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European Highlights

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Best Trip Ever
  • Douglas Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

Don't be nervous about doing the budget tour. It's awesome. The Contiki staff were fantastic and the trip was well laid out. Contiki is such a large company that you get to do things that other groups can't and see things that other groups won't. This trip involves a good bit of bus travel, but this is usually a great time with all the new friends you will make! If not you can catch up on sleep.

My Contiki was: Best, Trip, Ever

  • willwks Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This tour was without a doubt one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in my life. A must do if you wanna check out central Europe. My only regret is not having enough time to stay on all the way to Budapest!!

My Contiki was: awesome, incredible, amazing

  • willwks Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This tour was without a doubt one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in my life. A must do if you wanna check out central Europe. My only regret is not having enough time to stay on all the way to Budapest!!

My Contiki was: awesome, incredible, amazing

  • willwks Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

This tour was without a doubt one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in my life. A must do if you wanna check out central Europe. My only regret is not having enough time to stay on all the way to Budapest!!

My Contiki was: awesome, incredible, amazing

  • Vane1026 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had such an amazing time on this tour. I couldn't have asked for a better group to share this with and our tour manager Alex and driver Nuno made it even better!! I will have memories that will last a life time!!!! A++++++

My Contiki was: amazing, unforgettable, meow meow

Eastern Road

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Expect the unexpected!
  • Ernie Level 8 Traveler
  • 8 Contikis
  • 20 Countries

What a great 13 days of Eastern Road! Our tour manager Petula was absolutely great she took care of us! Georgie our bus driver did a great time getting us from cities to cities and around tight corners! Kudos to that team!

As for the tour itself, everything you thought about Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw will completely blown your mind away. The stunning beauty each cities beholds will really shock you. The people are friendly and the food and beer are absolutely fantastic! The tour group I was in were some amazing people! Friends for life!

My personal favorite city was Budapest! I did not expect too much of the city but why it blew my mind away! Prague was also a great city! Poland and Slovakia are both absolutely beautiful! Berlin and Vienna were also very cool and easy to get around cities. The trams and subways are best way to get around. Try to avoid taxis in Prague they will do anything and everything to rip you off.

Becareful of gypsies! They are around in three cities, Berlin, Krakow and Prague.

Italian Espresso

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ AMAZING TRIP!

I HAD THE BEST TIME EVER on this trip! It was the perfect trip for an introduction to italy! We saw and did so many things in such a short amount of time! Going through contiki was very beneficial in seeing major landmarks/monuments without having to wait hours..ie coliseum, vatican city, etc. I also thought you got what you paid for! And not to mention, italy was not as expensive as i thought it was going to be so my expected budget of 100Euros/day was more than enough! the optionals were awesome and accomodations were average 2/3 star kind of places. Lastly, our tour manager, Maite, was awesome! She went above and beyond in making this trip fun and stressfree for us! i would recommend this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat. Another A+ for Contiki! YAY! :)

  • BrittK Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

The whole tour was amazing, great bus driver, great tour guide & great people from all over the world to share this amazing experience with. I recommend it highly as it's so much fun & you get to see & do so much.

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Enjoyable, Cultural

  • BrittK Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

The whole tour was amazing, great bus driver, great tour guide & great people from all over the world to share this amazing experience with. I recommend it highly as it's so much fun & you get to see & do so much.

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Enjoyable, Cultural

  • BrittK Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

The whole tour was amazing, great bus driver, great tour guide & great people from all over the world to share this amazing experience with. I recommend it highly as it's so much fun & you get to see & do so much.

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Enjoyable, Cultural

  • BrittK Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

The whole tour was amazing, great bus driver, great tour guide & great people from all over the world to share this amazing experience with. I recommend it highly as it's so much fun & you get to see & do so much.

My Contiki was: Adventurous, Enjoyable, Cultural

  • DaleC Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

The Contiki tour was so much fun and our Tour Manager Dom was THE BEST TOUR MANAGER EVER!
We saw all the normal tourist attractions and even got to go to a few Christmas markets where you can get the most delicious pastries and even buy little trinkets.
The only thing about the tour that wasn't so pleasant but we were warned is that the Venice canals had a stench that can only be described as sewage, however our Gondolier was entertaining!
You can never get enough of the food in Europe but the Gelato is something i miss!
The BEST part of the tour was when I got engaged in Rome on Christmas day :) and for the whole tour group to have known about it from the start and not said anything was really cool.
The tour group was a great group of people and everyone got along no matter where they came from or the language barriers.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Worthwhile, Experience for Life

  • BenH Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

Peru as a country is absolutely stunning, the tour was well organised, Gaby is an amazing guide and there are plenty of opportunities for fun socialising.

The accommodation may vary in quality, they were all consistently comfortable and safe. The food was great with a variety of things to try for those of a more adventurous culinary attitude, while you can be just as happy if you are of a less experimental disposition.

Highlights include visiting an alpaca farm, salsa lessons, piranha fishing and Machu Picchu, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.

Tips - remember to take plenty of hand sanitizer and headache pills for the high altitudes of Puno.

