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European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Horizon
  • Sean Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had the most amazing time on Contiki! This was my first solo trip in Europe and it couldn't have been better! :D Every single experience in every city we had the chance to do was so awesome; from white water rafting in Austria to Amsterdam and the bike tour/hofbrauhaus in Munchen. Make sure you do every me time option, I did and I am so glad. It's a very fast paced tour, and you barely get sleep, but who doesn't like partying till the early hours of the morning every night?! You will definitely have memories for life. On the last night of the tour in Paris, the taxi driver took a group of us to the wrong hotel, so we were walking around the streets at 3am. At the time I was annoyed, but looking on it now, that's something I'll remember. You become close to your tour group and they become your family. We had the best tour team - I'm talking about you Scotty and Gaz! I can't recommend this tour enough, and I can't wait to go on my next Contiki!

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Horizon
  • Sean Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had the most amazing time on Contiki! This was my first solo trip in Europe and it couldn't have been better! :D Every single experience in every city we had the chance to do was so awesome; from white water rafting in Austria to Amsterdam and the bike tour/hofbrauhaus in Munchen. Make sure you do every me time option, I did and I am so glad. It's a very fast paced tour, and you barely get sleep, but who doesn't like partying till the early hours of the morning every night?! You will definitely have memories for life. On the last night of the tour in Paris, the taxi driver took a group of us to the wrong hotel, so we were walking around the streets at 3am. At the time I was annoyed, but looking on it now, that's something I'll remember. You become close to your tour group and they become your family. We had the best tour team - I'm talking about you Scotty and Gaz! I can't recommend this tour enough, and I can't wait to go on my next Contiki!

Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Trip of My Life

Everything about this tour was incredible! 14 days of Spanish history, food and culture are truly captured along the way. This was my first contiki and was very unsure what I could expect. Our tour manager Zach, was a big highlight for our group. His keen sense of spanish history and passion for what he did made all of us so excited to tour through each city with him. Our whole crew became life long friends that took advantage of every moment from the stress of Bilbao to the partying in Ibiza!
Do not think twice.... just book it!

Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Trip of My Life

Everything about this tour was incredible! 14 days of Spanish history, food and culture are truly captured along the way. This was my first contiki and was very unsure what I could expect. Our tour manager Zach, was a big highlight for our group. His keen sense of spanish history and passion for what he did made all of us so excited to tour through each city with him. Our whole crew became life long friends that took advantage of every moment from the stress of Bilbao to the partying in Ibiza!
Do not think twice.... just book it!

Asian Adventure

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ An incredible ride!
  • Shaun Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

Get ready for an insane adventure! This trip exceeded all of my expectations and I certainly won’t be forgetting the experiences we had as a group any time soon.

Notes:

It's HOT. Proper hot. You will sweat and at times will be uncomfortably hot. Nothing you can do, just ride it out, drink lots of water and enjoy those cool showers when you can.

Consider packing light. There are an abundance of markets where you can buy cheap shirts, tops and ‘elephant pants’ that will cover you for temple dress.

90% of the time we wore thongs (flip flops) or sandals. Good idea to have a light weight comfortable pair of walking shoes too though.

Rain coats are a waste – they will make you sweat. Take a good quality umbrella instead. An emergency poncho is also worth it though I never used mine.

Any type of suitcase is fine but be prepared to carry it up stairs in some hotels that are minus an elevator.

All Visas (Laos & Cambodia) are available on arrival for most nationalities, if you get yours beforehand you will still wait for the others in the group. Might not be worth worrying about it at home. All you need are passport photos and two blank pages in your passport for each country.

Tap water shouldn’t be drunk so plan on buying heaps of bottled water; drink bottles are not needed.

Take lots of sunscreen, good quality bug spray and a wide brimmed hat. Lots of people got savaged by mozzies.

Malaria is described as not being present in all three countries – Meds shouldn’t be needed but it’s up to you if you’d rather be safe.

