According to the Office of National Statistics, holidays remain the main reason for visits to the UK, with 13.9 million holiday visits being recorded in 2016, accounting for 37% of total visits. With short trips across our shores suggestively being the pastime of the moment, the newly fashioned ‘staycation’ has reason to be recognised, and these luxury holidays and experiences offering something amazing. Confronting and contesting the longstanding thought that a holiday involves getting on a plane, Britain’s beauty is largely overlooked when opportunities to explore awaits perfectly and politely upon our doorstep.
Everyday is a journey and the journey itself is home.
The Railway Touring co – The Royal Duchy experience
Whether escaping a stressful week at work compiling to the rat race, or wanting to expand horizons by venturing to a new city, whatever you’re after there are many bespoke ways to explore Britain. The perfect summer day trip for a ride with nostalgia, The Royal Duchy experience venturing through the stunning countryside in the heart of the west country is something uniquely special. Here the Railway Touring Co offers an experience not to be missed, from travelling along the internationally famous sea wall at Dawlish to crossing Brunel’s famous Saltash Bridge into Cornwall, this extravaganza of experience is possibly one of the most bespoke ways to explore Britain. With the steam locomotives being used on the trip coming together from 1930’s to 1950’s designs, the opportunity to go premier is additionally not to be missed. With premiere dining including a custom English breakfast and three-course dinner silver served at your seat, tradition of travel and service are inherently ingrained upon this journey, for a once in a lifetime journey through Britain.
The London Helicopter – London Max
Arguably there could be no better way to see the sights than by uninterrupted air travel, an experience the London Helicopter has refined above prestige. Leaving the crowds behind, this trip that soars above all other London tourist appointments is one to be boarded. It is the London MAX route which is the ultimate ride however, with thirty minutes of private helicopter use for up to six guests. Beginning at Battersea Heliport, exploring Britain from 1,000-feet in the air Canary Wharf will be the perfect whistlestop, with Marble Arch, the Oval Cricket Ground and the St Pauls all featuring along this route. The top thing to do in the capital, the ultimate luxury picnic experience is also on offer here with Kew Gardens being the idyllic day stop off to fit between your sky ride through London.
Farlows Bespoke fishing trips – The English Chalkstream Experience
Offering bespoke and ‘tailored to you’ fishing trips, Farlows understand the importance of tranquillity, offering peace for the mind with every experience. The English chalk stream experience offers a variety of private boats on the river, with the option of having an experienced guide and instructor accompany you for the day. Launching earlier this year, Farlows travel has become the one-stop-shop to delve into sporting excellence, with a heritage of over 175 years anglers have utilised this Farlows knowledge to equip them for adventure. Now, in tailored trips like these, Farlows goes one step further, to take you right to the exploration edge here in the natural English countryside.
Beyond Travel – The British Odyssey experience
One such way of seeing Britain through a bespoke lens, is through joining the Beyond travel company with their British Odyssey experience. Harnessing the potential realised in the fact that few countries pack so much into such a small space, the famed journey from Lands end to John O’Groats is the route of choice for this expedition of excellence. With memories being made along the way, travel in a range of transports from supercars to sleeper trains and private yachts, all whilst making the occasional stop offs in the most exclusive accommodation Britain has to offer. From secret cottages to grand manors, helicopters to Landrover’s and exclusive restaurants to national trust institutions, every one of Beyond Travel’s trips are tailored to the individual. This route, departing Cornwall in a Porsche 911 before reaching the Caledonian Sleeper Train and Witchery Hotel leaves every detail considered, even featuring a moonlight sail on Loch Lomond.
Exploring Mid Wales – Bespoke Tours for the Curious mind
Through driving, cycling or hiking, Explore Mid Wales offer bespoke expedition experiences accessible in a magnitude of ways. Enticing the discovery of one of the secret places of Britain, these exclusive guided tours of the Brecon Beacons and mid-Wales are tailored to the individual, whether wanting to exercise the body or relax the mind. With options of designing a route specifically for you, extended cycle rides are particularly special. Accommodation and luggage transfer is already arranged for you in this perfect support package, with rest stops being planned accordingly to cater just for you. Whether independent tearooms are your flavour or the quintessential British pub is your stop of recovery, gentle off-road trails are offered against strenuous mountain biking with a day or a week’s cycle ride ready at the waiting. From the black mountains, the Gwyrne Valleys and around Llangorse Lake, mid-Wales has a lot to explore, and these bespoke guided tours offer a truly captivating escape.
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