CHRISTMAS : Early December means fun British pantomimes, Christmas markets, carols in ancient Cathedrals, fantastic London, & awesome, seasonally decorated stately homes. The Christmas spirit starts now!
TRAINS : Longer sectors are often by train like this East Coast express on the Durham Viaduct. You arrive @ the destination relaxed after on-board refreshments & restrooms ready to explore with vigour.
YUMMY : We love to include little extras like afternoon tea; maybe a Devon cream tea or tea specially prepared by the Women's Institute or included at a stately home or in an olde-worlde tea shop.
HOTELS : Our focus is centrally located hotels like the canalside Premier Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon which is a short walk from William Shakespeare's Birthplace, the Clopton Bridge, Holy Trinity Church & the RSC theatre.
UNUSUAL : Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk has stacks of history & a priest hole. We like 'less visited', quiet houses as well as the icons like Blenheim Palace. You are more of a guest, visiting these sorts of houses.
ESSENTIAL : Everybody, without exception, gets an included airport transfer in Ireland & Gt. Britain on arrival & departure days. In London we use the airport trains like the Gatwick Express just a 30 minutes journey.
RELAX : Most longer train trips are in sedate 1st class with included refreshments, breakfast or dinner like this evening East Coast London, King's Cross to Edinburgh express. Sit back relax & enjoy the views.
SPACIOUS : Our 16 Tour Buddies enjoy touring in 22-35 seat MIDI-coaches like this super 29 seater from Sanders of Norfolk. MIDIS are more spacious than the usual small group cramped minibuses & mini-coaches.
LITERARY : More than just a visit! Enjoy fun special events in conjunction with the 'Living Literature Society' like actress Rebecca Vaughan @ Jane Austen's Chawton House on 'Austen's Women'. Very evocative & great fun!
ACCESSIBLE : Our 'hub' tour style allows more time to explore places like quaint Claddagh, Galway Bay that you often only see in tour operators' brochures but never actually get to. Still, looks nice in the brochure!
SIMPLE & FAST : On most tours, Tube train travel is INCLUDED in the tour price. This makes life so simple, quick & easy in London. The travel pass saves a fortune in taxi fares & saves fumbling for cash to buy tickets.
LOCATION : Downtown hotels make it easy to get to those little extras that most tours miss or don't give you time enough to visit like the original Hogwarts Express in the National Railway Museum in York.
PUB DINING : Enjoy Irish music pub dinners & ancient British pub dining like here at the 800 years old Oxford University Turf Tavern pub. Enjoy a singsong or rub shoulders with brainy types over a pint.