49 years on, the Contiki spirit is stronger than ever. We travel to over 40 countries on 5 continents. We have more fun. We meet more people. And we’re trusted by travellers all over the world.
18-35 is All We Do
No one older. No one younger. Travel with us & you’ll meet people your age, make friends from all over the world & share some incredible times together.
Your Contiki crew doesn’t just organise your trip, they’re part of it. They’re young, friendly & have done their homework on where you’re going to help you find what you’re after; meaning you’ll enjoy the places you visit even more.
Lots of Holiday. Less Hassle.
Lugging a heavy backpack in the rain? Getting lost? Hanging around wasting time? Not with Contiki! We do the hard work for you, so you can get on with having a good time.
Free Time. Your Time.
All our tours are flexible and give you free time every day. So you’ll have plenty of time to do your own thing. We also give you plenty of great ideas (and prices) with our Explore More optional activities.
Must See Sights. All included.
Every tour has Included Highlights included in the price of your tour. Wherever you are, we’ll line up tours to famous monuments, guided walking tours, organised nights out & more. At no extra cost.
For a small supplement, you can book your own room. Or we can pair you up with another traveller (same sex), for no extra cash.
Local Know How
Get off the beaten track with our expert local guides, who’ll share their knowledge, so you can discover even more.
Detailed departure information will be supplied with your travel documents,which Global Travel Directors will send to you approx 21 days prior to your departure from Australia.
Departures from London
Many Contiki European tours start in London and depart from the Royal National Hotel at Russell Square. Time Out Tours depart at 6:45am.
Exact information will be made available in your Contiki Travel Documents closer to the time of departure. It is also possible to meet up with your tour at the first city after London (eg Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels). Please request this option when enquiring. There are no discounts for joining the tour at the first city after London.
Contiki offers transfers in certain cities for an additional fee.
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Contiki Holidays is the worldwide leader in vacations for 18-35 year-olds. For over 50 years, Contiki Holidays has been taking travelers around the world and offering them an unforgettable travel experience. Our tours have been individually created to include a mix of sightseeing, free time, culture, socializing and adventure. Regardless of your destination or traveling style, Contiki is committed to providing you with an amazing trip at an affordable price.
In 1961, a young New Zealander named John Anderson arrived in London to embark on a journey to Europe. He didn’t want to travel alone and he didn’t have a lot of money, so he came up with a plan. He put a deposit on a minibus and gathered a group of people to travel with. They spent twelve weeks exploring Europe together and had a wonderful time. At the end of the trip, John tried to sell the minibus but no one wanted to buy it. So in the Spring of 1962 he decided to advertise his Europe trip again. This time, he was able to fit two tours into the Summer season, therefore doubling his business, and Contiki Holidays was “born”. The first tours were all booked by 19-29 year olds so right from the start Contiki was all about youth travel.
With more than 100 itineraries to choose from, pick a destination and let Contiki deliver an experience! Contiki Holidays is a division of the family-owned The Travel Corporation, and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.
All over the world, Contiki is continually raising the bar with accommodation, whether housing you in a 16th century Chateau overlooking the Beaujolais region in France, an eco-resort set within the Amazon rainforest in Peru or an Outback Cattle Station in Australia. We'll take you to a lodge on the rim of the Grand Canyon in the USA and sleep on a traditional Chinese junk boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam. When you're not experiencing our incredible Special Stopovers, the rest of your trip is up to you. In Europe, Contiki offers a wide range of touring styles to suit any budget or preference, and in the rest of the world you'll be in 3-4 star hotels. Wherever you go and however you tour, it's safe to say your experience of accommodation with Contiki will be amazing.
Camping: It's a three person tent, but there will only be two of you in there, giving you plenty of room to stretch your body, and your budget. If one thing's for sure, you haven't seen a campsite until you've been to Europe. We're talking swimming pools, bars, nightclubs, cafés, restaurants, pizzerias and shopping – all on the site. You will be super comfy lying on an included air mattress, and get the opportunity to experience the incredible campsite vibe Europe has. Definitely consider this, no one regrets it.
Concept: On Concept tours you get a great variety of accommodation styles, providing a taste of everything Europe has to offer. In between our Special Stopovers (a French Chateau, a Swiss Chalet, and Austrian Gastof and a beautiful Beach Resort in Corfu, Greece) you'll be crashing our Contiki Villages, where you'll stay in modern cabins with en-suite facilities or you'll be in top notch centrally located hostels. Some nights, like in Amsterdam, Athens and Cairo, we'll upgrade you to a hotel for a bit of luxury.
Timeout/Superior: These tours are always in our fantastic hotels, but for a special treat, much like with the Special Stopovers we have Feature Hotels – like the medieval castle, Chateau Fontager in France, the Mount Titlis alpine lodge in the Swiss Alps, the one of a kind Event hotel Pyramide in Vienna, the Roman Villa Hotel Cabala in Rome and the Aphrodite Resort Hotel in Mykonos.
All other regions
In all other regions we stay in fantastic hotels, but for a special treat each region has their own list of special accommodation, experiences only with Contiki.
North America: The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake in California, Rocky Mountain Chalet in Banff Canada
South America: Amazon Rainforest Eco-Lodge in Peru
Asia: Guesthouse in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, Chinese Junk boat in Halong Bay Vietnam, Guesthouse stay in Pakbeng Laos
Australia/NZ: Coffs Harbour Surf Village, Langmorn Outback Cattle Station, Kings Creek Station