Private Tour Transfers To and From Southampton Cruises
By far the majority of cruises disembark by about 08:30 at the Southampton Cruise Terminals. So why not make your transfer to London or departure airport a tour to remember, rather than a couple of hours along the motorway
We can supply a vehicle with driver or driver/guide to show you places like Stonehenge as well as the English Countryside, perhaps taking lunch in a typical English village pub. The vehicle can securely store your luggage and deliver you to your London hotel or airport.
Of course you can tour going in the opposite direction before you board your cruise too.
In addition to the classic tourist places, we can take you off the tourist track and show you the real England, of thatched cottages, Norman churches, country pubs and cream teas.
Along the way we'll explain the history, show you ancient places not in the guide books and tell you about the English themselves.
Its very cost effective if you can put a group together and hire a small bus, perhaps using the roll call of your cruise on Cruise Critic or similar board, but we're equally at home providing custom tours for couples or at the other extreme large groups.
There are so many wonderful places to visit not so far off the route between Southampton and London. Combining the transfer between Southampton and London with world class sightseeing transforms a monotonous blast down the motorway/freeway into an experience you will remember all your life.
We're only too glad to put together itineraries that include the tourist hotspots like Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor but one of the most popular requests we get is to get off the tourist track and explore the English Countryside, visit a pub or three, indulge in a cream tea at a tea shop or visit the those worthwhile attractions the tour groups do not get to. Well within range of Southampton to London is some of the loveliest countryside in England.
Below is a a typical itinerary of such a countryside and pubs tour.
Leaving Southampton, after about 30 minutes, we're at Salisbury - a medieval wool city with its icon, Salisbury Cathedral, dominating the skyline on the approaches to the city.
For England, Salisbury is a new city, only started in the 13th Century when the Cathedral was built. About the same time as the Magna Carta was being signed, a copy of which is on view in the Chapter House of the Cathedral.
You can choose to stop here and visit the Cathedral but this would mean dropping a stop later in the tour detailed here. For the purposes of this itinerary we just perform a drive by.
Leaving Salisbury we can pay a short visit to Old Sarum (Sarum is the old English word for Salisbury) on the hill top above the current city of Salisbury. Originally an old Iron Age Hill Fort inhabited not that long after the Neolithic's at Stonehenge.
Depending on the time of year and time, we may drop into Old Sarum if its open.
After Old Sarum, we descend into the Woodford Valley and follow the river past sleepy villages with limestone walls, thatched cottages, riverside pubs, Norman churches - a taster of the English countryside, very different to London. At the end of the valley is Stonehenge.
Stonehenge certainly can be a mystical place. In 2014 the new visitor centre opened at Stonehenge transforming a visit from the previously very basic experience to something much more contemporary and rewarding. We have been advised to expect that a visit to Stonehenge in future will be at minimum 90 minutes.
Our driver/guide though will help you get the most of your visit with further insights and guiding, maximising the Stonehenge experience.
Its around an hours journey to Lacock, our lunch stop. Its a scenically rich 60 minutes as well. We first cross Salisbury Plain going straight through a British Army Tank Range before descending through more picturesque villages.
We venture for some part along single track roads, truly into the countryside. Photo opportunities abound.
Perhaps we'll see a narrowboat using the canal locks that climb Caen Hill on the 2-3 hour ascent or descent.
We'll stop and watch the spectacle or talk you through how the locks operate.
5 minutes later nearly everyone gets off to picture our favourite thatched cottage and few can resist the scenic view over Lacock our lunch destination.
Just 30 minutes from Lacock is the small Cotswold village of Castle Coombe, a hidden gem.
Our approach to Castle Coombe is memorable along a single track road, descending into the Coombe and the village.
Set in a deep river valley the village (an old wool town) has tea rooms, interesting church, picturesque houses and river running through the village with very good walking in the district to other villages. This will give you a taster of the more famous and commercialised Cotswold villages further north.
All too soon its time to get to London. The fast/motorway to London is just a few miles away and its a smooth ride so we normally find half the vehicle enjoying a well earned nap before London.
Please see our Scheduled Coach transfers from Southampton