Reviews

Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • Aleea Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

Made so many new amazing friends.

Really worth doing this tour!!

My Contiki was: FOOOOOD , Sunshine , Culture

  • Michael Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

First Contiki trip and must say it was a good one! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the cities we visited. The amount of time spent in each city was perfect to get a feel for it. Awesome group and awesome time. Looking forward to my next trip in 2015!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Fun

  • Michael Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 10 Countries

First Contiki trip and must say it was a good one! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the cities we visited. The amount of time spent in each city was perfect to get a feel for it. Awesome group and awesome time. Looking forward to my next trip in 2015!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Fun

  • Soph Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Such a great tour! Good balance of sight seeing and partying. The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Only regret is stopping at Vegas and not going to Bass Lake etc with some of the others.

  • Ashlea Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 21 Countries

My Contiki was: friends for life, adventure, fun filled

  • Ashlea Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 21 Countries

My Contiki was: amazing, memorable, full of adventure

  • Elizabeth Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I would HIGHLY recommend the Egypt tour to anyone. I felt safe and taken care of the entire time and think it's time tourism come back to Egypt (the negative media attention is really overblown I found after visiting myself).

Contiki does it right with visits to the pyramids, camel rides, train rides, a nice cruise boat, and time spent at the beach on the Red Sea (snorkeling was amazing).

I can't say enough about how excellent the guide Sherif is and he has 15 years experiences; he's also a genuine person who just adds to the fun of the group. The people I was lucky enough to travel with also made the trip.

Would highly recommend the village tour (opt for the camel, not the donkey in my opinion).

Dendera, an addition to the tour, was one of the main highlights-it was so well preserved.

THANKS for the trip of a lifetime!!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Blast, Culturally Intriguing

  • Elizabeth Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I would HIGHLY recommend the Egypt tour to anyone. I felt safe and taken care of the entire time and think it's time tourism come back to Egypt (the negative media attention is really overblown I found after visiting myself).

Contiki does it right with visits to the pyramids, camel rides, train rides, a nice cruise boat, and time spent at the beach on the Red Sea (snorkeling was amazing).

I can't say enough about how excellent the guide Sherif is and he has 15 years experiences; he's also a genuine person who just adds to the fun of the group. The people I was lucky enough to travel with also made the trip.

Would highly recommend the village tour (opt for the camel, not the donkey in my opinion).

Dendera, an addition to the tour, was one of the main highlights-it was so well preserved.

THANKS for the trip of a lifetime!!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Blast, Culturally Intriguing

'Sweet as' South (Reverse)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kia Ora!
  • Rachel Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Absolutely loved this trip. Photos definitely don't do New Zealand justice. Weather at Franz Josef is a little unpredictable and can be rainy/foggy. We weren't able to do the helicopter/hike options as a result, but many of us did the kayaking instead and spent the rest of the day relaxing.

Loved the Canyon Swing in Queenstown, absolute highlight. I highly recommend doing multiple jumps if you have the option! I did the K-Bridge Bungy Jump, which was a fun experience as well.

The accommodations in Lake Ohau are rad! Toga party and a hot tub. There's a lounge area by a fireplace as well. Too many cool places to cover 'em all!

My Contiki was: rad, adventure

  • Rachel Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

I was worried the weather might be a little cold traveling in August (Australia's winter), but I had such a pleasant experience. And huge thumbs up for the Sailing! Highly recommended when you're in the Whitsundays.

Very moderate weather, with some rain in Sydney at the tail end. Watched some beautiful thunderstorms off the coast in Coffs Harbour, after spending the afternoon taking surf lessons at sunset. Definitely the highlight activity of my trip! Not to mention the bonfire that evening.

  • Michael Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

This trip has exceeded my expectations in the best way possible. I went alone, but came back home connecting with more great friends worldwide. I've kept in touch with some of them from this Contiki group. The highlight of the trip was in Florence. I fell in love with that city. Would highly recommend first time Contiki travelers to take the Mediterranean Highlights tour. You really get a big bang out for your buck!

