Compare Contiki vs. Intrepid Travel

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Both Contiki and Intrepid 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. Both Contiki and Intrepid allow you to move at a nonstop pace or take it easier, depending on the experience you’re looking for.
 
Intrepid 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. 
 
Intrepid also allows travellers under the age of 18 on their tours, so no worries about having to leave your 15 year old sister behind on your Euro-trip. Intrepid offers Family Adventure styles of travel that have a range of minimum ages depending on the destination and level of difficulty. While most trips are available to travellers 15 years old and up, all travellers under the age of 18 must have an adult accompany them. Intrepid does have a youth orientated sister company, Geckos, featuring tours that are available only to the 18 to 35 year old age bracket. Other than Geckos tours, there is no maximum age limit on most tours. The average Intrepid tour has 10 travellers but allows up to 16 on overland trips but most max out at 12 people. They have some trips that allow up to 24 travellers. Intrepid’s offers a premium travel tours under the Peregrine brand for travellers who aren’t restricted by a budget.
 

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.
 
As both operators offer adventure style tours, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs etc. 
 
Intrepid has their Cycling and Walking & Trekking travel styles that offer tours that require you to be in good physical shape. You can expect to be working your muscles every day on one of these tours! While Intrepid’s Overland trips don’t focus as heavily on constant physical activity, they do recommend that you are reasonably fit in order to fully participate in this trip style. Some days you’ll be hiking and others you’ll need to be able to dig your truck out of the mud. 
 

Accommodation

The standard and style of accommodation varies depending on the tour. Each operator might place you in a hotel, a hostel, a campsite or somewhere else entirely. Both operators do make an effort to use local accommodations (think locally run hostels and chalets) where possible.
 
The standard of accommodation will vary with both Contiki and Intrepid, 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 with Intreprid and you find yourself at 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 Intrepid use a combination of private buses and public transit to get you around while on tour. In most cases with Contiki, you’ll be relying on chartered buses but both operators offer very similar transportation options. 
 
Most of Intrepid’s Overland trips have vehicles that come with their own power supply so that you able to recharge your devices on board. 
 

Destinations

Contiki offer tours to the following locations: Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
 

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. 
 
Intrepid can be considered slightly more expensive as their average price per day costs $242. Why the slight difference in pricing? Intrepid’s accommodations tend to be on the more 'comfortable' side (think hotel over hostel) which can easily increase the cost of a tour.
 
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 - so it is best to check the individual itinerary of the tours that you are considering.
 
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

22 hours ago
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1 day ago
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16 hours ago
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2 days ago
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3 days ago
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4 days ago
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Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Greg Colgin(298 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)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Anna Teneggi(14 reviews)
nic(2 reviews)
nic2(2 reviews)
Ranto Victoire(1 review)

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
4.5 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 131 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3223 reviews
4.5/5 from 6073 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
15-70

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

671
travellers met through Contiki tours
17,321
travellers met through Intrepid Travel tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$117
$177

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

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Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
14
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
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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 (94)
Rome (86)
Venice (74)
Paris (72)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Special Interest

Special Interest

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 Intrepid Travel tours is between 15 and 70. 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 Intrepid 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 11 August 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm a Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 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 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $400 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 Intrepid Travel:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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