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Luxury Travel - Best Tours & Trips 2019

865 trips to Luxury Travel tours from 380 tour companies. 718 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Luxury travel could mean staying a five-star hotel in Europe, a beautiful resort on the Indian Ocean, or a luxurious tented campground on an African safari. It could mean traveling aboard a specially outfitted train, a deluxe river or small cruise ship or even by bicycle, as long as meals, lodging and support is top notch. Many tour operators offer luxury group tours or will plan one exactly to your specifications.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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9 Day Adventure Africa Luxury Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 974 / day
$ 8,769
From : $ 9,997
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • See the Victoria Falls River natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction
  • Explore Zimbabwe
  • Visit Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife
  • See the Selinda Reserve which is a 320,00-acre private concession in northern Botswana
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Botswana, Zimbabwe
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South American Essentials – Culture, Cuisine an ...

22 days
$ 545 / day
$ 11,990
From : $ 13,669
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the taste of Buenos Aires – shopping, food & tango
  • Feel the spray of Iguassu Falls up close; São Paulo Culinary day
  • Enjoy Brazilian cooking class
  • Visit to Mercado Municipal; Photographic safari to Pantanal the world's largest wetland
  • Eplore Brazil's Pantanal in 4x4
  • Explore the Clarinho River
  • Visit to Porto Jofre & jaguar viewing
  • Visit Corcovado & Sugar Loaf and enjoy a barbecue lunch
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Visit  prestigious and important artisans in Cusco;Take your timo exploring stunning Macchu Picchu
Visits:
Buenos Aires, San Antonio, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
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China, Tibet & the Yangtze

Abercrombie & Kent
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 488 / day
$ 8,295
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Embark on a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River aboard all-balcony Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer'
  • Discover Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet's spiritual capital
  • Visit the less-crowded and well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
  • Enjoy a private tour with an on-site archaeologist at the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit
  • Visit the Panda Research Center, where you learn about China's unofficial national symbol in its natural habitat
  • Experience the narrow winding lanes and courtyard residences of a traditional hutong
Visits:
Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Great Wall of China, Lhasa, Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square, Tibet, Xian, Yangtze River, Yichang, China
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Newfoundland Walking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 1,083 / day
$ 6,495
From : $ 7,404
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Newfoundland
  • Visit squish studio, a bold and modern structure
  • Experience the nature in Fogo Island
  • Discover Skerwink Trail
Visits:
Canada
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Signature Peru & Beyond

Kuoda Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Find out what’s in store for the future with a private coca leaf reading with a local shaman.
  • Wellness aspect: Enjoy spa treatments and deluxe services throughout your trip
  • Marvel at the skill of the Peru’s highland weavers, who use the same methods practiced by their ancestors.
  • Visit rural communities in the Sacred Valley towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo
  • Enjoy an atmospheric ride on the luxury, vintage-style, Belmond-owned Hiram Bingham Train.
  • Relish a Machu Picchu luxury tour with your very own expert guide to explain the history, architecture, and theories surrounding the site.
  • Scale the ancient stone stairway up Machu Picchu’s neighboring peak, Huayna Picchu.
  • Embark on a private city tour of Cusco, whose fascinating streets feature a unique concoction of Inca ruins and colonial constructions
  • Sample ceviche and other delectable renowned Peruvian specialties at some of the country’s top restaurants.
  • Stay in the finest hotels South America offers.
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Western Australia: From the Outback to the Sea

10 days
$ 885 / day
$ 8,850
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore King’s Park and the Western Australia Botanic Garden in Perth
  • Stroll through the vibrant port city of Freemantle
  • Journey to the pristine waters of Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast
  • Snorkel with manta rays, marine turtles, reef sharks and an incredible variety of tropical fish
  • Admire the incredible staghorn and soft coral formations just offshore
  • Voyage to the outback and experience the breath-taking beauty of the famed Kimberley
  • Visit El Questro Gorge, fish for barramundi or explore the Zebedee Springs thermal pools
Visits:
Perth, Australia
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East Africa Style

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 1,765 / day
$ 19,417
From : $ 22,135
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Eastern Africa features some of the continent's greatest treasures
  • Enjoy magnificent wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Luxury lodges and unparalleled safari experiences
Visits:
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Kenya
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Luxury Adventure to a Winter Wonderland: Norway's ...

