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I did this trip in 2015 and it was amazing! Jumping off the boat into the Mediterranean Sea was a highlight.
I am a lover of the nightlife and this cruise sure did deliver!
Croatia is beautiful!

My Contiki was: party , awesome , dancing

This was the first Contiki I have ever done, and it won't be my last. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing experience! Everything was great. Our tour manager, Ryan H, was amazing. He was so funny and nice. Really easy to talk to and super friendly. Super helpful with everything and really invested his time into planning a good trip for us. He and Pedro did a lot of extra stuff that I know wasn't required of them to do, like planning extra excursions for us and helping us plan our own stuff. Our driver Pedro was also awesome! Such a good driver. He can parallel park the huge coach into a tiny space with his eyes closed. He also socialized with us a lot and took his own time to help us too. Pedro and Ryan together were a great team. #pedroparksthings

The parties were always awesome! The accommodations were usually out of town so it's too much to try and go into town to party. The Contiki villages and chateau's have their own club/bar. There's usually other tours staying the same time as your tour so you meet lots of people and it's cheap drinks and sooo much fun haha. The bar in Rome has a dance pole ;) When we did stay in town Ryan always took us to really cool bars and clubs, and we got free entry and usually a free shot with it too :)

I loved the accommodations. They may not be for everyone though, all 3 places in Italy are like log cabins and mobile homes. I never had an issue with them, no bed bugs, super clean, never ran out of hot water for the showers(except in Rome, your room doesn't have hot water, you have to use the public shower if you want hot water) All the on site team members are great too!

All the me time optional's were amazing. Pretty much everyone on our tour did all of the me time optional's! I would recommend doing all the ones you can, it's worth it!

By the end of your tour you form a Contiki family and you miss them dearly when the tour is over. I can't say enough good things about the people that were on my tour. We all got along so well and we still keep in touch on the facebook group we made.

I could go on and on about all the amazing things about contiki, but my review is long enough. If you're thinking about doing a contiki; trust me, do it. You won't regret it!

This was the first Contiki I have ever done, and it won't be my last. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing experience! Everything was great. Our tour manager, Ryan H, was amazing. He was so funny and nice. Really easy to talk to and super friendly. Super helpful with everything and really invested his time into planning a good trip for us. He and Pedro did a lot of extra stuff that I know wasn't required of them to do, like planning extra excursions for us and helping us plan our own stuff. Our driver Pedro was also awesome! Such a good driver. He can parallel park the huge coach into a tiny space with his eyes closed. He also socialized with us a lot and took his own time to help us too. Pedro and Ryan together were a great team. #pedroparksthings

The parties were always awesome! The accommodations were usually out of town so it's too much to try and go into town to party. The Contiki villages and chateau's have their own club/bar. There's usually other tours staying the same time as your tour so you meet lots of people and it's cheap drinks and sooo much fun haha. The bar in Rome has a dance pole ;) When we did stay in town Ryan always took us to really cool bars and clubs, and we got free entry and usually a free shot with it too :)

I loved the accommodations. They may not be for everyone though, all 3 places in Italy are like log cabins and mobile homes. I never had an issue with them, no bed bugs, super clean, never ran out of hot water for the showers(except in Rome, your room doesn't have hot water, you have to use the public shower if you want hot water) All the on site team members are great too!

All the me time optional's were amazing. Pretty much everyone on our tour did all of the me time optional's! I would recommend doing all the ones you can, it's worth it!

By the end of your tour you form a Contiki family and you miss them dearly when the tour is over. I can't say enough good things about the people that were on my tour. We all got along so well and we still keep in touch on the facebook group we made.

I could go on and on about all the amazing things about contiki, but my review is long enough. If you're thinking about doing a contiki; trust me, do it. You won't regret it!

  • VVhitney Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

Contiki takes you to the places away from the negative stuff heard on the news. Mexico is not a bad place(unsafe) as what people make it out to be. I didn't feel unsafe at all in Mexico, and I was comfortable with travelling with Contiki and walking around Mexico as a female. The Mexican locals had a good nature and were polite, they may greet you and try talk to you but they were not intimidating or creepy as compared many other countries I have visited.

