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  • Misty Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This trip was the most amazing excursion through each of Peru's regions. We saw the coast line of the South Pacific, the high plains, the desert, the lake region, and the rain forest. We met Andean priests, a monkey whom invited us into the forest, and even our tour-guides mother! We were welcomed by the leader of a floating Uros island, and the leader of Taquille Island. The best dinner had a live show with dancing from each region, including los bailarinos de tijeras (scissor dancers). The highlight was feeling so small next to the humongous Incan temples of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and Pisac. I did three optionals: zip lining through the Colca Canyon (followed by amazing HOT SPRINGS!!!!), kayaking the amazon river, and a VERY safe (padded down) bicycle ride through Sacsayhuaman. I would recommend each and was saddened that water-rafting was cancelled. You have to be sure enough people sign up for each activity. The altitude is in your head, most of the time; so just enjoy the ride!

My Contiki was: Enriching, Vibrant, Culture

I had the best time with my 3 best friends and am now going on another tour in January with people I met on the tour. You meet awesome people and a lot is paid for

I had the best time with my 3 best friends and am now going on another tour in January with people I met on the tour. You meet awesome people and a lot is paid for

  • Candice Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I had the most amazing time on this Contiki!! The weather was hot and humid, but that didn't ruin my trip. Koh Samui was by far my favourite island, coming close behind was Koh Panghan. The vibe was incredible and the Thai people were so friendly and helpful. I have never experienced so much culture in 9 days than i did on this tour. i fell in love with Thailand and you will too! I'd go back there any day.

Definitely on my top ten places to go to again

My Contiki was: Life-changing, Breathtaking, Beautiful

  • Candice Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I had the most amazing time on this Contiki!! The weather was hot and humid, but that didn't ruin my trip. Koh Samui was by far my favourite island, coming close behind was Koh Panghan. The vibe was incredible and the Thai people were so friendly and helpful. I have never experienced so much culture in 9 days than i did on this tour. i fell in love with Thailand and you will too! I'd go back there any day.

Definitely on my top ten places to go to again

My Contiki was: Life-changing, Breathtaking, Beautiful

  • GDalgety Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

When I booked my tour I was so nervous I had no idea what to expect, all I knew is I wanted to see Europe in a quick time as I couldn't take too long off work! I guess because I felt like the tour was an amazing price there would be things that were missing. Boy was I wrong, I am still shocked at how amazing this two weeks was, best of my life and way to short meaning I could've done this tour for months on end it was so good. Everything was so perfectly planned & nothing isn't thought of.. you don't have to think about a thing or worry about missing anything as the tour guides & whoever else plans these trips have it all done for you, perfect for me. Every place you visit the important things you need to see are all worked out for you :)
Breakfast is there for you every morning & most of the time dinner as well, the food is good. Almost every night has something fun planned & there is a night or two where its free time which is so good if you want to recover a bit. The accommodation I loved personally because I love the whole cabin thing, all your mates are close by there's always a pub or something on site and you can just hang and walk back to your room later, its not luxury & its usually small but its a place to sleep and that's the only time you spend in your cabin or sometimes hotel room. We did have a few nights in hotels some pretty nice actually. Laundry is available at some places along the way too. The optional extras are great and not expensive at all & sooo worth it, do them all! The bus is a lot of fun, and a good place to take a nap if you have had a hard night, some days you travel a fair bit but its a load of fun with 50 other travellers right there with you, I enjoyed it heaps, I got to know everyone really quickly! The bus driver and tour guide go out of their way to ensure you have an amazing time & I was so amazed by how awesome they were they truly make it the best experience. I cannot rave enough about contiki, two solid weeks of constant fun and laughter and just generally being on a huge high from the amazing places you visit. Id do another in a heartbeat, either solo again or with a friend.
BEST TWO WEEKS EVER!

