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Which tours attract certain age groups??

1 Sep 2008 amf2007 asked

Hi there<BR><BR>I was just wondering which Europe Tour would be best for me to go on....I am 24 but will be 25 by the time I go to Europe and basically (please nobody get offended here!) I don't want to be on a tour with a bunch of 18 year olds.<BR>There's nothing wrong with 18 year olds, it's just that I want people around my age as I will get along better with them.<BR>Does anybody know which tours seem to attract younger and older (mid to late 20's) people??<BR><BR>thanks <img src="" alt="Smiler" width="15" height="15"><!--graemlin::)-->
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  • 1 Sep 2008 PinaI said


    Let me start by saying that there’s no guarantee which means people will be older on one tour when compared to another.

    Having read some reviews though, it appears that you might find a slightly older crowd on the Eastern Europe based tours. Camping and Concept tours might lend themselves to a younger crowd too because they are cheaper.

    If you read through the boards though you will note that age shouldn’t really impact on your trip, unless you let it. There’s always going to be some young fools running amok on trips like this but you distance yourself from them and you make a point of doing and seeing what you want so that the trip is what you want it to be.

    Perhaps also consider other tour providers who offer something similar.

  • 3 Sep 2008 CharleyGirl said


    I am just guessing here – going on my first trip in December. Things you may want to keep in mind is
    1) The more expensive trips will probably attract more working people
    2) The very long trips may attract younger people who is not bound by leave or have long student holidays
    3) Trips around traditional holidays (Christmas, or the builders holiday in SA) will probably attract a mixed crowd)

    This is just a shot in the dark – Will be able to tell you if I missed the point completely next year.

  • 3 Sep 2008 Moe said


    I am 25 and I am going on my first Contiki in October – I’m doing London & Paris + two days Paris. I would think you’d probably be more likely to find older people on the shorter tours because it easier to get a shorter amount of time off work.

  • 5 Sep 2008 Explorer1111944 said


    Just wanted to say that generalising 18 year olds as annoying/obnoxious etc. is a tad closed-minded.

    Sure, I will be 18 when I go on my tour, but that does not mean that I will be incapable of socialising with people older than me.

    It depends on the individual, and what they want to get out of the tour in relation to how they will behave.


  • 5 Sep 2008 work2travel said


    Well said f l e u r. Maturity often has nothing to do with age. The loudest party girl on my last Contiki was the oldest at 34! And the only two 18 year olds in the group were total sweethearts, who were both nice quiet girls. This was on a Superior/Time-out tour in the fall, so I do also agree that those tours generally attract an older crowd.

    Maybe that was all an abberation, but you just never know! Go with the flow!

  • 6 Sep 2008 amf2007 said


    I didn want to give off the impression that I think ALL 18 yr olds are loud and obnoxious, I know this is not the case at all.
    I’ve been on a Contiki before in NZ and it was a really mixed group but there were a few 18-19 yr olds that were quite rude, annoying and possibly made the experience a little less enjoyable for everyone….don’t get me wrong I had an awesome time…but it would have been better without those losers!
    Anyway I suppose all age groups can be like this so I will just have to see what happens and learn to ignore the idiots and have a ball when I go to Europe!

    thanks for the tips
    Andrea Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 6 Sep 2008 cdm115 said


    I would suggest you look more toward the regional tours, scandi, russia, eastern europe. On the shorter tours you’ll find more working american’s and canadians due to the shorter vacation times. Also try to go when colleges are in session. Maybe more likely to find older people on the superior tours since they cost more. But that’s generalizations that might give you a better change of a more mature tour.

  • 21 Sep 2008 Jetsettr Rhiannon said

    Jetsettr Rhiannon

    I do agree with the opinions that everyone has spoke about for this question – as different as they are. Being 18 years old doesn’t mean you are immature – you can be any age! And despite what people say, it can be difficult to ignore those people who are just there to run-amuk if you are there for different reasons and just can’t seem to find a common thread with anyone.

    I am looking at booking the Greek Island Hopping tour for next year and have read mixed reviews about the tour. I am planning to go out there open-minded and to have fun however, I am there to explore these countries and their sites – not party and be hung-over every morning. I am a little concerned that the group mentality would stop me from achieving this.

    Here’s hoping there is a good mix of people on the tour and lots of like-minded people I can build a friendship with!

    Anyone else thinking of heading over for the GIH next year around June?

  • 4 Nov 2008 <3Ali<3 said


    Hey I was wondering the same thing. Which tours attract a younger group? I’m going to be 19 on the time of the trip and I’m just hoping to have a lot of people close to my age.

