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Contiki

Contiki

Headquarters in St Peter Port, Guernsey

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Number of tours
465
Age Range
18-35
Number of reviews
5,242
Rating
4.7/5
Response rate
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  • N
    Written on February 24th, 2022
    The tour guide was excellent and dealt with every member of the group well. However, the add ons, extra payment for transportation and meals should have been cl…
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  • CS
    Written on January 26th, 2022
    Amazing experience. The best tour I have ever traveled on. My only strong recommendation is to include all the cost of extras into the main price as everyone s…
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  • Fire and Ice (6 Days) reviewer 3
    Written on January 11th, 2022
    I loved my trip to Iceland. Our tour manager Rob was amazing and really worked hard to help us see as much as possible on the tour especially when the weather w…
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  • Greek Island Hopping (13 Days) reviewer 4
    Written on November 10th, 2021
    The Contiki trip was exactly what I (32 year old male traveller from NJ, USA, attorney by trade) wanted - adult spring break. I got to travel to some of the wor…
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  • OG
    Written on October 15th, 2021
    Worst 5 days of my life. It was only accomodation and breakfast only which I even paid extra for the accomodation. I couldn’t get any breakfast because the hote…
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    Contiki commented on this review
    Thank you for sharing your experience here with us. We regret to read that the LA Explorer didn't meet your expectations on this particular occasion, especially as this is truly a unique city to explore. Indeed, this is one of our unguided trips that allow our travellers to venture out each day and pursue what interests them. Nevertheless, our Local Specialist is there to answer any questions our travellers may have and to give recommendations on everything from restaurants to hotspots. We always encourage our travellers to reach out, as they will be able to resolve any such issues as the hotel breakfast miscommunication. With that said, we have passed your concern on to our Guest Relations Department, and someone from the team will be reaching out to you directly in due course. In the meantime, we hope that you are well and have returned home with some good LA memories nonetheless.

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About Contiki

For over 50 years, Contiki has been giving 18-35 year olds the chance to travel together and experience the world sustainably.

They provide life-changing trips that offer more fun, less hassle and the freedom to do your own thing. By taking care of all the details for you, Contiki lets you focus on making memories instead. Plus, with their unrivalled value, Contiki has proven that exploring the world is best when done sustainably and with like-minded people around you.

Why Contiki

You’ll see it all
With destination highlights on every trip, you know you’ll see the must-see spots whether it’s a famous
monument, an exclusive view from a rooftop or anything else, it’s already included in the cost.

Your free time is yours
Every single Contiki trip offers free time every day, meaning you’ll be able to do those things you want.

Sustainability is at the forefront
Everything Contiki does, sustainability is intertwined. As of January 1, 2022 Contiki is carbon neutral and
they have a specific 11 goal plan that focuses on wildlife, people and the planet.

Less hassle, more making memories
When you book with Contiki, you don’t need to worry because the big details are sorted for you from
transportation to accommodation and more.

The Contiki Crew’s Got You
Their incredible, trained guides and trip crew are there taking you on your adventure. They’re young,
friendly and have done all the homework for you. That means you can sit back and relax on that sunny
beach, mountain top, patio or anywhere else you’re dreaming of.

Youth travel is what they do
Looking for life-long friends around your age while you explore the world? Contiki sounds like your pick
since they run trips specifically for 18-35 year olds.

50+ years of experience
With trips in more than 40 countries and running for over 50 years, they know a thing or two about
travel and how to see the world in the best way.

Real Experiences
With Contiki, you get authentic experiences that create life-long memories. You’ll see the main travel
icons, but also have different experiences from the rest.

The Best Accommodation
The properties that Contiki has partnered with are unique and cater to all your needs. Plus, Contiki even
owns a few epic properties to give you an even more unique experience.

Food is everything
Contiki focuses on local food and takes you to a variety of spots like family-owned restaurants, unique
dining experiences, and much more to feed that inner foodie of yours.

Contiki Cares
Focusing on people, wildlife and the planet, Contiki has made a commitment in their 11 goals for
sustainability. As of January 1, 2022 Contiki is carbon neutral and their MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ®
experiences are weaved into their trips so you can give back while seeing the world.

