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Private Tours vs Group Tours: Which is Better for You

Thinking of taking some time off to do a tour in Melbourne or Regional Victoria? Joining a tour group is quite popular, especially for foreign tourists, but exploring parts of Victoria can also be done by private tour in the comfort and elegance of a luxury mini bus.

What’s better for you and your friends/family: a private tour via luxury mini bus or a group tour? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each:

Private Tours

Planning a private tour with friends and family is a great way to get a bespoke experience. By luxury mini bus, you can bring up to 15 other passengers when you choose a luxury Mercedes Super Sprinter from Lux Mini Bus, all while getting that personalised experience for you and your friends, family, or colleagues. Here are some of the pros and cons of booking a private tour:


  • Freedom & flexibility: you get to go wherever you want, whenever you want, so long as you schedule your pick-up and drop-off times with the chauffeur. This is perhaps the biggest benefit of a private tour, and it’s why we believe it’s the best way to truly enjoy your experience.
  • Take your own time: want to stay a little longer in one location? Private tours enable you to take your time and enjoy the experience at your own pace, without the strict limitations of most group tours.
  • Exclusivity: your private tour is meant for you and your guests and for no one else, so no need to worry about others that might detract from your experience.
  • Bespoke care & guidance: a private tour is designed around your schedule and your needs, so the experience is a lot more personalised and you can arrange for a lot more with your chauffeur than on an organised group tour.


  • Cost: generally, private tours cost more per person than a general group tour. This is not always the case, however, which is why you should always get a quote from tour providers beforehand so you have an idea of how much it’ll cost.
  • Not ideal for meeting new people: since the tour is private, you won’t get the chance to make new friends along the journey, but this could be seen as a benefit too.

Group Tours

Going on bigger group tours (>16 people) can be a convenient way to experience new places and to make new friends. What are some of the pros and cons?


  • More budget-friendly: group tours tend to be cheaper because they work on economies of scale, much like how charter flights or travelling by coach tends to be cheaper as the plane/bus fills up.
  • Meeting new people: with group tours, it’s possible to make new travel buddies and to socialise with others.


  • No freedom in itinerary or schedule: if you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, you should be keenly aware that you’ve got to be Johnny on the spot when it comes to boarding. With group travel, you must abide by the schedule of the tour provider with little freedom to explore.
  • Standardised activities: not into browsing the gift shops? Tacky tourist traps not your thing? You might have to put up with a lot of activities that you don’t enjoy on a group tour.
  • Sharing transport with others: by definition, a group tour involves going on a journey with others, so if you’re looking for something a little more intimate you likely won’t enjoy a group tour as much.

Lux Mini Bus

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