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  • Jess Byrne Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip was such a incredible experience! You get to see and experience so much within a very small timeframe. 4 days (well technically 3) I got to go and visit some incredible historical sights that have been on my bucket list for years.

Athens was amazing one of favourite places from my entire trip (5 weeks) the Acropolis and the Parthenon are spectacular and incredible and the views from the Acropolis are breathtaking you get a 360 view of Athens. I highly recommend if you have time in Athens before or after this tour to visit the Acropolis museum a lot of the artefacts are in the museum and there is a really interesting movie about the Acropolis.
The Contiki extra dinner for 43 euro in my opinion was not worth it. The entertainment was great i loved the greek dancers and the singer was amazing but the food was at best average and defiantly not worth what we paid, however the greek dancing and joining in is defiantly something you should try.

Olympia was defiantly my favourite part of this tour and it was the part I was most excited about. The Olympia museum was incredible i loved seeing all the statues and artefacts. The Original Olympic Stadium was incredible to see. Even though most of it is just rubble and ruins you still get a image and idea of how it would have looked thousands of years ago. The Stadium itself is just a dirt track but it was fun to race on with the group and take some photos.

Delphi was okay I wasn't really interested in the beehive tomb we went to as it literally a empty tomb. The hotel was stayed at was incredible the views from our room were stunning. This was the first time the group all went out together at the only club in town. As this was the last night we all went hard and had a lot of fun.

Every hotel we stayed at was amazing very clean and comfortable and all had pools which was a bonus.

But what made this tour amazing was the people I meet. Even though we had only spent 4 days together we all became very close and i have defiantly made some lifelong friends.

Also shoutout to Contiki Tom or as i called him Tomas! Best Contiki tour manager i have ever had super funny and know a lot about greek history and mythology. He was always up for a chat and a laugh.

If you don't have much time in Greece but want to do and see a lot this is defiantly this trip for you.

My Contiki was: Fun, Incredible

  • Jess Byrne Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip was such a incredible experience! You get to see and experience so much within a very small timeframe. 4 days (well technically 3) I got to go and visit some incredible historical sights that have been on my bucket list for years.

Athens was amazing one of favourite places from my entire trip (5 weeks) the Acropolis and the Parthenon are spectacular and incredible and the views from the Acropolis are breathtaking you get a 360 view of Athens. I highly recommend if you have time in Athens before or after this tour to visit the Acropolis museum a lot of the artefacts are in the museum and there is a really interesting movie about the Acropolis.
The Contiki extra dinner for 43 euro in my opinion was not worth it. The entertainment was great i loved the greek dancers and the singer was amazing but the food was at best average and defiantly not worth what we paid, however the greek dancing and joining in is defiantly something you should try.

Olympia was defiantly my favourite part of this tour and it was the part I was most excited about. The Olympia museum was incredible i loved seeing all the statues and artefacts. The Original Olympic Stadium was incredible to see. Even though most of it is just rubble and ruins you still get a image and idea of how it would have looked thousands of years ago. The Stadium itself is just a dirt track but it was fun to race on with the group and take some photos.

Delphi was okay I wasn't really interested in the beehive tomb we went to as it literally a empty tomb. The hotel was stayed at was incredible the views from our room were stunning. This was the first time the group all went out together at the only club in town. As this was the last night we all went hard and had a lot of fun.

Every hotel we stayed at was amazing very clean and comfortable and all had pools which was a bonus.

But what made this tour amazing was the people I meet. Even though we had only spent 4 days together we all became very close and i have defiantly made some lifelong friends.

Also shoutout to Contiki Tom or as i called him Tomas! Best Contiki tour manager i have ever had super funny and know a lot about greek history and mythology. He was always up for a chat and a laugh.

If you don't have much time in Greece but want to do and see a lot this is defiantly this trip for you.

My Contiki was: Fun, Incredible

  • Kazza Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This trip has been the most amazing experience to date, it's hard to put it in to words but I will give it a go......the people on this trip made the experience one I will never forget and I can say without a doubt they are not only friends, but family, a life time of laughs, memories and silly hashtags. Our tour manager Jon Ramel always went out of his way to help and answer our million and one questions, show us good places to eat, sites to see and inspired me with his incredible knowledge of American history, an absolute legend in every way, Thankyou ramel. This trip is fantastic value for money, some of the best hotels I have stayed in, great bus drivers, surprises, sights, nightlife, and incredible included and non included meals, a trip I highly recommended to anyone wanting to visit the United States of America.

