Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Discover a destination as only the locals know it.

Go Beyond the Guidebook for Authentic Discovery

Explorers who really want to know a destination don’t take the word “experience” lightly. Neither does A&K, and it’s why we created Connections Boutique Group Journeys, which offer deeply immersive experiences — the kind that take you beyond the guidebook — in the most captivating neighbourhoods, enjoying specially tailored activities and dining experiences. Every journey is anchored by stays in Boutique Accommodations: one-of-a-kind hotels that put you in the heart of the places you most want to be; it also features groups of no more than 24 guests led by an A&K Resident Tour Director.

New! All 2019 Connections Boutique Small Group Journeys Now Available

Our 2019 Connections Boutique Small Group Journeys are available now – authentic and immersive travel that brings you closer to the heart of a place. Reserve your preferred departure on any of our expertly planned itineraries, including our new Greece and Northern Lights journeys. Each journey feature no more than 24 guests, exclusive local interactions, hand-selected boutique hotels and the leadership of an A&K Resident Tour Director.

Boutique Connections in Every Destination

Every Connections Journey is designed to bring you to the beating heart of the places we visit, and we look to our Boutique Connections to take you there. Immersive travel at its finest, these authentic, exclusive and engaging local interactions not only reveal the distinct culture of a place, they connect you to it in unexpected and unforgettable ways.

Boutique Connections you may experience include:

  • Joining a welcoming Puglian chef in her home on Sicily,  Puglia & the Amalfi Coast, where you learn to prepare regional dishes and then feast on them together, just as Italian families do
  • Taking a lesson in the lively sport of dogsledding from an expert instructor, and then trying your hand as musher with your own dog team on the new Northern Lights of Lapland
  • Spending time in the workshop of the master porcelain makers  of Delft on Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom, observing  as masterpieces are fired and painted
  • Experiencing dinner and a captivating flamenco performance at a private palace in Seville on Spain: Seven Cities, which you are transported to via an enchanting horse-drawn carriage ride
  • Exploring a Nuremberg art bunker that sheltered paintings from destruction in World War II while travelling on Prague & the Blue Danube

Boutique Hotels That Tell a Story

Intimate, charming and brimming with stories, the boutique hotels we select for every journey add a unique dimension to your travel experience. One-of-a-Kind Heritage Properties like Markree Castle in Ireland, Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence and the Hôtel Napoléon in the Champs-Élysées have long, colourful histories that make them destinations in their own right. Discover these and other handpicked boutique hotels that often began as private mansions, government residences or religious centres, and that feature a special heritage that lives on in every guest room and public space. A good hotel should feel like the destination of which it’s a part, without sacrificing comfort and service, and the hotels on our journeys do just that. One of the most overlooked features of a great hotel is its location, and that’s why the experts who create Connections Boutique Group Journeys choose properties that put a destination’s hottest neighbourhoods right at your doorstep. Because they field larger groups of 40 or more, other tour companies must accommodate their clients in high-rise chain hotels with hundreds of rooms — and no sense of intimacy. Our typical hotel has only around 100 rooms and many have far fewer than that, ensuring you never return from a day’s sightseeing having to reach your room through a crowd of other guests.

Why Local Access Matters

On a Connections Boutique Group Journey with A&K, we don’t just bring you to the bustling seaside of Ston in Croatia — you sample fresh-caught oysters and a refreshing glass of wine with a local fisherman. Boutique experiences like this are what set A&K apart from any competitor, and speak directly to our extensive and long-established ties everywhere we operate. Our 55 offices in more than 30 countries — six in Europe alone — work tirelessly to design boutique experiences you won’t find anywhere else

Dining as an Expression of the Locale

New cuisine is like a destination all its own, and so we choose vibrant restaurants favoured more by the locals than by tourists, and spanning everything from lunch at a Provençal family farm to a traditional musical gathering at an authentic Irish pub to an exclusive lunch in a garden villa in Budapest.

Intimate Groups of Just 24 Guests

Connections Journeys feature intimate groups of no more than 24 guests on every departure, and that makes an important difference in how you experience your destination. Small groups allow for more intimate access to places and experiences that larger groups can’t manage.

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Featured Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Group of 249 days, from AU$7,785
Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom – A Connections European River Cruise Journey

​Cruise past springtime blossoms and windmills, pausing for Connections-exclusive excursions to a local tulip grower; a meal of moules-frites in Bruges; and the breathtaking Keukenhof Gardens.

Group9 days, from AU$7,785
Group of 249 days, from AU$7,785
Christmas Markets Along the Danube- A Connections European River Cruise Journey

​Embark on a festive Danube River cruise, staying in handpicked boutique hotels in the heart of Vienna and Munich, and visiting Christkindlesmarkts, historic Melk Abbey and the Imperial Treasury in Vienna.

Group9 days, from AU$7,785
Group of 249 days, from AU$6,465
special offer
Croatia: Jewel of the Coast – A Connections Boutique Group Journey

Explore Croatia, the gem of the Adriatic, with visits to ancient Zagreb, the scenic island of Brac and the Adriatic Coast, enjoying a private tour of Split's Meštrović Gallery and a tasting of oysters in Ston, followed by three nights in Dubrovnik.

Group9 days, from AU$6,465
Group of 2410 days, from AU$7,345
special offer
Poland to Prague – A Connections Boutique Group Journey

Discover the history of one of Europe's most vibrant cities, Warsaw, from its early years to the struggles of World War II; visit the otherworldly Bochnia Salt Mines; and in the neighbouring Czech Republic, sample the famous brews.

Group10 days, from AU$7,345