Luxury Tours

Luxury tours: 5 iconic journeys to inspire you

Of the many misconceptions that persist around touring holidays, perhaps the most misguided is the idea that a tour has to involve sacrifices. Mention escorted tours and many people will immediately imagine cramped coaches, bland food, run-of-the-mill accommodation and dull itineraries where you’re herded around like cattle. This stereotype is being slowly skewered right across the touring sector, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the incredible range of luxury tours on offer from those companies that cater to the top end of the market. Inclusions will vary depending on the operator, but these tours will normally use a luxury vehicle with large windows, comfortable seating and more legroom. You’ll travel in a smaller group, stay in the best hotels and enjoy varied and exciting cuisine, where dinner is often an event in itself. Your tour may include a private chauffeur transfer from your home, starting your holiday in style, and itineraries will usually be enhanced with exclusive events and experiences, whether it’s after-hours access to museums, private concerts or guest lectures from experts in their field. In this article we’ve picked out just a few of the amazing luxury tours on offer, featuring some of the most highly regarded operators in travel...

1. Journey through Japan with Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent are well established as one of the world’s most respected tour operators, with an impressive network of local contacts around the globe. In Japan you’ll be accompanied by a resident tour director and English-speaking guides, in a group of no more than 18 people, as you travel from the sprawling, futuristic city of Tokyo to historic Kyoto. You’ll travel across the country on the famous shinkansen, the bullet train, staying in five-star accommodation and visiting some of the highlights of Japan, including the beautiful countryside around Takayama and the moving Hiroshima Peace Park. Two days are set aside for you to ‘Design Your Day’, with optional activities including sushi making, swinging a samurai sword and learning the art of taiko drumming.

2. Majestic Danube with APT

Australia-based APT’s Luxury range of tours and river cruises includes this wonderful voyage on the Danube between Bucharest and Vilshofen. You’ll be travelling on board the brand new AmaMagna, a unique double-width ship which boasts some of the largest suites in river cruising, four different dining options and a watersports platform at the back of the ship. En route you’ll visit some of Central Europe’s most alluring destinations, including the buzzing Serbian capital, Belgrade, and the Austrian town of Linz, gateway to beautiful Salzburg. Your tour also includes an exclusive classical concert featuring members of Mozart’s Boys Choir in Vienna, and a trip on Budapest’s historic Grand Empress steam train to Gödöllő Palace for a private tour.

3. Train to Machu Picchu with Cox & Kings

If backpacking through Peru and hiking the Inca Trail doesn’t appeal then fear not, as there is a more luxurious way to explore this fascinating corner of South America. Cox & Kings have over 250 years of experience in crafting unforgettable holidays, and this amazing itinerary includes a journey from Lake Titicaca to Cuzco on the stylish Belmond Andean Explorer train, a guided tour of Machu Picchu and accommodation in top-end hotels including the Palacio del Inka in Cuzco and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu, the only hotel located at the gates of the site itself. Other highlights include the chance to see condors soaring above the Colca Canyon and a home-cooked lunch with a local family on one of Lake Titicaca’s islands.

4. Spectacular South Africa with Luxury Gold

Luxury Gold’s escorted tours focus on the finer things in life, featuring five-star accommodation, haute cuisine and exclusive travel experiences. On this fabulous tour of South Africa you’ll kick things off in style with a welcome dinner at Camissa Brasserie, with amazing views over Cape Town, and you’ll also enjoy a private wine tasting at the Vergelegen estate and a sunset drinks reception at the top of Table Mountain. You’ll also spend three days in Kruger National Park on a luxury safari, heading out on twice-daily game drives in search of the Big Five, and you’ll stay in refined surroundings at the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel, with magnificent views of the thundering falls.

5. The Heart of India by Luxury Train with Riviera Travel

Combine the romance of rail travel with some of India’s most iconic sights on this wonderful journey with Riviera Travel. You’ll be staying in a deluxe en suite compartment on the Deccan Odyssey train, with butler service and all your meals included. You’ll also stay in five-star hotels in Delhi and Mumbai, experience a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park, and enjoy guided visits to the Taj Mahal, the palaces of Udaipur and the breathtaking ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, accompanied throughout by a dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager.

