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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

Features Contiki Trafalgar Verdict
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? No No Neither includes international flights.
Can I price match? No No Neither 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? No No Neither charges booking fees.
Is there online chat? No No Neither 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 departure Cancellation fee based on your purchase price
45+ days Deposit only
45-22 days 25%
21-8 days 50%
7-1 days 75%

Percentage cancellation fee with Trafalgar

Days cancelled prior to departure Cancellation fee based on your purchase price
45+ days Deposit only
45-22 days 25%
21-8 days 30%
7-1 days 50%

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

Contiki Contiki

Up to $550 off Australia tours

Valid on select 2018 departures. Destinations include Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Cairns, Whitsundays and more. T&Cs apply.

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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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7.5% off tours or $200 off flights to Europe

Valid for travel from 1 October - 31 March 2019. Destinations include England, Austria, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $300 off Africa tours

Valid for travel from April - May 2019. Destinations include Cape Town, Kenya, Tanzania and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $943 off 2019 Europe tours

Valid for 2019 departures. Destinations include Greece, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, England and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off Summer Europe trips

Valid for travel from August - December 2018 during Summer. Destinations include Ireland, Britain, Holland, Rome and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 7.5% off Europe Seasonal tours

Valid for travel on select 2018-19 dates during Autumn, Winter and Spring. Destinations include Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $630 off Latin America tours

Valid for travel on select 2018 and 2019 dates. Destinations include Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off young traveller discount

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

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10% off USA and Canada tours

Enjoy 10% off on your USA and Canada trips when you book in advance. Head now to Trafalgar Tours to book. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 30% off last-minute Europe summer 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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Up to 7.5% off Europe and Britain tours

Book in advance any Autumn, Winter and Spring Europe and Britain tours and get up to 7.5% off. Early Payment Discount is on the land-only portion of selected holidays and can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Greek island hopping tours

Valid for travel on select 2018 dates. Includes meals, accommodation, transport and more. Destinations include Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and more. T&Cs apply.

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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 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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10-day Contiki sounds Reading festival from $1,399

Valid on select dates in August 2018. Includes 9-nights accommodation, meals, transport and more. Destinations include London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Reading and more. T&Cs apply.

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10-day Sziget festival package from $1,575

Valid on select dates in August 2018. Includes 9-nights accommodation, meals, transport and more. Destinations include Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kutna Hora and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

7-day Contiki sounds Reading festival from $1,095

Valid on select dates in August 2018. Includes 6-nights accommodation, meals, transport and more. Destinations include London, Windsor Castle, Oxford, Salisbury, Reading and more. T&Cs apply.

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5-day Munich Oktoberfest tours from $715

Valid on select departures from 26 September - 4 October 2018. Includes accommodation, meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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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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