'Showing you the Real Britain'
A welcome from michael
Welcome to Unique Tours of Britain. I am Michael Osborne. I studied Mediaeval and Modern History at London University where I achieved a B.A. Honours degree. I operate historical chauffeur-driven tours across England, Wales and Scotland.
Far from the madding crowds and coachloads of tourists, I will take you down winding country lanes to explore what I like to call the real Britain, from day trips visiting quaint village pubs, churches and romantic castles to residential tours exploring smugglers' haunts or Yorkshire.
All my exclusive tours are for up to six people by luxury SUV, and accommodation on residential tours is in private period homes or beautiful, historic hotels.
Looking for a custom-made Unique Tour of Britain? I can also tailor specialist residential trips based on your personal preferences.
Do you have a day's layover and want to be inspired by the hidden gems of South-East England?
Sit back, relax and let your history expert guide Michael whisk you away from the tourist traps to discover the idyllic English countryside, starting from Gatwick Airport. From unique landscapes and Tudor cottages to mediaeval pubs and royal castles, Michael will show you the surprising secrets and curiosities of Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Unique Tours of Britain day tours are available for one to six people in a luxury SUV. All clients are collected from Gatwick Airport around 9am and returned to their hotel, address or Gatwick Airport train station by 5pm, which allows a full eight-hour day's sightseeing.
Clients arriving from central London are advised to take the Gatwick Express train, which leaves every 15 minutes from Victoria station and takes 30 minutes to reach Gatwick Airport.
The cost of a day tour is 380 GBP, payable on the day, which covers one to three persons. For four to six persons, the cost will be 470 GBP (these prices are per car, NOT per person)
For clients wanting to more fully explore the UK's history, and perhaps even their own, try Unique Tours of Britain's all-inclusive 10-day residential experience.
You can either choose from a menu of 12 pre-planned tours crafted on individual themes or request your very own custom-made historic tour based on your personal interests.
On each unique themed residential tour, Michael will immerse you in the wonders of Britain's heritage based on your chosen subject, from classic literature to the Scottish Highlands. Places you will visit and accommodation you will stay at, will fit your chosen theme, from castles and Victorian mansions to windmills and lighthouses.
If you would like a custom-made tour not listed, Michael can work with you to tailor an itinerary that meets your requirements.
For residential tours only, we offer a door-to-door service, collecting and returning you to anywhere in England.
Residential tours cost 380 GBP per person per day (including accommodation) for a maximum of six people. Your tour is secured by a 20% deposit.
For One-Day Tours: No deposit is required. You pay on the day - £380 (1-3 persons) or £470 (4-6 persons). One-Day Tours are paid for in Cash (in GBP) or, if preferred, by Bank Transfer.
For Residential Tours: On receipt of a 20% deposit, your tour will be confirmed and a detailed daily itinerary will be sent to you including all your accommodation. Residential Tours are paid for by Bank Transfer or, if preferred, Cash (in GBP) is accepted.
Balance (Residential Tours Only)
The remaining 80% of the Residential Tour Cost is due no later than 2 months before the Tour Start Date. Residential Tours are paid for by Bank Transfer or, if preferred, Cash (in GBP) is accepted.
There is a single supplement charge of 30% for clients taking a residential tour on their own or taking single occupancy of a twin/double room.
Cancellations (Residential Tours Only)
A refund of 70% of the full amount is only given when an email cancellation is received by Unique Tours of Britain not less than two months before the start date of the tour.
All-inclusive includes all transfers, all morning coffees, all entrance fees to itinerary attractions, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners. This includes all food and drinks (except alcohol) and all accommodation.
For tour enquiries, please contact Michael Osborne at:
or call +44 (0) 777 1784303
When enquiring about your tour options, please consider including the following:
Any special interests you might like to include in your tour
The date on which you would like to have the tour
How many people will be on the tour
The tour type that you want or your preferred locations
The tour date(s)
How many people will be on the tour
Your preferred room type (single, double or twin)
Your preferred type of accommodation
REVIEWS AND GALLERY
"Michael Osborne is at the top of our list for experiencing the best of Britain. He has given us the real insight to this wonderful part of the world. We have traveled with him numerous times through England, Scotland, and Wales, including the best parts of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, the Lake District, the Inner Hebrides, Cornwall, and the lovely, uncrowded countryside of Wales. Michael is an expert in both British and American history and is eager to share his knowledge.
Michael always finds the most interesting lodgings for us to experience. These have included manor houses, historic pubs, Sir Walter Raleigh’s birthplace, an oast house, and a working mill.
Since there are only the two of us, we have always traveled in comfortable motor cars and have been able to get on back roads where motor coaches would never be able to go. Sometimes we’ve run across unexpected sights such as sheep dog trials, Gypsy caravans and cart races, and even had dinner next to a table where a member of the Royal Family was eating. We never would have known it without Michael.
We are looking forward to our next adventure with Michael and would not hesitate to recommend his Unique Tours of Britain to anyone who would like to see that part of the world from the inside out."
-Roy and Pam Benson (Green Valley, Arizona, USA)