European Whirl

Tour Length
19 days
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US$2555
Overview Reviews

European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best thing I've EVER done!!!!

29 Jul 2016 - 15 Aug 2016

This contiki was definitely the most incredible thing I've ever done. Even though it's such a cliche thing to say or hear; the people that you meet and become friends with on this contiki really make the trip amazing and everyone becomes such good friends in such a short period of time. I had the time of my life and loved all the places we visited; Switzerland being my favorite. I've never seen anything as gorgeous as that country!!! For hostels, they were pretty good! And nearly all the hostels had free wifi which was a bonus! I went travelling with my friend and it was good because we weren't living out of one another's pockets; we went off with our other friends and done our own thing sometimes which was great. I wouldn't recommend a shorter trip than 18 days. I found this to be a perfect amount of time to see lots of places but its also a great amount of time to allow everyone to become really good friends. There was a lot of clubbing and going out at night which was lots of fun but I had a few quiet nights as well to refresh. The bus trips between each country (usually 6 hours) was when everyone had a good opportunity to catch up on sleep. I cant wait to do another Contiki and meet another bunch of awesome people. Cant recommend this trip enough!! No regrets!! Friends for life!!

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Most amazing people, Gorgeous sights , Cant wait for the next one!

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European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best thing I've EVER done!!!!

29 Jul 2016 - 15 Aug 2016

This contiki was definitely the most incredible thing I've ever done. Even though it's such a cliche thing to say or hear; the people that you meet and become friends with on this contiki really make the trip amazing and everyone becomes such good friends in such a short period of time. I had the time of my life and loved all the places we visited; Switzerland being my favorite. I've never seen anything as gorgeous as that country!!! For hostels, they were pretty good! And nearly all the hostels had free wifi which was a bonus! I went travelling with my friend and it was good because we weren't living out of one another's pockets; we went off with our other friends and done our own thing sometimes which was great. I wouldn't recommend a shorter trip than 18 days. I found this to be a perfect amount of time to see lots of places but its also a great amount of time to allow everyone to become really good friends. There was a lot of clubbing and going out at night which was lots of fun but I had a few quiet nights as well to refresh. The bus trips between each country (usually 6 hours) was when everyone had a good opportunity to catch up on sleep. I cant wait to do another Contiki and meet another bunch of awesome people. Cant recommend this trip enough!! No regrets!! Friends for life!!

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Most amazing people, Gorgeous sights , Cant wait for the next one!

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  • Jess Mell
  • Jess Mell
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

18 days of laughter, experiences and memories!

27 Jul 2016 - 13 Aug 2016

There is no way that I can condense all of the memories and experiences that I have had during the past 18 days on the European Whirl, there are just far too many of them! From day one you are immersed in different experiences, whether that be meeting new people or exploring a new city, and I would stress that you make the most of every single second. Yes the trip is insanely fast paced, yes you will not get to spend a lot of time at each of the destinations, but if you go with an open mind and embrace every moment of the adventure, you will have the time of your life.

I decided on this trip with the intention of meeting new people, seeing the highlights of Europe and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but I did not anticipate just how much I would enjoy myself. Every conversation I have with somebody back home sparks a memory and I genuinely cannot believe how much I have done and seen in such a short space of time. As a non-drinker I was concerned about how I would fit into the group, but everybody on my tour were absolutely amazing and made me feel so included regardless of my lifestyle choice. Plus, I had more significant traits that could have secluded me from the rest as I was the only British traveller! I now have 52 friends from Australia, who I now hope to visit as a continue to plan my travels next year.

Adam and Max were absolutely fantastic and made the entire experience a pleasure! Not once did I feel unsafe, unorganised or unappreciated; they are both an asset to Contiki and I hope they are praised highly for their incredible efforts.

If I could give one piece of advice for anybody that has booked this trip, I would definitely say to make the most of every opportunity that you are given. Yes there are some optional extras that I did where I question if I should have done them, but they all enhance your experience and give you an opportunity to speak to other people in your group.

Take photos of everything and upload them to Instagram whenever you have the opportunity! Then at the end of the trip just have a scroll through your profile- that will prove to you just how rewarding, exciting and eye-opening your time on this tour has been.

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: memories, friends, life changing

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  • Jess Mell
  • Jess Mell
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

18 days of laughter, experiences and memories!

