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It was my first Contiki Tour and it was amazing :)
So many beautiful places and the people on the tour were lovely and our Tour Manager was great.
This trip was amazing.
2 days in each country gave me a time to shop, try the food and take in the feel of each city. The included excursions gave us the opportunity to do things were normally wouldn't have done.
Contiki also a did a great job of showing us what we could do in each city. There was something for everybody.
I would suggest doing some meal excursions but also skip some and explore the city and get food on your own. It is great to find a restaurant and try something new. Accommodations where good and bad and some hotels were nicer than others.
For this trip I was there Christmas and New Years. Contiki did a great job to make the most of the holidays. We did a secret santa, and celebrated new years with a pub crawl.
3 weeks with the group also allowed you to get to know everybody. This is a great trip. I would recommend 2 days in each city and not 1.
Overall a fantastic trip, we had the best tour manager 'Hugh' who knew is stuff and was a lot of fun but still very professional. This contiki group was a lot of and very mixed which was great. There was also a great mix of activities and lots included for the price of the tour. The hotels were not bad either and were very centrally located. I recommend the 12 day tour over the 10, as the home stay, chu chi tunnels and mekong delta cruise was fantastic and a great way to bond at an early stage of the tour.
This tour is amazing! I saw many things in such short time. Our tour guide and driver are really nice!It's a fast paced trip but at the end, I have a good idea about which countries I would like to come back!I highly recommend this tour to people who want to know a little bit about Europe! Paris and Munich rock!
Great tour guide, amazing places to see and a great trip to do just to get away. I can't wait to go back to thailand !
Great tour to see all the major sites and cities of Europe. From the Eiffel Tower in Paris, scenic Lucerne, swimming at Nice beach, Colesseum in Rome, to beautiful Prague and hectic Amsterdam!
The London Explorer is a great package to make the most of pre-tour time in London. Contiki Basement staff were friendly and helped me book optional activities at discounted prices.
This tour is fantastic if you have a lot you want to see and do, but not a lot of holiday time to do it in. I chose it because I get homesick very easily and I don't like to be away for long periods of time. We got to see all the best sights of each city, but also had plenty of free time to do anything else that wasn't included as part of the official itinerary. It was also really fun doing it in a big group of people from all around the world and we made lots of new friends :) Highly recommended if you don't like travelling alone but can't get any of your friends back home to come with you. It's also pretty nice not to have to organise transportation, accommodation etc, Contiki takes care of all that for you. And it was great having a tour manager to give us tips on things like how to avoid long queues, what to do with our free time, and which stop to get off at to get to certain attractions.
A couple of downsides - none of the hotels seemed to be very well located, they were all a fair way out of the city centre and it would've been nice not to have to travel so far from the hotel to where all the action is. Also, because we were such a big group in a confined space (on the bus), more than half our group ended up getting sick, some just with a cold but others with pretty nasty stomach bugs. So that puts a bit of a damper on your holiday :-P
We did do all the optionals except for one, because we wanted just one day to sleep in and recover - you don't really get much of a chance to relax and do nothing, because they pack so much into the tour and if you don't want to miss out on anything you'll be super-busy and super-exhausted. My recommendation is that if you want to actually see Europe, then you shouldn't have too many late nights out getting drunk and then miss whatever activity is happening the next morning because you're too hungover to get out of bed. People say Contiki is renowned for being a big booze-up, but it's YOUR holiday so if you don't want to make it that way then don't. We had three late nights over the two weeks but we timed them well - like the night before we left Amsterdam for Berlin, which was a 9-hour drive so we just slept on the bus the next day. Getting drunk in Europe really is just like getting drunk anywhere else, so don't miss out on all the things you would never see back home.
Also if you're wondering what they mean by "later starts in the morning" for the Easy Pace tours (like this one), usually we left the hotel at about 8 or 9am rather than 6 or 7am.
About the weather - even though we did our tour in July it was actually pretty chilly from Paris through to Prague, but when we got to Rome we were begging to go back because it was ridiculously hot! So I recommend packing for both hot and cold weather. It also rained a fair bit, so don't forget your umbrella!
For me the highlight of the trip was seeing the Moulin Rouge in Paris - it costs quite a lot, but it's so worth it! Definitely the most amazing show I've ever seen in my life. Make sure you save enough money to do all the optionals, because you don't want to regret not doing them later.
Even though i froze my ass off I had an amazing time, i got to meet people from all over the world and i had a blast with them. i still cant get over all the places I've been they were simply breathtaking. all this wouldn't have been special without our tour guide Emma and our bus driver Jodi :)
It was an amazing time. Tons of activities and cool things to do and see. Just know that You will be getting off the tour before everyone else. just a small bit of a bummer. Definately recommend Australia Contiki!
Met a ton a fun people. made a few friends. definitely recommend.
This tour gives you great access to all the main highlights New York has! It's a quick tour that can join onto another tour on the 4th day. I stayed another few days after the tour to do some of the added extras I had purchased from my tour guide. Highlights were the NY Yankees game, Empire State building, bike ride in Central Park. And a foodies cart tour around Wall Street was awesome! The hotel we stayed at was great! Nice and modern and the breakfast was pretty good too! The tour guide was a great guy and took us out to a few night spots with drink specials. You also get a weekly train ticket which makes it really easy to get around. When in NYC on your own. It's a must!
