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Southampton post cruise late flight solution

Don't kill time at the airport, make your cruise disembarkation day a highlight

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Most cruise ships at Southampton are fully disembarked by around 9am, so with a transfer to Heathrow you can expect to be in the passenger terminal by 11am.

This works well if you have a lunch time departure but not if your flight is later in the day or during the evening. Hanging around an airport terminal for hours is no one’s idea of fun.

So, to save wasting time and ending your holiday on a low note, we have the perfect late flight transfer solution for you.

The late flight solution offer

This unique private transfer meets you from your Southampton cruise ship and takes you on to Royal Windsor. Here you enjoy a flexible stop off before continuing to the airport. Luggage is fully taken care of whilst you visit the sights. Heathrow Airport is about 15 minutes from Windsor, Gatwick Airport under an hour.

Not only is this an enjoyable and convenient transfer should you have a late flight home, but you can also travel in confidence knowing Covid-19 guidelines are being followed.

You can spend as long as you choose at historic Windsor - visit Windsor Castle, explore the Thames Waterfront, have lunch in the old town…. the day is yours to enjoy. It is a flat fee no matter how long you stay in Windsor, there are no waiting charges incurred, and all group sizes are catered for. When it’s time to continue, your driver will meet you and take you on to the airport.

This transfer works equally well if you are checking out of a Southampton hotel. Your driver simply meets you in reception as opposed to at the dock.

Relative position of Central London and Southampton

POST CRUISE LATE FLIGHT SOLUTION

Travelling safely during a pandemic

All transport providers must adhere to strict Covid guidelines, and are working to make your journey as safe as possible.
Travelling in a private vehicle helps to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission as there is minimal contact with others. The meet and greet service and provision of your own sanitised vehicle significantly reduces your contact with other people. Whilst your driver must follow strict protocols and government guidelines.

Windsor & Eton - What is there to see and do?

Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle
Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle

Windsor is much more than just the castle; there are a wealth of things to see and do which will keep many visitors occupied for a couple of days. The attractions at Windsor and Eton are within just a few minutes walk from each other.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of The Queen and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years. The Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating a most spectacular skyline. Depending on your level of interest in architecture, art and royalty, budget between 90 minutes and 3 hours to visit.

We recommend pre booking your Windsor Castle tickets to save time queueing. To do this and for full details on visiting, check out our dedicated Windsor Castle page.

Windsor Old Town

The town of Windsor developed around the castle, after it was built around the late 11th century. Opposite the main gates is the Old Town. This is an atmospheric, cobbled lane area with olde worlde buildings and where many of the pubs, restaurants and shops can be found.

English afternoon tea, places to eat

Windsor has a huge range of eateries, from pubs to smart restaurants to quaint English Tea rooms. All budgets are covered whether it be in the town, along the River Thames or across the bridge in Eton.

Windsor riverfront
Windsor river-front

Windsor river-front

Alexander Gardens is a traditional Victorian park which borders the River Thames at Windsor. It's just on the fringes of town and offers a nice place to sit and relax. Feeding the swans, taking an organised boat trip or rowing your own boat are some of the activities available here.

Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park is accessible on foot from the town. It offers some great walks and has the perennial attraction of the Red Deer in their enclosure. It also includes the Guards Polo Club which hosts polo matches during summer weekends.

Eton College & Eton

Eton is reached by a footbridge from the heart of Windsor. England's premier private school it has educated 18 former British Prime Ministers including the Duke of Wellington, MacMillan and Douglas-Holme. The School Dress hasn't changed since the 1850's and consists of a black tailcoat, waistcoat and pinstriped trousers.

The Southampton post cruise late flight solution offer

Summarised, the late flight solution offered is:

  • Door to door service of an executive touring vehicle for up to 16 people or a touring coach for large groups
  • Private transfer with meet n greet on disembarkation of your cruise ship to Windsor
  • Luggage storage in Windsor
  • No waiting time fees in Windsor. Stay as long as you like in Windsor for the same price
  • Private transfer at a time you stipulate on reservation from Windsor to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports (or anywhere else come to that)
  • Prices below are indicative. Every service is unique with a personalised proposal based on your stipulated needs

Prices, quotations & enquiries

POST CRUISE LATE FLIGHT SOLUTION INDICATIVE PRICES

Executive car

SALOON CAR (e.g. Mercedes E Class)
Heathrow £175, Gatwick £235
1- 3 passengers • 2 large, 2 hand luggage>

Executive car

MPV (e.g. Ford Galaxy)
Heathrow £195, Gatwick £265
1- 4 passengers • 4 large, 4 hand luggage

7 seat executive car

LUXURY VAN (e.g. Mercedes Vito)
Heathrow £195, Gatwick £265
1- 7 passengers • 7 large, 7 hand luggage

Mercedes Sprinter luxury minibus

LUXURY MINIBUS
Prices on application
1- 16 passengers

Touring coach

LUXURY TOURING COACH
Prices on application
18- 53 passengers

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)

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOURS BETWEEN SOUTHAMPTON & LONDON

