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Contiki Tours is the name of coach tour holidays organized in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. The travel company was formed in the 1960s specifically to create coach trips for 18-35 year-olds to include a mix of sightseeing, free time, culture, socializing and adventure. For other uses, see Holiday (disambiguation). ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...

In 1961, New Zealander John Anderson arrived in London to tour Europe. By himself and without much money, he devised a plan so that he would not have to travel alone. He put a deposit on a yellow minibus and gathered a group of people to travel with, and they spent 12 weeks exploring Europe together. At the end of the trip, he tried to sell the minibus without success. The following year he decided to advertise his Europe trip again. This time he was able to fit two trips into the summer season. The first tours were booked by 19-29 year olds, starting the tradition of Contiki Holidays being for youth travellers. Today, yellow is the base color in the logo, the same as the original bus. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Nowadays, most participants in Contiki tours are Australian, but many New Zealanders and North Americans travel with Contiki. Contiki is growing in popularity in the Far East, South America, Central America and Europe. The far east as a cultural block includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... World map showing the location of Europe. ...

Each year, many New Zealanders take part in Contiki Tours and the name is a cultural term for many Kiwis who have returned home, as there are invariably workmates, relatives or acquaintances who have 'just done', 'got back', or are thinking of taking part in, a "Contiki"[citation needed]. Kiwi is the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand. ...

External links

  • Contiki official site
  • Contiki discounts website

See also

  Results from FactBites:
Contiki Tours - Contiki Packages - Contiki Vacations (462 words)
The company sells its tours in more than 35 countries, and it is not unusual to have participants of six to 15 different nationalities on any one tour.
Contiki is especially appealing to singles -- nearly half its guests are traveling on their own.
Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations and restaurants.
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