Thai Island Hopper East, 9 Days

Thailand

HIGHLIGHTS: Koh Samui - Koh Tao - Koh Pha Ngan Searching for a relaxing tropical island? The ultimate in idyllic beaches and the most breathtaking scenery? Then spend nine-days island hopping through the eastern Thai Islands with Contiki. Do as little or as much as you like: explore the exotic sights, sample the local cuisine, kick back on the world famous beaches, take a day cruise or simply chill beachside with a cocktail. The three Koh's - Samui, Tao and Pha Ngan - show you what the Thai Islands are all about Your backstage pass includes: Unique special stay - Bungalow in Koh Pha Ngan Day 1: Arrive Koh Samui Arrive on the island of Koh Samui - the third largest island in Thailand & an area known for its spectacular natural beauty, beaches & good times. Check-in to your hotel & use this afternoon hit the shops or start working on your tan at the beach. The evening, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies, before heading out to explore some of Chaweng Beach's nightlife. This place is known for it's cool party scene which is quite literally right on the beach. So relax & get onto island time. Day 2 and 3: Koh Samui Koh Samui has got something for everyone, so with 2 full days here, get ready for a taste of everything the island offers to it's travellers. During the day, there are long stretches of beach with soft, white sand dotted around the island for you to take advantage of and the chance to soak up the rays, swim, snorkel & relax. Explore the local town for a generous dose of the lifestyle here. Head down the little side streets for an authentic Thai feast - you'll find lots of local delights like Phad Thai, delicious exotic curries & fresh flavours at some unbelievable prices. Or take it up a level & enjoy a cocktail or try fresh coconut served to you right on the beach. You could take a tour of the island to see some of the local sites or visit a Buddhist temple with a 15m (50ft) statue of the Buddha. Built in 1972, this statue is respected by locals & visitors alike - many of whom light incense & pray here with offerings of fruit & flowers. With loads of free time ask your Tour Manager for some tips & suggestions of things to do, like a visit to Wat Khunaram with it's mummified monk or the uniquely shaped formation of the Grandmother & Grandfather rocks. At night this island goes off Spots like Chaweng, the island's most popular beach, come alive with other travellers & locals alike. With so many bars & clubs located right on the beach, it's the perfect place to party with your travel buddies, locals & new mates. Day 4: Koh Samui to Koh Tao It's time for a change of pace as we take a short ferry journey across the Gulf of Thailand to the island of Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island. Smaller than Koh Samui, Koh Tao is famous for its underwater scenery & laid-back lifestyle. After arriving, your Tour Manager will take you on an orientation walk of the island so you can really get your bearings of where you're keen to head back to. You've then got the afternoon to relax on the beach, or grab a snorkel & head underwater Tonight it's an included dinner on the beach with some local specialities. Day 5: Koh Tao Wake up on Koh Tao & get ready for a slice of paradise. Koh Tao is known for its submerged scenery, so it's a not-to-miss experience when you visit. Snorkelling is a fantastic way to explore the island's underwater world. Fins, snorkels & masks can be rented from lots of places throughout the island for a small cost. Ask your Tour Manager for some advice on the best places to head & get ready for some unbeatable sights, colourful fish & vibrant sea life. Otherwise, take it easy & maybe opt for a swim in the warm waters. If the underwater scene isn't what you're into, then there are loads of other things to experience here. If you'd prefer to keep things on land & venture out on foot, you could explore some of the island's hiking trails. With its hilly landscape there's a lot to explore & great views to check out here. There's also the opportunity to join our optional day cruise if you feel like getting out & about. You'll be taken to some great snorkelling spots around Koh Tao. Day 6: Koh Tao to Koh Pha Ngan With a free morning here, enjoy your last few hours on Koh Tao before it's time to cruise to the island of Koh Pha Ngan. With quiet stretches of beach, coconut trees & soft sand during the day & its Full Moon Parties at night, Koh Pha Ngan is fast becoming a must-visit location in Thailand. Day 7 and 8: Koh Pha Ngan There are beaches all over Koh Pha Ngan to chill out on, each offering different activities for travellers visiting the island. You could make your way to Haad Yao beach, a quiet spot that's great for swimming & snorkelling. You could also treat yourself to a bit of pampering if you wish - there are lots of places to have a Thai massage while listening to the waves lap against the shore. With close access to excellent dive spots, Koh Pha Ngan is quickly developing a reputation as a great learn-to-dive location too If you have a diving certificate or want to learn how, you could head out on a boat & explore some of the island's key diving spots while you're here. By night, this island is the place to go out Try it local & enjoy the lively night scene. Whether it is a Half Moon Party, a Black Moon Party or Full Moon party - there is always something going on in Koh Pha Ngan. Day 9: Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Samui Today it's time for your Thai Islands adventure to end. After a ferry from Koh Pha Ngan we'll head back to Koh Samui where it's time to swap emails & numbers with your Contiki Team & travel buddies. Choose a free transfer to the airport or opt to end at the Koh Samui hotel where our tour started. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 8 April - 20 September

