Contiki

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# of trips

2977

Type

Global operator

Service level

budget

Travelers age

18 — 35

Trip prices

$9 — 9,235

Tour languages

English

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Editoral Review of 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 tours curated by travel experts and specifically designed for 18-35 year old 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 including transport, accommodation, included activities and free time.

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 across a variety of travel themes and styles:

  • Active: specially designed to get the adrenaline pumping
  • Beach Vacations: get ready for a tropical getaway
  • Christmas Tours: experience European Christmas Markets
  • Detour Mini Adventures: immersive getaways with incredible local hosts.
  • Hiking & Trekking: work up a sweat in some of the most beautiful locations in the world
  • Island Hopping: glide from paradise isle to paradise isle
  • New Year’s Eve Tours: Ring in the new year abroad
  • Pride Trips: Go all out for Pride in some of Europe’s most out-and-proud cities
  • Safari: There’s nothing on earth quite like an African wildlife safari
  • Short Breaks: Trips under 7 days
  • Ski Holidays & Snowboarding Trips: Our ski trips are a perfect mix of thrills and serenity.
  • Small Group Tours: the perfect balance between social travel and small groups
  • Solo Travel: 70% of our travelers join our trips solo, so you'll travel with like-minded young people who want to make friends, experience new things and create lifelong memories

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 creating memories and becoming a part of something together are the primary reasons for traveling with Contiki.

Groups are a mix of people from around the world including US, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. They have over 60 years of experience leading cultural tours in different parts of the world and have a wide range of options to choose from.

More Details

Solo friendly

  • Single supplement

Activities

About the company

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.

About the company:
Contiki are the world leaders in social youth travel. We’ve been providing amazing travel experiences for young travellers, from 18-35 years old, since 1962. Imagine how good you would be at something if you had been doing it for more than 60 years?

Everything about Contiki is deeply rooted in our core values ‘Make Every Moment Count’ and ‘We’re about people’. We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk and live by our brand philosophy of ‘Travel.Together.’ which means to travel with one another, the destinations we visit, the cultures we enjoy and the environment, too.

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Associations

United States Tour Operators Association

USTOA is a nonprofit professional association representing the tour operator industry.Its members are made up of companies who provide services worldwide but who conduct business in the U.S.

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.