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European Inspiration

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Tour
  • Gab Rich Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

In taking this tour for three weeks has giving opportunities to see amazing places in Europe and place I never though seeing or traveling to. Accommodation were great and traveling bus road was great. The group of people were awesome. I love every bite of tour. The best adventure I never took traveling alone.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Best , Greatest

  • Brooke Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Being a first time solo traveler I had no idea what to expect packing my bags and travelling across the world & I am happy to say it exceeded all my expectations. It is so hard to put into words the experiences I had through out the 9 days we were hopping around those little islands but I can say that I have made friends for life and memories I will always look back on & smile. If you are tossing up if you should go on this trip, ask yourself if you like to laugh until you cry, party all night, explore all day & become a part of a family you'll never forget, do it! All the guides through Asia are amazing too so you are guaranteed a good time! Until next time Contiki!! Thanks for a wild one!

  • Brittany Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This was my very first Contiki, but I guarantee that it won't be my last. The famous Sherif was everything the reviews say and took such good care of us. Of course, the people made it so worthwhile! The sites are absolutely amazing and there really isn't anything like them. My only complaint with the trip is the cost. You really will want to do almost all of the excursions, so add about $300 to the trip cost to get a feel for the real price. If there is one excursion that I'd say you absolutely can't miss, it's the Red Sea. AMAZING!

  • Woody Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first trip overseas, and probably the best way to experience everything I did. Thailand is such a beautiful place, especially on this trip. I got to see a lot more and do more then I would of with an alcoholic mates from home. Instead, I got to do it all with a bunch of "apparent" alcoholics from all over the world. It was mostly the people I got to share this trip with that made it all for me. The tour guide, Shannon, was absolutely fantastic! With her mood continuously being happy, it reflected on us and made the trip that much better! With the trip itself, no one was ever alone and always in groups either drinking or relaxing. For me, being Australian, that is perfect!! All the accommodation was just right for the area which was nice. Especially Koh Tao, with the jungle like rooms. They were just perfect to the last detail. There was so many GREAT moments on the trip, none of them being appropriate, but one I can say, I was in the spot light on a main show and made to dress up..
But over all, this was the absolute best way I could see Thailand! Well to start it anyway. Thank you Shannon and the Contiki crew, this coming from "Skippy" from AUS.

My Contiki was: JUGI, Need AA now, Aesthetically Great

  • Eric Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Although there will be place in my heart for my First Contiki. (European Highlights May '08) This hands down was the best Contiki trip I ever experienced. The food was amazing, the views were amazing and the crew was amazing. Our tour group was 70+ people and yet we managed to have a good time. We saw Lil Jon, jumped off pirate ships to a secluded beach and partied all day and night. I've done several Contiki trips but one was all around the best one. I'm not sure if my next one can even compete.

My Contiki was: Best, Amazing, Gyros

  • Maddie K Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This was my first time to Europe and the first time traveling by myself. I could not have had a better first time experience with Contiki!!!! I had a great time with everyone and we had a great tour manager, Tim and an awesome bus driver, Max.

Every day was fun and the nights where so much fun! Almost every night we went out, Liverpool, Carlisle, Edinburgh(x2), Oban and Glasgow!!!
Great hotels!

When you go to Loch Ness you have to jump in just to say you have done it!!! It was freezing cold but lots of fun!

I would recommend arriving in London a day or two before the tour starts if you wan to do some sight seeing. I didn't do that and didn't get time to see London except for the bus tour.

#Contiki #ContkiTim #ContikiMaxH

My Contiki was: Awesome People, Nightlife, #NoRegrets

  • MitchG Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Okay, let me start off by saying I was equally excited and nervous for this trip...

Nervous because I was traveling solo and never traveled Contiki before. I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would like the people I was going to spend 19 days with. I was excited for the obvious reasons...SEEING EUROPE!!

I also did the London Explorer package prior to the Inspiration tour so the few days leading up to the trip I had visited the Contiki basement a few times. Every member of the staff was super helpful and felt like they were old friends. The day before we left we did a meeting at the basement where we got to meet the people who were also on the trip.

