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ANZAC Classic

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Once in a lifetime
  • Alice Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

I decided to do this trip while on study abroad and it was the best decision. I probably wouldn't have done it if I wasn't already in Europe, but that is okay. I had a great time and a really moving experience. Being with Contiki allowed me to see the area and get information from a great local guide. I still keep in touch with some of the people from this trip, even though it is short it was a very deep and moving experience. Do it, not for bucket lists or anyone else, do it for you because it will change and shape your thinking about everything you have been taught. There is nothing like being there!

My Contiki was: life changing, moving, emotional

ANZAC Classic

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Once in a lifetime
  • Alice Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

I decided to do this trip while on study abroad and it was the best decision. I probably wouldn't have done it if I wasn't already in Europe, but that is okay. I had a great time and a really moving experience. Being with Contiki allowed me to see the area and get information from a great local guide. I still keep in touch with some of the people from this trip, even though it is short it was a very deep and moving experience. Do it, not for bucket lists or anyone else, do it for you because it will change and shape your thinking about everything you have been taught. There is nothing like being there!

My Contiki was: life changing, moving, emotional

  • Amber Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Prepare for some random thoughts jumbled into one review. I would absolutely pick Rome-Madrid over Madrid-Rome, there are some very long bus rides between France and Spain and near the end of the trip you are pretty tired anyway so it's a good time to relax. Also everyone jokes about Contiki cough but it's a real thing stock up on COLD MEDICINE because almost everyone ends up buying it anyway. Didn't do the opera dinner, didn't feel like I missed out. Did do the Monaco dinner and it was delicious, but don't feel pressured to do it/not do it (others did find affordable food). I wouldn't consider it overpriced as one comment below said. Ladies the cobblestones in Rome will break your ankles in heels, I'm not sure how some of the girls on my trip managed that. I also skipped "the David" to have some more free time and didn't feel like I missed out, you end up seeing the fake David anyway. Sparkling fountain in Florence is really cool (near fake David). Go to the Modern Art museum in France, it's really weird and also go to the beach

My Contiki was: Food is amazing in Italy especially, BEACHES <3, Lots to do, kind of rushed at times but worth it

  • Amber Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Prepare for some random thoughts jumbled into one review. I would absolutely pick Rome-Madrid over Madrid-Rome, there are some very long bus rides between France and Spain and near the end of the trip you are pretty tired anyway so it's a good time to relax. Also everyone jokes about Contiki cough but it's a real thing stock up on COLD MEDICINE because almost everyone ends up buying it anyway. Didn't do the opera dinner, didn't feel like I missed out. Did do the Monaco dinner and it was delicious, but don't feel pressured to do it/not do it (others did find affordable food). I wouldn't consider it overpriced as one comment below said. Ladies the cobblestones in Rome will break your ankles in heels, I'm not sure how some of the girls on my trip managed that. I also skipped "the David" to have some more free time and didn't feel like I missed out, you end up seeing the fake David anyway. Sparkling fountain in Florence is really cool (near fake David). Go to the Modern Art museum in France, it's really weird and also go to the beach

My Contiki was: Food is amazing in Italy especially, BEACHES <3, Lots to do, kind of rushed at times but worth it

  • Rudi Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Another unforgettable tour ;) All I can say is Contiki is a must if you wanna see the world and meet awesome people !!*

My Contiki was: #Beautiful, #Unforgettable

  • Marci Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

We kept a journal, and we had all our friends write in daily. Sometimes I go back to read it and, then I am like "really, we did that"

I went with my cousin, and we had the trip of a life time. We met a group of all randoms, one couple, two solo men, and then us, and our roomie. We are ALL still in contact, and one as even come to see us from a 22 hour plan ride away. I took this trip last winter, and I can't say enough about the friends it has given us! we love them all! It was winter, and cold! plan on that! plan on extra money. Plan on granola bars b/c your breakfast is going to SUCK. Plan on good rooms, plan on crappy rooms. Plan on being on a bus for long hours, and plan on some rain. but, most important plan on a trip of a lifetime. I thought about giving a day by day play, but it's what you make of it! We did and tried everything. We also kept a journal and had all our friends write in it! that was the best. drunk thoughts, crazy thoughts! Just go have fun! Know that some things are going to suck, just go with it!

