European Adventurer

Tour Length
38 days
From
US$5395
Overview Reviews

  • natalie
  • natalie
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My European Adventure - Natalie

19 Jun 2015 - 25 Jul 2015

This tour is literally the best thing you will ever do. I was in a group with 52 amazing people and its 1 year on and a huge group of us are still friends and frequently travel around Australia to see each other! This tour is the 'contiki campsites and special stop overs' which means your accommodation is mainly in contiki caravan parks. The sound of that may put you off but what not every one realises is that the contiki camp sites throw awesome parties and there is normally 2 other contiki groups staying there at the same time as you. So not only does your group get to go to an awesome contiki party you get to share it with other contiki groups. The other tours ( hostel and hotel ) don't get to go to the contiki parties and they miss out massively.
My group bonded so much on this tour and 37 days together was NOT long enough! we didn't get sick of each other and we could have kept traveling. I went on this tour by myself not knowing anyone and contiki made it so easy for me to feel confident and safe. Most people on my tour were also there by themselves. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE! You seriously wont regret it #noregrets

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: amazing, best thing ever, #noregrets

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  • natalie
  • natalie
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My European Adventure - Natalie

19 Jun 2015 - 25 Jul 2015

This tour is literally the best thing you will ever do. I was in a group with 52 amazing people and its 1 year on and a huge group of us are still friends and frequently travel around Australia to see each other! This tour is the 'contiki campsites and special stop overs' which means your accommodation is mainly in contiki caravan parks. The sound of that may put you off but what not every one realises is that the contiki camp sites throw awesome parties and there is normally 2 other contiki groups staying there at the same time as you. So not only does your group get to go to an awesome contiki party you get to share it with other contiki groups. The other tours ( hostel and hotel ) don't get to go to the contiki parties and they miss out massively.
My group bonded so much on this tour and 37 days together was NOT long enough! we didn't get sick of each other and we could have kept traveling. I went on this tour by myself not knowing anyone and contiki made it so easy for me to feel confident and safe. Most people on my tour were also there by themselves. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE! You seriously wont regret it #noregrets

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: amazing, best thing ever, #noregrets

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  • BECCA
  • BECCA
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries
European Adventurer

Most amazing trip ever!!

26 Jun 2015 - 01 Aug 2015

I have to start by saying that this tour did not disappoint! The 37 days were jam packed with new friends, sights, parties and fun. I now have a whole bunch of new friends that I will hopefully stay in touch with for a long time. The tour was very well organised and took the planning out of most things, allowing us lots of free time as well. Some highlights of the tour for me were:

- paragliding in Austria, simply amazing
- exploring Dubrovnik, a wonderful old city
- partying with our Contiki group and other groups too
- Greece! i loved both Athens and Mykonos
- Ljubljana, a city with such a cool vibe.

I was happy with most of the accommodation and food options, and some were surprisingly extra awesome too! If you think this tour may be too long for you, that's what I thought too but you won't regret it! Whilst it can be tiring, there are always opportunities to catch up on sleep on the bus, and you can party as little or as much as you want to.

If you would like to read more about the tour, check out my blog at www.beccaasjourney.wordpress.com where I've written all about it!

Review written Feb 2016

My Contiki was: jam packed, life changing, so much fun!

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  • BECCA
  • BECCA
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries
European Adventurer

Most amazing trip ever!!

26 Jun 2015 - 01 Aug 2015

I have to start by saying that this tour did not disappoint! The 37 days were jam packed with new friends, sights, parties and fun. I now have a whole bunch of new friends that I will hopefully stay in touch with for a long time. The tour was very well organised and took the planning out of most things, allowing us lots of free time as well. Some highlights of the tour for me were:

- paragliding in Austria, simply amazing
- exploring Dubrovnik, a wonderful old city
- partying with our Contiki group and other groups too
- Greece! i loved both Athens and Mykonos
- Ljubljana, a city with such a cool vibe.

I was happy with most of the accommodation and food options, and some were surprisingly extra awesome too! If you think this tour may be too long for you, that's what I thought too but you won't regret it! Whilst it can be tiring, there are always opportunities to catch up on sleep on the bus, and you can party as little or as much as you want to.

