Discover the best of Switzerland on three of the country's most celebrated rail journeys.
Discover the highlights South Africa on this solo travellers group tour.
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Cox & Kings arranges group tours made for those who enjoy the company of like-minded travellers. Enjoy savings that group travel affords, while exploring with a small group of people who share your passion for seeing new sights.
Our general interest group tours uncover the best the world has to offer, whether that means a destination’s fabulous heritage, charming cultural traditions, mesmerising landscapes or enthralling wildlife.
Tour manager: Cox & Kings tour managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your tour manager will meet your group on arrival and will escort you throughout your journey (unless otherwise specified).
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.
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.
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; Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates if required and details of these are shown on the tour pages. Flight schedules may mean that some early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable.
Comfortable land travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses buses of a size appropriate to the size of the group, with air conditioning where this facility is available. On rail journeys, groups are booked in the best available class on the train.
Small group sizes: To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, we like to keep our groups small and manageable. Therefore, numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 10 people.
Cruises & trains: Cruises and rail journeys are described as non-exclusive escorted group tours. The transfers and excursions relevant to that itinerary are operated on a group basis with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Extensions: Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay beyond the escorted group tour dates. We have suggested extension options for most tours online, but 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 the same basis as private travel unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extension, in which case the relevant services may be shared.
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.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
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.
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.
As the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two, most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single-occupancy room than for a shared twin room. In addition, many single-occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms.
Our Single Travellers group tours, however, do not include any single supplements.
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 small supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings can offer favourable prices for upgrading to Premium Economy, Business and First Class.
Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and unusual wildlife. There is much to experience on this journey for solo travellers: Explore Gondar (Ethiopia's first capital city); visit the vast Rift Valley; discover th...
Sample the cultural and scenic highlights of three of the most distinct countries in South America on this superb introductory tour. Explore sophisticated Buenos Aires, its underground secrets and the Argentinian grassland countryside; get a taste of Chile i...
Take an exciting journey across all three states of the southern Caucasus. Beginning in the oil-rich Muslim nation of Azerbaijan on the shores of the Caspian Sea, you will travel through Georgia, famous for its ancient monasteries and viticulture, and finish...
Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’, Albania
and North Macedonia are home to a wealth of
natural and historic sites, from Lake Ohrid
and the well-preserved Ottoman town of
Gjirokastër to the important but lesser-known
Roman ruins at Butrint and...
This small group tour explores central India's
national parks in search of tigers. Kanha is
known for its wild dogs, leopards and
sloth bears, Satpura offers walking safaris
and nights under canvas, while Pench
inspired Rudyard Kipling’s celebrated...
From frescoed domes to cubist concrete horseman, Bulgaria is a nation where ancient and modern collides in a truly dramatic way. This unique and varied tour takes in Roman ruins in Plovdiv, beautiful medieval monasteries and three of the largest communist...
In the centenary year of the great
Arab revolt, travel with expert lecturer
and archaeologist Dr Faulkner who,
as co-director of a pioneering series
of excavations into TE Lawrence, has
exclusive behind-the-scenes access
to sites not open to the wider...
Offering an outstanding introduction to Argentina and Brazil, this journey combines the elegance of Buenos Aires with exotic and flamboyant Rio de Janeiro. The tour also visits the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Iguazú, which thunder amid tropical jungle along...
Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture and
native wildlife on this introductory nonexclusive
group tour to Australia. Watch the
sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock), take
a catamaran cruise out to the Great Barrier
Reef and explore the...
The remote Kingdom of Bhutan, with its fascinating cultural heritage and beautiful mountain scenery, was off limits to tourists until 1974. Today, the country continues to preserve its age-old traditions, as revealed in this tour, which travels through...
Discover the Malaysian state of Borneo, home
Discover the Malaysian state of Borneo, home
to pristine rainforests and exotic flora and
fauna. From the busy coastal town of Kota
Kinabalu, explore the rainforests of the
Kinabalu National Park, head south...
Enjoy a taste of China on this outstanding
tour of the country’s principal sights.
In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City,
Tiananmen Square and an excursion to
the Great Wall. See the famous Terracotta
Warriors in Xian and the ancient city of
This comprehensive tour of China visits the
treasures of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors
at Xian, picturesque scenery between Guilin
and Yangshuo and the pandas at Chengdu.
Cruise the Yangtze river and visit the Three
Gorges Dam, before ending the tour...
Experience a taste of India on this outstanding introductory tour of the country's most remarkable sights. Exploring the Golden Triangle, this journey combines travelling from the country's capital city Delhi to the wondrous sites of the Mughal capital of...
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful best, home to magnificent, ornate palaces and majestic forts. Following a tour of the sights of imperial Delhi, travel through the heart of the historic state of Rajasthan, discovering its culture and...
Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal
base from which to explore the country’s
rich and diverse cultural and historical
heritage. Moscow is now the epicentre
of modern Russia, while St Petersburg is
renowned for its magnificent palaces,...
The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It is home to superb Norman architecture, vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired gardens, and probably the finest Greek temples to be found anywhere in the world....
Considered the birthplace of western civilisation, Greece’s influence still resonates today in the fields of architecture, science, engineering and philosophy. Incorporating the classical sites of Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, this tour also...
Turkey has played a major role in the history of the Mediterranean world. Due to its strategic location straddling two continents, it has been a crucial crossroads and staging post on the trade routes between east and west. This tour combines the country's...
Explore Canada’s eastern provinces in style.
Visit charming cities including Toronto,
Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal, marvel
at the natural wonder of Niagara Falls and
cruise through the scenic beauty of the 1,000
Tour the highlights of Australia’s east coast.
Begin in cosmopolitan Sydney and travel to
the tranquil town of Port Macquarie before
reaching the glamour of Gold Coast. Enjoy the
pristine landscapes of both Fraser Island and
Hamilton Island, then finish...
Western Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat offer a wealth of architectural wonders, from the magnificence of the Modhera sun temple and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur, to the imposing forts of Jodhpur and the desert fortress city of Jaisalmer. Explore...
Discover the highlights of British Columbia
and Alberta, including a journey through the
Canadian Rockies with two days on board
the Rocky Mountaineer train. Along the way
explore the picturesque cities of Victoria and
Vancouver, visit idyllic alpine...
The only African country that has never been
colonised, Ethiopia is also unusual for its
Orthodox Christian heritage. This journey
travels through this enthralling and beautiful
country to discover the layers of history that
have shaped the...
Explore the iconic sights of India’s famed Golden Triangle, from the magnificent forts of Amber and Agra to the marble magnificence of the Taj Mahal, and experience one of India’s most beautiful national parks - Ranthambore. Find your spiritual side and...
This tour explores four of the countries
of former Yugoslavia - Serbia, Bosnia &
Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia -
each with contrasting scenery and distinctive
cultures. Visit the highlights of the region
including Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Mostar,...
Uncover the rich culture and heritage of
central India on a comprehensive tour filled
with regal splendour, exquisite forts and
palaces, boulder-strewn ruins, rolling hills
and national parks teeming with...
Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture
and history, and view native wildlife on
this introductory non-exclusive group
tour to Australia. Watch the sun set and
rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and take
a catamaran cruise out to the Great
Discover the legacy of the Aztec, Mayan and Spanish empires on this outstanding tour of Mexico’s finest sites. Explore magnificent pyramids and temples, colourful colonial cities with their indigenous influences, and the natural beauty of valleys, canyons,...
Experience a taste of India on this
outstanding introductory tour of the
country’s most celebrated sights.
Exploring the Golden Triangle, this
journey combines imperial Delhi with
the legendary Taj Mahal at Agra and a
3-night stay in the princely city...
The fantastically rich and varied history of Iran has left behind an unparalleled cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenian capital of Pasargadae an...
Discover the cultural heritage of Japan
on this exciting journey through the
country’s main island of Honshu. Visit
the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the
castle of Kanazawa before exploring
the imperial city of Kyoto with its many
temples and shrines....
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may be small, but they are confident, outward-looking nations, each with their own identity and distinct culture. The countries' rich and colourful histories can be best appreciated in their capital cities, which all possess...
Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Continue through the foothills of the Himalaya to Shimla. Along the way, appreciate the cultural diversity of the region through its temples, monasteries and...
These non-exclusive escorted group tours
with MoaTrek venture off the beaten track.
Travel in spacious, comfortable coaches
with up to 18 people, accompanied by
knowledgeable local guides who share
insights into their country and its culture,
This introductory tour to Kenya’s most
beautiful and varied wildlife areas begins on
the slopes of Mount Kenya National Park,
one of the world’s highest national parks.
Continue to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with
its ‘Big Five’ wildlife; Lake Elmenteita,...
This non-exclusive escorted group tour
with Moatrek ventures off the beaten track
to offer a truly unique experience of New
Zealand. Travel in spacious, comfortable
coaches for 10-18 people accompanied by
knowledgeable and friendly Kiwi guides
Explore the best of Nepal, interacting with
local people as you marvel at medieval
Kathmandu and stay in the heart of the
Himalaya in the lakeside setting of Pokhara.
Enjoy gentle walks against the backdrop of
the spectacular Annapurna range....
Discover one of the least visited regions of Europe on this exciting new group tour. Moldova may be small, but it's a proud nation, keen to show off their world-class viticulture while Chisinau, is a quirky little capital like no other on the continent....
