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Traveling with Contiki is a great opportunity not just to see the world but to see a world of possibilities. We take care of all of the little details, so you can take it all in, find your own path and share in our sense of discovery.
Find Your Path
Our tours include more sights, more activities, more authentic local food and more spectacular places to stay. We give you tons of free time to relax, explore or just hang out. And wherever you go, your Contiki Crew is there to help you have the time of your life. We create the journeys so you can create the stories. Start your story with us.
The First Contiki
Fifty years ago, we created our first story when a young New Zealander embarked on a journey across Europe. He got a minibus and gathered together a group of friends to travel with him, and Contiki Holidays was “born”. We're the original travel company for 18-35s and we've been traveling the world with people like you since '62.
Must-see sights or hidden gems? A Jungle Lodge in Peru or centuries old French Chateau? Biking along the Mekong River or sailing the Whitsundays on a private yacht? Contiki gives you a world of choices so you can create the trip you've always dreamed of taking.
See the World Your Way
We offer trips in over 46 countries and 6 continents, from quick breaks as short as 3 days to epic journeys as long as 6 weeks. Whether you're into snorkeling or snowboarding, our tours are designed to let you do what you love.
Amazing Places to Stay
Whichever way you choose to travel, we'll hook you up with some special places to stay. From an Eco-lodge in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia, a Roman Villa in Italy or a night on a traditional Junk boat in Vietnam, you can travel your own way. You can even plan your trip around festivals and events, such as Oktoberfest and New Year's Eve.
Your Free Time
No journey is complete without some time to relax and reflect and find your own path. That's why our trips are packed with loads of free time and opportunities to either hang with your travel mates or go and discover your own way.
Free time is about doing what you're into as you take in new places and cultures. Hunt down some local music, spend some time lounging, biking, shopping or just exploring. All of our trips are planned with loads of free time, so you can head off and do your own thing. Need some inspiration for things to do? Just ask the ultimate travel experts – your Contiki Crew.
We've hand picked plenty of exciting optional activities as well, so you can get even more out of your free time. Go wine tasting in the Rhine Valley, helicopter over the Grand Canyon, or dive the Great Barrier Reef. We negotiate great prices and organize it all, so it's easy to personalize your trip.
First Big Trip?
Your first big trip can be a bit daunting, even if you have traveled a lot before. So from the moment you decide to go, we're here to help. Give us a call, drop us an email, or get online – we'll answer your every question, no matter how big or small, and give you lots of essential travel tips and advice.
More than half of our travelers go it alone, which means you're guaranteed to link up with young (18-35 is all we do), adventurous tour mates. We don't charge single supplements for solo travelers. We'll match you up with a same-sex roommate, or you can opt for your own room for a little extra on certain tours.
Your Tour Mates
Our trips bring together like-minded people from all around the globe. So whether you're traveling solo or with friends, for the first time or fifteenth time, you'll come home with plenty of interesting viewpoints and exciting new friends to match.
Nothing beats having a travel mate who knows your destination like the back of their hand. Our team of over 400 Tour Managers, Drivers, On-site teams and On-road Cooks represent the very best in their fields, and they're committed and focused on one thing: You.
I will... get you into the real Europe. It's my backyard & I'll show you all the things I love.
We know... the authentic places outside the tourist trail.
Taste... Tapas in Spain, in particular clam, jellyfish & squid with apple!
Travel is... about new experiences & being open to anything.
Your tour crew has one simple goal: to help you have the time of your life. They're not only expert guides who take care of all the little details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to helping you explore in comfort and confidence.
Only Contiki Gives You More
When you travel with Contiki, you get more included as part of your tour than going any other way – more must-see sights, more activities & more amazing places to stay. Plus our local expertise means you'll get a truly local experience. But don't just take our word for it. Check out some tour reviews and let fellow travelers tell you in their own words what makes Contiki different.
When you travel with Contiki, you see more, get more and save more too. We've compared a typical day traveling on your own to a day on Contiki. You can't do all we do for as little as we do it – see for yourself why Contiki is the best bang for your buck.
With Contiki, you truly get the most for your money: tours in over 46 countries and 6 continents, loads of free time & optional activities, amazing accommodation, authentic dining, and expert crew that are dedicated to you, and over 50 years of travel experience.
