Contiki-vs-Intrepid

Contiki vs Intrepid

Contiki or Intrepid? We compare two major travel companies to determine which is a better fit for you.

Both Contiki and Intrepid offer world-class tours with unique travel style options. Contiki mostly attracts young adults while Intrepid provides tours for all adults. There are several differences between the companies that may play a crucial role in your decision-making.

Go through our clear and detailed comparison guide for useful insights that will help you pick the right one for you.

Contiki vs Intrepid

FeatureContikiIntrepidVerdict
What tours are available?
  • USA and Canada
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • United States and Canada
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Africa
Intrepid offers tours worldwide while Contiki doesn’t operate in Central America, Africa, the Middle East and polar regions.
Do tours include flights?Flights to and from the start/end point not includedFlights to and from the start/end point not includedNeither include flights
Can I price match?NoNoNeither provide price matching
Are lay-by or payment plans available?A booking deposit of $255 per person is required to book your spot.
The remaining amount needs to be paid 45 days from the start of the tour.
A deposit of $400 is required to confirm your place.
The full payment is due 56 days prior to departure.
Intrepid requires a higher deposit amount and allows less time to make the full payment.
Are there booking/charge fees?NoNoNeither charge booking fees.
Is there online chat?NoNoNeither offer live chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?5% off on subsequent trips with Contiki or its sister groups – Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Uniworld River Cruises, Intrepid, Haggis Adventure, Shamrocker Adventures, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Brendan Vacations and AAT Kings.
Valid only if the previous trip is 7+ days long.
$2,200 travel credit after nine trips with Intrepid or its sister brands – Geckos Adventures, Peregrine, The Family Adventure Company and Adventure Tours Australia.Loyalty discount on Contiki can be redeemed from the second trip onwards.
What ages is it for?Only for 18-35 year olds.Available for all travellers above 15 years of age.
Minors need to be accompanied by adults.
Intrepid offers tours to a wider age group.
Is there a single supplement?Yes, at an additional cost.Yes, at an additional cost.Both offer an optional single supplement.
What are my payment options?
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
Contiki has an additional payment option through American Express.

Who offers the best price?

We researched several tours with comparable itineraries on Contiki and Intrepid, and found that Intrepid tours are costlier than Contiki’s. For example, at the time of writing an 11-day tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco starts from $1,988 on Contiki, while a tour with similar itinerary costs $2,450 on Intrepid.

The verdict: Contiki offers cheaper tours due to larger group sizes than Intrepid.


Which offers a wider range of tours?

At the time of writing, Contiki is offering 335 tours while Intrepid has 800+ tours as it accepts a wider age group and has multiple travel themes.

The verdict: Intrepid offers more tours.


Any other differences worth noting?

Cancellation policy: Contiki has a more relaxed cancellation policy than Intrepid.

The latest you can cancel your trip with only losing the deposit is 45 days with Contiki and 56 days with Intrepid. If you cancel the tour one month prior to departure, you can get up to 75% of the trip cost with Contiki but Intrepid offers zero refunds.

Percentage cancellation fee with Contiki

Days cancelled prior to departureCancellation fee based on your purchase price
45+ daysDeposit only
45-22 days25%
21-8 days50%
7-1 days75%

Percentage cancellation fee with Intrepid

Days cancelled prior to departureCancellation fee based on your purchase price
56+ daysDeposit only
55-31 days50%
30-0 days100%

What are the deals like?

Contiki offers a variety of discounts including 5% early payment discount, last-minute deals, a 5% past passenger deduction, discount for booking with friends and multiple-trip price cuts. Last minute deals on Contiki vary from 10% to 30% on some tours like London, Paris and Amsterdam.

Intrepid only offers last-minute deals and loyalty discounts. Deals range from 15-40% off depending on the tour and timing..

The verdict: Contiki has a wider variety of deals but the discount on tours is comparable on both sites.


Top Contiki and Intrepid deals

Up to 25% off worldwide trips

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Valid for travel on select dates. Destination include Belgium , Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 10% off cruise tours

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Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Budapest, Vienna and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 15% off select USA trips

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Valid for travel from 1 March 2018 - 31 March 2019. Destinations include New York City, New Orleans and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 30% off last-minute Europe tours Book a range of last-minute Contiki tours, from week long jaunts to month long journeys, to destinations like Italy, France, Germany, Greece and more for up to 30% off.

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Up to 30% off last-minute Asia tours Valid on select tours departing until 26 December, including Asian Adventure and Eternal India.

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5% off your next trip Travel again with Contiki to receive 5% off your next trip.

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Up to $275 off Asia and India trips

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Valid on 2018 and 2019 trips. Destinations include Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Bali and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 10% off all Asia trips Book a Contiki Asia trip for up to 10% off the regular price. Destinations include Bali, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

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Up to 20% off Europe trips

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Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Monaco and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 10% off USA and Canada tours

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Valid on select dates and tours. Destinations include New York City, Texas, Florida, San Francisco and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 40% off select Intrepid tours and sailing trips Valid on select Intrepid tours worldwide including destinations like France, Italy, Japan, Cuba, India and Cambodia. Sample tours on sale include 40% off Sail Italy - Amali to Procida, 40% off Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure - Marseille to Nice and 30% off Croatia and Greece Sailing Adventures.

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Up to 41% off Antarctic and Arctic trips with Intrepid Valid on select tours departing until in Antarctica and the Arctic. Sample expeditions include the 11-day Antarctic Explorer for 41% off, 8-day Arctic Watch Lodge for 22% off and the 11-day Antarctic Express for 22% off.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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