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  • chanae Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I just retuned from my Octoberfest Contiki and unfortunately i do not have a good thing to say about my experience. No socialising area to meet other guests, no music being played at the campsite unlike other tour groups (Top Deck, PP travel and Stoke), the staff members were rude and did not involve themselves with the campers. I was 10 minutes late for breakfast and was told i could not have a juice and should be happy l could eat what was left over. Buses were not regular and no buses ran during the day to the Octoberfest grounds as they were 'being cleaned'. When they did run we were dropped of far from the venue and were only given verbal directions before getting off the bus, we had to pay for our own toilet paper, hot water tokens to have a shower and wifi. I heard great things about Stoke and i absolutely loved the actual Munich Octoberfest event but would not recommend doing Octoberfest with Contiki.

My Contiki was: boring , unsocial, make your own fun

  • chanae Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I just retuned from my Octoberfest Contiki and unfortunately i do not have a good thing to say about my experience. No socialising area to meet other guests, no music being played at the campsite unlike other tour groups (Top Deck, PP travel and Stoke), the staff members were rude and did not involve themselves with the campers. I was 10 minutes late for breakfast and was told i could not have a juice and should be happy l could eat what was left over. Buses were not regular and no buses ran during the day to the Octoberfest grounds as they were 'being cleaned'. When they did run we were dropped of far from the venue and were only given verbal directions before getting off the bus, we had to pay for our own toilet paper, hot water tokens to have a shower and wifi. I heard great things about Stoke and i absolutely loved the actual Munich Octoberfest event but would not recommend doing Octoberfest with Contiki.

My Contiki was: boring , unsocial, make your own fun

  • Steveybaby Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 21 Countries

Meet heaps of people great time!

  • Steveybaby Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 21 Countries

Meet heaps of people great time!

  • Lis92 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

You do and see SO many things in those 17 days. We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, paraglided in the Austrian Alps, ate amazing pizza and gelato in Rome, and snorkelled in the Greek Islands + so much more. Every single person on our tour had a fantastic time! Our TM Bec and Driver Christian worked so hard to ensure we all had the time of our lives. I definitely recommend this tour!

My Contiki was: Whirlwind, Memorable, Awesome

  • Lis92 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

You do and see SO many things in those 17 days. We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, paraglided in the Austrian Alps, ate amazing pizza and gelato in Rome, and snorkelled in the Greek Islands + so much more. Every single person on our tour had a fantastic time! Our TM Bec and Driver Christian worked so hard to ensure we all had the time of our lives. I definitely recommend this tour!

My Contiki was: Whirlwind, Memorable, Awesome

  • Jaq Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I chose to go on a Contiki tour because I was already going to Europe, but had no idea what I was doing. I figured Contiki would kind of introduce me to how Europe works! I never expected the trip to turn out how it did though. I was kind of nervous because, before we all met up in London, I had already been there several days and enjoyed my free time to do with what I wanted. Although, once the tour started I didn't really worry about that much. I loved spending time with everyone and we got enough free time too.
I'm not sure if it's how Contiki is or if my group just got lucky but our Contiki family was amazing! We all got so close extremely quickly. I never worried about partying in Paris or Florence because I knew if something bad were to go down, one of the group mates would be there! We looked out for each other and had a fucking blast.
Now, onto the tour manager and driver. Rhett was our TM and Rasto was our driver.. They are bloody awesome!! Honestly, I miss them! They were super rad dudes in general and brilliant at there jobs. My friend, that came with me on this tour, got really drunk in Florence and when I ran into her I saw right away she needed to go home. Right away, a guy from our tour came over to help me and then Rhett saw me with her and helped me. He just snapped on and got shit done. Rasto and Rhett never crossed a line, they were A LOT of fun and did an amazing job as well, every day.
When we watched everyone go on the bus back to London from Amsterdam, my friends and I wanted to cry! It was so sad seeing everyone go right after we had gotten so close with everyone. I can't wait to do another Contiki let alone go to Australia this upcoming summer to visit so of my new Aussie friends! I HIGHLY recommend going on this tour, even if you're by yourself, don't be daunted. Everyone befriends each other! Two of the best weeks of my life! Miss my Contiki fam, Rhett and Rasto!! You guys rock C: XX-- Jaq

