Final Information - TCS - The Gialketsis Family explore the Cotswolds

Gialketsis Family

Thursday 16th May – Thursday 30th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Overview

Enjoy exploring the heart of England on this incredible 15 day trip.  From the majestic sweeping crescents in Bath to the stunning vistas from the top of the Malvern Hills, let your guide immerse you in the history, culture and beautiful scenery that the Cotswolds are known for.  After enjoying the fresh country air, spend your last few days in London getting off the beaten path with your expert guide as well as enjoying some theatre shows and perhaps even some cricket!

Highlights

  • Steer a narrowboat along the canals around Bath
  • Visit Stratford Upon Avon where Shakespeare was born
  • Get off the tourist path in London to visit places you have never been to before

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 16th May - Welcome to London

On arrival at Heathrow you will be met by the VIP team and whisked seamlessly through arrivals to your awaiting transfer.  From here, you’ll head into the city and check into your hotel ready to meet up with friends and spend a relaxing couple of days in the city.

 

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: 1 x Hyde Park Suite and 2 x Superior Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 16, 2024 | Airline: BA | Flight Number: 0274
Arrival Airport: London Heathrow (LHR) | Arrival Time: 3:35 pm

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Fastrack VIP Heathrow
Booking Reference: 20240412035135
Pick Up Location: Airplane side | Pick Up Time: 3:35 pm
Phone: +44 (0) 333 305 8799

Meet & Greet, immigration assistance and hotel transfer.

The representative will meet you at the step of the plane, where the air bridge meets the terminal. The rep will bring a trolley and assist with luggage. Rep will escort you through the priority/fast track immigration line and transfer you to your luxury hotel.

Day 2 - Friday 17th May - Free Day London

Spend time with your friends in London today before you set off on your Cotswold Adventure tomorrow

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: 1 x Hyde Park Suite and 2 x Superior Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Saturday 18th May - Arrive Bath

A private transfer will collect you from your hotel in London and you’ll set off on your Cotswold adventure.   You will arrive at the mystical site of Avebury, a collection of stone circles and neolithic burial sites, where your host and guide will meet you and you’ll set off to explore this incredible landscape.   Let your expert guide bring this landscape to life as you wander around the neolithic sites and artefacts before heading onto the ancient city of Bath.

Your accommodation is in one of the most iconic streets in Bath and once you have settled in, you can either head out to explore some of the city or simply enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants.

 

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: 1 x Master Suite and 2 x Deluxe Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Supplier: Luggage Transfer - Hawk Couriers
Booking Reference: 32749
Pick Up Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel | Pick Up Time: 10:00 am

Your luggage will be collected from your hotel in London and transferred to Bath in time for your arrival.

Please bring your luggage down to reception when you check out and they will then store it until the courier arrives.

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Supplier: London Chauffeur Company
Pick Up Location: Mandarin Oriental | Pick Up Time: 9:30 am | Approx Duration: 2 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)20 3637 4557

Your driver will meet you at reception and take you to Avebury to meet your Guide Jeremy.

Day 3 - Guide Details - Jeremy Martin Read More +

Name: Jeremy Martin
Contact Number: 07717390103
Meeting Place: The Red Lion, Avebury | Meeting Time: 12:30 pm

Jeremy will meet you at The Red Lion where you will have lunch and together you will then head off to meet your local expert guide and explore Avebury Stone Circles.

Drive time from Avebury to Bath is approximately 1 hour

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Restaurant: Montagu's Mews | Location: The Royal Crescent Hotel
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Website: https://www.royalcrescent.co.uk/dining/

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 4 - Sunday 19th May - A Canal boat and the Royal Crescent

The ancient city of Bath is well known for its Roman Baths and the stunning architecture, however today you will explore it from a different perspective, enjoy the historic waterways of this region.  Arriving at the canal side you will step aboard a narrow boat and take to the canal for a day of leisure and locks.  Steer the boat through locks and round the gentle bends as the canal twists and turns through the ever-changing countryside.   Stop off at a pub for lunch or perhaps just enjoy a delectable picnic on board as you drift along.

