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  • £87.00 Adult
  • £82.00 Child (3-15)
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Southampton to London and Heathrow with visit to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle

A full day tour and hotel transfer with collection at your cruise terminal. You will be driven from Southampton in an air conditioned touring bus with a professional guide accompanying you throughout the day.

Arriving in Salisbury you will visit the famous Cathedral which has the tallest spire in the country and worlds oldest working clock. It also holds one of the original copies of the Magna Carta on view in the Chapter House.

Journey to the prehistoric site of Stonehenge visiting the neolithic village and visitor centre and have the option to walk amongst the giant stones that have stood for over 5000 years.

The Queens residence awaits you in Windsor. Take the option to enter this historic Castle with its sumptuous apartments and stately rooms.

At the end of the day the coach will take you to the Central London and Heathrow Hotels . We also drop at Victoria, Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Paddington stations, plus Heathrow terminals 1-5.

 

 




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Tour Highlights

  • Air conditioned touring bus
  • Drop off available to over 250 London and Heathrow hotels, Heathrow airport terminals and London mainline train stations.
  • Visit and Photo stop at Salisbury Cathedral
  • Visit to Stonehenge with optional entry
  • Visit to Windsor with optional entry to the Castle
  • Professional guide
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Tour Schedule

Salisbury Cathedral
It is a 45 minute drive from the cruise terminal to Salisbury, famous for its Cathedral, one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in England built in the 13th Century.

Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest Cathedral spire in England, contains the world’s oldest clock and one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta on view in the Chapter House. We plan to spend one hour at Salisbury Cathedral. This will allow time for a photo stop and quick visit to the Cathedral. Entry to the Cathedral is free but Salisbury Cathedral do ask that all visitors make a donation; Their recommended donation is £7.50pp.

Salisbury Cathedral is a working Cathedral. On all Sundays and a small number of special event dates there will be services in the Cathedral and we are unable to guarantee entry. Also, on Sundays the Chapter House is not open until 12.pm so we are unable to see the Magna Carta. When special events are being held in the Cathedral and entry is allowed additional entry charges could apply.

On leaving Salisbury we pass through the medieval town centre where there still remain many wooden framed buildings from about the 13th to 15th Century when Salisbury was at its most prosperous and importance.

Stonehenge

We will spend around 90 minutes at Stonehenge, time enough to take in this world famous monument from 4-5,000 years ago and still have enough time for the gift shop or a quick coffee. Your guide will explain to you the many theories and mysteries behind Stonehenge as you enter the new visitor centre and Neolithic village. You will then have the option (entry extra) of taking the train to the stones to enjoy an audio guided tour.

Windsor

After a 75-90 minute drive, we arrive in Windsor. Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you at Windsor Castle, perched high above the River Thames. Home to British Monarchs for over 1,000 years, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, the Castle remains a working palace to this day. See for yourself the splendour of St. George’s chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs.

The guide will not enter Windsor Castle with you – you will receive a personal audio guide on admission so you can take in Windsor Castle at your own pace. To avoid long queues and possible disappointment on the day, we strongly advise you include your attraction entry when booking the transfer.

If you don’t want to visit the castle there is much else to do in Windsor and Eton. The guide will be available to assist you in having a very enjoyable few hours.



Important Information

  • This service is available on all dates (April to November) when Royal Caribbean, Oceania, NCL, Celebrity, Princess & Azamara Quest cruise ships are visiting Southampton.
  • NCL Jade – We are aware this ship may dock at 08.00am.
  • On occasions when this happens the meeting time will be from 9.am, departure scheduled for 9:30am (instead of 8:30am) and all timings for end of day drop offs one hour later than detailed itinerary below.
  • On days where it does dock earlier than 8.am the meeting time will remain as 8.am, departure scheduled for 8.30am.
  • On arrival in Salisbury the walk from the coach drop off to the Cathedral is 5 minutes.
  • In Windsor the walk from the coach park to/from the castle is 10-15 minutes.
  • Please note there is not an ‘allocated’ lunch stop on this tour.
  • The guide will point out places to buy lunch in Salisbury and Stonehenge which you can eat during the tour.
  • On arrival in Windsor if you do not wish to enter the castle you will have time for a more formal sit down lunch.
  • If you don’t want to visit Windsor Castle there is much else to do in Windsor and Eton.
  • The guide will be available to assist you in having a very enjoyable few hours.
  • Due to the new booking system at Stonehenge on some dates the order of places visited may be Stonehenge first then Salisbury, then Windsor.
  • Advance booking for Stonehenge will be the only way to guarantee entry at the correct time.
  • If you do not pre-book your entry ticket when you book the transfer we cannot guarantee you will be allowed entry on the day.
  • There is free WiFi for all to use in Stonehenge visitor centre.

Joining Procedure At Southampton

  • Nearly all cruises at Southampton arrive between 5.am and 6.am in the morning with disembarkation starting around 7.am.
  • Your guide will meet you at the terminal building exit from 8.am. We plan to leave Southampton by 8:30am.
  • There are 4 cruise terminals at Southampton, all slightly different but you will have a typical walk of about 75 yards to the tour bus where the driver will load your luggage into the hold.
  • That is the last time you will see your luggage until you get to London.
  • In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure time accordingly (applicable only to the listed ships we service).
  • For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).
  • On dates when this service is collecting from 2 or more ships and one ship is late, a transfer service will be provided for these customers to ‘catch up’ with the tour.
  • Unfortunately due to strict timed entry procedures at major attractions this may result in late arrivals missing a portion of the tour.

Arrival in London and Heathrow

  • We depart Windsor at 4.pm and drop at Heathrow hotels and terminals 4:45-5:30pm subject to traffic, arriving in Central London 6.-6:30pm.
  • We cover the vast majority of hotels in London city centre.
  • We also drop at Victoria Coach/train station, Kings Cross/St.Pancras station and Paddington station.
  • When enquiring about hotel drop offs please ensure you provide us with the name and full address of the hotel.

Flying From Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airports?

  • If you are flying from Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airports we can drop you at Victoria Rail or Coach Station around 6:45-7.pm, where there are frequent trains and airport buses to each airport.
  • The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kgs per case) plus 2 pieces of hand luggage (max 10kg per case).
  • If you have more than this you must contact our office prior to travel.
  • We do not carry outsize items (eg bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.

 

Booking Conditions and Payment

  • In order that we can guarantee your booking, you will need to make payment in full.
  • However, all cruise transfer/tours which are booked from this webpage, are not subject to cancellation charges up to 42 days (6 weeks) prior to the the transfer/tour travel date.
  • Within 41 days of your travel date, our normal booking conditions shall apply.


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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