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Golden Compass aims to provide the best educational and cultural experience to groups touring the UK, Europe, Asia and beyond. With offices in Australia and New Zealand, our own staff in France and the UK and long term partners in almost every country of Europe, Asia and South America, we aim to provide the complete value for money experience for our small educational and cultural groups. We hope the testimonials received by our Australian and New Zealand participants on our recent tours attest to this. Our testimonials can be read here.

Fully Inclusive

With a Golden Compass program you won't need to worry about being met at the airport, transport on the ground, organising excursions, many meals and even tips and gratuities, because Golden Compass will take care of everything for you, including;

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Local transport including internal flights, ferries and coaches
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Typical local breakfasts and many other meals as indicated
  • Field trips as indicated
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Services of a Program Leader for the duration of the program
  • Gratuities and necessary tips

With so much included Golden Compass really does offer exceptional value for money.

Unique, quality accommodation

We work with a wide variety of accommodation suitable for all group needs ranging from 3 to 5 star hotels, historical religious houses in Italy and stays in selected villages de vacances in France, allowing you to experience truly local hospitality.

A concert at the Golden Hall in Vienna
The Golden Compass "wow" factor

We look to include that something special for our groups: access to a building which is not usually visited or attendance at a concert or event for which it is difficult to get tickets, or just something that others do not think of. Some special highlights of our recent programs have included a performance of Swan Lake in St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, a private performance of Chopin in Poland, a cooking class in the gastronomic heart of Italy and a special meal in the historic Bilbao restaurant, where Frank Gehry agreed to bring the Guggenheim to the city. It's what we like to call the Golden Compass "wow" factor.

small groups of like minded travellers on tour in Europe
Small groups of like-minded participants

To ensure the best value for money we base our program pricing on a small minimum number of between 8 and 10 participants, and we will guarantee programs once we reach this number. Our groups average in size between 12 and 20, but never more than 25.

First class Program Leaders, guides and lecturers

We believe that we have the best team  of Program Leaders, all of whom are based in Australia and New Zealand, and so have an understanding of the needs  of our Australian and New Zealand participants. They are all well-travelled with a passion for the UK, Europe, Asia, and beyond and are experts in their fields.

Although supported locally by top quality guides and lecturers, our participants repeatedly tell how valuable they consider the role of our program leaders to be and how much they appreciate  their care and insights, while travelling on our programs.

Locally, we only use top quality guides and lecturers, who add that extra dimension to any visit to another  country with a deep understanding of the culture, history and people as well as of any subjects of special interest  to our group.


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Rewarding Loyal Travellers

Our Gold Rewards Membership program allows you to experience the UK, Europe, Asia and beyond as a local with unique Live Like a Local experiences led by our country experts, in addition to many more benefits. Find out more about the Golden Compass Gold Membership Rewards Program here. You can also earn discounts of your program bookings by recommending Golden Compass to your friends and family.

Genuine value for money

Our programs are designed to give you the best value for money possible. You can only book directly with Golden Compass, with the team on the ground who create the programs. There are no third party travel agencies involved. In addition to transport and accommodation, our programs include many meals and excursions, and even gratuities.

Golden Compass is also an approved participant of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Status (ATAS). This is an industry accreditation scheme that sets the benchmark of quality for the travel industry in Australia. By providing consumer protection, Golden Compass Tours is one of only a handful of Australian educational tour operators with this status. You can rest assured that when you book with us, you are at the same time “packing some piece of mind”.