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  • jessicaxcb Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

This was my first ever trip with Contiki, and going to Europe as well. I had such an amazing experience, not only with the group I was travelling with but with all the places we has visited. I arrived early into London so had a couple days of exploring on my own before meeting with the group and checking into the Hotel. Throughout the trip, there was definitely lots of rain, but I went prepared with rain boots. The only thing I would want to do differently next time, is to pack a little lighter! We stayed in cozy and comfortable hotels every night, so there was a lot of carrying our luggage to and from the coach each morning and night. We were always provided with a continental breakfast in the morning, and the dinners that were provided always gave lots of option to choose from; especially when it came to having the option to try traditional foods from the area. Our tour manager and bus driver were so, absolutely amazing and super friendly. It was so easy to be able to sit and have a drink and talk life with them. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone, and I can't wait until I can book my next Contiki trip =D

  • loobylau Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Loved this trip, was very busy & full on. So you get to see a lot in a short time. I did the Sydney Bridge climb, tried surfing at the surf camp. Loved Bryon Bay with its hippy vibe (not too keen on the hostel there tho) went sea kayaking & saw so many Dolphins! Fraser Island has to be my fav place on the trip, it's just so beautiful!
I did the trip with sailing, & I don't really think it was worth the extra. The boat was very cramped & hot & uncomfortable, though the experience of sailing was good. I think I would have preferred to stay on land at the hotel & just done the sailing day trip! That would be my only negative of the trip.
The sailing day trip on the Great Barrier Reef was so good & we had the best weather! Water rafting in Cairns was also ace!

My Contiki was: Sun, Sea, Sand

Sydney New Year

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best NYE Ever!
  • loobylau Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This trip was just awesome! We had the best view of the fireworks, right in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The atmosphere was amazing!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Fireworks, Happy New Year

Before embarking on such an incredible adventure I went through many stages. Packing, VISAs, preparation and, of course, goodbyes. This was an emotional time for me as it was my first trip without my family. Little did I know it would change my life forever.

Over two weeks I managed to discover my talents, my wants, my desires and those of my fellow travelers. A group of 43 people sounds like a lot but was actually the perfect group. I built relationships with each and every person on the tour (and being one of the youngest people on the trip, I thought I might have difficulty doing so).

Before going on this trip, I was very never minded about traveling... Now, I cant wait to go on my next one, meet new people, see new places...

Contiki taught me how to explore the world as well as myself. How to let my guard down and open my arms to new experiences and people. How to fall in love after a mere 12 days.

Contiki has changed my life forever.

Joao and Trent were the best tour guides/drivers I could have hoped for and anyone who manages to get that combination on a trip is guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

See you soon Contiki!

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Exciting, Inspiring

Before embarking on such an incredible adventure I went through many stages. Packing, VISAs, preparation and, of course, goodbyes. This was an emotional time for me as it was my first trip without my family. Little did I know it would change my life forever.

Over two weeks I managed to discover my talents, my wants, my desires and those of my fellow travelers. A group of 43 people sounds like a lot but was actually the perfect group. I built relationships with each and every person on the tour (and being one of the youngest people on the trip, I thought I might have difficulty doing so).

Before going on this trip, I was very never minded about traveling... Now, I cant wait to go on my next one, meet new people, see new places...

Contiki taught me how to explore the world as well as myself. How to let my guard down and open my arms to new experiences and people. How to fall in love after a mere 12 days.

Contiki has changed my life forever.

Joao and Trent were the best tour guides/drivers I could have hoped for and anyone who manages to get that combination on a trip is guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

See you soon Contiki!

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Exciting, Inspiring

  • Brendan Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Spent a really fun four days travelling around Greece. Fortunately our tour only had 14 people and so it was a lot more close and personable. It may have only been a couple of days but we got a good overview of Greece and I didn't feel a need to stay any longer.

To start off with we had an optional dinner for 44 euros. This was tricky as it felt hard to say no to a group dinner just as you start the tour. However the dinner is no way worth 44 euros it should be more like 22 euros. It is really just a standard meal and the entertainment was short and hard to see.

Unfortunately we missed going into the ruins of Mycenae as they were closed but we got free lunch instead so that was appreciated. There is quite a bit of bus travelling, about 10 hours over 4 days. Fortunately this time was enlivened by doing some group games, historical facts and music.

The ruins and museums at Olympia and Delphi were nice. Although when it says ruins it means there is virtually nothing left. At each site we had a local tour guide but I didn't find them all that helpful, often rushing through the museum and telling us things we already knew.

The quality of the hotel rooms were fairly poor with hard beds and rubbish showers however very little time was spent in the room anyway. The reception and bar areas were much nicer.

