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  • TashaOwles Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Where do I start... THIS TRIP IS AMAZING!

1/10/2014
This trip has everything I ever wanted to do. it was prefect, as a solo first time traveller I was a little nervous but I met a few people on the Meet ups before I left which really helped.

The tour guides!!
I had Trys and Benny for the outback part and Paddy and Gary for the East Coast. They were truly amazing so helpful and hands on working hard making sure everyone was happy. Each day Paddy walked up and down the coach making sure everyone was ok and if they had any questions he would answer them. All 4 tour guides had so much information and could talk for hours about Australia what we were doing and where we were going. Paddy really made everyone feel comfortable and started off on the first day knowing everyone's first and last names on the coach which was very impressive. Trys had great games each day on the long drives making the journey's really fun! They also made a great part of an amazing group of people that all got on so well. we all made friends really quickly and had the best time together. Our guides really did help make the groups by getting us up on the mic to talk about ourselves sharing stories. Trys had us do dares which really made the group come together.

Accommodation
I was impressed with each place. it was all so different. from staying on a cattle ranch to an amazing hotel on Day Dream island to sleeping in swags under the stars.
All the places we stayed were clean and tidy welcoming and prefect for 4 people to share. Some rooms were small and some showers were cold BUT this is "Straya"!!
awesome locations and clean bed sheets!

Food
Each meal we had included was exactly what our tour guides said not a massive meal but a cheaper pasta pizza or fish meal which was prefect and filled you up. never had any problems with food, all tasty. The Daydream island stay was amazing, all you could eat buffet and we did eat a lot!!
Cheap food offered on the days without and we would all go together to certain restaurant for $10 meals

Excursions
I done quite a few ME times Activities and they were amazing well worth every penny.
The white water rafting was incredible and the team in Tully really made the day. so friendly and joining in with all the fun!
Each activity was explained in full on the coaches and some activities were told as must do's and I see why.

I felt with the ME time activities I missed on seeing Cairn's during the day. As the first day I did the must do boat trip out to the great barrier reef and the second day I did the white water rafting, So I only got to see Cairn's during the night but never the day as we were so busy, so that's a downfall. But our days were still fun.

Also just to add some of these activities are on the same day so you might not be able to do all the activities you want. I wanted to the bungee jump and rafting but these two trips were on the same day.

Free time

There's not a lot, But we would rather spend our time visiting as many places as possible than have and extra 30 mins getting ready. some nights you had 45 mins to shower and get ready for a night out but that's the life when traveling. Everyone was happy to rush around making sure we made the most of our time.

Coach / Wi-Fi
Great Wi-Fi on the coach, I pretty much had it the whole trip perfect to contact friends and family. also to upload picture to Facebook. The coach is comfortable and does have a bathroom but they ask if you try not to use it too often as there are regular stops with toilet facilities.

Nights out
I had heard that Contiki was all about the clubs and drinking .. but it doesn't have to be, some nights we stayed in or just went out for a few drinks with the group. and other night you had the opportunity of going out to the clubs and drinking all night but if you had an early morning you didn't have to stay out late. Cheeky Monkeys in Byron was awesome.

I didn't do the added Sailing part of the trip and quite a few others didn't , so we stayed on Day Dream island this hotel is amazing. As a Me time extra I did the day sailing which was prefect, Whitsunday's is beautiful and we snorkelled from the boat and saw turtles!

My favourite parts of the trip

Visiting Ayres rocks we have a very busy day getting up super early to watch the sun rise then walking around Ayres rock which takes about 3 hours then I did the Harley Davidson bike ride, then we jumped in the helicopter to see the Ariel view. We then had under an hour to dress up and get ready to watch the sun set. Jam packed day but loved every second.

The Tully white Water rafting was Amazing full day excursion lunch included. Adrenalin filled day with beautiful views. A must do!!

Fraser island with a guided off road tour around the island! visiting a lake and stunning beaches. We also watched the mango sunset taking awesome photos with the sun setting over the sea.

The Currumbin wild life sanctuary where we got to spoon a kangaroo and cuddle a koala. and see other ozzy animals

The Outback was really good for hiking and exploring. Heart attack hill is not for the faint hearted but most of our group made the climb.

The East coast was all about the beaches and chilled Ozzy life. Exploring cities and many beaches. with good clubs and great food.

I made some truly amazing friends, To which I am visiting
this year.

And I have also booked my next Contiki trip La to the bay this July.