27 Jul 2016 - 13 Aug 2016

There is no way that I can condense all of the memories and experiences that I have had during the past 18 days on the European Whirl, there are just far too many of them! From day one you are immersed in different experiences, whether that be meeting new people or exploring a new city, and I would stress that you make the most of every single second. Yes the trip is insanely fast paced, yes you will not get to spend a lot of time at each of the destinations, but if you go with an open mind and embrace every moment of the adventure, you will have the time of your life.

I decided on this trip with the intention of meeting new people, seeing the highlights of Europe and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but I did not anticipate just how much I would enjoy myself. Every conversation I have with somebody back home sparks a memory and I genuinely cannot believe how much I have done and seen in such a short space of time. As a non-drinker I was concerned about how I would fit into the group, but everybody on my tour were absolutely amazing and made me feel so included regardless of my lifestyle choice. Plus, I had more significant traits that could have secluded me from the rest as I was the only British traveller! I now have 52 friends from Australia, who I now hope to visit as a continue to plan my travels next year.

Adam and Max were absolutely fantastic and made the entire experience a pleasure! Not once did I feel unsafe, unorganised or unappreciated; they are both an asset to Contiki and I hope they are praised highly for their incredible efforts.

If I could give one piece of advice for anybody that has booked this trip, I would definitely say to make the most of every opportunity that you are given. Yes there are some optional extras that I did where I question if I should have done them, but they all enhance your experience and give you an opportunity to speak to other people in your group.

Take photos of everything and upload them to Instagram whenever you have the opportunity! Then at the end of the trip just have a scroll through your profile- that will prove to you just how rewarding, exciting and eye-opening your time on this tour has been.

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: memories, friends, life changing

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  • Dylan
  • Dylan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Don't think........ DO! 10/10

19 Jun 2016 - 06 Jul 2016

Just finished European Whirl and it was the most amazing experience of my life, the amount you achieve in 18 days is incredible. Dylan Tour Manager & Tiago driver are Unbelievable at what they do! I will be back and Contiki is a must do at least once in your life......
Nothing negative to say at all, embrace everything the Trip and Europe has to offer and you will have a ball! #noregrets.

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Crazy, Adrenaline filled, Fun

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  • Dylan
  • Dylan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Don't think........ DO! 10/10

19 Jun 2016 - 06 Jul 2016

Just finished European Whirl and it was the most amazing experience of my life, the amount you achieve in 18 days is incredible. Dylan Tour Manager & Tiago driver are Unbelievable at what they do! I will be back and Contiki is a must do at least once in your life......
Nothing negative to say at all, embrace everything the Trip and Europe has to offer and you will have a ball! #noregrets.

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Crazy, Adrenaline filled, Fun

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European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Perfect duration, great locations but some nqr accommodation

05 Jun 2016 - 22 Jun 2016

Great way to see most of the European countries in just over 2 weeks. The duration of the trip (18 days) was perfect, just enough time in each location (could have had more time in Munich as we only spent one night there) but otherwise was great. The only down side was some of the "included meals" were average. And when they say "included" they mean, money you have paid in the compulsory food fund. Also I traveled with my boyfriend and we were not told that the rooms would be almost all quad share (there was only 2 places that we had a private room), luckily our contiki had 4 couples so we were able to share with them, but even still...in Germany they forced us to stay in boy only, and girl only rooms meaning that we were separated 5 nights in a row. Its not a huge issue in the long run but would have been nice to know before we left! Some of the accommodation in Italy was kind of low quality, whilst our tour manage mentioned this at the start of the trip, nothing can really prepare you for paying ridiculous amounts for wifi that can't event be used in your room, and looking at the dirty rooms...but as our tour manager mentioned, we were on the "hostel" tour not the "hotel" tour. I honestly didnt even look at the accommodation type when picking my tour, but if having a relaxing clean room that has wifi then i would suggest going with the hotel version. In all, we had a great group, tour manage and driver!

Review written Jul 2016

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European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Perfect duration, great locations but some nqr accommodation

05 Jun 2016 - 22 Jun 2016

Great way to see most of the European countries in just over 2 weeks. The duration of the trip (18 days) was perfect, just enough time in each location (could have had more time in Munich as we only spent one night there) but otherwise was great. The only down side was some of the "included meals" were average. And when they say "included" they mean, money you have paid in the compulsory food fund. Also I traveled with my boyfriend and we were not told that the rooms would be almost all quad share (there was only 2 places that we had a private room), luckily our contiki had 4 couples so we were able to share with them, but even still...in Germany they forced us to stay in boy only, and girl only rooms meaning that we were separated 5 nights in a row. Its not a huge issue in the long run but would have been nice to know before we left! Some of the accommodation in Italy was kind of low quality, whilst our tour manage mentioned this at the start of the trip, nothing can really prepare you for paying ridiculous amounts for wifi that can't event be used in your room, and looking at the dirty rooms...but as our tour manager mentioned, we were on the "hostel" tour not the "hotel" tour. I honestly didnt even look at the accommodation type when picking my tour, but if having a relaxing clean room that has wifi then i would suggest going with the hotel version. In all, we had a great group, tour manage and driver!

