21 Apr 2013 - 23 Apr 2013
The only thing I would do differently is stay a few days longer (we already added 1 extra night!) There is so much to see and do that an extra couple of days would have been great! Contiki was a good starting point for us though and the hotels and contiki basement are perfectly located and easy to find!
Review written May 2013event 0.3
10 May 2012 - 12 May 2012
If you book the London Explorer, keep in mind that it isn't really a tour. It's mostly just an accommodation package - you don't have a tour group or anything. With that said, I'm so glad I booked this as an add-on to my trip!
The open top bus tour was incredible. If it wasn't included, I absolutely would have paid for it, because it took me everywhere I wanted to go. It's great that you're able to buy tickets for a lot of the main attractions at the Contiki Basement; it definitely saves time and money. I was able to get in to both the Tower of London and the London Eye with very minimal wait times, which was awesome.
I wasn't expecting to have a roommate for this portion of my tour, but I did. It was a complete surprise, and we ended up spending all of our time together and becoming extremely close! That's the best part about Contiki, in my opinion... all of the amazing people you meet and become friends with.
Basically, if you want to spend some extra time in London, book this add-on tour. It gives you a place to stay, a few included extras, and maybe even a super cool roommate. :)
Review written Sep 2012event 0.3
16 Aug 2012 - 18 Aug 2012
This is not a trip of its own, its an adition, before or after, to another longer Contiki.
This was a great idea. Granted, you can pretty much book the same on your own, but then, you will miss on all the little "Contiki" details that just made those few days an even greater experience for me. (A girl from my trip booked the same hotel on her own for the same nights, and Breakfeast wasn't included for her.)
With Contiki, you get the included breakfeast, maps, the Hop-on Hop-Off bus ticket (Which is absolutely worth it!!!) many coupons and my ultimate favorite, a choice for a West-End musical. (I highly recommend that booking your musical is one of the first thing you do, as the choices aren't as many as I thought and do not play every night, so plan early, I saw the Wizard of Oz and it was magical!!!!)
I chose to stay at the Imperial Hotel, that's where my tour was based as well, and the staff was very friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and the breakfast was good as well!
Review written Sep 2012event 0.3
08 Jul 2012 - 10 Jul 2012
What a time to go to London! The Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee! Lots of great things in town!
Hotel Accomadation-Royal National, ok room, staff were very unfriendly, unhelpful and incompetent. The first employee I talked to couldn't even tell me where the elevator to go upstairs was. Wi fi is only available in main lobby and then it is pretty sketchy. Good location though.
Hop On Hop off tour- Excellent! Pick up is right by the hotel and it takes you everywhere you could want to go with free informaiton while you're going there. Included boat trip down the Thames to the tower was awesome! (Tip, the cruise actually stops at the eye, so you can do the eye and get on the cruise instead of going back across the river.) This tour also includes your chocie fo three walking tours. The changing of the guard is free to the public so skip this tour and do it on your own. the Jack the Ripper tour is only during the middle of the day so it can kill your schedule. THe other one available is a Rock and roll history tour. We didn't do this part so can't say how they are.
West End Show- I love musicals and this is a great opportunity, but you get what you pay for and the seats are terrible. The agent told us since we came in early we got their best seats for this deal and we were so high up we could'nt even see the stage and the seats were so tiny my legs began cramping.
If you buy eye and Tower of London tickets with Contiki you get to go into the group admission lines which is quicker so that is nice. The eye akes for great views but is very crowded and can take a long time to get on. the tower is a very large castle. Skip the torture exhibit. It's three signs and displays and takes 20 minutes in line and 5 minutes inside.
Everything is walkable so take your bus down towards one of the parks and enjoy the experience of walking around a corner and seeing the landmarks come into view. For instance pick up your show tickets and make the short walk down to Trafalgar square to see Nelson come into view and then see Big Ben come into view. Wonderful time!
Most of the museums are free and the British Museum (huge) is just down from the hotel.
The complimentary tube pass is a life saver!
If you are doing this at the end of a tour like we did (Vista) you don't get back in until late so that first day is all travel and then whatever night life you can take in.
Overall a great experience!
Review written Jul 2012event 0.3
21 Jan 2012 - 23 Jan 2012
i enjoyed my days in london after egypt nile and prior to europe discovery winter was able to catch up on sleep sort my washing out and still shop and see the sights of london contiki basement staff friendly approachable and eager to help out if you want to stay pre or post a trip or between tours like i did then london certainly has plenty to see and do
Review written Mar 2012event 0.3
05 Nov 2011 - 07 Nov 2011
I love these London explorer packages because they give you the liberty of doing what you want when you want, it's not a guided tour honestly in London you dont really need. They set you up with your room and then your off to explore this beautiful city. I did this tour as post days after a 21 day Europe tour and it was just what the dr ordered :)
Review written Nov 2011event 0.3
03 Aug 2011 - 05 Aug 2011
The hotel (Imperial) was in a fantastic location! It was so easy to get to and from the hotel on the Picadilly line on the Underground. The added sightseeing tour was well done. I took a bus with a live tour guide and I recommend that option to the audio guides. Even though it was raining, I sat on the top level (under the shelter) and was able to see everything that I wanted to see.
The included theatre ticket was a great option, but I wish there were more options for shows. The most popular shows were not included in the free ticket.
The hotel room was small but adequate. The bathroom was spacious, though, with a full size tub.
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
15 Jul 2011 - 17 Jul 2011
I thought this was an absolutely fabulous idea for a tour. The hotel was in a wonderful location and everything was well arranged - I booked two extra nights after the tour and was able to stay in the same room. I had a twin room to myself during the tour and only had a roommate for the second two nights, who was lovely! The Contiki Basement is a wonderful place with helpful staff and the inclusions on tour are absolutely excellent. You get a ticket to a West End show of your choice, and a bus tour which goes all over the city to the big attractions and includes a free walking tour and a boat trip up the Thames. The final stop on the boat is Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian line and a lovely village to spend an afternoon. You can then return either on the cruise or the Docklands light railway train system, which connects with the London Underground. You're also sent two passes for the underground which allows you to transfer from the airport to the Russell Square tube station - the hotel is around the corner and there is signage pointing you towards it. Contiki really allows you to get the most out of London in a short time.
Review written Jul 2011event 0.3