Discover your way
With 117 canals to explore, a gondola ride in Venice is the true way to discover this magical floating city. There are around 400 gondolas in total and they're 36 feet long & weigh 1300 lbs! Practice your Italian & chat to the gondoliers, they know all of Venice's hidden spots.
Take a different view
Looking for the ultimate adventure? Hitting the skies above Rio should do it. Get the city's best views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Christo Redentor & the beach as you hang glide through the sky. Back on land, we like to head to Ipanema Beach Bar for a swim or caipirinha.
Get into the festival feel
Love live music? We do too, so Europe's festivals are a box we always tick. We love Spain's Bilbao BBK Live music festival for long summer days & nights filled with cool bands & good times with new friends. Snacking on tostadas in-between gigs is essential!
Step back in time
Florence will feed your inner art lover - with its stunning statues, bridges & art, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Our tip: Stand on the corner of Via dei Calzaioli (by Chanel) for the best shot of the open-air statues & Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria.
Walk in the footsteps of the Incas
Machu Picchu is one of the 7 new wonders of the world, see it yourself to find out why. We mix it up - so you can choose to take the same path as the Incas, or take it easy & head up by train (keep an eye out for the llamas at the top).
Try a different kind of afternoon snack
Our Team will introduce you to local delicacies, no matter how strange! Like Witchetty grubs in the Aussie Outback - a definite must-try. Our tip: Hold it above your head & close your eyes. It’s a bit like tofu... if tofu moved.
Live it up like Royalty
You don't have to be royalty to stay at Château de Cruix! At our 16th Century Château, you can relax poolside, learn about Beaujolais wine in our cellar; then grab your picnic basket & head into the rolling hills & vineyards for a traditional French picnic complete with incredible views.
Get the inside scoop
Our Team know where the hidden secrets lie, so you can indulge in incredible local flavors. Like the best place to try Amok Curry in Siem Reap, Cambodia (shhh... it’s the Red Piano, on the corner of Pub Street). Don't miss Their Khmer spring rolls too.
Shop til' you drop
Grab the girls for some retail therapy & update your wardrobe with Europe's latest trends. From eyeing up the fashion on Rome's Via Dei Condotti, to budget-friendly bargains at designer outlets, Italy is a fashionista's paradise. Try Barberino Mall for discount designer gear, with an essential re-fuel espresso at Caffe Mediceo.
Kick back in paradise
Set sail & explore the world's largest coral reef & the Whitsunday Islands. With swim stops & island hops, mixed with new friends & good times - it's the perfect place to chill. Why not head out snorkeling- the reef is so big it's the only living thing on earth visible from space.
Embrace the diverse
Join the locals at sunrise in Luang Prabang, Lao, for the alms giving ceremony called 'Binthabat.' It is one of the closest religious interactions you can experience between lay people and monks, and one of those special travel moments you will never forget.
Do Paris in style
After our 'Paris by night' tour, why not head to Champs de Mars to watch the Eiffel Tower lights? Grab some friends, wine & cheese & frame up some shots. There are 20,000 flashing bulbs & 800 fairy lights (you wouldn't want the job of changing the bulbs).
Get lost & love it
Ciao! Che parte da Piazza di Spagna? Exploring around Rome's Via Margutta is a great place to get lost in the backstreets & try out your Italian on the locals. Tip: Find nearby 'Restaurante 34' for an afternoon snack stop, their caprese salad is the best in town.
Take a 141ft leap
There's no feeling like the adrenalin rush you get from a bungy. New Zealand is the birthplace of this thrill-seeking activity, & its original home, Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, is THE place to take the leap. So hold your breath & 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... BUNGY!
Discover new talents
Flex your photography skills and let your travel adventures inspire your creative side. Why not start a photo blog to boast to your friends back home or simply share your pics on Twitter. Try the Hipstamatic photography iPhone App to add that cool endless summer feel to your pics.
Make pizza like Mama
Hidden gems, like tiny trattorias in the backstreets of Rome (that you'd struggle to find on your own), are our dining spots of choice. Pick up some skills & learn to make authentic Italian pizza- from making dough & choosing toppings to eating them! We love Pizza al Prosciutto.
Magic of the outback
Think you know a good spot for an epic sunset? Nothing will prepare you for experiencing one at Uluru. The light hitting this massive icon is like nothing you've ever seen, making for some seriously cool pics. Our secret? We take you back at sunrise for even better shots.