8 days
$ 1,443 / day
$ 11,514
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoying the distinctive scenery of beaches and mountains, open sea and sheltered bays, untouched lands and picturesque fishing villages
  • See the largest number of nesting sea birds in Norway
  • Enjoy the views of wild unspoiled white sand beaches, glacier valleys, granite mountains, and polar fishing villages
  • See local wildlife white-tailed eagles
  • Visit some of Tromso best museums.
  • Private Snowmobiling Tour on the Svalbard Islands
  • Enjoy the impressive landscapes of this archipelago in the High Arctic and some of the most beautiful mountains of the Arctic.
  • Enjoy the arctic tundra of the Svalbard Islands on exciting kayaking, trekking, snowmobiling and dog sledding tours.
Visits:
Norway
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Jewels of Central Europe Eastbound

17 days
$ 370 / day
$ 6,289
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Experience 17 day river cruise from Paris to Budapest
  • Opportunity to sail along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers
  • Visit the fascinating Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum
  • Explore Bamberg UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Budapest
Visits:
Arc de Triomphe, Budapest, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Luxembourg, Munich, Notre Dame Cathedral, Nuremberg, Paris, Vienna, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary
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Denmark Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 1,166 / day
$ 6,995
From : $ 7,974
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy your journey in garden of Denmark
  • Visit Copenhagen
  • Visit Island of Denmark called Zealand
Visits:
Copenhagen, Scandinavia, Denmark
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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Rothschild Safaris
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 812 / day
$ 10,561
From : $ 12,040
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Picturesque colonial Quito
  • Lush verdant cloud forests teeming with life
  • The hauntingly beautiful Galapagos Islands and its unique wildlife
  • Vibrant Otavalo market, overnighting in a beautiful traditional hacienda
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Galapagos, Isabela Island, Isla Santa Fe, Otavalo, Quito, San Cristobal, Ecuador
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Luxury Japan Explorer

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 733 / day
$ 8,068
From : $ 9,198
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Stay in Japan's finest hotels and ryokans
  • Enjoy the metropolis of Tokyothe
  • Discover the cultural mecca of Kyoto, the quaint village of Takayama and the hot springs of Hakone
Visits:
Tokyo, Kyoto, Japan
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Patagonia Tour - Patagonian Overland Adventure
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Patagonia Tour - Patagonian Overland Adventure

15 days
$ 749 / day
$ 11,235
From : $ 12,808
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Discover Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America” & paired lunch in a chic restaurant
  • Visit San Antonio de Areco, the cradle of Gaucho’s traditions
  • Explore Ushuaia, the “End of the World” in 4X4WD
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, Cruise Chilean fjords between Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park, Cruise The Perito Moreno Glacier
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Patagonia, San Antonio, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Luxury Safari Namibia

Project Expedition
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 627 / day
$ 5,006
From : $ 5,717
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • The Namib Desert Sea of Sand, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list
  • Scenic, mountainous Gamsberg Pass
  • Sossusvlei Worlds highest dunes Big Daddy and Big Mama
  • Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and picturesque Dune 45
  • Scenic flight over the Namib Naukluft Park
  • Coast of Atlantic, town oasis Swakopmund
  • Catamaran cruise into the Atlantic Ocean
  • Lunar landscape of the Moon Valley and Welwitchia mirabilis trails
  • Treasure of African nature, wildlife sanctuary Etosha National Park
Visits:
Namibia
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Morocco Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 1,124 / day
$ 8,995
From : $ 21,090
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • View hidden Berber village0073
  • Visit Moulay Brahim
  • Fantastic views on the Lalla Takerkoust Lake
  • Explore the intricate city of Marrakech
Visits:
Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, Morocco
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Top Luxury Travel Experiences and Attractions

Top Luxury Travel Experiences

Experiencing all that Africa has to offer in comfort with private guides

Going on a private wine tasting tour in the beautiful region of Burgundy in Franc

Seeing gorillas up close on a guided trekking excursion in Rwanda

Enjoying a private train cabin as the world passes by in wonderful panorama

Exploring Italy in comfort learning history, and getting to know the culture, food, and wine at a leisurely pace

Sailing to the remote lands of Antarctica via small ship cruise

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Luxury Travel Trip Reviews

718 Luxury Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 555
Great 108
Average 38
Disappointing 8
Terrible 9
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Great time in Central (Eastern) Europe

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My wife and I had an amazing time on a 15-day Central Europe tour in June/July 2019. We saw incredible sites and were treated to some very cool adventures including pierogi making in Poland, special shows and overall amazing experiences throughout. Gate1 did not miss a beat throughout the trip. Liliana, our tour guide, ensured that everything ran smoothly, and the local tour guides were second to none. The hotels were magnificent, with perfect views of the Danube in Budapest, great breakfasts, and situated close to the action. This was our first trip with Gate1 but will definitely not be our last.

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Operator Signature Collection by Gate 1

By far the best trip I've taken!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

The guides were fun, friendly and so knowledgable. The luxury tents were so cool; bug proof, comfy beds and hot showers! The food and fresh juices were delicious. I learned so much about wildlife and conservation efforts. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, plus English is very prominent there. Kenya is such a great place to go on safari. In addition to seeing every animal you could imagine, this trip really offers a great look into the Kenyan culture, different tribes, art, music and way of life. Loved every minute of this trip!

