If you have never heard of the tour company Contiki it is time to fasten your seatbelt because I am going to take you on a ride. Contiki is a tour company who caters to the 18-35 year old range. It is a great way for young people to see the world no matter what their budget. Operating in 58 countries with over 331 different tours, Contiki is an amazing company no matter what your are interested in.
Whether you are looking for a Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Russia, Australia, Egypt, North or South America trip, Contiki has it all. Their main focus is 5 fold. 1. sight seeing (mostly done by coach bus). 2. free time (get out an explore some amazing cities). 3. Culture (because learning can be fun). 4. Socializing (this is a great way to make new friends). and 5. Adventure (who doesn’t love adventure).
Contiki has three different options that encompass their tours. The first is Camping Tours. These are the least expensive of all Contiki tours and are very popular with students during a gap year or the summer before starting college. On these adventures travelers stay in 2 person tents and are provided mattresses. You help with cooking and preparing meals for the whole group. This option is for someone who doesn’t mind roughing it a bit.
Option number two is know as Budget Tours. These are the median priced group of Contiki’s tour options. Here travelers will stay in hostels or Contiki villages. These hostel style “villages” are run by Contiki staff. This option is very popular for singles as you meet a lot of travelers even outside of the tour. Great for budget minded travelers who don’t necessarily want to camp.
The final option is known as Superior tours. These are the most expensive and provide travelers with tourist style hotels. The tours include regional tours, in-depth tours as well as cruising tours. This option is very popular for couples often times honeymoons, but singles make up a large part of the group as well.
Travel planner Veronica has taken 3 Contiki tours, so lets find out what she has to say about the company.
“Lets talk about my favorite way to travel–touring! Now please listen up, touring is NOT about sitting on a bus and then being herded around like cattle. It is about making the most of a vacation. I have always loved to travel, and I especially love traveling solo. However, when I would just travel with myself, I felt like I was missing out on a lot. A few years ago I learned about Contiki, a tour company for 18-35 year olds, and now I am addicted. I have been on three Contiki tours and when I want to travel somewhere, my first thought is ‘does Contiki go there?’.