Topdeck Tours

Topdeck Tours
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Choose from 227 Topdeck tours and read 28 in-depth Topdeck tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. When you book your Topdeck tour with us you'll enjoy exclusive online savings, a dedicated travel consultant to look after your booking and the best price guaranteed!

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Topdeck Tour Reviews (28)

28 Topdeck Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Amazing highlights trip of Europe”
- SA, Australia Jul 2018 1 Helpful Vote

My partner and I completed a 34 day discover Europe trip with Top Deck and had the most amazing time. Our tour leader was so professional and incredibly knowledgeable and our driver was amazing. We made life long friends and saw some of the best parts of Europe. Would definitely travel with Top Deck again.

We booked the tour with Jemma through Global Journeys. She was brilliant, easy to contact and very efficient. Everything was hassle free, and I would definitely book with Global Journeys again. Overall, brilliant service from all involved and an unforgettable holiday.

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“Fast paced trip through many locations in Italy”
- VIC, Australia Aug 2017 2 Helpful Votes

Bravo Italia was a fantastic tour that included 16 stops around Italy. This is not for someone looking for a leisurely holiday - every bus day had stops at towns with walking tours and then time for lunch along with a group dinner once you arrived in your location, and most free days had included walking tours or activities that took up most of the morning. If you are looking to see as much as you can in as little time as possible I would recommend this. Our trip leader was highly knowledgeable and always happy to help if you had a question about where to go, what to do, etc. The other people on the trip were mostly from Aus/NZ and were mostly age 25+, with a lot of couples. Booking through Global Journeys was easy and I would use them again.

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“Great time on Topdeck”
- SA, Australia Jun 2017 4 Helpful Votes

This tour is great for someone who wants to get a taste of many different countries in Europe and plans on returning later for some more in-depth travel. The tour is very fast paced, as you are on the bus almost every day, but the trips go by quickly and before you know it you are in a new place. The accomodations were all of decent quality, the included meals were nice and there was a great mix of planned activities and free time. There was never any pressure to do any activities though, so you could always go off on your own accord if you wish. My tour leader Jass and driver Filipe made the trip fun and I will never forget this experience. If you are thinking about it and are not sure... just do it. It's the best thing I've ever done and as a solo traveller was a great way for me to make friends.

Juliet at Global Journeys was an excellent travel agent - she put through all my request efficiently and promptly and was happy to answer any questions. Would highly recommend booking through Global Journeys as they gave me the best price I could find on this trip.

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“A trip of a lifetime”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2017 2 Helpful Votes

A very fast paced and exhausting tour but really worth it. I got to visit all of the places I only used to dream of visiting. The accommodation was lacking in some cities but generally pretty good. The Topdeck tour leader and coach driver were very professional and lovely people. Some of the optional excursions were disappointing but I'm glad that I got to experience them.

Booking through Global Journeys was a breeze and Juliet Scott was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this trip and booking through Global Journeys to friends and family.

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“Nice pace”
- VIC, Australia Apr 2017 4 Helpful Votes

I really enjoyed the laid back pace of this tour. Unlike the usual Europe coach tours, this felt more relaxed, mostly as it was one county and main transport by ferry. The accommodation could be better, hotels usually not in central locations (apart from the really small islands we visited) and fairly dated/old. Also, a large chunk of the tour are very young, be prepared for lots of alcohol/late nights. I found the pairing of roommates quite odd (e.g I'm in my mid twenties and shared with an 18 year old, another was a 30 year old with a 20 year old). Otherwise the tour was very enjoyable and I really enjoyed the amount of free time. The optional tours were worth it as well.

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“Spirit of Europe”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2017 1 Helpful Vote

We both had a great time, got to see so much and learnt a lot along the way. Booking through Global Journeys made it very easy.

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“Best week in Europe! ”
- QLD, Australia Nov 2016 6 Helpful Votes

If you are looking for a week of fun and adventure tasting some of eastern Europe's most amazing cities this is the tour for you! I made the most amazing memories with some pretty amazing people! Just a warning this tour does join a bigger group who has been travelling for about 2 weeks prior but don't let that turn you off because I had not problem me and the other people going in bonded and we integrated pretty well into the larger group.