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8 Nights

Nile Cruise - Premium

Discover ancient temples and tombs and travel by Nile cruise boat.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £26pp
Starts:Cairo
Ends:Aswan
Group Size:4- 20
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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11 Nights

Cycle Namibia

Explore stunning desert scenery by bike Enjoy on this tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £46pp
Starts:Windhoek
Ends:Windhoek
Group Size:4- 12
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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14 Nights

Borneo Wildlife Discoverer

Showcasing the best of Borneo - wildlife, rainforests and tropical beaches

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £71pp
Starts:Kuching
Ends:Sandakan
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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6 Nights

Classic Kenya 4WD Safari

A classic journey on safari in Kenya in this tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £47pp
Starts:Nairobi
Ends:Nairobi
Group Size:4- 12
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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7 Nights

Coastal Croatia: Pula to Porec Self-Guided Cycling

Cycle along Croatia's spectacular Istrian Peninsula and enjoy on this tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £28pp
Starts:Fazana
Ends:Porec
Group Size:2- 6
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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10 Nights

Uzbekistan Uncovered

Travel through history from Nomadic tribes and Muslim preachers to Silk-route traders and Soviet spies.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £31pp
Starts:Tashkent
Ends:Tashkent
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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6 Nights

Kenya Photographic Safari with Paul Goldstein

Fabulous migration wildlife and great photography on the Kenyan plains

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £104pp
Starts:Nairobi
Ends:Nairobi
Group Size:4- 12
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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8 Nights

Premium Peru

Welcome to Peru, where colourful cities rub shoulders with wild rainforests and ancient monuments

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £48pp
Starts:Lima
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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6 Nights

Contrasts of Catalonia (Catalunya) Cycling

Ride through beautiful Spanish villages and rural orchards

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £28pp
Starts:Calella de Palafrugell
Ends:Calella de Palafrugell
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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18 Nights

Best of India

Visit India and follow the famous Golden Triangle

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £30pp
Starts:Delhi
Ends:Delhi
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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22 Nights

Mekong Explorer (Main Deck)

From spectacular Halong Bay and the treasures of old Hanoi, travel the length of this beautiful country, through Hue and Hoi An to the bright lights of Saigon, experiencing the authentic Vietnam all the way.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £90pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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12 Nights

Flavours of Northern Italy

Join us for two unforgettable weeks exploring Italy's northern regions, from the lofty peak of mighty Mont Blanc to the glittering canals of Venice

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £78pp
Starts:Longford TW6, UK
Ends:Longford TW6, UK
Group Size:8- 26
Operator:Wendy Wu

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13 Nights

Golden West Adventure - 2022

Come and explore the Golden West on this affordable holiday through California, Arizona, and Nevada. You’ll begin in Los Angeles for guided sightseeing in the “City of Angels.”

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £34pp
Starts:Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ends:1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Difficulty:Active pace
Operator:Cosmos

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14 Nights

Everest Luxury Lodge Trek

Trek in the Himalayas of Nepal in a Luxurious way.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £54pp
Starts:Kathmandu
Ends:Kathmandu
Group Size:2- 12
Difficulty:Strenuous
Operator:Travel Max Guide

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13 Nights

Secrets of Southern Italy

Spend an unforgettable two weeks exploring the highlights of Southern Italy, from the majesty of ancient Rome to the shores of Sicily

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £78pp
Group Size:8- 26
Difficulty:Level1
Operator:Wendy Wu

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7 Nights

Southern Sounds - 2022

If you are a music fan—don’t miss this Southern Sounds tour!

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £26pp
Starts:New Orleans, LA, USA
Ends:Nashville, TN, USA
Difficulty:Steady pace
Operator:Cosmos

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12 Nights

Namibia 4WD Desert Safari

True wilderness safari in Namibia's remote northwest where animals outnumber people.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £68pp
Starts:Windhoek
Ends:Windhoek
Group Size:4- 9
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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9 Nights

Amazing Burma

Discover the sacred stupas, ancient traditions and spiritual reverence of mystical Burma

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £47pp
Starts:Yangon
Ends:Yangon
Group Size:15- 54
Operator:Trafalgar

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7 Nights

Provence

Experiences from delectable wine tastings to epicurean discoveries, savory al fresco, a luminous palette of warm colors that spark the imagination.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £84pp
Starts: Aix-en-Provence, France
Ends: Avignon, France
Group Size:1- 22
Difficulty:Activity 4 / Pace 3
Operator:Tauck

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9 Nights

Treasures of the Aegean

Explore the Parthenon to the Greek Isles, see classical antiquities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a land journey and cruise in the Aegean Sea.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £132pp
Starts: Athens, Greece
Ends: Athens, Greece
Group Size:1- 40
Difficulty:Activity 3 / Pace 2
Operator:Tauck

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