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Travelmarvel – Past and Present

Travelmarvel started its life in the 1980s, located in Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria. In the company’s early days short tours took passengers on local shopping trips, ski tours, and trips to play the poker machines in NSW.

As the years passed, Travelmarvel extended its touring to include domestic travel to destinations including Australia’s Flinders Ranges, Red Centre, the Outback and Tasmania. Travelmarvel also provided budget tours to the North Island of New Zealand, opening the door to affordable overseas travel for many Australians.

The founder of Travelmarvel was Clyde Harding, who was a very entrepreneurial person, and the father of Peter Harding who currently owns Grand Pacific Tours. Clyde was an inspirational leader with amazing vision and a great perception of what the customer wanted.  He was a maverick who was prepared to do the ‘unconventional’ and explore new marketing opportunities that weren’t being tapped by others.  His likeable, big personality gave him the ability to inspire others to partner with him in business or to travel with his company.  Unfortunately Clyde passed away suddenly and left a huge void in the Australian travel industry.  Travelmarvel was sold to World Travel Headquarters, and then to APT.

In 1996 Travelmarvel became part of the APT Travel Group, one of the most consistently awarded touring companies in Australia, and around the globe. Today Travelmarvel offers Premium Worldwide Experiences throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Alaska, Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia, Russia, India, and South America. The company has earned a reputation of providing travellers with great value for money holidays.

Whether you choose to travel on a tour or premium cruise, or combine them, you will receive great value for money for which Travelmarvel is known for, as well as all the reassurances of travelling with a well respected and reliable tour operator.

The APT Travel Group

Fun, exciting and hassle-free – Travelmarvel holidays are designed for those who seek premium organised travel on their own terms. Ensuring the best possible value, each holiday offers a high standard of service and comprehensive inclusions, as well as extras that cater to individual interests. As part of the APT Travel Group, Travelmarvel offers guests the security, resources and expertise of travelling with Australia’s leading cruise and tour operator.

APT Travel Group - The APT Travel Group has a long and proud history. From humble beginnings that date back to 1927, the APT Travel Group today 90 years on is a global business with an extensive portfolio of touring and cruising brands. Still owned and controlled by the McGeary family, these distinct brands enable the APT Travel Group to deliver an unwavering focus on life-enriching and memorable holiday experiences for each and every individual. As Australia’s largest locally owned tour company and most awarded, it maintains an unparalleled commitment to innovation in defining what travel means, not only in Australia but the world.

APT- Luxury Touring and Cruising- The APT Travel Group’s flagship brand, APT has pioneered a diverse and ever-increasing range of cruising and touring styles to deliver cherished holidays that take in every corner of the globe. Timeless luxury, exclusive experiences, life enriching moments and true personalisation are the hallmarks of an Unforgettable journey with APT.

APT Kimberley & Outback Wilderness AdventuresKimberley Wilderness Adventures - Small Group 4WD Touring- When APT ran its first tour into Australia’s remote Kimberley region over 40 years ago there was no permanent accommodation or network of staff – so the company created them. Since then, APT – under the banner of Kimberley Wilderness Adventures – has built unique partnerships with the traditional landowners and created an exclusive network of wilderness lodges in key locations. Today, more passengers choose APT than any other premium tour operator in the Kimberley.

Botanica World Discoveries, an APT Company.Botanica- Specialist Botanica Tours- Australia’s leading operator of specialist botanically tours and cruises, Botanica’s carefully tailored worldwide itineraries are led by expert botanical guides. Each fuses iconic sightseeing and special unique experiences with exclusive visits to some of the world’s most incredible public and private gardens and flower shows. History, art, music, culture and gourmet experiences are often included to enhance the enjoyment for discerning travellers with curious minds.

Captain's Choice LogoCaptain's Choice- Exotic and Luxurious Experiences - Since 1994, Captain’s Choice has remained uncompromising in its quest to create and curate the world’s most enriching global journeys. Without compromise, all tours are hand crafted, whether by private jet, small luxury ships or privately chartered rail journey’s. Every decision is made with the guests experience and comfort in mind. Through innovative, industry leading thinking, Captain’s Choice continues to push the boundaries.

Croydon TravelCroydon Travel- Croydon Travel is a retail travel agency and the only company in the world to offer sightseeing flights over Antarctica.


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Antarctica Flights- Since 1994, Antarctica Flights operates the world’s most unique day trip – a sightseeing flight over Antarctica aboard a privately chartered Qantas aircraft. Departing from the major cities of Australia, armchair explorers experience a twelve-hour round trip with full Qantas service. There is a chance to rotate seats to vary the viewpoints over the ice and each flight is accompanied by Antarctic experts.

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