What are the differences between the different tour types?
To suit different holiday styles AAT Kings offer a range of different touring types.
From 7 to 21 days, an AAT Kings guided coach holiday lets you fully explore a destination and immerse yourself in its landscape, history and culture. Our friendly Tour Directors will enhance your experience with their stories, local knowledge and sense of fun. They're genuine Aussie & Kiwi characters who'll ensure your holiday is one you'll never forget. AAT Kings offers two standards of Guided Holiday to suit your budget.
- First Choice holidays offer premium accommodation in central locations, more meals and sightseeing inclusions, private car transfers, airport meet & greet, wine included with hotel dinners, plus unique 'You're invited' dining experiences.
- Best Buys holidays offer great value, comfortable accommodation with easy access to city centres and more free time.
Short Breaks (Australia)
Need some time off to recharge your batteries? Ranging from 2 to 7 days in length, AAT Kings short breaks combine the must-see highlights of Australia with your choice of accommodation along with selected meals. You'll travel with a different Driver Guide each day, so you'll benefit from the breadth of their combined knowledge and experience. Plus, you'll meet a different group of like-minded travellers each day. Discover the Red Centre, Top End, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.
Our Inspiring Journeys range of tours will introduce you to rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting. You'll travel in luxury coaches and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with great cuisine to match. Our fascinating guides will take care of everything, leaving you free from the stress of holiday planning but also allowing you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of hands-on experiences. Best of all, you'll share your holiday with an average sized group of up to 20 like-minded travellers, giving you the chance to really get to know each other and create incredible holiday memories together.
Will our coach be comfortable and modern?
Yes, AAT Kings have one of the newest coach fleets in Australia & New Zealand. Our fully air-conditioned coaches are equipped with modern features like reclining seats with seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, an on-board restroom, and state-of-the-art technology including DVD player, GPS and PA systems. All AAT Kings itineraries include scheduled and regular rest breaks. Most of our coaches are also equipped with phone chargers and free WiFi to keep you in touch with the outside world.
What does it mean if I book on a non Guaranteed Departure?
AAT Kings have designated certain departures as Guaranteed Departures, which means they have reached minimum passenger numbers and will definitely run as scheduled. Global Journeys continue to add Guaranteed Departure status to tours online as they achieve minimum numbers. If you book on a non Guaranteed Departure AAT Kings will determine if the tour will operate no later than 6 weeks prior to departure. If the tour is withdrawn we will work to offer you a suitable alternative. If you aren't happy with the options offered any money paid on your booking will be refunded.
What documentation will I receive?
This depends on the touring style you are booking. Short Break bookings will receive e-documentation. If you are booking an AAT Kings guided holiday (First Choice, Best Buys or Inspiring Journey) you will receive a travel wallet and luggage tag. Plus, we'll give you a map of Australia or New Zealand to follow your journey as a memento of your holiday.
When will I receive my travel documents?
Travel documents for AAT Kings guided tours are delivered to the hotel or address you are staying at prior to your tour depending on the tour type chosen. We also provide you with a tour itinerary and arrival instructions by email, once we have all your flight information and personal details.
Who can I expect to travel with on an AAT Kings tour?
With such a diverse range of destinations and touring styles there is no set age or type who travel with AAT, you can expect a wide-range of like-minded travellers. Families with children, young couples, baby boomers, solo travellers, small groups and more can be found on our guided tours. There is certainly no age limit for touring, with children as young as 6 through to seniors travelling, however, the general demographic tends to be over 40. As AAT Kings is sold internationally you will also find that there are people from all over the world on their tours, particularly North Americans, British, Europeans and many Asian nations.
How many other people will I be travelling with?
Depending on the tour you choose and the time of year you are travelling our group sizes can vary from 20 people up to 49 people, so there is a great opportunity to mingle and make new friends.
Is there a luggage allowance?
Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30" x 18" x 10" (76 x 46 x 25cm) and weight not exceeding 23kg (50lbs). Carry on hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12" x 11" x 6" (30 x 28 x 14cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. If you have any concerns with regards to your luggage allowance please contact your Global Journeys consultant.
Do I need to tip my Tour Director, Driver or Driver guide?
While it's not compulsory in Australia or New Zealand, tipping is becoming an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis. Likewise on your AAT Kings tour, if you feel that your Tour Director, Driver or Driver Guide has done an excellent job, then we would recommend tipping up to the equivalent of $5 per day. However, it's not compulsory. It is up to you!
What options do I have if I am travelling alone?
The beauty of travelling with AAT Kings is that you won't be travelling alone. You'll have a group of like-minded travellers and soon to be friends to share in the experience with. They also offer a room matching service on all guided tours (not applicable on Short Breaks) so you don't have to pay a single room supplement. AAT Kings room matching service means they will work to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender, but if they can't, they will provide a single room at no extra cost.
Can I travel with children on your guided coach tours?
Yes, they can accommodate children, however they must be over 6 years of age. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. AAT Kings do recommend that people travelling with children consider whether the itinerary is suitable, in particular the activities involved and the duration of the tour to ensure children's comfort.
Why is my contact information collected when I book?
There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impact travel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that AAT Kings be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.