19 Jul 2014 - 29 Jul 2014
This was my first Contiki trip and I had no idea what to expect. Traveling as a solo woman, I was a little nervous about who I'd meet or what I would do. I ended up having a total blast and would definitely recommend this trip to folks who've already seen the ~popular~ cities in Europe.
I didn't think I'd partake in the extra activities, but I ended up having #noregrets and did every extra! It wasn't too expensive, and the only thing I wouldn't do again was the light show in Prague. It was a little too weird for my taste.
Our tour guide Mike was fantastic - he had SO MUCH knowledge I couldn't believe it, he was very chill even when our group got a little out of hand, and he was a constant resource for things to do (and not do). Our driver Frank was great too!
It's hard to choose which city was my favorite, so I'll point out my favorite activities instead.
Berlin: The bike tour was BY FAR the coolest thing we did as a group throughout the whole tour. It was a food/drink bike tour and it took us off the tourist side of Berlin and into the cool, artistic part that everyone talks about. We ate amazing food and learned so much about the city.
Prague: I loved the Communist bunker tour and the bike tour. The bunker tour was such a uniquely Prague experience; I don't know where else you can find a working bunker that's also available to tourists! And the bike tour was fun too - we saw the Frank Gehry building, took a ton of pictures and survived a massive hangover from clubbing the night before.
Vienna: Mozart/Strauss concert. After days of travel, you may not want to dress up and go to a classical music concert, but it's worth it! The food was delicious, and who else can say they listened to classical music IN A CASTLE!? Yeah, I think that's all I need to say about that.
Budapest: We didn't have too many organized activities here, but I enjoyed walking around the city the most. The Doheny Synagogue is breathtaking and the baths were an excellent way to end the trip.
Vegetarians beware: This trip is not for you. I'm luckily not a vegetarian, but we had about 10 people who were vegan/vegetarian and the locals didn't understand why someone wouldn't eat goulash (and quite frankly, I'm the same way). The veggie option was a lot of cheese and fruit.
I blogged about my trip with a few more details in case you're interested: http://theadventuresofsheldon.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/what-i-learned-from-yolosolotrip2014/
Review written Jan 2015event 0.3
26 Dec 2013 - 06 Jan 2014
First Contiki trip and must say it was a good one! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the cities we visited. The amount of time spent in each city was perfect to get a feel for it. Awesome group and awesome time. Looking forward to my next trip in 2015!
Review written Dec 2014event 0.3
22 Mar 2014 - 02 Apr 2014
This was my first time out of the US and I really enjoyed it. I had a bit of a hard time adjusting in the beginning but the contiki tour guides certainly helped me out. I came around and thoroughly loved the majority of the trip.
Czech Republic (Prague) was absolutely my favorite. Very lovely city with lots to see and everything was relatively cheap. Town Square was really cool to hang out at.
Germany (Berlin) was awesome, reminded me of NYC. Had lots to see, plenty of history.
Austria (Vienna) was very beautiful. I absolutely loved the Mozart concert at the Schonbrunn Palace, really surreal. The only bummer part was that for the tour dates I did, we were only in Vienna for two nights, having one full day and it was a Sunday so mostly everything was closed.
Hungary (Budapest) was really interesting and was a nice ending to the trip. I think my favorite place there was the Fisherman's Bastion.
Overall it was definitely life changing (being it was my first tour) and I already plan on visiting again!
Review written Jun 2014event 0.3
10 May 2013 - 21 May 2013
Berlin to Budapest is an amazing trip. The pace gives you enough time to see everything in Berlin and Prague. There is a little less time in Vienna and Budapest, but you also get to see about as much as possible in just a couple of days. I opted for all the optionals and really enjoyed them. We got to try local food at each stop and it was all really good, the restaurants we visited each seemed to be great picks at giving us a bit of music and food true to the location. Bike riding through Prague was definately a trip highlight. The walking tour in Prague and Berlin were also amazing. This tour doesn't have too many long coach rides, but any time spent on the coach was definatley fun and memorable thanks to our amazing tour manager Lucian and road crew Levi. Levi kept the coach clean and smooth sailing and always greeted us with a wonderful smile and some great stories. Lucian created amazing memories with our day song and his contagious energy. He truly went above and beyond to make sure that each of us on the trip were having the time of our lives. Everyone on tour seemed to be having a great time and all got along really well. Almost everyone went to the baths in Budapest which was a great end to a wonderful time spend abroad. I definately recomend this trip. #noregrets
Review written May 2013event 0.3
01 Dec 2012 - 11 Dec 2012
This tour was one of the best things I have ever done. Our road crew was fantastic, always having the whole group revved up for the day ahead, and planning extra activities on top of the additional's such as organizing entrance to the Reichstag and a traditional Ice hockey match in Prague. Our tour manager always took the time to orientate us to each new city, allowing us to maximize our time seeing the highlights rather than getting lost.
I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone, and if you are debating of whether to start at prague or vienna, or finish at either of these places: DON'T. Also, the optional extras were all amazing and well worth the extra money spent on them, you will have absolutely no regrets going on this trip.
Review written Feb 2013event 0.3
04 Jan 2013 - 15 Jan 2013
I had such a fantastic time on the Berlin - Budapest tour. Our tour guide and driver were absolutely amazing and went out of their way to make our experience special. All of the hotels were very nice and accommodating, and everything that was included (meals, walking tours, local tours and meals, stops, etc) was fantastic. All of the optional activities were well worth the money and I would recommend that anyone going on this trip do all of the optional activities. Our tour manager also had a list of tips for each city, which made checking out the sites and finding a good time super easy, and she also was great with explaining the maps and walking us through anything we needed help with. I really felt like I got to experience each of these cities and cultures despite only being there for a few days for each one, and I can't think of any way that this trip could have possibly been better. Thanks Contiki!
Review written Jan 2013event 0.3