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The 10 Best Group Travel Tour Companies for 2023

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Caroline Morse Teel

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For those truly epic, once-in-a-lifetime destinations, you want to leave your itinerary to the experts. Whether your dream is to see the Big Five on an African Safari, trek tall mountains, explore European cities, or something even wilder, a group tour is the easiest way to do it.

However, picking the wrong group tour company is the quickest way to ruin your trip. Make sure you choose a tour company that aligns with your goals and travel styles. Do you want an intimate group tour or do you prefer to make lots of new friends in a big group? Does the price line up with what you like (luxury vs. budget)? Is the itinerary going to all the places you want to see? 

We’ve done the research and found the very best group travel tour companies for 2023 for every type of traveler.

Best Overall Group Travel: Exodus Travels

Images of nature around the mountains and lakes of Slovenia as seen on the Exodus Travels' Lakes and Mountains of Slovenia walking tour

With trips on every continent, Exodus Travels covers anywhere on this planet that you could possibly want to go, from popular destinations like the Amalfi Coast to well off-the-beaten path adventures like Tajikistan. This award-winning group travel company boasts thousands of repeat customers who sign up for trips year after year (97% of past participants would recommend Exodus Travels to a friend). 

These small group tours operate with only around 12-16 people, and always feature experienced local leaders who can give you a unique insight into your destination. Exodus Travels caters to any type of travel style, including trips broken down by type of activity (think walking, cycling, multi-adventure, winter, or cultural) as well as type of traveler (family, age group, etc.). There are curated collections (coastal, “away from it all”, European wilderness, and trips of a lifetime) to inspire you, as well as self-guided options for when you want all the benefits of a group tour planner without the actual group. Looking for that special safari? Exodus Travels just partners with the African Wildlife Foundation to create carefully curated luxury adventures that go above and beyond the standard safari. 

Exodus Travels tours work for almost any budget, with options that range from affordable to premium. 

Top Trip: Explore under-the-radar Europe by foot on Exodus Travels’ Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia walking tour .

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Best Adventure Group Travel: World Expeditions

Groups of hikers walking and camping around the mountains of Kilimanjaro with World Expeditions

World Expeditions has been taking adventurous travelers to remote locations all over the world ever since its first group trek through Nepal in 1975. Today, World Expeditions offers active itineraries on every continent. Intrepid travelers can opt for trips themed around mountaineering, rafting, cycling, hiking, and more. 

World Expeditions aims to leave communities and places where they operate tours better than they found them. Trips are created using the company’s Thoughtful Travel Charter as a guideline, which emphasizes respect for the environment, sustainability, having a positive impact on local communities, protecting wildlife, and more. 

World Expeditions’ trips are capped at just 16 people to provide a good experience for participants, and there are no single supplements for solo travelers willing to share a room with someone of the same gender. 

Top Trip: Summit Africa’s tallest mountain on a fully-supported trek up Kilimanjaro on World Expeditions’ eight day trip up the beautiful Lemosho Route . 

Best Budget Group Travel: G Adventures 

People visiting famous sites around China with the G Adventures' China Express group travel tour

For travelers on a budget, G Adventures offers cheap group tours that make dream destinations accessible to nearly anyone. (Think: sailing the Galapagos for just $1,124 , criss-crossing India’s Golden Triangle for $559 , or spending 8 days in Bali for less than $800.)

G Adventures is one of the best tour companies for solo travelers as well, as most trips don’t have a single-supplement. You can choose to share a room with another G Adventures solo traveler, or pay extra to have your own space.

G Adventures keeps costs down by opting for cheaper hotels and local meals, and making certain activities optional (for an additional cost). Pick your travel style—options range from “basic” to more luxe tours run in partnership with National Geographic. Family tours, local living tours (featuring homestays), and wellness-focused tours are also available. 

Top Trip: G Adventures’ China Express trip is a great way to see the highlights of China if you’re short on both time and budget. 

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Best Educational Group Tours: EF Go Ahead Tours

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When you really want to learn about a destination, consider a group trip with EF Go Ahead Tours . EF is the world’s largest private education company, and the Go Ahead Tours arm capitalizes on the company’s relationships with local educators, historians, and tour guides to create group trips that take you deep into a destination. 

These small group tours generally cap at 38 travelers, and feature unique educational experiences. For a bucket list trip, EF Go Ahead Tour’s special event tours are particularly enticing, as they offer behind-the-scenes access to tough-to-plan trips like Oktoberfest in Munich or Cherry Blossom season in Japan. 

Intimidated by solo travel? EF Go Ahead Tours is a great option for solo travelers, since it offers designated trips for solo travelers , where everyone is traveling alone, making it less intimidating.  

Top Trip: Bring the tastes of Italy home with you on EF Go Ahead Tours’ Food & Wine: Piedmont & Tuscany tour (operated in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen), where you’ll learn how to make local dishes. 

Best Responsible Group Travel: Intrepid Travel

Shots from around Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and accommodations provided by Intrepid Travel's Premium Uganda & Rwanda trip

Looking for a responsible group travel operator that focuses on bettering the communities and destinations they visit? Intrepid Travel is the world’s largest travel B Corporation, a certification for companies doing good. 

Intrepid Travel’s tours focus on sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and sustaining communities. The company has its own charity, The Intrepid Foundation , which has donated over 7 million dollars to over 130 community organizations. 

Intrepid Travel’s small group tours attract a wide range of travelers, but they are especially great for younger travelers, as they have a large number of trips designed for people aged 18-29 . (Other trips, including family-focused trips, are geared toward any age.)

Top Trip: Experience unforgettable wildlife encounters on Intrepid Travel’s Premium Uganda & Rwanda trip which includes time with the mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 

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Best Private Group Travel: Kensington Tours

Aerial shots of various islands and coastlines around the Croatia and Dalmation Islands and shot of sailboat belonging to Kensington Tours

Whether your group consists of just two people or involves taking the entire extended family, Kensington Tours will take all the hassle of planning out of the equation. This private group operator creates personalized trips and itineraries tailored to your preferences, while their experts handle all the logistics and bookings. 

