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  • 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

  • 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

Mexico Grande

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ So so so good!!
  • 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.

  • AndreaMae Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

I arrived in Rome two days prior to the tour starting and must say four days in Rome is far too long. If you are going early, I suggest seeing Venice or Florence if you can (only need about a day from what I hear). Also, stay at a hostel and not the recommended hotels as you won't meet as many people and they are a bit expensive. The tours were okay, though I felt rushed through most and it was hard to understand the "local guides" as the places were packed and they have thick accents. Our group was AMAZING. Mostly Canadian and American which I thought was hilarious. I was nervous about being 26 and the "old" person, but the average age ended up around there anyway. Even the couples on the tour were a blast (or what we called the party starters!" Enzo our tour manager was great. A mix of helpful information, scheduling and comedy. The optionals are all worth it. Definitely overpriced but a great bonding experience and almost our whole group did them all in the 10 days. The Corfu village was amazing and George's Boat great (though there is no more skinny dipping because of someones mom complaining...) It was super sad to leave our group after the 10 days and I truly feel like I have 30 new friends!

The cruise was too quick. I wish I could have stayed on Santorini forever! Our tour manager was alright. By that point we were over paying for the overpriced optionals but almost were made to feel guilty that we didn't do them. We decided to find our own way around and it was much much cheaper than the optional we were offered. Get the all inclusive drink package ...totally worth it. Even if you don't drink that much, think a beer or two at dinner and two after, pays for itself! And water and soft drinks are included.

The only thing I wish I brought is cold and flu or sinus meds. Almost everyone on our trip was sick, myself the worst! I had advil and such, but bring some stronger stuff and take vitamin c before you come and sanitize those hands lots! The contiki cough is real!

Overall, an amazing trip with so many memories. And I recommend this for those who are first time travellers or those who are just lazy and don't want to plan their own trip. I personally will travel solo next to save money and see more, but these are definitely worth it if you can afford to. Don't be nervous, its a blast and you will feel like you are an expert traveller when you are done!

My Contiki was: Memorable, Fun, Relaxing!

  • AndreaMae Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

I arrived in Rome two days prior to the tour starting and must say four days in Rome is far too long. If you are going early, I suggest seeing Venice or Florence if you can (only need about a day from what I hear). Also, stay at a hostel and not the recommended hotels as you won't meet as many people and they are a bit expensive. The tours were okay, though I felt rushed through most and it was hard to understand the "local guides" as the places were packed and they have thick accents. Our group was AMAZING. Mostly Canadian and American which I thought was hilarious. I was nervous about being 26 and the "old" person, but the average age ended up around there anyway. Even the couples on the tour were a blast (or what we called the party starters!" Enzo our tour manager was great. A mix of helpful information, scheduling and comedy. The optionals are all worth it. Definitely overpriced but a great bonding experience and almost our whole group did them all in the 10 days. The Corfu village was amazing and George's Boat great (though there is no more skinny dipping because of someones mom complaining...) It was super sad to leave our group after the 10 days and I truly feel like I have 30 new friends!

The cruise was too quick. I wish I could have stayed on Santorini forever! Our tour manager was alright. By that point we were over paying for the overpriced optionals but almost were made to feel guilty that we didn't do them. We decided to find our own way around and it was much much cheaper than the optional we were offered. Get the all inclusive drink package ...totally worth it. Even if you don't drink that much, think a beer or two at dinner and two after, pays for itself! And water and soft drinks are included.

The only thing I wish I brought is cold and flu or sinus meds. Almost everyone on our trip was sick, myself the worst! I had advil and such, but bring some stronger stuff and take vitamin c before you come and sanitize those hands lots! The contiki cough is real!

Overall, an amazing trip with so many memories. And I recommend this for those who are first time travellers or those who are just lazy and don't want to plan their own trip. I personally will travel solo next to save money and see more, but these are definitely worth it if you can afford to. Don't be nervous, its a blast and you will feel like you are an expert traveller when you are done!

My Contiki was: Memorable, Fun, Relaxing!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Andrea mcg Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

I loved this trip. I always knew I wanted to go to Asia. This trip was the best introduction into how amazing Asia can be. I'm definitly addicted and want to go back.

Our tour guide was Amazing. She went above and beyond every day. Always giving us ideas of what to do with our free time so that we did not miss anything.

Our tour mates were great - always cracking jokes and the puns. We still keep in touch and are hoping to travel together in the future. The age group was all over the place once group younger one group older. But we all got along. I think there were 30 of us.

