Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
Such an amazing 28 days! Met so many people and had a great Tour manager (Bri) and Bus driver (Atilla)! This trip lets you see so much of each country as we mostly had two nights in each location allowing us to have a whole day of our own adventure. Optionals were awesome as well... Some included bike riding in Netherlands, tour around Pompeii and a Mozart concert (which wasn't boring!). We were definitely 'on the go' all the time which kept it exciting. If you want a great, awesome holiday where you see heaps then I highly recommend it to you.
Hello fellow Contiki friends!
I just finnished the Spotlight on Greece tour, it was my first tour with this company. It was absolutely amazing couldn't of asked for a better time!
Thanks so much!
You see and read about all of Europe, but to experience it is a whole other thing!
Highly recommend this tour to all those that want a taste of Europe. I've started an addiction
I can't even begin to explain how amazing this trip was from beginning to end - everything you could imagine and more!!! Wild ping pong shows in Bangkok, hanging out with tigers, riding elephants, tubing in laos, swimming in waterfalls and exploring beautiful Vietnam..this trip was unforgettable!! Met the most amazing people from all over the world, and our tour manager was the best! If you're thinking about going to Asia, book this trip now - you will have the time of your life!
This was truly one of the best trips of my life. I met some of the most amazing people along with seeing one of the most beautiful and historic places in the world. Each island had it's own history and culture and spending 3 days in each place was perfect. If I could do this tour over the only thing i would change is bringing my own pillow but besides that each location was perfect, our tour manager Ed was beyond amazing and I highly recommend this if you are travelling solo or for your first time.
Perfect Weather, Amazing Views & Sights, Yummy Cocktails & Food. Our tour was great! Everyone enjoyed themselves and with our tour guide it was easy to go to all the best places in Phuket, Phi Phi & Krabi! Will go back!
Best time ever! First trip solo and it was so worth it. It was a wonderful experience throughout. Met wonderful people, learned so much about the history and the culture of all the countries I visited, and most importantly, made great friends. I've been back for over a month and can't stop talking about it. I would reccommend this trip to everyone.
Best trip I've ever taken and met some of the best people who are like family now. Totally worth the money spent and would do it again in a heartbeat.
I highly recommend this Contiki trip to Scandinavia! Copenhagen exceeded my expectations, it was a beautiful city. We got to walk up and down the street Strøget which was spectacular. Oslo was one of my favorites: visiting the Holmenkollen ski jump allowed for a breathtaking view of the city and the fjord, and our group partook in the Viking Biking bike tour which allowed for a quick tour of the city which allowed us to reach places we couldn't have practically gotten to by the coach (a few beaches, the Viking Ship museum, and a nice path through the royal farm). Best of all we got to have a real cultural experience and eat some whale! The drive up to Voss was beautiful, even better, where we stayed in Voss was the best view I had seen all my life: right on the lake with a perfect view of the mountains. We were able to swim in the lake and enjoy the hostel's sauna. Next we traveled to Hellesylt which was without a doubt the most gorgeous drive, and gorgeous location for a night's stay. Here we got to dive into the fjord, and truly experience the White Nights (it never got dark!). On the drive to Gjøvik we visited a stunning Glacier and drove through a beautiful highland park with ice packs and a great lake. We also stopped in the Olympic town of Lillehammer and got to go wheelbobbing, which was great fun. It was unfortunate the tour ended in Stockholm for us, the crew and group we went with were amazing! Luckily my friends and I booked an extra night in Stockholm and were able to go to The Original Ice Bar with everyone; that was a great final experience.
All in all, our tour manager Lasse and our Coach driver Baja made the trip more enjoyable. They both had a good sense of humor and were highly committed to their job. Together they were a fun team: both wanted to partake in the events with us when they could and they allowed for so many photo stops! My album is full of outstanding pictures of Norway. I thank them most of all for my experience. I will never forget it.
