Thai Island Hopper East, 9 DaysThailand
HIGHLIGHTS: Koh Samui - Koh Tao - Koh Pha Ngan Searching for a relaxing tropical island? The ultimate in idyllic beaches and the most breathtaking scenery? Then spend nine-days island hopping through the eastern Thai Islands with Contiki. Do as little or as much as you like: explore the exotic sights, sample the local cuisine, kick back on the world famous beaches, take a day cruise or simply chill beachside with a cocktail. The three Koh's - Samui, Tao and Pha Ngan - show you what the Thai Islands are all about Your backstage pass includes: Unique special stay - Bungalow in Koh Pha Ngan Day 1: Arrive Koh Samui Arrive on the island of Koh Samui - the third largest island in Thailand & an area known for its spectacular natural beauty, beaches & good times. Check-in to your hotel & use this afternoon hit the shops or start working on your tan at the beach. The evening, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies, before heading out to explore some of Chaweng Beach's nightlife. This place is known for it's cool party scene which is quite literally right on the beach. So relax & get onto island time. Day 2 and 3: Koh Samui Koh Samui has got something for everyone, so with 2 full days here, get ready for a taste of everything the island offers to it's travellers. During the day, there are long stretches of beach with soft, white sand dotted around the island for you to take advantage of and the chance to soak up the rays, swim, snorkel & relax. Explore the local town for a generous dose of the lifestyle here. Head down the little side streets for an authentic Thai feast - you'll find lots of local delights like Phad Thai, delicious exotic curries & fresh flavours at some unbelievable prices. Or take it up a level & enjoy a cocktail or try fresh coconut served to you right on the beach. You could take a tour of the island to see some of the local sites or visit a Buddhist temple with a 15m (50ft) statue of the Buddha. Built in 1972, this statue is respected by locals & visitors alike - many of whom light incense & pray here with offerings of fruit & flowers. With loads of free time ask your Tour Manager for some tips & suggestions of things to do, like a visit to Wat Khunaram with it's mummified monk or the uniquely shaped formation of the Grandmother & Grandfather rocks. At night this island goes off Spots like Chaweng, the island's most popular beach, come alive with other travellers & locals alike. With so many bars & clubs located right on the beach, it's the perfect place to party with your travel buddies, locals & new mates. Day 4: Koh Samui to Koh Tao It's time for a change of pace as we take a short ferry journey across the Gulf of Thailand to the island of Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island. Smaller than Koh Samui, Koh Tao is famous for its underwater scenery & laid-back lifestyle. After arriving, your Tour Manager will take you on an orientation walk of the island so you can really get your bearings of where you're keen to head back to. You've then got the afternoon to relax on the beach, or grab a snorkel & head underwater Tonight it's an included dinner on the beach with some local specialities. Day 5: Koh Tao Wake up on Koh Tao & get ready for a slice of paradise. Koh Tao is known for its submerged scenery, so it's a not-to-miss experience when you visit. Snorkelling is a fantastic way to explore the island's underwater world. Fins, snorkels & masks can be rented from lots of places throughout the island for a small cost. Ask your Tour Manager for some advice on the best places to head & get ready for some unbeatable sights, colourful fish & vibrant sea life. Otherwise, take it easy & maybe opt for a swim in the warm waters. If the underwater scene isn't what you're into, then there are loads of other things to experience here. If you'd prefer to keep things on land & venture out on foot, you could explore some of the island's hiking trails. With its hilly landscape there's a lot to explore & great views to check out here. There's also the opportunity to join our optional day cruise if you feel like getting out & about. You'll be taken to some great snorkelling spots around Koh Tao. Day 6: Koh Tao to Koh Pha Ngan With a free morning here, enjoy your last few hours on Koh Tao before it's time to cruise to the island of Koh Pha Ngan. With quiet stretches of beach, coconut trees & soft sand during the day & its Full Moon Parties at night, Koh Pha Ngan is fast becoming a must-visit location in Thailand. Day 7 and 8: Koh Pha Ngan There are beaches all over Koh Pha Ngan to chill out on, each offering different activities for travellers visiting the island. You could make your way to Haad Yao beach, a quiet spot that's great for swimming & snorkelling. You could also treat yourself to a bit of pampering