Maggie "DC"

Maggie "DC"

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24-year-old Female living in Haarlem, NH Netherlands

All of my best friends I've met on Contiki! So many life-changing experiences!!

Level 3 Traveler

3 tours

16 countries

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Trips I've Done

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Hogmanay New Year (Start London) 1 country \ 4 days

30 Dec 2012 - 02 Jan 2013 \ First of all let me say that my tour manager, Evana, was great--very helpful and knowledgeable and friendly to our group, so anything I say in this review is not related to her great performance as a tour manager. However, I was a bit disappointed with the actual tour itself; I realize this is only the second year that Contiki has done Hogmanay in Edinburgh so perhaps it was still getting its ground, but I felt like the city of Edinburgh was not much of a sight to see, although some people may have disagreed. Our hostel was very nice, comfortable, and hospitable, and we were told that it was of the closest to the inner city--which if it is, it is quite a hike! It was a long walk to get into the city and even then it was mainly just comprised of gift shops and a couple local pubs. The street festival itself on New Year's Eve was pretty chaotic (yes I know, what do you expect), and it was very difficult to get around and see what was actually there. Unfortunately I personally was ill on new year's day so I didn't participate in watching the Looney Dook, although from what everyone said who went, you couldn't really see anything (but like I said I didn't go so this is just what I was told). One thing I will say is that the optional (Scottish Evening) was not worth 35 euros. It was extremely long/dragged-out, the wait staff was not very attentive or polite, the food was not very good--the bag piping was cool and the guy doing the presentation was very enjoyable, however they waited until AFTER dinner was served before starting the presentation, and it ended up going a very long time--a lot of us were really tired and frustrated by the time we were supposed to leave. Since I wasn't spending extra days in Scotland after the tour, I was advised not to go on the optional to Stirling Castle in order to be able to see more of Edinburgh itself, but I really regret not going on that tour because like I said earlier, Edinburgh was not a very impressive city as far as tourism goes. I feel like I didn't get the experience of Scotland that I was hoping for and do need to go back and try again.

First of all let me say that my tour manager, Evana, was great--very helpful and knowledgeable and friendly to our group, so anything I say in this... read more

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Not bad, but a bit abrupt

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04 Mar 2012 - 08 Mar 2012 \ This was my second Contiki trip--the first one I did (Ultimate European) was mind-blowingly amazing, so I went in with high expectations. I only had a week in New Zealand so I picked a short 3-day tour to Bay of Islands. Met at the hotel a bit early for the kick-start meeting as stated on the paperwork I had been mailed, however I was getting increasingly concerned as the meeting time came and went and I was the only person waiting in the hotel lobby. About a half hour later I found out that my tour actually wasn't independently starting that day as had been suggested, but I was really being picked up and added on the tail end of another tour that had been going on for two weeks already. I had to wait another hour and a half before getting on the bus and it was kind of awkward because everyone on the tour had already known each other and had all their inside jokes and whatnot so I felt a little "third wheel" if you will--everyone was very pleasant, I just wish I had known I was part of an add-on. The tour guide, Barnaby, individually went over all the optional excursions with me in detail and I had chosen the option for the full-day trip to Cape Reinga while everyone else decided to do a dolphin-watching boat trip instead. Another bus picked me up in the morning (the company was AwesomeNZ) and that tour was awesome! Would definitely reccommend that excursion. We went to two Kauri Parks and a mini Kauri museum, a few beaches including 90 Mile Beach, of course Cape Reinga itself, and went pipi picking and sand surfing as well as stopped for two meals throughout the day (meals were at own expense but high-quality and affordable--under $10NZ). Although the Contiki tour was techincally three days long, the first and third day were spent mostly in transit so really it was just the second day with the optional excursions that counted, and even then I was with an independent tour company from 7am-6pm so didn't really spend much time with anyone from Contiki at all pardon a couple hours at the bar at the end of the day. I was not upset with the tour, but I think because I did go in with such high expectations from my last Contiki I was a tad bit disappointed. I would definitely reccommend Contiki, just probably not this particular tour--I felt that what I participated in whilst on it I could have booked independently. But all in all I highly enjoyed my time in NZ and definitely plan to go back!

This was my second Contiki trip--the first one I did (Ultimate European) was mind-blowingly amazing, so I went in with high expectations.... read more

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Tour Review

Ultimate European plus Greek Islands 16 countries \ 46 days

10 Jun 2011 - 26 Jul 2011 \ I had no idea what I was in for with my first Contiki and the UE tour. This trip was absolutely mind-blowing and life-changing in the best ways imagineable and more ways than I would have ever thought possible. I undoubtedly had THE best summer of my 21 years of life and was not expecting it at all. First of all, our tour manager, Roxy, was outstanding. She knew her stuff and was part of the group herself, integrated herself as one of us and ran our group as a team leader but made sure we had fun and stayed on our level and didn't make it seem like she was just a chaperone, she was hilarious and ALWAYS had an amazing time. Laszlo our driver was fabulous too, always a trip (no pun intended:)) and obsessed with keeping the coach tidy always. The Ostems at the Contiki sites were fab, and the sites themselves, all over the continent were amazing, omg words cannot describe the amazing time I had, and the bonds I developed with these friends I met over the 47 days I was with them, I felt like I had known them forever and developed closer friendships with them than I have with people I have known back at home for years. By the end of the seven weeks I came back home to the United States with the intent to turn right back around and get back out and travel, something I hadn't really had the intention to do before. I had been out of the country before but this time, I thought I was just going on a long holiday for the summer, but this UE trip really opened my eyes to what a huge world is waiting out there for me and how much there is to see NOW--definitely put my priorities in reorder--I've been home about a month and a half and have since reopened my savings account and have booked my next two trips and am just saving up and planning for the next few more and have so much bigger goals in life now and am just overall happier in life, never thought just a summer holiday in Europe would change my life so drastically. Long story short, THANK YOU Contiki, I will be seeing you on my next tour for Spring Break in Bay of Islands in New Zealand come March 2012, and in the meantime can't wait to catch up with some of my UE buddies this Christmas back in Europe over the holidays!!;D Much much love, Maggie 'DC' xoxoxo

I had no idea what I was in for with my first Contiki and the UE tour. This trip was absolutely mind-blowing and life-ch... read more

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Places I've Been (?)

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russian Federation
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam

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