Review written Jul 2016

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  • Scotty
  • Scotty
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Absolutely Brilliant

07 Sep 2015 - 24 Sep 2015

Alls i can say is WOW !
The best 18 days of my life if you've never done this trip you have to do it ! #NOREGRETS

Review written May 2016

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  • Scotty
  • Scotty
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Absolutely Brilliant

07 Sep 2015 - 24 Sep 2015

Alls i can say is WOW !
The best 18 days of my life if you've never done this trip you have to do it ! #NOREGRETS

Review written May 2016

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  • Alice
  • Alice
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Whirl 2015 #noregrets

11 Sep 2015 - 28 Sep 2015

The European Whirl was one of the most amazing and life changing experiences of my life. In just 18 days, I made life long friends and so many unforgettable memories that will stay with me forever.

The tour started in London and took us to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Austrian Tyrol, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Switzerland (including Swiss Alps) and Paris. It was the perfect mix of activities which ranged from cultural and historical activities such as clog making in the Netherlands and bunker tours in Prague to adrenaline pumping activities like white water rafting and paragliding over Austria where the Sound of Music was set. We were able to explore cities by day and enjoy the night life whilst getting to know the rest of the group. All the places we visited were amazing but it was the people we were with that really made the experience.

Our tour manager Ed was very knowledgable and one of the best guides ever. When we arrived at each city, he gave us such a comprehensive and interesting introduction that left us all so comfortable to explore the city on our own. Quite a few of us enjoyed his walking tours more than the ones provided by the local guides! He was very organised and professional but also approachable and fun, and became more like a friend as the trip progressed.

Our tour driver Bento was amazing! He navigated through the cities with such ease and seemed to know each place like the back of his hand. Even driving the coach through the tight streets of Amsterdam and the busy and crazy traffic in Paris was never an issue for Bento. He was so friendly and approachable and always gave us the best tips for each city. Throughout the trip, he not only amazed us with his awesome driving skills and excellent taste in music, but also became a great friend.

Ed and Bento were a dream team. Even though we had 46 people on our tour, they still managed to take the time to get to know each and every one of us. They had a great dynamic, worked so well together and made sure that the tour ran flawlessly.

In my previous travel, I had never really stayed in hostels so I was a little unsure at first, but after experiencing this trip, I wouldn't have done it any other way. The hostels we stayed at had such great facilities and were a great way to get to know others on your trip, especially for solo travellers.

If you are thinking about travelling to Europe, I would highly recommend this tour - it is action packed and high energy and gives you a great introduction to Europe. Make sure you do all the Me Time Optionals - definitely worth every cent! 18 days flies by so quickly so make sure you make the most of it! #noregrets

Review written Nov 2015

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Unforgettable, No Regrets

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  • Alice
  • Alice
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

European Whirl 2015 #noregrets

11 Sep 2015 - 28 Sep 2015

The European Whirl was one of the most amazing and life changing experiences of my life. In just 18 days, I made life long friends and so many unforgettable memories that will stay with me forever.

The tour started in London and took us to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Austrian Tyrol, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Switzerland (including Swiss Alps) and Paris. It was the perfect mix of activities which ranged from cultural and historical activities such as clog making in the Netherlands and bunker tours in Prague to adrenaline pumping activities like white water rafting and paragliding over Austria where the Sound of Music was set. We were able to explore cities by day and enjoy the night life whilst getting to know the rest of the group. All the places we visited were amazing but it was the people we were with that really made the experience.

Our tour manager Ed was very knowledgable and one of the best guides ever. When we arrived at each city, he gave us such a comprehensive and interesting introduction that left us all so comfortable to explore the city on our own. Quite a few of us enjoyed his walking tours more than the ones provided by the local guides! He was very organised and professional but also approachable and fun, and became more like a friend as the trip progressed.

