Reviews

Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • Ayla Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 17 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?!?!!?

  • Luke Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 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

  • Luke Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 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

  • Emily Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

It was a great trip, great people I meet over the trip!
The optionals are good to do! You learn and see lots!
I recommend to do this trip if you want to explore the UK and Ireland!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Breathtaking, Fun

  • Jeremy Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 23 Countries

This trip was a great way to see the 3 countries. Starting in the capital of Spain, Madrid then seeing the breath taking Alhambra in Granada to the Fez Medina, embracing their culture and their way of life to fast pace city of Marrakesh then seeing the amazing Alcázar in Seville and outrageous night life and fantastic food in Lisbon. One word Fantastic. The optionals were great, with excellent choices of food, to make the trip that much better. The accommodation in Spain and Portugal was fantastic. Great hotels. The Moroccan hotels were good, but not amazing. But that didn't bother me as it was a place to rest. The trip manager and coach driver (Feddo and Jojo) were amazing. Full of history and information to make the trip that much better. I would recommend this trip to anyone having any interest in going to these countries. It is a fantastic trip for a first Contiki.

  • Belinda Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

The tour is great for a first time traveller, you get to see a lot throughout Scotland, it's beautiful and worth every second. Tour guide and driver were great made everyone comfortable. Was only a short trip so you have to expect a lot of coach time. Some days we were on the coach all day excluding the required stops.
Because it's the uk some of the hotels were old and didn't have elevators so make sure you are okay to carry your suitcase up the stairs. Sometimes it's the best option as some of the elevators are slow and slightly terrifying. All accomodation was nice though, no complaints.
This trip was great for giving me a look at the UK defiantly makes me wants to go back for more.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Not long enough, Beautiful

  • medeir86 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

I have to say this tour wouldn't have been half as good if it wasn't for our amazing tour guide Ellie and our amazing driver Matt. They were extremely informative, knew everything about every site we visited, and were incredibly funny, nice and overall great people to spend 10 days with. Our group was a fun bunch, and the pace of the trip was perfect. Every activity we did was fantastic. The only problem with the trip was literally having to leave. If I could leave for the same tour tomorrow, I wouldn't skip a beat in booking. Overall, the most amazing experience with some of the most amazing people!!!!

My Contiki was: life-changing, breath-taking, educational

  • Olivia Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

No words to describe how amazing this trip was. It was honestly the experience of a lifetime; exceeded my expectations BY FAR!

I went on this trip solo, and I have to say this was the way to do it in my opinion. I met so many incredible people, and made connections and friendships that will truly last a lifetime.

I have nothing negative to say about my first Contiki experience. This was my first time to Asia, as well, and I am so happy that I went through Contiki to get my feet wet in this new culture. I studied abroad in Europe for 6 weeks, and I would say that the culture in Europe is comparable to that of the United States. The countries are developed countries, and it was easier for an American girl to make her way around. However, Asia was a totally different story. I was actually going to plan a trip on my own, but I feel that I would not have done as much as I did having gone through Contiki. I was able to enjoy the trip and experience the culture much more. Contiki took all of the stress off when it came to hospitality, traveling, language, crossing boarders, etc.

I was a little nervous about doing a "tour group"; I didn't want it to be like a stereotypical tour group where you are sitting on a bus all day viewing sites out of the window with a guide feeding you boring facts about stuff you don't care about. However Contiki was NOTHING like this, and I was so happy. We actually were IMMERSED in the culture, doing this firsthand, and it was amazing. I have to admit, I am one of those people who does love a good history lesson and I wanted to learn about Asian culture entirely while on this trip. Between the tour guides we had in each city, to our tour manager (Margie I t go out to the bar every single night. Seriously, no one will judge you for doing your own thing.

I recommend this trip to ANYONE. This was the best experience of my life so far- between experiencing the Asian culture, to the connections I made with everyone on the trip, Contiki has something for everyone. I would do another Contiki again in a heartbeat.

  • Tash R Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Guys, this is a great trip but DON'T do it. I would instead do the Island & Rainforest (Start Cairns) trip... It still has everything you want but instead of two nights on a boat you get an optional day-sail, which undoubtedly would be better...

The boat (calling it a 'yacht' is technically correct but extremely misleading) is an old racing sailboat and therefore REALLY NOT MEANT to accommodate holiday-makers. The deck has nowhere to comfortably sit and is surfaced with a material similar to sandpaper. And there's very little shelter from the burning hot sun up there. The bunks are, lets say, not great if you have any inkling of claustrophobia, and it is about 45-degrees-Celsius down in the cabin so attempting to sleep was awful. You get a 1 minute shower on each of the nights. The food is good though! And, usually, on Contiki the "party people" and the "not so party people" get along really well - but they're crammed together on this boat, so the people who want to drink and chat into the next morning get annoyed because the people who want to sleep get angry at them... and the people who think midnight is a reasonable bed-time for a 5am start, get extremely peeved at the people who want to drink and make a racket at 2am.

