My trip manager and driver were fantastic. Tim was always smiling and happy to chat and Tayla did an excellent job of getting us from A to B, cramming as much in our days as possible, as well as having what seemed like never ending knowledge of each location that we were in.
Overall, I just felt ripped off by Contiki itself. The trip brochure makes it seem like so much more is included than really is. It makes it seem like we will go to places and see certain things but really we drive past in a millisecond. False advertising?
I was also disappointed or a little miffed at all the add ons. Things like the first dinner and the final dinner should be included, of course everyone wants to do that! And 40 euros for very average food. I don't know where you are getting your prices from but remember whenever mass cooking for lots of people it is never as good and places do it on the cheap. Some of the add ons we had to do bc otherwise we were literally stranded at the hotel. Which gets me onto another thing.
All of the hotels are at least half an hour out of the city, which is obviously a good way for Contiki to do it on the cheap but ***** for us. Half an hour to get back after being out at night. 50 euros for a taxi anyone? Then on top of that you have to drive half an hour to get into the city which we don't feel like after a big day. Of driving. And the hotels on the whole were scody. And the areas they were in felt unsafe. One night me and another girl got chased by a group of thugs. I want to wake up in a place. Not feeling like I am in the industrial area of Auckland. Food for thought.
Conitki is on to a good thing, because the thing that they are selling is a good time, and luckily for you good people book oil this trip and make it a good time. The company was excellent. But contiki...
I wouldn't be doing one again and I certainly wouldn't recommend.
All the best,