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  • £139.00 Adult
  • £119.00 Child (2-15)
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Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath – Small Group Day Tour

You will have the option to visit Windsor Castle and discover a montage of monarchs from Saxons and Normans to our present-day Queen.

We travel to the delightful city of Bath forever linked to the ancient Romans and those opulent Georgian playboys.

Then drive down country by-ways and leafy lanes to Stonehenge heading further back in time to prehistoric cultures and mysterious civilisations.




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Tour Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Entry included to Stonehenge Centre and Roman Baths
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
  • 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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Taking the very essence of those well loved periods of English history, we spend our time on this tour discovering many aspects of our long and illustrious past, enjoying subtle changes from one era to the next, as old gives way to new and the new in turn becomes old, our guides will bring to you a ‘harvest of history’. You will have the option to visit Windsor Castle and discover a montage of monarchs from Saxons and Normans to our present-day Queen; we travel to the delightful city of Bath forever linked to the ancient Romans and those opulent Georgian playboys; and drive down country by-ways and leafy lanes to Stonehenge heading further back in time to prehistoric cultures and mysterious civilizations. By operating the tour in the opposite direction to the bigger coach tours from London we strive to give you a chance to see these wonderful sites before or after most of the crowds have arrived and left.

Stonehenge

We make our first call at Stonehenge, travelling through mysterious Wessex, arriving before the crowds in the mid-morning. Facts and theories abound at this ancient site, why and how? Who were the builders? What was its purpose? During our guided tour we learn about the different periods of building, stretching back over 5,000 years. We learn of the people who worshipped there, of the various ideas behind the alignments and use.

Bath

From here we head westwards to the golden limestone-clad city of Bath. People have been coming to Bath for centuries owing to the hot springs that bubble up to the surface at several locations in the city. At a constant temperature of 46.5C, the only hot springs in the country, the Romans enjoyed this place when they settled here almost 2,000 years ago, naming the resort Aquae Sulis. The city was beautifully re-invented in the 18th century when it became the fashionable place to see and be seen. Elegant crescents, squares and terraces were built as the rich and famous travelled from London for ‘the season’ to relieve themselves of rheumatic diseases, stiffness of the joints and gout. This fully guided tour includes admission to the Roman Baths museum and a tour of the highlights of Georgian Bath, including the Royal Circus, Assembly Rooms and Pulteney Bridge.

Windsor Castle

Departing Bath we head along the Cotswold edge with views of the estuary of the River Severn and the distant mountains of Wales (weather permitting!) and on wards to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. After a guided introduction to the town itself there is time to go inside and visit the Royal apartments, see Queen Mary’s dolls house and gaze upon the last resting place of Henry VIII and Charles I in St George’s chapel. Lavishly furnished rooms, a wonderful gallery of world famous art and views from the battlements across the Thames valley await the visitor as we wander around inside. We end the day driving by Runnymede, long ago this was a Saxon meeting place but more importantly, after long drawn out negotiations between the barons and King John, the place where Magna Carta was agreed upon in 1215, before driving back to central London.



Important Information

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.

Departure details

Tours between 01 March 2017 and 31 October 2017 – Summer Schedule

  • 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 SW7 4DP

Tours between 01 November 2017 and 28 February 2018 – the order of the places visited is Windsor, Stonehenge and then Bath due to the opening times of Windsor Castle and Stonehenge during the winter months.

  • 08.20am Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance
  • 08.30am Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch
  • 08.45am Outside Ashburn Hotel, 111 Cromwell Road, Kensington (close to Gloucester Road Tube station), London SW7 4DP


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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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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