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  • natalie Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 16 Countries

This tour is literally the best thing you will ever do. I was in a group with 52 amazing people and its 1 year on and a huge group of us are still friends and frequently travel around Australia to see each other! This tour is the 'contiki campsites and special stop overs' which means your accommodation is mainly in contiki caravan parks. The sound of that may put you off but what not every one realises is that the contiki camp sites throw awesome parties and there is normally 2 other contiki groups staying there at the same time as you. So not only does your group get to go to an awesome contiki party you get to share it with other contiki groups. The other tours ( hostel and hotel ) don't get to go to the contiki parties and they miss out massively.
My group bonded so much on this tour and 37 days together was NOT long enough! we didn't get sick of each other and we could have kept traveling. I went on this tour by myself not knowing anyone and contiki made it so easy for me to feel confident and safe. Most people on my tour were also there by themselves. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE! You seriously wont regret it #noregrets

My Contiki was: amazing, best thing ever, #noregrets

  • Ben Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

I just came back from this tour and only have one word to describe it AMAZING!!!!

It was the best 2 weeks spent with 46 amazing young people. The tour manager Matt and bus driver Carlos were both amazing. They both went above and beyond to give us the best experience.

The accomidation was good no bed bugs. The only downside on the accomidation was the showers in the hotel in the french riveria. I did all the optional extras and i'm glad I did, they were fantastic. The free time was great exploring at your own pace.

Be prepared for late nights, early starts, long days on the bus were you can sleep anyway. The buses are comfortable and have ample charging for your phones and our bus had wifi also. Also be prepared for alot of walking so make sure you pack a pair of good shoes for walking.

So if you want to spend 2 high energy, fast paced weeks travelling around europe definately do this trip you won't regret it. #No Regrets.

My Contiki was: High Energy, #Best 2 weeks of my life

  • Ben Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

I just came back from this tour and only have one word to describe it AMAZING!!!!

It was the best 2 weeks spent with 46 amazing young people. The tour manager Matt and bus driver Carlos were both amazing. They both went above and beyond to give us the best experience.

The accomidation was good no bed bugs. The only downside on the accomidation was the showers in the hotel in the french riveria. I did all the optional extras and i'm glad I did, they were fantastic. The free time was great exploring at your own pace.

Be prepared for late nights, early starts, long days on the bus were you can sleep anyway. The buses are comfortable and have ample charging for your phones and our bus had wifi also. Also be prepared for alot of walking so make sure you pack a pair of good shoes for walking.

So if you want to spend 2 high energy, fast paced weeks travelling around europe definately do this trip you won't regret it. #No Regrets.

My Contiki was: High Energy, #Best 2 weeks of my life

  • LinndyF Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The accommodations at each island were nice and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed the Koh Tao (villas) and Koh Phangan (Shirlea Backpackers resort) very much. The amount of days spent at the three different islands were plenty to engage and partake in any activities each island had to offer. I signed up for all three activities and enjoyed each one of them. The staff on the 4x4 jeep tour were amazing and hysterical. The boat tours are BYOB (or adult beverages sold on the boat), which was pretty awesome. Koh Tao was my favorite due to the wild ocean life and beach scenery. In addition, the lady boy show was fun entertainment. Every day spent is definitely what you make of it. Get ready for the carb party because pad thai, curry with rice, fried rice in a pineapple, and pad see ew is basically the thai diet. I would go back in a heart beat.

Make sure to bring bug spray !

My Contiki was: Life is a beach, Chang beer , Sawadee kah

  • Alara Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Honestly, has the best time of my life! The humans on our trip were beyond fun and such a great mix of people! We docked at a new island every morning. Each island was more beautiful and breathtaking than the last. Roz was our team-lead, and is so fun and helpful. She truly goes above and beyond to make sure our trip is the most enjoyable for each and every person! The trip is super chill and enjoyable - as in everyone is free to do whatever they want once we dock on the islands. We have family dinner and then go out together! The nightlife is HOTTTTTT! We truly enjoyed our vacation, and I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to have a fun 7 days with views to die for!! :-)

My Contiki was: unbelievable, breathtaking, fun

  • Alara Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Honestly, has the best time of my life! The humans on our trip were beyond fun and such a great mix of people! We docked at a new island every morning. Each island was more beautiful and breathtaking than the last. Roz was our team-lead, and is so fun and helpful. She truly goes above and beyond to make sure our trip is the most enjoyable for each and every person! The trip is super chill and enjoyable - as in everyone is free to do whatever they want once we dock on the islands. We have family dinner and then go out together! The nightlife is HOTTTTTT! We truly enjoyed our vacation, and I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to have a fun 7 days with views to die for!! :-)

My Contiki was: unbelievable, breathtaking, fun

Berlin & Prague

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Not what i expected

The cities were fabulous. I was not impressed with the hotel in Berlin not having air conditioning. It was about 90 degrees. Only two meals besides breakfast were included and i couldnt even choke them down. I kept wondering what i paid for if the food and lodging were not decent.. Its not like the trip was super cheap. I could have done the whole thing on my own for the same price or cheaper.

