If you are considering reserving a place on a Gothic Image tour, we do hope the following information will help with preparations and give you a good practical sense of what to expect on our journey together.
Arrival and departure
Tours begin and end at an airport. Details of the specific time and meeting place for your tour are in the itinerary. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped at the airport by 10am, allowing you to join a flight leaving any time after 12.30pm.
All travel on the tour is by comfortable coach or mini bus, and you are looked after by your main host Jamie George
Information provided in itineraries is as detailed as possible. There will be places we visit that are not on the itinerary and places that will be pointed out to you as we travel. We reserve the right to vary the itinerary as necessary, to provide the best possible experience under the circumstances prevailing at the time. In general we will endeavour to have lunch at around 12.30pm and dinner at around 7pm each day. With the busy itineraries we have, the distances we cover and the magic of the places we visit, it is impossible to be precise about time!
We always ensure that we spend a good amount of time at each site so that we benefit fully from the ambience and the subtle magic of the experience. These are not ‘now you see it – now you don’t’ kinds of tours, just for seeing the sights. Our focus is on experiencing the ‘spirit of place’ and the peculiar enchantment that each site offers, and learning something from it.
The pace of each tour is not rushed. There are some areas such as Glastonbury Tor and Tintagel where we climb a number of steps, but otherwise each site is easily accessible and within walking distance from the coach. Nevertheless, you will get some physical exercise!
We stay in comfortable hotels, selected for their traditional fayre, historical significance and warm atmosphere. All rooms have private facilities. Should you have any queries, problems or requests please do not hesitate to ask Jamie or the hotel reception desk. Room service and bar bills can be settled on the morning of departure from the hotel.
What to bring – what to wear
You probably know that British weather is inclined to be somewhat changeable and unpredictable! In addition, some locations, such as hilltops and islands can be exposed to whatever weather prevails at the time. In general, temperatures are 15-20°C between May and September. It is advisable to pack light clothing along with a warm jacket and woolly sweater, waterproof walking shoes or boots, waterproof jacket and hat. There may be opportunities for swimming,
so come prepared. Other items you may wish to bring are: travel alarm clock, voltage adapter, camera, and a journal for your thoughts. Most hotels supply a hair dryer but you may wish to bring your own (with voltage adapter!). Dress is informal for dinner, so that should save on packing, but please bring a dress-up outfit for the farewell evening.
Your bags are transferred from the coach into the hotels. Please ensure that when checking out of the hotel, your bags are left in the lobby before breakfast. This will reduce delays and ensure the smooth running of tours.