Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
This trip is a 'must do' for anyone planning to do Contiki in America!
I did this trip in April and it was an amazing. I did things I never thought I would do and saw some amazing things! We had the most awesome tour manager, Rachel, who was just excellent and definitely made the trip more amazing!
Being on a pretty tight budget I didn't do many of the optionals but there are always other things to go see and do but I would definitely budget for all of the optionals even if you don't do all of them.
All of the accommodation was pretty good, there were a couple of hotels we stayed in that weren't that great but you don't spend much time in hotel room anyway.
The tour is split into 3 so you can do LA-New Orleans, New Orleans-NY or the full trip LA-NY. I would definitely recommend doing the entire trip. you get to bond with more people and see more.
I went as a solo traveler and had made friends on the first day. A lot of the people are in the same boat and are by themselves so you just have common ground and its easy to make friends. Going out with the group at night is also a great way to get to know everyone, even if you're not a big party person or a big drinker, it doesn't matter, there will be people who will go out every night and get drunk but its what you make of it, you don't have to get drunk, just go out to have a good time!
Rooming with another person was definitely a new experience for me and it was great! If you don't get on with your roommate its not that big of a deal because you're not in your room that often anyway.
My advice would be to try as much as you can, be open to trying new things, try to research the places you are going to before so that when you have free time you can go explore more effectively.
Do the Grand Southern, you won't regret it!
I did this tour last summer with some of my girlfriends and we had the best time. It is pretty fast paced, but if you are looking to get a taste of Europe in one month, then this trip is for you! When you go back in the future, you can spend more time in the places that you really love. I recommend this trip for first-time Europe travelers like me :)
Check out my blog www.ellafortuna.com to see each place we went to and how much fun we had! :)
This trip is a whirlwind tour to be sure but not only do you get to see some of the most amazing historical sites in just under two weeks, but you get to do it with some of the most amazing people you'll ever meet. Our tour manager John was absolutely fantastic and our driver Wojtek was a wizard if I've ever met one. I would definitely advise taking this tour as it fits most schedules and you get to experience Europe and figure out where you want to go back to. Worth every penny and every second.
Anzac Day will never be the same after this trip. It was emotional and fun and moving and a whole other heap of emotions.
We had Roxy as our tour guide and she was fantastic. She took us on a tour around Istanbul and we got to see some great sights. I recommend taking the time to look at the Cistern, it's a sight to see.
The bus trip out to Gallipoli is long but worth it. Everyone gets into the Anzac Spirit on the bus, signing Aussie songs and sharing what Anzac Day means to you. It's arranged so you get to Gallipoli early and you have at least half the day to explore the cemetery's at the bottom of the hill before you go in and get set up for the night.
All night there is entertainment and history played to keep you in the spirit and to refresh your history.
Anzac day itself is very emotional and something you will never forget. The climb up the hill is a big one but you don't dare complain and it makes you think of the sacrifice the Anzac's made for us today.
We made some life long friends on this trip and it's not a party trip like you would expect from Contiki.
I had always wanted to go to Egypt and it did not disappoint. Sherrif was an excellent tour guide, he was full of knowledge and got us to all the places before the crowds rolled in. He could tell us everything we wanted to know and could take us to the best places for photo's and even got us into one of the pyramids for a look.
The food on the house boat was excellent but make sure you take something on the train to eat as the food on there is cooked in the morning and left all day in pretty unappealing conditions. It didn't look all that appetizing either. Sherrif also took us to a great place to eat and relax after the pyramids and before the train, so fill up there while you can.
Everything about the trip was amazing. but be prepared for lots of sightseeing and temples. Being interested in it I wanted to see more but my partner was happy to see the last one by the end.
The camel ride at the pyramids is great fun and you get an absolutely awesome view from it.
Our last day out on the reef was perfect. the weather was great and i heard great things about the snorkelling.
I would recommend this trip 100% to anyone who wants to go. Just take a friend, Cairo is a bit full on and if you are a woman alone it's pretty intimidating. If you get there a day early you have the option of going to Alexandria for $100, it's worth every cent!
What a great trip. You hit 2 of the most popular islands in all of Greece and a unknown gem that's sure to please! This is a vacation dream for any sun soaker. Mykonos, Santorini and ios are so beautiful you won't want to leave. From breath taking sunsets to Sandy beaches this trip has it all at a pace that's just right. The night life is the big draw, even in the shoulder month's you'll find yourself having a blast at any number of clubs. For the adventurer I recommend a atv rental and exploring. This was a unbelievable adventure made possible by my great guide and friend David!
A whirlwind of entertainment. The onboard activities are great. The excursions are excellent. The downfall is staying up late in the dancehall and waking early for breakfast and exploration. The trip is not long enough to get exhausted so it's very doable as long as you stay hydrated and take a break from the sun. I had a great time and it was all made possible by my lovely tour guide Stacey :)
This was the best trip ever! I'm already trying to plan my next contiki! My only regret was that I only booked the shorter version of the trip and not the whole thing. I definitely recommend!!!!!
