Awards & Recognition
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Tour Operator for 12 years in a row!


The destination is perfect. The itinerary sounds terrific. The approach to travel resonates with you. Yet, as a smart traveler, you want to know if deciding to travel with Classic Journeys is truly everything you think it will. You’ve come to the right place to find out! Industry experts and sophisticated travelers like you have weighed in with their impartial opinions. And you’re welcome to use this information to compare Classic Journeys with any other options you may be considering.

Being one of the World’s Best is just the start.
In 2018, the readers of Travel + Leisure once again ranked us among the Top 10 Tour Operators out of the thousands considered in the annual World’s Best Awards. We scored 96.58 out of a possible 100 points, based on ratings of guides, hotels, cuisine, activities, and destinations—the same features you factor into your own decisions. Classic Journeys is the only tour operator that’s been included in the World’s Best rankings for each of the last 12 years.

And the awards just keep coming.
As you can see below, we’ve also earned recognition from AFAR magazine, one of the newest mainstream travel publications. Our Galápagos trip was named Best Wildlife Encounter in their 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards. You’ll also find kudos from other resources you read and respect, including Saveur Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and others.

We also score 98% on Trustpilot consumer reviews.
Trustpilot is one of the top consumer review sites out there. It’s a platform that puts you in direct touch with feedback from travelers who’ve already had a Classic Journeys experience and want you to know what they think. Guests who review us on Trustpilot give us 98% positive ratings—the highest ratings for any travel company.

We are also proud to share in the leadership of these fine organizations.
Classic Journeys is a longtime member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, an international community created to have a positive impact on the economic well being of people and environments around the world. ATTA establishes best practices for its member companies like Classic Journeys. The association encourages travel that is sustainable as well as environmentally and culturally sensitive.

At Classic Journeys, we also work actively with the tourist boards of each country in which we operate our tours. Among these fine organizations are Switzerland Tourism, the British Tourist Authority, 100% Pure New Zealand, and the Italian Government Tourist Board. These bonds ensure our guests that we can tap resources and relationships which make it possible for us to create authentic experiences like no others.
Travel + Leisure Award

Travel + Leisure Award

Another year as a Travel + Leisure World's Best Tour Operator! We were as thrilled as ever to be named for the 12th consecutive year in the Top 10.

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AFAR Travelers Choice Award

AFAR Travelers' Choice Award

AFAR magazine named our Galápagos trip the Best Wildlife Encounter in their 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards!

National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler

Our Cuba for Families program is one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime". National Geographic Traveler made the announcement in 2015, citing the trip for being one of the "most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours."

Travel + Leisure Award

Travel + Leisure Award

We ranked #1 in the 2014 World’s Best Awards, nearly acing it with a score of 97.07 out of 100 possible points in the T+L Readers’ Survey. The ratings criteria included: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food and value.

Saveur Culinary Award

Saveur Culinary Award

Our Culinary Tours are #1, said Saveur Magazine's expert panel of world travelers and readers. "The in-depth tours put together by Classic Journeys get to the source with visits to markets, bakers, cheese-makers, and home kitchens.

National Geographic Adventure

National Geographic Adventure

Classic Journeys was selected as one of the "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth" in National Geographic Adventure's 2009 rating.

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