if you wish - there are lots of places to have a Thai massage while listening to the waves lap against the shore. With close access to excellent dive spots, Koh Pha Ngan is quickly developing a reputation as a great learn-to-dive location too If you have a diving certificate or want to learn how, you could head out on a boat & explore some of the island's key diving spots while you're here. By night, this island is the place to go out Try it local & enjoy the lively night scene. Whether it is a Half Moon Party, a Black Moon Party or Full Moon party - there is always something going on in Koh Pha Ngan. Day 9: Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Samui Today it's time for your Thai Islands adventure to end. After a ferry from Koh Pha Ngan we'll head back to Koh Samui where it's time to swap emails & numbers with your Contiki Team & travel buddies. Choose a free transfer to the airport or opt to end at the Koh Samui hotel where our tour started. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 8 April - 20 September 2014
Dive to Adventure, 3 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Dive Boat This 3 day liveaboard dive and snorkelling adventure will show you the very best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. It's also unmatched for value. You'll participate in up to 11 dives over 16 exclusive dive sites. DAY 1 CAIRNS TO DIVE BOAT Rise and shine early. We'll collect you from the Rydges Eplanade (or alternative accommodation that you'll need to notify ProDive Cairns of) at 5.55am and take you to the marina to meet your boat by 7.00am. 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. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 11 April 2014 - 30 September 2015
Las Vegas, New Year, 4 DaysUnited States
HIGHLIGHTS: Las Vegas Meet your Contiki Crew in Las Vegas and see what all the fuss is about - New Years in "Sin City" Here you can check out the Grand Canyon, shop at the Las Vegas Premium outlets or catch a Vegas show - or just party the days and nights away in wicked Las Vegas DAY 1 ARRIVE LAS VEGAS Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager this afternoon in larger-than-life Las Vegas - a man-made entertainment oasis smack in the middle of the desert. Dubbed "Sin City", it's all about glitz, neon lights and excess. See the bright lights of this city and its world famous casinos in a first taste of Vegas kitsch. As the group heads down the main drag, the "Strip", your Tour Manager will fill you in on the story behind the city. Then cruise downtown to Freemont Street where you'll experience the spectacular light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall. Top off the day with our trip to the top of the Stratosphere, Las Vegas' tower. Take in the night lights and sweeping views over the city from over 300 meters (1000ft) up. DAY 2 NEW YEAR'S EVE IN LAS VEGAS With a free day, you've got time to get a real feel for this outrageous town, so keep an eye out for Elvis impersonators and fast-paced chapel weddings There's a chance to discover the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most recognizable natural wonders, in a fantastic optional helicopter flight. For something different, discover Las Vegas' trademark art at the Neon Museum and for a look into this town's atomic heyday in the 50s, visit the Atomic Testing Museum. Tonight, ring in the New Year at a hip Las Vegas club with the group, kick back at the open bar and explore the city in a big Vegas night out. DAY 3 LAS VEGAS Explore more of the Strip and check out over-the-top versions of international icons, like the Eiffel Tower, Venetian canals and gondolas, a Roman temple or the pyramid, whose nightlight can be seen from the moon. Try your luck at one of the casinos, sit yourself down at a blackjack table and watch the high-rollers or go for a ride at one of the casino's theme-parks. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet, and lunch American style. If you just want to relax, position yourself poolside back at the hotel and soak up the Las Vegas sun. Tonight, there's an optional Las Vegas show on offer for the group. Then get some pointers on Las Vegas' hot spots from your Tour Manager and make the most of this towns' 24/7 action with some of your new friends. DAY 4 DEPART LAS VEGAS Say farewell to your new friends and the glitz and glam of Las Vegas. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 30 December 2014, 30 December 2015
Oktoberfest, 6 DaysEurope