Plans are entirely flexible, and can even be changed while on the trip on a whim. Need some inspiration? Browse Kensington Tours’ travel ideas , to get some ideas for your next adventure. 

Top Trip: Sail around the stunning shores of Croatia and the Dalmation Islands on a private luxury catamaran on Kensington Tours’ fully customizable tour . 

Best Polar Group Travel: Chimu Adventures

Shots of the interior and exterior of the Ocean Adventurer ship and shots of nature around Antarctica as seen on the Chimu Adventures' Antarctica Fly Cruise

Whether you’re headed north to the Artic or south to Antarctica, Chimu Adventures has the perfect polar group trip for you. Chimu Adventures has some of the most variety for polar trips, with options to fly, cruise, or a combination of both to get to your destination.

For an ultra-unique Antarctica trip, Chimu Adventures offers cruises departing from Australia or New Zealand (most Antarctica trips depart from Argentina). Can’t stay long? Book one of Chimu Adventures’ scenic flights to Antarctica , which fly as far as the south pole in one spectacular 16-hour day.

Chimu Adventures is one of the cheapest group trips to Antarctica, with rates starting under $5,000.

Top Trip: If you’re pressed for time (or simply don’t have the stomach for the Drake Passage), Chimu Adventures’ Antarctica Fly Cruise will get you to the ends of the earth quickly and smoothly.

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Best Group Tours for Solo Travelers: For the Love of Travel

Collage of images from the For the Love of Travel Lapland Tour

Group tours can be a great way to meet new people, but they can sometimes skew on the older age range. If you’re between 25-39 and a solo traveler looking to meet new people, you’ll love For the Love of Travel . All participants on the trips are between 25-39, and according to the company, 80 percent are solo travelers—so you’ll make friends fast. Hoping to meet someone who will be more than just a friend on your next trip? Trips include a balanced number of “gal and guy spots” to ensure an even balance of genders within groups (and of course, non-binary genders are always welcome). 

For the Love of Travel offers weeklong (or longer) international trips as well as shorter weekender trips to nearby destinations like Mexico or Denver—perfect for people without a lot of vacation time.

Top Trip: Sleep in a glass igloo under the Northern Lights, go sledding with huskies, and warm up in traditional saunas on For the Love of Travel’s Lapland tour , already booking dates for 2024.

Best Biking Tours Group Travel: DuVine Cycling

Collage of shots from DuVine's Holland Bike Tour

Biking through the rolling hills of Italy or across the mountain roads of Chile sounds like a dream, but the logistics seem daunting (especially if you don’t want to haul all your own stuff from point-to-point). Enter: DuVine Cycling , a luxury small group tour company that specializes in bike trips. 

With trips across Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the United States, DuVine Cycling is a cyclist’s dream. Choose from all-biking trips or mix things up with a cycle and sail bike tour or a multi-sport adventure —no matter what, everything is included, from luxury boutique accommodations to top-quality name brand bikes. 

Top Trip: DuVine’s Holland Bike Tour promises “tulips, windmills, beer, and cheese”—what more could you need?

Best Luxury Group Travel: Abercrombie & Kent

Collage of images from the different cities involved in the Abercrombie & Kent Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet trip

Abercrombie & Kent has been delighting discerning travelers since 1962. Today, they take travelers on unforgettable adventures across over 100 different countries and all seven continents. Although Abercrombie & Kent’s trips are pricey, they encompass once-in-a-lifetime experiences like private jet tours around the world or luxury chartered cruises .

There are trips designed for solo travelers and families , and the small group journeys max out at around 14-18 guests.

Top Trip: Swim with whale sharks in the Philippines, feed proboscis monkeys in Malaysia, and photograph wild tigers in India on Abercrombie & Kent’s Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet trip , already booking dates into 2024.

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The best tour operators in the world: 2023 Readers' Choice Awards

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It’s been a challenging few years for tour operators but the names below are in it for the long haul (as well as the short and medium), honing itineraries and managing expectations. So who prepared your travel documents this year? Red Savannah and Black Tomato scored highest for first-hand knowledge, and Exodus Adventure Travels and Abercrombie & Kent for on-the-ground support. But when it came to all-round endeavour, Scott Dunn and The Turquoise Holiday Company were leaders of the pack. Both report a surge of interest in Asia, as well as multi-generational travel, solo adventures to Namibia, Bhutan and Mexico, and authentic experiences such as outback stations in Australia and bear lodges in Canada.

These are the best tour operators in the world, according to the 2023 Readers' Choice Awards . The scores below are percentages representing overall average levels of satisfaction.

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The best general tour operators in the world 2023

15. Cox & Kings. Score 88.00

14. Hayes & Jarvis. Score 89.44

13. Carrier. Score 90.73

12. Simpson Travel. Score 91.48

11. Kuoni. Score 92.82

10. Mr & Mrs Smith. Score 93.29

9. Kensington Tours. Score 94.14

8. Audley Travel. Score 94.77

7. Original Travel. Score 95.44

6. Cazenove + Loyd. Score 95.92

5. The Ultimate Travel Company. Score 96.75

4. Abercrombie & Kent. Score 97.12

3. Elegant Resorts. Score 97.39

2. Red Savannah. Score 97.96

  • The Turquoise Holiday Company. Score 98.42

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The best travel specialists in the world 2023

15. Wild Frontiers. Score 94.81

14. Martin Randall Travel. Score 95.17

13. Intrepid Travel. Score 95.40

12. Wilderness. Score 96.54.

11. Inntravel. Score 96.88

10. Oxford Ski Company. Score 97.15

9. Kirker Holidays. Score 97.47

8. andBeyond. Score 97.61

7. Ampersand Travel. Score 97.65.

6. InsideJapan Tours. Score 97.79

5. Steppes Travel. Score 97.88

4. Black Tomato. Score 98.03

3. Exodus Adventure Travels. Score 98.15

2. Healing Holidays. Score 98.35

  • Scott Dunn. Score 98.70

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Audley gave a us a life changing experience!

