28-year-old Female living in Wellington, New Zealand
Went on the European Adventurer 21 August 2010 (37 days, 17 countries) and yes I had the time of my life. Next up - Ski Austria ("Return to Hopfgarten") 18 Feb 2011 Ex-pat Kiwi currently in London
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European Adventurer 16 countries \ 38 days
21 Aug 2010 - 26 Sep 2010 \ This is the big one. Well, it was my big one. The O.E. Contiki that just has to be done, it is a right of passage. Be prepared to be awed, nervous, surprised, and totally overwhelmed. This is a massive trip, and there is a lot cram in. Days will begin to blur as you lose track of where you are, where you're coming from, and where you're heading. Thank god for your fantastic tour manager and bus driver who will make things flow and work, even when you are driving them crazy. The things you will see, the experiences you will have, with 50 of your newest and closest friends will be something you wont ever forget and seems impossible to explain. 37 days of continuous travel, yet by the end we would have gotten right back on that bus and done it all again. The word on everyone's lips: Money. The answer is: a lot. I didn't take nearly enough in cash and maxed out my credit card. Whatever your budget, you will blow it. Take your budget and double it. Girls, I spent a lot of time fretting about what shoes to take. I think I wore heels maybe three times. Dinner and a show in Paris, Monte Carlo Casino, night clubbing in Florence. You don't need heels. If you really want them, bring one pair or better yet buy a pair in Paris! Anything more than that is a waste of space and you're going to be lugging that suitcase all over the place. Money belt. I took one. Never used it. Just be aware and don't invite people to take your things by leaving bags unzipped etc. Optionals: I did most of them, and they definitely add to the experience. I learnt: Don't get too wrecked the night before visiting a city etc. I did this in Venice ("Amnesia" they call the drink... and foolishly this didn't concern me at the time) and subsequently I hated Venice because I was hungover and wanted to die. Fail. Highlights: Soooo many awesome times, but I'll try name a few of my favourite spots. Mykonos - lazy warm days drinking frozen mojitos by the pool from breakfast, jet skiing in the afternoon, partying in the evenings. Dubrovnik, Croatia - a beautiful paradise with the old town looking like something out of fairy tales and the gorgeous ocean (also, bucket cocktails). The afternoon boat cruise is a MUST! Both Austria and Switzerland are beautiful and the excursions recommended (mountain biking, paragliding, train to "the top of Europe" to play in the snow). French Chateau picnic is a great way to spend time getting to know tour mates and the walk is worth is for the view and yummy lunch. Barcelona and Florence were also fabulous stops. I have toured with Contiki again since this tour and I would, and hope to, travel with them again. Enough said.
This is the big one. Well, it was my big one. The O.E. Contiki that just has to be done, it is a right of passage.
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Can't wait to go again!
Austria Ski Plus (coach from London) - 1 week 2 countries \ 9 days
18 Feb 2011 - 26 Feb 2011 \ This was my second tour with Contiki. I did this trip as a solo female traveller to get out of London and have some fun in the snow. It totally exceeded my expectations. The Contiki reps were awesome, as always. The Gasthaus is great, this was my second stay at this site in Austria and I loved it on both occasions. Rooms are cosy with their own bathrooms. The bar is fantastic fun (you might want bring something to wear that is tight and bright). Go with half board on the meal options, everyone does and the meals are fantastic, don't worry if you haven't booked half board though, you can opt in there if you like. There is also a sauna, which is awesome after a day on the slopes, as well as a chillout room with a tv and computers. Hopfgarten is a great ski resort and the town is lovely. The locals are very friendly if perhaps a little crazy. I recommend the instructors even if you're experienced, the guy we had, Peter, was very funny and friendly. He took us out on some fantastic, challenging runs that we wouldn't have found otherwise as well as on a exciting off piste side trip. The bobsled trip to Innsbruck one of the evenings was good fun for anyone that likes the idea of speeding down an Olympic bobsledding track. There's a professional driver, so all you have to do is jump in and not blink, cause otherwise you'll miss it! Eating and drinking. Not much could beat Austrian Goulash halfway up a snowy mountain for lunch. In the afternoons, when we came down off the mountain we would stop at the bar called Rundells for hot chocolate with baileys and catch up with others coming back down. Others doing the tour were from all over the world, mostly in mid to late twenties. A lot of people travelling on their own. Couples and friends also. Some people just doing a quick one or two week holiday, some people in the middle of a bigger Euro trip. The only thing I would change if I go back next year is that I would go for two weeks instead of one.
This was my second tour with Contiki. I did this trip as a solo female traveller to get out of London and have som... read more
Places I've Been (?)
- Holy See (Vatican City State)
- United Kingdom