Very Good Contiki Tour
1 Aug 2009 GatorBrett1 said
Part 1 was Sydney. Most tours have only a night there, but we had 3 nights. Sydney was an absolute sight for me, and I loved it there. So much to do in so little time! Contiki should try to do more tours that include the city for a longer time.
Part 2 was Whitsundays. It was good but not great, probably because of overcast weather. At night you are stuck on the island, but there is a bar and/or party to enjoy. The water sports were fun during the day, but it wasn't my favorite place. Maybe I would have a different view if I did the sailing option?
Part 3 was Cairns. This is where everyone does optional day tours. I did the Great Barrier Reef with pretty much everyone else, and that awesome. I also did Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation with a couple others, and that was good. The city itself is decent, but there is more fun outside of it.
Part 4 is Alice Springs. I did this by myself, although it is part of Ocean to Outback tour. I don't think you can go to Australia without seeing the Outback, and I loved the hiking, scenery, etc. Spend the extra few bucks to have a couple days in the Outback.
Overall the Contiki tour was very good. I tried thinking of big obvious problems, but none appear. Be aware that the tour is split up into numerous parts, so you have people coming and going. I was by myself, and that wasn't a problem. If you can deal with over 10 hour flight from Europe or USA, I would definitely recommend seeing Australia with Contiki.
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