Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
Being winter it was a bit cold but we didn’t have a drop of rain throughout the whole tour and the most perfect clear day when we went up Mt Pilatus in Luzern. Also on the plus side there were hardly any queues.
Some of the included meals weren’t as good as I was expecting but in saying that most of the optional dinners were terrific. I was happy with the accommodation; it’s not super flash or anything I did get the occasional lukewarm shower but it was clean and in the end it’s just a place lay your head.
You don’t get long in each location but it’s enough to see and do the main tourist attractions and it gives you the confidence to go back and do the best parts more thoroughly.
You could see that our tour guide Mike had put a lot of planning and research into the tour. He could off the cuff give us a rundown of each country we travelled through. He would try to help anyone who had specific spots they had heard about not included in the tour or where to do shopping for certain things. From the information he provided we could maximise our time and hit the ground running. And let’s not forget Mark our driver. He did a brilliant job getting us where we needed to be and avoiding low bridges that GPS doesn’t warn you about. They both brought the best of the group out.
What really makes the Contiki is the group; and we had one of the best. Cheers guys.
I recommend people do all the optional activities. I saw and did things I would have never have done had I travelled on my own like the Moulin Rouge for instance. This was my first solo tour and if you’re still on the fence about it my advice is just go for it.
To be honest, going into the contiki tour i was quite nervous. But as soon as we got on the bus and listened to our tour guide, all my doubts quickly faded away.
It was the best and greatest experience of my life. All the cities, the people and professionalism and experience of the tour guide just made it the perfect holiday.
I also have 50 new friends from all over the world, what more could you get?
I would, and have recommended this to all of my friends.
Thanks Mike, Mark and CONTIKI!
Unreal.. definately want to get in on the Grand southern now!
I had the time of my life on this trip! Europe in winter is so beautiful and we only had 1 day of rain which happened to be a bus day. There was such a great group of people on my tour - a good mixture of groups, singles and couples. I made some great friends and excellent memories. I will definitely travel with Contiki again!!
Best time of my life!
Beautiful places, amazing food, new friends and best parties!
Definitely wanna do it again!
This was THE most amazing thing ive done!!! I was really worried about going solo, but i made insto friends and everyone became one big family. Our tour guide was amazeballs! She went above & beyond. The places you get to visit over a short period of time is mind blowing, especially going from sunshine in Miami across to freezing temps & snow. Highlights of the trip for me were Florida; Miami was my fav spot def do the bike ride, Universal Studios was a blast, Vegas on top of the palms roodtop dancing was insane!!! four hours of sleep for both days there ;) and Colorado; snow mobiling awesome fun could not wipe the grin off my face! America is gorgeous but nothing will beat the memories on that bus made with friends for life! Contiki is awesome :D highly recommend.
This was my first contiki and also my first overseas trip (besides New Zealand with my family) completely solo. Not only is it a perfect way to see the world on a budget but you don't have to worry about travelling alone. As Glenn, our tour manager, elequently put it we were a "portable party". It was really easy to make friends as most people are like-minded and want to socialise The Jameson Distillery was one of my favourite optionals. Edinburgh and Galway were my favourite cities (which was great seeing as we had 2 day stop overs in both).
I'm not a huge drinker and before I left I was a bit worried that it would be all partying but it was really relaxed, if people wanted to go out then you had someone to drink with but it wasn't something you HAD to do, but I must say that those nights were amazing! After this tour I went to Paris by myself and I really missed the contiki group and having people to talk to. I will definitely travel with contiki again.
This Tour and this City exceeded my expectations!! I was a bit dubious to start with based on the price for 4 days but I'd say that it was well worth the money and a great first Contiki tour.
Our Tour Guide was extremely enthusiastic about everything and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
The hotel was out of the bustling Times Square but not too far away that you felt away from the excitement. The food on the tour was ok but nothing to write home about.
I didn't go for many optional extras apart from the Helicopter ride and group photo - both of which I'd highly recommend. I did the TV and Movie Tour after the Contiki Tour finished and although I really enjoyed it, it tended to take us to places we'd already been on the Contiki coach tour.
