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hey guys how is everyone. have a friend who invited me to tag along with him for a euro trip. now he and i both undecided on whether to go topdeck or contiki?

 

now for me im looking to party, have fun and do some crazy activities like paragliding, skydivin etc while he is looking to have similar fun but generally he a bit more sedate and wants the balance of seein the culture and sights. i dont mind im pretty flexible but still im out to have a good time in this one off trip and i hear friends sometimes clash lol so figure if theres a bunch of fun people similar to me i can have fun with them. so with that in mind i hear the contiki group tend to be a bit more crazy n out partyin which is great while topdeck is a bit more sedate but people still go out and enjoy the nightlife.

 

from everyones personal experiences which would you prefer?which have you done

 

also the tour is about 24 days do you guys think thats too long?id prefer a 20 day trip since alot happens in that time but looking at the 24 day trip im happy to make the compromise since there are a few stop overs to recharge your batteries and continue the tour without feeling like death.

 

http://www.topdeck.travel/europe-trips/euroclub-htce/spirit-of-europe is the topdeck tour mate is leaning towards.

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do not take a tour!!!! just plan it yourself its so much better

 

instead of following a bunch of other aussies just plan your own trip! u have more freedom and u get to meet so much other people from other country's instead of just hanging out with other aussies

 

my euro trip blog

http://nissansilvia.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=392814&hl=euro&st=0&fcat=

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Yes been a few threads about this recently.

 

I did busabout. Hop on and hop off when you want = more time to soak up the culture. Thats extra night in Florence can change your life :thumbsup:

 

http://www.busabout.com/

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i went to europe with basic plans

we wanted to go to london, amsterdam and germany for oktoberfest and the nurburgring

all we booked was flights from london to amsterdam

and our hotel for oktoberfest

we winged it the rest of the way. it is a hell of alot of fun just doing and going where ever you want

 

and we missed our flight to amsterdam ahha having beers with chicks before we headed to the airport LOL

 

you will have alot of fun its great over there amsterdam is nuts but and god damn the weed is epic haha

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you will have alot of fun its great over there amsterdam is nuts but and god damn the weed is epic haha

hahahah i bought a joint in one of those famous cafes and i only had about 3 puffs and i was ripped as shit!

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do not take a tour!!!! just plan it yourself its so much better

 

instead of following a bunch of other aussies just plan your own trip! u have more freedom and u get to meet so much other people from other country's instead of just hanging out with other aussies

 

my euro trip blog

http://nissansilvia....euro&st=0&fcat=

 

read your blog seemed you had an awesome time and did alot.

 

as odd as it sounds i actually prefer at this stage to have the trip mapped out for me so i get a taste of everything. im pretty unorganised lol and like the idea of having some else organise what MAIN attractions to see n do without the hastle of mucking around. this will be/is my first proper holiday/getaway outside of the pacific(only ever been to fiji n nz lol) so its a major confussion to really know the direction i would want to go having no idea what europe is about.

 

i figure this a good teaser/taster of whats there and if i go back later i can attack it on my own

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Depends what kind of trip you want it to be. If you want to be the drunk tourist type then by all means Contiki. If you prefer just the touristy type, then some packaged tour deal will do the trick. And then if you want to be a real tourist that wants to find out how the locals live, do it on your own and plan only the critical things like flights and what not. I went over last year and I don't think I would've done it differently, I planned only the flights and certain travelling days (because it was a short holiday) but some things like accommodation I didn't plan much of it, sure I booked in to a couple of Hostels in advance but for the bulk of it I had to book whilst there or drive around looking. Driving around the very narrow streets of Pisa, Italy looking for a hotel at 10pm at night can drive you insane! But its something you remember as a great adventure. Getting lost in a city/ town is definitely the best way to discover it. If you do Amsterdam, get stoned and just walk or bike around everywhere, best way to see everything :) Just be careful when you find the dodgy areas as everyone will offer you to buy coke and shit hahaha! I don't think there wasn't one night in Europe I didn't have at least a drink, but I didn't get so pissed that I don't remember anything, I drank to have fun and I met so many people from all around the world :)

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I backpacked around europe for 7 weeks. I personally think its the best way to do it than a contiki tour. This way you get to see what you want to see and when. Stay in hostels and meet as many people as possible.

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stuff doing it yourself or backpacking. contiki ftw. I didnt have to worry about anything.. just did what i wanted on free days, got drunk and played follow the leader the rest. no lugging your bags around constantly or getting stranded in the middle of no where..

