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Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

Vietnam Experience

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ incredible

this tour was amazing, we got to see so much of vietnam, with the weather holding out for the magnificent halong bay, on an incredibly nice junk boat. great sights, great people, great food. We had the most amazing tour guide ever lee, who never failed to make us happy and had continued to have a great time with us. i would highly recommend this tour but if you have a bit more time on your hands book the big indo tour as this is part of that tour and i plan to go back to do the asian adventure which is the beginning of the big indo before vietnam. Vietnam was amazing, great on a budget as things are very cheap, its a full on trip make sure you do all the extras!!!!

My Contiki was: incredible, beautiful, cultural

  • Ian Kite Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Awesome country, so much to do, weather is great, beautiful cities.

  • Ian Kite Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Awesome country, so much to do, weather is great, beautiful cities.

  • Ciaran Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This trip was a blast. There was so much to see and do over the 8 days. Tour manager Sherif was so knowledgeable on all the sites and local history. Egypt used to have over 12 million tourists a year. After the revolution tourists have decided to vacation elsewhere, and now there are only 2-3 million tourists a year. We had the river cruise boat, as well as the tourist sites all to ourselves. At no time did I feel unsafe in Egypt. Now is the time to go!

We spent Christmas on the Nile river cruise. The staff went above and beyond to provide a special Christmas Eve dinner for everyone. The Egyptian party was silly, but it was fun to roam the markets to find the best deal on the Egyptian clothing. It was also fun to take pictures and dance in the clothing.

The optionals, such as Abu Simbel, the Crocodile temple, and snorkeling the Red Sea or taking a 4 wheeler in the desert were all worth the extra money. I would recommend coming in a day early or leaving a day late to explore Alexandria. Sherif took a group of us up for the day. We saw 5 sites, local markets, stopped for lunch, and made it home in time for dinner. Well worth $110USD.

Remember to buy your $25USD visa at the currency exchange in the airport before you get in the immigration line. There are no signs directing you to do this.

Book this tour before millions of tourists flock back to Egypt!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable , Worth every penny

  • RayChild Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

I think for the young traveller who has never travelled alone/without parents. The tour was well structured with a good mix of organised and free time. Our tour manager Matt was excellent. He has a huge knowledge and interest of New York which I really appreciated and helped me to also become really interested. He also had an awesome sense of humor. Absolutely fantastic. Couldn't have thought of a better way to see New York for the first time. Thanks so much!
Rachel

My Contiki was: Inspiring, Informative, Perfect

City to Surf

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing

I definitely recommend this tour if someone is looking for a short and brief taste of the east coast. I only did this short trip because I also flew over to Australia's west coast for a week and a half. I know everyone says it's expensive in Australia, but seriously, prepare yourself for how truly expensive everything is there!

City to Surf

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing

I definitely recommend this tour if someone is looking for a short and brief taste of the east coast. I only did this short trip because I also flew over to Australia's west coast for a week and a half. I know everyone says it's expensive in Australia, but seriously, prepare yourself for how truly expensive everything is there!

This trip was an experience of a lifetime!
In just 19 days we all become one little family sharing new experiences together, visiting amazing places and enjoying one another's company.
We saw some incredible sights and famous monuments throughout our travels from Amsterdam to Paris. The Colosseum, the Vatican, Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Berlin wall.. the list could go on and on.

If I could go back and do it all over again I would!
Our tour guide was amazing, always full of energy and helped us to get the absolute best out of our time travelling in a foreign country. She made sure we saw the best bits of Europe!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Experience

  • Kiorajayne Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This tour is great for people that want to see a lot in a short period of time. I can't believe how much we managed to do in only 9 days! The optional activities were all excellent and decently priced, definitely worth doing the lot. After all you are there to see Europe! Accommodation is good, but to be honest you are so tired at the end of each day it doesn't matter as long as it's clean! Food was to die for!! Definitely try the pork knuckle in Munich :) I would definitely recommend doing this tour, you meet some incredible people along the way and see some amazing sites. Great for first time Contiki goers!

