)

Searching for that ultimate tour throughout Europe? This tour brings you to 17 countries, with plenty of time and fun included as you explore Europe, including Dover, Paris, Versailles, Beaujolais, Pont du Gard, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Venice, Verona, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Corinth, Athens, Cairo, Giza, Aswan, Luxor, Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Bucharest, Cluj, Budapest, 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. Tonight, a perfect introduction to romantic Paris as we view the splendid illuminations. Contiki Village (D)

Day 2-3 - Paris Sightseeing
Our sightseeing tour takes in many of the sights and sounds. Gaze at the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and stroll along the Champs Elysees. A trip to the Palace of Versailles is included or in your own time perhaps visits Euro Disney. At night, a chance to see a famous cabaret. Contiki Village (B) (B,D)

Day 4 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region, Lyon
We head south to the Beaujoalis vineyards and spend the next two nights at Contiki's exclusive Chateau de Cruix. Contiki Special Stopover (B,D)

Day 5 - 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 6 - Lyon to Barcelona
Continuing south via the aqueduct of Pont du Gard, we cross the Spanish border to Barcelona. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 7 - Barcelona Sightseeing
Our city tour takes in Gaudi's Art Nouveau Cathedral and the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Stroll along the Ramblas, shop for Lladro porcelain and Majorica pearls, eat tapas and check out a flamenco evening. Village (B)

Day 8 - Barcelona to Antibes - French Riveria
Back into France via the beautiful Camargue with a lunch stop at the walled city of Aigues Mortes. Explore the area before continuing to Antibes. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 9 - Riveria at lesuire
It's your choice today - perhaps mix with the rich and famous on the beach at Cannes or take a trip into Nice to souvenir shop and explore this "Queen of the Riveria". At night, we go to Monte carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 10 - Antibes to Venice
We visit a French perfumery before entering Italy. Our first stop is Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet, before heading for the magnificent city built on water, VEnice. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 11 - Venice Sightseeing
Our complimentary motor boat takes you to see St Mark's Square, the Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs. See glass and lacemaking demonstrations, wander the canal side streets and why not treat yourself to a gondola ride. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 12 - Venice to Florence
Travelling south we visit Pisa to see its famous leaning tower. From here we travel on to Renaissance Florence. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 13 - Florence Sightseeing
Begin with our included walking tour to see the Pizza della Signoria, the Duomo and Santa Croce. Shop for leather, gold and silver and tonight, join the locals at a restaurant or a club. Contiki Village (B)

Day 14 - 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 15 - Rome Sightseeing
Today, take your chance to explore Rome. Lesuirely discover the secrets of the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel or simply wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere. Perhaps a barbeque tonight and a party in the local disoc. Contiki Village (B, D)

Day 16 - Rome to Corfu
A chance to take a guided tour of Pompeii as we cross Italy to Brindisi to board our overnight ferry. Adriatic Ferry (B, D)

Day 17-18 - Corfu at Lesuire
Two sun-filled days on the Greek island of Corfu staying at Contiki's Frini Beach Stopover. Watersports, beaches, caique cruises, Corfu offers it all. At night, there's Greek dancing, bars and restaurants to guarantee excellent nightlife. Contiki Special Stopover (B, D)(B)

Day 19 - Corfu to Athens
Today we travel through The Peloponnesse and across the Corinth Canal to Athens. Hotel (B, D)

OPTION TWO

Day 20-22 - Athens Sightseeing and Ferry to Los
This morning, an orientation tour visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon and Temple of Zeus. This afternoon, we take a ferry to the party island of Los for 3 nights. Superb beaches and great nightlife are waiting. Hotel (B) (B) (B)

Day 23-25 - Los to Santorni
We take a ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini for 3 nights. Hotel (B) (B) (B)

Day 26 - Santorini to Athens
Hotel (B)

Day 27 - Athens to Kavala
We head north passing Spartan Thermopylae and Thessaloniki, once the cultural heart of the Byzantine Empire, then on to seaside overnight stop at Kavala. Hotel (B, D)

Day 28 - Kavala to Canakkale
South to the Gallipoli Pennisula with time to reflect on Anzac Beach and the moving memorials. Cross the Dardenelles to see Troy's wooden horse. Hotel (B, D)

