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12 Luxury Travel Agencies That Will Help You Plan a Trip of a Lifetime

There's one that specializes in every type of trip.
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Those who are frequently on the fly know that the best trips are seldom DIY, because of all the stress that comes with planning a bespoke trip from start to end. If you're on the hunt for your next big trip, it's better to save yourself all the little errands and leave the planning to the specialists. Whether you yearn to have the Vatican all to yourself, fly with 49 of your closest friends on a private plane, or take a cruise around the Baltic, these luxury travel agencies can make it happen for you.

1. Abercrombie & Kent

Specialties: private jet tours, safaris, cruises


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One of the world’s foremost luxury travel agencies, Abercrombie & Kent has been planning customized expeditions all around the world since 1962, when they started conducting African safaris. Now the travel agency offers experiences such as family expeditions to the depths of Antarctica to private passages to see the tombs of Egyptian royals, and everything in between. Traveling by way of private jet is one of its specialties, where a chartered Boeing 757 can take you and 49 of your closest friends to your destination of choice.

Abercrombie & Kent doesn’t stop there. This year, it announced upcoming expedition cruises to the Baltic and the introduction of uplifting wellness journeys for small groups.

For more information, visit abercrombieandkent.com 

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2. A2A Safaris

Specialties: African safaris and Latin American sojourns 

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If its name doesn’t give it away already, A2A has been connecting Asia to Africa through bespoke safaris since 2002. The agency has everything covered—from luxury safari lodges as accommodations to full-day excursions that take you from dawn to dusk. Five years ago, A2A had introduced journeys to South America and Antarctica and has continued to fill the market’s demand for those destinations as well.

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For more information, visit a2asafaris.com or call (02) 952.7414

3. Scott Dunn

Specialties: luxury ski vacations, villa rentals, family holidays

Fancy a trip to the white powdery Alps, where skiing is the choice of activity and chalets serve as shelter? Scott Dunn has been perfecting the art of the ski vacation since 1986. Apart from being a middleman between hotels and suppliers, the agency has even set up its own portfolio of 20 beautifully furnished chalets in France and Austria. That’s just the start—Scott Dunn also plans tailor-made itineraries for your type of holiday in over 50 destinations worldwide. If you’re not fond of the snow, the agency can book you an idyllic property on a private island in the Maldives or plan an adventure for you and your children.

For more information, visit scottdunn.com 

4. Luxury Gold

Specialties: Small group travel, rare experiences

If you’re not a fan of crowds—who is?—Luxury Gold provides a slew of options for its VIP travelers, plus it lets you travel in small batches of not more than 40 guests. Some of the rare opportunities the travel operator offers include a private after-hours tour at the ornate palace of the Habsburgs, a private tea ceremony at Jaipur’s City Palace, and an exclusive tour to the Tower of London with its warden as your guide. All the while, you’ll have a travel concierge to rely on to give you the best dining suggestions and book the rest of the activities on your trip.

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For more information, visit luxurygold.com 

5. Adventure International Tours

Specialties: luxury cruises, train rides across Europe 

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Care to be awakened by the swaying of the ocean or the whistle of a train? Adventure International Tours has partnered with luxury cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Disney Cruise Line to take you where you want to go. Adventure Signatures can take you from point to point with its railway partners around Europe. Its packages include the option to journey through Switzerland by taking the scenic route and enjoying the view of the glaciers. 

For more information, visit travelnow.ph 

6. Blink

Specialty: personalized glamping experiences

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Many luxury travel agencies will tell you they can give you tailor-made experience but Blink takes that statement to a new level by offering the ultimate pop-up trip. The agency has scoured the world for unconventional locations and promises to make your dream camping trip a reality but setting up a personalized temporary campsite in a desert, jungle, glacier, or more especially for you. 

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For more information, visit blacktomato.com 

7. The Helicopter Line

Specialty: luxury helicopter rides around New Zealand 

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Witness New Zealand in all of its majesty with the help of the country’s leading helicopter company. The Helicopter Line organizes quick day tours around four scenic locations: Queenstown, Mount Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, and Fox Glacier. Prices range from $175 per person for 20 minutes to $12,300 for five hours from one of their jump points. It will undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For more information, visit helicopter.co.nz or call (+643) 442.3034

8. Access Italy

Specialty: Private tours in Italy

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Whenever celebrities like Oprah Winfrey or Ben Stiller are in Rome, they hit up Simone Amorico, a partner at Access Italy. Amorico and his colleagues have been known to provide some of the most high-brow experiences for their clients, including a private after-hours tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Imagine being completely alone with Michaelangelo’s famed ceiling for a total of 30 minutes. This experience will set you back by €6,000 for a maximum group size of six.

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For more information, visit accessitaly.net or email [email protected] 

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9. Austin Adventures

Specialty: luxury family trips

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Traveling with children can become a chore, but not when Austin Adventures is concerned. The family-owned agency is known for creating itineraries that are both fun and safe for the brood. Apart from the experiences and the destinations, Austin Adventures incorporates a learning aspect into its curated travel plans. Some of its bestselling packages include trips to Alaska, Costa Rica, and Amsterdam.

For more information, visit accessitaly.net or call (+1800) 575-1540

10. Sea to Summit

Specialties: luxury hikes and treks


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If you’re an adrenaline junkie who loves the outdoors, Sea to Summit will help you tick off any extreme items on your bucket list. Explore the scenic surroundings of Mount Everest, endure a trek around Kilimanjaro, or survive the cold of the Arctic Circle with the set itineraries. 

For more information, visit seatosummitadv.net or call (02) 815.6948

11. Global Nomad

Specialties: Philippine tours and global experiences


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While Global Nomad has the standard trip Bagan, Myanmar, or the uncommon voyage to Antarctica, what truly sets it apart is its approach to discovering the Philippines. There are diving excursions to Tubbataha Reef and treks to the Cordillera region of Luzon. What’s more is that the agency can prepare a bespoke trip that includes planning for any special events. Musicians, photographers, personal butlers—the travel specialist can provide.

For more information, visit global-nomad.com or email [email protected]

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12. Access Travel

Specialty: Planning the entire itinerary

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If you book a tour with Access Travel, all you’ll need is book your ticket and take care of the visa, if necessary. You get to decide on the duration of your tour with them, be it an 18-day cultural pilgrimage across Europe ($3,888 per person) or a five-day city tour around Cuba ($2,000 per person).

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For more information, visit travelwithaccess.com

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