Have you ever considered taking a private tour, rather than traveling around in a large group? Our Bespoke Touring concept allows you to do just that, travelling with peace of mind in your family group or with close friends.
Although you are on an organised tour with all the details taken care of ahead of time, you still have the flexibility to choose your own hotels, decide where you would like to eat and select the places you visit. Everything to suit your taste and budget.
In addition to touring and visiting many interesting sites, you may also like to take time out to try a few unique experiences. For example, you may like to try your hand at clay-pigeon shooting, quad biking or even flying alongside a Spitfire over the White Cliffs of Dover. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you could go rambling with a local guide and learn more about the flora and fauna. If you prefer something less energetic, you could join a class in outdoor photography, painting, craft work or even try baking some of those scrumptious pies and scones! Maybe you would like to learn all about those dry-stone walls or the different types of sheep we have on a visit to a working farm. The options are simply endless!
We will be there to pick you up each morning, show you some truly amazing places during the day and escort you to the restaurant of your choice in the evening. It’s just like having your own car without the stress and aggravation.
Take a look at some examples of our Bespoke Touring below and see if we can tempt you! With over 30 years’ experience in the travel business, we can show you any area of Great Britain or the nearby continent with confidence and propose some of our own favourite places that are off the regular tourist circuit. Please bear in mind that all our itineraries can be customised both in content and length.
The Glorious North of England
The North of England is an incredible juxtaposition of industrial towns and cities, which were extremely wealthy during the 19C Industrial Revolution, and some of the most unspoilt rugged countryside that England has to offer.
On this relaxed journey, you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with some of the lesser known and least populated areas of the country, meet the friendly locals and learn about the amazing selection of food, drink and crafts that they produce.
We will be exploring the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks. The emphasis is on nature and the great outdoors and as we move around, we will learn about the stunning countryside in depth with guided walks, perhaps a demonstration of sheep herding and how to best record the memories of your trip in a photography workshop.
Staycation in Kent
Why not come and spend a relaxing few days with us in the ‘balmy south east of England? You could spend a relaxing couple of days with us as an add-on to your cruise or easily make this your main vacation. There is so much to do and see in the ‘Garden of England’ as this beautiful area is often called.
Make your base on the Kentish coast, in the cathedral city of Canterbury or perhaps in an idyllic country village. We are here to help you choose and book the ideal accommodation for you, from a simple B&B to a royal Castle!
Regardless of where you choose to stay, we will be there to meet you when you arrive and transfer you to your chosen abode. Choose each day from the wide range of excursions and experiences available on our website. Click on ‘Details’ below to give you an idea of a possible programme.
Mini Breaks Across the English Channel
If you are already in the south of England, you may consider popping over the English Channel with us and visiting some of the highlights that Belgium and Northern France have to offer. The Channel crossing by ferry is around 90 minutes or just 35 minutes by train, if you would like to experience the Eurotunnel.
Medieval Towns and Cities of Belgium
A short drive from Calais takes us to Ypres in West Flanders.
These days, Ypres is a very attractive, vibrant city where there are still many poignant reminders of WW1 such as the ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum and the outstanding Menin Gate, where the Last Post is played in a ceremony every evening.
After an overnight stay in this area, visit the historic cities of Ghent and Bruges, Belgium’s medieval gem, where we spend our 2nd night and the remainder of the tour. Whilst in Belgium don’t forget to sample the excellent chocolate and waffles, for which the country is famous!
An extra day visiting Brussels by train may also be added to the tour.
In the Footsteps of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh
Rouen, the Capital of Normandy is where Claude Monet painted the façade of the Cathedral on numerous occasions and where the military leader, Joan of Arc, was executed in 1431. From here, we follow the romantic Seine Valley where many of the French Impressionists lived and worked. After visiting Monet’s house and garden at Giverny, we head to Auvers-Sur-Oise, a fascinating village to the north of Paris, where Vincent Van Gogh produced around 70 paintings in the last 10 weeks of his life.
Before returning to the UK, we also include a visit to the elegant Renaissance-style Chateau de Chantilly built on an artificial lake amidst magnificent parkland of 7800 hectares. With its remarkable art collection of over 800 masterpieces this beautiful chateau was opened in 1882.
An extra day visiting Paris by train may also be added to this tour.
Historic Normandy from 1066 to World War 2
Enjoy the delights of rural Normandy on this 3-day, 2-night tour.
In addition to the fabulous port of Honfleur and medieval Bayeux with its Norman Cathedral and world-famous Tapestry depicting the invasion of Britain in 1066, you will also visit the Normandy landing beaches and historic sites of WW2.This area is also known for its outstanding seafood, savoury crepes and cider!
An extra day to visit the World Heritage site of Mont St Michel may also be added to this tour.