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

  •  Hogmanay New Year (4 Day Start London) (Start London, End London)

    Hogmanay New Year (4 Day Start London) (Start London, End London)

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    • Accommodation
      3 nights multi-share (up to 12 people) hostel accommodation in Edinburgh
      Inclusions & sightseeing as detailed in day-to-day itinerary

      Food
      3 continental breakfasts

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      .
    Day 1
    London to Edinburgh
    Get the New Year party started as we make our way to the world’s biggest New Year celebration, Hogmanay! The Scottish really know how to put on a great show, and in the cool capital city of Edinburgh, this place really turns out all the stops for good times.

    We’ll jump on board your comfy coach where you can sit back & chill, watch some DVDs or chat to your travel buddies. We’ll make our way through England’s north & into Scotland. On arrival in Edinburgh we’ll head to the hostel where you’ll be staying for the next few nights.

    Get yourselves ready to go, then it’s time to get the 4 day celebration started. We’ll take an orientation walk of the city so you can get your bearings, then head to a local watering hold to let the awesome times begin!

    Day 2
    Edinburgh - New Year's Eve
    Enjoy a late start this morning, then head out to experience this awesome city. Take a stroll down Prince’s Street, head up & down the Royal Mile & get some pics outside (or take a tour of) Edinburgh’s famous castle. You could don some ice skates & head to the festive ice rink, or spend some time at Winter Wonderland on the rides, or do as the Scottish do & give some haggis a go.

    Tonight, grab your included ticket & get ready for the world’s biggest New Year party. With bars & street parties pimped for amazing times, there’s so much to see & explore so grab your mates & some drinks & get amongst it! On the strike of 12 the crowd goes wild, so be prepared to grab the nearest people around you for a New Years hug or a kiss (if you’re lucky!)

    Day 3
    Edinburgh - New Year's Day
    Take the day to chill, or if you’re up for it, head over to South Queensferry to check out the Loony Dook – a 25 year old tradition where hundreds of punters donning crazy costumes jump in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth. It’s not just for fun either (or to cure a sore head) – all the money raised helps to support local charities.


    Day 4
    Edinburgh to London
    After breakfast it’s time to say farewell to Scotland as we jump back on the coach & make our way back to London. Take time to chill, get some much needed sleep or just chat with your travel buddies about the awesome times over the last 4 days. It’s time to swap numbers & emails, your Hogmanay adventure ends on arrival back in London.

    London to Edinburgh
    City orientation walk of Edinburgh
    Edinburgh - New Year's Eve
    Fantastic party nights with awesome atmosphere
    Entrance ticket to the legendary Hogmanay street party
    Edinburgh - New Year's Day
    See the Loony Dook - a fun charity swim in the Firth of Forth
  •  Trail to London (Start Vienna, End London)

    Trail to London (Start Vienna, End London)

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    • Accommodation
      15 nights accommodation: 8 nights in hostels, 7 nights in hotel upgrade
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
      Ferry crossing

      Food
      23 meals included in Food Fund:
      15 breakfasts
      8 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Vienna
    Check-in to the hostel and head straight out into Vienna to get a feel for the city’s style - there’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Later, meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner.

    Day 2
    Vienna to Krakow
    We hit the road this morning and travel to Krakow. En route we'll make a sobering stop at Auschwitz where you can learn all about the history & significance of this place steeped in history. On arrival, get in the know on Krakow. Founded in the 13th century, the former capital of Poland is famous for its silver mining heritage.

    Day 3
    Krakow
    Left relatively untouched after World War II, Krakow is jam-packed with monuments and cultural treasures like turn-of-the-century buildings, museums, an impressive castle and the Jewish Quarter.

    This morning, get a taste of this stunning city as you visit the massive Market Square – the buzzing heart of Poland’s oldest university town. Learn about the medieval design of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre, which serves up a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

    Your Trip Manager will spill all their insider knowledge on the area and take you further into the city’s history. In your free time look into Poland’s culture at the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, once the spiritual and political heart of the country, the site is now filled with tombs, chapels and a bizarre collection of prehistoric animal parts.

    Later head to Schindler's Museum, Cloth Hall and hit the maze of covered stalls selling crafts and souvenirs or rummage through the local boutiques in the surrounding streets to pick up some great treasures you won't find at home.

    Choose our fantastic ME Time optional to the famous Wieliczka salt mines, where you’ll head underground into a labyrinth of tunnels and learn about the oldest mine in the world.

    Day 4
    Krakow to Budapest
    Continue south, past traditional villages and stunning alpine scenery. We stop for lunch in the heart of Slovakia, in pretty Banská Bystrica. Try some regional specialties like mutton and sauerkraut or smoked meats in the city’s pedestrian-only centre.

    It's back on the coach for some time to re-charge your batteries. Pop in your iPod or chill with a book as we make our way towards our next destination, Budapest, then check out the city sites as we take a driving tour through the city where east literally meets west.

    Later, to get a another take on Budapest from the water, jump on board tonight’s optional cruise, and see the city aglow from the water as you feast on a buffet full of local specialties.

    Day 5
    Budapest
    Free time today means a chance to get around Budapest at your own pace. If you’re after something different, treat yourself to a truly local experience: a spa. With outdoor thermal waters, Art Nouveau architecture and treatments, this is the perfect way to unwind. For more of Budapest’s outdoor lifestyle, visit St Margaret Island in the heart of the city, a favourite among the city’s residents with its gardens, fountains, pools and ruins.


