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  • Liz
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled September 2015
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Five Stars for Italian Espresso!

I have never been to Europe before and really wanted to go. I spent a long time researching different trips before I finally decided to book the Italian Espresso. I wanted to go to Italy the most out of all the countries, and this tour promised to show you the most famous cities – Rome, Florence, Venice – in a short amount of time. Our trip manager was Megghy. Megghy was the coolest person ever, a cute Italian punk rock chick always wearing bow ties, leopard print and high-top sneakers. She was perfectly fluent in English and had so much knowledge about Italy that she shared with us. She made our trip amazing, made sure we got everywhere on time and it wouldn’t have been as great without her. Thanks Megghy! There were a lot of people on this trip whose first time it was in Italy. But also there were many people who were revisiting. So if you have already been to Italy, you will enjoy this trip as well. There are lots of activities included on this trip. My favorite inclusion was the Venice boat ride because I love the water and it was so beautiful and relaxing. I also loved the Vatican tour. My least favorite was the leather demonstration. There were also lots of great optionals included in this trip. My favorite one was the tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. This place was breathtakingly amazing. I did not sign up for the gondola ride because we were told that it’s not like the stereotypes you have in your mind where it’s a really romantic experience. Everybody in my trip that I talked to afterward said they were disappointed by the gondoliers who were busy texting the entire time, didn’t talk to them and definitely didn’t sing, so I’d recommend skipping the gondola ride. The places where we stayed were quite nice. In Florence the hotel we stayed at was really nice; I would totally book that hotel again for myself if I was in Europe planning my own trip. It was nice to stay in hotels on a budget vacation such as this one. The itinerary allowed us to cover the three must-see cities in Italy in just a week. I loved being able to experience these cities; each one was unique. Day 6 (Thursday) was our most exhausting day of the trip because we were on the bus all day traveling from Florence, to Pisa, to Barberino, to Verona, to Venice. If I had to make any change to the itinerary I’d skip everything we did that day and just go directly from Florence to Venice. The food in Italy is delicious. You should definitely eat as much pasta and pizza as you can. Also, as Megghy informed us, you can never eat too many gelato – eating several in one day is perfectly acceptable! Also I wanted to say that there is no pressure to party or drink while on the trip. I do not drink at all, and I was a bit worried from reading reviews that it was just going to be one huge week of College Students Gone Wild. I did not find that to be the case. Yes, there are certainly students who want to go out and party at night, and yes, Contiki does throw in some alcohol-centered activities such as a trip to a vineyard. But there are just as many people on your trip who are there to see the sights, and don't want to drink. You can do whatever you want; it's your holiday. You can definitely have fun on this trip without spending a ton of money. I am a budget-savvy traveler and I only brought 150 Euro with me for the entire week, which I spent on the optionals payments, food and souvenirs. One tip I have is to do some comparison shopping before you buy. The places where Contiki sent us to go shopping were very expensive – the leather store, the Barberino outlets, the Murano glass store, the winery. You could get these items at a fraction of the cost anywhere else. So think before you buy. My favorite city was Rome. The other cities had a few amazing things to look at, but I felt in Rome every single building was breathtaking. It’s amazing to look around at these buildings that are more than 2000 years old and are still standing. You can feel the intelligence behind the design. Best Parts about this trip: Megghy our trip manager; having Contiki take everything for us from transportation, accommodation, food, etc. which would have been overwhelming on my own; seeing all of the amazing cities; hanging out with cool people my age who also love to travel. Least favorite part about the trip: Our trip had 51 people on it. I have been on group tours before that have always been less than 20 people. By the end of the trip I only knew the names of about half the people in my group. I would have liked a group that was smaller and more intimate. I highly recommend this trip for anybody who wants to go to Italy! CONTIKIIIII WOOT WOOT

My Contiki was: AMAZING-Easy Paced-So Much Fun

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18 September 2015 - 25 September 2015

  • SaraM25
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2013
  • 25
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

May 10th-18th Italian Espresso

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

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9 May 2013 - 17 May 2013

  • Eden Alexandria Daly
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled September 2014
  • 23
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

THE BEST TRIP EVER!!!

