Packing List – Europe in Summer

Heading to Europe this summer? Check out this awesome packing list from our Contiki Marketing pro, Heather Metcalf!


Summer Europe Suitcase

Telling someone what to pack for their trip to Europe is a touchy subject.  It’s just so personal! Everybody has their own clothing and packing style.  This list is meant to be a general guideline.  If you are a fashionista, I’m sure you have already glanced at this list, scoffed, and thought of 20 things you would add. But before we get into it, there are a couple of things worth mentioning:

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 Official Dates. Official Prices. Officially Awesome Trips.

ANAHEIM, Calif., November 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011 Europe Summer brochure.

The brochure is available in print and online at, and offers up 38 countries, 76 tours and cruises including a brand new trip, 72 World Heritage sites, and five different ways to travel.  Traveler favorites are back and better than ever, including the European Discovery, Italian Espresso, and Egypt and the Nile trips. New to the gang is the Turkey and Greek Island Odyssey, an 11-day adventure to some of the most scenic and historical spots on the planet including Istanbul, Pamukkale, and fantastic Greek islands Rhodes, Santorini, and Crete.

 The brochure and have been beefed up for the new season, including printed QR codes linking to YouTube videos and unique online tools that make the Contiki experience easier to visualize. now offers the Tour Genius, a cool feature that asks simple questions matches you to your ideal Contiki tours. For more information, visit To ring in the brochure launch, Contiki is offering $175 off land-tours nine days or longer in Europe or Egypt. The promotion begins November 16 and is available through November 30, 2010. To find out more info and score the promotion details, visit

The $175 off will come in handy for travelers who want to wine taste or shop in France, cruise the canals on an old-school gondola in Venice, sample local specialties in Germany (mostly beer), and climb up ancient pyramids in Egypt. “One of the many great advantages of going Contiki is that we take care of the heavy lifting for you – transportation, accommodations, and most meals” says Greg Fischbein, President of Contiki Vacations. “You get to do what you came to do – have the time of your life experiencing the world” Contiki clients can choose from several types of tours including multi-country, in-depth regional, and special departures for events and festivals including Oktoberfest.

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Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, visit

Contiki of the Week: Eastern Mediterranean Cruising

10 Days from $1870/person

Discover 3 Continents in 1 tour and all from the luxury of your cruise ship. Cruising by night and sightseeing by day gives you the maximum amount of time in each of the fascinating cities this tour visits. Start your cruise of the continents in Athens, Europe then journey to the African shores of Egypt before discovering the treasures of the east in Israel, Asia. Wonders of the past are at your fingertips from the Parthenon in Athens to the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Alexandria to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. So many photo opportunities, so many memories….

Full Itinerary:

  1. Depart for Europe

    Jet off to the trip of a lifetime awaiting you in Europe!

  2. Arrive Athens

    Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens, Europe’s oldest city.

    Athens is crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul. With a free time, keep exploring this open-air museum. You could honor the birthplace of drama by climbing around the massive Theatre of Dionysus or get the background on Ancient Greece at the National Archaeological Museum. Otherwise, experience Athens’ urban heart, take off into the streets and find a hole-in-the-wall food joint, where you can try the famous souvalaki

    This evening meet your Tour Representative and fellow Contiki travelers.

    Start your tour off with a night to remember and get to know your group at an optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka. Perched on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis, Plaka is full of traditional tavernas that spill out onto the pavements. Tonight’s festive atmosphere is perfect for toasting the start of the tour.

  3. Cruising to Istanbul

    Board our cruise ship bound for Istanbul, settle in to your cabin and watch the sun set over the Aegean this evening. Then kick off the cruise with your new friends in the ship’s nightclub.

  4. Istanbul

    Drop anchor in Istanbul, the last stop on the Silk Road and the only city in the world to span two continents. With a day here, there’s plenty of time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot.

