Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)

Tour Length
13 days
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US$2315
Overview Reviews

  • Jordann23
  • Jordann23
  • Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 14 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AHHHHMAZING

27 Aug 2010 - 09 Sep 2010

This was my first Contiki and it absolutely changed my life. My tour mates were some of the coolest people around. I didn't know if I just got lucky, but every tour since I've had great travel friends. Our tour guide was nice, but complained a little bit about the behind scenes at Contiki at one point - a little put off by that, but all in all she was cool. Sooooo much awesomeness at every turn. Highly highly recco. Note: This tour has a super fast past, but well worth it. Always do the add-ons. Note: You do have quite a bit of bus time on this one... I highly recco starting in Madrid and finishing in Rome.

Review written Jan 2016

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  • Jordann23
  • Jordann23
  • Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 14 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AHHHHMAZING

27 Aug 2010 - 09 Sep 2010

This was my first Contiki and it absolutely changed my life. My tour mates were some of the coolest people around. I didn't know if I just got lucky, but every tour since I've had great travel friends. Our tour guide was nice, but complained a little bit about the behind scenes at Contiki at one point - a little put off by that, but all in all she was cool. Sooooo much awesomeness at every turn. Highly highly recco. Note: This tour has a super fast past, but well worth it. Always do the add-ons. Note: You do have quite a bit of bus time on this one... I highly recco starting in Madrid and finishing in Rome.

Review written Jan 2016

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  • Toya
  • Toya
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Incredible Whirlwind!

22 Aug 2015 - 03 Sep 2015

This tour is a great way to see the main cities around the Mediterranean. It's not as fast paced as some other tours and allows you a bit more time to relax and explore the sights. This was an incredible experience and I am definitely glad I chose this as my first ever tour. It definitely prepared me for the Contiki life and I met people I will never forget. Not many people did all of the optional activities and it really came down to whether that specific thing interested you or not. If you don't do all the extras there is always plenty to see and do in each place! The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is definitely one of the things that you must go inside and check it, it's simply breathtaking! It's a good idea to pre-book your tickets online to the more popular sites as the queues can be pretty crazy!

Review written Oct 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, Whirlwind, Experience

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  • Toya
  • Toya
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Incredible Whirlwind!

22 Aug 2015 - 03 Sep 2015

This tour is a great way to see the main cities around the Mediterranean. It's not as fast paced as some other tours and allows you a bit more time to relax and explore the sights. This was an incredible experience and I am definitely glad I chose this as my first ever tour. It definitely prepared me for the Contiki life and I met people I will never forget. Not many people did all of the optional activities and it really came down to whether that specific thing interested you or not. If you don't do all the extras there is always plenty to see and do in each place! The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is definitely one of the things that you must go inside and check it, it's simply breathtaking! It's a good idea to pre-book your tickets online to the more popular sites as the queues can be pretty crazy!

Review written Oct 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, Whirlwind, Experience

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  • Tiffany
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fantastic Tour!!!

01 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015

This tour was simply incredible! I highly recommend it. It has a great mix of everything - sightseeing, history, exploring, partying, great food and wine, stunning scenery, art, relaxing etc etc. The locations are amazing. Every single stop is different and has something you can't miss! Our guide, Maite and driver, Alessandro were absolutely amazing. So kind, so fun and complete masters at what they do! Couldn't have asked for better. Fellow travellers made the trip awesome too. You'll make friends really quickly and lots of us are keeping in touch! I did all the ME Time Optionals and it was completely worth it. Highlights (hard to list only a few) include The Valley of the Fallen, La Sagrada Familia, Flamenco dinner and show, the beach in Nice, night out in Monaco, Ponte Vecchio, Tuscan dinner, the Colosseum and lots more you can do as a group or in your free time. You will be very well fed on this tour! The meals were generous and delicious and included good helpings of wine or sangria. I also enjoyed a lot of gelato along the way since it was hot! The drives are very scenic, the coach comfy and the tour is an ideal length (you will be exhausted by the end but you can take advantage of everything fully!). The accommodation is pretty nice too generally. My friend and I did this is the middle of a 7 week trip through Europe and it was a great choice! We saw incredible things that were unique and each place had a different atmosphere and loads to offer. It was an unmissable, unforgettable experience made all the better for having things organised for you, being good value for money and getting to share the experience with a group and make lots of new friends.

Review written Sep 2015

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Fun, Mind-blowing

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  • Tiffany
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fantastic Tour!!!

