16 Apr 2013 - 31 May 2013
Best time of my life! I think about this trip most days and get upset in not still there! Made some incredible friendships that will last a life time. #contikifamily #lafamilar
Camping trips are are much better, more included, loads cheaper, better people, on road chef!
Meals were always different and amazing.
Best tour manager, cook, and bus driver!
Kate, tamara and pedro!
Highly recommend doing this trip! I had the time of my life!
Review written Aug 2014event 0.3
26 May 2014 - 11 Jul 2014
The Big Chill was easily the best thing I have ever done in my life. You get to see so many great places on this tour. Some people may look at this and see that you only get to spend a small amount of time in each place. This is true, but the tour was organized so well by our tour manager that we were always given enough time to see the top highlights of each place and the magnificence of each city. I have made life long friends and am closer to the majority of people I met on tour than I am with my friends back home. The me time optionals are a must and add so much to the trip. This trip is a life changer and you get to experience it with so many great people.
Our tour manager Grant Feddo was absolutely amazing. He went above and beyond what any tour manager could of done. His knowledge and history of each place was very good and it made the sites that much more meaningful. He gave us extra little walking tours around the city if there were enough people interested in seeing some additional sites. He took the time to look up extra activities that some of the group wanted to do and organize special outings for us. He is an absolute legend and if I ever do another Contiki again I will be asking to see what tour he is working on to try and meet up with him again.
Our coach driver James Barton was amazing. I have never met anyone in my life who could maneuver a vehicle so good and for him to do it with a bus was impressive. Jim was always on top of his hours and had every detail worked out to give us the absolute most time at each place. He made special pick ups for us at certain locations and even talked to a boarder agent and found out about a really cool cathedral to take us too. He had enough time to take us there and it was definitely worth while. He kept the bus super clean and his driving always made us feel safe. He was super fun to have around when he had his free days. I would love to be able to do another tour with him as well.
Our on tour cook, Kayla Fleming, was amazing. The meals that she was able to prepare out of a tent went far above anything I had expected for tour. It was like eating at a 5 star restaurant each meal. She went above and beyond what she needed to do. She spent so much time preparing and making sure that what she was cooking would satisfy all of the people on tour. We had some people with dietary restrictions on tour and she made sure they always had something else to eat if they weren't able to eat the main dish.
The only way I could summarize this tour is by saying that it was the best time of my life. I feel like that doesn't even do it justice. I met so many amazing people and seen so many magnificent places that I wish it never had to end. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to do the tour with or a better contiki staff. If I am to do another contiki tour I would hope that I am fortunate to come across either Grant, Jim, or Kayla on my journeys because they made the tour so much better. I would recommend this tour to anybody and the best thing I can say about this tour is it was THE BIG CHILL!
Review written Aug 2014event 0.3
29 Apr 2014 - 13 Jun 2014
This tour was absolutely amazing, had the best on road team that made the experience even better. made some amazing friends that i don't think i would have made if it wasn't a camping tour. Food was absolutely amazing, thank you Laura. Lucas gave us some amazing tips on where to go, and Ian was an amazing driver. If you can't do this tour, you have to at least make it to dubrovnik somehow, most amazing place ever!
Review written Jul 2014event 0.3
09 Jul 2013 - 23 Aug 2013
I would have to say the big chill tour was the most amazing thing I have ever done! The people I got experience it with were fantastic. Our coach driver Ricardo our tour manager Trent and our on road cook Boyd were the absolute best team a 40 something group could ask for.
I would recommend this tour to anyone! I have to admit I was unlucky in getting very sick with bronchitis through half of it but I did not let it get me down. I still had the most amazing time!
If you are hesitating. DONT!!! It's awesome. Turkey was awesome. Didn't. Like Albania or places like it but still a great experience. Wouldn't change it for the world.
Have fun guys if u decide to go.
Review written Apr 2014event 0.3
17 Jul 2012 - 31 Aug 2012
The Big Chill:
Contiki Europe 2012.
