14 day European Discovery

14 day European Discovery tour with Contiki, including breakfast daily, accommodation, escorted tour guide throughout, dedicated, air-conditioned transportation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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Highlights

 

Planning a trip to Europe but don’t know how you’re going to do it all on a #unilife budget? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. See the best of Europe with a 16 day European Discovery tour. 

Experience the buzz of London as you begin this epic adventure. Take in the stunning English coastline as you take a ferry ride along the White Cliffs of Dover, on your way to the port town of Calais. Cross another country of your list as you travel through Belgium to the famed city of Amsterdam. Crawl your way through the bars and other quirky places that line the famous Red Light District, before taking in the canals and fairy tale castles of the gorgeous Rhine Valley.

Beer, beer and more beer is on the cards as we get in touch with the Bavarian culture of Munich. Adventure through to Innsbruck before arriving in the gorgeous floating city of Venice, where you will wander the mazes of canal-lined streets. Eat all the pasta, pizza and gelato you can, in the capital city of Rome. Begin your Tuscan love affair in the sun-kissed city of Florence, before bidding farewell to Italy and hello to some of the best chocolate and cheese in the world as we arrive in Lucerne, Switzerland. 

End your whirl wind tour with a visit to the city of love, Paris, where you will wine and dine your way through all of the incredible Parisian delights of this beautiful city, before saying Au Revoir to your Contiki crew as you head for home.

 
 

 

Day 1: London 

Welcome to England! Arrive at Heathrow International Airport and make your way to the hotel. An easy trip with your included London Underground pass! With so much going on in London, why not check it out for yourself? Hop on a typical open top bus and explore the city’s many attractions at your leisure. In the evening, use your theatre voucher for a world-famous performance on the West End! A truly memorable start into your journey.

Day 2: London (B)

Feel free to make use of the services provided by Contiki’s resident staff and use the Basement as your London launch pad to kickstart your holiday of a lifetime. The Basement is also full of awesome travel resources and help for people staying in London, including iPads and Free WiFi to keep in touch with friends and family, luggage storage while you explore the city and a mail pickup point. It’s also the departure point for all our trips that start in London.

Day 3: London – Amsterdam (B,D)

Your heart-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.

Day 4: Amsterdam – Rhine Valley (B,D)

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. After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you’ll be charmed before we even arrive in Germany’s famous Rhine Valley. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening. Squeal!!!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Wine tasting

Day 5: Rhine Valley – Munich (B)

Too much grape juice last night? Not to worry, the prospect of Munich should lift your spirits as we travel south & swap wine culture for beer. Today our eyes will be treated to a famous gothic clock, a charming old town & traditional Bavarian culture. You’ll have the option to explore the side streets by bicycle and afterwards why not choose to explore one of the cities many beer halls, where you can try a stein of beer or even a pork knuckle!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Mike’s Bike tour 

Day 6: Munich – Innsbruck – Austrian Tyrol (B,D)

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We’re hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music. This part of the world is famous for adventure sports, so best put your name next to the optional White Water Rafting and get in the spirit of things. After some adventure time, its time to head to this famous Olympic town and your jaw will drop at the sight of the famous ski jump, and you’ll have a chance to soak up the medieval old town atmosphere before it’s back on the road to our Gasthof for the night! 

Tonight you’ll rest up in a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that is waiting for us with open arms. With so much fresh air to breathe in outside, explore the dreamy setting we’ve descended upon.

Free time add-on (at own expense): White Water Rafting (summer only)

Day 7: Austrian Tyrol – Venice (B)

Wake up roamers, we have a bountiful breakfast and a floating city in Italy to tend to. Life’s tough! You’ll think you’ve seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps & Brenner Pass en route to Italy. And then we’ll arrive in Venice & your jaw will hit the floor over hidden lanes, story book bridges & a private canal boat ride.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Gondola Ride

Free time add-on (at own expense): Venetian dinner 

Day 8: Venice – Rome (B,D)

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we’re not done with you yet, our next destination the Eternal City of Rome is just around the corner. 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!

