In the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic public transport and big coach tours has become less of a safe prospect and unsurprisingly less appealing. Social distancing is now essential for the wellbeing of the general populace as well as essential in blunting the spike in new Coronavirus cases. It can be hard maintaining proper social distancing measures on large coach group tours, so for the good U.K tourism, we are offering our private guided  tour services as an alternative and crucially safe option. We take extra care so you stay safe!

A private guided tour is more flexible and often cheaper than a coach tour if you are travelling as a family or small group.

Ultimately, Travel in the UK can be as safe and enjoyable as it always has been. The UK

Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours visit Stonehenge before or after the monument is officially open to the public, missing all the crowds.

Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours visit Stonehenge before or after the monument is officially open to the public, missing all the crowds.

has an abundance of rural tourist destinations which are as beautiful and historically laden as any in the cities. If you follow the critical advice from health experts and book privately, it is easy to stay totally safe and have a fascinating vacation simultaneously. So why not take the private tour option this year or next  and keep your family safe, whilst still showing them the time of their lives!

Why risk it? Due to COVID-19 private hire transport is much safer than using crowed coach tours, especially with the fastidiously precautions we have put in place; going above and beyond the necessary precautions recommended by the government, whilst also providing a high quality of service and an extremely comfortable journey.

Private transfers allow for collection right from your hotel door, reducing the risk of exposure from low to near non-existent.

Advice from medical experts has recommended avoiding crowded public places.  One of the best ways to do this and still enjoy the rich delights of British tourism is to book yourself a private tour experience as opposed to crowded coach trips or making your own way on public transport. Here I hope to relay 5 key  benefits of a private tour, especially in the face of the worlds current Coronavirus fears.

  • Avoid busy coaches and crucially reduce exposure to the Corona virus. A fact to which I have already alluded, but it is a crucial one to remember. Coaches buy nature thrust one into close proximity with a large group of strangers. It is entirely possible to get coach tours refunded and switch to a private tour – a lot of 3rd party online companies will offer refunds as close to 48 hours before departure.
  • No need for public transport or busy coach stations – with collection straight from your hotel door. The coach station’s themselves, as well as train stations and underground stations, pose a similar risk to the public. Private tours allow for collection right from your door, reducing the risk of exposure from low to near non-existent.
  • Coach trips cause large crowds at various monuments. Numerous coaches arrive at the same time to create ‘peak times’, which again pose a risk in the current climate. A private tour has the luxury of choice. Avoiding these peak times will not only lower risk of exposure but also make for a more relaxed atmosphere at any given monument, leaving you in peaceto admire our cultural history.
  • Safety for the whole family. Private tours are ideal for keeping your children out of harm’s way. Private tours are perfectly suited to families, keeping everyone together with no one else to interrupt the family quality time, apart from an experienced and knowledgeable guide, whilst minimising the potential exposure of your children.
  • The flexibility of private tours allows for a more sequestered experience at every turn. Private tours are ideal for finding delightful rural places to enjoy lunch, in quiet village locations. Once again, you can avoid the often-hectic services on UKs motorways and cafés/restaurants near to monuments.

We have implemented the following actions to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Virus:

Our Licensed Driver / Guide… are fully briefed on the symptoms associated with Covid-19 and what is required of them to act with the utmost propriety. Before your vehicle even arrives, the vehicle will be sanitised internally and door handles will be cleaned. All drivers will have washed their hands thoroughly and will be wearing a face mask, at all times. Hand sanitiser will be provided, ready and waiting for all customers.

Our Insured Vehicles… have been specially adapted for your safety, with purpose-built Perspex divides installed between driver and passengers eliminating the risk of any contamination.

Picking you up… Your driver will not shake your hand – you will be asked if you would like your driver to load the luggage or if you would prefer to do this yourself. Unless all seats are required, you will be asked to sit in the rear of the vehicle, to maximise social distancing at all times. Our 9 seat minvans will be reduced to 7 seats for your safety.

Even After you have arrived at each of your tourist destinations your driver / guide will be busy meticulously repeating this process to the letter, while you can carry on your day with your peace of mind intact.