My mother and I (a female 24 year old) had an amazing 2 week holiday with Audley Travel. Brigitte at Audley Travel helped us to create an experience that worked for our interests, our budget and our time-frame. We had a life-changing trip through Jordan and Egypt including an unforgettable jeep tour of the Wadi Rum desert, a private tour of Petra, a luxury cruise along the Nile, a guided tour of the Pyramids and so much more! Every element worked smoothly and we were treated like queens throughout. We want to thank everyone at Audley Travel for this experience - we had an unforgettable holiday and felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip.

Date of experience : March 28, 2024

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Hi Ellen, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Audley. We are thrilled to hear that Brigitte and our team were able to provide you and your mother with a life-changing trip through Jordan and Egypt. It brings us great joy to know that every aspect of your holiday, from the jeep tour of Wadi Rum desert to the luxury cruise along the Nile, exceeded your expectations. We truly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable adventures in the future. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Trip of a lifetime - 5 star service from Audley

It’s really not surprising that Audley has a 95% five star rating. We have just returned from a long awaited trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Dan, who initially organised our holiday for April 2023, went above and beyond to rearrange our trip when due to ill health, we were unable to make it that year. Not once was he phased by changing flights, hotels and at the last minute changing our daughter’s flight to come home earlier. The holiday was a dream from the professional and knowledgeable Agents used in both Vietnam and Cambodia to the private trips and experiences. We have used Audley in the past and will continue to use them again for future trips to Asia. In fact Dan is currently putting an itinerary together for November 2025!

Date of experience : March 11, 2024

Hi Tracey, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with Audley. We are delighted to hear that Dan provided you with exceptional service and went above and beyond to ensure your trip was memorable, even amidst unexpected circumstances. It is truly heartwarming to know that the professional and knowledgeable service received by Dan contributed to making your holiday a dream come true. We look forward to creating more unforgettable experiences for you in the future. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Outstanding service and flexibility

Charlotte pulled together an excellent itinerary with some led by Audley and some by ourselves. The itinerary was complex with 7 flights, 4 countries and a mix of 2 to 8 passengers! During the trip Charlotte stayed connected and solved issues as they arose - personal touch and leveraging Audleys position to unlock options an favours along the way. Will continue to be a repeat customer!

Date of experience : April 12, 2024

Hi Simon, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that you found our service outstanding and flexible. It is wonderful to know that Charlotte was able to create an excellent itinerary for your trip, combining both guided experiences by Audley and independent exploration. We are pleased that Charlotte's personal touch and dedication helped make your journey smooth and enjoyable, even with the complexity of 7 flights across 4 countries with varying group sizes. We strive to provide exceptional service and it is rewarding to hear that we were able to meet your expectations. We truly appreciate your loyalty as a repeat customer and look forward to assisting you with any future travel plans. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Mother and daughter trip

Just returned from an incredible ,chilled and well orgainised trip to South Africa with my daugther . Auderly travel created a superb itinary along the Garden route from Cape Town to Shamwari Game reserve . I enjoyed it so much I want to go back !

Date of experience : March 12, 2024

Hi Sam, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you and your daughter had an incredible and well-organized trip to South Africa. Our team at Audley are thrilled that you enjoyed the superb itinerary along the Garden Route from Cape Town to Shamwari Game Reserve. Your feedback is truly appreciated. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK


We had a fabulous experience using Audley travel to arrange our honeymoon. We had Suzi look after us who was very knowledgeable, easy to chat with and understood exactly what we wanted to get from our trip. From our first enquiry to getting back home, the level of care and attention was exceptional. We really felt looked after. The trip was so well organised and lifted a lot of the stress we sometime experience when we have organised our own trips in the past. We received a gift box ahead of our trip with thoughtful items related to our destination and we received a professional looking itinerary to take with us. We would highly recommend using Audley and will not hesitate to go with them for our bigger trips in future.

Date of experience : March 01, 2024

Hi Carla, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are thrilled to hear that you had such a fabulous experience using Audley to arrange your honeymoon. It is wonderful to know that Suzi provided you with knowledgeable and attentive service, making sure your trip was exactly what you wanted. We are delighted that our level of care and attention helped make your trip stress-free and enjoyable. It is always our goal to provide exceptional service from the first enquiry all the way through until you return home. We are glad that you appreciated the gift box and professional itinerary we provided, as we strive to add those personal touches to enhance your travel experience. We look forward to assisting you with any future trips. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Another fantastic holiday organised for us by Audley - this time to Greece

We have just got back from an amazing holiday in Greece seeing all of the best ancient sites. We knew from our previous trips to Canada, Costa Rica and India with Audley that the whole trip would flow seamlessly with brilliant guides, excellent drivers, and with Audley and their local agents to fall back on if anything went wrong. This trip was such a complicated itinerary, but our team of punctual, calm and reliable drivers, and the excellent guides ready and waiting at each site we visited, made sure all ran like clockwork. We would highly recommend Audley and would like to say a big thank you to their excellent and enthusiastic Greece expert, Lyta Blake, who organised this trip for us.

Date of experience : April 05, 2024

Hi Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you had another fantastic holiday organized by Audley, this time in Greece. It is wonderful to know that our team was able to make your trip seamless and enjoyable, just like your previous experiences in Canada, Costa Rica, and India. We truly appreciate your kind words about our punctual drivers, calm guides, and reliable local agents who ensured that everything ran smoothly during your complicated itinerary. We will be sure to pass on your praise to Lyta, our Greece expert, for her excellent organization and enthusiasm in planning your trip. We look forward to helping you plan more unforgettable adventures in the future. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

New Zealand 2024 Holiday

We have used Audley previously for trips to Iceland and Tanzania. Both were fantastic and arranged to meet our requirements with the expertise of Audrey’s travel specialists used to great effect. This time it was a relatively late decision to visit Singapore, Sydney and New Zealand for a period of 5 weeks at the end of the NZ summer. Due to the lateness of our booking, not all of the accommodation regularly used by Audley was available however the alternatives chosen were amazing. Our initial itinerary was prepared within 4 days and fine tuned over the space of a week. Audley took care of 90% of things for us which gave us time to add in things that we wanted to do on the hoof which was great. I have no complaints at all about our latest experience with Audley and will certainly use them again. A sincere thank you to Keshia who organised our trip and also to all the others in the background who made this another trip of a lifetime. I recommend Audley for any special trip you have planned.

