19 Jun 2010 - 10 Jul 2010
This is a great tour, you go to some really awesome places. the only thing that I would say is that it is a bit rushed.. i prefer the slower paced tours. also i felt most of the hotels were a bit outside of town. If you can afford the superior level of tour i would go with that. you'll get more bang for your buck.
Review written Apr 2012event 0.3
06 Jul 2011 - 25 Jul 2011
Going through all these amazing tours online, i wanted to get the most out of "my trip" with the amount of days i had to play with. This tour to me gave me a taste of the best of Europe, as i got to experience a bit of each place which i think we covered 8 countries in 20 days. I was quite a shy girl before i left for this trip but after a day of travelling with your new tour mates, i was talking and socialisng with them all and some i have made close friendships with! This trip changed me for the better, i am more confident, independent and happier and i thank Contiki for helping me gain this much need confidence.
The optionals i thought covered everyones needs such as the dare devils, the quieter types and the party goers.. so for me i felt it was a good mix. One of my favourite optionals was going up Jungfrau mountain, what an amazing experience, i would fit this in your budget! As it is mind blowing! Most beautiful sight... and the snow is good fun too.. so pack some winter wollies and you will need them!
Accomodation was good! Most places we had our own private cabins in a seperate area of the camp grounds such as Florence i think from memory? Best place was definetly in the Beaujolas Region the Chateau was amazing, the scenery, the wine and the little club downstairs was good fun too! Good taste of what was to come down the track.
Theme partys were a highlight too! In each place we stayed the crew would plan theme partys for us for example we had a traffic light party and so you had to wear something red green or yellow... depending on your status :P. Other themes were Venetian (venice) tight and bright... I <3 Roma white board party and more crazy partys! Great way to get to know your fellow tour mates and some times over contikis would be in the same place so you got to meet other people too!
Overall i would defiently suggest this tour to any one looking for a taste of what Europe has to offer! Great way to see where you would like to go back to and explore more... i know im already thinking of what i would like to do next year... Hope you find this helpful :)
Review written Dec 2011event 0.3
06 Aug 2011 - 27 Aug 2011
I had a great trip. Our coach manager was fantastic and so was the driver. I met so many amazing people and have a lot of great memories. If your looking to do seeing something quirky I recommend going to the Swarovski museum, not at all what I expected, it was fantastically odd and lovely. Biggest advice would be to skip to Tuscan dinner. The food was not that great. And ALWAYS check your bed for bedbugs before getting in it! Luckily I was safe but a few people on my tour weren't. One place we stayed dubbed "Grandma's House" had a lot of beds infested with bugs. Other than that it was a really fabulous time. I travelled solo and had no regrets in that aspect. I did stay a couple extra days in Amsterdam which was nice and gave me some time to relax before heading home. Word of advice two extra days is not enough!! Also make sure you bring a large supply of cold medication including cough drops. It's very likely you will get sick with the Contiki cough. I brought a back pack which was nice at times but other times I wish I had brought a suitcase. So if you are having trouble deciding you will be okay with either one on this trip. The back was definitely easier to carry around once I had left the tour and was on my own. It's a fast paced adventure with little down time but if your ready for a whirlwind of an experience I recommend it
Review written Oct 2011event 0.3
18 Aug 2011 - 06 Sep 2011
This is the best thing I've ever done in my life, and I'm not kidding!
Made lifelong friends who I'll never forget and WILL be making more than an effort see again.
Our driver and manager were our friends, they were great company. The trip was a perfect mixture of fun, drinking and seeing amazing sights.
I'm recommending contiki to all my friends, it's changed my life. The hardest thing was saying goodbye to everyone!
Review written Oct 2011event 0.3
13 Jun 2011 - 04 Jul 2011
The whole experience was above and beyond what I had expected. Both our tour manager and driver (Sanjay and muffin) were more than helpful and made our trip even more enjoyable! We couldn't have been more happy with our trip and the services provided at each location. Thank you very much!