My Contiki was: Family/memories, Epic Aventure, Journey of a life time

I would do this trip again in a heartbeat! Such an amazing way to see and do so much in a month! Don't plan on sleeping - you get used to it! You also get used to the large alcohol consumption everyday/night... Long live the American free pour!

The huge cities are amazing but so are all the little ones in between, the trip is so well planned out! Do all the optionals if you can! Especially the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon!

We had the BEST tour guide Maloney, I love you doll! And our bus driver Big E was such a honey!

You truly make the best memories and friends for life! If you are thinking about booking this trip just do it! #noregrets #maloneycontiki

My Contiki was: WILD , AMAZING, LIFECHANGING

Turkish Sailing

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Experience!!
  • Jess Byrne Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

The only way to start this review is to say this trip was the best experience of my life so far and you need to do yourself a favour a book this tour!!
Honestly you spend 8 days sailing around the Aegean Sea drinking, eating, tanning, sleeping and swimming. You get to just switch off and relax, no phones, no WiFi (although you can buy it onboard but why would you?) and no distractions. You never know what time of the day it is until the bell rings for meals.
First the boat is incredible and i love that you are on a traditional Turkish Gulet. You share a room and bathroom with one other person, the rooms are small and you do share a double bed but everyone used the beds to put their luggage and stuff on and everyone usually sleeps up on deck on the tanning beds which is a amazing experience to sleep and under the stars. Although a few nights i slept inside due to it being quite cold and i got sick on the boat (Contiki Cough).
The food on this trip is INCREDIBLE thanks to the lovely Mehmet. You get 3 meals a day and afternoon tea which is biscuits/cakes and tea or coffee. The food was my favourite part of the tour, its all fresh and incredible healthy but tastes delicious. Drinks you put on a tab that you pay for at the end of the trip. In my opinion the drinks were quite cheap but cheaper in stores on land. It was 50c for a bottle of water and a beer was 3 euro. I ended up only spending 55 euro.
The places we went to were incredibly beautiful and the water was always crystal clear and turquoise blue although very salty. Defiantly go on land when we dock as we saw some amazing ruins and the walk up the hill to watch the sunset was spectacular although the hill to get up and down is bloody hard and everyone ended up with scratches and bruises.
I defiantly recommend doing all the extras as i regret not doing them all. I regret not doing the mud baths as everyone who did it on my tour said it was really fun and they saw some turtles. Defiantly do Marmaris as its a really fun night out although i felt horrible the next day. Hungover on a moving boat is not the best idea. The turkish baths was probably my favourite such a awesome experience, defiantly pay extra for a massage.
The crew were another favourite part of the tour Captain JJ and the two Mehmets were so much fun and always eager to join in and go out with us at night even though they do this tour every week for 26 weeks straight! They didn't speak much english but were always up for a conversation and to play card games and drink with us.
The people i meet on this trip were amazing and you really get to know each other as you spend so much time together. The others in my group were from England, Germany, Canada, Australia, NZ and USA.

Altogether this tour has been a highlight of my travels this year and i would defiantly do it again.

My Contiki was: unforgettable , relaxing, fun

Turkish Sailing

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Experience!!
  • Jess Byrne Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

