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If you're choosing between Contiki and another travel group, or thinking about traveling to Europe on your own, I have some words of advice for you. If you're pretty mature but still on the fence about traveling around Europe alone: wait a year, save up your money and go without a travel group. Contiki is great if you're immature for your age, don't actually care about the places you're visiting, and just want to get drunk. The trip will be much more rewarding if you actually go out and experience the different cultures.
I think I would have had a better experience with Contiki if my trip manager wasn't so selfish. He made this trip all about himself and his sexual desires. My experience was greatly affected by his behavior. I was disgusted and felt uncomfortable when he had sexual intercourse with a client, (someone on the trip) just 48 hours into our tour. From then on the inappropriate behavior continued. He brought a "one-night-stand" onto the coach one morning and saw no problem with how unprofessional that was. This is his job, but instead it was more like a vacation for himself. When he would give brief history lessons before we entered certain countries, he would try to make jokes to keep the topic interesting. This would have been great if he wasn't using rape as a punch line. He had no problem objectifying women, talking about "tits" and coming up with jokes about rape. He was disrespectful to the Catholic church when he referred to saints as little b*tches. He claims respect is the most important thing to him, yet he played music from his phone and mocked the employees telling visitors to be silent while we were inside the Sistine Chapel. I am appalled that Contiki would hire such a self-absorbed and disrespectful trip manager, who's job is to make other people enjoy their vacation. My list of complaints goes on, but bottom line he was unprofessional and I would not recommend traveling with Contiki. I felt uncomfortable around him and dreaded waking up each morning to continue my trip.

Mediterranean Quest

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Med/Quest 2016
  • Sam Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Mediterranean Quest was everything I had hoped it'd be and more. I was able to see so many places, feel comfortable traveling, and meet so many wonderful people. I had such an amazing experience for my first Contiki tour and I've already signed up for my next two!

My Contiki was: friends, beauty, adventure

Mediterranean Quest

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Med/Quest 2016
  • Sam Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Mediterranean Quest was everything I had hoped it'd be and more. I was able to see so many places, feel comfortable traveling, and meet so many wonderful people. I had such an amazing experience for my first Contiki tour and I've already signed up for my next two!

My Contiki was: friends, beauty, adventure

There is no doubt in my mind that doing this trip was one of the best decisions I've ever made! There's no lie when they say this trip is high energy! But don't let that change your mind when booking.

Our group had 53 people and each and every single one of us became a family. Our trip manager Kyle was helpful, friendly and downright amazing! Our driver Joao was punctual and a genuinely awesome guy. On the first day they told us we would become close but I never expected to become as close as we all did. I've definitely made friends for life from all around the world. I travelled with a friend, but many people were solo and seeing how friendly people were I would consider travelling solo in the future!

The trip itself is jam packed. Stopping in 7 countries over 10 days you would expect it to be. However, it's not so exhausting that you become miserable. There is the option of having some earlier nights but that comes at the cost of missing out on great memories! The sights, activities and people make you forget about the early mornings and make you focus on the amazing memories you make instead. You also will have plenty of time to sleep on the bus! There are many amazing MeTime optionals to pick from and you definitely get what you pay for on each of them.

Accommodation was completely up to my expectations. For the price you pay you get what you would expect. Most of the rooms are hostel style with bunk beds, and only one of the rooms we stayed in had a common bathroom/shower, the rest being private. All of the rooms were clean and the beds fairly comfortable. (you're so tired that you only care that you actually have a bed!)

Although the pace is high energy you do get a great amount of time in each city. There was enough time to purchase souvenirs and take in the culture. A few highlights for me would be the paragliding, Jungfrau Mountain visit, Lauterbrunnen and the Rhine Valley! If there is any doubt in your mind to do this trip, just book it! It was an unforgettable experience!

A few helpful tips:
-in some places you will need to take public transport back to the hotel ex) taxi, metro or bus
-make sure to bring a towel as some bathrooms do not have any
-the MeTime optionals are not included in the trip cost and you pay for them on the trip
-bring something red for the Swissco Disco party night in Switzerland
-bring something white or bright for the Tight White n Bright party night in Austria
-have change for some toilets at rest stops
-the bus does not have free wifi, you can pay however
-#noregrets (seriously!)

