This may have been done before, but anyone thinking about doing Contiki tours to Europe next year

  • jx3fans

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    Oct 04, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I am finishing my degree mid year next year. Thinking about going on one of those budget tours to Europe. Wondering if anyone on realjock are thinking about the same thing or anyone has been on one of those tours has any suggestions, comments?

    What I am looking for:
    Less hectic schedule
    around twenty something days
    gay friendly

    would be great if I find a gay tour buddy too!
  • Fable

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    Oct 04, 2012 12:13 PM GMT
    don't do it.
  • jx3fans

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    Oct 04, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    Why not?
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    Oct 04, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    It's Tuesday, so this must be Belgium.
    It's 7:00 am, time to get on the damn bus again.
  • Fable

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    Oct 04, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    jx3fans saidWhy not?


    contiki is terrible.
  • ac416

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    Oct 04, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    I did Europe on my own years ago and everything was very easy to plan with so many resources out there, some sights I only needed one minute at, and some sights I was totally in awe of spent a lot of time at or visited twice. I've heard from people that took tours that it was very rushed and your time is limited at things you wish you had more time (like the louvre). So I'd never do a tour but if there's one that gives you flexibility to see things on your own schedule then even that sounds better.
  • jx3fans

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    Oct 05, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    I think they have tours that allow free time in certain countries
    but what you said makes sense
    the flip side is you get to hang out with the same group of people the whole time, more likely to make friends than going solo, I guess
  • Suetonius

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    Oct 05, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    jx3fans saidI think they have tours that allow free time in certain countries

    the flip side is you get to hang out with the same group of people the whole time, more likely to make friends than going solo, I guess

    Tours undoubtedly schedule some some free time - but most time is planned for you. Remember, most of the people on a european tour are going to be in their 60's and 70's - the age group you want to hang out with?? A friend of mine occasionally is a tour guide in some parts of southern and eastern europe for another company, and from what he tells me, those are the age groups of people on the tours. - And "friends"? You are not likely to ever see them again. If you were going on a "gay" tour, you would at least have a much better chance of hitting it off well with other guys on the tour. I don't see the reason for going on a tour at all. There is not enough time spent in any location to get the sense of life there. I would suggest picking places you want to visit - (cities like Paris, London, Rome, or Berlin), and just go - spend at least a week in one city. I was recently in Paris and went to Fountainebleau for the first time. An easy 1 hour train ride from Paris. Because I was with my partner, and not a tour, we got to spend the day there. Meanwhile, one after another tour group was being raced through the palace at a tremendous pace. And afterward, unlike us, the tour groups did not get to linger at a sidewalk cafe over an expresso and a croque monsieur, or stop at a patisserie to get pastry for that night's dinner.

    If you want company, all the big cities in France, Italy, Germany, and England have lots of gay bars filled with guys your age, waiting to meet you.

    If you want to go allover europe, consider getting a railpass, and you can just hop on a train for a new place whenever you get the whim. Go second class, and you can meet other young travelers on the train.

    For more info, buy or get from the library, some of Rick Steve's books on european travel. I think his website is something like ricksteves.com
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    Oct 05, 2012 8:17 AM GMT
    I haven't ever been on a Contiki tour so I guess I can't fully comment however I must say I had the best four weeks of my life going to Europe solo!

    For me going a Contiki tour would mean
    a) sticking to a schedule
    b) seeing lots of countries however spending limited time in each
    c) seeing the main "sites" and not sites that I wanted to
    d) not being able to be flexible with clubbing and sleep-in's - heard they have pretty early starts!
    e) being stuck with what I presume would mainly be couples or older people (no offence)

    Instead I travelled solo, immersed myself in the culture, figured out things on my own rather than having it planned for me (you learn and grow more this way) and actually met so many people! (When you are alone you force yourself out of your comfort zone much more).

    As for gay friendly, I'm sure they are nice but I doubt they would be specifically gay focused. If you go to Barcelona for example I'd spend more time just going clubbing and checking out the scene rather than seeing the usual sights I guess.

    However I have met some people and they say they could never travel solo it just not their style so everyone is different.

    Just my two cents icon_smile.gif
  • mizu5

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    Oct 05, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    I spent a month and a half in europe doing 5 countries with some friends when I was 18.

    We had much omre fun than all the contiki tours we encountered stuffed with 20 and 30 somethings.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 05, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    SpikeyAidan saidI haven't ever been on a Contiki tour so I guess I can't fully comment however I must say I had the best four weeks of my life going to Europe solo!

    For me going a Contiki tour would mean
    a) sticking to a schedule
    b) seeing lots of countries however spending limited time in each
    c) seeing the main "sites" and not sites that I wanted to
    d) not being able to be flexible with clubbing and sleep-in's - heard they have pretty early starts!
    e) being stuck with what I presume would mainly be couples or older people (no offence)

    Instead I travelled solo, immersed myself in the culture, figured out things on my own rather than having it planned for me (you learn and grow more this way) and actually met so many people! (When you are alone you force yourself out of your comfort zone much more).

    As for gay friendly, I'm sure they are nice but I doubt they would be specifically gay focused. If you go to Barcelona for example I'd spend more time just going clubbing and checking out the scene rather than seeing the usual sights I guess.

    However I have met some people and they say they could never travel solo it just not their style so everyone is different.

    Just my two cents icon_smile.gif


    I agree, I spent two weeks in Europe, basically by myself. It was the best decision I ever made.