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In the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic public transport has become less of a safe prospect and unsurprisingly less appealing. Social distancing is now essential for the wellbeing of the general populace as well as essential in blunting the spike in new Coronavirus cases and easing the strain on the NHS. It can be hard maintaining proper social distancing measures on public transport, so for the good of the local area, we are offering our private tour services as an alternative and crucially safe option. We take extra care so you stay safe!
Why risk it? Due to COVID-19 private hire transport is much safer than using public transport, especially with the fastidiously precautions we have put in place; going above and beyond the necessary precautions recommended by the government, whilst also providing a high quality of service and an extremely comfortable journey.
We have implemented the following actions to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Virus:
Our Licensed Drivers… are fully briefed on the symptoms associated with Covid-19 and what is required of them to act with the utmost propriety. Before your vehicle even arrives, the vehicle will be sanitised internally and door handles will be cleaned. All drivers will have washed their hands thoroughly and will be wearing a face masks, at all times. Hand sanitiser will be provided, ready and waiting for all customers.
Our Insured Vehicles… have been specially adapted for your safety, with purpose-built Perspex divides installed between driver and passengers eliminating the risk of any contamination.
Picking you up… Your driver will not shake your hand – you will be asked if you would like your driver to load the luggage or if you would prefer to do this yourself. Unless all seats are required, you will be asked to sit in the rear of the vehicle, to maximise social distancing at all times. Our 8 seat minvans will be reduced to 6 seats for your safety.
Even After you have arrived at your destination your driver will be busy meticulously repeating this process to the letter, while you can carry on your day with your peace of mind intact.
In these strange times, the safety of both our staff and our clients is of paramount importance, and, as always, the comfort of our clients remains at the heart of our business.
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These special safety measures have been brought in in addition to the abundance of premium services we offer. We offer spacious 8 seat minivans with ample luggage space, driven by highly experienced and certified tour drivers, offering more than just transport; Our friendly drivers are also experienced tour guides and are happy to share local history with you on your journey. We also offer free Wi Fi on board as well as panoramic windows for amazing views in transit.
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Getting around safely is essential, so in this scary time don’t take unnecessary risks and travel in safety and luxury with us – professional, comfortable and most importantly safe. See you soon…………………
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON COVID-19
If you are planning a visit to Wiltshire, we suggest you check the current government guidance in regards to the developing COVID-19 situation:
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On the 23rd of March, Boris Johnson announced strict ‘lockdown’ measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. This followed similar measures put in place worldwide. Subsequently, people have been restricted to their homes, allowed out only for essential work and shopping. Global tourism has been placed in indefinite suspension.
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While it’s important to follow Government advice right now, staying at home doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of inspiration. A number of Wiltshire attractions are now offering virtual tours, granting enthusiasts access to all sorts of cultural delights – without compromising on safety. Grab a cuppa and take a look at these Wiltshire virtual tours below…
Stonehenge offers a live view of the stones 24/7 through the Stonehenge Skyscape website. Watch the sun rise and set amongst the stones.
Wiltshire Museum has organised an At Home section on their website featuring DIY craft blogs, learning resources for kids, object stories, interesting documents from the libraries and more.
Salisbury Cathedral are now regularly live-streaming their church services. And that’s not all; Peregrine Falcons have been breeding at the Cathedral for many years. The Cathedral operates live video footage of the nest in preparation for chicks.
STEAM Museum is hosting an ‘A to Z of STEAM’ on their twitter page, highting intriguing objects from its collection.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust give you the chance to see what’s happening at Wiltshire wildlife spot, Langford Lakes with the live webcam. The Wildlife Trust also have lots of activities and suggestions for things to do on their website, including a guide to spotting butterflies and advice on maintaining your wellbeing and connectivity to nature during lockdown.
Longleat have launched a 30 minute virtual safari tour narrated by Kate Humble, showcasing some of the animals that live at the park.
Hawk Conservancy Trust have launched Hawk TV, featuring video clips from behind the scenes including some of the birds having their annual health checks and a Peregrine Falcon being released back into the wild. Fascinating stuff!
Wiltshire Music Centre will be bringing us concerts to enjoy from home over the coming weeks, beginning with a wonderful video of their Celebrating Age Wiltshire concert featuring music and poetry.
