To contiki, or not to contiki?

It’s been weighing on my mind more and more the closer we get to the big departure – to Contiki, or not to Contiki? I had mulled over it briefly a few months ago and had settled on no; based on the fact that there weren’t any tours that encompassed all the countries I wanted to visit but the more research I do into costs, the more it seems like a good idea. In desperation (not being up to making another huge decision after an entire night last night spent on the laptop or no laptop debate) and needing another opinion, I have opened it up to everyone to give me some advice on this current dilemma.

I have put together my current pros/cons list as follows:

Pro: Con:
´        Set cost ´        Less flexibility
´        Includes accommodation, most meals etc…. ´        Not as much freedom
´        Pre-packaged travel buddies ´        Set cost
´ ´        Most start in London & I fly into Paris

My biggest problem is that I’m 27, so I can’t get a cheap Eurail pass. It’s going to cost me $765 base for a 15 day continuous pass but then there are seat reservations on top. I can get a Contiki tour from $2400 and that includes 18days accommodation, most meals, transport etc.

Then, just to confuse things, there is also the debate of Contiki v. Top deck.  Top deck actually have a better tour for me – covers all the countries I want and it’s starts in Rome, so I can hang about in Paris for a week and then head down to Rome for the tour. I’m a little hesitant about Top deck. Not because I don’t think that they will be ok, but because I feel like I’m more of a Contiki girl. I’ve done a little nosing around to check out what others have to say and they seem to be pretty similar. I actually think Top deck might be more my style but can I abandon that consumerist instinct that has been belted into me all my life? Who knows… let me know your thoughts!

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One thought on “To contiki, or not to contiki?

  1. Ok How can you make an informed decision unless you have also tried Top Deck ? then next time you are deciding to go on a tour you can pick the one that was best :)How do the prices compare ?I would go with the one that will save me the most cash but I am a bit of a cheap skate .Hope that has helped you in your decision debate

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