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Booking a private tour with International Friends gives you the flexibility to visit these destinations at your own pace, with the added benefit of expert advice and guidance when planning your trip. Our private, small group tours offer:
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 day trip from London 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. The first stop on your day trip is Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Here, there will be some time to explore the town, home to a remarkable array of timber framed Tudor buildings that survive from Shakespeare's lifetime, including his church, school and birthplace. There will also be a chance to stop for a photo outside of his wife's childhood home, Anne Hathaway's cottage in Shottery.
Your chauffeur will then use the narrow country lanes to visit off the beaten track places, including idyllic Burford, vibrant and charming Bourton on the Water, sleepy Taynton and the picturesque twins of Great and Little Rissington, your journey featuring plenty of meandering streams and sleepy hamlets. The next stop is the delightful town of Stow-on-the-Wold with its village green and historic market square. The town boasts some fine historic pubs and traditional tea rooms, in which you can stop for lunch.
The final stop on your private tour is the ancient university city of Oxford. Stroll around the city and discover ancient college buildings, quadrangles and narrow back streets. Subject to opening times, you may wish to enter to the University's oldest classroom, the beautiful and historic 15th Century Divinity School. Walk the same cobbled streets that famous writers, artists, inventors and statesmen have walked over centuries past.
We have three services, tailored to cater to a range of budgets.
An experienced driver who is familiar with our touring routes, but does not guide or offer commentary. Should you book this service, you will visit Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford independently.
An experienced driver who can guide and offer commentary from the vehicle.
Driver with guide
Our best selling option. An experienced driver and a separate professional guide who can offer commentary from the vehicle and lead walking tours in Stratford upon Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold and Oxford.
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.
Please note that 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.
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 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.
Please be aware that some attractions, 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 and give guiding commentary between attractions, 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] or call us on on 01223 244555 so we can discuss and help plan your perfect day out.