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“Spectacular Stonehenge!”
Review of Windsor Day Tours

Windsor Day Tours
Ranked #8 of 22 Tours in Windsor
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Windsor Day Tours offers small, personalised private day tours for up to 6 people from Windsor, Heathrow, Southampton and surrounding areas. Whether it's a day's sightseeing, or a Heathrow Layover, or transfer to your hotel, make the most of your day with a guided visit to the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Hampton Court Palace, Jane Austen country or similar. Travel in comfort in my top-of-the-range Seat Alhambra and enjoy a day created with your wishes in mind, as well as the ability to get off the beaten track and visit the countryside the big coaches can't reach. Heathrow layovers and Southampton Cruises a speciality.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 19, 2012

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.

Thank Mike H
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Jill absoultely turned a rainy day into a special rememberance. Although disappointed that she could not control the weather, she managed to squeeze in so many wonderful events during our trip from Southampton to Gatwick that our day was filled with memories!
Jill went beyond the normal day, and despite heavy traffic, she was determined to show us important sites, even though she was going to arrive home very late! We can't thank her enough and cannot recommend her enough..you can't do any better!

Thank Dale W
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Jill was very helpful even during the early planning stages of our trip. We wanted to go to so many places and Jill was able to help us plan two interesting day trips with 2 kids in tow.

We went to the hawk conservancy, stonehenge, finkley down farm, bibury trout farm, didcot railway centre, and bourton-on-the-water. All the places were lovely and Jill was very informative. Never a dull moment!

Thank Caca123
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

My husband and I had a whole day free between flights in and out of Heathrow in May, 2012. I found out about Windsor Day Tours on the London Tool Kit website. After looking at some of Jill Pretorious, the owner and driver/guide, itinerary suggestions online, she and I decided on a slightly customized tour that included Stonehenge, Sallisbury Cathedral with the Magna Carta, Avebury, Lacock, and a few sights along the way. Jill is a very competent and pleasant person to spend the day with and she gave us a very enjoyable tour which was well planned and never rushed. She is easy to contact via her website. We highly recommend Windsor Day Tours if you have free time at Heathrow or if you are in that area.

1  Thank BarbaraMD59
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We hired Jill to pick us up at Heathrow and take us to Southampton to get on our cruise the next day. She was waiting for us as soon as we got through customs. She took us to Windsor Castle, Salisbury and Stonehenge. We had a wonderful time. She has a very comfortable van. She is a great driver and very cautious. I say that because we already had a bad experience in Rome once where the driver was taking care of three cell phones at the same time she was driving so this to us was important. Jill is a great driver.

She was very informative and would tell us about the area and the history while driving us to the locations. She gave us enough time to visit. We never felt rushed. She took us for lunch to a small village restaurant that is definitely a must do. Her charges include entrance to all the places we went to.

We also hired her to pick us up when we returned from our cruise 2 wks later. She was at the port waiting for us as soon as we got off the ship. She took us to Hampton Court and gave us enough time to tour the castle with a drive through Winchester. We had to be in London by a certain time, so we didnt want to spend more time, but she would have taken us anywhere else we would have wanted to visit if requeted. She got us to London right on time.

I would highly recommend Jill and we plan to hire her when we decide to vacation in England again.

1  Thank TravelLovers2
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