If you would like to read more about the tour, check out my blog at www.beccaasjourney.wordpress.com where I've written all about it!

Review written Feb 2016

My Contiki was: jam packed, life changing, so much fun!

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  • Phil
  • Phil
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Follow along with my European Adventurer travel journal!

07 May 2015 - 13 Jun 2015

This tour was amazing - but I can't do it justice in such limited words. Follow along with every minute of the tour as I write up my travel journal and get a behind-the-scenes look at all of the amazing things that await you if you choose this trip: http://www.philsach.com/#!europe-2015/c1gla

Review written Jan 2016

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Life-Changing, Epic

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  • Phil
  • Phil
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Follow along with my European Adventurer travel journal!

07 May 2015 - 13 Jun 2015

This tour was amazing - but I can't do it justice in such limited words. Follow along with every minute of the tour as I write up my travel journal and get a behind-the-scenes look at all of the amazing things that await you if you choose this trip: http://www.philsach.com/#!europe-2015/c1gla

Review written Jan 2016

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Life-Changing, Epic

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  • seeezzaaa
  • seeezzaaa
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!

15 Aug 2015 - 20 Sep 2015

Everything about this tour exceeded my expectations a million times over.

On top of obviously seeing some amazing sights, choosing European Adventurer is probably the best way to experience Europe in it's entirety and truly enjoy being on a 37 day tour. There was not one moment on this trip where I wish I had chosen a shorter tour, only once when it came to the end and I had to say goodbye to the group of people I now call my family.

37 days is a long time, and you get great value for the time and money you spend on this tour! With the European Adventurer you get to see a lot of places and enjoy them for a good amount of time before traveling to the next stop, too short a tour will lead to not seeing everything you want and too long a tour will lead to running out of things to do. Each day you are given a good balance between included and free time, which is also a perk!

When it comes to money, the safest option is saving as much as you can. You spend according to budget, but having more money can never hurt. I would encourage around $7000 NZD for comfort, and it's definitely worth it knowing you can truly enjoy every perk of the 37 day tour. There was a couple girls on my tour who survived just fine on €30 a day ($60NZD) and travel days definitely shift your budget.

Food and accommodation was also good. Having the luxury of included breakfast every morning was always handy and included dinners were also fine. Neither were too much of a problem, because at the end of the day you're in Europe!

An old contiki legend is that you get absolutely hammered every night and there's no escape from it. As someone who does not drink much at all, this was not appealing. But, it's not like that all! The perk of a 37 day tour is being able to pick and choose your nights, although it is encouraged to go out, it doesn't make or break your contiki trip. I was able to enjoy every night out, sober or pissed, because of the amazing people I got to share them with!

I'd recommend getting a SIM card for data as wifi is scarce and quite slow. I got one and it definitely came in handy and was well worth it, especially on travel days when there wasn't much to do. TAKE A POWER BOARD! most places only have one outlet and there will always be multiple people who need to recharge. LADIES, taking a hair straightener is not necessary as there is bound to be 15 other girls who also brought theirs. EU/UK travel adapters as well! I did my tour at the end of Summer and didn't pack so well for the second half of my tour that got a bit colder. Be prepared for any weather, though mostly warm, I did resort to buying warmer clothes on tour.

Overall, choosing to do the European Adventurer was a life changing experience. I loved absolutely every moment of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. My tour mates are people I now call family, and I now have lifelong friends and memories. Along with them was my amazing tour manager and bus driver, they honestly made all the difference and I loved sharing this experience with them as much as my tour mates! They were truly there to enhance every experience and definitely provided the best service for us all, and are also friends I intend to stay in touch with!

This tour was the best decision of my life and worth every day of saving, I couldn't think of a better way to experience Europe!

Review written Sep 2015

My Contiki was: Life changing , Beautiful , Worth it!

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  • seeezzaaa
  • seeezzaaa
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!

15 Aug 2015 - 20 Sep 2015

Everything about this tour exceeded my expectations a million times over.

