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Southampton Cruise Ship Tours To London & Heathrow 2016

Two Tours, One Visiting Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle The Other Downton Abbey Themed

Salisbury Cathedral Interior

Salisbury Cathedral

Southampton to London Tours

A full day tour from your cruise ship in Southampton to your hotel at Heathrow or Central London or indeed any passenger terminal at Heathrow Airport.

You'll be driven in an air conditioned touring bus with time to fully visit Stonehenge and Windsor Castle or take in a Downton Abbey themed tour.

There is Meet n Greet at Southampton Cruise Terminal and you'll be driven in an air conditioned touring bus with enough luggage capacity for cruise passengers. We do not drop you off in the middle of nowhere, you are dropped at your hotel entrance or the Heathrow Airport passenger terminal departures hall of your choosing.

On the same dates the tours run we also run direct van shuttle services to Heathrow Airport and Central London hotels.

Cruise Ships Supported in 2016

This service is available on all dates when Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Celebrity, Princess, Azamara Quest and P&O Britannia cruise ships are visiting Southampton between the end of March and beginning of November.

If you are travelling on another cruise line that is in port the same day as one of the above you can still use the cruise bus service but you will need to disembark and take a local taxi to another cruise terminal where a supported ship is docked.

Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle Indicative Tour Schedule

List Of Hotels For Heathrow Airport Coach Drops
List Of Hotels For London Coach Drops

08:30 Depart Southampton

09:00 - 10:00 Salisbury

10:30 - 12:15 Stonehenge

13:45 - 16:15 Windsor

16:45 Heathrow Airport Hotels

17:45 - 18:45 London Hotels

Downton Abbey Indicative Tour Schedule

08:30 Depart Southampton

17:15 - 17:45 Heathrow Airport Hotels

18:45 - 19:30 London Hotels

Guaranteed Departures

Please note this is a guaranteed cruise transfer, and will operate on all of the dates listed on the booking page (link below). There are no minimum numbers required for this service to operate.

Logistics Of Cruise Ship Disembarkation at Southampton

Nearly every cruise ship docks between around 4 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. with assisted disembarkation starting around 7 a.m.

The customer services desk on-board will normally give you a disembarkation slot of around 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. if you say your bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. Our cruise bus is scheduled to leave Heathrow by around 8:30 a.m.

Heathrow Airport Hotel & Passenger Terminal Drops

London Cruise Shuttle Bus Pick-Up & Drop Locations

The cruise bus service will drop outside the departures building at all four passenger terminals at Heathrow plus most (but not all) of the Heathrow Airport hotels. The full list of airport hotels can be viewed by clicking through on the banner link.

Central London Hotel Drops

On reservation you will need to select from a list of around 200 hotel drop points in Central London. Nearly every popular chain hotel in Central London is on this list, (see link).

Hotel Not On The List?

If your accommodation or departure point in London is not on the the hotel drop list the most efficient way of finding out where the nearest drop point is located is to first find out where the nearest Underground Station is.

Each hotel on the hotel list has the nearest Underground Station to it listed, so you should very quickly find the short list of drop hotels in the vicinity. By using Google maps or similar you should be able to find the most convenient hotel for your needs.

Your alternative is just to use the facility linked on the banner right. We will normally come back to you with a personalised reply within 24 hours.

Booking Conditions and Payment

In order that we can guarantee your booking, you will need to make payment in full at time of reservation.

All cruise transfer/tours are booked are not subject to cancellation charges up to 42 days (6 weeks) prior to the the transfer/tour travel date.

If you are travelling with friends but have separate reservations please advise us to avoid the chance you may be allocated separate buses.

Southampton Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing
Southampton Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing

Luggage Policy

The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kgs per case) plus 2 pieces of hand luggage (max 10kg per case). If you have more than this you must contact our office prior to travel.

We do not carry outsize items (e.g bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.

London Cruise Transfers Q&A

We are very interested in your anticipated luggage not from a perspective of hitting you with supplemental excess luggage charges but from the perspective of avoiding not having enough capacity in the luggage hold. Although the buses used are usually large touring buses like that pictured at the top of the page they were designed for the luggage carried by European travellers that tend to travel with no more than one large bag of 20kg (44lbs).

The cap on the number of passengers we book on a bus is driven by a simple equation assuming each passenger will be bringing no more than two large cases.

Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle Tour Notes

This tour is a rewarding day of sightseeing seeing three very different attractions. You are accompanied throughout by a professional tour guide.

There is time to grab a coffee there, a sandwich on the bus there but we do not have a formal lunch break. At each attraction you can choose whether to follow the guide to the main attractions or independently explore - the choice is yours.

Your luggage is held in the luggage hold of the coach for the duration of the tour.

