Category Archives: Visit England

Free Travel Concierge Service Launched for UK Visitors

Best Value Tours have launched a free travel concierge service for visitors to the UK

Not sure what you are looking for ?Virtul Concierge Service

How do we get to Paris ?

Need help planning your trip ?

Not sure of the best European tour option ?

Not sure the best way to visit Scotland ?

Coach tour or train tour ?

Budget or luxury ?

We are here for you………….

Simply email us or fill out our simple online form and one of experienced U.K travel staff will reply with a competent swift reply.
http://bestvaluetours.co.uk/tour-of-england/london-tours/london-concierge-service-279

OUR BIG PROMISES TO YOU ARE

CHOICE: The best possible choice of sightseeing tours, transport and attraction

ADVICE: Simple, impartial advise to help find whats best for you

PRICE: Prices that match or beat the operators

SUPPORT: Support before, during and after your experience, you have experienced our services

Award Winning Travel Team Our dedicated and experienced reservation team know more about the sightseeing tours we offer than anyone else and always on hand to help with any enquiries and help you plan your trip. We go the extra mile to ensure your booking process is smooth, and guarantee to respond to all enquires within 6 hours.

U.K Travel Experts

Our extensively and on-going trained , professional British travel staff will respond with best advice to any of your queries , concerns and requirements. They will help you with anything from planning your U.K. itinerary , to assisting you with the booking , helping you to save precious time and money. Nothing is too much trouble even if it’s just a question of the best clothes to bring or general information to get the most out of your booking

Expert destination knowledge

Our expert Tour Consultants have all travelled extensively throughout the U.K and Europe. We have the experience to make travel arrangements of the highest calibre.

EMAIL: experts@BestValuetours.co.uk

Excellence comes as standard

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Tax Free Shopping for international travellers leaving the UK

In the UK, Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on many goods and services. Tax Free Shopping allows travellers leaving the European Union (EU) to get a VAT refund on goods they buy here and take home. It cannot be used for services. (including sightseeing tours)

In most cases, the shop or refund company will charge you a fee for using Tax Free Shopping. They will take the money out of your VAT refund.Tax free shopping in London

VAT refunds for visitors to the UK

In the United Kingdom, Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on many goods and services. If you are visiting from another country you may be entitled to a refund of the VAT on goods you buy from shops that offer Tax Free Shopping (also known as the Retail Export Scheme).

Tax Free Shopping allows travellers leaving the European Union (EU) to get a VAT refund on goods they buy here and take home. It cannot be used for services.

This guide explains when you are entitled to a VAT refund and what you have to do to get one. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm

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English travel books to read before you visit.

What better way to get acquainted with England than by reading someone else’s adventures? Here are some of our favourite books about English travel, along with a few tomes exploring the quirkier side of this sceptred isle.

Notes from a Small IslandNotes from a Small Island is a bestselling memoir by the American-born author Bill Bryson, based on trips around Britain in the 1970s and ’80s. Employing Bryson’s trademark fussy style and self-deprecating wit, it’s incisive, observant and very funny.

 

 

 

 

In Search of EnglandIn Search of England by HV Morton is one of the classic prewar English travelogues, written by a veteran Daily Express columnist in the 1920s. The language is old-fashioned, but it makes a fascinating companion to more modern texts.

 

 

 

 

Strange Laws of Old EnglandNigel Cawthorne’s The Strange Laws of Old England explores lots of weird and wonderful laws on the English statute book. Required reading if you’re planning on entering Parliament in a suit of armour or transporting corpses in a London cab.

 

 

 

 

EnglandIn England: 1000 Things You Need To Know, Nicolas Hobbes examines lots of quintessentially English things, from the people, legends and events that have shaped the nation’s history through to the origins of stilton, roast beef and the Royal Mail.

 

 

 

 

In Search of the English EccentricAnother investigation into ‘Englishness’ is In Search of the English Eccentric by Henry Hemming – a poised, perceptive and frequently hilarious exploration of some of the nation’s eccentrics, including crop-circle makers, a man who thinks he’s the reincarnation of King Arthur, and Captain Beany, who likes to spend his days bathing in baked beans.