I had a fantastic time exploring the Mexico's world wonders, trying new food and experiencing the Mexican culture. It was well paced, we didn't feel rushed to seeing the sights and had enough time. We had a fantastic tour guild, Ish. Ish was very down to earth and friendly, he is a Mexican local too, so he knew all the good places to go too and shared a lot of his knowledge to us. I did the added activities except the extreme zipline and surfing, I recommend you doing them if you can afford.

Try to brush up on a little Spanish before going, it will be helpful to know because some places some people will not know English at all (outside of main attractions and shopping on the street). We all managed OK though!

All the accommodation was satisfactory, we had no issues. We stayed in groups of 2, and no yucky dorms or hostels on this trip. All the accommodation we stayed at had WIFI, but I found it useful to buy a simcard too.

Highlight visits: Chichen Itza, Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Ik kil Cenote (Sinkhole), Tulum beach (Top beaches of the world) and Cancun parties!

*Aussies: To go to Mexico for this trip you don't need a visa, but you need an ESTA.

I loved our trip, had many great memories and left with many new friends I met on Contiki, we plan on doing more travels together. 100% Well worth the trip!

My Contiki was: fun, food, culture

  • ericacg12 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This tour starts in Athens where you meet your group then head to the islands. You get to the islands via ferries which are very nice but can be uncomfortable for the 5 hour ride to Mykonos and On the way back from IOS so be prepared with headphones or reading materials. Mykonos is beautiful but windy, it's called the island of the winds so prepare for that. The "beach" hopping optional wasn't so much beach hopping as it was chillin on the boat then going to one beach but it's well worth it because the water is crystal clear and bright blue. All of the islands are great for partying with IOS probably being the best. Keep in mind people party hard on this trip and get sick and pass it on to you so be prepared with your vitamin C. You won't be prepared for the beauty of Santorini, you've never seen anything like it. The views are breath taking. iOS is gorgeous with some of the bluest waters you've seen. Make sure to do the private beach cruise there, they take you on a pirate ship to a private beach where you will see some of the most beautiful water. Overall the food was good throughout the trip. I'm a vegetarian and went in with low expectations but Greek food is very fresh and was good for the most part. If you can bring a towel with u do it. All of the hotels give you tiny towels that take forever to dry. I went on my honeymoon and had a great time but if you are going single and going to party it's probably more fun.

My Contiki was: Sun, Water, Beach

  • ericacg12 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This tour starts in Athens where you meet your group then head to the islands. You get to the islands via ferries which are very nice but can be uncomfortable for the 5 hour ride to Mykonos and On the way back from IOS so be prepared with headphones or reading materials. Mykonos is beautiful but windy, it's called the island of the winds so prepare for that. The "beach" hopping optional wasn't so much beach hopping as it was chillin on the boat then going to one beach but it's well worth it because the water is crystal clear and bright blue. All of the islands are great for partying with IOS probably being the best. Keep in mind people party hard on this trip and get sick and pass it on to you so be prepared with your vitamin C. You won't be prepared for the beauty of Santorini, you've never seen anything like it. The views are breath taking. iOS is gorgeous with some of the bluest waters you've seen. Make sure to do the private beach cruise there, they take you on a pirate ship to a private beach where you will see some of the most beautiful water. Overall the food was good throughout the trip. I'm a vegetarian and went in with low expectations but Greek food is very fresh and was good for the most part. If you can bring a towel with u do it. All of the hotels give you tiny towels that take forever to dry. I went on my honeymoon and had a great time but if you are going single and going to party it's probably more fun.

My Contiki was: Sun, Water, Beach

  • Emilie Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Saw and do so much during this tour. Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Mouth of Truth, Pisa, Tuscan region winery and Venice- my favourite and the best way to end the tour. Elisa was an amazing tour manager- best out of the four Contiki tours I've done. Thank you Contiki!

  • Emilie Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Saw and do so much during this tour. Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Mouth of Truth, Pisa, Tuscan region winery and Venice- my favourite and the best way to end the tour. Elisa was an amazing tour manager- best out of the four Contiki tours I've done. Thank you Contiki!

This was my first time in Europe and I have to say it was simply amazing. I was originally bummed because my friends backed out of the trip and i had to fly solo but when i arrived none of that mattered. there were many of us doing the trip solo which made it even more fun.

