You Asked for It.. We’re Going to South America!

As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Contiki is giving you second dose of independence – by giving you more freedom to discover the world on your terms.  We’re proud to announce that Contiki has gone truly global – We are going to South America.  So celebrate YOUR independence and know that at Contiki, you’re free to choose the trip that’s right for you.

That’s right – you asked for it, and it’s finally here!  2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s incredible rediscovery, and we’re thrilled to announce our brand new South America program, with six amazing tours spanning three of the hottest Latin destinations – Peru, Argentina, and Brazil.

Want to win a South America Contiki trip? During the month of May, five travelers will have the opportunity to win a Contiki trp for two, including airfare, through our Pin Me If You Can contest! The contest highlights the diversity of the destinations via the release of weekly video clips featuring the passionate stories of real South American locals including an Amazon jungle guide, a surfer, a bar owner, a photographer and an artist. Entrants must pinpoint their exact location using a Google Maps mashup on the Pin Me If You Can website, with additional clues released on Contiki’s Facebook page.

If you’re interested in joining Contiki on these South American adventures, you can book these trips immediately, with the first of our tours running in November 2011.  Visit www.Contiki.com to find out more information and start playing Pin Me If You Can.  Happy globe-trotting!

Seeing the World & Protecting Its Heritage

The Great Barrier Reef

Happy Earth Day, Contiki fans!  We’ve been talking fashion all week long (a hot topic for travelers, we know!) and we’ve got plenty more to talk about in weeks to come as you prepare for your summer trips! But let’s take a moment to remind you of what you’re packing to see – many of the wonders that the world has to offer!

Did you know?  Contiki is committed to responsible travel and is a founding partner at the non-profit The Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation.  Travel is about discovering more of your world and experiencing other cultures. You want to see the stuff that matters and get the most out of your travels.  Heard of the UNESCO World Heritage List?  Contiki covers over 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites on our itineraries worldwide – because we know these places have a reputation for being some of the most amazing sites on Earth, and these cultural and natural sites are preserved and safeguarded for future generations – ones we know you want to see!  Some examples of World Heritage Sites include Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and even the works of architect Antoni Gaudí in Spain.

What are some of your favorite UNESCO World Heritage sites that you have visited?

Press Release: CONTIKI VACATIONS LAUNCHES NEW 2011 EUROPE SUMMER BROCHURE

 Official Dates. Official Prices. Officially Awesome Trips.

ANAHEIM, Calif., November 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011 Europe Summer brochure.

The brochure is available in print and online at Contiki.com/brochures, and offers up 38 countries, 76 tours and cruises including a brand new trip, 72 World Heritage sites, and five different ways to travel.  Traveler favorites are back and better than ever, including the European Discovery, Italian Espresso, and Egypt and the Nile trips. New to the gang is the Turkey and Greek Island Odyssey, an 11-day adventure to some of the most scenic and historical spots on the planet including Istanbul, Pamukkale, and fantastic Greek islands Rhodes, Santorini, and Crete.

 The brochure and Contiki.com have been beefed up for the new season, including printed QR codes linking to YouTube videos and unique online tools that make the Contiki experience easier to visualize. Contiki.com now offers the Tour Genius, a cool feature that asks simple questions matches you to your ideal Contiki tours. For more information, visit Contiki.com/Genius. To ring in the brochure launch, Contiki is offering $175 off land-tours nine days or longer in Europe or Egypt. The promotion begins November 16 and is available through November 30, 2010. To find out more info and score the promotion details, visit Contiki.com/Deals.

The $175 off will come in handy for travelers who want to wine taste or shop in France, cruise the canals on an old-school gondola in Venice, sample local specialties in Germany (mostly beer), and climb up ancient pyramids in Egypt. “One of the many great advantages of going Contiki is that we take care of the heavy lifting for you – transportation, accommodations, and most meals” says Greg Fischbein, President of Contiki Vacations. “You get to do what you came to do – have the time of your life experiencing the world” Contiki clients can choose from several types of tours including multi-country, in-depth regional, and special departures for events and festivals including Oktoberfest.

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 + KROQ + Dr. Pepper = Unbelievably Satisfying

We know where it’s at with KROQ & Diet Dr. Pepper! Last Friday, the KROQ Los Angeles street team hit up a 7-Eleven in Carson, CA where people sampled delicious Dr. Pepper & entered to win a Contiki London & Paris trip.

In SoCal? Check out the upcoming schedule:

  • Sunday, 1/31: 1pm-2pm @ 7-Eleven on Murchison & Dudley in Pomona
  • Thursday, 2/11: 10 5pm-6pm @ 7-Eleven on Wilshire & Barry in West LA
  • Saturday, 2/27: 12-1pm @ 7-Eleven on Van Nuys Blvd & Armita in Van Nuys