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European Magic tour

European Magic

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
10 days
From: $ 2,169 $ 217 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Short Description

Want to boat through the canals of Venice, see Paris from the Eiffel Tower, explore the Switzerland and party in Amsterdam? And all in just over a week? Fear not! It's all possible on the European Magic. No rabbit out of a hat could blow your mind like the sights you'll see on this trip.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Londonderry
End City Paris
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive London

Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what’s to come. At 4:00pm meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2: London to Amsterdam

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.

Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley

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!!!

Day 4: Rhine Valley to Munich

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. This afternoon you'll explore the side streets by bicycle and afterwards why not choose to explore one of the cities many beer halls, where can try a stein of beer or even a pork knuckle!

Day 5: Munich to Venice via Innsbruck

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.

Day 6: Venice

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.

Day 7: Venice to Lucerne

We have a few days left - Switzerland, France, we have not forgotten you!
Passing Lake Como we cruise out of Italy and find ourselves in Switzerland, pulling up in the fairytale town of Lucerne, famous for its wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and beautiful setting against Lake Lucerne. Take an optional cruise tonight giving yourself a better look at the stunning Swiss Alps reflected off the water. And chocolate. Don't forget to eat ALL the chocolate.

Day 8: Lucerne to Paris

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 9: Paris

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 moan 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 the Moulin Rouge cabaret show. With your last night looming, make it one to remember in the city of lights.

Day 10: Paris to London

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.

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Good Job Contiki!!

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I did the European Escapade tour in 2015 with Contiki and out of all my travelling memories from that year it certainly sticks out as the most wild!! The group I went on tour with made it all the worth while. The tour itself did the most touristy places in Europe you could imagine with about 2 days in each place. Definitely great for a taster of European culture and history. I loved it!!
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CONTIKI IS AMAZING!

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Warning!!! If your planning on doing a Contiki, you must realize one thing. Once your Contiki journey is over there is no going up. Anything & everything you do after contiki will never be just quite the same. Be prepared to meet the most incredible people you will ever meet, visit some of the most breath taking places in the world, and make memories you could only ever dream of having. Be prepared to have the time of your life, but also be prepared to leave the places, the people and who you used to be behind. Be prepared to never feel completely at home again because part of your heart will always be else where. Its the price you pay for traveling the world. So if your scrolling through your Instagram wishing you could be the girl in front of the eiffel tower, stop right now because it can be you. This life is yours and you'll never be this young again so take a risk and book the trip of your life time.
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Can't wait to go on another trip with them!

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I have to say, going on a Contiki was one of the most impulsive and incredible decisions I've ever made. It was without a doubt one of the most inspiring and breathtaking trips around Europe I've ever had the pleasure of doing, especially around places I'd never think to go and with people who are entirely like-minded! Deciding to go alone was probably the best decision, as I fit so seamlessly in with the people on my tour, it was like we'd known each other for ages! It was on my trip that I made the best friend I could ever hope for, and even went to her native Australia to spend more time with her once the trip was over! Contiki completely transformed my life, giving me more confidence, enthusiasm and excitement for life - I can't wait to go on another!!
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Go & book it!

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Should be more then a 5 star rating! Unexplainable how amazing my trip was, had the best driver and trip manager! Jonny & Kim! Met the most amazing people on earth!! You really get so much more then you pay for with the inclusions! A 19 day contiki around europe and my family just grew by 50! God love you contiki family! If your reading this and considering! DON'T WAIT FOR TIME go & book it!
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Best time of my life!

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I met my amazing Contiki family and to add to that who made it what it was our driver Jonny and manger Chloe were amazing they looked after us and went above and beyond for us. I couldn't imagine our trip without them. 10 out of 10 for them and the contiki staff we stayed with
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I've now done 3 Contiki Tours to date. They are the most well organized, fun tours that are on the market. You see all the hot spots to a town and get real insider information from the Tour Managers who are also some of the best people you will meet!!
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    • Fill your belly with pasta in Italy and gorge yourself on cheese everywhere in between with 8 breakfasts and and 5 dinners.

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