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European Magic

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Magic
  • Laura Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I was slightly sceptical when I booked this trip, having never left the UK before I was unsure of what to expect. As a solo traveler would it be easy to make friends with my tour mates and was it really possible to fit so much in to such a short time? It was indeed. I had the most amazing time on this trip, I saw and did so many things, from seeing the Red Light district in Amsterdam to enjoying a Gondola ride in Venice. I have also made new friends that I just know will be friends for life. Everyday is completely different and offers something new. We started in Amsterdam, the Calnal cruise was a lot of fun and offered great insight into the history of the city and the workings of it now. Next was a trip to the red light district, this is the kind of place I know some people wouldn't want to go, all I can say is that it is something I think everyone should experience at least once in their lives, it offers a look into a way of life for the people of Amsterdam, it also opens the mind up to other ways of thinking and is a real cultural experience. Next was a free morning to explore Amsterdam, the square has the most amazing sounding clock chimes and I would definitely recommend the little waffle shop in the right corner next to the church, the best waffle with cream and strawberries I've ever had, and it was bigger than my hand! After this we traveled to the Rhine Valley, I loved the Rhine Valley, St Goar is an adoreable little village that offers the most relaxing of evenings, definitely take part in the wine tasting here, the guys are clearly experts and give so much information on each wine.. Plus it gives you the chance to get a little tipsy ;) I would recommend the shop with the largest cuckoo clock outside if you'd like a cute souvenir from here, I bought the cutest of clocks hand crafted and it lights up! I enjoyed the evening meal with fellow travelers and getting to know some of the group more. The next day is the drive to Munich, the scenery is stunning. Once here I opted into the bike tour with Mikes Bike Tours, we saw a lot here from the shop fronts filmed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to surfers in the English park. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was great at getting everyone involved. Don't worry if you haven't ridden a bike in a few years, they give you the chance to practice, and the saying that you never forget how to ride a bike is very true. We were lucky enough that our tour landed us right in the middle of Oktoberfest, so we enjoyed the evening here, I would recommend this even if you don't drink, there's rides and some of the best food you'll ever eat. Just be warned, beers only come in one size here and that's a litre, definitely value for money. After Munich came Innsbruck, Austria. Austria was beautiful, one of my most favourite places by far, perfect scenery, perfect atmosphere, perfect everything, I'd recommend enjoying a meal sat outside as the view of the mountains are stunning, I only wish we could have stayed here longer. Next it was on to Venice. As there are no viechals allowed on the island we stayed just outside and caught the train into the centre in the morning. The walking tour and lace tour were both fun and informative, and the free time was some of the best I had. Our tour manager told us that you haven't truly experienced Venice unless you've got lost in Venice and this couldn't be truer! i got lost several times and in the process saw things I wouldn't have seen otherwise. There are so many quirky shops and these are set out like a maze, lanes snaking in and out of each other each one offering spectacular sights and sounds, there's something about hearing a gondolea singing to his passengers that sent chills down my spine, it's like something straight from a movie. The locals are friendly and the food amazing! Take part in the optional Venetian dinner, it offers a wonderful experience and we had to buy Venetian masks for ours which made the whole trip even more fun. After Venice was Switzerland, the overnight stay here was epic. We had a boat cruise at sunset and the sights were truly amazing. The sights at the top of the mountain (optional extra) were some of the best I've ever seen. The meal this evening was fun and you get the proper Swiss experience. The next morning is just a short stop in town, but you have chance to pick up a couple of souvenirs, a Swiss watch and some of the best chocolate you will ever eat (which my family seemed to enjoy even more than I did haha). Up next was Paris. The first night here was the sight seeing tour and the chance to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The views from here are spectacular, seeing Paris by night is something everyone should get to experience atleast once in their lives. The next day was the group photo and a chance to see the tower in the day (just as pretty) and the a trip to Fragonards, the French perfumery. They do great deals on their perfumes for Contiki people and they make lovely gifts. There's so much to see and do in this city that having a plan can be a good idea if you know exactly what you want to do and see, otherwise you could just wonder around and see where you end up. The Moulin Rouge is one of the best shows I've ever seen and whilst it may seem a little expensive, it's more than worth the money. I stayed with the trip back to London which was great as I didn't need to worry about the souvenirs i'd bought been ruined as I knew they were in good hands.
Our trip manager and coach driver excellent the whole way through, they had exceptional knowledge on each place we visited and always got us everywhere safely and on time. As a solo traveler, I enjoyed being able to go off on my own and do my own thing, but I also enjoyed having tour mates I could spend time with. I would recommend taking part in all the extras, just so you know you've had the truest cultural experience. This is a fast paced tour with late nights and very early mornings, there's always the chance to catch up on sleep during the coach ride to the next place. I will also say that the Contiki cough is very real and I caught it quite bad, however don't be afraid to go into a pharmacy and ask for some kind of medicine, I did in Paris and I told the pharmacist I couldn't swallow tablets so she gave me liquid sachets and within a couple of hours I felt much better.
All in all I would always recommend this trip and Contiki as the best way to travel, especially if you're a first timer like I was, you're at ease the whole time and the only thing you have to worry about is having fun :)
Hope this review has been helpful, enjoy your Contiki experience!

