Dorset Day Trips
Dorset Day Trips
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Dorset Day Trips offer an exciting range of award-winning guided sightseeing day tours around Dorset & the New Forest, all from the comfort of our fantastic ‘70’s-style VW camper! With pick-ups in Poole or Bournemouth, the VW comfortably seats 7 passengers, making our trips really personal and fun. It also means we can fit anywhere a car can go, opening up places that even larger minibuses just cannot go!
Bournemouth, Dorset, England

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Mimi M
San Diego, CA127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
It was almost a year ago that spent a full day touring with Daren Gapper in his pristine, modern VW camper van he calls “Snowy” . The name of our tour was “DORSET DAY TRIP:JURASSIC COAST, WW2 STRUCTURES, DURDLE DOOR, CORFE CASTLE, ROMAN RUINS, LULWORTH COAST.” (A lot to see in just one day, but we never felt rushed.)

Now as I look back at my photos, I am reminded that this was one of the most memorable of all the excursions we took while on our Holland America Line Transatlantic cruise. Daren met our group of 6 at the cruise ship port in Portland, UK and we spent the next 7 hours experiencing this area of Dorset County through the eyes of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide (and driver of Snowy ☺️), who mixed in humorous stories with his interesting insights. We wouldn’t hesitate to have Daren ( DORSET DAY TRIPS) as our guide again.
Written 11 April 2024
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Thanks so much for your review, pics & kind words, Mimi – I’m so pleased you enjoyed the tour! With Snowy the VW camper every trip is personal & fun and we certainly saw lots of Dorset, far more than trips in big minibuses or coaches would have seen! Plus unlike larger operators we have the flexibility to change things according to the weather to make sure my guests have the best day possible. Hope to see you when you next visit the UK!
Written 12 April 2024
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Sue Y
Luton, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Daren is so friendly and informative
We had a 4 hour private tour around his home county of Dorset
He planned a tour to our specifications with a few surprise gems dropped in
Water and mini snacks provided
Toilet stops available
Some walking involved
Snowy is safe and v comfortable
Written 11 April 2024
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It was a real pleasure to show you around, Sue – thank you so much for your review & pics! Snowy the VW certainly takes all the stress and niggles out of a day spent in Dorset (or the New Forest!), so no map-reading, country lane-negotiating or guide-reading - you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy your time here while we show you around, and a private tour is the perfect way to do that! Hope to see you when you next visit!
Written 11 April 2024
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Andrea L
Berlin12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was our second trip with Daren, because the first one was so great. Daren was flexible in time and very informative about the history of the area. This time we decided the Thomas Hardy tour and went to Wimborne Minister, Shaftesbury, Sherbourne and Dorchester! Wonderful areas and Snowy, the Bully did a wonderful job, too! 😆 It was a wonderful day! Thanks Daren!
Written 24 March 2024
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Thanks both so much for your review, photos & kind words - it was such a pleasure to show you around! Over your two trips, Snowy the camper (VW Bulli) and I have been able to show you many fantastic places in Dorset, but there are always more so I hope to see you on your next visit!
Written 25 March 2024
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Wayne S
Fort Lauderdale, FL39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had an awesome day sightseeing in Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. Daren was fun, very knowledgeable, articulate, and kept us on schedule. Although our cruise ship didn’t arrive until noon, Daren got us to all of the points we were promised and a few extras we were not expecting. Snowy was fun and surprisingly comfortable and roomy for the six of us adults. Great value and so much better than a large group coach tour. Thanks, Daren.
Written 31 October 2023
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You are very welcome, Wayne – thank you so much for your review, pics & kind words! We do our level best to make sure every trip is special, and your private tour upgrade meant we could visit those extra sights - I’m so pleased you had a great day! And I always think it’s important for guests to have great photos of their adventure so do try to help where I can...including the stop for the highland coos! Hope to see you when you next visit the UK.
Written 1 November 2023
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Fram
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This tour with Daren was my favorite of all our tours. We saw the most beautiful coastline areas but what we loved were the small villages. The countryside was lush green and the small villages were so much like I had hoped they would be. Daren is knowledgeable and fun. He points out the small details such as the decorated old phone booths cared for by locals. The sweeping coastline and countryside Daren showed us will always remain in my memory as the highlight of all our tours. Do not hesitate to book with Daren and "Snowy" his trusted, comfortable van.
Written 27 October 2023
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It was a real pleasure to show you all around – thank you so much for your review & kind words! There’s so much beautiful scenery to see here in Dorset, and as you found, despite its classic styling, Snowy the VW has a modern engine so copes easily with the hills of Dorset even when full, as well as being great fun of course, plus is always bigger on the inside than anyone expects! Hope to see you when you next visit these shores!
Written 28 October 2023
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Julie A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family

We had an amazing tour on the Jurassic Coast with Daren of Dorset Day Trips. Daren was right on time picking us up at the cruise ship. He is well known by the security team. As promised, Daren picked us up in his trusted Volkswagen "Snowy".

We had an amazing view of Durdle Door, using a side walkable road so that we did not have to climb up a steep hill. We also went to Lulworth Cove and Corfe Castle. In addition he brought us to some old Roman ruins that were simply amazing.

Daren had reserved seats for us at the Greyhound Inn which had an amazing view of Corfe Castle. The food was very good.