My Contiki was: Exciting, Spontaneous, Humbling

  • Michael Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

This trip has exceeded my expectations in the best way possible. I went alone, but came back home connecting with more great friends worldwide. I've kept in touch with some of them from this Contiki group. The highlight of the trip was in Florence. I fell in love with that city. Would highly recommend first time Contiki travelers to take the Mediterranean Highlights tour. You really get a big bang out for your buck!

My Contiki was: Exciting, Spontaneous, Humbling

  • Amol Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

If you are looking to have a good time and looking to see a lot of Europe in short amount of time, this trip is for you.

  • Amol Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

If you are looking to have a good time and looking to see a lot of Europe in short amount of time, this trip is for you.

  • Monique Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

What can I say? Costa Rica is a beautiful place to experience! My trip was in late September, also known as the "rainy season", however the majority of the trip, the weather was absolutely perfect. I went zip-lining, rafting, hiking, repelling, horseback riding, and SO much more. The sunsets in Costa Rica are breathtaking, especially in Manuel Antonio. The Costa Rican people are all very hospitable and welcoming, I felt very comfortable and safe everywhere I went. My favorite part of the trip (besides the unreal sunsets and food) was going to the Elementary School and watching the local school children perform a dance for us.

Edward was our tour guide, and he was great! It seemed like everyone knew him everywhere we went, and so that made for a smooth transition into each city. Our coach driver was really nice too. I left feeling like I got a true taste of all Costa Rica had to offer, and I can't wait to go back one day.
You must do this tour, you will be so happy you did!!

Pura Vida!

My Contiki was: Culture, Beautiful, Pure Life

European Magic

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Not what I expected

It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't what I expected. We didn't get much time in each city. But thats alright, because it is a very fast paced trip. Also, we arrived at each city so late in the day, that all that was left to do was bar hopping and enjoy the nightlife. If thats what you enjoy, this is your trip. If you want more of a cultural experience then go on your own. Its not really hard to get around anywhere in Europe. It does take time to plan everything, but it might end up being cheaper than Contiki trip.
Also, it was surprising to me me that the tour manager offered to hook people up with drugs and prostitutes, if they needed. Because he strongly believed that it was part of his job to encourage people to have a good travel experience.

European Magic

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Not what I expected

It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't what I expected. We didn't get much time in each city. But thats alright, because it is a very fast paced trip. Also, we arrived at each city so late in the day, that all that was left to do was bar hopping and enjoy the nightlife. If thats what you enjoy, this is your trip. If you want more of a cultural experience then go on your own. Its not really hard to get around anywhere in Europe. It does take time to plan everything, but it might end up being cheaper than Contiki trip.
Also, it was surprising to me me that the tour manager offered to hook people up with drugs and prostitutes, if they needed. Because he strongly believed that it was part of his job to encourage people to have a good travel experience.

  • Harris Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

If you've always dreamed of waking up to the warm sunrise from another country after a night of partying; or getting lost in the back streets of a foreign city with just a translation book and a fold map and great new friends who feel just as compelled to have a time of their lives traveling abroad as you, then this is the trip for you. Be warned: this is a fast-paced trip; you'll barely spend a day or two in most of these countries so make the *most* out of every moment, do not go lightly. I had an unbelievable time, made so many amazing new friends, learned some much stuff culturally and historically during this trip. Our guide (Sara) was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and lots of fun (Contiki if you're reading this she gets an A+ recommendation)

Message me for any tips. Or check out photos and videos from our August 2013 trip. Enjoy! #noregrets

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My Contiki was: party, adventure, scenic

  • Harris Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

If you've always dreamed of waking up to the warm sunrise from another country after a night of partying; or getting lost in the back streets of a foreign city with just a translation book and a fold map and great new friends who feel just as compelled to have a time of their lives traveling abroad as you, then this is the trip for you. Be warned: this is a fast-paced trip; you'll barely spend a day or two in most of these countries so make the *most* out of every moment, do not go lightly. I had an unbelievable time, made so many amazing new friends, learned some much stuff culturally and historically during this trip. Our guide (Sara) was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and lots of fun (Contiki if you're reading this she gets an A+ recommendation)

