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Wow, I had the most incredible adventure! I experienced so many things and met a bunch of cool people! I highly recommend this trip to everyone!
We saw animals everyday, even just walking down the street or on our way to restaurants. We also got to go on a boat tour and see more wildlife. We saw sloths, monkeys, turtles (got to watch them lay eggs), butterflies, hummingbirds, crocs, beavers, and very interesting birds. Be prepared to be woken up to birds every morning. We also got to see some cool volcano's, rivers, and waterfalls. The hikes were pretty cool, although I'm not much of a hiker.
The accommodations were better than I expected. Our view from La Fortuna was of the volcano! The hotel at Manuel Antonio was a block away from the beach. The pool by Tortuguero and La Fortuna were awesome. I really enjoyed Tortuguero because you had to take a water taxi everywhere. And watching turtles lay eggs at night was an incredible experience. The night at the tents were pretty interesting, no amount of zipping up will get those bugs away.
I learned a lot about the culture of Costa Rica through the chocolate and coffee tours, as well as the visit to the school (Jova and Fernando
In terms of actives, you are never bored! The whole group decided to do water rafting and although I fell into the water and got pushed off a cliff at some point, I would not change that experience for anything! I also did canyoneering which is not to be missed! I definitely faced my fears with that one. Ziplining through the rainforest is another unforgettable experience, especially the Tarzan swing towards the end. The kayaking optional was alright, very exhausting (although everyone like to remind me that I barely did any paddling) and the water was too murky to dive into but the views were amazing as always. ATVing is another must. At the halfway point they take you to a waterfall where you can dip in for a bit. Trust me, you need it! The ATV's get you super muddy. The sunset cruise was another great experience. We actually got to see whales while on it. And who would turn down an open bar?
I think my favorite experience throughout the whole trip would have to be the night we went to watch the Costa Rica vs USA soccer game. Tico's live and breathe soccer. The Americans inthe group took white shirts and drew American flags on them to represent our country. We definitely got stared at by the people at the bar but it was so much. Luckily, USA lost and the bar turned into a huge dance party!
I don't think I could have enjoyed the trip even half as much as I did if it wasnt for Andres, out tour manager. He eats, lives, and breathes Costa Rica. Multiple times on the trip he got calls from people asking about specific animals or plants. He knows everything about anything that has to do with Costa Rica! I seriously don't know how any of us could have experienced Costa Rica without him. Thank you Andres for everything! I had a blast and it was all thanks to you.
I also need to give a special shout out to our bus driver, Wilbert (or Billy but he only let's his friends call him that :) ). He knows his way around every street in Costa Rica and you could tell he really got attached to and cared for all of us.
I will keep in touch with my 'Las Contegas' for a long time to come! I miss you already!
I would highly recommend Contiki - Costa Rica to anyone and everyone i know! This trip was amazing, not just because of the beautiful country, people and fun trips but especially because of the tour guide we had named Andres Herrera!! He truly put his heart and soul into this trip amazing! You could see it was in his best interest to make sure everyone has a good time and he is so knowledgeable we couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. I learned so much from him and from this trip about costa rica and got to enjoy the best two weeks of my life in this lovely paradise. I got back thursday it is now tuesday and im still in LA LA LAND dreaming of this beautiful place! I am so thankful to have met such awesome people and words dont do justice to how much fun we have had. Hiking! Kayaking, Canyoneering, Surfing, Boat rides, Beaches, Monkeys, toucans and more! This trip was adventurous, and fun and we got to experience it not only as a tourist but as a Tico! Good food, nice people and i feel this has moved me as a person, now writing this review at my desk from my day to day office job here in NY and i cant express enough how much ive enjoyed this trip. Thank you Andres Herrera, Thank you Contiki and Thank you Costa Rica!!
