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  • Sarah Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

First and foremost, plan on doing ALL of the optional ME Time activities. Contiki does a wonderful job of picking out experiences that are authentic to each area visited that also help support the local economy. There wasn't a single activity that I regret doing and I'm beyond thrilled I participated in everything. It's a great way to bond with the rest of the travelers on the trip too.

Be prepared for this tour, it's a fast-paced trip. Be sure to take advantage of every second you spend in each city. Your tour guide will have tips and hints as to what to visit whether you're interested in shopping, food, architecture or museums. Our tour guide Nick was spot-on with every suggestion he made. The best recommendation was to go to the Suso Gelato place in Venice. HOLY MOLY BEST GELATO EVER CONSUMED!!

Be sure to bring a bag that you can pack for one-night stays in some of the hotels. The place in Rhine Valley didn't have an elevator, so it was helpful to be able to pack a small bag to lug up the stairs.

When you have free time in the cities, try to go off the beaten path to find more authentic food places. The prices tend to be more reasonable as well and you never know who you might run into. A friend and I met the sweetest children's fashion designer when we hopped off the beaten path in Paris. It was wonderful to hear her story and how she got to where she is in life.

Bring a nice outfit or two. Everyone in our grouped dressed up to go to Le Moulin Rouge on our last night of the tour. It was weird seeing people outside of the normal jeans and jackets that night haha.

I loved meeting all of the people in our tour group. We've stayed in touch since the trip (6 months ago at this point) and we're trying to plan a trip that we can all go on again! That truly is one of the greatest take aways from the Contiki trip, the invaluable and lasting friendships that were formed with people from all over the world. All and all, one helluva trip and can't wait for the next Contiki adventure!

My Contiki was: food, friends, adventure

  • npacini Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I was traveling alone and pretty nervous (I had never done anything like that before) but it turned out better than I ever could've expected! I truly made friends for life during those 2 short weeks and was able to see and do so much!!! If you are still debating, stop! and book it now! any trip it doesn't matter!

My Contiki was: Fun, Fast, Exhilirating

  • npacini Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I was traveling alone and pretty nervous (I had never done anything like that before) but it turned out better than I ever could've expected! I truly made friends for life during those 2 short weeks and was able to see and do so much!!! If you are still debating, stop! and book it now! any trip it doesn't matter!

My Contiki was: Fun, Fast, Exhilirating

Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Spanish Spree Contiki
  • Paul Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This trip was the best holiday i've had, and first Contiki experience. It was a very intense 2 weeks sightseeing some amazing places by day partying by night.

We got to see historical places which were significant to the Moors, the Romans, the Gauls, Celts, Visygoths, the British, austrian, french and more! Spain's history was incredible!

We tried of the Tapas, where you order drinks and get free food with them, food that gets better the more drinks you buy or you can buy your own more premium tapas which never got old!

The nightclubs were amazing and didn't even start til 1:30am, leading to many fun drunken nights and absolutely zero sleep. None of us cared about the lack of sleep, it was just too exciting to sleep for, there were always different options for those who wanted to drink and party, those wanting to relax, and those wanting a bit of both.

In the midst of the trip we got to leave the county on foot and see the British territory of Gibraltar which is bizarrely Brithish but full of spainiards.

The group was great, the hotels were great, the tour guide was great. My only suggestion would be to pay the extra money for twin share as I did triple share and found it too hard to get everyone showered and shaved in time during mornings and nights out. On the upside, my room mates were great and it was a good way to make friends quickly.

I have made friends for life and and found a new enthusiasm for travel. Highly recommended for those keen to experience Spain and Gibraltar.

My Contiki was: Food/Drink, Cultural experience, Partying

Spanish Spree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Spanish Spree Contiki
  • Paul Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This trip was the best holiday i've had, and first Contiki experience. It was a very intense 2 weeks sightseeing some amazing places by day partying by night.

We got to see historical places which were significant to the Moors, the Romans, the Gauls, Celts, Visygoths, the British, austrian, french and more! Spain's history was incredible!

We tried of the Tapas, where you order drinks and get free food with them, food that gets better the more drinks you buy or you can buy your own more premium tapas which never got old!

The nightclubs were amazing and didn't even start til 1:30am, leading to many fun drunken nights and absolutely zero sleep. None of us cared about the lack of sleep, it was just too exciting to sleep for, there were always different options for those who wanted to drink and party, those wanting to relax, and those wanting a bit of both.

In the midst of the trip we got to leave the county on foot and see the British territory of Gibraltar which is bizarrely Brithish but full of spainiards.

The group was great, the hotels were great, the tour guide was great. My only suggestion would be to pay the extra money for twin share as I did triple share and found it too hard to get everyone showered and shaved in time during mornings and nights out. On the upside, my room mates were great and it was a good way to make friends quickly.

I have made friends for life and and found a new enthusiasm for travel. Highly recommended for those keen to experience Spain and Gibraltar.

