Compare Intrepid vs. Topdeck

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Both operators offer a variety of trips that adhere to different travel styles. 
 
Topdeck offers tours for travellers up to 39 years old. Topdeck's average group size ranges between 20-48 individuals depending on the tour.  Their travel styles differ slightly based on the the accommodation style, destination and tour highlights. The different styles vary from hotel or festival focused trips to camping, sailing and skiing trips. 
 
Intrepid also allows travellers under the age of 18 on their tours. Intrepid offers Family Adventure styles of travel that have a range of minimum ages depending on the destination and level of difficulty. While most trips are available to travellers 15 years old and up, all travellers under the age of 18 must have an adult accompany them. Intrepid does have a youth orientated travel style called Geckos, with tours that are available only to 18 to 35 year olds and are budget friendly. Other than Geckos Travel Style, there is no maximum age limit on most tours. The average Intrepid tour has 10 travellers but allows up to 16 on overland trips but most max out at 12 people. They have some trips that allow up to 24 travellers. Intrepid’s offers a premium travel style called Peregrine for travellers who aren’t restricted by a budget.
 

Physical Requirements

Both operators offer tours that have stricter physical demands than a typical trip. Most Topdeck tours don’t require any specific level of physical fitness but you if you sign up for the skiing tours then you’ll definitely want to be in decent shape….and also know how to ski (or be willing to learn).
 
Intrepid has their Cycling and Walking & Trekking travel styles that offer tours that require you to be in good physical shape. You can expect to be working your muscles every day on one of these tours! While Intrepid’s Overland trips don’t focus as heavily on constant physical activity, they do recommend that you are reasonably fit in order to fully participate in this trip style. Some days you’ll be hiking and others you’ll need to be able to dig your truck out of the mud. 
 

Accommodation

The standard of accommodation will vary with both companies depending on the type of trip you decide to take. For example, most tours will include air-conditioning and heating but if you’re travelling to a rural destination, camping or a homestay you should adjust your expectations for the facilities. 
 
Something worth noting is that neither Intrepid nor Topdeck ever charge mandatory single supplements for individual travellers. You will be paired with a traveller of the same gender to share a room with, otherwise if you would like to request a room to yourself, then you may be able to at an extra cost (tour and space dependant).
 

Transportation

Both operators provide a variety of transportation options based on the trips. Topdeck and Intrepid use a combination of private buses and public transit to get you where you need to go. In most cases with G Adventures, you’ll be relying on public transit but both operators offer very similar transportation options. 
 
Most of Intrepid’s Overland trips have vehicles that come with their own power supply so that you able to recharge your devices on board. 
 

Destinations

Both Topdeck & Intrepid have tours to North America, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Africa and Middle East. Intrepid does offer a wide range of tours to destinations in Central and South America.
 

Cost

Topdeck is slightly more affordable for budget travellers with their average price per day sitting at $163/day. They keep costs low with the use of exclusions. While their trips always include the highlights of a destination they also leave out some activities you’d considered “can’t miss.” You’ll pay for that separately in addition to the listed tour price but you will get free time. 
 
Intrepid can be considered slightly more expensive as their average price per day costs $242. Why the slight spike in pricing you ask? Intrepid’s accommodations tend to be on the more comfortable side which can easily increase overall trip prices.
 
There are many factors that affect the price of accommodations, which either increase or decrease the price of the overall trip. You’ll likely find more affordable rates with Intrepid’s South East Asia trips. Travellers should compare individual trips to ensure the best price. 
 
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

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3 days ago
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4 days ago
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2 days ago
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4 days ago
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5 days ago
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Guide average rating

Guide average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
nic(1 review)
nic2(1 review)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elise Tait(244 reviews)
Barry Gallagher(169 reviews)
Anthony Di Donato(161 reviews)
Jody Judes Douglass(72 reviews)
Ruta Arminaite(60 reviews)
Hugh Fitzpatrick(53 reviews)
Kriszti Imre(46 reviews)
Monika Rank(38 reviews)
Giedre Armine(37 reviews)
Rebecca Kelly(29 reviews)
Amanda Bunn(26 reviews)
Jennifer Oebel(24 reviews)
Victoria(21 reviews)
Megan Aston(19 reviews)
MARTINA HOSTAR(14 reviews)
Squatter Craig(8 reviews)
Jen(4 reviews)
Marta Aizpurua(4 reviews)
Tom Gallagher(3 reviews)
Shantel Petty(3 reviews)
Lauren Ellam(2 reviews)
Sally Brealey(1 review)
Kata Zsurzs(1 review)
Russell Kelaart(1 review)
Blake Marshall(1 review)
lana(1 review)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars

Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

4.0 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 129 different countries
through 74 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Activities
Festival & Events
Special Interest
Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Festival & Events
Activities

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 5923 reviews
4.5/5 from 2182 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

 age group
15-70
 age group
18-39

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

17,122
travellers met through Intrepid tours
67,624
travellers met through Topdeck tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

 average tour length
$168
 average tour length
$122

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

 average tour length
14
days
 average tour length
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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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 (109)
Rome (80)
Venice (63)
Paris (61)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Special Interest

Special Interest

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for Intrepid tours is between 15 and 70. 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 Intrepid 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 $400 to confirm a Intrepid booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 21 March 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 March 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $400 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 Intrepid:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Topdeck:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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