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Base of operations: England -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 662
Small group driver/guided private customized tours of the UK, Ireland and continental Europe. I have worked and am widely traveled across the British Isles and mainland Europe and am steeped in their varied history and culture. My tours are tailored to the requirements of each client, reflecting their requirements and interests re duration, places to be visited and type of accommodation (usually high quality B and Bs).

I provide a suitable vehicle (car or van). Each tour is individually cost and an itinerary in consultation with the client(s). The group size is normally between 2 and 8 persons. I have been offering this service since 2005, undertaking tours of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy and central Europe (including Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary).
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Customized driver guided, independent small group tours with a knowledgeable, friendly host across the British Isles and continental Europe. Each tour is tailored to the clients' wishes.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

M16976 has been operating since 2001 with both new and repeat clients. It started by my putting tours together for friends. This proved so successful that I decided to make a business of it.

2. What is your company's mission?

To plan, arrange and deliver the best possible customized, driver guided touring experience.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Customized driver guided tours across the British Isles and/or continental Europe visiting cities and scenic countryside steeped in culture and history, hosted by a well informed and entertaining guide.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

The founder, John Greenwood, has travelled extensively across Europe and has worked in many European countries. This, together with his lifelong interest in British and European history and culture, gives him an unrivalled customized tour hosting capability.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

I don't offer 'packages' as every tour is individually customized. I take on board the client's wishes and put a bespoke tour together incorporating my own suggestions, including quality B&B accommodation and meals en route.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

I received an email the day sfter a tour saying 'missing you already'.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M16976
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Customized Driver/Guided Tours UK (and Europe) Customized Driver/Guided Tours UK (and Europe) 10% off.

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Private,small group(2-8 persons)customized,driver/guided tours. Duration, places visited and accommodation tailored and costed, visiting anywhere in the British Isles (& mainland Europe)to suit.

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Cultural Journey
Archeology/History
GBP 150 England
Scotland
Ireland

Steam Train Tours of Britain Steam Train Tours of Britain 10% off.

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Britain has an amazing variety of preserved steam railways and museums. Enjoy a customized, guided, inclusive, private tour including car/van travel and accommodation en route.

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Railway Trips
GBP 150 England
Scotland
Wales

English Premier League Customized Inclusive Soccer Tours English Premier League Customized Inclusive Soccer Tours 10% off.

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Watch the biggest, most successful, competitive football (soccer) in the World. For example, see Manchester United, English Premier League champions live at Old Trafford.

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Football-English
Rugby
GBP 150 England

England, Belgium and France - Customized Driver/Guided Tour England, Belgium and France - Customized Driver/Guided Tour

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Cross Channel Three Country Sojourn. South East England, Northern France and Belgium. Fly into London and visit all three. Great cities, great beer and food, heritage, scenery and more.

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Cultural Journey
Sightseeing
GBP 150 Belgium
France
England

Music & Festival Tours in UK Music & Festival Tours in UK

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The UK is a magnet for performing arts lovers. A customized, guided tour can take in London's West End theater, Shakespeare at Stratford, drama/rock/musicals/comedy and/or folk festivals.

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Dance, Music and Opera
Festival Tours
GBP 150 England
Scotland
Wales

EPL and La Liga Combined Customized Inclusive Soccer Tours EPL and La Liga Combined Customized Inclusive Soccer Tours 10% off.

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Watch the best soccer teams in the World. For example, see Manchester United, Premier League champions live at Old Trafford and Barcelona or Real Madrid in La Liga in Spain on the same trip.

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Football-English
USD 150 England
Spain

European Customized Inclusive Soccer Tours European Customized Inclusive Soccer Tours

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See the top European soccer teams and players in action live in the stadium. The Bernabeu, The Nou Camp, Old Trafford, the Allianz Arena to name but a few. Be there.

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Football-English
USD 150 Germany
Netherlands
Italy

Italy and the Balkan Adriatic Italy and the Balkan Adriatic

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A combined cultural tour of Italy (inc. Rome, Florence, Verona and Venice etc) and the northern Adriatic (inc. delights of Slovenia and Croatia) in a customized driver guided itinerary.

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Cultural Journey
Sightseeing
USD 250 Italy
Slovenia
Croatia

Ruritanian Europe Customized Driver Guided Tours Ruritanian Europe Customized Driver Guided Tours 10% off.

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A combined customized, driver guided tour of Bavaria, Austria and Bohemia visiting fairy tale castles, medieval towns and taking in breathtaking scenery.