I loved this trip and it was the most amazing experience!! Our tour manager Giuseppe and our driver Stefano were the best I could have asked for! They helped make this trip so fantastic!!! Giuseppe took the extra mile to help us, and give us extra tips on where to eat and where to go in our free time! He was so happy and always got us excited for the day to come! Everyone needs to do this Contiki!! Our group had 47 people and everyone got along, and I made some life long friends! I was a solo traveler from Canada and my roommate was from the UK...needless to say we are now best friends and planning to visit each other sooner then later! :) I did every Me Time optional and it was worth every penny! We got to go and tour and see the most impressive sites of Rome, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano (DO THIS ME TIME OPTIONAL!! It was beautiful!) Verona and Venice. It was hard to pick out cons with this trip! I felt Pisa and Verona were rushed, and I would cut down time spent in the outlet designer mall. I would also add the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Museum in Florence as Me Time optionals since it is hard to book tickets for them otherwise. I would also say to budget about 20-30 euros for water and bathroom usage ha ha! You have to pay for the bathroom and sometimes water is hard to find! Also bring comfortable shoes since there is A LOT of walking! That is the biggest tip I could give anyone. Also...buy something made of Florentine leather at the Leather demonstration store! They have beautiful and well priced items, and you will regret it if you don't :) I went back later in the day and got a leather box and I am so happy I did that! I also want to add one thing about accommodations. The hotel in Rome I found to be a bit warm, but other then that I did not find any horror stories as some have posted on here. The BBhotel in Florence was definitely the best!! It was so clean and the air conditioning was FANTASTIC! The Venice hotel we only stayed in for one night, but it was very hot! Some people have complained about this trip not being worth the money, but I have to disagree. The fee for your tour not only includes your stay, but also the highway fees, gas for the bus, your backstage passes, the cost for your manager and driver to be there, and many other costs that many travelers are not aware of. The experience of meeting people and seeing all that you do in the time frame you have (1 week) is almost impossible if you did it on your own! Those are just some tips :) EVERYONE BOOK THIS TOUR ASAP! You won't regret it! It will change your life forever! Message me if you have questions! :)

My Contiki was: Life Changing-Fun-Culture

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5 September 2014 - 12 September 2014

  • ContikiCough
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled September 2012
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Worst trip I have ever had.

I looked up all the hotels that Contiki booked before this trip and found that they all had one and two star reviews on Hotels.com and other review sites, this should have been a red flag for this trip. Everywhere we went the accommodations were very bad, the staff and the locals were very rude, everything was designed as a sales pitch. Honestly, many of the activities of this trip felt like timeshare weekend, they are really showing you the wine, or the leather, the glass blowing, etc. because they want you to buy it. I guess that's not really a bad thing, if these activities would have been a good experience. The problem is that the staff and the locals everywhere we went were very obvious with their disdain for us, whether that is due to the fact that we were foreigners or with Contiki I am not sure. The accommodations were all terrible, the staff resented us, no air conditioning, no internet, broken bathrooms, no amenities.. basically many hostels are better. On the first night the tour guide took us on a crowded bus in Rome, in which I did not want to go on, where I was subsequently pickpocketed, which crippled my finances for the rest of the trip. There was not proper warning given for the pickpocketing on the buses in Rome, something I would expect a tour guide to be aware of. It also takes some of the enjoyment away from seeing the sites, as the thieves frequent all those locations and you have to look out for them as much as looking at the sites. It should be known that pace of this trip is very grueling, expect little sleep as the night activities can go late and every morning there is a wake up call at 6 am to start the days activities. In my case this led to a fever and chills on the 5th day, as my "Contiki cough" was strengthened by my lack of sleep. This also complicated things as I had limited capability to get medicine or change the trip due to being pickpocketed. The bright spots of the trip was people I met and traveled with on Contiki, who were very nice and interesting, and the bus driver, who was really good.

My Contiki was: nightmare-waste of time-waste of money

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6 September 2012 - 14 September 2012

  • marikaashleysam
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled May 2012
  • 30
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

AMAZING TRIP!

