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The European Whirl was the perfect trip. My sister when she was younger did a 12 day contiki tour and the one thing she said she regretted was that she didn't go longer. 18 days was perfect - a little over two weeks, great price and even then I probably could have stayed longer! I felt this trip went to all the places in Europe that needed ticked off and the rest could be done later. My favourite places were Berlin (the history), the Swiss and Austrian Alps (jaw-droppingly beautiful) and Italy as a whole. I never used to drink a lot or party much which was a running joke by the end of the tour because well... These guys turned me into a short-term alcoholic. It's hard not too when your basically with your best friends every day and night having the time of your life. Must do optionals is the paragliding in Austria and water rafting in Austria. In fact most of the optionals are fabulous... Some of the tours are a bit boring but it's nice to mix the partying with the culture really. Our tour guide was Lilly and she was amazing. She deserves a raise for dealing with us and by us I mean we did have one douche bag on our trip but she handled him as well as she could given the circumstances. Bart our bus driver, the polish sexy silent assassin, was brilliant too. This tour = 10/10

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Incredible, Unforgettable

The European Whirl was the perfect trip. My sister when she was younger did a 12 day contiki tour and the one thing she said she regretted was that she didn't go longer. 18 days was perfect - a little over two weeks, great price and even then I probably could have stayed longer! I felt this trip went to all the places in Europe that needed ticked off and the rest could be done later. My favourite places were Berlin (the history), the Swiss and Austrian Alps (jaw-droppingly beautiful) and Italy as a whole. I never used to drink a lot or party much which was a running joke by the end of the tour because well... These guys turned me into a short-term alcoholic. It's hard not too when your basically with your best friends every day and night having the time of your life. Must do optionals is the paragliding in Austria and water rafting in Austria. In fact most of the optionals are fabulous... Some of the tours are a bit boring but it's nice to mix the partying with the culture really. Our tour guide was Lilly and she was amazing. She deserves a raise for dealing with us and by us I mean we did have one douche bag on our trip but she handled him as well as she could given the circumstances. Bart our bus driver, the polish sexy silent assassin, was brilliant too. This tour = 10/10

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Incredible, Unforgettable

  • Fuji Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Berlin to Budapest was my third Contiki trip after I did European Escapade and Croatian Sail in the summer of 2012 and this time round wanted to see Europe during the magical period that is winter, more specifically Europe just before Christmas. Every city you visit will be magically lit up and there will be plenty of local festivities occurring. Other than the lack of snow it truly was a winter wonderland and December was the perfect time to do it. I do recommend that you do spend an extra night in Budapest or leave late as i felt that there wasn't enough time to get all the cheap shopping, out door spa'ing and lake skating done.

Check out the video created of the trip then times it by 50 and you'll get a feel of what this trip is like.

https://vimeo.com/116312846

  • Fuji Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Berlin to Budapest was my third Contiki trip after I did European Escapade and Croatian Sail in the summer of 2012 and this time round wanted to see Europe during the magical period that is winter, more specifically Europe just before Christmas. Every city you visit will be magically lit up and there will be plenty of local festivities occurring. Other than the lack of snow it truly was a winter wonderland and December was the perfect time to do it. I do recommend that you do spend an extra night in Budapest or leave late as i felt that there wasn't enough time to get all the cheap shopping, out door spa'ing and lake skating done.

Check out the video created of the trip then times it by 50 and you'll get a feel of what this trip is like.

https://vimeo.com/116312846

European Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great trip

This trip was a fantastic introduction to Europe. Got to see almost all the major tourist cities and attractions in Europe. Great tour to see a lot in a 'short' amount of time, and have some amazing experiences, including all the additional activities, which I highly recommend.
Some of the accommodation was great, and some was average, but it doesn't really matter, because you pretty much just need a bed to sleep in.
This trip let me know where I want to go back to and for how long. Loved my experience on this tour with Contiki.

My Contiki was: Adventure, Great length, Fun

European Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great trip

This trip was a fantastic introduction to Europe. Got to see almost all the major tourist cities and attractions in Europe. Great tour to see a lot in a 'short' amount of time, and have some amazing experiences, including all the additional activities, which I highly recommend.
Some of the accommodation was great, and some was average, but it doesn't really matter, because you pretty much just need a bed to sleep in.
This trip let me know where I want to go back to and for how long. Loved my experience on this tour with Contiki.

My Contiki was: Adventure, Great length, Fun

  • Livvy Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This Contiki was over and beyond anything I'd expected. I travelled mid January, it was great weather. It was the best scenery I've ever seen- I was never board on the bus because there was always something to look at.

