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So damn bellissimo is this country that you may never want to leave. We'll see you oohing and aahing over Chianti & antipasto in a 16th century Tuscan winery, boating through the canals and islands of Venice, and learning about leather craft in the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. This is so much more than pizza & coffee.

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27 reviews

  • 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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24 June 2011 - 2 July 2011

  • 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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4 July 2015 - 11 July 2015

  • Gabrielle Morin
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled August 2015
  • 30
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Great Trip

For my second Contiki Trip, it didn't dissapoint! Visiting Italy has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and I finally got to experience it. While we covered a lot of ground in just a week, I will someday return to explore more of the area. If it is your first time to Italy, this is a good introduction and covers the main highlights. You will see the Colloseum, Vatican City, Venice, Florence, Pisa, and more. Bring some extra money in case you want to shop too! Again, as with my previous contiki, there was a good amount of free time and organized time. The optionals were fun and I particularly enjoyed the cooking class! Our tour guide and bus driver were awesome and and very knowledgeable! The staff were very friendly and provided the best recommendations for the free time. Because of the free time you have, I would recommend doing some research beforehand to know what sights and museums are in the area and if possible try to get a reservation/skip the line pass (something I didn't do). Another recommendation to make is to bring a few changes of clothes - especially during the summer as it gets hot. As well, bring a water bottle to avoid dehydration. Accommodations and transportation were comfortable and overall, it was an enjoyable trip.

My Contiki was: Fun-exciting-Relaxed

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1 August 2015 - 8 August 2015

  • 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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27 May 2011 - 4 June 2011

  • 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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26 April 2013 - 4 May 2013

  • 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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26 April 2014 - 3 May 2014

  • 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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5 August 2011 - 13 August 2011

  • 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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22 July 2011 - 30 July 2011

  • Nick
  • Booked from Reviews.ZA
  • Traveled April 2016
  • 26
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Italian Espresso - Dario the trip manager

There are words which escape my mouth as to how amazing this Tour went. I Traveled alone not knowing a soul, and by the time i had left i made 38 new Friends from around the world. I am glad i took my Nikon Camera the photos i took from day 1 look absolute and amazing.. Our Trip manager, My hat goes off to him for he made the trip memorable and enjoyable, there were only laughs, smiles and tears of JOY... Dario really took us on a journey where only my photos can tell the story. In life, its all about timing and everything went to the clock and alas i actually met someone. It just happens but wow what an experience. I now enjoy my Red wine more than i have ever before, The food, the people and the Language is so beautiful i wish i could hear it everyday and smell the aroma in the air... Fresh bread smell. This was my first Contiki Tour and i can tell you it wont be my last.. WOW.. you guys really know how to make a Espresso Taste strong. To all the new friends that i have made thank you, our age group was in the late 20's but wow we were at least all on the same level with History as well a good wine from time to time. All so caring, giving and understanding. We never judged according to appearance but accepted everyone for who they were and no one was left out. Thank you Dario for the best time of my life, #life_changing Thank you Contiki for allowing me to experience this journey with you. Grazie, e può rimanere l'Italia bella come sempre

My Contiki was: Life_Changing-Amazing-alluring

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9 April 2016 - 16 April 2016

  • Emilie
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled May 2016
  • 30
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Best way to see otaly

Saw and do so much during this tour. Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Mouth of Truth, Pisa, Tuscan region winery and Venice- my favourite and the best way to end the tour. Elisa was an amazing tour manager- best out of the four Contiki tours I've done. Thank you Contiki!

My Contiki was: --

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23 May 2016 - 30 May 2016

  • 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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27 September 2013 - 5 October 2013

  • 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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9 May 2015 - 16 May 2015

  • 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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19 September 2015 - 26 September 2015

  • Eunice
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled June 2013
  • 28
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Amazing beauty.

I absolutely enjoy this trip. Let's start by saying that the city of Florence was MAGICALLLL!!!. It was my favorite from all the places we visited. The Italian food was to die for from pastas, real homemade pizzas to delicious desserts. I would for sure return to Italy. The tour was exhausting, but fun. My tour manager Vincenzo was really nice and funny. He made the tour even better. The optionals were very good. At least I was able to know how much Euros to spend and save. You will for sure need money for lunch and other extra things you want to do. The venice shops were sooooo awesome and beautiful. Venice is quite a peaceful place with many hot gondola guys.. jee jee..

My Contiki was: Beauty-Peace-yummy cappuccinos

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30 June 2013 - 8 July 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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27 April 2012 - 5 May 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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11 May 2012 - 19 May 2012

  • 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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23 May 2016 - 30 May 2016

  • 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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10 May 2013 - 18 May 2013

  • 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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26 April 2014 - 3 May 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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7 September 2012 - 15 September 2012

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