I HAD THE BEST TIME EVER on this trip! It was the perfect trip for an introduction to italy! We saw and did so many things in such a short amount of time! Going through contiki was very beneficial in seeing major landmarks/monuments without having to wait hours..ie coliseum, vatican city, etc. I also thought you got what you paid for! And not to mention, italy was not as expensive as i thought it was going to be so my expected budget of 100Euros/day was more than enough! the optionals were awesome and accomodations were average 2/3 star kind of places. Lastly, our tour manager, Maite, was awesome! She went above and beyond in making this trip fun and stressfree for us! i would recommend this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat. Another A+ for Contiki! YAY! :)

My Contiki was: --

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10 May 2012 - 18 May 2012

  • Elena
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled June 2011
  • 20
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Tour Review

Guys, I just got back from my Italian Espresso tour and it was really fun! Both the people and workers were great to be around and the sights we saw were amazing! I still do wish we'd have a little more time in Rome, but it was definitely a good mix of things to see! It really is an Italian Espresso, where you get the best of Italy in such a short time! You get a good half a day of free time in Florence, so I'd suggest reserving a ticket before, since some people tried reserving it on the same day and as you can understand, the number of tickets were limited. Definitely pack light, but I'm sure most things you don't even need sometimes! I only had 12kg going there with 15 kg going back and even I thought it was heavy! Our tour manager (named Giuseppe, I hope you're lucky enough to get him as your guide!) was so great that even if you didn't have anything planned for free time, he'd give you advice on how to use your time in the most efficient time! :) Once, I was the only one who wanted to look at the church and even though he had to get back to his office, he went with me so I wouldn't get lost on my way there. I was surprised at how he really helped each and every person! One thing I'd like to suggest to everyone is be on time! We were always all on time except two girls who were always quite rude, so we actually had to leave them in Rome and leave to Florence. We waited and waited, but we literally can't ruin everyone else's vacation for those two. The hotels we stayed at, yes, they were smaller than hotels here. I expected that already and I researched them before going to have more realistic expectations. The beds were quite comfy the first two hotels (especially the one in Florence), but was slightly hard for the Venice one. It didn't really bother me though. The rooms were clean and the breakfast had quite a good selection of food (here, the Venice one was really good with all of its' food options). Me, the only problem I had is that some of our rooms in the Florence and Rome hotels didn't have a shower curtain, so it felt a little weird. The one in Venice had sliding shower doors though, so it was nice! Also, it's true that you stay outside of Venice, since the prices are realllly realllyyy high to stay on that island. Luckily, I had a good roommate so I hope you'll all do too! The optional excursions were DEFINITELY all worth it. They were much better than the included ones at times (I'm talking about the meals, not the tours). The tour guide in Rome was really funny, so I hope you get him as your guide. "Contikiii, Contikiiii, follow the guide!". You'll laugh when he says that! Before, I didn't want to see the leather demonstration or the glass-making demo, but they turned out to be really interesting! I do recommend you to see them then! I mostly walked with either my group of new friends or the whole tour group, because it was really fun with them. Just be prepared to walk a lot and not sleep too much. The meals in the evenings are yummy, but I couldn't finish my plates because they had so much food! I pretty much survived on only breakfasts and dinners most of the time. Don't forget putting sunscreen on EVERY part of your body that's exposed. I thought that my big hat would protect my neck (it did a noon though, but only then) and I forgot to put some sunscreen on. I got a really bad burn, but some high quality cream from Florence helped me get through it! :) I can answer any questions you guys have for your tours!

My Contiki was: Fun-Historical-Exciting

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23 June 2011 - 1 July 2011

  • Explorer1240765
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2011
  • 22
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Tour Review

I HIGHLY recommend Contiki Tours! this was an incredible tour of many parts of Italy. Pisa, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Venice! incredible Value. Go!