I found white water rafting and heli hiking the best out of all of them. The accommodation is pretty good, I stayed with 3 other girls and we were only in there to sleep, get ready and drink. I would highly recommend this trip!! The landscape of the south island of New Zealand is unbelievably breathtaking, and if scenery isn't your thing there is Queenstown! Coming from Australia I found that most of the food and activities were on par with pricing here.

My Contiki was: Adventure , Senic , Beautiful

This was my first contiki tour and I will definitely be booking another one soon!
First thing I was reluctant at first to do this alone but majority of everyone on this tour travelled alone or in couples , and such a mix of people it is so easy to make friends even on the 1st day !
Jon and Jonny, our tour guide and bus driver were amazing at making this trip unforgettable :D from hard partying in 'amsterdamage' as they called it, huge stein beers in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, wet gondola rides in a very rainy Venice, beautiful scenic snowy mountains in Switzerland and touring the lovely city of Paris this trip had so much to offer in 9 days, hell it was tiring but so fun !:D

Definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a first taste of Europe !

Highlights -
booze cruise accross the dam !
stop off in Innsbruck Austria
Meal in Venice , lots of food, musician and limoncello!

thanks contiki :D xxx

My Contiki was: unforgettable, awesome, fastpaced

This was my first contiki tour and I will definitely be booking another one soon!
First thing I was reluctant at first to do this alone but majority of everyone on this tour travelled alone or in couples , and such a mix of people it is so easy to make friends even on the 1st day !
Jon and Jonny, our tour guide and bus driver were amazing at making this trip unforgettable :D from hard partying in 'amsterdamage' as they called it, huge stein beers in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, wet gondola rides in a very rainy Venice, beautiful scenic snowy mountains in Switzerland and touring the lovely city of Paris this trip had so much to offer in 9 days, hell it was tiring but so fun !:D

Definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a first taste of Europe !

Highlights -
booze cruise accross the dam !
stop off in Innsbruck Austria
Meal in Venice , lots of food, musician and limoncello!

thanks contiki :D xxx

My Contiki was: unforgettable, awesome, fastpaced

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Egypt
  • Rachel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Absolutely amazing! Highly recommended. Egypt is safe to travel, and one of the coolest places I've ever been to. Some of the places we stayed weren't as nice as the others, but that didn't matter too much once we got where we needed. The cruise was a highlight, the staff were so nice, and our tour leader Sherif was amazing! He was so kind & helpful and is so excited to share his Egypt with everyone.

My Contiki was: amazing

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Egypt
  • Rachel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Absolutely amazing! Highly recommended. Egypt is safe to travel, and one of the coolest places I've ever been to. Some of the places we stayed weren't as nice as the others, but that didn't matter too much once we got where we needed. The cruise was a highlight, the staff were so nice, and our tour leader Sherif was amazing! He was so kind & helpful and is so excited to share his Egypt with everyone.

My Contiki was: amazing

Vietnam Experience

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ incredible

this tour was amazing, we got to see so much of vietnam, with the weather holding out for the magnificent halong bay, on an incredibly nice junk boat. great sights, great people, great food. We had the most amazing tour guide ever lee, who never failed to make us happy and had continued to have a great time with us. i would highly recommend this tour but if you have a bit more time on your hands book the big indo tour as this is part of that tour and i plan to go back to do the asian adventure which is the beginning of the big indo before vietnam. Vietnam was amazing, great on a budget as things are very cheap, its a full on trip make sure you do all the extras!!!!

My Contiki was: incredible, beautiful, cultural

  • Ian Kite Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Awesome country, so much to do, weather is great, beautiful cities.

  • Ciaran Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This trip was a blast. There was so much to see and do over the 8 days. Tour manager Sherif was so knowledgeable on all the sites and local history. Egypt used to have over 12 million tourists a year. After the revolution tourists have decided to vacation elsewhere, and now there are only 2-3 million tourists a year. We had the river cruise boat, as well as the tourist sites all to ourselves. At no time did I feel unsafe in Egypt. Now is the time to go!

We spent Christmas on the Nile river cruise. The staff went above and beyond to provide a special Christmas Eve dinner for everyone. The Egyptian party was silly, but it was fun to roam the markets to find the best deal on the Egyptian clothing. It was also fun to take pictures and dance in the clothing.

The optionals, such as Abu Simbel, the Crocodile temple, and snorkeling the Red Sea or taking a 4 wheeler in the desert were all worth the extra money. I would recommend coming in a day early or leaving a day late to explore Alexandria. Sherif took a group of us up for the day. We saw 5 sites, local markets, stopped for lunch, and made it home in time for dinner. Well worth $110USD.

Remember to buy your $25USD visa at the currency exchange in the airport before you get in the immigration line. There are no signs directing you to do this.