Starting with Budapest the welcome dinner was massive and the ruin bar we visited was awesome! But we turned in early on the first night as a lot of the new travellers had a big day of travel. We walked up to the Budapest castle and relaxed in the thermal baths, drank way too much in the ruin bars and danced out hearts out! The optional dinner cruise was a great way to kick of a big night and seeing the city lit up from the river was incredible. The dinner was amazing though should have been advertised as a buffet as I was expecting a sit down meal and 2 bottles of wine (which for my table turned into 4) were a great compliment to the cruise.

Krakow was the next city and the quick walking tour that night was good for getting our bearing on the city! I paid for the optional pub crawl which I highly recommend it was a night I will never forget and the hour of free drink definitely helped that. The next day I did the optional Jewish walking tour and the salt mines both were informative but with the hangover form the night before by 3pm I was struggling. Auschwitz was something you just can't miss when in Poland and I'm happy that was an inclusion in the tour. It was also made clear that if we were struggling with the visit we were more than welcome to come back to the bus and have a chat! It was nice to know we had a safe place if it was too much! The only overall downside to Krakow was our accommodation classified as a hotel upgrade it was awful and was a real let down. it was also far form the city center. A lot of us would have preferred to have stayed in a hostel closer to the city centre.

After that we ventured onto Prague a city which I fell in love with and probably the best time I had on the tour. The city was gorgeous filled with amazing food, beautiful architecture and it was easy to navigate. The night we arrived in Prague we had an informative walking tour and then we headed out for a night in the 5 story club. Being a Sunday night it was pretty quiet but our group made fun for itself. My night ended on a bad night having my phone lost/stolen (the latter more likely as i found out later that the club is notorious for things going 'missing'). But none the less I had a good night and I was having so much fun that the next day it was a joke and my new friends kept my spirits up and let me forget about it! We spent that day running around the city visiting all the gorgeous sites and just having too much fun! That is a day I will never forget and it is because I was on this tour!

All of the inclusions from the hotels to the breakfast and the extra activities were well worth the money. But being in Europe everything is cheap and you can enjoy without having to worry too much about money. You do spend about 3 days on a bus but I enjoyed the bus journeys even when were delayed because we caught up on the sleep we were lacking (only sleeping for 3 hrs a night was catching up) watched movies and chatted. There were plenty of breaks as well. Our tour leader Amanda was amazing could not recommend or praise her enough! She included us newbies, had itineraries, Facebook groups, recommendations everything you could ever want or need from a tour leader she had! Sergio our bus driver was hilarious, including and a lot of fun! Booking with Global Journeys was easy, quick and would definitely book through them again! Overall this is an amazing trip and I couldn't recommend it enough!

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“Europe Tour”
- New Zealand Sep 2016

Great tour. Travelled in September, while this was at the back end of the summer season the weather was still warm, with the added bonus of sites being less crowded than during peak summer season. Tour manager was knowledgeable and arranged for additional options outside of those listed in the brochure.

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Tell me about Topdeck Tours

Why you should choose to travel with Topdeck on your next adventure

Topdeck Touring

We do epic Eurotrips, Big Game safaris, American road trips, sailing trips, pyramid expeditions, and other awesomeness around the world for travellers between 18-39. We realise that everyone's different, which is why all Topdeck trips include heaps of free time to play and explore. It's your trip, your way.

Each trip includes all the must-see, must-do activities and top-notch local fare to recharge those batteries between stops, which means you can spend your money where it matters and we'll take care of the rest.

You will hit the road on modern, WiFi-equipped coaches, stay in handpicked accommodation ranging from castles to yachts and hang out with other young explorers bent on seeing the world. Ready to pack your bags?

Why Choose To Travel with TopDeck?

Our staff are as enthusiastic about travel as you are! They know their stuff, they are highly motivated and they'll make sure you have the best trip possible. You enjoy the fun parts of travelling whilst we take care of the boring bits. No overbooked trains, unavailable hostels or language problems...make life easy for yourself!

Topdeck include your accommodation, transport, food, guided tours and 'Totally Topdeck' experiences as clearly displayed on our itinerary pages. In other words – heaps you don't need to budget for!

We also know each individual traveller has different interests and ideas on how to spend their own time. We give you as much free time as possible to explore at your own pace.

Topdeck's Hotel Trips

Topdeck's Hotel trips stay in character-filled and well-located hotels, predominantly of a 3-star standard, on a twin/double share basis. Plus if you and two other friends would prefer to stay together, you can all enjoy a triple share reduction. Hotel trips include all breakfasts and several tasty evening meals which will give you a flavour of European cuisine.