This was my first Contiki and it exceeded my expectation by a mile! If you want to see Italy in depth and meet new friends along the way, I couldn't think of a better tour. The best part of the trip for me was travelling around such a gorgeous country with a bunch of like minded people who ended up being life long friends. The optionals are great and I wouldn't sit out on many of them. My favourite optional would have to be the dinner in Florence which was easily one of the best nights of my life! Great food, great wine, great company and a guy who looked like a meatloaf impersonator playing the piano! Perfection :) Our Tour Manager Yannick (quickly got the name Enrique for no other reason than that he looked like an Enrique) and bus drive Fabio (whatever you do don't order a Fabio pizza haha) were a great duo and really brought our group together. I knew if I was ever in trouble they would be there to help no matter what, which was really comforting. I would do this tour again in a heart beat!
20 days 10 countries sounds like a lot and it is but it is but I highly recommend it if you want to see things but don't have that much time. I had my doubts of being about to do this tour and still be alive at the end. There was 50 people on my tour and we all got along great, some of us became best of mates, we kept an eye on each other whilst out. Cindy our tour manager and Carhil our driver were fantastic, two very funny and caring people.
I've never taken contiki or been to Europe before so I'm glad this was my first experience... I went on this trip alone as did most of my tour mates so it was easy to make friends and get along with most people. I was looking for a cultural experience, not a frat party on a bus and I'm glad to say I had a great experience. Turkey really blew me away, our tour manager, Ahmet, was really informative and accommodating. He made sure everything that was supposed to be done was done with enough time for us to enjoy everything but also rearranged the schedule when needed. The accommodations were fine... Nothing extravagant but just a place to sleep. The food provided on the tours were also just fine... Mostly buffets which is a great way to taste a little bit of everything but also wasn't the greatest in flavor. The food you buy on your own time while exploring is really great and tasty! Excursions in Turkey were moderately priced, I didn't join it but I heard the Turkish dinner was great, Pergamum (Asklepion) and Pamukkale were also great! Once we got to Greece everything was go, go, go! This was the part of the trip everyone was most looking forward to but enjoyed the least! The cruise is an actual cruise filled with other contiki tours and many, many other people not part of your tour. Our tour manager, Stacey, was great but couldn't do much as everything was contracted through the cruise line. Let me warn you that the excursions in Greece are very expensive and not all of them are worth it, I guess you can decide based on your budget. If you purchase excursions, make sure you're on time for meeting them b/c they will leave without you! Patmos was a beautiful island, the St. John Monastery is also nice but if you don't mind the hike, it's a beautiful one and the monastery fee is only 6€ and the Grotto is 3€ as opposed to 47€ they charge (you just don't get tour guide info). We were allowed 2 hours of free time on Patmos but there's not much to do and shopping is quite expensive. Rhodes was also an insanely beautiful island, I thought this excursion was worth it cause it's quite a bus trip to this side of the island. Our local tour guide was terrible though, he never once pointed out the bathrooms and was smoking while he was giving the tour! This is the only tour where riding the donkey up is worth it, you can walk down and do some shopping (5€ each way for the donkey ride and 47€ for the excursion). We're allowed a bit more time on this island, but choose what you do with it wisely. Stacey took us to a beach that's a bit of a walk but it had a cool diving board about 30 meters out in the water with 3 levels of diving heights.... Unfortunately the water was COLD and the sand was more like jagged pebbles... I left early to do some shopping before getting back on board. The next day was a true disappointment - I chose not to do the excursion cause it was expensive and a very early wakeup call (51 or 57€ and the people who went on it said it wasn't worth it and they didn't have any free time) but it didn't matter cause all aboard was at 11am so if I wanted to see the island I had to wake up early anyways, as we would be sailing to Santorini afterwards... The excursion on Santorini was partly worth it, it takes a while on a crazy winding road to get to Oia (the village everyone sees in pics of Santorini) but we were only allowed 4 hours in total on the island! It took almost 1 hour for everyone to get off the boat by tender and almost another hour to get to that side of the island!! Once there we were only allowed 1 hour to explore! We didn't even have enough time to explore Fira cause the last tender was leaving and we would miss the boat! Our local guide, Maria, was great but 55€ was almost not worth it. I decided not to do the excursion in Athens and explore it on my own but I heard it was the best one yet in all we've done in Greece. We found out later that you can disembark at Santorini and stay there as long as you like and take a ferry or flight back to Athens. I also advise you to bring extra money and also have Turkish Lira upon arrival or exchange in Istanbul. Shopping is much cheaper in Turkey so buy stuff there, and bargain hard especially if you plan on paying in cash. I think it was a great trip, if you're considering this trip I advise you to come to Turkey a few days early and stay in Athens a few days longer (the accommodations provided by contiki on both ends is quite pricey, you can do better on your own). I'd definitely come back to Turkey and explore more Greek islands as well.