My Contiki was: HIGHLY RECOMMEND , Best two weeks of my life and best people I've ever met!, RAD Team

  • Jaq Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I chose to go on a Contiki tour because I was already going to Europe, but had no idea what I was doing. I figured Contiki would kind of introduce me to how Europe works! I never expected the trip to turn out how it did though. I was kind of nervous because, before we all met up in London, I had already been there several days and enjoyed my free time to do with what I wanted. Although, once the tour started I didn't really worry about that much. I loved spending time with everyone and we got enough free time too.
I'm not sure if it's how Contiki is or if my group just got lucky but our Contiki family was amazing! We all got so close extremely quickly. I never worried about partying in Paris or Florence because I knew if something bad were to go down, one of the group mates would be there! We looked out for each other and had a fucking blast.
Now, onto the tour manager and driver. Rhett was our TM and Rasto was our driver.. They are bloody awesome!! Honestly, I miss them! They were super rad dudes in general and brilliant at there jobs. My friend, that came with me on this tour, got really drunk in Florence and when I ran into her I saw right away she needed to go home. Right away, a guy from our tour came over to help me and then Rhett saw me with her and helped me. He just snapped on and got shit done. Rasto and Rhett never crossed a line, they were A LOT of fun and did an amazing job as well, every day.
When we watched everyone go on the bus back to London from Amsterdam, my friends and I wanted to cry! It was so sad seeing everyone go right after we had gotten so close with everyone. I can't wait to do another Contiki let alone go to Australia this upcoming summer to visit so of my new Aussie friends! I HIGHLY recommend going on this tour, even if you're by yourself, don't be daunted. Everyone befriends each other! Two of the best weeks of my life! Miss my Contiki fam, Rhett and Rasto!! You guys rock C: XX-- Jaq

My Contiki was: HIGHLY RECOMMEND , Best two weeks of my life and best people I've ever met!, RAD Team

  • Alana Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

I spent 7 weeks in Asia and this tour was the highlight and the perfect way to end my trip.
Our tour manager, Muffin, was great. He always knew where we were headed and where the best parties were. We weren't in Koh Phangan during a Full Moon/Half Moon/Black Moon party but our TM and the staff at the resort held a private Moon party for us in the bar of the resort and it ended up being totally out of control, it was probably for the best that we didn't go far from home that night!
Koh Tao is beautiful, and Koh Samui is a great party. I challenge someone to do this tour and not have a great time and make lifelong friends.

I only wish that I had planned extra days at the end of the tour, our group got really close and I left early on the last day- meaning I didn't really get proper goodbyes with the whole group.

  • Alana Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

This tour was absolutely breathtaking! Worth every single penny.
Our tour manager, Phoebe was great. She was very laid back and extremely helpful with whatever problems or questions we had. I ended up getting sick in Vietnam and had to see a doctor and she went to the Pharmacy for me and picked up the medications that he had prescribed.

Asia is fairly cheap, however I found I spent a lot of money in Cambodia, since they use the american dollar, my bank account depleted a lot faster than the weeks previous.
Do as many optionals as you can, I did everything that is listed on the website and more, since our TM organized additional add-ons for us. It's so cheap to do, so even if it turns out to be crap you've spent less than $30 dollars on it at the very most.

Make sure you pack a travel pillow/neck pillow! I had one, but forgot it in the hotel in Nha Trang, it was the saddest day of the entire trip!

Overall, a great experience for my first solo trip and my first contiki tour! I'm hooked!

  • Sammieb389 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

I went on this trip solo, and it was the best!
Made so many friends , and had so many awesome experiences.
They free pour in the USA so get ready to get really drunk, like white girl wasted , bed at 3 in the morning and up at 7 for bags to coach !
Like your sleep? We'll Soz you won't be getting much, but it's totally worth it, you don't want to miss out. You get to see so many things and visit so many places that I can't even remember them all. Make sure you do Grand Canyon helicopter ride and horse riding in Durango.
Tips: girls take a pair of flats because after one night in heels you won't want to wear them anymore.
Best places were Grand Canyon, but don't follow the cowboy with the lights on his bike into the forest, just saying. Also loved Washington , so many historical things to see, but don't overload the hotel elevator and have to get the fire department to get you out, just saying !
In summary, if your considering this trip, just do it ! You will never know if you never go!
P.s beware of the new people :-/ they will come .

