SGT Advantage

The Special Group Tours Advantage is our unique and intimate understanding of what you expect as an American traveling abroad. We have not only visited but have spent many years living in and loving the cultures you will experience down the ‘b’ roads and off the beaten track. We have worked with the local suppliers, guide/companions and also as a tour guide in the UK and have ‘backpacked’ our way across Southeast Asia, East Africa and parts of Australia and Latin America. Special Group Tours offers our “insider” knowledge to you.

At Special Group Tours, it is our priority that you have the most enjoyable holiday possible. You deserve it!

For further info about our ground suppliers, please see below.

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Meet some of SGT’s Ground Suppliers…

Access All Areas (GB) Ltd

Bruce Cherry founded his first small group tour company in 1986, then a lecturer in Marketing, Tourism & Transport at a London university. Initially, the intention was to use the company as a teaching aid, but the demand for tours quickly turned the company into a more formal commercial venture. He is very proud that his was the first company in existence offering a program of small group scheduled tours for the independent travel market. The company was founded on the principle that small group travel is better for both the environment and for the individual traveler than is mass tourism, as delivered by the traditional fifty-seat coach tour. Celebrating over 20 Years of Service

Access All Areas is THE ORIGINAL Rock and Roll London tour company. Why not join their blog for great rock news and fun facts:http://www.londonrocktour.blogspot.com/

Archaeotours

We are a small, friendly holiday company operating in stunning West Wales. We bring you Archaeological and Historical tours, guided by qualified archaeologists.

Our tours take you to some of the archaeological gems in beautiful Pembrokeshire.  Our goal is to enable you to relax and enjoy wonderful scenery, sites, superior hospitality and succulent Welsh fare in some of our specially chosen hotels.

Our belief is that your time is precious, so let us arrange a break that will fascinate, amuse and surprise you, and leave you feeling pampered and relaxed when you go home. Go on … give the car a break… Come with Archaeotours and start bringing the past to life.    Archeaotours Terms & Conditions

Big Five Tours & Expeditions

Founded in 1973, Big Five Tours & Expeditions is renowned for customized, luxury soft adventure travel to more than 44 destinations worldwide. For more than 30 years we have stood at the forefront of distinguished leisure travel. We provide the latest destination offerings while focusing on low-impact, sustainable tourism that steadfastly supports environmentally responsible lodgings and cruise boats. Our trips are luxurious, adventurous and engaging, with an emphasis on culture, history and nature.Big Five Tours & Expeditions is a premier luxury tour company offering individualized vacations worldwide. From custom-designed private vacations to fully-escorted special interest groups, Big Five specializes in satisfying your discriminating taste for the ultimate travel experience. Travel on one of our distinctive journeys to your favorite exotic destinations that span Africa, South & Central America (including the Galapagos Islands), Asia & The Orient, South Pacific, Antarctica & The Arctic.Celebrating over 33 Years of Service Big Five FAQ         About Big Five

Cambrian Routes

Cambrian Routes is an award winning family business, run by Peter Davies and his wife Eve.

Because they care as much about your holiday as you do their tours are not tied to tight schedules. They are specifically designed to give you that most precious of commodities, Time! TIME to visit the places that interest you; TIME to enjoy the sights and sounds; TIME to explore at a pace that suits you; TIME to meet with and chat to local people; TIME to be yourself. If you should forget to pack your watch, so much the better!With quality, and service in mind, you and your companions will travel in a ‘people carrier’ which has superb all-round vision, climate control and individual reclining seats. Large enough for comfort, our vehicles are able to take you to those out of the way places not visited by larger tour buses.

Our tours are designed for small groups who want their holiday to be entertaining and enjoyable without being restrictive. Your personal chauffeur guide will ensure that your UK tour will be one to treasure.

Country Lane Tours

Country Lane Tours is a small family business located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park offering high quality, friendly and relaxing holiday vacations to individuals and small groups. The company is run by husband and wife team Idwal & Gwenyth Jones.

Idwal states “We’re personally involved with planning the itineraries for all groups and individual tours. We are proud of the fact that either one of us has personally met everyone who has traveled to Wales with our organization during the past ten years.”

