European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising

Tour Length
34 days
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US$6335
Overview Reviews

European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Best Contiki Ever with some improvements to be made

03 Jul 2016 - 04 Aug 2016

Amazing tour. Amazing trip manager however she didn't provide as much local cultural knowledge during the tour and didn't play any culturally appropriate music as we came into the countries. Our day song could have been better, same goes for the wake up song. The countries we visited were amazing and I loved Italy, France and Greece. Amsterdam was fun but messy (I got VERY drunk and can't remember the night). Gorgeous Greek Islands and we got to see Samos instead of Kusadasi, Turkey. We should have been able to watch movies on the coach however we didn't have any screens - I was on one of the rare Pink and Black Contiki coaches while in Europe #winning ! Amazing coach driver and my group wasn't the best. I only made 2 friends and the rest of them wanted money from me at the end of my tour because I threw up in a taxi and they so-called payed the cost which honestly made my last day on tour horrible as I was very hungover. The tour itself was amazing - lots of fun and so many awesome optionals. We didn't stay at the best hotel in Lucerne, I wish we stayed at a hotel in the Swiss mountains which other tours apparently do where you can hear the Swiss cow bells up close (my brother did this on his tour in 2012). Albania is a waste of time and I hated it! It was different but I guess I can say I've visited Albania. We should have spent more time in Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia. We just drove through these countries - would have been nice to spend a bit of time to explore these little known but beautiful countries while we are on long travel days. This is my 3rd Contiki tour and my longest. I would prefer to do a smaller tour in more specific countries than a long tour. I also plan to see more of Switzerland, London, France and Greece one day. I also love Edam in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Munich, Germany was so much fun especially the HUGE pork knuckle, GIANT pretzel and Dark Radler (for those who don't like to drink beer). So much fun on Bikes and Dyks Optional and Mikes Bikes Tour. They should include a white water rafting optional in Summer - perfect weather and I was disappointed that it wasn't offered. I really enjoyed the Greek Islands Cruising part of the tour and highly recommend others to just do the 4-day Greek islands tour as it focuses on some of the most amazing Greek Islands in a short time in luxury aboard Celestyal Cruises. Budget easy and cheaper than doing the 33 day tour. However amazing tour regardless of a few hick-ups in regards to my trip manager, group and a few regrets along the way that I will NEVER re-do. Regardless amazing tour and have so many memories I shall never forget. I took so many photos of me and my travel mascot Quincey - I don't think I will ever forget this dream trip of a lifetime. Thanks Contiki! My trip manager's name was Suzie in regards to my comments about improvements.

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: european dream, crazy fun, solo traveller

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Best Contiki Ever with some improvements to be made

03 Jul 2016 - 04 Aug 2016

Amazing tour. Amazing trip manager however she didn't provide as much local cultural knowledge during the tour and didn't play any culturally appropriate music as we came into the countries. Our day song could have been better, same goes for the wake up song. The countries we visited were amazing and I loved Italy, France and Greece. Amsterdam was fun but messy (I got VERY drunk and can't remember the night). Gorgeous Greek Islands and we got to see Samos instead of Kusadasi, Turkey. We should have been able to watch movies on the coach however we didn't have any screens - I was on one of the rare Pink and Black Contiki coaches while in Europe #winning ! Amazing coach driver and my group wasn't the best. I only made 2 friends and the rest of them wanted money from me at the end of my tour because I threw up in a taxi and they so-called payed the cost which honestly made my last day on tour horrible as I was very hungover. The tour itself was amazing - lots of fun and so many awesome optionals. We didn't stay at the best hotel in Lucerne, I wish we stayed at a hotel in the Swiss mountains which other tours apparently do where you can hear the Swiss cow bells up close (my brother did this on his tour in 2012). Albania is a waste of time and I hated it! It was different but I guess I can say I've visited Albania. We should have spent more time in Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia. We just drove through these countries - would have been nice to spend a bit of time to explore these little known but beautiful countries while we are on long travel days. This is my 3rd Contiki tour and my longest. I would prefer to do a smaller tour in more specific countries than a long tour. I also plan to see more of Switzerland, London, France and Greece one day. I also love Edam in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Munich, Germany was so much fun especially the HUGE pork knuckle, GIANT pretzel and Dark Radler (for those who don't like to drink beer). So much fun on Bikes and Dyks Optional and Mikes Bikes Tour. They should include a white water rafting optional in Summer - perfect weather and I was disappointed that it wasn't offered. I really enjoyed the Greek Islands Cruising part of the tour and highly recommend others to just do the 4-day Greek islands tour as it focuses on some of the most amazing Greek Islands in a short time in luxury aboard Celestyal Cruises. Budget easy and cheaper than doing the 33 day tour. However amazing tour regardless of a few hick-ups in regards to my trip manager, group and a few regrets along the way that I will NEVER re-do. Regardless amazing tour and have so many memories I shall never forget. I took so many photos of me and my travel mascot Quincey - I don't think I will ever forget this dream trip of a lifetime. Thanks Contiki! My trip manager's name was Suzie in regards to my comments about improvements.