  • 5 Nov 2008 PinaI said

    Originally posted by <3Ali<3:
    Hey I was wondering the same thing. Which tours attract a younger group? I’m going to be 19 on the time of the trip and I’m just hoping to have a lot of people close to my age.

    I think this post adequately answers your question too and the answer is that no one knows. There is no way to determine who is going to go on what tour and when so no one can tell you if its a bus load of 18, 25 or 30 year-olds. It’s luck of the draw.

    The “theories” we may all have are mentioned herein.

  • 6 Nov 2008 Porto/aussi_chick26 said

    Originally posted by amf2007:
    Hi there

    I was just wondering which Europe Tour would be best for me to go on….I am 24 but will be 25 by the time I go to Europe and basically (please nobody get offended here!) I don’t want to be on a tour with a bunch of 18 year olds.
    There’s nothing wrong with 18 year olds, it’s just that I want people around my age as I will get along better with them.
    Does anybody know which tours seem to attract younger and older (mid to late 20’s) people??

    thanks Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->


    Im in the same boat….im looking at doing a Euro Experience in may…..hopefully there will be a mix of people…..

  • 10 Nov 2008 CharleyGirl said


    Why Thank you benji. I do not mind either 18 year olds or 37 year olds, I could be grumpy about either should I wish to do so. I am however going with an open mind and will enjoy whatever group I am with.

  • 14 Nov 2008 Gilly said


    I mostly agree with everyone who has posted here on the ages.

    My experience with the 21 day camping is that these tours attract the younger crowd. As a 25 year old I was the third oldest of our group but it didn’t matter a bit. Our tour manager was my age and our supercook was younger. Everyone got on really well and I don’t think anybody felt excluded if they didn’t feel like participating in all the shenanigans that go on.

    There might be more of us mid to late 20 yr olds on the concept and hotel tours but the 18-35 grouping that Contiki uses will still always get you some immature acting 33 year olds and some responsible, sensible 19 year olds.

  • 19 Dec 2011 Reka803 said


    I got along with all the ages except for the Spanish Spree group in Septmeber 2011 all they did was party and were hungover the next day and were rude it had nothing to do with age though. My Simply Italy there were ranges from 18-37 and I got along with all of them fine very nice down to earth girls and men. Italy seems to draw from my experience so far the best groups at any age and this was in July and November of this year 2011:) PS It wasn’t really the age of the Spanish Spree it was the hungover and party central 24/7 and again rude women and disrespeful men not all but about 3/4 oh well.

  • 19 Dec 2011 Wowexciting! said


    I don’t think the asker of the question implied that all 18 year olds are obnoxious etc. But they are infact “immature” in the sense that they haven’t experienced an proper adult life of completely looking after themselves, holding down a full time job, paying bills, managing money, maintaining a house…etc. I don’t think they have any real worries or responsibilties at that age whereas someone quite a bit older would have, and thus would maybe have trouble relating in certain aspects. Also, I have found that empathy has come in the later years for me. I certainly have nothing against 18 year olds but would much prefer people around my own age opn the tour.

  • 20 Dec 2011 melinda-rd said


    I agree that nothing in the original post had anything to do with 18 years olds and being obnoxious or rude. I completely understand this and would prefer to be with more people my age because I have more in common with them and I do think I would make better relationships that way. I work with high school and college age students so when looking for friends and tour mates, I would like more people my age simply because I am looking for a break and more adult conversations. This does not mean I am not happen to spend time with 18-22. They bring an interesting perspective and help keep things fresh, but it is also nice, especially if you are by yourself, to have someone with similar interests as you to keep you company and enjoy a conversation with.

    I think that trips going to the major cities will likely attract a younger crowd. If you are someone that has travelled, chances are by mid 20’s and up you have already seen and done London, Paris, Rome and are ready to move on to a destination not as popular with those just starting off as world travelers. Those major cities are big hits with younger travelers and a great, and easy place to start. Those are all the places I visit because they really are must sees and offer a lot of culture, history and amazing cuisine. I think the older you get, the more time you have had to see those places, and as much as you might want to go back, you may be more drawn to new and different places, and yes, I agree, may be able to spend a little more money and probably less time.

  • 22 Dec 2011 Explorer1307236 said


    I recently did a Concept tour. There was only 1 person who was 18. The rest were 21-28 years old. We all got along. We had the most amazing time. When we got back we even organised a reunion as alot of people were from Aus! There were a few people on tour who just went to party (and for sex) and did’t bother site seeing or shopping. Personally i don’t see the point in going on a trip to Europe to just party and not see the sites and do some shopping. I plan on doing more tours with contiki. Next is New Zealand this year and US next year. I want to go to Europe again but at the moment it’s just too expensive!

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