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Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • rodriport Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

I don't have words to describe what I lived on this trip and the such amazing people and friends I made... Here is the link for the video that shows our amazing asian adventure https://vimeo.com/141276240 #noregrets

  • rangakate Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

This tour is a great option for a number of reasons.

1. Great length of time
The trip itself is only 16 days. This is a great period of time to spend on Contiki - you can make friends, see so many things and not get "over it" - sometimes Contiki can be really full on and overwhelming, not to mention exhausting.

2. Great destinations
The places you visit are all really interesting and have heaps to offer, whether you want to go out and drink with your Contiki friends, or see the city sites. The opportunities to do things built into your tour are great, and the ME time optionals are mostly really good too.

3. Great Contiki crew
Both the tour managers and drivers have been professional, personable and trustworthy on both tours I've done. I can't complain about Contiki staff - they do a great job in trying conditions. Contiki busses are comfortable, and if you're lucky enough to get the selfie bus, you can't miss it!

4. Great companions
The people who do Contiki have varied personalities, which is great because everyone is welcomed and is accepted. You don't find yourself left out or abandoned, because your mates are watching out for you. Whether you're a party animal or a bit more reserved and introverted, you will be fine. You will enjoy yourself!

Re feedback for the tour itself, I have a couple of things to mention:

Venice accommodation is awful. Please find somewhere else. If it means a price rise, do it anyway. I would rather have paid more than have stayed there... and that's putting it politely! I am happy to discuss this further with Contiki if necessary.

The included dinners - mostly average to bad. The standout was the meal provided in Krakow. Please consider sourcing other meal options for included dinners OR remove most of them. I honestly would rather have not paid for them and found my own food. The group doesn't need them to bond either, if that is a concern. You spend enough time with people doing other activities that the dinners are not necessary if the quality of the meals is going to remain the same. I know other people on the tour felt this way after discussions about this.

Some of the ME time optionals should be assessed at the time of attending - the reason I say this is because I don't think the form provided just before the conclusion of the tour is given at an ideal time to supply genuine feedback.

My biggest gripe with this tour, and should be noted by people booking this, is that it says the tour finishes at midday on the last day. On my particular tour, the colosseum tour was booked for 1:30pm the day of the finish. Because I didn't stay for another night in Rome, I completely missed out on the colosseum tour. This is not acceptable, and IMO is falsely advertised. If the tour itinerary advertises the colosseum as included in the time frame of the tour, the tour should deliver that, end of story. Despite the fact that I didn't miss out financially, I missed out on an opportunity, which is really disappointing. Please amend this. To anyone booking - if you want to see Rome, you need to stay at least 1-2 days extra.

I've posted this feedback publicly both for the benefit of people looking at this tour, and for Contiki to review.

My Contiki was: Intense, Interesting, Satisfying

  • rangakate Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

This tour is a great option for a number of reasons.

1. Great length of time
The trip itself is only 16 days. This is a great period of time to spend on Contiki - you can make friends, see so many things and not get "over it" - sometimes Contiki can be really full on and overwhelming, not to mention exhausting.

2. Great destinations
The places you visit are all really interesting and have heaps to offer, whether you want to go out and drink with your Contiki friends, or see the city sites. The opportunities to do things built into your tour are great, and the ME time optionals are mostly really good too.

3. Great Contiki crew
Both the tour managers and drivers have been professional, personable and trustworthy on both tours I've done. I can't complain about Contiki staff - they do a great job in trying conditions. Contiki busses are comfortable, and if you're lucky enough to get the selfie bus, you can't miss it!

4. Great companions
The people who do Contiki have varied personalities, which is great because everyone is welcomed and is accepted. You don't find yourself left out or abandoned, because your mates are watching out for you. Whether you're a party animal or a bit more reserved and introverted, you will be fine. You will enjoy yourself!

Re feedback for the tour itself, I have a couple of things to mention:

Venice accommodation is awful. Please find somewhere else. If it means a price rise, do it anyway. I would rather have paid more than have stayed there... and that's putting it politely! I am happy to discuss this further with Contiki if necessary.

The included dinners - mostly average to bad. The standout was the meal provided in Krakow. Please consider sourcing other meal options for included dinners OR remove most of them. I honestly would rather have not paid for them and found my own food. The group doesn't need them to bond either, if that is a concern. You spend enough time with people doing other activities that the dinners are not necessary if the quality of the meals is going to remain the same. I know other people on the tour felt this way after discussions about this.

