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  • 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

  • Kirstie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I had the best time and met some of the best people. Our tour guide, Steph, was simply amazing and showed us all the sites you can't miss while in NYC. I cannot wait to head back.

My Contiki was: Best, New, Years

  • Jasmin D Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

I recently did the European impressions with trip manager lucy and driver magic. Both were amazing and made the trip the best time! We saw so many amazing places in such a short amount of time. It's a perfect trip for people who want a taste of heaps of different countries. 10/10 will recommend to everyone once I get home

My Contiki was: Adventure , Exciting , Fast paced

  • Jasmin D Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

I recently did the European impressions with trip manager lucy and driver magic. Both were amazing and made the trip the best time! We saw so many amazing places in such a short amount of time. It's a perfect trip for people who want a taste of heaps of different countries. 10/10 will recommend to everyone once I get home

My Contiki was: Adventure , Exciting , Fast paced

Had a wonderful trip with great people.
Our tour guide John was amazing, couldn't recommend him enough. He had such great knowledge on just about anything.

My Contiki was: Great, Amazing, Awesome

  • Emma Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

Highly highly recommend this trip. I had the absolute best time. You meet great people & have a great tour manager and driver. It's fast pace for the first half, very go go go but then you get to stop at the Greek Islands and soak up the sun, exactly what you need. Then the second half is a little less jam packed. This tour gives you the best of Europe in a relatively short time. 100% worth your money. If you're thinking about it, stop thinking & do #noregrets

  • Emma Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

Highly highly recommend this trip. I had the absolute best time. You meet great people & have a great tour manager and driver. It's fast pace for the first half, very go go go but then you get to stop at the Greek Islands and soak up the sun, exactly what you need. Then the second half is a little less jam packed. This tour gives you the best of Europe in a relatively short time. 100% worth your money. If you're thinking about it, stop thinking & do #noregrets

  • Rach92 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 21 Countries

this was an amazing experience. definitely choose contiki again. love meeting all the great people on the tour. great way to introduce yourself to a new country.

I might have hit the jackpot on this trip, the people cannot ever be replaced, I love all the people I was with. It had it's bumps but I would never not do this trip again. The contiki crew was the best hands down. This trip wasn't fun, it was absolutely epic!!!!!

My Contiki was: Epic, #noregrets, Big Chill

I might have hit the jackpot on this trip, the people cannot ever be replaced, I love all the people I was with. It had it's bumps but I would never not do this trip again. The contiki crew was the best hands down. This trip wasn't fun, it was absolutely epic!!!!!

My Contiki was: Epic, #noregrets, Big Chill

  • Amanda Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I love Contiki, and I make no secret of it. I've had multiple friends go on Contiki trips solely because of my emphatic and repetitive recommendation.

I had no idea what was in store for Berlin, Prague and Vienna. These weren't cities that friends/family/books/TV showed me much. But I knew snippets of these cities' history, and I knew how much fun would be guaranteed for a Contiki, so I signed up.

I got to Berlin by train (from Amsterdam, which I toured with a friend who I'd met on a previous Contiki!). So recommended. What a way to see Europe.

Berlin is a total young person party city, but weirdly I didn't have an overwhelmingly "party" time there. Sure, I did go to a MASSIVE club where getting lost was almost a guarantee. (Side note: they are very generous with free drinkz for ladiez.) Sure, I stayed out until the wee hours of the night. But it didn't feel that party-ish, because every morning I was up and touring the amazing historical quarters. Also notable, I got to see where Michael Jackson dangled his baby off a balcony. Equally important.

Quick note (warning, I'm about to be a bummer): Berlin is famous for its role in WWII. There were a couple dumb kids running around on the stellae of the Holocaust Memorial. Please don't run atop a very serious memorial.

The road to Prague was awesome, because we got to stop in Dresden. I really only knew Dresden from the "Dresden dolls" thing (look it up), but this town is on a river and absolutely quintessential Europe. The hard part: I had no idea where to eat. We ended up stealing into a Canadian steakhouse (?) which was fine, but probably not the Dresden experience.

Prague itself: AMAZING! I recommend skipping the black light show. I am a fan of the arts, but this wasn't for me (nor was it for anyone in my group, so if you don't trust me, trust the volume). We went to a lot of fun clubs and bars, including one with a see-through floor. You could see people below you. Wild! There's also a fantastic beer bar just outside the main square where the astronomical clock is. You can get a 10-beer flight for what translated to a few USD. Love, love, love. The boat tour was real fun too. I wish I'd listened better. (I was drinking and probably laughing too loudly for some of it.)

On the road between Prague and Vienna is a wild rest stop. I won't spoil the surprise, but yeah, it's good.