Overall, the time on the boat was extremely uncomfortable and soured the trip, so I really wouldn't recommend it.

HOWEVER there were some really good things about this trip, which is why I think you should still do it, but do the Island/Rainforest (Start Cairns) instead -
- the Daintree is an incredibly old rainforest and you get guided through it by a hilarious, knowledgeable Indigenous guy named Skip. He's great!
- If doing the trip at NYE like I did, you get to spend the night at a huge party at the Beach House at Cape Tribulation - NYE on a beach in a rainforest?! How many people have done that?!
- White Water Rafting (optional) was the best fun! It's a level 3 rapid, perfect for people who haven't done it before, and it's just the right amount of terrifying.
- The Great Barrier Reef is a must-see of course, and it's a great day out on the water.
- Whitehaven Beach is such a beautiful, untouched, incredible place. I would go there again in a heartbeat.

Word to the wise - Summer is Stinger season in Queensland, so you can't enjoy the water as much as you otherwise would. It's also HOT and HUMID in Summer. I would recommend planning the trip for a time between March-October.

SO -
Please come and explore Australia!! Contiki are a great company, but just DON'T do this trip - do this one instead:
https://www.contiki.com/destinations/australia/tours/466-island-and-rainforest-start-cairns-new

I hope this was helpful!
- Tash

My Contiki was: unique, hot, beautiful

  • Tash R Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Guys, this is a great trip but DON'T do it. I would instead do the Island & Rainforest (Start Cairns) trip... It still has everything you want but instead of two nights on a boat you get an optional day-sail, which undoubtedly would be better...

The boat (calling it a 'yacht' is technically correct but extremely misleading) is an old racing sailboat and therefore REALLY NOT MEANT to accommodate holiday-makers. The deck has nowhere to comfortably sit and is surfaced with a material similar to sandpaper. And there's very little shelter from the burning hot sun up there. The bunks are, lets say, not great if you have any inkling of claustrophobia, and it is about 45-degrees-Celsius down in the cabin so attempting to sleep was awful. You get a 1 minute shower on each of the nights. The food is good though! And, usually, on Contiki the "party people" and the "not so party people" get along really well - but they're crammed together on this boat, so the people who want to drink and chat into the next morning get annoyed because the people who want to sleep get angry at them... and the people who think midnight is a reasonable bed-time for a 5am start, get extremely peeved at the people who want to drink and make a racket at 2am.

Overall, the time on the boat was extremely uncomfortable and soured the trip, so I really wouldn't recommend it.

HOWEVER there were some really good things about this trip, which is why I think you should still do it, but do the Island/Rainforest (Start Cairns) instead -
- the Daintree is an incredibly old rainforest and you get guided through it by a hilarious, knowledgeable Indigenous guy named Skip. He's great!
- If doing the trip at NYE like I did, you get to spend the night at a huge party at the Beach House at Cape Tribulation - NYE on a beach in a rainforest?! How many people have done that?!
- White Water Rafting (optional) was the best fun! It's a level 3 rapid, perfect for people who haven't done it before, and it's just the right amount of terrifying.
- The Great Barrier Reef is a must-see of course, and it's a great day out on the water.
- Whitehaven Beach is such a beautiful, untouched, incredible place. I would go there again in a heartbeat.

Word to the wise - Summer is Stinger season in Queensland, so you can't enjoy the water as much as you otherwise would. It's also HOT and HUMID in Summer. I would recommend planning the trip for a time between March-October.

SO -
Please come and explore Australia!! Contiki are a great company, but just DON'T do this trip - do this one instead:
https://www.contiki.com/destinations/australia/tours/466-island-and-rainforest-start-cairns-new

I hope this was helpful!
- Tash

My Contiki was: unique, hot, beautiful

  • lachie123 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

No regrets !!! Do it do it all especially the Bungy jumping in the Swiss alps ...

Ok: first of all, I want to say, this trip is NOT for everyone.