Some of the ME time optionals should be assessed at the time of attending - the reason I say this is because I don't think the form provided just before the conclusion of the tour is given at an ideal time to supply genuine feedback.

My biggest gripe with this tour, and should be noted by people booking this, is that it says the tour finishes at midday on the last day. On my particular tour, the colosseum tour was booked for 1:30pm the day of the finish. Because I didn't stay for another night in Rome, I completely missed out on the colosseum tour. This is not acceptable, and IMO is falsely advertised. If the tour itinerary advertises the colosseum as included in the time frame of the tour, the tour should deliver that, end of story. Despite the fact that I didn't miss out financially, I missed out on an opportunity, which is really disappointing. Please amend this. To anyone booking - if you want to see Rome, you need to stay at least 1-2 days extra.

I've posted this feedback publicly both for the benefit of people looking at this tour, and for Contiki to review.

My Contiki was: Intense, Interesting, Satisfying

  • Britt Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

This tour was the most amazing experience of my life!
The people, places, hotels, food, sights, tours and the optionals were all way more than i ever expected!! My tour leader was Hannah and bus driver was Attilla and they both went out of their way to make it an amazing experience for us. Make sure you do ALL of the optionals otherwise you miss out! Take in and experience every single city, culture and sight that you see. Every city has something different to offer and they are all amazing. Be prepared for your liver to be destroyed, contiki love to provide free shots and theres always a bottle of wine going around. I went alone and I made friends within the first hour of meeting everyone, most of those I will be close to for the rest of our lives. I still talk to them everyday. I cant recommend doing a contiki tour enough. It absolutely changed my life!!!!
#NOREGRETS

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Amazing, Life-changing

  • Britt Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

This tour was the most amazing experience of my life!
The people, places, hotels, food, sights, tours and the optionals were all way more than i ever expected!! My tour leader was Hannah and bus driver was Attilla and they both went out of their way to make it an amazing experience for us. Make sure you do ALL of the optionals otherwise you miss out! Take in and experience every single city, culture and sight that you see. Every city has something different to offer and they are all amazing. Be prepared for your liver to be destroyed, contiki love to provide free shots and theres always a bottle of wine going around. I went alone and I made friends within the first hour of meeting everyone, most of those I will be close to for the rest of our lives. I still talk to them everyday. I cant recommend doing a contiki tour enough. It absolutely changed my life!!!!
#NOREGRETS

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Amazing, Life-changing

  • beezaj Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

You will have the absolute time of your life on this trip. It's the perfect amount of time, if you're trying to see a lot in not a lot of time. HOWEVER, there's a few things I wish I knew before I chose this trip:

1) If you are traveling later than July, you will encounter bed bugs. I traveled for the month of August and had three separate bed bug infestations - all at the "special" contiki stopovers, not any of the hotels. The management will not do anything about it unless you throw a fit, which I did both the second and third time, at which point you receive tokens for laundry and they "steam" your room. I got into the habit of checking my bed before every night I went to sleep, but there isn't much you can do to prevent them.. The bits are gross and itchy and it's beyond frustrating how little contiki does to mitigate such a disgusting problem.
2) You WILL get sick, like VERY sick. Bring enough cold medicine to last the entire trip, every single kind you can think of.
3) You WILL get lice. It's not as common as the bed bugs, but still very prevalent, and absolutely impossible to handle while traveling. Most people don't realize until they have already gotten home from the trip, but enough people in my same travel group got it as well to know that it was contiki (I ONLY traveled contiki, not a single accommodation was outside of them, so I can 100% know that where I got it).

*In the end, if you're with a good group of people these things aren't going to ruin your trip, but my trip would had been a lot less STRESSFUL (I mean come on I was trying to enjoy my holiday) had I known these precautions going into it.

  • beezaj Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

You will have the absolute time of your life on this trip. It's the perfect amount of time, if you're trying to see a lot in not a lot of time. HOWEVER, there's a few things I wish I knew before I chose this trip:

1) If you are traveling later than July, you will encounter bed bugs. I traveled for the month of August and had three separate bed bug infestations - all at the "special" contiki stopovers, not any of the hotels. The management will not do anything about it unless you throw a fit, which I did both the second and third time, at which point you receive tokens for laundry and they "steam" your room. I got into the habit of checking my bed before every night I went to sleep, but there isn't much you can do to prevent them.. The bits are gross and itchy and it's beyond frustrating how little contiki does to mitigate such a disgusting problem.
2) You WILL get sick, like VERY sick. Bring enough cold medicine to last the entire trip, every single kind you can think of.
3) You WILL get lice. It's not as common as the bed bugs, but still very prevalent, and absolutely impossible to handle while traveling. Most people don't realize until they have already gotten home from the trip, but enough people in my same travel group got it as well to know that it was contiki (I ONLY traveled contiki, not a single accommodation was outside of them, so I can 100% know that where I got it).

