Topdeck

Topdeck

Headquarters in London, England

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Number of tours
373
Age Range
18-39
Number of reviews
4,538
Rating
4.6/5
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  • Britain & Ireland 2019 reviewer 1

    Britain & Ireland 2019

    5.0Excellent
    Written on January 20th, 2021
    Did this tour in 2019 and loved it b. I was able to see everything I wanted and even more that I never knew about The guide was amazing. She had handouts tha…
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  • Paparazzi Parade reviewer 2
    Written on September 25th, 2020
    This trip did not end up happening due to COVD-19. Surprisingly there was no refund provided, only a voucher for future travel in 2021. Not only do I not want …
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  • Great White North (including Kelowna) reviewer 3
    Written on May 16th, 2020
    We had an amazing tour in Canada even though Judes went on this trip with very short notice. Everyone in our tour had a great 10 days and our guide was no doubt…
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  • MR

    March on Rome

    2.0Rather poor
    Written on March 15th, 2020
    If TourRadar was as good as communicating the planning of the trip to its guests as it was charging for it, then maybe it would’ve gone better. We were not info…
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  • East Coast Beachin (Ex Sydney) 2019-20 reviewer 5
    Written on March 11th, 2020
    Had the most amazing tome travelling the East Coast of Australia, Jackie was the best tour guide and showed us all the most amazing spots! I did the most incred…
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  • KM

    Spires in the Snow

    5.0Excellent
    Written on March 5th, 2020
    I enjoyed every minute of the Spire in the Snow Tour. Our tour guide, Mary, was fantastic!! She had the perfect balance of local & historical knowledge and know…
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  • TM
    Written on March 4th, 2020
    Let me start by saying that NZ was the most beautiful country. This tour had given me the opportunity to travel the North and South island of NZ and for that …
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  • NR
    Written on March 2nd, 2020
    Great fun meeting new people, seeing new places and the tour guide handled the whole experience professionally.
  • A

    Summer Compass

    5.0Excellent
    Written on March 2nd, 2020
    Super friendly and great information. An amazing trip!
  • MP

    Roman Trail 2019-20

    5.0Excellent
    Written on February 27th, 2020
    Great driver and tour leader - really knew the histories of all of the places we went to. Great guys, really relatable and friendly. Rest of the group really ma…
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    Topdeck commented on this review
    Thanks for the review, Morgan. Really happy to read you got the history fix you were chasing in Europe. Fantastic is right!

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    About Topdeck

    Topdeck is a collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, we strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. We build epic group trips for 18 to 30 somethings and our passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences. With over 46 years’ experience, our business is to make travel dreams a reality, we know what works and we’re not afraid to shout about it. We offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences. With loads of free time to explore, heaps of included meals, access to some amazing bucket list activities and the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of like-minded young travellers, Topdeck trips are way more than your average package tour. They’re the experience of a lifetime. We build the trips. You build the memories. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure? Topdeck’s the only choice!

    Story

    Started by friends in 1973 who shared a passion for adventure, Topdeck Travel has a long history of delivering authentic and fun group travel. Originally transport was provided by double decker buses, which gave way to the name Topdeck. From 1974 onwards, and even into the 1990s, these ‘deckers’ (double decker buses) travelled throughout Europe and even further afield in to Morocco, the Middle East, and sometimes making the extended trip between London and Kathmandu.

    During the 1980s, the company decided it would move further afield into the United States of America, where it started operations. The company even ran trips from Sydney to London from 1980 onwards, with the last leg using a converted Sydney double decker to stay in theme. Later on it was decided to introduce coaches, and then this happened in the mid 1980’s, it was primarily for the winter ski holidays. This marked the end of the old double deckers, with the 1990’s marking the start of retirement for them in great numbers.

    Once this happened, the focus shifted towards camping trips, staying in various campsites across Europe. After this, Topdeck started to take shape as the company we know it today, offering camping, hostel based trips, and even trips with hotel accommodation. one of the original Topdeck double decker buses can still be seen to this day at the Isle of Wight Bus Museum, which is near Newport, Isle of Wight.

