Distant Journeys is a relatively new name in the travel industry, as our company launched in 2014 with our inaugural tour departing in July 2015. However, you may not be aware that our name brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of escorted touring holidays.
Distant Journeys’ Directors – Andrew Laycock, Richard Hanson and Simon Whittle – have between them over 75 years’ combined travel industry experience and are true escorted touring experts. They were previously the directors and management team of two hugely successful tour operators – 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.
Many years of meticulous planning go into delivering touring holidays of exceptional standards and unbelievable value. Our directors and management team have used their extensive experience and understanding of the tastes of British travellers to create an exciting style of flexible touring holiday, giving you the chance to create a holiday which is perfect for you.
Now, after our first extremely successful six years of business, Distant Journeys has a steadily-growing team of staff, several of whom previously worked for many years at both Journeys of Distinction and Go Touring. In our six years, Distant Journeys has already won 10 awards at the British Travel Awards, including ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’, and in 2020 Distant Journeys were given the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award.
Quite an impressive list of achievements for such a young company, we think you’ll agree!
When you travel with Distant Journeys, you will be travelling with multi-award winning tour operator with over 75 years’ experience in creating memorable holidays. What’s more, our Guaranteed Price Promise gives you peace of mind knowing you have paid the best price for your holiday.
For our current bookers, we also offer a Refer a Friend scheme. Receive a £50 gift card when your referee books onto any of our Distant Journeys tours. There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make, we will always send out your £50 M&S Gift Card. Find out more about our scheme here.
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 75 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) Platinum standard service
The exceptional service provided by Distant Journeys has led to us being awarded Feefo’s ‘Platinum 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.