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Rugby World Cup Experience Tours for 18-35s

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Epic experiences for 18-35s.

Combine a classic French Contiki Trip with Rugby World Cup 2023!

18-35s Rugby World Cup Experience Tour (11 Days)

South Africa v Scotland

South Africa v EUR2

This epic 11-day Rugby World Cup 2023 Experience Tour gives you the best of the classic European Contiki experience, combined with the thrill of live games at Rugby World Cup! Your matches include both the South Africa v Scotland game in Marseille, as well as the South Africa v Europe2 game in Bordeaux.

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Johannesburg / Nice 8th September 2023

Flight

Day 2 – Nice – Saturday 9th September 2023

You will be met at the airport and transferred into Nice. Orientation on arrival. Check into hotel after 2pm and the rest of the day at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel or local restaurant tonight (D).

Day 3 – Nice to Marseille area – Sunday 10th September 2023

Leaving Nice today, we travel to Marseille. Free time on arrival to enjoy the build up to the match. Enjoy lunch at a local café, wander around the harbour or spend time in the old town. Later we transfer to the stadium for the South Africa vs Scotland Match. (B)

Day 4 – Marseille to Contiki Chateau – Monday 11th September 2023

After an exhilarating time at the match yesterday we leave Marseille we travel to Avignon. Set on the Rhone River, there will be time to see Palais des Papes, explore the old town or enjoy a coffee whilst watching the world go by. Later we continue to the fabulous Contiki Chateau in the Beaujolais region. Enjoy wine tasting of the local Beaujolais before a delicious 3 course French dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 – Contiki Chateau – Tuesday 12th September 2023

Today is a day to relax. A morning yoga session on the lawns, stroll around the vineyards, a lunch time picnic hike to the “Top of the World” or if you are brave enough take a dip in the pool, later maybe enjoy a drink and take in the Chateau ambience before dinner (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Contiki Chateau to Paris – Wednesday 13th September 2023

We head towards Paris this morning. En route we stop at the medieval Chateau Fontainebleau. There will be time to stretch your legs as you wander around the gardens before we continue our journey to Paris, the City of Lights. This evening enjoy a tour of the city at night. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 – Paris – Thursday 14th September 2023

It’s your chance to explore the city today. Visit museums, stroll by the Seine river, watch the artists at Monmartre or take a picnic by the Eiffel Tower the choice is yours! Tonight, a chance to join an optional visit to see a succession of performers whirls by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show (B)

Day 8 – Paris – Friday 15th September 2023

A day to relax in the city today or you may wish to visit Disneyland Paris or the Palace of Versailles or take an optional E-scooter trip where you can glide around Paris touring the iconic sights on two wheels. Your trip Manager will be on hand to help you with choices of how to spend your free day. Enjoy an optional Parisian feast in the Monmartre district with your new found friends (B)

Day 9 – Paris to Bordeaux area – Saturday 16th September 2023

We journey through the Loire Valley and onto the wine capital of Bordeaux. Enjoy the riverfront and architecture of this famous city and sampling the local wine (B)

What's Included?
  • 7 Nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms at Superior Tourist Class Hotels and 2 nights in multi share accommodation at the Contiki Chateau. Single rate available for those who prefer not to share.
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Experienced Contiki Trip Manager throughout
  • Hire of air-conditioned coach and driver as required by the itinerary. All parking, tolls and fuel costs are included.
  • Guaranteed Official Rugby World Cup 2023 match tickets; in Category 3
    • SA vs Scotland – Marseille
    • SA vs EUR2 – Bordeaux
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tour Liaison
  • 4 x evening meals at your hotel or at a local restaurant
  • Entrance to Chateau de Chenonceaux
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18-35s Rugby World Cup Experience Tour (17 Days)

South Africa v Scotland

South Africa v EUR2

South Africa v Ireland

For the ultimate French getaway, our 17-day Rugby World Cup 2023 Experience Tour includes Match Tickets to three of South Africa’s pool games: Scotland, Europe2 and Ireland! Plus you’ll enjoy all the perks of a classic Contiki experience in France.

