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  • Tony
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled April 2012
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 4 Countries

Simply Italy

WOW what a trip!!! Tour manager Katia was amazing. If you are debating on shorter/longer trip go with the longer trip you will not be disappointed. This was a trip of a lifetime and I'm already saving for my next one. Two words if you are thinking of going on Contiki DO IT!!!!

My Contiki was: --

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6 April 2012 - 18 April 2012

  • KathyL
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled August 2015
  • 26
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

August 2015

This trip was awesome! Had a great time beginning to end. Though it says easy pace you are moving and hopping around to the different cities within Italy at a fast pace. You are pretty much in each city for a day so try to maximize your time and plan out 2-3 things you would want to see/do. I recommend adding a day or two at the beginning or end of the tour in Rome. We had a nice group of 50 including couples, solo travelers and friends joining from all over and diff age ranges. By the end of the trip we were tied at the hip. It was hottt in August so dress light/airy, wear comfortable shoes and carry water and a fan. Most of the optionals were worth it especially the dinner in Sorrento, the Tuscan Feast and the last dinner in Rome. The dinner meal in Verona was probably the least tasteful. Hotels were decent. If you stay extra days in Rome I recommend getting a hotel that is more center city. When you are in Cinque Terre at the bed and breakfast, if you are offered the homemade meal....have it! Best lasagna ever. Our tour guide Maggie did a great job of keeping the group together and on schedule. She made sure we got to know each other, using the hours on the coach to play games. She was also super helpful and shared many tips and tricks. Overall would recommend if you want to see a lot of Italy in a short time with the goal of one day returning to your favorite places.

My Contiki was: Great Time in Italy - August '15--

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1 August 2015 - 12 August 2015

  • KezzaLiebs
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled July 2010
  • 30
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Tour Review

It was excellent well worth the money nice mix of ages and people on tour even for a big size group. Sorrento, Capri, Cinque Terre great to cool down on those hot days. everywhere else and food amazing. Tour manager and driver excellent too.

My Contiki was: Amazing-Awesome-Wow

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3 July 2010 - 14 July 2010

  • mk0603
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled April 2014
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

One of the best trips of my life

Just came back from the Simply Italy tour (April 20 - May 1) and I have to say the majority of us had an excellent time on this tour. Without going over long on this review, here are some pros and cons of this tour. Pros: - Meet a group of like-minded, fun and friendly fellow travellers. True, the majority of the group are girls and they came on this tour by themselves. It's a good thing cause we look after each other and we had a great bonding during and after the trip. - Great itinerary. For those who always say they can pay less and travel on their own...I can only say that if they want to follow the same itinerary and visit the same amount of places we've been, that's almost near impossible. I've travelled on my own with friends before and just trying to find the right train station and check in to a hotel in a small town can take you more than half a day, especially when you are in a foreign place with people who don't speak much English...We honestly saw almost all the major attractions in Italy on this trip. Plus you can always stay a few more days after the trip to go at your own pace. - Tour Manager and Driver: I've been on 2 contiki trips now and both Tour managers are fantastic people. They are young, smart, friendly and knows their way inside out of all the cities they are in. No matter how long they stay up late with us, the next stay they manage to get up early on time and get us going. I have huge respect for the professionalism that they bring into this tour. I've never felt like they would force us to buy/purchase anything from a vendor. This trip we have 2 people's birthday and my tour manager bake them cakes and planed special surprise for their night out. She's not ask to do that and she really doesn't have to...it really came from her heart and the birthday boy/girl are over the moon happy. - Free time: I know people said with that much free-time why bother to join a tour. Again, if you have a group of people travelling with you I suggest you don't do a tour. If you are travelling on your own, free time is good as we get brief while we are on the bus commuting to the next destination. By then we can choose what we wanted to see and the people we want to see it with. Everyone has different ideas of what they wanted to see so that's actually the best way to go about. At the end of the day everyone is happy with the path they took. Okay, a lot of pros, now let's go with the cons: - Hotel choice and location. Well in Italy you really have to lower your expectation in terms of hotels...most of them are outside of the city and would require taxi ride to get back to your hotel. The hotel near Cinque Terre is terrible, worse hotel I've stayed in. However when I do my research for all the cities that I've stay, they are pretty much the same within the price point. So just really don't expect much of the hotels you stay in and remember that this is a budget tour. - Optional meals: If you can, skip all the optional meals. Italy have tons of good restaurant so you WILL have better luck just walk into any place with a menu you like. Optional meals are over price and usually very average as it's hard for the chef to cook good food for 50 people at once. All the optional meals are bad to us and the restaurants in small towns have the best food. - Autogrill lunch. Again, because we are on the bus a lot we tend to get drop off to the gas service station called "Autogrill" to have our lunch. The food is average and expensive. If you can wait, I suggest you just get some snack and waited for a small at a small town or the big city to have a proper meal. Just because it's noon doesn't mean you need to have lunch. We all kind of hated Autogrill after having it many times on the road... But honestly, overall this has been an amazing journey and I would definitely join coniki again in the near future.

