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  • Katie S Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

My boyfriend and I just got back from our Contiki trip to Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. We had an amazing time! Our trip manager, Nick, was super knowledgeable and fun. He always had great suggestions for places to eat or bars/clubs to check out. He suggested a rooftop bar in Prague that had amazing views of the city and was one of the highlights of our trip. Before going on the trip I didn't know what to expect from the ME Time Optionals but I definitely suggest doing all of them. Some of our favorites were the Berlin bike tour (amazing food and an awesome guide), the nuclear bunker tour in Prague, and the Strauss/Mozart concert in Vienna. Almost everyone went on each Optional and it was the perfect opportunity to bond with other people on the trip. My only regret was not being able to travel all the way to Budapest (since the full trip is Berlin to Budapest). We were sad to leave the tour and our new found friends in Vienna. I absolutely recommend this trip if you are interested in these cities and I hope you're lucky enough to get Nick as your trip manager!

My Contiki was: Great Food, New Friends, Beautiful Cities

  • Katie S Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

My boyfriend and I just got back from our Contiki trip to Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. We had an amazing time! Our trip manager, Nick, was super knowledgeable and fun. He always had great suggestions for places to eat or bars/clubs to check out. He suggested a rooftop bar in Prague that had amazing views of the city and was one of the highlights of our trip. Before going on the trip I didn't know what to expect from the ME Time Optionals but I definitely suggest doing all of them. Some of our favorites were the Berlin bike tour (amazing food and an awesome guide), the nuclear bunker tour in Prague, and the Strauss/Mozart concert in Vienna. Almost everyone went on each Optional and it was the perfect opportunity to bond with other people on the trip. My only regret was not being able to travel all the way to Budapest (since the full trip is Berlin to Budapest). We were sad to leave the tour and our new found friends in Vienna. I absolutely recommend this trip if you are interested in these cities and I hope you're lucky enough to get Nick as your trip manager!

My Contiki was: Great Food, New Friends, Beautiful Cities

  • Carme Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

Wow, just wow. What an amazing experience this trip was.

Everything we did was just extraordinary, from being blessed by monks, riding elephants, traveling through Halong Bay on a private boat, everything just made you say "I can't believe I am actually doing this!"

The Accommodation, The food, the activities and even our awesome tour manager Az was perfect, I would do it all again in a heart beat!

Tips

Wear suncream, trust me, I got second degree burns and had to go to a dodgy Cambodian hospital, wear your suncream.

Don't bother with Maleria tablets, you don't need them.

Try all the street food, just eat everything.

There are a lot of steps, be prepared.

I would honestly recommend this trip to anyone and everyone, it was spectacular.

You will make friends for life.

Thank you so much Contiki!

My Contiki was: awesome, time of my life, extraordinary

The Spanish Spree was by far the greatest holiday I have been on!

It was so jam packed with everything - bit of party (as in a lot), relaxing (on beaches when you aren't getting lost in a magical new city) and history (when you remember to listen or don't get lost because your distracted by something)!

I went solo & booked a triple and came back with so many new friends!

The accommodation is pretty good, all the breakfasts are satisfying and the things you see you will remember for life... unless you get to schwasted at Ibiza and forget everything.

2 TIPS:
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- Be prepared to cry your little eyes out on the last day when you have to leave everyone.

My Contiki was: amazing, best, life-changing

The Spanish Spree was by far the greatest holiday I have been on!

It was so jam packed with everything - bit of party (as in a lot), relaxing (on beaches when you aren't getting lost in a magical new city) and history (when you remember to listen or don't get lost because your distracted by something)!

I went solo & booked a triple and came back with so many new friends!

The accommodation is pretty good, all the breakfasts are satisfying and the things you see you will remember for life... unless you get to schwasted at Ibiza and forget everything.

2 TIPS:
- Add a booking NOW.
&
- Be prepared to cry your little eyes out on the last day when you have to leave everyone.