On top of obviously seeing some amazing sights, choosing European Adventurer is probably the best way to experience Europe in it's entirety and truly enjoy being on a 37 day tour. There was not one moment on this trip where I wish I had chosen a shorter tour, only once when it came to the end and I had to say goodbye to the group of people I now call my family.

37 days is a long time, and you get great value for the time and money you spend on this tour! With the European Adventurer you get to see a lot of places and enjoy them for a good amount of time before traveling to the next stop, too short a tour will lead to not seeing everything you want and too long a tour will lead to running out of things to do. Each day you are given a good balance between included and free time, which is also a perk!

When it comes to money, the safest option is saving as much as you can. You spend according to budget, but having more money can never hurt. I would encourage around $7000 NZD for comfort, and it's definitely worth it knowing you can truly enjoy every perk of the 37 day tour. There was a couple girls on my tour who survived just fine on €30 a day ($60NZD) and travel days definitely shift your budget.

Food and accommodation was also good. Having the luxury of included breakfast every morning was always handy and included dinners were also fine. Neither were too much of a problem, because at the end of the day you're in Europe!

An old contiki legend is that you get absolutely hammered every night and there's no escape from it. As someone who does not drink much at all, this was not appealing. But, it's not like that all! The perk of a 37 day tour is being able to pick and choose your nights, although it is encouraged to go out, it doesn't make or break your contiki trip. I was able to enjoy every night out, sober or pissed, because of the amazing people I got to share them with!

I'd recommend getting a SIM card for data as wifi is scarce and quite slow. I got one and it definitely came in handy and was well worth it, especially on travel days when there wasn't much to do. TAKE A POWER BOARD! most places only have one outlet and there will always be multiple people who need to recharge. LADIES, taking a hair straightener is not necessary as there is bound to be 15 other girls who also brought theirs. EU/UK travel adapters as well! I did my tour at the end of Summer and didn't pack so well for the second half of my tour that got a bit colder. Be prepared for any weather, though mostly warm, I did resort to buying warmer clothes on tour.

Overall, choosing to do the European Adventurer was a life changing experience. I loved absolutely every moment of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. My tour mates are people I now call family, and I now have lifelong friends and memories. Along with them was my amazing tour manager and bus driver, they honestly made all the difference and I loved sharing this experience with them as much as my tour mates! They were truly there to enhance every experience and definitely provided the best service for us all, and are also friends I intend to stay in touch with!

This tour was the best decision of my life and worth every day of saving, I couldn't think of a better way to experience Europe!

Review written Sep 2015

My Contiki was: Life changing , Beautiful , Worth it!

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  • jjamez_
  • jjamez_
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

THE BEST EUROPEAN ADVENTURE !

27 Jun 2014 - 02 Aug 2014

Extremely Good Value, Amazing Times, Amazing People and One Flipping Amazing Adventure.

Where do I start ...

The tour is an amazing one at that. Amongst spending 37 completely fun filled days with your new best travel buds, the tour offers you the exposure to the best places in Europe.

Firstly, I want to say that choosing a longer tour rather than a shorter one, is an extremely good choice. I spoke with many others on shorter tours and they seemed to go too quick. Additionally, you don't have enough time to get to know others on your tour - which is a big shame.

If you are a solo traveler this is also the trip for you, most of the people on our tour were solo and found it extremely easy to make friends - by the end, we all were close mates, ones who will be till the day we die.

The value is amazing, all breakfasts were included, and some weren't fantastic but it definitely exceeded my expectations as to what I thought I was going to get. 37 days to have included breakfast, travel, accommodation and extras such as free shots and guided tours is unreal. Straight up you will not find better value and inclusions for the same amount of exposure to so many countries than you will on the Contiki European Adventurer.

As a first time traveler, my goal was to see as many countries as I possibly could, on a budget, within a six week time-frame. The thing that I loved about this tour, is that it gave me a snapshot of Europe's best, so that I could both say A) I have been there and B) I knew which places I wanted to go to and spend more time when I went back.

