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

5 days ago
Loved the trip however I would not say it’s 4 day skiing as you can only have two ful...Read more
13th February 2019
My third contiki, very dissapointed. Felt I didnt get my money worth, was advertised ...Read more
7th February 2019
This tour was awesome! I couldn’t have seen or experienced anywhere near as much on m...Read more
2nd February 2019
Megs Chandler is extremely unprofessional and passive aggressive. Being trapped on a ...Read more
3rd February 2019
good tour with lots of good spots and experiences. only downside is that we had to bu...Read more
31st December 2018
The tour was amazing. Michelle really went above and beyond for our group, we had a g...Read more
31st December 2018
My tour was certainly a highlight of 2018 and I would be sure to recommend it to anyo...Read more
30th December 2018
I loved this tour but it was definitely Michelle that made it so good. She made so ma...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Stasi Nikos(434 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Megs Chandler(261 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)
Jacqui Schuetz(95 reviews)
4.5 out of 5 stars

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 72 different countries
through 9 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 4090 reviews
4.5/5 from 430 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-38

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

642
travellers met through Contiki tours
275
travellers met through Trek America tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$152
$145

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

15
days
18
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

89 reviews
9 days from $1204.81
42 reviews
12 days from $1709.00
373 reviews
13 days from $2299.00
104 reviews
10 days from $1062.23
114 reviews
9 days from $1375.00
136 reviews
8 days from $869.00
9 reviews
7 days from $969
43 reviews
14 days from $2152
15 reviews
11 days from $1716
12 reviews
14 days from $2511
5 reviews
7 days from $1192
14 reviews
7 days from $1241

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 (142)
Rome (121)
Venice (116)
Florence (112)
Paris (109)
Dover (108)

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 $99 to confirm a Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 45 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 9 April 2019 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $99 to confirm a Trek America booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 20 April 2019 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 $99 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 $99 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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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America