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  • Liz Palmer Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

Italy is stunning and this tour is a fantastic way to see a snapshot of the regions. Mixing ancient wonders and lazy beach-side days, this tour was a good mix of fast and relaxed days. Our tour guide Maite was fantastic, she was passionate about her country, always willing to go 110% for us and you could tell she loved sharing her Italy with us. If it wasn't for her, I would not have had as good of a time.

Some of the inclusions were not great (i.e the walking tour in Florence) and the wine tasting in Tuscany. The optional extra's were good, the paid dinners were fantastic!

Really recommend this tour for those who want to explore one country that has a unique and welcoming culture. Hopefully you will get Maite and have a fantastic time.

My Contiki was: Historic, Stunning, fun

  • Liz Palmer Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

Italy is stunning and this tour is a fantastic way to see a snapshot of the regions. Mixing ancient wonders and lazy beach-side days, this tour was a good mix of fast and relaxed days. Our tour guide Maite was fantastic, she was passionate about her country, always willing to go 110% for us and you could tell she loved sharing her Italy with us. If it wasn't for her, I would not have had as good of a time.

Some of the inclusions were not great (i.e the walking tour in Florence) and the wine tasting in Tuscany. The optional extra's were good, the paid dinners were fantastic!

Really recommend this tour for those who want to explore one country that has a unique and welcoming culture. Hopefully you will get Maite and have a fantastic time.

My Contiki was: Historic, Stunning, fun

  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This trip was not what I was hoping for. Croatia is very pretty however very smelly due to them dumping their own sewage in the ports. Unfortunately the boat I was on had bed bugs and it room had a big best which meant we got so many bites. The staff on the boat were really friendly and tried to help in every way they could.
The boat was a bit older than most of the others so they could have done an update on it.
It was a very laid back tour with our tour manager not caring what we did all day. We could do as much as we liked or as little as we wanted.
Overall, I wish contiki had have handled the bed bug situation much better. They were not very willing to help and if it wasn't for the boat staff, I would have definitely left early.

My Contiki was: Smelly , Old, Bed bugs

  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This trip was not what I was hoping for. Croatia is very pretty however very smelly due to them dumping their own sewage in the ports. Unfortunately the boat I was on had bed bugs and it room had a big best which meant we got so many bites. The staff on the boat were really friendly and tried to help in every way they could.
The boat was a bit older than most of the others so they could have done an update on it.
It was a very laid back tour with our tour manager not caring what we did all day. We could do as much as we liked or as little as we wanted.
Overall, I wish contiki had have handled the bed bug situation much better. They were not very willing to help and if it wasn't for the boat staff, I would have definitely left early.

My Contiki was: Smelly , Old, Bed bugs

London to Athens

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Nice pace
  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Nice pace to see all the main attractions. Met a great group of people and got to see the main attractions in Europe. Accomodation could have been a bit better for he amount you pay but it wasn't too bad. The food was ok, possibly could have been a bit of a better range. The pace was really good allowin us to have Atleast 2 nights in each place, sometimes having 3. The best part of it would definitely be the end in Corfu! Georges boat is definitely the best optional and I would highly recommend it to everyone!!

My Contiki was: Good pace , Exciting , Amazing

London to Athens

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Nice pace
  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Nice pace to see all the main attractions. Met a great group of people and got to see the main attractions in Europe. Accomodation could have been a bit better for he amount you pay but it wasn't too bad. The food was ok, possibly could have been a bit of a better range. The pace was really good allowin us to have Atleast 2 nights in each place, sometimes having 3. The best part of it would definitely be the end in Corfu! Georges boat is definitely the best optional and I would highly recommend it to everyone!!

My Contiki was: Good pace , Exciting , Amazing

  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This was such an amazing trip! The cruise was so lovely and the drinks package was even better. Worked out about $120 AUD for unlimited drinks for the whole duration of the cruise. The food was great and the activities were fun! Santorini was really nice and The accomodation was in a pretty good location allowing us to walk everywhere. Our tour guide Steve was really great and took us everywhere and was very willing to help. Met some amazing people on this tour and absolutely loved it!! This is more of a slow paced tour which was nice but I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Greek islands! I would even do it again!!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Slow-paced, 5star!

