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Distant Journeys

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1. Travel with the experts

Our Directors have over 60 years combined experience in the travel industry, and all our friendly travel experts are fully qualified Australian, New Zealand and South African Specialists.

2. Your holiday is fully protected

Fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913) you can book in confidence that your money is 100% safe.

3. Uncompromising quality and exceptional value

Our goal is to offer exceptional value without compromising on the quality of your experience. We only take bookings directly from our customers, avoiding expensive travel agency commissions and allowing us to pass those savings on to you. We challenge you to find other tour companies to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India who offer the value we do.

4. Carefully selected superior hotels

You’ll be delighted by your hotels, which typically have an official four star rating. All have been carefully selected by our Directors for their quality, comfort and a great location.

5. Small group touring 

For those who would like to travel as part of a small group, our new Icons of Australia has been designed with you in mind, with a group of no more than 24 people on each departure date.

6. The freedom to explore

Whether you like nature and wildlife, food and drink, history and culture or active adventure, you have the freedom to create a holiday which is perfect for you.

7. A great choice of UK airports

For your convenience, we are extremely pleased to offer you a wide choice of UK departure airports, with some of the world’s leading scheduled airlines, at no extra cost.

8. Flexible stopover options

To make your journey to Australia or New Zealand even more of an adventure, you may choose from a range of fascinating and included two night stopovers on your outward journey. Options include Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai.

9. Independent reviews

Our customers have given Distant Journeys a 99% satisfaction rating, which has been independently verified by Feefo.

10. Knowledgeable and experienced Tour Managers

Our overseas Tour Managers and Coach Captains, with their unrivalled knowledge and passion for their native country, have one aim – to create the perfect holiday for you.

11. Exceptional offers

On top of the unbeatable value and flexibility of a Distant Journeys holiday, if you book early you will also enjoy some amazing savings.

12. No surcharge guarantee

We guarantee that absolutely no surcharge will be added to the price you pay once your booking has been confirmed, unless these costs are imposed by the British or an overseas government.

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 three 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!

ATOL Protection

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme, which means when you travel with Distant Journeys, your money is 100% protected.

When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Independent Reviews

We know that nowadays, people like to take time to research their holidays before making such an important decision, and a key factor in choosing which tour company to pick is often their customer reviews.  After all, although we know how good our escorted touring holidays are, the people best qualified to comment are those who have already travelled with us.

Distant Journeys uses Feefo, the global feedback engine, to gather genuine and independently verified reviews. Our guests are invited by Feefo to review our company on all aspects of their holiday experience, from the customer service they received to the product itself.  We have no influence over what our guests write, and this way you can be sure that all the reviews we receive and publish on our website are 100% genuine, unbiased and truthful.

‘From the very first phone call we made they have delivered excellent service – friendly, reassuring, professional and nothing was too much for them to do’
Mr & Mrs Payne, West Yorkshire

Mr & Mrs Payne, Wonders of Australia

‘Great holiday, we had the freedom to do our own thing when it suited as well as a range of excursions when we needed them. The Ghan train and the Great Barrier Reef experiences were first class’ Mr & Mrs Parry, Cheshire

Mr & Mrs Parry, Wonders of Australia

Award-Winning Holidays


We are delighted to have received four awards in the last three years, including ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ at the British Travel Awards.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Gold Trusted Rating.

100 % ATOL Protected

All our holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority meaning you can book with complete confidence knowing your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed 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 will 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 once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.


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Australia & New Zealand
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Australia & New Zealand 2019 / 2020

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India 2019 / 2020

South Africa
2019 / 2020

South Africa 2019 / 2020

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China 2019 / 2020

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & India 2018 / 2019

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & India 2018 / 2019

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