Don’t fear the cheap street food. It’s generally very good, but check with the tour manager for tips.

Do all of the optional extras – cheap and all are good fun. The Thai cooking class is particularly enjoyable!

The whole group share a car on the overnight train to Chiang Mai in a bunk bed style arrangement. Air conditioned and much more comfortable than it sounds.

The bus trips in Laos are windy and bumpy at times – if you get motion sick easily, sit at the front and take it easy the night before.

Spectacular View Restaurant is exactly that. Have the camera ready!

The first realistic opportunity to do washing is in Luang Prabang (7 days in). The next is in Siem Reap just before the end. Usually about US$1-2 per kilo.

Angkor Wat on a busy day can be ruined by big crowds. Be prepared. Look for the monk near the main entrance – good photo op.

Do not miss the afternoon trip to the other Siem Reap temples – they are better than Angkor Wat.

If you get time in Siem Reap after the trip – go to the circus. It is incredible (brochure at hotel reception).

Honestly though, the best piece of advice is to simply approach the trip with an open mind. First time contiki travellers, fear not, this was my fourth trip, my fourth exceptionally talented tour manager and my fourth insanely colourful and friendly group of travel buddies. You WILL have a good time, never doubt that. It’s quite a journey, take each experience as it comes and jump at every opportunity to see every inch of three amazing countries. You can sleep when you get home! Enjoy!

My Contiki was: Exciting, Crazy, Inspiring

Asian Adventure

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ An incredible ride!
  • Shaun Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

Get ready for an insane adventure! This trip exceeded all of my expectations and I certainly won’t be forgetting the experiences we had as a group any time soon.

Notes:

It's HOT. Proper hot. You will sweat and at times will be uncomfortably hot. Nothing you can do, just ride it out, drink lots of water and enjoy those cool showers when you can.

Consider packing light. There are an abundance of markets where you can buy cheap shirts, tops and ‘elephant pants’ that will cover you for temple dress.

90% of the time we wore thongs (flip flops) or sandals. Good idea to have a light weight comfortable pair of walking shoes too though.

Rain coats are a waste – they will make you sweat. Take a good quality umbrella instead. An emergency poncho is also worth it though I never used mine.

Any type of suitcase is fine but be prepared to carry it up stairs in some hotels that are minus an elevator.

All Visas (Laos & Cambodia) are available on arrival for most nationalities, if you get yours beforehand you will still wait for the others in the group. Might not be worth worrying about it at home. All you need are passport photos and two blank pages in your passport for each country.

Tap water shouldn’t be drunk so plan on buying heaps of bottled water; drink bottles are not needed.

Take lots of sunscreen, good quality bug spray and a wide brimmed hat. Lots of people got savaged by mozzies.

Malaria is described as not being present in all three countries – Meds shouldn’t be needed but it’s up to you if you’d rather be safe.

Don’t fear the cheap street food. It’s generally very good, but check with the tour manager for tips.

Do all of the optional extras – cheap and all are good fun. The Thai cooking class is particularly enjoyable!

The whole group share a car on the overnight train to Chiang Mai in a bunk bed style arrangement. Air conditioned and much more comfortable than it sounds.

The bus trips in Laos are windy and bumpy at times – if you get motion sick easily, sit at the front and take it easy the night before.

Spectacular View Restaurant is exactly that. Have the camera ready!

The first realistic opportunity to do washing is in Luang Prabang (7 days in). The next is in Siem Reap just before the end. Usually about US$1-2 per kilo.

Angkor Wat on a busy day can be ruined by big crowds. Be prepared. Look for the monk near the main entrance – good photo op.

Do not miss the afternoon trip to the other Siem Reap temples – they are better than Angkor Wat.

If you get time in Siem Reap after the trip – go to the circus. It is incredible (brochure at hotel reception).

