Travel + Leisure magazine has announced its 2011 World’s Best Awards, and for the fifth time, Classic Journeys has been named a World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter.

Competition in the Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters category is especially intense, with companies rated on their value as well as the caliber of their staff and guidesitineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, and food. These ratings — based on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being “excellent” — are then averaged to create an overall score.

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Our rating of 92.86 out of 100 possible points means that we bested all of our direct competitors. Since Classic Journeys is typically twenty to forty percent less expensive than these companies, our tours truly do provide measurable value to our guests.

But what’s really at the heart of this numbers game? For me, it comes down to two things: a love of travel and the opportunity to forge new and lasting relationships as a result of it. Sharing those twin passions with our guests is what drove us to create Classic Journeys more than 15 years ago.

Mutual wanderlust might have been what brought us together, but it was our long conversations about the nature of travel that led us to create something different: a tour company that balances walking with history and culture, introducing our guests not only to amazing places, but to amazing local people. Becoming part of their daily lives for a special moment in time — whether they’re chefs or shepherds, artists or artisans — is what makes the difference between a trip and an unforgettable travel experience.

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So, you might wonder, does moving up in the world — climbing higher in a tightly packed field of worthy competitors — feel good? You bet it does! Many of the Top 20 companies are large corporations…which makes it even sweeter to be recognized for our “boutique” style of small-group walking. As more people gravitate to artisanal products, we’re seeing that our hand-crafted tours offer our guests more than what they expected: value.

If you’d like to speak to one of our team about planning your own award-winning vacation, call us at 800-200-3887 or email us at