Reviews

Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • Adriana Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

It's been almost a year and I still talk about this trip as it was a week ago.
The weather was perfect, the food is amazing and Paradise Beach Mykonos is out of this world. Get a photo with elephant man... You won't be disappointed! I love five minutes away from the girl I was roommates with. It's amazing when we tell people that we became friends in Greece. Where do I begin to describe how much fun I had in Mykonos? Table dancing, Long Island iced teas. Beach. Sun. Bikinis. Margaritas with breakfast. Paros was nice and relaxing.. A few days to recover after Mykonos. Then on to santorini. The photo opportunities are endless - charge your camera, take your phone. Take 1000s of pictures on each. Night time is just as beautiful as when the sun hits the white houses scattered on the cliff. The donkey ride is awesome. Take some coins because people take your photo while you are riding your donkey up the mountain. Once you finish it's printed waiting for you. That's an awesome keepsake. Everytime I hear our contiki song it reminds me of dancing on bar tops and cocktail buckets.

My Contiki was: Beach, Bikinis , Booze

  • Adriana Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

I can't even begin to describe how amazing this trip is. Thinking about doing it? DO IT! I went as a 23rd birthday present to myself and it did not disappoint. Walking on the Great Wall was the highlight for me. The feeling of accomplishment and knowing I've walked on it is something that I will cherish forever. I was in a tour of only 8 so we were all quite close. Our tour manager Matt is the best tour guide I've had. He was kind, easy to talk to and we all had an absolute blast! The warriors you see in movies and on tv but seeing them in person is to the next level. I rang in my birthday in a night club in Xi'an with violin playing table dancers and yes Chinese people in nightclubs dance in unison to any music is was fabulous. It was one I'll never forget that's for sure. Then in the morning we took a bike ride on the ancient city walls. I did all the optional activities except the light show. I chose to stay in Hong Kong for 3 extra days and a few of the others had late flights so we all went to ocean park to see pandas.

This trip was everything I could of asked for and more.

My Contiki was: Amazing , Insightful , FABULOUS!

Italian Espresso

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ A Nice Cuppa!
  • Paulus Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This was my first Contiki trip, went not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be an awesome and unforgettable time! Met a lot of wonderful friends! Our tour guide Claudia was bubbly, caring, helpful and entertaining and the driver was a cool, suave "Italian Stallion", simply a master-class driver!
Many of the activities of this trip were quite interesting such as showing you how wine was made, or the leather, the glass blowing etc. but I know they also wanted to promote their products. I guess that's a good opportunity to make some money off some travelling tourists.
The tour covered a lot of places for the time we spent there, however, I felt not enough time to spend in some places eg. Pisa for an hour and shopping for an hour (either more time to shop/ eat or just eat and skip the shopping)
I really enjoyed the dinners and the optional activities although some of the dinners were a tad expensive, it was a good experience nonetheless. Don't really think the walking tour or the photo was worth it for me.
If you really wanted, you could save a bit doing it yourself, but then again, its not as safe, you'd have to do a lot of research and planning and you'd miss out on meeting a lot of like-minded and awesome people.
Overall, it's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favourite cities.

My Contiki was: Cultural, Scenic, Action-packed

Italian Espresso

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ A Nice Cuppa!
  • Paulus Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This was my first Contiki trip, went not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be an awesome and unforgettable time! Met a lot of wonderful friends! Our tour guide Claudia was bubbly, caring, helpful and entertaining and the driver was a cool, suave "Italian Stallion", simply a master-class driver!
Many of the activities of this trip were quite interesting such as showing you how wine was made, or the leather, the glass blowing etc. but I know they also wanted to promote their products. I guess that's a good opportunity to make some money off some travelling tourists.
The tour covered a lot of places for the time we spent there, however, I felt not enough time to spend in some places eg. Pisa for an hour and shopping for an hour (either more time to shop/ eat or just eat and skip the shopping)
I really enjoyed the dinners and the optional activities although some of the dinners were a tad expensive, it was a good experience nonetheless. Don't really think the walking tour or the photo was worth it for me.
If you really wanted, you could save a bit doing it yourself, but then again, its not as safe, you'd have to do a lot of research and planning and you'd miss out on meeting a lot of like-minded and awesome people.
Overall, it's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favourite cities.

My Contiki was: Cultural, Scenic, Action-packed

  • Kylie Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Aside from being on the bus so much, this was a great tour. Perfectly planned events and excursion in each country. I even went paragliding in the Austrian Alps. I ended up falling in love with Germany (something I never expected) and realized that after my second time in Paris, I'm not a huge fan of France. Italy was incredible. Austria and Switzerland were everything you could imagine them to be. And Amsterdam was great, so beautiful and the people were lovely.,..even in the Red Light district. I highly recommend this tour.