    Day 6
    Budapest to Ljubljana
    Say your farwells to Hungary today, we're off to Slovenia's capital. On arrival your Trip Manager will get you in on the know on this town, known as the economic & social hub of Slovenia.

    After you've got your bearings there's time to explore your way. Find a cute little spot for some people watching, hit the shops or grab your camera & explore.

    Day 7
    Ljubljana to Venice
    Today we’re onto what’s known as the “floating city”, Venice, packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

    Jump on our private boat and travel through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge’s Palace and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show 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 an unforgettable experience & a must-do.

    Day 8
    Venice to Rome
    Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome.

    Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach trip gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

    Day 9
    Rome
    Today 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 10
    Rome to Florence
    Today we'll be passing Umbria’s rustic hills and many vineyards. Travel past the iconic cypress trees of this olive oil producing region, to the Renaissance city of Florence.

    Day 11
    Florence
    Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its UNESCO World Heritage city centre.

    Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art.

    With bargains and bustle, the city’s markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city.

    Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florence’s biggest club.

    Day 12
    Florence to Swiss Alps
    En route north, catch a glimpse of stunning Lake Como as we make our way into the massive Swiss Alps and head to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Alpine town of Lucerne. With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and quaint buildings, Lucerne’s centre is perfect to explore on foot. Also to stock up on lots of genuine Swiss chocolate! Your Trip Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches that Switzerland is so famous for. After the stop in Lucerne we’ll make our way to Lauterbrunnen- our stop for the next two nights.

    Day 13
    Swiss Alps
    It’s a change of pace amongst Switzerland’s massive Alps. Take in the amazing views from your chalet window.

    Opt to visit Jungfrau Mountain, head up the sheer slopes of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station, and step out onto the “roof” of Europe for spine-tingling views.

    Back at the chalet, make the most of the genuine underground ‘Bomb Shelter’ and party it up with friends at the bar there.

    Day 14
    Swiss Alps to Paris
    With down-time on the coach, plug in your MP3, chill out to some music and chat with friends while travelling through the scenic wine producing region of Burgundy.

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


    Day 15
    Paris
    Next up: Fragonard! This perfumery has an elegant interior and is a unique setting for a look into the history of perfume. It’s also a chance to pick up some French perfume at great prices.

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

    Tonight is the last night with your friends, so make it special. Treat yourself to the full Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaurant. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. But don’t stop there – afterwards hit the clubs and finish up your travels with a big Parisian night out.

    Day 16
    Depart Paris
    This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

    Vienna to Krakow
    Locally guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps
    Krakow
    Entrance & locally guided tours of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camp memorials
    Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill (Summer Only)
    Krakow to Budapest
    Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion
    Budapest to Ljubljana
    See Ljubljana's castle & old town
    Ljubljana to 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 Rome
    Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
    See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
    See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
    Florence to Swiss Alps
    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Swiss Alps to Paris
    See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
    Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour
    Paris
    Visit a French perfumery
    Snails and Champagne (Summer Only)
  •  Eastern Trail (Start Vienna, End Rome)

    Eastern Trail (Start Vienna, End Rome)

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

      Food
      11 meals included in Food Fund:
      8 breakfasts
      3 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Vienna
    Check-in to the hostel and head straight out into Vienna to get a feel for the city’s style - there’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Later, meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner.

    Day 2
    Vienna to Krakow
    We hit the road this morning and travel to Krakow. En route we'll make a sobering stop at Auschwitz where you can learn all about the history & significance of this place steeped in history. On arrival, get in the know on Krakow. Founded in the 13th century, the former capital of Poland is famous for its silver mining heritage.

    Day 3
    Krakow
    Left relatively untouched after World War II, Krakow is jam-packed with monuments and cultural treasures like turn-of-the-century buildings, museums, an impressive castle and the Jewish Quarter.

    This morning, get a taste of this stunning city as you visit the massive Market Square – the buzzing heart of Poland’s oldest university town. Learn about the medieval design of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre, which serves up a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

    Your Trip Manager will spill all their insider knowledge on the area and take you further into the city’s history. In your free time look into Poland’s culture at the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, once the spiritual and political heart of the country, the site is now filled with tombs, chapels and a bizarre collection of prehistoric animal parts.

    Later head to Schindler's Museum, Cloth Hall and hit the maze of covered stalls selling crafts and souvenirs or rummage through the local boutiques in the surrounding streets to pick up some great treasures you won't find at home.

    Choose our fantastic ME Time optional to the famous Wieliczka salt mines, where you’ll head underground into a labyrinth of tunnels and learn about the oldest mine in the world.

    Day 4
    Krakow to Budapest
    Continue south, past traditional villages and stunning alpine scenery. We stop for lunch in the heart of Slovakia, in pretty Banská Bystrica. Try some regional specialties like mutton and sauerkraut or smoked meats in the city’s pedestrian-only centre.

    It's back on the coach for some time to re-charge your batteries. Pop in your iPod or chill with a book as we make our way towards our next destination, Budapest, then check out the city sites as we take a driving tour through the city where east literally meets west.

    Later, to get a another take on Budapest from the water, jump on board tonight’s optional cruise, and see the city aglow from the water as you feast on a buffet full of local specialties.

    Day 5
    Budapest
    Free time today means a chance to get around Budapest at your own pace. If you’re after something different, treat yourself to a truly local experience: a spa. With outdoor thermal waters, Art Nouveau architecture and treatments, this is the perfect way to unwind. For more of Budapest’s outdoor lifestyle, visit St Margaret Island in the heart of the city, a favourite among the city’s residents with its gardens, fountains, pools and ruins.


