Average 4.6 out of 5 based on 186 user reviews.
A family-owned company since its conception in the 1920s. APT offer a great choice of touring styles including river cruising, coach travel, rail travel, 4WD adventures, air safaris and short breaks. The discerning travellers who choose APT do so for the unparalleled holiday experience, and for the security inherent in travelling with the region's leading tour operator. Each year, satisfaction levels exceed 98%. It's quite apparent why nearly half of APT's clients return to travel with the company they trust and no wonder that APT boast a global reputation for excellence, offering a truly memorable departure from the ordinary.
Relax aboard one of APT's award-winning river ships. Unpack only once & enjoy your floating boutique hotel as great destinations appear at your doorstep. Enjoy unforgettable journeys along iconic . Life-enriching, relaxing and unique - an APT river cruise is the ultimate holiday experience. Discover unforgettable destinations as you travel in total comfort and style. From Europe to China and Vietnam, you will wake up each morning in a new location, ready to explore new sights on an APT river cruise.
Explore magnificent destinations on an escorted APT land journey. Sample delicious local cuisine, relax in exclusive hotels and resorts, visit iconic locations, and enjoy the holiday you've been dreaming of forever. Let our experienced and friendly guides show you the way on your intimate small group journey. Visit iconic landmarks, explore new cities and immerse yourself in a world of interesting cultures and delicious cuisines. In every destination you'll also have the opportunity to choose from a range of land touring options to suit every style of holiday.
Step aboard our custom-built 4WD vehicle and discover many of Australia's hidden treasures and natural wonders. Travel off the beaten track, on iconic highways and explore the Outback's most remote regions. Awarded Best Domestic Tour Operator at the National Travel Industry Awards in 2014, 2013 and 2012. Our exceptional reputation and quality small group experiences contributed greatly to our success. Travel with the Australian Experts, experience natural beauty, extraordinary wildlife and ancient cultures. Enjoy small group 4WD adventures escorted by your own Driver/Guide.
Explore some of the world's most enticing destinations on a Boutique or Expedition Cruise aboard an Exclusive Small Ship. Out of reach for the ordinary traveller, step aboard & set sail on a stylish voyage of discovery. APT's Boutique & Expedition Cruises offer a whole new way to explore the world's seldom-seen treasures and iconic sights in style. From the historic cities and towns of Europe to the tropical paradise of South East Asia and the stunning Australian Kimberley coastline, you can explore and relax on vessels so intimate and comfortable, they feel like your own private mega-yacht.
Many passengers travel with APT on their own. You can choose to pay the single-supplement rate which enables you to be accommodated in a single room or cabin. Alternatively you can choose to be matched up with a person of the same gender and pay the twin-share price. In this instance, accommodation will be in twin-bedded rooms (not applicable on river crusies).
APT will endeavour to cater for all special diets and preferences. Please advise Global Journeys of your dietary requirements at the time of booking and we will include the information within your booking to ensure you are catered for appropriately. Please note that in more remote locations options may be more limited.
Travel documents, including your travel kit are sent approximately two to three weeks prior to departure from your home country, provided full payment has been received.
If your APT trip was booked with a Fly Free or Companion Fly Free promotion, or if your flights were booked by Global Journeys with APT then please read this.
Each passenger is entitled to take one piece of luggage that does not exceed 160cm (63 inches), weight limit 20kg (44 pounds), plus a piece of hand luggage.
APT will only pick up or drop off when accommodation is booked with Global Journeys through APT, however there are some restrictions that apply to some tours in regards to the number of pick up and drop off options.
Yes, however the minimum age is 7 years on our escorted coach tours and 13 years on our river cruises. Please enquire for further details.
Our clients are generally 50+, but more than age a positive attitude is important in a group situation. We have found ages to be as diverse and varied as the sites and attractions you will see on tour.
With APT Deposit Cancellation Cover you can cancel your holiday 100 days prior to travel and retain a full APT holding credit of the deposit paid. There are no penalties if a new booking is then made within three years. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completing your 'Quote Request'.
