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  • Jake H Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I came on this trip wanting to do as much adrenaline packed activities as possible and i was not let down at all. As long as you can pay for it you can make this tour quite relaxing to next level crazy ! I higly recommend this tour for anyone, good times are to be had guranteed :D

My Contiki was: awesome, incredible , must-see

  • Jake H Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I came on this trip wanting to do as much adrenaline packed activities as possible and i was not let down at all. As long as you can pay for it you can make this tour quite relaxing to next level crazy ! I higly recommend this tour for anyone, good times are to be had guranteed :D

My Contiki was: awesome, incredible , must-see

European Trail

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Trail
  • Kristina Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 13 Countries

Such an amazing experience! There was enough time to get to know a city that you were in and enjoy every bit of it even if it was all done in one day! The Contiki Team are amazing people and help your experience of seeing Europe and meeting new peope all the more easy. Take it all in while you can because you'll miss it once it's over. Would definitely recommend this tour! It may be lengthy but every part of it i will remember forever. #noregrets

My Contiki was: Amazing , Adventurous , Breathtaking

  • Julia Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The 12 day tour of Vietnam Experience is a fantastic way to see the country. We were told it is a more in-depth Contiki tour, because we spend so long on one country. It is definitely time well spent, because while it is not a big country, it is incredibly diverse, and there are big differences between the north and south, in culture, buildings and food. It is definitely worth booking the experience ahead of the Vietnam Highlights, as we thought the Mekong Delta homestay experience was great fun, and the Cu Chi tunnels very valuable in our understanding of the Vietnam War. The optionals, I think, are worth doing, and all of them. You will find the weather varies across the country, because it is so long, so you can never pick a time of year where the entire country has perfect weather.
Things you will see: Ho Chi Minh City - the cathedral, post office, Ben Thanh Markets (though I suggest do more of this in your own time, because we actually didn't really get a lot of time actually in the market if you want to do some shopping), War Remnants Museum (if you like history, and want to read it all in-depth, you may need to see it again, or in your own time, as we had enough time to read about two levels of stuff, but I had to skip the end)
Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels
Nha Trang - we were supposed to go on a snorkelling trip, but didn't due to a typhoon warning. We went to Yang Bay Tourist Park - it's a really weird place, and some may find it a bit uncomfortable there. It seems to be built by the Vietnamese, specifically for the large Russian population that visit Nha Trang and surrounding areas
Hoi An - this place is beautiful! The tailoring shop that is recommended to us by Contiki is very reliable, and better quality than most places here. Linh Shoe Shop for shoes and bags was also quite good, though if you are looking to emulate a particular design, the lady didn't really pick up on specific details. You will see My Son Temples, but I didn't go because I was hungover and tired from a big night before, so I can't say how it was.
Hue - you only spend one day here, and the day is jam-packed and well spent. Our bus broke down between Hoi An and Hue because the driver didn't fill up, but that was the only issue we had. It was also the wet season in Hoi An and Hue.
Hanoi and Halong bay - Halong Bay is definitely one of the big highlights of the trip. In Hanoi's old quarter, there is so much shopping to be done, so if you don't get to go to the Ben Thanh markets in Ho Chi Minh City, don't worry. Apparently The North Face stuff is cheaper in Hoi An and Hue than Hanoi though. Egg coffee at Cafe 39/Friz Coffee at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan St is really good. Pho 10 and the Banh Mi lady just up the street there are both really good. Hang Dieu St. had Bun Bo Nam Bo, which was an amazing dish! So much good food to eat!

All accommodation was good, the Vien Dong hotel was the most basic, and probably what we were actually expecting, but the other hotels exceeded expectations.
Everything was organised by our tour leader perfectly and everything ran smoothly. I would definitely recommend this tour!

My Contiki was: In-depth, Delicious, Beautiful

  • Lisa Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

It was my first Contiki and I am so glad I did it. I met so many interesting people and my fellow travellers were really friendly. Our driver and tour guide were awesome and looked after us really well. Some of the amazing things I did on the trip include Speed boating in Miami, Hot Air ballooning in Albuquerque, Visiting Graceland in Memphis, A limo ride along the strip in Las Vegas and Universal Studios in Orlando.

My Contiki was: Busy, Fun, Interesting

Mexican Fiesta

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ :
  • Aleea Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

Made so many new amazing friends.

Really worth doing this tour!!

My Contiki was: FOOOOOD , Sunshine , Culture

  • Michael Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

First Contiki trip and must say it was a good one! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the cities we visited. The amount of time spent in each city was perfect to get a feel for it. Awesome group and awesome time. Looking forward to my next trip in 2015!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Fun

  • Soph Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Such a great tour! Good balance of sight seeing and partying. The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Only regret is stopping at Vegas and not going to Bass Lake etc with some of the others.

  • Ashlea Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

My Contiki was: friends for life, adventure, fun filled

  • Ashlea Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

My Contiki was: amazing, memorable, full of adventure

  • Elizabeth Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I would HIGHLY recommend the Egypt tour to anyone. I felt safe and taken care of the entire time and think it's time tourism come back to Egypt (the negative media attention is really overblown I found after visiting myself).

Contiki does it right with visits to the pyramids, camel rides, train rides, a nice cruise boat, and time spent at the beach on the Red Sea (snorkeling was amazing).

I can't say enough about how excellent the guide Sherif is and he has 15 years experiences; he's also a genuine person who just adds to the fun of the group. The people I was lucky enough to travel with also made the trip.