My Contiki was: Friends , Laughter , Mind opening

  • Nicole Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

i was on this tour from 9th september to the 18th september 2014, it was so much more than i could ever want, met amazing people, saw amazing sights, although we didnt stay long in each country our tour crew were amazing and ive made some lifelong memories would definately not change my experience i had 10/10 would recommend

My Contiki was: unreal, experience, memorymaking

  • Nicole Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

i was on this tour from 9th september to the 18th september 2014, it was so much more than i could ever want, met amazing people, saw amazing sights, although we didnt stay long in each country our tour crew were amazing and ive made some lifelong memories would definately not change my experience i had 10/10 would recommend

My Contiki was: unreal, experience, memorymaking

England & Scotland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Incredible!

I went on this trip almost a year ago now, and I still can't stop thinking about it. It was incredible. Everything lived up to my expectations and so much more!
I went by myself, at the ripe age of 18 (I was the youngest of the group but I couldn't tell). The trip opened my eyes to a completely new culture and introduced me to new people from all over the world who had similar goals and values as myself and with whom I generally just got on really well.
Like I said, it's been almost a year and I am still in contact with some of the friends I made on the trip.
The sights were beautiful, the trip was so well organized and sooooo much fun. The accomidations were really good, no complaints at all. Wifi is a little rought though.
Transportation was great, our bus driver was awesome. We spent a fair amount of time on the bus, but I found that that was where we bonded as a group a lot. We always had music going and we always switched up who we were sitting with so it was never boring. Also...just looking out the window will keep you pretty entertained.
I recently went to France by myself (not on a tour), and I found it qutie difficult. At this point in my life I much prefer a tour group and Contiki offered it all.
I find myself missing Contiki. The people, the energy, the experiences. I hope to book another trip very soon.

My Contiki was: friends, culture, cider!

England & Scotland

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Incredible!

I went on this trip almost a year ago now, and I still can't stop thinking about it. It was incredible. Everything lived up to my expectations and so much more!
I went by myself, at the ripe age of 18 (I was the youngest of the group but I couldn't tell). The trip opened my eyes to a completely new culture and introduced me to new people from all over the world who had similar goals and values as myself and with whom I generally just got on really well.
Like I said, it's been almost a year and I am still in contact with some of the friends I made on the trip.
The sights were beautiful, the trip was so well organized and sooooo much fun. The accomidations were really good, no complaints at all. Wifi is a little rought though.
Transportation was great, our bus driver was awesome. We spent a fair amount of time on the bus, but I found that that was where we bonded as a group a lot. We always had music going and we always switched up who we were sitting with so it was never boring. Also...just looking out the window will keep you pretty entertained.
I recently went to France by myself (not on a tour), and I found it qutie difficult. At this point in my life I much prefer a tour group and Contiki offered it all.
I find myself missing Contiki. The people, the energy, the experiences. I hope to book another trip very soon.

My Contiki was: friends, culture, cider!

  • jjamez_ Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries

Extremely Good Value, Amazing Times, Amazing People and One Flipping Amazing Adventure.

Where do I start ...

The tour is an amazing one at that. Amongst spending 37 completely fun filled days with your new best travel buds, the tour offers you the exposure to the best places in Europe.

Firstly, I want to say that choosing a longer tour rather than a shorter one, is an extremely good choice. I spoke with many others on shorter tours and they seemed to go too quick. Additionally, you don't have enough time to get to know others on your tour - which is a big shame.

If you are a solo traveler this is also the trip for you, most of the people on our tour were solo and found it extremely easy to make friends - by the end, we all were close mates, ones who will be till the day we die.

The value is amazing, all breakfasts were included, and some weren't fantastic but it definitely exceeded my expectations as to what I thought I was going to get. 37 days to have included breakfast, travel, accommodation and extras such as free shots and guided tours is unreal. Straight up you will not find better value and inclusions for the same amount of exposure to so many countries than you will on the Contiki European Adventurer.

