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First things, DO THE FULL TOUR. This tour is made up of modules and most people regretted not doing England, Scotland and Ireland. Do all the optionals, the bike ride around Kilkenny was fantastic, going into all the castles, jameson tour, the Scottish and irish dancing evenings . There is lots neat things included in this tour like jumping into the lochness, good meals (although I don't know if I can eat another potato for a while), try the haggis ( its surprisingly good). Also feed the hairy highland cows in stirling , they are so cute. The pubs are great craic , drink some guiness and listen to live music. Benny was a fantastic tour manager , and Pete was a great driver( I don't know how he made some those small streets). The accomadations were all clean. I would for sure recommend this trip, and spend a few extra days in London before and after the trip , you wont regret it.

My Contiki was: Guiness, hairy cows, Nessie

First things, DO THE FULL TOUR. This tour is made up of modules and most people regretted not doing England, Scotland and Ireland. Do all the optionals, the bike ride around Kilkenny was fantastic, going into all the castles, jameson tour, the Scottish and irish dancing evenings . There is lots neat things included in this tour like jumping into the lochness, good meals (although I don't know if I can eat another potato for a while), try the haggis ( its surprisingly good). Also feed the hairy highland cows in stirling , they are so cute. The pubs are great craic , drink some guiness and listen to live music. Benny was a fantastic tour manager , and Pete was a great driver( I don't know how he made some those small streets). The accomadations were all clean. I would for sure recommend this trip, and spend a few extra days in London before and after the trip , you wont regret it.

My Contiki was: Guiness, hairy cows, Nessie

Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food, wine and views

Honestly still one of my favorite trips and ive been on three other contikis since this. The views and culture is amazing, the food will meet every expectations you have and the wine is fantastic ( try the limoncello as well). Do all the options, try all the food and get ready to have the time of your life. I would for sure go back to Italy and now I know my favorite places. You will meet the best people and have the time of your life. Our day song was Macklemore- cant hold us and it still brings back memories years later.

My Contiki was: Views, Food, Culture

Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food, wine and views

Honestly still one of my favorite trips and ive been on three other contikis since this. The views and culture is amazing, the food will meet every expectations you have and the wine is fantastic ( try the limoncello as well). Do all the options, try all the food and get ready to have the time of your life. I would for sure go back to Italy and now I know my favorite places. You will meet the best people and have the time of your life. Our day song was Macklemore- cant hold us and it still brings back memories years later.

My Contiki was: Views, Food, Culture

  • Anneasdf Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This trip was one of the best experiences I've ever made. It was not only about the magnificent places we went to, but also about the whole group (trip manager, driver and passengers). We saw the main highlights of the West and I can highly recommand travelling with Contiki!

This contiki was definitely the most incredible thing I've ever done. Even though it's such a cliche thing to say or hear; the people that you meet and become friends with on this contiki really make the trip amazing and everyone becomes such good friends in such a short period of time. I had the time of my life and loved all the places we visited; Switzerland being my favorite. I've never seen anything as gorgeous as that country!!! For hostels, they were pretty good! And nearly all the hostels had free wifi which was a bonus! I went travelling with my friend and it was good because we weren't living out of one another's pockets; we went off with our other friends and done our own thing sometimes which was great. I wouldn't recommend a shorter trip than 18 days. I found this to be a perfect amount of time to see lots of places but its also a great amount of time to allow everyone to become really good friends. There was a lot of clubbing and going out at night which was lots of fun but I had a few quiet nights as well to refresh. The bus trips between each country (usually 6 hours) was when everyone had a good opportunity to catch up on sleep. I cant wait to do another Contiki and meet another bunch of awesome people. Cant recommend this trip enough!! No regrets!! Friends for life!!

My Contiki was: Most amazing people, Gorgeous sights , Cant wait for the next one!

This contiki was definitely the most incredible thing I've ever done. Even though it's such a cliche thing to say or hear; the people that you meet and become friends with on this contiki really make the trip amazing and everyone becomes such good friends in such a short period of time. I had the time of my life and loved all the places we visited; Switzerland being my favorite. I've never seen anything as gorgeous as that country!!! For hostels, they were pretty good! And nearly all the hostels had free wifi which was a bonus! I went travelling with my friend and it was good because we weren't living out of one another's pockets; we went off with our other friends and done our own thing sometimes which was great. I wouldn't recommend a shorter trip than 18 days. I found this to be a perfect amount of time to see lots of places but its also a great amount of time to allow everyone to become really good friends. There was a lot of clubbing and going out at night which was lots of fun but I had a few quiet nights as well to refresh. The bus trips between each country (usually 6 hours) was when everyone had a good opportunity to catch up on sleep. I cant wait to do another Contiki and meet another bunch of awesome people. Cant recommend this trip enough!! No regrets!! Friends for life!!