My Contiki was: amazing, best, life-changing

  • Ricky S. Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I AM IN LOVE WITH CROATIA AFTER DOING THIS TOUR... seriously, drop everything right now & book a Contiki Croatia cruise. Only thing preventing it from being 5 stars is that the rooms are very hot at night & sleeping is uncomfortable... hopefully Contiki looks into working on this. I really can't put into words how great this tour is. You'll see some amazing places that you didn't even know existed... you'll connect with amazing people... you'll get a tan... just go!!! Go to Croatia!!!

My Contiki was: stunning, sunny, hvala

  • Ricky S. Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I AM IN LOVE WITH CROATIA AFTER DOING THIS TOUR... seriously, drop everything right now & book a Contiki Croatia cruise. Only thing preventing it from being 5 stars is that the rooms are very hot at night & sleeping is uncomfortable... hopefully Contiki looks into working on this. I really can't put into words how great this tour is. You'll see some amazing places that you didn't even know existed... you'll connect with amazing people... you'll get a tan... just go!!! Go to Croatia!!!

My Contiki was: stunning, sunny, hvala

  • Ricky S. Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

This is a really fun way to see some of Europe's must-visit cities. I had a great Tour Manager and Driver and that just made it better! The tour is a solid four stars - just be aware that the Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona hotels are about a 30-40 minute commute to the city centers, and the Lucerne hotel is in a good location but the rooms are very small and there is no elevator so you'll be carrying your luggage up and down stairs. Also, the drive days are long and there aren't a lot of exciting stops on the way from city to city. These can be deal-breakers for some people but it didn't really affect me - after all, who goes to Europe to hang out in a hotel??? And the long bus rides are good times to nap and connect with your fellow travelers. Definitely do all of the "me time optionals" that interest you & interact as much as you can with your fellow travelers - some people in my group came with friends from home & stuck to themselves for much of the beginning of the trip, and it wasn't until we only had a few nights left together that they opened up. So, definitely be open to making new friends! Overall I would definitely recommend this tour!

My Contiki was: exciting, fast, yolo

  • Ricky S. Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

This is a really fun way to see some of Europe's must-visit cities. I had a great Tour Manager and Driver and that just made it better! The tour is a solid four stars - just be aware that the Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona hotels are about a 30-40 minute commute to the city centers, and the Lucerne hotel is in a good location but the rooms are very small and there is no elevator so you'll be carrying your luggage up and down stairs. Also, the drive days are long and there aren't a lot of exciting stops on the way from city to city. These can be deal-breakers for some people but it didn't really affect me - after all, who goes to Europe to hang out in a hotel??? And the long bus rides are good times to nap and connect with your fellow travelers. Definitely do all of the "me time optionals" that interest you & interact as much as you can with your fellow travelers - some people in my group came with friends from home & stuck to themselves for much of the beginning of the trip, and it wasn't until we only had a few nights left together that they opened up. So, definitely be open to making new friends! Overall I would definitely recommend this tour!

My Contiki was: exciting, fast, yolo

When I took this tour I had never travelled alone before and had never been to Europe. While on this tour I saw some of the worlds most amazing sights spanning from the Eiffel Tower in Paris all the way to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. This really was a trip of a lifetime and I will never forget the people and places I met on this adventure. The night life is amazing. I think I went out almost every night and partied my @## off. Get ready to drink because you will never slow down. If you are debating on if the trip is worth your time or money, just book it already. Thats what I did and this trip has been the best decision I have ever made.

My Contiki was: Crazy, Monumental, Once-in-a-lifetime

When I took this tour I had never travelled alone before and had never been to Europe. While on this tour I saw some of the worlds most amazing sights spanning from the Eiffel Tower in Paris all the way to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. This really was a trip of a lifetime and I will never forget the people and places I met on this adventure. The night life is amazing. I think I went out almost every night and partied my @## off. Get ready to drink because you will never slow down. If you are debating on if the trip is worth your time or money, just book it already. Thats what I did and this trip has been the best decision I have ever made.

My Contiki was: Crazy, Monumental, Once-in-a-lifetime

  • etfonehome Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

One of the best times I've had in my life.
This trip was very first experience in Europe and I was so sad when the tour ended...
I made so many friends, saw many places and experienced things I'd never forget.

I'm saving up for the next trip back !

