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Events & Festivals Tours

What To Expect from a Events & Festival Tour

Don’t just watch it, be there! Experience some of Australia and the world’s greatest sporting, cultural and music events and festivals. Whether it be the AFL final or Melbourne Cup in Australia, to the Running of Bulls in Spain, we can find a tour to get you in the centre of the action.

frequently asked questions

  • Do event tours include tickets? Most of the event tours do include tickets to those events. You should check the inclusions on each tour to understand the exact inclusions and ticket types.

Events & Festival Holiday Packages

  • An unforgettable experience

    Festmeister, 4 Days

    from $259*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights accommodation camping in twin-share pre erected tents with air mattresses.
    • 3 hot breakfasts.
    • Join the Oktoberfest celebrations.
    • Commemorative Trip T-Shirt.
    • Return coach transport to Oktoberfest grounds.
    • Services of a European trained Topdeck crew.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Munich

    Day 1 Munich, Germany
    Wilkommen in Munchen, welcome to Munich Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to our campsite.

    Day 2 Munich
    What first began as a horse race in a field to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Prince Ludwig in the beginning of the 19th century has subsequently grown into the world's largest festival, attracting upwards of six million visitors every year Join the crowds and check out what it's all about, there's more to do here than just drink beer although there is a lot of beer drinking done Over the two weeks some seven million litres of beer will be consumed in the various brewery-run tents. Order yourself one of the colossal one-litre glasses of beer and get ready to sing along with the obligatory 'oompah band'. Enjoy what is likely to be one of the most memorable days of your life you never remember. Prost

    Day 3 Munich
    The day is yours to do as you please, it's a good time to try out some of the different beer halls you may have missed the day before, after all there are many more here than just the travellers' favourite Hofbrauhaus. For those looking to take it a bit easier there is a whole different world of fun going on outside the tents. Of course, if you wanted to head in to town for a spot of sightseeing, the city centre is only a short S-Bahn-ride away.

    Day 4 Munich
    As all good things must come to an end, it's time to say goodbye to Oktoberfest and newlymade friends. At least for another year that is

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  • Experience Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest, 4 Days

    from $325*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights twin share accommodation in large tents with comfy air mattressescomfy tents.
    • 3 continental and hot breakfasts.
    • Guided walking tour of Munich.
    • Day trip to the moving Dachau concentration camp memorial.
    • Contiki Oktoberfest t-shirt.
    • Transport in a modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging.
    • Service of an experienced, professional Drivers and Contiki Representative.
    • FREE Coach Transfers from accommodation to festival site.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Oktoberfest

    Known world wide as a beer festival, Oktoberfest is actually so much more From humble beginnings as a royal wedding celebration to the almost month long Bavarian extravaganza that it has become, the 'Fest has enough beer, pork, merchandise and amusement park attractions to keep you entertained for days. Stay at the Contiki Tent Village in the heart of Oktoberfest territory, have a hot breakfast before you set out, and come and go as you please with regular shuttles to and from the 'Fest grounds. No thinking required, just have fun.

    Day 1 Munich
    Welcome to Munich Get ready for a week of fun at one of the world's most famous festivals, Oktoberfest. Arrive at the campsite any time between 8:00am & 12:00pm - our expert Contiki On-site Team will be on hand to show you to your tent & answer any questions you have. Later, if you're feeling up to it, check out Munich & get the party started

    Day 2 - 3 Munich
    There's so much to see & do in this city, so make the most of your time here. Oktoberfest has been an annual event in the Bavarian calendar for more than 200 years, so make sure you don't miss out on any of the action. Take your place at one of the festival tents & get into all that is Oktoberfest. If you're feeling like going local then girls don a Dirndl & guys get into your Lederhosen (traditional costume) to really get into the spirit. Food is also a central part of the festival & not to be missed. Try some German treats like Pretzels, Wurst, Sauerkraut or pork knuckle, there really is something to tantalise any taste buds here. If you feel like a bit of time out from the buzzing beer halls, head to the market stalls for some other German treats. A huge amusement park is also a feature of the festival so don't forget to jump on some rides while you're here. From the central Marienplatz (market square) there's heaps of other things to do & see while you're here. Located right in the heart of the city, it's a hub for shopping, has a variety of places to eat & many historic sights within easy reach. Marienplatz is also home to the Old & New Town Halls, once the centre of the political heart of Munich. There's also the spectacular Hirschgarten nearby, with its amazing 8000 seat beer garden. Don't miss out on a visit to Olympic Park, home to the 1972 Olympic Games, where you can climb the Olympic Tower for awesome city views. If seeing some history is on your agenda, then don't miss the Alter Hof, Munich's medieval castle, one of the most beautiful locations in the city. Or ask your Contiki team for some other tips on things to do in the quaint nearby towns & villages. If you're feeling like a day out & about, explore even more of Europe while you're here. Take day trips to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle & Dachau Memorial Concentration camp are just a few of the options Contiki offer if you feel like something different.

