Compare Contiki vs. G Adventures

You’re ready for the trip of a lifetime but you aren’t sure who can make it happen - Contiki or G Adventures?. You love the look and sound of both operators but how do you know which one is right for you? Time for a quick compare and contrast!
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Both operators 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. They each allow you to move at a nonstop pace or take it easier, depending on the experience you’re looking for. G Adventures 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. 
 
G Adventures offers tours to independent travellers aged 18 and up. There are no upper age limits on most tours, but they do have a YOLO tour that is restricted to 18 to 39 year olds based on the nature of activities appropriate for that demographic. Their Family Adventure travel style has tours available to families with children aged 5 to 17. All other trips (with the exception of YOLO) are open to kids aged 12 and older when accompanied by a parent. The average G Adventure tour has 10 people on a tour but allows a maximum of 15. G Adventures also has a partnership with National Geographic (called National Geographic Journeys) that offers trips that can be considered premium excursions. These trips offer more inclusions, interactions with local experts, comfortable accommodations and transportation options as well as smaller group sizes.
 

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.
 
G Adventures offers many tours under the umbrella of their Active travel style. These trips vary from trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro, rock-climbing, dog sledding, cycling through China’s countryside and more. You’ll absolutely need to be in good shape to have the best time possible on these types of tours. 
 

Accommodation

G Adventures rarely have a mandatory single supplement. For solo travellers, both companies will typically match you with a traveller of the same gender to share your room with.
 
Contiki never has a single supplement, unless you specifically request it - in which case an extra fee will need to be paid.
 
The standard of accommodation will vary with both companies 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 or 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 G Adventures use a combination of private buses and public transit to get you where you need to go. In most cases with Contiki, you’ll be relying on chartered buses but both operators offer very similar transportation options. 
 

Destinations

Contiki offer tours to the following locations: Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
 
G Adventures offer tours to the following locations: North America, South America, Polar Regions, Central America & the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
 

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. 
 
G Adventures is slightly more expensive for budget travellers with their average price per day sitting at $208. While their trips always include the highlights of a destination they also leave out some activities you’d considered “can’t miss.” You’ll pay for that separately in addition to the listed tour price. 
 
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. 
 
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

9 hours ago
James was an awesome tour guide. Having such a knowledgable and friendly tour guide m...
Asian Adventure (Until Mar 2018) (fro...
14 hours ago
The Eternal India tour was everything you could hope for. We got to see all of the ma...Read more
15 hours ago
James was amazing, he knew all kinds of out of the way places and was an all around g...Read more
16 hours ago
Best tour I could ask for, made even better by a great guide in ShanRead more
1 day ago
It was an action packed trip in Costa Rica , moving every 2 days. We covered both coa...Read more
2 days ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it without hesitation.Read more
2 days ago
Edu is one of the best tour guides I have ever met in my trips. Always enthusiastic a...Read more
2 days ago
The accommodation was of a higher standard than expected. The restaurants we were tak...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Stasi Nikos(434 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Megs Chandler(260 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(168 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(158 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(125 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(120 reviews)
Trent Plaine(111 reviews)
Aaron Cooper(100 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chuom Chheak(115 reviews)
Ratha Sok (Tha)(48 reviews)
Pimm(44 reviews)
Kimhoun Phauk (43 reviews)
Phyo Myint Kyaw(43 reviews)
Bun (Buntheoun San)(37 reviews)
Ratha Van(29 reviews)
Chan Roeurt(28 reviews)
Sochea Chuon(22 reviews)
Con Yam(16 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
4.0 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
4.0 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 74 different countries
through 113 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 4254 reviews
4.5/5 from 5234 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
12-99

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

641
travellers met through Contiki tours
11,443
travellers met through G Adventures tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$139
$140

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

15
days
13
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

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

94 reviews
9 days from $1208.28
42 reviews
12 days from $1709.00
373 reviews
13 days from $2299.00
106 reviews
10 days from $1254.75
116 reviews
9 days from $1375.00
158 reviews
8 days from $869.00
57 reviews
8 days from $844
44 reviews
9 days from $940
122 reviews
20 days from $1439
71 reviews
30 days from $2399
70 reviews
10 days from $690
62 reviews
17 days from $1967

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 (149)
Rome (121)
Venice (116)
Florence (112)
Dover (110)
Paris (109)

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 G Adventures tours is between 12 and 99. 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 G Adventures to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $99 to confirm a Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 50 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 8 June 2019 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $99 to confirm a G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 June 2019 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 50 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $99 is non-refundable.
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 $99 is non-refundable.As an added benefit though, you can use the deposit for future bookings with G Adventures.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Contiki:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for G Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America