As I write this in February 2021, it is obviously disappointing to have seen the upsurge in Covid-19, not just in Canada but also in the UK, Europe and around the world. As more and more of us receive the vaccination there is reason for hope but any speculation on when travel, real travel, will be possible again is just that, speculation. Be assured, however, that when conditions do improve, and you are ready to travel again, we will be ready and willing to help you with your plans. All our suppliers, airlines, hotels, tour and transfer companies etc. are constantly upgrading their protocols for when that day comes.
Be ready, stay positive!
This is our 22nd year of operation offering, once again, so many ideas for travel throughout Britain & continental Europe. Here is a summary of some of the travel ideas we are pleased to offer for 2021 and beyond.
Independent small group travel: 2021 may well be the year to put together a small group of your own, be it family or friends, either self-drive or with your own driver/guide. Our knowledgeable agents can help you design your very own itinerary or pick one of our many tour itineraries and let us customize it for your group.
Small-coach Touring: What has evolved over many years is the popularity of touring in a small, 16 to 18 seat mini-coach, as against the huge 48 seaters, and we have been leaders in offering the joys and benefits of small-coach touring.
Firstly, you can “experience the road less travelled” with Blue Roads Tours (formerly Back Roads Touring) who have been setting the standard for high-quality, mini-coach tours since the 1990s. DHTour has been with them from the beginning as they continue to expand throughout Britain and continental Europe..
We have a great selection of Bed ‘n Breakfast touring suggestions throughout the U.K. and Ireland, also in mini, 16 seat coaches, ranging from 1 night stays to 2 or 3 weeks and longer! The plans we had to introduce a wonderful series of B ‘n B itineraries in Europe in 2020 have been put on hold for 2021.
Discover More: Mini-coach touring, but with a difference – our Discover More tours. That difference is that you stay, for 3, 4 or 7 nights, at one of 18 wonderful Country House hotel locations throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The country house becomes your base while visiting the surrounding areas, again in a 16-seater mini-coach with a local guide. From these same country house hotels we also offer Walking tours and visits to some of Britain’s finest Gardens. British heritage at its best!
As usual, we have everything you need for London – including tours to “Downton Abbey” – and can help you with independent or escorted travel to virtually anywhere in the world. Our experienced Travel Counsellors are here to help.
President, Dorchester Travel Inc.
British Airways remains our preferred airline to the U.K. but Air Canada, Air Transat & WestJet all have flights from various Canadian cities direct to London’s Heathrow or Gatwick airports.
Air Canada and Air Transat also have direct flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris and other European cities (tip: if you are thinking of visiting 2 cities, fly into one and out of the other). Other international airlines also have direct flights to their own countries.
The lowest fares on most airlines are now ”Carry On only” fares and they will charge $ 60-$80 per piece/per way for checked luggage.
Current price examples Toronto to London return: (fares include approx.$730 of air taxes and fees).
Thank you so much for putting together such a great tour. The Tavistock Hotel was perfectly situated, clean and everyone was very helpful and friendly. Bloomsbury is a safe and pleasant area in which to stay. Rooms were warm; the shower worked well and breakfast was more than adequate. The travel card was a great bonus. The selection of restaurants was excellent. The extra tour to Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury was interesting and easy to do. We really enjoyed our time in London and hope to make it an annual trip! You can never see enough of London.
Just a note to let you know how pleased we were with our DH Tour to London. The service on B.A. was excellent. The Tavistock Hotel was very satisfactory, centrally located and the London transportation passes were very useful, as was the information you sent us beforehand. Best of all was the service of our guide Gail. She was most informative and helpful. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.