My Contiki was: Fun, Happy, Eyeopening

  • GDalgety Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

When I booked my tour I was so nervous I had no idea what to expect, all I knew is I wanted to see Europe in a quick time as I couldn't take too long off work! I guess because I felt like the tour was an amazing price there would be things that were missing. Boy was I wrong, I am still shocked at how amazing this two weeks was, best of my life and way to short meaning I could've done this tour for months on end it was so good. Everything was so perfectly planned & nothing isn't thought of.. you don't have to think about a thing or worry about missing anything as the tour guides & whoever else plans these trips have it all done for you, perfect for me. Every place you visit the important things you need to see are all worked out for you :)
Breakfast is there for you every morning & most of the time dinner as well, the food is good. Almost every night has something fun planned & there is a night or two where its free time which is so good if you want to recover a bit. The accommodation I loved personally because I love the whole cabin thing, all your mates are close by there's always a pub or something on site and you can just hang and walk back to your room later, its not luxury & its usually small but its a place to sleep and that's the only time you spend in your cabin or sometimes hotel room. We did have a few nights in hotels some pretty nice actually. Laundry is available at some places along the way too. The optional extras are great and not expensive at all & sooo worth it, do them all! The bus is a lot of fun, and a good place to take a nap if you have had a hard night, some days you travel a fair bit but its a load of fun with 50 other travellers right there with you, I enjoyed it heaps, I got to know everyone really quickly! The bus driver and tour guide go out of their way to ensure you have an amazing time & I was so amazed by how awesome they were they truly make it the best experience. I cannot rave enough about contiki, two solid weeks of constant fun and laughter and just generally being on a huge high from the amazing places you visit. Id do another in a heartbeat, either solo again or with a friend.
BEST TWO WEEKS EVER!

My Contiki was: Fun, Happy, Eyeopening

When I booked this trip, I was looking for two things: a relaxing holiday in the sun and sailing. The Greek Sailing trip delivered just that. What I didn't know was... well... everything else. On the morning of the trip, I knew exactly three things. 1. The ports that we would stop at, 2. where to go for the meetup and 3. the day that we would get back. Even with the message board, those of us on there really had zero idea what to expect. How many people? What are the sleeping arrangements? What are the optionals? It was a complete mystery.

That said, it couldn't have been better. I've done Contiki before Winter European Escapade and this was so different. There were only 8 (plus the one skipper) of us sharing a 5 cabin sailboat (roughly 50'). Two of the rooms have (very small) bunkbeds and the other 3 have a queen sized bed. I, however, made the wise decision of sleeping on the deck every night as it's just that much nicer to sleep under the stars. Everyday, we woke up around 8, as the sun made it very hard to sleep in, where we went swimming, then had breakfast, sailed (or used the engine if the wind was poor) for a few hours, swam again, had lunch, sailed to port, walked around, had dinner, then hung out.

This is nothing like my other contiki tour of clubbing and drinking every night. We went out once and it was a lot of fun, but our tight knit group hung around with a few beers and chatted most nights. It was very relaxing and a very Greek experience.

Now onto selling the idea of this trip for you. When I say that we had swim stops, that encompasses every aspect of swimming that you can imagine. We were rock climbing in small caves, jumping off 40' cliffs, diving to the bottom of the med, swimming with schools of fishes, playing on the beach, relaxing on a paddleboard and simply just swimming. Every stop was uniquely different and every stop had absolutely stunning views. While we did spend a lot of time commuting from port to port (sometimes roughly 4 hours), the sun was amazing and it was very relaxing just lying on the front of the boat. I tried to read a book, but I couldn't bear looking at text when the views were so amazing (we even saw dolphins). The breakfasts were authentic (best Greek yoghurt I've ever had) and the lunches were delicious. Our skipper was a great cook and knew some amazing recipes. Meals were in no way handicapped by having a vegetarian on board (the warm summers usually steer Greek cuisine away from meat). We each got to try our hand at sailing the boat and picked up some amazing speed. It was such a good experience. While this trip does not have any optional experiences, each port is filled with unique things to do. We did some sightseeing, went to an art gallery, climbed 1000 steps to a fortress, rode donkeys, rode bicycles, went shopping and - most importantly - watched the sunset nearly every night. That was definitely a highlight for me. We went out for dinner every night, but there is the option of cooking dinner as well. The places recommended by our skipper were excellent. He never led us astray. Meals were cheap and delicious and the fish and vegetables were always amazingly fresh! Every night was truly unique

I really can't say enough about how great this trip was. It was a truly authentic Greek experience and I felt like I had really soaked up the culture and Greek lifestyle, but didn't feel like a tourist at all. I got to relax in the sun and swim in the Med. I really think you'll enjoy this trip. My one piece of advice is to leave yourself a day or two for Athens as well, as the trip doesn't truly include athens. Ours started at 2:30pm on the first say and ended at 9:30am on the 8th day. So make sure you get some time to see Athens (and maybe book a trip from the harbour out to a few other ports as well!)

My Contiki was: Family, Relaxing, Gorgeous

When I booked this trip, I was looking for two things: a relaxing holiday in the sun and sailing. The Greek Sailing trip delivered just that. What I didn't know was... well... everything else. On the morning of the trip, I knew exactly three things. 1. The ports that we would stop at, 2. where to go for the meetup and 3. the day that we would get back. Even with the message board, those of us on there really had zero idea what to expect. How many people? What are the sleeping arrangements? What are the optionals? It was a complete mystery.