Honestly though, the best piece of advice is to simply approach the trip with an open mind. First time contiki travellers, fear not, this was my fourth trip, my fourth exceptionally talented tour manager and my fourth insanely colourful and friendly group of travel buddies. You WILL have a good time, never doubt that. It’s quite a journey, take each experience as it comes and jump at every opportunity to see every inch of three amazing countries. You can sleep when you get home! Enjoy!

My Contiki was: Exciting, Crazy, Inspiring

  • Nick Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This trip was simply amazing. But be warned, this is not for the people after a "relaxing holiday", this trip is "Traveling" , is extremely fast paced and you're always on the go. You get too a place, have an awesome night out, have a look around and your back on the go. expect very late nights and early mornings. You will get very accustomed to the bus and sleeping on the bus is something everyone does. But the best part about the long bus trips is talking to all the different people and you get to know everyone really well. Yes you could do this trip by yourself and yes it could probably be cheaper, but this is SO worth it. The people we went with truly made this trip. It was worth the money just for the people. They truly made the WHOLE trip worth it. It is a bucket list trip. You see and do a whole lot in a short 2 weeks but the friends and memories are worth it in itself. It isn't perfect, some people want to spend more time in places but it was just the most amazing experience of my life. The last day was the hardest, even though it was only 2 weeks, I made some of the best memories of my life and made them with some of the best people i've met in my life from all over the globe. Jade our manager and Dave our driver we found at the end it was their first trip, and it was great to share that with them. If you're thinking about it, just book it. Dont think. You won't EVER regret it.
Hint: Do all the optional activities. Cost another approx $600AUD depending on the conversion rate but most people do them all and it s so worth it to get the best out of the trip. #NoRegrets.
1 tip is come home broke. Memories are worth more than money.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Hectic, Amazing

  • Nick Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This trip was simply amazing. But be warned, this is not for the people after a "relaxing holiday", this trip is "Traveling" , is extremely fast paced and you're always on the go. You get too a place, have an awesome night out, have a look around and your back on the go. expect very late nights and early mornings. You will get very accustomed to the bus and sleeping on the bus is something everyone does. But the best part about the long bus trips is talking to all the different people and you get to know everyone really well. Yes you could do this trip by yourself and yes it could probably be cheaper, but this is SO worth it. The people we went with truly made this trip. It was worth the money just for the people. They truly made the WHOLE trip worth it. It is a bucket list trip. You see and do a whole lot in a short 2 weeks but the friends and memories are worth it in itself. It isn't perfect, some people want to spend more time in places but it was just the most amazing experience of my life. The last day was the hardest, even though it was only 2 weeks, I made some of the best memories of my life and made them with some of the best people i've met in my life from all over the globe. Jade our manager and Dave our driver we found at the end it was their first trip, and it was great to share that with them. If you're thinking about it, just book it. Dont think. You won't EVER regret it.
Hint: Do all the optional activities. Cost another approx $600AUD depending on the conversion rate but most people do them all and it s so worth it to get the best out of the trip. #NoRegrets.
1 tip is come home broke. Memories are worth more than money.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Hectic, Amazing

  • JackH91 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I was very nervous at first, but after a day, I need not be. By the time I really got involved with the friends I made to the day I left, I had the best time I could wish for. Some days were better than others, other activities were better than others, but the people you associate with, the laughs you have, the memories you share together, makes the trip so worthwhile. I would defiantly recommend Contiki as a company to travel with as you really all do become a family and see parts of the world in a really different way than I would have expected to do. You won't make friends with everyone, but the ones you do, your never really apart from them and you become friends for life!

I had the experience of a lifetime and would like to thank Brooke, our tour manager and Sandro, our bus driver, and all the friends I made, for such an awesome time!!!

Thanks so much!!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Contiki Family, Worthwhile

  • JackH91 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I was very nervous at first, but after a day, I need not be. By the time I really got involved with the friends I made to the day I left, I had the best time I could wish for. Some days were better than others, other activities were better than others, but the people you associate with, the laughs you have, the memories you share together, makes the trip so worthwhile. I would defiantly recommend Contiki as a company to travel with as you really all do become a family and see parts of the world in a really different way than I would have expected to do. You won't make friends with everyone, but the ones you do, your never really apart from them and you become friends for life!

