KRI574

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Outback Adventure (Start Darwin)

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KRI574 Krista

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25-year-old Female living in brisbane, Qld Australia

the Travelbug has hit! been to NZ and the West coast of America with heaps more to see. i enjoy nights out on the odd occasion, photography, dinners, movies, day trips and of course travelling!

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Outback Adventure (Start Darwin)

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Outback Adventure (Start Darwin)

1 country \ 12 days

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Wild Western

1 country \ 14 days \ from US$2199 per person

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Cruising through NZ

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14 Mar 2012 - 28 Mar 2012 \ I had always wanted to travel since graduating high school. it had been 6 years and i finally decided that i was going to. Except i wasn't planning on going to New Zealand. I was suppose to go to America. I took me a good 10 months to get some money saved but i still didn't have enough. So that's when I decided New Zealand would be ideal. New Zealand was cheaper and closer to home (I'm an Aussie) and being my first overseas holiday i'm glad that i did choose NZ. The girls i had met before the tour started were really lovely and i couldn't wait to meet them. i had booked this tour back in Dec 2011 and had been counting down the months, weeks and days till the day had finally arrived. i thought the night before the tour started i would be the normal shy person when meeting new people. turns out i was wrong. it was great to have dinner with the group and it felt like we had known each other for ages. Being over there, i came out of my shell and made new friends and did things i never thought i'd do. it was an INSANE trip. Our Tour Manager (Saul) was funny as hell and always gave the best advise on things to do, things to see and gave helpful tips on activities that were way too nerve racking to even consider doing. people have asked me what my favourite part of New Zealand was and i can honestly say, all of it. it was the type of people that were in the group that made it that much more fun and interesting. i loved the fact that i didn't pay for a single room and opted for the share accommodation. share accommodation is a great way to get to know your friends. the bus rides were so much fun, listening to all different types of music, chatting away to all our new friends, taking photos from inside the bus, and of course sleeping. i faced some of my fears being on this trip and had decided even before i went on Contiki that i would love to do most of the activities. the one that i had the most trouble doing was Bungy. our driver pumba was there with me until i jumped off the bridge (he walked up there with me until i was harnessed up) he gave me helpful advice and i thank him for that. i only did the 43m one but it was still a challenge. can't say that i enjoyed it otherwise i would be lying. i've done it once now and i'm never doing it again. i was hoping to do skydiving but that was the day after i did the bungy, and i was still getting flashbacks from it. so i pulled out. Queenstown is definitely one of my favourite places in New Zealand. the nightlife was amazing. we had celebrated St Patrick's day in the Minus 5 bar and wore everything St Patrick's. Winnie's is the best place for Pizza. really fills you up and they are so delicious. our first night in Queenstown we had our group photo taken in front of the lake and had dinner up at skyline restaurant. amazing buffet! Touring the Cadbury factory and the Speight's Ale House was awesome. this was our first night where we got to go out and have a good time. our first night was more of a relaxing night drinking and playing ping pong at our lodge. we had so many good nights out and about in New Zealand. i ended up doing the splits on the bar in Wellington and got a free shot, but gave it to another contiki member (i don't drink much) this would have been the most clubbing/dancing i have done in a long time and i have never drunk this much in the my whole adulthood. climbing the glacier was amazing! it was great to get inside ice caves and get photos and video of it all. i was on a high after that. it wasn't as cold as what i thought it would have been. i'm glad i chose the hike instead of the heli hike (more exercise haha) bay of islands was also an amazing place to be. i para-sailed as soon as we arrived and decided to the combo of dolphin watching and sail cruise. it was a great way to end the tour. also did quad bike riding in Wellington and thought that was a blast. it's a bit hard to turn the quads but the track was better then the training track. one thing i didn't like about the whole tour was the ferry ride from Picton to Wellington. we were on the ferry for 4hrs and it took us 3hrs to get there. it would have been better it wasn't 4mtr swells. felt so sick that day and we all couldn't walk properly while we were on the ferry. it was funny to see and to keep our minds occupied we played cards for most of it. also if i had known earlier, i would have bought my own hairdryer as some places didn't have any or some weren't working. i could go on about this, but i've already written enough to persuade any of you to do a NZ Contiki. i miss all my new found friends and i'm glad there is such thing as facebook otherwise my phonebill would be expensive.

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Favorite Tours

England & Scotland

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3 countries \ 10 days \ from US$1705 per person

Hit the highlights of England & Scotland for a full dose of sightseeing, history & culture. Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles, stroll Edinburgh's Royal Mile & look for 'Nessie' on a boat cruise across Loch Ness.

England & Scotland (Winter)

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3 countries \ 9 days \ from US$1395 per person

The England & Scotland tour will take you away to a whirlwind of sightseeing, medieval history and culture. Rolling green hills and cosy pubs are what England & Scotland are all about.

