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
09 Nov 2012 - 20 Nov 2012
This tour was alright, but I am not sure I would recommend it. It is one of those tours that is broken up for example there were some people who only did Berlin and prague, a few who did berlin/prague/vienna than we picked up a few new people after vienna for budapest. I dont like when tours do this because it is harder to be friends with the group with so many people coming and going.
I also found 5 countries in 12 days is a bit much. The time in Prauge and vienna melted together.
The transportation was ok not too long between each country.
The accommodations were pretty good the hotel we stayed at in berlin was a 15 min walk away from the subway so it was hard to go out at night to come back on the subway.
The options were not that great, in Vienna there was a classical dinner sympothy it was pretty boring and not worth the money. In Berlin we did a walking tour and it was awesome and cheap. It was worth it.
Our tour manager did give us an outline of each country when we were driving there which was helpful. However I felt the tour manager wasnt happy to be there everytime anyone asked him a question he seemed to be inconvenienced. Other tours i have been on the tour manager does things with you, shows you places gives you advice and hangs out with you.
I am happy that i got to see all these places and i think what you pay is worth it
Review written Aug 2013event 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
08 Jul 2011 - 19 Jul 2011
I would not trade the experience I had on this amazing trip for anything! Not even for a free Contiki...Unless it would send me back on this same trip...I wrote an extensive travel blog about it, so message me if you want to read it =)
Review written Apr 2012event 0.3