My Contiki was: unforgettable , incredible, friends for life

There is no doubt in my mind that doing this trip was one of the best decisions I've ever made! There's no lie when they say this trip is high energy! But don't let that change your mind when booking.

Our group had 53 people and each and every single one of us became a family. Our trip manager Kyle was helpful, friendly and downright amazing! Our driver Joao was punctual and a genuinely awesome guy. On the first day they told us we would become close but I never expected to become as close as we all did. I've definitely made friends for life from all around the world. I travelled with a friend, but many people were solo and seeing how friendly people were I would consider travelling solo in the future!

The trip itself is jam packed. Stopping in 7 countries over 10 days you would expect it to be. However, it's not so exhausting that you become miserable. There is the option of having some earlier nights but that comes at the cost of missing out on great memories! The sights, activities and people make you forget about the early mornings and make you focus on the amazing memories you make instead. You also will have plenty of time to sleep on the bus! There are many amazing MeTime optionals to pick from and you definitely get what you pay for on each of them.

Accommodation was completely up to my expectations. For the price you pay you get what you would expect. Most of the rooms are hostel style with bunk beds, and only one of the rooms we stayed in had a common bathroom/shower, the rest being private. All of the rooms were clean and the beds fairly comfortable. (you're so tired that you only care that you actually have a bed!)

Although the pace is high energy you do get a great amount of time in each city. There was enough time to purchase souvenirs and take in the culture. A few highlights for me would be the paragliding, Jungfrau Mountain visit, Lauterbrunnen and the Rhine Valley! If there is any doubt in your mind to do this trip, just book it! It was an unforgettable experience!

A few helpful tips:
-in some places you will need to take public transport back to the hotel ex) taxi, metro or bus
-make sure to bring a towel as some bathrooms do not have any
-the MeTime optionals are not included in the trip cost and you pay for them on the trip
-bring something red for the Swissco Disco party night in Switzerland
-bring something white or bright for the Tight White n Bright party night in Austria
-have change for some toilets at rest stops
-the bus does not have free wifi, you can pay however
-#noregrets (seriously!)

My Contiki was: unforgettable , incredible, friends for life

I booked this tour after the 45 day ultimate European and it was nothing short of amazing. Being on the ship with contiki you don't have to worry about a thing. Thanks to our amazing tour guide Izzy, she honestly made the trip. From organising us all in one place to ensuring we spent our time on the islands doing the best things there are to do, to the historical information about the various stops. The food and accomodation on the ship is amazing! And drinks onboard are avaliable in a great value package. I would highly suggest this tour if you are wanting to see a lot in alittle time, because you are seeing ALOT of islands in the short few days time is limited. For me this was great as I had just been on a tour that has stayed in Greece for a week so stopping here and there and seeing the vast comparisons between the islands I had not visited was incredible. If you are looking for a tour with more time on the islands I would highly recommend the contiki Greek island hopping tour. Either way grab you swimmers/togs/bathers and book the tour you won't regret it, oh and be nice to your contiki team they literally do everything for you on tour X

My Contiki was: Incredible, Luxurious, Well paced

I booked this tour after the 45 day ultimate European and it was nothing short of amazing. Being on the ship with contiki you don't have to worry about a thing. Thanks to our amazing tour guide Izzy, she honestly made the trip. From organising us all in one place to ensuring we spent our time on the islands doing the best things there are to do, to the historical information about the various stops. The food and accomodation on the ship is amazing! And drinks onboard are avaliable in a great value package. I would highly suggest this tour if you are wanting to see a lot in alittle time, because you are seeing ALOT of islands in the short few days time is limited. For me this was great as I had just been on a tour that has stayed in Greece for a week so stopping here and there and seeing the vast comparisons between the islands I had not visited was incredible. If you are looking for a tour with more time on the islands I would highly recommend the contiki Greek island hopping tour. Either way grab you swimmers/togs/bathers and book the tour you won't regret it, oh and be nice to your contiki team they literally do everything for you on tour X