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting , New

Berlin & Prague

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Not what i expected

The cities were fabulous. I was not impressed with the hotel in Berlin not having air conditioning. It was about 90 degrees. Only two meals besides breakfast were included and i couldnt even choke them down. I kept wondering what i paid for if the food and lodging were not decent.. Its not like the trip was super cheap. I could have done the whole thing on my own for the same price or cheaper.

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting , New

  • Nicole Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This tour was amazing! The friendships you develop on the way are so memorable, and you do keep in touch with them afterwards. As a solo traveller I walked in not knowing anyone, and I came home knowing that I have 50 new incredible friends from all over the world. The sights are spectacular, the ME Time Options are something worth doing.. especially paragliding and white water rafting. Our trip leader and bus driver, Ed and Chico were awesome. So helpful and always answering all of your questions. If you are wanting to do this trip.. DO IT. You will not regret it. A little advice... watch out for the uneven cobblestone in Amsterdam... bad things do happen (like breaking an ankle and waking up in a cast Day TWO of the tour) Thank you Contiki Fam for making this trip a life changing experience!!!

My Contiki was: Team Canada, The Nicole's, AMAZING

  • Nicole Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This tour was amazing! The friendships you develop on the way are so memorable, and you do keep in touch with them afterwards. As a solo traveller I walked in not knowing anyone, and I came home knowing that I have 50 new incredible friends from all over the world. The sights are spectacular, the ME Time Options are something worth doing.. especially paragliding and white water rafting. Our trip leader and bus driver, Ed and Chico were awesome. So helpful and always answering all of your questions. If you are wanting to do this trip.. DO IT. You will not regret it. A little advice... watch out for the uneven cobblestone in Amsterdam... bad things do happen (like breaking an ankle and waking up in a cast Day TWO of the tour) Thank you Contiki Fam for making this trip a life changing experience!!!

My Contiki was: Team Canada, The Nicole's, AMAZING

  • Amilee Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This epic adventure was the best 2 months of my life. They say that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer... Over the 56 days on this trip I happily learnt that this extends way beyond the unforgettable cities, different cultures and amazing experiences. But to the irreplaceable memories that were created along the way with lifelong friendships. This trip was so many bucket list ticks and dreams come true. The optionals provided were definitely once in a life time opportunities and allowed further exploration over places like The Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Our Contiki trip manager Charity was incredible - her knowledge, trip structure and passion made this experience what it was. Herself and our bus driver Jeff went above and beyond everyday to make sure we enjoyed every moment of this road trip. Contiki is lucky to have such a passionate and kind hearted trip manager and I was lucky enough to cross paths with her. After 2 months, 41 states, 2 Canadian provinces and 10000 memories I couldn't have asked for anyone better to tour us around this beautiful country. Traveling has changed my state of mind and I can't wait to see what the rest of the world has to offer.

  • pandigirl Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

Just returned from this trip. Had a great time. Very different to bus tours but in a good way. After docking next to other tour boats (top deck, croatia sail, travel talk) we definitely had the best boat. It was an A class ship and recently refurbished (2015) so the cabins and main areas were all newer looking with ensuites. Some of the other boats had shared bathroom facilities. All of our cabins were above deck on this ship which was great as it was hot at night so we were able to leave our doors open and get fresh air (there are curtains for privacy though). It is a little strange in the bathroom as the shower is over the toilet so showering is an interesting experience but the floor dries up pretty quickly afterwards so it’s not too bad. If you are sharing with someone you don’t know prepare to become close to them pretty quick! You don’t spend much time in the cabin though. Our boat was Panaroma. We also had wifi on the boat.