My Contiki was: Wanderlust , NoRegrets!, TAKEMEBACK

  • Marci Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

We kept a journal, and we had all our friends write in daily. Sometimes I go back to read it and, then I am like "really, we did that"

I went with my cousin, and we had the trip of a life time. We met a group of all randoms, one couple, two solo men, and then us, and our roomie. We are ALL still in contact, and one as even come to see us from a 22 hour plan ride away. I took this trip last winter, and I can't say enough about the friends it has given us! we love them all! It was winter, and cold! plan on that! plan on extra money. Plan on granola bars b/c your breakfast is going to SUCK. Plan on good rooms, plan on crappy rooms. Plan on being on a bus for long hours, and plan on some rain. but, most important plan on a trip of a lifetime. I thought about giving a day by day play, but it's what you make of it! We did and tried everything. We also kept a journal and had all our friends write in it! that was the best. drunk thoughts, crazy thoughts! Just go have fun! Know that some things are going to suck, just go with it!

My Contiki was: Wanderlust , NoRegrets!, TAKEMEBACK

  • ztag Level 7 Traveler
  • 7 Contikis
  • 27 Countries

Seen some great historical sites rich with history in Athens, Olympia and Delphi on this trip. Had a awesome social group on this trip but the only trouble was only half our group continued to the 3 day island hopper cruise.
The 3 day cruise was fantastic drinking by the roof top deck pool everyday til we landed at our next destination, then off to explore the island for about 4 hours at a time before we had to be back on the ship. Santorini was amazing I would do it again and the Donkey ride up the hill was fun but probably wouldn't do that again.
The cruise ship was great to party with our group every night at different bars on the ship and had a awesome Toga party night as well.

My Contiki was: Great Fun

  • ztag Level 7 Traveler
  • 7 Contikis
  • 27 Countries

Seen some great historical sites rich with history in Athens, Olympia and Delphi on this trip. Had a awesome social group on this trip but the only trouble was only half our group continued to the 3 day island hopper cruise.
The 3 day cruise was fantastic drinking by the roof top deck pool everyday til we landed at our next destination, then off to explore the island for about 4 hours at a time before we had to be back on the ship. Santorini was amazing I would do it again and the Donkey ride up the hill was fun but probably wouldn't do that again.
The cruise ship was great to party with our group every night at different bars on the ship and had a awesome Toga party night as well.

My Contiki was: Great Fun

European Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing Trip :)
  • ztag Level 7 Traveler
  • 7 Contikis
  • 27 Countries

Seen so many amazing sites and scenery of this trip, but also meet some amazing people on our tour..
The adventure side of this trip was fantastic, White Water Rafting, Bobsledding, Mountain Bike Riding and best of all Paragliding in Hopfgarten.
Lauterbrunnen was by far my favourite place on this tour.
If your a first timer to Europe I highly recommend this trip but the only trouble is you will want to go on holidays again as soon as you get home.

My Contiki was: amazing, fun, adventure

European Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing Trip :)
  • ztag Level 7 Traveler
  • 7 Contikis
  • 27 Countries

Seen so many amazing sites and scenery of this trip, but also meet some amazing people on our tour..
The adventure side of this trip was fantastic, White Water Rafting, Bobsledding, Mountain Bike Riding and best of all Paragliding in Hopfgarten.
Lauterbrunnen was by far my favourite place on this tour.
If your a first timer to Europe I highly recommend this trip but the only trouble is you will want to go on holidays again as soon as you get home.

My Contiki was: amazing, fun, adventure

  • Aastha Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I hoped to have reviewed the trip sooner. It was very properly planned and very well executed. The time of the year I went in was September which was pleasantly warm and bearably cool in most places. I was slightly intimidated of doing a Europe trip but going on this 9 day tour really eased me into it and I realized that the cultural and language barriers are not intimidating at all and are very enjoyable on the contrary.

The trip was a quick one and we had limited time in each place but that made me do so much in a day, especially in Paris which was the last stop. I never thought I could walk so much in a day and see so much! The people I met were very diverse and great fun to hang with. I was travelling alone and was in groups, pairs and by myself as and when I liked which was super. It is great what a trip like this can offer lone travellers.

Our tour manager Evan was very knowledgeable and helpful. It was worthwhile to get a historical, contextual and cultural introduction to all the places we visited. The maps he explained to us and his suggestions for the places made it even easier.

