Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
Had an amazing time, loved all the places we visited and soaked in the culture (and the food)! We had a fantastic tour guide, who was a lot of fun, had lots of great suggestions and ideas for day and night activities. The group was also lots of fun, lots of different personalities but we meshed really well. Trip was just long enough and we didn't spend too much time on the bus which was good. Have recommended this trip to any one whose asked- a must for those who want to see some culture and party a little too.
Phuket was amazing and our tour guide Muffin was the best! Made the trip the best time ever! Koh Phi Phi was amazing and doing the burger eating contest was a massive challenge. Elephant riding was awesome fun and a great experience. The day trips on the boats were awesome too. Plenty of beer drinking, partying and nightlife too see and do everywhere combined with plenty of chillout and shopping and relaxation time. Going to do the East Hopper in July 2013 to complete the duo. Recommend for anyone doing a first time contiki and first time to Thailand.
London was great! M&M World was the best!
The trip to Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath ruled.
Had a Great Time.
I just got back from Contiki Costa rica. This trip was amazing!!! The country is so beautiful and the people are really nice. Totally recommend this trip to anyone.
Our tour guide Andreas was really helpful and had so much knowledge of his country including the plant and animal life.
The canyoneering optional is totally worth the money and the zipplining through the cloud forest in Monteverde was amazing also. The catamaran sailing optional was also lots of fun and a chance to sunbake, snorkel and have a drink (alcohol is included :)
Make sure you pack warmer clothes as well as the temperature varied a far bit depending on where we were. You will also need shoes that you can wear in the water - especially for whitewater rafting and canyoneering.
The accommodation was pretty nice for the most part. Some places nicer than others. Most with pools. Food was served buffet style with a big selection of choices and was pretty good although you will get sick of seeing rice and beans for breakfast! The fruit tastes amazing over there!!!
Our tour had 23 amazing people mostly from Aus, Can, USA and UK. It was a really great bunch of people and a really good group size.
Hot tip - Take bug spray that works - the mosquitos had a feast on me even with spray on. Also bring medication for gastro. Many of the people on our trip got sick -myself included. However it is easy enough to buy from the pharmacy over there.
Most places will accept US dollars or Colones but if you pay in US your change will be given back in Colones. ATMS for MasterCard are harder to find, The majority we found will accept VISA. There are certain ATMS that can disperse US or Colones.
This was my first Contiki and I loved every minute. This trip is on the go most of the tour, expect to be up early most mornings for different day trips. But there is still time to relax by the pool with a drink!
Great experience to be at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Would recommend spending a few more days in Istanbul as its an amazing place, so much to see!!
Had an absolute ball on this trip! Made so many new friends who i will be in contact with for life. The people who work for contiki were great and knew a lot of stuff about the places we visited. Being in Paris on Bastille day was definitely a highlight! Definitely recommend Contiki to everyone!
I went on the Simply Italy trip in July 2011 and had a fabulous time. We visited cities, swam around the island of Capri, sailed across lakes in the north and visited vineyards in the Tuscan countryside. We went site seeing, shopping, sailing, and partying. It was a perfect way to see Italy, and the company was fantastic (as was our Contiki tour guide)! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants a taste of Europe and the Mediterranean!
It was my first trip overseas and I went solo - an experience I'll never forget or regret. Winter was fantastic - no crowds, no lines so able to see as much as possible and heaps cheaper too (plus I like the cold so it didnt bother me but we also had an amazing run of seasonally abnormal sunny days). All in all, I had an amazing time and meet some amazing people. It was a great way to get a taste of everything so I know what to come back - totally reccomend for anyone on a budget and doesnt mind the cold and would like to see Europe in a different light :-)
I just returned back from this trip less than 24 hours ago and I still can not get over how great it was!!! I was anticipating a high paced trip and coming home completely exhausted. Instead I got a high impact, multi cultural experience that did not completely wipe me out. This trip provides opportunities to see all the landmarks that we have read about. At the same time we had plenty of time to relax and roam the streets of the cities that we visited eat plenty of delicious food and drink vino.
Just a tip, if you like to see specific museums, do some research and reserve tickets ahead of time since there are a LOT of tourists and the lines tend to be extremely long.
The me time optionals were also great. Our tour guides where spunky, insightful and knowledgeable. They were able answer all of our questions and provided very good information. ( I pretty much did every me time optional and I am glad that I did).
Our tour manager Yannik was also great recourse. He was very fun to be around, also knew a lot about every city that we went to. He was very helpful with providing us with information regarding places to see and eat (local places for cheap!) This was very helpful.
Our driver was great too. Besides the fact that he was very at his job, he was also very friendly, interesting to talk to and provided great insight about Italian culture.
Additionally, I feel that we got very lucky with our group. We had people from all over the world, which was great because I was also able to learn about other cultures.
The one thing that I have to critique (which I wrote in the feedback brochure that we filled out on the last day of the trip) is that the outlet mall excursion should be excluded. (This is coming from a girl who loves to shop by the way)!
This was on day when we went to Pisa and Verona on our way to Venice. We spend an hour and half there and the selection was not great and the prices were very high. I would have much rather grabbed something quick to eat and spend more time in Verona.
Overall, if I had to do this again, I would do it in a heartbeat!
Great Location and great tour of pearl harbour! Had an amazing time in Waikiki. Very close to everything and alot of free time to explore the island
This was an amazing tour to do, met some really great people and learnt alot! Our tour manager knew his history and was great showing us around each city! He also made sure noone was left out and everyone got involved and organised alot of other things such as night life and other little surprises to make our tour that little more special! An amazing trip! Cant wait for my next trip!
