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Tours by Car (up to 4 persons).
Tours by Luxury Mini-Bus (5-8 persons).
Price includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, all Mid-day Meals and Drinks, Champagne Lunch, and all entrance fees.&127;
Superior accommodation in Castles, Manors, Tudor Thatched Cottages, Victorian Rectories, Georgian Coaching Inns and Private Period Homes.
We operate up-market vehicles which include Volvos, Mercedes, BMW's and Luxury Mini- Buses.
Hotel, Airport or UK address collection and return."I can, without hesitation, recommend Michael Osborne's appropriately named Unique British Tours to all discerning travellers". Glenn and Freda Zwieg, Sunland, California
This fascinating tour visits locations associated with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, The Pilgrim Fathers, Neil Armstrong, Pocahontas, Abraham Lincoln, William Penn, John Harvard, John Wesley, Henry James, Frances Hodgson Burne , Latrobe (the architect of the White House), Jamestown, Virginia, The American War of Independence and U.S. Army and Air Force servicemen who were stationed in England during World War II.The Charles Dickens Tour 2
Come with us in search of the locations associated with his life and the characters he so immortalised in his novels. We visit his birthplace in Portsmouth; Rochester where he spent his early and later years; Chatham Historic Dockyard and Bleak House at Broadstairs. Itinerary options include a 'Dickens London' walk guided by Jean, a member of the Dickens Fellowship, a visit to his London home at 48 Doughty Street, The Old Curiosity Shop, and Westminster Abbey where Dickens is buried. Finally, we take a champagne lunch in the original Leather Bottle Inn which Dickens himself often visited and wrote about in his Pickwick Papers.The lzaak Walton Tour 3
lzaak Walton, the author of The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man's Recreation was born in Stafford in 1593 and to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth, Unique British Tours visits many locations associated with his long life. Suchttplaces include his co age and museum at Shallowford; Stafford, Worcester, Marlow, Ilam, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth and Winchester where he died and is buried in its magnificent cathedral. Included in this tour is a 3 day stay at the delightful Izaak Walton Hotel in beautiful Dovedale where Tony Bridge , a leading authority on Izaak Walton, gives a series of talks and practical instruction on fly-fishing in the nearby River Dove where Izaak Walton and his great friend Charles Co on of Beresford Hall often fished.Ghosts, Witches and Legends 4
We visit England's most haunted village in Kent, a Tudor mansion that boasts fourteen ghosts and hear devilish tales of ghosts and strange happenings in ancient, half-timbered inns. We visit Stonehenge and Avebury, Stourhead and The Slaughters, Glastonbury, Wells and The Cotswolds. We meet The Cerne Abbas Giant and The Witch of Wookey Hole! Hear tell the mystical legends of Camelot, Avalon and King Arthur. Discover quaint customs and folk tales of giants and warriors long since departed, or have they?Royalty and Religion 5
This memorable regal and spiritual tour visits locations associated with Queen Elizabeth I, Henry V, Henry VIII, Richard II, Queen Victoria, Edward VI and VII, George VI, Jamestown, Virginia, the Wesleys and Methodism, Quakers and William Penn and early Christianity and Paganism. We also visit Winchester's magnificent 11th century cathedral and among others, a peaceful village church which has a superb, rare 12th century wall-painting of the "Seven Deadly Sins"!Smugglers and Sea-Dogs 6
This swashbuckling and salty tour goes in search of smugglers and sea-dogs to pre y fishing villages, steep cobbled streets and mediaeval inns where tales abound of daring moonlight exploits and ba les between the customs men and the 'gentlemen of the night' or 'owlers' as smugglers were more commonly called. We visit Sussex, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and the villages of Bucklers Hard, Lulworth Cove, Polperro and Clovelly. Search for sea dogs like Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, shipwrecks, their wreckers and lighthouses shrouded in mist.On this tour, one night's accommodation is at Hayes Barton, Devon, in a four poster bed in the very room where Sir Walter Raleigh was born in c.1552. Wat's ghost is optional!