I loved the fact that in the 7-8 days we were there we saw so much! if I would have done this on my own I would not have such an amazing experience! We had a walking tour of Rome with all the historical buildings and fountains. I have to say Florence was my favorite!

The Sangria in Tuscany and the cooking class was by far the best. I hope contiki creates a culinary tour, i would be the first to sign up!

Our Tour manager Elisa was the best and not to mention our driver Alessandro.

I highly recommend everyone to do this tour, i promise you wont be disappointed!

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Adventurous , Yummy

This was my first time in Europe and I have to say it was simply amazing. I was originally bummed because my friends backed out of the trip and i had to fly solo but when i arrived none of that mattered. there were many of us doing the trip solo which made it even more fun.

I loved the fact that in the 7-8 days we were there we saw so much! if I would have done this on my own I would not have such an amazing experience! We had a walking tour of Rome with all the historical buildings and fountains. I have to say Florence was my favorite!

The Sangria in Tuscany and the cooking class was by far the best. I hope contiki creates a culinary tour, i would be the first to sign up!

Our Tour manager Elisa was the best and not to mention our driver Alessandro.

I highly recommend everyone to do this tour, i promise you wont be disappointed!

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Adventurous , Yummy

  • Ali A. Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

Having never traveled internationally by myself, this was a great way to get some experience in travelling abroad.

The trip is technically under the "easy pace" category because of all the free time you get, but don't let that fool you! There's a lot to do in a short amount of time, so get used to walking briskly from place to place (we averaged about 7-8 miles a day!) The rooms in the hotels where I stayed were a bit smaller than expected, but when I'm on a trip like this, I don't really plan on spending much time in my room. You unfortunately lose almost a day of vacation due to travelling from London to Paris, but use that time to rest your legs. I wish I had spent more time in Amsterdam, but all of the other's who travelled to Amsterdam with me extended their stay independently after the Contiki tour was over.

Pieces of Advice:
Europe is expensive! Just be ready to fork out some money to pay for food. English is spoken commonly in Amsterdam, but it's hit or miss in Paris, so keep that in mind when travelling. Amsterdam leans more heavily on cash than other countries, so have some Euro's handy. Lastly, the Amsterdam extension is one of two extensions for this trip. In my case, I was in a larger group in London and Paris, but the group was split when some headed off to Amsterdam, Rome, or back home.

Travelling again with Contiki in November!

My Contiki was: Sightseeing, Food, Fast Pace

  • Ali A. Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

Having never traveled internationally by myself, this was a great way to get some experience in travelling abroad.

The trip is technically under the "easy pace" category because of all the free time you get, but don't let that fool you! There's a lot to do in a short amount of time, so get used to walking briskly from place to place (we averaged about 7-8 miles a day!) The rooms in the hotels where I stayed were a bit smaller than expected, but when I'm on a trip like this, I don't really plan on spending much time in my room. You unfortunately lose almost a day of vacation due to travelling from London to Paris, but use that time to rest your legs. I wish I had spent more time in Amsterdam, but all of the other's who travelled to Amsterdam with me extended their stay independently after the Contiki tour was over.

Pieces of Advice:
Europe is expensive! Just be ready to fork out some money to pay for food. English is spoken commonly in Amsterdam, but it's hit or miss in Paris, so keep that in mind when travelling. Amsterdam leans more heavily on cash than other countries, so have some Euro's handy. Lastly, the Amsterdam extension is one of two extensions for this trip. In my case, I was in a larger group in London and Paris, but the group was split when some headed off to Amsterdam, Rome, or back home.

Travelling again with Contiki in November!

My Contiki was: Sightseeing, Food, Fast Pace

Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Life Changing
  • Romes08 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

The Ireland trip was my first Contiki and my first solo adventure! To say that this trip was life changing, is an understatement. Ireland was breathtakingly beautiful, the adventures were some that I would have never done on my own and the people were the best! I made some great friends and my trip manager was amazing!

If you are even thinking a little about taking this trip or any other Contiki trip, I say go. Jump at the chance. You only live once and this will change your life!

