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  • Emmiller Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Had an awesome time exploring Scandinavia in August September, join in on the extras, bobsledding is the best! The only think I regret is not doing the Russia section as well. Do both if you can.

My Contiki was: fun, exciting, awesome

  • Emmiller Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Had an awesome time exploring Scandinavia in August September, join in on the extras, bobsledding is the best! The only think I regret is not doing the Russia section as well. Do both if you can.

My Contiki was: fun, exciting, awesome

  • Michael Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

If you choose trail to Rome you will, and i guarantee have the most amazing time of your life. One night you are partying away at the biggest club in Berlin and the next night you are attending the opera in Vienna. It is truely amazing the amount of things you see and how much there is to do! We have an incredible tour manager Jake "the snake" Stewart and a cracking driver Porfirro who made every aspect of the trip unforgettable and knew exactly where to an not too go. One absolute must do is the scare house in Krakow which was the most exhilarating 20 minutes of my entire life. We had big group which worked really well. Every single day keeps getting better! Highlights were Krakow, Budapest & Amsterdam. You will not regret!

My Contiki was: Crazy, Insightful, Memorable

  • Michael Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

If you choose trail to Rome you will, and i guarantee have the most amazing time of your life. One night you are partying away at the biggest club in Berlin and the next night you are attending the opera in Vienna. It is truely amazing the amount of things you see and how much there is to do! We have an incredible tour manager Jake "the snake" Stewart and a cracking driver Porfirro who made every aspect of the trip unforgettable and knew exactly where to an not too go. One absolute must do is the scare house in Krakow which was the most exhilarating 20 minutes of my entire life. We had big group which worked really well. Every single day keeps getting better! Highlights were Krakow, Budapest & Amsterdam. You will not regret!

My Contiki was: Crazy, Insightful, Memorable

  • Audrey Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Being a solo traveler and finding out closer to the trip that my trip is part of a bigger 'Quest' got me worried that I would be joining a group that has already formed their own cliques and would be resistant to 'newbies'. However, that was not the case :) There were a couple of stretches that we had people leaving and coming in as well, so it was a good mix and I got to meet more people as a result.

I do have to say it was a little awkward in the beginning (as do most trips when you join a group of travelers that you don't know), but after a while, I got to know quite a number of friends who were lovely people! I've heard of some stories about trips being only about parties every night, but it really depends on what you want out of the trip. I didn't go out a lot during my trip, but that gave me more rest time and being able to enjoy the sights of the places visited more!

Our Trip Manager, Ellie and our coach driver, João were the coolest people! They're so friendly and helpful throughout the trip. While there were hiccups a few incidents here and there, they were dealt with amazingly well. I liked how organized the whole trip was! I can basically just relax and not have to worry about logistics and stuff...they're all taken care of by Ellie :) Traveling in the coach is also not a big problem (even though we have a lot of travel days, which can be a little tiring) as the coach was spotless and João has amazing driving skills, especially navigating through the teeny tiny roads of the Italian countryside! I could not have felt safer in the amazing crew's hands :)

The accommodations provided were better than I expected! Having stayed in some not-so-satisfying hostels before, the accommodations in the trip were quite comfortable for a 4-person sharing room. It's not a 5-star accommodation, but it's decent enough for you to crash after a long day of exploring in the city :)

I really liked the places that we visited in the trip...there were even some places that we stopped by that were not listed in the itinerary during our service stops, and that made it even more of a cool surprise as I could see more of Europe than if I were to travel on my own! I had so many favorite places that it's hard to name any...some were even unexpectedly nice, especially given that the weather was exceptionally wonderful in this time of the year (we got sunny and/or mild days almost throughout the whole trip...rainy and windy days were only towards the end!)

