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Contiki vs Trafalgar

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

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

10% off Europe trips

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Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Italy, France, Germany, Greece and more. T&C's apply.

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7.5% off worldwide trips

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Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Italy, Britain, Spain, New York, Oklahoma, San Francisco, Vancouver, Denver, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sydney, Hamilton Island, Port Douglas, Argentina, Brazil and more. T&C's apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours
Up to 15% off worldwide tours Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Copenhagen, Oslo, Geiranger Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Normandy, Loire Valley, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Taormina, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Ludlow, Stonehenge and more. T&C's apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours
7.5% off Europe and Britain trips

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Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Rome, Venice, Florence, Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo, Oslo, Bergen and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 25% off worldwide trips

Deal expires

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

Deal expires

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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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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