Contiki vs Trafalgar

The ultimate comparison guide between Contiki and Trafalgar based on prices, travel styles and discounts.

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As sister companies within The Travel Corporation, Contiki and Trafalgar offer a variety of tours in multiple styles. Most travellers compare only the prices and itineraries to book their trips, although there are several other factors that put one company above the other for the best trip.

Read on to compare Contiki and Trafalgar in detail, and pick the one that best suits your travel style.

Contiki vs Trafalgar

FeaturesContikiTrafalgarVerdict
What tours are available?
  • USA and Canada
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • North and Central America
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Africa
Trafalgar offers tours in all major tourist regions of the world.
Contiki excludes Central America, Africa and the Middle East.
Do tours include flights?NoNoNeither includes international flights.
Can I price match?NoNoNeither provides price matching.
Are there lay-by or payment plans?A $255 per person deposit is required to confirm booking.
The balance must be paid 45 days from the start of the tour.
A booking deposit of $255 per person is required to reserve your slot.
The final payment is due 45 days prior to departure.
Both accept equal deposits and allow equal time to make the final payment.
Are there booking/charge fees?NoNoNeither charges booking fees.
Is there online chat?NoNoNeither offers live chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?5% off for past passengers with 7+ days long previous trips.5% off you have travelled with Trafalgar or one of its sister groups within the last 5+ years.5% loyalty discount for both. Since Contiki and Trafalgar are sister brands, a tour with any one of them or other sister brands (Insight Vacations, Uniworld River Cruises, Trafalgar, Haggis Adventure, Shamrocker Adventures, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Brendan Vacations and AAT Kings) makes you eligible for a discount on another.
What ages are targeted?Only for 18-35 year olds.Most tours accept everyone above the age of five.Trafalgar offers tours to a wider age group.
Is there a single supplement?Optional, at an additional cost.Optional, at an additional cost.Both offer an optional single supplement.
What are my payment options?
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
Payment methods are the same for both companies.

Who offers the best price?

We found that the average cost of tours on Trafalgar is higher than on Contiki. At the time of writing a 12-day Vietnam tour costs $1,908 on Contiki while a comparable itinerary is priced at $3,646 on Trafalgar.

The verdict: Contiki offers cheaper tours than Trafalgar, however Trafalgar tours are priced higher as they are often more luxurious services and accommodation.


Which offers a wider range of tours?

Currently, Contiki is offering 335 tours while Trafalgar has around 350 tours. Contiki has a higher number of tours in Australia and Latin America, while Trafalgar offers more tours in North America and Europe.

The verdict: Both Contiki and Trafalgar have the same range of tours.


Any other differences worth noting?

Cancellation policy: Cancellation charges on both companies are the same when cancelled more than 22 days from the start of the trip. If you cancel within 22 days, Trafalgar deducts a lesser percentage of the trip cost.

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 Trafalgar

Days cancelled prior to departureCancellation fee based on your purchase price
45+ daysDeposit only
45-22 days25%
21-8 days30%
7-1 days50%

What are the deals like?

Both Contiki and Trafalgar offer an early payment discounts, last-minute deals and past passenger price cuts, discounts with friends and group deals. Deals on Contiki tours start from 10% and some tours like London, Paris and Amsterdam can have as high as 30% off.

The majority of discounted tours on Trafalgar have 7.5% to 12% off. However, if you’re lucky you can get up to 15% off on trips.

The verdict: Both have a variety of deals but Contiki has higher discounts up for grabs.


Top Contiki and Trafalgar deals

Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 15% off last-minute trips

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 and 2021. Destinations include Europe, UK, the Middle East, Argentina, India, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Africa and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 18% off worldwide tours

Available on select travel dates from 2021-2022. Destinations include Britain, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, USA, Croatia and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off Australia tours

Available on select dates in 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Broome, Uluru and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 20% off Asia trips

Available on select travel dates in 2021-2022 to Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, India, Cambodia and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 20% off New Zealand tours

Available for travel until 6 March 2021 to Queenstown, Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 15% off Australia tours

Available for travel until 15 April 2021 to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Uluru, Cairns, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 20% off Latin America trips

Available on select travel dates from 2021-2022. Destinations include Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 20% off USA and Canada tours

Available on tours departing from February 2021 onwards. Destinations include Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Calgary and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 25% off Europe trips

Available on tours departing from March 2021 - April 2022. Destinations include Greece, Italy, London, Vienna, Croatia, Spain and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 12.5% off 2021 and 2022 tours

Available on select trips to USA, Canada, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Paris, UK and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 10% off advance purchase

Available on select tours in 2021 and 2022. Destinations include Italy, Paris, USA, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 10% off young traveller discount

Get up to 10% off when you are travelling with children between the age of 5 and 17. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to 25% off Greek island hopping tours

Valid for travel from April - September 2021. Includes meals, accommodation, transport and more. Destinations include Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 5% off family tours

Available on select travel dates in 2020 and 2021 when you book for 5 people or more. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 5% off group tours

Available on select travel dates in 2020 and 2021 when you book for 9 people or more. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 5% off repeat traveller

Available on select departures in 2020 and 2021 for all past guests. Destinations include Japan, Croatia, Brazil, Morocco and more.

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Contiki Contiki

5% off your next trip

Available for travel on select dates from July 2020 onward. Travel again with Contiki to receive 5% off your next trip.

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Popular Trafalgar Tours coupon codes

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14 Oct 2020 Up to 15% off last-minute trips ********
7 Jan 2021 Up to 18% off worldwide tours ********
28 Dec 2020 Up to 15% off Australia tours ********
21 Jan 2021 Up to 20% off Asia trips ********
21 Jan 2021 Up to 20% off New Zealand tours ********

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