AAT Kings vs APT

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of AAT Kings and APT.

The Low Down

 
AAT Kings have partnered with Global Journeys since our inception, and as a result we have an in-depth understanding of all their trips, through both Australia and New Zealand. Our team have journeyed with them on 9 tours through New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. That close relationship also means we can deliver fantastic savings throughout the year.

AAT King's core multi-day coach tours cater mainly for those over 55+, whilst their short breaks in the Northern Territory tend to attract a more diverse range of ages. All coaches are first class, and AAT Kings pride themselves on their tour guides - many of which have been with them for decades!
 
Initially providing coach touring around Australia and NZ to the local market, APT have grown exponentially over the last decade to now offer trips around the world, and are well known for their European river cruises. Over the last few years APT have introduced small ship expeditions that cruise the waters through Asia, Europe, Canada and off the coast of Kimberley. Catering primarily for the retired market, their trips aren't cheap, but in APT's case - you get what you pay for.

Look out for their great Fly Free offers, and Earlybird Savings. The team here at Global Journeys have travelled multiple times by coach, cruise & river with APT, and we definitely recommend them as a quality, consistent, reliable Operator, and our past client reviews back that up.

Reviews

Reviews rated out of 5

 
4.6 out of 5
402 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.8
Tour Pace
4.2
 
4.7 out of 5
272 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.7
Tour Pace
4.5

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
87
 
Departures
8,618
 
Avg. Length
9
 
Avg.
$373
 
82
This Month
Trip Type
Trip Type
Guided Tours
Trip Type
Trip Type
City Breaks & Short Breaks
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium & Affordable
Accommodation
Accommodation
3.5 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
Max. Group Size
49

Regions Explored:

Australia, New Zealand
 
No. of Trips
527
 
Departures
3,395
 
Avg. Length
15
 
Avg.
$738
 
312
This Month
Land Journeys
Trip Type
River Cruises
Trip Type
Ocean Cruises
Trip Type
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium / Luxury
Accommodation
Accommodation
4.5 - 5 Star

In Their Own Words

We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them.

 

Matt Cameron-Smith, MD - AAT Kings

Choosing AAT Kings for your Australia or New Zealand holiday guarantees you’ll benefit from the insider secrets, off-the-beaten-path destinations and authentic interactions with local characters that only 100 years of experience can provide. With over a hundred years’ experience in sharing Australia with our guests, AAT Kings holds exclusive access to some truly unique locations, secret trails and roads less travelled that add so much value to the overall travel experience.

At AAT Kings, our on-road staff are best in class. Our Travel Directors, Driver Guides and Drivers are hand-picked for their passion, experience, and enthusiasm for the spectacular countries we live in. There is truly no one better to share with you the best destinations across Australia and New Zealand. We have been perfecting our itineraries and products for over 100 years, so the benefits gained from travelling with us are unrivalled. With over 150 expertly crafted holiday itineraries to choose from, we offer something for everyone.
 

Susan Haberle, Head of Sales - APT

APT is an Australian family-owned company whose essence began in Melbourne in the 1920s. More than 90 years on, APT offers life-enriching trips to every continent, and through the company’s vast industry experience, innovative investments, meticulous planning and unquestionable passion it has earned a place among the world’s most well-regarded travel companies.

From boutique river cruising to small-group 4WD adventures; traditional coach touring with a decadent twist to private air cruising; epic rail journeys to small-ship expeditions; classic ocean cruising to safaris of discovery by both land and air – there’s little APT is unwilling to consider in pursuit of creating the finest holiday experience for its valued guests.

Timeless luxury, exclusive experiences, life enriching moments and true personalisation. APT offers all-inclusive holidays so everything is taken care of. We invite you to join us; you won’t be disappointed.

Recent Reviews

 
Kangaroo Island Discovery
4 Star Review from Vasu & Jyothi.

Everything went seamlessly from booking the journey to the journey itself. Pre and Post accommodation at Adelaide was nice, if you don't count the proximity of the hotel to the CBD. We had been told that we would be picked up at Sage Hotel on day 1. But when I rang up the tour operator, just to be sure, they said they had not been informed about our pick up from Sage hotel. Communication? The accommodation at Kangaroo Island was also very nice. On day 1 at around 4.15pm were just 15 mins away from this accommodation but for some strange reason they took us all the way back to Ferry terminal, asked us to have dinner there and finally brought us to the accommodation at around 7.30pm. Why? All the activities were very well thought of and very interesting. Lunch provided on both the days were of high standard. We are vegetarians and they did provide excellent quality vegetarian food as per our request. Bus drivers were very live and knowledgeable.
Tasmanian Wonders
5 Star Review from Helen & David.

