Tour operators need to change and evolve with the times, constantly looking at what young travelers actually want in order to curate their various itineraries and offer as much value as they can. Of course, one of the best known for Australians, Topdeck, is no exception here, evidenced by several new programs which will offer millennials structured ways to travel to some of the world’s most popular destinations, while balancing that with the desired freedom that should always be afforded to those looking to truly explore a holiday.
The recent additions focus in on different perspectives of Asia, as well as adding some of their most affordable options yet to make travel accessible to a wider audience. The most inexpensive: a six-day “Tuk Tuk Express” tour of Thailand with both Bangkok and Chang Mai on the itinerary, starting off with a Tuk Tuk street food tour of the capital on the first night and ending at Chiang Rai. That one is being offered from $850pp, edging out Topdeck’s popular 7-day “Bali Island Hopper” (from $990pp).
Thailand reappears in the new 5-day “Sunsets and Beaches” itinerary which includes optionals like a rum distillery tour and half-day rock climbing. Offered from $1090pp.
Also recently added is a “Bali Active” package that moves away from the typical way your stereotypical Australian would view the notorious Indonesian island and sticks close to the breezy beachside area of Canggu while also heading to Ubud and Seminyak. That one is being offered from $1295pp and stretches across 7 days, offering surf, cycle and yoga.
Though perhaps the biggest addition is a brand new destination for Topdeck, and one which speaks to a growing interest surrounding the majestic Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). It’s a 9 day trip from $1656pp and features plenty of activities from an optional hot air balloon ride over Bagan and a horse & cart journey through the temples, to a boat trip across Lake Inle and a street eats tour of Yangon’s Chinatown.
On the other end of the price spectrum, Topdeck’s most expensive new trip from $3591 is a 12-day “China Live” trip from Bejing and Shanghai, stopping off in Xian, Chengdu, Yangshuo, and Longsheng in between. The itinerary is packed with the obligatory trip to the Great Wall of China (including a toboggan ride), the famous Terracotta Warriors, a bike ride along the Xian city wall, and even a visit to the panda conservatory centre.
To launch the new itineraries, Topdeck are currently running a 10% off Asia sale which lasts from now up until 15th January 2017.
The new additions mark a significant move forward for the operator, a move which also includes recently partnering with Flight Centre NZ to offer a customised LGBT tour through Europe with 23 nights staying in the gay districts (or nearby) of every city on the itinerary as well as transport in private air-conditioned coaches.
Feature image supplied. Kuang Si Waterfalls in Laos.