As a first time traveler, my goal was to see as many countries as I possibly could, on a budget, within a six week time-frame. The thing that I loved about this tour, is that it gave me a snapshot of Europe's best, so that I could both say A) I have been there and B) I knew which places I wanted to go to and spend more time when I went back.

The one massive misconception about Contiki trips is the accommodation. Yes, you do stay in hostels, however European hostels are fantastic, they are clean and obtain decent facilities and amenities - and we had at least 10 nights in Hotel upgrades! My tip is to take a sleeping bag (which they ask you to buy/bring anyway) and in the 3 or 4 places out of 37 where you sleep which are dodgy line your mattress with the sleeping bag.

Countries which are AMAZING and I highly loved:
UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Greece.

Negatives / Recommendations:

- Buy and take sunscreen from Australia! European sunscreen is extremely expensive!

- Make sure you purchase an international Sim-Card from the post office before you leave. There is no WIFI on the bus (unless you pay for it - expensive). In saying this though, it was great to get back to basics and talk to people!

- The coffee is Sh** in Europe. If you are a fan, I am sorry to disappoint you, you're in for a bad time! Hahaha

- The WIFI is also scarce and slow in the majority of camps/hostels where you stay.

- Needed more time in Munich and Barcelona. 1 night just wasn't enough! Really want to go back there! If you get a chance to go before or after the tour - go to Berlin!

- Take a GoPro and buy the pole and bike attachments.

- Take a DSLR or good camera - don't rely on your iphone!

- Some extra activities are not worth doing: Flamenco Show and definitely the cabaret show in Paris.

- Take and have more money than you need! THIS IS IMPORTANT. Experience as much as you can. If it takes you an extra year to save - do it. You need at least 100 euro a day for spending money. Depending on how much you drink maybe add a little extra. The good thing is in the travel days, your budget adjusts so it compensates for the days you have overspent. Around $5000 - $7000 AUD spending money is fairly achievable.

- Take a power board and universal charger! Lol the amount of things you need to charge along with others in your room on one power point is crazy!

Look, I could keep going on, but all in all this trip is one hell of a ride!

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Lots of Fun, Amazing

  • jjamez_ Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 16 Countries

Extremely Good Value, Amazing Times, Amazing People and One Flipping Amazing Adventure.

Where do I start ...

The tour is an amazing one at that. Amongst spending 37 completely fun filled days with your new best travel buds, the tour offers you the exposure to the best places in Europe.

Firstly, I want to say that choosing a longer tour rather than a shorter one, is an extremely good choice. I spoke with many others on shorter tours and they seemed to go too quick. Additionally, you don't have enough time to get to know others on your tour - which is a big shame.

If you are a solo traveler this is also the trip for you, most of the people on our tour were solo and found it extremely easy to make friends - by the end, we all were close mates, ones who will be till the day we die.

The value is amazing, all breakfasts were included, and some weren't fantastic but it definitely exceeded my expectations as to what I thought I was going to get. 37 days to have included breakfast, travel, accommodation and extras such as free shots and guided tours is unreal. Straight up you will not find better value and inclusions for the same amount of exposure to so many countries than you will on the Contiki European Adventurer.

As a first time traveler, my goal was to see as many countries as I possibly could, on a budget, within a six week time-frame. The thing that I loved about this tour, is that it gave me a snapshot of Europe's best, so that I could both say A) I have been there and B) I knew which places I wanted to go to and spend more time when I went back.

The one massive misconception about Contiki trips is the accommodation. Yes, you do stay in hostels, however European hostels are fantastic, they are clean and obtain decent facilities and amenities - and we had at least 10 nights in Hotel upgrades! My tip is to take a sleeping bag (which they ask you to buy/bring anyway) and in the 3 or 4 places out of 37 where you sleep which are dodgy line your mattress with the sleeping bag.

Countries which are AMAZING and I highly loved:
UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Greece.

Negatives / Recommendations:

- Buy and take sunscreen from Australia! European sunscreen is extremely expensive!

- Make sure you purchase an international Sim-Card from the post office before you leave. There is no WIFI on the bus (unless you pay for it - expensive). In saying this though, it was great to get back to basics and talk to people!

