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Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • kayleeee Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Wow, what a trip this was! I think I fell in-love with every stop on the tour. It was the perfect way to see some beautiful and fascinating locations in England and Scotland. I even enjoyed the quick hour break stops we had too. Liverpool and Scotland (as a whole) had to be some of my favorite times on the tour. If I had it my way I would go again!

My Contiki was: Perfect, Fun, Memorable

  • kayleeee Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Wow, what a trip this was! I think I fell in-love with every stop on the tour. It was the perfect way to see some beautiful and fascinating locations in England and Scotland. I even enjoyed the quick hour break stops we had too. Liverpool and Scotland (as a whole) had to be some of my favorite times on the tour. If I had it my way I would go again!

My Contiki was: Perfect, Fun, Memorable

  • Alexander Level 7 Traveler
  • 7 Contikis
  • 19 Countries

It was just AWESOME :)

  • Brett Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 1 Country

This trip is only really 3 days (nothing happened on the last morning) but it felt like even less. Make sure you are staying in NYC before or after this trip so you will have time to see the tons of other attractions (museums, theatre, parks, etc) or plan to do this alongside another tour.

The first day we met up and did a bus tour around Manhattan, stopping at the Rockefeller Center for a bit and then having lunch at Grand Central Station. That night we had dinner right in the middle of Times Square and I've never been in a busier more "alive" place in my life. Incredible.

The second day (NYE) we travelled to the Statue of Liberty and then got helicopter rides -- definitely worth it if you can spare the money -- and had most of the afternoon on free time before meeting up to go to our party. BE AWARE you spend the night in a BAR INSTEAD OF on THE STREET celebrating but your tour agents will explain why THIS IS A MUCH BETTER WAY TO SPEND THE NIGHT :)

Waking up on new years day was difficult but I signed up for the food cart tour and we had a snack-sized meal from about 4-5 different cultures. The price of the tour is a bit steep for what you get but you're starting off the year in New York City so who cares, treat yourself!

Most of the group went up to the Empire State Building on the first night of the new year (1/1) but the tickets they gave us were valid for a while so others decided to branch off and visit later. Our tour guides skipped the ESB and went straight to a bar where we had our last drinks together before everyone went off and did their own thing on January 2nd - Myself and some friends caught the subway to Brooklyn Bridge and adventured around before moving on to our next accommodation.

It went so quickly but there was no shortage of good times or fun and friendly people to hang out with. Good luck!

My Contiki was: short, busy, unbelievablyamazing

  • Matt Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

The reason why I gave this 2 stars is not because I did not have a good time. It's because this "Contiki" adventure is not at all like my other Contiki trips. In fact there was nothing Contiki about it besides the ease of booking the trip. I was looking forward to the usual meet up and getting to know some awesome people - like all Contiki trips. However, there was no such meet up, in fact the hostel staff was rather clueless to Contiki when I arrived. This trip is through Prodive. They are a very very good company and ran a top notch program. I had incredible instructors, some of the best in the world. I live in Midwest America - far from most dive sites, and this was the place to learn for sure. Like the last post, you spend two days in the classroom and the pool before heading out on the dive boat. My suggestion would be to do the classroom work in your hometown. In retrospect, although the staff was top notch, I could have saved two days of sitting in a classroom on my vacation. One of the fellas on the trip from New York did all his pool work at home - then finished on the boat. Spent those 2 days petting koalas and shit. The diving was probably the highlight of my Australian trip, my second week I spent in southern Australia in Sydney with friends I had met on previous Contikis! So get to know your travel mates! Bring your GoPro - cameras are expensive on the boat. Also be warned - the main hostel in Cairns (Cans) is Gilligans. It was a blast the first night - but the music does not stop until about 4 am - and its bumping. I spent 4 nights there total and by the end I was a bit tired of the music every night - but Im also 28 and old as shit. I dont normally ever write posts - but I hope this info helps some folks thinking about this trip. Like I said I had a blast and give ProDive 5 stars! I was just a bit bummed there wasnt the usual Contiki sort of camaraderie.

This trip is guaranteed fun! With 10 jam packed days exploring Europe making new friends, you cannot go wrong. Our tour leader Scott was great and had a good knowledge of the areas we visited. I highly recommended this trip for anyone who is wanting to cover as much of Europe as possible in a short amount of time.

My Contiki was: Quick, Energetic , Fun

This trip is guaranteed fun! With 10 jam packed days exploring Europe making new friends, you cannot go wrong. Our tour leader Scott was great and had a good knowledge of the areas we visited. I highly recommended this trip for anyone who is wanting to cover as much of Europe as possible in a short amount of time.

My Contiki was: Quick, Energetic , Fun

  • Yasin Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Great trip overall. Fact paced and energetic. Met a lot of great people on this trip. The tour manager, Claudia was simply amazing we all loved her. Would definitely recommend doing all the me time additionals. Money well spent on the me time. No one will regret doing this tour.

My Contiki was: Amazing, fun, energetic

  • Yasin Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Great trip overall. Fact paced and energetic. Met a lot of great people on this trip. The tour manager, Claudia was simply amazing we all loved her. Would definitely recommend doing all the me time additionals. Money well spent on the me time. No one will regret doing this tour.

My Contiki was: Amazing, fun, energetic

Greek Island Hopping

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing Tour
  • Tash Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

I did Contiki Island Hopping in 2014 in May/June. I think it was the perfect time to go, the things you see are perfect and the amount of time on each island is what initially appealed to me and it was totally worth it ! Beach, Sun, Partys, Friends.. It was a ball!

