Compare Contiki vs. Trek America

Contiki and Trek America both offer tours in North and Central America, with Contiki also offering tours in many other destinations around the world. In North America, Contiki has 25 tours with another 22 in Latin America, whereas Trek America offers a similar number with 54 tours. Beneath we look at the differences between the two operators, to help you decide between Contiki or Trek America.
 

Cost

Contiki has 25 tours in North America, starting from about $110 per day, and their 22 tours in Latin America start at about $175 per day. 
 
Trek America has 54 tours in North and Central America, also starting at about $110 per day. 
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Contiki has a strict age limit of 15-35, and the group sizes range anywhere from 20 up to 50 travellers. In most cases, you will be travelling a larger group of approximately 30 or 40 other similar aged, like minded travellers. 
 
Trek America runs tours that are much smaller, yet also has a age limit for younger travellers in place. The groups of a Trek America tour are normally 10-12 people in size, and the age range for Trek America tours is 18-38. This means you will be sharing experiences with travellers of a similar mindset to yourself.
 

Physical Requirements

With both Trek America and Contiki, 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. Depending on the tour you are wanting to do, this will be found in the detailed itinerary, 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.
 

Accommodation

Contiki tours in the USA and Canada differ from those in Europe, as they use hotels and special stays, as opposed to hostels or camping. The hotels will be centrally located and are decked out with home comforts you’ll love, like hairdryers, WiFi and swimming pools at some of the accommodations.
 
Trek America offers camping tours, for the all American outdoor experience, as well as a range of Budget Lodging Tours, for those who would prefer a bed and a roof over your head at night. This often means that you will be staying away from large city centres and getting in touch with nature more. On the camping tours they provide all the equipment you'll need apart from a sleeping bag! Regardless of the trip style chosen, accommodation and transport is included in the price of all tours.
 

Transportation

In the USA and Canada, Trek America has private vans to get you around. These will be driven by your guide and will have wifi on board. For some tours operating in Central America (Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica) Trek America use BOLTS - Buses or Local Transport, which means on these tours you'll get around using buses, water taxis and collectivos. These varied modes of transport mean you get around affordably and ensure you get to experience local life.
 
Contiki in North America uses only private transport, with WiFi & powerpoints. The transport used will generally be a large coach able to accommodate the entire group, so on the trips between destinations you can get to know your group. For trips to Central America, private mini buses and vans are used, which are fully air conditioned and recent models.
 

Destinations

Contiki has tours to North America and Latin America, including Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Brazil. They also have tours to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
 
Trek America has tours to North America (USA and Canada), as well as tours to Latin America.
 
 
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

4 days ago
Everything was better than expected, food, accommodation and tour. Our guide was so h...Read more
10th March 2017
The trip was amazing. It was my first contiki so I didn't know what to expect. But ou...Read more
9th March 2017
Had the best trip of my life. Susie was amazing but she knows his already ahaha xxRead more
8th March 2017
Thank you for an amazing trip! Super well organised and an amazing staff!Read more
2 days ago
Terrible. Awful. Customer service levels are non-exist ant. I booked this tour four...Read more
6 days ago
Absolutely awesome trip! Can't recommend it highly enough. So much fun and so many aw...Read more
8th December 2016
I went on the Deep South BLT with amazing guide Sarah K. It was one of the best tours...Read more
16th November 2016
The trip was such an amazing thing to experience. Everything ran smoothly and was so ...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

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Greg Colgin(274 reviews)
Isobel Needham(258 reviews)
Kassie Jones(193 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(157 reviews)
Trys Eddy(125 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(123 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(119 reviews)
Megs Chandler(110 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(109 reviews)
Trent Plaine(108 reviews)
Az Gallagher(77 reviews)
James Jenkins(68 reviews)
Ebony Skye Anderson(66 reviews)
Lisa (64 reviews)
Rachel Calleja(61 reviews)
Sian Truasheim(59 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)
Kyle Junkuhn(27 reviews)
Alanna Schulz(26 reviews)
Tarryn Liddell(24 reviews)
Brianna Dransfield(23 reviews)
Larissa Cowlrick(22 reviews)
Areti Fronis(20 reviews)
Danielle Shevlin(12 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)
4.0 out of 5 stars

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
3.5 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 61 different countries
through 10 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3047 reviews
4.5/5 from 398 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

 age group
18-35
 age group
18-38

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

580
travellers met through Contiki tours
227
travellers met through Trek America tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

 average tour length
$121
 average tour length
$121

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

 average tour length
13
days
 average tour length
20
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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8 days from $830
8 reviews
7 days from $959
51 reviews
21 days from $2601
4 reviews
9 days from $1871
14 reviews
21 days from $3273
11 reviews
7 days from $959
10 reviews
7 days from $1218

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 (83)
Venice (72)
Paris (71)

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 Trek America tours is between 18 and 38. 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 Trek America 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 7 May 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 10% to confirm a Trek America booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 18 May 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 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 Trek America:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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