My Contiki was: Most amazing people, Gorgeous sights , Cant wait for the next one!

  • Audz Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

so these are actually two separate tours which means there will be two groups of contiki people.

First Was Spotlight on Greece
this was FULL ON. just non stop on and off the bus I would not recommend doing this tour in summer I actually managed to get heat stroke on the second day and actually missed out on the first night out because I was so sick.
It was very educational and we did see a lot of cool things. I suggest bringing a hat and apply heaps of sunscreen! bring water with you everywhere! we had 51 people in this group!
way to big of a group it's very hard to even remember peoples names! and groups form very fast!
The accommodation was pretty decent I really liked Zafolia Hotel best ( in Athens) it was just really nice and the buffet breaky was the best I've ever had in my life - it does seem to be in the middle of no where though. Greece is Super Cheap so that was awesome. since you get 4 days in Athens it gets a bit boring but the shopping is great!

Second tour was the Greek Island Hopping
where some people from spotlight on Greece continue with you or go on a different tour. The Greek islands were amazing! Cheap as well but not as cheap as Athens. All the accommodation is fairly nice but you will need to catch a bus or taxi if you want to go shopping. The Santorini Accommodation was a bit of a let down it seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere...
My highlight was probably Mykonos so much fun! (be aware there is no Wi-Fi reachable in your room though I came home with a $300 phone bill because I ended up using my phone data) All of the lobby's had free Wi-Fi though.
if you are prone to motion sickness! stock up on motion sickness tablets! highly recommend the Greek island hopping boat extra me time even though I spent most of it throwing up :| it was truly a beautiful experience :)

also you catch Ferry's from each island that can take up to 5 hours but they are huge!!! so your unlikely to get motion sickness :)

the clubbing was honestly a bit of a let down I did except we were going to go to cooler places or at least somewhere with cheaper drinks. I suggest pre drinking ...some of the alcohol at the bars tasted very cheap! This tour was very alcohol fuelled but not all of us went out every night to get smashed I actually preferred to drink by the pool during the day :)
this tour had 81 people on it......so be prepared!
check out the Pool party bar place next to the place you stay at in Ios it went off! :) and buy your self a heap of breezes for your pres from the convenient store! no ID checks!

This tour is the perfect length to see the highlights of Greece :) we had mike and Ed as our leaders and they were fantastic I felt safe and well looked after.

My Contiki was: relaxing, fun, HOT

  • Audz Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

so these are actually two separate tours which means there will be two groups of contiki people.

First Was Spotlight on Greece
this was FULL ON. just non stop on and off the bus I would not recommend doing this tour in summer I actually managed to get heat stroke on the second day and actually missed out on the first night out because I was so sick.
It was very educational and we did see a lot of cool things. I suggest bringing a hat and apply heaps of sunscreen! bring water with you everywhere! we had 51 people in this group!
way to big of a group it's very hard to even remember peoples names! and groups form very fast!
The accommodation was pretty decent I really liked Zafolia Hotel best ( in Athens) it was just really nice and the buffet breaky was the best I've ever had in my life - it does seem to be in the middle of no where though. Greece is Super Cheap so that was awesome. since you get 4 days in Athens it gets a bit boring but the shopping is great!

Second tour was the Greek Island Hopping
where some people from spotlight on Greece continue with you or go on a different tour. The Greek islands were amazing! Cheap as well but not as cheap as Athens. All the accommodation is fairly nice but you will need to catch a bus or taxi if you want to go shopping. The Santorini Accommodation was a bit of a let down it seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere...
My highlight was probably Mykonos so much fun! (be aware there is no Wi-Fi reachable in your room though I came home with a $300 phone bill because I ended up using my phone data) All of the lobby's had free Wi-Fi though.
if you are prone to motion sickness! stock up on motion sickness tablets! highly recommend the Greek island hopping boat extra me time even though I spent most of it throwing up :| it was truly a beautiful experience :)

also you catch Ferry's from each island that can take up to 5 hours but they are huge!!! so your unlikely to get motion sickness :)

the clubbing was honestly a bit of a let down I did except we were going to go to cooler places or at least somewhere with cheaper drinks. I suggest pre drinking ...some of the alcohol at the bars tasted very cheap! This tour was very alcohol fuelled but not all of us went out every night to get smashed I actually preferred to drink by the pool during the day :)
this tour had 81 people on it......so be prepared!
check out the Pool party bar place next to the place you stay at in Ios it went off! :) and buy your self a heap of breezes for your pres from the convenient store! no ID checks!

