Why Bali for New Years Eve is an awesome idea

 

Guest blog by: Catherine Atton

Forget about 2017 and welcome in 2018, in Bali style! With year round sunshine, epic waves, cultural festivities and some of the most incredible parties in the world this is where you want to be seeing the New Year in. Dance ‘til dawn on golden sand and watch Kuta’s infamous fireworks light up the sky. Believe us when we say Bali is the ULTIMATE New Year’s celebration.

 

THE WEATHER

Bali has a pretty warm climate year round with temperatures averaging around 27 degrees. December and January will be lovely and warm so you just can’t beat popping champagne bottles in the sunshine! Just keep in mind, it’s also rainy season so there may be a couple of afternoon showers – but when has a little rain stopped anybody from having a good time?!

 

THE LOCALS

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When you’re travelling in holiday season there’s no better way to celebrate than with the locals. They’ll know all the good bars, hidden restaurants and where the most awesome festivities can be found. “Selamat tahun baru!” means Happy New Year! in Bahasa Indonesia and you’ll hear it a everywhere, especially if you decide to head to the Puputan Badung Square in Depensar on New Year’s Eve.

Puputan Badung Square is located near Bali’s biggest market Pasar Badung, right in the heart of Depensar city. Join locals as they gather around the Catur Muka (four faces statue) for the big countdown and INCREDIBLE fireworks. If you get down to the statue early enough you may catch a parade led by religious leaders and pupils from local schools, traditional and beautiful. You’ll feel like you celebrated New Year’s Eve like a true local. Just an FYI can get pretty crowded so it’s worth heading down early!

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OH, AND THE PARTIES!

Legian and Seminyak are two areas where the party never stops. Legian is the party zone located in a beachy suburb west of Bali and just north of Kuta; it’s where loads of backpackers love to hang. Seminyak further north is the trendiest area on the island with sleek bars, clubs and awesome restaurants. Try to head out early to avoid hectic New Year’s Eve traffic as roads are usually shut for vehicles from about mid-afternoon.

 

POTATO HEAD NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

With two bars, an infinity pool and the best sunsets in Bali this is the perfect spot to see in the New Year. For Potato Head, one day is simply not enough for their New Year celebrations – these guys host a two day festival that will blow your mind. The party starts at 3pm on 31 December and runs all the way through ‘til 2am on 1 January. If you want somewhere to dance, drink and celebrate pretty hard then look no further. Ain’t no party like a Potato head party! …kind of works?

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DOUBLE SIX ROOFTOP

If you want the ultimate panoramic snap, then you’ve come to the right place. Situated on the top of Double Six Luxury Hotel, 15 metres above sea level and spanning over 1700 square metres, this is one of the WORLD’S largest rooftop bars. It’s the most incredible spot to watch those legendary Seminyak beach New Year’s Eve fireworks, while sipping on a cocktail, listening to live DJs. Double Six is one of the most popular spots in Bali so you’re guaranteed a good night!

 

DEUS EX MACHINA

If you fancy stepping out of the hectic atmosphere and into something a little more chilled, head to the quieter yet still buzzing area of Canggu, a coastal village just 10km North of bustling Kuta. Try Deus Ex Machina for dinner and drinks; you’ll feast on a fusion of Indonesian and Western cuisine and taste some of the most delicious cocktails in Bali! If you can’t indulge at New Year, when can you? Chill out after a surf and enjoy the taste of fresh seafood with an amazing view of the fireworks from Kuta. Just a heads up – book early to avoid disappointment!

 

This post first appeared on http://www.statravel.co.uk/travel-blog/2016/12/why-bali-for-nye-is-a-great-idea/

 

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The Best Bali travel hacks

Guest blog by: Catherine Atton

Strapped for cash but want to be in paradise? Head to Bali and your problem will be solved. Home to beautiful temples, incredible beaches, picture perfect rice paddies and exotic wildlife, its peaceful and natural atmosphere is ideal for a getaway. It’s also a super budget-friendly place to go so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. It’s surprising to discover just how affordable a destination it is. To help you get the most out of your time here, we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet with packing and budgeting tips!

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MAKE SURE YOU PACK…

  • Light! You’re going to a tropical climate
  • Loose clothing – it’s very hot so jeans and tights tops would literally glue to your body
  • Modest clothing if you’re planning to visit temples. Temples are holy places of worship, so dress respectably so you don’t cause offense
  • A poncho if you’re visiting during the rainy season (don’t worry, the rainy season is just as beautiful as any other time of the year!)
  • A hat, sunglasses and sun screen – you’ll be near the equator!
  • A swim suit! Those beaches won’t be as blissful without one
  • A strong mosquito spray – especially during the rainy season!
  • Adaptors – Bali’s are the same two pin sockets that are used in Europe
  • A water bottle
  • Hiking shoes if you’re planning to visit a volcano!

