15 Apr 2016 - 23 Apr 2016
This was my first trip with Contiki, and I am so, so, so glad I did it! I really lucked out with my trip!
Being a shy and introverted person, I wasn't sure how well I'd do on a group bus tour, but I was so lucky that the group I ended up with was welcoming and friendly. There was a mixture of Aussies, fellow Canadians, a few Kiwis, a handful of Americans, one South African, and one Hong Konger; one of the best things about this trip was meeting people from so many different (yet similar) cultures and comparing notes (like all the different words for "tank top," haha). I ended up forming friendships with many of them, and have stayed in touch since.
I chose not to do all of the included activities and optionals, mainly because I needed some time alone to recharge, but also because I hate riding bicycles and wanted to save money (haha). Wandering through a museum filled with art by Alphonse Mucha AND Salvador Dali was one of my favourite things that I did by myself, but I also loved . You can tailor your experience to suit your tastes, though you shouldn't limit yourself too much either. Even if one of the activities doesn't sound like something you'd enjoy, take a leap and try it anyway! You might be pleasantly surprised. ;)
Of course, the trip wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of the Contiki team. Our guide Cameron was fun, passionate, knowledgeable, and always there to help us "sausage dog through it" (make the best of a difficult situation). Being a history nerd myself, I really appreciated how he injected humour into his summaries of historical events -- it definitely helped keep us awake on those long bus rides! And I can't give Patryck, our bus driver, enough praise for his skills at driving that massive coach, for cleaning up after us all the time, and for staying so upbeat through it all.
The only kind-of negative aspect of the trip (for me) was the length of the bus rides between cities; it's a necessary evil, though at the same time it's a good opportunity to socialize with your group. I'd recommend changing seats often to break up the monotony, which is something I wish I'd done more of!
To summarize: I was super lucky. Meeting so many interesting people, seeing so many amazing things, and having such a fun time, made this trip worth every penny. I had #noregrets :)
Review written Jul 2016event 0.3
11 Sep 2015 - 19 Sep 2015
This trip was a great time! I'm very spontaneous when it comes to travel plus I usually travel on a budget and Contiki doesn't disappoint!
This was my second Contiki. My tour manager was Scottie. I can't begin to say enough good things about him- he was hilarious, knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Rickie who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.
This Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw the high energy of Amsterdam's Red Light District, the history soaked streets of Berlin, the stunning city of Dresden, the rich culture in Prague, and classical feel of Vienna.
Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Aussies, the couple of Kiwi's (especially my Kiwi ;) hehe); the Americans (especially my sassy love), and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a Canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was! I am already planning my next Contiki tour! haha
Review written Oct 2015event 0.3