Contiki is for everyone
Though Contiki is exclusively for 18-35 year olds, it’s for everyone. So, whether you’re travelling solo,
with a couple of friends or as a couple you’ll still have the time of your life.

Highlights

#1 youth tour company
Exclusively for 18-35 year olds
350+ trips in 75+ countries across 6 continents
Small group adventures available

Contiki Benefits

“Only with Contiki” experience and benefits
By travelling with Contiki, you will get benefits and inclusions not available anywhere else - these include accommodations such as a French Chateau or Swiss Chalet, riding in a limo through Las Vegas, or a private 2 day boat cruise along the Mekong river.

Your interactive guide book
Contiki Tour Managers go through some of the most rigorous training of any tour company in the industry - they will help turn your holiday into endlessly epic travel stories!

Travel your way
With different travel and accommodation styles, there's a tour to suit all budgets and interests- find the one that best suits you!

Value for money
These tours include all the big costs - transportation, accommodation, and many of your meals - some meals aren’t included so you can explore the local area!

Local knowledge from local guides
Our Tour Managers organize the tour and have expert knowledge on destinations - we understand that sometimes a local will know best, and that's why we often use local guides too!

For couples, groups and solo travellers
You’ll meet lots of people on your tour, and sometimes you'll share a room with another traveller of the same gender from your group. Want your own room? For a small supplement charge, that can be arranged!

Hygiene Measures

Contiki’s wellbeing commitment
As we welcome all our travellers back, we’ve enhanced our experiences, training and protocols for when
you’re on your next adventure. By doing this, we’re working to exceed your expectations as a travel for
you can feel comfortable on your next trip. Contiki has also awarded the WWTC safe travel stamp which
means we’ve adopted global, standardized health and hygiene protocols.
As travel continues to develop, Contiki is consistently adapting in accordance to guidelines and
expectations across the globe.

The Pre-Trip Travel Declaration
All travellers will be asked to complete a personal travel declaration prior to joining the trip. This also
covers information around COVID-19 and testing.

A Note on COVID-19
When arriving and before joining the trip, travellers will present one of the below:

  • Their authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate
  • Verifiable negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the trip’s departure

In each region, Contiki has also adapted group sizes to comply with all distancing requirements.
Contiki coaches are all always equipped with face masks and hand sanitizer for your comfort.

Contiki Coaches
On top of always having face masks and hand sanitizer, Contiki coaches all have an air-conditioning
system that’s modern and able to filter and change the air within the vehicle. This will be changed every
2-3 minutes (compared to the air inside a home which is recycled on average every 10-20 minutes).

Trip Manager
Your trip manager will fill out a Self-Health Declaration before and after the trip. They have also been
trained to be knowledgeable on COVID-19 protocols.

Our On-Trip Partners
Not only do we work with partners who offer delicious food and great stays, they’re trusted ones who
are fully compliant and care about traveller’s wellbeing.

On-Trip Health Concerns
Travellers on a Contiki trip are asked to continuously monitor their health. All trip managers have been
trained with detailed protocols if a traveller does exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.

Wellbeing FAQ

Have more questions about how Contiki tackles wellbeing and your comfort? We’ve got a few answers.

What happens if someone on my trip exhibits symptoms of Covid-19?
Some steps that Contiki takes if this happens include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Quickly acting to place distance between the unwell traveller and others
  • Depending on location this may be through physical distance or use of Personal Protective Equipment such as a face covering and disposable gloves.
  • Seeking medical advice and facilitating testing in the location
  • Liaising with local authorities and following their directives


What protocols do your accommodation and restaurant partners follow?

