Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Tour Length
13 days
From
US$2285
Overview Reviews

  • Veronica
  • Veronica
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing tour!

29 Jun 2015 - 11 Jul 2015

This had a mix of everything you needed and was incredible to tour some of these places I would not have known how to get to or what to do...

I loved all of it (minus the terrible plague of contiki cough that ripped through the group!) and made some great friends and unforgettable memories!
For the places you go and things you do the price is fabulous, I definitely recommend doing all of the me time optionals and even though you feel like you will see too many churches, the valley of the fallen was simply amazing and a must!
Ah how I miss the food and the wine everywhere!
Although this was a just part of my europe trip it was great to not be doing all of the planning and have it up to contiki compared to when I was alone!

Don't think, just book it!

Review written Apr 2016

My Contiki was: unforgettable, fun, beautiful

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  • Veronica
  • Veronica
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing tour!

29 Jun 2015 - 11 Jul 2015

This had a mix of everything you needed and was incredible to tour some of these places I would not have known how to get to or what to do...

I loved all of it (minus the terrible plague of contiki cough that ripped through the group!) and made some great friends and unforgettable memories!
For the places you go and things you do the price is fabulous, I definitely recommend doing all of the me time optionals and even though you feel like you will see too many churches, the valley of the fallen was simply amazing and a must!
Ah how I miss the food and the wine everywhere!
Although this was a just part of my europe trip it was great to not be doing all of the planning and have it up to contiki compared to when I was alone!

Don't think, just book it!

Review written Apr 2016

My Contiki was: unforgettable, fun, beautiful

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  • Kalson
  • Kalson
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Trip of Lifetime

10 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015

This was my first Contiki and first group tour ever. I've been on many vacations all over the world, but I decided to try this tour because I enjoyed the "no planning" aspect of this package and letting someone else arrange everything from beginning to end.

Our tour manager was Giuseppe and what can I say, he made this tour very special for me and everyone else in the group. He went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the whole group had a great time outside of "Contiki" time and as a result, our whole group of 50 people really had a chance to bond and get to know one another. As a result, everyone was very social and inclusive and we all had an incredible time.

I enjoyed the optional events as it gave me a chance to experience the local culture without having to research and figure out "what to do" in each city. Some of the hotels weren't that great, but towards the last half of the trip, the hotels were good. I feel like Contiki starts your trip off at the worst hotel and then gradually increases the quality so you can end on a high note.

I would recommend Contiki to everyone and would love the opportunity to do it all over again!

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting, Value

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  • Kalson
  • Kalson
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Trip of Lifetime

10 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015

This was my first Contiki and first group tour ever. I've been on many vacations all over the world, but I decided to try this tour because I enjoyed the "no planning" aspect of this package and letting someone else arrange everything from beginning to end.

Our tour manager was Giuseppe and what can I say, he made this tour very special for me and everyone else in the group. He went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the whole group had a great time outside of "Contiki" time and as a result, our whole group of 50 people really had a chance to bond and get to know one another. As a result, everyone was very social and inclusive and we all had an incredible time.

I enjoyed the optional events as it gave me a chance to experience the local culture without having to research and figure out "what to do" in each city. Some of the hotels weren't that great, but towards the last half of the trip, the hotels were good. I feel like Contiki starts your trip off at the worst hotel and then gradually increases the quality so you can end on a high note.

I would recommend Contiki to everyone and would love the opportunity to do it all over again!

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting, Value

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  • Michael
  • Michael
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Best trip of my life...thus far

11 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014

This trip has exceeded my expectations in the best way possible. I went alone, but came back home connecting with more great friends worldwide. I've kept in touch with some of them from this Contiki group. The highlight of the trip was in Florence. I fell in love with that city. Would highly recommend first time Contiki travelers to take the Mediterranean Highlights tour. You really get a big bang out for your buck!

Review written Dec 2014

My Contiki was: Exciting, Spontaneous, Humbling

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  • Michael
  • Michael
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Best trip of my life...thus far

11 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014

This trip has exceeded my expectations in the best way possible. I went alone, but came back home connecting with more great friends worldwide. I've kept in touch with some of them from this Contiki group. The highlight of the trip was in Florence. I fell in love with that city. Would highly recommend first time Contiki travelers to take the Mediterranean Highlights tour. You really get a big bang out for your buck!

