After 54 years taking young people on life changing adventures in Europe Contiki has learned a couple of things about the region, and with its 2017 European brochure the operator has poured its wealth of knowledge and passion for Europe into creating an unbeatable product. With four brand new Adriatic trips and a continued commitment to facilitating involving, immersive and authentic experiences, in 2017 Contiki will continue to lead the pack for youth travel in Europe.
All of the additions for the 2017 season are on and around the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, visiting Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Montenegro, Albania and the Greek Islands with four new itineraries; Adriatic Unearthed start Split, Adriatic Unearthed start Rome, Adriatic Horizons and the Adriatic Spirit.
The Adriatic Unearthed trips are two 15 day odysseys taking in the best of the region including the Amalfi, Port Bari, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome and Corfu. Both of the longer Adriatic Unearthed trips offer travellers the same experience, with the flexibility of being able to start and end a trip in either Rome or Split – those finishing up in Rome can easily hop on a plane back to Split, and those ending in Split are perfectly placed to soak up the sun on the stunning Croatian coast or join on of Contiki’s Croatian Island sailing trips. The shorter Adriatic Horizons and Adriatic Spirit trips span eight and seven days respectively so are a great option for travellers who are short on time. The Horizons itinerary takes a clockwise route from Rome visiting Florence, Venice, Ljubljana, Plitvice and Split, and the Spirit itinerary heads anti clockwise from Split taking in Dubrovnik, Tirana, Corfu, Bari, the Amalfi and finishing up in Rome.
The four new Adriatic adventures follow Contiki’s ‘In-Depth Explorer’ pace, which means less time travelling, more time exploring amazing destinations and more local cuisine and delicious included dinners at hand-picked local restaurants. Included optional experiences are central to the new itineraries, with the trips visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Bay of Kotor and Plitvice Lakes, Vatican City, Venice, Florence and Pompeii. Some of the amazing optional activities available include a guided tour of Vatican City, a Gondola ride in Venice, a private boat trip on the Amalfi Coast and an authentic Ionian dinner experience in Corfu.
“For our travellers the Adriatic represents a lesser known and therefore exciting and unexplored part of Europe” said Katrina Barry, Managing Director Australia at Contiki. “Our great new Adriatic trips bring together iconic traveller favourites, sites of natural beauty, off the beaten track experiences and some truly stunning beaches. We’re excited to spend some time in the Adriatic next year, and to continue offering a best in class experience in the rest of Europe as well”.
This Adriatic product addition is built alongside Contiki’s continued commitment to creating travel experiences across Europe that satisfy a millennial appetite for authenticity and uniqueness. In 2017, Contiki will operate more than 142 trips across Europe, visiting 42 countries and offering life changing travel experiences to young people from all over the world.
Contiki’s full suite of Europe 2017 trips is on sale now, with an amazing 10% discount for those who book by 15th December 2016, making a European adventure that much more affordable.