The one massive misconception about Contiki trips is the accommodation. Yes, you do stay in hostels, however European hostels are fantastic, they are clean and obtain decent facilities and amenities - and we had at least 10 nights in Hotel upgrades! My tip is to take a sleeping bag (which they ask you to buy/bring anyway) and in the 3 or 4 places out of 37 where you sleep which are dodgy line your mattress with the sleeping bag.

Countries which are AMAZING and I highly loved:
UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Greece.

Negatives / Recommendations:

- Buy and take sunscreen from Australia! European sunscreen is extremely expensive!

- Make sure you purchase an international Sim-Card from the post office before you leave. There is no WIFI on the bus (unless you pay for it - expensive). In saying this though, it was great to get back to basics and talk to people!

- The coffee is Sh** in Europe. If you are a fan, I am sorry to disappoint you, you're in for a bad time! Hahaha

- The WIFI is also scarce and slow in the majority of camps/hostels where you stay.

- Needed more time in Munich and Barcelona. 1 night just wasn't enough! Really want to go back there! If you get a chance to go before or after the tour - go to Berlin!

- Take a GoPro and buy the pole and bike attachments.

- Take a DSLR or good camera - don't rely on your iphone!

- Some extra activities are not worth doing: Flamenco Show and definitely the cabaret show in Paris.

- Take and have more money than you need! THIS IS IMPORTANT. Experience as much as you can. If it takes you an extra year to save - do it. You need at least 100 euro a day for spending money. Depending on how much you drink maybe add a little extra. The good thing is in the travel days, your budget adjusts so it compensates for the days you have overspent. Around $5000 - $7000 AUD spending money is fairly achievable.

- Take a power board and universal charger! Lol the amount of things you need to charge along with others in your room on one power point is crazy!

Look, I could keep going on, but all in all this trip is one hell of a ride!

Review written Sep 2014

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Lots of Fun, Amazing

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  • jjamez_
  • jjamez_
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

THE BEST EUROPEAN ADVENTURE !

27 Jun 2014 - 02 Aug 2014

Extremely Good Value, Amazing Times, Amazing People and One Flipping Amazing Adventure.

Where do I start ...

The tour is an amazing one at that. Amongst spending 37 completely fun filled days with your new best travel buds, the tour offers you the exposure to the best places in Europe.

Firstly, I want to say that choosing a longer tour rather than a shorter one, is an extremely good choice. I spoke with many others on shorter tours and they seemed to go too quick. Additionally, you don't have enough time to get to know others on your tour - which is a big shame.

If you are a solo traveler this is also the trip for you, most of the people on our tour were solo and found it extremely easy to make friends - by the end, we all were close mates, ones who will be till the day we die.

The value is amazing, all breakfasts were included, and some weren't fantastic but it definitely exceeded my expectations as to what I thought I was going to get. 37 days to have included breakfast, travel, accommodation and extras such as free shots and guided tours is unreal. Straight up you will not find better value and inclusions for the same amount of exposure to so many countries than you will on the Contiki European Adventurer.

As a first time traveler, my goal was to see as many countries as I possibly could, on a budget, within a six week time-frame. The thing that I loved about this tour, is that it gave me a snapshot of Europe's best, so that I could both say A) I have been there and B) I knew which places I wanted to go to and spend more time when I went back.

The one massive misconception about Contiki trips is the accommodation. Yes, you do stay in hostels, however European hostels are fantastic, they are clean and obtain decent facilities and amenities - and we had at least 10 nights in Hotel upgrades! My tip is to take a sleeping bag (which they ask you to buy/bring anyway) and in the 3 or 4 places out of 37 where you sleep which are dodgy line your mattress with the sleeping bag.

Countries which are AMAZING and I highly loved:
UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Greece.

Negatives / Recommendations:

- Buy and take sunscreen from Australia! European sunscreen is extremely expensive!

- Make sure you purchase an international Sim-Card from the post office before you leave. There is no WIFI on the bus (unless you pay for it - expensive). In saying this though, it was great to get back to basics and talk to people!

- The coffee is Sh** in Europe. If you are a fan, I am sorry to disappoint you, you're in for a bad time! Hahaha

- The WIFI is also scarce and slow in the majority of camps/hostels where you stay.