My Contiki was: Incredible, Luxurious, Well paced

European Highlights

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The best trip!!
  • Kell_Costa Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I would highly recommend the European highlights trip, for me 14 days was perfect considering high energy everything was. It is really a highlights trip where you see the cities quickly and then back on the bus. The extras were great for bonding with the wonderful group we had, although if I did it again I would consider spending time just wandering around places like Rome, which can be very touristy. I loved the optional dinners and bike rides. The accommodation is hostel- like and some places have shared uni-sex toilets and showers. Most places were clean. The contiki camps were the best and the most fun as well. Lindsey our tour guide was great and kept everyone together and on time, she was knowledgeable and got the group bonding well. The bus was cleaned daily by Bruno our bus driver and we got everywhere safely. Our group was amazing and we all made friends from all over the world. I would recommend this experience to everyone.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Cultural, Bonding

European Highlights

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The best trip!!
  • Kell_Costa Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I would highly recommend the European highlights trip, for me 14 days was perfect considering high energy everything was. It is really a highlights trip where you see the cities quickly and then back on the bus. The extras were great for bonding with the wonderful group we had, although if I did it again I would consider spending time just wandering around places like Rome, which can be very touristy. I loved the optional dinners and bike rides. The accommodation is hostel- like and some places have shared uni-sex toilets and showers. Most places were clean. The contiki camps were the best and the most fun as well. Lindsey our tour guide was great and kept everyone together and on time, she was knowledgeable and got the group bonding well. The bus was cleaned daily by Bruno our bus driver and we got everywhere safely. Our group was amazing and we all made friends from all over the world. I would recommend this experience to everyone.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Cultural, Bonding

  • Kate Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This trip was honestly the best thing I've ever experienced! Our Contiki Trip Manager Rachel, and bus driver Marquise, were awesome!! They are so knowledgable and went absolutely above and beyond. What this trip covers is amazing, you see such a variety of places. I would recommend starting in New York and ending in LA as leaving Las Vegas until the end was very exciting. I would do it all over again if I had the chance

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

My Contiki was: Amazing, Beautiful, Memorable

  • Noelle Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

So this was my second Contiki and I can not compare the two. This Contiki has a lot of different parts unlike my last Contiki (European Highlights). This we had people coming in Scotland and leaving in Glasgow but gaining people, we also gained people in Dublin. Some of us did London to London and think we got really close but we also enjoyed the new people each time.
So if you want to see London please get to London a couple days before your tour. Because on the 2nd day (technically) you leave London but they do take you on a driving tour.

Liverpool-Awesome! If you or a family member loves the Beatles this is the place! Very cool city! We walked to the Cavern Club where famous musicians have played like the Beatles and Adele and so many more. The Beatles drums and guitars are in a glass case in the lower level-very cool!

York-very cool place! We got to walk around town. A lot of shops and music performers and tours you can do. We did the Ghost tour which was really cool-only thing bad I can say was it rained the entire time. But the guide was super cool.

Lake District-Lake Windermere was very pretty! We got to hold and touch rescue owls and take a boat tour of the Lake. We had awesome weather! We were then off to high ropes, climbing walls, and archery (extras). The only bad thing I can say was the male instructor was not in a good mood and it showed..we happen to run into road closure and traffic and were running late. Next day was off to Hadrian’s Wall and it was pretty cool. We got to the Scotland and England Board and you get to stop. Really cool. Oh and two people get married and Gretna Green but for not for real but it's really cool. We picked the couple that was on the trip.

Edinburgh- you get two days here! 2nd day you have the option to do the Castle tour but it's a free day. Some people walked up Arthur's Seat-just google it. That night a group of us went on a ghost tour really cool. Do know you will be walking a lot here! The first night you have your Scottish experience-totally worth it! Awesome Bagpipe player!

Scottish Highlands-very beautiful! Look for Nessie!!! might even get to take a swim in the Loch Ness :)

Glasglow-This is the night where some people leave us.  We say goodbye and leave the next day for Dublin.

Dublin-We meet new people for this part of the tour. We did free time and then had dinner with all the new people. Not too much time but you’ll be back to Dublin.