I highly recommend this tour as Daren really knew his way around, was full of amazing information and he brought us to places you would not see on a run of the mill tour bus. This was a very interesting and enjoyable day on the Jurassic Coast! There were six of us and we fit very comfortably in his VW.
Written 22 September 2023
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I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the tour, Julie – thanks so much for your review, pics & kind words. It’s always a pleasure to show visitors the local sights & share the tales/history of Dorset ...plus add a little of my magic sparkle from Snowy the VW of course! Hope to see you on your next visit to these shores!
Written 22 September 2023
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penny275
Toronto, Canada96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We had a fabulous Day on the Jurassic Coast with Daren & his trusty VW "Snowy". Daren picked us up as soon as we came out of the cruise ship and even the security guards knew Snowy and Daren.
We started with the Hardy Monument with scenic views of the coastline, went to Durdle Door, using a back route that avoided the huge hill that others had to climb, then on to a Roman Villa that was excavated several years ago with incredible tiled mosaic floors. Then on to Lulworth Cove and Corfe Castle.

We stopped for lunch at the Greyhound Inn and after winding through the corridors Daren took us to a beautiful outdoor patio. The Greyhound Inn has the most amazing view of the ruins of Corfe Castle and Daren had reserved seating for us.

I've probably missed some of the details as there were so many things to see. Daren was very knowledgeable and shared his love for the area. It was an extremely interesting and enjoyable day at the Jurassic Coast with Daren and Snowy.
Written 21 September 2023
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It was such a pleasure to show you all around – thanks so much for your review & kind words, Penny! We do our level best to add that personal touch & make sure each tour is special, and with Snowy the camper every trip is unique & fun and there’s no waiting for 50 people to get off then back on at every stop, so we can see & enjoy much more! Hope to see you on your next visit!
Written 22 September 2023
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LaineMcN
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I was born in England but have lived in Australia most of my life – during May 2023, I roamed around England for four weeks and made my way to my Mum’s birthplace, Bournemouth. I only had one full day there, aside of travel days and wanted to visit places she had talked about – Durdle Door, Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove, Poole and more but without a car and no idea of where to go, I looked for a tour.
Every tour I googled was either too long, or had a more abstract itinerary which didn’t cover the areas I was keen to visit.
I found Dorset Day Trips and contacted Daren – the day I was available wasn’t one he usually did tours on but he took into consideration what I wanted to do and customised a six hour tour for me!!
Daren is fabulous!!! He outlined an itinerary in advance, via email, which was perfect! It covered all my wishlist and more.
Daren picked me up from my Bournemouth hotel right on time and he was so easy to talk to whilst we roamed around – a font of information about all the areas we visited. We visited more places than I expected and was given choices on the day as well, e.g. ‘walk down….. or over…. or….’ so that I could have the best experience.
Very comfortable, easy-going trip. If I was chatting away and something of interest was coming up, he’d politely let me know so that I didn’t miss out and we’d continue the conversation afterwards.
Can’t recommend booking a trip with Daren highly enough; he’s a legend and Snowy, his van, is fabulous too 😊
Written 9 September 2023
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I’m so pleased you enjoyed your tour – thank you so much for your review, pics & kind words! I can be far more flexible than bigger operators, so with a private tour doing something a little more bespoke, like a photography tour, family history trip or a special occasion are all possibilities, and my “tours for one” can be great for individual visitors (though they are more expensive I can often do a deal)! Hope to see you when you visit this side of the world again!
Written 9 September 2023
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Gail E
Augusta, GA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We had a fabulous Day on the Jurassic Coast with Daren & Snowy. Daren picked us up as soon as we disembarked our cruise ship and exited the terminal. Snowy, his VW camper van was very comfortable for the 6 of us. Daren is a walking Wikipedia when it comes to information and tidbits about the Jurassic Coast. We went to the Thomas Hardy Monument, Durdle Door, saw the ruins and excavation of a Roman Villa, saw the Stair Hole, a Normal castle in Corfe, learned about thatched roof cottages, and many other sights that my poor brain just can’t remember! His recommendation and reservation for us at the Greyhound Corfe Pub for lunch was a wonderful respite after a full morning of seeing the sights. Daren was so much fun to be with and it is obvious he loves what he does.
Written 8 September 2023
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It was a real pleasure to show you all around – thanks so much for your review, pics & kind words, Gail! In the time available we saw the best of the county of Dorset and its Jurassic Coast, and certainly without spending most of the day on the road - there is so much to see nearby! Hope to see you when you next visit!
Written 9 September 2023
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Bonnie E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We had a fantastic day on our Portland shore excursion along the Jurassic Coast and Dorset (and many other delightful and surprising sites) with Daren and Snowy! Daren picked us up right at the end of the ship gangway and took us on a day-long adventure along the beautiful Jurassic coastline, including a delicious lunch at a historic pub with a perfect view of castle ruins. For you Americans out there Daren included a stop at an old church in a tiny hamlet with a surprising connection to George Washington and our American flag. He also included a little-known special surprise that none of us were expecting (I won't spoil it...you'll have to take his tour yourself to find out). If you're cruising the British Isles with a stop in Portland or visiting Dorset, jump on Snowy and go see the wonderful things Dorset has to offer!
Written 1 September 2023
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Thanks so much for your review & pics, Bonnie – I’m so pleased you enjoyed the tour! There’s so much to see here in Dorset that coming on one of my trips is the best way to see the best sights and hear all about them in the valuable time you have available...along with a little magic sparkle from Snowy the VW of course! Hope to see you when you next visit the UK!
Written 3 September 2023
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