AAT Kings vs Travelmarvel

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

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!
 
The lesser known, but equally popular Travelmarvel, is the sister brand of APT. Positioned as a premium Operator, but a level down from APT with regards to pricing, inclusions and the age of it's river ships. Travelmarvel & APT share the same past passenger Rewards Scheme, and many of our clients like prefer to spend a little less, knowing they are still backed by one of Australasia's premier touring companies.

With it's roots in coach touring through Australia and New Zealand, Travelmarvel now offer river cruises in Europe & Asia, tours and cruises in Canada and trips around South & Central America. As Platinum Partners of APT & Travelmarvel, our consulting team have an in-depth knowledge and have personally experienced travelling with Travelmarvel and would relish the opportunity to help organise your next holiday.

Reviews

Reviews rated out of 5

 
4.6 out of 5
401 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.8
Tour Pace
4.2
 
4.6 out of 5
258 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.6
Tour Pace
4.4

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
87
 
Departures
8,998
 
Avg. Length
9
 
Avg.
$364
 
82
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Guided Tours
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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
206
 
Departures
2,244
 
Avg. Length
16
 
Avg.
$481
 
188
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River Cruises
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Rail Journeys
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Budget
Premium & Affordable
Accommodation
Accommodation
4 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.
 

Scott Ellis, National Sales Manager - Travelmarvel

Holiday memories are not just shaped by the incredible places you visit, but also by the wonderful people you meet along the way. At Travelmarvel, we know that great service is about going above and beyond, and that’s why our staff are regarded as a holiday highlight in their own right.

Travelmarvel holidays offer the perfect combination of all the highlights of the destination with outstanding quality and value for money - you won’t go wrong choosing Travelmavel for your next holiday adventure.

Recent Reviews

 
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.
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.)
 
New Zealand Rail Adventure
5 Star Review from Peter & Sue.

Tour group was excellent and well managed by Travelmarvel. What could have been frustrating was organised well with the way bus seat rotation was implemented - everyone was happy. We travelled over 4000km and had a good taste of the country and culture with excellent information, much of it humorous, from the tour leader. We would have enjoyed more photo opportunities but the roads just did not allow a large bus to park safely at times. For the length of the tour time spent in places was appropriate. Tour provided a great overview of NZ.
Essential Vietnam & Cambodia
5 Star Review from Merrilyn.

The whole trip was a very enjoyable experience - there is no better way to explore Cambodia and Vietnam than by river boat! Global Journeys made the whole booking process simple and stress free - all information was readily available and any questions I had were answered promptly and professionally by Hannah. I will definitely book future trips through Global Journeys. Travelmarvel exceeded my expectations. The pre and post accommodation was of a high standard and the cruise itself outstanding. The cabins on La Marguerite were larger than expected and the included excursions extensive. The highlight of the trip was the amazing tour director, guides and crew - all locals with their own stories to tell. We had many opportunities to visit local communities and explore places outside the normal tourist sites. The tour group (79 people, mainly from Australia and Britain) was divided into three smaller groups for each excursion which made disembarking and embarking the river boat a very organised process. We look forward to future trips with Travelmarvel.
European Gems - Amsterdam to Budapest
5 Star Review from Colleen.

What can I say, four women off to Europe on a Christmas Markets river cruise, we had a wonderful holiday and it was made very easy for us as we had the best crew on board and one of the best tour directors in Karla. There was plenty of food, wine and beer. Would highly recommend this cruise nothing was to much trouble and everything went as planned.
European Gems - Budapest to Amsterdam
5 Star Review from Jenita.

What a great journey! Travelmarvel were great, all the staff and Sue our tour director were wonderful. There was no chance to go hungry... so much food and very nice. The tours off the ship were well organised and plenty of time to do your own thing if you wanted to. My favourite place was Cesky Krumlov. Had a great time and met some lovely people. Great value for money too. Thank you Travelmarvel and thank you Georgie for organising this tour for us.
Grand Tasman
4 Star Review from Geoffrey.

Covered just about all of Tasmania. Well worth the trip it was just a pity that the weather was not kind to us being cold and windy throughout. The hotels, coach, and Travelmarvel staff were all very good. The itinerary was a bit rushed but you kind of expect it on these coach tours. The coach drivers have to have their rests. Yes the trip was well worth the money paid and I will be looking through the Travelmarvel brochure to book future tours with you.

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