    Day 4 Depart Munich
    Time to say farewell to the fun times had in Germany Say goodbye to your new friends, as your tour ends this morning after breakfast.

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  • Experience Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest Camping Only - Second Weekend, 4 Days

    from $349*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights twin-share camping accommodation.
    • 3 breakfasts.
    • Orientation walk of Munich.
    • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt.
    • Services of a Busabout Guide.
    Ideal if you are making your own way there, even better if added on to your Busabout Hop-on Hop-off Pass, this 'accommodation only' package means you get all the Oktoberfest experience on a budget.

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  • Great city, great scenery, great Guides and a great time - guaranteed.

    Haggis Hogmanay, 4 Days

    from $699*

    • 4 day tour departing London.
    • 3 nights accommodation in hostels dorm-share.
    • Ceilidh night.
    • Hogmanay street party pass.
    • Transfer to the Loony Dook.
    • Services of a legendary local HAGGiS guide.
    • Return transfer London to Edinburgh by coach.
    The world has New Year, only Scotland has Hogmanay and Edinburgh is THE place to be. This package is bulging with all the good stuff that has made HAGGiS the local legends for really delivering a good time - Scottish style Fully guided so you get maximum exposure to all that Edinburgh and Hogmanay has to offer.

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  • Includes Event Tickets

    Calgary Stampede, 3 Nights + Tickets

    from $779*

    • 3 nights accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Calgary.
    • Event tickets admit to Stampede Park for each day.
    • Travel and information kit.
    Billed as 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth', the Calgary Stampede, held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is one of the world's largest rodeos made up of sights, sounds, tastes and feelings. The ten-day event attracts over one million visitors each year and also includes a parade, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. Keith is offering two package options. The Chaps and Chucks package allows you to experience just the show. The Thrill package includes seating closer to the action and take home souvenirs of your cowboy adventures.

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  • Discover one of Spain's biggest music festivals

    Benicassim Festival 2014, 7 Days

    from $1,499*

    • 7 day tour departing Valencia.
    • 6 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • Daily breakfasts and welcome dinner.
    • Festival entrance tickets.
    • Admission fee where applicable.
    • Shuttle service to and from festival grounds every hour and a half.
    • Services of English-speaking leader throughout trip.
    • Service charge and tax.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Benicassim Festival - Valencia

    Everyone knows the score by now - the sun, the sea, the 4 Euro bottles of vodka, the heat, and the buzz on the campsite and the thousands and thousands of revellers who descend on this quiet Spanish seaside town for one week every July.

    Benicassim is kind of what a British festival would look like if it didn't rain all weekend. And it was right by the sea. And you could buy vodka for under 4 Pound a bottle. The festival itself takes place on the outskirts of a small coastal town in Eastern Spain.

    The site is purpose built for hosting festivals so is basically very big and flat, with lots of concrete. It is well laid out, though, and getting around between stages or nipping to the bar aren't the ballache they can sometimes be at other festivals.

    Day 1 Valencia
    Arrival in Valencia. Afternoon meeting with the tour leaders. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and explore some local bars.

    Day 2 Benicassim
    This morning you will join your leader to bike ride in Valencia. Head out to the Benicassim festival grounds in the afternoon.

    Day 3 Benicassim
    This morning you can choose to join your leader on go carting adventure. Head out to the festival grounds in afternoon

    Day 4 Benicassim
    This morning you can choose to join your leader on a kayaking adventure. Head out to the festival grounds in afternoon

    Day 5 Benicassim
    This morning you can go canoeing in a nearby National Park. Head out to the festival grounds in afternoon

    Day 6 Valencia
    For today's recovery day we will visit a waterpark. Return to Valencia in the evening.

    Day 7 Valencia
    Departure day.

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Our Top 3 Events & Festival Holiday Packages

  • An unforgettable experience

    Festmeister, 4 Days

    from $259*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights accommodation camping in twin-share pre erected tents with air mattresses.
    • 3 hot breakfasts.
    • Join the Oktoberfest celebrations.
    • Commemorative Trip T-Shirt.
    • Return coach transport to Oktoberfest grounds.
    • Services of a European trained Topdeck crew.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Munich

    Day 1 Munich, Germany
    Wilkommen in Munchen, welcome to Munich Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to our campsite.