You can also enjoy 'Bucket List' included activities such as a gondola ride in Venice, wine tasting in Bordeaux, a visit to the Gellert Baths in Budapest and more.

Our Hotel trips have a maximum of 48 passengers and average around 35, meaning that you'll be sharing the adventure with other like-minded young travellers.

Topdeck's Club Trips

Club trips travel to every corner of Europe but won't break the bank! These trips stay in varied multi-share accommodation such as hostels, cabins, bungalows, yachts (and even a castle), making them a great value way to see more of Europe. Rooms on Club trips are single sex with usually 4 people to a room.

All breakfasts, lunches on selected travel days and loads of dinners are included to save you money and give you a taste of Europe. Plus you'll get to try delicious meals prepared by Topdeck's resident On Site Chefs in the Swiss Alps, Rome and Venice.

Our Club trips have a maximum of 48 passengers and average around 35, making for sociable trips which are the perfect way to meet people.

Camp In Style With Topdeck

It's camping, but with luxury! Topdeck's camping trips are the best way to travel Europe on a budget. On these trips you'll sleep in spacious two-person "dome-style" tents on comfy air mattresses at some of Europe's superbly equipped campsites. Each trip has a Topdeck 'On Road Chef' – so all breakfasts and even more delicious lunches and dinners are included in the trip price.

Flotilla sailing in Greece and selected free multi-share upgrades are included on many trips. Our Camping trips have a maximum of 48 passengers and average around 35, meaning that you'll have loads of like-minded young travellers to share the experience with.

In-depth Explorer European Trips

Topdeck's Explorer range of trips allows you to get to the heart and soul of a particular country or region in Europe. These in-depth Europe trips feature smaller groups, averaging between 16 and 20 people (with a maximum of 30).

They predominantly use hotel accommodation on a twin/double share basis. All breakfasts are included and also some lunches or dinners (depending on the trip), giving you the chance to sample some local cuisine.

Go off the beaten track and discover some of Europe's most incredible destinations on a Topdeck Explorer trip!

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Topdeck Tour FAQ's

Frequently asked questions for clients considering travelling with Topdeck

General FAQ's
When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Topdeck issues e-docs which will be sent to you five to six weeks prior to departure and when you have paid in full, which includes your detailed day-to-day itinerary. These also include any vouchers you need for pre and post trip accommodation. In addition to this, you MUST read the detailed pre-departure information relevant to your trip. This can be viewed at any time below. The pre-departure document contains a number of important points that you should be aware of. Please take the time to download and read it.

What sort of people will be on the trip?

Topdeck passengers come from all over the world and are aged between 18 and 39. Like you, they will be up for a great travel experience and meeting like-minded travellers.

Is it a problem if I travel on my own?

Not at all! Many of our passengers travel alone – often over 50% of our passengers start the trip solo and it's a great way to meet people. What's more, we don't charge compulsory single supplements – instead we'll match you up with a roommate(s) of the same sex.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Comprehensive travel insurance is compulsory on all Topdeck trips. This should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend getting a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for all medical expenses (including repatriation) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, tablets, smart phones and cameras. Check the policy wording and excess limits before you book and make sure they are to your satisfaction. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case of unforeseen events which may lead you to cancel your trip.

Will I be contactable on my trip?

As well as having regular access to internet cafés throughout Europe, if someone needs to contact you in the case of an emergency, the Topdeck Head Office in London will be able to get in touch with your Trip Leader.

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How many other people will be on the trip?

Group sizes vary from trip to trip. As a guideline, an average Hotel, Hostel Plus or Camping trip could have around 35 passengers on board, with a maximum group size of 48. Minimum numbers would not normally be below 20 passengers. Our Explorer groups average around 16-20 passengers, with a maximum of 30.

What visas will I need?

Obtaining correct visas is your own responsibility. Not having correct visas could mean you missing out on part or all of your trip. Please refer to our Visa Information section (which should be used as a guide only). You should also double check with the individual Embassies before you depart, remembering that visa requirements can change at short notice. For most of the countries where visas are required, it is NOT possible to obtain the visa whilst on the trip and some visas take 3-4 weeks to obtain.

For trips going to Russia, Topdeck will provide invitation letters that you MUST have to obtain your visa. For this reason it is essential that you provide us with your passport details as soon as you book.