Most popular destinations to visit

Stonehenge
Stonehenge

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

PRIVATE DAY TOURS INDICATIVE PRICES

Executive car

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

7 seat executive car

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

Mercedes Sprinter luxury minibus

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

Touring coach

LUXURY TOURING COACH
Prices on application
18- 53 passengers

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

PUBLIC SHARED SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE SHIP TOUR TRANSFERS

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

Stonehenge

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

Windsor

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

Winchester

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

SOUTHAMPTON - LONDON DIRECT TRANSFERS - CAR PRICES & VEHICLES

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

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE CAR (e.g. Vauxhall Vivaro)
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)

On-line instant reservations enable you to book your transfer instantly and securely:

SOUTHAMPTON LATE FLIGHT SOLUTION QUOTATIONS & ENQUIRIES

For a confirmed personalised quotation that may address any aspects you are concerned about and wish to raise please use the enquiry form below. We will normally respond with a firm quotation within one working day.

HEATHROW AIRPORT HOTELS, LONDON

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express located at Heathrow Terminal 4
Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express located at Heathrow Terminal 4

Heathrow airport is surrounded by numerous hotels. These range from large 5* properties to no frills bed and breakfasts.
In addition to budget, your choice of hotel will be determined by which terminal you are travelling from. Many of the chain hotels predominantly serve the business customer, meaning good deals can often be had at weekends.

To gain more information and to book your Heathrow airport hotel we have a designated page which compares over 30 properties around the five terminals.

Similarly, we also have a Gatwick airport hotels page should you be using this airport.

TRANSFER OPTIONS FROM LONDON TO SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton cruise customers are offered a range of transport options covering the 80 miles between central London and Southampton.

How to get from Central London to Southampton?

Transfer from London to Southampton
Transfer from London to Southampton

Private transfers offer total convenience and flexibility. A more pricy option if travelling alone or as a couple, but for a group they offer surprising good value. An arguably safer mode of travel in a Covid world, this transfer brings you into contact with no one other than your driver.

Tour transfers include world class sightseeing on your journey from London to Southampton. Visits are made at Stonehenge or Windsor Castle, and on the return Southampton to London transfer the sightseeing options are more extensive.

Shuttle transfers provide a convenient London hotel pick up service. This door to door transfer delivers you straight to your Southampton cruise terminal. There is a maximum of 8 passengers and 4 separate pick ups.

Public transport is also available from London to Southampton. Regular trains and the National Express coach service link the cities. These may be the cheaper transport options from London to Southampton but drop you in Southampton city not the cruise terminals.

For further details on all these options check out our London to Southampton transfers page.

TRANSFER OPTIONS FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT TO SOUTHAMPTON

Heathrow airport is just over 60 miles from Southampton, and the journey by road should take around an hour.
Located to the west of London, Heathrow is conveniently located for Southampton bound travellers. The motorway runs almost parallel to the terminal buildings, allowing you to avoid central London and get on your way quickly.

How to get from Heathrow airport to Southampton?

Private transfer from Heathrow to Southampton
Private transfer from Heathrow to Southampton

Private transfers meet you in the terminal building and deliver you straight to your cruise terminal. The most convenient and flexible transfer, it is also the priciest when travelling alone or as a couple. But for groups it offers surprising good value. Travelling in your own sanitised vehicle and with your driver following strict guidelines, this transfer minimises the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Tour transfers collect from designated Heathrow hotels and provide the opportunity to sightsee as you travel from Heathrow to Southampton. Stop off at Stonehenge or Windsor Castle, and on the return Southampton to Heathrow transfer the options are more extensive. In this direction drop offs are made at the terminal buildings too.

Shuttle transfers collect from designated Heathrow hotels and deliver you straight to your Southampton cruise terminal. These offer a convenient service and operate with a maximum of 8 passengers and 4 pick ups per transfer. Drop offs are made at the terminal buildings on the Southampton to Heathrow direction.

Public transport is also available from Heathrow to Southampton. The National Express coach service links the airport with Southampton, however there is no direct rail service from Heathrow to Southampton.

For further details on all these transfers we have a separate Heathrow airport to Southampton transfers page.

TRANSFER OPTIONS FROM GATWICK AIRPORT TO SOUTHAMPTON

Gatwick airport is located to the south of London and is around 75 miles from Southampton. Taking the fast motorway route the journey should take about 90 minutes.

How to get from Gatwick airport to Southampton?

Rail travel from Gatwick to Southampton
Rail travel from Gatwick to Southampton

Private transfers offer convenience and flexibility. This door to door service efficiently delivers you from the airport terminal building straight to your cruise ship. Whilst a more pricy option for singles and couples, it offers good value for a group. Knowing your vehicle has been sanitised and the driver is following strict Covid guidelines allows you to transfer from Gatwick to Southampton in confidence. Your contact with other people is minimised on a private transfer.

Public transport is also available from Gatwick airport to Southampton. Direct, regular trains operate from Gatwick's south terminal, whilst the National Express coach service also serves the Gatwick to Southampton route. Both these services drop off in Southampton city not the cruise terminals.

For further details on all these transfers we have a separate Gatwick airport to Southampton transfers page.

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