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I have done europe once by myself and 3 times on tours, :

 

Tours are by far the best way to see the most of europe in the allocated time, and it's an armchair ride. You meet more people, and its all planned out - and generally the tour guides know the best bits of every city since they have done it hunderds of times before!.

 

Contiki was definitely the most 'party' tour i have been on - it can be good, lots of drinking lots of sex lots of partying, though some tours the 18-20yo's get too paro and it becomes a bit painful, topdeck was OK but not as good as contiki in my opinion - maybe it was all the fat chics on our tour *lol.

 

Doing it by myself was good too, required a fair bit more planning, and overall was more expensive - that said, if you have mates in the country you are going to, then they are usually always keen to show you around, and generally you see a lot more cooler places that way.

 

either way i always recommend backpacker hostels over hotels. You meet heaps of people and it makes for a better holiday!

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Why go on contiki to meet more aussies or americans.. that is all.

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do not take a tour!!!! just plan it yourself its so much better

 

instead of following a bunch of other aussies just plan your own trip! u have more freedom and u get to meet so much other people from other country's instead of just hanging out with other aussies

 

my euro trip blog

http://nissansilvia....euro&st=0&fcat=

 

read your blog seemed you had an awesome time and did alot.

 

as odd as it sounds i actually prefer at this stage to have the trip mapped out for me so i get a taste of everything. im pretty unorganised lol and like the idea of having some else organise what MAIN attractions to see n do without the hastle of mucking around. this will be/is my first proper holiday/getaway outside of the pacific(only ever been to fiji n nz lol) so its a major confussion to really know the direction i would want to go having no idea what europe is about.

 

i figure this a good teaser/taster of whats there and if i go back later i can attack it on my own

there would have been no way i would of been able to do all the music festivals i went to if i done a planed tour

 

if u want to party and i mean party hard u have to do all the famous euro music festivals and no tour will include festivals

basically i done my research before going and i knew which festivals i wanted to go to

 

1. party in ibiza

2. exit festival

3. kazantip

 

and what ever i came across along the way was just a bonus

 

none of these type of festivals are included in planed tours so u will need to plan for them yourself

 

i highly recommend kazantip!!!! this is the video that made me go http://www.vbs.tv/watch/music-world/raving-in-the-black-sea

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haha that video is awesome!

so kemp how was it? any juicy stories?

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Contiki aint as bad as people make it sound, you still decide what you do with your free time and whether you go to the places they organise or not. So once in a city, you can do whatever you like, you don’t have to stay with the group and hang with them everywhere (beside the bus). It’s what you make of it, if you don’t want to hang with other aussies the whole time then don’t, if you do want to party with aussies the whole time you can, it really is up to you. Most people I hear bag contiki have never actually been on one.

 

 

By the sounds of things there is a high chance you will clash with your friend while over there, this isn’t uncommon it usually puts all relationships to the test. I’d advise to do a tour (contiki sounds like it will suit you) and mingle straight away so you can both find others to socialise with, that takes the pressure off you entertaining each other and he might find someone to sightsee with so you don’t have to go if you don’t want to and he is still happy.

 

 

Go for the longer duration, once there you will kick yourself for going shorter. As much as living out of a backpack sucks, you’re in Europe man!! You’ll get used to your new lifestyle pretty quick and want to stay longer, so book the longer, you wont regret it.

 

 

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haha that video is awesome!

so kemp how was it? any juicy stories?

put it this way

i got some crazy pictures!

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I went with Topdeck (around 45 days) for a 3 reasons.

  • It stopped in more places I wanted to see, mainly the capitals of countries eg In Germany Contiki went to Munich, Topdeck Berlin
  • I have heard that contiki has a younger crowd (18-20). Being 24 I didn't want to put up with high school bullshit
  • From memory it was cheaper

My group had an average age of 24-25 and they did all like to party and drink but we didn't head to clubs/pubs every night.

A lot of it had to do with which country we were in to what we did.

For example Athens was a hole so we stayed at the hotel and a group of us had a party on the roof by the pool, Spain was awesome so we went out everynight.

It is all what you make of your time there. I drank every night and had a good time.

 

I also traveled with my younger sister but she had here group of friends I had mine, really only saw her on the bus (on Mykonos I didn't see here for 3 days)

or when we went partying (if there was night out the majority of the bus went)

 

I chose the tour because it was my first time over there and I didn't have to organise anything and makes meeting people easier.