My Contiki was: Amazing-Unforgettable -Life changing

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19 April 2014 - 30 April 2014

  • Shayna Langlois
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2014
  • 30
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Contikiiiiiiii!!!

My Tour Manager Elisa is the best person in the world. She never stopped working, she was amazing. I met the most incredible people on my Simply Italy trip. It has inspired me to do a yearlong trip. I plan to use contiki again to go to Australia and New Zealand. Contiki was the best experience I've had on holidays ever. I will recommend it to everyone I know. I want to live in Capri someday. The backstage passes, and me time optionals were perfect. A great amount of time to do everything you wanted.

My Contiki was: Amazing-Life-changing-unexplainable

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3 May 2014 - 14 May 2014

  • Ebony.jarry
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled April 2014
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

AMAZING!

Simply Italy is an amazing tour to go on if you are looking at seeing the highlights of Italy in the cheapest way possible. The tour manager and driver (Enzo and Lino) made this tour something special. This was the second tour that had done together but you never would have picked it up if they didn't tell us. They ran like a well oiled machine. Enzo and Lino made us a family. Enzo knowledge and passion about his country was like no other. He went above and beyond what a tour manager should do. Always checking to see if we were well looked after. I am a coeliac and this was not a problem. Every meal was delicious and wheat free :). The sights and experiences that you get on this tour is definitely value for money. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and will forever remember the people (now my family) and memories made forever. I would like to thank the crew because I think that if we didn't have them, this trip would not have been the same.

My Contiki was: Fan-Bloody-Tastics

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5 April 2014 - 16 April 2014

  • Gil Ofir
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled July 2011
  • 21
  • Level 4 Traveller
  • 4 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Awesome trip!!!

I went on the Simply Italy trip in July 2011 and had a fabulous time. We visited cities, swam around the island of Capri, sailed across lakes in the north and visited vineyards in the Tuscan countryside. We went site seeing, shopping, sailing, and partying. It was a perfect way to see Italy, and the company was fantastic (as was our Contiki tour guide)! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants a taste of Europe and the Mediterranean!

My Contiki was: Wonderful-Fun-Exciting

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11 July 2011 - 23 July 2011

  • B1NZ
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled July 2011
  • 31
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Simply Italy - Simply Amazing!!

My wife and I traveled on this trip in July 2011 and were not disappointing, Contiki gave you a taste of all the major sights of Italy and our guide Christina was fantastic, We made a lot of new friends and were sad when we had to leave our Contiki family at the end of the trip. Probably the highlight for us was the boat cruise around the Island of Capri and swimming through the green grotto. We had one day were the weather and train strikes didn't play their part and unfortunately we missed the Cinque Terre boat cruise although we were bused down to Monte Rosso to spend the day there instead which was a lovely place. If you want a taste of Italy then I suggest you do this trip, allow a few days in Rome at the end of the trip to see a few more of the sights of this historic city.

My Contiki was: Fantastic-Fun-Amazing

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16 July 2011 - 27 July 2011

  • DemiAnn
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2012
  • 18
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 19 Countries

Perfecto!

This tour is honestly the most perfect way to explore Italy. It was so in depth and I left Italy feeling like I had properly explored the country and really got to experience the culture. The day trip out to Capri from Sorrento is just incredible, one of my favourite places. I highly recommend doing the optional boat trip around the island. Jumping off the cute wooden boat into the gorgeous ocean was an awesome experience. Sorrento is so cool as well, explore the smaller side streets for local products and buy some limencello! The coastal towns of Cinque Terre are amazing as well. The nightlife in Florence is incredible! The hotel was super close by as well so take advantage of this and have a crazy night out! Venice was just breathtaking and so surreal. Definitely go on the gondola ride for a true Venitian experience. Of course Rome was fascinating, its literally a walking muesum. You will enjoy every moment in this city. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to increase your chances of returning to Italy! The food is simply delicious too! Pizza from the Naples region is the best as they are famous for their tomatoes, so so yum. Matt and Cornelius were the best crew anyone could ask for, so informative, cheeky and so much fun! Lots of Aussies on my tour and we all got along so well and had a blast. This was the perfect Italian experience that I'll never forget!

