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  • Jessica Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

This was one of the best experiences I've ever had! I had so much fun on this trip and made life long friends that I ended up living with in England. I can't rave about this tour enough. It was 100% a party trip and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to drink and have a good time.

My Contiki was: Fun, Party, Guiness

  • Jessica Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

This trip was amazing! It was a real cultural experience! As well as meeting some amazing people, I also learnt so much about Vietnam. The food was delicious, the accommodation was great and I loved that most of the travelling were flights and not bus! That made it so easy and less tiring then other tours I have done in the past.

My Contiki was: Cultural, Fun, Enlightening

  • Tim Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

So glad I went on my trip, it was the best holiday I have had! Awesome group of people made for awesome times, we couldn't have done it all with out our fabulous tour manager Courtney! aka 'Coxy'. I could not recommend a Contiki more than anything, you wont regret it! They squeeze so much into the time you have it's just amazing.

My Contiki was: fun, awesome, party

  • Tim Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

So glad I went on my trip, it was the best holiday I have had! Awesome group of people made for awesome times, we couldn't have done it all with out our fabulous tour manager Courtney! aka 'Coxy'. I could not recommend a Contiki more than anything, you wont regret it! They squeeze so much into the time you have it's just amazing.

My Contiki was: fun, awesome, party

Great Britain & Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great Trip
  • Susana Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

I enjoyed this trip immensely. Our tour guide and was amazing and she was very knowledgable, fun, and organized (Jordana you rock!!). The people where a good mix of 20's, 25's and 30's year olds so you had people to hang out with. I would say the average age would be about 25. This was my first contiki trip and would definitely recommend this trip. You see a lot of things in the least amount of time. I think that if I would do this trip on my own I would not have been able to see as much as we did on this tour. Also, if I had to choose (because of time) I would do all three places (england, scotland, ireland) but if you don't have much time would do scotland and ireland.

Great Britain & Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great Trip
  • Susana Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

I enjoyed this trip immensely. Our tour guide and was amazing and she was very knowledgable, fun, and organized (Jordana you rock!!). The people where a good mix of 20's, 25's and 30's year olds so you had people to hang out with. I would say the average age would be about 25. This was my first contiki trip and would definitely recommend this trip. You see a lot of things in the least amount of time. I think that if I would do this trip on my own I would not have been able to see as much as we did on this tour. Also, if I had to choose (because of time) I would do all three places (england, scotland, ireland) but if you don't have much time would do scotland and ireland.

  • Caitlyn Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

I was a little nervous when I decided to travel internationally for the first time all by myself but when I found Contiki I was a little better with the idea. I arrived in London early to do some sightseeing and met up with some people from the trip who I had talked to previously on the meetup site and Facebook. I am so glad I decided to go alone! The people I met and the experiences we shared were unlike anything I ever thought would happen! We had by far the best tour manager, Faye, and the most badass coach driver, Max H! These two were great and worked really well together and made everyday fun and worth the occasional early morning! I've already picked out my next trip and some of the people from this trip are going! Lifelong friends I'd say! The hotels were decent(you aren't in them long), the breakfasts are hotel breakfasts but get you through the morning, the coach is comfortable, and do the optional me times! We did all of them and they were great!

My Contiki was: #contikifaye, #contikimaxh, #besttripofmylife

  • Caitlyn Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 3 Countries

I was a little nervous when I decided to travel internationally for the first time all by myself but when I found Contiki I was a little better with the idea. I arrived in London early to do some sightseeing and met up with some people from the trip who I had talked to previously on the meetup site and Facebook. I am so glad I decided to go alone! The people I met and the experiences we shared were unlike anything I ever thought would happen! We had by far the best tour manager, Faye, and the most badass coach driver, Max H! These two were great and worked really well together and made everyday fun and worth the occasional early morning! I've already picked out my next trip and some of the people from this trip are going! Lifelong friends I'd say! The hotels were decent(you aren't in them long), the breakfasts are hotel breakfasts but get you through the morning, the coach is comfortable, and do the optional me times! We did all of them and they were great!

