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Oh My Buddha! what can I say about this trip. it was the best time ever and I wished it never ended. Shannon was the best tour manger and new all the right spots to go and made sure we we're all having a 10/10 trip! I went on this trip solo but the people I meet became family and now I have friends for life.

My favourite places probably would have to be Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang in Laos. They were both so laid back and had the best atmosphere.
Another Favourite was Hoi An. This little French inspired town on the river was absolutely stunning during the day and just lit up at night with lanterns everywhere. Its also a great place to get clothes made, I just wish I got more! Another highlight would have been our Cruise through Halong Bay. It takes your breath away and is great way to end the perfect trip

This trip is definitely something I'd recommend to everyone and the perfect way to experience part Asia!

My Contiki was: omb, treatyoself, temples

Vietnam Experience

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ #noregrets
  • Simran Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

I am so glad I went with this trip vs. the highlights one. Visiting Mekong Delta was so worth it and I highly recommend you choose this tour over that one!

Be prepared to be shocked…in a good way!

I fell in love with Vietnam! The country is so beautiful in its own way. Not all cities are pretty and polished. You get to actually see Vietnam and that is what I loved about it!

Ho Chi – not much to do in this city. The night life is pretty good; we went to this bar where you can get pitchers drink – 2 for 1 and that was a lot of fun! A must try is Pho. I can’t say which place our tour guide, Shannon, took us, but the one she did take us – by far best PHO I ever had!

Mekong Delta – this was a lot of fun! The tea house and lunch was nice; loved the tea! Staying at the guesthouse was an experience! Had a lot of fun going on the bikes and then of course the night time festivities was great!

Nha Trang – this city I found to be very tailored for tourists. Mud bath excursion is something to try for an experience if you haven’t done it before; I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting something else BUT I did enjoy it regardless. Like me, if you are not doing the cruise/snorkel, do not worry – HIT THE BEACH! It’s GORGEOUS! The water was beautiful! This was the only day I basically did nothing but stay at the beach all day long! Loved the tan I got!

Hoi An - by far, my favourite city was Hoi An. It’s a small city but it’s beautiful, especially at night. I HIGHLY recommend you do your entire souvenir shopping here! No other city beats it – this was my mistake; saved it all for Hanoi and I regret it. A must – the cooking class! This was A LOT OF FUN and the food we made and ate after…omg…I can’t replicate it! The city light up at night and it’s just breathtaking. Ask your tour guide about Banh Mi; apparently this one shop makes the best Banh Mi ever and it’s true – they do! Also, I can’t say much but apparently everyone else was happy when we stopped by this shop where they can tailor basically anything. Check it out and see if it’s for you. But again – definitely do all your other shopping!

Now it’s not part of the Contiki tour but if you love to EAT and love Vietnamese food, I HIGHLY recommend you sign up for Taste of Hoi An Food tour. You will love it – I promise! Read about it on Trip Advisor!

Hue – this was okay; short, which was good a good thing. The cyclo ride was a lot of fun (included in tour price) so enjoy that! Not much to say here as I didn’t really spend a lot of time doing much of anything really. It was 1 day and the day was long. Ended up coming back to the hotel and watching some movies and resting 

Hanoi – this city was pretty and oh so busy! You can easily get lost – like I did! But it’s a nice city. Got some shopping done but again, try to get it done in Hoi An. Got some pretty neat stuff from this Poster store – close to the hotel; hard to miss. Go on Trip Advisor to find this little shop that sells Bank Mi. They too had an amazing Banh Mi; went there quite a few times while in Hanoi.

Halong Bay – OMG. This was beautiful! I can’t describe what I saw but be prepared to see something very beautiful. FYI the dinner on the cruise…if you are not FULLY a fan of sea food like myself, then go with the veggie option.

Overall – I love Vietnam! No regrets; wish I could go back! If you like Vietnamese food, then perfect! If you LOVE smoothies and juices – then you’re in luck. They are EVERYWHERE and really good!

FYI – It’s bloody hot here! I went end of August – first week of September and wow. The humidity will kill you; stay hydrated!

