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Mexico Grande

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Mexico one and done!
  • Erica Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I was a bit scared about going to Mexico because I've heard of the violence that happens there, but do not worry! We are far south and cops/soldiers are everywhere so you feel safe. As for the trip...it was AWESOME! Everything included and everywhere they brought you, you could not have done it on your own. Its fast paced but now I know the places I would like to revisit. Some places could have had better food, but you dont have to go where the meal is included. My boyfriend and I would try to find the little shops and they had the best food. The best part is Chichen Itza. You get a lot of free time and they crammed a lot of tours and sightseeing. If you are going to do Mexico, just get it all done in 2 weeks. I'd say stay for a little bit if you can after its over and your in Cancun. There was always something to look forward to everyday, even if its a 5 hour drive to the next destination (still sightseeing the country!) Many optional too, but we only did the underwater river/coba ruins in Cancun. When your in Morilla...got to Shokolate! amazing gourmet chocolate store a block from the hotel.

My Contiki was: fast paced, muy bien

  • Toneya Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

The Big Walkabout is one way to describe it. Coming from Sydney and never seeing Australia I thought this was a great way to explore my country. We started in Sydney, saw Manly Beach (which I live two mins away from) and climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge – which has the most amazing views. Then on our way to Cairns we saw the Big Banana and had a surf lesson at Coffs Harbour, went kayaking in the ocean hoping to see dolphins at Bryon bay but no such luck, held a koala at Currumbin, spent a day in Surfers relaxing, Had Australia Day at Noosa while our whole bus dressed up in Aussie stuff, it was pouring down with rain. Next we attempted to drive to Fraser Island, but being the wet season the roads were close, so back to Noosa we went. Despite missing Fraser Island, our tour manager and Bus driver managed to get us all back to Brisbane safely and onto a flight to beautiful Hamilton Island within a day or so notice. We then caught a ferry to Day Dream Island to continue our journey. Day Dream Island is beautiful, a nice place to relax. We went to Whitehaven beach and it looked like a postcard, so magnificent. Next was a long drive up to Cairns where we would spend our final days on the East Coast. As our last night together we went to the Wool Shed which can be one of the highlights of the trip!! Some of the optional for Cairns were White Water Rafting and The Great Barrier Reef Cruise which I would highly recommend to everyone.

Next part of our adventure was flying to Alice Springs. In which we saw the Contiki bus coming to get us as we were landing! First afternoon in Alice Springs we went to a reptile park, where we could all hold a snake, blue tongue lizard and a frill neck lizard. Next night we slept under the stars in an Aussie swag, which was surprising comfy. We tried bush tucker which included Kangaroo’s tail. Next day we headed to Uluru. First we went through Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas). Uluru day – which included waking up at 4am to see the sunrise, then we had the option to walk around Uluru, next was an optional helicopter ride over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Finally we spent the afternoon at Uluru where our tour manager and Bus driver put on a Champagne Dinner! It was a beautiful afternoon. Next day we headed back to Alice Springs where we went to an optional dinner at the Overlanders Steakhouse which we tried Crocodile, Emu, Kangaroo and Camel, which were all very yummy.
On our way north to Darwin, we stopped at Tennant Creek, Wycliffe Well – to see UFO’s, Devils marbles, Daly Waters Pub – oldest pub in the NT and Mataranka Thermal pools. Katherine Gorge optional cruise was very nice to see the gorge and to see how high the water comes up. In Kakadu National Park we went on a Billabong cruise, we saw crocodiles in the wild. Darwin was our last stop our last few days together as a group, in which some of us had became very close! First thing we did in Darwin was an optional Cage of Death, which involved getting in a cage with a crocodile, now you see why it is optional! I’ve never screamed so loud in my life but I would do it again! Last night out was spent at Monsoons where we had a great night out. Last day involved looking at termite mounds and tall as houses and the beautiful Florence falls, which as just majestic.

Overall the optionals were great, the accommodation was fantastic, and food was always yummy. The bus rides were some of the best times. Tour mates were wonderful and we still talk everyday! I would highly recommend this tour and Contiki to everyone, it was such a great experience and so organised, I would do it again in a heartbeat!