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: european dream, crazy fun, solo traveller

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  • Zoe
  • Zoe
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best experience ever!!

19 Jun 2016 - 21 Jul 2016

I just finished the European Explorer and I'm not sure I could do another contiki! We had the best group of people, TM and bus driver imaginable! Alex our TM was intelligent in every place we toured and gave us incredible background to everything. Marco our bus driver would always stop and chat and joke around and our group was fantastic!! Going through post contiki depression! We got to do some awesome optionals throughout the whole trip. We had 45 people on our tour and 3 weren't Aussies so don't be surprised if you get a group of Aussies! All but one hotel were great, sometimes they were a little out of the city but it is to be expected! Best experience ever and would recommend contiki to anyone wanting to get a taste of travel in a short amount of time. Thanks contiki, I'll be back soon!!

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Fantastic, Amazing, Superb

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  • Zoe
  • Zoe
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best experience ever!!

19 Jun 2016 - 21 Jul 2016

I just finished the European Explorer and I'm not sure I could do another contiki! We had the best group of people, TM and bus driver imaginable! Alex our TM was intelligent in every place we toured and gave us incredible background to everything. Marco our bus driver would always stop and chat and joke around and our group was fantastic!! Going through post contiki depression! We got to do some awesome optionals throughout the whole trip. We had 45 people on our tour and 3 weren't Aussies so don't be surprised if you get a group of Aussies! All but one hotel were great, sometimes they were a little out of the city but it is to be expected! Best experience ever and would recommend contiki to anyone wanting to get a taste of travel in a short amount of time. Thanks contiki, I'll be back soon!!

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Fantastic, Amazing, Superb

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  • EKH
  • EKH
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Most incredible experience of my life!

06 Sep 2015 - 08 Oct 2015

This trip was seriously the most amazing time of my life. We saw and experienced the most unforgettable sites and cultures. I made some wonderful lifelong friends. The only downside was the Contiki Cough. It is not a myth and it spreads like wildfire on those buses. Make sure you research doctors before you go so you can get assistance when required. Depending on the size of your group (ours was to the max - 40+ people) so the tour manager could only devote her time to so many people at a time, which is understandable so it helps to be able to organise doctors/medical assistance for yourself if you can as they may not have the time to help you (learn from me and don't leave it to the last minute of your trip when you feel horrible beyond belief!). Bronchitis was not going to get me down though, this European trip opened my eyes to so many things. I tried all types of different foods that I would never usually try (um, snails smothered in garlic are actually delicious, who knew?!). This tour truly is a taste tester of so many different places. 33 days flew by without me even realising! I wouldn't recommend the Greek Island cruising personally as it was so rushed and it felt like we ran from one end of the islands to the other without really soaking it in. Staying in Mykonos would have been the better choice but honestly I could not have organised the things that Contiki did for us. Out tour manager and bus driver were stellar, I don't know how they put up with us but they did and I'm very thankful for it! More than 6 months later and I'm still dreaming about the Eiffel Tower, risotto in Florence, sailing through Dubrovnik and enjoying the sights of "King's Landing". The optionals are worthwhile if you're unorganised and don't know what you're interested in doing in Europe (AKA me). If you're really into research and know what you'd like to do in the places you visit, skip the optionals and do your own thing as they can be quite expensive. 33 days is a great amount of time to really get to know and love the people you are traveling with. I will cherish the memories we've made together taking endless selfies in the most picturesque places, playing countless hours of 'heads-up' on the bus, big nights out or just a movie night in someone's hotel room to wind down. Definitely a worthwhile trip. I would definitely recommend Contiki :)

Review written Apr 2016

My Contiki was: Fun, Cultural, Amazing

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  • EKH
  • EKH
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Most incredible experience of my life!