That said, it couldn't have been better. I've done Contiki before Winter European Escapade and this was so different. There were only 8 (plus the one skipper) of us sharing a 5 cabin sailboat (roughly 50'). Two of the rooms have (very small) bunkbeds and the other 3 have a queen sized bed. I, however, made the wise decision of sleeping on the deck every night as it's just that much nicer to sleep under the stars. Everyday, we woke up around 8, as the sun made it very hard to sleep in, where we went swimming, then had breakfast, sailed (or used the engine if the wind was poor) for a few hours, swam again, had lunch, sailed to port, walked around, had dinner, then hung out.

This is nothing like my other contiki tour of clubbing and drinking every night. We went out once and it was a lot of fun, but our tight knit group hung around with a few beers and chatted most nights. It was very relaxing and a very Greek experience.

Now onto selling the idea of this trip for you. When I say that we had swim stops, that encompasses every aspect of swimming that you can imagine. We were rock climbing in small caves, jumping off 40' cliffs, diving to the bottom of the med, swimming with schools of fishes, playing on the beach, relaxing on a paddleboard and simply just swimming. Every stop was uniquely different and every stop had absolutely stunning views. While we did spend a lot of time commuting from port to port (sometimes roughly 4 hours), the sun was amazing and it was very relaxing just lying on the front of the boat. I tried to read a book, but I couldn't bear looking at text when the views were so amazing (we even saw dolphins). The breakfasts were authentic (best Greek yoghurt I've ever had) and the lunches were delicious. Our skipper was a great cook and knew some amazing recipes. Meals were in no way handicapped by having a vegetarian on board (the warm summers usually steer Greek cuisine away from meat). We each got to try our hand at sailing the boat and picked up some amazing speed. It was such a good experience. While this trip does not have any optional experiences, each port is filled with unique things to do. We did some sightseeing, went to an art gallery, climbed 1000 steps to a fortress, rode donkeys, rode bicycles, went shopping and - most importantly - watched the sunset nearly every night. That was definitely a highlight for me. We went out for dinner every night, but there is the option of cooking dinner as well. The places recommended by our skipper were excellent. He never led us astray. Meals were cheap and delicious and the fish and vegetables were always amazingly fresh! Every night was truly unique

I really can't say enough about how great this trip was. It was a truly authentic Greek experience and I felt like I had really soaked up the culture and Greek lifestyle, but didn't feel like a tourist at all. I got to relax in the sun and swim in the Med. I really think you'll enjoy this trip. My one piece of advice is to leave yourself a day or two for Athens as well, as the trip doesn't truly include athens. Ours started at 2:30pm on the first say and ended at 9:30am on the 8th day. So make sure you get some time to see Athens (and maybe book a trip from the harbour out to a few other ports as well!)

My Contiki was: Family, Relaxing, Gorgeous

I loved this tour. The Wild Western truely has it all. A great mixture of nature and cities. So you can have time to relax and time to Party on. Our tourmanager Jack Larsen was great. This tour has many 2 nightstops what holds back the fast pace contiki is usually traveling with. Vegas was a blast... The surprise is so funny. Do it. The Grand Canyon... Wow, best National Park I've ever seen. You can't stop being astonished. Highlights: Grand Canyon, Vegas, Yosemite.

My Contiki was: diversified, Nature XXL, bright cities

This tour is very nice but also a bit stressful. It's City after City. Nightclubs, bars and Programme until 11pm. It can be exhausting and it was for me. After the 4th City you don't really see the difference anymore. It's just again, another City. The tour is great... but as I experienced not my biggest favourite as I prefer nature (Now I know... didn't know it then) If your into big cities and nightlife, this is your Thing. But I prefer a mixture of nature and cities in my Holidays... Strong tour, with a big night Programme...Clubs, bars and drinking oppurtunities. Highlight: Quebec, Niagara Falls. Cool, but not my favourite.

My Contiki was: Party, big cities, stressful

This tour truely has it all. It is one of my favourite tours I've ever done with Contiki. I'm a Person that likes to be impressed by nature, and truely that happened. We had a small Group (26 people) and although Contiki is traveling fast paced you have enough time time to relax during this trip. I appreciated it not to have big traffic, Clubs or Pubs in the outback. It's silent, breath-taking but NOT boring. It's a tour, also relaxing. The ideal combination for me. I'm looking forward to do more scenic Contiki tours. This nature touches your heart. ;-) I love it. Rebecca the tourmanager was very kind and funny. Australia forever.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Nature XXL, Relaxing

  • MegLef Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first Contiki and the first travel that I actually count as travel. I went alone which was a big deal for me, but everything was worth the worry I had. We started in Lima, then to Arequipa, Colca Valley, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, back to Cusco, then to the jungle.

