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Christmas markets, hot mulled wine, open fires & overcoats - unlike many places, Europe comes alive & fills with magic during the months of Winter. Sip coffee in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, warm up over Ravioli in Rome, & visit a traditional beer hall in Germany. With 24-days to explore, you'll be feeling à la maison in no time. 

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  • SarahRobyn
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Mar 2012

Winter Wanderer 2012 January 10th

This was the best time! People were amazing, sights were amazing, weather was amazing (pure, dumb luck)... amazing! I have no other words. The accommodation was better than i expected - mostly little hotel rooms but were all very comfortable and clean. Bus driver was incredible.. one of the most talented drivers ive ever been witness to! got us through some very tight spots, and also spoke up and gave us hints on where to go in cities for some extra fun. also stopped off at a few towns that weren't on schedule, all his idea! awesome guy! Tour manager was really cool, very good at his job! helped us out a lot with local customs and language issues - can be surprising what you don't know! also on free days/nights he would help us decide what we could do, or he would make a few calls and organise a restaurant/bar/club at night for some fun. was always prepared for everything. Altogether the crew was so so cool, couldn't have asked for any more! Favourite cities were those which involved historical tours - Florence, Rome, Berlin... Even if history isn't your thing, there is so much to do! Stopped in Dresden for a while too (bus driver's suggestion - awesome!) and it was gorgeous! Even the 'dreaded' long bus rides were fun - morning debriefs and discussion about the previous and next cities, chilling with your new mates, relaxing with some breathtaking scenery.. not really dreaded at all! Would definitely recommend this trip! see everything, decent time in each city, don't have to really think or plan anything.. just jump on the bus and go where the wheels take you! this is the most 'holiday-esque' tour i think contiki does - so relaxed and easy going pace.

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  • Explorer1272592
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jan 2012

Awesome tour

Awesome tour...plenty of time in majority of the cities and best tour manager Mick and driver Tim!

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  • Celeste
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jun 2012

Wandering in Winter

Whilst I was hesitant about seeing Europe during winter, I must say this tour was the time of my life - 4 years later I still talk about it! I found 24 days to be perfect, long enough to get to know everyone really well, but not too long that we were over the days of driving. By the end it was like saying goodbye to family, such a social, friendly bunch of people. There was enough time to see all the 'big ticket' places and mostly I didnt feel rushed. The accomodation was better than expected, with Florence being the only real let down, also in Amsterdam we were a long way from town - someone got ill and it cost 120E to get back to the hotel! The optionals were hit and miss, but everyone did almost everything - Moulin Rouge is a must!

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  • Rhianna
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled May 2015

Incredible Winter Wandering

This was my second Contiki in Western Europe, I chose to do another one because I had the time of my life the first time and didn't even have to think twice about doing it again. I chose the Winter Wanderer because it was the opposite to my first trip - winter rather than summer, hotels over hostels, travelling with a friend rather than solo and nearly twice as long. I was slightly apprehensive about the fact that this trip may not live up to the high expectations which had been set following my first incredible Contiki. But I had no need to be worried, this trip far exceeded anything I could have imagined. Admittedly this was partly due to luck, we had the most incredible group of people and we all got along so well and still keep in touch daily. Our tour manager and driver were also a major factor that made this trip so amazing, I can't even express how much I appreciate everything they did for us, way beyond their call of duty. Like getting everyone together and organising free metro tickets on our first night to go into the city and see the Eiffel Tower light show at 11pm. Earlier that day our bus had broken down and we were stuck at a garage a few hours outside Paris for most of the afternoon, which meant we arrived in Paris very late and our driver didn't have any driving time left to take us on the Paris by Night tour. Both our bad luck and the over and above effort of the Contiki team continued throughout the tour. Our time in Italy was effected by severe flooding and a short 5 hour drive turned into an entire day on the bus stuck in classic Italian traffic and twisting and turning through mountain ranges. This being said I wouldn't change one thing about the entire trip. Even though I'd been to about half the cities before I barely doubled up on experiences and sights. Some of the highlights were jumping the queue to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Musee D'Orsay on our free day in Paris, staying in perfect Lucerne in the Swiss Alps, partying the night away at a sangria bar in Barcelona, eating far two many courses in Italy, visiting the Christmas markets in Vienna and Berlin, trying ice-skating at these markets in Berlin, the entire time spent in Prague and the Rjiksmuseum in Amsterdam. Although not technically on the Contiki itinerary, visiting Hyde Park Winter Wonderland was a perfect way to end the trip with a big group getting together and heading there once we returned to London at the end. If you're thinking of booking this tour, just do it. If you don't have the time of your life then you only have yourself to blame. I loved every second! And remember, it's not just about the places you see but the journey along the way and the relationships you make whilst travelling.

