Travel & Leisure World's Best - Top Tour Operators of 2018

By Samantha Scott
August 16, 2018

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 luxury travelers prefer. 

For 2018, a trend that stands out is a preference for those companies that combine a sense of real adventure and being outdoors with a luxury travel approach; companies with itineraries that open doors to new experiences as well as a comfortable bed and 5 star service.

Authentic local touches are also a factor that Travel & Leisure readers gravitate to - the top companies tend to incorporate many different aspects of the culture. Unexpected encounters, unique meals and activities, customizable itineraries around your interests - its all a theme for 2018 to gain a truly well rounded view. 

Here are Travel & Leisure's Top 5 Travel Companies of 2018:

1. Artisans of Leisure

Green landscape in Europe

Claiming a spot back on the list with a vengeance, Artisans of Leisure was absent from the 2017 list and number 3 in 2016. This boutique tour company offers unique itineraries for small groups and private groups.

The heavily curated experience and luxury accommodations attract a discerning traveler interested in a cultural exploration as well as high level of comfort. 

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2. ATJ

Angkor Wat tour

Short for Asia Transpacific Journeys, ATJ specializes in luxury travel experiences throughout Asia and Oceania. A broad range of travel styles is available from camping to culinary, group trips to custom designed. Regardless of what you choose, each ATJ itinerary has a distinct personal touch.

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3. Classic Journeys

Morocco market spices

Jumping up a few spots from 2017, Classic Journeys creates small group tour itineraries around the world. They specialize in adventure for the sophisticated traveler. All aspects of each day are well in hand, letting you really feel ready to explore and not have to worry.

This is great choice for energetic travelers and family travelers not ready to slow down, but also ready to let somebody else handle the planning.

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4. Adventure Unbound

Sea kayaking at sunrise

A brand of the popular family owned and operated ROW Adventures company, Adventure Unbound combines the idea of moderate to extreme outdoor travel with comfort.

Like ROW and ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, most tours are designed around a specifically active theme. There are many family friendly options available, so this is a great choice if you have young adventurers with you. 

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5. DuVine Cycling

cycling tour

Regularly finding a spot on Travel and Leisure's World's Best tour operators lists, DuVine provides luxury cycling tours around the world, with an emphasis in Europe. Groups are small, and they offer many different kinds of itineraries.

Everything from outings well suited to adventurous and experienced cyclists looking for a challenge to those better suited to novice cyclists seeking a cultural tour can be found.

See all DuVine Cycling trips » 

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