My Contiki was: Fun, Adventure , Beautiful

  • Sbrown Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

This was my very first Contiki and my first trip overseas and it was amazing!!!! I had such a great time and Bri was the best tour manager. I had a lot more free time than I thought which was great because there was so much I wanted to see and do.

My Contiki was: Adventuresome, Fun, Great time

  • Nic Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking at seeing scenic scandinavia.
I usually travel alone but there was no way i would have seen things and gone to the cities i did if i did this by myself.
Most things are covered in the price of the tour so you dont have to spend much money if you dont want to.
The hostels you stay at are great, especially in copenhagen.
Alot of free time to explore on your own, nothings rushed and the tour guide will give you all the info you need to get to where you want.
Long drive days and VERY cold in places!
Great tour!

My Contiki was: Fun, Beautiful, Relaxed

  • Ashleigh Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

Best thing I have ever done in my life. I made friends on the first day, and have made friends for life. It was great to be able to travel around Europe with such good friends and company. The bus was fantastic, the accommodation was great, especially the contiki stop overs, the bus driver was halarious, and the Tour Manager knew all the ins and outs of all the cities we visited. All of the optional extras were worth it, and made the trip even more special. As did the free days to explore cities with your new friends. The Egypt option was a special highlight, and was a dream come true for me. 45 days went by so fast we didn't want it to end, we could have kept going forever!

My Contiki was: Life changing, Incredible , Fun

  • Katherine Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

This trip was everything I expected and more. It was a fun and safe way to travel alone without ever feeling unsafe. Our tour manager Becc went out of her way to make sure we saw everything possible in the time we had by making special stops and getting great photo opps. She had so much knowledge about every place we saw and I learned so much more than I ever thought I would on a trip like this. I met so many amazing people who wanted to see the same things as me and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Every hotel was more than I could ask for everything was clean and had so much space. It was beautiful scenery everywhere we went and the backstage pass included so many amazing things I will never forget seeing. I suggest this trip to anyone who wants to see these countries because it shows you so much in such little time. Our tour manager was one of the best people I've ever met and she did so much for all of us and made this the trip of a lifetime! #no regrets

  • WillMiller Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

This contiki was definitely worth every cent. You do so much and it pays for hotels, travel, some tour guides and museums, breakfast and dinner some/most days, and you do things you never normally would.

I never would've gone to Schonbrunn Palace and watched a classical concert in vienna, or gone to this awesome amusement park just outside Vienna. I never would have gotten a local tour guide across Budapest, especially with all people around my age, and I never would have gone inside the Hungarian Parliament building and saw the President.

And that wasn't really it. It was the people, the relationships you form with the travellers on the Contiki, including the tour operator and coach driver.

I'd reccomend it to anyone who wanted a quick, cheap getaway.

My Contiki was: unforgettable, exciting, picturesque

  • ChristaC Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

It's hard to capture into words the experiences I had on this trip. It was one of the greatest times of my life and I'll be forever appreciative to our TM Zsofi, our TD Marcin, and my entire tour group for it.
No matter where you came from, Europe was always going to be a different experience. Yes, reading reviews is helpful in choosing the right tour for you, and if you want to label this tour something, it's a taste-tester of all the major sites that mainstream tourists would want to visit (plus other hidden morsels along the way). But one of the best things you can do with these tours is to approach it with little to no preconceptions. Let it sweep you away, teach you things that you never would have thought possible, experience magic in each moment. For example, the food in Germany (Rhineland) wasn't what you might consider the greatest. But you know what? You're in Germany. You're sitting on a land of hundreds of years of significant history. Who cares if the food sucks in your estimation? It's just a matter of different tastes and they've obviously been eating it for longer than we've been alive. You then learn that that food's not to your taste and you don't pick it next time you go out to a restaurant. The next day you're visiting Hofbräuhaus in Munich and it can take you at a minimum of half an hour to find a table among the hundreds that eat there every night, with servers (men and women alike) carrying 8 x 1 litre steins in both hands weaving in and out between everyone, and proceeding to eat a pork knuckle the size of your head after you do find a table (slight exaggeration). A completely different experience.
It's pretty self-explanatory that a tour of 12 days and fitting 8-9 countries in isn't going to be a leisurely stroll in the park. The excitement came from cramming as much action into the days as you could, running in those last minutes to make sure you didn't miss the bus, reading a map for the first time and trying to pronounce the unpronounceable, the smiles of the locals at your funny accents, the puking on the bus after New Year's Eve in Germany (still makes me nauseous thinking about it), the wonder on a little Roman girl's face when she found out I was from Australia (priceless), deliberately getting lost on the canals in Venice. There's all these little moments at the places you visit that adds extra meaning to everything you experience. The optionals are exactly that, optional, so you don't have to feel obliged to do everything. Again, 8-9 countries in 12 days doesn't leave you with a lot of spare time but take on board the things that you do with the group and you're still getting a lot from each place. You can't expect it to be smiles and roses the whole time; you're on board a bus with numerous other people, some with rusty social skills. Take the good and the bad and turn it into one of the best things you ever chose to do.

