Private Travel for Family and Friends
Gather friends or family together for a holiday to remember
Grab the family, your friends, or simply those you share a common interest with (think sports team, community group or church group) and plan your own private adventure together.
We're here to help, with a host of our best-selling tour itineraries available for you to enjoy privately. We have plenty of great itineraries in place already, but if you prefer to craft your own itinerary from scratch, then fear not, we’ll create an itinerary that is perfect for you.
Private Travel with On the Go Tours
We are experts at organising holidays and have a growing collection of British Travel Awards to prove it. We offer private travel in two ways.
The first option is Off The Shelf Travel. You are invited to choose any one of our pre-packaged Signature group tours and we can offer this holiday, exact as per the itinerary for your private group.
Or, if you fancy something more specific, why not make use of our Tailor-made Travel service? If you have already put together an itinerary or would like some help planning your holiday, we are here to assist! Below you will find further details for each of these two styles of travel.
Off The Shelf
Private travel for couples, families or a small group of friends. Choose any of our Signature group tours and we can operate this trip exclusively for you. You will need to choose one of the departure dates listed for the holiday and be aware that a supplement on top of the tour price may apply. The holiday will be exactly as described on our tour page with the exception that we include the services of local guides at each port of call.
If you have a group of 10 persons or more, again please choose one of the departure dates listed for the holiday and the cost of the holiday will be exact as per the full price shown for the tour. In addition, we include the services of a private escorting tour guide from start to finish.
If your group is 16 persons or more, our offer is exact to that of our 10 persons package, with the addition that 1 person (based on twin share) travels free of charge.
To get you started, here are some of our most popular itineraries for families and small private groups: Shere Khan (India), Cairo, Cruise & Coast (Egypt), Istanbul to the Med (Turkey), Buddha & Beach (Sri Lanka) and Machu Picchu by Train (Peru).
If organising a multi- generational family holiday you might also want to check our Family tours, which are perfectly paced for the young… and the young at heart.
If you're looking for something more personalised then we can create your own bespoke tour itinerary based on where you want to go and including your preferred activities with your choice of accommodation and added extras. Get in touch with our team for more information.
Popular tours for Private Groups of 10 or more
Here are some of the popular itineraries that we have conducted for private groups in the past.
Our Group Travel areas of expertise
We can cater for any group, whether it's a group of friends looking for the trip-of-a-lifetime or an educational trip abroad for a large group of students. Here's some of the areas we commonly work with:
Looking for an extra special holiday with all the family? Let us look after you with a perfectly planned itinerary to your choice of destination with transport, accommodation and guided touring included.
Social groups or special interest groups
Company travel clubs, senior citizens, wildlife & bird watching groups, academics, railways and rollercoaster clubs. Any organisation of like-minded people is welcome to get in touch and we will build the best experience for you!
University and College Trips
Take students (18 yrs+) on a challenging expedition abroad, learning new skills, testing their physical endurance or immersing in the local culture with unique hands-on activities.
If you're part of a religious organisation or place of worship and wish to visit the many significant sites in Israel, India or elsewhere, we can put together the perfect pilgrimage tour for your group.
Got a group of mates wanting to watch the cricket in India or Sri Lanka, the F1 in Vietnam or a baseball game in Japan? Let us help put together a holiday package around your chosen sporting event.
We can also organise private group tours for a range of other special events, whether it's your honeymoon, anniversary celebrations or memorial visits to war sites. Just let us know!
If you're a photographer looking to run a tutorial tour to some of the world's most photogenic destinations, we can help to arrange special group departures with everything taken care of.
If you're ready to start planning your private group tour, give us a call and our team will run through your requirements and set to work on packaging it all up for you, providing a comprehensive itinerary and quote. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected].
Tips for Planning your Private Adventure
Planning a private tour can be an exciting prospect though it can also seem a little overwhelming at the start. If you are in the early planning stages then it's useful to consider the following points to get a better idea of what you're looking for:
This part of the process is the most exciting! You've got an idea of where in the world you want to see or maybe you know exactly which cities and sights you want to include on your itinerary. If not, grab a guidebook, explore our website which is packed full of information on all the best places to visit, or check out TV documentaries for inspiration. Alternatively, ask us for recommendations.
