(Closed) Contiki for a honeymoon?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Um it’s pretty much a party scene! You could try Intrepid or another tour company aimed at more independent travellers?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have never done a Contiki Trip but I have done Busabout in Ireland, Scotland, Greece and a mainland Europe trip. Of the two companies I do know that Busabout is less a party scene and you can choose to stay at the place they suggest or find your own but they will also suggest places to eat and have extras like a wine and bike tour that you can sign up for. Honestly if you want to see alot in a short amount of time with little research on your part they can be great. I would suggest doing the hop on hop off as it gives you more flexibility. On my trip I did Berlin to Prague to Vienna to Munich to Venice to Rome to Florence to Nice to Barcelona. I did all that in a little over two weeks which was fast but a really great way to see everything I wanted too and then I added on the Greece trip which gave me a discount.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I did a Contiki trip once – it was the Aegean cruise. There were definitely some people partying, but there were also a few couples on their honeymoons/just engaged, and then there was my group, consisting of me and a few of my girlfriends, all in serious relationships but traveling without our SOs. The three groups didn’t really interact a whole bunch, and I think a trip like that would work for a honeymoon. Not sure about the tours that travel on land/by bus with a bunch of partiers. 🙂

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

It really just depends upon the other people that are going in your group. Your fellow travelers can make or break the trip when you do a group tour. However, Contiki does have some great itineraries, and their pricing is very good.

While many honeymoon couples seem opposed to groups for a honeymoon, it really is a great way to see a lot of what he country has to offer without having to figure out how to get from place to place on your own. We’ve had some couples that have done Trafalgar tours for their honeymoon, and they loved it.

There are some companies that offer itineraries similar to Contiki that are private too.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think it would depend on what you hope to get out of your honeymoon.

If you want one on one time with lots of lying around and not doing much of anything then I wouldn’t recommend Contiki.

If you want to be busy, on the go, stuck on a bus (in a good way!) and being surrounded by fifty new best friends, then def go Contiki!

I did a three week trip round Europe with a girlfriend (FH stayed at home renovating) and in my group we had a really nice mix of couples, singles, groups of friends etc and I met some really lovely people.  I have however heard horror stories about groups who fought, got lost, missed buses etc so bear in mind you’ll be stuck with the same people for the duration of your tour.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Negative on the Contiki idea!  I haven’t traveled with them but have come across Contiki groups many times on my travels and it is usually drunken debauchery.  Contiki is geared towards the 18 – 35 yrs old who are up for partying and imbibing in a heavy dose of alcohol. 

I have been on several group tours with couples on their honeymoons and it works great – in fact, Fiance and I are looking into an African safari with a group tour for our honeymoon.  The big factor to look at is the company and what their advertising angle is.  Contiki does not shy away from the ‘party around the world’ angle and it is what you get.

Two of my recommendations, both of whom I’ve traveled with multiple times are Intrepid Travel or GAP Adventures.  Both companies are operated by local tour guides, eco-friendly, and committed to giving back to the communities in which they travel through.   Prices are great and the itineraries are awesome!   Tour group sizes are also generally less than 12 or 16 which is also quite nice and provides a more authentic experience I think.  That being said, both companies have different levels of trips, so you can choose from luxurious to basic – I’ve always done basic and loved the experience! 

I definitely think a group tour is totally doable for a honeymoon – especially if you’re going to places that are a bit harder to travel to independently!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Way fun…but not honeymoonish. Unless you tune the kids and retired couples out, in which case…enjoy!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@NYE Gal: This is the trip that I did and there were couples on the trip all the way into their fifties and it was an amazing time. You really have alot of freedom and do not feel super confined to the group as a whole and you can book private rooms instead of the dorms.

http://www.shamrockeradventures.com/allirelandrocker

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi,

I did a Contiki trip about 2 years ago.  I did 21 days in Europe.  It was pretty party however there was a young Australian couple on their honeymoon.  I think if your willing to party with everyone then you’ll have a good time.  If you want romantic alone time, then this is not the tour for you.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Another thing to consider about longish group tours is illness.  Anybody who’s done a Contiki while know what I mean when I speak of the “Contiki Cough”.  When you spend three weeks on a bus with tired and hungover people, you will get sick and it will suck!

Being sick when on your OE is doable but being sick on your honeymoon would be just plain awful!  I would suggest doing a couple of short tours with some alone time in between so you get the best of both worlds 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went in college. Most everything is in groups and on someone’s schedule. And yes everyone wanted to party which for us at the time was perfect but I wouldn’t recommend it for your honeymoon.

They also changed the hotels on us and put us in one that wasn’t even done being built yet.. advertised as a resort it had no working pool or hot water and the room we stayed in had no windows. To make up for it they gave us a bus ride to the hotel we were suppose to stay at and a free lunch! 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi there!

In May 2008 I did a 8 night London and Paris tour with my best friend on Contiki tours. At the time I was 22, and my BFF and I had an amazing time… however it was FULL of partiers, since University had just ended for most students. There was a couple of honeymooners on the trip, and they mostly did their own thing. However, there are parts of the trip that were super annoying for them. Contiki is all about everyone mixing and mingling and making new friends, so on the drives from London to Dover we had to all split up seats to meet new people on the bus (Contiki wants to ensure that single travellers get treated well). Also from the drive from Calais to Paris we had to sit with a different seat mate. This past summer, a good guy friend of mine (now 25) went solo on a Contiki that went from London to Athens. He mentioned how he met people ages 22-29 mostly (he went in June) but that there was still tonnes of partiers. Same goes for another girlfriend of mine who went in August this past year (at age 26) and there was many partiers on the Eastern European trip. One that that would be super annoying on your honeymoon is that Contiki books rooms in group blocks, so you’ll be next door to some really loud people. Having been on the Contiki trips, and have had many friends who have also done them, I don’t know if you’ll get the best out of your Honeymoon by going though Contiki,

My then boyfriend (now husband) and I were going to do a Contiki tour when he met up with me in Europe in 2008, but we decided to do a Globus tour instead which would have more mature people and more “couple” time. It was AMAZING and there were quite a few honeymooners. Being only 22 and 24 at the time, it was amazing to meet a variety of people from all over the world, and of different ages. We were by far the youngest, and became wonderful friends with a couple who was in their 60’s and another in their 40’s. We also became close freinds with a couple in their late twenties on their honeymoon. All of the people on this tour kept in touch – I had the most fun on that tour!! We are even planning on visiting the couple who were in their 60’s in their hometown in of Perth,Australia next summer. The tour was very much “at your own pace”, and there was plenty of time to spend time as a group or seperately. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone!

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