There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impacttravel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that APT be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.
Africa is possibly the world's last truly untamed continent, which is why APT's extraordinary range of small-group African adventures are so vastly different to anything ever offered before. Our goal is to take guests to experience the raw essence of Africa in the most personalised and intimate manner possible, without compromising on the style, convenience and security that our discerning travellers have come to expect. We've taken the best elements of independent African travel and enhanced them. So join us, explore the wilds of Africa in the finest style imaginable on a true departure from the ordinary.
All coach, rail and cruise travel, accommodation, sightseeing, internal airfares, park fees, gratuities, port charges, admissions, luggage service (one bag), local guides, services of a Tour Director, and meals (as specified and indicated in each individual itinerary).
Economy flights within Africa and airport taxes are included in the price. This is based on passengers booking an international ticket to Africa with South African Airways. A surcharge may apply if H class for internal flights is not available or flying another airline. If you are flying with another international airline (not SAA), internal flights will be based on best fare available at the time of booking.
Children under twelve years of age are not recommended on tours to Africa. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and share their accommodation with an adult. Game lodges cannot guarantee triple bedding.
South African passport control has become very strict. Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from the passengers' return home date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard. There must be at least three blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages). Guests have been deported for having insufficient visa pages in their passports.
At the time of printing, Australian & New Zealand passport holders are required to obtain appropriate tourist visas before they depart, for entry into Kenya and Tanzania. People of all nationalities will need to contact the relevant consulates for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements. If you hold a passport from another country, check our Passports & Visas page about specific visa and permit regulations.
A Yellow Fever vaccination is required for Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and recommended for Kenya. The South African Department of Health has advised that passengers returning from or travelling to Zambia require proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. In-transit passengers, irrespective of the time period in transit in Johannesburg, still require proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that authorities require visitors who've been to East Africa to hold valid Yellow Fever certificates upon re-entry. Antimalarial medication is recommended for Africa. See your doctor or visit a travel clinic at least eight weeks before you travel for your recommended vaccines and/or malaria medication.
Travel is in 4WD vehicles in game parks and all throughout East Africa. Anyone with back conditions or limited mobility should seek advice from their doctor about joining this tour. Dust may also irritate contact lenses, therefore we suggest bringing glasses. In many of the cities and game parks walking is required on uneven ground and gravel paths, and good mobility is needed getting on/off 4WD vehicles, coaches, river ships and trains.
African cuisine offers a vast array of dining experiences from right across the continent. In South Africa's Cape Town, enjoy exotic Cape Malay fare and delicious seafood, while in Zululand experience traditional African cuisine made from fresh local produce. Throughout your trip, be open to wonderful new dining opportunities, such as sumptuous bush dinners in breathtaking African wilderness settings or outdoor boma dining, providing the quintessential African safari meal under the stars. South Africa is also renowned for its world-class wine regions, while there is nothing quite like special sundowner drinks, served after a safari in a beautiful game reserve, as the sun sets.
Citizens of Australia & New Zealand require visas for travel to Vietnam and China which must be obtained prior to departure. If you hold a passport from another country, check with us about specific visa regulations. Read more here.
On the Mekong, all meals onboard the ship are included. Meals are served in the dining room in a single sitting. Open seating allows you to sit at different tables for each meal if you wish to meet fellow passengers. Table reservations are not accepted. All meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai. Lunch includes salads, soups, a selection of hot mains and dessert. Dinner is a multi course meal with a selection of main courses. Complimentary soft drinks, juices, local beer, house brand spirits, international house wine, filtered coffee and tea are available throughout the cruise. A wine cellar is available for premium wines and spirits to purchase at an additional cost.
