European Experience » Review by Dorothy
We visited every country and although at times it felt like we were flying by the seat of our pants everything we got to see and experience was great.
I definitely recommend doing the optionals. Contiki has picked some of the best things to do in the different countries, and although for some people it may be a bit boring, like just a dinner in Florence, it is well worth the money.
If you don't want to do the optionals the crew are awesome people and will advise you on whatever you want to know. They know the best bars, clubs, restaurants, sightseeing areas, monuments, statues, etc in the area. Things to do and places to see.
Accommodation for some seemed to be not fancy enough. Personally, I was there to see Europe, not hang out in a hotel room. The accommodation was just fine.
We usually ate local food and they were all good wholesome meals. And breakfast seemed pretty standardized across the sites. Nothing fancy but fitting for all tastes.
The crew would always go above and beyond to ensure that everyone was having a great time. If you had special requests they would see if it was at all possible to accomplish them.
The coach was very comfortable. I did some solo travel after the tour and it was far less comfortable.
All the people on tour were friendly, and although not all of us may have gotten along, we were civil to each other and by the end of the nights were all dancing in one crazy group. Contiki is the time to leave any prejudice and pet hates aside and just enjoy the people for who they are.
I really loved Austria, I'm more an adventure/ outdoor sort of person and Austria was just packed with Mountain Bike ride, Paragliding and White Water Rafting.
I did enjoy the cities, walking, shopping and seeing all the ancient architecture.
This tour had an even mix of everything on the tour. There was shopping, adventure, walking tours, cultural viewing and plenty of group bonding.
I would absolutely recommend this tour to everyone who wanted a quick view of some of the most popular sites. This tour has let me taste all those infamous sites that everyone raves on about wanting to seeing (Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, etc). And has given me a basic idea of what I want to go back and re-visit, and explore further.
Review written Oct 2012event 0.3