I must say first off that this tour is a kick ass tour that really showcases what both Europe and Contiki offers young travellers. The Big Chill is made up of the Southern Trail and the Northern Trek so half way through you loose some of your new mates but meet a bunch of new peeps to share the rest of the tour with. If you want to see to whole of Europe, are ready to party and learn all about Europe’s history then The Big Chill is a must.
This tour see’s you visit so many of the major bucket list items and tourist hot spots and a few of the out of the way surprises that you just fall in love with. You stay at campsites in tents, there are a few options throughout the tour to upgrade to rooms as well as a few spots where you stay in Hotels anyway. Staying in tents actually works really well and is at the heart of Contiki travel, this is how it all started. I felt that while we were staying in tents and we had some spare time around the campground, our tour was much more social then if where in hostels or hotels. You do not hang out in the tent and find yourself chilling out with a beer just chatting.
After the epic 46 day tour we had grown so close to our group and constantly stay in touch with many people. Travelling with a group for 46 days and through 20 countries means that you really build a great bond to your fellow Contiki crew. The on-tour cook was brilliant and it was amazing what Vee could produce at a campground. Our tour manager was brilliant and well versed on European history. A special mention must be made to our coach driver Rado, who had some serious skills, it was amazing where he could put the coach.
Definitely consider The Big Chill you will not regret it, I had so much fun and met so many amazing people.
Review written Aug 2013event 0.3
16 Apr 2013 - 31 May 2013
This was the most amazing time of my life! Saw all the major sites in the big cities, had some beautiful relaxing days in Corfu and Dubrovnik, learnt so much, was surprised by some of the cities I knew little about. Camping really wasn't that bad, in fact it helped our group to bond that little bit more. Our road crew was simply amazing, best manager, best driver and best cook! I loved hanging out at the Contiki Campsites, Rome was a highlight with the Whiteboard party. Ate so much amazing food I cannot even comprehend. I will never ever forget the friends I made, la familia for life! If you're looking for a tour that does everything, leaves nothing out and has the most amazing environment, I recommend the Big Chill 100%
Review written Jun 2013event 0.3
08 May 2012 - 22 Jun 2012
the big chill was the greatest experience of my life. For someone that has never camped in my life it was the most fun i have ever had. Although at first it was shock, i recomend arriving in london a couple days before the tour starts otherwise the jetlag will kill you.
I was lucky enough to have the best tour manager, he always gave us a history of the place we were going to do, organised activities, pub crawls ect, and made sure we were all having a great time!
This tour is great for those wanting to see all of europe but not sure how to go about it, its also awesome if you are travelling alone as youll meet so many amazing people from all over the world who end up becoming part of your new family!!
im even considering doing it all over again!
Review written Jan 2013event 0.3
20 Aug 2011 - 04 Oct 2011
What can i say what an amazing, unforgettable and life changing experince. For those who want to see Europe and travel the world to experience what llfe has to offer then go no further, a Contiki tour through europe is a must and the camping tour especially as you'll get a once in a life time chance and experience to camp throughout a very large part of europe. Europe will give you a very good look at different cultures, history, food and local customs that you may have never seen before. From visiting the Eiffel tower in Paris, experiencing the floating city of Venice on a Gondola ride, seeing the history of the Colosseum in Rome, experincing the relaxing life style of the Greek island of Corfu, to experiencing a true Greek Meal, The opportunity to visit Gallipoli and stand on the shores of Anzac Cove, The cultural experience of Istanbul to the Eye opening experincing of Albana, experiencing the full on action of Oktoberfest in Munich, seeing the awa inspiring views of the Swiss Alps and the Crazy city of Amsterdam. Every day will be a totally different experience going from country to country whether its learning a new language, experincing new foods to experiencing new local customs.
In addition to your tour inclusions the optional activites are a good way of seeing and experiencing things not normal seen The camping accommodation is very comfortable with plenty of space and air mattress to keep you compfy while you sleep. The food provide was well above normal camping food and gives you an opportunity to experince local foods like frogs legs to pasta dishes.