When I arrived I immediately met 2 people that I connected with right away. As soon as we started chatting, all my concerns were at ease. I knew it was going to be a good trip! After the meeting a group of 10 of us went to a pub for a few pints and to get more acquainted. For anyone doing a trip, I would suggest using this time to meet your trip mates because it was a great way to break the ice quickly.

Now for the trip...This honestly could not have been better. Everything went perfectly and at no point was I concerned over timing, accommodations, drive time, lines into the attractions etc etc..Our driver(Jason M) and trip Manager(Nick P) were on top of everything!!

For the amount of time we had in each city, they made sure we maximized it to the fullest!! And they always did it with a friendly face. I never once got a bad vibe from them and they both seemed genuinely happy with their jobs and to help us out with anything we needed. I unfortunately got sick, but Nick stepped up to the plate and helped me locate a doctor when I needed it. This was extremely valuable to me because I had no idea what to do or where to go.

I can't say enough good things about these 2. But they definitely exceeded my expectations and set the bar high for any other driver and tour manager.

The trip was an absolute blast and I made lifelong friends that I'll keep in contact with. We're actually already talking about another trip for next summer.

Thanks Nick, Jason, my Contiki family and Contiki for an awesome trip!

My Contiki was: Memorable, Friends, Fun

  • ClareD Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

This was my first Contiki, and I honestly had the best time ever. I made so many amazing friends, saw beautiful sights and maybe drank a little too much ;) Our tour guide Az was awesome, super cool guy and very knowledgeable about each city we visited. It is very fast paced, but the Me time Optionals are a great way of getting acquainted with the city in a short period of time and having fun doing it. I totally recommend this tour, it is something I'll always remember doing!! #noregrets

My Contiki was: no, regrets

  • Sarah Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The three islands provide everything you'd want: fun all-night raves, quiet restaurants with caldera views, hiking and sailing adventures with your group, and unique experiences. The more laid-back atmosphere of the trip lets you explore the islands on your own and even have the time to take trips to other islands in your free time.

My Contiki was: Romantic, Beaches, Historica

  • mad_seeks Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

I originally agreed to go on the trip because I want to see pretty much everywhere I can and some friends were going. Vacation time is rare in the states so I was a little skeptical to take 2 weeks just in Peru...boy was I dead wrong.

I went to see Machu Picchu but by the time it came around, I was like "Oh yeah, this is why I came!" Every single day on the tour was awesome...each day getting better and better. I had no idea Peru had so much to offer and was so beautiful. The country absolutely blew me away. From zip lining in the snow, paragliding, biking in the Andes Mountains and nearly getting hypothermia, white water rafting, climbing a 100 ft tree, kayaking in the Amazon, and of course hiking Machu Picchu...Peru exceeded all of my expectations. I had the best group with some seriously awesome, hilarious people and was in no way ready to leave.

Last but not least: FLOR!!!! She was the most amazing tour director. She made our trip effortless, was so knowledgeable, and made sure we had a blast no matter what we were doing! I could go on and on about how great she was.

All in all, I without a doubt recommend this tour. I had the time of my life. You have extremely early mornings and most of the time (if you want) extremely late nights, but Peru is worth it. GO TO PERU Y'ALL!

Here is a YouTube video I made about the summary of our trip! It's a little long, but worth it :)

My Contiki was: Incredible, Fun, Adventurous

  • Tash Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Never have I had so much fun as I did on my New Zealand Contiki. The view, the people, the night life, the adventure and most of all, the culture! What an amazing country. New Zealand is a place I will return to many many times in the future because there is just too much beauty to stay away. I made so many friends on this trip aswell as numerous unforgettable memories. The accommodation was amazing and often breathtaking. The tour guide (Josh) and driver (Mark) were so helpful, friendly and fun. I ticked off a number of bucket list items, bungee jumping (134m Nevis Jump, Queenstown) and white and black water rafting to name a few.

Most of all, however the deep culture of New Zealand really put me at awe. The Maori are a wonderful and interesting people and I loved learning about them.

