Compare Contiki vs. Expat Explore Travel

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

When deciding Contiki or Expat Explore, it is important to realise that both offer a variety of trips that adhere to different travel styles.
 
Contiki caters to young adults exclusively (18-35), so most tours are action packed with sightseeing, local dinners and nightlife options. They each allow you to move at a nonstop pace or take it easier, depending on the experience you’re looking for.
 
Expat Explore offers a larger variety of tours when you consider that they accept travellers of all ages. Most of their travellers range in age from 20 to 30 years old but they also have many 50 to 60 year olds on the same tours as well. Expat is the preferred choice for families or very budget conscious travellers.
 
Contiki’s Europe tours usually have 50 travellers in a group while their USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia tours have an average group size of 30. Their Latin and South America tours offer the most intimate experiences when it comes to group size. 
 
Expat Explore generally has anywhere between 40 to 50 travellers on a single tour. They only offer twin sharing hotel accommodations for the most part and don’t use local guides for the most part, instead relying solely on company guides whereas Contiki uses local guides where possible. 
 

Physical Requirements

With both operators, generally there are no strenuous activities that are involved, although some optional excursions, if you decide to do them, may involve swimming, bike riding or small hikes. This should be checked on a per itinerary basis as there may be times throughout specialty tours (hiking for example) where a certain level of fitness will be required. This will be outlined in the itinerary of each tour.
 
Neither Contiki nor Expat Explore feature specific “trekking” tours so you don’t need to be overly fit to enjoy these tours comfortably.
 

Accommodation

The standard and style of accommodation varies depending on the tour. Contiki might place you in a hotel, a hostel, a campsite or somewhere else entirely. Expat Explore will only ever place you in a hotel, with an average rating of 3 stars.
 
Neither operator charges single supplements for solo travellers. 
 

Transportation

Both operators provide a variety of transportation options based on the trips. Contiki and Expat Explore use a combination of private buses and public transit to get you where you need to go. In most cases, you’ll be relying on chartered buses but both operators offer very similar transportation options. 
 

Destinations

Contiki offer tours to the following locations: Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
 
Expat Explore specializes in European destinations and currently offer tours all across Europe and also Egypt
 

Pricing

Contiki is considered affordable for budget travellers with their average price per day sitting at $140USD. This cost is determined by the amount of scheduled activities per day in the itinerary, of which there are many. 
 
Expat Explorealso offers budget tours for all ages around Europe with their average price per day costing slightly less than Contiki, at $116 USD. They have two different travel styles, budget and comfort which can affect the prices of tours. Their accommodation is normally 3 star standard and not all activites are included in the tour price. 
 
There are many factors that affect the price when travelling with either company, things like accommodations and the number of included activities that can either increase or decrease the price of the overall trip. 
 
Disclaimer: We here at TourRadar have taken a look the tours offered by both operators to find the benefits of each operator’s product selection. The above are generalizations and interested travellers should compare the operator’s individual trips as costs may vary per region and style. 
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Reviews

Overall average rating

Overall average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

7 days ago
Anne Elyse was sensational, great tour guide couldn't ask for a better person to mana...Read more
16th May 2017
I had an amazing first experience in Europe Read more
16th May 2017
It was an awesome tourRead more
15th May 2017
Best holiday of my life, would do it again in a heart beat. Our tour guide Nic was ...Read more
1 day ago
I thought the trip was great! We seen some amazing sites and countries. Our expat t...Read more
4 days ago
Yes, it was a value for money tour. Transportation was excellent. Good blend of walki...Read more
5 days ago
Tour Guide Niall and Driver Bill were great -very supportive and looked after us real...Read more
6 days ago
My partner and I enjoyed our 18 day European Explorer tour very much. The driver Keit...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Greg Colgin(274 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Kassie Jones(193 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(163 reviews)
Megs Chandler(152 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(124 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(121 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(119 reviews)
Trent Plaine(108 reviews)
Az Gallagher(77 reviews)
James Jenkins(69 reviews)
Ebony Skye Anderson(69 reviews)
Sian Truasheim(66 reviews)
Lisa (64 reviews)
Rachel Calleja(61 reviews)
Grant Feddo(58 reviews)
Tammy Coetzee(56 reviews)
Hailee Gypsy Atkins(56 reviews)
Matt Grieves(54 reviews)
Ellie Teasdale(48 reviews)
Emma Chipperfield(47 reviews)
Anne-Elyse Gauthier(46 reviews)
Matt(37 reviews)
Emmy Nilsson(34 reviews)
Chloe Du Bois(32 reviews)
Lucy Powell(31 reviews)
Alanna Schulz(28 reviews)
Kyle Junkuhn(27 reviews)
Brianna Dransfield(24 reviews)
Tarryn Liddell(24 reviews)
Larissa Cowlrick(22 reviews)
Areti Fronis(20 reviews)
Judith Lee(15 reviews)
Danielle Shevlin(12 reviews)
Courtney Hutchison(10 reviews)
Aaron rogers(7 reviews)
Stephen Galloni(4 reviews)
Patrick Davis(4 reviews)
Joe Patrick(3 reviews)
jhonatan fernandez(2 reviews)
Blake Franks(2 reviews)
Jason Magerkorth(2 reviews)
Nick Papadatos(1 review)
Mark Heap(1 review)
Trav(0)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Gayle Taylor(87 reviews)
Steve Martin(65 reviews)
Cameron Benson(30 reviews)
Sara McDonald(10 reviews)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

Meals average rating

Meals average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 63 different countries
through 41 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Festival & Events
Marine
Activities
Independent
Cultural
Festival & Events
Activities
Nature & Adventure

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3191 reviews
4.5/5 from 988 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
10-75

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

632
travellers met through Contiki tours
11,367
travellers met through Expat Explore Travel tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$122
$119

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
11
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

Videos

Tours

Most popular tours

Most popular tours

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64 reviews
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41 reviews
10 days from $1115.00
50 reviews
14 days from $1670.00
56 reviews
7 days from $750.00

Destinations

Europe

Europe

Asia

Australia/Oceania

Australia/Oceania

Africa

Africa

North America

North America

Latin America

Latin America

Most visited destinations

Most visited destinations

London (92)
Rome (85)
Venice (72)
Paris (70)
London (24)
Paris (19)
Venice (19)
Rome (19)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for Contiki tours is between 18 and 35. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.
The average age for Expat Explore Travel tours is between 10 and 75. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.

Hold my seat

Hold my seat

TourRadar can request Contiki to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar can request Expat Explore Travel to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 45 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 8 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 10% to confirm a Expat Explore Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 42 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 5 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 42 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Contiki:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Expat Explore Travel:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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