Contiki Tours for 18-35's

The greatest journey starts with a single step & end up as legendary stories. Start yours with us.

We’re the original travel company for 18-35’s and have been travelling the world with people like you since ’62.

Seeing the world with Contiki is more than just travelling. We understand that travelling isn’t just about uploading photos and status updates. With Contiki you’ll get amongst the art, music, food, and fashion scene in every destination. It’s your journey, a journey you’ll share with people who have the same youthful and cultured curiosity as you. People from all around the world who are determined to get the most out of every minute.

No matter which way you like to travel or the kind of adventure you’re seeking, our philosophy is simple - you’ll enjoy unbeatable trips that show you the best.

Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a first timer, going with a group or flying solo, one thing’s for certain, you’ll experience so much more with Contiki.

Contiki has over 200 itineraries across Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, New Zealand & Australia. See the world with Contiki, realise the benefits and experience those unforgettable moments which will all come together to create your unique story. One that will live with you forever.

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Trip Styles

Timeout
Sleep easy & stay in comfortable, well located hotels with excellent facilities. Plus there’s two ways to travel - Multi-Country or In-Depth Regional tours -So you get to experience Europe the way you want with itineraries from 4 days to 33 days.

Camping
Sleep under the stars & stretch your holiday budget, the way Contiki first started. Camping Contiki-style is all about getting back to basics and getting a whole lot more for your money.

Concept
Contiki's concept trips are all about mixing it up. Stay in everything from hotels & hostels to their own Contiki Village cabins & their exclusive Special Stopovers like a 16th Century chateau or a Swiss Chalet. Choose from over 19 different itineraries ranging from 10 to 45 days.

Small group tours
Enjoy your Contiki trip in South America & Asia with a perfect group size of around 30 people. It’s an intimate experience that’s still large enough to be a blast!

Cool ways to Cruise
Explore unspoilt islands & coastal villages of Croatia, cruise the Aegean & Mediterranean on a classic liner. Contiki gives you more choice and helps you experience these beautiful destinations all around the world with a variety of itineraries to choose from.

Festivals & Events
From St Patties in Ireland to full moon parties in Phuket, experience festivals with Contiki all around the world. We’re festival fanatics like you wouldn’t believe!

Top Tours with Contiki

Europe

  •  Russia plus (Start Stockholm) (Start Stockholm, End Warsaw)

    Russia plus (Start Stockholm) (Start Stockholm, End Warsaw)

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    • Accommodation
      13 nights accommodation: 12 nights in hotel upgrade & 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Overnight cruise
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      13 breakfasts
      1 lunch
      1 Regional Dinner: Polish feast in Warsaw
      5 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
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    Day 1
    Arrive Stockholm
    Check in to your hotel & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner.

    Day 2
    Stockholm & sail to Helsinki
    Free time this morning in the city to grab your last dose of Swedish cool then live the high life this afternoon as we board our luxurious cruise to Helsinki. Kick back with a drink on the deck and watch the sun set over the Baltic Sea, check out the shops of the promenade deck or maybe try your luck at the casino tonight.

    Day 3
    Helsinki
    A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Trip Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate Square.

    Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.

    Day 4
    Helsinki to St. Petersburg
    Leaving Helsinki today, the coach travels through pine forests and Finland’s vast wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia, the world’s biggest country.

    Get ready for arrival at the imperial city of St. Petersburg, sitting right at the crossroads of Europe and Russia. Built by Italians, dreamt up by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has been the home town to many original thinkers. With its fantastic cultural heritage, Venice-like canals, wide avenues and phenomenal buildings, this grand city will give you goose bumps.

    Day 5
    St. Petersburg
    Get a feel for the city’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and a look into Peter the Great’s imagination as our Local Guide uncovers many of St. Petersburg’s best-known sites. You’ll see the Admiralty and the stunning Church on the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was killed

    Make a visit to Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s summer palace. This place is breathtaking! Explore the spectacularly manicured grounds, cottages, fountains and palace. Choose to visit St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress in our fascinating optional, where the remains of many Tsars are held.

    The group takes a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the world’s top art collections at the Hermitage gallery. The Hermitage itself is a gorgeous palace and was once home to Tsar Royalty. It makes a scene-stealing backdrop for the priceless works inside, which are the remains of Catherine the Great’s personal collection.

    There’s free time to walk along St. Petersburg’s main street, Nevsky Prospekt. There’s a bit of everything along this street: palaces, lavish shops, museums, churches and buildings from many different eras. Take off down Nevsky Prospekt for a slice of glitzy new Russia and see how the country is shaking off its past with style.

    Take advantage of an optional cruise on the Neva River and get another angle on the city from the water. There’s also a chance to get up close to St. Petersburg’s traditional art and romance in an evening excursion to the Russian ballet, where world-class dancers perform classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

    Otherwise liven things up with your new friends and head to a bar or club to try out Russia’s national drink, vodka.

    Day 7
    St. Petersburg to Novgorod
    There’s a definite change of pace as we enter the peaceful, shady streets of Novgorod, an ancient fortress city. Filled with old churches and a Kremlin of its own, this lovely town once suffered terribly at both the hands of Ivan the Terrible and, more recently, the Nazis.

    Head into central Novgorod with the group and get an insider’s look into the old town, where Russian history is captured in a nutshell - or actually in a bell! The landmark Millennium Bell is a 300 tonne sculpture covered in 127 figures – all of them key players in Russia’s history which our Novgorod Local Guide brings to life with stories.

    Day 8
    Moscow
    With two full days, there’s plenty of time to uncover Moscow. Chalk up a truly local experience with a ride on one of the planet’s busiest subway systems. The Metro is packed with art that was installed under Stalin, meaning that Moscow’s Metro stations double as fascinating historical art galleries. You can learn more about them in an included tour and get an insider’s look at the art with our expert Local Guide.

    Discover the city’s centre with our Local Guide, who’ll give you the background on the famous Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral with its iconic onion-shaped domes, and on Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the former leader of the Russian Revolution still lies, preserved in wax. Learn how Russia only came out from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, and is still opening up.

    Walk through Russia’s political heart with a visit to the Kremlin, whose construction marked the birth of Moscow. Your Local Guide will reveal the inner workings of the Kremlin as the group explores the grounds of this stunning fortified complex, made up of cathedrals, palaces and treasures. The former home of grand princes as well as to Stalin and Gorbachev, the Kremlin is now the current Russian president’s place of residence. Learn more about it and see treasures up close by joining our fascinating optional through the Kremlin Armoury with our expert Local Guide.

    Otherwise, make the most of a beautiful shopping experience at GUM, once the favourite shopping mall for Soviet leaders and now a favourite spot for Russia’s elite. There are 150 shops to explore in this elegant turn-of-the-century building, selling anything from designer labels to local products and great souvenirs.

    Food-wise, Moscow mixes it up. You could try out blinis (pancakes) or borshch (beetroot soup) at a street stand, caviar in a gourmet store, or grilled meats in one of the city’s many cafes.

    While you’re here, get a taste of local culture at the Moscow Aquamarine Circus. Be amazed by highly-skilled artists and performers on this fun night out.

    Day 10
    Novgorod to Moscow
    En route to Moscow we make a stop in Klin, the former home of famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky, and see where the creator of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker worked.

    Later today, we arrive in Moscow, Russia’s economic powerhouse, political point of power and cultural core. As the country’s historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes up extravagance from the time of Tsar Royalty, relics from the Cold War and a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes it the perfect place to explore & get a serious learning fix on days gone by.

    Day 11
    Moscow to Minsk
    We pass by Borodino, where the bloodiest single day of battle took place during the Napoleon led invasion of Russia.

    Later, pull into the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Torn to the ground in World War II and then rebuilt by Stalin, Minsk became the model Communist city of the Soviet era with its wide avenues, monumental buildings and vast squares. You’ll get a good look into its grand style on our city tour.

    Day 12
    Minsk to Warsaw
    Start the day with a visit to the 19th century Brest Fortress, a stronghold of Russian resistance during the German invasion of Russia in World War II.

    Back on the coach, journey on to budding Warsaw. See how Poland’s capital started up again from scratch after World War II and see how it’s now looking to the future. Get a feel for the city’s buzzing café scene, relax with a drink, order some perogies (Polish dumplings) and soak up the vibes of this energetic city.

    Day 13
    Warsaw
    Go back in time as our Local Guide gives you a crash-course in Warsaw’s troubled history. You’ll see Warsaw’s Ghetto, Chopin’s park, as well as the old town. Hear how this town has been all about survival, being literally reduced to rubble, and how Warsaw then picked up the pieces, using these ruins to rebuild the city. Check out St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which was blown-up during World War II.

    Free time means a chance to discover Warsaw’s modern, festive side. Relax in Lazienki Park, a favourite haunt with the locals, or dip into the city’s many museums, galleries and theatres. Get some hints on what to explore from your Trip Manager.

    Tonight, make your last night on trip one to remember and join the group for a final night dinner. Then hit Warsaw’s thriving nightlife. The choice of clubs, live music and bars here is mind-blowing, so be ready for a fun night out!

    Day 14
    Depart Warsaw/Berlin
    The trip ends after breakfast in Warsaw and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Otherwise catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your trip ends upon arrival.