My Contiki was: WOW, Life Changing, Marvellous

  • ColinA Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

This review will cut out half way through, if you want the rest, msg me.

I thought writing an extensive review would be helpful for people going solo and are somewhat apprehensive about it (and maybe their parents, too). This tour absolutely changed my life; I could not have asked for a better experience! If you want to see as much as you can in only a months time, I could not recommend any other trip. I felt safe and taken care of at all times -- you will always find some good travel buddies, and the contiki staff are so amazing, whether it is your tour leader, bus driver, or the contiki reps at each stop.

First off, budgeting. This trip cost me around $8 000 Canadian when including the contiki price, air fare, the ME time optional activities, food and spending money. FYI, you should sign up for all the optionals, as your tour group will be going to them regardless. Some people tried to save money by not doing activities like the white water rafting tour, but the bus will go to it anyway, so you're stuck. I'll let you know which optionals you can skip out on through this review.

From Canada, mind you:

Flight: 1300
Contiki: 3500
ME optionals: 700-800
Tipping Guide/Driver: 100 at the end (2 euro per day is what they recommend)
Museums, Food, Shopping, Ticket Fees for whatever: 75-100 per day.
Extra Hotels: 150

Came to around 8000 for me, and I was pretty thrifty. I ate street meat whenever possible, and bought about 500 in gifts for family.

I traveled solo for the first time in my life (I was incredibly anxious at first), but the tour is structured in such a way that allows you to meet people right off the bat. You can meet all your fellow contiki travelers the first night after your group meeting and have a beer to get to know one another, so when the tour starts you have some familiarity. I took one of those cab/vans from Heathrow. It cost about 30 pounds as opposed to a 90 pound cab ride, and got me there pretty quick. They have counters for em all over the place. I booked the hotel for the day before (it took me a while to get adjusted to the time difference, so I slept quite a bit the first day). The next day I took an on-and-off bus tour of the city, which has a stop right in front of the hotel. Then by 6 PM, I met up with my group and had a beer. They pair you up with randoms in the hotel which is kind of sketchy, and they are not necessarily on your tour, so lock your luggage.

You are given a piece of paper with the list of every stop/number/address etc. on your trip, so if you get lost, simply find a cab and they'll take you to where you need to go. I never had to use it, but I know some people who drank a little too much during nights out on the town found it easy to get back to where they were supposed to be. My rule of thumb was to always travel around with people. You will quickly find out who you are compatible with. I found that at every city people would talk about what they wanted to see, and then you just break off into different groups. Some people want to shop, some want to see historic sites, it depends on the city. I went off by myself once to see some historic buildings in Munich, couldn't understand the subway system, got a little lost, but fortunately a cab driver got me back to where I was supposed to go. I generally stick in groups, especially if you're worried about safety, it's not a bad idea.

From this point on you are in the care of the contiki crew, and follow the itinerary. I have to say that it is exceptionally organized. Generally speaking, it is one day of travel with the night in the city which consists of a quick drive-through or a night event (sometimes optional stuff), and the next day you get to wander around, see museums, etc. Your leader gives you a map each time you go to a city so you don't get lost and suggests places to see (also shown on the map).

The food at each contiki stop was fine, it wasn't anything amazing, but it was usually themed for the country you were in. The travel days are where I found it to be the most expensive, as buying lunches and snacks add up quite quickly when you're on a bus for that long. I tried to eat cheaply to save money, so there's usually a sandwich option at the various stops that costs around 6 euro or so. I found this ate up more of my budget than I expected.

The actual sleeping quarters are kept quite clean by the staff. You are not experiencing anything luxurious on this trip. Most stops are cabins with 2 or 4 to a room, hostels with 4 to a room, and if you're lucky, you will get a hotel with 2 to a room (happened twice, and it was glorious). The cabins do not have air conditioning, in some cases they don't even have screens on the windows so you are trapped inside disgustingly hot, unsleepable conditions (Venice). For me, this was the biggest negative for the trip, as I need a good night's sleep. The partying in most of the campgrounds is quite loud, so bring ear plugs if you decide to stay in that night. The showers are hit-or-miss in terms of being warm, unless you are in a hostel or hotel. Most people compensated by sleeping on the bus, which is more than doable since you are on the road for hours on end some days. This is the only negative aspect of the tour from my standpoint, but it didn't seem to bother many other people, so I am somewhat finicky about it. You bring your contiki sleeping bag around so there's no worries about questionable sheets.

