Contiki European Magic Journey Day 1!
It's been only a day on this trip and I've already decides I'm coming back to Amsterdam! The first night was a great start.
It was an early start (5am) to leave London at 7.30 to get to Dover for a ferry over to Calais, then next stop, Amsterdam! Not much to say about this. It was a coach ride. But had 'speed dating' to get to know the tour group. This was a good idea and a fast way to break the ice with some people. Then again, some people were very hard to break into. The tour manager is Lisa and the driver is Geordie. Short, full of character brit, and the most experienced driver in Contiki; good start in my opinion.
We go hit with the usual tour rules, what to expect, day plans... The exciting new experiences we were to have in the next 9 days on this absolutely crazy whirlwind introductory tour to Europe! We are a crazy group for doing this for sure.
Now Amsterdam. Can't say much. Or shouldn't say much. This really is a city where the saying 'what happens on tour, stays on tour' applies. What I can say is we had a nice buffet dinner at the hotel then went into town for a canal cruise at 8 with unlimited alcohol (YUS!) then a sex show in the red light district. I can say we were given a treat on entry in the form of a penis lollipop, the rest is a memory and fantastic experience that has convinced me I AM coming back to AMsterdam! But less than 5 hours sleep means we DID have a great, long, night :)