Topdeck vs andBeyond - 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 — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
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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Amazing trip5.0 July 2018
I would like to Thank andBeyond for the most amazing trip we had with 13 of my family for my Dads 80th Birthday! We had a fantastic time at Kirkmans Kamp and our Rangers Jarryd, Josh, Jaffad and Jerry we’re brilliant. We then flew to Phinda Mountain Lodge for a totally different experience! Thanks to Clive, Nikki, Pat and Musa the Kids loved you as well. We had a great time at Matetsi. Our last stop before returning to Australia was the most magical Island Benguerra were we just loved the relaxed atmosphere and People! Many Thanks to Johan and his wonderful team.Read more
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A good family time.5.0 January 2017
My family stayed at Ngala for a wedding, and our whole experience was amazing! From our arrival to our departure; the entire staff was wonderful. It is an experience that we will never forget!
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Definitely recommend them!5.0 January 2017
Amazing experience, amazing service, wonderful people. Highly recommend traveling with this company, we are counting down to our next trip!
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|Tours||347 Trips||2 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 147||$ 803|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Regional Expert|
|Headquarters||Chiswick, London, UK||Sandown, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|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!
Founded in 1991, &Beyond is best known for its individually tailored luxury African safaris that span top wildlife areas throughout much of the continent. The company has since expanded to arranging private tours of several countries in South Asia (most notably India) and, to a lesser extent, southern South America.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
The company – originally called CC Africa or Conservation Corporation Africa – was founded in the belief that responsible tourism and wildlife conservation can go hand in hand. &Beyond now owns and operates 35 lodges and camps in seven countries that aid conservation efforts in Africa and India. The company is the recipient of a number of awards honoring its commitment to sustainable travel.
Who Travels With Them?
Anyone who can afford a custom-made luxury private tour or safari could benefit from &Beyond’s attentive services. Whether you have a clear idea of the trip you’d like to take or would prefer &Beyond to take the lead, their staff will help guide you through the entire process.
Where Do They Operate?
&Beyond designs a host of African safaris in 15 countries as well as tours to South Asia and South America. African safari destinations include South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. You can take a walking safari in Kenya, track gorillas in Uganda, or board a water safari in Zimbabwe, among other choices. In South Asia, you could take a jungle safari in India or Nepal, a beach holiday in the Maldives, or discover beautiful Sri Lanka. In South America, Chile and Argentina are featured.
How Does It Work?
&Beyond specializes in custom-made private tours. You can also choose one of their suggested “model” itineraries or modify it according to your desires. They promise 24/7 support every day of the year.
Why Travel With Them?
As one of the pioneers of eco-tourism in Africa, &Beyond has demonstrated its commitment to planning luxury safaris that enhance rather than detract from conservation efforts. Especially in their Africa tours, &Beyond offers a wide variety of adventurous experiences, using (in many cases) lodgings that the company itself owns, guaranteeing their quality.