#noregrets

My Contiki was: Unforgettable, Magical, Eye-opening

Berlin to Budapest

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Really Amazing

This was my first time out of the US and I really enjoyed it. I had a bit of a hard time adjusting in the beginning but the contiki tour guides certainly helped me out. I came around and thoroughly loved the majority of the trip.

Czech Republic (Prague) was absolutely my favorite. Very lovely city with lots to see and everything was relatively cheap. Town Square was really cool to hang out at.

Germany (Berlin) was awesome, reminded me of NYC. Had lots to see, plenty of history.

Austria (Vienna) was very beautiful. I absolutely loved the Mozart concert at the Schonbrunn Palace, really surreal. The only bummer part was that for the tour dates I did, we were only in Vienna for two nights, having one full day and it was a Sunday so mostly everything was closed.

Hungary (Budapest) was really interesting and was a nice ending to the trip. I think my favorite place there was the Fisherman's Bastion.

Overall it was definitely life changing (being it was my first tour) and I already plan on visiting again!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Incredible, Beautiful

Eastern Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Eastern Escapade
  • Kirsteen Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Absolutely loved this tour. It was a great way to see and explore a lot of history and culture in a short period of time. I was travelling solo but by the end I was friends with everyone. So if you're unsure about doing it by yourself, just jump in the deep end and do it. You'll make friends and have a great time.

Although there was little time, we did a lot! Each day was full of something new and exciting. Every city we went to was amazing in it's own right and it's hard to pin point a favourite place because they were all good. Our tour manager and bus driver just made the trip even more special and fun. Having a history nerd as the tour manager was the icing on the cake.

All the accommodation was reasonable with some really fantastic places and some ok places. The location of the hotels was great except for the one in Boston. That felt a little far out compared to everywhere else we'd been.

Food, American food...it is different for those not used to it. Everywhere we went can be a little hit or miss when it comes to food but generally it's all pretty good. If you are a coffee lover, don't expect good coffee as it's Starbucks or nothing in most places.

One thing to be aware of is tipping. Budget a little extra when it comes to tipping otherwise it can catch you by surprise, especially to those where it's not normal to tip. Anyone in the service industry can be tipped and it's deemed offensive if you don't. Some tipping is included in the tour cost but when you're out on your own it's customary to tip in restaurants, bars etc.

If you expect a party tour, don't come on this one. Yes, we went out most nights and had a blast however it's not the focus of this tour. This tour is aimed more for those that want to do the sights and learn something along the way.

This tour gives you just a taste of each place enticing you to come back. I would definitely go back to all the places I visited so I could explore them more thoroughly. I have #noregrets

My Contiki was: historic, brilliant, hectic

  • Alexandra Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Coming to explore New Zealand was the best decision I made in 2013. Our tour guides made us feel so relaxed and comfortable as we got to meet everyone on the trip. A minute did not go by without feeling truly lucky to be there and having something awesome to look at.

I learnt so much about the culture and made new friends from other cultures at the same time.

Definitely worth visiting, ewe'd be sheepish if you missed out.

My Contiki was: Crisp, Comfortable, Companionship

  • michie2795 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

The tour starts off with four days in Athens, Dephi and Olympia which I felt was sufficient to see the land portion of Greece and the historical things you want to see. The hotels provide oh-my-god amazing views, especially in Delphi. The tour takes you to all the tiny mom and pop restaurants which is nice and you get a real taste of Greece. Nightlife is amazing and the tour manager was able to point us in the right direction each time.
The reason I put four stars instead of five was that I felt I didn't get enough time to see the islands. I could give up Patmos and Kusadasi for more time in Santorini and Mykonos. If you're looking at this tour may I suggest the longer cruise or the island hopper that leaves you more time in the islands, you WILL NOT regret it. If you can get the time off work DO IT!!! That is my only complaint which is not really Contiki but the cruise and tour itself.
This was my first over seas trip and it opened my eyes to traveling and it truly was a life changing experience.