There were also several stop overs at small towns along the way which were quite interesting and off the main tourist routes. The view from the bus was always beautiful.

At Delphi we went to a night club which was surprisingly fun. Hashtag SelfieinDelphi!

Returning to Athens we got to see the Parthenon although sadly it is under construction and very little of it remains. I think the temple of hephaestus would have been nice to include being the best preserved greek temple and just down the hill. We then got in the bus and drove past some other important buildings, not really sure why? We briefly saw the pancreatic stadium for all of 2 minutes.

Note: The tour finishes at 6pm so dinner is not included on that day which i think is pretty dodgy. No one caught a flight out that night so everyone was forced to pay for an extra night.

So total additional expenses
-Taxi to and from airport 80 euros
-First night dinner 44 euros
-Lunch for three days 30 euros
-Entry to night club 10 euros
-Last night dinner 25 euros
-Drinks at bars in hotel (0 euros for me as i didn't have any)
-Souvenirs 70 euros (4 statues, 2 fridge magnets, 1 pot)
-Additional night in Athens 75 pounds

What really made this trip awesome was the company of fellow travelers and our awesome trip managers Tom and Izzy.

My Contiki was: Selfieindelphi, Ancient, Friendly

  • Brendan Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Spent a really fun four days travelling around Greece. Fortunately our tour only had 14 people and so it was a lot more close and personable. It may have only been a couple of days but we got a good overview of Greece and I didn't feel a need to stay any longer.

To start off with we had an optional dinner for 44 euros. This was tricky as it felt hard to say no to a group dinner just as you start the tour. However the dinner is no way worth 44 euros it should be more like 22 euros. It is really just a standard meal and the entertainment was short and hard to see.

Unfortunately we missed going into the ruins of Mycenae as they were closed but we got free lunch instead so that was appreciated. There is quite a bit of bus travelling, about 10 hours over 4 days. Fortunately this time was enlivened by doing some group games, historical facts and music.

The ruins and museums at Olympia and Delphi were nice. Although when it says ruins it means there is virtually nothing left. At each site we had a local tour guide but I didn't find them all that helpful, often rushing through the museum and telling us things we already knew.

The quality of the hotel rooms were fairly poor with hard beds and rubbish showers however very little time was spent in the room anyway. The reception and bar areas were much nicer.

There were also several stop overs at small towns along the way which were quite interesting and off the main tourist routes. The view from the bus was always beautiful.

At Delphi we went to a night club which was surprisingly fun. Hashtag SelfieinDelphi!

Returning to Athens we got to see the Parthenon although sadly it is under construction and very little of it remains. I think the temple of hephaestus would have been nice to include being the best preserved greek temple and just down the hill. We then got in the bus and drove past some other important buildings, not really sure why? We briefly saw the pancreatic stadium for all of 2 minutes.

Note: The tour finishes at 6pm so dinner is not included on that day which i think is pretty dodgy. No one caught a flight out that night so everyone was forced to pay for an extra night.

So total additional expenses
-Taxi to and from airport 80 euros
-First night dinner 44 euros
-Lunch for three days 30 euros
-Entry to night club 10 euros
-Last night dinner 25 euros
-Drinks at bars in hotel (0 euros for me as i didn't have any)
-Souvenirs 70 euros (4 statues, 2 fridge magnets, 1 pot)
-Additional night in Athens 75 pounds

What really made this trip awesome was the company of fellow travelers and our awesome trip managers Tom and Izzy.

My Contiki was: Selfieindelphi, Ancient, Friendly

  • colleen26 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

This was my first Contiki, but hoping it won't be my last. I have done several escorted tours throughout Europe and China, and by far this was the most enriching experience. Not only was that because of the places we visited, but because of the fellow travelers that became my friends. There is something so amazing about traveling with a group of people that have the same passions as you and operate at the same pace, and enthusiasm as you.

I enjoy slower paced tours as I like to get to know each city, so this tour was pretty good for me. My favorites were Berlin and Prague. Vienna and Budapest were stunning, but with one less night I felt like I didn't get a full chance to soak in the culture, but they were amazing.

My biggest tip -If you can - do the FULL TOUR - Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. We were so sad to see so many of our friends leave after Prague and Vienna.

I loved sampling all the food and beers and the night clubs in Eastern Europe are amazing. We hit an awesome night club in each city and we always felt safe and had fun! Totally a different experience than ANY club I've been to in the States. LOVED the 5 story night club (complete with ice pub) in Prague - and the Sex Museum, that was an experience.