    Day 6
    Budapest to Ljubljana
    Say your farwells to Hungary today, we're off to Slovenia's capital. On arrival your Trip Manager will get you in on the know on this town, known as the economic & social hub of Slovenia.

    After you've got your bearings there's time to explore your way. Find a cute little spot for some people watching, hit the shops or grab your camera & explore.

    Day 7
    Ljubljana to Venice
    Today we’re onto what’s known as the “floating city”, Venice, packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

    Jump on our private boat and travel through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge’s Palace and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show 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 an unforgettable experience & a must-do.

    Day 8
    Venice to Rome
    Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains on the road to Rome.

    Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach trip gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

    Day 9
    Depart Rome
    This morning, make the most of your time and discover the gems of this great city. Then it is time to say “arrivederci” to your friends as your tour finishes after lunch.

    Vienna to Krakow
    Locally guided tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps
    Krakow
    Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill
    Entrance & locally guided tours of Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camp memorials
    Krakow to Budapest
    Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion
    Budapest to Ljubljana
    See Ljubljana's castle & old town
    Ljubljana to 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 Rome
    Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
    See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
    See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  •  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
    Known as the “floating city”, 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 (Summer Only)
    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

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
  •  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

Latin America

  •  the Adventurer (With Inca Trail Trek, Start Lima, End Rio De Janeiro)

    the Adventurer (With Inca Trail Trek, Start Lima, End Rio De Janeiro)

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    • Accommodation
      23 nights accommodation: 22 nights twin-share hotels, 1 nights Jungle Lodge Stay
      6 flights & transfers
      Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
      Sightseeing tours of all major areas

      Food
      33 meals: 23 breakfasts, 2 lunches (or 3 for Machu Picchu trekking option) & 8 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager, English speaking local guides
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Lima
    Hola! Welcome to Lima and the start of an awesome South American adventure. On arrival into the city, check-in with your Trip Manager, then spend the day exploring the city with your fellow travellers on our included city tour.

    Made up of 43 different districts, almost all with their own flare and vibe, Lima is a bustling metropolis. The opulence of the Spanish colonial era is visible everywhere in the city, from the detailed wood-work of the historic centre’s balconies, doors and architecture to the lavishly decorated churches. We'll explore the Basillica Cathedral for a glimpse of the city’s former glory or, for something different you could head to the Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco) and take a look at its famous catacombs. As the city's first cemetery, these underground tunnels (catacombs) contain the bones of over 70,000 people, many of which are set in cool geometric patterns.

    Then we make tracks to the Barranco district– its bohemian energy will make you feel right at home. Wander past the beautiful colonial mansions of the neighborhood, many of them recently restored. Take a walk on the beachside boardwalk, cross the Bridge of Sighs or just sit in one of the cafés that overlooks the ocean and spend the afternoon relaxing with a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink.

    Later we'll check out the city’s more modern aspects. If shopping, gourmet restaurants, great cafes and bars are what you’re after, this is the perfect spot.

    Tonight we head back to the hotel for a rest then we are off to our included dinner and show.

    Looking to check out Lima by night? There are loads of places to head to. From chilled-out lounges, to bars with live music, or dance clubs that run late into the night, just let your Trip Manager know what you feel like and they’ll give you some tips on where to head.

    Day 2
    Lima to Arequipa
    This morning it’s an early start as we fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa, or La Ciudad Blanca. Lying in the shadow of three volcanoes, including the perfectly-symmetrical El Misti, the city was built using white volcanic rock called Sillar which gives the city its name.

    Upon arrival, get your bearings on an orientation tour of the city. After we arrive at the hotel, there’s time to freshen up before free time for lunch. With many great restaurants and cafés, there are loads of places to indulge in some great local food. Arequipa is one of Peru’s main dairy regions and chocolate is a must-have whilst you’re here. The La Iberica factory and shop produces and sells some of the country’s finest chocolate, so keep your eyes peeled.

    This afternoon, we’ll delve into the city’s history for an-in depth look into its past with a walking tour. A city within the city – the nuns, often wealthy young Peruvians, once lived in silence and were not allowed to leave the premises. Today, it is still a working monastery, with most of the premises open to the public.

    From here we walk through our first UNESCO World Heritage site on the trip and one of the country’s most beautiful plazas – the Plaza de Armas. The hub of urban city life here, it’s filled with palm trees and flanked by a 17th century Cathedral.

    Tonight you’ll really get to know your tour buddies over dinner at one of the city’s great restaurants. You’ll have the choice of some of Peru’s famous cuisine like Recoto Relleno (stuffed hot peppers) or Chupe de Camerones (crayfish chowder). Later, take it up a notch – you can visit the bars on the Plaza de Armas and take in the beauty of the illuminated square and cathedral while savoring a Pisco Sour.

    Day 3
    Arequipa to Colca Canyon
    This morning, we travel to one of the world’s deepest canyons – Colca Canyon. We’ll drive through through Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve where the elusive Vicuña, the smallest of the South American camelid family roams wild.

    We’ll stop for a break at “the crossroads” where the routes to Colca Canyon and Puno separate. We’ll enjoy a steaming cup of coca tea at a local shop and awesome views of the windswept landscapes of the sandstone cliffs found here. We’ll continue on to the highest point of our entire journey which at 4910 metres/16,108ft above sea level is the same height as Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. Stop for some pics at the top, before our descent into Chivay, one of the largest towns in the Colca Valley and capital of the Caylloma province in the Arequipa region. Later on, spend your evening hanging with the group. Cards and board games or drinks and conversation by the hotel’s enormous fireplace are a must.