For days where you go on your own for lunch/dinner, use Trip Advisor. It REALLY saved me and I was not disappointed.

Hotels were surprisingly REALLY nice and proper! And yes, they have AC, free wifi and couple of tv shows that play English movies 

I was able to pull cash from the ATM’s – mainly got it all done in Hoi Chi. Many places take VISA. And the exchange rate done on my VISA/bank account was pretty good (CDN – Dong).

My Contiki was: #noregrets, #treatyourself

  • Cat_B Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

First up, I LOVED the Turkey component of the tour. Ahmet was a fantastic guide, & it was a beautiful country to see. The activities were great, however some of them weren't so "optional", as due to the remote location of some of the sites, your choices were to either do to activity or sit on the bus. These should be included in the overall price. Accomodation throughout the tour was great & Enver our trusty bus driver did a wonderful job. Cleanest bus in Turkey, I swear it!

The major let down was the cruise. Firstly, it is not a Contiki friendly cruise & completely missed our demographic. We were a bunch of 20-somethings on a boat with retirees! They did not appreciate our presence & were actually very rude, which is something everyone on our tour felt. Furthermore, the intinerary is slightly misleading as to exactly how rushed everything is. We literally only got a few hours on each island! Seriously, seeing the sunset at Santorini was AMAZING, but we were literally hearded from one lookout to the next, watched the sunset, then rushed back to the bus to we didn't miss the tender back to the ship. No time to explore or anything. Plus it cost €57! The lack of time allowed for those sorts of activities was really disappointing. The tours off the ship were very overpriced in my opinion. Additionally, the ship itself was average. The decks flooded (I mean almost ankle deep!) every time it rained, I have stayed in hotel rooms bigger than the only pool on board, & the lack of wifi onboard throughout the ship - not just the lounge - meant that our group found it very hard to keep track of one another, particularly since our rooms were spread out across so many floors. I realise there were different types of rooms paid for, but there was no effort made whatsoever to keep us together. Plus we didn't get pizza at our Toga Night - sad face!! On the plus side, the staff were wonderful & polite.

Ultimately, should I have the opportunity to explore these 2 countries again, I wouldn't choose this tour, solely because of the experience I had with the cruise. I met some wonderful people on this tour & I wouldn't trade that for the world, & I can guarantee I'll be heading back to Greece in the future!

  • Cat_B Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

First up, I LOVED the Turkey component of the tour. Ahmet was a fantastic guide, & it was a beautiful country to see. The activities were great, however some of them weren't so "optional", as due to the remote location of some of the sites, your choices were to either do to activity or sit on the bus. These should be included in the overall price. Accomodation throughout the tour was great & Enver our trusty bus driver did a wonderful job. Cleanest bus in Turkey, I swear it!

The major let down was the cruise. Firstly, it is not a Contiki friendly cruise & completely missed our demographic. We were a bunch of 20-somethings on a boat with retirees! They did not appreciate our presence & were actually very rude, which is something everyone on our tour felt. Furthermore, the intinerary is slightly misleading as to exactly how rushed everything is. We literally only got a few hours on each island! Seriously, seeing the sunset at Santorini was AMAZING, but we were literally hearded from one lookout to the next, watched the sunset, then rushed back to the bus to we didn't miss the tender back to the ship. No time to explore or anything. Plus it cost €57! The lack of time allowed for those sorts of activities was really disappointing. The tours off the ship were very overpriced in my opinion. Additionally, the ship itself was average. The decks flooded (I mean almost ankle deep!) every time it rained, I have stayed in hotel rooms bigger than the only pool on board, & the lack of wifi onboard throughout the ship - not just the lounge - meant that our group found it very hard to keep track of one another, particularly since our rooms were spread out across so many floors. I realise there were different types of rooms paid for, but there was no effort made whatsoever to keep us together. Plus we didn't get pizza at our Toga Night - sad face!! On the plus side, the staff were wonderful & polite.