The trip overall was like a taster session of Europe, very well delivered in 9 days. I am definitely clearer about what I want from my next Europe trip. I miss it so much and hope to do Contiki again someday for another continent or who knows another region of Europe! Highly recommended for lone travellers and groups/couples alike! :D

My Contiki was: Extraordinary, Super, Unbeatable

  • Aastha Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I hoped to have reviewed the trip sooner. It was very properly planned and very well executed. The time of the year I went in was September which was pleasantly warm and bearably cool in most places. I was slightly intimidated of doing a Europe trip but going on this 9 day tour really eased me into it and I realized that the cultural and language barriers are not intimidating at all and are very enjoyable on the contrary.

The trip was a quick one and we had limited time in each place but that made me do so much in a day, especially in Paris which was the last stop. I never thought I could walk so much in a day and see so much! The people I met were very diverse and great fun to hang with. I was travelling alone and was in groups, pairs and by myself as and when I liked which was super. It is great what a trip like this can offer lone travellers.

Our tour manager Evan was very knowledgeable and helpful. It was worthwhile to get a historical, contextual and cultural introduction to all the places we visited. The maps he explained to us and his suggestions for the places made it even easier.

The trip overall was like a taster session of Europe, very well delivered in 9 days. I am definitely clearer about what I want from my next Europe trip. I miss it so much and hope to do Contiki again someday for another continent or who knows another region of Europe! Highly recommended for lone travellers and groups/couples alike! :D

My Contiki was: Extraordinary, Super, Unbeatable

  • Nick Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

Such a great trip, as it was my first contiki trip ever it did not disappoint in the least and resulted in me booking another trip shortly after returning home. I had reservations for it being such a short package and feared I wouldn't get to experience enough or see all the things I wanted to. But I was very happy with it and didn't feel shorted in the least. Of course there were places I would have liked to stay longer I still wouldn't have changed a thing either. The guide and driver were awesome and helped me find some of the best off the beaten path places and we're very knowledgeable for all the areas we visited. As for the group I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of people who I'm sure have become long time friends because of it. A few of my personal highlights had to be Edinburgh in general I loved, and I had the great pleasure of spending my birthday swimming in lochness and tasting a 107 year old Scotch! As the title says I'd recommend this to everyone who wants to see these places.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Memorable , Friendships

  • Nick Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

Such a great trip, as it was my first contiki trip ever it did not disappoint in the least and resulted in me booking another trip shortly after returning home. I had reservations for it being such a short package and feared I wouldn't get to experience enough or see all the things I wanted to. But I was very happy with it and didn't feel shorted in the least. Of course there were places I would have liked to stay longer I still wouldn't have changed a thing either. The guide and driver were awesome and helped me find some of the best off the beaten path places and we're very knowledgeable for all the areas we visited. As for the group I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of people who I'm sure have become long time friends because of it. A few of my personal highlights had to be Edinburgh in general I loved, and I had the great pleasure of spending my birthday swimming in lochness and tasting a 107 year old Scotch! As the title says I'd recommend this to everyone who wants to see these places.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Memorable , Friendships

Check out more about my trip and tips at www.sageoftheworld.com

I initially chose to go to South East Asia because I wanted to travel to a tropical location for my winter holiday. Other then wanting to catch some rays, I had no other aspirations. But I now have a new love and appreciation for asian culture and solo travel.

This trip introduced me to a completely foreign culture, new (amazing) foods, friendly people, peaceful cultures, exotic adventures and stunning landscapes. This trip put me out of my comfort zone and completely emerged me in different ways of life. I can honestly say I have returned as a stronger, braver and more confident person. I recommend going on this adventure alone. You will meet many like-minded travelers and you will discover so much about yourself.

When I booked this trip I expected to stay in mostly hostels and cheap hotels...expectations were blown out the water. We stayed in mostly 4 and 5 star hotels. Every place was nicer then the last. But my favorite places we stayed we not the 5 star hotels. We stayed at two charming guest houses and on a beautiful junk boat in Ha Long Bay. Every place we stayed had free wifi, water bottles, safes and hot water!

I couldn't have asked for a better group of fellow travelers. I will forever be friends with many of the people I met. Especially my tour manger Lee (Hailey). I can safely say she made my trip. Lee is super cool, chill and fun. She showed us the best bars, hangouts and foodies in town. She was familiar with the locals and even spoke most of languages. I told her initially I planned on turning my brain off for most of my trip. So it was awesome having her plan most excursions and helping me have the time of my life.

