Pace of the tour was great - I'm an 'on the go' kind of traveller so it suited me just fine. Sure there were long bus days and they were torture but you're covering a lot of ground so it's expected. There was no pressure to take up the optional activities which I liked - that hasn't been my experience with other tour companies. Our Trip Manager, Remi, was fantastic as was Attila our driver - his skill for manoeuvring the bus was insane! Accommodation exceeded my expectations - being 'hostel/hotel' I was expecting dodgy hostels and a massive communal bathroom but the rooms were on the whole quite spacious, very few were of the 'all bunk bed' set up and the bathrooms were only quad share which was very manageable. In the main, the included breakfasts were great - we were warned not to expect much but toast, juice, cereal is really all I was after anyway. My only negative was how the rooms were assigned - having booked together, myself & my travel companion figured we'd at least be placed together but a room sheet would be passed up and down the bus so when we got it LAST, we only had the option of single places left which separated us. Let's just say my poor room mate had a less-than-ideal experience and it kind of put a sour taste in our mouths after that and had me stressing for the next room assignments. Also, I realise 'Contiki cough' isn't a term ya'll like but we joined part way through and I came down with it literally overnight... Even just putting hand sanitiser on the bus or, heaven forbid, face masks, would help reduce the spread, especially on the long driving days when you're all confined with the air con just recirculating everyone's germs. Oh and the little welcome game of 'speed dating' on the bus assisted in the spread too and made those of us with motion sickness very unwell - might be an idea to stop that or don't make it go on for so long!
Despite the negatives, Contiki allowed us to see so much more and in a much shorted time than if we'd done it on our own - it was a great budget option for us to get from Point A to Point B.