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  • Joining family members in Africa for wildlife viewing on safari .
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  • 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.
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Tour Tips
  • If you have strong preferences about where to go, what to see, and what to do on a trip, then a private guided tour may be right for you. 
  • Many mostly high-end tour companies specialize in private guided tours, so you may want to check out their offerings first. 
  • While you can generally expect to pay more for a private guided tour than a regular guided group tour, you can help establish the budget as well as the itinerary when you customize your own trip. 
  • If you feel you’re being overly pushed in a direction you don’t want to go – be it the destination, the types of activities, budget, or other considerations – you may want to shop around. 
  • A “private” guided tour doesn’t (necessarily) mean solo travel with a guide; many families and small groups of friends line up private tours so they can form their own group. 
  • Tour companies that arrange private guided tours often offer “sample” tours that you can use as models for inspiration – or, if that itinerary appeals to you, simply choose it.  
  • If you’re traveling to different countries or large regions within a country, you may be matched with more than one local guide, to take best advantage of their varied expertise.
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Amazing Vietnam 16 days

Amazing Vietnam 16 days

5.0 June 2017 Insight Asia Travel Recommend: Yes It's a great value vacations. A multi day adventure tour! Excellent tour guides and services. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed very much. Just loved it and can't wait for our next visit to such a beautiful country. Read more

A great time of this forever changing amazing country Vietnam

My Vietnam trip 14 days

5.0 June 2017 Insight Asia Travel Recommend: Yes Insight Asia Travel Hanoi is a company I have personally used for many visits over the last several years on previous holidays to Vietnam and Cambodia .
My most recent trip was with my family been my wife and a 6 year old son in August 2016 .
As per usual we were greeted at the airport by our local guide / travel manager to assist with our check in to our centrally located hotel in the centre of town in Saigon HCMC . We had many day tours to the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels , war remnants museum , Independence Palace and to local market places along with a brief walking tour close to the surrounds of the hotel to see the the old post office and cathederal . The hustle and bustle of this amazing city always amazes me as its forever changing after each visit .

The hydrofoil ride up the Saigon river is also a great way to go for the transfers to the peninsula of Vung Tau which takes approx 1 hour 35 min . It takes 3 hours by car or mini van depending on your group size . This is also great as you can see lots of the local villages and town enroute with a couple of stops along the way .

The hotels and tours are all very well handled along with various restaurants chosen for meals as recommended . There is also plenty of time to search around for your own preferences .
Again many local tours in and around the peninsula are a must see.
Domestic airfares are easily done and can be arranged accordingly .
Saigon to Hanoi is approx 2 hours flight. I would suggest that any internal flights or accommodation be held confirmed especially in peak holiday periods to avoid any dissappointment which can be arranged with your guide or have in place before you leave home .
The beautiful capital city of Hanoi has got to be my most favourable city in all of Asia . The old french quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake is very relaxing as you watch the world go by . The water puppet show is a must see traditional part of Vietnamese culture . Ha Long Bay just beautiful with 1 to 3 night stays onboard the cruise junks which are fully inclusive are just fantastic . The overnight train in the sleeper carriages is a great experience approx 12 hours going north
to highlands of Sapa .
There are so many things to see and do and I would have no hesitation to advise other travellers of my experiences with this company . All the staff along with local guides and various tours always go by the scheduled time frame to allow to fit in others things on a day to day basis . The hotels I've stayed in over the years are in great location along with nice clean rooms and good service . Some with swimming pools and some that don't have which isn't high on my list at times .
Overall the memorable times that I've had are all thanks to the expertise of Insight Asia Travel Hanoi and local travel guides and managers which go out of their way to make sure everything is just perfect for you to have a great time of this forever changing amazing country .

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Awesome experience

Egypt Luxury Tour Package

5.0 June 2017 Jakada Tours Recommend: Yes My friend and I hired Jakada Tours to plan our overnight trip from Cairo to Luxor. They picked us up from our hotel in Cairo and drove us to the airport to take the flight to Cairo. Arriving in Luxor, we were greeted by our Egyptologist and guide Mr. Ahmed faued and driver. They drove us to our Hotel than informed us about our tour the next morning.
We visit The Valley of Kings, the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Luxor and Karnak temples.
Mr. Ahmed is a very knowledgeable Egyptologist, he showed us all the sites and told us all about the history behind all the historical site we've visited.
Thanks to Jakada Tours and Mr. Ahmed, we had the best trip ever and everything was so perfect from beginning to end!
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Best trip of our life!

