20 Jun 2011 - 14 Jul 2011
I can safely say that I've never had so much fun. I saw some incredible things, met amazing people and actually learnt loads too. :)
A few pointers though - if you're taking this tour during the summer, you could probably get away with a sleeping bag liner (I never opened my sleeping bag the whole time).
During "drive days" you'll stop to eat at fancy road-house style places. Sometimes the meals there can be a little bit pricey rather than just getting an easy sandwich. It can end up taking it's toll on your wallet!
Invest in a really good camera. You'll want those memories to be amazing when you're showing them off to friends. I recommend the Olympus XZ-1 or the Canon IXUS 310 HS. See that beautiful Venetian shot to see what I mean!
Definitely, *definitely* do the paragliding optional. I'm afraid of heights, but the pilots were all really lovely guys and put us at ease. The actual flight down felt like the most amazing roller coaster experience ever. You can take your camera up with you and video the whole thing if you want too!!
Review written Mar 2012event 0.3
04 Aug 2010 - 28 Aug 2010
It was the best month of my life! First time ever travelling solo, so I was a little nervous however once meeting up with contiki I never looked back. Met the most amazing people, visited the most amazing places and have memories that will never fade. DO IT! :)
Review written Nov 2011event 0.3
08 Sep 2011 - 02 Oct 2011
European Escapade was an insane month. I met so many people i know i will always stay in touch with. It was a tiring month where at the end i slept for days. Late nights, early mornings but it was worth every second! My tour manager was so knowledgeable, even though you party hard and do lots of shopping you also learn so much history. It was so flexible, you could go hard and get smashed every night or choose to have a night in with mates. It really was an amazing mth i wish i could do all over again.
Review written Oct 2011event 0.3
04 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2011
I recently went on this tour in July. What can i say, im still missing contiki. Concept tour was a great way to travel with fun, like minded people. I have to say, i wasnt all for contiki and guided tours before hand as i am a cruisey girl who likes to just plan and spread out my days to enjoy everything at a slower pace. However, contiki did not disapoint! Yea, you have early mornings - but for the best reasons! Concept tour is all about partying with comfort i would say.. because your not unconfortable in tents camping and your not stuck with boring people in the hotels :)
Our group got along so well, each had to their own but everyone was so friendly and ready to party that it made our tour so great!
Free time for sightseeing was brilliant as we had choice in what we wanted to see..
Partying at night (whether it be in contiki villages, hostels or optional extras) was soo fun!!! (especially the arranged contiki party ie, whiteboard party
Supplied meals were of great quality
Tour guide was full of knowlegde and always there to help ... and party
Bus driver was great.. alot of bus days where we travel all day but it doesnt seem like a must because there are 50 + other ppl on the bus to mingle with.. catch up on sleep was also a good way to spend time on the bus..
Optional extras were pretty good...
Each accomodation was quite good, somewhat hot in the middle of summer but alot of places had air con or fans..
All in all i would recommend any contiki tour to anyone. I think it was such an amazing/diverse experience for ppl my age to do.
Review written Oct 2011event 0.3
09 Apr 2011 - 05 May 2011
For anyone interested in going on this tour, I definitely recommend it. The duration is great for someone who is traveling for the first time. The additional activities are all worthwhile except for the Flamenco show in Barcelona, it's a waste of money. The campsites at the budget tours were all very clean and had great reps working, making sure we had the best stay possible. More than anything, your trip will be memorable from the friends you make. I met lifelong friends on this tour; it's enough time to really get to know people and bond. As cheesy as it sound, it'll be the trip of your life.
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
08 Jun 2011 - 04 Jul 2011
My tour was incredible! I met so many people from all over the world. We all got along amazingly well which made the tour even more great. I loved the amount of time we spent in just about every place (except for Munich was too short) and I got to see most of what I wanted to see and figure out where I want to go back to someday to spend longer. The driver and tour manager were phenomenal also. They knew what they were doing and had suggestions for us everywhere we went to. Overall, it was probably one of the best months of my life!
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
17 May 2011 - 10 Jun 2011
The most insane twenty five days of my life, you drive out of london and you just don't stop. Fantastic people fantastic atmosphere, awesome campsites. take food for the bus and make sure you have a pillow of some sort cos you catch up on sleep on the bus cos wen you get off its non stop amazing exciting fun!
Review written Jun 2011event 0.3
25 Mar 2011 - 20 Apr 2011
I just got home from my contiki trip today and I dont think I can find any better words then 'best month of my life'. I met amazing new friends, had life changing experiences and got truely loved every second of this contiki tour. We had the most amazing leader, Richie and bus driver, Scotty; who could not have been a better pair to tour us around. At the beginning of the tour Richie told us this was going to be the best month of our lives and one we'd never forget, and that could not be any truer. I would recommend contiki to everyone and anyone. This was the perfect tour for my friend and myself because we got to see alittle bit of everywhere, from Paris to Amsterdam, and we had the most amazing group. Thank you contiki for the life changing experience!
Review written Apr 2011event 0.3
20 Aug 2010 - 15 Sep 2010
It was fun. I learned about all the countries I went to. France was a really cool place. Italy was great. Spain was alright. After the whole trip, I got the travel bug now. The only part I did not like was Germany. I felt like Germany was really rushed. I wish the trip let me spend some more time in Germany. All the other countries I felt the time spent their was good.
Review written Jan 2011event 0.3
17 Jul 2010 - 10 Aug 2010
This trip was amazing...I think it was the right amount of time in each city to see the thing you wanted to.
I felt there was enough free time in the cities and when you got to over night stops etc to relax and meet people from other tours etc!
The French Chateau was amazing! definitely a highlight of the trip! It is in a beautiful setting and run very well!
I loved the special stopovers with the contiki staff that was nice and they were like minded people so could relate to us. The accommodation was ok, there were a few places that were very average and unfortunately our tour manager coped it a bit as we were unhappy
Our driver and Tour manager were AMAZING! Got us from A to B in one piece and we only lost 3 people haha those were testing times for the group!!
This trip was truly amazing and something I will never forget! I met some amazing people and saw some amazing places! I am already planning my next adventure!!
Review written Nov 2010event 0.3
22 Aug 2010 - 15 Sep 2010
Had the best time! Met some awesome people, saw some great sights (took heaps of photos) and ate some nice food!
Jono (tour manager) and Jimmy (driver) were great, couldn't have asked for a better time. Thanks Contiki, will def look to travel with you again :)
Review written Oct 2010event 0.3
29 Jun 2010 - 25 Jul 2010
All I can say is AMAZING!!!! Best way to see Europe in a month,made some great friend and I would say we will keep in touch. Having the best tour manager-James and the amazing talented bus ddriver-Patrice made this trip that much better. From day one the entire group click as one big party and group of friends.
I would recomand anyone to do this tour, it was great!!
Review written Aug 2010event 0.3