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Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.

  • Zoe Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

I just finished the European Explorer and I'm not sure I could do another contiki! We had the best group of people, TM and bus driver imaginable! Alex our TM was intelligent in every place we toured and gave us incredible background to everything. Marco our bus driver would always stop and chat and joke around and our group was fantastic!! Going through post contiki depression! We got to do some awesome optionals throughout the whole trip. We had 45 people on our tour and 3 weren't Aussies so don't be surprised if you get a group of Aussies! All but one hotel were great, sometimes they were a little out of the city but it is to be expected! Best experience ever and would recommend contiki to anyone wanting to get a taste of travel in a short amount of time. Thanks contiki, I'll be back soon!!

My Contiki was: Fantastic, Amazing, Superb

European Vista

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ European vista
  • jazz88 Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 12 Countries

The trip was amazing. Had a great tour guide and bus driver. Funny amazing people with lots of stories. Nice was my favourite. We went to the bar and listened to music being played all night, dancing on the tables til past midnight with waitor service. The mona lisa was a surprise it is so small. Prague had a zoo staying near the hotel so we went and patted the zebras. They have a coyote bar there. :) Tried chocolate beer and absinthe ice cream. Bought a swiss watch and accidentally put it through the wash a few times since then it still goes lol White water rafting was so fun for my first time. Paragliding was scary but totally worth it. The accommodation was fantastic. I went by myself and had a great time.

My Contiki was: awesome, yolo, adventure

  • Bec Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I have just finished my first contiki tour and I am beyond happy! It was such an incredible experience and is a good one to do for you first trip! Being my first solo trip and first time overseas, I was obviously a bit unsure on a lot of things! However, my INCREDIBLE trip manager Chamani made everything go so smoothly and to put it simply, made this trip, one I am never, ever going to forget! Could not thank Chamani enough and will definitely be going on more trips in the future! Chamani you absolute legend! Xxxxx

My Contiki was: Contikichamani, LIFE CHANGING, AMAZING

  • Scott Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

Contiki really does know how to do Europe!! This was a fantastic trip and really brought out the best bits to see and do in Western Europe. You spend just enough time in each place to see the big ticket items and feel the culture without feeling like you're missing out on something else.

The optionals are well worth it (except maybe the trip up Jungfrau which is really expensive but if you haven't seen snow before its an absolute must). The wine tasting in Rhine Valley is a must, even if you don't like wine, the local guides, the Montag family are fantastic, you will enjoy their antics! Also, make sure you have 32 Euros stashed away for the special "not advertised" MeTime optional in Amsterdam, it's good for a laugh and a good way to start your night there.

Our trip manager, Mackenzie and our driver, Artur did an absolutely smashing job on the trip. Mackenzie was knowledgable about all of cities and sites we saw and made sure everyone was having a great time. Artur made a bang up job of ensuring everyone got around safely (even with the crazy Italian traffic) and had a laugh and a drink with anyone who was keen (obviously after we got off the bus of course).

The only negative I really had was with the accomodation. Some of the locations, particularly all the places in Italy and the hotel in Amsterdam were very very hot and had no air conditioning and very little ventilation to get rid of the hot air so it makes sleeping somewhat uncomfortable. Additionally, those nights you are in hotels (e.g. Ibis Budgets, Hotel F1s, etc.) don't expect a lot out of breakfast, if it's edible, you will be lucky to get a croissant and a cup of orange juice. But these are little things and don't detract from your experience at all.

Summing up, if you are thinking about doing Europe, you should absolutely do this trip, you will have absolutely #noregrets

My Contiki was: #noregrets

  • Dylan Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 10 Countries

Just finished European Whirl and it was the most amazing experience of my life, the amount you achieve in 18 days is incredible. Dylan Tour Manager & Tiago driver are Unbelievable at what they do! I will be back and Contiki is a must do at least once in your life......
Nothing negative to say at all, embrace everything the Trip and Europe has to offer and you will have a ball! #noregrets.