The coach tour of the city on the first day was a great way to get a flavour of the place, the 9/11 Memorial was humbling, the Statue of Liberty excursion was really good (apart from the rain!!) and the Empire State Building was also great (apart from the fog!!)
I haven't been able to stop speaking about my trip yet and can't wait to book another Contiki tour! I highly recommend this tour as a great way to experience Contiki and the great city that is New York!
We took this tour as our honeymoon and feel that it was the best thing we ever did! It is highly recommended by us!
The optionals were great, and because people could opt out it catered to every spending bracket.....some people could afford to do them all, and some people none, but you still get to know your group whether or not you're involved in the optionals too!
The accommodations were good....nothing fancy, but nothing sketchy, so that was good enough for us honeymooners!
Our tour crew was awesome! These tour leaders know a lot about history, the different cultures, and teach you some of the local language as well. They are friendly and like the family you have while you're away from your family.
Finally, if you want to see a lot of Europe, but you don't have a lot of time and want to avoid some of the stress of traveling/booking alone, a Contiki tour is the thing for you. If you do it, you won't regret it!!
when i first booked my trip i was a little worried about everything going on in egypt. once i got there, i was so grateful i went! it was amazing!!! i felt safe and secure through out the entire trip, saw amazing things that most people only dream about, and traveled with a group of wonderful people just like myself! sharif our tour guide was outstanding!!! If you get a chance to go to this part of the world, just do it!! you will not regret it! The pyramids, sphynx, valley of the kings ,snorkeling in the red sea...and definitly do the optional to Abu Simble...worth every penny!! this was my 2nd contiki, and i cant wait to book my 3rd!
The only thing I would change is make it 8 days! one more day in Budapest and one more day in Vienna. I stayed an extra day in Budapest after the tour ended, I would recommend that. I loved both places but unexpectedly loved Budapest even more than Vienna, incredible architecture and incredible art galleries. I would recommend going out to Mounento Park which is also know as Statue Park, this is where all the communist statues are. I went on my own, the day I was there an extra day. It would be so great if the tour included that as a optional activity.
Everything was great would highly recommend. Was sad to see it finish. Worlds best bus driver and tour manager. Will never forget thank you so much!!!
I had a great time and would highly recommend this tour! Spain is an exceptional country for culture, history, food, nature, weather, weird and wacky things and provides the perfect environment for a Contiki tour. The tour is a lot more full on than what you may expect from looking at the itinerary.
If you want a better idea about what you will be doing, check out my blog about the whole tour.
i'm a cruise person and if you like cruises you will love this tour
This is a great tour, you go to some really awesome places. the only thing that I would say is that it is a bit rushed.. i prefer the slower paced tours. also i felt most of the hotels were a bit outside of town. If you can afford the superior level of tour i would go with that. you'll get more bang for your buck.
Great Britain and Ireland is actually 3 tours that put together - England, Scotland and Ireland. You see more castles on this tour and learn more about history than any other tour that i've been on. I've done 4 contikis so far.
I can't begin to describe how AMAZING this trip was! Vietnam is such a beautiful place filled with friendly locals, absolutely delicious food (Pho in Saigon is a must!) and ridiculously cheap alcoholic beverages (must try the jamjars in Nha Trang) and the company that provided the greatest laughs and good times! Our tour manager Jess was fantastic she was great at recommending the places to go eat and party! Crossing the road, trying strange foods, jet skiing parasailing, fresh cocnut and lots and lots of motorbikes! Vietnam is the bees knees!
Can't wait to be back in Vietnam again, I miss it everyday! Would I recommend this trip? HELL YES!
This was an amazing tour with amazing people, amazing buckets of alcohol and an awesome tour guide, Luke.
loved every moment. It was so much fun meeting new people and seeing the UK. Def. will be doing another tour.
The most amazing thing I have been a part of..ever!!
Crazy awesome people and so much to see and visit.
Would have liked to spend more time in some places but will go back for sure.
Wickid crew who looked after us and just over all amazingly brilliant time!
Can't rave about contiki enough and the people I met while on the tours.
Don't bother doing contiki unless you have a great sense of humour enjoy a good time and are willing to get amongst it!!