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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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  • Train to Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu is perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet Peru also offers a wealth of other magnificent ancient, colonial and scenic sights. Staying in good hotels with great characte ...

    Superior group tour

    • Lead-in price: £2945 pp
    • Current prices from: £2945 pp
  • Vietnam & Cambodia Family Adventure

    Take your family on a thrilling adventure through Vietnam, culminating with a visit to one of the jewels of south-east Asia - the magnificent temples of Angkor.

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3695 pp
    • Current prices from: £3695 pp
  • Vietnam & Cambodia in Style

    • Luxury General interest
    • 16 Days & 14 Nights

    Travel in style through Vietnam and Cambodia staying in some of the finest accommodation throughout. In Vietnam, discover both the cultural sights of the major cities as well as the natural beauty of Halon ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £4455 pp
    • Current prices from: £4455 pp
  • Pagan & The Upper Irrawaddy: Pandaw Cruises

    Explore a little-visited region of northern Burma (Myanmar), sailing from Mandalay to Katha, former home of George Orwell. Visit charming local towns, Buddhist monasteries and small pagodas. All the while, marv ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4395 pp
    • Current prices from: £4395 pp
  • A Taste of Jordan

    This short tour takes in the main sites of Jordan including the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, the awe-inspiring rock-hewn remains of the city of Petra, and the natural beauty of the Wadi Rum desert wit ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £1845 pp
    • Current prices from: £1845 pp
  • Thailand & Laos Explorer

    Explore some of south-east Asia's hidden gems on this journey through the jungles of northern Thailand, followed by a cruise south through Laos to the temple town of Luang Prabang. Fly down to southern Laos and ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3995 pp
    • Current prices from: £3995 pp
  • Treasures of Sri Lanka

    Delve into Sri Lanka’s natural and archaeological wonders. Starting from Colombo, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, traverse quaint tea country and tropical rainforests to the jungles of Yala, which has one of t ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2285 pp
    • Current prices from: £2285 pp
  • Classic Thailand

    A classic journey through Thailand, visiting the former capital at Ayutthaya, the palaces, temples and museums of Bangkok, combined with more recent history at the Kwai river. Throughout the journey, enjoy Thai ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3395 pp
    • Current prices from: £3395 pp
  • Taj & Tigers Family Adventure

    • Superior Family adventures General interest
    • 16 Days & 14 Nights

    Give your family a fascinating introduction to India, visiting the nation’s most celebrated sights and seeking out tigers in Ranthambore National Park. Explore the cities of Delhi and Jaipur, and complete ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3365 pp
    • Current prices from: £3365 pp
  • Thailand Family Adventure

    This 11-night itinerary begins in Thailand's busy capital of Bangkok, where your family can discover the countries cultural heritage and exotic cuisine. Head south to the Gulf of Thailand to spot rare pink dolp ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2425 pp
    • Current prices from: £2425 pp
  • Japan Self-Guided Adventure

    Combine privately guided excursions with self-guided touring so you can get the most from your visit while avoiding the high costs often incurred with private travel in Japan. Begin with a guided tour of T ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4195 pp
    • Current prices from: £4195 pp
  • Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Short Break

    Explore two diverse cities: Jerusalem with its sacred monuments and 3,000-year history, and Tel Aviv, a modern metropolis with glistening golden beaches and a lively promenade.

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2645 pp
    • Current prices from: £2645 pp

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