Contiki vs Intrepid

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

The Low Down

 
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 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.

Reviews

Reviews rated out of 5

 
4.4 out of 5
29 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.3
Accommodation
4
Tour Pace
4.2
Included Excursions
4.2
Optional Excursions
4.3
 
4.5 out of 5
68 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.5
Accommodation
4
Tour Pace
4.3
Included Excursions
4.2
Optional Excursions
3.9

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
330
 
Departures
11,136
 
Avg. Length
11
 
Avg.
$259
 
309
This Month
Trip Type
Trip Type
Guided Tours
Sailing Trips
Trip Type
Sailing Trips
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
Accommodation
Accommodation
2.5 - 3.5 Star
Age Requirements
Age Requirements
18-35 Only
 
No. of Trips
1,246
 
Departures
40,367
 
Avg. Length
13
 
Avg.
$325
 
706
This Month
Adventure Tours
Trip Type
Adventure Tours
Small Group Tours
Trip Type
Small Group Tours
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
Max. Group Size
16

In Their Own Words

We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them.

 

Katrina Barry, MD, Australia - 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.
 

Brett Mitchell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific - 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

 
Great Britain & Ireland
5 Star Review from Olivia.

Amazing trip which allowed individuals to meet like-minded people whilst travelling and exploring the historical areas of Great Britain and Ireland. The Contiki road crew were amazing and very knowledgeable of the locations and highlights explored. The accommodation, included extras and add-ons were all excellent and great value for money. I would definitely book another Contiki trip and use Global Journeys in doing so.
Rhythm & Alps
2 Star Review from Mona.

I won’t travel with Contiki ever again. Very immature tour leader. The event bookings were mainly with those companies that benefit them not really caring about the customer. Zero customer service. However, this review is not related to Global Journeys, Global Journeys was amazing and quick in booking and very informative and accurate, I’ll book through them again.
Trail to London
5 Star Review from Peter & Cathryn.

A massive shout out to Jemma on her awesome effort in putting this tour together at short notice. Nothing was too much trouble and she was only happy to accommodate which lead to a smooth well organised holiday. The tour was exactly as expected with no issues. We have used Jemma in the past and would highly recommend her to everyone for their future travel needs.
Kiwiana Panorama
5 Star Review from Kate.

My tour operator was very helpful. I would book through Global Journeys again and would recommend Global Journeys to friends.
European Trail
5 Star Review from Olivia.

As a first time traveller through Europe, this was a great way to explore all the big sights and get a feel for the local cultures and languages. Contiki have put together such a great trip with included experiences as well as fantastic add-ons. The Contiki road crew were so knowledgeable and supportive. I would 100% book another Contiki and use Global Journeys to do so.
 
Esperance & Southwest Adventure
5 Star Review from Mattie.

Great tour with a great group of people! Sean was an amazing tour guide - very knowledgeable and friendly. We camped underneath the stars every night in comfortable swags. Would highly recommend this trip!
Esperance & Southwest Adventure
5 Star Review from Dinie.

With an enthusiastic tour leader (& excellent cook and driver) Sean, 19 people from different countries had a wonderful trip from Perth to Esperance and back. It was the first time I hiked in a ‘swag’, and I wish I had discovered this type of sleeping equipment (50 or so;)) years ago... I’ll be back!
Explore Egypt & Jordan
4 Star Review from Melita & Donald.

A great group of 12 travellers from Switzerland, Canada, USA, England and Australia varying in ages from late 20's to late 60's. We travelled in early March starting in Egypt for 11 days then Jordan and found the temperatures cool to moderate and weather fine except for a once in 100 year storm which passed through. Accommodation was high three star and in some places four star, always clean and comfortable with breakfasts included. The sights and history in Egypt were fantastic, the pyramids, Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and hot air balloon ride all lived up to expectations. The tombs and temples were awe inspiring. even if I couldn't remember all the dates and names of the Pharaohs. The desert scenery in Wadi Rum, Jordan was stark and had a special kind of beauty and the tent camp was comfortable with a great dinner and breakfast served by the local Bedouins. There were some tents with ensuite bathrooms but our tour had tents without and shared bathroom amenities which were clean and adequate (only problem was there were no towels provided). Our group never got to Petra or the Dead Sea as we got caught in the middle of the COVID19 outbreak and had to leave Jordan at short notice when they decided to close their borders. This happened on a Saturday morning and this is when we had problems as we needed to re-book flights and there was no emergency contact number for Global Journeys. We tried emails but as the office is not open on weekends we got no reply. We feel that unless an emergency contact is provided in future we would hesitate in booking through Global Journeys again. This is a shame as we have had wonderful service and the agent we have dealt with has been extremely helpful and prompt in communicating with us in relation to any queries we have had before the trip.
Morocco Uncovered
5 Star Review from Jacinta.

I had left the booking of my trip over the new year till quite late, however the communication from Global Journeys and Intrepid meant that it was all booked over the Christmas period and the trip took place. I had trouble choosing between 'Best of Morocco' and 'Morocco Uncovered' as they both offered an area that I wanted to go to. I went with 'Best of Morocco' and loved it. Many of the areas we went, we were the only tourists. We were fortunate to have not only a small group of people yet a great group that got along really well. Mustafa our driver and Khalid our tour guide could not be faulted, they really added to the enjoyment of our experience. Khalid's knowledge of such a vast array of areas was amazing, his passion for his job and his English, including his ability to have a bit of fun was fabulous. He made sure that we were his priority in all areas and his attention to detail was highlighted by all. He could not do enough for all of us. The food was great and all of the accommodation gave us something to talk about in a positive way. The guest house family were lovely and very accommodating and I loved the smaller towns we visited where we were the only tourists to be seen, playing with the children and walking through the farms. I had the most amazing time in Morocco and this being my first group tour was of concern to me. I honestly don't think it could have gone any better.
Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories
4 Star Review from Harrison.

The trip overall was fantastic, experiencing the middle eastern culture up close in Wadi Rum, to exploring the ruins of Petra, and finally experiencing the amazing city of Jerusalem, a city that offers history, culture and religion, as well as having a modern feel.

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