Contiki has released its new 2017-2018 Winter Europe brochure – it’s not all about skiing and snowboarding – and asks agents to remind their clients that travelling to Europe in winter also comes with some major benefits; think the same amazing European sights with less people, lower prices and the comforting winter sun beating down.
Katrina Barry, Managing Director, Contiki says: “Let’s face it, Australia isn’t great at ‘doing winter’ and for those fleeting few cooler months we are often hoping the temperatures climb high enough to still be able to enjoy some time at the beach. In Europe it’s a whole different story. The temperatures may have fallen and the days are shorter but winter brings with it a host of festivals, foodie experiences and activities designed to embrace the great outdoors. Agents should encourage their clients not to associate winter simply with freezing temperatures and skiing holidays but recognise the benefits of quieter sites and cities and the appeal of a European winter wonderland.”
Contiki is offering ‘a host of amazing experiences’ including the chance to visit some of the largest Christmas Markets in the world, eating your way through seasonal specialities including Bavarian Pretzels and the must-try ‘Chimney’ cake found in the streets of Budapest plus there’s an Earlybird Offer – book and pay in full before 14 June 2017 and take advantage of a 7.5% discount with Contiki’s Early Payment Discount.
New and improved for 2017-18, the European Encounter 16-day itinerary is the best way to see Europe with a small budget, small window of time and a big list of Must Dos. So what’s different? Due to the popularity of this trip’s summer departures, the itinerary will now follow the same route and include Berlin, Prague, Salzburg & Cinque Terre. After the success of its inaugural departures last year, the off-the-beaten-track Iceland itinerary is back! This trip lives up to all the hype exploring Iceland’s unique landscapes, with a visit to the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and an excursion to see the famous Northern Lights.
The 2017-18 Europe Winter programme hits up some of the best Christmas markets, offering legendary winter experiences and foodie adventures. On Contiki’s Christmas in Paris travellers will explore the famous glittering Champs Elysees markets, wander through cobbled streets to the tunes of local Parisian buskers and enjoy a Christmas gift from Contiki with a Cabaret show and Champagne at the famous Moulin Rouge. For those with time to spare and waistbands to stretch, the 20-day European Vista will have young travellers munching on ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ in Vienna – a shredded pancake, which literally translates to “Emperor’s Mess”, bringing together the two great passions of travel and food.