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Tailor your own day tour from London with our variety of options.


Day tour from London in private vehicle with accredited driver-guide.
For couples, families or small private groups (up to 7 persons). Subject to availability.
Timings: 9am-6pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices: 1-2 passengers = £640.00; 3-4 pass = £680.00; 5-7 pass = £720.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



Itinerary: select any 2 from the 6 options below to create your full-day tour:

Option 1: BEAULIEU PALACE (half-day)

This tour takes us to Beaulieu Palace, a fantastic complex featuring a classic car museum, Victorian palace and picturesque gardens. Beaulieu (pronounced Bewley) has a setting on the edge of the New Forest, shielded by water from the major southern port of Southampton. The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2012 with over 250 classic cars on display. Aficianados of 'Top Gear', the world's most popular TV motoring show, will find a special section dedicated to the cars used in the programme's incredible stunts. Meanwhile, spymasters will delight in the James Bond boats and secret service sections. Students of history too, may find considerable interest in the landscape. With a name suggesting otherwise, the 'New' Forest is actually a huge tract of ancient woodland planted as a hunting ground for William the Conqueror, the new incumbent of the English throne after his invasion from Normandy in 1066. Perhaps it was not his most fortunate legacy, as two of his sons were killed in 'hunting accidents' here soon after its creation. At Beaulieu's eastern edge, a medieval abbey was built over 800 years ago by King John (the one that the legendary Robin Hood rebelled against). In the 1530s, at the height of Henry VIII's infamous Dissolution of the Monasteries, like most religious houses, it was closed down and much of the original structure fell into ruin. Beaulieu Abbey Gatehouse survived and was passed to the powerful Montagues in 1538, whose family name became immortalised in one of William Shakespeare greatest plays 'Romeo and Juliet' (Shakespeare's patron the Earl of Southampton was the grandson of the Montague family). The Gatehouse has remained home to the family ever since. Rebuilt in the 19th century, it features an exhibition on its former monastic role. All-in all this tour is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 2: CHAWTON (half-day)
In the village of Chawton in Hampshire stands the 17th century house where Jane Austen spent a productive part of her writing career. This is where she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. It is now a small private museum and has been welcoming visiting Austen fans since as far back as 1947. The museum contains a fascinating collection of objects and books actually owned by the novelist, and other odd artifacts, such as a gun found under the floorboards! We will also view the manor house once owned by her brother.
● Mar-Dec: daily; Jan-Feb: Sat-Sun.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 3: ROMSEY (half-day)
A visit to this relatively unknown and unspoilt Hampshire market town with its fine abbey, itself a rare Norman survivor built originally as part of a 10th century Benedictine foundation. Due to its dual use as a church and nunnery, the abbey did not suffer the fate of many other religious establishments during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century and was not demolished. Today it is the largest parish church in Hampshire. It contains rare Saxon crucifixes and the tomb of Lord Mountbatten of Burma.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 4: WINCHESTER (half-day)
Once an old Roman town, Winchester became the capital of England during the Middle Ages. There are strong royal connections, harking back to the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Some say Winchester was Camelot. It was the 9th century king Alfred the Great who made it the first capital of Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex. His grandson Aethelstan was the first king of all England. Winchester is the burial place of the Viking king Canute and the birth place of the Norman king William II and Plantagenet king Henry III. Both Henry IV and Bloody Mary were married here. William the Conqueror's great medieval record, the Domesday Book, was compiled here in 1086. Winchester College is the oldest public school in England founded 1382 by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and chancellor to King Richard II. There are 600 students in 10 boarding houses. Famous old boys include the theatre impresario D’Oyley Carte. Because of the historic nature and architecture of the city, it has appeared as a movie location many times, including the films, 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age', and 'Pride and Prejudice'. In fact, Winchester is the burial place of Jane Austen. Winchester Cathedral, built in 1097 is one of the UK’s oldest. Originally it was constructed in the bulky Romanesque style, but later remodelled in the decorated Gothic, then perpendicular Gothic styles. The monks of the attached monastery were once attacked by the locals for burying plague victims in the church, in the heart of town, rather than outlying plague pits. In the 19th century the cathedral was found to be sinking. The solution? Between 1906-1911 a man in deep-sea diver’s suit worked 6 hours a day underneath laying sacks of cement to underpin it!
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 5: WINDSOR CASTLE (half-day)
About 20 miles west of London is the Queen's home, Windsor Castle. First built in 1080 and described by Samuel Pepys over 300 years ago as the most romantic of castles, it is also the largest and oldest continually inhabited castle in the world. Your guide will conduct you on a tour. Highlights include the magnificent George Chapel (ten monarchs are buried here including Henry VIII), the opulent State Apartments and the incredible Queen Mary's Dolls' House. On certain days you can see the changing of the guard ceremony up-close (much better than outside Buckingham Palace!).
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 6: RHS WISLEY GARDENS (half-day)
10 miles from Central London lies Wisley, Britain's best loved garden run by the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s a working garden with a diverse and unique collection. It is said ‘If it can grow at Wisley it can grow anywhere.’ Features include the Alpine Meadow, Arboretum, Bamboo Walk, Fruit Field, Model Gardens, Pinetum, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Vegetable Garden, Vineyard and Tropical Glasshouse. If you love flowers and plants you cannot miss it.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-6pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£640.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£680.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£720.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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BOOKING POLICY AND NOTES:
Bookings are dealt with on a one-to-one basis via e-mail only.
To secure your preferred date we recommend booking well in advance.
We do not accept bookings with less than 72 hours notice.
All tours subject to availability. Booking will not go ahead until availability is confirmed.
Tour is not guaranteed to go ahead until 100% of payment is received.
We do not usually pre-book tickets for attractions. We recommended these are paid
  for at the gate on the day. In circumstances where pre-booking is the only option for
  attractions, tickets must be paid for in advance and are non-refundable.
Administration fees may be added for extensive itineraries or advance ticket booking.
We do not arrange flights, accommodation, travel tickets or tickets for special events.
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PRACTICAL TOUR INFO:

