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Ultimate European & Egypt 2012
I know it's a while away, but I wanted to see if anyone was thinking of doing the Ultimate European & Egypt around August of next year?
Also, if anyone's already done this tour - what are the best places to visit in your free time, what optionals people loved or hated and what you would suggest are 'essentials' to take on the 45 day trip.
I know it's a lot of questions and it's ages away, but I wanted to get the ball rolling and get some feedback.
Thanks so much, Jas.
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Hey Jas! Im thinking of going on this tour from the end of June to the start of August next year, and then after Im staying in london for the Olympics. :)
Hey Steff, I never even thought about the Olympics, that’s a great idea! Are you doing the Egypt or The Greek Islands option?
Ahah yeah I managed to get tickets to the Athletics and Closing Ceremony. Im doing the Greek Islands option cause I cant pass up the change to relax on the beach. haha. and im sure ill need it on a 45 day tour. :) i know that everyone goes on the same tour and then the Egypt people leave half way through to got to egypt, then we all meet up again in athens or somethign.
p.s. im booking the tour tomorrow. the one that departs on the 24th June 2012. :)
I did this tour in March this year – best time of my life! I made a list of helpful tips to help others out: http://contiki.co.nz/community/discussions/30574-heres-some-tips-for-the-ultimate-european-tour
Also check out www.davechallenger.com, he did the tour in 2004 I think – great day by day info!
Here’s what to pack- it’s detailed. This is mine but you can make your own at http://www.independenttraveler.com/packing/index.cfm?action=display
Important Documents and Necessities
Contact info for credit card companies
Credit and ATM cards
Driver’s license and photocopy
Medical and vaccination records
Membership cards (AAA, frequent flier)
Passport, visa(s) and photocopies
Personal Items and Hygiene
Curling iron/hair straightener
Feminine hygiene products
Hairbrush or comb
Hair care products
Razors and shaving cream
Clothing and Accessories
Comfortable walking shoes
Medications and Health
Motion sickness remedies
Nausea and diarrhea remedies
Water purification method
Camera and charger
Cell phone and charger
Converters and adapters
Extra memory cards or film
On the Plane
Books or magazines
Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
TSA-approved luggage locks
Beach, Camping and Outdoors
Thank-you Gem & Katurah! Valuable information that I really needed!
I hope you have loads of fun! I am contemplating doing this late next year. Will this be your first tour?
Sooo much stuff I would’ve never thought about to take!
Just wanted to add a few more items that will definitely come in handy.
Downy Wrinkle Release. I don’t think it is available in aus but you can buy online or look for equivalent.
You spray it on to your clothes, smooth out with your hand and then wear!
Roll of duct tape, petroleum jelly and dry shampoo!
A microfibre towel or even a chamois are good quick dry alternatives to towels.
Stick a muesli bar or trail mix in your bag for when you are super hungry!
They’re all great ideas! Did you have a lot of snacks and stuff on the bus or did you mainly just get things when the bus stopped?
And I will definitely have to look into that downy wrinkle release, genius!
So have you decided to go on the Ultimate Jasmine? :)
Yep, gunna go with the Ultimate & Egypt in August. Now just need to pay for the damn thing, haha! What’ve you decided on Steff? :)
Ohh awesome! Yeah I went in and paid for mine yesterday :D
Im going on the Ultimate + Greek Islands on 24th June.
Regarding snacks: you get plenty of chances to buy snacks at the service stops so I wouldn’t bother taking things for the coach. But you will eat a lot of junk food!
Katurah’s list above is fantastic but just remember – you’re bag is only allowed to weigh 20kgs at the start – and they do weigh everyones. If you wouldn’t normally use/wear something at home don’t take it. And if you forget something, there are plenty of places to buy it. I do suggest a travel clothesline, one of those elastic ones you stick on the window – came in VERY handy, I left mine in Florence and had to buy another one. Laundry detergent is good too, I took a small bottle of liquid stuff. A travel pillow – not an inflatable one – is great for the coach too. And a microfibre towel is better than a normal one, weighs less and will dry quicker. And a travel journal is a must, the UE is so long you need to write everything down to remember it! Coach days are great for that. I wrote down all the things I took photos of so I knew what church or square or river was what.
A plug for the bathroom sink would come in handy when hand washing – crazy how many places didn’t have one!!
Yeah, I’ve been reading that blog you suggested, and it’s actually been really helpful. I need to go through all of my clothes in the next few months and see what I’ll really wear/won’t wear etc.
I’ve got a travel pillow-man thing so that’s one thing down! I’m also thinking about taking my computer, but I’m not sure. I have travelled with it before, lugging it around etc. Do you think it’s a good idea or not really? I’d use it mainly for recording things but then again, that’s what the camera is for :P
I’m so decisive sometimes!
Will have to add plug to the list!
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