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Visiting Portland on a cruise? Then why not come on the best & friendliest local tour available & see the best of Dorset & the Jurassic Coast in ‘70s VW style(but with a better, modern engine!)!! We provide a far more bespoke & friendly tour than standard coach & minibus trips & certainly without spending most of the day on the road like some tours. See Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, magnificent castles, Roman ruins & picturesque villages!
Isle of Portland, Dorset, England

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2023

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Andrea L
Berlin12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The tour is a wonderful tour with Snowy and Daren, both very special and kind! It was our 2nd tour and we will book them again! Very informative and entertaining. Thanks!
Written 24 March 2024
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I’m so pleased you enjoyed the tour, Andrea – thanks so much for your review, photos & kind words! While our first tour concentrated on the Jurassic Coast, on this one we saw more of beautiful countryside Dorset – there’s just too much to see here in one trip! Hope to see you for another soon!
Written 24 March 2024
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Peg
Tucson, AZ106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I booked this excursion with Daren and Snowy (his fabulous VW bus) after finding it on Google. I emailed him and received a reply almost right away. There were 7 us of and Daren in the van (turned out there were 3 couples on our ship that had also booked). Daren picked us up right at the ship and dropped us off with plenty of time. With the small size of the van we were able to travel on narrower roads that a large bus would have had trouble with. Daren is SO knowledgeable about Dorset County and its history that everyone learned a LOT. We visited Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and traveled through several small and picturesque towns, while also enjoying the gorgeous countryside. We saw Roman ruins, thatched cottages, and Corfe Castle along the way. We had many stops for photos and bathroom breaks. Darren even called ahead to reserve a table for lunch at the Greyhound Inn, at which we had a great meal with excellent service. I've been on quite a few excursions over the years, but this is most definitely my favorite - MUCH better than a bus trip with 50 or so other folks. Do book this tour - I guarantee you, you'll be very glad you did!
Written 11 December 2023
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Thank you so much for your review, pics & kind words, Peg – I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the tour! It’s always a pleasure to show visitors the best sights of Portland’s beautiful county of Dorset & its Jurassic Coast...with a little magic sparkle from Snowy the VW of course (bigger on the inside & more comfortable than anyone expects!)! And unlike larger operators I have the flexibility not only to tweak trips to allow for weather & road conditions but also to go off the beaten track and see special places other tours simply cannot visit. Hope to see you on your next visit to these shores!
Written 12 December 2023
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John L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was without a doubt the best guided tour we have ever taken which says a lot since we have been on 2 world cruises and visited 6 continents. Daren provided a wonderful visual and historical tour in his classic VW. That was a treat and extremely comfortable. He even customized the tour to meet our requests. Daren arranged a specific table at a restaurant so we would have great view of the castle, talk about service. I highly recommend you take this tour with Daren if you are in Dorset.
Written 6 November 2023
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It was a real pleasure showing you all around, John – thank you so much for your fantastic review & such kind words about our scenic drive of the beautiful sights near Portland! There’s so much to see in the county of Dorset that coming on one of my unique VW camper trips is easily the best & friendliest way to see the wonderful sights nearby (& hear all about them) in the time you have available! Hope to see you on your next visit!
Written 7 November 2023
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David K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
One of the best tours that we have ever taken. Daren picks you up right at the gangway of your cruise ship in his spiffy retro VW bus. He possesses knowledge on all areas one would expect to visit, and more.

