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A scenic roadtrip peppered by charming cities & iconic sites, you're onboard the European Experience. The perfect midpoint for those feeling unsure about how much time they have and what their budget is. Questions that will be long behind you when you're sipping vino at Contiki's Château & boating through the canals of Venice.

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  • topsecretau
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Oct 2011

An amazing experience

This is the best thing I've ever done in my life, and I'm not kidding! Made lifelong friends who I'll never forget and WILL be making more than an effort see again. Our driver and manager were our friends, they were great company. The trip was a perfect mixture of fun, drinking and seeing amazing sights. I'm recommending contiki to all my friends, it's changed my life. The hardest thing was saying goodbye to everyone!

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  • Sydney
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled Aug 2013

The Greatest Experience!

I recently did the European Experience tour this summer and had the time of my life! I loved how everything was already organized so I could spend my time making amazing memories, and friendships that will last a life time! My tour manager Chloe was absolutely amazing, going out of her way to make this the best trip ever, and our bus driver Scotty was so great as well! I would recommend Contiki to anyone and hope to do another tour sometime in the future! Sydney x

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  • Explorer~1987
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jul 2012

"Best Time Of My Life"

I had the best time of my life during the European Experience... My whole group was fantastic and have made some friends for life.. You need to do all the optionals.. Your only there once so try everything. Austria & the Swiss Alps are the 2 most beautiful countries. I wish we had spent more time there! One of the best nights out was Nouvelle Eve Cabaret show! Best optional without a doubt was the White water rafting & paragliding in Austria.. Try as much of the local foods as possible.

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  • SimonéKruger
  • Booked from Europe
  • Traveled Dec 2012

WOW

I had the time of my life!!! Met super amazing people and got to see evan more amazing places!!! Accommadation was good - think 99% of us got most of our sleep on the coach (bus) ride to our next destination..... :D We had the best coash driver and tour guid - made a great team and that made the trip just that much more awesome. In France and Italy we had a lot of Pizza and Pasta, and then when we got to Germany we got around to the food that I as a South African love. In Germany there was a lot of beer drinking. All the Contiki stop overs had a bar - and wow what a PARTY!!! I recommend this trip to anyone that wants to see Europe and have fun!!!

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  • beezaj
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled Oct 2015

What You Need To Know Before You Go

You will have the absolute time of your life on this trip. It's the perfect amount of time, if you're trying to see a lot in not a lot of time. HOWEVER, there's a few things I wish I knew before I chose this trip: 1) If you are traveling later than July, you will encounter bed bugs. I traveled for the month of August and had three separate bed bug infestations - all at the "special" contiki stopovers, not any of the hotels. The management will not do anything about it unless you throw a fit, which I did both the second and third time, at which point you receive tokens for laundry and they "steam" your room. I got into the habit of checking my bed before every night I went to sleep, but there isn't much you can do to prevent them.. The bits are gross and itchy and it's beyond frustrating how little contiki does to mitigate such a disgusting problem. 2) You WILL get sick, like VERY sick. Bring enough cold medicine to last the entire trip, every single kind you can think of. 3) You WILL get lice. It's not as common as the bed bugs, but still very prevalent, and absolutely impossible to handle while traveling. Most people don't realize until they have already gotten home from the trip, but enough people in my same travel group got it as well to know that it was contiki (I ONLY traveled contiki, not a single accommodation was outside of them, so I can 100% know that where I got it). *In the end, if you're with a good group of people these things aren't going to ruin your trip, but my trip would had been a lot less STRESSFUL (I mean come on I was trying to enjoy my holiday) had I known these precautions going into it.

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  • Stuart
  • Booked from Reviews.ZA
  • Traveled Jul 2011

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Experience of a lifetime! I would do it over and over again! Recommended for anyone and everyone! There is not a day that goes by without you saying WOW! Dont think about it! Just do it!

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  • Kara
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled Jul 2013

European Experience June 2013

Best trip I've ever taken and met some of the best people who are like family now. Totally worth the money spent and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • Explorer1167227
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jul 2010

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Lots of fun ejoyed the trip. will do it all again in a instant

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  • Stephanie
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled Jun 2013

AMAZING!!!

If you're trying to decide between this trip and a shorter trip choose this one!! After going on this trip and talking to other people who did a similar but shorter trip I was so happy I picked the European Experience! On the shorter trips most of your time is spent travelling but on this trip you get free days in the amazing cities and countries you visit. This trip was the trip of a lifetime!!!

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  • Isra
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled Jul 2015

Best 21 days of my life

All in all the trip was amazing, this was my first contiki and I was travelling solo, but the people were great and it was a really good experience. It's really fast paced, you really just get a taste of each city, but you still get to see a lot. You get a lot of free time to do what you want do and see what you want and really get a chance to experience every city. The accommodations are just okay, they weren't the greatest, but you really only end up sleeping for about 4-5 hours if even, so you don't really spend too much time in the cabins. Bed bugs were an issue, which was really frustrating and upsetting, but it happens. Bug repellent and cough/cold/flu medicine is a necessity, because the contiki cough is unavoidable.

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  • michaelcrook
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Aug 2013

European Experience

Awesome tour cannot wait to go back!!

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  • Elizabeth
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled Apr 2015

European Experience

Seriously loved this trip! It even inspired me to write a blog post! Check it out! http://www.darlingpursuit.com/im-a-bird/

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  • Rhiiii66
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2011

Tour Review

Great time. Best decision that I made was to do Contiki. Made 37 new friends and have truck loads of awesome memories!