This tour is the perfect length to see the highlights of Greece :) we had mike and Ed as our leaders and they were fantastic I felt safe and well looked after.

My Contiki was: relaxing, fun, HOT

  • Craig Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

The trip was amazing, everyone i met on the trip was amazing and we all had so much fun. The trip was supposed to be easy paced, but never got more than about 4-5 hours sleep with regular all nighters. Everyone on the trip was keen to party hard, but still be up at 6am to be out the door seeing what each city had to offer! The trip really needed just one extra day in each city, but if you want to do the USAs couple best city's in such a short amount of time, and cram as much as you can into this time this is the trip for you! traveling between city's is super simple with the flights and there is alot of free time where you can explore and do whatever you please! I didnt plan to do anything before the trip, but with all the people i met i was always busy and doing something awesome. From breakfast at 7am to dinner at 8pm there was barley time to sit down and from 9pm to 3am there was always so much energy in the group.

My Contiki was: Best, Four, City's

It may sound like a standard response, but those 10 awesome days were some of the best days of my life!

We had amazing people on our tour from all over the world, and our tour manager was an absolute blast! Katie was very knowledgable and passionate about New Zealand, and made sure we all had an an awarding time.

All of our accommodation was great and comfortable, and the food along they way was even better.
Given that half the tour were Aussies, most of us had an absolute blast each night, waking up the next morning to find ourself on another adventure of a different city.

If you've got 10 days to spare in NZ, jump on the Contiki bus!!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Adventure, Adrenaline

  • Connor Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

This was my first time travelling solo and first time on a Contiki trip and it was the best trip I have ever been on! My tour mates were great and Our Tour Manager and Driver Emily and Firo were the best. My favourite moment was biking around the Aran Islands the views were amazing from the cliffs. It's a great way to meet people from all over the world and I highly recommend anyone considering to go on the trip!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Once in a lifetime trip, Memorable

  • Connor Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

This was my first time travelling solo and first time on a Contiki trip and it was the best trip I have ever been on! My tour mates were great and Our Tour Manager and Driver Emily and Firo were the best. My favourite moment was biking around the Aran Islands the views were amazing from the cliffs. It's a great way to meet people from all over the world and I highly recommend anyone considering to go on the trip!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Once in a lifetime trip, Memorable