My Contiki was: Awesome-Packed with Sights-New Friends

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26 May 2011 - 3 June 2011

  • Rebekah
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled September 2015
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Worth the money, but definitely an espresso- quick, short, & to the point

As two American Honeymooners, we were very excited to see as much of Italy as we could. Our travel agent recommended Contiki because of our age and the sites that we could see. Now that we've done it, we have a few positive and negative things to say, both of which we hope will help future Italian Espresso goers. Day One: Being that we had spent two days in Rome prior to starting the tour, we were disappointed in the location of the first hotel, The Grand Hotel Fleming. Especially since our first hotel was so close to everything and not as expensive. It was very far from the main sights, about 20 Euros by taxi, to get back to the hotel from downtown. If you're planning on doing the tour, go a few days early, so you have TIME to go see the places you get to see (briefly) on your free time. All of the main attractions are short walking distances from each other, so you'll not be disappointed going to Rome early and seeing these sites in greater detail. Being that the ME times were either in the middle of the day, or at the end of the day while in Rome, your ventures could be shortened if you like spending time at each location. BOTH of the ME times for Rome are worth it. The things you'll learn and see about the Roman Forum and the Colosseum are short, but very informative. And the pasta cooking class was SO MUCH FUN!! Do BOTH! Day Two: Vatican City was amazing! But again, you're only in the Sistine Chapel for maybe 10 minutes and in St. Peter's Basilica (which is HUGE) for 20 minutes, so its very quick and a little disappointing-more so in feeling that you got robbed of your time in such beautiful places. The place you stop for lunch is a restaurant in a toll stop- super expensive if you get the buffet! Order a sandwich- much cheaper and tastes good. Day Three/Four: Florence is beautiful. MAKE SURE YOU BUY TICKETS to see the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's David. We had misinterpreted the vague description of the brochure and thought that we'd be seeing these things as a group. Yes, as a group you'll see the fake David (which is where the real one used to stand) and the location of the Uffizi Gallery, but you will not go in. Some people on the tour knew about buying tickets, not sure how, but it would have been nice if there was a heads-up on not seeing the real David, or going into the Uffizi Gallery. And expect Florence to be super busy on Tuesday when you have the whole day to explore the town. The museums are closed on Monday, so everything has huge lines to get in. If Contiki could change San Gimignano to Tuesday and explore Florence to Wednesday, I think that would be beneficial. My husband and I did go into the Vecchio Museum and climbed the Vecchio tower- worth it. There was no line. We did get to see a lot of art work thorough the Medici house and got beautiful views of Florence and the Duomo from the Vecchio tower. The optional dinner was good, worth the money, because there is so much food and the service and entertainment were excellent. Karaoke night on our first night in Florence was fun too. And the restaurant that is included as a group meal on the first night was good too. The hotel was nice, the Wifi- not so much. The connection kept dropping- so don't expect to upload all of your pictures. Day Five: This was probably mine and my husband's favorite day on the tour. It was relaxed, yet you got to see things, and we were really able to soak up the Tuscan countryside and culture. San Gimignano was great. Not super busy, yet there were plenty of shops to stop in. We climbed the tower and got excellent views of Tuscany. The winery tour was great too. The wine was excellent, and the tasting was more of drinking rather than a tasting! Maybe the Italians do tastings a little differently. But it was great! You could easily have had 3-9 glasses of wine rather than one at the end of the tastings. Loved day five! Day Six: Most of day six is traveling. Pisa was cool, but really- the tower is the only interesting thing. You're only there for 90 minutes, so a quick visit, which was fine. The outlet mall was a waste of time! We weren't sure if because Italy has restrictions on how long the bus driver can drive (2 hours), if that was why we stopped. But it was a waste of time. The outlet is the same as those in the States, and really not much cheaper. If there was something else to see, Contiki, please consider that. Verona was beautiful. When you picture an Italian City- Verona is what you picture. There's no graffiti (like every other city in Italy) its small and quaint. We could have easily spent more time in Verona. The included dinner is DISGUSTING!!! Even though you've already paid for it, either order something else or go somewhere else. It was like bad, cheap Chinese food that tried to pass as country Italian food. It was gross. Contiki- please break your contract with this restaurant and GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! Day Seven: Venice is cool. The glass blowing demonstration was very cool, but if you plan on buying Venetian blown glass, expect to drop at least 100 Euros. The city is beautiful and the optional city tour was worth it. My husband and I didn't go on the gondola ride- which, money wise, is worth it as a group, but as something romantic to do, is 80-100 euros for just two people. And after finding out on the city tour that the sewer systems drain into the canals, we were glad we didn't do it. The optional dinner was worth it, more because its your last meal together and you're able to spend time together before saying goodbye that night. The hotel was fine, wifi was not. Don't expect to upload anything. Overall, we liked Contiki as a tour because of everything you get to see, but have decided to not go on a tour again. Many of the places we could have seen and spent more time at if we planned ahead of time and gone by ourselves. There was so much free time that it almost felt like you were on your own anyway. It was nice and convenient that we didn't have to worry about transportation for the week. Because you're on a tour, if there are people who annoy you, you're stuck with them until the tour is over. If you're single, in or fresh out of college, go for it. If you're older (26+) or established in your life, single or not, do a different tour. Yeah, you'll have people your age/situation to hang out with, but the loud, younger crowd will just annoy you with their need to cling to each other and their constant desire to get drunk rather than enjoying the time and company. There were three other couples there on their honeymoon, so its pretty common to go as a couple.

