My husband and I were in London for a short time at the beginning of November 2012 and wanted to see some of the English countryside, the Roman Baths and Stonehenge before our departure. We booked the Stonehenge, Lacock and City of Bath Small Group Tour (22) since it touched on all of our areas of interest and promised “ample free time” in Bath. Overall, the tour was just okay.
My biggest disappointment was the amount of time we actually had at each location. The tour highlights claimed that you spend all afternoon in Roman Bath. In actuality, we had about 1.5 hours of free time at Bath in the morning. I had purchased our tickets to the Roman Baths beforehand, which allowed us to skip the queue, and we still felt like we rushed through the complex and barely saw the town. We then went to Lacock for a walking tour of the village [no free time] and on to Stonehenge for the last 25 minutes before closing. We literally ran around Stonehenge to get as many pictures as possible before the sun went down. I felt like we did not have adequate time to actually enjoy it.
I would recommend that Golden Tours revise the tour description to more accurately reflect the schedule and timing at each location. I would also recommend that they make the pick-up process more efficient so that the tour can leave earlier in the day and make use of as much daylight as possible. It seemed like we waited nearly an hour at the departure point before we were able to start the journey.
On a positive note, this tour provided us with the opportunity to see many historic sites in one day, and we really enjoyed our time at each location. Bath and Lacock were beautiful! Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and we learned a great deal of interesting information. I particularly enjoyed the walking tour in Lacock. I would recommend the tour to other visitors, provided they understand the time constraints.
If you are contemplating booking this tour, I would also recommend that you skip the optional lunch. This takes more time away from your limited free time in Bath. See as much as you can and get some take-away food for the bus!
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