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Operator Discover Corps

Thank you Ayana and Jared!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

From panic to success!
Had some issues with getting my trip rescheduled after a family emergency . Ayana & Jared were most helpful in getting it resolved and helping straighten out the confusion. I look forward to my new travel plan with the company.

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Operator Aer Lingus Vacation Store

Top notch First Class Safari services

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Myself and a family of 5 persons (6 in total). travel o Kenya for an adventure and I must admit wild race Africa Safaris delivered beyond our expectation.

From the time of trip inquiry to the last minute we were dropped back to the airport, Simon has been very helpful.
Very much prompt in his responses, very detailed, and flexible by all means.
The choices of lodges were excellent, good well maintained safari vehicles with excellent knowledgeable guides.

Phanuel our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I would highly recommend Simon and the company anyone would want to experience Kenya Tanzania Safari with a touch of excellence from the local operators.

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Operator Wild Race Africa Safaris

Thanks to Beatrice for Helping my Tibet Pilgrimage

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

As a buddhist, Lhasa is a sacred city to me. Thanks to Beatrice for help with my Lhasa Pilgrimage. She answered my questions patiently and helped to organize my tours to different monasteries. I really enjoyed this trip, especially to Dark Yerba hermitage and Ganden Monastery. Thanks very much.

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Operator Great Tibet Tour

The best experience in Marrakesh

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The best experience in Marrakesh. Ouidad and Noura are the best female guides in town. They are knowledgeable, sweet, and a lot of fun. It changed 100% our experience in Marrakesh being guided by them!

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Operator Morocco private expert

Luxury Travel Tours and Travel Guide

Luxury Travel Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Luxury travel could mean staying a five-star hotel in Europe, a beautiful resort on the Indian Ocean, or a luxurious tented campground on an African safari. It could mean traveling aboard a specially outfitted train, a deluxe river or small cruise ship or even by bicycle, as long as meals, lodging and support is top notch. Many tour operators offer luxury group tours or will plan one exactly to your specifications.

Unique Luxury Travel Destinations

Luxury travel today is going through a renaissance of sorts. In addition to the classic kind of resort stays and European based destinations, luxury travel has expanded to include more exotic and probably some unexpected destinations.

1. Chile - The South American luxury travel market is small but burgeoning. Around the Patagonia region in particular you will find many luxury accommodations and activities. Perfect for landscape photographers and outdoors enthusiasts who want to experience the dramatic scenery of Patagonia without committing to extreme hiking.

2. Kenya - Often called the oldest safari destination, Kenya luxury travel has a legacy that goes all the way to royalty. For it was here that Queen Elizabeth II traveled as a princess, immediately prior to becoming Queen of England. Safari lodges in Kenya date all the way back to the early 20th century - so if you’re looking for a uniquely historic luxury African safari, definitely consider Kenya.

3. Istanbul - Turkey is a fabulous stepping stone destination for travelers seeking to expand their comfort zone. Istanbul is a vibrant city, with many European influences, making it feel more accessible from a cultural standpoint for many travelers. Luxury accommodations are everywhere, and the price point is far more comfortable than in some other luxury travel destinations.

4. Belize - Enjoy the comforts of beautiful eco-lodges among the rainforests of Belize. Traveling in luxury in Belize, you can actually venture much further into some more remote areas and really unplug to enjoy the spectacular nature. You’ll often have a private guide who will take you along hidden trails, and out on the water to experience Belize’s world renowned snorkeling.

5. Peru - Peru is one of those destinations that offers several travel experiences from extreme luxury to extreme budget, that visit largely the same sights. You can even get to Machu Picchu in luxury! Luxury travel in Peru is all about getting special insight into the culture - meeting locals, enjoying culinary delights, and native art.

Luxury Travel Accommodations

Accommodation is one of the largest considerations on a luxury tour, and also one of the biggest contributing factors to what makes a tour “luxury” or not. While many budget or mid-range tours tend to opt for a basic style, luxury tours take their accommodation seriously.

From beachside resorts to glamping, luxury accommodation is something to write home about.

1. Villas

Feel the timelessness of Europe in a villa getaway. Nothing beats waking up to rolling hills of vineyards and roaming the rustic grounds. Feel like a local as you visit nearby markets for fresh produce, and enjoy watching the world go by as lingering over a coffee in a classic European cafe.

Villas are most common in Western European countries like Spain, Italy, and France. They are commonly designed as self sustaining farms or vineyards. When you stay in a luxury villa it’s a great way to feel the rhythm of European culture. You’ll enjoy home cooked meals that highlight local ingredients, and get to know the town and surrounding area with the help of a guide.