My Contiki was: #contikifaye, #contikimaxh, #besttripofmylife

Thai Island Hopper East

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fun!
  • tfrench27 Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

had an awesome time. Made 30 friends, and was looked after very well by the beautiful Margie. Definitely having a few beers with the boys when I travel again.

This was our first contiki tour and first time traveling and we were not sure what to expect as we were traveling as a couple. We had an amazing tour manager Margie whom made us feel more than welcome, she went above and beyond to ensure everyone in our group had the best time. Great activities with lots of insight and information about the histories of everywhere we went. Learnt a lot and formed some amazing friendships from travelers all around the world at the same time. Will definitely be traveling with contiki again. 10/10

My Contiki was: Best time ever, Fun, Amazing

  • amywiles Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first ever trip by myself and it completely exceeded every expectation I had! Our contiki manager margie was the best! She was so concerned about all of us and made sure that we had the best experience we possibly could! I have definitely made some amazing friends and memories and I cannot wait to do another one hopefully in the near future!!

My Contiki was: Best , Time, Ever

First off I would like to say that my opinions are my own and I'm sure many people would disagree with some of my views. However to those that are interested, here is my completely honest review of this tour.

1. Your coach is most likely not going to have phone charging facilities or wifi as advertised. This isn't that important but I feel like contiki shouldn't have falsely advertised this or at least mentioned the wifi is both slow and not free. I know no one comes to Europe to be on their phones but it was very misleading.
2. Almost every place you go you will be taken to a shop under the guise of learning about some of the items that come from their country, but really they obviously have some deal with the shop and want you to buy stuff. It's a bit unfair when we could have spent our time doing other things but are instead forced to go to shops where you just feel manipulated.
3. Expect not to have any time to yourself, I know most people who do this tour do it because it's fast but you will literally arrive at a place and 15 minutes have to be somewhere, it can be extremely stressful.
4. My trip manager and driver did an excellent job but at the end of the tour I couldn't believe they told everyone how much to tip them! I know contiki probably tells them how much to ask for but I thought it was ridiculously cheeky, and many others agreed.

The actual tour was super fun though, I can see how if you had a good group it would have been amazing fun. Unfortunately a lot of my group were cliquey/not very friendly but that has nothing to do with contiki, I can only say that this tour, and perhaps most contiki tours are likely to attract a lot of Australian bogans.

The special stopovers and on site team were great, and the hotel in Paris was really nice too. The included meals are standard, not amazing but they fill you up which is what you need. The me time optionals are all great too.

I would recommend this tour for someone short on time but just expect to get the hard sell in the shops and also if you don't want to do some of the me time optionsls they will pressure you a bit.

My Contiki was: Rushed, Fun, Crazy

First off I would like to say that my opinions are my own and I'm sure many people would disagree with some of my views. However to those that are interested, here is my completely honest review of this tour.

1. Your coach is most likely not going to have phone charging facilities or wifi as advertised. This isn't that important but I feel like contiki shouldn't have falsely advertised this or at least mentioned the wifi is both slow and not free. I know no one comes to Europe to be on their phones but it was very misleading.
2. Almost every place you go you will be taken to a shop under the guise of learning about some of the items that come from their country, but really they obviously have some deal with the shop and want you to buy stuff. It's a bit unfair when we could have spent our time doing other things but are instead forced to go to shops where you just feel manipulated.
3. Expect not to have any time to yourself, I know most people who do this tour do it because it's fast but you will literally arrive at a place and 15 minutes have to be somewhere, it can be extremely stressful.
4. My trip manager and driver did an excellent job but at the end of the tour I couldn't believe they told everyone how much to tip them! I know contiki probably tells them how much to ask for but I thought it was ridiculously cheeky, and many others agreed.

The actual tour was super fun though, I can see how if you had a good group it would have been amazing fun. Unfortunately a lot of my group were cliquey/not very friendly but that has nothing to do with contiki, I can only say that this tour, and perhaps most contiki tours are likely to attract a lot of Australian bogans.

The special stopovers and on site team were great, and the hotel in Paris was really nice too. The included meals are standard, not amazing but they fill you up which is what you need. The me time optionals are all great too.

I would recommend this tour for someone short on time but just expect to get the hard sell in the shops and also if you don't want to do some of the me time optionsls they will pressure you a bit.

