Read reviews from past Contiki travelers.
This was a really fun trip that's is definitely worth doing through Contiki. This trip would have been a nightmare to have planned on my own and I wouldn't have been able to plan most of the things we got to do, like mud fishing in the Mekong Delta. The optionals were great (although I wouldn't do the cave tubing again- the guide was on a lot of drugs and we didn't have helmets or life jackets like everyone else doing it had- just an overall unsafe optional but could be great with a different guide and group leading us).
The accommodations were decent... Some definitely nicer than others but no complaints here. Lots of opportunities to do laundry for cheap- just don't expect your clothes to come back dry... Or at all.
It was hard to say goodbye to the Asian adventure group and then have to meet a whole new group for Vietnam. By the time Vietnam came around we were pretty exhausted and really not interested in small talk so I don't feel I made the friendships that I did for the first part of the tour. The group from Asian adventure was much more diverse in age and nationalities where The group that joined us for Vietnam were just very young Australians.
Our tour manager Toni was amazing! She provided lots of fun and had great information about the countries we visited.
The buses in Asia aren't nearly as nice as the transportation in Europe but taking flights was really nice so it was less travel time.
Great experience and definitely worth doing!
I cannot recommend this tour enough. This tour and these countries will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Copenhagen and Stockholm are two of the most beautiful cities I have been to. Wandering along their canals had me planning to move! The scenery while driving through the Norwegian fjord-lands took my breath away. No words are able to convey the beauty of these days and are something everyone should see during their life.
Experiencing sunlight at midnight in Voss and Hellesylt is something I will never forget. We also saw snow! As an Australian, seeing snow in Norway in the middle of summer was a highlight of the trip. My favourite MEtime optional was the bobsled - definitely do this! It was fast and thrilling and I wish I could've gone again.
All accommodation was comfortable and clean. Some hostels in Norway were very basic but they were comfortable enough to sleep, and we didn't spend much time in them anyway. The food included was also simple and basic but it was enjoyable and filled a hole.
I traveled solo and worried I wouldn't make friends or fit in but I realised I had nothing to worry about. By the end of the tour I counted everyone as some of my closest friends.
My one tip I have would be to consider ending the tour in Helsinki. I would have loved to spent a few more days travelling on the tour and wish I had ended in Finland.
P.S. Buy 'smash' in Norway - it's the most amazing chocolate you will ever eat!
11 days on this trip and I've met the best mates and had the best summer ever! One of the highlights of this trip has got to be the variety of accommodations. From hotels, to hostels to even a campsite. The campsite was my favourite, just laying in the swag and staring up and seeing the number of stars, absolutely breathtaking. The places we visited was like nothing I've ever seen. From huge red rocks to cascading waterfalls, the northern territory is a sight to behold. If you're looking to make your holiday a memorable one, this one without a doubt should be in your list for consideration!
This tour was such a great experience. I went over with a friend and as our first real trip overseas and we were not sure what to expect and a bit nervous about how it would all work. It ended up being so easy and probably our best decision when it came to travelling as everything was sorted out for us. The group we had were lovely and we ended up being like a family. I am still in contact with many of them and have since travelled to see some of them. The tour manager (Nihar) was great! He made sure the trip was unforgettable and went out of his way to plan extra stuff for us to see. On bus days he would try make it so we could stop in little towns instead of just the regular service station stops. He made sure to come down the bus and talk with everyone to see how we were going, if we had any questions or requests. As well as our amazing tour manager we also had the best tour driver (Stathis), he made the drives so easy and made everyone feel safe on the crazy European roads, making the bus fit into some places a bus probably normally wouldn't go. He always made sure to join us on nights out when he had a chance when the driving restrictions allowed.
The tour covered so much for the short time, it was jammed packed but didn't feel like it was to much which was great. It had some great optional activities, I would definitely recommend majority of the dinners as it becomes great nights out with the group and one that I will never forget is the Moulin Rouge. The timing for our tour was great as we ended up being in Rome for Christmas so our tour manager organised for us to go to the midnight mass at the Vatican and New Years we got to celebrate in Berlin and went to the street party at Brandenburgent Gateway.
This trip was amazing and so worth it! I looked into doing it solo but hostel prices and transportation is difficult to find and at a decent price during this time. This trip had everything sorted out for me which allowed me to really enjoy it and not worry about catching a train/bus. You should definitely do the optional trip to Dachau if you have never been to a concentration camp but the optional bike tour was not worth it. Do a free walking tour if you really want to see Munich. Overall, a great trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Just make sure you are in a tent before 6PM! PROST!
The Asian Adventure was without a doubt some of the most amazing two weeks of my life. Flying into Bangkok I was so nervous yet excited to meet my fellow travelers. When meeting them everyone was a little quite, and by the end of the trip we were treating each other like family. Just like our trip manager said we would.
Every single part of this trip is so carefully thought out and planned to a t just to ensure that we have the best experience possible and that's exactly what it was. Traveling to SE Asia was the best decision I ever made, it opened my eyes to things I had no idea happened in the world, to natural wonders you wouldn't believe actually exist and to a sense of connection with people around the world who are so so so extremely different than us yet exactly the same.
Thailand, Laos and Cambodia are now some of my favorite places. Because of the $3 massages? Incredible food? Heart racing adventures? Or beautiful scenery? Of course because of all of those things. But most importantly because of the like minded, beautiful people I was lucky enough to meet and experience it with along the way.
Once you see the world on this trip, you return home craving to be back in a place like this. Everyone is happy, everyone is peaceful and everyone is so generous. Everyday I think about my experience here and long to be back. Because of this trip I will go on to explore more culturally diverse places just like it and I will go on to see each day differently because this trip opened my eyes and changed my life as to what really makes someone happy and what really matters.
Seeing Asia by myself would have been great, however the one thing I tell people about contiki now before anything else is how amazing it is to have a trip manager. My group and I lucked out by having the most warm hearted, fun spirited, generous, and hard working trip manager possible. Chamani Weerasekara became more than a manager she became a friend. She was up early morning taking care of us, and planning everything for us. She planned extra me time and special dinners, she planned fun games and parties and I speak for everyone else when I say that she is the reason this trip was so outstanding. She went above and beyond her job description for us. You could see the light in her eyes when she would see such amazing places and see her light up when she felt accomplished knowing we were all so happy. She was one of the kindest people I have ever met and truly has such a good soul. She cares deeply for each of her little ducks on this trip and it shows.
Honestly, I did not worry or stress one time on this trip all because of her. She made my trip memorable and there is nothing in the world I could do or say to thank her enough for that. This will not be my last contiki because of her.
Book this trip, you will not regret it. You will look back on this trip for the rest of your life and you will crave more.
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!!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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!