    Stockholm & sail to Helsinki
    See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
    Helsinki
    See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square
    Visit the 'Church of the Rock'
    St. Petersburg
    Locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg
    Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars & one of the world's largest Art & Culture Museums
    Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens
    See the Church of the Spilled Blood and the Admiralty
    See the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress
    St. Petersburg to Novgorod
    Locally guided tour of Novgorod's old town
    See the Millennium Bell
    Moscow
    Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin's Mausoleum & St. Basil's Cathedral
    Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour
    Guided tour of the famous Moscow Metro
    Novgorod to Moscow
    See the famous composer Tchaikovsky's house in Klin
    Minsk to Warsaw
    Visit Brest fortress - one of the most important Soviet World War II war monuments
    Warsaw
    Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw
    Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings
    A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Poland
  •  Austria Ski Only (meet Us There) - 1 Week (Quad Share Room, Start Hopfgarten, End Hopfgarten)

    Austria Ski Only (meet Us There) - 1 Week (Quad Share Room, Start Hopfgarten, End Hopfgarten)

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    • Accommodation
      7 nights accommodation
      Half board options available (for a small supplement)

      Food
      breakfast daily

      Staff
      Experienced Contiki On-site Team
      Contiki exclusives including: FREE ski guide, Salzburg day trip & Contiki ski slam race
      FREE coach pickup from Innsbruck airport or Worgl train station
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    Day 1
    Ski Austria-Hopfgarten
    Hit the slopes in winter with Contiki for an unforgettable experience. You'll stay in the heart of the Austrian Alps in the Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten, surrounded by the perfect mountain backdrop to ensure an incredible adventure.

    A great place for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, you'll be with 18-35 year olds from all over the globe! What's more, there'll be plenty of included activities to keep the party going day and night.

    Ski Extras: - Available in resort
    * Bergbahn Hohe-Salve lift pass. 6 or 13 day passes cover the whole Ski Welt region, 250km of groomed runs & 96 lift systems

    * Ski Hire - For all Ski & Snowboard equipment hire, Helmet hire & Clothing hire. Please note: Goggles and Gloves cannot be hired

    * Ski or Snowboard lessons - 1, 3 or 5 day tuition with fully qualified local instructors

    Ski Austria-Hopfgarten
    Special Stopover: Contiki's Austrian Gasthof
    Local Ski Guide running 1 free mountain tour per week
    Access to Contiki's exclusive Bar Schoneck & themed party nights
    Contiki Grand Slam downhill ski race
    Day trip to Salzburg - home of the "The Sound of Music"
  •  European Quest (Start London, End London)

    European Quest (Start London, End London)

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    • Accommodation
      24 nights in Hotel/Hostel Accommodation
      24 nights Quad Share Hotel/Hostel Accommodation
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      34 meals:
      24 continental breakfasts
      10 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
      .
    Day 1
    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.

    Tonight, the group kick-starts Paris with the ‘Paris by Night Tour’, which shows off the French capital’s transformation into the “City of Lights��. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the world’s most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

    Day 2
    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 huge Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre where you can get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris’ many green spaces.

    Treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaruant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.

    Day 3
    Paris to Bordeaux
    Cut through the stunning Loire Valley, where you’ll get a look into France’s luxurious past from the coach window, as we travel past rolling vineyards and chateaus.



    Day 4
    Bordeaux to San Sebastian
    Head south today to the stunning Basque city of San Sebastian famed for it’s incredible scenery. En route, we take a visit to the quaint sea-side town of Saint Jean de Luz.

    Day 5
    San Sebastian
    Time to explore! Enjoy one of the best inner-city beaches in Europe where you can swim, surf or simply relax on the shores. As the evening approaches wander through the lively town centre and stop off in on of the city’s famous pinxtos bars. The days is yours to indulge in the Basque culture.

    Day 6
    San Sebastian to Barcelona
    Kickstart your time in this hot unforgettable city and get into the local flavours with tonight's optional flamenco dance show and dinner, including sangria. Afterwards, get the low down on Barcelona's hottest spots and maybe hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico by the water.

    Day 7
    Barcelona
    First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it’s where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudi’s wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Família church. Your Trip Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelona’s oldest district, the Gothic Quarter.

    There’s free time to discover more of Barcelona’s creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Plaça de Catalunya. Take in all of Barcelona’s buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls.

    Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Güell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there’s plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain’s signature dish, paella.

    Get some tips on regional food from your Trip Manager and head to one of the excellent local restaurants to try out the flavours of Catalan cuisine, like crema catalana (caramalised custard), cargos a la llauna (cooked snails) and the fantastic Rioja wine! Afterward, hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico, by the water.

    Day 8
    Barcelona to Nice
    Unwind on the coach, listen to your MP3 and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. Then we hit the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte d’Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to the palm trees and sun-soaked shores of Nice.

    Day 9
    Nice
    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’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices. In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies! Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on!

    Day 10
    Nice to Cinque Terre
    Heading south, we hit the national park and UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre, where colourful coastal villages dot 18 kilometres of ragged cliffs and old walled vineyards tumble down the hillside almost to the water’s edge.

    It’s a great travelling by train along the coast, giving you the chance to take in the unique atmosphere. Watch the locals fishing along the shore, rub shoulders with the rich in famous in Portovenere and check out picture-postcard town of Monterosso.

    One of the best things to do in your free time is walking the legendary Via dell’amore (Lover’s lane) for amazing sea views. Or if you want to just chill out and get a slice of the good life, grab a table at a beachfront cafe and try some mouthwatering pesto with locally baked foccacia bread.


    Day 11
    Cinque Terre to Florence
    To Pisa's famous architectural wonder then on to Renaissance Florence where a local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy's most atmospheric cities.

    Day 12
    Florence to Sorrento
    Travel south through Umbria and Lazio via the picturesque Bay of Naples to Sorrento.


    Day 13
    Sorrento
    Chill out on the Isle of Capri. Be amazed at the natural beauty, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals.

    Day 14
    Sorrento to Rome
    From picture perfect Sorrento, we head to Pompeii where you can choose to take a guided tour of this incredible ancient city frozen in time.

    Later, we head to Rome and our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you all the famous sights.

    Make the most of our Local Guide's inside knowledge and uncover the remains of an ancient empire with a fantastic optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum.


    Day 15
    Rome
    This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

    In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

    Day 16
    Rome to Venice
    Over the Appenine Mountains, stopping in Verona; the home of Romeo & Juliet, on route to Venice.


    Day 17
    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’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge's Palace and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.

    Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping.

    Maybe grab a table on St. Mark’s Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

    Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

    Day 18
    Venice to Salzburg
    Travel through the stunning Austrian countryside to the picture perfect Salzburg. Home to Mozart and The Sound of Music

    Day 19
    Salzburg to Prague
    Head north to Prague, the 'City of a Thousand Spires'.

    Then we head over the border and into the Czech Republic to Prague. Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. It’s also pretty compact, so it’s best explored on foot. Get straight into Prague’s historic heart with your Trip Manager. You’ll walk together 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.

    Day 20
    Prague
    More free time means you can get deeper into Prague’s Old Town in your own time. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. Slow the pace down and give yourself a chance to uncover its hidden treasures. This is also the spot to pick up some famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewellery.

    Choose a river cruise on the Vltava, which runs through the heart of Prague, and take in stunning views of the city from the water. 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.


    By night, Prague is loaded with all types of music, from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera. There is something for everyone, so make the most of it with the group.

    Day 21
    Prague to Berlin
    Heading north, we head over the border and into Germany to the region of Dresden, often dubbed 'Florence of the North' because of its beauty. Then we'll roll in to historical & hipster Berlin.


    Day 22
    Berlin
    This morning, why not join a local guide for a tour? Learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall and check out the controversial Reichstag (German Parliament) as well as Tiergarten (one the world’s biggest parks). You'll also 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.

    With free time, get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check out its galleries and street art. As a world forerunner in contemporary art, Berlin’s walls are covered in cutouts and graffiti.

    Shopping-wise, this town has it all and is right up there defining style. Berlin is great for small boutiques, funky fashions and one-of-a-kind buys. Your Trip Manager knows Berlin’s ins and outs, so get some pointers before you splurge.

    Do as the Berliners do and grab a currywurst (a local favourite) and kick back at a Bierkeller (German beer house).

    Top off your time in Berlin with some of your new friends and explore the city’s legendary nightlife. With cool cocktail bars and some of the best techno clubs in the world, there are heaps of fun choices.

    Day 23
    Berlin to Amsterdam
    Motor down the autobahn and get ready for a dose of Amsterdam. Check out Amsterdam’s eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.


    Day 24
    Amsterdam
    Cruise out into the countryside to see how clogs are made and try some famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm, before it's back to the city to explore the canals, parks & cool vibes that the 'Dam' is known for.


    Day 25
    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.

    London to Paris
    Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
    See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
    See the White Cliffs of Dover
    Paris to Bordeaux
    Visit Bordeaux, a town famous for its wine
    Barcelona
    See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
    Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
    Barcelona to Nice
    Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
    Nice
    Visit a French perfumery
    See the Royal Palace in Monaco
    Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino
    Nice to Cinque Terre
    Visit the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere
    Catch a train along the Cinque Terre
    Cinque Terre to Florence
    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide
    See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
    Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
    Sorrento
    Day trip by boat to the Isle of Capri
    Sorrento to Rome
    Scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast
    See Mt. Vesuvius
    Rome to Venice
    See the Roman Arena in Verona
    Venice
    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
    Venice to Salzburg
    See the Hohensalzburg Fortress
    Salzburg to Prague
    See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square
    Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
    Prague to Berlin
    See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
    Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall
    Visit Dresden the city destroyed in World War II and known as the 'Florence of the North'
    See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
    Berlin
    See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
    Berlin to Amsterdam
    See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
    Amsterdam
    Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house
  •  Quest to Rome (Winter) (Start London, End Rome)

    Quest to Rome (Winter) (Start London, End Rome)

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    • Accommodation
      15 nights accommodation: 11 nights in hostels, 4 nights in hotel upgrade
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      22 meals:
      15 continental breakfasts
      7 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
      .
    Day 1
    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.

    Tonight, the group kick-starts Paris with the ‘Paris by Night Tour’, which shows off the French capital’s transformation into the “City of Lights”. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the world’s most-recognised monuments, like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

    Day 2
    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 huge Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre where you can get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris’ many green spaces.

    Treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaruant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.

