We are all craving a holiday, and no summer trip is complete without refreshing tipples and delicious local bites – all whilst soaking up the sunshine, of course!
With the amber list opening up for fully-vaccinated UK travellers on 19 July, we have been given the green light to explore a feast of new destinations.
From sipping on locally produced wine in the Kent countryside if a staycation is on the agenda to delving into Malta’s traditional recipes and Ibiza’s fresh seafood scene, ToursByLocals, the world’s leading marketplace for private and customisable tours has chosen a menu of tours which are guaranteed to make you hungry for travel.
Each of the tours on the platform are led by friendly and knowledgeable guides, who offer insight into the destinations, as well as sharing hidden secrets along the way with discerning travellers. The tours can be fully customised and tailored to individual interests.
Wine & Dine This Summer – Stroll through the finest wine estates in Kent and sample English Sparkling Wines
Over the last few years, English wines have been gaining reputation on a world stage level. In particular, the selection of sparkling wines produced in the southern counties which are noted to be incredibly similar to champagne. Within easy reach of London, enjoy a private car tour of the scenic Kent countryside, known as the ‘Wine Garden of England’, followed by a few blissful hours at two estates to explore the vineyards and experience a tutored tasting of their wines. Stop for lunch at a cosy pub known for its high-quality dining or enjoy an indulgent picnic with some more bubbles.
Local guide David, prides himself on offering tours which stay away from the crowds all whilst travelling in style and comfort. He is also eco-conscious and aims to provide complimentary water in widely recycled bottles and keeps his vehicle emissions to almost zero. He also supports charities that offset carbon emissions by replanting sustainable forests.
ToursByLocals (www.toursbylocals.com) offers the nine-hour Kent Wine Tour from £715 for two people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation, and wine tastings. For a larger group, prices are £1,015 for a party of six.
Wine & Dine This Summer – Visit the quaint village of Cheddar and learn all about cheddar cheese
Just an hour’s drive from Bath is the Cathedral City of Wells and the quaint village of Cheddar, which is famous for Britain’s biggest gorge and the origin of cheddar cheese. Head to a small cheese factory in Cheddar and learn the traditional methods of making authentic cheddar cheese, followed by a drive through the gorge which offers spectacular views. Take a walk-through England’s smallest city, Wells, which is home to the magnificent 13thcentury cathedral and one of the world’s oldest working clocks.
The tour is led by Daniel, who was born and raised in Bath and won an award in the 2019/20 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.
ToursByLocals (www.toursbylocals.com) offers the eight-and-a-half hour Wells and Cheddar Day Trip from £450 per tour, for up to six people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation and admission tickets.
Wine & Dine This Summer – NEW for 2021: Explore Scotland’s lochs and castle followed by a taste of Speyside Whisky
Explore Scotland’s natural beauty with a visit to Cairngorms National Park, located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands which boasts beautiful vast landscapes, from wild high mountains to heather moors and magnificent forests. After a morning of walking, visit Glenlivet Distillery which produces single malt Whisky and has been operating since 1824. Next, head to Balvenie Castle or Drumin Castle to find out about the history of time gone by. If one Whisky tasting wasn’t enough – head to Macallan Distillery to try their premium quality Whisky which uses ‘Golden Promise’ barley and matures the Whisky in specially cured Sherry casks.
Join local guide Gail, who has been guiding across the Scottish Highlands and Islands for the past six years showcasing Scotland’s most beautiful and interesting locations.
ToursByLocals (www.toursbylocals.com) offers the eight-hour Speyside Whisky, Lochs and Castles Tour from £500 per tour, for up to six people. The tour includes guiding services and private transportation. Additional cost of £40 per person for the Whiskey Distillery Tour, Whisky Tasting and lunch.
Wine & Dine This Summer – Discover the traditions of honey making
Learn about the history of Malta’s gastronomy and try some of the island nation’s best produce from extra virgin olive oil and honey to a selection of local wines on an expert-led private tour. Maltese cuisine is the result of a long relationship between the islanders and the many invaders who occupied the country in the middle of the Mediterranean. On the island, a number of archaeological finds include roman tools for olive pressing, roman amphoras for wine transportation and roman bee hives for honey making. Discover the traditions of honey making at a beehive followed by a visit to a local winery for an afternoon of wine tasting as well as a visit to the beautiful town of Rabat to sample local Maltese olive oil, bread, local pastries and sweets.
Local guide Victoria, offers off-the-beaten-track tours in Malta, with several themed itineraries to suit each traveller.
ToursByLocals offers the five-hour A Taste of Malta Private Tour from £266 per tour, for up to four people. The tour includes guiding services and chauffeur driven car.
Wine & Dine This Summer – Taste the unique flavours of Madeiran wine
Madeira is famous for its wine that tastes like no other. Begin the tour with a visit to a winery in Funchal with a complimentary tasting, followed by a visit to the rolling vineyards with stunning views of the region. The private tour is fully customisable and could include a visit to Distillery of Aguardente, which produces local Madeira rum made from sugar cane – if guests were looking for something stronger! Next, guests can visit a local cellar and sample 17 and 27-year-old wines and end the day on a high with lunch at a local restaurant.
Local guide Carlos, is a native Madeiran and has expert knowledge of hidden places, quaint villages and secluded beaches.
ToursByLocals (www.toursbylocals.com) offers the six-hour Madeira Wine Private Tour from £213 per tour, for up to six people. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation and a wine tasting, plus a complimentary bottle of homemade Madeiran Wine.
Wine & Dine This Summer – Embark on a gastronomic adventure through Ibiza
Journey through the Ibizan countryside and discover the traditional farmer’s houses, the picturesque villages and breathe in the fresh air of the ‘White Isle’. Travellers can visit local hotpots and learn about Ibizan culture and history whilst getting acquainted with local flora and fauna with a guide that knows the island like the back of their hand. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch at the famous local organic produce restaurant, Atzaro and choose from a number of Mediterranean dishes from seabass to roasted octopus accompanied by vegetables sourced from the garden.
Local guide Daniela, has been a tour guide since 1999 and enjoys sharing experiences with guests on the island and is also a qualified Pilates instructor. The tour includes guiding services and private transportation.