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
13 Aug 2011 - 03 Sep 2011
This trip was amazing! It was very organized and we got to see a little bit of everything. It would be nice to spend more time at certain tourist attractions, but in the event of time we had to leave. It was difficult to roll the suitcases on gravel to get to certain cabins and up hills. The food was manageable for the most part, I would recommend eating light at the service stops since they are expensive and not very good. The bus driver was very accommodating and would drop us off at central locations. The tour manager always told us where to go and how to get back to the hotel/stopover via taxi/train, this allowed us to stay later if the bus left. What made the trip was the people; our tour group was very inclusive. We laughed, fought and cried together, but in the end we all loved each other!
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
15 Aug 2011 - 03 Sep 2011
Ok so I am from South-Africa.. And I wanted to to a tour into Europe.. And then I decided to do Contiki. A decision I will never regret! I met so many people that were so friendly ( a lot of Ausies) lol! And im sure we all will stay good friends in the years to come, we already planning a Contiki reunion haha! We had the most awesome coolest tour manager ever! He was so much fun and he made the trip so much more better! A crazy Polish coach driver was also involved and got us everywhere safely and partied with us when he could, man that guy could drink! We had a really tight group of people and we always partied together till 3 in the morning and waking up at 7 for the next day haha! I miss all my crazy friends already! We are calling it the ''Contiki withdrawal'' haha!
I would recommend this tour to any and everyone! Words and Photo's can not describe how much fun it is until you do it yourself! Yes the Contiki cough does exist and yes some of you will get sicker than others, but its called a Pharmacy and take pills with. I even got sick, but I still had the time of my life and I will do it again and again and again! I am already planning my next trip as well I loved it so much!
The best thing about Contiki is their is something for everyone, whether you are an Art lover or there for the Parties, or like me and wanted the best of both Worlds.. Contiki provides to all!
Your day off means you do as you please, the will give you maps and tell you what is around to do. Just make sure you see what you planned on seeing.
The transport in Europe is very good and easy to use, as long as you have a address to point at when you want to go home you pretty much sorted lol! But that's the fun part.. Going out into town, getting lost and ''trying'' to make your way back. And trust me you do get lost, especially in places like Venice lol!
The food is amazing, try and eat as much local as possible! Not only is it way cheaper than the restaurants, but that's why you are there.. to do things the Local way. Eat local food and drink local drinks.
And it also helps a bit if you know some of the local words (but the tour manager will help you out with that one), and that can get pretty funny!
Keep the money aside for the optional extras you want to do (you can pay everything upfront) and then work out a daily budget depending on how much of a spender you are.. But I can guarantee most of you will go over budget, so have some spare cash somewhere.
I did every possible optional extra, partied every night and saw everything I wanted to see. I slept round 4 to 5 hours everyday and maby in the bus if I was lucky haha! I had a hangover on most days (but nothing water could not fix) Drink lots of water! I made 43 new friends and my Contiki plus many more when we met the other groups and I went way over budget and I did it all by myself... But i will do it again and I'm gong to as well! I travel a lot, but this is probably the Best and most fun way to see the world!
Trust me on this one, When it comes to a Contiki tour.. Don't even think about it just do it! I promise you will not regret it!
If any of you have some questions feel free to email me : email@example.com
Review written Sep 2011event 0.3
14 Jul 2010 - 04 Aug 2010
im planing a new trip but i just found out i never filled this out from my last trip. honestly my last trip was a bit of a reck i loved then i was with my little group and we were left alone, but as a group.... it was very different. there was a grupe of 5 guys that yea there fun but when your getting drunk and breaking hotel bed and windows and havingto go to the hospital cause you cut your back open and cut your foot open cause ur an idiot then it hinders the rest of use, cause we have to all Waite. this may have been a year ago but i still remember how bad our guide was, i wouldn't be surprised if he ever got arrested for rape or sexual harassment. BUT he was fired and im sure i was part of that which i am very glad action was taken ageist him. i feel like i could have my sister now go on the tip and i would feel a bit safer knowing that hes gone and that people like him arnt tolerated. HOW EVER every thing else was amazing the buss driver, the other works... contiki IS A GREAT program, you should have more commercials in America, i know alot of ppl that i have gotten to go , and have gone but we only knew of the tip cause we have friends out side of the USA.
Review written Aug 2011event 0.3