Topdeck vs Equitours - 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
IAS
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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

Equitours making our dream of traveling possible.

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 have done six Equitours destinations and getting ready for #7 to Spain this year. Our goal is to ride six continents and Equitours is making this possible. There are a group of us from the USA that have been riding together for 10 years. We have had so much fun. It is so fabulous to meet fellow equestrians along this beautiful journey.
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Tour Equitours Company Reviews

A great trip!

5.0 January 2017
LT
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you're into brave, talented horses; beautiful and challenging terrain; wild animal and field flower sightings; and great food, this is the trip to take. The Fox family has a top notch operation at Bitterroot Ranch, and I can't wait to go back!
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Tour Equitours Company Reviews

An adventure of a lifetime!

5.0 August 2015
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from the Tuli Ride. An adventure of a lifetime. Our guides were so friendly and knowledgeable about the wildlife. Food was outstanding. We could have left after the first 2 hours of riding and seen what most safari guest see in a whole trip. The horses were very nice and took care of their riders! Would go back anytime. Thank you Wes and Mpho for the courtesy and experience.
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Tour Equitours Company Reviews

Tours 351 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 149 $ 397
Operator Type Group Tour Operator None
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Adventure
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Dubois, Wyoming, United States
Year Established 1973 1971
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 Equitours

     

    With over 170 horses on their Wyoming ranch, Equitours has been organizing riding trips since 1971. The company specializes in catering trips according to skill level and personal tastes, and operates internationally as well as in the U.S.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They offer unique vacations, all centered on horseback riding, but also offering a wide range of cultural activities. Whether you dream of crossing a deep river in Africa as water buffalos look on or riding through beautiful vineyards in France and enjoying a luxurious winery lunch - they have every experience imaginable available. 

    Who Travels With Them?

    Tours with Equitours are ideal for semi experienced to advanced riders. Group sizes are 6 - 12 people, and solo travelers are welcome. Typically the age range is between 30-60 years old.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Tours are offered all around the world, with the majority in North America and Europe. You can search by theme (such as Dressage or Beach Riding) and each theme has a few different countries associated. For example, Horseback Riding and Wine Tasting tours are available in Oregon, Italy, France, and Portugal.

    How Does it Work?

    Most of their tours are English style riding, which is quite different than Western style. If you’re unfamiliar with English riding, they advise taking a few lessons to get used to the saddle and rein commands (these are the exact opposite to Western rein commands - a tough habit to break!). Rides are a full day, which can be a shock to your body when it’s not used to sitting in that position regularly. Another reason to do some riding before you leave for your Equitours trip.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If seeing the world by horseback is on your bucket list, this is the perfect company for you to travel with. They have tours suitable to multiple riding levels, and all tours incorporate other sightseeing elements.  

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