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Private tour transfers to/from Southampton Cruises

Customise your own itinerary on your transfer with sightseeing

Private touring of the Cotswolds, England

Its about 80 miles (130km) between Southampton and the centre of London, and within this area there is a lot to see and do as you can see from the map below.

All these sightseeing options and may more are offered on a private basis with your own vehicle. This method of transport offers complete flexibility in terms of route and timings. Tours are based on 8-10 hours touring.

We have a wide choice of vehicles available from small cars to large coaches. If there is a group of you, booking your own vehicle can prove to be surprisingly good value. Luggage is fully taken care of during any sightseeing.

2 hour stopover transfers at Stonehenge or Windsor too

If you do not have enough time to spend a whole day touring travelling to or form your cruise ship, then we offer set price stopover transfers. Windsor Castle or Stonehenge are a minor detour on the roads between London and Southampton. These can be done on a private or shared basis. This stopover option is especially popular in the London to Southampton leg where most travellers want to be at their cruise ship by early afternoon.

Relative position of Central London and Southampton


Most popular destinations to visit


There is so much to see and do to or from your Southampton cruise, it is hard where to know where to start. Most parties visit two or three major destinations and for most the lunch stop is a highlight of the day.

Most Southampton cruise ships disembark between 7 am and 9 am so most parties choose to depart around 8:30 am, arriving in London or an airport late afternoon/early evening. In the opposite direction departure time is entirely up to you on a private tour!.

Stonehenge the world famous neolithic monument with so many mysteries is the most popular destination by far and included on most full day itineraries. Located less than an hours a drive north of Southampton it's very central position means it's easily combined with all other sightseeing options highlighted here.

Windsor Castle home of the Queen of England is a living castle in pristine condition. Located on the edge of London close to Heathrow Airport. When visited it is either the first or last destination of the tour.

Roman Baths at Bath
Roman Baths at Bath

Bath a well-being destination since Roman times. The ancient Roman Baths are the biggest tourist draw and also the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa. Bath's stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel – highlights include the iconic Royal Crescent and the majestic Circus.

Lacock relatively unknown to mass tourism, this is a favourite lunch stop for tours. A living medieval village, (but not a museum piece). Favourite venue for film sets including Harry Potter and Jane Austen.

Portsmouth is home to the British Navy, spend a full day at the historic dockyard.

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) home of the famous TV series and film. If you are a fan this is a must see. Highclere has a limited visitor season so you need to organise your visit well in advance.

The Cotswolds showcases the best of the English countryside. View idyllic landscapes and twee country villages, thatched cottages, Norman village churches, village greens and experience English afternoon tea.

Bibury in the Cotswolds, England
Bibury in the Cotswolds

Avebury is a lesser known stone henge to Stonehenge and much less commercialised, in fact it's open access. Unlike Stonehenge you can walk among and touch the stones at all times and go inside a burial mound.

Oxford with its world famous ancient university, beautiful buildings and iconic “Dreaming Spires” a great city to explore with much to see and do. Blenheim Palace is just outside Oxford, a world heritage site standing in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown. It was presented by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 over French and Bavarian troops.

Industrial History & Experiences are many and varied. For train buffs there is Didcot railway centre and the Watercress Line, a historic steam line. For canals there is Caen Hill locks, a flight of 29 separate locks still in regular use. Breweries are there to visit or if your tipple is Gin, there is the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.

Jane Austen country is all around. She is buried in Winchester, Jane Austen's house is nearby in Chawton where she spent her last years and now the most treasured Austen site in the world. Bath is where she spent much of her earlier yars with much of the references in her books still in place and the Jane Austen Centre that celebrates her life and times.

Indicative travel times between attractions touring from Southampton


Private tourS between Southampton and London

Private day tours unique to you

The unique selling point of the private tour option is of course you choose what you want to see, when you want to see it at a pace that suits your travelling party. No hanging around waiting either, the tour is door to door at a a departure time chosen by you. At attractions the departure time is immediately after you have exited the attraction.

We can cater for tour groups of all sizes with vehicles ranging from saloon / sedan cars up to full size touring coaches.

Popular tour routes or design your own tour

Each tour is unique, customised to your needs. You can follow or adapt one of our popular touring routes below as the basis for your tour or design your own custom tour. The examples below are the most requested route themes.

Southampton - Salisbury (1 hour) - Stonehenge (2 hours) - Windsor (2.5 hours) - London

A classic sightseeing itinerary visiting Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle with time to grab a quick bite to eat at Windsor.

Southampton - Stonehenge (2 hours) - Lacock (90 mins) - Bath (2 hours) - London

A more relaxed world class sightseeing route visiting Stonehenge and Bath with outstanding scenery along the way and a memorable lunch stop at medieval Lacock

A day in the Cotswolds

A relaxed day touring the best of the landscapes and villages of the Cotswolds region. Perhaps supplement with a visit to Oxford, Blenheim Palace or blend with a Downton Abbey TV series theme visiting filming locations.

