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

4 days ago
It was an amazing trip. Our guide was the best!Read more
5 days ago
Aaron went above and beyond to provide unique experiences outside the planned activit...Read more
7 days ago
The trip was great and I have met really nice peoples.Read more
31st August 2019
Mike was an awesome leader: soft and calm, but also very adventurous and open to new ...Read more
30th August 2019
Just finished up the 20 Days Southern Thailand - A Dose of Paradise trip with Lauren ...Read more
30th August 2019
Such a unique and amazing way to experience traveling to Asia for the first time! Had...Read more
10th August 2019
Great experience except this is more for those who are content to stay in cheap hoste...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Stasi Nikos(434 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(169 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(158 reviews)
Jacqui Schuetz(140 reviews)
Aaron Cooper(134 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(125 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(120 reviews)
James Jenkins(116 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ben Godfrey(249 reviews)
James O'Brien(245 reviews)
Amy Webber(162 reviews)
Jesse Pratt(136 reviews)
Luke Helland(122 reviews)
Andy Fortnum(117 reviews)
Shayla Bly(116 reviews)
Cody Webber(114 reviews)
Kyle Stephens(112 reviews)
Toni Sweetland(111 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 75 different countries
through 14 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 4996 reviews
4.5/5 from 3356 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-35

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

551
travellers met through Contiki tours
4,683
travellers met through Free & Easy Traveler tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$111
$86

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

14
days
15
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
1 day

Videos

Videos

48 Hours on Contiki TM Vlog: Holi Festival, India48 Hours on Contiki TM Vlog: Iceland48 Hours on Contiki TM Vlog: Thai Island Hopper WestContiki USA: Better Together Best With UsJapan Unrivalled in 30secsEternal India in 30secsSouthern Spice: Let Southern India Surprise YouHawaii UnpluggedEuropean EscapadeSailing & CruiseIn-Depth ExplorerEuropean WhirlIconic EssentialsDiscovererIconic EssentialsEuropean AdventurerCroatia Island EscapeCroatian Island Hopper SouthCroatian Island Hopper NorthEuropean QuestItalian EspressoRoad to AthensGreek Island HoppingEurope Summer HeroGreat Britain and Ireland Mediterranean QuestIrelandSpain Morocco and PortugalSpanish SpreeIbiza & BeyondEuropean MagicEuropean DiscoveryEastern QuestEuropean HorizonEuropean Experience Simply ItalyEuropean HighlightsWestern RockerSki & SnowboardTravel Isn't About Where You Go...Contiki ExperiencesContiki MunchEurope Summer TeamContiki AccomodationEuropean Adventurer Mykonos & Santorini Island EscapeEuropean Whirl European Impressions Road to AthensEuropean Discovery European MagicEuropean Explorer plus Mykonos European EncounterSimply ItalyItalian Espresso Adriatic SpiritAdriatic UnearthedGreat Britain & Ireland IrelandScotlandEngland & ScotlandEuropean Explorer inc GICEuropean InspirationsEuropean VistasAdriatic HorizonsEuropean ContrastsUltimate European plus Greek Island HoppingEastern TrailEuropean QuestCroatia Island EscapeEuropean HorizonEuropean HighlightsEuropean EscapadesMediterranean Quest Greek Island hoppingEuropean PanoramaTrail to RomeEuropean TrailEastern RockerTrail to LondonWestern RockerUltimate EuropeanLondon to AthensEuropean ExperienceCroatia Island EscapeLondon to RomeWestern QuestQuest to RomeQuest to LondonEastern QuestSpanish SpreeSpain Portugal and MoroccoIbiza & BeyondTravel Style : CampingSki & SnowboardSailing & Cruise Europe Summer HeroContiki USA: Better Together Best With UsTourRadar presents The Sorrento PeninsulaTourRadar presents Ella to Kandy by TrainTourRadar presents Chiang MaiTourRadar presents Island Hopping in Thailand

Tours

Most popular tours

Most popular tours

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10 days from $1373.21
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12 days from $1336.00
174 reviews
8 days from $825.00
112 reviews
11 days from $1725.00
762 reviews
20 days from $1581
460 reviews
25 days from $1853
177 reviews
20 days from $1707
125 reviews
20 days from $1620
120 reviews
20 days from $1853
124 reviews
10 days from $795

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 (169)
Rome (140)
Venice (127)
Amsterdam (121)
Dover (120)
Paris (118)

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 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.
Holds are not possible for Free & Easy Traveler.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 November 2019 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 18 November 2019 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

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 $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.If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.

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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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America