Contiki is a well established and popular tour operator that offers more than 270 tours around the world. The company is one of the first tour companies that was specifically designed for young adults. The company offers tours for travelers who are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old and the average age of the customers is 26 years old. The company has years of experience offering fun and energetic tours with the interests of young adults in mind.
Travelers who choose Contiki include both solo travelers (about 55%) and travelers with companions (about 45%). Contiki tour managers put a lot of energy into making sure the experience is fun and lively. This is a great tour for anyone who wants to make some new friends while they're experiencing new places. Travelers come from around the world with more than 50 countries represented.
Contiki offers tours that go exclusively to France as well as Grand Europe tours that stop off in one or to cities in France (usually Paris). There are also tours of the Mediterranean that include France, Italy, and/or Spain. The trips can last anywhere from about a week to close to a month or more and prices are reasonable. If you're specifically interested in seeing Paris, there are tours that combine London and Paris, and sometimes include Rome or Amsterdam. These tours last for about a week and a half. There are also unique experiences like Christmas or New Years in Paris.
Major destinations in France include Paris, Fontainebleau, Beaujolais, Avignon, Aix En Provence, Nice, and the French Riviera.
Contiki is a fun and budget friendly way to explore France. The accommodation is basic and the food is mediocre, but the price is reasonable and the experience is fun. For the more adventurouse and budget minded there are camping trips available as well.
In general, Contiki tours pack a lot into a short amount of time so you should expect early mornings, late nights, and long days with long bus rides. There are slower paced tours available as well if you'd like to spend more time in a few cities.
Tours are roughly 20 to 50 in size and are staffed with a "tour manager" and driver. Tour manager organize all of the activities and accommodation so you don't have to worry. They help ensure everyone is having fun and staying safe during their travelers. The driver is well trained and works hard to make sure you make it safely from point A to point B.
For more information, check out Contiki's offerings of tours to France here