Escorted tours & private journeys
Kuoni small group tours
For a more intimate experience, all of our journeys are small group tours. You’ll get to know your local tour leader and fellow travellers and we’ll take you to see sights and arrange experiences that aren’t suitable for larger groups. We take a relaxed approach – there’s no need for seat rotations or headsets to hear what your local tour leader has to say and you’ll be able to chat freely to them and ask any questions as and when they come up.
Travelling with a group gives you the confidence to visit places you may not have otherwise considered. It’s also more fun as you’ll share new travel experiences with like-minded people. Our heritage in long-haul travel means that we can offer an unrivalled range of high-quality small group tours across the world. Most of our journeys have a maximum group size of 14. Some are smaller or larger, but you’ll be able to see the numbers clearly – we publish our maximum and average group size for every itinerary so you know what to expect. We plan our departure dates carefully to offer you a good choice; if you choose an off-peak departure date there may be fewer people than the average, while in peak season there may be more.
All of our journeys are available for guests 16 years and over. We don’t allow children to travel on our group itineraries because the pace and sightseeing hasn’t been designed with children in mind. The exception is our small group safaris, which are available for guests 7 years and over.
All of our advertised 2017 departure dates are guaranteed, no matter how early you book, so you won’t find yourself in the position where you need to rethink your plans. You’ll find full dates listed under each tour.
We pride ourselves on the level of service you receive on our journeys; our tour leaders consider all the little details so that you can relax and enjoy the journey. We use local tour leaders who fully understand their destinations, including the local culture and customs, and take pride in giving you a real insight into the places they live. The same tour leader will accompany you throughout your journey to make sure everything runs smoothly. This also gives you the chance to get to know them. Our prices include tips to ensure our local tour leaders are rewarded for the service they provide. On tours that visit more than one country, it isn’t possible for us to use the same local tour leader throughout. On these tours a UK tour manager will accompany your small group for the duration of the tour.
Our itineraries include everything you need to get the most out of a destination and extra touches you may not expect. Whether it’s a rice planting workshop on our Thailand Explorer tour, or an exclusive opportunity to stay in a boutique wilderness lodge in the Bale Mountains National Park on our Highlights of Northern Ethiopia tour you’ll come away feeling you have really got to know a destination in a unique way – see ‘Why Kuoni’ on each itinerary for what you can expect from a Kuoni small group tour. What’s more, these small group tours aren’t available with anyone else.
Character and location top the priority list when we’re choosing accommodation for our tours and you can expect to stay in ‘best in class’ hotels no matter what their star rating. Our chosen hotels are named on each itinerary and the accommodation section on each tour gives a flavour of what you can expect and includes details of particular highlights. We often include meals on our tours where there are limited choices for local dining or where they offer an opportunity to experience destinations through their local flavour. We also leave plenty of opportunities for you to explore local cuisine independently. You’ll find which meals are included on each itinerary.
All of our itineraries are flexible. You can choose your own flights and we’ll still include arrival and departure transfers regardless of the time of day. We hand-pick each element of our tours, from accommodation and transport to meals and sightseeing. We’ve been travelling to many of the countries featured for years and have great relationships with our hotels, local tour leaders and on-the-ground support teams.
If you’re able to spend a little longer on holiday, we’ve suggested some of our favourite ‘stay longer’ options to complement each tour at the end of each itinerary. You might like to combine an introductory exploration of a destination with a taste of getting off the beaten track or, after a comprehensive itinerary, simply take some time out to relax on the beach.
All our tours are available to book on a private basis. Private tours follow the main itinerary and have the same quality inclusions, but depart on the date of your choice with your own local tour leader. Private tours make a great honeymoon option, offering an intimate once-in-a-lifetime adventure but with all the arrangements taken care of, because chances are that you’ve got enough to organise and want to relax in safe hands. We can also offer our itineraries on an exclusive basis for clubs and social organisations.
New for 2017, we’re offering a selection of dedicated departure dates for single travellers on some of our most popular itineraries. Our aim is to provide pre-organised, affordable, sociable and secure travel for like-minded single travellers. Of course we also welcome single travellers on any of our standard departures, and for these we’ve listed the single supplement price.
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