My Contiki was: Enriching , Fun, Extraordinary

  • Zephia Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Couldn't have asked for a better first time OS! Somehow this week packed everything and more into the North Island I could have ever expected. From adventurous White Water Rafting even the experts had never experienced to captivating culture in Rotorua, I got the full experience. Taz (tour manager) and everyone on the tour were the nicest people I've ever met and although I travelled by myself, I never once felt alone. Already planning my next trip for the South Island and the rest of the world. Contiki gave me the travel bug and I couldn't be any happier!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Captivating, Thrilling

  • Zephia Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Couldn't have asked for a better first time OS! Somehow this week packed everything and more into the North Island I could have ever expected. From adventurous White Water Rafting even the experts had never experienced to captivating culture in Rotorua, I got the full experience. Taz (tour manager) and everyone on the tour were the nicest people I've ever met and although I travelled by myself, I never once felt alone. Already planning my next trip for the South Island and the rest of the world. Contiki gave me the travel bug and I couldn't be any happier!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Captivating, Thrilling

  • Marilou Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Even though this is not a "typical" Contiki where your day is filled with tours and activities (you will probably sleep most of the day), I would not change anything to this trip. We had 2 full buses, so over a 100 of party people and 2 amazing TMs, Craig and Phil. What you get is an amazing bus tour of Vegas at night with surprises, a great "get to know your new friends" dinner, 3 nights of partying in clubs (with free drinks or open bar and mostly skipping the lines) and the experience of a lifetime. There are lots of great optional activities, do NOT miss the Limo Party and the important thing to remember is to suit up and get ready for some legendary times!!!! Chances are you will never want to leave.

My Contiki was: extraordinary, brilliant, fun

  • Lina_182 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

this was an absolutely amazing tour! Well worth it if you love an active type of holiday. Plenty of amazing sites and hiking so make sure to pack a comfortable pair of shoes!

  • Lina_182 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

this was an absolutely amazing tour! Well worth it if you love an active type of holiday. Plenty of amazing sites and hiking so make sure to pack a comfortable pair of shoes!

  • Gil Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This was one of the most amazing experiences in my lifetime and I have traveled the globe. I made great friends on this trip that I consider family. From breathtaking Machu Picchu to tracking the Amazon jungle this is an amazing adventure of two trips in one. I loved every aspect of it and if you're lucky to have Monica as your tour guide she is a very caring knowledgeable and motherly figure that will keep you safe and look out for you at all times. I cannot recommend this trip any higher.I love my Egypt in the Nile tour but I love this tour even more which is hard to imagine.

Do's:

As much as you can, try new experiences with activities, food, drink, exploring.

Definitely try the Quinoa soup on Tequile Island (Lake Titicaca), the alpaca in Arequipa and the guinea pig whenever you can. Yum!

The zip-lining at Chivay/Colca was really fun (and not scary at all).

Kayaking the Amazon River in the jungle was amazing. We saw so many wild animals including monkeys!

MACHU PICCHU of course. Best day of my life.

My favourite experience was bringing food and toys to a very poor family living on Lake Titicaca. Words cannot begin to describe how good it felt to help them and make a small difference in their lives, if only for a short time.

Learning Spanish (if you didn’t learn it in school) would be helpful as only a handful of people I met on the tour spoke English (outside of the tour group I mean). Plus, learning a new language is fun!

Buy a handmade artwork on Uros Island. They are only the equivalent of $30 and are absolutely beautiful, plus your money goes straight to the locals. But wait until Cusco for the rest of your shopping it’s so cheap and there are many bargains to be had.

Even if you're super fit, you could still become a victim of altitude sickness, especially headaches were very common on my trip. Take a big box of paracetamol with you. Don’t worry about antibiotics, you can buy them over the counter at pharmacies everywhere in Peru. Don’t stress about it too much though or you'll just make yourself sick.

Our tour guide, Flor, was simply wonderful. I could go on and on about what a fantastic job she did of showing us everything and taking us everywhere, all with a smile on her face. Muy bueno Flor!


Don'ts:

Don't bother getting the group photo at Machu Picchu, it's poor quality photography and isn't bigger than a standard photo in size. Your tour manager will probably offer to take a group photo on your iphone (or equiv.) and the quality will be muuuuch better.

The awesome part about travelling with Contiki is you don't have to feel pressured to do everything the group does. If you’re sick, tired (this WILL happen at some point, more than once) take the night off and don't go to dinner. Have a nap if you need to. Go for a walk by yourself. You're not "stuck" to the tour.

