|| Restaurant U'Cavagnetu 32 €|
Excellent restaurant. Here is the Contiki menu selection. All items on the menu were superb. There are pics of this online in the photos section.
Note: Later on that evening, you will venture over to the casino area. Monte Carlo has 4 casinos. If you've been to Las Vegas, save yourself the 10 € entrance to the Grand Casino and venture over to the free ones just across the street. There's nothing special inside the Grand Casino; quite small consisting of 316 slots and thirty-five table games. You have to check in your cell phone and you camera, as well as bring a passport. Drinks are not free. The real show is outside where all the Ferraris, Astons, Rolls, Bentleys, etc. are as common as Hyundias & Kias in a Walmart parking lot.
||Tuscan Dinner at La Certosa. 38 €|
There is a pretty good opera singer here too!! You start of with a salad and cold cuts buffet. A word of warning, one of the options on the menu is fish. They do gut the fish, but everything else is intact. There seemed to be a billion bones. I don't like bones. There was veal as another option I think.
Space Electronic Disco 8€ or 11€?
By ths time, the dread Contiki Cough had beaten me down and I had to let others carry the torch. By all accounts, those who went had an amazing time.
Group Photo 11 €. Ouch ... But I took a 10 MB scan of my group photo just in case others don't have a copy and would like a "backup". At your service :)
||Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. 24 €|
Wow. Lotsa artwork here. Everyone did this. It's the vatican. What is not included is a guided tour of the St. Peter's Basilica. There was a free tour you could always join (See last item on this link).
Note 1: There are NO Vatican tours on Sundays. That is most unfortunate if this is your tour.
Note 2: Everything up to the knees and shoulders must be covered up (for BOTH guys & girls). Your TM will remind you of this.
Note 3: Not mentioned: Do the treasure hunt searching for items in Dan Brown's Angels & Demons.
Note 4: This optional is NO LONGER offered by Contiki: "The reason
why the Vatican optional has been removed is because The Vatican has
changed it's policies on groups entering the Vatican. They are asking
for a hefty deposit (in the thousands range) for each group and must be
booked almost 6 months in advance." -Contiki Corporate.
I would still highly recommend joining/researching online for a guided tour (or organising with others on your tour), otherwise get in line 1 hour BEFORE it opens.
Secret/Bonus: Some other ideas ... there's a lot to see in St. Peters ... or visit the Grottoes ... or even more limited/restricted of the Vatican excavations which only permits 200 visitors per day. Very exclusive and advanced reservations are mandatory.
|| Guided Tour 16 €
Everyone did this. See the excavated ruins of a city that was buried and frozen in time when Mount Vesuvious erupted in 79 AD. If you have been on the Greek Island Hopping Tour and saw the Akrotiri Archaeological Site excavation, then Pompeii will not be as impressive - but the tour and facts are still informative nonetheless. Greek Island Hopping suggestions, odds & ends.
||Mozart Concert and Dinner 60 €|
This may seem steep in price, but it is not. You will attend a classical opera at the Auersperg Palace by the Residenz Orchestra. It is a small setting in an oval hall. I think the concert is split in two 30 minute halves with short intermission where a glass of wine is served. Later on that evening, we head over for dinner at a really old hall called Wiener Rathauskeller. It is a sit down affair and the food is very good.
Schnaps Museum 5 €
A 5 € well spent !!! They show you the history of Schnaps and how it is made. Afterwards, you are allowed to sample 3 varieties, but seriously, it's more like all you can drink ... and you really can't drink that much since some of the stuff is potent!! Especially the Absinthe.
||White Water Rafting 37 €|
If you've gone white water rafting in Canada during the spring and have seen a Class 4/5 rapid, I think this ride touched a 3 once ... but barely. I would pass if offered to do it again. So in summary, this was more like a freezing boat ride down a little stream. Furthermore, rumour has it that the raft guides are not allowed to tip the boat under contract for the safety of the customers (ie: it would suck to leave the tour due to accident/death). Also, Contiki doesn't wanna any more tragedies.
Swarovski Crystal Museum 6.50 €
Pretty cool - lotsa crystal ... and it's only 6.50 Euro.
(ahhh that's where that avatar in the Contiki message boards came from)
Parapenting 105 €, 15€ extra for a 12 exp film roll
Run like mad off a hill with an open parachute and catch a thermal. This is quite an expensive price for a 12 minute ride, but considering that I've never done this before ... what a helluva aride. No comparison between this and parasailing!!! Watch the video. A cheaper option, but we are not in the area is in France where it's 90 € for a 1 hour ride. But YES, I would do it again!!! Windbreaker, sweatshirt (or many layers of t-shirts), pants and shoes are required. It's cold on the way down ...
Get the 12 roll exposure of film! Also, if you have a compact camera, bring it with you and take pics/movies on the way down.
Boat Cruise on Lake Lucerne. 23 Swiss Francs|
hummm ... another boat ride. It was OK. Actually it was more like YAWN ... Basically expensive transportation to get us from town to the Cog Rail Train base station for the ride back up to the hotel. Nice group photo setting though.
Not offered was the 6 km toboggan ride (here's the rough Google translation) midway up Mount Pilatus. I forgot what the deal was. I think it for 12 €, you could go go tobogganing all day long.
Wine Tasting at Weingut Schloss Rheinfels 8 €|
Another excuse to drink and everyone went. Located in an cavernous old basement cellar dating back from the 12th Century. Seems like it could double for a bomb shelter. They serve wine (sweet, dry, red, and white ... I think) and cheese. You get to keep the shot glasses.
van den Hogen Restaurant 30 €|
Final dinner - good food and you really have to go because everyone was there.
Canal Cruise 26.50 €
After the last group dinner (above), this cruise has an open bar offering one type of red wine & one type of white wine as well as beer. Everyone went. This is your final evening together.
Not mentioned, but TM will announce it: Live Sex show at Casa Rosso 25 € (I think)
This was tasteful, funny and 2 drinks are also included. For obvious reasons, Contiki doesn't want to print this in their brochures but all the tours go there.
Not mentioned #2: On your own ... go see Ann Frank's House / Museum 7.50 €
Get there 20 minutes before it opens (9AM) to avoid the crowds.
Not mentioned #3: On your own ... go see Heineken Museum 10 €
Tuesdays through Sundays, 10.00 - 18.00 hrs. [Editor's note ... closed on Monday ???]
Last ticket sales: 17.00 hrs.
Please note: CURRENTLY CLOSED TIL JUN 2008!!!