Day 9: Rome with Vatican City (B) 

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.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Vatican tour

Free time add-on (at own expense): Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the colosseum

Day 10:  Rome – Florence (B)

We may be hitting the road again, but we’re not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over… The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Take a moment to take in the unique beauty of this beautiful city where culture and la dolce vita is evident in every direction you look at. We’ll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner – think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Group photo

Free time add-on (at own expense): Space Electronic Disco 

Free time add-on (at own expense): Tuscan evening

Day 11: Florence – Lucerne (B)

Say a fond farewell to Italy, and hello to the land of creamy chocolate, cheese and not to mention watches. Hello Switzerland! 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. Eeek!!!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Lake Cruise

Free time add-on (at own expense): Swiss mountain  

Day 12: Lucerne – Paris (B,D)

Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. Once we’ve crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before our arrival in Paris. 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 the Eiffel Tower.

Day 13: Paris  (B)

Fragonard Perfumery now there’s a place to check out, and stock up on perfume, obviously! Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Later 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.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Parisian Cabaret dinner and show 

Day 14: Paris (B)

Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you’ve seen during this awesome trip. And how close you’ve grown to your Contiki pals. What a journey!? 

 

 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – London

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible holiday!

Day 2: London 

Welcome to England! Arrive at Heathrow International Airport and make your way to the hotel. An easy trip with your included London Underground pass! With so much going on in London, why not check it out for yourself? Hop on a typical open top bus and explore the city’s many attractions at your leisure. In the evening, use your theatre voucher for a world-famous performance on the West End! A truly memorable start into your journey.

Day 3: London (B)

Feel free to make use of the services provided by Contiki’s resident staff and use the Basement as your London launch pad to kickstart your holiday of a lifetime. The Basement is also full of awesome travel resources and help for people staying in London, including iPads and Free WiFi to keep in touch with friends and family, luggage storage while you explore the city and a mail pickup point. It’s also the departure point for all our trips that start in London.

Day 4: London – Amsterdam (B,D)

Your heart-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.

Day 5: Amsterdam – Rhine Valley (B,D)

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. After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you’ll be charmed before we even arrive in Germany’s famous Rhine Valley. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening. Squeal!!!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Wine tasting

Day 6: Rhine Valley – Munich (B)

Too much grape juice last night? Not to worry, the prospect of Munich should lift your spirits as we travel south & swap wine culture for beer. Today our eyes will be treated to a famous gothic clock, a charming old town & traditional Bavarian culture. You’ll have the option to explore the side streets by bicycle and afterwards why not choose to explore one of the cities many beer halls, where you can try a stein of beer or even a pork knuckle!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Mike’s Bike tour 

Day 7: Munich – Innsbruck – Austrian Tyrol (B,D)

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We’re hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music. This part of the world is famous for adventure sports, so best put your name next to the optional White Water Rafting and get in the spirit of things. After some adventure time, its time to head to this famous Olympic town and your jaw will drop at the sight of the famous ski jump, and you’ll have a chance to soak up the medieval old town atmosphere before it’s back on the road to our Gasthof for the night! 

Tonight you’ll rest up in a local Austrian Gasthof (guest house) that is waiting for us with open arms. With so much fresh air to breathe in outside, explore the dreamy setting we’ve descended upon.

Free time add-on (at own expense): White Water Rafting (summer only)

Day 8: Austrian Tyrol – Venice (B)

Wake up roamers, we have a bountiful breakfast and a floating city in Italy to tend to. Life’s tough! You’ll think you’ve seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps & Brenner Pass en route to Italy. And then we’ll arrive in Venice & your jaw will hit the floor over hidden lanes, story book bridges & a private canal boat ride.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Gondola Ride

Free time add-on (at own expense): Venetian dinner 

Day 9: Venice – Rome (B,D)

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we’re not done with you yet, our next destination the Eternal City of Rome is just around the corner. 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!