Guide at Stonehenge leading tour
Guide at Stonehenge leading tour

Guiding options

We offer a flexible choice of driver and guiding options. Remember most major attractions will provide or make available audio guides which we can advise upon as part of the planning / quotation process

  • Driver only - An experienced driver who is familiar with our touring routes but does not offer tour guiding.
  • Driver-guide - An experienced driver who can also guide from the vehicle.
  • Driver + guide - A driver and a separate guide who can lead walking tours in your destinations where parking is an issue or providing commentary on coaches.

Summarised the private tour service offered is:

  • Door to door service of an executive touring vehicle for up to 16 people or a touring coach for large groups
  • Create your own itinerary or take one of our regular tour routes (see above)- the choice is yours
  • Each tour is unique with a personalised proposal in response to your enquiry and assistance with planning if needed
  • Expert guides can accompany you to provide specialist knowledge during your trip
  • Simple, clear and transparent pricing with secure payment
  • Indicative prices below are based on a full day (8-10 hour) tour

Prices, quotations & enquiries


Executive car

Driver only £550-£650, Driver guide £765
1- 3 passengers

7 seat executive car

Driver only £550-£755, Driver guide £870
1- 7 passengers

Mercedes Sprinter luxury minibus

Driver only £959, Driver guide £1099
1- 16 passengers

Touring coach

Prices on application
18- 53 passengers

SEPARATE GUIDE: A separate guide in addition to the driver or driver-guide is around £250


Standard car / MPV / minivan stopover transfers with 2 hours at Stonehenge or Windsor

The Southampton cruise transfer stopover service offers:

  • Pick-ups at Southampton and London addresses at a time of your choosing.

  • Meet n greet service at Southampton cruise terminals and London airport terminals.

  • Executive vehicles with professional, uniformed drivers. 24 hour emergency contact number

  • Trusted transport provider with 15 years of experience.

  • Prices with no hidden extras - includes all taxes, parking and London congestion charges and up to 2 hours at Stonehenge or Windsor Castle. Entrance tickets to attractions are not included (see below).

  • Don't worry if your flight is late, waiting times - At airports incoming flights are monitored and the driver will adjust his/her arrival time to the actual flight landing time. The driver will be waiting outside the exit to the customs hall with your name around 45 minutes after actual landing - not scheduled time. (If you have no luggage an earlier arrival time can be agreed).

  • Flat fee for anywhere in central London, Heathrow & Gatwick airports - We have a simple stated price for transfers to anywhere in Central London. By Central London we mean any part of London that is in zone 1 of the London Underground system which includes all the major London hotel districts.

  • Payment by credit card / debit card with no fees - Payment is in advance on our secure web-site. All major credit and debit cards are accepted. There is no extra fee for payment by credit card.

Tickets for Stonehenge or Windsor Castle


At Stonehenge you cannot pay on the day any more without a high risk of hours of long waiting times or being barred entry.

During the summer months if you do not book tickets in advance the waiting times involved makes a stopover unworkable. The visitor centre and car park is over a mile from Stonehenge itself, out of view over the horizon. You can purchase tickets on-line in advance at the official Stonehenge web site, link below. You have to state a 30 minute window when you want to gain entry, though experience is that Stonehenge take a flexible attitude if you are delayed.

At Stonehenge an audio guide is available after entering.

Stonehenge tickets & opening hours - official website

Windsor Castle

For Windsor it is strongly advised to buy tickets on-line in advance from the Windsor Castle web site (link below) to avoid sometimes very long queues at the ticket desk. An audio guide is included in the entry price.

Windsor Castle tickets & opening hours - official website


Saloon Car

STANDARD CAR (Toyota Prius, Avensis, Skoda Octavia)
London n/a, Heathrow £288, Gatwick n/a
1- 2 passengers (2 large suitcases, 2 carry on items)

Executive car

EXECUTIVE CAR (Mercedes E Class)
London £339, Heathrow £325, Gatwick £336
1- 2 passengers (2 large suitcases, 2 carry on items)

People Carrier

MPV (People Carrier)
London £339, Heathrow £325, Gatwick £336
1- 7 passengers (3 large suitcases, 3 carry on items)

7 seat executive car

LUXURY MINIVAN (like Mercedes Vito)
London £410, Heathrow £346, Gatwick £405
1- 3 passengers (7 large suitcases, 7 carry on items)

Mercedes Sprinter luxury minibus

Prices on application
8- 53 passengers

* Hold luggage ( Max 23kg per piece )
* Carry on luggage ( Max 10kg per piece )


Our cruise ship tour transfers are exclusive to cruise customers disembarking or boarding ships at Southampton cruise port. A great opportunity to include world class sightseeing on your journey to or from your cruise ship.

Like the Southampton direct cruise ship shuttle service the tour transfer service is door to door between your cruise ship and your London or Heathrow Airport hotel. The service also drops at Heathrow passenger terminals.

