Normally, Contiki tours include up to 50 people, but these new limited edition ones will max out at 30 guests per trip. The trips are built around amassing new experiences and learning new skills, so get ready to explore some of Europe’s best attractions, cities, and countries in one of the coolest ways imaginable.
Cities visited: Barcelona, Zaragoza, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Burgos, Salamanca, Guimaraes, Porto, Aveiro, Obidos, Lisbon, Madrid
There’s a huge difference when it comes to tourists and travellers. The 12-day Boutique Local tour is for those who want to travel like a local. The start of your journey begins in Barcelona where you’ll take a walk through the Gothic Quarter before having dinner at a popular restaurant you won’t find in guidebooks. In Bilbao, you’ll get to try the regional Basque cuisine and then admire the Guggenheim at night.
Eventually, your tour will take you to Porto in Portugal where the area by the water is a World Heritage site. Exploring Lisbon is best done by tram, so your guide will take you on board to show you the streets the way the locals see it. Once night falls, the group will have drinks in the trendy Barrio Alto district. Your trip ends in Madrid where you’ll visit the home of the Spanish Royal family and get some downtime so you can explore the city on your own.
Logistics: Your tour starts in Barcelona and ends in Madrid. It’s well advised to book some extra days at the beginning and end of your trip. In Barcelona, the W Hotel may not be a local experience, but it’s one of the most incredible hotels in the world. If you can fit it into your schedule, consider heading to Valencia where modern and old architecture meet.
Cities visited: Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Venice
Are you ready to be the next Instagram star? If so, the nine-day Snap trip is for you! Okay, so you might not be getting thousands of followers anytime soon, but you will definitely learn how to get your photography skills on point.
An experienced local Instagrammer will show you all the best photo spots as you travel through Germany, The Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. Highlights include a German beer hall, Charles Bridge in Prague, The Sound of Music Garden in Salzburg, and the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Your crash course in photography happens all day with tips on how to capture the best pictures from dusk til dawn.
Logistics: The trip starts in Berlin and ends in Venice. Although you’ll have two days in Berlin, you’ll want to book a few extra days and check out all the city’s museums. The AMANO Grand Central hotel is conveniently located by the main train station, which will give you easy access to everything. In Venice, you can extend your trip and head to Florence or Rome, which is just a few hours away by train. When in Rome, head to Trastevere and experience the best-kept secret in the city.
Cities visited: Barcelona, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Genoa, Florence, San Gimignano, Bologna, Lake Como, Milan
Ready to tickle your taste buds? Munch will unite foodies as they travel from Spain to the south of France before arriving in Italy. Not only will you eat your way through the Mediterranean, you’ll also learn about how food is produced in the various region and prepare some meals with locals.
Joining your trip manager will be a food influencer who knows the region well and will be able to answer any questions you have about local cuisine. Tapas in Barcelona, bouillabaisse in Aix-en-Provence, and hand made pasta in Italy – what more could you ask for?
Logistics: The trip starts in Barcelona and ends in Milan. After spending all that time eating, you may want to end your trip with a cultural experience. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is found in Milan’s the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, while the Brera Pinacoteca is Milan’s most famous gallery.
These three limited edition tours are available for Contiki’s “Early Payment Discount” of 10% for those who book by January 12th, 2017. Your airfare isn’t included, so use our search engine to find the lowest prices on flights now.