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Ultimate European & Egypt 2012

27 Jun 2011 Jasmine247 asked

Jasmine247

Hey guys,

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.

  • 27 Jun 2011 Steff Bell said

    Steff Bell

    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. :)

  • 2 Aug 2011 Jasmine247 said

    Jasmine247

    Hey Steff, I never even thought about the Olympics, that’s a great idea! Are you doing the Egypt or The Greek Islands option?

  • 2 Aug 2011 Steff Bell said

    Steff Bell

    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.

  • 2 Aug 2011 Steff Bell said

    Steff Bell

    p.s. im booking the tour tomorrow. the one that departs on the 24th June 2012. :)

  • 29 Aug 2011 GEM said

    GEM

    Hey Jasmine,

    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!

    Have fun!

  • 29 Aug 2011 katurah said

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    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
    Cash
    Contact info for credit card companies
    Credit and ATM cards
    Cruise documents
    Day pack
    Driver’s license and photocopy
    E-tickets
    Guidebook(s)
    Hotel reservations
    Insurance Information
    Medical and vaccination records
    Membership cards (AAA, frequent flier)
    Money belt/pouch
    Passport, visa(s) and photocopies

    Personal Items and Hygiene
    Body lotion
    Cologne/perfume
    Conditioner
    Cosmetics
    Cotton swabs
    Curling iron/hair straightener
    Deodorant
    Eye drops
    Face wash
    Feminine hygiene products
    Floss
    Glasses
    Hairbrush or comb
    Hair care products
    Hair dryer
    Hand sanitizer
    Lip balm
    Moist towelettes
    Mouthwash
    Nail clippers
    Razors and shaving cream
    Shampoo
    Soap
    Tissues/paper towels
    Toiletry bag
    Toothbrush
    Toothpaste
    Towel/wash cloth

    Clothing and Accessories
    Beach cover-up
    Belt
    Comfortable walking shoes
    Dress(es)
    Dress shoes
    Extra hangers
    Gloves/Mittens
    Jacket/fleece
    Jewelry
    Knit hat
    Long underwear
    Pajamas/sleepwear
    Pants/trousers
    Raincoat
    Sandals
    Scarf
    Shirts
    Shorts
    Shower shoes
    Slippers
    Socks
    Stockings
    Sweaters
    Swimsuit
    Sneakers
    T-shirts
    Underwear
    Watch
    Wide-brimmed hat

    Medications and Health
    Allergy pills
    Anti-itch cream
    Cold medicine
    Contraceptives
    First-aid kit
    Motion sickness remedies
    Nausea and diarrhea remedies
    Pain relievers
    Prescriptions
    Sleep medications
    Vitamins
    Water purification method

    Gadgets
    Camera and charger
    Cell phone and charger
    Converters and adapters
    Extension cord(s)
    Extra memory cards or film
    MP3 player
    Spare batteries

    On the Plane
    Books or magazines
    Earplugs
    Eye mask
    Inflatable pillow
    Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
    Travel blanket
    TSA-approved luggage locks

    Beach, Camping and Outdoors
    Beach towel
    Flashlight
    Insect repellent
    Lighter
    Sleeping bag
    Sunglasses
    Sunscreen
    Water bottle

    Family
    Birth certificate
    Food/snacks
    Playing cards
    Wipes

    Miscellaneous
    Chewing gum
    Drinks
    Double-sided/duct tape
    Highlighters
    Journal
    Pen(s)
    Plastic bags
    Sewing kit
    Snacks

  • 29 Aug 2011 Jasmine247 said

    Jasmine247

    Thank-you Gem & Katurah! Valuable information that I really needed!

  • 29 Aug 2011 katurah said

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    I hope you have loads of fun! I am contemplating doing this late next year. Will this be your first tour?

  • 29 Aug 2011 Jasmine247 said

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    Sooo much stuff I would’ve never thought about to take!

  • 29 Aug 2011 katurah said

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    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!

  • 30 Aug 2011 Jasmine247 said

    Jasmine247

    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!

  • 30 Aug 2011 Steff Bell said

    Steff Bell

    So have you decided to go on the Ultimate Jasmine? :)

  • 30 Aug 2011 Jasmine247 said

    Jasmine247

    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? :)

  • 30 Aug 2011 Steff Bell said

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    Ohh awesome! Yeah I went in and paid for mine yesterday :D
    Im going on the Ultimate + Greek Islands on 24th June.

  • 30 Aug 2011 GEM said

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    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.

  • 30 Aug 2011 GEM said

    GEM

    A plug for the bathroom sink would come in handy when hand washing – crazy how many places didn’t have one!!

  • 4 Sep 2011 Jasmine247 said

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    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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