Small Group Journeys

 For over 25 years we’ve been helping travellers like you to “imagine the stories!”

When you travel with Insider Journeys, we will bring to life the creative, unique experiences and stories that will last a lifetime. As a passionate traveller, you want to experience the real Asia, from its majestic monuments to the hidden charms of its backstreets. You want to taste authentic cuisine, reach remote villages and enjoy impromptu and meaningful interactions with local people.

When you travel on one of our Small Group Journeys, you’ll discover all the must-see attractions, while you weave your way through Asia as an Insider. We’ll help you uncover genuine experiences and real insights into the places we travel.

Our small groups mean you won’t lose spontaneity, flexibility or your sense of independence. Our expert guides take care of everything so you can simply relax and enjoy your holiday. It’s this combination that will help you discover the real Asia.

Imagine the stories...


SMALL GROUP SIZE - One of the most popular features of our tours is the small group size. We limit groups to a maximum of 16 people (and only 12 in Japan) so you can enjoy a more personalised, more authentic Asia experience. Our small groups ensure more time with your Local Expert, more time to make new friends, less time waiting, and more time for you to enjoy the amazing destinations throughout your journey.

We don’t do ‘bus tours’…we do Small Group Journeys.

SAFE AND RELIABLE - For more than 25 years, Insider Journeys has been safely and reliably sharing the beauty of Asia with travellers from Australia. We are the only Tour Operator with our own offices in several countries throughout Asia. Our local partners live and work in the destinations we serve, bringing you the perfect combination of local authenticity with Australian service and support.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH - An unforgettable experience starts with the unexpected. We’ll make sure you see the most popular highlights of our destinations… but then we’ll show you the places you wouldn't find on your own, and Asia is full of these hidden treasures. From conversations with local families, feasting in street food stalls, and shopping in hidden local markets, we’ll make sure you go home with memories of an amazing connection to Asia.

LOCAL EXPERTS - Your local leaders and guides are one of the most important elements of your trip. They are the person you see the most, the person who answers your questions, the person who helps to shape your impression of a destination. In recognition of this important relationship, our guides are truly passionate, local experts who are carefully selected and trained to look out for you, to share the history and knowledge that only a local can provide, and to expect the unexpected. Many of our guides have worked with us for years, and feel like a part of our family, just as they will soon feel like a part of yours.

INDEPENDENCE AND FLEXIBILITY - An ideal tour is a balance of activity and relaxation. We know sometimes you want to explore on your own, eat on your own, or relax on your own. So we built in times without scheduled activities, where you have the freedom to be spontaneous, to choose your own meals, to choose your own experiences, and to enjoy your holiday as you see fit.

TIPPING INCLUDED - We’ve taken care of everything, including tips. Tipping is customary in Asia, but tipping customs vary from country to country. We’ve included tips in the price of your tour so you can relax and enjoy without worrying about how much to tip at the end.

BESPOKE ACCOMMODATION - A quality hotel is an essential element of an enjoyable holiday. Our hand-picked selections were chosen specifically for their location, charm and culture to ensure your journey is comfortable.

GETTING AROUND - We don’t do ‘bus tours’… we do Small Group Journeys. Whether it’s a tuk-tuk, jeep safari, or bullet train, you’ll get a local experience when it provides the best sightseeing or transport opportunity. Otherwise, road journeys are in our comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. We keep it small and never use large coaches.

SOLO TRAVELLERS - Solo travellers never travel alone on our Small Group Journeys. Joining a small group as a single traveller means you get the best of both worlds – time with your group throughout the day, before retreating to you own room for the evening, simply by paying the single traveller price.

TRIP GRADING - Each of our journeys has been given a grading to help you choose the trip that best suits your needs. All our tours require independent mobility and we recommend you choose a journey which suits your physical ability. Our expert travel advisors can answer any questions you may have regarding the trip grading of your desired journey.

EASY - Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness. You may be required to take part in light activities such as walking tours, climbing steps, and getting in and out of vehicles.

MODERATE - Suitable for travellers with a good level of fitness. You will need to take part in easy but extended activities such as walking or cycling. Travel between major destinations may include long road or train journeys.

ACTIVE - Suitable for travellers with a high level of fitness. These tours may include extended periods of walking, climbing stairs, negotiating uneven surfaces, boarding boats and visits to less-developed areas with limited facilities.

Tailor Made Tours - Itineraries Designed For the Independent Traveller!

If you'd prefer not to be part of a group, we specialise in tailor-made tours to suit the individual requirements of our customers. All of our itineraries and tours are privately escorted, and are fully flexible in terms of content, route and duration. So, if you would like to stay additional nights in a particular area, or omit part of a tour, we can adjust the itinerary to suit you.