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G Adventures vs Contiki

Find out how G Adventures and Contiki differ in price, travel themes, destinations and deals.

Both G Adventures and Contiki are well-established online travel companies. G Adventures provides small-group tours for all ages and allows you to immerse in the local culture in your own way. On the other hand, Contiki offers affordable tours for young adults with numerous inclusions, but little room for customisations.

Read on to find more differences between G Adventures and Contiki based on your age, budget and flexibility.

G Adventures vs Contiki

FeatureG AdventuresContikiVerdict
Where can I book tours to?
  • United States and Canada
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Polar Regions
  • USA and Canada
  • Europe
  • Central and Latin America
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
G Adventures offers worldwide tours while Contiki doesn’t include tours to Africa, the Middle East and polar regions.
Do tours include flights?Flights are not included unless specified.Flights are not included unless specified.Flights are excluded with both companies.
Can I price match?NoNoNeither company provides price matching.
Is there lay-by or payment plans?A deposit of $250 required per person for booking confirmation. The remainder must be paid 60 days prior to departure.A deposit of $255 per person is required. Full payment is due 45 days from the start of the tour.Both have nearly the same booking deposit but Contiki allows you more time to make the full payment.
Are there booking/charge fees?NoNoNeither charges booking fees.
Is there online chat?NoYesOnly Contiki offers live chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?5% off on your next trip.5% off if you’ve booked a trip of 7+ days with Contiki or its sister groups including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Uniworld River Cruises, Busabout, Haggis Adventure, Shamrocker Adventures, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Brendan Vacations and AAT Kings.Both offer same loyalty discounts.
What ages is it for?The majority of the tours require a minimum age of six years. There’s no upper age limit.
Yolo tours are restricted for 18-39 year olds.
Travellers under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult.
The tours are restricted only to 18-35 year olds.G Adventures has tours for all types of travellers but Contiki is restricted only to young adults.
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
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Direct deposit
  • American Express
Contiki has additional payment options via American Express and direct deposit.

Who offers the best price?

On comparing G Adventures and Contiki we found tours to be quite similar on Australia trips. For example, a 16-day tour from Sydney to Cairns costs $2,884 on Contiki while an equivalent 16-day tour starts from $3,469 on G Adventures .

The main reason behind the price difference between these companies is the group size. There are 10-15 travellers in a group on a tour with G Adventures, while Contiki’s group size has a minimum 20 travellers.

On comparing international trips, G Adventures was miles cheaper. For example, a 13-day Greek Island hopping trip with Contiki came up at $2,723 while a similar trip on G Adventures only costs $2,263.

The verdict: Contiki offers better prices on Australian tours but G Adventures is cheaper for worldwide trips.


Which offers a wider range of tours?

Currently, Contiki offers 343 trips worldwide, while G Adventures has nearly 800 tours. This is not surprising as G Adventures accommodates a much wider age group than Contiki.

The verdict: G Adventures offers more than twice the number of tours on Contiki.


Any other differences worth noting?

Cancellation policy: Contiki has a more relaxed cancellation policy than G Adventures.

With Contiki, you’ve to cancel your tour before 45 days from departure to avoid deduction apart from the deposit. With G Adventures, this is 60 days.

If you cancel in the last month from the start of the tour, you can get a refund up to 75% with Contiki but with G Adventures, you lose your full tour cost.

Percentage cancellation fee with G Adventures

Days cancelled prior to departureCancellation fee based on your purchase price
60+ daysDeposit only
59-31 days50%
30-0 days100%

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%

What are the deals like?

Contiki offers a range of discounts including early payment discount, last-minute deals, loyalty offers, group-travel discount and multiple-trip discount. On the other hand, G Adventures only serves up last-minute deals and loyalty discounts.

The discounts on tours are similar on both companies with each regularly running 20%-off deals on select tours.

The verdict: Contiki has a wider selection of deals than G Adventures but the depth of discounts is close to the same on both.

Top deals from G Adventures and Contiki

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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Up to 10% off Colombia tours

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Valid for travel from 4 April - 6 June 2018. T&C's apply.

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Up to 15% off Bhutan adventure

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Valid for travel from April 2018 - October 2-19. Package includes transfers, accommodation, meals and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 15% off New Zealand tours

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Valid for travel from 21 March - 23 May 2018. Destinations include Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. T&C's apply.

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Up to 10% off Mexico and Central America tours

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Valid for travel from 20 March - 6 May 2018. Destinations include San Jose, Belize City, Costa Rica and more. T&C's apply.

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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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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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