My Contiki was: Beautiful-Delicious-Mind-blowing

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30 June 2012 - 11 July 2012

  • arthistory2012
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled May 2012
  • 22
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

May 2012 Simply Italy

Best vacation ever. Worth every penny, and more. Great value, food, sights, and people! The age range was perfect-- so easy to make friends. Most of us went out almost every night. There was always something fun to do, and even chilling was great when we were too tired to party. Our guide, Laura, was awesome! She helped us find the best food and entertainment, and she had as much fun as we did. Italy is fantastic on its own, but the Contiki tours, dinners, and other group activities really enlivened the whole experience. All the optionals I participated in and the accommodations were great. Drinking in a gondola in Venice is a MUST-- I only wish it had lasted longer! The entire trip was a perfect length of time. By the end of it, we were exhausted. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

My Contiki was: Delicious-Awesome-Exciting

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18 May 2012 - 30 May 2012

  • Explorer1273832
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled August 2011
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Tour Review

Amazing Tour; I had a great time.......met great ppl from around the world and had a fabulous tour manager...all & all it was a amazing Tour.....whooo !!

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12 August 2011 - 24 August 2011

  • Simran
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled August 2013
  • 28
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Breath taking, out of this world

This was my first major trip I've ever taken and decided to trust Contiki. Smart choice!! I was not expecting to see SO much with the time we had and I loved every bit of it. I got to see all the major cities and hot spots that I know on my own, I wouldn't have managed it. Ill give you a bit of my view for each day and some advice on how to prepare your self for this trip. Day 1: Its a chilling day. If you land the day of then you wont get much time to check out Rome on your own. You do however get time again in Rome at the end of the trip. However I would have liked to arrive early and go out for a bit - so recommend you do the same! Day 2: Pompeii Tour was great - highly recommend it. If you dont, then your kinda stuck on your own and cant do much either. Plus this is a great time to know the rest of your travel pack. You learn alot about what happened in Pompeii. Day 3: 100% - DO THE CRUISE! Omg the sites, the water and the Blue Grotto - WOW. Capri is a beautiful city; one of my favorites. And as suggested, you must try Limoncello - just for the sake of it! Day 4: The wine tasting was fun - a bit disappointed that we didnt get to see more of Tuscany. Be prepared...youll be in the coach for a long time. Another thing I did not like. The siteseeing was amazing but being locked up inside was a bit of a downer. Day 5; FLORENCE - My absolute FAVORITE. I fell in love with this city. If I ever decide to come back to Italy, I would go to Florence. The club was really good but I dont think it was the Space club we went too. However this night was the BEST night. Did the group dinner - it was spaghetti and meatballs and my oh my...mouthwatering DELICIOUS! Start of the day we did go see the leather crafts man - dropped a few bills there. Leather is amazing - try to get something for yourself! And the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence was really informative and had a great time. While here - BEFORE you leave to Venice, you MUST climb the INFINITE stairs. When you reach the top - the city view is amazing. Ask your tour guide about this! Day 6: This was an okay day. If you like to shop, then hav fun! Its like a shop market - all cobblestone and everything. You do see Juliets Balcony but its not an 1hr thing. Its quick so make the most of your time here and check it out. Day 7: Get ready to SHOP! Another great place to shop - so many vendors! And you MUST take the Gondola ride. I think for this day, I opt out the Walking Tour. Go on your own - explore. Have fun. Check out St. Mark;s Square - some really good restaurants. Day 8: If you want to drop some major $$ on name brands - this is the place. Top name brands and very poshy. I wasnt too impressed with Milan. Again Im not a major spender. I enjoy siteseeing so this was more of a chilling day for me which it is actually. Day 9: To be honest - I cant remember what I did this day...sorry! Day 10: Ah yes - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You wont spend too much time here - hopefully your tour guide will make you take funny pictures and compete with one another. Glad they included this on the way to Rome. However again - another long ride in the coach! Day 11: Back in ROME! Def check our the Colosseum if you didnt arrive early and do it on your own. Its a must see and just learning the history behind it is great. Make the most of your day as this is your last!! So, things I wasnt too impressed/or would like to change: 1) Long coach ride - cant avoid it and its nice they added in pit stops (Tuscany, La Spezia). But prepare yourself...bring something to occupy you or catch up on some MUCH needed rest...why... 2) Get ready for EARLY mornings! If you are not a morning person or like to take it easy, prepare yourself for a rude awakening. This is after all an 'In-Depth Explorer' style. I didnt mind it but at times it does get to you. But you get to catch up on SOME sleep on the coach... 3) Was not impressed with breakfast at all. I LOVE my breakfasy - one of the meals I will TRULY pig out on. There is only SO MUCH bread I can consume :( 4) If you like cheese, bread and oil for dipping then great! If not - as Im lactose intolerant and sensitive to wheat...then oh boy! lol Its Italy - what was I thinking! Home of PASTA AND PIZZA. 5) WATER WATER WATER - buy a water bottle and REFILL when you can. With the heat and walking, you will get dehydrated. 6) Washrooms - YUP - you gotta pay in order to use them unless you dine in which then you can use it for free! 7) Coffee - YUMMY! However I guess I forgot that they serve coffoe/americano is small cups - not what Im used to here 8OZ or more actually :) Oh and DEF try the GELLATO's! I think everyday I treated myself. BEST one is in Florence and Rome. Overall -this trip was amazing! You wont have regrets - the early mornings pay off...eventually ;)