I wish I could relive the experience over and over again... but I guess I'll just have to go again...

1000/1000 DO recommend New Zealand Contiki - The Big Tiki!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Breathtaking, Adventure

Eastern Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great Trip

It was a amazing experience and the tour was well planed the driver Frank and tour guide Braden were great. It will take time to process all the input. The group was perfect and now we are all friends. I would do the same trip again.. whats more to say?

  • Morgan_R Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

An amazing 10days!
Luckily had an amazing bunch of 50 people and a very good tour guide!!
Top Tips:
#1 - From the UK you need to bring your own Sleeping Bag or buy one, I believe £20 but don't hold me to that.
#2 - You need Francs for Switzerland. You only need enough for your one free day in the town near the campsite, unless your really organised and organise a trip to the other towns near by that do have tourist stuff. I just sat in a café with new friends I had made and ate the best brownies! Theres a corner shop and a souvenior shop. So 40 francs? But if your not that organised don't worry as they do take Euro but you get Francs back.... Shifty I know.
#3 - In Austria you have a party night. Bring glow in the dark tuff.
#4 - In Switzerland you have 2 party nights. At 8Euros a drink make sure you have saved some money as this is right near the end of your holiday.
#5 - THERE IS NO FREE WIFI ON THE COACH! You must pay. But you don't need to your gonna have so much to look out the window and people to talk to why would u need wifi. Only a few hotels/Hostels/Campsites have wifi too. Again mosty not free. But u don't need it. Youll survive.
#6 - You will do the paragliding. It is not scary. 38 members of our coach did it. 38 out of 50!! and the ones that didn't do it regretted it. Paragliding in Australia where you are given up to 30 pictures that the instructor takes with his selfie stick for 20 Euros!! Yey!! Do not be afraid.
#7 - #NoRegrets. Live by it!

My Contiki was: Paragliding, Messy Packing, Budget

  • ffryan34 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I just returned home from my Thai Island Hopper East trip with Contiki and I don't know how I am going to settle back into real life after such an adventure! There is no stone left unturned in this 9 day thrill ride through some of the most scenic islands on the planet earth. The Tour Manager Shannon set the tone immediately for the group with her upbeat and energetic attitude. Traveling with her was like being with that one friend everyone has that will never say no to a good time. The fellow travelers and myself though diverse in culture bonded instantaneously and never left each other's sides making for too many life lasting memories to count. The excursions and accommodations were well worth every penny and never left a dull moment. An absolute must do trip!

My Contiki was: Thrill ride , Unforgettable, Breathtaking

  • Noelle Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

It was a blast! I met people from like 7 other countries that were on the trip. I made lifelong friends! If you want fun packed days and high energy.. This is your trip for sure! If you don't like staying in cabins,bringing a towel, and sleeping bags then this isn't for you. But why not get out of your comfort zone? I went Solo and had an amazing time. Seeing each country and what it had to offer was awesome. Enjoy the food in each country! So good!from escargo to Italian pizza, German beer and pretzels I had an awesome time trying new food out. Also if you like wine European's love their wine. If you love beer its in Germany!;) I did all the optionals because why not? Gondola ride was insane but so glad I did it. Sometimes we had to be on the bus, but catch up on some naps on bus days! Movies and music Tony made us very comfortable. We had a great group it was hard to get to know 52 people but i made some of the amazing friends. We almost got stuck on the Effiel Tower lol we missed the bus and got a taxi but it got us to try out our French that Tony helped us with for each country. What a blast! I'll do it again! #contiki