Ultimately, should I have the opportunity to explore these 2 countries again, I wouldn't choose this tour, solely because of the experience I had with the cruise. I met some wonderful people on this tour & I wouldn't trade that for the world, & I can guarantee I'll be heading back to Greece in the future!

  • Sarah Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I got back from my European Inspiration Contiki 1 week ago and already I am missing it more than anything. I did this trip solo. I was one of 8 solo travelers on this tour. And not once did we feel left out! The age group of my tour was 19-34 and everyone got on really well!

This tour is an Easy Pace, this means more time in each place. (Around 1 & 1/2 days in each place). I highly recommend doing this type of tour as you get the most out of each destination.
I went over to Europe budgeting for only 4 of the ME TIME options. I ended up doing around 10. This ate right into my savings, so a little advice - save more then you think you will need as you will most probably spend more then you anticipate!
Contiki Hotel Tours usually do not stay in the center of town. you are usually around a 15-25 Euro taxi out of the city center. You will get a taxi A LOT of the time as well after nights out and big full-on days! It's usually helpful to share taxis with your fellow Contiki buddies to split the bill!

The ME TIME EXTRAS that I strongly recommend:
*Amsterdam Lake Cruise (Free drinks, Great Views)
*Berlin Historical Walking Tour (If you like history)
*Berlin Alternative Tour (If you like street art & want to get into exclusive clubs & experience the amazing Berlin night life)
*Munich Mike's Bikes - THIS IS A MUST DO. (It sounds ridiculous but it is amazing & the guides make it so much more fun!!)
*Tyrol - White Water Rafting. (Well worth it!!)
*Venice - Explore Venice yourself. Take the time to get lost, find your own food. Trust me on this one.
*Florence - Tuscan Feast. (the food is amazing and very nice. you get so much good food and more wine then you can imagine!!)
*Florence - Space Disco (if you like clubs and music then this is the place for you. Let loose and just dance with your new friends!)
*Lucerne - Mt Pilatus - (THIS IS A MUST SEE. The views are spectacular.This tour is a MUST.)
*Paris - Moulin Rouge. (This is the most expensive ME TIME on this tour. But it is the last night and it is a very nice dinner & A LOT of wine. It is nice to spend it with everyone before saying goodbye.)

The only disappointment that many people and myself included had was that the hotel you stay in, in Venice, is around 40km from the actual canals of Venice. So it's a bit of a trek into ACTUAL Venice - a long bus & ferry ride. You do get a FULL day there though so that is a plus.

We were in Munich for Oktoberfest - This was the most incredible experience of the tour. Everyone on the tour dressed up! We bought our outfits that same day at the local shopping center. It was just amazing. It is just such a massive festival you can't even imagine it until you see it for yourself. I had such a great experience, I met Germans, Austrians, Swiss, Dutch & Italians. It was a real authentic experience for me which I am thankful for!! So much beer & food - You will never forget this! Highly recommend doing this tour when Oktoberfest is on!

My tour manger was Jess - She was amazing like a big sister or best friend to everyone on the tour. Everyone felt like they could instantly go to her for anything & everything. And for that I am thankful. She really looked after me on the trip more than anyone I met - she was always there for me. My driver was Attila - He was incredible. So skilled, funny and we all felt so safe & secure thanks to him. We were Attila's last Contiki tour (His Number 74) - Couldn't thank him enough!!

Contiki is all about doing everything you can and living your time overseas with No Regrets - I can say that I definitely did this. I look back on my trip and know that I wouldn't change a thing. It did change my life though in many ways then one. It makes you grow, makes you stronger as a person, appreciate life and what it has to offer & your thrown in the deep end with a lot of things which is a great learning curve for everyone.

I highly recommend doing a Contiki! It is a great taste for Europe & all what it has to offer.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable, No Regrets

  • Sarah Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I got back from my European Inspiration Contiki 1 week ago and already I am missing it more than anything. I did this trip solo. I was one of 8 solo travelers on this tour. And not once did we feel left out! The age group of my tour was 19-34 and everyone got on really well!

