AAT Kings vs Inspiring Journeys

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

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!
 
Inspiring Journeys is part of The Travel Corporation, so it's sister brands include Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and AAT Kings. As a relative newcomer to the luxury touring market, Inspiring Journeys was developed to rekindle your passion for travel through immersive, boutique experiences. Offering a range of journeys from 5 to 22 days to the most idyllic, breathtaking and iconic locations in Australia and New Zealand.

Designed for small groups of no more than 20 travellers, with no children under 12. From boutique accommodation to luxury coaches and exclusive experiences; all aspects of an Inspiring Journey have been carefully chosen to provide you with superior treatment.

Reviews

Reviews rated out of 5

 
4.6 out of 5
408 Reviews
Value For Money
4.3
Tour Guide
4.7
Accommodation
4.1
Tour Pace
4.2
Included Excursions
4.4
Optional Excursions
3.3
 
4.8 out of 5
10 Reviews
Value For Money
4.6
Tour Guide
4.9
Accommodation
4.6
Tour Pace
4.4
Included Excursions
4.7
Optional Excursions
2.8

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
98
 
Departures
1,307
 
Avg. Length
7
 
Avg.
$346
 
93
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
12
 
Departures
208
 
Avg. Length
9
 
Avg.
$574
 
12
This Month
Small Group Tours
Trip Type
Small Group Tours
Trip Type
Trip Type
Short Breaks
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium
Accommodation
Accommodation
4 - 5 Star
Max. Group Size
Max. Group Size
20

Regions Explored:

Australia, New Zealand

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.
 

Matt Cameron Smith, Managing Director - Inspiring Journeys

The Inspiring Journeys experience is designed for immersion and authentic connection. We invite travellers to embark on an exclusive exploration through Australia and New Zealand, discovering ancient cultures and rugged destinations, in style.

Our bespoke journeys venture off the beaten track, to truly connect guests with the destination, through immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting. With a maximum of only 20 guests per journey, your experience will be more exclusive, allowing access to boutique accommodations and experiences. Every element of an Inspiring Journey has been curated to offer not only offer authentic experiences, but to add the tiny, noticeable touches that infuse the experience with an exclusivity only few will ever have the opportunity to experience.

Infused with a passion for the destinations that they specialise in, your Journey Director is eager to share their in-depth knowledge, whilst you uncover truly unique locations, secret trails and roads less travelled.

Recent Reviews

 
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.
Alice, Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure
4 Star Review from Angela.

The tours were amazing and very well organised. Very busy so it was well worth having a couple of extra nights to relax.
New Zealand Vista
4 Star Review from David Carter.

The timing of the trip was unwittingly good bearing in mind the pandemic. Basically the last night dinner was underway when we were told that all subsequent trips had been cancelled. The travel guide and driver were extremely good. The accommodation apart from the Copthorne in Queenstown were very good. The group was a good mix of nationalities and gelled together well. The Itinerary was excellent. The one annoying factor with AAT Kings was that they had a second coach virtually shadowing us which had never been explained either before or after booking. This was particularly galling given the most intermediate stops were in small towns with limited services. Why is it that AAT Kings give details of the situation of each trip and date but never says it will runs two coaches simultaneously if necessary. (GJ. Thanks for the feedback David. That would be because they may not know until close to departure - it's rare but does happen occasionally due to the size of NZ and it's popularity. Great you managed to get home before the borders were shut! All the best.)
Southern Wonders
5 Star Review from Diane.

Couldn’t have been better. ‘Southern Wonders NZ’ was a comprehensive and fun tour. I was blown away by the wonderful scenery in the South Island and the opportunities I had for extra tours like flights over glaciers and the alps. Our group was large - 47 people but we all got on well and everyone was really nice. Our Tour Leader Gina went out of her way to make sure we were always happy. She’s extremely well organised and everything ran like clockwork. Mark, our driver, was a competent and friendly driver, keeping us safe and happy. Our luggage was always delivered to and from our rooms so that was a pleasant surprise. Everything was fine for us! Thank you to AAT Kings and Global Journeys for such a well organised booking, follow up through the web and tour.
Southern Wonders
5 Star Review from Donald & Nancy.

We would like to thank Tracey for her excellent help in planning our trip with AAT Kings, the Southern Wonders of New Zealand. She constantly kept in touch with us as we were awaiting the NZeTA to complete the booking. Even now, after the trip, she is assisting us in getting a partial reimbursement from AAT Kings due to one day revision of tour due to weather. The trip was everything we had hoped for and we highly recommend booking with Global Journeys.
 
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
5 Star Review from Gregory.

Booking with Global journeys was easy. They were very thorough and helpful. The tour was absolutely amazing and delivered everything it promised. We stayed at amazing accommodation and the meals were 5 star. We learnt so much about the Northern Territory from our tour guide and had lots of fun experiences.
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
5 Star Review from Bronwyn & Roger.

Only 17 guests [max 20] on this tour made for a cohesive and enjoyable group. Our guide/driver Gordon was informative and professional. Due to a gearbox failure in the 4WD vehicle prior to our trip, we started the tour in a standard coach. however, AAT Kings went out of their way to expedite repairs of this vehicle, and delivered it mid trip so we did not miss any sightseeing. Accommodation and dinners on tour were first rate, lunches [picnic style] were sometimes a little underwhelming [but understandable due to remoteness]. Having plenty of water, drinks and snacks onboard the vehicle at all times was an added bonus. Activities and sightseeing on tour were excellent, and the optional helicopter flight was great. Some activities were more strenuous than others, but there was always an alternative for the “not so fit”. Our driver also included some “not on itinerary stops”. All in all, a great trip!
The Endless Shores
5 Star Review from Josie.

The quality of attention to detail for us was 100%. It was a perfect holiday, perfect weather and a really lovely standard of bus. Tour Director and bus driver were so helpful, considerate and friendly, as were the other people travelling with us. Accommodation standard was really good, especially the Puka Park Tree Tops cabins.
Outback Australia: The Colour of Red
5 Star Review from Phil.

Wonderful tour into the Red Centre. Uluru is amazing and we were able to see it at sunrise and sunset. Our tour guide, Miles, was informative, organised, and very helpful. The coach we travelled in was very accommodating for this part of Australia. Would highly recommend this tour.
Outback Contrasts: A Journey to the Centre
5 Star Review from Janette.

This 'Inspiring Journey' was excellent in every way. AAT Kings are to be complimented on the content and standard of the tour. The Driver/Tour Director was to be complimented on all aspects of his role. Accommodation and food a very high standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour. Value for money+++.

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