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Birdie

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27-year-old Female living in Canada

I am a 20-something British girl living in Canada who loves to travel and has already been to 17 countries. I am planning a trip to Australia hopefully for 2013 if not 2014 and that will be my fifth time traveling with Contiki. I am a writer and am currently working on a book about mermaids and surfers set in Australia =)

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Hotels in Ireland

Hi, I just wanted to know what hotels we stay in while in Ireland on the Ireland tour. I am one of those people who likes to know where I am going so I have time to figure out where there are good places to eat or to go shopping. I know where we stay in Dublin but I was wondering about Lomdonderry, Galway, Cork and Kilkenny. Thanks in advance. If anyone knows where would be a good place to eat on the days when dinner isn't provided that would be great too =)

Asked 6 months ago about Meeting Places Europe Ireland Hotels (2 responses)

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Great Britain and Ireland 17th April 2014

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

Asked 7 months ago about Europe Great Britain Ireland United Kingdom (2 responses)

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Questions about General Things

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).

Asked 11 months ago about Travel Advice (3 responses)

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Sydney Explorer

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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.

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Best Optionals to do on The Big Walkabout

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?

Asked over 1 year ago about South Pacific Australia Optionals Travel Advice (1 response)

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The Big Walkabout (Start Sydney)

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1 country \ 26 days \ from US$5244 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.

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The Big Walkabout (Start Darwin)

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1 country \ 26 days \ from US$5304 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!

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