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Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Simply Italy
  • Tony Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

WOW what a trip!!! Tour manager Katia was amazing. If you are debating on shorter/longer trip go with the longer trip you will not be disappointed. This was a trip of a lifetime and I'm already saving for my next one. Two words if you are thinking of going on Contiki DO IT!!!!

  • Kevin Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

My first tour with Contiki was amazing and I love it. Our tour manager Katia was great. I would definitely follow her to Spain next year as well. I get to see and experience most of Italy in a short period of time. I love Rome and Florence the best and will definitely go back again in the future.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Beautiful, FUN

  • Kevin Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

My first tour with Contiki was amazing and I love it. Our tour manager Katia was great. I would definitely follow her to Spain next year as well. I get to see and experience most of Italy in a short period of time. I love Rome and Florence the best and will definitely go back again in the future.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Beautiful, FUN

  • Purdie22 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

By far the best thing I've ever experienced! Covered all the places I've dreamt of going and partied like no tommorow! Would do it again anytime.

Highlights would definatly be the helicopter ride over the grand canyon, everyone on tour and Vegas Baby!!

My Contiki was: Party, Drinking, More Drinking

I would not trade the experience I had on this amazing trip for anything! Not even for a free Contiki...Unless it would send me back on this same trip...I wrote an extensive travel blog about it, so message me if you want to read it =)

My Contiki was: Unbelievable, Fun!!!, WOW!

  • Kirsty1044 Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

I can honestly say that I had the best time of my life on this tour.

It wasn't just the amazing sights I saw, it wasn't the experiences that I will never forget. It was mostly about being in another part of the world and experiencing these unforgettable moments with people that appreciated them as much as I did.

I was a first time solo traveller and extremely excited about jet setting off on my first overseas experience. The first day on tour I met up with two girls that had befriended on the Contiki website. I was nervous about meeting the rest of the group, expecting the other travellers to all know each other. To my surprise, about 90% were travelling solo. I could see that most of the other travellers were as nervous as I was, so after the initial meeting we all hit The London Pub to get to know each other before the tour started, by the way, great location for the Pub.

Throughout the entire trip our tour manager and bus driver, in this instance Patrick and Dan, were just amazing. They would come out with us when they could and were always there just for a chat. Being an Aussie myself and having two Aussie blokes around to just talk about home or kick a footy around was great (an AFL footy, in case your wondering).

The amount we saw on this trip even astounded me. For what I paid and the time that we were on tour, the amount that we saw almost defied the laws of physics. From walking around Stonehenge to kissing the Blarney Stone, eating haggis (which is actually quite nice) and cursing around the Aran Islands, everything that I saw and experiences was seared into my mind. Though it was fast paced, it made it possible to fit so much in.

The accommodation was above what I expected for a budget tour, I was very impressed with the rooms and even more so because they were in Hotels. The food was also above what I expected, the breakfasts were always hot and filling, a great way cure any hangover. The dinners provided were all very good.

The extra dinners and activities were definitely worth the money. I was lucky enough to do every optional activity and I would recommend it to everyone. The experiences are worth so much more then a tacky souvenir.

I cant actually say that I had a favourite moment, I would feel like I was cheating on all my other moments if I chose one. Their was nothing I didn't love about my time on tour. I would recommend Contiki to anyone who wants to experience the world and have an amazing time doing it. If you do choose Contiki you will never ever regret it. You will take away moments that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

My Contiki was: Great Britain, Ireland, Experience

Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Simply Italy tour
  • Shane21 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

This was the best trip ever, I totally recommend this trip to everyone. I also recommend that if you do this trip be sure to do all the optianl things.

My Contiki was: Awesome, Exciting , Memories

  • Rana Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 12 Countries

This is one of the best trips I have ever done. I would recommend anyone going to Europe to travel with contiki. Thankyou to Pete and Mike for showing us an awesome time.

I went on the Italian Expresso last week and it was the best trip ever. I have nothing negative to say, it was a great experience. I will def travel with Contiki again.

My Contiki was: awesome, amazing, memorable

What can I say - Both the holiday of, and the absolute time of my life. Left me wanting to go back for longer. This trip was the best way to see the best bets of Europe in a month. We had an unbelievably great Tour Manager (GO MIKE!!!!) who knew all there was needed to know, and pointed us in the right direction to show us the best bits of Europe, with all the tips and tricks to beat the lines and do it in more style than the every day tourist. The hours of work that went in from the Contiki Crew (Mike TM and Pete Bus driver) to get us all around, both of whom loved to join in the festivities at every available opportunity, and join in while we had the time of our lives.

Great Trip! Great People, Great Stafff, Great organisation, Great Food, Gread Drinking! GO CONTIKI!

My Contiki was: Amazing Experience, Well Ran, Great Food and Drinks

  • NicHanlon Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries

This was a great trip, a lot of places in a short spell which meant lots of bus sleeps and I was really tired by the end but was well worth it. It gives you a great idea for places you might want to go see again!
We had an amazing pair of Tour manager and driver!! Michael Brabenec and Gustavo were such a great match and it really does matter who your tour manager is and how good they are willing to make your trip. He had great knowledge of every where we went and went out of his way to not only get to know people and party with us but also made sure that we got to see everything we wanted to while away!! WAS AWESOME!!

My Contiki was: Fun, Halarious, Diverse

  • MattNZ Level 5 Traveler
  • 5 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

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.

My Contiki was: Friends, Legendary

  • Tutts Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

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!

My Contiki was: The , Best , Time

  • Johnel Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Unreal.. definately want to get in on the Grand southern now!

  • Kristy Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

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!!

My Contiki was: Friends , Sights, Awesome!

  • Paula Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 0 Countries

Best time of my life!
Beautiful places, amazing food, new friends and best parties!
Definitely wanna do it again!

  • Bonnie85 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

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.

My Contiki was: life changing, amazing, fun

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.

My Contiki was: Life-changing, Beautiful, Fabulous

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!

My Contiki was: Memorable, Awesome, Brilliant

  • T.IWANCH Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 11 Countries

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!!

My Contiki was: Fun, Honeymoon, Perfect

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