New Directions... Spring/Summer 2018

| May 22, 2018

The most exciting new trips and tours available through Cox & Kings are shared here by Nigel Hosking, the man charged with designing them.

Valletta at sunset, Malta



Exclusive Collection for Malta

We have added the recently refurbished Phoenicia in Valletta, Malta to our Exclusive Collection of luxury hotels. It’s the perfect base from which to explore the charming Unesco world heritage-listed city, which is European Capital of Culture for 2018, as well as the rest of the island, with its colourful history and lovely coastline. The hotel’s manicured gardens have been relandscaped, the exterior beautifully restored and the interior is chic Mediterranean with modern facilities.

Phoenicia Hotel, Malta is available as a short break, for four days and three nights, from £695.

The Phoenicia Hotel

The Phoenicia Hotel


Solo Travellers in Jordan

Our collection of small group tours for solo travellers continues to expand. Among the new tours for this year is a trip to Jordan, which takes in the remarkable site of Petra, a 4x4 desert excursion to Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and some downtime, relaxing in Aqaba.

Treasures of Jordan is available as a group tour, for eight days and seven nights, from £2,195.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan


Rotterdam’s architecture and design

Seeing the Cube Houses of Rotterdam will live long in my memory of this remarkable city, which has a proliferation of art galleries and extraordinary architecture. On our short lecturer-led tour you can meet a local designer, curator or architect to gain a better appreciation of the use of light, air and space in this intriguing city. Rotterdam also offers a fantastic array of different cuisines and fine, atmospheric restaurants.

Rotterdam: Modern Art & Architecture is available as an expert-led group tour, for five days and four nights, from £2,195.

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

Cube Houses, Rotterdam


Three countries, one trip

Our exciting new tour starts in Namibia, travelling from Windhoek to see Bushmen rock paintings in Spitzkoppe, then east for wildlife drives in Etosha National Park, home to the elephants which are reputed to be Africa’s largest, due to their healthy diet. The route continues along the Caprivi Strip, crossing the border into Botswana and Chobe National Park, before entering Zimbabwe for the magnificent Victoria Falls.

A Journey from Windhoek to Victoria Falls is available as a group tour, for 18 days and 15 nights, from £6,075.

Rhinoceros, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Rhinoceros, Etosha National Park


Luxury camping

A paean to understated luxury, the new Kishkinda Camp, from The Ultimate Travelling Camp, lies on the outskirts of the ancient town of Hampi in Karnataka. With just 10 luxury, colonial safari-themed tents, it is intimate and exclusive, and guests are very well looked after.

Kishkinda Camp is available as part of a private journey, for four days and three nights, from £1,195.

Kishkinda Camp, Hampi Luxury Tent Suite

Kishkinda Camp, Hampi Luxury Tent Suite


Wildlife adventure

Australia is one of the most important countries on Earth for biodiversity, with many endemic species. You can spot kangaroos, wallabies and koalas, spiny anteaters and whales. This tour, from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, Cairns, Port Douglas, Noosa, Lady Elliot Island, and Brisbane, includes stays in a luxury rainforest tree house, a private island ecoretreat and a resort in a nature reserve.

Australian Wildlife Adventure is available as a private tour, for 16 days and 15 nights, from £5,745.

Kangaroos on a beach

Kangaroos on a beach


Canal cruise in Sweden

Sweden’s 120-mile Gota Canal meanders through meadows and forests, and between tranquil lakes on its route from Stockholm to Gothenburg. It is home to a fleet of vintage steamships that includes M/S Juno, built in 1874, which is the oldest passenger ship in the world, with overnight accommodation. Sailing on this grand old lady is like stepping back in time to a very different era.

Gota Canal Cruise aboard M/S Juno is available as a private tour, for eight days and seven nights, from £2,895.

Gota Canal, Sweden

Gota Canal, Sweden


Japan by train and car

Japan’s remarkable landscapes, distinct centuries-old, traditional culture and futuristic cities make it such a fascinating and appealing destination. Our luxurious private journey is a stylish way to discover this extraordinary land, and uses the finest hotels, travel by private car and first class bullet train carriages. Travellers visit Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka, with flexible sightseeing, and a stay in a traditional ryokan.

Japan in Style is available as a private tour, for 10 days and eight nights, from £7,795.

Bullet train and Mount Fuji

Bullet train and Mount Fuji


Costa Rica and Panama

Travelling on the expedition cruise ship Safari Voyager, which carries only 62 passengers, is an enchanting way to discover the natural beauty of Costa Rica and Panama from the sea. The cruise calls at various national parks, where guests can witness the region’s incredible biodiversity of plant, bird and animal life, then transit from ocean to ocean along the Panama Canal – one of the most renowned engineering marvels in the world.

Unveiled Wonders of Costa Rica and Panama is available as a private journey, for 10 days and eight nights, from £4,695.

Keel billed toucan, Costa Rica

Keel billed toucan, Costa Rica


Rockies exploration

Two days on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train is one of the highlights of our journey of discovery through British Colombia, the Rockies and Alberta. This tour explores picturesque cites, such as Victoria and Vancouver, passes through dramatic mountain scenery and goes in search of local wildlife, including bears.

Enchanting Rockies is available as a group tour, for 12 days and 11 nights, from £3,545.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

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