The Northern Trek (Start Athens, end Amsterdam)

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Head into the great unknown with this 26 day camping tour. Meet up in Athens and begin your adventure with stops in places like Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia before getting back on the mainstream track through Germany and Switzerland - these are just a few of the amazing countries you'll visit! The best bit though, has to be doing it the way Contiki started...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Camping
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
    • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
    • Visit ANZAC Cove
    • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery
    • See Bratislava's medieval castle
    • Visit Vienna's Prater fun park
    • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
    • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
    • See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square
    • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock

What's this trip about?

    Head into the great unknown with this 26 day camping tour. Meet up in Athens and begin your adventure with stops in places like Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia before getting back on the mainstream track through Germany and Switzerland - these are just a few of the amazing countries you'll visit! The best bit though, has to be doing it the way Contiki started - a bunch of new friends, two person tents, and the open road.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAthens
End CityAmsterdam

Travel Themes

  • High Adventure

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Bulgaria
  • Czechia
  • Hungary
  • Albania
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • North Macedonia
  • Turkey

Attractions

  • Amsterdam
  • Athens

Activities

  • Adventure & Adrenaline

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive Athens

Welcome to Greece! On arrival, make your way to the campsite & meet your travel buddies & Tour Manager and get excited for the days ahead! Tonight, you could head to the traditional quarter of Plaka, set on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis, where tavern...

Day 2: Athens to Kavala

We hit the road and head north, travelling past mythical Mt Olympus, Greece’s highest peak, and stop off for a crash-course in ancient heroism at Thermopylae, where just 300 Spartan soldiers held off the invading Persian army’s masses of thousands. After cruising by Byzantine Thessaloniki, we arrive in the port town of Kavala.

Day 3: Kavala to Gallipoli

This morning, we farewell Greece and travel into Turkey. Make a pilgrimage to the site of a major bloody battle, Gallipoli. Visit stunning Anzac Cove where World War I troops landed, Lone Pine Cemetery, where Australian troops are buried and check out the memorial fo...

Day 4: Gallipoli to Istanbul

Ferry across the Dardanelles, crossing from Europe into to Asia, to Troy. We get inside the legend of one the world’s most famous battles and explore the excavation site of mythical Troy. Learn how heroes and gods fought in a ten year war, as our Local Guide unravels...

Day 5: Istanbul

With a full day here, there is time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot. You've got the chance to check out 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, ...

Day 6: Istanbul to Sofia

This morning, it’s on to Sofia, Bulgaria’s largest city. Once behind the Iron Curtain and today an emerging capital, Sofia brings together traditional Tsarist architecture and a modern feel. It’s the perfect place to explore on foot. Your Tour Manager will lead a w...

Day 7: Struga to Tirana

Today we say farewell Macedonia and head over the border and into Albania. Albania serves up mind-blowing scenery scattered with the remains of old war-bunkers – a sad reminder of its recent past. Your Trip Manager will give you this country’s story on the coach as we follow the coast to our overnight stop.

Day 8: Sofia to Struga

Cut across Macedonia and stop off for lunch in Skopje, known for its thriving outdoor cafés. Try some Macedonian specialities like burek (delicious local bread) with white cheese or a local pizza. Next up it’s Struga, tucked in between mountains and one of Europe’s ...

Day 9: Tirana to Dubrovnik

Sticking to the shoreline, continue through tiny Montenegro to the spectacular fortress town of Dubrovnik, well known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.

Day 10: Dubrovnik

With Baroque buildings, museums and monasteries, this eye-catching UNESCO World Heritage Site is great to explore. Get lost in the walled city’s web of winding streets. You’ve got free time so pull up at a table in the pedestrian district of the stunning Old Town. Lun...

Day 12: Dubrovnik to Seline

Weaving up the Dalmatian Coast towards Split, we pass crystal clear waters scattered with green islands. Meet with Roman heritage when you wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre, complete with 220 buildings and an imposing cathedral.

Day 13: Seline to Budapest

Cruise through stunning Paklencia National Park and pass Central Europe’s largest lake, Lake Balaton, often dubbed the ‘Hungarian Sea’, before continuing on to the ‘Paris of the East’, Budapest. With two cities rolled into one, this exotic town has a bit of everything...