01 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015

This tour was simply incredible! I highly recommend it. It has a great mix of everything - sightseeing, history, exploring, partying, great food and wine, stunning scenery, art, relaxing etc etc. The locations are amazing. Every single stop is different and has something you can't miss! Our guide, Maite and driver, Alessandro were absolutely amazing. So kind, so fun and complete masters at what they do! Couldn't have asked for better. Fellow travellers made the trip awesome too. You'll make friends really quickly and lots of us are keeping in touch! I did all the ME Time Optionals and it was completely worth it. Highlights (hard to list only a few) include The Valley of the Fallen, La Sagrada Familia, Flamenco dinner and show, the beach in Nice, night out in Monaco, Ponte Vecchio, Tuscan dinner, the Colosseum and lots more you can do as a group or in your free time. You will be very well fed on this tour! The meals were generous and delicious and included good helpings of wine or sangria. I also enjoyed a lot of gelato along the way since it was hot! The drives are very scenic, the coach comfy and the tour is an ideal length (you will be exhausted by the end but you can take advantage of everything fully!). The accommodation is pretty nice too generally. My friend and I did this is the middle of a 7 week trip through Europe and it was a great choice! We saw incredible things that were unique and each place had a different atmosphere and loads to offer. It was an unmissable, unforgettable experience made all the better for having things organised for you, being good value for money and getting to share the experience with a group and make lots of new friends.

Review written Sep 2015

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Fun, Mind-blowing

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  • MsK
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)

Amazing life experience... lives up to #noregrets

13 Jun 2015 - 25 Jun 2015

I went on this trip with a friend of mine in June 2015 and it was such an amazing experience! I don't even know where to begin. Its a jam packed trip with early mornings and late nights, but the lack of sleep was totally worth it all. I did all the ME-time optionals and don't regret it one bit! Must say our tour guide Maite was soo awesome and made this experience unforgettable. Some of my highlights included parasailing in Nice, walking the streets of France, sunbathing in Cinque Terre, gelatos in italy, soccer game in Madrid, Segrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Colosseum in Rome. Would def. recommend this tour to anyone who likes a good mix of touring and relaxing :)

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Surreal, Unforgettable

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  • MsK
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)

Amazing life experience... lives up to #noregrets

13 Jun 2015 - 25 Jun 2015

I went on this trip with a friend of mine in June 2015 and it was such an amazing experience! I don't even know where to begin. Its a jam packed trip with early mornings and late nights, but the lack of sleep was totally worth it all. I did all the ME-time optionals and don't regret it one bit! Must say our tour guide Maite was soo awesome and made this experience unforgettable. Some of my highlights included parasailing in Nice, walking the streets of France, sunbathing in Cinque Terre, gelatos in italy, soccer game in Madrid, Segrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Colosseum in Rome. Would def. recommend this tour to anyone who likes a good mix of touring and relaxing :)

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Surreal, Unforgettable

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  • Amber
  • Amber
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing

23 Aug 2014 - 04 Sep 2014

This trip was the perfect amount of time and an excellent way to travel around the Mediterranean. I have to say our tour manager Enzo made the trip extra awesome with his stellar upbeat attitude.

Barcelona's night life will blow your mind so be ready for a crazy night out. The south of France and Monaco are some of the most beautiful places along the Mediterranean. There was just so much to see in Italy that you wont be disappointed.

I took part in all the extras and was very happy. Some of the hotels were far out from the city centers but usually they were right near a transit station so it was easy to get wherever you wanted to go.

The people you will meet on this trip really make the experience. You become a family when your out there travelling together. So many good memories.

This was an excellent trip....time to start planning my next contiki adventure.

Review written Oct 2014

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  • Amber
  • Amber
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing

23 Aug 2014 - 04 Sep 2014

This trip was the perfect amount of time and an excellent way to travel around the Mediterranean. I have to say our tour manager Enzo made the trip extra awesome with his stellar upbeat attitude.

Barcelona's night life will blow your mind so be ready for a crazy night out. The south of France and Monaco are some of the most beautiful places along the Mediterranean. There was just so much to see in Italy that you wont be disappointed.

I took part in all the extras and was very happy. Some of the hotels were far out from the city centers but usually they were right near a transit station so it was easy to get wherever you wanted to go.

The people you will meet on this trip really make the experience. You become a family when your out there travelling together. So many good memories.

This was an excellent trip....time to start planning my next contiki adventure.

Review written Oct 2014

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  • Lindsay
  • Lindsay
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid) - Good Trip!