Salisbury Cathedral

Only 30 minutes drive from the cruise terminals at Southampton, Salisbury is a new city (for England), only started in the 13th Century when the Cathedral was built. About the same time as the Magna Carta was being signed, a copy of which is on view in the Chapter House of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral is one of the best Cathedrals in England and has the tallest spire of them all. One of the mind blowing aspects of the Cathedral is that its foundations are only 3-4 feet deep, so don't jump up and down!

Cruise Ship Shuttle Bus To London
Tour Bus Interior

Note: Sundays there will be services in the Cathedral and we are unable to guarantee entry.

Salisbury What To Expect


It is only a 30 minute journey to Stonehenge from Salisbury so you can get a glimpse of some of the best of the English countryside.

We will spend around 100 minutes at Stonehenge, time enough to take in this world famous monument from 4000-5000 years ago. The tour manager will give an introduction to this amazing site, and you will then have the option to enter which includes an audio guide explaining the many myths, theories and legends behind this prehistoric monument.

With admission at Stonehenge you get a complementary audio guide in a choice of languages.

Stonehenge What To Expect

Important ! - Advanced Ticketing For Stonehenge

Advance booking is required for visits to Stonehenge, as entrance is managed through timed tickets. Advance booking will be the only way to guarantee entry at the required time. If you do not pre-book your entry ticket we cannot guarantee you will be allowed entry on the day.


Its around a 75 minute journey to Windsor, mostly along fast motorway/freeway to Windsor. We pass Royal Ascot race course and travel through Windsor Great Park arriving early afternoon.

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 one of the world's most spectacular skylines.

Windsor What To Expect

Southampton Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing

Downton Abbey Themed Tour Notes

You will be driven in an air conditioned touring bus with a professional guide accompanying you throughout the day. In a memorable day you will explore some of the sites from the hugely popular Downton Abbey Series (including Downton Village Downton Church and the Grantham Arms); followed by a stop in Burford (known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds) where you will enjoy a pub lunch; and ending with a visit to the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace.

Your luggage is held in the luggage hold of the coach for the duration of the tour.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

We drive north from the chalk downlands of England's south coast, up to the limestone uplands of the Cotswolds, where honey coloured stone roofed cottages nestle in wooded valleys and chuckling streams meander by rolling hillsides. We cross the infant River Thames and head over to Bampton, the site of Downton village from the world famous TV series Downton Abbey.


Your guide will take you over to St Mary's church, which as St Michael's in Downton, has played witness to marriages, christenings and funerals. It is here, amongst many events, that Mary married Matthew and poor Edith was jilted at the altar.

Next door is Churchgate House, which in fiction is the home of Isabel Crawley and the village library which doubles up as the Cottage Hospital in the TV show. Stroll across the village green where the fairground was set up in the first series. We also see the village post office and the buildings used as the "Dog and Duck" and "Grantham Arms" pubs.

Downton related souvenirs can be bought from the excellent Bampton Archive which also gives an insight into the history of this lovely Cotswold village.

Note: This tour doesn't visit Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself.


We journey to Burford, gateway to the Cotswolds and enjoy a 2 course lunch in an English country pub (included in tour cost). There is time to explore the village.

Blenheim Palace

We now make a short drive to stunning Blenheim Palace, (entrance included in tour cost). This opulent, magnificent stately home was given to John Churchill by a grateful Queen Anne for his victories against the French in the Wars of Spanish Succession. Constructed from 1704 to 1722, it is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and stands on two and a half thousand acres of wonderful landscaped gardens by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.

You will enjoy a tour of this amazing palace and learn of the upstairs and downstairs life of both the aristocracy and the servants and see how many of these aspects were brought to the screen in Downton Abbey. Stroll around the breathtaking gardens, fountains and the impressive cascade waterfall, take in the magnificent dining rooms.

Southampton Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing
Map of Southampton Cruise Shuttle Bus Routes
Southampton Cruise Ship Shuttles & Tour Transfers 2016

Services available all dates when Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Oceania, Celebrity and Princess cruise ships are visiting Southampton, plus P&O Britannia and Azamara Quest.

London to Southampton Direction
Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Southampton Direct Shared Van Shuttle - After pick-up from your London or Heathrow hotel you will be driven to your cruise ship at Southampton (Maximum 8 passengers)

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Southampton With Stop At Stonehenge After pick-up from your London or Heathrow hotel you will be driven in an air conditioned touring bus to your Southampton cruise ship with a stop of around 90 mins at world famous Stonehenge.

Southampton To London Direction
Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

London & Heathrow Direct Shared Van Shuttle - After pick-up from your cruise ship at Southampton you will be driven to your London or Heathrow hotel / passenger terminal (Maximum 8 passengers)

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor Tour Transfer - Visit 3 world class attractions in one day on your transfer to London or Heathrow. Arrives Heathrow around 5 p.m. and London hotels around 6 p.m.

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Downton Abbey Themed Tour Transfer - Visit film locations of the Downton Abbey TV series + Blenheim then to London or Heathrow. Arrives Heathrow around 6 p.m. and London hotels around 7 p.m.

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