    Day 3
    Paris to Bordeaux
    Cut through the stunning Loire Valley, where you’ll get a look into France’s luxurious past from the coach window, as we travel past rolling vineyards and chateaus.



    Day 4
    Bordeaux to San Sebastian
    Head south today to the stunning Basque city of San Sebastian famed for it's incredible scenery. En route, we take a visit to the quaint sea-side town of Saint Jean de Luz.

    Day 5
    San Sebastian
    Time to explore! Enjoy one of the best inner-city beaches in Europe where you can swim, surf or simply relax on the shores. As the evening approaches wander through the lively town centre and stop off in on of the city’s famous pinxtos bars. The days is yours to indulge in the Basque culture.


    Day 6
    San Sebastian to Barcelona
    Kickstart your time in this hot unforgettable city and get into the local flavours with tonight's optional flamenco dance show and dinner, including sangria. Afterwards, get the low down on Barcelona's hottest spots and maybe hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico by the water.

    Day 7
    Barcelona
    First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it’s where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudi’s wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Família church. Your Trip Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelona’s oldest district, the Gothic Quarter.

    There’s free time to discover more of Barcelona’s creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Plaça de Catalunya. Take in all of Barcelona’s buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls.

    Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Güell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there’s plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain’s signature dish, paella.

    Get some tips on regional food from your Trip Manager and head to one of the excellent local restaurants to try out the flavours of Catalan cuisine, like crema catalana (caramalised custard), cargos a la llauna (cooked snails) and the fantastic Rioja wine! Afterward, hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico, by the water.

    Day 8
    Barcelona to Nice
    Unwind on the coach, listen to your MP3 and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. Then we hit the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte d’Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to the palm trees and sun-soaked shores of Nice.

    Day 9
    Nice
    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’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices. In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies! Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on!

    Day 10
    Nice to Cinque Terre
    Heading south, we hit the national park and UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre, where colourful coastal villages dot 18 kilometres of ragged cliffs and old walled vineyards tumble down the hillside almost to the water’s edge.

    It’s a great travelling by train along the coast, giving you the chance to take in the unique atmosphere. Watch the locals fishing along the shore, rub shoulders with the rich in famous in Portovenere and check out picture-postcard town of Monterosso.

    One of the best things to do in your free time is walking the legendary Via dell’amore (Lover’s lane) for amazing sea views. Or if you want to just chill out and get a slice of the good life, grab a table at a beachfront cafe and try some mouthwatering pesto with locally baked foccacia bread.


    Day 11
    Cinque Terre to Florence
    To Pisa's famous architectural wonder then on to Renaissance Florence where a local guide gives you the inside track on striking buildings & sacred art in one of Italy's most atmospheric cities.

    Day 12
    Florence to Sorrento
    Travel south through Umbria and Lazio via the picturesque Bay of Naples to Sorrento.


    Day 13
    Sorrento
    Chill out on the Isle of Capri. Be amazed at the natural beauty, stroll through the hillside town of Anacapri or sip on a café al fresco with the locals.

    Day 14
    Sorrento to Rome
    From picture perfect Sorrento, we head to Pompeii where you can choose to take a guided tour of this incredible ancient city frozen in time.

    Later, we head to Rome and our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you all the famous sights.

    Make the most of our Local Guide's inside knowledge and uncover the remains of an ancient empire with a fantastic optional tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum.


    Day 15
    Rome
    This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

    In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

    Day 16
    Depart Rome
    The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends.

    London to Paris
    See the White Cliffs of Dover
    Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
    See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
    Paris to Bordeaux
    Visit Bordeaux, a town famous for its wine
    San Sebastian
    See the Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico.
    Barcelona
    See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
    Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
    Barcelona to Nice
    Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
    Nice
    Visit a French perfumery
    See the Royal Palace in Monaco
    Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino
    Nice to Cinque Terre
    Visit the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere
    Catch a train along the Cinque Terre
    Cinque Terre to Florence
    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Explore Florence on foot with our Local Guide
    See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
    Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
    Sorrento to Rome
    Scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast
    See Mt. Vesuvius

USA & Canada

  •  LA Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End Los Angeles)

    LA Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End Los Angeles)

    from $425*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
      Daily breakfast voucher for coffee & pastry
      A hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica
      Complimentary shuttle service within 5km (3 miles) from the hotel
      A Contiki Hotel Representative
      Appropriate taxes & service charges

      Staff
      Contiki Hotel Representative
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Los Angeles
    Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It’s packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do.

    Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement.

    Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills.

    A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel.

    Maybe later travel out to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing broadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach.

    Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

    Day 2
    Los Angeles
    In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs!

    Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.

    This city has food as diverse as its residents – you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot.

    For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you’re in town.

    Day 3
    Depart Los Angeles
    For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney’s magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park’s film theme.

    Arrive Los Angeles
    Easy access to Universal Stuidos, Hollywood & amazing shopping
    LA party hot spots
    LA Live Entertainment Complex
    Hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica
  •  LA Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End Los Angeles)

    LA Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End Los Angeles)

    from $425*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
      Daily breakfast voucher for coffee & pastry
      A hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica
      Complimentary shuttle service within 5km (3 miles) from the hotel
      A Contiki Hotel Representative
      Appropriate taxes & service charges

      Staff
      Contiki Hotel Representative
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Los Angeles
    Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It’s packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do.

    Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement.

    Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills.

    A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel.

    Maybe later travel out to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing broadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach.

    Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

    Day 2
    Los Angeles
    In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs!

    Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.

    This city has food as diverse as its residents – you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot.

    For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you’re in town.

    Day 3
    Depart Los Angeles
    For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney’s magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park’s film theme.

    Arrive Los Angeles
    Easy access to Universal Stuidos, Hollywood & amazing shopping
    LA party hot spots
    LA Live Entertainment Complex
    Hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica
  •  Waikiki Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Honolulu, End Honolulu)

    Waikiki Explorer (2 Nights) (Start Honolulu, End Honolulu)

    from $465*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights hotel accommodation
      Daily breakfast voucher for coffee & pastry
      Access to a sundeck & a outdoor ocean view pool
      Pre-booked tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial & Punchbowl
      Free concierge service to make your holiday hassle-free
      Local taxes & service charges
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Honolulu
    Aloha! Touch down in tropical Hawaii and check-in to your hotel.

    It’s all about location with a prime spot on world-famous Waikiki Beach and a backdrop of extinct volcanoes and dramatic cliffs. Head straight out for a first taste of the turquoise waters and white sands – maybe even cool off in the Pacific Ocean.

    While you’re here, make the most of our free concierge service at the Contiki Customer Service Center, which is just a short walk from the hotel. Our friendly, laid-back staff will give you pointers on the best stuff to do on Oahu, so that you can get the most out of your time here.

    Day 2
    Honolulu
    As Hawaii’s cosmopolitan hub, Honolulu serves up an easy-going mix of culture, fantastic food and incredibly gorgeous nature. With a few days here, you’ll soon find yourself on “island time” enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle.

    Kick start each day with an included coffee and a muffin, before hitting the soft sands of Waikiki Beach. With gentle waves, it is a great place to give surfing a go, or to just chill out and people watch.

    While you’re here, learn about World War II on our included tour of Honolulu’s historical hot spots. Visit the Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial and see the sunken USS Arizona up close. Then cruise through the crater of an extinct volcano when you visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Your Local Guide will tell you all about the fallen soldiers who are buried here. You’ll also see the USA’s only royal residence, Iolani Palace, and learn about the former royal family who lived there.

    Otherwise, turn the energy levels up with a surfing lesson, a bit of snorkeling or a fun Catamaran cruise and get out on the water like the locals. For some more action, hike up the neighboring extinct volcano, Diamond Head, where you can walk through old tunnels built in World War II.

    Scenery-wise, Oahu is breathtaking. Touch base with your Contiki concierge to find where you can experience lush rain forests, colorful coral reefs, green valleys and waterfalls. Or else cruise a little further afield on Oahu’s user-friendly public transport system to hang out on the world-famous surf beaches of the North Shore.

    Other ideas for your time here include kicking back at your hotel by the ocean-view pool and snacking on delicious tropical fruit like papaya or pineapples.

    Food-wise, our team is also happy to help you out and point you in the direction of some of the hottest eateries in town. With so many ethnic cuisines on offer, there’s plenty of choice. Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau(a feast), try out fresh red snapper or lobster at an open-air beachside bistro, snack on sushi in a cute Japanese restaurant, head to bustling Chinatown to find an authentic noodle joint or taste Hawaii’s ahi poke (raw tuna salad).

    As for nightlife, Honolulu has it all. With traditional Hawaiian music performances, cool cocktail bars, laid-back lounges and pumping clubs, there is something for everyone. So get out there and explore it all in a fun night out!

    Honolulu
    Waikiki's party hot spots
    Sightseeing tour featuring Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial & the Punch Bowl
    Watersports like surfing lessons & snorkeling
    Great surfing beaches
    Amazing shopping
  •  LA Explorer (4 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End Los Angeles)

    LA Explorer (4 Nights) (Start Los Angeles, End Los Angeles)

    from $779*

    • Accommodation
      4 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
      Daily breakfast voucher for coffee & pastry
      A hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica
      Complimentary shuttle service within 5km (3 miles) from the hotel
      A Contiki Hotel Representative
      Appropriate taxes & service charges

      Staff
      Contiki Hotel Representative
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Los Angeles
    Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It’s packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do.

    Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement.

    Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills.

    A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel.

    Maybe later travel out to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing boadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach.

    Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

    Day 2
    Los Angeles
    In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs!

    Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses.

    This city has food as diverse as its residents – you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot.

    For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you’re in town.

    Day 5
    Depart Los Angeles
    For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney’s magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park’s film theme.

