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Topdeck

4.7 | Excellent
  • 93% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1973
Headquarters
  • Chiswick, London, UK
Trips
  • 593

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Topdeck Reviews & Ratings 93% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

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Extremely knowledgeable July 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader June 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash. June 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe! March 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!

K

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Most amazing experience ever! February 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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S

Recommends

Extremely knowledgeable February 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Stride Review

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!

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FAQ

Do I need Travel Insurance?

TopDeck recommend getting a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for all medical expenses (including repatriation) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, tablets, smart phones and cameras. Check the policy wording and excess limits before you book and make sure they are to your satisfaction. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case of unforeseen events which may lead you to cancel your trip.

 

For more information, please visit the Travel Insurance page of this website, where you can find more tips about what to look for in a policy and search for a policy from World Nomads.

Can I extend my trip?
As well as being able to arrange pre and post trip accommodation for you, Topdeck also offer some fantastic bolt on packages which you can add to your holiday. Fancy spending some more time in Cairo or taking an excursion to historic Alexandria in Egypt? Want to visit the 'Rose City' of Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan? Or how about adding on a trek in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco? To discuss your options you can contact your friendly local Topdeck reservations team.
What is the Average Group Size?
Group sizes can vary, but tend to average around 15 people in Egypt and Morocco and 10 people in Jordan and Israel.
Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?
All trips are based on a multi-share option however we Topdeck offer optional single, twin and double supplements. Accommodation and upgrades vary – please contact your travel agent or Topdeck for further information.
What kind of luggage should I bring?
Please note due to limited space and weight restrictions on our coaches, luggage is limited to one backpack or suitcase per passenger weighing 20kg or less. In addition you will be able to bring a small daypack on board the coach. Passengers with too much luggage on the morning of departure may be told that they cannot take it all with them. In this scenario you will be responsible for making your own arrangements to store or relocate your luggage, and Topdeck will not incur any storage costs. Topdeck reserves the right to check your luggage at departure.

From Topdeck

Topdeck Travel designs epic trips for 18 – 30 somethings. Started by friends in 1973 who shared a passion for adventure, Topdeck Travel has a long history of delivering authentic and fun group travel.

Today, Topdeck Travel continues to seek out and explore the hottest new travel destinations. Topdeck's trip programme spans Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East & North Africa and Africa.

Topdeckers from around the world enjoy a travel experience steeped in history, which retains the company's original sense of adventure combined with authenticity, friendship and great stories to share.

Why Choose Us

It's about you: Each Topdeck trip is designed with you in mind! Our 40 years of experience and thousands of satisfied travellers will help us to deliver your holiday of a lifetime.

Fellow Travellers: Your age, 18 to 30-something. Your mind-set. And your new 'instant' circle of friends from all over who will share loads of amazing experiences with you.

Passionate Crew: Our staff are as enthusiastic about travel as you are! They know their stuff, they are highly motivated and they'll make sure you have the best trip possible.

No Hassles: You enjoy the fun parts of travelling whilst we take care of the boring bits. No overbooked trains, unavailable hostels or language problems... make life easy for yourself!

Lots more included: Accommodation, transport, food, guided tours and 'Totally Topdeck' experiences as clearly displayed on our itinerary pages. In other words – heaps you don't need to budget for!

Free Time: Each individual traveller has different interests and ideas on how to spend their own time. We give you as much free time as possible to explore at your own pace.

Local Knowledge: Whether it's our professional Trip Leaders in Europe, talented Drivers in Australia or expert local guides in Egypt, we'll share our inside knowledge, tips and local specialities with you. Fact!

Fabulous Food: Forget your waistline – Topdeck trips are packed with tasty local meals like gourmet picnics in Paris, BBQs in Australia and mezze platters in Egypt... go on, enjoy yourself – you're on holiday!

Financial Security: Be assured that your money is safe with us. All your payments are covered by consumer financial protection schemes in the appropriate country. We are also a member of ABTA L8291 / Y2992.

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Associations:

Association of British Travel Agents, European Tourism Association

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