While the Upper East Side is the place to be, Manhattan’s elite still like to get away. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about a new contest in partnership with Contiki, a travel company which specializes in trips around the world for 18-35-year-olds (and fun Gossip Girl tie-in: Yin Chang, who plays Nelly Yuki, loves to travel on Contiki vacations!)
Want to win an amazing trip for two to one of the places your favorite GG characters have been? All you have to do is check out the gallery below to see the prize options and follow and tweet to @gossipgirl and @contiki_US, telling us which trip you’d want to go on and why, using hashtag #GGTravel. The contest runs from noon ET on December 17, 2012 – December 23, 2012 at 11:59pm ET. Good luck! (Click here for the official rules.)
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In “Belles de Jour,” Blair and Serena are living in Paris for the summer. B is desperately trying to forget Chuck but she's not having too much luck meeting guys there. When she meets what seems to be a real prince, Blair thinks things are looking up, until she finds out that it’s his driver who asked her out. Serena’s date is actually the prince. As if B wasn’t already furious, the girls get into a major fight after she finds out that Serena will also be going to Columbia in the fall. Blair, sick of being in S's shadow, pushes her into a Parisian fountain.Trip Description: London & Paris - Fall in love or reignite an old flame with this 8-day tour of London & Paris. In London, strut your stuff in the footsteps of The Beatles on Abbey Road, admire the mystical boulders of Stonehenge, and explore the quaint Roman town of Bath. Take a ferry across the English Channel to romantic Paris where you’ll take in iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Whether you’re single or taken there’s enough romance to go around. Trip Details
The prince's driver who Blair went out with in Paris actually ends up being the real prince (members of the royal family can be so sneaky sometimes...). Prince Louis of Monaco falls in love with Queen B and the two get married in Season 5’s “G.G.” Granted it only lasts for a very short time because of a Gossip Girl leak and the fact that Blair belongs with Chuck and not Louis, but that's beside the point. Blair was Princess of Monaco for a bit. And to bring it full circle, the famous scene in Season 5's finale "The Return of the Ring" -- where Blair meets Chuck at a casino and says her bet is on them -- took place in Monte Carlo!Trip Description: Mediterranean Highlights - From Flamenco dancing in Barcelona to rubbing elbows with the rich and famous (or vice versa) on the French Riviera, this trip is as suave and sultry as Chuck Bass. Indulge in the delights of Tuscany, discover ancient roam, soak up the Spanish flavor of Madrid, and work on your tan on the Mediterranean coast. Trip Details
In “Raiders of the Lost Art,” Dan Humphrey was invited to Rome for the summer to hang out with prestigious authors and hopefully cure his writer’s block. He invites Blair to go with him, but after following her and Chuck to the mansion where they were trying to uncover Diana’s secret, Dan decided to stay in New York City and work on his relationship. However in the Season 6 premiere "Gone Maybe Gone," we see that Dan is working on his new book in Italy... with the help and company of Georgina Sparks.Trip Description: Italian Espresso - Buon giorno Italia! Take it all in – the gorgeous sights, amazing food, rich caffè, stunning fashion (two words: Italian leather), not to mention the handsome locals. This 9-day Italian Espresso Tour is sure to satisfy all your senses (wink, wink). Explore legendary sights like the Colosseum in Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, savor the fashion and Tuscan cuisine of Florence, and cruise the canals of Venice in a gondola. Trip Details
After his father Bart Bass "dies," in "O Brother Where Bart Thou?" Chuck is an emotional wreck. Blair finally declares her love for him, but he leaves her a note that says, "I'm sorry for everything. You deserve much better. Don't come looking for me." In "The Realm of Bassness," Jack goes looking for him and finds him in Thailand. We later find out that Chuck had a wild time in Asia, with pretty much the only memory of hooking up with random women.Trip Description: Thai Island Hopper (east or west) - With incredible white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, the Thai Islands are truly stunning. One look and you’ll fall in love. There’s only one question, East or West? Choices, choices – what’s a Gossip Girl to do? With East you’ll enjoy kicking back on island time in relaxing Koh Samui, exploring the spectacular underwater scenery of Koh Tao, or partying it up on buzzing Pha Ngan. On the other hand, West will show you the pulsating nightlife of Phuket, the picturesque Phi Phi islands (setting for the movie “The Beach”), and the untouched beaches of Krabi. Now the hard part, choosing one!East Trip Details; West Trip Details
The year is 1766 and the Originals have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. But still, Klaus wants more. He wants power. When Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.