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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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“Congratulations AAT Kings”
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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A truly memorable trip! May proved to be a good time to travel to The Red Centre, as we enjoyed mid-20s temperatures. We appreciated the variety of experiences, from a tour leader who had been brought up in Alice Springs, the different indigenous folk who shared with us, the cattle station visit, the stunning scenery, interesting walks and dinner under the stars on 2 occasions. Most days started very early, but we wouldn't have liked to miss out on any of the planned activities! Both AAT Kings and Global Journeys were well organised and helpful.
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“Wish we had arrived the day before tour”
Georgie, my only advice would be to tell people to be there the day before. We arrived on the start of the tour, arrived at airport at Ayres rock by 1.15 as indicated, but did not get to book in until 1.55. We got our keys and that was it, the tour started, I did not even get time to put my walking shoes on. We arrived back at the hotel at 7pm no idea where our room was and looking for it in the dark was a nightmare. Then trying to get a meal, what a disaster. It might be a good idea to tell people to arrive a day earlier, I wish we had. Other than that the tour was excellent.
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“Outstanding scenery and tour”
This tour absolutely exceeded our expectations. The standard of accomodation was high throughout, the coach (which was actually a Mercedes truck) was extremeley comfortable and equipped with snacks and drinks, all the included meals were of the highest quality and our guide/driver was an exceptionally competent, versatile and capable young woman. Outstanding scenery and tour program and a real holiday for us as we could just relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about day to day logistics.
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Why you should choose to travel with Inspiring Journeys on your next adventure
Inspiring Small Group Touring
Satisfy your hunger for travel through immersive, boutique small group experience with Inspiring Journeys. Choose from a range of inspiring journeys to the most magnificent, breathtaking and iconic locations in Australia and New Zealand.
With expert Travel Directors and Driver Guides to take care of the details, you can rest easy and focus on the most important part - the journey.
Create lasting memories at every destination you visit. Take part in authentic and enriching experiences that feature locals to the destination, as well as breathtaking landscapes. Tailor your journey to suit your tastes, and dive straight into in as many activities and experiences as you please.
Whether you're gliding along the calm waters of the Milford Sound, or viewing ancient Indigenous rock art, you'll be left with inspiring stories to last a lifetime.
Travel in Luxury
Either by fully air-conditioned luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles, travel in style on your small group journey. Relax in reclining seats with footrests, as you take in the magnificent scenery through panoramic windows.
Enjoy on-board complimentary drinks and snacks as you travel between destinations. The convenience of an on-board restroom, plus phone chargers and free WiFi (where available) will ensure travel throughout your journey is as comfortable as possible.
Unwind in Comfort
All of our trips feature hand-picked accommodation, ensuring you can relax in comfort over the course of your journey. On many tours, you will have the chance to stay somewhere truly inspiring, with genuine connections between nature and the destination.
Whether it's an eco-lodge in the heart of a pristine national park or a boutique hotel in a picturesque country town, their hospitality and impeccable service will have you refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Guiding Your Journey
Have peace of mind knowing you can rely on the expertise of our Travel Directors and Driver Guides, who will be there to help ensure your journey through Australia and New Zealand an unforgettable one.
With a deep understanding of every destination, a plethora of personal experience and a genuine passion for travel, you'll be sure to get the most out of your journey.
Your guide to travelling with Inspiring Journeys
30 April, 2019
Ultimate bucket list: Best things to do in Australia in 2019
Let 2019 be a year of exciting firsts, as you add to and tick off destinations on your ever growing travel bucket list. There are so many amazing locations to discover in Australia, you are truly spoilt for choice. Inspiring Journeys have put together a list of their top Australian..
25 October, 2018
Inspiring Journeys Launch their 2019/20 Brochure in Sydney
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Inspiring Journeys 2019/20 itineraries in Sydney. The lunch time event was held at 12-Micron in Barangaroo, a perfect setting on a perfect Sydney day to uncover these luxury small group journeys across Australia and New Zealand. The..
10 October, 2018
Be Inspired on a visit to Tamaki Maori Village
Meet Rosie from the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua, New Zealand. Rosie says the village is built on sacred grounds to honour ancestors and celebrate the Maori culture.You will find the Tamaki Maori village deep in the lush forest, a visually beautiful and immersive cultural environment that..