06 Sep 2015 - 08 Oct 2015

This trip was seriously the most amazing time of my life. We saw and experienced the most unforgettable sites and cultures. I made some wonderful lifelong friends. The only downside was the Contiki Cough. It is not a myth and it spreads like wildfire on those buses. Make sure you research doctors before you go so you can get assistance when required. Depending on the size of your group (ours was to the max - 40+ people) so the tour manager could only devote her time to so many people at a time, which is understandable so it helps to be able to organise doctors/medical assistance for yourself if you can as they may not have the time to help you (learn from me and don't leave it to the last minute of your trip when you feel horrible beyond belief!). Bronchitis was not going to get me down though, this European trip opened my eyes to so many things. I tried all types of different foods that I would never usually try (um, snails smothered in garlic are actually delicious, who knew?!). This tour truly is a taste tester of so many different places. 33 days flew by without me even realising! I wouldn't recommend the Greek Island cruising personally as it was so rushed and it felt like we ran from one end of the islands to the other without really soaking it in. Staying in Mykonos would have been the better choice but honestly I could not have organised the things that Contiki did for us. Out tour manager and bus driver were stellar, I don't know how they put up with us but they did and I'm very thankful for it! More than 6 months later and I'm still dreaming about the Eiffel Tower, risotto in Florence, sailing through Dubrovnik and enjoying the sights of "King's Landing". The optionals are worthwhile if you're unorganised and don't know what you're interested in doing in Europe (AKA me). If you're really into research and know what you'd like to do in the places you visit, skip the optionals and do your own thing as they can be quite expensive. 33 days is a great amount of time to really get to know and love the people you are traveling with. I will cherish the memories we've made together taking endless selfies in the most picturesque places, playing countless hours of 'heads-up' on the bus, big nights out or just a movie night in someone's hotel room to wind down. Definitely a worthwhile trip. I would definitely recommend Contiki :)

Review written Apr 2016

My Contiki was: Fun, Cultural, Amazing

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  • Lauren
  • Lauren
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 19 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Experience of my LIFE!!!! :D

21 Jun 2015 - 23 Jul 2015

So at first trying to decided on what tour to do, But 33 days wasn't long enough, i could of stayed there for another 33 more days, but im so happy to choose this one as you got to see a lot and do a lot, wouldn't change it in a heart beat!!!

Lifelong travel buddies that i can go and see after the tour and you make so many memories with them. You spend all day and night with these people and it doesn't take long to become a family!!!!! the worst part about becoming family is that you will defiantly cry when you leave them!!!!! There's so much that happens so try and write it down in a book when your on the bus and take as many photos of where you are and who you are with! of course your Contiki family!!! seeing the photos now i wish i was with them!!!

Accommodation: Well its great, your things are safe and your only there for a few hours as you out in the town during the day and nightclubs at night :D, comfy beds!!!

ME Times and MY Times - They are great and I recommend doing all the Me Times!!! They are worth the money and worth the time :).

Recommending -
- Frogs Legs and Snails in Paris, (Amazing)
- Try to go out every night in a different Country
- When you go to Capri Get a private boat around the island and also experience Blue Grotto, Amazing!
- In Amsterdam Well we all know whats there, Try it, you don't know when you will be back :D (if you know what i mean :) )
- Try every traditional Food and drinks in each Country,
- Also get the drink package on the boat around Greek Island's!!! Worth the money, Woooo :D
- Try do everything, Get up early and GO!

Tips: so Laundry, a lot of places didn't have Laundry places. when you did take that chance and pay for someone to do it! but what i did i took laundry powder and string, the string i tied it from one side of the room to the other as i could hang my washing up to dry during the day and be dry at night :).
- Add up the Me time options of how much its going to be, so you will have that money to give to your guided tour person :) so your not panicking that your not going to have the money,

I could keep writing for ages but this a little bit to write! As i said i wouldn't change anything, Loved every Moment of it, I wish i could do it again!

