Adventure tour operator Explore has launched a collection of private tours, as research shows clients may feel more confident with those they know rather than a small group.

The operator has unveiled the new range on Friday, to coincide with the inaugural National Travel Agent Day in the UK.

Explore said: “The new private tours give customers the flexibility to travel with those closest to them, at a date and time that best suits them.

“There’s a huge wealth of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to discover – from an active family holiday in Turkey, canoeing over sunken ruins and walking in the Taurus mountains; a self-drive trip around the sites of Iceland’s Golden Circle, or dream of exploring Japan by train.”

Its recent survey of more than 2,400 UK travellers found that agents may have customers who currently feel more confident travelling with their partners or family, without the group.

The private tours are ideal for couples, families, small groups of friends or even solo travellers.

They don’t feature a tour leader and travellers are instead joined by private guides for various sites and activities.

Prices are based on two people travelling (or four on family trips) but an accurate price can be provided on enquiry, based on group size.

Also, prices don’t include flights, as customers can choose the date, time and airline that suits them. Explore can book preferred flights as part of the package to provide reassurance.

A three-night Iceland Self-Drive Yurt Adventure costs from £590 per person, and includes the chance to stay in a Mongolian yurt on a working horse farm (pictured)

The eight-night Discover Georgia Private Tour costs from £1,449 while the Jordan Discovery Private Tour is from £1,350 per person.

The Family Active Turkey Private Tour is priced from £599 per adult and £539 per child.