The only way to start this review is to say this trip was the best experience of my life so far and you need to do yourself a favour a book this tour!!
Honestly you spend 8 days sailing around the Aegean Sea drinking, eating, tanning, sleeping and swimming. You get to just switch off and relax, no phones, no WiFi (although you can buy it onboard but why would you?) and no distractions. You never know what time of the day it is until the bell rings for meals.
First the boat is incredible and i love that you are on a traditional Turkish Gulet. You share a room and bathroom with one other person, the rooms are small and you do share a double bed but everyone used the beds to put their luggage and stuff on and everyone usually sleeps up on deck on the tanning beds which is a amazing experience to sleep and under the stars. Although a few nights i slept inside due to it being quite cold and i got sick on the boat (Contiki Cough).
The food on this trip is INCREDIBLE thanks to the lovely Mehmet. You get 3 meals a day and afternoon tea which is biscuits/cakes and tea or coffee. The food was my favourite part of the tour, its all fresh and incredible healthy but tastes delicious. Drinks you put on a tab that you pay for at the end of the trip. In my opinion the drinks were quite cheap but cheaper in stores on land. It was 50c for a bottle of water and a beer was 3 euro. I ended up only spending 55 euro.
The places we went to were incredibly beautiful and the water was always crystal clear and turquoise blue although very salty. Defiantly go on land when we dock as we saw some amazing ruins and the walk up the hill to watch the sunset was spectacular although the hill to get up and down is bloody hard and everyone ended up with scratches and bruises.
I defiantly recommend doing all the extras as i regret not doing them all. I regret not doing the mud baths as everyone who did it on my tour said it was really fun and they saw some turtles. Defiantly do Marmaris as its a really fun night out although i felt horrible the next day. Hungover on a moving boat is not the best idea. The turkish baths was probably my favourite such a awesome experience, defiantly pay extra for a massage.
The crew were another favourite part of the tour Captain JJ and the two Mehmets were so much fun and always eager to join in and go out with us at night even though they do this tour every week for 26 weeks straight! They didn't speak much english but were always up for a conversation and to play card games and drink with us.
The people i meet on this trip were amazing and you really get to know each other as you spend so much time together. The others in my group were from England, Germany, Canada, Australia, NZ and USA.

Altogether this tour has been a highlight of my travels this year and i would defiantly do it again.

My Contiki was: unforgettable , relaxing, fun

  • emma13 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

Wow! What can I say? Or where do I start?
First of all this was the best 29 contiki trip ive ever done! Hands down the most amazing expirence ever and I would recomand it too everyone, I had such an awesome group of people to travel with which now are great mates! And what also helped that was our amazing tour manager Greg Colgin, he always made sure we were having a blast and was very informative with everything. I've learnt so much just from him! Also our wonderful driver mark, them both were amazing and was good that they socialised with everyone and always made sure we were ok! Hands down best trip ever. Don't even need to second guess it

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Amazing, Unreal

  • emma13 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

Wow! What can I say? Or where do I start?
First of all this was the best 29 contiki trip ive ever done! Hands down the most amazing expirence ever and I would recomand it too everyone, I had such an awesome group of people to travel with which now are great mates! And what also helped that was our amazing tour manager Greg Colgin, he always made sure we were having a blast and was very informative with everything. I've learnt so much just from him! Also our wonderful driver mark, them both were amazing and was good that they socialised with everyone and always made sure we were ok! Hands down best trip ever. Don't even need to second guess it

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Amazing, Unreal

Thai Island Hopper East

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ No Words.

What can I say except that this was the absolute best time of my life. Jeenah was my favorite tour guide to date and it really set the bar for every other contiki. It's a super laid back trip with different bars every night and some of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen. I think because the trip was more my pace I had much more in common with the people that went on it than on other trips. It's been over a year and I'm still friends with my guide and 5 others from the tour. Everyone should do this trip. I guess I found words after all...

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Relaxed, Fun

I just finished the European Contrast tour for September 2015 and I just wanted to send you guys a huge thank you!
Having recently finished another tour that was also fabulous I wasn't sure if it could be topped but thanks to our absolutely wonderful tour manager Greg Colgin and our bus driver Mark it has exceeded my expectations 100%!
Thanks to Greg I have had absolutely the most amazing tour so far! Not only did he make it super comfortable for everyone to make friends, he is consistently enthusiastic and approachable.
Greg has gone above and beyond for our tour and every morning comes up to each one of us and asks how we are doing and if there are any questions. He is also extremely organised and goes out of his way to make sure we are having the best trip!!
I will be highly recommending contiki but more importantly I highly praise and will recommend Greg to be a tour leader again!
Excellent job!