My Contiki was: Best time ever , Once in a lifetime experiences , #noregrets

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ awesome trip

this was one of the best things i have ever done. i decided to do this trip by myself and i was scared at first but during the trip i did not feel alone at any point.

i met new people from around the world and they were all lovely and friendly.

this trip was fast paced which was tiring but it was really fun and i got to see a lot. for the price of the tour i was happy with everything that i managed to do and all the places i managed to see.

the tour manager (Adam) and bus driver (Luce) were really really nice and funny and Adam did his best to tell us about all the cool things we could see and do in certain places and also gave us tips.

the bus will be your home for the whole trip cause you will spend a lot of time on there so make sure you have comfy clothing for the long bus rides and a pillow as well. this is essential otherwise you will have a sore neck throughout.

for spending money this really depends on what you want to do and see. the optionals are not included in the tour price so make sure you have money set aside for the optionals. and make sure you have money that is designated for food only, so that means the lunches and dinners that are not provided. then for pocket money depending on how much you drink and if you want to shop bring accordingly. but i say its better to have a lot of money than not have enough.

Making friends- arrive on the first day so that you get to meet people on the very first day before people group off into their little cliques. i arrived on the departure day but i was able to make friends but next time i would go not the first day. and you have to make an effort to make friends otherwise people will just think you want to be left alone.

Accommodation- the accommodation was alright for the price. i brought my own sleeping bag which i used for the trip and I'm glad i did. some people got bed bugs and it was really bad. take bed bug spray and insect repellent. and make sure to check your sheets before sleeping overnight cause they can creep into your sleeping bag.

Food- the provided dinner was alright but i would have preferred to look for my own dinner especially at the hotel in amsterdam i was cut because we got chips and chicken and stale salad but when we went into the city later on there were these amazing places that had amazing food i regretted eating dinner at the place.

ESSENTIALS , a travel money card, you don't want to have cash on you the whole time. sleeping bag, comfy clothes, bring a cardigan although its summer some places like the rhine valley are a bit chilly. bring something red for the swissco disco in switzerland. bug spray, travel adapter. switzerland uses francs not euros and also their adapters are different to the rest of europe but at the campsite they gave us ones, all we had to do was pay a deposit of 5 francs and you would get it back if you returned the charger. bring a water bottle to carry around with you. a lot of us got sick by the last day and i think it was due to drinking too much and also not having enough water especially on the long bus rides. make sure you have comfortable shoes. no one wore heels on my tour even for the going out nights. and when getting cabs make sure you walk to the road and flag one down or they will charge a lot for coming form wherever they will be and also some driver will try to take advantage of you as tourists. IF you can find public transport easily use that cause it will be cheaper.

HAVE FUN, SOCIALISE AND DONT ISOLATE YOURSELF. BRING LOTS OF MONEY TOO

My Contiki was: FUN, AWESOME, ENERGETIC

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ awesome trip

this was one of the best things i have ever done. i decided to do this trip by myself and i was scared at first but during the trip i did not feel alone at any point.

i met new people from around the world and they were all lovely and friendly.

this trip was fast paced which was tiring but it was really fun and i got to see a lot. for the price of the tour i was happy with everything that i managed to do and all the places i managed to see.

the tour manager (Adam) and bus driver (Luce) were really really nice and funny and Adam did his best to tell us about all the cool things we could see and do in certain places and also gave us tips.

the bus will be your home for the whole trip cause you will spend a lot of time on there so make sure you have comfy clothing for the long bus rides and a pillow as well. this is essential otherwise you will have a sore neck throughout.

for spending money this really depends on what you want to do and see. the optionals are not included in the tour price so make sure you have money set aside for the optionals. and make sure you have money that is designated for food only, so that means the lunches and dinners that are not provided. then for pocket money depending on how much you drink and if you want to shop bring accordingly. but i say its better to have a lot of money than not have enough.