How do the Hotel trips work?

Topdeck's Hotel trips stay in a range of quality, character-filled hotels, predominantly 3-star standard. Rooms are twin or double share, with a 5% triple share reduction if you're travelling with two other friends and wish to share together. If you're travelling solo, then you'll be sharing with someone of the same gender. We've tried to avoid bland, multi-national chain hotels where possible and select smaller hotels which are more reflective of the character and vibe of the countries we visit. Our hotels are close to public transport (allowing you to get to wherever you want to go during your free time) and are as centrally located as possible. And while we can't always manage to get you right into the beating heart of a city, we can guarantee that no-one else will get you closer! Please bear in mind that European hotel rooms may be smaller than you are used to for similar standard hotels in Australia, New Zealand, North America or Asia.

How do Hostel Plus trips work?

Hostel Plus trips stay in varied, multi-share accommodation. Rooms are single-sex, usually 4 people to a room. There are occasions where we stay in twin share bungalows or hotels, and other occasions where we stay in hostels with rooms which are 5 or 6 share. On very limited occasions rooms of up to 10 people may be used. Your Trip Leader will coordinate room lists during the course of the trip. Hostel Plus trips boast accommodation ranging from modern hostels to guesthouses, bungalows, yachts and even a 12th Century Castle! In Italy, we often stay in bungalows at campsites, although calling them 'campsites' is doing them a serious disservice – it's just that 'self-contained mini resorts with unique nightlife' is a bit of a mouthful! In Paris and other selected special stopovers we use hotel upgrades for a bit of extra comfort. We always try to stay as centrally as possible and we know that no other operator can match our locations.

On the Red Star Special, Northern Exposure, Russia Scandi, Scandi Express or Scenic Scandi trips, you will also need to bring a sleeping bag.

I'm doing a Hostel Plus trip with my partner – will we be able to share?

Rooms on Hostel Plus trips are booked on a single-sex basis, so couples should not expect to share. However your Trip Leader will try to room your together where possible, if the room configurations and gender breakdown of the group allows. On most trips it is possible that you will be able to share together on certain occasions.

How do Camping trips work?

Camping trips stay in dome-style tents on a twin share basis at some of Europe's best-equipped campsites. Our easy to erect dome tents are surprisingly spacious and you'll be supplied with a comfy air mattress to sleep on. You and your tent partner will erect and dismantle your own tent at each stop, but you will be given a demonstration by your Topdeck Crew on the first day of the trip. Many of our Camping trips feature free accommodation upgrades such as hotels, hostels, yachts and an overnight ferry. These are all on a multi-share, single-sex basis, with usually 4-6 people per room. Camping trips feature the services of a Topdeck On-Road Chef and each trip carries a spacious cook tent. All cutlery and eating utensils are supplied. You will need to bring a sleeping bag for Camping trips.

How do Explorer trips work?

Explorer trips are designed for travellers who want to immerse themselves in one country or region in Europe rather than take a multi-destination trip. Our preferred accommodation style for Explorer trips is hotel (twin share / double), although our Croatia sailing boats - being traditional coastal cruisers - do not all have en-suite facilities. Explorer group sizes tend to be smaller, averaging between 16 and 20 people (with a maximum of 30). All groups are accompanied by a Topdeck Trip Leader, while our Greece and Turkey programmes have specially selected local guides to escort these trips and provide added insight to the region.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags are required on all Camping trips. Sleeping bags are also required on Hostel Plus trips that visit Scandinavia (Red Star Special, Northern Exposure, Russia Scandi, Scandi Express or Scenic Scandi), and are recommended for any Hostel Plus trip that features Flotilla Sailing in Greece. Sleeping bags are not required on Hotel, Explorer and all other Hostel Plus> trips.

How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

Each person is allowed 1 item of standard size luggage (backpacks only on a Camping trip) plus a day pack (and sleeping bag if required – see above). The maximum weight of your main bag must not exceed 44lbs/20kgs. Size for all bags must not exceed 70cm x 45cm x 25cm. Due to strict weight regulations for coaches in Europe, passengers whose luggage exceeds 44lbs/20kgs may be asked to offload the excess on the departure morning. In this scenario, Topdeck will not cover any storage costs which are incurred.

What about spending money?

