Contiki Adds 8 New Trips In Europe

23 September 2015
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Contiki's at it again. The youth travel company have managed to consistently stay ahead of the travel game since their first trip some 50 years ago. Contiki don't just take you there, they ensure you get under the skin and immersed in the culture of every place you visit.

So travellers, you asked and they listened. Adding to an already stellar line up of trips in Europe, Contiki have eight brand-new itineraries, including four new countries to visit – Bosnia, Montenegro, Romania and Iceland. Here's what Contiki has in store for 2016.

Best of Balkans, 15 Days

Split – Dubrovnik – Budva – Sarajevo – Belgrade – Timisoara – Budapest –  Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes – Plitvice

 Chill out in Croatia (image: Contiki)

Jaded by the lines at the Louvre? Seen one too many Instagram snaps of Parc Guell in Barcelona? Swap Western Europe for the best that the Balkans has to offer. In 15 days, you'll find yourself walking in the footsteps of your favourite Game of Thrones characters in beautiful Dubrovnik, partying in Sarajevo, and living out your mermaid dreams in Plitvice Lakes amid a landscape of amid woodland forests and mesmerising waterfalls.

Balkans Discovery, 12 Days

 Balkans Discovery trip is a great orientation to the gems of southern Europe (image: Contiki)


Croatia – Montenegro – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Serbia – Romania – Hungary

From the sun-drenched splendour of the Dalmatian Coast to the architecture marvels of Belgrade, get a taste for the Balkans across 12 whirlwind days. Across six countries you'll see and discover old vs. new, fun in the sun vs. history-laden cities and partying vs. chilling out. Highlights include sunset cocktails in Split, kayaking down the Bega River and overflowing bowls of steaming goulash in Budapest.

Mini Balkans, 4 Days

Hungary – Slovenia – Croatia

 The Mini Balkans trip is perfect for those with only a few days to spare (image: Contiki)

Short on time but keen to see what all the fuss is about in the Balkans? This four-day trip is the perfect itinerary for commitment-phobes. Meet your buddies in Budapest, before heading to Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. Also, prepare to have your mind blown by the whimsical beauty of Plitvice National Park and its network of cascading lakes and waterfalls.

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Iceland, 4 Days

Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon

 Wild and rugged, Iceland is a true beauty (image: Getty)

The travel (or, at least Contiki) gods have finally answered your prayers. Easily the most requested destination by travellers, Contiki's four-day Iceland trip is now taking bookings. From the milky blue water of the famed Blue Lagoon to the forward-thinking capital of Reykjavik, you'll discover a landscape filled with natural wonders and quirky characters. But cross your fingers for clear skies as you'll be heading out with a local guide to tick off that true bucket list experience – the spectacular Northern Lights.

London Uncovered, 5 Days

London – Stonehenge – Windsor

 See London's iconic sights and more with Contiki (image: Getty)

Don't fancy navigating the Tube on your own? This five-day trip is the perfect orientation to London. Kick off your European escape or gap year beyond the obligatory Big Ben or Buckingham Palace photo stop. Be wowed by the bright lights and recognisable icons of London before you head out into the countryside to the mythical boulders of Stonehenge.

Mediterranean Escape, 10 Days

Rome – Vatican City – Amalfi Coast – Bari - Athens

 Explore the treasures of Italy and Mediterranean coast (image: Contiki)

A new one for the sun seekers, the Mediterranean Escape takes the best of the coastline and packs it all into 10 days. Add a dose of culture in Rome with a history lesson or two – your reward is enough pizza, pasta, gelati and Aperol fit for an emperor – before switching to chill-out mode along the Amalfi Coast where grottos, caves and beaches await. Then, hop over to Athens for a mix of myths and ancient wonders alongside modern hotspots.

Also making up two of the new itineraries, this trip also comes with the option to check out the Greek Islands with either a four-day cruise or 10-day island hopping version of the tour.

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Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.