Topdeck vs Osiris Tours - 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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Trip to Egypt and Petra Jordan April20195.0 April 2019
Paul & Debra Deres
Just wanted to give you our review of our experiences on our Osiris planned trip to Egypt ( Cairo, Aswan and Luxor) and Petra in Jordan. We always review every trip we take and since Zicasso also wants our input on our trip we will pass it to them after you have a chance to review it.Read more
Our overall experience was excellent. Our guide Khalaf, was a delight to be with. He had extraordinary knowledge about the history of Egypt, their language and details about every site that we visited. He went out of his way to make everyday a wonderful adventure which really enhanced our experience. Having him for the entire trip also gave great continuity to our understanding of ancient Egypt. We would highly recommended Khalaf for anyone wanting a terrific experience in Egypt.
All the hotels in Egypt that you selected were outstanding. The rooms, service and amenities were all excellent. These were all excellent places to stay at on our tour.
All the drivers and cars/vans were very good. We especially liked our driver in Cairo. As you are aware, driving in Cairo is pure insanity but he was able to safely navigate through the craziness and get us to our destinations without any issues. He was excellent.
I must admit that I was highly skeptical of their value before we left the USA but after seeing them in action they are worth their weight in Gold. Especially your representative who met us at Cairo Airport on our trip from Cairo to Jordan. He was like a whirlwind getting through one terminal to the next, through security and to the Air Jordanian ticket counter ( which by the way is not called Air Jordanian but some other name spelled in Arabic ). We never would have found our way without him. He was a real treat to be with and a great help.
Again, we felt that you did an exceptional job in planning and executing our trip through Egypt.
Petra, Jordan portion
Our experience on our three day trip to Petra, Jordan was excellent
We had the same representative arriving and departing the airport in Amman. Again he was excellent with a seamless entry and departure from the airport. He is very professional and very personable and really understands how the airport works. Excellent to work with.
We had the same driver going to Petra and returning to the airport from Petra. He was a very safe and courteous driver who drove the three hours ( each way) without any incidents. He did a very good job and most importantly he got us back to the airport on time.
We loved the hotel in Petra. The room, the service, and location were all excellent. The food was excellent, the best we found on our entire trip. The breakfasts and dinners there were something we actually looked forward to. An excellent choice.
There were some issues with the arrangements for our guide that were resolved. Osiris tours listened to our concern and addressed the issue with us to make sure that we were totally satisfied with this portion of the trip. Our guided tour through the Petra Historic site was excellent.
Our overall assessment of the tour to Egypt and Jordan
We had a wonderful time on our tour of Egypt and Jordan.
We would highly recommend Osiris Tours to anyone who wants an outstanding experience visiting the wonders of Egypt and Petra. Mahmoud at Osiris, was an excellent resource in helping plan and execute all aspects of our trip. His depth of knowledge in Egypt and Jordan and his customer focus, helped craft this terrific trip.
Thank you for all your help. You have a wealth of information about this area of the world and have been a real pleasure to work with.
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Fantastic Family Tour of Egypt5.0 April 2019
I am so glad I found this priceless gem of a tour! I'm fairly well traveled but Egypt was like nowhere I've ever been. The history is incredible and the current situation is different from anywhere I've ever been. A trip here is a cultural flood of information from beginning to end. From the moment we landed in Cairo airport, we were very well taken care of for 9 days. We had fantastic first-rate activities the entire time. It is great to have the same guide with you throughout all the temples, museums and tombs. Our guide for the week was Sayed, who is worth his weight in gold. We connected with him very well and he expertly adapted his guiding for our group of 5, ages 10 - 70 years old with varying knowledge / interest levels. He also went above and beyond to help us through 24 hours of sickness by our 10 year old. All the coordination through the flights and cruise went great and we were very happy with our accommodations everywhere. Mahmoud worked extra hard in the planning to get us all the in-country flights we were looking for and the hotels / cruise we wanted. Thank you for all the work making this an amazing adventure of a trip! My family will be talking about it for decades!Read more
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A 5-Star Tour5.0 April 2019
Rita & Bob M.
A 5-Star TourRead more
Mar 4 thru 24
What a trip put together by Mahmoud Gebril of Osiris Tours for our 20-day tour of Egypt. From the time you arrive in Cairo, standing in lines are keep to a minimum with your escorts in the airports and while on tour with you guide. Our custom and private tour included stays in Cairo 2x, Aswan, Nile Cruise to Luxor, Alexandria as well as additional visits to Giza, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Dendera, and Abydos. We were pleased that our tour guide, Sayed, was with us for whole tour. We thank you Mahmoud for the flawless tour you put together and the memories that we will have for a life time. We would highly recommend considering Osiris Tours for you tour in Egypt.
Rita & Bob M.
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|Tours||347 Trips||0 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 147||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Headquarters||Chiswick, London, UK||Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, 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!