Explorers who really want to know a destination don’t take the word “experience” lightly. Neither do we, and it’s why our Travel Partners created Connections Boutique Group Journeys, which offer deeply immersive experiences — the kind that take you beyond the guidebook — in the most captivating locales. Every journey is anchored by stays in Boutique Accommodations: one-of-a-kind hotels that put you in the heart of the places you most want to be; it also features groups of no more than 24 guests led by a Resident Tour Director.
Boutique Hotels For an Inspiring Sense of Place
At the heart of these reimagined journeys are Boutique Accommodations — hotels chosen by A&K experts for their unique local character, desirable location and welcoming, intimate size. Whether staying in a destination’s most historic square, trendy neighborhood or pristine landscape, expect true boutique hotels that feel as inspired as the destination itself.
Discover Local Life with Boutique Connections
Connections Boutique Journeys feature intimate local interactions that fully immerse you in a destination, revealing its distinctive people and culture — its heart — as only locals can. Called Boutique Connections, these experiences don’t just take you to a cathedral known for its remarkable stained glass windows — we also bring you to Chartres’ internationally acclaimed museum for an exclusive demonstration of the craft of stained glass, taught by experts in the field. Boutique experiences such as this set our Travel Partner apart from any competitor, made possible by their extensive and long-established ties within every locale in which they operate.
Dedicated On-the-Ground Staff
Our Travel Partner's 52 offices around the world — five in Europe alone — work tirelessly to design travel experiences you won’t find anywhere else and to provide the most robust tour operator support network in the world. Unlike our competitors, our Travel Partner's trains and manages their own full-time local staff, orchestrating every aspect of your journey down to the last detail.
Dining That Reveals the Locale
From an authentic English pub to the Danilovsky farmers market in Moscow, we choose vibrant restaurants favored more by locals than by tourists. Carefully planned menus include local dishes as well as favorites from home. And, every journey also includes special welcome and farewell dinners — a wonderful way to connect with the new friends you’ve made.
Services, Transfers and Gratuities Included
Amenities and services are fully included, with no hidden costs, on your journey. Arrival and departure transfers, regardless of time of day, are included. Gratuities are included, too, except for your Resident Tour Director, which is left to your sole discretion.
for Authentic Discovery
A Resident Tour Director and the Finest Local Guides
Our Resident Tour Directors have lived for decades, perhaps even their entire lives, in the places you visit. They are year-round residents with the kind of insight into local culture that can only come from being a local themselves. Overseeing your entire journey, they accompany you every day, sharing a beyond-the-guidebook understanding of daily life and introducing you to everything from temples in their best light to bustling neighborhoods at their most authentic hour. In addition, our Travel Partner employs only the most accomplished expert local guides to join your guided tours and shore excursions.
Intimate Groups of Just 24 Guests
Expect to join a small group of no more than 24 guests on every departure, which makes an important difference in how you experience your destination. Small groups give you more opportunity to get to know your Resident Tour Director, expert local guides and fellow guests, while allowing access to places and events larger groups can’t manage.
Connections Family Journeys
Family Journeys are planned from the ground up to satisfy adventurers of all ages, with stays at select boutique hotels with kid-friendly amenities. Departures coincide with school breaks, and free time is built into the itineraries to allow you to explore as a family. To help share the gift of travel with the entire family, we've added a savings of $400 per child on all Family Journeys.
Inspiring European River Cruises
Experience the same authentic boutique ambience of our land journeys on the only small-group river cruising experience available in Europe. Connections European River Cruise Journeys take you through the very heart of the continent along the Rhine, Main, Danube and other great rivers of Europe, with city stays in boutique hotels, the chance to dine and go ashore in an exclusive group of no more than 24 guests and our unmatched local access and expertise.