EU Quest – Day 1

Friday 9th September

Today my alarm went off at 4.30am – so early! I was a bit nervous about starting the tour, but I dragged myself out of bed to get dressed and finish packing before heading downstairs to check out of the hotel and meet up with our Contiki Crew and the rest of our group. There were 3 Contiki tours all departing London this morning so there were a lot of people around the courtyard. A Contiki crew member advised that our bags would be weighed first, and then we would be split up into our tour groups to wait for the coaches to arrive. Bags had to be under 20kg – some people were frantically pulling stuff out of their bags to meet the limit! Luckily, I came in at about 18kg.

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Day 2 – Paris

Saturday 10th September

This morning we had breakfast at 8.30am at the hotel – it wasn’t much, just cereal and bread/pastries. At 9am, we jumped on the coach to take us into the centre of Paris where we would be spending our free day. The bus dropped us off at the Place de la Concorde, which is a massive square in the centre of Paris.

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Day 3 – Bordeaux

Sunday 11th September

Today we left Paris for our second stop in France – Bordeaux. We had breakfast at the hotel at 7.30 before it was bags to coach for an 8.30am departure. Today was a pretty long drive – we stopped a couple of times at service stops for lunch/toilet breaks and it was about 4.30pm by the time we got to Bordeaux.

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Day 4 – San Sebastian

Monday 12th September

Today we had a bit of a later start which was nice – breakfast at 8am and then departure at 9am. Today we would be leaving France and entering Spain! The third country of the trip. We drove for about an hour and a half until our first stop at Dune du Pilat – the largest sand dune in Europe.

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Day 7 – Barcelona

Thursday 15th September

Today we had a full free day in Barcelona to explore. This morning at8.30, Ellie was offering a walking tour of the city for an hour and a half. Our hostel was centrally located so we were able to walk rather than have to be dropped in the city by the coach.

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Day 8 – Nice

Friday 16th September

The title of this post is a bit deceptive – really what this day was a long drive from Barcelona back into France and to Nice. It was one of our longest drives, about 10 hours all up (including our stops). We had an early start – 7am breakfast and then an 8am departure. This morning we also welcomed new people on to the tour – people who were doing the Mediterranean Quest and Quest to London. We also said goodbye to those who only did the Western Quest which finished in Barcelona.

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Day 10 – Cinque Terre

Sunday 18th September

This morning we had a 9am departure and I was very excited because not only would we be going to the country I was most looking forward to, today we would be visiting a place that has been on my bucket list for years – Cinque Terre (and now I even now how to pronounce it properly – kind of like Chinkwa Terra).

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