Road to Athens

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10 countries \ 18 days \ from US$3195 per person

Anyone can fly direct to Athens but why fly over Europe when you can take your time & explore the cities at leisure? That's exactly what the Road to Athens tour offers. Paris, Austrian Tyrol, Venice, Florence & Rome with a little bit of Switzerland & Germany thrown in for good measure. Relax on the island of Corfu in Greece before reaching your final destination & the birthplace of democracy, A...

Spotlight on Greece

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1 country \ 4 days \ from US$839 per person

Discover Athens, Olympia and Delphi in more depth with this 4 day Spotlight on Greece tour. Visit the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, the first Olympic stadium in Olympia and the Temples of Hera and Zeus in Delphi, all with your local Greek guide. A great add-on to the beginning or end of your Contiki adventure.

Russia Plus (Start Helsinki)

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5 countries \ 12 days \ from US$2379 per person

The name might just be Russia, but with 5 countries on the cards, there’s much more to this tour. Starting in Helsinki, make your way through colourful cities of the former Soviet Union. From ‘Venice of the North’ to the economic hub of Moscow, there’s loads of history & stories to discover. Do as the Romans (or Russians) do & sample vodka, see the famous Moscow Circus & tour the Kremlin. You’l...

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

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2 countries \ 10 days \ from US$1865 per person

Travel to the edge of Europe with this Turkish & Greecian adventure. Hang out in the cool city of Istanbul, see the sombre memorials at Gallipoli, visit the port towns of Canakkale & Kusadasi, & dip in the thermal pools of Pamukkale. Later it’s on to the islands for a taste of Greece. Check out the fortified town of Rhodes before topping it all off with a visit to paradise - Santorini. There's ...

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

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2 countries \ 10 days \ from US$1865 per person

Travel to the edge of Europe with this Turkish & Greecian adventure. Hang out in the cool city of Istanbul, see the sombre memorials at Gallipoli, visit the port towns of Canakkale & Kusadasi, & dip in the thermal pools of Pamukkale. Later it’s on to the islands for a taste of Greece. Check out the fortified town of Rhodes before topping it all off with a visit to paradise - Santorini. There's ...

Asian Adventure

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3 countries \ 14 days \ from US$2215 per person

Get into the best of Thailand, Laos & Cambodia in 14 incredible days. Be part of the buzz & bright lights of Bangkok before a change of scene in the Mekong with its rice paddy & sugar fields & coconut palms. The low key vibes of Laos, with its small villages, saffron robed monks & French colonial past are up next, before Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm in Cambodia's jungle & a slice of Phnom Penh.

Asian Adventure

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3 countries \ 14 days \ from US$2215 per person

Get into the best of Thailand, Laos & Cambodia in 14 incredible days. Be part of the buzz & bright lights of Bangkok before a change of scene in the Mekong with its rice paddy & sugar fields & coconut palms. The low key vibes of Laos, with its small villages, saffron robed monks & French colonial past are up next, before Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm in Cambodia's jungle & a slice of Phnom Penh.

Vietnam Highlights

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1 country \ 10 days \ from US$1399 per person

Vietnam Highlights is the perfect way for a taste of Vietnam’s best in a short amount of time. Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Nha Trang, hit Hoi An by bike & chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Later, sit back & discover the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat as you indulge in Vie...

Ultimate European plus Egypt

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17 countries \ 46 days \ from US$7580 per person

This tour is THE Ultimate European experience! Visit 17 countries, hit up all the major European destinations in the first half of the tour then travel to camel riding Egypt & see the pyramids. The second half is all about uncharted territory before exploring Germany, Switzerland & the Netherlands. After this, your hardest decision will be finding somewhere new to visit on your next trip!

Ultimate European plus Egypt

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17 countries \ 46 days \ from US$7580 per person

This tour is THE Ultimate European experience! Visit 17 countries, hit up all the major European destinations in the first half of the tour then travel to camel riding Egypt & see the pyramids. The second half is all about uncharted territory before exploring Germany, Switzerland & the Netherlands. After this, your hardest decision will be finding somewhere new to visit on your next trip!

Winter Wanderer

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12 countries \ 25 days \ from US$3775 per person

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 magi...

Winter Wanderer

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12 countries \ 25 days \ from US$3775 per person

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 magi...

European Adventurer

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16 countries \ 38 days \ from US$5825 per person

The European Adventurer is just that, an adventure. From the cosmopolitan sights of Paris, to the romance and passion of the Italians, even out into uncharted tourist territory in Albania and Croatia, there aren't too many boundaries left to cross. There's even a mini holiday within a holiday when you get down to Greece! The perfect way to see most of Europe without wasting a moment.

European Adventurer

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16 countries \ 38 days \ from US$5825 per person

The European Adventurer is just that, an adventure. From the cosmopolitan sights of Paris, to the romance and passion of the Italians, even out into uncharted tourist territory in Albania and Croatia, there aren't too many boundaries left to cross. There's even a mini holiday within a holiday when you get down to Greece! The perfect way to see most of Europe without wasting a moment.

