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Escorted Tour Holidays

Guided tour holidays allow you to really get to know a place, discovering hidden locations and gaining real insights into a country. Expert local guides lead you through famous sites and secret spots, giving you the wisdom of their first-hand knowledge. An opportunity to not only explore the farthest corners of the world, but to really get to know them.

One of the things we love most about tour holidays is the freedom and flexibility they provide. No two individuals are the same; as no two trips should be. Add extra activities, or relax for longer at a favourite location. Likewise, you can roam with a group of like-minded travellers and share company and laughter as you journey through some of the world’s most beautiful sites. Or, you can book a private escorted tour and enjoy solo adventures to the beat of your own drum.  

Delve deeper on a guided tour holiday

At Hayes & Jarvis, we’ve been organising escorted holidays for over 65 years, meaning we’ve perfected the art. Expert tour guides bring a location to life - finding you superb local cuisine, the best hotels, the prime time to visit attractions and those hidden gems that guidebooks simply don’t know about. Whether you want to explore Asia’s dynamic cultures, traverse Africa’s wild plains or wander through the glamorous cities of the USA, we’ll help you plan the perfect itinerary.

Travel through the Far East discovering incredibly rich cultures and unique landscapes - on our India Golden Triangle Tour, Cambodia Discovery Tour or Sri Lanka Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour. Historical intrigue, National Parks and iconic cities are bountiful on the New York to Hollywood Tour - where highlights include the Niagara falls, the White House and the bright lights of Las Vegas.

For an African adventure, a Sossusvlei Adventure Tour gives you an insight into the sights, sounds and smells of the Namibia wild. Climb towering golden dunes, discover prehistoric rock art and eerie ghost towns, and roam deserted beaches. Alternatively, get up-close to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife on the Botswana in Style escorted tour safari. Glide over Chobe National Park in a tiny plane before diving into the jungle to spot elephants, leopards, crocodiles and more.

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USA

A country of contrast and diversity, the USA covers a vast stretch of land, with each state and city having its own distinct culture. Our escorted tour holidays enable you to experience all of this, while discovering small towns, hidden corners in National Parks and routes off-the-beaten-track. Take in the glitz of Los Angeles; wonder at the monumental Niagara falls; savour the aromas of succulent Texas steaks; dip your toes into the coast off California.

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Far East

This lively, bustling corner of the world introduces you to some incredibly rich cultures, from the mesmerising geisha of Japan to the tranquil monks of Tibet. Combine the world’s largest cities with sprawling stretches of white sand; wander the Great Wall of China and sail through breathtaking Ha Long Bay; explore the lush rainforests of Malaysia and roam quiet temples and countryside villages in Sri Lanka. For the food enthusiasts, our Far East escorted tours will have you sampling the most sumptuous cuisine, from fresh seafood to spicy noodle broths.

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Africa

Africa’s wild landscapes, exotic creatures and vibrant cultures are just waiting to be discovered - and enjoyed - on an escorted tour. Rove some of the world’s most diverse and spectacular National Parks, from the banks of the life-giving Chobe River to the wide open plains of the Maasai Mara. Trek along the golden sand dunes of Namibia; spot the Big Five on a safari in Kruger National Park; visit Africa’s thriving cosmopolitan cities and untouched beaches.

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South America

South America’s landscapes remain relatively untouched, with vast stretches of the Amazon still unexplored. With bustling cities, ancient ruins and abundant natural wonders, South America provides the ultimate setting for an epic tour. Breathe in the heady Amazon rainforest; dance through the Rio de Janeiro carnival; witness the crashing Iguazu Falls; take in one of the seven wonders of the world at Machu Picchu. Pair this with friendly locals, delicious cuisine and the chance to relax on a paradisal beach, and you’ve got the trip of a lifetime.

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Indian Subcontinent

India is well-known for its diverse and captivating cultures, magnificent architecture, fascinating history and beautifully chaotic cities. A true delight for the senses, you’ll sample deliciously authentic Indian food, get lost in glittering, labyrinth markets and witness colorful traditional festivals. To really understand India - its diversity and complexity - you have to visit yourself. Roam India’s frenetic cities and remote villages, and visit relatively undiscovered countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet on one of our guided tour holidays.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country of Asian elephants and luscious rainforests, peaceful temples and stretching green paddy-fields. Tour a tea plantation, learning how this culinary staple is grown, harvested and produced; explore the depths of the Indian Ocean on a diving trip; visit an Elephant Orphanage to learn about the protection of these magnificent animals. End your trip with your toes in the white-sands of one of Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches, perhaps learning how to ride the waves in a surf lesson.

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Australasia

Our Australasia escorted tours have something for everyone, from the dreamy beaches of Fiji to the rugged mountains of New Zealand and the iconic red sands of Australia’s outback. Explore the world’s most beautiful and remote locations. Meet kangaroos and kiwi birds; learn about Maori culture; lay back on the world’s largest sand island; spend your days working on a cattle ranch or hiking through impressive glaciers. The possibilities are endless.