 

GETTING AROUND

Whether you choose to travel by bus, car or ojek (motorbike or scooter), transport is generally cheap in Bali but make sure to bargain to get the best rate. Heading to the islands? Fast boats to Gili and Lombok cost between R250 and R600. To save money, you might consider taking the Bali Bemo which are regulated public minivans for villagers. If you like adventure, you may see this as an authentic Bali experience. Be warned though, the journeys can be lengthy.

Planning on driving in Bali? Remember you’ll need an international license (even for two-wheeled vehicles) Car rentals can cost around R350-R600 per day depending on the model of the car.

If you intend on sticking to the beach and not travelling outside of Seminyak, then use taxis to get around but avoid those who refuse to use a meter as you may get hit quite hard when it comes to paying the fare!

Top tip: Blue Bird Taxi’s have a good reputation. Look out for their logo on the roof. Avoid the fakes by looking out for the drivers’ ID card on display.

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ACTIVITIES

Try out your haggling skills on Bali’s beaches and you could find yourself parasailing for as little as R200. If your seeking cheap thrills around Ubud, then pay Bali’s charming rice paddies a visit. Or head to one of the many temples, with over 20,000 to choose from you are not limited for choice. If you’re visiting between May and September then why not learn how to surf? After all, Bali is one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world.

Top tip: If you’re limited for time but want to visit a temple, Taman Ayun is definitely worth a visit! Its name literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’ and is regarded as one of the most attractive temples of Bali.

 

SHOPPING

Forgot to pack something vital? The Ubud market is one of the best places in Bali to shop. Fancy yourself some vibrant loose fitting pants? If you’re haggle skills are good then you could grab some for as little as R70.

 

SPAS

Want to treat yourself without breaking the bank? You’re in luck! Bali’s spa services are unbelievably cheap. Massage houses offer one hour long massages for around R90.

 

This post first appeared on http://www.statravel.co.uk/travel-blog/2017/01/bali-cheat-sheet/

 

If this post has you itching to explore beautiful Bali, be sure to check out our great Bali packages!

 

 

 

HEADING TO EUROPE FOR THE FIRST TIME? HERE’S YOUR FOOLPROOF GUIDE

 

Guest blog by: Harriet du Point

The seatbelt sign has now been switched on so please, strap yourselves in because you’re about to be smacked (metaphorically) with some insider tips on how to travel around Europe in the best way possible.

Personally, I don’t always think travellers are ready for what Europe has to offer. It’s a continent that constantly surprises me with new secrets I learn each time I visit. So please, enjoy the ride…

EUROPE IS LIFE CHANGING

I have absolutely NO REGRETS when it comes to Europe, except perhaps not staying longer. My first impressions of Europe were breath taking. Nothing quite beats seeing the Swiss Alps or the canals of Venice for the first time. Or on second thought, maybe your first taste of snails can. I hope to change your packing methods and make your first trip through Europe one thats easy and goes without a hitch.

So that brings me to my first point…

LEAVE THE TOILETRIES AT HOME

Please do not be a fool and think that they won’t stock your favourite face wash in the supermarkets. We all go into panic mode whilst packing and our minds think of the worst. “Maybe I should pack 3 bottles of shampoo???” instead, just think, “I’ll be fine, besides it means more room for socks”. The supermarkets are all reasonably priced and very accessible, so basically, leave the Garnier at home.

 

WASHING POWDER ALL THE WAY

If you’re anything like me, you pack hundreds of pairs of underwear and then run out. It’s a hard life, trust me, I know. But Harriet is here to save the day! Bring a little zip-lock bag of washing powder and wash your dirty clothes in the sink of your hotel and air dry over night (or if you’re desperate, with a hairdryer).

 

HAVE PICNICS

Another handy hint I have is to have a picnic. It’s all fun and games when you spend 30 or 40 euros on dinner and the meal is unforgettable, but for someone on a budget with 4 or 5 cities left on their itinerary, grabbing some lunch from local street vendors will not only save you cash but allow you to sit somewhere and watch the locals go by. (Especially in Switzerland – you’ll see why when you get there).

