In October 1983 entrepreneur Henry Lewis launched his dream – to provide a better travel choice for a group of travelers that he knew had been overlooked. "There was a whole world of educated, energetic mature travelers out there, full of enthusiasm for experiencing the world," he says. "They also had an appreciation for deluxe accommodations that the typical tour company didn't offer. That audience was not being offered a superior, well-managed tour that offered good value for their travel dollar."
He says that typical tours of the day also lacked a sense of cultural connection. What if he could introduce travelers to local people where they live, work, and play … and enlist the very best regional guides to unveil the secrets of the places they call home … while still offering the best value in travel that anyone had ever seen? And so began Vantage Deluxe World Travel.
The Leader in Deluxe Travel at an Unbeatable Value
Today, Vantage creates and markets its own Deluxe journeys exclusively to mature individuals and groups throughout North America. All told, we send travelers to more than 80 countries and to all seven continents. Vantage can choose from more than 60 Memorable Journeys overseen by eight worldwide offices.
Our Deluxe Worldwide River Voyages features our own fleet of river ships as well as privately chartered small ships that ply the waterways of Europe and beyond. And Discoveries by Vantage – amazing journeys at an unmatched value by land and small ship – reveal the ins and outs of destinations as diverse as Australia and southern Africa … Peru and Canada … India and Italy. Each Memorable Journey immerses the traveler in the culture of the destination via experiences we call Cultural Connections and Learning Discoveries, such as home-hosted meals, insightful lectures, and private performances. Every journey is led by a local Program Manager or Discovery Leader, whose insider's knowledge is invaluable, from how long it took to build the Main-Danube Canal to how long it will take to stroll from the hotel to a popular restaurant.
Vantage Deluxe World Travel has escorted more than 450,000 mature travelers around the world. By negotiating directly with hotels, ship owners, and other travel partners and then selling our tours directly to the traveler, we can save our customers 20%–30% in travel agent commissions. Our proven financial track record is demonstrated by our longevity, our consistently growing profitability, and our strong financial position, banked up by solid banking relationships. We're highly respected for what we do – and growing every year.