Marco Polo Small Group Journeys

Discover Emerging Destinations & Delve Deeper into Your Interests

Created decades ago to appeal to our most seasoned travellers, Marco Polo Journeys offer a fresh call to adventure in 2019 with four new itineraries rich in exotic destinations and unique insider access. For intrepid travellers looking to blaze a trail, we’re going farther afield to uncover the remote wetlands of Brazil’s Pantanal, the coastal wilderness of Canada and the far-flung desert oases of Oman’s Wahiba Sands. For guests seeking a deeper dive into a special interest, we’re offering a closer look at the world’s most inspiring architecture, wildlife, events and festivals. Whether it’s taking in the soaring skyscrapers of Dubai’s “Little Manhattan,” or joining the revelry of Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day celebrations, these journeys deliver the luxury of access — revealing unexpected new wonders to the traveller who’s seen it all.

A Journey for Every Traveller
Marco Polo Journeys reveal the world in unique and surprising ways, and to help you choose the adventure that most suits you, we have organized each journey by theme.

Festivals & Events
These journeys are centered on local events and celebrations that show a destination at its most distinctive, from Papua New Guinea’s Goroka Festival to the Chelsea Flower Show — all of which you experience with VIP access.

Wilderness Adventures
Immerse yourself in the untamed wild — in premier A&K style — on a Wilderness Adventure, kayaking among the belugas of Hudson Bay or observing the rare mountain gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

River & Rail
As every good traveller knows, how you go can be just as important as where. River & Rail journeys feature luxurious interludes on board a stylish river cruiser or train, hearkening back to a more refined and leisurely era of travel. Whether it’s cruising the Nile while relaxed in your deck chair or watching the Thai countryside pass by from an elegant dining car, it’s how you get there that makes these journeys so special.

Incredible Cultures
Whether you’re visiting a familiar or less-frequented destination, Marco Polo Journeys take you deep inside to experience it in ways few other travellers do. On an Incredible Cultures departure, look forward to the finest in authentic, exclusive insider-access opportunities everywhere from Ethiopia’s rock-hewn churches to China’s Shaolin Temple.

An Ideal Group Size
A&K’s small-group size of just 18 opens up a world of insider access opportunities for you and your fellow guests, from private museum openings to visits with local people in their own homes. It means more one-on-one interaction with your Resident Tour Director and also allows A&K to reserve splendid hotels that can’t accommodate the typically larger groups of 40-plus that travel with other companies.

Intimate Groups of Like-Minded Travellers
Seasoned travellers say the best part of a journey is often  the people you meet. On an A&K Marco Polo Journey, this extends not just to the fascinating locals you encounter, but to the new friends you meet within your group. Each shares in countless inspiring local encounters with you, ultimately bringing their own unique perspectives and histories, and  adding to the brilliant tapestry that becomes your journey.  Many a lasting friendship has been forged travelling with  A&K, and guests who meet on one journey are often fast  making plans together for their next.

Going Beyond the Conventional Hotel Room
Transcending the conventional luxury of a five-star luxury hotel, Marco Polo Journeys deepen your cultural immersion with a vast array of properties you won’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s glamping in a ger (traditional Mongolian yurt),  or taking tea in the garden of a historic Cotswolds coaching  inn, your accommodations are hand selected to heighten  your journey’s sense of place.

Featured Marco Polo Small Group Journeys

Group of 1811 days, from AU$12,125
Ethiopia: Historic Route & Simien Mountains - A Marco Polo Journey

​Reveal the secrets of this enchanting country as you discover the source of the Blue Nile, examine the Lucy skeleton, spot the Simien Mountains' gelada baboons and explore rock-hewn churches such as Bet Giyorgis (the Church of St. George).

Group11 days, from AU$12,125
Group of 1812 days, from AU$20,030
Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Khan Legacy - A Marco Polo Journey

​Retrace the footsteps of the Khan legacy as you take in the vivid spectacle of a centuries-old festival, explore the far-flung wilds of the Gobi Desert, and follow Kublai Khan's influence through the winding lanes of Beijing.

Group12 days, from AU$20,030
Group of 1812 days, from AU$13,195
Nepal & Tibet: From the Jungle to the Roof of the World - A Marco Polo Journey

Venture from the lofty Himalaya to the wild jungle as you flightsee Mount Everest, track one-horned rhinos in Chitwan National Park, explore Lhasa's Potala Palace and unwind in the lush foothills of Dhulikhel.

Group12 days, from AU$13,195
Group of 1613 days, from AU$22,565
Papua New Guinea & the Goroka Festival - A Marco Polo Journey

Witness cultural traditions rarely seen by Western eyes as you cruise the Karawari River in search of remote tribal villages, spot a dazzling array of exotic birdlife and marvel at the brilliant spectacle of the Goroka Festival.

Group13 days, from AU$22,565