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HEART OF ENGLAND

Heart of England is one of Britain's most iconic and traditional regions, encompassing Oxford, Stratford-upon Avon, Bath and the Cotswolds. On your five day journey we'll experience Oxford's dreaming Spires, visit enchanting film locations, explore honey-coloured Cotswold villages, ancient abbeys and stately homes not to mention the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
5 days/ 4 nights

Regions visited:
Heart of England

Start point:
Central London

End point:
Central London

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Heart of England Tour - Oxford University

The Dreaming Spires of Oxford and the Cotswolds

The Dreaming Spires of Oxford and the Cotswolds

Departing London, relax as we travel through the beautiful English countryside to the most famous University City in the world, Oxford. Picture the poets, professors, politicians, scientists and sporting heroes that have strolled Oxford's streets as we begin our journey with a walking tour among the college quads, golden-stone buildings and 'dreaming of this lazy university town. We then swap the city for the quintessential English countryside as we traverse the gentle, patchwork hills of the Cotswolds; we'll pass through landscapes peppered with centuries-old villages, thatch cottages and rambling manors. We end our day in the heart of the Cotswolds, our base for the next two nights, where we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: The Kings Hotel (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Oxford City, Oxford University Colleges and The Cotswolds.

DAY TWO

Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswold Villages

Today's itinerary provides a feast for literary enthusiasts and history buffs as we visit Shakespeare country and the Cotswold region. We firstly visit Stratford-upon Avon including the playwright's Tudor timbered childhood home and the thatched farmhouse of his future bride Anne Hathaway; her cottage is home to beautiful blooming gardens, seemingly frozen in time. There's time to explore the charming medieval riverside town before we then meander through Cotswolds countryside. Following lanes and passes through patchwork hills and honey coloured villages, we'll have the opportunity to visit one or more of these charming hamlets. Tonight we return to our delightful Cotswolds base for an evening at leisure.

accommodationAccommodation: The Kings Hotel (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds.

attractionsHighlights: Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Cotswold Villages.

DAY THREE

Historic Lacock and Afternoon High Tea

Heart of England Tour - Lacock Abbery

Bath City, the Roman Baths and Royal Crescent

Today we pass south to the picture-perfect village of Lacock, retaining its historic character the town has been used in countless period television and movie productions including Pride and Prejudice and The Other Boleyn Girl. We step inside the glorious Lacock Abbey whose elegant and peaceful cloisters you may recognize as parts of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. Then it's time to indulge our taste buds with a traditional afternoon high tea in an atmospheric tea shop set in a Cotswold village amidst the Wiltshire hills. We then continue to tonight's accommodation in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, a vibrant regency township with a great choice of bars and restaurants. The evening is yours to enjoy the city as you wish.

accommodationAccommodation: Abbey Hotel (or similar), Bath.

attractionsHighlights: Lacock Village, Lacock Abbey and an afternoon Tea.

DAY FOUR

Heart of England Tour - Bath sightseeing

Bath Spa, England

Bath City, the Roman Baths and Royal Crescent

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Bath is truly one of Europe's most attractive cities, with the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in the British Isles. This morning we will explore the city's unique history on a brief walking tour viewing the stunningly restored Roman Baths and Georgian pump room before seeing the towering 15th century Abbey and elegant Pulteney Bridge. Then the afternoon is yours to enjoy he city at your leisure; those seeking to relax may visit the Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's original and only natural thermal spa whilst literary enthusiasts might choose to visit the Jane Austen Centre, which offers a snapshot of her life and explores how living in this magnificent city affected her writing. Others may simply choose to explore the myriad of small independent shops and stylish boutiques typical of the city. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Abbey Hotel (or similar), Bath - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Roman Bath, Pulteney Bridge, Jane Austen Centre and No 1. Royal Crescent.

DAY FIVE

The Longleat Estate and UNESCO Avebury Stone-circle

A fitting follow up to regal Bath, today we drive to the beautiful Longleat Estate, a truly English stately home and gardens, currently the seat of the Marquess of Bath; we'll discover its classic architecture and opulent interiors. Later, we continue to the village of Avebury to visit the UNESCO World Heritage standing stones at Avebury Stone Circle, an immense circle set within an ancient landscape. But whilst nearby Stonehenge attracts tourists from all around the world and security prevents you from getting anywhere near the stones, at Avebury visitors can walk freely amongst the stones in relative peace and quiet – a truly enchanting experience. Later today we take a leisurely drive back to the English capital arriving in London by approximately 5.30pm.

attractionsHighlights: Longleat Estate and the Averbury Stone Circle.

MAP

Heart of England Tour Map - Small Group Tours of England

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE FEATURES

  • Travel at a leisurely pace, allowing more time to explore this region in depth.
  • Pay a visit to the childhood home and final resting place of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Go behind the scenes at one of England's great stately homes: Longleat House • Stay in charming boutique accommodation.
  • Walk amongst the monoliths at Avebury Stone Circle.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights in charming boutique accommodation
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and separate tour leader
  • 2 x evening meals
  • Walking Tour of Oxford
  • Traditional Cream Tea in Castle Combe
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
    • Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
    • Lackock Abbey
    • Roman Baths, Bath
    • No. 1 Royal Crescent
    • Longleat House
    • Avebury Stone Circle
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in central London
  • Airport transfers

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES AND PRICING 2017

For 2017 departure dates and pricing please click here.

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2018

START DAY
(in London)
END DAY
(in London)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Mon 16 Apr, 2018 Fri 20 Apr, 2018   £  1,049
Mon 23 Apr, 2018 Fri 27 Apr, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,049
Mon 07 May, 2018 Fri 11 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 14 May, 2018 Fri 18 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Fri 18 May, 2018 Tue 22 May, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 21 May, 2018 Fri 25 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Fri 25 May, 2018 Tue 29 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 28 May, 2018 Fri 01 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 04 Jun, 2018 Fri 08 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 11 Jun, 2018 Fri 15 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 18 Jun, 2018 Fri 22 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 25 Jun, 2018 Fri 29 Jun, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 02 Jul, 2018 Fri 06 Jul, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 Fri 13 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 Fri 20 Jul, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 30 Jul, 2018 Fri 03 Aug, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 06 Aug, 2018 Fri 10 Aug, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 13 Aug, 2018 Fri 17 Aug, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 20 Aug, 2018 Fri 24 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 27 Aug, 2018 Fri 31 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 03 Sep, 2018 Fri 07 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £  1,125
Mon 10 Sep, 2018 Fri 14 Sep, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 17 Sep, 2018 Fri 21 Sep, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 24 Sep, 2018 Fri 28 Sep, 2018   £  1,125
Wed 26 Sep, 2018 Sun 30 Sep, 2018   £  1,125
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 Fri 05 Oct, 2018   £  1,049
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 Fri 12 Oct, 2018   £  1,049

 

Single Supplement: £270 Apr/Oct, £230 May-Sept.

All tours commence in central London (close to Victoria Station) at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in London at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

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