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Evan Evans vs Premium Tours

I'm planning a week trip to London with a couple of people & want to take one all day trip to Bath, Stonehenge, & Windsor using a tour operator. I've taken a Evan Evans tour 4 years, which they were OK, but want to see if there's a better tour operator out there. The other one I see is Premium Tours. Please sound off on what your experiences were for those who have both Evan Evans & Premium Tours.

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Debbie my daughter & I did a Evan Evans tour to Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover some years back. Enjoyed the trip just not long enough at each destination. Going to London in May w/5 other ladies & we are taking a tour to Bath, Stonhenge & Castle Combe w/Astral tours. On TripAdvisor, Astral gets good reviews & they use smaller vehicles (no morer than 16 & usually 12-14 passengers). That is one of the reasons i chose them but when you factor in the time it takes to reach your destination & the return trip that is why you usually don't have as much time as you would like to visit each sight.
Astral website is
Have a great trip.

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I have taken the Premium tour to Bath, Stonehenge,
Windsor and Averbury, it was a great day trip, and a nice lunch pub was included. One thing to remember is that if you order the lasagna lunch, it is quite tiny, order a sandwich platter instead for a larger and more satisfying portion. The tour guide is very friendly, and the drive out of London is quite lovely. The your is well priced, with smaller groups too, so it is more intimate.

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In the past we have used Evans Evans, Frames Rickards and Golden Tours. All about equal. Golden seems to push the shopping a bit more. I'd rank Frams 1, Evans 2 and Golden 3.

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Thanks to all the feedback so far on this. I also see Astral Travel which has tour groups of max 16 persons. Does anyone have experiences with them in addition to Evan Evans and Premium Tours?

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I wouldn't say that Golden pushes shopping more, but they do give you some free time to do with as you wish.

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My family and I are going on a tour in June with CIE tours. I did a lot of internet searches for comments about them and to my understanding they are one of the best. Also - I would love to do a Rick Steves tour.