Naturally everybody's spending varies. There are many souvenirs to be bought and a great social scene should you wish to join in! Many of your meals (including lunches on Club & Camping trips) are included, so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for. Throughout the trip, your Trip Leader will also inform you of optional activities which you can participate in, such as a gondola ride in Venice or an excursion up the Jungfrau Mountain in Switzerland. Most people budget approximately €70 per day including optional activities and some souvenirs.

What if I am on a special diet?

If you have special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian or vegan, we will make every endeavour to cater for your specific needs as long as you tell your travel advisor when you book. Unfortunately in some places in Europe it is not possible to obtain certain special foods, and we cannot guarantee the variety of foods available when eating out. Our "On Road / Site Chefs" will put every effort into catering for your specific needs. There are some diets we are unable to cater for such as religious diets, so if you are unsure please email Global Journeys to check.

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How many other people will be on the trip?

There's really no way to know exactly how many people will be on your trip as late bookings and cancellations do occur. Popular itineraries during peak summer season can expect to have 25-45 passengers. In the event of smaller groups, a modified passenger van may be used to improve logistics and create a more intimate group dynamic. There are some fantastic advantages to both larger and smaller group sizes.

What standard is the accommodation in the US?

On each of our North American trips we've tried to find the ideal combination of good quality accommodation which won't force you to break the bank. The hotels and motels we use are generally 2/3 star American standard hotels. Rooms in North American hotels are often larger than in similarly rated hotels in Europe, and are clean and comfortable. Rooms usually have 2 double beds, a TV and en-suite bathroom facilities. Some hotels have been selected based on their superior location, while others have been chosen for their higher quality. In Yosemite National Park, California, many of our itineraries will stay in tent cabins in the heart of the park. These cabins, chosen for their amazing location, may offer triple share rooms with a very short walk to the shower block.

What visas will I need?

Depending on your nationality you may require a visa to enter the United States. Currently most western visitors are included as part of the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers are required to obtain an electronic travel authorisation prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the US. Travellers will need to log onto the ESTA website and complete an on-line application in English. Please refer to our Visa Information section (which should be used as a guide only).

Where will we stop on drive days?

We do try to limit the time spent on the coach so you will have more time to enjoy the places you visit. We have adapted our itineraries to suit the distances travelled, however the USA and Canada are big countries and it takes time to get around. On some travel days we may spend several hours on the road, but we will always break up the journeys with interesting stops where possible. Stops vary from trip to trip and range from standard commercial service areas to interesting locations such as scenic parks, viewpoints and small cowboy towns!

What are the breakfasts like?

Breakfasts will range from basic continental breakfast options of cereal, toast and muffins, to full cooked hot breakfasts, all with tea and/or coffee. We have tried to use hotels which offer breakfasts in the lobby to give you that little bit of extra time in the morning.

Are there any optional activities?

Throughout the trip, your Trip Leader will also inform you of optional activities which you can participate in. Should you choose to do so, you will need to budget extra for these activities. These activities are entirely optional and you should never feel compelled to join in any of them if you don't wish to. You will be able to find a more detailed list and price guidelines in your pre-departure information.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping is a way of life in America, but in true Topdeck style your Crew will not be asking for any tips themselves at the end of your trip! However when dining out or visiting bars, it is courteous to tip the serving staff, who rely on tips to supplement their wages, which are legally below the minimum wage and often only a couple of dollars an hour.

What is the drinking age?

The drinking age in the USA is 21 years. All bars and drinking spots check ID as a matter of routine, either on entry or via the serving staff (when you order an alcoholic drink in restaurants, etc.). For this reason you should always carry some form of photographic ID (typically your passport) on you if you wish to buy alcohol. In Canada, the drinking age is 18 in Alberta & Quebec, and 19 in British Columbia & Ontario. Our Canadian Rockies trip visits both Alberta & British Columbia. Our USA & Canada Adventure trip visits both Quebec & Ontario. You should always carry photographic ID (typically your passport) with you if you wish to purchase alcohol.

How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

Each person is allowed 1 item of standard size luggage plus a day pack. The maximum weight of your main bag must not exceed 44lbs/20kgs. Size for all bags must not exceed 70cm x 45cm x 25cm. Due to strict weight regulations for coaches in the USA, passengers whose luggage exceeds 44lbs/20kgs may be asked to offload the excess on the departure morning. In this scenario, Topdeck will not cover any storage costs which are incurred.