Had amazing time with Steve and Nuno, they were our guided tour and bus driver, So glad i had the experience with them, They made the tour Fantastic, thank you :)

Review written Jan 2016

My Contiki was: Amazing , Incredible, Fantastic

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  • Lauren
  • Lauren
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 19 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Experience of my LIFE!!!! :D

21 Jun 2015 - 23 Jul 2015

So at first trying to decided on what tour to do, But 33 days wasn't long enough, i could of stayed there for another 33 more days, but im so happy to choose this one as you got to see a lot and do a lot, wouldn't change it in a heart beat!!!

Lifelong travel buddies that i can go and see after the tour and you make so many memories with them. You spend all day and night with these people and it doesn't take long to become a family!!!!! the worst part about becoming family is that you will defiantly cry when you leave them!!!!! There's so much that happens so try and write it down in a book when your on the bus and take as many photos of where you are and who you are with! of course your Contiki family!!! seeing the photos now i wish i was with them!!!

Accommodation: Well its great, your things are safe and your only there for a few hours as you out in the town during the day and nightclubs at night :D, comfy beds!!!

ME Times and MY Times - They are great and I recommend doing all the Me Times!!! They are worth the money and worth the time :).

Recommending -
- Frogs Legs and Snails in Paris, (Amazing)
- Try to go out every night in a different Country
- When you go to Capri Get a private boat around the island and also experience Blue Grotto, Amazing!
- In Amsterdam Well we all know whats there, Try it, you don't know when you will be back :D (if you know what i mean :) )
- Try every traditional Food and drinks in each Country,
- Also get the drink package on the boat around Greek Island's!!! Worth the money, Woooo :D
- Try do everything, Get up early and GO!

Tips: so Laundry, a lot of places didn't have Laundry places. when you did take that chance and pay for someone to do it! but what i did i took laundry powder and string, the string i tied it from one side of the room to the other as i could hang my washing up to dry during the day and be dry at night :).
- Add up the Me time options of how much its going to be, so you will have that money to give to your guided tour person :) so your not panicking that your not going to have the money,

I could keep writing for ages but this a little bit to write! As i said i wouldn't change anything, Loved every Moment of it, I wish i could do it again!

Had amazing time with Steve and Nuno, they were our guided tour and bus driver, So glad i had the experience with them, They made the tour Fantastic, thank you :)

Review written Jan 2016

My Contiki was: Amazing , Incredible, Fantastic

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  • Deanna
  • Deanna
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 20 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

BEST 33 days of my life!

29 Aug 2015 - 01 Oct 2015

I wish more people would've written recent reviews for me to see so I'm doing it for you: DO THIS TRIP. I'd never been to Europe at all and this was more than incredible. We saw soooooo much in so little time. You may think the me-time's are pricey but do them all. I did and it made my experience something I could never get if I had traveled on my own. I never was much of a partier but I experienced almost every night of partying and then got up early to explore the cities the next day and it was so worth it. Don't worry, there's some nap time on the drives that everyone takes advantage of ;).
Accommodations were mostly pretty great and decent for the price you pay. A couple odd ones but to be expected! Food is best experienced through me-times and going off with some new friends and finding cool little restaurants.
Speaking of friends, you'll make them. Lifelong travel buddies that will have so many memories with you. You spend all day and night with these people and it doesn't take long to become a family and you may cry when you leave them but my best advice is to take TONS of photos (with them and in general. There's so much that happens and you'll forget it all and then you'll see a picture and it'll come back.) oh yeah and if you're wondering about ages and stuff, it varies. We had 18-35 for real. And it depends on the group but there were couples, siblings, friends, and people who went on their own and everyone was friends so don't worry about that at all!
This specific trip is a lot of tours of the main touristy points of Europe. It may get kind of boring during those and it's a lot of touristy areas but you learn a lot and go everywhere that's popular. You end up seeing a lot more than you thought you could. And there's always time to explore on your own too.
PS the cruise? Yeah. Best part of the whole thing. Get the drinks package. Do it.
If you happen to get tour manager Evana, she's the best in the business and consider yourself extra lucky. If you get driver Mitch, you'll wonder how a "bus driver" could ever be so cool.
I 100% recommend this trip. Do it do it do it. You'll get the contiki cough and you'll be more tired than you ever thought possible but I promise it's worth it.

Review written Nov 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life changing, Fun filled

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  • Deanna
  • Deanna
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 20 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

BEST 33 days of my life!