  • erinnm Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This was such an amazing trip! The cruise was so lovely and the drinks package was even better. Worked out about $120 AUD for unlimited drinks for the whole duration of the cruise. The food was great and the activities were fun! Santorini was really nice and The accomodation was in a pretty good location allowing us to walk everywhere. Our tour guide Steve was really great and took us everywhere and was very willing to help. Met some amazing people on this tour and absolutely loved it!! This is more of a slow paced tour which was nice but I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Greek islands! I would even do it again!!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Slow-paced, 5star!

  • Ryan Bruce Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

I had a great trip and met some truly wonderful people, our trip manager Karina was fantastic, she did such a great job of motivating the group and keeping us all entertained, she was very knowledgeable on all the places that we visited. Our driver Artur did a great job as well, taking us to all these great places and loading and unloading our bags from the bus, he even came out with us in Prague on his night off!

This trip is an excellent way to see Europe if you don't have enough time to do one of the longer trips, however if I there is one regret it is that I didn't do a longer trip!

The highlights for me were Berlin and Vienna, both of these places have some wonderful architecture and history to learn about. I took an extra day in Vienna as you don't quite get to see enough with the included itinerary with Contiki, however Karina was kind enough to let us tag along for the day once our trip had ended. The accommodation was fine, however the hotel we stayed at in Amsterdam wasn't the best - tiny rooms and the showers didn't work properly in our room, it was OK if you didn't mind getting your skin scalded! But the trip wasn't about the accommodation, as Karina told us you don't go home and tell your friends about the great hotel you stayed at you tell them about all the fun experiences you had! :)
The included breakfasts and dinners were OK, basic but sufficient enough. We had a good selection of ME time optionals, if I would recommend just one it would be the dinner at Volendam - it was superb! I would have probably done without the river cruise in Prague, it was OK but we didn't learn too much about the city which I'd hoped for, the bike ride was a better opportunity for that.

If you are considering this trip some things to bear in mind would be there are a couple of long travel days, the longest being 8hrs from Amsterdam to Berlin - so remember that if you decide to have a heavy night in the Dam, which many of our group did! ;)
Another thing would be that I didn't know that we had free time on the trip, which is much my own fault for not realising. Have an idea of what things you would like to see in each place you visit so you can squeeze as much out of the trip as you can. Another thing to be aware of is that this tour is a "module" to the longer European Trail. It doesn't really make any difference, but it does make you jealous when you have to go home and the rest of the group are staying on to see some more great places!

My Contiki was: breathtaking, exciting, historic

  • Ryan Bruce Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

I had a great trip and met some truly wonderful people, our trip manager Karina was fantastic, she did such a great job of motivating the group and keeping us all entertained, she was very knowledgeable on all the places that we visited. Our driver Artur did a great job as well, taking us to all these great places and loading and unloading our bags from the bus, he even came out with us in Prague on his night off!

This trip is an excellent way to see Europe if you don't have enough time to do one of the longer trips, however if I there is one regret it is that I didn't do a longer trip!

The highlights for me were Berlin and Vienna, both of these places have some wonderful architecture and history to learn about. I took an extra day in Vienna as you don't quite get to see enough with the included itinerary with Contiki, however Karina was kind enough to let us tag along for the day once our trip had ended. The accommodation was fine, however the hotel we stayed at in Amsterdam wasn't the best - tiny rooms and the showers didn't work properly in our room, it was OK if you didn't mind getting your skin scalded! But the trip wasn't about the accommodation, as Karina told us you don't go home and tell your friends about the great hotel you stayed at you tell them about all the fun experiences you had! :)
The included breakfasts and dinners were OK, basic but sufficient enough. We had a good selection of ME time optionals, if I would recommend just one it would be the dinner at Volendam - it was superb! I would have probably done without the river cruise in Prague, it was OK but we didn't learn too much about the city which I'd hoped for, the bike ride was a better opportunity for that.

If you are considering this trip some things to bear in mind would be there are a couple of long travel days, the longest being 8hrs from Amsterdam to Berlin - so remember that if you decide to have a heavy night in the Dam, which many of our group did! ;)
Another thing would be that I didn't know that we had free time on the trip, which is much my own fault for not realising. Have an idea of what things you would like to see in each place you visit so you can squeeze as much out of the trip as you can. Another thing to be aware of is that this tour is a "module" to the longer European Trail. It doesn't really make any difference, but it does make you jealous when you have to go home and the rest of the group are staying on to see some more great places!