The coolest thing about this trip is you're not stuck on a bus all day long like many other contiki trips. Don't get me wrong there are bus trips. The longest was 6 hours. To get through the different countries you will take an overnight train, boats, tuk tuks, buses, vans and jets. I loved our overnight train ride. It really gave everyone a chance to bond.

My favorite things I did on the trip were the Wat Phrathat in Chiang Mai, Thai cooking class in Chiang Rai, Elephant riding, "Kangaroo Sunset" bar and kayaking in Luang Prabang, causing a street dance party in Siem Reap, jumping off our boat in Nha Trang and sailing in Ha Long Bay.

I would recommend this trip to everyone. I always felt safe, culturally submerged and had a blast.

Tips I wish I had been given:
-Bring temple wear (Long pants, t-shirts)
-Pack your bag and then take out half. It's super easy to do laundry.
-Bring only one swim suit. There are water activities, but not consecutive ones. You only need one suit.
- You should not need more then $25 a day if you don't plan on doing much shopping.
- Invest good pair of flip flops. You have to remove your shoes a lot and they're easier to get on and off then sandals.
-Don't bring a huge suitcase. A back pack is better.
-You don't need to bring makeup. Most of the girls on the trip won't wear it. It will just sweat off.
-Bring your own bug spray.
-Bring or be prepared to pull out american dollars. You will need to pay for most excursions with USD. Also Cambodia widely prefers USD over Riel.
-If you're coming from the states you don't need an adaptor. All outlets take the US plug!
-Wifi is everywhere. Turn your phone on airplane mode and don't bother getting a plan. Just Skype and iMessage people using wifi.
-Pack playing cards!
-Pack your own portable charger!

Want to read more about my trip? Check out my blog:
www.sageoftheworld.com

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Submersion , Wild

  • Brad Ralph Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

This sail in Croatia is probably my most favourite thing I have done travelling.
I was fortunate enough to get a really good group of people with a diverse mix, however we instantly came together as a group of individuals on day one and were like a family by the end of the trip.
In relation to Croatia, WOW what a country. I'm sure in the winter time it's a bit different, however in summer this place is incredible. They Croatians are very welcoming and their is just a good vibe in all of the places you visit.
The night lift is great, everything is really well priced, and it's a well organised trip by Contiki.
It is much different to the European Contiki's etc, you actually get time to relax!
I will be paying Croatia another visit very shortly.

My Contiki was: Perfect, Relaxing, Party!!!

  • Brad Ralph Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

This sail in Croatia is probably my most favourite thing I have done travelling.
I was fortunate enough to get a really good group of people with a diverse mix, however we instantly came together as a group of individuals on day one and were like a family by the end of the trip.
In relation to Croatia, WOW what a country. I'm sure in the winter time it's a bit different, however in summer this place is incredible. They Croatians are very welcoming and their is just a good vibe in all of the places you visit.
The night lift is great, everything is really well priced, and it's a well organised trip by Contiki.
It is much different to the European Contiki's etc, you actually get time to relax!
I will be paying Croatia another visit very shortly.

My Contiki was: Perfect, Relaxing, Party!!!

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Trip of A Lifetime
  • Alavall Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This is my second Contiki trip, and it was even better than I had expected it to be. The tour guide, Sherif, was exceptionally knowledgeable on Egyptian history and was an excellent guide. He truly made the world of a difference, making this trip as much fun as it was educational. There were 21 of us on the group and we all had a great time and made some new friends. Also, Egypt was totally safe - we never had any issues and never felt unsafe. Their tourism has been suffering and I'm happy Contiki added this tour back because it felt totally safe to be there!

My Contiki was: Surreal, Amazing

Egypt & The Nile

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Trip of A Lifetime
  • Alavall Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This is my second Contiki trip, and it was even better than I had expected it to be. The tour guide, Sherif, was exceptionally knowledgeable on Egyptian history and was an excellent guide. He truly made the world of a difference, making this trip as much fun as it was educational. There were 21 of us on the group and we all had a great time and made some new friends. Also, Egypt was totally safe - we never had any issues and never felt unsafe. Their tourism has been suffering and I'm happy Contiki added this tour back because it felt totally safe to be there!

My Contiki was: Surreal, Amazing

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