29 Aug 2015 - 01 Oct 2015

I wish more people would've written recent reviews for me to see so I'm doing it for you: DO THIS TRIP. I'd never been to Europe at all and this was more than incredible. We saw soooooo much in so little time. You may think the me-time's are pricey but do them all. I did and it made my experience something I could never get if I had traveled on my own. I never was much of a partier but I experienced almost every night of partying and then got up early to explore the cities the next day and it was so worth it. Don't worry, there's some nap time on the drives that everyone takes advantage of ;).
Accommodations were mostly pretty great and decent for the price you pay. A couple odd ones but to be expected! Food is best experienced through me-times and going off with some new friends and finding cool little restaurants.
Speaking of friends, you'll make them. Lifelong travel buddies that will have so many memories with you. You spend all day and night with these people and it doesn't take long to become a family and you may cry when you leave them but my best advice is to take TONS of photos (with them and in general. There's so much that happens and you'll forget it all and then you'll see a picture and it'll come back.) oh yeah and if you're wondering about ages and stuff, it varies. We had 18-35 for real. And it depends on the group but there were couples, siblings, friends, and people who went on their own and everyone was friends so don't worry about that at all!
This specific trip is a lot of tours of the main touristy points of Europe. It may get kind of boring during those and it's a lot of touristy areas but you learn a lot and go everywhere that's popular. You end up seeing a lot more than you thought you could. And there's always time to explore on your own too.
PS the cruise? Yeah. Best part of the whole thing. Get the drinks package. Do it.
If you happen to get tour manager Evana, she's the best in the business and consider yourself extra lucky. If you get driver Mitch, you'll wonder how a "bus driver" could ever be so cool.
I 100% recommend this trip. Do it do it do it. You'll get the contiki cough and you'll be more tired than you ever thought possible but I promise it's worth it.

Review written Nov 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life changing, Fun filled

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  • Rachie
  • Rachie
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The most amazing, fast paced, jam-packed adventure!

07 Sep 2014 - 09 Oct 2014

This tour is absolutely fantastic if you want to squeeze in everything in a short amount of time! You get to experience a decent amount of the culture with every country you visit, see all the main sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe as well as little backstage passes like the Murano glass blowing demonstration in Venice. Each and every day is jam packed full of amazing things to experience.
This tour has A LOT of travelling, but Europe is a veeery big place. I went in September and got to experience Oktoberfest in Munich and it was one of the highlights of my trip. I made life-long friends on this journey, got to know everyone really well and our tour manager was absolutely exceptional with his knowledge of the countries we visited, tips and tricks on where to visit on our free days, and made the whole experience worth every single penny.
Be prepared for a jam-packed experience with little sleep, a whole lot of walking and experiencing new cultures.
It's what you go to Europe for!
Incredible first Contiki tour for me, I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see most of Europe in a short amount of time.

Review written Jan 2015

My Contiki was: Jam-packed, Incredible, Exceptional

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  • Rachie
  • Rachie
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The most amazing, fast paced, jam-packed adventure!

07 Sep 2014 - 09 Oct 2014

This tour is absolutely fantastic if you want to squeeze in everything in a short amount of time! You get to experience a decent amount of the culture with every country you visit, see all the main sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe as well as little backstage passes like the Murano glass blowing demonstration in Venice. Each and every day is jam packed full of amazing things to experience.
This tour has A LOT of travelling, but Europe is a veeery big place. I went in September and got to experience Oktoberfest in Munich and it was one of the highlights of my trip. I made life-long friends on this journey, got to know everyone really well and our tour manager was absolutely exceptional with his knowledge of the countries we visited, tips and tricks on where to visit on our free days, and made the whole experience worth every single penny.
Be prepared for a jam-packed experience with little sleep, a whole lot of walking and experiencing new cultures.
It's what you go to Europe for!
Incredible first Contiki tour for me, I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see most of Europe in a short amount of time.

Review written Jan 2015

My Contiki was: Jam-packed, Incredible, Exceptional

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  • Nikki:)
  • Nikki:)
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Explorer!! Time of my life!!