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Johannesburg / Nice 8th September 2023

Flight

Day 2 – Nice – Saturday 9th September 2023

You will be met at the airport and transferred into Nice. Orientation on arrival. Check into hotel after 2pm and the rest of the day at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel or local restaurant tonight. (D)

 Day 3 – Nice to Marseille area – Sunday 10th September 2023

Leaving Nice today, we travel to Marseille. Free time on arrival to enjoy the build up to the match. Enjoy lunch at a local café, wander around the harbour or spend time in the old town. Later we transfer to the stadium for the South Africa vs Scotland Match. (B)

Day 4 – Marseille to Barcelona area – Monday 11th September 2023

After an exhilarating time at the match yesterday we leave France and travel across the border into Spain and onto lively Barcelona. After an included dinner we head out to enjoy the city at night. (B, D)

Day 5 – Barcelona – Tuesday 12th September 2023

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city today with your trip manager. See the Gothic quarter, Montjuic hilltop vistas and wild Spanish architecture, then free time to explore or take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea! Tonight, enjoy an optional visit to experience the passion of a flamenco show       and tapas. (B)

Day 6 – Barcelona to Pamplona – Wednesday 13th September 2023

We head to Zaragoza this morning, time here to see the colourful cathedral as you roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture and time to taste a Spanish churro with your coffee. We continue to Pamplona famous for its Running of the Bulls mayhem! The rest of the day is free to venture through the well-preserved old town and see its incredible gothic cathedral. (B)

Day 7 – Pamplona to San Sebastian – Thursday 14th September 2023

Our stop this morning is Bilbao the up-and-coming cultural hub in Spain and home to one of the most famous museums, the Museo Guggenheim. Time to get some lunch before we continue to San Sebastian. Spend time on the beach this afternoon and soak up the sun. (B)

Day 8 – San Sebastian – Friday 15th September 2023

Today is free to enjoy all that San Sebastian has to offer, learn to surf, lounge on the beach or sit in a local bar eating plates of pinxtos. (B)

Day 9 – San Sebastian to Bordeaux area – Saturday 16th September 2023

We stop in the elegant seaside town of Biarritz for morning coffee before continuing back into France and onto Bordeaux. Enjoy the riverfront and architecture of this famous city and sampling the local wine. (B)

Day 10 – Bordeaux area – Sunday 17th September 2023

Enjoy free time this morning to explore the city before getting ready to cheer on South Africa in their match today. (B)

Day 11 – Bordeaux to Contiki Chateau – Monday 18th September 2023

After an exhilarating time at the match yesterday we leave Bordeaux and travel to the fabulous Contiki Chateau in the Beaujolais region. Enjoy a wine tasting of the local Beaujolais before a delicious 3 course French dinner. (B, D)

Day 12 – Contiki Chateau – Tuesday 19th September 2023

Today is a day to relax. A morning yoga session on the lawns, stroll around the vineyards, a lunch time picnic hike to the “Top of the World” or if you are brave enough take a dip in the pool, later maybe enjoy a drink and take in the Chateau ambience before dinner (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Contiki Chateau to Tours – Wednesday 20th September 2023

We travel through the Loire region today. En route we stop for an included visit to the fabulous Chateau de Chenonceau built in the 16th Century. Free time to explore the Chateau and grounds before we arrive in the university town of Tours. Find the huge cedar tree said to have been planted by Napoleon and see the many bridges that cross the Loire River. Enjoy dinner together tonight. (B, D)

Day 14 – Tours to Paris – Thursday 21st September 2023

It’s a short trip to Paris this morning. Enjoy a sightseeing tour on arrival where you will see the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysée, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and much more. Free time this afternoon to explore. Enjoy a Parisian Feast at a local restaurant tonight. (B, D)           

Day 15 – Paris – Friday 22nd September 2023

A day to relax in the city today or you may wish to visit Disneyland Paris or the Palace of Versailles or take an optional E-scooter trip where you can glide around Paris touring the iconic sights on two wheels. Your trip Manager will be on hand to help you with choices of how to spend your free day. Tonight, a chance to join an optional visit to see a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at a Parisian Cabaret Show. (B)         

Day 16 – Paris – Saturday 23rd September 2023

Match Day! Prepare yourself for the match between South Africa and Ireland today at the famous Stade de France stadium.

Day 17 – Departure Day – Monday 24th September 2023

Airport transfer for your flight home.

What's Included?
  • 13 Nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms at Superior Tourist Class Hotels and 2 nights in multi share accommodation at the Contiki Chateau. Single rate available for those who prefer not to share.
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Experienced Contiki Trip Manager throughout
  • Hire of air-conditioned coach and driver as required by the itinerary. All parking, tolls and fuel costs are included.
  • Guaranteed Official Rugby World Cup 2023 match tickets; in Category 3
    • SA vs Scotland – Marseille
    • SA vs EUR2 – Bordeaux
    • SA vs Ireland – Paris
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tour Liaison
  • 6 x evening meals at your hotel or at a local restaurant
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What Can You Expect?

Stay in a 16th Century French Chateau!