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This Cox & Kings collection of small-group tours has been specially created for solo travellers who enjoy exploring fascinating parts of the world in the company of like-minded people.
All accommodation on these solo holidays is based on single occupancy of twin / double rooms. There are no single supplements and we have sought out good quality hotels that offer the most reasonable prices for individual travellers.
Local tour managers: Cox & Kings tour managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your tour manager will meet your group on arrival in the destination and will escort you throughout the journey. In some destinations such as China, Peru and Russia, different tour managers accompany different legs of the trip.
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.
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; however, Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates if required and details of these are shown on the tour itineraries. Flight schedules mean that some early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable.
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 supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings can offer favourable prices for upgrading to Premium Economy, Business and First Class. This supplement information is included on the tour page.
Comfortable land travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses buses of a size appropriate to the number of people in the group, with air conditioning where available. For rail journeys in developing countries, our groups are booked in the best available class on the train – in Europe we book standard class.
Small group sizes: Many tour operators run groups of 40 or more passengers. At Cox & Kings we keep our groups much smaller – typically between 8-15 passengers and a maximum of 25. Our smaller groups offer many advantages: everyone can hear the guides easily; we don’t have to use large hotels, restaurants and vehicles; there is less time spent waiting for everyone to gather on excursions and, not least, small groups are less intrusive to other people.
Meals: Cox & Kings seeks to strike a good balance between organising meals for the group and giving people the freedom to choose where and with whom to eat. Our Solo Travellers tours generally include breakfast daily, a welcome dinner at the beginning, and a farewell dinner at the end of the trip as standard, plus some other meals. These organised meals offer the chance to get to know other members of the group, while, on occasions when meals are not included, there should be opportunities to join up with other members of the group if you choose.
Single supplements: There are no single supplements payable on Cox & Kings Solo Travellers tours.
Extensions: Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay after the main tour. We have suggested extension options for most tours in the brochure. However, 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 a private basis, unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extension, in which case the relevant services may be shared.
The standard and style of accommodation varies from place to place and tour to tour. Below we have listed the three categories of Cox & Kings tours found in the Solo Travellers programme – the category for each tour is displayed just above the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Standard: These itineraries typically feature 3- & 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.
For those who prefer to travel at their own pace or who wish to explore places not included in the group itineraries, Cox & Kings has many years of experience organising tailor-made private holidays. Our expert travel consultants are all regional specialists who will be delighted to suggest ideas to complement your own, and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget.
If travelling on a solo private tour, on arrival in the destination and at each new destination on your journey, you will normally be met at the airport (unless you are in transit), station or quay by a Cox & Kings representative who will then accompany you to your hotel, help you check in and confirm the itinerary for your stay. For all road journeys, you will have your own car and driver. This allows you to travel in comfort and to stop off along the way if you see something of interest or if you would like a break. On excursions, you will be accompanied by your own private English-speaking local guides, allowing you to ask as many or as few questions as you like with the emphasis on your own particular interests.
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Discover a different side to China on this
journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Fully
escorted and travelling with a group of
solo travellers, enjoy a walk along Xian's
ancient city walls, learn the secrets of
Chinese cooking and try your hand...
Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and unusual wildlife. This journey for solo travellers visits the highlights of this extraordinary country, while also including enjoyable extras which are designed to connec...
Starting from India’s historic capital, Delhi,
this journey for solo travellers continues
to Agra to see the sun rise at the Taj
Mahal. Search for elusive Bengal tigers in
Ranthambore and marvel at the majestic
forts and grand palaces of princely...
Explore Ecuador’s capital city, then fly to the Galapagos and travel in style through this remote and beautiful archipelago, discovering its unique, abundant variety of wildlife. Between islands, enjoy spacious ocean-view suites and public areas, and...
From the imperial palaces of St Petersburg to Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow, join a group of like-minded solo travellers on a 7-day tour visiting some of the best attractions that Russia has to offer. Both cities are renowned for their world-class...
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...
This small group tour for solo travellers has been carefully crafted to blend unique wildlife experiences with sensational scenery, cultural interaction and time at leisure to relax and socialise with your fellow passengers. You will see many of Madagascar's...
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...
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...
Taking in a wealth of cultural attractions and
magnificent mountain scenery, this group
tour for solo travellers centres around the
region of Transylvania and its neighbouring
states. Highlights include visits to royal
palaces, fortified churches,...
Join an expert guide and a small group of likeminded
solo travellers on a fascinating and
scenic journey through some of South Africa’s
most majestic locations. Experience the
energy of Cape Town, witness wildlife ranging
from the ‘Big Five’ to colossal...
Discover the beauty, tranquillity and variety
of Kerala on this tour specially designed for
solo travellers. The tour takes in wildlife,
spice plantations, historically important
towns and the scenic beauty of the Western
Ghats. Spend an afternoon...
This introductory tour combines the Cultural
Triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill
country, man-made marvels and abundant
wildlife. Finish the tour with a relaxing
2-night stay on a palm-fringed...
Travel through northern Tanzania’s most
renowned wildlife reserves on this tour for
solo travellers. Explore the huge plains of
the Serengeti, the open grasslands of the
Great Rift Valley and the strikingly beautiful
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...
Join a group of like-minded solo travellers on
a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling
from the ethereal limestone karst islands of
Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam to the cultural highlight
of the Angkor Wat temples in...
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.
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.