Jane Austen Tours

Welcome to the World of Jane Austen!

Join us as we follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most beloved writers. Explore the life and times of Jane Austen, places where she lived or visited, areas of inspiration for her novels and treasure houses used as film sites of her works. It is all here waiting for you to enjoy, come and explore some of the best regions of the UK, “Jane Austen’s England.”

Literary tourism is not a new phenomenon, Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake spurred thousands to flock to The Trossachs, the Scottish Lake district, in the early 1800s. Today, savvy travelers continue to seek more in-depth experiences although now they don’t have to figure it out for themselves. Special Group Tours is a small group tour company that serves independent minded people who prefer not to drive themselves in the UK and Ireland. Literary Heritage tours are regional sightseeing tours with an added layer incorporating where popular authors lived, worked and were inspired. It’s quite an experience to stand in a place described in a beloved novel, images leaping from the page!

Here we focus on our most popular literary figure, JANE AUSTEN. Below are our SCHEDULED TOUR DEPARTURES…

We also offer a custom designed tour service for private/custom departures. Use our scheduled itineraries as a template or do your own thing – on a custom tour, you ask for it and we provide! Ask us for a rate quote…individuals, couples, book clubs, hobby clubs, schools, alumni, groups of any kind, any size from 2 guests and up. All Welcome!

Special Group Tours

Jane Austen Tours is the ‘literary heritage’ segment of Special Group Tours, specialists in small group special interest tours of UK & Western Europe.

Small Group Touring is traveling with just 6 – 14 guests per departure. It is our aim to introduce you to the ‘real’ country and its people, not just ticking the boxes of a standardized route and treating you as an individual and not a number. On a small group tour, there’s the flexibility to get off the beaten track and have a very personal experience, really exploring the areas visited. ‘SGT’ strives to provide guests a nice balance between the benefits of going with a local guide and the pleasure of maintaining independence. Read More

Other Literary Heritage Tours

Wartime Kent & Ian Fleming/James Bond Weekend…including Dover & Canterbury

Apr 18 - 19, 2015

Britain’s Homefront during WWII, amazing countryside, Churchill’s beloved home and gardens, Ian Fleming’s inspiration, some James Bond film sites, historic Dover Castle and the charming town of Canterbury with its famed cathedral.

‘World of Downton Abbey’ Stately Homes & Country Villages Weekend

Apr 25 - 26, 2015

On this adventure into the ‘World of Downton Abbey’ we will visit film sites, places immediately recognizable from the show, but also highlight some places that would have been a part of the world of the Crawley family. See stately homes, stunning gardens, quaint country villages – classical British sites...

Brighton & “Bloomsbury in Sussex” Weekend

Apr 10 - 12, 2015

See the seaside towns of Brighton & Rye, meander classic countryside, discover 1066 history, relax in the cottage gardens & inspirational homes of some of England’s greatest writers and artists, “Bloomsbury Group” members Virginia Woolf, her sister Vanessa Bell and their circle of friends.

2016 Kent Literary Landscapes featuring Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Jun 15 - 19, 2016

Special Event – tour includes the Broadstairs Charles Dickens Festival! The county of Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ and we will see a variety of properties connected to some well known British writers including Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and some film locations for recent Jane Austen films....

2016 Highlights of Scotland: Scottish Literary Trail

Aug 15 - 20, 2016

Scotland is a land rich in its distinctive national literature. This tour is a sampling of the best of what this wonderful country has to offer, from the stunning Highlands to Dumfries & Galloway to the Scottish Borders, visiting iconic places plus oft overlooked gems off the beaten track, using...

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Our main goal at Special Group Tours is to offer you the best and most personal service available. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a meeting or presentation. We look forward to hearing from YOU!

Special Group Tours, LLC
Kate Carrigan, Owner/Operator
259 Magnolia Drive, Millsboro DE 19966 USA


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