Thoughtfully curated itineraries with fewer guests offer big rewards for curious travelers.
By Alex Higgins
Small group travel is a chance to explore destinations more intimately and connect with others on a deeper level. With the onset COVID-19, the lure of small group travel is even greater. For almost 75 years, Alexander+Roberts has offered unique, carefully planned itineraries — exploring the world by land and water.
Tours to Fit Your Style
With just 16 travelers, Small Group Journeys offer a better way to explore and engage the world. Intimate boutique hotels that don’t accept larger groups and congenial meals that reflect authentic regional flavors help make the trips special.
Private Journeys (exclusive versions of Small Group Journeys) offer an unhurried pace and flexibility of exploring with expert guides and just your traveling party. They offer go-any-day freedom and are ideal for multi-generational families and intimate groups of friends.
Their travel experts can also customize an itinerary that’s personalized to your interests, style and schedule — from the perfect hotel to memorable dining and one-of-a-kind experiences and activities — on a Tailor Made Journey.
Alexander+Roberts’ expert native guides are from the places you’ll visit. They’re passionate about their homelands and eager to share their insider access and keen cultural insights. You’ll see and do things many other travelers miss. Their extensive on-the-ground experience also allows them to adjust sightseeing based on local conditions — to avoid the heaviest traffic and crowds, for example.
The Small Group Journeys also always include authentic dining and engaging moments that reveal important cultural traditions. Enjoy fine farm-to-table dining in authentic, smaller restaurants that larger groups have to bypass.
You’ll end your days at intimate hotels, resorts and luxury safari camps. They’re carefully selected for their great locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service and cleanliness.
Book a small group journey with AAA Travel and enjoy exclusive Member extras. AAA Members save $115 per person on every tour and enjoy a complimentary extra day with hotel and breakfast prior to the start of the tour on select AAA Vacations® journeys.
Here are 10 popular Alexander+Roberts Original Journeys in destinations likely to be among the first and most prepared to once again welcome American travelers.
1. Wild + Wonderful Alaska
Immerse yourself in The Last Frontier on a 9-day journey by land, rail and water. Enjoy the views on a deluxe dome rail trip into Denali and tailor your exploration of the Denali wilderness with a choice of guided adventures including nature walks, fly fishing and panning for gold. Travel into Matanuska-Susitna Valley and thrill to the beauty and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on a guided nature cruise. AAA Vacations® extras are included in this vacation.
2. Adventures Across Iceland
Experience the rugged beauty and timeless traditions of Iceland on this 7-day journey. Tour Reykjavik before flying to Akureyri. There, you’ll walk on a black sand beach and sample the craft beers of Iceland’s first micro-brewery before heading far from city lights to search for the northern lights. Visit countryside churches, discover Thingvellir National Park and thrill to the mighty cascades of Godafoss—one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.
3. Costa Rica — Mountains to Sea
During this 8-day itinerary you’ll embark on a nature walk along hanging bridges and learn about the ecosystem of the cloud forest on a guided nature walk in Monteverde. Discover the tropical flora and rich wildlife of Manuel Antonio by land and sea. Tour a coffee plantation and learn about conservation efforts at the Macaw Sanctuary.
4. On Safari in Kenya + Tanzania
The skills of expert safari guides promise superior Big Game encounters in the finest game parks and reserves of East Africa on this 12-day luxury adventure. Soar over the Masai Mara on a hot air balloon safari before a champagne breakfast. See vast elephant herds, lion, cheetah and zebra on morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli National Park. Bypass the line of vehicles at the main entry to Ngorongoro Crater for unmatched game-viewing on the crater floor. AAA Vacations® extras are included.
5. Visions of Egypt by Small Ship
Sail the Nile aboard the luxury Oberoi Philae on this 9-day guided vacation in Egypt. With expert Egyptologists, visit Cairo’s ancient sites including Memphis and the Great Pyramids. You’ll fly to Abu Simbel to tour the must-see Temple of Ramses II. Private docking facilities along the Nile allows for more time to explore fabled ancient sites including Luxor, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. AAA Vacations® extras are included.
6. The Holy Land
This unique 8-day itinerary will immerse you in both ancient and modern Israeli life. A 4-night stay in Jerusalem allows for extensive exploration of the Old City with excursions to Bethlehem, the Qumran Caves and the Dead Sea. Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Tishbi Winery and learn about ancient Megiddo as you journey to Cana to see the Wedding Church where Jesus turned water into wine. AAA Vacations® extras are included in this vacation.
7. Finland’s Lapland
Experience the beauty and magic of the Far North on this 8-day uniquely flexible private journey. Spend a day exploring Helsinki, the White City of the North, before flying deep into the Arctic Circle. You’ll spend four nights in a private log cabin with an attached glass-domed igloo where you can fall asleep under the northern lights. Husky Safari, Aurora Reindeer Safari and Aurora Hunting by Snowmobile adventures are all included.
8. The Magic of Morocco
Explore the medinas of Morocco’s ancient imperial cities, such as Marrakesh, to the timeless villages and landscapes of the Middle Atlas mountains. Delight in unique dining experiences — including dinner at Rick’s Café in Casablanca — on this 8-day small group journey. With no more than 16 companions, you’ll enjoy extensive tours, including daylong excursions to Meknes and Volubilis. AAA Vacations® extras are included.
9. From Japan’s Inland Sea to the Alps
Tour Asia’s most captivating island nation on this 11-day small group tour. Behold the majesty of Mount Fuji and discover the history of classic cities like Kanazawa and Takayama. Visit the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, hear colorful stories of Kyoto’s Kabuki traditions on a guided stroll in the Gion district and sit down to lunch with a maiko — a geisha in training. AAA Vacations® extras are included.
10. Machu Picchu + the Galapagos Cruise
Kick-start your South American bucket list with a two-in-one trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos on this 14-day land and sea vacation. Bone up on pre-Columbian culture at the Larco Museum in Lima, then move on to the Inca capital of Cusco. Experience magical Machu Picchu at sunrise between two days exploring its terraces. En route to the Galapagos, visit Ecuador’s colonial capital, Quito and the Andean market of Otavalo before embarking on a four-night cruise of the islands on the deluxe expedition ship, La Pinta.
Which country will you visit first? Call your local AAA Travel Agent to help you decide.
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(Traveler Fall 2020)