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The Friendly Invasion, Masters of the Air, The Mighty Eighth 4 day Tour

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East Anglia, just a stone's throw from the capital of London, yet an area largely undiscovered by visitors. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims fathers, Romans, Viking, Queen Boudicca, Anglo Saxons and Normans. It was here in the ancient corner, amid this history, that the US Air Force servicemen, those who fought and died defending our freedom and democracy, settled and fought the Nazis during WW II. Discover a rich, green land so indicative of England, a rural paradise of 'higgledy-piggledy' villages and market towns largely unchanged since Gainsbourough painted them or since the brave of the Mighty Eighth flew over them.

 

"The U.S. military presence in the United Kingdom during World War II was immense. Between 1941 and 1945, three million U.S. servicemen and women flowed through Great Britain (with the Yanks taking 50,000 British war brides and a few war grooms in passing). By itself, the U.S. Army Air Forces contributed 500,000 personnel to this “friendly invasion,” with 350,000 of those in the Eighth Air Force alone. Compared with U.S. service personnel in other regions of England, the Eighth Air Force arrived earlier, stayed later, and settled more heavily in East Anglia. In 1944, one in seven residents of Suffolk County was American." - by John Fleischman, AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE

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Commonwealth Experience, WWI & WWII in France & Belgium

May 06th - May 11th 2018
September 23rd - September 28th 2018

Experience the battle sites of both world wars, from the Normandy Beaches and Dieppe to the Great War reminders on the Somme and Ypres Salient. Our tour will trace the paths of the Commonwealth troops, focusing on the brave contributions of the American, Canadian and Australian divisions. Do you have a loved one who was lost here? Advise us and we will endeavour to incorporate sites of your personal interest, seeking out specific battle and/or grave sites as time and distance will permit. Folks seeking to discover the experiences of a loved one may find our small, intimate journeys the way to go. Our guides are retired military and/or historians with a personal interest in the tours that they lead.

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The Friendly Invasion: The Mighty Eighth & Dambusters 9 day Tour

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"The Friendly Invasion" of US Airmen in East Anglia, Cambridge; "Dambusters" in Lincolnshire & Peak District

 

East Anglia, just a stone's throw from the capital of London, yet an area largely undiscovered by visitors. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims fathers, Romans, Viking, Queen Boudicca, Anglo Saxons and Normans. It was here in the ancient corner, amid this history, that the US Air Force servicemen, those who fought and died defending our freedom and democracy, settled and fought the Nazis during WW II. Discover a rich, green land so indicative of England, a rural paradise of 'higgledy-piggledy' villages and market towns largely unchanged since Gainsbourough painted them or since the brave of the Mighty Eighth flew over them.

 

"The U.S. military presence in the United Kingdom during World War II was immense. Between 1941 and 1945, three million U.S. servicemen and women flowed through Great Britain (with the Yanks taking 50,000 British war brides and a few war grooms in passing). By itself, the U.S. Army Air Forces contributed 500,000 personnel to this “friendly invasion,” with 350,000 of those in the Eighth Air Force alone. Compared with U.S. service personnel in other regions of England, the Eighth Air Force arrived earlier, stayed later, and settled more heavily in East Anglia. In 1944, one in seven residents of Suffolk County was American." - by John Fleischman, AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE

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Cambridge & Duxford Airfield/Aviation Museum THURSDAY Day Trip

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London Escapes with a Difference! Small Group Touring, from 2 to 16 guests

 

Special Themes: Gardens, Literary Heritage, Downton Abbey, Antiques, Tudors, Britain at War...

 

What makes us different? SGT strives to get you off the beaten track so you can have an authentic experience, the opportunity to mingle with the locals. We do not like 'whistle stops' and it is our goal to have guests off of the vehicle exploring as much as possible.

 

Your SMALL GROUP day trip accommodates from a minimum of 2 guests to a max of just 16 guests per departure. Travel in (dependant on participant numbers) a standard car, MPV/SUV or mini-coach.

 

DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)

 

DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00

 

 

 

All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.