My Contiki was: Crazy, Adrenaline filled, Fun

Yiasou! (hello in Greek)

We are proud to annouce that we are no longer Contiki virgins because we just survived our first one to the gorgeous Greek islands! And... it was incredible!

So here's what you need to know:

1. Hotels- are nice, close to the beach and town area, but not a lot of time is spent here as you are too busy exploring, swimming or partying!

2. Food- yummy, cheap and addictive
#latenightgyros #ouzoshots #getready

3. Tour guides- we had Ed and Mike and they were the best! They always looked out for us and made sure we were up to date with tour info and feeling safe and comfortable. We hope you get them :)

4. Activities- definitely recommend the Greek taverna dinner with dancing in Athens, Santorini volcano tour and watersports in Ios!

5. Best moments- meeting new people, trying new Greek foods, swimming in the hot springs, Greek dancing, smashing plates, tanning and partying hard!

6. Final points- kick back, relax and enjoy because everything is organised and planned for you.
And most importantly, get your dancing shoes ready because it's a gonna be a big fat Greek party every night.
#memories #bringonthenextone #opa #greekchic

My Contiki was: full of kebabs, dancing, and way too many shots!

European Discovery

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Con/Rad
  • George Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

Tour Manager: Matt Connolly (Con)
Driver: Radoslav Fabus (Rad)
I got see the best some of Europe has to offer, the normal things everyone knows about, and things only some know about

My Contiki was: Contiki Family , Matt Connolly , #seealldoall

  • chindy153 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

I loved the trip despite a few things like small rooms, possible bed bugs (I was clear), a really short time in Paris and the included 2 meals in the hotels weren't that great.

But now that the complaining is out of the way I will say our tour manager was great. We were provided maps to everything and given direction on where to go and what to see. Not much is included in the trip but if you manage it right, you won't be spending that much. The bus was great to have and our driver was really experienced.

The Parisian dinner is excellent and would recommend paying for that. Also a group of us had dinner on a boat on the river in Paris and got to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle - must do that!

The last part in Rome is completely on your own but by then you know the people in your group. The hotel is right near the train/metro/bus station so convenient to go anywhere in Rome.

This trip lets you get a glimpse of all three cities and you learn quickly how to navigate and manage your time! Enjoy

My Contiki was: great, exciting, fun

  • Rachel Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

I booked the Spanish Spree with great excitement after my previous amazing experiences on 2 Contiki Tours. I have to say after this tour, I won't be doing another one. Spain truly is a beautiful country so you definitely must travel there however, my tour manager really ruined this trip for me. Alarm bells started to ring at the first meeting when everything that was coming out of his mouth was so negative! I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and hoped that things would improve. The entire time it honestly felt like we were a nuisance to him and every question we asked him was annoying. Basic details such as public transport and how to get back to our hotel were not communicated to us. When we needed medical help due to a very badly sprained ankle, we called our tour manager and were informed to 'figure it out'. I know that we are all adults and can look after ourselves however, all my previous tour managers have always gone above and beyond to help us with any request, big or small. The bad attitude really put a dampener on the whole trip and it became apparent to everyone within the first week. The talks we were given about Spanish history were incredibly fast and confusing with mixed information so I have decided to take a Spanish history course so I can get the correct facts. It was a real shame that in Ibiza no initiative was taken by the tour manager to organise a bus to keep all the group together. We would have all been happy to pay extra for this instead of going in separate taxi's. On a positive note, the hotels on this Contiki were really nice and breakfast every morning was great. I think I would have had a much better experience with a different tour manager so it is a shame. I went on the Greek Islands Contiki and Turkish Sailing Contiki a few years ago and both were incredible so I would definitely recommend these!

My Contiki was: Poorly managed, Negative vibe, Beautiful country

From Boyd our kick ass tour manager to the group of travellers I can now call family, Contiki fell nothing short of being the trip of a lifetime! Conquering 7 countries in only 16 days let us see some of the most amazing sights the world has to offer. The MeTime optionals definitely completed the trip and made it just that much more exciting. 10/10 would recommend all the optionals your tour has to offer, and 10/10 would absolutely, 100% recommend Contiki to anyone and everyone!

