Awards & Reviews

See our industry recognition & customer reviews about our travel agency for large group holidays

An award winning, accredited,
group travel agent in Sydney


Optus My Business awards – 2018  Travel and Tourism Business of the Year 

Optus My Business awards – 2017 Finalist Travel and Tourism Business of the Year 

Optus My Business awards – 2017 Finalist Business leader of the Year 

Beyond Travel ACTE Member
CATO Tour Operator

Amazing group travel agent reviews

For nearly 30 years we have helped thousands of people create incredible group holiday travel experiences with memories that have lasted a lifetime. Here are a few of the reviews we have received from some of our customers and what they have said about their group tour experiences created by the Groups by Beyond travel agency in Sydney. 

Rosemary Mula
Large group of 36 people travelling in Croatia for a birthday party

Family and friends charted a boat MS Ave Maria to cruise the Croatian coastline in Europe to celebrate an 82nd birthday party with 36 people


…this cruise so far has been absolutely extraordinary. Everyone is blown away by the quality of the food ,the staff and of course everything that they are seeing and experiencing…

…all the small details are on this ship that were missing last year , for example  fresh flowers, boxes of tissues in the cabins. At breakfast time  The staff take orders for eggs. etc Breakfast buffet regularly replenished 

The level of service is amazing.

The staff wear white gloves to serve lunch which is extraordinary. The first two days the weather was very chilly and therefore was not inviting for swimming. However today the sun has arrived and everyone is suddenly in a huge party mode.

Many congratulations Tony and Richard for securing this ship for us and for all the work you put in to make our individual and special requests happen.

To see all our guests so excited and happy and exploring the Croatian coast is such a joy for us and everything that we hoped it would be.

Many thanks to you and to all at Katerina  line for making this holiday so special and this birthday will definitely be memorable.

See their itinerary here

Group organiser

30 passengers travelling for 25 days to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland 

Thank you for a memorable Scandinavian experience.

I did not have good experiences nor think highly of organised tour holidays.

You showed me how wrong I was with this well thought out trip with its many diverse attractions and experiences. I was initially sceptical about the museum visits, reindeer farm and husky venue. Again you showed that I was wrong because they were so educational and enlightening.

I never felt rush and this truly felt like a holiday.

All these would not have been possible without all the hard work you put in. It has to be a labour of love for you to undertake this.

Thank you for the wonderful memories of the past 3 weeks.

Miriam Bookey
A group of friends travelling together

A group of 20 passengers on a 7 day boat charter in Croatia

“It’s all going fantastic

The crew are amazing and Ella the cruise manager is going above and beyond to help us out.

Everyone is a fabulous time”

“Absolutely wonderful cruise with an amazing crew. The crew were attentive and friendly, nothing was a problem. Also the meals were out of this world. I would love to do it all again.”

“Brilliant boat and staff were fantastic. It exceeded all my expectations. The food was beautiful and Croatia islands interesting and enjoyable.

Our host Ella was very informed and helpful and we loved her company and good humour. All in all a top class boat charter experience with a very well prepared crew.

So sad its all over.”

“Fabulous charter boat cruise, boat was outstanding the crew were so welcoming and service fantastic. The food was top class and we had a very memorable week.


“Incredible experience overall on a boat charter. The scenery, the crew, the food on board were all top class!


“This charter boat cruise was superb. The staff and manager Ela were truly amazing. I cannot sing their praises enough. 4 course lunch was fab – ate way too much. The islands and swim stops were perfect


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Roger & Kate
8 families travelling in a group Australia

Family and friends boat charter for 36 people on MS Desire to cruise the Croatian coastline in Europe

We sailed from Split to Dubrovnik with 8 families with kids ranging from 15 – 26. 

Everyone had a ball!! 

Tony recommended which route to sail so we could explore beautiful Croatia during the day and party at night. The crew were excellent and accommodated every request with a smile.

….the MS Desire and crew were amazing. We all had a fantastic time….. Great time had by all. Cruise manager Bern was amazing.

Group organiser

A group of 41 passengers  

” Best week ever!!! Tony worked with us for almost 4 years (due to Covid lockdowns). Finally securing MS Desire for a boat charter, travelling from Split to Dubrovnik on 1st July 2023 with 8 families (41 people travelling in a group onboard). 

Tony spent time with us tweaking our itinerary so we saw the very best of what Croatia had to offer. 

Everything about this boat was exceptional, the spaces, the food, the service and the fabulous crew. 

Our amazing cruise manager Bernarda was very accommodating in making sure everyone onboard had a fun and memorable week.”

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Family and friends boat charter for 36 people on MS Desire to cruise the Croatian coastline in Europe

“…We are all onboard and absolutely loving it. The charter boat is amazing, Bernarda incredible! 

We all could not be happier, everyone having a ball even with such a large group. 

Thank you so much for all your hard work.”

A Tillery
New York USA

A group of 36 passengers from USA 

I am beyond satisfied with the Groups by Beyond travel agency, especially, Tony Gattari. Working with this company to organise my group was a fantastic process from beginning to end where I felt not only welcomed as a client, but truly respected as a business owner. Beyond Travel provided an unparalleled level of expertise…

… and customization as my company, EBST Made Me Travel, began the process of procuring a boat for our inaugural Croatia Yacht week excursion. 

Initially, the process of obtaining the right vehicle that offered a top-notch crew and amenities for my customers seemed a daunting task, however, Tony made this experience smooth, enjoyable and pressure-free. 

Although Mr. Gattari is located in Australia and I am in the United States, he tailored his schedule to make sure that our meetings via Zoom and phone occurred at times that were conducive for a busy entrepreneur like myself. 