Do all of the optionals - If you are like me then #YOLO - How often will you be going back to the same places in Asia? Asia's huge.

Also Asia is cheap - the hotels are amazing b/c they are cheaper then Europe, food is usually $10 or under for a meal. Getting around town is generally under $10. Anything you ever wanted to do - will be more affordable in Asia. Side note - Bring American dollars with you or use debt at ATMs for $.

This trip is jammed packed. If you want to only sleep and party - this is not your trip, sleeping is not part of the deal. Also make sure you sleep before this trip. You will want to go out every night to experience all these amazing cities.

If you want a play-by-play of what is on this trip read my blog: http://andreamcgrath.com/?cat=7

This trip will be one of the top 10 highlights of my life :)

My Contiki was: Amazing, Adventurous, Fast-paced

  • Andrea mcg Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

I loved this trip. I always knew I wanted to go to Asia. This trip was the best introduction into how amazing Asia can be. I'm definitly addicted and want to go back.

Our tour guide was Amazing. She went above and beyond every day. Always giving us ideas of what to do with our free time so that we did not miss anything.

Our tour mates were great - always cracking jokes and the puns. We still keep in touch and are hoping to travel together in the future. The age group was all over the place once group younger one group older. But we all got along. I think there were 30 of us.

Do all of the optionals - If you are like me then #YOLO - How often will you be going back to the same places in Asia? Asia's huge.

Also Asia is cheap - the hotels are amazing b/c they are cheaper then Europe, food is usually $10 or under for a meal. Getting around town is generally under $10. Anything you ever wanted to do - will be more affordable in Asia. Side note - Bring American dollars with you or use debt at ATMs for $.

This trip is jammed packed. If you want to only sleep and party - this is not your trip, sleeping is not part of the deal. Also make sure you sleep before this trip. You will want to go out every night to experience all these amazing cities.

If you want a play-by-play of what is on this trip read my blog: http://andreamcgrath.com/?cat=7

This trip will be one of the top 10 highlights of my life :)

My Contiki was: Amazing, Adventurous, Fast-paced

  • Kate Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This tour was a great way to see the highlights of Europe without blowing your budget. A great way to make new friends and see the world. Our tour manager Faye was fantastic, she was confident and knowledgable and was always looking out for our best interests. The bus was always clean and tidy and if we ever needed anything there was no hesitation to ask our manager or driver. If you haven't been to Europe before and you want to go on a short holiday; this is it. You stay at some amazing campsites and hotels, and meet some amazing contiki staff (who are all really great cooks) you are guaranteed to have an awesome time.

My Contiki was: Exhilarating , Entertaining , Cost effective

  • Kate Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

This tour was a great way to see the highlights of Europe without blowing your budget. A great way to make new friends and see the world. Our tour manager Faye was fantastic, she was confident and knowledgable and was always looking out for our best interests. The bus was always clean and tidy and if we ever needed anything there was no hesitation to ask our manager or driver. If you haven't been to Europe before and you want to go on a short holiday; this is it. You stay at some amazing campsites and hotels, and meet some amazing contiki staff (who are all really great cooks) you are guaranteed to have an awesome time.

My Contiki was: Exhilarating , Entertaining , Cost effective

Road to Athens

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Worth it!
  • Rebecca Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

This trip was amazing! It's a whirlwind travelling from across Western Europe in 18 days, but you really do see all the big sites and you have enough time to explore each city on your own. Our tour manager and driver were fantastic, and an overall amazing experience. Just book it! You won't regret it

My Contiki was: Amazing, Beautiful, Proust

Road to Athens

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Worth it!
  • Rebecca Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

This trip was amazing! It's a whirlwind travelling from across Western Europe in 18 days, but you really do see all the big sites and you have enough time to explore each city on your own. Our tour manager and driver were fantastic, and an overall amazing experience. Just book it! You won't regret it

My Contiki was: Amazing, Beautiful, Proust

  • Liz88 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

One of the best times in my life. I would highly recommend it!

  • Liz88 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

One of the best times in my life. I would highly recommend it!

Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Contikiiiiiiii!!!

My Tour Manager Elisa is the best person in the world. She never stopped working, she was amazing. I met the most incredible people on my Simply Italy trip. It has inspired me to do a yearlong trip. I plan to use contiki again to go to Australia and New Zealand.

Contiki was the best experience I've had on holidays ever. I will recommend it to everyone I know.

I want to live in Capri someday. The backstage passes, and me time optionals were perfect. A great amount of time to do everything you wanted.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life-changing, unexplainable

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