Topdeck vs Jacada Travel - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

5.0 June 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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).

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
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

5.0 March 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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Our family trip to Australia was…

5.0 April 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our family trip to Australia was extremely well organized by Jacada.
The many activities we had scheduled in advance were of the highest quality. The guides that led us were all very knowledgable and helpful. The local representatives were very responsive in the few times we had to contact them. All in all we had a very memorable vacation and we thank Jacada for arranging it for us.
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Very professional

5.0 April 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was easy dealing with jacada. We were given one person to handle our account for this south America trip, making sure we were updated and reminded regularly. For every hotel we Checked into, they got messages and tour Reminders waiting for us either in our hotel room or via the hotel reception. Well done jacada. Thanks Jess and Berni!
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South East Asia in 29 days

5.0 April 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a fantastic holiday from start to finish, all thanks to Kate and Gloria at Jacada Travel. The organisation covering hotels, flights, the many tours and little added extras was excellent and we always felt well looked after by you and the local guides. Thank you for organising a great holiday for us! We will definitely be using Jacada again.
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Tour Jacada Travel Company Reviews

Tours 347 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 147 $ 827
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Luxury
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK London, United Kingdom
Year Established 1973 2007
Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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About Topdeck

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.

Top Destinations

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!

About Jacada Travel

Jacada Travel was created Alex Malcolm in 2008, in hopes of giving people the chance to travel more authentically. He came to this realization after living abroad in Brazil, and realized he was only able to experience the country from a local’s perspective because of his local friends. By traveling in a genuine yet upscale manner, the travel experience is elevated - making a trip go from memorable to unforgettable.

What Makes Jacada Travel Stand Out?

  • Your own concierge and travel designer
  • Build your own itinerary 

Jacada Travel puts you in touch with a concierge and a travel designer (aka tour guide) from the minute you book. They have local expertise in each destination and offices on four continents, meaning there will always be someone to pick up your call regardless of what time zone you are in.

Two ladies having a discussion infront of a laptop in a room

Their travel designers are highly personable, provide top notch quality service, and have lived in their area of specialty for years. Don’t be surprised if they seem to know everyone during your trip, or meet you in the middle of the night when your plane lands.

Build custom itineraries and tell the travel designers about your travel style, what peaks your interest, special requests, and they’ll create a trip that’s just right for you. So whether you want to try horse riding for the first time as a senior, or find something enjoyable for your toddler, they’ll make it happen!

You have the final say in the itineraries and every part of the process. You’re welcome to do as much or as little as you’d like every day.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Jacada Travel?

  • All ages
  • Luxury travelers willing to splurge
  • All interests
A man in a robe looking out the window from a bathroom

Jacada Travel is a luxury, high-end tour operator, offering you only the very best of every destination. These tours are made for those with a higher budget range and willing to splurge. You’ll love traveling with them if you’re the type who only wants to worry about two things: what to pack, and getting on your flight. 

These private tours are suitable for solo travelers and groups alike. Whether you’re a couple, a family traveling with grandparents or kids, or a small group, everyone is welcome with Jacada Travel.

They’re also LGBT friendly, and your travel designer keeps this in mind while creating your itinerary. All destinations are safe for LGBT people to travel to, although some countries are more relaxed than others.

A vineyard landscape photo at sunset

They cater to a range of interests such as nature, cultural immersion, adventure, culinary and wine, history, sightseeing and landmarks. You can also customize these trips to match how active you’d like to be - go heli skiing down untouched slopes in Iceland, or leisurely stroll through the vineyards of the beautiful countryside in South Africa. Pick and choose what interests you and skip what doesn’t, because your time is the most valuable.

Top Destinations

  • South America
  • Popular sites and off-the-beaten-path

While offering trips around the world in all 7 continents, they are heavily focused on South America. They’re typically focused on showing you the popular sites - but once again, you get the final say in what you’d prefer!

Macchu Picchu covered with clouds

Destinations vary widely from historic and popular cities, to countrysides, parks, coastlines, and mountains. Maybe one day you’d like to explore all the main attractions of Hanoi, and spend the next discovering hidden and unreachable caves of Ha Long Bay on a tour to Vietnam.

Jacada Travel Style

Jacada Travel is all about the most exclusive, luxurious, and high class travel experiences to top every vacation you’ve ever had. Accomodations lie in the 4 to 5 star range,are beautifully decorated, and the absolute best available.

You’ll get boutique hotels with library patios, antique furniture from local artisans, and award winning performances in cocktail lounges. No two itineraries are the same, although you can view some sample itineraries on their page.

A house beside a beach on a sunny day

Even your transportation from one place to the next will have you amazed - with top of the line, bucket list experiences. Expect helicopter rides, private chartered flights, high-end speedboats, and luxury trains.

Helicopter flying over the ocean at sunset

To book a trip with Jacada Travel, it’s important to do so far in advance. For starters, getting to know the traveler over email and/or phone is essential to matching them with the right accommodations, experiences, and guides. If it’s a busy destination, booking early gives them ample time to curate your dream trip.

Why Choose a Tour With Jacada Travel?

Jacada Travel is a good fit for you if you’re looking for unparalleled, refined, and unique experiences. Have all the minor travel kinks sorted out for you, and don’t worry about lifting a single finger throughout your entire journey. If you prefer to have a one-size-fits-all itinerary, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Traveling responsibly is also highly important to them. Know that your trips are carbon neutral by supporting local communities and conservation efforts, sustainable hotels and lodges, and maintaining green office operations.

Jacada Travel also donates to communities, and is partnered with local organizations that support under-funded education, animal welfare, and private heritage land ownership.


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