Distant Journeys is a relatively new name in travel, as our company officially launched in September 2014 with our inaugural tour departing at the end of July 2015. However, you may not be aware that our name brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of guided touring holidays.
Distant Journeys’ Directors – Andrew Laycock, Richard Hanson and Simon Whittle – were previously the directors and management team of two hugely successful tour operators – Journeys of Distinction and Go Touring. The Laycock family were the founders of Journeys of Distinction and Go Touring, offering quality escorted tours to various worldwide destinations with a particular focus on Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Between 2000 and 2006, Journeys of Distinction and Go Touring were the largest operator of escorted tours to Australasia by a significant margin, with many guests also visiting other areas of the globe. That success eventually resulted in the business being acquired by The Kuoni Group in 2006.
Now, after our first extremely successful four years of business, Distant Journeys has a steadily-growing team of staff, three of whom previously worked for many years at both Journeys of Distinction and Go Touring, and the Directors have over 60 years combined travel industry experience.
Quite an impressive history for such a young company, we think you’ll agree!
1) Exceptional value, uncompromising quality
Our aim is to offer exceptional value for money without compromising on the quality of your holiday. You’ll find included all you would expect from a touring holiday, along with a few special extras you might not expect such as hotel porterage and a welcome drink.
2) Meticulously designed tours
With over 60 years combined experience, our directors understand just what it takes to design the perfect touring holiday. Many months of planning go into every detail of the holiday, and each element is carefully chosen with our customers’ enjoyment in mind.
3) Personal knowledge and expert advice
Distant Journeys has a team of professional travel specialists with personal knowledge of the countries we visit, our selected hotels and the fabulous experiences we offer.
4) Leisurely paced itineraries
Our holidays operate at a relaxed pace, as we aim to give you plenty of time to fully explore and savour each area as well as giving you some time to unwind.
5) Hand-picked hotels
You’ll be delighted by your hotels, as Distant Journeys only select accommodation which meets the high standards of quality, service and location our guests have come to expect.
6) Once in a lifetime experiences
From exciting rail journeys to exploring lesser known gems, our holidays feature many incredible experiences which will stay in your memory forever.
7) Experienced Tour Managers and Coach Captains
Our Tour Managers, Coach Captains and local guides are all greatly experienced in their field, and have the right balance of organisational skills and local knowledge, coupled with a warm, friendly personality.
8) Personalise your travel arrangements
Flying from regional UK airports at no extra cost, choosing the stopover you want, upgrading your flight and extending your holiday are just a few of the ways in which you can personalise your tour so it’s perfect for you.
9) Freedom to explore
We know our customers rightly expect to have all the must-see excursions included, but we understand they also want to tailor their holiday to their own tastes. That’s why each tour has several Freedom Days to allow you the flexibility and choice to decide how you wish to spend your time.
10) Our Price Promise
We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise. We’ll reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive. We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper. We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked. We’re so confident our tours represent excellent value for money, should you find the same tour at a cheaper price not only will we match that price, we will also give you £200 off a future booking.
11) Award-winning holidays
We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ in both 2016 and 2017 at the British Travel Awards.
12) 99% customer satisfaction
We are so proud that our customers really love what we do. So much so, Distant Journeys has achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating with independent reviews provider Feefo.
13) Gold standard service
The exceptional service provided by Distant Journeys has led to us being awarded Feefo’s ‘Gold Trusted’ rating.
14) Financially protected
All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority, ATOL number 10913, meaning you can book in the confidence your money is 100% safe.