On behalf of the entire Contiki team, we want to wish you a beautiful and happy 2013!
This year is bound to be one of our most exciting yet and not only are there fantastic festivals happening this year - we know that this is the year that YOU are going to take the world by storm and travel everywhere!
We've compiled a sneak peek list of fantastic 2013 happenings around the world that you shouldn't miss. Check it out!
1. Contiki launches two new Europe trips!
That's right - we are now offering two brand-new trips to expand your Contiki repertoire: The Croatian Island Hopper and the Mediterranean Trail + Greek Island Hopping. We're giving you more options and more opportunities to explore the world in the New Year - so why not go for it?
2. First a Royal Wedding, now a Royal Baby!
In 2011, we witnessed the wedding of the century as Kate Middleton married Prince William in one of the most-anticipated events that the British Monarchy has seen in decades. Why not visit the United Kingdom as the happy couple welcome their bundle of joy? The city will be abuzz with energy - and it'd be fun to guess the baby's name, right?
3. Prep for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and dance at Carnival!
2013 is the year that Brazil starts opening their magnificent stadiums to prepare for the 2014 World Cup. Opening first is Castelao Arena, which will host the world cup. Situated in the north-eastern city of Fortaleza, the area has been totally refurbished and seats 67,000. While you're there, join in with the Carnival festivities in February
4. The Dakar Rally (Jan. 5 - 20)
Heading to South America? Starting in Lima, Peru and traveling through Argentina to Santiago, Chile (5,233 miles!) the world's best drivers and riders (we're talking quads, bikes, you name it!) floor it through the sand dunes over the course of 2 weeks. This is one of the most mentally and physically challenging competitions in the world. Motorcycle USA breaks down the race so you know what these riders are up against!
5. The Year of the Snake (Feb 9-17, 2013)
Today isn't the only New Year you need to celebrate! Travel to the Far East and ring in the Lunar New Year to discover your fortune and uncover hundreds of years of tradition in China. See the 2008 Olympic Village in Beijing or see the world's longest high-speed line that spans from Beijing to Guangzhou, which just opened last week!
6. The Tour De France Turns 100! (June 29 - July 21)
From Corsica to Paris, the world's top bicycle race goes blazing through France in the highly anticipated Tour De France, celebrating its 100th edition! Join the crowds and cheer for your home country as the world's top cyclists race for the glory of the gold.
7. Venice Film Festival turns 70
Are you a movie buff? Why not visit Venice, Italy, during the Venice Film Festival and see which films are worth of the Golden Lion. The fun begins on August 28, 2013 and will feature two new prizes for aspiring and seasoned filmmakers to enjoy!