Most days were spent relaxing. We’d get up for breakfast sail to a spot and jump off and swim. Get back on for lunch then sail to our port for the night. Spend the afternoon exploring then dinner either off or on the ship (some nights) and then get ready for the night out. Happy hour on the boat then head out on the town for some dancing. We had a great TM in Roz (my 4th contiki and she was up there with my 1st TM). The crew were also amazing and I have to say it’s the best food I’ve had on contiki ever. Freshly made food by the chef onboard. Meals were always great.

I’d love to do this trip again, 1 week wasn’t long enough! Highly recommend if you love a relaxing trip with lots of sunshine, beautiful stops, great food and some partying.

My Contiki was: Relaxing, Fun

  • pandigirl Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

Just returned from this trip. Had a great time. Very different to bus tours but in a good way. After docking next to other tour boats (top deck, croatia sail, travel talk) we definitely had the best boat. It was an A class ship and recently refurbished (2015) so the cabins and main areas were all newer looking with ensuites. Some of the other boats had shared bathroom facilities. All of our cabins were above deck on this ship which was great as it was hot at night so we were able to leave our doors open and get fresh air (there are curtains for privacy though). It is a little strange in the bathroom as the shower is over the toilet so showering is an interesting experience but the floor dries up pretty quickly afterwards so it’s not too bad. If you are sharing with someone you don’t know prepare to become close to them pretty quick! You don’t spend much time in the cabin though. Our boat was Panaroma. We also had wifi on the boat.

Most days were spent relaxing. We’d get up for breakfast sail to a spot and jump off and swim. Get back on for lunch then sail to our port for the night. Spend the afternoon exploring then dinner either off or on the ship (some nights) and then get ready for the night out. Happy hour on the boat then head out on the town for some dancing. We had a great TM in Roz (my 4th contiki and she was up there with my 1st TM). The crew were also amazing and I have to say it’s the best food I’ve had on contiki ever. Freshly made food by the chef onboard. Meals were always great.

I’d love to do this trip again, 1 week wasn’t long enough! Highly recommend if you love a relaxing trip with lots of sunshine, beautiful stops, great food and some partying.

My Contiki was: Relaxing, Fun

  • JC Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Exploring and relaxing by day, partying by night! A spur of the moment decision to visit a friend in Mexico and then do this contiki is one of the best decisions I've made. As long as you stay alert (as you would anywhere in the world when you travel) safety is not an issue. On the whole, Mexican people are incredibly friendly and hospitable!

One of the things I enjoyed the most about spending time in Mexico was having to use my fledgling second language, and my Spanish certainly improved after using it every day for 2 weeks. Even if you only know a few words, the locals will appreciate that you're immersing yourself in their culture and will be all too happy to converse with you.

My highlights were:

- Guanajuato - The narrow, colourful streets and cool architecture is postcard stuff!

- Puerto Vallarta - Relax by the beach, relax by the pool, party by night. Make sure you do the optional cruise out to the Marietas Islands where you can snorkel, paddleboard and kayak in pristine waters. On board is a musical performance, all you can eat and all you can drink!

- Mexico City - A really interesting city with lots of history. Make sure you check out the Zocalo (Central Square) , El Angel de la Independencia (The Angel of Independence), El Castillo de Chapultepec (The Chapultepec Castle) and El Museo Nacional de Antropologia (The National Museum of Anthropology). Take care crossing the roads here!

- Teotihuacan - An incredible historical site where you can still climb to the top of the pyramids and get an awesome view of the surroundings.

- Chichen Itza - Probably my favourite thing on the entire trip. A stunning site of Mayan ruins.

- Cancun, of course! - Coco Bongo in particular. Unlike anything I've ever experienced before. It's like a mix of a nightclub, Moulin Rouge and Cirque du Soleil all rolled into one, with a crowd of thousands with balloons and confetti everywhere. You must also visit the beautiful Playa Delfines (Dolphin Beach) and get a photo with the colourful 'Cancun' sign.

Ish was my TM and did a fantastic job! Easy going, helpful and approachable, his travellers were always his first priority.

A safe, fun and incredible cultural experience. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up here, on instagram or on facebook. I'll be happy to answer any questions you've got about anything! If you want to check out some photos of my trip and get an idea of what you're in for, I have many up on my instagram (@jonty_cabral).

VIVA MEXICO!

My Contiki was: Safe, Tequila, Español

  • JC Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

I've done quite a bit of travelling over the last few years, and the Canadian Rockies is undoubtedly the most beautiful place I've ever been. Pictures cannot do it justice, you have to go and see it for yourself!

