You realize the value and efficiency in working with a team of local experts, saving you considerable time and resources in trying to pull this together on your own. You prefer to get off the beaten path, escaping the ordinary. Not only that, but you recognize that the city you are planning to visit is organic and the scene is ever-changing, so you need someone ‘on the ground’ who knows what’s what.

We are a small company, to guide you around is not only our Business. Furthermore, it is our passion to show you the best of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and create a unique, unforgettable experience.


We are happy to accept last-minute bookings (subject to availability) but to avoid disappointment it is always best to book as far in advance as possible, especially for overnight tours. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Your reservation helps us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.

Of course not, we’re parents, too! We’ll ensure your itinerary is family-friendly, exploring many wonderful local sights and activities designed to delight even our youngest guest. Although we prefer that you bring your own compliant car safety seat, we’ll ensure each member of your family is safe. For your convenience, we can help source or supplement any item not brought from home.

To ensure you have a personal experience, your group will consist of you and your family/friends/colleagues, only. We never mix groups or put you with strangers. We’ve found the most enjoyable experiences happen when everyone can fit into a single discreet vehicle. That way, everyone feels like their needs are being met, and voices are heard allowing you to chat en route to your next adventure. That could be a luxury sedan, an SUV, a Mercedes Sprinter, or even a chartered bus. The more intimate the group, the better, but if your needs and budget have the flexibility to scale up, give us a call, and we’ll make it work. There is no minimum: if it’s just you, we look forward to becoming your travel companion.

If you’ve had a great experience (We’re sure you will have!), and you feel your driver/guide deserves a gratuity it will be accepted with thanks.


We highly recommend you take out travel insurance to cover death, personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, loss of or damage to luggage and contents of same, and expenses associated with cancellation or curtailment of a tour.

No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges, tax, or parking.

Admission fees to castles, palaces, etc. are included in the price. Please see our individual tour pages for details on entry fees.

Good humor, camera, good shoes, and a jacket. The weather can change in the alps very fast, so please bring a wind or rain jacket with you.

Please bring your passport on tours where we have to cross borders between countries.

Wear whatever is comfortable. It is recommended you bring suitable clothing and footwear (flat shoes that are comfortable to walk in) for your tour.

Our rates are determined by time: how long we’re accompanying you and what you’re hoping to achieve. Are we creating a full day guiding you around the region, or a multi-day tour with accommodation? Once your plan is in place we’ll provide an estimate of all anticipated costs.

From luxury once-in-a-lifetime experiences as extravagant as you can imagine. The sky is the limit to value-priced inspiring journeys.

Your itinerary and budget are finely tailored to include what you want, and nothing you don’t.

Starting rates are competitively valued for a half-day (4 continuous hours), and for a full day (8 continuous hours). Including a custom itinerary, and an experienced guide who is also your private licensed chauffeur (all incidentals are quoted separately, and gratuities are at your discretion). Larger groups require a larger vehicle(s) thus a rate increase. Corporate incentive and multi-day excursion rates are quoted on an individual basis. Premiums for national holidays or peak seasonal events may apply at Special Private Tours’ discretion. Prices are subject to change without notice.

We are happy to work with travel professionals. Please email us with your agency name, phone number, and Industry ID number, and we will send you details as to how we can work together.

Our cancellation policy is in line with many other tour operators. For full details, view our full cancellation and refund policies.