Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
This was my first Contiki. I went in September 2011, first time overseas. It was dream come true.
The 4 days of the Spotlight on Greece were absolutely magical. Very fast paced, you're up early and you cover a lot of ground, but its worth it, if you want to see it all. You do spend some time on the bus, but you make so many stops and then you get to enjoy the sceneries and your new friends, time flies by.
As for the cruise, unfortunately, I wasn't aware thats where the group broke up. There were different options. But as for the cruise itself, it was great. The food, installation and entertainment were awesome.
I was a bit disapointed in the TM and the whole "Contiki" experience, as you were pretty much set loose on your own once aboard. Except for the official excursions on the Islands, there wasn't anything organized as a group. But no matter, it was still a lifetime experience, its Greece after all, who can say they had a bad time there? I have been on another Contiki since and plan on many more, I just think thta maybe cruises can be booked on their own, not necessarily through contiki.
This trip had it all; relaxation, sightseeing, nightlife, and free time. If you were to take the best of the Caribbean, Europe, and the Mediterranean, mix them together, you get Croatia. This is a great tour to travel alone or with someone. You meet plenty of people, see loads of beautiful places, swim in crystalline waters and eat amazing foods. Although it wasn't my first travel experience, it was my first with Contiki and I was blown away with the quality and caliber of travel experience. Do not hesitate in booking this trip! You will not be disappointed. If you do this trip, plan to bring cash, it's a lot easier than dealing with credit cards because most places didn't accept them.
This was the first time my wife and I have ever done a tour with Contiki, and we were actually very pleased. We thought we'd be the only couple on the trip, but were surprised to find atleast 4 or 5 other married couples on this trip!
Our tour guide pretty much showed us around all the highlights of London & Paris that we wanted to see, and explained how to get around. We had plenty of free time for ourselves to see what we wanted to see. Public transportation was a bit difficult, but we figured it out once we took it a few times. We were exhausted from walking so much but it was worth it!
I recommend all of the optional tours and activities which were very exciting, EXCEPT for one optional activity in Paris, which was the Moulin Rouge! Worst show EVER and nowhere near worth the 140 Euro p/ person. Other than that, I'm already planning on the next trip for next year with Contiki!
this trip was so unbelievably awesome, from the people on the tour, the tour manager, the weather, views, amount of time spent in each place, hotels and the nightlife and food and beaches. everything was better then i could have imagined. i would do this tour again in a heartbeat. already planning my next contiki!
In 18 days we visited 10 countries. I have never been so exhausted and so broke, but it was worth every minute and penny spent. Both our tour manager and our driver were one of kind guys and were a bonus to the experience and the friends I made are friends for life. Not to mention, the sites, the food and the stories I've written have changed my perspective on life. I will never forget this trip and I highly recommend anyone wanting to experience the world and to have a little fun sign up for summer 2013! You won't regret it.
The optionals Contiki offers are wonderful and I suggest, to get the full (and best) experience, you sign up for all of them. Even tackle the ones you're scared of, like I did. Now, I cant wait to go paragliding again! In each country, try the quisine they're known for - you may not like it, but "tick the box" ;) Utilize your crew and dont be afraid to ask them so research something you're interested in seeing/doing that isnt on the itinerary; theyll do anything to make your trip the best you've ever had. The accomodation on the trip isnt always the nicest, but it's comfortable and who really cares? Trust me, you'll onlly be in the room to sleep.
Be prepared for long rides on the bus, but that's to be expected and the drives are always worth what you step into on the other end.
Take this trip!!! You will absolutely love and you'll come home with memories you wouldn't trade for the world.
I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this tour is!!! I had the best month and a half of my life, with such a fantastic group of people. Everyone got along, and by the end we had become so close we were like family. I am so glad I didn't go on anything shorter, because even 45 days isn't long enough.
If you're considering doing this tour, then STOP CONSIDERING AND JUST BOOK IT!! You WON'T regret it.
