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When you travel with Distant Journeys, you will be travelling with a multi-award winning tour operator with over 75 years’ experience in creating memorable holidays.

Established in 2014, with our first inaugural tour departing in July 2015. Fast forward to today and our name is associated with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the realm of escorted tours. Our exciting portfolio of tours covers Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam & Cambodia and Canada & Alaska. And alongside our ever popular Classic Escorted Tours, we also offer Exclusively Solo Tours and a selection of Private Tours.

Our company is led by directors Andrew Laycock, Richard Hanson, and Simon Whittle, who boast over 75 years of combined travel industry experience and are true escorted touring experts. They formerly held prominent positions at two successful tour operators, Journeys of Distinction and Go Touring, offering quality escorted tours worldwide, with a focus on Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

At Distant Journeys, we devoted years of careful planning to deliver tours of unparalleled standards and unbeatable value. Our directors and management team have leveraged their vast experience and insights into British travellers’ tastes to create a unique style of flexible touring holidays, allowing you to discover the perfect getaway.

We are continuing to grow our team with individuals that share our knowledge and passion for all things travel. We have won numerous 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 received the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award.

Quite an impressive list of achievements, we think you’ll agree!



Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 13 awards in the last six years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

Guaranteed Price Promise

Know you are paying the best price for your holiday with our Price Promise. We never offer last minute discounts and we guarantee the earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.

100% Financial Protection

Book in the confidence your money is 100% safe. All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 10913) or ABTOT (number 5427).


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