Here at Albion Touring we pride ourselves in our one to one service. And that is why we launched our very special service for the coming 2019/20 season.
With prices from as low as £149 per person, inclusive of entrances and lunch, we can give that special touch of a small group tour at low price. The price includes all entrances on our Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor castle transfer/tour PLUS lunch at an award winning countryside pub set in a hidden valley of thatched-cottages and clear, chalk rivers where the swans glide, the moorhens busy themselves and the patient heron stands stoically in the shade. This valley has history stretching back tens of thousands of years which your guide will tell you about over your delicious all inclusive lunch.
Depart Southampton for a drive through the New Forest to Salisbury. The New Forest, despite its name, is an ancient royal forest where Saxon and Norman kings hunted. A mystery surrounds the events of one of William the Conqueror’s sons. Today the splendid oak forests shelter the famous New Forest ponies who wander freely in the dappled glades.
Salisbury cathedral* and Magna Carta.
Built in a very short time the cathedral at Salisbury boasts the tallest spire in England. The best example of early English gothic architecture in the world has amongst its treasures the splendid carvings in the chapter house and the best surviving copy of Magna Carta signed (more properly sealed) by King John in 1215. The story surrounding this document is as fascinating as the fact that something like half the world’s population now lives under English common law in one form or another. Phrases such as “No freeman shall be taken, or imprisoned, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way harmed, nor will we go upon him nor will send upon him, except by legal judgement of his peers or by the law of the land. To none will we sell, to none deny or delay, right or justice” still rouse the spirit of all free men and women.
Depart Salisbury for Stonehenge:
No other place in England is more symbolic of the land than this Stone age monument. And yet, even after hundreds of years of research, still ongoing, we’re no closer in knowing for what purpose this monument was constructed. As you wander around the site with your guide make up your own mind. Enter the 360 degree cinema to experience what it was like to stand right in the middle of the Stones from its genesis 5,000 years ago to today. See the sun rising and setting through the ages and seasons. On display are fascinating artifacts from the site including arrow heads, stone tools and skulls of the mighty auroch that wandered around the plain thousands of years ago. Just outside the exhibition centre there are several examples of bronze age huts faithfully recreated based on finds nearby. A courtesy bus will take you up to the Stones with your guide who will be on hand to give you your very own private tour and take some memorable photos.
Lunch by a riveside pub.
Few things can be more English than lunch in pub by the crystal clear waters of the river Avon. There are only 200 chalk rivers in the world and most of them are in this area. The waters are crystal clear and are world famous for fly fishing. Stay awhile and the swans will come up to you hoping to be tossed a crust of bread from you ploughman’s lunch.
Time to move on now to our last stop of the day and Windsor castle.
The approach to Windsor castle is, as you’d expect, majestorial as we drive through the ancient forest of Windsor Great Park, past Royal Ascot on to the castle itself – the largest occupied castle in the world.
Home to thousands of works of art from Renaissance painters to furniture makers and clock makers the castle is worth a visit just for these treasures alone. Here you experience the majesty of this 1,000 year old castle; see Queen Mary’s doll houses, exquisitely made by over 1,500 craftsmen overseen by Sir Edward Lutyens. Mount the broad staircase that takes you through the armoury and see the very musket bullet that took Nelson’s life at Trafalgar in 1805. See the splendid Garter room, the highest order of gallantry in the Empire, the Waterloo banqueting room as well as the many furnished royal apartments. Finish off your tour in St. George’s chapel, started by the saintly Henry VI in 1450 it is one of the “royal peculiars”. Here many kings and queens are buried including the late Queen Mother, Henry VIII and the only English king ever to be executed, Charles I.
A great and memorable day out to cherish forever as we drive through Runnymede, where Magna Carta was sealed over 800 years ago.