Having said that, don't limit your experiences by staying all day/night in the hotel and sleeping. Get out there, get lost, meet the locals and see everything! Those are the experiences you'll remember for the rest of your life.


Overall, Peru is a wonderful country with so much rich culture and history, definitely immerse yourself in it! It’s an adventure and it should be approached with an open mind.

I absolutely loved this tour and would visit Peru again in a heartbeat. Thank you Contiki.

My Contiki was: amazing , adventure, DO IT

  • Kylie Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Brilliant tour. The people (both the Contikiers and the Thai's) were lovely. The culture was rich and enchanting. And the food...so worth the "Bangkok Belly" I had for a week after I returned home. The accomadtions were just fine. The meals provided were decent, and my tour mates were awesome. Worth every penny. I wish I could go back and do it all over again!

  • Kailee Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

Words can hardly describe the experience of Contiki...
We started our tour in London on a drizzly morning after meeting everyone for a few too many drinks the night before. 6am on the bus ready for Amsterdam.. arriving just before dinner time, we set off to the infamous red light district to a sex show.. awkwardness was left in Amsterdam after watching our new friends eat banana out of places banana shouldn't be eaten out of.....needless to say the breakfast topic the next morning was quite funny.
Amsterdam day 2. we were given free time to explore the picturesque, cultural city for ourselves. An optional canal cruise and open bar.. we were set for a great last night in the Dam...

Some people recovering from sore head on our trip through the hills and far away to Berlin. Driving along the Autobahn at 200km/ph was an interesting experience. Checking in to our hotel and having a nice family dinner at the hotel before hitting the Christmas markets in Charlottenburg. Few mulled wines later we set back to the hotel.
Berlin day 2. More free time and an optional walking tour where we learnt about Berlin's dark and historical past. Another few mulled wines later and we were set for our night on the town. With a walk about dinner we opted for a bar instead.. chucking back multiple European measured vodka lemonades and Jagerbombs... Then one bar to another to a nightclub... Berlin's nightlife is epic!!!

Next stop Prague..
Some people barely made the bus that morning.. finally getting back to the hotel at 5am for a 7:45 departure.
We hit the ground running in Prague heading straight to the Castle/historical sector of the city. 2 hours later and alot of walking we got back to the hotel for another family dinner.
Prague day 2. Rest day, a few of us had come down with the well known "contiki cough" and stayed in all day, re-joining the group for a cruise down Vltava River and learning alot about Czech Republic's history and love of beer.

Crossed the border and back into Germany.. We went off the trail to a secret location called Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration behind the design of the Disney Castle.. breathtaking views.
Munich we have arrived.
First things first... HOFBRAUHAUS!!! Traditional Beer hall time.. multiple steins were consumed that night.
Munich day 2. Despite the hundreds of litres of beer the group would have consumed the night before, we were all dandy and ready for another event full day on tour. **Munich beer contains 0 preservatives so drink as much as you like and NO HANGOVER!** Another family dinner and some people opted for a quiet night at the hotel, others returned to the Beer Hall to get the last of the magic beer.

On the road again...Venice via beautiful Tyrol, Austria
a few apple strudles and shots of liquor later we rolled out of Tyrol and continued down to the floating city of Venice. Our Italian adventures begins.
We had a very chilled night in Venice as our hotel was situated on mainland Italy.
Venice day 2. Christmas Eve.. we headed on our private boat to central Venice. Walking tour, taking in the sights and a few Prosecco's later we were ready for our romantic Gondola rides. Down the grand canal and under many low lying bridges and tight corners we made it back to St Marks square. We were then taken to a glass blowing demonstration which was incredible.
Dinner that night we were treated to an amazing Christmas eve feast.. the wine was flowing, the saxophone was playing, we headed back to the hotel and dried out their bar. Everyone called home to wish family a Merry Christmas. It was probably one of our best nights on tour.

Christmas day our amazing tour manager Joe and tour driver Joao treated us to a decked out tour bus.. tinsel, misteltoe, Santa and little presents for us all, along with a secret santa. We continued our journey to Rome.
We travelled to another special location for our Christmas family photo. Arriving at the hotel and having Christmas drinks before heading to bed.

