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Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is spain.

This was a whirlwind tour of everything you need to see on the North and South Islands. A perfect mix of big city fun and small town culture. The scenery was incredible , swim every chance you get. I highly recommend doing the whole 19 day tour instead of just the north or south island, it is 100% worth it and you meet a ton of people who hop on and off at different points along the way.
Do as many optionals as you can afford, the guides are great and will tell you which ones are the best. Highlights:Skydiving in Queenstown over the remarkables,seeing a eel while black water rafting in waitomo glow worm caves and scrumpy(just drink it, trust me).

Just do it and enjoy every moment. Trip of a lifetime

My Contiki was: noragrets, breathtaking, adventure

This was a whirlwind tour of everything you need to see on the North and South Islands. A perfect mix of big city fun and small town culture. The scenery was incredible , swim every chance you get. I highly recommend doing the whole 19 day tour instead of just the north or south island, it is 100% worth it and you meet a ton of people who hop on and off at different points along the way.
Do as many optionals as you can afford, the guides are great and will tell you which ones are the best. Highlights:Skydiving in Queenstown over the remarkables,seeing a eel while black water rafting in waitomo glow worm caves and scrumpy(just drink it, trust me).

Just do it and enjoy every moment. Trip of a lifetime

My Contiki was: noragrets, breathtaking, adventure

This trip was amazing! Not too long, not too short, the perfect timing. Our guide Kate and driver Jimmy were outstanding. I would do this again in a heatbeat.

The sites we saw were great and the whole experience was awesome. If you're a firdt time Europe traveller, I'd do this exact trip!

  • Jason Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

Okay so its taken me 1 year to write this review.
Ever since I finished this tour I have been planning the next one. If your looking for an awesome fast paced trip choose this one.

I met so many amazing friends that I still keep in contact with today and actually planning to meet up with this Christmas.

As for the trip there was so many beautiful sights and so many awesome parties. Every single night we just partied hard and everyday took in the sights while traveling to our next location and exploring once we got there.

I recommend doing every extra me time activity and leave at least 1 week open at the end of the tour so you can keep the party going with the awesome guys and girls you will meet that are still around London or Paris or even Amsterdam(its not hard to get back).

Even tho the tour is short you still make the best friends and its super sad to say goodbye at the end.

Definitely no Regrets! and my next tour I do will be much longer as you never wanna leave!

Happy travels people look forward to meeting you all on the next tour!! :)

My Contiki was: Parties, Fast-paced, Life-changing

  • Bec Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

Seriously the most fun I've ever had.
Massive group, walked away with some awesome new friends.
I'm not a big drinker, thank god, its expensive to have a night on the town here!
Hotels were pretty great, stand out was Harrah's in Vegas. Wow, buffet breakfast, DO IT. Shopping is so much better than at home.
Wasn't a big fan of San Fran, lots of creepy people there. Did the bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, happy to say that I did it but, never again. No one said it was almost 20km. My knees did not appreciate that flogging. Spent the next 2 days writhing in agony from the waist down.
Vegas. Wow, just wow.
Grand Canyon, do it. An absolute must.
New York, not bad. Times Square is just like the movies. But, there is literally garbage, like massive bags pilled on the streets everyday everywhere and it kinda smells.
Went to a Yankees game. Even if you're not a baseball fan, the atmosphere alone is fantastic and you're guaranteed a great time. Food cart tour was cool, yummy, but its a lot of walking!
We added on Waikiki for 2 nights, 3 days at the end of this tour. Excellent idea, needed the wind down!
Would love to see the whole country. One day, hopefully.

LA Explorer (2 nights)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ LA Explorer
  • Bec Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

Definitely worth doing before starting a tour! Especially if you're flight is delayed at home and then you miss your connection (yes, this did happen to me!). So instead of having 3 extra days in LA, it was more like 1 & 1/2 with 12 hours wasted in an airport while waiting for another flight!
Still, worth it, otherwise we would've missed the beginning of the Best of USA tour.
Managed to drop some serious money at the Citadel outlets and explore some cool local places to eat.
This tour was pretty much do what you want. No guide.
Stayed at the Figueroa and the staff were pretty rude actually, when I called from Hawaii to say we were delayed 12 hours they pretty much said "Tough shit, we'll give your room to someone else. " Wasn't until the travel agent from home got wind of the hurricane that was destroying the start of our trip and called these assholes to make sure we had somewhere to sleep.
Guess you could say the room wasn't too bad, turned out the only contiki hotel we stayed at that had a mini fridge in it and the included breakfast was pretty awesome.

  • Jess22 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

I had just moved to London before Christmas when this little gem of a trip came up, and I and so glad it did.

