WHO IS CONTIKI?
Contiki is the world leader in travel for 18-35 year olds. Operating since 1962, we’ve been showing young travellers the world for over 55 years and we like to think we know what we’re talking about. We believe that life’s greatest lessons are learned through travel. That real life doesn’t happen when you color inside the lines. It’s only when you break free, trust your impulse, and intentionally live with your eyes wide open, that you become the person you’re meant to be.
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?
WHERE DOES CONTIKI TRAVEL?
Let’s talk numbers. We travel to 6 of the 7 continents and offer over 300 trips in 50+ countries. That means you can start checking off your travel destination bucket list with places like India, Japan, Croatia, The Galapagos Islands, Canada, Egypt, Thailand, Greece, South Africa, or Ireland – just to name a few. Basically wherever, whenever, and however you want to travel, we can make it happen.
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 DOES IT WORK?
Booking with Contiki basically means you’re taking the hassle out of travel. We sort everything, from your accommodation, to your internal transport, to tiny niggly things like park entry fees and dinner reservations, so literally all you have to think about is where you want to go, and when. And our making it easy mantra doesn’t stop once you get on the road with us. Every single Contiki trip is managed by one of our expert and highly trained Trip Managers, who are there to ensure your trip runs smoothly and you’re completely looked after from the first day to the last day of your adventure.
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, group sizes can range between 35 – 52 travellers max (usually in busy periods like summer, we will travel at maximum capacity). In regions like North America, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and South America and Africa, our group sizes are considerably smaller – around 25 – 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 Included Experiences, 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.