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New York, New Year 1 country \ 4 days
30 Dec 2012 - 02 Jan 2013 \ Okay so I went into this tour with high expectations. I mean come on, New Years Eve in New York! There were 4 contiki groups in total - 3 stayed at Marriott and 1 stayed at Sheraton. All were in Brooklyn... Which brings me to my first issue - staying in Brooklyn. Now, I had been to New York before so even though it wasn't my first preference of where to stay, I thought I'd give it a go. The only reason Contiki stay in Brooklyn is because of money. We didn't do any activities or sightseeing in Brooklyn at all. So each day we would catch a subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan, where the real sights are. Though it wasn't too far to travel, it was frustrating when we would go into Manhattan as a group and see some sights, then be left to our own devices only to have to return to Brooklyn, change and get ready for dinner/nightlife back out in Manhattan that night... So every day we went into Manhattan twice. I personally would have rather spending more money and stayed in Manhattan. Now, the night we'd all been waiting for - New Years Eve. This night was an absolute mess. We met our tour manager in the hotel lobby at 8pm ready to head into Manhattan for an buffet dinner and open bar in Times Square. A lot of the subways were closed so we got off at an earlier stop. We walked back nd forth, constantly being redirected to a different route when trying to get to our hotel. So many of the roads were blocked and closed. We eventually made it to the bar at 1030pm. We then had to eat our so called 'buffet' which was about 2 options of meat, and 2 salads, without enough seats to for everyone, so it was a total disaster. Then we could all go downstairs to start drinking and dancing... for about half an hour... Then they started passing around champagne getting ready for midnight. Midnight came and went, with no sense that we were actually in New York at all because we were in a room with 200 other Aussies (and a few Kiwis), without any view of Times Square at all... Pretty much straight after midnight we were ushered out of the bar and told to find somewhere else to party for the rest of the night... A lot of people went to a bar we had been shown the previous night because we just didn't know where else to go. Some people snuck out of the bar before midnight and made their way into the crowds of Times Square - they seemed to have the better experience out of everyone, so probably do that if you do bother to go with Contiki... If you want to do New Year’s Eve in New York, do it without a tour. Book a hotel in Manhattan, find a bar or a club (you don't have to book a year in advance like everyone thinks you do! We saw SO many advertised when we were there!).
Okay so I went into this tour with high expectations. I mean come on, New Years Eve in New York!
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LA to the Bay (Winter) 1 country \ 12 days
12 Dec 2012 - 23 Dec 2012 \ This tour was amazing. We arrived at the Grand Canyon just days after it began to snow, so it was an amazing and unexpected sight. I had already been to a few of the places before, but it was completely different this time around - new people, tour manager and experiences. Highly recommend doing the optionals on this tour. They're all worth it and once in a lifetime opportunities.
This tour was amazing. We arrived at the Grand Canyon just days after it began to snow, so it was an amazing and unexpected sight.
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1 country \ 14 days \ from US$2024 per person
Contiki's Eastern America tour will give you action and adventure, as well as time to chill out and unwind. From the relaxed beauty of the Southern States to the fast-paced lifestyle of the Northern hotspots, get a good taste of America! While you're up north, why not get consumed by the city that never sleeps, New York. And down South, get charmed by some traditional southern hospitality. Stil...
1 country \ 26 days \ from US$3480 per person
Southern delicacies include chicken and ribs, biscuits and gravy, and more curiously, Elvis' favorite Graceland snack, a peanut butter and banana concoction. But here's food for thought: Our equally eclectic travel menu of mouth-watering southern destinations, nicely sandwiched between prime left- and right-coast stop-overs. Get a taste of Texas, full servings of Memphis and New Orleans, and a ...
2 countries \ 13 days \ from US$2055 per person
Get a taste of the USA & Canada on this 13 day North Eastern loop – it’s a perfect mix of culture, action & adventure. Start in NYC & head South West as we make our way through Philly to Washington D.C for a taste of life in the capital. As we head into Canada, get ready for a cultural & natural feast! From the beauty of Niagara Falls through to the party vibes of Toronto, there’s loads to expe...
2 countries \ 20 days \ from US$3475 per person
Go all out on this Canadian adventure. From big city buzz to the great outdoors, it’s all here. Start off by exploring the northern US cities, Boston & New York, before diving deep into the beauty & charm of Canada. Cross the border into quaint Quebec before spending a few nights in Montreal & Toronto. After all the city action, fly west for a dose of coastal charm & natural wonders, including ...
2 countries \ 12 days \ from US$2464 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...
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Places I'd Like to Visit
- Hong Kong
- United States