The truly eccentric English live on in this very unusual tour which visits pyramids, obelisks, follies and strange monuments dedicated to their eternal memory. Like the tomb of "Mad Jack" Fuller who was buried si ing bolt upright, wearing top hat and tails and holding a Bottle of claret. We return to the scenes of the crimes by highwaymen and foul murderers and visit the graves and gibbets where they ended their misbego en days. On this tour we look beyond the obvious, at the unusual, the eccentric and the definitely odd and find those li le-known, amusing, strange and bizarre stories of people, buildings, events and places like the peaceful village churchyard in The New Forest where lies Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.The Classics Tour 8
You will indulge your literary, musical, architectural and aesthetic tastes as we visit locations strongly associated with the following: Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Milton, Kipling, Keats, Shelley, Lewis Carroll, Coleridge, Dickens, A. A. Milne, Pepys, Jane Austen, Delius, Van Dyke, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Grinling Gibbons, Capability Brown, J. M. W. Turner, Gilbert White, Thomas Gray, J. K. Jerome, Henry James, Kenneth Grahame, John Galsworthy and H. G. Wells.The Romantics Tour 9
Much research has gone into the itinerary of this scenic and historical tour to ensure clients see many of England's pre iest and unspoilt mediaeval villages and small towns. Such architectural gems we visit include Alfriston, Amberley, Biddenden, Bosham, Cranbrook, Dunsfold, Goudhurst, Kirdford, Rye, Smarden, Shere, Tenterden, Winchelsea and Wisborough Green. This charming tour includes a wealth of timber framed Cottages, country manors, village greens and ponds overlooked by peaceful mediaeval churches and ancient inns.Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens 10
This beautiful tour includes on its itinerary Rudyard Kipling's mansion home at Batemans and Penshurst Place, birthplace of Sir Philip Sidney, courtier and favourite of Elizabeth I. We also visit many great and famous gardens like Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park which are so typically English and so idyllic. We visit historic moated castles like Bodiam and Hever, where Henry VIII courted the ill-fated Anne Boleyn.Castles, Manors, Pubs and Mediaeval Banquet 11
Indulge your aesthetic pleasures in locations strictly for the romantically inclined. Historic and moated castles like Leeds, Bodiam, Arundel, Hever and Chilham; great houses like Penshurst, Petworth, Uppark, Knole, Chartwell and Ightham Mote built for great Englishmen. Ancient, low-beamed inns, with antiques and inglenook fireplaces and all amidst idyllic rural surroundings. And to complement and conclude this delightful tour we partake of a mediaeval banquet in a priory, inn or castle.Grand Tour of Wales 12
Wales rivals Scotland for its scenic splendour of brooding mountains and lakes, scenic valleys and forgo en villages where only the Welsh language is spoken and legends are told of ghosts, witches, poets and saints. Included in this spectacular and breathtaking tour are 13th century royal castles, ruined mediaeval abbeys like Tintern, superb view points, ancient manor houses, picturesque market towns, the "Italianate" village of Portmeirion, steam railways, a canal boat ride, a Welsh gold mine, Powis Castle with its magnificent gardens and art treasures and raging waterfalls. To make this memorable tour complete we hear a Welsh Male Voice Choir and you have the opportunity to speak some Welsh, if you so wish.Grand Tour of Scotland 13
The following locations are included in this Grand Tour of Scotland's Highlands and Lochs, Robert Burns' country, Loch Lomond, Fort William, Invergarry, a Whisky Distillery, Loch Ness, the Ba lefield of Culloden, Inverness, Balmoral, Braemar, Edinburgh and Sir Walter Sco border country. There is a one-day mid-tour break at a Highland hotel where, if you so wish, you may enjoy golf, trout or salmon fishing, shooting, deer-stalking, riding, walking or just relaxing amidst spectacular scenery.
H Thomas Hardy Tour
This tour has been specially commissioned to include locations associated with his life, his novels and the various Film and TV Productions. We visit Higher Bockhampton * Lower Bockhampton * Stinsford * Dorchester * Max Gate * Tolpuddle * Athelhampton * Egdon Heath * Sydling St Nicholas * Puddletown * Piddlehinton * Piddletrenthide * and many more locations.