Important note: 'Private tour' means a privately chartered guided tour. It does not entail exclusive private access. We do not offer tours to individuals wishing to join a larger group (for this you require a scheduled coach tour operator).

Timings: A recommended start time ensures the tour runs to schedule. The duration of this tour is timed from pick-up to drop-off and usually includes built-in stops for photo opportunities, facilities, and a one-hour lunch break.

Pick-up/drop-off: You can be picked-up for your tour anywhere in the central London area, whether at your hotel, place of residence, or venue of your request. The same applies as a dropping-off point after the tour. Tours from London may use fastest routes.

Vehicle: Our typical vehicle is a luxury people carrier. Usually a high-spec 7-passenger Mercedes, with leather seats, armrests, headrests, air-conditioning, tinted windows, front and rear electric sunroof, sliding passenger doors and luggage space.

Driver-Guide: Our presentable, professional and friendly guides drive fully insured private vehicles and carry the British 'Blue Badge' accreditation allowing them to conduct tours, walks and interior visits of major London venues and other UK attractions.

Tour: The main tour is conducted personally by the guide, providing knowledgeable commentary, and assisting with practical issues. Sections of the tour may be conducted by in-house docents or using audio devices, but your guide may still escort you.

Lunch: An appropriate restaurant, traditional pub, or sandwich stop can be arranged for lunch (note: tour price does not include food or refreshments). Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch. The guide may take a rest during this period.

Clothing: Clients should dress appropriately making allowances for the changeable British weather, outdoor activities or visiting churches, etc. Our main tip is to dress comfortably. For more tips to help make your tour even more enjoyable click here.

Format: The tour has been specially researched and designed by our staff (copyright applies) and is exclusive to Your London Tours & associates. Selected elements of different tours may be combined to create other tour options.

General: Rest assured with Your London Tours: All our tours are tailored to YOUR requirements. The guide will be exclusively dedicated to your family or group during the tour itself, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your day.



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