    Day 4
    Colca Canyon to Puno
    We’ll set out early this morning and head to Cruz del Condor, a platform 3800m above sea level for a chance to spot the King of the Andes, the Andean Condor. With a wingspan of up to 3 metres/10 feet, this regal bird uses the warm air currents to float effortlessly through the canyon searching for food. It’s a pretty incredible sight, so keep your camera ready in case they buzz close overhead. We’ll return to Chivay for lunch via the small, picturesque villages that dot the road along the way. We’ll also stop for a visit the beautiful colonial church of Yanque which helps to illustrate the history of the area. In the afternoon, we travel through Peru’s altiplano (high plain) to Puno on the edge of Lake Titicaca.

    Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is the gateway to the surrounding islands and unique cultures. On arrival, we’ll check-in to our hotel where you can freshen up or chill out before heading out to find a local spot for dinner. Enjoy a night of drinking and dancing at one of the bars on the main pedestrian street but be careful, you might have to catch your breath as dancing at over 3657metres/12 000 ft above sea level is a challenge!

    Day 5
    Puno
    This morning, it’s time to check out the area from a different angle! First up, we’ll make our way to the town’s port by a classic means of transport, the triciclo or three-wheeled bike taxi. We’ll then jump on board our boat for a two and a half hour trip across Lake Titicaca to Taquile Island. The boat trip is the perfect way to chill as you learn about the history, culture and ecology of the lake and its communities while taking in the views of the distant Cordillera Blanca (the White Mountain range) located on the Bolivian side of the lake. Although there are many travellers that come to this area every year, Taquile still remains one of the most culturally intact communities in Peru. From the quality of their famous weaving and the use of their woollen hats, to the terracing and traditional means of government, the people of Taquile Island continue to live in a manner not far off from that of their ancestors, the Incas. On arrival at the island, there’s the opportunity to visit some weaving groups and to savor a tasty local meal before jumping back on the boat for our cruise to our next stop – the famous floating Uros Islands.

    Uros Islands are fascinating to visit and you’ll love experiencing the entrepreneurial spirit of the locals here. You’ll get a glimpse at the local lifestyle as you visit small fish farms, a natural history museum, a local’s home and check out the variety of wares for sale by the women of the community, including local textiles and mini totora reed boats.

    You can opt to take a ride on one of the larger reed boats which were formally the only means of transportation that the islanders had.

    Day 6
    Puno to Cusco
    Our first stop outside of Puno is the village of Pukara, named after a pre-Inca civilization. We‘ll visit a small museum where you’ll see the Pukara archeological site (500bc-200ad). The village is locally renowned for artistic ceramic bulls which are symbols of protection and prosperity and if you take a look above, you’ll see them on the roofs of houses throughout the highlands. Take one home for yourself when we visit a local ceramics shop.

    Next up is La Raya, the highest point of our journey, marking the border between the regions of Puno and Cusco. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes we’ll stop to stretch our legs and take in the stunning beauty of the Peruvian altiplano (the widest point of the Andes). We will continue on to town of Sicuani for a lunch stop before reaching Raqchi.

    Raqchi was an important ceremonial site for the Inca’s and is famous for being the home to the only remaining two-storey Inca walls. It also possesses one of the largest single structures of the ancient Incan empire, the Temple of Wiracocha. You will have the opportunity for an up-close visit to the site before completing the final stretch of today’s journey to the hub of ancient Incan culture, Cusco.

    Tonight the evening is free to check out the sights, smells and sounds of Cusco. There are loads of places in town to try out some local cuisine, or maybe try some delicious street food and head out for a taste of how to party, Cusco-style.

    Day 7
    Cusco
    Today it’s your chance to totally chill. Laze around town enjoying a cappuccino while overlooking the Plaza de Armas, or you can pick it up a notch and try one of the adrenaline filled options here. Spend a half-day horseback riding through the X-zone just north of the city, white water raft down the sacred Urubamba River or do some mountain biking.

    Tonight, ask your Trip Manager for some tips on where to head for a meal and have a good time on your last night out in Cusco. Try a salsa lesson or go to a peña to listen to live Peruvian music and to dance the night away.

    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
    Train to Aguas Calientes or trek the Inca Trail
    For those not embarking on the Inca Trail, the morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes.

    Day 10
    Machu Picchu to Cusco
    Wake up early and enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore before returning to base.

    Day 11
    Cusco
    Today it’s your chance to totally chill. Laze around town enjoying a cappuccino while overlooking the Plaza de Armas, or you can pick it up a notch and try one of the adrenaline filled options here. Spend a half-day horseback riding through the X-zone just north of the city, white water raft down the sacred Urubamba River or do some mountain biking.

    Tonight, ask your Trip Manager for some tips on where to head for a meal and have a good time on your last night out in Cusco. Try a salsa lesson or go to a peña to listen to live Peruvian music and to dance the night away.

    Day 12
    Cusco to Jungle Lodge
    We’ll catch a flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. We’ll have lunch on the river as we travel upstream by a traditional Peruvian boat to our Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Lodge, where we’ll try to spot toucans, macaws and capybaras along the way.