I'm a 20-year-old college student who was looking for an extended budget trip that covered a lot of territory...this was definitely it. Every morning I was in awe of the sights surrounding me, whether it was a drive in the coach or a free day in the city. I didn't know what to expect, traveling with 51 strangers, but it was the best experience I could have asked for. I truly gained lifelong friends that appreciated culture and new experiences just as much as me. It also wouldn't have been the same without our tour guides, Chloe and Alex. They were incredibly knowledgable on each place we visited and truly strived to accomodate each travelers' experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get a quick feel for each culture, making the most out of hours you have at each destination. Without hesitation I can say my Contiki tour was the best 16 days of my life!
What can I say? I really cannot describe how amazing and breathtaking this tour is! You will see some of the most amazing picturesque sites of your life.
Firstly let me start out and say this tour is nothing like the Contiki tours where the focus is the drinking and partying, you literally don't want to spend any part of your coach drives hungover and asleep, especially the drive from Whistler to Kamloops which is one of the windiest roads in the world!
Moving onto the tour guide and driver. Our driver was Darren who drove us in our brand new coach fitted with individual power sockets and multiple monitors which displayed the drivers view of the road from a dashcam. Darren was courteous and a superstar at his role. He always partied with us where he could and is generally an all round great guy!
Our guide was Jen, who is just an absolute star at what she does and goes above and beyond anyone's expectations of a tour guide! Our tour proved particularly tough for both Darren and Jen who faced a massive setback in our tour due to flooding and mudslides around Banff which prevented the tour from stopping there. Jen worked so hard to organise alternative plans for our group and worked her butt off for our group! I cannot describe how much her drive and motivation really turned a terrible situation into something unique and spectacular.
Jen and Darren work extremely well together, so if you are lucky to complete your tour with these two then I can assure you that you will be taken care of and you'll be in for a great time.
Moving onto the optional extras. I highly recommend that everyone completes the zip lining adventure... I am someone who is absolutely of terrified of heights but this experience is like no other. You will not regret it! Secondly you have to do the boat cruise on the final night of Contiki! Not only should this be on your not negotiable list but you shouldn't even need to think twice! You HAVE to do it! Unfortunately we were unable to complete the helicopter tour due to the flooding, however, if you can afford this, then you have to do it too.
Onto accommodation. Firstly, it's Contiki so don't expect the Hilton or Sheraton because you ain't gonna get it! But overall most hotels rate highly based purely on location and service! Whistler and Jasper top my list as one of my favourite hotels on the tour. They are both so different but are so unique so I'm sure you'll love them too! Jasper is a very homely hotel with a gaming room (slot machines) and an attached bar (where you'll experience the Contiki shot, known as a beaver liquor). Luckily all hotels included wifi free of charge, however don't expect anything remotely fast as it can be painfully slow!
Finally this tour has a diverse range of ages, unlike my previous Contiki which was 90% under 25, this Contiki has a vast range of age groups which can be challenging as it creates a separation in the group. I also understand that my tour had some guests aged over 35, so I'd hope that in future they'd be a little more thorough in their acceptance of guests to prevent group divides. However, this group was full of party animals and everyone seemed to mix and get along fine!
Overall I strongly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience some of the most amazing sites that this planet has to offer, if you're looking for a booze cruise, then this tour is not for you!
I chose the London & Paris, with the Paris extension PLUS two extra days in London. This gave me time to get acclimated, go and do the things I wanted to do without feeling pressured to get it all done in a short amount of time. This is the perfect trip for an "introduction" to London and/or Paris. Loved the Stonehenge & Bath excursion, didn't do the Perfumery, and really enjoyed Versailles. The group was great, the bus was comfortable, and while the rooms were small (ish) they were clean and had good food. Would definitely travel with Contiki again!
I had never done a Contiki tour before so it was all new to me.
I cant speak for all tours but this tour involved a LOT of driving. Obviously the country is huge and there are a lot of miles to cover. However knowing how many hours there are to each destination would be worth looking into and might change your decision on which tour you take.
Average driving time was 7 hours for most destinations.
This meant you were on a bus for almost an entire day from 8AM with 2 stops usually pulling into the destination around 5PM. You then race to your room, get ready and head straight back out to go to dinner with your crew. If you wanted to experience most places, it meant staying up all night to drink with everyone and try and explore (if it was the kind of destination that was a night life destination and was actually open at night). Otherwise you would be in bed and back on the bus for another 7 hours the next day.
