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Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Enchanting Egypt
  • Laura Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Had an absolutely amazing time on this tour! Saw all the major tourist sites - the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak - and some of the lesser known sites - Kom Ombo, the Unfinished Obelisk - but the highlight has to be the Valley of the Kings! Just absolutely inspiring!

The Red Sea was just spectacular - it would have been fantastic to spend more time there.

The guide we had - Sherif - was just so knowledgeable and made the whole trip just so wonderful. Literally the only things that could have made this trip even better would be to make it longer so we can spend more time at the red sea and maybe even visit Alexandria!

The hotel in Cairo is nice - but it would have been nicer to be in an area that is maybe slightly more touristy.

My Contiki was: awe-inspiring, cultural, stunning

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Enchanting Egypt
  • Laura Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Had an absolutely amazing time on this tour! Saw all the major tourist sites - the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak - and some of the lesser known sites - Kom Ombo, the Unfinished Obelisk - but the highlight has to be the Valley of the Kings! Just absolutely inspiring!

The Red Sea was just spectacular - it would have been fantastic to spend more time there.

The guide we had - Sherif - was just so knowledgeable and made the whole trip just so wonderful. Literally the only things that could have made this trip even better would be to make it longer so we can spend more time at the red sea and maybe even visit Alexandria!

The hotel in Cairo is nice - but it would have been nicer to be in an area that is maybe slightly more touristy.

My Contiki was: awe-inspiring, cultural, stunning

  • Barcs Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

10/10

Both the best tour and tour managers Contiki have to offer. Abe's is a legend and this tour is legendary.

My Contiki was: Premium, Greatest, Legendary

This was my first Contiki tour. I had never heard of the company until my travel agent had suggested it to me. I was a little nervous at first because I am not the biggest partier and I am kind of a nerd for culture, history, and anything Tolkien. I decided to take the plunge and book my New Zealand adventure with Contiki. IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I COULD HAVE MADE! New Zealand is the most beautiful place I have ever had the pleasure of touring and it was made even better by travelling with other like minded adventure seekers in my own age bracket who also came to New Zealand to bungy jump and sky dive for the first time; to dance like a Hobbit at the site of Bilbo's 111th bday party in Hobbiton; to learn more about the Maori culture; and to live it up in the Minus 5 Ice Bar in Queenstown just like me. I could not have imagined comfortably doing all of this with a group of older adults in their 50's or 60's.

My tour manager, Soap, was extremely knowledgeable about everything New Zealand and I feel that by the time we reached our destination for the day everyone on the bus was more than prepared to explore the wonders New Zealand had to offer because of all the history and tips that he gave to us before we got there. He also organized everything flawlessly and the only thing I ever had to think about was making sure I was back to the bus on time.

Personal trip highlights in a nutshell... Milford Sound, Bungy jumping, sky diving, and horseback riding in Queenstown, traditional Hangi and Haka dance in Rotoura, OGO Balls, Hobbition/Weta Workshop, Mt. Doom, helicopter ride over Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers, riding through the southern Alps, Ice Bar, kayaking in the Bay of Islands, and Waitangi Treaty grounds (lots of highlights!)

Advice:
Do the Big Tiki as opposed to the other New Zealand options if you have the time and money. This tour showcases everything New Zealand has to offer and is a combination of all the other Kiwi tours combined. This means that travelers on the tour are always coming and going. The friendships formed on Contiki are strong and seeing people leave mid tour because they didn't sign up for the whole thing is hard.

Do as many of the Me Time optionals as you can... most of them are once I'm a lifetime opportunities: Hobbiton, helicopter over glaciers, Bungy jumping off the original bridge where the sport started, OGO ball ride, and cruising the stunning oasis that is the Milford Sound. If you think you want to try something but are hesitant throw your caution out the window... I mean when are you ever going to get this chance again.

Enjoy your adventure :)

My Contiki was: Maori Adventure, Adrenaline Adventure, Middle Earth Adventure

LA Explorer (2 nights)

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ l
  • lyds Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Best of Russia

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fascinating Russia
  • SorceryX Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I am so glad that I did this trip. I was a bit nervous about going to Russia with all that you hear on the news, but this trip was great.
I always felt safe. Our tour guide was Danny who was wonderful. He really did a great job in recommending what to do you in your free time.
I did all the optional excursions. They were all great. If you are on an extremely tight budget then the one you absolutely can NOT miss is the Kremlin Armory. That place houses all the treasures of Imperial Russia....and our local guide explained each and every one....including one royal dress that was made entirely out of silver.
If I had to not do one....it would be the circus...it is on your last night in Russia and you could probably spend your time picking up last minute souvenirs instead.
This trip was part of a 22 day Scandanavia Trip, so some people were already friends for a long time, but I blended in with them quite well.
The local tour guides Anna and Galina were out of this world. They knew so much history! I absolutely loved it.
Have a great time!

