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...The best few weeks of my life. I never would have expected to make such good friends from all over the world. The group was amazing and so welcoming to everyone. Both our driver and guide were surprisingly very knowledgeable and were straight up with us when it came to what we really should do in the cities we visited and what could be left alone. The nightlife was crazy! Every night we were going out and having the times of our lives. I never wanted it to end. I would recommend Contiki to anyone who is looking to see a lot of Europe in a short amount of time, party their brains out, and explore. I am already planning my next Contiki trip with some of my past travelers from Australia, Canada, and South Africa! You really do bond together with your team and become a family. Leaving them was one of the hardest things ive ever had to do and it is because of Contiki's fun atmosphere that all of it was possible. The housing was a little questionable at times. Always clean but also Always really hot. But...you get what you pay for. European Highlights was a budget trip that was the best money I have ever spent.
First of all, fast paced trip, your in each country for a night and a half a day the next day for the most part. The tour group i happened to be in was very party oriented which was fine with me. I wouldn't say the trip was very "touristy". We did do some sight seeing but I chose this trip to get a taste of every country we went to and it did just that. From enjoying the red light district in Amsterdam and clubbing in Munich, to white water rafting in Austria and shopping in Paris. This tour did very well. The hostels and hotels are exactly what i thought they were going to be and i was fine with it.
I did this tour with two of my friends in September. It was the best time EVER!! our tour manager (Yannick) was so awesome! we got to see a lot of things, like the coliseum, st. peters square, the grand casino in Mocano and so many beautiful views! they take you to the best restaurants and the BEST CLUBS!! with bottle service and VIP! :) JUST AMAZING!! Nice, France was my absolute favorite! Our group were all really fun and outgoing too - be ready to party and have early mornings the next day.. if you're looking for a relaxing vacation this is not for you!! prepare to spend a lot, the shopping was so good! I cannot wait to plan another contiki tour very soon!! :)
Only a few days ago I finished this tour. I am left breathless by the amount packed into this tour & how I have experienced Europe. It was amazing. There is no other way to pack all of this incredible adventuring into 24 days & contiki have shone by providing everything that a young traveller would need and want. I had such an fantastic time & if you are after the ultimate winter extravaganza, this is your tour!!!
I couldn't write nicer things about this tour. I had the most amazing experience, saw beautiful places and met awesome people! The tour manager and the driver were very helpful and educated, gave us really cool tips and organised everything! Try and do all the optionals, although it is good to wander off and explore the city youre at!
Bus rides are loong, so load your ipad/laptop etc with movies and books, and a pillow (or you can steal one from a hotel)...
Prague was my favourite city, it's really charming.
There is so much to do and see in New York you'd need years to see it all! This tour was great because it covered off all of the major sightseeing destinations in a very short time but also with free time to explore ourselves! Our tour guide, Matt, was a NY local and he gave us heaps of great advice for places to eat, shopping, things to see and do. which was really really helpful! He also organised other stuff for us to do depending on what was happening in New York i.e. he got us Yankees tickets at a great price and we had awesome seats which was really awesome! he also recommended other events that were on in NY like Broadway shows and a Jay Z concert just around the corner from the hotel! Great value for money and a great way to experience the best New York has to offer in a short time! Loved every second of it!
I HAD HEARD A LOT ABOUT CONTIKI TOURS BUT WAS NOT PREPARED FOR SUCH AN AWESOME TRAVEL EXPERIENCE!
FROM THE TIME I LEFT SOUTH AFRICA AND JOINED THE TOUR IN LONDON I HAD NO IDEA WHAT AN AMAZING 18 DAYS LAY AHEAD OF ME!
THE THOUGHT OF VISITING 10 COUNTRIES IN EUROPE IN 18 DAYS WAS VERY EXCITING. TRAVELLING SOLO WAS QUITE DAUNTING BUT I NEEDN’T HAVE WORRIED AS EVERYONE WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND WE INSTANTLY CONNECTED AND BECAME GREAT MATES! THE ORGANISATION AND STAFF FROM THE VERY BEGINING WERE OUTSTANDING AND NOTHING SEEMED TO BE TOO MUCH TROUBLE FOR THEM.