- Needed more time in Munich and Barcelona. 1 night just wasn't enough! Really want to go back there! If you get a chance to go before or after the tour - go to Berlin!

- Take a GoPro and buy the pole and bike attachments.

- Take a DSLR or good camera - don't rely on your iphone!

- Some extra activities are not worth doing: Flamenco Show and definitely the cabaret show in Paris.

- Take and have more money than you need! THIS IS IMPORTANT. Experience as much as you can. If it takes you an extra year to save - do it. You need at least 100 euro a day for spending money. Depending on how much you drink maybe add a little extra. The good thing is in the travel days, your budget adjusts so it compensates for the days you have overspent. Around $5000 - $7000 AUD spending money is fairly achievable.

- Take a power board and universal charger! Lol the amount of things you need to charge along with others in your room on one power point is crazy!

Look, I could keep going on, but all in all this trip is one hell of a ride!

Review written Sep 2014

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Lots of Fun, Amazing

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  • Troy
  • Troy
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Perfect first time traveller tour.

23 May 2014 - 28 Jun 2014

This was a fantastic tour. Absolutely loved it. While the accommodation was sometimes quite average, it's an absolute minor considering where you are in the world! You get to see some of the best sights in Europe, eat some of the best food and make wonderful new friends. For a first time traveller like myself this was perfect, all planned out and the only thing you have to worry about is not having time to see EVERYTHING. We had a great tour manager, who was very helpful and had a lot of historical knowledge, and a great bus driver who always go us to our location early. 10/10

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: Life changing, Wonderful, Perfect

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  • Troy
  • Troy
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Perfect first time traveller tour.

23 May 2014 - 28 Jun 2014

This was a fantastic tour. Absolutely loved it. While the accommodation was sometimes quite average, it's an absolute minor considering where you are in the world! You get to see some of the best sights in Europe, eat some of the best food and make wonderful new friends. For a first time traveller like myself this was perfect, all planned out and the only thing you have to worry about is not having time to see EVERYTHING. We had a great tour manager, who was very helpful and had a lot of historical knowledge, and a great bus driver who always go us to our location early. 10/10

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: Life changing, Wonderful, Perfect

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European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Unbeatable!

21 Jun 2013 - 27 Jul 2013

I did the European Adventurer last June (dep 21 June 2014). On the first day of Contiki I had the worst hangover I had ever experienced! Little did I know, this was going to be my life for the next five weeks! However it was the best weeks of my life spent with awesome humans who are all now my friends! By day we took in the mind blowing sites Europe had to offer and by sunset we were blowing our minds in other ways ;) This special trip would definately not be the same without our absolutely awesome Tour manager Scotty and bus driver Wjotec! They were both so knowledgable and always willing to go out of there way to help us! Can't wait for my next contiki yewww

I would recommend doing a hostel contiki because you get to meet up with other groups so it's twice the party :)

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: Sleepless, Spectacular, Sexy

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European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Unbeatable!

21 Jun 2013 - 27 Jul 2013

I did the European Adventurer last June (dep 21 June 2014). On the first day of Contiki I had the worst hangover I had ever experienced! Little did I know, this was going to be my life for the next five weeks! However it was the best weeks of my life spent with awesome humans who are all now my friends! By day we took in the mind blowing sites Europe had to offer and by sunset we were blowing our minds in other ways ;) This special trip would definately not be the same without our absolutely awesome Tour manager Scotty and bus driver Wjotec! They were both so knowledgable and always willing to go out of there way to help us! Can't wait for my next contiki yewww

I would recommend doing a hostel contiki because you get to meet up with other groups so it's twice the party :)

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: Sleepless, Spectacular, Sexy

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  • KristinaJ
  • KristinaJ
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer

Adventurer Review

07 Jun 2013 - 13 Jul 2013

On this tour I got to see all the expected sights, landmarks, historic places everything you can imagine, I got to experience new culture, cuisines, lessons in life and pretty much live the dream for 37 days with people I had never met who now mean soo soo much to me! I didnt know what to expect and was quite scared to do Contiki as i was going by myself, but come Day 1 of the tour, there was no need to worry!

