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  • Dsince1984 Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

I had an amazing time on this trip. Our group was amazing, our tour manager was amazing, our driver was amazing, Europe is amazing! My only complaint is that in the winter you get less daylight and since you're trying to see so many countries in such a short time, you spend most day hours on the bus and have to explore the cities by night. Some cities are meant to be explored by night (Amsterdam, Paris etc) but some are not (like Munich). Having said that, it is cheaper and the lines to attractions are shorter and it is a special season to visit. Each city has Christmas markets and is decorated in lights. Its worth experiencing.

My Contiki was: Amazing, Not long enough, Unforgettable

  • Suzy Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Berlin to Budapest is an amazing trip. The pace gives you enough time to see everything in Berlin and Prague. There is a little less time in Vienna and Budapest, but you also get to see about as much as possible in just a couple of days. I opted for all the optionals and really enjoyed them. We got to try local food at each stop and it was all really good, the restaurants we visited each seemed to be great picks at giving us a bit of music and food true to the location. Bike riding through Prague was definately a trip highlight. The walking tour in Prague and Berlin were also amazing. This tour doesn't have too many long coach rides, but any time spent on the coach was definatley fun and memorable thanks to our amazing tour manager Lucian and road crew Levi. Levi kept the coach clean and smooth sailing and always greeted us with a wonderful smile and some great stories. Lucian created amazing memories with our day song and his contagious energy. He truly went above and beyond to make sure that each of us on the trip were having the time of our lives. Everyone on tour seemed to be having a great time and all got along really well. Almost everyone went to the baths in Budapest which was a great end to a wonderful time spend abroad. I definately recomend this trip. #noregrets

My Contiki was: amazing, taste of culture, fun times

  • Suzy Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 5 Countries

Berlin to Budapest is an amazing trip. The pace gives you enough time to see everything in Berlin and Prague. There is a little less time in Vienna and Budapest, but you also get to see about as much as possible in just a couple of days. I opted for all the optionals and really enjoyed them. We got to try local food at each stop and it was all really good, the restaurants we visited each seemed to be great picks at giving us a bit of music and food true to the location. Bike riding through Prague was definately a trip highlight. The walking tour in Prague and Berlin were also amazing. This tour doesn't have too many long coach rides, but any time spent on the coach was definatley fun and memorable thanks to our amazing tour manager Lucian and road crew Levi. Levi kept the coach clean and smooth sailing and always greeted us with a wonderful smile and some great stories. Lucian created amazing memories with our day song and his contagious energy. He truly went above and beyond to make sure that each of us on the trip were having the time of our lives. Everyone on tour seemed to be having a great time and all got along really well. Almost everyone went to the baths in Budapest which was a great end to a wonderful time spend abroad. I definately recomend this trip. #noregrets

My Contiki was: amazing, taste of culture, fun times

  • Amanda Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had the Tuscan optional meal in Florence last night. Someone found a maggot in the main dish and a fly on the dessert. It was disgusting and disappointing to say the least in how it was handled. Don't opt in for the optional meals, it's expensive and you don't get the quality meal you're told to expect. We were told 4 pastas, we got 3, the chicken had maggots and the dessert had flies. It also cost over 30 euro.... And no effort was made to resolve the situation.

My Contiki was: Disappointing , Poor

  • Amanda Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 8 Countries

I had the Tuscan optional meal in Florence last night. Someone found a maggot in the main dish and a fly on the dessert. It was disgusting and disappointing to say the least in how it was handled. Don't opt in for the optional meals, it's expensive and you don't get the quality meal you're told to expect. We were told 4 pastas, we got 3, the chicken had maggots and the dessert had flies. It also cost over 30 euro.... And no effort was made to resolve the situation.

My Contiki was: Disappointing , Poor

  • SaraM25 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

I got to meet great friends, and taste amazing food. This was an incredible experience. Rome was such a huge city, we spent two days there at the coliseum and Vatican City. Our tour manager, Enzo, was so funny!! He was very informative and had good suggestions for extra places to eat and shop.

