This Cox & Kings collection of small-group tours has been specially created for solo travellers who enjoy exploring fascinating parts of the world in the company of like-minded people.
All accommodation on these solo holidays is based on single occupancy of twin / double rooms. There are no single supplements and we have sought out good quality hotels that offer the most reasonable prices for individual travellers.
Our aim in creating these solo holidays is to offer the opportunity to discover extraordinary places in style, at sensible prices, in good company and with complete peace of mind.
Airport representatives: For all group departures where six or more people are travelling on the same flight from London Heathrow or Gatwick, a Cox & Kings representative is available to assist with check in and any seat requests you may have during the main check-in period.
Local tour managers: Cox & Kings tour managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your tour manager will meet your group on arrival in the destination and will escort you throughout the journey. In some destinations such as China, Peru and Russia, different tour managers accompany different legs of the trip.
Expert local guides: On most tours, in addition to the services of the tour manager, Cox & Kings escorted group tours also benefit from the knowledge of local guides who accompany each excursion. In some cases, where appropriate, the tour manager will also act as the local guide. Where possible, your entrance fees are included in the holiday price.
Scheduled flights: Cox & Kings uses only the services of scheduled airlines for all international and most internal flights. All prices are based on Economy Class flights; however, Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates if required and details of these are shown on the tour itineraries. Flight schedules mean that some early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable.
Regional air connections & flight upgrades: Most Cox & Kings holidays are based on flights from London Heathrow or Gatwick and, in most cases, it is possible to connect with those flights from regional British airports for a supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings can offer favourable prices for upgrading to Premium Economy, Business and First Class. This supplement information is included on the tour page.
Comfortable land travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses buses of a size appropriate to the number of people in the group, with air conditioning where available. For rail journeys in developing countries, our groups are booked in the best available class on the train – in Europe we book standard class.
Small group sizes: Many tour operators run groups of 40 or more passengers. At Cox & Kings we keep our groups much smaller – typically between 8-15 passengers and a maximum of 25. Our smaller groups offer many advantages: everyone can hear the guides easily; we don’t have to use large hotels, restaurants and vehicles; there is less time spent waiting for everyone to gather on excursions and, not least, small groups are less intrusive to other people.
Meals: Cox & Kings seeks to strike a good balance between organising meals for the group and giving people the freedom to choose where and with whom to eat. Our Single Travellers tours generally include breakfast daily, a welcome dinner at the beginning, and a farewell dinner at the end of the trip as standard, plus some other meals. These organised meals offer the chance to get to know other members of the group, while, on occasions when meals are not included, there should be opportunities to join up with other members of the group if you choose.
Single supplements: There are no single supplements payable on Cox & Kings Single Travellers tours.
Extensions: Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay after the main tour. We have suggested extension options for most tours in this brochure. However, our specialist consultants would also be delighted to design a tailor-made extension for you, either pre- or post-tour, to fit in with your interests. Group tour extensions are operated on a private basis, unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extension, in which case the relevant services may be shared.
The standard and style of accommodation varies from place to place and tour to tour. Below we have listed the three categories of Cox & Kings tours found in the Solo Travellers programme – the category for each tour is displayed just above the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Standard: These itineraries typically feature 3- & 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.
For those who prefer to travel at their own pace or who wish to explore places not included in the group itineraries, Cox & Kings has many years of experience organising tailor-made private holidays. Our expert tour consultants are all regional specialists who will be delighted to suggest ideas to complement your own, and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget.
If travelling on a solo private tour, on arrival in the destination and at each new destination on your journey, you will normally be met at the airport (unless you are in transit), station or quay by a Cox & Kings representative who will then accompany you to your hotel, help you check in and confirm the itinerary for your stay. For all road journeys, you will have your own car and driver. This allows you to travel in comfort and to stop off along the way if you see something of interest or if you would like a break. On excursions, you will be accompanied by your own private English-speaking local guides, allowing you to ask as many or as few questions as you like with the emphasis on your own particular interests.
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Travel to the main highlights of this
fascinating country on this tour, designed
specifically for the single traveller.
Discover the Roman ruins at Jerash, the
biblical site of Mount Nebo, and Petra,
the rock-hewn city lost to the world for
Join a group of like-minded solo
travellers on this journey to Burma
(Myanmar). Fully escorted by an expert
local guide, your group will explore the
highlights of this fascinating country,
discovering Buddhist monuments in
Pagan (Bagan), tranquil Inle...
Discover a different side to China on this
journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Fully
escorted and travelling with a group of
solo travellers, enjoy cycle rides along
ancient city walls, learn the secrets of
Chinese cooking and try your hand...
Explore the highlights of Cuba on an
overland tour of a fascinating country –
one that is on the cusp of great changes.
Stroll along the atmospheric streets of
historic colonial cities such as Havana
and Trinidad, and, as a contrast, explore
Starting from India’s historic capital,
Delhi, this journey for single travellers
continues to Agra to see the sun rise at
the Taj Mahal. Search for elusive Bengal tigers in
Ranthambore, and continue to the
majestic forts and grand palaces of
Experience the best of Japan on this
10-day tour, travelling with a group of
solo travellers and escorted throughout
by an expert local guide. Alongside
tours of Japan’s major sights and cities,
including the gardens and temples of
Small in size yet possessing a superb
biodiversity, Costa Rica and Panama
offer a wide variety of eco-systems
including volcanoes, rainforest and cloud
forest, lakes, lagoons and beaches. This
tour visits the incredible Panama Canal
as well as a...
Occupying an important position
between Europe and North Africa, Sicily
has interested many great rulers over
the centuries. Their legacies can be
found in the treasures that they left
behind. Delve into the heart and soul
of this captivating island an...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers
on this journey to South Africa. Fully
escorted by an expert local guide, your
group will explore the highlights of this
fascinating country, spotting Big Five
wildlife in the Eastern Cape, driving some
This outstanding introductory tour to
the island nation of Sri Lanka, formerly
Ceylon, combines the cultural triangle’s
ancient cities with scenic hill country,
man-made marvels and abundant
wildlife. Explore Kandy, the last Sinhalese
city to fall to...
Malta is the largest island of the Maltese
archipelago and offers over 7,000 years
of intriguing history. Isolated in the
middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the
islands have been of strategic interest
to a succession of rulers, resulting in
This introductory tour of Peru includes the
country’s most famous sights. Starting
in Lima, the tour explores Peru’s ancient,
colonial and scenic wonders including
Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas,
Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu
Escorted throughout by an expert local
guide, join a group of like-minded solo
travellers on a tour of the varied sights,
sounds and flavours of Vietnam, followed
by a visit to one of the cultural highlights
of south-east Asia – the Angkor Wat
This introductory tour of Chile and
Argentina takes in the most spectacular
sights of the two countries. Starting in
Santiago the tour visits the colourful
port of Valparaiso before heading south
to Patagonia to see mountain peaks,
From Red Square and the Kremlin in
Moscow to the imperial palaces of
St Petersburg, join a group of like-minded
solo travellers on a 7-day tour visiting
some of the best attractions that Russia
has to offer. Both cities are renowned for
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.