Cork-Kilkenny first for an optional bike tour-Must do!! Very cool and beautiful town. I wish we had a full day here. Also the Jameson’s Distiller Tour (optional) but very cool tour and you get a drink at the end! 

Galway-On the way-Blarney Stone and Castle-must do! Cliffs of Moher was very cool! We got awesome weather! Beautiful! Aran Islands (optional) very beautiful place and you can see it all on a bike. We got excellent weather.
Derry or Londonderry-A lot of history here. Walking tour with an excellent tour guide. I got a lot from this city because my family originates from there. Peace Bridge is really cool.

Belfast- On the way-Giants Causeway-very cool! When you get to Belfast you get an awesome guide and Firo (Coach Driver) drives us around to see gates and talks about the instability there. Very interesting.

Dublin- We’re Back! But also this means the tour has come to an end. We do the Guinness Tour (optional) and its totally worth it! It’s a free day. Farewell dinner and its worth it as well. It’s a good night and everyone has one last night with each other. Some people decide to stay in Dublin and some of us went back with Firo and Emily (Tour Manager) to London.

Of course I left some things out but if any of this sounds interesting please look into it! So the few that road back to London, we had to take a ferry to Wales. We got to stop at the town with the longest name Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Then it’s back to London and some us went to the pub and said our goodbyes. We got in about 7-8pm so you should book an extra night.

I will say I had a great Tour Manager Emily that would help you in any way she could. She would take us places you wouldn’t know if you were on your own. She was awesome! Firo was an awesome driver and got to hangout a night with him. I slept great knowing he was at the wheel. #noregrets

My Contiki was: beautiful, excellent, thrill

  • Noelle Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

So this was my second Contiki and I can not compare the two. This Contiki has a lot of different parts unlike my last Contiki (European Highlights). This we had people coming in Scotland and leaving in Glasgow but gaining people, we also gained people in Dublin. Some of us did London to London and think we got really close but we also enjoyed the new people each time.
So if you want to see London please get to London a couple days before your tour. Because on the 2nd day (technically) you leave London but they do take you on a driving tour.

Liverpool-Awesome! If you or a family member loves the Beatles this is the place! Very cool city! We walked to the Cavern Club where famous musicians have played like the Beatles and Adele and so many more. The Beatles drums and guitars are in a glass case in the lower level-very cool!

York-very cool place! We got to walk around town. A lot of shops and music performers and tours you can do. We did the Ghost tour which was really cool-only thing bad I can say was it rained the entire time. But the guide was super cool.

Lake District-Lake Windermere was very pretty! We got to hold and touch rescue owls and take a boat tour of the Lake. We had awesome weather! We were then off to high ropes, climbing walls, and archery (extras). The only bad thing I can say was the male instructor was not in a good mood and it showed..we happen to run into road closure and traffic and were running late. Next day was off to Hadrian’s Wall and it was pretty cool. We got to the Scotland and England Board and you get to stop. Really cool. Oh and two people get married and Gretna Green but for not for real but it's really cool. We picked the couple that was on the trip.

Edinburgh- you get two days here! 2nd day you have the option to do the Castle tour but it's a free day. Some people walked up Arthur's Seat-just google it. That night a group of us went on a ghost tour really cool. Do know you will be walking a lot here! The first night you have your Scottish experience-totally worth it! Awesome Bagpipe player!

Scottish Highlands-very beautiful! Look for Nessie!!! might even get to take a swim in the Loch Ness :)

Glasglow-This is the night where some people leave us.  We say goodbye and leave the next day for Dublin.

Dublin-We meet new people for this part of the tour. We did free time and then had dinner with all the new people. Not too much time but you’ll be back to Dublin.

Cork-Kilkenny first for an optional bike tour-Must do!! Very cool and beautiful town. I wish we had a full day here. Also the Jameson’s Distiller Tour (optional) but very cool tour and you get a drink at the end! 