The Vineyard was really nice, settled in the Tuscan hills. Florence was beautiful, the hotel was walking distance from the main streets. We got to see Pisa, the leaning tower, and the charming Verona, in the rain! I wish we had more days in Venice, it was lovely with its canals. Italy is such a nice country, I want to go back soon! Thank you Enzo for a memorable trip!

My Contiki was: delicious, friendly, sightseeing

  • SaraM25 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries

I got to meet great friends, and taste amazing food. This was an incredible experience. Rome was such a huge city, we spent two days there at the coliseum and Vatican City. Our tour manager, Enzo, was so funny!! He was very informative and had good suggestions for extra places to eat and shop.

The Vineyard was really nice, settled in the Tuscan hills. Florence was beautiful, the hotel was walking distance from the main streets. We got to see Pisa, the leaning tower, and the charming Verona, in the rain! I wish we had more days in Venice, it was lovely with its canals. Italy is such a nice country, I want to go back soon! Thank you Enzo for a memorable trip!

My Contiki was: delicious, friendly, sightseeing

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Road trip!!!

The European Horizon was a really fun road trip around Europe. It gave you a great taste of each country and allowed you to do the 'Best Of' in each place. It is a fast paced, action packed adventure! So much fun and lots of laughs!

My Contiki was: Fun, Road Trip, Adventure

European Horizon

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Road trip!!!

The European Horizon was a really fun road trip around Europe. It gave you a great taste of each country and allowed you to do the 'Best Of' in each place. It is a fast paced, action packed adventure! So much fun and lots of laughs!

My Contiki was: Fun, Road Trip, Adventure

  • sarabommer Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Just got back from the discovery tour..and it couldn't have been more perfect our tour guide Lisa was AMAZING!! Our bus driver Christian was the funniest French rapper iv ever met...lol! The people Nd the sights...no words can do it justice! You are constantly on the go so you get to see everything in the short amount of time you are there. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to travel alone! We partied hard every night Nd woke up early to see the world. Lifelong friends and memories were produced...and I will never be the same again! Lisa had so much knowledge about everywhere we went, yet still an amazing sense of humor! She made the trip what it was Nd was so organized and went above and beyond to make sure we had enough information! This trip was the BEST thing I have ever done and will DEFINITELY be doing another one!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Life changing , So fun

  • sarabommer Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Just got back from the discovery tour..and it couldn't have been more perfect our tour guide Lisa was AMAZING!! Our bus driver Christian was the funniest French rapper iv ever met...lol! The people Nd the sights...no words can do it justice! You are constantly on the go so you get to see everything in the short amount of time you are there. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to travel alone! We partied hard every night Nd woke up early to see the world. Lifelong friends and memories were produced...and I will never be the same again! Lisa had so much knowledge about everywhere we went, yet still an amazing sense of humor! She made the trip what it was Nd was so organized and went above and beyond to make sure we had enough information! This trip was the BEST thing I have ever done and will DEFINITELY be doing another one!

My Contiki was: Incredible, Life changing , So fun

  • Jason Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

One of the best trips I’ve ever been on! This adventure opened my eyes to a whole new world and culture. The best things about this trip were the places we went to, the activities we did, our outstanding tour manager (Luke), our local guides - and best of all - the other people in the group!

I had initially thought of going to China with another tour company (Wendy Wu), which probably would have been cheaper, since they include flights, visa costs, and all meals. However, having spoken to people that have gone with that company and others, the average age of people on such tours is 40+ (sometimes 50+), the pace is rather slow, and I think I would’ve been bored! I’m so glad I went with Contiki, I'd heard great things about the company (this was my first trip with them), and there were always like-minded people up for having a good time, and for taking part in the more lively activities. (Most people were 20s-early 30s, with a surprising number of people with dSLRs – a random observation!) Also, Hong Kong was included – which was the cherry on top!

Every day was action-packed. The highlight for me was climbing the Great Wall - a day I'll remember for years to come! The Backstage Pass activities were excellent – some of the places that were included, like the 798 Art District in Beijing, were places that I’d never have considered going to if I were on my own, and the lunch with a local family in their house in the Hutong district, would not have been possible if I were on my own! I did all the optional extras, except the last one (the light show in Yangshuo?). Also, in the free time that we had, Luke’s recommendations were always great. The accommodation was top notch. We stayed in four-star hotels (most of them with free wifi) which had great Eastern and Western style breakfasts. The included meals on the tour were all good. And for those of you who are also adventurous with food and drink – there are plenty of opportunities to try the crazy stuff!