My Contiki was: Awesome, Fun-packed, Unlimited

  • Mikaela Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

As this was my first time leaving my home country of the United States of America, I was a bit apprehensive to join a touring group I hadn't really heard of before. Concerns aside, I booked a trip for Great Britain and Ireland and I am SO glad I did!
There is no doubt in my mind why the UK and the Emerald Isle have long held the reputation for lands of fantasy, as the scenery everywhere is gorgeous, but what makes the whole experience that much better is the comradery that develops between you and your fellow passengers. Being contained in a coach filled to the brim with other people certainly forces you to make a few friends along the way. At just 21, I now have friends that span to three corners of the globe thanks to this Contiki trip and I couldn't be more grateful.
Now for what the trip itself contains, there are TONS of ups and just a few downs.
1. You will get sick. Don't try and be macho about it- pack some vitamin C, drink tons of water, and eat full meals. Even if you do everything right, you may still fall ill, but at least you can say you tried. Trust me- you'll enjoy it ten fold if you're well.
2. Most of the fun stuff is extra money. Normally it's not a WHOLE lot extra (all of the UK excursions cost me £70 and the Ireland ones €115), but it's still more than I had anticipated spending on top of what I had already paid. Still- I'd shell out the cash, because they are pretty worth it.
3. Be prepared to sit for a LONG time. Bring your neck pillow that people make fun of because you will certainly be the envy of the bus. If you get cold super easily, you might want to bring a blanket. The bus driver and tour manager try and keep the peace, but sometimes it's hard to please everyone so just be prepared.
4. You will eat through your shoes. Yes, there are nights where everyone goes out to have a good time and dress nicely, but if you're trying to wear pretty shoes while you're hiking/biking around the Ayran Islands, you're gonna have a bad time. Bring your dorky sneakers- your feet will thank you.
1. As I've mentioned, I'm a huge fan of the friendships that form on the trip. I happen to be a loud and friendly person so it was easy for me to find people, but if you happen to be a little shyer, find one of us loud people to hang out with! Unless you really are on the trip to be by yourself, it's really hard to go through it without picking up SOMEONE that has similar interests!
2. I can't necessarily speak for all Contiki trips at this point, but my bus driver (coach driver- whatever, Max) and tour manager were fabulous. Max H. (coach driver) was super familiar with the territory and did his best to get us places on time, if not a little earlier than planned. Sometimes I was concerned with his depth perception, but he pulled through every time with narry a scratch on the bus! Tim was fantastic as well- always making sure we all felt comfortable and included as well and encouraging us to enjoy our time to the fullest extent. He's always got a fantastic attitude on and certainly made the tour that much better.
3. You get to see some brilliant sights. If you happen to do Great Britain and Ireland, you will be exposed to some of the most glorious (in my humble opinion) landscaping in the world. Be prepared for some rain, mind you, but even still, the scenery is to die for.
4. You get to meet some wonderful people. It's a fantastic thing, being able to meet people who are nothing like you. You get to see how people think. Do they drive on the left side? Does that make them do more with their left hands? Do people actually hate peanut butter as much as the Internet would lead you to believe? Why in God's name would you spread Marmite on toast and call it breakfast? There greatest thing about traveling is that these people are not like you and you get the opportunity to expose yourself to their customs and thoughts and beliefs and find out what you really want to be.
5. Direction. I've traveled with Contiki and I've traveled by myself and I must admit, Contiki did a lot more research into fun things to do than I did. It's super rigorous, so eat your Wheaties, but you don't have to wonder, "Wow! What am I gonna do today?" Contiki has got it planned!
I suppose I could go on about my personal opinions, but I think that suffices as a decent review. Thanks again for a fantastic adventure and remember to live your life with #NoRegrets!

#ContikiTim #ContikiMaxH

My Contiki was: Adventure, Educational, Fantastic

  • Richelle Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

This was my first ever Contiki and well it was definitely the BEST first ever Contiki I could have chosen!! It was almost a month of my life that I would constantly relive if I could!!

With the most amazing tour manager Lee and coach driver Szabi that we couldn't have asked for any better…as well 50 of the most amazing people I've ever met, I could not have imagined a better way to see the culture and sights of Europe!

There is definitely sooo many experiences I want to share!!

I did the European Inspiration tour from 02 May 2015 to 21 May 2015 from London - Amsterdam - Berlin - Prague - Munich - Venice - Rome - Florence - Lucerne - Paris!! I had never been to Europe before so I did a lot of researching and read a lot of reviews to try and prepare myself. I will try to make this review as detailed as possible to help anyone thinking or going on this tour. It was completely amazing for any first time European travellers to see LOADS of many of the main and popular cities!

