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  • £139.00 Adult
  • £119.00 Child (2-15)
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Winchester, Stonehenge, Glastonbury – Small Group Day Tour

Travel to the Kingdom of Wessex to visit King Arthur’s Round Table at Winchester Castle, explore ancient Stonehenge and travel to the mystical Island of Avalon to learn the legends of King Arthur.




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Tour Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Entries included to Winchester Great Hall, Stonehenge, Chalice Well Gardens and Glastonbury
  • Abbey Photo stop at Glastonbury Tor
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned mini-coach
  • Small group day trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to destinations impossible by large coach!
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Tour Schedule

We leave London behind and head west to the rolling chalk hills of the ancient Kingdom of Wessex. It is here we begin our tour by travelling down to it’s former capital, Winchester, set amongst the water meadows of the River Itchen. We arrive at the Great Hall, one of the remaining structures left of Winchester Castle. The hall was built between 1222 and 1235 and on display is what many people believed to be King Arthur’s original Round Table. In medieval times, the writer and author of le Morte D’Arthur, Sir Thomas Mallory swore by it’s authenticity and identified Winchester as being the site of King Arthur’s Camelot. The round table may indeed be much later of origin, but it’s purpose and manufacture is still a mystery. Come with us as we explore the Great Hall and Castle remains and browse around the gift shop which specialises in Arthurian gifts and souvenirs.

We then travel via beautiful villages of thatched cottages over to windswept Salisbury Plain where the great, mysterious Neolithic circle of Stonehenge stands high on the horizon. Our guided tour here will give you a chance to learn more about this monument, of its builders and those that worshipped there. There are many unanswered questions and many more theories and ideas that are open to debate, your guide will explain what is known and what may never be known and then leave you to explore and ponder its awe inspiring presence. The complex also boasts a heritage museum, gift shop and a cafe for lunch.

On wards to the Isle of Avalon, through back-roads of villages built of flint and thatch, from chalk down-land into the rolling limestone hills of the Men-dips to Glastonbury Tor.  Stopping for a photo opportunity where legend tells us Arthur was brought after being mortally wounded in battle.

In the ruins of the once great Glastonbury Abbey we find the grave site of Arthur and learn of older legends like that of Joseph of Aramathea, the Holy Grail and the Crown of Thorns.

After exploring the unique shops in the town we head over to the Chalice Well Gardens, drink from the spring and learn of the fate of the holy chalice from the Last Supper.



Important Information

 

Departure details

  • 07.20am Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance
  • 07.30am Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch
  • 07.45am Outside Ashburn Hotel, 111 Cromwell Road, Kensington (close to Gloucester Road Tube station), London

If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website.

This tour normally ends by 18.30pm

On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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