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Contiki Tours for ages 18-35 Great Deal for Travel Around the World

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February 26, 2013 by danisdecadentdeals

Barcelona - Contiki bus

Barcelona – Contiki bus

I took a fabulous trip in summer 2010 with “Contiki” a tour company that accommodates 18-35 year olds.  Contiki includes different ways of travel; such as Superior (hotels), Superior Easy Pace (hotels & relaxed pace), Budget (cabins, hostels, and budget hotels), and Camping.  Contiki travels worldwide. Of the 260 tours of varying lengths, they offer different sightseeing experiences, excursions, some meals, and optional excursions.

Amsterdam To Barcelona - Barcelona

Amsterdam To Barcelona – Barcelona

Amsterdam - In a Shoe at Cheese Farm

Amsterdam – In a Shoe at Cheese Farm

Our Contiki trip called “Amsterdam to Barcelona” was awesome and I came home with 36 new facebook friends and a lifetime of memories I will treasure forever.  Our tour group was like a family as we set out to explore sights, experience activities, and taste food.  My husband and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary on this trip!

Amsterdam - Manneken Pis

Amsterdam – Manneken Pis

Amsterdam - Ann Frank House

Amsterdam – Anne Frank House

Paris - Eiffel tower mid air

Paris – Eiffel tower mid air

We added three days in England at the beginning of our trip, an extra day in Amsterdam, and 2 days in Barcelona.  It is economical to add on days because Contiki has pre-purchased hotel rates.  We also only paid $1800 by booking with Affordable Tours.  (Awesome company with discount travel rates).

Paris - Moulin Rouge Show France

Paris – Moulin Rouge Show France

In London, we discovered a Contiki office and found out these are in most cities for Contiki travelers.  There is a lounge area, free wifi, and staff that can assist you in your journeys.

Nice - Surrogate Candian Daughters Nice-Monaco

Nice – Surrogate Candian Daughters Nice-Monaco

Lucerne Lowen Graben Jail hotel Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne Lowen Graben Jail hotel Lucerne, Switzerland

Our Contiki group started in the Netherlands and we hit up the Heineken Brewery. For $15, we saw how beer was made, made a video singing Dutch music, and got 2 beers.  At night, we went on an unlimited buffet and drinks canal cruise and then went to the Red Light District. The following day we went to a cheese farm & clog maker’s house and we took a bike tour through the city of Edam.

Nice - Dinner in Nice, France

Nice – Dinner in Nice, France

We arrived in Paris by night and explored.  Our day in Paris was a day at leisure and my husband and I decided to seek out Jim Morrison’s grave which was an adventure in itself to find… At night we enjoyed the Moulin Rouge Dinner Show with the group.  This was a fabulous night to remember and we all trekked into a local bar following the show and had a blast!

Nice -Monaco anniversary 5

Nice -Monaco anniversary 5

Barcelona, Basc De Las Fades Cafe

Barcelona, Basc De Las Fades Cafe

The next stop was Lucerne, Switzerland where we stayed in a hotel that was a former jail called the Lowengraben.  Upon arrival, we went on a cruise around Lake Lucerne which was some of the most breathtaking views of the city!!  In the evening we walked through the cobblestone streets to a local dance bar.

Nice on the Beach

Nice on the Beach

Upon arriving in Chamonix in the French Alps, there were gorgeous mountains and an opportunity to take a cable car to the top of the mountain to check out the view. This place was one of my favorites.

Lucerne Switzerland Boat tour

Lucerne Switzerland Boat tour

Paris- Escargot

Paris- Escargot

On the way to Nice, France along the gorgeous French Riviera, we stopped at a French Perfumery called Fragonard and got to sample and buy products.  In Nice, we wandered around the city and hit the gorgeous beaches (these are nude beaches might I add.)  There is one bar in particular that we all fell in love with called, “Ma Nolan’s” and we got to party with our tour guide, Emmo and our bus driver, Hans!