9 days
FROM $915*
9 days From $915*

Royal Ascot 1 Day Tour

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS:London Try one of our day festivals for a great day out in London With Royal Ascot - get your glam gear on & rub shoulders with the rich & famous at this ultimate British day out. Keep an eye on contiki.com for more day festivals & events. Day 1. Day trip to Royal Ascot Meet at the Contiki Basement, just underneath the Royal National Hotel, in convenient central London, near Russell Square Underground station. On arrival you'll meet up with our Contiki team & board our comfy Contiki coach bound for Ascot, to start your day at the races. Get to know your fellow travellers as you make your way to the event. You'll start to get excited as you feel the buzz of race day on arrival at Ascot. With people dressed in their best & ready to sip bubbly & watch the racing action, the atmosphere here is buzzing. On arrival, we'll get you started right (and line those tummies) with a delicious included buffet lunch of cold meats & chicken, salads, cheeses, breads & of course, bubbly Then its time to mingle with the rich & famous. Ascot is known for its glamour & in 2013, you're a part of it. It's time to head in to the Silver Ring to enjoy people watching & checking out the girls in heels & dresses and guys in their tails & hats. Keep your eyes peeled for the guests of honour as you see the Royal family arrive by horse and coach. Catch them up close as they travel down the New Mile, then it's time to watch all the racing action & be amongst the awesome atmosphere. The first race kicks off at 2.30pm & the last is around 5.30pm, so there's plenty of time to place some bets, sip on champagne & mix with the crowds. Maybe pack a picnic rug if you're keen & park up with your new friends for one of the UK's most memorable events. After the last race, make your way back to the coach & jump back onboard as we head to London, where you can keep the party moving. Note: At Ascot, the Silver Ring has a policy of no re-entry into the ring. If you exit the ring, you won't be able to go back in. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

DepartingOnly on 20 June 2015.

1 day
FROM $145*
1 day From $145*

London Explorer, 3 Days

London

HIGHLIGHTS: London Why come all the way to Europe and not spend some quality time in the English capital? Add this package onto your other Contiki holidays and use the time to discover museums, shop on Oxford Street, eat curry on Brick Lane, see a West End show or listen to some of the hottest music coming out of England's famous nightlife. How about venturing out to Stonehenge and Bath? Well its included also Our Contiki Representatives in central London are on hand to help you out with sightseeing info and tips on getting around so you never have to stress. DAY 1-3 LONDON Want to do London at your own pace? Take time to explore London before or after your Contiki tour. With this 3 day package at the Royal National or Imperial hotels, grab a great value collection of extras, activities & accommodation. The London Explorer package is a bit different from our other tours, as it does not include a Tour Manager. Instead, we give you all the info you need to squeeze the max out of the city & to do it on your terms. With your included London info booklet, hit the streets & dive into the buzz - there are so many things to see, do & experience in London. From the iconic Big Ben to the Houses of Parliament & Buckingham Palace, there are photo opportunities at every corner. An included bus sightseeing ticket is a great way to experience the city from a different angle as you ride past the sights. With an open top, it's the best way to get some great views. It's also a hop on hop off tour, so you can enjoy the sites at your own pace. Stop off in between, maybe visit a museum, take a walking tour or just take in the vibes. London is famous for it's shopping, with the streets of the central city providing a haven for shopaholics. Head to Knightsbridge for a look into the most famous department store in the world, Harrods. Check out the array of delicious food on offer in their enticing foodhalls & amazing displays, then maybe head to Oxford Street for some high street shopping & big name brands. While you're in the area, drop by the quirky Carnaby Street where you might see some street performers or grab a coffee & take in the atmosphere. For a historical fix, jump on the Tube & maybe make your way to the Tower of London. Take a guided tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. You could also try the British Museum, National Gallery, the Tate or jump on the London Eye for amazing city views. Seeing a famous West End musical whilst you're here is a must-do & with an included ticket to a show, you will. From the dancing sensation 'Billy Elliot' to rocking it out to Queen's 'We Will Rock You' there is something for everyone. There's always something going on here, so make sure that you ask at the Contiki Basement for some other tips on must see sights & things to do. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 November 2014 - 31 M