Our guides in each city/town were amazing. In Beijing we had Hubert; Xi’an – Ken; Shanghai – Linda; Yangshuo – Julie; and Hong Kong – Gain. Each was a character in themselves! What was great about them was how they added their own touch to each town – whether it was their sense of humour, personal stories, encyclopaedic knowledge, or their god-like ability to retrieve wallets/passports left on trains or in restaurants. Although I am a fan of reading guidebooks, having a living, breathing and interactive guide to tell us about each place was so much better.

To summarise, going to China with Contiki was full of memorable experiences. I wouldn’t have been able to do so many things, learn so much, make so many cool friends, and have such a great time if I went solo, or with another company. The tour was a great introduction to China and Hong Kong – I can’t wait to go back!

My Contiki was: Mind-blowing, Memorable, Fun

  • Katy Sara Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

This trip was unbelievable. My expectations were pretty small Thailand East really did exceed every expectations! I can't put into words how amazing this trip is!

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life, Uplifting

European Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Time of my life
  • MikeG23 Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Had so much fun!!!! Lots of great sites, lots of great people, partying, drinking and learning so much about different cultures and countries. I even met my now fiancee on it.

Everyone should do this at least once in their lives!!!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Fun, Cultural

European Escapade

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Time of my life
  • MikeG23 Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Had so much fun!!!! Lots of great sites, lots of great people, partying, drinking and learning so much about different cultures and countries. I even met my now fiancee on it.

Everyone should do this at least once in their lives!!!

My Contiki was: Awesome, Fun, Cultural

  • Michael Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Three years later I'm still talking with many of my fellow travelers regularly on facebook. This was my first European trip and it was a great introduction to a lot of major European cities as well as some beautiful mountainsides in the Alps. The optional activities were all fun however the optional meals were AWFUL. The Indonesian meal in Amsterdam, Italian meal in Florence, and meal in Paris were all terrible and they weren't cheap so I would suggest avoiding them. The quality of the food made it clear that these restaurants did not care about our satisfaction. It was nice to at least to spend more quality time with my tour mates but if I did it again I would have gotten a group of friends together and dined somewhere else.
My only other complaint was the hotel in Amsterdam was pretty dumpy and in a dodgy area. Ironically, all of the other accommodations, which were campsites and hostels, were absolutely superb. Overall it was an excellent trip.

My Contiki was: lifetime, friends, amazing

  • Michael Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Three years later I'm still talking with many of my fellow travelers regularly on facebook. This was my first European trip and it was a great introduction to a lot of major European cities as well as some beautiful mountainsides in the Alps. The optional activities were all fun however the optional meals were AWFUL. The Indonesian meal in Amsterdam, Italian meal in Florence, and meal in Paris were all terrible and they weren't cheap so I would suggest avoiding them. The quality of the food made it clear that these restaurants did not care about our satisfaction. It was nice to at least to spend more quality time with my tour mates but if I did it again I would have gotten a group of friends together and dined somewhere else.
My only other complaint was the hotel in Amsterdam was pretty dumpy and in a dodgy area. Ironically, all of the other accommodations, which were campsites and hostels, were absolutely superb. Overall it was an excellent trip.

My Contiki was: lifetime, friends, amazing

Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Excellent

I had the best time, made the best friendships. Our tour guide was fantastic.
Do all the optionals they were def worth it.
Accommodation overall was pretty good

My Contiki was: Cultural, Fun, Interesting

Simply Italy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Excellent

I had the best time, made the best friendships. Our tour guide was fantastic.
Do all the optionals they were def worth it.
Accommodation overall was pretty good

My Contiki was: Cultural, Fun, Interesting

  • Tamsterdam Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

This tour was hands down, the most memorable and amazing experience I have been lucky to do. I met so many great people from all around the world and because it was such an extended tour, we became like a family. The sights and sounds were breathtaking and I will never ever forget taking the plunge of going into the tour completely solo, but leaving arm-in-arm with some many friends.

My Contiki was: breathtaking, fun, partying

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