This was my first big trip and I went alone. I have to say that everything about this trip exceeded my expectations. I love sports and this trip offered so many awesome things to do, all in a beautiful country; surfing, atv in the jungle, ziplining, etc! I took almost all of the optional activities and they were all so much fun and definitly worth the couple extra bucks. My favorites were the canyonneering and the atv. We got super lucky weather-wise, saw plenty of wildlife and the food was delicious, as well. It's nice to see so much of Costa Rica, every place has something different to offer. Also, Andres, our tour manager was absolutely amazing. He knows so much about nature and wildlife and he definitly teaches you a lot. He really cares about the group and our happiness and that definitly makes him someone special to pass the tour with. Also, having come alone, it was so nice making new friends from all over the world. All in all, I had a blast and I would definitly recommend this tour to everyone.
I would definitely recommend this trip! A great opportunity to visit such a beautiful country. Our tour was in May, so the mountains were still covered in snow & some of the lakes still partly frozen, so it was beautiful and suprisingly warm when out of the mountains. Highlights include white-water rafting & a brillant bunch of people. We also amazingly got to see some bears in the wild!
By far the best way to experience Europe for the first time and make friends from all over the world!!
Had fun times and memories that will last forever, can't wait for my next contiki :)
Firstly what made this tour so awesome was having a great tour manager (Felippo) and bus driver (Mark). It also helped that everyone on the tour were absolute champs!
Starting in Amsterdam was great as the ice breaker for the group was a canal cruise and then a sex show!
This tour had enough sites to tick off the bucket list, but also enough places to let loose and party hard.
Highlights included the night out in Munich and Lucern, bike riding and rapids (don't forget your swimsuit) in Munich and Paris.
Would have been great to spend more time in Munich and Paris but all in all, great way to see a lot of Europe quickly.
Can't wait to do another Contiki!
I had a great time on this contiki. I was a bit leery, being my first contiki but it ended up being a life changing expirence. I was really shy and never really socialized much before this trip, and after the first day I had already made great friends and the other people on the trip made it so easy to come out and have an amazing time. Best birthday present I have ever bought myself, so I always encourage people to try Contiki. I did, and I'm glad I made that choice.
Take the step, book a trip. you wont regret it! Trust me
This was an awesome trip. Matt and Rusty were great as tour manager and driver! Things included were awesome, food was great and accommodation was great. Meet some awesome people doing this trip.
Highly recommend this tour, it's a bit relaxing compared to European tours but the things you see and do in the UK and Ireland on this trip are simply amazing. I'll never forget looking for Nessie in freezing water.
absolutely loved it, the sights were amazing, statue of liberty, boat cruise/limo rides down the vegas strip, golden gate bridge, brooklyn bridge, 9/11 memorial, Venice beach, Beverley hills, Hollywood, were just a few of the great places we got to see/do! our guide was knowledgeable, its so comforting knowing you don't have to plan anything just be at places at certain times, defiantly made it more relaxing! the optionals were good, though i didn't do a lot of them they just didn't suit me! the food was generally pretty good some places we didn't have a huge choice of though there was something for everyone :) the hotels were out of the central places but were nice quality and they generally provided transport for us anyway, 14days was not enough to mingle and get to know everyone but the ones i did i loved and am so great ful to have experienced the trip with! next time ill be choosing a longer tour cause 14 days is just not enough (though i did think that would happen) but it was a great start and has encouraged me to do it again! cant wait for more contiki adventures!
my favourite place out of this tour was VEGAS, most magically beautiful place ever, if your a girl you will love this, free drinks, free club entry's, just amazing!! the best thing contiki did for us i think was either the boat cruise under the golden gate bridge with a few free drinks or the limo rides in vegas with champers, everything i did i loved and highly recommend doing it!! you wont regret it and as our contiki tour guide said "ITS NOT BAD ITS JUST DIFFERENT" adventurous
This trip was full on. Most days started early around 7:30-8am and if you are like me, most nights didn't end until 3am. The lack of sleep was just a sign of how much fun everyone was having. Our tour guide was great and took really good care of us. He organized quite a few "family dinners" and accompanied us on all the awesome extra activities which was highlighted by the sailing & snorkeling trip in Nha Trang. Halong Bay was absolutely stunning and it was quite difficult to leave the ship on which we spent the night. I was hesitant to book this trip but in hindsight, i cant imagine having not done it. It was 12 days of awesome and epic memories with some cool new friends from around the world.
