Academy Travel was established in Australia in 2004 and has grown to become one of the leading cultural travel companies. Each year we offer more than 100 tours to Europe, the Americas and beyond.
Academy Travel’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. The UK office opened in London in January 2018, welcoming bookings from UK participants on all tours. There are currently 16 full and part-time staff, and a team of over 30 tour leaders and managers. The company’s three directors play an active role in the company, leading tours and dealing with clients. We also have a subsidiary operations company, Academy Europe based in Rome.
Academy Travel’s tours are designed to appeal to travellers with a strong interest in history, culture, archaeology, the visual arts and the performing arts. All tours are designed around three basic principles:
- An expert tour leader
- Maximum 20 in a group
- Appealing to like-minded travellers
Our tours are carefully researched and developed over a period of time. We strive to cover not only the ‘must see’ sites but also to provide a carefully curated selection of less well-known but equally rewarding experiences on every tour. We can do this thanks to the deep knowledge of our tour leaders, the measured pace of our tours and our network of contacts. We aim to provide high quality in all our services. Hotels are generally four star, preferably boutique-style, in central locations. Where possible, we arrange private out-of-hours tours of popular sites to avoid the crowds and we reserve the best available seats to live performances. Exclusive and unique events on our tours play a big part in bringing our Academy Travellers back to travel with us again and again.
Academy Travel has developed a network of outstanding suppliers in the countries in which we operate. These include booking agents, local guides, performing arts companies and of course hotels and restaurants.
Academy Travel is a member of the following travel associations: IATA, AFTA and ATAS