Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
Yiasou! (hello in Greek)
We are proud to annouce that we are no longer Contiki virgins because we just survived our first one to the gorgeous Greek islands! And... it was incredible!
So here's what you need to know:
1. Hotels- are nice, close to the beach and town area, but not a lot of time is spent here as you are too busy exploring, swimming or partying!
2. Food- yummy, cheap and addictive
#latenightgyros #ouzoshots #getready
3. Tour guides- we had Ed and Mike and they were the best! They always looked out for us and made sure we were up to date with tour info and feeling safe and comfortable. We hope you get them :)
4. Activities- definitely recommend the Greek taverna dinner with dancing in Athens, Santorini volcano tour and watersports in Ios!
5. Best moments- meeting new people, trying new Greek foods, swimming in the hot springs, Greek dancing, smashing plates, tanning and partying hard!
6. Final points- kick back, relax and enjoy because everything is organised and planned for you.
And most importantly, get your dancing shoes ready because it's a gonna be a big fat Greek party every night.
#memories #bringonthenextone #opa #greekchic
Tour Manager: Matt Connolly (Con)
Driver: Radoslav Fabus (Rad)
I got see the best some of Europe has to offer, the normal things everyone knows about, and things only some know about
I loved the trip despite a few things like small rooms, possible bed bugs (I was clear), a really short time in Paris and the included 2 meals in the hotels weren't that great.
But now that the complaining is out of the way I will say our tour manager was great. We were provided maps to everything and given direction on where to go and what to see. Not much is included in the trip but if you manage it right, you won't be spending that much. The bus was great to have and our driver was really experienced.
The Parisian dinner is excellent and would recommend paying for that. Also a group of us had dinner on a boat on the river in Paris and got to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle - must do that!
The last part in Rome is completely on your own but by then you know the people in your group. The hotel is right near the train/metro/bus station so convenient to go anywhere in Rome.
This trip lets you get a glimpse of all three cities and you learn quickly how to navigate and manage your time! Enjoy
I booked the Spanish Spree with great excitement after my previous amazing experiences on 2 Contiki Tours. I have to say after this tour, I won't be doing another one. Spain truly is a beautiful country so you definitely must travel there however, my tour manager really ruined this trip for me. Alarm bells started to ring at the first meeting when everything that was coming out of his mouth was so negative! I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and hoped that things would improve. The entire time it honestly felt like we were a nuisance to him and every question we asked him was annoying. Basic details such as public transport and how to get back to our hotel were not communicated to us. When we needed medical help due to a very badly sprained ankle, we called our tour manager and were informed to 'figure it out'. I know that we are all adults and can look after ourselves however, all my previous tour managers have always gone above and beyond to help us with any request, big or small. The bad attitude really put a dampener on the whole trip and it became apparent to everyone within the first week. The talks we were given about Spanish history were incredibly fast and confusing with mixed information so I have decided to take a Spanish history course so I can get the correct facts. It was a real shame that in Ibiza no initiative was taken by the tour manager to organise a bus to keep all the group together. We would have all been happy to pay extra for this instead of going in separate taxi's. On a positive note, the hotels on this Contiki were really nice and breakfast every morning was great. I think I would have had a much better experience with a different tour manager so it is a shame. I went on the Greek Islands Contiki and Turkish Sailing Contiki a few years ago and both were incredible so I would definitely recommend these!
From Boyd our kick ass tour manager to the group of travellers I can now call family, Contiki fell nothing short of being the trip of a lifetime! Conquering 7 countries in only 16 days let us see some of the most amazing sights the world has to offer. The MeTime optionals definitely completed the trip and made it just that much more exciting. 10/10 would recommend all the optionals your tour has to offer, and 10/10 would absolutely, 100% recommend Contiki to anyone and everyone!
First off, our Trip Manager, Cam, was such an amazing guide and helped everyone become a family throughout the trip.
This trip is a whirlwind given the amount of time and what you see! It goes by quickly because you're having so much fun, but you do see everything each city/country has to offer. You end up being super close to your group and end up with lasting friendships.
