For an afternoon visit, a wonderful pint (or two), and a stress-free transfer from Heathrow to Southampton, you can not do better than Jill P and Windsor Day Tours!
My lovely bride and I flew from Keflavik to Heathrow on a Thursday morning, enroute to Southampton for a two-week Honeymoon cruise. As always, the flight was late, but it was a wonderful sight to see Jill waiting for us outside of customs--ready to begin our afternoon adventure in southern England.
After a short hop to the M3 (well, it's never a short hop to the M3), we made our way down the A303 to Wherwell for a pint at The White Lion Inn (http://www.thewhitelionwherwell.co.uk/). Built in 1611, there is no better place to stop, stretch, and imbibe on the way to Stonehenge.
Stonehenge was spectacular (hence the title of this review). Its a wonderful place to wander and think about the past. As an amateur astronomer, I was quite impressed with Jill's knowledge of the place. As it turns out, she wrote the book (literally) on the site, and we were amazed with all the little juicy morsels she shared about both the site and the surrounding countryside.
Back in the van, it was a short jaunt to Salisbury for a driving and walking tour through town, along with a visit to Salisbury Cathedral. While the Chapter House was under renovation, we did get brief (but dusty) tour of the site and an opportunity to see the best preserved of the four original copies of the Magna Carta still in existence (it beats the pants off the copy in the US National Archives). Salisbury is a must-see on any tour of southern England, and Jill does it well--from notes on English Gothic architecture to the sometimes lively history of Salisbury's Market Square--in a style that would suit any traveler, whether they be 6 or 66 years old.
Jill dropped us in a rather-crowded Southampton just in time to catch the closing evening of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, enjoy a relaxing dinner, take a quick nap, and board the Vision of the Seas the following day for our two-week crossing.
Jill's service is all inclusive. Parking, entry fees for tours, a pair of cupcakes, and a bottle of bubbly in the back seat made the visit extra special. Highly recommend! We will definitely ring her up again for our next cruise transfer.
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