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JANE AUSTEN - PRIVATE TOURS
Life, times and countryside that inspired the great romantic novelist.


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-5pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices (option 1 or 2): 1-2 passengers = £640.00; 3-4 = £680.00; 5-7 = £720.00.
Prices (option 3): 1-2 passengers = £1,080.00; 3-4 = £1,160.00; 5-7 = £1,240.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



ITINERARY: CHOOSE 1 OF THE FOLLOWING 3 OPTIONS


OPTION 1: JANE AUSTEN'S HAMPSHIRE

After an initial fast-track out from London, we explore the life and times of Jane Austen, one of the most widely-read female authors in English literature. We cannot promise a chance meeting with a modern-day Darcy, but we can promise a fascinating and enjoyable day out in Austen's beloved county of Hampshire. We start the tour at the north Hampshire village of Steventon, birth-place of Jane Austen, and where she spent the first 25 years of her life. Here she drafted Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility on a site still marked by a lime tree said to have been planted by her eldest brother. The parish church which Jane attended has changed little since the 12th century and contains memorials to the Austen family.

In the village of Chawton in Hampshire stands the 17th century house where Austen spent her 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.

Next, we make our way to Winchester, an historic city that has appeared as a movie location many times, including the recent film version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. An old Roman town, Winchester became the capital of England during the Dark Ages. There are links to many famous legends, including King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and King Alfred the Great. We will see the house where Jane Austen lived during the last months of her terminal illness. Finally, we visit Winchester Cathedral. Built in 1097, it is one of England’s oldest. It is also Jane Austen's burial place.
● Usually open daily.
● Any admissions payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



OPTION 2: JANE AUSTEN'S BATH
After an initial fast-track out from London, this tour brings us to the Georgian city of Bath. Royal patronage in the early 18th century made it a fashionable place to stay. It was the first town in the UK fully planned with streets, squares, parks, pavements and lights. Jane Austen arrived here in the early 1800s, just as the town had been completed in the neo-classical style, and it remains pretty much the same. Take a drive along the Georgian streets: the whole city, entirely carved out of a local honey-coloured stone, reflects architectural achievements past and present. View the interior of a Georgian townhouse and discover a delightful museum dedicated to Austen. She wrote the initial drafts of both of 'Persuasion' and 'Northanger Abbey' here. See the house that Jane called home from 1801-05 and several locations chosen for screen adaptatons of Jane Austen classics, including the famous Assembly Rooms, which now houses a fashion museum.

With so much history, it's not surprising that the whole city has been designated a World Heritage site. Bath is renowned for its naturally occurring thermal waters, the only hot water mineral springs in the country. Jane wrote a letter about taking the Bath waters in which she said ‘We are all unanimous in expecting no benefit from it!’ See how the Romans made their sandal-print on British history with a visit to the stunning Roman Baths unearthed at the end of the 19th century. In medieval times a magnificent cathedral was built nearby, it's walls adorned with carvings including the famous 'stairway to heaven'. The local university and college lend Bath a youthful chilled-out feel. There is a vibrant shopping centre, with all the British favourites on the main street plus alleyways of independents. There is also a great variety of places to eat. Finish with an elegant afternoon English tea experience in the Victorian Pump Room, and try a glass of the famous water there.
● Attractions usually open daily.
● Any admissions payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



OPTION 3: TWO-DAY JANE AUSTEN SPECIAL *SAVE £200.00*
For super-Austen aficianados! This two-day tour is a combination of options 1 and 2 above. The pick-up and drop-off each day is at your London hotel or residence. This tour is offered at a special reduced price saving you £200.00 against booking both options separately.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-5pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£640.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£680.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£720.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TWO-DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-5pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£1080.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£1160.00
(+ any entrance fees)

BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£1240.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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To secure your preferred date we recommend booking well in advance.
We do not accept bookings with less than 72 hours notice.
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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.

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