This trip has been the best trip I have ever had. Having skied only on hills in Ontario, I was not experienced and faced a big challenge skiing on the Alps. After putting myself in an experienced ski group, I hurt my knees which affected my skiing for the next 1-2 days. But nonetheless, every single moment was an experience. I was amazed at how beautiful the Alps are and how amazing it was to ski on the Alps and how challenging it is compared to that in Ontario. The people I met on the trip, ski lessons I took as well as optional excursions were what made the trip an amazing experience which I never had before and will never forget! Learning to ski on the mountains with friends by doing ski lessons were much better than learning it alone, and overall, the long bus ride from London to Austria also helped us mingle and form our wolfpack, which is why I chose the bus from London. Excellent experience, will never forget!
not very good tour nothing on the tour except bus tranfers is worth the money
Completed this trip in August 2013. I had a fantastic time and saw bits of Australia which I hadn't had the opportunity to do in the past.
Contiki made the experience hassle free and brainless. I maintained a blog of this trip and it can be found online
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This trip literally had everything! Bustling cities, beautiful beaches, amazing scenery, lots of nightclubbing and drinks to be had, tons of fascinating history, loads of culture, delicious food and more. I would recommend it for a first time solo traveller as it was short enough to as to not make you too anxious but long enough to lose yourself! By the time we were done how ever it felt like I had been gone for months and my tour mates were my best friends! I was lucky enough to be placed with a fantastic group of people and our tour leader Tara was amazing! I would recommend this tour if you’re not opposed to running on little to no sleep as it was non-stop! I made a pact with a couple of guys that I had just met that we would go out every night and we did! I was definitely living on the philosophy of “I can sleep when I get home”. I would advise everyone to take up every optional activity on offer as none of them clash and it is worth every minute. The experiences are amazing and unlike anything you would see on any other country. Drinking shots of snakes blood and rice whiskey in a village, eating snake soup and rat, lying in the sun as you float down on the Mekong river (cue credence clear water revival), crawling through the Cu Chi tunnels, firing a machine gun in the same jungle where the Vietnam war took place, visiting the war remnants museum, (amazing, but will bring a tear to anyone’s eye) Snorkelling (and drinking) in the South China Sea, a hilarious lady boy show on the ocean, cycling through the beautiful little village of Hoi An, visiting the imperial city in Hue (pronounced “Hway” and Not “Huey”) and my personal favourite, the overnight junk boat on Halong Bay. I believe this is where one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was filmed. The water is beautiful and there are amazing little cliffs and islands that you have to see to believe. One of the simple highlights for me was the hot afternoon we spent jumping and diving off the top of the boat with everyone while a thunderstorm rolled in. (Might just add, can back flip.). Make sure you get off the boat and do the tour of the heritage listed caves they are breathtaking. We had a huge pirate theme party on the Junk boat that night followed the next morning with a very hung over kayak session. If you’re lucky there’s a little island you can paddle your kayak to where you can see a troop of monkeys, but the storm seemed to scare them off for us but we had just as much fun attempting to flip each others boats and splash the really hung over people (most still wearing their pirate costumes from the night before I might add). The scenery throughout the whole tour is to die for. I planned to catch up on sleep during the bus rides but found myself mesmerised by what ever was through my window. It’s really a beautiful country. I went in May and if you plan to go then keep in mind it gets really hot! Even the locals felt it was an extreme heatwave. The Vietnamese guides were lovely and it was devastating each time we left a city as we wanted to take them with us! This tour is the second half of the South East Asia tour and judging by the crew that did the first half, that’s definitely something worth looking into as well. I found the whole Country to still be quite untouched and not as commercialised and touristy as other parts of SE Asia which was perfect as it was what I was after and it’s definitely a place you want to be in a tour group for as your tour manager and guides will give you tips and tricks on where to go, what to do and what not to do! I really do wish I had of submitted a review earlier as I'm sure I'm forgetting to mention something amazing, so maybe you should just book the tour for yourself to experience it first hand! I would re-visit this country in an instant but I do think it’s only fair to see what the rest of the world has to offer! Until next time Vietnam xx
by far one of the best trips i have ever been on. great bunch of people on the trip, plenty of time boarding, and enough time to get drinking... the day off in the middle of the week was good, did white water rafting and the nevis bungee/swing combo (highly recommended), but should've stayed an extra day or two after the tour ended to do all the other things i wanted to do...