Highlights for me:

- White water rafting in Jasper - Never been rafting before and it was incredible fun. After you power your way through the rapids, you float peacefully downstream to the finish line with the best backdrop you could ever ask for. I even went for a swim down the glacial river next to the raft, where the water had just come off the mountains not even 24 hours earlier which was quite the experience!

- Helicopter flight in Banff - The best views in all the Rockies, views you can't see on foot. You get right up close to the mountains, which was incredible.

- Maligne Lake Cruise - The cruise out to Spirit Island is a must. Picture perfect scenery out on the water the whole way.

- Peak 2 Peak Gondola up to Blackcomb Mountain - SNOW!!!

- Capilano Suspension Bridge - A long, swaying bridge high above the forest was too cool not to check out.

- Vancouver Dinner Cruise - A spectacular sunset cruise on the harbour where everyone gets dressed up on the final night. Full of great food, drinking and dancing, you won't want to miss it.

- Athabasca Glacier - SNOWBALL FIGHT!!!

- And Lake Louise, of course!

A few tips:

- Stay awake on the bus or you'll miss all the bear sightings!

- Vancouver is an awesome city, make sure you spend some extra time there either before or after the tour.

Alex is the trip manager and is an absolute legend! You're in good hands with him running the show.

Lastly, if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up here, on instagram or on facebook. I'll be happy to answer any questions you've got about anything! If you want to check out some photos of my trip, I have many up on my instagram (@jonty_cabral).

My Contiki was: Snowballs, Picturesque, Bears

  • Bree Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

If you are wanting to do a short Europe trip, i would recommend this one because you get to see most of the sights in Western Europe and you can add on a cruise option too! My favourite places included Paris, Hofgarten and the greek islands. One of the most unexpectedly fun parts of the trip was the 10 hour ferry trip from Bari, Italy to Igoumenitsa, Greece. We pretty much played cards (and some drinking games) which was great for bonding! If i could do it all again, i would, and there isn't much i would change.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Loved It, So green!

  • Bree Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

If you are wanting to do a short Europe trip, i would recommend this one because you get to see most of the sights in Western Europe and you can add on a cruise option too! My favourite places included Paris, Hofgarten and the greek islands. One of the most unexpectedly fun parts of the trip was the 10 hour ferry trip from Bari, Italy to Igoumenitsa, Greece. We pretty much played cards (and some drinking games) which was great for bonding! If i could do it all again, i would, and there isn't much i would change.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Loved It, So green!

  • Liz Palmer Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

Italy is stunning and this tour is a fantastic way to see a snapshot of the regions. Mixing ancient wonders and lazy beach-side days, this tour was a good mix of fast and relaxed days. Our tour guide Maite was fantastic, she was passionate about her country, always willing to go 110% for us and you could tell she loved sharing her Italy with us. If it wasn't for her, I would not have had as good of a time.

Some of the inclusions were not great (i.e the walking tour in Florence) and the wine tasting in Tuscany. The optional extra's were good, the paid dinners were fantastic!

Really recommend this tour for those who want to explore one country that has a unique and welcoming culture. Hopefully you will get Maite and have a fantastic time.

My Contiki was: Historic, Stunning, fun

  • Liz Palmer Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

Italy is stunning and this tour is a fantastic way to see a snapshot of the regions. Mixing ancient wonders and lazy beach-side days, this tour was a good mix of fast and relaxed days. Our tour guide Maite was fantastic, she was passionate about her country, always willing to go 110% for us and you could tell she loved sharing her Italy with us. If it wasn't for her, I would not have had as good of a time.

Some of the inclusions were not great (i.e the walking tour in Florence) and the wine tasting in Tuscany. The optional extra's were good, the paid dinners were fantastic!

Really recommend this tour for those who want to explore one country that has a unique and welcoming culture. Hopefully you will get Maite and have a fantastic time.

My Contiki was: Historic, Stunning, fun

  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This trip was not what I was hoping for. Croatia is very pretty however very smelly due to them dumping their own sewage in the ports. Unfortunately the boat I was on had bed bugs and it room had a big best which meant we got so many bites. The staff on the boat were really friendly and tried to help in every way they could.
The boat was a bit older than most of the others so they could have done an update on it.
It was a very laid back tour with our tour manager not caring what we did all day. We could do as much as we liked or as little as we wanted.
Overall, I wish contiki had have handled the bed bug situation much better. They were not very willing to help and if it wasn't for the boat staff, I would have definitely left early.

My Contiki was: Smelly , Old, Bed bugs

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