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Explorer Trips

Travel your way

Discover the small group experience


Want plenty of time to get to the heart of each awesome destination we visit – and a small, close-knit group of like-minded travel buddies to do it with? Then allow us to introduce you to our Explorer trips. We think you two will get along just great!


With itineraries designed to let you discover each region in depth, smaller groups to explore with and stays in sweet as accommodation, our Explorer trips are perfect for those looking for a more intimate holiday experience from their Europe, Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Australia or New Zealand adventure. Ready to channel your inner Indiana Jones? Let’s do this!



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Spend more time in each region

Our Explorer trips give you plenty of time to explore each destination at your own pace. The result? You’ll have the chance to head off the tourist trail and uncover a bunch of lesser-known gems. You’ll be living like a local in no time!



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Stay in awesome accommodation

From traditional marae stays to traditional Indian houseboats, Bedouin desert camps to felucca sail boats and a great range of 3+ star hotels, our range of sweet as accommodation makes the perfect base for in-depth explorations. Every explorer needs their creature comforts sometimes, right?



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See more than just capital cities

With stays in some amazing off-the-beaten track places that you may never even have considered before, Explorer trips go beyond the typical tourist hotspots – so you’ll come home extra cultured (and extra smug).



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Travel in a smaller group

With a maximum group size of 30 passengers (and an average group size of 12-22), our Explorer trips are perfect for travellers looking for a more intimate holiday experience. You know what they say – good things come in small packages!



Bucket List Highlights

  • malta blue lagoon

    Explore incredible Malta

    Miles of stunning limestone coastline. Regions dense with UNESCO-protected prehistoric sites. Hidden bays sheltering crystal-clear water and sun-soaked beaches. An enticing mix of culture developed over thousands of generations. If you haven’t already added the small Mediterranean archipelago of Malta to your European bucket list, you’d better do it now!

  • group of people riding camels in jordan

    Experience Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories

    From Amman to Tel Aviv, our unforgettable Jordan & Israel trip will have you soaking up the sandy sights of Wadi Rum, floating on top of the Dead Sea, getting snap-happy at the ancient city of Petra and tucking into all the falafel your food baby can handle! Sounds pretty awesome, huh?

  • two girls relaxing on the beach on Fraser island

    Go wild at Australia's Fraser Island

    Sensational scenery, superb swimming spots and wildlife for days – the world’s largest sand island sure packs a punch! Try and spot a resident dingo or echidna as you visit the Maheno shipwreck, the coloured sands of The Pinnacles and the aquamarine waters of Lake Mackenzie and Eli Creek. 

  • a girl looking at the Eiffel Tower

    Say bonjour to France

    Mesdames et messieurs, allow us to introduce you to the REAL France! Grab a macaron (or five), practise your finest French accent and prepare to give this legendary country the attention it deserves. On this awesome adventure from Paris to Bordeaux to Biarritz and back again, you can expect the following: good food, good wine, good friends and good times. Très bon!

  • pod of dolphins swimming underwater

    Swim with the Kaikoura locals

    Get up close and personal with Kaikoura’s adorable Dusky Dolphins on a swimming lesson with a twist. Talented acrobats, ultra playful and super curious, these little dolphins love a good underwater sing-along! So get practising your best ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and prepare for all the Little Mermaid vibes. Not much of a swimmer? Fear not! The view from above deck is just as unforgettable.

  • group of people in a traditional river raft in Vietnam

    Stay with a local family in the Mekong Delta

    Want to experience an authentic slice of Vietnamese life? We got you. On our Vietnam Uncovered trip, you’ll stay with a local family in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Not only that, but you’ll also be treated to a market cruise AND lunch with a real-life bonsai gardener. Talk about unforgettable!

  • kayak on ocean with view of Dubrovnik walls

    Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik

    Soak up those adventure vibes and explore the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’ by kayak. A paddle by the historic city walls of Dubrovnik means you’ll get your culture fix, spark your inner explorer and feel like you’re in an episode of Game of Thrones all at the same time. Could it get much better than this?

Explorer Tour Destinations

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From laid-back gondola rides in Venice to goosebump-inducing journeys to the top of the Swiss Alps, our Europe trips will provide allll of the once-in-a-lifetime feels. 