I highly recommend this for the price and what you see! #NoRegrets
Before this trip I was nervous about being part of a contiki group with my partner. We were both worried it would be constantly go and no easy days or time to explore on our own.
We were wrong!! This was the perfect trip to explore the countries in depth with the contiki group and have plenty of time to enjoy dinners on our own.
If you're considering a contiki just do it! You won't regret it.
Wow! New Zealand is the definition of wanderlust, our tour team (s/o Kellie and Aaron!) are exceptional humans, the me time optionals are epic, and my fellow travelers are now family. The Big Tiki was an monumental experience and it's true I have #noregrets.
This trip infinitely exceeded my expectations. You read reviews of Contiki saying "you'll make so many friends" and they are 100% accurate. I now have an amazing group of people from all across the world I consider family. We visited some of the most beautiful locations I have ever experienced. I find myself at a loss for words when I describe them to others and photos do not do these places justice--you much experience NZ! The people of New Zealand are the friendliness, funniest, and most big-hearted people you will ever meet. Contiki NZ also offers a wide range of me time optionals, so there is something for everyone and if me time isn't for you, natural beauty is at your finger tips, experience it!
Best Advice #1: Considering NZ? Find a way to do the Big Tiki instead of a smaller trip. New Zealand is an amazing country and the north and south islands are so different--seeing just one island does not mean you've seen New Zealand. You may be sad when people leave the trip, but you'll be happy you get to stay and make new friends!
Best Advice #2: Adventure! New Zealand is an adventurer's paradise, so take advantage of it! Go skydiving, try strange foods, stay out with new friends later than normal, and don't forget to bungy jump! This was my favorite optional; bungy is seriously amazing...you are in its home country, so go for it!
As Kellie says...leave your New Zealand Contiki fat, poor, and happy. As we now say, if all else fails...#crawltokellie!
Wow, like where do I start, I went on this trip solo, my first holiday let alone over seas holiday and it was amazing... Once I got there - cancelled flight, missed flight, delayed flight got me there 2 days late and I had to find the group out on Gili t on my own, But I managed to get there... Alive, maybe not in 1 peice though, so I suggest always going atleast a day early- anyway besides that Gili t is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in real life and in photos, and I love that they don't have transport there and you have to take a horse and cart or ride a bike everywhere, but don't let that scare you. So much fun (so many bruises) we went snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding, swimming, drank fresh coconuts and had photo shoots on the swings on the beach haha, the hotels were breath taking, the pool at the hotel in Gili t had a swim up bar so I didn't even have to get out of the water to go and buy a cocktail. Hotel in Sengiggi had amazing breathtaking gardens- I went Surfing in Sengiggi which I was terrible at but such a good scenic drive anyway and the instructors were so set on making sure you could stand up on a wave. Mei goreng became my favourite food which I ate at every restaurant, everywhere. Free wifi everywhere was good for me because my phone didn't work over seas. My tour mates were great a range of solo, friends, siblings and of all ages and from around the world, and Larissa was our tour guide and she was great! My only problem was doing all the extras I hardly had me time to explore the towns and relax by the pool, if this trip was a few days longer i would not have complained. Amazing holiday, amazing time, I would actually go and do it all again! Definately do this!
First time going on contiki and it was everything I hoped for !
I wish there was a few more Maori cultural things included, accommodation was good, our tour manager and bus driver were easy to talk to and get along with, I had countless best moments !! I done skydiving, parasailing, climbed Auckland bridge, zip trecking over beautiful forests, quad biking to name a few.
The places I seen where amazing
Seriously have to travel this country in your life time !
This is such a great way to see london alone. You stay with all other contiki travellers and get around on your own.
We did this before our europe trip. Hop on hop off bus tour is great recommend extending it to 48 hours instead!
With the contiki basement you get discounted rates for all attractions
Recommend the London Eye, London Dungeon, tower bridge tour.
