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London was great! M&M World was the best!
The trip to Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath ruled.
Had a Great Time.
I just got back from Contiki Costa rica. This trip was amazing!!! The country is so beautiful and the people are really nice. Totally recommend this trip to anyone.
Our tour guide Andreas was really helpful and had so much knowledge of his country including the plant and animal life.
The canyoneering optional is totally worth the money and the zipplining through the cloud forest in Monteverde was amazing also. The catamaran sailing optional was also lots of fun and a chance to sunbake, snorkel and have a drink (alcohol is included :)
Make sure you pack warmer clothes as well as the temperature varied a far bit depending on where we were. You will also need shoes that you can wear in the water - especially for whitewater rafting and canyoneering.
The accommodation was pretty nice for the most part. Some places nicer than others. Most with pools. Food was served buffet style with a big selection of choices and was pretty good although you will get sick of seeing rice and beans for breakfast! The fruit tastes amazing over there!!!
Our tour had 23 amazing people mostly from Aus, Can, USA and UK. It was a really great bunch of people and a really good group size.
Hot tip - Take bug spray that works - the mosquitos had a feast on me even with spray on. Also bring medication for gastro. Many of the people on our trip got sick -myself included. However it is easy enough to buy from the pharmacy over there.
Most places will accept US dollars or Colones but if you pay in US your change will be given back in Colones. ATMS for MasterCard are harder to find, The majority we found will accept VISA. There are certain ATMS that can disperse US or Colones.
This was my first Contiki and I loved every minute. This trip is on the go most of the tour, expect to be up early most mornings for different day trips. But there is still time to relax by the pool with a drink!
Great experience to be at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Would recommend spending a few more days in Istanbul as its an amazing place, so much to see!!
Had an absolute ball on this trip! Made so many new friends who i will be in contact with for life. The people who work for contiki were great and knew a lot of stuff about the places we visited. Being in Paris on Bastille day was definitely a highlight! Definitely recommend Contiki to everyone!
I went on the Simply Italy trip in July 2011 and had a fabulous time. We visited cities, swam around the island of Capri, sailed across lakes in the north and visited vineyards in the Tuscan countryside. We went site seeing, shopping, sailing, and partying. It was a perfect way to see Italy, and the company was fantastic (as was our Contiki tour guide)! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants a taste of Europe and the Mediterranean!
It was my first trip overseas and I went solo - an experience I'll never forget or regret. Winter was fantastic - no crowds, no lines so able to see as much as possible and heaps cheaper too (plus I like the cold so it didnt bother me but we also had an amazing run of seasonally abnormal sunny days). All in all, I had an amazing time and meet some amazing people. It was a great way to get a taste of everything so I know what to come back - totally reccomend for anyone on a budget and doesnt mind the cold and would like to see Europe in a different light :-)
I just returned back from this trip less than 24 hours ago and I still can not get over how great it was!!! I was anticipating a high paced trip and coming home completely exhausted. Instead I got a high impact, multi cultural experience that did not completely wipe me out. This trip provides opportunities to see all the landmarks that we have read about. At the same time we had plenty of time to relax and roam the streets of the cities that we visited eat plenty of delicious food and drink vino.
Just a tip, if you like to see specific museums, do some research and reserve tickets ahead of time since there are a LOT of tourists and the lines tend to be extremely long.
The me time optionals were also great. Our tour guides where spunky, insightful and knowledgeable. They were able answer all of our questions and provided very good information. ( I pretty much did every me time optional and I am glad that I did).
Our tour manager Yannik was also great recourse. He was very fun to be around, also knew a lot about every city that we went to. He was very helpful with providing us with information regarding places to see and eat (local places for cheap!) This was very helpful.
Our driver was great too. Besides the fact that he was very at his job, he was also very friendly, interesting to talk to and provided great insight about Italian culture.
Additionally, I feel that we got very lucky with our group. We had people from all over the world, which was great because I was also able to learn about other cultures.
The one thing that I have to critique (which I wrote in the feedback brochure that we filled out on the last day of the trip) is that the outlet mall excursion should be excluded. (This is coming from a girl who loves to shop by the way)!
This was on day when we went to Pisa and Verona on our way to Venice. We spend an hour and half there and the selection was not great and the prices were very high. I would have much rather grabbed something quick to eat and spend more time in Verona.
Overall, if I had to do this again, I would do it in a heartbeat!
Great Location and great tour of pearl harbour! Had an amazing time in Waikiki. Very close to everything and alot of free time to explore the island
The people, the places, our guide and driver Yannick and Pino - EVERYTHING was incredible. I thought going in winter would have been hard and I had heard so much about contiki that made me unsure but i recommended this tour to everyone who is hesitant - GO FOR IT! I love how organised it all is with transport and breakfasts and optional tours, yet there was still so much ME time where we had a choice in what to do, which really made it my own special trip! I made friends for life, saw sights I cant believe like Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona, The colosseum in Rome and the beautiful Cinque Terre and ate SO much good food! I found it to be the perfect amount of time to spend because it was enough to make friends and do the places without being rushed
GO for it!