In the late afternoon you will all meet up again and enjoy a private out of hours tour of No 1 Royal Crescent to explore what life was like for the fashionable Bathonian’s in the 18th century.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: 1 x Master Suite and 2 x Deluxe Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Private Out of Hours Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Out of Hours Tour
Start Location: No.1 Royal Crescent Museum | Start Time: 5:30 pm
Phone: +44 (0)1225 338 727

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Restaurant: Clayton's Kitchen | Location: 15A George Street, Bath BA1 2EN
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 01225 724 386 | Website: https://www.claytonskitchen.com/

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 5 - Monday 20th May - Exploring Bath

Spend the day exploring this incredible city with your guide, from the tranquility of Bath Abbey to the iconic Roman Baths.  Take a private tour of the Abbey Clock Tower, climbing the 212 steps to the top to see the city spread out beneath you and be rewarded with a refreshing glass of something cold and bubbly.  Explore the nooks and crannies of the city that are only known to the locals  as well as browsing some of the wonderful book and antique shops that are dotted about the city.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: 1 x Master Suite and 2 x Deluxe Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: The Raven of Bath | Location: 7 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 1HE
Website: https://www.theravenofbath.co.uk

They do not take table reservations but Jeremy will be with you to ensure you get a table.

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 6 - Tuesday 21st May - Hiking and Exploring

Today Bill and George can set out to southern Cotswolds for a hike this morning, feeling the earth crunch under your hiking boots as you immerse yourselves in the wonderful scenery with the sounds of nature for company.

For Shelli and Reed, spend the morning exploring more of the city with your city guide, perhaps enjoy some spa treatments or simply enjoying watching the world go by from a local cafe with a coffee and a good book!

After meeting up at lunchtime, you will head to Bristol to explore some of the quirky shops in the suburbs and maybe lunch with a view of the engineering feat that is the Clifton Suspension bridge.  Learn the secrets of this urban city as you wander through the streets and before enjoying some local produce at dinner and then return to your hotel.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Drive time from Bath to Bristol is approximately 45 minutes

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: 1 x Master Suite and 2 x Deluxe Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Name: Lindsay Garwood
Contact Number: 07923 375 567
Meeting Place: Hotel Lobby | Meeting Time: 9:30 am

Jeremy will be with you as well to introduce you to Lindsay before the group splits up for the morning.  You will meet up at lunchtime (time and place TBC with Jeremy on the day) before heading over to Bristol for the afternoon.

Day 6 - Details Read More +

Restaurant: Root | Location: Whapping Wharf, Bristol
Reservation Time: 6:00 pm
Phone: 0117 930 0260 | Website: https://www.rootbristol.co.uk/

Table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 7 - Wednesday 22nd May - To the Cotswolds

Leaving Bath behind this morning, you will travel through the heart of the Cotswolds to your next destination.

En route to your accommodation in the pretty town of Broadway, your first stop will be at the charming village of Tetbury which offers a plethora of antique shops to explore and discover some hidden gems before heading onwards to Chedworth – a roman villa that was rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago.  This fascinating place gives a unique insight into Roman life here in Britain.

Your final stop of the day is at Sudeley Castle where you will meet a private guide and take a tour of the family apartments, castle and gardens where over 1000 years of history will be brought to life inside these ancient walls.  Hear stories of Royalty, ruins and everything in between as you explore this ancient building before continuing onto your hotel for the next 4 nights.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Drive time from Bath to Broadway is approximately 1hr 45 minutes without stops

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1 x Attic Suite and 2 x Courtyard Suites for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - After Hours Tour Read More +

Activity: After Hours Tour
Sudeley Castle:
Start Location: Sudeley Castle | Start Time: 4:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)1242 604 244

Day 7 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Luggage Transfer - Hawk Couriers
Booking Reference: 32749
Pick Up Location: Royal Crescent, Bath | Pick Up Time: 10:00 am

Your luggage will be collected from your hotel in Bath and transferred to Broadway in time for your arrival.