Date of experience : February 26, 2024

Hi Mike, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic trip to Singapore, Sydney, and New Zealand, and that our team was able to meet your requirements effectively. We appreciate your understanding regarding the availability of accommodations due to the late booking, and we are thrilled that the alternatives chosen exceeded your expectations. It is wonderful to know that our travel specialists were able to create an itinerary tailored to your preferences within a short timeframe. We are glad that you found our services helpful in organizing 90% of the trip, allowing you the flexibility to add in activities as desired during your journey. Your kind words about Keshia and our team mean a lot to us, and we will be sure to pass on your appreciation. We look forward to assisting you with future travel plans and creating more unforgettable experiences together. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

We've just returned from a two week trip to Vietnam with Audley. It was brilliant and we can't fault Vietnam as a destination and Audley as a provider. Christian the country specialist was great and helped us create a really memorable trip - from Hanoi via Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An to Saigon - the flights, hotels, guides and excursions were all excellent!

Date of experience : April 11, 2024

Hi David, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent trip to Vietnam with Audley. We are delighted to hear that you had a brilliant experience and that Christian, our country specialist, was able to assist in creating a memorable journey for you. It is wonderful to know that the flights, hotels, guides, and excursions all met your expectations. We truly appreciate your kind words and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on another adventure in the future. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Simply amazing Safari

From our initial enquiry we felt more than looked after and they made sure our safari was personal to us and met and surpassed all of our needs/requests. They definitely went the extra mile to make this our dream trip.

Date of experience : April 04, 2024

Hi Angela, Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted to hear that your safari experience exceeded your expectations and that we were able to tailor it to your needs. It was our pleasure to make your trip a reality. We look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable adventure. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Superb, for once you do actually get what you pay for!

We were recommended Audley Travel by friends who had used them for their honeymoon in South Africa. We went to Thailand and Audley excelled. Our expert Anna was exactly that, great recommendations, wasn’t phased by our requests to tweak our arrangements and the 3 weeks went without a hitch. 99% our our experience was fabulous, and the 1 element we found slightly amiss was out of Audrey’s control. I had always wanted to go to the floating markets of Bangkok but did not agree with the use of drugged slow lorises for the purpose of tourist photographs. This was discussed with Anna on our return and I was assured as a company that focuses on high animal welfare, this option would be addressed. The standard of our transfers, hotels and experiences was superb. Our two highlights were Anantara hotel with both the elephant experiences in The Golden Triangle and The Sarojin hotel in Khao Lak; just exceptional. Will definitely be using Audley for future trips.

Date of experience : March 02, 2024

Hi Susan, Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience with Audley during your trip to Thailand. We are pleased to hear that our expert Anna provided you with great recommendations and that you enjoyed your time at Anantara hotel in The Golden Triangle and The Sarojin hotel in Khao Lak. Your feedback on animal welfare is important to us, and we will ensure that it is taken into consideration for future trips. We are excited to plan your upcoming adventures with Audley. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

6 Week New Zealand and Australia Holiday

We’ve been on an amazing 6 week trip to New Zealand and Australia, arranged by Amy Waters, who has been brilliant from our first telephone conversation to our catch up call after our trip and all the emails and phone calls in between, all our flights, hotels, various trips, car hire and transfers have been exceptional, we wanted a trip to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary and my 60th birthday, and this was a trip of a lifetime, Amy listened to what we do and don’t like from a holiday and tailored it perfectly to us. We can’t thank Amy enough for all her help, also Audley as a company have been fantastic, when I contacted the UK office from Australia, for some advice they were brilliant. Amy even helped our daughter arrange a Mothers Day surprise to be at our accommodation in New Zealand. We would definitely recommend them, and will certainly book to travel with them again in the future.

Date of experience : February 25, 2024

Hi Rachel and Mark, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent 6-week trip to New Zealand and Australia. We are thrilled to hear that Amy provided exceptional service from start to finish, ensuring that every aspect of your holiday was tailored perfectly to your preferences. It's wonderful to know that this trip was a special way to celebrate your 40th Wedding Anniversary and 60th birthday. We are delighted that you found our flights, hotels, trips, car hire, and transfers all exceeded your expectations. Your kind words about Amy and our company as a whole mean a lot to us. We are pleased that we could assist with the Mother's Day surprise for your daughter as well. We look forward to creating more unforgettable experiences for you. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Egypt: A Very Well Managed Trip

We have just returned from an eleven day trip to Egypt covering Lower and Upper Egypt including Abu Simbel and a five day Nile cruise. I had requested my country specialist for a couple of hotels we wanted to stay in, the Mena House in Cairo and the Old Cataract in Aswan. Excellent rooms were arranged in both these hotels as well as the Cecil in Alexandria (suggested by our country specialist), which turned out to be delightfully atmospheric. The Sonesta cruise ship was superb both in service, accommodation and food and lived up to its billing. The tour leader who was assigned to us was the very best and took care of all the admin throughout our stay. He was with us in Cairo and Alexandria and was always available on WhatsApp when we were up country. All the little details I had requested, like restaurant bookings for my wife’s birthday, were taken care of. In addition the local representatives arranged for all on the spot restaurant bookings and transfers. The Guides and the transportation throughout were of a very high order and little touches like the VIP service through immigration on arrival at Cairo were very thoughtful. We had planned this trip for the year before but had to defer it by a year at the last moment due to a medical emergency. Our Country Specialist arranged for the whole trip to be pushed a year ahead at no extra cost. This was out third trip with Audley and all have turned out to excellent. A special thanks to Jason, our Country Specialist, who was a fount of knowledge on Egypt, gave excellent advice telling us both what and what not to do and accommodating all of our special requests.

