Topdeck vs Busabout - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 4
Value — 4.0
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.0
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.0
Recent Reviews

Winter Spirit around Europe!

5.0 March 2019
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Recommends
  • 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!

Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Most amazing experience ever!

5.0 February 2019
K
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Extremely knowledgeable

5.0 February 2019
S
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Horrible accommodation at Villa Fortunata Camp

1.0 July 2018
IA
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 1.0
We were booked for an Italian Adventure in Capri and were booked at the Camp Santa Fortunata in Sorrento which turned out to be a nightmare. We paid for an upgrade and the cabin we were placed in had no air conditioning, windows had no mosquito net, the bathroom had no toilet paper. I have contacted them for a refund, of at least the upgrade that we paid, and they have refused. We ended up having to book a hotel in Sorrento because we just couldn't sleep at the cabin they placed us in.

We hated the accommodation and their communication was poor and underserved to their clients.
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Tour Busa Bout Company Reviews

Had a great experience on the 3 loops this summer.

5.0 January 2017
GB
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We booked early and got a great deal at the TNT Travel Show in London. Most of our accommodation we booked at either hotels or AirBnB. Loved that fact that we could be flexible, go off route for a few days then jump back on again. The guides, drivers and booking staff have all been amazing. Did some of the optional extras and loved them all. I can't recommend Busabout enough. So much that we have done a tour with them and will be doing 3 more next year.
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Tour Busa Bout Company Reviews

We did 2 festivals with Busabout and I'm not quite sure what we actually paid for...

1.0 January 2017
T
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Both tours were marketed as '4 day tours' (La Tomatina & Oktoberfest) - despite check in on 'Day 1' not starting until 2pm, and 'Day 4' ending at 8am - really a 3 night, 2 day tour. On the 2 days of the tour, the guides didn't do much guiding - they jumped on the bus, maybe said 3 sentences about the festival we were going to, told us what time to be back on the bus and that was it. Oktoberfest is actually free entrance, so literally all we paid for was accommodation and breakfast - not sure a 6 bed dorm is worth approx. $100aud each per night.
Breakfast on our first tour was simply toast with strawberry jam, the worst coffee in the world (or tea) and juice. Our second tour's breakfast was actually quite good which was surprising - although they took us to oktoberfest so early on the first day that breakfast actually wasn't open yet so we missed out. The optional activities sound exciting but you would be better off paying to do them with a different company who might actually tell you about the places you are going to.
All in all, we could have booked the same accommodation ourselves and booked day tours with companies who actually know what they are talking about for less money and a better experience overall.
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Tour Busa Bout Company Reviews

Tours 347 Trips 2 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 147 $ 115
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Mixed Land & Cruise
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Adventure
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Year Established 1973 N/A
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 Busabout

    Since 1998, Busabout has been committed to helping independent travelers make their time, cash, and experiences go further, as part of a small group of companies that share its travel philosophy. 

    What Makes Them Stand Out? 

    Busabout offers a unique freeform style of travel, with it’s “hop-on” and “hop-off” flexible coach network. It also offers full adventures, sailing and island hopping trips, festival tours, and winter vacations.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Busabout is for independent backpackers aged 18 and up, although they do have exceptions for younger travelers accompanied by an adult. 

    Where Do They Operate? 

    The Busabout network includes destinations in Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe, Morocco, Scotland, and Ireland. 

    Why Travel with Them? 

    Busabout provides an easy, different way to see the world, perfect for travelers interested in meeting others and sharing their passion for exploring the world.

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