Graduation season is here, and with leisure travel returning in force, this year’s graduates will be the first in two years to embark on the time-honoured tradition of grad trips – that one last hurrah before new responsibilities kick in.
Contiki curates itineraries of various travel styles and trip types. No matter if you are going solo or in small groups, seeking a festival experience or a culturally rich world tour, there’s a Contiki itinerary for them where you can meet like-minded young people who want to make friends, experience new things and create lifelong memories.
To ease the stress of planning and coordination and ensure that you have a great time with great people in great places, all essential trip elements will be catered – that includes accommodation, essential trip transport, a good handful of meals and an expert Trip Manager, who provides hands-on support.
For unforgettable memories (and a stunning Insta feed), Contiki itineraries will also include selected Experiences. There are hundreds of trips on Contiki, but here are some of the best options that won’t break the bank:
Jaffas and Jandals (from S$448/pax)
Shake off final year stress with this 3-day New Zealand trip from Auckland to the Bay and everything in between.
You will get to cross the Harbour Bridge, kayak the sea, swim with the dolphins and see the ‘Hole in the Rock’ while fast boating through the islands. To slow down the pace, you can enjoy a trek through the native Kauri Forest and glimpse the Tribal Lands of Nga Puhi Maori, then enjoy a day kicking back beachside too.
Food and Wine in a French Chateau (from S$856/pax)
Bonjour and welcome to a mouthwatering food & wine odyssey with Contiki’s 16th century Chateau as a base camp.
You can live it up like royalty, squad in tow, and explore Lyon, the hub of culinary wonders and secret passageways before joining local guide Anne Sophie in shopping for the freshest produce and an immersive cooking class in her home.
Ending the trip with some winery-hopping, explore the Beaujolais Wine Region, which has some of the world’s finest vineyards.
The Lava Line (from S$1097/pax)
The learning doesn’t end with the coveted degree scroll. In this itinerary, you can get off the beaten path and head into Ecuador’s lush jungle for the exploration of a lifetime. You’ll have opportunities to get local with an indigenous community, get up close and personal with a live volcano and make a splash in stunning waterfalls and hot springs.
With one foot in each hemisphere, you’ll discover the true heart of this diverse country.