Date of experience : March 20, 2024

Hi Gautam, Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback on your recent trip to Egypt with us. We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful experience exploring Lower and Upper Egypt, including Abu Simbel, during your eleven-day journey. We are thrilled to learn that the accommodations at Mena House in Cairo, Old Cataract in Aswan, and Cecil in Alexandria exceeded your expectations. It is fantastic to hear that the Sonesta cruise ship provided exceptional service, accommodation, and food throughout your Nile cruise. We are especially pleased that our tour leader was able to provide top-notch assistance and ensure all administrative aspects were taken care of seamlessly. It is heartening to know that all the little details and special requests were handled with care, including arranging restaurant bookings for your wife's birthday. We appreciate your kind words about Jason, your Country Specialist, who went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly despite the unexpected delay due to a medical emergency. We look forward to welcoming you back on another adventure in the future. Thank you once again for choosing Audley. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Classic Costa Rica

We had a great time in Costa Rica based on the Classic Costa Rica tour - communication at home was excellent and usually by phone which made things very personal. My only complaints are that we changed flights in Miami for which we needed an ESTA, which was mentioned in our written itinerary but not mentioned in communications, so we had a last minute panic getting this sorted. Also, our detailed itinerary was given to us by the ground agent in the taxi from the airport to our hotel when we arrived after a 22 hour door-to-door journey, which wasn’t ideal! This could have been done before we left the UK. Also, because we made a few changes/additions to the standard tour, some trips were not necessary. This could also have been addressed beforehand and given us a little more free time. Other than this the organisation, hotels and service were excellent.

Date of experience : February 27, 2024

Hi Susan, Thank you for taking the time to let us know your experience with Audley. We are so pleased to hear that your trip overall was wonderful! It is great to hear how personal you felt the whole experience was. We are sorry to hear about the ESTA and the itinerary and someone will be in touch soon to discuss this with you further. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

South Africa March 2024

Our first experience with Audley travel, from a short conversation on what our travel likes and dislikes are to a full on video call within a week. Robyn Hutchons had put together a brilliant itinerary for our big trip. We didn't change a thing and signed up there and then. The attention to detail, materials (that app) and communications make everything smooth. Thank you Audley, we will be back. Tim and Jeanette

Date of experience : March 04, 2024

Hi Tim and Jeanette, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so pleased that you had such a fantastic time in South Africa, and Robyn was able to create an itinerary that you felt was so well suited to your requirements. The trip sounds amazing and we are glad that you felt so supported pre, during and post trip! We will pass your kind words onto Robyn and the team! We look forward to welcoming you back for your next trip! Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Botswana 2024

We have just returned from our third safari trip to Botswana, each organised through Audley Travel, and felt it was time we wrote a review in order to let others know what a fantastic company they are but also to sing the praises of the specialist we used Alex Cooke. Alex’s knowledge of, not only Botswana itself, but its camps and wildlife cannot be faulted and can be totally relied upon. He is keen to hear about your expectations, wants and needs and works to ensure that these are met at every level. From the booking process right up to the day of departure Alex kept in touch with us to ensure that everything was going to plan and such contact was greatly received and was never intrusive. On our return from trips he is always keen to hear about all of our experiences, receive photos etc and it is always a great pleasure to share these with him. We can fully recommend Audley Travel ( who we have used on 5 previous occasions) and especially their specialist Alex Cooke. Yes…we have booked to return to Botswana in 2025 too!

Date of experience : March 09, 2024

Hi Alison, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic safari trip to Botswana organized by Audley, and we truly appreciate your kind words about our specialist, Alex. It is wonderful to know that Alex's knowledge, attention to detail, and dedication in meeting your expectations have left such a positive impression on you. We strive to provide personalized service and ensure that every aspect of your journey is seamless and memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botswana in 2025 and continuing to create unforgettable experiences for you. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Cape Town, Garden route and Safari

Booked a Cape Town, Garden route and safari holiday with Audley Travel Started by finding out what we wanted to do and hearing all the great ideas the SA specialist (Andy Freeman) shared with us to then designing the holiday day by day with a perfect itinerary Audley ticked all the boxes. Great itinerary , tailored holiday.

Date of experience : March 15, 2024

Hi Claire, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your recent trip to South Africa! It is so wonderful to hear how well listened to you were by Andy and that meant he was able to create the perfect itinerary for you. We are so pleased that it was everything you expected it to be and we will pass these kind words onto Andy and the team! We hope to plan many more holidays with you in years to come! Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

South Africa boutique style

We decided to book a trip to South Africa but didn’t know where to start. After engaging with a specialist Andy Freeman at Audley, the process was so easy and relaxing. A few calls with Andy, great questions to know more about us and what we wanted from the trip and presto we had an itinerary designed just for us. Each of our places we stayed were boutique with amazing service, our movement from Cape Town to Zambia then to Rockfig Game Reserve went without a glitch and Andy even checked in with us during the holiday- if you are thinking of an adventure give Andy a call and I’m sure he can design one of the most amazing life trips you could wish for.

Hi Consumer, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Audley. We are so glad to hear that you had such a lovely time away and you felt so supported by Andy not only before but also during the trip. It is so great to hear that Andy was able to listen to what you wanted and give you a trip to South Africa that he felt you would truly enjoy. Although you weren't sure where you wanted to go, Andy's expertise helped narrow it down and create an itinerary perfect for you! We will be sure to pass your kind words along to Andy and the team. We hope to plan many more adventures with you in the future! Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Excellent travel company

Used them for years for bespoke travel and always had really good service. Very knowledgeable staff who listen to what you want from your trip.

Date of experience : March 13, 2024

Hi Andrea, Thank you for your kind words and for being a loyal customer. We are delighted to hear that you have consistently received excellent service from us over the years. Our team takes pride in their knowledge and expertise, and we always strive to tailor each trip to meet your specific preferences and needs. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to assisting you with your future travel plans. Many thanks, Audley Travel UK

Our Japan trip was to be a trip of a lifetime

Our Japan trip was to be a trip of a lifetime. Once we paid our full trip cost we heard nothing though Asha From Audley said we would talk more about details of trip three weeks out. Three weeks came and we get an email Asha had a wedding to go to and then she will be in Korea. Long story short run from this agency. Asha built us an itinerary for a 30 year old we are in our late 60’s and 80’s. It’s sad when a trip of a lifetime is ruined by greed!

