CoronaVirus Update

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Corona Virus – Update 18th of March 2020:

 

To all our guests and greater travel community:

In these uncertain times we join ourselves in solidarity with the UK, USA, France and the rest of the world.

Having been founded by Dr. Cartland PHD back in 1915, the Magical Tours brand has always placed the health and safety of our guests and staff members as our highest priority.

In line with current FCO travel recommendations and the scientific advice at hand, we understand that isolation from groups is the best measure of prevention.

In light of this, we would like to take a moment to re-assure our guests and also announce the following measures:

  • Cancelling of all scheduled group tours (shared public tours) in London and Paris up to and including the 12th of April 2020. Guests with tickets for these tours are automatically being offered the option of a full refund or to reschedule for a future date in the next 12 months.
  • Private Tours (exclusively for a party), which are by their nature limited in number of participants, are continuing to take place in London. Certain private tours in France are currently restricted until 31st of March and guests on these tours have been contacted directly. Regardless, guests affected by any Corona virus related travel limitations up to and including the 12th of April are being given the option to reschedule for a future date through 2021 with no fees.
  • Taking extra care to provide ongoing guidance so that all staff are fully up to date with hygiene precautions. Deep cleaning measures are also being increased to ensure the highest hygiene standards that we pride ourselves in, with offices and touring vehicles also being provided with hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
  • Ensuring that where possible, administrative staff are being offered the opportunity to work from home in isolation, with full payment for their scheduled hours

While we will miss seeing guests on our scheduled group tours, we continue to offer our private touring services, which are by their nature an opportunity to sightsee away from the crowds. Our teams are also still at hand to continue serving you through our 24 hour internet service. This applies not just for any guests affected in March but also to assist with any questions for those with advance bookings through the rest of this year.

Given the developing nature of the current situation, the above information will be updated as and when the FCO and government guidelines are updated to meet the changing nature of the impact of this pandemic.

I would like to personally thank all our staff and colleagues who are working beyond the call of duty in serving you in what are challenging circumstances.

We are here to serve our guests and support our greater travel community.

Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this time.

With all best wishes,

 

Ana Cartland
CEO
London and Paris Magical Tours


London Layover Tours – A Guide to Tours from Heathrow, Gatwick and City Airport

Have you ever had to spend time at the airport and wished you could go outside and enjoy visiting a city instead of just waiting for your next flight?

Well, great news! If you have a stopover of over 5 hours or more at an airport, the Magical Tours brand offers a fantastic range of London Layover Tours to help make the most of a layover opportunity:

If you are arriving at one of the London airports, London Magical Tours will collect your party directly from your terminal of arrival and return you directly to your terminal of departure at the end following your guided tour, with no hassles or worries. London Magical Tours offer Tours from Heathrow Airport as well as Tours from Gatwick Airport. Whats more, as the original founders of layover tours, a wide range of sightseeing experiences are available with collection and return to the major train station,  including St. Pancras and the Eurostar trains, Victoria Station in London as well as Gare Du Nord in Paris. Visitors with sightseeing requirements from the UK cruise ports can also be accommodated, including Southampton, Dover, Portsmouth and Harwich.

 

Here are a few essential things to consider on your next layover:

Luggage: Carry on luggage can be brought on board tours. Larger checked luggage will usually be handled by your airline and sent to your final destination, it is worth checking this ahead of time with your airline. Larger pieces of luggage can also be taken on to the touring vehicle if requested in advance.

– Visas:  Most countries benefit from the visa waiver scheme, which makes a layover in London a breeze. As an example, we receive many visitors from the USA on a daily basis as part of our London Layover Tours; simply complete a landing card which you hand in on arrival to London.

– Time: As long as you have a at least a gap of a few hours or more during your layover stop, there will be an opportunity to go on a sightseeing tour. The longer the better!

– Relaxation: That’s the best part: just bring yourself, your friends and put your feet up! Travelling can be a stressful time but it doesn’t have to be when you are with experts; exploring a city is great fun and Magical Tours are there to help make every bit of your travel an enjoyable one that you won’t forget.

