|Special thanks to Troy & Gavin, our tour guide and coach driver for helping make this trip an AWESOME experience. If you are between the ages of 18-35 and want to have a blast touring Europe, go check out Contiki and book a tour!|
So, on May 10, 2001, my sister Gini and two of my close friends Alex and Tim, embarked on a 2 week tour of Europe. During this whirlwind trip, we visited 7 different countries with 44 other people from Australia, South Africa, Canada, and the US. We had an AWESOME time and met some truly AWESOME people (as seen above :-)
Last updated on June 11, 2001 (more udpates to follow)
|London, UK||Scott in phone booth|
|Alex in phone booth||Scott in Trafalgur Square on Lion|
|Alex in Trafalgur Square on Lion||Alex, Gini, and Tim w/Big Ben|
|Gini in Trafalgur Square on Lion||Tim and Alex by the river|
|Saint Goar, Germany||A good shot of a smiling Alex|
|Drew under the worlds largest Coo Coo Clock||Nolan enjoying a cool brew|
|Drew...a little shit faced!||Ernest showing off his muscles|
|Gini giving a thumbs up on a tasty brew!||Gini and Gavin|
|Tim, Scott, Gini and Rick at the bar||Tim, Gini and Scott at the bar|
|Ben, Tim, Scott, Gini, Paul, Alex, Rick||Scott, Tim and Alex|
|Gavin, Alex and Ricky||Hansie!|
|The Heathers and Scotty||Scott and Heather|
|Rebecca and AJ||Sam and Troy|
|Scott and a beer||Good shot of Tim and Scott|
|The Glockenspiel||Gavin and the Glockenspiel|
|Venice, Italy||Gini in the gondola|
|Heather and Gini feeding the pigeons||Drew, Scott, Scott, Alex and Tim on the gondola|
|Heather overlooking the canal||Ahhhh, Venice....|
|Rome, Italy||Ancient Rome 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5|
|Colosseum 1 | 2 | 3||Drew and Scott on the subway|
|The Heathers and Gini at the Trevi Fountain||Tim and Scott at the Trevi Fountain|
|Gini, Tim and Scott at the Trevi Fountain||The Contiki group having dinner in Rome|
|The Spanish Steps|
Itinerary (draft - more detail to follow shortly)
|Day 1: London to Amsterdam. We headed for the White Cliffs of
Dover and our ferry crossing to France. Then through Belgium to Holland
and its capital, Amsterdam for a very memorable evening :)
Day 2: Amsterdam to the Rhine Valley. An orientation tour and a visit to a diamond cutting exhibition. Then to St Goar on the banks of the Rhine.
Day 3: Rhine Valley to Munich. We follow the Rhine on our way to Bavaria and its capital, Munich. We see the Marienplatz, with the famous Glockenspiel and that evening, some of us experience a typical Bavarian beer hall!!
Day 4: Munich to Austrian Tyrol. A scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps takes us into the heart of the Tyrol. We spending an evening relaxing in this picture postcard paradise.
Day 5: Austrian Tyrol to Venice. Spectacular scenery as we head south to Venice. We enjoy a complimentary motor boat trip to see St Mark’s Square, the Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and g for a gondola ride :)
Day 6: Venice to Rome. Southwards as we climb through the Appennine Mountains passing medieval hillside villages and travel to the Eternal City, Rome. That night we do a walking tour of this ancient city including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Piazza Venezia.
Day 7: Rome Sightseeing. In the morning we hit the Colliseum and in the afternoon, Vatican City and the Sistene Chapel.
Day 8: Rome to Florence. We drive to Florence where our local guide takes us on a walking tour of the Duomo, Giotto’s Belltower, Piazza della Signoria and the Basilica of Santa Croce. We enjoyed a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft, saw "The David" and some amazing museums!
Day 9: Florence to Lucerne. A spectacular Alpine drive as we pass Lake Como and head for Switzerland. Lucerne awaited us with its cobbled streets, and the beautiful wooden Chapel Bridge. Here we bought our Swiss Army Knives a few of us got some killer watches :)
Day 10: Lucerne to Paris. Through the French countryside to the romance of Paris. Enjoy a first view of the sights on our evening tour of the illuminations.
Day 11: Paris Sightseeing. We visit the Nôtre Dame Cathedral on our city tour. See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, shop on the Champs Elysées and stroll by the Seine. Tonight, go to a Parisian cabaret and then take over an Irish bar in the Moulin Rouge district!
Day 12: Paris to London. Going north we first visit the Canadian War Memorial situated near the valley of the Somme. From here to Calais and our cross channel ferry to Dover to arrive in London early evening.