Making friends- arrive on the first day so that you get to meet people on the very first day before people group off into their little cliques. i arrived on the departure day but i was able to make friends but next time i would go not the first day. and you have to make an effort to make friends otherwise people will just think you want to be left alone.

Accommodation- the accommodation was alright for the price. i brought my own sleeping bag which i used for the trip and I'm glad i did. some people got bed bugs and it was really bad. take bed bug spray and insect repellent. and make sure to check your sheets before sleeping overnight cause they can creep into your sleeping bag.

Food- the provided dinner was alright but i would have preferred to look for my own dinner especially at the hotel in amsterdam i was cut because we got chips and chicken and stale salad but when we went into the city later on there were these amazing places that had amazing food i regretted eating dinner at the place.

ESSENTIALS , a travel money card, you don't want to have cash on you the whole time. sleeping bag, comfy clothes, bring a cardigan although its summer some places like the rhine valley are a bit chilly. bring something red for the swissco disco in switzerland. bug spray, travel adapter. switzerland uses francs not euros and also their adapters are different to the rest of europe but at the campsite they gave us ones, all we had to do was pay a deposit of 5 francs and you would get it back if you returned the charger. bring a water bottle to carry around with you. a lot of us got sick by the last day and i think it was due to drinking too much and also not having enough water especially on the long bus rides. make sure you have comfortable shoes. no one wore heels on my tour even for the going out nights. and when getting cabs make sure you walk to the road and flag one down or they will charge a lot for coming form wherever they will be and also some driver will try to take advantage of you as tourists. IF you can find public transport easily use that cause it will be cheaper.

HAVE FUN, SOCIALISE AND DONT ISOLATE YOURSELF. BRING LOTS OF MONEY TOO

My Contiki was: FUN, AWESOME, ENERGETIC

I had the most amazing trip and made friends for life. our tour guide magdi was amazing. i would recommend contiki to any one you will never regret going you will have the best time of you life :)

I had the most amazing trip and made friends for life. our tour guide magdi was amazing. i would recommend contiki to any one you will never regret going you will have the best time of you life :)

  • Sofi Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This was literally the best trip I have ever done, like ever!
This was my first time traveling completely solo and I was really nervous, but those nerves were soon put to rest. Everyone on the tour was so nice, the bus was comfortable and our driver was a legend.
The hostels weren't great and either was the food but half the time you weren't in your bed and you soon forgot about the food, I mean you're in EUROPE!
I have made some fantastic friends from all over the world and have some fantastic memories.
The nightlife was great, one of the funniest memories being when our group played a drinking game underneath the Eiffel (when do you ever do that, it was so unreal)
I have already booked my next Contiki and couldn't recommend this trip enough.
One piece of advice: try everything, step outside of your comfort zone because the memories that come from doing that are AMAZING.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable , Life Changing

  • Sofi Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This was literally the best trip I have ever done, like ever!
This was my first time traveling completely solo and I was really nervous, but those nerves were soon put to rest. Everyone on the tour was so nice, the bus was comfortable and our driver was a legend.
The hostels weren't great and either was the food but half the time you weren't in your bed and you soon forgot about the food, I mean you're in EUROPE!
I have made some fantastic friends from all over the world and have some fantastic memories.
The nightlife was great, one of the funniest memories being when our group played a drinking game underneath the Eiffel (when do you ever do that, it was so unreal)
I have already booked my next Contiki and couldn't recommend this trip enough.
One piece of advice: try everything, step outside of your comfort zone because the memories that come from doing that are AMAZING.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable , Life Changing

  • Emily Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Two points I need to make clear before continuing: The hotel in Cairo has CHANGED. The contract with the previous hotel (with the bad reviews) has ended, and you will be staying a nice hotel outside of downtown Cairo. The change went into effect right before my trip started. I was very happy with the accommodations at the new hotel--clean rooms, hot water and nice bathrooms, relaxing pool/bar/restaurant area.

