I’m finally back from Europe! I had such a great time traveling through Spain, France, and Italy. Now that I’m back and have time I can finally share the rest of the details of my trip! The majority of my trip was spent on a Contiki tour. Two weeks were spent on the tour followed by a week of road tripping through Italy and then 3 days in Paris! I first heard about Contiki about a year ago while I was in Rhode Island for work. It seemed like a pretty cool concept to me – Contiki offers tours for 18-35 year olds. I started researching Contiki and it seemed like a great way to travel to Europe for the first time. After I had started researching, Neli, one of the girls I work with, mentioned that her and a friend were going on a Contiki tour to Europe and invited me to join. I wasn’t totally convinced at first but then in May I made the decision to join their European adventure – it was seriously one of the best decisions ever!
Marine and Neli flew to Spain a couple days before me and then I joined the day the tour started. We had signed up for the Mediterranean Highlights Tour starting in Madrid. Upon arrival, we had a meet up with our Contiki tour group and met our tour manager, Enzo. Enzo was so much fun and definitely made our trip even more fun than it could have been – it was obvious he has a passion for traveling and sharing that passion with others. During our trip he really made the extra effort to make sure everyone had a great time and also made sure to share “his favorites” from each city including “non-touristy” things to do in each city. Enzo is Italian so he even taught us some of the popular Italian hand gestures – which was a fun way to pretend we were Italians for a week! We also had a really great group of people on our tour – the majority were Australians and Canadians with a few other Americans from LA, New York, and Las Vegas. I definitely made friends for life on this trip! I already miss so many people from my trip, but it’s cool to have friends from all over the world now. Even though I was a little hesitant to do a Contiki tour at first, it ended up being a great time. The tour was a great way to see a ton of places in such a short time – it was a little hectic with how fast paced it was but it was a ton of fun. Our tour traveled through Madrid, Barcelona, Nice, Piza, Florence, and Rome with stops in several smaller cities along the way! I would highly recommend doing a Contiki tour if you’re thinking about it!
After the conclusion of the tour in Rome, Neli, Marine, and I stayed in Rome for two extra nights, then spent two nights in Tuscany to enjoy the countryside and do some wine tasting, and then went to Venice for two nights. The girls then flew home while I flew to Paris where I experienced my first hostel. My trip to Europe was quite the vacation! It’s the longest I’ve ever been away from home and it was my first time out of the country! Surprisingly, I was never homesick and the only time I was sad during my trip was in the Paris airport coming home! I have even started planning my next trip! Over the next couple weeks I will share more of the details of my trip including all the amazing food (sooo much pasta and gelato) but in the meantime I wanted to share a few details and a few more photos!