My Contiki was: Rushed, Fun, Crazy

  • Julie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

This is such an amazing trip! Everything you do is awesome from the sight seeing to the optionals--and do all the optionals! I cannot recommend this enough, it's the perfect amount of time and the perfect amount of places.
A few suggestions would be that you will need nicer clothing for some of the optionals in France and you will DEFINITELY need bug spray in Venice. Also, bring a neck pillow for the bus, I didn't have one and my jacket was not comfy. Also take a large beach towel for you towel because they can double up as blankets on the bus or if you do not want to get your sleeping bag out in the accommodations.
Again, I cannot recommend this enough and if you are even slightly considering it, just do it because you won't have any regrets and you will meet so many cool people and share incredible experiences. Also do not be afraid to go alone, I did and I am so glad for it.

The food is also great everywhere but be prepared to try some newer items that may be specify to the region.

My Contiki was: Incredible, Memorable, Once in a lifetime

  • Julie Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

This is such an amazing trip! Everything you do is awesome from the sight seeing to the optionals--and do all the optionals! I cannot recommend this enough, it's the perfect amount of time and the perfect amount of places.
A few suggestions would be that you will need nicer clothing for some of the optionals in France and you will DEFINITELY need bug spray in Venice. Also, bring a neck pillow for the bus, I didn't have one and my jacket was not comfy. Also take a large beach towel for you towel because they can double up as blankets on the bus or if you do not want to get your sleeping bag out in the accommodations.
Again, I cannot recommend this enough and if you are even slightly considering it, just do it because you won't have any regrets and you will meet so many cool people and share incredible experiences. Also do not be afraid to go alone, I did and I am so glad for it.

The food is also great everywhere but be prepared to try some newer items that may be specify to the region.

My Contiki was: Incredible, Memorable, Once in a lifetime

  • Melita Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip went so quick, but loved every minute of it!

It was a great way to experience every countries culture, history, food, their nature and beautiful monuments.

The trip also allowed plenty metime options to ride an elephant, hug a tiger, go water tubing in caves and much more!

The highlight was seeing Ankor Wat Temple in Cambodia and definitely just how beautiful and kind the people in Laos are.

I went in January and it was very hot, bring LOTS LOTS of undies as you will go through 2 a day from all the sweating! There was 2 places in Thailand up high in the mountains where it was raining and very cold and our group was not prepared for such a dramatic change in weather so bring 2 spare warm jumpers or jackets and warm pants.

My Contiki was: awesome, beautiful, culture

  • alyssa! Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 16 Countries

Asia is absolutely beautiful an amazing. Hot, but it's so worth it to go. Asian Adventure is a great taste and intro to 3 great cities and I can not wait to go back for more. The trip is a highlights trip - only twice do you spend more then 1 night in the same city. Laos is a huge surprise, it's now one of my favourite countries. The only downfall was free time was limited - you would get 1-2 hours at most in between contiki's planned activities which was never enough time to venture too far away from the hotel to go see/do something that Contiki doesn't take you to. There are a lot of temples, an temple wear in Asia is dreadful but each is different, and fascinating so go to them all! Do as much as you can as the 2 weeks go by super fast and you want to get as much in as possible. You can always rest and sleep on the plane back home.

My Contiki was: Culture, Variety, Temples

  • Holly Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

I had such a fantastic experience on the Egypt & the Nile tour. Our tour leader Sheriff honestly made this trip fantastic, he went above and beyond to ensure that we had the trip of a lifetime; from organising extra activities such as day trips to Alexandria as well as organising diving experiences for some of our group in Hurghada. He truly made the effort to showcase the beautiful sites Egypt has to offer. I definitely recommend doing as many of the optionals as you can. Egypt has so much incredible history I honestly was blown away each day of the tour. My personal highlights were Abu Simbel as well as the Valley of the Kings.
Accommodation wise I will admit the Victoria hotel definitely wasn't a highlight but was manageable, the overnight train isn't anything fancy but was decent for what it was considering where in Egypt but the Nile cruise accommodation was fantastic as well as Hotel in Hurghada. I really wish we had an extra night in Hurghada or even ended the trip there. I always felt safe wherever we went and security was always very present to reassure me of my safety. I only really felt uncomfortable in Cairo but not unsafe. I really was lucky with my tour group I couldn't of asked for a better bunch of people to share this experience with.

