My first and last impressions of contiki were poor. Throughout the tour I experienced cockroaches in my bed, flooded bathrooms, blood stained sheets, carrying laggauge up five flights of stairs due to consistent maintanence requirements and several people including myself catching bed bugs from different rooms. All this from hostels that are supposed to be hand picked for their 'uniqueness'.
All of the included meals were basic and tasteless, one night we were given a plate of lettuce which to my disgust the person sitting next to me had a caterpillar in his meal.
From the map of the trip provided it seems as though you spend two days in destinations but really you're left spending more time on the bus then exploring the destinations due to a full day always being taken up by travel.
I also felt a constant threat to be back at the bus instead of enjoying the scenery as the TM was inconsistent with departure times, sometimes we would depart 10-15 minutes early without even doing a headcount.
This along with several other things is why it will be my first and last contiki. #plentyofregrets