Our tour driver Bento was amazing! He navigated through the cities with such ease and seemed to know each place like the back of his hand. Even driving the coach through the tight streets of Amsterdam and the busy and crazy traffic in Paris was never an issue for Bento. He was so friendly and approachable and always gave us the best tips for each city. Throughout the trip, he not only amazed us with his awesome driving skills and excellent taste in music, but also became a great friend.

Ed and Bento were a dream team. Even though we had 46 people on our tour, they still managed to take the time to get to know each and every one of us. They had a great dynamic, worked so well together and made sure that the tour ran flawlessly.

In my previous travel, I had never really stayed in hostels so I was a little unsure at first, but after experiencing this trip, I wouldn't have done it any other way. The hostels we stayed at had such great facilities and were a great way to get to know others on your trip, especially for solo travellers.

If you are thinking about travelling to Europe, I would highly recommend this tour - it is action packed and high energy and gives you a great introduction to Europe. Make sure you do all the Me Time Optionals - definitely worth every cent! 18 days flies by so quickly so make sure you make the most of it! #noregrets

Review written Nov 2015

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Unforgettable, No Regrets

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  • JackH91
  • JackH91
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl

My European Whirl adventure

06 Aug 2015 - 23 Aug 2015

I was very nervous at first, but after a day, I need not be. By the time I really got involved with the friends I made to the day I left, I had the best time I could wish for. Some days were better than others, other activities were better than others, but the people you associate with, the laughs you have, the memories you share together, makes the trip so worthwhile. I would defiantly recommend Contiki as a company to travel with as you really all do become a family and see parts of the world in a really different way than I would have expected to do. You won't make friends with everyone, but the ones you do, your never really apart from them and you become friends for life!

I had the experience of a lifetime and would like to thank Brooke, our tour manager and Sandro, our bus driver, and all the friends I made, for such an awesome time!!!

Thanks so much!!

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing , Contiki Family, Worthwhile

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  • JackH91
  • JackH91
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl

My European Whirl adventure

06 Aug 2015 - 23 Aug 2015

I was very nervous at first, but after a day, I need not be. By the time I really got involved with the friends I made to the day I left, I had the best time I could wish for. Some days were better than others, other activities were better than others, but the people you associate with, the laughs you have, the memories you share together, makes the trip so worthwhile. I would defiantly recommend Contiki as a company to travel with as you really all do become a family and see parts of the world in a really different way than I would have expected to do. You won't make friends with everyone, but the ones you do, your never really apart from them and you become friends for life!

I had the experience of a lifetime and would like to thank Brooke, our tour manager and Sandro, our bus driver, and all the friends I made, for such an awesome time!!!

Thanks so much!!

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing , Contiki Family, Worthwhile

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  • LauraMckee
  • LauraMckee
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl

#noregrets My Contiki experience

19 Jul 2015 - 05 Aug 2015

I went on Contiki with a friend of mine from work to see what all the fuss was about. We both lived in a regional town and were keen to have a holiday.
Let me tell you, it was literally everything I thought it would be times a hundred. Contiki was unreal. Everyday felt like a dream! The accommodation was good and even though some countries (particularly Prague and Venice) were extremely hot in the rooms, we overlooked it and didn't hang out there much anyway.
I found our tour manager knew a huge amount about the countries which made it much more interesting on the bus. She also was helpful with restaurants to go to and the best shopping areas. Ask the manager as many questions as you can! The food was good and I couldn't complain about any meals. The European Whirlwind trip was the best way to see Europe and gave you a taste of the culture there. Some countries I would have liked to see for more than 3 days but you can always go back yourself and explore later on. Although I got really sick with the Contiki cough and then bronchitis later on, I made the most of it. Everybody got sick and you just battle through it because you are in Europe of course! The best part about Contiki for me was meeting a bunch of random people who ended up sharing the same interests and humour as me. I would push people to get out there and introduce yourself to as many people as you can early on, especially if you are travelling solo. Don't stay in cliques and go and float between groups of people, that way you can say you made 50 friends! I would highly recommend going on this particular tour which is 18 days. Also, sign up to ALL the Me Time activities, they are brilliant and not that expensive. Say YES to everything and don't come back with regrets. Go for it!! :)

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Incredible , Funny

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  • LauraMckee
  • LauraMckee
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl

#noregrets My Contiki experience

19 Jul 2015 - 05 Aug 2015

I went on Contiki with a friend of mine from work to see what all the fuss was about. We both lived in a regional town and were keen to have a holiday.
Let me tell you, it was literally everything I thought it would be times a hundred. Contiki was unreal. Everyday felt like a dream! The accommodation was good and even though some countries (particularly Prague and Venice) were extremely hot in the rooms, we overlooked it and didn't hang out there much anyway.
I found our tour manager knew a huge amount about the countries which made it much more interesting on the bus. She also was helpful with restaurants to go to and the best shopping areas. Ask the manager as many questions as you can! The food was good and I couldn't complain about any meals. The European Whirlwind trip was the best way to see Europe and gave you a taste of the culture there. Some countries I would have liked to see for more than 3 days but you can always go back yourself and explore later on. Although I got really sick with the Contiki cough and then bronchitis later on, I made the most of it. Everybody got sick and you just battle through it because you are in Europe of course! The best part about Contiki for me was meeting a bunch of random people who ended up sharing the same interests and humour as me. I would push people to get out there and introduce yourself to as many people as you can early on, especially if you are travelling solo. Don't stay in cliques and go and float between groups of people, that way you can say you made 50 friends! I would highly recommend going on this particular tour which is 18 days. Also, sign up to ALL the Me Time activities, they are brilliant and not that expensive. Say YES to everything and don't come back with regrets. Go for it!! :)

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Incredible , Funny

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  • Deano
  • Deano
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Very high energy, lots of fun.

09 Jun 2015 - 06 Jun 2015

I had a really great time and everything lived up to expectations.
It's a smart idea to take a sleeping bag, a few people didn't and they froze some nights. I also recommend taking cold and flu tablets and antibiotics with you just incase you catch the wretched cough/flu that goes around the bus. It's bound to happen!
The Volendam dinner was so so, the rest of the dinners and canal cruises were good choices. As was paragliding, that is a must!
The driver was amazing and as was the tour manager.
The only problem I had was trying to get in touch with the tour manager to find out what time to meet and where, as I was joining on the second day in Amsterdam. I was disappointed when Contiki told me I wasn't needed at the hotel until 6pm that night. If I hadn't turned up early I would of missed the canal cruise. That was the only problem I had the whole tour.
Time flies on this tour. Make it count!

Review written Jul 2015

My Contiki was: Fun, Draining, Adventurous

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  • Deano
  • Deano
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Very high energy, lots of fun.

09 Jun 2015 - 06 Jun 2015

I had a really great time and everything lived up to expectations.
It's a smart idea to take a sleeping bag, a few people didn't and they froze some nights. I also recommend taking cold and flu tablets and antibiotics with you just incase you catch the wretched cough/flu that goes around the bus. It's bound to happen!
The Volendam dinner was so so, the rest of the dinners and canal cruises were good choices. As was paragliding, that is a must!
The driver was amazing and as was the tour manager.
The only problem I had was trying to get in touch with the tour manager to find out what time to meet and where, as I was joining on the second day in Amsterdam. I was disappointed when Contiki told me I wasn't needed at the hotel until 6pm that night. If I hadn't turned up early I would of missed the canal cruise. That was the only problem I had the whole tour.
Time flies on this tour. Make it count!

Review written Jul 2015

My Contiki was: Fun, Draining, Adventurous

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  • goisy
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Thing I've Ever Done

13 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015

I booked this trip on a complete whim and was so nervous about going out alone but there was no need. From the first moment I met my tour mates, I had the time of my life and didn't experience a single moment of regret or doubt.
18 days is probably the perfect length for the tour and it'll fly by like you won't believe - I was nowhere near ready to leave all the amazing friends I'd made and tears were flowing on the last day.

High energy is definitely a good way to describe the tour and I'm totally not a party animal back home so I was scared that I wouldn't fit in here. If you're the same, don't worry. You're with such fantastic people that you want to spend each and every night partying with them. Be prepared for early morning while hungover to be tough for the first few days but by halfway through, we all just caught up on sleep on the coach. #noregrets

I was concerned that long days on the coach would be boring and take away from seeing the cities but for me, the journeys flew by. Everyone would doze off until the first service station stop, then chat or watch a movie for the rest of the time. Take a neck pillow!! Also, you'll get sick - almost everyone on my tour did. Take cough medicine and cold and flu stuff but a few shots did the trick as a quick fix for a night out too ;)

Everywhere we stayed was decent enough - some obviously nicer than others - but you spend so little time in the hostels that it doesn't matter. Breakfasts were a bit lackluster but did the job, and included dinners were nice except for the hostel in Berlin. There's a great pizza place nearby though! Staying at the campsites and Contiki run places was fun too and the party nights they held were some of my favourite nights of the trip - especially in Austria.