From seeing the pyramids in Egypt to exploring the markets of Morocco; discovering the ruins of Petra to floating in the Dead Sea; and from lazing on the beaches of Dahab to camping in the Sahara Desert, the ancient-modern cities, beautiful natural landscapes and unique history of the Middle East and North Africa are nothing short of epic. 

Whether you want to rock with Uluru in the Red Centre, say g'day to the rugged beaches of the East Coast or go dingo spotting on Fraser Island, our Explorer trips have got you covered. Embrace that adventurous spirit and get ready to do Australia the Topdeck way...

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of India, island hop from one beach to the next in Thailand, explore history temples in Cambodia, sample out-of-this-world street food in Vietnam, travel through rice fields in Bali, walk the Great Wall of China and wander futuristic metropolises in Japan. Asia, let's do this!

Whether you're heli-hiking Fox Glacier, zig-zagging along the Arrow River or whitewater rafting in Queenstown, travelling through New Zealand = adventure by the bucket!


How much luggage can I bring?

Each person is allowed one item of standard size luggage, plus a day pack.

The maximum weight of your main bag must not exceed 44lb/20kg – and the size for all bags must not exceed 70cm x 45cm x 25cm. Due to weight regulations for coaches, passengers with overweight luggage may be asked to offload the excess on the morning the trip departs (eek).

Please also note that small hard suitcases can’t be taken on board – both for safety and comfort!

Heads up! On our Japan trips, you’ll be travelling like a local...by train! This means a bit of walking between stations and hotels so we recommend packing light with a backpack or small case.

PS all domestic flights on our India trips have a capped luggage allowance of 15kgs – so make sure you pack light! If you really can’t go without it, you’ll be able to purchase an extra 5kgs at the airport for approximately £25 or $45 AUD.

Can I start late or finish the trip early?

No worries, just make sure you let our Customer Service Team know. We don’t offer any compensation for hours/days missed, though. And bear in mind that you might miss out on some awesome activities!

Want to check in early? Make sure you ring the hotel in advance to ensure it’s a-okay.

How does a sector trip work?

An example is the Jordan & Israel trip, which starts in Amman and ends in Tel Aviv. This trip has one sector: Jordan Adventure. 

If you book onto the Jordan Adventure trip, you’ll kick off your adventure in Amman with passengers starting their Jordan & Israel trip. While your trip will end back in Amman on day eight, the Jordan & Israel passengers will continue their trip for another two days, ending their journey in Tel Aviv.

Got it? Great!

How much money should I bring with me?

It varies! Obvs, there are loads of great souvenirs to be bought and an awesome social scene to get involved in (if that’s your thing). Heaps of your meals are also included, so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for. 

Throughout the trip, your Trip Leader will also let you know about optional activities that you can do, such as scenic flights over Halong Bay or visits to the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo – so keep this in mind when budgeting too!

What visas do I need?

The best place to find visa information is www.projectvisa.com . Or contact your local embassy.

Travelling to Jordan? For all non-restricted nationalities (please check the eligibility for your passport) we will obtain a free visa on your behalf. To obtain your free visa on arrival in Amman, we will require your full passport, flight and insurance details no later than two weeks before arriving to ensure our representative can meet you before immigration. If you do not provide us with these details we will be unable to obtain a free visa for you and you will be subject to paying the full amount on arrival.

How many people will be on my trip?

Group sizes vary from a maximum of 16 to 30 but tend to average around 12-22 people – making our Explorer trips perfect for those travellers looking for an intimate holiday experience. 

Are entrance fees included?

On each trip page you'll find a 'What's Included' section which shows exactly what is included in the trip price.

Note: Egypt trips do not include entrance fees to some sights – details can be found on your trip notes.

What type of accommodation will I stay in?

From Bedouin desert camps to Indian guesthouses, felucca boats, traditional marae stays and a great range of 3-4 star hotels, our range of sweet as accommodation makes the perfect base for in-depth explorations. 

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 short break packages which you can add to your holiday – from relaxing beach breaks in Goa to cosmopolitan escapes in Dubai.

What kind of transport does Topdeck use?

Our transport styles vary to best suit the trip destination but we will often use comfy, air-conditioned coaches and mini buses with experienced local drivers.

Transport variations include internal flights in India, felucca sail boats and 5 star cruises in Egypt, bullet trains in Japan and camels in Morocco – can our trips get any more epic?

What vaccinations do I need?

Make sure you check with your GP or local travel doctor for any required vaccinations. 

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