Contiki vs Intrepid

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Contiki and Intrepid.

The Low Down

Contiki Over 35? Then Contiki is not for you. With tours and adventures designed for the 18-35's through Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe, you'll need lots of energy for the good times ahead. Traditionally Contiki trips have been known for their late nights, lots of sleeping on the coach, and some sightseeing on the side. Contiki's philosophy of #NOREGRETS is about changing your perspective on the world, walking in others shoes, witnessing different cultures, religions, and ways of living. But most of all, it’s about living life out loud, unashamedly and completely, loving every single second of being young!
Intrepid Intrepid specialise in small group adventure tours, and feature trips around the globe. With over 700 tours and 50,000 departures, Intrepid's itineraries are designed for the budget conscious adventurer, families and even adventures for those that prefer a bit of comfort at the end of each day. Like G Adventures, Intrepid also have a myriad of trips through South and Central America & Asia and operate dynamic pricing so prices can change daily - upwards if the trip is filling up, and down if they need to fill some spaces.

Recommending the best Operator for small group adventures is a tough one. It's very subjective and we think a lot depends on the region, the itinerary and the trip leader you get. This will have a huge sway on whether your trip is good, great or average. Our advice is to choose the Operator which has the itinerary and departures dates that suit you best. Look at things like inclusions, group size and other details to help make your decision.


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In Their Own Words We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them

Contiki are the world leaders in travel experiences for 18-35’s. We exist to connect young travellers to the time of their lives. We believe in real experiences and we care about making sure these experiences contribute positively to the people and places we visit. We are focused on discovery, once-in-a-lifetime moments, human connections, and making every second of being young count.

For over 55 years we’ve been perfecting the secret formula to the perfect trip - we know you’re after unique experiences, local insight and accommodation that’s more than a place to sleep. We run over 350 trips across 6 continents, each one designed to get to the beating heart of a destination, understanding the local way of life, unearthing unforgettable experiences and creating lifelong memories. Real experiences, unique accommodation, local food, the best team and awesome people all deliver Contiki’s no regrets experience.
Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers off the beaten track to discover the world's most amazing places for 30 years. Every trip is designed to truly experience local culture - to meet local people, try local food, take local transport and stay in local accommodation. Led by a local leader, our small group tours offer a sustainable way to travel off the beaten track, while giving back to the places and people that travellers visit.

Recent Reviews

Beautiful Balkans   0 , NSW, Australia, Jul 2022
This was a great trip visiting some beautiful natural wonders. Contiki again did a great job and the Tour Leader was friendly and able to give useful local knowledge. Croatia was such a great country to finish this tour in!
Lovely London   0 , NSW, Australia, Jul 2022
This was the perfect base for exploring London at your own pace. Outside of the organised activities, it gave us plenty of time to ramble through this amazing city .... London!
Fantastic Snapshot of Europe   1 , NSW, Australia, Jun 2022
This European Discovery Tour was just the perfect length for visiting Europe for the first time. Contiki were a great, organised company and our Tour Leader, Dan was organised and friendly. Global Journeys experienced staff allowed for a carefree and wonderful trip. Many thanks Hannah!
Can’t wait for the next Contiki. Only have one more year.   0 , Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada, Feb 2022
Everything about this Contiki was amazing. The guide was amazing and we will continue to be friends long after! The people were amazing, the extras and most importantly Ecuador blew me away with its beauty! I loved everything about this trip. Can’t wait for the next Contiki!
Would do it again any time   1 , United States, Jan 2022
It was just great, I liked everything, the hotel, food, people, the activities. We had great weather too (lots of snow). The only downside was that there were no parties due to COVID restrictions in Austria.
Great trip!!   0 , London, United Kingdom, Jan 2022
Each day was jam packed with activities and I was happy we saw a lot of the main attractions in Iceland.
Cycling in South Australia   0 , WA, Australia, Nov 2023
The staff at Global Journeys have always been helpful and ensured from start to finish of our booking we are well provided with important information to ensure our holiday goes smoothly. We had an excellent guide for our cycling holiday as well as a great driver of our van, both from South Australia and passionate about their State. We traveled in November more and had perfect weather for our trip, however the following week Adelaide experienced flooding, so this time of the year can be unpredictable. Accommodation was very good, breakfast was included, two mornings we were given breakfast in our room a very cheap option for an expensive holiday.
Intrepid tours of Java and Bali   0 , WA, Australia, Nov 2023
The tours were interesting and well organized. Accommodation was carefully selected to be low cost but at least 3 star. The breakfasts provided were good quality. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean. I especially enjoyed climbing Mount Batur, and the snorkelling on the Bali National Park at Menjangan Island. Our group visited many places more not seen by the usual foreign tourist. I am glad that I went on both tours.
Extraordinary Knowledge of Tasmania   0 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our 9 day tour of Tasmania. Our guide was very generous with his amazing knowledge of history and the natural environment. Would book Intrepid tours again!
Best of Italy Tour   0 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2023
Our “Best of Italy” tour with Intrepid Travel was fabulous. We went to so many wonderful places on this tour & our tour leader, Lucrezia, was wonderful throughout our tour. Tracey Standing with Global Journeys who we booked the tour through, was very helpful & always available for any queries we had. She made the booking process & subsequent information more seamless. We can recommend both Tracey at Global Journeys & the Intrepid Best of Italy tour very highly.
Get close to the real Thailand.     0 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2023
After 4 previous trips Thailand I thought I had an understanding of the culture and way of life, how wrong I was! My recent tour 'Beautiful Northern Thailand' introduced (or should I say our magnificent knowledgeable tour guide Wrong), showed us just what the real Thailand is.

Now don't get mistaken, the tour is onerous. much walking and hiking thru more thick jungle and up some steep hills, but it's all worth it even if it's just to relax and catch your breath in hilltribe village house. Did you know that Thailand was once Siam and consisted of Burma, Cambodia and Thailand. once "up north" you are immersed in the history and diversified cultures that now co-exist there. I won't spoil your thunder, you must try it, but get a little physically fit first .
Great highlights of Jordan   0 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2023
Good itinerary for seeing the main highlights in Jordan. Would have been nice to include Wadi Mujib in the itinerary. Also the starting point hotel is quite awful, especially compared to the other hotels.

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