Please bring your luggage down to reception when you check out and they will then store it until the courier arrives.

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Restaurant: The Back Garden | Location: Dormy House Hotel

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 8 - Thursday 23rd May - The Ancient Malvern Hills

You will all head to the iconic Malvern Hills today, which are formed from some of the most ancient rocks in England.  These hills are well known for their pure spring water – which was the only water her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II used to drink – as well as the breathtaking views from the ridge line.  Enjoy a walk up to St Ann’s well to take in the views before Shelli and Reed head back to the town to enjoy some browsing in the shops while Bill and George take a short hike along the ridgeline.

All meet up in Great Malvern for lunch before heading back towards the Cotswolds where you will discover the unconventional home of Charles Wade – the architect who was famous for building a model Cornish fishing village that attracted visits from Queen Mary and Virginia Woolf!

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1 x Attic Suite and 2 x Courtyard Suites for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: The Fleece Inn | Location: The Cross, Bretforton, Evesham, WR11 7JE
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: 01386 831 173 | Website: https://thefleeceinn.co.uk/

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 9 - Friday 24th May - Hidden gems of Stratford-upon-Avon

Spend the day exploring the home of William Shakespeare today as you head north to the pretty town of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Embark on a private tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre with an expert guide – exploring behind the scenes and seeing how the works of the bard are brought to life here.

Stratford is also home to loads of small, independent antique shops – perfect for browsing and finding some hidden treasures.

Later on visit the place where the bard was born and the church where he is buried as well as enjoying a decadent afternoon tea before ending the day taking to the water where you can put your steering skills to the test as you punt along the river!

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Drive time from Broadway to Stratford is approximately 30 minutes

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1 x Attic Suite and 2 x Courtyard Suites for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: TBC

We have not made a reservation for tonight as you may decide to dine in Stratford before returning to the hotel or may just wish a light meal once you return.

Day 10 - Saturday 25th May - Broadway and Bats

Bill and George will have the opportunity for a quick hike to Broadway Tower this morning for it’s famous view of all 5 counties of the Cotswolds while Shelli and Reed can enjoy a relaxed breakfast or some browsing along the pretty high street with it’s eclectic shops.

Meeting up again in the late morning, you will head to the hallowed grounds of Edgbaston to experience a true English spectacle – England vs Pakistan in the third T20 match.  A fantastic day spent hearing the thud of leather against willow and the roar of the Barmy Army as England storm to victory (we hope!).

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Drive time from Broadway to Edgbaston is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1 x Attic Suite and 2 x Courtyard Suites for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Restaurant: TBC

We have not made a reservation for tonight as food will have been provided during the T20 cricket match and you may decide to stop off for dinner en route to the hotel or may just wish a light meal once you return.

Day 11 - Sunday 26th May - Return to London

It is time to head back to the city saying farewell to the rolling hills and chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds.

Before you arrive back in the buzzing metropolis, your final stop will be Blenheim Palace where you will take a private tour of this stunning place and enjoy a wander through the immaculate gardens that have been crafted by various designers over the years.  A fabulous way to end your time in the heart of England.

You will be dropped off at your London hotel in the late afternoon ready for more explorations tomorrow.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Drive time from Broadway to Blenheim Palace is approximately 45 minutes

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: 1 x Hyde Park Suite and 2 x Superior Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Supplier: London Chauffeur Company
Pick Up Location: Blenheim Palace | Pick Up Time: 4:30 pm | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3637 4557

Your private chauffeur will collect you from Blenheim Palace and take you back to London while Jeremy returns the vehicle and will join you in London in the morning

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Supplier: Luggage Transfer - Hawk Couriers
Pick Up Location: Dormy House Hotel | Pick Up Time: 10:00 am

They will collect your luggage from your hotel and take it to the Mandarin Oriental ready for when you arrive

Please bring your luggage down to reception when you check out and they will then store it until the courier arrives.