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  • Andrew
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled Aug 2013

Awesome Trip

This was by far the best trip I have been on. Got to see all the great sights in London, Paris, Barcelona, Everywhere. Switzerland was great, Italy was awesome, Berlin was cool. Great trip great times.

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  • IndiaNZ
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled Jan 2012

Banquet

A review about the Winter Wanderer, it's hard to sum up, despite having unlimited words. I didn't read many reviews before I left- I was so nervous! Met the tour in Paris after they had already spent a day together on the bus. I shouldn't have been nervous, contiki people are lovely. Our fabulous tour manager was the best possible, we couldn't have got anyone more knowledgeable, kind or funny to take us on our trip around Europe! And our driver was one of the best parts of the tour, always up for a challenge (especially routes with 'No Bus' signs posted above them!) I can only give my opinion of the tour - I would have paid 5 times the price I did - so don't be afraid that the tours will be a waste of money. If you are travelling solo, many people do! And it doesn't matter what age you are or if you're travelling in a group or not, you'll make friends that will be impossible to leave when it's time to go home. My advice, if you want advice from someone who just finished the tour, is do everything you get the option to, rotate seats on the bus and sit with a bunch of different people, learn names nice and quickly, follow your tour managers advice (They're super awesome with tips and tricks), go out when you want to- don't be forced into going out all the time and then missing the cool cities you're in the next day with hangovers or illness and love the people who will surround you for 24 days. You will miss them! Contiki withdrawal is a huge problem :) Don't be afraid to ask for help- shit happens. Sometimes the hotels are cramped and the food is bad, you learn to live with it. You learn to love it! You do LOADS in the 24 days you have on tour, that means long bus rides, lots of late nights and early mornings, clubs, pubs, walking tours, sightseeing, shopping. It is exhausting. Be ready for amazing sight after amazing sight! If you're up for 24 days of non-stop opportunity and experiences you will never forget I would highly recommend this tour. Be keen for fun and you can't go wrong! Enjoy yourself, I hope this helped a little. It was the greatest 24 days of my life so far, I only hope the same applies to all the people who do the tour in the future.

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  • Kristy
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Apr 2012

Winter Wanderer 3/03/12 -Amazing!!!

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!!

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  • Aleesha
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jul 2013

New Found Love

You see and read about all of Europe, but to experience it is a whole other thing! Highly recommend this tour to all those that want a taste of Europe. I've started an addiction

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  • Explorer1347505
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Mar 2012

Winter Wanderer

Best time of my life, wouldn't change a thing!

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  • natalieseaton
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Apr 2016

