Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
Having never travelled overseas before or by myself, I was nervous about taking this trip.
But then I arrived at the start of the tour and everything just fell into place. My tour manager Craig and driver Richard always made sure we knew exactly what we were doing that day and where we needed to be at what time. They also gave us helpful tips for places to go or things to see in every place and what really wasn't worth it.
The accommodation was great in every place. Comfortable, roomy and fitting for the lifestyle of this trip. The food was also great and the included meals (which there are a lot of!) are all decent sized and a variation of different and local cuisines.
I did all of the optionals except for the jeep tour because I was sick and they were all definitely worth the money you pay for them. But if you are on a budget, the included parts of the tour are also very amazing. The extras were a great addition, but you can still enjoy the tour without them.
The time given in each place was great too. There was only one place that I could have stayed for longer at, but I could also live there so I really didn't mind leaving. If you want free time to explore, this tour is also really great for that too.
If you want to see the Western part of the USA and only have a small budget, this is a great tour for you. Whether you are by yourself, part of a group or a couple, you will enjoy this tour and there will always be at least one person on the tour that you will click with.
I had the time of my life on this trip. Spain, specifically Barcelona, ended up being the highlight of my trip. Our tour guide, Guissepe, was awesome as well as our driver Tonino, I believe. The hotels were awesome, but the wi-fi wasn't the best, so I'd get some kind of international service on your cell phone. In every city visited we were given ample time and opportunity to sight see. As a word advice, I would sign up for ALL optionals because it is a great opportunity to band with trip members. I don't know if I got lucky, but I met people on our tour that I can call family. BEST VACATION EVER. If you're having any doubts, trust me and sign up. This was my first vacation out of my home country.
Reflecting back on 2014, one of our greatest memories was our trip to Europe in September. We had the trip of a lifetime! We made new friends, saw great places and literally got a taste of Europe. We visited 10 of the most amazing countries in 18 days and experienced some incredible cities such as Brussels, Munich, Florence, Barcelona and Paris (to name but a few) - these were only surpassed in amazement by the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland! What an experience ... our next trip is calling! #NOREGRETS
So this trip was my first trip overseas so I was a tad bit nervous at first. We started up north working our way down from New York to New Orleans in 14 days. Going from one New to another I learnt so much about myself and about America. We started our trip in Philly starting at the Steps that Rocky ran up which symbolises where I wanted to be at the end of my trip. At the top of those stairs. From New York to New Orleans we saw some amazing/ meaningful sites from the Monuments in Washington to the historic buildings down south, learning along the way richness of history America has from our hop on tour guides as well as our fabulous tour guide James who made the trip what it was along with Markus the Bus Driver who did a phenomenal job of driving and with both of them becoming like family for my 14 days. By the end of this trip I had eaten enough buffalo wings to recommend everyone trying them, I went to a lot of breweries which had amazing beers that we don't experience too much of in Australia, I made so many friends that I hope to catch up with them when they get home and overall I made memories that will last a lifetime. I recommend this trip to everyone, I suggest to do the Grand Southern, one of my regrets is not continuing on as all my friends looked like they were having so much fun. I will be doing contiki again as it is definitely worth it.
I originally decided to do a Contiki tour because it was an inexpensive way to travel through a country I was unfamiliar with. I had little expectations and large preconceptions before leaving. Despite this, I can honestly say that my preconceived doubts were blown out of the water. My Contiki experience was cultural, adventurous, scenic and exciting. Every day was something new and unforgettable. My guide, Kristen Schuster, was informative, caring and easily approachable. Kristen and her flawless organizational skills were impressive to say the least. All in all, I can’t wait to book my next holiday with Contiki.
If you are looking at this trip thinking if you want to do it or not... let me tell you do it you will not be disappointed!!!!! it was seriously one of the most memorable experience of my life also the same for everyone we met on our tour! this was my first Contiki and so glad i did it! i have made friends for life! all the places you see is amazing! Laos would be my favourite country and goes for pretty much everyone in our group we had the best local tour guide mr Khammy or call him mr me! best time of my life!! i never wanted to leave if i could keep rewinding it i would!
Somewhere along the lines between Riding Elephants, going to Temples, Scuba Diving, Dancing on the Beach, and Kayaking in the middle of the ocean my life truly changed for the better on this trip. This trip is amazingly designed, let's you see some of the best scenery ever, and it was worth 10 times the price. Thank you Cassie and Contiki.
I came on this trip wanting to do as much adrenaline packed activities as possible and i was not let down at all. As long as you can pay for it you can make this tour quite relaxing to next level crazy ! I higly recommend this tour for anyone, good times are to be had guranteed :D
Such an amazing experience! There was enough time to get to know a city that you were in and enjoy every bit of it even if it was all done in one day! The Contiki Team are amazing people and help your experience of seeing Europe and meeting new peope all the more easy. Take it all in while you can because you'll miss it once it's over. Would definitely recommend this tour! It may be lengthy but every part of it i will remember forever. #noregrets
The 12 day tour of Vietnam Experience is a fantastic way to see the country. We were told it is a more in-depth Contiki tour, because we spend so long on one country. It is definitely time well spent, because while it is not a big country, it is incredibly diverse, and there are big differences between the north and south, in culture, buildings and food. It is definitely worth booking the experience ahead of the Vietnam Highlights, as we thought the Mekong Delta homestay experience was great fun, and the Cu Chi tunnels very valuable in our understanding of the Vietnam War. The optionals, I think, are worth doing, and all of them. You will find the weather varies across the country, because it is so long, so you can never pick a time of year where the entire country has perfect weather.