My tour manager was amazing and has become a good friend, our driver the same! The optionals were a lot of fun! Transport was perfect, our driver even did extra pick ups on some nights we went out when it was too far to get home by taxi! They went above and beyond for us! The meals that were supplied were fine, they were good, most of them were buffet style so we got to choose what we wanted. Lots of people said the food was shit, but to me it was really better then I expected, as was the accomodation. Previous to my trip people warned me that some places would be dodgy and I wouldnt like it / feel safe.. So automatically I expected the worst. However as they say 'Expect the worst get the best' thats what happened! Accomodation was fine, there were 1 or 2 places that would probably be rated 2 stars (just a guess) but honestly, it was NOT bad at all for A Concept Tour (budget trip) I really enjoyed the Generator Hostel in Barcelona and The hostel in Ljubljana was amazing (the old bank) Most places had free wifi which was handy for being homesick!!!

All the Contiki sites were ALOT of fun, they really entertained us, provided us with yummy food, made us feel at home it was great :) So were the Contiki Staff at the campsites. Luke in Venice, Tyson in Rome and Kate (somewhere in Italy) were some I really got along with!

Tour mates were amazing, I think we all really got lucky! We had an amazing group. I had too many amazing moments, none of which would make sense to anyone that wasn't / hasn't on the tour or done a Contiki! I truly lived with #noregrets. I even got it tattooed on my foot (minus the hashtag haha)

One thing I will add for anyone that reads this or plans to go on a Contiki is:
THESE ARE VITAL FOR YOUR TRIP! -
- Cold and Flu Tablets (strong ones)
- Multi vitamins / vitamin C
- Scissors
- Insect repellent & cream for bites (YOU WILL GET BITTEN especially in Italy and Greece)
- Lots of sunscreen (Aussie sunscreen is perfect as we've got the strongest sun in the world, especially in comparison to Europe - also sunscreen over there is expensive)
- If your a girl lots of spare for that time of the month!!! Its a little tricky to find good stuff over there
- Bed bug spray
..and im sure theres a couple other things but i cant think right now!

Anyways best time of my life!!! I reccommend to anyone and everyone! Also GO SOLO! I wouldnt change anything about going by myself - you really wake up to urself and learn life lessons !

LIVE LIFE WITH #NOREGRETS Contiki Style!!!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Life, Changing, Experiences

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  • KristinaJ
  • KristinaJ
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Adventurer

Adventurer Review

07 Jun 2013 - 13 Jul 2013

On this tour I got to see all the expected sights, landmarks, historic places everything you can imagine, I got to experience new culture, cuisines, lessons in life and pretty much live the dream for 37 days with people I had never met who now mean soo soo much to me! I didnt know what to expect and was quite scared to do Contiki as i was going by myself, but come Day 1 of the tour, there was no need to worry!

My tour manager was amazing and has become a good friend, our driver the same! The optionals were a lot of fun! Transport was perfect, our driver even did extra pick ups on some nights we went out when it was too far to get home by taxi! They went above and beyond for us! The meals that were supplied were fine, they were good, most of them were buffet style so we got to choose what we wanted. Lots of people said the food was shit, but to me it was really better then I expected, as was the accomodation. Previous to my trip people warned me that some places would be dodgy and I wouldnt like it / feel safe.. So automatically I expected the worst. However as they say 'Expect the worst get the best' thats what happened! Accomodation was fine, there were 1 or 2 places that would probably be rated 2 stars (just a guess) but honestly, it was NOT bad at all for A Concept Tour (budget trip) I really enjoyed the Generator Hostel in Barcelona and The hostel in Ljubljana was amazing (the old bank) Most places had free wifi which was handy for being homesick!!!

All the Contiki sites were ALOT of fun, they really entertained us, provided us with yummy food, made us feel at home it was great :) So were the Contiki Staff at the campsites. Luke in Venice, Tyson in Rome and Kate (somewhere in Italy) were some I really got along with!