My husband and I recently arrived home from the LA to the Bay Tour... In one word... Amazing! This was our first Contiki and our first overseas holiday.. now we can't wait to plan the next trip... I would re-do this particular trip in a heartbeat.. As long as we can request the same tour manager and driver ;)
Our tour manager Jon & coach driver Adrian were brilliant.. We honestly couldn't thank them enough for making our adventure as amazing as it was. Jon continually went above and beyond to make our experiences the best possible. Adrian always got us to the next destination on time and safely. All we needed to do was sit back, relax and soak up every opportunity that came our way.
I highly recommend doing a lot of the extras, especially the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon (do the longer flight, it's definitely worth the extra money), Speed boating in San Diego, and say Yes to the Contiki surprise!!
Each place we stayed at the accommodation was always clean and comfortable, and the included meals were always good.
We have both made amazing friends for life and this trip has made us realise we need to say "Yes" to more opportunities that come our way. Definitely a life changing holiday.
Again, we can't thank our tour guide and driver enough, without them it wouldn't have been the same.
The people, the places, our guide and driver Yannick and Pino - EVERYTHING was incredible. I thought going in winter would have been hard and I had heard so much about contiki that made me unsure but i recommended this tour to everyone who is hesitant - GO FOR IT! I love how organised it all is with transport and breakfasts and optional tours, yet there was still so much ME time where we had a choice in what to do, which really made it my own special trip! I made friends for life, saw sights I cant believe like Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona, The colosseum in Rome and the beautiful Cinque Terre and ate SO much good food! I found it to be the perfect amount of time to spend because it was enough to make friends and do the places without being rushed
GO for it!
China Adventure was my first ever Contiki trip and I have to say that it was one of the best travelling experiences I've ever had - worth every cent! Our guide Luke (hi Luke!!) was super knowledgeable about everything and had interesting things to say about every destination. Some of my favourite things on the tour were the Great Wall (and tobogganing off it), the cooking class in Yangshuo, trying scorpion and starfish in Beijing, tandem bike-riding on the Xi'an city walls and the acrobat show in Shanghai, although in all honesty I loved everything we did. Highly recommended if you want to see a bit of everything China has to offer!
Unbeknownst to most of us on tour, not everyone on the bus was doing LA to the Bay. There were three tours in total the others being Wild Western and Western Highlights. This meant half of the group was getting off at Vegas and new people would be joining to go the end until back in LA. To be honest, it was disappointing knowing you wouldn't be with that one group the whole time. It seemed that the group joining in Vegas didn't get as much of a chance to bond with all of us who had already formed close friendships.
Overall, amazing trip! Have made friends for life and seen some wonderful places. San Diego was lovely and Phoenix was unexpectedly good fun! Two nights in the Grand Canyon was probably overkill, we just all wanted to get to Vegas! Two nights and one full day is not enough time in Vegas so I'll be returning very soon! Bass Lake was not the hype we were expecting. Our accommodation change from chalets to a dingey motel was a huge let down. San Francisco was colder than I anticipated.
All optionals were great. You can't go to the Grand Canyon without doing the helicopter flight! There were many optionals I didn't choose like hot air ballooning in Phoenix (which some of the group said was overrated anyway) and the 'exercise type optionals' like bike riding, hiking etc - that wasn't for me but it was suited to many.
The coach was comfortable and the tour manager and driver were awesome and lots of fun. The included breakfasts weren't anything to rave about but the places we ate for dinner as a group were fine and the bars that we were taken to were good fun.
Overall, amazing experience and if I did it all again I probably would have opted for the Western Highlights tour stopping off at Vegas and doing a couple of extra nights there. That's personal preference though, everyone is different you need to work out what it is you want to do....
Love Contiki, it's my second tour and I would do another one again!!
Where do I start!! Amazing trip from start to finish, worth every single penny. The accommodation was brilliant, all the hotels were gorgeous, big spacious rooms, balconies and very clean. Even the cattle farm stay, hostel and surf camp were all great fun and good accommodation, although don't expect 5 star at the surf camp, a very basic room, bunk beds and a small shower room. The surf lesson makes up for it though and is a must!! Although the trip is called Reef & Rainforest, to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef is an optional extra. All the guided walks/talks we had were very enjoyable and the guide will happily answer questions. You learn a lot of knowledge from the guides. Our tour guide Mark and driver Gaz were wonderful and Gaz knows how to drive and was very good and felt safe. You get to pick who you want to be in a bedroom with which is good. The pre-arranged meals were all lovely. If there's an option for kangaroo in cairns then you must try it. I wish we had longer in some places but it gives you a taster off it all and now I'm heading back to my favourite places to explore some more. Daydream island is lovely and although I didn't do the optional extra of the Whitsunday beach I heard and saw pictures and it is gorgeous. Although from the island it's a 2hour coach journey and then a boat to the Island. I really can't fault this trip and would do it all over again. If you book the trip I know I will have an amazing time. Contiki 2013
Great trip very fast but suited me, got to see so much and heaps of free time to explore. Made great friends contiki team was fantastic
What a great tour. Despite it being the rainy season our groups "positive energy" kept the clouds away and we had a great time. The Inca trail is a must, so many stairs but so worth it when you get to the top. The altitude sickness got to quite a few of us, but most of us acclimatized quickly. The tour was good value for everything that was included, I was surprised at how many great meals were included. Peruvian cuisine is amazing, We ate alpaca, guinea pig, and pirahna. The amazon jungle lodge was such a cool experience, bring mosquito repellant though!