I highly recommend this tour! I had the best time of life and have honestly never been more happy and content. The memories and friends I have made on this tour I will treasure for life. I can’t describe in words how beautiful Europe is, each place is so unique and different from the next. I truly believe that if you have never been to Europe before, Contiki is the best thing you can do, and this tour was great because it went to so many places over a decent amount of time. Don’t worry about it not being enough time! Usually when we arrived in a new place we had the afternoon/night and the whole next day/night. It doesn’t sound like very long but you really squeeze everything that needs to be seen in, it’s exciting this way! Some places don’t even really need a full day to see things (eg. Lucerne, Munich, Venice) so you end up having time to chill out, relax, and have some fun with your new friends, and just enjoy and relish where you are in the moment. Some places you will love and some places you may absolutely hate and you might be grateful that you only spend one day there. In general Contiki is a great taste tester so you know where you would like to go back to and spend longer (I would really recommend you being spontaneous and revisiting places after the tour). It’s so convenient with Contiki, each day you get a map, time schedule, some suggestions where to go and where to eat, how to speak the languages, currency exchange info, and you get dropped off right in the heart of everything. Some places were quite overwhelming and a little scary, even though I was travelling with a friend I couldn’t imagine us travelling by ourselves and organizing everything on our own (would be so stressful!), I felt so safe and carefree with the group, all we had to do was sit back and enjoy while everything was being organized for us. We got lucky because most of the time it was all sunshine with only 3-4 days of rain. The coldest places were London (it as more windy than anything). The other places were warmer than I thought (especially Prague and Rome). You could actually get away with just wearing one layer.

Our coach driver (Szabi) and tour guide (Lee) were so amazing!! Very professional and they sure know how to have fun too!! Words cannot describe enough how utterly amazing they were the entire trip!! Both were so great at what they do and it was so awesome that they were always coming out with the group, they took such good care of us. It shows how much they enjoy their jobs and put great effort into making sure that we have the trip of a lifetime!! I just can't thank them enough!!! I would definately recommend them both. I didn’t realize that the coach driver had “specific driving times”, i.e. past certain times of night they aren’t allowed to drive, some days they have to rest, every 4 hrs the bus MUST stop for 45 minute breaks. But if the coach couldn’t take us somewhere, our tour guide Lee would buy us train/metro tickets and show us how to get around and back to the hotel. If we ever had questions about what to see or how to get somewhere, Lee was really informative and helpful.

What did you see? what did you do?
Pretty much everything on the itinerary and a bit more! Usually we would get some sort of brief tour on the bus or walking tour by our tour guide and then the rest of the day we would have to explore. Some things you only get to “see”, while other stuff you get to physically explore, it’s all up to what you want to do.

Before we met with our fellow Contiki mates/travelling buddies, my friend and I stayed 3 nights in London prior to the start of the tour to see everything we wanted to see.
London- tour starts in the morning and you cross the English Channel on a ferry and head for Amsterdam (take motion sick tablets beforehand because it is a bit bumpy). There is a lot to see and do in London so I would try get there a few days before hand like we did. I visited St. Paul's Cathedral and walked to the very top for some pretty panoramic views of London (its worth the climb), visited the tower of London, seen the London bridge, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace (where we were also there for the birth of the Royal Baby #2 Charlotte - which was a highlight of my trip as well)!! We seen the changing of guard (I enjoyed it but is pretty long and I would recommend getting there early to get a good spot), saw houses of parliament, Big Ben, went to Trafalgar square (cool place to just chill out). Everything in London is super easy to get to on the tube, once you work out how to use it.

Amsterdam- Amsterdam is a beautiful relaxed place with plenty to see and do. I completely love the Dutch culture of how relaxed and laid back they are! We went on a bike ride with our granny bike in the small village of Edam. Amsterdam is also as easy to get around as London due to the trams which are everywhere and many "pyschopaths on the cycle path!" LOL. We got to see the Anne Frank Haus which is a must see!! We walked into Red light district as well the first evening we arrived.