The hotels weren't too shabby - served their purpose, and I'm kind of picky and I didn't mind - we were barely in them. Stay out all day. They aren't always the most CENTRAL hotels, but again - we leave in the morning and don't come back until late, so never a big deal.

A lot of people don't opt for these countries, but they truly are amazing. I love Eastern Europe - the people and food and siteseeing are fantastic. The history is intense and should be witnessed and remembered.

Some of my favorites: Bike Ride in Berlin, The Berlin Cathedral (climb to the top for great views!), Bike Ride in Prague, Dinner River Cruise in Budapest. We had some free time in each city, and it was nice to have that to explore on our own!

I met some of the best friends I've ever met on this trip and if you're considering it - GO! Loved it!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life Changing, Enriching

  • colleen26 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

This was my first Contiki, but hoping it won't be my last. I have done several escorted tours throughout Europe and China, and by far this was the most enriching experience. Not only was that because of the places we visited, but because of the fellow travelers that became my friends. There is something so amazing about traveling with a group of people that have the same passions as you and operate at the same pace, and enthusiasm as you.

I enjoy slower paced tours as I like to get to know each city, so this tour was pretty good for me. My favorites were Berlin and Prague. Vienna and Budapest were stunning, but with one less night I felt like I didn't get a full chance to soak in the culture, but they were amazing.

My biggest tip -If you can - do the FULL TOUR - Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. We were so sad to see so many of our friends leave after Prague and Vienna.

I loved sampling all the food and beers and the night clubs in Eastern Europe are amazing. We hit an awesome night club in each city and we always felt safe and had fun! Totally a different experience than ANY club I've been to in the States. LOVED the 5 story night club (complete with ice pub) in Prague - and the Sex Museum, that was an experience.

The hotels weren't too shabby - served their purpose, and I'm kind of picky and I didn't mind - we were barely in them. Stay out all day. They aren't always the most CENTRAL hotels, but again - we leave in the morning and don't come back until late, so never a big deal.

A lot of people don't opt for these countries, but they truly are amazing. I love Eastern Europe - the people and food and siteseeing are fantastic. The history is intense and should be witnessed and remembered.

Some of my favorites: Bike Ride in Berlin, The Berlin Cathedral (climb to the top for great views!), Bike Ride in Prague, Dinner River Cruise in Budapest. We had some free time in each city, and it was nice to have that to explore on our own!

I met some of the best friends I've ever met on this trip and if you're considering it - GO! Loved it!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life Changing, Enriching

Firstly, I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is unsure if they should travel to the USA.

Rachel Bushner was our tour manager and she is highly knowledgable and gave us a massive insight to every place we visited.. The bus driver, less enthusiastic but got us from A to B. Rachel made playlists and regular stops along the way so we got the best possible experience of our life.

Making friends is really easy, you get used to being out at 2am and waking up at 6am for the bus. Sometimes they'll sick around and you'll see them after the tour has finished and some you'll never talk to again.

Here is my full review on the tour.
I went in November, it was a little warm for a winter, but was cool in some places. IE, the Grand Canyon. I also suggest taking pillows and a blanket to sleep on the bus as the trips can be long a tiring. Also take some card games to play with your fellow passengers, it makes boning a hell of a lot easier.

Los Angeles, is alright. We stayed in downtown LA and there wasn't much to do, expect head over to Hollywood or Universal Studios.

Las Vegas, was incredible. I highly recommend doing the $10 surprise, everyone did it on my tour and it was amazing. Best $10 spent. All the inclusions are amazing as well. I also suggest doing the High Roller, but do it at night, you get a full 360 degree view of Vegas. Don't oversleep on the morning of your departure either, you'll have the bus waiting for a while on you.

Grand Canyon, will take your breath away. It was a little chilly, but the views are absolutely stunning. Do the optional helicopter flight, I almost chickened out, but some a quick chat with Bushy and I was ready to go. You get an amazing view of the canyon. Well worth my money. I didn't do the Jeep tour, but heard it was good. Also go watch the sunset and sunrise on the edge of the canyon. It will take your breath away - trust me.

Durango, Via Monument Valley.
We stopped at Monument Valley, which was pretty awesome, learnt about the Novajo's and their culture. Also got to walk on the ride where Forrest Gump ran along. Durango was a short visit, we went to a local bar and played some beer bong and danced on the bar, before meeting some very interesting locals.

Albuquerque, was one of the highlights of the tour. Such a nice little city, we can the option here to go to the Breaking Bad House, which I didn't attend. Buffet style dinner was god followed by some Karaoke. Our optional Hot air ballon trip was cancelled due to windy conditions, so we got to sleep in. This was another one night stop over.

