European Discovery

  • Austria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

If trips were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be the appetiser. 8 countries in one shot gives you a taste of all the big cities plus some hidden treasures, so you know where to go next time! From Amsterdam to Rome to Paris, you won't want to miss a thing. In fact, sleep will probably be the last thing on your mind!

was €1,98512 days from €1,509

(€125.75 per day)

Suitable for
18-35 years
Trip Code
BBHD
Travel Style
Discoverer
Meals
16 meals:. 11 continental breakfasts. 5 dinners.
Other
  • 11 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
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    • Ferry crossings.

Day 1 London / Amsterdam

See the White Cliffs of Dover, See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night.

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 Trip Manager and head into town for a fun night out.

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Optional Activities:

  • Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)

    €31.50

    Floating down Amsterdam’s canals by night is the perfect way to toast your travels with your friends and Tour Manager. Cruise past historic buildings and the eye-opening Red Light District. The cruise gives you a different take on one of Europe’s hot cr

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Day 2 Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

Scenic drive along the Rhine River.

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 the world's largest 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.

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Optional Activities:

  • Wine tasting

    €9.00

    In the historic setting of an underground candlelit cellar, get the low-down on the region’s reputation as a leading white-wine producer. Try out local wines as you sip on some Riesling & the exclusive ice wine - the areas specialty.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3 Rhine Valley / Munich

Learn how beer steins are crafted, See the Lorelei Rock, See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz, Visit a traditional beer hall.

Travelling south, pull into the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich – a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture with 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.

Get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide on a fun biking tour around the city – it’s a great way to see the sights.

Then, get a taste of tradition at a typical beer hall. Park yourself at a long wooden table, order yourself some hearty local food, like roasted pork knuckle, and quench your thirst with a stein of one of Germany’s 5000 brews.

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Optional Activities:

  • Mike's Bikes Tour (Summer only)

    €21.00

    Explore Munich like a true Bavarian. Join us on a guided bike tour - you'll cycle past the famous sights as your guide explains the fascinating history of the city. The perfect way to see a lot in a short time.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4 Munich / Austrian Tyrol

See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports, Visit to Innsbruck.

Roll on through the Tyrol’s massive mountains to a cute Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. Plunge into some whitewater rafting in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity on the river.

Afterward, there’s a chance to visit the Swarovski Crystal World Museum and pick up some of their world-famous crystal. Wrap up the day with a bit of time to do your own thing - laze about or get out for a walk in the surrounding hills.

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Optional Activities:

  • White Water Rafting

    €43.00

    Time for action in the Tyrol’s monumental mountains. Have a blast on the Inn River’s rapids in an adrenalin-pumping ride. Follow the river’s surging course under the watch of some professional local guides. Don’t worry – if you can swim, you’re in!

  • Nordkette Mountain Munich - Innsbruck

    Nordkette Mountain Munich - Innsbruck

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5 Austrian Tyrol / Venice

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, See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas, Venice Walking Tour.

This morning, roll on to Venice. Take some time to practice your Italian phrases on the coach as we travel through the Brenner Pass.

Known as the “floating city”, Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

Jump on our private boat and travel 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!

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Optional Activities:

  • Gondola ride

    €23.00

    Sit back & watch the city open up on the canals on a gondola ride. From magnificent palaces to the local’s laundry strung across the backwaters, Venice’s charm gets at you at every curve.

  • Venetian Dinner

    €34.50

    Our chosen venue guarantees a warm and friendly welcome in true Venetian fashion. You'll enjoy a superb selection of local specialities and some local wine, making it an unforgettable evening in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 6 Venice / Rome

Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour, Gelato in Rome - our treat, See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona, See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.

Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome.

Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back and people watch.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

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Optional Activities:

  • Vatican Tour

    €34.00

    Explore the historical treasures of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on a sightseeing tour with our local guide. Take a walk through the amazing collections of the Tapestry Gallery, visit Michelangelo's awe-inspiring masterpiece

  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum

    €30.00

    Wander through the ruins of the ancient Roman Empire’s political heart, while our Local Guide peels back the layers of history & reconstructs the past. From the intrigues and assassinations of the Forum, to the bloody battles of the Colosseum, learn how

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8 Rome / Florence

Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence, See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria, Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration.

Next up: Umbria’s rustic hills and many vineyards. Travel past the iconic cypress trees of this olive oil producing region, to the Renaissance city of Florence.

The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above the city. Get the inside track on Florence’s cultural beginnings from our Local Guide as the group explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then, take a look into a skilful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art.

The city’s markets are a great place to hang out and bargain. Grab a gelato in your free time and enjoy the feel of this gorgeous city.

Tonight there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Italian feast in the Tuscan hillsides, where you’ll get to indulge in regional dishes & sip on local Chianti wine. Afterwards, take it up a notch & opt to head with the group to one of Florence’s top clubs where you can show off your moves on the dance floor.

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Optional Activities:

  • Souvenir group photo

    €11.00

    Take home a great memento of your travels as you join the group for a photo in one of Florence’s famous piazzas or with one of the city’s stunning panoramas as a backdrop.

  • Tuscan Evening

    €41.00

    Wind down with an aperitivo and take in the countryside of the Tuscan hills. You’ll enjoy some live local music and delicious Chianti wine. In true Italian fashion, our warm hosts will load your table with a feast of entrées, followed by a house special

  • Space Disco

    €16.00

    Get into the Florentine nightlife at the city’s largest club. Right in the heart of town, Space Electronic Disco draws a mix of both locals and travellers. With different zones spread over 2 levels, you can have some fun with karaoke & show off your move

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 9 Florence / Lucerne

See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, View the Lion Monument.

Catch a glimpse of stunning Lake Como as we make our way into the massive Swiss Alps.

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 Trip Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches that Switzerland is so famous for.

This afternoon, choose an optional cruise on one of Europe’s most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alps reflect back across the water.

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Optional Activities:

  • Mt. Stanserhorn (Summer Only)

    €51.00

    Journey up the steep slopes of Mt Stanserhorn via a vintage funicular train and aerial cable car. 1,920 metres (6298 feet) above sea level gives you a full-blown vista of mountain ranges, glistening lakes and meadows filled with wild flowers.

  • Lake Lucerne Cruise

    €25.00

    From the waters of Lake Lucerne, your jaw will drop at the endless postcard panoramas. Take in the typically Swiss scenes – green pastures spotted with chalets and bell-wearing cows – surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 10 Lucerne / Paris

See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards, Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour, See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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

Then get a stunning view of the entire city with included entry to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Oui, oui, Paris!

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 11

Visit a French perfumery.

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.

Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. But don’t stop there – afterwards hit the clubs and finish up your time here with a big Parisian night out.

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Optional Activities:

  • Parisian Cabaret

    €124.00

    Dress up for a stylish night out at a Parisian cabaret show and dinner. The intimate atmosphere is the perfect way to top off your time in Paris with something special. From your cute, lamp-lit table, watch a whirl of can-can girls, acrobats, comedian

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 12 Paris / London

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

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  • Breakfast
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