Galway-On the way-Blarney Stone and Castle-must do! Cliffs of Moher was very cool! We got awesome weather! Beautiful! Aran Islands (optional) very beautiful place and you can see it all on a bike. We got excellent weather.
Derry or Londonderry-A lot of history here. Walking tour with an excellent tour guide. I got a lot from this city because my family originates from there. Peace Bridge is really cool.

Belfast- On the way-Giants Causeway-very cool! When you get to Belfast you get an awesome guide and Firo (Coach Driver) drives us around to see gates and talks about the instability there. Very interesting.

Dublin- We’re Back! But also this means the tour has come to an end. We do the Guinness Tour (optional) and its totally worth it! It’s a free day. Farewell dinner and its worth it as well. It’s a good night and everyone has one last night with each other. Some people decide to stay in Dublin and some of us went back with Firo and Emily (Tour Manager) to London.

Of course I left some things out but if any of this sounds interesting please look into it! So the few that road back to London, we had to take a ferry to Wales. We got to stop at the town with the longest name Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Then it’s back to London and some us went to the pub and said our goodbyes. We got in about 7-8pm so you should book an extra night.

I will say I had a great Tour Manager Emily that would help you in any way she could. She would take us places you wouldn’t know if you were on your own. She was awesome! Firo was an awesome driver and got to hangout a night with him. I slept great knowing he was at the wheel. #noregrets

My Contiki was: beautiful, excellent, thrill

  • Stephanie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I have done Contiki before and absolutely loved it and had absolutely no complains regarding the itinerary or tour guide he was fun, full of knowledge, made us feel welcomed, showed us the best spots possible and took care of us, made sure we had everything we needed, went out with us and made sure everyone was safe and having fun. However, this trip was the complete opposite. I did enjoy most places we went and most activities we did. The me time were extremely fun and the reason why I chose Costa Rica in the first place. I chose it to escape work and home to make great friendships and have a fun time without having to worry about planning. This is the reason why I chose a group vacation. Our tour guide never answered any questions we had about anything he talked around them and seemed annoyed at everyone. The second our activities were over with he was nowhere to be found. You could not reach him in his room or through phone. One morning due to the lack of sleep and early check out I forgot a drawer full of clothes wishing the buddies I realized what had happened and told him to please make sure to contact the hotel and get my belongings to me ASAP and that I was willing to pay for shipping cost. It took him 2 days to even contact the hotel after me asking over and over again for it he finally said that the hotel had them stored and that everything is okay. He never asked for my creditcard or any payment so after a day or two I asked about them again and he said that I needed to conatct the hotel to give them my Creditcard info. I am in a country with no phone so I messaged someone back at home to do it for me. I'm on day 3 of calling the hotel and then telling me they never found anything until now he hasn't responded to my phone calls. Not only did he make us feel uncomfortable whenever he was around he also hasn't done his job as a tour guide. I pay extra for contiki in case things like this happens. I would not recommend this trip to anyone. And I am very disappointed for contiki for even considering he fit to do this job. Due to this experience I am hesitate of ever taking a contiki again.

  • Morgie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 7 Countries

This trip was amazing ! We had a nice group of about 34, and we all became a big family ! The percentage of girls was quite a bit higher than boys, but everyone got along so was good ! We all got to know each other especially on the coach and the group dinners. From my experience I would definitely try mixing and hanging out with a different group to get to know the people more.

I would definitely recommend doing all the optionals, they definitely make your trip more interesting and are really worth it. Some of the walking tours did seem to put a few people to sleep, but you would pick up the odd fun fact.

I think the time spent in each place is perfect, I would only recommended more time in Spain, so make the most of it there!

Nice and Corfu would definitely be stand out places for me, and seeing the Eiffel Tower at night was amazing.

Accommodation was good, the cabins at the campsites were surprisingly modern and the contiki chateau was really good.

Our contiki crew were the best you could ask for, their knowledge and skills were beyond incredible. They definitely play a big part on your experience, and they definitely do their best to ensure you have the best time. #contikipenguin #contikijoaog

My Contiki was: Memorable , Laughter , Simplythebest

  • Morgie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 7 Countries

This trip was amazing ! We had a nice group of about 34, and we all became a big family ! The percentage of girls was quite a bit higher than boys, but everyone got along so was good ! We all got to know each other especially on the coach and the group dinners. From my experience I would definitely try mixing and hanging out with a different group to get to know the people more.

