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#1 scasey77

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 12:37 PM

We are thinking of doing a Contiki tour through Europe for our honeymoon. We figure this is the easiest and probably cheapest way to see a lot of Europe in a short space of time (3 weeks).

Has anyone else done this? I have obviously heard the party stories about Conitki and would be interested to hear from any honeymooners that have done the tours and what they were like.
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Posted 20 October 2004 - 12:48 PM

one of my workmates is currently on the 3 week tour (lucky her...)

from the stories people were telling before she went, i don't think it's the 'romantic' type of vacation. the one that sticks in my mind is the concept of having to be in a bus with 30-odd other people who have been drinking, vomiting and generally stinky for 6 hour trips during the day.

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there are other tours though, which are less 'party'. or maybe hire a car and navigate youreselves? Europe also has some VERY cheap airlines - ie london to rome (from the secondary airports) from around 10 pounds here or 17 pounds here

but of course, as with anything, you pay for what you get.

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 01:04 PM

I havent been on a Contiki tour myself, but did Busabout (get on and off bus that takes you around). I saw the Contiki tours and I think they looked pretty bad for a honeymoon - ie: good if you are single and looking to pick up, but not when you are just married and wanting to spend time together alone!

You could try BusAbout - you get the bus that takes you everywhere, and you meet people on the bus, but you get to stay where you want (ie: not with the other hoards of contiki people) and you can stay somewhere for pretty much how long you want (as long as it fits into their schedule of when they come through that town).

We met a couple on Bus About on their honeymoon, they just took their time and we ran into them a few times.



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Posted 20 October 2004 - 01:06 PM

having done a contiki trip myself, i would not recommend doing this for your honeymoon.

I did a contiki trip, I was on my own and had a great time, met lots of people and partied the whole way through europe. saw some great sights too.

There was another tour bus doing the same trip we did, and there was a honeymooning couple on that tour and they apparrently had a massive bust up in the first few days (of a three week trip) because the "bride" was jealous of the "groom" flirting with all the girls etc... and she packed up and went home! and i think he did also, not sure, yes i was shocked when i heard this, but EVEYONE ON OUR bus said the same thing: "why do a contiki for your honeymoon?" it gets a little crazy at times too, everyone drinking every night is full on. i dont really know if this story is completely true, but that was what were were told!

in the end it is entirely up to you what ever you decide. Friends of mine travelled for 6 weeks through Europe on the Eurail Train and had a great time. There is cheap flights all over the place from London, i would consider other options before doing the contiki. but again, it is entirely up to you.

if your hard partygoers and could handle a bunch of hungover, smelly or still drunk people 24/7 then i would say do it, but its far from romantic............




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Posted 20 October 2004 - 01:35 PM

So if Contiki is not a good idea does anyone have names or ideas of other tours we can do that organise everything. I don't really want to be having to try and organise accomodation in 10 different cities and deal with trying to make our way around on our own when we only have a limited amount of time.

Trafalgar Tours are very expensive compared to Contiki and I haven't really heard of any others.
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Posted 20 October 2004 - 01:45 PM

I'd suggest Trafalgar tours for your honeymoon. I know of a couple that went with them for theirs.
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Posted 20 October 2004 - 02:21 PM

I am a bit biased as I met James on a Contiki tour! But we were both single and didn't actually get together on the trip - that happened all later!

Anyway I don't think a Contiki is a great idea for a honeymoon. Too many people for a start and you won't get that much time alone either.

Other ideas are Intrepid (click here for their website) and Kumuka (again this is their website) - both do budget tours of Europe. Intrepid are quite good as you get a lot of time to yourself - ie you're not stuck in a bus for hours with a lot of other people. Plus they have a maximum group size of 12 not 40 like Contiki. I did a tour in Italy with Intrepid in May and loved it! We had a honeymooning couple from Canada on the trip and they were great! They often wandered off on their own but did spend time with the rest of us for a while.

You could also just book accomadation in advance over the web or through a travel agent. Alternatively look at Busabout or a Eurail pass.


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Posted 20 October 2004 - 02:43 PM

It may be worth looking again at Trafalgar as they do have some cheaper options for some of their tours. Some stay in better hotels so are more expensive.

I would suggest going to a travel agent and seeing what pther tour companies are available as there are a fair few that do Europe, and not all of them cater for the 18-30 age group that Contiki do.


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Posted 20 October 2004 - 03:01 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I was a bit dubious about Contiki myself anyway but we would really love to see Europe before kids come along and this will prob be our last chance for awhile. I will try some of the other tour companies suggested.

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 03:36 PM

I did a Top Deck tour of Europe which is a similar group to Contiki. There were honeymooners on our tour and they had a great time. I guess it is really about what you envision your honeymoon to be. They are a great way to see Europe and if you're up for having fun with a group of people then I say go for it, if you would prefer spending more intimate time with your husband then maybe its not the thing for you.

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 04:04 PM

Have a look at Trafalgar Breakaway which is the 21-35 tours for Trafalgar. It is not as Contiki style - more upmarket for want of a better word!

If you prefer to steer clear of the "younger" tours - Trafalgar Cost Saver is also another way to save some money.

Another great company that is cheaper yet still has great tours is Cosmos.

Ask your travel agent for some brochures of these companies.

Both of these tours save money by staying 10-20 minutes out of town, more 3-4 star hotels rather than 4-5. There will be a few more people on the coach, and probably won't have toilets on board. Continental Breakfast instead of Buffet Breakfast and maybe not as many dinners.
You may also find there won't be as many "little extras" included - for example (and this isn't a true one - just to give you an idea) a first class tour might include your trip up the Eiffel Tower and a Cost Saver tour may only take you to it.
That being said - you will probably find you will save about $50 per person per day, or maybe even more. For two of you over three weeks, it adds up! And they are minor things that are not going to affect you seeing Europe, or your comfort level.


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Posted 20 October 2004 - 04:23 PM

We did a Europe tour in 2000 with "Insight" I don't know if they are still around??
If they are - I would highly recommend them. They were more expensive at the time then Contiki, Globus, Trafalgar, but we preferred the itinerary, and the accomodation was more upmarket, but more importantly, more CENTRAL to the places you'll want to visit - you get what you pay for... We found the proximity a real advantage, as when you are only in a place for one or two nights, you want to be staying in the middle of the city, close to main attractions so you can walk around easily and maximise your time.

Because they were more pricey though, I found the demographics of the group to be more Middle-Aged and Older People, but if you're on your honeymoon, you'll not really want to hang out with others anyway?? We weren't there to make friends (that sounds a bit harsh) so we didn't socialise too much, but spend more time exploring the places we went. Of course there were lots of group time at meals etc, and that was cool

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 05:03 PM

Highly recommend Insight - as Becks said they are a bit pricier - but you get what you pay for.
These are nice hotels bang smack in the middle of town. More leg rooms on the coach etc
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Posted 28 October 2004 - 01:11 PM

Hi we got back on Sat from our 5 week honeymoon which consisted of the 16 day European Encounter with Contiki and i would NOT recommend it....

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 09:51 AM

Def try bus*bout. While you do your own things during the day, they drop you off at accomodation each night and book it for you, the day before.

They also have heaps of recommend tours in each city.

It's the best of both worlds.

Have fun Europe is so romantic!




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