- 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.
- If you specifically want to visit Windsor Castle, please note the restrictions below.
- This information is provided in good faith and has been sourced from the Royal Collection Trust website.
- We are not responsible for further updates and do strongly recommend that you double check opening information on the link above if you are intending to go inside Windsor Castle.
- As a working Royal Palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining and opening arrangements may change at short notice.
- Our tours operate regardless of Windsor Castle’s opening dates, as entrance to the castle is not included in the tour price.
- If you are intending to visit the castle during our tour, you should note the information above and also check the Windsor Castle website for the latest known information.
- 24th December 2017 Stonehenge is closed.
- On 24th December we will visit Avebury Stone circle, and entry to Windsor Castle will be included instead of Stonehenge.
- Entry to Avebury Stone circle is also included.
- On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people – guaranteed!
- Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country.
- Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.
- As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coaches are prohibited from travelling.
- Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to spend more time out of the vehicle.
- We also employ only the very best driver/guides.
- Friendly and Professional Guides – Small Groups – More Scenic Routes – More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money.
- Between 01 November and 28 February, 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.
- The scheduled departure time from London will also be 1 hour later than our summer times between 01 November and 28 February inclusive.
- Fully guided lecture standard tour.
- Entrance to Roman Baths.
- Entrance to Stonehenge.
- All travel in comfortable purpose-built minibus from Central London.
- Entrance fee to Windsor Castle is not included in the tour price and this can be purchased on arrival if required.
- This is because we always arrive when the Castle is less busy and we find that not all visitors want to go inside the castle.
- Available every day
- Tours between 01 March 2018 and 31 October 2018 – Summer Schedule
- 07.20AM Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance; nearest tube stations are Holborn Station or Tottenham Court Road Station
- 07.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP)
- 07.45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance. Short walk from Gloucester Road tube station)
- 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 (MAP); nearest tube stations are Holborn Station or Tottenham Court Road Station
- 08.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP)
- 08.45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance. Short walk from Gloucester Road tube station) (MAP)
- 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.
- We prefer to spend your valuable time touring the places you have chosen to visit and we therefore offer a choice of 3 meeting points, which are easily accessible by public transport from all parts of London.
- Many large coach tours spend over an hour driving around the busy congested roads of London – with us you are out of London before you know it.
We wanted to let you know what an outstanding experience we had. This was our first trip to London and we typically avoid tour groups. We heard about your small tour groups through Rick Steve’s London guide. We couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. Not only were the sights amazing, but David was an incredible guide! He was very knowledgeable and personable. He did a fabulous job and we would recommend the trip to everyone! We will also notify Rick Steve’s what a great experience it was and to keep your tours listed in his future books!
Len and Kathleen
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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