Thursday, 8 May 2014

Stonehenge Direct Morning Tour





Stonehenge Direct Morning Tour from £35
 
Tour Code: 71A
Extended visit to Stonehenge - includes entrance to Stonehenge and the new visitor centre exhibition.
Highlights:
  • Entrance to Stonehenge and the new visitor centre exhibition included
  • Audio guide tour at the site 
  • Professional driver and luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Scenic drive through the Salisbury plains
The Tour: 
Stonehenge
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Entrance to the site with audio guide is included and also entrance to the new visitor exhibition centre.

Arrive back in London approximately 2.30pm.

Stonehenge Sunrise Tour - Solstice Celebrations




Stonehenge Sunrise Tour - Solstice Celebrations
Stonehenge:
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design, as we enjoy the wonderful celebrations that take place to mark the summer solstice.
The tour :
Join our Premium Tour that departs London at 1am on the 21st June 2013 and heads directly to Stonehenge arriving at roughly 3am. The annual celebration of the summer solstice will be well under way by then as the atmosphere builds towards the sunrise, and the climax of the event. Huge crowds gather and there will be plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this historic morning, walk amongst the stones, and observe the pagan rituals and ceremonies that take place at varying intervals throughout the evening. Please note there is a twenty to thirty minute walk involved in order to get from the coach park to the event.
Summer solstice:
The solstice itself is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator, with the sun appearing to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon.
The word solstice is comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun, as seen from earth stands still in declination before reversing it’s direction. Thus after the summer solstice the sun does not appear as high in the sky and daylight reduces. The solstice is therefore seen as the midpoint of summer in many cultures and is cause for celebration.
Pagan celebrations:
Like other religious groups, Pagans are in awe of the strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. For many pagans, they believe that the Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility. The summer solstice marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and see their union as the force that creates the harvest's fruits. To celebrate many Pagans and non Pagans head to ancient religious sites including Avebury and Stonehenge, to conduct fascinating and colourful ceremonies throughout the night enjoying the last sunset and sunrise before the sun alters it’s direction once more.

Additional information:
Please note that as a responsible tour operator we have a duty of care towards the places we visit and in this case we ask you to be take great care when visiting the historic site. It is important that Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments are preserved for future generations and we ask you not to touch the stones, and not to leave any litter at the site.
Visitors are requested to dispose of their rubbish carefully at the designated recycling and rubbish points located in the Solstice Car Park and at Stonehenge. Clear recycling bags will also be handed out on arrival.. Please do not drop litter - bag and bin your rubbish so the recycling team can gather them up. It is a very sensitive landscape and still used by local farmers so please respect their crops and livestock.
There are authorised catering facilities on the site and some personal food and drink is allowed to be brought onto the site. Please bring them in a small bag – large rucksacks are not permitted. Glass is not permitted and will be confiscated – many people walk barefoot and the livestock graze in the area throughout the year. A small amount of alcohol is permitted on the site amounting to no more than one bottle of wine, or 4 500ml cans of beer or cider. Please note consumption of alcohol on the coach is not permitted. Due to the large numbers of people who attend the vent, naked flames are strictly forbidden. Small ground sheets and blankets are allowed.
Please note that there will be a lot of walking on grass involved and we recommend bringing warm clothing, sensible footwear and a small umbrella if rain is forecast.
*Due to the nature of this special event, we cannot guarantee exact arrival or departure times from Stonehenge so all timings are approximate.

Tour Code: S21

Edinburgh Overnight





Edinburgh Overnight
Tour Code: 16A (Standard)




Travel to Edinburgh by train in just over 4 hours! 
Highlights:

  • Return train tickets to Edinburgh
  • Prepaid entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle
  • City Sightseeing Bus Pass & Edinburgh Map
The Tour:

Check into your accommodation before making the most of your Edinburgh Day Pack that includes an open top hop on, hop off sightseeing tour of the city centre and a fast entry ticket to Edinburgh Castle.

As the sun sets, turn your attention to the fabulous nightlife - with over 700 pubs and taverns as well and almost as many restaurants and cafes, who cant have a great evening out? For those of you interested in the murkier side of the city why not take a sinister Ghost tour that depart regularly from the city centre?

Day 2 could be spent enjoying the Royal Mile that connects the castle with The Palace of Holyrood House. It is also lined with fascinating shops and architecture. Alternatively, why not enjoy afternoon tea in the fabulous Balmoral hotel before boarding your early evening train back to London.
Your return train will arrive back in London at approximately 23.30pm.
*Please note that this tour is unescorted and once booked it is non-refundable.
** Booking must be made at least 15 days before the day of travel.

