If you are 18-35 then you are in the right age range to do a Contiki tour! There are a wide range of people who do Contiki including solo travellers, groups of friends, couples, or even siblings/cousins. While it may not be for everyone, here are my seven top reasons why I think you should do a Contiki tour!
Everything is organised for you: There are many amazing dinners, activities, and nights out organised, which takes the stress out of having to organise it yourself. Some of these will be included in the price of the tour, while others you will sign up and pay for on the bus. Some of my favourite activities in Europe were paragliding and white water rafting in Austria.
You will make lifelong friends. There will be up to 50 other people on the bus meaning there is sure to be someone you will connect with. I still keep in touch with quite a few of the people I met on Contiki and we try and catch up or visit each other every so often.
You can party to your heart’s content! Let’s be honest, Contiki is known for its partying, but you can party as little or as much as you want to. While I loved the crazy nights and bonding with my Contiki fam, there were definitely a few nights when I decided to stay in, do laundry and catch up on much needed sleep.
Discounts! If you book a Contiki tour months in advance, you usually receive 10% off, or if you book a last minute deal you can get up to 30% off. Once you’ve travelled with Contiki you will receive 5% off your future trips, which will probably make you want to book another Contiki even more!
Test your limits! Never thought you could go out clubbing til 4am and then wake up at 7am to get on the bus? Well guess what? Contiki will prove that you can do just about anything… most of the time.
You get to see so much in a short space of time: Contiki will allow you to see the main sights in every city, however there will always be things you will miss out on as you are usually only there for a night or two. This just gives you a reason to go back to Europe to see the cities you enjoyed the most. There are also some tours that stay longer in fewer places to allow you to see and do more.
Free Time. There will be plenty of days where you will have free time to explore a city or town and do whatever you wish to do. The tour manager can suggest things to do and you will usually be provided with a map to find your way around. In Paris we went to the top of the Arc De Triomphe and shopped on the Champs-Élysées in our free time, while in Hopfgarten, Austria we rode bikes to the local trout farm to go fishing!