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 locales. 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 18 guests led by an A&K Resident Tour Director®.
Setting the Bar for Boutique Travel
Intimate, charming and brimming with stories, the boutique hotels we select for every Connections Boutique Group Journey add a unique dimension to your travel experience. Whether it’s Ireland’s historic Markree Castle, Munich’s family-run Platzl Hotel or Venice’s centrally situated Hotel L’Orologio, we seek out properties with just the right blend of heritage, character, location and scale.
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. From dogsledding in Lapland to dining at the family table of a private villa in Seville, Connections Boutique Group Journeys reveal the authentic energy and distinctive flavors of local life.
Unrivaled Experience to Take You There
Intimate Groups of Just 18 Guests
Connections Journeys feature intimate groups of no more than 18 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. Travelling in these privileged small groups also offers more opportunities to get to know your Resident Tour Director as well as your fellow guests in a uniquely intimate atmosphere.
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.
Experienced Resident Tour Directors
Our Resident Tour Directors have lived for decades — perhaps even their entire lives — in the places you visit. Year-round residents, they possess the kind of insight into local culture that can only come from being a local themselves. These passionate experts oversee your entire journey and accompany you every day, sharing a beyond-the-guidebook understanding of daily life. The result is a journey that reveals the real spirit of a place, connecting you to the people and places you encounter in a way you’ll never forget.
Services, Private Transfers and Gratuities Included
Amenities and services are fully included, with no hidden costs, on your Connections Boutique Group Journey. Private arrival and departure transfers are included, regardless of when you choose to arrive or depart. Gratuities are included, too, except for your Resident Tour Director, which is left to your sole discretion.
Safety You Can Trust
Your well-being and safety is always our first priority. Our network of local offices and long-established relationships in every region in which we operate allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of local dynamics and to manage your safety and security. Should a situation arise, A&K has resources at the ready to allow you to safely continue on your journey.
Departure Dates & Prices are Always Guaranteed
Every Connections Boutique Group Journey is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests. And if the price you pay for your journey drops after you book, we’ll refund the difference.
Don’t wait for your trip to end to share photos and stories with the folks back home: Enjoy complimentary Internet access during hotel stays and cruises with overnight stays.
Internet access subject to availability in some remote regions.
See a Connections Boutique Group Journey in Action
Watch Our Video: Connections Boutique Group Journeys
See for yourself what an A&K boutique group journey experience is like in our newest video, with authentic travel experiences and stylish accommodations that reveal the very heart of your destination in Europe and beyond.
Explore Europe on an Inspiring Connections River Cruise
Experience the same authentic boutique ambience of our land journeys on the only small-group river cruising experience available in Europe. Connections European River Cruise Journeys take you through the very heart of the continent along the Rhine, Main, Danube and other great rivers of Europe, with city stays in boutique hotels, the chance to dine and go ashore in an exclusive group of no more than 24 guests and A&K’s unmatched local access and expertise.