04 Sep 2016 - 14 Sep 2016
It is so hard to describe how amazing this trip is. Kirsty (our tour manager) and Rich (our driver) were fantastic - they were very knowledgable and organised. There was never a dull moment and all the optional activities were very professional. It's the perfect trip to meet friendly, like minded travellers!
Review written Sep 2016event 0.3
22 May 2016 - 01 Jun 2016
I've done quite a bit of travelling over the last few years, and the Canadian Rockies is undoubtedly the most beautiful place I've ever been. Pictures cannot do it justice, you have to go and see it for yourself!
Highlights for me:
- White water rafting in Jasper - Never been rafting before and it was incredible fun. After you power your way through the rapids, you float peacefully downstream to the finish line with the best backdrop you could ever ask for. I even went for a swim down the glacial river next to the raft, where the water had just come off the mountains not even 24 hours earlier which was quite the experience!
- Helicopter flight in Banff - The best views in all the Rockies, views you can't see on foot. You get right up close to the mountains, which was incredible.
- Maligne Lake Cruise - The cruise out to Spirit Island is a must. Picture perfect scenery out on the water the whole way.
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola up to Blackcomb Mountain - SNOW!!!
- Capilano Suspension Bridge - A long, swaying bridge high above the forest was too cool not to check out.
- Vancouver Dinner Cruise - A spectacular sunset cruise on the harbour where everyone gets dressed up on the final night. Full of great food, drinking and dancing, you won't want to miss it.
- Athabasca Glacier - SNOWBALL FIGHT!!!
- And Lake Louise, of course!
A few tips:
- Stay awake on the bus or you'll miss all the bear sightings!
- Vancouver is an awesome city, make sure you spend some extra time there either before or after the tour.
Alex is the trip manager and is an absolute legend! You're in good hands with him running the show.
Lastly, if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up here, on instagram or on facebook. I'll be happy to answer any questions you've got about anything! If you want to check out some photos of my trip, I have many up on my instagram (@jonty_cabral).
Review written Sep 2016event 0.3
05 Jun 2016 - 15 Jun 2016
I can't describe how amazing this trip is. Saw many beautiful sites and did many amazing things. Alex was an amazing tour manager, so knowledgable, helpful and friendly and always looks out for you. Richard was an amazing driver, had to navigate through super tight situations and was really friendly too! Unfortunately our helicopter trip was cancelled due to the weather but Alex is working on his powers to change the weather so hopefully he will perfect it soon! For a first Contiki and solo trip I would definitely recommend starting with this
Review written Jun 2016event 0.3
26 Jul 2015 - 05 Aug 2015
One of my favourite tours ever taken. It's absolutely stunning nature, easy paced traveling enough me time. Not hectic, Canada itself is a very clean, relaxed and save country. There's fresh air, stunning wildlife and a loooot of pretty. (#ContikiAlex) It's not a party tour, of course some people party, but it's not much about partying. Canada in the summer - a must see. I will definitly come back. There's still much more to do in Vancouver than I did. ;-) And the tourmanager Alex is very knowledgable and funny. Oh Canada, I love you. :*
Review written Sep 2015event 0.3
15 Jun 2014 - 25 Jun 2014
This trip was absolutely amazing! Every moment took my breath away, the scenery was spectacular and the people wonderful. The places we stayed were great and the optionals literally ticked off half my bucket list! The tour manager Jen was fantastic and the bus driver Darren was great too. I highly recommend this trip!
Review written Aug 2014event 0.3
25 Aug 2013 - 04 Sep 2013
I came into this expecting so much, but some how i was still blown away with just how awesome the people and the adventure was. It was almost all down to the awesome team contiki provided, we had the best driver and the best tour tour leader on earth. They made every day magical even if we didn't feel well.
I seriously recommend doing all the optionals available, believe me you wont regret it.
And when its all over, you will want to hop back on the bus and do it all over again.