*In the end, if you're with a good group of people these things aren't going to ruin your trip, but my trip would had been a lot less STRESSFUL (I mean come on I was trying to enjoy my holiday) had I known these precautions going into it.

This trip truly an ultimate experience. I crossed of so many bucket list items, like the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum. I even saw some things I didn't realise were on my bucket list! Pretty much every included tour was great and the extra's were definitely worth the costs. The Egyptian guide was amazing. This is definitely a great way to see Europe and make some friends along the way.

My Contiki was: Fun, Fun, Fun

This trip truly an ultimate experience. I crossed of so many bucket list items, like the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum. I even saw some things I didn't realise were on my bucket list! Pretty much every included tour was great and the extra's were definitely worth the costs. The Egyptian guide was amazing. This is definitely a great way to see Europe and make some friends along the way.

My Contiki was: Fun, Fun, Fun

  • BritishBen Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Firstly a huge shout out to Maggie and Fabio both of whom made the trip awesome!

I knew I always wanted to see a lot of Italy and a friend recommended Contiki to me and after seeing the schedule for this trip I couldn't say no.

Getting across Rome via public transport was an experience to say the least. It is pretty simple to find the Hotel Fleming, it's just getting used to the way the Italians do thing straight from the off thats a little daunting. However the hotel was really nice and PS I had a great room mate! Yo Anthony!!! The pizza for dinner that evening was the first of a great number of excellent pizzas I would taste along the week.

Be prepared, the day in Rome is tiring if you want to see as much as you can but on every corner you will see something fascinating that takes your interest. Not to mention a few but The Vatican, the Sistine chapel, the Colosseum, the Pantheon. My advice is just to go and get lost, but with a map of course. :)

Florence, the city of art is defiantly that and is place you have to visit. The top of the Duomo is a great place for views and photos of the city. Michelangelo's David is a must see but make sure you book ahead as the line we waited in was only 30 minutes, however we was advised that it can be for hours.

Pisa and Verona were good but the final stop in Venice was breathtaking. Again there is so much to see here that the guided tour really did help. The glass blowing demo was an experience all on its own and made me want to buy loads of it. However my bank balance doesn't stretch that far!

All in all the trip was one of the best I have ever been on. I met some great people that I am sure I will be in contact with for a very long time. A good piece of advice for this trip to expect what you image Italy will be like and be open minded to meet new people. But Maggie was great and couldn't do enough for the group, she really did make the trip!!!!!!

My Contiki was: breathtaking, emmersive, picturesque

  • BritishBen Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Firstly a huge shout out to Maggie and Fabio both of whom made the trip awesome!

I knew I always wanted to see a lot of Italy and a friend recommended Contiki to me and after seeing the schedule for this trip I couldn't say no.

Getting across Rome via public transport was an experience to say the least. It is pretty simple to find the Hotel Fleming, it's just getting used to the way the Italians do thing straight from the off thats a little daunting. However the hotel was really nice and PS I had a great room mate! Yo Anthony!!! The pizza for dinner that evening was the first of a great number of excellent pizzas I would taste along the week.

Be prepared, the day in Rome is tiring if you want to see as much as you can but on every corner you will see something fascinating that takes your interest. Not to mention a few but The Vatican, the Sistine chapel, the Colosseum, the Pantheon. My advice is just to go and get lost, but with a map of course. :)

Florence, the city of art is defiantly that and is place you have to visit. The top of the Duomo is a great place for views and photos of the city. Michelangelo's David is a must see but make sure you book ahead as the line we waited in was only 30 minutes, however we was advised that it can be for hours.

Pisa and Verona were good but the final stop in Venice was breathtaking. Again there is so much to see here that the guided tour really did help. The glass blowing demo was an experience all on its own and made me want to buy loads of it. However my bank balance doesn't stretch that far!

All in all the trip was one of the best I have ever been on. I met some great people that I am sure I will be in contact with for a very long time. A good piece of advice for this trip to expect what you image Italy will be like and be open minded to meet new people. But Maggie was great and couldn't do enough for the group, she really did make the trip!!!!!!

My Contiki was: breathtaking, emmersive, picturesque

  • Jason Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I simply cannot describe the impact this trip had on my life. I did the Western Highlights trip over a year ago (yes I know I'm late with my review), but with good reason.