China Adventure was my first ever Contiki trip and I have to say that it was one of the best travelling experiences I've ever had - worth every cent! Our guide Luke (hi Luke!!) was super knowledgeable about everything and had interesting things to say about every destination. Some of my favourite things on the tour were the Great Wall (and tobogganing off it), the cooking class in Yangshuo, trying scorpion and starfish in Beijing, tandem bike-riding on the Xi'an city walls and the acrobat show in Shanghai, although in all honesty I loved everything we did. Highly recommended if you want to see a bit of everything China has to offer!
Where do I start!! Amazing trip from start to finish, worth every single penny. The accommodation was brilliant, all the hotels were gorgeous, big spacious rooms, balconies and very clean. Even the cattle farm stay, hostel and surf camp were all great fun and good accommodation, although don't expect 5 star at the surf camp, a very basic room, bunk beds and a small shower room. The surf lesson makes up for it though and is a must!! Although the trip is called Reef & Rainforest, to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef is an optional extra. All the guided walks/talks we had were very enjoyable and the guide will happily answer questions. You learn a lot of knowledge from the guides. Our tour guide Mark and driver Gaz were wonderful and Gaz knows how to drive and was very good and felt safe. You get to pick who you want to be in a bedroom with which is good. The pre-arranged meals were all lovely. If there's an option for kangaroo in cairns then you must try it. I wish we had longer in some places but it gives you a taster off it all and now I'm heading back to my favourite places to explore some more. Daydream island is lovely and although I didn't do the optional extra of the Whitsunday beach I heard and saw pictures and it is gorgeous. Although from the island it's a 2hour coach journey and then a boat to the Island. I really can't fault this trip and would do it all over again. If you book the trip I know I will have an amazing time. Contiki 2013
Great trip very fast but suited me, got to see so much and heaps of free time to explore. Made great friends contiki team was fantastic
What a great tour. Despite it being the rainy season our groups "positive energy" kept the clouds away and we had a great time. The Inca trail is a must, so many stairs but so worth it when you get to the top. The altitude sickness got to quite a few of us, but most of us acclimatized quickly. The tour was good value for everything that was included, I was surprised at how many great meals were included. Peruvian cuisine is amazing, We ate alpaca, guinea pig, and pirahna. The amazon jungle lodge was such a cool experience, bring mosquito repellant though!
I have done the south island NZ previously via my own road trip so went in thinking ok I have seen a lot of the scenery is this worth it, but the experience just was so much more than I could have expected + more. Every time I come to NZ I always see such beautiful country side and have a relaxing holiday and with Contiki I have come home with amazing new friends around the world and have done things I thought I was too scared to do.
I got to canyon swing and jump of a cliff paragliding, walk on a glacier, dress up in a sheet at a toga party and the list goes on. The motto on our tour was YOLO, a phrase I used to not dig but now after the experience I understand the phrase and am living it. The tour I did joined on to a previously started Big Tiki tour but you just need to get in there and talk to people and join in as everyone was the same way when they started.
I can now tick the North & South Island Contiki's off my bucket list. Thanks to Isobel & Pumba for an amazing adventure on Sweet As Reverse :)
Check out my contiki video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCiY691iMQc
did this trip, hoping for a better european experience than my, I can't for the life of me remember why I picked a budget tour. If I ever do euro trips again, that would not happen. Much better than my first euro tour. Some nice folks and some folks still stuck in high school mentality. Overall fun most of the days.
The experience as a whole was good. Was looking for exceptional...better luck next time I guess.
For those who are keen on taking a bit easy while having the best time of their lives, pay a bit more, and you will not regret it.
This was my first contiki trip, and I had the worst tour manager.
Camera got stolen, I reported it to her. When I tried to file insurance claim when I got back, she denied knowing anything about it. Ridiculous.
trip was abysmal, felt like I was back in high school again. Too much drama on the bus made the trip irritating (long bus rides!)
Spent too much time on the bus due to traffic, so by the time we got to the location, it was already to late to do much...never doing a short contiki trip again. This probably contributed to the cranky nature of 99% of us. Would focus on the more expensive ones instead, that'd weed out the childish folks, hopefully.
The best contiki experience for me ever. The people are much more mature and down to earth than the folks I met during my past euro tours. From the first day to the last, the experiences shared and friendships forged are forever. I still talk with my tour mates, met up with a few since then also.
Unlike most people, sadly, I don't really go over the brochure, I simply pin point the package that works best for me and looks fun, then simply go for it. So everyday was pretty much an enjoyable surprise :D. Laos for me was the most unexpected delightful surprise for me. Loads to do there.
Vietnam, was quite an experience, got sooo many clothes made, that I still wear till date. Great food, Ha Long Bay was divine!! Good times!
I usually never write review's on trips but I felt motivated to write a positive review after having an amazing time in Egypt. Sherif was the best tour guide I've ever had for any type of trip. You get to ride a camel around the pyramid's, go into many temple's and tombs, see a mummy or two and cruise the Nile for a few days.
The entire trip was organized, fun, full of adventure, allowed for time for many optional's and the group was full of fun people. I have recommended this trip to all my friends and I hope people continue to sign up for this trip.