ALTHOUGH THE DISTANCES TRAVELLED ON THE BUS WERE LONG AND EXHAUSTING, THE COMFORT AND GREAT MUSIC HELPED TO GET EVERYONE INTO A PARTY MOOD AND SHORTENED THE TRIP CONSIDERABLY. THE SCENERY THAT WE PASSED THROUGH IN EUROPE WAS TRULY SPECACTACULAR AND OUR TOUR LEADER MADE SURE WE DID NOT MISS A THING WHEN WE REACHED THE COUNTRY OF OUR DESTINATION.
THE ACCOMMODATION WAS GENERALLY GOOD BUT THERE WERE A FEW PLACES THAT YOU HAD TO COME OUT OF YOUR OWN CUSHY COMFORT ZONE TO ADAPT TO - BUT, HEY, IT WAS ONLY A PLACE TO SLEEP AFTER ALL!
IT WAS GREAT TO TASTE THE TRADITIONAL DISHES OF EACH COUNTRY AND TO ENJOY GREAT RESTAURANTS WITH WONDERUL ATMOSPHERES. EVERY EVENING WAS A PARTY!
THE OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED ON THIS TOUR WERE EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY WELL RESEARCHED. I PARTICULARLY ENJOYED THE WHITE WATER RAFTING & MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE AUSTRIAN TYROL AND WOULD RECOMMEND TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO AS MANY OF THE ACITIVIES OFFERED AS POSSIBLE – WELL WORTH THE EXTRA EXPENSE.
MY CONTIKI TOUR WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY LIFE AND ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT A CHEAP HOLIDAY IT WAS WELL WORTH SPENDING MY HARD EARNED SAVINGS ON! IT WAS GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY AND A CHANCE TO MEET AND MAKE WONDERFUL FRIENDS FROM MANY DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD AND TO SHARE GREAT TIMES TOGETHER.
I WOULD RECOMMEND A CONTIKI TOUR TO ANYBODY WANTING TO EXPERIENCE A LIFE CHANGING HOLIDAY – I AM ALREADY SAVING FOR MY NEXT ONE!
GO CONTIKI I!!!
Truly had the time of my life!! i have already suggested this tour to so many friends and a few have now booked. Our Tour guide and bus driver were brilliant funniest blokes around the Accommodation was fantastic but what really made the trip were the people and the new found friends i've made! I'm so thankful i did this trip alone and recommend it to anyone :)
The Asian Adventure was by far the most exciting and amazing experience I have encountered so far. The culture, food, sites we visited and the people on my tour made the experience a once in a life time opportunity. Asia has defiantly become a favourite place for me because of the times I spent travelling and exploring the three countries on the tour, and I know have a new found respect for the local people. I am so thankful for the wonderful memories this trip provided me with and the lifelong friends I made. I had the absolute time of my life!
If your even considering for a minuite to go on a contiki tour... DO IT NOW
it is the best thing ive ever done, amazing people, beautiul places and so so so much more
This tour is very fast and you do spend alot of time on the coach.
Saying that our AMAZING tour guide lucian and our driver GAZZA made it so much fun all the time.
I have made friends for life and have some unforgetable memories
And girls.. all the hotels on this tour had HAIRDRYERS
AMAZING TOUR CANT WAIT FOR MY NEXT ONE
This trip is a must for anyone who loves to see the best sites that Canada and the USA offer. Seeing the Lincoln, Jefferson, the white house and the Arlington cemetery in DC was cool. Seeing the sites with my new friends was good. Our tour manager Ryan was very good and knew everything about each city and great places to eat and our driver Ed was the best driver ever. I loved seeing niagara falls, Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory.
Went on this contiki tour by myself not knowing what to expect.
Met some great people, defiantly friends for life. I did enjoy It as we did so much site seeing and a lot of it / the places we went I would not have known about without my tour guide.
Also the big nights out at the pubs and me personally have the worst hangovers. And if i had it my way i would of lazed around in bed all day. but thanks to the cheery contiki leaders we were up and adam.
Defiantly recommend :)
Loved going on a contiki and meeting so many new people. Some which ill be keeping in contact with. Trip was good for someone with a short amount of time. Have had recommendations to try the grand southern, great reviews.