In terms of partying, it was almost every night. There were a fair number who chose to not go out drinking, but there were an equal number who went hard almost every night. Nobody holds it against you either way. I couldn't party like the 20 year olds every night, but they loved it when I came out. Some nights we played cards or watched a movie (some stops had optional "chill" activities for those who didn't want to drink). Just be aware that it happens, and it happens a lot.

Okay, enough rambling, on to the tour!

LONDON: The tour does not include London, so if you want to see anything, book a hotel the night before or after the tour.

PARIS: You will never have enough time to see everything. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays (or it was when I was there). I saw the Arc de Triumph (better view than the Eiffel), the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and another church I can't remember the name of, before heading out to the optional activity dinner and the Nouvelle Eve show. Each optional dinner usually comes with half a bottle of wine per person. I actually consider this the best day of my life! We stopped at the Louvre for 2h the next day before heading off, which was because our tour leader slid it in to the itinerary for us. Expensive, but I would do both ME optionals. The metro was quite easy to use here as well, so use it to save time walking and get more in.

BEAUJOLAIS: This is more of a relaxing day. It wasn't particularly my favourite stop, but it was a nice time to meet your group after the crazy rush that was the first days. The area is AMAZINGLY beautiful. You are staying in an old cheateau on the hillside (lots of pictures on the site). Go for a hike, chill out at the pool, play some soccer, and relax. This is one of those places where you're not getting any sleep -- they have a club in the basement, the rooms are quad-share...just overall noisy. So I wouldn't make this a catch up on sleep night, especially since the bus to Barcelona is the longest ride of the trip coming up the next day.

BARCELONA: I got sick that day, that sucked. The hostel we stayed at was nice -- some people opted to go clubbing. Visited the markets in the city, saw the FC Barcelona stadium which was worth the cab ride out, and saw the Flamenco show at night. It was okay, but again your whole group goes, so you might as well, it wasn't that expensive.

FRENCH RIVIERA: One of my favourite places. Some additional expenses: we went to a private beach which costs around 10-15 euro. Some went to the public beach, but your stuff could get stolen, haha. Entrance into the Grand Casino is also some extra coin. Make sure you bring some nicer clothes, but don't worry about being super formal. This place is amazing. Nothing in terms of places you HAVE to see, just wander around a bit and hang out on the beach.

FLORENCE: Very nice city, lots of museums, but honestly, there is so many statues and such lining the streets I was fine just walking around. Space Electronic Disco is definitely optional, but I found it fun. It's just a club, but the majority of people there were other contikiers or young children (16 year olds can go to clubs there).

ROME: See the Vatican -- you have to. It was only like 30 euro for a cab ride back to the camp from there. Take both guided tours, as they will speed things up as you avoid lines. We also got over to some other landmarks, but honestly there is so much to do here (like Paris) you can't get it in in one day. Plan wisely. The metro is also a quite easy way to get around.

VENICE: Take the Gondola Ride and walking tour. Most of the day you walk around and take pictures -- very expensive city. Your guide should warn you of this. Your campsite is outside the city, so you don't have time to wander at night. Again, some church fees etc. I avoided purchasing the tour t-shirts and group photos whenever possible, they didn't seem necessary when I could spend that money on a nice lunch or stuff. I bought a beautiful lace tablecloth for my parents here (around 150 euro). Some good shopping.

VIENNA: I love classical music, but didn't particularly care for the concert. If you want to save some money, here is a good place to do so. It's right in the heart of everything and your tour will stop there, so you can take the time to wander. It wouldn't hurt you to see it, but just saying its a place to save money. The schnapps museum is a tour stop, so you might as well do it, there's nothing in that area to explore if I can remember. The Viennese Dinner was quite fun, and you are WAY out of the city in the forest somewhere if they go to the same place still. We went to a war museum outside of Vienna that was amazing and I can't remember the name, but if you like history then it's worth a trip -- public transit takes you right there.