What about spending money?

Naturally everybody's spending varies. Many of your meals are included in the trip price so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for. As a general guide we suggest budgeting around US$50-60 per day.

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How many other people will be on the trip?

At Topdeck we believe the best way to see Australia and New Zealand is in smaller groups because this means more flexibility, less time wasting and a more social travel experience. Our groups range in size from 8 to 36, with an average of around 22. You will find this varies from trip to trip and typically our Outback trips are smaller.

What visas will I need?

Obtaining correct visas is your own responsibility. Not having correct visas could mean you missing out on part or all of your trip. Please refer to our Visa Information section (which should be used as a guide only). You should also double check with the individual Embassies before you depart, remembering that visa requirements can change at short notice. For most of the countries where visas are required, it is NOT possible to obtain the visa whilst on the trip and some visas take 3-4 weeks to obtain.

How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

Please note due to limited space and weight restrictions on our coaches, luggage is limited to one backpack or suitcase per passenger weighing 20kg or less. In addition you will be able to bring a small daypack on board the coach.

Passengers with too much luggage on the morning of departure may be told that they cannot take it all with them. In this scenario you will be responsible for making your own arrangements to store or relocate your luggage, and Topdeck will not incur any storage costs. Topdeck reserves the right to check your luggage at departure.

Do I need to advise if I have a medical condition?

If you have an existing medical condition or disability which may affect your trip, we ask that you inform your Global Journeys travel advisor in writing at the time of booking. We may ask you to obtain a medical certificate. If we reasonably feel we are unable to satisfactorily accommodate your particular needs, we reserve the right to decline the booking or to require that you be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to you.

What if I am on a special diet?

If you have special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian or vegan, we will make every effort to ensure your specific needs are catered for as long as you tell your travel advisor at the time of booking. Unfortunately in some locations the variety of food is limited so we cannot guarantee availability when eating out. There are some diets we are unable to cater for such as religious diets, so if you are unsure please contact your Global Journeys travel advisor to check.

Please re-confirm any dietary requirements with your Topdeck Trip Leader at the start of your trip.

What about spending money?

Naturally everybody's spending varies. Many of your meals are included in the trip price so this really just leaves the occasional meal and your personal spending to budget for. As a general guide we suggest budgeting around AUD/NZD$50-$60 per day.

Throughout the trip your Trip Leader will also inform you of any optional activities which you may wish to participate in, for which you will need to budget extra. You will be able to find a more detailed list and price guidelines in your pre-departure information.

How much time will I spend on the coach?

We do try to limit the time spent on the coach so you will have more time to enjoy the places you visit. We have adapted our itineraries to suit the distances travelled, however Australia and New Zealand are big places and there are a few longer travel days when you will spend more time on the coach than usual.

Egypt & Middle East
How many other people will be on the trip?

Group sizes can vary, but tend to average around 15 people in Egypt and Morocco and 10 people in Jordan and Israel.

What visas will I need?

Obtaining correct visas is your own responsibility. Not having correct visas could mean you missing out on part or all of your trip. Please refer to our Visa Information section (which should be used as a guide only). You should also double check with the individual Embassies before you depart, remembering that visa requirements can change at short notice. For most of the countries where visas are required, it is NOT possible to obtain the visa whilst on the trip and some visas take 3-4 weeks to obtain.

What type of accommodation will I stay in?

In Egypt we stay in well-equipped, air-conditioned 4-star hotels, apart from a select few chosen for their superior location or service. If your trip includes a Nile Cruise, then you'll stay on a 5-star cruise boat while on the Nile. Certain trips also offer unique overnight stays in a White Desert camp and on board a traditional Felucca. Our two Budget trips in Egypt (Egypt Express and Pyramids & Beaches) stay in well-equipped, air-conditioned hotels, predominantly 3-star standard.

In Jordan and Israel we stay in quality 3-star hotels, except in Wadi Rum in Jordan where we stay in a traditional Desert Camp for a unique and memorable overnight experience.

In Morocco we stay in quality 3-star hotels, except in Merzouga where we stay in traditional Berber tents in the desert.

Whichever trip you choose, you can rest assured that every hotel has been thoroughly inspected by Topdeck to ensure they meet our very specific requirements and high standards.

Can I extend my stay?