    Arrive Los Angeles
    LA party hot spots
    LA Live Entertainment Complex
    Hop-on-hop-off LA city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown LA, Hollywood & Santa Monica
    Easy access to Universal Studios, Hollywood & amazing shopping

Latin America

  •  Galapagos Island Hopper (Start Guayaquil, End Guayaquil)

    Galapagos Island Hopper (Start Guayaquil, End Guayaquil)

    enquire now for price

    • Accommodation
      5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
      2 internal flights & transfers
      Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
      Sightseeing tours of all major areas

      Food
      9 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager
      English speaking local guides
      .
    Day 1
    Guayaquil to Isabela Island
    Meet up with your Contiki Crew this morning as we fly to Santa Cruz Island. After our flight, we’ll make our way to the cute little town of Puerto Ayora, but not before your first taste of the incredible natural habitat here – en route we’ll stop to check out the famed giant tortoises in their natural surroundings, and some of the incredible old lava tunnels (some over 1km long) winding their way under the island of Santa Cruz.
    We’ll stop for lunch before getting out on the water for our first boat ride to Isabela – this nature haven is home to land and sea life that will astound and amaze. Once we arrive on the island we’ll head to town for our first night in the Galapagos National Park.
    As you chill and get to know your travel buddies keep an eye out for the friendly reintroduced wild tortoises roaming around. Tonight, relax over dinner & get ready for two nights in this beautiful spot.

    Day 2
    Isabela Island
    This morning we’ll grab some kayaks & get out on the water around Las Tintoreras where we’ll set out in search for the Galapagos Penguin – the only penguin found north of the Equator! On return, spot colourful fish as you snorkel the underground lava tubes. This area is often frequented by green sea turtles that like to rest on the calm, sandy bottom, so make sure you are on the lookout for these incredible creatures as you snorkel through the clear blue water.

    Then this afternoon we’ll walk to the Wall of Tears. From 1945 to 1959 this place held prisoners who were forced to build this wall stone by stone. At 25m tall, it took thousands of lives during its construction. Legend has it that cries of those lost can be heard at the site.

    Day 3
    Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island
    This morning we’ll head to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the island’s natural history on a guided tour, before we take off Santa Cruz Island.
    Before heading to Santa Cruz Island, you can choose to chill or get active, it's up to you! If you feel like getting out and about, this afternoon’s optional activity is a guided trip to the gorgeous Tortuga Bay. After a half an hour stroll along a path you'll arrive at a stretch of white sandy beach where marine iguanas sunbathe. You also have an opportunity to kayak in the bay in search of sharks, rays, turtles, and great blue herons. This pristine beach is absolute heaven!
    Not ready to wield a paddle? No worries – this is the perfect opportunity to sun bathe, body surf, surf, or look for marine iguanas, lava gulls and the famous blue- footed boobies. If you aren’t feeling up for the walk, take to the streets and go local or head to town to shop for souvenirs or relax.


    Day 4
    Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island
    This morning we’ll pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, once home to one of the island’s most famous residents, the world-famous Lonesome George – who was 100 years old when he died. Here you’ll observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas brought back from the brink of extinction and learn about this centre and research facility.
    Later we're back on the boat as we head to our next island, San Cristobal. - keep an eye out for bathing sea lions that the island is known for! This island is made up of four volcanoes – all extinct – and later, we’ll head up into the highlands for a scenic downhill bike ride. Starting at a panoramic viewpoint called La Soledad, we’ll bike through the tiny town of El Progreso and five different and varied vegetation zones until we reach a beach La Loberia beach. From there you can check out some of the other locals - we’ll be able to watch cute sea lions sun bathing, playing and vying for our attention.
    Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our favourite local spots while watching the sunset.


    Day 5
    San Cristobal Island
    Today we take to the water to get our last glimpse of the famous and equally incredible underwater world of Galapagos. First we’ll cruise along the coast in our boat where our Local Guide will point out the species of shore birds like the Great Frigatebird and other native species.
    We begin our stay in search of wildlife and then we are off to Kicker Rock (or Leon Dormido as it’s known by the locals) the remains of a tuff cone - Kicker Rock rising a massive over 143m out of the ocean (that's about 50 floors in building terms).
    We’ll check out the underwater landscape as we head along the edge and through a channel of this drastic compact ash formation. Your Local Guide will keep you in the know as we look out for sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, and, with any luck, a Galapagos Shark or two. Don’t worry, they won’t be as interested in you as you are in them, so it's perfectly safe.
    Later we’ll head to Puerto Grande, a beautiful beach which is our final stop for the day. After lunch on board, spend your time swimming in the turquoise water or snapping photos of Kicker Rock in the distance. We’ll head back to town late afternoon where we'll be treated to one of the best BBQ’s in the Galapagos at one of the local’s favorite spots to celebrate a great Galapagos trip.


    Day 6
    San Cristobal Island to Guayaquil
    The trip is about to come to an end, but its not over yet. Make the most of the time you have left & soak up those last rays and have a few photos with the crew. Next up is Guayaquil, where it’s time to say ‘adios’ to your team & travel buddies.

    Guayaquil to Isabela Island
    Boat ride to Isabela Island
    See Galapagos' famous giant tortoises
    Visit the lava tunnels
    Isabela Island
    Visit the Wall of Tears
    Snorkelling experience
    Wildlife kayaking adventure
    Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island
    Guided tour of the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
    Visit Tortuga Bay
    Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island
    See the island's famous sea lions
    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
    San Cristobal Island
    Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience
    Explore Kicker Rock
    Indulge in our Galapagos BBQ feast
    Visit Puerto Grande Beach
  •  Trails, Turtles & Treks (Start Guayaquil, End Cusco)

    Trails, Turtles & Treks (Start Guayaquil, End Cusco)

    enquire now for price

    • Accommodation
      13 nights accommodation: 3 nights camping & 10 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
      4 flights & transfers
      Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
      Sightseeing tours of all major areas

      Food
      23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager
      English speaking local guides
      .
    Day 1
    Guayaquil to Isabela Island
    After our flight, we'll make our way to the cute little town of Puerto Ayora, but not before your first taste of the incredible natural habitat here - en route we'll stop to check out the famed giant tortoises in their natural surroundings, and some of the incredible old lava tunnels (some over 1km long) winding their way under the island of Santa Cruz.
    We’ll stop for lunch before getting out on the water for our first boat ride to Isabela - this nature haven is home to land and sea life that will astound and amaze. Once we arrive on the island we'll head to town for our first night in the Galapagos National Park.
    As you chill and get to know your travel buddies keep an eye out for the friendly reintroduced wild tortoises roaming around. Tonight, relax over dinner & get ready for two nights in this beautiful spot.


    Day 2
    Isabela Island
    This morning we’ll grab some kayaks & get out on the water around Las Tintoreras where we’ll set out in search for the Galapagos Penguin – the only penguin found north of the Equator! On return, spot colourful fish as you snorkel the underground lava tubes. This area is often frequented by green sea turtles that like to rest on the calm, sandy bottom, so make sure you are on the lookout for these incredible creatures as you snorkel through the clear blue water.

    Then this afternoon we’ll walk to the Wall of Tears. From 1945 to 1959 this place held prisoners who were forced to build this wall stone by stone. At 25m tall, it took thousands of lives during its construction. Legend has it that cries of those lost can be heard at the site.

    Day 3
    Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island
    This morning we’ll head to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the island’s natural history on a guided tour, before we take off Santa Cruz Island.
    Before heading to Santa Cruz Island, you can choose to chill or get active, it's up to you! If you feel like getting out and about, this afternoon’s optional activity is a guided trip to the gorgeous Tortuga Bay. After a half an hour stroll along a path you'll arrive at a stretch of white sandy beach where marine iguanas sunbathe. You also have an opportunity to kayak in the bay in search of sharks, rays, turtles, and great blue herons. This pristine beach is absolute heaven!
    Not ready to wield a paddle? No worries – this is the perfect opportunity to sun bathe, body surf, surf, or look for marine iguanas, lava gulls and the famous blue- footed boobies. If you aren’t feeling up for the walk, take to the streets and go local or head to town to shop for souvenirs or relax.


    Day 4
    Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island
    This morning we’ll pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, once home to one of the island’s most famous residents, the world-famous Lonesome George – who was 100 years old when he died. Here you’ll observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas brought back from the brink of extinction and learn about this centre and research facility.
    Later we're back on the boat as we head to our next island, San Cristobal. - keep an eye out for bathing sea lions that the island is known for! This island is made up of four volcanoes – all extinct – and later, we’ll head up into the highlands for a scenic downhill bike ride. Starting at a panoramic viewpoint called La Soledad, we’ll bike through the tiny town of El Progreso and five different and varied vegetation zones until we reach a beach La Loberia beach. From there you can check out some of the other locals - we’ll be able to watch cute sea lions sun bathing, playing and vying for our attention.
    Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our favourite local spots while watching the sunset.


    Day 5
    San Cristobal Island
    Today we take to the water to get our last glimpse of the famous and equally incredible underwater world of Galapagos. First we’ll cruise along the coast in our boat where our Local Guide will point out the species of shore birds like the Great Frigatebird and other native species.
    We begin our stay in search of wildlife and then we are off to Kicker Rock (or Leon Dormido as it’s known by the locals) the remains of a tuff cone - Kicker Rock rising a massive over 143m out of the ocean (that's about 50 floors in building terms).
    We’ll check out the underwater landscape as we head along the edge and through a channel of this drastic compact ash formation. Your Local Guide will keep you in the know as we look out for sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, and, with any luck, a Galapagos Shark or two. Don’t worry, they won’t be as interested in you as you are in them, so it's perfectly safe.
    Later we’ll head to Puerto Grande, a beautiful beach which is our final stop for the day. After lunch on board, spend your time swimming in the turquoise water or snapping photos of Kicker Rock in the distance. We’ll head back to town late afternoon where we'll be treated to one of the best BBQ’s in the Galapagos at one of the local’s favorite spots to celebrate a great Galapagos trip.


