Compare Contiki vs. Free & Easy Traveler

Group size, Age requirements and Travel styles

Both Free and Easy Traveler and Contiki cater just for the 18-35 market, meaning that you will be travelling with a group of similar aged, like minded travellers.
 
When travelling with Free and Easy, you can expect group sizes that range from (including leaders) 16-24 people, although the the average group size is 18-20. Free and Easy only have travellers on their tours who are aged 18-35, with the average age of travellers being 18-25, as the tours are set up specifically for this age range. Free and Easy Traveler tours are targeted at independant travellers, by providing less strictly organised group activities, and aiming to give travelers as many options as they can when exploring a destination - be it jam packed sightseeing, or just lazing by the beach. 
 
Contiki has been running tours for over 30 years for the 18 to 35 year old market, expanding the tours they offer worldwide. Group sizes are typically from 30 to 50 travellers, sometimes smaller and sometimes larger groups, with a focus on the shared travel experiences you will share with your group. As a solo traveller, there will always be many people to chat with and do things with on a Contiki tour. Depending on the tour you choose, the travel style can be fast paced and action packed, or a more relaxing atmosphere just focusing on one destination or region. Contiki has shorter tours, as well as much longer journeys where you will see many destinations across many countries.
 

Physical Requirements

With both Contiki and Free and Easy, generally there is no strenuous activities that must be completed, 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.
 
As both operators are targeted at youth travellers, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs, or from the accommodation to a nearby transport.
 

Accommodation

Contiki offer a range of accommodation, ranging from camping, hostels and hotels, through to yachts and resorts - depending on the individual tour. The tours can generally be grouped into their accommodation style; camping, hostel, and hotel, as well as other specialty accommodations such as resorts and yachts.
 
Free and Easy tours really mix up the accommodation, similar to their transport, to offer an adventure. This can include resorts with pools, hotels, traditional bungalows, hostels and even beach camping. For the tour you are looking to take, it is a good idea to check out the accommodation for each day which is outlined in the itinerary.
 

Transportation

Free and Easy tours can expect to travel by plane, by boat, by bus, by motorbike, by foot sometimes on our jungle tracks - depending on the tour and which leg of the tour it is, . Generally a lot of the places the tours go to are a little bit more off the beaten path - there isn’t always a public bus, so sometimes it is private bus, two little buses, or even a local ferry. To see the transport options for a particular tour, check out that individual tours itinerary.
 
Depending on where you are visiting, generally Contiki will have their own transportation - often a large, fully air-conditioned coach with a toilet and sometimes even wifi. Particularly in Europe, these are recent model coaches that are clean and pleasant to travel in. By using this mode of transport, the coach can normally drop you off directly in front of your accommodation, greatly minimising the distance you will need to take your luggage yourself.
 

Destinations

 

Cost

Both Contiki and Free and Easy offer tours in many destinations throughout the world, so we have compared the price per day beneath on a per region basis. Over all Contiki has many more tours in more destinations, while Free and Easy has a strong focus on South East Asia and Latin America.
 
Contiki starting from €49 per day
Free and Easy Traveler starting from €67 per day
 
Contiki starting from €51 per day
Free and Easy Traveler starting from €52 per day
 
Contiki starting from €92 per day
Free and Easy Traveler does not operate tours in this region
 
Contiki starting from €114 per day
Free and Easy Traveler starting from €99 per day
 
Contiki  starting from €98 per day
Free and Easy Traveler does not operate tours in this region
 
Contiki starting from €156 per day
Free and Easy Traveler starting from €75 per day
 
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

17 hours ago
I've never done a tour like this before and was a bit hesitant about the experience, ...Read more
2 days ago
Such an amazing tour! Nicole and Ryan were amazing in August 2016. Such a good way to...Read more
2 days ago
I travelled on the Contiki Scandinavia and Russia Plus with tour manager Greg Colgin ...Read more
2 days ago
Greg Colgin was my trip manager for a marathon trip I did through Scandinavia and Rus...Read more
2 hours ago
Wow, what can I say. What a rush. 20 days really isn't long enough, the beaches were ...Read more
2 hours ago
I always said I'd never be the person to go on a group tour but Free and Easy has tot...Read more
2 hours ago
Just finished 20 days in paradise with Luke and Ben, best trip I've ever done. Will f...Read more
2 hours ago
just finishing up my 20 day trip in Thailand and I can say with certainty that it was...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Greg Colgin(299 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Kassie Jones(193 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(163 reviews)
Megs Chandler(153 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(125 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(121 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(119 reviews)
Trent Plaine(108 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ben Godfrey(224 reviews)
James O'Brien(218 reviews)
Amy Webber(154 reviews)
Jesse Pratt(119 reviews)
Cody Webber(112 reviews)
Andy Fortnum(110 reviews)
Luke Helland(108 reviews)
Shayla Bly(106 reviews)
Toni Sweetland(105 reviews)
Kyle Stephens(96 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
4.5 out of 5 stars

Meals average rating

Meals average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 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 15 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3224 reviews
4.5/5 from 3061 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-35

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

671
travellers met through Contiki tours
6,951
travellers met through Free & Easy Traveler tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$119
$92

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
17
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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40 days from $2389
703 reviews
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428 reviews
25 days from $1989
166 reviews
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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 (94)
Rome (86)
Venice (74)
Paris (72)

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 Free & Easy Traveler tours is between 18 and 35. 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 Free & Easy Traveler 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 12 August 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Free & Easy Traveler booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 27 August 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 60 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.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Contiki:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Free & Easy Traveler:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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