Compare G Adventures vs. Topdeck

Both Topdeck and G Adventures offer world class travel and tours, albeit with a few differences between them. Topdeck is more of a traditional style tour, while G Adventures is targeted more at the independant adventure traveller. 
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Topdeck is for travellers “18 to 30 somethings”, while G Adventures tours are open to almost all age ranges, and have a range of tours specifically for 18 to 39 year old travellers, as well as families. 
 
G Adventures has divided their trips into different travel styles; Classic Tours, National Geographic (for more hands on experiences), Active tours, Yolo (specifically for 18 to 19 year olds), Family (specifically for families travelling with kids), Rail (primary transport by train), Marine (primary transport by boat) and Local Living (local cultural focus). G Adventures has small group tours, so you can expect a maximum group size of 15, but often the average is just 10. While they accommodate specifically for adventure travellers with their Yolo tours, and children with their Family tours, there is no upper age limit, although travellers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire.  
 
Topdeck offers tours exclusively to 18 to 39 year old travellers, and has group sizes that range from 30 to 50 people per group. Their travel styles differ slightly based on the the accommodation style and destinations, but in Europe it is typically travelling on one of their famous coaches. The different styles vary from hotel or festival focused trips to camping and sailing trips.
 

Physical Requirements

With both G Adventures and Topdeck, generally there is no strenuous activities that must be completed, although some tours or optional excursions, if you decide to do them, may involve swimming, bike riding or  hikes. For particular tours, such as a diving tour or hiking tour, you will need a good level of fitness to complete these activites. This will be outlined in the tour itinerary.
 
As Topdeck is targeted at youth travellers, and G Adventures for adventure travellers, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs, getting to public transport etc.
 

Accommodation

On Topdeck tours, depending on the type of tour you choose, you may be staying in a tent, a hostel, a hotel, or a resort. This will be outlined in the individual tour itineraries which style of accommodation you will be using on the tour. As Topdeck is aimed at sharing travel experiences with others, there is no problem if you are a solo traveller or in an odd-numbered group - you will be paired with a traveller of the same gender to share accommodation with. 
 
G Adventures also will not charge a mandatory single supplement for any of their tours. The standard and style of accommodation varies depending on the tour. G Adventures often uses local hotels, hostels, campsites or somewhere else entirely. G Adventures try to use local, authentic accommodation where possible, and try to keep the use of large chains or commercial accommodations to a minimum.
 

Transportation 

Topdeck transportation depends on the tour that you are doing. In Europe, most of the time you will be travelling with a large coach/bus which can accommodate your whole group throughout the continent. There are some exceptions to this, such as when you sometimes may use public transport if it is more appropropriate, a ferry, or even a yacht, if you are doing Island hopping. All transport will be clean, reliable and safe for both Topdeck.
 
G Adventures tours will in most cases use public transportation, and use local guides. This is done so that travellers can experience the local transportation system and cultures, and public transportation allows face-to-face interaction with local people. Some G Adventures tours, including “Superior”, "Comfort Class" and most adventures in Africa, will use private transportation. It is best to check the details of the tour to see which transportation style will be used, as it can vary from tour to tour, and different destinations. The guides used are usually locals from the area or region that you are travelling.
 

Destinations

Topdeck operates in Europe where they have the biggest number of tours, as well as North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and North Africa.
 

Cost

Topdeck tours often have many inclusions - generally speaking you can expect to have your accommodation for the entire tour, all breakfasts, most dinners and some lunches included in the price of the tour. As well as this you will also have your tour guide, driver, coach, and the same group throughout the trip. 
 
G Adventures offers a range of tours around the world in many different locations and regions, and while there is less inclusions in the tour, it allows more time to do your own personal discovery and exploration. It is worth checking the individual itineraries of the tours you are comparing to see which inclusions will suit you better.
 
G Adventures starting from €63 per day
Topdeck starting from €38 per day
 
G Adventures starting from €52 per day
Topdeck starting from €67 per day
 
G Adventures starting from €80 per day
Topdeck starting from €109 per day
 
G Adventures starting from €61 per day
Topdeck starting from €40 per day
 
G Adventures  starting from €102 per day
Topdeck starting from €130 per day
 
G Adventures starting from €55 per day
Topdeck does not have tours to Latin America
 
 
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

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Guide average rating

Guide average rating

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Les Liddell(2 reviews)
David Jalea(1 review)
Neil Rabjohn(1 review)
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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)

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About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 108 different countries
through 73 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.0/5 from 710 reviews
4.5/5 from 2311 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-65
18-39

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

8,761
travellers met through G Adventures tours
67,397
travellers met through Topdeck tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$155
$123

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

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Average tour length

Average tour length

13
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14
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Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
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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 (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 G Adventures tours is between 18 and 65. 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 G Adventures 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 $250 to confirm a G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 30 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 7 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.As an added benefit though, you can use the deposit for future bookings with G Adventures.
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 G Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Topdeck:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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