Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace
Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace
This tour is customisable and private. We can provide a driver-guide with Luxury Sedan (3 PAX) or Van (8 PAX). For larger families and groups we can provide coaches from 16 to 49 seats with driver AND guide.
Windsor Castle is a working palace, home to the Queen and the largest and oldest continuously inhabited castle in the world. Visit the opulent State Apartments and enjoy a personal guided tour of the magnificent St George’s Chapel, the last resting place of Royalty. See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House which was completed in 1924 as a gift for Queen Mary.
Tour inside Hampton Court Palace, with architecture reflecting the tastes of kings and queens over a period of some 300 years. Visit the authentic Tudor kitchens and see the Baroque State Apartments.
Your Tour Details
Your personal driver-guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at 9.00 am. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss any changes you might like to make to your tour. Any tour itinerary we suggest is flexible and can be altered to suit your individual requirements, even on the day.
Windsor Castle is a working palace and the oldest and largest continuously inhabited castle in the world, making it a real must-see for royal enthusiasts. Originally built by William the Conqueror, the monarchy have added additional buildings to the castle over the last 900 years. Windsor Castle has survived two sieges during the Magna Carta Wars, the English Civil War and during the modern world wars. So wherever you stand, you’re surrounded by history.
See the State Apartments which represent Gothic, Classical, Rococo and Jacobethan styles of architecture. Visit St George’s Chapel, a 15th Century building on the lower ward of the castle. It is the last resting place of royalty such as Edward IV, Henry VIII and Charles I. You can still see the original wooden choir stalls. The oriel window on the north side was a present to Catherine of Aragon from her husband, Henry VIII. Completed in 1924, the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is over 3 feet tall and was built as a gift to Queen Mary. The miniature house is perfect in every detail; it has electric lighting and running water. Many craftsmen and artists contributed to the presentation such as the furniture, carpets and walls. Even the bottles in the cellar are filled with wine.
See Eton College, the exclusive and famous boys’ school once attended by Princes William and Harry. Founded by Henry VI, it was initially for the education of poor boys but has now become one of the leading private boarding schools in the country. Over 18 Prime Ministers received their education at Eton, including David Cameron. The college has hosted sporting events for the Olympic Games in 2012.
Lunch can be arranged at a riverside inn or restaurant, the choice is up to you.
The inspiration for historical novels and location for films, Hampton Court has it all. There is much to see and do for both adults and children. 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. Travel into another century and see the Baroque State Apartments, built during the reign of King William and Queen Mary.
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.
Additional Extra: With a half day tour you will have enough time to visit EITHER Windsor Castle OR Hampton Court
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.
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 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.
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.
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About Luxury Vacations UK
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.