- Special offer: Book now for 2021 at 2020 prices! - Fully refundable and amendable up until 14 days before travel
Booking a private small group tour with International Friends gives you flexibility to visit your destinations at your own pace, with the added support of expert advice and guidance. Book a private day trip and take advantage of the following inclusions:
Exclusive use of an executive touring vehicle for 9 - 10 hours
Expert staff on hand to help plan your itinerary & ensure you make the most of your day
Door to door service. We collect from all London & Heathrow addresses, other pick ups available on request.
Optional service of an expert guide to accompany you for the day
All vehicles deep cleaned daily. Hand sanitisers and face masks available in all vehicles
Flexible booking guarantee
Your private London & Windsor day trip begins with collection from your London or Heathrow address. We can collect from your hotel lobby, air bnb, airport arrival terminal, train station, guest house or private address. With your private chauffeur, you'll make the short drive from bustling London to the green fields of the Royal County of Berkshire, into the tranquil pastures of Runnymede; an important Saxon meeting place and historic settlement. This wooded valley bore witness to the conclusion of the Barons' Revolt that gave us Magna Carta, our major constitution sealed by King John in 1215.
Following the Thames upstream we arrive at Windsor Castle, fortress to some, Royal home to others, this impressive structure is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. See the lavishly furnished rooms of the Royal apartments, visit St George's Chapel and relive the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. See the tombs of Kings and Queens and the heraldry of the Order of the Knights of the Garter. Head down to the Lower Ward to witness the Changing of the Guard (selected days only). After spending some time in this majestic building, enjoy a spot of lunch in the delightful town.
After lunch, your driver will follow the Thames back towards London for an eye opening drive through this spectacular city. This is your chance to see old favourites like Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St.Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. You will also drive by some of the city's more recent attractions; the Shard, Millennium Bridge, London Eye and the replica of Shakespeare's Globe theatre. Via Buckingham Palace and St James's we take a fully guided drive past Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Downing Street, seeing some of our most iconic museums; the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. Skirting the edges of London's beautiful open spaces by way of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, you will see Kensington Palace, the official residence of Prince William and Catherine. Your driver will take you through the local area, where the younger Royals partied the night away such as the famous Mahiki nightclub and the many exclusive restaurants and bars in Chelsea.
Let's not forget that wherever we drive in London we will be constantly passing the homes of great writers and poets, politicians, adventurers, inventors, actors and artisans, famous or infamous, most of them gone but certainly not forgotten. Locations brought to life in film or literature, bustling markets, quiet backstreets, wartime destruction, peacetime rebuilding, private palaces, public gardens, a colourful history, a bloody past, lost buildings, lost rivers, stunning architecture and breathtaking views........undoubtedly something for everyone!
We have three services, tailored to cater to a range of budgets. Due to the nature of the panoramic London tour, we would strongly recommend booking a service with a guide.
An experienced driver who is familiar with our touring routes, but does not guide. Should you book this service, you will visit Windsor independently, and enjoy a panoramic sightseeing drive with no commentary.
An experienced driver who can guide from the vehicle.
Driver with guide
Our most popular option. An experienced driver and a separate professional guide who can guide from the vehicle and lead walking tours in Windsor. Please note guiding is not permitted inside Windsor Castle, but audio guides are available on site, subject to availability.
Please bear in mind that when booking this service, you will need to allow a seat for the guide. For example, booking this service for 8-16 people will allow seats for a party of 15 passengers plus the guide.
The services above do not include entries or meals, but we are of course very happy to help with this - should you wish to include entry tickets or meal bookings please see our FAQs tab.
Important note - For 2020/2021 Windsor Castle is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and it can also be subject to last minute closures. If you intend on visiting the Castle we strongly recommend you book in advance to guarantee entry. Please be sure to check the Windsor Castle website - click here.
Prices from 1st April 2020:
Please note all prices include vehicle hire with driver, plus guide where applicable. Prices are based on one pick up and one drop off point. They do not include meals or attraction entries.
1-4 people in luxury car/MPV
5-7 people in luxury minivan
8-16 people in luxury minicoach
Driver with additional guide
Once we have received your booking, our expert staff will create a tailored itinerary based on your locations and pick up address. We may make suggestions and amendments to ensure you maximise your time spent touring. Occasionally additional fees may be applicable in order to accommodate all of your requests e.g where itineraries will require unusually early or late starts or finishes, or if additional pick ups and drop offs are required. If you do have any special requests we recommend you contact us before booking.
If you require additional services, such as meals or tourist attraction tickets, we will be very happy to help. We can offer unbeatable rates at tourist attractions, and work with a selection of amazing restaurants in stunning locations for meals. Details available on request.
Are entry to the attractions and meals included?
Attraction entries and meals are not included in the prices for private tours, however we are very happy to take care of your entry tickets should you require assistance with this. We offer unbeatable rates at tourist attractions, and work with a selection of amazing restaurants in stunning locations for meals. Tickets may be subject to a handling charge, details are available on request.
Alternatively, you can book your entry tickets directly with the attraction using the links below. We will of course advise which entry time to book once we have finalised your departure time.
Windsor Castle - please be aware that Windsor Castle do not allow guiding inside the premises. If you have booked a guide to accompany you for the day they will assist you with your entry, but will have to adhere to the attractions guiding policy once inside.
Is this service only available from London or Heathrow?
The advertised prices are based on pick up and drop off from London or Heathrow. But we can also offer this service from selected locations outside London on request. Please email your enquiry to [email protected] for further details.
How much luggage can I bring?
When booking private tours where you will have luggage (e.g. starting or ending at a cruise terminal or airport), please ensure you check the below for information regarding vehicle luggage capacity.
Booking 1-4 people, the vehicle will accommodate up to 4 large cases and 4 small (carry on) cases
Booking 1-7 people, the vehicle will accommodate up to 8 large cases and 8 small (carry on) cases
Booking 8-16 people, the vehicle will accommodate up to 12 large cases and 12 small (carry on) cases
Large cases must have a maximum weight of 23kg per case, small cases a maximum 10kg per case.
Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage.
Are there any time limitations?
All private tour prices are based on 9 - 10 hours. Our office staff are experts in being able to help you plan your route in advance, to help you get the most out of your day. On the day of your booking our experienced team of drivers and guides will also be able to help and advise you if they need to make time or route alterations depending on prevailing traffic conditions.
All British professional driver working hours are regulated by law in the interests of your safety. Our standard scheduled itineraries are compliant with the current regulations. If you feel you would like to arrange a more bespoke itinerary this will require detailed planning and preparation. In this situation we recommend you email us at [email protected]ionalfriends.co.uk or call us on on 01223 244555 so we can discuss and help plan your perfect day out.