It was amazing, fantastic, memoriable, adventureous, ecstatic, sonic and the list goes on trying to explain this trip and all the feelings it arouses. Its was very educational due to the great knowledge of the tour guide who was Sophia for our trip. She was funtastic, very professional, knowledgable in historical data of the all places for this tour, and lastly she made things fun everytime, so if you get her you will have a joy. Like I have said you will see alot of places in short amout of time, so be ready for having energy to move, and don't be late for the bus or get lost in Venice, its difficult to navigate in narrow streets. hahaha
Over all it was well done and planned both sightseeings and logistical aspects with sleeping accoumedations, there were small changes due to weather or some other elements but it is accounted for and it didnt' have any affects on the tour itself.
Thats the best way to descripe this tour, we saw so much got to experince such awesome adventures and all in 16 days! The tour manager and driver were both fantastic and the rest of the group was just awesome to hang out with. I've made friends that l'll stay in touch with for the rest of my life and even though we're all from different parts of Australia we've already organised to catch up and its only been 3 weeks since our tour!
I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone just starting out traveling or looking for something easy paced. The places you get to go on this tour are all mayjor tourist destinations but you dont have to stand in line or stuff around trying to organise anything yourself, its fantastic!
Big thank you to JB & Howie they made the trip one to remember!
First let's just say this was my first trip to Europe and travelling with Contiki was so easy! Our Tour Manager Mick (Michael) was the best and so was our driver Sam. First night in Amsterdam was so interesting and fun it really let us get to know each other - suprise we were off to a sex show! From there it was just 18 more days of craziness. Sam, our driver really put his awesome skills to work when we got stuck on the highway in Germany for hours and then again in the traffic circle in Paris - with him driving the coach I always felt safe.
Mick, our Manager ensured we each had a great time. He would always greet you in the morning so cheery and excited for the day (even though a few of us were sometimes hungover). He arranged extra optionals for us from a tour of the Colosseum and Forum to an open bar night or a pub crawl. He made the trip - he knew each city like the back of his hand and could answer any question of where something was and whether or not it was worth your time visiting it.
Accommodation wasn't what I'm use to here in North America at all I'll be honest but in most cities we were upgraded. I did find the hotels/motels in Italy to be the worst - Venice and Florence could have been a lot better but as Mick put it, it's just a place to sleep. The food in the included meals were fine - nothing special but it was the optional meals that you must do. All were great!
I would do another Contiki again in a heartbeat! My tour mates were awesome and totally made my trip as well. Some of the best memories include all of them and all the stuff we got up to. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see pretty much all the major cities in Europe in a short period of time. You don't have enough time to see every site in every city but you get the feel for each city and see all the major sites and attractions there are to see.
This trip was soooo much fun. We had a great group of people, a great team (Bart and Cindy), and the most amazing places to visit!! The accommodation was better than I expected in a concept tour, and despite the long drive days the bus really wasn't so bad!!
From escargot in Paris (gross BTW) to lazing by the beach in Mykonos, to cruising in Dubrovnik and walking around the colosseum in Rome and paragliding in Austria, this tour doesn't disappoint.
Anyone wanting a real taste of Europe should definitely book this tour - I learned the places I definitely want to go back to, and the ones I really don't. But overall a great experience that I'll never forget my whole life!!
It may have been circumstantial, due to the amazing group that we travelled with, but this tour was our best Contiki yet!! The sights were amazing, but so was the night life. The trip had a nice balance of "on the go" days, but also relxing days.
George's Boat in Corfu is one hella good time! Still talked about over a year later. His tatziki is like none you have ever tasted, and skinney dippy island proved to be a naked blast!
While the trip adds up, it is well worth the money. The picturesque sights you see on this experience are second to none.
I had an awesome time on this tour, met some really nice people and hope to keep in touch. I think maybe the tour was a little too short for me, next time i'm going to choose at least a 2 week tour.
The only real downer about this tour was finding out just before we went that we were actually joining half way though another tour. This made it really hard to make friends and fit in as everyone had already made close bonds.
It was still a trip i would do again, I Loved Hungary and Austria