Cox & Kings has reduced maximum group sizes and has axed single supplements for the first three solo places booked on most of its tours.

The luxury group tour specialist made the changes at the launch of its north Africa, Middle East and Central Asia 2021 programme.

The new programme will focus on the operator’s best selling tours but will include Lebanon for the first time after its soft-launch earlier this year.

Lebanon: Land of the Phoenicians costs from £1,795 for seven nights taking in the ports of Byblos and Sidon, capital Beirut, and Roman remains of Baalbek.

There will now be a maximum of 18 per group tour, down from 26, and an average of 14 per tour across its programme.

New safety and hygiene protocols have also been introduced and larger vehicles to allow more room while travelling.

For the majority of its tours the operator has also scrapped the single supplement for the first places booked for single travellers.

Managing director Kerry Golds said there was already “strong demand” for 2021 for North Africa and the Middle East.

For small group tour bookings made by September 30, the operator is not charging for customers who change to a new destination or move date up to 61 days prior to departure.