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Restaurant: The Roseberry | Location: Mandarin Oriental
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 12 - Monday 27th May - Exploring London

You will meet an old friend this morning as Sue Hyde, who guided you on your last trip, will be with you today to take you off the beaten track to discover some more of the hidden gems of London.  Head out to explore Eltham Palace and the Greenwich Royal observatory with her while hearing more stories of life in London.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: 1 x Hyde Park Suite and 2 x Superior Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Guide Details - Sue Hyde Read More +

Name: Sue Hyde
Contact Number: 07967 341157
Meeting Place: Mandarin Oriental | Meeting Time: 9:30 am

Jeremy will be with you today as well as you explore more of the city with Sue

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Restaurant: Hawksmoor Seven Dials | Location: 11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JG
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: #2110550967
Phone: 020 7420 9390 | Website: https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/seven-dials/

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 13 - Tuesday 28th May - Soho markets and antiques

Today, you’ll leave central London behind and venture to Walthamstow, northeast London, where very few tourists ever go.  The name comes from Wilcumstow – the place where people are welcome.  It’s a vibrant and multicultural neighbourhood and features food from across the world and London’s longest street market.  Your guide has lived here for 25 years so it’s a real insider tour and he knows everyone.  You might bump into Mick the Butcher, Venessa the priest, Laurence the pub owner or Michael the homeless guy.

A visit to Walthamstow is a study in gentrification.  Pockets of poverty live side by side with homes costing + £1 million.  The Village, which is the original Norman settlement, has experienced turbo-charged gentrification over the last 10 years.  Fancy restaurants and gift shops abound and residents predominantly work in the creative industries.  We will examine the challenges of gentrifications and the housing crisis; who wins and who loses?

The very urban landscape is punctuated with great street art and inspirational community gardening.  Walthamstow Village’s volunteer community gardening group has won many gold medals in Royal Horticultural Society competitions.  You will enjoy their street orchards, meadows, ponds and you’ll see where they keep their bees.  You will be gifted a jar of their delicious honey before we head back to Central London.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: 1 x Hyde Park Suite and 2 x Superior Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Guide Details - Jakob Hartmann Read More +

Name: Jakob Hartmann
Contact Number: 07973 137512
Meeting Place: Mandarin Oriental | Meeting Time: 9:30 am

Jeremy will still be on hand when you meet your expert local guide.

Day 13 - VIP Theatre - Player Kings Read More +

Activity: VIP Theatre - Player Kings
Noel Coward Theatre:
Start Location: Noel Coward Theatre | Start Time: 6:30 pm
Booking Reference: 16362959

Jeremy will have your tickets and will accompany you to the theatre to connect you with the VIP host.  Please note that this play is a very long play so although there will be refreshments served, you may wish to have a early meal prior to departing for the theatre.

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Restaurant: The Roseberry | Location: Mandarin Oriental
Reservation Time: 3:45 pm

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 14 - Wednesday 29th May - Final day of Explorations

You will head East to the City of London where the Romans founded our great city almost 2000 years ago.  Today, the City is our financial centre (The Wall Street of London) and the ruins of Roman London are now surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers by top architects such as Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.  The contrast between the new and the old is fascinating and the street-scape changes every time you turn a corner.  No wonder this part of London has featured in many films, including Harry Potter.

As you cross in to the East End, only yards from the glitz of the city, everything changes dramatically.  High rise gives way to low rise and the smell of curry fills the air in Banglatown, home to London’s Bangladeshi community.  Remnants of previous immigrants remain; the beautiful homes built by Hugonots 300 years ago and beigel shops founded by Jewish immigrants a hundred years ago.  Such a vibrant neighbourhood has attracted celebrities today and your guide will point out the homes and studios of well-known artisits and actors as you meander down the old streets of Spitalfields.  Our next stop will be another neighbourhood undergoing change; Kings Cross.  20 years ago the streets around the train station were rather intimidating with drug dealing and prostitution.  The transformation of Kings Cross kicked off with the arrival of the Eurostar train to Paris and Brussels.  The old industrial railway hinterland has been completely transformed and the result is pretty impressive.  Kings Cross is generally seen as one of the most successful urban transformations in London in recent history.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: 1 x Hyde Park Suite and 2 x Superior Rooms for single occupancy
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Guide Details - Jakob Hartmann Read More +

Name: Jakob Hartmann
Contact Number: 07973 137512
Meeting Place: Mandarin Oriental | Meeting Time: 9:30 am

Jeremy will still be on hand when you meet your expert local guide.