Our prime objective, then and now, was to develop interesting itineraries which would appeal to individual travelers and small groups. There are so many ‘bland’ itineraries out there, many so obviously created from guide books by someone who’s never been to Wales. The only way forward was to be different from the rest.Celebrating over 11 Years of Service  Country Lane Terms & Conditions

International Friends

International Friends has been operating tours specifically for overseas visitors to Britain since 2002. The company was established by Martin Robinson BA, a Tourism and Marketing Graduate who had previously worked for leading travel companies including Thomas Cook and the NST Travel Group. Martin began his career in travel back in 1989 and has an outstanding reputation for providing reliable travel arrangements to thousands of clients during this period.

The tours offered by International Friends operate to the highest standards and every tour has a guaranteed departure. This means that our overseas clients can confirm travel travel arrangements around our tours without the risk of us subsequently cancelling in the event of low numbers. This policy has actually been so popular that our tours tend to get booked out even in mid winter. Over the years our clients and travel agents have come to trust us because we do exactly what we promise. Complaints are rare and client satisfaction levels are high. Many clients travel with us following a friend or relative’s recommendation and a considerable proportion of our clients travel on more than one of our tours.

Lynott Tours

Lynott Tours (rhymes with ‘why not’) was founded as a luxury travel company by Patrick and Betty Lynott. He was Irish and his wife was British. They began operating as an Irish tour operator in 1970, arranging tours for upscale travelers. Now Ireland & travel to Great Britain are synonymous with Lynott Tours. The Company was sold in 1983 to Ellen Mc Nulty, who became President. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. We believe that a vacation can only be a success if it is custom-tailored to fit the requirements and preferences of each individual. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. We believe that personal attention to our customers is essential.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat was established in 1972, then operating a single bus service over Kirkstone Pass. Mountain Goat (incorporating Park Tours & Travel) today operate a whole range of holidays, tours and services. Offering a variety of full-day and half-day guided mini-coach tours this is the ideal way to explore the spectacular scenery of the Lake District.

Tours operate daily throughout the year and include lake cruises, steam train journeys and cultural, historic and literary attractions. With frequent stops for photographs and short walks, an informative commentary and complimentary hotel pick-up service, guests can sit back and relax and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. We only operate vehicles with a maximum of 16 seats which allow us to go ‘off the beaten track’ and visit those special places not accessible by large coaches and buses.

Rabbie’s

Rabbie’s was established in 1993, and named after Scotland’s best loved poet Robert Burns, we are Scotland’s longest running small group tour company with a world-wide reputation for the friendliest tours on the planet. Innovation has always been at the heart of everything we do and we have recently been recognised as a Tourism Innovation Award winner for our new gastro-whisky tours Flavours of Scotland.
From the very beginning Rabbie’s was built by valuing, managing and conserving our environment. We aim to leave the legacy of our beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy. Our tours are as close as you can get to touring in your own car, but with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint by 66%*. We support local businesses and on our overnight tours you are given the choice of accommodation, allowing you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and meet the locals. This way you help to sustain their communities and promote local cultures, environment and wildlife. And we are very proud that our commitment to environmental excellence has been recognised with 2 top Gold awards from the Green Tourism scheme and Keep Edinburgh Clean awards.

Rabbie’s is world renowned for going the extra mile for you and because we operate small group tours, we really can give you the personal attention you’re looking for. That’s why we invite you NOT to get lost in the crowd and allow us to do what we do best, and give you a memorable and enriching experience that lasts a lifetime. Get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. Small group touring allows us to give you a more personal service and we remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF SCOTLAND & NORTHERN ENGLAND WITH RABBIE’S!

Evan Evans Tours

With over 70 years of experience, we believe Evan Evans Tours offers you the best that Britain can offer. The coaches used are top of the range and of course are comfortable and air-conditioned. Evan Evans Tours is the only sightseeing company to have been commended for our Discovering London tour by the London Tourist Board.

We understand that your vacation is important and time is of the essence. However, whilst some operators will try and entice you with an overloaded itinerary, at Evan Evans we strive to ensure that you spend enough time in each location to appreciate and remember the experience.

We only use professional Blue Badge Guides who are fully qualified and approved by the London Tourist Board. It’s their vast knowledge and experience that really brings your tour to life.     Evan Evans FAQ

Gate 1 Travel

Gate 1 Travel was founded in 1981 with a staff of two in Glenside, PA. Gate 1 still operates from Glenside, but today has a worldwide staff well into the hundreds. The goal of its president and owner, Dani Pipano, was to build a quality international travel organization offering competitive prices, and always mindful of the needs of the American traveler. His goal has been realized, and today Gate 1 is recognized as a leader in international travel from the US.