18 May 2014 - 19 Jun 2014

This tour was amazing! A "tasting plate of Europe" indeed. Spectacular views from the Eiffel Tower, chugging out of buckets in Dubrovnik, hesitantly tasting frogs legs and snails, enduring the heat wave in Austria, drinking all you can drink on the Greek Island tour.... and um, interesting sights in Amsterdam. You definitely get it all on this trip. Our tour manager Steve Ellison made a great tour a spectacular tour. That man is a walking encyclopedia. No matter what you are touring Europe for, food, partying, shopping, visiting the sights.. whatever, he will make sure you get to "squeeze the juice" out of your experience. Get very excited if you are lucky enough to bag him as your tour manager. The tour was very fast paced so swollen feet (as I unfortunately experienced) is a real possibility, but you get to see and experience so much it's almost impossible to keep track! Will do this tour again in a heart beat. Well worth every cent!

Review written Aug 2014

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  • Nikki:)
  • Nikki:)
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries
European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Explorer!! Time of my life!!

18 May 2014 - 19 Jun 2014

This tour was amazing! A "tasting plate of Europe" indeed. Spectacular views from the Eiffel Tower, chugging out of buckets in Dubrovnik, hesitantly tasting frogs legs and snails, enduring the heat wave in Austria, drinking all you can drink on the Greek Island tour.... and um, interesting sights in Amsterdam. You definitely get it all on this trip. Our tour manager Steve Ellison made a great tour a spectacular tour. That man is a walking encyclopedia. No matter what you are touring Europe for, food, partying, shopping, visiting the sights.. whatever, he will make sure you get to "squeeze the juice" out of your experience. Get very excited if you are lucky enough to bag him as your tour manager. The tour was very fast paced so swollen feet (as I unfortunately experienced) is a real possibility, but you get to see and experience so much it's almost impossible to keep track! Will do this tour again in a heart beat. Well worth every cent!

Review written Aug 2014

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The most amazing experience I've ever had!

18 May 2014 - 19 Jun 2014

Words can't describe how incredible this trip was. It defeated my expectations, and was hands down the best thing I've ever done.
Our tour manager, Steve, was so professional and organized, it really made our trip so much more special. We really couldn't have asked for a better guy to take us around Europe, he was amazing.
We saw some of the most beautiful and well known places on earth, and if I could do it all over again I would in a heartbeat!
From sitting below the Eiffel Tower in awe, to chugging Sangria buckets in Barcelona, then seeing Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix, getting lost in Venice, donkey riding in Santorini, going to 5 level clubs in Croatia, having no hangover after a night at the Beer Hall in Austria wearing German outfits, climbing the Swiss Alps, and even seeing all Amsterdam has to offer; our trip literally accommodated to every single person.
We were able to see so many different types of cultures (in the historical/artistic sense, as well as experiencing the night-life).
The age groups on our trip ranged from 20-34 and it was honestly really awesome to get to know so many people from such different walks of life.
We were in hotels every night which was great! The only thing I would say is that if you're used to a huge breakfast, be prepared for the European way of breakfast (a croissant, a coffee, and some cheeses and meats). But that was fine because then you get to gorge on the amazing foods on your walk abouts in each city.
The cruise was so amazing, it was a nice change of pace to just relax for a few days as our trip so far had been really full on and so much to see!
The people I was blessed enough to meet on this trip will remain friends for life and will always hold such a special place in my heart. I shared some of the best days of my life with them and it was a very hard goodbye at the end of our tour.
One main suggestion- DO ALL OF THE ME TIME OPTIONALS! Every single one was so amazing. From Moulin Rouge in Paris, to yacht jumping in Dubrovnik, every single me time was one I would do over 100 times again. If you're thinking about the money side of it, don't! Think in the sense that you'll never be able to experience this with these people again, you're already in Europe, so why not!
Just do them all and you'll thank yourself at the end.
If you're worried that 33 days is too long, I can assure you it's not long enough! By the end you'll be wishing you had another 33 days! You become a family with your group, you fall in love with every city, you even love the bus rides to each destination. Thinking back now I really miss those bus days, we all had so much fun!
So I'll stop rambling now, but I hope this review helps even one person in their decision on choosing this contiki, because I guarantee you it is honestly the best thing in the world. A trip of a lifetime that I'm truly grateful I got to experience :)

P.s. eat as much gelato as you can in Rome, it is incredible! I also recommend staying back an extra week in Europe after your tour. I did and my friend and I went back to the places we loved the most.