This tour is an Easy Pace, this means more time in each place. (Around 1 & 1/2 days in each place). I highly recommend doing this type of tour as you get the most out of each destination.
I went over to Europe budgeting for only 4 of the ME TIME options. I ended up doing around 10. This ate right into my savings, so a little advice - save more then you think you will need as you will most probably spend more then you anticipate!
Contiki Hotel Tours usually do not stay in the center of town. you are usually around a 15-25 Euro taxi out of the city center. You will get a taxi A LOT of the time as well after nights out and big full-on days! It's usually helpful to share taxis with your fellow Contiki buddies to split the bill!

The ME TIME EXTRAS that I strongly recommend:
*Amsterdam Lake Cruise (Free drinks, Great Views)
*Berlin Historical Walking Tour (If you like history)
*Berlin Alternative Tour (If you like street art & want to get into exclusive clubs & experience the amazing Berlin night life)
*Munich Mike's Bikes - THIS IS A MUST DO. (It sounds ridiculous but it is amazing & the guides make it so much more fun!!)
*Tyrol - White Water Rafting. (Well worth it!!)
*Venice - Explore Venice yourself. Take the time to get lost, find your own food. Trust me on this one.
*Florence - Tuscan Feast. (the food is amazing and very nice. you get so much good food and more wine then you can imagine!!)
*Florence - Space Disco (if you like clubs and music then this is the place for you. Let loose and just dance with your new friends!)
*Lucerne - Mt Pilatus - (THIS IS A MUST SEE. The views are spectacular.This tour is a MUST.)
*Paris - Moulin Rouge. (This is the most expensive ME TIME on this tour. But it is the last night and it is a very nice dinner & A LOT of wine. It is nice to spend it with everyone before saying goodbye.)

The only disappointment that many people and myself included had was that the hotel you stay in, in Venice, is around 40km from the actual canals of Venice. So it's a bit of a trek into ACTUAL Venice - a long bus & ferry ride. You do get a FULL day there though so that is a plus.

We were in Munich for Oktoberfest - This was the most incredible experience of the tour. Everyone on the tour dressed up! We bought our outfits that same day at the local shopping center. It was just amazing. It is just such a massive festival you can't even imagine it until you see it for yourself. I had such a great experience, I met Germans, Austrians, Swiss, Dutch & Italians. It was a real authentic experience for me which I am thankful for!! So much beer & food - You will never forget this! Highly recommend doing this tour when Oktoberfest is on!

My tour manger was Jess - She was amazing like a big sister or best friend to everyone on the tour. Everyone felt like they could instantly go to her for anything & everything. And for that I am thankful. She really looked after me on the trip more than anyone I met - she was always there for me. My driver was Attila - He was incredible. So skilled, funny and we all felt so safe & secure thanks to him. We were Attila's last Contiki tour (His Number 74) - Couldn't thank him enough!!

Contiki is all about doing everything you can and living your time overseas with No Regrets - I can say that I definitely did this. I look back on my trip and know that I wouldn't change a thing. It did change my life though in many ways then one. It makes you grow, makes you stronger as a person, appreciate life and what it has to offer & your thrown in the deep end with a lot of things which is a great learning curve for everyone.

I highly recommend doing a Contiki! It is a great taste for Europe & all what it has to offer.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable, No Regrets

  • Karen Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

This trip was a great time! I'm very spontaneous when it comes to travel plus I usually travel on a budget and Contiki doesn't disappoint!
This was my second Contiki. My tour manager was Scottie. I can't begin to say enough good things about him- he was hilarious, knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Rickie who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.
This Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw the high energy of Amsterdam's Red Light District, the history soaked streets of Berlin, the stunning city of Dresden, the rich culture in Prague, and classical feel of Vienna.
Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Aussies, the couple of Kiwi's (especially my Kiwi ;) hehe); the Americans (especially my sassy love), and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a Canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was! I am already planning my next Contiki tour! haha

