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

10 hours ago
Stasi was very knowledgable, engaging and always went out of his way to make sure all...Read more
22 hours ago
Thank you Stasi for ensuring we all had a wonderful time in Greece! It was great to b...Read more
1 day ago
Stasi made my experience in Greece an amazing one! He was informative, helpful and mo...Read more
2 days ago
The Greek Island Hopping tour was a wonderful and worthwhile experience. The guides w...Read more
7 days ago
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3rd November 2017
Unreal experience. High activity trip.Read more
27th October 2017
The trip was beyond what I expected, definitely thankful for both Evan and Luke, as w...Read more
27th October 2017
I had an awesome time, really wish I would have booked longer/booked an additional tr...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Stasi Nikos(350 reviews)
Greg Colgin(330 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Kassie Jones(194 reviews)
Megs Chandler(170 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(163 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(146 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(125 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(121 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ben Godfrey(225 reviews)
James O'Brien(219 reviews)
Amy Webber(155 reviews)
Jesse Pratt(119 reviews)
Luke Helland(116 reviews)
Cody Webber(112 reviews)
Andy Fortnum(110 reviews)
Shayla Bly(106 reviews)
Toni Sweetland(106 reviews)
Kyle Stephens(97 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 65 different countries
through 16 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3387 reviews
4.5/5 from 3079 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-35

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

760
travellers met through Contiki tours
6,974
travellers met through Free & Easy Traveler tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$136
$100

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

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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 (101)
Rome (92)
Paris (79)
Venice (77)

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 6 January 2018 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 21 January 2018 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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