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  • Loren
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled Aug 2015

Amazing time with #noregrets

This trip is full on but such an awesome experience! You see so much and do things you would have never imagined in the 20 days. The sight seeing, the partying, the new friends you make, it is all worth it. I had one of the best times ever travelling around Europe for my first time with 49 amazing people!! You really do become one big family, and make friendships that will last a life time. The accommodation and food well exceeded my expectations. Staying in little cabins at the contiki villages, makes it so much fun, as you're not all spread around a hotel on different floors. They aren't always that fancy, but it's part of the experience. All these sites have bars onsite, which is nice and easy for partying. The contiki team throw costume parties for you onsite, and they are awesome. You get feed pretty well on this trip, with 3 course meals most nights, and sometimes free wine with your meal, who can say no to that? The optionals are a must do! Most people do them all, and it's a great way to bond with your new friends. In the end it's all about the people you share these memories with. Our tour manager (Courtney) said at the beginning of the tour "you saved to travel, you are not travelling to save" - so spend up and do everything you can and literally have no regrets!! The bus rides aren't as bad as people make them out to be. You spend most of the morning catching up on sleep and you don't really get sick of the bus, it's actually quite fun, good time to have some down time and chat with all your new friends. Recommendations would be to take some church clothes for places like Vatican City, you need to be covered up to walk around there. Also some nice outfits for Monte Carlo and a few of the other nights out. It can be a pain trying to find outfits on your free days in places like Paris when all you want to do is see the Eiffel tower etc. You create the best memories ever with amazing people and Contiki treats you very well - such an awesome team of people! Missing all my contiki family so much! Would do it all over again!!

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  • Julie
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled Jun 2015

European Experience-AMAZING

This is such an amazing trip! Everything you do is awesome from the sight seeing to the optionals--and do all the optionals! I cannot recommend this enough, it's the perfect amount of time and the perfect amount of places. A few suggestions would be that you will need nicer clothing for some of the optionals in France and you will DEFINITELY need bug spray in Venice. Also, bring a neck pillow for the bus, I didn't have one and my jacket was not comfy. Also take a large beach towel for you towel because they can double up as blankets on the bus or if you do not want to get your sleeping bag out in the accommodations. Again, I cannot recommend this enough and if you are even slightly considering it, just do it because you won't have any regrets and you will meet so many cool people and share incredible experiences. Also do not be afraid to go alone, I did and I am so glad for it. The food is also great everywhere but be prepared to try some newer items that may be specify to the region.

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  • Todd
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jul 2014

Best 20 days of my life !

Being a frequent traveller, this was the first Contiki I've decided to do and I have absolutely #NOREGRETS. This was honestly the best trip I've ever had! The sights covered in the tour are just amazing, the contiki villages & on site crew were so much fun. But the true highlight of the trip was all the amazing new friends I met and the ridiculous amount of memories we all now share. I honestly could of stayed on that bus and continued travelling the rest of the year with these guys. But a massive thanks to our coach driver David & Steve our tour manger who was so much fun but also did a great job by giving us a lot of information on the cities & sights and making the trip run so smoothly & to top it of it was his first tour! Awesome job buddy & many thanks. Definitely would recommend.

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  • Chelsea
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Feb 2013

Awesome! Highly recommended :)

This trip was one of the best times of my life! You get to see the main attractions of the bigger European cities, however I did leave some saying that there wasn’t enough time. But it encourages me to go back, which isn’t a terrible thing :) There is also a mix of historical and scenery towns and some nice down chill time so that you're not always going full ball. An awesome mix. Some of the optional activities are things I'd never seek out myself but I am so happy I did them! Worth the extra money. Don't pass up the opportunities! The tour manager was a great guy who could point us in the right directions during our free time for food etc., and teach you the language’s pleasantries, and our bus driver was such a character. Accommodation was actually better than expected. Staff at the cites were awesome too. The nights are quite focused around going out, or parties, drinking, and having a good time which I certainly enjoyed. Time to bond even more with your new life-long friends. I went alone and it is nothing to be intimated about! I would actually totally recommend it, it makes you come out of your shell quicker, and even more, and you will form even better relationships with the others. I think this tour was just about the perfect length. Take some vitamins before you go though, everyone but 1 person on my bus ended up getting 'contiki cough' throughout the trip. Went on this in July 2011 and enjoyed it so much am currently planning out my second Contiki :)

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  • travel_bug_23
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jun 2013

Best time of my life

This European experience contiki tour was the best time of my life. Saw the breathtaking beauty of Europe and am now apart of an amazing, multinational family of fellow contiki travellers. Loved it I want to do it all over again!!!!!!!

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  • NicoleCooke
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled Jun 2012

European experience- best tour ever!!!

Did this tour in may 2012, was the best 3 weeks of my life.. Was absolutely unreal. Had the best tour guide/bus driver/ group!! The sights were amazing, the parties were awesome.. Don't have a bad thing to say.. This tour was the right amount of days, and I would defenetly recommend it !!

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  • Tania from Canada
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled Sep 2011

European Experience Aug 2011

This trip was amazing! It was very organized and we got to see a little bit of everything. It would be nice to spend more time at certain tourist attractions, but in the event of time we had to leave. It was difficult to roll the suitcases on gravel to get to certain cabins and up hills. The food was manageable for the most part, I would recommend eating light at the service stops since they are expensive and not very good. The bus driver was very accommodating and would drop us off at central locations. The tour manager always told us where to go and how to get back to the hotel/stopover via taxi/train, this allowed us to stay later if the bus left. What made the trip was the people; our tour group was very inclusive. We laughed, fought and cried together, but in the end we all loved each other!

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