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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.

Stats

No. of Trips
443
No. of Departures
10,768
Avg. Trip Length
12 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$288
Accommodation
Mixed
Budget
Affordable
Trip Styles Coach Tours18-to-30'sSailing TripsFestivals & EventsShort Breaks
No. of Trips
961
No. of Departures
39,507
Avg. Trip Length
12 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$355
Accommodation
Mixed
Budget
Affordable & Premium

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

Contiki
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
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   0 , 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.
Amazing Egypt Experience   0 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2022
This was an amazing experience. Loved Egypt. Loved Intrepid. Tour Guide Mohammed treated us as all belonging to a family, this made a difference from other less impressive tours guides I have encountered on various groups.
Maria Island Walk     0 , VIC, Australia, Dec 2022
Wanting to go on a walking adventure in between Christmas and New Year, I found an Intrepid/Global Journeys four day walk on Maria Island off the East Coast of Tasmania. What a beautiful part of the world. We were very well looked after with good meals and camping accommodation. The mix of 8 guests was great with everyone chatting as we walked along ...read more the tracks and beaches to reach camp. Nothing was too much trouble for the guides who told interesting stories of the history of the Island and points of interest each day. I loved it all.
Small Group tour covering Jordan/Egypt Highlights     0 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
So for a relatively compact tour operated by Intrepid we covered a good deal of distance (more on that in a bit) in this 3 week package (2 combined tours), I'm pleased to say that on the Egyptian leg we managed to fit in all of the (absolutely awesome) anticipated highlights including; The Pyramids, and Sphinxes, of Giza; The Temple of Isis; The River ...read more Nile; Abu Simbel; Karnuk Temple and the Valley of the Kings and a couple of extras sites (El Alamein Commonwealth Grave site/museum & the new Alexandria Library). These last couple of sites, although magnificent in there own right, did leave, in my opinion, us short on time in Cairo making trips to the (world famous) khan al Khali bazaar; the Egyptian Museum and the national Museum of Civilization truncated or missed all together. So to improve I would either cull the Alexandria leg or extend the stay in Cairo by a couple of days.

The most impressive leg of this tour, in my mind, was the 5 days we spent in Jordan. maybe because I had next to zero expectations of this country but it managed to delight with Amman, Wadi Rum and the absolute highlight of the tour (Petra). A stunning location deserving of its place in the "new" seven wonders of the world and far more than the "Treasury Building" which adorns most travel agents walls!

So apart from the slight issue with the time available in Cairo - The itinerary did make it look like there was lots of free-time - Intrepid did deliver. The arranged accommodation was a variety of styles with hotels, tents, a night on a felucca, a homestay, and a desert tent all of which met or bettered expectations (although one of the hotels in Jordan needs some TLC). intrepid's Tour Leaders (one in each country) were locals and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their respective countries and went out of their way to try to satisfy the groups needs.

Global journey's Rachael McSorley was exemplary. Friendly, helpful and efficient is just what you need to get the trip started on the right foot and Rachael delivered in spades!
Laid back, less hustle and bustle   0 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
Even though the places listed on the itinerary were many, this actual tour had way to much free time, causing yourself to indirectly making your own plans quiet often. This was disappointing as we had no knowledge of the areas. Also some hotels were way below standard.
What an experience!   0 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2022
Awesome tour guide, went above & beyond, great personality! The trip was well organised but some of the appointed hotels were ok at best. The itinerary was awesome, educational & sometimes surprising. Overall would recommend.
Jordan and Israel September 2022     3 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2022
Met my expectations on my spiritual and historic journey through the world's greatest monotheistic religions all in one package. Visiting many UNESCO world heritage sites was a bonus. Tour guides were well informed and encouraged comradeship among our group and left no questions unanswered. As a result, we made many friends in the group and home visits ...read more in Amman, Jerusalem and Palestine gave us many FB friends going forward.
Michael Virant.

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