When I go back I will just wing it and travel around at my own pace

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do not take a tour!!!! just plan it yourself its so much better

 

instead of following a bunch of other aussies just plan your own trip! u have more freedom and u get to meet so much other people from other country's instead of just hanging out with other aussies

 

my euro trip blog

http://nissansilvia.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=392814&hl=euro&st=0&fcat=

this.

 

f**k planned tours. cant think of a bigger waste of money than to travel only to just do what everyone else has done.

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do not take a tour!!!! just plan it yourself its so much better

 

instead of following a bunch of other aussies just plan your own trip! u have more freedom and u get to meet so much other people from other country's instead of just hanging out with other aussies

 

my euro trip blog

http://nissansilvia....euro&st=0&fcat=

 

read your blog seemed you had an awesome time and did alot.

 

as odd as it sounds i actually prefer at this stage to have the trip mapped out for me so i get a taste of everything. im pretty unorganised lol and like the idea of having some else organise what MAIN attractions to see n do without the hastle of mucking around. this will be/is my first proper holiday/getaway outside of the pacific(only ever been to fiji n nz lol) so its a major confussion to really know the direction i would want to go having no idea what europe is about.

 

i figure this a good teaser/taster of whats there and if i go back later i can attack it on my own

2. exit festival

Ahhhh exit festival. Was the highlight of my trip. Lineup for this year has nothing on last years though.

 

Seriously, a tour like your describing is the worst way i could imagine travelling.

I backpacked around europe for 7 months last year, didnt have anything planned except that i wanted to go to exit festival in july, did everything on the fly. I would wake up not knowing what country i would be in the next day.

 

It doesnt sound like this would be for you though, sounds like you want to go for a short time and just get drunk. I came across copious amounts of contiki and other similar company tours and they are the most heinous people you can imagine. One night i was at this large lookout area above a town (forget where exactly), when two giant contiki busses pulled in (which are an eyesore in their own right). 50 or so gross australians and americans stepped off. Their group leaders ushered everyone away from the viewing area so they could get a group photo. They took the photo and were on the bus in no joke less than two minutes, most of them didnt even look at the view. They all looked like they were from regional australia, with teeth missing, shitty bogan clothes etc. All the talked about in the two minutes about how smashed they were going to get that night. The women looked like bush pigs.

 

If you just wanna get f**ked up, dont spend thousands of dollars to go to europe theres no point, you wont be seeing anything anyway or taking anything in or meeting different people. Grab a few slabs, some coke, and drop a couple thousand dollars on a 5 day bender in your home city. Save some money but get the same effect with the same people. Or go to thailand.

 

Sorry to sound like a snob, but everyone i met on a contiki tour were f**king deadshits. Get out of your comfort zone, do shit for yourself.

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Bus about.. gives you more freedom but you still get the local knowledge..

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you will have alot of fun its great over there amsterdam is nuts but and god damn the weed is epic haha

hahahah i bought a joint in one of those famous cafes and i only had about 3 puffs and i was ripped as shit!

you kidding me?

 

only thing that has beaten adelaide weed is BC weed (canada). amsterdam weed was pretty "meh".

 

tours are great if you want to pay loads of money to hang around with a bunch of people that will most likely annoy you, not be able to go and do your own thing, so on and so forth.

 

buy a backpack, fly into a place, get a lonely planet or something to inspire you and start walking.

 

you'll get lost, find something cool along the way and be forced to do some research. forced to talk to some locals. forced to ask other backpackers/people at your hostel/locals for advice.

 

if you want a quick cheap tour of a city check out sandemans new europe tours - http://www.neweuropetours.eu

 

you just rock up, go on a couple of hour tour of the city and tip the guide at the end. 1 euro, 20 euro, whatever.

 

be adventurous, otherwise you may as well just use google street view.

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do not take a tour!!!! just plan it yourself its so much better

 

instead of following a bunch of other aussies just plan your own trip! u have more freedom and u get to meet so much other people from other country's instead of just hanging out with other aussies

 

my euro trip blog

http://nissansilvia....euro&st=0&fcat=

 

read your blog seemed you had an awesome time and did alot.

 

as odd as it sounds i actually prefer at this stage to have the trip mapped out for me so i get a taste of everything. im pretty unorganised lol and like the idea of having some else organise what MAIN attractions to see n do without the hastle of mucking around. this will be/is my first proper holiday/getaway outside of the pacific(only ever been to fiji n nz lol) so its a major confussion to really know the direction i would want to go having no idea what europe is about.

 

i figure this a good teaser/taster of whats there and if i go back later i can attack it on my own

2. exit festival

Ahhhh exit festival. Was the highlight of my trip. Lineup for this year has nothing on last years though.

