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29 Jan 2008 MJ said

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Anyone got any advice on this "tour"? I'm trying to weigh the advantages of using this or just booking a couple days on my own. Prices just for a hotel/shared room seem kind of high for a twin share for 4 days. I'm putting the final touches on my egypt tour and want to do this before the Egypt tour starts in nov. To me it looks like its cheaper to still stay at the contiki hotels and then do your own individual thing. What do you guys think?

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  • 29 Jan 2008 Carlyyy said

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    I agree, I will also be in London for a few days before my tour. at first i was planning on doing a ‘Check out London’ package, but have now decided to just stay at the Royal Internation hotel and do do my own thing for a couple of days. I’m relying on hopefully meeting a few people in the Contiki basement or something to hang out with and go exploring with. The reason i decided not to go the full tour is that i wouldnt be able to do everything it had to offer, due to the contiki pre meeting and such. I’m quite happy to just buy an all day tube pass and see everything i want to see, that way i can also stay as long/as short a time as i want, or if i feel like sleeping all day due to jetlag i can do so without losing out on already spent money!

  • 30 Jan 2008 PinaI said

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    Hey MJ - are you thinking of the 4 day/5 night one?

    Day one and five are basically nothing – you’re on your own from check in and after breakfast. Pointless, you can do that alone anyway!

    Days 2-4 – reading over this I think you’re on your own and they just give you the means to get around (ie: bus tour, travel card, show tickets etc). It doesn’t really sound like you go all together, on one bus, as per other Contiki tours (Matty or Vic, correct me if I am wrong).

    The open top bus tour you could buy yourself if you really wanted to do it. If you only have a short amount of time in London (and it’s your first time there) then this is probably the best way to see and do a lot without getting too lost or confused! Have a look at the Big Bus Company and The Original Tour company for more hop-on-hop-off prices/ideas.

    If you like shows then I would recommend seeing one, one that suits you though! I dont know what tickets Contiki offers but, odds are, it could be a show you don’t really want to see. Go to the theatre of the show you want to see first thing in the morning, as soon as they open, and tickets for the matinee or that night. You’ll usually get a decent seat at a cheaper rate. There are lots of so-called ‘half-price’ boothes around Leicester Square too, don’t ask me which is better or cheaper than the other, they’re all the same if you ask me! Best to just see what they all have to offer and then pick one.

    Stonehenge and Bath are up to you too, if you think you can get by without going there then I think you seriously need to consider whether this package is worthwhile for you not.

    Write a list of what this costs and what you envisage spending on extra’s and then another with your own costs of hotel, bus tour or tube/bus and show and see where you end up.

    If you’ve travelled just a little bit then London is REALLY EASY to get around. The tubes are all well marked so you can’t get lost and you can easily walk from Bond Street to Oxford Street, through Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden all in one day. After that you can take the same walk but instead go through Green Park to Buckingham Palace and over to the London Eye/Big Ben etc…if you’re happy to walk you can easily do it alone.

    I lived in London for a while so if you need any other help just ask.

  • 31 Jan 2008 Kayleigh L Degraw said

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    My plan is to also stay in london for a couple days as well and was torn between the check out london touror just staying in a hotel. Do you meet people who are travelling solo and want to check out london aswell

  • 31 Jan 2008 Hayley said

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    Yeah they put you in a room with someone from the same tour or another contiki passanger/s, so the chance of you meeting people is very high!!!
    I wanna see as much as i can so even if im super tired, there is no way im sleeping off jet lag!!! Thats why i decided to do it. If you book triple share then its even cheaper and more people to meet.

  • 1 Feb 2008 MJ said

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    So here is what I found out. If your tour is not starting in Londond you have to do one of the “check out London” packages no exception. If your tour starts in London then you can stay at the hotel for up to 2 nights. So it looks like I’ll be looking for a hotel by myself. Anyone going on Nov LOL…... Bummer too bad.

    Thanks for the info guys. PinaI I will probably be PMing you once I get this thing booked up. When that good old tax return comes in.

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