Rev up your engines for St. Patrick’s Day!

Contiki St. Patrick's Day treats: Irish car bomb cupcakes & Guinness chocolate pudding!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you remember to wear green? The Contiki staff did! We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day complete with Chocolate Guinness pudding and Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese frosting!
Well, GREEN also means go, and we’re hitting the green light for Contiki fans to start collecting votes for their fantastic Contiki coaches through our ‘Get On the Bus‘ Contest!  Make your friends green with envy (that’s right, I said it!) by collecting the most votes on your bus to become the winner of the ‘Get On the Bus’ contest!  Voting starts TODAY at 3PM PST!

It’s been great to see Contiki fans hop on the bandwagon and create some pretty creative bus names loaded with four fabulous friends for their chance to win a dream Contiki vacation, including airfare and some awesome gear from O’Neill!  There are eight possible trips to win – in fact, you could win a trip to Ireland! Don’t fret if you haven’t created or filled your bus yet – you still have time!  You can fill your bus at any time during the voting period, and once it’s filled you’re ready to go and get those votes!

Let the luck of the Irish guide you on your way to more votes and the grand prize!  Good luck… Now where are those desserts…

Enter To Win Contiki’s ‘Get On The Bus’ Twitter Contest!

New Orleans on a North American Contiki

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

It’s Mardi Gras and Contiki is adding some more crazy to the party! On top of our Facebook Get On The Bus contest where you and 4 friends can win the trip of a lifetime, we’re throwing in a cool giveaway for our Twitter followers! We’re basically more BI-WINNING! than Charlie Sheen.  But you already knew that.

For the Facebook contest you get to choose your favorite trip and fill a bus with your friends for a chance to win. But what we want to know is if you could fill your bus traveling to your favorite destination with celebrities instead of your friends, which celebrities would you choose? Not that your friends aren’t celebrities…we know you’re a bunch of rock stars.

Entrants will be randomly chosen to receive one of two prizes:

1.  $100 AMEX card (‘nough said)

2. $50 worth of Starbucks and iTunes cards (We know these are both highly addictive items, but we trust you’ll be responsible and won’t simultaneously drink, drive and shuffle.)

To Enter:

1. Follow @Contiki_US on Twitter

2. Let us know which celebrities you would pick to Get On The Bus with you and be sure to tag your answer with the hashtag #GetOnTheBus

That’s it! 2 steps to WINNING! Easier than pouring your morning coffee.

Enter quickly because we’ll be choosing two random winners at 2pm PST on Thursday, March 10th!

And if you haven’t checked out our Facebook contest yet you still have time!

Rules:

  • Must follow @Contiki_US to be entered to win
  • Only one entry per person
  • Contest open to US residents only
  • Must include hashtag #GetOnTheBus to be entered to win
  • Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.

UPDATE:

Congratulations to our two winners!

Win a Free Trip with Contiki Vacations’ “Get On the Bus” Contest

** This contest has ended**

U.S. Facebook Fans: Network your way to the Contiki trip of a lifetime!

Picture this – you and four friends “living the dream” on a vacation worth up to $25,000 dollars.  Interested?  Starting February 23, U.S. fans of Contiki Vacations’ Facebook page can celebrate their lifestyle with a trip to one of eight destinations around the world when they compete to “Get On The Bus”. (www.Contiki.com/GetOnTheBus)  Contiki continues to reinforce our position as the preferred travel brand of the youth market with another innovative campaign designed specifically for you, our internet-savvy audience!

The Contiki “GOTB” contest allows users aged 18-35 to pick and name a bus, choose their trip, pack it with four friends and collect as many “likes” as possible.  The bus grabbing the most votes wins the Contiki vacation and scores the latest gear courtesy of O’Neill clothing! (www.Contikilifestyle.com).

Your passenger profiles are displayed through an interactive platform that combines your musical tastes, interests, gender, average age, and travel styles.  This personalization adds an exciting game-like element to the program not found in your basic online giveaways. It’s the first contest of its kind to use Facebook’s Open Graph in a truly innovative way, integrating user preferences and using the “Like” button as a voting mechanism.

Participants choose from the following Contiki tours:

  • Italian Espresso (Europe)9 days involving gondolas, pasta, wine, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and channeling your inner gladiator at the Coliseum
  • Ireland (Europe) 9 days enjoying Irish hospitality, walking the medieval towns, reveling in the pubs, and kissing the Blarney Stone
  • European Magic (Europe) 11 days to sample Amsterdam, storm a castle, and shop the Champs Elysees as you travel England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France
  • Greek Island Hopping (Europe)14 days of sparkling blue coastal waters, suntanning on white sand beaches, and breaking plates over a bottle of Ouzo on the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Ios
  • Eastern Road (Europe)13 days filled with beer gardens in Germany, partying on the St.Charles bridge in Prague, indulging in schnitzels in Austria, and taking in the culture and history of Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland
  • Asian Adventure (Southeast Asia) – 14 days savoring the flavors of Eastern cuisine, visiting iconic temples, the bright lights of Bangkok, and the sunrise over Angkor Wat as you adventure through Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia
  • Cairns Sunshine Trail (Australia)15 days of catching waves at Surfer’s Paradise, riding a 4WD through the rainforest, staying at an eco-lodge, and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Scenic Southern (New Zealand)12 days in the “Adventure Capital of the World,” bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge, jetboating, canyon swinging, glacier climbing, and maybe spot a Hobbit or two!

The “Get On The Bus” contest starts rolling February 23 through March 31, 2011 on Contiki’s Facebook page.  To participate, visit www.Contiki.com/GetOnTheBus. “Don’t miss the bus!”

Press Release: Contiki Holidays Sponsors Global Blogger Network’s First Blog Hop

Online Scavenger Hunt Contest Runs Through May 9

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 19, 2010 – Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, has partnered with the Global Blogger Network to sponsor the inaugural Blog Hop contest, an online scavenger hunt.

To participate, contestants download a play card and visit the six participating “Blogs of the Week” to discover answers to the questions on the play cards.  Contestants submit their cards for a random drawing and can enter up to three times. The prize package includes $2,000 provided by Contiki, camera equipment, hotel stays, a 16GB iPod Nano, and travel gear.

“It’s great to be a part of this unique and engaging contest open to all ages” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing for Contiki. “As personal and professional followers of the participating travel blogs, we are thrilled to support the passionate independent blogger community with a cash prize.”

The Blog Hop runs April 19, 2010 to May 9, 2010. The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on May 11, 2010. For full details, visit the Global Bloggers Network website at http://www.globalbloggersnetwork.com/the-blog-hop-travel-online-to-travel-offline/.

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. Learn more at Contiki.com.

About the Global Bloggers Network: The Global Bloggers Network is an online service that helps individual and corporate members grow their blogs. With services such as regular webinars, an “Ask the Experts” program, blog post marketing, blog mentoring and a monthly newsletter as well as the Blog Hop, the Global Bloggers Network provides value-driven education and support to its members.