Yearly, Wanderlust readers make their voices heard in our Reader Journey Awards – and decide the very best of the very best on the planet of journey for the yr forward.
Right here, we’ve 2019’s prime tour operators from around the globe, as voted for by travellers from throughout the globe who like to discover, and know what makes an unforgettable journey.
Listed below are the finest tour operators of 2019…
1. Joint winner: Llama Journey
Go off (and on) the rails in Peru
Uncover a special facet to the Incas with Llama Journey’s Incas & Conquistadors of Peru + Lake Titicaca tour. Journey the rails to the plush landscapes of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, exploring the famed misplaced metropolis. Then board the luxurious Belmond sleeper prepare, winding right down to Lake Titicaca the place you may island-hop amongst its conventional communities, assembly the weavers and spinners of Taquile and becoming a member of them for a freshly caught lunch.
Who: Llama Journey (020 7263 3000)
When: Chosen dates Mar to Nov 2019
How lengthy: 14 days
How a lot: From £2,549 (incl flights and prepare journey)
2. Joint winner: Vacation architects
Get jungle fever in Malaysia
Go wild on Vacation Architects’ Better of Borneo journey. Hunker down in a standard Iban longhouse, then cruise deep into the jungle on the waters of the Kinabatangan River, trying to find pygmy elephants and saltwater crocs. An opportunity to discover the paths of Bako NP in seach of proboscis monkeys is to not be handed up, however the star of the present is Sepilok, the place you may come nose to nose with endangered orangutans and solar bears.
Who: Vacation Architects (01242 253073)
When: 12 months spherical
How lengthy: 15 days
How a lot: From £3,470 (incl flights)
3. Silver winner: Selective Asia
A style of Asian tradition in South Korea and Japan
Discover two Asian nations in a single journey on Crossing Borders – Korea to Kyushu with Selective Asia. Immerse your self within the palaces and futuristic streets of Seoul, then make for the coastal sights and markets of Busan. From there, a ferry takes you to dine on ramen at yatai stalls in Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu, then it’s on to witness the temples of Nokonoshima, exploring far off the everyday path.
Who: Selective Asia (01273 670001)
When: 12 months spherical
How lengthy: 10 days
How a lot: From £2,542 (excl flights)
4. Bronze winner: Bamboo Journey
Discover the unseen corners of China
Be part of Bamboo Journey’s South China Explorer to hint your approach by way of verdant landscapes and meet distant minority communities utilizing China’s high-speed prepare community. Journey although Guizhou province, a area residence to Miao, Dong, Shui and Yao peoples, seeing what life is like in these distant villages, earlier than exploring the rice terraces of Jiabang and making for the lofty trails of Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan. End in Yangshuo, drifting the karst rises of the Li River.
Who: Bamboo Journey (020 7720 9285)
When: Chosen dates Apr–Jun & Sept–Nov 2019
How lengthy: 19 days
How a lot: From £3,795 (together with flights)
5. Extremely recommended: Intrepid Journey
Name of the wild in Sri Lanka
Hearken to your natural instincts on Intrepid Journey’s Wilderness & Wildlife expedition by way of Sri Lanka. Sleep within the tropical rainforest (the final in Sri Lanka) of Sinharaja and research sloth bears, elephants and leopards within the untouched pure habitats of Wasgamuwa and Gal Oya nationwide parks. Later hit the east coast, the place birdwatching within the little-visited Kumana NP affords a wild various to the white sands of surfer-favourite Arugam Bay, earlier than looping again west.
Who: Intrepid Journey (0808 274 5111)
When: Chosen dates Sept 2019 & Jul–Sept 2020
How lengthy: 12 days
How a lot: From £1,190 (excl flights)
6. Extremely recommended: Wild Frontiers
Hit the street in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Get away from all of it with Wild Frontiers’ Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan: Mountains & Cities of the Silk Highway journey. Spend time with nomadic shepherds in the summertime pastures of Son Kul, in a single day in a standard caravanserai (inn) and see how silk is produced within the Fergana Valley. All of the whereas, embrace a standard life-style with stays in yurts and haggling with retailers within the historic cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. A glimpse into an historical world.
Who: Wild Frontiers (020 8741 7390)
When: 20 July 2019
How lengthy: 16 days
How a lot: From £2,615 (excl flights)
7. Extremely recommended: Trailfinders
Go the space in Canada
Fly-drive the mountain-lined roads of Canada’s British Columbia on the Kootenay Rockies & Okanagan Valley Loop tour with Trailfinders. Escape the crowds of Banff NP for the parks over the border, marvelling on the huge emerald waters of Yoho NP and a route pocked with countless scorching springs and the lakeside retreat of Osoyoos, deep within the southern reaches of Kootenay. And if that’s not sufficient, simply breathe in the majesty of the mountains of Whistler and Revelstoke.
Who: Trailfinders (020 7084 6500)
When: Chosen dates Could 2019
How lengthy: 15 nights
How a lot: From £1,999 (incl flights)
8. Extremely recommended: G Adventures
Get the Polar Categorical in Norway
Delve into the Realm of the Polar Bear with G Adventures. Hop on board a ‘floating classroom’ and head north on a sustainable expedition that mixes lectures from marine consultants on ocean well being with views of elusive polar bears deep in Norway’s distant Svalbard Archipelago. Cruise in Zodiacs alongside the ice floe’s edge viewing seals and walruses, spying seabird cliffs and watching glaciers spilling into the ocean – and even do your personal half on seaside clean-ups alongside the way in which.
Who: G Adventures (0344 272 2060)
When: Chosen dates Jun–Jul 2019
How lengthy: Eight days
How a lot: From £2,799 (excl flights)
9. Extremely recommended: Exodus Travels
Expertise a traditional journey in Nepal
Take a look at your endurance on the Everest Base Camp Trek with Exodus Travels. Take in Sherpa tradition in Namche Bazaar, then observe within the footsteps of the nice climbers of outdated by making your strategy to the gateway of Everest. Alongside the way in which, glimpse unimaginable landscapes, hilltop monasteries and make the (actually) breathtaking ascent up Kala Pattar.
Who: Exodus Travels (0203 811 4582)
When: Chosen dates Mar–Apr 2019
How lengthy: 17 days
How a lot: From £2,349 (incl flights)
10. Extremely recommended: Audley Journey
Soar over South Africa
Marvel at South Africa’s pure wonders on Audley Journey’s expedition by way of Cape City, Kruger and Victoria Falls. Take off on safari, monitoring elephants, cheetahs and wild canines in Kruger’s Sabi Sand Wildtuin, tour the Cape Peninsula and finish your journey on a literal excessive, both with a hike up Desk Mountain or a chicken’s-eye view of the long-lasting Victoria Falls. Whether or not you select to really feel the splash of its drop from a boat, helicopter or microlight, it’ll be unforgettable.
Who: Audley Journey (01993 838550)
When: 12 months spherical
How lengthy: 13 days
How a lot: From £5,450 (incl flights)