    Our lodge is a special experience in itself! Located in then luscious rainforest and made from wood and clay, its open walls leave you sleeping virtually amongst the rainforest! After you settle in, we’ll get a different take on the jungle as we take a hike to the canopy tower. After climbing the 100ft of stairs you will be provided with a birds-eye view of the rainforest! Home to monkeys, birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

    After dinner you can experience something really different, heading out to look for caiman, a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Scan the shores with flashlights and see if you can catch the red gleam of the light as it reflects off of the caiman’s eyes.

    Day 13
    Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado
    We’ll wake early for best view of some the wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled as we travel further downstream to Tres Chimadas, an oxbow lake. We’ll board a simple catamaran with a jungle guide to learn about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the prehistoric hoatzin bird, the giant river otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha.

    After our cruise, we’ll head to the native community of Infierno, where we will visit a local fish farm to see some of the species that are native to the Peruvian Amazon. After lunch, time is yours to do what you wish. For those keen on footy (soccer), spend the afternoon playing soccer, volleyball or take a dip. There are other options for your free time too. You can take an optional kayaking trip, try a 30 metre Canopy Climb with a rope, harness and jumar (a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope. After a long day exploring, we head to Puerto Maldonado our home for the night.

    Day 14
    Puerto Maldonado to Lima
    Our local guide will accompany us to the airport for our flight back into Lima. The rest of the day is yours to explore and you’ll have a night to relax before we start the next stage of our adventure. Tonight you can explore Miraflores, Larcomar mall or Parque Kennedy where you can grab a bite to eat, have your last Pisco Sour and practice your Spanish before switching gears and heading into the land where wine is king.

    Day 15
    Lima to Buenos Aires
    It’s so long Peru, and hello to Argentina.

    Known as the Country of Seven Continents, the diversity of landscapes here is super cool. You’ll find rainforest, plains and deltas, red sand desert, the southern Lakes District of Patagonia including Ushuaia the world’s most southern city. You’ll also find the Andes and Aconcagua (the western hemisphere’s highest peak) let’s not forget Iguassu Falls.

    We’ll arrive in the capital city, Buenos Aires, known as South America’s most cosmopolitan city and paradise for the urbanite. As a refuge for many Europeans after the Second World War, its diversity is reflected in its people, an awesome melting pot of Spanish, Italian, German, Slavic and Syrian descent.

    Day 16
    Buenos Aires
    Today we will dive into the heart of the city with a coach tour. We’ll visit the city’s historic center, San Telmo and the renowned neighborhoods of colourful La Boca, including Maradona’s Statue at Boca Juniors stadium, Caminito and other areas such as Puerto Madero with it’s trendy shops and cafes. You’ll also get a an in-depth look at the history and modern-day Buenos Aires as you visit parks, pass by colonial mansions and learn about the historic figures that made the city and the country what it is today. During our tour we will also visit the neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo Chico and Palermo Lagos y Bosques.
    Buenos Aires is perfect for unleashing the culture vulture within! It is the birthplace of Tango and there is a love of music, art, dance and of course football! The Argentines also love to dine and no visit to the capital would be complete without trying their world-renowned beef and of course, their delicious red wine.
    To bring all of the best of the Portenos (people of Buenos Aires) together any visit to Buenos Aires wouldn’t be complete without a night of Tango, on us! We’ll take you to a Tango show and dinner where you’ll be able to get down and learn this intense dance for yourself. At dinner you’ll have the chance to taste some Argentine wine, food and of course experience an authentic tango show that originated in Buenos Aires. After the show, your Trip Manager can recommend one of the many bars, lounges or clubs for those looking to experience Buenos Aires’ pumping nightlife.

    Day 17
    Buenos Aires
    We’ll start day 2 with a coach tour to see the rest of the city & then you can experience BA your way. Get into the cuisine of Argentina on our culinary experience: try empanadas or the ubiquitous Argentine steak and learn to make the traditional sweet – alfajores. You might catch a football game, drink wine at a polo match or perhaps learn to play yourself, hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Café Tortoni for a café con leche & a spot of people watching.

    Day 19
    Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls
    Today we depart Argentina to stay on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Iguassu Falls lies along the border of Argentina and Brazil, with awesome views from both sides, and you’ll experience them both! From the airport in Puerto Iguazu we’ll cross the border into Brazil and head to the Foz do Iguacu. You could get things started with a different perspective of the falls on an optional helicopter flight, providing you with awesome panoramic views and photo ops.

    Although the parks on both sides are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is often debate about who has the better side of the Falls. We’ll leave it up to you, but it’s widely believed that that the view from the Brazilian side is second to none. Take in all 275 individual waterfalls that make up the falls and get an up-close view of the Devil’s Throat (the largest of the 275 falls).

    This evening we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy the Brazilian national drink, a caipirinha.

    Day 20
    Iguassu Falls
    Get ready for an awesome day at Iguassu. First up, we’ll cross back into Argentina and visit their side of the falls. You could feel the spray of the falls on a speed boat ride, or if you feel like a wander, there’s a short hike to the edge of the Devil’s Throat. We have all day, so you can do it all if you want to.

    Later, we’ll say farewell Argentina and it’s back to Brazil for another night of wining, dining and dancing. Tonight join us for a an authentic Brazilian BBQ and chill night in Iguassu.

    Day 21
    Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro
    Hello, Rio! We head to the city for our last 2 days on tour. Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the Brazilian bikini and of course some of the world’s best football (soccer) players, Rio goes off!

    First up, we will head to Rio’s old Cathedral, one of the city’s most important historical buildings before visiting the Lapa district and its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa and Passeio Publico, the first public park in the city.