If you hear something happened in Chicago, it's not going to prevent you from visiting New York City; same with Canberra and Sydney. The media does a great job in blanketing "the Middle East" with problems. Don't let your relatives or friends deter you from going on this trip because of what they have been led to believe is happening through media exposure. Egypt is very peaceful and their economy is seriously suffering from tourists (especially Australians and Americans) being deterred from visiting.

QUICK TIPS: Egyptian pounds and American dollars are accepted everywhere. If you bring American dollars, get all of your money in $1 and $5 notes before you go. It's easier for tipping and buying small things. If you are comfortable with using a debit/bank card and you bank does not have ridiculous fees, there are ATMs in all places. HANG ON TO YOUR SMALL EGYPTIAN NOTES. There is a shortage on circulating 5 l.e. (pounds) and the 1 l.e. coins. A few of the small travel-size packs of Kleenex tissues are great for toilet paper (yes, you will need these). Buy your water and be careful if you get ice in drinks.

Ahem... I personally selected this trip because I have always been interested in ancient history. It was also my 30th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than being in Egypt? I am for sure an 'in-depth explorer' and I love history. I did every Optional with the exception of one--the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam. (You can see the obelisk when you drive past and it's really not that powerful or exciting.)

THIS IS NOT A PARTY TOUR. Unlike a lot of other Contikis, you need to understand that you are in a religiously conservative country, a place where gender and family roles are still very well defined. The only time we ladies went to a club was the one inside the hotel in Hurghada.

There is one key component of this trip that I would not have appreciated without having a prior Contiki experience, and that is the tour manager/guide, Sherif. Sherif is Egyptian, lives there, and has been working with Contiki for 15 YEARS! To my knowledge, there are no other Contiki tours where one person has been doing the same tour for that long. The vendors and staff at all stops know him. 'Mister Sherif!' You can ask him anything about history, culture, religion, life in Egypt, and he will tell you all you would like to know. He has an undying love for the work he is doing, to show people like us the beauty of his country, and he does with it real passion. (And he does this solo, as he is the tour manager and local guide in one.)

If you have any questions at all about little specifics of cities or optionals, please feel free to send me a message.

My Contiki was: life-changing, powerful, historical

  • Emily Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Two points I need to make clear before continuing: The hotel in Cairo has CHANGED. The contract with the previous hotel (with the bad reviews) has ended, and you will be staying a nice hotel outside of downtown Cairo. The change went into effect right before my trip started. I was very happy with the accommodations at the new hotel--clean rooms, hot water and nice bathrooms, relaxing pool/bar/restaurant area.

If you hear something happened in Chicago, it's not going to prevent you from visiting New York City; same with Canberra and Sydney. The media does a great job in blanketing "the Middle East" with problems. Don't let your relatives or friends deter you from going on this trip because of what they have been led to believe is happening through media exposure. Egypt is very peaceful and their economy is seriously suffering from tourists (especially Australians and Americans) being deterred from visiting.

QUICK TIPS: Egyptian pounds and American dollars are accepted everywhere. If you bring American dollars, get all of your money in $1 and $5 notes before you go. It's easier for tipping and buying small things. If you are comfortable with using a debit/bank card and you bank does not have ridiculous fees, there are ATMs in all places. HANG ON TO YOUR SMALL EGYPTIAN NOTES. There is a shortage on circulating 5 l.e. (pounds) and the 1 l.e. coins. A few of the small travel-size packs of Kleenex tissues are great for toilet paper (yes, you will need these). Buy your water and be careful if you get ice in drinks.

Ahem... I personally selected this trip because I have always been interested in ancient history. It was also my 30th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than being in Egypt? I am for sure an 'in-depth explorer' and I love history. I did every Optional with the exception of one--the Unfinished Obelisk & High Dam. (You can see the obelisk when you drive past and it's really not that powerful or exciting.)

THIS IS NOT A PARTY TOUR. Unlike a lot of other Contikis, you need to understand that you are in a religiously conservative country, a place where gender and family roles are still very well defined. The only time we ladies went to a club was the one inside the hotel in Hurghada.