 

 

 

Pies and PrejudicePies and Prejudice: In Search of the North is a whimsical journey through England’s northerly counties by British radio DJ Stuart Maconie, a ‘Northerner in exile’, who returns to his roots to discover the truth about life Up North.

 

 

 

 

 

The Water RoadPaul Gogarty’s The Water Road travels along England’s canals between London and the Humber, Severn and Mersey, colloquially known as the ‘Cut’ or the ‘Grand Cross’. It’s a mix of historical account and modernday travelogue; Gogarty relates a similar trip around English shores in The Coast Road.

 

 

 

 

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here

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Small Group Private Guided Tours From London

Design your own day tour, go where you want, stay as long as you want

If you are travelling as a small group, you can design your own day trip or simply select one of our regular itineraries but have exclusive use of the vehicle for the day. We will collect you from any location in Central London, Salisbury, Bath or Oxford. The duration of our tours vary from 10.5 to 12 hours, depending on the places that you are visiting..

Design your our own sightseeing day tour

  • Exclusive use of our high quality air conditioned Mercedes mini-coaches and some of the most experienced driver/guides in Britain
  • Door to door service (from Central London)
  • Create your own itinerary or take any of our regular tour routes – the choice is yours!
  • Ideal travel solution for Special Access tours to Stonehenge

Touring Areas

Day tours from London visit crudely one of 3 regions of England. Most tours will visit a permutation of two or three attractions within each region.   The regions are:   West of London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Winchester, Salisbury, Avebury, Lacock, Bath, Glastonbury, Oxford.   North West of London: Oxford, Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick Castle.   South East of London: Canterbury, Dover, Leeds Castle.

Vehicles, Driver/Guides + Scope Of Private Tours

We have a range of touring vehicles with capacities ranging from 8 to 16 seats. We charge a flat fee per vehicle, (not person) for the day, this includes the bus and services of the driver.

We offer a range of options for the driver depending on your groups requirements..

The day is yours, the only rules are imposed by UK law – no smoking on buses and driving hours and breaks governed by UK law. Otherwise you’re free to go where you want to go, when you want to go. We will spend time with you during the planning phase in making sure the itinerary is realistic and suited to your individual group.

One Stop Solution / Transfer Tours

We can offer small groups a one stop travel solution including transfers as well as tours. We also specialise in tour transfers between the cruise ports, Southampton and Dover and London hotels and airports.

Bespoke Private guided Tour Information – click here
We offer an extensive range of daily small group guided tours – click here

Email us for a rapid quote – bespoke@sightseeingtours.co.uk

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VisitBritain to capitalise on Olympics with new campaign

VisitBritain is seeking to capitalise on the success of London 2012 by launching the next stage of its multi-million pound GREAT inbound tourism campaign.

A £13.5 million marketing push has gone live with airlines, hotels and operators offering special deals to attract overseas travellers.

New research released by the national tourism agency shows that in cities with GREAT activity – launched ahead of the London Olympics – 75% of recent travellers would now consider a holiday in Britain.

The image campaign – which is targeting 14 cities in nine countries including Brazil, the US, Germany, India and Australia – is believed to have reached more than 90 million people so far.

The latest phase includes a seven month run of print advertising in National Geographic, advertorials in Time Out and on Yahoo!.

A new TV advert, ‘Memories are GREAT’, including images from the Olympic opening ceremony, is being positioned on leading consumer websites across the world.

A partnership with British Airways will see £5 million being invested in the US, India, China, Japan and the Middle East, encouraging people to visit the UK for Christmas shopping and the January sales.

VisitBritain is working with STA Travel to promote Britain for music, culture and shopping.

A digital campaign is planned with Expedia in France, Germany and Italy, while a shopping campaign with Virgin Australia is also underway, with a mixture of digital, radio, print and trade advertising.

VisitBritain marketing director Laurence Bresh said: “The main event may be over, but the hard work begins now.

“Britain’s image and reputation around the world is riding high; this next stage of our GREAT campaign aims to convert worldwide interest into increased bookings.

“We’ve captured the world’s imagination on TV screens over the last few weeks, and now is the time to inspire them to come to Britain.”

VisitBritain’s four-year £125 million marketing campaign aims to influence an extra 4.6 million people to choose Britain for their next holiday.

If successful, this would would help inject an additional £2.3 billion to the UK economy by the end of 2015.
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