Topdeck vs Shamrocker Adventures - 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 — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

FUNNEST GAP TOUR EVER!

5.0 July 2018
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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
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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

I loved every minute of it!

5.0 November 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I took a 7-day tour back in 2013, and I loved every minute of it! The tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable, and it still in touch with people I met on the tour. We all became like a close group of friends that week. It was very hard to say goodbye and I still get reminiscent and sad that it was only a week. I cannot recommend you all enough!
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Tour Shamrocker Adventures Company Reviews

Brilliant

5.0 November 2017
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Does Not Recommend
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
5 day Celtic rocker was amazing. Our tour guides Bernie and Jamie were brilliant their knowledge and personalities really brought the entire trip to life. You couldn't have wanted more from them, they were always willing to help and answer any questions you had.
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Tour Shamrocker Adventures Company Reviews

Amazing !! and Fantastic

4.0 January 2017
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We did the 7 day All Ireland St Pats tour, it was lots of fun! We loved the St Pats celebrations and travelling around seeing all the sights they were amazing!! Thanks Kim you were fantastic, hilarous and had lots of knowledge to share with us!!
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Tour Shamrocker Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 351 Trips 6 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 149 $ 104
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Adventure
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Dublin, Ireland
Year Established 1973 N/A
Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement Good for singles
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 Shamrocker Adventures

    Founded in 1999, Shamrocker strives to provide variety and fun on their Ireland tours.

    What Makes Shamrocker Stand Out?

    As their name suggests, Shamrocker specializes in Ireland tours. They offer a wide array of experiences and a wide range of budgets as well, making them the perfect stop for first time travelers to Ireland.

    Most of their tours are between 3-7 days, which is a great amount of time for travelers considering a wider UK visit after Ireland. Most of their tours are large groups, but you also have the option to book a private tour and/or a special interest tour that has a more specific focus such as history or food.

    Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Shamrocker?

    For young independent budget travelers seeking a fun experience in Ireland, this is a great place to start. Food is usually not included so it’s up to you to arrange this yourself - but they attract the kind of traveler who will be interested in having this kind of free reign.

    Tours combine a mix of nightlife, active outdoor days, history and culture - great for travelers who enjoy all three, but weighted more toward the first two.

    They are on the young side with their tours - typically and 18-30 crowd will enjoy traveling with them. Tours often include drinking excursions, and there is a definite “party” feel that some may enjoy more than others. Groups are small to large, and the emphasis is on having a good time and getting to know your travel companions while exploring Ireland.

    Top Destinations

    They operate throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, visiting top sites, hidden gems, and many pubs!

    Shamrocker Travel Style

    The Shamrockers travel style is all about revealing the fun adventurous side of Ireland. Tours are between 3-9 days typically. Accommodations are in multi bed hostel rooms, with the option to upgrade to private twin rooms if you are traveling with a friend or significant other.

    The main mode of transportation is by bus. While some days will involve a lot of driving, the time off bus is full, lively, and frequent. You might also travel by ferry during your trip - which is included in the price. Most entrance fees for tours etc are included in the price, however a few may be left optional in which case you will pay your own fee at the time.

    Why Choose a Tour With Shamrocker?

    If you are a young, outgoing and adventurous traveler who is not opposed to the backpacker travel style, and looking for a fun way to explore Ireland then this could definitely be the tour company for you.

    Shamrocker tours are ideal for independent minded travelers - all meals and drinks are up to you and some excursions are optional. If you enjoy exploring on your own a lot then this will be a good fit. They have regular departures as well, so this can be a great choice for spur of the moment decisions!

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