Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
You have to do Costa Rica at least once in your life. In terms of adventure the country really has it all. Every day there was something to look forward to.
Unbelievable accomodations and the activities are top notch.
The only thing that was missing was nightlife. Costa Rica has some good bars, but we were not given the option to go out or encouraged by our tour guide to go out. We were tired as hell some days, so we couldnt go out every night, but we should be given the option.
Other than that, great trip. Many memories I'll never forget.
Good trip not much time spent on the bus and more time seeing the places in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. Good Times.
I am recommending this tour to everyone I know!! It was the best two weeks of my life!! There was heaps of spare time but also so much to do. Ish the tour guide was great fun!! Mexico is definitely worth seeing, and not once did I feel unsafe in Mexico.
I have travelled a lot through Asia and Europe and this was the first Contiki Tour I have done. It was the second time I had been to Thailand and I have to say, the Contiki Tour really did it justice, I had much more fun the second time around!! I feel like I experienced all the best parts of Thailand in 9 days - elephants, beaches, snorkelling, tigers, 4-wheel driving, ladyboys, half moon party, pool parties, a giant WIPEOUT course.... and so much more! The best part is that so much of the tour is optional and you can play each day by ear. The accommodation is amazing and to a very good standard.... (be amazed in Koh Tao!!) Our tour guide, Natalie, was the best and her local knowledge ensured we were always at the most happening bars and never having to wait in lines. As someone who was closer to the *older* end of the age range, I wondered what the tour would be like... but everyone got along well and age was irrelevant - everyone was just there to have fun!
I would highly recommend this tour and strongly advise that it is the only way to see these three islands. The one and only downfall of the tour is that it ended!!
Nothing will ever prepare you for the go go go of contiki! This was the best 20 days of my life that I got to spend with 45 amazing other travellers and our fantastic tour manager, Mark Davies and awesome coach driver, Cathal Woods. We saw everything amazing that Europe had to offer and you get so much more out of your contiki experience than you'll ever expect. Yes, we partied a lot and yes we hardly slept and yes! We were always on the move but I wouldn't change my experience for the world. The food was always good and so was the accommodation, and don't skimp on the optionals! It's the best way to get to know your fellow contikians. I would do this tour again in heartbeat, my advice would just be to know that you'll never be prepared for what's about to hit you but get ready for the time of your life!
Just returned from the best holiday ever! Had a great time with our Contiki group of 36 people. We had a great mix of activities and a great tour manager and driver (Jen and Daz).
Had so much fun canoeing, white water rafting, hiking, horse riding and there were plenty of good nights out to suit everyone too. The accommodation and included meals were even better than I expected - even for a vegetarian! - and we didn't spend too much time on the coach (except the Banff to Vernon day which is to be expected).
My advice would be to just go - try new things and make new friends. I'm so glad I went, would definitely book with Contiki in future, great way to travel.
This trip was amazing, talking and hearing about things like the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and Jade statues are one thing, but going to China and seeing them for yourself leaves you awe struck. There is so much to see and do and doing this trip with such a great mix of people such as i had, made it all the more special. Mad respect to Nathan McBain our tour guide for looking after us so well...Even after I got lost on the way to Mong Kok(my bad).
I recently did the European Experience tour this summer and had the time of my life! I loved how everything was already organized so I could spend my time making amazing memories, and friendships that will last a life time! My tour manager Chloe was absolutely amazing, going out of her way to make this the best trip ever, and our bus driver Scotty was so great as well! I would recommend Contiki to anyone and hope to do another tour sometime in the future! Sydney x
This trip was out of this world, truly. It was the first part of the larger Indochine trip that continued on to Vietnam...I didn't have 25 days to spare for the whole journey, but felt fulfilled with the three countries I did visit and the people I met on this trip. The tour manager was extremely knowledgeable and fun, had a balance between friendly and organized. We got local info at every new stop with helpful hints. The local guides were interesting and informative, really hilarious in most cases. Our hotels were way better than I'd imagined...all but one had WiFi and only one in Lao was a bit rustic. Expectations were exceeded from the first night.
I'd have to say I had slight reservations booking (being on the older side of the age spectrum) but it wasn't even a factor. Everyone was well-rounded and unique, all taking the trip for their own reasons and most were pretty experienced in travel. Since we kept a good pace to get from place to place, there was a lot of accountability, and people looked out for each other. Friendships were made. There was enough free time built in that you could explore a bit on your own or opt out of certain activities...but most of them were worth taking part in.
As soon as I returned home to see photos of myself hugging a tiger, riding on an elephant's back, playing in waterfalls, dancing in the rain, drinking snake whiskey, w/friends drinking/eating/dancing and just overall having the time of our lives...I realized I would definitely be taking another trip with Contiki. It's well organized and Contiki has made the right choices to maximize the time you have in the locations you visit. Someday when I'm much older and retired I'll take months leisurely browsing through areas...for now I like the pace and social aspect.
This tour was great, you got plenty of time in the greatest cities in the US. The flights were a great way to gain extra time, but the group connection/bonding time was lost by not having a coach.
The hotels are a bit better than what they are normally for a Contiki, as mentioned by our tour manager, they are more 3.5 - 4, which they really were.
You got plenty of time to do your own thing as well as planned activities. Made life long friends on this trip.
Disneyland, Universial... all arranged and transfers provided!
I had an amazing time on this tour. Our tour manager Karlene was the best! It was perfect for someone my age (18 at the time). I made great friends. People may think being on a coach for hours is terrible, its really not. That is where we all got to really know each other and bond. I have since been on another tour where there was all flights and no coach, the group connection was not anywhere near as strong.