- The coffee is Sh** in Europe. If you are a fan, I am sorry to disappoint you, you're in for a bad time! Hahaha

- The WIFI is also scarce and slow in the majority of camps/hostels where you stay.

- Needed more time in Munich and Barcelona. 1 night just wasn't enough! Really want to go back there! If you get a chance to go before or after the tour - go to Berlin!

- Take a GoPro and buy the pole and bike attachments.

- Take a DSLR or good camera - don't rely on your iphone!

- Some extra activities are not worth doing: Flamenco Show and definitely the cabaret show in Paris.

- Take and have more money than you need! THIS IS IMPORTANT. Experience as much as you can. If it takes you an extra year to save - do it. You need at least 100 euro a day for spending money. Depending on how much you drink maybe add a little extra. The good thing is in the travel days, your budget adjusts so it compensates for the days you have overspent. Around $5000 - $7000 AUD spending money is fairly achievable.

- Take a power board and universal charger! Lol the amount of things you need to charge along with others in your room on one power point is crazy!

Look, I could keep going on, but all in all this trip is one hell of a ride!

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Lots of Fun, Amazing

  • Shannan Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Let me start by saying I had a great time - the people I met were fantastic and I hope to see a lot of them again someday. Our tour guide, Chloe - was so amazing - such a great person to have leading us along. The itinerary is also great - Italy is wonderful and Switzerland was so incredibly beautiful - I probably would have never made an individual effort to visit it, but am so glad I discovered it on this tour. Paris is another world - so incredible.

With that, the tour happens very very fast. You're going to be tired, you're going to get sick and at times you'll probably feel overwhelmed. Everything is happening so fast. You're visiting 4 cities in 8 days - it's a lot to take in. On one side, it's a great way to get an idea of where you'd like to return - and socially, it's a fantastic time. However, if you're really looking to sink into the culture of these cities, I would advise going to each for a longer period. This tour is just so rushed. I was so grateful that I decided to extend my trip to spend more days in Paris after the tour - otherwise I would left without a true appreciation of what the city has to offer.

On top of the sheer rush of it all, the fact that you're joining the tour at the very end of a much larger tour is a downside. The people you meet up with already have made bonds and memories and it's hard to assimilate into the group. Don't get me wrong - I definitely did and I too made friends, but the people I was closest to were those who joined the tour at the same time as me (which isn't a bad thing), but there was a lingering feeling of being mildly left out on some of the stories shared and inside jokes that kept popping up.

As this is a budget tour - you must know that these are not going to be the best accommodations. I booked this trip literally 2 weeks before I boarded a plane, so I took what was available without knowing what to expect. I'm not a princess, but walking into the first hotel really made me take a moment to realize what kind of situation I was going into. 4-5 people in a room at most places and shared bathrooms. Meals were generally a means to an end, etc. Also, the locations are usually a bit out of the way and in seedier parts of town, but as they say - you get what you pay for - and you aren't usually in an unsafe position, it's just a matter of knowing what to expect and being ok with hostel type accommodations.

Altogether, I had a wonderful, memorable time - however, I don't know if I would do this sort of tour again. Maybe I'm just at the age where I like things a bit more comfortable, but it wasn't necessarily my cup of tea. I would think this would be an awesome tour for a college student who has a break from school and wants to party in Europe and get the Cliff Notes version of various cities in a short amount of time and on a tight budget - and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. A few years ago - this would have been perfect for me.

My Contiki was: rushed, budget, party

  • Shannan Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Let me start by saying I had a great time - the people I met were fantastic and I hope to see a lot of them again someday. Our tour guide, Chloe - was so amazing - such a great person to have leading us along. The itinerary is also great - Italy is wonderful and Switzerland was so incredibly beautiful - I probably would have never made an individual effort to visit it, but am so glad I discovered it on this tour. Paris is another world - so incredible.

With that, the tour happens very very fast. You're going to be tired, you're going to get sick and at times you'll probably feel overwhelmed. Everything is happening so fast. You're visiting 4 cities in 8 days - it's a lot to take in. On one side, it's a great way to get an idea of where you'd like to return - and socially, it's a fantastic time. However, if you're really looking to sink into the culture of these cities, I would advise going to each for a longer period. This tour is just so rushed. I was so grateful that I decided to extend my trip to spend more days in Paris after the tour - otherwise I would left without a true appreciation of what the city has to offer.