  • cocodelle Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

My review of Contiki European whirl starting 17th July 2016
Overall I'm giving this 2.5 stars because....
PROS
- meet awesome and amazing likeminded people which will become friends for life
- an organised trip for you to see some amazing sights in Europe- you don't have to do a lot in terms of organising
- a coach which is air conditioned and comfortable to drive you around but a con is that you will have days which are "public transport days" where you need to catch public transport and if you go out at night you will need to catch a taxi home most of the nights so be careful to agree on a set price
- your mind will be opened to different cultures and ways of life
CONS
- most accommodation is not great and really budget - no fans in Italy where the weather is 30+ degrees and this was bad when everyone got sick in Venice and when people get heatstroke
- most included meals are crap and you would be better off not eating them as people got food poisoning/stomach bugs after eating an included dinner in Venice ... Don't know if this had anything to do with it though but I couldn't believe how bad the included meal was in the hostel in Germany... Two sausages that were almost inedible,
Cold chips and slimy lettuce. Their response to carrying to the vegetarians on my table was to take away the sausages and bring the plate back...
- everything costs a lot like a tiny bottle of water can be €3 or $5 ish Australian dollars but that's Europe
- all the "me time optionals" aren't really optional - they are something you sort of opt out of and I did most of them which ended up being an extra $730 aud- if you don't do them then you will need to hang around and do your own thing which will also cost you as you need to organise alternate transport
Overall after having paid more than $4000 to contiki for an 18 day tour I feel a bit ripped off for what we got
- the tour manager was quite firm with things eg she left on the dot of say 4pm when people would get there maybe a couple of minutes after
-She didn't really care when people got sick
- when I told her I was sick her response was basically "that sucks, get on the boat and go to Venice or stay here"
- for example a few of us were sick in Venice and were then stuck at a campsite for the whole day in the heat with nothing to do and no fan or cooling etc etc and no alternate sort of plan, ended up sleeping all day because it was too hot to do anything else (what a waste) and missed my gondola ride and actually seeing Venice
-drinking culture was very big on this trip, if you don't go out every night and drink people will ask you why and pressure you but that's Aussies in general haha
- you aren't allowed to poo or spew in the coach toilet (which is ridiculous when many people on our tour had gastro/food poisoning?!) and someone had to hold a bag of vomit for 3 hours before the coach stopped at services
- there's one particular campsite which is extremely dirty and everyone got sick there, and you have to pay €5 for wifi which doesn't actually connect properly (takes half an hour to connect and only "works" in reception and bar) it also is very very slow and drops in and out
- some days were planned really badly and we ended up waking up early and being rushed to the Vatican and then had to wait about 4 hours for the colosseum
All the me times I did were okay, but I felt like some of them were overpriced for what they were.
Overall I feel a bit ripped off- I met some great people and had a good time which was fantastic but I wonder exactly what I paid the 3.3 grand to contiki for, plus the $730... (that doesn't include flights and money for incidentals and meals as most meals aren't included)
So I wouldn't say that I have #noregrets...

My Contiki was: Great people and memories, Bad accommodation, Fun extra activities

  • cocodelle Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

My review of Contiki European whirl starting 17th July 2016
Overall I'm giving this 2.5 stars because....
PROS
- meet awesome and amazing likeminded people which will become friends for life
- an organised trip for you to see some amazing sights in Europe- you don't have to do a lot in terms of organising
- a coach which is air conditioned and comfortable to drive you around but a con is that you will have days which are "public transport days" where you need to catch public transport and if you go out at night you will need to catch a taxi home most of the nights so be careful to agree on a set price
- your mind will be opened to different cultures and ways of life
CONS
- most accommodation is not great and really budget - no fans in Italy where the weather is 30+ degrees and this was bad when everyone got sick in Venice and when people get heatstroke
- most included meals are crap and you would be better off not eating them as people got food poisoning/stomach bugs after eating an included dinner in Venice ... Don't know if this had anything to do with it though but I couldn't believe how bad the included meal was in the hostel in Germany... Two sausages that were almost inedible,
Cold chips and slimy lettuce. Their response to carrying to the vegetarians on my table was to take away the sausages and bring the plate back...
- everything costs a lot like a tiny bottle of water can be €3 or $5 ish Australian dollars but that's Europe
- all the "me time optionals" aren't really optional - they are something you sort of opt out of and I did most of them which ended up being an extra $730 aud- if you don't do them then you will need to hang around and do your own thing which will also cost you as you need to organise alternate transport
Overall after having paid more than $4000 to contiki for an 18 day tour I feel a bit ripped off for what we got
- the tour manager was quite firm with things eg she left on the dot of say 4pm when people would get there maybe a couple of minutes after
-She didn't really care when people got sick
- when I told her I was sick her response was basically "that sucks, get on the boat and go to Venice or stay here"
- for example a few of us were sick in Venice and were then stuck at a campsite for the whole day in the heat with nothing to do and no fan or cooling etc etc and no alternate sort of plan, ended up sleeping all day because it was too hot to do anything else (what a waste) and missed my gondola ride and actually seeing Venice
-drinking culture was very big on this trip, if you don't go out every night and drink people will ask you why and pressure you but that's Aussies in general haha
- you aren't allowed to poo or spew in the coach toilet (which is ridiculous when many people on our tour had gastro/food poisoning?!) and someone had to hold a bag of vomit for 3 hours before the coach stopped at services
- there's one particular campsite which is extremely dirty and everyone got sick there, and you have to pay €5 for wifi which doesn't actually connect properly (takes half an hour to connect and only "works" in reception and bar) it also is very very slow and drops in and out
- some days were planned really badly and we ended up waking up early and being rushed to the Vatican and then had to wait about 4 hours for the colosseum
All the me times I did were okay, but I felt like some of them were overpriced for what they were.
Overall I feel a bit ripped off- I met some great people and had a good time which was fantastic but I wonder exactly what I paid the 3.3 grand to contiki for, plus the $730... (that doesn't include flights and money for incidentals and meals as most meals aren't included)
So I wouldn't say that I have #noregrets...