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Archeology/History
Cultural Journey
USD 300 Germany
Czech Republic
Austria

Cultural Tour of Normandy, the Loire Valley and Paris Cultural Tour of Normandy, the Loire Valley and Paris 10% off.

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A driver guided customized tour of beautiful, historic Normandy, its D Day landing beaches, the Loire Valley's magnificent chateaux and cathedrals, the palace of Versailles and the sights of Paris.

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Archeology/History
Cultural Journey
USD 300 France

Tour of Classic English Novel, TV Series and Film/Movie Locations Tour of Classic English Novel, TV Series and Film/Movie Locations 10% off.

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A driver guided, customized tour of locations associated with classic English novels, TV series and films/movies such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, and JK Rowling (Harry Potter). You choose which.

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Film/Film History
Cultural Journey
USD 300 England

Walking and Sightseeing with Customized Driver/Guide Accompanying Walking and Sightseeing with Customized Driver/Guide Accompanying 10% off.

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A combination of walks and sightseeing visits through Britain's beautiful and infinitely varied scenery, landmarks and rich heritage customized to your interests with accompanying driver guide.

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Walking Tours
Cultural Journey
GBP 750 England
Wales
Scotland

Customized Driver/Guided Sightseeing Tours UK (and Europe) Customized Driver/Guided Sightseeing Tours UK (and Europe) 10% off.

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Private, small group (2-8 persons)customized, driver/guided tours. Duration, places visited and accommodation tailored and costed, visiting anywhere in the British Isles (& mainland Europe) to suit.

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Sightseeing
Christmas/New Year Tours
GBP 150 England
Scotland
Wales

Driver Guided Customized Spiritual Odyssey of Britain Driver Guided Customized Spiritual Odyssey of Britain 10% off.

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This customized driver guided odyssey of the spiritual sights of Britain focuses on one area (SW England) or can include different areas such as northern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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Pilgrimage/Spirituality
Archeology/History
GBP 1495 England
Wales
Scotland

Great War and WWII Western Front and D Day Landings Customized Driver Guided Tour Great War and WWII Western Front and D Day Landings Customized Driver Guided Tour 10% off.

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Visit the battlefields, museums and other key locations in France and Belgium where the Great War of 1914-18 was fought and where the Allies invaded Normandy and headed towards Germany in 1944.

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Military History
Museum Tours
GBP 1500 France
Belgium

Heart of England/ Cotswolds Heart of England/ Cotswolds 10% off.

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My personalized, private tour guide service includes anywhere in the Heart of England. I plan and deliver tours for one day and longer.

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Tour Guide
GBP 150 Nottingham

York and Yorkshire Moors/Dales York and Yorkshire Moors/Dales 10% off.

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A resident of York for four years, I know its ancient walls, York Minster, Jorvik Viking Museum, castle and Shambles Tudor street, a treasure trove of historical interest from across two millennia.

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GBP 150 York

London Stopover Tours London Stopover Tours 10% off.

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One or two day stopover sightseeing tour of London. You are met at Heathrow or Gatwick for a customized driver/guided tour of the city. Stay overnight and you can take in a West End Show.

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GBP 300 London

England Private Guided Tour England Private Guided Tour 10% off.

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I provide customized guide and driver guide services both in London and across the UK for one or more days. I tailor the itinerary to your interests and wishes.

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GBP 250 London
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 1  Tim Coates A Tour of England to Savor 2014-07-18
My family and I are just back from a week's tour of England organized and delivered by John Greenwood. On our return to Southampton from a 12 day cruise of ... view more the Baltic, John met us and whisked us off to Salisbury and its magnificent cathedral. Then on to Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles, Bath, the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, York and Canterbury were just some of the places we visited before spending a couple of days in London. His knowledge of not only the well traveled routes and places but also the off the beaten path places was truly impressive. From the time John met us at the cruise terminal until he dropped us off at the airport he made every aspect of our vacation so comfortable and fun, nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed ourselves so much we are looking to go to Normandy with him next. Can't wait!

 2  Clare Morrison A Sensational Spanish and English Soccer Tour 2014-07-14
This April my son and I had a fantastic soccer-based trip to Spain and England organized by John Greenwood. He arranged the entire experience by putting a ... view more customized tour together just for us. His associate in Barcelona, Jan Torstedt hosted the visits to games at Real Madrid and Barcelona with sightseeing between games and stadium/museum tours. From getting our laundry done to getting my 14-year old to love the traditional 3-course Spanish lunch, Jan could not have been more accommodating. Then it was over to London where John met us at the airport. There we saw games at Arsenal and at Manchester United with a visit to the English national soccer center at St George's Park en route, again with sightseeing in London and elsewhere and stadium tours. John got my son hooked on English tea – whether it was high tea at a swank hotel or al fresco in the beautiful Peak district! I couldn't believe how much we were able to do and see in the two weeks. John and Jan were extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with, particularly amusing was the game of trying to stump each other with soccer trivia. If you are soccer fans and want to experience the best that Spain and England have too offer, I can't recommend a tour with them highly enough.

