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Contiki

3.9 | Great
  • 75% Recommend
Service Level
  • Budget
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1962
Headquarters
  • Anaheim, California, United States
Trips
  • 1,216

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Contiki Reviews & Ratings 75% Recommend

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Contiki and the Grand Southern USA made my 2015! January 2017

5.0
  • 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

5.0
  • 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. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Zdxq3vmwLg5bx91AJynOEGrJQFbm8as

Be smart, travel with friends and have no regrets!
Kind Regards, G
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Good Job Contiki!! July 2016

5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I did the European Escapade tour in 2015 with Contiki and out of all my travelling memories from that year it certainly sticks out as the most wild!! The group I went on tour with made it all the worth while. The tour itself did the most touristy places in Europe you could imagine with about 2 days in each place. Definitely great for a taster of European culture and history. I loved it!!
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CONTIKI IS AMAZING! October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Warning!!! If your planning on doing a Contiki, you must realize one thing. Once your Contiki journey is over there is no going up. Anything & everything you do after contiki will never be just quite the same. Be prepared to meet the most incredible people you will ever meet, visit some of the most breath taking places in the world, and make memories you could only ever dream of having. Be prepared to have the time of your life, but also be prepared to leave the places, the people and who you used to be behind. Be prepared to never feel completely at home again because part of your heart will always be else where. Its the price you pay for traveling the world. So if your scrolling through your Instagram wishing you could be the girl in front of the eiffel tower, stop right now because it can be you. This life is yours and you'll never be this young again so take a risk and book the trip of your life time.
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Can't wait to go on another trip with them! October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have to say, going on a Contiki was one of the most impulsive and incredible decisions I've ever made. It was without a doubt one of the most inspiring and breathtaking trips around Europe I've ever had the pleasure of doing, especially around places I'd never think to go and with people who are entirely like-minded! Deciding to go alone was probably the best decision, as I fit so seamlessly in with the people on my tour, it was like we'd known each other for ages! It was on my trip that I made the best friend I could ever hope for, and even went to her native Australia to spend more time with her once the trip was over! Contiki completely transformed my life, giving me more confidence, enthusiasm and excitement for life - I can't wait to go on another!!
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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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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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Awards:
  • Silver Award Winner in Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards

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Highlights

  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with Hungarian Street Food
  • Night out in Budapest with the famous ruin pubs and clubs
  • Budapest: Queen of the Danube
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Hungarian national dishes
  • ONBOARD: Art, Music & Lifestyle in Vienna
  • Vienna: hip and imperial
  • Night out in Vienna
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food
  • Student Night Life in Regensburg
  • 2000 years in One Hour Walk or Bike
  • Regensburg Bird's Eye View Hike
  • Walhalla Biking
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food
  • Mainhattan Club Night
  • Frankfurt by bike or walk
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Frankfurt's famous green sauce, franks and krauts
  • Frankfurt by night
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Highlights

  • Locally Guided City Tour
  • Visit Panecillo lookout
  • Visit the Equator and internan Museum
  • Snorkelling experience
  • Wildlife kayaking adventure
  • Explore Kicker Rock
  • Boat cruise and off shore bird spotting experience
  • Galapagos Feast
  • Visit Puerto Grande Beach
  • Visit Cruz del Condor
  • Visit Maca
  • Ride on a triciclo
  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Visit Taquile and Uros island communities
  • City Walking Tour
  • Visit San Blas Koricancha and San Pedro Market
  • Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise
  • Visit the Infierno community
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Highlights

  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with Dutch Street Food
  • Amsterdam by Night
  • Amsterdam at your doorstep
  • ONBOARD DJ Night
  • ONBOARD: Instagram Party & German BBQ on deck (weather-permitting)
  • ONBOARD Sommelier talk on Riesling wines and tasting
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Frankfurt's famous green sauce, franks and krauts
  • Frankfurt by night
  • Frankfurt by bike or walk
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food
  • Mainhattan Club Night
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food
  • Student Night Life in Regensburg
  • Budapest: Queen of the Danube
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Hungarian national dishes
More

Highlights

  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with Hungarian Street Food
  • Night out in Budapest with the famous ruin pubs and clubs
  • Budapest: Queen of the Danube
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Hungarian national dishes
  • ONBOARD: Art, Music & Lifestyle in Vienna
  • Vienna: hip and imperial
  • Night out in Vienna
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food
  • Student Night Life in Regensburg
  • 2000 years in One Hour Walk or Bike
  • Regensburg Bird's Eye View Hike
  • Walhalla Biking
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food
  • Mainhattan Club Night
  • Frankfurt by bike or walk
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Frankfurt's famous green sauce, franks and krauts
  • Frankfurt by night
More
 

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