    Day 6
    San Cristobal Island to Lima
    Today we fly to Lima & we get acquainted with the city before we meet up with more of our group.

    Day 7
    Lima to Cusco
    Your Peruvian adventure starts today, meet up with your fellow explorers before your Inca Trail Trek

    Day 8
    Cusco to Sacred Valley
    Say farewell to Cusco this morning as we make our way to the Sacred Valley of the ancient Incas.

    The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Inca’s agricultural setting and an important ceremonial region, with the sacred sites of Cuzco at one end and Machu Picchu at the other and countless ceremonial sites in between. Our first stop is to one of these sites, Pisac. On our guided tour we will see two of the most important aspects of the Inca culture – terracing – a farming technique created by the Inca’s and their religion. We’ll take a walk before descending in the village below for a quick visit to the market. This will be great practice for those who have chosen the one-day hike to Machu Picchu tomorrow. Don’t miss the town’s huge wood-oven bakery!

    After a stop for lunch in Urubamba we’ll make our way to one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns of South America – Ollantaytambo.
    On our way, we can see the ‘salineras’ or salt mines of the area from a distance. For hundreds of years these pools, constructed by the Inca’s, have provided salt to the surrounding communities.

    We’ll also make a quick stop to try the local brew “Chicha de Jora” (traditional beverage made from fermented maize) and play a traditional Peruvia game of “Sapo” (Frog) if you’re up for it.

    We soon arrive to the town and archaeological site of the same name, Ollantaytambo, the last fully-functioning Inca town. We’ll wander around the site or visit the still inhabited Inca buildings before checking into the hotel.

    Day 9
    Inca Trail Trek
    This morning the adventure will really begin! We will drive to Piscacucho village, at kilometre 82 of the Cusco-Machupicchu Railway, we’ll begin the hike up through the Valley of Wayllabamba, at a relatively easy pace to get acclimatised to the altitude. We'll hike until we reach the first archaeological complex of Llactapata. We'll then continue on until we reach the Wayllabamba campsite, our highest point of the day at 3,000m above sea level and will be our base for the night.

    Km hiking : 11.5 Km

    Average time hiking: 6 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 10
    Inca Trail Trek
    On our second day we begin our ascent, to a place called Yunca Chimpa, on the way we will see the nature and ecological change in the region. From here we will continue up to Llulluchapampa (3,750 metres). From this point we can see the Wayllabamba valley and Warmiwañusca (Located at 4,200 metres) also called Dead Woman Pass. We will then descend to our campsite at Pacaymayo (3,600m) in the afternoon.

    Km Hiking : 10.5 KM

    Average time Hiking: 7 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.



    Day 11
    Inca Trail Trek
    The third day will start with an ascent to the Ruins of Runkurakay, an inca resting place and see us climb to Runkurakay pass which is 3,860m. We start the descent to the impressive Archeaological Site of Sayaqmarca (3,600m), a mysterious inca outpost. We'll continue to the Archaeological centres of Phuyupatamarca ”Town Above the Cloud"" (3,600m), then finish the day at our campsite and final site of the day, Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft.)

    Km Hiking : 14 KM

    Average time Hiking: 8 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 12
    Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley
    It’s our final morning on the trail and today we walk towards the Sun Gate, where you'll have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu and get the feeling that you've conquered an enchanted land! Explore the magical ancient ruins & imagine life as it was in the Inca times. Spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to the Sacred Valley for some much needed R&R.

    Km hiking : 6 Km

    Average time hiking: 3.5 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 13
    Sacred Valley to Cusco
    Today we make our way back to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.  We will stop at the weaving community of Chinchero, one of the great local causes supported by Contiki, ContikiCares & The TreadRight Foundation, in partnership with the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, launched a grants program in 2015 that seeks to support local artisans. You will visit the Cusco Centre for Textile Traditions, one of the first recipients of the new grants program. The centre employs more than 500 people from the Cusco region in an effort to maintain the more than 10,000 year old Andean weaving traditions. We will then arrive back to Cusco. Enjoy a free afternoon; relax with a book or wander the town before we meet up with the group for our farewell dinner.

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 14
    Depart Cusco
    Don’t forget to swap addresses with your mates and Tour Manager, as our South American adventure ends this morning after breakfast.

    Guayaquil to Isabela Island
    Boat ride to Isabela Island
    See Galapagos' famous giant tortoises
    Visit the lava tunnels
    Isabela Island
    Visit the Wall of Tears
    Snorkelling experience
    Wildlife kayaking adventure
    Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island
    Guided tour of the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
    Visit Tortuga Bay
    Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island
    See the island's famous sea lions
    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
    San Cristobal Island
    Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience
    Explore Kicker Rock
    Indulge in our Galapagos BBQ feast
    Visit Puerto Grande Beach
    Cusco to Sacred Valley
    Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo
    Try some local Chicha de Jora
    Inca Trail Trek
    Inca Trail and Machu Picchu guided tour
    Sacred Valley to Cusco
    Visit the weaving community of Chinchero, a TreadRight sponsored initiative
  •  Ultimate Inca Trail (Start Cusco, End Cusco)

    Ultimate Inca Trail (Start Cusco, End Cusco)

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    • Accommodation
      4 nights in twin share hotels & 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail
      Sightseeing tours of all major areas
      Local taxes & services charges

      Food
      15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 5 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager
      English speaking local guides
      .
    Day 1
    Cusco
    Meet up with your Contiki team this morning & get ready for your adventure to begin!  The modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon is free for you to explore, your way. From ancient Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops & boutiques, to delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s something for everyone!

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 2
    Cusco to Sacred Valley
    Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins, one of Peru’s oldest towns before spending the night in the Sacred Valley. Tonight make sure you rest up, as tomorrow the expedition to Machu Picchu will begin! 

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 3
    Inca Trail Trek
    This morning the adventure will really begin! We will drive to Piscacucho village, at kilometre 82 of the Cusco-Machupicchu Railway, we’ll begin the hike up through the Valley of Wayllabamba, at a relatively easy pace to get acclimatised to the altitude. We'll hike until we reach the first archaeological complex of Llactapata. We'll then continue on until we reach the Wayllabamba campsite, our highest point of the day at 3,000m above sea level and will be our base for the night.

    Km hiking : 11.5 Km

    Average time hiking: 6 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 4
    Inca Trail Trek
    On our second day we begin our ascent, to a place called Yunca Chimpa, on the way we will see the nature and ecological change in the region. From here we will continue up to Llulluchapampa (3,750 metres). From this point we can see the Wayllabamba valley and Warmiwañusca (Located at 4,200 metres) also called Dead Woman Pass. We will then descend to our campsite at Pacaymayo (3,600m) in the afternoon.

    Km Hiking : 10.5 KM

    Average time Hiking: 7 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.



    Day 5
    Inca Trail Trek
    The third day will start with an ascent to the Ruins of Runkurakay, an inca resting place and see us climb to Runkurakay pass which is 3,860m. We start the descent to the impressive Archeaological Site of Sayaqmarca (3,600m), a mysterious inca outpost. We'll continue to the Archaeological centres of Phuyupatamarca ”Town Above the Cloud"" (3,600m), then finish the day at our campsite and final site of the day, Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft.)

    Km Hiking : 14 KM

    Average time Hiking: 8 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 6
    Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley
    It’s our final morning on the trail and today we walk towards the Sun Gate, where you'll have your first glimpse of Machu Picchu and get the feeling that you've conquered an enchanted land! Explore the magical ancient ruins & imagine life as it was in the Inca times. Spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to the Sacred Valley for some much needed R&R.

    Km hiking : 6 Km

    Average time hiking: 3.5 hours

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 7
    Sacred Valley to Cusco
    Today we make our way back to Cusco via the Sacred Valley.  We will stop at the weaving community of Chinchero, one of the great local causes supported by Contiki, ContikiCares & The TreadRight Foundation, in partnership with the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, launched a grants program in 2015 that seeks to support local artisans. You will visit the Cusco Centre for Textile Traditions, one of the first recipients of the new grants program. The centre employs more than 500 people from the Cusco region in an effort to maintain the more than 10,000 year old Andean weaving traditions. We will then arrive back to Cusco. Enjoy a free afternoon; relax with a book or wander the town before we meet up with the group for our farewell dinner.

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Day 8
    Cusco
    It’s time to says Adios to your new friends as your trip ends at 11am this morning. Don't forget to swap email addresses & say bye to your Trip Manager as your South American adventure comes to a close.

    Please note: This is a flexible itinerary. Space to trek the Inca Trail is in high demand with limited spaces each day. As a result, the 4-day hike may be on different days than specified.

    Cusco
    City walking tour
    Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha
    Cusco to Sacred Valley
    Try some local Chicha de Jora
    Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo
    Inca Trail Trek
    Inca Trail and Machu Picchu guided tour
    Sacred Valley to Cusco
    Visit the weaving community of Chinchero, a TreadRight sponsored initiative
  •  the Lava Line (Start Quito, End Guayaquil)

    the Lava Line (Start Quito, End Guayaquil)

    from $1,335*

    • Accommodation
      6 nights accommodation: 6 nights twin-share hotels
      Transportation in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
      Sightseeing tours of all major areas

      Food
      9 meals: 6 breakfasts & 3 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager
      English speaking local guides
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Quito
    Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Contiki Team & group before exploring – we’ll start the trip out right with a tour around the city so you can get your bearings. Our expert guide will teach you all about this city & the history of the Inca & Spanish invasion which happened in the 15th Century, you’ll get the opportunity to check out the colonial-era buildings that still stand in Old Town. This UNESCO World Heritage city is Ecuador’s second largest, with a population over 2 million. Although this city has a rich historical past dating back to the Incas, today it’s a popular & modern city that sprawls across this Andean landscape – and you’ll experience some of the best views 200m above the town at the Panciello lookout, which features La Virgen del Panecillo, a majestic sculpture that stands overlooking the city. Later, visit the Equatorial line & wander between the two hemispheres as you visit the Inti Nan Museum. We’ll have dinner with the group so you can get you know your travel buddies. The city has a great nightlife scene & some great local treats to try. Ecuadorian fresh fruit juice and steaming cafe con leche are amongst some of the must-try delights on offer here. If you feel like doing as the locals do, you could sip on a canelazo, made from hot water, sugarcane alcohol, lemon, sugar, and cinnamon – it’s a typical of the Andean region.

