Compare Contiki vs. G Adventures

You’re ready for the trip of a lifetime but you aren’t sure who can make it happen - Contiki or G Adventures?. You love the look and sound of both operators but how do you know which one is right for you? Time for a quick compare and contrast!
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Both operators offer a variety of trips that adhere to different travel styles. Contiki caters to young adults, 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. G Adventures offers a larger variety of tours when you consider that they accept travellers of all ages. 
 
Contiki offers tours to independent travellers aged 18 to 35. They have hard upper age limits on their tours and will not allow travellers older or younger than their age bracket to book a trip. Contiki divides their trips into different classifications that help indecisive travellers determine the right trip for them based on their interests. 
 
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. 
 
G Adventures offers tours to independent travellers aged 18 and up. There are no upper age limits on most tours, but they do have a YOLO tour that is restricted to 18 to 39 year olds based on the nature of activities appropriate for that demographic. Their Family Adventure travel style has tours available to families with children aged 5 to 17. All other trips (with the exception of YOLO) are open to kids aged 12 and older when accompanied by a parent. The average G Adventure tour has 10 people on a tour but allows a maximum of 15. G Adventures also has a partnership with National Geographic (called National Geographic Journeys) that offers trips that can be considered premium excursions. These trips offer more inclusions, interactions with local experts, comfortable accommodations and transportation options as well as smaller group sizes.
 

Physical Requirements

With Contiki, generally there are 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.
 
G Adventures offers many tours under the umbrella of their Active travel style. These trips vary from trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro, rock-climbing, dog sledding, cycling through China’s countryside and more. You’ll absolutely need to be in good shape to have the best time possible on these types of tours. 
 

Accommodation

G Adventures rarely have a mandatory single supplement. For solo travellers, both companies will typically match you with a traveller of the same gender to share your room with.
 
Contiki never has a single supplement, unless you specifically request it - in which case an extra fee will need to be paid.
 
The standard of accommodation will vary with both companies depending on the type of trip you decide to take. For example, nearly all tours will include air-conditioning and heating but if you’re travelling to a rural destination or a homestay you should adjust your expectations for the facilities. 
 

Transportation

Both operators provide a variety of transportation options based on the trips. Contiki and G Adventures use a combination of private buses and public transit to get you where you need to go. In most cases with Contiki, 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.
 
G Adventures offer tours to the following locations: North America, South America, Polar Regions, Central America & the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
 

Cost

Contiki is slightly more 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. 
 
G Adventures is slightly more expensive for budget travellers with their average price per day sitting at $208. While their trips always include the highlights of a destination they also leave out some activities you’d considered “can’t miss.” You’ll pay for that separately in addition to the listed 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
4.0 out of 5 stars

Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

5 days ago
Amazing tour! You definitely keep busy so if you're looking for a laid back pace thi...Read more
6 days ago
I was fortunate enough to have megs as our tour guide! She made the experience of tra...Read more
6 days ago
Oh man, where do I start?? My husband and I got back this week from the European Magi...Read more
6 days ago
I recently went on the European Magic tour with Megs and it was unforgettable. Within...Read more
1 day ago
I was very happy with the whole experience on my Central Cuba Adventure. We had a lov...Read more
1 day ago
Great trip, awesome people, would have loved to stay longer in some places and shorte...Read more
3 days ago
Perfection. People, leadership, landscapes, activities. Nothing could be improved o...Read more
7 days ago
A fantastic trip exploring the northern villages of Chiang Mai. The hike / trek is HA...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(150 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(123 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(121 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(116 reviews)
Trent Plaine(108 reviews)
Az Gallagher(77 reviews)
James Jenkins(69 reviews)
Ebony Skye Anderson(68 reviews)
Lisa (64 reviews)
Rachel Calleja(61 reviews)
Sian Truasheim(60 reviews)
Grant Feddo(58 reviews)
Hailee Gypsy Atkins(56 reviews)
Matt Grieves(54 reviews)
Ellie Teasdale(48 reviews)
Tammy Coetzee(48 reviews)
Emma Chipperfield(47 reviews)
Anne-Elyse Gauthier(39 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)
Jason Magerkorth(2 reviews)
Maïté Morelli(2 reviews)
Blake Franks(1 review)
Nick Papadatos(1 review)
Mark Heap(1 review)
Trav(0)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Les Liddell(2 reviews)
David Jalea(1 review)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

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Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

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Meals average rating

Meals average rating

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Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

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About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 61 different countries
through 108 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3107 reviews
4.0/5 from 690 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-65

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

601
travellers met through Contiki tours
8,633
travellers met through G Adventures tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$114
$146

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
13
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

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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 (92)
Rome (85)
Venice (72)
Paris (70)

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 G Adventures tours is between 18 and 65. 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 G Adventures 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 June 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm a G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 2 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 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.As an added benefit though, you can use the deposit for future bookings with G Adventures.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Contiki:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for G Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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