Helen Browning’s Royal Oak has a number of recipes online for hearty cooking you can try from home.
Salisbury Museum have created a virtual tour of their current exhibition, Albert Goodwin: Visionary Landscapes which you can watch online during their closure.
Cotswold Wildlife Park have live webcams of some of their animals. Tune in to watch the meerkats and penguins go about their daily lives…
Museum of Army Flying has colouring sheets and other family-friendly activities and educational resources that can be downloaded from their website. Perfect for the kids while the schools are shut.
The Pounds Art Centre are uploading YouTube videos of reading and activity ideas, with lots more online content planned!
The Roman Baths you can take a Google Street View tour of the Roman Baths: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/walkthrough. See the Roman Baths on video: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/videos. Have a go at Roman-themed online games: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/online-games
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MORE VIRTUAL TOUR LINKS:
UK attractions with virtual tours so you can explore without leaving your house
More London and U.K Virtual tours here
Some European and worldwide virtual tours here
If this has whetted your appetite and you want to visit Wiltshire and learn more about the other monuments in the surrounding landscape then book a guided sightseeing tour with the local travel experts
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Are you arriving into Southampton via boat? Then making your way directly to London? Why not take a tour transfer and make the most of the historic and beautiful landscape that lies in between?
It is far too easy to storm up the M3, Southampton to London, oblivious to the history that is hurtling past you. Hampshire and Wiltshire play host to some of the country’s richest historical cities, so easily accessible from Southampton’s beckoning harbour. So instead of rushing past, take a tour transfer – spend a night in Winchester, or Salisbury – see Stonehenge and its surrounding area, teeming with Neolithic history. Turn a commute into an adventure, a private tour experience exhibiting the best of the area which you almost missed!
Salisbury is Wiltshire’s historic capital – A tiny city of 40,000, with a thousand years of history. Just a 45 minute drive from Southampton, Salisbury is one of the finest possible pit stops for any lover of history and is simply beautiful to the objective eye.
Circa 1217 BC, after the clergy abandoned the truly ancient site of Old Sarum and the its cathedral, the formation of Salisbury began in earnest. The city quickly rose to prominence and was one of the largest cities in the country by the reign of Henry VIII (1491-1547).
The city didn’t remain so prominent but has always maintained a sense of bygone times and its former glory and one is confronted with an impression of England-past when exploring the various sights of the city.
Salisbury Cathedral, the tallest medieval cathedral in Europe, is the true bastion of Salisbury’s magnificent history. The main building was completed in 1258, the lofty spire added in 1320 raising the building to an astonishing 123m tall. The building has awed spectators for centuries; visible for miles around, it is a historic beacon that draws visitors to the city.
The city itself will not disappoint, with a wide variety of restaurants and pubs (some up to 800 years old) for you to explore and plenty of accommodation in which to rest.
Only 15 minutes out of Salisbury stands one of the world’s most intriguing monuments. The infinitely mysterious Stonehenge. Built over 4,000 years ago for unknown reasons, the ginormous stones – some of which were dragged 140 miles from wales – still stand erect, challenging and engaging us with their pure antiquity.
Spending a night in Salisbury makes this unforgettable landmark all the more accessible. A private guided tour will allow you to interact with the area surrounding Stonehenge, learning from an expert the history and the myths of Neolithic Britain. You won’t just see Stonehenge; you’ll discover the lesser known Avebury stone circle (the largest stone circle in Europe), West Kennet Long-barrow, Woodhenge and much more!
The city of Winchester can rival any of our county’s cities for pure historical value. From iron age beginnings, after roman occupation, it became the capital of Wessex and a powerhouse of a city after the Norman landings in 1066. Today, it has maintained a sense of this rich history, the highlight being the stunning cathedral, construction of which began in 1079. All of this can be enjoyed in just 25 minutes from Southampton and 45 minutes from Salisbury. Any tour can easily accomodate this charming Hampshire city.
This a small example of the rich history available to you when you disembark in Southampton, other locations include…. Taking an 8 seater private tour transferis a magical experience, turning transit into a truly enlightening experience – making the most of southern England’s historical effervescence.
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