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Farming Tour of the British Isles

Farming Tour of the British Isles Explore the farms and machinery manufacturers across arable, dairy, sheep, beef and pig farming. With the sights and culture the British Isles offer included, this tour is ideal for both farmers and students.

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Metal Detecting in Norfolk

Metal Detecting in NorfolkLocated in the richly historic county of Norfolk, this hands-on detecting tour promises the opportunity to ‘touch the hand of history’.

Detecting expeditions search private land, in archaeologically interesting places, to uncover many spectacular finds including ancient coins and artefacts, dating from the Bronze Age through to Celtic, Roman, Medieval and the present day.

Metal detecting tours are available for 8 or 12 full days detecting on researched fields and take place after harvest time in late summer.

This tour would make a good educational or incentive option and can be customised to include less detecting and more visits to points of historical interest if appropriate.

Tours of a purely archaeological nature to Cyprus or the UK can also be designed for specialist groups.

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The Da Vinci Code Trail

Da Vinci Code TourThis is the film tour everyone wants to take.  Visit the locations of the book and film in Paris, London and Edinburgh to bring the whole event to life.

Add in some detours, some more information, or is it mis-information?  Decipher the riddles, perhaps those clues are really in there…

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The Harry Potter Tour

Harry Potter TourThis is a great educational tour that combines fun yet informative visits to Harry Potter film locations, with trips to sites of cultural and historical interest.

Travelling across the UK the tour takes in the magical sites that create the universally popular Harry Potter films, providing insight into the history and beauty of these locations.

There are many other stops during the tour to enjoy medieval architecture and history and the excitement of getting a little spooked too!

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Taste the Best of English Gourmet

English Gourmet TourThis six day tour leaves no doubt that there is far more to English cuisine than roast beef and Yorkshire pudding!

This fascinating tour takes in all the diversity English food production has to offer; from breweries, to idyllic orchards and vineyards in the Kent countryside. Visits also include the country’s biggest fish and meat markets, leading organic producers culminating with a meal at Rick Stein’s award winning restaurant.

As well as sampling the best the country has to offer, this tour promises the chance to learn new skills to take back to the kitchen and garden at home.

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The Lighthouse Tour of the Netherlands and Belgium

Lighthouse tourAn opportunity for the serious enthusiast to delight in at least 16 different lighthouse visits across the Netherlands and Belgium.

Marvel in the variety of the size, shape, construction and age of the lighthouses, during many internal visits, whilst meeting with the local enthusiasts in Holland.

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The Italian ‘Slow Food’ Tour

Italian 'Slow Food' tourA wonderful tour for food lovers interested in the origins of local food, its traditions, production and of course its taste.

The ethos of the ‘Slow Food’ movement, which aims to preserve local food traditions and interest in where food comes from and how it tastes, permeates this fascinating tour.

With a chance to meet the producers of many of the great culinary classics Italy has bestowed upon the world; Balsamic Vinegar, Grissini, Parma ham, salami, and Limóncello. Not to mention the finest olives, wine and truffles.  With a country Tuscan cooking course and a visit to the ‘Slow Food University’ this trip is guaranteed to make life changing views on food!

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Gardens in Bloom in the South of England

Gardens in Bloom tourSouthern England boasts a huge variety of vibrant gardens, tucked away within stunning countryside, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

This tour travels to some of the very best of these gardens. Many are life works created by our greatest gardeners who made history with their stunning and innovative creations.

There are so many gardens to choose from and this suggested itinerary can be tailored to be shorter or longer and more detailed.  Visits to private gardens, talks with the gardeners and other experts, or a trip to the World Famous Chelsea Flower Show are all possible options.

We recommend this tour is taken in May to enjoy the gardens at their best.

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UK Air Shows

UK Air Shows tourA tremendous tour of speed, sound and spectacle for the plane enthusiast.

Combining two of the largest air shows with visits to a variety of interesting museums and collections associated with aviation.

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Special Interest Groups

Themed tours are our speciality and we relish the opportunity to operate these trips.

We offer a totally flexible service that is geared around the tour you want to offer your customers. Almost anything is possible.

Even if you just have the germ of an idea, no matter how wild and wacky, we may have already had a tour on that theme, if not our tour designers can research it and turn it into a reality for you.

A Client's Perspective:
Here’s what David Barwell of Discovery Tours has to say about his experience with Operation Europe:
‘Myself and my business partner have been bringing American metal detecting enthusiasts over to Norfolk to search for historical artefacts for over twenty years. Operation Europe have been with us from day one and without them we wouldn’t have the successful tour we have today.

They organise on our behalf:

  • The accommodation including dinners, menus and function rooms; all with excellent price reductions
  • Coach collection drop offs; they liaise with the drivers, reservation managers etc…
  • Sightseeing itineraries; including obtaining special rates on entrance fees, guides, lunches and stop off points
  • Specialist guides for a variety of venues
  • Airport transfers
  • Currency exchange at commercial rates
  • Payment to hotels, the coach company our staff etc… on our behalf
  • Public liability insurance
  • VAT payments

  • Essentially they make delivering a professional tour a possibility for a small, niche operator like Discovery Tours.’ Build Your Own Itinerary Featured below is a selection of itineraries from our extensive database of themed tours. We have delivered these tours for clients as diverse as metal detecting clubs, MBA students, merchant bankers and animal feed manufacturers. You can use any of these itineraries as a basis for your own group or customise it to make it work for you or your client, for example you could take any itinerary and make it:
  • Longer or shorter in duration
  • Based in different countries or multi-country
  • With a larger or smaller group size
  • Using any category of hotel from youth hostel through budget and tourist class to first or deluxe hotels
  • Meals inclusive or not
  • Particular cuisines catered for e.g. Halal, Chinese or Indian meals
  • More or less visits
  • Include more hands on experiences

  • A Tour Whatever the Interest Our flexibility and ability to deliver, no matter what the subject, is clear from the range and specialist nature of our previous tours:
  • Merchant banking
  • Fashion, history of costume and design
  • Wall painting restoration
  • Stone masonry
  • Salmonella prevention
  • Sheep farmers; cattle feed preparation
  • Art history
  • Religious tours
  • Ostrich farmers
  • Spiritual tours
  • Green energy
  • Culture and history
  • Theatre, dance and performing arts
  • Bands, orchestras and choirs

  • Please take a look at the sample itineraries and contact us if you find something that takes your interest.

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