My contiki experience was not quite what I expected....it was so much better! I would have never been able to experience 8 different european countries in 15 days by myself. For me, the best part was being able to experience all this with other people my age. I'm really glad contiki has the age range limitations. Because of it, our contiki family was super close and got along great! We all hung out, stayed out, maybe got a little too drunk, and definitely had too much fun. The trip is very fast paced, lots to see in 15 days. The accommodations were fine, not 5 star, but not shit holes either. You're rarely even at the hotels/hostels anyway.. The coach is really nice. You do spend a lot of time on the coach driving from destination to destination. You'll learn to appreciate the time you have on the coach because it means you can catch up on SLEEP! I didn't mind the coach days. Even if you can't sleep on the coach there are lots of other people on the coach with you to keep you entertained during the drive. Plenty of charging stations on the coach, and they offer a limited amount of free WiFi. You can opt to purchase additional WiFi if you want. I wouldn't recommend it though because every accommodation we stayed at offered free WiFi. The food was fine, but I'm not a foodie so I'm not the best person to comment about food. You will meet tons of cool people from all over the world (this is my favorite part). I learned heaps about Australia from some mates on the trip.. Probably headed to Australia next! I'm not sure how contiki does it but the itinerary is spot on! You get to see all the biggest tourist attractions, have just enough time to yourself, keep your belly happy, your social media updated, and then off you go to the next destination. The timing and how everything fell into place was perfect! Amazing how they make that happen. Lastly I want to mention our Trip Driver Darius and our Trip Manager Britt. Driving in Europe is so different from the USA. I really don't know how Darius switches from driving on the left side in the U.K. straight to driving on the right side once we got off the ferry in France. From the crazy lane-less roundabouts to the narrow streets in Italy somehow Darius got us safely through 8 different countries without so much of even putting a scratch on the Coach. Props to Darius! He definitely earned my trust! Our Trip Manager Britt was honestly what made my trip what it was. Not only was she also in the same age range, she was super knowledgeable. From culture questions, to transportation frustrations- Britt seemed to have all the answers. In addition she didn't just send us on our way at each destination. She actually hung out with our contiki crew the whole time. She attended all the dinners, came to the bar with us, she even drank with us! You could tell this wasn't a job to Britt: it was a passion. Would I recommend a contiki trip: ABSOLUTELY! I have no regrets at all about booking this trip. Great Job, Contiki!
This was such an amazing trip! The cruise was so lovely and the drinks package was even better. Worked out about $120 AUD for unlimited drinks for the whole duration of the cruise. The food was great and the activities were fun! Santorini was really nice and The accomodation was in a pretty good location allowing us to walk everywhere. Our tour guide Steve was really great and took us everywhere and was very willing to help. Met some amazing people on this tour and absolutely loved it!! This is more of a slow paced tour which was nice but I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Greek islands! I would even do it again!!!
As an individual who loves to travel and explore, I have to say that going on this tour was probably the best decision I have ever made. Vietnam was the most incredible country I have ever visited in my life. This adventure had absolutely everything you could ask for: culture, history, tradition and modernity, amazing food and tons of heavy duty exploring. This was my second time going on a Contiki Tour and all I can say is that Contiki by all means never disappoints. All Contiki does is make sure you have life changing experiences and that you transform into a world class traveler.I travelled alone and met people from all over the world. There were travelers from Canada, the U.S., the U.K, Scotland, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Everyone bonded very well and became friends for life. I must say that every day I miss all the wonderful people I met. Our tour manager, Danny, was the best. He went out of his way and worked tremendously hard to ensure we all had the greatest experience of our lives. He arranged dinners, lunch and cooking class in Hoi An, biking tours, museum tours and took care of everyone's requested accommodations very courteously.
I had the most amazing trip and made friends for life. Our tour guide, Magdi, was amazing. I would recommend Contiki to anyone. You will never regret going and you will have the best time of your life!
I had an amazing time on this trip! It was downright amazing, but you should be ready to drink. The family I made was amazing and the food was brilliant. The trip itself was worth every cent.
I can't begin to express how much fun I had on this tour. One of the best decisions of my life was booking it and I don't regret a second of it. Our tour manager and bus driver were second to none! They put a lot of effort into our tour with every little thing they did. Also, the friends you make are probably some of the best you'll ever have. This tour is fast-paced but you really make the most of it. I would totally recommend this tour.
The trip was awesome. I went all the way through Vietnam. Contiki was great! During the trip, I met many people, did a lot of activities, got harassed and ripped off by locals, stayed in good hotels, saw the War Museum and VC tunnels, shot guns, rode scooters, had a mud bath, went to a lot of interesting places and a boat tour, swam in the river and dived off the boat and snorkeled. I also got clothes made at Yalys, rode bikes around, went to a cooking class, visited the imperial palace and local temples and pagodas, did karaoke, bought more stuff and went to Halong Bay and kayaked. Great trip!
The trip was well-rounded. First of all, a confession: I'm older than the usual Contiki crowd (33) and not much of a party guy, so I was a bit afraid I would not fit well with the group, given its reputation. I was completely wrong, though: the group was diverse and there was time to party but also to learn about the culture and explore the amazing sights of Vietnam.If you have the same doubts, do yourself a favor and give it a try. I must say that a lot of the success of our tour was due to our amazing tour manager, Az, who made everyone feel awesome basically the whole time, even on long drives after long nights. He is a rock-star and you would be lucky to have him on your tour.
This was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. I was a bit skeptical about it at first, especially after reading some reviews which made it sound like the tours were only about drinking and partying, but this trip definitely exceeded my expectations. It was a perfect mix of nature, culture and nightlife. I don't like getting wasted every night, though I do enjoy the occasional bar night here and there, however I still fit in with the group perfectly. Everything was great and Vietnam is very different from Western Countries.In particular, I enjoyed Nha Trang beach and the boat cruise, the My Son temples, driving through the Pass through the Ocean Clouds, as well as walking around crazy crowded Hanoi and getting 25-cent beer among the locals. Of course, my favorite place was Halong Bay. That place was amazing and I got to kayak and see monkeys, swim on the beach as well as visit a big cave. Another great thing about Vietnam is the food. Prior to going, my coworkers told me the food is amazing, and they were proven right. My favorite was Bale Well in Hoi An.
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