Dear Jan, We are truly disheartened to learn about your experience. We are sorry to hear about the service you received from us - this is undoubtedly not the high standard we hold ourselves to. Rest assured, a member of our Client Experience Team will be reaching out to you as a matter of urgency. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We are committed to resolving this issue promptly and ensuring your concerns are heard. Best wishes, Audley Travel

Barcelona - Spring 2024

We had a fantastic family vacation in Barcelona thanks to the attention and care we received from Eric Carnes. Eric was genuinely interested in our family dynamic and was able to assist us with creating unique opportunities for our time together while experiencing Barcelona. We asked for many unique amenities from customized architectural tours to securing sporting event tickets. He was even able to accommodate our big ask of being in the middle of city in a multi-bedroom apartment with all of the perks of staying in a high end hotel. We highly recommend Audrey Travel and Eric Carnes.

Date of experience : March 26, 2024

Hi Cam, Thank you so much for taking the time to share these incredibly kind words about your experience with Audley. We are so happy to hear that Eric was genuinely interested in what your family wanted out of your trip, and that through his care and attention was able to deliver a truly unique vacation for you! We have already shared your feedback with Eric and his manager. We cannot wait to help you plan your next big adventure! Kind regards Audley Travel USA

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The Art of Personalization at Audley Travel

Audley Travel isn’t just any name in the realm of wanderlust—it’s a synonym for the haute couture of travel, stitching together journeys that fit like a glove. With a mission to deliver tailor-made expeditions that resonate with your deepest travel desires, Audley distinguishes itself not just as a tour operator, but as an artisan of bespoke adventures. At its core, Audley cherishes the individuality of each traveler, recognizing the quintessential importance of customization in today’s globetrotting narratives.

How Audley stands out is by offering not just vacations, but crafted travel stories where each chapter is meticulously written to reflect the personality of the traveler. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all trips; in this modern epoch of travel, the quintessence of luxury is an itinerary as unique as your fingerprint.

Decoding the Audley Travel Experience

Kicking off the Audley experience is akin to the first brushstroke on a canvas. It starts with an in-depth consultation to tease out the whispers of your wanderlust dreams. Audley’s travel consultants are aficionados in interpreting these aspirations and sculpting an itinerary to match.

These architects of escape channel their passion into drafting a travel plan with precision and care, wielding their deep knowledge like artists brandishing their finest tools. With a battalion of regional specialists, Audley has an upper hand, ensuring your journey isn’t just spectacular but also brimming with authentic, local flavor that can’t be found in your average guidebook.

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Where Expertise Meets Authenticity in Audley Travel Itineraries

With a knack for curating the exquisite, Audley travel experts leave no stone unturned. Whether it’s timing your visit to monumental landscapes—like finding the best time to visit the Grand Canyon —or orchestrating a serene escape to luxurious retreats like Eau Palm beach , the selection process is rigorous and nothing short of inspired.

From stories of travelers sipping tea with nomads in the Moroccan desert to bespoke safaris in the Serengeti, Audley’s case studies are testament to their commitment to authenticity. The sentiment echoed by travelers is one of awe, as they look back on journeys that were not just trips but life-affirming narratives penned through the lens of Audley’s local expertise.

A Look Inside Audley Travel’s Success Stories

Audley proudly banners a kaleidoscope of success tales. Each personalized trip is a chapter in the traveler’s book of life, a story to be recounted with unbridled enthusiasm. These are not just holidays; they are transformative experiences that extend beyond the mundane. One may recollect the calm of transcending from Tokyo To Kyoto and feeling the pulse of Japan’s juxtaposition of innovation with tradition, an experience exceptionally curated by Audley.

What breeds loyalty to Audley is the replay value of these magical experiences. With impressive repeat clientele rates, it’s crystal clear—travelers don’t just buy a journey; they invest in a lifelong memory.

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Sustainability: A Core Tenet of Audley Travel’s Ethos

In a world where ‘green’ is the new ‘gold’, Audley’s commitment to responsible travel shines bright. They are staunch champions of sustainable practices, integrating them not just as a feature but as the very backbone of their travel design. Each journey is crafted, keeping the environment and local communities front and center.

From ensuring contributions to conservation projects to collaborating with Saint theos -like eco-luxury hotels, Audley entwines sustainability and luxury seamlessly, paving a path for conscious yet opulent travels.

Technology and Innovation: Enhancing the Audley Travel Route

Even the most custom-crafted experiences now dance hand in hand with technology and innovation. Audley is at the forefront, employing trailblazing tech to tailor your globe-trotting dreams into reality. Their innovative use of immersive virtual reality previews and personalized travel apps sets an industry standard, simultaneously paving the way for upcoming tech trends in travel planning.

Audley Travel’s Approach in Uncertain Times

Let’s face it; the compass of global travel can spin unpredictably. But fear not, for Audley’s adaptable approach provides a beacon of certainty in uncertain times. With Audley as your ally, you’re not just booking a trip; you’re ensuring peace of mind, knowing that your travel plans have the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing global landscape, guarded by the travel assurance that Audley offers.

Behind the Scenes with Audley Travel Consultants

Audley consultants are maestros in the symphony of travel, and becoming one requires more than just a passion for travel—it demands expertise, an eye for detail, and a boundless imagination. The day-to-day isn’t just about stringing together hotels and flights; it’s about weaving dreams into reality, and it takes the insight of a seasoned consultant to hit that sweet spot of crafting the perfect trip.

Analyzing the Reviews: What Travelers Say About Audley Travel

Sifting through Audley reviews is like flipping through a scrapbook of rave reviews and warm memories. Travelers often speak of their Audley adventures with a sparkle in their eyes, a testament to the exceptional experiences delivered. Audley doesn’t just listen to feedback; it absorbs it and evolves, constantly refining its craft to guarantee not just satisfaction, but pure delight.

Unraveling the Investment: Understanding the Value of Audley Travel

Investing in a bespoke Audley trip isn’t just about the dollars and cents. Yes, you might be contemplating the cost of a 1500 square foot house versus wandering the globe, but what Audley offers transcends monetary value. It’s a long-term investment in rich, personal memories and a tapestry of experiences that simply cannot be quantified. Comparing costs with benefits, Audley’s personalized journey’s payoff is crystal clear, delivering experiences that furnish your life with stories worth telling.