My Contiki was: breathtaking, exciting, historic

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Simply amazing!

Contiki doesnt cease to amaze me! Trip was awesome, mainly because of the sights and the tour guide who was an expert in egyptian history. Words cannot describe it. Just wish that we spent few more days at Hurghada enjoying the beach... Many people told be that I was crazy to go to Egypt, but, seriously, there is nothing to be afraid of. It is really sad to see such amazing sights without tourists... So just pack your bags and go, it is an unforgettable experience!

My Contiki was: amazing, breathtaking, speechless

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Simply amazing!

Contiki doesnt cease to amaze me! Trip was awesome, mainly because of the sights and the tour guide who was an expert in egyptian history. Words cannot describe it. Just wish that we spent few more days at Hurghada enjoying the beach... Many people told be that I was crazy to go to Egypt, but, seriously, there is nothing to be afraid of. It is really sad to see such amazing sights without tourists... So just pack your bags and go, it is an unforgettable experience!

My Contiki was: amazing, breathtaking, speechless

  • Brenna-91 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 17 Countries

I dreamed about this trip for years before I finally did it and it was worth every penny. From the incredible memories that I made to the life long friendships that I formed, Contiki managed to make this an experience of a lifetime.

Not only will you get to cross off so many bucket list items: climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower, gambling at the Monte Carlo Casino, walking through the Colosseum, throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, getting to sail around Corfu with George's Boat, riding a camel with the Great Pyramids in the background, wandering through the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, enjoying the night life in Budapest, and climbing to the top of Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps, but the amazing places and things you will see and do that you never expected make every moment worthwhile. Don't ever spend a night in or a free day at the hotel - go out and do whatever it is that your tour manager suggests, he or she will not let you down! And always do the optionals - the dinners are fabulous, the local guides are fun, and many of these things made our group the family that we are now.

They are not joking when they say this trip is high energy, you learn to catch up on Zz's on the coach and living out a suitcase becomes a natural thing. But going home completely broke and tired because you had that pizza in Florence, had to buy that cheese in Edam, or really needed those new shoes in Greece makes it worth the credit card bill when you get home. All of your friends and family will be so jealous of your worldly travels and you'll have some of the best photos for your walls.

Don't let the media or news turn your nose up to some of the more exotic Eastern countries either, they were some of my favourite locations and Contiki always made me feel safe no matter what was going on in the world. The hotels aren't always awesome, but you learn to care less because you spend so little time there except to sleep, the accommodations don't matter. And the location of most of the accommodations make up for it anyways - 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque or a 10 minute metro ride into downtown really helps you make the most of your trip.

My tour manager and coach driver were an absolute blast - they were an incredible team and I can only hope they get to work together more in the future!

My Contiki was: Action Packed, Trip of a Lifetime, Never a Dull Moment

  • Brenna-91 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 17 Countries

I dreamed about this trip for years before I finally did it and it was worth every penny. From the incredible memories that I made to the life long friendships that I formed, Contiki managed to make this an experience of a lifetime.

Not only will you get to cross off so many bucket list items: climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower, gambling at the Monte Carlo Casino, walking through the Colosseum, throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, getting to sail around Corfu with George's Boat, riding a camel with the Great Pyramids in the background, wandering through the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, enjoying the night life in Budapest, and climbing to the top of Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps, but the amazing places and things you will see and do that you never expected make every moment worthwhile. Don't ever spend a night in or a free day at the hotel - go out and do whatever it is that your tour manager suggests, he or she will not let you down! And always do the optionals - the dinners are fabulous, the local guides are fun, and many of these things made our group the family that we are now.

They are not joking when they say this trip is high energy, you learn to catch up on Zz's on the coach and living out a suitcase becomes a natural thing. But going home completely broke and tired because you had that pizza in Florence, had to buy that cheese in Edam, or really needed those new shoes in Greece makes it worth the credit card bill when you get home. All of your friends and family will be so jealous of your worldly travels and you'll have some of the best photos for your walls.