    Day 2
    Quito to Tena
    It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views and a thermal pool swim en route. A perfect way to spend the day.

    Day 3
    Tena
    This morning is all about ME Time. This morning, have a lie in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Get your adrenalin pumping this afternoon on a class 3-4 rapids.

    Day 4
    Tena to Baños
    We head to Baños today, the adventure capital of Ecuador, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson.

    Day 5
    Baños
    With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for travellers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Go horseback riding, canyoneering or abseiling.

    Day 6
    Baños to Guayaquil
    Today we’re off to discover Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city & its economic hub. This cosmopolitan city is one of Ecuador’s new hotspots, a walk down to the Malecón (Cities riverfront) is a must. For a bit of a historic enlightenment why not venture to Las Peñas, one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Guayaquil, its narrow streets and interesting past makes it a great visit. Tonight we set sail on an evening cruise down the Guayas River in a Captain Morgan replica pirate boat, relax as see spectacular views of the city, Las Peñas, colourful Cerro Santa Ana, and the Malecón 2000. You’ll have the opportunity to buy drinks and nibbles while you enjoy the skyline by night

    Day 7
    Depart Guayaquil
    Your trip ends after breakfast when it's time to say "adios" to your mates

    Quito to Tena
    Thermal Springs Swim
    Baños to Guayaquil
    Set sail on an evening cruise down the Guayas River and see spectacular views of the city

Asia

  •  Bali Island Hopper (Start Seminyak, End Seminyak)

    Bali Island Hopper (Start Seminyak, End Seminyak)

    from $1,099*

    • Accommodation
      7 nights’ accommodation in 3-4 Star Hotels
      Transport in a private air-conditioned coach or mini-van and inter-island ferries

      Food
      9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner

      Staff
      Experienced Contiki Trip Manager
      Local taxes, payments & service charges
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Seminyak
    Meet your Contiki Trip Manager and fellow travellers at your kick start meeting in the hotel at 6pm. Hit up the local area tonight for a get to know you dinner and then rest up as the fun begins tomorrow!


    Day 2
    Seminyak to Gili Trawangan
    Next stop is the famous Gili Trawangan. Reputed to be more beautiful than any of the other Gili Islands, with diving and white sand galore, this really is a slice of heaven. Tonight we dine on Indonesian delicacies and watch the sun set from our beach front hotel.


    Day 3
    Gili Trawangan
    Two full free days on Gili Trawangan to dive, snorkel and sun worship to your heart's content. With some of the best diving in all of Indonesia, you'll want to make the most of every minute here. Gili Trawangan also has one of the largest turtle populations in the Indonesian Islands and you'll have the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat.

    Day 5
    Gili Trawangan to Senggigi
    Our next island destination awaits today, the resort town of Senggigi on Lombok Island. Lombok is the forgotten sister of Bali which is a great reason to visit. Likened to Bali 20 years ago before it unplugged and sold out, there's stunning beaches and mountainous ranges to give you even more scenic Instagram shots of this beautiful region.

    Day 6
    Senggigi
    Today, why not opt for something different and take a drive down to the southern end of the island to Kuta. While you're checking out the surf breaks, take the opportunity to pick up some tips from the locals with a Surf Lesson at one of the pristine beaches or on a reef break where the fishermen paddle you out to the waves...no jet skis here! Why not make tonight a memorable one with dinner and a night on the town, Senggigi style.

    Day 7
    Senggigi to Seminyak
    A leisurely start to the day with a later ferry back to the main island of Bali. We'll arrive at our Seminyak hotel just in time for Happy Hour and a chill out session by the pool.


    Day 8
    Seminyak via Ubud
    There's no need for frowns this morning, as your Bali dream doesn't need to end just yet! If you've got the day to spare and feel like seeing more, we'll throw in an included day trip to magical Ubud* (*Applies to trips from June 2017 onwards).

    See the Elephant Cave, Tegalalang Rice Terrace and Monkey Forest with time for some last delicious Ubud eats before heading back to Seminyak.

    On arrival back, hug it out and swap social details so you can no doubt start planning your next adventure, Big Tiki in New Zealand, anyone?

    Senggigi
    Day trip to Kuta Beack (Lombok) – best surf breaks on the island
  •  Northern Thai Highlights (Start Bangkok, End Chiang Mai)

    Northern Thai Highlights (Start Bangkok, End Chiang Mai)

    from $1,135*

    • Accommodation
      8 nights in a twin-share hotel accommodation

      Food
      9 meals: 8 breakfasts & 1 dinner

      Staff
      Don't fret, your experienced Trip Manager and English Speaking Local Guides will show you the ropes, not to mention all your new squad of travel mates.
    • Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust 100%
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Bangkok
    Welcome to Bangkok fellow globe roamers, where 25 glorious days of Asia exploration lie ahead of us. After checking into our hotel you may wish to do some DIY exploring, grab a massage or just lie by the pool soaking up those sweet Thai rays. Later the group will join forces to hear what's in store for the trip, then the night is yours. Maybe take to the streets for some authentic pad thai and eye-popping nightlife, or jump in a tuk-tuk and hit the buzzy Patpong Night Market, with its neon lights and vibrant street life.

    Day 2
    Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
    The Royal Palace and its 61 acres of incredible buildings will be number one on today's to do list. We'll start the day early, with so much to see there's no time to waste. We'll take a Locally Guided tour of Wat Arun temples, sitting by the side of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is one of the symbols of Thailand, with its golden temples gleaming in the sunshine giving us a peep into Thailand's Royal past. We'll follow this up with a tour of the klongs (canals) and some fish feeding, as well as watching locals go about their day and living life along the river. Just listing today's sites gives us the butterflies, and we'll take it all in with our Local Guide leading the charge. Armed with more Local knowledge than we know what to do with, get ready for ME Time. From shopping, grabbing a massage to indulding in delicious local eats, this afternoon is gearing up to be brilliant.

    Bangkok, you've been a dream, but the show must go on! Fast becoming a must-visit in this part of the world, we make tracks to our next destination, the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi to really get local. We jump straight into the way of life here, visiting sites including learning about the darker times past at the WWII Cemetery and the famed Bridge on the River Kwai, with our guide giving us all the info we need on this riverside spot steeped in history. There's nothing like getting some local transport to keep things intersting, so we'll pop into a boat along the River Kwai where we'll reach our home for the night, the The Jungle Raft Hotel, Kanchanaburi. Rooms lit by candle light are what you'll be greeted with, followed by a delicious included dinner of local specialties at dusk. You can even jump in the river directly from your room. Amazing! Because of course here at Contiki we like to keep things a bit special. Tonight as we watch the sunset over the landscape we'll no doubt be toasting our first full day on the trip and contemplating just how good life is.

    Day 3
    Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya
    Waking up in paradise is what your first thought of the day will be...after a no doubt blissful slumber. What's on the cards is pretty dreamy, swims and chill should be high on the agenda, or explore the local village for a cup of coffee and some people watching. After lunch we'll go chasing waterfalls in beautiful Erawan National Park. Chances are you've probably seen the photos - Thailand's 12th National Park is made up of lush forests, waterfalls, endless plains and streams. This is the stuff that Instagram dreams are made of, so grab that camera as we explore the local trails keeping our eyes peeled for birds, or even wild elephants if you're lucky.

    After a morning getting a nature fix, we make our way to the ancient city of Ayutthaya for a serious throwback into Thailand's past. Tonight, grab the crew and head to a local restaurant for dinner and a few drinks. Known as 'the' place to try some freshwater prawns, it would be downright wrong not to get out there and see what all the fuss is about.

    Day 4
    Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai
    Fuel up on breakfast this morning as we'll be heading out for our included bike tour of Ayutthaya with the crew. We love getting up on two wheels, and you'll soon realise why it's one of our favourite ways to get around. Cycling past pretty villages, rice paddies and temples, you'll see there's no better way of exploring this UNESCO listed city and its surrounds, which was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The city ruins now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, with the tall towers (prangs) standing as beautiful ruins that dot the landscapes, giving a glimpse into the glorious past of this once thriving metropolis. After freshening up at the hotel and perhaps a little more exploring, it's all aboard the overnight train to Chiang Mai, where tomorrow will be a full day of exploring.

    Day 5
    Arrive Chiang Mai
    Good morning travellers. We pull into Thailand's northern capital bright and early, and the city is yours to make the most of YOU style - maybe that means roaming the old quarter or the city's heart on foot, maybe it means little more than a Thai massage or lazing back by the hotel pool. You could opt to visit an elephant nature sanctuary for a little bit of giving back action. These elephants are looked after by a dedicated team, so you can sleep easy knowing that you're helping to support this great organisation, dedicated to the safety of these majestic animals. Tonight, why not explore the buzzy night markets that make Chiang Mai so legendary, just ask your Trip Manager for some tips on where to head and what to do.

    Day 6
    Chiang Mai to Pai
    After some city vibes, it's time to get a little bit rural. A solid dose of culture is approaching our horizons, so a scenic drive through lush rolling hills and local towns is just what we need.

    Rolling into Pai (pronounced 'bye') this morning, prepare to be wowed by this picturesque mountain town. After a hot springs ME Time optional to soak up the mountain air and relax the body, the rest of the day is yours to explore the town your way. Head out on foot, or even by bike and explore this traveller paradise with it's little streets that pack some punch, no doubt stopping for some freshly squeezed juices and coconut shakes to keep things fresh. This afternoon, why not pick up some Muay Thai skills from an expert, then head out to experience Pai by night - a quintessential traveller's experience to rival that of its big sister Khao San Road in Bangkok.