Vienna is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, top 3 cities I've visited in Europe gorgeous. I don't understand how they can afford to run such an opulent city. Vienna's highlights: the schnapps museum; the concert; the dinner. Do all the add-ons here. Trust me. Also, Prater Dome. What can I say about it except that it's WILD to be clubbing in a theme park. Please go.

My only regret (noooo #noregrets) is not carrying on to Budapest with the rest of my friends. I've already seen some of them since, but boy would it've been great to share more time and memories with them.

PLEASE go. And tack on 5 more trips. Just quit your job and do Contikis for a living. I would.

My Contiki was: fun, awe-inspiring, partypartyparty

  • Amanda Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I love Contiki, and I make no secret of it. I've had multiple friends go on Contiki trips solely because of my emphatic and repetitive recommendation.

I had no idea what was in store for Berlin, Prague and Vienna. These weren't cities that friends/family/books/TV showed me much. But I knew snippets of these cities' history, and I knew how much fun would be guaranteed for a Contiki, so I signed up.

I got to Berlin by train (from Amsterdam, which I toured with a friend who I'd met on a previous Contiki!). So recommended. What a way to see Europe.

Berlin is a total young person party city, but weirdly I didn't have an overwhelmingly "party" time there. Sure, I did go to a MASSIVE club where getting lost was almost a guarantee. (Side note: they are very generous with free drinkz for ladiez.) Sure, I stayed out until the wee hours of the night. But it didn't feel that party-ish, because every morning I was up and touring the amazing historical quarters. Also notable, I got to see where Michael Jackson dangled his baby off a balcony. Equally important.

Quick note (warning, I'm about to be a bummer): Berlin is famous for its role in WWII. There were a couple dumb kids running around on the stellae of the Holocaust Memorial. Please don't run atop a very serious memorial.

The road to Prague was awesome, because we got to stop in Dresden. I really only knew Dresden from the "Dresden dolls" thing (look it up), but this town is on a river and absolutely quintessential Europe. The hard part: I had no idea where to eat. We ended up stealing into a Canadian steakhouse (?) which was fine, but probably not the Dresden experience.

Prague itself: AMAZING! I recommend skipping the black light show. I am a fan of the arts, but this wasn't for me (nor was it for anyone in my group, so if you don't trust me, trust the volume). We went to a lot of fun clubs and bars, including one with a see-through floor. You could see people below you. Wild! There's also a fantastic beer bar just outside the main square where the astronomical clock is. You can get a 10-beer flight for what translated to a few USD. Love, love, love. The boat tour was real fun too. I wish I'd listened better. (I was drinking and probably laughing too loudly for some of it.)

On the road between Prague and Vienna is a wild rest stop. I won't spoil the surprise, but yeah, it's good.

Vienna is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, top 3 cities I've visited in Europe gorgeous. I don't understand how they can afford to run such an opulent city. Vienna's highlights: the schnapps museum; the concert; the dinner. Do all the add-ons here. Trust me. Also, Prater Dome. What can I say about it except that it's WILD to be clubbing in a theme park. Please go.

My only regret (noooo #noregrets) is not carrying on to Budapest with the rest of my friends. I've already seen some of them since, but boy would it've been great to share more time and memories with them.

PLEASE go. And tack on 5 more trips. Just quit your job and do Contikis for a living. I would.

My Contiki was: fun, awe-inspiring, partypartyparty

London & Paris plus Rome

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm hooked
  • Amanda Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

As I write this, I'm already booked for my third Contiki.

London & Paris Plus Rome was my first ever time in Europe, and naturally my first Contiki. I'd had a recommendation from a former college roommate, who traveled the continent with Contiki after graduation.

Logistically, Contiki is best in show. I got to pay layaway without interest, so even if I could afford to pay in full up front, I didn't have to stress.

The trip was a-mah-zing. I made REAL friendships. This trip is how I met my "travel friends," a core group of girlfriends who meet up with me a few times a year (including one from Australia and one from Canada, so...#internationaltrips). That alone is worth the money I spent.

It's been a few years, but I remember highlights:
- Drinking champagne atop the Eiffel Tower
- Taking that cliche London phone booth pic
- A woman swimming with snakes at the Moulin Rouge
- Visiting Marie Antoinette's house and seeing the door mistresses snuck in/out
- Sitting around the hotel bar before deciding where to go
- Dancing at Le Queen, a nightclub on Champs-Elysee (this was not organized by Contiki, but we all went thanks to the surge of energy I got from going to Moulin Rouge immediately prior)
- Exploring Rome (unguided) on foot with a friend that I made on the trip
- Eating snails near the Sacre Couer
- Also post-Moulin Rouge, the entire bus singing Lady Marmalade at the top of our lungs

I've visited (and been visited by) so.many.people from my trip. I've gone on trips with them. We are a likeminded bunch who just love to sightsee all day and dance all night. We are SO FUN! So excited to see more and more of the world with Contiki.