My Contiki was: Jam Packed-Quick-Memorable

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25 September 2015 - 2 October 2015

  • EWilliams
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled April 2014
  • 19
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

An amazing experience!

This trip was so much fun and the tour group was amazing! There was so much to see and do, but we still had lots of free time to go off on our own and explore. I definitely fell in love with Italy!

My Contiki was: Beautiful-Fun-Exciting

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25 April 2014 - 2 May 2014

  • Claudia
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled September 2013
  • 29
  • Level 4 Traveller
  • 4 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Great Italian Intro

This was my first Contiki trip, went alone not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life! Met a lot of wonderful friends, our tour guide was helpful and entertaining. The tour was long enough where I didn't feel rushed from place to place, but short enough where I didn't feel homesick. It's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favorite cities. Definitely recommend Italian Espresso!

My Contiki was: --

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26 September 2013 - 4 October 2013

  • Robert
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled April 2012
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Life Changing.

I was stressed at work, school, basically with life and I have been wanting to go to Europe for quite some time. I remember like it was yesterday, I asked my boss for the time off and as soon as it was approved, I charged a large sum of money on my credit card to Contiki in Italy! I had a friend, who had a friend that went on a Contiki and loved it, since I was traveling solo, I booked it without hesitation! I booked this trip about 2 months before departure so it was extremely spur of the moment. I am more than happy I did. I landed in Rome, took a transfer to our hotel (Hotel Noto Rome) where there stood a bunch of others around the lobby with their Contiki travel papers. We got our rooms and they were perfect. My room-mate was awesome and we hit it off before even opening the door to our hotel room! Everyone on the tour was beyond amazing. Our tour guide (Yannick) was amazing and had a bunch of hook-ups throughout Italy. I purchased every single optional and loved them all. The whole experience was incredibly mind blowing I never wanted it to end! I came on this trip solo and met a bunch of amazing new friends all across the world! (Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, UK) The group was so diverse and everyone got along so well! I wish I could find something that I did not like about this trip but there is honestly not one part of the trip I hated other than it ending! If you guys are into the nightlife, each hotel has wonderful nightlife surrounding it, in Florence the hotel we stayed in was literally in the HEART of the city! Outside of the hotel door and you were submerged in the streets of firenze! (My favorite city in Italy!!) The hotel in Venice has little to nothing around it, as you need a water taxi to even get to Venice, but because of that fact we had a dress-down night at the hotels bar and drank wine while we exchanged contact info. I have just booked my 2nd Contiki and am more than excited to see what new adventures Asia will bring me! I still talk to all of my fellow contikiers on the same trip as me and we keep in touch til this day! Contiki! Follow the guide! Good: Everything really! If you come into the trip with an open mindset and willing to emerge in a new culture all around you, you will also have the experience of a lifetime! Bad: Not really bad, but a lot of us wished the Venice hotel was in a more "prime" location. But we made the best of it and still had an amazing time.

