Guest Feedback 2017

After record numbers of guests travelling this summer, it is time to share just some of the feedback we have recevied from our guests. Those that have travelled so far have offered fantastic feedback, both constructive and helpful, allowing for further development of our tours and an even better experience for those looking to travel in 2018.

Here’s what some of our adeo Travel guests have had to say so far:

  1. “Thank you so much for planning such an incredible trip… it was exceptional”.

Teresa Larada Horner-Miller, London and Beyond, New Mexico, USA

  1. “Your service and advice was great”.

Tim Ross, Best of Britain, West Virginia, USA

  1. “Service was very good and the pre-travel advise helpful, very good information, all events we attended we were very happy with”.

Diane Hinton, Heart of England Tour, New Zealand

  1. “All in all, a great trip. Thank you so much”.

Cate Root, England by Rail, Canada

  1. “We would definitely use your services if the need arises and would recommend these to others”.

Sudha Kalyanpur, Scotland Small Group Tours, New Jersey, USA

  1. “Everything went well on our self-drive in the UK recently which you organised for us… the Hotels you selected were great and we enjoyed our stay in all of them… all in all we had a great time and once again thank you for organising all this for us-we really appreciated your expertise”.

John Whimpey, England Self-Drive, Australia

  1. “Hotel accommodation was generally of a high standard… on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour”.

Judith Merryweather, Outer Hebrides and Skye Tour, Australia

  1. “I must thank you for the wonderful organization of our holiday…. we had a wonderful holiday thanks to you and I want to say how much we appreciated all the work you put into giving us a great schedule”.

Louise Pilon, Multiple Small Group Tours, Canada

  1. “Our trip was fantastic! The rail pass worked perfectly! The itinerary plus trips to the Lake District and Orkney Islands were fabulous!”

Lauren Clarke, Great Britain by Rail, Oregon, USA

  1. “We had a wonder tour of Great Britain. Our travel contact was Darryl Walters, I spoke with him several times while planning this trip. He was very helpful, and kept in contact with us as the trip got closer… the printed information was very helpful and we relied upon it throughout the trip… we had a great time, and hope to work with you again in the future on another tour”.

Michael Benson, Highlights of Britain, Illinois, USA

  1. “If we travel to the UK again which is our intention we will certainly be in touch”.

Sean O’Sullivan, England Self-Drive, New Zealand

  1. “We had a fantastic trip. We certainly saw a lot of Scotland and the weather was actually very cooperative”.

Julie George, Scotland Self-Drive, New Hampshire, USA

  1. “We thoroughly enjoyed touring through Wales and its wonderful monuments and landscapes”.

Diane Bissen, Wales Explorer, Germany

  1. “A big thank you for arranging the trip for us – it was certainly a “trip of a lifetime”. There are NO complaints whatsoever – everything went well and smoothly with all the trip… and we were lucky enough to see Obama and the Queen”.

Nigel van Cuylenburg, Great Britain Tour, Australia

  1. “Overall great… adeo and Darryl did great job and offered continual support through trip…”

Pippa Wiley, England Self-Drive, Texas, USA

  1. “We really enjoyed the trip to Scotland. The services that adeo provided were very good, the printed info was helpful”.

Marcia Parry, A Scottish Journey, New York, USA

  1. “Everything was satisfactory. Prior to tour all communication was excellent. We appreciated all the prompt emails and tour itinerary as well as the literature received from our guide. Itinerary, coach and guide were excellent”.

David Stahl, Private Group Tour, Florida, USA

  1. “Thanks again for all of your help. The trip was fantastic and we will have many beautiful memories for years to come”.

Toby Mandelman, Great Britain Tour, Canada

  1. “We had the most fabulous time in the UK… your suggested itinerary pointers were very helpful in conjunction with our own list of “must see” places to go… we were blown away by the quality and nature of the accommodations you booked on our behalf… we will definitely make contact for our future trips to the UK”.

Joanne Link, Castles and Manors of England and Wales, Australia

  1. “I was really happy with the itinerary you provided and the suggestions for things to see or do. As far as I was concerned it was just right… the hotels were great, all handy to everything, well done. Keep doing it the way you are, it is obvious you know what you are doing, your experience and knowledge shows. You respond promptly to messages and emails and I felt like a valued customer… thanks for helping to make Scotland so enjoyable for me”.

