WHO IS CONTIKI?
Contiki are the world leaders in organized youth travel. Operating since 1962, we’ve been showing young travellers the world for over 55 years, so we like to think we know what we’re talking about. Oh, and did we mention our travel philosophy? We call it No Regrets – it’s kind of our way of connecting to the world around us, understanding how each and every travel experience shapes and changes us as a human being. Kinda deep, but pretty cool.
WHY ONLY 18-35?
Being young, living with hope, and seeing the world for the very first time, is at the essence of why we exist. Some travel experiences you can only have when you’re young, and those are the experiences you have with Contiki. As a company we ourselves are young; we challenge convention, push boundaries, and sometimes turn a blind eye to our parents advice, so why wouldn’t we want the same from our travellers?
WHAT DESTINATIONS CAN I GO TO WITH CONTIKI?
Let’s talk numbers. We travel to 6 of the 7 continents (Antarctica, one day you’ll be ours), offer over 300 trips in 50+ countries, and also have 8 different ways to travel, so basically wherever, whenever, and however you want to travel, we can make it happen. Want a taster? India, Japan, Croatia, The Galapagos Islands, Canada, Belize, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland – the list really is endless.
WHAT IS SOCIAL TRAVEL?
Social travel is what you get when you connect like-minded travellers and open their eyes to the world. With Contiki, sure you get cool accommodation, tasty and authentic meals and awesome experiences, but we also create something very special that money can’t buy – friendship – something you often miss out on if you travel independently. Call it a cliché, but it’s the truth, and the equation really isn’t complicated. You + a coach load of other young travellers + shared experiences + a new part of the world = social travel.
HOW MANY OTHER TRAVELLERS ARE ON EACH TRIP?
Group sizes are completely dependent on where and how you choose to travel with Contiki. In Europe and in most of North America and New Zealand, group sizes can range between 35 – 52 travellers max (usually in busy periods like Europe summer, we will travel at maximum capacity). In regions like Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America, and on some North America and New Zealand trips, our group sizes are considerably smaller – as low as 12 or up to 30 travellers max.
All accommodation, internal transport, and a good handful of meals are included in the cost of your Contiki trip (in most regions we offer breakfast every day, plus a cherry-picked selection of authentic and tasty meals). On top of this, we also include our No Regrets Inclusions, which are basically the sights and activities we think you just can’t afford to miss (think a sunset cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, or wine tasting in the Tuscan Hills to get you started). And then of course you also get our expert and highly trained team of Contiki staff; our Trip Managers, Drivers, and On-site Team members throughout our properties in Europe.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
Flights to and from your start and end destination are not included in the cost of your trip. These can be booked independently, or added on during the booking process either online or with your travel agent. We also keep a number of meal times free for you to explore a region and its foodie offerings in greater detail, so budgeting for non-catered meals is important. In terms of activities, we also offer Free Time Add-Ons, which are additional experiences you can get involved in during your free time on tour, which are not included in the overall price. Travel insurance and visas are also not included in the cost of your trip, and need to be booked separately.