There is one key component of this trip that I would not have appreciated without having a prior Contiki experience, and that is the tour manager/guide, Sherif. Sherif is Egyptian, lives there, and has been working with Contiki for 15 YEARS! To my knowledge, there are no other Contiki tours where one person has been doing the same tour for that long. The vendors and staff at all stops know him. 'Mister Sherif!' You can ask him anything about history, culture, religion, life in Egypt, and he will tell you all you would like to know. He has an undying love for the work he is doing, to show people like us the beauty of his country, and he does with it real passion. (And he does this solo, as he is the tour manager and local guide in one.)

If you have any questions at all about little specifics of cities or optionals, please feel free to send me a message.

My Contiki was: life-changing, powerful, historical

  • Elyse Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 20 Countries

The Big Chill is the best. Say no more..... but I will because this tour will change your lives and you will make memories that last a lifetime.

Firstly I must say that yes everywhere this tour goes is amazing and Europe is very captivating, but it is the people who made the trip for me. I went solo and made really really good friends from all around the world. The hardest part is saying goodbye, but now I have so many people to visit and reunite with :) There is something about a camping tour that attracts relaxed people. There were never any big dramas or falling outs on our tour, and most people were solo travellers so I found really easy to talk with. I found it really refreshing that the majority were solo travellers so we were all in the same boat.

Before booking the tour I looked at the camping vs hostels prices etc and decided camping because I saved almost $3000 for the same length of tour. This decision was the best decision I could have made as it allowed me to travel after the tour with some of the tour mates and go back to places I loved. The tents are super easy to put up and with time and a great tent buddy you become pros and they are up in minutes. In some places there is an option to upgrade to a cabin for 4-6 people which works out at about 10 euros each which was a good option when it was raining or sometimes in the 1 night stop places we couldn't be bothered with the tent. There are also a few hotel upgrades which were great, and a real bed never felt so good. I miss the camping though so much and the community feel we all shared.

We often would sit around the campsite eating and drinking together and getting to know one another much more than the other tours might. It was fun being around everyone all the time as you all kind of become a family and are all involved in games and preparing for nights out.

Our Contiki team were outstanding!! If you ever get either Ryan, Bento or Bean as part of your Contiki team you are going to have the time of your lives!! They are all such great people with passion for making sure we were well looked after and enjoying ourselves.

Unfortunately in Albania my bag got mixed up and ended up on a Topdeck bus and I only realised when in Croatia as I was setting up my tent. Ryan got straight on the phone to Topdeck and luckily they were in Croatia too so we swapped the bag over the next morning. Problem solved in a matter of minutes thanks to Ryan.

The food cooked by the on road cook is phenomenal!!! Often better than you would find in restaurants and we never went hungry. Bean is the sweetest person I have ever met and went above and beyond for us. Hats of to you Bean :)

Our driver Bento was such a great driver and always got us to our destinations with time to spare. He stopped at many special locations for us to take amazing pictures as well. The coach was always clean. Bento provided many laughs and entertainment and also is a wonderful person with passion for his job.

Helpful hints:
- bring a power board - your friends will love you
- expect rain at least once over your tour
-make a budget on how much you think you will spend and double it
- do all of the optionals, Georges Boat was my trip highlight!
- mosquitos in Venice are horrific
- a neck pillow is a must
- take lots of photos and videos (vids are hilarious to look back on)

My favourite places were Corfu, Dubrovnik, Switzerland and Munich. I didn't like Turkey too much but most people loved it.

Book this trip before you regret it. It is worth every penny. I am so jealous of you all who do it. I promise you will have the time of your lives and want to do it all over again. Day 46 of the tour was the worst because saying goodbye to around 50 incredible people was heartbreaking. You will make friends and memories for life!

My Contiki was: Life Changing!!!, Incredible!!!, SO MUCH FUN!!!

  • Elyse Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 20 Countries

The Big Chill is the best. Say no more..... but I will because this tour will change your lives and you will make memories that last a lifetime.

Firstly I must say that yes everywhere this tour goes is amazing and Europe is very captivating, but it is the people who made the trip for me. I went solo and made really really good friends from all around the world. The hardest part is saying goodbye, but now I have so many people to visit and reunite with :) There is something about a camping tour that attracts relaxed people. There were never any big dramas or falling outs on our tour, and most people were solo travellers so I found really easy to talk with. I found it really refreshing that the majority were solo travellers so we were all in the same boat.

