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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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  • Peru: A Belmond Andean Explorer Rail Journey

    • Luxury Rail journeys
    • 11 Days & 9 Nights

    Explore Peru's many wonders in ultimate style and comfort aboard South America's only luxury sleeper train. Begin the tour with explorations of Lima and the spectacular Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley and ...

    • Lead-in price: £3,595 pp
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  • Galapagos Islands: Odyssey Expedition

    Explore the old colonial centre of Quito and visit a local colourful market before embarking upon a cruise in the Galapagos. Witness first hand its remarkable wildlife at close quarters and marvel at its unique ...

    • Lead-in price: £5,595 pp
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  • Luangwa Valley & Lake Malawi

    This 11-night journey combines the South Luangwa National Park with a stay on Lake Malawi. In the South Luangwa, stay in Nkwali: a thatched lodge situated right on the edge of the Luangwa river. From the deck, ...

    • Lead-in price: £5,855 pp
    • Current prices from: £5,855 pp
  • Vineyards of Zornitza

    • Luxury General interest
    • 6 Days & 5 Nights

    Explore the history and viticulture of Bulgaria, visiting the Zornitza Family Estate in southern Bulgaria, the first Bulgarian property to be a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection. Enjoy a t ...

    • Lead-in price: £1,655 pp
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  • Yukon & Alaska Wilderness Drive

    • Standard General interest Self-drive
    • 12 Days & 11 Nights

    Combine the scenic and cultural highlights of the Yukon and Alaska on this self-drive itinerary. Marvel at breathtaking landscapes, keep an eye out for local wildlife and learn about the indigenous culture ...

    • Lead-in price: £1,545 pp
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  • Cruising the Lower Ganges

    Cruise the sacred Ganges river for 7 nights on the luxury Ganges Voyager. Discover remote towns, timeless villages and ancient temples on the water's edge, with time at leisure on board the ship to take in the ...

    • Lead-in price: £2,955 pp
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  • Istanbul & Cappadocia

    Combine Istanbul, one of the world’s most remarkable cities, full of ancient monuments, awe-inspiring religious buildings and intoxicating bazaars, with the Cappadocia region, a spectacular landscape once at ...

    • Lead-in price: £1,490 pp
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  • Eastern Himalayan Trails

    This journey captures the highlights of the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim, uncovering remarkable religious monuments, Tibetan culture and spectacular mountain scenery.

    • Lead-in price: £3,495 pp
    • Current prices from: £3,495 pp
  • A Belmond Andean Explorer Rail Journey

    • Luxury Rail journeys
    • 11 Days & 9 Nights

    Explore Peru's many wonders in ultimate style and comfort aboard South America's only luxury sleeper train. Begin the tour with explorations of Lima and the spectacular Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley and ...

    • Lead-in price: £3,595 pp
    • Current prices from: £3,595 pp
  • Zimbabwe: Best Of The West

    This classic fly-safari itinerary is designed to give a flavour of west Zimbabwe's most distinctive destinations. Begin in Bulawayo, the historic 'city of kings', home to wide tree-lined streets, well-preserved ...

    • Lead-in price: £4,725 pp
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  • Zambia’s Classic Safari Trail

    This suggested safari journey blends some of Zambia’s key wildlife locations using a combination of short scenic flights and shared road transfers. The nature packed parks and reserves of the South Luang ...

    • Lead-in price: £7,945 pp
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  • Zambia: The South Luangwa Valley

    The South Luangwa valley is vast, remote and home to a truly impressive variety of flora and fauna. The three intimate camps on this safari lie next to the magnificent Luangwa river with its large meanders and ...

    • Lead-in price: £5,525 pp
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