07 Feb 2015 - 01 Mar 2015
This was my first Contiki and won't be my last, the trip was an amazing experience and I couldn't be happier I chose this trip. On the European trail I got to see amazing countries, meet great new friends and have a ton of fun! I found all of the accommodation really great and i'm fussy, i'm not saying it's 5 star and at a couple places the bathrooms were a bit small or the bunk beds a bit shaky but all clean and cosy, the hostels actually ended up being mostly better than the hotels. We had a great tour manager (thanks Ian!) who knew literally everything about the places we were going and could talk for hours about the cities histories, he also could find us a good meal and show us a good night out. There is a lot of partying but that is mostly up to you whether you want to join in or not and there are always some people who stay behind, go home early or party til the early hours of the morning. The coach ride turned out to not be so much a bore but lot's of fun hanging out with new friends or catching up on much needed sleep, the bus is surprisingly comfy and my recommendation is to nab the front seat! great views and it feels like you have more space without seats in front of you plus you become more in the know being right up front! Food was great and as everyone on my tour would say I was the fussiest eater, the hostel/hotel meals are standard but mostly really tasty and there is always plenty of food you won't go hungry, breakfast depends where you are some places were really good others not so much but if you don't mind a bowl of cereal or a ham and cheese bun you'll be fine anywhere! My favorite countries from this trip would be Prague, Budapest, Venice, Switzerland and Paris but all together honestly can say I loved each day and each country, we did some amazing stuff all the optional river cruises are great, going up the Swiss Alps was breathtaking, The gondola in Venice is a must! Seeing the Eiffel tower and Moulin Rouge in Paris and just everything made an awesome 23 days of travel! I recommend this trip to everyone!
Review written Mar 2015event 0.3