    After the orientation tour of the city, we’ll check–in to our hotel with time to rest up before a night out on the town. From evening football games, to bars and clubs, Rio’s nightlife will not disappoint. Just ask your Trip Manager for some cool places to head.

    Day 22
    Rio de Janeiro
    This morning we’ll visit the Christ the Redeemer statue located atop ‘Corcovado’ and recently designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Not only will you be amazed by the sheer size of the monument, but also by the incredible view of Rio in its entirety.

    Next up is Sugarloaf Mountain. Climb 1299ft (396m) in glass-paneled cable cars to the summit for more astounding views of the city and its beaches. The trip is broken in two and if you take a break after the first car on Morro de Acucar you might meet some of the mountain’s naughtier residents, tiny monkeys who will be more than happy to steal your food.

    This afternoon you can visit the markets and shops throughout the city or just relax on the beach and watch the Cariocas, (residents of Rio), do what they do best, play football and practice Capoeira a martial art mixed with dance from the northeast of the country. You could also learn some tricks yourself if you’re keen.

    Day 23
    Rio de Janeiro
    Today is yours to explore this amazing city. Try hang gliding and hang on the beach. Tonight, end the trip as we head out for a meal & our last night out in this amazing city!

    Day 24
    Depart Rio de Janeiro
    Don’t forget to swap addresses with your mates and Trip Manager, as our South American adventure ends this morning after breakfast.

    Arrive Lima
    See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Miraflores
    Arequipa to Colca Canyon
    See wild Vicuña
    See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes
    Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve
    Colca Canyon to Puno
    See the massive Colca Canyon
    Visit Cruz del Condor
    Visit Yanque
    Puno
    Ride on a triciclo!
    Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
    Visit Taquile & Uros island communities
    Puno to Cusco
    Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani
    Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha
    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
    Train to Aguas Calientes or trek the Inca Trail
    Train ride to the 104km point
    Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide
    Cusco to Jungle Lodge
    City tour
    Canopy hike for amazing jungle views
    Special stay in our Amazon Rainforest Jungle Ecolodge
    Visit the Infierno community
    Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado
    Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise
    Lima to Buenos Aires
    Included flight
    Buenos Aires
    Tango lesson, show & dinner
    Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca & Puerto Madero
    City tour
    Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls
    Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Brazilian side)
    Iguassu Falls
    Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional Iguazú - Argentinian side)
    See the Devils Throat
    Taste delicious Brazillian BBQ
    Rio de Janeiro
    Visit Christ the Redeemer statue
    Depart Rio de Janeiro
    Favela Tour
  •  Galapagos Island Hopper (Start Guayaquil, End Guayaquil)

    Galapagos Island Hopper (Start Guayaquil, End Guayaquil)

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    • 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.

    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
    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)

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    • 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
    Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.

    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.

    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
    Our included flight will land us in the seaside Peruvian capital of Lima. Arriving late, we’ll nevertheless be pumped at the prospect of what tomorrow brings – namely more Contiki peeps joining our squad as we take on Peru over the next few days. That’s right, we’ve still got 1 more week of South American adventuring to go, and yet more awesome people to enjoy the journey with. Life is pretty sweet right now.

    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
    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!

    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
    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
    Lima to Cusco
    City walking tour
    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
  •  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
      14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 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!

    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

Asia

  •  Vietnam Experience (Start Ho Chi Minh City, End Hanoi)

    Vietnam Experience (Start Ho Chi Minh City, End Hanoi)

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    • Accommodation
      11 nights accommodation: 9 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a guesthouse, 1 night on an overnight cruise
      3 internal flights
      Transport & included sightseeing

      Food
      16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English-speaking local guides
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
      Local taxes, payments & service charges
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    Day 1
    Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
    Start your Vietnam Experience this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this ‘Paris of the Orient’, from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.

    Day 2
    Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    For the next two days, we journey into the Mekong Delta. In your time here, cruise the Delta on a traditional boat and take in Vietnam’s major rice producing area. See local fruit farms, floating markets and everyday life on Vietnam’s waterways.

    Learn about local industry with a visit to a rice paper factory. You’ll also get a taste of tradition at a tea house and get to enjoy a typical lunch at a local house.

    Later, local musicians will perform for us before we tuck into some home-cooked food at the simple, local guesthouse where we stay overnight.

    Day 3
    Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City
    It’s an early breakfast before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City
    via the Viet Cong’s legendary tunnels in Cu Chi. See booby traps, hidden doors and some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand to escape danger and launch surprise attacks from. If you’re up for it, you can even go down into the skinny tunnels and experience them first-hand.

    Tonight it's a free evening, so why not grab some delicious Vietnamese food with your trip mates.

    Day 4
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    Today you’ll hear Vietnam’s history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times.

    Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War.

    In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports.

    Your Trip Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs!

    This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish’n’chips!

    Day 5
    Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea.

    Activity-wise, there’s a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area.

    Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don’t stop there! Get into Nha Trang’s nightlife with some of the group - it’s a pretty lively place!

    Day 6
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Dan Nang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An.

    Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles.

    You’ll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who’ll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda.

    This afternoon, it’s free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns! They also have designs in their shops to choose from.

    As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you’ll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 7
    Hoi An
    It’s a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    You could visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire at My Son. Our optional excursion takes in the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that was built between the 4th and 14th century. You’ll see overgrown temples in a location that was once a leading spiritual centre in this part of Vietnam.