Before booking the tour I looked at the camping vs hostels prices etc and decided camping because I saved almost $3000 for the same length of tour. This decision was the best decision I could have made as it allowed me to travel after the tour with some of the tour mates and go back to places I loved. The tents are super easy to put up and with time and a great tent buddy you become pros and they are up in minutes. In some places there is an option to upgrade to a cabin for 4-6 people which works out at about 10 euros each which was a good option when it was raining or sometimes in the 1 night stop places we couldn't be bothered with the tent. There are also a few hotel upgrades which were great, and a real bed never felt so good. I miss the camping though so much and the community feel we all shared.

We often would sit around the campsite eating and drinking together and getting to know one another much more than the other tours might. It was fun being around everyone all the time as you all kind of become a family and are all involved in games and preparing for nights out.

Our Contiki team were outstanding!! If you ever get either Ryan, Bento or Bean as part of your Contiki team you are going to have the time of your lives!! They are all such great people with passion for making sure we were well looked after and enjoying ourselves.

Unfortunately in Albania my bag got mixed up and ended up on a Topdeck bus and I only realised when in Croatia as I was setting up my tent. Ryan got straight on the phone to Topdeck and luckily they were in Croatia too so we swapped the bag over the next morning. Problem solved in a matter of minutes thanks to Ryan.

The food cooked by the on road cook is phenomenal!!! Often better than you would find in restaurants and we never went hungry. Bean is the sweetest person I have ever met and went above and beyond for us. Hats of to you Bean :)

Our driver Bento was such a great driver and always got us to our destinations with time to spare. He stopped at many special locations for us to take amazing pictures as well. The coach was always clean. Bento provided many laughs and entertainment and also is a wonderful person with passion for his job.

Helpful hints:
- bring a power board - your friends will love you
- expect rain at least once over your tour
-make a budget on how much you think you will spend and double it
- do all of the optionals, Georges Boat was my trip highlight!
- mosquitos in Venice are horrific
- a neck pillow is a must
- take lots of photos and videos (vids are hilarious to look back on)

My favourite places were Corfu, Dubrovnik, Switzerland and Munich. I didn't like Turkey too much but most people loved it.

Book this trip before you regret it. It is worth every penny. I am so jealous of you all who do it. I promise you will have the time of your lives and want to do it all over again. Day 46 of the tour was the worst because saying goodbye to around 50 incredible people was heartbreaking. You will make friends and memories for life!

My Contiki was: Life Changing!!!, Incredible!!!, SO MUCH FUN!!!

London to Rome

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Part party party!
  • hollymarie Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I had an amazing time on this trip it was downright amazing but are you ready to drink because there is literally not a night you aren't legless on this tour the family I made are amazing the food was brilliant! Worth every cent you pay!!!! REMEMBER TO TAKE EYE DROPS AND COLD AND FLU MEDICINE! CONTIKI COUGH IS ACTUALLY A THING!! You have a p party Paris and a masacrade party so be prepared because it sneaks up quick! You will literally go over a non drinker and come back a borderline alcoholic but it's amazing DONT MISS THE KARAOKE BARS THEY ARE BRILLIANT! And remember a sleeping bag! You will need it!

My Contiki was: Alcoholics Anonymous , Too much fun, Must do it

London to Rome

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Part party party!
  • hollymarie Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I had an amazing time on this trip it was downright amazing but are you ready to drink because there is literally not a night you aren't legless on this tour the family I made are amazing the food was brilliant! Worth every cent you pay!!!! REMEMBER TO TAKE EYE DROPS AND COLD AND FLU MEDICINE! CONTIKI COUGH IS ACTUALLY A THING!! You have a p party Paris and a masacrade party so be prepared because it sneaks up quick! You will literally go over a non drinker and come back a borderline alcoholic but it's amazing DONT MISS THE KARAOKE BARS THEY ARE BRILLIANT! And remember a sleeping bag! You will need it!