    Highlights

    Award winning global product range
    Passionate and knowledgeable crew
    Balance of social and free time
    Locally-inspired cuisine

    Why Topdeck

    40 Years Experiences
    Topdeck has used their 40 years experience put together the itinerary of each tour with the traveler in mind. When on tour, you will be with other similarly aged, like minded travelers - and your new friends will be there with you to share the excitement and experience new places!

    Free Time to Explore
    Topdeck knows how important time is, and that is why they give you as much free time as possible, so you can go and explore at your own pace. The expert staff at Topdeck are enthusiastic about travel, and they know their stuff. You can rely on them to ensure you get the best out of your trip, and they will do everything to make sure that happens.

    Topdeck Benefits

    Experienced Staff
    The best bit about having motivated, knowledgeable staff is that they take care of all the boring stuff, and you enjoy the fun parts of travelling. They will make sure there is no overbooked trains, accommodation fully booked, or language problems... they are there to make life easy for you!

    Details Organised
    Topdeck organise all accommodation, transport, food, local guided tours and they even have some 'Totally Topdeck' experiences. What is included in your tour is clearly marked, so that you can budget for the other important things; like shopping and having a good time. When traveling, the Topdeck staff are there to assist - whether it’s the guides in Europe, the drivers in Australia, or a local guide in Egypt - they are there to make sure you can get the most out of your experience with local knowledge, tips and tricks, or local specialties.

    Our Focus on You

    Our Focus on You

    Picture this: borders start to open, and travel is the topic of conversation again. But what does that look like post COVID-19? How is Topdeck going to keep you safe while travelling the world?


    Great questions. And our answers will continue to evolve as we learn more about keeping your health protected while travelling on the road. Once announced, you can be assured all our actions will fall in line with government regulations, World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and industry best practise.



    Topdeck hygiene standards

    All coaches are thoroughly cleaned before each trip starts and regularly throughout as standard. As soon as we’re back on the road, your Topdeck Crew will pay extra attention to cleanliness ensuring all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers are cleaned and sanitised throughout the duration of your trip. With plenty of hand sanitiser available for your use!



    Book with confidence

    We know you're still keen to travel, and that you might be feeling a bit nervous about booking right now. We understand that. So to help ease those nerves, we've added some extra flexibility for all new bookings until further notice, allowing you to change your departure date or trip up to 40 days before travel - with no changes fees or penalties. *Terms & Conditions apply.



    What about me?

    Don’t stress. We’ve got you. Every trip starts with a full briefing of what to expect – this will now include the do’s, don’ts and recommendations to help you travel safe. However, it's vital you take personal responsibility for your own wellbeing before, during and after your Topdeck trip – adhering to hygiene measures as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These will include regular hand washing and sanitising, no sharing of products or food and wearing a face mask and gloves as required. Be sure to download the Topdeck app ahead of your trip departure to stay informed on the most up-to-date advice.



    Our on the road partners and suppliers

    We take our supplier and partner relationships very seriously and in response to COVID-19, there are no exceptions. We're working with all our accommodation and Topdeck experience suppliers to ensure cleaning protocols, hygiene records, customer ratings and risk assessments are centred around your safety and wellbeing. This is new to us all and while we don’t have all the answers right now, we’re  actively  working on it. All information regarding changes we implement for your safety, will be readily available via the Topdeck app and highlighted in your departure briefing.



    Crew training

    Let’s face it, our Crew are already everyday hero’s in our eyes. But we hear you, travelling is going to need to be a little different in the future to best protect your health and wellbeing. So, before we hit the road again, all Crew members will undergo further training to equip them with the skills required to keep you as safe as possible.

    Topdeck Guides

    Questions & Answers

    • What is the Gorilla & Chimp Excursion permit?

