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Tour Planning Service for self drive and rail package holidays

In this 'new age' of Covid-19, feel more secure on a self drive holiday? No problem! SGT can help!


SGT provides an itinerary planning service. For a flat planning fee, we organize your itinerary (in the most convenient way to meet your goals, giving you our expert advice as to distance, mileage, time at attractions etc,) then we book your accommodations and any other componants such as car hire, theatre tickets, rail tickets. Then away you go independently on your holiday!


Looking for a tour and can’t quite find something scheduled that perfectly fits your wishes? Let us provide you with the solution. All you have to do is choose the dates!


SGT can plan independent self drive and rail package tours of any length throughout the UK and Europe and, via our local tour partners, anywhere in the world.


Special Group Tours will put together your program specifically to suit YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. Please email us your wishes or give us a ring to discuss options. We will get you a quote with itinerary suggestions and work with you to create the itinerary to best suit you. Just tell us what you want...the rest is up to us! You name the place/theme of interest, we will take you there!


What is the planning fee? That depends on how detail orientated and complicated your tour project; typically fees range from $300 USD flat fee for a basic week or two accommodation/car hire package and up to approx $550 USD flat fee for a very complex, multi-facited adventure with numerous components. Guests pay SGT the flat planning fee and that's it, you pay all accommodations/other suppliers directly (SGT books components on behalf of the guests.)


Over the course of any year, SGT and our ground suppliers operate dozens of custom tour itineraries for 'groups' of between just two guests and two hundred guests.


TWO’S COMPANY: If there are just two or three travelers in your party who would like a very special tour, no worries! We work with any size party for self drive or rail package holidays or escorted private tours featuring the services of a local driver/guide. Whatever best suits you.


Alternatively, we can incorporate a combination independent and private/custom tour package if that better suits. We can provide a personal driver/guide in a car or MPV and design an itinerary to fit your needs, from one day or one month. The majority of the custom trips that we operate are for small groups of just 2 - 8 guests in total. Yes we certainly specialize in Small Group Touring!

Genealogy Tours - Research Your Ancestry

Go in search of your roots!


A very poignant and highly personal trip is following in the footsteps of your ancestors. Seek out a fallen loved one on a battlefield tour or visit the village where your great-great-great grandmother was born. Like this photo of SGT owner Kate Carrigan, perhaps find an ancestral village bearing your name! SGT would be very proud to assist you with this incredibly special journey of discovery.

Previous custom trip themes/activities include:

Family groups seeking their ancestry

University & High School literary educational tours - some worth class credits

Book clubs visiting the places associated with a favorite novel, author or period film

Garden clubs attending flower shows, meeting local gardeners and the option of exclusive garden workshops/chats

Quilting and antique-ing across Britain with the option of private quilting workshops

Pilgrimage to Glastonbury and mystical Britain

Corporate business incentives for their staff

University history department on an archaeological dig

Religious groups on spiritual getaways/retreats (Celtic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu...)

Paranormal investigation society on a hunt across Haunted Wales and England

Golf, fishing and adventure sport outings - maybe try your hand at coasteering and other unique sports!

Cooking classes and culinary/wine/whisky/gin/ale trails with the option of special activities like truffle hunting, digging oysters or cockels or harvest grape picking

'His' & 'Hers' couples trips mixing and matching interests/special activities

Pipe & Drum corps, choirs and bands on performance tours

Hobby clubs traveling together enjoying their hobby together -- motorsport, airplanes, whisky/ale, books, gardening...you name it

Families seeking out a fallen loved one, following the trail of their specific regiment through WWI or WWII battlefields or Britain's Homefront

Just about any theme you can think of...if you can dream it, we are happy to assist you!


Please get in touch!

We just love a challenge!  Just let us know how we can help and we'd be delighted to provide you with a tentative itinerary and estimated costs. The more information you can give at the beginning, the quicker we can get back to you with our ideas.


If you're interested in obtaining a quote from us then please let us have the following information with your request:


*How many guests traveling


*Type of accommodation (our usual 3 - 4 star historical properties, or budget hotels/hostels, or maybe upgrade to 5 star luxury hotels)


*Rooming you prefer - share a room, separate single rooms etc


*Which countries or areas you would like to visit


*Time of year you wish to travel, specific dates if you know them


*What is your primary theme interest, if any



The rest is up to us!




London Booking Contact: 0790 552 4717

specialgrouptours@yahoo.com OR tours@specialgrouptours.com

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