I had travelled through France a few years prior and this trip is incredible value for money! Your accommodation isn't great, but your in Paris for new years! Tour manager pointed out all the places to see and what to do, which was great as you really feel you see everything. Night tour was beautiful especially at such a festive time of year.

For anyone not too sure what your doing for new years, put this in your diary now! You won't regret it!

My Contiki was: Fun, Champagne , Bright lights

  • Jess22 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip was absolutely perfect for my stop over on route to the UK. I felt I saw everything here was within he short stays of each place. His trip in the winter covers it all, partying in Vegas, action packed days in snow in tahoe, sight seeing in San Francisco and loads of shopping and celeb spotting in LA. I meet amazing people and had such an incredible time. Thanks to our contik manager Blake, who went above and beyond to ensure we experienced everything there was to see and do.

I would definitely recommend anyone who is thinking of this trip to send a few more days prior in Las Vegas, you define don't want to come all his way and not see the grand canyon.


My Contiki was: Amazing , Adventure, Just do it

Peru Uncovered

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Magic!
  • Aimee Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This trip was amazing, the one day inca trek was the most rewarding experience of my life. Our tour manager Gaby was very helpful and knowledgable!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Noregrets, Fantasticimisso

  • LloydD Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I went to Vietnam with Contiki and I have to say, I had the best possible time. I was really unsure about what I was booking when I was in the travel agent, I had never done anything like this before and was a little apprehensive. I (as usual) failed to do any real research and just wanted to get out of the UK so I could see the sun. I didn't have any friends that were travelling at the time and decided to book with Contiki for one trip and another tour manager for my Thailand portion of the trip, this was suggested to me by the travel agent and I agreed.

I started in Vietnam, using the app to meet some of my group before the official start of the trip, which was great. Eventually came the official meeting time and I met my tour manager, Tom Morris. Was very clear with all the 'boring' administration things we had to do first but made us feel completely comfortable considering it could have been a little intimidating meeting all these new people.

Meetings over, I will summarise the whole trip in a lot less detail but we got to go around all of Vietnam, I had an amazing time with a fantastic group of people and it was all topped off by how good Tom was, he was a fountain of knowledge about every little place we visited, he was professional when things went wrong (I got my my stolen in a night club and we managed to get it back!) but he was also a great deal of fun! He made sure the whole group were happy all of the time and as a result, we all got to do everything we wanted to do individually and we also managed to spend heaps of time together. It was the perfect mix of free time and group activities (which we chose at the beginning of the trip).
I still have amazing memories of this trip and I give Tom a lot of the credit because, I went on my second trip straight after with a different company... Although I had a fun group and the place was amazing, the tour manager was very formal and nowhere near as informative. I didn't really know where to go and eat, I ended up in some dodgy places because I didn't know what to avoid, I took 2 books for the whole holiday (including Vietnam) by the start of Thailand, 10 days into my holiday, I was 2 pages in because I was having too much fun to read, by the end of Thailand, a week later, I was half way through my second book. That was all because I didn't know where to go and didn't know what I could do so I sat and read instead. Yes, this can all be solved by me doing research but isn't that why you go on these trips?

I had a great time in Vietnam and if I could change 1 thing about my trip as a whole it would have been to book Contiki for the entire trip.

Thank you Tom and thank you Contiki!

My Contiki was: Tom rocks!, Vietnam is amazing, Contiki are best.

  • Shecontiki Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 20 Countries

Contiki the explorer review September 2015
This tour is amazing I don't know where to begin - yes you probably look at the this tour and say it's expensive I thought the same but believe me for what you get is good value for money yes you could probably do it cheaper if you organised it yourself taking overnight buses & staying in hostels but this tour you get it all accommodation, transport (a few short flights but better then 12hours on a bus), breakfast everyday Peru was basic food but Argentina & Brazil a hot breakfast every morning (just no bacon if that's a priority to you) great tour manager, local guides and the best thing is they will help you communicate unless your fluent in Spanish & Portuguese you will struggle so they help also the best thing is you feel safe. I never felt unsafe while with the group they tell where to go & which areas to avoid.

This tour you will join the adventure tour which has already been traveling together for a week, there is multiple Peru trips and people will go in Cusco before the jungle lodge & then in Lima after the jungle lodge then you will head to Argentina where you will and the rest of your group will meet the people traveling on the Argentina & Brazil tour.

If you can do the inca trek I'm glad I did it it took a while but I finished and I'm no means fit but it's just an amazing feeling when you get to the top. Be sure to pack bug spray and put lots on as there are these little midgy insects and they make you itchy as anything so stop itch cream would also help.