I did all the optionals, and most of them did not disappoint as I'm a history buff and I really enjoyed the walking tours! I'm not too psyched about some of the dinner optionals, as they were a little too 'similar' in concept (especially in Italy), but they were still good experiences though. If you can, I would recommend to do them all :)

All in all, it is definitely a most memorable trip for me thanks to the people that I've met, and enhanced definitely by the awesome crew on the tour! I would definitely recommend this stretch, but if you can...go to Barcelona a few days ahead so that you can experience Barcelona yourself before the trip starts, as this stretch directly travels to Nice from Barcelona. I made this mistake by not booking ahead, but I wouldn't trade my experience for another one yet :)

My Contiki was: So memorable, AWEESOME crew, wonderful

  • Audrey Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Being a solo traveler and finding out closer to the trip that my trip is part of a bigger 'Quest' got me worried that I would be joining a group that has already formed their own cliques and would be resistant to 'newbies'. However, that was not the case :) There were a couple of stretches that we had people leaving and coming in as well, so it was a good mix and I got to meet more people as a result.

I do have to say it was a little awkward in the beginning (as do most trips when you join a group of travelers that you don't know), but after a while, I got to know quite a number of friends who were lovely people! I've heard of some stories about trips being only about parties every night, but it really depends on what you want out of the trip. I didn't go out a lot during my trip, but that gave me more rest time and being able to enjoy the sights of the places visited more!

Our Trip Manager, Ellie and our coach driver, João were the coolest people! They're so friendly and helpful throughout the trip. While there were hiccups a few incidents here and there, they were dealt with amazingly well. I liked how organized the whole trip was! I can basically just relax and not have to worry about logistics and stuff...they're all taken care of by Ellie :) Traveling in the coach is also not a big problem (even though we have a lot of travel days, which can be a little tiring) as the coach was spotless and João has amazing driving skills, especially navigating through the teeny tiny roads of the Italian countryside! I could not have felt safer in the amazing crew's hands :)

The accommodations provided were better than I expected! Having stayed in some not-so-satisfying hostels before, the accommodations in the trip were quite comfortable for a 4-person sharing room. It's not a 5-star accommodation, but it's decent enough for you to crash after a long day of exploring in the city :)

I really liked the places that we visited in the trip...there were even some places that we stopped by that were not listed in the itinerary during our service stops, and that made it even more of a cool surprise as I could see more of Europe than if I were to travel on my own! I had so many favorite places that it's hard to name any...some were even unexpectedly nice, especially given that the weather was exceptionally wonderful in this time of the year (we got sunny and/or mild days almost throughout the whole trip...rainy and windy days were only towards the end!)

I did all the optionals, and most of them did not disappoint as I'm a history buff and I really enjoyed the walking tours! I'm not too psyched about some of the dinner optionals, as they were a little too 'similar' in concept (especially in Italy), but they were still good experiences though. If you can, I would recommend to do them all :)

All in all, it is definitely a most memorable trip for me thanks to the people that I've met, and enhanced definitely by the awesome crew on the tour! I would definitely recommend this stretch, but if you can...go to Barcelona a few days ahead so that you can experience Barcelona yourself before the trip starts, as this stretch directly travels to Nice from Barcelona. I made this mistake by not booking ahead, but I wouldn't trade my experience for another one yet :)

My Contiki was: So memorable, AWEESOME crew, wonderful

  • Deanna Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 20 Countries

I wish more people would've written recent reviews for me to see so I'm doing it for you: DO THIS TRIP. I'd never been to Europe at all and this was more than incredible. We saw soooooo much in so little time. You may think the me-time's are pricey but do them all. I did and it made my experience something I could never get if I had traveled on my own. I never was much of a partier but I experienced almost every night of partying and then got up early to explore the cities the next day and it was so worth it. Don't worry, there's some nap time on the drives that everyone takes advantage of ;).
Accommodations were mostly pretty great and decent for the price you pay. A couple odd ones but to be expected! Food is best experienced through me-times and going off with some new friends and finding cool little restaurants.
Speaking of friends, you'll make them. Lifelong travel buddies that will have so many memories with you. You spend all day and night with these people and it doesn't take long to become a family and you may cry when you leave them but my best advice is to take TONS of photos (with them and in general. There's so much that happens and you'll forget it all and then you'll see a picture and it'll come back.) oh yeah and if you're wondering about ages and stuff, it varies. We had 18-35 for real. And it depends on the group but there were couples, siblings, friends, and people who went on their own and everyone was friends so don't worry about that at all!
This specific trip is a lot of tours of the main touristy points of Europe. It may get kind of boring during those and it's a lot of touristy areas but you learn a lot and go everywhere that's popular. You end up seeing a lot more than you thought you could. And there's always time to explore on your own too.
PS the cruise? Yeah. Best part of the whole thing. Get the drinks package. Do it.
If you happen to get tour manager Evana, she's the best in the business and consider yourself extra lucky. If you get driver Mitch, you'll wonder how a "bus driver" could ever be so cool.
I 100% recommend this trip. Do it do it do it. You'll get the contiki cough and you'll be more tired than you ever thought possible but I promise it's worth it.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life changing, Fun filled