First time in Europe

If it is your first time traveling to Europe, I highly recommend doing the Winter Wanderer. You get to discover Europe in its amazing winter and bask in all its glory! I loved my trip! Our Trip Manager Dylan was one of the greatest people you could ask for to guide you around Europe and tell you little parts of history as you enter each city. Raf our driver was the best driver you can get! They are both incredibly trained. All the Trip Managers and Trip Driver are trained i got the chance to meet a couple while on my trip and they were very nice to talk to. I'm just being biased with Dyl and Raf as i spent 24 days with them and they helped me through everything. They are always there to support you. I highly recommend doing all the MeTime optional's you will never again get the opportunity to do these activities with 50 young like minded people again. Even if you think the MeTime optional doesn't seem like your thing, i promise you will regret not doing it as you will hear everyone rave about it and you'll wish you did it. Treat yo'self while you are over there. Make it rain!! In the end you will only regret the things you wish you had done. I done everything i wanted to do, i made it rain and i did not regret one decision i made on that trip! I want to go over again and explore Europe in depth. You will catch the travel bug. While on the tour a couple of us decided that we would book another tour at the end of the year to New Zealand with Contiki and we are always looking at other tours they do all over the world! You have on life, one chance! Have no regrets! Take a naughty picture on top of a Swiss alp, eat as much chocolate as you can, drink all the beer in Munich, be mesmerized in Pairs by the Moulin Rouge discover and leave no city with wishing you had of done something. DO IT make your moment. Interact with your group, become friends and so close they become a new family with you, i did all that and now i have friends to see it different cities and travel buddies.

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  • Beka
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled Apr 2015

Crazy Cold Fun!

I did this tour two years ago, so it's been a while, but as I'm about to finally do my 2nd Contiki I thought I'd review the first! It is a great way to tick so many boxes in Europe - It's crazy to think how many countries I've visited, and now I know which places I want to see again in more details. It was soooo cold, but I packed accordingly and it was nice to have snow as we walked through places like Prague and Amsterdam. The best thing about this tour is because it's in winter, there aren't so many tourists, and you get to see places in a different light, other than the sunny postcard pictures most people imagine in summer. The people were amazing - our tour guide and driver, Laura and Andras were phenomenal. Our bus was full of Aussies, and they were so much fun. Heaps of couples, which was perfect for us as we were also a couple, but also a group of singles who bed hopped a bit. If it's your first Contiki, do it. It's awesome, and just long enough to say you've had a great time, and you're ready to go home at the end! Take way more money than you think you'll need. There are extra things to do all over the place, and there were some people on our trip who couldn't afford it and it sucked for them, and also for us because we didn't want to talk about it in front of them.

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  • frangipants
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Nov 2012

Time of my life!!

I couldn't write nicer things about this tour. I had the most amazing experience, saw beautiful places and met awesome people! The tour manager and the driver were very helpful and educated, gave us really cool tips and organised everything! Try and do all the optionals, although it is good to wander off and explore the city youre at! Bus rides are loong, so load your ipad/laptop etc with movies and books, and a pillow (or you can steal one from a hotel)... Prague was my favourite city, it's really charming.

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  • Katherine
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Apr 2015

Try it

This is a great quick way to see Western Europe. The guides are amazing big shout out to hannah she's the best. You will cover all the sites you always see in the movies and on TV. My advice be prepared to take all the opportunities they offer you.

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  • Rhys Drake
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Aug 2015

EPIC!!

This trip was what really set my travelling passion on fire!! This was off the back of travelling around Palm springs, LA, Mexico and Hawaii. I went with 2 best mates and met some of the coolest people in the world. Jon was our coach and Rado was the driver. These two I bloody love!! They gave us all they could and were always there to answer any questions and partied like we expected them to!! This was one of the best trips of my life time!! Any questions, hit me up on FB. Would love to hear from other passionate travellers!

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  • Eden
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled May 2016

Pelicano!

This tour is awesome! We were lucky it snowed in multiple places along our tour and it was the most wonderful experience. I went solo and was worried I would be stuck with a bunch of 18 year olds but our tour was mixed ages. I had the best group and have made many friends from doing this tour. I went on my own and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to do a tour to just book it! I had some of the best times with my group and would say to do all the Me Time Optionals (#noregrets). This best times you have are with the whole tour group so make friends and get to know everyone. Move around the bus and get to know you're fellow travellers. It was my first time in Europe and my first big overseas trip and honestly it was the best decision I made!