MUNICH: Take a bike tour, I wish I had of done that instead of getting lost. Go to the market and sample some cheese and meats, that was really fun. The Bavarian Beer Hall was a must dinner as well, very fun.

TYROL: They changed things around here a bit since I went. White Water Rafting is a must -- I still tell people about how I rafted the Alps! This area is so beautiful. I never did the Tandem Paragliding, but those who did loved it. It was one place I decided to cut costs, as the bus goes off separately to this activity, and doesn't punish those who opt out. Our mountain biking was cancelled due to weather, so some people hung out and watched a movie, while others went to a trout farm down the road where you catch and cook the fish. I wish I did that! The bobsled option wasn't there for us, so no comment.

SWISS ALPS: This place is unbelievably gorgeous. I thought the Tyrol region was amazing, but Switzerland is ridiculous. The accommodations were pretty standard in terms of quad-share, but this one has a WATERFALL behind it. Some walked over and had a shower under it, but its several hundred feet tall...I decided against it. Take the Jungfrau -- ya it costs a lot but it was so crazy taking the train up into the clouds. There are also tons of activities once you get to the top. You need a coat, it's snow. The town is beautiful as well, it's worth a walk around.

RHINE VALLEY: Very tame compared to the other stops. I think this is where we finally got a hotel...I took like a 2 hour shower just embracing the hot water. If you still have some money, buy a cuckoo clock or beer stein (they cost a lot of money but are pretty sick souvenirs). Just a cute town you can wander around. You don't stay long in Heidelberg, it's one of those stop overs to break the long drive, there's a few of them on the trip like Arles, Pisa, etc. They are pretty awesome little stops, though. You can grab local cuisine, and in this case, find a pharmacy. I'll talk about that later.

AMSTERDAM: Some people love it, I found it a bit sketchy. Red light district is fun to walk around. Anne Frank's house was not worth the line, and I'm a history teacher. I bought some cheese in Edam which is a very nice stop, but it all melted in my suitcase. DO NOT BUY CHEESE AS A SOUVENIR. The canal cruise was expensive, but it was okay. The final dinner was the crappiest dinner by far in terms of ME optionals, but it was the farewell dinner. Some people went out to bars/bakeries that night, but I stayed back and played some cards. This was a pretty crappy hostel -- the other hostels were actually quite nice, I have to say. They stuffed like 4 single beds into a room that should only have 2. I also stepped in somebody's puke that night. BAH! Check out the Heineken brewery, that was pretty cool and only around 15 euro.

So where I cut costs: tandem paragliding, group photos, t-shirts. I would recommend doing the dinners as they get you socializing. Any shows are a must. I think at the end it cost me like 700-800 CAN to do them all, but it was worth it. And in most cases, you either do it or stand around waiting until the group is done. Just take that into account.

Some Notes:

Bring medicine: I was sick for 2 weeks because illness circulates around the bus's air conditioning. You also don't have time to find clinics or pharmacies.

Bring ear plugs: If you suck at sleeping through noise like I do, you need em.

Travel Bags: I brought a knapsack and it was a pain lugging it around. You can buy smaller travel bags (I think Swiss Army sells good ones). You also want to wear them on your front, so look into that.

Clothes: I brought one pair of nice jeans that could double for walking around on chilly days or going out, and one pair of dress pants. The only time you need dress clothing is for the casino, and I'm pretty sure I could have worn jeans there. It is hot as balls in July for most of these countries, so bring comfortable walking clothes. It only gets colder in the mountains, and even then it was mostly short weather. You'll need something warm when going up Jungfrau. I had a sweater with no jacket and couldn't go outside for long.

Shoes: I wore comfortable running shoes and was set for walking around the cities. Some people wore sandals/thongs, and their feet were swollen like crazy at the end of the day. 1 pair of runners, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of nicer shoes, that's all you need.

