4 Nights of Family Fun in England
4 Nights of Family Fun in England
This tour is customisable and private, with a driver-guide in a Luxury Sedan (3 PAX) or Van (8 PAX). For larger families and groups we can provide coaches and a guide.
Tour medieval castles with spiral stone staircases, towers, cannons and a portcullis. Enjoy a private falconry experience for the whole family which includes flying a hawk and barn owl.
Visit the first ever safari park to open outside of Africa. Expect to see monkeys, rhinos, tigers and wolves. Longleat also has a 16,000 yew hedge maze!
See Harry Potter film locations at Oxford, before getting lost in the Tudor Maze at Hampton Court Palace. We can organise a picnic during your trip. You may want to include a night’s stay in a castle.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Private Falconry Experience and Winchester.
Visit a falconry centre, based on an exclusive 12 acre woodland site, which is home to over 50 species of Birds of Prey, including Eagles, Owls, Hawks and Falcons. We aim to make your day truly memorable in a fun but informative way, with plenty of hands on, as you help train and fly these majestic creatures. Whether it’s a Barn Owl flying through the woodland glade to land silently on your gloved hand, or a Hawk flying with extreme speed and agility along the woodland paths you will feel the wonder of being up close and personal with nature’s finest creations.
Tour Winchester, once the principal capital of England and burial place of kings. Winchester Cathedral is one of Europe’s most important churches architecturally and historically, spanning over 15 centuries. Enjoy a private guided tour inside, where you will see the tombs of Jane Austen and the famous mortuary chest containing bones of Saxon Kings.
Day 2. Old Wardour Castle, Stourhead and Longleat Safari Park.
Visit Old Wardour Castle, a real secret tucked away down a narrow series of country lanes, almost forgotten in time. Built in the 14th Century, the hexagonal castle was brought to ruin during the Civil War. Your driver-guide will take you around the castle rooms and up the circular stairs to see the panoramic landscape of Wiltshire.
Tour the Wiltshire countryside, avoiding the usual tourist trail to see sleepy villages and hamlets. Enjoy lunch in a real English pub and meet the locals. During the winter months, expect to be greeted by a roaring log fire.
Stourhead House is one of the first buildings in the country to use a Palladian style of design; it became an inspiration for further builds. Considered to be one of England’s greatest gardens, Stourhead is one of the most remarkable landscaped gardens in Europe. Ask your driver-guide to take you to the Temple of Apollo which overlooks the 18th century garden and is also in the film, Pride and Prejudice. Stop by and see the Grotto which is a volcanic rock with stunning views of the lake.
Opening in 1966, Longleat is the first ever safari park to open outside of Africa. The drive-through safari park features mischievous monkeys, rhinos, tigers, wolves and a large pride of African lions. Visit the penguin island and the stingray bay along with the gorilla colony and the bat cave. You can also get lost in the world’s longest hedge maze, which is made up of over 16,000 yews. The adventure castle is perfect for children to explore and use up any excess energy before returning to the car!
Day 3. Ancient Burial Chambers, Avebury and Stonehenge.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the long-standing heritage site of Stonehenge. The ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. Explore the visitor centre which has various exhibitions relating to Stonehenge. See the objects discovered in the local areas such as an axes, arrows and domestic objects such as cups.
Avebury is one of the most important Megalithic monuments in Europe. It covers 28 acres of stone circles enclosed by a huge ditch and has stones weighing over 75 tons. Your guide will reveal the mysteries of this lesser known ancient site.
Explore the ‘Long Barrow’, a dark Neolithic communal burial chamber and discover its secrets. The tomb was used for a millennium, before being closed off at around 2000 BC.
See Silbury Hill, the largest man-made mound in Europe, dating back 5,000 years. At over 39 metres high, the mound is made up of layers of chalk and clay with a platform-like summit; it still dominates the skyline today. Could it be the burial place of an ancient warrior king? Visit a village pub and discuss the theories with your guide. With only basis tools, think how much labour over how many years it would have taken to create Silbury Hill!
This tour is for those who enjoy the mystery of prehistory. The countryside in this region is just studded with hundreds of pre-historic monuments, some famous, some are almost forgotten.
You may want to overnight in castle. Every painting, room and corridor has a tale to tell. Each bedchamber is genuinely unique.
Day 4. Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace plus a picnic.
Head to a place with a thousand years of history within its domain. The medieval walls of Warwick Castle tower over the River Avon; appearing twice as big because of the reflection on the water. The structure of the castle was meant for military purposes and throughout history has proved its importance.
Tour the chapel, great hall and State Rooms. Each room contains various artefacts and possessions relating to the castle’s past. In the great hall, see ‘Guy’s Porridge Pot’ which is around 500 years old. Visit Guy’s Tower, a 14th Century construction with five storeys. The windows were redesigned to allow cannons to be used during the Civil War. Other towers worth seeing are Clarence, Bear and Caesar’s Tower. Your guide will bring to life the tales, events and the truth behind Warwick’s great stone walls.
From April each year you can see the world’s largest trebuchet, a huge medieval siege engine measuring 18 metres high and weighs 22 tons! Watch the wooden machine shoot a massive stone ball over 300 metres. Demonstrations of the English longbow, jousting and medieval warfare can be seen during holiday periods.
Home to the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a grand aristocratic home befitting the high status of a Dukedom.
Enjoy a picnic on the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Walk around the formal gardens and stroll through the collection of Italian, secret, rose and pleasure gardens along with the water terraces.
Day 5. Harry Potter’s Oxford and Hampton Court Maze.
Your first stop on your tour is Oxford, home to important buildings that shape the city’s landscape. See the great dining hall in Christ Church College; the inspiration for Hogwarts. View the beautiful vaulted staircases which are frequently used for filming interior scenes. University buildings were used to recreate the library, infirmary and grand entrances of Hogwarts.
The inspiration for historical novels and location for films, Hampton Court has it all. Enjoy a private guided tour inside Hampton Court Palace, with architecture and furnishings reflecting the tastes of kings and queens over a period of some 300 years. Tour the authentic Tudor kitchens; they would have had the capacity to cater for a court of 600 people – a huge daily operation without modern appliances such as microwaves or electric whisks! Visit the great hall with its hammer-beamed roof and tapestries.
Whatever the weather, the Tudor maze and gardens ought to be visited as they are renowned throughout the world. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your guide will know how to negotiate the famous maze! Make sure you look up high to see the decorative Tudor brick chimneys which give the exterior of Hampton Court Palace real character.
Return to London.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
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Since 2002, we have created British travel experiences for individuals, families, groups and corporations. Driver-Guided Tours, Chauffeur-Driven Transfers and Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Unique Accommodation, Customised Group Programmes and VIP Experiences, Premium Tickets to Theatres, Sporting and Cultural Events
And why we do it!
Our aim is always to be an ‘upgrade’ to anything else available, but without going ‘over the top’ with our prices. We started our business by offering simple day tours and deliver them well. It was not long before our clients were asking us to include more services and events – this we took as a compliment and felt it showed they trusted us and had confidence that we would deliver to a high standard, without the fuss.