I will be back to do another Contiki, soon!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life-changing, Exhilarating

Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Life Changing
  • Romes08 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

The Ireland trip was my first Contiki and my first solo adventure! To say that this trip was life changing, is an understatement. Ireland was breathtakingly beautiful, the adventures were some that I would have never done on my own and the people were the best! I made some great friends and my trip manager was amazing!

If you are even thinking a little about taking this trip or any other Contiki trip, I say go. Jump at the chance. You only live once and this will change your life!

I will be back to do another Contiki, soon!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life-changing, Exhilarating

  • Ayeisha T Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first time traveling out of the country since I was younger and I am beyond happy I made the decision to go with Contiki for this trip! It was the most educational and best sight seeing tour ever, I never wanted it to end.... Our tour guide was absolutely amazing and made it so much more enjoyable because she was so easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend doing as much of the optional activities as you can but if that's an issue definitely include one of the bungy jumps in there - AMAZING!! This tour is great even if you are on a budget as the inclusions that they have keep you entertained just as much!

This tour is very live out of your suit case the first few nights but don't worry this changes in queens town. Definitely over budget yourself for this trip as the Me time activities are amazing and if you are into the night life than you are in for a treat. There is literally something on every single night.

Once you get into Queenstown you need to make it a rule to get down to Ferg burger, best burgers ever no word of a lie. The traveling from stop to stop goes quite fast and you do stop a lot which eases it up and you don't feel like you have been traveling for 5+ hours sometimes. My Contiki group was bloody unreal and I hope the same for anyone else because the crazy bunch I was on tour with are already my mates for life. I think this factor made a big difference on the way I enjoyed myself, this trip is definitely something you can fly solo on though too.

If you are an adrenaline junky and love the outdoors, this is the tour for you! From bungy jumping, canyon swinging, sky diving, water rafting and ice hiking... YOU WILL LOVE EVERY SECOND!!

  • Vanessa Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

Nabbing a last minute deal for a spur of the moment trip to the Northern Territory, this tour delivered on everything I wanted to experience here.

Normally one to backpack, I chose the Outback Adventure tour instead since it offered a great price for this region (paired with the frequent Contiki traveller discount) of Aus which isn't so easy or affordable to travel solo.

I wasn't disappointed with the tour in any way and as an Australian, felt it was a wonderful option to see more of my own country.

Travelling quite a distance in a short time meant a lot of time on the bus which was super modern, comfortable and clean.

Youngy, our driver is amazing at his job and never failed to start the day (no matter how early or how many hundreds of km's he had to drive!) with a smile. Zammit, our guide was also extremely knowledgable, organised and passionate about his role and the pair made the tour look and feel seamlessly effortless for us all, despite the hard work that surely went on behind the scenes.

The accommodation at each stop was in my opinion, really great for where we were, which was often (unsurprisingly for this region) the middle of nowhere! We almost always had a pool and since our group was a small one (around 20 people) as we travelled in out of peak season in March, often quad share was less and we were only 3 to a room.

I usually choose a tour based on itinerary and this one covered a lot of highlights from Darwin to Alice Springs. The most exciting in my opinion was Kakadu, Katherine and Uluru, but each stop had its highlights. Even sleeping in a swag for the night was pretty fun, despite some original hesitations!

Compared to other companies which offer a similar product for often a much larger price tag, I felt the Outback Adventure tour with Contiki was a great value option to see the best of the NT :)

My Contiki was: natural beauty, adventure , fun

  • Ashley Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

This was easily the best trip I've ever done. The group was absolutely amazing, we all got along so well and were all on board for some serious sight seeing during the day, followed by some equally intense partying at night. #ContikiGazelle was fantastic, super knowledgeable and friendly. Prague and Budapest were favourites. I drank more beer on this trip than I ever have in my life, it was that good (plus no hangovers!). Time on the bus was minimal, which was great. Even when we were driving, the views out the windows were phenomenal. Food was okay, but that was to be expected from that part of Europe (so much schnitzel, no complaints here). I thought accommodations were decently central and actually really nice. DO ALL THE ME TIME OPTIONALS - don't miss a thing. They were all worth every single penny. Personal favourites were the traditional Czech evening, Czech river boat cruise, Vienna classical concert and Vienna snapps museum. It was an easy pace, so a ton of free time to wander around the cities and throw back a few pivos. If you can, stay an extra day in Budapest and do the beer biking around town! You get 30 litres of beer with up to a party of 6 - easily best part of my whole vacation. Lots of young single people on this one, which was totally opposite of the Italian Espresso one I did last year.

