Topdeck vs Global Volunteers - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Amazing experiences

5.0 December 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just completed the 28 day London to Athens tour and it was one of the most amazing experiences. Lloyd was an amazing driver and a really fun person to be around which really added to the trip. Nicole was an incredible group leader and knew so much about everywhere we were going. You could tell they were both so passionate about their job which just made the trip that much better. Would definitely recommend topdeck tours to my friends back home.
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

So grateful that they we’re our trip leaders

5.0 December 2018
N
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished my first time ever in Europe with an amazing Topdeck tour! Alex and Flozza were a great team and I’m so grateful that they we’re our trip leaders. Can’t wait to start planning my next trip!
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Comfortable and like we were a little family

5.0 July 2018
E
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I’d just like to give a special mention to Nick our tour leader on the Meridijan Croatia sail. I’ve never met someone so organised, supportive and enthusiastic. He not only went out of his way to make sure we all had the best trip but he made us feel comfortable and like we were a little family. He was professional by being able to lead definitely the rowdiest bunch of people I’ve ever come across and at the same time have fun with us. I’ve been travelling all through Europe and that week was definitely the highlight thanks to him.
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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

GV makes it possible for anyone to be involve in a community.

5.0 January 2017
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
GV has a fantastic service philosophy: do what you are asked to do, in the way you are asked to do it because this is the host community's project, not GV's. You are able to make a difference in even a short amount of time because you continue the work of those before you and your work is continued when you move on. Yet each volunteer earns her/his own special place in the hearts of those they work with because of the unique time you spend together.
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Tour Global Volunteers Company Reviews

A wonder life experience, one has got to feel!

5.0 January 2017
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing life experience..., have kept in touch with many of the students I have met and, enjoyed the cultural interaction and their warm hospitality. Genuinely appreciate what Global Volunteers does. I'm committed to returning to Crete and participate in other countries programs as well. Few experiences compare to how GV makes it possible of opening your heart to a child and seeing them respond.
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Tour Global Volunteers Company Reviews

An awesome experience!

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
Thank you for an awesome experience in Peru just a year ago. Will do another country soon!

Tour Global Volunteers Company Reviews

Tours 459 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 132 $ 385
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 St. Paul, MN, USA
        Year Established 1973 1984
        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 Global Volunteers

          Global Volunteers is a non-profit program that aims to serve communities worldwide, with volunteers usually averaging about three volunteer trips over their lifetimes.

          About half of team members are under age 55, and half are over 55, with the fastest growing population under the age of 20. An increasing number of families and various intergenerational pairings are starting to exlore volunteer opportunities together. "Baby Boomers" have helped the company pioneer service programs worldwide for nearly three decades.

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