HIGHLIGHTS: London - Munich Known world wide as a beer festival, Oktoberfest is actually so much more From humble beginnings as a royal wedding celebration to the almost month long Bavarian extravaganza that it has become, the 'Fest has enough beer, pork, merchandise and amusement park attractions to keep you entertained for days. Stay at the Contiki Tent Village in the heart of Oktoberfest territory, have a hot breakfast before you set out, and come and go as you please with regular shuttles to and from the 'Fest grounds. No thinking required, just have fun. Day 1 London to Munich. Meet up with your Contiki team before we hit the road & get ready for a week of fun at one of the world's most famous festivals, Oktoberfest. We'll make our way through the English countryside past the White Cliffs of Dover to catch our ferry across the channel. Chat to your new travel buddies and catch up on some sleep as we journey overnight towards Munich, the home of Oktoberfest. Day 2 Munich. Wake up in the pumping city of Munich, home to Oktoberfest. On arrival, we make a stop at the hostel, where we'll stay for the tour. Later, if you're feeling up to it, check out Munich & get the party started Day 3 - 5 Munich. There's so much to see & do in this city, so make the most of your time here. Oktoberfest has been an annual event in the Bavarian calendar for more than 200 years, so make sure you don't miss out on any of the action. Take your place at one of the festival tents & get into all that is Oktoberfest. If you're feeling like going local then girls don a Dirndl & guys get into your Lederhosen (traditional costume) to really get into the spirit. Food is also a central part of the festival & not to be missed. Try some German treats like Pretzels, Wurst, Sauerkraut or pork knuckle, there really is something to tantalise any taste buds here. If you feel like a bit of time out from the buzzing beer halls, head to the market stalls for some other German treats. A huge amusement park is also a feature of the festival so don't forget to jump on some rides while you're here. From the central Marienplatz (market square) there's heaps of other things to do & see while you're here. Located right in the heart of the city, it's a hub for shopping, has a variety of places to eat & many historic sights within easy reach. Marienplatz is also home to the Old & New Town Halls, once the centre of the political heart of Munich. There's also the spectacular Hirschgarten nearby, with its amazing 8000 seat beer garden. Don't miss out on a visit to Olympic Park, home to the 1972 Olympic Games, where you can climb the Olympic Tower for awesome city views. If seeing some history is on your agenda, then don't miss the Alter Hof, Munich's medieval castle, one of the most beautiful locations in the city. Or ask your Contiki team for some other tips on things to do in the quaint nearby towns & villages. If you're feeling like a day out & about, explore even more of Europe while you're here. A day trips to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle & Dachau Memorial Concentration camp are just a few of the options Contiki offer if you feel like something different. Day 6 Munich to London. Say farewell to the fun times had in Germany as we head back to Calais to board the ferry back to England. Your tour ends upon arrival in London where its time to say farewell to your new friends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 22 -27 September, 26 - 1 October, 30 - 5 October 2015
Tropical Wonder, 5 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - The Whitsundays Start off with a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and learn how to throw a boomerang. Then try some white water rafting, a high-speed catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, or just take in the local wildlife at the various nightclubs around town. Relax and let the sun soak in while you enjoy days of leisure on Long Island. DAY 1 CAIRNS Meet your Contiki crew then we're off to town for a Cairns orientation tour, so you can get a feel of the area you will be spending the next two nights. Tonight we head out to a local restaurant for dinner where you have the opportunity to try kangaroo fillets, amongst other delicious Australian delicacies. In your free time, walk around Cairns' buzzing night markets. It's the perfect place for shopping and with everything from fun, kitsch treasures to local crafts like boomerangs and didgeridoos. There's something for everyone. DAY 2 CAIRNS Wake up to the warm waters of Cairns. For those who are keen for a fun and thrilling ride on the rapids of the Tully River, join our optional white-water 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 Tour Manager for some more info. There's a 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. Later, hit the seaside esplanade back in Cairns, sit down with a coffee and people watch. For your last night with the group in this city, there's a chance to head down to a local hot-spot for dinner if you're up for it. DAY 3-4 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 on your ipod, have a chat, catch a DVD or simply enjoy some downtime before you board a ferry out to stunning Daydream Island. The time is then yours to enjoy the picture-perfect Whitsundays Slow the pace down, kick back and make the most of the fantastic facilities available at the resort. Go for a rainforest walk, swim in the pool, get into some beach or water sports, try your hand at fish-feeding, catch a film at the big outdoor cinema or laze about on the beach. 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 on the way back to Daydream Island. DAY 5 THE WHITSUNDAYS The tour ends after breakfast, so it's time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 26 April 2014 - 19 September 2015