    Day 7
    Pai to Chiang Mai
    Pai, it's been real, but we've got more to see and do, and new lands to uncover.

    Chiang Mai
    It’s back to Chiang Mai today, because 1 day in this city is just never enough. And with a ziplining experience on the cards today for those feeling adventurous, we'll be thanking ourselves for this chance to return. Tonight, dabbling in the art of Thai cooking will be one activity that most of us can't resist. Cooking Class.

    Day 8
    Depart Chiang Mai
    With memories firm in tact and firm plans for a reunion trip being discussed over one last delicious Asian breakfast we end our trip here in Chiang Mai. For those choosing to travel back to Bangkok, speak to your Travel Agent/Contiki about adding on a flight back to Bangkok where your trip will end on arrival.

    Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
    Guided tour of the Wat Arun temples
    Explore Long-tail boat tour of the waterways and canals
    Included boat ride along the River Kwai
    Locally Guided tour of Kanchanaburi
    Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya
    Guided tour of the Erawan National Park
  •  Thai Island Hopper East (Start Koh Samui, End Koh Samui)

    Thai Island Hopper East (Start Koh Samui, End Koh Samui)

    from $1,149*

    • Accommodation
      8 nights accommodation: 5 nights in 3 star hotels, 3 nights in bungalows
      Tipping for local staff included
      3 local ferries
      Transport & included sightseeing

      Food
      10 meals: 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager
      Orientations in all destinations
      Local taxes, payments & service charges
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Koh Samui
    Arrive on the island of Koh Samui – the third largest island in Thailand & an area known for its spectacular natural beauty, beaches & good times. Check-in to your hotel & use this afternoon hit the shops or start working on your tan at the beach.

    The evening, meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow travel buddies, before heading out to explore some of Chaweng Beach’s nightlife. This place is known for it’s cool party scene which is quite literally right on the beach. So relax & get onto island time.

    Day 2
    Koh Samui
    Koh Samui has got something for everyone, so with 2 full days here, get ready for a taste of everything the island offers to it’s travellers.

    During the day, there are long stretches of beach with soft, white sand dotted around the island for you to take advantage of and the chance to soak up the rays, swim, snorkel & relax.

    Explore the local town for a generous dose of the lifestyle here. Head down the little side streets for an authentic Thai feast - you’ll find lots of local delights like Pad Thai, delicious exotic curries & fresh flavours at some unbelievable prices!

    Or take it up a level & enjoy a cocktail or try fresh coconut served to you right on the beach!

    You could take a tour of the island to see some of the local sites or visit a Buddhist temple with a 15m (50ft) statue of the Buddha. Built in 1972, this statue is respected by locals & visitors alike – many of whom light incense & pray here with offerings of fruit & flowers.

    With loads of free time ask your Trip Manager for some tips & suggestions of things to do, like a visit to Wat Khunaram with it's mummified monk or the uniquely shaped formation of the Grandmother & Grandfather rocks.

    At night this island goes off! Spots like Chaweng, the island’s most popular beach, come alive with other travellers & locals alike. With so many bars & clubs located right on the beach, it’s the perfect place to party with your travel buddies, locals & new mates.

    Day 4
    Koh Samui to Koh Tao
    It’s time for a change of pace as we take a short ferry journey across the Gulf of Thailand to the island of Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island.

    Smaller than Koh Samui, Koh Tao is famous for its underwater scenery & laid-back lifestyle.

    After arriving, your Tour Manager will take you on an orientation walk of the island so you can really get your bearings of where you’re keen to head back to. You’ve then got the afternoon to relax on the beach, or grab a snorkel & head underwater!

    Tonight it's an included dinner on the beach with some local specialities.

    Day 5
    Koh Tao
    Wake up on Koh Tao & get ready for a slice of paradise. Koh Tao is known for its submerged scenery, so it’s a not-to-miss experience when you visit.

    Snorkeling is a fantastic way to explore the island’s underwater world. Fins, snorkels & masks can be rented from lots of places throughout the island for a small cost. Ask your Tour Manager for some advice on the best places to head & get ready for some unbeatable sights, colourful fish & vibrant sea life. Otherwise, take it easy & maybe opt for a swim in the warm waters.

    If the underwater scene isn’t what you’re into, then there are loads of other things to experience here. If you’d prefer to keep things on land & venture out on foot, you could explore some of the island’s hiking trails. With its hilly landscape there's a lot to explore & great views to check out here.

    There’s also the opportunity to join our optional day cruise if you feel like getting out & about. You'll be taken to some great snorkeling spots around Koh Tao.

    Day 6
    Koh Tao to Koh Pha Ngan
    With a free morning here, enjoy your last few hours on Koh Tao before it’s time to cruise to the island of Koh Pha Ngan.

    With quiet stretches of beach, coconut trees & soft sand during the day & its Full Moon Parties at night, Koh Pha Ngan is fast becoming a must-visit location in Thailand.

    Day 7
    Koh Pha Ngan
    There are beaches all over Koh Pha Ngan to chill out on, each offering different activities for travellers visiting the island.

    You could make your way to Haad Yao beach, a quiet spot that’s great for swimming & snorkeling. You could also treat yourself to a bit of pampering if you wish - there are lots of places to have a Thai massage while listening to the waves lap against the shore.

    With close access to excellent dive spots, Koh Pha Ngan is quickly developing a reputation as a great learn-to-dive location too! If you have a diving certificate or want to learn how, you could head out on a boat & explore some of the island’s key diving spots while you’re here.

    By night, this island is the place to go out! Try it local & enjoy the lively night scene. Whether it is a Half Moon Party, a Black Moon Party or Full Moon party – there is always something going on in Koh Pha Ngan!

    Day 9
    Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Samui
    Today it’s time for your Thai Islands adventure to end. After a ferry from Koh Pha Ngan we’ll head back to Koh Samui where it’s time to swap emails & numbers with your Contiki Team & travel buddies. Choose a free transfer to the airport or opt to end at the Koh Samui hotel where our trip started.

    Arrive Koh Samui
    Explore Chaweng Beach’s nightlife
    Koh Samui
    Spend time on the third largest island in Thailand
    Koh Samui to Koh Tao
    Get an orientation walk of the island
    Koh Tao
    Experience the island's laid back lifestyle
    Koh Pha Ngan
    Chill out on a beach
  •  Thai Island Hopper West (From April 2017) (Start Phuket, End Krabi)

    Thai Island Hopper West (From April 2017) (Start Phuket, End Krabi)

    from $1,199*

    • Accommodation
      7 nights in 3 & 4 star hotels

      Food
      7 breakfasts and 2 dinners

      Staff
      Don't worry, your experienced Trip Manager and English-speaking Local Guides will show you the ropes, not to mention all your new travel mates.
    • Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust 100%.

    • .
    Day 1
    Arrive Phuket
    8-days of exotic lands and those much hyped perfect Thai beaches sit ahead of us. The high-on-life vibes will be inevitable as we join forces in Phuket, start getting acquainted and allow ourselves to start slipping into island time. Hotel hangs and pool time will be high on the agenda.

    Day 2
    Phuket
    Well good morning explorers, it's your first full day so time to get movin' and shakin'. Spend the day dosing up on Vitamin D in a sea canoe, visiting famous limestone karsts and coastal caves, exploring James Bond island on our ME Time Optional, and alternating between cocktails and watersports (advisably not in that order). If you'd rather take to Phuket Town and admire the Chinese influenced local architecture. Swing high or lay low, the choice is entirely yours. The bright lights and wild antics of Bangla Road can take things up a notch this evening, even a famous cabaret show!

    Day 3
    Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
    Phuket
    It's day three and 'mai pen rai - don't worry, be happy' is now pretty much the group mentality. Enjoy a lazy breakfast and catch some rays before we hit the Andaman Sea in search of one very famous beach...
    - Included ferry ride to the island of Phi Phi

    Koh Phi Phi
    Arriving in Koh Phi Phi will leave you in a daze of love and happiness. More scenic than your wildest dreams, this island is home for the next few days. Glorious long salty days, balmy nights and endless ocean explorations are calling. Dine on the herb-filled rice salad with grated coconut that is khao yam, watch the sunset from Koh Phi Phi's highest vantage point, or stroll postcard beaches alongside playful monkeys. Definetely an evening you won't be forgetting in a hurry.

    Day 4
    Koh Phi Phi
    The island is your playground and the days are yours to do whatever your heart desires.Make time to visit THAT beach - it seriously won't dissapoint. Grab a camera and strike a pose; Leo may finally have won his Oscar, but this is YOUR movie moment. Do anything the alluring ocean has been distracting you from, or - what the heck - have another beach day, coconut in hand. Squeeze in one last beachside stroll with the flickering island lights as your backdrop, soaking up the island sounds and Pad Thai smells...this is what we call living.

    Day 5
    Koh Phi Phi to Krabi (Ao Nang)
    Although we're leaving Kho Phi Phi and heading to mainland Thailand today, our salty seadog spirit won't change a bit. The exotic paradise of Krabi is calling our names, and who are we to resist...

    Krabi (Ao Nang)
    This afternoon we'll soak in the small town feels of Ao Nang. Friendly locals, massage haunts, local markets and seaside cocktails can perfect your day like kaffir lime to a mojito.

    Day 6
    Krabi (Ao Nang)
    Krabi may look like the ultimate chill zone, but a wealth of adventure awaits those with itchy feet. March the 1260 steps to Tiger Cave temple (relax - it's no longer filled with tigers) and marvel at the beauty of Buddhism, take a long-tail boat ride to Rai Leh beach, or shop up a storm of traditional Thai trinkets. It's our last night together as a Contiki collective; best organise a team dinner and have one last evening of mischief.

