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At the London Toolkit we are very close to a lot of private tour providers from one man bands specialising in a niche subject to the large day tour operators featured elsewhere on this web site aimed at the generalist tourist.
We do not directly provide a custom tour, our role is to listen to your needs, discuss a realistic itinerary and then put you in touch with an appropriate provider for your need.
A range of touring vehicles with capacities ranging from 1 to 60 seats are available. We charge a flat fee per vehicle (not person) for the day.
This includes the vehicle and services of the driver guide or guide. You have the option of just having a driver with no professional guiding provided which will save you some money.
Admissions to attractions are not included in the core fee, but can be arranged.
You can design your own day and just present us with an itinerary specification if you wish.
Just enter your requirement on our our private tour request form.
On this page we outline one of the most popular tour itineraries people request.
On the menu below are links to some other very popular private tour ideas.
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|Example private tour itineraries|
8am - Leave Central London hotel
8.45am - 12.45pm Windsor area
2pm - 4pm Stonehenge
6pm- Arrive back at London
This is a great day out combining two of the most popular attractions outside of London.
As with all our example custom tours, this is just an idea to build upon. The great thing about a custom tour is that you choose when you want to go and how long you spend at each destination.
This particular tour has great scope for flexibility in terms of departure time, especially in the summer months.
The classic schedule for this tour is a departure around 8am, visiting Windsor Castle, home of the Queen with much more than the castle to see, then a visit to one of the most famous ancient monuments in the world Stonehenge.
Most private customers also ask us to recommend a memorable place for lunch too.
Magna Carta Memorial Runnymede
Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle
First stop is Windsor, just 20 miles west of Central London. Subject o traffic conditions we will be on the approaches to Windsor about 8.45am.
Windsor Castle opens at 9.45am and it is a good idea to be one of the first in, especially during the peak months.
Unlike the scheduled coach tours, you will have an hour in Windsor before the castle opens, there are several options, including having an extra hour in bed for a later departure time.
We travel through Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 by King John. For those very interested there is time to walk over to the monument erected by the American bar association.
The most popular option is a quick visit to Eton, England's famous school where boys are still dressed in traditional black tail coats.
At 9am the Queen's Farm Shop opens, on the other side of the castle grounds from the town, few visitors come here. Those that do seem well pleased they did. Perhaps stock up on organic produce from the Queen's farms for snacking later.
Those with small children can feed the swans by the River Thames.
At 9.45am Windsor Castle opens, home of the Royal Family for 900 years. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for State occasions and Royal receptions.
Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the fourteenth-century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.
Most days a Changing of the Guard happens at 11am. You receive an audio device with admission to Windsor Castle. Most people take around 90-120 minutes to complete their tour.
We allow a generous time in Windsor, much more than the coach tours. After visiting the Castle there is an interesting Old Town to browse, the Guildhall where Prince Charles was married and a wide selection of places to grab a bite to eat.
It will be around 70 minutes after leaving Windsor travelling non-stop when we get to Stonehenge.
Along the way the driver/guide will provide a full insight into the Neolithics who built Stonehenge and the many other Neolithic monuments around Stonehenge. Equipped with this information you should be able to get maximum enjoyment from your visit to Stonehenge.
Most people take around 90-120 minutes at Stonehenge, its a good place to grab a coffee before boarding the vehicle again for the return to London.
Important! Since 2014 you need to purchase your tickets to Stonehenge in advance, stipulating a 30 minute time slot you will arrive at.
Everybody's requirements are different! - You may just need a professional driver to transport your group to where you want to go or you may need a level of guiding and commentary.
Driver only - If you prefer an experienced driver who is familiar with our touring routes but does not offer tour guiding, please select “Driver only” as your tariff.
Driver/guide - If you would like an experienced driver who can also guide from the vehicle, please select “Driver/guide” as your tariff.
Driver with additional guide - For larger groups a separate guide may be appropriate. Particularly at some of the large cities and towns where parking is a problem in the centre.
Touring coaches for large groups - Full size coaches that can accommodate the largest groups in comfort are also available with guides. By their nature these tours are very different from each other so just outline your requirements on the enquiry form at the bottom of the page to start a dialogue.
A day tour is a tour of around 9-10 hours at a time of your choosing. Drivers have very strict legal limits on the time they are allowed to drive each day and there are rules also on the frequency of driver breaks too. These are not normally an issue, but if they are the matter will be raised at the quotation stage.
Prices includes all fees except for food/drink and admissions to attractions which can be quoted for separately.
If you have a large group then that is not a problem either.
The largest coaches are 50-72 seat coaches but we also have access to vehicles half that size.
With large groups on cruise tour transfers the capacity issue is not normally passenger numbers but luggage.
UK coaches are built to European traveller requirements, where one large case is perfectly adequate. A typical 50 seat coach will be able to accommodate around 60 large cases in the luggage hold.
For a group travelling with North American flight allowances a 50 seat coach will typically only be able to accommodate the luggage of 35 such passengers maximum.
With large groups just as small groups multi- drop and pick-ups from hotels is routine and if required we can arrange a guide.
Some people have a tight specification of exactly what they want, others just have a broad idea of what they like and want to see and let us plan something that meets that need. We are comfortable with either type of request.
Tours are customised for each individual group. Go where you want to go at a pace you decide. Use the form below to outline your requirements and start a dialogue.