Prior to connecting with Groups by Beyond, I had connected with other travel agents that offered similar services, but none that yielded the comfort and flexibility Tony and his team provided. 

As our trip approached, Tony offered additional assistance with many details by providing me with the service of his team member Dagmar. 

This process was absolutely seamless, and Dagmar also delivered a top-notch experience for myself and my clients. Upon our arrival in Croatia, I was blown away by the level of elegance and luxury of the Symphony Yacht that my large group enjoyed

The features of the ship were far beyond what I imagined and previously viewed in the artist’s renderings of the boat. The crew of the ship was absolutely outstanding. They were fun, flexible, and beyond welcoming to my guests and me. During our stay, Tony coordinated transfers to and from the vessel and made adjustments to the itinerary based on the group’s specific needs. 

Overall, I can’t recommend Tony Gattari and the entire staff of Groups by Beyond enough. My company has already begun the process of working with them for future group travel holidays. 

I highly recommend their services as a travel agent!


L. Acra
Dominican Republic

Family group of 27 passengers celebrating an 80th Birthday in the Dominican Republic

We had the best family vacation ever. Beyond Travel Groups is absolutely amazing at creating memories & a holiday for a large group of 30 people. They organised the celebration of my parent’s 50th anniversary.

… we were a group of 27 people ages 9-80, so you might imagine the challenge of organizing such a trip. 

The Small Cruiser, MS Adriatic Queen, they suggested for our Croatia vacation for our large group was superb. 

The captain and the crew were perfect, making every moment special. The Ship was in perfect condition and the logistics and tours at port were flawless. 

We had the best family group vacation ever and I would highly recommend Tony and his team for their outstanding work in making this vacation so special for all of us. 

Every single detail was taken care of by their travel agency even though we had thirty people in our group.

Irina Vilensky
New York USA

Family and friend group of 30 passengers from the USA

Tony organized a private Croatia charter boat cruise for us in the summer of 2021. 

He provided both exceptional value and service. 

The price Tony gave us was way below market. Tony went above and beyond any expectations accommodating our large group travel evert request: fishing rods on the boat, extra tours, transfers, dietary needs, COVID testing, you name it. 

I would recommend Groups by Beyondto each and all if you want a holiday with ten or more people.

Anna Bove
Above Yoga Group

A yoga group of 40 passengers from the USA

You can tell he really cares about people and his clients and wants to make sure everyone has a phenomenal travel experience!

… I had the pleasure of meeting Tony on a “family / familiarity” trip that he and Beyond Travel invited me on in 2019 and I later used them to charter a yacht in Croatia. 

They were very willing to work with me to change things and postpone the trip for COVID which was appreciated during such a stressful time. 

Tony kept in touch throughout the 2 years and met with me on Zoom several times ahead of the trip (and also assigned others to help me with logistics like Dagmar – who is fabulous and so organized). 

You can tell he really cares about people and his clients and wants to make sure everyone has a phenomenal experience! 

Our group loved their yoga trip and even though we had forty people travelling everything was very smooth.

K Anderson
California, USA

A private friends charter for 36 passengers from USA 

Our entire experience with Beyond Travel vastly exceeded our expectations! Our group of 38 chartered a private super yacht in Croatia.

Our experience was truly a trip of a lifetime!

… During the planning phase, Tony and Rosemary were extremely helpful travel agents every step of the way. They were such a pleasure to work with, even with our large group of thirty eight people who were travelling.

They are truly experts at what they do! 

Tony and Rosemary had wonderful recommendations and ideas for our itinerary as well as always accommodated all our requests. Every aspect of our private charter was amazing! The ships’ interior and exterior were remarkable. 

The cabins were all very spacious and the beds were extremely comfortable. The entire yacht was always clean and very well maintained. 

We loved the hot tub, sundeck, restaurant, bar, and lounge areas. Also, the captain, crew, and cruise manager that Beyond Travel set us up with were all phenomenal! E

Everyone was very friendly and attentive to our large group while on board travelling. We cannot thank Groups by Beyond enough for all their hard work and fantastic service as our travel agent.

Our experience was truly a trip of a lifetime! We highly recommend Groups by Beyond to everyone who is thinking of going on a holiday as a group and plan to work with Tony, Rosemary again in the future.

United Kingdom

A private wedding charter with 36 passengers

We privately chartered a boat for a wedding that had thirty six passengers and Tony arranged this for us. 

He was amazing throughout nothing was too much trouble for him and I must say myself and our guests had the best time on the most beautiful boat with our large group!

Ilona Vaysman Group
New York

A 60th birthday boat cruise with friends

Thank you very much Tony for your hard work and taking care of all of my requests. It was a very special week celebrating Stanley’s 60th birthday with a group of twenty of us travelling as well as our friend’s Michael’s 60th birthday and our beautiful granddaughter’s 1st birthday. 

The holiday trip with our large group was amazing. The crew and cruise director were great. We all loved every moment of it!!

Ben Tolman
Utah USA

A private boat charter for 72 people to Croatia

“My experience with Groups by Beyond and Tony was fantastic.  Our group of 72 people chartered 2 private super yachts in Croatia for a holiday. 

During the planning phase, Tony was extremely helpful every step of the way. 

The ships’ interiors and exterior were remarkable.  The cabins were all very spacious and the beds were extremely comfortable. 

The entire yacht was always clean and very well maintained.  Our cruise directors and crew were fantastic to work with. We loved the hot tub, sundeck, restaurant, bar, and lounge areas. Everyone was very friendly and attentive to our group while on board.  

I would for sure work with Tony again!”

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