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  • Anaheim, California, United States
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Contiki Reviews & Ratings 77% Recommend

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Scenery and countries were worth it! August 2018

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
This trip let you see the gist of each country and was perfect pace with only a little time to get ready. It was the group that really added to my experience and I would definitely do this again if given the choice to go back in time. One things for sure though, it's on the more expensive side of things... You NEED to do all the add on activities okay! That's what MAKES the trip!

here is my youtube video : LiveLaughElizabeth
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Great August 2018

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip was pretty amazing! I made a YouTube video to sum up the trip, so you can go have a look at how much fun we had.

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Good trip! January 2017

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
In 2014, I made the decision to go on my first trip to Europe alone. It was a hell of a culture shock. Thank god for contiki. It basically organized everything for me. My bus driver and tour manager had great information and were willing to share it with great enthusiasm. I had great nights out and in. I wish I went on a longer trip i made fantastic friends from all over the world who i still keep contact.
Only things I wish they would improve on is knowledge of good restaurants (aka sharing specific restaurants with us which are good options price, quality, authentic) as i found it hard to find decent Italian food on our own.
Oh and some accommodation were in pretty dodgy areas (the one in Paris was scary)& one in Italy place we got bed bugs...
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Enjoyed 4 of their trips. January 2017

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I have done 5 trips of Contikis since 2010
La to the bay (May/June 2010)
Euro experience (March/April 2013)
Scandinavia (Sept 2014)
Eastern road (Sept 2014)
Berlin to Budapest (Nov 2015)
The only tour I didn't like was LA to the bay due to our tour manager being a bit of a prat and I found him to be the biggest drunk, rude and not really caring about his job and thought it was 1 big joke. The driver did a better job as driver and tour manager.
I found the tours are very fast pace and not as much time in places as they let on, with some place given only a few hours to explore. Some of the optionals are not worth the money paid to go on them, at times I found easier not to do the optionals such as the bike tours and to just hire a bike and do it myself, easier and cheaper.
Accommodation is fair with some cities they need to find a place closer to the city such as Vienna as the hotel they used was a good half an hour/45 minutes taxi ride.
I hated the chatue contiki as it was freezing, dark, no hot water and the bare basics of things yet its apprently worth millions but contiki can't or won't pay for upgrades such as more bathrooms, 8 showers between 50 or people isn't enough.
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Contiki and the Grand Southern USA made my 2015! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was the best time of my life! Words cannot describe how amazing my trip was! The people I met, the places we visited, the foods we tried, hotels, bars, parties all amazing! Every day was an amazing day! If you are sat contemplating whether to book something or not STOP! Just book it and go- I promise you, you won't be the same person when you return!
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Bitten by the Contiki Travel Bug January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
I'd always dreamt of seeing Paris so I immediately started looking and there was no other chose, Contiki it was. It's almost been a year since I went, best gift I could have given myself. I chose the 25 day European Escapade which gave me a taste of 12 countries, a lot of memories and life long friends. It was jam packed with sights, adventure and laughter. In total, there was 53 people on my tour that I was fortunate to share my trip with. I recommend and encourage everyone who asked me to consider Contiki, I've even got list of even more places and contiki's to go on and experience what the rest of the world has to offer, once you go you'll always what to travel, the bug bites harder when you return home, it gave me so much confidence. Lastly, whilst on my trip, I took along a GoPro and filmed every where and every thing I did which has allowed me to hold on to all the good times. I'd love if you could check out my Youtube Channel, to see where and what my tour had to offer.

Be smart, travel with friends and have no regrets!
Kind Regards, G
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Since 1962, Contiki has been a leader in providing exceptional global experiences for 18-35 year olds.

What Makes Contiki Stand Out?

Contiki offers a huge amount of tour options tailor made for younger travelers. They pride themselves on creating lifelong memories among international groups of like-minded travelers. They offer a comprehensive selection of trips, over 300 of them, all over the world.

Their product range spans three different styles based on the pace of the trip: Discovery Plus, In-Depth Explorer, and Easy Pace. Make sure to read the details of each trip and choose the right one for your travel style.  

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Contiki?

Sociable, spontaneous, and easy-going travelers who are between the ages of 18-35 will definitely love the Contiki travel experience. These are trips for those young people who travel for the sheer joy of meeting locals, experiencing the nightlife, relaxing in the sun, and pounding the pavement for the next unique local gem.