There's nothing more amazing than flying half way around the world and jumping on a coach with 50 like-minded strangers and travelling to some of the most beautiful, historic and unique places on earth.
I had the most amazing group of people; however we were all very different personality wise. Despite this, by day 4 we were all pretty much family!
All the places we visited were simply amazing, however the only criticisim I have of the trip is that the optionals were often a rip off (e.g. average food for crazy prices).
The Contiki staff and stop-over sites were awesome, definitely added to the trip a lot. I partiularly enjoyed the stop-overs where Contiki hosted themed parties and we got the chance to mix and mingle with other Contiki groups.
Loved my Contiki experience, will be back doing another trip as son as my bank account allows for it!
Thanks Contiki, keep up the good work!
Awesome tour! Saw a lot in 10 days! Very fast paced so you just get a "taste" of each city. Decent amount of free time to venture out on your own to explore. Our tour guide Emma was fantastic, very helpful and made the tour enjoyable. The accommodations were very good, most of them had air conditioning. The best optional was the salt mine tour near Krakow. Very little time spent in Rome (where the tour ends) so I would definitely recommend that you stay a few extra days after the tour ends to take in the sites the city has to offer. I would definitely recommend this tour!
This was my first contiki, I think it was a great introduction to contiki. Out tour manager was amazing, fun and very knowledgeable. I met so many great amazing people and the itinerary worked well and flowed. We had just the right amount of free time and the optionals were great. Just one thing that I was unaware of, this tour you are joining an existing tour, the group had been together for a week. But this wasn't too much trouble though, our tour manager managed to integrate us well with the existing group.
This was worth every penny, had a great time.
You join the Mexico Grande Tour in Mexico City and embark on a wonderful adventure for 6 glorious days. It is non-stop fun, very nicely organized. The food, the included activities, the down-time, the amazing TM, everything was great! I was worried at first, joining a group, but they welcomed us with open arms and we all became a big, happy familia! Our Tour Manager, Ismael, was perfect. He had a lot of historical knowledge, local history and fantastic time management skills. Made us feel like we were getting the best of the best. The hotel in Mexico City was a bit sketchy, and I wasn't a fan of having to switch rooms in the middle of the day, but the other locations and hotels made up for it. The longest time we spent on the bus was 3 hours. Again, a fantastic trip! If you do this trip, go for the optional activities and the nightlife Ish will set up for you, you will have the time of your life!
If you want an overview of the UK and Ireland, this tour is exactly for you! There is a mixture or urban and rural lands. The tour hits the main cities like Liverpool, York, Edinburgh, and Dublin but also hits other places like the Lake District in England and the Scottish Highlands. The best parts about my tour were my guide and driver, all the people I met, and all of the activities we got to do (including all of the optional activities)- do them!!! Food was great as well- a lot of meat and potatoes but the UK has incredible sweets as well! Best meal was the optional dinner in Edinburgh- so good! Hotels were all good too- it was a mix of hotels in the city and outside of the city. Overall- great tour! Would recommend it to anyone! Feel free to contact me if you want to hear more.