My Contiki was: Alcoholics Anonymous , Too much fun, Must do it

  • hollymarie Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I had an amazing time on this trip it was downright amazing but are you ready to drink because there is literally not a night you aren't legless on this tour the family I made are amazing the food was brilliant! Worth every cent you pay!!!! REMEMBER TO TAKE EYE DROPS AND COLD AND FLU MEDICINE! CONTIKI COUGH IS ACTUALLY A THING!!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Guiness, Must do

  • hollymarie Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I had an amazing time on this trip it was downright amazing but are you ready to drink because there is literally not a night you aren't legless on this tour the family I made are amazing the food was brilliant! Worth every cent you pay!!!! REMEMBER TO TAKE EYE DROPS AND COLD AND FLU MEDICINE! CONTIKI COUGH IS ACTUALLY A THING!!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Guiness, Must do

  • Gail Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Wow! I can't begin to express how much fun I had on this tour. One of the best decisions of my life was booking this tour and I don't regret a second of it. Our tour manager Beccy B (with the beats) and bus driver Conor were second to none! They put so much effort into our tour with every little thing they did. And the friends you make are probably some of the best you'll ever had.

This tour is fast pase but you really make the most of it. You'll do a lot of driving but you get to hang with your new family! Would totally recommend this tour, its a good taste of what you want to come back to Europe and see!

My Contiki was: Amazing, #no regrets, I did it all

  • Gail Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Wow! I can't begin to express how much fun I had on this tour. One of the best decisions of my life was booking this tour and I don't regret a second of it. Our tour manager Beccy B (with the beats) and bus driver Conor were second to none! They put so much effort into our tour with every little thing they did. And the friends you make are probably some of the best you'll ever had.

This tour is fast pase but you really make the most of it. You'll do a lot of driving but you get to hang with your new family! Would totally recommend this tour, its a good taste of what you want to come back to Europe and see!

My Contiki was: Amazing, #no regrets, I did it all

Learn to Dive

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ fun and very safe!
  • Katherine Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

This class was thorough and required a lot from its students. I enjoyed the boat setup and all of our dives. But you don't need to bring shoes on the boat because you will be barefoot the whole time, and try to get on of those quick drying towels from kathmandu. None of the cotton towels could dry in time on deck - but those could handle the quick turn around dives.

Also, if you get seasick I highly recommend taking dramamine most of the time you are out there. But the night before take it and then again in the morning while boarding. I was able to keep my dosage up and then during the tough drive out to the reef I was fine and didn't get sick. But I did sit at the back of the boat staring at the horizon the whole time. Once we made it to the reef it was easy. But the same for heading back into town - keep your dramamine levels up. I'm prone to get sick but with these tips you should be fine.

My dive partner and I rented a dive camera that we really didn't need. We got maybe 2 or three photos that were good, but looking back I would just wait until I'm a more experienced diver to get a nice camera to take photos with.

One of my favorite parts of the day was sitting up on deck after the dives to see the stars out there and relax with a beer gossiping about what each person saw that day or what good stories they had.

My Contiki was: learn, enjoy, educational

  • Katherine Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

I was very nervous about going on this tour alone and not sure what to expect. I loved every minute of it. The entire outback is most romantic - sunrises and sunsets were out of this world. The wildlife was surreal to see out in the open - kangaroos with their baby's hoping within just 10 feet of you. The stars we camped under were brighter than I had ever seen - and in between the hiking, camping, abd helicopter tour - I made lifetime friends.

Take versatile clothes and pack light. You just need closed toed tennis shoes, sunblock, hat, and a good water bottle. It's so hot out there youll need to rehydrate constantly. Also, you'll end up buying a mosquito net (worth every dime I paid for it - but I noticed price fluctuations so you can shop around a little).

And the most important thing to do is to sit at some of these amazing places and take a moment to reflect on them. At kata tjuta you can take a moment to evaluated the scenery and listen to the wind. The way the rocks align up you can hear the wind speaking to you. At uluru you can reflect on the aboriginals story of creationism while watching a sunrise change the color of uluru right before your eyes.

My Contiki was: wild, romantic, outward

  • JoelH Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I was lucky enough to go on a tour that had a manager and driver that created a super fun and amusing environment. The manager went above and beyond his call of duty by giving us additional MEtime optional activities that weren't offered anymore or at all and he got us discount on them as well. He had great insight into every location since both he and the driver grew up on the east coast of Australia. The tour went through many different lifestyles and areas of Australian life and the group of people I was with made the trip even better. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

My Contiki was: Experiences, Friends, Hilarity

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