 

SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)

 

MONDAYS    Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages

 

TUESDAYS   Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester

 

WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock

 

THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum

 

FRIDAYS      London Antiques Markets & Globe Theatre

 

SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)

 

SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)

 

SUNDAYS    Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley 

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Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park WINTER SATURDAY Day Trip

Day Trip!

London Escapes with a Difference! Small Group Touring, from 2 to 16 guests

 

Special Themes: Gardens, Literary Heritage, Downton Abbey, Antiques, Tudors, Britain at War...

 

What makes us different? SGT strives to get you off the beaten track so you can have an authentic experience, the opportunity to mingle with the locals. We do not like 'whistle stops' and it is our goal to have guests off of the vehicle exploring as much as possible.

 

Your SMALL GROUP day trip accommodates from a minimum of 2 guests to a max of just 16 guests per departure. Travel in (dependant on participant numbers) a standard car, MPV/SUV or mini-coach.

 

DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)

 

DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00

 

 

 

All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.

 

SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)

 

MONDAYS    Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages

 

TUESDAYS   Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester

 

WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock

 

THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum

 

FRIDAYS      London Antiques Markets & Globe Theatre

 

SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)

 

SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)

 

SUNDAYS    Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley 

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Dickens' Kent: Rochester & Chatham Historic Dockyards Day Trip

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Rochester is a gem of a city with a cathedral and Norman castle. It overflows with Dickens sites. Chatham Historic Dockyard is a maritime museum covering over 80 acres located on part of what was the Royal Navy's main docks for several hundred years. Dickens loved the Docks, returned often as an adult, and referred to them as a "place of wonderment."

Enjoy a fabulous day out from the capital!

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Ian Fleming, the 'Birth' of James Bond and the Battle for Dieppe

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For decades, the Raid on Dieppe was considered to be nothing but a general rehearsal for the real thing to come in Normandy. But was that really the only objective to off-set the immense loss of lives? Join us and explore the possibility of the Dieppe raid being a cover for a “pinch” by the Commando’s to steal the German Enigma code machine. Find out about Ian Fleming’s involvement, from the Whitehall offices where he encountered the real life 'characters' that inspired the James Bond stories to the double agents from the XX-Committee that would provide him with the 00-moniker used in the naval department.

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In Search of The Pilgrim Fathers, The Mayflower 400, 1620 - 2020

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A drive through New England USA bears witness to the origins of the earliest European settlers of America. The names of “the pilgrim fathers” are remembered, as are the towns and villages of “the olde world.” This tour is a voyage to discover the circumstances that drove those people who left England for an uncertain future in a far-off land, in search of freedom, and what they left behind.

 

This is an opportunity to introduce visitors to the lovely yet often overlooked corner of Eastern England. We will discover Tudor heritage, some beautiful stately homes and some timeless country villages. Join this trip through the shires of Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex and Lincolnshire.

 

For some Americans it's a journey into their own past, their personal heritage. For others, it’s a chance to seek out the real history underneath the fairytales, the truths not explored in the textbooks.

 

We invite guests to also consider taking this Mayflower tour’s companion trip, Celebrating Native American Tribes of New England. There is also the 6 day Maritime Britain tour to consider, which features time in England's Southwest region including Plymouth, where the Mayflower set sail for America.

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Maritime Britain

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"Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves..."  This sceptred isle, set in a silver sea, has long depended upon its prowess as a maritime power. History records that, in the context of its time, it was the greatest maritime power ever. But in addition to the great fighting ships and traditions established by Nelson, Penn and Jellicoe, Britain's maritime past is rich with other seafaring traditions. It has been a nation of sea going explorers - Cabot, Raleigh, Drake and Cook.  It has been a nation of pirates and privateers, real and imaginary - Captain Kidd, Henry Morgan and Long John Silver.  It's also been home to unnamed smugglers and 'wreckers'.  It once boasted the world's largest commercial marine fleet.  It was, and still to some extent is, a nation of fishermen plying their trade from a hundred ports and harbours.