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting, Beautiful

  • etfonehome Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

One of the best times I've had in my life.
This trip was very first experience in Europe and I was so sad when the tour ended...
I made so many friends, saw many places and experienced things I'd never forget.

I'm saving up for the next trip back !

My Contiki was: Fun, Exciting, Beautiful

Quest to London

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing!
  • Lysss Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Before starting my tour I was worried about the fast-paced nature of a Contiki tour, this all changed after about the third day. Yes, the tours are extremely busy, and fast-paced, and exhausting, but I can honestly say I got to see mostly everything I wanted to in each stop. My Tour Manager Ellie was incredible, and made sure we got the most out of each city. Everything is arranged for you, so you can basically shut off and just enjoy the experience. Even when minor issues came up they were dealt with quickly and didn't interrupt the trip much. As a first time solo traveller, I was a bit nervous about the trip, but Contiki was the way to go for sure. I met so many amazing people, and got to enjoy hassle-free travel.

This tour in particular was great because we visited so many historical sites, and I learned a ton about the history of the countries visited. The amount of time spent in Italy was great, amazing beaches, historical cities, and delicious food. Overall I would recommend the Quest to London to anyone. The only thing to note is that this tour is part of the larger European Quest (which I didn't realize when I booked it); if I could do it over again I would do the whole tour as it was a bit of an adjustment joining on a tour that had already been together for a week.

I only did the Tuscan Dinner in Florence as far as optional dinners go and it was amazing! I heard that the other dinner optionals weren't very impressive, but if you are able to, I would do all the optionals. The majority of the group does go and the group activities are a lot of fun, more fun than being on your own for the evening. My favourite optional of the whole trip was definitely the boat ride around the Isle of Capri, they stop off for a couple chances to do some swimming, so amazing!

Quest to London

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing!
  • Lysss Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Before starting my tour I was worried about the fast-paced nature of a Contiki tour, this all changed after about the third day. Yes, the tours are extremely busy, and fast-paced, and exhausting, but I can honestly say I got to see mostly everything I wanted to in each stop. My Tour Manager Ellie was incredible, and made sure we got the most out of each city. Everything is arranged for you, so you can basically shut off and just enjoy the experience. Even when minor issues came up they were dealt with quickly and didn't interrupt the trip much. As a first time solo traveller, I was a bit nervous about the trip, but Contiki was the way to go for sure. I met so many amazing people, and got to enjoy hassle-free travel.

This tour in particular was great because we visited so many historical sites, and I learned a ton about the history of the countries visited. The amount of time spent in Italy was great, amazing beaches, historical cities, and delicious food. Overall I would recommend the Quest to London to anyone. The only thing to note is that this tour is part of the larger European Quest (which I didn't realize when I booked it); if I could do it over again I would do the whole tour as it was a bit of an adjustment joining on a tour that had already been together for a week.

I only did the Tuscan Dinner in Florence as far as optional dinners go and it was amazing! I heard that the other dinner optionals weren't very impressive, but if you are able to, I would do all the optionals. The majority of the group does go and the group activities are a lot of fun, more fun than being on your own for the evening. My favourite optional of the whole trip was definitely the boat ride around the Isle of Capri, they stop off for a couple chances to do some swimming, so amazing!

  • Natasha Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

I did this trip mid-June 2015 and thought it was pretty amazing. We had a couple of snafus during the trip that made it less fun, such as border control at the port France going on strike and thus not allowing us to cross over from England. That delayed our trip six hours and we missed out on the canal cruise in Amsterdam. However, our tour manager Dani was great and we ended up going (illegally) to Dover Castle and the town of Canterbury. We also missed out on going to the Vatican museum because of a religious holiday, but instead we actually saw and were blessed by the Pope. Another aspect of the trip that I didn't love was the "selling" part of it. Every country, it seemed, is known for something and we were taken to shops to see demonstrations and, of course if you want, to purchase something. Leather, watches, rings, perfume, etc.; this got expensive real quick so be aware.

Some specific highlights of and tips for the trip:

Amsterdam: if going to see Anne Frank's house, leave early (i.e., before the group does) or you won't have time. But the city is marvelous on its own to explore.

