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Inspiring Journeys

Luxury boutique small group experiences

Take a moment

Take a moment to savour the wonder of travel with Inspiring Journeys. Be spellbound by ephemeral landscapes, from vivid turquoise waters braiding through the stone valleys below New Zealand’s Southern Alps to the striking form of Uluru rising against an infinite horizon in Australia’s Red Centre.

Immerse yourself in the delights of boutique travel; sample delicious meals that capture the essence of a destination, relax in distinctive and soulful accommodation, discover hidden gems and intimate experiences and allow us to share our unparalleled wealth of expertise to create a journey that is truly unforgettable.

Popular Inspiring Journeys

  • Tamaki Warriors at Tamaki Maori Village

    Essence of New Zealand

    Create your perfect New Zealand holiday that will last a lifetime. It may be the spirit and energy of a Maori cultural performance or the breathtaking beauty of the mountain...

  • Flinders Station

    Magnificent Melbourne - Morning City Tour

    Hear about Melbourne’s wonderful history, its famous buildings, and sensational shopping. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, including Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.
  • Milford Sound Cruise

    Kia Ora New Zealand

    Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of...

  • Katherine Gorge

    Kakadu & Katherine Gorge (May-Oct)

    Discover the stunning sights of the Top End. Join the famous Jumping Crocodile and Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie then cruise through...
  • Sydney Harbour

    Sydney's Food & Wine Discovery

    Indulge in Sydney’s delicious food and wine. Relax on a Captain Cook Dinner cruise on stunning Sydney Harbour and take in Sydney’s sights.
  • Arnhem Land

    Kakadu & Arnhem Land

    Absorb the natural beauty of the Top End. Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park, cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong and spot saltwater crocs and other wildlife.
  • Uluṟu Sunrise

    Uluru Sunrise

    Watch the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert plains. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as the sun slowly changes the colour of Uluru.
  • Katherine Gorge

    Kakadu & Katherine Gorge (Nov-Apr)

    Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the Top End. Be amazed at Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, cruise the magnificent Katherine Gorge, Yellow Water Billabong and...
  • Brisbane Skyline at Night

    Brisbane’s Best

    See the sights of historic Brisbane, Australia's third largest city and Queensland's capital, with its innovative and vibrant CBD.

 

Australia

Inspiring Australia

  • 13 days
  • Cairns to Sydney
  • Tour code: IJFLY
Palm Cove

Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair as you delight your senses on a journey from the Tropical North, to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to spectacular Sydney. Experience ancient culture, uncover stunning scenery, indulge in gourmet produce and meet local characters whose warmth you’ll remember forever.

Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

  • 5 days
  • Darwin return
  • Tour code: MNDD
Katherine Gorge

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Kakadu, one of the most spiritual places on earth. Stay in idyllic accommodation at Nitmiluk and Mary River. Swim Gunlom Falls and see Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Cruise ancient wetlands, spot native wildlife, enjoying first class cuisine on the way.

Outback Australia: The Colour of Red

  • 5 days
  • Uluru to Alice Springs
  • Tour code: CRUA
Kata Tjuta

Explore the highlights and mind blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and inspiring.

The Ultimate Territory Adventure in Style

  • 10 days
  • Darwin to Uluru
  • Tour code: MNCR
NEW HOLIDAY Uluru

Experience the majesty of the Northern Territory in luxury, travelling with a maximum of twenty like-minded guests. Explore Kakadu’s ancient gorges, spectacular wetlands and unique wildlife, and meet the descendants of Aboriginal people who have lived here for 65,000 years. Then fly to the magical Red Centre, experiencing iconic Uluru, the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta, and windswept Walpa Gorge.

Victoria’s Hidden Gems

  • 7 days
  • Melbourne Return
  • Tour code: IJVIC
NEW HOLIDAYTwelve Apostles

Discover the secrets of Victoria’s charm on this eclectic sojourn. In cosmopolitan Melbourne, explore lanes and discover edgy cafés, while in quaint Daylesford uncover antique shops and unique cottage industries. Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the spectacular Grampians, and take one of Australia’s iconic road trips on the Great Ocean Road.

New Zealand

The Endless Shores

  • 11 days
  • Wellington to Auckland
  • Tour code: NZNI
Cathedral Cove

Explore New Zealand’s exquisite North Island, visiting cities that resound with a f riendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm.

The Southern Drift

  • 12 days
  • Christchurch return
  • Tour code: NZSI
milford sound

No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook through to Milford Sound, you will fall asleep under a b lanket of mist with shadows on the still waters of the fiord.

The Long White Cloud

  • 22 days
  • Christchurch to Auckland
  • Tour code: NZIJ
Lake Taupo

Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand. Combine natural beauty with boutique comfort as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mt. Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the deep south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.

Inspiring New Zealand

  • 10 days
  • Auckland to Queenstown
  • Tour code: NZFLY
NEW HOLIDAYLake Marian

A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions – yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Embrace the sophistication of its cities and the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes.

Accommodation

We've hand-picked accommodation that's situated in both beautiful and unique locations where there is a real sense of connection between nature and the destination like Cicada Lodge and Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Accommodation will vary from cabins and private safari quarters, to lodges and hotels, depending on the location. In some very remote areas where accommodation options are limited, the accommodation standard may be slightly lower but nonetheless we believe the quality of the experience and the remote nature of the destination far outweighs any material comforts.

Meals

On your Inspiring Journey you’ll enjoy a variety of quality fare, from specially tailored degustation menus, gourmet barbecues, picnic lunches and unique dining experiences. We guarantee you’ll experience innovative menus using local produce, and things you’ve never tried before. Breakfast is included daily, as are some lunches and most dinners. While many evening meals are included, we understand that on occasion you may prefer to seek out a local restaurant. Complimentary Refreshments We’ve thought of everything to make your journey as comfortable as possible. You can help yourself to complimentary drinks and snacks on board as you please.

Travel in Style

You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles depending on the destination. Our fully air-conditioned modern fleet are equipped with reclining seats, seat belts and footrests, panoramic windows, an on-board restroom, two-door access, and state-of-the-art technology including DVD player, GPS and PA systems.

Small Group

When you start your Inspiring Journey, you'll be welcomed into a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers, with no children under 12 years of age. Travelling in a smaller group allows our team to provide you with a more personalised service. It also means that we can take you to different areas and offer you unique experiences on your itinerary that may not otherwise be possible in a larger group. The people you meet on an Inspiring Journey will set the foundation for creating great memories. You'll have plenty of time to strengthen existing friendships, as well get to know your fellow travellers, socialise and make new friends.

Destinations

We offer a variety of Inspiring Journeys that travel to various parts of Australia from the Top End to the Red Centre, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Length of Journey

Choose an Inspiring Journey that best suits the time you have available. Whether it's a long weekend away or a once in a lifetime holiday, we offer a variety of journeys that range from 3 to 22 days.

Free Time

We understand that you also need some time to yourself and for this reason we offer a slower paced itinerary with free time set aside for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Optional Experiences

We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, and just enough flexibility to shape your journey. We have carefully selected a range of optional experiences that we know will enrich your journey.

Transfers

Complimentary arrival and departure transfers are provided between designated airports and AAT Kings hotels on scheduled start and end days of your Inspiring Journey.

The Finishing Touches

You’ll receive a travel wallet and luggage tag as you start your Inspiring Journey. Plus, we'll give you a map to follow your journey as a memento of your holiday.

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