Some Random advice for this trip:
+ US dollar is accepted most places.
+ If you need Egyptian pounds before you tour starts there is an atm right near the hotel, just a few doors down.
+ You can exchange money at the Victoria Hotel.
+ Always aim for smaller notes and also try to have exact money or as close to the amount as possible in a few of the markets I spent a bit of time having to argue to get my change back.
+ Before and after the tour if your there extra time, remember that Egypt runs on tips. So remember to tip the people that carry your bags or do extra things to help you out.
+ A few of my tour members weren't aware but if you let Contiki know of your arrival times you can catch a free transfer bus to and from the airport.
+ Always have tissues or toilet paper chances are the toilets won't have it even in the museums.
+ Stock up on water if it's cheap generally around 5 Egyptian pounds for 1.5L you'll go through it faster than you think.
+ Clothing wise, Cairo was really the only place where we were told to be mindful to cover up. After that it's up to you however you will draw more attention the less covered you are. I found loose clothing to be best. Things like harem pants and tanks tops with a lightweight loose bolero or maxi dresses.
Hope this helps, like I said Egypt is an incredible place with such an interesting history. It's definitely worth the visit.

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Inspiring, Unforgettable

  • Holly Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

I had such a fantastic experience on the Egypt & the Nile tour. Our tour leader Sheriff honestly made this trip fantastic, he went above and beyond to ensure that we had the trip of a lifetime; from organising extra activities such as day trips to Alexandria as well as organising diving experiences for some of our group in Hurghada. He truly made the effort to showcase the beautiful sites Egypt has to offer. I definitely recommend doing as many of the optionals as you can. Egypt has so much incredible history I honestly was blown away each day of the tour. My personal highlights were Abu Simbel as well as the Valley of the Kings.
Accommodation wise I will admit the Victoria hotel definitely wasn't a highlight but was manageable, the overnight train isn't anything fancy but was decent for what it was considering where in Egypt but the Nile cruise accommodation was fantastic as well as Hotel in Hurghada. I really wish we had an extra night in Hurghada or even ended the trip there. I always felt safe wherever we went and security was always very present to reassure me of my safety. I only really felt uncomfortable in Cairo but not unsafe. I really was lucky with my tour group I couldn't of asked for a better bunch of people to share this experience with.

Some Random advice for this trip:
+ US dollar is accepted most places.
+ If you need Egyptian pounds before you tour starts there is an atm right near the hotel, just a few doors down.
+ You can exchange money at the Victoria Hotel.
+ Always aim for smaller notes and also try to have exact money or as close to the amount as possible in a few of the markets I spent a bit of time having to argue to get my change back.
+ Before and after the tour if your there extra time, remember that Egypt runs on tips. So remember to tip the people that carry your bags or do extra things to help you out.
+ A few of my tour members weren't aware but if you let Contiki know of your arrival times you can catch a free transfer bus to and from the airport.
+ Always have tissues or toilet paper chances are the toilets won't have it even in the museums.
+ Stock up on water if it's cheap generally around 5 Egyptian pounds for 1.5L you'll go through it faster than you think.
+ Clothing wise, Cairo was really the only place where we were told to be mindful to cover up. After that it's up to you however you will draw more attention the less covered you are. I found loose clothing to be best. Things like harem pants and tanks tops with a lightweight loose bolero or maxi dresses.
Hope this helps, like I said Egypt is an incredible place with such an interesting history. It's definitely worth the visit.

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Inspiring, Unforgettable

Ireland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing experience
  • Rhea Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Everything about the Ireland trip was absolutely amazing. I felt I got the most out of every city we went to and I learned so much about Ireland's history and people. Accommodations were great and my favorite food was the Irish stew. I did all the optionals and they were awesome especially the Aran Islands and the Guinness Storehouse. Everyone on the trip was amazing, our coach was great, and shout out to Lee for being an amazing tour guide!!! This will definitely not be my last Contiki!!

My Contiki was: amazing, fun, exciting

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