Say hello to Contiki’s 8 new itineraries for 2016

Published September 16th, 2015

So you think you’ve Contiki-d? Guess again, these cool kids on the touring block just released EIGHT new itineraries – including FOUR new countries which have never before featured on Contiki’s routes. Here’s the run down on the fresh new tours to help you get off the beaten track!

Balkans Discovery. Image: Contiki

Best of Balkans

(Start Split or Start Budapest) 15 days | Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Hungary & Slovenia

Style: In-Depth Explorer

Accom: Hotels

How about them Balkans? If you’re lured by the magic of Southeast Europe, this is the trip for you. You’ll hit up seven incredible countries in 15 days. Explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, party until the early hours in Belgrade. Stroll though the historic sites of Sarajevo and sink into a hot thermal bath in Budapest.

It's all about the Balkans! Image: Contiki

Balkans Discovery

12 days | Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania & Hungary

Style: In-Depth Explorer

Accom: Hotels

Starting in Split, Croatia, you’ll take in six amazing countries (some you may never have even known existed) Be surprised and delighted along the Dalmatian Coastline from the Medieval city of Dubrovnik to the stunning architecture of Belgrade before ending with a big bowl of delicious goulash in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Mini Balkans. Image: Contiki

Mini Balkans

4 days | Hungary, Slovenia & Croatia

Style: In-Depth Explorer

Accom: Hotels

Tight on time? But Balkan-curious? This is the trip for you. Travel from Budapest to Ljubljana (where?) Slovenia's capital and largest city. Then it’s onto the magical Plitvice Lakes of Croatia, ending in Split where you might decide to stay one and extend your Croatian jaunt...

Swimsuit 24-7 on the Mediterranean Escape. Image: Contiki

Mediterranean Escape

10 days | Greece and Italy

Style: Easy Pace

Accom: Hotels

What’s not to like about the Mediterranean? Start out in bustling Rome taking in the iconic sites and tastes before heading into chill out mode on the Amalfi Coast. Then hop across to trendy Athens and be delighted by this city’s ancient charms.

Mediterranean Escape + 4 Day Greek Island Cruise = the best of both worlds. Image: Contiki

Mediterranean Escape also comes with the option to check out the Greek Islands with either a 4 day cruise or 10 day island hopping version of the trip! (making up two of the ten new itineraries) + 4 day Greek Cruise + 10 day Greek Island Hopping

Have your breath taken away in Iceland. Image: Getty


4 days | Iceland

Style: Winter & Ski

Accom: Hotels

Yes, the demands for the Icelandic wonderland have been heard and answered! There’s nowhere else on earth like Iceland. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon and explore quirky Reykjavik before heading out with a local guide to search for the Northern Lights.

London Uncovered

5 days | London

Style: Festivals & Short Stays

Accom: Hotels

Tube map boggling your brain? Get the shortcut to the best of London during this short stay in the English capital. There’s much more to see than Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Escape to the country and cast your eyes on Stonehenge and the historic Windsor castle.

With all the excitement around Contiki’s new itineraries, we’d be remiss not to mention Contiki’s other exciting news: Contiki Legends. Contiki teams up everyday legends with professional legends, take Matt from Brisbane for example who’d always dreamed of diving into the Mediterranean... check out the video below where Contiki hook Matt up with a crew of professional cliff divers, including action man Devin Supertramp. Yewwww! [Matt’s jump features at 3.39]


If you’re a full-time student or under 26, score a return Black Market Flights to Europe with Etihad Airways from $1199* when you book a tour (7 days or more) or your accommodation with Student Flights.

Plus, we’ll throw in 15% off Europe 2016 Contiki tours. Did we mention you can lay-by now and pay later? Sweet!


Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.