3 days
FROM $355*
3 days From $355*

L.A. Explorer, 3 Days

United States

HIGHLIGHTS: Los Angeles Contiki isn't just about big holidays, we also organise short breaks. Explore Los Angeles in depth with Contiki. Your city sightseeing tour will include; Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and Melrose Avenue. Visit Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk on Hollywood's "walk of fame" then we visit Venice Beach and the urban sun-kissed community of Santa Monica. In your free time why not check out Universal Studios, Disneyland or the OC experience. DAY 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It's packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world's wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills. A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA's oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Maybe later travel out to LA's quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing boardwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs. DAY 2 LOS ANGELES In your free time, explore more of this colourful metropolis. LA has it all when it comes to shopping. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Ave or window-shop the epic designer stores of Rodeo Drive. This is the place to spot celebs. Visit the Fashion Museum for inspiration and see famous outfits from movies on display, then hunt down some funky threads and interesting materials in the Garment District, which is just a few steps from your hotel. Or visit the interactive Grammy Museum where you can record your own song or get up close to some award-show celebrity dresses. This city has food as diverse as its residents - you can find anything from burgers or tacos at a pavement stand to sushi in Little Tokyo, so make sure you make the most of this cultural melting pot. For some all-American sports, check to see if any basketball, baseball, soccer or football games are on while you're in town. DAY 3 DEPART LOS ANGELES For your last day spend a fun day exploring the world-famous theme parks. Get inside Walt Disney's magical imagination at Disneyland, where you can experience different theme zones and rides like Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. For a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, head to Universal Studios and enjoy the thrills of this park's film theme. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 4 June 2014 - 31 March

3 days
FROM $355*
3 days From $355*

Waikiki Explorer, 3 Days

Hawaii

HIGHLIGHTS: Honolulu There is no place on earth quite like the Hawaiian tropical islands - palm fringed blue lagoons, cascading waterfalls, ancient volcanoes and stunning beaches with fantastic surf. Stay in the Park Shore just minutes from world-famous Waikiki Beach. While you are here tap into the Contiki Customer Service Centre - our concierge is there to make your holiday hassle free and direct you to the best action on the Island. DAY 1 ARRIVE HONOLULU Aloha Touch down in tropical Hawaii and check-in to your hotel. It's all about location with a prime spot on world-famous Waikiki Beach and a backdrop of extinct volcanoes and dramatic cliffs. Head straight out for a first taste of the turquoise waters and white sands - maybe even cool off in the Pacific Ocean. While you're here, make the most of our free concierge service at the Contiki Customer Service Center, which is just a short walk from the hotel. Our friendly, laid-back staff will give you pointers on the best stuff to do on Oahu, so that you can get the most out of your time here. DAY 2-3 HONOLULU As Hawaii's cosmopolitan hub, Honolulu serves up an easy-going mix of culture, fantastic food and incredibly gorgeous nature. With a few days here, you'll soon find yourself on "island time" enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle. Kick start each day with an included coffee and a muffin, before hitting the soft sands of Waikiki Beach. With gentle waves, it is a great place to give surfing a go, or to just chill out and people watch. While you're here, learn about World War II on our included tour of Honolulu's historical hot spots. Visit the Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial and see the sunken USS Arizona up close. Then cruise through the crater of an extinct volcano when you visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Your Local Guide will tell you all about the fallen soldiers who are buried here. You'll also see the USA's only royal residence, Iolani Palace, and learn about the former royal family who lived there. Otherwise, turn the energy levels up with a surfing lesson, a bit of snorkelling or a fun Catamaran cruise and get out on the water like the locals. For some more action, hike up the neighbouring extinct volcano, Diamond Head, where you can walk through old tunnels built in World War II. Scenery-wise, Oahu is breathtaking. Touch base with your Contiki concierge to find where you can experience lush rain forests, colourful coral reefs, green valleys and waterfalls. Or else cruise a little further afield on Oahu's user-friendly public transport system to hang out on the world-famous surf beaches of the North Shore. Other ideas for your time here include kicking back at your hotel by the ocean-view pool and snacking on delicious tropical fruit like papaya or pineapples. Food-wise, our team is also happy to help you out and point you in the direction of some of the hottest eateries in town. With so many ethnic cuisines on offer, there's plenty of choice. Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau(a feast), try out fresh red snapper or lobster at an open-air beachside bistro, snack on sushi in a cute Japanese restaurant, head to bustling Chinatown to find an authentic noodle joint or taste Hawaii's ahi poke (raw tuna salad). As for nightlife, Honolulu has it all. With traditional Hawaiian music performances, cool cocktail bars, laid-back lounges and pumping clubs, there is something for everyone. So get out there and explore it all in a fun night out View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 4 June 2014 - 31 March

