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Experience the world like never before with our diverse range of private guided tours led by local tour guides. From cultural immersion to thrilling adventures, our tours offer personalized itineraries tailored to your group's interests, ensuring unforgettable experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Embark on a journey of discovery and exploration with our expert guides leading the way.

  • Joining family members in Africa for wildlife viewing on safari
  • Experiencing the Dalmatian or Turkish coasts on a small luxury yacht
  • Gaining deeper insights into the indigenous cultures of Botswana and Namibia via one-on-one contact
  • Taking private cooking lessons in Tuscany with a small group of friends
  • Exploring ancient Egyptian archaeological sites at your own desired pace
  • Learning how to throw a boomerang in Australia's outback under the tutelage of a native 
  • Trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal with an experienced Sherpa guide
  • Discovering the colorful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef while snorkeling with an expert
  • Sailing through the stunning fjords of Norway aboard a private yacht, soaking in the breathtaking scenery
  • Embarking on a scenic helicopter tour over the majestic Grand Canyon, with a knowledgeable pilot providing commentary
  • Embarking on a wildlife safari in the Amazon rainforest, led by expert guides who share insights into the diverse ecosystem
  • Exploring the charming villages and historic landmarks of Provence, France, on a private cycling tour
  • Venturing into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a private jungle trek, accompanied by indigenous guides
  • Immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Japan during a private tea ceremony with a traditional tea master
  • Sharing a private gondola ride with your partner, navigating the winding canals of Venice, and admiring the city's iconic architecture
  • Participating in a traditional Maasai warrior dance in Kenya, learning about their rich cultural heritage firsthand

Private Guided Tours & Travel Guide

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If you aren't interested in joining a guided group tour and sharing your vacation with strangers, you can still travel with a guide on your own or with your own group of friends and family. A number of tour operators will arrange for you to have a private guide or guides for the duration of your trip. 

Your tour could be customized to your liking, or you could choose one of the standard itineraries offered by the operator. Either way, you wouldn't need to think about where to stay, how long to be gone, when to fly, or any other travel logistics unless you want to customize them. 

A private group tour can be one of your most memorable and satisfying travel experiences. You — or your smallish group of family and friends — use your guide(s) to introduce you to and immerse you in far-off locales and cultures you might not feel comfortable navigating independently. 

A good private tour company and guide should confer with you and your companions on your preferences on what to see and do, your energy level, and how much free rein you'd like during the trip. On a private guided tour, you aren't just one member of a group but the star of the show. 

Personalized Service on Private Group Tours
Most tour agencies that offer private guided tours are eager to help you pre-plan trips according to your individual preferences. 

For instance, if you and your family have always wanted to see the great wildebeest migration in Tanzania's Serengeti, they'll work to make it happen. If you're traveling with young children, they'll also consider that.

But it's fine, too, to say, "I've heard about riverboats in France, but how can I cruise through Bordeaux with just my family?" The tour company could suggest a luxury barge trip on a vessel complete with your own private chef and make all the arrangements so that all you have to do is show up. 

Whatever kind of private group tour you choose — an African safari, a tour of Italy visiting local homes in Tuscany, a trek through the Himalayas, or perhaps that barge trip through Bordeaux — your guide will be, for the most part, at your beck and call. 

But you may choose to let your guide lead the way, to take advantage of their expertise. Either way, the service would be tailored to your wants and needs. 

Added Flexibility on Private Group Tours
Guided group tours, where most participants typically only know each other after the trip, can be an excellent way to make new friends and are often very budget-friendly. 

A possible downside is that you generally will have little control over who you're traveling with, exactly where you're going and when, at what pace you're traveling, or, in many cases, the group size. 

Conversely, private group tours offer all the benefits of regular guided group tours—not having to wrestle with logistics, access to local guides' knowledge and expertise, knowing the total trip cost in advance, and more—with none of the potential drawbacks. 

It all adds to more flexibility for you and, if you're not going solo, your small group of friends or family. 

Tailored Activities for the Entire Group
Since a private group tour includes you and your selected members, it can accommodate every family member's diverse interests and needs, ensuring a memorable experience for all. 

For example, families with kids and/or older adults can enjoy the tour by considering each family member's interests and physical abilities. Engaging activities like treasure hunts or interactive museum tours can spark kids' curiosity. 

Teens may enjoy adrenaline-pumping adventures like zip-lining or snorkeling. Older adults can appreciate leisurely walks through historic sites or relaxing spa days. 

With personalized itineraries, each family member can participate in activities aligned with their preferences, ensuring everyone feels included and enjoys the journey together. Whether it's exploring ancient ruins, wildlife safaris, or cultural experiences, private guided tours cater to the entire family's interests, creating cherished memories for generations to come.

Dedicated Attention From the Guide
In private group tours, the smaller group size allows for more personalized attention from the guide. With fewer participants, each individual can benefit from deeper interaction, guidance, and engagement throughout the tour. 

Guides can tailor their commentary and activities to the specific interests and preferences of the group members, ensuring a richer and more immersive experience for everyone involved. 

This focused attention fosters a stronger connection between the guide and the participants, enhancing the overall quality of the tour and providing a memorable journey tailored to each traveler's needs.

Specialty Travel on Private Group Tours
Friends, co-workers, and hobbyists can take advantage of private group tours by selecting an activity or interest as the tour's focus. For example, a group of passionate birdwatchers from a single club can arrange a private birding group to some of the best birdwatching destinations. 

This specialized approach ensures that most of the tour's time is dedicated to the chosen activity, maximizing the enjoyment and fulfillment of all participants. Whether exploring birding hotspots, capturing stunning landscapes, or indulging in wine tastings, private group tours provide the ideal platform for immersive and rewarding specialty travel experiences.

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Usha

Sep 2022

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A perfect trip

17 days to Egypt, Jordan and Israel was our first booking with Odynovo , and Susan, our Rep.There were 6 of us traveling. We had planned our way there and our way ou...

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MAM

Jul 2022

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Top Notch Private Tour of Israel, Egypt and Jordan

First time using Odynovo, and the experience was flawless. We traveled to Israel, Jordan and Egypt by private tour with 5-star hotels. It was an action-packed itiner...

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Jul 2022

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Top Notch Private Tour of Israel, Egypt and Jordan

First time using Odynovo, and the experience was flawless. We traveled to Israel, Jordan and Egypt by private tour with 5-star hotels. It was an action-packed itiner...

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Adam v

Dec 2022

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Travelers Beware!

We did a 10-day private tour package across Egypt. Memphis was just plain terrible. In Cairo, their airport liaison, Ahmed, was TERRIBLE — from the moment we met him...

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Carlo G

Mar 2024

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Best Vacation Ever!

Two beautiful weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia, best vacation ever! Exotic Voyages assisted us during the trip making sure everything was fine and everything was great,...

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