    Day 7
    Krabi (Ao Nang)
    It's our last night together as a Contiki collective; best organise a team dinner and have one last evening of mischief.

    Day 8
    Depart Krabi
    After one final morning in paradise it's back on the boat to Phuket where our paradise adventure comes to an end. Have one final love in with your travel fam, then take our transfer either to the airport or back to our start hotel.

    Arrive Phuket
    Spend time on Thailand's largest island
    Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
    Orientation tour with your Trip Manager
    Watch the sunset over Andaman Sea from the highest viewpoint on the island
    Koh Phi Phi to Krabi (Ao Nang)
    Ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi
    See the famous limestone karsts

Australia

  •  Snorkel to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    Snorkel to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    from $745*

    • Accommodation
      Days 1-3 accommodation on board including linen
      Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) as per itinerary
      .
    Day 1
    Cairns to Boat
    Rise and shine early. Pro Dive will collect you from your accommodation at 06:00 am and take you to check in before heading to the marina to meet your boat and crew. Please contact Pro Dive Cairns to confirm pick up location (prodivecairns.com or Ph:07 4031 5255). Then we'll head straight out to the world's premier snorkelling playground. Every sort of tropical marine life imaginable calls the Great Barrier Reef its home. During the next three days and nights you can too!

    Day 2
    Boat
    Another day to explore the water wilderness. You'll view stingrays gliding through the reef and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish navigating their way through magnificent coral formations. Back on board it's time for stories, food, a drink, then we'll hit the deck...or maybe the sack.

    Day 3
    Boat to Cairns
    The final day of your reef adventure begins early and winds up late in the afternoon. We'll leave you free to explore the reef and enjoy the clear waters. Late in the afternoon we'll head back to dry land - Cairns. From there you'll be escorted back to your hotel.

    Cairns to Boat
    Environmental Management Charge included
    Boat
    See giant turtles, stingrays, huge clams, and the clearest blue waters on the planet
  •  Snorkel to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    Snorkel to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    from $815*

    • Accommodation
      Days 1-3 accommodation on board including linen
      Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) as per itinerary
      .
    Day 1
    Cairns to Boat
    Rise and shine early. Pro Dive will collect you from your accommodation at 06:00 am and take you to check in before heading to the marina to meet your boat and crew. Please contact Pro Dive Cairns to confirm pick up location (prodivecairns.com or Ph:07 4031 5255). Then we'll head straight out to the world's premier snorkelling playground. Every sort of tropical marine life imaginable calls the Great Barrier Reef its home. During the next three days and nights you can too!

    Day 2
    Boat
    Another day to explore the water wilderness. You'll view stingrays gliding through the reef and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish navigating their way through magnificent coral formations. Back on board it's time for stories, food, a drink, then we'll hit the deck...or maybe the sack.

    Day 3
    Boat to Cairns
    The final day of your reef adventure begins early and winds up late in the afternoon. We'll leave you free to explore the reef and enjoy the clear waters. Late in the afternoon we'll head back to dry land - Cairns. From there you'll be escorted back to your hotel.

    Cairns to Boat
    Environmental Management Charge included
    Boat
    See giant turtles, stingrays, huge clams, and the clearest blue waters on the planet
  •  Dive to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    Dive to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    from $825*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights twin-share accommodation on nights 1 & 2 on board the boat
      Transfers from Cairns accommodation to boat
      11 dives including 2 night dives (weather permitting)
      Dive & snorkelling equipment
      Dive insurance Important info: You must hold a minimum of an Open Water Diver certificate to be able to take this trip.
    • Course is open age.
    • You will need to contact Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on Day 1 (prodivecairns.
    • com or 07 4031 5255).
    • Safety dictates that you can't fly or go to an altitude of 300m or over within 24 hours of your last dive (approx.
    • 12:00noon).
    • A 3 day snorkelling package is also available - see contiki.
    • com/snorkel.


    • Food
      7 meals:
      2 breakfasts
      3 lunches
      2 dinners
      .
    Day 1
    Cairns to Dive Boat
    Rise and shine early. Pro Dive will collect you from your accommodation at 06:00 am and take you to check in before heading to the marina to meet your boat and crew. Please contact Pro Dive Cairns to confirm pick up location (prodivecairns.com or Ph:07 4031 5255). Then we'll head straight out to the world's premier dive playground where your dive adventure begins. Every sort of tropical marine life imaginable calls the Great Barrier Reef its home...during the next three days, you can too! The sites you’ll visit have been specifically selected for their variety, quality of coral, marine life and great visibility.

    Day 2
    Dive Boat
    Continuing with your exploration of the water wilderness, today's dives will give you the opportunity to view stingrays, schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, and magnificent coral formations. Onboard, have fun with your fellow divers sharing stories, experiences, great food and a spectacular sunset. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and really enjoy yourself.

    Day 3
    Dive Boat to Cairns
    The final day of your reef adventure begins early and winds up late in the afternoon. We'll leave you free to explore the reef and enjoy the clear waters. Late in the afternoon we'll head back to dry land and Cairns, where you'll be provided with a transfer to your hotel.

    Cairns to Dive Boat
    Live aboard a premium dive vessel for 3 days
    Guided night dive showing you a whole different side of the reef
    Environmental Management Charge included
    Dive Boat
    See giant turtles, stingrays, huge clams, and the clearest blue waters on the planet
    Dive up to 11 times at a variety of 16 exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef
  •  Dive to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    Dive to Adventure (Start Cairns, End Cairns)

    from $905*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights twin-share accommodation on nights 1 & 2 on board the boat
      Transfers from Cairns accommodation to boat
      11 dives including 2 night dives (weather permitting)
      Dive & snorkelling equipment
      Dive insurance Important info: You must hold a minimum of an Open Water Diver certificate to be able to take this trip.
    • Course is open age.
    • You will need to contact Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on Day 1 (prodivecairns.
    • com or 07 4031 5255).
    • Safety dictates that you can't fly or go to an altitude of 300m or over within 24 hours of your last dive (approx.
    • 12:00noon).
    • A 3 day snorkelling package is also available - see contiki.
    • com/snorkel.


    • Food
      7 meals:
      2 breakfasts
      3 lunches
      2 dinners
      .
    Day 1
    Cairns to Dive Boat
    Rise and shine early. Pro Dive will collect you from your accommodation at 06:00 am and take you to check in before heading to the marina to meet your boat and crew. Please contact Pro Dive Cairns to confirm pick up location (prodivecairns.com or Ph:07 4031 5255). Then we'll head straight out to the world's premier dive playground where your dive adventure begins. Every sort of tropical marine life imaginable calls the Great Barrier Reef its home...during the next three days, you can too! The sites you’ll visit have been specifically selected for their variety, quality of coral, marine life and great visibility.

    Day 2
    Dive Boat
    Continuing with your exploration of the water wilderness, today's dives will give you the opportunity to view stingrays, schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, and magnificent coral formations. Onboard, have fun with your fellow divers sharing stories, experiences, great food and a spectacular sunset. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and really enjoy yourself.

    Day 3
    Dive Boat to Cairns
    The final day of your reef adventure begins early and winds up late in the afternoon. We'll leave you free to explore the reef and enjoy the clear waters. Late in the afternoon we'll head back to dry land and Cairns, where you'll be provided with a transfer to your hotel.

    Cairns to Dive Boat
    Live aboard a premium dive vessel for 3 days
    Guided night dive showing you a whole different side of the reef
    Environmental Management Charge included
    Dive Boat
    See giant turtles, stingrays, huge clams, and the clearest blue waters on the planet
    Dive up to 11 times at a variety of 16 exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef

NZ

  •  Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    from $440*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      3 meals:
      2 breakfasts
      1 dinner

      Staff
      Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities
      .
    Day 1
    Auckland to Paihia
    Kia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.
    This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.
    With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.
    The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.
    Your Trip Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.
    Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Trip Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.

    Day 2
    Paihia
    With a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.
    Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.
    We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.
    Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.

    Day 3
    Paihia to Auckland
    Back in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.

    Auckland to Paihia
    See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
    Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge
    Walk through native Kauri Forest
    Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
    Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner
    Paihia to Auckland
    Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower
  •  Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - South to North, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - South to North, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    from $440*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      3 meals:
      2 breakfasts
      1 dinner

      Staff
      Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities
      .
    Day 1
    Auckland to Paihia
    Kia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.
    This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.
    With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.
    The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.
    Your Trip Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.
    Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Trip Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.

    Day 2
    Paihia
    With a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.
    Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.
    We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.
    Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.

    Day 3
    Paihia to Auckland
    Back in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.

    Auckland to Paihia
    See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
    Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge
    Walk through native Kauri Forest
    Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
    Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner
    Paihia to Auckland
    Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower
  •  Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    from $510*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      3 meals:
      2 breakfasts
      1 dinner

      Staff
      Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities
      .
    Day 1
    Auckland to Paihia
    Kia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.
    This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.
    With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.
    The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.
    Your Trip Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.
    Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Trip Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.

    Day 2
    Paihia
    With a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.
    Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.
    We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.
    Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.

    Day 3
    Paihia to Auckland
    Back in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.

    Auckland to Paihia
    See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
    Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge
    Walk through native Kauri Forest
    Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
    Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner
    Paihia to Auckland
    Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower
  •  Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

    from $510*

    • Accommodation
      2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      3 meals:
      2 breakfasts
      1 dinner

      Staff
      Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities
      .
    Day 1
    Auckland to Paihia
    Kia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.
    This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.
    With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.
    The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.
    Your Trip Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.
    Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Trip Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.

    Day 2
    Paihia
    With a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.
    Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.
    We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.
    Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.

    Day 3
    Paihia to Auckland
    Back in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.

    Auckland to Paihia
    See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
    Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge
    Walk through native Kauri Forest
    Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
    Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner
    Paihia to Auckland
    Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower