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From London: Stonehenge and Bath Private Full-Day Trip

1. From London: Stonehenge and Bath Private Full-Day Trip

Start your tour with pick-up at your London hotel. Then, take a seat in your vehicle and relax on the onward journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bath. Make your first stop at the mysterious monument of Stonehenge. As you marvel at these millennia-old standing rocks, learn about the various theories for their function long ago.   Your second stop is Bath, the first city in England to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. See exquisite Roman and Georgian architecture, and tour the famous Roman baths fed by the city's natural hot springs. Then, visit the Pump Room, a neo-classical salon in which you can try a sip of Bath's waters. Next, explore the pretty streets as your private guide sheds light on over 2,000 years of Bath history — from the Roman era to today. Along the way, admire fine examples of Georgian architecture such as the famous 18th-century Royal Crescent. Learn how the city’s thermal waters attracted the Romans and stroll along original Roman streets.  Following your visit to Bath, head back to London to end your eventful day.

From Bath: Cotswolds Private Day Tour with Pickup

2. From Bath: Cotswolds Private Day Tour with Pickup

The day begins in Castle Combe, which is surely one of the most photographed villages in all of England. Little has changed here since the 15th century - no street lights or TV aerials. This mediaeval gem is famous for its picturesque cottages and babbling brook. Nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, Castle Combe has been a favourite Hollywood filming location over the years for movies including War Horse, Stardust and Doctor Dolittle. The tour continues through the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty towards Bourton-on-the-Water. This idyllic village is famous for its honey-coloured stone houses and is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. Enjoy some free time as you wander along the River Windrush with its beautiful low footbridges. Explore the quaint local shops and maybe sample a local beverage. Nearby, Lower Slaughter was named the prettiest village in England in 2021 and it’s easy to see why. A location trapped in time, where wonderful photo opportunities await you amongst flower-draped cottages, romantic footbridges, and an idyllic water mill nestling on the banks of the River Eye. Maybe wander between Lower and Upper Slaughter (weather dependent). This tranquil corner of the Cotswolds countryside is like walking through a painting. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely lunch in the charming country inn, where you can sample local dishes and maybe treat yourself to a decadent cream tea. Thereafter, your journey continues on towards Tetbury, which is the home town of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall. Discover more about its fascinating history as a market town, famous in the past for the local wool and yarn industry. Pop into some of the fabulous upmarket shops and maybe buy a souvenir from the famous Highgrove Shop. Walk down the Chipping Steps, an old entrance to the town and admire the picturesque weaver’s cottages. The centre of Tetbury is a conservation area and many buildings are hundreds of years old. Admire the architecture and enjoy the rarified feel of this pretty town. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town. This will definitely be a day to remember.

From London: Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath Private Car Tour

3. From London: Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath Private Car Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in central London and first travel to Windsor Castle. Visit the ancestral home of the British Royal family, which has served as a royal residence for more than 900 years. Marvel at the splendor of the State Apartments, the grandest apartments in England, where paintings by Van Dyck and Rubens hang from the walls and the ceilings are painted with elaborate, magnificent murals. Step inside St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry married Ms. Meghan Markle and the tombs of prominent previous monarchs are located, including Henry VIII and Charles I. Admire colorful display of typical British pageantry that takes place on select morning at the Changing the Guard ceremony, where the handover of duties between guards takes place. Continue the tour with a trip to Stonehenge. Step back 5,000 years in time to prehistoric Britain as your guide helps bring the history of this fascinating monument to life. Learn more about who built this ancient monument and the theories regarding its purpose. Explore the exhibition center, and discover 250 ancient objects on display. Finally, travel to the historic city of Bath, originally built as a place of well-being and relaxation by the Romans when they first arrived in Britain. Embark on a walking tour of the city and see buildings and landmarks where the ancient meets the contemporary world. Afterward, return to London.

From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

4. From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

The day begins in Castle Combe, which is surely one of the most photographed villages in all of England. Little has changed here since the 15th century - no street lights or TV aerials. This mediaeval gem is famous for its picturesque cottages and babbling brook. Nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, Castle Combe has been a favourite Hollywood filming location over the years for movies including War Horse, Stardust and Doctor Dolittle. The tour continues further into the heart of Wiltshire and onto the conservation village of Lacock, which dates back to the 13th century and where cars are the only sign of modern-day life. Little wonder that it has also been used as a filming location for Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and several BBC productions including Pride and Prejudice. The ancient Abbey boasts a fascinating history and a small museum that celebrates the invention of the photographic negative by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839. Nearby Corsham is a quintessential English market town, which boasts many beautiful and historic buildings. It is also acknowledged as one of the most desirable places to live in all of South West of England. The High Street has become a recognisable filming location for both the big and the small screen. Admire the exotic resident peacocks as they strut along the cobbled streets. Corsham also boasts wonderful independent shops and you will savour a traditional pub lunch in the historic Methuen Arms. Thereafter, your journey continues to Bradford-on-Avon. Situated on the banks of the River Avon, this special place lies at the southern edge of the Cotswolds and it has been a magnet for people since the Iron Age. Bradford-on-Avon was also famous for the wool and weaving industry that spanned six centuries: pretty medieval weavers' cottages perched on the hillside are dwarfed by the Victorian great mills that still leave a lasting architectural impression. The Saxons (6th - 11th C.) drove their carts across the ‘broad ford’, which gave the town its name. You will follow in their footsteps as you walk towards the impressive Tithe Barn, one of the largest medieval barns in England. Then marvel at the engineering prowess of the Victorians as you wander back into town alongside the historic canal, which boasts several impressive locks. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath at the end of this memorable day, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town.

From Bath: Private Stonehenge and Salisbury Trip with Pickup

5. From Bath: Private Stonehenge and Salisbury Trip with Pickup

Stonehenge is the greatest and most iconic marvel of prehistoric Britain and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Travel back in time and discover what inspired stone age people to start erecting this monument 4,500 years ago. Upon arrival your guide will offer you an entertaining and informative privately guided tour of this unique Stone Circle and you will learn about recent archaeological discoveries. Stonehenge still retains its power and sense of wonder over all those who gather here. Later, enjoy a traditional pub lunch in the centre of Salisbury and explore this charming mediaeval city. Soak up the splendour and scale of Salisbury Cathedral, which boasts Britain's tallest spire, the world's oldest working clock, and the best-preserved original 1215 Magna Carta, an ancient pact safeguarding individual liberty. This document inspired America's Founding Fathers to write their Constitution and Bill of Rights. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town. This will definitely be a day to remember.

From Bath: Private Stonehenge and Bath Tour with Pickup

6. From Bath: Private Stonehenge and Bath Tour with Pickup

Stonehenge is the greatest and most iconic marvel of prehistoric Britain and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Travel back in time and discover what inspired Stone Age people to start erecting this monument 4,500 years ago. Upon arrival, your guide will offer you an entertaining and informative privately guided tour of this unique Stone Circle and you will learn about recent archaeological discoveries. Stonehenge still retains its power and sense of wonder over all those who gather here. Thereafter, enjoy lunch in a traditional English pub, either in Freshford or in Bradford-on-Avon. From a wooded hillside rising above the city, marvel at the magnificent views over the historic city of Bath. Relax as your expert, local guide walks you around Bath's major landmarks and transports you through 2,000 years of history. Enjoy a colourful interpretation of the people and places that bring this unique UNESCO World Heritage City to life. Take in all of the famous, major sites including Bath Abbey, The Pump rooms, The Roman Baths, Hot Springs, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, The Circus, Assembly Rooms, Pulteney Bridge and more. At the end of this memorable day, your guide will either transport you back to your accommodation or leave you to visit some of the attractions you have just learned about.

From London: Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford Private Car Tour

7. From London: Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford Private Car Tour

Rising majestically above the skyline of Windsor sits Windsor Castle, the ancestral home of the British Royal family for more than 900 years and an official residence of the Queen of England. Marvel at the splendour of the State Apartments, the grandest apartments in England. Inside St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry married Ms Meghan Markle in 2018, are the tombs of prominent previous monarchs. Maybe catch a typical display of British pomp at the Changing the Guard ceremony which takes place on select mornings. Travel back in time to Neolithic Britain and come face-to-face with a 5,500-year-old man and over 250 prehistoric objects at the world-class visitor exhibition centre. Visit the mysterious monument at Stonehenge and learn how it was built using rudimental tools and stone from quarries hundreds of miles away, as well as its link to the Summer and Winter solstice. Your final stop is Oxford, famous for its university; the University of Oxford, the oldest in the English-speaking world. Oxford itself is known for its distinctive architecture and holds the unique accolade of having examples of every architectural period going as far back as Saxon times. Wander its quaint cobbled streets on a walking tour of the city with your expert tour guide, who will bring the history and charm of this ancient city to life.

Stonehenge & Bath Private Car Tour

8. Stonehenge & Bath Private Car Tour

Step back in time 5,000 years and visit the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Take a step inside the reconstructed Neolithic houses, furnished with replica axes, pottery and other artefacts, and listen as the tour guide brings the fascinating history of Stonehenge to life. Discover how it was constructed using rudimental tools and stone from quarries hundreds of miles away. In the world-class exhibition centre, you’ll get the chance to come face-to-face with a 5,500-year-old man and over 250 ancient objects. The second stop will be a scenic tour of the historic city of Bath, originally built as a place of well-being and relaxation by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Home to the country’s only natural thermal hot springs, Bath is a delightful city where the ancient world is intertwined with threads of medieval and more recent Georgian history. This scenic drive of Bath provides an excellent introduction to the major sights of this beautiful city, including Pulteney Bridge, the Assembly Rooms, and the Royal Crescent. Afterwards, visit the famous Roman Baths, home to Britain’s only natural thermal hot springs. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House, and the museum - holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th Century.

From Southampton: Stonehenge and Bath Guided Day Trip

9. From Southampton: Stonehenge and Bath Guided Day Trip

Meet your professional driver guide in Southampton and relax in the comfort of an air-conditional vehicle. You’ll start the day by visiting the UNESCO listed city of Bath. Here you will get to enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful city. During the tour you will see Bath’s famous attractions such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. After your walking tour of Bath you will have time to visit the Roman Baths independently. After lunch we drive to the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge where your guide will tell you all about its history and ancient beliefs associated to this mysterious place. Stonehenge was built thousands of years ago but its true purpose remains a mystery even today. We then drive back to your Southampton where your driver guide will drop you off at your hotel or cruise.

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based on 10 reviews

Booking Galahad Tours was the best decision we made on our trip- in fact, if we had more time, I would have booked Matt for a few more excursions! He was polite, friendly, and sooooo knowledgeable. The pace was perfect for our group (which included an 11-year-old boy) and we had a beautiful, leisurely day while fitting in everything we wanted to see. Highly recommend, and hope to come back and do it all over again. Thank you Matt!

Our guide Matthias picked us up at our hotel in Bath and spent hours guiding us through the Cotswolds. He was easygoing, knowledgeable of both the history and the geography, and patient as we wandered through the villages. There were other large tour groups in some of the villages and we were so glad we’d chosen a private tour guide. We’ll worth it. Highly recommend.

My highest recommendation to Matt. Really good trip with Matt to Stonehenge where he could tell many interesting facts and thoughts - it would not have been the same without his input. Same for the walk round the centre of Bath. Nice lunch and good company. Majbrit

Matt was a very gracious & informative guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Cotswolds with him.

Nice laid back ,relaxing, and informative day. Denis and Vlad made it very enjoyable .