2. Resorts

You can do luxury travel without a resort stay, and in fact more and more luxury travel outfitters are expanding their reach beyond classic resorts. But this is still one of the most popular kinds of luxury travel accommodation styles. Tried and true, resorts offer a great way to relax in comfort and safety - and are a very popular for families.

Similar to a cruise ship, resorts are largely self contained - you could spend a majority of your vacation at the resort without leaving to explore the outside world. For this reason, they are not the most adventurous of accommodations.

Beach resorts in particular are some of the most popular luxury getaways. And a great option for visiting areas that may be questionable safety-wise, like Mexico or some Central America destinations. Take a dip in crystal clear blue water, and enjoy lounging in the shade, feeling the warm breeze on a private stretch of beach.

3. Castles

Ever wanted to know what life in a castle was like? While they certainly wouldn’t have had WiFi, and probably would have been a great deal colder, you can get a pretty good idea when you stay overnight in a castle - a very popular luxury travel accommodation style in Europe.

Live your own fairytale as you wander ancient halls and explore beautiful gardens.

4. Glamps

The relatively new concept of “glamping,” that is luxury camping, it’s actually quite a great way to be close with nature without having to rough it. Glamping destinations around the world are becoming increasingly popular. Get the best of both worlds!

5. Luxury river cruising

River cruising is becoming increasingly popular among older travelers. In Europe especially a luxury river cruise is a great way to travel. This is slow travel at its finest; fine wine, fine food, fine company.

The experience is more about gliding along in comfort, taking in the passing landscapes, than it is about diving deep into each destination - though most luxury river cruises offer plenty of opportunities to explore at each port stop. Excursions are not always included in the price, and are usually fairly specific in nature so you can choose a shore activity that meets your interests.

Private Tours and "Backstage Access"

While your accommodations are a huge part of the luxury travel experience, there is actually so much more to luxury travel.

For the best providers of luxury travel, it’s also about high caliber, exclusive tour experiences. Think an after hours tour of the Vatican or a wine tasting in Burgundy hosted by the winemaker himself.

Luxury tours are an amazing way to get some one-on-one time with experts in their fields, ask questions, and gain unique insight into some of the worlds most impressive sights you might otherwise miss if surrounded by crowds.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Luxury tours help travelers see the world in great comfort, often in private groups and with a dedicated guide. Luxury travel experiences are sometimes the preferred style for visiting more far flung destinations, where the contrast is extreme.

Yet having guaranteed luxury accommodations, and guides to help with getting around, actually make discovering the nuances of exotic cultures more accessible to a wider range of travelers.

5 Top Luxury Travel Experiences

1. Safari - A luxury safari is one of the most quintessential travel experiences. This is one kind of experience where the price tag really does dictate the kind of Africa you see. On a luxury safari, you’ll be treated to private game drives with experienced guides dedicated to making sure you see as much wildlife as possible.

Enjoy spectacular dining - like a white tablecloth lunch on the savannah, and veranda dinners. Accommodations that provide unique views of the African landscape as you enjoy a cocktail on your private balcony.

2. Rainforest Lodge - The rainforest offers experiences for travelers of all stripes, including luxury minded travelers. Imagine staying in an eco-lodge surrounded by lush jungle greenery - the bright colors of tropical birds peeking out within arms length.

Their calls and chirps acting as the only alarm clock you’ll need, and providing a soundtrack for your day. Or perhaps you’ll visit a floating tree house for a night or two, enjoying life above the canopy - watching monkeys dash about the branches.

3. Digital Detox / Wellness retreat - Wellness travel and digital detoxing are becoming very popular themes for travelers, particularly millennials. The digital world is getting harder and harder to break away from so the hefty price tag of these trips seems every more worth it.

They are an investment in one's mental health after all - a way to plug back in to nature and slow down with mediation, focus on health and nutrition, and exercise. If you are the type of person to lament that your yoga mat can’t travel with you, then these kinds of getaways are for you.

4. Ski Lodge - A very popular luxury travel experience for families, ski lodges often have an all inclusive approach that is perfect for a winter vacation. Active young ones can take lessons and hit the slopes with minimal supervision. The best ski lodges are set up to limit the amount of walking time needed to schlep your ski gear everywhere. And after a busy day, you can settle in for some fine dining by the fire!

5. River Cruise - River cruising is the fastest growing segment in luxury travel, and extremely popular among baby boomer and senior travelers. The great appeal of river cruising is the opportunity to visit smaller ports than are accessible to larger ships, unpacking only once, and enjoying panoramic views from the viewing deck as you savor a glass of wine. River cruises can be a great way to see multiple countries, as you take in the changing scenery, landscape, and architecture.

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