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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, the Classic Vietnam and Cambodia 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, enjoy a thrilling safari in Etosha National Park, tracking the famous Big Five in their natural habitat, with the Explore Namibia safari. Alternatively, get up-close to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife on the Grand Tour of Botswana escorted tour safari.

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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’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.

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.

The Taj Mahal

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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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.

Top tours

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Brazil And Argentina Tour

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £2,999 PP
Our tour featuring Tango and Samba takes you to the two fascinating cities of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Rio…
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White Tiger

Private Tour Guide For Taj Mahal

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,899 PP
Our incredible Taj and Tigers tour introduces you to some of India’s most mesmerising sights. Dive into this wild and…
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Lion in Kruger National Park

South Africa Luxury Safari Tour

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £4,599 PP
It’s easy to see why South Africa is one of our most popular destinations on the African continent. This fascinating…
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Solo holidays

Other great tours

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New York To Hollywood Tour

  • 17 Days
  • Guide Price £3,199 PP
Our New York to Hollywood tour promises a full spectrum look at the best the United States has to offer….
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Costa Rica Wildlife Tour

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £3,999 PP
Go back to nature with this amazing tour that will enchant you for the spectacular scenery and exotic wildlife. The…
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Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tour Sri Lanka

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £1,599 PP
Classic Ceylon is a popular tour of Sri Lanka’s heart, taking in rich history, fascinating culture and beautiful scenery whilst…
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Denver Rocky Mountains Tour

  • 15 Days
  • 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…
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Lion in Kruger National Park

South Africa Luxury Safari Tour

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £4,599 PP
It’s easy to see why South Africa is one of our most popular destinations on the African continent. This fascinating…
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Leopard in Botswana

Botswana Victoria Falls Adventure Tour

  • 14 Days
  • Guide Price £8,699 PP
Botswana is renowned for its abundance of wildlife parks which make up nearly one-fifth of the country. With attractions such…
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World Heritage Tour Sri Lanka

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £899 PP
This private escorted tour offers an introduction into the culture and history of Sri Lanka while showcasing a selection of…
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Fall Leaves Tour New England

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
Discover a very special part of America during this New England luxury nine day tour. As we journey through the…
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Kandy Tea Plantation Tour

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £499 PP
A short but comprehensive private tour showcasing Sri Lanka’s superior hotels, ideal for combining with a relaxing beach stay. Take…
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an escorted tour?

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.

Will I be in a group on my escorted tour?

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.

Do I have to stick to the exact itinerary?

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

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