Contiki vs Geckos Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

Fantastic organisation, got to see the world with no stress and with awe

0.0 August 2019
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Sophie was amazing and did her best to give my group all the information she had and made sure everyone had options and ideas of what was happening throughout the whole trip. Making sure everyone felt included and safe. Would definitely recommend this trip for travellers who want a slow pace trip but still with all the contiki fun.
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Tour Contiki Company Reviews

EXCELLENT SERVICE

0.0 August 2019
A
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This trip is amazing if you want to get a taste for everything NZ has to offer! Perfect for adrenaline junkies. Even on days with poor weather our Tour Manager Bryce and Driver Louis made sure we still had amazing activities planned, our trip never skipped a beat thanks to these two!
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Tour Contiki Company Reviews

An awesome trip

0.0 August 2019
E
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Its an awesome trip with awe inspiring sights, amazing cities and crazy fun adventures all round. And The activities are well worth doing as they provide an experience you won’t ever forget.

Tour Contiki Company Reviews

absolutely loved it

0.0 February 2019
K
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Just finished the Cycle Vietnam tour with Tung and absolutely loved it. All the team were very helpful and professional, the cycling took you off the beaten track to some stunning parts of the countryside, the group was great and the weather perfect! Couldn’t have asked for more!
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Tour Geckos Adventures Company Reviews

Fantastic!

0.0 November 2018
K
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Just returned from Phuket where we had the best time with friends. Stayed at the Centara Karon Resort -Phuket -which was fantastic! Close to markets, shops and great restaurants. Raij was the best at Mala Collections, not far from Karon Beach where I had a jacket and some work pants made, super fit and very stylish!
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Tour Geckos Adventures Company Reviews

amazing local knowledge!!

0.0 October 2018
H
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At the airport in Chang Mai at the end of my tour with the amazing Gung. I can’t wait to travel Intrepid again! I was able to still be independent with just the addition of amazing local knowledge!! Gung you are family now xo I also made new friends that I think I will visit over the next couple of years �� Thinking Africa on some back to back tours in a couple of years ��
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Tour Geckos Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 658 Trips 56 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 215 $ 0
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Styles
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Budget Budget
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 18 - 35
  • Eco Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Budget
Headquarters Anaheim, California, United States Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Year Established 1962 N/A
Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement Good for singles
Tour Languages English English
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    About Contiki

    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?

    Is Contiki only for 18-35?

    Yes, Contiki is specifically for travelers between the ages of 18-35.

    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.

    Contiki trips are very much about being young and having fun - so 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. Contiki tends to attract partiers more than bookworms.

    The guides and groups are generally warm and welcoming.

    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.

    About Geckos Adventures

    Geckos, a sister company of Intrepid Travel, focuses on the “young, adventurous, and penniless.” They say they do the “hard haggling” for you so you can save money and enjoy yourself more on your trip.

    What Makes Them Stand Out? 

    Geckos is adventure travel for the young, budget-minded traveler, with an eye toward responsible travel. This means traveling in small groups, mostly averaging 9 passengers, and never over 15. With Geckos Adventures, you can really ‘run wild’ as you explore a destination in a small group environment.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Most of Geckos’ small-group trips are now strictly for 18-29 year olds who are willing to step outside their comfort zones. Namely, they’re happy to ride public transport, bed down in family-run places, and want plenty of free time. Geckos stresses that their trips are for “travelers, not tourists.” Some “All Age” trips are offered for those who are “young at heart” but over 40. Groups are somewhat geographically diverse, but the majority of travelers hail from Australia and New Zealand.

    Where Do They Operate? 

    Geckos offers a huge variety of exciting global destinations, with 200+ trips across all seven continents. The company is perhaps best known for its South-east Asia trips to places like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

    How Does it Work?

    Geckos aims to keep its prices on the lower side, but this doesn’t mean skimping on experience. Accommodations are all locally owned and can range from shared guesthouses, to homestays, to an overnight train. As Geckos says, its hotels are always “cheap and cheerful” and “clean, comfortable, and centrally located.” Prices include some meals and some activities, a knowledgeable local guide, and all forms of transport (usually local, and anything from buses to bikes, trains to ferries, cable cars to camels).

    Why Travel With Them?

    Geckos is a good choice if you’re between the ages of 18-39 and looking for a fun, cheap, no-frills, and authentic adventure. Geckos itineraries provide plenty of free time and flexibility, plus the ability to budget more on the ground instead of paying for activities ahead of time. Additionally, Geckos will arrange a private tour geared to your own interests. Repeat customers get discounts on subsequent trips – and if you turn 40 in the meantime, and are no longer eligible for Geckos, you can apply the discount to an Intrepid trip.

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