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Contiki

4.5 | Excellent
  • 91% Recommend
Service Level
  • Budget
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1962
Headquarters
  • Anaheim, California, United States
Trips
  • 1,146

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Contiki Reviews & Ratings 91% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

J

Does Not Recommend

A heartless tour company!! June 2019

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Let me start by saying that I did not even get the chance to go on this trip. A week prior to my trip to Spain, an immediate family member of mine become ill with imminent death. I was unable under the circumstances to travel and wanted to cancel my trip and was willing to reschedule for a later date or get a credit. This was a very expensive trip for both my sister and I, taking us years to save up for it. The response we received from our agent is that Contiki is not willing to postpone the travel, even after we were willing to pay an extra fee. This tells me that this company is GREEDY and HEARTLESS. My family member has since passed away, 3 days before my departure date which was supposed to be on July 2nd. I even went to check the Contiki website and was shocked to see that my trip which was previously full, has now opened up spots to fill our place. Now, not only are they keeping the money of 2 young hardworking people, but also making money off filling our spots!! I've never experienced such injustice and mistreatment from a company in my entire life! This company has no sympathy and ZERO understanding for a situation as devastating as death. My sister and I were so excited to go on this trip and were very upset by the timing of our situation... but how can you control when a loved one will pass??????? SHAME ON YOU CONTIKI. If nothing is done to resolve this unfair policy, I will make sure not to recommend your tours to anyone.
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J

Recommends

Amazing fantastic trip with tom and matt in Europe escapade. You should go April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazingly organised trip cant ask for more. tom was well organised and knew what he was talking about, he understood what we expected in this trip. You should also go and then you will know what i am talking about. Hofgarden in Austria was the best place in whole of my trip.
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E

Recommends

The trip was awesome April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip was awesome. We went to so many amazing places that I never thought I would go! The itinerary was so precise and exact, everything was self explanatory, trip manager, Chloe Lindsay was great fun and very approachable! Yewwwww ??
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A

Recommends

Experience of a lifetime!!! April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I absolutely love everything about contiki. Thai West Hopper was my second Contiki Tour and once again, it’s the experience of a lifetime with zero regrets! The tour guide was amazing, the sights and beaches were unbelievable! I’d do it all again in a heartbeat
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R

Recommends

So many beautiful memories April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wow. Just wow. The best experience. The best people. Our trip manager and coach driver made the trip so incredible. Included and add on activities were all SO WORTH IT and amazing. So many beautiful memories. I’d do it all over again if I could. It is a modular trip and if you have the time, do the whole thing - England, Scotland, and Ireland. You won’t regret it. It’s surprise after surprise of beauty, history, fun, and learning. I saw things I didn’t even know I wanted to see - but absolutely fell in love with. I’m also a huge Beatles fan and it fulfilled all my dreams of seeing their hometown etc. Loved how immersed I became in the culture of each place we went and how much knowledge I gained being on this trip. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to see this part of the world, make great friends, and experience something really special.
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H

Recommends

The trip was amazing April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip was amazing. The hostels we stayed in were great. I loved all the activities and I did all the free time extra available. Sim our Trip manager was fantastic. She has so much knowledge and was really helpful
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Stride Review

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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FAQ

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.

Associations:

United States Tour Operators Association

Awards:
  • Silver Award Winner in Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards

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Highlights

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  • L.A. Live Entertainment Complex
  • Hop-on-hop-off L.A. city sightseeing tour featuring Downtown L.A., Hollywood & Santa Monica
  • Easy access to Universal Studios, Hollywood & amazing shopping
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  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street
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  • Relax on the white sand beaches
  • Sunset beach dinner
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  • Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
  • Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus
  • Visit Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
  • Visit the World Trade Center
  • See the famous neighbourhoods of New York such as Soho, Greenwich Village and TriBeCa
  • See Wall Street and the NYSE
  • See Museum Row including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum
  • Visit fashionable Fifth Avenue & see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center & Tiffany's
  • See Harlem's Apolo Theatre
  • Scenic drive through Maine's wilderness
  • Cross the Canadian Border/Arrive in Quebec
  • Explore the only walled city in North America
  • Stroll the streets on a walking tour
  • Drive through the American Midwest's beautiful farmlands
  • Enjoy an evening in Madison, home to the University of Wisconsin
  • Explore Custer State Park
  • Visit Mt. Rushmore
  • Discover a Native American legend at the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Visit a panoramic viewpoint for photos
  • Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
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