One-of-a-kind small group departures

These Limited Edition Small Group holidays are a bit of a departure (boom tish!) for us. Each tour is a one off, and features exclusive and unique experiences which make the most of the special partnerships that we’ve developed during our decades working across Asia.

A lot of thought (and a few 'passionate' discussions!) preceded our decision to develop group holidays. The group approach was an exciting but altogether new direction for us, which demanded that we venture out of our privately guided tailor-made comfort-zone.

All the same, we quickly fell in love with the significant benefits that group travel brings, and have wholeheartedly applied our own unique approach and detailed country expertise to developing these trips.

Uncommon opportunities

We're never content with creating ordinary holidays, and the philosophy underlying this range of tours is to offer you unique and unusual experiences, yet make them achievable by using the group travel approach.

We want to show you the lesser-known places which can be harder to reach, but which reward travellers who make the effort to get there. Each tour will let you explore routes that steer well away from the more obvious destinations, and discover the less accessible areas that we’ve personally been exploring for many years. Most of the trips also feature a selection of classic highlights (the ones that are highlights for good reason!) but we’ve designed them to be anything but run-of-the-mill.

Privileged partnerships

We've developed some very special partnerships during our years in Asia, and many of these tours make the most of that. Our Secret Ho Chi Minh Trail expedition in Laos, for example, sees clients joining our friends at Mine Advisory Group. Other tours are timed to coincide with special events such as local festivals, offering an incomparable immersion into local culture. For each tour we have persuaded a true expert to come along for the ride, adding another unique dimension to the tour through their authoritative guiding. In addition, we've ensured a broad range of travel grades, ranging from comfortable to adventurous. Test your limits with our adventure-o-meter below!

Whichever tour you choose, you will always benefit from Selective Asia’s years of experience, and our Destination Specialists’ genuine passion for delivering world class experiences in their regions of expertise.

Four reasons to choose a Limited Edition Small Group trip:

1 Added expertise. Travel with a handpicked specialist who's passionate about your destination.
2 Enhanced travel. Our one-off departures help you discover regions more remote than you'll typically visit on one of our private holidays.
3 Save ££s! There are cost benefits associated with travelling as part of a small group, particularly to places that are off the tourist trail.
4 Mutual experience. There's something special about discovering a new place with like-minded travellers.

Start your adventure! Discover our 2018 & 2019 departures:

Find your pace with our Adventure-o-Meter

We've graded each of our Small Group Tours by comfort, pace of travel, and fitness level required, using some well-known travel personalities for inspiration...

← → Move our adventure-o-meter to see which level suits you.

Why launch Limited Edition Small Groups?

Selective Asia are specialists in private tailor-made touring (and win regular awards for it, we might add). So why start offering small group tours? 

It all spawned from a chat with former Wanderlust World Guide of the Year Mark Steadman (whose work at the Lone Buffalo Foundation in Laos we have supported for a number of years) and our long-standing partnership with UK Charity MAG (Mine Advisory Group). Why not (we mused) take an award-winning experienced guide, add in the exclusive opportunity to shadow the work of an inspirational charity, throw in some remote cultural sites and natural wonders, add a handful of like-minded, discerning travellers... and there we had it – a foolproof recipe for a Selective Asia special group tour.

Rest assured that this is not the start of a sea-change - we're staying loyal to our carefully crafted Selective style, and we're not getting distracted from our private tailor-made tour offerings. We will be as ‘selective’ about the content of these group tours as we will the number of them we offer each year. After all, we're Selective by name, selective by nature... (somebody had to say it!)  

Interested? Talk to an Asia Specialist on USA Toll Free 1866 932 3840

Or drop us a line


What's 'small'?

When we say ‘small group’, we mean ‘small’! This is not travel en masse, which sends a shiver down the collective SA spine. We are limiting the groups to a maximum of 12 travellers on each tour (apart from Japan, which is a max of 14).

Bad date?

If you've taken a shine to one of our small group departures (& who can blame you!) but the departure date doesn’t work for you, just let us know. We'll be happy to arrange a private programme following a similar itinerary, departing on a date that suits you.

Asia Small Group Tours - Selective Asia