Navigating Your Next Adventure with Audley Travel

So, what’s the next step toward your Audley-inspired odyssey? Start by reaching out for a consultation, where you’ll meet your travel specialist—think of them as your personal travel composer. Be prepared to dive deep into your aspirations, and with their guidance, you’ll embark on a journey that promises fulfilment beyond the realm of standard travel.

The Audley Travel Tapestry: Weaving Dreams into Reality

To encapsulate Audley’s ethos, imagine a loom on which your travel dreams are woven, thread by the thread into a reality that’s uniquely yours. This mastery, deeply interwoven with innovation and authenticity, fuels Audley’s aspirations to remain a compass in the travel industry, continually guiding us toward horizons that were once mere figments of our imagination.

Each Audley trip is a brushstroke on a masterpiece; a chapter in a personalized narrative; a melody harmonized to the traveler’s tune. The impact of the tailored travel experience is profound, leaving imprints on the heart and soul of every wanderer who chose Audley as their curator of dreams.

Audley Travel: Custom-crafted Journeys Unveiled

Unpacking the audley magic.

Now, let’s dive into the world of Audley Travel, where their claim to fame is tailor-made vacations that hit the spot just right. Imagine having a buddy who knows all the nooks and crannies of your dream destination and crafts the perfect adventure for you—that’s Audley for you. But hey, this isn’t just picking a hotel and a flight; it’s all about the fine details. Want to know the ins and outs? Read on!

Time It Like a Charm

You’ve probably heard someone say timing is everything, right? Well, Audley’s got a knack for hitting the bullseye when it comes to picking the best time To visit The Grand canyon ,( for example. They’re all about catching those golden sunsets and beating the crowds so you can snap that perfect, crowd-free selfie. Because let’s be honest, nobody likes to play sardines with a bunch of strangers on vacation.

The Personal Touch

Are we talking just hotels and tickets here? Not a chance! Audley chuckles at the idea of a one-size-fits-all trip. They get down to the nitty-gritty, flipping through their vast Rolodex of local guides, cozy bistros, and hidden gems faster than you can say, “book me the next flight out!” It’s about having that local buddy; only this one’s got connections all over the globe, ready to sprinkle some of that local magic on your trip.

Beyond the Beaten Track

So, you fancy yourself a bit of an Indiana Jones or a Lara Croft? Audley’s the sort of travel pal that won’t just take you to the usual tourist traps. They’re talking about sending you off the beaten track to places your friends can’t even pronounce. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like exploring a secret spot you can brag about later, right? With their tailor-made itineraries, they’ll have you meandering through ancient ruins or sipping on secret-recipe brews like you’re a native.

A Symphony of Experiences

Choosing Audley means your trip’s going to be as unique as a zebra’s stripes. Think of them as the maestro of a grand symphony of experiences, where every note is a different sight or sound, all harmonizing to give you that “wow, I’m really living this!” kind of vibe. Whether it’s mouth-watering street food or plush pillows to rest your head, they’ve got the intel to make every moment count.

In the Know

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” they say—but don’t you worry, Audley does sweat it for you. From visa advice to local etiquette, they’ve got you covered. And just when you think you’ve got all your ducks in a row, they’ll surprise you with a little-known fact or a travel hack that could save the day.

Say Cheers to Once-In-a-Lifetime

So, there you have it. When you roll with Audley, you’re not just taking a trip; you’re signing up for once-in-a-lifetime memories. And isn’t that what life’s all about? Grabbing those moments by the horns and saying, “Cheers to the good times.” With Audley’s travel wizards in your corner, you’re all set for the adventure of a lifetime. So, where to next?

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Who own Audley Travel?

Hold on to your hats, folks – Audley Travel is no mom-and-pop shop. It’s owned by the private equity firm 3i Group. After some to-ing and fro-ing, 3i Group became the proud parents of Audley Travel, taking the reins in 2015.

What’s the difference between tour operator and travel agent?

Talk about a case of “same same but different”! A tour operator is the maestro behind the scenes, creating those swanky travel packages we all crave. On the flip side, a travel agent is your personal travel guru, picking out the perfect trip from the smorgasbord the tour operators whip up.

What is the UK’s biggest travel agent?

If we’re talking big fish in the UK travel pond, TUI takes the cake. It’s like the heavyweight champion of travel agents over there, and with their colossal range of holidays, it’s easy to see why they’re numero uno.

Who is the managing director of Audley Travel?

Alright, let’s roll out the red carpet for Ian Simkins! He’s the head honcho, the managing director at Audley Travel, steering the ship since 2019. And by the looks of it, he’s been doing a bang-up job.

How long has Audley Travel been around?

Audley Travel has been taking the travel world by storm since way back in ’96. That’s over a quarter-century of making travel dreams come true – talk about staying power!

Who owns Audley End Estate?

Let’s step back in time – the Audley End Estate is a historical gem and, you guessed it, it’s in the trusty hands of English Heritage. They snapped it up to preserve a slice of good ol’ English history.

Is it better to use a travel agent or not?

Ah, the age-old debate! Some swear by travel agents for their know-how and insider perks. Others go DIY for full control and potential savings. It’s like choosing between grandma’s apple pie and making your own – both are sweet, but one’s a tad more personalized.

What are the 5 types of tour operators?

Imagine a pack of cards, only for travel. There are inbound, outbound, domestic, specialized, and direct sell tour operators. Each has its own trick for planning your perfect getaway – from local jaunts to exotic adventures!

How do tour operators make money?

Tour operators make the moolah by buying in bulk and selling at a profit. Think of them as travel wholesalers, slicing and dicing costs, then serving up vacation packages at prices that’ll have you reaching for your passport.

What travel company is best?

The best travel company is like asking for the tastiest ice cream flavor – it’s all about personal taste! However, companies like TUI, Expedia, and often get the thumbs up for their vast array of options and top-notch service.

Do Audley do group tours?