  • Deanna Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 20 Countries

I wish more people would've written recent reviews for me to see so I'm doing it for you: DO THIS TRIP. I'd never been to Europe at all and this was more than incredible. We saw soooooo much in so little time. You may think the me-time's are pricey but do them all. I did and it made my experience something I could never get if I had traveled on my own. I never was much of a partier but I experienced almost every night of partying and then got up early to explore the cities the next day and it was so worth it. Don't worry, there's some nap time on the drives that everyone takes advantage of ;).
Accommodations were mostly pretty great and decent for the price you pay. A couple odd ones but to be expected! Food is best experienced through me-times and going off with some new friends and finding cool little restaurants.
Speaking of friends, you'll make them. Lifelong travel buddies that will have so many memories with you. You spend all day and night with these people and it doesn't take long to become a family and you may cry when you leave them but my best advice is to take TONS of photos (with them and in general. There's so much that happens and you'll forget it all and then you'll see a picture and it'll come back.) oh yeah and if you're wondering about ages and stuff, it varies. We had 18-35 for real. And it depends on the group but there were couples, siblings, friends, and people who went on their own and everyone was friends so don't worry about that at all!
This specific trip is a lot of tours of the main touristy points of Europe. It may get kind of boring during those and it's a lot of touristy areas but you learn a lot and go everywhere that's popular. You end up seeing a lot more than you thought you could. And there's always time to explore on your own too.
PS the cruise? Yeah. Best part of the whole thing. Get the drinks package. Do it.
If you happen to get tour manager Evana, she's the best in the business and consider yourself extra lucky. If you get driver Mitch, you'll wonder how a "bus driver" could ever be so cool.
I 100% recommend this trip. Do it do it do it. You'll get the contiki cough and you'll be more tired than you ever thought possible but I promise it's worth it.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life changing, Fun filled

  • Andy Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

My Southern Adventure was amazing! Everyone on the trip was awesome, and the driver and trip leader were one of the best tour teams iv traveled with! definitely recommend this tour as a way to see the southwest in a short time frame! Highlights are 45 min Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, all of Memphis, and without a doubt New Orleans was one hell of a way to start the trip! My only regret was not starting in New York and doing the eastern part too! Already looking at the northern version!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable , Incredible

  • Christie Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

I spent twelve days travelling a fascinating and diverse country with a group of wonderful people. This was my second Contiki tour and so different from my first in the US. Being a small group of about 20, we all got to know each other quickly. Our tour manager Alex was great with his vast knowledge of the history of the country, as well as where all the best Western toilets were! The addition of the 5 local guides at each destination was helpful, I especially enjoyed the visit to our guide Lilly's neighbours house in a Beijing Hutong for lunch.
We saw so many iconic sights: The Great Wall, the terracotta warriors, the Shanghai Skyline, and yet one of my favourite moments was the overnight train from Beijing to Xi'ian, where we all crammed into one compartment and partied all the way there!
Accommodation was great, especially in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and food is nice and cheap. There are plenty of opportunities to eat western food if you want, but make sure you try dumplings!

I also did all of the "Me time" optionals and I would do them all again. The cooking course was a personal favourite, and the light show in Yangshuo was spectacular, although some in the group were underwhelmed...
If you've never been to Asia before like I hadn't, take hand sanitiser and tissues for the squat toilets! Also prepare to stand out in a crowd, I never quite got used to being asked for photos due to my blonde hair, and the attention a group of tall westerners will attract!

