A private tour is a holiday that is for just you and your group – be it you and your partner or friend, your family, a group of friends or you as a single traveller.
Once you have experienced one you may never want to travel any other way!
You book the holiday with us and then when you arrive at your destination you will be met by a guide or representative and taken care of from start to finish.
Your guide is just for you. There is no big group to contend with or waiting on others. It is you travelling at your own pace, with the support and luxury of your own guide and in most cases a driver and private vehicle*.
Please note: Private Tours vary from country to country. The information provided is general only and may not be specific to your destination.
Nikki with Xiao (Michael) in the French Section, Shanghai, China
Nicola in Bagan
The benefits of a private tour are rather fantastic. Often your guides will be able to help you check in to your hotel and at airports with your luggage. Your guide and driver will collect you from your hotel after breakfast and take you to your planned spots. Usually there is flexibility in the day and you get luxuriously driven around and picked up where needed – this can save backtracking when sightseeing without you having to return to a parked bus for example.
Xing Ding and our driver helping us with our luggage at the airport in Xian, China
Nicola and our guide Gabriel at the train station in Shanghai, China
When you are out sightseeing, essentially you are in charge. If you’ve seen enough, you can head off to the next place. If you want to stay a little longer, sit and rest or explore a bit more, this is usually no problem. Sometimes there may be time constraints for certain things but generally speaking, things go at your pace.
Nikki and Xing Ding at the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, China
Nicola’s tour guide Jasmine helps her get a good deal in Scott Market, Yangon
Do Private Tours cost more?
Travelbay Private Tours are often not much more than what others charge for group tours. You will find that many of our ready-made tours are already Private Tours and some can be arranged to be Private Tours with either minimal extra cost or none at all – please ask us.
We can cater for any size Private Tour. We have had single travellers to Brunei, Vietnam and Myanmar, families to China, school groups to Cambodia, a group of 15 friends to Vietnam and 26 school children on an educational visit …whatever your group size, we make arrangements to suit. It will always be a private vehicle* and the size of the vehicle will accommodate your group.
Private Tours are a luxurious and fun way to travel without the price tag. They are a holiday within a holiday. All you have to do is show up :)
*In some countries, such as Japan, there is a private guide only and the guide accompanies you on public transport. Please ask us for more information.
Private Tours vs Groups Tours
Here is a short video that gives you a snippet of what a Private Tour versus a Group Tour looks like in China.