Greek Island Hopping

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing Tour
  • Tash Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

I did Contiki Island Hopping in 2014 in May/June. I think it was the perfect time to go, the things you see are perfect and the amount of time on each island is what initially appealed to me and it was totally worth it ! Beach, Sun, Partys, Friends.. It was a ball!

  • sfisher21 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

What can I say, i heard the hype about contiki's from all my friends at home who had travelled before me and it definitely lived up to it. This trip was amazing and I met some awesome people as well.

The one downside to the whole thing (hard to even really think of one) was the amount of time spent in the bus. This however, did allow for bonding with the team and for some awesome sight seeing.

Definitely take this trip if you are keen to see the highlights of the cities included. You get enough time to see them (but not too much else) before you are on the road again. Would do again, and again and again :)

My Contiki was: do it, experience, get amongst it

  • sfisher21 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

What can I say, i heard the hype about contiki's from all my friends at home who had travelled before me and it definitely lived up to it. This trip was amazing and I met some awesome people as well.

The one downside to the whole thing (hard to even really think of one) was the amount of time spent in the bus. This however, did allow for bonding with the team and for some awesome sight seeing.

Definitely take this trip if you are keen to see the highlights of the cities included. You get enough time to see them (but not too much else) before you are on the road again.

Would do again, and again and again :) and will definitely be booking my next contiki soon!

My Contiki was: do it, experience, get amongst it

  • sfisher21 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

What can I say, i heard the hype about contiki's from all my friends at home who had travelled before me and it definitely lived up to it. This trip was amazing and I met some awesome people as well.

The one downside to the whole thing (hard to even really think of one) was the amount of time spent in the bus. This however, did allow for bonding with the team and for some awesome sight seeing.

Definitely take this trip if you are keen to see the highlights of the cities included. You get enough time to see them (but not too much else) before you are on the road again. Would do again, and again and again :)

My Contiki was: do it, experience, get amongst it

  • sfisher21 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

What can I say, i heard the hype about contiki's from all my friends at home who had travelled before me and it definitely lived up to it. This trip was amazing and I met some awesome people as well.

The one downside to the whole thing (hard to even really think of one) was the amount of time spent in the bus. This however, did allow for bonding with the team and for some awesome sight seeing.

Definitely take this trip if you are keen to see the highlights of the cities included. You get enough time to see them (but not too much else) before you are on the road again.

Would do again, and again and again :) and will definitely be booking my next contiki soon!

My Contiki was: do it, experience, get amongst it

  • Bowmanj Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The tour was amazing, everyday was full on I really don't feel like I wasted a minute... even the bus trips were awesome!

From the beginning the tour guide makes efforts to make sure everyday feels welcomed and ready to go. He was very informed and practiced in describing and embracing everyone in the NZ culture. The Optional Extras I chose to go on were all great and they were timed to make everything work. The only complaint is that the tour ended.

Definitely planning to finish the tour (South Island) through contiki asap!

My Contiki was: Rush, Intense, Spectacular

This trip was awesome! It's so short though, and you are the last tour group to be picked up from the indochina tours, so you get put with other people who have started travelling before you and they are already a close group. The optionals are great and I HIGHLY recommend the off shore island cruise... Why is that not compulsory!? I also recommend eating out with your friends in small street style restaurants instead of the larger/fancier ones, as they cost a heck of a lot more and they aren't as good as the cheap street food. Do not follow your gut instincts! If a place looks and smells bad, you would normally walk straight past it! But in Vietnam you MUST give it a go!! My friends and I tried some of the dodgiest markets and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and nobody got sick! The transport was awesome and always on time (except for the flights) but our awesome tour manager managed to still fit in all of our activities. The tour is really fast paced and every time you get 'free time' you usually find yourself resting! I loved it so much and I would go back in a heartbeat though!

My Contiki was: Faced paced, Cultural, Exciting

  • murphyeve Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

There were so many great things about this trip - the scenery, accommodation, tour manager/driver, fellow travellers, included activities and meals..it completely exceeded my expectations. We were in the midst of beautiful lakes and locations right from day 1 - always something interesting so see on the journeys between the towns. I chose only a few optional activities, including bungy jumping, but there was always something to do - either by yourself or with the group. A hike through the Franz Josef Glacier Valley was a highlight, as well as a day trip to Milford Sound - a scenery junkie's delight. Made some great memories and great new friends, I'd recommend this trip to all.

My Contiki was: wonderful, lotsafun, eye-opening

Vietnam Highlights

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Unforgettable
  • Ben Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This was my first time travelling "solo". I'm so glad I chose this tour. It was only a short tour, being 10 days long, and I wish I had booked the longer tour, as time flew by. The tour set a good pace, fitting in lots of site seeing and activities, but also giving an adequate amount of "free time" to explore locations by yourself or with friends. My tour guide was amazing and I was lucky enough to be upon her final tour before she retired from tour managing. I enjoyed my time with a great bunch of people, from all over the world, from all walks of life, and of wide variety of ages. It was a very mind opening experience and I wouldn't change anything about the tour. Definitely do this tour(or a longer one, as you'll wish you booked a longer one) if you get the chance.

My Contiki was: Enlightening , Fun, Amazing

  • Nikki Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

With it being my first time travelling AND I was alone, I was extremely worried that I wouldn't cope with the fast pace of a Contiki tour.

Luckily for me, the Thai Island Hopper West tour was relaxed with a lot of free time to explore the islands how I wanted and at the pace I wanted.

With a great tour group, great food, and sights for everyone to enjoy, I was not let down!!

My Contiki was: free time, peaceful, relaxing

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