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Time Out VS Concept

18 Dec 2009 kelly said

Hi, this will be my first time to europe and iam not sure what the huge difference is between these two types of tours, besides the accomodation.<BR><BR>Ive heard that Concept stay outside the cities is that correct?<BR><BR>Any advice whould be great<BR><BR>Kelly
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  • 18 Dec 2009 Mel said


    i’m a little biased because i have only done concept but… the concept tours are awesome Smiler<!--graemlin::)--> yes they stay out of the cities but you don’t even notice it plus the concept tours have some awesome parties at the campesites. the cabins were really nice too…
    in paris we got ‘upgraded’ because there wa too many tours for the campsite so we stayed in a hotel. If i compare the hotel to the contiki run places i’d stay at the camp sites any day itseasier to socialise at the campsites plus the food is amazing …
    go concept Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 19 Dec 2009 Bunnie said


    I did a timeout tour in 2003 … It was mostly younger travellers 18 to 25 age range, we did a couple that where 29 to 35, but not many.

    I am 30 now also, & this time around have chosen to go with Kumuka worldwide. It has an age range of 18 to 55, but tend to get more of the late 20’s to early 30’s …

    My friend just came back from a contiki concept tour & she enjoyed herself, but again she said it was mostly the younger age that went.

    Best of luck what ever you do

  • 19 Dec 2009 T said


    Hey guys,

    I am off to do the Winter Wanderer in mid Jan (timeout tour) and now I am a bit worried… I am 28, not really in to getting smashed, partying, hangovers and the like… Is this pretty much what these tours are like??


  • 19 Dec 2009 kelly said


    Im feeling old now Big Grin<!--graemlin::D--> especially if there will really young ppl. Has any1 heard or travelled on Topdeck?

  • 19 Dec 2009 Bunnie said


    I am going to Europe next year… I looked at all the tour companies & worked out there pro’s & con’s ….

    Mostly I am 30 & really did not want to be stuck on a tour with 18 – 25 year olds. Because of this main reason I went with Kumuka worldwide, It is more focus on touring & seeing sites (for ex pompeii) & they give you a lot more free time.

    The 2nd reason why I did not go with them is becuase It mainly goes to the city & I like to explorer a lot more these days.

    I am also going on a Top Deck tour, my main reason for that was it was the only tour company that went up into the Artic Circle. Now from what the general age of Top Deck … Main Europe is a lot like Contiki age group, lots of drinking & partying … Where the type of tour I am doing is more of the 25 + crowd go on…

    Now saying this I am not bagging Contiki, I went on a tour when I was 22 & had the time of my life & still may do more Contiki in the future because I like there USA tour better then other companies…

    Just have a look what is out there and what you want to do and what you want to get out of it, it’s your holiday, there are so many options these days.

    Good Luck

  • 19 Dec 2009 kelly said


    Thanks Mel,
    when staying outside the city is there easy access into the city? if so is it expensive? what is the accomodation like?? im not fussy in accomodation i was recommended to do the TIME OUT over the concept.. Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->
    What was the typical age group on ur tour, ill be 30 when im in europe is that too old for concept Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 23 Dec 2009 cdm115 said


    No matter which type of tour you take you can end up with a calmer mellow group, or a bunch of party animals. Mostly though there will be a couple party animals, a couple people who are quieter and then most people will fall in the middle – go out some nights, generally have a drink or two and might have a big night or two the whole tour. I think you’re probably a little more likely to find younger drinkers on the concept tours. But I think the time of year you travel will probably have a bigger impact – if you go in Septmeber when 18-22 year olds are in school you’ll find an older group. I would pick the tour you want based on the lifestyle you want on tour – cabins vs hotels, etc.

  • 23 Dec 2009 Curtis71 said


    Concept tours are part campsites, part hotel. They focus on “value”.

    Time Out is all in hotels and their point is to drop you into the city and give you the opportunity to do whatever you want.

  • 23 Dec 2009 Tammy said


    Hey T,

    Which winter wanderer are you going on? I’m going on the one starting 19th January, am 28, and don’t drink at all

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