My Contiki was: Great people and memories, Bad accommodation, Fun extra activities

  • Jess Mell Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

There is no way that I can condense all of the memories and experiences that I have had during the past 18 days on the European Whirl, there are just far too many of them! From day one you are immersed in different experiences, whether that be meeting new people or exploring a new city, and I would stress that you make the most of every single second. Yes the trip is insanely fast paced, yes you will not get to spend a lot of time at each of the destinations, but if you go with an open mind and embrace every moment of the adventure, you will have the time of your life.

I decided on this trip with the intention of meeting new people, seeing the highlights of Europe and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but I did not anticipate just how much I would enjoy myself. Every conversation I have with somebody back home sparks a memory and I genuinely cannot believe how much I have done and seen in such a short space of time. As a non-drinker I was concerned about how I would fit into the group, but everybody on my tour were absolutely amazing and made me feel so included regardless of my lifestyle choice. Plus, I had more significant traits that could have secluded me from the rest as I was the only British traveller! I now have 52 friends from Australia, who I now hope to visit as a continue to plan my travels next year.

Adam and Max were absolutely fantastic and made the entire experience a pleasure! Not once did I feel unsafe, unorganised or unappreciated; they are both an asset to Contiki and I hope they are praised highly for their incredible efforts.

If I could give one piece of advice for anybody that has booked this trip, I would definitely say to make the most of every opportunity that you are given. Yes there are some optional extras that I did where I question if I should have done them, but they all enhance your experience and give you an opportunity to speak to other people in your group.

Take photos of everything and upload them to Instagram whenever you have the opportunity! Then at the end of the trip just have a scroll through your profile- that will prove to you just how rewarding, exciting and eye-opening your time on this tour has been.

My Contiki was: memories, friends, life changing

  • Jess Mell Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

There is no way that I can condense all of the memories and experiences that I have had during the past 18 days on the European Whirl, there are just far too many of them! From day one you are immersed in different experiences, whether that be meeting new people or exploring a new city, and I would stress that you make the most of every single second. Yes the trip is insanely fast paced, yes you will not get to spend a lot of time at each of the destinations, but if you go with an open mind and embrace every moment of the adventure, you will have the time of your life.

I decided on this trip with the intention of meeting new people, seeing the highlights of Europe and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but I did not anticipate just how much I would enjoy myself. Every conversation I have with somebody back home sparks a memory and I genuinely cannot believe how much I have done and seen in such a short space of time. As a non-drinker I was concerned about how I would fit into the group, but everybody on my tour were absolutely amazing and made me feel so included regardless of my lifestyle choice. Plus, I had more significant traits that could have secluded me from the rest as I was the only British traveller! I now have 52 friends from Australia, who I now hope to visit as a continue to plan my travels next year.

Adam and Max were absolutely fantastic and made the entire experience a pleasure! Not once did I feel unsafe, unorganised or unappreciated; they are both an asset to Contiki and I hope they are praised highly for their incredible efforts.

If I could give one piece of advice for anybody that has booked this trip, I would definitely say to make the most of every opportunity that you are given. Yes there are some optional extras that I did where I question if I should have done them, but they all enhance your experience and give you an opportunity to speak to other people in your group.

Take photos of everything and upload them to Instagram whenever you have the opportunity! Then at the end of the trip just have a scroll through your profile- that will prove to you just how rewarding, exciting and eye-opening your time on this tour has been.

My Contiki was: memories, friends, life changing

Peru is magic!
I want to eat everything in Argentina!
Brazil is party central!

My Contiki was: magical, cultural

  • Shari Hams Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

Such an amazing trip. Good for first time travellers to have a taste of Europe, most places you only have a day to explore so not suitable for someone who would like to relax in the same destination. Highly recommend for alone travellers - you will make lifelong friends and best way to do as much as possible within the short amount of time - very high energy!

  • Shari Hams Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 6 Countries

Such an amazing trip. Good for first time travellers to have a taste of Europe, most places you only have a day to explore so not suitable for someone who would like to relax in the same destination. Highly recommend for alone travellers - you will make lifelong friends and best way to do as much as possible within the short amount of time - very high energy!

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