 

exit festival was great!! i dunno about the 2010 line up but the 09 line up was awesome.... cant wait till i get the chance to do it again

 

kazantip was the high light of my trip but my next euro tip i wanna camp out at the nature one festival in Germany 3 day music festival they call it the woodstock of europe

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I'm a travel agent and trust me do a contiki tour ends up workon cheaper meet so many people and you don't have to arrange anything if you want prices or any information email me at jay.dean@flightcentre.com.au

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I'm a travel agent and trust me do a contiki tour ends up workon cheaper meet so many people and you don't have to arrange anything if you want prices or any information email me at jay.dean@flightcentre.com.au

 

Oh, that and you can't sell a "buy travel and accommodation as you go" trip. :rolleyes:

 

Tell us about your backpacking Europe experiences Jay.

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Seriously, a tour like your describing is the worst way i could imagine travelling.

I backpacked around europe for 7 months last year, didnt have anything planned except that i wanted to go to exit festival in july, did everything on the fly. I would wake up not knowing what country i would be in the next day.

 

It doesnt sound like this would be for you though, sounds like you want to go for a short time and just get drunk. I came across copious amounts of contiki and other similar company tours and they are the most heinous people you can imagine. One night i was at this large lookout area above a town (forget where exactly), when two giant contiki busses pulled in (which are an eyesore in their own right). 50 or so gross australians and americans stepped off. Their group leaders ushered everyone away from the viewing area so they could get a group photo. They took the photo and were on the bus in no joke less than two minutes, most of them didnt even look at the view. They all looked like they were from regional australia, with teeth missing, shitty bogan clothes etc. All the talked about in the two minutes about how smashed they were going to get that night. The women looked like bush pigs.

 

If you just wanna get f**ked up, dont spend thousands of dollars to go to europe theres no point, you wont be seeing anything anyway or taking anything in or meeting different people. Grab a few slabs, some coke, and drop a couple thousand dollars on a 5 day bender in your home city. Save some money but get the same effect with the same people. Or go to thailand.

 

Sorry to sound like a snob, but everyone i met on a contiki tour were f**king deadshits. Get out of your comfort zone, do shit for yourself.

 

Hahaha I know the lookout you're talking about as I went there for the group photo, was it in Florence? You have managed to accurately describe a portion of the travellers, and I do agree that backpacking on your own accord is a great way to go, However it comes down to the individual. If you're able to focus on your own life and not worry about dickheads (a general life trait that more people should strive towards) then the format of contiki is actually a really great option for someone with a short space of time to see Europe as not everyone has 7 months to casually peruse the vast area. You can get as far out of your comfort zone as you want even on a tour, it is far more flexible then you might think.

 

Even if you do just wanna get f**ked up. I know for certain that Monday nights at underground drum and bass clubs with dubious chemical offerings in Prague and boozing up with germans at Oktoberfest plus meeting local Austrian chicks in discos under car parks in Vienna along with going to Fabric while in London was seeing something just a little bit different to going out down hindley street in Adelaide. (these weren't contiki organised events though)

 

I'm not trying to defend contiki as the best option; I totally agree that backpacking solo is a fantastic way to go (I'll be doing that next). I just think your assessment is a little unfair.

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I didn't go on a tour, I don't think it's necessary at all.

 

More freedom to you going on your own, just make sure you plan in advance roughly where you want to go.

 

Also don't go with your girlfriend if you have one.

 

Don't go with her and her best friend either.

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LOL now that sounds like a good story zenki haha

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Hi everyone..., My brothers and I are all in our early twenties and we're interested in traveling around Eastern Europe for 16-17 days sometime in late August or early September. We are interested in visiting Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania and were wondering how accessible this region was by train or car?? We have family friends in Dubrovnik and thought that might be a good place to start. Is anyone here who traveled in car from there?

 

Trekking holidays

Kailash trekking

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Hi everyone..., My brothers and I are all in our early twenties and we're interested in traveling around Eastern Europe for 16-17 days sometime in late August or early September. We are interested in visiting Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania and were wondering how accessible this region was by train or car?? We have family friends in Dubrovnik and thought that might be a good place to start. Is anyone here who traveled in car from there?

 

Trekking holidays

Kailash trekking

 

i done all those country's by train

check my blog

if u got any questions let me know

Slovenia is beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!

 

in fact i enjoyed Eastern Europe so much more then the western side of Europe

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Also don't go with your girlfriend if you have one.

 

Don't go with her and her best friend either.

:lol:

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