Amarillo, now we're talking. Visiting Texas was the highlight of my tour. Something about Texas that I loved so dearly. Here we watched two of our fellow Contiki members try and conquer the Steak Challenge, which they both failed on. The food at the steak house was amazing. The night followed by some line dancing, beer pong and some dancing, until there was about 4 of us left until closing time. Amarillo, was another one night stop over, with an early get up - running on no sleep..

Dallas, arriving in Dallas we got the option to head to the Ice Hockey after our included dinner, which for me was an awesome experience. We watched Dallas vs Winnipeg. The atmosphere was amazing, followed by visiting the honky tonk. Here you also have the option to visit AT&T Stadium, which is a must do, even if you don't support NFL. I love the Dallas Cowboys, so I was like a kid in a candy store. Also visit the JFK Museum, the place has a wealth of knowledge and I could've spent all day in there. In the evening you also visit the Rodeo in Fort Worth. Which once again is an amazing experience, the calf tying may upset a few people. I also got the sad news of a friend passing away while I was here, so I was a bit of a downer while I was in Dallas.

Memphis, visiting Beale St is a must. Four of our Contiki boys took on a burger challenge here, was assuming to watch, but also made the stomach churn and how big the burger was. Visiting Graceland is a bucket list item tick, do check out the Rock and Soul museum and Sun studios.

I unfortunately this is where my tour ended, I wasn't able to go to New Orleans, but I heard it was an amazing experience for all who went.

To sum it up, the Southern Adventure is well worth every single cent, there was not one place where I felt it wasn't worth my money. If you don't sleep in your hotel, catch up on your sleep on the bus, bus buddies make comfortable pillows. Try and mix and match with people. I sat with my roomie for the first few stops, before I started talking and making other friends. Make sure you stay hydrated and go to the bathroom before you leave and at stops. Don't be that person who stinks out the bus. Take snacks as sometimes you'll be stuck in traffic for a very long time.

I can not praise Rachel Bushner enough for her wealth of knowledge and making this the best possible trip ever. I would happily do the Grand Southern Adventure next time, visiting the same places and many many more.

My Contiki was: Amazing , Stunnning , Fun

Coming from a Australian visiting her own country, this was without a doubt a amazing tour with so many #wowgasms and experiences I will never ever forget. Even times when it was raining the tour managers always gave us something to do which was fun and sometimes very entertaining. 10/10. As we were told don't treat it like a holiday treat it as an adventure, you only get out what you put in.

Eastern Trail

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing adventure
  • lindseyb18 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This was my first Contiki Tour and it will not be my last! I met amazing new people and had the best tour manager and bus driver I could have imagined! This is the perfect trip if you want a taste of a lot of different countries! :)

Eastern Trail

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing adventure
  • lindseyb18 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This was my first Contiki Tour and it will not be my last! I met amazing new people and had the best tour manager and bus driver I could have imagined! This is the perfect trip if you want a taste of a lot of different countries! :)

I started this trip like a little baby bird leaving the nest but now that I left I don't like coming back I miss all the new family I have meet.

Our trip manager was Evan and he was amazing he was your best friend and tour guide that know everything about everything. Imperiously he did and he had terrible puns but I get why he did them throughout the tour first I would've been to lease the nerves between everyone because we didn't know who they were, but then I think it was just because he was Evan and he loved he's puns.

Sorry back to the review I got sides tracked there, but why booking this tour you are making one of the best decision of your life. The accommodation you stay in are pretty good and then location of them are amazing in some of the places you go. The food you get it great you really feel where you are with the food you will eat whilst there. During the trip do all the me time activities if you don't you'll #regretit as contiki puts it but seriously do them you get to see the city in the best way and experience the place better with them and with the new family you've made.

Bouns tips about this trip take a travel hair dryer that works well because you will need it and take medicine and something you can take for your headache you WILL get from the night you had. Also rain boots or gum boots or jus some kind of water proof shoes for you to wear, it's only a caution but depending on when you go it will rain and not the fun kind of rain.

The new family you make is incredible. In the short amount of time you bond so well with everyone and it will be sad to leave them. But alas there is Facebook and no time zone can stop you from talking and seeing your new family after the tour.

So in conclusion of this super long kind of review thing I have typed. Do this tour if it's you first tour or seven hundredth tour do it you'll love every part of it. Except the last part and the end of Scotland when people leave you but the rest you'll love and will never forget.

My Contiki was: Life changing , Breathtaking, Amazing

I started this trip like a little baby bird leaving the nest but now that I left I don't like coming back I miss all the new family I have meet.