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CHOOSE TO TRAVEL ON A CONTIKI

What you can do is also hit spots quickly and efficiently whilst still having the time of your life! Choose a short Contiki such as European Discovery or London To Berlin which pass through a small selection of countries to get you to your next major stop. This way you can meet people going through the same as you (also make some friends to party with once you’re there!). You can also get your insider guide through the tour managers who know each of the stops inside out.

 

DOWNLOAD CITYMAPPER

I found that in Europe, I really needed to know where I was at all times, so I could document it in my travel journal for future blogging such as this or to eventually pass on the secret hotspots of each city to friends and family.  CityMapper™ is a fabulous app that let’s you find your way around each city on and off wifi. This can be a saviour when you’re stuck in the middle of Prague with a blue nose, have no clue where you are and just want to know where you had that remarkable goulash the day before.

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DITCH THE HEELS

As soon as you hit Italy you’ll understand exactly what I mean by this. DITCH THE HEELS. I found that walking through the cobbled streets in Italy and falling face first onto the cold ground can be something that I will never forget. It is always worth packing some nice sandals or boots and keeping your face from any harm (think of the group photos).

 

BUY FLIGHTS EARLY 

And here’s one that my father taught me many many years ago: Get those plane tickets early! Flights go on sale every now and then but if you book those tickets early, you are more likely to get a better deal then you are booking with a few months to go. Also visiting in off-peak times will guarantee your trip to be cheaper in every aspect.

 

This article first appeared on Contiki six-two and was created for The Travel Project by Harriet Du Point, who has a love for Opera and travel as well as creative writing.

 

All things Abu Dhabi

  Abu Dhabi used to be thought of as just a “stop over destination” if you flew Etihad to another destination (where you wouldn’t likely leave Abu Dhabi airport). But Abu Dhabi as an actual holiday destination for South Africans has become more popular in recent months. Karen Pretorius from STA Travel recently visited Abu Dhabi, so we sat down with her to get the low down on this up-and-coming destination.

 

STA Travel: What do you think it is about Abu Dhabi that is appealing to more South Africans?

Karen: I’ll start with providing a bit of context:

  • Abu Dhabi is the Capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is located in the far west and southwest part of the UAE along the Southern coast of the Persian Gulf Sea. Cosmopolitan and cultured, exotic and adventurous, Abu Dhabi has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting destinations. The largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi comprises a plethora of natural islands and is set against a stunning backdrop of pristine beaches, sun-drenched desert dunes and the clear azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
  • Language: Arabic is the official language however English is mostly spoken.
  • Getting there: It really is an easy to reach destination. A quick +-8/9 hour direct flight from Johannesburg with Etihad (the national airline of Abu Dhabi which flies globally).
  • Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Abu Dhabi is between November and May when daytime temperatures hover around 25ºC and you can walk around outside without melting. Between May and October, daytime temperatures can regularly hit 40ºC, although during this time you’re guaranteed long, dry, sunny days. However, air conditioning in pretty much all hotels, restaurants and shopping malls make Abu Dhabi a year-round travel destination.
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham
  • Time Zone: 2 hours ahead of Johannesburg
  • Major Holiday: Ramadan +- 27 May for 30 days (please check culture restrictions during this time e.g. alcohol consumption)

 

STA Travel: Is a visa required for South Africans? If yes, how easy is it to obtain/what is that process?

Karen: South African passport holders DO require a visa for United Arab Emirates

 

STA Travel: How long is long enough for South Africans who are keen to explore/holiday in Abu Dhabi for their first visit?

Karen: South Africans can choose to add on a stopover in Abu Dhabi (if they are flying with Etihad) and spend three days exploring the country – to give them a taste of the country. I recently spent three days in Abu Dhabi and we covered the following quite comfortably during that time:

  • Al Ain Oasis
  • Al Ain Palace Museum
  • Al Ain Qasr al Muwaiji
  • Date Market
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Jumeirah Etihad Towers
  • Qasr al Hosn
  • Yas Viceroy Hotel (F1 hotel)
  • Ferrari World

Exploring Abu Dhabi in depth, a week is more than enough time to really see the country in its entirety.

The cool thing about Abu Dhabi is that it is a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Dubai – so you could always combine a holiday of these two beautiful countries.

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STA Travel: Having to go to a culture enriched city, is there a dress code in certain areas?