Rhine Valley: wine tasting was good though only of white wines as this is common for the region; hotel bar is cute and offers good prices for drinks. Use this time to meet more people on your tour, really any bar time is good time to meet peeps. Pack an overnight bag for this hotel; there is no lift/elevator!

Munich: by far the best time of my trip. Really this place should be giving two days for the tour; I have to go back. The bike tour was amazing (go with Tony if you can). Drink lots of water because the beer halls and beers are tremendous. Best hotel of all the hotels we stayed in.

Austria: white water rafting was awesome. Listen to your guide and you'll be fine. I skipped Swarovski world (another selling aspect) but even if you don't go through the museum you still get a ticket to enter the gift shop (of course).

Venice: the gondola ride and walking tour were great but the dinner was just ok. The wine was watered down and the food, sadly, not the best. But doing the dinner provides more bonding time with your group.

Rome: it was nice that the coach gives a mini tour of the city so to eliminate some walking and Dani also gave us a walking tour of the city. Basically, we "sight-saw the shit" out of Rome all in one day. The next day was a free day to go back to places you want to spend more time. The Colosseum tour was great but you can barely hear the guide; still pretty neat to go through. Make sure to eat dinner while out that second night because dinner at the hotel is not good.

Florence: do the dinner optional here! It was the best dinner in all of Italy and the two bottles of wine before the disco puts everyone in partying mood. The disco is two floors - karaoke/bar at bottom and dance hall at top.

Lucerne: gorgeous city. I did both optional activities and wasn't that impressed with either. Mt. Stanserhorn does provide great views and photos but it takes forever to get up and back. The cruise was too short and the guide didn't say much about what we were looking at. Again, more time to bond with group is the plus for these activities. (Side note - the charms for the bracelet presented in the Florence leather/jewelry store are much cheaper at one of the four "selling" shops here.)

Paris: skip the perfumery and go sight-see the shit out of the city; you can buy perform anywhere. If you've never been to Paris before give yourself the extra hour, maybe more if you leave before the group; take the metro, it's easy. The Nouvelle show was an experience and also the last big outing for the tour. Unlimited wine at the show makes for an amazing last night out with the group.

  • Natasha Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

I did this trip mid-June 2015 and thought it was pretty amazing. We had a couple of snafus during the trip that made it less fun, such as border control at the port France going on strike and thus not allowing us to cross over from England. That delayed our trip six hours and we missed out on the canal cruise in Amsterdam. However, our tour manager Dani was great and we ended up going (illegally) to Dover Castle and the town of Canterbury. We also missed out on going to the Vatican museum because of a religious holiday, but instead we actually saw and were blessed by the Pope. Another aspect of the trip that I didn't love was the "selling" part of it. Every country, it seemed, is known for something and we were taken to shops to see demonstrations and, of course if you want, to purchase something. Leather, watches, rings, perfume, etc.; this got expensive real quick so be aware.

Some specific highlights of and tips for the trip:

Amsterdam: if going to see Anne Frank's house, leave early (i.e., before the group does) or you won't have time. But the city is marvelous on its own to explore.

Rhine Valley: wine tasting was good though only of white wines as this is common for the region; hotel bar is cute and offers good prices for drinks. Use this time to meet more people on your tour, really any bar time is good time to meet peeps. Pack an overnight bag for this hotel; there is no lift/elevator!

Munich: by far the best time of my trip. Really this place should be giving two days for the tour; I have to go back. The bike tour was amazing (go with Tony if you can). Drink lots of water because the beer halls and beers are tremendous. Best hotel of all the hotels we stayed in.

Austria: white water rafting was awesome. Listen to your guide and you'll be fine. I skipped Swarovski world (another selling aspect) but even if you don't go through the museum you still get a ticket to enter the gift shop (of course).

Venice: the gondola ride and walking tour were great but the dinner was just ok. The wine was watered down and the food, sadly, not the best. But doing the dinner provides more bonding time with your group.