Having a good time, being active, and spending less time in museums is something to expect on a Contiki tour. If you’re the kind of young person who likes meeting a lot of new people, are excited to try new things Contiki could be a good choice.

These trips are very much about being young and having fun - so you can’t mind that you might miss a particular cultural attraction in favor of a group decision to instead explore a local market or neighborhood not in the guidebooks.

That said, the guides and groups are generally warm and welcoming - it’s just that Contiki tends to attract partiers as opposed to bookworms.

Top Destinations

Contiki offers 300+ trips in over 50 countries. They are especially popular for young travelers looking to explore Europe and Asia. Other top regions include Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Contiki Travel Style

Contiki trips keep budget very much in mind when designing their trips. Expect a mix of 2 to 3-star hotels, guesthouses, and hostels on most trips. Contiki uses a mix of private coaches and public transportation to get around.

The Contiki travel style is designed to allow for spontaneity - appreciate and get to know the culture through immersive activities, outdoors adventures, and local gems, off the tourist path.

Contiki trips can be found in 6 broad themes:

1. Discoverer - For the widest mix of sites and activities. These trips are multi-country and city, jam packed with attractions and hidden gems.

2. High Energy - For those travelers who are all for maximizing their fun day and night.

3. In Depth Explorer - If cultural travel is what you gravitate to, these trips are going to suit you the best.

4. Independent Insider - For if you value a lot of free time to explore, setting your own schedule and curating the experience for your interests.

5. Camping - Truly budget travel, sleeping under the stars, camping trips with Contiki are currently available in Europe.

6. Winter & Ski - Hitting the slopes and Christmas markets in Europe, enjoying some off-season perks like fewer crowds and lower prices.

7. Sailing, Cruise, Beach - If being out on the water is your bread and butter, and suntanning on the beach calls your name every time you travel, these trips are for you.

8. Festivals & Short Stays - Festival travel has grown in popularity, especially among younger crowds. Contiki will help organize these often confusing and crowded events.

Why Choose a Tour With Contiki?

Contiki is a great choice for younger travelers looking to socialize with others during their trip. All of their travelers are between the ages of 18-35, and having a good time is one of their primary reasons for traveling with Contiki.

Groups are a mix of people from the US, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

They have lots of experience leading cultural tours in different parts of the world and have a wide range of options to choose from.

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Are flights included?
No. Your international travel to and from the tour are not included in the trip price. However, a Contiki representative can assist you with booking your flights.
Do I need Travel Insurance?

Yes, travel insurance is required when you travel with Contiki. You can purchase travel insurance through Contiki during the booking process, or use another provider, but you must be covered for the duration of your trip. If you are using your own coverage, Contiki advises that you double check to ensure it covers all activities included in the tour, particularly adventure activities.

What is the Average Group Size?
Group sizes are completely dependent on where and how you choose to travel with Contiki. In Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, group sizes can range between 35 – 52 travelers max (usually in busy periods like Europe summer, Contiki groups are at maximum capacity). In regions like Asia and South America, Contiki group sizes are considerably smaller – around 25 – 30 travelers max.
What is the age range?
Contiki trips are specifically designed for travelers between the ages of 18-35.
Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?
No - in fact a large majority of travelers on Contiki trips are single.
What kind of luggage should I bring?
It depends on the trip, but generally Contiki requires you bring no more than one decent sized suitcase approximately 29” × 20” × 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) with a maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.), and one smaller backpack or day bag.

From Contiki

We’re firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with. That’s why Contiki invented group travel for young people in 1962 and we’ve spent the past 53 years perfecting it. You’ll explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free.

No two travellers are the same and we know that, which is why we offer eight unique ways to explore the world. We have a number of options to choose from to create a vacation that’s perfect for you, from budget to accommodation style.

We're all about exploring the world with like-minded people, which is why we only run trips for 18-35 year olds, to celebrate being young, spirited and curious. You can expect to join a group of 18-53 awesome people from around the world on our Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand trips, and in Asia and Latin America it's all about small group adventures with up to 25 travellers. Don't worry if you're not traveling as a couple or with a friend from home – though there are plenty of pairs, 50% of our travellers set off solo, meaning you'll have a ton of opportunities to make new friends.

With over 270 trips around the world and plenty of departure dates to work into your schedule, you'll never be short of options on where to go for your next great adventure.


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