If you've got less than 2-weeks on the clock, you better spend it well. And what better way than floating from Amsterdam to Barcelona, with plenty of time to soak up the likes of Paris, Switzerland and the French Riviera along the way. Cycle through the windmill countryside of Edam, see Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower and use all the cute words you know at the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
Check-in to your hotel and head out into the buzzing, free-wheeling city of Amsterdam for a first taste. Later, meet up with your Contiki squad and Trip Manager over dinner. Jump start your trip and check out Amsterdam’s eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.
Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. We'll take it all in on bicycle, cruising past windmills & flowers for a trip to Edam. This afternoon use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this town is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more.
After taking on Amsterdam like the true traveller pro's that we are, we are ready now to head south and into a new country...tick! France, here we come. We'll zip down the motorway passing through Belgium on our way to Paris! Eeekkk!!
Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris. Our Trip Manager fills us in on the city's secrets, then to celebrate our first night in the city, we'll head up to the viewing platform on Gustav Eiffel's famous tower.
Today you can drool over haute couture you can't afford, 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 a Parisian Cabaret.
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?
Making our way to an exclusive French Riviera we will first hit up the Fragonard Perfumery where you can stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially exciting given the great discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. You'll also learn a thing or two about how these sweet scents are made.
You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera. And who we are to keep you off the A-list? Sapphire waters & endless glamour will be on your 'Must See' list for the day.
This evening we add even more glamour to your life with a visit to Monaco. Don a fancy necklace and pop a plum in your mouth - we're about to embark on the lifestyle of the rich and 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.
Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take a jaunt into Spain. Tapas, fiestas & cheeky siestas are just around the corner, after a drive along the remainder of Côte d'Azur.
Well would you look at that for timing, we've pulled into Barcelona just on sangria o'clock. Fate, you've done it again! Tapas and a night exploring the city should have us in the Spanish mood before we know it.
Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, strolling the famous La Rambla, dotted with wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection on our walking tour this morning as your guide uncovers the in's and out's of the city. There's plenty of free time to roam free and take in all this city has to offer. Head to the beach, get your Gaudi fix - essential for those in search of some incredible and to see to be believed architecture. Just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun, sure to warm up the body and the soul!
That's it folks. The incredible ride has come to an end and you should all be left utterly inspired by what 11 days on the road can achieve. Now you have the pleasure of picking your next adventure. Greek Island Hopping, anyone?
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Trip Name: Amsterdam to Barcelona
Duration: 11 Days
From Price: £1,658
Supplier Tour ID: 194/210274
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