My Contiki was: life changing , blissful, breath taking

  • Sammy Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

The European experience is defiantly worth the money! I had the most amazing time with the best group of people. Made life long friends from all over the world along with great memories!
The contiki group on this tour were rad! All so happy and willing to help with anything!
Don't think twice about this tour just DO IT! #noregrets

My Contiki was: Amazing , Life long memories, No regrets

  • alycia Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Great value for money. Tour guide ish is amazing, so knowledgeable, fun, easy going!!!
Great food great hotels great parties!!!
Overall excellent tour would recommend to anyone!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Fun, Spectacular

  • alycia Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This contiki wasn't the best there are others that are so much better ie south east Asia or Mexico.
It was very pricey and you don't get a lot for what you paid.
It doesn't help that my tour guide I got the feeling didn't want to be there.
The food wasn't all that great and our tour guide kept taking us to the most pricey places, which is ok if your loaded but I was just your general mid twenties traveller.

  • Tara Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Our group was made up of 13 passengers (accommdates up to 16) and 3 crew members. The ages ranged from 19-31 but everyone got along great and we quickly became a family.

The crew was great. Some review said that they have limited English. Yes English is not their first language but they are very socialble and it does not stop them from talking with you and joining in the activities on and off the boat.

Transfers with Contiki are not included and upon arrival I luckily met up with two other Contiki travelers and we shared a taxi to the pier. It is about a 40 min taxi ride and a flat rate of 110 Lira for the one way. There is also a bus that runs from the airport to the bus station, which is 14 Lira. The bus station is about 5 block from the ship. Most of us didn't know about the bus so didn't use it on the way there but used it for our transfer back to the airport.

Upon arrival it said to look for the Barbados booth. None of us found the booth however while wandering the pier we were met by a local who asked if we were from Contiki and led up to the boat. The boat has a contiki flag and the walkway a contiki sign so I recommend just looking for the Conitki signage.

I flew in the day the tour started and flew out the day the tour ended. If you have the time I would highly recommend extending your trip and spending an extra night in Bodrum. Most of our group did extend their stay in Bodrum and it was sad to be one of the only ones departing and leaving our family. Borum has a number or ruins and a castle to explore. I have also been told that jewelry shopping is best in Bodrum, better than Istanbul. Not the tourist market but actual stores. The tourist market is the same as in Istanbul. Don't know that the about the actual jewelry stores since I didn't have a chance to go shopping.

Meals on board the ship are DELCICIOUS!!! We never have left overs. Memet, the chef, is AMZAING! Always a variety of dishes to try.

Excursions - The Mudbath was the best part of the day excursion. After doing it, I don't know I would do it again. I would have rather spent the day enjoying the sun on the boat.

The Marmais night is a definate must. It was amazing. The club they took us to, The Arena, was fantastic. Just outside the club is a place that has amazing kebobs for cheap, a great snack before heading back to the boat. Everyone on our ship went on this excursion and loved it.

Packing - I completely overpacked! We pretty much lived in our swim suite so I really only needed a couple swim suites, a pair of shorts and a tank top or two, clothes for our two nights out and warm clothes for at night (as it does get cold) and in case of rain. Space is really limited so if you have a large suite case it makes getting around in your cabin quite difficult.

One thing that none of us packed is Aloe. I definately recommend packing some as if the weather is nice you will need sunscreen and aloe.

I can't say anything bad about this trip. It was so amazing. I would definately do it again. It was so relaxing. The perfect way to unwind after 10 days of traveling throughout Turkey.

  • KendylG Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

What a month it was. European Escapade gives you a taste of everything Europe has to offer. If you're looking to get as much out of Western Europe as you can in a reasonable amount of time, this is the tour for you. My tour guide and driver team was amazing. Anything you needed to know or needed assistance with Clare was there and Rado our driver? Oh Rado... What a GEM! I miss them both so much. Contiki is amazing, they plan everything for you and the on-site teams were also insanely cool. Those were my favorite stops along the way... Contiki themed hostels/lodges/chateaus always had a cool atmosphere, wicked bar and usually a club of some sort. All you basically need to do is wake up on time and Contiki team does the rest for you I had a blast. I literally could not give you one single complaint or regret. It was the time of my life, just be prepared because they have theme parties at a few of the contiki stops, tight & bright, shock your mother, i heart roma.. Those are the best times so pack some funky items just in case!! ALSO bring vitamins and cold meds from home the contiki cough WILL get you! One last thing... The suggested budget is a little off if you're a big partier like myself because I don't they don't factor in drinking.. Factor in some wiggle room for the budget if you plan on drinking your face off which will probably happen because it's contiki! There's something for everyone on this tour and there were some people in my group who preferred to hang alone but honestly if you're looking for a party atmosphere this is it. I have never laughed and smiled so hard for so long in mt life 26 days of pure, uninterrupted HAPPINESS!!!

My Contiki was: LifeChanging, Blackout, HAPPINESS

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