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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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  • Sri Lanka: Wonders of the Wild

    Discover the remarkable natural diversity of Sri Lanka, from large mammals in the national parks to the abundant marine life in the waters off the south coast. Starting from the Knuckles mountain range, re ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2555 pp
    • Current prices from: £2555 pp
  • Taiwan Explorer

    Journey from Taipei in the north to the far southern point of Taiwan, visiting national parks, striking coastline and magnificent countryside en route. Travelling down the less-visited east coast of Taiwan, you ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4695 pp
    • Current prices from: £4695 pp
  • Thailand & Burma Discovery

    Combine two fascinating countries on this exciting cross-border itinerary between Thailand and Burma. Visit remote villages and markets, discover the cultural treasures of Sukhothai and Moulmein, bookended ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2895 pp
    • Current prices from: £2895 pp
  • Tasmanian Adventure

    • General interest
    • 9 Days & 8 Nights

    Explore Tasmania's rugged wilderness and national parks on this 9-day self-drive itinerary. Enjoy the fresh air on walks along trails, discover some of Australia's unique wildlife and take in the spectacular sc ...

  • Sri Lanka in Luxury

    • Luxury General interest
    • 15 Days & 13 Nights

    Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has a wealth of cultural and natural treasures. This tour covers many of them, from the ancient city of Anuradhapura in the north to the fortified city of ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £2695 pp
    • Current prices from: £2695 pp
  • Silk Road Adventure

    Discover the rich history of the Silk Road and the dramatic scenery of Central Asia on this 22-day journey through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Explore ancient cities, visit important Silk Road tradin ...

    Discovery private

    • Lead-in price: £5595 pp
    • Current prices from: £5595 pp
  • Splendours of Borneo

    Explore the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, home to pristine rainforests, historic cities and remote beaches. Venture into the Sarawak jungle to meet with local tribes and enjoy superb wildlife-watching ...

    Discovery private

    • Lead-in price: £4595 pp
    • Current prices from: £4595 pp
  • South Coast: Relax & Explore

    See the best of Sri Lanka’s south coast on this relaxing tour of its historic towns and forts, stunning beaches and endemic wildlife, spending 4 nights at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa.

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2245 pp
    • Current prices from: £2245 pp
  • Red River & Halong Bay Cruise

    Join Pandaw River Expeditions to explore a little-visited area of northern Vietnam and discover rural life in the Red River delta. Enjoy a cruise on Halong Bay, visit the city of Hanoi and sail as far as is ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3095 pp
    • Current prices from: £3095 pp
  • Regal India

    • Luxury General interest
    • 12 Days & 10 Nights

    Experience India's Golden Triangle in true style on this chauffeur-driven private journey, while staying at distinctive and luxurious properties by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. This short tour can be extended to ex ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £3195 pp
    • Current prices from: £3195 pp
  • Rajasthan in Style

    • Luxury General interest
    • 19 Days & 17 Nights

    Explore the highlights of the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan while staying in the very best accommodation India has to offer. From iconic palaces and forts to small boutique hotels and luxury camps, this tour in ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £6895 pp
    • Current prices from: £6895 pp
  • Paul Gauguin Cruise: Tahiti & Society Islands

    • Cruises
    • 13 Days & 9 Nights

    Explore the beautiful Society Islands aboard the MS Paul Gaugin, a luxury cruise ship designed specifically for sailing the shallow seas of Tahiti, Fiji and the South Pacific. Relax on this scenic journey with ...


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