23 Aug 2014 - 04 Sep 2014

This trip is a great preview of gorgeous cities along the Mediterranean! If you end up with our same Tour Manager and Bus Driver (Enzo & Tonino) you will be guaranteed a good laugh every single day on the coach! They were our coffee in the morning!

The only reason why I didn't give this trip 5 stars is because the meals felt rushed and the add on meals didn't seem to be great value. My boyfriend and I would explore and find our own dining towards the end and we stumbled across some local gems on our own. Although with saying that I highly recommend the Flamenco Night, the Monte Carlo night and the Fairwell dinner in Rome. The Flamenco show was awesome, the Monte Carlo night is your only chance to see Monaco and the fairwell dinner with an opera but it was a comedy opera and it was a great way to end the trip.

What makes the trip is the people you end up with and the fun factor that your tour manager brings and we lucked out. My boyfriend and I are more on the quiet side but the people on our trip all seemed like great people!

Lindsay

Review written Sep 2014

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  • Lindsay
  • Lindsay
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid) - Good Trip!

23 Aug 2014 - 04 Sep 2014

This trip is a great preview of gorgeous cities along the Mediterranean! If you end up with our same Tour Manager and Bus Driver (Enzo & Tonino) you will be guaranteed a good laugh every single day on the coach! They were our coffee in the morning!

The only reason why I didn't give this trip 5 stars is because the meals felt rushed and the add on meals didn't seem to be great value. My boyfriend and I would explore and find our own dining towards the end and we stumbled across some local gems on our own. Although with saying that I highly recommend the Flamenco Night, the Monte Carlo night and the Fairwell dinner in Rome. The Flamenco show was awesome, the Monte Carlo night is your only chance to see Monaco and the fairwell dinner with an opera but it was a comedy opera and it was a great way to end the trip.

What makes the trip is the people you end up with and the fun factor that your tour manager brings and we lucked out. My boyfriend and I are more on the quiet side but the people on our trip all seemed like great people!

Lindsay

Review written Sep 2014

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Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid)

02 Aug 2014 - 14 Aug 2014

Madrid is the best place to start this trip, as you get the long travel days over with at the beginning of the tour. Madrid is interesting, but Barcelona is were you want to be. If I had a choice, I would have 2 days in Barcelona and not just one - there is so much to see and do! The tour manager was smart and encouraged us to go out on our last night in Madrid. Smart, because we slept most of the long journey from Madrid to Barcelona. She was smart again when she hooked us up with a wild night out in Barcelona, after which we slept all the way to Avignon - another long travel day. I personally didn't like France very much. Nice is very touristic, and personally, I found it boring as I am not into lying on the beach all day. The perfumery is another place I was bored at - I'm just a tomboy like that. The French countryside - Avignon and Aix-en-provence - are worth the visit. It's the only place where I found semi-friendly French people. The time spent in Monaco was just enough - we had a supper there. Unless you're secretly a millionaire, Monaco is good to just pass through. Italy, oh Italy! The food and gelato are something to immigrate for! Never have I eaten such fantastic food! Pisa was alright, it's only the tower you stop to see anyways, and Florence was also alright. I wouldn't have spent as much time there as I found entrance to the museums and other interesting things a bit pricey. But Rome...you need at least 3-4 days here. The city is massive and there is history around every corner! Will definitely be going back to Rome...and Barcelona!

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Fantastic, Hot, Worthwhile

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Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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Mediterranean Highlights (start Madrid)

02 Aug 2014 - 14 Aug 2014

Madrid is the best place to start this trip, as you get the long travel days over with at the beginning of the tour. Madrid is interesting, but Barcelona is were you want to be. If I had a choice, I would have 2 days in Barcelona and not just one - there is so much to see and do! The tour manager was smart and encouraged us to go out on our last night in Madrid. Smart, because we slept most of the long journey from Madrid to Barcelona. She was smart again when she hooked us up with a wild night out in Barcelona, after which we slept all the way to Avignon - another long travel day. I personally didn't like France very much. Nice is very touristic, and personally, I found it boring as I am not into lying on the beach all day. The perfumery is another place I was bored at - I'm just a tomboy like that. The French countryside - Avignon and Aix-en-provence - are worth the visit. It's the only place where I found semi-friendly French people. The time spent in Monaco was just enough - we had a supper there. Unless you're secretly a millionaire, Monaco is good to just pass through. Italy, oh Italy! The food and gelato are something to immigrate for! Never have I eaten such fantastic food! Pisa was alright, it's only the tower you stop to see anyways, and Florence was also alright. I wouldn't have spent as much time there as I found entrance to the museums and other interesting things a bit pricey. But Rome...you need at least 3-4 days here. The city is massive and there is history around every corner! Will definitely be going back to Rome...and Barcelona!

