What are great hotels worth to you?

When you’re planning a vacation, there’s no easier way to compare your options than by looking at the hotels they include. At Classic Journeys, we win that contest time and again. Some nights, it’s because of our coveted 5-star properties that regularly appear in "World’s Best" and "Top 100" rankings. Other nights, it might be the utterly authentic French farmhouse or a too-scenic-to-believe rainforest lodge. On itinerary after itinerary, they’re the same or superior to accommodations you’ll find on other companies’ tours that cost as much as 20-40% more than ours.

How can we offer hotel luxury for less?

The answer is really simple. Classic Journeys doesn’t mark up the cost of hotels as much as other companies do. What’s more, with a hand from our local guides, we spend years cultivating warm personal relationships with hoteliers. So in a lot of cases, we’re able to obtain lower rates than bigger companies that throw their weight around in negotiations. And it doesn’t hurt that smaller inns and lodges particularly appreciate the quality of our guests—genial, experienced travelers who appreciate the unique character of their lodgings.

The traits you value most in a hotel

We choose all accommodations for the way they reflect the style and hospitality of a region. All rooms include private baths. As often as possible, we spend two or more nights in each location so you can settle in a bit. Often, each room is unique. After all, it’s hard to create cookie-cutter rooms in converted abbeys, Mediterranean villas and rain forest lodges. If there’s a hotel in the heart of a nature preserve, within view of the Taj Mahal or clinging to the cliffs in Santorini, we’ll find it.

A few of our favorite hotels

These are just a sampling. On every itinerary page, you’ll find a "Tour Hotels" tab. Click it to get details about the properties for the destination you’re considering.

Grand Hotel Quisisana

The “Quisi” is THE hotel in Capri. Grand and gracious, it’s been named one of the World’s Top 100 Hotels by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. We love how its staid façade on the town square gives way to a hugely glamorous pool overlooking the sea.

Villa Le Barone

This historic home dates back to the 16th century, and your hosts are a count and countess. Its gracious rooms have wood-beamed ceilings and local antiques. The property boasts spectacular gardens, a pool, and an outside terrace for sunning and Chianti sipping.

Iguana Crossing

The ocean laps at the front door. There’s nothing but National Park (with a live volcano) out the back. This comfortable hotel is cool, very close to nature and eco-minded. Amenities include a swimming pool, a roof-deck Jacuzzi and it’s own excellent restaurant.

Auberge De Noves

In the peaceful countryside surrounding Avignon, this 5-star hotel, Auberge de Noves, is a charming property featuring beautifully crafted original masonry walls. Owned and operated by a top chef, you are sure to enjoy dining on the terrace of the gourmet restaurant. The hotel has 23 guestrooms, all uniquely decorated and appointed.


Hotel Sahrai

On a hill between the Fes Medina and the New Town, this boutique hotel has unparalleled views. Light-flooded rooms are decorated with a contemporary twist on traditional Moroccan design. Facilities include an infinity pool, fitness center and Givenchy spa.


Raffles Grand D'angkor

Rated as one of the world’s best places to stay, the Raffles Grand has been synonymous with Angkor Wat for 75 years. Guest rooms are appointed with Cambodian objets d’art and art deco furnishings. The state-of-the-art Amrita spa includes a 35-meter lap pool.