My Contiki was: fun, awe-inspiring, partypartyparty

London & Paris plus Rome

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm hooked
  • Amanda Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

As I write this, I'm already booked for my third Contiki.

London & Paris Plus Rome was my first ever time in Europe, and naturally my first Contiki. I'd had a recommendation from a former college roommate, who traveled the continent with Contiki after graduation.

Logistically, Contiki is best in show. I got to pay layaway without interest, so even if I could afford to pay in full up front, I didn't have to stress.

The trip was a-mah-zing. I made REAL friendships. This trip is how I met my "travel friends," a core group of girlfriends who meet up with me a few times a year (including one from Australia and one from Canada, so...#internationaltrips). That alone is worth the money I spent.

It's been a few years, but I remember highlights:
- Drinking champagne atop the Eiffel Tower
- Taking that cliche London phone booth pic
- A woman swimming with snakes at the Moulin Rouge
- Visiting Marie Antoinette's house and seeing the door mistresses snuck in/out
- Sitting around the hotel bar before deciding where to go
- Dancing at Le Queen, a nightclub on Champs-Elysee (this was not organized by Contiki, but we all went thanks to the surge of energy I got from going to Moulin Rouge immediately prior)
- Exploring Rome (unguided) on foot with a friend that I made on the trip
- Eating snails near the Sacre Couer
- Also post-Moulin Rouge, the entire bus singing Lady Marmalade at the top of our lungs

I've visited (and been visited by) so.many.people from my trip. I've gone on trips with them. We are a likeminded bunch who just love to sightsee all day and dance all night. We are SO FUN! So excited to see more and more of the world with Contiki.

My Contiki was: fun, awe-inspiring, partypartyparty

  • Sean Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first Contiki trip and the best time of my life. It was everything I expected and a lot more.
It wasn't a very big group which helped everyone get to know each other and bond together. Our tour guide Karin was awesome and I don't think it would have been the same without her.
There is a lot of walking through little streets and through towns which helped me appreciate locations a lot more and you can get a better feeling of the atmosphere. We also caught a few ferries going from island to island (some of them are like cruise ships!!) which I think added a lot to the experience.
The hotels and accommodation are really nice and the one in santorimi is literally right next to the black sand beach which I will never forget.
The extras average around 50 euros each and you should do them all to get the most out of the trip but make sure you do the sunset in oia, its a moment youll never forget and is indescribably beautiful and the sailing spectacular you go on a pirate ship to a nice little beach and its a really great experience.
Going in may helped too because there weren't many tourists and I could appreciate the scenery a lot more. But i hounestly will never forget my time on the trip and enjoyed every single second of it.
Hounestly just book this tour, you really wont forget this for the rest of your life.

My Contiki was: #awesome, #lifechanging, #wonderful

  • Sean Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first Contiki trip and the best time of my life. It was everything I expected and a lot more.
It wasn't a very big group which helped everyone get to know each other and bond together. Our tour guide Karin was awesome and I don't think it would have been the same without her.
There is a lot of walking through little streets and through towns which helped me appreciate locations a lot more and you can get a better feeling of the atmosphere. We also caught a few ferries going from island to island (some of them are like cruise ships!!) which I think added a lot to the experience.
The hotels and accommodation are really nice and the one in santorimi is literally right next to the black sand beach which I will never forget.
The extras average around 50 euros each and you should do them all to get the most out of the trip but make sure you do the sunset in oia, its a moment youll never forget and is indescribably beautiful and the sailing spectacular you go on a pirate ship to a nice little beach and its a really great experience.
Going in may helped too because there weren't many tourists and I could appreciate the scenery a lot more. But i hounestly will never forget my time on the trip and enjoyed every single second of it.
Hounestly just book this tour, you really wont forget this for the rest of your life.

My Contiki was: #awesome, #lifechanging, #wonderful

Literally the most amazing time of my life!!! I was excited but a little concerned booking such a long time but it literally flew by!!! You see soo many incredible sites, and I know everyone says it but make lifelong friends. 45 days with a bunch of people you are bound to make amazing memories. Tim and BeccyB our road crew went above and beyond to make sure we had a trip of a lifetime and made the trip what it was for all of us! At first coach days seem long but you will love it by the end time to chill out and catch up with mates what everyone's been upto, the best part is you don't need to organise barely any transportation other then nights out coming back home. Loved loved Greek islands, Budapest and the outdoor Austria and Switzerland!!! Everything was just amazing, just book it you won't regret it at all.