Peru Adventure Tour

5.0 June 2017 Kuoda Travel Recommend: Yes This was our first time using a travel company and they set the bar really high! Every single thing was taken care of for us including (but not limited to) hotels, transportation, food, guides, drivers, pictures and on and on. We are so appreciative of the amazing care they showed us, and would recommend them as highly as possible. You will not be disappointed! They not only arranged all of these experiences but on our departure from Cusco, the owner Meri, came to meet us in person. If you are looking to travel in Peru, do not hesitate to use Kuoda Travel. Read more

Perfect trip to Peru & Machu Picchu

Peru Adventure Tour

5.0 June 2017 Kuoda Travel Recommend: Yes This letter is long overdue as both Kris & I need to thank you and the Kuoda team for such a wonderful experience in Peru. We sincerely appreciate you taking time out of your day to meet us at the airport and we enjoyed our time spent with the extended team at Kuoda.
Foremost I must say that I was a little reluctant to participate in a guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas in Peru. My wife and I were splurging on this trip for our 10 year wedding anniversary and it was worth every penny. Neither of us had been to Peru before nor do we speak Spanish and your team provided excellent guidance along the way to navigate the flights, day trips and help us better understand Peruvian culture and history. We very much appreciated having your team available either in person or over the phone for when we had questions about our trip (great example was our hiking permits for day two in Machu Picchu and your team getting back to us immediately at our hotel).
We owe a special thanks to Jenny for dialing in the perfectly planned trip for us. She worked closely with Kris to tailor the hiking that we enjoy and nailed it with the Huchuy Cusco hike.

The restaurant recommendations were amazing and we loved the food and atmosphere of each unique place particularly those around Cusco. We were able to see so much of Peru & Machu Picchu in a short time period and our trip wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable without her expert planning.
I also cannot say enough good things about Eyner and the quality time we spent with him at Machu Picchu, Cusco and throughout our journey. It’s apparent on meeting him that he’s passionate about Quechua culture and eager to share its history. He was extremely patient with answering our many and frequent questions. Eyner navigated us through the crowds in the sacred valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco and we sincerely appreciated hearing is personal experiences and perspectives at each unique location.

He was also deft at adjusting the trip on the fly and connected us with a local silversmith in Cusco, much to Kris’ joy. The long day hike up Huchuy Cusco was extremely special and we are thankful for this unique trip with Eyner. Kuoda is very fortunate to have him as a member of the team.

Again a huge muchas gracias to you and the Kuoda team for exceeding our expectations and delivering on the perfect anniversary trip to Peru & Machu Picchu. We have such fond memories that will last a lifetime and we look forward to our next adventure with your team.
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If you aren't interested in a group guided tour, you can still travel with a guide on your own. A number of tour operators will fix you up with a private guide or guides for the duration of your trip. Your tour could either be customized to your liking, or you could choose one of the standard itineraries offered by the operator, so that you don't have to think about where to stay, how long to be gone, when to fly, or any other travel logistics. Private guided tours are, of course, typically more expensive than group tours, but you never have to worry about getting lost in the crowd.

A private guided tour can prove to be one of your most memorable and satisfying travel experiences. You – or your smallish group of like-minded family and friends – have the use of your own guide(s) to introduce you to and immerse you in far-off locales and cultures that you might not feel comfortable navigating on your own. 

A good private tour company and guide should confer with you and your companions as to your preferences on what to see and do, what your energy level is, 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 

Most tour agencies that offer private guided tours are eager to work with you in pre-planning trips according to your individual preferences. For instance, if you and your family have always wanted to see the Great Migration of wildebeest in Tanzania’s Serengeti, they’ll work to make it happen. If you’re traveling with young children, they’ll take that into account. 

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

Whatever kind of private guided tour you choose – an African safari, a cook’s tour of 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 well choose to let your guide lead the way, to take best advantage of his or her expertise. Either way, the service should be tailored to your wants and needs. 

Added Flexibility

Regular guided group tours – where most participants typically don’t know each other before the trip – can be a wonderful way to make new friends, and are often very budget-friendly. A possible downside, though, is that you generally won’t have any 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 size of the group. 

With private guided tours, on the other hand, you get all the benefits of regular guided group tours – not having to wrestle with logistics or hassle with transportation, gaining the insights and access that good local guides can provide, knowing what the total trip will cost in advance, and more -– with none of the potential drawbacks. It all adds up to more flexibility for you and, if you’re not going solo, your own small group of friends or family. 

Other Things to Keep in Mind

In some parts of the world, guides are expected to eat separately from the tour group, so if you’d like to invite your private guide to dine with you, ask politely -- but don’t be offended if he or she has to decline. 

Even with family members and groups of friends, disagreements can erupt while traveling. Try to work out any potential problem areas before you start your trip, because to take best advantage of a private guided tour, you won’t want to give your guide constantly conflicting signals.   

Private guided tours can be ideal for family travel, since children can be themselves and guides can tailor activities to them and give them more individual attention than in a larger group tour. 

Private guided tours are also good for specialty travel, such as birding trips, photo tours, or wine tasting expeditions in which you have intense interest in one activity and want to spend the bulk of your time on it.

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