Royalty & Splendour
Satisfy your curiosity
This is what Britain is all about isn’t it? With the recent series of The Crown and Victoria enticing us into this wonderful world, come and see all the palaces associated with royalty past and present.
In London we have Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence. Why not use our guide’s insider knowledge to find the best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony? Westminster Abbey, known as a “Royal Peculiar” where so many coronations and royal weddings have taken place. Blue Badge Guides can take you on a tour around Westminster Abbey and fill you in on all the events that have taken place there in almost a thousand years.
Then there is Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and now home to William and Kate amongst others… But there are any more palaces and former palaces to explore. And you have to go and see the Crown Jewels with their thousands of precious gems. Each crown has a history and a story to tell – let our guide tell you all about them. Just outside London is Windsor, the largest inhabited castle in the world and where the Queen can escape at weekends. The State Apartments have the most amazing furniture and works of art. But did you know it is also where the Order of the Garter ceremony takes place in June? We can explain why we have such a bizarre sounding Order and show you where the knights sit in the famous chapel. The chapel is an exquisite gem of perpendicular Gothic architecture and was the backdrop to Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Our guides will fill you in on all the chit chat as well. You will never watch The Crown in the same light again!
As a travel veteran — veteran of independent travel, and of tours with large companies and smaller ones — I can unreservedly say that Sarah Reynolds of Questa organized the most enriching and varied trip ever, a unique trip through southeast England tracing the route of Chaucer’s pilgrims to Canterbury. Questa will apply all of that same devotion to uncovering the historical and cultural detail in planning your own journey. And the fun quotient is ever-present, too.
Angela L. Batey
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences & Director of Graduate Studies, School of Music, University of Tennessee
We were so impressed with Sarah’s ability to handle all our arrangements. Her attention to detail and enthusiasm absolutely made our trip a life-changing experience for our students and alumni. We trusted her completely with our itinerary and we are extremely happy with the result! Unlike other tour companies, Questa listened to our desires for venues, sites to see, education components we wished to include and built our tour exactly to our specifications, rather than giving us a ‘cookie cutter’ tour. The guide’s knowledge was tremendous and perfect for our group. We will never use anyone besides Questa – simply outstanding in every way.
Chief Executive Officer & President, SMA Tire
I have worked with Sarah at Questa Travel on several occasions since 2004, and have come to trust her completely on both large and small incentive trips. It is personally very important to me that when I take important Customers or Employees to foreign destinations, that their experiences are positive ones that will last them a life time. Whether it be identifying the most appropriate properties to stay at, seeing the most interesting sights, or ensuring seamless logistics, Sarah nails it all every time. Even on those odd instances where I have asked Sarah to help in markets she does not normally work (Prague, Budapest, Madrid), she always delivers the perfect experience. Most importantly, she is an absolute joy to work with.