European Horizon

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European Horizon

from £770
Duration: 10 days
Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland
Seven countries in ten days...sounds like a tour for people who know what they want and don’t have time to wait around for it! This is a great introduction to Europe for first timers.
Summary

European Horizon

Wear clogs in Amsterdam, visit a beerhall in Munich and cruise the canals of Venice on a gondola, you won't want to miss a moment! This tour is also one of the best for scenery lovers with drives over the famous Brenner Pass and past Lake Como.

Day 1  LONDON TO AMSTERDAM 
Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. Next stop: the buzzing, free-wheeling city of Amsterdam.

Check out Amsterdam’s eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

With an optional evening canal cruise, you’ve got a chance to get to know the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover Amsterdam at water level. Get some pointers on the city’s hot spots from your Tour Manager and head into town for a fun night out.

Hotel Dinner

See the White Cliffs of Dover
See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)
Euro 31.50

Day 2  AMSTERDAM TO RHINE VALLEY 
Experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and cool, quirky boutiques. In your free time, wander along shady canals and pass gabled houses or hop on two wheels like the laid-back locals and bike through the centre of town.

Chill out while the coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.

Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle and even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

Scenic drive along the Rhine River
Wine tasting
Euro 9.00

Day 3  RHINE VALLEY TO MUNICH 
Travelling south, pull into the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture with a modern lifestyle.

Explore the heart of Munich’s Old Town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Later why not give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.

Hostel Breakfast

Learn how beer steins are crafted
See the Lorelei Rock
See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
Munich Bike Tour
Euro 20.00

Day 4  MUNICH TO AUSTRIAN TYROL 
Roll on through the Tyrol’s massive mountains to a cute Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. Plunge into some white-water rafting in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity on the river.

With a night in Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest inn), there’s time to do your own thing – laze about or get out for a walk in the surrounding hills. Our resident crew will give you pointers on the best stuff to do in the region and make sure you get everything out of your time here. We always put on different theme parties for our groups at the Gasthof bar – so get dressed up for a fun night in. Your Tour Manager will tell you all about it.

Contiki Special Stopover Breakfast,Dinner

Special Stopover: Contiki's Austrian Gasthof
See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
Whitewater rafting
Euro 41.00
Afternoon Bike Tour
Euro 19.00

Day 5  AUSTRIAN TYROL TO VENICE 
Wind through the Central Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy, the land of passion!

Known as the “floating city”, Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals. The group travels on our private boat through the waters through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of Doge's Palace and the expanse of St Mark's Square (pigeons and all!) show Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.

Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You'll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping.

Maybe grab a table on St Mark's Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

Contiki Village Breakfast

Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
Venice walking tour
Euro 11.00
Gondola ride
Euro 22.00
Tour t-shirts
From Euro 18.50 - 29.00

6  VENICE TO SWISS ALPS 
Next stop: the jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine town of Lucerne.

With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and quaint buildings, Lucerne’s centre is perfect to explore on foot. Also to stock up on lots of genuine Swiss chocolate! Your Tour Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches Switzerland is so famous for.

Tonight, we head to the alpine heights of Lauterbrunnen and stay at Contiki’s very own Swiss Chalet.

Contiki Special Stopover Breakfast,Dinner

Special Stopover: Contiki's Swiss Chalet
See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
Scenic drive through the Alps
Indulge in a traditional Swiss cheese fondue

Day 7  SWISS ALPS 
It’s a change of pace amongst Switzerland’s massive Alps. Take in the amazing views from your chalet window.

Opt to visit Jungfrau Mountain, head up the sheer slopes of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station, and step out onto the “roof” of Europe for spine-tingling views.

Back at the chalet, make the most of the genuine underground 'Bomb Shelter' and party it up with friends at the bar there.

Contiki Special Stopover Breakfast,Dinner

Special Stopover: Contiki's Swiss Chalet
Jungfrau Mountain visit
Euro 122.00

Day 8  SWISS ALPS TO PARIS 
With down-time on the coach, plug in your MP3, chill out to some music and chat with friends while travelling through the scenic wine producing region of Burgundy.

Tonight, the group kick starts Paris with the “Paris by Night”, which shows off the French capital’s transformation into the 'City of Lights'. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafes give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Tour Manager will fill you in on the world’s most recognised monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.

If you’re adventurous, get right into French culture when you arrive at a Parisian café with the opportunity to try out France’s national delicacy – escargot! You’ll also get to toast the end of your tour with French Champagne.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 9  PARIS 
Next up: Fragonard! This perfumery has an elegant interior and is a unique setting for a look into the history of perfume. It’s also a chance to pick up some French perfume at great prices.

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods). Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank. Step into the Notre Dame or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre, where you can get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. In your free time, try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris’ many city parks.

Tonight is the last night with your friends, so make it special. Treat yourself to the full Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaurant. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne. But don’t stop there – afterwards hit the clubs and finish up your travels with a big Parisian night out.

Hotel Breakfast

Visit a French perfumery
Souvenir group photo at the Eiffel Tower
Euro 11.00
Paris Farewell Dinner
Euro 35.50
Nouvelle Eve cabaret show
Euro 80.00

Day 10  DEPART PARIS 
This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your tour ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

Breakfast


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Inclusions

9 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 1 night in a Contiki Village cabin, 4 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night in a hostel
Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging
Ferry crossings
An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team
Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers
Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
15 meals included in Food Fund:
9 breakfasts
6 dinners
See the White Cliffs of Dover
See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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