My Contiki was: --

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23 August 2013 - 4 September 2013

  • Bailey
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled April 2015
  • 27
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Absolutely No Regrets.

Let me start off by telling you I didn't want to go on this trip. I had bought it as a surprise gift for my boyfriend. You see Italy was on his bucket list, not mine. However, he said no to the trip and I went anyway. Contiki is about no regrets and I wasn't going to let buying a trip for someone be one of mine. Am I ever glad I went! Italy is such a beautiful country with so many things to see, experience and eat! Boy oh boy, do you ever eat. So many pastas, pesto, gelato, pizza, wine and more! I had Margherita as my tour manager and Enzo as our Driver. Margherita is an amazing person with such a passion for her job and it shows. If you end up with Margherita you wont be disappointed. Enzo is such a lovely driver with some serious driving skills. Italy has got some tight bends to it and I never felt unsafe in his bus once. A big shout out to both as they both made this a unforgettable trip for me. The places you will visit are breathtaking. This is a trip where you make it what you want it to be. Rain or Shine! We had a day of rain in Rome, and let me tell you it dumped buckets. Be prepared for the wet, but also for the beautiful sun! Italy has a beautiful personalty to it and it will give you many great memories. I don't have much bad things to say about this. The only thing I didn't like was the Autogrill. Like mentioned by others, you make a few stops at them. You do spend some time on the coach and as a result you will have to make stops. You could complain about the stops but you will probably be to busy sleeping on the coach, laughing with your new friends, or watching Italy go by to really notice. Contiki is about adventure, memories and no regrets. This trip had everything and more then I had expected. To be honest with you I had no idea what to expect when I booked it, but I'm glad I booked it and I can't wait for my next adventure with Contiki.

My Contiki was: No Regrets-Adventures-la dolce vita

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18 April 2015 - 29 April 2015

  • Jen
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled September 2011
  • 24
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 7 Countries