One suggestion would be to possibly do the Egypt option with this tour, and then do a Greek Island Hopping tour afterwards to get the best of both worlds. :)
This was honestly the best month of my life. Seen some pretty amazing things and met some pretty amazing people. Most of which i still keep in touch with. Definitely the best way to see Europe as well as making lifelong friends.
You have to do this tour in the summer! It was unbelievable. Dont bother coming if you dont want to party and enjoy yourself because thats pretty much all that we did with some sightseeing, activities and pool-side tanning squeezed in. Do all of the optional acitivites. Our tour leader MJ was the best! He was like an older brother, fun but also looked out for everyone. Met amazing people and have the best memories. Do this tour. You won't regret it.
The accommodation was great all around! only in Cancun we had to share a king size or double bed with a random person from the tour, so that was a bit akward. But otherwise the other hotels were great
The optionals were fantastic too, I swam with dolphines :D and the tour is exactly as described, Cancun was the most fun part as we went out to various clubs and places to eat dinner. Senor Frogs was my fav!
The transport and the tour guide were great too!
Met some fantastic people!
I would definatly reccommend it!
The site seeing was spectacular!
This tour was so worth every penny. Our tour manager angela, and bus driver steve were the best. Loved every minute of the trip, and all the new friends made. Sad to be home, and wish I could go back :(
Just got back yesterday from the most amazing 4 days. Edinburgh at this time of year is fantastic. It's like a cultural Mecca, with the proud Scottish bagpipers (as a fellow Brit, felt very proud!) the hilarious comedy acts at the fringe, amazing cabaret acts and Edinburgh's epic history to sink your teeth into, you won't stop smiling. In the two full days we had (2 travel days) I managed to see Edinburgh Castle (worth it), The Scottish Whisky experience (amazing), The Mary Kings Close (the underground city they built on top of! Scary stuff) and see how Tarten is made in the Tartan Mill.
Yet again had a fantastic tour manager (Jason) and driver (Tony) who managed to plan the epic drive so that we saw the Scottish border on the way up and the infamous Gretna Green on the way down. We stayed at Edinburgh University, so each had our own room, shared showers and a huge breakfast each morning (definitely needed it with all the exploring!) The tattoo itself is an epic experience and we had the best seats in the whole place!
I can't wait to go back and see the rest of Scotland now, already planning it. Easily the best way to see these two amazing cultural events, huge value for money, and I learnt and loved so much!
Wow, think my head's still spinning from this EPIC trip. If you want to see the best of Europe in the shortest time but still feel like you've experienced it- this is the tour for you. 7 countries in 10 days! Each day a new city, with amazing scenery, culture and night life. We had an amazing tour manger (Jac) and driver (Jamie)- these guys we're gold and knew their stuff, felt very safe in their hands! Some of the highlights have to be, paragliding in Austria, dressing up in Dirndl (authetic german dress) and hitting the beer hall, the gondola ride in Venice and the cabart in Paris. I went on my own and made 49 friends for life. As it's such a whirlwind tour we all got so close and still talk daily!
EPIC trip, EPIC people and EPIC places.
This tour was amazing and quite honestly the best month of my life. I met so many new friends. From LA to New York, so much was crammed in. Highlights were definitely Vegas, Dallas, Memphis and New Orleans but everything was incredible. Every place we went was better than the last and I'm only sorry that it's over. Our tour manager Tony was so knowledgeable and helpful and our driver Ray was a real gentleman, always willing to accommodate 53 passengers everyday on long journeys. I think they made the tour for me! Both were great fun and made a real effort with all of us. The coach was actually quite comfortable and I really enjoyed our journey times because it was a chance to chill out and chat with my new friends. The included meals were always of very good quality (I never went hungry!) and there were plenty of optionals to enjoy - some top ones included the Haunted House in Dallas, Hot Air Balloon ride in Albuquerque, the dinner cruise in New Orleans and the Miami cruise. The quality of the hotels was quite good as well. I couldn't recommend this tour more. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.
This tour was absolutely fabulous!