I remember being highly nervous for this trip, as it was my first time travelling, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Well the memories were made from day one. The places we saw, the friends we made, the memories we will all eternally share, and the lifelong friendships that were formed is something that the Western Highlights trip helped create. The highlight of my trip was visiting the Grand Canyon...I knew the Grand Canyon was amazingly beautiful, but no picture can ever do it justice. It is something you have to see up close and personal. Such a phenomenal place that is definitely on my list of places I want to go back to.

Contiki had such an impact on my life, that I decided to pack up my life, and move from SA to the UK, with dreams of endless travel. I've just finished a two week trip in Italy, and it's all thanks to Contiki. Busy planning the next one.

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Life Changing, Phenomenal

Over all, this was one of the best things I could of ever done. I went solo so I was extremely nervous, but by the 2nd day everyone had loosened up and intermingled and by then you already felt like a group.

With the OPTIONALS I did majority of them, I don't have any that stand out that say "do not do". some of the walking tours where a little boring but that just depends on the type of person you are, if you can keep your attention long enough. be prepared for the white water rafting, it was freezing! my toes went purple, so bring very warm clothes to change into after! apart from that, do everything you can afford.

ACCOMODATION: I didn't really have a problem with any of the accommodation. it depends on how picky you are with things. in Austria I unfortunately did pick up bed bugs but all my washing was paid for to get rid of them, and another guy got them in Rome. the cabins were really cute, majority didn't have air cons which was maybe the only down fall. in Florence I was a little annoyed at the fact there was only 2 washers and 2 dryers on offer to share, and which you needed to pay for (along with wifi that only worked in certain areas).

FOOD: the provided breakfast every day filled me up until lunch. At contiki run sights the breakfast was really good (eggs, bacon, toast, fruits ect) but at the hotels/cabins sometimes it was just toast, fruits yogurts and cereals which were still pretty good. lunch was provided on a couple days; other then that you needed to provide your own, but it was very easy to get where ever you went.

Some days you do spend quite a while on the busses, but you have service stops every 2.5hrs in a village to wander for an hour and get food. also on the bus is music and our guide played games ect. if you wanted to sleep then the chairs reclined and it was easy to doze off, especially after a big night before!
usually every 2nd night was a party night, even if it wasn't a party night; something chilled would become more. If you didn't want to go out that night/drink ect then there was no hassle at all, some nights I stayed in and I didn't get any crap for it.

my tour guide (Rachel) was better then I ever expected. she went out of her way to help me, one night she lent me her ipad so I could stay in and watch movies as I wasn't feeling very well. she was professional but knew how to connect with each person on tour individually and she pretty much notched the tour up that bit extra!
as for anna, the driver, the tight corners and passage ways she could squeeze through was crazy! even though she was at the front of the bus, she always bust a move and came out when she could!
the people I met on tour I will never forget, the last day together was very hard knowing you may never see them again.

all in all, this is a must do. ill def be doing contiki again!
#opaaaa #babybird #shoey #savethequeen #kyleeeeee #shotsshotsshots

My Contiki was: amazing, no regrets, must do

Over all, this was one of the best things I could of ever done. I went solo so I was extremely nervous, but by the 2nd day everyone had loosened up and intermingled and by then you already felt like a group.

With the OPTIONALS I did majority of them, I don't have any that stand out that say "do not do". some of the walking tours where a little boring but that just depends on the type of person you are, if you can keep your attention long enough. be prepared for the white water rafting, it was freezing! my toes went purple, so bring very warm clothes to change into after! apart from that, do everything you can afford.

ACCOMODATION: I didn't really have a problem with any of the accommodation. it depends on how picky you are with things. in Austria I unfortunately did pick up bed bugs but all my washing was paid for to get rid of them, and another guy got them in Rome. the cabins were really cute, majority didn't have air cons which was maybe the only down fall. in Florence I was a little annoyed at the fact there was only 2 washers and 2 dryers on offer to share, and which you needed to pay for (along with wifi that only worked in certain areas).

FOOD: the provided breakfast every day filled me up until lunch. At contiki run sights the breakfast was really good (eggs, bacon, toast, fruits ect) but at the hotels/cabins sometimes it was just toast, fruits yogurts and cereals which were still pretty good. lunch was provided on a couple days; other then that you needed to provide your own, but it was very easy to get where ever you went.