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Fantastic, Hot, Worthwhile

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  • _Misty_
  • _Misty_
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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"Best Day of My Life"

14 Jun 2014 - 26 Jun 2014

Amazing holiday, with the nicest of people. Great atmosphere between everyone and the sights were incredible. Our tour manager was so fun, very knowledgeable and helpful.

Review written Aug 2014

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  • _Misty_
  • _Misty_
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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"Best Day of My Life"

14 Jun 2014 - 26 Jun 2014

Amazing holiday, with the nicest of people. Great atmosphere between everyone and the sights were incredible. Our tour manager was so fun, very knowledgeable and helpful.

Review written Aug 2014

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  • Lauren
  • Lauren
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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Best 2 weeks ever!!!

24 Aug 2013 - 05 Sep 2013

I had never done a Contiki before and travelled alone. I live in the UK and I wanted to see places in Europe I had never seen before. I was the only "Pom" and made some truly amazing friends.

Everywhere we went our tour guide Yannick told us everything we wanted to know and I saw more than I ever thought I would! He was a gent and helped in anyway he could.

Our group didn't enjoy the extras so much but there was no hard sell to make you do it and you could pick and chose. I enjoyed the extra experiences and tours.

Value for money was great and it was lovely knowing accommodation was sorted. I did spend a lot of food but I had never eaten such amazing food and coming home to boring English food was a serious bump back to reality!

I really enjoyed the stop off in different little towns. It is a long time on the coach but these stops made it fly by and didn't seem as bad!

Contiki was brilliant and I am travelling to OZ in a few months time. First stop? Another Contiki tour!!!!!!! :D

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: fantastic, life changing, unforgettable

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  • Lauren
  • Lauren
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best 2 weeks ever!!!

24 Aug 2013 - 05 Sep 2013

I had never done a Contiki before and travelled alone. I live in the UK and I wanted to see places in Europe I had never seen before. I was the only "Pom" and made some truly amazing friends.

Everywhere we went our tour guide Yannick told us everything we wanted to know and I saw more than I ever thought I would! He was a gent and helped in anyway he could.

Our group didn't enjoy the extras so much but there was no hard sell to make you do it and you could pick and chose. I enjoyed the extra experiences and tours.

Value for money was great and it was lovely knowing accommodation was sorted. I did spend a lot of food but I had never eaten such amazing food and coming home to boring English food was a serious bump back to reality!

I really enjoyed the stop off in different little towns. It is a long time on the coach but these stops made it fly by and didn't seem as bad!

Contiki was brilliant and I am travelling to OZ in a few months time. First stop? Another Contiki tour!!!!!!! :D

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: fantastic, life changing, unforgettable

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  • Tim
  • Tim
  • Level 8 Traveler
  • 8 Contikis
  • 17 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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Tour Review

24 Aug 2013 - 05 Sep 2013

Saw some of the most amazing things, and met fantastic people. What reservations i did have quickly dissipated after the first day.

As dorky as it sounds, you will do and see so much on these trips, its worth making a travel diary, or at least taking a lot of random pics on your mobile - just to remember where and what you did as it does become a bit of a blur (for me anyhow).

So when your looking back on one of the trips of your life, you want those memories =)

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: fun, rememberable, eye opening

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  • Tim
  • Tim
  • Level 8 Traveler
  • 8 Contikis
  • 17 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Madrid)
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Tour Review

24 Aug 2013 - 05 Sep 2013

Saw some of the most amazing things, and met fantastic people. What reservations i did have quickly dissipated after the first day.

As dorky as it sounds, you will do and see so much on these trips, its worth making a travel diary, or at least taking a lot of random pics on your mobile - just to remember where and what you did as it does become a bit of a blur (for me anyhow).

So when your looking back on one of the trips of your life, you want those memories =)

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: fun, rememberable, eye opening

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What's Included

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

Accommodation

  • 12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Team

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

Food

  • 12 continental breakfasts
  • 4 Regional Dinners: regional feasts in our favourite local spots

Inclusions

  • 8 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the Gran Via, the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana
  • Guided tour of Royal Palace in Madrid
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Me Time

  • Guided tour of the Valley of the fallen
  • Traditional Madridlenos Dinner
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner
  • Monaco Dinner
  • Souvenir group photo
  • Space Disco
  • Tuscan Evening
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$178
  • 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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