Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • Vayda Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Honestly this was the most amazing experience of my life!!! My friend and I come from Australia and were only 18 when we did this contiki tour and although there is +21 drinking age limit it was fairly easy to score drinks where ever we went - we were never ID'd.
Now I thought I would right a review on what to expect for this tour, what I would recommend and what I wouldn't.

Now I would first of all recommend rocking up to the night before get together, as it gives yourself the chance to meet the tour manager as well as the other people you will be travelling with for the next month. I would also HIGHLY RECOMMEND staying in the hotel where you will be meeting the next day. Although it can be pricey (especially if you are starting in New York) it is well worth it and you don't have to stress over catching a cab in time.

Also incase you didn't know, no matter where you start (whether it be New York or Los Angeles) you will not be given the opportunity to explore that city with Contiki!!! The moment you hop on that bus you set off to your next location (e.g. Washington D.C. or Las Vegas), so make sure you give your self at least a minimum of 4 days to explore the city your in (I recommend at least a week).
Also whether you start in New York or end there I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing the New York Uncovered contiki tour. It not only gives you accommodation at a cheap price, but it also takes you absolutely everywhere you want to go! They get you tickets for Nix games, Broadway tickets etc. Remember #noregrets

Now do not forget to bring your drivers license as a form of photo ID, as you don't want to be bring your passports with you to clubs etc. My tour started at the beginning of November and it was so cold it wasn't funny! Make sure you pack way more warmer clothes than shorts etc.

Now as to the ME Time optionals, here is what I recommend and what I don't etc.:

- Cirque du Soliel: even if you have seen this show in your own country, it is nothing like it is when you see it in Vegas! A must do!

- Grand Cayon Biking: It wasn't available when I went on this trip

-Grand Canyon Helicopter: ABSOLUTELY MUST DO NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Also I would recommend going on the longer more costly flight as you see more, plus it takes 5 minutes to fly to the Grand Canyon and then fly back.

- Group Photo: up to you, I didn't get one. Plus members on Contiki tag you in them on facebook, so there really isn't any need.

- Rafting: It wasn't available when I went on this trip

- Snowmobile: It wasn't available when I went on this trip

- Horseback riding: It wasn't available when I went on this trip

- Hot Air ballooning: It was too windy the morning we went to do it, but apparently its breath taking!!!

- Cowboy Stadium: you might be thinking it sounds crap, but it is absolutely cool and worth doing even if your not into sport (which I'm not). Well worth the money for the tour.

- Stockyard Championship Rodeo: was cheap and actually a good time, plus its one of those stereotype American things that you can say that you've gone and done.

- Sun Studios: I wasn't particularly fond of this mini museum (lasted for about 20mins), but I think it was worth it to go and see it, besides you probably will never be back again!!

-Rock & Soul Museum: I wouldn't recommend this as there are better things to do and see while in Memphis.

*When in Memphis make sure you go and see the Martin Luther King Jr. Museum (its not included in ontiki) it is worth it for the history alone.*

- School of Cooking: I didn't do this as I wanted to explore New Orleans in my own time, but I heard it was enjoyable, but just a reminder you don't get much of a chance to explore New Orleans (so consider your options).

- Airboat Swamp Tour: Do NOT do this if it is not alligator season!!!! We went out for two whole hours and saw absolutely nothing because it wasn't the season. I think the season is from June to September.

- Universal Studios: A MUST DO, NO EXCEPTIONS!!! This is the mecka of all theme parks, don't bother doing the one in L.A. if your doing this tour.

- Thriller Speed Boat Ride: Really enjoyable and a great way to see Miami and the rich suburb/islands. Tip: don't sit at the back if you don't want to get wet!

- Group Photo: not really worth it to be honest

- Newseum: by far the best museum in Washington D.C. So therefore a must do.

- New York City Pass: a must get if you a planning to stay in New York for a few days, it allows you to see absolutely everything you wan't to see. Don't get it however if you a planning on doing the New York Uncovered (they will provide you with a free one).

- Sex and the City Tour: didn't do it but wished I had, apparently it was amazing!!!

- Gossip Girl Tour: didn't do it but wished I had, apparently it was amazing!!!

- TV & Movie Tour: again didn't do it but wished I had, in this tour you see scenes from Friends, How I met your mother etc.

