Topdeck vs Engaging Cultures Travel - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
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
Recent Reviews

FUNNEST GAP TOUR EVER!

5.0 July 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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!
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!
Check out my Topdeck here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB_uiN6dOOc&lc=z221j1nhwkfwfjgeaacdp4302urkdwx33xmfi0u45j1w03c010c
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Amazing Europe Trip

5.0 February 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.

Georgina staines
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TopDeck Tours was awesome

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Saw many beautiful sights

5.0 January 2017
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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 3 day tour into the southern part of Tunisia with our knowledgeable and sensitive tour guide, Mohammed. We saw many beautiful sights, learning the secret of the wealth of the Sahara desert, experienced home cooked breakfast complete with real stone baked bread, organic raw honey, olive oil and sweet mint tea inside a unique cave home in the dessert. We also visited the site of the Star Wars movie and an ancient granary village. Not to mention dessert hot springs and oasis!! Tunisia holds many beautiful sites to treasure!
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Tour Engaging Cultures Travel Company Reviews

Amazing Experience!!

5.0 November 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We went on the Olive Harvest and brought our 2 daughters, ages 4.5 years and 2 years old. It was an amazing experience!! And our kids loved it too! Everything from picking the olives, to collecting them in a bucket, to the bread dipped in fresh pressed olive oil and zataar snack with tea, to preparing the olives and eating a freshly prepared Jordanian meal, we all enjoyed our time! We have prepared the olives at our home and are waiting for them to ripen so we can enjoy them again!
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Tour Engaging Cultures Travel Company Reviews

Great Deals

5.0 November 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Very organized, great deals, and friendly and polite staff.

Tour Engaging Cultures Travel Company Reviews

Tours 351 Trips 2 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 149 $ 195
Operator Type Group Tour Operator None
Size Global Operator None
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
    Service Level Standard N/A
    Regions
    • North America
    • Australia & Pacific
    • Africa
    • Middle East & North Africa
    • Europe
      Known For
      • 18 - 35
      • Safari
      • Trekking & Camping
      • Adventure
        Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK N/A
        Year Established 1973 N/A
        Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement N/A
        Tour Languages English
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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 Engaging Cultures Travel

          Engaging Cultures Travel specializes in organizing trips to Jordan and Tunisia. 

           

          What Makes Them Stand Out?

           

          “Forget the Tourist Fluff” is Engaging Cultures’ motto. Engaging Cultures Travel offer exclusive experiences that give their guests insider perspectives and are customized to meet traveler needs. Engaging Cultures Travel is a socially conscious tour operator who strive to bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together through unique travel experiences. 

           

          Who Travels With Them?

           

          Those looking to experience the heart of the middle east, dig deeper than the standard tourist itineraries and get off the beaten path, and those looking to understand and experience the wonderful culture. Love food? There’s a tour focused on cooking experiences, or one where you get to play a part in the local olive harvest. Or is Eco Travel more your thing? Jordan Eco Tour, staying in sustainable accommodations along your way is just the thing. Or if none of the tours already listed is quite right, Engaging Cultures Travel will customize a trip for you that is.

          Where Do They Operate?

          They specialize in the Middle East - specifically they run tours in Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine and Israel.

          Why Travel With Them?

          Engaging Cultures Travel is all about traveling deeper - forming a real connection with a place and its’ people, rather than simply ‘checking a place off a list’. Instead of the usual hotel and restaurant accommodations, Engaging Cultures Travel arranges home-stays, cooking classes, and tours with the locals to fully immerse travelers in local customs and traditions. Go home with a story that no-one else has, and a real understanding of local life in some of these stunning parts of the world.




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