Topdeck vs Immersion Journeys - 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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I am fairly well-traveled5.0 July 2018
At the beginning of this past summer, I went on a trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar with a group of my business school classmates through the Immersion Journey program.Read more
I am fairly well-traveled, but had never been to Africa, so my expectations were high about the uniqueness of this experience. As I look back on my two weeks on this trip, I think it will be extremely difficult, maybe even impossible, to ever exceed the experience I had in Tanzania and Zanzibar, and I attribute this to all of the logistics, itinerary, guides, experience and passion Immersion Journeys brought to my trip.
I would absolutely go on another Immersion Journeys vacation in the future, as they knew all the areas we visited so well and had personable, knowledgeable guides that we bonded with, all in all giving us such variety and unique perspectives throughout the trip.
Immersion Journeys certainly provided an amazing “journey” for myself and my friends, and I will always look back on this experience in such amazement.
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our wonderful trip to Tanzania5.0 July 2018
Having just returned from our wonderful trip to Tanzania, Zanzibar and Rwanda, the natural reaction is to thank you for helping us with the planning and execution of such a great trip.Read more
From the moment we started discussing our vision as to how we would like to experience those areas, you have swept us with your enthusiasm and your vast knowledge. At every step of the process you have demonstrated professionalism, passion for travel and incredible patience to our equally incredible amount of questions. Your prompt response has facilitated results which enabled us to book the hotels and flights without any unnecessary delays.
Once we have arrived at the destinations we were met with the same kind of courtesy and professional conduct. The guides were always polite, engaging and proficient in their knowledge. As you well know, we are armed with an unlimited arsenal of curiosity and thirst for learning and we were not disappointed.
It was amazing to visit the animal kingdom and witness the incredible balance which only mankind can destabilize. Our Safari guide worked tirelessly to ensure that we encounter as many types of animals, birds and plants as possible.
The lodges were a welcome oasis after a long day in the sun and dust with the eager to please staff and the wonderfully prepared meals.
Zanzibar was such a romantic and exotic place, the hotel which rested on the beach was beautifully appointed and a perfect place for resting and watching the sunset. The visit to Stone City and the Spice market took us back in time as we strolled along the narrow streets and absorbed the atmosphere.
We thank you so much for your contribution to our travel experience and are looking forward to enlisting your help in planning our next experience in the wild.
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Our first trip to Namibia was amazing and wonderful5.0 July 2018
AMAZING! Our first trip to Namibia was amazing and wonderful thanks to the very professional expertise of Immersion Journeys. We met friendly and interesting people from all over the world and from all walks of life; experienced beautiful and diverse landscapes and breathtaking sunsets; hiked to rock engravings that were thousands of years old; went on game drives and saw incredible animals up close and personal; tracked leopards and cheetah; lodged in various accommodations including a tented camp with a watering hole right outside our porch; found snakes and lizards in desert sand dunes right next to the ocean, and lots more. Everyday was incredibly interesting, truly extraordinary and unique.Planning the details of such a complex trip was daunting for us until we engaged Immersion Journeys who made the arrangements seamlessly and expertly. Thanks to them we had an awesome, amazing, unforgettable, memorable family trip of a lifetime!Read more
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|Tours||347 Trips||2 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 147||$ 481|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Chiswick, London, UK||New York, USA|
|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!