Plastic Bags: Bring em, because your clothes won't dry, and they stink up all of your clean stuff. Believe me, it was a huge pain trying to keep my luggage away from getting that moldy smell. The dryers at most places suck, so make sure when doing laundry you give yourself time to hang stuff up outside to get dry. The humidity sometimes won't even let that happen.

AGE: I was 25 when I took this tour, and was like the 5th oldest on the trip. Our oldest was 28 or 29, but they fit right in with everyone. At the end of the day, everyone is there for the same reason, and I got along with some of the 19 year olds as much as the 29 year olds, age doesn't matter. I can see on certain trips where some people would not mesh and blame it on age, but at the end of the day thats the gamble you're taking when you go solo on a group tour. My group was fantastic, and 3 years later we still keep in touch. Some even became great friends and hang out with each other all the time. It is seriously a life changing journey.

Otherwise, look at the Contiki recommendations, they're spot on.

I hope this helps people who are anxious about traveling. The contiki staff were amazing from start to finish. The tour was planned down to the hour, the optionals were amazing, the accomodations were "okay". There's so much that isn't listed on the itinerary, but even if you know NOTHING about these cities, they will still give you suggestions. Doing the Great Britain tour this time, I'm 27 now, need hotels. :)

My Contiki was: Sightseeing, Partying, Lifechanging

  • chrissye Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

This tour was incredible! It was a great way to see so much in so little time! I met some great people and experienced some amazing cultures. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants a little taste of Europe.

My Contiki was: Eye-Opening, Amazing, Adventurous

  • Natasha Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

I had the most amazing time on this tour. I made so many new friends and had many new experiences that I will never forget. The crew were amazing and I can't wait to go on my next trip!

My Contiki was: Amazing, inspirational, life changing

  • Charlie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The trip of a lifetime... I saw everything I wanted to see in Australia and better things I didn't even know about. The East Coast was all sun, sea and party then the Northern Territory was all rocks, relax and bond. Both completely different vibes but both AMAZING! Top bits... Sydney bridge climb, great barrier reef, white water rafting, sky-diving, tiger moth biplane, Uluru, crocodile cage of death. I did almost every optional I could and they were all worth it 100%. The accommodation was mostly brilliant, avoiding hostels helped actually getting a good nights sleep after very long days with early starts! The crew were brilliant.... so much knowledge, so helpful and friendly joining on on the action! The Contiki coach was one of the best parts... caught up on sleep, saw some sights, played games you name it, not one long journey was dull! I made friends for life and am already planning trips around the world to see them... I would recommend this trip to anyone as there was such different people on it and everyone had a good time, would especially recommend if you want to see a lot of Australia and your confined to a short amount of time! It's also brilliant for travelers staying on as after the tour you can go back to places you loved, knowing more about them and where to stay etc!

My Contiki was: BEST, TRIP, EVER!!!

Pack in as much as you can into 3/4ays.

Look at the optionals and what you want to do (free time is also a good option).

North by North East

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great tour

Highly recommended!

Thai Island Hopper West

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The...Best

...9 days is clearly too short for what was an AMAZING vacation. Koh Phi Phi is like a miniature paradise on earth. The people on the tour were amazzing. Patrice (our tour guide) was theeee best. I'd definitely recommend this tour to anyone considering it.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable

  • Stuart Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

This was my first Contiki trip, I didn't know they were such a big company, having never seen or heard of them before.
I met some amazing people on this tour, and I plan to see some again in the near future if the price is right!
The tour guides were great, Jack and Adrian.
There knowledge was great, telling backgrounds of places, where to go and what to see, all really interesting information, and they were really easy to get along with!
I can honestly say I didn't have a dull moment whilst on tour with the group I was with.
The accommodation was good too, absolutely no complaints there, beds were comfy and the hotels and cabins we stayed in were clean.
The highlight of my trip had to be visiting Yosemite national park, I thought the views were absolutely stunning, especially at the time of year that I went (May).
The only thing I didn't like were the early get ups, as I am not really a morning person, especially with a hangover.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Interesting, Experience

This is a great trip for those looking for a little taste of London and who aren't afraid to go it alone. While Contiki will provide a hotel and vouchers to some attractions, this is a SOLO trip. No group, no leader. Just you.

