Fancy touring around Europe in style and not having the worry about the stress of planning and booking a trip? Then Contiki might be a fabulous option for you. When I moved from New Zealand to the United Kingdom at age 19, I booked two tours around Europe, and it was the best way to introduce me to this continent I just landed on. Travelling can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time, or maybe you just don’t want the hassle of booking accommodation, finding things to do and figuring out transportation between countries. This is when tours are amazing. As Contiki is one of my favourite brands, I thought I would hunt down the top 6 Contiki European tours so you don’t have to!
Greek Island Hopping
What could be more relaxing than spending 13 days sailing from one beautiful Greek island to the next? The Greek Island-hopping tour is Contiki’s most popular European tour and for good reason! You start with 2 days in Athens exploring all the historic city has to offer. You will then hop on the boat and head straight for Mykonos – one of the most Instagramable destinations in Europe for sure! After spending 3 days marvelling at the white buildings and taking far too many pictures, you then travel to Santorini, which is famous for its architecture and sunsets. Then, you will visit Ios which has been named the number one party island in Greece, before travelling back to Athens to finish the tour.
I did a very similar tour about 5 years ago when I first moved to Europe. It was a great taster of what Europe had to offer and it really gave me a bite of the travel bug. You visit a lot of places in a short amount of time so prepare to see and do a lot in the 10 days. Starting with England where you will depart, you head for Amsterdam via a stopover in Belgium. After a crazy night experiencing the local Dutch culture you then travel to Germany (1 day in Rhine Valley and 1 day in Munich, Austrian Tyrol (1 day), Venice (1 day), Swiss Alps (2 days) and Paris (2 days), before finishing back in London.
If you’re a foodie at heart then you will LOVE this tour. You visit some of the best culinary countries in Europe. You start in the historical city of Rome where you will start your culinary adventure. You will venture through Italy, a quick trip to Vatican City and travel onwards to France – the best place to be if you want to taste the most delicious and quality food in the world! You end in the Tapas loving country – Spain where you will end the tour probably very full and unable to fit any of your previous clothes, but hey, you ate your way through Europe, what do you expect?!
London to Berlin
London – one of the most visited cities in the world. After spending 3 days exploring London in-depth you will then travel to France where you will spend 3 days venturing around Paris, the romantic capital. The next stop is Amsterdam where you will also spend 3 days and lastly Berlin (3 days). By spending 3 days in each city it means you can travel deeper and dive into the culture of what these cities represent and have to offer.
This tour has to be one of the most attractive to me. The Adriatic coast boasts some incredible locations in and out of the Balkans. Starting in Italy and travelling through Slovenia, Croatia, a quick stop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, a stop in Albania and then ending in Greece. This is a one-of-a-kind tour that visits some of the hottest upcoming destinations. The Adriatic is steeped in history, which you will love learning about on your tour through these interesting and dynamic countries.
This tour is perfect if you have ever dreamed of exploring one of the most romantic, ancient and culinary brilliant countries in Europe. You start the tour in Rome, one of the oldest cities in the world. There is so much to discover in this thriving metropolis. You will then visit Vatican City (the smallest country in the world), before spending 2 nights in Sorrento. After spending a couple of days exploring this picturesque coastal city you will then travel onward to Capri, Pompeii, Florence, Verona (the setting of Romeo and Juliet), Venice, Lake Garda, Milan, the Riveria, Pisa, Chianti Region and lastly, ending the tour where you started! If you want to explore Italy in depth then this might be the tour for you.
Tell me below which Contiki tour you would love to go on! I love the sound of the total European foodie experience.
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