Topdeck vs Adventure Consultants - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.4
Guide — 4.4
Activities — 4.4
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader5.0 June 2019
I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).Read more
I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.
The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.
This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.
P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.5.0 June 2019
Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.Read more
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Winter Spirit around Europe!5.0 March 2019
I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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worst experience with guide, ever1.0 December 2018
For my 5-day Mt. Aspiring expedition, I am assigned two guides - JB as main guide and Javier as guide in training. Like me, this is Javier’s first time travelling to New Zealand and first time heading up to Mt Aspiring. In total, Javier had about 1 hour acting as a rope leader, and during this 1 hour, there are three times I think Javier made a wrong / dangerous decision. Would like to give a heads up to all clients going to Aspiring with him this season. Good luck!!!Read more
1. On our third day going up ramp, we all know there is certain avalanche danger due to high freezing level and very deep / soft snow. We actually did get caught by a slush slide when we are close to top of ramp. When leading rope team, Javier however, decides to follow the fall line and go straight up. If there is a slush sliding at that time, it could catch the entire rope team! I think climbers with even little common sense know we should go zig-zag to spread the risk.
2. Still when we are at ramp, there is a small open crevasse on our way up. Javier spent minutes to dig steps on slopes on both side of crevasse and asked me to be very careful to cross it. However, when I was there, three steps left, the crevasse narrows to a line and one normal step could easier across it. Feel Javier doesn’t have much experience dealing with crevasse.
3. On our forth day going back to French right hut. Right after pass, there is a downhill snow slop. In the middle of the slope, there are three crevasse in parallel - middle one coming from left, and the other two coming from right, with quite a bit overlaps. Yes, crevasse is not too narrow, but we are on downhill, a small person like me could cross the middle crevasse with one big step. Feel Javier has some mental issue with crossing crevasse, he instead chose to spend couple minutes navigating narrow snow bridges between those crevasse. Snow are very soft, and he actually fell into snow holes twice when he was on the bridges. Looks really scaring from above.
Other than the above three points, Javier also has some behaviors that might not be dangerous but really annoying:
1. He forgot something EVERY time we went out. Either forget to take crampon or doesn’t have something fixed properly before we left the hut. We have to either go back with him since we are a rope team on glacier, or have to wait couple minutes in freezing cold wind and whiteout condition for this gentleman to get ready. Repeat, EVERY time.
2. When he acted as last person on the rope team, more then half of the time, rope between us are way too loose. I saw at least three times he stood on rope with crampon on. Have to keep coils on hand to adjust rope slackness between us for this `guide`.
3. During some sown hill sections, he could not even catch up with my speed going down. Being pulled couple times.
For JB, I think he really needs to learn how to control his temper and be more considerable to others. On second night, weather forecast is not good for next couple days. Since my main purpose is to do some climbing in Wanaka area (I signed up for SW right but was told not possible when I was in the mountain), I proposed to start walking down on third day and have last day (day 5) doing some multi-pitch rock climb in Wanaka (e.g. Remarkable). As a proposal, I don’t see how it could harm the team. However, JB suddenly gets angry and shouts out
“It’s a shame you think waiting for weather is a waste of time” and
“you like rock climbing? Next time go rock climbing, never do mountaineering again”.
Don’t think it’s proper for a guide to say that.
From day 3, yes, I refused to communicate with JB any more, as I don’t know when I could be shouted again and for what reason. Only two times I had to talk to him.
1. Evening of day 3. We will have a pre-dawn start on day 4 and it was already 8:30pm. I have been on bed for quite a while, but JB and Javier are still chatting loudly in the hut (conversation has nothing to do with this trip). I asked for quiet time. JB refuses and wants me to use ear plug. I believe in all NZ huts, #1 rule is “be quiet when others are sleeping“. Did couple great walks in NZ and spent couple nights in hut. Never met anyone as rude as JB.
2. In French ridge hut, there are only 10 hanging bolts outside of the sleeping area. We have 20+ climbers sleeping in hut that night from at least 5 rope teams. JB took 5 bolts (half of 10) to hang his stuff. I tried to organize them and make space for others, he shouted again and claimed all are his. He himself simply took half of all bolts prepared for all living in the hut.
Do hope JB could be less selfish and more considerable about others, no matter it’s his client and some strangers sharing the same hut.
I have worked with close to 10 group of guides from different background for trekking (EBC, K2BC, Huayhuash etc.) and tech / non-tech climbs. This is my WORST experience, ever.
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Thank you for an excellent time.5.0 November 2016
Having just finished the Alpine Expedition Course I would like to say thank you for an excellent time. From Em chasing us with emails with updates to the awesome guides Lydia Bradley and Dean Staples, who were not only highly informative but so much fun to be around with us "aussies". As always AC is a highly professional and caring team towards their clients. Also the food is the best!!Read more
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Very organised, Definately recommend5.0 April 2016
Did Aconcagua with them in 2011. Very organised, guides Leo and Mattias were fun. Definately recommend them
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|Tours||347 Trips||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 147||$ 420|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Chiswick, London, UK||Wanaka, New Zealand|
|Solo Friendly||Good for singles, No single supplement||N/A|
Founded in 1973, Topdeck has been providing fun, adventurous trips around the world for 18-39 for over 40 years.
What Makes Topdeck Travel Stand Out?
Topdeck tour focuses on providing friendly and authentic guided group tours where like-minded 18-39 year old travelers can have amazing group experiences. There are several trip types to choose from, from camping, to immersive, to multi destination, to sailing.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Topdeck?