Rock and Red, 5 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Alice Springs - Kings Creek Station - Uluru The Northern Territory is a parched land drenched in cultural history. Enjoy the beautiful hues of Uluru (Ayers Rock) with a champagne toast at sunset, take a walkabout and dine on crocodile and emu. This tour has it all, including a final hot air balloon ride option. The breathtaking scenery and comic local characters of Australia will enchant you. Hungry for more? Try the Territory and Outback - double the days, double your pleasure with the sights and sounds of Down Under. DAY 1 ALICE SPRINGS Meet your Contiki crew and go on a tour of the Outback's unofficial capital, 'The Alice', famous for its remote location, its Aussie characters & its reputation as the national hub for Aboriginal art. Visit ANZAC Hill lookout, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the important Aboriginal cultural site of Simpson's Gap & West MacDonnell National Park. You'll also get to see Alice Springs Telegraph Station. We kick off the afternoon with a hand on experience at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you hear about some of Australia's the unique Outback reptiles, and if your brave enough, hold a python. Tonight you'll get to know your fellow travellers over dinner. DAY 2 ALICE SPRINGS TO KINGS CREEK STATION Jump start the day by learning about surviving in the bush with our included Aboriginal 'Bushtucker' tour. Our expert Aboriginal Guide will fill you in on the dos and don'ts of life in the bush, and you'll even get to taste insects and plants if you're adventurous. Next up, Kings Creek Station. This working camel & cattle station serves up a real outback experience. Tonight, 'go bush' and sleep under the open sky at our overnight bush camp where you'll see the desert sky light up with thousands of stars. DAY 3 KINGS CREEK STATION TO Uluru Today we make tracks to Uluru. We drive by ancient (700 million years old) Mt. Connor for 360° views over the red desert and take a walk through Uluru's neighbour - Kata Tju?a, or 'The Olgas' - before arriving at Yulara Resort. This environmentally designed resort is all about the outback and has a pool for you to cool off in after the drive. DAY 4 Uluru Start off the morning nice and early and watch the sun rise over this iconic natural wonder from the viewing area. Get familiar with Uluru when your Tour Manager takes you around its base and gives you the background of the spiritual significance of this site for Aboriginal people. For something different, choose an optional Harley Davidson ride or scenic flight. Tonight, catch the sun set over the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru (Ayers Rock), and grab some nibbles and bubbly to toast this amazing view. DAY 5 Uluru TO ALICE SPRINGS Say farewell to Uluru - Kata Tju?a National Park today. Take the option of leaving from Uluru this morning or continue to Alice Springs where your tour ends this afternoon. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 21 April 2014 - 7 September 2015
Learn to Dive, 5 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Dive Boat The 5 day PADI 'Open Water' dive course is by far the most popular way to learn to dive. The adventure of learning to dive combined with staying out on the reef for 2 nights onboard a boat is really unique. The course takes you to 9 of the Great Barrier Reef's best dive sites & features 2 days of classroom & in-pool training, then it's onto the live aboard boat for the actual reef diving. There's also plenty of time to snorkel, relax & just enjoy the reef experience. DAY 1-2 CAIRNS Pro Dive will collect you around 8.00am from the Rydges Esplanade Hotel and transfer you to the modern Pro-Dive Cairns Training Centre. The first two days of the course are spent learning the theory and practical skills of scuba diving. Each day ends at approximately 5.30pm. DAY 3-4 CAIRNS TO DIVE BOAT Set your alarms This morning you'll be picked up from the Rydges Eplanade Hotel at 5.55am and transferred to a premium dive vessel where you're live aboard for the next 3 days & 2 nights. You'll participate in up to 9 dives on the outer Great Barrier Reef at a variety of our 16 exclusive dive sites. Your first 4 dives will complete your open water certification. And then, as certified diver, you'll be able take up to 5 more recreational or 'pleasure' dives. One of these being a guided night dive These extra dives will let you plunge into an unforgettable world of vibrant colour, incredible reef formations, amazing tropical fish and incredible marine life. DAY 5 DIVE BOAT TO CAIRNS By midday today, you will have completed nine dives and gliding around in the underwater world will be second nature to you. We'll return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Then tonight join your new diving mates and crew for an optional farewell dinner at a local restaurant. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 11 April 2014 - 30 September 2015
New York Uncovered, 4 DaysUnited States
HIGHLIGHTS: New York Experience the greatest city on Earth, New York Contiki offers you a 7 day travel pass to give you access to all the best bits of the big apple. Or why not get a birds eye view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building. DAY 1 HELLO BIG APPLE Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager in fabulous New York. Cool, chic and pumping with urban soul, this is one knock-out town. From yellow cabs to delis, from hit shows to cutting-edge galleries, from iconic monuments to street culture, this city has it all. Get familiar with the Big Apple as your Tour Manager shows you round New York's core spots today. You'll kick start the day as your Tour Manager opens up Manhattan. See the USA's economic heart on Wall Street and the famous stock exchange NYSE, before checking out the cultural hub of Harlem and the famous Apollo theatre, where jazz, blues and soul greats like James Brown performed. You'll see Museum Row, which includes some of the world's most prestigious museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Check out the towering Rockefeller centre, which took 70 000 workers to build, the Gothic St Patrick's Cathedral and the exclusive jewellery store, Tiffany's before making a sobering stop at the World Trade Center Site, where the Twin Towers once stood. After dinner tonight, we'll all head down to Times Square. Take in the bright night lights of this popular meeting point, right in the thick of the theatre district. With free time, maybe you could catch a late show, New York style. Or else, with so much variety and so many places to go, head out with some friends and explore the city's incredible nightlife. DAY 2 NEW YORK, NEW YORK Get up close to one of the world's most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty. Then, with a free day, you can take off at your own pace and discover more of the ultimate big city. Get on 2 wheels in a fun optional guided tour and peddle your way through Central Park, New York's heart and "lungs". Our Local Guide knows this popular haunt's hidden spots and will tell you all about this iconic green space. Otherwise, get familiar with New York's various flavours and step into its global kitchen. Try some hand made pasta in atmospheric Little Italy, or authentic noodles from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in bustling Chinatown. Pick up a bagel and some salami from a deli or buy an authentic American hot dog from a street stand. Use your free time to explore New York's vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods up close. Soak up the bohemian feel of the former centre point of the folk movement, Greenwich village. This hub of alternative culture still has a buzzing street life and cute, sidewalk cafes. Take a walk through stylish Soho and check out its hip, funky boutiques, the warehouse district and its trademark iron architecture. Shopping-wise, New York is one of the world's hottest cities and a leading trend-setter, so get some tips from your Tour Manager on where to go for the latest fashions. If you're into the hit show "Sex and the City", don't miss your chance to find out more with our fun optional locally guided tour around the girls' favourite city hot spots in New York this afternoon. Use your free night to head back to your favourite city spot for a cocktail or ask your Tour Manager for some fresh ideas and head out with your friends. DAY 3 MORE OF MANHATTAN Start the day of with an adrenaline-pumping optional ride on the famous Hudson River. Hit speeds of up to 72km/hr(45mph) and check out Manhattan's incredible skyline from the water. Otherwise, use your free time to get out of the city for a change of scene. Head out to beautiful Brooklyn by walking over the historic Brooklyn Bridge or visit the colourful suburb, the Bronx, known for its zoo and botanical gardens. For something different, hit the Lower East Side and learn about New York's mixed history and immigrants at the Tenement Museum. If you're feeling hungry, visit the Chelsea Market - it's packed with gourmet foods from brownies to lobster. Tonight is the last night on tour, and we're going to make it unforgettable. After a farewell dinner, we'll head straight to the top of New York's most famous landmark, the Empire State Building. Take in the gorgeous night lights of Manhattan and sweeping views over the city from 102 floors up. DAY 4 DEPART NEW YORK CITY Your tour ends this morning so it's time to say goodbye to your new friends and Tour Manager. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 16 September 2014 - 23 February 2016
