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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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  • Classic Argentina

    This journey combines some of the most fascinating parts of the country, travelling from the sub-tropical north to the wild landscapes of the south.

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2595 pp
    • Current prices from: £2595 pp
  • Essence of Chile

    This introductory tour of Chile takes in the striking extremes of this amazing country. Starting and ending in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, this tour explores Chile’s extraordinary landscapes from the d ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4295 pp
    • Current prices from: £4295 pp
  • Ultimate Tour: In the Footsteps of the Great Migration

    Tanzania and Kenya share hosting duties for one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual wildebeest migration. This group tour offers the chance to follow the millions of migrating wildebeests, zebras and ...

    Superior group tour

    • Lead-in price: £4995 pp
    • Current prices from: £4995 pp
    • Saving up to £300 on specific departures when booked by October 29, 2021
  • Madagascar Wildlife Adventure

    Much of Madagascar’s exotic flora and fauna is found nowhere else on Earth. This tour offers an opportunity to discover the island’s extraordinary wildlife, natural history, stunning scenery, idyllic beache ...

    Discovery group tour

    • Lead-in price: £3495 pp
    • Current prices from: £3495 pp
    • Saving up to £200 on specific departures when booked by October 29, 2021
  • Egypt: Ancient Wonders of Cairo & the Nile

    • Luxury General interest
    • 8 Days & 7 Nights

    Explore the wonders of Egypt via the River Nile on this exceptional tour. Visit Giza’s pyramids before taking a flight to the ancient town of Aswan, where Agatha Christie wrote her novel Death on the Nile. He ...

    Luxury group tour

    • Lead-in price: £1995 pp
    • Current prices from: £1995 pp
  • Colours of Kyrgyzstan

    Discover the spectacular landscapes of one of Central Asia’s most picturesque countries. From the white peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range and the deep-blue of Lake Issyk-Kul, to the striking red cliffs of ...

    Discovery group tour

    • Lead-in price: £2195 pp
    • Current prices from: £2195 pp
  • Highlights of Kenya

    Kenya promises world-class safaris, dramatic scenery and diverse cultures. This escorted tour provides the perfect pace for exploring both acclaimed and lesser-known national parks, lakes and private concession ...

    Superior group tour

    • Lead-in price: £2995 pp
    • Current prices from: £2995 pp
    • Saving up to £300 on specific departures when booked by October 29, 2021
  • Luxury China

    Explore China in style, staying in some of the country's finest hotels and enjoy private tours of China's most celebrated sites including Beijing, Shanghai, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors. The tour ...

    Luxury private

    • Lead-in price: £5795 pp
    • Current prices from: £5795 pp
  • Yunnan Explorer

    Venture into Yunnan province in the far southwest of China, one of the country's lesser-visited and more ethnically diverse regions. The city of Lijiang has a wealth of history, cultural sites and some charming ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £3795 pp
    • Current prices from: £3795 pp
  • Taste of India

    Experience a taste of India on this outstanding introductory tour of the country's most remarkable sights. Exploring the Golden Triangle, this journey combines the country's capital city, Delhi, with the a ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £1695 pp
    • Current prices from: £1695 pp
  • Heart of India

    Madhya Pradesh in central India contains a number of hidden jewels including the silent Buddhist ruins at Sanchi, the abandoned citadel at Mandu and temple ghats that line the Narmada river at Maheshwar and Omk ...

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £4475 pp
    • Current prices from: £4475 pp
  • Hidden Sri Lanka

    Head off the beaten path to seek out indigenous local tribes and enjoy walks amid stunning scenery, with stays at unique properties and finishing on the palmfringed south coast.

    Superior private

    • Lead-in price: £2495 pp
    • Current prices from: £2495 pp

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