My Contiki was: Food/Drink, Cultural experience, Partying

European Inspiration

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Tour
  • Gab Rich Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

In taking this tour for three weeks has giving opportunities to see amazing places in Europe and place I never though seeing or traveling to. Accommodation were great and traveling bus road was great. The group of people were awesome. I love every bite of tour. The best adventure I never took traveling alone.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Best , Greatest

European Inspiration

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European Tour
  • Gab Rich Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

In taking this tour for three weeks has giving opportunities to see amazing places in Europe and place I never though seeing or traveling to. Accommodation were great and traveling bus road was great. The group of people were awesome. I love every bite of tour. The best adventure I never took traveling alone.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Best , Greatest

  • Brooke Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Being a first time solo traveler I had no idea what to expect packing my bags and travelling across the world & I am happy to say it exceeded all my expectations. It is so hard to put into words the experiences I had through out the 9 days we were hopping around those little islands but I can say that I have made friends for life and memories I will always look back on & smile. If you are tossing up if you should go on this trip, ask yourself if you like to laugh until you cry, party all night, explore all day & become a part of a family you'll never forget, do it! All the guides through Asia are amazing too so you are guaranteed a good time! Until next time Contiki!! Thanks for a wild one!

  • Brittany Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This was my very first Contiki, but I guarantee that it won't be my last. The famous Sherif was everything the reviews say and took such good care of us. Of course, the people made it so worthwhile! The sites are absolutely amazing and there really isn't anything like them. My only complaint with the trip is the cost. You really will want to do almost all of the excursions, so add about $300 to the trip cost to get a feel for the real price. If there is one excursion that I'd say you absolutely can't miss, it's the Red Sea. AMAZING!

  • Brittany Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This was my very first Contiki, but I guarantee that it won't be my last. The famous Sherif was everything the reviews say and took such good care of us. Of course, the people made it so worthwhile! The sites are absolutely amazing and there really isn't anything like them. My only complaint with the trip is the cost. You really will want to do almost all of the excursions, so add about $300 to the trip cost to get a feel for the real price. If there is one excursion that I'd say you absolutely can't miss, it's the Red Sea. AMAZING!

  • Woody Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first trip overseas, and probably the best way to experience everything I did. Thailand is such a beautiful place, especially on this trip. I got to see a lot more and do more then I would of with an alcoholic mates from home. Instead, I got to do it all with a bunch of "apparent" alcoholics from all over the world. It was mostly the people I got to share this trip with that made it all for me. The tour guide, Shannon, was absolutely fantastic! With her mood continuously being happy, it reflected on us and made the trip that much better! With the trip itself, no one was ever alone and always in groups either drinking or relaxing. For me, being Australian, that is perfect!! All the accommodation was just right for the area which was nice. Especially Koh Tao, with the jungle like rooms. They were just perfect to the last detail. There was so many GREAT moments on the trip, none of them being appropriate, but one I can say, I was in the spot light on a main show and made to dress up..
But over all, this was the absolute best way I could see Thailand! Well to start it anyway. Thank you Shannon and the Contiki crew, this coming from "Skippy" from AUS.
#JUGIBABY

My Contiki was: JUGI, Need AA now, Aesthetically Great

  • Eric Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Although there will be place in my heart for my First Contiki. (European Highlights May '08) This hands down was the best Contiki trip I ever experienced. The food was amazing, the views were amazing and the crew was amazing. Our tour group was 70+ people and yet we managed to have a good time. We saw Lil Jon, jumped off pirate ships to a secluded beach and partied all day and night. I've done several Contiki trips but one was all around the best one. I'm not sure if my next one can even compete.

My Contiki was: Best, Amazing, Gyros

  • Eric Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Although there will be place in my heart for my First Contiki. (European Highlights May '08) This hands down was the best Contiki trip I ever experienced. The food was amazing, the views were amazing and the crew was amazing. Our tour group was 70+ people and yet we managed to have a good time. We saw Lil Jon, jumped off pirate ships to a secluded beach and partied all day and night. I've done several Contiki trips but one was all around the best one. I'm not sure if my next one can even compete.

My Contiki was: Best, Amazing, Gyros

  • Maddie K Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This was my first time to Europe and the first time traveling by myself. I could not have had a better first time experience with Contiki!!!! I had a great time with everyone and we had a great tour manager, Tim and an awesome bus driver, Max.

Every day was fun and the nights where so much fun! Almost every night we went out, Liverpool, Carlisle, Edinburgh(x2), Oban and Glasgow!!!
Great hotels!

When you go to Loch Ness you have to jump in just to say you have done it!!! It was freezing cold but lots of fun!

I would recommend arriving in London a day or two before the tour starts if you wan to do some sight seeing. I didn't do that and didn't get time to see London except for the bus tour.

#Contiki #ContkiTim #ContikiMaxH

My Contiki was: Awesome People, Nightlife, #NoRegrets

  • Maddie K Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This was my first time to Europe and the first time traveling by myself. I could not have had a better first time experience with Contiki!!!! I had a great time with everyone and we had a great tour manager, Tim and an awesome bus driver, Max.

Every day was fun and the nights where so much fun! Almost every night we went out, Liverpool, Carlisle, Edinburgh(x2), Oban and Glasgow!!!
Great hotels!

When you go to Loch Ness you have to jump in just to say you have done it!!! It was freezing cold but lots of fun!