In these strange times, the safety of both our staff and our clients is of paramount importance, and, as always, the comfort of our clients remains at the heart of our business. These special safety measures have been brought in in addition to the abundance of premium tour services we offer.

Getting around safely is essential, so in this scary time don’t take unnecessary risks and travel in safety and luxury with us – professional, comfortable and most importantly safe. See you soon.

Due to this pandemic, the demand for private guided tours is increasing rapidly throughout this summer. BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR / TRANSFER NOW – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Join us on a magical tour this summer solstice and be a modern day pilgrim. A once in a lifetime experience……

Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

Since our Neolithic ancestors erected Stonehenge thousands of years ago and exulted in its majesty, people have continued to gather at the hallowed stones. Centuries worth of pilgrimage and spiritual congregation have continued to endow the monument with meaning. All visitors, pilgrims and revellers connect with our ancestors and with the enigmatic and arcane origins of the stones, and ultimately give Stonehenge its primal energy and continuity that any visitor enjoys today.  In this piece, I wanted to examine the history of the pilgrimage associated with the monoliths and how the people who visit and celebrate in the presence of the stones are so important to its continued vitality.

A pilgrimage is ‘a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about the self, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience.’  The aim of pilgrimage is spiritual…

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Register and Book your 2021 Sunset or Sunrise Tours in advance

Start or finish your special day with an exclusive trip to Stonehenge with a private inner circle tour. One of the wonders of the world and steeped in mystery, this ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is classed as a World Heritage Site and thought to be a place of healing, as well as an astronomical clock and a religious site.

Stonehenge Sunrise Private Access Tour

This is a unique and private opportunity to visit the landmark and walk among the stones either during sunset or sunrise.

Demand for our Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply, some 2021 dates are now published but many often sold out months in advance. Do not expect to get tickets without ordering well in advance. Register your interest with us now and our booking experts will send you exclusive dates sent in advance before official publication. Also includes our ‘early bird’ booking offer.
Stonehenge Special Access visits are available most, but not all months of the year, (no visits in October and November and are not available on and around the midsummer’s day). Evening Special Access is only available in the summer months.

Our customised private Stonehenge tours continue to get 5 STAR reports on Trip Advisor and other quality review sites. Please take the time to view our customer feedback throughout our 25 years of trading. Excellence as standard.

2021 Private Group Custom Tours.  Up close and personal
We specialise in arranging customised Stonehenge special access tours to suit your requirements. Our door to door friendly service will take you wherever you want to go…….at the time and pace to suit you. Our personalised service gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility without the worry of driving so you can all relax and enjoy the day. Click here for private tours

To help you get the most from your Inner Circle experience, your Stonehenge tour guide will accompany you during private access to give you all the interesting stories surrounding Stonehenge.

Email the Stonehenge experts.  A deposit will secure your tour.

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Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

When people think of the greatest wonders of the ancient world, they will almost certainly consider the pyramids of Geeza and Stonehenge. However, a surprising fact about two of the world’s most heralded monuments is that they were built in the same century- and are perhaps the two most significant features of their century from today’s perspective. These seemingly immortal monuments possess a similarly mesmeric quality – gained through their sheer antiquity and the mystery surrounding their construction. Given their temporal bond I thought I would compare and contrast the two great monuments, Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Geeza: their size, their construction, the civilizations which constructed them and the myths that have followed them to this day.

Stonehenge and the Pyrimids Is the construction of Stonehenge far more interesting than the Great Pyramid?

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If this were a competition, then the great pyramid would win this round- it quite literally would…

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Due to the strict new laws introduced by our government on 24th March our London office has been temporarily closed. We now have 2 key staff self-quarantined and our thoughts and prayers are with them

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Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of all our customers,

We endeavour to operate from our Salisbury office and / or remotely very soon. Please be patient whilst we re-establish communications.
Our Stonehenge tours (including private customised tours) will be limited until 30th April 2020.  Customers who have been forced to cancel tour bookings in March / April will have a full credit note automatically generated and will be valid until March 2022. We are also prepared to listen and will review all bookings on a case by case scenario.

