Sure, you may be thinking that I only wrote this piece so that I could use the phrase ‘Holly Headlines’, and you’d be right, but I thought I’d use it to give a little insight to my readers on the journeys I have planned for the coming months. 

Thanks to Contiki, in mid-September I’ll be flying out to England!

For a few nights I’ll be crashing in London, and then I’m making my way around Europe on a 19-day Contiki tour! Here’s a little map for reference, and this is Contiki’s European Inspiration tour, which will give me a taste of some of the most beautiful countries in Europe.


I’ll be visiting;

  • London
  • Dover
  • Calais
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Dresden
  • Prague
  • Dachau
  • Munich
  • Austrian Tyrol
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Vatican City
  • Chianti Region
  • Florence
  • Pisa
  • Lucerne
  • Paris


Tour Highlights (as promised by Contiki):

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover 
  • See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night 
  • See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam 
  • Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house 
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building 
  • Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall 
  • Visit Dresden the city destroyed in World War II and known as the ‘Florence of the North’ 
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche 
  • See Hradčany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock 
  • Visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial 
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz 
  • Visit a traditional beer hall 
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice 
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square 
  • See Venice’s iconic canals & gondolas 
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles 
  • Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour 
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona 
  • See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto 
  • Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo’s Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence 
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Learn about Florence’s leather craft with a demonstration View the Lion Monument 
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa 
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne 
  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour 
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral 
  • Check out Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower Visit a French perfumery

(find out more here)

So yeah, that’s going to be awesome.

After this trip, I plan on spending a month in the UK travelling around to visit my many relatives that live in the area. So that’ll be London, Manchester and Edinburgh. 

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  • Reply
    Seana Smith
    September 3, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Hi Holly, I am dying of envy… how I long to jaunt around Europe again… I fear I may have to wait t along time… When I was young and wafting around I spent loads of time on the Med Coast and never went to Eastern Europe as it wasn’t so open back then (Dark Ages.) I shall follow your travels and enjoy armchair travelling along with you.

    • Reply
      Holly O'Sullivan
      September 5, 2016 at 3:52 am

      I know what you mean! I feel jealous of myself if that’s even possible.
      Thanks for your comment 🙂 I’m going to try share as much of my journey as I can.

  • Reply
    Melissa Jane
    October 20, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Hi Holly! I love your blog and am so keen to continue following you on your travels. xx

    • Reply
      Holly O'Sullivan
      October 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Oh hey Melissa Jane 😛
      Thanks so much x

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