j3st3r999

j3st3r999

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Male living in Ulysses, KS USA

Finally going on my honeymoon with my wife!

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My very own Jubilee!

London Explorer (2 nights) 1 country \ 3 days

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. Included Items 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. Extras- 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!

What a time to go to London! The Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee! Lots of great things in town!
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The best sights Europe has to offer!

European Vista 11 countries \ 22 days

16 Jun 2012 - 08 Jul 2012 \ Ok, this trip was awesome and I am so glad that I went. I am writing this review though with the idea of helping you to make your trip a little bit better. So I may come across a little negative at times but it is with the idea of helping out future travelers. One gripe I have is that on our trip the focus seemed to be on partying at night. Ok, I get it, that can be fun. If your looking at going to Europe for culture or sights thsi can get a little bit lost when the focus turns to pub crawls. Anyway, the key for us was to plan our "free time" which is very limited to see one or two things very well. One key to this is looking at your tour dates and checking the days of the week to the cities you are visiting. Many museums are closed on odd days (i.e. the Louvre on Monday). Check this ahead of time before going to see something and only have it be closed. Check out guide books like Rick Steves to help you find ticket short cuts as well.Stay healthy. We got sick due to being on the bus with sick people. Take vitamins and wash your hands! Optional Excursions-Unless you are really bad at planning or are going with a big group of friends most of these can be skipped without too much regret. the dinners especially are very expensive unless you are really picky about food. Take your money and go to a small cafe and enjoy the local life and better food. The one dinner we did do, the Tuscan dinner, was good fun due to the live entertainment. Most of the boat tours can be found for cheaper but may not be done by locals. We did the Lake Lucerne cruise excursion but had more fun on our paddleboat ride so, make your own chocies there. The contiki hotel in Haupfgarten will offer to do your laundry for 15 euros for a small bucket. or you can go down the street to the laundromat and do 3 or four loads for that price and again enjoy the locals or hop over to the awesome cafe next door.I only did the mountain biuke excursion which was great. It is the equivalant of a blue in ski runs so it is not for the faint of heart but is only hard for about 30 mintues or so. the lunch after was ok. Be prepared for some less than awesome rooms and wifi is available only about half of the time. The Mozart concert in Vienna was amazing and should not be skipped by anyone ever! The tour of the Vatican was ok. Our guide was kind of long winded and focussed on weird stuff. I turned off the audio guide and had a great time. If you do not do some of the excursions be prepared to be treated as second class. We didn't do the Schnapps tour and basically just had to twiddle our thumbs in front of the museum as they wouldn't even let us shop inside?! DId the Mike's bike tour in Munich and was very dissapointed, but I think it was more the guide we ended up with than the company as a whole. There is a very long stop in the middle at a beer garden so keep this in mind as well. Try lots of food. eat lots of gelato and have a great time! there is so much great stuff to see, this is a good way to get a quick taste of the best Europe has to offrer. Don't drink Chino unless you love robitussin!

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European Vista

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11 countries \ 22 days \ from US$3835 per person

Looking for mix of adventure & relaxation? This tour fits the bill. Destinations like Vienna, Prague, Paris, Rome & Amsterdam mean all your bases are covered. Free time options include a Tuscan feast & wine tasting or maybe mountain biking, paragliding & white water rafting. Your toughest decision is whether to go leisurely or adventurous...or both!

Places I've Been (?)

  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Italy
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Italy
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

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