Day 5 – San Sebsatian

Tuesday 13th September

Today we got to have a bit of a sleep in as we weren’t leaving for the city until 9.45am. Breakfast was from 9am and it was really crap – sausages and pieces of baguette. Lots of people didn’t make it for the 9.45am departure as they were too hungover from the night before.  Continue reading

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 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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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 1 in London

I arrived in London in the afternoon of Saturday 3rd September – after getting through security at Heathrow, I bought my Oyster card and jumped on the tube – the Piccadilly line to Russell Square, the closest tube station to my hotel (the Royal National Hotel). The Royal National is a huge hotel but very basic – I had a single room which is pretty small but big enough for me. After checking in to the hotel, I grabbed some food and a sim card from Three then went straight to bed.

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Contiki: Thoughts

After having completed two Contiki tours, I’ve decided to write up a post with my thoughts on Contiki in general and on the two specific tours that I’ve done in North America. There are a few different tour companies aimed at young travellers that offer tours in North America but Contiki was the one I knew most about.

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Boston to New York – Contiki Day 13

This morning we were all pretty sad because today was the last day of our Contiki. We all loaded up our bags on the coach and by 8am we were on the road back to New York City. The drive to New York from Boston is about 4 hours but we were going to break it up with a few stops along the way.

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