Explore the imperial cities of Fez, Rabat, Meknes and Marrakech, all former or current capitals of Morocco and known for their architecture and vibrant souks. Along the way, travel through diverse landscapes, from the Atlantic coast through fertile plains to...
This solo travellers’ tour to Morocco is ideal for the first-time visitor. Search out hidden treasures in Marrakech, exploring the souks and experiencing the riot of activity in Djemaa el Fna square. The High Atlas mountains beckon with spectacular views and...
Namibia is one of the world’s last great
wilderness countries. This tour visits the
magnificent sand dunes of the Namib
desert and the German colonial town of
Swakopmund before travelling inland to the
national parks to spot rare and exotic...
Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the small country of Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth. This journey explores some of the major national parks and the astonishing variety of wildlife and contrasting...
This non-exclusive group tour offers a
comprehensive tour of New Zealand,
taking in highlights across the length
and breadth of the country, from thermal
pools and Maori culture in North Island
to dramatic fiord cruises and rainforest
walks in South...
Discover the cultural and scenic highlights of Oman on this 9-day journey for solo travellers. Experience varied terrains as you travel through Oman’s mountainous interior, stay overnight in the desert and view the rugged coastline by both land and...
Visit the key cultural and scenic sights of
Oman including magnificent forts and
palaces, the rolling dunes of Sharqiya Sands,
Oman’s highest mountains and picturesque
coastal fishing villages. Discover the warmth
of the Omani people and travel between...
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...
This tour takes in the beautiful sights and tranquil landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala including the immense Maharajah’s Palace in Mysore, the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park, the lush beauty of Wayanad, a rail ride through the Nilgiri mountains and a...
The princely state of Rajasthan is India at
its colourful best. Following a tour of the
imperial sights of Mumbai (Bombay), travel
through the heart of Rajasthan exploring
magnificent forts and ornate palaces,
finishing at the astounding Taj...
Discover the best of western Canada on this
12-day escorted tour, including travelling
through the Canadian Rockies with an option
to upgrade to two days on board the Rocky
Mountaineer train. Visiting national parks,
picturesque towns, glaciers,...
Patagonia is one of the world’s great wilderness areas and its culture is intertwined with that of the European pioneers and gauchos. This fascinating journey through four national parks in Argentina and Chile reveals the distinct cultures and landscapes of...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of Puglia offers some of the country's most remote coastline and countryside, dotted with ancient sites and whitewashed towns. The neighbouring Basilicata region is a rustic area with both historic centres and fine...
Onion-domed churches, medieval monasteries, traditional crafts and beautifully unspoilt countryside characterise the string of ancient settlements to the north-east of Moscow, known as the Golden Ring. Starting in Moscow, take a detour via these quaint towns...
South Africa provides a wealth of spectacular
sights and experiences. Start with the charm of
the Western Cape, the world-renowned South
African Winelands and explore the scenically
beautiful Overberg region. Fly to Kruger for
a safari in the heart of...
This tour is the perfect introduction to South
Africa, encompassing many of its highlights.
Track the Big Five in Kruger National Park,
drive along the famed Garden Route to
Cape Town and explore the cultural heritage
of Zululand. The tour also explores...
Exceptionally beautiful and tranquil,
the south Indian state of Kerala is
characterised by meandering rivers, rice
fields, spice plantations, verdant hills and
palm-fringed beaches. This gently paced tour takes in the
most captivating areas, including...
Discover the varied sights, sounds and
flavours of Vietnam, touring the fascinating
cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon),
the Vietnam war-era Cu Chi tunnels and the
historic pearls of Hue and Hoi An. A day cruise through the Mekong delta and an...
Andalucía is one of Spain’s most scenic regions, strewn with superb HispanoMoorish architecture. As well as including two of Spain’s greatest sites - the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Córdoba - this tour explores some of Andalucía’s prettiest...
Take in the natural and cultural wonders of Central America, from tropical landscapes and volcanoes to colonial heritage and superb Mayan cities. Get an insight into the history of the civil war and colourful indigenous cultures, and learn about the amazing...
Chile is an extraordinarily beautiful country, encompassing just about every type of landscape on Earth, from the arid desert of the north, through verdant lakes and pastures to the soaring peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. This expansive tour explores Chile’...
This tour picks out the best of Jordan’s
magnificent cultural heritage and stunning
landscapes. Visit the classical city of Jerash,
the biblical site of Mount Nebo and Petra, the
rock-hewn city. The shifting sands of Wadi
Rum and the curative waters of...
Explore the celebrated highlights of Brazil, Chile and Argentina, combining spectacular natural wonders with some of South America’s most exciting cities. Start in the foothills of the Andes, discover the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia and finish on a...