This tour exceeded all expectations and led me to discover what an incredible place China is. I will definitely be going again as soon as I get the chance. I am currently planning to meet up with around 10 people from my tour, which is testament to how well we got on! I just cannot recommend this tour enough, and since returning, I have loved responding when people ask "Oh, why China? I'd never think to go there"!

My Contiki was: Diverse, Different, Incredible

This trip was incomparable to anything that I have ever done in my entire life. It was by far the best experience that I have ever done in my entire life.

The places we visited were amazing, from Vegas to Miami, from the Grand Canyon to Memphis, from Savannah to Panama City Beach - every place was a perfect stopover for another beautiful day with everybody on the trip.

It's crazy to think what suddenly becomes the norm, waking up every morning hungover and yet, still so ready for the day ahead with the people you love, is all but over now. While the majority of the people on the trip were Australian, we had influences from the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland who were all just the loveliest of people.

Our tour guide Serena was the perfect leader for a group so kind and caring and I can't thank her enough for making my first Contiki trip so enjoyable that now I can't wait to do many more. Money is all but irrelevant to the time you spend gaining such an enriching experience on Contiki.

The places were great, the tour was great, the options were great but what trumps all were the people on my trip. They are what made our trip the best time of my life and while I like to think I've made everyone's trip just a little bit more enjoyable, I'm grateful and humble that they have made such a positive impact on my life.

Book this trip, enjoy the journey and when it gets to the end, don't be upset that it's over and it's "goodbye", it's just a "catch you later".

My Contiki was: Relaxing, Comforting, Best

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Yella Yella Habibi
  • Mike Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I so badly want to give this a five: the sites, the me-times, and the guide (Sherif) were outstanding and could not have been better.

The only thing that prevents me from giving this a five is the sexual discrimination and uncleaniness of the Victoria Hotel in Cairo. Fortunately the staff and cleaniness everywhere else has made up for it - but still an unforgettable experience. Dont let that hold you back from going; just be vigilant and report anything and everything to the tour manager (he has a big heart).

I never felt unsafe during this trip. I never will be the same person after this trip. Go on this trip- and go on this trip knowing that only the most wild people in the world - with the biggest heart for travel and culture- would go to this country right now (everyone else is dumb and has no idea how amazing this place really is!).

Seriously, go. Go now. Go and pack snack bars and have the time of your life.

My Contiki was: amazing, beautiful, unreal

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Yella Yella Habibi
  • Mike Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I so badly want to give this a five: the sites, the me-times, and the guide (Sherif) were outstanding and could not have been better.

The only thing that prevents me from giving this a five is the sexual discrimination and uncleaniness of the Victoria Hotel in Cairo. Fortunately the staff and cleaniness everywhere else has made up for it - but still an unforgettable experience. Dont let that hold you back from going; just be vigilant and report anything and everything to the tour manager (he has a big heart).

I never felt unsafe during this trip. I never will be the same person after this trip. Go on this trip- and go on this trip knowing that only the most wild people in the world - with the biggest heart for travel and culture- would go to this country right now (everyone else is dumb and has no idea how amazing this place really is!).

Seriously, go. Go now. Go and pack snack bars and have the time of your life.

My Contiki was: amazing, beautiful, unreal

  • jmnpm Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

First of all, a confession: I'm older than the usual Contiki crowd (33) and not much of a party guy, so I was a bit afraid I would not fit weel with the group, given the reputation. I was completely wrong, though: the group was diverse and there was time to party (hard) but also to learn about the culture and explore the amazing sights of Vietnam. If you have the same doubts do yourself a favor and give it a try.

I must say that a lot of the success of our tour is due to our amazing Tour Manager, Az, who made everyone feel awesome basically the whole time, even on long drives after long nights. He is a rockstar and you'll be lucky to have him in your tour.