Review written Dec 2014

My Contiki was: Exciting, Spontaneous, Humbling

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  • Alice
  • Alice
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Why did it end?

17 Jun 2013 - 29 Jun 2013

So this Contiki was a spur of the moment choice to finish off my time in Europe. I had been traveling on my own, but I loved the ease of doing it with Contiki!

My guide (Christina) was amazing and so funny. She went out of the way to show us some awesome stuff and ensure we had a fantastico trip. The driver Pino was a riot! "Contiki go DANCING!" They really made the trip.

The accommodation was really good value, especially in the Mediterranean where everything can be so expensive! There was only one bad hotel in Barcelona, but I think we were told that they wouldn't be going back there.

The food, oh the food. Thank goodness for the sightseeing walks otherwise I would have been rolling off the bus by the end. Everything was soooooo good and the servings were generous at all the included and optional meals. The dinner the first night and last nights plus the night in Florence was just mind-blowing.

The transport was really good. The bus was always clean and Christina's iPod provided a great soundtrack for the journey. Shame there was no onboard wifi, but I wouldn't have traded Pino for anything, so it was worth not having it!

The other people on the tour were great. There was a good mix of people that wanted to go out and those who didn't, so no matter how you wanted to spend your night others were keen for whatever.

I loved the South of France. All the beauty of that area was overwhelming. The weather was absolutely perfect for the entire tour.

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: exciting, funny, ease

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  • Alice
  • Alice
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Why did it end?

17 Jun 2013 - 29 Jun 2013

So this Contiki was a spur of the moment choice to finish off my time in Europe. I had been traveling on my own, but I loved the ease of doing it with Contiki!

My guide (Christina) was amazing and so funny. She went out of the way to show us some awesome stuff and ensure we had a fantastico trip. The driver Pino was a riot! "Contiki go DANCING!" They really made the trip.

The accommodation was really good value, especially in the Mediterranean where everything can be so expensive! There was only one bad hotel in Barcelona, but I think we were told that they wouldn't be going back there.

The food, oh the food. Thank goodness for the sightseeing walks otherwise I would have been rolling off the bus by the end. Everything was soooooo good and the servings were generous at all the included and optional meals. The dinner the first night and last nights plus the night in Florence was just mind-blowing.

The transport was really good. The bus was always clean and Christina's iPod provided a great soundtrack for the journey. Shame there was no onboard wifi, but I wouldn't have traded Pino for anything, so it was worth not having it!

The other people on the tour were great. There was a good mix of people that wanted to go out and those who didn't, so no matter how you wanted to spend your night others were keen for whatever.

I loved the South of France. All the beauty of that area was overwhelming. The weather was absolutely perfect for the entire tour.

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: exciting, funny, ease

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  • Amber
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Random Thoughts in a Giant Review

08 Sep 2014 - 20 Sep 2014

Prepare for some random thoughts jumbled into one review. I would absolutely pick Rome-Madrid over Madrid-Rome, there are some very long bus rides between France and Spain and near the end of the trip you are pretty tired anyway so it's a good time to relax. Also everyone jokes about Contiki cough but it's a real thing stock up on COLD MEDICINE because almost everyone ends up buying it anyway. Didn't do the opera dinner, didn't feel like I missed out. Did do the Monaco dinner and it was delicious, but don't feel pressured to do it/not do it (others did find affordable food). I wouldn't consider it overpriced as one comment below said. Ladies the cobblestones in Rome will break your ankles in heels, I'm not sure how some of the girls on my trip managed that. I also skipped "the David" to have some more free time and didn't feel like I missed out, you end up seeing the fake David anyway. Sparkling fountain in Florence is really cool (near fake David). Go to the Modern Art museum in France, it's really weird and also go to the beach

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: Food is amazing in Italy especially, BEACHES <3, Lots to do, kind of rushed at times but worth it

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  • Amber
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Random Thoughts in a Giant Review