My Contiki was: Amazing, Friends, Memorable

  • Karen Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

This trip was a great time! I'm very spontaneous when it comes to travel plus I usually travel on a budget and Contiki doesn't disappoint!
This was my second Contiki. My tour manager was Scottie. I can't begin to say enough good things about him- he was hilarious, knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Rickie who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.
This Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw the high energy of Amsterdam's Red Light District, the history soaked streets of Berlin, the stunning city of Dresden, the rich culture in Prague, and classical feel of Vienna.
Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Aussies, the couple of Kiwi's (especially my Kiwi ;) hehe); the Americans (especially my sassy love), and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a Canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was! I am already planning my next Contiki tour! haha

My Contiki was: Amazing, Friends, Memorable

  • Toya Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

This tour is a great way to see the main cities around the Mediterranean. It's not as fast paced as some other tours and allows you a bit more time to relax and explore the sights. This was an incredible experience and I am definitely glad I chose this as my first ever tour. It definitely prepared me for the Contiki life and I met people I will never forget. Not many people did all of the optional activities and it really came down to whether that specific thing interested you or not. If you don't do all the extras there is always plenty to see and do in each place! The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is definitely one of the things that you must go inside and check it, it's simply breathtaking! It's a good idea to pre-book your tickets online to the more popular sites as the queues can be pretty crazy!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Whirlwind, Experience

  • Toya Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

This tour is a great way to see the main cities around the Mediterranean. It's not as fast paced as some other tours and allows you a bit more time to relax and explore the sights. This was an incredible experience and I am definitely glad I chose this as my first ever tour. It definitely prepared me for the Contiki life and I met people I will never forget. Not many people did all of the optional activities and it really came down to whether that specific thing interested you or not. If you don't do all the extras there is always plenty to see and do in each place! The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is definitely one of the things that you must go inside and check it, it's simply breathtaking! It's a good idea to pre-book your tickets online to the more popular sites as the queues can be pretty crazy!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Whirlwind, Experience

  • Toya Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

This was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone wanting to get a taste of Peru or South America. The Inca Trail option is a must do if you are heading to Peru and is suitable for all levels of fitness! All of the optional activities are worth doing and not overly expensive. I found that everyone on our tour did basically every optional and definitely did not regret it. The food is incredible all around Peru, in the included meals, optionals and just normal street food that you find along the way. Definitely try both the Alpaca and Guinea Pig (Cuy) when you have the chance to. Peru can be quite cold at times especially on this tour when you travel through different altitudes, make sure you have an appropriate selection of clothing for all weather conditions. I cannot recommend this tour and Peru enough!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life Changing, Exceptional

I had never travelled solo before. Hence, I was very iffy about taking this trip. I mean.. a new country, that is going through a financial crisis, and to top it all, I didn't know the language.. it was very nerve-wracking. But, I have to say that it was one of the best trips of my life. Greece was a dream, and I ended up booking one week before I left. I had an amazing tour manager, and the rest of the group was great as well. Greece is so beautiful. I didn't want it to end. I was crying during the last two days, wishing we could go to atleast one more island. Anyways, I do hope to go back and I recommend this trip to everyone! Don't even think about it.. just do it! You will not regret it!

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Amazing, Adventurous

I had never travelled solo before. Hence, I was very iffy about taking this trip. I mean.. a new country, that is going through a financial crisis, and to top it all, I didn't know the language.. it was very nerve-wracking. But, I have to say that it was one of the best trips of my life. Greece was a dream, and I ended up booking one week before I left. I had an amazing tour manager, and the rest of the group was great as well. Greece is so beautiful. I didn't want it to end. I was crying during the last two days, wishing we could go to atleast one more island. Anyways, I do hope to go back and I recommend this trip to everyone! Don't even think about it.. just do it! You will not regret it!

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Amazing, Adventurous

  • rodriport Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 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

  • Marlee Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

If you want memories and friends that will last a lifetime, this trip is definitely for you. I cannot speak highly enough of it. There's really not much of the USA you don't see, all the inclusions are amazing and the optionals are all worth it. 100% do the helicopter rides, hot air ballooning and jet boating. The food is incredible and the people are ridiculously friendly. And if you're lucky enough, you might even have Rachel as your TM.

  • 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

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