I just finished the European Contrast tour for September 2015 and I just wanted to send you guys a huge thank you!
Having recently finished another tour that was also fabulous I wasn't sure if it could be topped but thanks to our absolutely wonderful tour manager Greg Colgin and our bus driver Mark it has exceeded my expectations 100%!
Thanks to Greg I have had absolutely the most amazing tour so far! Not only did he make it super comfortable for everyone to make friends, he is consistently enthusiastic and approachable.
Greg has gone above and beyond for our tour and every morning comes up to each one of us and asks how we are doing and if there are any questions. He is also extremely organised and goes out of his way to make sure we are having the best trip!!
I will be highly recommending contiki but more importantly I highly praise and will recommend Greg to be a tour leader again!
Excellent job!

Contrasts was the best experience saw so much still had quite a bit more free time than I realised which was great & we went through summer and winter such an experience. Greg my tour guide was the best we could of asked for he included everyone always had a smile on his face, he is so knowledgable about anything and everything and just made out whole trip one massive adventure. Would do it again 10x

My Contiki was: Amazing, Fun, Perfect

Contrasts was the best experience saw so much still had quite a bit more free time than I realised which was great & we went through summer and winter such an experience. Greg my tour guide was the best we could of asked for he included everyone always had a smile on his face, he is so knowledgable about anything and everything and just made out whole trip one massive adventure. Would do it again 10x

My Contiki was: Amazing, Fun, Perfect

This tour was an excellent experience. Our trip manager and driver, Nick and Nick, were incredible! They were friendly and so genuinely keen to help everyone get the most out of the trip. During the tour you see so many stunning cities - Lisbon and Seville being my personal favourites. It was also great getting such a broad taste of Morocco in such a short space of time. We had an amazing tour of the Fez medina which is something you could never do on your own as it is such an intricate labyrinth any tourist would be irretrievably lost in minutes. Nick was really helpful in explaining how to haggle - I went from being a complete novice to getting some really good prices!
The only real negative was when we were taken to the ‘pharmacy’ in Marrakech. This was a place that sold spices, oils, lipsticks, herbal remedies etc. We were in there for over an hour and a half as we sat listening to a woman go through each product and pass them around. It was like being at a tupperware party you never agreed to going to. The prices of the items were extortionate. For example, saffron was 10 times as expensive in the pharmacy as it was in the main market we went to straight after. Many people spent over 100 euro on what appeared to me to be pressurised impulse buys. I’m not sure why contiki put this trip in the tour, but I think it’s important people who are planning on going on this otherwise excellent trip to be prepared for this.
Overall, I would recommend this tour as it gave me such a wide range of new experiences and excellent food. I met some amazing people who really made the trip what it was.

This tour was an excellent experience. Our trip manager and driver, Nick and Nick, were incredible! They were friendly and so genuinely keen to help everyone get the most out of the trip. During the tour you see so many stunning cities - Lisbon and Seville being my personal favourites. It was also great getting such a broad taste of Morocco in such a short space of time. We had an amazing tour of the Fez medina which is something you could never do on your own as it is such an intricate labyrinth any tourist would be irretrievably lost in minutes. Nick was really helpful in explaining how to haggle - I went from being a complete novice to getting some really good prices!
The only real negative was when we were taken to the ‘pharmacy’ in Marrakech. This was a place that sold spices, oils, lipsticks, herbal remedies etc. We were in there for over an hour and a half as we sat listening to a woman go through each product and pass them around. It was like being at a tupperware party you never agreed to going to. The prices of the items were extortionate. For example, saffron was 10 times as expensive in the pharmacy as it was in the main market we went to straight after. Many people spent over 100 euro on what appeared to me to be pressurised impulse buys. I’m not sure why contiki put this trip in the tour, but I think it’s important people who are planning on going on this otherwise excellent trip to be prepared for this.
Overall, I would recommend this tour as it gave me such a wide range of new experiences and excellent food. I met some amazing people who really made the trip what it was.

European Impressions was full on but incredibly good. We saw some amazing places, and did things that I never would have done if I didn't go on this tour. Highlights included the cabaret show in Paris, tobogganing on Mt Titlis and a full day of cocktails and sand in Nice. If you're concerned about going on your own - don't! I was, but ended up making so many friends and never felt lonely. The hotels were great quality, WiFi was always available and the long drive days weren't as bad as I thought. The food was both good and bad but you just have to go with it, it's always going to be like that! Our tour guide, Rhi was so knowledgable and kind to us, we were lucky to have her. Fun for dayyyyyyz!

