Compare Contiki vs. Topdeck

You’re young, you’re wild, you’re free. Of course you want to have fun, but you also want to experience different cultures...maybe even go camping or check out a European music festival. Seeing the world is a must, but you don’t know which operator can make your #yolo dreams come true. Don’t fret my 18 to 30 something year old friend, Contiki and Topdeck have got you covered! Consider the merits of both operators and pick the dream tour of your choice with the following in mind...

Contiki VS Topdeck

Group size, style and age requirements:

Both operators offer a variety of trips that adhere to different travel styles. They both cater to young adults, so most tours are action packed with sightseeing, local dinners and nightlife options. They each allow you to move at a nonstop pace or take it easier, depending on the experience you’re looking for.
 
Contiki offers tours to independent travellers aged 18 to 35. They have hard upper age limits on their tours and will not allow travellers older or younger than their age bracket to book a trip. Contiki divides their trips into different classifications that help indecisive travellers determine the right trip for them based on their interests. Contiki’s Europe tours usually have 50 travellers in a group while their USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia tours have an average group size of 30. Their Latin and South America tours offer the most intimate experiences when it comes to group size. 
 
Topdeckalso offers tours exclusively to similar age brackets as Contiki but allow travellers up to 39 years old as opposed to 35. Topdeck also has very similar group sizes to Contiki, as listed above. Their travel styles differ slightly based on the the accommodation style, destination and bucket list highlight. The different styles vary from hotel or festival focused trips to camping and sailing trips.
 
A Topdeck group on the "Grand European" tour looking over the French Riviera.

 

Accommodation:

Neither operator will charge you a mandatory single supplement for any of their tours. The standard and style of accommodation varies depending on the tour. Each operator might place you in a hotel, a hostel, a campsite or somewhere else entirely. Both operators do make an effort to use local accommodations (think locally run hostels and chalets) where possible.
 
 
Contiki Chateau
Stay at the Contiki "Chateau de Cruix", Beaujolais Wine Region, France. Most European Contiki tours visit here. Photo: Jason Milich

Phuket deevana patong resort & spa

Stay at the Phuket Deevana Patong Resort & Spa, Thailand, with Topdeck. Photo: Topdeck

Transportation: 

Depending on the destination it can vary, but in general both operators offer large branded coaches and sometimes specialised transport, such as local ferries, trains and even flights.
 
Throughout Europe, the coach/buses of both companies have onboard bathrooms, free wifi and reclinable seats.
 
Contiki Coach
A typical coach used by Contiki for travelling around Europe and Australia. Topdeck uses similar coaches in these destinations also, as seen beneath. Photo: Ozzy Delaney

Topdeck Coach Bus

Photo: Topdeck

Destinations:

Contiki offer tours to the following locations: Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
 
Topdeck tours travel to: North America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and North Africa, Africa, Asia and Europe. Generally speaking the main difference in locations offered is that Contiki can take you to Latin America while Topdeck instead offers trips to the Middle East and Africa. 
 
 
Topdeck Tour - Paris
Both Contiki and Topdeck offer trips throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, plus many other destinations - this photo from Topdeck's "European Wonder" tour.
 

Cost:

Contiki and Topdeck offer very similar pricing structures. Contiki has 302 tours to choose from and Topdeck offers 288 tours. The most popular destination of choice for travellers is definitely Europe.
 
With Contiki you’ll be paying a slightly higher price per day with the average cost working out to $184/day and Topdeck’s average sits at $163/day. Generally speaking, Contiki’s price per day is higher because they include more scheduled activities in their itineraries while Topdeck allows for more free time.
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer: We here at TourRadar have taken a look the tours offered by both operators to find the benefits of each operator’s product selection. The above are generalizations and interested travellers should compare the operator’s individual trips as costs may vary per region and style. 
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Reviews

Overall average rating

Overall average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

2 days ago
Both Romeo and Tiago (Tour Manager and Tour Driver) were perfect. Could not have had ...Read more
16th May 2017
Anne Elyse was sensational, great tour guide couldn't ask for a better person to mana...Read more
16th May 2017
I had an amazing first experience in Europe Read more
16th May 2017
It was an awesome tourRead more
8 hours ago
Once in a lifetime trip. Amazing!Read more
5 days ago
SOOOO GOOD!!! Ericeira was incredible and the surfing was amazing. Such lovely people...Read more
5 days ago
This trip was amazing. Like other reviews I've read, the only thing I'd change is sta...Read more
5 days ago
I enjoyed the trip but didn't think it was a good idea to join a trip that had alread...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Greg Colgin(274 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Kassie Jones(193 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(163 reviews)
Megs Chandler(152 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(124 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(121 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(119 reviews)
Trent Plaine(108 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elise Tait(245 reviews)
Barry Gallagher(171 reviews)
Anthony Di Donato(170 reviews)
Jody Judes Douglass(73 reviews)
Ruta Arminaite(60 reviews)
Hugh Fitzpatrick(53 reviews)
SARAH JASMINE LABIB(52 reviews)
Kriszti Imre(46 reviews)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars

Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Meals average rating

Meals average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 63 different countries
through 73 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Festival & Events
Marine
Activities
Independent
Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Festival & Events
Activities

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 3192 reviews
4.5/5 from 2312 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-39

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

632
travellers met through Contiki tours
67,408
travellers met through Topdeck tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$122
$124

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
14
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

Videos

Tours

Most popular tours

Most popular tours

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124 reviews
49 days from $6075
66 reviews
24 days from $2750
96 reviews
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134 reviews
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95 reviews
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94 reviews
11 days from $1250

Destinations

Europe

Europe

Asia

Australia/Oceania

Australia/Oceania

Africa

Africa

North America

North America

Latin America

Latin America

Most visited destinations

Most visited destinations

London (93)
Rome (85)
Venice (72)
Paris (70)
London (110)
Rome (80)
Venice (63)
Prague (61)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for Contiki tours is between 18 and 35. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.
The average age for Topdeck tours is between 18 and 39. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.

Hold my seat

Hold my seat

TourRadar can request Contiki to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 45 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 13 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 42 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 10 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 42 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Contiki:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Topdeck:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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