My Contiki was: solo, cultural, fun

  • MELISSA Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

I had the most amazing time on this tour!

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Sets a benchmark
  • Ian Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Sherif is the man!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, the add on's were fantastic, the accommodation on tour was excellent, and sherif our guide was amazing.

The Victoria hotel was very average, but its only for the start of the tour.

Only grumble I have, is that you need to observe the end date for the tour. It ends Saturday morning, because of the travel time back to Cairo. Don't go booking flights home on the Friday night, otherwise your going to miss out on an awesome add on trip, or make others miss out......

European Discovery

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Amazing
  • Dee Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

Possibly one of the best things I ever decided to do by myself. I made life long friends all around the world and got to see so much in such a short time.

My Contiki was: amazing, life changing, freedom

New York New Year

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ NYC, NYE
  • Emily__ Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Okay so I went into this tour with high expectations. I mean come on, New Years Eve in New York!
There were 4 contiki groups in total - 3 stayed at Marriott and 1 stayed at Sheraton. All were in Brooklyn... Which brings me to my first issue - staying in Brooklyn. Now, I had been to New York before so even though it wasn't my first preference of where to stay, I thought I'd give it a go. The only reason Contiki stay in Brooklyn is because of money. We didn't do any activities or sightseeing in Brooklyn at all. So each day we would catch a subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan, where the real sights are. Though it wasn't too far to travel, it was frustrating when we would go into Manhattan as a group and see some sights, then be left to our own devices only to have to return to Brooklyn, change and get ready for dinner/nightlife back out in Manhattan that night... So every day we went into Manhattan twice. I personally would have rather spending more money and stayed in Manhattan.
Now, the night we'd all been waiting for - New Years Eve. This night was an absolute mess. We met our tour manager in the hotel lobby at 8pm ready to head into Manhattan for an buffet dinner and open bar in Times Square.
A lot of the subways were closed so we got off at an earlier stop. We walked back nd forth, constantly being redirected to a different route when trying to get to our hotel. So many of the roads were blocked and closed. We eventually made it to the bar at 1030pm. We then had to eat our so called 'buffet' which was about 2 options of meat, and 2 salads, without enough seats to for everyone, so it was a total disaster. Then we could all go downstairs to start drinking and dancing... for about half an hour...
Then they started passing around champagne getting ready for midnight. Midnight came and went, with no sense that we were actually in New York at all because we were in a room with 200 other Aussies (and a few Kiwis), without any view of Times Square at all... Pretty much straight after midnight we were ushered out of the bar and told to find somewhere else to party for the rest of the night... A lot of people went to a bar we had been shown the previous night because we just didn't know where else to go.
Some people snuck out of the bar before midnight and made their way into the crowds of Times Square - they seemed to have the better experience out of everyone, so probably do that if you do bother to go with Contiki...

If you want to do New Year’s Eve in New York, do it without a tour. Book a hotel in Manhattan, find a bar or a club (you don't have to book a year in advance like everyone thinks you do! We saw SO many advertised when we were there!).

LA to the Bay (Winter)

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Amazing
  • Emily__ Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This tour was amazing. We arrived at the Grand Canyon just days after it began to snow, so it was an amazing and unexpected sight.
I had already been to a few of the places before, but it was completely different this time around - new people, tour manager and experiences.
Highly recommend doing the optionals on this tour. They're all worth it and once in a lifetime opportunities.

  • Lukaellen Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Best trip! Travelled alone this time, was the best so far!
Must admit snowboarding for the first time was hard, the last year was defiantly my best day ! Austria is one of the most beautiful places I've seen, with it's beautiful scenic back drops and breath taking views up the mountains! I had the most peaceful hot chocolates in my life so far up there haha
Accommodation was great, in Hofgraten at the Contiki hotel , had an onsite bar which held slot of drinking and some good party nights, food was great! I found it a very male dominated tour, but that can always be a good thing if your a girl haha I made some great new friends, and had the best week it was very well organised, yet simple and defiantly worth very penny I paid :)
Highly Recommend!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Worth it, Alot of laughs

