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Our History

We've made great strides in the 20 years we've been doing this. We'd like you to join us and help with the next 20 years.

1991
Craig Burkinshaw starts leading tours

Company founder, Craig Burkinshaw, leaves university and guides his own small group tours around Vietnam.

Tour Guide Craig
Tour Guide Craig
1996
Craig & John found Asian Journeys

Craig joins forces with fellow London School of Economics (LSE) graduate John Brewer (still an Audley Travel Director along with Craig), to found Asian Journeys, a company specialising in tailor-made and group travel to Southeast Asia. The company’s first brochure is produced and it takes on its first employee.

1998
Addition of North & Central Asia

The company expands into North and Central Asia and an accompanying brochure is launched.

1999
Addition of the India Subcontinent

The Indian Subcontinent programme is launched along with an accompanying brochure.

India Brochure
India Brochure
2000
Moving to a proper office

Quickly outgrowing its small premises in Northampton, which was a room above a post office, the company moves to a converted barn in the rural Oxfordshire village of Stratton Audley. An online presence is established with the launch of its first website.

Stratton Audley Office
Stratton Audley Office
2001
Expansion demands a new company name

The name Asian Journeys becomes obsolete with the creation of the company’s South America programme. It is now that the company becomes Audley Travel (the name relating to the place where its offices are at this time). A South America brochure is also launched in this year.

2002
New website

The original website design is superseded by something more up to date.

2003
Expanding across the globe

Going from strength-to-strength, the following new brochures are created: Africa Safari; North Africa and Arabia; New Zealand; and Galapagos Islands. The company also receives its first ever award, which is from Wanderlust magazine.

Craig accepting the 2003 Wanderlust award
Craig accepting the 2003 Wanderlust award
2005
Winning some major awards

A new Australia brochure is launched and the company wins the following awards: Wanderlust magazine ‘Best Tour Operator’; Sunday Times ‘Best Small Companies to Work for’; AITO award for outstanding service.

2006
Audley move to Witney, Oxfordshire

Audley moved to the New Mill in Witney, Oxfordshire, a handsome converted blanket mill on the banks of the River Windrush. The company wins the following awards: Guardian/Observer ‘Best Small Tour Operator 2006′; Sunday Times’ Best Small Companies to Work for’.

Witney
Witney
2007
More destinations, more awards

The following new brochures are launched: Canada, Alaska and the Arctic; Antarctica; and Madagascar. The company wins the following awards: Guardian/Observer ‘Best Small Tour Operator 2007’; Sunday Times ‘Best Small Companies to Work for’; Telegraph Green Travel Awards ‘Best Luxury Tour Operator’; Wanderlust magazine ‘Finalist for Best Tour Operator’; AITO 3-stars award for Responsible Travel.

Wanderlust Bronze Award
Wanderlust Bronze Award
2009
More awards

A new updated website is launched. The company wins the following awards: Guardian/Observer ‘Best Small Tour Operator 2008’; Wanderlust magazine bronze award for website; Wanderlust magazine ‘Best Tour Operator of 2008’; AITO 5-stars award for Responsible Travel; Tourism New Zealand ‘Special Recognition award’; ‘Friends of Thailand’ award.

Aito Assured
Aito Assured
2010
More awards

The company wins the following awards: Wanderlust Travel Awards bronze award in ‘Best Website’ category; Travolution Awards ‘Best Tour Operator website 2010’; Condé Nast Traveller magazine ‘Favourite Specialist Tour Operator 2010’.

2011
More awards

More achievements: Wanderlust Travel Awards: silver award in ‘Top Tour Operator’ and gold in ‘Top Website’ category. In June we also launch an updated version of our website. This is one of the most comprehensive redesigns we have done to date.

Refreshed Website
Refreshed Website
2012
More awards

Another successful year: Wanderlust Travel Awards: gold award in ‘Top Tour Operator’ and silver in ‘Top Website’ category. Guardian Travel Awards: third for ‘Best Small Tour Operator’. Travolution Awards: First for ‘Best Tour Operator Website’.

Wanderlust Gold Award
Wanderlust Gold Award
2013
New 'Hidden Beaches' destinations added

In September we launch a brand new website called Hidden Beaches, a hand-picked collection of beaches from around the world twinned with an excursion in another place. Travolution Awards: First for ‘Best Tour Operator Website’; Telegraph Travel Awards: First for ‘Best Tour Operator’.

New Hidden Beaches Brochure
New Hidden Beaches Brochure
2014
Audley opens a US office

In March we open our first US office in Boston, Massachusetts and in May our new London office in Shepherd’s Bush is opened for business. Joint top in the June 2014 Which? Holiday Companies survey.

Boston
Boston
2015
New destinations & awards

Continuing to expand into new destinations, we added Turkey and the Caribbean. A new website was launched with a more modern design and easier navigation. We also won more awards including ‘Best Small Luxury Tour Operator’ in the Daily Telegraph Ultratravel Awards, ‘Which? Recommended Provider’ and our standing within the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for continues.

Telegraph Travel Award
Telegraph Travel Award
2016
Audley celebrates 20 years

Audley celebrates 20 years since the company began back in 1996. We continue to win more awards including The Times 'Best Luxury Tour Operator', ‘Which? Recommended Provider’, ‘Top Tour Operator’ in the Wanderlust Travel Awards, and yet again feature in the 'Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for'. We also introduce our Europe product, offering Italy to our US clients in September.

Celebrating 20 Years
Celebrating 20 Years
2017
Europe expansion and more awards

We expand our Europe product further, offering the UK and France to our US clients. We also receive 'Which? Recommended Holiday Company' for the fifth year running.

Which Recommended Holiday Company
Which Recommended Holiday Company
2018
More awards

We feature in the 'Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for' list again. We also win 'Business of the Year' and 'Best Large Business' in the West Oxfordshire Business Awards.

Woba 2018 Winner Business Of The Year
Woba 2018 Winner Business Of The Year

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