European Vista (Ends in London)

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Tour Cat.: Hotels

Duration: 21  days


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European Vista

Tour Code: BBHVAM10

Cat. Name: AccommodationType

Tour Cat.: Hotels

Duration: 21  days

Description:

Looking for mix of adventure & relaxation? This tour fits the bill. Destinations like Vienna, Prague, Paris, Rome & Amsterdam mean all your bases are covered. Free time options include a Tuscan feast & wine tasting or maybe mountain biking, paragliding & white water rafting. Your toughest decision is whether to go leisurely or adventurous...or both!

London to Paris

Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.
Tonight, the group kick-starts Paris with the ‘Tour of Illuminations, which shows off the French capitals transformation into the “City of Lights”. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris romance. Your Tour Manager will fill you in on the worlds 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!
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1


Paris

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 cafés.
Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. But dont stop there – afterwards hit the clubs and finish up your time here with a big Parisian night out.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2


Paris to Lucerne

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 regions of Burgundy and Chablis.
Next stop: the jaw-pingly beautiful Alpine town of Lucerne.
Accommodations: Feature Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 3


Lucerne

Get above the clouds with an optional excursion to Mt. Rigi. You can see massive mountain ranges with a birds-eye view over this spectacular region.
With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and quaint buildings, Lucernes 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 that Switzerland is so famous for.
Choose an optional cruise on one of Europes most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alps reflect back across the water.
Accommodations: Feature Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4


Lucerne to French Riviera

Unwind on the coach as we cut through Italy and head south to the French Riviera.
Next stop on the Riviera and home to the French perfume industry is Fragonard perfumery. Learn more about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. Its also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great price.
Then we hit the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte dAzur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters to the palm trees and sun-soaked shores of Nice.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5


French Riviera

In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the regions produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine.
Window shop the chic boutiques or spend the afternoon relaxing in one of the city's many cafés.
Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home of the Formula 1. Indulge in a bit of glitz with the group by opting for a typically French 4-course meal just a few doors down from the Royal Palace. Get the inside story on the Royal Family and their place of residence from your Tour Manager, then try your luck at a casino later on.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 6


French Riviera to Florence

Onwards to Italy, land of passion! Heading to Renaissance Florence, we stop by Pisa and get up close to the famous Leaning Tower.
The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. Tonight, theres a choice of a group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the pretty Tuscan country setting. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florences biggest club.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 7


Florence to Rome

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its city centre.
Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florences cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this regions traditional art.
With bargains and bustle, the citys markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city.
Travel through Tuscanys rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil producing region, to vibrant 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 Tour 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 fountains waters (its 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.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8


Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guides inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. Then check out Romes imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
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 Tour 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.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Regional Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9


Rome to Venice

Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains past wildflower fields, quaint hill-top villages and the rolling hills of Umbria to Venice.
During your time in this special city, youll get a good look into the Venetian way of life.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 10


Venice

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 of the lagoon to visit the citys historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doges Palace and the expanse of St. Marks Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venices unique beauty and way of life.
Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. Theres an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. Youll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market – a local favourite for food shopping.
Maybe grab a table on St. Marks 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!
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 11


Venice to Austrian Tyrol

Wind through the Bavarian Alps and Brenner Pass to a cute Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. Kick start your time here by plunging into some whitewater rafting in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity on the river.
With two nights here, theres plenty of time for pulse-racing activities. 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.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 12


Austrian Tyrol

This morning, fill your lungs with clean mountain air, jump on a bike and get into the regions outdoor lifestyle with a fully guided optional tour through the Tyrols picture perfect scenery, complete with waterfalls and mountain fields. Work up an appetite – a BBQ lunch is waiting for you at the end!
With time to do your own thing, laze about or get out for a walk in the surrounding hills. Catch up on some emails or postcards at the inn or take a gondola up the mountainside for more spectacular views of the area. For something different, pop into the local trout farm.
For adrenaline-junkies, an optional tandem paragliding experience will give you an awesome angle on the surrounding Alpine scenery.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 13


Austrian Tyrol to Munich

Remember one of historys darkest moments with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Learn more at the museum and walk through the remaining living quarters.
Afterwards, travel back to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich – a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.
Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munichs side streets with our Local Guide.
Explore the heart of Munichs old town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. Its a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel – a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.
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 Germanys 5000 brews.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 14