Review written Sep 2013event 0.3
12 May 2013 - 22 May 2013
I would definitely recommend this trip! A great opportunity to visit such a beautiful country. Our tour was in May, so the mountains were still covered in snow & some of the lakes still partly frozen, so it was beautiful and suprisingly warm when out of the mountains. Highlights include white-water rafting & a brillant bunch of people. We also amazingly got to see some bears in the wild!
Review written Sep 2013event 0.3
11 Aug 2013 - 21 Aug 2013
Just returned from the best holiday ever! Had a great time with our Contiki group of 36 people. We had a great mix of activities and a great tour manager and driver (Jen and Daz).
Had so much fun canoeing, white water rafting, hiking, horse riding and there were plenty of good nights out to suit everyone too. The accommodation and included meals were even better than I expected - even for a vegetarian! - and we didn't spend too much time on the coach (except the Banff to Vernon day which is to be expected).
My advice would be to just go - try new things and make new friends. I'm so glad I went, would definitely book with Contiki in future, great way to travel.
Review written Aug 2013event 0.3
16 Jun 2013 - 26 Jun 2013
What can I say? I really cannot describe how amazing and breathtaking this tour is! You will see some of the most amazing picturesque sites of your life.
Firstly let me start out and say this tour is nothing like the Contiki tours where the focus is the drinking and partying, you literally don't want to spend any part of your coach drives hungover and asleep, especially the drive from Whistler to Kamloops which is one of the windiest roads in the world!
Moving onto the tour guide and driver. Our driver was Darren who drove us in our brand new coach fitted with individual power sockets and multiple monitors which displayed the drivers view of the road from a dashcam. Darren was courteous and a superstar at his role. He always partied with us where he could and is generally an all round great guy!
Our guide was Jen, who is just an absolute star at what she does and goes above and beyond anyone's expectations of a tour guide! Our tour proved particularly tough for both Darren and Jen who faced a massive setback in our tour due to flooding and mudslides around Banff which prevented the tour from stopping there. Jen worked so hard to organise alternative plans for our group and worked her butt off for our group! I cannot describe how much her drive and motivation really turned a terrible situation into something unique and spectacular.
Jen and Darren work extremely well together, so if you are lucky to complete your tour with these two then I can assure you that you will be taken care of and you'll be in for a great time.
Moving onto the optional extras. I highly recommend that everyone completes the zip lining adventure... I am someone who is absolutely of terrified of heights but this experience is like no other. You will not regret it! Secondly you have to do the boat cruise on the final night of Contiki! Not only should this be on your not negotiable list but you shouldn't even need to think twice! You HAVE to do it! Unfortunately we were unable to complete the helicopter tour due to the flooding, however, if you can afford this, then you have to do it too.
Onto accommodation. Firstly, it's Contiki so don't expect the Hilton or Sheraton because you ain't gonna get it! But overall most hotels rate highly based purely on location and service! Whistler and Jasper top my list as one of my favourite hotels on the tour. They are both so different but are so unique so I'm sure you'll love them too! Jasper is a very homely hotel with a gaming room (slot machines) and an attached bar (where you'll experience the Contiki shot, known as a beaver liquor). Luckily all hotels included wifi free of charge, however don't expect anything remotely fast as it can be painfully slow!
Finally this tour has a diverse range of ages, unlike my previous Contiki which was 90% under 25, this Contiki has a vast range of age groups which can be challenging as it creates a separation in the group. I also understand that my tour had some guests aged over 35, so I'd hope that in future they'd be a little more thorough in their acceptance of guests to prevent group divides. However, this group was full of party animals and everyone seemed to mix and get along fine!
Overall I strongly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience some of the most amazing sites that this planet has to offer, if you're looking for a booze cruise, then this tour is not for you!
Review written Jul 2013event 0.3
03 Jun 2012 - 13 Jun 2012
This was the my 4th trip with conitki and I have to say one of the best! I was with such a great group of people to start! I really loved to loactions and the the optionals on this trip, they were more physical and fun...and the sights...wow the moutains and snow! Great food in Vancouer...JAPADOG yummy! The trip was "So Day 6!"
Review written Dec 2012event 0.3