We had a great time in Tasmania as there were only 10 of us on the tour we had great fun we got on well together and made some new friends. Our tour guide was excellent with her knowledge of Tasmania which made every place we stopped at more interesting and our driver Tom was a great driver on the winding roads of Tasmania. The different parts of Tasmania were beautiful from the coast to the mountains. We would definitely travel with them again. Georgie as usual did a great job of arranging everything it all ran smoothly.
Tasmanian Wonders
5 Star Review from Arshia.

I had one of the best journeys of my life - Tasmanian Wonders with AAT Kings. Everything was well-organized and exceeded our expectations. Our travel director Carolyn took care of every little detail, especially that of my parents who were traveling along with me, and made sure they were comfortable always. Besides, her fascinating tales made the journey more relatable and interesting. Our driver Tom and covid specialist David always greeted us with smiling faces and never gave us a chance to complain. Everything on this trip was perfect be it’s travel itinerary or accommodation or food. Traveling with AAT Kings was just like traveling with your own family. When it comes to Global journeys, not only did I receive a competitive package but also the representatives were extremely helpful. They followed up with AAT Kings on all my queries and responded promptly. I am looking to book my next trip through them.
Kakadu & East Alligator River
4 Star Review from Martin.

Great 2 day Trip with AAT Kings, only 18 of us on the tour, the coach held 58 people, so plenty of space to move around. Our Driver/Guide Michael was very knowledgeable & able to answer all questions that were given to him. On day 1, we had a busy day, we saw quite a few crocodiles & plenty of bird life over the 2 days on the river cruises, we then went to Cooinda Hotel for lunch we are staying at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel Jabiru, tonight, it was good, the hotel needs some work to bring it back to 5*. Prices were fair for drinks & food for the location. Day 2, was a trip to Ubirr Rock to see the famous Rock Art & then another cruise on the East Alligator River, more croc's & Bird life. Then back to the Hotel for lunch, which was included both days consisted of Cold Meat & Salad, Tea/Coffee. Then the trip back to Darwin, we were dropped back at the hotel at 6.30 pm. Great 2 day trip!
Perfect Tasmania
5 Star Review from Prem.

Ms. Jemma Rosen took care of my reservation for the Perfect Tasmania tour with AAT Kings. Ms Rosen was very prompt and answered all my questions within 24 hours. This was my first reservation with Global Journeys and my experience was very positive and pleasant. I plan to visit Western Australia in the future and will definitely book again with Global Journeys. I highly recommend Ms. Rosen and Global Journeys to everyone. This was my third trip with AAT Kings and the tour was well planned and executed. The pace of the trip was good as we stayed two nights at most of the places. I thank you for making this holiday memorable.
 
Heart of Tasmania
5 Star Review from Dave & Beverley.

The beauty of the Tasmania form the west coast to the east coast is in many of it's parts breathtaking with dense forests, rolling hills quaint little towns as well as its very serene landscapes. We were taken from the bustling city of Hobart to cruising the Gordon river and visiting Sarah Island across to Cradle Mountain up to Stanley and the extinct volcano "the Nut" down to of Launceston and the Cataract Gorge via the mural town Sheffield then east to Freycinet with a cruise out to Wine Glass Bay accompanied by dolphins then ending back in Hobart. For all Tasmania's beauty and wonder this tour provided a great insight into Tasmania's violent history of not only of the harsh treatment of convicts transported to Australia but of the decimation of Tasmania's first peoples and the removal of the last remaining indigenous people of Tasmania to Flinders Island . This history is not easily understood when visiting Tasmania on your own but our tour guide and all the local guides along our journey provided a great insight on our history. All of this made for a wonderful holiday.
Tasmania Complete
4 Star Review from Vannak & Malcolm.

The tour is well organised. Excellent tour leader and skill full driver, very attentive and willing to accommodate your needs.
Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Sandra & Clem.

Fabulous river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with APT. We had a wonderful time and the ship was very comfortable, sightseeing was varied and plentiful, food was to die for, met some wonderful people, enjoyed the entertainment very much and overall we have had one of the best experiences ever. We travelled in November and the weather was cool, although don't let that put you off, as the crowds were not there and we even went for a swim in the heated pool on the ship, which was one of the many highlights of the cruise. We highly recommend a river cruise with APT and also recommend Yvonne from Global Journeys for her great advice and prompt service.
Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam
5 Star Review from Arthur & Dianne.

After a year of stress our trip with APT from Budapest to Amsterdam was just what we needed. All the arrangements were worry free thanks to Yvonne of Global Journeys, and once on board relaxation was the order of the day. Autumn was in full colour enhancing the already beautiful landscapes. Nothing was too much trouble for the hard working crew on AmaBella and cruise director Korana especially, made our trip one to remember forever. A fantastic trip, one I absolutely recommend.
Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Maria & Brendan.

Yes we would happily book our next holiday with Global Journeys, Hannah was so easy to work with and got us a great deal with APT. Great job APT and Global Journeys, a great team, thanks.

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