Day 14: Budapest to Vienna

As we cruise through Slovakia we’ll pause for lunch in quaint Bratislava. We head into the compact old town and check out its medieval castle. Order yourself the regional speciality, treska (cold fish salad), or try some local cheeses. Our next stop is the cultural ...

Day 15: Budapest

On the Buda side of the river, from the Fisherman’s Bastion, you’ll get a full-blown view of the city and learn about Budapest’s history in a nutshell! Check out the colourful Church of St. Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge. Your Tour Manager knows all a...

Day 16: Vienna

Your Tour Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the city’s historical heritage. There’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Cruise down Kärntner Strasse, ...

Day 17: Vienna to Prague

Roll through Bohemia to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Český Krumlov. The town is all about old-world charm, cute shops, cosy cafés and winding cobblestone lanes. This afternoon, relax on the coach as we head to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague.

Day 18: Prague

Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. It’s also pretty compact, so it’s best explored on foot. Get straight into Prague’s historic heart with your Tour Manager. You’ll walk together over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradčany Castle, the home of the or...

Day 19: Prague to Munich

Remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Learn more at the museum and walk through the remaining living quarters. Afterwards we travel to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that bl...

Day 20: Munich to Swiss Alps

Today, travel past the stony cliffs of Liechtenstein, into the capital, Vaduz, where you can grab some lunch and in enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family’s 12th century castle. Next stop: the jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine town of Lucerne. With covered wooden ...

Day 21: Munich

Use your free time to discover more of Munich. Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide. Otherwise head back to the old town and hunt around the little shops on the pedestrian-only lanes or for a ...

Day 22: Swiss Alps

It’s a change of pace among Switzerland’s massive Alps. Take in the amazing views from the campsite. Opt to visit Jungfrau Mountain, head up the sheer slopes of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station, and step out onto the “roof” of Europe for spine-tingling views.

Day 23: Swiss Alps to Heidelberg

Over the border and into Germany, we head to the university town of Heidelberg. Wander around, grab a late lunch and check out its famous Baroque church. With free time this afternoon, you could relax at one of Heidelberg’s pubs with some friends or climb the Gothic...

Day 24: Heidelberg to Amsterdam

The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards. Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle and even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on th...

Day 25: Amsterdam

Kick start the morning with an optional bike ride and cruise into the countryside, where you can bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, in the world-famous cheese village of Edam. In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try s...

Day 26: Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

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Price per day$96
Last Updated: 0/17/2022

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We’re firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with. That’s why Contiki invented group travel for young people in 1962 and we’ve spent the past 53 years perfecting it. You’ll explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free.

No two travellers are the same and we know that, which is why we offer eight unique ways to explore the world. We have a number of options to choose from to create a vacation that’s perfect for you, from budget to accommodation style.

We're all about exploring the world with like-minded people, which is why we only run trips for 18-35 year olds, to celebrate being young, spirited and curious. You can expect to join a group of 18-53 awesome people from around the world on our Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand trips, and in Asia and Latin America it's all about small group adventures with up to 25 travellers. Don't worry if you're not traveling as a couple or with a friend from home – though there are plenty of pairs, 50% of our travellers set off solo, meaning you'll have a ton of opportunities to make new friends.

With over 270 trips around the world and plenty of departure dates to work into your schedule, you'll never be short of options on where to go for your next great adventure.

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Contiki are the world leaders in social youth travel. We’ve been providing amazing travel experiences for young travellers, from 18-35 years old, since 1962. Imagine how good you would be at something if you had been doing it for more than 60 years?

Everything about Contiki is deeply rooted in our core values ‘Make Every Moment Count’ and ‘We’re about people’. We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk and live by our brand philosophy of ‘Travel.Together.’ which means to travel with one another, the destinations we visit, the cultures we enjoy and the environment, too.

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Accommodation

25 nights accommodation: 21 nights in twin-share tents (including air mattresses), 4 nights in hotel upgrade twin/triple share Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging Ferry crossings An experienced & professional Trip Manager, Driver & Cook team Contiki's exclusive on-site teams at Contiki Villages Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations,
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Meals Included
  • 25 breakfasts
  • 17 dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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