Sociable, adventurous, budget conscious 18-39 year olds are the kinds of traveler who will gravitate to Topdeck. Though they offer a few different distinct travel styles, there is definitely a sense of an ongoing party, with travel as the conduit and underlying shared interest.
If the idea of being around a group of similarly aged people - many of whom may be exploring internationally for the first or second time - being spontaneous, and meeting locals (often in the environment of bars or clubs) is unappealing, then Topdeck may not be your cup of tea.
Introverted travelers, or those for whom an extensively planned itinerary including many museums and historical sites is ideal, may want to hunt around before choosing a Topdeck tour.
That is not to dissuade the more observational traveler - who may very well find a group they gel with perfectly on a Topdeck tour. Only to caution that you will be surrounded by several extroverted personalities.
The bottom line is if you are game for anything, are traveling on a budget, and don’t mind fairly basic but comfortable accommodations and inexpensive meals - sometimes on the go - then you will enjoy the Topdeck tour experience.
Topdeck has tours throughout the world, in Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Topdeck Travel Style
The Topdeck travel style is tied quite specifically to their audience. These tours are great for youthful and energetic 18-39 year olds looking for a good time and to make new friends.
In the interest of keeping their tours affordable, travelers with Topdeck will need to make a few allowances. For example, hostels and hotels may be situated quite far away from the city centers. You can also expect some long travel days. The more of a good sense of humor and adventure you have, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.
Why Choose a Tour With Topdeck
Feeling the urge to connect with travelers in your age group, have fun, and make lasting friendships? Topdeck has over 40 years of experience in adventure travel, which has helped them create epic low cost trips for 18-30 somethings.
These tours are certainly not for those who prefer to take things slow. You will be running around, moving between a lot of places - which in some cases means very long bus rides - going out a lot, meeting new people, and staying active throughout your tour.
If your ideal travel experience is more methodical and planned out in nature, Topdeck may not be for you.
But if you are an adventurous and social travelers eager to absorb a new culture and make new friends, then hop on board!
Adventure Consultants began in 1992 after two New Zealanders succeeded in climbing the Seven Summits. Today, Adventure Consultants offer a wide range of guided trips made for outdoor enthusiasts looking to push the boundaries of their physical limits.
What Makes Adventure Consultants Stand Out?
- Guided mountain tours
- World-renowned and reputable guides
- Trips for high-intensity active travel (eg. mountain biking, skiing, trekking)
- Small groups
Adventure Consultants proudly emphasizes their guided tours up some of the greatest mountains known to man. Their guided tours up Mount Everest have made them reputable amongst the climbing community, but they also offer destinations around the world. If you are interested in high-intensity active travel, you’ll find a tour right for you. While their main focus is on climbing, they also offer mountain biking, skiing, and trekking.
Their mountain guides are internationally qualified, with some of them being world renowned - so you can be sure you’re in good hands.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Adventure Consultants?
Travelers who are...
- looking to combine a love of travel with their love for adrenaline
- Familiar with modern climbing techniques
- Confident performing at high altitudes
- Able to walk for several hours per day through varied terrain
If you live for the thrill that comes with hanging on the edge of a rock, then you’ll love what the Adventure Consultants tours have to offer.
These trips are for people who are willing to train before the tour date, because being in top shape is incredibly important in order to conquer any mountain. Those that choose to go on a climbing tour should also be familiar with modern climbing techniques, and are confident with performing at high altitudes. You’ll be on the move through various terrains for several hours per day. Physical levels do vary from easy to extreme, but be forewarned - easy still means walking for several hours on slightly varied terrain at the very least.
Tours are reasonably priced - while not a budget tour company, the price is understandable for the quality of tour guides, safety, transportation, and food needed to make these trips possible.
- Mt. Everest
- Around the world
Although Adventure Consultants’ Mount Everest tours are what they are most known for, they have trips around the world aimed at exploring the largest summits in every continent. Climb the highest peaks of the world, or trek through remote corners of the world. You’ll spend the majority of your time deep in the mountain ranges, taking in incredible landscapes that many rarely get to experience.
Adventure Consultants Travel Style
These trips are heavily focused on mountaineering and active adventure. Depending on your tour, you may have some free time to explore and do some sightseeing. Accomodation options range from adventurous to “luxurious” - though it’s important to note that their version of luxurious means mid-ranged hotels. Some examples of AC accommodation arrangements include camping at the top of a snow-capped mountain, sleeping in a dormitory style bunk bed, or staying in a cozy 4-star lodge. If you are camping, there won’t be any hot showers or electric outlets, so be prepared with wet wipes and portable chargers.
These destinations are not easy to endure alone, so a team mindset is also incredibly important. You will work as a team to stay warm, carry communal items, and get involved with the meal preparation. Meals are always nutritious and filling since maintaining energy levels is another top priority. Expect to consume 4,000 to 6,000 calories everyday.
Why Choose a Tour With Adventure Consultants?
If you’re an avid climber or active traveler that’s looking for a group to venture with - then you’ve come to the right place. These destinations aren’t easy for most to get to by themselves, nor without a specialised guide. With Adventure Consultants, you know you’ll be fully prepared for your journey and take the right paths along the way.
When deciding to go on a tour with Adventure Consultants, you should remember that every mountaineering journey comes with risks. Not every accident can be foreseen, which is why it’s important to stick together as a group and have experience in the mountains. Since Adventure Consultants’ 1996 Mount Everest accident, they have examined what went wrong and strengthened management in order to ensure it doesn’t happen again.