    Day 2 Munich
    What first began as a horse race in a field to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Prince Ludwig in the beginning of the 19th century has subsequently grown into the world's largest festival, attracting upwards of six million visitors every year Join the crowds and check out what it's all about, there's more to do here than just drink beer although there is a lot of beer drinking done Over the two weeks some seven million litres of beer will be consumed in the various brewery-run tents. Order yourself one of the colossal one-litre glasses of beer and get ready to sing along with the obligatory 'oompah band'. Enjoy what is likely to be one of the most memorable days of your life you never remember. Prost

    Day 3 Munich
    The day is yours to do as you please, it's a good time to try out some of the different beer halls you may have missed the day before, after all there are many more here than just the travellers' favourite Hofbrauhaus. For those looking to take it a bit easier there is a whole different world of fun going on outside the tents. Of course, if you wanted to head in to town for a spot of sightseeing, the city centre is only a short S-Bahn-ride away.

    Day 4 Munich
    As all good things must come to an end, it's time to say goodbye to Oktoberfest and newlymade friends. At least for another year that is

    Ask about our great airfares
  • Experience Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest, 4 Days

    from $325*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights twin share accommodation in large tents with comfy air mattressescomfy tents.
    • 3 continental and hot breakfasts.
    • Guided walking tour of Munich.
    • Day trip to the moving Dachau concentration camp memorial.
    • Contiki Oktoberfest t-shirt.
    • Transport in a modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging.
    • Service of an experienced, professional Drivers and Contiki Representative.
    • FREE Coach Transfers from accommodation to festival site.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Oktoberfest

    Known world wide as a beer festival, Oktoberfest is actually so much more From humble beginnings as a royal wedding celebration to the almost month long Bavarian extravaganza that it has become, the 'Fest has enough beer, pork, merchandise and amusement park attractions to keep you entertained for days. Stay at the Contiki Tent Village in the heart of Oktoberfest territory, have a hot breakfast before you set out, and come and go as you please with regular shuttles to and from the 'Fest grounds. No thinking required, just have fun.

    Day 1 Munich
    Welcome to Munich Get ready for a week of fun at one of the world's most famous festivals, Oktoberfest. Arrive at the campsite any time between 8:00am & 12:00pm - our expert Contiki On-site Team will be on hand to show you to your tent & answer any questions you have. Later, if you're feeling up to it, check out Munich & get the party started

    Day 2 - 3 Munich
    There's so much to see & do in this city, so make the most of your time here. Oktoberfest has been an annual event in the Bavarian calendar for more than 200 years, so make sure you don't miss out on any of the action. Take your place at one of the festival tents & get into all that is Oktoberfest. If you're feeling like going local then girls don a Dirndl & guys get into your Lederhosen (traditional costume) to really get into the spirit. Food is also a central part of the festival & not to be missed. Try some German treats like Pretzels, Wurst, Sauerkraut or pork knuckle, there really is something to tantalise any taste buds here. If you feel like a bit of time out from the buzzing beer halls, head to the market stalls for some other German treats. A huge amusement park is also a feature of the festival so don't forget to jump on some rides while you're here. From the central Marienplatz (market square) there's heaps of other things to do & see while you're here. Located right in the heart of the city, it's a hub for shopping, has a variety of places to eat & many historic sights within easy reach. Marienplatz is also home to the Old & New Town Halls, once the centre of the political heart of Munich. There's also the spectacular Hirschgarten nearby, with its amazing 8000 seat beer garden. Don't miss out on a visit to Olympic Park, home to the 1972 Olympic Games, where you can climb the Olympic Tower for awesome city views. If seeing some history is on your agenda, then don't miss the Alter Hof, Munich's medieval castle, one of the most beautiful locations in the city. Or ask your Contiki team for some other tips on things to do in the quaint nearby towns & villages. If you're feeling like a day out & about, explore even more of Europe while you're here. Take day trips to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle & Dachau Memorial Concentration camp are just a few of the options Contiki offer if you feel like something different.

    Day 4 Depart Munich
    Time to say farewell to the fun times had in Germany Say goodbye to your new friends, as your tour ends this morning after breakfast.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • Experience Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest Camping Only - Second Weekend, 4 Days

    from $349*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights twin-share camping accommodation.
    • 3 breakfasts.
    • Orientation walk of Munich.
    • Busabout Oktoberfest t-shirt.
    • Services of a Busabout Guide.
    Ideal if you are making your own way there, even better if added on to your Busabout Hop-on Hop-off Pass, this 'accommodation only' package means you get all the Oktoberfest experience on a budget.

    Ask about our great airfares

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