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1. Posted by mathewsdavid (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I am planning to be in UK in July/August 2022. I am not familiar with the place and first time visitor of UK. Any help as guide or travel along will be appreciated.

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1821 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Mathew, you may get more answers if you tell us where in the UK you are planning to visit. If you just want to visit London, that will be one thing, but if you want a glimpse of the whole country, you will have to organize some traveling in the UK.

You could start by looking through the UK Travel Guide here on TravellersPoint. https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/United_Kingdom/

Good luck and let us know where you want to visit.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4305 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The UK is easy to do. Just about everything is in English and not like visiting Mongolia or Tajikistan!

You need to research how to change some of your currency after arriving. You need a hotel to head for, providing you made a decision what city to fly into. First timer, my advice is to do London. Fly round trip to London. (Round trip is usually cheaper than 2 one-way flights.) Easy to get trains or planes to distant cities if you choose. (Where you can go will depend on how long your visit will be.)

You must review your entry requirements depending on the passport you travel with. (You do have a passport - right?)

Google type searches are simply amazing! Enter "how to get from airport to chosen hotel" for instance.

So, how long for this trip?

  • By any chance do you have any relatives you can visit in the UK? If so, contact them and perhaps they will be a guide for a while.
  • Afraid to go on your own there are some senior tours you can look into. Just do a free Google search then check the reviews for this company.

Up to you.

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[ Edit: Edited on 24 Jun 2022, 01:19 GMT by karazyal ]

4. Posted by mathewsdavid (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I am flying into London. I wish to see major interesting places in england, wales, scotland. I intend to do that in 15 to 18 days. (whatever is possible) by the end of July. I hope to get a paid local guide (may be through this forum) to help me spend the time wisely, efficiently and most enjoyable.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4305 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

London. Around 18 days.

Usually your hotel can help you find tour guides and give you other helpful information and recommendations you can consider. London gets many thousands of tourists every year!

Simple, free Google search will give you info on first time visits to London. Viator Tours is one I remember from TripAdvisor. They have thousands of reviews. Be wary of a tour company that signs up for the first time just to plug their company. Check reviews from customers!

Good luck.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4271 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

>I hope to get a paid local guide (may be through this forum) to help me spend the time wisely, efficiently and most enjoyable.

Any guide will expect you to have done at least some research about the UK and to have at least some idea of the places you want to see. What are you interested in seeing and doing? Cities or countryside? History? Prehistory? Castles? Art? Landscape? Coastline? Stately homes? Walking? Shopping? Outdoor activities? Eating & drinking? Nightclubs?

Finding a 'paid local guide' to accompany you throughoutt your trip will be a) extremely difficult and b) extremely expensive. You will need to pay for the guide's (separate) accommodation, food and transport costs on top of his/her own fees. It's likely that having a private guide throughout....assuming you can even find one.... will at least double the cost of your stay in the UK.

As an example...and assuming you'd be happy for me to just accompany you using public transport (insuring my car for this purpose would cost a very large extra amount and petrol/gas in the UK is presently around £2/2.46USD per litre [approx 2 pints])....I'd want to be paid at least the UK minimum wage of £9.50/11.68USD per hour as well as all my accommodation, travel, food & drink and entrance costs.

The UK is very small and very easy to explore using our safe public transport: train, Tube, trams, long-distance buses, local buses and taxis. It is safe to walk in cities, towns and villages. The vast majority of individual UK visitors simply do not find it necessary to have paid guides throughout their visit.

There are lots of small group guided tour operators such as https://www.rabbies.com/en and https://www.explore.co.uk/experiences/small-group-tours. Google 'UK small group tour' to see more operators and also look at https://www.visitbritainshop.com/gb/en/trips-and-tours

And there are hundreds of day tours on offer throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Google 'day tours from london' (or Edinburgh, or Cardiff or any other major UK city) and you'll find plenty of options. Also have a look at https://www.toursbylocals.com/UK-Tours and, of course, https://www.viator.com/en-GB/

[ Edit: Edited on 24 Jun 2022, 11:09 GMT by leics2 ]

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4305 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Info on London from this travel forum below:

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/London/

8. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 261 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

18 days is not very long to see a country (no even one as small as the UK). Even if you use high speed transport you'll still be spending a significant %age of your time travelling between places e.g. fly London to Scotland - by the time you've got to the airport suitable early (maybe 2 hrs before take-off) flown, get to hotel, min half a day gone and you still have to do the same to get back for your flight home. Even a coach trip takes time and you'll see the countryside out of the window but it all eats into 18 days.

I'd research to establish what you want to prioritise seeing vs time to get to see it balanced with other nearby places so you minimise time spent travelling and get to see the stuff important to you. Nobody else can set your agenda to be what you want as it's a personal thing.

Ian

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4271 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

As Psamathe says, regradless of whether you travel by public transport or private car you'll spend much of your time looking out of a window if you want to 'do' England, Scotland and Wales in max 18 days.

However, here's one potential itinerary:

1. London: 4/5 nights with day tours to e.g. Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, Windsor, Stratford-on-Avon......

2. Train to York: 3/4 nights with day trip by bus to Whitby or by train to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

3. Train to Edinburgh 3/4 nights with day trip/s by train to Stirling and Linlithgow and/or Glasgow.

4. Train to Liverpool. 2 nights if you want a Beatles tour, otherwise 1 night.

5. Train to Cardiff in South Wales [/b] 2/3 nights. Organised small group tour to e.g. castles & mountains.

6. Train to London for final 2 nights.

[ Edit: Edited on 24 Jun 2022, 11:26 GMT by leics2 ]