Book this tour before millions of tourists flock back to Egypt!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable , Worth every penny

  • Ciaran Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

This trip was a blast. There was so much to see and do over the 8 days. Tour manager Sherif was so knowledgeable on all the sites and local history. Egypt used to have over 12 million tourists a year. After the revolution tourists have decided to vacation elsewhere, and now there are only 2-3 million tourists a year. We had the river cruise boat, as well as the tourist sites all to ourselves. At no time did I feel unsafe in Egypt. Now is the time to go!

We spent Christmas on the Nile river cruise. The staff went above and beyond to provide a special Christmas Eve dinner for everyone. The Egyptian party was silly, but it was fun to roam the markets to find the best deal on the Egyptian clothing. It was also fun to take pictures and dance in the clothing.

The optionals, such as Abu Simbel, the Crocodile temple, and snorkeling the Red Sea or taking a 4 wheeler in the desert were all worth the extra money. I would recommend coming in a day early or leaving a day late to explore Alexandria. Sherif took a group of us up for the day. We saw 5 sites, local markets, stopped for lunch, and made it home in time for dinner. Well worth $110USD.

Remember to buy your $25USD visa at the currency exchange in the airport before you get in the immigration line. There are no signs directing you to do this.

Book this tour before millions of tourists flock back to Egypt!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Unforgettable , Worth every penny

  • Alysha Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

LA to the Bay was my first Contiki - but when the tour finished I made a promise to myself that it wouldn't be my last! 10 days went by far too quickly, however I was very grateful to have seen so much of the West Coast of America in a relatively short period of time. This tour is a perfect combination of culture, history, indulgence and nature. Although there are organised activities in the itinerary, you are not bound to participate in them and can freely choose how you want to spend your day exploring a new city. Our tour guide, Ryan, was so knowledgable and passionate about every city we drove through or visited. I really appreciated how he gave us an interesting (and never dull) history of each city as we drove around the major sights, snapping away at world - famous landmarks that look even more magnificent in person. This brief introductory of the cities meant that in our free time we had an idea of where to go for different experiences.

Some of the many positives- having everything organised for you, cheapest way to travel around the area, meeting like minded people that you will stay in contact with, becoming cultured and more knowledgable about society and history, a manager and driver team that truly care about your experience. You see and do so much in 10 days. Think about how much money and how much time it would take to do everything this tour does by yourself.

Negatives- if you are under 21, know that the rest of the group will go out most nights and party. They will bond and make memories and it might be difficult for you to join in on conversations because a lot of the time conversations are reflections of the happenings of the night before. I wouldn't recommend going on this tour alone if you are under 21, but if you are with someone who is the same age or willing to stay with you and explore the city's nightlife in non - alcoholic ways, then go for it! The only negative I could say about the management of the tour was that there weren't ever any options of what to do at night if you weren't joining the group on a bar hop.

Stop thinking and book this tour!

My Contiki was: life changing, new perspective, historical

  • RayChild Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

I think for the young traveller who has never travelled alone/without parents. The tour was well structured with a good mix of organised and free time. Our tour manager Matt was excellent. He has a huge knowledge and interest of New York which I really appreciated and helped me to also become really interested. He also had an awesome sense of humor. Absolutely fantastic. Couldn't have thought of a better way to see New York for the first time. Thanks so much!
Rachel

My Contiki was: Inspiring, Informative, Perfect

City to Surf

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing

I definitely recommend this tour if someone is looking for a short and brief taste of the east coast. I only did this short trip because I also flew over to Australia's west coast for a week and a half. I know everyone says it's expensive in Australia, but seriously, prepare yourself for how truly expensive everything is there!

This trip was an experience of a lifetime!
In just 19 days we all become one little family sharing new experiences together, visiting amazing places and enjoying one another's company.
We saw some incredible sights and famous monuments throughout our travels from Amsterdam to Paris. The Colosseum, the Vatican, Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Berlin wall.. the list could go on and on.

If I could go back and do it all over again I would!
Our tour guide was amazing, always full of energy and helped us to get the absolute best out of our time travelling in a foreign country. She made sure we saw the best bits of Europe!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Experience

This trip was an experience of a lifetime!
In just 19 days we all become one little family sharing new experiences together, visiting amazing places and enjoying one another's company.
We saw some incredible sights and famous monuments throughout our travels from Amsterdam to Paris. The Colosseum, the Vatican, Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Berlin wall.. the list could go on and on.

If I could go back and do it all over again I would!
Our tour guide was amazing, always full of energy and helped us to get the absolute best out of our time travelling in a foreign country. She made sure we saw the best bits of Europe!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Experience

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