Topdeck vs Alpine Interface - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.3
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.3
Lodging — 4.2
Transportation — 4.2
Meals — 4.2
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
5.0 July 2018
This Topdeck was so much fun, with it being the leaders last trip the chefs first trip and everyone else on the bus being 18 on a GAP year it was one to remember!Read more
Unfortunately we missed out on Nice as we were in Paris heading to Nice on Bastille day, the day of the drive through attack. Topdeck took a good step forward and moved us to Switzerland earlier and we had an extra day there and in Florence instead! They had the best facts and took us to the best places. Our leader Amanda would tell us the most important facts of the trip show us where to party and where to stay safe and let us do our own thing at night!
Would highly recommend!
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Tour European Adventure
5.0 February 2017
There are so many great things to say about my European trip of a lifetime. The people that made it was my fellow topdeckers and of course the Fab Tour guide Matt Stewart. This is a trip that I will never forget, so many lovely memories I will cherish forever. We was very lucky with Matt because he really took time to talk to us and make us all feel relaxed with each other and asked us what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgable about all the places we went to, I remember thinking to myself this guy is pretty cool the fact he knows so well about the history and culture of each place especially the amount of cities we travelled to. Matt made the trip fun, interesting, exciting and I hope that if I was to ever do a top deck again one day he would be the tour guide or I think I would be disappointed. Have recommended top deck to so many people, memories I will have for a lifetime.Read more
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5.0 January 2017
Ian Armstrong Sydney
Topdeck Tours was awesome, at the time back in 2005 I was traveling for 12 months, and wanted to see a huge chunk of Europe on a budget, so I found this company and it was exactly what I was looking for, the guides were very friendly, our cook was making really great meals on the side of the road, and the driver was very funny, and the accommodation was all good and I and all the other people had such and awesome time, and lots of us still keep in touch and will always remember our Topdeck experience.Read more
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5.0 January 2017
Europe is great, but Alpine Interface runs fantastic trips close to home in Alberta. My daughter and I just completed a great series of hikes in Banff and Yoho, and even the snow on the Helen Lake trek did not put a damper on the experience. Great guide in Tamara, who was extremely knowledgeable and flexible in planning our daily journeys. Being near AI home base, we had special attention from Louie and Karin to make sure everything ran smoothly. I think you can hike the Canadian Rockies for years and years and never go the same place twice. AI is definitely a prime choice to lead the experience.Read more
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5.0 January 2017
Just returned from a hike in Switzerland, Italy and FranceRead more
These guides were outstanding. We were a group of 24 and they were professional and extremely knowledgeable. The hikes were outstanding! I plan to travel with them again through Italy, in a few months
Thank you for a wonderful trip !
Tour Alpine Interface Company Reviews
|Tours||351 Trips||4 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 149||$ 332|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Regional Expert|
|Headquarters||Chiswick, London, UK||Canmore, Canada, North America|
|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!
Alpine Interface specializes in guided hiking, walking, and trekking tours on specific regions of four continents. They also run sea kayaking trips in Baja California, Mexico, and in Croatia. The small, family-run company is owned and operated by a Canadian couple, with the husband serving as chief guide and his wife is office manager. They live half the year in the Canadian Rockies (near Banff National Park) and, in summers, are headquartered in France’s Chamonix Valley.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Alpine Interface is known for its customer care and personalized service. Their motto is “Venture with a Purpose” and they have a commitment to responsible travel, including helping to support two foundations in Nepal.
Who Travels With Them?
Most clients are from North America and range from ages 30 to 60, but family trips are offered and the company will gear a private guided or self-guided trip to your own interests or abilities.
Where Do They Operate?
Alpine Interface runs tours in the French, Swiss, Italian, and Slovenian Alps; other areas of France; the Scotland Highlands; the coasts of Croatia and Crete; Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula; Patagonia; Canada; Baja Mexico, and Nepal. Trekking, climbing, and hiking are the major focus, but sea kayaking trips are also offered.
How Does It Work?
Alpine Interface features dozens of pre-set itineraries, with a strong emphasis on hiking in the Alps, but also in such far-flung places as Patagonia, Nepal and far eastern Russia. They will customize a trip for you if you don’t want to travel with a group or if you want to form your own group of any size. Trips are rated in five categories from easy to strenuous, depending on number of hours of walking and elevation gain per day.
Why Travel With Them?
This small company has made a mark for itself as a leader in its niche. By focusing on just a few activities and regions, Alpine Interface has been able to hone its expertise in those areas and provide personalized service as well.