Jack Barker, Explore Scotland by Rail, Australia

  1. “We so enjoyed the trip that we would certainly use you again… the pre-tour pack arrived on time and was relevant and useful, especially the maps, and your communication in response to queries was very quick”.

John Crocker, Wonders of Wales, New Zealand

  1. “We had a wonderful time and agreed that even after 18 days, we weren’t really ready to come home and that is definitely a first. I have already recommended Adeo to several acquaintances who are interested in doing something similar. We had a wonderful time”.

Susan Sieloff, Great Britain by Rail, Massachusetts, USA

  1. “Our trip was great, thanks to your planning. Used all your planning info and appreciated your input into side trips etc… hotels were all great locations, clean and very helpful staff… thank you again for a well-planned holiday in your beautiful country”.

Louise Stafford, England and Wales by Rail, Canada

  1. “The trip went very well. Car hire service was excellent could not be faulted. Likewise, the accommodation you selected was first class and very enjoyable and thank you for booking Rick Steins in Padstow it was all we expected and more”.

Allan Hilless, West Country Legends, Australia

  1. “I am pleased to report that our trip to Scotland and England was a great success! All four of our traveling party were impressed with the accommodations and services provided through adeo Travel, and would give a highest rating to our travel package”.

Leland Anderson, Scottish Dream Coach-Tour, Idaho, USA

  1. “Patti and I would like to sincerely thank you for the superior customer service and attention to detail your team provided for our recent vacation in the U.K. adeo Travel provided an affordable, exciting vacation to beautiful and unforgettable locations while always making themselves available for questions and concerns. I’ve travelled a lot over the past 30 years… adeo Travel is second to none! 4 Stars! Thanks so much!”.

Barbara Hurt, Great Britain Tour, Idaho, USA

  1. “I would like to thank you for all your efforts in arranging all aspects of this trip. We had a great time… our travel contact was outstanding in their efforts to provide all we wanted and accommodated all our additional requests during the planning stage and gave us helpful advice”.

Allan Wilcock, Great Britain Tour, Australia

  1. “We received fantastic service from our Adeo travel contact, Amy, who answered all of our questions patiently. She gave accurate and comprehensive information about the tour, sights and travel information. She also went the extra mile to provide additional guidance for getting from place to place, which turned out to be absolutely essential for us”.

Shin Min Thng, Wales Self-Drive, Singapore

  1. “We really had a great time in Scotland!… overall with the entire trip we are WELL satisfied and happy with the services you and your company provided. I thank you and your team for everything you have done. We will definitely be in need of your assistance on our next trip. Thank you adeo and thank you on a very personal level to Shane. Amazing!”.

Sherry McNett, Scotland Self-Drive, Florida, USA

  1. “The trip was great, long drives along the countryside with pitstops to take photos. We had an amazing time and we truly wouldn’t have been able to plan it all without your help”.

Sara Cheong, British Journey, Hong Kong

  1. “Your booking process and correspondence prior to our trip was exceptional. Very efficient and thorough. The suggested itinerary and directions were great… overall we had a great time and plan to go back to Wales in the future. We are also likely to book one of your Scottish Tours and would certainly recommend Adeo Travel to our family and friends”.

Graeme Carpenter, Castles and Manors of Wales, Kent, England

If the above comments have made you dream of following in their footsteps, why not get in touch and we can discuss a potential trip to Britain? We cater to both guests looking for self-drive tours, and those who would prefer to travel to rail, small-group or coach.

New to 2017, we now have city breaks in locations such as Cardiff, London and Edinburgh!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Top Tips for Driving in the UK!

The vast majority of our guests here at adeo Travel choose a driving-tour of Britain; it is the simply the most flexible and convenient way to explore the countryside, villages and historic sites of England, Scotland and Wales at your own leisure. Driving on the “wrong” side of the road can come with its own concerns – but worry not, most of our clients tell us they get used to it remarkably quickly and with our extra tips you’ll be taking to driving on the left like a fish to water!

Book an Automatic Car

The vast majority of people here in Britain drive manual transmission (or stick) vehicles; for this reason automatics are more rare with rental agents and carry a supplement. We’d recommend an automatic transmission for overseas visitors – not having to change gear gives you one less thing to think about when adapting to driving on the other side. Simply request one and we’ll include it in your proposal.