I would definitely recommend doing all the optionals, they definitely make your trip more interesting and are really worth it. Some of the walking tours did seem to put a few people to sleep, but you would pick up the odd fun fact.

I think the time spent in each place is perfect, I would only recommended more time in Spain, so make the most of it there!

Nice and Corfu would definitely be stand out places for me, and seeing the Eiffel Tower at night was amazing.

Accommodation was good, the cabins at the campsites were surprisingly modern and the contiki chateau was really good.

Our contiki crew were the best you could ask for, their knowledge and skills were beyond incredible. They definitely play a big part on your experience, and they definitely do their best to ensure you have the best time. #contikipenguin #contikijoaog

My Contiki was: Memorable , Laughter , Simplythebest

  • Kiwigurl09 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

My days consisted of sunbathing, swimming, reading, playing card games, Listening to music, drinking beer, eating and REPEAT for 8 days!!

This tour is so laid back We were very lucky as we were a double departure so our boat was massive!! Three stories high. We had a tour guide on our trip to keep us under control but on the smaller boats you don’t usually get one, its just the crew.

Make sure you do all the option excursions because its nice to get off the boat and do something a little different. Clubbing in Bodrum is lots of fun.

Big tip!! There are buses that leave the airport for Bodrum for $10 Turkish Lira. I asked around and they said the buses weren’t running that day so I paid $150 Turkish Lira for a one way taxi.. I got lied to and ripped off. Apparently there is a sign but myself and a few others didn’t see it.

I was a bit confused where to meet my Contiki tour. Basically Bodrum is a small sea side town. The boats are all lined up in one area. Just walk along the waters edge and wait until you see a huge Contiki sign you can’t miss it!!

The food on this tour is amazing! You defiantly won’t go hungry. Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Snacks.. You name it!! They even come around with Ice-creams for you to purchase. Drinks are really cheap too and there pours are very generous!!

I made friends for life on this tour!! Such a huge mix of people ( South Africans, Canadians, Kiwis, Aussies, Americans, English)

This is a must do trip!!

My Contiki was: turkeysailing, sochilled, funfunandmorefun

  • Kiwigurl09 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

My days consisted of sunbathing, swimming, reading, playing card games, Listening to music, drinking beer, eating and REPEAT for 8 days!!

This tour is so laid back We were very lucky as we were a double departure so our boat was massive!! Three stories high. We had a tour guide on our trip to keep us under control but on the smaller boats you don’t usually get one, its just the crew.

Make sure you do all the option excursions because its nice to get off the boat and do something a little different. Clubbing in Bodrum is lots of fun.

Big tip!! There are buses that leave the airport for Bodrum for $10 Turkish Lira. I asked around and they said the buses weren’t running that day so I paid $150 Turkish Lira for a one way taxi.. I got lied to and ripped off. Apparently there is a sign but myself and a few others didn’t see it.

I was a bit confused where to meet my Contiki tour. Basically Bodrum is a small sea side town. The boats are all lined up in one area. Just walk along the waters edge and wait until you see a huge Contiki sign you can’t miss it!!

The food on this tour is amazing! You defiantly won’t go hungry. Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Snacks.. You name it!! They even come around with Ice-creams for you to purchase. Drinks are really cheap too and there pours are very generous!!

I made friends for life on this tour!! Such a huge mix of people ( South Africans, Canadians, Kiwis, Aussies, Americans, English)

This is a must do trip!!

My Contiki was: turkeysailing, sochilled, funfunandmorefun

  • Kiwigurl09 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Everyone has Egypt on their bucket list but I can actually say I have ticketed it off. You can be the same!!
I am a travel agent and even I was nervous to do this trip at first because it is very had to ignore what is being shown in the media. As soon as I stepped of the plane I felt completely safe. The Contiki representative was there waiting at my arrival gate with a sign and helped me with my tourist visa, he even carried my bag. The Egyptian people are so friendly. You may get a few hisses and stares because you are different but nothing you can't handle.