We expect to operate all Stonehenge tours as normal from 1st May 2020 and will continue to review the situation. Customers who choose to cancel tours beyond 1st May a credit note (valid until March 2022) will be applied accordingly. Please be patient during this time of crisis, and follow our frequent updates.

PROUD TO BE SUPPORTING LONDON AND GREAT BRITAIN:
We have voluntarily utilised our drivers, guides and fleet of vehicles to help our emergency services delivering vital supplies to the vulnerable and hospitals.

Flexible booking terms and advice for travellers concerned about Corona Virus. 

The top UK tourist attractions you can visit virtually

Take care and be safe!
Henry
Tour Operations Manger

Stonehenge Guided Tours
Operating Stonehenge Guided Tours Since 1990
www.StonehengeTours.com

 

 

Corona Virus is effecting all of our lives and the sad reality is that for most people travel plans have had to be postponed. In light of the growing concerns, we wanted to reassure our customers that we are following the travel news and plan to keep you updated so you can get your plans back on track as soon as possible.  We would like to update you on the current travel bans in place and reassure you we are raring to get the tours going as soon as it is safe!

covid-19 Travel U.K

Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of all our customers,

Current Travel Policy

With the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic last week, round the world, travel limitations have come into place. Starting with the EU, they have introduced temporary restrictions on nonessential travel to and from the EU, as part of its efforts to contain the spread. This ensues the United States’ decision to suspend travel into the US from 28 European countries.

The UK has not enacted a ban on US citizens entering the country in return, but the current Foreign office advice of caution extends to US as well as UK citizens.

Currently, The Foreign Office is advising:

“Anyone still considering travel must be realistic about the level of disruption they are willing and able to endure, and to make decisions in light of the unprecedented conditions we face.” and to “take account of the fast moving situation and plan accordingly, while flights remain available in many places”.

Currently, US citizens returning from the UK and Europe will only be allowed to travel through one of 13 US airports but won’t be tested for coronavirus on arrival. Returning US nationals are being advised to under take a 14-day quarantine as a precaution.

These restrictions are set to last a month. Crucially, although these restrictions may make returning to the US difficult in the short term, they are only temporary and regular travel across the Atlantic will return.

Your Trip

We know that many of you may be feeling an increasing amount of uncertainty and anxiety around travel plans at this present time.   and certainly in cases, where customers or those in their household may have virus symptoms, we fully recognise that travel may not be possible at this time.

Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of all our customers, so remember to restrict travel if you are showing symptoms! With that in mind, I wanted to remind you that if you need to amend your booking to a future date, or need to cancel a tour, we’re here to help.

Unfortunately, we are having to be strict with our cancellation policy in line with other operators. However, we are also prepared to listen and will review on a case by case scenario.  Most scheduled coach tours will get an immediate full refund, however due to the nature of certain tours i.e. our exclusive Equinox / Solstice tours and in particular private customised tours that have been booked in advance we have to enforce our cancellation policy.  The good news is that these tours can be amended to a future date with no penalty with a credit note supplied. Your holiday does not have to be cancelled and you can delay gratification until this summer or even 2021

In fact, we have waived the amendment fees and can also hold the cost of your booking as a credit against a future tour if you need time to decide on your plans. Here is a link to our official terms: https://stonehengetours.com/terms.html

We will offer increased flexibility on all bookings to help ease the situation surrounding COVID-19, and will offer the following options, even if a refund is not officially due per the terms you originally booked under:

  • a free of charge date change.

or

  • a 24 month credit from your booked tour date.

Please note: Date change and Credit requests must be notified in writing at least 48 hours before the original booked tour, and date change/credited tours are subject to availability and are non-transferable and non-refundable at any time. Expired credits are non refundable and not redeemable for cash.

…and the great news, It looks like by May the COVID-19 crisis will be under control and London will be open again.  It will be a fantastic time to visit Britain. Not only will the exchange rate be extremely favourable, stretching your budget immeasurably, but flight costs will also reduce dramatically. Although a crisis now, the spread of Corona could open up the excellent potential for a wonderful summer – visiting beautiful and historic Britain for less, an absence of crowds sequestering you amidst even the most famous monuments. There is so much to look forward to!