My Contiki was: Amazing , Incredible , Unique

  • David Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 9 Countries

First off, our Trip Manager, Cam, was such an amazing guide and helped everyone become a family throughout the trip.

This trip is a whirlwind given the amount of time and what you see! It goes by quickly because you're having so much fun, but you do see everything each city/country has to offer. You end up being super close to your group and end up with lasting friendships.

I highly recommend this for the price and what you see! #NoRegrets

My Contiki was: Amazing, CAMtheMan, TeamAmerica

  • Sharna Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 4 Countries

Before this trip I was nervous about being part of a contiki group with my partner. We were both worried it would be constantly go and no easy days or time to explore on our own.

We were wrong!! This was the perfect trip to explore the countries in depth with the contiki group and have plenty of time to enjoy dinners on our own.

If you're considering a contiki just do it! You won't regret it.

  • elaine Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Wow! New Zealand is the definition of wanderlust, our tour team (s/o Kellie and Aaron!) are exceptional humans, the me time optionals are epic, and my fellow travelers are now family. The Big Tiki was an monumental experience and it's true I have #noregrets.

This trip infinitely exceeded my expectations. You read reviews of Contiki saying "you'll make so many friends" and they are 100% accurate. I now have an amazing group of people from all across the world I consider family. We visited some of the most beautiful locations I have ever experienced. I find myself at a loss for words when I describe them to others and photos do not do these places justice--you much experience NZ! The people of New Zealand are the friendliness, funniest, and most big-hearted people you will ever meet. Contiki NZ also offers a wide range of me time optionals, so there is something for everyone and if me time isn't for you, natural beauty is at your finger tips, experience it!

Best Advice #1: Considering NZ? Find a way to do the Big Tiki instead of a smaller trip. New Zealand is an amazing country and the north and south islands are so different--seeing just one island does not mean you've seen New Zealand. You may be sad when people leave the trip, but you'll be happy you get to stay and make new friends!

Best Advice #2: Adventure! New Zealand is an adventurer's paradise, so take advantage of it! Go skydiving, try strange foods, stay out with new friends later than normal, and don't forget to bungy jump! This was my favorite optional; bungy is seriously amazing...you are in its home country, so go for it!

As Kellie says...leave your New Zealand Contiki fat, poor, and happy. As we now say, if all else fails...#crawltokellie!

My Contiki was: wanderlust, adventure, family

  • elaine Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Wow! New Zealand is the definition of wanderlust, our tour team (s/o Kellie and Aaron!) are exceptional humans, the me time optionals are epic, and my fellow travelers are now family. The Big Tiki was an monumental experience and it's true I have #noregrets.

This trip infinitely exceeded my expectations. You read reviews of Contiki saying "you'll make so many friends" and they are 100% accurate. I now have an amazing group of people from all across the world I consider family. We visited some of the most beautiful locations I have ever experienced. I find myself at a loss for words when I describe them to others and photos do not do these places justice--you much experience NZ! The people of New Zealand are the friendliness, funniest, and most big-hearted people you will ever meet. Contiki NZ also offers a wide range of me time optionals, so there is something for everyone and if me time isn't for you, natural beauty is at your finger tips, experience it!

Best Advice #1: Considering NZ? Find a way to do the Big Tiki instead of a smaller trip. New Zealand is an amazing country and the north and south islands are so different--seeing just one island does not mean you've seen New Zealand. You may be sad when people leave the trip, but you'll be happy you get to stay and make new friends!

Best Advice #2: Adventure! New Zealand is an adventurer's paradise, so take advantage of it! Go skydiving, try strange foods, stay out with new friends later than normal, and don't forget to bungy jump! This was my favorite optional; bungy is seriously amazing...you are in its home country, so go for it!