This could range from a day stopover in a historic capital, a week-long tour or an even longer expedition-style adventure. Depending on how long you have to spend away, we'll recommend the most suitable itinerary taking into account any need for rest days, acclimatisation or making sure your special day is spent doing something unique or perhaps nothing at all!
Maybe you want to glide over the Masai Mara and celebrate your 50th on board a hot air balloon, or perhaps you're organising a school trip and want to test your students with a challenging hike or immersive volunteer project in local communities? Whatever it may be, let us know and we'll work in your choice of experiences and activities to your tour itinerary.
Our private group tours can range in size from any number up from six passengers - we also cater for smaller groups with our Tailor-made holiday service. If you've got the group, we've got the tour for you and will provide transportation and accommodation that suits your group size perfectly. If you're a smaller group, perhaps you'd like a boutique hotel all to yourself, or if you're a larger party you may want a big hotel with lots of facilities.
We're committed to offering you the best value for money and will do our best to work with the budget you provide. We'll recommend ways to save money wherever possible and endeavour to select the most suitable services. Not only that but as members of ABTA and ATOL, we are fully financially protected, so you can book with us in the knowledge that your money is safe.
Looking for inspiration?
We're experienced in private group tours taking customers to far-flung destinations around the world. To give you an idea of the sort of adventures we've arranged for our customers take a look at private group tours we've organised in the past.
College expedition to Mount Toubkal
In recent years we organised a college group expedition to Morocco for 13 students aged between 17 and 19 years with two accompanying teachers. After spending a day exploring the best of Marrakech and its exotic medina, the group scaled the summit of Mt. Toubkal over the course of three days with an experienced climbing team, camping at night and hiking during the day.
The Birmingham Metropolitan College were so happy with their first trip to Morocco that they organised a second expedition with a new group of eager college kids.
Private group tour to Laos
A couple of years ago, a group of 26 retired educators nicknamed the “Globetrotters” journeyed to Laos on a private tour organised by On The Go Tours, spending time in the charming city of Luang Prabang, enjoying the scenery of Vang Vieng and taking a tuk tuk ride in Vientiane.
What our customers said about their trip:
“Highlights of our time in Laos included seeing elephants, rising at dawn to feed the saffon-robed monks, visiting the Pak Ou Caves, eating a traditional supper with a local family, participating in a blessing ceremony, shopping at the colourful markets... It was a fabulous week spent with friends and colleagues among the beautiful Laotian people. The unique experiences planned by the OTG agent and her attention to detail made for an unforgettable tour.”
Cheryl Lewis & The Globetrotters
Private group tour to Croatia and Slovenia
After a successful trip to Laos, the "Globetrotters" contacted On The Go Tours once again to organise a cultural tour of Croatia and Slovenia, with 8 days of sailing on the Adriatic in a private boat and 12 days of land touring by coach. The group got to experience Roman ruins, alpine forests, gourmet dining, historical towns and much more.
What our customers said about their trip:
"We had such a good time and saw so many things and most of it was as a result of your great planning, super tours and guides and the wonderful camaraderie of such a big group. I can only guess how much time and effort was involved in the planning and we really appreciate it." Cheryl Lewis & The Globetrotters
Business school tour of Iceland
A group of MIT Sloan School of Management students travelled with us to Iceland for a 5 day tour that included the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and a visit to the South Shore for waterfalls and glaciers. The focus was on natural beauty with plenty of outdoor activities to keep the group of 32 entertained including glacier hikes and nature trails.
What our customers said about their trip:
“The MIT Sloan group had an amazing trip organized by Sarah from On The Go Tours! The booking process was extremely easy, and we were able to create a tailored itinerary that included all of our must see sights, in the dates that we required, and for the budget that we had. We felt extremely prepared going into the trip, and the day-to-day logistics worked seamlessly. This was a great way to kick-off business school and we are thankful for the amazing memories and friendships that were formed on the trip.”
Yiyi Xia from MIT Sloan