Don't let the media or news turn your nose up to some of the more exotic Eastern countries either, they were some of my favourite locations and Contiki always made me feel safe no matter what was going on in the world. The hotels aren't always awesome, but you learn to care less because you spend so little time there except to sleep, the accommodations don't matter. And the location of most of the accommodations make up for it anyways - 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque or a 10 minute metro ride into downtown really helps you make the most of your trip.

My tour manager and coach driver were an absolute blast - they were an incredible team and I can only hope they get to work together more in the future!

My Contiki was: Action Packed, Trip of a Lifetime, Never a Dull Moment

This was my first contiki and was recommended to me by a coworker. I also have friends that have done contiki in Europe and they all gave the company rave reviews.

As an American, I want to go to all 50 states and this was such a great way to tick off as many states as I could in a short period of time. The price I paid for the trip was nothing in comparison to how much fun I had. The only wish that I have is that I could have stayed even longer. And it didn't hurt that the crew, James and Chris, was amazing. They definitely went above and beyond anything I would have expected from them.

While some hotels and locations were more exciting than others, there is not a single day that I would have changed. The entire experience is one that you have to see for yourself to truly understand. However, my personal favorites would have to be Toronto and Chicago. Each of these cities were full of so many great activities that the days we had there were just not enough to do them all!

My Contiki was: Unforgettable , Mesmerizing , Exciting

  • Freya Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This was my second Contiki and it was just a much fun as my first. The optionals were all good fun and there was plenty of free time to go out and explore. Highly recommend the bobsled in Norway - it was such an adrenaline rush and not something you would do everyday.
Met a really great group of people and our trip manager and driver were always there to make sure we had an enjoyable time.
I was a solo traveller and most people in this group were too but by the end of the week I had made friends from all around the world. Finished the week with #noregrets

My Contiki was: Picturesque, Fun, #noregrets

  • Freya Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This was my second Contiki and it was just a much fun as my first. The optionals were all good fun and there was plenty of free time to go out and explore. Highly recommend the bobsled in Norway - it was such an adrenaline rush and not something you would do everyday.
Met a really great group of people and our trip manager and driver were always there to make sure we had an enjoyable time.
I was a solo traveller and most people in this group were too but by the end of the week I had made friends from all around the world. Finished the week with #noregrets

My Contiki was: Picturesque, Fun, #noregrets

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life!
Everything that happened on this tour exceeded my expectations! Contiki was amazing and took very good care of all of us on this tour.

The accomodation: this tour includes accomodation in the Special Stopovers and Cabins' section of Contiki and although these places were not 5 star hotels, they were comfortable and exactly what you needed for your stay. Remember you will hardly be in the rooms. I did not experience any bed bugs and Contiki really took care of me and my belongings at the stopovers.

The food: The Contiki provided food was surprisingly good! At the Contiki Special Stopover's you got a nice full breakfast and dinner's were really fantastic and relevant to whichever country you were in. Hotel and hostels provided a continental breakfast which was satisfying.

The bus: Comfortable seats and always fun when the music was being played loudly. Great way to catch up on some sleep.

MeTime Options: Such a fantastic way of seeing parts of Europe in a really unique and special way. Highly recommend Paragliding in Austria, Gondola in Venice, Space Disco in Florence, Jungfrau Mountain Visit in the Swiss Alps and the Canal Cruise in Amsterdam.

Contiki cough: Yep, it's a real thing. What I and about 95% of the bus had was pretty much bronchitis. Once one person gets it, the whole group gets it. It never prevented me from doing any of the activities but I recommend to bring bronchitis-specific antibiotics, electrolytes, cold and flu tablets, and just general pain killers.
Also bring tablets for gastro - we had that going around too.

I cannot thank my amazing Tour Manager Mackenzie and Tour Driver Artur enough. Both were so professional and dedicated to their jobs. They both made me feel so safe and provided me with hours of entertainment. Mackenzie really knew her facts about the countries and Artur has some serious skill driving and parking that massive bus.

If you're looking at seeing Europe in a fast paced and fun way - this is the tour for you!

My Contiki was: #noregrets, #amazing , #ontopoftheworld

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life!
Everything that happened on this tour exceeded my expectations! Contiki was amazing and took very good care of all of us on this tour.