 3  BRUCE G. BARON, ESQUIRE ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD FOR MR. GREENWOOD 2014-06-19
This was our second tour with John Greenwood (first in 2010 on "BBC Price & Prejudice Locales"). Once again, he not only met our goals for this ... view more trip (Elisabeth Gaskell (as to whom John located the house where she spent her honeymoon and found that it was later used by Bertrand Russell's widow) and Beatrix Potter related sights, plus much of Wales, but filled it with many more spectacular spots "on the way" and made sure we got where we need to be on time and at our own pace. We have recommended him on many occasions and will continue to do so. He is simply amazing and first rate.

 4  Jo Matthews John knows his stuff! 2013-09-10
My husband and I recently took a personalized 12 day tour of England and southern Scotland with John. He and my husband had considerable contact prior to our ... view more trip, planning the itinerary, yet leaving some flexibility. We covered a lot of country, enjoying the beautiful scenery as he drove us from London to Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye, then spending time at Vindolanda and Hadrian's Wall before driving back through the beautiful Cotswolds to London. Having John as a guide is like taking a crash course in English history - he has a wealth of knowledge that he is eager to share! He also has an uncanny knowledge for all things futbol, which I greatly appreciated as we toured Old Trafford and later attended the Hotspurs' first Premier League game of the season.

 5  Bruce G. Baron, Esquire OUR JANE AUSTEN BBC LOCATIONS TOUR AND SO MUCH MORE 2013-08-10
After checking the Nottingham Tourism Website, we lucked into John Greenwood for our own customized tour of all of the non-London locations for the BBC ... view more production of "Pride & Prejudice." This was a dream vacation gift to Cathie (who has every version and has read all the books). Two older Americans (one needing a walker)flying in and out of Manchester for 14 days of here and there and some extras, including a stay at a country house with college friends (John and his daughter joined us for the birthday party and helped with our shopping and a cell phone to use), a scenic rail ride,Shakespeare, and of course the house where it was all written. John Greenwood's children ask: "Dad, is this another one of your long cuts?" --- which describes the many extras "on the way" that he added to make our trip into a now three volumes of pictures with hours and hours of story notes, which include his many anecdotes and puns. Yes, we got to all those places with lots of the Midlands seen in between, including his special insights into the canal life. We highly recommend John Greenwood and have done so to our friends. He is now part of the folklore of our wonderful trip and hopefully will be available for our planned trip to Wales (good health permitting).

 6  David Ellis Wales tour 2013-07-02
Colleagues scratched their heads when we told them we had contracted a tour guide from London for a motoring trip through Wales.

Scratching because I ... view more have been a professional Travel Writer for a near-40 years and my wife experienced enough to take on Tour Guide role herself.

But we had a lot of ground to cover, little time and decided a driver/guide was the way to do it. We found John Greenwood on the web and he lived up to every promised.

Forever on time, knew every major tourist attraction and every minor one was well, every main road and every back-woods one as well, and was totally unfazed when we asked to squeeze extras into a day's sightseeing and note taking.

We would recommend John to anyone looking for a mature, experienced and totally unflappable guide who is happy to take on all the driving as well.

David and Gwenda Ellis
BURRADOO NSW
AUSTRALIA

 7  Jeff Hayes Great Tour Guide, Great Guy! Highly Reccomend! 2012-11-11
My family and I are from Kansas. We enjoyed a wonderful tour of England and central Europe with John which took in Dresden, Germany Krakow, Poland and Prague in ... view more the Czech Republic. John provided us with an unforgettable experience which our family still talks about today. His historical knowledge of the continent is truly impressive, as is his football knowledge (He's a great choice for soccer tours!!!). I am considering another tour with John in the future, and would recommend anyone to do the same in mainland Europe and/or in the UK. Though we took our vacation several years ago, John and I still communicate often. I now consider him my friend across the pond!

Cheers!