3 days
FROM $365*
3 days From $365*

Easter in Amsterdam, 4 Days

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: London - Amsterdam Exploring the city on bicycles while searching for Easter eggs amongst the tulips...what could be better? Enjoy Amsterdam in the springtime with this four day tour over the holiday weekend. Celebrate the Keukenhof festival Dutch style with a Heineken, see how cheese and clogs are made, or maybe take a bicycle ride along the canals. A great way to see another side of Amsterdam Day 1 London to Amsterdam Meet up with your Contiki team this morning before we make our way through the countryside to Dover & ferry across the English Channel. We'll then head across Belgium before hitting the cool & relaxed city of Amsterdam, where the fun really starts. These canal lined streets are buzzing with little cafes, restaurants & filled with cyclists weaving their way along the cobbles. Enjoy an included dinner before heading out to explore Amsterdam by night Known for its colourful Red Light District, you'll take a walking tour of these famous streets to see what it's all about, while learning about Amsterdam's history. Later, why not keep it moving with a fun night out. There are heaps of pumping clubs & pubs so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where to head. Day 2 Amsterdam See one of the most photographed spots in the world when we visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens. With 6 million tulips and the country's top flower bulbs on display, the colourful gardens are totally spectacular. Later, there's a chance to visit the pretty fishing village of Volendam and experience a slice of maritime tradition with our optional dinner at an old-style Dutch restaurant by the sea. Day 3 Amsterdam Cruise into the countryside and bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, to the world-famous cheese village of Edam. In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm. Experience Amsterdam's coffee shops, museums and cool, quirky boutiques. In your free time, wander along shady canals and pass gabled houses. Try out Amsterdam's multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food. Day 4 Amsterdam to London Circle back to France via Belgium and ferry across the English Channel to England. A short drive brings us back to London where the tour ends and it's time to say farewell to your new friends. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingOnly on 3 April 2015

4 days
FROM $445*
4 days From $445*

Contiki Holidays is one of the world's leading providers of tours for the 18 to 35 age group. Operating in more than 40 countries around the globe, Contiki has been travelling the world for over 50 years. Tours range from three to 46 days in duration and cover Europe, Britain, South America, North America, Egypt, Asia, New Zealand, Australia. 

Why travel with Contiki

  1. Leading tour provider for 18-35 year olds
  2. 50+ years of touring experience
  3. Expert guides with local knowledge
  4. Tours include breakfast and many dinners
  5. Room solo, with your mates or new friends

Popular Contiki Tours

  • European Escapade (25 days)
  • LA to the Bay (11 days)
  • Grand Northern (26 days)
  • The Explorer (19 days)
  • Thai Island Hopper East (9 days)

See the world your way

With Contiki you can kick back and relax on a cruise around the Aegean Sea; party til the wee hours on a trip to New York for a New Year's Eve you’ll never forget; or get the local experience of Costa Rica with an insider tour through beaches, rainforests and coffee plantations.

