Reviews

Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • Francilia Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

It was an awesome Trip with loads to see! The optionals were worth every Penny! Harry Potter fans get to see the cafe where she wrote Harry Potter or the graveyard with the characters names... Went for a dip in Loch Ness, fun but very cold ( 2 degree Celsius)... Scottish night with bagpipper was fun and the ghost walk in York was creepy but fun! Great group of people and a amazing contiki Team!

My Contiki was: TimeOfMyLife, Amazing , NoRegrets

  • Francilia Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

The inclusions are amazing! The musical was fantastic and the day Trip to Stonehenge, salisbury cathedral and Bath as well!

My Contiki was: Amazing, NoRegrets, GreatPackage

  • Sam Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This trip was so much fun. I was nervous about traveling alone but I met so many great people with the Contiki group. It was a great atmosphere and everyone was really fun and friendly. Dublin city was awesome. We did a walking tour, went to the Guinness storehouse, saw some authentic Irish dancing and music, and just generally had a great time exploring the city. Our tour guide, Ian, gave us great tips and got us around the city really well. I went on to travel to a few other countries without the group, but I can say that I had the most fun in Dublin with Contiki. I would definitely recommend this trip!

My Contiki was: Fun, Social, Amazing

Eastern Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing

Great trip, get to see all the famous sights, great value for money. Do it with an open mind and a positive attitude. Your there to experience a life changing moment, seize the day,

It would be nice if contiki offered age groups of 27-30, as well as 18-30. Not sure if this has been an offer in the past.

Great trip, get to see all the famous sights, great value for money. Do it with an open mind and a positive attitude. Your there to experience a life changing moment, seize the day. The only thing I had trouble with was some of the maturity of the 18-19 years who could not handle there booze.

It would be nice if contiki offered age groups of 27-30, as well as 18-30. Not sure if this has been an offer in the past?

Scotland & Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing!

Great trip, get to see all the famous sights, great value for money. Do it with an open mind and a positive attitude. Your there to experience a life changing moment, seize the day,

It would be nice if contiki offered age groups of 27-30, as well as 18-30. Not sure if this has been an offer in the past?

  • DrewJordan Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

If you never been to Europe before this is the best introduction tour to everything you will want to experience. It gives you a taste of what Europe has to offer in a decent amount of time. Some say that a 10 day tour is too short, but it was the perfect amount of time for me as I couldn't take more than 2 weeks off from work. I would highly recommended this tour for first time travelers to this area who don't have their heart set on one specific country.

Accommodations, transport, food, optionals and the Contiki crew exceeded my expectations 150%! Taking a Contiki tour really eliminates of the stresses of travel, they take care of all the stuff you don't want to deal with while on vacation so you can focus on having FUN! Plus you are traveling with 50 other like-minded people who want to have the same experience you do, so its very easy to make friends fast, so don't worry if you are traveling solo like I did.

I just got back home and I am already planning where I want to go on my second Contiki. Trust me, if you book this tour or any other Contiki tour you will have "#noregrets". Also if you get Megs as your Tour Manager or OJ as your driver you are in for a real treat! I couldn't imagine doing this tour without these two! They were both AMAZING!!!

My Contiki was: Adventure, Friends, Life-Changing

  • Anneliese Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

You will instantly fall in love with Croatia! Beautiful country, awesome people and with Contiki you can never go wrong. Made great friends, the crew on the boat was absolutely fantastic and the tour guide was fabulous. I would recommend this to anybody, whether you are travelling alone or as a couple.

