mage taken by traveller @contikievans in Tyrol, Austria
Contiki has announced the launch of its new Europe 2019-20 program featuring 21 new European adventures – including a new 20-day London to London ‘European Dream’ trip and fresh adventures in Israel, Jordan and Africa.
The 18-35 operator says it has simplified its travel styles with an aim to make it easier for travel agents to book with Contiki and furthered its sustainability initiatives through Contiki Cares powered by TreadRight.
“I always like to say that Contiki is often imitated, but never duplicated,” says Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “We’ve been offering real, local and unique experiences to young travellers since 1962 and meeting people from all over the world with the same thirst for wanderlust and having an experience you’ll remember forever is something you just can’t get any other way. Our new Europe 2019-20 program will continue to deliver epic adventures, with your clients not needing to plan a thing, that offer unrivalled value.”
In addition to its new trips, Contiki is launching a new travel style, dubbed ‘Iconic Essentials,’ that will replace ‘High Energy.’ The new travel style is centred around stretching the client’s budget. With only the essential experiences included, as well as simple but fun quad-share accommodation, the brand has been able to keep costs down while delivering the incredible Contiki experience and service that travellers have come to expect.
Contiki says that where ‘Iconic Essentials’ really comes to life is through its unique accommodation. In addition to Contiki’s ‘Special Stay’ properties – such as its 16th century French château, its Swiss Chalet, and the newly renovated Austrian Gasthof Shoenick – clients will stay in best-in-class hostels from brands such as Generator, Wombats, A&O and Via which are famed for their cutting-edge design and social spaces.
Contiki says there are five key selling points for agents of the new Europe program:
Real experiences. 2019 will see Contiki travellers experience even more special Contiki-only ‘No Regrets Inclusions’ that include having exclusive reservations to the top of Montparnasse Tower on all of its ‘Discoverer’ trips in Paris, an included London Walking tour after the ‘Kickstart’ meeting that will allow travellers to get up close and personal with the British capital even before their adventure begins and for those looking to relax – a spa day at Budapest’s famed Széchenyi Thermal Baths.
Local cuisine. Contiki’s new Europe program is dialling it up a few notches with its ‘Munch’ food offerings boasting immersive and local food experiences – such as Aperol Spritz making classes, cooking lessons, and an expansion of its truly exclusive ‘Eat With’ experiences (immersive dining experiences in the kitchens and homes of locals) – that will now be featured on all of their ‘In-Depth Explorer’ trips. Progressive food tours in Rome, Madrid, Florence, Berlin, Paris and more will also be included on all itineraries.
Accommodations with style. Contiki’s new Europe 2019-20 program will offer three simple and transparent choices of accommodation. Clients travelling on any of its ‘Discoverer’ and ‘In-Depth Explorer’ trips will stay in conveniently located three and four-star hotel properties, while those on all ‘Iconic Essentials’ treks will now stay at Contiki’s ‘Special Stay’ properties (owned by the operator) and premium hostel and hotel groups.
A 24/7 team. With clients trusting Contiki to give them the experience of a lifetime, not to mention to take care of all the travel logistics, it’s no wonder why the youth travel expert operates a force of 300+ highly-skilled crew who are all dedicated to providing a seamless vacation. Contiki’s Trip Managers, Drivers, Local Guides, On-site team members, on-road cooks, are the best in the industry. Highly trained, crazy knowledgeable and with a total passion for travel, Contiki’s team is the real deal.
Comfy coaches.From London to Ljubljana and everywhere in between, clients can expect to travel in comfort and style on Contiki’s fleet of modern coaches. 20 brand new, luxe air-conditioned coaches (all with free WIFI) will hit the road in 2019 making Contiki’s fleet one of the youngest in Europe – approximately 1.1-year-old as of next year.
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