14 Britain's Industrial Heritage
This tour is very much for the Connoisseur of Britain's Industrial Heritage. The tour covers steam and hi-tech trains * wind and water power * mining * mills * ships and engineering and visits sites throughout England and Wales.
15 Steam Train Tour
Indulge your passion and nostalgia for the sights, sounds and smells of Steam Locomotives and pray take your seat for two different train rides each day in Victorian railway carriages throughout wonderfully scenic England and Wales. The following are just some of the historical and scenic steam railway lines we take a journey on for either your 7, 10 or 14 day tour: Kent and East Sussex Railway * Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway * Bluebell Railway * Lavender Line Steam Railway * Severn Valley Railway * Talyllyn Railway * Vale of Rheidol Railway * Welsh Highland Railway * Ffestiniog Railway * Llanberis Lake Railway * Snowdon Mountain Railway * and depending on your dates, "THE FLYING SCOTSMAN"
If you would like me to tailor or custom a tour on a or other interests not included in this brochure just contact me and I will be glad to prepare a personal itinerary. Email Netscape users and
Exclusive Day Tours of the South-East of England by Car or Luxury Mini-Bus with History Graduate Driver Guide.
This fascinating tour visits locations associated with William Penn; Benjamin Franklin; John Harvard; John Wesley; Henry James; Frances Hodgson Burne ; Latrobe (the architect of The White House); Jamestown, Virginia; The American War of Independence and U.S. Army and Air Force servicemen who were stationed in England during World War II.Ghosts, Witches and Legends DT2
We visit England's most haunted village in Kent and hear tales of ghosts and strange happenings in ancient half-timbered inns. Come in search of England's witches and discover legends of giants, kings and warriors long since departed, or have they?Royalty and Religion DT3
This memorable regal and spiritual tour visits locations associated with Queen Elizabeth I; Henry VIII and two of his queens, Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves; Henry V; Richard II; Queen Victoria; Edward VI and VII; George VI; Jamestown, Virginia; early Methodism; Quakers and William Penn and includes peaceful village churches.Smugglers and Sea Dogs DT4
This mysterious tour goes in search of smugglers and sea dogs to pre y fishing villages, steep cobbled streets and mediaeval inns where tales abound of daring moonlit exploits and ba les between the customs men and the 'gentlemen of the night' or 'owlers' as smugglers were more commonly called.The Charles Dickens Tour DT5
Rochester, Chatham and the surrounding country are synonymous with Charles Dickens. in this area much of his childhood was spent, and the people he knew and the places in which he lived, powerfully affected the boy's imagination. Come with us in search of the locations and the characters he so immortalised in his novels. Take lunch in the original Leather Bottle Inn which Dickens himself often visited and wrote about in his Pickwick Papers.The Classics Tour DT6
This is very much a connoisseurs' tour which visits locations associated with Frederick Delius, Daniel Defoe, Frances Hodgson Burne ; Rudyard Kipling, Vita Sackville West, William Caxton; Dame Ellen Terry; Mrs. Sarah Siddons; Sir David Garrick; Henry James and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.The Romantics Tour DT7
Very much a scenic and historical tour which visits many small mediaeval towns and villages of Surrey, Sussex and Kent, each one an architectural gem exuding an air of ageless serenity. Suchttplaces we visit are Bletchingley, Godstone, Lingfield, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Rye, Winchelsea and Alfriston.Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens DT8
This beautiful tour includes on its choice of itineraries Rudyard Kipling's mansion home at Batemans and Penshurst Place, birthplace of Sir Philip Sidney, courtier and favourite of Elizabeth I. We also visit many great and famous gardens like Wakehurst Place; Nymans; Borde Hill and Sheffield Park which are so typically English and so idyllic. We visit historic moated castles like Bodiam and Hever where Henry VIII courted the ill-fated Anne Boleyn.Crimes, Curiosities and Eccentrics DT9
The truly eccentric English live on in this very unusual tour which visits pyramids, obelisks and strange monuments dedicated to their eternal memory. We return to the scenes of the crimes by highwaymen and foul murderers and visit the graves and gibbets where they ended their misbego en days.
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You will be collected from and returned to your hotel or address in the South East at the beginning and end of your Day Tour and at whatever times are convenient to you.