As of 20 March 2020, Contiki has suspended all trips until 30 April 2020. Travellers set to depart on a Contiki trip on or before 30 April will be given a future trip credit for the full amount paid and will redeemable for a trip departing on or before 31 December 2021. Flight change fees or the cost of a new flights is at the expense of the traveller. If the new trip costs more than the original trip, the traveller is responsible for paying the difference in price.
For existing customers with bookings departing after April 30 and for new bookings being made, Contiki has temporarily suspended cancellation charges until 30 days prior to departure, giving travellers the flexibility to change their tour date or travel to a different destination.
If you’re searching for an unforgettable adventure on a budget, then you’ve landed in the right place. Contiki are experts when it comes to exploring Europe, Asia, Latin America, the USA and more. If you’re aged between 18 and 35 years old, Contiki has a tour style and deal that is perfect for you. Whether it’s an early-bird promo code or a last-minute discount, we’ve got what you need to maximize booking affordability when it comes to your Contiki travel itinerary.
Once final payment has been received, which must be made in no fewer than 45 days prior to your departure, your travellers’ documents, vouchers, airline tickets (if purchased through Contiki), a day to day itinerary, an optional activities list, a traveller’s information booklet and a document wallet will sent your way. You’ll have plenty of time to get everything together and ensure you’re fully organised as you can expect to receive all your documentation three weeks before you depart.
The Contiki website also offers a check-in section for those who booked the trip through Contiki. Here, you can input all your information, such as your passport details, travel insurance and emergency contact information. This also grants you access to plenty of extra features in the Contiki community and enables you to manage your bookings online.
Airfare from your home city to the start of your tour is not included in the tour price. Some Contiki tours do include flights during the tour to cover longer distances in a shorter period of time. You’ll know whether your tour includes any flights by checking the tour itinerary map, which is available via the website. If the line drawn between destinations has an image of a plane next to it, that leg of your journey will be covered by plane at no additional charge.
Another place you can review this information is on the right side of the screen on your tour’s page. In the “What’s Included” section, it will list how many (if any) internal flights are included in your tour.
Contiki offers a wide range of tour types, from relaxing sailing journeys where you’re in one room the entire time to whirlwind cross-continent adventures where you’re moving to a new destination every night or two.
Keep in mind what sort of tour you’ve booked and what the weather will be like. Remember winter in Canada is summer in Australia!
Mountainous places like Switzerland and Austria will likely require warmer gear, especially if you’re planning to explore the Alps. Island hopping tours in Greece and Croatia will be sunny and warm so you’ll want to bring lighter clothing options and extra swim gear.
A few items that are good to bring on all trips are comfortable walking shoes for when you’re exploring the sites and scenery on offer, an outfit for a night on the town (Contiki’s renowned for experiencing the local nightlife), a swimsuit and a few pairs of clothes and underwear. There’ll be plenty of places to do laundry along the way too, so don’t worry about bringing an entire month’s worth of clothes if you’re going on a longer tour.
Not everything is included in your Contiki tour. You’ll need to bring extra money for souvenirs, at least some of your meals and entrance fees to places you want to go that aren’t included in the tour price.
Each Contiki tour includes different things, and the inclusions are all explained on the information page for your tour in the “What’s included section”. This should be the first place you look when trying to organise a sensible budget for your tour. Here, it will be outlined exactly how many meals are included.
The itinerary will also list out what tours and entrance fees are included. If you’d like to do extras that aren’t included, they’ll be listed in the “Me time” section of the itinerary.
You may find that group tours can work out to be slightly more pricey than if you were to plan out the journey and travel it on your own. However, you should consider the added costs to include everything from the knowledge of a tour guide who will be travelling with you, the travel companions you will be able to enjoy the experience with, and the convenience of having all the hard work done for you – from booking your hotel to deciding which restaurant to have dinner at.
Contiki tours depart from the Royal National Hotel at 6am for camping, budget and concept tours and at 6:45am for time out, superior and hotel tours. There is usually a pre-departure meeting the night prior to your Contiki tour, so it’s a good idea to arrive the day before with enough time to get to your accommodation and then to the group meeting spot.
Wi-Fi is available on most of Contiki’s coaches, and also at the majority of the accommodation sites where you’ll stay during the tour.
If you have to cancel your Contiki tour, the best way to do it is through the agent you made your booking with. The following cancellation fees apply: over 45 days (deposit forfeited), 45-22 days (27.5% of tour cost forfeited), 21-8 days (33% of tour cost forfeited), 7-1 days (55% of tour cost forfeited) and day of departure (100% of tour cost forfeited). Contiki offers a pre-paid cancellation option for $99. By paying $99 per person with your deposit, the full amount of your deposit and/or payment to Contiki will be refunded if you cancel your tour for any reason prior to departing Canada.
If you need to male changes to your itinerary, fees may apply depending on the airline you are flying with. If you purchased your flights through Contiki, you should call your nearest office and speak to a reservations officer for more information.
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