Remember the girls from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Bus (SOTTB)? They were the Grand Prize winners of Contiki’s European Magic tour as part of our “Get on the Bus” contest – and they just returned from a trip of a lifetime! Here they are, sharing some photos and their trip diary of the adventure!
Once upon a time, five girls, better known as SOTTB, always dreamed of traveling the world. We yearned to experience the beautiful cultures, become acquainted with the local customs and visit famous landmarks only read about in history books.
Through a generous contest offered by Contiki Vacations, that dream became a reality when we received the news that we won an all-expense paid trip of our choice tour, European Magic.
When the time came, we ditched our figurative bus for the Contiki coach to embark on a journey of a lifetime.
From Los Angeles to London, we fought off sleep deprivation and jetlag so as not to miss a second of what this bustling city had to offer. We jumped on the iconic double-decker tour bus and made our first stop at the Buckingham Palace, making sure to keep an eye out for the newlyweds, Will and Kate!
Next stop, Amsterdam! From the canals, to the designated bike lanes, to the Red Light District, to the famous “I Am Amsterdam” sign and finally the Anne Frank house, we were completely fascinated by how beautiful the city is.
Back on the Contiki coach, we drove on Germany’s renowned highway, The Autobahn. The views were absolutely spectacular as we made our way through the country. We stopped in Rhine Valley for a quintessential wine tasting session, then made our way to St. Goar, to learn about the city’s history and purchase locally crafted steins. Finally, we got to Munich and discovered the city through the most entertaining bike tour we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. And what’s a trip to Germany if you don’t visit the famous beer hall, Haufbrahaus!
Onward… to Venice, Italy!! We cannot begin to express how captivated we were by this rustic city. There is no prose, poem, song, or movie that can accurately express the beauty and wonder of Venezia. All we can say is that we will never look at another margarita pizza, Italian coffee or gelato the same again. Italy, you stole our hearts!!
Traveling through Europe with an amazing tour group and seeing the most incredible cities made us feel like we were on top of the world. So it was most fitting that we visit the top of Mt. Stanserhorn in Lucerne, Switzerland. The views were breathtaking! We also took a boat cruise along Lake Lucerne, a spectacular experience to share with our Contiki family.
Last, but not least on the itinerary… Paris, France! So much to do, so much to see! From the remarkable sights atop the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa at the Lourve Museum, the timeless architecture of the Notre Dame Catherdral, to the dazzling Moulin Rouge show, we were absolutely spellbound.
We had a phenomenal time with the most incredible people, all of which wouldn’t have been possible without Contiki – you gave us the experience of a lifetime, something we will treasure forever. THANK YOU!!! For those reading this post and still undecided about traveling the world, DO IT! It’s definitely something you’ll have to experience for yourself!
SOTTB (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Bus) – Cindy, Leah, Marina, Monique, Nancy
P.S. We already want to plan our next Contiki trip! We can’t get enough! 😉