I had the experience of a lifetime and would like to thank Brooke, our tour manager and Sandro, our bus driver, and all the friends I made, for such an awesome time!!!

Thanks so much!!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Contiki Family, Worthwhile

When I booked this trip I didn't think it was long enough and that I wouldn't see much. But I was wrong in 18 day we covered so much of Europe and the countries we went to. This was my first trip to Europe and on a contiki and I have to say I couldn't of done it better another way. The people you meet and the memories you make travelling day in day out with 50 people was amazing.
My trip would have be as inspiring and full of history if it wasn't for our trip manager Evana, I have never met someone with so much knowledge of every country, towns, names, business's, sports teams, artists..... Of the places we saw. She blew us all away with the information talks entering every country. Anyone wanting to do a contiki and wants to learn about the places you go as well as party then do one with Evana and Chris our bus driver, an amazing driver like wow and a funny bloke as well top guy.
I have only just returned but definitely want to do it again with the same group! Had a ball and have made many friends for life :D

My Contiki was: Mindblowing, Amazing, Unexpected

When I booked this trip I didn't think it was long enough and that I wouldn't see much. But I was wrong in 18 day we covered so much of Europe and the countries we went to. This was my first trip to Europe and on a contiki and I have to say I couldn't of done it better another way. The people you meet and the memories you make travelling day in day out with 50 people was amazing.
My trip would have be as inspiring and full of history if it wasn't for our trip manager Evana, I have never met someone with so much knowledge of every country, towns, names, business's, sports teams, artists..... Of the places we saw. She blew us all away with the information talks entering every country. Anyone wanting to do a contiki and wants to learn about the places you go as well as party then do one with Evana and Chris our bus driver, an amazing driver like wow and a funny bloke as well top guy.
I have only just returned but definitely want to do it again with the same group! Had a ball and have made many friends for life :D

My Contiki was: Mindblowing, Amazing, Unexpected

  • Polly Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

This trip was absolutely amazing! This was my first time ever overseas and I loved every minute of it! The things you see the amazing people you meet!

My Contiki was: Incredible , Amazing , Unforgettable

  • Polly Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

This trip was absolutely amazing! This was my first time ever overseas and I loved every minute of it! The things you see the amazing people you meet!

My Contiki was: Incredible , Amazing , Unforgettable

Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Guinness and Happiness
  • Patti Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This was my first Contiki and I went on it with 3 other friends. A year later we are still talking about the amazing memories we had made on this trip. From the Cliffs of Moher, the little streets of Galway, and my personal favorite- the Aran Islands and Inishmore each day is great. Not to mention the people of Ireland are wonderful and the Guinness speaks for itself.

My Contiki was: amazing, Guinness, fun

Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Guinness and Happiness
  • Patti Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This was my first Contiki and I went on it with 3 other friends. A year later we are still talking about the amazing memories we had made on this trip. From the Cliffs of Moher, the little streets of Galway, and my personal favorite- the Aran Islands and Inishmore each day is great. Not to mention the people of Ireland are wonderful and the Guinness speaks for itself.

My Contiki was: amazing, Guinness, fun

  • Kalson Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

This was my first Contiki and first group tour ever. I've been on many vacations all over the world, but I decided to try this tour because I enjoyed the "no planning" aspect of this package and letting someone else arrange everything from beginning to end.

Our tour manager was Giuseppe and what can I say, he made this tour very special for me and everyone else in the group. He went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the whole group had a great time outside of "Contiki" time and as a result, our whole group of 50 people really had a chance to bond and get to know one another. As a result, everyone was very social and inclusive and we all had an incredible time.

I enjoyed the optional events as it gave me a chance to experience the local culture without having to research and figure out "what to do" in each city. Some of the hotels weren't that great, but towards the last half of the trip, the hotels were good. I feel like Contiki starts your trip off at the worst hotel and then gradually increases the quality so you can end on a high note.