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  • Shecontiki
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Feb 2012

Winter Wanderer Nov 12, 2011 - No snow but great time

Winter Wanderer is an amazing tour best of what Europe has to offer. I have been on 6 Contiki tours ranging from 9 days to 24 days to a variety of places and this would have to be one of my favourite experiences. Below I have put some bits together remember that most tours run similar but a lot of how successful the trip is depends on your attitude, the mix of fellow travellers, tour manager, driver and the weather. What did you see: I saw everything if it was in the brochure you saw it, just remember that if it says see then you do only see it and at times this is only through the coach window while driving around the city, it is up to you on your free day to go back and see inside so you certainly before you leave try and plan what you want to see in each city, I suggest not following what others do, if there is something you really want to see then go and see it because you may never get back to Europe and also you don’t want to go home and say I wish I saw that. It is tricky to pre-book your tickets on line before you leave Australia as they time you have in each city varies greatly some you may get a full day egg. 8hrs and others eg. Florence 4 hours max & this is taken up with a leather demonstration & a walking tour, don’t be afraid to do what you want to do. As long as you are back on the coach before it leaves for the next city that’s all that matters. What were the optionals like: I only got to do half the optionals as I injured my knee in Rome so I couldn’t do too many of the optionals after Rome. Paris: what can I say the Moulin Rouge – 3 course meal you choose what you want from 3 choices for entree, beef or fish for main & dessert is like a choc mousse. Then the show its one of those things you just have to do when will you ever get to go again (unless you’re like me & do another tour), I know it’s expensive but it’s the first real night you get to know each other as then you can go to the bar next door and dance & drink the night away. Lucerne: mt Pilatus you get about 1 -1/2 hours up the top of the mountain the gondola ride is pretty good the higher you go the less you can see and you go through the clouds. Don’t be fooled into thinking you will get to go on the train as this wasn’t even offered as an optional on my tour. Once on the ground the others went to the fondue lunch most of them said they enjoyed it – just remember its cheese fondue not chocolate. Barcelona: Tablao De Carmen dinner & show: 4 course meal with endless sangria half way through dinner the show starts so you watching & trying to eat at the same time. I think the show went for about 45 mins-1 hr could have been shorter but it felt like it went for ever – Google flamenco dancing & singing & that’s pretty much it but it adds to the spirit of the tour experiencing Spanish tradition. Monaco – nice meal 4 courses get to choose 3 courses unlimited wine. Then off to the casino which will cost you 10 Euros to enter. Usually back in Nice by 11pm and then can go out in town if you like. Florence: Photo you must buy we had people who thought it was too expensive but could spend 15 Euros on a drink. It’s a great photo and probably the only one that you will get of everybody together that actually looks any good. Dinner is amazing they have singers and you can dance as a couple, unlimited wine and lots of food – antipastos, pasta, lasagne, meat & potatoes & dessert. Then off to space disco which depending on which night of the week it is depends on how busy well we were the only one’s there but it has karaoke & for the 12 Euros you get a free drink. But you get this card to put your drinks on instead of paying cash & then you must pay for them before they will let you out of the club & you must have your receipt to say you have paid. But it’s a great night. Rome: Vatican tour – good to get in past everyone but still no time to just take your time & stop and take in the amazing Sistine chapel but good to get an overview of the history of the Vatican & st peter’s Basilica. Our tour was at 2pm but at times it is in the morning Venice: 6 people to a gondola about ½ to 45 minute ride through the cannels. Vienna: nice meal but you go to the restaurant and then you have to get back on the bus and get dropped off at the theatre. The concert is ok but if you don’t like classical music then you probably would find this boring. Prague: buffet lunch with 3 drinks included about 2 hour cruise, eat for the first half then the second half the local guide gives you info about Prague. Was good but its right in the middle of the day so depending on what you would like to do in Prague it can take up a bit of time as you have to meet down near the water. Berlin: Although I did not do this optional I wish I could have as it goes around the main sites get some history information from the local guide and its about 3-4 hours long walking all the way, it ends at check point Charlie. Amsterdam: Dinner was a great way to finish the tour 3 course meal with 2 drinks & a little starting cocktail/shot, the cannel cruise is great all you can drink