I didn't realize how amazing all of the cities would be. Before I left all my focus was on the Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu (which WAS probably one of the best days of my life), but Peru has so much more to offer than that. There were so many beautiful churches/cathedrals, monastaries/convents, archeological sites, even the streets were beautiful.

The scenery is beautiful, the food is amazing, and all of the crafting you come across is beautiful.

I got to go horseback riding for the first time in Cusco and saw the temple of the moon, I went Whitewater rafting in th Sacred Valley, went Ziplining/did a ropes course in the jungle plus went swimming in El Gato falls, and of course hiked up to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.

I met great people on my tour, my tour manager Clarisa was such a happy, enthusiastic, and passionate person, and everyone we came into contact with for our backstage passes, our MeTime, and our "special surprises" were great.

I'm already saving up for my second Contiki, it won't come soon enough.

My Contiki was: beautiful, surprising, educational

Greek Sailing

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Truly AMAZING!!
  • Johanna Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This sailing trip was really awesome! we had a fantastic time, the skipper was very friendly yet knowledgeable. We enjoyed authentic Greek meals on the boat, and got help out with sailing which was really fun. The ports/islands are beautiful! It was a good mix, of scenery, adventure, swimming, and good fun!!

Greek Sailing

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Truly AMAZING!!
  • Johanna Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This sailing trip was really awesome! we had a fantastic time, the skipper was very friendly yet knowledgeable. We enjoyed authentic Greek meals on the boat, and got help out with sailing which was really fun. The ports/islands are beautiful! It was a good mix, of scenery, adventure, swimming, and good fun!!

London to Athens

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Budget tour
  • Amy O Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 7 Countries

I want to start this review saying I had a great trip, but that's because I was determined to have a great trip. If you like to get totally drunk every night then maybe you will not have to work so hard to have a great time like I did. This tour was the perfect way for me to check some sights off of my bucket list and refine my future travel list, but it was definitely a BUDGET tour. I have gone camping more times than I can count so I knew from the beginning that I can handle basic accommodations, but what I dislike are dirty accommodations. Many of the sites were overrun with bed bugs as well as many other dead bugs all over the rooms and even in the beds. At one sight in particular the cabins reeked of mold and sewage, but when this was brought up to the tour manager they brushed us off as just being whiny. I did not appreciate our tour manager's attitude at all as she constantly asked us to voice our complaints and then did nothing about any of them. If I had it to do over I would not go with Contiki, but since I can't go back in time I have to just focus on the fact that I have seen a lot more of the world now than I had before this trip. As for the "me time optionals" I think they are a total rip off. The only ones I would truly recommend are the gondola ride in Venice, the Ionian dinner in Corfu, George's Boat in Corfu and the Parisian dinner simply because that was a good time to get to know people since it was the beginning of the trip. All of the other dinners gave a lot of food, but none of it was very good so if you can convince a group of people to skip it then I would.

My Contiki was: Lots of sights, Making the best, Basic accommodations

London to Athens

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Budget tour
  • Amy O Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 7 Countries

I want to start this review saying I had a great trip, but that's because I was determined to have a great trip. If you like to get totally drunk every night then maybe you will not have to work so hard to have a great time like I did. This tour was the perfect way for me to check some sights off of my bucket list and refine my future travel list, but it was definitely a BUDGET tour. I have gone camping more times than I can count so I knew from the beginning that I can handle basic accommodations, but what I dislike are dirty accommodations. Many of the sites were overrun with bed bugs as well as many other dead bugs all over the rooms and even in the beds. At one sight in particular the cabins reeked of mold and sewage, but when this was brought up to the tour manager they brushed us off as just being whiny. I did not appreciate our tour manager's attitude at all as she constantly asked us to voice our complaints and then did nothing about any of them. If I had it to do over I would not go with Contiki, but since I can't go back in time I have to just focus on the fact that I have seen a lot more of the world now than I had before this trip. As for the "me time optionals" I think they are a total rip off. The only ones I would truly recommend are the gondola ride in Venice, the Ionian dinner in Corfu, George's Boat in Corfu and the Parisian dinner simply because that was a good time to get to know people since it was the beginning of the trip. All of the other dinners gave a lot of food, but none of it was very good so if you can convince a group of people to skip it then I would.

