Compare Contiki vs. Topdeck

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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

6 hours ago
Dino is fun an energetic and always try’s to help everyone out and make it your most ...Read more
8 hours ago
South Island is the most beautiful place I've ever seen!Read more
10 hours ago
Dimo is very passionate about his job and always kept you engaged and informed on tou...Read more
10 hours ago
Dimos is amazing! He made my first trip to Greece one that I’ll never forget. I had s...Read more
13 hours ago
A great tour with great people with good planned activities and lots of free time to ...Read more
17 hours ago
I'm sure the guide I had form TopDeck did her job as she was expected too, but the de...Read more
20 hours ago
Had a blast. Cookie really show you the ropes. First nights dinner was great. Breakfa...Read more
6 days ago
Great way to see Australia and I liked the flexibility of optional activities so it d...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Stasi Nikos(434 reviews)
Isobel Needham(267 reviews)
Dimos Papadopoulos(217 reviews)
Susie Ferkins(169 reviews)
Nihar Vasa(158 reviews)
Jacqui Schuetz(142 reviews)
Aaron Cooper(137 reviews)
Trys Eddy(126 reviews)
Nicole Cecil(125 reviews)
Courtney Dailey(120 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Di Donato(256 reviews)
Elise Tait(255 reviews)
Judes Douglass (Jody)(196 reviews)
Piotr Liskiewicz(195 reviews)
Barry Gallagher(170 reviews)
Jared Worsteling(153 reviews)
Blinky Pyper(142 reviews)
Vincenzo Sapia(130 reviews)
Jemma Greenhalgh(119 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 75 different countries
through 74 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 5150 reviews
4.5/5 from 4029 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-35
18-39

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

532
travellers met through Contiki tours
54,049
travellers met through Topdeck tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$158
$136

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
days
13
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

Videos

Videos

48 Hours on Contiki TM Vlog: Holi Festival, India48 Hours on Contiki TM Vlog: Iceland48 Hours on Contiki TM Vlog: Thai Island Hopper WestContiki USA: Better Together Best With UsJapan Unrivalled in 30secsEternal India in 30secsSouthern Spice: Let Southern India Surprise YouHawaii UnpluggedEuropean EscapadeSailing & CruiseIn-Depth ExplorerEuropean WhirlIconic EssentialsDiscovererIconic EssentialsEuropean AdventurerCroatia Island EscapeCroatian Island Hopper SouthCroatian Island Hopper NorthEuropean QuestItalian EspressoRoad to AthensGreek Island HoppingEurope Summer HeroGreat Britain and Ireland Mediterranean QuestIrelandSpain Morocco and PortugalSpanish SpreeIbiza & BeyondEuropean MagicEuropean DiscoveryEastern QuestEuropean HorizonEuropean Experience Simply ItalyEuropean HighlightsWestern RockerSki & SnowboardTravel Isn't About Where You Go...Contiki ExperiencesContiki MunchEurope Summer TeamContiki AccomodationEuropean Adventurer Mykonos & Santorini Island EscapeEuropean Whirl European Impressions Road to AthensEuropean Discovery European MagicEuropean Explorer plus Mykonos European EncounterSimply ItalyItalian Espresso Adriatic SpiritAdriatic UnearthedGreat Britain & Ireland IrelandScotlandEngland & ScotlandEuropean Explorer inc GICEuropean InspirationsEuropean VistasAdriatic HorizonsEuropean ContrastsUltimate European plus Greek Island HoppingEastern TrailEuropean QuestCroatia Island EscapeEuropean HorizonEuropean HighlightsEuropean EscapadesMediterranean Quest Greek Island hoppingEuropean PanoramaTrail to RomeEuropean TrailEastern RockerTrail to LondonWestern RockerUltimate EuropeanLondon to AthensEuropean ExperienceCroatia Island EscapeLondon to RomeWestern QuestQuest to RomeQuest to LondonEastern QuestSpanish SpreeSpain Portugal and MoroccoIbiza & BeyondTravel Style : CampingSki & SnowboardSailing & Cruise Europe Summer HeroContiki USA: Better Together Best With UsTourRadar presents The Sorrento PeninsulaTourRadar presents Ella to Kandy by TrainTourRadar presents Chiang MaiTourRadar presents Island Hopping in Thailand

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 (78)
Rome (61)
Paris (54)
Venice (54)
Dover (51)
London (98)
Rome (85)
Venice (68)
Paris (58)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Special Interest

Special Interest

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Discovery (3217)
Boat (1033)
Sailing (876)
Adventure (568)

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 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 18 December 2019 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 30 November 2019 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 $200 is non-refundable.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 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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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America