Amazing Race

The hotels in Milan, Florence & Venice were the best (with the best breakfasts as well) the concierge in Sorrento and in Rome hotels were very rude, in Rome they wouldn't even give extra towels until 7am (when had a 7:30 departure) so make sure you are getting any extras in the evenings! Optional dinners are not recommended, the included dinners are okay but are prepared ahead of time so are cold when you get them, which is why I do not recommend the optional dinners either, while they are pricier, you can still get better food in the same locations by going in smaller groups to other locations. Be prepared for long days on the bus! Recommend a travel pillow for sleep ease on the bus as you spend a lot of time sleeping on it! For the most part our group slept more on the bus than we did in the hotels. Be prepared to party like a rock star in Florence because it is by far the most epic place you will go! Space was awesome as was the red garter karaoke place. We went to Danielles Karaoke place in Sorrento as well and it was a great time (has a pole in the middle of the dance floor, one of the guys that works there is quite the pole dancer!) Pisa is great but we only had an hour to take pictures, if your group is as camera happy as ours definitely eat before you take pictures because our group ended up either not eating or not using the bathrooms because we spent so much time taking photos! Overall it was great though! Such a fun place to take pictures for a photo competition! if you get the impression from this tour that there is only one day on the beach, be prepared because there is absolutely 3-4 days where you will be on a boat and on a beach, bring a swimsuit because half of our tour did not & spent days where we could have been on the beach sitting in the shade resting our feet instead of in the water! Definitely more water days than is let on in the itinerary! There are at least 2 days (verona and La Spezia) that are stop over days, you have a few hours in different cities leading up to where you are sleeping! The recommended restaurant by our tour manager at the place we stayed in Venice was good food but terrible service because we were "contiki" even though we did not come as a group they treated us poorly and our food took 3 hours to come even though others were seated, served and left before we ever received our food. Worst experience of the trip! Overall our guide was great, she had a lot of knowledge about the area, but none of us really learned much because she talked through our naps! :) make sure you learn everyones names early on, we didn't do a "get to know you" until half way through our trip! it makes the trip so much more fun when you know peoples names! You will see a lot of things on this trip, most of them you won't remember until you look through your photos, it is basically the amazing race of italy!

My Contiki was: rushed-party-epic

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23 September 2011 - 5 October 2011

  • jessy.seida
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2013
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Erica Belli is the best tour guide ever!

I loved having Erica as my tour guide. She went above and beyond with her efforts to make sure everyone was comfortable and having the time of their lives. Her happiness and enthusiasm was contagious and made the trip unforgettable. She is the reason I am so many others on the Italy tour had the best trip of our lives.

My Contiki was: Amazing-perfect-Fantastic

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24 May 2013 - 5 June 2013

  • Lee
  • Booked from United Kingdom
  • Traveled May 2013
  • 26
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Simply Italy, Simply Amazing

It's actually incredibly hard to actually put into words my true feelings towards my Simply Italy trip that I've just come back from. Especially as right now, I'm back home in the UK and having some holiday blues. But let me take it to the beginning. It's fair to say that most people going on this tour must have been a little nervous beforehand. And I certainly fit the bill for this. The apprehension that you might not really get on with your room-mates / fellow tour members was certainly one that was strong in mind. Our tour manager, Erica, gave an introduction - and her bubbly, energetic personality just got absorbed by the room. Before long, we started to meet our fellow travellers and within a few minutes, I knew that this trip was going to be perfect. And it was. My roommate was probably the craziest/out going guy on the tour - which is far from my personality. But I wouldn't have changed him for the world. We clicked within a few seconds of our introduction - and I feel privileged to have spent 12 days with him. The way that our tour worked was that within a few days, natural friendship groups formed around the travellers - which was great. As exploring each city/place as a big group of 40+ was always going to be a no go. So in your friendship groups, you generally go off together and see the things that you all want to see. But at the same time, there are enough group activities going on (and on the coach) to really get to know everyone else at the same time. There's not one person out of the 40+ members of our tour group that I didn't like. I felt there was a lot of like-minded people to me there and it was great to have spoken to every single one of them throughout the 12 days. It’s hard for me to give you a flavour as to my favourite day – because I feel like it would be unfair on all of the other days! Florence was probably my favourite place to visit, peaceful and completely beautiful. But having said that, every single place we visited had something different to offer and gave another unique perspective on the fabulous country which I now know Italy to be. I feel content that I’ve seen the major highlights of Italy and really got a great flavour for the culture – thanks to the trips and from our Italian tour manager Erica (who gave us helpful advice; speaking Italian, gestures, recommendations of places to see in our free time). I purchased all of the optionals on the tour. And generally, a large portion of the group did as well. My only initial concern with the optionals was for the prices of the meals. But in hindsight – the places we went were excellent, the food great (although a set menu) and usually unlimited wine. I’m honestly glad I paid for all of these as it was another great way to spend some time with my new ‘Contiki family’. Without a shadow of doubt, I would urge anyone who is even remotely interested in seeing Italy to book the Simply Italy tour with Contiki. The Contiki motto is 'No Regrets' and I can promise you, there will be no regrets if you are lucky enough to get to go on this tour. As for me, I'm already looking at future Contiki tours and how I can fit that into seeing my new found friends from around the world!

My Contiki was: Amazing-Incredible-Wow

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25 May 2013 - 5 June 2013

  • Caroline
  • Booked from Europe
  • Traveled June 2013
  • 24
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 3 Countries

Simply the best!