Also look into doing a london pub crawl. One of the best highlights of my European trip. Alcohol is nothing like home hahaha.
Someone once said to me "if you dont leave Europe fat, broke & happy you didnt do it right!" And this is exactly how i left haha. Thank you dylan for being the best trip manager and producing the goods of Europe! Thank you spagetti for being the best driver, not getting us killed on those crazy roads and pushing all limits to make sure our experience was the best!
This was my first contiki and i will say it wont be my last! Currently planning USA!
I did all of the ME time activities and recommend doing them all it gives you a real chance to see europe in the best way possible.
Take lots of money. Whatever you think you need double it! You might not think youll spend that much, you will.
Accommodation was great its was you expect for the high energy trips. I personally didnt have a problem but a few people did get bed bugs.
Eat everything try everything! Europes food is amazing.
I got very sick when we got to italy or better known as the contiki cough. Its real. And deadly lol. And no medication worked. Just ride it out and dont let it ruin your trip.
Don't hesitate just book it!!!!!! Would do it all over again
I think it was amazing mark and gaz was really friendly and supportive
I decided to do a European contiki last minute, after I had finished 2 weeks studying in Rome. It was my first time ever travelling, but i figured, im already in Europe, why not? Best decision of my life. 8 months later and I am still dreaming of everything I did. Our leader and driver were fun, full of information. The trips on the bus were long, but it was definitely worth it. I made friends instantly- most fellow travellers were from Australia (like me!), America and a few from South Africa. It was amazing learning and teasing each others cultures and accents. Best of all, we all knew how to party. Despite our 6/7am wakeups, we partied until late. Everyone looked out for each other. I experienced so much in a short time, and am already planning my next contiki. Great, great option for people travelling solo or even in pairs. There was never a dull moment on contiki. It was the best decision of my life.
From South Africa and this was my first contiki. I have done quite a bit of travelling but nothing compares to the experience of travelling with Contiki. Made the most incredible friends who are now my Contiki family and we have shared memories that will last a lifetime from jumping into the freezing Loch Ness or just exploring the beautiful cities! I am planning my next Contiki already!
Went on this trip from 7/2-7/13 with two other girlfriends from NYC. We were very excited to take part of this tour and didn’t really know what to expect since it was our first time traveling with Contiki. Let me start by saying the sights were simply amazing and hard to even describe. My favorite places were the Swiss Alps, Venice, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris but everything else was a just as great. Our tour guide Susie couldn’t have been better; super helpful, energetic, and fun.
I did most of the optionals except for the bike tour in Germany and the water rafting because I had done those in the past. Loved visiting Jungfrau Mountain, paragliding, the wine tasting, the gondola ride, and the Paris dinner… everything I opted to do was better than I expected.
The accommodations and the food were not as I expected. The rooming was very similar to college dorms with shared bathrooms, and rooms with bunk beds. I would pay extra for better accommodations (sans bed bugs) yes, there were bed bugs in a couple of the hostels we stayed at (that we know of). The included meals were nothing to brag about either and I’m not a picky eater. Expect toast, and cereal for breakfast and lunch from service gas stations. To be fair the latter service gas stations had great quality food, i.e. Italy.
The tour is definitely more rushed than high-energy in my opinion. You have very little Me-Time to do things outside the optionals. There’s a lot of emphasis on doing things as a group and considering how varying the ages were in our group, that wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed. There were a lot of younger people who were hard to quiet down and who were all about partying, drinking, and smoking which is great for them (or maybe not so much considering how many were puking all over) but I prefer to get the most of every experience while vacationing. The actual coach ride was fine but towards the last few days, our ankles did swell up from lack of mobility.
Overall, I would recommend this trip to younger peeps who love partying and don’t mind a lot of group activities. The value was good for what we got; experiences of a lifetime. We also made some great friends and the last two nights were very memorable because of this. If Contiki offers a package for 30yr olds and up, I’ll be more likely to consider booking with them again.