If you've not done any research about the outback, the climate, and how big and remote the Northern territory is, you really need to do that first and ask yourself:

1. Am I going to be comfortable with travelling 4000km by coach (sometimes 6 hours a day)?
2. Am I going to be able to deal with 40+ degree heat if I go in summer? (bearing in mind that even indoors, the air conditioning may not be the most efficient in the world?) You WILL sweat profusely and it won't be the least bit glamourous.
3. Am I going to expect a fantastic range of food options/special dietary provisions in the middle of the desert? (hint: you aren't gonna get them. It's just logistics, soz)
4. Do I expect 5 star accommodation? (again, you're in the middle of the desert - not gonna get it!)
5. Am I terrified of spiders and other insects/snakes/crocodiles/frogs (you're going to see a lot of them, including possibly in your bathrooms. Also bring a fly net - the flies are a massive pain in the butt.)
6. Can I deal with being off the radar in terms of phone signal and wifi (really can't stress enough how much you're in a big old remote desert here!)

If you can deal with all of the above, you have a great attitude and a sense of humour, you don't mind (and in fact appreciate) a few 'colourful characters', and you want to see something truly spectacular - GO! You won't regret it. It is the true Australia, it is unique and like nothing else on earth.

The trip can roughly be divided into two aspects: the arid red centre and the more lush region towards the north. Geographically both stunning, this trip is also great if you're interested in aboriginal art and culture.

In the red centre, the colours are incredibly vibrant, the rock formations breathtaking. It is pretty much impossible to take a bad photo here, everything looks like the colours have been saturated! The horizon stretches on, seemingly forever. There are many early starts due to needing to get things done before the heat gets too intense (sometimes 4am - again, consider if this is something you'll be able to deal with) and the desert sunrise is beautiful.

The champagne sunset at Uluru was most definitely a highlight for me - amazingly beautiful, and a childhood dream fulfilled.

The second half of the tour up by Katherine/Kakadu/Darwin is much greener, lusher and more humid but also beautiful. If you like crocodiles you're especially in for a treat! My personal favourite was the waterfalls.

In terms of optionals, I went on the outback balloon flight, the Kakadu fixed wing scenic flight and the Katherine Gorge river cruise. Of these my favourite was probably the Kakadu flight - despite the weather being a bit rubbish when we went, the views were still absolutely stunning.

There was a good mix of people on this tour so don't worry if you're expecting it to all be one type of person - it definitely isn't! We had people from the UK, Germany and other parts of Europe, North Americans and some resident Aussies, as well as a range of ages from 18-34 years old. Go in with an open mind and a friendly attitude and you're sure to find great friends to bunk up with.

You will travel 4000km by coach on this tour, but never for more than about 2.5 hours at a time. Our coach driver, Will, was amazing, a great driver and he did everything he could to make the journey as comfortable as possible - it was nowhere near as bad as I was dreading, in fact the journeys were pretty fun!

In terms of accommodation, it is basic but it is clean and it is fine (again - not a lot of options in the desert). You really need to be understanding and reasonable about what you expect on the accommodation and catering front - consider exactly how remote you are and the distances everything has to travel to get there. You won't get what you're used to at home, and surely that's why you travel in the first place - for the experience! Most people understand this, but a few didn't, and their whinging was most unwelcome.

Unless you select otherwise, you'll be in multi-sleep accommodation of 4 people. If you feel you can't manage this or you know you're a bit of a diva, perhaps a single supplement would be a better option for you.

Make sure you pack a fly net, a sun hat, sunglasses, comfortable closed-toe shoes (some good trainers at least) and a rain coat (yes, really - it can get pretty rainy up north), a travel pilliow and a torch as well as your other stuff - do a bit of reading up about what the climates in the various places you'll be visiting at the time of year you're going, as it does vary a lot. Also bring a nice set of clothes/shoes for when you go out in the evening to restaurants/bars/clubs - flip flops aren't always ok.

All in all, this tour was absolutely life-changing for me and I loved it. I took over 1000 photos and if you go you'll see why! The place is rugged, beautiful and sometimes a little crazy - and I wouldn't want it any other way.

My Contiki was: Vibrant, Stunning, Hot

Ok: first of all, I want to say, this trip is NOT for everyone.

If you've not done any research about the outback, the climate, and how big and remote the Northern territory is, you really need to do that first and ask yourself:

1. Am I going to be comfortable with travelling 4000km by coach (sometimes 6 hours a day)?
2. Am I going to be able to deal with 40+ degree heat if I go in summer? (bearing in mind that even indoors, the air conditioning may not be the most efficient in the world?) You WILL sweat profusely and it won't be the least bit glamourous.
3. Am I going to expect a fantastic range of food options/special dietary provisions in the middle of the desert? (hint: you aren't gonna get them. It's just logistics, soz)
4. Do I expect 5 star accommodation? (again, you're in the middle of the desert - not gonna get it!)
5. Am I terrified of spiders and other insects/snakes/crocodiles/frogs (you're going to see a lot of them, including possibly in your bathrooms. Also bring a fly net - the flies are a massive pain in the butt.)
6. Can I deal with being off the radar in terms of phone signal and wifi (really can't stress enough how much you're in a big old remote desert here!)