On the Yangtzee, a team of internationally trained chefs and a well stocked wine cellar ensure dining aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a superb experience. Innovative menus feature the finest of Chinese and continental cuisine, served with complimentary house wines and other refreshments at all lunches and dinners. Enjoy a hot buffet and salads at lunch and a four course à la carte menu at dinner. Please do not drink the tap water in your suite. Bottled water is placed in your suite daily. Water and ice served in the Explorer Bar and dining room are safe. Tap water in China is generally not safe for drinking.
There is a no cash policy during the sailing. All settlement will be calculated at the time of check out. Please check the invoice to make sure all items are accounted for before payment/closing of the account. Payment is accepted by cash (US dollars or Vietnamese dong), Visa, MasterCard and American Express. In China only card are accepted. Some bank/credit cards may charge a separate fee as well.
The onboard language is English. All staff, crew and local guides speak a high standard of English
The climate on Vietnam is tropical in the south; monsoonal in the north with the hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season (October to March). The climate in Cambodia is also tropical with the rainy, monsoon season in (May to November) and the dry season (December to April). There is little seasonal temperature variation. We have average temperatures and rainfall listed on every itinerary.
Normally, the most comfortable season of the year is early autumn (September to early October). During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China with a limited amount of rain. Spring can also be delightful with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn. We have average temperatures and rainfall listed on every itinerary.
There's no such thing as too old, as our tours put the spring back into your step. It doesn't matter what age you are as long as you are in good health, and have a spirit of adventure. Join us and swim in remote waterholes and below striking waterfalls. Enjoy guided bushwalks (sometimes over uneven terrain) on all our tours. And yes, a good general level of fitness is required.
Given the nature of our adventures in the Kimberley, we recommend that seven (7) years of age is the minimum age for children joining one of our tours. All children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. During Australian school holiday periods, there may be a higher proportion of children on board the tour.
Absolutely! Our network of exclusive Wilderness Lodges are designed for you to enjoy a unique experience in some of the most remote regions of the Kimberley, without compromising your comfort.
Our Wilderness Lodges feature permanent and sturdy tented cabins on a raised wooden floor with private ensuites. A range of Standard and Superior tented cabins feature twin or king beds, spacious ensuites with hot showers and flushing toilets, and a private front deck.They also feature low voltage night lighting and solar powered hot water throughout the camp.
Our modern fleet consists of Mercedes and Isuzu Landcruiser 4-wheel drive vehicles that have air conditioning, comfortable coach-style seating, and are seat belt equipped. These vehicles are fitted with satellite telephones ensuring uninterrupted communications with our Broome base, in case of an emergency. All vehicles have been specifically designed for the rugged Kimberley terrain.
There's nothing standard about our meals; they are praised as being plentiful, well balanced, and healthy. Breakfasts include cereal, toast with condiments, and often with cooked options. Lunches are fresh with a variety of cold meats, salads and breads, served picnic style. Dinners are delicious home-style three-course meals, served in unique dining areas. Enjoy a glass of wine from the bar with your evening meal, and reflect on another great Kimberley day.
April through to October are the most pleasant months to travel through the remote Kimberley region. In April/May and September/October the weather is fine and hot with mild nights (average maximum 33 degrees Celsius). From June to August the days are fine and warm with cold nights (average maximum 29 degrees Celsius). Inland conditions at night can drop down to 2 degrees Celsuis. Rainfall is rare.
Casual, drip dry, hand washable clothing is recommended. Bring 4 or 5 changes of clothing, including shorts, T-shirts, collared and long sleeve shirts to avoid sunburn, and a windcheater and pants for cooler evenings. In winter, thermal wear offer great warmth and easy to pack. A good pair of hiking boots is recommended, along with some shoes you don't mind getting wet. It is recommended that you bring a sun hat, sunglasses, sun block and all necessary toiletries (Gentlemen, don't forget a razor as your electronic shaver cannot be powered out here!)