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Relaxing, Party

  • Celina Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I had the best time of my entire life on this Contiki Tour - I HIGHLY recommend this trip. This was my first Contiki trip, and it will not be my last.
This tour provides the best of everything: lots of time with the tour guides, who will wake up early to provide amazing information on the cities and landmarks in the wildly ancient city of Athens and islands in Greece and still come out to party with you late into the night; amazing relaxation on the beautiful beaches on the islands and gorgeous pools at the hotel; incredible excursions and ME time optionals that you must absolutely choose to do (don't miss even one!); such an exciting nightlife; and friendships that will last a LIFETIME.
The tour guides MJ and Stacey were so much fun, and so kind. They really listened to all of us, considered our interests and feelings along the way, and tried to provide the best of the best in entertainment, food, and nightlife all along the way.
Best advice that I can give: fully enjoy the party scene (especially in the islands) at night, but DO NOT miss the excursions the next day simply because you are too tired or too hungover to wake up. Some of the best excursion days were the ones that occurred the morning after an extremely long night of partying. The volcano hike and donkey riding in Santorini, for example. Don't miss it!
Enjoy every second of the trip, enjoy the long lasting friendships that you make, take advantage of the free time by relaxing by the pool or shopping in the towns, eat all the local cuisine you can, take quick catnaps whenever you can in order to make the most of the pub crawls at night, while still waking up the next day to enjoy the excursions.
The only unfortunate thing was that there are a lot of additional costs for these optional excursions. Almost every special thing we did was "optional", but if you missed them, you'd really miss a lot of the bonding time and wonderful memories of the trip. Factor all of these costs in when deciding to book this trip. You should partake in all of them, but they are an additional cost that the tour guides will ask you for on the first couple of days of your trip. Be prepared to pay for them then.
There are a few ferry rides, and most of them aren't too long or rough, and that is really the only major transportation you will use on this trip. A great thing is that you will not spend most of your time on a bus, like a lot of other tours. We really only took a coach bus to get us to and from some restaurants, or to and from the ferry and the hotels. You will walk lots (probably no need for heels, ladies!) so you'll get to experience the culture and excitement of the cities and islands firsthand, every step of the way.
All in all, you won't sleep, you'll eat way too much, you'll party LOTS, and you will actually have the most amazing time of your life. Why haven't you booked yet?!

My Contiki was: Inspiring, Life-changing, Perfect

  • Krystamaja Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

amazing people and places! food was alight but the deserts were spectacular! bring rain gear its always wet in U.K!

  • EmmaRay Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

The trip blew away my expectations. It was my first time traveling alone and my first time out of the United states and it was absolutely amazing. I ended up doing my own thing more than doing the planned trips but I still felt part of the group when we did things together. I really got to make this my own trip with the safety and comfort of being with a group and an amazing tour manager. I definitely suggest adding time to the trip as it went by so quickly! All in all though I saw more in the 7 days then I had even hoped to. It was the best experience of my life. The hotels were very nice as well and the food was phenomenal.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Fun, Exciting

London & Paris

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Loved it!
  • lb14 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

Lots of sightseeing packed into this trip! Absolutely loved every minute of it, and I liked the fact that I did this trip during the winter "off season" months because the sights weren't jammed packed with long lines. The accommodation was better than I expected, very clean and safe locations. The food was also excellent, and you get plenty of me time mixed with the scheduled excursions. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone. Loved seeing the Moulin Rouge (def go to the show) and the farewell dinner offered a beautiful view over the city of Paris (just be prepared to climb, it's at the top of the city). Also I went out one night by myself in London to a Latin nightclub and had a blast!!! Couldn't find anyone that wanted to go with me, and I'm glad I didn't let that stop me from going. Also the last night to party in Paris was so much fun, it's basically a bar where other contiki groups meet up. The bartenders there were so friendly and it was nice that they all spoke English as well :)

My Contiki was: Fun

The Big Tiki was my first ever contiki, first time traveling (initially) alone and the first time I've visited New Zealand. I'm so glad I did it because it proved to entirely worth it and was so much fun. We got to see essentially all of NZ and see everything it has to offer; culture, adventure, astounding landscapes and seas, really good food and utterly friendly people no matter where you go. I don’t think anyone would regret ever going on this trip.

Firstly, if you’re a fellow Aussie and think you know anything about our little neighbor... you’re wrong. There is so much to NZ and it’s culture we don’t know and for me it was really amazing to see and learn about all its history and see the all the familiarities it does share with Australia but also all the small differences that make it its own place. Go visit NZ now!

I shared the same trip with Elise below and I utterly agree that Josh & Nick were the coolest guys to have guiding our tour. The bus always had awesome music playing, they always found great places to eat and they worked so hard to make sure we all had the best time and knew which optionals were really worth our time.

The trip is made up of urban and rural landscapes so it covers all bases for any kind of crowd. Chill or party hard in Auckland, Queenstown or Wellington. Adventure and do insane things everywhere else (Paihia, Rotoura, Lake Taupo, Frans Josef and Queentown again!). For any Tolkien fan Hobbiton will also prove to be so awesome. The more you watch friends do crazy things the more you want to as well. No matter where we all found ourselves, we were all constantly in awe of the landscapes. There is so much you can pack into doing when you visit this country.

I came home and literally just wanted to turn around and drag all my friends back to see more of New Zealand. So really just go and know if you do it via contiki, especially on this trip, that you will just have a blast.

