Back in 1961 a New Zealander by the name of John Anderson arrived in London with the idea of exploring Europe. Not having a lot of money, he came up with the idea of gathering a group of fellow adventurers to travel with to keep costs down. After putting a deposit down on a minibus, he and his group set off on a 12 week journey around Europe. Unable to sell the minivan after his return he decided to promote his European trip the next spring, this time filling 2 tours to mostly 19-29 year olds eager to discover Europe. The rest as they say is history as Contiki Tours was born and 50 years later, they are still escorting nearly 150000 young adventurers a year to places like Europe, Asia, Australia, escorts in karachi New Zealand, North and South America.
The concept of Contiki remains true to today, claiming to be the most popular tour company in the world for 18-35 year olds, Contiki Tours are fully escorted bus tours designed to mix sightseeing, optional excursions and free time as to maximize your time while exploring your choice of over 46 countries on over 6 continents in a way it appeals to a younger demographic. Sure museums, churches and art galleries are culturally significant globally, but how many times have you been dragged to a museum by your parents when all you really wanted to do was go White Water Rafting, Ski the Alps, attend a festival like Oktoberfest, or enjoy a few pints in an Irish Pub? Let’s face it, a 22 year old’s Itinerary and “Things to do” list in general will differ greatly from your average senior. Contiki Tours will take you to the top cultural and historical landmarks but also specifically cater to the excitement, needs, and lifestyle of 18-35 year old’s.
With the choices of hotels and upgrades to your itinerary, there is a tour to suit all budgets and lifestyles. Accommodations are carefully selected to ensure that your experience best represents how you prefer to travel ranging anywhere from those who love to camp and rough it to those who prefer more superior hotels. Regardless of the choice of accommodation or added on excursions, many of your meals are also included in the package you choose making it easier to budget for any expenses you may need for extra meals, shopping or attractions you may incur during your ample free time.
Backpacking across Europe has always been a tradition for Canada’s young adults and is a terrific way to discover yourself and other fellow adventurers from around the world. It is a great way to make new friends and see the world but it is not without its own obstacles, dangers, and pitfalls. By traveling with Contiki, it erases the stress of finding accommodation as you go, long lineups to attractions, unexpected costs and other problems that may arise along the way such as cultural or language barriers. By traveling with persons of the same interests, you have the added bonus of starting new friendships and bonds with like-minded travelers.