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Luxury private tours & independent travel

Private travel holidays include pre-designed, privately guided travel itineraries (often also available on a group basis) as well as tailor-made arrangements, in which a bespoke holiday itinerary is created as per your wishes. To find out more about the private tour experience, view our YouTube video

Our set itineraries may be treated as a suggestion with a price, which can be amended to suit your own interests and requirements. All journeys are available for any number of guests and most are available for any day of departure.

Cox & Kings has a wide range of suggested itineraries available – choose from family friendly holidays, self-drive itineraries, cruises, rail journeys, food itineraries, short breaks and resort-based holidays for pure relaxation.

We are also delighted to arrange honeymoons – indeed, anything that takes your fancy, as all can be amended as you desire.

These tours operate exactly as per escorted group tours, except that there is no airport representation in the UK and, rather than being accompanied throughout by a tour manager, travellers are locally escorted in each city / destination (except on self-drives).

The benefits of travelling on a private tour or individual holiday with Cox & Kings

Support on the ground: On arrival and at each new destination on your journey, you will normally be met at the airport, station or quay by a Cox & Kings representative, who will accompany you to your hotel, help you check in and confirm the itinerary for your stay. You will be given the contact numbers of all the relevant Cox & Kings representatives, ensuring the independence and privacy of your private tour go hand in hand with safety and support.

Flexible road journeys: For all road journeys, you will have your own car / minivan and driver. This allows you to travel in comfort and to stop off along the way if you see something of interest, want to take a photograph or would like a break. Most cars used are air conditioned, but you will be told in advance should air-conditioned cars not be available for any section of your journey. The itineraries for all of our private tours can be adjusted at the planning stage to suit particular interests and preferences.

Private guides: All sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private English-speaking guide. This means that you can ask as many or as few questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace, with the emphasis on your own particular interests. Having your own guide brings places to life in a way that guidebooks never can and also allows you to find out more about the real lives and cultures of local people.

Accommodation flexibility: If you would like to stay in any hotels other than those featured in the tour itinerary, or if you would like to alter the standard of your room, your travel consultant can discuss the options with you and let you know about the price differential prior to booking.

Tailor your itinerary: For those who prefer to travel at their own pace or who wish to explore places not included in the brochure itineraries, Cox & Kings has many years of experience organising tailor-made holidays. In addition, our expert travel consultants will be delighted to suggest ideas to complement your own and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget.

Availability: Cox & Kings cannot hold allocations for all private travel services year round and, as a result, all services are subject to availability. If any element of your private itinerary is not available at the time of booking, Cox & Kings will suggest the most comparable alternative available.

Cruises & rail journeys

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.

Tour & accommodation standards

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.

Single supplements

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.

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 small supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings can offer favourable prices for upgrading to Premium Economy, Business and First Class.

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  • Highlights of Jordan Journey

    Rich with history and natural beauty, Jordan has an impressive selection of crusader castles, archaeological sites and beautiful desert scenery. Explore many memorable sites including walking through the 1,60 ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2195 pp
  • Eastern Himalayan Trails

    This journey captures the highlights of the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim, uncovering remarkable religious monuments, Tibetan culture and spectacular mountain scenery. ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3495 pp
  • Enchanting Egypt Dahabeya Cruise

    • Superior Cruises General interest
    • 10 Days & 9 Nights

    Discover the highlights of Egypt while staying in carefully chosen, characterful accommodation. See the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza before spending five nights aboard an intimate and luxurious dahabe ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3495 pp
  • Eastern & Oriental Express

    • Luxury Rail journeys
    • 10 Days & 7 Nights

    Travel in style through the jungles, rice fields and cities of south-east Asia, from Bangkok to Singapore, or vice versa, aboard the luxury Eastern & Oriental Express. The train offers refined elegance with ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £4695 pp
  • Dahabeya family adventure

    • Superior Family adventures General interest
    • 12 Days & 11 Nights

    Spend seven nights on board the small and luxurious Dahabeya, taking you back in time as it graciously sails on the Nile from Luxor to Cairo. This unique cruiser replicates the sailing vessels used during the e ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3345 pp
  • A Culinary Tour of Japan

    Food is an important part of any trip to Japan, with a wide range of fresh, local ingredients and various styles of cooking and eating experiences available. While visiting the classic cities and temples of Jap ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4795 pp
  • A Culinary Tour of Thailand

    Thai cuisine is well-known and widely available; however, this culinary tour of Thailand offers a more in-depth experience, with the chance to sample a wide range of authentic flavours, ingredients and cooking ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3495 pp
  • Cambodia Explorer

    Venture beyond Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh with this comprehensive journey through the Khmer kingdom. Tour the remote temples of Kor Ker and Beng Mealea, visit charming Battambang and explore the mangroves a ...

    Discovery private

    • Lead-in price: £4495 pp
  • Central Asia Explorer

    Visit two of Central Asia’s contrasting countries on this two-week exploration of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Begin by discovering the mosques, Silk Road history and Islamic architecture of the former soviet r ...

    Discovery private

    • Lead-in price: £3495 pp
  • China’s Ancient Heartlands

    An expansive itinerary visiting some of China’s more remote sites, including ancient Buddhist art and sculpture at the Yungang and Longmen caves, the Hanging Monastery near Datong, the Shuanglin temple n ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3995 pp
  • China in Style by Rail

    Experience the comfort and efficiency of China's rapidly expanding high-speed rail network as you travel around the major cultural centres of China. Along the way, stroll through beautiful gardens, ancient tem ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4295 pp
  • Cook Islands Discovery

    • General interest
    • 13 Days & 12 Nights

    Travel to the tropical paradise of the Cook Islands to experience the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific. Stay on three different islands within the archipelago, where you can e ...


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