My Contiki was: Lots of sights, Making the best, Basic accommodations

  • Marcela Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

Ireland was amazing! It was my 1st Contiki trip and 1st time in Europe. I went in mid-May and experienced great weather and little rain. Unfortunately though, the day we stopped at the Cliffs of Moher there was the most unbelievable fog I've ever seen in my life. We saw no Cliffs. I wanted to cry. Unpredictable weather is just something you have to deal with in Ireland and the UK. Pack a poncho!

Our tour managers Sophie was so sweet and fantastic and very well-organized. Our group was a bit too large for my taste (a full bus of about 65 people) but the positive about it was meeting lots of great people.

All the included activities were great. My favorites were the Blarney Stone, the Rock of Cashel, the Belfast Peace Wall tour, and the Kilkenny walking tour.

I HIGHLY recommend doing *ALL* the optional activities as well (most people on the tour did all of them, as I did too). You'll experience Ireland in many ways, from cultural and historic to fun and fiesty. My favorites were the Aran Islands, the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Giant's Causeway, and the Jameson Brewery. And definitely do the optional farewell dinner at the Merry Ploughboy. Our entire group went to it and it was the perfect way to end our trip with traditional food, drink, music and dance!

Dublin is a fantastically metropolitan and multi-cultural city. It was so much fun! The Peace Wall in Belfast was fascinating. The cobblestone streets in Kilkenny were beautiful. The GREEN countryside is the brightest green you'll ever see. And SHEEP! There are sheep are everywhere.

This tour was fast-paced so be prepared to get up and go early every morning. The only downside was the limited time we had for some of the activities, such as the Rock of Cashel. We had less than an hour there, which is far too short considering how beautiful it is. But for the most part we had an adequate time to enjoy the activity/destination/excursion.

The hotel accomodations were mostly good. I'd say 2 of the 6 hotels we stayed at were sub-par but nothing intolerable. Our tour bus was surprisingly awesome... new and clean and very comfortable with huge windows so you can get a panoramic view of all the landscapes.

So all in all, this trip was an amazing mix of culture, history, sightseeing, and fun (we had numerous group outings to local pubs). As the Irish say, SLAINTE!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Fast-paced, Memorable

  • Marcela Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

Ireland was amazing! It was my 1st Contiki trip and 1st time in Europe. I went in mid-May and experienced great weather and little rain. Unfortunately though, the day we stopped at the Cliffs of Moher there was the most unbelievable fog I've ever seen in my life. We saw no Cliffs. I wanted to cry. Unpredictable weather is just something you have to deal with in Ireland and the UK. Pack a poncho!

Our tour managers Sophie was so sweet and fantastic and very well-organized. Our group was a bit too large for my taste (a full bus of about 65 people) but the positive about it was meeting lots of great people.

All the included activities were great. My favorites were the Blarney Stone, the Rock of Cashel, the Belfast Peace Wall tour, and the Kilkenny walking tour.

I HIGHLY recommend doing *ALL* the optional activities as well (most people on the tour did all of them, as I did too). You'll experience Ireland in many ways, from cultural and historic to fun and fiesty. My favorites were the Aran Islands, the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Giant's Causeway, and the Jameson Brewery. And definitely do the optional farewell dinner at the Merry Ploughboy. Our entire group went to it and it was the perfect way to end our trip with traditional food, drink, music and dance!

Dublin is a fantastically metropolitan and multi-cultural city. It was so much fun! The Peace Wall in Belfast was fascinating. The cobblestone streets in Kilkenny were beautiful. The GREEN countryside is the brightest green you'll ever see. And SHEEP! There are sheep are everywhere.

This tour was fast-paced so be prepared to get up and go early every morning. The only downside was the limited time we had for some of the activities, such as the Rock of Cashel. We had less than an hour there, which is far too short considering how beautiful it is. But for the most part we had an adequate time to enjoy the activity/destination/excursion.

The hotel accomodations were mostly good. I'd say 2 of the 6 hotels we stayed at were sub-par but nothing intolerable. Our tour bus was surprisingly awesome... new and clean and very comfortable with huge windows so you can get a panoramic view of all the landscapes.

So all in all, this trip was an amazing mix of culture, history, sightseeing, and fun (we had numerous group outings to local pubs). As the Irish say, SLAINTE!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Fast-paced, Memorable

  • Bizzle Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

This tour was awesome - the perfect mix of ancient history, partying, relaxing and spectacular sights. Doing a cruise for the second half made it interesting too. Our tour guide Caro was great - she is so passionate about Greece! Would go to Greece again in a heartbeat & definitely recommend this trip to get a taste of what Greece has to offer.

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