27 Aug 2016 - 03 Sep 2016
I had a great trip and met some truly wonderful people, our trip manager Karina was fantastic, she did such a great job of motivating the group and keeping us all entertained, she was very knowledgeable on all the places that we visited. Our driver Artur did a great job as well, taking us to all these great places and loading and unloading our bags from the bus, he even came out with us in Prague on his night off!
This trip is an excellent way to see Europe if you don't have enough time to do one of the longer trips, however if I there is one regret it is that I didn't do a longer trip!
The highlights for me were Berlin and Vienna, both of these places have some wonderful architecture and history to learn about. I took an extra day in Vienna as you don't quite get to see enough with the included itinerary with Contiki, however Karina was kind enough to let us tag along for the day once our trip had ended. The accommodation was fine, however the hotel we stayed at in Amsterdam wasn't the best - tiny rooms and the showers didn't work properly in our room, it was OK if you didn't mind getting your skin scalded! But the trip wasn't about the accommodation, as Karina told us you don't go home and tell your friends about the great hotel you stayed at you tell them about all the fun experiences you had! :)
The included breakfasts and dinners were OK, basic but sufficient enough. We had a good selection of ME time optionals, if I would recommend just one it would be the dinner at Volendam - it was superb! I would have probably done without the river cruise in Prague, it was OK but we didn't learn too much about the city which I'd hoped for, the bike ride was a better opportunity for that.
If you are considering this trip some things to bear in mind would be there are a couple of long travel days, the longest being 8hrs from Amsterdam to Berlin - so remember that if you decide to have a heavy night in the Dam, which many of our group did! ;)
Another thing would be that I didn't know that we had free time on the trip, which is much my own fault for not realising. Have an idea of what things you would like to see in each place you visit so you can squeeze as much out of the trip as you can. Another thing to be aware of is that this tour is a "module" to the longer European Trail. It doesn't really make any difference, but it does make you jealous when you have to go home and the rest of the group are staying on to see some more great places!
Review written Sep 2016event 0.3
11 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016
This was my first Contiki and I enjoyed it so much I booked another trip within a few weeks.
Our trip leader and driver were fantastic and did everything they could to bring the group together and help everyone make the most out of every city we visited. The hostels were pretty good and the one hotel we stayed in was actually the worst but you dont spend much time in them, as long as there is a clean place to sleep and shower.
The trip was well organised and I left each city feeling as if I had ticked off the main attractions...#noregrets
Definitely recommend doing all of the optionals to get the most out of it.
Travelled solo and most of our group did too so made lots of new friends :)
Review written Aug 2016event 0.3
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