A short 4-day break in Beirut staying in a central 4-star hotel and exploring Beirut itself, amazing rock formations in the Jeita Grotto, the beautiful historic town of Byblos and enjoying great views from the cable car to Harissa
This week long Turkey tour explores bustling Istanbul, coastal Kusadasi, the ruins at Ephesus and Hieropolis, Pamukkale's calcium travertines, Silk Road caravanserais, and the amazing scenery and underground cities of Cappadocia.
Travelling on a private tour gives you the flexibility to explore your destination at your own pace, customise your itinerary, and accommodation level to suit your interests and budget.
All of our small group tours, family tours and shoestring tours which run on set departure dates may also be arranged privately and adjusted if you would like to make any changes or just not join a group.
Private tours are designed to allow you to see and experience new places, to expand your knowledge and help you appreciate the cultural heritage of the countries you are visiting in a personalised manner.
At Encounters Travel, our itineraries are designed to allow travellers to get the most out of their often limited time. We try to incorporate free time to allow for you, the traveller, to go off on your own and explore.
Here are some of the many reasons why you should choose private tours in case there are any doubts.
Social distancing norms and lingering anxiety about venturing far from home are forging new trip styles and reviving old ones that enable travellers to maintain privacy.
The best of all possible social distancing worlds from a travel perspective might be taking a trip designed just for you and yours - this means that your trip will be tailor-made according to your preferences.
It's easier to social distance without having a group of 10 to 15 other travellers constantly with you while touring your holiday destination.
Have a look at what the social distancing guidelines are here.
If you fancy something specific, make use of our tailor-made tours.
Our tailor-made holidays are designed to allow you to see and experience new places, expand your knowledge, and help you appreciate the cultural heritage of the countries you are visiting - all in a way that you've imagined it and planned it out - with our help, of course.
Experience your holiday destination on your terms - simply travel at your own pace - linger longer, or cut it short. Experience every "must-see" without having to wait for a coach load of fellow travellers.
By booking a private tour, you have the opportunity to gather the people you want to hang out with and feel that would enjoy the same kind of vacation as you by gaining access to exclusive experiences that you designed!
Enjoy the added flexibility to choose your travel dates rather than having to work around a fixed group departure. Flexibility on a day to day basis - if you want to spend longer at a particular monument then that wouldn't be an issue, so long as it doesn't affect the overall running of the day.
When deciding to book a private tour its good to note that although private tours that are limited in number, it's larger in scope.
Travelling privately not only gives you a sense of flexibility but also a sense of privacy - you know who exactly you're travelling with. No new faces.
When you book your tour privately, you also have a say in where you want to stay.
As opposed to staying in 3-5 star hotels, you can opt for boutique hotels - A boutique hotel can offer anywhere between 25 to over 100 rooms to its guests. This allows them to enjoy a more cosy experience that lacks the vastness of a chain hotel.
A boutique hotel not only creates unique accommodation, but it also creates a destination within a destination.
Our local guides are all well trained, experts in their country's culture and history, and are with as much or little as you wish during the trip.
Our guides can give you a customized and thrilling blitz through the destination of your choice, giving you their undivided attention. As opposed to having to see to the needs of fellow travellers if you were travelling with a small group, the guide is focused on your needs and wants on your trip.
When deciding to choose a private tour, you get to choose your itinerary, and when you get to have a say in what you want to do and where you want to go, you have the opportunity to experience places that wouldn't usually be on a small group itinerary.
Cheaper than you think
Now of course, saying "how much does it cost" is a bit difficult, as prices can vary wildly depending on where you are and what level of service/accommodation you go for.
Also, private tours are often sold by the tour, rather than by the seat, so while they may be very expensive for one person, they could be very cheap if you have a group of family or friends you're going to travel with.
Please contact us if you have any questions about adjusting or amending any of our set tours. We'll provide you with options, further suggestions and prices so you end up with the holiday you deserve.