The Swiss Alps, the French Riviera and Rhine Valley collide with hotspots like Amsterdam, Prague, Rome & Paris, creating a perfectly balanced adventure of scenery & cities. See the Royal Palace in Monaco, learn the art of leather in Florence, & snap gondolas drifting down the canals of Venice. Pure Euro bliss.
Welcome to the first day of the best time of your life - we're calling it early! After a few pleasantries in London we'll get the show on the road with Paris in our sights.
A few hours in and your jaws are on the floor already. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on your trip.
After we ferry across the English Channel for France we'll arrive in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I while driving past ancient battlefields in the Valley of the Somme.
Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! It's straight down to business with tickets to the observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower.
Today you can drool over haute couture, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Moulin Rouge cabaret show.
Already enjoying the vibes of Europe we take things up a notch this morning - quite literally - and head to the Swiss Alps. The journey there will be a poem of scenic vineyards and French countryside.
Just when you think France is the most scenic place on Earth, we make a border crossing and start traipsing through the lands of Switzerland; comparing the two would be completely inequitable. Rest well tonight knowing the wonderland of Lucerne is ours all day tomorrow.
There's no reason why today can't be wasted strolling these beautiful streets or sitting in a coffee shop pondering mountain life. And consuming more chocolate - that's perfectly acceptable too. However! Those wanting to spice up their day can take an optional lake cruise, journey to the top of a Swiss mountain and enjoy a Swiss fondue lunch & show. Spoilt for choice much?
Today we make a swap from Swiss mountains to suave seasides. We'll depart Lucerne then slice through Italian countryside en route to the French Riviera. No bad days - have you noticed that's our motto?
You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera. And who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour will be on show as we roll into this glitzy coastal town. We'll hit up the Fragonard Perfumery where you can stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially exciting given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. You'll also learn a thing or two about how these sweet scents are made.
Missing an opportunity to see this part of the world up close and personal would be criminal. Speaking of things you shouldn't miss, this region is famous for lavender honey, aioli & rosé wine; all 3 in one meal should be your mission.
A night in glamorous Monaco should complete your day slash life. Get dressed up - we're about to embark on the lifestyle of the rich and the famous.
After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.
After a few days in France you'll be full to the brim with all things French and ready for new ground. Italy, perhaps?
No trip around Europe is complete without seeing the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you've got that perfect snap of you holding the thing up like you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, we'll be on the fast-track to Florence.
The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine.
Why flee Florence when we still have some discoveries to make? We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather and eventually hit the road for Rome.
And you thought your morning was interesting! The afternoon will really take it up a notch as we uncover Italian icons in the country's capital of Rome as you get a glimpse of it's glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfecto! And we'll start it out right with a cooking class to get you into the groove.
Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city.
When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine. This is also the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring.
Then hit the streets for your own discoveries. Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.
We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over...
Kudos to the cats of decades gone by who constructed this lagoon fairytale. The 118 islands of Venice are yours to explore. Boats, bridges, gondolas; your heart is going to pound. Relax tonight knowing we have all day tomorrow to cruise canals & explore pretty streets. Just another day in the traveller's life.
Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.
Wake from your Venetian dinner coma Italian revelers, we have an Austrian mountain town to swoon over. In fact we have a whole day of swooning - even the journey of vineyards, orchards & castles to get us there will win you over.
2-nights in an Austrian Gasthof (guest house) are coming right up. Tyrol will prove a haven for both adrenaline junkies and those in need of a bit of RNR after all the globe trotting we've been doing. The adrenaline junkies can get straight down to business with an optional whitewater rafting trip. Others can bask in the beauty of this place and start a little town exploring.
Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view...and your life in general. If you're feeling lively you can jump onto a bike tour through green mountains and waterfalls. If you're feeling really lively you can go tandem paragliding. Not so lively? Stroll around and take in the incredible setting; drink endless hot chocolate, go up a mountain in a gondola, carry on sighing with happiness.
Finish off your stay in Austria with a spectacular drive this morning out of the Austrian Alpine region as we head north and drive along the Autobahn in Germany.
After journeying out of Austria this morning, we head into Germany and start with a sobering visit to Dachau Concentration camp. Take your time at this haunting memorial before we make our way into Munich.
A city famous the world over for its annual beer festival is a city we need to know about. And luckily enough, it's Bavarian culture is a year round attraction. You can explore the side streets of Munich on an optional bike tour, or go it on your own and see what you stumble upon.
Sweet, sweet Bavarian culture - you will stay in our hearts a lifetime. And we are now about 120% convinced we need to sign up to Contiki's Oktoberfest festivities. So it's not goodbye, it's see you at the beer fest!!
An Old Vienna Schnaps Museum & a Mozart and Strauss concert with dinner will prove the perfect introduction for those feeling cultured and curious in this grand city.
This morning we'll dig into Vienna's heritage, oggling at the masterpieces of Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Then it's time to say vielen dank to Vienna! We'd stay for another strudel but we've heard about these famous Ovocné Knedlíky jam-stuffed dumplings in the Czech Republic and we're a little bit intrigued...
After a full day of exploring we will relish the opportunity to sit back in the comfort of the coach. Particularly with the satisfaction of knowing it's driving us in the direction of the Czech Republic.
With a full day to explore, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antics & you cheers-ing Czech beer; not to mention life!
Pack your bags and say your sincere thanks to the Czech Republic for being such a lovely host. It's time to make our way into Germany where one of the most stunning wine regions on the planet awaits us.
Our chosen spot in this gob-smackingly gorgeous valley is St. Goar, complete with castles that belong in the clouds and a free-hanging cuckoo clock. The magic of the region will unfold itself over a river cruise, then we can polish off the mood with the offer of wine tasting & a look at the art of beer steins.
Time to snap out of that whimsical valley mode you've found yourself in - we have a buzzing city to liven up for. And it's none other than the one and only Amsterdam.
Weaving through Dutch countryside we find ourselves in the famously eclectic capital of The Netherlands. Waste no time finding out its quirks, starting with the canals and gable houses before heading on to the Red Light District if you're feeling adventurous.
You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside to see windmills & gorgeous tulip fields on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house.
It's our last full day on the trip & our last night to party up a storm with the squad. Use the day to explore quirky museums & sample the endless array of cuisines this city has on offer.
Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.
For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.
This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.
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