Your Contiki crew will be on hand to help with anything from giving directions to the best places to visit and eat to how to get around each city you visit, your tour driver will get you to all the places you need to get to hassle free and your contiki on road cook will keep you feed with heaps of food. You'll travel in very comfortable air condition coaches with power point to charge your electronic devises, its a great place to just sit back chill, listen to music, sleep or chat amongest your mates. I was one happy camper with one of the best touring partys, everyone pretty much got along really well and alot of people made close bonds with new friends and im very sure life long friends too, i know i have.
My top three places visited would be 1. Travelling through Italy 2. Visiting Gallipoli and Anzac Cove 3. Swiss Alps but i would have to say in whole it was amazing and there are plenty more favourites and ones to surprise me were 1. Istanbul 2. Budapest and 3. Prague would definiately return to these places and visit in more detail.
In finishing i would totally recommend doing this particular contiki tour if not justing doing contiki tour as its a great experincing, new way of meeting new friends, life changing, full of fun and memories to last a life time.
If your planning on travelling europe indepentently and are not sure what to expect in certain places i would totally recommending doing a contiki tour first as in the end will save you money as you can get a taste of each place to see if its worth spending the time or extra time in the city or country.
Review written Jan 2012event 0.3
19 Jul 2011 - 02 Sep 2011
This trip was the best thing that I have ever done! The people I met were amazing and I now have new friends for life and the crew were unreal the best people committed and always up for a good time! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone such a good trip especially the camping version, gives you a chance to bond and get to know each other so much better than the hotel tours :) big shout out to Kelly stokes our cook on tour she made some of the best food ever even better than some of the restaurants we visited on tour!
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
28 Jun 2011 - 12 Aug 2011
I finished my 46 day camping tour of Europe on the 12th August 11!
I had such an amazing time and cannot think of one bad thing to say. Everything was an experience no matter what it was....(even ending up in hospital with a dislocated knee, and doing it in a Florence night club)!!!!!
I went on my own and I think it was the best thing I could have done. I got to meet a awesome bunch of people that I got to have new experiences with. I have made friends for life and am planning on seeing some of them again soon.
I had never really been camping for a long period of time before so I was a little nervous about what it would be like for 46days. I ended up loving it and finding that everyone got to hang with everyone most of the time and our group got really close to each other. It was also nice to go to a chilled out campsite in a awesome location at the end of a busy day in the citys and most of the time by the beach, lake of within nature but close enough to the city that you could get a cab home at night and it didnt cost a fortune.
Also having a on road cook was AMAZING!!! We ate so well every morning and evening, always freshly prepared meals that were so tasty.
Our tour manager Mia Potter was the cooliest, down to earth chick I have ever meet. I felt so lucky to have such an amazing tour manager with us for our tour! She was always bright eyed and ready to go every morning no matter what the day or what we had all been up doing the night before. It was great having someone so passionate about showing people the different places of Europe and everything it has to offer. We all felt so privilleged to have her with us.
I saw the most amazing places and had the experience of my life and it wouldnt have been possible without CONTIKI!!!!
So to anyone considering travelling with a tour I would recommed Contiki over anyone else, if you are going at it alone, with a friend or as a couple I will promise you that you will have the time of your life!!!
Review written Aug 2011event 0.3
24 May 2011 - 08 Jul 2011
This trip was incredibly awesome. I think you need to be a particular kind of person to handle camping for 46 days and I think this is the reason why everyone got a long so well, with no stupid drama, and are still in touch after the trip. I won't lie that when it rains it can make things pretty miserable and mucky but it doesn't matter when you think about the entire trip and how awesome it is. Out east I think was everyones most memorable moments - it's crazy out there and bloody interesting. I miss being on it and I miss everyone xxx
Review written Aug 2011event 0.3
24 May 2011 - 08 Jul 2011
THis was the best thing ive ever done in my life. I had sooo much fun and would reccomend Contiki to anyone. Steve our Tour Manager was fantastic and I cant wait to save some money to do more Contiki Trips. Thats so much for the best experience!!!
Review written Jul 2011event 0.3