Published: 25 Apr 12 15:12 CET | Print version
2012 is gearing up to be a fantastic year to travel. With all the exciting festivals, and celebrations planned, what better reason to cross another wish off your 'must visit' list?
Here are 10 travel-worthy experiences that your travels with Contiki could take you to - which one will you conquer in 2012?
1. The 2012 Summer Olympics in London!
The Summer Olympics happen every 4 years, and in 2012, hopeful Olympic gold medalists will congregate in London - home to the swankiest wedding of the century! (That's Prince William & Kate Middleton's union for those not in the know.) Most Europe Contiki trips begin in London, which means you'll be in the heart of the action before you embark on your Contiki adventure!
2. Sticking with England and Royalty – Join us for Royal Ascot!
Join Contiki as we head off to one of the UK’s most glamourous and prestigious sporting events, Royal Ascot. This fun one day event with lunch and bubbly is the best time to wear that fabulous outfit and hat that may just help you pick the big winner of the day...
3. Stamp your passport with 101 years of Machu Picchu
Right past the entrance of Machu Picchu, before hiking to the ruins, you're given the option to stamp your passport signifying that you came to Machu Picchu. 2012 marks 101 years since the site's rediscovery and is a cool memento to take away with you after gazing upon the ancient Incan ruins.
4. Prost!! The best beer in the world, great food, dirndls and lederhosen: Munich for Oktoberfest
The world's largest beer party is happening as usual September through to October in Munich. This year Contiki is offering hostel and hotel options together with its traditional camping. For those of you who think it’s all about the “beer” then you need to come along and see for yourself – this is a truly a special celebration that people remember for the rest of their lives.
5. Are you a literary buff? Come celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th birthday!
If you can't make it to the Olympics (see above), then there's still plenty of celebrating waiting in the wings. Raise your hand if you've NEVER read or heard of a Charlens' Dickens story. Anyone? Didn't think so. Travel to Europe and celebrate the life of Charles Dickens - the man who brought Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim to life, told us a Tale of Two Cities, and gave us Oliver Twist.
6. J.R.R. Tolkien fans, discover New Zealand and the film sites of the upcoming film "The Hobbit"
The highly anticipated return to Middle Earth for all you J.R.R. Tolkien fans. "The Hobbit" hits theaters in December 2012, but Contiki visitors can get a glimpse of the film's locations while traveling through New Zealand, home country to Contiki founder John Anderson!
7. Running with the Bulls & Bilbao BBK Live - Radiohead fans rejoice!
2012 is the year that Radiohead takes center stage at Bilbao BBK Live, Spain's #1 music festival, and Contiki is in the middle of the action in Pamplona. If dancing crowds aren't your style, perhaps try your hand at running with the bulls. Don your white and red and brave the crowds!
8. The City of Lights celebrates 20 Years of Disney Magic
It started 20 years ago as EuroDisney, but The City of Lights made such an impact, the amusement park was renamed to Disneyland Paris and celebrates its 20th anniversary bringing the Disney magic to Europeans everywhere.
9. Berlin turns 775 years
Come celebrate Berlin's 775th anniversary with jubilee celebrations scheduled throughout the city. History buffs will also take note of the 300th anniversary of King Frederick the II, also known as Frederick the Great. Check out great art exhibitions and festivals throughout the city.
Contiki Celebrates our 50th Birthday
What other reason to travel with Contiki than to celebrate our 50th anniversary? We're experts and bringing to life the fun, unforgettable experiences that always end up hundreds of photos, new friends from all over the world, and a chance to see the world all packaged up in a nice bow - there's bound to be a destination that you want to cross off your list. 2012 is the time to see the world!
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