Hand washing facilities are available at each of our Wilderness Lodges (hand washing is not encouraged at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge due to water conservation principles). In larger centres such as Kununurra and Broome, hotels feature coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
Qantas and Virgin Blue both fly to Darwin and Broome from all major Australian centres. Air North, the Kimberley's regional airline operates daily services between Darwin, Kununurra and Broome. Skywest operate flights from Perth to Broome and Kununurra.
With APT, the wonders of Canada and Alaska are within your reach and will soon be part of your memory of a truly unforgettable holiday. APT's included touring highlights take in all the classic sights of Canada and Alaska, from iconic destinations to the quaint places that embody the diversity of this fascinating part of the world. APT recognises that not all travellers have the same interests. That's why we have developed Freedom of Choice touring, allowing you to choose your own activities in selected locations - adding a personal touch to your holiday. With Freedom of Choice Touring you are presented with a selection of different touring activities to choose from in feature locations. Whether it be a nature walk in Jasper, a round of golf in Banff, a Traditional High Tea at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, or walking tours through the highlights of Montréal or Québec, select the activity that best suits your interests and we will incorporate it into your itinerary.
The places in which you'll stay with APT are as exciting as the adventures that await. From the iconic to the contemporary, our hotels and resorts are chosen for their picturesque setting or central location and all share the exacting standards of service and cuisine that you expect from an APT holiday. During your West Coast discovery, enjoy luxurious Fairmont properties in the heart of the Rockies and stay close to the action at our Vancouver and Victoria hotels. On Canada's East Coast, stay in landmark hotels that combine stunning architecture, luxurious facilities and attentive service. Click on the hotel name in the day by day itinerary for more information on each property.
All meals onboard are included. Meals are served in the dining room in a single sitting. No table reservations can be made in the main restaurants. Guests have the option of making a reservation at the Erlebnis Chef's Table Restaurant. Please note that reservations can only be made onboard the ship. Onboard, enjoy a full buffet breakfast in the restaurant. Lunch consists of salads, soups, a choice of mains and dessert. Dinner is a multicourse meal with a selection of mains. On Royal Collection cruises, casual dining is available in the River Bistro.
Handicapped facilities on board are limited. River cruise vessels are not equipped with wheelchair ramps and hallways and doors may not be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Ships are equipped with an elevator but it does not access all decks. Additionally, motorcoaches and minibuses used for transfers and shore excursions may not be equipped with wheelchair ramps. Any condition requiring special attention must be reported to Global Journeys & APT at the time of booking. Facilities and services for passengers with disabilities differ among destinations and, in some cases, may be limited or non-existent. Participants requiring special assistance must be accompanied by a person responsible for and physically able to provide such assistance. Transfers and shore excursions follow a predetermined timetable and thus participants should have no physical impairment(s) that would affect the time schedules or interfere with the rights of other passengers on their holiday.
Gratuities are included for all cruise staff and local guides on all river cruises and extended land touring.
For your convenience, all purchases and paid services onboard are billed to your shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total that can be paid with cash or credit card. The ships do not accept payments made by Diners Club cards, prepaid Visa or MasterCard, EFTPOS, Travelex cards or travellers cheques. The onboard currency is the Euro.
Solo travellers pay only a 50% single supplement on all suite categories from E to P+ on European River Cruises. On Exclusive Sailings we will match up those who are willing to share a suite with another single traveller of the same gender, so you don't have to pay the single supplement. If no match is found then single supplements apply.
Electricity is 220V. A plug adaptor is necessary if you plan to bring appliances from home. On select Concerto ships there is one Australian power point in each suite. Adaptors can be purchased onboard your APT ship.
All ships offer internet facilities. Suites have free internet access, and are equipped with a monitor and keyboard (no USB port available). Remember to take all log-ins and passwords with you to log in to your favourite websites. For all ships, wireless internet is also available; however, you need to bring your own laptop or tablet to access the wi-fi. As all ships use a satellite system, routing may cause reception to be restricted at times.
Electricity is 220V. A plug adaptor is necessary if you plan to bring appliances from home. On select Concerto ships there is one Australian power point in each suite. Adaptors can be purchased onboard your APT ship.
