THE THINGS THAT COUNT
SMALL GROUPS Expect our scheduled tours to welcome anywhere from 2 guests, an average 4 - 8 guests typically per tour, with the ultimate maximum being 14 guests per 16 seat vehicle
FLEXIBILITY Small groups mean we can change our daily schedule, taking advantage of weather conditions, local events and the particular interests of individuals on each departure. Each evening the group discusses the following day’s alternatives and there is scope for choice. Of course you’ll see the main sites but so much more too.
WELL-BALANCED SIGHTSEEING Days of variety with something suit all interests, seeing both the famous sights (when the crowds have left) and the not so familiar. Most entrance fees, when with your guide, are included in the tour price. Please note, the detailed itineraries printed in these web pages should be read as guidelines to allow for flexibility. Attractions in bold print are usually ‘not to miss’ and the rest is up to the group and the guide during your trip.
LEISURELY PACED No 6AM morning calls, no rush to be at predetermined places, no fifteen-minute stops at places of interest, and definitely no ‘commission’ shopping stops. Please do note there are occasional and unavoidable longer drives on the longer tours when we’re driving between major accommodation bases. Inevitably, when traveling in company, everyone will have different ideas of what is the ideal length of time to spend at specific sites.
COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT The specially designed mini-coaches can travel anywhere a car can, reaching places the larger coach finds impossible. Luggage is stored under-floor or in a special boot/trunk section. You sit high above the cars and hedgerows, enjoying good all round views.
We’ll use 7 - 9 seat multiple-purpose vehicles (SUVs) where the number of tour participants is 6 or below. Otherwise, your touring vehicle will most likely be a 16 seat Sprinter. See more photos, inside and out, on the VEHICLES page.
INTERESTING ITINERARIES Get behind the tourist façade, meeting ‘locals’, avoiding the tourist traps. We strive to spend as much time on the local 'b' roads so our guests get a true flavour for the areas visited and have the opportunity to meet the locals. Please note our tours are designed for the reasonably active and involve a fair bit of walking.
INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT THE HASSLES OF DRIVING YOURSELF You’ll not be ‘herded’ and there’ll be time to explore on your own in major towns, with the guideance of your driver/guide, of course. On most tours there are opportunities for individuals to take alternative arrangements such as half-day walks or make visits to family or friends if you wish. If you do have a special request, please discuss options with us in advance to assist us it making your wishes possible.
INTIMATE AND INTERESTING ACCOMMODATIONS Inns, farmhouses, manor homes, quaint B&Bs and occasionally castles, each with its own particular charm. Our accommodations are converted historical properties and not custom built hotels. Each is chosen for their location, architectural interest, ‘the welcome’ skills of the host and the quality of the food.
All accommodations are of a high standard, three to four star or similar rating, and all rooms are with private/en-suite facilities. Rooms are normally doubles or twin share and a limited number of single rooms. Larger groups are sometimes split between adjoining or adjacent properties in smaller villages but this doesn’t happen often. Visit Our Accommodations page for additional photos and more detailed info.
THE SAME ACCOMMODATIONS FOR A NUMBER OF NIGHTS No constant packing and unpacking. Wherever possible we stay in a single accommodation for several nights and use this as a base for our daily explorations, allowing you to really get in-depth in the area and learn about the places you are visiting.
WONDERFUL FOOD Enjoy the very best of local cuisine, sampling regional favorites whenever possible. We dine at restaurants, pubs and at accommodations. We even find a spot for the occasional picnic! Traditional cooked (UK/Ireland) or continental breakfasts (London/Europe) is included daily on both scheduled departures and custom designed itineraries; two-three course evening meals are included on most nights on the scheduled tours. We do not include dinners on each and every night for flexibility’s sake, so you can get out and about independently for a change of pace, usually at the tour mid-way point. A few sampler itineraries leave out dinners in the up front package for maximum flexibility. Specific details on package inclusions are outlined on the individual itineraries.
Many of our establishments utilize locally grown products – sure to be fresh and delicious!
ENTERTAINING EVENINGS Optional theatre, special events, visits to country pubs, dinners with the locals and fun!
EDUCATED AND ENTERTAINING TOUR DIRECTORS Our driver/guide/companions boast a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. Authors, college professors, adventurers, photographers, ex-service officers and more. Above all else, they are dedicated to ensuring your comfort, safety and enjoyment. See Meet Your Team for a few bios and photos.
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET Many tour companies advertise a low initial price to attract you. Once you’re on the tour, you find your purse or wallet is constantly open as you pay for additional options and extras. Some folks say our tours are expensive but we believe that you get what you pay for, quality over quantity. It is the difference of shopping at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods versus somewhere like Sam’s Club.
Our tours are designed to be as inclusive as possible for value’s sake, while allowing for some flexibility. Breakfast is included daily and most dinners. Most entrance fees are included while you are with your guide, those are listed in bold print on our published itineraries. During your tour, you are only responsible for lunches, beverages, any souvenirs you may choose to purchase and the occasional dinner. See the tour inclusions on the individual itineraries for specific information about your chosen tour.
THE BEST ADVERTISING IS WORD OF MOUTH We get an enormous sense of satisfaction when we receive a letter, call or an email from our clients stating what a fantastic vacation they have had with us! This is a huge part of why we do what we do!
If you would like to read what some of our past clients have said about us and our tours, please see our Testimonials page.