We Know the United Kingdom & Ireland
Traveling on an Across the Pond Vacations Tailor-Made Luxury Tour very likely means that you will be in the company of one of our exceptionally rated professional private guides. Spending a morning, an afternoon, a full day, or even several days with one (or more) of our guides takes your journey from great to AMAZING! Our guides are, of course, fully accredited and insured. Additionally, many of them have been awarded through local and government Touring Associations and Boards. And, Across the Pond Vacations has had the pleasure of working with this elite group of guides for years. Not only is their knowledge of where they guide truly outstanding, you’ll find that spending time with them is a joy, as well. Learn a bit more about a few of our specially selected colleagues who love showing off their part of the world.
“. . . very professional, on time, considerate of our desires, etc., but also extremely personable. They gave us more than just information, truly giving us a feeling of the historical times we were interested in.”
Fiona has been a qualified Blue Badge Guide for almost 20 years. Her passion and vast knowledge of Scotland combine to create wonderful touring experiences for to each and every traveler she guides. Whether exploring remote landscapes and ancient castles or hiking along the cliffs in search of whales and dolphins, Fiona’s tours are expertly tailored to the interests of her guests. And, if one of those interests is whisky, all the better! Fiona is also an official “Malt Whisky Ambassador” and can help you see (and taste) the best of the Scotch whisky producing areas.
“Our guide’s knowledge of Scottish history was incredible. She took us to see castles, a distillery, a sheepdog demo, and Hadrian’s Wall.”
Journalist, history-buff, and Blue Badge Guide, Erica is a talented and enthusiastic London native who loves to share her fascinating city with our guests. Well-rounded and bursting with knowledge, Erica gives personalized tours ranging from the secret history of the Tower of London to the most amazing highlights of the British Museum.
“Her personality was perfect for us and she was a lot of fun to spend a few hours with.”
“London was so much more memorable with a guide who took us through Westminster Abbey and the British Museum, both places we’d been to before, but saw through an entirely new lens with Erica.”
Garvan is a passionate historian, thespian and linguist who has been delighting visitors to Dublin for over ten years. Full of knowledge from both personal study and a degree in Medieval Irish & Celtic Studies, Garvan loves to share his understanding of Irish history and culture. He imparts a genuine feel for Ireland, a lasting admiration and love for his country, and he brightens each client’s day with his Celtic hospitality and charm.
“We had a fabulous time with our tour guide in Dublin! Garvan is truly passionate about Dublin, and everything it has to offer. What a pleasure spending time with him!”
Gerard is a former member of An Garda Síochána (the Irish Policy Force). Over a decade ago, he decided that it was time for a different kind of badge: certification as an official Irish Tourist Board approved Guide. Eager to share his passion for the culture, deep history, folklore and raw beauty of Ireland, Gerard is well-loved for his personalized tours of the beautiful country of Ireland.
“Having a private tour guide in Ireland was a smart choice. He was able to take us places that tour buses would not have been able to access. Having been born and raised in Ireland, he was full of knowledge about the area.”
Donna is a Blue Badge Guide who loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for Southern England with our clients. A history and English literature afficionado, Donna regularly guides clients through many of London’s celebrated landmarks, as well as top sites outside the city, like Windsor Castle, the Jane Austen historic sights, the Cotswolds, and more! Donna excels at individualizing her tours to ensure the interest and enjoyment of each and every guest.
“Our tour was phenomenal. Not only was she knowledgeable about every site that we visited, but also so friendly and nice that her company each day truly added to our experience.”
David, a Blue Badge Guide, has been guiding through beautiful Yorkshire for quite some time. With a Masters Degree in History and 30 years of teaching under his belt, David’s breadth of knowledge and expertise in Yorkshire is unparalleled. Combining his humor, knowledge and passion for this very special area of Northern England, David is among the best of the best and looks forward to showing you both the City of York, and its namesake county of Yorkshire.
“Not only was I unaware of what a fantastic city York is, having David show us around truly brought history to life! I recommend investing an afternoon or more with such a knowledgeable individual – there’s no better way to see this area.”
Jackie, a Blue Badge Guide, has been a tour guide in the City Of Liverpool since 1995. Her private tours are the “real deal” for Beatles Fans travelling Across the Universe to see her fabulous City. She is one of only a few officially certified Beatleguides and was the first to establish herself as a Beatleguide doing private tours. She has won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2011, which subsequently earned her a place in the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. More recently, Jackie was awarded the “Bespoke Tour Operator of the Year” and “Tour Guide of the Year” categories at the Luxury Travel Awards. Enjoy a “Ticket to Ride” with Jackie, exploring “Here, There, and Everywhere.”
“We all really enjoyed our visit with the Beatles guide in Liverpool. We give her 5 stars as one of our most amazing guides! We had a blast on her tour singing old Beatle songs and reminiscing “all things Beatles!” Her tour made our trip to Liverpool a very memorable one indeed!”