Since launching TravelMaven in 2018, I've been asked many times "why don't you offer a tour to THIS PLACE?" or "I'd like to go on THAT TOUR, but could you offer it at a different time of year?"
These questions reveal a couple of limitations on pre-planned group tours. First, a small company like TravelMaven can only offer so many destinations each year. Second, even when people want to take one of our small group tours, they may not be available at the time it's offered.
Fortunately, there's an alternative. TravelMaven also offers private tours to groups of friends or families who want to go to a particular place at a particular time. While this approach requires more personalized planning and research by us, that cost is mostly offset by the fact we don't have to spend time and effort marketing a private tour like we do with our scheduled small group tours.
As a result, private tours for six guests are usually no more expensive than a regular small group tour. As a result, private tours can offer amazing value for groups of six or more guests. In many ways, it's like getting a bespoke suit for the same price as off-the-rack!
And so, in a nifty 'have your cake and eat it too' kind of way, we not only help private groups plan amazing vacations and avoid the potentially complicated and frustrating travel planning process, we can usually do it for the same price as a regular group tour, What's not to love about that?
Unlike small group tours that have preplanned agendas and departure dates, private tours can be tailored specifically to your requests.
People book private tours in order to set their own agenda, determine with whom they will be travelling, and choose their own travel dates.
Usually. While Barry is Tour Concierge in most cases, CD Tours also lead some Kruger safaris. Finally, we also offer unescorted private tours.
TravelMaven prices private tours based on the number of guests. Not surprisingly, the price per person goes down as group size increases.
Not really. A private group of 6 would pay about the same price per person as our posted small group tour rate for the same agenda.
One difference between group and private tours is who assembles the group. If you prefer to do that, private tours may be ideal for you.
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Paris is usually the answer to the question: "What's the most beautiful city on earth?" The food & wine are pretty good too.
With a Eurostar high-speed train ride through the Chunnel, you can see both London and Paris on one unforgettable trip. What a great idea!
There's so much to see in this small country! Amsterdam is the most famous city, but there are smaller delightful places too.
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The hidden gem of eastern Europe is Krakow, a rare city undisturbed by war. Visits to Auschwitz and Schindler's factory add gravity to this tour.
It's fascinating to visit the Gulf states, a place where unlimited money have built amazing modern cities in the desert.
Marrakech is the most famous for its markets and medinas, but Fes is the deepest dive into Moroccan culture. Not to be missed.
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George Soros says Singapore will be to the 21st century what New York was to the 20th century and London was to the 19th century.
The first option is taking a Small Group tour and rescheduling it to suit your timetable. For example, you could take our ISRAEL tour in September rather than April. Great City tours to New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Seoul, Istanbul and Cape Town are also already organized.
Prices and availability will vary, but a good estimate is that a Private Tour for six persons would be about the regular price for a Group Tour.
Over the past 40 years Barry has visited many places around the world. So, if you want to go somewhere he knows fairly well (e.g. New Zealand or Vietnam), he would need to do tour research, but may not need to make a special trip in advance.
Having said that, for groups of 8 or 10, a Private Tour would be a similar price per person as a scheduled Small Group tour - even if a dedicated research trip is required.
Obviously, Barry hasn't been everywhere, So, if you want him to plan and escort a private tour to a place he has never visited, he would need to go there in advance to research hotels & activities to create a workable plan.
Even though research costs would have to be factored into the price per person, this option can still work for larger groups of 10 or more persons - or for someone willing to pay more for a premium experience.