Europe's New High Season: Discover the Continent's Best Cooler-Weather Adventures With Contiki

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Anaheim, Calif., June 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Contiki ( trips are designed to give 18-35 year olds the most epic experience of their lives--and with the autumn, winter, and spring months boasting fewer crowds, shorter lines, and lower costs, travelers have more time and money to discover Europe at their own pace. That's why Contiki wants travelers to discover the unexpected perks of traveling Europe beyond the summer months.

Contiki ranked the top 5 unforgettable experiences that make Europe "hot" in autumn, winter, and spring:

Ice skating 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

For travelers 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 (a traditional Christmas cake) 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 Year's Eve celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Cozy up in one of the city's many iconic pubs before grabbing a mulled wine and joining the crowds on the cobbled streets to ring in 2015. 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 High Street goods, designer duds, or delicious locally sourced food. Do this on Contiki's 3- or 5-day London Explorer trip

Experiencing Amsterdam in bloom

One of Europe's hippest cities for young people, Amsterdam is also one of the world's most beautiful locales in the spring months. Explore the charming capital by bike, cycling along the canals in the early spring sunshine before stopping off at the legendary flower markets to smell the tulips. Do this on Contiki's 8-day Eastern Rocker trip

As a bonus: Contiki is offering 10 percent off Contiki Europe trips 9 days or longer--no matter what time of year you want to travel.

"Winter and the shoulder seasons are times to explore Europe, offering unique and unexpected experiences that you may have missed out on during your summer travels," says Alastair Campbell, Contiki Global Brand Director. "Travelers experience the majority of inclusions featured on summer trips, but also get the added highlight of cultural winter festivals and celebrations."

For more information on Contiki's Europe trips year-round and advantages of traveling in the low season, check out

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About Contiki Vacations

Contiki is the world leader in youth travel experiences, a brand that is all about discovery, epic moments and making every second count. Our journeys unlock the local way of life in each and every destination we visit, and with over 300 trips in more than 50 countries, we see every day as the start of a new adventure. You only get one life and one shot to make it count - #NOREGRETS.

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