Want a bit more time in all the best destinations on the Euro map, but can't commit to a huge chunk of time? The European Impressions caters accordingly. Cycling through the storybook city of Munich, & visiting a French perfumery are just some of the hallmark experiences we have in store.
Yourheart-pounding adventure kicks off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.Shortly before we find our ferry for Europe, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you're learning and we haven't even left the UK!Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam!Cross off another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on your way to Amsterdam.Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore following an optional evening canal cruise. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.
Now it's time to pour some sunlight on the agenda & take in the beauty of canals, crooked buildings, obscure museums & a café culture like no other.Hello Germany, we're here and we're ready. We'll make a quick stop in Heidelberg for a look at what's going on, from the gothic Heiliggeistkirche church, the little town square in the Altstadt (Old Town) and known for it's red-sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle before it's back on the road for our hotel for the night.Before the day is out we've hit the Rhineland, listen out for oh's and ah's on the drive in, as we settle in for a night.
Germany, it's been great - we'll be back! Passing gorgeous landscapes as far as the eye can see is on the cards as you relax and get ready for jaw drops in our overnight stop.With a warm Wilkomme (welcome) we arrive in picture perfect Lucerne for a look at what's in store. Swans float under wooden bridges, snowcapped mountains stand regally behind us & chocolate tastes like heaven on earth. You're in the Swiss Alps & you cannot wipe the smile off your face.We're sure you couldn't get enough of the Lucerne landscapes, so we'll head for even more incredible views at our Swiss Alps stay tonight. Sleep soundly in knowing that tomorrow brings endless options for chill times or adventuring in pinch-yourself surroundings.
Open the window of your hotel & drink in the incredible views - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! There's the option to visit a beautiful Swiss Mountain today, for some views that will take your breath away - trust us. Other options include hiking some of the trails around this outdoor lovers paradise, or for those that are craving some chill time, cosy up in a cafe, grab yourself a coffee and a Meitschibei (pastry stuffed with delicious flavoured nuts) and contemplate just how good life is.
Exchanging one amazing country for another today we smooch Switzerland goodbye and make our way back into Germany -we just can't get enough of that place.3 countries in one day! Although just a tiny dot on the map, Liechtenstein is an economically and geographically incredible place, known for its stunning mountain castles. We'll enjoy lunch in its capital, Vaduz, before continuing our journey back into Germany.It would seem we were born in need of some delightful Bavarian culture, we just didn't know it until now. Munich may be famed for its Oktoberfest festivities, but the spirit of things kicks on year round. A trip to a traditional beer hall will get you very well acquainted with things, just after you've swooned at a Gothic clock complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells & been guided around the city.
Say "Auf Wiedersehen"to Munich as you climb aboard the coach ready for a scenic roll through the Bavarian Alps en route to Italy.Drive through Austria without getting out to say hello? Never! We'll pull into Innsbruck for lunch, a laid-back student city made famous by a medieval old town, an old Olympic Ski Jump & a Royal Palace.Passionate lands abounding in fresh pasta, smooth locals & romantic architecture - we've arrived in Italy! Relax in Venice tonight knowing we have all day tomorrow to cruise canals & explore pretty streets.
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.
Venice we love you, but we need to see a bit more of this boot to satisfy our hungry wanderlust ways. Florence we are on our way! We are now nesting under the Tuscan sun in the breathtaking city of Florence. The adventures commence pronto with a tour of the city, a leather craft demo and many sites. Conserve some energy for the evening of Tuscan feasting and disco dancing on offer.
Farewell Florence - today we have the French Riv on our horizons. Glamour town, we're coming in hot.As if we were going to leg it from Florence to the French Riviera without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal.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 high end vibes mark this glitzy coastline. We'll hit up the Fragonard Perfumery where you can stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France.
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.
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, Montjuic hilltop vistas, & wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection. There's plenty of free time to roam free or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea, just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun.
We can't get enough of you either, Spain, so with that in mind we are onwards, to Madrid, Spain's capital city and packed with stunning wide boulevards, perfect parks, and big city vibes.We'll make a stop to stretch out and explore Zaragoza, as we roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture, the colourful cathedral and good vibes aplenty.You'll be itching to get out and see what the fuss is about, so grab some friends and get into the metro magic of Madrid. Make sure to take it easy on the Sangria tonight, as tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery.
An epic collision of new-age vibes & tradition, Madrid is going to leave you love-struck. Artistic, vibrant and filled with culinary hotspots, your spare time between seeing the Gran Via, the Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace (entry included) & Plaza de Espana (the city's main square) will not go to waste as you explore the heart of the city with our Local Guide giving you the fast track on everything Madrid. This afternoon you could opt to get out of the city and explore the spectacular Valley of the Fallen, a tomb dedicated to the infamous dictator Franco with a deep historical past. Madrid's nightlife is pumping, so grab some tapas, sangria and your dancing shoes, for a night out on the town.
We continue our Iberian roadtrip this morning as we travel north in search of another slice of Spain.Pamplona may be known for its Running of the Bulls mayhem, but that doesn't interfere with its popularity and worth right through the year. Venture through the well-preserved old town and its incredible gothic cathedral on our walking tour, maybe ending the historical fix with some regional specialities, just ask your Trip Manager for some local places to try out tonight.
This morning we head into France, but not before our last Spanish port of call, the glamorous San Sebastian.What a way to start your day - dipping in the Bay of Biscay. San Sebastian is a postcard city where cobbled lanes slope towards pristine beaches. Take a dip, do some shopping, or sit in a bar eating endless plates of pinxtos (the basque word for tapas) before we head up into France, to the picture perfect wine country, Bordeaux.Wise folk tell us that wine has been produced in Bordeaux since the 1st Century - that's a long time. Which means they know what they're doing. And it's not just the vino that has dragged us here, it's a damn pretty place to boot including it's famous Miroir d'eau (water mirror).
Breathe in your last breath of Bordeaux before we hit the road in search of our final destination. Being the darling of Paris, some may say we've saved the best for last.Lamp-lit bridges, a sparkling Eiffel Tower, & evening coffee haunts, tonight we fall in love with everything Paris on a 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour including all the icons - and we top it all off by climbing none other than the Eiffel Tower.
You can drool over haute couture, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes, & get artsy at the many exhibitions of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.
Soak up your last dose of Paris this morning over a coffee and croissant and marvel at how much you've seen. And how close you've grown to your Contiki pals. Sob! Hop back on the coach for a complimentary transfer to CDG airport this morning, or stay onboard for the ride back to London. Plenty of time to start planning the next reunion...What a journey! Say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the trip on arrival in London.
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Trip Name: European Impressions
Duration: 19 Days
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