So if you are not a night owl and would rather do activities during the day then dont do this tour.
If you were in a place for more than one day then you had an opportunity to explore and do the town during day light hours, provided you're not hung over from the night before. I am not a big drinker, but everyone else will be, so be ready to be sociable and drink every night, or a hermit and not be involved in the goings on of the crew if you dont hang out.
As for the destinations on this tour I did love most of it. Albuquerque was a waste of time. It was probably a stop because it would be too far to drive straight through and the optional extra was a hot air ballon ride over what was described as a beautiful mountain scene in the desert. It was instead over a dirk clearing then over peoples homes in suburbia. The ride itself was nice, but the location for it was poo.
Other than that it was a good tour to get a good overall taste and look of America, with quite huge differences in landscape, culture and food. So I would recommend it, just be aware of the amount of driving involved and that it all happens during the day. And there is a lot of drinking so kiss your liver goodbye!
Had the best time ever! Thailand is the best! :)))
This tour was amazing, made so many friends and had so much fun along the way. My only issue was we didn't get enough time in certain places. I would definitely recommend this tour to others. So much is included and you see some spectacular views at Yosemite, as well as passing through many towns.
This tour was probably the most fun I have had in years, I saw the most fantastic places and did the most wonderful things. It was also the most fast paced thing I've done, if you are looking to relax and chill all the time this is not the tour for you.
Be ready to walk and be amazed by Europe.
We had the best group by far and also the BEST tour manager and driver.
Thanx for an unforgettable experience!!
We did the European magic tour but wanted to spend some time in london beforehand. Adding on the london explorer tour was clutch!
It was so helpful and convenient. They provided us with the hotel extension, tickets for a hop on hop off bus for a day, two days tube pass, a west end musical (we saw spamalot) and a tour for Windsor castle, bath and Stonehenge. It was a perfect way for us to see what we wanted but give us some sort of structure and home base for our visit. They also provided our tube tickets for getting in from and back to the airport. Score!
The European magic tour was a jam packed tour and a fantastic way to see tons of sites quickly!
We had a great group, mostly couples and we had a higher median age which made for a nice, chill group. Don't get me wrong, we definitely partied (and I don't drink but you can still have fun hanging out with everyone!) although our tour manager probably partied harder than the rest of us! ;)
We ended up doing most of the optionals, which we hadn't intended on doing but turned out to be a ton of fun and we're glad we did. Moulin rouge was a great optional to end the tour!
The bus was our main source of transport (although if you hung out late at night you had to take the train or taxi home... Pretty cheap and manageable though). It could get a little cramped in the window seat if you're like me and like to stretch out when you sleep but it was otherwise a very comfy bus and it was so convenient to just get to sleep between cities. We also only had like 34 people so we had some extra open seats which was very nice.
I loved getting to eat a couple provided meals (breakfast was crucial) but then getting to run off sometimes and grab our own meals. Food in Europe is tasty! Tip: eat at the trattoria alla Madonna in Venice for lunch... Best pasta I've ever had.
This was an amazing tour and we're already plotting our next!
From the moment go, it was so full on but relaxing at the same time. On the first day it was so absolutely surreal that you do so much, in just 1 day. You see all the highlights that you want to see when you want to go to Egypt. With climbing into the pyramids (at a price) to relaxing along the nile on your boat and having a party along the red sea in Hurghada. Its such a mix of sightseeing, history, partying, relaxing and having such a good time with fellow travel mates. The tour guide, Sheriff, was an absolute history guru that knew absolutely everything of Egypt. You always constantly feel safe in the group as Sheriff knows the best time of the day to go to certain sights, which is awesome. I would do it again in an absolute heart beat, it definitely is worth every $$$
The walking tours were a little rushed, and I felt like I was rushed to take pictures a lot of the time. However, seeing so much in little time was definitely worth it!! Every place was different, with its food and culture!!
Being young and able to do this finally was an amazing experience!!! I would recommend this tour to anyone. Our tour manager was awesome, and worked hard to keep us all excited and happy.
Thank you, Contiki!!! :)