Rome: it was nice that the coach gives a mini tour of the city so to eliminate some walking and Dani also gave us a walking tour of the city. Basically, we "sight-saw the shit" out of Rome all in one day. The next day was a free day to go back to places you want to spend more time. The Colosseum tour was great but you can barely hear the guide; still pretty neat to go through. Make sure to eat dinner while out that second night because dinner at the hotel is not good.

Florence: do the dinner optional here! It was the best dinner in all of Italy and the two bottles of wine before the disco puts everyone in partying mood. The disco is two floors - karaoke/bar at bottom and dance hall at top.

Lucerne: gorgeous city. I did both optional activities and wasn't that impressed with either. Mt. Stanserhorn does provide great views and photos but it takes forever to get up and back. The cruise was too short and the guide didn't say much about what we were looking at. Again, more time to bond with group is the plus for these activities. (Side note - the charms for the bracelet presented in the Florence leather/jewelry store are much cheaper at one of the four "selling" shops here.)

Paris: skip the perfumery and go sight-see the shit out of the city; you can buy perform anywhere. If you've never been to Paris before give yourself the extra hour, maybe more if you leave before the group; take the metro, it's easy. The Nouvelle show was an experience and also the last big outing for the tour. Unlimited wine at the show makes for an amazing last night out with the group.

  • Brodie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This trip was my first ever group tour trip and I really loved it. I had such a great time and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is a solo traveller and/or has never been to the snow or skiing/snow boarding before. Just make sure to pack lots of warm clothes - or if you want to pack lightly - pack good quality thermals!

I had never been to the snow before and I made the mistake of just getting cheaper thermals and they were not warm enough. (for example I had to wear 3 pairs of pants thermals (underworks brand level 1 warmth) and 3 thermal singlets plus 3 t-shirts under my ski pants and ski jacket to keep warm).

So easy - everything is organised for you!

My Contiki was: Totally worth it

  • Jurine :) Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 7 Countries

I would highly recommend this tour. It was the best 3 weeks of my life! We had amazing food and got to see much more than I expected so a big thank you to Kayla and Mark for all they did for us on this tour.

Being in a campsite environment forces interaction, which I'm very grateful for. You get to know everyone on a much more personal level and get to make friends for life!

I didn't participate in much of the "me time" options as I like doing my own thing and had more time to explore. If you'd like to see more of one city and not pay so much for the me time options, then there really is loads more to see. Our tour guide, Eilidh, was more than happy to point out the best spots to hang around or look for certain things (when I wanted to go see Jim Morrison's grave, she gave exact location and the best way to get there).

Just please take note of the contiki tip recommendations. Contiki recommends that you tip 2 euro per person per day (for the tour guide, cook and driver - which adds up to 6 euro per day). If I had know to budget for it earlier, it would've been nice but they didn't mention it to us at all in the beginning of the tour.

But as a whole, it was really amazing. The long roads tend to get to you but there were always games that kept us busy so it doesn't get to us too much. Oh, and stay hydrated! Beer is cheaper than water so brace yourself for that!

My Contiki was: No regrets!

  • Jurine :) Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 7 Countries

I would highly recommend this tour. It was the best 3 weeks of my life! We had amazing food and got to see much more than I expected so a big thank you to Kayla and Mark for all they did for us on this tour.

Being in a campsite environment forces interaction, which I'm very grateful for. You get to know everyone on a much more personal level and get to make friends for life!

I didn't participate in much of the "me time" options as I like doing my own thing and had more time to explore. If you'd like to see more of one city and not pay so much for the me time options, then there really is loads more to see. Our tour guide, Eilidh, was more than happy to point out the best spots to hang around or look for certain things (when I wanted to go see Jim Morrison's grave, she gave exact location and the best way to get there).

Just please take note of the contiki tip recommendations. Contiki recommends that you tip 2 euro per person per day (for the tour guide, cook and driver - which adds up to 6 euro per day). If I had know to budget for it earlier, it would've been nice but they didn't mention it to us at all in the beginning of the tour.

But as a whole, it was really amazing. The long roads tend to get to you but there were always games that kept us busy so it doesn't get to us too much. Oh, and stay hydrated! Beer is cheaper than water so brace yourself for that!

My Contiki was: No regrets!

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