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: Indescribable , Incredible , Amazing

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The most amazing experience I've ever had!

18 May 2014 - 19 Jun 2014

Words can't describe how incredible this trip was. It defeated my expectations, and was hands down the best thing I've ever done.
Our tour manager, Steve, was so professional and organized, it really made our trip so much more special. We really couldn't have asked for a better guy to take us around Europe, he was amazing.
We saw some of the most beautiful and well known places on earth, and if I could do it all over again I would in a heartbeat!
From sitting below the Eiffel Tower in awe, to chugging Sangria buckets in Barcelona, then seeing Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix, getting lost in Venice, donkey riding in Santorini, going to 5 level clubs in Croatia, having no hangover after a night at the Beer Hall in Austria wearing German outfits, climbing the Swiss Alps, and even seeing all Amsterdam has to offer; our trip literally accommodated to every single person.
We were able to see so many different types of cultures (in the historical/artistic sense, as well as experiencing the night-life).
The age groups on our trip ranged from 20-34 and it was honestly really awesome to get to know so many people from such different walks of life.
We were in hotels every night which was great! The only thing I would say is that if you're used to a huge breakfast, be prepared for the European way of breakfast (a croissant, a coffee, and some cheeses and meats). But that was fine because then you get to gorge on the amazing foods on your walk abouts in each city.
The cruise was so amazing, it was a nice change of pace to just relax for a few days as our trip so far had been really full on and so much to see!
The people I was blessed enough to meet on this trip will remain friends for life and will always hold such a special place in my heart. I shared some of the best days of my life with them and it was a very hard goodbye at the end of our tour.
One main suggestion- DO ALL OF THE ME TIME OPTIONALS! Every single one was so amazing. From Moulin Rouge in Paris, to yacht jumping in Dubrovnik, every single me time was one I would do over 100 times again. If you're thinking about the money side of it, don't! Think in the sense that you'll never be able to experience this with these people again, you're already in Europe, so why not!
Just do them all and you'll thank yourself at the end.
If you're worried that 33 days is too long, I can assure you it's not long enough! By the end you'll be wishing you had another 33 days! You become a family with your group, you fall in love with every city, you even love the bus rides to each destination. Thinking back now I really miss those bus days, we all had so much fun!
So I'll stop rambling now, but I hope this review helps even one person in their decision on choosing this contiki, because I guarantee you it is honestly the best thing in the world. A trip of a lifetime that I'm truly grateful I got to experience :)

P.s. eat as much gelato as you can in Rome, it is incredible! I also recommend staying back an extra week in Europe after your tour. I did and my friend and I went back to the places we loved the most.

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: Indescribable , Incredible , Amazing

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Time of my life! Loved the experience!

16 Jun 2013 - 18 Jul 2013

This tour is definitely worth the money! You get to stay in hotels for the whole tour, some were amazing some not so (e.g. the jail hotel in Lucerne) but you will be out exploring Europe for most of the day anyways so the hotels are just for sleeping. They all have good bathrooms and warm showers so you can look forward to that too at the end of your adventures.

In terms of optionals i know wish i had done them all but because i wanted to save money i skipped a couple but found i could have paid for all of them because i ended up going home with quite a bit of extra money. I don't recommend the Venice walking tour because you can find amazing little parts of the city on your own without the guide and i didn't like the swiss fondue lunch that much but the entertainment was pretty funny and all of the people on your tour make it feel worth it!

Included food was great for the most part, get used to eating chicken for dinner on these nights! But you can always grab a bite to eat while you are out in the cities!

The coach we had was super new so it was so nice and comfy to sleep on for those long driving days, and our Tour Manager Lee and our driver Patrice were the BOMB! They made the trip so much fun and i will always love them for that!

In most of the cities you have to catch the metro to get around but its not too bad just get used to reading maps and asking for directions if you need help. You also get mostly 1 full day in the cities and if you get there early enough you may have 1 and a half days to go around, which is plenty if its your first trip because you then can decide where you want to go back later on in life.

I loved the cruise even though it was pretty short and the time spent on the islands was not long enough for me! The food and crew on the cruise were amazing and they feed you delicious food at the buffet. i also suggest getting the 80 Euro (that's the price it was when i went) unlimited drinks package because you get alcohol, water, juice, smoothies etc included in that for the duration of the cruise so you don't have to worry about overspending on the drinks while you party!