Would highly recommend the village tour (opt for the camel, not the donkey in my opinion).

Dendera, an addition to the tour, was one of the main highlights-it was so well preserved.

THANKS for the trip of a lifetime!!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Blast, Culturally Intriguing

'Sweet as' South (Reverse)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kia Ora!
  • Rachel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Absolutely loved this trip. Photos definitely don't do New Zealand justice. Weather at Franz Josef is a little unpredictable and can be rainy/foggy. We weren't able to do the helicopter/hike options as a result, but many of us did the kayaking instead and spent the rest of the day relaxing.

Loved the Canyon Swing in Queenstown, absolute highlight. I highly recommend doing multiple jumps if you have the option! I did the K-Bridge Bungy Jump, which was a fun experience as well.

The accommodations in Lake Ohau are rad! Toga party and a hot tub. There's a lounge area by a fireplace as well. Too many cool places to cover 'em all!

My Contiki was: rad, adventure

'Sweet as' South (Reverse)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kia Ora!
  • Rachel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Absolutely loved this trip. Photos definitely don't do New Zealand justice. Weather at Franz Josef is a little unpredictable and can be rainy/foggy. We weren't able to do the helicopter/hike options as a result, but many of us did the kayaking instead and spent the rest of the day relaxing.

Loved the Canyon Swing in Queenstown, absolute highlight. I highly recommend doing multiple jumps if you have the option! I did the K-Bridge Bungy Jump, which was a fun experience as well.

The accommodations in Lake Ohau are rad! Toga party and a hot tub. There's a lounge area by a fireplace as well. Too many cool places to cover 'em all!

My Contiki was: rad, adventure

  • Rachel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I was worried the weather might be a little cold traveling in August (Australia's winter), but I had such a pleasant experience. And huge thumbs up for the Sailing! Highly recommended when you're in the Whitsundays.

Very moderate weather, with some rain in Sydney at the tail end. Watched some beautiful thunderstorms off the coast in Coffs Harbour, after spending the afternoon taking surf lessons at sunset. Definitely the highlight activity of my trip! Not to mention the bonfire that evening.

  • Rachel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I was worried the weather might be a little cold traveling in August (Australia's winter), but I had such a pleasant experience. And huge thumbs up for the Sailing! Highly recommended when you're in the Whitsundays.

Very moderate weather, with some rain in Sydney at the tail end. Watched some beautiful thunderstorms off the coast in Coffs Harbour, after spending the afternoon taking surf lessons at sunset. Definitely the highlight activity of my trip! Not to mention the bonfire that evening.

  • Michael Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

This trip has exceeded my expectations in the best way possible. I went alone, but came back home connecting with more great friends worldwide. I've kept in touch with some of them from this Contiki group. The highlight of the trip was in Florence. I fell in love with that city. Would highly recommend first time Contiki travelers to take the Mediterranean Highlights tour. You really get a big bang out for your buck!

My Contiki was: Exciting, Spontaneous, Humbling

  • Amol Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

If you are looking to have a good time and looking to see a lot of Europe in short amount of time, this trip is for you.

  • Monique Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

What can I say? Costa Rica is a beautiful place to experience! My trip was in late September, also known as the "rainy season", however the majority of the trip, the weather was absolutely perfect. I went zip-lining, rafting, hiking, repelling, horseback riding, and SO much more. The sunsets in Costa Rica are breathtaking, especially in Manuel Antonio. The Costa Rican people are all very hospitable and welcoming, I felt very comfortable and safe everywhere I went. My favorite part of the trip (besides the unreal sunsets and food) was going to the Elementary School and watching the local school children perform a dance for us.

Edward was our tour guide, and he was great! It seemed like everyone knew him everywhere we went, and so that made for a smooth transition into each city. Our coach driver was really nice too. I left feeling like I got a true taste of all Costa Rica had to offer, and I can't wait to go back one day.
You must do this tour, you will be so happy you did!!

Pura Vida!

My Contiki was: Culture, Beautiful, Pure Life

European Magic

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Not what I expected

It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't what I expected. We didn't get much time in each city. But thats alright, because it is a very fast paced trip. Also, we arrived at each city so late in the day, that all that was left to do was bar hopping and enjoy the nightlife. If thats what you enjoy, this is your trip. If you want more of a cultural experience then go on your own. Its not really hard to get around anywhere in Europe. It does take time to plan everything, but it might end up being cheaper than Contiki trip.
Also, it was surprising to me me that the tour manager offered to hook people up with drugs and prostitutes, if they needed. Because he strongly believed that it was part of his job to encourage people to have a good travel experience.

  • Harris Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

If you've always dreamed of waking up to the warm sunrise from another country after a night of partying; or getting lost in the back streets of a foreign city with just a translation book and a fold map and great new friends who feel just as compelled to have a time of their lives traveling abroad as you, then this is the trip for you. Be warned: this is a fast-paced trip; you'll barely spend a day or two in most of these countries so make the *most* out of every moment, do not go lightly. I had an unbelievable time, made so many amazing new friends, learned some much stuff culturally and historically during this trip. Our guide (Sara) was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and lots of fun (Contiki if you're reading this she gets an A+ recommendation)

Message me for any tips. Or check out photos and videos from our August 2013 trip. Enjoy! #noregrets

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My Contiki was: party, adventure, scenic

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