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London to Paris

Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris. After dinner we will depart for the 'Paris by Night tour', where the French capital transforms into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris-

Paris

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods). Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris-

Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Château Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the château-

Beaujolais Wine Region

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Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Today, we head south through the rugged and dramatic scenery of the Pyrénées mountains, over the border into Barcelona. A sizzling, festive capital any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. In Spain fiesta time starts late, so settle in at one of Barcelona-

Barcelona

First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it-

Barcelona to French Riviera

Unwind on the coach and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. A stop for lunch in Arles means a look at the ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town. It-

French Riviera

Next stop on the Riviera and home to the French perfume industry is Fragonard perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It-

French Riviera to Venice

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Venice

Venice is packed with character - crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals. The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city-

Venice to Florence

Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. After dinner, walk along the River Arno with your Trip Manager, take in the atmosphere and head into the heart of Florence, where you can sit back and relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine.

Florence

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its UNESCO World Heritage city centre. Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence-

Florence to Rome

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Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide-

Rome to Corfu

Pass gritty Naples, see Mt Vesuvius and plunge into Pompeii-

Corfu

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Corfu to Athens

From Corfu, head to the mainland and travel to the impressive, man-made Corinth Canal. Athens is next, a city crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul.

Athens to Ios

Step back in time in Europe-

Ios

Relax on sandy beaches or lounge about poolside before a big night out, when Ios-

Ios to Santorini

Today: change islands and it-

Santorini

Start your day getting familiar with this gorgeous island. Head to Santorini-

Santorini to Athens

Cruising back to Athens today for your final night in the capital. Catch up with your fellow travellers on their arrival back from Egypt and swap stories. Dinner is your choice tonight, a great opportunity to dine in the famous Plaka district.

Athens to Kavala

Northbound, we travel past mythical Mt Olympus, Greece-

Kavala to Canakkale

Ferry across the Dardanelles, crossing from Europe into Asia, to the habourside town of Canakkale. Get inside the legend of one the world-

Canakkale to Istanbul

This morning, make a pilgrimage to the site of the region-

Istanbul

With a couple of days here, there is plenty of time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot. Our Local guide shows you one of the city-

Istanbul to Sofia

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Sofia to Belgrade

Parked between the Danube and Sava Rivers, Belgrade is a little rough around the edges, mixing up extravagant churches and dull, Communist building blocks. Your Tour Manager will show off the city-

Belgrade to Budapest

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Budapest

On the Buda side of the river, from the Fisherman-

Budapest to Vienna

Next stop is the cultural hub of Vienna. Your Tour Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the city-

Vienna to Austrian Tyrol

Journey through the Tyrol and "The Sound of Music" country to a cute Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. With 2 nights in Contiki-

Austrian Tyrol

This morning, fill your lungs with clean mountain air, jump on a bike and get into the region-

Austrian Tyrol to Munich

Kick start the day and plunge into some whitewater rafting in an adrenaline-pumping optional activity on the river. This afternoon, travel north to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle. Explore the heart of Munich-

Munich to Swiss Alps

Today, travel past the stony cliffs of Liechtenstein, into the capital, Vaduz, where you can grab some lunch and in enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family-

Swiss Alps

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Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley

Over the border and into Germany, we head to the university town of Heidelberg. Wander around, grab a late lunch and check out its famous Baroque church. The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards. Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle and the world's largest free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on the craft of beer steins. Then kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm. Cruise into the countryside and bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, to the world-famous cheese village of Edam. Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

Amsterdam

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Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

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