    Otherwise, look through the galleries, antique shops and workshops of the old town. Locals still use traditional methods for pottery, weaving silk and wood-carving. Walk along the historic waterfront to the local market and continue through the stalls selling hand-woven baskets, medicinal herbs and local specialties. If you’re working up an appetite, there are lots of cool cafés serving great food to snack on, as well as coffees and beer.

    Day 8
    Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”, on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way.

    We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork.

    The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 9
    Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum.

    Our hotel is right in the middle of the city’s bustling Old Quarter – this really is the place to be! The Old Quarter has been Hanoi’s commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Trip Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here – each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products.

    Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature – a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the temple is Vietnam’s most important Confucian sanctuary and its historic seat of learning.

    In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era.

    For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 10
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country’s independence (seasonal).

    We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we’ll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

    This natural wonder doesn’t come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.

    Back on board there’s a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Ti Top for sunset.

    Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 11
    Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys!) that live there.

    We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon.

    For more culture your Trip Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi’s world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta.

    Day 12
    Depart Hanoi
    Our trip ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Trip Manager.

    Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    Cruise the Mekong Delta
    Live with a local family on an overnight stay
    Mekong Delta fishing experience
    Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City
    Experience the underground tunnel network built by Cu Chi guerrilla fighters over the course of forty years
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
    Visit to the War Remnants Museum
    Nha Trang
    Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
    Hoi An to Hue
    See stunning scenery en route to Hue
    Cyclo ride to Hue's Imperial Citadel
    Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat
    Swim and explore the lagoon and coral
  •  Vietnam Highlights (Start Ho Chi Minh City, End Hanoi)

    Vietnam Highlights (Start Ho Chi Minh City, End Hanoi)

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    • Accommodation
      9 nights accommodation: 8 nights in 3 star hotels & 1 overnight cruise
      3 domestic flights
      Transport & included sightseeing

      Food
      9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, & 1 dinners

      Staff
      A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Trip Manager & local English-speaking guides
      Local taxes & service charges
      .
    Day 1
    Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
    Start your Vietnam Highlights this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this ‘Paris of the Orient’, from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.



    Day 2
    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    Today you’ll hear Vietnam’s history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times.

    Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War.

    In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports.

    Your Trip Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs!

    This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish’n’chips!

    Day 3
    Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea.

    Activity-wise, there’s a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area.

    Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don’t stop there! Get into Nha Trang’s nightlife with some of the group - it’s a pretty lively place!

    Day 4
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Dan Nang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An.

    Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles.

    You’ll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who’ll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda.

    This afternoon, it’s free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns! They also have designs in their shops to choose from.

    As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you’ll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 5
    Hoi An
    It’s a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    You could visit the ruined Hindu temples of the Champa Empire at My Son. Our optional excursion takes in the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that was built between the 4th and 14th century. You’ll see overgrown temples in a location that was once a leading spiritual centre in this part of Vietnam.

    Otherwise, look through the galleries, antique shops and workshops of the old town. Locals still use traditional methods for pottery, weaving silk and wood-carving. Walk along the historic waterfront to the local market and continue through the stalls selling hand-woven baskets, medicinal herbs and local specialties. If you’re working up an appetite, there are lots of cool cafés serving great food to snack on, as well as coffees and beer.

    Day 6
    Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”, on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way.

    We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork.

    The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 7
    Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum.

    Our hotel is right in the middle of the city’s bustling Old Quarter – this really is the place to be! The Old Quarter has been Hanoi’s commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Trip Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here – each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products.

    Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature – a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the temple is Vietnam’s most important Confucian sanctuary and its historic seat of learning.

    In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era.

    For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 8
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh – former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country’s independence (seasonal).

    We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we’ll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

    This natural wonder doesn’t come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.

    Back on board there’s a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Ti Top for sunset.

    Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 9
    Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys!) that live there.

    We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon.

    For more culture your Trip Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi’s world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta.

    Day 10
    Depart Hanoi
    Our trip ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Trip Manager.

    Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
    View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
    Visit to the War Remnants Museum
    Nha Trang
    Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters
    Nha Trang to Hoi An
    Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
    Hoi An to Hue
    See stunning scenery en route to Hue
    Cyclo ride to Hue's Imperial Citadel
    Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat
    Swim and explore the lagoon and coral
  •  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
      7 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. 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

Australia

  •  Island and Rainforest (Start Cairns) (Start Cairns, End Airlie Beach)

    Island and Rainforest (Start Cairns) (Start Cairns, End Airlie Beach)

    enquire now for price

    • Accommodation
      6 nights multi-share accommodation: 5 nights in resorts, 1 night in a lodge
      Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
      Rainforest adventure on days 1 & 2
      National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

      Food
      8 meals:
      6 breakfasts
      2 dinners

      Staff
      An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities
      .
    Day 1
    Cairns to Cape Tribulation
    Meet up with the other Contiki travellers and your Trip Manager in Cairns. Then we hit the road and travel north.

    Sticking to the coast, we follow the Coral Sea past remote beaches and gorgeous scenery to the lush, tropical Daintree Rainforest. Get back to nature as we walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with a local aboriginal guide who will teach you about the culture traditions of the native people. You will also head to a stunningly clear swimming-hole in Mossman Gorge, where you can cool off in the waters.

    This afternoon you can choose to either glide through the canopy of the rainforest on the optional zip lines, go kayaking off cape tribulation and see turtles swimming beneath and eagles soaring overhead.

    Tonight, get to know your group and Trip Manager over dinner in Cape Tribulation.

