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Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (14th Jul 14 at 12:53pm UTC)
I'm going on this Topdeck tour and was wondering what people thought who have gone on it and if anyone on the forums here is going on this too! {Smile}

Also is anyone staying at the Clink the night before? {Smile} I am!
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (14th Jul 14 at 2:34pm UTC)
I'll be on this tour! Not long now.
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (15th Jul 14 at 3:14pm UTC)
Hello! {Smile} Yup - I'm very excited!
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (16th Jul 14 at 8:00am UTC)
Me too. And I am staying at the Clink for 4 nights before the tour so I can see London too. I'll see you at the bar!
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (23rd Jul 14 at 6:27am UTC)
Me three/four!

Will be in London a few days before hand but not at Clink {Sad}

Guess will catch you for the tour!!

Exciting. just over a month away {Grin}
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (23rd Jul 14 at 9:26am UTC)
It is very exciting! Not too long now {Grin}
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (25th Jul 14 at 2:09am UTC)
Hi all! I will be on your tour as well!

The Grand European tour is the full tour, then there are two smaller ones that fit in to that one. Roman Chariot goes from London to Rome, and Eastern Express goes from Rome to London.Most people do the full tour.

I did the Roman Chariot last year so I am doing the Eastern Express so I will be joining you all in Rome and continuing on to Amsterdam. Super excited to meet everyone {Smile} You all will have two weeks on the road together before I join in!

The countdown is on!


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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (25th Jul 14 at 6:46am UTC)
Hello! Awesome!

So you did Roman Chariot last year - so technically the first half of the Grand European? How was it? {Smile}

I'm super excited to meet everyone too! Pretty much one month to go!
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (25th Jul 14 at 9:54am UTC)
Yes the first half {Smile} It was amaaazing! you will absolutely love it. Every place was incredible for different reasons. Switzerland is so beautiful! I went to the top of the mountain (it was an option) and it was so much fun to play around in the snow. There was a lot of time spent on the bus but it isn't a bad thing because you can look at the country side out the window and we played little games and such on the bus too!
It was about two weeks or something but by the end of it I felt like I had known everyone forever! If you have any questions about specific countries let me know {Smile}

Are you travelling solo?


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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (26th Jul 14 at 1:10pm UTC)
Wow! Sounds amazing - I absolutely can't wait! {Smile}

Yeah, I am traveling solo - I'm on my gap year and doing this as part of that {Smile} I'm staying with a friend about a week before the trip though so I can get used to the whole traveling thing if that makes sense. Are you traveling solo?

One question though, it's a bit of a strange question but - what did you bring in the way of shoes? I'm fine and sure about everything else I think, but i'm just a bit stuck with that...
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (30th Jul 14 at 8:36am UTC)
Oh your gap year sounds like so much fun!
Yes I'll be solo too!
I'll be in Malta for a while before meeting you in Rome {Smile}
Fair question! Don't bother with heels, on nights out we all wore flats.
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- a pair of thongs for showers in hostels and beach days (in nice and barcelona)
- comfy enclosed shoes for walking around (as you'll spend hours roaming around new cities so you want to be comfy! Wear them in so you don't get blisters)
- and a pair of dressy shoes.
An that was all!
Take one nice dress for Monte Carlo casino. I forgot nice shoes and I ended up wearing a nice dress with sneakers haha! Whoops...


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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (3rd Aug 14 at 11:53pm UTC)
Yeah, it should be! {Smile} Okay, thank you {Smile} Yeah, I'll definitely need to remember that haha otherwise I would probably end up doing the same...

Sounds good, I have a couple of pairs of enclosed shoes that would work - I just need to work out which would be comfiest. I do a lot of walking around my neighbourhood in converse but I think they may not cut it, otherwise it's sneakers or these hiking boot type things. I know which dressier shoes I'm bringing which is great haha
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (17th Aug 14 at 11:34am UTC)
Sorry for my delayed reply? When do you leave Sydney?
If you want, email me at jtdouglass@hotmail.com and I will send you my Facebook details. I have heaps of pictures from the first half of the Grand European {Smile}
Our group also made a Facebook group where we shared our pics and keep in touch.


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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (20th Aug 14 at 4:37am UTC)
Hey guys! Have any of you received an information pack with any specifics of the tour or travel coupons? I haven't really received anything from Top deck and I'm a little concerned because I know Contiki send stuff out.
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (21st Aug 14 at 3:55am UTC)
Hey Wedna54, are you doing the same tour as us?
Looking forward to meeting you.
Yes I received something from my travel agent, it just had the addresses of all the hotels and options for each day with a basic outline of each day, similar to that on the website.
I havent gotten coupons though. Last year I just went to the hotel with no papers and the topdeck guide checked my passport from memory and confirmed my name was on her list. If you're unsure mist be good to give topdeck a call {Smile} otherwise i can email you what i got!


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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (21st Aug 14 at 1:52pm UTC)
Thanks Jody!

I contacted Top Deck and they emailed me my documents, although the voucher for the trip is not needed (and was sent to my travel agent and lost)

Regardless, yes I am on this tour and I look forward to meeting you all. I'll be in London for a few days beforehand too. If you want to meet up and explore London too, let me know! {Smile}
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (21st Aug 14 at 11:32pm UTC)
Hello everyone, I am on this trip too, say hello to you all. {Smile}
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Re: Grand European: 2nd-29th September 2014 (27th Aug 14 at 7:13am UTC)
Awesome Werdna54! Haha I don't think that's your real name but it'll stick now {Smile}
Would love to explore London but I won't be joining the tour until you guys reach Italy! I will be in Malta before that. Travel safe and see you in Italy for some Nutella Gelato {Grin}

Welcome Mike Lin, it's awesome how we can chat before going on our trip!! Looking forward to meeting you. Count down is ON !


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