My favourite optional extras were the Amsterdam river cruise and dinner, Berlin walking tour, white water rafting and the gondola ride in Venice. The walking tours in Italy weren't great in my opinion but it's probably the easiest way to see the Vatican City and Colosseum.

Tony and Darius, our tour manager and driver, were absolutely incredible and I can't count the number of times I nearly cried laughing on the trip. Both went out of their way to make sure everybody was happy and the talks Tony gave about each country were really interesting. We made several stops along the way that weren't in our itinerary - an amazing scenic spot in Switzerland for photos and Dachau concentration camp were my favourites - and their commitment to doing this for us made the trip just that little bit more special.

It was honestly the best three weeks of my life and I'd encourage anybody to do it - I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat if I could!

"Go big or go home"

Review written Jul 2015

My Contiki was: Go Big or Go Home, Best friends, One big party

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  • goisy
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries
European Whirl
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Thing I've Ever Done

13 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015

I booked this trip on a complete whim and was so nervous about going out alone but there was no need. From the first moment I met my tour mates, I had the time of my life and didn't experience a single moment of regret or doubt.
18 days is probably the perfect length for the tour and it'll fly by like you won't believe - I was nowhere near ready to leave all the amazing friends I'd made and tears were flowing on the last day.

High energy is definitely a good way to describe the tour and I'm totally not a party animal back home so I was scared that I wouldn't fit in here. If you're the same, don't worry. You're with such fantastic people that you want to spend each and every night partying with them. Be prepared for early morning while hungover to be tough for the first few days but by halfway through, we all just caught up on sleep on the coach. #noregrets

I was concerned that long days on the coach would be boring and take away from seeing the cities but for me, the journeys flew by. Everyone would doze off until the first service station stop, then chat or watch a movie for the rest of the time. Take a neck pillow!! Also, you'll get sick - almost everyone on my tour did. Take cough medicine and cold and flu stuff but a few shots did the trick as a quick fix for a night out too ;)

Everywhere we stayed was decent enough - some obviously nicer than others - but you spend so little time in the hostels that it doesn't matter. Breakfasts were a bit lackluster but did the job, and included dinners were nice except for the hostel in Berlin. There's a great pizza place nearby though! Staying at the campsites and Contiki run places was fun too and the party nights they held were some of my favourite nights of the trip - especially in Austria.

My favourite optional extras were the Amsterdam river cruise and dinner, Berlin walking tour, white water rafting and the gondola ride in Venice. The walking tours in Italy weren't great in my opinion but it's probably the easiest way to see the Vatican City and Colosseum.

Tony and Darius, our tour manager and driver, were absolutely incredible and I can't count the number of times I nearly cried laughing on the trip. Both went out of their way to make sure everybody was happy and the talks Tony gave about each country were really interesting. We made several stops along the way that weren't in our itinerary - an amazing scenic spot in Switzerland for photos and Dachau concentration camp were my favourites - and their commitment to doing this for us made the trip just that little bit more special.

It was honestly the best three weeks of my life and I'd encourage anybody to do it - I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat if I could!

"Go big or go home"

Review written Jul 2015

My Contiki was: Go Big or Go Home, Best friends, One big party

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What's Included

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

Accommodation

  • 18 nights accommodation: 1 night in Contiki’s Austrian Gasthof, 2 nights in Contiki’s Swiss Chalet, 5 nights in Contiki Village cabins, 5 nights in hotel upgrade, 5 nights in hostels
  • 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
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 25 meals included in Food Fund:
  • 17 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners

Inclusions

  • 10 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
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Me Time

  • Canal cruise (1 hour)
  • Volendam Dinner
  • Berlin historical walking tour
  • Cold War & Cold Drinks
  • River cruise with buffet meal
  • Nuclear Bunker Tour
  • Mike's Bikes Tour
  • Mountain bike tour & BBQ lunch
  • Tandem paragliding
  • White Water Rafting
  • Gondola ride
  • Hidden Venice & Aperitivo (From Mar 2017)
  • Vatican Tour
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Souvenir group photo
  • Tuscan Dinner
  • Jungfrau Mountain visit
  • Nouvelle Eve cabaret show
  • Paris Farewell Dinner
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$134
  • 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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