wine, beer & soft drink for 1 ½ hours and the host tells you information about Amsterdam. Remember to allow extra money for nights out as there was always a pub/club crawl most nights on if nothing was actually offered as an optional eg. Drinks in Rome, pub crawl in Prague, so be prepared to spend a bit of money. Describe your accommodation: I must admit I did a Europe Contiki in 2007 and the accommodation was pretty average, so I didn’t have high expectations for this tour, but on this tour the hotels were pretty amazing pretty spacious rooms I had a single room so I only had my suitcase to deal with for space, but the beds were comfortable most times I got a double bed. But be aware that in Rome & Florence the hotel showers are TINY if you are a bigger person then squeezing into the shower can be a bit of a problem but I guess its all part of the experience they seem to think you need more room to wash your bottom on a dubae then in a shower. Otherwise most of the hotels were within walking distance to metro stations, a corner shop close by to buy water and if there wasn’t then the hotels had vending machines. In Barcelona we had to put our cases in the back of a small truck and the truck took our bags up to the hotel and we walked up the road rather than dragging them up the street ourselves. In Prague the bus parked approx. 500 m away and they had to take the cases off then drag them to the hotel in the dark (that was a little crazy) and same as in the morning when you leave you have to take them to the bus but most times the bus would be right outside the hotel. But Prague hotel was amazing location it was easy to get around and pretty much right next door was a 5 floor shopping centre with supermarket, take away and all the other shops you could think of. Lucerne hotel I was worried about because the review weren’t that great on the net but it actually was ok it was clean, the Chateau don’t be fooled that it’s this grand fabulous place, yes some of the rooms were nice but every room is different and it kind of has that spooky hunted feeling to it, it certainly was one of the hotels everyone was glad to be leaving. what food did you eat: Most meals included were pretty good, all 3 course meals – soup or salad or pasta, main meal – chicken & chips, meat & carrots (yes just carrots), fish & rice, pasta & schnitzel, buffets the best buffet was in Barcelona OMG it was good. For dessert it was things like apple pie and tiramisu. Breakfast was buffet most times sometimes you got bacon & eggs but other times it was cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, meats (ham/salami), cheese, juice tea & coffee. I have to say the breakfast had improved a lot in 4 years previous I had a hard bread roll & that was breakfast. With the meals Contiki included you do not have any choice in what you get except you will get a different meal if you have dietary restrictions. But don’t forget you can try all the local food while you are exploring the city such as frogs legs or snails or crepes in Paris or Lyon, fondue or Swiss chocolate in Lucerne, Tapas’ or churrios or Sangria in Barcelona and don’t forget the macaroons in Nice. Pizza, pasta & gelato in Florence, Rome & Venice, crispy pork knuckle & a stein of beer in Munich, schnitzel & soktort cake in Vienna, goulash in Prague, fritz in Amsterdam (fries with mayo & ketchup). On travel days which is pretty much every second day there isn’t a lot of choice at the service stops as they are usually in service stations so mostly sandwiches & pizza or salads some hotel food. We also stopped at Macca’s or Hungry Jacks (burger king) a couple of times. Just ensure you have lots of water to drink or at least bring a drink bottle you can fill & filter the water they say that the tap water is safe to drink everywhere but depending on how sensitive your stomach is you don’t want to risk having to miss a day because you have a stomach bug. What did your crew do for you? My crew were great, very approachable and easy to talk to. They answered any question I had and as I was meeting people I had met on previous tours along the way they were able to tell me where to meet them & the group after I was done with my catch up. I was the only one in the group to want to go to the Eiffel tower on our free day to see it up close in day light and they did a drop off at the Eiffel tower so I could see it, they also did drop offs at the Louvre & arc de triumph. Also after I injured my knee in Rome they were pretty good, ensuring I was still able to participate in most of the itinerary and the plans they had eg. In Prague they were walking from the palace back into town and then back to the hotel, the tour manager had called the hotel to find out which train I needed to take to get to the hotel, he assisted me in purchasing a ticket and made sure I knew which train to catch and notified the hotel that I would be arriving early. Also in Amsterdam they asked what my plans were for the day as I was not going to Anne frank, I said the von gough museum & they dropped me off pretty much just down the road, so they ensured I was still a part of the tour and if I was behind the group most times the tour manager got the group to the place they were going and then walked