Contiki Tours.

Year. 1962

Creator. John Anderson

Where. London, UK


The name "Contiki" comes from the portmanteau 'Con' from the word 'Continent' and 'Tiki'; derived from the native New Zealand Maori good luck charm. It can also be attributed to the New Zealand slang 'Tiki-tour' describing taking a longer route to a destination in order to explore.


Contiki is a tour company that caters to 18- to 35-year-olds, all over the world. Its tours historically had a reputation for partying. However, in the recent years, the brand has evolved in many different directions, promoting wellness trips, vegan trips and focussing more on culturally immersive experiences. Trips include a mix of sightseeing, free time, culture, socialising, and adventure. The company offers various styles of trips, with the main difference between the styles being the accommodations used and the number of nights spent in each location.