The Contiki Experience
Find out more about how you can GO FURTHER with Contiki!
verb. to broaden your horizons, to try new things, to explore new places and meet new people, to conquer the world, to travel with Contiki!
Where does Contiki travel to?
With over 45 years in the business, Contiki has more experience in operating tours than anyone else in youth travel. Contiki’s always exploring new ideas and itineraries to make sure we stay number one for 18-35 year old travel! Contiki operates tours to: Europe, Egypt, USA, Canada, New Zealand & Australia!
So who travels with Contiki?
Contiki travellers are even more varied and unique than the destinations and experiences we offer. We’ve got travellers from around the globe which makes for great fun and interesting people to hang-out with.
And it doesn’t matter if you’re a solo or tandem traveller, one thing’s for certain - everyone is 18 to 35 years old and they’re there for the time of their lives!
What’s Contiki all about?
Contiki takes the hassle out of having to organise everything when you’re travelling which makes the total experience all about fun. We’re there to sort out your transport, accommodation, sightseeing and some of your meals meaning you’ll have heaps more time to enjoy yourself in every destination.
The freedom to see and do what you want!
With all the years we’ve been in action, we've found the perfect balance of sightseeing and free time, allowing you to pack your days full of your own personal experiences and create the trip you want. That’s what you’re there for – to see the sights, hear the stories and get an up-close look at the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting.
Optional Excursions & fantastic experiences...
Why stick to the storyline when you can choose your own adventure? We know everyone is different, so in your free time you have the choice to enhance your itinerary with Contiki's Optional Excursions and Evenings Out.
Our exciting Optional Excursions have been chosen based on what our past travelers have asked for and because the choice is yours, you have the freedom to do as much or as little as you like.
Here’s just a taste of what’s available when you travel with Contiki!
- Paris or Las Vegas Cabaret Show
- Spanish Flamenco Show
- Guided walking tour of Ancient Rome
- Gondola ride in Venice
- Classical Mozart concert in Vienna
- Tandem paragliding & mountain biking in the Austrian Tyrol
- Fun evenings out at local and traditional restaurants
- White water rafting
- Bungy jumping
- Riding a Harley Davidson around Uluru
- Camel riding in the desert
- Diving the Great Barrier Reef
- Learning to Surf on the Gold Coast
- Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon or New York City
- Jeep Touring backcountry in Durango USA
- Manhattan TV & Movie sites tour
- Horseback Ride & ‘Steakfry’ dinner
- Hot air ballooning
- Halibut fishing in Alaska
- Caique cruise in Corfu
- Lord of the Rings locations tour
- Scenic Flights
- Sunset sailing on San Francisco Bay
- Skiing in Queenstown
- Black Water rafting through glow worm caves
- Guided Glacier hike
- Sand dune surfing
- Overnight stay on Milford Sound boat
- PLUS MORE!
Where you stay
After a big day of sightseeing, adventure, shopping, or simply relaxing, where you stay is important. Contiki uses a wide variety of accommodation depending on where you’re travelling and the style tour you choose.
Time Out tours stay in Superior Tourist Class Hotels with the option of single, twin or triple share accommodation, while our Concept tours utilise a range of Contiki’s unique Special Stopovers, well-appointed tourist class hotels and comfortable campsite cabins with a maximum of six to a room.
On Contiki Camping tours we’ll also supply you with a comfy air mattress and a twin share tent and stay at well equipped European campsites.
Let someone else do the driving while you kick back and enjoy the ultimate road trip. Our modern, air conditioned, luxury coaches feature wide-screen windows for the best views, reclining seats and top-of-the-range audio systems as well as DVD and video systems (not available on European tours).
The majority of our coaches (excluding regional tours of Greece, Italy, Egypt and Turkey) are fitted out with charging units for your personal electronic items such as iPods, digital cameras, mobile phones, and so on.
Contiki’s Tour Styles
In the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Contiki offer fantastic tours and itineraries staying in a mixture of hotels and special stopovers. In Europe, however, we’ve given you even more choice including Camping, Concept, Time Out, Cruising, In-Depth Regional, and Ski Tours, so you can pick to suit your budget, taste, preference and travel style.
History of Contiki
Contiki Holidays was founded in 1961 by John Anderson of New Zealand. The Contiki Tours began in London , and the first guided tours were booked by 19-29 year olds. Right from the start Contiki Holidays was into the youth travel market
Since Contiki Travel was established, it has become a worldwide leader in vacation for 18-35 year olds. Contiki Holidays now offer 100 itineraries to a number of locations around London, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Contiki trips and guided tours include a mix of sightseeing, free time, culture, socializing and adventure. For rest and relaxation seekers, Contiki Holidays introduced the Contiki Resorts product in 2001.
Contiki Holidays is a division of the Travel Corporation. The Travel Corporation comprises of 17 international travel and tourism companies including guided tour operators and hotels. These companies include Contiki Tours, Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Creative Holidays, Busabout Europe, African Travel and Aussies Adventure Tours.