28 Sep 2014 - 05 Oct 2014
Wow where should I begin? What an amazing trip! A friend and I decided to do some touring on our own before meeting up with Contiki and the difference was night and day! Trying to navigate around Italy on our own was a challenge so when we joined the group it was like a breath of fresh air! Everything was planned for us! We also, of course, felt safer.
If you've never done a Contiki trip and you're still contemplating because of the price... book it! It's such a better way to travel! Every night is booked for you, every transportation is booked, and almost every meal is taken care of. You're also hanging with the same group of awesome people who have endless stories about traveling and their lives back at home. Also, some people brought their DSLRs and I totally would have brought mine if I wasn't backpacking before. I would recommend bringing yours!
The extras on this trip were amazing, especially Jungfrau mountain! DEFINITELY a must! No regrets! Bring warm clothes as it gets super chilly! And sneakers that will do well on snow. Remember to bring cash if you want to do activities on the top of the mountain. We didn't partake in the Parisian Show, there was a group of us that just grabbed some drinks instead. But we heard it was entertaining and involved the audience! The group photo had a beautiful background of a view of Florence. Worth the few bucks.
I do want to mention one thing that would have definitely played a part in my booking this trip. We joined onto an existing tour of almost 20 people. So they already had relationships, connections, inside jokes, etc. Our group meshed well together but I think it would have swayed my choice when booking.
Hope this review helps!
Review written Oct 2014event 0.3
13 Jul 2014 - 20 Jul 2014
First off, our guide, Cam, was excellent. Very friendly, knowledgeable and organized. Our driver Jakub was also very good and always on time.
The optionals were great, I would recommend all of them. The food and accommodations were as expected for the price.
A couple of things that surprised me were 1) this is a modular trip. I was 1 of just a few people joining a larger group of about 40 people who had already spent 2 weeks together becoming friends and making memories. 2) the average age of members on the tour I figure was about 19 or 20. Much younger than I expected (especially given that euro trips are quite expensive). For this reason I would not recommend this trip for anyone over the age of early twenties traveling solo.
Review written Jul 2014event 0.3