Contiki crew - Europe
Last Updated: 13th Sep 2011
Contiki’s staff are what truly sets us apart from the competition. Only the cream of the crop make it through Contiki’s intensive training program to ‘graduate’ and become part of our team.
Our Crew, like you, are young people who love to share their passion for travel, adventure and discovery. All our staff are carefully chosen from the myriad of people who apply because of their attitude and people skills. No matter what their role, our Crew work together as a tight-knit team to make your European Tour the experience of a lifetime.
Most of our Crew are full time professionals and with well over 200 staff working on the road in Europe alone, their combined knowledge and skill easily make them the most professional and experienced on the road.
You’ve just set foot in a new city. Need to know where the nearest net cafe is? How about a cash machine? Where is a great place is to go out? How about the best shops and bargains? The best museums? Where to call home? How to beat the lines of tourists? What’s that building? How do I talk to the locals? What local customs or laws do you need to observe? What should I eat that’s truly authentic? Don’t Know? Chances are your Tour Manager will.
Your Tour Manager is your guide to all things European. Pack your guide book away because it’s already out of date compared to your Tour Managers almost bottomless well of knowledge. If you want to know more and get deeper into the sights, history, culture, people, customs, food, drink and just plain general information and know how about how to get the most out of your travels though the cities, countries and sights our Tour Managers may be one of your greatest resources while on tour.
Contiki’s training is widely recognized as being the best in the industry. Our Tour Managers are ‘people people’ first and foremost but they also organize almost every aspect of your tour from accommodations to meals, sightseeing, nights out, optional excursions, and music while providing you with information, maps and almost every imaginable aspect of your tour (as well as some you can’t imagine).
Tour Managers are an invaluable resource no matter what the situation. They can also often help you solve problems and situations, give you advice and help you get the most out of your tour.
Every Tour Manager, of course, if different and all have their own unique styles, personalities and ways of running their tours but all are dedicated professionals who are there for you throughout your tour and worth their weight in gold.
Sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your itinerary (for reasons such as traffic, poor weather, etc.) and the decisions and discretions made by your Tour Manager are made in the best interests of not only you, but also your tour companions and the entire group. Your Tour Manager has the knowledge, experience and authority to act in these situations and will endeavor to make the best decisions in each individual circumstance.
Contiki’s drivers are qualified, experienced professionals who’s number one priority is your safety and comfort while out on the road and in the cities. Whether it’s the Autobahns of Germany, the winding narrow streets of a Tuscan village or dealing with peak hour in Paris our drivers are experts at dealing with local traffic conditions and driving etiquettes.
Our drivers too are put through the most intensive training in the industry, and like our Tour Managers, Contiki only accepts the best. Contiki also has a policy of strict compliance with Europe’s driving rules and regulations.
Most of our drivers, like you, are often young, fun-loving people who share Contiki’s passion for service, travel, adventure and good times. Contiki also employs many Europeans Drivers from countries like Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France and the Netherlands. No matter who is behind the wheel you can rest assured, you’re in the hands of the best in the business.
Unlike many other tour operators in Europe, Contiki’s parent company also owns Contiki’s fleet of coaches and our drivers take great pride in their profession but also their coaches are often highly sought after by many other tour operators in Europe.
Not only do our drivers get you safely, quickly and easily from A to B, but they also load and unload your bags on and off our coaches.
Expert Local Guides
Contiki also uses expert local guides in some of it’s included sightseeing in places like Florence, Russia and Athens as well as part of our optional excursion tours through places like Berlin, the Tour through the Roman Forum and Pompeii Local guides and knowledge is also on hand in our more adventurous activities like White Water Rafting and mountain biking.
Camping Tours also include the services of our Super Cooks. This team of on road cheffing specialists are the meal time managers and when it comes to food they are maestros at conducting hearty, filling variety of meals, made from fresh local ingredients. On all Camping Tours you help out with the cooking as many hands make light work and our Super Cooks are masters at planning menus, coordinating the shopping, and organizing the feasts. All of this takes place in cooking marquees fully decked out with gas cookers, stoves, ovens, food hampers and ‘kitchens on wheels’.
Concept/Budget Tours and Camping Tours include Contiki’s unique on site representatives are Contiki staff, both guys and girls, your age who live and work at our European campsites and Special Stopovers. Great fun-loving people whose role it is to cook, clean, and everything else in between they are our ‘locals’. Passionate travelers, they work and play hard and are always up for a good time. They are an invaluable and unique part of our Concept/Budget Tours.