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Hi, I am doing the Ireland portion of this tour and I would like to meet people who are either doing the Ireland portion (26th April - 3rd May) or the whole slog. I did the Scotland tour a few years ago and it was nice to get to know some people before I went because that way I didn't feel completely left-out, what with everyone else having been together since the start of the tour. Anyone who is doing this tour and wants to chat I'd love to meet you. Birdie
Hi, Question #1: Is the past Traveler discount still something that is available? It used to be if you had traveled with Contiki within 5 years you got like 5 or 10% off your next tour. Is this still a thing? Of course my travel agent didn't apply it on either of my 2010 tours when it should have been applied to them both. Question #2: I have done 3 past tours with Contiki but I don't know how to add them onto my Profile. When I went on my first tour in 2005 I didn't know there was a website because my sister booked me in on the tour. And I used a different email address here, an address I no longer have access to, for my 2010 tours (I went on the Scotland Tour and the 15 Day New Zealand tour in 2010).
1 country \ 3 days \ from n/a per person
From Bondi & Manly beaches to the iconic Harbour Bridge & Opera House, Sydney is brimming with things to see, do & explore. Grab your included Explorer bus & harbour passes & launch into this multicultural hub. Try Taronga Zoo for an animal fix or chill out beachside & people watch. Head to QVB or Westfield Sydney for a serious fashion fix in the cute & quirky boutiques. Complete your trip with big nights out in the cool places to eat & great clubs or pubs where you can spend the nights partying on, Sydney-style.
What are the best optionals to do when on The Big Walkabout tour? I am planning to go on the tour in either July, August or October 2014 and it would be great to be able to plan and budget accordingly on what I want to do optionals-wise. Is there anything you wished you did when you went? I missed out on skydiving in NZ so I might do that but it depends on the cost as I don't have much time to raise the money, hence why I want to plan out as best as I can before I go. Also for the optional meals is it okay for someone who doesn't want to pay for the meal to just go and hang out with the people? In Europe we had quite a few optional meals where I paid but didn't actually eat anything because I couldn't and the only reason I went was because EVERYONE was going and I didn't want to eat alone. Having read quite a few blogs from those who have done this tour I notice that it seems very alcohol driven as well. Is this tour a good tour for someone who doesn't drink at all?
1 country \ 26 days \ from US$4659 per person
The incredible mix of landscapes, activities, friendly people & adventure is what makes Aussie so unique. If you’re wanting a taste of it all then this is the perfect way! Starting off Sydney-side, experience the endless landscapes of the Top End & the unmissable colours of the Red Centre icons like Kings Canyon, Uluru & the Olgas. Beach fun is on the cards too with loads of time on the East Coast. It’s all about fun & getting amongst the good times in one of the world’s most fascinating places.
1 country \ 26 days \ from US$4735 per person
The incredible mix of landscapes, awesome activities, friendly people & adventure is what makes Aussie so unique. If you’re wanting a taste of everything, then this is the perfect way to experience it all. See the endless landscapes of the Top End & the unmissable colours of the Red Centre icons like Kings Canyon, Uluru & the Olgas. Beach fun is on the cards too with loads of time on the East Coast. It’s all about getting amongst the good times in one of the world’s most fascinating places & it’s ready to be explored!
Hi, I have done 4 previous Contiki Tours and am now thinking about doing the Aussie Explorer Darwin start sometime next year (2013) and I want to find out more information about the accommodations, from people who have already done the tour, before I make my mind up. I will most likely be paying the Single Supplement fee as I prefer to have my own room. I understand that there are times when I will be sharing a room with others (ex: the Outback Bush Camp) but I’d like to know more. I did the NZ tour about a year ago and on the Milford Sound Boat I was told I would be sharing a room with 3 other girls just for that night when in reality we were in a dorm room setting so I was actually sharing a room with about 30 other people. This was a bit of a nasty surprise, it worked out fine, but I don’t want to get another nasty surprise like this, I want to be prepared. Any help you can give me would be excellent =) For all of the stays I’d like to know what the rooms and showers were like too. What are the hotels like in Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu National Park, Alice Spring’s and Surfer’s Paradise? Does anyone know the names of all of them so I can look them up online? (There used to be a link on Contiki’s website to a list but I can’t find the link anymore). What are the lodges like at Uluru and Fraser Island? The resorts at Cairns, Whitsundays and Surfer’s Paradise? Are they like a hotel? What is the hostel like at Byron Bay? What is the Surf Village like at Coff’s Harbour? Is the Farmstay nice? How many of the above are places where I will absolutely have to share a room even if I pay the single supplement? How many people am I sharing with? I really want to be prepared for this trip and I want to be able to have a good time without worrying any nasty surprises. Also one more weird question: Will there be places to charge camera batteries in the outback at the places we stay (I know we won't be able to at the camp but at other places?) Thanks in advance, Birdie