Day 10: Rome with Vatican City (B) 

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.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Vatican tour

Free time add-on (at own expense): Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the colosseum

Day 11:  Rome – Florence (B)

We may be hitting the road again, but we’re not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over… The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Take a moment to take in the unique beauty of this beautiful city where culture and la dolce vita is evident in every direction you look at. We’ll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner – think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Group photo

Free time add-on (at own expense): Space Electronic Disco 

Free time add-on (at own expense): Tuscan evening

Day 12: Florence – Lucerne (B)

Say a fond farewell to Italy, and hello to the land of creamy chocolate, cheese and not to mention watches. Hello Switzerland! 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. Eeek!!!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Lake Cruise

Free time add-on (at own expense): Swiss mountain  

Day 13: Lucerne – Paris (B,D)

Out with the altitude, in with the inner-city Parisian bliss. Once we’ve crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting through the pretty wine producing region of Burgundy before our arrival in Paris. 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 the Eiffel Tower.

Day 14: Paris  (B)

Fragonard Perfumery now there’s a place to check out, and stock up on perfume, obviously! Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. Later 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.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Parisian Cabaret dinner and show 

Day 15: Paris –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Soak up your last dose of Paris and feel the astonishment of how much you’ve seen during this awesome trip. And how close you’ve grown to your Contiki pals. What a journey!? Say a fond farewell to the group as you make your way to Paris International Airport for your homeward flight.

Day 16: Australia 

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Daily breakfast and 5 scrumptious dinners 
  • 13 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • London Explorer package, including Open top bus tour and theatre show tickets (stalls or dress circle)
  • Get from A to B in style and comfort
  • An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Air-conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi
  • Return Heathrow airport transfers on the London Underground
  • Contiki Basement Team
  • “Welcome to London” info booklet
  • No Regrets Inclusions – the greatest bits of everywhere we dock are included as standard 
  • Discover hidden Venice with our local specialist
  • Gelato in Rome – on us
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • Free Time add-ons to DIY your adventure 
  • 18-35 year olds
  • Operated by Contiki
  • Option to upgrade to 16 days with return Emirates flights

Flight inclusive package:

Receive all of the above PLUS:

  • Return international economy airfares with Emirates, including 30kg checked baggage
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Early Bird discount included in price if booked before 17 January 2019

Highlights:

  • See the white cliffs of Dover
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted 
  • Scenic drive along the Rhine River 
  • See the Lorelei Rock 
  • See the Golden Roof, Royal Palace & Olympic Ski jump in Innsbruck 
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice 
  • Locally guided walking tour of Venice 
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour 
  • Gelato on us!
  • See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican city 
  • Exclusive “Paris by Night” sightseeing tour 
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Lourve, the Champs Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral

 

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199/$699 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. 
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due on 31 January 2019 in order to take advantage of the Early Bird discount.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $999 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher 

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here 

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 35 – 52 travellers max

Accommodation: 

Our European collection of hotels will be your accommodation of choice for 13 fabulous nights. 

Free Time Add Ons: 

Wine Tasting  – €9 per person 
Mike’s Bike tour – €21 per person
White Water Rafting (summer only) – €45.50 per person 
Gondola Ride – €23 per person 
Venetian Dinner – €34.50 per person 
Vatican tour – €35 per person 
Rome of the Emperors & Gladiators – €30 per person 
Group Photo – €12 per person
Tuscan evening – €42 per person
Space Electronic Disco – €16 per person
Lucerne Lake Cruise – €24 per person 
Swiss Mountain – €50 per person 
Parisian Cabaret dinner and show – €124 per person 

Please note that optional excursions can only be purchased while on-tour.

Land Only: Please select the land only option (no flights included)

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates: 

25 March 2019
8 April 2019
22 April 2019
29 April 2019
8 May 2019
27 May 2019
5 June 2019
10 June 2019
12 June 2019
15 June 2019
22 June 2019
24 June 2019
1 July 2019
8 July 2019
15 July 2019
29 July 2019
7 August 2019
28 August 2019
9 September 2019
18 September 2019
25 September 2019
30 September 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with Emirates from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
  • Including 30kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Daily breakfast and 5 scrumptious dinners 
  • 13 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • London Explorer package, including Open top bus tour and theatre show tickets (stalls or dress circle)
  • An experienced Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Air-conditioned coach with charging points and WiFi
  • Discover hidden Venice with our local specialist
  • Gelato in Rome – on us
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • 18-35 year olds
  • Operated by Contiki
  • Option to upgrade to 16 days with return Emirates flights
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