My Contiki was: amazing-incredible-unforgettable

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26 April 2012 - 4 May 2012

  • DanaS
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled April 2013
  • 32
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

SO MUCH FUN!

I just got back from the Italian Espresso trip and it was a total blast. Our tour manager, Yannick, was the most fabulous guide and our group could not have been more fun. The sights were amazing and all the optional activities were wonderful. The only activity we skipped was the leather making demonstration but other than that I'd highly recommend everything. This was my first trip to Italy and I gotta say it would be damn near impossible to have done/seen everything we saw if I had done it on my own. The access to some of the bigger tourist attractions (the Vatican, Colosseum and things like that) were amazing. If you were on your own you would stand in line for forever, with the Contiki group we walked right in. All in all I had the most wonderful time in Italy and would absolutely not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone - espeically if you can have Yannick as your tour manager. Ciao ciao! :)

My Contiki was: breathtaking-once in a lifetime-amazeballs

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25 April 2013 - 3 May 2013

  • ashleybonton88
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled May 2016
  • 28
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

My 1st Trip to Europe

This was my first time in Europe and I have to say it was simply amazing. I was originally bummed because my friends backed out of the trip and i had to fly solo but when i arrived none of that mattered. there were many of us doing the trip solo which made it even more fun. I loved the fact that in the 7-8 days we were there we saw so much! if I would have done this on my own I would not have such an amazing experience! We had a walking tour of Rome with all the historical buildings and fountains. I have to say Florence was my favorite! The Sangria in Tuscany and the cooking class was by far the best. I hope contiki creates a culinary tour, i would be the first to sign up! Our Tour manager Elisa was the best and not to mention our driver Alessandro. I highly recommend everyone to do this tour, i promise you wont be disappointed!

My Contiki was: Breathtaking -Adventurous -Yummy

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22 May 2016 - 29 May 2016

  • Estephania
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled May 2012
  • 22
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Italian Espresso

A series of events presented me the opportunity to travel Italy with Contiki on the Italian Espresso tour with tour manager Maite. I've done a lot of traveling over the past few years and I've got to say that this was truly one of the best tours and Maite was easily the best tour manager I've had!! I wouldn't even know where to start with a list of things that I enjoyed on this trip!! The food, the sites, the people and the experience as a whole were so much more than I ever expected and I will carry the memories of this experience with me forever. Thank-you Maite! Thank-you Contiki!

My Contiki was: incredible-yummy-unforgettable

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10 May 2012 - 18 May 2012

  • mojo1017
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled August 2011
  • 28
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Tour Review

I really think my review needs to begin with a major thank you to our tour manager Mathieu. What a fantastic trip. It was so well orchestrated and we were able to see everything. thank you contiki, and Mat, for a great tour

My Contiki was: Awesome-Fun-Deep

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4 August 2011 - 12 August 2011

  • Christina
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled April 2014
  • 26
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 11 Countries

AWESOME AND LIFE CHANGING

Loved every second of this tour especially with Enzo being the tour guide! I highly recommend this to tour anyone!!

My Contiki was: --

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25 April 2014 - 2 May 2014

  • Explorer1269738
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled July 2011
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Great Honeymoon!

We went to Italy with Contiki for our honeymoon. Honestly, when we booked it, the biggest draw was that it included activities. We were so swamped with wedding details, the last thing we had time for was to research and plan a trip to Italy. My husband and I were very pleasantly surprised. The group was so much fun, we made friends from all over the world. We saw so many places and went to so many activities that if we would have planned it ourselves, I am sure we would've overlooked. It was really nice also that there was a balance of free time to do as you pleased, very important to us on our honeymoon! We were able to have romantic dinners in Italy or just go with the group and see really amazing sites. The group of people we met really astounded us. We met people we really clicked with, even though we were from completely different parts of the world. Our tour guide Belatrice was from Italy and was there to brave the aggressive vendors and such that would have been really annoying if we had gone alone. She was really great at getting us any information we needed or directions. She even hooked us up with a honeymoon suite at one of the hotels! The additional events that you could add almost always seemed to be worth it, depending on what you were in the mood for. For about 10 Eur you could have dinner and entertainment with the group. We never regretted going to any of the dinners. Overall, we had a great trip. We would definitely do it again.