Alice & Kakadu, 6 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Katherine - Tennant Creek - Alice Springs It's time for Vegemite and kangaroos mate Australia's Northern Territory offers spectacular scenery, picturesque plateaus, wondrous wildlife, fabulous flights over waterfalls, and we even toss in a bit of culture with a visit to the N.T. Museum in the historic city of Darwin. From Aboriginal art to a Territorial banquet and a visit to the Territory's oldest watering holes, we'll see it all and call it a day with a stop off at Devil's Marbles. Not enough? Check out the Territory and Outback - double the days, double your pleasure with the sights and sounds of Down Under. DAY 1 DARWIN Meet up with your fellow travellers and Contiki team before heading out to stunning Litchfield National Park. On the way, we stop by the termite mounds, a local natural curiosity. These mounds are up to 4 metres (13ft) high and are literally magnetic - your Tour Manager will fill you in on the details. Then we hit the famous falls that make up the park - four waterfalls pour over a wide plateau into deep, picture-perfect waterholes surrounded by thick rainforest. Experience this natural playground and take a dip in the transparent waters. Head back to Darwin & get ready for a night out on the town. DAY 2 DARWIN TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Today, we hit the Darwin Museum and find out about the past of the Northern Territory's capital. Our included wildlife boat cruise takes us out to spot crocs & learn about the native birdlife in the area. Later, we travel to Australia's largest national park, Kakadu, known for its ancient rock art, some of which is up to 20,000 years old. DAY 3 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK We spend the day exploring some of this 20,000 sq km World Heritage-listed site. It's packed with swamps, rainforest, wetlands, woodlands, plants, insects and 75 different types of reptiles. We get the background on local indigenous culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre before we explore the "rock galleries" of Ubirr, where time-old paintings line the cave walls. Depending on the season, you can watch the sun set over this stunning site before we head back to the hotel for dinner. DAY 4 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TO KATHERINE Kick start the day by cooling off in the swimming hole at Edith Falls, deep in the heart of the national park. In the afternoon, we arrive in riverside Katherine. There's an optional cruise through the gorgeous Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. This National Park serves up vivid orange cliffs and rock formations that have been carved out by the river over hundreds' of years. Keep an eye open for fresh water crocs and learn about local wildlife and folklore from our Local Guide. Back in Katherine, your Tour Manager will organise an optional dinner tonight, so you can relax by the pool. DAY 5 KATHERINE TO TENNANT CREEK This morning, we pull into Mataranka Thermal Springs where you can have a swim in the thermal pools at a bush resort, where the mineral waters are a comfortable 34°C/93°F. Next up: the oldest pub in the Northern Territory, Daly Waters, licensed since 1893. Check out the knick-knacks and memorabilia that cover the walls of this Australian institution. Grab a bite to eat here and maybe meet a local character or two. We overnight in Tennant Creek, a "true blue" Aussie outback town, where you'll get a feel for the size of Australia. In the middle of nowhere, this town is the only point of contact for the million acre cattle stations of the surrounding area. DAY 6 TENNANT CREEK TO ALICE SPRINGS Chill out on the coach as we cut across flat plains and travel through a patch of no man's land. Stretch your legs at Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles), a strange grouping of enormous boulders, and maybe even sight a UFO in Wycliffe Well. On the road, we stop by Ti Tree, an Aboriginal community, where there's a chance to pick up authentic artefacts, paintings and didgeridoos at the cute Aboriginal art gallery. We pull into Alice Springs, smack in the middle of Australia and in the middle of nowhere. This original outback town is where your tour ends, so take the time to say goodbye to your new friends & Tour Manager. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Travel Dates: 16 April 2014 - 30 September 2015