Right, so Audley Travel’s more about tailoring dream trips for you and yours alone. They’re big on personalization, which means group tours aren’t really their jam. Instead, they’re the maestros of custom, private travel itineraries.

Which travel agency is the best?

Best travel agency, you ask? It’s like picking a favorite star in the sky – there are a bunch of shining examples! But, for savvy service and seamless planning, names like American Express Travel, Expedia, and Flight Centre often pop up in chatter.

Who is the chairman of travel?

Drat, it seems we’ve got a bit of a mystery on our hands – the title of “Chairman of Travel” isn’t a one-size-fits-all hat. Each travel company’s got its own king or queen of the castle, making waves and calling the shots.

Who is the managing director of Travelzoo?

Hold onto your boarding passes – the captain of the Travelzoo ship, their managing director, fluctuates by region. But for a slice of their pie, you’d want to check in with their latest financial reports or press releases to see who’s currently navigating their global escapades.

Who is the CEO of Travel Incorporated?

The CEO of Travel Incorporated is a hotshot named Lou Moran. He’s been playing his cards right in the corporate travel world, ensuring your business trips are tip-top and trouble-free.

Who owns Audley End Railway?

All aboard! The Audley End Miniature Railway is a quaint family affair, owned and operated by the Cambridge family. It’s a charming little pitstop where nostalgia hits you like a steam train.

Who owns travel group?

Travel Group is an umbrella term, so there’s no one-size-fits-all owner here. Various entities own different travel groups, from big-time private equity firms to travel enthusiasts with a vision. It’s a mixed bag, so you’d need to be more specific to find out who’s got the keys to the kingdom.

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Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.

Arriving in Tokyo, you're met by an airport representative then shown to the correct limousine bus to take you to your city centre hotel. Spend the rest of the day resting after your journey or exploring at leisure. A good way to spend your first few hours in Tokyo is to visit the Imperial Palace Gardens or the futuristic man-made island of Odaiba.

A day at leisure in Tokyo. We recommend starting with an early morning trip to the Tsukiji fish market, Asia's largest. Another good way of getting a different perspective of the capital is by taking the ferry from Hamarikyu Gardens - beautiful traditional landscaped gardens with a teahouse - up to the district of Asakusa to see the Buddhist temple of Sensoji.

Travel by local bus then bullet train to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart. The journey takes around three and a half hours. After checking into your hotel, you have the afternoon at leisure. We recommend that you set out to visit some of the sights in the northwest of the city, including the Golden Pavilion or 'Kinkakuji' as well as 'Ryoanji', famed for its beautiful zen gardens.

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto's highlights. You could visit Nishiki market with its hundreds of artisan shops and restaurants. In the evening your local private guide and Geisha expert, Duncan, will collect you for a tour of the Geisha district of Gion. As you walk around this traditional entertainment district, your guide will help you spot these elusive ladies.

A day at leisure. Our recommendation is to take the train to nearby Nara, Japan's ancient capital, celebrated for the Giant Buddha and Todaiji Temple. The journey takes just under an hour. Return to Kyoto via Fushimi Inari Shrine for its stunning 'tunnels' of red torii gates that dot the hillside. Try to visit this shrine in the evening - it's quieter and more atmospheric.

On your final morning in Kyoto, take part in a shared cultural activity. Make your way to the Women's Association headquarters in Kyoto where you can learn about the craft of calligraphy (shodo), origami, or the traditional tea ceremony. All activities last for around an hour.In the afternoon, catch the bullet train to Tokyo (which takes around two and a half hours) for your final night in Japan.

Take the shared airport bus service to the airport in time to catch your flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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We have experts for each and every one of our destinations, with the knowledge that comes from having visited many times or even lived there. Our specialists will design a trip around you, show you the highlights from a different angle, and introduce you to places and experiences that others might miss.

Our flexibility promise

As the world adjusts to travel in times of uncertainty, we want you to be able to look ahead to your next trip knowing you can change your plans if needed. And, with specialists who are experts in their destinations and remain your single point of contact before and while you travel, we promise you can book with us in absolute confidence.

Change your plans free of charge up to 30 days before departure

We’ll move your travel dates or switch the value of your booked trip to another destination at no expense to you up to 30 days before you’re due to depart. You’ll receive a 100% travel credit equivalent to the amount you paid toward your original booking.

Valid for new bookings made on or before October 31, 2020, for travel by Dec. 31, 2021. Travel dates may be moved to departures up to December 31, 2022. Excludes select cruises and airfare. Additional charges may be incurred based on changes to your trip such as accommodation and/or seasonality.

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14-day cancellation policy for trips to the US, Canada or Caribbean

We want to help you navigate the uncertainty that remains around travel by giving you the flexibility to book a trip to any of our destinations in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean this year in complete confidence. With our 14-day cancellation policy, you can cancel your trip up to two weeks before you’re due to depart for any reason and receive a full refund, when you book your trip on or before October 31, 2020 for travel before December 14, 2021**.

Valid on new bookings within the US, Canada or Caribbean made on or before October 31, 2020 for travel by December 14, 2021. Certain policy variations may apply dependent on property selection and dates. Specific details will be provided by your specialist. Any portion of a new booking paid with an existing travel credit will be refunded in the form of a travel credit. Excludes flights and select properties.

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Talking face to face with your specialist can be an invaluable starting point for sharing thoughts and ideas as you begin to imagine your next trip. You can take as much time as you need to speak to your specialist and discuss all your plans with one of our video appointments. Just think of it as your own personal webinar — your specialist will share a wealth of insight, aided by images, maps and other visuals, to inspire you and provide advice for your trip, based on what you want to experience.

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  • Book a video appointment  (we’ll ask you for a few details about your travel plans).
  • One of our specialists, who’s an expert in your chosen destination, will get in touch to arrange a time and date to suit you. If your travel companions are in different households, we’ll invite them to join, too, so you can all chat together.
  • Your specialist will send you a link to your video appointment by email. We suggest using a computer or laptop, which means there’s no software to download.
  • Settle down with a drink, click on the link to join the appointment and your specialist will be there to welcome you.

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