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24 Day Tour of Europe - The Winter Wanderer

Explore Europe, including Dover, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, the French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Vienna, Munich, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam.

Day 1 - London to Paris.
Meet your Contiki crew on our way to the White Cliffs of Dover and the cross-Channel ferry to France. Tonight, an evening tour of the illuminations of Paris. (D)

Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing.
Our city tour takes in Nôtre Dame, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and views of the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, why not eat out and experience a famous cabaret? (B)

Day 3 - Paris to Lyon.
South from Paris, we pass through beautiful countryside and the famous vineyards of the Burgundy Region to Lyon, at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers.(B)

Day 4-5 - Lyon to Barcelona.
Southwards to Barcelona. Time to view Gaudi's amazing Art Nouveau Cathedral and see the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Then try tapas, go shopping for Lladró porcelain and Majorica pearls or perhaps take in a Flamenco show. (B,D) (B)

Day 6-7 - Barcelona to Nice - French Riviera.
Today we return to France and and the Riviera playground before arriving at our hotel in Nice. A whole day to explore and shop at your leisure is followed by an evening in Monaco and the chance to try your luck in the casinos of Monte Carlo. (B,D) (B)

Day 8- Nice to Florence.
First visit a French perfumery and see some spectacular coastal scenery before arriving in Pisa. From there, it's on to the Renaissance city of Florence. Enjoy a demonstration of traditional Florentine leathercraft and shop for silver and gold before checking into our hotel. (B)

Day 9-10 - Florence to Rome.
This morning we meet our local expert guide for a walking tour of Florence's Duomo, Basilica of Santa Croce, Giotto's Belltower, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria. Then we travel on to Rome where we'll capture all the sights included in our city tour and explore the Vatican City. (B) (B,D)

Day 11-12 - Rome to Venice.
Great scenery on our drive to Venice where a complimentary motorboat takes us to see Piazza San Marco, the Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Maybe enjoy a gondola ride. (B,D) (B)

Day 13-14 - Venice to Vienna.
Now to Austria and our special Resort Hotel chosen for its superb amenities. On our city tour, see the Museums, the Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Resort Hotel (B,D) (B)

Day 15 - Vienna to Munich.
To the city of Munich with its famous Glockenspiel. Experience a typical beer hall in this fun-loving Bavarian capital. (B,D)

Day 16-17 - Munich to Mt Pilatus - Lucerne.
Today we stop for lunch in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, before reaching Lucerne. Catch a cable car up to our hotel (weather permitting), perched 7,000 feet above sea level on Mount Pilatus. Enjoy the delights of Lucerne with its wooden bridges and lakeside views. Shop for Swiss watches and local chocolates. (N.B. When Mt Pilatus is inaccessible due to weather conditions, we stay at a hotel at the foot of the mountain). Resort Hotel (B,D) (B,D)

Day 18 - Lucerne to the Rhine Valley.
Through Germany and along the Rhine River to St Goar. Shop for beer steins, taste the local wines and take in the scenery surrounding this picturesque town. (B,D)

Day 19-20 - Rhine Valley to Berlin.
Visit the 1936 Olympic complex and then on to other famous sights including the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and where Checkpoint Charlie once stood. (B,D) (B)

Day 21 - Berlin to Hamburg.
Leaving Berlin we travel to Hamburg. Explore this Hanseatic city with its historic port and modern shops. (B,D)

Day 22-23 - Hamburg to Amsterdam.
See a diamond exhibition and perhaps visit the Rijks and Van Gogh Museums. Our visit to Edam includes a cheese & clog making demonstration. On our last night, a chance to get together for a farewell dinner. (B,D) (B)

Day 24 - Amsterdam to London.
We travel south through the Dutch & Belgian countryside to Calais in France for our ferry back to Dover, reaching London early evening. (B)

What's Included

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS - 4 nights in Contiki's special Resort Hotels plus 19 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.

Departures
October to Mid-February 2004. Please enquire for available dates

How much?
From £1229 - £1319 GBP - BOOK NOW.

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