As well as being able to arrange pre and post trip accommodation for you, Topdeck also offer some fantastic bolt on packages which you can add to your holiday. Fancy spending some more time in Cairo or taking an excursion to historic Alexandria in Egypt? Want to visit the 'Rose City' of Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan? Or how about adding on a trek in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco? To discuss your options you can contact your friendly Global Journeys travel advisor.

What are the breakfasts like?

Breakfasts will range from basic continental breakfast options of cereal, toast and muffins, to full cooked hot breakfasts, all with tea and/or coffee. We have tried to use hotels which offer breakfasts in the lobby to give you that little bit of extra time in the morning.

What kind of transportation does Topdeck use?

In Egypt we own all of our vehicles (unlike many other operators), meaning that we can guarantee an excellent standard of transport. We use coaches and mini-buses which are modern, air-conditioned and comfortable. Sometimes we take 1st class overnight train services to cover the longer journeys from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo (recliner seats). Occasionally they can be delayed or experience reliability problems, and with larger groups it can sometimes prove difficult to obtain tickets seating the whole group together. Fortunately we have our fleet of modern air-conditioned coaches on hand, which we often use as an alternative to the trains. 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 we use comfy, air-conditioned mini coaches with experienced local drivers.

In what currency should I bring money?

Local currency is easily available from the numerous cash machines in all of our starting cities in the region, plus all of the cities and major towns which we visit. This is the easiest and most convenient way to access local cash – just make sure you notify your bank of your travel plans before you leave.

However, it is useful to have a small amount of cash (US$, GBP or local currency) with you on arrival in case of emergencies.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping is expected for quite a few things (carrying luggage etc.) but you only need to give a small amount and your Trip Leader will advise you what is appropriate to give.

Africa
How many other people will be on the trip?

Our groups have a maximum size of 24 and usually average around 16 people.

What visas will I need?

Depending on your nationality you may require a visa to enter the United States. Currently most western visitors are included as part of the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers are required to obtain an electronic travel authorisation prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the US. Travellers will need to log onto the ESTA website and complete an on-line application in English. Please refer to our Visa Information section (which should be used as a guide only).

What's the accommodation like?

At night you'll stay in comfortable, two-person dome tents kitted out with insect screens and foam mats for a good night's sleep. Your Crew will show you how to erect them and they're surprisingly easy – even novice campers will be popping them up and pulling them down in no time!

The campsites we stop at along the way are remote and wild enough to give you that authentic African holiday experience (but we'll let you in on a secret – they're also furnished with enough creature comforts to keep you sane!). In certain locations our trips feature included hostel upgrades and we also use comfortable hotel accommodation on Zanzibar.

What's the transport like?

You'll be travelling in one of our state of the art overland safari vehicles. The word safari means 'journey' in Swahili and with Topdeck and Acacia you'll be sure to journey in style! Our fleet of overland safari vehicles is quite simply the finest in Africa. Your truck is a rolling home for the duration of your trip.

It will also keep your food and drinks fresh (in the on-board drinks cooler), your belongings safely stowed (in secure lockers big enough for your entire luggage) and your body well-cushioned (thanks to the comfy seats). On top of that, it comes equipped with power points to charge up laptops, cameras and mp3 players so you can plug in and chill out when you need to.

How about the food?

Experiencing all the delights that Africa has to offer can work up a serious appetite. But never fear – all of our trips include loads of appetising meals so you'll enjoy yourself on a full stomach! We reckon that you'll be pleasantly surprised with the great quality of our tasty and healthy included meals. On occasion you may be asked to lend a hand with the meals, under the keen eye of our Crew. They'll give you all the guidance you need to play your part in the creation of some culinary masterpieces!

What clothes should I take?

The climate in Africa varies from country to country. Most countries range between hot days and mild nights in the summer months to warm days and cool nights in the winter.

Some African countries can get very hot in summer, so lightweight cottons and linens are recommended along with clothing to cover your head and neck and high factor sunblock. If visiting in winter you will need to bring some warmer clothing for the cool evenings.

Do I need much cash?

You will be able to withdraw local currency from ATMs in all major cities. Your Trip Leader can advise you when you might need some local currency. You should also bring some cash with you on arrival (US$ or GBP), in addition to your local payment amount.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping is expected for quite a few things (carrying your luggage etc.) but you only need to give a small amount and your Trip Leader will advise you what is appropriate.

