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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.

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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  • Grand Tour of Northern India

    Explore the diverse cultural influences that have created the fascinating heritage of northern India. This tour encompasses the holy city of Varanasi, the resplendent Taj Mahal, Jodhpur’s blue-washed hou ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2795 pp
    • Current prices from: £2795 pp
  • Grand Tour of South America

    This tour focuses on South America's cultural and natural highlights, revealing the continent's diversity, and passing from high Andean scenery down to the thundering Iguazú Falls. Stop in buzzing cities along ...

    Superior group tour

    • Lead-in price: £3895 pp
    • Current prices from: £3895 pp
  • Fiji Explorer

    • General interest
    • 11 Days & 10 Nights

    Combine Fiji's traditional culture with its remote and pristine wilderness for the ultimate tropical island stay. Experience a traditional kava ceremony, visit the International Date Line in Taveuni and re ...

  • Israel Family Explorer

    • Superior Family adventures General interest
    • 11 Days & 10 Nights

    Israel is family-friendly country; with Jewish families traditionally being large, they are well-equipped and welcoming. The bustling markets with their heady mix of colours and aromas are fun places to visit ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4795 pp
    • Current prices from: £4795 pp
  • Costa Rica Adventure (Self Drive)

    • Standard Family adventures Self-drive
    • 12 Days & 10 Nights

    Full of natural wonders, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for families to enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures. Explore the country at your own pace on a self-drive itinerary, travelling along scenic routes on ...

    Standard private

    • Lead-in price: £1895 pp
    • Current prices from: £1895 pp
  • Costa Rica Adventure

    Costa Rica’s relatively small size combined with its abundant beaches and tropical forest provides the perfect balance between adventure activities and relaxation for a memorable family holiday. An incredib ...

    Standard private

    • Lead-in price: £2395 pp
    • Current prices from: £2395 pp
  • Borneo Family Adventure

    Take your family on a trip to Borneo, with lots of opportunities for adventure and wildlife-watching along the way.

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3195 pp
    • Current prices from: £3195 pp
  • Morocco Family Adventure

    • Superior Family adventures General interest
    • 10 Days & 9 Nights

    Morocco is an exotic destination full of opportunities for adventure and yet it’s just a short flight from the UK, making it perfect for a family holiday with a difference. Enjoy an eco adventure park and int ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £1895 pp
    • Current prices from: £1895 pp
  • Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise

    • Luxury Cruises General interest
    • 12 Days & 11 Nights

    Explore Egypt at a leisurely pace aboard the luxury Oberoi Zahra cruise vessel. Visit remarkable ancient sights scattered along the Nile as well as the Great Pyramid and Sphinx in Giza. Additional museum visits ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £4295 pp
    • Current prices from: £4295 pp
  • Exploring the Western Cape

    This flexible self-drive itinerary offers a perfect introduction to South Africa’s Western Cape. With stays in the vibrant city of Cape Town, the scenic Winelands around Franschhoek, the whale watching h ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2995 pp
    • Current prices from: £2995 pp
  • Essence of Eastern India

    Explore beautiful hill stations, tea estates, mesmerising temples and numerous national parks in search of tigers and one-horned rhinos on an exploration of the best of East India. Beginning in Kolkata (Ca ...

    Discovery private

    • Lead-in price: £4465 pp
    • Current prices from: £4465 pp
  • Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise

    • Luxury Cruises General interest
    • 8 Days & 7 Nights

    Stay in Cairo for 3 nights before a leisurely 4-night cruise up the Nile. In Cairo, choose from either a stay at Mena House or the Four Seasons Nile Plaza, both renowned for their luxury. After 2 full days expl ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £3045 pp
    • Current prices from: £3045 pp

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