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Hectic , Fun

European Impressions was full on but incredibly good. We saw some amazing places, and did things that I never would have done if I didn't go on this tour. Highlights included the cabaret show in Paris, tobogganing on Mt Titlis and a full day of cocktails and sand in Nice. If you're concerned about going on your own - don't! I was, but ended up making so many friends and never felt lonely. The hotels were great quality, WiFi was always available and the long drive days weren't as bad as I thought. The food was both good and bad but you just have to go with it, it's always going to be like that! Our tour guide, Rhi was so knowledgable and kind to us, we were lucky to have her. Fun for dayyyyyyz!

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Hectic , Fun

  • karice213 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

If I could use one word to describe this tour, and Contiki as a whole, it would be "misleading." I was aware that the majority of the trip would be "free time" that only included occasional tour group activities -- which is exactly what I wanted. However, when I first came upon this tour package a lot of the information about trip inclusions was extremely misleading. The info would use words like "See Buckingham Palace, Visit the Louvre, etc". This lead me to believe that entrance to the sites would be included in the overall price I paid for the trip, whether or not they were schedule group outings or things I could do on my own. This was not the case. This misleading information, along with the carelessly organized and execution of the itinerary, left me with a lot of wasted time in the countries I visited. I called months before the trip to confirm that a detailed itinerary would be sent to me before departure. Because if you really think about it you’re shelling out $2,000 for a trip that you have no clue what’s actually included in the price – that’s a lot to ask of any person. But I was promised I was promised by Contiki that this itinerary would include a detailed breakdown of what was included each day and would come in the mail 2 weeks before the trip. This was also untrue. When I received my itinerary in the mail it was just a paper document of everything I had already read online which was a vague outline of the trip.

When I arrived in London I got there 8 hours before the tour actually started and could have spent all that time actually doing tours of the sites. However, I waited because I was under the impression Contiki would be providing me entrance to many of the sites. Since I was grossly mislead on this factor, I wasted an entire day in London. When I finally did get my itinerary on site in London at the tour meeting, it was not the organized and well thought out schedule I was hoping for. Instead, it was a poorly handwritten piece of paper that everyone had to pass around and take pictures on their phone because the tour guide didn’t make copies for everyone. It was during this initial tour meeting that I was also shocked to learn that our travel from London to Paris was going to take 12 HOURS. We were to meet at the bus at 6am and wouldn’t arrive in Paris until 7pm. When I had called Contiki to inquire months previous to the trip, I had also questioned the travel in between countries. I get extremely motion sick so this was a huge concern of mine. I was told that the travel between countries would never exceed 4-5 hours, which I felt was doable. This was now the second time in a day that I realized Contiki made a lot of promises they didn’t intend to keep. I immediately booked a Eurostar train from London to Paris that cost me $300 USD so that I wouldn’t A. have to endure a torturous bus ride and B. waste an entire day on a bus when I could use that time exploring. Again, another example of how a lot of time went to waste with this tour.

The activities that were included in London were a joke. They said we would take a bus tour on our first night there. Little did we know that a bus tour meant at 9pm at night, in the dark, when you can’t see anything they’re telling you about. Also, this wasn’t a professional bus tour. It was led by the Contiki tour guide who, upon entering the bus, asked the driver if he was familiar with her tour route – he wasn’t. I felt very cheated. Not to mention that if I had only known a head of time that virtually NOTHING was planned, I would have spent a lot more time creating my own itinerary. Since I was misled to believe that Contiki had a lot of inclusions, I was not given the chance to fully utilize my already limited time in each country. Also, the hotel in London didn’t have AC or enough fans to accommodate each guest so it was almost unbearable to sleep at night.

Unlike London, the Paris portion had a lot of activities planned whether they were included or at an extra cost (which most did). This left NO time to plan anything you wanted to do on your own. Where in London we had way too much unplanned time (due to Contiki’s inability to properly communicate a schedule a head of time). So many of my tour mates, and myself, were left very annoyed. Also, we didn’t receive this itinerary until we arrived in Paris. Again, it was handwritten and thrown together last minute by the tour guide. I know this because I asked her while I was in London for the Paris itinerary since I was travelling spate from the group and she couldn’t give it to me because she hadn’t planned it yet. The two highlights of this tour were the Moulin Rouge and the “farewell” dinner in Montmartre. However, please note that collectively these two activities were close to an additional $300 USD. We had one young girl in the trip, she was 18, who could not afford to attend these two main events because she thought they were already included in the price she paid and was not prepared with enough money to join in the fun. I thought that was so sad that she had to stay in her hotel because Contiki lied.

