Press Release: CONTIKI VACATIONS ANNOUNCES 2011 PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY – SUMMER EUROPE PREVIEW SPECIAL

 Contiki Invites Travelers to Save Hundreds on 2011 Trips by Planning Ahead

ANAHEIM, Calif. – September 20, 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce the 2011 Preview Sale. By putting down a deposit for a summer Europe trip before November 15th, travelers have the unique opportunity to lock in 2010 rates. Contiki is also offering $225 in savings for select tours eight days or longer.

“We will match the deposit and provide an excursion voucher to use towards optional activities while on vacation,” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing and Key Accounts at Contiki. “Travelers who plan their Europe Contiki trip early will receive exceptional value.” The offer is combinable with Contiki’s early payment deal for trips booked six to 12 months in advance.

Contiki’s most popular trips are eligible for the Preview sale, including Greek Island Hopping, European Discovery, and Egypt and the Nile. For details, restrictions, and most importantly to reserve your spot, visit www.contiki.com/preview or call 1-866-CONTIKI.

About Contiki: Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, visit Contiki.com.

Contiki of the Week: Scandinavia

Book the 11-day Scandinavia Contiki trip and score a $25 voucher good towards optional excursions! Mention promotion code CW25V4 when booking, some restrictions may apply.

Scandinavia is full of stunning scenery, long summer days, enchanting folk tales & mythical wild life. Explore it the easy way with this journey through the capital cities of Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen & some of the lesser known spots. See spectacular fjords & glaciers – don’t forget to pack your camera! This version of the tour is 11 days long and ends in Helsinki. There’s also a 9 day version of this tour ending in Stockholm.

Detailed Itinerary 

Arrive Copenhagen: Check-in to your hotel and head straight out into Copenhagen for a first glimpse of this cool canal city. Later, meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager. Get to know the group over dinner at a local restaurant smack in the middle of town and head out into Copenhagen’s diverse nightlife – with live jazz, pumping clubs and chilled-out bars, there’s loads of choice.

Copenhagen to Gothenburg: Full of history, Copenhagen is a compact city with a really festive feel. Jump start your travels with a look into Denmark’s culture on our city tour, as your Tour Manager tells you the story behind the Little Mermaid statue, the Resistance Museum and the Royal Palace. Use your free time to explore the waterways and streets of Copenhagen, where the major sites are all within walking distance. Put your feet up, treat yourself and order some Danish pastries, cake and coffee. This afternoon, cross into Sweden and journey to fun-loving Gothenburg. With Europe’s busiest port and a lively student population, Gothenburg is down to earth and serves up cafes, culture and the good times.

Gothenburg to Oslo: Cross the border into Norway and continue on to Oslo, Scandinavia’s oldest capital. This easy-going city oozes culture and has some amazing museums to visit. Your Tour Manager will introduce you to one of Oslo’s most famous spaces, the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park. Packed with over 200 sculptures and bronzes, this outdoor gallery serves up loads of local art and gorgeous greenery. With free time, get inspired at Aker Brygge, Oslo’s cultural hub and central gathering spot for locals. Once an old ship yard, it’s now a popular shopping area with a sea-front promenade, galleries, cinemas and food stalls. Otherwise, find out about a fellow adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-Tiki Museum (no, it’s not ours! Kon-Tiki was the raft Heyerdahl used to cross the South Pacific) or explore the medieval dungeons, banquet halls and crypts of Akershus Castle.

Oslo to Voss: Cruise through Norway’s famous Telemark region and across the Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. If you’re lucky, you might spot some wild animals. Then we journey onwards to the small town of Voss, Norway’s adventure capital.

Voss: Set lakeside, Voss is perfect if you’re after some adventure in the outdoors. Get your pulse racing on a white-water rating optional trip or take it easy with a walk in the pure and natural surroundings.

Voss to Geiranger: Travel 25km (15.3 miles) through the impressive man-made marvel, the Laerdal Tunnel, which is the longest road tunnel in the world – and it cuts though 3 caves. Get back to nature on our journey through Norway’s rugged wilderness and take in the spectacular Boyabreen glacier, as well as the 200km long Sognefjord. For awe-inspiring views, jump on board a cruise in an optional excursion and get out on the water of Geiranger Fjord. The picture perfect scenes keep coming, complete with dramatic waterfalls pouring down the sides of massive sheer rock walls.

Geiranger to Gjovik: Cruise past old farms and unspoilt wilderness to the alpine ski resort of Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Olympics and the impressive 136 metre ski jump! If you’re up for a bit of Olympic action yourself, have a go at bob-sledding in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity. We pull into small-town Gjovik, which is set on Norway’s largest lake, for an overnight stop. Walk around the picturesque town and get a feel for traditional Norwegian village life. Otherwise, check out an impressive architectural and engineering feat: the Gjovik Olympic Mountain hall. This cavern is the world’s largest underground public arena.