All in all this trip is a once in a life time experience!

You can enjoy each day with no worries or stresses!

Would highly recommend this trip!

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tashaowles


My Contiki was: AWESOME, LIFECHANGING, BEAUTIFUL

What can I say about this trip?
The description said easy pace but no it wasn't! And I wouldn't have changed that for the world!
I met some of the best people on this trip. Some that I hope will be friends for many many years. Leaving was a sad experience and still keeping in contact with my contiki friends I am not alone!
Our tour guide Jon, went above and beyond for us. He showed me things that I would never have seen had a organised to go U.S.A by myself and those experiences are what made this trip. Could not thank the man enough for all he did.
Vegas was one hell of experience and I am pleased to say that I did it right! Not much sleep was had but there is so much to see there I don't know why you would bother sleeping!
Our tour guide took us to a bar in San Francisco that was quite simply one of the best bars I have ever been too. Nothing like that here in Australia and I will be going back to it one day.
This will not be my last contiki, and if my first contiki is anything to go by, then the next one I do will be amazing. If anyone is um-ing or ah-ing about doing it. JUST DO IT!
You will not regret it #noregrets

My Contiki was: Amazing, time of my life, will do again!

  • EWilliams Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip was so much fun and the tour group was amazing! There was so much to see and do, but we still had lots of free time to go off on our own and explore. I definitely fell in love with Italy!

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Fun, Exciting

  • EWilliams Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

This trip was so much fun and the tour group was amazing! There was so much to see and do, but we still had lots of free time to go off on our own and explore. I definitely fell in love with Italy!

My Contiki was: Beautiful, Fun, Exciting

  • 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

  • Alex Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Simply awesome! Totally worth it!

My Contiki was: Awesome, NoRegrets, Amazing

  • Alexander Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

It was just AWESOME :)

  • Brett Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

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

  • Jackie Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This was our second Contiki and just like the last one it was an incredible experience. Our tour manager Rachel was so blimin good, and always went out of her way to make sure every single person was doing good. Marquis our driver was 1. an incredible driver (have you ever parallel parked a bus) and 2. hard case! such an awesome guy.

We were really lucky and had a great, diverse mix of people and everyone kind of found their "place" quite quickly.

The accomodation and the included meals were pretty decent and i'll be honest some of those early starts were hard work!

If you're looking for a way to see the USA in a hurry this is for you, don't over think it, just book it!

Highlights for me had to be NYC, Charleston and the Grand Canyon.

If anyones interested I was away for 5 weeks and did a weekly blogpost while I was there, heaps of photos and info on the stuff we did for anyone yet to make up their mind on this trip =)

http://jackiejean.blogspot.com/search/label/Travel%20Diaries#.VO6aybOUePU

My Contiki was: life changing, fastpaced, amazing

  • Matt Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 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 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 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 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 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!

  • Ashley Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

This tour is so much fun! If you're unsure as to whether or not you want to do this trip, here's a few things from my experience that might help you decide.

The locations are absolutely stunning! Koh Phi Phi is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. If you're expecting a tropical island getaway, you won't be disappointed. The accommodation is pretty fantastic too, with each hotel having a pool and bar. Free wifi is also available in all of the hotels, and most cafés and bars in Thailand offer free wifi as well.

The optional extras are definitely a must. The boat day at the beginning of the trip you cannot miss. It takes you to lots of little islands around the area and theres something to do at every location. A big lunch is provided as well. The elephant ride in Krabi is also great. Make sure you bring a camera! Unfortunately I wasn't able to do the third optional activity, which was snorkelling around Koh Phi Phi due to sickness.

Which brings me to some helpful advice for this trip - you will probably get sick at some point. About half the travellers on my trip ended up with some form of food poisoning. You're eating a lot of food your body isn't used to, plus the water that comes out of the taps in your hotel room isn't always safe to drink, so keep that in mind. It's not always bad food. The food is incredible! But be sure to bring some medication to help you through it if it does happen to you.

Another thing to mention would be cash. Most places in Thailand accept cash only. I put most of my money onto a travel card, and spent a lot of my time hunting down ATMs so that I could pay for things.

Other than that I had no negatives for this tour! The people are all out for a good time and everybody on my trip got along so well. I went as a solo traveller and I couldn't have had more fun! The parties, the sights and the people made this one of the best decisions of my life! #noregrets!

My Contiki was: Fun, Unforgettable , Life Changing

  • 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

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