Rome day 2. Eventful day. Alot of walking. We saw every tourist attraction/sight. Thats right 35 sights.. in 16 hours.
From the Vatican where we got blessed by the pope himself to the Colloseum, to the Roman forum, the Pantheon and everywhere inbetween!
Rome was conquered by contiki that day!.
We had a wonderful walk about dinner and returned back to the hotel bar to keep the night going.
Our travel morning quickly rolled around and we hit it off with a visit to Vatican City (worlds smallest country) at 8:30am. Florence we are in our way!!

Hit off our first night in Florence with a wine tasting in the Florentine hills before hitting the city for an amazingly funny night at a karoke bar.
Litre cocktails, songs and multiple haunting videos later we turned in for the night.
Florence day 2. We all went to a leather demonstration and spent our euros well on some of Italy's finest. We then met in Florence's main square for our souvenir group photo and our walking tour.
A little bit more shopping and we were ready for a nap.. heading back to the hotel. We made our way into the Tuscan Hills for an amazing dinner. Multiple bottles of wine and a creepy opera singer later we were up and singing "YMCA".
We continued our party time on the coach with a rave party and the electronic disco... again more drinks in European measurement. We were finally ready to call it a night at an early 4:45am...
Another day comes to an end.. and our Italian adventures are over but not before we made a quick detour to the leaning tour of Pisa.
Switzerland we are on our way.
Arriving in an actual winter wonderland. Lucerne was a snap to the system, calf deep snow and -14 degree temperatures.. we decided to have a snow ball fight!

Lucerne day 2. Such a beautiful city we trecked it all the way to the top of Mount Rigi, through the snow. The views we granted were worth freezing our butts off.
Phenomenal views and covered in snow we set back to the city for some exploring, shopping and even more snow ball fights.

Time to leave our detoxifing winter wonderland for an insane few days in the "city of lights" Paris!!

We arrived in Paris on NYE.. hit the showers and then hit the city at O'sullivans by the Mill... right nextdoor to the Moulin Rouge. Spending our NYE with 7 other contiki groups we saw a few familiar faces from other nights we had crossed paths. Drinks were flowing, music was epic, New Years celebrations in full swing. We counted down to the new year in a massive group hug and a few bottles of cheap French champagne.

Paris day 2. And 01/01/15.
Our first experience of 2015 climbing the Eiffel Tower. Breathtaking views. We continued our day throughout Paris spending ridiculous amounts on perfume and macaroons on the Champs Elysees. Before returning to the hotel to get all dressed up for our Moulin Rouge night.

Despite the price... The Moulin Rouge is totally worth it. When will you be in Paris with such an amazing group of amazing people?

The next morning came around... the one we all dreaded the most. Saying Goodbye to everyone!

Some stayed in Paris, others were dropped off at the airport to extend their trips in other countries and the rest of us made our way back across the channel to London.
Back at the Royal National and a few sad departing songs later we unfortunately had to say goodbye.

Like I said at the beginning... words can hardly describe the experience and the people you meet.
To anyone considering this trip... stop considering and book it!!
Go in there with an open mind and dont be scared!

You only get one shot at life... make it Beautiful! ♥♥

My Contiki was: unbelievable, phenomenal, totally worth it

  • Amelia Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

I realized when I booked this trip that it was going to be amazing, but I was not prepared for how wonderful it actually was! Our tour manager Mike, paid such close attention to the little things! trying to figure us all out to make sure that he did something for each and every one of us! whether it was something we wanted to see or somewhere we wanted to go! he made sure it was possible! This was an incredible experience and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone that is interested in using Contiki. It is totally worth the money! I wouldn't have had the trip I did, had I gone on my own!

My Contiki was: Wild, Breathtaking , Inspiring

  • Sukoon Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Contiki does an amazing job with planning this trip! Firstly our tour guide lee was amazing she was great to hangout with. Everyday is jam packed with activities and excursions and the hotels are pretty much 4 star! We had a big crew of 25 and the parties were epic. I made some friends for lifetime and still keep in touch, now going on my 2nd tour this year the Asian adventure! Enjoy the buckets! Turn Up!

My Contiki was: Buckets , Parties, Thailand

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