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ awesome time!!
  • lisa Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

this was my first ever contiki tour and my first time outside Australia, i started to get alittle scared about my trip to egypt since everyone i know was telling me to be careful and the only news they would show in Australia about Egypt was about the riots and local people dying, i had this idea in my mind that there would be heaps of military walking around the streets in Cairo carrying guns!! but when i got there i realised how wrong my perception of Egypt was. My first day in Cairo i didnt see anyone else on my tour till later that night so i decided to go out into the streets of cairo by myself....to be honest i was petrified but once i got out into the streets it was ok, just a warning to all females...prepare to be harrassed by the men..especially if you are on your own, the harassment wasnt to bad all they did was call out to me and tell me i was beautiful and spoke arabic to me(which i didnt understand) they didnt touch me so it wasnt to bad. i will admit Cairo was not my favourite city FYI if walking the streets of cairo wear closed shoes like sneakers because the streets are pretty filthy. the contiki tour included admission to all the main parts in Egypt the coolest part was going to the pyramids of Giza and having the chance to climb alittle way up them..and get some awesome pics! also the camel rides to the other side of the pyramids was a big highlight for me. i highly recommend doing all the optionals on the tour( i didnt go to abu simbel but most of the people on my tour did and said it was awesome)....the only thing i would say not to do is the sound and light shows...my contiki group decided on going to the karnak sound and light show.. it was a waste of money!! the lighting was good but the voices were outdated and was hard to follow most of us spent the time giggling at the old shakespere speak and the over dramtisation. i met girl who did a top deck tour they went to the sound and light show at giza, which was apperently just as boring. Everywhere else on our Egypt tour was beautiful and amazing we were all safe nothing got stolen noone got hurt. the only other thing i would warn people about is going throught the markets everywhere in Egypt because they are so poor when they see tourist they try to get you to buy stuff they are very pushy and in your face and there are alot of children around try to ignore tham because they try to pick pocket you...the best way i found to go around the market was to not stare at anything or anyone coz they will harrass you even more and say "no thankyou" or "la shukran" but if they keep pushing you just firmly say no and they will leave you alone. another hint for females traveling be prepared to have Arabic men take your picture this happened a few times when we were at the pyramids taking pictures also some will try to get into a picture with you, also girls dress appriporatley you will get harrassed less if you are covered up more!! take toilet paper because using the toilets at most of the place we visited we had to pay a pound to use the toilets and they gave you a little scrap of paper...so take more in with you or tissues. the 3 day cruise boat we went on was the best part of tour.. we all had a chance to relax and get to one another a bit more which was great.. all our meals were provided for and the only thing we had to pay for were drinks. Basically to sum my review up Egypt was safe our tour guide Sherif was excellent and knowlodgeable about the history of Egypt....everyone should go and experince for themselves im so glad i did it, i will never regret or forget a single moment of my time there!!

My Contiki was: best experience ever!!, everyone should go, just amazing

  • jpmcnab Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

Absolutely the best! As a first timer travelling through europe, this option was the best. It gave me glimpses of most of the countries one wonders as a child on how it is their culture and society; beside the rich history. It is a good start for anyone who wants to go a second time though, we only could stay 2 days max. on some of the places we were. My favorites were Lucerne, Innsbruck, Rome and Paris. Beware of switzerland! it is a wee bit expensive, you may want to check how much money you'll be carrying there; and beware of the street sellers in Italy, they tend to get "pushy". I made amazing friends on the trip, certainly will make a visit when I get the chance. I'm very pleased, though forget about sleeping and relaxing (except in Nice), too little time to spend sleeping in the coach. Try it!

Asian Adventure

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  • Coco Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip is a Must!!
We stayed in nice hotels and our tour guide Elmo was the best! Your'll have the opportunity to shop for fun, cheap t-shirts and thai fisherman pants so pack light, cool and comfortable sandals. When you visit the Temples females must cover their shoulders and legs. So dont forget to pack a light long sleeve shirt. Dont be afraid to try the food, especially the fried tarantula! (Taste like very crispy chicken haha). Be ready for a crazy fun trip! One regret I have is not tubing in Laos. haha!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Peaceful , Delicious

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