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

12 hours ago
Jacqui was one of the best guides I had on busabout. So positive and informative loa...Read more
14 hours ago
5-Stars all around for my Contiki tour, and especially Jacqui. She always knew the be...Read more
17 hours ago
Amazing tour with great sights, amazing people and amazing Guide.Read more
1 day ago
Thanks for a great time, Kristy and OwenRead more
1 day ago
Our Tour Guide was the best!Read more
13th September 2018
Great trip! You get to see and do so many impressive things in a short space of time....Read more
8th September 2018
Andrew was the epitome of incredible, second only to David Attenborough in his prime....Read more
1st September 2018
Fantastic tour! Loved every place we visited and our tour guide Mike was informative ...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Stasi Nikos(389 reviews)
Isobel Needham(266 reviews)
Megs Chandler(218 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(80 reviews)
4.0 out of 5 stars

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

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Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

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Meals average rating

Meals average rating

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Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

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About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 66 different countries
through 14 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3793 reviews
4.5/5 from 420 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-38

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

689
travellers met through Contiki tours
275
travellers met through Trek America tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$139
$146

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

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Average tour length

Average tour length

15
days
19
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

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Tours

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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 (161)
Rome (137)
Venice (131)
Paris (127)
Florence (123)
Amsterdam (111)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Discovery (2691)
Boat (325)
Adventure (206)
Beach (168)

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 8 November 2018 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 19 November 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 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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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America