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Travel & Leisure World's Best - Top Tour Operators of 2017

By Samantha Scott
July 28, 2017

Each year, Travel and Leisure Magazine announces their much anticipated list of "Worlds Best Awards." 

Results are consumer based, compiled from a survey sent to Travel & Leisure readers, so this list of tour companies is truly a representation of what real travelers prefer. 

This year, the trend was all about active itineraries - often focusing on walking, hiking, and cycling. Winners provide unique travel experiences and explore interesting destinations. 

Here are the Top 5 Travel Companies of 2017:

1. TCS World Travel

Luxury house and cars 

Luxury operator TCS is known for providing the best of the best when it comes to unique experiences - for the luxury price tag. Think private jets, champagne, and exclusive access to famous sites and landmarks. 

For discerning luxury travelers interested in covering a lot of ground, and for whom traveling in great comfort is a top priority, TCS is a perfect choice. Aside from their luxurious travel style, their trips are a great way to experience other cultures - their guides are often experts in a variety of fields from history to science & nature - providing a wonderfully in depth travel experience.

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2. DuVine Cycling

Luxury cycling trip 

DuVine is known for providing excellent cycling tours with a luxury twist. Their trips are about the ride, but also about the surrounding countryside, the food, history, and culture. Guides are passionate about making sure your cycling experience is like no other.

While they operate tours throughout Europe, North America, and Latin America, they are especially well known for wine country tours in France, Italy, Sonoma, and Napa.

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3. Heritage Tours

Private tour in Portugal

Heritage Tours operate private luxury tours in Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey, Southern and East Africa. For adventurous travelers seeking to explore exotic destinations in comfort this is one of the top options around.

With the attentive assistance of a passionate, knowledgeable, and professional guide, Heritage Tours offers unique itineraries designed to showcase the classic side as well as the local side of the destination.  

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4. Gray & Co

Cycling luxury tour

Another luxury cycling  outfitter, Gray & Co, finds their way back to the Top 5 for the first time since 2016. They are all about providing a full service experience - everything from your accommodations, meals, and cycling routes are carefully and meticulously planned by experts on their team.

Gray & Co operates trips all over the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Trip itineraries are designed very specifically with the given region in mind - providing cultural and historical insights to help make your travel experience as full and rich as possible.

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5. Mountain Lodges of Peru

Machu Picchu, Mountain Lodges of Peru tour

Hiking to Machu Picchu may not be a terribly luxurious experience, however Mountain Lodges of Peru does their best to make this travel bucket list item as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Aside from the Inca Trail, which can feel somewhat crowded these days, Mountain Lodges of Peru also offers guided hikes on the lesser known Salkantay and Lares Treks to Machu Picchu.

They are a Peru based company, and a large benefit of traveling with them is the opportunity to engage with local communities and stay in locally owned accommodations. They are passionate about supporting these businesses, so if you are concerned about where your tourism dollars go when you travel, Mountain Lodges of Peru would be a great choice.

See all Mountain Lodges of Peru trips » 


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  • National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure
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