A flexible and independent style of touring holiday across leading long-haul destinations is being introduced by Cosmos Tours.

The private tours are designed to provide more intimate and personalised adventures with personally chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles to suit the individual party size.

With a private guide-driver, travellers will have the flexibility to choose the pace that suits them best.

Without the need to keep up with a group, more time can be spent at an attraction which has particular interest, or bypass it to spend more time at another which holds more appeal.

Those taking private tours also gain personalised hotel check-in, separate dining, private airport transfers as well as a broader range of UK departure dates.

The choice of 14 private tours is available in Asia, Eastern Africa, India and Indonesia.

A 10-day ‘India’s Golden Triangle and Tigers of Ranthambore’ trip starts at £1,419 per person.

The operator’s free VIP home pick-up service is included as standard with any 2017 holiday, within a 50 mile radius of the UK departure airport.

The private tours cater for parties from one to 28 people, depending on the individual tour itinerary, and are available to book from September 26 for 2017 departures.

Head of product, Rob Goodwin, said: “We can now offer our customers the flexibility of travelling at their own pace with an expert guide to show them the best that a destination has to offer, combined with all the financial benefits of booking a package with us.

“We believe that our new private tours will have a broad appeal, ranging from existing customers to those who are new to touring, as well as varying age groups, including younger travellers and honeymooners.

“In the future, we are looking to provide family rooms so that we can help to create incredible holiday experiences for the whole family.”