08 Sep 2014 - 20 Sep 2014

Prepare for some random thoughts jumbled into one review. I would absolutely pick Rome-Madrid over Madrid-Rome, there are some very long bus rides between France and Spain and near the end of the trip you are pretty tired anyway so it's a good time to relax. Also everyone jokes about Contiki cough but it's a real thing stock up on COLD MEDICINE because almost everyone ends up buying it anyway. Didn't do the opera dinner, didn't feel like I missed out. Did do the Monaco dinner and it was delicious, but don't feel pressured to do it/not do it (others did find affordable food). I wouldn't consider it overpriced as one comment below said. Ladies the cobblestones in Rome will break your ankles in heels, I'm not sure how some of the girls on my trip managed that. I also skipped "the David" to have some more free time and didn't feel like I missed out, you end up seeing the fake David anyway. Sparkling fountain in Florence is really cool (near fake David). Go to the Modern Art museum in France, it's really weird and also go to the beach

Review written Nov 2014

My Contiki was: Food is amazing in Italy especially, BEACHES <3, Lots to do, kind of rushed at times but worth it

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  • Rubina
  • Rubina
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Highlights

21 Jul 2014 - 02 Aug 2014

I just came back from this trip and it was the best decesion I've ever made! You get a good taste of each country and our tour manager Erica was beyond amazing! She really made the trip memorable and my contiki group as well. As for the trip itself I loved every country! Italy for the delicious food, The Italian Riviera and French Riviera for the beaches, and Spain for it's vibrant culture and nightlife. This trip is fast paced, but the days at the beach give you a break from all the traveling. My roomate and I spent our free day in Nice, France on day beds relaxing and went parasailing for 40 euros.. not bad at all. For the optionals, do it all! The best optional dinner was in Tuscany.. you get amazing food with an amazing view. Do this trip, you wont regret it!!

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: good food, partying, new friends

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  • Rubina
  • Rubina
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

Highlights

21 Jul 2014 - 02 Aug 2014

I just came back from this trip and it was the best decesion I've ever made! You get a good taste of each country and our tour manager Erica was beyond amazing! She really made the trip memorable and my contiki group as well. As for the trip itself I loved every country! Italy for the delicious food, The Italian Riviera and French Riviera for the beaches, and Spain for it's vibrant culture and nightlife. This trip is fast paced, but the days at the beach give you a break from all the traveling. My roomate and I spent our free day in Nice, France on day beds relaxing and went parasailing for 40 euros.. not bad at all. For the optionals, do it all! The best optional dinner was in Tuscany.. you get amazing food with an amazing view. Do this trip, you wont regret it!!

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: good food, partying, new friends

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  • Renette
  • Renette
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Definitive highlights!

30 Jun 2014 - 12 Jul 2014

I absolutely loved my experience. The famous sights and the cultures. My favourite was Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, Florence and Barcelona. To see Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona was unforgettable. The glitz and glamour in Monaco and the ancient ruins in Rome is a must-see. We had a backstage pass to the Vatican museum and had a city tour of Florence. The authentic cuisine is part of the experience. This is were you get to know your fellow travellers. I have made such good friends on the trip. We had the best tour manager, Maite. She told us of all the best places to visit, the most delicious food to eat and to experience the cultures. Our day song, 'One day', surely helped to live the saying 'No regrets'. It was an amazing unforgettable experience. I loved every moment!

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: No regrets., Amazing., Fun!

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  • Renette
  • Renette
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Definitive highlights!

30 Jun 2014 - 12 Jul 2014

I absolutely loved my experience. The famous sights and the cultures. My favourite was Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, Florence and Barcelona. To see Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona was unforgettable. The glitz and glamour in Monaco and the ancient ruins in Rome is a must-see. We had a backstage pass to the Vatican museum and had a city tour of Florence. The authentic cuisine is part of the experience. This is were you get to know your fellow travellers. I have made such good friends on the trip. We had the best tour manager, Maite. She told us of all the best places to visit, the most delicious food to eat and to experience the cultures. Our day song, 'One day', surely helped to live the saying 'No regrets'. It was an amazing unforgettable experience. I loved every moment!

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: No regrets., Amazing., Fun!