I would recommend Contiki to everyone and would love the opportunity to do it all over again!

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting, Value

  • Kalson Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

This was my first Contiki and first group tour ever. I've been on many vacations all over the world, but I decided to try this tour because I enjoyed the "no planning" aspect of this package and letting someone else arrange everything from beginning to end.

Our tour manager was Giuseppe and what can I say, he made this tour very special for me and everyone else in the group. He went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the whole group had a great time outside of "Contiki" time and as a result, our whole group of 50 people really had a chance to bond and get to know one another. As a result, everyone was very social and inclusive and we all had an incredible time.

I enjoyed the optional events as it gave me a chance to experience the local culture without having to research and figure out "what to do" in each city. Some of the hotels weren't that great, but towards the last half of the trip, the hotels were good. I feel like Contiki starts your trip off at the worst hotel and then gradually increases the quality so you can end on a high note.

I would recommend Contiki to everyone and would love the opportunity to do it all over again!

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting, Value

  • LauraMckee Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I went on Contiki with a friend of mine from work to see what all the fuss was about. We both lived in a regional town and were keen to have a holiday.
Let me tell you, it was literally everything I thought it would be times a hundred. Contiki was unreal. Everyday felt like a dream! The accommodation was good and even though some countries (particularly Prague and Venice) were extremely hot in the rooms, we overlooked it and didn't hang out there much anyway.
I found our tour manager knew a huge amount about the countries which made it much more interesting on the bus. She also was helpful with restaurants to go to and the best shopping areas. Ask the manager as many questions as you can! The food was good and I couldn't complain about any meals. The European Whirlwind trip was the best way to see Europe and gave you a taste of the culture there. Some countries I would have liked to see for more than 3 days but you can always go back yourself and explore later on. Although I got really sick with the Contiki cough and then bronchitis later on, I made the most of it. Everybody got sick and you just battle through it because you are in Europe of course! The best part about Contiki for me was meeting a bunch of random people who ended up sharing the same interests and humour as me. I would push people to get out there and introduce yourself to as many people as you can early on, especially if you are travelling solo. Don't stay in cliques and go and float between groups of people, that way you can say you made 50 friends! I would highly recommend going on this particular tour which is 18 days. Also, sign up to ALL the Me Time activities, they are brilliant and not that expensive. Say YES to everything and don't come back with regrets. Go for it!! :)

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Incredible , Funny

  • LauraMckee Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I went on Contiki with a friend of mine from work to see what all the fuss was about. We both lived in a regional town and were keen to have a holiday.
Let me tell you, it was literally everything I thought it would be times a hundred. Contiki was unreal. Everyday felt like a dream! The accommodation was good and even though some countries (particularly Prague and Venice) were extremely hot in the rooms, we overlooked it and didn't hang out there much anyway.
I found our tour manager knew a huge amount about the countries which made it much more interesting on the bus. She also was helpful with restaurants to go to and the best shopping areas. Ask the manager as many questions as you can! The food was good and I couldn't complain about any meals. The European Whirlwind trip was the best way to see Europe and gave you a taste of the culture there. Some countries I would have liked to see for more than 3 days but you can always go back yourself and explore later on. Although I got really sick with the Contiki cough and then bronchitis later on, I made the most of it. Everybody got sick and you just battle through it because you are in Europe of course! The best part about Contiki for me was meeting a bunch of random people who ended up sharing the same interests and humour as me. I would push people to get out there and introduce yourself to as many people as you can early on, especially if you are travelling solo. Don't stay in cliques and go and float between groups of people, that way you can say you made 50 friends! I would highly recommend going on this particular tour which is 18 days. Also, sign up to ALL the Me Time activities, they are brilliant and not that expensive. Say YES to everything and don't come back with regrets. Go for it!! :)

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Incredible , Funny

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