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Asia is absolutely beautiful an amazing. Hot, but it's so worth it to go. Asian Adventure is a great taste and intro to 3 great cities and I can not wait to go back for more. The trip is a highlights trip - only twice do you spend more then 1 night in the same city. Laos is a huge surprise, it's now one of my favourite countries. The only downfall was free time was limited - you would get 1-2 hours at most in between contiki's planned activities which was never enough time to venture too far away from the hotel to go see/do something that Contiki doesn't take you to. There are a lot of temples, an temple wear in Asia is dreadful but each is different, and fascinating so go to them all! Do as much as you can as the 2 weeks go by super fast and you want to get as much in as possible. You can always rest and sleep on the plane back home.
I had such a fantastic experience on the Egypt & the Nile tour. Our tour leader Sheriff honestly made this trip fantastic, he went above and beyond to ensure that we had the trip of a lifetime; from organising extra activities such as day trips to Alexandria as well as organising diving experiences for some of our group in Hurghada. He truly made the effort to showcase the beautiful sites Egypt has to offer. I definitely recommend doing as many of the optionals as you can. Egypt has so much incredible history I honestly was blown away each day of the tour. My personal highlights were Abu Simbel as well as the Valley of the Kings.
Accommodation wise I will admit the Victoria hotel definitely wasn't a highlight but was manageable, the overnight train isn't anything fancy but was decent for what it was considering where in Egypt but the Nile cruise accommodation was fantastic as well as Hotel in Hurghada. I really wish we had an extra night in Hurghada or even ended the trip there. I always felt safe wherever we went and security was always very present to reassure me of my safety. I only really felt uncomfortable in Cairo but not unsafe. I really was lucky with my tour group I couldn't of asked for a better bunch of people to share this experience with.
Some Random advice for this trip:
+ US dollar is accepted most places.
+ If you need Egyptian pounds before you tour starts there is an atm right near the hotel, just a few doors down.
+ You can exchange money at the Victoria Hotel.
+ Always aim for smaller notes and also try to have exact money or as close to the amount as possible in a few of the markets I spent a bit of time having to argue to get my change back.
+ Before and after the tour if your there extra time, remember that Egypt runs on tips. So remember to tip the people that carry your bags or do extra things to help you out.
+ A few of my tour members weren't aware but if you let Contiki know of your arrival times you can catch a free transfer bus to and from the airport.
+ Always have tissues or toilet paper chances are the toilets won't have it even in the museums.
+ Stock up on water if it's cheap generally around 5 Egyptian pounds for 1.5L you'll go through it faster than you think.
+ Clothing wise, Cairo was really the only place where we were told to be mindful to cover up. After that it's up to you however you will draw more attention the less covered you are. I found loose clothing to be best. Things like harem pants and tanks tops with a lightweight loose bolero or maxi dresses.
Hope this helps, like I said Egypt is an incredible place with such an interesting history. It's definitely worth the visit.
Everything about the Ireland trip was absolutely amazing. I felt I got the most out of every city we went to and I learned so much about Ireland's history and people. Accommodations were great and my favorite food was the Irish stew. I did all the optionals and they were awesome especially the Aran Islands and the Guinness Storehouse. Everyone on the trip was amazing, our coach was great, and shout out to Lee for being an amazing tour guide!!! This will definitely not be my last Contiki!!
Biggest waist of money. Contiki is terrible, their staff is terrible, 90% of this trip was terrible. I recommend a different travel group, or planning your own trip.
For what you pay, the accommodations are not worth it, and we did not see many things that were in the itinerary. If you like frat parties, this would be good for you. Basically this is a party trip...I could do that in my own country. Our tour manager only cared about the night life, and was hung over pretty much every morning.
Contiki indicates "no regrets"...this was one of the biggest regrets of my life! If I could rate it a 0 I would.