Tips: currency bring lots of US dollars as you will get a better exchange rate over there rather than in Australia and it's easier to exchange money rather then having to find an atm that will accept your card or as many of the Americans on tour found out the bank but a hold on their card even though they had notified the bank prior to leaving the US thus resulting in high phone bills having to call their bank multiple times & no money and you don't risk your card being skimmed. Also it's easier to pay optionals in US dollars as the local rates change so much.

Altitude sickness: I joined in Cusco and had 2 days before I joined the group I drank lots of water & that is the key and water is really cheap depending on where you buy it but you could get 2.5 litres for 5 Peruvian souls and eat light, some people on tour did take altitude sickness tablets and I found these were the people who got sick needing the doctor to come this may have just been a coincidence but definitely take it easy drink lots of water & avoid alcohol. The altitude affects everyone differently and they have hot water & coco tea & leaves in all the hotels in Peru.

Take gastro stop (lots) you will need it at some point on the tour or someone else will this is guaranteed and a basic first aid kit. Now let's talk about the toilet paper situation in South America this can seem a bit odd but you are not allowed to flush toilet paper so you have to put it in a bun next to the toilet so my tip to avoid the awkwardness of sharing with a stranger and dealing with the toilet situation - take little plastic bags such as doggy bags and put the paper in there.

Just be aware that in South America they eat late so buy some snacks and by late I mean you usually don't meet for dinner until 8/8:30

this tour was mid September so end of the winter some people found it cold but I thought the weather was quite warm even got sunburnt in Cusco.

But in saying that this tour was absolutely AMAZING the people, the sites and the experience go with an open mind.

My Contiki was: amazing, value, life-changing

  • Kacie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This was one hell of a trip! Such a whirlwind, I can hardly believe all of the incredible things I got to experience. If you're looking for a way to sample a variety of what Europe has to offer, but don't have 2 months to take off from life, this is the perfect trip. They aren't kidding when they say "high energy" though, so I hope you plan on sleeping when you're dead! But it was absolutely worth it. Would do this trip again in a heart beat. So well organized too! I was surprised and impressed with how smooth it all went down, in regards to the travel, accommodations, meals, and excursions - I was never left waiting around which was shocking travelling with 39 other people!
All in all, an amazing and exciting adventure. And felt 100% safe as a female travelling by herself.

I had the time of my life on the Peru Uncovered Trip. My only complaint is that I didn't continue on to do the full Argentina and Brazil extension (not that I didn't try to join - visa problems). Overall the trip was a great way to dive into Peru and the rich history it holds. My trip manager, Clarisa, is one of the main reasons the trip was so incredible. She was so energetic and passionate about her country, it helped immerse us and see the most from every place. My group was also absolutely amazing. We had people from all over, the States, Australia, Britain and all of us became one big family. I came as a solo traveler and had the best time!! I definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to take a dive into Peru (and make sure to hike the Inca trail - it's breathtaking!)

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Cultural, Fun

  • Ayla Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries

Had the best time of my life! Met so many amazing people who will become life time friends. This is something you will never regret doing!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Fun, Time of my life

  • Toriitums Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was easily the best 14 days of my life. We had Rammel as our tour manager and he was so knowledgeable. I learnt stuff about USA I never knew and fell in love with places I didn't even think I would. It's definitely the best of USA and I would recommend this trip for anyone to get a taste of the states. Currently planning to go back!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Wow, Unforgettable

  • Meagan Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Now.. 20 year old new to travelling with out parents goes on a trip to Europe. What could go wrong!?!? Contiki definitely are excellent to lead a novice traveller in the right direction. This trip changed my entire world. I swear by Contiki because of this trip and sell it to all of my friends followed by the comment "MAKE SURE YOUR TRIP INCLUDES PRAGUE! DO THE PUB CRAWL!" Such a decent trip!

  • Meagan Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Mainly booked this trip for convenience. The fact that it was flying instead of being on a bus really appealed to me as America is A LOT bigger than Europe and thought being on a bus would be average. Although comparing USA to Europe Contiki (they are chalk and cheese but if I had to) I definitely think they do Europe a lot better. If you are keen for a lot of free time its definitely the trip for you! I mean.. Contiki in Vegas, can you go wrong?!?!!?

This trip was seriously great. We had an amazing tour guide and a great bunch of people on our tour, which I've learnt is very important. Loved the combination of big nights out in places like Vegas and Miami and the more relaxed places like the Grand Canyon.

My Contiki was: Epic, Party, Scenery

  • Luke Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Explored the North and South Islands in 18 days. Met incredible people and made great friends. Tour manager and bus driver were great and a lot of fun. Highly recommend this tour, great value for money. Optional activities are endless and there is plenty to see and do.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Amazing, Worthwhile

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