This trip was the best thing I have ever done. I had the best time of my life and I would recommend it to everyone. I did opt for 9/10 optionals and they were all worth it. The value you get and the meal inclusions were phenomenal!! Honestly this trip was really fast paced but we were able to see so much in just a short amount. This trip allowed me to see so many countries and to go back and visit the places I enjoyed most!!! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT!
I have to be honest I was skeptical about the pace and constant get up and go nature of contiki. However once I arrived on the first day at the royal national all those concerns were gone. We were straight onto the bus and getting to know each other. Within 2 hours everyone was comfortable and I knew I was in for a good time. The accommodation was awesome and our tour manager mike was so organised it was ridiculous. Both himself and Michele (aka Macklemore,because he looked like him) were terrific and always helping out at with anything we needed. The people I met and the things that I did will be some of my longest lasting memories in my life. Walking tour in Berlin, jäger trains in Vienna, massage at the Budapest baths, Halloween in Ljubljana and snowball fights in lucerne are all things I would have never dreamed of doing but I now have them as a memory. As a first time traveller I was unsure about certain things, but contiki always had it sorted and the tour manager (mike) was always in control. The experience provided is like no other and I had the privilege to get to know some of the best people ever!!!! I know that there will forever be a bond forged by contiki with these people and I highly recommend a contiki to anyone wanting a life changing experience :) #wherestheplacetobe
Words cannot begin to describe how good this trip was. Awesome people made it worth while, that's what made it for me. The Road to Athens was amazing, a little busy but loved every second of it. Lots of big nights out in beautiful locations and plenty things to do during the day, including free time where you just go get lost in the city and do your own thing which I loved.
The Greek Island Hopping WOW WEE. I think I had only one night that I didn't go out, the rest of the time was PARTY PARTY PARTY. Got to sleep in most mornings which came in handy, and the every island was like paradise just incredible. And you could do whatever you liked most days. Which mainly involved recovering from a hangover.
Accommodation was good, you can't expect 5-star luxury ,but it was plenty good enough. My advice is don't be fussy. Remember you are on a contiki tour.
Like I said the people on the tours were what made it in the end, I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel with the people I did and those people will always be lifetime friends. Highly recommend this tour, have a look at it for sure.
Contiki is incredible, I definitely recommend doing a tour, you see so much that you wouldn't even think of doing on your own. The days are busy, long, and tiring but so worth it. I had the best time of my life on this tour, and it probably wouldn't have been as amazing without our tour manager roxy and driver jelly! They were amazing and always went above and beyond for us. It's great getting to meet and travel with so many people too, makes the trip so much better!
I did the European Adventurer last June (dep 21 June 2014). On the first day of Contiki I had the worst hangover I had ever experienced! Little did I know, this was going to be my life for the next five weeks! However it was the best weeks of my life spent with awesome humans who are all now my friends! By day we took in the mind blowing sites Europe had to offer and by sunset we were blowing our minds in other ways ;) This special trip would definately not be the same without our absolutely awesome Tour manager Scotty and bus driver Wjotec! They were both so knowledgable and always willing to go out of there way to help us! Can't wait for my next contiki yewww
I would recommend doing a hostel contiki because you get to meet up with other groups so it's twice the party :)
Was a good trip, got to see the different ski mountains.
This was my first Contiki tour, and the first thing I did when it was over was book another (honestly). I have a lot of friends who recommended Contiki but refused to tell me anything about it, saying you just have to experience it and then you would know. They were on point. I recommend doing most/all the optional activities as they are definitely value for money; the Budapest dinner cruise was beyond epic. My friends and parents paid in excess of 70 euro for their Gondola rides whilst Contiki provided for less than 30. Megs was my tour guide, if you get her; I envy you. She made the experience what it was with her infectious smile, organisation skills and extensive knowledge of all the places visited. My fellow travelers were amazing and ready to experience the world. I loved the Eastern European culture, cuisine and nightlife. I cannot recommend Contiki enough, and this tour. Get out there and do it, #noregrets!
Absolutely amazing! Shout outs to Mohrenberger and Volpini for been the best crew! #wherestheplacetobe :D
Well this is it. I don't know if it was because we had the greatest team or not, but hey. A definate trip of a life time. Something I will never forget and have never regreted ;)
Don't be fooled, depending on when you go you will be amazed by the weather. We had sunshine and warm days in the begining of the trip. As soon as we entered Germany-Austria it was snow from then on out.
Contiki is what you make it. I didn't go out much as I wanted to be aware of what I was seeing and be able to take in what was around me. Thank god I did, because I would have missed out on so many stories and walking trips with the tour guide. For example, I saw Prauge at night, when others decided to head out and drink. Also went to an amusement park in Austria (not planned)
On average I spent about $1,500 extra on my trip (this was for the times that we didn't have lunch or dinner planned)
If you are going on your own, have no fear, everyone is there for you, you'll find your niche of friends. It happens, trust me!
Also DO ALL THE ADD ON EXTRAS!!! boy am I a little annoyed I didn't do that.
Don't get the group photo. But do get the T-shirt/Hoodie (in the picture)