We were also told that if you went to the “Contiki basement” you could purchase cheaper tickets than you would at the actual tourist spot. Also not true. The ticket prices were the same and you had to navigate to the location of the Contiki basement which was very difficult to find.

The one defense I could give this tour is that once I added up the cost of hotel rooms, travel, and the few activities that actually were included the tour did pay for itself. That still didn’t leave me feeling any better that I could have more effectively used my time if Contiki had just been upfront and honest.

Overall, my advice to anyone considering a Contiki tour would be to only rely on them for booking your hotel rooms. That’s pretty much the only part of the tour they followed through on. But after this experience I will personally never give Contiki another dollar of my money.

My Contiki was: misleading, dissapointing, unorganized

  • karice213 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

If I could use one word to describe this tour, and Contiki as a whole, it would be "misleading." I was aware that the majority of the trip would be "free time" that only included occasional tour group activities -- which is exactly what I wanted. However, when I first came upon this tour package a lot of the information about trip inclusions was extremely misleading. The info would use words like "See Buckingham Palace, Visit the Louvre, etc". This lead me to believe that entrance to the sites would be included in the overall price I paid for the trip, whether or not they were schedule group outings or things I could do on my own. This was not the case. This misleading information, along with the carelessly organized and execution of the itinerary, left me with a lot of wasted time in the countries I visited. I called months before the trip to confirm that a detailed itinerary would be sent to me before departure. Because if you really think about it you’re shelling out $2,000 for a trip that you have no clue what’s actually included in the price – that’s a lot to ask of any person. But I was promised I was promised by Contiki that this itinerary would include a detailed breakdown of what was included each day and would come in the mail 2 weeks before the trip. This was also untrue. When I received my itinerary in the mail it was just a paper document of everything I had already read online which was a vague outline of the trip.

When I arrived in London I got there 8 hours before the tour actually started and could have spent all that time actually doing tours of the sites. However, I waited because I was under the impression Contiki would be providing me entrance to many of the sites. Since I was grossly mislead on this factor, I wasted an entire day in London. When I finally did get my itinerary on site in London at the tour meeting, it was not the organized and well thought out schedule I was hoping for. Instead, it was a poorly handwritten piece of paper that everyone had to pass around and take pictures on their phone because the tour guide didn’t make copies for everyone. It was during this initial tour meeting that I was also shocked to learn that our travel from London to Paris was going to take 12 HOURS. We were to meet at the bus at 6am and wouldn’t arrive in Paris until 7pm. When I had called Contiki to inquire months previous to the trip, I had also questioned the travel in between countries. I get extremely motion sick so this was a huge concern of mine. I was told that the travel between countries would never exceed 4-5 hours, which I felt was doable. This was now the second time in a day that I realized Contiki made a lot of promises they didn’t intend to keep. I immediately booked a Eurostar train from London to Paris that cost me $300 USD so that I wouldn’t A. have to endure a torturous bus ride and B. waste an entire day on a bus when I could use that time exploring. Again, another example of how a lot of time went to waste with this tour.

The activities that were included in London were a joke. They said we would take a bus tour on our first night there. Little did we know that a bus tour meant at 9pm at night, in the dark, when you can’t see anything they’re telling you about. Also, this wasn’t a professional bus tour. It was led by the Contiki tour guide who, upon entering the bus, asked the driver if he was familiar with her tour route – he wasn’t. I felt very cheated. Not to mention that if I had only known a head of time that virtually NOTHING was planned, I would have spent a lot more time creating my own itinerary. Since I was misled to believe that Contiki had a lot of inclusions, I was not given the chance to fully utilize my already limited time in each country. Also, the hotel in London didn’t have AC or enough fans to accommodate each guest so it was almost unbearable to sleep at night.