Munich to Vienna

Continue on to the cultural hub of Vienna. Tonight, well stay at the striking Eventhotel Pyramide. The hotel comes complete with spa & wellness centre, an outdoor heated pool and deluxe rooms.
Get schnaps savvy with a behind-the-scenes look into this local liqueurs production in an optional excursion to the Old Vienna Schnaps Museum.
This evening its all about the culture at an optional dinner and concert. Up first is a classical music concert with former Vienna locals, Mozart and Strauss, in one of the citys imperial palaces. Follow this up with a traditional Viennese meal in an old-world restaurant.
Accommodations: Feature Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 15


Vienna to Prague

Your Tour Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the citys historical heritage. Theres the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephens Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Cruise down Kärntner Strasse, Viennas main shopping spot, and buy some traditional ceramics or materials for gifts back home.
Theres free time to check out magnificent squares and majestic palaces or the citys art galleries. Take a break in a coffee house like the locals do, chill out in Viennas manicured gardens or wander along the Danube River.
This afternoon, relax on the coach as we head to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 16


Prague

Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. Its also pretty compact, so its best explored on foot. Get straight into Pragues historic heart with your Tour Manager. Youll walk together over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradcany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian Kings and to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral along the way.
Choose a cruise on the Vltava River, which runs through the heart of Prague, and take in stunning views of the city from the water. The Czech capital has a really mixed past so look out for signs of the Holy Roman Empire, the Bohemian Empire, the Nazis and the Communists.
Free time means you can get deeper into Pragues Old Town in your own time. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. Slow the pace down and give yourself a chance to uncover its hidden treasures.
Spend some time in the picturesque Old Town Square, where historic buildings and churches surround cafés that spill out onto the pavement. With some world-famous Czech pilsner in hand, park yourself at a table, people-watch and try out some of the traditional local dumplings. This is also the spot to pick up some famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewellery
By night, Prague bursts with possibilities. Loaded with all types of music, from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera, there is something for everyone, so make the most of it with your friends.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 17


Prague to Rhine Valley

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! With our included river cruise, drift past quaint riverside towns and magical castles and see this UNESCO World Heritage area.
Get savvy with a demonstration on the local craft of beer steins. Then kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 18


Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam to check out the citys eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 19


Amsterdam

Cycle around like the laid back locals and cruise into the countryside, past working windmills, in the world-famous cheese village of Edam.
Free time this afternoon to experience Amsterdams coffee shops, museums and quirky boutiques. Wander along the canals and past gabled houses or try out Amsterdams multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.
Tonight, try some of the traditional local cuisine at a restaurant in a nearby fishing village. With an optional evening canal cruise, theres a chance to toast your travels with the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover another angle on Amsterdam at water level.
For your last night in this city, get some pointers from your Tour Manager, dive into Amsterdams night action with your buddies and finish up your travels with a night to remember.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 20


Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.
Accommodations:
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 21


Country Locations

Austria Austrian Tyrol
Austria Vienna
Czech Republic Prague
France French Riviera
France Paris
Germany Munich
Germany Rhine Valley
Italy Florence
Italy Rome
Italy Venice
Netherlands Amsterdam
Switzerland Lucerne
United Kingdom London
Dover

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

Paris

  • Only Contiki: Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Only Contiki: Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Lucerne

  • Feature Hotel: Swiss Mountain Hotel
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • View the Lion Monument

Burgundy

  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards

French Riviera

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco
  • Only Contiki: Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino

Pisa

  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Florence

  • Only Contiki: 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

Rome

  • Only Contiki: Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Only Contiki: Gelato in Rome - our treat

Vatican City

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

Venice

  • Only Contiki: 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

Brenner Pass

  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles

Dachau

  • Visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial

Munich

  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Visit a traditional beer hall

Vienna

  • Only Contiki: Feature Hotel: The Pyramide Hotel
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House

Rhine Valley

  • Visit the riverside town St. Goar
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Scenic River Cruise
  • See the Lorelei Rock

Amsterdam

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • Only Contiki: See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house

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