Tour size is limited to 7 and with the compact size of the VW Bus he takes you down side roads that the big buses can’t. Do yourself a favor and book a tour with Daren today.
Written 31 October 2023
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I’m so pleased you enjoyed the tour, David – thank you so much for your review, photos & kind words! As you found, there are often great surprises on our tours, including how roomy Snowy the VW is (& that there’s a modern engine underneath to cope with the local hills)! Hope to see you on a future visit!
Written 1 November 2023
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Pat B
Saint Louis, MO31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our first port of call on our British Isles cruise was Portland and we chose to tour with Daren and his VW camper “Snowy” because of the great reviews he had on TripAdvisor. Daren was very responsive from the first enquiry we made about the tour, answering emails and questions in a timely manner. He gave us detailed instructions on when and where to meet on the morning of the tour. And he picked us up and dropped us off right at the port, no shuttle bus needed. It was raining at pickup so we weren’t sure what we’d get to see but Daren was able to arrange the tour to give us the best chance of seeing the views ahead of the heavy rains. Luckily we ended up with beautiful weather most of our 6 1/2 hour excursion. Daren knew the best spots for the best views with the least exertion. Our tour included WW2 structures, Chesil Beach, Roman ruins, Durdle door and other amazing sites along the Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, and several cute little Dorset villages and much more. We enjoyed a great lunch Daren arranged for us at The Greyhound pub with views of the Corfe Castle behind us. Daren definitely knows this area and has some great connections. We loved his humor and enjoyed his banter about VW campers, none better than Snowy! Truly a wonderful day! The views and the tour totally exceeded our expectations!
Written 14 October 2023
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Thanks so much for your review, Pat, it was such a pleasure showing you all around – thank you for coming on the best & friendliest tour available! Being more flexible than other operators, I was able to successfully tweak the day’s schedule to avoid the worst of the rain at the sights we visited, doing my best to ensure that you saw the very best of Dorset! Plus I always carry umbrellas just in case the British weather is having a bad day and we can’t get around it! Hope to see you when you return to the UK!
Written 15 October 2023
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Kari S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We did a family trip with my parents- Ages 8-78 on a Disney Cruise. All the excursions were booked up and we decided to use Dorset Day Trips. He took us to all the excursions that Disney offered for that port. He did an excellent job. He gave a great history lesson throughout the trip and had great hide aways to show that other tours don't take their people to. My dad was worried about riding in the van and in the end he said it was quite comfortable and not at all what they expected. Portland area is beautiful and my husband and I know if we go back there we would ask him to take us on another tour. This was the best tour of the entire cruise of the British Isles.
Written 30 September 2023
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I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the tour, Kari – thanks so much for your review & kind words! Our tours are fun for all ages and it’s wonderful to have families of different generations on a trip, as I’ve got the flexibility to make sure everyone has a great time, tailoring the tour to the guests on board (plus I’m always there to lend a helping hand if needed). And yes, despite its classic styling, Snowy the VW has a modern engine so copes easily with the hills of Dorset even when full, and is always bigger on the inside than anyone expects! Hope to see you again on a future visit!
Written 30 September 2023
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Tamera A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My second time doing a tour with dorset far trips! And a wonderful time was had by all! Highly recommend Daren and "Snowy". Perfect for cruisers looking for a great shore excursion! A fantastic experience to places the big busses won't take you and guaranteed to be back at the ship on time. Each time I've set up this tour with other cruisers that I met on the ship and each of them were very pleased with the tour. Book this tour!
Written 17 September 2023
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It was great showing you around again on our scenic drive of the beautiful sights of the county of Dorset & its Jurassic Coast, Tamera – thanks so much for your review & kind words!. We certainly saw lots on your tours, far more than trips in big minibuses or coaches would have been able to visit. Hope to see you for another trip in the future!
Written 17 September 2023
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Dee O
Raleigh, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Daren & Snowy picked us up from our ship, the Oceania Riviera, and we spent a wonderful day seeing many of the sights in the beautiful Dorset countryside. It was by far the best excursion we had on our ten-day cruise around the British Isles. Our last day on the cruise ship couldn't have been better! Daren even took us to a location that wasn't on his normal tour because he knew it was important to me. Thank you, Daren & Snowy! We hope to see you again one day.
Written 14 September 2023
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I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the tour, Dee – thank you so much for your review & kind words! As you found, unlike other tour companies I will do my best to pick you up right next to the ship to make things as easy as possible for you and minimise any confusion…and it’s never a problem to spot Snowy the VW (unlucky passengers on other tours often try to get on as well!!). Hope to see you again too!
Written 14 September 2023
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Claudia S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We had a wonderful tour with Dorset Day Tours- Daren. He was phenomenal and spoke as if we were friends. He is knowledgeable and has a passion for sharing it. It was a FULL day and worth every dollar. Snowy was fun.
Written 31 August 2023
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Thanks so much for your review, pics & kind words, Claudia – it was such a pleasure showing you all around! With Snowy the VW camper every trip is personal & fun and there’s no waiting for 50 people to get off then back on at every stop, meaning we can see & enjoy much more! Hope to see you again when you next visit the UK!
Written 1 September 2023
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Erin S
Auburn, CA318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Our family of six (kids in early twenties and late teens) had a fantastic day with Daren. He is on time, professional, knowledgeable and organized. Pick up from our cruise ship was on time and super easy. Although some of us had been on a similar tour of Dorset, he took us to his special vista points, and hidden gems and made the tour seem new! He also reserved lunch for us at a fantastic pub with an impressive view of Corfe castle that we really enjoyed. We all enjoyed riding in Snowy :)
Written 21 July 2023
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It was such a pleasure showing you all around, Erin – thank you so much for your review & kind words! I can be far more flexible than bigger operators, and with VW Snowy can visit beautiful places that others just cannot go, even in minibuses, making every tour special & memorable! Hope to see you when you visit again!
Written 22 July 2023
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