Bring a GPS

Basic road directions to each of your overnight accommodations are included in your travel pack as standard on any adeo Travel driving tour, however using a GPS (or Sat Nav as we call it here in Britain) can give you that extra reassurance when navigating. GPS systems can be hired from the car rental desk on arrival but can be costly, so we recommend bringing your own device – just don’t forget to download maps for the UK in advance of your trip.

Embrace our Roundabouts

Here in Britain we share most of the same rules of the road as in North America and Australia; but one thing often noted by our clients is that we have many more roundabouts (or road-circles / rotary junctions). They may seem confusing at first but they actually work well to ensure a smooth flow of traffic; you simply have to heed or “give-way” to vehicles already on the roundabout (coming from the right). When it’s clear you can proceed on to the roundabout system and continue clockwise until you reach the exit you need. The beauty of a roundabout is that you can continue round as many times as you like until you find the right exit.

Stay Left, but not too much!

Here in Britain we drive on the left so don’t forget to stick to the correct side of the road! However, when you’re sat in the opposite side of the vehicle it can sometimes feel a little like you’re erring too much in to the middle of the road; obviously you don’t want to be driving towards oncoming traffic but fight the urge to hug the hedgerow or curb too much – you don’t want to scrape the left-hand wheels or clip anything in the verge.

Don’t go for the smallest vehicle

Our roads here in Britain can be smaller and narrower than many in other parts of the world, especially once you get off the beaten track and in to the country’s more rural areas. It can therefore be instinctive to go for an economy (smallest) class of vehicle. But we would recommend something larger like a compact model (Ford Focus or similar). We find this size of vehicle is better for touring offering greater luggage room and more power for the highways, whilst still not feeling too large to handle on our country roads.

Take your time

The beauty of England, Scotland and Wales is our wonderful natural landscapes; however roads that traverse rolling hills and through historic villages are inevitably slower than flat straight highways! Give yourself plenty of time to take your daily journeys so that you can travel at a comfortable pace for yourself. And of course, you’ll want to have plenty of time to make sightseeing stops en route!

Understand your car

When picking up your vehicle you may be eager to get on the road to start exploring, but taking your time at the rental office can save time and concern later. Make sure you fully understand the vehicle; where are the headlamp and windshield wiper controls? What type of fuel does the vehicle take? And how do you operate the Air Con? Ask lots of questions to the rental agent or if need be, take a drive around the parking lot to get used to the particular model. Either way, ensure you’re comfortable before heading out on to the open road.

Buy a Highway Code

The entire rules of the road in the UK can be found in one book – the Highway Code. This little book can be picked up in any bookstore here in Britain for just a couple of pounds or can be purchased in advance by ordering online or in any good bookstore in your home nation. Either skim read ahead of time or use as a handy reference during your travel just to clarify if there are any road-signs or markings that you’re not sure of.

Use your Road Map

GPS units are great for detailed directions

when you’re in a town and searching for a particular address, but they will always give you a most direct route, the beauty of a driving-tour of Britain is taking the quieter backroads or more scenic routes. When booking a self-drive tour with adeo Travel we always provide an overview driving map in your travel pack perfect for advance planning, plotting potential sites or routes and gaining your bearings on your daily itinerary.

Know your speeds and Distances

Unlike pretty much the entire rest of Europe, here in Britain we measure our distances in miles, and therefore our speed limits in miles-per-hour. This will be natural for some of our overseas guests and not so for others. Speed-limits are usually clearly signed but if in doubt it is generally 30mph in

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built-up areas, 60mph on country single-carriageway roads and 70mph on our motorways (highways).

Hopefully now any doubts you had regarding driving in Britain have now been allayed and you’re raring to go on your driving tour of the UK. However, if you do have any questions about driving, there is plenty more information on our website here or simply rest-assured that your experienced adeo Travel agent is on hand to offer their expert advice. So why not let us know which areas you want to explore and we’ll help you put together your perfect driving tour itinerary for your trip to Britain!

Check out our driving tours here.

Driving in Britain not for you? We offer a range of rail, traditional coach tour or small-group itineraries, simply get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise on what tour would be best for you!

