Contiki European Tours
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2013 5:45 AM Last Post By: Fwoggie
Mar 18, 2013 6:26 AM
Contiki European ToursHey guys,
I am planning to go on holiday where I just do some activities and I don't really want to think about planning.
I have been told about contiki tours and this sounds a lot like what I'm looking for. It involves getting onto a large coach that drives you all over Europe and they set you up to do activities.
I have done some backpacking to Asia by myself and though I did meet some really cool people I did feel quite lonely when I was not with people and found myself roaming the streets by myself at night.
What the contiki bus tour can offer is the opportunity to meet a bunch of people who are my age as we will be spending a lot of time on the coach together.
The question I have is how much of "looking around in the cities we visit can we explore i.e. how rigid are the timelines etc. and what are the things to look out for?
My main thing that I would be interested (as opposed to planning and going solo) is getting to know some cool new people and trying some awesome things along the way :)
Mar 18, 2013 7:24 AM
1Some 'awesome things' along the way will be the interesting view out of the windows from the coach watching all kind of different landscapes along the motorways, the check in as a group in hotels is funny too and the explication from the tourguide where you can go to eat a high gastronomic group menu (if it's not included in the trip). The driver will take care that the fridge is full of cheap beer. Real cultural holidays with 45 others cool people who have the same interest like you, have fun.
Mar 18, 2013 7:54 AM
2Contiki would tick all those boxes. So would topdeck.
1) They cover a lot of ground, so there's a lot of sitting on the bus.
2) Because they're covering a lot of ground, sometimes you don't get that much time to look around the place you've just arrived at.
Your local branch of STA Travel will specialise in this sort of thing. Go visit them or hit their website.
Mar 18, 2013 8:06 AM
Given that this board mostly attracts independent travellers, i doubt you will find many people who would recommend a Contiki tour here.
Mar 18, 2013 12:31 PM
4I don't really want to think about planning
That's the only good reason I could think of for taking a tour. But you seriously need to ask yourself if for that purpose you want to sacrifice:
- the right to go where you want to;
- the right to stay where and how long you want to;
- the freedom to move on if you find yourself among "uncool" people (such as a busload of hungover Ozzies)
- the ability to "explore" places - you'd be lucky if they let you stay in a city for one night, and hope they can find a hotel where they can park their big bus and still allow you to get into (and out of) the center during the evening.
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Mar 19, 2013 4:13 AM
I really appreciate the replies and thank you for your time.
What I mean is that I would happily tag rather than do the planning. What I like about going away is not having to think about my life in London. I am a little depressed these days and just want to get away with minimal hassle.
Are australians really that bad :)
Mar 19, 2013 4:17 AM
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