Topdeck vs Perillo Tours - 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 — 4.5
Value — 4.3
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.4
Lodging — 4.4
Transportation — 4.4
Meals — 4.3
Recent Reviews

FUNNEST GAP TOUR EVER!

5.0 July 2018
A
Recommends
  • 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
S
Recommends
  • 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
Recommends
  • 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

What happened?

2.0 January 2017
J
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
My Perillo trip to Greece: Athens is a maze riddled with ancient ruins and beautiful sites. The food was terrible at every place our tour group had chosen for us. We were not able to choose what we wanted to eat other than a choice of fish or meat. One would think that without a doubt at least the calamari would be excellent but every place that was chosen for us the food was either improperly cooked or rotten. My experience in Athens was horrible: there was not one person or vendor we encountered who did not try and deceive or take advantage of us in some manner. Our tour guide did nothing but make excuses for all of the mistakes and screw ups rather than try and correct them.
Then it was off to Mykonos. An extremely beautiful island. The restaurants chosen for us were terrible and once again our tour guide did nothing to try and resolve any dissatisfaction anyone in our group had no matter how slight. Our accommodations were horrible, and once again our tour guide did nothing but make excuses stating that it was the end of season. We were promised a full breakfast buffet daily, however the eggs were not only fertilized and red they were nearly raw. What was supposed to be bacon was nearly raw, the coffee was instant, I could rant about more but, the overall attitude of our tour guide as well as the staff was an "I don't care attitude". This is not only my opinion but the opinion of most everyone who was on the tour. Did I mention I had food poisoning twice while there?
Next and currently I am in Santorini. The views and islands are spectacular. However, I did not get to experience our boat tour today because I was in Bed all day with a severe fever which has finally broken. However, the bed bugs got the best of me and my legs and and arms look like I have some type of disease.
Perillo did not take into consideration anyone who may of had any type of physical handicap or illness. We were forced to carry our own luggage on and off each boat trip to each island. This may not sound so terrible but this entire vacation has been nothing but extremely stressful and unsatisfactory.
Mostly I blame our tour guide. She took no interest in making accommodations for any of us. And most importantly did nothing to ensure or safety in any manner.
My trip to Italy via Perillo was the best experience I had ever had and our tour guide was the best one could ask for. Raphael set a standard so high that I guess no one else is able to meet.
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Tour Perillo Tours Company Reviews

Great Hawaii vacation!

5.0 January 2017
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Took a Perillo Tour to Hawaii in September 2015. It was awesome. Everything was taken care of and if there was any kind of problem, it was taken care of immediately! Our tour guide, Paul, was fun and very good. The people on the tour were fantastic and it really did feel like vacationing with family. One of these days, Perillo is on my list for my Italy tour.
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Tour Perillo Tours Company Reviews

Perillo knows how to do it right.

5.0 January 2017
LW
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Have you ever wanted to go to the most beautiful, interesting country in the world? If you've been to Italy, you've been there. If you haven't, you don't know what you are missing. My first trip to Italy was in 2005 with Perillo Tours. I fell in love; with the country, with the history, with the art, with the beauty and with the tour company. Since that first trip, I've returned eight more times. Each one with Perillo. I wouldn't do it any other way. Perillo knows how to do it right. You can leave all your worries with Perillo and enjoy your time in the most beautiful country. I've been asked many times. No, I don't work for Perillo. But I'm absolutely sold on the service they provide. From the folks you work with in New Jersey to the tour bus in Italy. It's all first class. So, do yourself a favor, book a tour. I promise there is nothing like it. And I'm always thrilled to share my experiences with anyone, should you want additional information regarding money, art, food, shopping (my favorite) or anything else. Just let me know and we can schedule some time to talk. Ciao!!
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Tour Perillo Tours Company Reviews

Tours 351 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 149 $ 260
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, USA
Year Established 1973 1945
Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English 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 Perillo Tours

Founded in 1945, and headquartered in New Jersey, Perillo was a pioneering company in the guided travel industry. 

What Makes Perillo Stand Out?

Perillo has been a name in the tourism industry since the 1940s, known for operating tours in Italy. Today Italy is still their main focus, though they have expanded to offer limited departures in Hawaii, Greece, and Costa Rica.

They provide well thought out and classic itineraries, showcasing the traditional sights, nicely augmented with local insider knowledge. Perillo is a classic tour company, offering several trip options including custom tours, destination weddings, and traditional escorted group trips. On the trip, you’ll benefit from their extensive experience and destination knowledge.  

Montepulciano Italy Tuscany tour Perillo

They have a dedicated Italy brand, “Perillo Italy Tours”, which expands on their long legacy providing Italy guided experiences, as well as a “Learning Journeys” brand. Their learning journeys travel to many more destinations, and cover a very wide range of interests, including certification classes for certain skills.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Perillo?

All ages are welcome on Perillo tours, however their type of travel may be more enjoyed by older travelers looking for a calm, fully managed tour. Perillo is a bit old fashioned. They do one thing and do it well, and haven’t changed much in the 60 years that they’ve been around. So if you’re looking for a traditional guided tour, busy but not with too many bells and whistles, Perillo is a great choice.

One unique offering through Perillo is their faith-based journeys. This was one of the first types of tours designed by Perillo. You can visit Greece and the Holy Land, as well as several important religious destinations in Italy. For travelers seeking an authentic religious-themed travel experience Perillo’s extensive experience leading and planning these kinds of tours is nearly unmatched.

Leaning tower of Pisa in Italy

Custom trip options are also available through Perillo. These custom group experiences cover a wide range of interests including yoga / health and wellness retreats, festivals, and learning tours geared toward universities. If you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon they have services dedicated to this as well.

Their Learning Journeys are perfect for solo female travelers and enthusiastic life learnings passionate about learning new skills, languages, or diving deeper into the history of a certain destination and culture.

Top Destinations

Venice Italy with Perillo tours

Perillo is known for, and primarily focuses on, Italy. Here their breadth of knowledge is impressive as they began operating packages in 1945. Perillo Italy tours cover the whole country, including Sicily, with special emphasis on classic sights and local eats.

Perillo also offers escorted tours in Hawaii, Greece, and Costa Rica.

Their “Learning Tours,” focus on niche educational travel and classes around the world, including Africa & the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

Perillo Travel Style

Tried and true is Perillo’s style. They may have the most flashiest or easily navigable website out there, or the most unique itineraries, but they know guided tours, they know Italy, and they stick with the classics. Hotels, meals, and activities have been personally vetted and experienced by the founder, and they have everything down to a science.

Local village in Italy

Itineraries are between 9-10 days on average, often focusing on cuisine and historical sights. Groups tend to be between 20 and 40 people, and they often arrange private departures for large groups such as families or wedding parties.

Special interest tours are another popular kind of itinerary offered through Perillo. In Italy, they offer a number of golf tours, faith-based tours, and culinary tours. Learning tours often focus on cooking, as well as art and history, science, and wildlife.

Why Choose a Tour With Perillo?

Colosseum in Rome Italy lit up at night

For an experience in Italy like no other, Perillo operates tours from the major cities to the charming hill towns off the beaten path. Their itineraries are carefully crafted for a thoughtful balance of sightseeing, free time, optional activities, and relaxation.

They are not the flashiest of tour companys, and their website is somewhat difficult to navigate to find all the options available - of which there are a good number. But they certainly have laurels to rest on given their extensive background and long historic legacy in guided tourism.

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