      The excursion to the Ugandan jungle to witness rare mountain gorillas is entirely optional, but due to admirable conservation efforts being made to ensure the gorillas' survival, only a limited number of gorilla permits are available per day. These permits must be pre-booked and paid in advance. Please be aware that no company can reserve permits in bulk and they are assigned on a first-come basis. Included in the permit cost is an excursion to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Kyambura Gorge, another unforgettable African wildlife encounter. Please contact us for details on this trip.
    • How to get to the departure point?

      Flights are not included in the tour package, but please contact us and we may be able to offer some advice on how to get to the starting point of your Topdeck tour.
    • Is solo traveller allowed on the trip?

      Yes, many Topdeck passengers travel alone. They don't charge compulsory single supplements – instead they'll match you up with roommates of the same sex.
    • What kinds of people will be on the trip?

      Topdeck travellers come from all over the world and are aged between 18 and 39.
    • What is average group size on the trip?

      Since late bookings and cancellations do occur, there isnt a way to know exactly how many people will be on your trip. Popular itineraries during peak summer season usually have 25-45 passengers. In the event of smaller groups, a modified passenger van may be used to improve logistics, as well as creating a better group dynamic.
    • What is the inclusion on the trip?

      Each trip includes coach transport, ferry transfers (where applicable), accommodation, meals, National Park Fees, sightseeing tours and some entry fees.
    • What time does the trip start?

      It depends on the trip and departure city. Meeting times are generally between 07:30 – 08:30 on the morning of departure. On some trips, you will join the group in the evening and will spend that night in the joining city; in these situations, there will be a mandatory Welcome Meeting with your Trip Leader at a set time.
    • What location does the trip depart from for North America tours?

      The departure points for Topdeck's North America trips will be at the joining accommodation and varies depending on the departure city. It will also be provided in your pre-departure documentation.
    • What currency should I bring for my Egypt for Middle East trip?

      There are numerous cash machines in all of the starting cities in the region, plus all of the cities and major towns so local currency is easily available. You may wish to bring a small amount of US$ or GBP cash just in case of an emergency. Please also make sure to notify your bank of your travel plans before you head off!
    • What are the recommended things to bring on the trip?

      Lightweight cottons and linens are recommended for the summer with some warmer clothing needed for winter. For trips in Egypt which include felucca sailing, it's important that you bring a sleeping bag with you. Make sure you bring a swimming costume for summer departures.
    • What are the kinds of transportation that Topdeck use?

      In Egypt, Topdeck use coaches and mini-buses which are modern, air-conditioned and comfortable. At times, they use 1st class train services (overnight service) to cover the longer journeys from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo (recliner seats). The method of transport being used on your trip (train or coach) is normally advised at the briefing meeting on Day 1. Certain trips also feature transport on 5-star luxury cruise boats or traditional felucca boats on the Nile. In Jordan, Israel and Morocco Topdeck use comfy, air-conditioned mini coaches with experienced local drivers.
    • Is there an option on learning to dive on the trip?

      Yes, Topdeck offers ""Learn to Dive"" trip in Egypt for those who want to learn to scuba dive. Learn to Dive stays in Dahab on the Red Sea, famously known as one of the best diving spots in the world. All equipment (with the exception of the dive manual) is included in the trip price. If you are an experienced diver and need a refresher course, these can be booked for an additional USD$30. Guided dives are also available for passengers who already have an Open Water Licence and have been for a dive within the last six months (additional costs apply for this).
    • Is it possible to extend my stay?

      Please contact us for details. Our 24/7 customer support is happy to assist you with bookings and other tour information.
    • What are the guidelines for existing medical conditions?

      Please get in touch with us and we can definitely assist you in providing the information to the tour operator.
    • What is recommended if a traveller is on a special diet?

      For special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian or vegan, Topdeck will make every endeavour to cater for the travellers specific needs. However in some places it is not possible to obtain certain special foods, and the availability is not guaranteed. Please contact us for more information and we can certainly discuss your options.

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    Our team of experienced tour specialists have travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and have decades of first-hand travel experience to share. Contact us now to have all of your tour-related questions answered!