Thank you for your patience and continued support and we look forward to seeing you this summer or next.

How to Travel Safely During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Due to the Carona Virus pandemic, the demand for customised guided tours is increasing rapidly. There is never a better time to book a private Stonehenge tour!

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Tour Operations Manager

 

 

The Corona virus has become the hottest topic in global news and has caused travellers everywhere a great deal of consternation. However, the fact remains that a lot of the world remains safe to visit especially if the following tips are taken into considerations

What Is Coronavirus?

First, what exactly is Coronavirus? It’s a strain of the virus that comprises such respiratory illnesses as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). This year’s novel Coronavirus is termed COVID-19 and is believed to have originated in the Hubei province of mainland China, in the city of Wuhan. It is a highly infectious disease with cold-like symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, and a runny nose. Since it first came to recognition in January, the disease has spread across much of Asia and the rest of the world, affecting countries such as Japan, South Korea, Italy, the United States, and Iran. This has resulted in travel restrictions or travel advisories in many locations, though many more are still viable for travel.

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Avoiding busy tourist attractions at peak times and exploring more ‘off the beaten track’ locations away from the crowds

How to Travel Safely During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

Firstly, if you have been to any area which has been severely affected, be sure not to travel until you are without a doubt unaffected by the virus. This level of consciousness is necessary to keep the spread of the infection to the minimum. If you haven’t, then following these tips will help keep you safe on your travels!

Perhaps the safest way to travel is utilising private tours and thus avoiding crowds on buses/trains. 

Tip 1: Get All Your Vaccines

While this may seem obvious, it’s important to make sure that you’ve got all your vaccines before beginning your travel. In order to find out what shots you’ll need before you go, check the CDC’s website for health information. Making sure you’re protected from as many preventable illnesses as possible is key to keeping your immune system strong.

Bring Disinfecting Wipes

Some of the worst outbreaks have been seen in locations with close contacts, such as the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, which remains anchored just outside of Tokyo. If you’re also traveling amongst many other passengers, such as on a plane, be sure to keep your area clean. Bring and antibacterial wipes and clean your area when you arrive. This includes wiping your armrests, cupholders, tray tables and any area that you’ll be occupying.

Keep Your Hands Clean 

Doctors have ruled facemasks as ineffective, washing your hands is the most important way of preventing the spread of Coronavirus. If you’re traveling somewhere where you won’t frequently be able to wash your hands, bring hand sanitizer instead and use it frequently. Remember the length of time washing your hands is important – you should be able to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice in the time it takes to wash your hands properly.

In this same vein, keep your hands off your face, and away from your mouth and eyes. These are the higher risk areas for you to get an infection.

Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a necessity! Some US credit card companies will offer free travel insurance but you need to check and if not you’ll need to purchase travel insurance if confirmed cases of the virus begin popping up and spreading in your country of travel.

This tip also extends to refundable travel, such as train tickets, hotels, and tours. While it may cost more upfront to book, the flexibility of having refundable travel plans can pay off big in case of cancellation

Go Private! 

Health experts have warned that the virus spreads via community contact, which means you should stay away from crowded places as much as possible. This minimizes your exposure to sick people. Of course, tourist attractions do tend to attract crowds, but you should still be able to visit during off-peak periods when visitors are low. Why not book private tours at less busy times? In the UK this may mean avoiding busy London monuments like The Eye, and perhaps focusing on more rural attractions – in which the UK proliferates.

No More Handshake

As mentioned, the virus is spread from close contact, so it is best to avoid direct contact as much as possible. Despite the importance of manners, the world over, for the time being the handshake is not the best idea. In the current climate, there is no chance of offending anyone and if you really need to greet someone, why not try the Wuhan shake – tapping elbows instead!

Although it is natural to feel concern in this period as a traveller, following the advice above is a sure-fire way to keep yourself as safe as possible. As long as you are conscious and cautious, travelling to largely unaffected areas should be safe and as fun as ever. It is simply a matter of taking care of yourself.

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Due to the Carona Virus pandemic, the demand for customised guided tours is increasing rapidly. There is never a better time to book a private Stonehenge tour! Click here

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