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The Original - Contiki
The Original - Contiki
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Starts
London
Destinations
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Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Experience camping through Europe
  • Take a selfie beside the Eiffel Tower
  • Enjoy the latin party vibes of Barcelona
  • Explore the wonders of Athens
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Ferry
Start and end in London! With the in-depth cultural tour The Original, you have a 46 day tour package taking you through London, England and 24 other destinations in Europe. The Original includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • A
    Written on August 13, 2016
    3.0 - Average

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  • DC
    Written on May 13, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    A very good trip
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  • PZ
    Written on May 11, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Ellie was very amazing. Polite and just fun all round. I got sick on my tour she even came to a little dr on the trip with me. She knew alot about all the places we went too and joined in on all activities.
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  • R
    Written on November 24, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    I had the best time!! Camping is definately the way to go. You meet friends for life!! And the experience is incredible
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  • A
    Written on February 28, 2008

    Camping Europe 45 Days! So I admit I had never even put up a tent before let alone camped and I was a bit nervous about the 45 days ahead of me. However,this trip ended up being one of the highlights of my travels to date. The staff were wonderful and helpful ( such as breaking into tents that a certain novice had managed to lock herself out of, lol). The food was amazing too. I can't believe that you would be able to have such a great feed in any hotel for the price we paid. The camping allowed everyone on the tour to get to know each other so much better and we had great fun thinking of ways and games to entertain ourselves. The destinations were great and I never felt too rushed, which is saying something when you cram 17 countries into 45 days. We were able to immerce ourselves into so many different cultures and the optional exra tours had someting to suit most tastes. I would reccommend this tour to most people, even if you do have the money to splash out on hotels. Sometimes you are going to have to pack up in the rain or go without blow drying your hair, but the friends that you make and the amazing things you get to experience are well worth it.

Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: London to Paris
  • Day 1 - 3: Paris
  • Day 4: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region
  • Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona
  • Day 6: Barcelona
  • Day 7: Barcelona to The Riviera
  • Day 8: The Riviera
  • Day 9: The Riviera to Venice
  • Day 10: Venice
  • Day 11: Venice to Florence
  • Day 12: Florence
  • Day 13: Florence to Rome
  • Day 14: Rome
  • Day 15: Rome to Sorrento
  • Day 16: Sorrento to Corfu
  • Day 16 - 19: Corfu
  • Day 20: Corfu to Athens
  • Day 21: Athens
  • Day 22: Athens to Kavala
  • Day 23: Kavala to Gallipoli
  • Day 24: Gallipoli to Istanbul
  • Day 25: Istanbul
  • Day 26: Istanbul to Sofia
  • Day 27: Sofia to Struga
  • Day 28: Struga to Tirana
  • Day 29: Tirana to Dubrovnik
  • Day 29 - 31: Dubrovnik
  • Day 32: Dubrovnik to Seline
  • Day 33: Seline to Budapest
  • Day 34: Budapest
  • Day 35: Budapest to Vienna
  • Day 36: Vienna
  • Day 37: Vienna to Prague
  • Day 38: Prague
  • Day 39: Prague to Munich
  • Day 40: Munich
  • Day 41: Munich to Swiss Alps
  • Day 42: Swiss Alps
  • Day 43: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg
  • Day 44: Heidelberg to Amsterdam
  • Day 45: Amsterdam
  • Day 46: Depart Amsterdam

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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  • Additional Services

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  • Optional Extras
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Videos

  • Freestyle Camping: sleep under the stars with Contiki
  • Western Europe Travel Guide
Freestyle Camping: sleep under the stars with Contiki

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • December 1, 2016

      Would I need to purchase the single supplement if i wanted my own tent for the camping portion but was happy to share for the hotel portions?

      Yes the single supplement upgrade for this trip is to have your own tent. Otherwise, if you don't mind sharing, you'd be automatically paired with another same sex, solo traveller.

    • June 20, 2016

      Will I be sleeping in tents on this trip?

      Yes you will be sleeping in tents on this trip with Contiki.

      You can either share with someone else on the trip of the same gender, unless you are in a relationship, or you can have a tent on your own.

      Please note that you will be responsible for setting up your own tent and helping with setting up the kitchen tent where all of your included breakfasts and some of your included dinners will be made.

    • April 23, 2015

      What does the food fund cover?

      The food fund covers the included meals listed in the what's included section. On these tours you will have food prepared by on-site chefs or your onboard cook. Some meals may also be at local restaurants.

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Ebony Skye Anderson
      "So when I moved to Switzerland to study in 2006 - little did I know it would end up changing every plan..."
    • Az Gallagher
      "Grew up on a banana farm in Tropical North QLD, Australia. Now I'm blessed at being a part of travellers..."
    • Ellie Teasdale

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      Vaccinations

      These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      Hepatitis B
      Recommended for Spain, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      Hepatitis A
      Recommended for Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Hungary and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Typhoid
      Recommended for Turkey and Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Tuberculosis
      Recommended for Bulgaria. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      Yellow fever
      Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      Tick-borne encephalitis
      Recommended for Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland. Ideally 6 months before travel.

      Policies

      Location
      Start and end in London.
      Hold my space
      TourRadar can request Contiki to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
      Deposit
      TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 45 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 5 December 2017 the full payment of $4,135 is necessary.
      Cancellation policy
      No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4135 for The Original, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
      Credit Cards
      The following cards are accepted for Contiki tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 8,498 km.
      • London (England)
      • 343 km
      • Paris (France)
      • 392 km
      • Lyon (France)
      • 532 km
      • Barcelona (Spain)
      • 490 km
      • Nice (France)
      • 445 km
      • Venice (Italy)
      • 203 km
      • Florence (Italy)
      • 232 km
      • Rome (Italy)
      • 212 km
      • Sorrento (Italy)
      • 856 km
      • Athens (Greece)
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