I had the most fun!
It was quite a large group 66 people including 2 tour managers, but was still incredible despite the size.
Athens, the first stop, a bit boring but it's good to see. The plaka dinner option is good for only one reason the dancing, food quality was not the best at all, if you're on a budget I wouldn't recommend this optional!
Next stop Mykonos. Ah Mykonos what a place!! It was incredible, all the extras are worth while here! Hotel here is amazing an if you're hungry the tavern next to the beach across from the hotel is supper supper delicious!! Get most of your shopping done in Mykonos, there is so much there and the biggest variety you will find.
Santorini is after Mykonos, Santorini is supposed to be the quiet time between party raging islands Mykonos and Ios. Haha this is not so. Santorini has just as many cool places to party. I didn't do the volcano extra, couldn't walk that day due to injury but heard the view was nice but it was a bit pointless. The Santorini day tour is pretty cool, the wine tasting is so boring but the rest of the day is good. If your not up for it you can just as easily do it yourself by hiring quads or scooters!
Perissa beach is awesome and the red beach is really funky to see.
Ios is the last island stop. The 'far out spa' is a great place to stay, ladies I totally recommend booking yourselves in for a massage, the cleopatra was amazing! Amazing views from the hotel the only bitch about it is ALL the stairs!!
Ios is party central! Definitely do the water sports and the boat tour!!
This tour was incredible, you can make it as busy or relaxed as you like which was great! The best destinations, although I would spend less time in Athens and more time on the islands, my only bad thing to say about the tour.
I would give it a 10/10 I can not reccomend it enough!
European Horizon was VERY fast, but I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I met so many amazing people from all around the world, and I am already planning on visiting some in the next few months. If you only have about 2 weeks to explore Europe, definitely do the Horizon. Explore London for a day and Explore Paris for an extra day and do the Horizon. The staff was great and excursions were amazing too! Definitely- whitewater raft in Austria, Paraglide and then take a bike ride of the town! Hands down one of the best days! Ton of fun, you can sleep when you come home :)
Get ready for a very FAST 10 days, but if you want to save money & time, everything is worth it!! Recommend every optional excursion (I did them all) but my favs were:
Booze cruise in Amsterdam (best way to get know everyone right from the start) Beer Hall in Munich (go out in Colt Fabric,best nightlife)
Paragliding in Austria (breathtaking)
Gondola Ride in Venice (buy some sparkling wine & sit back & enjoy the beautiful architecture)
Farewell Dinner in Paris (now have a love for escargot - snails!)
I didn't expect to meet people from all over the world! Now love Australians & Canadians, and our tour guide, Angus, was so knowledgeable/THE BEST! :)
Best trip I've ever taken. I met tons of cool people from other countries and had a great time at all the stops. This was my first Contiki trip and I was travelling alone, but I had the greatest time. I wish I had more vacation time so I could've continued on and done the Grand Southern tour (the Southern Adventure is the first half of the Grand Southern tour). A great experience all around...I'm dying to book another Contiki trip for next year!
Went on this tour in August and had the most amazing time! It has everything from cities to towns to beaches to desert to beautiful landscapes and even more! Every place we went to was entirely different from each other and each has it's own separate memories and it was incredible!
One thing I'll mention is that this tour is actually made up of 4 smaller tours which not many people know:
the wild western (the whole tour), western highlights (leave people in vegas), california highlights (pick up in vegas), and la to the bay (leave people in san fran
some people on these tours, particularly western and california highlights either felt like they were being left behind or joining an already tight group
what i will say is everyone still had a great time and made friends for life as everyone was so friendly and willing to meet people!
Contiki also organised easy ways for us to get around, particularly helpful in san francisco - even on coach free days we got to see the whole city for free transportation
This was the first trip I had ever gone on by myself and I felt safe most of the time. Luckily I got stuck with a really great group of people, everyone was friendly and interacted. If you are after a quick trip that manages to show you the diverse land that is the west coast of the USA then I would recommend this trip!