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 Explore also 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

3 hours ago
It was the first Contiki trip i had been on. Kassie was a great tour manager and guid...Read more
15 hours ago
My introduction to Europe was an amazing experience and a huge part of that was due t...Read more
1 day ago
From the get go Nihar Vasa was a person that we could relate to, not just as a tour g...Read more
1 day ago
The trip was an amazing experience. At the very start it can get very confusing and a...Read more
5 hours ago
We did the 22 day Europe tour with Expates in Sept./Oct and, both being in our sixtie...Read more
3 days ago
I went on the Taste of Italy tour this past December with Peter as the tour guide! He...Read more
7 days ago
I travelled on the Italian Delights tour with my family this fall (oct-nov 2016) and ...Read more
7 days ago
The Europe Escape was a wonderful trip with some fantastic planning thanks to the har...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Isobel Needham(258 reviews)
Greg Colgin(175 reviews)
Kassie Jones(143 reviews)
Trys Eddy(125 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(122 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(119 reviews)
Megs Chandler(110 reviews)
Trent Plaine(108 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(95 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(93 reviews)
Ebony Skye Anderson(66 reviews)
James Jenkins(64 reviews)
Rachel Calleja(61 reviews)
Sian Truasheim(59 reviews)
Grant Feddo(58 reviews)
Hailee Gypsy Atkins(54 reviews)
Lisa (52 reviews)
Tammy Coetzee(48 reviews)
Emma Chipperfield(47 reviews)
Ellie Teasdale(47 reviews)
Matt Grieves(41 reviews)
Matt(37 reviews)
Emmy Nilsson(34 reviews)
Anne-Elyse Gauthier(33 reviews)
Chloe Du Bois(32 reviews)
Lucy Powell(31 reviews)
Kyle Junkuhn(27 reviews)
Alanna Schulz(26 reviews)
Az Gallagher(24 reviews)
Tarryn Liddell(24 reviews)
Brianna Dransfield(23 reviews)
Larissa Cowlrick(21 reviews)
Areti Fronis(20 reviews)
Danielle Shevlin(11 reviews)
Courtney Hutchison(10 reviews)
Aaron rogers(7 reviews)
Judith Lee(5 reviews)
Stephen Galloni(4 reviews)
Patrick Davis(4 reviews)
Joe Patrick(3 reviews)
jhonatan fernandez(2 reviews)
Jason Magerkorth(2 reviews)
Maïté Morelli(2 reviews)
Mark Heap(1 review)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Gayle Taylor(87 reviews)
Peter(63 reviews)
Steve Martin(47 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 61 different countries
through 43 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 2716 reviews
4.5/5 from 913 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

 age group
18-35
 age group
10-75

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

501
travellers met through Contiki tours
9,823
travellers met through Expat Explore Travel tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

 average tour length
$114
 average tour length
$89

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

 average tour length
13
days
 average tour length
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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85 reviews
10 days from $1263
154 reviews
12 days from $1275.00
60 reviews
26 days from $2705.00
61 reviews
18 days from $1975.00
40 reviews
10 days from $1080.00
45 reviews
14 days from $1430.00
47 reviews
7 days from $765.00

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 (95)
Rome (82)
Venice (72)
Paris (71)
London (25)
Paris (21)
Venice (21)
Rome (21)

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 21 January 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 18 January 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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