Some days you do spend quite a while on the busses, but you have service stops every 2.5hrs in a village to wander for an hour and get food. also on the bus is music and our guide played games ect. if you wanted to sleep then the chairs reclined and it was easy to doze off, especially after a big night before!
usually every 2nd night was a party night, even if it wasn't a party night; something chilled would become more. If you didn't want to go out that night/drink ect then there was no hassle at all, some nights I stayed in and I didn't get any crap for it.

my tour guide (Rachel) was better then I ever expected. she went out of her way to help me, one night she lent me her ipad so I could stay in and watch movies as I wasn't feeling very well. she was professional but knew how to connect with each person on tour individually and she pretty much notched the tour up that bit extra!
as for anna, the driver, the tight corners and passage ways she could squeeze through was crazy! even though she was at the front of the bus, she always bust a move and came out when she could!
the people I met on tour I will never forget, the last day together was very hard knowing you may never see them again.

all in all, this is a must do. ill def be doing contiki again!
#opaaaa #babybird #shoey #savethequeen #kyleeeeee #shotsshotsshots

My Contiki was: amazing, no regrets, must do

  • GregY Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This was one of the best vacations I've ever been on. I've previously read some not-so-good reviews about Contiki (e.g. tours centering entirely around drinking and partying), but this trip definitely exceeded my expectations. It was a perfect mix of nature, culture and nightlife. I don't like getting wasted every night, though I do enjoy the occasional bar night here and there, and I still fit in with the group perfectly.

Best things on this trip: everything was great, and Vietnam is very different from Western Countries. In particular, I enjoyed Nha Trang beach and the boat cruise, the My Son temples, driving through the Pass through the Ocean Clouds, as well as walking around crazy crowded Hanoi and getting 25-cent beer among the locals. Of course, my favorite place was Halong Bay. This place is amazing and I got to kayak and see monkeys, swim on the beach as well as go to a big cave.
Another great thing about Vietnam: the food. Prior to going, my coworkers told me the food is amazing, and they were proven right. My favorite place was Bale Well in Hoi An. Our trip manager Courtney took us there, and it's about $6 for all you can eat spring rolls, chicken and pork skewers and banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes). Also we went to a place in Saigon that served beef that you cooked yourself on a roof tile and in Hanoi we went to Koto, a restaurant that employs street children and teaches them about the restaurant industry. If you go on this trip, do not order western food unless it's at a really nice place, as most likely you'll be disappointed and the local food is so much better. There were several of us on the trip who don't eat seafood, as well as a vegetarian, and Contiki was able to provide us with very good meals that fit these preferences.

Our trip manager Courtney was great and very knowledgeable about Vietnam. She was always able to suggest places to eat, drink and visit. Also our whole group was great, and I feel like everyone got along really well. Contiki is a nice way to travel by yourself but never be alone, and I'm thinking of going on another Contiki trip next year.

  • ChloeC9169 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

At first, I was apprehensive about travelling solo but as the title of my review suggests, I had no reason to be.

The days are jam-packed with things to do. It's not a trip for the faint-hearted or someone that likes early nights. The coach is for sleeping because you'll realise that you need to make the most of every second you have with the people that start off as acquaintances who turn into friends and eventually your international family. We had travelers from 8 different countries across the globe. Just think that these friends now mean only having to pay for flights when you go abroad in the future or you get to host someone and show them all the best bits of your country.

I made some of the best friends of my entire life and I know our friendship will endure because we bonded over some of the most important things in life: food and wine.I say that because you have to be open-minded when it comes to trying new things. There's no point in going on a trip that encompasses so many different countries and cultures without being willing to venture out of the box and try a bit of everything. From escargot in France to pizza a million times better than you've ever tasted before in Italy to pretzels and currywurst in Munich and finally in Amsterdam... Waffles of course! And the wine... Don't get me started on the wine.

There are so many amazing things to be seen in Europe and Contiki is the gateway to discovery: finding new places that you adore and falling in love all over again with places you've already been, as was the case with me and Paris. One of the most important things for me was that Nice took my breath away and it made me realise where I wanted to go to university in England because they offer a year abroad studying in Nice. So it's not only fun but can also be incredibly eye-opening.

What I will say is be prepared for people to mock every stereotype about your country. Being English, I was a minority on our tour, in fact, I was the only European other than our bus driver, Barry, but don't let that stop you if you're a Brit. I was bombarded with people asking about tea, crumpets, the fact that we lost a revolution and pretty much every other preconception you could possibly imagine.

