Contiki VS EF College Break

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    May 18, 2012 9:04 AM GMT
    I'm travelling to Europe this summer and these seem to be the two largest & most popular guided tours. I don't want to go by myself (or if I do, it would be at the end of the tour once I get the hang of travelling) so I'm just wondering if anyone has done a European tour with either one of these companies and what your experience was.

    I've spent hours reading reviews and I'm just super indecisive. EF College break seems to be cheaper and includes airfaire, but I've heard about lots of people having a blast with Contiki. What I like about Contiki is you stay in hostels, which gives more of an opportunity to meet other travelers not on the tours, while EF College Break always has you in hotels.
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    May 18, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    I personally did not do it, but I had friends that went on Contiki for a Western Europe and the Mediterranean vacations and they mentioned they had a great time and the tour was well done, plenty of things to do, great recommendations. I have not heard of EF College break whether negative or positive.

    Hope this helps.
  • Borski1992

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    May 18, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    I didn't do EF for a college trip, but I used it in high school, and it wasn't the most pleasant thing. They plan a little too much for you, for my tastes. Mine was to China though, so it might be a totally different story somewhere else.
  • str8hardbody9

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    May 18, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    I go to Europe every summer. I was in Berlin, London & Vienna last summer. This year I'm going to Paris, Croatia & Prague. I've been to these ciities several times but still enjoy the scenery & museums.

    When I was in college I took the Contiki tours it was fun. Young crowd & hotels was great and it's cheaper too.

    Have fun in Europe watch ur wallet put it in the front pocket
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    May 21, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys. I have read a lot of reviews, and yeah, the most thing people say is there is a lot of time spent on the bus. I was thinking of European adventure, which goes to a lot of cities (so I'm assuming it would be lots of riding), I could look at a more relaxed paced one but that one has a lot of places I want to see.

    The other option is I do a shorter tour, and then leave time to travel around myself... but I'm super indecisive and kind of afraid to travel alone, so I'm not sure if that's the best option for me. I kind of like having my itinerary mapped out like Contiki does....
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    May 22, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    I did a two week deluxe Contiki tour of France when I was 18. It was a bit more expensive, but less rushed and more cultural. We spent fewer hours on the road and in a few places spent more than one night, which is more up my alley than a "10 countries in 10 days" kind of trip that they usually are. Half the people were traveling alone, the others in groups of 2 or 3, and everyone was either American, Canadian or Australian. The vast majority were aged 30-34, probably because it was a premium tour.
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    May 24, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    I did a 2 week Contiki Greek Island Hopping tour just last year. In fact, it was exactly this time last year I did it.

    I had a blast. There were 17 people in my group. 3 from the US, the rest being from Canada and Australia.

    I really cant say enough good things about it. Truly had an amazing time, made many good friends and memories. The people were all very chill, relaxed, nice. It was so fun meeting people from all over the world. The tour guide was amazing. It's good cuz u can pick and choose what u actually wanna do.

    For example, one of the activities was to go to a "Greek Dinner" with some old Greek lady to get an authentic Greek experience. Me and a couple other guys didnt bother to go and went out on the town exploring around on our own, etc. So much fucking fun, god damn it i wish i could rewind time.

    Anyway, It's also nice cuz they do all the planning for u. No need to worry about booking hotels, booking activities, booking rides, shuttles, etc.

    It's supper easy. Super chill, fun time!
    fuck bro, I should work for Contiki i'm giving them mad props right now, but its for real. I really enjoyed my experience.

    I even called my little bro while in Greece one night, he's 19...and insisted when he graduated college in like 2 years to do a Contiki tour. I'm like "bro, u gotta do one of these things, u dont even know what the fuck you're misssssin" he was all "ok dude, whatever"...pfffft dumb fuck dont even know how cool it was icon_rolleyes.gif

    anyway, i met a few people on the trip who had been on like 2 or 3 other Contiki Italy, Croatia, etc. They all loved it. Everyone's flush with cash, livin it up.

    ight i gotta stop before i pull out my own credit card and book another trip fawwwk

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    May 25, 2012 2:33 AM GMT

    Contiki - get ready to drink!

    I've heard mixed things.

    You're a big boy you could certainly head over by yourself, meet people in hostels and go from there. You'll certainly have more flexibility that way and may end up saving a significant amount of money.