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Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing Experience

30 Jun 2014 - 12 Jul 2014

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome) is a 13 day trip through Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco, and Spain.

What is great about this tour is that you get to see so much in just 2 weeks! It really is a mind opening experience to be able to actually see places you've read/studied about in school.

What made this trip a success was our wonderful tour manager Maite and the awesome bunch of fellow contiki tour members. Maite provided us with alot of useful information and tips about the local areas including maps, trains, and buses to take if we wanted to explore during our free time.

A few things that makes contiki great is the free time to go explore on your own and the Me Time Optionals. The Me Time Optionals unfortunately are additional expenses on top of the tour you paid for, however the experience from it was worth it!

The highlight of this trip was probably San Gigmignano, Tuscany, Italy. The most amazing and beautiful view you will see of the Italian country side! If you go on this trip, climb the darn tower and see the view!

I traveled solo and was a little curious as to how that would work out. I ended up making awesome friends!

Tip: Travel with an open mind, be courteous to other fellow tour members, and don't be late, then your trip will be amazing :)

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: Mind-blowing, Awesome, Fun

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Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing Experience

30 Jun 2014 - 12 Jul 2014

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome) is a 13 day trip through Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco, and Spain.

What is great about this tour is that you get to see so much in just 2 weeks! It really is a mind opening experience to be able to actually see places you've read/studied about in school.

What made this trip a success was our wonderful tour manager Maite and the awesome bunch of fellow contiki tour members. Maite provided us with alot of useful information and tips about the local areas including maps, trains, and buses to take if we wanted to explore during our free time.

A few things that makes contiki great is the free time to go explore on your own and the Me Time Optionals. The Me Time Optionals unfortunately are additional expenses on top of the tour you paid for, however the experience from it was worth it!

The highlight of this trip was probably San Gigmignano, Tuscany, Italy. The most amazing and beautiful view you will see of the Italian country side! If you go on this trip, climb the darn tower and see the view!

I traveled solo and was a little curious as to how that would work out. I ended up making awesome friends!

Tip: Travel with an open mind, be courteous to other fellow tour members, and don't be late, then your trip will be amazing :)

Review written Jul 2014

My Contiki was: Mind-blowing, Awesome, Fun

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  • cait_y89
  • cait_y89
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

loved it!!!

12 Aug 2013 - 24 Aug 2013

Amazing tour!!! Saw so many beautiful sites and had an awesome tour guide, Yannick. Highlights included relaxin with Sangria on the beach of Monterosso in the Cinqie Terre, picnicing at La Chateau in Nice & partying all night in Barcelona. Great trip with a great bunch of people. Thanks contikiiiiiii!!!!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: i, love, contiki!!!!

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  • cait_y89
  • cait_y89
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

loved it!!!

12 Aug 2013 - 24 Aug 2013

Amazing tour!!! Saw so many beautiful sites and had an awesome tour guide, Yannick. Highlights included relaxin with Sangria on the beach of Monterosso in the Cinqie Terre, picnicing at La Chateau in Nice & partying all night in Barcelona. Great trip with a great bunch of people. Thanks contikiiiiiii!!!!

Review written Aug 2013

My Contiki was: i, love, contiki!!!!

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  • Meghan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

12 Aug 2012 - 25 Aug 2012

It was alot of fun!! Needs an extra day in Barcelona tho for sure. Do the Florence dinner and nightclub (space) it is well worth it!!! The dinner in Monacco do not do, not worth it and over priced.

I would suggest going a day earlier as the tour starts that day, sightseeing and all!

Beware the contiki cough!!!

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: Fun, Busy, ContikiCough

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  • Meghan
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome)

12 Aug 2012 - 25 Aug 2012

It was alot of fun!! Needs an extra day in Barcelona tho for sure. Do the Florence dinner and nightclub (space) it is well worth it!!! The dinner in Monacco do not do, not worth it and over priced.

I would suggest going a day earlier as the tour starts that day, sightseeing and all!

Beware the contiki cough!!!

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: Fun, Busy, ContikiCough

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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 Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Watch how the locals make Italian style pizza
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Me Time

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

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$175
  • 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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