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Contiki Shakes Up the Youth Travel Game with The Launch Of ‘Independent Insider’ Trips

September 8, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

 Contiki, the leading youth travel brand that understands the needs and demands of young travellers like no other, has created a brand new innovative itinerary that is set to reinvent the wheel of independent youth travel. Last night over 400 guests celebrated the announcement of Independent Insider at the annual Contiki LEGENDS party. With special guest performances from KLP and Furnace and the Fundamentals.. It definitely lived up to its reputation of being a legendary night!

The European Summer Independent Insider itineraries cover some of Europe’s most popular and sought-after locations including Nice, Copenhagen, Budapest, Mykonos, the Amalfi Coast and Porto. Trips range from 3-13 days, with three nights in each city. Travellers can choose to travel to one, two, three or all four destinations, starting and finishing in whatever city they want.  Three nights in each city gives millennials the maximum time to delve into every destination without missing out on any bucket list musts.

Recent Gen Y and Z research and Contiki’s customer insights demonstrate that flexibility is a growing demand amongst travellers. 70% of youth travellers want all of the essentials to be taken care of, but would love more free time and freedom to explore a city their own way.

Independent Insider has been designed for ultimate freedom and flexibility with the new millennial traveller in mind and offers a unique local included experience in each destination such as a progressive food tour through Berlin and street art tour of Barcelona.

Each trip will offer multiple Free-Time Add Ons designed around millennials cultural passions such as a Vespa tour in Rome, a Patisserie Tour in Paris and a Cocktail Mixology in Amsterdam. In addition, all Independent Insider trips will include a local and immersive food experience with partner VizEat ensuring our travellers get a taste for traditional cuisine at a local’s home in the destinations they visit.

The new travel style also offers the option to add two Independent Insider trips together as well as U by Uniworld river cruising products onto selected itineraries, giving travellers even more choice and freedom.

Managing Director of Contiki Australia, Katrina Barry said, “It’s a first of its kind in the youth market, and with the ever-changing travel industry, Contiki recognises the need to disrupt and be disrupted in order to be ahead of the trend of millennial travel.

Independent Insider speaks directly to the traveller seeking to see a city through their own lens, and we’re happy to continue to innovate with our trips to speak to our ever-changing market and traveller needs. Europe was the birthplace of Contiki, and remains a leading destination for young adventurers. By developing 26 new and improved itineraries into our 2018/19 program we are demonstrating not only our commitment to the destination, but also to our consumers. No matter what type of traveller you might be, if you’re 18-35, Contiki has a trip for you in Europe.”

A choice of eight totally unique ways to travel, including Discovery trips, In-Depth Exploration, and High-Energy itineraries ensures travellers can choose the type of travel experience best suited to them, whilst five different ways to stay in Europe enables millennials to enjoy a mixture of cosy hotels, trendy hostels, traditional camping as well as the sailing and cruise options.

A new partnership comes in the shape of Visit Portugal, as Contiki continue increase passengers to one of Europe’s hottest destinations for 2018. “Visit Portugal are delighted to be partnering with Contiki the world’s leading youth travel company,” says Miguel Moraes, Trade Marketing Director for Visit Portugal“Our partnership with Contiki includes innovative marketing campaigns to drive destination awareness to the millennial audience as well as developing new itineraries which allow the global Contiki customer to experience more of what Portugal has to offer.” 

In addition to the unveiling of a new travel style, the Europe Summer of 2018/19 will see the continuation of Contiki’s Limited Edition SeriesBoutique Local and Munch trips in exciting new destinations. With continued unrivalled value and improved experiences, plus an irresistible 10% off early payments and a further 5% off new mix & match deals, Contiki continues to prove their place as leaders in the millennial travel market.

Early Payment Discount of 10% off is valid until 14 December 2017

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