Private Southend’s Seaside Delights Day Trip from London: including lunch at the Southend Cliff Gardens

Enjoy a classic English seaside destination with the people who are closest to you on this private 9-hour trip to Southend-on-Sea. Choose from historic attractions like medieval Prittlewell Priory and Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world, or contemporary sights like the Adventure Island theme park or Sea Life Adventure aquarium: lunch and entrance fees are at your own expense.

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Highlights
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Family friendly
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Free snacks included
Your personal driver will collect you from your central London hotel at 9:30am in private climate-controled vehicle. It’s generally around a 90-minute drive to Southend-on-Sea, through the pretty English countryside around the Thames Estuary.

On arrival, you’ll start with lunch by the scenic Southend Cliff Gardens, manicured landscaped gardens with stunning views across the broad sweep of the Thames Estuary and the English Channel. Next, you might wish to explore some highlights of Southend’s history, such as medieval Prittlewell Priory or Southchurch Hall, or the Central Museum, which tells the story of the natural and human history of the county of Essex.

No trip to Southend would be complete without a stroll on the sandy beach. Don’t miss Southend Pier: at 1.34 miles (2.1 kilometers), it’s the longest pleasure pier in the world. Savor classic British seaside snacks like rock candy, fish and chips, and candyfloss as you relax on the sand, watch the children building sandcastles, or visit a traditional seaside arcade.

Should you wish, you might also want to check out some of Southend’s more contemporary attractions. Adventure Island offers thrilling rides such as Vortex and Dragon’s Claw, as well as classic seaside fare like a big wheel and crazy golf. The Sea Life Adventure aquarium includes exhibits of rays, turtles, and crocodiles.

You’ll leave between 4:30pm and 5pm, arriving back at your hotel around 6:30pm.

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Private West Coast Wonder Guided Tour from Cape Town – including a visit to West Coast National Park

This day trip along the Cape West Coast is truly a photographers dream. The abundant fauna, flora and stunning surrounds entice you to take an easy walk or a short hike in the West Coast National Park. Round off the day with sundowners while marveling at Table Mountain from Blouberg Beach. It is a tour of relaxation in the unbelievably beautiful gem of the Cape’s West Coast. Year-round enjoy incredible coastal scenery, while in-season (Aug-Sep) journey into a wonderland of flowers.

Highlights
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Family friendly
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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Discover immeasurable beauty along the Western Cape’s West Coast. During Flower Season (Aug – Sept) the landscape is covered in a myriad of colours, while year-round the unique countryside offer a contrast between wilderness and ocean. This private tour offers you the flexibility to choose how long you would like to spend in the West Coast National Park, and what you would like to do. There are many short walks and hiking trails; the up-close detail and beauty accompanied by the wonderful scents, will remain with you forever. For lunch, you’ll have the option to decide between two fantastic restaurants; one within the park, and the other in the seaside town of Langebaan. Feel free to ask your guide for his recommendation. End-off the day sipping delicious sundowners and drinking in the views of Table Mountain and the Mother City from Blouberg Beach.

Itinerary

After pickup from your Cape Town accommodation, you’ll travel in a comfortable minivan, stopping along the way at a farmstall on the R27.
Arriving at the West Coast National Park, you’ll have roughly three hours to enjoy the park and its picture-perfect scenery. Explore this bird lovers’ kingdom situated along the Langebaan lagoon’s azure waters. The strandveld bursts into a tapestry of wild flowers during spring (Aug-Sept), where you might also spot wildlife, such as ostriches, eland, bontebok, springbok and tortoises. Choose to drive along the scenic routes or hike along the 4.6 kilometre Bakoor trail with views of the Langebaan Lagoon. Starting at the Langebaan gate, and taking you through to the Seeberg View Point – which is an ideal place to spot some of the rarer bird species found in the park, including the Curlow Sandpiper, Sanderling, and Knot. Alternatively, the 7 kilometre Geelbek trail take you all the way to the beach.

For lunch (optional extra), choose between staying in the park or moving on to the quaint seaside town of Langebaan. If you would like to remain in the park, dine at Geelbek restaurant, situated in an old Cape Dutch building, offering an array of West Coast traditional delicacies. If you wish to explore a little more, and enjoy a seaside setting, then lunch at Pearly’s restaurant in the charming fishing town of Langebaan is a must. Situated on Langebaan’s main beach, with views of the lagoon, this rustic restaurant offers delicious fresh seafood as well as pizza and pasta.

The journey back to your accommodation in Cape Town is broken-up with a stop for sundowners on Blouberg Beach. This is the ideal place to snap that iconic picture of Cape Town, with Table Mountain as its majestic backdrop. From here you can expect to arrive back early evening.

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Luxury Paris Day Trip and enjoy a cruise along the Seine past Notre Dame Cathedral

Enjoy an unforgettable day in the French capital on this luxury day trip from London to Paris, with an included Champagne lunch at the Eiffel Tower! Travel on Eurostar from St Pancras International and enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour taking in Paris’ top sights, including the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Sip Champagne before a delicious 2-course lunch on the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a cruise along the Seine past Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, choose to visit the Louvre (own expense) or enjoy free time to explore or shop independently.

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Highlights

Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Round-trip train fares
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Rail Tour
Lunch included
Make your own way to St Pancras International station and meet your professional guide. Board the Eurostar and relax as it whisks you to Paris in just over 2 hours. If you wish, upgrade to 1st Class and enjoy breakfast served on board and dinner on your return journey.


Once you arrive in Paris, join your guide on an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour. See top Paris attractions such as the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opera House as you hear fascinating facts about the city.


Next, arrive at the iconic Eiffel Tower for your Champagne lunch. Skip the possible long admission lines with your fast-access ticket and ride the elevator to the stylish 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant on the first floor. Take your seat and enjoy a glass of Champagne and delicious 2-course lunch with the sweeping views of the city providing a truly magical backdrop! See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Afterward, enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine River, whose banks boast UNESCO World Heritage status. Snap photos and listen to the illuminating commentary as you pass sights such as soaring Notre Dame Cathedral and the island, Île de la Cité.

Next, either choose to use some free time to shop or sightsee, or take a guided visit to the magnificent Louvre Museum (own expense) to see Leonardo da Vinci’s exquisite Mona Lisa and other masterpieces.

In the late afternoon, return to Gard du Nord station and catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras. Your tour ends when you arrive at around 8:30pm.

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