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Cox & Kings is Changing 'How You Get There'

Tour Operator | Cox & Kings | David Cogswell | March 26, 2015

Cox & Kings is Changing 'How You Get There'

PHOTO: Wings over Africa. Cox & Kings is offering a flying safari that uses small planes as transportation. (Photo by David Cogswell)

Transportation is not just a means of getting where you want to go. For better or worse, it is a significant part of any travel experience.

Frequent travelers know that the old maxim, "getting there is half the fun" may not always be the case.

In today’s tours market, with increasing emphasis on experiential travel, tour operators are challenged to find modes of transportation that are not merely links from one part of an itinerary to another, but are important experiences in themselves.

Cox & Kings, for example, is making efforts to enrich its transportation options to satisfy an increase of interest in more authentic, immersive experiences.

The 250-year-old tour operator reports that it has recently seen a growing demand for “distinctive ways of getting from here to there,” according to a company statement. As a result, the company is trying to liven up the transportation component of its trips.

Cox & Kings is using small bi-plane for transportation on its Flying Safari, hearkening back to Africa’s rich aeronautic history, which developed when there were few roads on the continent and the only way to travel great distances was by plane.

Boats are another popular form of transportation that Cox & Kings is trying to incorporate into its travel programs. On its Indochina Revealed tour, transportation is via a river cruise boat from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Train transportation remains a popular and colorful mode of transportation, and Cox & Kings is looking for opportunities to include rail travel on its programs. On its Indian Odyssey Onboard the Deccan Odyssey, for example, the company’s guests ride on a luxury train from Delhi to Rajasthan.

Bicycles are another popular form of transportation for smaller distances and Cox & Kings is including bikes on its programs where appropriate. Cox & Kings’ New York tour Behind the Scenes of the Big Apple includes a half-day culinary tour of Brooklyn using bikes for transportation.

And the search will continue as Cox & Kings looks for more ways to include modes of transportation that enrich the travelers’ understanding and experience of the destination.

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