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London to Athen + Greek Islands
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I did this tour in May and had the best time ever! You’ll make so many friends and see the most amazing sights. A few things you have to be prepared for:
~ Some of the accommodations are SMALL. Especially the cabins in Paris. Since it’s a Concept tour (the London – Athens bit anyway), you have to kind of expect that. But each place gets better as you go along. And at the end of the day, if you want better accommodation, best you do a Timeout tour (which the Greek Island Hopping tour is).
~ Bring cold and flu tablets, or cough drops, to prepare yourself for the notorious Contiki Cough.
~ Take a neck pillow. It will be your saviour whilst sleeping on the bus!
~ Take comfortable walking shoes, a pair of thongs and some nice shoes (for a night out).
~ Be prepared for all weather. While the weather was absolutely perfect when I went, it rained in Rome, so I had to buy an umbrella.
Those are some of the big tips I can think of right now. If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know. And if you have any more questions, ask away <!--graemlin::)-->
Thanks so much for that!
don’t mind about the accomodation – but great to know… wasn’t really too aware of this when booking, but thinking it all adds to the experience! <!--graemlin::)-->
did you take a sleeing bag or sheets with you?
i have so many questions its so hard to ask them all over here.
did you need to bring many dressy clothes with you? were there many nights out on tour?
did you feel that there was enough time in each city or village you visited?
any places off tour plan that you recommend? food clubs sites?
i have heard so many great things about this tour! cant waittttttt!
Ah yes, totally forgot to mention to bring a sleeping bag. I was told everything would be provided for us, but was then advised in London that we had to supply our own, so I had to buy one ~ not cheap either! Sheets were provided though.
You will be going out to bars/clubs in most cities, so take a couple of nice outfits to mix and match. There are bars at some of the campsites also, so when you’re not out on the town, you’ll probably be hanging around the bars.
I did all the tours and enjoyed all of them, except the disco in Florence, and the casino in Monaco. I could have given both these options a miss, but they weren’t terrible. The only problem is that Monaco is VERY expensive, and there isn’t much to do there anyway without spending a lot of money.
I thought it was just the right amount of time in each city/village. Of course there’s always more to see, but the time spent allowed everyone enough time to really check out the hot spots and get a feel for the culture.
It really is a great tour and you’ll have a ball! Whenever you can think of any other questions, feel free to ask <!--graemlin::cool:-->
Did this tour (minus the Greek Island Hopping) in Late June this year. Had an amazing time, actually the best time of my life <!--graemlin::)-->
For me the best city on the tour was Barcelona, but the best place to unwind was Corfu.
Doing the European Contrasts same time next year. Can’t wait!
awesome, it is great to hear feedback!
i absolutely cannot wait!
what was the weather like at that time?
any other advice/tips??
cant wait to hear more…. <!--graemlin::)-->
Aside from it raining a bit in Rome and being overcast here and there, it was PERFECT weather. I went in May/June so I enjoyed beautiful sunny days without it being all that hot. But it was HOT in Greece!
Some other tips:
~ Take a bag that you can wear across yourself to avoid bag-snatchers.
~ When in Rome, watch out for the guys dressed as Gladiators. They run up to you and insist on having a photo with you, only to charge you 5 Euro after.
~ Take your own spare toilet paper roll. Some places don’t have any and it’s very welcome when needed. Also, most places in Europe charge you to use the public toilets, so have a few spare Euro’s handy.
~ Be careful in Athens. The area where we stayed was very sleazy and dirty ~ def not a place you’d wanna be by yourself, so always have a friend or two with you. But shopping in Athens is great.
~ Another thing you should know about Greece…they don’t flush their toilet paper. You have to put the used tissue in the bin next to you. Pretty gross.
~ The Metro’s in Europe are a cheap and easy way to travel, so don’t be afraid to use them.
Anything else you wanna know?
Hey guys am thinking about booking this tour for early june 11…. loving the fact that we get to spend a day or so in each place as that was the sort of contiki tour i did thru the u.s but from past experience what sort of atmosphere is it….heaps of couples? party animals?
Haha on my tour there were 51 people on total…only 7 of them guys HA! And two of those guys were in relationships. Most of the girls were in relationships, but there were a few singles (like me). Pretty much everyone was up for a night out, but each tour group is different and even if you’re not up for partying, you’ll have a blast.
Hi guys, is anyone doing the London to Athens tour beginning June 30 2011? I’m traveling solo and have never been outside of Australia before so pretty pumped for it! If anyone could offer some other tips for a first time traveler I’d really appreciate it. LadyRainbow your tips are great, you’ve provided answers to a few things i was unsure about so cheers <!--graemlin::)-->
My Husband and I are booked to do the London to Athens trip, leaving London on the 19th of August. So excited!!!! It’s good to read everyones comments and get ideas.
hi iam doing the london to athens plus greek islands on the 3rd of may any one going then ?
tips good to <!--graemlin::)-->
No worries folks, am happy to help. Need to know anything else, just ask.
And I’d have to agree with lordjay. Although I loved all of the tour, I had a soft spot for Barcelona. And Corfu def was a great place to chill out.
Speaking of Corfu, you simply MUST do George’s Boat! Twas one of the greatest days on the tour for me<!--graemlin::)-->
I just booked in for the tour, leaving August 19th <!--graemlin::)--> Have my flights and everything sorted and everything secured so I’m very excited! Spending a few days in London beforehand and doing the London Explorer package!
SarahRosex I’m doing the same tour as you! Aug 19th <!--graemlin::D-->
Ahh yay, exciting! I replied to the other thread as well, super glad to see some people who are going starting to reply.. <!--graemlin::D--> Can’t wait!
I’m doing this tour on the 19th may 11. so excited!!!! <!--graemlin::cool:--> it couldn’t come faster!!! found some people doing the greek island part of my tour, but not the first part yet. hopefully someone replies to my thread about it soon. that would make my day as i’m tavelling solo and i wanna try and make at least one friend before i go <!--graemlin::D--> hahah
I wish I’d visited the Contiki forums before my trip, I would have also tried to make friends before the tour started, but at least I’ll know for next time. But Ashlee, if no-one responds your post don’t worry, you’ll make friends in no time <!--graemlin::cool:-->
hi my name is Rhiannon iam going on the tour on the 3rd of may and i still havent found anyone doing the same is there any other web site people going on these trips cant meet there tour mates ???
Hey guys, I’m Amy and I’m doing this tour 5 June, travelling solo for the first time! so excited! All the tips that people have posted have been really great =)
hey guys if people don’t mind me asking. how much money is everyone taking for this tour?…. so how much in euros?…
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