Go somewhere you have never been and explore the world with travel deals from tour companies like Contiki.
Unlike traditional, widely appealing tours, these adventures are tailored to suit your tastes that may stretch beyond Contiki.
Whether you're looking for a small group adventure, one that offers a more niche experience (like active adventures) or are just looking to mix things up from your usual Contiki break, check out these tour operators that are sure to pack a punch on your next vacation.
1. G Adventures G Adventures offers small group tours that are sustainable and curated down to the choice of accommodation to ensure that you have a travel experience like no other.
Choose Yolo tours for like-minded travellers aged 18-39
Sustainable travel using only local transportation
8. Adventure Tours Adventure Tours Australia may be small but its tour deals pack a punch. With trained local experts and a dedication to ensuring that every trip is an unforgettable one, you will fall in love with Australia all over again.
Explore all corners of Australia with a small group. Depending on the tour you're on, the largest vehicle will only fit 24 passengers compared to a large coach that can hold more than 50
Budget-friendly option with different accommodation (and price) levels available
Tour companies like Contiki compared: Which one is the best?
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Which company and why?
G Adventures and Intrepid offer the widest range of destinations, both hitting all continents including Antarctica..
Number of itineraries
Intrepid has the widest range of itineraries, with a whopping 932 options available.
Length of tours available:
Intrepid offers both the longest and shortest tours, ranging from 1-day up to 112-day adventures.
Intrepid offers the cheapest tours, with prices starting at just $100. It also offers the most expensive tours at $28,300 for once-in-a-lifetime expeditions.
G Adventures and Tucan Travel are the only companies to offer both all-ages and youth-restricted tours.
Tour styles available:
G Adventures, Top Deck and Intrepid offer the widest range of tour styles, catering from budget backpackers to those looking to travel in comfort.
All companies are equal. None of them require a single supplement. However, On The Go is the only one to offer single rooms at no extra charge.
Want to see a full list of what each company offers? Click the questions below to expand to see more details.
G Adventures: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America, South Pacific
Topdeck: Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Middle East, North America
Intrepid: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America, South Pacific
Geckos: Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America
Adventure Tours: Australia and New Zealand
On The Go: Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Middle East, South America
Travel Talk: Asia, Europe, Middle East
Tucan Travel: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Central America, Europe, North America
G Adventures: 738
Adventure Tours: 99
On The Go: 475
Travel Talk: 124
Tucan Travel: 470
G Adventures: 2-65 days
Topdeck: 3-58 days
Intrepid: 1-112 days
Adventure Tours: 2-22 days
On The Go: 3-57 days
Travel Talk: 1-16 days
Tucan Travel: 3-76 days
G Adventures: $239-$13,999
Adventure Tours: $340-$7,145
On The Go: $220-$15,345
Travel Talk: $261-$3,792
Tucan Travel: $560-$11,720
G Adventures: All ages and 18-39s-only tours (Yolo)
Topdeck: 18-39s only
Intrepid: All ages
Geckos: 18-29s only
Adventure Tours: All ages
On The Go: All ages
Travel Talk: All ages (Majority 18-39s)
Tucan Travel: All ages and 20s-30s-only tours
G Adventures: Classic (Comfortable tours that focus on culture and destination highlights), National Geographic Journeys (in-depth, exploration-focused tours), Active, Yolo (18-39 age group), Marine, Rail, Family, Local Living
Topdeck: Hotel, Hostel Plus, Camping, Gap Year, Ski, Sailing, Short Breaks, Festivals, Winter Europe, Summer Europe, Explorer (Smaller groups, in-depth regional tours)
Intrepid: Basix (Budget tours with basic accommodation), Original (Mid-range accommodation and adventures without too many extras), Comfort (Higher-end accommodation with a few extra inclusions)
Geckos: Small group tours, Festivals
Adventure Tours: Indigenous Culture, Overland, Wildlife, Australian Native Food, Short Breaks
On The Go: Group tours, Adventures, Family and Teen tours, Short Stays and Stopovers
Travel Talk: Group tours, Ski holidays, Festivals
Tucan Travel: Worldwide Adventures (Group tours for all ages), Adventures for 20s and 30s, Festivals, Tailor-Made (Private tours)
Note: Some tour companies have their own names for their tour styles, so we've explained in a bit more detail what they are where needed.
G Adventures:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
Topdeck:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
Intrepid:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
Geckos:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
Adventure Tours:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
On The Go: Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can get a single room at no extra cost on most tours.
Travel Talk:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
Tucan Travel:Not required, will be paired with other travellers. Can upgrade for single room.
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Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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