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Contiki Tour Through Great Britian

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Hi everyone!

My friend and I are going on a trip this August for a few weeks to England, Scotland and Ireland and we want to start the trip out with a tour to get settled and comfortable. She brought some info over about a couple of different companies that do tours and we really like how the contiki tours sound. It said that the tour includes continental breakfasts every day (it is 10 days) and then four three course meals and the others are on our own. I am worried the the breakfasts are goign to be muffins and danishes. I called contiki and talked to someone last night and he said they are good about trying their best to meet different food allergy needs, but that I can't talk to the tour guide until the tour starts because they don't know who it will be yet. I need to talk to the guide when we get there he said (and they will have my allergy down in the file) and it depends how much that particular guide goes out of their way to help me. Has anyone done a contiki tour? Or any suggestions for this situation? I can take a bit of food with me for the start of the trip which would be this tour, but I wont' have a ton of room b/c we are just taking backpacks.

Help!

We need to book our tour within the next couple of days.

Courtney :)

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Hi everyone!

My friend and I are going on a trip this August for a few weeks to England, Scotland and Ireland and we want to start the trip out with a tour to get settled and comfortable. She brought some info over about a couple of different companies that do tours and we really like how the contiki tours sound. It said that the tour includes continental breakfasts every day (it is 10 days) and then four three course meals and the others are on our own. I am worried the the breakfasts are goign to be muffins and danishes. I called contiki and talked to someone last night and he said they are good about trying their best to meet different food allergy needs, but that I can't talk to the tour guide until the tour starts because they don't know who it will be yet. I need to talk to the guide when we get there he said (and they will have my allergy down in the file) and it depends how much that particular guide goes out of their way to help me. Has anyone done a contiki tour? Or any suggestions for this situation? I can take a bit of food with me for the start of the trip which would be this tour, but I wont' have a ton of room b/c we are just taking backpacks.

Help!

We need to book our tour within the next couple of days.

Courtney :)

HI I Live in england and they are plenty of shops that sell gluten free things you can buy. and most places i have been to have gone out of they way to supply me with breakfast items. hope this helps . when it gets nearer your trip i will tell you the good places to shop. hope you enjoy your visit over here

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All I can say is, it would make me very nervous to leave it all up to the guide when you get there, who gets to decide how much he's going to go out of his way to accommodate you.

In my mind, this is part of why we pay tour companies-- so that when we get to our destination, we don't have to stress about where we're going to sleep and what we're going to eat.

If it were me, I'd at least check out a couple other companies to see if you can get a better guarantee that there will be safe food provided for you.

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Another option is to ask the tour operator to supply you with a list of the hotels and food establishments providing the food. You would then be able to contact them directly as to whether they can provide you a gluten free alternative.

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Is there a web site for stores or restaurants in England that have gluten free products ?!?!? I'm going to the York area in July for 3 weeks - near Pickering. We will have access to a kitchen and I want to be able to eat well ! I doubt I could bring much with me with our regulations - I don't know what to bring anyway ! Any info would be appreciated - esp. opinions of products since some gluten free products are terrible !! :blink:

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