As Kellie says...leave your New Zealand Contiki fat, poor, and happy. As we now say, if all else fails...#crawltokellie!

My Contiki was: wanderlust, adventure, family

Wow, like where do I start, I went on this trip solo, my first holiday let alone over seas holiday and it was amazing... Once I got there - cancelled flight, missed flight, delayed flight got me there 2 days late and I had to find the group out on Gili t on my own, But I managed to get there... Alive, maybe not in 1 peice though, so I suggest always going atleast a day early- anyway besides that Gili t is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in real life and in photos, and I love that they don't have transport there and you have to take a horse and cart or ride a bike everywhere, but don't let that scare you. So much fun (so many bruises) we went snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding, swimming, drank fresh coconuts and had photo shoots on the swings on the beach haha, the hotels were breath taking, the pool at the hotel in Gili t had a swim up bar so I didn't even have to get out of the water to go and buy a cocktail. Hotel in Sengiggi had amazing breathtaking gardens- I went Surfing in Sengiggi which I was terrible at but such a good scenic drive anyway and the instructors were so set on making sure you could stand up on a wave. Mei goreng became my favourite food which I ate at every restaurant, everywhere. Free wifi everywhere was good for me because my phone didn't work over seas. My tour mates were great a range of solo, friends, siblings and of all ages and from around the world, and Larissa was our tour guide and she was great! My only problem was doing all the extras I hardly had me time to explore the towns and relax by the pool, if this trip was a few days longer i would not have complained. Amazing holiday, amazing time, I would actually go and do it all again! Definately do this!

My Contiki was: Noregrets, Amazing, Cantwaittocomeback

  • Chloe:) Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

First time going on contiki and it was everything I hoped for !
I wish there was a few more Maori cultural things included, accommodation was good, our tour manager and bus driver were easy to talk to and get along with, I had countless best moments !! I done skydiving, parasailing, climbed Auckland bridge, zip trecking over beautiful forests, quad biking to name a few.
The places I seen where amazing
Seriously have to travel this country in your life time !

My Contiki was: Amazing, Incredible , Adrenaline

  • Chloe:) Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Country

First time going on contiki and it was everything I hoped for !
I wish there was a few more Maori cultural things included, accommodation was good, our tour manager and bus driver were easy to talk to and get along with, I had countless best moments !! I done skydiving, parasailing, climbed Auckland bridge, zip trecking over beautiful forests, quad biking to name a few.
The places I seen where amazing
Seriously have to travel this country in your life time !

My Contiki was: Amazing, Incredible , Adrenaline

This is such a great way to see london alone. You stay with all other contiki travellers and get around on your own.
We did this before our europe trip. Hop on hop off bus tour is great recommend extending it to 48 hours instead!
With the contiki basement you get discounted rates for all attractions
Recommend the London Eye, London Dungeon, tower bridge tour.

Also look into doing a london pub crawl. One of the best highlights of my European trip. Alcohol is nothing like home hahaha.

Someone once said to me "if you dont leave Europe fat, broke & happy you didnt do it right!" And this is exactly how i left haha. Thank you dylan for being the best trip manager and producing the goods of Europe! Thank you spagetti for being the best driver, not getting us killed on those crazy roads and pushing all limits to make sure our experience was the best!
This was my first contiki and i will say it wont be my last! Currently planning USA!
I did all of the ME time activities and recommend doing them all it gives you a real chance to see europe in the best way possible.
Take lots of money. Whatever you think you need double it! You might not think youll spend that much, you will.
Accommodation was great its was you expect for the high energy trips. I personally didnt have a problem but a few people did get bed bugs.
Eat everything try everything! Europes food is amazing.
I got very sick when we got to italy or better known as the contiki cough. Its real. And deadly lol. And no medication worked. Just ride it out and dont let it ruin your trip.

Don't hesitate just book it!!!!!! Would do it all over again

My Contiki was: Amazing

  • Natalie90 Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 1 Country

I think it was amazing mark and gaz was really friendly and supportive

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