This was the my 4th trip with conitki and I have to say one of the best! I was with such a great group of people to start! I really loved to loactions and the the optionals on this trip, they were more physical and fun...and the sights...wow the moutains and snow! Great food in Vancouer...JAPADOG yummy! The trip was "So Day 6!"
This was our first Contiki and it was AMAZING. The places we saw and the experiences we had we could never have done by ourselves. Amazing tour manager and an entire bunch of people all there for the same thing - a good time! - already looking where we should go next!
I had the time of my life!!! Met super amazing people and got to see evan more amazing places!!!
Accommadation was good - think 99% of us got most of our sleep on the coach (bus) ride to our next destination..... :D
We had the best coash driver and tour guid - made a great team and that made the trip just that much more awesome.
In France and Italy we had a lot of Pizza and Pasta, and then when we got to Germany we got around to the food that I as a South African love. In Germany there was a lot of beer drinking.
All the Contiki stop overs had a bar - and wow what a PARTY!!!
I recommend this trip to anyone that wants to see Europe and have fun!!!
i highly recommend this tour. our tour manager jac was amazing, she made the trip extra special. our driver rasto was this shiz! they were kind and really helped everyone get the most out of their trip.
day 1: netherlands amsterdam was amazing, ferry and then bus into amsterdam, had the included dinner which was nice and off we went to the canal cruse, it was fantastic. and then optionals to the red light district
day 2: free time in amsterdam in the morning, great shopping here, meet back at the bus on way to germany st goar, arrived in st goar, had dinner and off to our wine tastnig which was really fun. then free time
day 3: beer stien demo in the morning, then some free time in town. back on the bus on route to munich. arrived munich, dumped out bags at the hotel and went on ourwalking tour. amazing! after that we had free time the whole night, went to the beer hall and had a pretzel.
day 4: breakfat and on the bus to innsbruck austria, amazing place austria, free time pretty much the whole day with an included dinner that was really nice. get some swaovski SO CHEAP HERE
day 5: back on the bus and into venice, were we had the gondal ride, then free time to explore then to the optional dinner which was great, had a mask theme, very fun
day 6: venice to rome, longest bus ride yet about 8 hours i think, got to hotel and had a walking tour then free time, then the included dinner right next to the collusium which was spectacular.
day 7: rome, free time all day pretty much, and had the vatican city tour which was not to bad
day 8: florence , walkign tour, then free time, then thee leather demo and then dinner and space disco
day 9: lucerne switzerland, when to harrys watches for swatch and knifes, free time not long in this city its pretty much a rest point on route to paris
day 10 -11: paris. free time, and optional these two days it was great, very magical at night
day 12: depart paris for london
the hotels for all these places were really nice, super clean, we stayed at a jail hotel one night, it was actually really fun. pretty much you drive all morning until about 3 then arrive in the place your going. you get about 30-60 mins to go to your room, change shower and get ready for the night out, which doesnt seem like alot of time but it actually is.
our bus dirves were long but not time really does fly. every 4 hours or so you stop at a service stop to go to the loo and get something to eat, usually for about 45 mins. great food at the italian services great pasta and pizza.
this tour is great for anyone who is trying to see as much as europe in a short amount of time in a tight budget, you get plenty of time to go out and explore on your own and you really do get alot out of the time you have.
DO IT PEOPLE ITS GREAT
Before going on this trip I had read some reviews of a tour guide "Sherif". I wasn't sure if this guide was the same one I'd be getting on my trip, but it was. He is Contiki's Egypt and Nile guy. I have to let anyone know that if you choose this trip, you will be getting a great experience with a truly caring, fun, informative, educated, safety-concerned guide. Contiki had everything set to go with the packet I got before leaving, and once arriving, at least in my experience, everything was so easy and organized for the Contiki group. Some of the girls on the trip had just gone through Europe, and said that the guide could definitely make or break a travel experience. Not only did Sherif take us on every excursion as was in the itinerary, but he gave us historical background that we would enjoy, information that was necessary, hints about how to dress and what to expect where from the people and vendors, and stories that entertain. He was incredibly personable, warm and funny. We also had a great group, everyone liked each other, but Sherif made it truly memorable. As I read in other posts, the trip is non-stop, but once on the cruise, there is plenty of time to chill and regain energy for the many temples and stops. As a guide usually does, Sherif had contacts everywhere we went, and through in little extras that weren't on the itinerary. It turned out to be a little more spending than I planned, but it was well worth it. The buses were clean and comfortable, the drives were good, the sites were amazing, the people were great, and the memories will last a lifetime. Girls might want to bring a head scarf for the few times you may be in areas where it is more expected to be covered, and good walking shoes you don't mind getting a little pyramid sand on. :) Oh, and don't over eat anything you're unsure of...but the food everywhere was great!
Absolutely amazing, made lifelong friends, it was a whirlwind action-packed month but the stress wasn't there because Contiki takes care of EVERYTHING, my tour manager, Jordana, looked out for us and went the extra mile, I couldn't have imagined doing it any other way. Not only did I soak up all the culture I wanted, ate my way through Europe, but I laughed and danced and drank with people from all over the world that I never would have met otherwise. I don't regret. a. single. cent.
This was the most amazing trip i have ever done thus far. Everything about it spectacular! I would highly recommend it!
It was great to experience all the famous landmarks in NYC. A great way to finish off a month in the USA. The accommodation was good at the shereton brooklyn. It was very handy to be given a prepaid subway pass lasting 7days. I would recommend the statue of liberty and times square. These were both equally a stand out for me in NYC and of course being there for 4 July fireworks.