GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Contiki Holidays added a series of
adventure tours to its 1999 Australia and New Zealand product. They
can be mixed and matched with Contiki's escorted tours or purchased
on their own.
Contiki, whose programs are geared to ages 18 to 35, offers 14
different Down Under escorted tours next year, with no changes in
the product from 1998.
The eight new Adventure Plus Tours range from Camel & Canyon
(five days of four-wheel drives and camping in Australia's Northern
Territory) to a five-day package exploring New Zealand's
The most expensive is the 10-day Tropical Multisport Adventure,
which includes sailing, cycling and four-wheel-drive and snorkeling
excursions in Queensland for a land price of $1,125.
The lowest priced is the three-day Great Barrier Reef Diving
Adventure, starting at $279.
Lorraine Sharp, Contiki's vice president of sales and marketing,
said the soft-adventure tours were added because of demand. "All
the surveys show that more young people want active vacations," she
Unlike Contiki's escorted tours, which use motorcoaches and
usually have a maximum of 50 people, the adventure tours have a
maximum of 13 participants. They are run by local operators except
for one -- a seven-day New Zealand South Island cycle tour, which
is operated by Contiki.
The new tours take up one quarter of Contiki's new 44-page
There is a new mix-and-match section, offering discounts on
Contiki also offers a new Fiji stopover package -- a five-day
sailing adventure starting at $475.
According to Sharp, the most popular escorted tour is the 15-day
Beaches & Reefs, from Sydney to Cairns.
Contiki also has a four-day Sydney package, starting at $169 and
designed to be combined with other tours.
Several brochure pages promote Countdown to 2000 -- the year of
the Sydney Olympics and Auckland's America's Cup.
Departure dates and pricing for both escorted and adventure
tours go through March or April 2000.
Air New Zealand is Contiki's participating carrier.
Contiki Holidays, Phone: (800) CONTIKI