Things you will see: Ho Chi Minh City - the cathedral, post office, Ben Thanh Markets (though I suggest do more of this in your own time, because we actually didn't really get a lot of time actually in the market if you want to do some shopping), War Remnants Museum (if you like history, and want to read it all in-depth, you may need to see it again, or in your own time, as we had enough time to read about two levels of stuff, but I had to skip the end)
Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels
Nha Trang - we were supposed to go on a snorkelling trip, but didn't due to a typhoon warning. We went to Yang Bay Tourist Park - it's a really weird place, and some may find it a bit uncomfortable there. It seems to be built by the Vietnamese, specifically for the large Russian population that visit Nha Trang and surrounding areas
Hoi An - this place is beautiful! The tailoring shop that is recommended to us by Contiki is very reliable, and better quality than most places here. Linh Shoe Shop for shoes and bags was also quite good, though if you are looking to emulate a particular design, the lady didn't really pick up on specific details. You will see My Son Temples, but I didn't go because I was hungover and tired from a big night before, so I can't say how it was.
Hue - you only spend one day here, and the day is jam-packed and well spent. Our bus broke down between Hoi An and Hue because the driver didn't fill up, but that was the only issue we had. It was also the wet season in Hoi An and Hue.
Hanoi and Halong bay - Halong Bay is definitely one of the big highlights of the trip. In Hanoi's old quarter, there is so much shopping to be done, so if you don't get to go to the Ben Thanh markets in Ho Chi Minh City, don't worry. Apparently The North Face stuff is cheaper in Hoi An and Hue than Hanoi though. Egg coffee at Cafe 39/Friz Coffee at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan St is really good. Pho 10 and the Banh Mi lady just up the street there are both really good. Hang Dieu St. had Bun Bo Nam Bo, which was an amazing dish! So much good food to eat!
All accommodation was good, the Vien Dong hotel was the most basic, and probably what we were actually expecting, but the other hotels exceeded expectations.
Everything was organised by our tour leader perfectly and everything ran smoothly. I would definitely recommend this tour!
It was my first Contiki and I am so glad I did it. I met so many interesting people and my fellow travellers were really friendly. Our driver and tour guide were awesome and looked after us really well. Some of the amazing things I did on the trip include Speed boating in Miami, Hot Air ballooning in Albuquerque, Visiting Graceland in Memphis, A limo ride along the strip in Las Vegas and Universal Studios in Orlando.
Made so many new amazing friends.
Really worth doing this tour!!
First Contiki trip and must say it was a good one! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the cities we visited. The amount of time spent in each city was perfect to get a feel for it. Awesome group and awesome time. Looking forward to my next trip in 2015!
Such a great tour! Good balance of sight seeing and partying. The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Only regret is stopping at Vegas and not going to Bass Lake etc with some of the others.
I would HIGHLY recommend the Egypt tour to anyone. I felt safe and taken care of the entire time and think it's time tourism come back to Egypt (the negative media attention is really overblown I found after visiting myself).
Contiki does it right with visits to the pyramids, camel rides, train rides, a nice cruise boat, and time spent at the beach on the Red Sea (snorkeling was amazing).
I can't say enough about how excellent the guide Sherif is and he has 15 years experiences; he's also a genuine person who just adds to the fun of the group. The people I was lucky enough to travel with also made the trip.
Would highly recommend the village tour (opt for the camel, not the donkey in my opinion).
Dendera, an addition to the tour, was one of the main highlights-it was so well preserved.
THANKS for the trip of a lifetime!!
Absolutely loved this trip. Photos definitely don't do New Zealand justice. Weather at Franz Josef is a little unpredictable and can be rainy/foggy. We weren't able to do the helicopter/hike options as a result, but many of us did the kayaking instead and spent the rest of the day relaxing.
Loved the Canyon Swing in Queenstown, absolute highlight. I highly recommend doing multiple jumps if you have the option! I did the K-Bridge Bungy Jump, which was a fun experience as well.
The accommodations in Lake Ohau are rad! Toga party and a hot tub. There's a lounge area by a fireplace as well. Too many cool places to cover 'em all!
I was worried the weather might be a little cold traveling in August (Australia's winter), but I had such a pleasant experience. And huge thumbs up for the Sailing! Highly recommended when you're in the Whitsundays.
Very moderate weather, with some rain in Sydney at the tail end. Watched some beautiful thunderstorms off the coast in Coffs Harbour, after spending the afternoon taking surf lessons at sunset. Definitely the highlight activity of my trip! Not to mention the bonfire that evening.
This trip has exceeded my expectations in the best way possible. I went alone, but came back home connecting with more great friends worldwide. I've kept in touch with some of them from this Contiki group. The highlight of the trip was in Florence. I fell in love with that city. Would highly recommend first time Contiki travelers to take the Mediterranean Highlights tour. You really get a big bang out for your buck!