Explore Paris - 3 day break with lunch on the Eiffel tower




Explore Paris - 3 day break with lunch on the Eiffel tower
With reserved seats on Eurostar and hotel in central Paris. With professional guide on day two and then two days at your leisure.

Highlights:
  • Two nights 4 star hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Panoramic coach tour of the city with professional guide
  • Champagne lunch on the Eiffel tower
  • Romantic cruise on the River Seine
  • Fast track ticket to the first floor of the Eiffel tower
  • Round trip Eurostar tickets with seat reservations
  • Map of Paris including Public Transport Information
  • Note: single supplement £160 and extra nights charged at £85 per person.
  • Due to Eurostar requirements the age restrictions for children is 4-11 years

The Tour:

Discover Paris at your leisure with our great value Paris three day break. Upon arrival at St Pancras International you will be met by our staff who will help you check in, and present you with your Paris travel pack. The pack has been designed to help you make the most of your time and includes Eurostar train tickets with reserved seating, accommodation in a centrally located 4* hotel (with breakfast included,) and a map of Paris including public transportation information.

On the first day you will be joined by a professional guide who will escort you to the hotel and take you on a panoramic coach tour of the city. Possibly the finest way to enjoy the sights of Paris is during the scenic cruise that we take, passing Musee D'Orsay, Place de la concorde and Notre Dame, before taking the fast track lift up the Eiffel tower and heading for a Champagne lunch on the Eiffel tower.

Days two and three are at your leisure in Paris. From your hotel you have easy access to all local transport including the metro, the RER and the Paris bus system. Why not stroll down the Champs Elysee or visit the Eiffel Tower and take in a show at the Lido or the Moulin Rouge?
  • Departs St Pancras International at 7.01am. Check in is at 6am.  
  • Returns to London at approximately 8.30pm.
  • Your return Eurostar departs Gare du Nord at 7.13pm and you should be aware that check-in closes 45 minutes prior to departure.
  • Please note, once booked, we are not able to cancel your booking and as such cannot offer you a refund, cancellation or amendment.
  • The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: November 1, December 25, January 1and May 1.
  • Please note that there will be no hotel transfers from hotels to the station as from April 1st 2012.
Please don't forget to bring your passport.

Open Top London Double Decker Bus Tour




Open Top London Double Decker Bus Tour
  • Vintage open top London bus tour - see the highlights of London
  • Includes cruise on the River Thames
  • See the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Free hotel collection from over 170 hotels
  • See Westminster Abbey  - Big Ben - London Eye - St Paul's Cathedral - Tower of London - Thames Cruise - Changing of the Guard
What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage double-decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Open Top Double Decker Bus Tour
Take your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

St. Paul's Cathedral & the Tower of London
Have your cameras at the ready at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and  we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.

Tours available with audio headsets in 10 languages (French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Korean.)

Tour code: RB1

Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & the Cotswolds




Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & the Cotswolds
Tour Code: 05
  • Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & the Cotswolds
  • Cream tea and private talk at Warwick Castle
  • Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in picturesque Stratford
  • Walking tour of Oxford and drive through the Cotswolds

Oxford and the Cotswolds
Our day begins with a short walking tour of Oxford, home to one of the world’s most famous universities. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are seen as some of the finest architecture in Europe. There will be some free time to shop for souvenirs before heading through the Cotswolds towards Stratford.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace
The birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language,
and home to the theatres of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company,
Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. Fast track group entrance is included before having free time for lunch.

Cream tea and private talk at Warwick Castle
This is, quite simply, the greatest medieval castle in Britain. With a history that dates back over 1,000 years, Warwick Castle will take you back in time - to a world of sumptuous banquets, bloody battles, royal splendour. Enter over the footbridge and explore the castles ramparts, towers and gardens. Our visit includes a delicious cream tea served in the observatory while a local expert helps bring the castle to life with a short private talk, exclusive to Premium Tours.

N.B. Tour operates daily in June, July and August.

Stonehenge Direct Afternoon Tour





Extended visit to Stonehenge - includes entrance to Stonehenge and the new visitor centre exhibition.
Highlights:
  • Entrance to Stonehenge and the new visitor centre exhibition included
  • Audio guide tour at the site 
  • Professional driver and luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Scenic drive through the Salisbury plains
The Tour: 
Stonehenge
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Entrance to the site with audio guide is included and also entrance to the new visitor exhibition centre.
Arrive back in London approximately at 7.30pm in summer and 6pm in winter.

Departs from:

1st April – 15 October 2014
Victoria Coach Station Gate 21 at 14:00pm 
16 October 2014 – 31 March 2015
Victoria Coach Station Gate 21 at 12.30pm