My Contiki was: AMAZEBALLS

  • Mathew Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

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

My Contiki was: Fast paced, Great scenery, Memories

  • MichaelC Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Contiki was: Immersive, Amazing, Memorable

  • nbuchok Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Nick Buchok, Kincardine, ON, Canada

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Active, Fantastic

  • Nik :) Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Had a fantastic time on Contiki in NZ! This was my second tour and loved it. Wonderful tour guide with a wealth of knowledge, and bus driver was just as great! Saw everything that I wanted to in an adequate amount of time. ME time optionals can't be faulted either! Only disappointment was not long enough with them at times. Definitely recommend this trip to anyone going to NZ. :)

My Contiki was: Amazing!, Fantastic!, Definite must do!

  • rjl94 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Where do i start? This trip was hands-down the best experience I've had in life so far.
I've met some great personalities whom I'm sure I'll be friends with for life, some mind-blowing cities in Europe and had the most interesting experiences I will never forget!
Our awesome tour manager Greg was very informative and humorous and our friendly driver Francisco 'Chico' was also a great laugh and an extremely skilled coach driver.
The sites we saw were breath-taking from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the IAmsterdam sign in Amsterdam and all in between.
Some tips:
- pack layers, layers and more layers (I'm one to freeze even in Aussie winters ,but taking and wearing lots of layers helped a tonne!)
- it is likely you will catch the cold/flu, so pack enough vitamins, meds etc to get you started and there are chemists on every corner so stock up when needed.
- do all the optional extras and make the most of nights on the town with the group.
- be prepared to stay out late and wake up early
- take a book/ e reader, ipod, iPad, playing cards etc for bus days
- there was a mix of solo travellers, couples (we had 2 lovely married couples on our trip) and large friendship groups who all got a long and mingled with each other.

You won't regret going on this tour! #noregrets

My Contiki was: Friends for life, Eye-opening, Nights out

  • AdamA Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I will start with a disclaimer. This is not your typical Contiki tour but man was it good! Being 5,000 meters above sea level, you get this light headed feeling, after taking 25 steps from the bus, you are short of breath. You look down and see a 4,000 meter deep canyon and as you look up, a pair of 2 meter long Condors fly right over your head. It was awesome!

This tour is deep in culture and heritage, action and adventure, and early early mornings. If you are looking to party all night and cure a hangover on a bus ride the next day, this is not the trip for you. If you want to hike the 10k Inca trail that zigs and zags across numerous mountains and ends in a stunning view of Machu Picchu, this is it. If you want a guide who spent 6 years studying their society and history in order to be able to be licensed to give tours, this is it. If you want to spend the night in the jungle surrounded by only the sounds of the birds, monkeys, and other animals, where power is only available 2 hours a day and there is no cellphone service, this is it.

This tour is full on. The altitude is higher than you have ever experienced (word of advice, make sure to get altitude sickness pills), and there are many early mornings to beat the heat and the other tourists. There are a few nights that are good nights to go out, but this is not a tour you want to or can even party hard throughout. If you want to party, stick to Asia or Europe. If you want an amazing time with non stop action, this is it. I would book this tour again in a heartbeat.

My Contiki was: stunning, culture, action

  • Kathryn Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This trip was fantastic! It was my first Contiki tour and it was exactly what I was looking for - I wanted to do a short trip to get a feel for Contiki tours, see what they were like and see whether I would consider doing another one in the future. I travelled alone and that was definitely a great decision - I made so many new friends and I don't think I would have made as many friends if I travelled with someone else.

This trip definitely exceeded my expectations. Our tour manager (Vinnie) was absolutely amazing - can't speak highly enough of him...he knew everything there was to know about all of the places we visited, he was laid back, hilarious, fun and really made it his mission for us to have the best time ever. He even organised transfers from the hotel to the airport for everyone flying out from Venice at the conclusion of the trip. The accommodation was pretty good (much better than I expected!).