Message me for any tips. Or check out photos and videos from our August 2013 trip. Enjoy! #noregrets

Photo Gallery:
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Youtube:
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjL5sZFp

My Contiki was: party, adventure, scenic

  • Amanda Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Our Contiki trip through Vietnam was such an eye opener, and so different to any other tour I had previously been on. My boyfriend and I went on the Vietnam Experience tour from 4 Nov-15 Nov 2014, I think there were about 24 of us in total when the Vietnam Highlights group joined us on day 3 back in Saigon. Everyone clicked really well, and the homestay in the Mekong Delta really helped us bond quickly and brought our group together. Definitely worth the extra money to add those 2 days to your Vietnam trip! Our tour was a special one, as 2 girls from The Bachelor Australia were on our tour, along with writers, bloggers, and 2 big bosses from Contiki to manage them along the way. It was a unique experience having this on our tour (both good & bad points!), but made for some very memorable moments! The Contiki boss Katrina was super lovely & amazing- so glad she came along for the ride! Our tour manager James was really helpful & definitely knew his stuff, powering on even when he felt sick, & was kind enough to give those of us traveling on afterwards many tips on where to go & what to see in Laos, Cambodia, & Thailand as well!

Crossing the road in Saigon is an experience you will never forget, you will never again see so many scooters in your life! The markets throughout Vietnam were awesome for picking up a bargain (Hoi An probably had the best shopping), just keep in mind that Asian sizes are much smaller than Western sizes! Our accommodation was of good quality at each of our destinations (though a little more basic at our Mekong Delta homestay). We were treated to so much delicious food over the 12 days, we were spoilt for choice. So many yummy soups, spring rolls, savoury pancakes & fresh seafood!

Nha Trang was one of our favourite spots, we easily could have stayed here longer! Gorgeous beaches, mud baths were great, snorkeling trip was amazing & dinner at The Sailing Club was one of the best meals of my life! The passionfruit mojito was the best drink I've ever tasted & the mushroom gnocchi was to die for!

Hoi An is World Heritage Listed & I already can't wait to go back & visit it again one day. Had so much fun riding bikes around the old town, exploring the markets & lounging by the pool and visiting the hotel's spa. We all got suits or dresses made there at Yali, I'd strongly recommend having pictures of what you want with you on your phone before visiting, so you can be really clear & specific with them on what you want, to save time and confusion.

By the time we reached Hue we were getting pretty tired, but the Perfume River showed us an amazing sunset & the nightlife there is pretty fun! When we reached Hanoi we were all exhausted & couldn't wait to sleep! Was probably our least favourite destination in Vietnam, the weather was cooler here & overcast, and the city felt like many others in Asia. We also didn't do as much together as a group here. Halong Bay was stunning, although the water was a little cooler this time of year (but not so cold you couldn't swim or kayak). Was amazing to see monkeys close up in the wild on the islands and the scenery was stunning. The pirate party on the junk boat was pretty incredible too!

I'd recommend staying an extra night in Hanoi once your tour ends, as you're bound to make new friends who you'd like to spend more time with! Our group was a mix of (mostly) Aussies, Canadians, South Africans, Brits, a Kiwi and an American. The average age of the group was mid-to-late 20s, which was perfect (no 18yr olds getting crazy silly, or old nanas holding us back), and was of a slower pace & a bit more luxurious than European Contiki tours. I'd definitely recommend an Asian Contiki tour- you money goes so much further in SE Asia and for people like us who had never been to Asia before, it was a great introduction to the culture, and gave us the confidence and knowledge to then travel on in the region by ourselves. I had a blast, & so did my boyfriend (who was initially quite reluctant to do a Contiki tour, but was definitely surprised!). Save your dollars and give it a go- you'll have an amazing time guaranteed! :)

My Contiki was: surprising, cultural, stunning

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