Berlin- Stopped in Dresden for lunch a cute little town, walked along east side gallery, saw checkpoint Charlie, remains of the berlin wall that used to divide east and west, Brandenburg gate, holocaust memorial, and we went on a historical walking tour which was really good in my opinion!

Prague- On the way there we stopped at German Dachua concentration camp which was very overwhelming and depressing but a place very worth visiting. I will cherish my pebble we picked up and have it on my nightstand as a constant reminder of what they have been through. We went to castle district (like the Disney castle), saw John Lennon wall, walked over Charles bridge, went to old town square and saw astronomical clock and even waited for it to chime on the hour - a long 7 minutes you can't get back - but still worth it!

Munich- Everything in Munich was closed because it was a Sunday and a holiday, but walked around and waited for the clock Glockenspiel to do its special thing! Went to traditional beer hall (2nd largest beer garden in the world and the greatest place on earth, drink beer and eat a pork knuckle!). We went on a bike tour through the city and through the Englisher Gardens, another highlight of my trip!!

Venice- my heart was left here. Such a charming city! Seen St. Marks Square, San Marco, Doges Palace (but didn’t go inside), bridge of sighs, Rialto bridge, saw a glass blowing demonstration. Try to get lost in Venice, Venice is beautiful to just wander around.

Rome- Started at Roman forum then to coliseum, went to Travi fountain (which was under construction, grrr!), went to the Pantheon, Piazza Novena, Spanish steps (which is also under construction), had a tour Vatican city and the Sistine Chapel (breath taking).

Florence- stopped at leaning tower of Pisa on the drive. We saw Ponte Venchio, Dumo (defiantly go inside), Statue of David, had lunch in the pizzeria strip (best pizza you will ever eat). We went to a leather demonstration too which was pretty amazing.

Lucerne- Saw Lion monument, walked across chapel bridge, visited Harry Swiss watch shop, went up a cable car ride to the summit of Mt. Pilates (2132m in elevation) and had a snow fight with the little bit of snow remaining up there - there was not much!

Paris- City of lights tour at night was great, went up the Eiffel tower, went to the Louvre, Love lock bridge, went inside Notre dame (so beautiful inside), walked to Latin Quarter (great places to eat), saw Arc de Triumphe (and climbed the winding stairs to the top too) and champs eylsees street

What were the optionals like?
Everything I read before I left told me to do all of the optionals, so I did them all. I definitely recommend all of them! I don’t regret them.
Moulin Rouge – It’s a lot of money and probably not worth what your paying but it’s a MUST do when in Paris. I think it was absolutely AMAZING!! After the show, we all went to O’Sullivans next door and danced the night away as it was our last night together, the whole group was there and we all had so much fun!
Mt. Pilatus – This is defiantly a must do. You ride in a cable car up to the top of the mountain and look at the most breath taking view of the swiss alps.
Swiss Fondue Lunch – Swiss Fondue is cheese, not chocolate! The meal is delicious, you get bread to dip into the hot cheese and then you get a sausage for the main.
Tuscan Evening – This is a must do!! It was a beautiful evening!!
Space Electronic Disco – This was a pretty groovy place with a card you use to get drinks, karaoke, LED paint. The music was great and everyone had fun, the only bad thing I would say is that the Italians there were very young and I felt weird dancing among young teenagers.
Souvenir group photo – Everyone should get this. The picture is a nice keep safe and comes in a little card cover, which everyone signed at the end of the tour with a little comment, its nice to read them now that the tour is over.
Vatican Tour – Must do, the Vatican is huge and the tour takes you inside the Sistine chapel, into the museums and into St. Peters Basilica. I have never seen anything like it, all of the art and the detail in the ceilings. I was really blown away.
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colloseum – Another must do, the guide is so informative, learnt so much about the history and I found it so interesting. Plus: you get to skip all of the lines!
Venice walking tour – Such a good tour, we all got ear pieces and walked with her around the streets, it didn’t go for long was short and sweet and covered all of the main sights. But Venice is small so you probably could give it a miss and do it yourself.
Gondola ride – Must do when in Venice! Everyone formed groups of 6, was about 30mins long. Was so beautiful going around all of the canals and under the bridges
Venetian Dinner – I have never eaten so much in my life! I would recommend it because its really bang for your buck. Venice is very expensive, most restaurants charge you 30% on top of your bill so it works out better to do this dinner rather than finding somewhere yourself. The one person who didn’t do this dinner actually got lost and left behind in venice.
Tour t-shirts – Everyone actually got sweatshirts too! We had a pretty cool design too! I wear mine all of the time.