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Top Ten Tips for a Rail Tour of England

Since its Victorian era heyday, rail travel has been a major means of transport for us Brits and a popular way for overseas visitors to explore Britain. With a far-reaching network, quality service providers and frequent connections coupled with the range of flexible passes and superb value offered by the Britrail scheme, Britain, and England in particular, is an excellent destination to explore by rail. So if you don’t fancy joining a large coach group and want to ditch the rental vehicle, why not hop aboard a train to traverse Britain.  Here’s our top-ten tips and practical advice for your independent rail tour:

  1. Pack light

This may seem obvious but pack as light as possible – there is no porterage service or luggage assistance at the train stations so you’ll need to be able to manage your own bags.  For this reason, we recommend you travel with minimal luggage, ideally no more than a mid-size bag or suitcase with wheels and one item of hand luggage such as a small rucksack. Most stations will have elevator access to the platforms but it is easier if you’re able to carry your case up or down a short flight of stairs, at the very least you would need to be capable of lifting your bags up two or three steps to board the train.

  1. Avoid the rush hour

You’re on holiday so have a lie in or enjoy a leisurely breakfast! It may be tempting to get your journey underway early but by waiting until after 9am to board the train you’ll avoid the local commuters which means less crowded platforms and quieter carriages meaning more space and a more enjoyable journey!

  1. Download an app

All adeo Travel rail tours include full printed service and departure information in your travel pack, but if you’re travelling with a smart-phone or tablet, we recommend that you download a rail app too. Most are easy to use and offer up-to-the-minute schedule information so that you can check your journeys and keep on top of any local service changes or potential delays. Ask your adeo Travel advisor for the best rail apps to download.

  1. Give yourself time

Britrail passes off amazing flexibility allowing you to choose any departure time for your journey without pre-booking times and seats, however if you’re aiming for a particular service ensure you give yourself plenty of time to catch it. If you plan to get to the station on foot, check how long the walk will take you before you set off. Or if you plan to take a cab, you can ask your concierge or hotel receptionist to pre-book one for your planned departure the night before.  Bear in mind that it can take time within the station to pass through ticket barriers and reach the correct platform, especially in larger stations.

  1. Stay central

It may be tempting to book low-cost hotels away from the town-centre or guest house accommodation located in the residential suburbs, however we would generally recommend centrally located hotels and all adeo Travel rail tours include central accommodation as standard. Even if you choose to take a taxi to/from the station when you are transferring your luggage, you still want to be in a downtown location to ensure you can easily explore the destination on foot; extra time and money spent in cabs could be better spent on enjoying your trip!

  1. Ask for help

Generally, the staff on the railways are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly; if you need help to figure out a timetable, check a platform or clarify a connection, simply ask someone – there are ample staff and ticket conductors, platform staff and barrier attendants will all be more than willing to help.

  1. Do day tours in rural areas

Many British cities are compact and easily explored on foot; rural areas on the other hand can be difficult to explore by rail as many smaller towns and villages no longer have operational railway stations. Our recommended solution is to combine your rail tour with pre-booked day-tours in selected destinations.  Small-group operators offer excellent insight in to countryside regions such as the Lake District, Yorkshire and South Wales but don’t forget to pre-book as they prove popular in the Summer months! If you want recommendations on such tours, simply ask your adeo Travel expert.

  1. Check seat reservations

Many train carriages will have reserved seating denoted by a ticket or digital panel – it may seem that many seats are reserved but always check the tickets; seat reservations are often only in place between selected destinations on the route – if you check the tickets you’ll find that the traveller may not be boarding the train until later on the journey or indeed may already have alighted at a previous stop. If a seat is left free, just use it.  If the owner of the seat reservation comes along, they’ll just politely ask you to move.

  1. Use your passes to their full potential

One of the real benefits of the Britrail scheme is the value the passes offer.  They are specifically designed and valid only for overseas visitors. They provide completely unlimited travel on each day of use, so don’t just set aside your ticket once you’ve arrived in your overnight destination – drop off your luggage at the hotel and get back on the rails to explore the surrounding towns and villages accessible by train.

  1. Enjoy the views

It can be tempting to bury your head in the newspaper or become glued to your phone as you travel between destinations, but don’t forget to look up occasionally; Britain is home to some of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys, and you can enjoy stunning vistas of coast and countryside on your travels by rail. The beauty of a rail tour is that you can sit back and lose yourself in England’s landscapes. Just ask your adeo Travel advisor if you want to include any particularly picturesque or famous routes.