This tour allows you to see all of the main tourist attractions in each city. The included activities were great. Considering that we also had a lot of free time (almost 6 hours in each city that we visited), you also had the chance to do exactly what you wanted, including experiencing the not-so-touristy aspects. I definitely ticked all of the things I wanted to see off my list! I would absolutely recommend climbing the Bell Tower and Duomo in Florence...the views are a must see and you can really appreciate the view after climbing the 3000 steps (approx. in total). When I first found out that we had so much free time, I did wonder what I was going to do to fill it, but our tour manager was able to give us great advice about what to see/do and what was worth our time and money. As it turns out, we had the perfect amount of free time.

The included dinners were nice, and the optional dinners were fantastic (highly recommend). The optional pasta making class was a lot of fun so I would also recommend doing that. The included breakfasts were pretty good so a lot of people filled up on breakfast on the days that we were going to have a big dinner, and then you could just have gelato or something small for lunch.

As it was a short trip, I did all of the optional things and I think that was a good decision. The optional night at the club in Florence is definitely worthwhile! There's not a lot of driving on this trip which I thought was a definite plus, it didn't take all that long to get from city to city. Everyone on my tour was fantastic and we had so much fun together....the people definitely make the trip!

The only downside is that we didn't have enough time in Venice (there's so much to see and we only saw a small portion)....a lot of people spent a few more days in Venice after the end of the tour which I would recommend. Also, whilst we did go out and party a bit on this trip, if your sole purpose is to go out and party, this probably isn't the tour for you. We had lots of fun and had two nights out, but I think everyone on my tour was there to experience the Italian culture more than anything.

I will definitely go back to Italy and spend more time in each of the cities we visited. I will also definitely do another Contiki tour - I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!

All in all - a great tour.....Be prepared to drink a lot of wine!

My Contiki was: Friends, Fun, Discovery

  • Serena Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This trip is a great way to start your travels and get a feel for Thailand. You get to experience the crazy and busy parts of Phuket, the stunning beaches and island surrounding Koh Phi Phi and the laid back area of Krabi.
My tour guide Cassie was absolutely amazing and full of energy. She made the trip educational and gave me an insight on other little options we could do on our free days.
I highly recommend this trip or everyone.

  • Lian Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

For a few reasons I was quite apprehensive about the tour - mostly spending a lot of times on the bus and with a big group of people (and you always wonder what kind of people you get for your tour). But this was, by a long shot, the best thing I have ever done. The crew was amazing - Our tour guide Chloe and drive Antonio were the absolute highlight of the trip for all of us. I had an amazing group of people - some I am glad to have met and will have the pleasure to call them my friends for the rest of my life. The included bits in the trips were amazing and so were the optionals. If you are still on the fence - DO IT! you won't regret it. The price was great value for what you get on the trip - and the is trip is very well planned out logistically to ensure a fantastic experience. amazing, amazing ,amazing.

My Contiki was: Life-changing, Fun, Memorable

  • Sherrie Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

This review is a bit overdue, but this tour was Simply Awesome!

This tour has it all--art, laughter, culture, dancing, great food and of course, friendships. You're definitely limited to the amount of time you spend in each area (only got to see the Pantheon for 15 min and did a quickie tour of the Vatican), but that's a small price to pay for all the amazing sights and adventures you have. You can choose not to do the Contiki optionals, but I definitely recommend it--from classic monuments/sites like Pompeii, opera singers at an underground restaurant to dancing to old school hip hop in Rome--no regrets! It's true that some of the optionals are pretty pricey, but it gives you a chance to experience something different--like seeing a braised pig lit up with sparks in an elegant restaurant overlooking the water.

Pics: Here's some pics from Capri

Hotels: Generally nice accommodations, except the first night in Rome--the vent/air-conditioning was so loud, I couldn't sleep, while my tourmates next door complained of some flies buzzing around in their room, but aside from that it a was pleasant experience. In Sorrento, we were booked at a hotel right next to the beach--incredible! It was like a dream, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. In some of the hotel locations, you'll have to carry your luggage up/down stairs, so try not to pack a super heavy suitcase :)

Tour Guide: Enzo. Great character and so accommodating. He blasted Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" every morning on the bus, so it's forever etched into my brain as the Italian Trip song, but he added a great vibe to the tour. We picked up fun facts and history like Italian hand gestures and such.

TIPS: Bring a small first aid kit--tissues and some Vitamin C tablets or something. With 50 people packed onto a bus for hours & hours together, everyone got sick by the end of the tour :( Though, it was worth the trouble--lifetime of memories!