I would do this tour again in a heartbeat with no changes even if there were a few bumps along the road, nonetheless it is an awesome tour that you will enjoy and have fond memories of because the people you tour with are amazing as well and they will be there forever!

If you want specific details about the tour check out my travel blog, it has daily recounts of what i did on this tour in June/July 2013 (summer):

native-traveller.tumblr.com

Happy travelling! x

Review written Apr 2014

My Contiki was: Hectic, breathtaking , Amazing

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Time of my life! Loved the experience!

16 Jun 2013 - 18 Jul 2013

This tour is definitely worth the money! You get to stay in hotels for the whole tour, some were amazing some not so (e.g. the jail hotel in Lucerne) but you will be out exploring Europe for most of the day anyways so the hotels are just for sleeping. They all have good bathrooms and warm showers so you can look forward to that too at the end of your adventures.

In terms of optionals i know wish i had done them all but because i wanted to save money i skipped a couple but found i could have paid for all of them because i ended up going home with quite a bit of extra money. I don't recommend the Venice walking tour because you can find amazing little parts of the city on your own without the guide and i didn't like the swiss fondue lunch that much but the entertainment was pretty funny and all of the people on your tour make it feel worth it!

Included food was great for the most part, get used to eating chicken for dinner on these nights! But you can always grab a bite to eat while you are out in the cities!

The coach we had was super new so it was so nice and comfy to sleep on for those long driving days, and our Tour Manager Lee and our driver Patrice were the BOMB! They made the trip so much fun and i will always love them for that!

In most of the cities you have to catch the metro to get around but its not too bad just get used to reading maps and asking for directions if you need help. You also get mostly 1 full day in the cities and if you get there early enough you may have 1 and a half days to go around, which is plenty if its your first trip because you then can decide where you want to go back later on in life.

I loved the cruise even though it was pretty short and the time spent on the islands was not long enough for me! The food and crew on the cruise were amazing and they feed you delicious food at the buffet. i also suggest getting the 80 Euro (that's the price it was when i went) unlimited drinks package because you get alcohol, water, juice, smoothies etc included in that for the duration of the cruise so you don't have to worry about overspending on the drinks while you party!

I would do this tour again in a heartbeat with no changes even if there were a few bumps along the road, nonetheless it is an awesome tour that you will enjoy and have fond memories of because the people you tour with are amazing as well and they will be there forever!

If you want specific details about the tour check out my travel blog, it has daily recounts of what i did on this tour in June/July 2013 (summer):

native-traveller.tumblr.com

Happy travelling! x

Review written Apr 2014

My Contiki was: Hectic, breathtaking , Amazing

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Time if my life!!

15 Jul 2011 - 18 Aug 2011

Saw the most amazing places, & met the most amazing people... Thank you contiki for inspiring me to see the world and travel more. This was truly the time of my life and I would do another tour in a heart beat.

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: Unforgettable , Memory's , Must do!!

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European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Time if my life!!

15 Jul 2011 - 18 Aug 2011

Saw the most amazing places, & met the most amazing people... Thank you contiki for inspiring me to see the world and travel more. This was truly the time of my life and I would do another tour in a heart beat.

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: Unforgettable , Memory's , Must do!!

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What's Included

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

Accommodation

  • 33 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation: 28 nights in hotels, +1 night on board a ferry, 4 nights on board a cruise ship
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • Ferry crossings

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 39 Included Meals: 27 breakfasts & 12 dinners

Inclusions

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

  • Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner
  • Monaco Dinner
  • Secrets of Venice Walking Tour
  • Gondola ride
  • Trip t-shirts
  • Burano Island Cruise & Dinner
  • Souvenir group photo
  • Tuscan Evening
  • Space Disco
  • Vatican Tour
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Bay of Naples Feast
  • Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
  • Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse
  • Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization
  • Cruise to Islands and Volcanoes
  • Santorini - Spectacular Oia Village
  • Boat Cruise
  • Old Vienna Schnaps Museum
  • Mozart and Strauss Concert with Dinner
  • Mike's Bikes Tour
  • Swiss Mountain
  • Lake Lucerne Cruise
  • Stadtkeller Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Volendam Dinner
  • Canal Cruise (1.5 hours)
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  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$186
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
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