We hope our tips have been helpful – when booking a rail tours with adeo Travel you’ll benefit from our local expertise every step of the way.  We are official Britrail agents and we regularly ride the rails of Britain in our daily lives.  For a full selection of our rail tours please click here.  Alternatively, for a fully customized rail tours simply enquire here.

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Top Ten Visitor Destinations in Britain – Traveller’s Choice.

We’re often asked what Britain’s best visitor destinations are – but with three countries, dozens of bustling cities and expansive and contrasting areas of natural beauty to choose from, it’s not a question easily answered! So on this occasion we can dodge the question and look to you, the visitor, to answer it…

A major online review site has recently released their 2016 traveller’s choice awards – using a complex algorithm based both quality and quantity of local destination and attraction reviews by visitors over the last twelve months, Trip Advisor have compiled a top-ten list of UK destinations.  The list throws up some obvious choices, but also some real gems; so, as local travel experts, do we agree…?  Here’s the list, and our thoughts:

10. Manchester

Often overlooked by the international visitor, Manchester has so much to offer! Home to England’s leading soccer team (ManchesterUnited), the national soap opera (Coronation Street) and internationally renowned museums, shopping and nightlife, Manchester has something for everyone.

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  1. 9. Glasgow

Scotland’s second city was recently named as a top international destination for 2016, and with good reason.  A hub for modern Scottish culture, Glasgow also boasts grand Georgian architecture, world-class museums and hallmarks of Scotland’s industrial heritage.

8. Bath

One of our favourite spots in Britain and arguably England’s prettiest town, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage city.  With elegant Regency architecture and a history which dates back to the Roman Empire, Bath is simply a must-visit for travellers exploring England.

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7. York

Another of adeo Travel’s choice destinations, set amidst the scenic Yorkshire Dales and Moors, York is simply packed with history – discover how the Vikings invaded, explore the cobbled Shambles, walk the medieval town walls & gates and visit Europe’s largest gothic cathedral at the masterpiece of York Minster.

6. Torquay

Possibly best known as the home of Basil Fawlty’s less-than hospitable hotel in John Cleese’s seventies sitcom, Torquay has experienced a resurgence in recent years; this pretty Devonshire harbour-town is at the heart of the “English Riviera” coastline and has the wild landscapes of the Dartmoor National Park on its doorstep.

5. Blackpool

Not one often requested by our international guests, Blackpool is a seaside resort on Northern England’s Lancashire coast. Home to an annual coloured lights festival, donkey-rides on the beach, traditional games arcades and the famous tower ballroom there’s no doubt the town holds a certain nostalgia for Briton’s and their childhood seaside holidays.wales_llandudno

4. Llandudno

A picturesque Victorian seaside resort on the North Wales coast, Llandudno boasts a beautiful sweeping bay, historic pier and elegant promenade not to mention Britain’s only cable-hauled tramway (which dates back to 1902) and the Great Orme headland and nature reserve.  And just a stone’s throw from Conwy Castle and the Snowdonia National Park, Llandudno is definitely one we’d recommend.

3. Liverpool

The home-town of the World’s best known pop group, the wealth of Beatles’ related cultural sites is enough to put Liverpool on the map; but the city has much more besides including two magnificent cathedrals, dozens of listed historic buildings, the famous Albert Docks and a rich maritime heritage.

2. Edinburgh

Scotland’s enchanting capital, Edinburgh offers architectural beauty, an ancient history, major Scottish political and heritage sites and a leading international cultural festival. The must-see Scotland destination and gateway to the renowned Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh deservedly holds the second spot of this top-ten.

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  1. 1. London

Britain’s top-rating location, incidentally, London also tops the list of international destinations.  A thriving metropolis, the English capital leads in terms of sport, politics, commerce and culture. Playing host to a wealth of historical and heritage landmarks, recognisable the world-over, London is truly a global destination and unsurprisingly features at the premier position of Britain’s top-ten visitor destinations.

Discover any of the above Britain destinations on one of adeo Travel’s self-drive tours or rail tours which can be entirely customised to suit your travel requirements and preferences.