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Delivering Sunshine

Contiki European Whirl

18 days from only
R35 000
per person including taxes
ID # 310
Valid: 04 Apr 17 to 22 Apr 17
Duration: 18 Days
ENQUIRE TODAY ADDED BONUS
Includes R5316 per person savings! Book by 26 January 2017.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Return flights from Johannesburg
  • Approximate airport taxes
  • 17 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 4 nights in hotel upgrade, 5 nights in hostels
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team
  • Contiki’s exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. Pricing varies pending departure date. Book and pay by 26 January 2016. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Amsterdam

see such highlighs as the Red Light District, Amsterdam’s canals and gabled houses. Enjoy an optional evening canal cruise.

DAY 2: Amsterdam

• Hop on a bike and trek past working windmills to the world-famous cheese village of Edam to try some Dutch Edam. See how the popular Dutch clogs are made. • Afternoon at leisure to experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and past gabled houses or experience Amsterdam’s multi-ethnic cuisine. • Join an optional evening canal cruise.

DAY 3: Amsterdam to Berlin

• Tour Manager will reveal the history and point out the lesser-known details of Berlin’s troubled past on an orientation tour of the city. • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building • Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall

DAY 4: Berlin

• Join a local guide for a tour to learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall. • Check out the controversial Reichstag (German Parliament) as well as Tiergarten (one the world’s biggest parks). • Visit Checkpoint Charlie, where many East Berliners tried to escape to the West, and be reminded of Germany’s darker past at the Brandenburg Gate. • Leisure time to check out Berlin’s galleries and street art or the walls covered in cutouts and graffiti, or spend the time shopping in Berlin’s little boutiques. • Peckish? Grab a currywurst, a local favourite and kick back at a bierkeller (German beer house). • Enjoy an optional evening Eye Spy Berlin tour with a local guide offering a fascinating look into the Stasi (what was once the East German Secret Police).

DAY 5: Berlin to Prague

• Head south to Dresden, sometimes referred to as the 'Florence of the North' because of its beauty. • The Tour Manager will show you Dresden’s signature buildings, like the Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, the Royal Residence – once home to the Saxon Kings – and the massive Zwinger Palace, where the royals went to party. • Hang out at a riverside beer garden, order some hearty German dishes with regional specialities like sour roast and potato soup. • Head over the border and into the Czech Republic to Prague, best to explore on foot. • Join your Tour Manager for a walk over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradčany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian Kings and to the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral along the way. • Spend some time in the Old Town Square, where historic buildings and churches surround cafés that spill out onto the pavement.

DAY 6: Prague

• Spend some leisure time delving deeper into Prague’s Old Town. Prague itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Czech capital has a really mixed past so look out for signs of the Holy Roman Empire, the Bohemian Empire, the Nazis and the Communists. • Shop for some of Prague’s famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewellery. • Enjoy a lunch cruise on the Vltava River that runs through the heart of Prague, and take in stunning views of the city from the water.

DAY 7: Prague to Munich

• Travel to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich • Explore Munich’s old town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel – a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells. • Enjoy an optional bike tour on Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.

DAY 8: Munich to Austrian Tyrol

• Journey through the Tyrolean countryside to a quaint Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. • Spend the night at Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest inn). • Enjoy an optional guided bike ride through Tyrol’s picture-perfect scenery, complete with waterfalls and prairies. • Spend leisure time going out for a walk in the surrounding hills or take a gondola up the mountainside for spectacular views of the area. You could also visit a local trout farm.

DAY 9: Austrian Tyrol to Venice

• Continue on through into Austria’s Tyrol region, famous for being an adventure hotspot with an option to join a whitewater rafting trip. • Wind through the Central Austrian Alps via the Brenner Pass to Italy, the land of passion! First stop, fairytale Venice.

DAY 10: Venice

• Hop on a private boat tour of the historical heart of Venice, the “floating city”. • See the limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge’s Palace and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!). • Enjoy an optional walking tour of the city with a local guide, discovering the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets. See historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market, a local favourite for food shopping. • Take an optional gondola ride; seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

DAY 11: Venice to Rome

• Head to the ancient city of Rome where your Tour Manager will show you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Visit the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, as well as throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain which is supposed to improve your chances of returning to Rome. • Hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

DAY 12: Rome

• Spend the morning on an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. • Time at leisure indulting in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knocking back a shot of espresso at the bar.

DAY 13: Rome to Florence

• Join you local guide to explore streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Discover the Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace. • Enjoy a skilful demonstration of Florentine leather making, a proud tradition in Florence. • The city’s markets are a great place to hang out and bargain. Grab a gelato in your free time and enjoy the city. • Enjoy an authentic Italian group dinner in the Tuscan hillsides, where you’ll get to indulge in regional dishes and sip on local Chianti wine. • Head with the group to one of Florence’s top clubs

DAY 14: Florence to Swiss Alps

• Catch a glimpse of Lake Como as we move on to Switzerland and travel through the Gotthard Tunnel – the second longest in Europe. • Buy Genuine Swiss chocolate. Your Tour Manager can also give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches for which Switzerland is so famous. • Take an optional afternoon cruise on one of Europe’s most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alps reflect back across the water. • Stay at Contiki’s very own Swiss Chalet and indulge in a traditional Swiss fondue.

DAY 15: Swiss Alps

• Take in the amazing view of Switzerland’s massive Alps from your chalet window. • Visit Jungfrau Mountain: Take a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station and step out onto the “roof” of Europe for spine-tingling views. • Party in a genuine underground 'Bomb Shelter' bar

DAY 16: Swiss Alps to Paris

• Travel through the scenic wine producing regions of Burgundy and Chablis. • Join a tour of Paris with stops at such monuments as the Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, from which you’ll enjoy great views of the City of Lights. • Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne.

DAY 17: Paris

• Head for the Fragonard perfumery to learn how perfume is made and what some of its more surprising ingredients are. It’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or two at a great price. • Explore Paris’ bistros, museums, tree-lines avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods). • Window shop on the Left Bank. • Visit Notre Dame or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre, where you can get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. • Treat yourself to the full Parisian experience with a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. • Finish up your last night with the full Parisian experience including a cabaret show, complete with can-can girls, dinner and champagne. Visit a French perfumery

DAY 18: Depart Paris

Transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10h00) where your tour ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London and extend your stay.