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Amazing, Sightsfordays

Literally the most amazing time of my life!!! I was excited but a little concerned booking such a long time but it literally flew by!!! You see soo many incredible sites, and I know everyone says it but make lifelong friends. 45 days with a bunch of people you are bound to make amazing memories. Tim and BeccyB our road crew went above and beyond to make sure we had a trip of a lifetime and made the trip what it was for all of us! At first coach days seem long but you will love it by the end time to chill out and catch up with mates what everyone's been upto, the best part is you don't need to organise barely any transportation other then nights out coming back home. Loved loved Greek islands, Budapest and the outdoor Austria and Switzerland!!! Everything was just amazing, just book it you won't regret it at all.

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Amazing, Sightsfordays

  • cicel Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I 've done three Contiki so far. One in New Zealand, one in Western USA and this one in Japan just last week. All of them have been amazing and of course different. But I have to admit the Japan one is my top one so far!
Why?

1. Tour Manager: Our manager Shannon was top in all ways. Super professional, well organised, funny, always friendly but also able to be serious if necessary. And she is a real Foodie, she knew all the best spots to get all kind of food. #treatyourself

2: Tour Guide: Naito-San was a living lexicon/google. He knew everything about everything. To be honest sometimes it was almost too much information, so I tended to lose attention and drift away. Maybe also because English is not my mother language and he did have a quite big Japanese accent, so for me it was sometimes hard to understand. And he is a sprinter for sure, so if you have him as a guide, be aware of wearing comfy shoes :-)

3. Accommodation: This tour is a bit pricey compared to other Contikis. This is because of the great accommodation. Except for two nights in Hiroshima it's all been 4 Star hotels! Some of them with free Spa/Onsen included (Hakone,Takayama, Koya-San), most rooms with a stunning view into a garden or over the roofs (Osaka!!). Special traditional Japanese accommodation in Hakone and Koya-San were an unique experience even if sleeping on the floor wasn't too comfortable ;-)

4. Japan itself: What a country! I've been to so many places in the world, but I have to say Japan made it to be one of my favourite travel destinations now. Extremely safe and clean, access to clean public toilets (Robot-toilets!) everywhere you go, friendliest people in the world, great public transport (we did most of the tour by train) and so much to see and taste. I like big modern towns like Tokyo, Hiroshima or Osaka. But my favourite parts were definitely the old towns as Takayama, Kyoto and Koya-San where you could dig deep into the Japanese culture and history.

Be aware:
- Travel Japan as a Veggie might be difficult. Most meals are based on fish/seafood (loads of fish) or meet (chicken, pork, beef) and there is not much salad or vegetable. Also Kobe beef is well expensive (12 000 yen per 100g in a restaurant). Nevertheless if you like fish or beef you will definitely enjoy yourself!
- If you’ve got tattoos you won’t be allowed to do Onsen bathing at most places. There is a chance to get a private one in Takayama and the monks in Koya San don’t care. Don’t bring a bikini or swimming trunks, there is no need for it ;-) Also, I think it’s not worth paying extra for the public one in Tokyo if you can have it for free in other hotels. Except you want to see as many naked Japanese as possible :-D
- Do the Kimono option! First I thought it might be a bit awkward being European, walking around in town all dressed up. But only the chance to see how difficult it is to get dressed into a Kimono was worth it. Especially if you are a girl and let them make your hair too, you will love it! You will feel like a Japanese princess. And it’s great opportunity to get nice photos!

Summary: I 100% recommend this trip. Book it, you won’t regret it! #noregrets

My Contiki was: treatyourself, favourite destination, worth it

  • Bec Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

This tour is first and foremost a cruise. You don't actually get any nights out on the islands and you are onboard with lots of other tour groups and travellers so if this may bother you it is not the best choice. But I highly reccomend it if you were like me and wanted to visit as many greek islands as possible in a limited amount of time as well as have a bit of R&R. You get to visit a new island every day and get a taste of what each has to offer. My highlights included tasting apple tea and turkish delight at the spice markets in Istanbul, having a turkish bath in Kusadasi, having an awesome boat party at a private beach in Crete, seeing the famous views in Santorini and ofcorse getting a taste of the party island Mykonos on the last night of tour. As always with Contiki the people you tour with make up so much of your experience and I was very lucky with a tight bunch of only 14 people. We had fun whether we were sunbaking or in the hot tub onboard the cruise ship, visiting historic sights, swimming at the beach or dancing at the disco. Basically my recommendation for this tour is DO IT, DO IT, DO IT :) You will have a ball and never want to leave!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Awesome, sensational

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