You'll also get plenty of time to do your own thing during your Contiki holiday. There are always loads of activities planned for the free time periods for those who prefer to keep busy on their travels. 

From east to west, Europe is best

Contiki is perhaps best known for its coach tours of Europe. You can be certain your European adventure will be packed with not only famous sights but also in-depth local knowledge and first-hand experience.

You can choose to visit multiple countries or focus on just one. Get in touch with nature on a European camping trip, eat more than your share of croissants, cheese and baguettes in France, or tear up the slopes of Austria on the ski holiday of a lifetime.

Did you know...

  • Based on your preferred accommodation style, camping, budget and superior tours are available
  • Contiki hosts month-long eco expeditions to celebrate Earth Month

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This trip for me is what urged me to want to travel more. It was my first ever overseas trip. And to say it was amazing would be an understatement. This trip has it all. Whether your a party animal, culture seeker, adrenaline junkie or there to meet new people. From the day my tour started the people were wonderful. From all around the world friendships were formed. The entire energy throughout the whole trip was awesome.

I'd say the two greatest things I enjoyed most was the Waitomo caves and OGO Ranges. And most definitely cram as much of the optional activities in. You will not be disappointed. It was also so great to have a really great tour guide and driver. Sarah, our tour guide and Ricky, our driver. We're so full of life, great humor and knowledge. They really made the trip. All in all, I had a wonderful time. And am now eager to follow my contiki adventures. Next stop Asia!

KimmySmith

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This trip was the first time I had travelled solo, and I was feeling super nervous when I met my tour group that first night in London. My concerns quickly vanished within minutes of meeting my tour group, within five minutes I felt like I had known them forever. Our group was about half couples and half singles which normally would have annoyed me, but literally everyone on this tour was so wonderful and fun it didn't matter at all. Our tour manager Matt and our driver Jonny were the most UNREAL duo I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Their knowledge and passion for the job was evident from day one. If you get lucky enough to have these two as part of your team you will have the most amazing trip of your life. I honestly cannot say enough good things about them.

The trip itself was busy, we had long bus days and early mornings a lot of the time but that is the cost of getting to see all the beautiful places we got to see. The Swiss Alps and Rome were highlights for me, but every single city we went to was great. Do ALL the optionals (especially paragliding) they make the trip a once in a lifetime experience, and most people do them all anyway so if you don't do them then you end up missing out.The friends I have made on this trip are all amazing people, and I am so lucky to have them as part of my life. If you choose this tour be prepared to come back home a different person because this experience changes you, and in my opinion it is for the better.

Samanthao

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This tour would have to be the best decision of my life. The tour was amazing, the places you go are breathtaking. Our tour manager Joe was amazing, very knowledgeable and insightful. Our bus driver Jonny was incredible if you ever get these two together on a tour you won't be disappointed. The me time options are great. I would have to say Amsterdam is a night you won't forget. The group of people on the tour were fantastic and was very hard to leave. It's surprising on how close we got and the bonds we made within a short amount of time. This is a tour that everyone should do if you want a taste of Europe. :) #NOREGRETS

Katrina

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(European Magic is a) great trip, if you haven't got too much time and want to see a lot. This trip is perfect, very fast moving but so worth it. Huge bonus for our trip was that it overlapped with Oktoberfest which was unbelievable! Paris by night spectacular. Evan was a fantastic TM, his tips for every city were spot on! Just do it!!!!

Conrad

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ThIs trip was amazing! Traveling to Ireland was the first trip I've taken outside Canada. I'd been dreaming of going for years and when we had the chance my friend and I jumped at the opportunity... and Contiki doesn't disappoint!

My tour manager was Evan. I can't begin to say enough good things about him - he was hilarious (especially his Hollaback girl karaoke), knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Sammy who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.

A Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw Dublin, Trinity College, Temple Bar, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry, Galway, Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, Jameson distillery, Guinness brewery, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Kilkenny, traditional bands, cows, sheep...lots of pubs and it was ALL fantastic!

Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Aussies (and their obsession with how ridiculous Newfoundland culture is), the Americans, and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a Canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was! I will definitely be taking another Contiki tour in the future!

Karen

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