Tour mates were amazing, I think we all really got lucky! We had an amazing group. I had too many amazing moments, none of which would make sense to anyone that wasn't / hasn't on the tour or done a Contiki! I truly lived with #noregrets. I even got it tattooed on my foot (minus the hashtag haha)

One thing I will add for anyone that reads this or plans to go on a Contiki is:
THESE ARE VITAL FOR YOUR TRIP! -
- Cold and Flu Tablets (strong ones)
- Multi vitamins / vitamin C
- Scissors
- Insect repellent & cream for bites (YOU WILL GET BITTEN especially in Italy and Greece)
- Lots of sunscreen (Aussie sunscreen is perfect as we've got the strongest sun in the world, especially in comparison to Europe - also sunscreen over there is expensive)
- If your a girl lots of spare for that time of the month!!! Its a little tricky to find good stuff over there
- Bed bug spray
..and im sure theres a couple other things but i cant think right now!

Anyways best time of my life!!! I reccommend to anyone and everyone! Also GO SOLO! I wouldnt change anything about going by myself - you really wake up to urself and learn life lessons !

LIVE LIFE WITH #NOREGRETS Contiki Style!!!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: Life, Changing, Experiences

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European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Adventurer

04 Sep 2012 - 10 Oct 2012

Review written May 2013

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European Adventurer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Adventurer

04 Sep 2012 - 10 Oct 2012

Review written May 2013

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  • Amber
  • Amber
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries
European Adventurer

Ah-mazing!!!

04 Sep 2012 - 10 Oct 2012

This trip was soooo much fun. We had a great group of people, a great team (Bart and Cindy), and the most amazing places to visit!! The accommodation was better than I expected in a concept tour, and despite the long drive days the bus really wasn't so bad!!

From escargot in Paris (gross BTW) to lazing by the beach in Mykonos, to cruising in Dubrovnik and walking around the colosseum in Rome and paragliding in Austria, this tour doesn't disappoint.

Anyone wanting a real taste of Europe should definitely book this tour - I learned the places I definitely want to go back to, and the ones I really don't. But overall a great experience that I'll never forget my whole life!!

Review written Nov 2012

My Contiki was: BEST, TIME, EVER

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  • Amber
  • Amber
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries
European Adventurer

Ah-mazing!!!

04 Sep 2012 - 10 Oct 2012

This trip was soooo much fun. We had a great group of people, a great team (Bart and Cindy), and the most amazing places to visit!! The accommodation was better than I expected in a concept tour, and despite the long drive days the bus really wasn't so bad!!

From escargot in Paris (gross BTW) to lazing by the beach in Mykonos, to cruising in Dubrovnik and walking around the colosseum in Rome and paragliding in Austria, this tour doesn't disappoint.

Anyone wanting a real taste of Europe should definitely book this tour - I learned the places I definitely want to go back to, and the ones I really don't. But overall a great experience that I'll never forget my whole life!!

Review written Nov 2012

My Contiki was: BEST, TIME, EVER

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 36 nights accommodation: 2 nights in Contiki’s French Château, 2 nights in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 8 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 14 nights in hotel upgrade, 8 nights in hostels, +1 night on board a ferry * Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging * Ferry crossings

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Contiki’s exclusive On-Site Teams at Contiki Villages & Special Stopovers

Food

  • 58 meals included in Food Fund:
  • 36 breakfasts
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 21 dinners

Inclusions

  • 20 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
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Me Time

  • Parisian Dinner
  • Nouvelle Eve cabaret show
  • Gondola ride
  • Hidden Venice & Aperitivo (From Mar 2017)
  • Souvenir group photo
  • Space Disco
  • Tuscan Dinner
  • Vatican Tour
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
  • A Traditional Athens Affair
  • Hidden treasures of Mykonos
  • Delos Tour
  • Boat Cruise
  • Mozart & Strauss concert
  • Old Vienna Schnaps Museum
  • Schnitzel and Screams
  • Tandem paragliding
  • Mountain bike tour & BBQ lunch
  • Mike's Bikes Tour
  • White Water Rafting
  • Wine tasting
  • Jungfrau Mountain visit
  • Canal bike tour
  • Canal cruise (1 hour)
  • Dutch Farewell Dinner
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$141
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay
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