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#16 pragues

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 10:08 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!

#17 Erin C

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Posted 31 October 2004 - 08:48 PM

I have also done a Contiki, a few years ago now, and would definitely NOT recommend this for a honeymoon.

We had one couple on their honeymoon on our tour, and they fought the whole time, because he couldnt stop checking out the other girls, and hanging out with the 'single' guys, who werent just checking them out! Not a nice way to start your new life together...

Generally everyone on this kind of tour is just wanting to have fun, picking up, drinking, then trying to 'see the sites' with a bad hangover, and as someone else put it, inevitably vomiting!!!


Not a 'romantic' way to see Europe... but definitely the best month of my life when I was single! best month of my life!

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Posted 01 November 2004 - 11:33 AM

well i'm going to go against the grain and saying yer go for it, if thats what you want to do, but don't go into it with closed eyes, its not a holiday, you're on tour to see the world, and you can't be fart assing around sleeping in and dilly dallying around. you are there for a short time, see what you can see and make the most of it.
mark and i did contiki for 5 weeks for our honeymoon this past july, and we had the best time away, and i might point out that this was my 3rd contiki trip, the first two times i was single and travelling alone, and this time around I was with mark.
i suppose it depends on what you're looking for, and what type of couple you are. if you're fun and outgoing and love intermingling with other people, then definitely recommend doing contiki. if you arn't then i'd probably not advise it.
contiki you make what you want of it, if you want to be left alone and not party with anyone then you can, if you want to mingle and socialise with everyone then you can, you don't have to do everything that everyone else is doing. even if you arn't on your honeymoon its the same principle. you make what you want to make of it. you might get on the bus and find that its 80% girls and 20% boys and you might find it vice versa, 90% boys and only 10% girls.
the only cautionery thing i'd say to you though, if you want to go on a holiday, then don't do a tour of this kind, because its not a holiday. you are there to travel and see the world. if you want to sleep in and get up when and how you feel, then don't do a holiday of this type. if you can't stand being told to be at a certain point at a certain time, can't handle pulling into your hotel and being told that you have to be down at dinner in half an hour, then don't do this type of tour.
mark and I on the other hand, knew what we were getting ourselves in for, and knew that this wouldn't be a relaxing holiday, but its something that we would never change, we've got the best memories of a lifetime.

PS - no one chucked on my tour at all, we did party and party hard most nights, not every night. there was one night, it was cross dressing night, and we opted out simply because we wanted too, and no one said anything.

One of the girls on tour made us a special card congratulating us on our wedding and the whole bus signed it and made a special presentation to us.

PM me if you want any more advice.

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#19 Tammy&Wes

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 12:59 PM

We are also going to Europe for our honeymoon (5 weeks). We looked into all the coach tours and asked our travel agent a few questions, and he told us a few truths about coach tours. Most of the contiki ones are not really designed for honeymooners - more the single party life. The more $$ ones are generally more relaxed and thus attract the older people. We worked out a detailed trip where we do what we want all with Eurail. I just found that alot of the coach trips didn't spend time in towns that we wanted to go, and in some places they only spent 1/2 day or 1 day when we want to spend 2 or 3 days. We also decided to go the Eurail so we can sleep in if we want and we have a bit more flexibility.
Hope you can work it out.

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 06:11 PM

We are going to Europe for our honeymoon and plan to do a contiki trip. We were married in September and are taking our trip at the end on Feb so i guess it really wont feel like a honeymoon rather it will just be a holiday for us. We have decided to use contiki but go on the 'time out' tours as the accomodation is in hotels etc not hostels and we will get our own bathroom etc.

I thought Trafalgar and the others where for people over 50 say??? Can anyone tell me what other tours are for 25 yr olds??

Hubby had seen some of Europe and wants to take me there to show me the beautiful sites, i was happy to do this as long as i got my own bathroom at the end of the day.

I know it wont be romantic and they days may get long and sometimes boring with all the driving we do but i'm the type of person when i go on holidays i love to 'jam pac' my days so i can see as much as possible. If we wanted romatic we wouldnt have chosen Europe i guess.

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 06:01 PM

There is a Trafalgar 'breakaway' tour segment, there is also a similar type with Insight tours. Intrepid tours is another... there are quite a few out there. My fiance and I are going to Europe. (We booked flights today) only two weeks which is a little unfortunate - would be great if it was longer, but unfortunately work does not allow for longer break.
I was at a travel exhibition today and we listened to the Contiki person give an overview of the services they offer. While we have chosen to organise our own thing, it was good - they own a chateaux in France and have just purchased one in Greece which also looks great. The option you have chosen would have been the option we would have gone for, had we chosen contiki. looks like lots of fun.
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Posted 18 November 2004 - 07:43 AM

rokay, me thinks i have to step in here and clarify something about the chateaux. its not what they make it out to be.

we didn't get to stay there, we were booked into a 4* hotel for those 2 nights, we were however meant to stay there, but there were already other tours booked in there.

the chateaux has shared shower and toilet facilities, and the rooms are dorms. the day we visited there, because its where the wine tasting is, there wasn't any hot water. The upside to this, there is an enourmous swimming pool.
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Posted 20 November 2004 - 05:30 PM

I was only relaying the information given to everybody who attended the exhibition.
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