Compare Contiki vs. Geckos Adventures

Both Contiki and Geckos offer tours for 18 - 30ish year olds, offering travellers the chance to create epic stories while travelling. We look at the difference between the two operators on the key factors when deciding on which tour to go on.

Pricing

Contiki and Geckos offer a similar pricing structure and have similar prices per day, although if you are looking at a particular tour it is best to compare the individual tours. In general, Contiki has a higher price per day over all, with Geckos offering a lower price per day - although in some regions this may vary, so it is best to compare the specific tours you are interested in.

Group size, age requirements and travel styles 

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.
 
Geckos only offer small group tours, with their group size being capped at 16 people, and averaging 9. Geckos offer tours to travellers aged “18 to 30 something”, so you always be travelling with similar aged, like minded travellers. Because of these smaller groups, they often stay in much smaller accommodations, and try to offer “local” experiences with a focus being on local guides, central accommodations, public transport and building strong friendships among the small group.  

Physical Requirements

With both operators, 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 oeprators are targeted at youth travellers, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs etc. With Geckos, as the primary mode of transport will be public transport, it is important to remember that the luggage you take with you will need to be carried to and from public transport terminals etc.

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.
 
Contiki offer an added bonus in Europe of having their own, Contiki owned and run, local accommodations. In France in the Beaujolais wine region, near Lyon, Contiki owns an old French Chateau, Chateau de Cruix, which is now used for the accommodation of many Contiki tours. As well as France, in Tyrol in the Austrian Alps, there is also Gasthof Schöneck, a traditional Austrian gasthof (guest inn), owned and run by Contiki where travellers can stay when travelling through the region.
 
With the small group size of Geckos, they try to use small, local accommodations close to the city centre. This can include guest houses, hotels, hostels, overnight trains, or even a treehouse. As accommodation can vary greatly depending on the region and destinations visited, it is best to check out the accommodation section of the full itinerary to see where you will be staying.

Transportation

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.  
 
With the intimate group sizes of a Geckos tour, it doesn’t make sense for them to have large coaches, and so local public transport is used. This can be anything from a train across Europe, to boats and tuk-tuks around South East Asia or a camel in Northern Africa. Each Geckos tour has a detailed itinerary outlining what the accommodation and transport will be for each day of tour. 

Destinations

 
 
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

6 hours ago
Both Romeo and Tiago (Tour Manager and Tour Driver) were perfect. Could not have had ...Read more
16th May 2017
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
28th April 2017
This trip was incredible. First of all...Katie is the best tour guide ever and the mo...Read more
27th April 2017
So awesome! Casablanca was not that great but all the rest was really cool. The highl...Read more
20th April 2017
First the good things: Galapagos is an amazing! Everyone should visit to see what m...Read more
19th April 2017
I had an amazing experience with Geckos Adventures in Sri Lanka. Awesome Country that...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)
4.5 out of 5 stars
LUKE KAZIBWE(1 review)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

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4.0 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 55 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3192 reviews
4.0/5 from 125 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-29

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

633
travellers met through Contiki tours
744
travellers met through Geckos Adventures tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$122
$114

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
15
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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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 (93)
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 Geckos Adventures tours is between 18 and 29. 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 Geckos 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 11 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $100 to confirm a Geckos Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 26 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 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $100 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 Geckos Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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