Personalised guiding of the British Isles in English Italian and Romanian for groups and individuals by coach, minibus, car, train and on foot
Whether you want a walking tour of London, planning for your stay in London or anywhere else in the British Isles, a guided tour through the beautiful British countryside, I look forward to being of service. In London I qualified as an official guide in 1972 and subsequently gained additional qualifications for the British Museum, the Palace of Westminster (Parliament), Docklands and the Olympics area. I also specialise in Jewish London, Jack the Ripper and Charles Dickens walks and tours. I can meet you at the airport and whether you have a few hours or a few days can enrich your London experience.
Outside London, and without going as far as Wales or Scotland there is plenty to see by way of half or full day trip. My own specialist area is Kent which means the White Cliffs of Dover with its castle, Canterbury cathedral, gardens and stately homes. Not for nothing is the area known as the Garden of England. And that’s just for starters. Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor are all easily accessible.
I escort clients all over the British Isles and have the specific official qualification for Wales, a part of the UK few visitors know and if they do it tends to be just somewhere to rush through on the way to or from Ireland. North, Mid or South Wales, all different and all worth spending time in. Its industrial heritage of coal, slate, railways, canals and the engineering that went with it on the one hand, and on the other stunning mountain and coastal scenery, plus some very fine castles and remote churches dedicated to implausible saints, a vibrant tradition of music and poetry, with the added bonus of being a lot closer to London than is Scotland.
Although there is plenty in Wales for a week dedicated solely to it, many clients like to combine it with the West Country – all the south-west corner of England extending down into Cornwall. Quaint fishing villages once the haunt of pirates and smugglers, uniquely evocative prehistoric sites, a wealth of gardens, glorious coastal scenery and two outstanding National Parks –Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Scotland is a full day’s drive from London but it’s worth taking at least two to get there as there’s much to see on the way (there’s a lot more to England than just London!) and I would plan a route in accordance with whatever literary, architectural or scenic interests you might have. You have no doubt heard of the Highlands, whose familiar image of rugged romanticism washed down with whisky, bagpipes and kilts – and even haggis – has spread round the word thanks to the words and fame of Scott and Burns, and the Highlands are indeed stunning, a total contrast to the capital city of Edinburgh and the cultural capital which is Glasgow. But the area to the south of the big cities, the ‘Lowlands’, have a beauty all their own and should on no account be missed. And above all the glory of the Hebrides where the old Gaelic culture and language still thrive, not to mention the best whisky in the country!
Contact Mike at (+44)7799418434