 8  Amy Lomauro Thank you John, we really did fit a gallon into a pint! 2012-11-09
My first trip to England was even better than I imagined! Traveling with my sister, we met John at the airport and began a wonderful journey through the ... view more countryside. Although our time was limited to about 1 week, we submitted a wish list of places to visit that would be a challenge, but we really did fit a gallon into a pint and were able to see so many amazing sites! Some of my favorites include the Roman Baths, Glastonbury Tor, and driving through the beautiful mountains in Wales. Another bonus was attending a concert one night of a band called the New Rope String Band. Whenever I play their album, I'm reminded of our awesome trip. John is a wonderful, knowledgeable, well read tour guide who is also great company on a long drive with fun conversation and laughter to last mile after mile. I feel so lucky to have met John. My siblings and I look forward to planning a trip to Ireland with him some day soon.

 9  John Greenwood Mrs Neifert's 'Testimonial' 2012-11-05
Returning from a recent tour of Italy, I found Mrs Neifert's 'testimonial' from June 2012 tour. Into my second decade of hosting driver-guided ... view more tours across the British Isles and mainland Europe, this is my first negative review. I now know what recipients of an atypical, adverse review on Trip Advisor must feel. Mrs Neifert is entitled to her opinion but I cannot let it go unanswered. The tour of Ruritanian castles (not of cities) was for her daughter who declared herself delighted describing it to a third party. The start point of Berlin was specified by Mrs Neifert which I had visited before. I have also hosted tours to Dresden, Theresienstadt, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Seefeld, Neuschwanstein and Rothenburg (also visited on my many previous tours of Germany, Czech Republic and Austria). Shortly after the tour, Mrs Neifert emailed, giving me 24 hours notice to reach a financial accommodation. I was hosting a tour in France so couldn't meet this ultimatum as benchmarking of alternative driver only tours was required. She then immediately made a claim to her credit card company, the outcome of which is still undetermined. We were not lost, just faced with a small town between Potsdam and Wittenberg, whose centre was being resurfaced, requiring a diversion. The signed diversion would delay us so I found an alternative, a short stretch of which was unmetalled, but got us to Wittenberg in good time. The only day we didn't get everywhere on the itinerary was because Mrs Neifert wanted to visit Schwangau castle (as well as Neuschwanstein) which was unscheduled. The days were full but this could resulted from Mrs Neifert reducing the length of the tour by two days before the itinerary was finalised. To be called over zealous is a strange criticism. Me thinks Mrs Neifert protests too much.

 10  Susan Lomauro The best tour experience of my life 2012-11-05
I am from Boston. John was our host for a tour of England and Wales for my sister and I. We had an amazing time. John was gracious and entertaining and ... view more couldn't do enough for us. His knowledge of European history and culture, not just that of Britain, was clearly encyclopaedic, as our conversations ranged far and wide on our memorable journey. I fully intend to go back for another tour of Europe hosted by John. To say that he 'should be avoided at all costs' is a travesty. Anyone reading that might believe this outrageous statement. I know this to be an unwarranted slur on someone who was far more than just adequate. He provided the best tour experience of my life. I would highly recommend John's tours to anyone!!!

 11  Jeanne Neifert Avoid this "tour guide" at all costs 2012-09-25
Mr. Greenwood states that he is an "expert" tour guide, when in fact he is nothing more than a well traveled tourist himself. We contracted with him ... view more for a 9 day tour of Germany, Czech Republic and Austria last June. By the second day we realized he had little knowledge of the cities on our itinerary, which he created. We discussed his lack of experience the second day and told him to leave and we would continue the trip on our own. He agreed to continue driving us, waive the 200 pound per day fee and accept his food and lodging for exchange for driving. Now, 4 months later we are still fighting with him to get him to live up to his agreement. We are out almost $3000!
He was not even an adequate driver. We had to navigate, a chore we took over when we ended up on an unpaved, dirt road-hopelessly lost. His itinerary was over zealous and he did not know driving times. We missed much of what he had on his itinerary despite long days of touring.
John is personable and he may be adequate in England, but do not trust his expertise in any other country.

 12  Curtis & Margaret Bellfy it was a truly rewarding experience 2008-04-10
Loved John's flexibility, his knowledge, his ability to find little out of the way pubs, and his genuine love of his "job" i use job but i feel ... view more to John it his life!
left england with a great friend there now.
highly recommended!

 13  Susan Williams Customized Tour of England 2008-04-09
My family found John through the internet. He was extremely knowledgeable, congenial and flexible. Our 8 day tour was a great collaboration for us. With ... view more John's immense knowledge of his country and his willingness to listen, suggest and recommend, we were able to see and do and experience so much more than we thought possible! We felt safe and secure with his driving. Our accommodations were lovely bed and breakfasts. Best of all, John has remained a good friend. I'm happy to recommend his guiding services.

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