As the original founders of layover tours, the Magical Tours brand are proud of the fact that they have never had a client miss their flight when on a layover. It is quite remarkable how much of a city can be seen when you are visiting with an experienced expert: make the most of the opportunity and avoid what would otherwise be an ordinary airport experience.

If you wish to make your next layover a truly magical one, contact London Magical Tours.


The Advantages of Private Tours

Discovering a city with a own Tour Guide and, in addition, your own chauffeur: Magical

Discovering a city with your own Tour Guide and, in addition, your own chauffeur: Magical!

The Magical Tours brand offers the exclusivity of providing guests their own tour team on its private tours. That’s one person to lead the excursion, your professional tour guide, and in addition, there is also your own chauffeur to drive and take care of the road and parking.

Want to know about the advantages of this service? Here are a a few reasons to go down the private route:

 

Flexibility

If you have ever been on a tour on a large bus, then you have first hand experience at how unflexible this type of tour can be. Private Tours shine because they offer a personal experience. You are able to, for example, ask for specific requests and stops during your visit. Your tour guide is there exclusively for your party: you can ask as many questions, take photos and seek the best place to have refreshments – all at your leisure, ensuring a memorable time is had by all.

Why join the masses on a sub par experience?

Why join the masses on a sub par experience?

Away from the crowds

With a Private Tour, you are accompanied by your very own tour guide and chauffeur, who are there to meet your sight-seeing needs. Having a team at your disposal means that you can be taken to the famous landmarks away from the hustle and bustle, beyond the crowds of tourists. It is like having a knowledge friend taking you on an adventure through some of the world’s best cities. What’s more, you can go off the beaten path into areas that even many locals themselves are unfamiliar with.

Guests smiling as they skip the lines - even on a rainy day!

Guests smiling as they skip the lines – even on a rainy day!

Safety

Your safety and comfort should be the utmost priority. Learning all about a city should be a pleasurable and fun experience. Unfortunately over recent years, safety in large cities is becoming an increasing major concern. Our chauffeurs have all gone through the highest background checks. Your chauffeur will be with the vehicle at all times, belongings can stay safe while you are out sightseeing. Why risk your safety any other way?

Transport

A huge benefit of going on the Magical Tours brand of private tours is that you are provided with an additional chauffeur, travelling in a vehicle exclusively for your party. This means there are no parking worries and no extra fees to be paid when visiting. Your chauffeur and guide simply take you on an adventure around the capital and while your tour guide explores the landmarks with you, the chauffeur is attending the vehicle at all times.

Great Value

Some people hear the words Private Tour and automatically think this will be cost prohibitive. Yet this could not be further from the truth. Families are normally very surprised at how much better value for money is offered by private tours, especially when there are several members in a party to spread the cost. Once all the extra costs are taken into consideration, private tours can often work out at a better per person price than going on a shared tour with other strangers. And for those really looking for an exclusive experience, options are available to upgrade to our VIP Level Tours.

 

Visiting London or Paris soon? Read more about our Private London Tours and Private Paris Tours to help make your next vacation one to really remember!

 


Paris Magical Tours

Its finally arrived – Paris Magical Tours!

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After many years of request to extend our services to Paris, we are pleased to announce that the Cartland’s Group is now providing its services to the city of lights!

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The Paris Magical Tours team of guides and chauffeurs are all qualified professionals who have been uniquely selected for their personality, enthusiasm and vast knowledge of France.

From scheduled group tours through to private tours and exclusive VIP trips, discover some of the world’s oldest and greatest locations with your own sightseeing team consisting of a personal tour guide and in addition, your own chauffeur, for an experience to remember.

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Visiting Paris? Private Paris Tours are a great way to discover the city of lights. If staying over a few days, why not venture out to one of the famous landmarks outside of Paris, including the Magical Versailles Tours.