back to me and walked with me, but in saying that there were times where I had to find my own way eg. In Munich because it was so busy and I wasn’t walking fast I got lost in the crowd. So my tip here is make sure you have your map & hotel sheet. Also for the whole of the trip they did (except on the drivers day off) pickups eg. In Munich you could stay out or go back on the coach to the hotel at say 9:30 or so there was always a pick up. How was the transport? The coach (don’t call it a bus the driver doesn’t like it) was comfortable enough, as I had been on several tours I knew what to expect. There is overhead storage but this is taken up very quickly with everyone’s coats & backpacks and stuff that just won’t fit in their suitcase. Also bags are placed under the seat which can be very cramped and when you’re sitting for 2-3 hours at a time. But in saying that I slept every day the best thing you can buy is the bean filled travel pillow (not the blow up ones), a pair of sunnies and iPod as you may not like the music the tour manager is playing or you might just want to block out the chat of your fellow travellers. The coach has a toilet on it and you will be told only to use it in absolute emergency and definitely no Number 2’s. You may think it’s cool to sit up the back of the bus but as the tour went on the people who started off up the back moved up the front as it is very bouncy (not good if you get travel sick) and can be very warm. This will be your best friend as you are on it every second day all day. Some days you will leave early as 7:30 or so and then not get to the hotel that night until 6 at night so it’s a long day and the only stops you have are at service stops so a day could be 2 ½ - 3 hour drive, 45 minute break, 2 ½ - 3 hour drive, 45 minute break, 2 hour drive to hotel or town etc. Coach has about 6 from memory European plugs so you can charge your iphone/phone/camera What were your tour mates like, best moments, would you recommend it? My tour mates were pretty good no one really rocked the boat or caused any friction. Some were amazing always helping me with my suitcase after I hurt my knee and walking with me when I was not able to walk as fast as the rest of the group, I was a bit worried about going on the tour as we had a face book group and from this the majority of the tour was going to be 18-22ish, and me being almost 30 I was a little worried but I as the saying goes don’t judge a book by its cover and it was ok, you will always get people that you may not get along with but in saying that the group is 51 people so there are plenty of other people to talk to. I liked the whole tour even though I injured myself half way through the tour and continued on the tour just adjusting what I could do I still had a great time I think it would have been an excellent time if I was able to fully participate but you win some you lose some. I certainly would recommend the tour it goes everywhere that is really on the must do of Europe and you have a fair amount of time in each city to site see basically they give you the tools eg. A map & info sheet and it’s up to you to make the most of your time in each city. I would probably recommend going later in November so you get the Christmas markets. I think deciding on when to go would depend on how much you can handle the cold and if you are prepared for the itinerary to change due to bad weather eg. Snow. But I would definitely do it all over again. My tips: • It gets dark very early it’s not uncommon for the sun to start to set at 4pm • taxis about $15-$30 Euros • rain coat/umbrella • research what you want to see • budget – what you think you will spend and double it (this is how Contiki explains it) • have a first aid kit with a strong bandage so if you do injure yourself ankle/knee/wrist you are able to stabilise it • be aware of the symptoms of DVT & PE’s as on my return home I had these and came very close to not being here • Always have your hotel name – eg. Take the hotels business card for quick reference easy to show taxi drivers • always have your travel insurance number on you and passport and cash/credit card as if you go to doctors etc be aware that most times you have to pay for medical treatment first and then claim it from your travel insurance company • pack light as you will buy clothes along the way • bring wash powder or buy it when you get to London • bring medicines such as antibiotics, hand gel, etc That’s about all, I enjoy Contiki they offer a great service and a safe way and Hassel free way to see the amazing sites of Europe. If you are thinking about Contiki and just not too sure I say just go for it and you will be surprised by how much fun you will have. Don’t be put off if you are not a drinker or going out person you don’t have to go out or drink, just make sure you put in the effort to talk to people in the group as you are going to be spending the next 24 days with them and at the end of it just remember you may or may not see these people again, this is completely up to you. I know its a long review but I remember how I felt the first time I was going on Contiki I didn't know what to expect so I like to give as much information as possible so you have a realistic expectation.