  • Ashley Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

This was easily the best trip I've ever done. The group was absolutely amazing, we all got along so well and were all on board for some serious sight seeing during the day, followed by some equally intense partying at night. #ContikiGazelle was fantastic, super knowledgeable and friendly. Prague and Budapest were favourites. I drank more beer on this trip than I ever have in my life, it was that good (plus no hangovers!). Time on the bus was minimal, which was great. Even when we were driving, the views out the windows were phenomenal. Food was okay, but that was to be expected from that part of Europe (so much schnitzel, no complaints here). I thought accommodations were decently central and actually really nice. DO ALL THE ME TIME OPTIONALS - don't miss a thing. They were all worth every single penny. Personal favourites were the traditional Czech evening, Czech river boat cruise, Vienna classical concert and Vienna snapps museum. It was an easy pace, so a ton of free time to wander around the cities and throw back a few pivos. If you can, stay an extra day in Budapest and do the beer biking around town! You get 30 litres of beer with up to a party of 6 - easily best part of my whole vacation. Lots of young single people on this one, which was totally opposite of the Italian Espresso one I did last year.

Of course there were some concerns when booking the trip, but I didn't hesitate at all. I'm so glad I did it, and the timing was 100% perfect. I went during Christmas break/NYE, and WOW that was the best experience I've ever had. The temperature was a nice 70 degrees fahrenheit on average, cooler at night. And going inside the tombs it was so muggy at that time, I can't imagine it in the summer. The pictures and itinerary should speak for themselves, but if you need some convincing...let me just tell you...Abu Simbel was mind blowing, the Pyramids were breath-taking, and my camel named Michael Jackson was a doll.
The group was the largest he had had in months-there were 40 of us, and I think he said they usually have like 12. By "he", I mean Sherif aka tour manager aka the best. He had the best sayings...."Wakey wakey!" or "We go inside this tomb and take a sneaky tiki picture". So knowledgeable and sincere. Please, don't forget to tip your tm. On top of all of that, I'd say the highlight of the trip was the optional $140ish hot air balloon ride. We saw the last sunrise of 2015 that morning in Egypt overlooking the Valley of the Kings and I don't know a person in that damn basket who wasn't moved.
I know it's corny, but my soul felt better after visiting one of the most ancient and historic places on Earth. The food was good, the Egyptians were respectful, and I didn't get a thing stolen or lost or anything bad! Honestly. I made some awesome life-long friends to say the least. A few of us already planned and paid for our next NYE contiki together in Asia. What are you waiting for?!

My Contiki was: amazing, life-changing, soul-satisfied

Of course there were some concerns when booking the trip, but I didn't hesitate at all. I'm so glad I did it, and the timing was 100% perfect. I went during Christmas break/NYE, and WOW that was the best experience I've ever had. The temperature was a nice 70 degrees fahrenheit on average, cooler at night. And going inside the tombs it was so muggy at that time, I can't imagine it in the summer. The pictures and itinerary should speak for themselves, but if you need some convincing...let me just tell you...Abu Simbel was mind blowing, the Pyramids were breath-taking, and my camel named Michael Jackson was a doll.
The group was the largest he had had in months-there were 40 of us, and I think he said they usually have like 12. By "he", I mean Sherif aka tour manager aka the best. He had the best sayings...."Wakey wakey!" or "We go inside this tomb and take a sneaky tiki picture". So knowledgeable and sincere. Please, don't forget to tip your tm. On top of all of that, I'd say the highlight of the trip was the optional $140ish hot air balloon ride. We saw the last sunrise of 2015 that morning in Egypt overlooking the Valley of the Kings and I don't know a person in that damn basket who wasn't moved.
I know it's corny, but my soul felt better after visiting one of the most ancient and historic places on Earth. The food was good, the Egyptians were respectful, and I didn't get a thing stolen or lost or anything bad! Honestly. I made some awesome life-long friends to say the least. A few of us already planned and paid for our next NYE contiki together in Asia. What are you waiting for?!

My Contiki was: amazing, life-changing, soul-satisfied

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