Karen: For all Museums and Mosques you will need to dress modestly. For the most part at the hotels, you are able to dress however you like (tank tops/short skirts etc., but just keep in mind you will draw attention to yourself). You have to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque! It is just incredible, the sheer size and story behind it. For women visiting the mosque, you will have to wear the appropriate attire, long sleeves to your wrists and long pants or dress to your ankles. You will also need to cover your head with a Shayla – scarf that wraps around the head.

 

STA Travel: What will a great night out cost?

Karen: For ladies – nothing, most hotels have a ladies drink free night (or half price) For the guys – sorry, you will be fitting the bill.

Restaurants – it depends on what type of dining experience you are after. There are affordable options, and options where you can really splurge.

You are not able to purchase alcohol without a licence, but most hotels serve it, but it is not the cheapest option on the menu. So be sure to keep any eye out for those half price evenings.

 

STA Travel: How do you get around in Abu Dhabi?

Karen: Taxies are strictly regulated in Abu Dhabi, so no need for haggling or worrying that they are ripping you off as a tourist. They are definitely the cheaper options. Uber is available so that is an alternative.

 

STA Travel: There’s apparently quite a bit of development and new things opening in Abu Dhabi soon. For South Africans thinking of visiting, what’s opening in 2018/2019 that they can look forward to?

Karen:

  • A Warner Brothers studio will be opening in 2018 
  • The louvre Abu Dhabi will be opening in now in November
  •  The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be opening up 2019/2012 

 

Be sure to check out our Abu Dhabi destination hub for some great travel options to this spectacular destination.

6 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT TRAVELLING IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Guest blog by: James Martin (via Contiki six-two)

There are some massive misconceptions surrounding The Middle East. This is largely in part due to the way the region is portrayed in the media: all we hear are the negatives, which causes us to unconsciously stereotype.

So, here is a list of some of the the most common misconceptions, and why they’re untrue…

 

IT’S UNSAFE

All we hear on the news about the Middle East is usually conflict related, so no wonder you think it’s unsafe. But the sad truth is, crime is everywhere and anywhere. A large amount of Middle Eastern countries actually have extremely low crime rates. Their strict laws drive people away from resorting to criminal activity and are the foundation for keeping crime out of the picture. It has been said that you could forget your wallet full of cash for hours just sitting in the open in a Dubai Mall and come back to find it in the exact same spot, untouched.

THERE WILL BE A LANGUAGE BARRIER

If you don’t speak Arabic, you may be a little intimidated by the Arabic characters. But the truth is, if you speak English (which, if you are reading this, you clearly do) then you are extremely lucky no matter where you go. English is one of the most spoken languages and most popular second language in the world, and this includes the Middle East. In fact, in some countries in the Middle East you will find that English is more widely spoken than the countries national language.

 

IT’S WAY TOO HOT

You know what they say, if you can’t take the heat then get out of the kitchen. Well…or I guess you could always just turn up the A/C. Whether you live somewhere where it rains most of the time or somewhere where it gets to minus 35 degrees Celsius in the winter, there are ways to deal with the weather, like an umbrella or a goose-down jacket and a furnace. Heat in the Middle East is no exception. Just pack light loose-fitting clothes, travel during the winter months when the temperatures are milder, and, if you have to, jump into a place with air conditioning whenever you need to cool off.

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ALL MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES AND CULTURES ARE THE SAME

Are all Western cultures the same? Are all Asian countries the same? Ya….um….no!

 

YOU WON’T BE ALLOWED INTO A MOSQUE IF YOU’RE NOT MUSLIM

Though this is true for some mosques, as they don’t want tourists taking pictures and disrupting prayer times, it is not the case for all. A mosque was explained to me as being ‘a holy house for all of God’s brothers and sisters’, including those of a different faith. So, go visit a mosque, learn more about the Islam faith. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is not something you want to miss out on.

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THE MIDDLE EAST DOESN’T HAVE MUCH TO OFFER

For some reason, everyone just thinks the Middle East is a bunch of sand. Which is partially true but boy, there is a lot going on in all that sand. The Middle East is so diverse, it literally has something for everyone. Outdoorsy type? Sleep under the stars in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Adrenaline junkie? Jump out of a plane above Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, or go dune bashing on a Desert Safari. Fashionista? Shop the gold plated Prestige section of The Avenues Mall in Kuwait. Culture seeker? Visit the Falcon Souq in Doha, Qatar. Anyway, you can see where I am going with this – I could go on forever. Literally something for everyone!

 

This article first appeared on Contiki six-two and was created for The Travel Project by James Martin, who was born and raised on a farm in Canada. Now 27 countries down and with so many more to go, he’s forever dreaming of where to go next.

