Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Southampton Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Tour to London via Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
My husband and I are fist time users of Viator and were very pleased with our tour from Southampton to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor. Our guide, Rob, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He narrated the trip and guided us along the way. He lead us up to the entrances of Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. He went above and beyond when passengers were dropped off at hotels and helped take luggage to the door of the hotels. Our driver James, navigated some very tight roads and did an excellent job. My suggestion would be that you let your booked passengers know that the tour is handled by International Friends and not Viator (this info was not on my voucher I printed out). I asked security at the terminal doorway where to meet our Viator tour and they had not heard of Viator. A placard in the front of the bus listing the tour would also be helpful. I overlooked the option of paying for entrance fees to Stonehenge and Windsor and wish I had done that. The line at Windsor Castle was so long and with only a couple of hours to tour we were afraid that we would spend and hour in line for tickets. We toured the town instead and took the train from London on another day and took the tour, purchasing tickets online for entrance.
Our cruise disembarked in Southhampton and our flight back to the states was not until the next morning. Our travel agent recommended taking a Viator tour on the way back to Heathrow. We were not disappointed. While we were looking forward to Stonehenge (closed due to the summer solstice), the substitution of Winchester Cathedral was acceptable.
We were met promptly at the cruise port. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. After reading about long queues at Windsor Castle, we bought tickets on line in advance. This gave us some extra time at the Castle. Our only complaint, was that our guide should have told us to grab something to eat at Winchester. From reading the write-up, we were under the impression there would be lunch time at Windsor. This was not the case and time was very tight at the Castle if you wanted to tour it.
We were dropped off at the front door of our hotel and our guide kindly assisted us with our luggage.
Aside from the lunch matter, it was a delightful and interesting day, permitting us to see places we had not previously. We would highly recommend this tour, but just check with your guide about the best time to grab a bite to eat.
Even though our ship was late in arriving our guide waited for us. The tour was far above my expectations.
Premier Tours did a fantastic job. Our guide Rob and driver Geoff made the day entertaining and memorable.
Best deal around if you are coming off a ship and going into London. Cruise lines charge much more for the transfer and you only stop at one place. Was interesting that after Windsor people are put into smaller buses going into London. Luggage is taken to your hotel while you are at Windsor, then people are put into smaller buses and taken to the front door of your hotel! That is a real plus!
Tour organized by International Friends, who picked us up right on time at the cruise terminal. We were the only ones booked that day, and had Tony all to ourselves. He was extremely knowlegable and entertaining, telling us facts and stories all along the drive. We had ample time at each stop (of course, we pretty much set our own schedule since we were the only guests) and took wonderful photos. Tony then dropped us off at our London hotel with a handful of helpful London tips. I highly recommend this tour and tour company when arriving on a cruise ship or traveling in London any other time.
The bus was waiting for us at the pier. The driver and tour guide were terrific and very knowledgeable. After visiting the 3 sites included on the tour, we were dropped off in front of our hotel in London. We could not have done this excursion and hotel drop off on our own at twice the cost. I would highly recommend this excursion!
A great excursion from Southampton to London. We especially enjoyed the tour of Windsor Castle.
I was in London just 1 day and your tour made is just so fun and interesting. We were escorted to 3 places I had alway wanted to tour. The guide of the coach and driver will always be in my mind as the best two people to show me and the rest of us on the coach the wonderful city of London. I was treated like a queen by them.
The rain was an inconvienence, but the tour and the guide were fantastic. Be sure to buy the tickets for Windsor Castle online before arrival to save a long wait in the line.
The tour guide was incredible! He was so knowledgable, he made what we saw even more memorable.
If you're staying in London post cruise, I recommend you take this transfer. The coach tour guide was very knowledgeable and the driver is very friendly and an excellent driver.
We had a lovely day. Only wished there could have been more time to spend in Windsor Castle. Another hour would have made this tour perfect.
Worth doing if your base will be London,you want to visit these three sites and you don't want to have to make the trip from there. My friend and I were the only two who booked the tour after our cruise ship landed in Southampton, so we had a private car for the two of us. The driver was just that, not a guide, just a driver. He was very friendly and even dropped us at the flat we had rented instead of the hotel we were supposed to be dropped a, but he did not give the info and background of the places we visited. Okay way to transfer to London after the cruise and see these sites,but didn't learn anything.