My trip wouldn't have been complete without the wonderful Contiki Team of #ContikiTony and #ContikiBarry, or Baz as he was lovingly known. Tony partied as hard as all of us and you can tell it's not just a job for him, it's a vocation and he loves bringing so much joy and excitement to so many people. It was the same with Barry. When he wasn't driving us from country to country the following day, he enjoyed a cheeky bevvy or two and made everyone feel so welcome, not just 'another number' but a friend.

Overall, I had the best experience I could have wished for and so so much more. It changed my life in so many ways. Contiki helped me to make the most of the time that we have, it gave me the chance to make friends from all over the world, it built my confidence and my alcohol tolerance. What more could you want?

It'll give you so many stories to tell your kids about. So my advice... Take the leap and live while you're young. Make the most of this life.

My Contiki was: Exhilarating, Awe-inspiring, Perfect

  • ChloeC9169 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

At first, I was apprehensive about travelling solo but as the title of my review suggests, I had no reason to be.

The days are jam-packed with things to do. It's not a trip for the faint-hearted or someone that likes early nights. The coach is for sleeping because you'll realise that you need to make the most of every second you have with the people that start off as acquaintances who turn into friends and eventually your international family. We had travelers from 8 different countries across the globe. Just think that these friends now mean only having to pay for flights when you go abroad in the future or you get to host someone and show them all the best bits of your country.

I made some of the best friends of my entire life and I know our friendship will endure because we bonded over some of the most important things in life: food and wine.I say that because you have to be open-minded when it comes to trying new things. There's no point in going on a trip that encompasses so many different countries and cultures without being willing to venture out of the box and try a bit of everything. From escargot in France to pizza a million times better than you've ever tasted before in Italy to pretzels and currywurst in Munich and finally in Amsterdam... Waffles of course! And the wine... Don't get me started on the wine.

There are so many amazing things to be seen in Europe and Contiki is the gateway to discovery: finding new places that you adore and falling in love all over again with places you've already been, as was the case with me and Paris. One of the most important things for me was that Nice took my breath away and it made me realise where I wanted to go to university in England because they offer a year abroad studying in Nice. So it's not only fun but can also be incredibly eye-opening.

What I will say is be prepared for people to mock every stereotype about your country. Being English, I was a minority on our tour, in fact, I was the only European other than our bus driver, Barry, but don't let that stop you if you're a Brit. I was bombarded with people asking about tea, crumpets, the fact that we lost a revolution and pretty much every other preconception you could possibly imagine.

My trip wouldn't have been complete without the wonderful Contiki Team of #ContikiTony and #ContikiBarry, or Baz as he was lovingly known. Tony partied as hard as all of us and you can tell it's not just a job for him, it's a vocation and he loves bringing so much joy and excitement to so many people. It was the same with Barry. When he wasn't driving us from country to country the following day, he enjoyed a cheeky bevvy or two and made everyone feel so welcome, not just 'another number' but a friend.

Overall, I had the best experience I could have wished for and so so much more. It changed my life in so many ways. Contiki helped me to make the most of the time that we have, it gave me the chance to make friends from all over the world, it built my confidence and my alcohol tolerance. What more could you want?

It'll give you so many stories to tell your kids about. So my advice... Take the leap and live while you're young. Make the most of this life.

My Contiki was: Exhilarating, Awe-inspiring, Perfect

  • Melissa Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Best experience of my life! First time doing contiki and it was amazing! Got to see so much of Spain which has always been on my bucketlist. It's amazing to see the different parts of Spain coz you never really know the story until you go there. Chloe M our trip manager she is the best ever! So good at her job, so much energy & always went that extra mile for our group! The people I met were amazing & I've made some life long friends now. Accommodation everywhere was great! So clean! Our included meals were fantastic too! Definitely all worth it! Only thing I wish is that an extra day was spent in Barcelona! There's so much to see there in so little time!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Culture, Detailed

  • Melissa Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Best experience of my life! First time doing contiki and it was amazing! Got to see so much of Spain which has always been on my bucketlist. It's amazing to see the different parts of Spain coz you never really know the story until you go there. Chloe M our trip manager she is the best ever! So good at her job, so much energy & always went that extra mile for our group! The people I met were amazing & I've made some life long friends now. Accommodation everywhere was great! So clean! Our included meals were fantastic too! Definitely all worth it! Only thing I wish is that an extra day was spent in Barcelona! There's so much to see there in so little time!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Culture, Detailed

Could not have asked for a better group / tour leader / week at Oktoberfest! Would highly recommend booking for anyone even considering it for next year.

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