Chocolate Lovers--there's great quality of chocolate in Italy, so load up! Keep an eye out for Ferrero's Pocket Coffee too (small chocolates loaded with liquid espresso)--amazing treat! I wish I bought more.

Overall, this tour has a good mix of large cities, small towns and beaches. You can choose to check out the museums, party or just kick back with a drink. There's definitely something for everyone. Good luck!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Artistic, Diverse

  • Lauren Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

This was literally the worst trip, and such a waste of time and money. You're on a bus for the entire time, and would have been much cheaper and efficient to just fly from London to Amsterdam. Once you're in Amsterdam, you stay at a one star hostel which has terrible reviews. Not to mention, it is a half hour away from the actual city. My friends and I could have saved so much time and money had we planned it on our own. I will absolutely never use Contiki again, and would never recommend it to others. I would advise anyone who is considering using a Contiki tour to DO YOUR RESEARCH. Contiki only posts positive reviews on the website, but if you google Contiki reviews, you will be more informed on the cons of using this company.

The Contiki motto is #noregrets when it should be #regreteverything

Sun & Steam

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ New Zealand
  • alyvioleta Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

I loved everything about this trip, my main purpose was to visit Hobbiton from lord of the rings, and i sure did. it was amazing! but everything else on the trip was equally amazing, our tour guide was the best, she organized everything and made sure we having the best time of our lives! I also got to make new friends from all over the world. highlight of this trip was Hobbiton and black water rafting in Waitomo! next time i would probably pick a longer trip as 7 days is not enough.


  • Jessica Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I went on this contiki in January. and im so glad i did.
i wanted to see as much as i could in 2 weeks.
met some amazing people who i still talk too.
lost of stuff to tick off my bucket list!
definitely worth it.

My Contiki was: amazing, fun, do it!

City to Surf

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Great short tour!
  • LindsayNK9 Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This tour was everything I wanted in Australia, to explore Sydney, see the opera house, hold a koala, and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! It was my first Contiki trip and I felt like Australia is a good place to go for a first overseas trip. Nick was a great tour guide and was very accommodating, he had great temperament considering he was dealing with a bus of 50 travelers! You will meet people from all over the world on this tour and that is seriously the best part.

However, I wasn't told that this trip was part of a larger Contiki trip that was traveling all over Australia. When you leave, a bunch of the travelers continue on. I definitely want to come back sometime and finish the rest of the trip. I recommend paying a little more for a longer trip if you can, otherwise you'll definitely have a case of FOMO when you get home!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Beautiful, Friendly

  • LindsayNK9 Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

I was recommended this tour from a Contiki friend on another trip. I asked him what his favorite tour was and he said China was the best and I had to do it. I'm so glad I did!

Alex was my tour guide and he was the best. He was always great about telling us what to expect and giving great recommendations. He had restaurants in every city to recommend, which was nice because sometimes you don't know what to expect (or what might make you sick!). Also, he went out of his way to make sure we did some extra activities like a night cruise in Shanghai or visit the copy markets. The massage place he recommended in Yangshuo was a highlight (I tried hot cupping!). In addition, the local guides were great, especially Lili and Linda. They were so welcoming and went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. We had lunch at Lili's house for one of the activities and Linda came out with us one night.

Some of my highlights include: The great wall of China, peking duck dinner, forbidden city, rickshaw ride, party on the train to Xi'an, the Terracotta Warriors, bike ride through Xi'an, dumpling dinner show, boat cruise in Shanghai, acrobat show, going out in Shanghai, the copy markets, Chinese cooking class, the tallest bar in the world, and exploring Hong Kong. Also, I loved all the little cultural tourist things like the jade factory, calligraphy lesson, and the tea house. I feel like I wouldn't have been able to get all those experiences on my own. It's nice because our group was 19 people and we all became very close. Some of my favorite moments was getting to know people while on a plane ride to the next city. Myself and one of the other girls are doing another contiki in the next month!