  • Contiki accommodation and restaurant partners:
  • Adhere to Contiki’s standards around hygiene protocols, cleaning and sanitization
  • Have their staff trained in all new protocols
  • Finger food is no longer available, and where possible they avoid self-serve buffets
  • Ensure physical distancing of tables and in lobby and other public areas is happening
  • Offer hand sanitizer in key locations on site
  • Rooms are sanitized between travellers
  • Frequently clean and monitor high traffic areas


What kind of COVID-19 training does the Trip Manager get?
The following is covered in our team’s training:

  • How COVID-19 spreads
  • COVID-19 symptoms and identifying those who could potentially be unwell
  • All effective personal hygiene and sanitization techniques for prevention
  • PPE (personal protection equipment) use that’s effective
  • All the details on appropriate social distancing protocols
  • Preventative measures to ensure your well-being
  • Protocols in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case

Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainability is one of Contiki’s number one priorities, and we realize that’s a loaded statement so let’s
get into some more detail about what they do to give back:

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® (MTM) Experiences
These experiences are available on Contiki trips across the globe. The way they’re chosen is by
measuring the positive social or environmental impact they have on the communities and the planet.
That way, when you’re a part of one of Contiki’s MTM experiences, you know you’re giving back.

Carbon Neutral from January 1, 2022:
Being carbon neutral as of January 1, 2022 Contiki also has carbon offsetting solutions to all travellers.

Local community support
Contiki hires local guides and brings all travellers with them to local businesses and restaurants to
support the community.

Reducing Waste
While on a trip with Contiki, you’ll notice that they don’t have any single-use plastic on trip and they
have an incredible recycling program too!

Animal Welfare
Contiki focuses heavily on animal welfare as it’s part of their 11 sustainability goals. You won’t find any
elephant riding, or any experiences that use animals for entertainment in their itineraries. Plus, they
avoid all places that sell or eat endangered animals while on the trip.

Transport
When it comes to transportation, it’s always local with Contiki. The best part? They use energy efficient
options while on tour and their coaches are some of the best in this regard.

Accommodation
If you’re on a Contiki trip, that means you’re staying in hotels and hostels that are all run by locals. Many
of these accommodations also have great sustainability programs in place! Also, quick fun fact, the two
properties that Contiki owns will be running off 100% renewable energy as of January 1, 2022.

As a Company
Contiki invests a percentage of their revenue back into specific, carefully selected, community and
sustainability projects while educating travellers while on trip. On top of that, at home, they also host
sustainable projects for staff to take part in.

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Questions & Answers

  • Do the group travel discounts offered by Contiki apply when booking with TourRadar?

    Yes, Contiki offers group travel discounts which we can apply for you, and there are also other options/discounts if you book your Contiki travel through TourRadar.
  • What's included in the price of a Contiki trip?

    Accommodation, sightseeing, admission fees, transport and meals are included as per the itinerary for each trip. The 'Me Time Optionals' can be booked on tour for an additional cost.
  • Are prices based on twin share?

    Most prices are based on triple share, unless otherwise specified. Twin share and single occupancy rooms can be arranged for an additional cost, subject to availability.
  • Are flights included in the price of the tour?

    Flights specified on the trip itineraries are included as part of the price but flights to and from the Start/End destinations are not included.
  • Is there a cost to any changes in the air itinerary?

    It depends on the terms of the air reservation and where you purchased your flight, so it is best to contact your airline who you booked with.
  • I have found the Contiki tour I want, how do I book it?

    You can book your Contiki tour directly through TourRadar! Just press the "Book Now" button on the tours page, or else contact us and we can help you.
  • How do I make changes to my Contiki reservation?

    Amendment and Cancellation Fees may apply from the operator. If you book your Contiki tour with us then we can assist you with the changes.
  • Are there any cancellation fees?

    The operators Cancellations Fees apply and this depends on the period of notice given for the cancellation. TourRadar does not change any additional cancellation or processing fees- please contact us for more details.
  • What is the process for booking cancellation?

    For trip cancellations, please get in touch with us and we can assist you further.
  • What’s Contiki’s Story?

    In 1962, John Anderson, a Kiwi, led the first Contiki trip in Europe on a minibus. He was stretching the 25£ he had to see Europe & turned Contiki into what it is now. When he tried to get home to New Zealand, no one wanted his minibus & after returning to Europe the next year, Contiki Holidays was officially born. Since then, 2M+ travellers have seen the world with Contiki in 40+ countries. Contiki is now a household name synonymous with travel, adventure and exploring. 

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