Important note regarding timings for 2021

Due to possible timed embarkation procedures being put in place for 2021, it may be necessary to amend slightly the advertised timings. This is to ensure guests arrive at the cruise terminal at their allocated embarkation time. If timed embarkation policies are introduced, all customers will be contacted prior to the transfer to confirm their specific timings.

Half day tour transfers travelling from London & Heathrow Airport to Southampton

You are met at your Heathrow or Central London hotel early morning and arrive at your cruise ship around early afternoon. You will spend around 2 hours at the sightseeing attraction.

Transfer tour of Stonehenge between London hotels and Heathrow or Gatwick airports


Stop off at Stonehenge en route to Southampton. Spend up to 2 hours visiting the site, entry is included.

Book now from £94pp

Transfer tour of Windsor Castle between London hotels and Heathrow or Gatwick airport


Discover Windsor Castle on your London to Southampton transfer. Entry to the castle is included.

Book now from £105pp

Transfer tour of Winchester between London hotels and Heathrow or Gatwick airports


Explore the city of Winchester as you make your way to Southampton. Cathedral entrance is included.

Book now from £91pp

Full day tour transfers travelling from Southampton to Heathrow Airport & London

Your driver will meet you at the terminal building exit from 08:00am and will accompany you the coach. We plan to leave Southampton by 08:30am. There is a typical walk of about 75 yards to the vehicle where the driver will load your luggage into the hold. In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure.

Drops begin at Heathrow Airport (hotels and passenger terminals) typically around 5:00pm and Central London hotels about one hour later.

Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor cruise transfer Southampton

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

Excursion including the impressive cathedral city of Salisbury, Stonehenge around lunch time then enjoy an afternoon at Windsor and the castle.

Book now from £92pp

Bath and Windsor cruise transfer Southampton

Georgian City of Bath & Windsor

Explore the Georgian city of Bath, take a short walking tour or visit the Roman Baths (extra charge). Continue to Windsor and visit the Windsor Castle.

Book now from £92pp

Cotswolds cruise transfer Southampton

Cotswold Villages & pub lunch

Discover the Cotswolds, a filming location for Downton Abbey. Visit Brampton Village in the popular TV series and have lunch in a 15th century inn.

Book now from £102pp


Stopover in Royal Windsor, don't kill time at the airport

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Most cruise ships at Southampton are fully disembarked by around 9am, so with a transfer to Heathrow or Gatwick (London's main airports) you can expect to be in the passenger terminal by around 11am.

This works well if you have a lunch time or early afternoon departure but not if your flight is later. Hanging around an airport terminal is not a great way to end any holiday. So rather than kill time in a soulless airport passenger terminal why not make your transfer a memorable part of your trip,

So rather than killing time at an airport terminal why not spend your day exploring beautiful Windsor?

There is much to experience in Windsor beyond the castle, you can easily spend a weekend here. Windsor Castle is in the middle of town with shopping, restaurants galore, river trips and much more.


Windsor Castle
  • Private transfers with meet n greet
  • Depart at a time of your choice.
  • Free time, secure luggage storage.
  • Flat fee, no time limit at Windsor


Saloon / Sedan car

STANDARD SALOON CAR (e.g. Toyota Prius)
London* £158, Heathrow £125, Gatwick £150
1- 3 passengers • 2 large, 2 hand luggage

Executive car

EXECUTIVE CAR (e.g. Mercedes E Class)
London* £176, Heathrow £143, Gatwick £168
1- 3 passengers • 2 large, 2 hand luggage

VIP car

VIP CAR (e.g. Mercedes S Class)
London* £208, Heathrow £175, Gatwick £200
1- 4 passengers • 2 large, 2 hand luggage

Estate / Station Wagon car

ESTATE CAR (e.g. Ford Mondeo)
London* £165, Heathrow £132, Gatwick £157
1- 4 passengers • 3 large, 4 hand luggage

MPV car

MPV (e.g. Ford Galaxy)
London* £176, Heathrow £143, Gatwick £168
1- 5 passengers • 4 large, 5 hand luggage

Mercedes Vito

LARGE CAR / VAN (e.g. Mercedes Vito)
London* £193, Heathrow £165, Gatwick £185
1- 8 passengers • 8 large, 8 hand luggage

7 seat executive car

7 SEAT EXECUTIVE CAR (e.g. Mercedes V Class)
London* £213, Heathrow £180, Gatwick £205
1- 8 passengers • 7 large, 7 hand luggage

Wheelchair accessible car

London* £193, Heathrow £160, Gatwick £185
1- 8 passengers • 8 large, 8 hand luggage

* London reference hotel used: Marriott Kensington hotel

Large luggage: 35.5 x 29.5 x 16in or 90 x 75 x 43cm (max: 25Kg)

Hand luggage: 22 x 18 x 10in or 56 x 45 x 25cm (max: 10Kg)

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