Official embarkation of the ship is at 3pm, which gives staff time to prepare your suite. In the case of an early arrival, you may check your luggage onto the ship and enjoy exploring the port city. On departure, check-out is at 9am and luggage may be stored.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a condition caused by ascending to high altitudes. Some parts of Peru, including Cusco and Lake Titicaca, are situated at an altitude of up to 4000 metres. At these altitudes, the lack of oxygen affects most people to some extent, until they become acclimatised. Some symptoms include headaches, lethargy, dizziness, loss of appetite or just light-headedness. To reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness we recommend that you drink plenty of fluids: water, fruit juice, herbal tea and the local 'mate de coca' and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
Once the tour commences, all flights within South America are included. APT has chosen the best available connections for your holiday; some of these may be early morning or late afternoon departures. We find flight schedules can change regularly, and our APT tour director will keep you informed of any changes that occur while on tour. Since we cannot guarantee pre-assigned seats or do a group check-in ahead of time, your tour director will assist you at the airports.
South American cuisine offers a vast array of foods right across the continent and is world renowned for exceptional quality red meat, especially in Argentina and Brazil. Peru and Chile will offer some of the finest seafood, including ceviche (a raw seafood dish cooked in citrus juice) and sushi. Throughout your trip, there will be a variety of food styles, so be prepared to delight your taste buds. South American wines are a highlight of the trip, and some of the best wine regions in the world are located in Argentina and Chile. There is also a large number of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails that are unique to their associated regions.
Gratuities are included for all of your included meals, hotel charges, APT tour director, driver and local guides. See your travel documentation for any variations to the above.
APT requires passengers to have a good level of fitness and health to participate in our South American tours. Given the size of South America and the distances covered, the pace of this itinerary can include some long days with early morning starts, which may also be due to airline schedules. When visiting many of the cities and ruins walking is required on cobbled streets, steps (sometimes steep) and uneven footpaths, and a good level of mobility is required. You should be able to stand on your feet for an extended period of time to visit museums and other sites. In the lead-up to your tour we recommend you try to walk for an hour at a time at least three times a week. This will ensure you have the stamina and energy to see and appreciate all of the sites we'll take you to. You should also ensure your walking shoes fit properly and have been broken-in prior to departure. We recommend seeking medical advice prior to your travels. Consult your local doctor for the latest immunisation and medical recommendations.
The dress code on tour is casual. We suggest bringing a pair of good walking shoes, casual lightweight clothing that can be layered, a jacket or parka, and a sweater or windcheater. In the mountainous areas (including Machu Picchu), bring your well-worn runners or boots, warm clothing for the cold nights, and your hat and sunscreen. There are no formal nights or dress requirements, though many people wear smart casual attire for dinners and dressier clothing for some nights out.
All APT clients travelling on river tours receive a transfer on the first and last day of the holiday. This will be from the airport to/from either the ship or tour hotel. Transfers must be booked and details advised to Global Journeys at least 60 days prior to travel. A transfer is not included, though may be purchased, should you be arriving or departing on days other than the first and last day of touring. These additional transfers are only applicable when your pre and/or post tour arrangements are booked with Global Journeys & APT.
If you have not arranged an arrival transfer with Global Journeys, make your own way to the ship or hotel with the help of the information provided in your trvael documents. If you have independent travel arrangements prior to your APT tour and do not have an APT transfer, the Tourist Information office at your arrival city will be able to offer assistance with directions to the ship or hotel. If you transfer to the ship on your own, we recommend you call the ship prior to confirm the ships docking location. The APT Office is available in case of an emergency.
Arrival transfers are included on Day 1 of your tour. Return transfer is included on the last day of the tour. All flight information must be given to Global Journeys at least 45 days prior to your departure date. If this information is not received we are unable to guarantee the transfer. If pre or post accommodation is booked then transfers cannot be included.