Contiki’s Independent Insider trips are the perfect compromise between independent and group travel, keeping all the best bits of both travelling styles and creating something truly epic!

You’ll still be able to make new friends and have all the free time you desire, but you won’t have to go to dinner alone.

You’ll have all the logistics of your trip sorted, but you’ll still get to choose when you want to wake up and leave your hotel for the day.

Here are five other reasons why Independent Insider trips give you the best of both worlds…

 

1. STAY IN HOTELS NOT HOSTELS, BUT STILL BE SOCIAL

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Staying in a hostel isn’t for everyone, and many independent travellers seek out cheap hotels instead as it gives them the comfort and privacy they’re after on their sojourns around Europe. But one of the challenges of staying in a hotel for a solo traveller is feeling isolated and not being able to meet other travellers.

Travellers on one of Contiki’s new Independent Insider trips get to stay in cool hotels whilst still being able to hang out with other like-minded peeps whenever they feel like it. That means you can chill in your room for an hour or so after arriving in a new place, and then go for lunch at the top of a mountain for some impressive views of the Alps – how awesome is that?!

 

2. ADVICE, ORIENTATION & EXPERT TIPS FROM YOUR TRIP MANAGER

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Checking out local places and having authentic experiences is key to making the most of a destination. Touristy places are all well and good, but lasting memories come from getting off the beaten track and hanging where the locals hang. On all Contiki Independent Insider trips, you’ll have access to a Trip Manager for all this local intel.

Combine Trip Manager tips with unique optionals and you’ve got your destination nailed, because who could possibly turn down the opportunity to jump on a Vespa and go on a guided motorised tour of Florence as a Free Time Add-On? Not many, if any!

 

3. NO EARLY WAKE UP CALLS & NO PRESSURE TO STICK WITH THE GROUP

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It’s your holiday, so you’re in charge of how you choose to spend your days and nights.

Want to sleep in? Do it.

Want to wake up early and see the sun rise at the Eiffel Tower. Do that too.

There’s also no pressure to always be with the group.

But when you do want to hang out with the group, you’ll have a ton of fun, especially when you go on a boat cruise on Lake Como which is a No Regret inclusion on the Barcelona to Munich trip.

 

4. FREEDOM TO DO YOUR OWN THING

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The best thing about an Independent Insider trip is that it’s the perfect compromise between doing things on your own and being able to share your experiences with other like-minded travellers. All your accommodation and transport is sorted, and you have the freedom to do your own thing whenever you want. But you also have the opportunity to do some pretty incredible group activities too, such as going on a cycling tour through a beautiful European town.

On the Berlin to Stockholm trip, travellers can sign up for a Copenhagen Bike tour as just one of the many Free Time Add-Ons.

 

5. FLEXIBILITY TO DESIGN YOUR IDEAL TRIP AROUND EUROPE

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You get to be creative in how you choose to plan your European holiday on a Independent Insider trip.

You can spend a few weeks in Portugal, Spain and France completely on your own, and then join an Independent Insider trip in Italy – such as the Italian Bellissimo, 11 days / 10 nights itinerary – where you’ll spend three nights each in Rome, Tuscany, and the Italian Rivera where you can eat all the pasta you want and learn to make it too.

Not ready to come home? You could even add on a Mediterannean Escape, and immerse yourself in ancient ruins from Rome to Athens, via Pompeii, the Vatican & Bari.

To find out more about Independent Insider, visit https://www.contiki.com/au/en/destinations/europe/independent-insider

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