The places we stayed in were fantastic, the special stay in France, the Chateau... AMAZING!
Highly recommend anyone to go on this tour, perfect amount of time to be away, and a great insight into each country. I know where I would like to go back to again with my partner!
Awesome tour cannot wait to go back!!
This trip was by far the best holiday i have ever had. We had a great bunch of people who all got along and made the experience all that more interesting.
Our tour manager Alex and our driver Geordie were fantastic and made the tour so much more worthwhile. "Alex's Adventures" were a highlight as he always made sure they were informative and fun. Geordie also made sure the late night bus trips home were a hilarious experience.....especially when great songs were played and everyone was dancing while the lights went into nightclub mode. haha. The effort they both put into this tour is very much appreciated!
The optional extras were ALL amazing. I particularly enjoyed the Cabaret show, the mountain in the Swiss Alps, Space Disco in Florence and the Gondola ride in Venice. But all of the others were equally as good.
Accommodation was as good as you could get for what you paid for. I was happy with all of the places we stayed. You have to remember Contiki is a budget holiday so you are not going to get 5 star hotels. For me as long as the hotel room was clean i was happy. Just don't set extremely high expectations for the accommodation you will be fine.
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone even if it's your first Contiki. I enjoyed every single day and would definitely go on another tour in the future.
This tour is not for those who are looking for a relaxing tour of Europe-
Contrasts is the BEST way to see as much of Europe as possible in the allocated time.
Bring your vitamins, your Cold & flu stuff, anything that will help you stay as close to 100% as possible, because if you blink you WILL miss something amazing!
Contrasts also has the option of Sailing or the Contiki Resort in Corfu, Greece, which is an awesome way to get some much needed Rn'R. (Or party it up if you don't wanna stop!)
Even if you're afraid of something (ie. heights, water) that is part of the optional extras- it is DEFINITELY worth doing them all - You're in Europe and this is a once in a lifetime experience !
This trip is truly worth every penny, you'll bond with your contiki family, have an amazing time, see some of the most beautiful places, monuments & sights in the world and it is unbelievably well priced for the service you receive.
Anyone contemplating doing this tour, or aren't sure - take it from me it is 100%, no.. 200% worth it, you will NOT regret doing this and you'll create memories that will last a lifetime.
First time ever overseas! It was the most amazing trip ever, cannot wait to go back and spend more time at all of these wonderful places! Contiki is such a great way to do it, felt safe and made many new friends! Looking forward on planning a new zealand contiki for next year and a 6 week contiki through euroupe in 2015 love it love it love it!
The tour was lovely. Enjoyed ever minute of it. Also, the tour allows you to see/experience much of Spain on as little money spent as possible.
I went on this tour with my husband in July 2013. Overall what made this trip great was the people on the your with us, not the tour itself. The food was average at best with the good food being the optionals you pay for. The hotel accommodation was great in Amsterdam and Barcelona but in Paris our hotel ceiling leaked and the Lucerne jail hotel had bed bugs. Not something you want to find at midnight! The tour guide made us feel pressured into buying optionals as if he made commission on them. All in all this tour was not at all what I excepted it to be.
Awesome time island hopping and get to chill out alot of the time as well as have fun. Mel was amazeballs as a contiki leader, so chilled and yet organised.
Contiki's Ultimate European was the most exciting experience of my life. Not only did I experience so many cultures in the amount of time we had, but I made friends that I will have for a lifetime. This trip was worth all of my money and I recommend it to anyone wanting to travel Europe.
For those of you that may be interested, this is a quick run down of what we did on the first day.
We started our tour in London and quickly made our way via ferry to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is an amazing city. Full of bikes and quirky buildings. We explored the city on foot. We checked out the local shopping district and we had a Bratwurst (German Style sausage) for lunch. We saw the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and chilled out in front of the iconic 'I Amsterdam' sign. For those doing the optional extras of the Sea Palace Lunch- I'd highly recommend it. It was tasty Indonesian cuisine and plenty of free drinks. The other optional was a river cruise, which turned out to be a party boat with beer, wine and champange! We then hit the town and toured the red light district checking out the prostitutes of Amsterdam (looking of course..). Some of the guys went to the local coffee shops for some 'grass'. Others stayed and saw a live sex show, which was a mixture of sexy and hilariousness. That was our first night in Amsterdam. Others went out and hit the town afterwards, while some of us crashed in our hostel.
I could describe the other 18 days but you'll have to experience it for yourself. The accommodation in general was quite good. There were a few hotel upgrades and all hostels and cabins had the essentials and more. Our tour guide and bus driver, Kate and Phillipe, were great. They were incredibly organised and work hard to make the trip memorable as possible. The ME time extras do cost more. I spent about 350 euro extra on ME extras but they were well worth it. Things such as paragliding, whitewater rafting, gondolas in Venice, pub crawls, river cruises all added to the experience. The experience was incredibly intense. Be prepared to be exhausted after the end of the trip. One of the best aspects of the trip was how we managed to get so much done (in terms of sightseeing, partying, making friends, and other experiences) in such as short period of time. Our group bonded really well together and everyone was incredibly friendly.
If you are after a intense and wild time and want to see Europe quickly at an incredibly good price, I'd definitely recommend this trip. Only downside is that there was limited time in each city. So if you are looking to spend a while (more than two days) in each city maybe look somewhere else. Otherwise- 5 STARS