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  • Alanah
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Apr 2014

Winter Wanderer Nov 22nd 2013

My boyfriend and I literally had the best time of our lives. This tour was great, we got to see so much and experience an amazing European winter! Heads up the included meals aren't the best but they're decent for what you pay for. We did almost all of the optionals so make sure you budget for the extras. Our tour guide Jamie was amazing she was so dedicated and helpful. Our bus driver was awesome too, he was the best driver. Our hotels were decent and mostly central to everything. We met such great people too. It really packed so much into the time we had and we were able to get the most out of our holiday. Would recommend this tour to anyone!

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  • Goana
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled May 2014

Oh What A Time <3

Well this is it. I don't know if it was because we had the greatest team or not, but hey. A definate trip of a life time. Something I will never forget and have never regreted ;) Don't be fooled, depending on when you go you will be amazed by the weather. We had sunshine and warm days in the begining of the trip. As soon as we entered Germany-Austria it was snow from then on out. Contiki is what you make it. I didn't go out much as I wanted to be aware of what I was seeing and be able to take in what was around me. Thank god I did, because I would have missed out on so many stories and walking trips with the tour guide. For example, I saw Prauge at night, when others decided to head out and drink. Also went to an amusement park in Austria (not planned) On average I spent about $1,500 extra on my trip (this was for the times that we didn't have lunch or dinner planned) If you are going on your own, have no fear, everyone is there for you, you'll find your niche of friends. It happens, trust me! Also DO ALL THE ADD ON EXTRAS!!! boy am I a little annoyed I didn't do that. Don't get the group photo. But do get the T-shirt/Hoodie (in the picture)

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  • Amirah_Ahmed:)
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jan 2012

Winter Wanderer 27th Dec-19th Jan 2012

BEST 24 DAYS OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! The bus is your new home- make the most of it! This is where you will recap all your crazy nights and amazing sights you have seen with all your new best friends. Contiki almost forces you to live outside the normal parameters of your old life. You will make friends with so many people, share intimate details of your life after knowing them for a few days and rely on them as if they are your family. It's such a great experience but makes saying goodbye SO HARD at the end. The Winter Wanderer is the best of the best, (as far as I am concerned!) I mean, 11 countries in 24 days is a pretty good effort! Be prepared for go, go, go! There is no time for sleep ins, or lazy days. Make every day count. See everything, do ALL the optional extras. Go home not only broke, but owing people money. Put weight on in Italy, climb the Spanish Steps, go to Mauthausen Concentration Camp (it's devastatingly sad, but so important to experience), make a wish at Trevi Fountain, ride the gondola in Venice, see the Berlin Wall, go to the Moulin Rouge, have a snowball fight in Switzerland- seriously- DO EVERYTHING. You may come back to Europe one day, but you don't want to get home and have any regrets. We had an amazing crew- Filippo as our tour manager was outstanding. He went out of his way to ensure we all had the best possible experience, and Gustavo our bus driver was the coolest guy I have ever met- exceptional driving skills! Best moments are too hard to pick between. The Prague pub crawl is the most fun I have ever had in one night. Being on stage for the sex show in Amsterdam was an experience I will never forget (I also wont look at bananas the same again), and the Tuscan dinner was one of my all time favourite highlights of the trip. Finally, would I recommend it? I wish it was compulsory for every person in the world to have this experience. It was quite literally, the most amazing time of my life and I only hope my next contiki is as good as the Winter Wanderer was. 10/10!!

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  • RachMase
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled Nov 2014

Winter Wanderer

I am just writing in to say that this Contiki trip was absolutely amazing! Rhi (our tour manager) and Sandro (our coach driver) were beyond a doubt the best any trip could ever ask for! I have #noregrets whatsoever and that's all because of these two fantastic people!! Thank you Rhi and Sandro making this a trip of a lifetime!! xoxox

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