Most Important Travel Trends of 2013
Courtesy of Cox & Kings
Outfitters: Luxury Tours Will Become More Affordable
That high-end guided trip can be more than just a once-in-a-lifetime event now that luxury operators are rolling out more casual trips to appeal to a broader range of travelers.
Butterfield & Robinson recently launched the Bistro collection, which trades luxe hotels for cozy inns and Michelin-starred restaurants for family-run spots in Provence, Tuscany, Ireland, and elsewhere in Europe.
The new Connections line from Abercrombie & Kent includes 17 multiple-departure itineraries that visit 22 countries; expect slightly larger groups and more low-key lodgings, but the same unique private experiences.
The Escorted Discover Group Journeys series from Cox & Kings goes to more than 30 countries and includes stays at four-star boutique hotels and lodges. Group size is capped at 25.
Natural Habitat Adventures has a three-month-old Expeditions line that features smaller-scale hotels, mom-and-pop restaurants, and such activities as kayaking and hiking on trips all over the world, from Kenya to the Galápagos Islands.