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 at 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

Take a private transfer from your Southampton cruise ship after disembarkation with a flexible stop off at Windsor and your luggage fully taken care of. All sized groups are catered for. Heathrow Airport is about 15 minutes from Windsor, Gatwick Airport under an hour.

For most cruise ship disembarkations you will arrive at Windsor mid-morning. Spend as long as you choose; 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. When it’s time to continue, your driver will meet you and take you on to the airport.

Relative position of Central London and Southampton


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. Windsor and Eton is compact you can walk between all the places listed below within 10 minutes.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 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 one of the world's most spectacular skylines. Depending on your level of interest in architecture, art and royalty, budget between 90 minutes and 3 hours to visit.

Windsor Old Town

The town of Windsor grew up around the castle after it was built around the late 11th century. Opposite the main gates is the Old Town, an atmospheric, though touristy handful of cobbled lanes and olde worlde buildings. Many pubs, restaurants and shops,

English afternoon tea, places to eat

Windsor has so many places to eat it would take you most of the year to visit all. Places range from pubs to English Tea at all budgets whether it be in the town, along the River Thames or over in Eton.

Windsor riverfront
Windsor river-front

Windsor river-front

A good place to relax. Alexander Gardens, a traditional Victorian park borders much of the River Thames at Windsor. Feeding the swans, boat trips, rowing boats are just some of the evergreen activities you will find here.

Windsor Great Park

Offers some great walks, with the perennial attraction of the Red Deer in their enclosure. A diverse area including the Guards Polo Club which hosts polo every weekend in the summer, as well as stunning parks such as Virginia Water, a tranquil spot in every season.

Eton College & Eton

Reached by a footbridge from the heart of Windsor. England's premier private school has educated 18 former British Prime Ministers including the Duke of Wellington, Walpole, Pitt the Elder, MacMillan and Douglas-Holme. The School Dress still consists of a black tailcoat and waistcoat, and pinstriped trousers which dates from the 1850s.

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


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

Prices on application
1- 16 passengers

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)


Most popular destinations to visit

Stonehenge is a popular private tour desintation from Southampton

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 historic home of the Kings and Queens 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 years 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


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.

Half day tour transfers visiting Windsor Castle or Stonehenge, in either direction between London & Heathrow Airport and Southampton

Cruise tour transfers allow you to visit popular attractions in the UK en-route between Southampton and London: Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.

The Windsor Castle and Stonehenge tours below allow you to choose from shared or private.

Tours go in either direction so you can choose the tour transfer (and visit the attraction) that is right for you.

For the pre-cruise transfer you will be met at a centrally located London hotel between 7.30 and 8.30 am, before spending a couple of hours at either Stonehenge or Windsor Castle, and then arriving at your cruise ship 1.30 pm.

For the post cruise transfer your driver/guide will be waiting to greet you at the cruise terminal exit from 8 am, where you are then taken via either Windsor Castle or Stonehenge to a centrally located London hotel.

You will spend around 2 hours at your chosen sightseeing attraction. Entry is extra.

Also see our door to door service for straight transfers: Southampton direct cruise ship shuttle service. This service also drops at Heathrow passenger terminals.


Pre-cruise transfer stopping off at Stonehenge (entrance extra) en route to Southampton.

Book now from £145pp

windsor castle

Pre-cruise transfer visiting Windsor Castle (entrance extra) en route to Southampton.

Book now from £129pp


Post cruise transfer stopping off at Stonehenge (entrance extra) from Southampton to London.

Book now from £145pp

windsor castle

Post cruise transfer visiting Windsor Castle (entrance extra) from Southampton to London.

Book now from £129pp

Full day post cruise 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 to 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. Some transfer tours include Heathrow, others go directly to London after the tour. Do double check when booking your tour covers the drop-off you need.   

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

Cotswolds tour

Cotswolds, Downton Abbey locations
& pub lunch

Enjoy a 2-course lunch in a 15th century inn in Cotswolds plus visits to "Downton Village" (Bampton), Burford & Stow-on-Wold.

Book now from £175pp



Enjoy a memorable group full day trip to the mysterious Stonehenge. This comfortable cruise transfer will take you by luxury, air-conditioned touring coach, with friendly driver. Entry to Stonehenge included.

Book now from £125pp

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor tour

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

This transfer takes you to Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and finally Windsor Castle. Entrances are extra and can be added on at time of booking.

Book now from £125pp

Bath and Windsor cruise transfer Southampton

Georgian City of Bath & Windsor

This transfer from Southampton will take you to the beautiful city of Bath to visit the Roman Baths and also the majestic Windsor Castle. Entrances can be added on at booking.

Book now from £125pp


Saloon / Sedan car

STANDARD SALOON CAR (e.g. Toyota Prius)
Central London £274, Heathrow £213, Gatwick £247, Lon City Airport £289, Luton £277, Stansted £331
1- 2 passengers • 2 large, 2 hand luggage

Estate / Station Wagon car

ESTATE CAR (e.g. Ford Mondeo)
Central London £272, Heathrow £225, Gatwick £260, Lon City Airport £301, Luton £289, Stansted £344
3 passengers • 3 large, 4 hand luggage

MPV car

MPV (e.g. Ford Galaxy)
Central London £304, Heathrow £242, Gatwick £278, Lon City Airport £319, Luton £307, Stansted £362
4 - 5 passengers • 4 large, 5 hand luggage

Mercedes Vito

LARGE CAR / VAN (e.g. Mercedes Vito)
Central London £334, Heathrow £272, Gatwick £308, Lon City Airport £348, Luton £337, Stansted £392
6 - 8 passengers • 8 large, 8 hand luggage

Wheelchair accessible car

Central London £334, Heathrow £272, Gatwick £308, Lon City Airport £348, Luton £337, Stansted £392
1- 4 passengers plus one wheelchair • 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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