Please be advised, there’s high chance you will get sick on this trip. One of my friends caught a sinus infection, I came home with bronchitis, and the other one is currently experiencing cold symptoms.. not sure what she’ll end up with.
CONTIKI, the gift that keeps on giving!
Ahhh literally got back from the Grand Southern two weeks ago and I can honestly say I had the best month of my life with the best people! I quit my 9-5 office job to travel on a solo adventure for the first time and it's the best thing I've ever done! Contiki is so well run and so well organised, from accommodation to food to optional activities, that you literally just have to turn up on time at the coach each morning and then you're free to enjoy your amazing holiday!
I would highly recommend staying at the Contiki hotel the night before your stay, or even a few days before so you can explore your starting city as I didn't get to see any of LA unfortunately! I'd also recommend staying for a few extra days after the tour ends to explore the final city as, again, the tour ends once you reach NYC and nothing is included after that point. I spent over £450 delaying my flight for 24hrs just so I could have one night in NYC celebrating 4th July with all my new friends! For me it was totally worth it but I wouldn't recommend the stress or financial implications of this to anyone!! Oh well... YOLO! #noregrets
Personal highlights included helicoptering over the Grand Canyon, parasailing over Daytona Beach and running around Walt Disney World for 15 hours like a little child - this isn't a Contiki option but I booked this myself! If you're a sports fan there's chances to see some epic baseball games (seasonal obviously) and explore an NFL football stadium whilst in Dallas.. but don't do what I did and expect the Dallas Cowboys to be a horse rodeo show (still disappointed haha)..
Anyway, aside from that we had the BEST Contiki team in the form of John our TM and Ray-Ray our driver. I honestly think we got super lucky with these two, they were incredible and ALWAYS went above and beyond to make our trip that extra bit special. John is super knowledgeable about like the whole of America and his passion for his job and his country shines through. Ray was amazing at keeping us in check, getting us round the country safely and keeping us entertained with his funny jokes and pranks - the amount of times he made me jump when scaring me though! Thank you to both of you for being truly amazing, miss you loads! x
Then there's your Contiki team mates who genuinely become your family during your trip - I became close to sooo many people and I know we will remain life long friends. Be prepared not to have much sleep, not to wear much make up or care what you look like and just live out of your suitcase for the best part of a month! The only bad thing about Contiki is that you have to come home and it all has to end one day :( I'm still gutted not to be on tour but the memories I have made will last a lifetime. I would do it all again in a HEARTBEAT- thank you Contiki for giving me the confidence to travel solo and for giving me the time of my life! I'll be back!
I got back a couple of days ago from my 16 day your of New Zealand starting in Christchurch and ending in Auckland. It was an absolutely incredible trip with amazing once in a lifetime experiences. While away I got the experience of being able to sky dive, bungy jump, ski or snowboard, zorb, ride the luge and many other incredible adrenaline and thrill-seeking activities! I had the most amazing driver and tour manager and the kindest and most incredible group of travel companions one could wish for - I will definitely remain friends for life with a few of them. We had a bit of down time between the bus drives, different sights and of course the night life (which is absolutely incredible in NZ especially in Queenstown!) I would totally and absolutely recommend this trip for anyone who wants to travel around New Zealsnd as it was completely hassle free and one of the best travel experiences that I have ever had.
I just got back from this tour a couple of days ago and it was incredible! I'm still completely exhausted. You end up packing so much into seven days. I traveled solo, and I was really nervous about it at first, but the people in the group were really fun and generous, and our tour guide Lasse is a champ. Nobody else could have wrangled us better. The West End Musical in London was amazing, and the group dinner in Paris was a definite highlight, though I would definitely recommend packing a pair of running shoes so you can make it up all those steps to the restaurant (200+). This tour is a definite trip of a lifetime, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to take a European vacation.
This was my first Contiki trip. My first time travelling solo and it was amazing.
Did not expect to make great friends with 37 other awesome people, best mates with guys and girls. Including the bus driver and the trip guide. You'll make some unforgettable and most likely some forgettable memories. Worth every second though.