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while
the west and south succumb to monsoon
rains, the period from May to September
is the right time to travel to the rest of the
country. This tour includes tea plantation
tours, sacred Buddhist sights,...
The island nation of Sri Lanka has a wealth of cultural, archaeological and natural treasures. This comprehensive tour visits both the popular and some of the lesser-known sites in northern, central and southern Sri...
Built over 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his 'window on the west', St Petersburg is a city unlike any other. In between the peaceful riverside walkways and canals the city is packed with the grandiose relics of tsarist days: visit grand parks, imperial...
Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan
Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’,
due to the breathtaking scenery, which
still impresses modern visitors today.
The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to
possibly the best collection of Chinese
Discover the highlights of Australia’s south,
beginning in Sydney and continuing west
along the coast to Melbourne and Adelaide.
Travel along one of the world’s most scenic
drives, visit Australia’s third largest island,
explore charming coastal towns...
Burma (Myanmar) has a rich cultural
heritage and a long, eventful history.
This journey visits the highlights of this
diverse country, beginning in Mandalay
then on to the thousands of pagodas in
ancient Pagan (Bagan). Visit beautiful
Inle lake, famous...
Explore the diverse cultural influences that have created the fascinating heritage of India. This tour encompasses holy cities, the resplendent Taj Mahal, Jodhpur’s bluewashed houses, and the beautiful lakes and palaces of Udaipur. Go in search of the elusiv...
Cross the Ganges plain from Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta), taking in the majesty of the Taj Mahal and Amber fort, remarkable wildlife in Ranthambore, the spiritual aura of Varanasi and colonial Lucknow and Kolkata. Extend your tour in the tea plantations of...
As a strategic gateway to the eastern Mediterranean, Crete has been ruled by a number of great powers, from the Minoans, one of Europe’s first civilisations, to the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires. This tour explores Crete’s scenic and cultural...
This tour combines the biblical sites of
Jerusalem and Bethlehem with the cultural
and scenic highlights of Jordan. Sample
authentic local cuisine and take time to relax
at a spa resort on the shores of the Dead...
With its wealth of folkloric heritage, picturesque villages and wonderful scenery, Romania is fascinating to explore. This tour discovers the country’s highlights, including Transylvania’s fortified Saxon churches, Bucovina’s exquisite painted monasteries,...
This fascinating tour takes in the historic
sites of the capital Khartoum before heading
into the desert in search of the remote
ruins of Meroë, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru, Naga
and Mussawarat. The quality of these
archaeological sites rivals Egypt’s,...
Travel from Andean peaks to tropical Caribbean coastlines, passing through the mountain capital of Bogotá, picturesque Villa de Leyva, fertile coffee country, vibrant Medellín and the colonial port of Cartagena, one of South America’s most beautiful towns....
Combine the ancient biblical cities of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Acre with cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, while discovering ancient ruins in coastal Caesarea, Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and Masada above the Dead...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers on
a tour of the highlights of Jordan including
the capital city of Amman, religious sites,
desert landscapes and the remarkable ruins
of Petra. Conclude with time at leisure on the
shores of the Red...
This introductory tour of Peru includes the country’s most celebrated sights. Starting in Lima, explore Peru’s ancient, colonial and scenic wonders including Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu, perhaps the most...
The delicate scent of spices, the sound of temple bells, exotic flora and fauna, and idyllic sandy beaches all characterise Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This journey travels through hill stations, tropical backwaters and temple-laden towns while staying in some of...
Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has played
host to waves of conquerors and nomads.
See the legacy they left behind in the
towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara,
and the Islamic architecture of Samarkand.
The remnants of more recent Soviet...
Visit the most magnificent cities of the
ancient Silk Road with Islamic expert
Diana Driscoll. These include Uzbekistan’s
second largest city, Samarkand, built
by the infamous 14th-century Emperor
Tamerlane; the medieval city of Bukhara,
The journey begins in the relatively
untouched country of Laos. Continue to
Vietnam, a rapidly developing and vibrant
country. Explore the Mekong delta before
a final journey through the captivating
kingdom of Cambodia, ending at majestic
Cuba is changing fast, so this is a great time to visit while its exotic and distinctive style remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations, the historical sites of the...
Travel through the heart of the Andes, visiting Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Discover dramatic highland scenery and traditional cultures including the stunning Atacama desert and the otherworldly Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia; Lake Titicaca, legendary birthplace o...
This journey combines the ancient Inca sites of Peru with a cruise through the natural splendours of the Galapagos islands, bringing you into close contact with the islands’ unique...
Cuba is changing fast, so now is a great time
to visit while its exotic and distinctive style
remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur
in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling
countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations,
the historical sites of the...