My Contiki was: Historical , Fascinating , Beautiful

Best of Russia

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fascinating Russia
  • SorceryX Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I am so glad that I did this trip. I was a bit nervous about going to Russia with all that you hear on the news, but this trip was great.
I always felt safe. Our tour guide was Danny who was wonderful. He really did a great job in recommending what to do you in your free time.
I did all the optional excursions. They were all great. If you are on an extremely tight budget then the one you absolutely can NOT miss is the Kremlin Armory. That place houses all the treasures of Imperial Russia....and our local guide explained each and every one....including one royal dress that was made entirely out of silver.
If I had to not do one....it would be the circus...it is on your last night in Russia and you could probably spend your time picking up last minute souvenirs instead.
This trip was part of a 22 day Scandanavia Trip, so some people were already friends for a long time, but I blended in with them quite well.
The local tour guides Anna and Galina were out of this world. They knew so much history! I absolutely loved it.
Have a great time!

My Contiki was: Historical , Fascinating , Beautiful

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Horizon
  • Sean Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had the most amazing time on Contiki! This was my first solo trip in Europe and it couldn't have been better! :D Every single experience in every city we had the chance to do was so awesome; from white water rafting in Austria to Amsterdam and the bike tour/hofbrauhaus in Munchen. Make sure you do every me time option, I did and I am so glad. It's a very fast paced tour, and you barely get sleep, but who doesn't like partying till the early hours of the morning every night?! You will definitely have memories for life. On the last night of the tour in Paris, the taxi driver took a group of us to the wrong hotel, so we were walking around the streets at 3am. At the time I was annoyed, but looking on it now, that's something I'll remember. You become close to your tour group and they become your family. We had the best tour team - I'm talking about you Scotty and Gaz! I can't recommend this tour enough, and I can't wait to go on my next Contiki!

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Horizon
  • Sean Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had the most amazing time on Contiki! This was my first solo trip in Europe and it couldn't have been better! :D Every single experience in every city we had the chance to do was so awesome; from white water rafting in Austria to Amsterdam and the bike tour/hofbrauhaus in Munchen. Make sure you do every me time option, I did and I am so glad. It's a very fast paced tour, and you barely get sleep, but who doesn't like partying till the early hours of the morning every night?! You will definitely have memories for life. On the last night of the tour in Paris, the taxi driver took a group of us to the wrong hotel, so we were walking around the streets at 3am. At the time I was annoyed, but looking on it now, that's something I'll remember. You become close to your tour group and they become your family. We had the best tour team - I'm talking about you Scotty and Gaz! I can't recommend this tour enough, and I can't wait to go on my next Contiki!

Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Trip of My Life

Everything about this tour was incredible! 14 days of Spanish history, food and culture are truly captured along the way. This was my first contiki and was very unsure what I could expect. Our tour manager Zach, was a big highlight for our group. His keen sense of spanish history and passion for what he did made all of us so excited to tour through each city with him. Our whole crew became life long friends that took advantage of every moment from the stress of Bilbao to the partying in Ibiza!
Do not think twice.... just book it!

Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Trip of My Life

Everything about this tour was incredible! 14 days of Spanish history, food and culture are truly captured along the way. This was my first contiki and was very unsure what I could expect. Our tour manager Zach, was a big highlight for our group. His keen sense of spanish history and passion for what he did made all of us so excited to tour through each city with him. Our whole crew became life long friends that took advantage of every moment from the stress of Bilbao to the partying in Ibiza!
Do not think twice.... just book it!

  • Nick Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This trip was simply amazing. But be warned, this is not for the people after a "relaxing holiday", this trip is "Traveling" , is extremely fast paced and you're always on the go. You get too a place, have an awesome night out, have a look around and your back on the go. expect very late nights and early mornings. You will get very accustomed to the bus and sleeping on the bus is something everyone does. But the best part about the long bus trips is talking to all the different people and you get to know everyone really well. Yes you could do this trip by yourself and yes it could probably be cheaper, but this is SO worth it. The people we went with truly made this trip. It was worth the money just for the people. They truly made the WHOLE trip worth it. It is a bucket list trip. You see and do a whole lot in a short 2 weeks but the friends and memories are worth it in itself. It isn't perfect, some people want to spend more time in places but it was just the most amazing experience of my life. The last day was the hardest, even though it was only 2 weeks, I made some of the best memories of my life and made them with some of the best people i've met in my life from all over the globe. Jade our manager and Dave our driver we found at the end it was their first trip, and it was great to share that with them. If you're thinking about it, just book it. Dont think. You won't EVER regret it.
Hint: Do all the optional activities. Cost another approx $600AUD depending on the conversion rate but most people do them all and it s so worth it to get the best out of the trip. #NoRegrets.
1 tip is come home broke. Memories are worth more than money.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Hectic, Amazing

  • Nick Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This trip was simply amazing. But be warned, this is not for the people after a "relaxing holiday", this trip is "Traveling" , is extremely fast paced and you're always on the go. You get too a place, have an awesome night out, have a look around and your back on the go. expect very late nights and early mornings. You will get very accustomed to the bus and sleeping on the bus is something everyone does. But the best part about the long bus trips is talking to all the different people and you get to know everyone really well. Yes you could do this trip by yourself and yes it could probably be cheaper, but this is SO worth it. The people we went with truly made this trip. It was worth the money just for the people. They truly made the WHOLE trip worth it. It is a bucket list trip. You see and do a whole lot in a short 2 weeks but the friends and memories are worth it in itself. It isn't perfect, some people want to spend more time in places but it was just the most amazing experience of my life. The last day was the hardest, even though it was only 2 weeks, I made some of the best memories of my life and made them with some of the best people i've met in my life from all over the globe. Jade our manager and Dave our driver we found at the end it was their first trip, and it was great to share that with them. If you're thinking about it, just book it. Dont think. You won't EVER regret it.
Hint: Do all the optional activities. Cost another approx $600AUD depending on the conversion rate but most people do them all and it s so worth it to get the best out of the trip. #NoRegrets.
1 tip is come home broke. Memories are worth more than money.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Hectic, Amazing

  • JackH91 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I was very nervous at first, but after a day, I need not be. By the time I really got involved with the friends I made to the day I left, I had the best time I could wish for. Some days were better than others, other activities were better than others, but the people you associate with, the laughs you have, the memories you share together, makes the trip so worthwhile. I would defiantly recommend Contiki as a company to travel with as you really all do become a family and see parts of the world in a really different way than I would have expected to do. You won't make friends with everyone, but the ones you do, your never really apart from them and you become friends for life!

I had the experience of a lifetime and would like to thank Brooke, our tour manager and Sandro, our bus driver, and all the friends I made, for such an awesome time!!!

Thanks so much!!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Contiki Family, Worthwhile

  • JackH91 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I was very nervous at first, but after a day, I need not be. By the time I really got involved with the friends I made to the day I left, I had the best time I could wish for. Some days were better than others, other activities were better than others, but the people you associate with, the laughs you have, the memories you share together, makes the trip so worthwhile. I would defiantly recommend Contiki as a company to travel with as you really all do become a family and see parts of the world in a really different way than I would have expected to do. You won't make friends with everyone, but the ones you do, your never really apart from them and you become friends for life!

I had the experience of a lifetime and would like to thank Brooke, our tour manager and Sandro, our bus driver, and all the friends I made, for such an awesome time!!!

Thanks so much!!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Contiki Family, Worthwhile

When I booked this trip I didn't think it was long enough and that I wouldn't see much. But I was wrong in 18 day we covered so much of Europe and the countries we went to. This was my first trip to Europe and on a contiki and I have to say I couldn't of done it better another way. The people you meet and the memories you make travelling day in day out with 50 people was amazing.
My trip would have be as inspiring and full of history if it wasn't for our trip manager Evana, I have never met someone with so much knowledge of every country, towns, names, business's, sports teams, artists..... Of the places we saw. She blew us all away with the information talks entering every country. Anyone wanting to do a contiki and wants to learn about the places you go as well as party then do one with Evana and Chris our bus driver, an amazing driver like wow and a funny bloke as well top guy.
I have only just returned but definitely want to do it again with the same group! Had a ball and have made many friends for life :D

My Contiki was: Mindblowing, Amazing, Unexpected

When I booked this trip I didn't think it was long enough and that I wouldn't see much. But I was wrong in 18 day we covered so much of Europe and the countries we went to. This was my first trip to Europe and on a contiki and I have to say I couldn't of done it better another way. The people you meet and the memories you make travelling day in day out with 50 people was amazing.
My trip would have be as inspiring and full of history if it wasn't for our trip manager Evana, I have never met someone with so much knowledge of every country, towns, names, business's, sports teams, artists..... Of the places we saw. She blew us all away with the information talks entering every country. Anyone wanting to do a contiki and wants to learn about the places you go as well as party then do one with Evana and Chris our bus driver, an amazing driver like wow and a funny bloke as well top guy.
I have only just returned but definitely want to do it again with the same group! Had a ball and have made many friends for life :D

My Contiki was: Mindblowing, Amazing, Unexpected

  • Polly Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

This trip was absolutely amazing! This was my first time ever overseas and I loved every minute of it! The things you see the amazing people you meet!

My Contiki was: Incredible , Amazing , Unforgettable

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