If you can deal with all of the above, you have a great attitude and a sense of humour, you don't mind (and in fact appreciate) a few 'colourful characters', and you want to see something truly spectacular - GO! You won't regret it. It is the true Australia, it is unique and like nothing else on earth.

The trip can roughly be divided into two aspects: the arid red centre and the more lush region towards the north. Geographically both stunning, this trip is also great if you're interested in aboriginal art and culture.

In the red centre, the colours are incredibly vibrant, the rock formations breathtaking. It is pretty much impossible to take a bad photo here, everything looks like the colours have been saturated! The horizon stretches on, seemingly forever. There are many early starts due to needing to get things done before the heat gets too intense (sometimes 4am - again, consider if this is something you'll be able to deal with) and the desert sunrise is beautiful.

The champagne sunset at Uluru was most definitely a highlight for me - amazingly beautiful, and a childhood dream fulfilled.

The second half of the tour up by Katherine/Kakadu/Darwin is much greener, lusher and more humid but also beautiful. If you like crocodiles you're especially in for a treat! My personal favourite was the waterfalls.

In terms of optionals, I went on the outback balloon flight, the Kakadu fixed wing scenic flight and the Katherine Gorge river cruise. Of these my favourite was probably the Kakadu flight - despite the weather being a bit rubbish when we went, the views were still absolutely stunning.

There was a good mix of people on this tour so don't worry if you're expecting it to all be one type of person - it definitely isn't! We had people from the UK, Germany and other parts of Europe, North Americans and some resident Aussies, as well as a range of ages from 18-34 years old. Go in with an open mind and a friendly attitude and you're sure to find great friends to bunk up with.

You will travel 4000km by coach on this tour, but never for more than about 2.5 hours at a time. Our coach driver, Will, was amazing, a great driver and he did everything he could to make the journey as comfortable as possible - it was nowhere near as bad as I was dreading, in fact the journeys were pretty fun!

In terms of accommodation, it is basic but it is clean and it is fine (again - not a lot of options in the desert). You really need to be understanding and reasonable about what you expect on the accommodation and catering front - consider exactly how remote you are and the distances everything has to travel to get there. You won't get what you're used to at home, and surely that's why you travel in the first place - for the experience! Most people understand this, but a few didn't, and their whinging was most unwelcome.

Unless you select otherwise, you'll be in multi-sleep accommodation of 4 people. If you feel you can't manage this or you know you're a bit of a diva, perhaps a single supplement would be a better option for you.

Make sure you pack a fly net, a sun hat, sunglasses, comfortable closed-toe shoes (some good trainers at least) and a rain coat (yes, really - it can get pretty rainy up north), a travel pilliow and a torch as well as your other stuff - do a bit of reading up about what the climates in the various places you'll be visiting at the time of year you're going, as it does vary a lot. Also bring a nice set of clothes/shoes for when you go out in the evening to restaurants/bars/clubs - flip flops aren't always ok.

All in all, this tour was absolutely life-changing for me and I loved it. I took over 1000 photos and if you go you'll see why! The place is rugged, beautiful and sometimes a little crazy - and I wouldn't want it any other way.

My Contiki was: Vibrant, Stunning, Hot

New Year in Paris

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing Trip!
  • Sam Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

New year in Paris was amazing! My friends and I met some amazing people who we will stay in touch with and Paris was a beautiful city!
Our tour guide Jake was hilarious and our driver Artur was brilliant.
Already booked my next trip to Amsterdam for my Birthday!

My Contiki was: Hilarious, Amazing, Photogenic

  • Kimberly Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This trip is a must! Saw so many things, met so many great people, learned so much about New Zealand. I'll be doing the south island next!

  • Kimberly Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This trip is a must! Saw so many things, met so many great people, learned so much about New Zealand. I'll be doing the south island next!

  • Toya Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

This was a full on, jam packed tour of the European highlights! What a sensational package of the top places. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see most of the capital cities in Europe with a few random stops thrown in along the way. This was exciting and adventurous but you could also have some down time if you wanted. This tour saw 3 lots of people come and go while I stayed for the whole trip. It's hard to loose people mid tour but it's always nice to get fresh faces. If doing a long tour like this, I would recommend being part of the entire tour as it was hard for the "newbies" to integrate once we had passed the 2 weeks mark.

My Contiki was: Incredible, Sensational, Jam Packed

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