I have read the reviews about Sherif and expected him to be a great tour guide but this man is an angel. Every question I asked he knew the answer, he honestly couldn’t do enough for us, and everywhere we went he made sure we were safe and were enjoying our selves. Tourism in Egypt is really low at the moment. It was so sad arriving to these amazing sights the car parks areas are huge and only a handful of tour buses. This is also the best time to go because your photos have no tourists in them. You can have a selfie with no one photo bombing your pict.

Some tips:
- Money: You can pay your optional excursions with USD, Egyptian Pound, Credit Cards. I found Egyptian pound the easiest to use because the local rate had better conversion. I spent more on optional activities then I did on souvenirs etc
- Optional Excursions/ Must Dos:
Village tour (Meet and experience the local side of Egypt) , Hot Air Balloon ride ( Another bucket list- Views are amazing ) , Abu Simbel( One word: Breath taking, Early start as we drove about 4 hours oneway but so worth it), Camel Riding through the Pyramids of Giza ( My camel was Bob Marley)
- Best time to travel: I went in April – May I thought this was a great time to travel. Weather was still nice and hot. It was even 40 degrees in some areas. I love the heat but visiting temples & ruins daily I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if it was in the height of summer.
- Women: I stressed a lot about what to wear. I took some ¾ pants & t’shirts that’s all I really needed. Sherif will tell you when you need to cover up and when it’s ok to wear summer clothes.
- Food: There was so much food included and also really healthy options. The food on the Nile Cruise was amazing huge buffets with plenty of choice. No one on our tour was sick!!
- Toilets: I took tissues, Wet Wipes the works. I used them but you do have opportunities to buy these in Egypt if you forget. They are all pretty cheap.
- Take a selfie stick!!

My Contiki was: WOW, bucketlist, onceinalifetime

  • Kiwigurl09 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Everyone has Egypt on their bucket list but I can actually say I have ticketed it off. You can be the same!!
I am a travel agent and even I was nervous to do this trip at first because it is very had to ignore what is being shown in the media. As soon as I stepped of the plane I felt completely safe. The Contiki representative was there waiting at my arrival gate with a sign and helped me with my tourist visa, he even carried my bag. The Egyptian people are so friendly. You may get a few hisses and stares because you are different but nothing you can't handle.

I have read the reviews about Sherif and expected him to be a great tour guide but this man is an angel. Every question I asked he knew the answer, he honestly couldn’t do enough for us, and everywhere we went he made sure we were safe and were enjoying our selves. Tourism in Egypt is really low at the moment. It was so sad arriving to these amazing sights the car parks areas are huge and only a handful of tour buses. This is also the best time to go because your photos have no tourists in them. You can have a selfie with no one photo bombing your pict.

Some tips:
- Money: You can pay your optional excursions with USD, Egyptian Pound, Credit Cards. I found Egyptian pound the easiest to use because the local rate had better conversion. I spent more on optional activities then I did on souvenirs etc
- Optional Excursions/ Must Dos:
Village tour (Meet and experience the local side of Egypt) , Hot Air Balloon ride ( Another bucket list- Views are amazing ) , Abu Simbel( One word: Breath taking, Early start as we drove about 4 hours oneway but so worth it), Camel Riding through the Pyramids of Giza ( My camel was Bob Marley)
- Best time to travel: I went in April – May I thought this was a great time to travel. Weather was still nice and hot. It was even 40 degrees in some areas. I love the heat but visiting temples & ruins daily I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if it was in the height of summer.
- Women: I stressed a lot about what to wear. I took some ¾ pants & t’shirts that’s all I really needed. Sherif will tell you when you need to cover up and when it’s ok to wear summer clothes.
- Food: There was so much food included and also really healthy options. The food on the Nile Cruise was amazing huge buffets with plenty of choice. No one on our tour was sick!!
- Toilets: I took tissues, Wet Wipes the works. I used them but you do have opportunities to buy these in Egypt if you forget. They are all pretty cheap.
- Take a selfie stick!!

My Contiki was: WOW, bucketlist, onceinalifetime

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