Discover the Unexpected with a European Winter the Contiki Way

Fewer crowds, lower travel costs and some of the world's most iconic historical celebrations make travelling in winter one of Europe's best kept secrets

| Source: The Travel Corporation Canada

NORTH YORK, Ontario, June 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- All Contiki ( trips are designed to give 18-35's the most epic experience of their lives. With the autumn, winter and spring months offering fewer crowds, fewer line-ups and lower costs, travellers have more time and money to discover Europe at their own pace. Some of the most incredible festivals, holiday markets and outdoor fun take place when the temperature drops a few degrees and with 7.5% off Contiki trips booked and paid before July 22nd*, there's never been a better time to plan ahead and look forward to experiencing the unexpected magic that Europe has to offer in the winter.

The autumn, winter and spring seasons are all about choice as Contiki offers 4 diverse ways to explore the sheer awesomeness of Europe - see it all on a Multi-Country, discover the local charms on a Time-Out Regional, hit the slopes on the epic Ski & Snowboard Austria, and join the party on a number of Festival trips. And just because the options are endless doesn't mean the costs start to rise - exploring Europe during the low season gives travellers a lot for just a little. The 23-day European Trail - one of Contiki's most popular winter trips from the more affordable Concept program - features 10 nights of hotel upgrades and 33 included meals. For the traveller on a budget, it's the best way to go!

"Winter and the shoulder seasons are great times to explore Europe, offering unique and unexpected experiences that you may have missed out on during your summer travels," says Brad Ford, Contiki Canada President. "Travellers experience the majority of inclusions featured on summer trips, but also get the added highlight of cultural winter festivals and celebrations."

To get 18-35's excited about travelling in the low season, Contiki's ranked the top 5 unforgettable experiences that make Europe hot in autumn, winter and spring:

Ice-skating at the Eiffel Tower

Twinkling lights, the Parisian skyline as a backdrop and authentic chocolat chaud to keep you warm - there's nothing more magical than skating on an ice rink at the Eiffel Tower. Located on the first floor observation deck, the rink's sprawling views of Paris make for an unforgettable night at one of the world's most iconic structures.

Do this on Contiki's 23-day European Trail trip

Taking in the magic of a German Christmas

There's something magical about the Christmas season - streets lined with twinkling lights, traditional carols on every radio station, the smell of cinnamon baked goods wafting through the air. For travellers obsessed with all things Kris Kringle, there's no better place to get in touch with your festive side than Germany, home to the historic Christmas Markets. Grab a mug of mulled wine and browse the centuries-old markets, indulging in stollen and stopping to pick up that perfect present.

Do this on Contiki's 12-day European Discovery trip

Singing 'Auld Lang Syne' at Hogmanay

Close out the year at one of the world's biggest New Years Eve celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Cosying up in one of the historic city's many iconic pubs before grabbing a mulled wine and joining the crowds on the cobbled streets to ring in the new year is a memory not soon to be forgotten.

Do this on Contiki's 4- or 5-day Hogmanay trip

Shopping the sales in London

London is a mecca for those who love to shop-'til-they-drop, and with epic winter sales on pretty much everything, there's no better time to score some sweet deals. For something to suit every budget, head to Selfridges - one of the world's most iconic department stores - and scoop up anything from high street goods to designer duds to delicious locally-sourced food.

Do this on Contiki's 3- or 5-day London Explorer trip

Experiencing Amsterdam in bloom

One of Europe's coolest cities for young people, Amsterdam is also the most beautiful city in the spring months. Explore the charming capital by bike, cycling along the canals in the early spring sunshine and stopping off at the legendary flower markets to take time to smell the tulips.

Do this on Contiki's 8-day Eastern Rocker trip

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