Gate 1 Travel is proud to be affiliated with the finest tourism organizations and welcomes you to contact any of these honorable institutions to learn more about Gate 1’s ethical, financial and moral credentials. You are also encouraged to contact any of the government tourist offices, cruise lines, hotels and airlines represented by Gate 1 Travel. Celebrating over 25 Years of Service Gate1 Terms & Conditions

Windstar Cruises

A Unique Concept In Cruising Sailing under the banner of its appropriate tag line “180º From Ordinary,” Windstar was created in the mid-1980’s with the vision to offer an alternative to the typical cruise or resort vacation. The Windstar passenger sees the world from a romantic sailing ship with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine.

The Ships In late 1986, the first commercial sailing vessel built in 60 years slipped out of a French dry-dock in Le Havre. Although the towering sails echoed a bygone era of explorers, the msy Wind Star, with its sleek lines and computerized controls, was revolutionary in concept and design.

Windstar’s ships are officially motor-sail-yachts (msy), but the designation belies the vessels unique rigging. Unfurling in two minutes at the push of a button, billowing white sails reach to the sky. All functions are operated from the bridge by computer micro-chips and navigational devices. The unusual “open-bridge” operation allows guests to drop by and acquaint themselves with the veteran captains and officers who demonstrate the ship’s intriguing capabilities to modern day explorers.

Carrying just 148 to 308 guests, Windstar ships exude a private-yacht-like atmosphere creating camaraderie and lasting friendships between fellow sailors. Every day aboard Windstar brings the promise of new horizons and harbors to explore.

Holland America Line

With more than 130 years of experience, Holland America Line is recognized as the undisputed leader in the cruise industry’s premium segment. With the introduction of the 1,918-passenger ms Noordam in early 2006, Holland America Line’s fleet grows to 13 ships, offering nearly 500 cruises from more than 25 home ports. Itineraries range from two to 108 days and visit all seven continents, including new Australia/New Zealand and Asia sailings, a world cruise and popular sailings to several ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe. The ms Noordam also will offer Caribbean sailings in the winter from new homeport New York City.

Holland America Line’s $225 million, fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements feature new programs and amenities including the Culinary Arts Center presented byFood & Wine magazine – a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts will provide cooking demonstrations and classes – Explorations Café powered by the New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new cabin amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

About Princess

From its modest beginnings in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico, Princess has grown to become one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. Today, its fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line.

The most recognized cruise line in the world was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when Pacific Princess was cast in a starring role on a new television show called The Love Boat. The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the still-new concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since.

Worldwide Destinations
Princess’ philosophy of choice is also reflected in its sailing schedule. Offering voyages to more worldwide cruise destinations than any other major line, Princess has more than 150 itineraries ranging from seven to 72 days. The line sails to all seven continents and calls at nearly 260 ports around the world. Princess passengers can enhance their cruise experience through the Adventures Ashore program featuring more than 1,500 in-port excursions worldwide, and the company’s expanding cruisetour offerings enable passengers to combine their cruise with a full land tour. Destinations on all seven continents include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, Hawaii, Tahiti/French Polynesia, Asia, India, Africa, Holy Land, Canada/New England and Antarctica.

Custom Tours Europe

Our tours at Custom Tours Europe are tailor-made for those who cannot find exactly what they want from the rigid, set itineraries of the larger companies. Our feeling is that travel should be fun not a duty.

Ideal for special interest groups, history clubs, art lovers, museum supporters, language classes, wine clubs, families, couples, individuals or anyone wishing for a holiday in the style of their own choosing.

Recent Tours have included: London and Southern England, the Cote d’Azur and Provence, Ireland, Normandy and the Loire Valley, Umbria and Tuscany, the Cotswolds and Central England, South Western France and the Dordogne, Sicily, Malta, Paris and the Ile de France, the Italian Lakes and Venice, Champagne and Burgundy, Southern and South Western England, Alsace and Lorraine, Crete and mainland Greece, Prague, Vienna and Salzburg. . .

For a private tour with YOUR choice of destination and YOUR choice of pace, contact — William Lingwood-Watts at Custom Tours Europe.