The European highlights tour was amazing. It is a perfect way to see all the major attractions you always dream about. The road crew make the massive cities like Paris and Rome instantly familiar and are super happy to help and point places out. Our tour manager Magdi was particularly amazing, having lived all over Europe, she truly had local knowledge and experience. The accomodation wasn't luxury hotels, but your days are so massive and awesome that why would you want to spend time in a hotel room? I signed up for every métime optional and I definitely recommend it, it helped me make the most of everywhere we went and all the tours were really informitive. Best of all the energy of the crew I travelled with was awesome! You become a large family who all look out for each other. Never been so sad during goodbyes for people I've only known for two weeks before! The best moment was the night in Paris. Everyone stayed out late to climb the Eiffel tower. The group barely knew each other but we were all looking out for each other and excited. It's the most beautiful view from the top at night. Glad I shared it with a bunch of awesome people.
I was one of two people that did this entire trip. When booking I think it is important to know that this whole trip is a combination of lots of little trips. People that came into it halfway didn't know that they were coming into it half way!
Never the less this trip was absolutely incredible. Contiki stays in the best spots and gives you an epic balance between free time, local and included experiences. Breakfast is also included every morning which is a huge help. My guide Ish was awesome, always recommended great activities and local food.
I was never once concerned for my safety, I loved all three countries and I can't wait to go back and explore more of them all!
First and foremost, plan on doing ALL of the optional ME Time activities. Contiki does a wonderful job of picking out experiences that are authentic to each area visited that also help support the local economy. There wasn't a single activity that I regret doing and I'm beyond thrilled I participated in everything. It's a great way to bond with the rest of the travelers on the trip too.
Be prepared for this tour, it's a fast-paced trip. Be sure to take advantage of every second you spend in each city. Your tour guide will have tips and hints as to what to visit whether you're interested in shopping, food, architecture or museums. Our tour guide Nick was spot-on with every suggestion he made. The best recommendation was to go to the Suso Gelato place in Venice. HOLY MOLY BEST GELATO EVER CONSUMED!!
Be sure to bring a bag that you can pack for one-night stays in some of the hotels. The place in Rhine Valley didn't have an elevator, so it was helpful to be able to pack a small bag to lug up the stairs.
When you have free time in the cities, try to go off the beaten path to find more authentic food places. The prices tend to be more reasonable as well and you never know who you might run into. A friend and I met the sweetest children's fashion designer when we hopped off the beaten path in Paris. It was wonderful to hear her story and how she got to where she is in life.
Bring a nice outfit or two. Everyone in our grouped dressed up to go to Le Moulin Rouge on our last night of the tour. It was weird seeing people outside of the normal jeans and jackets that night haha.
I loved meeting all of the people in our tour group. We've stayed in touch since the trip (6 months ago at this point) and we're trying to plan a trip that we can all go on again! That truly is one of the greatest take aways from the Contiki trip, the invaluable and lasting friendships that were formed with people from all over the world. All and all, one helluva trip and can't wait for the next Contiki adventure!
I was traveling alone and pretty nervous (I had never done anything like that before) but it turned out better than I ever could've expected! I truly made friends for life during those 2 short weeks and was able to see and do so much!!! If you are still debating, stop! and book it now! any trip it doesn't matter!
This trip was the best holiday i've had, and first Contiki experience. It was a very intense 2 weeks sightseeing some amazing places by day partying by night.
We got to see historical places which were significant to the Moors, the Romans, the Gauls, Celts, Visygoths, the British, austrian, french and more! Spain's history was incredible!
We tried of the Tapas, where you order drinks and get free food with them, food that gets better the more drinks you buy or you can buy your own more premium tapas which never got old!
The nightclubs were amazing and didn't even start til 1:30am, leading to many fun drunken nights and absolutely zero sleep. None of us cared about the lack of sleep, it was just too exciting to sleep for, there were always different options for those who wanted to drink and party, those wanting to relax, and those wanting a bit of both.
In the midst of the trip we got to leave the county on foot and see the British territory of Gibraltar which is bizarrely Brithish but full of spainiards.
The group was great, the hotels were great, the tour guide was great. My only suggestion would be to pay the extra money for twin share as I did triple share and found it too hard to get everyone showered and shaved in time during mornings and nights out. On the upside, my room mates were great and it was a good way to make friends quickly.
I have made friends for life and and found a new enthusiasm for travel. Highly recommended for those keen to experience Spain and Gibraltar.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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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!
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
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.
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 :) https://youtu.be/s_bSNsQ6KJ4
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!