My Contiki was: --

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21 July 2011 - 29 July 2011

  • BritishBen
  • Booked from United Kingdom
  • Traveled September 2015
  • 24
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

A true taste of Italian culture!!!

Firstly a huge shout out to Maggie and Fabio both of whom made the trip awesome! I knew I always wanted to see a lot of Italy and a friend recommended Contiki to me and after seeing the schedule for this trip I couldn't say no. Getting across Rome via public transport was an experience to say the least. It is pretty simple to find the Hotel Fleming, it's just getting used to the way the Italians do thing straight from the off thats a little daunting. However the hotel was really nice and PS I had a great room mate! Yo Anthony!!! The pizza for dinner that evening was the first of a great number of excellent pizzas I would taste along the week. Be prepared, the day in Rome is tiring if you want to see as much as you can but on every corner you will see something fascinating that takes your interest. Not to mention a few but The Vatican, the Sistine chapel, the Colosseum, the Pantheon. My advice is just to go and get lost, but with a map of course. :) Florence, the city of art is defiantly that and is place you have to visit. The top of the Duomo is a great place for views and photos of the city. Michelangelo's David is a must see but make sure you book ahead as the line we waited in was only 30 minutes, however we was advised that it can be for hours. Pisa and Verona were good but the final stop in Venice was breathtaking. Again there is so much to see here that the guided tour really did help. The glass blowing demo was an experience all on its own and made me want to buy loads of it. However my bank balance doesn't stretch that far! All in all the trip was one of the best I have ever been on. I met some great people that I am sure I will be in contact with for a very long time. A good piece of advice for this trip to expect what you image Italy will be like and be open minded to meet new people. But Maggie was great and couldn't do enough for the group, she really did make the trip!!!!!!

My Contiki was: breathtaking-emmersive-picturesque

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18 September 2015 - 25 September 2015

  • Glanda
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2015
  • 31
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Everyday was the best day!!:)

I have to say that this tour exceeded my expectations! We saw so many things and did so much, but we still had loads of free time to wander around and spend more time at places we had seen or to try out places our tour guide recommended. Our tour guide Maite was so great!! She went above and beyond what she had to! She recommended sites, restaurants, and things to do. Our driver "sexy Fabio" was very qualified to drive in Italy's small and crazy streets with our huge coach! The food was great! Gelato even better:) It is mostly pasta and pizza but so many different kinds, so I never got sick of it:) Everyone on my tour got along really well, we had a mix of couples and singles but the vibe was great:)! Couldn't have asked for a better group:) I love the history in every city we went to, not sure if I had a favorite place as I loved it all, I would say that since Venice was on my bucket list that was really great, the gondola ride was amazing also, our gondolier was Stephano, and he was so great also, made the ride enjoyable:) I found the hotels clean and had air condition, I didn't bring anything to need wifi so can't really say how that was:) But don't go expecting Italy to be the same as here, the showers might be abit smaller, and the rooms maybe dated, but I went to experience different not the same as home, take everything in as an experience:) I have nothing to complain about, it was simply amazing!! I would totally recommend this trip!! Ciau

My Contiki was: --

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8 May 2015 - 15 May 2015

  • Josie
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled July 2015
  • 26
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Amazing.

I loved every second of this trip. Our guide, Maite' was extremely helpful, funny, and knowledgeable. The hotels that we stayed in were actually really nice compared to others I have been to in Europe. I was a little nervous to travel alone, but I found that there were always new friends to adventure with. We got to do so many awesome activities (like pasta making and wine tasting at a Tuscan vineyard) that I probably would not have had the chance to do outside of Contiki. This trip is a great value for the money and I would not trade the experience for anything!

My Contiki was: Fun-Good Value-Great for Solo Traveler

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3 July 2015 - 10 July 2015

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