28 Dec 2013 - 07 Jan 2014
Having been to Europe a few times already, I had read the reviews before I signed up for this trip and knew what I was getting myself into. When you sign up for a tour that goes to so many places in such a short time frame, you have to understand that you're going to be spending a lot of time on the bus. This wasn't typically a problem, however, as we mainly used that time to catch up on some sleep we had been missing from being out the night before.
The food was mostly okay, the sites were fantastic, and the optionals were great, but what really made the trip exceptional was the people. I was a little nervous to travel alone, however I met so many people even on the first night and following days that it didn't make a difference at all.
Kristin, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable about everywhere we went, and was always around to help you out if you needed her or had any questions. I ended up getting sick on our last stop and she personally took me to the pharmacy in paris and got the medicine I needed - so thank you Kristin :) (on that note, if you do get sick easily, it might be wise to pack some cold and flu pills in your bag before you go).
I would definitely recommend doing the optional Moulin rouge in paris and the sex show in Amsterdam - though it does seem kind of costly, particularly the Moulin Rouge show, pretty much our entire group went to both and it was well worth it.
I'd definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to have a taste of Europe, its great for deciding which places you want to come back to and explore in depth!
Review written Jul 2014event 0.3
29 Dec 2012 - 08 Jan 2013
I had a great time on this contiki. I was a bit leery, being my first contiki but it ended up being a life changing expirence. I was really shy and never really socialized much before this trip, and after the first day I had already made great friends and the other people on the trip made it so easy to come out and have an amazing time. Best birthday present I have ever bought myself, so I always encourage people to try Contiki. I did, and I'm glad I made that choice.
Take the step, book a trip. you wont regret it! Trust me
Review written Sep 2013event 0.3
24 Nov 2011 - 04 Dec 2011
I had an amazing time on this trip. Our group was amazing, our tour manager was amazing, our driver was amazing, Europe is amazing! My only complaint is that in the winter you get less daylight and since you're trying to see so many countries in such a short time, you spend most day hours on the bus and have to explore the cities by night. Some cities are meant to be explored by night (Amsterdam, Paris etc) but some are not (like Munich). Having said that, it is cheaper and the lines to attractions are shorter and it is a special season to visit. Each city has Christmas markets and is decorated in lights. Its worth experiencing.
Review written May 2013event 0.3
26 Jan 2013 - 03 Feb 2013
This was the fastest, most amazing 9 days of my life. We had a great group of people and an awesome tour leader, Lisa. Words can't describe the fun we had, and all the fantastic memories we made, do this tour, you won't regret it.
Review written Feb 2013event 0.3
29 Dec 2012 - 08 Jan 2013
This trip was absolutely phenomenal. This was my first trip outside of the United States and I was pretty apprehensive and nervous. I went with my boyfriend and best friend and none of us really knew what to expect. I loved that all the tedious details were taken care of for us, it was cool to just show up and enjoy it. Our flight was great and I really enjoyed the hotel accommodations. I wasn't really looking forward to spending so much time on a bus but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it ended up being. The bus actually added something extra to the trip and I definitely looked forward to the long warm drives after exploring the cities in the cold all day. All the food and activities were amazing, and the other people in the tour group were as well. The best part of this trip was having all the security and care of the tour group, which was essentially a family and also having a huge amount of time to go on your own and experiance these places without a giant "tourist" sign over your head. Finally, our tour manager Jon and bus driver Szabi really made the trip worth while. They were incredibly cool, informative, and seriously dedicated to making our trip the best imaginable. I loved every minute of it, sad as hell it's over, and already planning the next one. Thanks Contiki!
Review written Jan 2013event 0.3
25 Dec 2012 - 04 Jan 2013
This tour is amazing! I saw many things in such short time. Our tour guide and driver are really nice!It's a fast paced trip but at the end, I have a good idea about which countries I would like to come back!I highly recommend this tour to people who want to know a little bit about Europe! Paris and Munich rock!
Review written Jan 2013event 0.3
10 Dec 2011 - 18 Dec 2011
Even though i froze my ass off I had an amazing time, i got to meet people from all over the world and i had a blast with them. i still cant get over all the places I've been they were simply breathtaking. all this wouldn't have been special without our tour guide Emma and our bus driver Jodi :)
Review written Jan 2013event 0.3
27 Oct 2011 - 06 Nov 2011
i would recommend this to anyone that wants to have a good time. i have to warn you though, that it's a lot of time on the bus. that's the only way you can see so many places in so little time. other than the travel time on the bus, had the best time ever!
Review written Jun 2012event 0.3
11 Feb 2012 - 19 Feb 2012
This was a great trip, a lot of places in a short spell which meant lots of bus sleeps and I was really tired by the end but was well worth it. It gives you a great idea for places you might want to go see again!
We had an amazing pair of Tour manager and driver!! Michael Brabenec and Gustavo were such a great match and it really does matter who your tour manager is and how good they are willing to make your trip. He had great knowledge of every where we went and went out of his way to not only get to know people and party with us but also made sure that we got to see everything we wanted to while away!! WAS AWESOME!!
Review written Apr 2012event 0.3
14 Jan 2012 - 22 Jan 2012
This tour is amazing and heavy going at the same time! You spend a lot of days just sitting on the bus, but as with everything, you make it as good as you want it to be! You make awesome friends and just get to hang out with them for 9 days which is just cool by itself, as well as getting to see a lot of Europe! A great your for a party animal, not so much for relaxing and wanting to take it easy. You see a lot in very little time, with a lot of information to take in! I would however definitely recommend this tour it was fantastic, if i was rich i would do it again for sure!
Review written Feb 2012event 0.3
22 Dec 2011 - 01 Jan 2012
It was an amazing trip. I have seen so many things in just 9 days and everyday was filled with such great memories. All the hotels but one, were excellent and we were given a fair warning that most of the hotels in Europe are very basic so I didn't expect too much. It would be nice if WiFi was free in each hotel especially for those who has their smartphones locked to their carrier just like mine. We have a lot of optional tours and some optional tours weren't even mentioned on the itinerary which was a pleasant surprise and it's worth doing. It's not everyday that you can visit Europe so take advantage of the optional tours. Our driver and our tour manager were awesome. They were very informative, approachable and fun to be with. Mr. Saxobeat was our pick-me-up song in the morning and now I can just associate that song to the good times we had. I have never tasted any pizza better than the one we ate in Italy. My group was awesome and I'll never forget them. The best moment was when our driver double parked in the busy street of Paris where you can see the Eiffel tower and we watched the Eiffel tower's light show. I highly recommend this tour especially for those who haven't been to Europe. It's just magical!
Review written Jan 2012event 0.3
17 Mar 2011 - 27 Mar 2011
This trip was incredible. The best vacation I've ever taken! It is incredibly fast paced though! Most days, when you get to the hotel, you only have 30-45min to shower and change before its time to go to dinner, or get on the bus to go into the city, etc. People stay out late almost every night and the bus leaves early almost everyday so make sure you have plenty of time to rest before and after this trip! It was incredible how much sight-seeing, culture experiencing, and just fun things we could squeeze into 11 days. The people were amazing! It seemed like everyone in the group was outgoing and friendly and talkative. It was really easy to find someone to do whatever you felt like doing in the city or at night. The tour guides had great suggestions and advice. They kept the bus rides from being too long with games and rest stops. It was very well organized. I don't have a single complaint!!
Review written May 2011event 0.3