Day 29-30 - Canakkale to Istanbul and Istanbul Sightseeing
Test your bargining power in the Grand Bazzar, follow our local guide to the Blue Mosque, the spice markets and perhaps see the famous Topkapi Palace. Anyone for a Turkish Bath, a massage or a bellyfull of local dancing. Hotel (B) (B, D)

Day 31 - Istanbul to Black Sea
Today we head north en route to the Bulgarian border, continuing on to our hotel by the Black Sea. Cabin. Hotel, depending on the time of year (B, D)

Day 32 - Black Sea to Bucahrest
Across the mighty Danube to Romania and its capital, Bucharest. Enjoy this elegant city of imposing buildings with our included guided tour. Hotel (B, D)

Day 33 - Bucharest to Brasov
We drive through the mysterious Transylvanian Alps to Brasov. Time to visit Bran Castle, home of Vlad Tepes-Dacul, immortalised in print as Count Dracula. Tonight a chance to sample the local cuisine. Hotel (B)

Day 34 - Brasov to Cluj
Time to explore Brasov this morning before continuing onto Cluj stopping at Sigisoara, a fascinating walled city and the birthplace of Dracula. Hotel (B, D)

Day 35 - Cluj to Budapest
Across the great Hungarian plain to Hungary and its capital city, Budapest, built on both sides of the Danube. Hotel (B)

Day 36 - Budapest to Vienna
Sightseeing takes in the quaint hilltop Buda and bustling Pest, before we waltz into the home of Strauss to see the splendors of the once mighty Austrian Empire. Hotel (B)

Day 37 - Vienna Sightseeing
A whole day to take it all in. Our sightseeing tour shows you the fabulous Palace of Hapsburg's, the State Opera House and fashionable Kartnerstrasse with a chance to try authentic apple strudel and Viennese coffee. Hotel (B)

Day 38 - Vienna to Munich
On to lively Munich, where we experience Bavarian hospitality with a chance to visit a favourite beerhall. Youth Hostel (B)

Day 39 - Munich to Hopfgarten - Austrian Tyrol
Our orientation tour includes the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. After lunch.perhaps an opportunity to go white water rafting then to Contiki's own Gasthof in the beautiful Austrian Tyrol. Contiki Special Stopover (B, D)

Day 40 - Austrain Tyrol at Lesuire
An excellent base to enjoy a vast range of outdoor activities like walking, cycling or parapenting. Contiki Special Stopover (B, D)

Day 41 - Hopfgarden to Lauterbrunnen - Swiss Alps
First to Vaduz, the capital of Leichenstein. Next an oreintation of Lucerne and time to shop. Tonight's accommodation is at the base of the Jungfrau in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Contiki Special Stopover (B, D)

Day 42 - Swiss Alps at lesuire
A spectacular day where you can choose to hike the many trails or enjoy a trip up the snow-covered Jungfra mountain on a cog railway that passes through the Eiger mountain! Contiki Special Stopover (B, D)

Day 43 - Lauterbrunnen to Rhine Valley
Now to Heidelberg in Germany for an orientation tour. Then onto St. Goar in the Rhine Valley before reaching our hote. Hotel (B, D)

Day 44 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam
Today, we cross the Dutch border for Amsterdam. Visit a cheese farm and see how clogs are made. Cycle though the countryside and visit the village of Edam. Our centrall located hotel is our home for the last two nights. Youth Hostel (B, D)

Day 45 - Amsterdam at Lesuire
Afetr a diamond exhibition, why not take a canal bike ride to explore further, perhaps visiting Anne Frank's house. Youth Hostel (B)

Day 46 - Amsterdam to London
Time to swap addresses as we travel through the Belgian Countryside to Calais, France and our ferry back to England. (B)

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS - 45 night accommodation - 8 nights in Contiki Special Stopovers, 13 nights in Contiki Villages, 22 nights in hotels, 1 night on Adriatic ferry, 1 night-train Cairo to Aswan (Sleeper-seat) * Breakfasts (B) and dinners (D) as per itinerary

CONTIKI SPECIALS - Experienced, professional tour manager & driver. * Sightseeing tours as specified in itinerary * Resident Contiki manager and team at Special Stopovers * Contiki Village representatives * Modern air-conditioned coaches * Free Contiki document wallet * Free Contiki Travellers Guide * Ferry Crossings *

Departures?
March to September 2005. Please enquire for available dates.

How much?
From £1695 to £1785 GBP (+ Food Fund of £375 GBP) BOOK NOW.

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