This trip was unforgettable. It's definitely the bang for you buck as well, so much is included! I was very nervous about traveling to China for the first time, but I loved it so much. Definitely don't hesitate to book this trip!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable, Life Changing

  • TONID Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

As my title states - there were only 6 of us and 3 of them extreme moaners! Now the fact that it wasn't a positive group isn't contiki's fault BUT when I called to book, I was told that the tour was almost full (blatent lie) as the previous year had over 25 people. If there were more people, it probably would have been a lot better and the moaners could have been avoided but in a group of six, you're kinda forced to associate with them. They should have rather cancelled this trip.

On a positive note, our guide was amazing, the hotel was very nice and the vibe at carnival is something else. I would go back, just not with Contiki.

My Contiki was: Disappointing, Disappointing, Disappointing

  • Hani513 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

So this tour was my first Contiki and I travelled alone and let me start by saying it was an absolute blast! I went in September so it was pretty hot the whole time with the exception of San Francisco. As I mentioned this was my first trip overseas alone and Contiki was the best way to do it. From the first night with the kickstarter meeting you meet all the people in the first leg of the tour (As I was on the Wild Western it starts and ends in LA but the tour includes about 4 different trips so people hop on and off all over) the great thing about traveling this way, you can make of it exactly what you want from the tour, if you want to party all night long you can if you want some alone time thats cool too! You'll never be too far away from an awesome bunch of people looking for a good time!
The crew they set you up with is amazing they know all the places and are always happy to give advice on what to do and where to eat! Our tour manager Rachel was awesome at arranging dinner and lunch for us when it was not included or letting us loose and pointing in the right direction when it was time to explore. Our driver Richard was always on hand for anything we needed on the bus and made sure we always had water and were comfy! They were both amazing if you go on this tour and get either you'll be lucky!
I won't do a massive run down of all the days (Spoilers!) I'll let you find that out for yourself but I will say this, make the most of all the optional activities. I went in with a plan to do some of the activities listed on the website and ended up doing almost every one on offer!! There are a few 'must dos' on this tour, the first being the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon (trust me not just a hole in the road) there are literally no words to describe it! Second must do I think is the Jeep rides through Sedona canyons. The ride is a little rough and tumble but a whole lot of fun and the guides themselves are some of the friendliest people I met who love the tours and will give you the best look into some amazing scenery. The hot air balloon ride is also a lot of fun but you do need to get up at 5am for that one so if you like your sleep more than sunrise in a balloon.... Who am I kidding you can sleep all day on the bus get up early for an awesome ride (watch the landing they can be interesting!)
On a practical front this tour is great for anything and everything you might need on holiday or left at home. Midday stops were often at a Walmart or close to shopping areas and the overnight stops always had amenities close by including laundries at most stops. And there is plenty of free time to kick back and relax and chat with all your new friends!

In short I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get a taste of the USA but be warned by the end of the tour I didn't want it to end and am itching to go back!

My Contiki was: Best, Experience, Ever!!

London & Paris

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dream come true!!!
  • Marisol Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

I had my doubts at first but I am so glad I did this trip with contiki. Evan our tour guide was amazing , funny and informative at the same time with the Polish Prince driving the coach bus, it was a recipe for a good time. At first I wasn't too excited about taking the ferry but in the end it was worth seeing the white cliffs of Dover. Got to meet different people from around the world and made memories together exploring these cities. Seeing the Eiffel Tower at night was like magic.The best and saddest night was our "last supper" in Paris at the La Bonne Franquette restaurant. The food was amazing, try the escargots they are delicious! The pianist unforgettable ,lol. The only thing I regret is not doing the extension in Paris, but that'll just give me more of a reason to return. Loved this trip. #NoRegrets !!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable, NoRegrets!

If you want an adventure, here ya go.
If you want to choose how you experience NZ, here ya go.
If you want to make friends from all over the world, here ya go!
From watching dolphin watching in Paihia to walking to the bottom of a glacier in Franz Josef . This Big Tiki does it all. Our tour manager Josh and driver Nick were awesome and made the trip so much fun & special (I highly recommend getting them!)
The accommodation varies, some places you got tv's. Others had no all. The Rotorua hotel is... definitely.. something.
When in Queenstown is it a must to try their Ferg Burger (only $11, and is epic!) and to also try the Money shot- only a few bars do it. So get exploring and you'll have a blast in NZ

Honestly it is the best way to see what Kiwi land has to offer :D

My Contiki was: Adventurous , Friends 4 Life, Kiwi experience

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