A few people I work with have just returned from a European trip with Contiki, and a few others were so impressed that they are currently on a European tour with them... I'd love to travel around Europe so out of curiosity I looked up their website to see what they offer and I too was very impressed... The packages seem well put together with nearly everything included in the price other than airfare (which they can get cheap as well)... When I was being told about the trip I was expecting the price to run in the thousands, but I was shocked to see they had around 10 day tours across Europe starting just over $1000.
I'm not too keen on the idea of them promoting how you'll make "life long friends" and whatnot, as I merely would go for the sights themselves, but I've heard nothing but good things so far and was curious if any of the well traveled gurus of a.net had their own opinions?
BTW I would be looking into something like a 10-14 day "superior" (average to decent hotels w/ meals etc) around Europe