New York, New Year, 4 DaysUnited States
HIGHLIGHTS: New York Big Apple, big New Year Check out Lady Liberty on Liberty island and then chill out in urban Central Park. Then get ready to see the ball drop in Times Square - one of the most famous New Year's Eve celebrations in the world. Then recover by shopping your way through trendy Fifth Avenue or check out a Broadway show. In your free time why not do - the "Sex and the City tour', see the city by helicopter or ride "The Beast". DAY 1 HELLO BIG APPLE Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager in fabulous New York. Cool, chic and pumping with urban soul, this is one knock-out town. From yellow cabs to delis, from hit shows to cutting-edge galleries, from iconic monuments to street culture, this city has it all. Get familiar with the Big Apple as your Tour Manager shows you round New York's core spots today. You'll kick start the day as your Tour Manager opens up Manhattan. See the USA's economic heart on Wall Street and the famous stock exchange NYSE. You'll see Museum Row, which includes some of the world's most prestigious museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Check out the towering Rockefeller centre, which took 70 000 workers to build, the gothic St Patrick's Cathedral and the exclusive jewellery store, Tiffany's before making a sobering stop at the World Trade Center Site, where the Twin Towers once stood. Cruise out to one of the world's most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty. Have dinner tonight with the group then with so much variety and so many places to go, head out with some friends and explore the city's incredible nightlife. DAY 2 NEW YEAR'S EVE IN NEW YORK Cruise out to one of the world's most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty. Then, with a free day, you can take off at your own pace and discover more of the ultimate big city. Otherwise, get familiar with New York's various flavours and step into its global kitchen. Try some hand made pasta in atmospheric Little Italy, or authentic noodles from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in bustling Chinatown. Pick up a bagel and some salami from a deli or buy an authentic American hot dog from a street stand. Use your free time to explore New York's vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods up close. Soak up the bohemian feel of the former centre point of the folk movement, Greenwich village. This hub of alternative culture still has a buzzing street life and cute, sidewalk cafes. Take a walk through stylish Soho and check out its hip, funky boutiques, the warehouse district and its trademark iron architecture. Shopping-wise, New York is one of the world's hottest cities and a leading trend-setter, so get some tips from your Tour Manager on where to go for the latest fashions. If you're into the hit show "Sex and the City", don't miss your chance to find out more with our fun optional locally guided tour around the girls' favourite city hot spots in New York this afternoon. For dinner tonight, we'll all head down to Times Square. Take in the bright night lights of this popular meeting point, right in the thick of the theatre district. Kick back with the group at the open bar and see in the new year with style. DAY 3 NEW YORK CITY Jump start the new year by following local tradition and go ice-skating at the Rockfeller Centre or catch a matinee on Broadway. Otherwise, use your free time to get out of the city for a change of scene. Head out to beautiful Brooklyn by walking over the historic Brooklyn Bridge or visit the colourful suburb, the Bronx, known for its zoo and botanical gardens. For something different, hit the Lower East Side and learn about New York's mixed history and immigrants at the Tenement Museum. If you're feeling hungry, visit the Chelsea Market - it's packed with gourmet foods from brownies to lobster. Tonight is the last night on tour, and we're going to make it unforgettable. We'll head straight to the top of New York's most famous landmark, the Empire State Building. Take in the gorgeous night lights of Manhattan and sweeping views over the city from 102 floors up. DAY 4 DEPART NEW YORK CITY Your tour ends this morning so it's time to say goodbye to your new friends and Tour Manager. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 30 December 2014, 30 December 2015
Contiki Holidays is one of the world's leading providers of tours for the 18 to 35 age group. Operating in more than 40 countries around the globe, Contiki has been travelling the world for over 50 years. Tours range from three to 46 days in duration and cover Europe, Britain, South America, North America, Egypt, Asia, New Zealand, Australia.