Vietnam is, itself, an amazing place to visit. Here are some of my personal highlights:

- the food: whether having a fancy dinner at the Sailing Club in Nha Trang or sitting on a tiny plastic bench in Hanoi, vietnamese food will always delight you;
- Ha Long Bay: I've been lucky to visit over 60 countries already and Ha Long Bay is one of those world class places that you won't see anywhere else;
- Hanoi: from the peace and quiet of the Temple of Literature to the hustle and bustle of the old quarter, Hanoi is delightful..if you survive crossing the streets!
- Mekong Delta: you'll only experience this if you do the Experience tour (not the Highlights) and I'd recommend you do it if you have the possibility. From all our stops I think it was the most vietnamese, as in less touched by tourism, and you get to eat very exotic food while drinking some killer jungle juice.

Finally, I'd like to mention the group spirit as another highlight in itself: this is of course always different, but I've realized that Contiki catches the attention of the right people, young fun and adventurous. You'll make friends from all over the world

tl;dr: just do it, you'll love it!

My Contiki was: Fun, Culture, Food

I did this trip two years ago and have travelled alot more afterwards. This by far has to be one of the best trips of my life. The friends that i have made on this trip i made for life. The unbelievable places that you get to see from Paris to Austria it was amazing. My tour manager Jah was seriously the best and my trip wouldn't have been the same without her helpful day sheets and hints on what to see. She is truly amazing. I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone.

My Contiki was: amazing , outrageous , beautiful

I did this trip two years ago and have travelled alot more afterwards. This by far has to be one of the best trips of my life. The friends that i have made on this trip i made for life. The unbelievable places that you get to see from Paris to Austria it was amazing. My tour manager Jah was seriously the best and my trip wouldn't have been the same without her helpful day sheets and hints on what to see. She is truly amazing. I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone.

My Contiki was: amazing , outrageous , beautiful

  • Rose Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Hands down this trip was the best decision of my life! The people that I have met, the sights that I've seen and the things that I have experienced will be so precious to me. The trip was so well organised thanks to the staff everything ran really smoothly which would definitely make me want to return to Contiki .

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Precious, Fun

  • Rose Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Hands down this trip was the best decision of my life! The people that I have met, the sights that I've seen and the things that I have experienced will be so precious to me. The trip was so well organised thanks to the staff everything ran really smoothly which would definitely make me want to return to Contiki .

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Precious, Fun

  • Hannah Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 1 Country

this tour is great for a quick bite of LA. You won't get to do everything but you get the highlights. A great way to start or finish a longer trip.

My Contiki was: Fun, interesting, quick

  • Hannah Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 1 Country

before I talk about this tour I'll just preface by saying that before booking this, see if you can possibly afford to book the Grand Southern. Getting off the tour in New Orleans and watching all your friends continue on to New York is pretty sad. If you can manage to do the Grand then absolutely do it.

Now, to this tour. It was breathtakingly amazing! I honestly can't say enough good things. I'd done Contikis before and enjoyed them, but our Road team on this trip was just outstanding. Our tour manager was Charity and she was so friendly, helpful and just lovely. Her historical knowledge of the areas was excellent and her tours were much better than the local guides. She went out of her way to make our trip amazing, booking extra activities and giving personal tips to help us out. Our driver was Harold (the Chocolate Man) and we just loved him! He was funny, friendly and a great driver. Together, this team was the best!!!

I always get car sick so I was a little worried about the bus days but we played games, watched movies and had time to sleep and I wasn't sick even once!!! Plus, we stopped regularly for food and shopping breaks.

I travelled with a friend, but we also made lots of friends on the tour. It was just a great group of people. I also recommend doing the extras, they really make the trip memorable and you'll regret not doing them.

Monument Valley was a surprising highlight for me. It was simply breathtaking. In Durango go to the Rocky Mountain chocolate factory and buy triple what you think you should buy. We snack on it for the whole trip and it was the best chocolate ever!!! You'll be sad when it runs out.

Tips -

- Bring ear plugs in case your roommate snores
- there's no phone coverage at the Grand Canyon so warn family and friends back home that you'll be off the grid for a few days. There is limited wifi but it's very weak
- bring an alarm. We leave the hotels early in the morning and we almost had to leave a few people behind because they slept in.
- eat local foods. You'll enjoy the experience so much more if you embrace the culture
- do the extras! They are so worth it
- if you can do the Grand Southern then DO IT!!! This tour was great but you'll hate watching everyone continue without you

My Contiki was: life changing, memorable, amazing

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