Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
I had an awesome time on this tour, met some really nice people and hope to keep in touch. I think maybe the tour was a little too short for me, next time i'm going to choose at least a 2 week tour.
The only real downer about this tour was finding out just before we went that we were actually joining half way though another tour. This made it really hard to make friends and fit in as everyone had already made close bonds.
It was still a trip i would do again, I Loved Hungary and Austria
I had such a great time on this tour. Berlin to Budapest is perfect for the people who want to go at a slow pace but still cover a lot. The tour guide was great as well. I would strongly recommend this trip!
Vietnam Highlights was a fantastic way to begin my first trip to asia!!! Sooo Much fun and still keep in touch with most of the group I recommend this to anyone who loves travelling, beautful weather, culture and people I cannot wait for my next asian adventure!!!
Best vacation ever. Worth every penny, and more. Great value, food, sights, and people! The age range was perfect-- so easy to make friends. Most of us went out almost every night. There was always something fun to do, and even chilling was great when we were too tired to party. Our guide, Laura, was awesome! She helped us find the best food and entertainment, and she had as much fun as we did.
Italy is fantastic on its own, but the Contiki tours, dinners, and other group activities really enlivened the whole experience. All the optionals I participated in and the accommodations were great. Drinking in a gondola in Venice is a MUST-- I only wish it had lasted longer!
The entire trip was a perfect length of time. By the end of it, we were exhausted.
I would recommend this trip to anyone.
I had an amazing time! met some wonderful people and saw so many awesome things.The tour manager was great, very funny and knowledgeable about each location, and he took us to so many cool places both day and night. I wish we had spent a little more time in each city because I felt rushed but I didn't waste a second of my time and I'm so glad I had this experience.
had the most amazing time and met awesome friends i will have for a life time. This trip is very on the go - you are moving every second day but in the 30 days I got to experience so much of europe that I would not have been able to do by myself. All optional extras are worth it in my opinion, accommodation is good enough and all onsite contiki staff are great. heaps of fun - i would reccommend this trip to anyone!!
I loved this trip. Started in Madrid finished up in Rome. Saw some fantastic sights, loved the culture (spanish in particular) ALL the food i had was delicious - some interesting but never the less great to experience different things. Everyone on tour was great and met some wonderful people. I travelled on my own which i was a little worried about but there was no need to be as everyone was really friendly and lots of solo travellers as well. I recommend doing ALL of the optionals, all the dinners were great and the tour guides we had were very knowledgeable. The history was facinating.
Overall highly recommended.!!
Awesome tour!! Loved every bit of it!! One of the best parts was the ghost tour through York!! The Crew were awesome, had the history down as we moved through each city and our Driver - I have never seen anyone park a Coach like that again!!!
Definitely the best thing I have ever done. Made some great friends and saw some amazing places. Would do it all over again :)
I had an absolutely amazing time! Sara, our tour manager, was fabulous! She made the trip that much better. She was organized, educated and funny. I lost my sweatshirt on the trip and even though she totally didn't have to she found out what happened to it after the trip was over and messaged me on Facebook about it. 100% dedication.
I saw everything I wanted to see and partied with awesome new people. I met some people I'm going to travel half way around the world to vist some day. Ireland is beautiful and I couldn't have had a better time with a better group of people!
Hotel Accommodations: I wasn’t really concerned with the hotel accommodations. All the places we stayed were nice, comfortable and clean which is all I need.
Transportation: The transportation on the coach was fine, because you got to sit back and look at the pretty views of the cities you are passing through. However, I would say that too much time was spent driving and not enough time was spent seeing the actual cities.
What I did: I tried to do everything I possibly could do on the tour and tried to have some sightseeing time for myself. It says on the brochure that we would have to stop at Balboa Park in San Diego and Route 66. However when we went to these places we were only allowed 20 minutes to view these places. I don’t know how our Tour Manger Ryan expected us to get the full experience after viewing a place for 20 minutes. We didn’t get to see anything, because we were too busy trying to use the restrooms before getting back on the bus. Also there was too much shopping on the tour, I booked this tour to see the country and the sights and sounds of the cities I was visiting. There are shopping malls and stores in every city, why do I need to constantly shop when I can do this at home?
Optional Activities: I have mixed feelings about the optional activities that were available to us. In San Diego, on day 2 we had to option of going to either Sea World or the San Diego Zoo. A lot of people on my tour wanted to do both and we weren’t able to. So I would suggest that the tour have Sea World on one day and the Zoo another day, so people can do both if they choose to. I also did the helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon which was amazing. I also signed up for the Grand Canyon Biking, which ended up being a disaster. The bikes were too big for me and the people didn’t’ seem to understand why I was asking for a smaller bike and therefore, I couldn’t do the optional and wasted my money. I was going to ask my tour guide for help, but he was nowhere to be found. Our tour also had a Surprise Optional that our tour manager signed us up for. It turned out that it was a fake wedding in Vegas involving two people on the tour that I didn’t know or care for. A group surprise is supposed to involve everyone on the tour, not two people with everyone else as bystanders!
Crew: I had no problem with our bus driver Richard. Richard was nice guy and he got me from point A to point B without being harmed. I had a big problem with our tour manager Ryan. First of all, he didn’t do the tour introductions until day 3 and 4 of the trip, which should have been done on the first day to break the ice. Also, Ryan left several people that were a couple of minutes late to the optional activities even though he was late quite a few times himself. Also, if he had a crush on you or you were one of his favorites, he would go out of his way to help you pack and go around on the coach with everyone waiting to find you. Once we go to Vegas and Ryan got his tips, he stopped caring about doing his job.