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Other great tours

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New York to Hollywood Tour

Guide Price  £3,199  pp  

Uncover some of the most iconic sights that the USA have to offer on the escorted tour. From the Manhattan skyline to the Hollywood Hills, we're crossing North America from New York to LA, calling at the US capital, Washington,...

Escorted tours

New York to Hollywood Tour
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Cambodia Discovery Tour

Guide Price  £2,499  pp  

Get off the beaten track and experience the real Cambodia, from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, to the ancient temples of Angkor. This beautiful country has so much to offer, experience the traditional way of life at laid back...

Multi centre holidays

Cambodia Discovery Tour
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Costa Rican Adventure tour

Guide Price  £3,299  pp  

Go back to nature with this amazing tour that will enchant you for the spectacular scenery and exotic wildlife. The ultimate adventure-filled experience. Be prepared for hiking among misty cloud forests, volcanic peaks, dramatic waterfalls and turtle-nesting beaches. A virtually...

Adventure holidays

Costa Rican Adventure tour
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Classic Ceylon Tour

Guide Price  £1,299  pp  

Classic Ceylon is a popular comprehensive tour, taking in Sri Lanka's rich history, fascinating culture and beautiful scenery while spending your nights in a range of Sri Lanka's most superior hotels. From seeing the rolling tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya...

Cultural holidays

Classic Ceylon Tour
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Rocky Mountain Frontiers Tour

Guide Price  £2,799  pp  

Enjoy the journey as much as the destinations on this fabulous Rocky Mountain Frontiers escorted tour.Begin in the mile high city of Denver where you will be taken on a tour of the city before hitting the open road to...

Escorted tours

Rocky Mountain Frontiers Tour
Sigiriya Rock Fortress

World Heritage Sri Lanka

Guide Price  £699  pp  

This private escorted tour offers an introduction into the culture and history of Sri Lanka while show casing a selection of superior hotels. Your guide is a true asset and their knowledge and passion of the country can be shared...

Escorted tours

World Heritage Sri Lanka
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Colours of New England Tour

Guide Price  £2,099  pp  

Flame reds and fiery russets, rich gold's and deep ochres blend into a breathtaking backdrop on this colourful New England journey. Add in the bustle of historic Boston, the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire and the stunning Maine coastline and...

Escorted tours

Colours of New England Tour
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Explore Lombok and Gili Nanggu Tour

Guide Price  £599  pp  

The ideal extension to your Bali holiday, this five day itinerary showcases the best that the nearby islands of Lombok and Gili Nanggu have to offer. Discover local tribes and traditional pottery villages, explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls and...

Multi centre holidays

Explore Lombok and Gili Nanggu Tour
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Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour

Guide Price  £399  pp  

A short but comprehensive private tour showing casing Sri Lanka's superior hotels, ideal for combining with a relaxing beach stay. Take in a traditional village experience en route to the fascinating and historic city of Kandy, then wind into Nuwara...

Couples Holidays

Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

Escorted tour holidays take you between different destinations, giving you in depth insights into sights and attractions along the way. They usually include your accommodation, some meals, guided tours of specific attractions and transport between each of the locations. Our escorted tour itineraries can be enjoyed in a group or solo, they can be booked off the shelf, or you can speak to one of our experts who will help you create your own itinerary. You can also combine two or more of our escorted tour holidays, whether you want to spend a week or a month seeing the many sights in the 60 destinations we offer.

Our escorted tours allow you to choose. You can book a group tour and travel with other likeminded visitors, seeing new sights and experiencing new cultures together, or you can book a solo tour. Private tours are ideal for families, larger groups, couples wanting to enjoy each other’s company or solo travellers who want to create their own itinerary and explore at their own pace. Our Destination Specialists can help you decide which is the right option for you, based on who you’re travelling with, where you’d like to go, how long for and what kind of holiday you’re looking for.

No. Speak to one of our expert Destination Specialists and they can help you decide whether you’d like to book one of our ready-made escorted tour itineraries or create your own. Once you have planned and booked your tour, you will also have some freedom. You will need to arrive at your arranged accommodation in time for the evenings, but where you travel during the day and how long you stop for will depend on your group. If you’re travelling solo each day can be up to you, while those travelling on group tours are often given a choice of activities or excursions for the day.

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Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for... Escorted Tours?

With over 65 years of experience in planning bespoke holiday itineraries and escorted tours, you can trust us with your holiday plans. Our Destination Specialists are experts who take the time to both get to know the location and get to know you, before creating your perfect guided tour - including preferred activities, accomodation and locations. We cater for those who want to travel in a group and those who want to travel privately. We’re with you every step of the way - from dreaming to planning to booking to travelling