My husband and I engaged Absolute Touring of Oxford to take us on 4 conducted tours during our stay in Oxford in July. These tours were; Midsomer Tour, Cotswolds Tour, HIghclere Castle and Bampton Tour, Stratford and Warwick Tour.
I communicated by email with Martin Cowell, the owner of the business, in the months leading up to our trip to UK . I found him to be extremely helpful and most professional in all our dealings. Martin accompanied us on 2 of the tours and Noel, his associate, conducted the other 2. Each morning it was like being with old friends and the end of the day came far too quickly for us! Their local, cultural and historical knowledge was truly fantastic and both had a warm, friendly demeanour and a keen sense of humour. Both of us felt safe and comfortable at all times as they drove us around - I think this is an important factor considering the narrow English laneways! The vehicles they provided were spotlessly clean and excellently maintained.
The tours themselves exceeded our expectations in every way and Martin provided informative paperwork for us on each occasion so that nothing needed to be committed to memory. We saw and did so much on each of them that it's hard to say which one was best. We loved the country lanes, quaint thatched cottages and the people living in them, the old churches and the stories associated with them or their graveyards and the interesting people buried there, the outstanding country views, lessons on alms houses, delightful hamlets - what more can I say! We were simply treated to the best of the English countryside and culture by two of UK's finest gentlemen! In terms of cost, we consider it was well worth every cent we spent and we would do it all again! We know that it would have been absolutely impossible for us to do everything we did even if we had a vehicle - nothing can take the place of local expertise and Martin and Noel have it hands down! The time we spent with them was truly one of the major highlights of our trip to UK. Cheers and many thanks, Martin and Noel!
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