Gjovik to Stockholm: Into Sweden today, we pass the massive Lake Vanern and cruise through woodlands, lakes and gorgeous natural surrounds. With down time on the coach, chat to your new friends and keep your camera handy for photo ops of bears, moose and wolves. Get ready for the dramatic scenery of Sweden’s cosmopolitan capital, Stockholm. Surrounded by forests, deep blue waters and 24,000 islands, this cutting-edge city is one of Europe’s hot, creative capitals. Enjoy a night out with the group and order some chilled vodka at the world-famous Ice bar. This place is made entirely out of ice and kept at a cool minus 5 degrees all year round. Keep it moving and head to the modern and lively district of Norrmalm, for a more up-beat vibe.

Stockholm to Helsinki: This morning, there’s an option to visit to Stockholm’s stunning town hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize banquet is held. Learn about its unique architecture with our Local Guide. With its 8 million red bricks and 19 million gold mosaic tiles, this place will make your jaw drop. Then, your Tour Manager gets you right to pretty Gamla Stan’s (the old town) core spots, as the group explores the quarter’s quaint medieval streets. You’ll see the Royal Palace and the changing of the guard – a tradition dating back to the 16th Century. The old town is a great place to pull up a seat and try out classic Swedish food like salmon, herring or game as you take in the atmosphere. Free time means a chance to explore the many trendy boutiques, galleries, and cool vintage stores of the hip island of Södermalm or window-shop the big label and design stores of grand Drottningatan. Live the high life this afternoon as we board our luxurious cruise to Helsinki. Kick back with a drink on the deck and watch the sun set over the Baltic Sea, check out the shops of the Promenade deck or maybe try your luck at the casino tonight.

Helsinki: A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Tour Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate square. Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.

 

Press Release: Contiki Auction Winner Saves Hundreds on European Travel Package

Upcoming Travel Auction Opportunities include Russia, Ireland, and the Mediterranean

ANAHEIM, Calif., February 18, 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, recently launched an auction program that offers international and exotic trips for an incredibly affordable price.  Contiki introduced its first online auction in November 2009 and received an enthusiastic response from hundreds of potential travelers. 

To follow up on the success of their first auction, Contiki then offered the ever-popular 11-day European Magic trip with an opening price of 99 cents. After three days of non-stop bidding, the winner saved nearly $600 on the tour package.  “As young travelers, we want the experience, the freedom, the culture and the bragging rights that come with European travel” says Greg Fischbein, Contiki’s President. “The auction is another way for Contiki to provide access to that once-in-a-lifetime trip.”

Contiki’s European Magic takes prime European destinations and packs them into one awesome adventure.  Celebrating the cultural differences, Contiki’s tour managers deliver a “locals only” run of seven different countries.  Travelers wine and dine in Paris and Venice; explore the streets of London; shop in Switzerland; sample the beer gardens throughout Germany and enjoy the cafés in Amsterdam.  In covering such diverse countries, travelers know that each day is guaranteed to bring the best of each location and something completely different from the day before. 

Contiki will continue to release select travel packages for upcoming auctions in 2010. Stay tuned to auction.contiki.com for upcoming opportunities to save big. Up next: Russia (3/2/10 – 3/5/10); Ireland (3/16/10 – 3/19/10); and Mediterranean Highlights (3/30/10 – 4/2/10).

Press Release: Contiki Holidays Launches NEW 2010 Asia Brochure

Money Saving Promotion Accompanies Packages Booked From New Brochure

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 28, 2009 Contiki Holidays, the worldwide leader in travel for young professionals, students, nomads, and escape artists aged 18-35, is introducing the release of its new 2010 Asia Brochure. For the first time ever the brochure is available in print and online at Contiki.com/brochures.  The brochure features five adventure-filled Asia trips inviting young travelers to experience all things Asia including lush Cambodian jungles, pristine Vietnamese beaches and mouth-watering Thai food.

To celebrate the launch of the new brochure Contiki is offering $100 off Asia trips 10 days or longer.  The promotion is available until Jan. 15, 2010.  For those feeling lucky, Contiki is also offering the chance to win a Contiki Vietnam Highlights trip through its online Asia River Run game at http://contikirivergame.com.  The interactive game guides the user through an Asia river while picking up travel buddies and checking out unique sites along the way.  At the conclusion of the game, scores are submitted to a database and participants are entered to win the grand prize.

“Asia is a great travel spot and the ideal place for those looking to get off the beaten path” said Michelle Murray, Marketing Director at Contiki Holidays. Contiki travelers experience the local lifestyle and culture through a variety of hand-selected activities.  Rainforest elephant rides, cooking classes, boat cruises, and temple visits are only a few ways travelers can spend their days.  Also included in Contiki Asia trips is traditional transportation like Chinese junk boats, tuk-tuks, and rickshaws.  “For those who love Europe, but have been there, done that, Asia offers a completely unique and new experience” adds Murray.

For more details on the 2010 Asia Brochure special and other promotions, visit http://contiki.com/deals.