Looking for those unique and authentic experiences in Europe? Then you’ll be happy to know that Contiki have scoured the continent for the very best and is now making them exclusively available to you…

By putting up your hand and signing up to an Independent Insider trip, you’ll have your very own Trip Manager to give you all the insider information you need to have an amazing – and unique – European adventure.

But, most importantly, you’ll also be able to sign up to a range of unique local experiences that are exclusive to Independent Insider, which will make your trip about a zillion times better – and more memorable!

These unique experiences can be found in most major cities you’ll visit on any of the combinable Independent Insider trips, which can range in length from a week to 13 days. But of course, if you’re short on time, you can also experience something unique during a City Insider, which is a three night stay in a single city, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin and London.

Let’s have a look at just some of the unique experiences waiting for you in Europe on an Independent Insider trip with Contiki…




Say G’day to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, take selfies with famous personalities at Madame Tussauds, and do some vintage shopping in Shoreditch. Then sign up to a Guided Tour of Wimbledon & Museum, a Craft Brewery Tour, or a Street Art Tour as a Free Time Add-On whilst you’re in London for three days on the 13 day/12 night London to Berlin trip.

Don’t forget to make time for your London Bicycle Tour which is a No Regrets inclusion on this tour – of course, you don’t have to do it. You don’t have to do anything on an Independent Insider trip with Contiki…




Break bread with locals and have authentic dining experiences all over Europe as part of Contiki’s exciting new partnership with Vizeat, which literally opens up kitchens and dining rooms all over the continent just for you.

Have dinner with real Berliners in Germany’s capital city; sit down for a delicious Hungarian feast in Budapest with a couple of hip young locals; and eat local in Porto with a local foodie. With Vizeat, you’ll literally get an authentic taste of the culture you’re visiting.




Oh Rome, with your glorious history, amazing architecture, yummy cuisine and good looks! But don’t let the Italian capital’s pretty face fool you…

As the seat of Christianity, the Vatican is the spiritual heart of the country, and there’s no better introduction to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church than on a Guided Tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica, which features as a No Regrets inclusion on the 10-day Mediterranean Escape Independent Insider trip.

A Walking Tour of Ancient Rome and a Wine and Mozzarella Tasting on the Amalfi are two other No Regrets inclusions on this amazing itinerary.




Viva la Espana! – and more specifically, its food!

Taste the flavours of sultry Spain and its capital Madrid on a Hidden Tapas Tour of the city as just one of the many Free Time Add-Ons independently-minded travellers can tack onto their Madrid to Lisbon trip (13 days/12 nights, with many different trip variations).

And just as with any of Contiki’s Independent Insider trips, there are a bunch of No Regrets inclusions that feature as part of the itinerary too, such as a Visit to Historical Toledo and a Boat Tour on the Duoro River in Porto.




Jump on your very own Vespa and zoom through Florence on a Guided Tour of the medieval city as a Free Time Add-On.

If that doesn’t rev your engines, don’t sweat it, because you can also enjoy a Wine Tasting in a Tuscan Castle experience, or Tour of the Tuscan town of Luca – both of which are No Regrets inclusions on the new Italian Bellissimo trip, which spends at least three nights each in Rome, Tuscany (including Florence), and the Italian Riviera.

To find out more about Independent Insider, and all the unique local experiences waiting for you, visit https://www.contiki.com/au/en/destinations/europe/independent-insider

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