Why travel with Contiki
- Leading tour provider for 18-35 year olds
- 50+ years of touring experience
- Expert guides with local knowledge
- Tours include breakfast and many dinners
- Room solo, with your mates or new friends
Popular Contiki Tours
- European Escapade (25 days)
- LA to the Bay (11 days)
- Grand Northern (26 days)
- The Explorer (19 days)
- Thai Island Hopper East (9 days)
See the world your way
With Contiki you can kick back and relax on a cruise around the Aegean Sea; party til the wee hours on a trip to New York for a New Year's Eve you’ll never forget; or get the local experience of Costa Rica with an insider tour through beaches, rainforests and coffee plantations.
You'll also get plenty of time to do your own thing during your Contiki holiday. There are always loads of activities planned for the free time periods for those who prefer to keep busy on their travels.
From east to west, Europe is best
Contiki is perhaps best known for its coach tours of Europe. You can be certain your European adventure will be packed with not only famous sights but also in-depth local knowledge and first-hand experience.
You can choose to visit multiple countries or focus on just one. Get in touch with nature on a European camping trip, eat more than your share of croissants, cheese and baguettes in France, or tear up the slopes of Austria on the ski holiday of a lifetime.
Did you know...
- Based on your preferred accommodation style, camping, budget and superior tours are available
- Contiki hosts month-long eco expeditions to celebrate Earth Month
This trip for me is what urged me to want to travel more. It was my first ever overseas trip. And to say it was amazing would be an understatement. This trip has it all. Whether your a party animal, culture seeker, adrenaline junkie or there to meet new people. From the day my tour started the people were wonderful. From all around the world friendships were formed. The entire energy throughout the whole trip was awesome.
I'd say the two greatest things I enjoyed most was the Waitomo caves and OGO Ranges. And most definitely cram as much of the optional activities in. You will not be disappointed. It was also so great to have a really great tour guide and driver. Sarah, our tour guide and Ricky, our driver. We're so full of life, great humor and knowledge. They really made the trip. All in all, I had a wonderful time. And am now eager to follow my contiki adventures. Next stop Asia!
This trip was the first time I had travelled solo, and I was feeling super nervous when I met my tour group that first night in London. My concerns quickly vanished within minutes of meeting my tour group, within five minutes I felt like I had known them forever. Our group was about half couples and half singles which normally would have annoyed me, but literally everyone on this tour was so wonderful and fun it didn't matter at all. Our tour manager Matt and our driver Jonny were the most UNREAL duo I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Their knowledge and passion for the job was evident from day one. If you get lucky enough to have these two as part of your team you will have the most amazing trip of your life. I honestly cannot say enough good things about them.
The trip itself was busy, we had long bus days and early mornings a lot of the time but that is the cost of getting to see all the beautiful places we got to see. The Swiss Alps and Rome were highlights for me, but every single city we went to was great. Do ALL the optionals (especially paragliding) they make the trip a once in a lifetime experience, and most people do them all anyway so if you don't do them then you end up missing out.The friends I have made on this trip are all amazing people, and I am so lucky to have them as part of my life. If you choose this tour be prepared to come back home a different person because this experience changes you, and in my opinion it is for the better.
ThIs trip was amazing! Traveling to Ireland was the first trip I've taken outside Canada. I'd been dreaming of going for years and when we had the chance my friend and I jumped at the opportunity... and Contiki doesn't disappoint!
My tour manager was Evan. I can't begin to say enough good things about him - he was hilarious (especially his Hollaback girl karaoke), knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Sammy who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.
A Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw Dublin, Trinity College, Temple Bar, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry, Galway, Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, Jameson distillery, Guinness brewery, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Kilkenny, traditional bands, cows, sheep...lots of pubs and it was ALL fantastic!
Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Aussies (and their obsession with how ridiculous Newfoundland culture is), the Americans, and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a Canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was! I will definitely be taking another Contiki tour in the future!