Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Czech
Republic, Germany, Netherlands and
Belgium (in transit)
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Want to really get under the skin of Europe’s best cities, find edgy backstreet coffee shops, explore quirky museums & go where the locals go? The Eastern Quest is for you. We call it the ‘alternative bucket list’ trip of Europe, covering the iconic along with the lesser-known highlights.
Day 1 : Rome to Venice via Verona
Day 2 : Venice
Day 3 : Venice to Salzburg
Day 4 : Salzburg to Prague
Day 5 : Prague
Day 6 : Prague to Berlin via Dresden
Day 7 : Berlin
Day 8 : Berlin to Amsterdam
Day 9 : Amsterdam including Edam
Day 10 : Depart Amsterdam
Good Morning – meet up with your Trip Manager this morning as you get an early start and meet up
with your Contiki Squad who your going to be hanging out with for the upcoming days. First up we
have to say Arrivederci Roma. No doubt packed full of pizza, pasta and gelato, we say a fond farewell,
knowing that another Italian icon is just around the corner…Verona!
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, a posse of travellers, all alike in excitement, check out the place
that inspired Romeo & Juliet, yes, the very same balcony. One for the romantics of the group. We’ll also
check out the Roman Arena where other love stories were told.
Yes, it’s as cute as you imagine. Yes, you’ll feel like you’re part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are
actually hanging out in the gondola clad floating city of Venice! And tomorrow it is yours to explore…
Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We’ll be
jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city.
A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on
your own and see where the maze takes you.
Traditional Tastes of Venice
That’s it for our lengthy stint in Italy. Gelato, pizza, historical monuments, coastlines, gondolas; you
have all been wonderful!
Onwards and geographically upwards – it’s time for the mountain ranges that made the Sound of
Music famous. Also home to Mozart, you can be pretty certain this place knows a beat. Today we’ll also
see the largest preserved fortress in Central Europe – Hohensalzburg – and have the chance to partake
in the Sights & Sounds of Salzburg optional. Never a dull moment!
Sights & Sounds of Salzburg
Austrian Farmers Dinner & Schnaps Evening
Austria, you are an overwhelming beauty. Although it would be nice to stay forever, it’s time for us to
cross the border into the Czech Republic. Here you can opt for a stop at Eagle’s Nest for some WWII
history and panoramic pics should you feel so inclined. With Prague on the horizon, things are looking
Castles and bridges and gothic cathedrals make the city of Prague a surprise and delight. Compact
and bursting with atmosphere, use your free time to trot around on foot and see what you stumble
upon (hoping to heaven it’s the traditional fruit dumpling of ovocné knedlíky).
With a full day to loiter, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antics & you
cheers-ing cheap beer; not to mention life!
Prague bike tour
Just remember, with every great city we leave behind, we get a little bit closer to somewhere new to
explore. And today that somewhere new happens to be the cultural hub of Berlin. Thanks for
A road trip from Prague to Berlin would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by
World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirthed beauty of an Opera
house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.
Come for a wall covered in art & history, stay for a culture of cool, a smorgasbord of partying & enough
unique German flair to leave you desperate to see the rest of the country. Today we will shower you in
iconic sites, none more interesting that the remains of the Berlin Wall.
Get into the mood of exploration. Berlin has so much to offer the hungry traveller, from the obvious
icons like Checkpoint Charlie to all the obscurities tucked away in the side streets.
Berlin historical walking tour
Alternative Berlin (Summer only)
Tastes of Berlin (Winter only)
By night this city comes alive, so get into the groove and visit one of the cool backstreet bars or clubs
and rub shoulders with the locals, cos that’s what travelling is all about, right?
It’s time to hit the original fast-track of the autobahn and make our way out of Germany. We have one
last city to tick off & it’s sure to see us go out with a bang.
Whatever eclectic fantasies you have about Amsterdam, the real life version will impress you more. Fire
yourself up for pretty canals, a bounty of unique museums & quirky cafes galore.
This morning we head off to Edam to eat some cheese!
You know the cheese, and now you’re going to know the place that pioneered it. We’ll cycle into the
countryside squealing at windmills & going hysterical over tulip fields on our way to an actual cheese
farm & clog maker’s house.
It’s our last full day on tour & our last night to party up a storm with the squad. Use the day to explore
quirky museums & sample the endless array of cuisines this city has on offer. In the mood for Dutch
pancakes? Of couse you are. Just ask your Trip Manager on the best places to head. For those that
can’t get enough of those cute canal houses, take to the streets with your phone and get those Insta
likes at an all time high. It would be rude not to go large tonight with the squad, starting with an
optional dinner of Dutch favourites and a canal cruise with drinks to set the mood.
Canal cruise (1 hour)
Get your tissues ready, it’s time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We’ll escort you to Schiphol
Airport by about 10am.
For those not leaving us until London, we’ll travel south through Belgium – cross another country off
This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you’ll be left to
start dreaming up your next big adventure.
Free Time Add-Ons will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for those aren’t included in your trip cost & are payable to your trip manager in local currency.
If you are anywhere near McleodGanj, then the Triund trek is a must do on the list. Skipping this would be like eating popcorn without butter. The trek starts from the vibrant Tibetian town of McleodGanj, makes its way through beautiful oak and rhododendron forests and finally opens up to the large open expanse of the Triund Hilltop. If the views of the entire Kangra valley are not enough to satiate you, just pitch a tent and wait till the sun drops. It will take your jaw with it. Believe us!
The Unseen Trail comprises of one day in Kasol and Grahan each. This is an extremely good choice for first-time trekkers wanting to experience hiking in the lower Himalayas. The trek is widely popular for its dense pine forests, natural hot water springs, Grahan waterfall, lush flora, and fauna, etc. Grahan gives the travelers an opportunity for a peaceful retreat without any of the humdrum of typical civilization. One of the most unique things about Grahan is how secluded it is. Not a lot of people know about this small village and there is also not a lot of information to go around. Coming to this place will ensure that you have some brilliant memories that cannot be tarnished by time. A short hike ahead of the village leads to the Pir Panjal mountain range, which is a great thing to do if you have spare time on your hands.
The Kheerganga trek is a perfect getaway for beginners looking for an adventurous trek in the lower Himalayas, is widely popular for its dense pine forests, natural hot water springs (Manikaran & Kheerganga), waterfalls (Rudranag), short hikes, serene villages (Kalga, Pulga, Tulga) and the valley’s natural beauty. The crisp mountain air coupled with delicious Himachali & Israeli food with the smell of burning herbs coursing through the otherwise unpolluted air makes Kasol the so-called “Amsterdam of India”. One should also take a short hike to Malana from Kasol to experience the centuries-old local Malana culture.
Jibhi is a charming unexplored hamlet in the Himalayas, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming beauty of this place and the meadow nature walks surrounding it. And if you want to step out of your comfort zone you can trek across to ‘Chehni Kothi’ an abandoned 17th Century wood & stone fort with an architecture straight out of a fairy tale. If you need an escape, this is your calling!
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