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18 Nov 2014 - Over recent years, Cox & Kings has seen group tours continue to increase in popularity. Escorted tours enable guests to travel with like-minded people and with complete peace of mind. In addition, som


London – 18 November 2014

Over recent years, Cox & Kings has seen group tours continue to increase in popularity. Escorted tours enable guests to travel with like-minded people and with complete peace of mind. In addition, some tours offer extra benefits that for financial or logistical reasons wouldn’t be possible on a private trip such as exclusive access to museums, sights and experts. To enhance the experience, all Cox & Kings’ groups are kept small, with a maximum group size of 25 and an average of 15 travellers.

On Cox & Kings' escorted group tour Grand Tour of Indochina there is an overnight cruise included on the Mekong Delta. The boat is privately chartered for this group only, allowing guests to enjoy a stay on a smaller boat, with just their tour group on board. The 21-day / 18 night tour is priced from £3,895 per person.

The cost of private travel in Japan is extremely high as private guides and vehicles are significantly more expensive in Japan than most other countries. Cox & Kings' escorted tour is priced from £4,395 per person for 13-days / 10-nights but the exact same itinerary, with a private guide and private vehicles throughout, would be almost double. For most Cox & Kings guests, a private tour would be mainly self-guided, with no transfers included to help keep costs down.

Cox & Kings operates group tours on behalf of the Royal Academy of Arts (, and using the connections that many of the lecturers have, can include special – and often exclusive – access to places that are normally off limits. These are money-can't-buy experiences. A highlight on the 5-day Renaissance Rome tour is an exclusive and private out-of-hours visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. From £2,045 per person.

Ireland: Georgian Dublin & Country Houses is a new 6-day tour accompanied by Roger White, an architectural historian. He has arranged special access into Trinity College to see the Dining Hall, Chapel and Examinations Hall, which all have fine Georgian interiors and are closed to the general public, and private access into Ely House, which has interiors dating back to the 1770’s and has an unusual staircase. From £1,495 per person

Greece: Journey through the Ancient World is a new 10-day tour, which is accompanied by Dr Stephen Kershaw, author of Oxford University’s online Greek mythology course.
Through his own contacts, a special introduction has been arranged at the Delphi museum with the antiquities inspector as well as a private meeting with the abbott at Hosios Loukas monastery. From £2,395 per person.

MasterChef Travel (, by Cox & Kings, is a range of culinary holidays, focusing on the world’s most inspiring cuisines. Many of these trips have special inclusions, as recommended by previous winners and finalists of the popular show. London with a MasterChef is a weekend break at the historic St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster where Adam Handling, finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 is the head chef. The break includes a 5-course tasting menu at his newly relaunched restaurant Adam Handling at Caxton as well as the opportunity to meet him. From £295 per person.

Hidden gems of Crete is a new 8-day tour focusing on the fresh and local ingredients that characterise Cretan cuisine. Among the foodie highlights of the tour are visits to a vineyard with wine tastings, honey tasting with a local beekeeper, and food tastings with local producers. From £1,395 per person

All quoted prices include flights where required, transfers, guided excursions and accommodation with breakfast daily and other meals as specified online.

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Cox & Kings is the world’s longest established travel company. Its history stretches back more than 250 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed regimental agent to the Footguards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company’s fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire and by the early 20th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank, which had strong connections with India. The bank became part of Lloyds and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company.

Today, built on the high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox in the 18th century, the company continues to flourish as an independent tour operator, with operations in London, the US, Japan, Australia and throughout India. Cox & Kings organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel in the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and the Caribbean.

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