The accomodation: this tour includes accomodation in the Special Stopovers and Cabins' section of Contiki and although these places were not 5 star hotels, they were comfortable and exactly what you needed for your stay. Remember you will hardly be in the rooms. I did not experience any bed bugs and Contiki really took care of me and my belongings at the stopovers.

The food: The Contiki provided food was surprisingly good! At the Contiki Special Stopover's you got a nice full breakfast and dinner's were really fantastic and relevant to whichever country you were in. Hotel and hostels provided a continental breakfast which was satisfying.

The bus: Comfortable seats and always fun when the music was being played loudly. Great way to catch up on some sleep.

MeTime Options: Such a fantastic way of seeing parts of Europe in a really unique and special way. Highly recommend Paragliding in Austria, Gondola in Venice, Space Disco in Florence, Jungfrau Mountain Visit in the Swiss Alps and the Canal Cruise in Amsterdam.

Contiki cough: Yep, it's a real thing. What I and about 95% of the bus had was pretty much bronchitis. Once one person gets it, the whole group gets it. It never prevented me from doing any of the activities but I recommend to bring bronchitis-specific antibiotics, electrolytes, cold and flu tablets, and just general pain killers.
Also bring tablets for gastro - we had that going around too.

I cannot thank my amazing Tour Manager Mackenzie and Tour Driver Artur enough. Both were so professional and dedicated to their jobs. They both made me feel so safe and provided me with hours of entertainment. Mackenzie really knew her facts about the countries and Artur has some serious skill driving and parking that massive bus.

If you're looking at seeing Europe in a fast paced and fun way - this is the tour for you!

My Contiki was: #noregrets, #amazing , #ontopoftheworld

  • Briana Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

New York is an absolute crazy awesome place and I wish I could have spent more time there for sure! But luckily on the New York Uncovered tour you get to see a whole bunch of awesome things with lots of included activities, heaps of optionals and plenty of free time.

I had just finished the Grand Southern tour so this was perfect timing to start some NY exploring. We were taken on a city tour and were shown around some cool spots and were taken up the Empire State Building at night which was amazing to see the city from up high glowing down below in the dark - especially Times Square! We also went out to see the Statue of Liberty and learn how she was built which was really interesting.

I did most of the optionals and they were all great. The helicopter ride is pricey but it was an amazing way to see the city and the surrounding areas. The food cart tour is really cool as you get to experience lots of other cultures cuisines (so not just typical hotdogs and pretzels) and going up the One World Trade Centre Tour had the best views of the city by far. It also was amazing to see the city come back and rebuild itself with this amazing building and beautiful memorial down below. The TV and Movie tour was also good and our guide was great, but if you're not really into that stuff then your Contiki guide will point out enough on the city tour to get you by.

There is heaps of free time to explore as well. I was lucky enough to be able to see my favourite band Blink-182 play on our free night which was so amazing. So look out for gigs or sports events around the time you go as it definitely adds to the fun. I also spent the day roaming around parts of the city either walking or using the subway (which was quite daunting at first but gets much easier as you go - and Google Maps will tell you where to walk and which train to get on so you'll be fine!) I had lunch at an Italian market area called Eataly in Chelsea which would have been one of the best meals I had in my time in America. I also checked out the HBO and NBC stores (unfortunately I was there when the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon wasnt filming but that would have been cool to see). Another place that lots of people recommended when we were there was the Highline. It's an historic freight railway line up above and in between the buildings that has been converted into a walkway and park. I thought I wouldnt have time to go but the amount of people that told me about it meant it must of been cool so I'm really glad I took the time to take a look around and walk on part of the area.

And also - definitely DEFINITELY see a Broadway show. I know it's obvious but I almost didn't think I'd have time, but just drop something and make it work because I'm so glad I did! I saw Aladdin and it was spectacular and brought tears to my eyes (bias cause fave Disney movie) but heard lots of other people have great times at other Broadway shows. There are booths and apps and websites that will let you know what's running and will also give you discounts etc.

Our guide Dan was also super great, he's from the area and would tell us heaps of stories and info/history about the city and would join us on quite a lot of the included or optional activities too.

I would definitely loved to have spent more time there as there is so much to see in New York City, but on the NY Uncovered tour you see heaps so it's definitely a good way to start or end a trip after doing something like the Grand Southern.

My Contiki was: Amazing, So Much to See, Fun

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