European Contrasts plus Corfu Resort

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12 countries \ 30 days \ from US$4399 per person

The perfect tour for those wanting to savour the best parts of Western Europe at a less than hectic pace. Travel days interspersed with free days in cities as well as a 3 day mini-break on a Greek island, this is definitely the best of both worlds when it comes to culture versus relaxation.

European Contrasts plus Corfu Resort

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12 countries \ 30 days \ from US$4399 per person

The perfect tour for those wanting to savour the best parts of Western Europe at a less than hectic pace. Travel days interspersed with free days in cities as well as a 3 day mini-break on a Greek island, this is definitely the best of both worlds when it comes to culture versus relaxation.

European Escapade

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11 countries \ 26 days \ from US$3131 per person

To Barcelona and beyond! The European Escapade takes you through the best of Western Europe, allowing time to really experience what each city has to offer. Highlights include strolling La Rambla in Barcelona, re-discovering the might of the Roman Emperors in Rome and gazing up at the Swiss Alps from your bedroom window in Switzerland. What better way to spend a month in Europe?

European Escapade

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11 countries \ 26 days \ from US$3131 per person

To Barcelona and beyond! The European Escapade takes you through the best of Western Europe, allowing time to really experience what each city has to offer. Highlights include strolling La Rambla in Barcelona, re-discovering the might of the Roman Emperors in Rome and gazing up at the Swiss Alps from your bedroom window in Switzerland. What better way to spend a month in Europe?

Great Britain & Ireland

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5 countries \ 17 days \ from US$2228 per person

This tour is a whirlwind of sightseeing, history & culture as you hit the highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland. Practice your Liverpudlian accent in the home of rock & roll's original Fab Four - The Beatles! Stroll Edinburgh's Royal Mile, then grab some binoculars to search for the Loch Ness monster. Add in drinking Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone, castles, cathedrals & you've got an o...

Great Britain & Ireland

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5 countries \ 17 days \ from US$2228 per person

This tour is a whirlwind of sightseeing, history & culture as you hit the highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland. Practice your Liverpudlian accent in the home of rock & roll's original Fab Four - The Beatles! Stroll Edinburgh's Royal Mile, then grab some binoculars to search for the Loch Ness monster. Add in drinking Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone, castles, cathedrals & you've got an o...

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

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5 countries \ 13 days \ from US$1988 per person

Beginning in Rome, your 2 week adventure takes you to all the hotspots along the Mediterranean coast. Flamenco dance in Barcelona, rub shoulders with the rich & famous on the French Riviera, enjoy the delights of Tuscany, walk in the footsteps of Roman Emperors & soak up the Spanish flavour of Madrid. Plus heaps more in between!

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

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5 countries \ 13 days \ from US$1988 per person

Beginning in Rome, your 2 week adventure takes you to all the hotspots along the Mediterranean coast. Flamenco dance in Barcelona, rub shoulders with the rich & famous on the French Riviera, enjoy the delights of Tuscany, walk in the footsteps of Roman Emperors & soak up the Spanish flavour of Madrid. Plus heaps more in between!

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)

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5 countries \ 13 days \ from US$2445 per person

Kicking off in Madrid, this 2 week trip takes you to all the coastal Med hotspots. Flamenco dance in Barcelona, experience the glamorous French Riviera, enjoy the delights of Tuscany & walk in the footsteps of Emperors. Don't miss your picture at the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)

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5 countries \ 13 days \ from US$2445 per person

Kicking off in Madrid, this 2 week trip takes you to all the coastal Med hotspots. Flamenco dance in Barcelona, experience the glamorous French Riviera, enjoy the delights of Tuscany & walk in the footsteps of Emperors. Don't miss your picture at the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

China Adventure

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2 countries \ 12 days \ from US$2775 per person

Ancient history & fascinating culture make China a must-visit. Stroll the Great Wall & be dwarfed by the high-rises of Hong Kong & Shanghai. Get up close to the mystic limestone karsts of Yangshuo before being amazed by Xi’an’s famous & incredible Terracotta Army. When you’re not walking in the footsteps of emperors, see this amazing country from a different angle, like on the back of a ricksha...

Austria Ski Plus (coach from London) - 1 week

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2 countries \ 9 days \ from US$795 per person

So many runs, so little time....this will be your only dilemma when skiing for a week in Tyrol's Ski Welt region. Ski Welt was recently voted 'Top Resort' out of 70 resorts in 8 countries! It's an ideal place for all levels of skiers & snowboarders. With English speaking instructors & the latest models of skis available for hire, Contiki helps you hit the slopes with ease.

Austria Ski Plus (coach from London) - 1 week

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2 countries \ 9 days \ from US$795 per person

So many runs, so little time....this will be your only dilemma when skiing for a week in Tyrol's Ski Welt region. Ski Welt was recently voted 'Top Resort' out of 70 resorts in 8 countries! It's an ideal place for all levels of skiers & snowboarders. With English speaking instructors & the latest models of skis available for hire, Contiki helps you hit the slopes with ease.

Places I've Been (?)

  • United States

Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Russian Federation
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam

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