How Does a Private Group Tour in Europe Work?

Ghostriders on foot in the Baltics | Dennis Dawson
Ghostriders on foot in the Baltics | Dennis Dawson

How Does a Private Group Tour in Europe Work?

There are two main styles of travelling with UTracks: on a self-guided trip or small-group guided tour. However, there is also a third way of exploring Europe on an active holiday - on a private group tour.

In this article, we explain what a private group tour is, the advantages of a private group tour, and the reasons why people choose to travel Europe on a private group tour.
Finish your week-long cycling trip in the majestic city of Dresden

What is a private group tour?

A private group tour is essentially a tour that has been customised to your group's specific needs and is not found in our regular range of walking and cycling trips.
It is possible to personalise these aspects on a private group tour:
  • Accommodation (upgrade to premium hotels or stay in regional specialities such as paradors in Spain)
  • Trip itinerary and length (add days, shorten days, add rest days, add in detours)
  • Meals (organise group dinners)
  • Guides (use a private tour guide to add some depth to your trip)

What is the difference between a self-guided tour, a guided tour, and a private group tour?

A self-guided tour is where travellers follow route notes and maps, allowing you to have the freedom to explore at your own pace. These trips offer a lot of independence and flexibility without compromising on the security and organisation of a guided tour.

A guided group tour features a passionate local guide, whose role is to share cultural insights, provide directions, organise the daily itinerary and ensure the holiday runs smoothly for everyone.

A private group tour is tailored to your group's needs. It can include a guide or be self-guided, have a customised itinerary, or have premium accommodation.
Group posing at the Italian-French border in the Alps |  <i>Ryan Graham</i>

What are the key benefits of a private group tour?

  • It takes into account any special needs of a group.
  • It takes the hassle away from one person trying to organise for the whole group.
  • Have full flexibility with choosing your own dates.
  • Enjoy spending time with people you already know.
  • The itinerary of the trip is tailored to your needs: go slow and smell the roses, take detours, spend extra time in specific locations.
Cycling past traditional houses near Ústí nad Labem

Do private group tours cost more than regular tours?

The quick answer is no – but it does depend on the type of tour you're planning. For example, a barge-based tour, that normally takes 50 passengers, would obviously cost more if you only had 6 people! We are able to curate a tour to your budget.

How many people can be on a private group tour?

The limitation on group size really depends on what type of trip it is. Typically group sizes range from 2 to 20, but it is possible to go beyond this. Please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss.
The bikes are loaded on to the small boat which takes the group to the Dalyan rock tombs |  <i>Erin Williams</i>

Why do people book private group tours?

Here are some of the reasons we have experienced. 
  • Families looking to tailor an experience to suit the kids. 
  • Cycling, walking, or social clubs looking to travel together
  • A school planning an overseas educational experience

  • A group of friends interested in a centre-based trip.
  • A charity group looking to fundraise.
  • A couple planning their honeymoon and wanting deluxe accommodation.

How can I organise a walking or cycling private group tour with UTracks?

It’s really simple to plan your private group tour with UTracks. The best place to start is to reach out to our friendly team.

You can choose a trip from our comprehensive range of European active holidays. We are able to customise these trips to suit your group's needs. For instance, if you’d like to use premium hotels or if you’d like to add extra days to the itinerary.
Or, if you’re unsure of which trip you’d like to take, you can contact us with the below information:
  • your ideal destination, 
  • the size of your group, 
  • the type of activity (walking or cycling), 
  • the preferred departure date.
Fundraisers at the Keswick Stone Circle during their Lake District charity challenge |  <i>John Millen</i>
>> No matter how you decide to explore Europe, you won't regret an active holiday with UTracks. Feel free to contact us - our team of travel experts are here to help.

Are you planning on organising a private group tour? Where in Europe do you want to go to? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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