Our trip manager was Evan and he was amazing he was your best friend and tour guide that know everything about everything. Imperiously he did and he had terrible puns but I get why he did them throughout the tour first I would've been to lease the nerves between everyone because we didn't know who they were, but then I think it was just because he was Evan and he loved he's puns.

Sorry back to the review I got sides tracked there, but why booking this tour you are making one of the best decision of your life. The accommodation you stay in are pretty good and then location of them are amazing in some of the places you go. The food you get it great you really feel where you are with the food you will eat whilst there. During the trip do all the me time activities if you don't you'll #regretit as contiki puts it but seriously do them you get to see the city in the best way and experience the place better with them and with the new family you've made.

Bouns tips about this trip take a travel hair dryer that works well because you will need it and take medicine and something you can take for your headache you WILL get from the night you had. Also rain boots or gum boots or jus some kind of water proof shoes for you to wear, it's only a caution but depending on when you go it will rain and not the fun kind of rain.

The new family you make is incredible. In the short amount of time you bond so well with everyone and it will be sad to leave them. But alas there is Facebook and no time zone can stop you from talking and seeing your new family after the tour.

So in conclusion of this super long kind of review thing I have typed. Do this tour if it's you first tour or seven hundredth tour do it you'll love every part of it. Except the last part and the end of Scotland when people leave you but the rest you'll love and will never forget.

My Contiki was: Life changing , Breathtaking, Amazing

I did the quest to Rome tour and it was the best thing I've ever done! I went as a solo traveller and instantly made so many new friends! It's so easy as everyone is there for the same thing and mostly everyone is solo also so their all open to making new friends!
Our tour guide and our bus driver were amazing! Always going the extra mile to give our trip a little something extra and pushing us to try new things! Our tour manager even went as far as giving us history of each place we visited so we understood the significance of each monument.
The accommodation was awesome! Wasn't five star obviously but it was clean and tidy and you spend literally a few hours a night in there sleeping and showering so don't need anything else.
The buses are amazing and comfy so you can catch up oh some zzz!
You have to do all the optional activities! They are so worth it and are such good value.
As you can see I enjoyed everything about this trip and can't wait to do my next contiki tour!
Keep it up contiki your amazing!

I did the quest to Rome tour and it was the best thing I've ever done! I went as a solo traveller and instantly made so many new friends! It's so easy as everyone is there for the same thing and mostly everyone is solo also so their all open to making new friends!
Our tour guide and our bus driver were amazing! Always going the extra mile to give our trip a little something extra and pushing us to try new things! Our tour manager even went as far as giving us history of each place we visited so we understood the significance of each monument.
The accommodation was awesome! Wasn't five star obviously but it was clean and tidy and you spend literally a few hours a night in there sleeping and showering so don't need anything else.
The buses are amazing and comfy so you can catch up oh some zzz!
You have to do all the optional activities! They are so worth it and are such good value.
As you can see I enjoyed everything about this trip and can't wait to do my next contiki tour!
Keep it up contiki your amazing!

Winter Wanderer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Pelicano!
  • Eden Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

This tour is awesome! We were lucky it snowed in multiple places along our tour and it was the most wonderful experience. I went solo and was worried I would be stuck with a bunch of 18 year olds but our tour was mixed ages. I had the best group and have made many friends from doing this tour. I went on my own and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to do a tour to just book it! I had some of the best times with my group and would say to do all the Me Time Optionals (#noregrets). This best times you have are with the whole tour group so make friends and get to know everyone. Move around the bus and get to know you're fellow travellers. It was my first time in Europe and my first big overseas trip and honestly it was the best decision I made!

Winter Wanderer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Pelicano!
  • Eden Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

This tour is awesome! We were lucky it snowed in multiple places along our tour and it was the most wonderful experience. I went solo and was worried I would be stuck with a bunch of 18 year olds but our tour was mixed ages. I had the best group and have made many friends from doing this tour. I went on my own and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to do a tour to just book it! I had some of the best times with my group and would say to do all the Me Time Optionals (#noregrets). This best times you have are with the whole tour group so make friends and get to know everyone. Move around the bus and get to know you're fellow travellers. It was my first time in Europe and my first big overseas trip and honestly it was the best decision I made!

  • Skuza Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

This was by far the best experience ever. I have done a Contiki before to NZ - but this was a whole new thing.
There is so much to do and see on this trip - Vegas was well.... no one on my trip can remember it so that's saying something. Have made some incredible friends and will remember every moment. Out tour guide STEPH was incredible and funny :) Would def go back and do it again with little less drinking so I can actually explore more of the wonderful places America has to offer.

My Contiki was: crazy, fun, memorizing

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