On top of the sheer rush of it all, the fact that you're joining the tour at the very end of a much larger tour is a downside. The people you meet up with already have made bonds and memories and it's hard to assimilate into the group. Don't get me wrong - I definitely did and I too made friends, but the people I was closest to were those who joined the tour at the same time as me (which isn't a bad thing), but there was a lingering feeling of being mildly left out on some of the stories shared and inside jokes that kept popping up.

As this is a budget tour - you must know that these are not going to be the best accommodations. I booked this trip literally 2 weeks before I boarded a plane, so I took what was available without knowing what to expect. I'm not a princess, but walking into the first hotel really made me take a moment to realize what kind of situation I was going into. 4-5 people in a room at most places and shared bathrooms. Meals were generally a means to an end, etc. Also, the locations are usually a bit out of the way and in seedier parts of town, but as they say - you get what you pay for - and you aren't usually in an unsafe position, it's just a matter of knowing what to expect and being ok with hostel type accommodations.

Altogether, I had a wonderful, memorable time - however, I don't know if I would do this sort of tour again. Maybe I'm just at the age where I like things a bit more comfortable, but it wasn't necessarily my cup of tea. I would think this would be an awesome tour for a college student who has a break from school and wants to party in Europe and get the Cliff Notes version of various cities in a short amount of time and on a tight budget - and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. A few years ago - this would have been perfect for me.

My Contiki was: rushed, budget, party

  • Desirae Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

My bf and I endured this painful trip together. First thing first, the people you meet via Contiki Tours are great! It's an easy way to make new friends BUT everything else is pretty awful. There are other sites like TripAdvisor that will give you reviews very similar to what I am about to give you. The amount of money you pay for this trip is not worth it. The one thing that is more disappointing than the food are the hotel accommodations. Here is a break down of my complaint I submitted directly to the company. Which they did nothing about.

1. In Rome we stayed at the Regent Hotel Rome the address is Via Filippo Civinini 46 A Rome, RM, 00197. On hotels.com the price for this hotel is $54 a night (Hotel Regent Cost). Considering that I paid $1565.65 and my bf paid $1633.61 that comes out to $400 a day for room, board and activities.

Upon checking in at the Regent Hotel we discovered fecal splatter on the wall behind the toilet as well as maggots in the ceiling light. I realize that this is a 3 star hotel however, that kind of hygienic carelessness is unacceptable. When we called to request another room we were advised that we couldn’t move because the hotel was full. If we had booked this hotel on our own I am sure I could have put a stop on charges via my credit card and moved to another hotel. Therefore, considering my bf and I each probably paid $100+ , we obviously overpaid.

2. In Florence we stayed at the BBhotel Firenze Centro located at Viale Amendola 34, Lungarno del Tempio, 50121 Florence. On hotels.com the price for this hotel is $71 a night. (B&B Costs). Compared to the hotel Regent Hotel this was a huge upgrade. However, although aesthetically this was a better accommodation, our room had this weird smell, almost sulfur like that permeated through our luggage and gave our clothes a weird smell. You can image our discomfort walking around in Florence, in the heat smelling as we did.

3. In Venice we stayed at the Michelangelo Hotel Mestre located at Via Forte Marghera 69 Mestre, VE, 30173, Italy. On hotels.com the price for this hotel is $105 a night. (Michaelangelo Costs). We were here for the last two days of our trip, which happened to be the hottest days. Well, conveniently our air conditioner didn’t work. You can bet that we didn’t get much sleep those last two days since it was about 80 degrees in our room and we were sweating through our clothes. When we called to get a different room they said various rooms were encountering the same situation and they couldn’t do anything about it.

If I would have known that this is the kind of experience we were going to encounter using Contiki I would have preferred to take our chances on scheduling our own itinerary. The group tours move so fast through the sites that my bf and I lost our group several times. Towards the end we found that it was a better experience to buy site seeing books from the local vendors hopping onto wifi and trip advising our way through suggested spots.

Don't use Contiki. Be adventurous, take chances and use the ton of resources out there.

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