Unlike London, the Paris portion had a lot of activities planned whether they were included or at an extra cost (which most did). This left NO time to plan anything you wanted to do on your own. Where in London we had way too much unplanned time (due to Contiki’s inability to properly communicate a schedule a head of time). So many of my tour mates, and myself, were left very annoyed. Also, we didn’t receive this itinerary until we arrived in Paris. Again, it was handwritten and thrown together last minute by the tour guide. I know this because I asked her while I was in London for the Paris itinerary since I was travelling spate from the group and she couldn’t give it to me because she hadn’t planned it yet. The two highlights of this tour were the Moulin Rouge and the “farewell” dinner in Montmartre. However, please note that collectively these two activities were close to an additional $300 USD. We had one young girl in the trip, she was 18, who could not afford to attend these two main events because she thought they were already included in the price she paid and was not prepared with enough money to join in the fun. I thought that was so sad that she had to stay in her hotel because Contiki lied.

We were also told that if you went to the “Contiki basement” you could purchase cheaper tickets than you would at the actual tourist spot. Also not true. The ticket prices were the same and you had to navigate to the location of the Contiki basement which was very difficult to find.

The one defense I could give this tour is that once I added up the cost of hotel rooms, travel, and the few activities that actually were included the tour did pay for itself. That still didn’t leave me feeling any better that I could have more effectively used my time if Contiki had just been upfront and honest.

Overall, my advice to anyone considering a Contiki tour would be to only rely on them for booking your hotel rooms. That’s pretty much the only part of the tour they followed through on. But after this experience I will personally never give Contiki another dollar of my money.

My Contiki was: misleading, dissapointing, unorganized

  • seeezzaaa Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries

Everything about this tour exceeded my expectations a million times over.

On top of obviously seeing some amazing sights, choosing European Adventurer is probably the best way to experience Europe in it's entirety and truly enjoy being on a 37 day tour. There was not one moment on this trip where I wish I had chosen a shorter tour, only once when it came to the end and I had to say goodbye to the group of people I now call my family.

37 days is a long time, and you get great value for the time and money you spend on this tour! With the European Adventurer you get to see a lot of places and enjoy them for a good amount of time before traveling to the next stop, too short a tour will lead to not seeing everything you want and too long a tour will lead to running out of things to do. Each day you are given a good balance between included and free time, which is also a perk!

When it comes to money, the safest option is saving as much as you can. You spend according to budget, but having more money can never hurt. I would encourage around $7000 NZD for comfort, and it's definitely worth it knowing you can truly enjoy every perk of the 37 day tour. There was a couple girls on my tour who survived just fine on €30 a day ($60NZD) and travel days definitely shift your budget.

Food and accommodation was also good. Having the luxury of included breakfast every morning was always handy and included dinners were also fine. Neither were too much of a problem, because at the end of the day you're in Europe!

An old contiki legend is that you get absolutely hammered every night and there's no escape from it. As someone who does not drink much at all, this was not appealing. But, it's not like that all! The perk of a 37 day tour is being able to pick and choose your nights, although it is encouraged to go out, it doesn't make or break your contiki trip. I was able to enjoy every night out, sober or pissed, because of the amazing people I got to share them with!

I'd recommend getting a SIM card for data as wifi is scarce and quite slow. I got one and it definitely came in handy and was well worth it, especially on travel days when there wasn't much to do. TAKE A POWER BOARD! most places only have one outlet and there will always be multiple people who need to recharge. LADIES, taking a hair straightener is not necessary as there is bound to be 15 other girls who also brought theirs. EU/UK travel adapters as well! I did my tour at the end of Summer and didn't pack so well for the second half of my tour that got a bit colder. Be prepared for any weather, though mostly warm, I did resort to buying warmer clothes on tour.

Overall, choosing to do the European Adventurer was a life changing experience. I loved absolutely every moment of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. My tour mates are people I now call family, and I now have lifelong friends and memories. Along with them was my amazing tour manager and bus driver, they honestly made all the difference and I loved sharing this experience with them as much as my tour mates! They were truly there to enhance every experience and definitely provided the best service for us all, and are also friends I intend to stay in touch with!

This tour was the best decision of my life and worth every day of saving, I couldn't think of a better way to experience Europe!

My Contiki was: Life changing , Beautiful , Worth it!

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