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Versailles and a few other things
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Hi Mel, I don’t have a response for everything but i’ll try my best :-)
1) I didn’t do a Contiki through Europe but I did do another coach tour. Going to Versailles you can either do a day tour which is all day from like 8am to 5pm or I think you can catch the train..it takes a couple of hours there and back. Not sure what Contiki does in Paris but if there are any Optionals you want to do you won’t have time for Versailles. I was there for 2 full days and didn’t find the time as there were other things I wanted to do as well..shopping along the Champs Elysee, The Lourve, Notre Dame etc
2) I never caught the Tube while in London as I didn’t have much time. but most trains start sometime between about 5.00am – 5.30am Monday to Saturday, and between 6.30am – 7.30am on Sundays. Obviously though if the train leaves the beggining of the line at 5am and your stop is 6 away it might not get there until 5:45am..so it really depends on where you catch it etc
3) If the breakfast is continental which they are more often than not, they usually consist of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, breads and pastrys so you may not have much of a selection..
4) If shampoo and conditioner are going to make your bag to heavy on the way over then you have problems! How long are you going for? If you only pack your bag half full, or less if you can manage it, you should be fine, and by the end of your tour you can throw them out..
5) Again how long are you going for? If your travelling for a long time it might be handy to post some things home but don’t post your souvenirs, post clothes etc as they can be replaced and they’re light and won’t cost as much to send. You are allowed to take a carry on bag, like an overnight bag, that you can take on the bus and plane with you. Don’t take another suitcase as it will cost you a fortune to bring back
6) There are sooo many souvenir shops everywhere you go so you’ll have no trouble finding cheap shirts
hope that helps a little
i havent been on a trip yet but with reference to the shampoo and conditioner i saw some suggest using Lush shampoo bars, they last for ages and weigh hardly anything. i plan on using them cos i am terrible at packing light and definitely saves a lot of weight
and also depending on who you are flying with, i know with qantas you can send unaccompanied baggage and its cheaper than paying for excess kilos, but im not positive about prices so maybe check the website of what airline you are flying with cos that could be a good option
hey NaHdz and stacey,
thanx so much it helped me alot!
i’ll hav to keep an eye out for those shampoo bars sounds like a pretty cool idea lol
Also i’d like to know when i should tell contiki about my lactose intolerancy. do i tell them before i go or would the pre – departure meeting be fine
Let them know now..just call them or tell your Travel Agent to make a note in your booking. Did you also request lactose free meals for the flight?
no i didnt… its not all that bad… its just stuff like milk and large amounts of yoghurt and icecream that give me a tummy ache so i just tend to stay away from it. i’ll tell my travel agent n see what they can do.
Versailles – you’ll have to arrange that on your own, but there will be time. You probably wont be able to do much else that day. I believe there is a train that goes there.
If shampoo is going to make your break your bag in terms of weight then you have too much other stuff. I would bring at least some travel size bottles to get you through a few days.
I would tell Contiki before you go about your lactose intollerance, then remind your TM at the pre-tour meeting. The breakfasts are sometimes kinda sparse even if you can drink milk so it wouldn’t hurt to pick up or bring some little snacks that you can eat in the mornings. Often there is bread, cereal and maybe some cheese or meat or yogurt.
The tube should open up around 5 or 6am. But by the time your 5:30am flight de-boards, you go through customs and get your luggage a good hour will have gone by. Then it’s another hour to get to Russell Square – 7:30-8:00. Most touristy stuff will not be open by then, but you could grab some breakfast and go see stuff that doesn’t have to be open to see and before you know it things will be open.
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