It's commonly known that Italy is a beautiful country; and for a first visit there, it was exactly what you can expect and even much, much more! The trip was truly action-packed and memorable thanks to our incredible and brilliant Contiki staff (Enzo and Giuseppe) and our fun and friendly group (we all bonded very easily, it was great and it made the whole trip so much more fun!) In 12 days, we covered so much ground (from Rome to Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Florence and then Venice, Verona, Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Vatican, etc.) that you get the feeling you get to see it all. Everywhere we stopped, we wanted to stay longer (especially in Sorrento and Capri!). Beautiful cities and landscapes, amazing food and wine (Yes, I'm a French woman who enjoyed Italian wine much to the amazement of our tour manager, Enzo!), fun nights out, lots of culture (I recommend the walking tours in Florence, Venice and Rome) and playful moments at the beach (great memories from Portovenere and Monterosso). Accommodation-wise, it was incredible. We stayed in great places. My favourites are the rooms in Sorrento, Florence and Milan. Fabulous! Best value for money! Time flew by in an instant but all these great memories will stay forever. I strongly recommend you do all the optional activities, they're worth every penny (especially the dinners such as the fancy one in the restaurant on the hills of Florence and the farewell dinner in Rome). All in all, you get to experience La Dolce Vita and you won't be willing to leave at the end of the trip but at least you know what places you want to return to (for me, Sorrento, Capri, Florence and Cinque Terre). Ciao tutti!

My Contiki was: Bellissima-Unforgettable-Wow

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25 June 2013 - 6 July 2013

  • Explorer1226373
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled June 2011
  • 29
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Awesome Experience!

I have to tell you that I had an amazing experience on the Simply Italy tour! It was incredible - super exhausting but well worth it. I was able to experience and see all the sights that I wanted to and the tour allowed for such free time that I wasn't restricted to staying with the group for everything which I found to be great! I had Vinnie as my tour manager - he was AWESOME - the best tour guide ever! His knowledge of the country, the cities, the little things that only locals know was insightful and helpful. He was simply great! Our bus driver was great too, though he didn't speak English Ginarro (sp) got us around the country safe and sound! Italy is a beautiful place to visit - this tour got me to all of the cities that I wanted to visit and more! The one thing that I would recommend is that if you want to see Rome for yourself than book a few days before the tour starts or after the tour ends because Rome is the only city that you don't get very much free time in at all. I was there a few days before the tour which allowed me to explore for myself - and I waited until the end of the tour to buy things from Rome but was greatly disappointed that I wasn't able to because of the timing on the tour. Also DO NOT stay in the hotel that Contiki starts and ends with in Rome - The Regent Hotel was GARBAGE - service was horrible, the rooms were terrible - smelly, dirty and the beds were the worst of all - I had springs sticking into my body all night long. The hotel is far from central Rome as well so find something closer! Other than that the experience was incredible - it was fun and enriching and I enjoyed it all! Already planning my next one - New Zealand here I come!

My Contiki was: Awesome-Fantastic-Exhausting

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24 June 2011 - 6 July 2011

  • Skylark1983
  • Booked from Reviews.ZA
  • Traveled September 2014
  • 31
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Simply Amazing

I can not really add much to the already 5 star trip and reviews below. Simply Italy, simply do it! :-)

My Contiki was: --

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27 September 2014 - 8 October 2014

  • ninaraminelli
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled August 2014
  • 25
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Amazing!!!

It was my first time with Contiki and also my first time travelling solo. I had the time of my life!! First of all, our tour manager, Margherita, was the best ever!! She made everything to make every moment unforgettable! She gave us a lot of information about history, italian culture, best places to eat, best drink, maps with all the tips we need it. Our trip wouldn't have been as amazing without her!!! Our driver, Enzo, did a great job of driving safely despite the crazy traffic of Italy. He also did his best to communicate with us despite the language barrier. He was always ready to get in and even when it was not their obligation. I made a lot of friends from Canada, USA, Australia, France, Puerto Rico. Although my English was not fluent, I could talk, laugh and have a lot of fun. The itinerary couldn't be more perfect! We discovered differents Italies in each city we went to. I'm really in love with Italy, their food, people, culture and everything! Thank you Contiki, Megghy and Enzo!

My Contiki was: best staff-friends-differents Italies

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23 August 2014 - 3 September 2014

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