APT vs Travelmarvel

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

The Low Down

 
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.
 
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

 
4.7 out of 5
283 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.7
Tour Pace
4.5
 
4.6 out of 5
276 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.6
Tour Pace
4.4

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
545
 
Departures
2,457
 
Avg. Length
16
 
Avg.
$764
 
341
This Month
Guided Tours
Trip Type
River Cruises
Trip Type
Ocean Cruises
Trip Type
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium / Luxury
Accommodation
Accommodation
4.5 - 5 Star
 
No. of Trips
280
 
Departures
2,158
 
Avg. Length
17
 
Avg.
$460
 
197
This Month
Trip Type
Trip Type
River Cruises
Trip Type
Rail Journeys
Trip Type
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium & Affordable
Accommodation
Accommodation
4 Star

In Their Own Words

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

 

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.
 

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

 
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.
Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Sue.

Everyone on the ship was so helpful, they became like family and we were sad to leave. The trip was outstanding from beginning to end. We travelled from Amsterdam to Budapest. Every part of our journey ran so smoothly.
Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery
4 Star Review from Alok & Dhruv.

Great handling by Jodie and very enjoyable trip. APT tour Director Dom stands out as outstanding and professional. All went well and me and my son made some wonderful memories for life!
 
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.

Popular Trips

 
15 Days Amsterdam to Budapest
Operated By: APT
From
$5,573
Save
$318
15 Days Budapest to Amsterdam
Operated By: APT
From
$5,573
Save
$348
15 Days Broome to Broome
Operated By: APT
From
$9,499
Save
$416
View all 545 APT Trips
 
15 Days Amsterdam to Budapest
Operated By: Travelmarvel
From
$5,795
Save
$252
15 Days Budapest to Amsterdam
Operated By: Travelmarvel
From
$5,795
Save
$264
View all 280 Travelmarvel Trips