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Activity: VIP Theatre - Long Days Journey into Night
Wyndham Theatre:
Start Location: Wyndham Theatre | Start Time: 7:00 pm
Booking Reference: 16362999

Jeremy will have your tickets and will accompany you to the theatre to connect you with the VIP host.  Even though there are refreshments pre show and in the interval, you may wish to eat prior to the show to avoid eating very late post show.

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Restaurant: Harry's Dolce Vita | Location: 27-31 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1BB
Reservation Time: 4:15 pm | Booking Reference: 499004
Phone: 020 3940 1020 | Website: https://harrysdolcevita.com/

Please note this a table reservation only, please pay locally

Day 15 - Thursday 30th May - Depart London

A private transfer will collect you from your hotel and take you back to Heathrow in time for your flight home, taking with you happy memories of a wonderful vacation in the heart of England.

A late check out has been arranged with the hotel for this day so the morning is free to enjoy the spa or a later breakfast before checking out.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Fastrack VIP Heathrow
Booking Reference: 20240412035135
Pick Up Location: Mandarin Oriental | Pick Up Time: 1:30 pm
Phone: +44 (0)333 305 8799

You will bid farewell to Jeremy this morning.

Your private transfer will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you to the airport where you will meet your VIP representative who will escort you to check in and through immigration.  Your representative will escort you to your lounge and will be on hand should you need anything.  Your representative will then assist you through to the gate.

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Travel Date: May 30, 2024 | Airline: BA | Flight Number: 0275
Departure Airport: London Heathrow (LHR) | Departure Time: 5:15 pm
Arrival Airport: Las Vegas | Arrival Time: 7:50 pm

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 15
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 14
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 14
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • Expert guide at Avebury Stone Circles
    • Private hire of a narrowboat in Bath
    • Private tour of the Abbey Clock Tower
    • Expert city guide in Bath
    • Out of hours tour at No 1 Royal Crescent
    • Private tour of Sudeley Castle
    • Private tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company
    • Afternoon Tea in Stratford
    • Tickets to a cricket match
    • Private tour of Blenheim Palace
    • Various activities in London – TBC at a later date
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • Activities are only private if specifically stated

 

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – May in England can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

 

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness England):  +44 (0)1768 721 210, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7766 794 640 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

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Accommodation

Mandarin Oriental

66 Knightsbridge | London |
SW1X 7LA | England
Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 2000
Web: mandarinoriental.com/en/london

The Royal Crescent

16 Royal Crescent | Bath |
BA1 2LS | England
Phone: +44 (0) 1225 823333
Web: royalcrescent.co.uk

Dormy House Hotel & Spa

Willersey Hill | Broadway |
WR12 7LF | England
Phone: 01386 852711
Web: dormyhouse.co.uk


Meet Your Guide

Jeremy Martin

Contact Number: 07717390103

My mum and dad were founding members of the “Rangiora Tramping Club” in New Zealand, so I grew up spending most of my weekends in the hills and valleys of Arthur’s Pass and other wild parts of New Zealand. At high school my mates and I taught ourselves to kayak by putting our boats in the school pool at lunch time and figuring it out.

Since then I’ve been working as a guide and instructor in New Zealand, Scotland, Turkey and other beautiful places.

Place to Play

Paddling in Torridon and Applecross; it’s an ancient yet dynamic place, wild yet familiar, windswept yet comforting.

Not a lot of people know this

My mum was a brownie leader, and I think I was Aberdeen’s first boy brownie. Also… when Robert the Bruce defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314 the population of New Zealand was probably zero.