    Day 2
    Cape Tribulation to Cairns
    Head to the lookout point at Cape Tribulation. The only place in the world where two UNESCO heritage listed sites meet. Next it’s onto make a splash in a local watering hole then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide.

    Next up is Port Douglas, known for its idyllic white sands and palms trees. This resort town attracts the rich & famous, travelers and families alike. You’ll soon see why.

    This afternoon it's back to Cairns!

    In your free time on the first night in Cairns, walk around the buzzing night markets. It’s the perfect place for shopping and with everything from fun, kitsch treasures to local crafts like boomerangs and didgeridoos.

    Day 3
    Cairns
    Wake up to the warm waters of Cairns where there’s something for everyone. This is your chance to experience the Great Barrier Reef on an optional day trip. Put on your snorkel gear and check out colourful fish, turtles, vivid coral and the incredible clear waters.

    On day 2, for those who are keen for a fun and thrilling ride, join our optional whitewater rafting adventure activity with our professional Local Guides. There are loads more activities available in Cairns like hot air ballooning, sky diving and bungy jumping – just ask your Trip Manager for some more info.

    Tonight we head out to a local restaurant for dinner where you have the opportunity to try kangaroo, amongst other delicious Australian delicacies.

    Day 5
    Cairns to the Whitsundays
    Relax on the coach as we cruise past thick, tropical rainforests into Tully, home to some of Australia’s best whitewater rafting.

    Slowly leaving the tropics behind us, we hit Townsville for some free time. Check out the colonial buildings and get a feel for its maritime past as we drive along the esplanade and into town where you can grab some lunch.

    See vistas over Magnetic Island, a National Park and bird sanctuary, before we continue our travels south. Play some tunes, have a chat, catch a movie or simply enjoy some downtime.

    The time is then yours to enjoy the picture-perfect Whitsundays! Slow the pace down, kick back and relax.

    For those that are up for it, you could get away from it all with our optional day sail. Check out some of the Whitsunday’s 74 islands from the boat – you’ll soon understand why this region is so famous. Experience what is known as one of the top ten beaches in the world, uninhabited Whitehaven Beach. Swim off the boat and play beach volleyball or cricket with the local skipper and crew before enjoying a tasty lunch and a few drinks.

    Day 7
    The Whitsundays
    The trip ends after breakfast in Airlie Beach, so it's time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

    Cairns to Cape Tribulation
    Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge
    Cape Tribulation to Cairns
    Swim in a local waterhole
    Mangrove boardwalk with our expert guide
    Visit the resort town of Port Douglas
    Cairns
    Cairns city orientation
    Cairns to the Whitsundays
    Pass Hinchinbrook Island - Australia's largest island national park
    See Magnetic Island
    Townsville city orientation
    Visit the vibrant seaside town of Airlie Beach
  •  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

NZ

  •  Rhythm & Alps (Start Queenstown, End Queenstown)

    Rhythm & Alps (Start Queenstown, End Queenstown)

    enquire now for price

    • Accommodation
      3 nights Lodge, 3 nights Glamping (Luxury Camping)

      Food
      8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

      Staff
      Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
      Sightseeing tours of all major cities
      .
    Day 1
    Queenstown
    Welcome New Year's revellers to the adventure capital of the world, and boy are you in a for a treat. The next few days are all about keeping your dancing feet happy and your adrenalin levels fully topped up. You ready? Good, because tonight you'll be meeting up with your Trip Manager and fellow NYE party heads to explore Queenstown by night.

    Day 2
    Queenstown to Cardrona
    QUEENSTOWN
    Fill up on that tasty included brekky because today we're making our way to Cardrona, where the party will really begin. Leaving Queenstown we'll cross over Kawarau Bridge - the world's first bungy location. Tempted? Good, because we've got plenty of that to keep you busy once back in Queenstown.

    CARDRONA
    Welcome to the heart of the South Island. The next two days are full of incredible line-ups, spectacular stage designs and all the festival LOLs. And the best part? We've sorted you some sweet luxury camping, so all you have to worry about is dancing till your feet can't take anymore..."

    Day 3
    Cardrona
    CARDRONA
    Wake up and get stuck into your included breakfast. Then head out and watch some of best bands & DJ's at new Zealand's finest music festival. Party the night away in spectacular fashion, but remember to save a little energy for the big night ahead tomorrow.

    Day 4
    Cardrona
    Oh hello the best day/night of the year. Today you'll be kept busy running between stages, munching down tasty festival food and generally rolling around loving life. And then tonight, the main event - as the clock strikes 12, watch the sky come alive with fireworks, and feel pretty chuffed that you're sharing this moment with all new pals.

    Day 5
    Cardrona to Queenstown
    Festival fun might have come to an end, but your NZ adventure certainly hasn't. We'll make our way back to the adventure capital of the world - Queenstown - and what better day than New Year's Day to start ticking off some serious bucket list items. Skydive? Bungy jump? Zip-lining? There ain't nothing you can't do in Queenstown, and our ME Time Optionals will have you screaming with excitement every second of the day. Best make your way to the Ice Bar tonight to chill out...

    Day 6
    Queenstown
    Another free day to do as you please, and the opportunities are endless. Did a skydive yesterday, loved it so much you can't stop thinking about it and want to do another today? Why the hell not. Just make sure you see out your last day with a bang, then we've got the evening covered with a delicious gourmet pizza dinner at our favourite little joint, Winnies. It's our last one as a group, so enjoy it.

    Day 7
    Queenstown
    Our trip ends after breakfast - sob. Who's up for the same time next year? We're game if you are.
  •  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