Monaco  Happy Anniversary 5

Monaco Happy Anniversary 5

Chamonix - Mont Blanc

Chamonix – Mont Blanc

A close drive from Nice is Monaco, where we saw the Monte Carlo Casino and the port of Monaco with many boats and blue waters.  We had a great anniversary dinner there to celebrate our five years of marriage 🙂

Barcelona -Magic Fountains

Barcelona -Magic Fountains

Our last city was Barcelona and we stopped at the Sagrada Familia Catholic Church designed by Antoni Gaudi that has been under construction since 1852.  Our hotel was in the Catalonia area and by La Rambla, a long street packed with street acts, shopping, tapas & sangria cafes that had some of the best food!

Barcelona Sagrada Familia Catholic Church

Barcelona Sagrada Familia Catholic Church

Barcelona Good byes in the train

Barcelona Good byes in the train

It was hard to say goodbye to our new friends upon leaving.  I recommend Contiki to anyone in the 18-35 age groups that is interested in travelling with a fun group of like minded people that want to enjoy both day and night activities.

This article is also featured on the Contiki Blog & can be found here:  Contiki Blog

I also have a longer version of this article that can be found here: Longer version

Barcelona-funny group shot

Barcelona-funny group shot

Mont Blanc - hotel party mont blanc

Mont Blanc – hotel party mont blanc

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38 thoughts on “Contiki Tours for ages 18-35 Great Deal for Travel Around the World

  1. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing your amazing trip with us, hope to be taking a similar trip very soon and will keep Contiki in mind : )

  2. tomholmberg378799134 says:

    This was a great trip, I hope that the youth of America get a chance to explore the world to see that there is a bigger world outside their small community. Experience = Upward Mobility

  3. MamaRed says:

    Looks like you had a blast!

  4. WOW! Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful info and pics! This looks like a super place! Love it! 🙂

  5. What an amazing adventure you had! Can I follow you next time! I am 46 and put my feet on the Pacific Ocean for the first time last month. I can’t wait to travel to somewhere new again! I do want to go to Europe before my life is all said and done..;)

  6. drwillis2013 says:

    What a fabulous-looking trip! I love Amsterdam. Alas, I am a bit over the age limit for Contiki! 😉

    • Amsterdam is fabulous. I have been there twice, once as a teenager and once in my thirties. I will go back:) We are now one year over the age for contiki, but I am excited to say they will soon be posting this article on their website:)

  7. How FUN! Thanks for all the special tips! We have never taken a “group” trip, other than with people we already know. I think this sounds like a real experience! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Liz B says:

    Wow that looks like so much fun! I am outta the age range, but maybe they have something for me too? : D.

  9. Aimee says:

    Wow amazing. I have backpacked extensively (all on my own) and have such great memories of the fellow travelers I met. This is a great way for people who aren’t comfortable on their own to get that experience.

  10. yvonneheimann says:

    That would be something I would do!!! Unluckily my fiancee is out of age range 😦

  11. lorettaschoettler says:

    I love to travel, but often avoid tours. This blog makes me rethink that strategy. thanks!

  12. Wow what a great way to fit so many great places into a trip – looks like you had a truly awesome time!

  13. Great marketing site! Very impressive and sure to snag those who log on into investing more time looking over what you are offering! Everyone looks as though they are having FUN!

  14. Great share, great trip, great pictures! What an exciting way to celebrate your 5 years! 🙂

  15. Wow, what an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing your experiences in such detail.. even though I am in a totally different age group your experience makes me want to take a similar trip.

  16. You were in all my old stomping grounds, Dani. Thanks for letting me take the trip with you vicariously … 😉

  17. Wow! It sounds and looks like an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing this travel resource.

  18. Love the pictures. Looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing ;o)

  19. Looks like you had an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  20. […] 18 & 35, definitely check out Contiki Tours! For the shortened version of this post go here:  Short Version This post is also featured on the Contiki Blog website! Go here for their post:  Contiki Blog […]

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