What is the Adventure Pass?

Want to experience the real Africa in all its rugged glory? With our Topdeck Adventure Pass, you're given the green light to take part in all the activities that make Africa so unique. Think: National Park explorations, access to World Heritage sites, game drives, village tours and a whole lot more. Compulsory for all trips, the Adventure Pass ensures all the major highlights are covered and your once in a lifetime trip is one to remember. Ready for the adventure? Let's go!

What is the Gorilla & Chimp Excursion permit?

For many of our passengers, the opportunity to trek through the Ugandan jungle to witness rare mountain gorillas in the wild is a rewarding and memorable experience. This excursion 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, and the cost is listed on each itinerary page featuring the Gorilla Trek. Please be aware that no company can reserve permits in bulk and they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that the sooner you book, the more likely it is that you'll be able to do this incredible trek. Included in the permit cost is an excursion to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Kyambura Gorge, another unforgettable African wildlife encounter. Contact your Global Journeys travel advisor if you have any further queries.

Asia
How many other people will be on the trip?

Group sizes vary from trip to trip and are indicated in the overview information on each trip.

What visas will I need?

Obtaining correct visas is your own responsibility. Not having correct visas could mean you missing out on part or all of your trip. Please refer to our Visa Information section (which should be used as a guide only). You should also double check with the individual Embassies before you depart, remembering that visa requirements can change at short notice. For most of the countries where visas are required, it is NOT possible to obtain the visa whilst on the trip and some visas take 3-4 weeks to obtain.

What standard is the accommodation?

Our trips stay in a range of quality, character-filled hotels, predominantly 3-4 star standard. Rooms are twin or double share with a minimal amount of triple rooms available on request. If you're travelling solo, then you'll be sharing with someone of the same gender.

We've tried to avoid bland, multi-national chain hotels where possible and select smaller hotels which are more reflective of the character and vibe of the countries and regions we visit. Our hotels are close to public transport (allowing you to get to wherever you want to go during your free time) and are as centrally located as possible. While we can't always manage to get you right into the beating heart of a city, we can guarantee that no-one else will get you closer!

We also use traditional homestays and guest houses in some locations, giving you the most authentic experience possible.

How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

Each person is allowed 1 item of standard size luggage plus a day pack. The maximum weight of your main bag must not exceed 44lbs/20kgs. Size for all bags must not exceed 70cm x 45cm x 25cm. Due to strict weight regulations, passengers whose luggage exceeds 44lbs/20kgs may be asked to offload the excess on the departure morning. In this scenario, Topdeck will not cover any storage costs which are incurred.

Will I need any special clothing?

In some destinations and sights of Asia it is customary to cover your shoulders and knees as a sign of respect. Your Trip Leader will advise you when this is the case.

What if I am on a special diet?

If you have special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian or vegan, we will make every endeavour to cater for your specific needs as long as you tell your travel advisor when you book. Unfortunately, in some places in Asia it is not possible to obtain certain special foods, and we cannot guarantee the variety of foods available when eating out. Our Trip Leaders will put every effort into catering for your specific needs. There are some diets we are unable to cater for such as religious diets, so if you are unsure please ask your travel advisor to check.

Please re-confirm any dietary requirements with your Topdeck Trip Leader at the start of your trip.

What about spending money?

Naturally everybody's spending varies. There are many souvenirs to be bought and a great social scene should you wish to join in! Many of your meals are included, so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for. Throughout the trip, your Trip Leader will also inform you of optional activities which you can participate in. For a more detailed list and price guideline please refer to the individual trip page or your personal itinerary.

In what currency should I bring money?

We recommend that you change a small amount of money to cover you for spending money until you have the chance to change more or visit an ATM. ATMs are common throughout all Asian countries that Topdeck visits and you will be able to withdraw local currency from an ATM after arriving in the country. This is the most convenient way to access local currency, just make sure to notify your bank of your travel plans before you depart. During your trip the Trip Leader can advise you on locations to exchange local currencies.

Naturally everybody's spending varies. There are many souvenirs to be bought and a great social scene should you wish to join in! Many of your meals are included, so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for.

Arrival & departure details

Full arrival and departure inforation is provided in your trip itinerary, provided to you by your Global Journeys Travel Advisor which will be sent to you eight weeks prior to departure and when you have paid in full.

Terms & Conditions

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