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This was an outstanding tour with an outstanding guide. Lynton picked us up at our accomodation promptly at 8:45am and he told us things we should do in London as we drove our of the city toward Windsor Castle. He dropped us off right a the castle entrance and told us what to do first and when to exit the castle so that we could see the changing of the guard that day in front of the castle. Then we headed to Stonehenge and he had snacks for us in the car that we could eat along the way. At Stonehenge he took us to the site all the while explaining history and details about the site that we would not have gotten otherwise. He took photos of us the entire day that were the best ones of the whole trip. Then it was off to Bath where he dropped us off to have a late lunch on our own and tour the Roman baths on our own. We met up later then toured Bath itself and got even more insight to this beautiful area. It was a very long day but well worth it as we got to see and do so much with a knowledgeable guide.
I made the mistake of booking this tour for a Bank Holiday, and without our guide, it would have been a total disaster. He knew everyone everywhere we went, helping us navigate through crushes of people to see everything we wanted to see. Moreover, the man was so brilliant that it was almost intimidating. I learned so much from him that I am still digesting the information. This is exactly the experience I was hoping for in every way. As far as I am concerned, there is no better way to explore new places.
We loved doing the private tour. Our guide Jay was great! He was very knowledgeable and high energy. He gave us lots of options for things to see during the day and had great advice for how to see the most at each attraction. The pick-up and drop-off was so convenient. We had a great day out!
We had a wonderful day - Jay was our guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable and lots of fun. We got to Windsor Castle right before opening and followed his advice on what to see first - avoided the crowds! Beautiful place - especially the Doll House which was incredible. Then on to Stonehenge - Jay gave us great background on it, took us to see where the nearby village would have been and showed us Woodhenge - learned lots and it was all amazing! Finally to Bath - the baths were fascinating and we walked around town - very pretty place. One of the best tours I've done - and Jay was awesome. Nick was with him - learning - and he was so pleasant as well. Thanks from the 3 Canadians!!
Private tours are all about the guide and Jay is the best. He not only knows all the ins and outs of getting the most out of each place visited, he also takes great pride in the service he provides. Jay is knowledgeable about each venue and has a fantastic sense of humor that kept all of us laughing the entire trip. Windsor Castle and Stonehenge are must sees if you're in England. We decided to substitute Lacock for Bath, which is the beauty of a private tour. Lacock is a preserved village where many well-known films have been shot including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. It's fun to see the exact places many scenes were filmed. This tour was a great value and I highly recommend it.
These were 3 great locations to visit and tour. Also the Van was clean and we had an excellent, leisurely, expensive lunch we paid for but thats not why we were on the tour. The tour guide, Neal, however was terrible! We would not do a tour with him again. He was repeatedly late: 15 minutes late to pick us up from our hotel lobby, then 10 minutes late from time he told us to meet him after our 1 ½ hours at Windsor Castle, then 10 minutes late from the designated meeting time after our Bath tour. and then we arrived nearly 10 minutes after the Stonehenge 6 pm time closing time to start our tour there! For the last one he parked in a handicapped parking near the entrance because he wasnt sure wed even be able to get into the venue to start our tour. He did successfully cajoled the entrance staff to let us go in for our tour there, however, despite being late.
He is opinionated and not an informative, neutral tour guide while traveling with him. Much of the often 1-1.5 hours traveling from site to site with him were either in silence or him telling us about his storied military history, the 50 dogs on his farm, and his political views. Instead, we believe he should have been telling us about the areas we were driving through, the history of the area and/or contemporary information about the area we were in.
He took us to a secret lunch venue where no one else was and where we spent 1 1/2 hours in the countryside. But then he only gave us 30 minutes to do the Bath tour, our next stop. He also didnt accompany us on the tour of Bath. The times should have been reversed with only 30 minutes for lunch and 1.5 hours at Bath. Lunch was excellent but we didnt pay 700 for this tour for 4 people for an excellent, leisurely lunch that also cost us significantly. We also only went in one church in Bath and didnt have a tour of Bath as the tour overview promised. It obviously wasnt the 2-hour stop in Bath as your Overview indicated it would be.
Instead of having us use the free audio tour handsets at Stonehenge he insisted on leading us and explaining everything about Stonehenge himself. Then he gave us his own personal theories about how Stonehenge came to be. He repeatedly said that he didnt have anything specific research or experience to base them on. From our own tour books we know what he was saying was patently not true.
Water bottles were scattered on the floor of the back of the van, not in a cooler or cold. He offered water when we first got in the van at our hotel but never again. No snacks were offered either which we thought might be. We had to ask repeatedly about his Wi-fi as he never turned it on or offered it without prompting we knew from the information about out tour it was to be included.
Entire tour took 11 hours. The order was: Hotel pickup, Windsor, drive for 1 ½ hours to Lunch, drive another hour or so to Bath, drive 1 ½ hours to Stonehenge, drive to Woodhenge, and then drive 2 hours back to hotel in London.
Had he ever given this tour before? He truly was terrible. Unless someone teaches him otherwise, we would not recommend you use him any more.