River cruise with buffet meal – This was a lovely optional, it went up and down the main river that flows under Charles bridge, it was a great view with all you could eat. Everyone got two complementary drinks as well.
Berlin historical walking tour – Best Walking tour. It went for 3hrs, and there was a lot of walking but was so informative. German history is fascinating, and the guide was so passionate about it. You see everything in this tour, including the holocaust memorial. If your going to pick a tour, this is the tour you cant miss.
Volendam Dinner – The food was delicious, the restaurant was really nice.
Canal Cruise- Must do. Was the best way to finish the tour. The cruise went around the canals of Amsterdam and there was a show of lights, we went under colourful rainbows, in between giant tulips light, past a ship made with water mist. All while drinking all you can drink.

Best moments?
Boat cruise during free time in Lucerne, Switzerland
Seeing the white chalk cliffs of Dover.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.
The Moulin Rouge night out.
Putting a lovelock on Lockbridge and throwing away the key.
Cable Car ride up to Mt. Pilates in Swiss Alps.
Seeing the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel.
Walking around inside the Colleseum.
Riding in a Gondola in Venice
Hofbrauhaus beer, 1L Radler beer and pork knuckles
Bike rides in Village of Edam and Munich
Visiting the Anne Frank House

My Contiki was: tripoflifetime, amazing, wortheverypenny

  • Caity Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

This was my first ever Contiki and well it was definitely the BEST first ever Contiki I could have chosen.
It was almost a month of my life that I would constantly relive if I could.
With the most amazing tour manager and bus driver…as well 43 of the most amazing people I've ever met, I could not have imagined a better way to see the culture and sights of the world!
There is definitely so many experiences I wish I could share, but it's all too much to write… SO my advice.
You may regret the amount of alcohol you drink but NOTHING else!

My Contiki was: Cultural, Exciting , Stunning

  • Lisa Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

This was my first contiki experience and since then I have gone on one other (Simply Italy). My first impression when I arrived on my Simply Italy Contiki is ah crap this isn't going to come close as much fun as St Patty's Day!!
I decided to arrive a few day prior to the start of the Contiki-which I would highly recommend. There is so much to see in Dublin and all of Ireland that there just isn't time to see during the Contiki.
The group forum was a great way to connect with the rest of the group. A few of us exchanged numbers and decided to meet prior to the start of contiki.
This contiki was filled with lots of bars/drinking/walking/eating/socializing. There was a lot of free time which was nice! There was one day where we did a walking tour of Dublin.
The St Patty's day parade was insane!!!! Get there early to get a good spot!
Just remember-if you want to see all the sites and learn about the history in Dublin-this is not the contiki for you (or just plan to stay extra days to pack in the sites).
I traveled alone on this contiki-and the people I met from all around the world made this experience amazing. We partied non stop and shared so many memories!
There is no better way to spend St. Patty's Day than in Dublin!!!

My Contiki was: Party, Beer All day Everyday, New Friends

The Best Trip! went during the royal military tattoo in Scotland and that was super cool.

You get so much time to explore and the ME options were fun and informative. Made some great friends and a lot of memories.

if you want to explore Great Britain and Ireland for you first time, I recommend this tour.

Food is a little above average, it gets you through the day.

Be rides are long and try score seats near the front, sitting near the back, has the tendency to make you motion sick.

My Contiki was: Fun, Cool, amazing

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