I would recommend arriving in London a day or two before the tour starts if you wan to do some sight seeing. I didn't do that and didn't get time to see London except for the bus tour.

#Contiki #ContkiTim #ContikiMaxH

My Contiki was: Awesome People, Nightlife, #NoRegrets

  • MitchG Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Okay, let me start off by saying I was equally excited and nervous for this trip...

Nervous because I was traveling solo and never traveled Contiki before. I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would like the people I was going to spend 19 days with. I was excited for the obvious reasons...SEEING EUROPE!!

I also did the London Explorer package prior to the Inspiration tour so the few days leading up to the trip I had visited the Contiki basement a few times. Every member of the staff was super helpful and felt like they were old friends. The day before we left we did a meeting at the basement where we got to meet the people who were also on the trip.

When I arrived I immediately met 2 people that I connected with right away. As soon as we started chatting, all my concerns were at ease. I knew it was going to be a good trip! After the meeting a group of 10 of us went to a pub for a few pints and to get more acquainted. For anyone doing a trip, I would suggest using this time to meet your trip mates because it was a great way to break the ice quickly.

Now for the trip...This honestly could not have been better. Everything went perfectly and at no point was I concerned over timing, accommodations, drive time, lines into the attractions etc etc..Our driver(Jason M) and trip Manager(Nick P) were on top of everything!!

For the amount of time we had in each city, they made sure we maximized it to the fullest!! And they always did it with a friendly face. I never once got a bad vibe from them and they both seemed genuinely happy with their jobs and to help us out with anything we needed. I unfortunately got sick, but Nick stepped up to the plate and helped me locate a doctor when I needed it. This was extremely valuable to me because I had no idea what to do or where to go.

I can't say enough good things about these 2. But they definitely exceeded my expectations and set the bar high for any other driver and tour manager.

The trip was an absolute blast and I made lifelong friends that I'll keep in contact with. We're actually already talking about another trip for next summer.

Thanks Nick, Jason, my Contiki family and Contiki for an awesome trip!

My Contiki was: Memorable, Friends, Fun

  • MitchG Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Okay, let me start off by saying I was equally excited and nervous for this trip...

Nervous because I was traveling solo and never traveled Contiki before. I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would like the people I was going to spend 19 days with. I was excited for the obvious reasons...SEEING EUROPE!!

I also did the London Explorer package prior to the Inspiration tour so the few days leading up to the trip I had visited the Contiki basement a few times. Every member of the staff was super helpful and felt like they were old friends. The day before we left we did a meeting at the basement where we got to meet the people who were also on the trip.

When I arrived I immediately met 2 people that I connected with right away. As soon as we started chatting, all my concerns were at ease. I knew it was going to be a good trip! After the meeting a group of 10 of us went to a pub for a few pints and to get more acquainted. For anyone doing a trip, I would suggest using this time to meet your trip mates because it was a great way to break the ice quickly.

Now for the trip...This honestly could not have been better. Everything went perfectly and at no point was I concerned over timing, accommodations, drive time, lines into the attractions etc etc..Our driver(Jason M) and trip Manager(Nick P) were on top of everything!!

For the amount of time we had in each city, they made sure we maximized it to the fullest!! And they always did it with a friendly face. I never once got a bad vibe from them and they both seemed genuinely happy with their jobs and to help us out with anything we needed. I unfortunately got sick, but Nick stepped up to the plate and helped me locate a doctor when I needed it. This was extremely valuable to me because I had no idea what to do or where to go.

I can't say enough good things about these 2. But they definitely exceeded my expectations and set the bar high for any other driver and tour manager.

The trip was an absolute blast and I made lifelong friends that I'll keep in contact with. We're actually already talking about another trip for next summer.

Thanks Nick, Jason, my Contiki family and Contiki for an awesome trip!

My Contiki was: Memorable, Friends, Fun

  • ClareD Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

This was my first Contiki, and I honestly had the best time ever. I made so many amazing friends, saw beautiful sights and maybe drank a little too much ;) Our tour guide Az was awesome, super cool guy and very knowledgeable about each city we visited. It is very fast paced, but the Me time Optionals are a great way of getting acquainted with the city in a short period of time and having fun doing it. I totally recommend this tour, it is something I'll always remember doing!! #noregrets

My Contiki was: no, regrets

  • ClareD Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

This was my first Contiki, and I honestly had the best time ever. I made so many amazing friends, saw beautiful sights and maybe drank a little too much ;) Our tour guide Az was awesome, super cool guy and very knowledgeable about each city we visited. It is very fast paced, but the Me time Optionals are a great way of getting acquainted with the city in a short period of time and having fun doing it. I totally recommend this tour, it is something I'll always remember doing!! #noregrets

My Contiki was: no, regrets

  • Sarah Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The three islands provide everything you'd want: fun all-night raves, quiet restaurants with caldera views, hiking and sailing adventures with your group, and unique experiences. The more laid-back atmosphere of the trip lets you explore the islands on your own and even have the time to take trips to other islands in your free time.

My Contiki was: Romantic, Beaches, Historica

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