Lastly, if you are doing your review of your tour for Ryan, he doesn’t give you time to think about what you want to want to say, he wants them back in an hour even though your tour isn’t over. Ryan also said that if you wrote something negative about him and the tour, we would have to explain to him then and there why we wrote what we did on the review.
I may do another Contiki tour in future, but I will make sure that Ryan Fockler is not my tour manager.
Not much to say except that the tour was amazing. Great tour guide (Whattup Sam!) even Greater people.
First of all, let me just say that Mandi, our tour manager, rocks! She was so helpful, fun, and nice. Truly, she made the trip an incredible experience for us.
Additionally, our tour guides, Louisa (in Arequeipa) and Jose Abel (Cusco/Macchu Picchu), were both fantastic. I felt that I truly got insight into the culture and history of all of the places we visited.
As for the tour overall, I left feeling like I really had seen most all I could ever want to see of Peru, with the one exception being the Nazca lines. If you want to see the latter, you have to do it on your own, because Contiki doesn't offer that option. Aside from that, I feel like I would have never seen half of the things I did or have even half of the experiences I did had I done this tour on my own or through another company.
Be informed about the level of activity on this one though. We were going dawn to dusk most days, so that we could make it everywhere on the itinerary. Also, be prepared for high altitudes and the effects it can have on your body. We did a LOT of walking most of the tour as well, so bring comfortable shoes that you can climb/hike/go up stairs in and that don't have slippery soles. The streets, sites and sidewalks can be very slick and depending on the time of year, rain compounds this affect. An additional caveat to those that get motion sickness, the first part of the trip you will spend a lot of time on the bus.
Also, this tour is most suited to those that are looking to have a truly unique experience and be a participant in another culture/history. While we went out, had a couple of really big nights, and a lot of fun "on the side." This tour isn't a "party" tour.
Overall, I would chalk up this trip as one of the best I have ever been on, and I have traveled a lot of places; Europe multiple times, Australia, Japan, China, S. Korea, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Costa Rica, Belize, and multiple islands. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone into adventure travel.
This tour was absolutely incredible!! This was my first Contiki and my first time overseas; at 19 tand going by myself his was pretty daunting for me but Contiki made sure I had nothing to worry about. This tour is pretty darn fast paced, but this let us see and do soooo much in just over 5 weeks. This tour was really good though because about halfway we stayed for 3 nights in Mykonos which is really good recovery time!! This trip was great too cause we stayed in a lot of Contiki stopovers - these are so much fun because you get to hang out with the awesome Contiki crew and there are often other Contiki groups staying there too that you will meet up with at various points. Definitely the trip to do if you want to see it all, I chose this one over the Ultimate European as this one went through Croatia and was that bit more affordable. Honestly the best thing I have ever done, European Adventurer is just AWESOME, you will have no regrets!!
This tour was also super affordable when you think about everything that is included - transport across Europe (not taxis), all accommodation, all breakfasts and half your dinners, a far bit of sightseeing/local tours, discounted drinks in some places and much more!
I am definitely glad I went by myself even though I was pretty scared, because it takes you out of your comfort zone and I have made some lifelong friends for sure. Spending 5 weeks with the same people, you become like family! This is one of the major advantages of a long tour I think - by the end we were all so close.
You will have the time of your LIFE on this tour! - Highly recommended!
I would give it 10 stars if I could!
Egypt had so much to offer! It was the most incredible trip, with a perfect mix of both culture and partying.
During the day it was all about pyramids, temples, markets and history. But at night we went to some fantastic restaurants, had some great parties, and the cruise was simply stunning! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone and everyone.
I would also suggest doing all of the optionals, particularly Abu Simbel, even though it's expensive it's definitely worth it. Everyone on the tour was so friendly and made for an awesome trip. The tour guide for this particular trip is incredible. He knows everything and anything and recommended all the best places to eat and things to do. He was fantastic.
Had an amazing time would definitely reccommend
For my 1st time travelling solo this tour was fantastic, the hotel was perfect and new year club night was great had enough time to do my own things IE muesems, coffee shops and shopping and be with the group was just the right balance, had such a good time i've booked another new year with contiki to see in 2013.
The fact that my hotel, airfare, tour and transportation was covered made the trip stress free! I loved my tour guide he was awesome! Always attentive to the group always helpful with helping us find the coolest things to do on our free time. Every city I went to starting with Rome had so much history, great food, and adventure. I honestly took over a thousand pictures from the colosseum to flamenco dancing in Barcelona. I also got to celebrate my birthday as well and I had a blast! I recommend Contiki for anyone who wants to travel alone like myself and have a great experience and make new friends!
Contiki Grand Southern was INCREDIBLE! Can't believe how much I got to see and do in just 26 days! Vegas was sensational, the night life in New Orleans is like nothing I've ever experienced - you must go to Bourbon St! Even some of the smaller towns along the way, like Savannah, were some of the best nights on the trip! The bus trip was fun, as there were always people to chat to or games going on, or you could just sleep after the big nights out! Personally, my favourite optionals were the helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon (amazing experience!), white water rafting in Durango, the rodeo and Cowboy Stadium tour in Dallas, riverboat dinner cruise in New Orleans, Universal Studios in Orlando and the Miami party booze cruise. And of course, the people that I travelled with were incredible. By the end of the trip I had made so many amazing new friends! The people you meet and experience everything with on the trip is what makes it so great, I am really happy that I decided to go on my own too! I also highly recommend staying in New York after the Contiki, its an incredible place and there's heaps to see and do there! Everyone who is thinking about doing this tour, you definitely won't regret it!!! I had the time of my life.