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Anyone want to talk about Contiki? Meet new people

29 Jul 2013 MissJeri93 asked


I am not currently planning a trip with Contiki unfortunately but I would love to talk to people who are planning a trip, who have been on one or is someone like me and is dreaming about a trip :) I'd love to talk to you! :)

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  • 30 Jul 2013 tillyleigh said


    Hi :) I’m taking the plunge and doing a tour this October by myself!! A little scary! I’m only staying in my country at first but after I finish it I will start going over seas!

  • 30 Jul 2013 Kevin said


    Coolest thing about Contiki is although you travel solo you are in a group. My last tour had 48 people and 42 of those were solo travelers. They show you the sites, give you free time to create your own adventures, you make new friends all around the world, you try new foods. It’s so much fun, I wish I had learned about Contiki when I was your age!

  • 30 Jul 2013 Fichwito said


    Hey. I’m currently dreaming and planning on doing a tour to Europe next year on my own, but with so many choices it’s hard to decide which one to do.

  • 31 Jul 2013 dgalpern said


    I do not recommend touring with this company. I traveled on the European Escape trip for June 24-July 19th. I originally booked this tour after talking to Ethan Juarez on the phone in the month of March 2013. I was told my tour manager (Jay Wedge) would give me the highlights of each city, take me to all the places listed on the itinerary, give a walking tour of each city, and would be at each location at least for 2 hours to have the opportunity to site see and would have guidance for places to site see . In addition I was also told most of my day would spend with the group and would be given only a few hours to site see. On the contrary my experience was completely the opposite of what I was told on the phone. I have listed some bullet points of the highlights that impacted my trip in a negative manner. Please see the bullet points below: Pros: • Tour guides that were hired in Italy were insightful • Me optionals were great! Cons: • These are the places that are listed on the itinerary that I was not taken to by my tour manager: ( In Paris: Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral, In Barcelona: Olympic Games- In Florence: Piazza Navona, Munich: Glockenspiel & Marienplatz, In Lucerne: wooden chapel bridge, In Swiss Alphs to Rhine Valley: Heideberg’s medieval castle, Lorelei Rock In Amsterdam: the gables houses by night. I was only shown these places on the bus, no walking tour was provided). I was taken to the “Tower of Pisa,” and was only given 10 minutes to see the tower. • Evaluation of Tour Manager: Jay Wedge was my tour manager for the entire trip. I feel I was not given any guidance as to places to visit in each city. When I asked him for guidance he was rushy to answer my questions and would not take the time to answer all of my questions and provide me with his insight. He also made verbal comments that did not make me feel comfortable and made me feel my questions were not valuable. Some of his comments were “are you serious,” with other questions he also would laugh when answering my questions. My tour manager also did not treat us equally. He was more attentive to the people who were there to party and was not helpful to people that were interested in sightseeing. During the nights when our group would go out with our tour manager he would heavily drink with the majority of the group who was interested in drinking. He heavily encouraged drinking over sightseeing. My experience was strongly impacted by my tour manager’s attitude and lack of guidance.

  • 5 Aug 2013 Cassy said


    I’m doing the European Magic March 2014!!! I’m so excited and I’m going alone :)

  • 14 Aug 2013 RJ1817 said


    I can see where dgalpern is coming from in saying this his tour manager had a big impact on how well his tour went. I think that’s true, but lucky for me is I had a great TM and bus driver on my tour (European Panorama). For each city we went to he gave us maps and info sheets with all the places he recommended we should check out. We would also either get bus tours or even walking tours. Some cities even had more indepth tour guides. My TM was also really good when it came to questions about the cities, so that was a bonus. You need to remember that he’s your tour manager, not your tour guide, so don’t expect him/her to hold you hand and take you to the places you want to see throughout the city.

  • 28 Nov 2013 Stephanie said


    Im going solo on the european highlights in June.

  • 29 Nov 2013 Emma said


    I am going Solo on the European Discovery in July next year :)

  • 2 Dec 2013 Nici said


    Hi All

    I am doing the European Highlights tour departing June 2nd :)
    Anyone else doing this one? I will be travelling solo as my friends can’t afford to go and I am definately not going to miss out on traveling because I don’t have a friend to go with!!

  • 3 Dec 2013 austin2013 said


    Same here, Id love to meet new people with the same passion in terms of traveling and getting into adventure. It helps me relieves the stress in day to days bunch of work.

  • 3 Dec 2013 Steff Bell said

    Steff Bell

    Hey guys feel free to join this FB group for more 2014 travellers! :)

  • 4 Dec 2013 Joe G said

    Joe G

    Contiki tours are what you want them to be. They are designed to give you freedom to do as you wish. If you want to really see the sights and be in the heart of the city, you need to either spend extra time beyond the group or really plan ahead of time and really become your own tour guide. It’s really not hard. With all of the technology that is available and all of the virtual guides out there, you can get all the information you want. Just don’t be scared. Tour managers are not going to hold your hand and show you everything, they will point you in the right direction and allow you to make your own choice. I have done 3 other Contiki tours and am doing a fourth in May. I have never had a tour manager that has been unprofessional. A couple have been less prepared than others, but I have always been prepared myself so it never became an issue. If everyone on your tour just wants to drink and party, you will probably need to be more diligent about sightseeing on your own or find someone who is of like mind to go with you. You will find people more than happy to accompany you to any sight you want to see. Just put yourself out there a bit and ask people if they want to go with you. My best advice about going on tour is find a balance between partying and discovering sights and new cultures. You get a good value and you meet some really cool people that you can stay in touch with years from now.

  • 4 Dec 2013 brookek said


    im doing my second contiki in feb next year 2014 to new Zealand and it will also be done solo for the second . I enjoyed my first one soooo much fun and meet so many people who im friends with today. I did the European discovery (2011) it was awesome.

  • 7 Dec 2013 Minnie25 said


    Does anyone know how to post to find people in your group other than the shout app? No one in my tour as joined yet and I am trying to get in touch with people for New Years 2013

  • 7 Dec 2013 Minnie25 said


    Oh and that is the Sydney, Australia tour

  • 8 Dec 2013 Stephanie said


    No one has joined my meet up either minnie25 and im going solo

  • 8 Dec 2013 Minnie25 said


    Stephanie are you going to be in Sydney on December 31st, 2014? I am trying to see if anyone will be in early so we can go and watch the celebration together

  • 8 Dec 2013 RJ1817 said


    Not everybody knows about the meet-up sections, so I wouldnt worry about it

  • 8 Dec 2013 Minnie25 said


    So what do you recommend the best way to get in touch with people is th1817?

  • 8 Dec 2013 RJ1817 said


    Just keep lurking the boards. Maybe make a thread specifically about your tour or there might even already be one

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