If you are travelling to the UK or wish to entertain a client for the day, a private tour in a chauffeur driven cars or people carrier for the day, to include Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury is simply a must.
Stonehenge was built approximately 5000 years ago and at that time it was an engineering feat requiring vast amounts of labour. As one of Britain’s national treasures, it symbolises power, mystery and endurance. Whilst it is not clear why it was built, many speculate that it was constructed as a temple of worship and some claim it was a sacred site for the burial of VIP’s. It is unlikely we shall ever know, so we continue to speculate and perhaps this is one of the joys. Nevertheless, it remains a national icon and a place high on most peoples list of places to visit in England.
Legend has it that Bath was founded in 860BC when Prince Bladud caught leprosy and was forced to look after pigs. The Prince found that the pigs, were suffering from a skin disease but were cured after they had rolled in the hot mud and decided to try it himself, he was cured of leprosy. Although no-one truly knows how the health giving qualities of the Bath springs became known, there is some evidence that the Romans were aware, given they built a temple there around 50AD. The Saxons were to later capture Bath in 570AD. In the 12th century, a great abbey was built which dominated Bath and the present buildings date from the very end of this Medieval period. During the 16th and 17th centuries, with the decline of the wool trade, Bath came to rely on the income generated from the people arriving to bathe in the natural springs hoping for a cure. During the 18th century, Bath was viewed as a fashionable place and many building were constructed including, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, The Circus, the Assembly Rooms and Margaret Chapel.
The Royal Theatre was built in 1805 and Royal Victoria Park was laid out in 1830, with Parade Bridge being constructed 5 years later. In 1880, the old Roman Baths were rediscovered. In 1987, Bath was named a World Heritage Site and the Bath museum was opened in 1992. Today, bath thrives on tourism, aided by the new spa that was opened in 2006 and the population has increased to nearly 85,000.
Salisbury was originally an iron age fort built on Salisbury Hill which is around 2 miles north of the current town centre. However, the modern town of Salisbury is believed to have began around the year 1217, it is said that was because there was a shortage of water on the hill. The town of Salisbury was given its charter 10 years later. Part of the success of the town has been put down to the fact that Exeter was a large and important town and Salisbury was positioned perfectly between London and Exeter. Work on Salisbury cathedral began in 1220 with the tower and spire added in 1334. In 1269 Salisbury was divided into 3 different parishes and in the same century The Bishops Palace was constructed. The House of John A’Port in Queen Street was built in the 15th century.
For those that wish to explore the rich history of Britain through the ages, this tour is an absolute must and will represent one which will be remembered for a very long time. This tour can be further enhanced by included an experienced tour guide who will be able to provide a running commentary of the history of each place.
The type of chauffeur driven car or people carrier will also be critical for this day long tour and there is a wide range to choose from. You can elect to minimise the cost by using a top of the range, but entry level vehicle such as the class leading Chrysler 300, or for the comfort of a larger executive vehicle with an extended wheel base such as the Jaguar XJ (LWB) or Mercedes S Class (LWB). For larger groups, people carriers can also be provided which can seat up to 8 passengers, provided one is seated in the front. If you are seeking to hire the services of a professional tour guide, then a good choice for up to 4 passengers, would be a Mercedes people carrier, providing armchair comfort for 4 passengers and leaving the front passenger seat available for the guide. Alternatively, if the tour is for two people and a tour guide, then any of the wide range of chauffeur driven cars can be utilised.
Another option for tours is the traditional American stretched limousine. These are licensed to carry up to 8 passengers and some have a separate front passenger seat, therefore, these remain an excellent choice for larger groups, where 6 or 7 passengers could be seated in the rear and the tour guide in the front. The customer can determine the itinerary, or leave it to the professionals, the customer can opt to employ a guide or complete their own research and finally, the customer decides on the most appropriate chauffeur driven car for the tour.
Cars for Stars is an established, London based, award winning company providing a full range of chauffeur driven cars, people carriers and American stretched limousines. Cars for Stars is a licensed Private Hire Operator through the Public Carriage Office (PCO). Similarly, all chauffeur driven vehicles offered for hire are licensed by the PCO, as are the Chauffeurs. All of Cars for Stars Chauffeurs are experienced and mature and in order to gain the PCO Licence, they will have had to pass a medical and criminal records bureau check.
Cars for Stars offers a range of chauffeur driven cars and people carriers. This includes entry level (but no less popular) vehicles, such as the Chrysler 300 and Mercedes E Class, executive chauffeur cars which would include the BMW 7 Series (LWB), Mercedes S Class (LWB), Audi A8 and the all new Jaguar XJ (LWB). Top of the range chauffeur cars include the Bentley Arnage, Rolls Royce Phantom and Maybach 62. People carriers offered are the top of the range Mercedes Viano, with seating for 5, 7 or 8 passengers, depending on the level of room and comfort sought. American stretched limousines are available in a range of colours from the popular white, through to the favourite for tours, a silver stretched Chrysler 300 and the unusual, such as the candy apple red Hummer of Chrysler limousines.