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20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights

20 day European Encounter tour with Contiki, including return international Emirates flights, breakfast daily, accommodation, escorted tour guide throughout, dedicated, air-conditioned transportation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

Plus, book before 31 August and receive a Samsonite suitcase valued at $529^, for free!

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  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
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  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
  • 20 day European Encounter tour with Emirates flights
 

Highlights

 

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – London

Depart Australia today to begin your journey of Italy. 

Day 2: London 

Day 3: London 

Day 4: London – Amsterdam (D)

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. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.

Day 5: Amsterdam – Berlin (B,D)

Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin. That’s on today’s agenda. 

On the world map of cool party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We’ve got two nights to explore every inch of this amazing city, and we’ll kick it off with a bit of history into the city and its troubled and interesting past. Once we arrive your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights.

Day 6: Berlin (B)

Get into the mood of exploration. Berlin has so much to offer the hungry traveller, from the obvious icons like Checkpoint Charlie to all the obscurities tucked away in the side streets.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Berlin Historical Walking Tour 

Free time add-on (at own expense): Alternative Berlin 

Day 7: Berlin – Dresden – Prague (B)

“More city hangs” you’ll all scream in unison as we motor out of Berlin, high on life & still wanting more. Since you asked so nicely, let us present you with Prague, the darling of Europe.

A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirthed beauty of an Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence. 

On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we’ll get out and go exploring, seeing castles and cathedrals and learning of Bohemia Kings and gothic history. The night is yours to amble around the Old Town Square and find a few haunts to let the hours slip away in.

Day 8: Prague (B,D)

With a full day to loiter, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antiques & you cheers-ing local beer; not to mention life! We’ll explore the city one of our favourite ways today, by bike, with our Local Guide to show us all the sights and sounds of this epic spot including the Charles Bridge, St Vitus Cathedral and city spots that have put this Eastern city on the map. Tonight, you could see yourself spending the evening indulging in traditional Czech cuisine while admiring the local folklore dancers as the sun goes down on the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’.

Free time add-on (at own expense): Nuclear Bunker Tour (winter only) 

Day 9: Prague – Salzburg (B)

We warned you about falling head over heels for Prague! Sorry kids, you cannot live here forever. 

Onwards we go – it’s time for the mountain ranges that made the Sound of Music famous. Also home to Mozart, you can be pretty certain this place knows a beat. Today we’ll also see the largest preserved fortress in Central Europe – Hohensalzburg – and have the chance to partake in the Sights & Sounds of Salzburg optional. Never a dull moment!

Free time add-on (at own expense): Sight & Sounds of Salzburg

Free time add-on (at own expense): Austrian Farmers Dinner & Schnaps Evening 

Day 10: Salzburg – Venice (B) 

Austria, you are an overwhelming beauty. Although it would be nice to stay forever, it’s time for us to cross the border and prepare to stuff ourselves full of all things pizza & pasta. Yes, traveller we’re making our way to Italy! 

You’ll think you’ve seen enough beauty for one day after taking in the Central Austrian Alps, 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): Venetian Dinner

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

Free time add-on (at own expense): Locally guided Walking Tour of Venice

Day 11:  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 – perfetto!

Day 12: Rome – 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 & Gladiators including Colosseum 

Day 13: 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 14: Florence – Pisa – Italian Riviera  (B)

Hopefully by now you are head to toe in fresh leather, you’ve eaten your body weight in antipasto, and you’re feeling fresh as a daisy and ready to farewell Florence.

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 the Italian Riviera. 

Hello beautiful! The ‘Five Lands’ or Cinque Terre is completely beautiful and will take your breath away with their stunning colours, washing hanging out windows and picture perfect setting. Perched on a cliff and overlooking the Ligurian Sea this is 100% bucket list worthy destination, use the included day pass to explore this colourful heaven, stopping for an Aperol Spritz on the way too, all in the name of culture of course!

Day 15: Italian Riviera – Lucerne  (B,D)

Walk away from the Italian Riviera with plans to come back here for a few weeks or months, why not? 

Swans float under wooden bridges, snow-capped 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.

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

Day 16: Lucerne  (B)

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 visit the top of a Swiss Mountain and enjoy a fondue lunch & show. Spoilt for choice much?

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

Free time add-on (at own expense): Swiss Fondue lunch and show 

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

Day 17: 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 to the viewing platform on Montparnasse tower.

Day 18: 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 19: 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!? On arrival in London say a fond farewell to the group as you wrap up the journey on arrival.

Day 20: Australia 

Arrive home today. 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international economy airfares with Emirates, including 30kg checked baggage
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Daily breakfast and 3 regional dinners 
  • twin share accommodation
  • Get from A to B in style and comfort 
  • No Regrets Inclusions – the greatest bits of everywhere we dock are included as standard 
  • Free Time add-ons to DIY your adventure 
  • 18-35 year olds 
  • 10% Early Bird discount included in price if booked before 17 January 2019

Highlights:

  • See the white cliffs of Dover
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • Take in the commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin wall 
  • Visit Dresden the city destroyed in World War 2 and known as the “Florence of the North”
  • See the Hohensalzburg Fotress
  • See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas 
  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour 
  • See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican city 
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Lourve, the Champs Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral

Samsonite Early Bird Offer:

^Samsonite offer applies to any UK/Europe or Central and South America early bird tour booking made at https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/, from 00:01 Wednesday 1 August 2018 – 23:59 Friday 31 August 2018. Minimum 2 people per booking. Offer strictly limited to one large Graphite 75cm Arq Spinner suitcase per couple and cannot be applied to prior purchases or bookings. Suitcase can be redeemed at http://www.samsonite.com.au with a unique coupon code that will be issued by Webjet Exclusives via email to the booking contact within 7 days of booking a tour. Full details on how to redeem the suitcase will be provided at this time. Excludes any UK/Europe or Central and South America tour bookings for 2018 departures. The expiry date for all coupon codes issued as part of this promotion will be 30 September 2018. Offer can be withdrawn any time without notice. We reserve the right to cancel any coupon codes that have been issued against a cancelled booking. Webjet Exclusives is the sole promoter and as such all inquiries in relation to this promotion must be directed to Webjet Exclusives Customer Support Service, however if you are experiencing difficulties redeeming your coupon code at time of checkout via the Samsonite website, email Samsonite directly at online.au@samsonite.com for assistance, including ‘Webjet’ in the subject line. The Samsonite team will then respond accordingly. Webjet Exclusives standard booking terms and conditions apply.

 

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 $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:

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes

Accommodation: 

 You’ll be treated to the luxury of hotels in the best bits of each destination we visit. 

Free Time Add Ons: 

Berlin Historical Walking Tour  – €9.50 per person 
Alternative Berlin – €25 per person
Nuclear Bunker Tour (winter only) – €15 per person 
Sight & Sounds of Salzburg – €12 per person 
Austrian Farmers Dinner & Schnaps Evening – €37 per person 
Venetian Dinner – €34.50 per person 
Gondola ride – €23 per person 
Locally guided Walking Tour of Venice – €11 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 
Swiss Fondue lunch and show – €42 per person 
Parisian Cabaret dinner and show – €124 per person 

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

Land Only: Not available

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 great value 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: 

18 January 2019
1 February 2019
15 March 2019
24 April 2019
8 May 2019
12 June 2019
26 June 2019
10 July 2019
27 August 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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