Fall in love with Latin America

 South America has long been a firm favourite for South Africans not only because of the affordability aspect, but because of the variety it provides all travellers, regardless of travel style and preferences.

If you’re into culture, adventure and the outdoors, South America should be at the top of your bucket list!

If the beach and good vibes is your thing, Brazil is the place to be. From the festivals and favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the steamy trails through the Amazon rainforest, Brazil is the big daddy of South America. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Brazil is Rio Carnival which is held before Lent every year. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723 and has grown immensely since then. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with dancers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools from around Rio, with around 2 million people lining the streets as part of festival celebrations each year. The vibe and energy at the carnival is second to none. Keen to experience Rio Carnival first hand?  There are trip options that ensure you’re covered with guides, group escorts to the hottest street parties, Sambadrome Parade tickets, and daily pre-carnival parties.

Outdoor enthusiasts, nothing can beat immersing yourself in all the Amazon rainforest has to offer. Be it watching animals in their natural habitat or spending time admiring the breath taking sunsets, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this outdoor wonderland.

Looking for the ultimate photo opportunity? Look no further than Salar de Uyuni (most commonly known as the Bolivian salt flats) – the world’s largest salt flat! It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert-like, 11,000 square kilometre landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. You’re unlikely to find any wildlife around the salt flats, but you’re bound to find many a pink flamingo.

If this has got you itching to take epic pics of your own, STA Travel has an 11-day Bolivian Discovery trip which will expose you to awe-inspiring geography, cities rich in colonial history and indigenous culture. From La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, travel to the crest of the Andes and the middle of nowhere for three days of incredible off-road exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Fancy a fiery tango and a football game? Best to plan a trip to Argentina. Be it the local championship, South American Champions League or just a friendly match – football in Buenos Aires is a big deal. Locals and visitors alike look for any reason to watch a match live. Every week Milhouse run a trip to the stadium to see Boca Juniors, River Plate or the National Team. While you’re in town, head on out with locals for a night of fine dining and signature Argentinian tango performance. Seeing the passion of the dancers will blow you away and have you yearning to learn the tango for yourself.

From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations and even cooler locals, Costa Rica is a haven for discovery. Discover the rainforest on a Tirimbina chocolate tour; raft the rapids on the Sarapiqui River; set sail on an awesome boat trip to spot many dolphins, whales, sea turtles & birds; and SO much more, all of which form part of Contiki’s really cool 15 day Costa Rica unplugged trip which includes some incredible turtle excursions.

If “getting there” is stressing you out, worry not, because you’ve got options. One ideal option is LATAM, Latin America’s largest airline (with the region’s most complete network.) Since October 2016, they have been flying passengers between Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, three times a week. The flights between Johannesburg and São Paulo are operated on their technologically-advanced Boeing 767-900. The aircraft features 191 seats in Economy Class and 30 in Premium Business. Premium Business passengers and passengers on qualifying oneworld tiers have access to over 650 VIP lounges around the world through the oneworld partnership, offering them the chance to relax with a shower, catch up on business, or sample excellent cuisine before exploring over 1000 destinations in more than 150 countries. Not bad, right?

When it comes to immersing yourself in Latin America, what is outlined here is not even the tip of the iceberg. There really is so much to see and do on the continent, it’s just a matter of deciding what most floats your boat. One thing that’s guaranteed, though, is that no matter how you choose to explore the continent, you’re bound to fall in love with Latin America.

Visit our Latin America destination hub for more.

 

 

 

Contiki launches new Travel Style, Independent Insider: Designed for Freedom

If you’ve been following our social media posts and newsletters of late, you’ll notice we’ve had some epic Contiki deals. Contiki as a brand offers travellers so much with their trips and various travel styles, and now they’ve just launched new travel style ‘Independent Insider’ – putting the itinerary and power to choose where and how you spend your time, completely in the hands of the millennial traveller. Cool, right?! Here’s all the info you need to know about it.

The Contiki Europe Summer 2018/19 product launch announces the unveiling of Contiki’s new travel style Independent Insider to replace the current Easy Pace travel style. The all new travel style comes with all the benefits of a Contiki; think friendships, a Trip Manager with ultimate local knowledge and the ease of having all travel and accommodation planned for you. But with no structured itineraries, and multiple start and end destinations on each trip, Independent Insider has been designed for ultimate freedom & flexibility.

