I have heard from multiple sources that many of the tours quickly turn into drunken parties with lots of sex.This really isn’t too surprising — young people hormones plenty of alcohol close quarters with the same people for long periods of time interesting accents = hazy memories. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because a lot of people have tons of fun on Contiki Tours.
I want to say upfront that I prefer traveling independently and I probably wouldn’t take a tour like this — but I know a lot of people who loved their tour.
My goal for this review isn’t to convince you why you should or shouldn’t take a Contiki Tour — I just want to give you all the facts (the good and the bad) so you can make an informed decision on whether a tour like this is right for you.
Here are their main travel styles: Click here to see all their travel styles All the accommodation is provided by Contiki and is included in the price—so you never have to worry about finding a place to sleep (conversely, you have no say in where you stay).
Each tour usually features multiple times of accommodation but there are basically three types of accommodation: On average, the quality of the accommodation tends to be on par with that of a budget hostel.
They claim to have 150,000 travelers each year and they’ve been doing tours since the early 60s.
One nice thing about Contiki is that they offer a wide variety of tour options — ranging from week-long trips to multiple month excursions.
I receive a lot of questions from people asking me about my thoughts on joining tour groups in Europe. For those of you who aren’t aware, Contiki is a well-known bus/coach tour company that caters to students/youth travelers.
Not surprisingly, based on their clientele, they have earned a reputation as being a booze-filled party tour.
Without a doubt, you’ll see a lot in a short amount of time, but things often tend to blend together when traveling at such a fast pace.