    Begin with an optional tour of Istanbul and get an insider’s angle on Istanbul with our Local Guide, who’ll show off the city’s core sites. Cross the Galata Bridge for stunning views, check out Emperor Constantine’s Agia Sophia and then eat at the magnificent Topkapi Palace, former home of the sultans.

    Our Rep shows you one of the city’s major draw cards, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes and minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.

    After that, we head right into the heart of the city and plunge into several kilometres of shops at the Grand Baazar. It’s an unforgettable shopping experience, where tacky trinkets and authentic treasures are sold side by side. With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics and more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you’ve got your haggling hat on.

    Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe and watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hamam (steam bath house) and get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.

    Tonight, head to Greece’s stunning islands and sail between two continents on the world’s narrowest navigated straight.

  5. Cruise to Mykonos

    Mykonos is famous for its blissful beaches and party culture. No matter what you’re after, chances are this island has got it! You’ll soon understand why this happening hub draws people from all walks of life, from jetsetters to backpackers.

    Sign up for a trip to the uninhabited island of sacred Delos. It’s one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, situated right in the centre of the Cyclades.

    In your free time, head into Mykonos town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed cube-shaped houses. Maybe grab a table for lunch in the village and feast on fresh local specialties, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip.

    Chill for the afternoon with friends on the island’s world famous beaches and cool off in the azure waters. Before our late-night sailing, there’s time to wrap up the day with a drink at one of Mykonos’ great bars, while watching the sun go down.

  6. Cruising to Israel

    There’s a day’s sailing ahead of you, so take advantage of the fantastic facilities available on the ship. Position yourself poolside and make the most of views from the deck or have a go at one of the activities on hand.

  7. Arrive Ashdod for Jerusalem

    We arrive in Israel early this morning and head to the ancient town of Jerusalem. A spiritual crossroads, Jerusalem is holy ground for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Added to its labyrinth of old lanes, bustling markets and alleys, the unique mix of cultures and beliefs gives this place its distinct atmosphere.

    Get into the spirit of this place as the group checks-out the city’s holy sites. You’ll see the Mount of Olives and the Via Dolorosa, thought to be the last route Jesus took, as well as the iconic, gold-domed Dome of the Rock. Check out the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the most important religious shrine for Judaism, the 2000-year-old Wailing Wall.

    Experience a slice of the local lifestyle with a traditional lunch at a Kibbutz and then cruise on to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Bethlehem. Here, we’ll visit the oldest working church, the Church of the Nativity, which was built on the spot where Jesus is believed to have been born.

  8. Arrive Port Said for Cairo

    Chaotic Cairo keeps a mass of experiences coming at you thick and fast. Leap from one time to another in this intense jumble of ancient and new.

    Uncover the Pharaohs’ glory with your Tour Manager in the Egyptian Museum’s amazing collection that includes Tutankhamen’s treasure. Get up close to royal mummies and jewels raided from their tombs.

    Later, dive right into the heart of old Cairo with a visit to the ancient Khan El Khalili bazaar with our Local Guide. Smell the spices as you walk through the ancient souk and get pointers on where to go. Back in the 14th century, this place was the center of world trade and today continues to serve up bargains from across the globe, as well as a combination of kitsch souvenirs and real treasures. You could snack on mouth-watering mezzes (plate sized nibbles), Egyptian bread and hummus dip or sip on some shai (tea).

    Next stop: the iconic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. They are the only survivors of the 7 ancient wonders of the world and are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Our Local Guide will crack open the 4600 year old history of these massive monuments, that 20,000-30,000 workers took over 80 years to build.

  9. Cruise to Crete

    Relax on board this morning as we make our way to the biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete.

    Choose an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos where our Local Guide will tell you the story of this 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace where the minotaur (half-man/half-bull) was slain.

  10. Arrival into Athens

    After breakfast and a farewell to our hosts, we disembark in Piraeus and head to Syntagma Square, right in the heart of Athens and home to Greece’s parliament, where our tour ends.

    For those who are keen to learn more, there’s a chance to step back in time to the birthplace of democracy in an optional activity. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the famous columns perched above the city sprawl.

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