My Contiki was: endless wanderlust, beautiful, entirely worth it

  • gemma Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 16 Countries

This was my first Contiki and won't be my last, the trip was an amazing experience and I couldn't be happier I chose this trip. On the European trail I got to see amazing countries, meet great new friends and have a ton of fun! I found all of the accommodation really great and i'm fussy, i'm not saying it's 5 star and at a couple places the bathrooms were a bit small or the bunk beds a bit shaky but all clean and cosy, the hostels actually ended up being mostly better than the hotels. We had a great tour manager (thanks Ian!) who knew literally everything about the places we were going and could talk for hours about the cities histories, he also could find us a good meal and show us a good night out. There is a lot of partying but that is mostly up to you whether you want to join in or not and there are always some people who stay behind, go home early or party til the early hours of the morning. The coach ride turned out to not be so much a bore but lot's of fun hanging out with new friends or catching up on much needed sleep, the bus is surprisingly comfy and my recommendation is to nab the front seat! great views and it feels like you have more space without seats in front of you plus you become more in the know being right up front! Food was great and as everyone on my tour would say I was the fussiest eater, the hostel/hotel meals are standard but mostly really tasty and there is always plenty of food you won't go hungry, breakfast depends where you are some places were really good others not so much but if you don't mind a bowl of cereal or a ham and cheese bun you'll be fine anywhere! My favorite countries from this trip would be Prague, Budapest, Venice, Switzerland and Paris but all together honestly can say I loved each day and each country, we did some amazing stuff all the optional river cruises are great, going up the Swiss Alps was breathtaking, The gondola in Venice is a must! Seeing the Eiffel tower and Moulin Rouge in Paris and just everything made an awesome 23 days of travel! I recommend this trip to everyone!

My Contiki was: Dream, Fun, Amazing

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is Magic
  • Claudia Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Egypt is hands down the BEST trip I've taken yet! No words or pictures will do it justice, you have to go and feel for yourself. It's way more than just pyramids, it's stepping back in time, it's magic! A great tour manager makes all the difference on Contiki trips, and Egypt is lucky to have Sheriff. He's incredibly knowledgeable and funny, every site, every structure, every rock has a story and Sheriff will explain it to you in a way that you'll remember forever. Keep in mind that Egypt is a historical tour, not a party tour, although with the right group of people partying like an Egyptian is right up there. The hotel in Cairo is not the best, but the Nile cruise is amazing, and the Red Sea resorts are pretty good too.

My Contiki was: Historical, Magical, Breathtaking

  • Ian Kite Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Stunning country, awesome tour guide, lots to do, and I jumped 15,000ft from a plane. Action packed for sure shot over jet, skydiving, Lord of the rings tour. Accomdation was lovely.

  • Mathew Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

This tour was a awesome time. A big thankyou to the best tour guide and bus driver cindy and aiden. Our tour group was great. We picked up more people in Scotland and then Dublin.
The Optional was great. Some of the included dinners weren't the best. We went to the Millitery tattoo which was a once in a life time thing.
My favourite places were York and Edinburgh and the Aran islands.
This is a great tour to see most things in the uk and Ireland.
enjoy you will.

My Contiki was: Fast paced, Great scenery, Memories

  • MichaelC Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

It's been a bit over 3 years since I have been on this tour, and it is truly a trip you will never forget.

From the moment you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, right through to you say your goodbyes in Hanoi; the Vietnam Experience is full of highlights, excitement and unforgettable memories.

We had the privilege of starting our tour on New Years Eve, in Ho Chi Minh City. Talk about a party! The streets were filled with tourists and locals, all bringing in the New Year in style, with plenty of drinks, laughs and spray foam, as we spilled out into the streets for the countdown to midnight. This was the perfect opportunity to get to know my fellow travelers and guides.

Bargains can be found all around in Ho Chi Minh City. Try your luck at the Bến Thành markets, which is close to your accommodation. You can find all sorts of things there from Watches, Clothing, Food, Frogs, Turtles and even Snake Wine; A truly unique product you can’t miss, and one that you will have many chances to sample over the next 12 days.

From the hustle and bustle of the city, to the relaxed Mekong Delta, the home stay was truly an experience you will want to take in. I always look for an opportunity on my travels to really engulf myself in the culture of where I am. Contiki defiantly give you this opportunity, and the locals are extremely welcoming, friendly, and kind. We got to enjoy a great local performance as well as take on the challenge of fishing, using nothing but a bowl and our own two hands, a skill which only some in the group could master.

Traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City after an interesting night getting to know everyone better with a bit of Jungle Juice, we traveled to the Cu Chi Tunnel. These tunnels where used by guerrilla fighters during what the Vietnamese call the “American” War. Even if you are claustrophobic, try to muster the courage to down into the tunnels and work your way through. A truly unique experience and a sobering insight.

Next we visit Nha Trang, in what us Australians on the tour affectionately refer to as the Gold Coast of Vietnam. This is definitely one place you will want to take the ME options available on tour. Take the cruise offshore and enjoy some great swimming, snorkelling and lunch. There was heaps of unexpected surprises to be had on this cruise, and well worth the extra cash to experience.

Nha Trang is know for relaxation, and what better way to relax then with a trip to the Mud Baths. Not only an experience for the ladies, this is a great way to chill out and relax. At one stage we where treated to a fantastic hot spring soak with what can only be described as a giant tea bag!

A short flight to our next stop Hoi An, aka the fashion capital of Vietnam. Hoi An is famous for it tailors. Grab yourself a stylish suit, a swish dress, or anything else you can imagine. It’s a good idea before you travel to Vietnam, to take some photos of things you would like to have made, the tailors in Hoi An will make anything you can dream of.
At this stage in the tour we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to take on Vietnam’s famous traffic head on. After hiring mopeds (from the same place we got our laundry done) we headed for the coast and took in the amazing scenery along the way.

This is just a taste of the many experiences you will have on this tour. I've made life long friends on this trip, and we all still reminisce about this tour 3 years on. There is so much to see and do. Party on the beach in Nah Trang, Get styled and learn to cook amazing food in Hoi An, take in the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, and enjoy the craziness that is Hanoi!

I'd highly recommend clicking the BOOK NOW button, if you have a sense of adventure, for a trip that you'll truly never forget!

My Contiki was: Immersive, Amazing, Memorable

  • nbuchok Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

If you're thinking about going on this trip, just do it. What an amazing experience. We were a group of 21- not too big, not too small, all on the trip for pretty well the same reasons- a mix of adventure, relaxation, and to make new friends.

Me-time optionals: Our group pretty much all opted in for the exact same Me-time-optionals, and I think most of us were pretty happy with everything. No one did the ATVing or horseback riding though, because of past reviews or because it was too much activity for the end of the trip, but ziplining and canyoneering were amazing, the optional dinners were fantastic, and the kayaking, snorkeling, and kayaking was good too.

The nature walks/tours were great- we saw a ton of wildlife and the weather was great for them. If you like nature, wilderness, and wildlife, you'll be pretty happy. We didn't have crazy luck with our wildlife tours, but that's the luck of the draw so I can't be angry. It was still great to be out there enoying the beautiful scenery.

Weather: The weather varies tremendously depending on where you are in the country- from hot and dry, to warm and humid, to cool/windy/dry, to crazy hot and humid lol... We had pretty well perfect weather, so I can't complain. Just bring a variety of clothes. I brought a lot of quick dry active shorts/shirts to keep myself as dry and cool as possible.

Food: If you're worried about culture shock regarding food, don't be... the food is amazing throughout the country- no complaints from me. Try food you've never had before because you won't likely be disappointed.

Budget: I brought $1000 USD with me and that just about covered me for everything including tips and the optional activities. I paid for a few things by VISA, but the 1000 seemed to pretty much cover it. There were lots of ATMs around, but they seemed to be finnicky for almost everyone at some point (particularly the Canadians due to our chip cards). Almost everything can be paid for by credit card though.

Safety: I felt safe at all times. The bus driver Felix was amazing, tolerant, and friendly. Some of the terrain is poor or very scary looking and challenging, but we got to each place safely and in good time. Our Tour Manager, Gio, was unreal- what a great guy. He had only our best interest in mind at all times, making sure we were safe, relaxed, comfortable, and having a good time. Both of them took the planning and worrying out of the equation and allowed us all to just have a good time.

Accommodations: I had no problem at all with any of the places we stayed. Clean, comfortable, safe, beautiful. They were all excellent, and while some of them had spotty WiFi, that is not a reason to complain- we shouldn't have been on our phones anyway haha.

Best moments: Hard to say, I loved everything- the scenery, the culture, the wildlife, and the activities. I had to write out what we did each day on my phone because there was so many great moments and I didn't want to forget them. The beautiful beach days at Manuel Antonio were a great way to end off a busy holiday though, so maybe that would be near the top of the list.

Would I change anything? Nah. It was an amazing trip.
Pura Vida!

-Nick Buchok, Kincardine, ON, Canada

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Active, Fantastic

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