The Europe Summer Independent Insider itineraries cover some of Europe’s trendiest locations including Nice, Copenhagen, Budapest, Mykonos, Amalfi Coast and Porto. Trips range from 3-12 nights, with three nights in each city, giving millennials the maximum time to delve into every destination without missing out on any bucket list musts. Each trip can be broken down into four cities allowing millennials to choose to travel to one, two, three or all four destinations.

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Not only have the trips been designed for ultimate freedom & flexibility, they have been developed with the new millennial traveller in mind. All Independent Insider trips include a unique local experience in each destination such as a progressive food tour through Berlin and a street art tour of Barcelona.  Each trip will offer multiple Free-Time Add Ons designed around millennials’ cultural passions such as a Vespa tour in Rome, a Patisserie Tour in Paris and a Cocktail Mixology Class in Amsterdam. In addition, all Independent Insider trips will include a local and immersive food experience with partner VizEat ensuring our travellers get a taste for local cuisine in the destinations they visit.

The new travel style also offers the option to add two Independent Insider trips together as well as U by Uniworld river cruising experiences onto selected itineraries, giving travellers even more choice and freedom.

“Our research tells us there’s a segment of consumers who want a more flexible way of travelling, but still crave the social experiences afforded by group travel,” says Kelly Jackson, General Manager for Contiki. “Independent Insider speaks directly to this traveller, and we’re happy to continue to innovate with our trips to speak to our ever changing market.”

Independent Insider trips (map below) with each of their individually bookable components:

  • London to Berlin: London – Paris – Amsterdam – Berlin (summer and winter). The seven variations offer Parisian history, a London bike tour and a cocktail mixology class:
    • London to Berlin – 13 days / 12 nights
    • London to Paris – 7 days / 6 nights
    • London to Amsterdam – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Paris to Amsterdam – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Paris to Berlin – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Amsterdam to Berlin – 7 days / 6 nights
    • London Insider – 4 days / 3 nights
  • Madrid to Lisbon: Madrid – Porto – Algarve – Lisbon (summer only). The four variations offer a boat tour of the Duoro River, a beach day in the turquoise caves of the Algarve and the chance to sip sangria whilst on a Tapas tour in Madrid:
    • Madrid to Lisbon – 13 days / 12 nights
    • Madrid to Porto region – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Porto region to Lisbon – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Madrid Insider – 4 days / 3 nights
  • Barcelona to Munich: Barcelona – Nice – Milan – Munich + Option to add on U by Uniworld river cruising product (summer and winter). The four variations offer a boat cruise on Lake Como, a Barcelona street art tour and a few steins in the traditional German beer halls:
    • Barcelona to Munich – 13 days / 12 nights
    • Barcelona to Nice – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Barcelona to Milan – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Nice to Milan – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Nice to Munich – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Milan to Munich – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Barcelona Insider – 4 days / 3 nights
  • Berlin to Budapest: Berlin – Prague – Krakow – Budapest + Option to add on U by Uniworld river cruising product (summer and winter). The seven variations offer a visit to the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czech Republic, a bike ride along the fairy tale streets of Prague and a traditional dinner in Budapest:
    • Berlin to Budapest – 13 days / 12 nights
    • Berlin to Prague – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Berlin to Krakow – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Prague to Krakow – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Prague to Budapest – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Krakow to Budapest – 7 days / 6 nights
  • Berlin to Stockholm: Berlin – Copenhagen – Oslo – Stockholm (summer and winter). The seven variations offer a VizEat dining experience in Berlin, a cruise of Copenhagen’s waters and a stroll around Norway’s most stunning landscapes:
    • Berlin to Stockholm – 13 days / 12 nights
    • Berlin to Copenhagen – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Berlin to Oslo – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Copenhagen to Oslo – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Copenhagen to Stockholm – 10 days / 9 nights
    • Oslo to Stockholm – 7 days / 6 nights
    • Barcelona Insider – 4 days / 3 nights
  • Italian Bellissimo: Rome – Tuscany – Italian Riviera – Rome + Option to add on Mediterranean Escape product (summer only). Offering a Tuscan wine tasting tour, exploration of the ancient monuments in Rome and a boat cruise along the colourful cliffs of the Italian Riviera.
  • Mediterranean Escape – Greek Island Cruise – Greek Island Hopping (summer only). Offering a guided tour of the Vatican, wine & mozzarella tasting and a special access Rome sightseeing tour.

 

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For more information on Contiki’s trips throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and Latin America check out contiki.com.

Life’s an adventure – make it count with absolutely #NOREGRETS.