Inspiring Journeys FAQ's
Frequently asked questions for clients considering travelling with Inspiring Journeys
Before I book
Will our coach be comfortable and modern? What does it mean if I book on a non Guaranteed Departure?
Yes, Inspiring Journeys have one of the newest coach fleets in Australia & New Zealand. Our fully air-conditioned coaches are equipped with modern features like reclining seats and footrests, panoramic windows, and an on-board restroom. All Inspiring Journeys itineraries include scheduled and regular rest breaks. Our coaches are also equipped with phone chargers and free WiFi to keep you in touch with the outside world.
What documentation will I receive?
Inspiring Journeys 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 Inspiring Journeys 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.
When will I receive my travel documents?
Inspiring Journey clients 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.
Who can I expect to travel with on an Inspiring Journeys tour?
Travel documents for Inspiring Journeys 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.
How many other people will I be travelling with?
With such a diverse range of destinations and touring styles there is no set age or type who travel with Inspiring Journeys, 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.
What is Gold Seal Protection?
On an Inspiring Journey we’ll introduce you to rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting (maximum 20 guests). You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with cuisine to match.
Gold Seal Protection is designed to provide you with peace of mind. For $99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, up to 7 days prior to your departure date, Inspiring Journeys will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote (additional benefits alos provided - please read), let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.
Before I depart
Is there a luggage allowance? Do I need to tip my Tour Director, Driver or Driver guide?
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 travel advisor.
What options do I have if I am travelling alone?
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 Inspiring Journey, 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!
Can I travel with children on Inspiring Journeys coach tours?
The beauty of travelling with Inspiring Journeys 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 so you don't have to pay a single room supplement. The room matching service means Inspiring Journey 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 reserve a seat at the front of the coach?
Yes, they can accommodate children, but are required to be a minimum age of 5 years or older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Inspiring Journeys 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.
Are the luggage restrictions really strict? What happens if I go over?
To allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy seats at the front of the coach, Inspiring Journeys has a seat rotation policy on all their holidays. This means that everyone changes seats daily during the course of the tour, and also means that you have the opportunity to meet new people throughout your journey.
Yes! Owing to strict Government vehicle weight restrictions you are allowed one medium size suitcase per person, with dimensions not to exceed H76cm x W46cm x D25cm. The maximum weight of all luggage must not exceed 23kg (50lbs). We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. airports, railway stations and cruise terminals).
You are also allowed one piece of hand luggage on-board the coach: please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Alternative arrangements should be made for forwarding excess baggage to the final destination prior to commencing your holiday.
On the road
Will I have time on my own? How often do we stop?
Yes, Inspiring Journeys pride themselves on offering the perfect mix of sightseeing and free time. While many amazing must-see experiences are included, there is also time to shop, explore, relax in a local café or take a walk.
What meals will be served?
On travelling days you will stop every 2 to 3 hours either at a rest stop where you will have access to food and facilities or for sightseeing, activities or free time.
What are Optional Experiences?
On an Inspiring Journeys many meals such as breakfasts and dinners are included. There are some meals Inspiring Journeys intentionally don’t include, like lunches and some dinners, to give you the flexibility to explore in your free time and try all kinds of local cuisine.
Breakfast is included daily and generally comprises of cereals, fruit juices and a selection of cooked dishes such as eggs, bacon and sausages, plus, toast, preserves, tea and coffee. Many dinners are also included and always provide choice with either quality buffet or a la carte menu to choose from. Dinner is accompanied by dessert options and tea and coffee.
Inspiring Journeys also include special Highlight Dinners that are an experience in their own right, like a BBQ dinner under the stars at Uluru or a traditional Maori Hangi feast. Inspiring Journeys 'You're invited' dining experiences give travellers unique meal experiences, with the opportunity to feel the true essence of a destination through its history, its locals and its produce.
Inspiring Journeys include the must-see and must-do experiences on all tours but also offer you the ability to customise your tour with a selection of Optional Experiences. Details of Optional Experiences available will be sent with your final documents.
There is no need to pre-book as Optional Experiences are organised by your Travel Director or Driver Guide whilst on tour. Payment is accepted in local currency or by credit card.
Arrival & departure details
Complimentary arrival and departure transfers are provided between designated airports and Inspiring Journeys' hotels on the scheduled start and end days of your journey, or if have booked pre or post accommodation through Global Journeys and Inspiring Journeys. Airport transfers will be provided only for guests who have advised us of their flight details a minimum of 45 days prior to your tour departure date.
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