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I have done 2 contikis, one in Europe and one in America. I travelled alone but had the greatest time! I am travelling to New Zealand at the end of December for New Years and doing another small contiki alone once my travel buddy departs!
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So I did winter wanderer over Christmas/new years last year. I had an absolute blast, met the best people and saw some amazing things. So a few things I thought; * I did all of the optionals on the tour. Although there are some that are dinners etc, a lot of the time if you don't do the optional you then you have to find your own food and way around(which you might want) but most people do the optionals so its fun to be with everyone. * Even if you plan not to do all of the optonals, SAVE AS IF YOU ARE!!!! Because you either will choose to do them when the tour manager sells it to you or the tour manager will create and find there own little deals like dinners, pub crawls or other 'special things' in different cities that cost but are often the best ones and you definitely don't want to miss because you have run out of money. * If you have any questions ask the tour manager or driver! They know their stuff and if they don't they will find out! As for packing; less is best! - There are plenty of opportunities to pop into shops if you want something to wear out etc but make sure you have the essentials before you leave while you can find sales etc. as for warm clothes 2 jeans, wind (kind of snow) jacket, nice coat, hoodie, tights, thermals (thermals are necessary if your traveling over similar time - I wore them under jeans ALOT or under tights to go out. I never really used the thermal shirts though. If your considering not buying them I would insist to buy atleast one pair while you have options before you leave as many people tried to go out and find the during the middle of the tour.) I took 2 dresses and a skirt and top to wear out, 1 pair of shorts which I wore in Spain. I mostly wore t-shirts then layered depending on weather, as the buss, shops etc can be warm. Shoes I took a pair of volleys (runners), flat, leather, knee high boots and nice ankle boot heals. Although my shoe options were pretty good quality wise even they didn't always stand up to the cold. Double socks and frozen feet isn't the greatest so GET GOOD SHOES!! Also take lots of underwear!!! Even though on the longer tour we had 2 laundry days by the end of the tour I ran out and had to buy more! Which is funny now but not so much at the time!! I could probably ramble on here for ages so if you have any questions please ask!! ALSO, if your trying to figure out whether to do the trip or not DO IT! Don't hesitate! Something that I forgot to add when I first wrote this is that you have to (not entirely expected but kind of is) to tip the tour manager and driver. Though by the end of the trip you will probably want to do so anyway, they are great! But 2-3 pound common (at least what we were told).
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The Winter Wanderer is like a leisurely stroll through Europe's top destinations. Some of the highlights of the tour include: driving along the French Riviera, exploring the Eternal City of Rome (it's never too cold for Gelato!) and sampling traditional Spanish tapas in Barcelona not to mention retracing the history of WW2 and the Cold War in Berlin and Prague. Winter in Europe is not only magical, it's less crowded and has its very own charms that go unnoticed in the heat of summer. The epitome of a winter wonderland.