My Contiki was: fun, beautiful, colourful

  • Megan Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

I honestly had the time of my life on this tour. I got to see the most beautiful sights and met some great friends along the way. Even though I was nervous about it at first, going solo was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Our tour manager (Hugh) and bus driver (Flash) made the trip even better than I had expected - Hugh was always full of random facts about the places we visited, so I learned a lot, plus he was so much fun! My favorite part of the tour was going to Moulin Rogue in Paris; it was awesome and totally worth the money. There's a great bar next to it called O'Sullivan's which was pretty much the best bar I've ever been to. The hotels we stayed in had everything I needed and were all in good locations. I loved how we did plenty of things as a group, but we also had time to ourselves to do our own activities. There are just so many things to do in each city, it didn't feel like nearly enough time - I'm already planning my next Contiki! The only regret I have is not opening up to my tour mates sooner. The trip was so short and I waited way too long to start making friends, so before I knew it, I was saying bye to them! I can't wait to do my next tour... the experience was priceless. I'd absolutely recommend Contiki to everyone.

My Contiki was: Incredible, Eye-opening

  • nikjenn Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

Was worth every cent, great accommodation, great tours, tour guide and coach driver were excellent, id recommend to do the full 14 days if you have the time,, the views at yosemite national park were priceless, there is a fair bit of waiting on the bus, and definitely pack warm gear in may, as we were surprised with snow at the grand canyon again a price less site. Vegas was maybe a day too short to explore, but alot of fun at night.

Thai Island Hopper East

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Awesome !
  • Siclone Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 0 Countries

Great first timers contiki, relaxed, no waking up early to catch buses, Awesome nights out and good activities during the day. Best Tour guide, choice as Richie! only problem was that it finished.

My Contiki was: Fun, Party, Friends

  • Keith Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

I enoyed the trip. Included in the tour is 2 and 1/2 days in Berlin and Prague which is a decent amount of time to see those great cities. Often times with most tours you don't get much time to see a city, which is a shame. I loved the extras and optional excusions. My only issue with the tour is it only give you 1 and 1/2 days in Vienna. I added a day on the end at Vinna with my travel agent. I'm glad I did it. Berlin is great modern city with a lot of recent history don't miss the Checkpoint Charlie museum. Praque is a beautiful Medieval city that wasn't damaged in WW2. There's lots of Medieval and Art Nouveau Architecture. Vienna is an elegant capital of the old Habsburg empire. Don't miss the Hofberg Palace and crown jewels. Overall if you enjoy historty, art, architecture, classical music, its great trip.

  • Samantha Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries

I honestly had the time of my life. I got to see such wonderful things and have experiences that I never thought I would get. I made such awsome friends! Everyone on the tour was so great, and our tour manager Chris was just fabulous! I would recommend this tour to anyone! It is for sure worth every penny.

I recently just returned from this trip!! First off, it was a blast!! The sights were amazing, the people were even better and our tour manger, Michelle, and our bus driver, Tony, were even better!! They made the trip totally worth it!! Don't miss out on this great opportunity!! You see so many things in such a short period of time!!! I highly recommend this tour!!

My Contiki was: Amazing, incredible, awesome

  • lou_85 Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

I have just finished this tour a couple of days ago and I had the best time. It started in Rome - most people were there a few days early so we didn't really need the free day other than to nurse our hangovers - it would of been great to have an extra day in Sorrento or Corfu. Everything in Rome was fabulous, how could you not like the history, culture and especially the food!. From Rome we headed south to Sorrento via Pompeii - its a must see! It was amazing - take a hat and water though, it was bloody hot!. Then we were in Sorrento - absolutely gorgeous and then the Isle of Capri was fantastic but one thing I wasn't overly stoked about was the optional of the Blue Grotto, it was about 12.50 euros and it was not worth it - you see similar blue water in different areas, don't waste your money. Then off to Corfu and the Contiki village and George's Boat! Its a must do optional - George is hilarious and its a great day - I don't want to give any info away but I wish I could go again, the day I was there it was cold and raining but we still had so much fun. After Corfu was Athens - the Acropolis made the trip, we were also lucky enough to be there to see the Olympic flame too. From Athens most of the tour group went on the 3 day cruise (some didn't and some went on the 7 day option) to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos and Santorini. I would of liked more time in Mykonos, Kusadasi (shopping heaven) and just not stopped at Patmos at all (it had a lot of religious aspects and I'm not religious) but Santorini was my favourite - we spent the whole day there and I rid a donkey up the hill, it was hilarious, if you're not sure whether you should do it just go for it, it takes about 15 minutes, depending if you have a stubborn donkey or not but I loved it.
In regards to tour mates I went on my own and had a great roomie - that really made the trip, the rest of the tour were great too and our tour manages were awesome - one for the land portion and one for the 3 day cruise.
My overall highlights were The Vatican, Sorrento, Pompeii, George's Boat, The Acropolis and Santorini. Also the food and drinks on the cruise are awesome - its all you can eat and with drinks it was just under 70 euros for all you could drink for the 3 days (alcoholic, non-alcoholic, tea, coffee, juice, water etc) and also try a Gyros - or 10 in Greece - yum!.

My Contiki was: Great Food, History, Party

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