5 days/ 4 nights
Heart of England
Maximum group size 18 passengers.
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Small group tour: Heart of England tour
Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
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 and gain an insight in to one of the famous colleges. 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. Our destination is one of the region's gems in the market town of Chipping Campden, our base for the next two nights. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Accommodation: The Kings Hotel (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds - dinner included.
Highlights: Oxford City, Oxford University Colleges and The Cotswolds.
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 the charming thatched farmhouse where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway to see the home and blooming gardens, seemingly frozen in time. Then on to Stratford-upon-Avon itself as we pay our respects to the playwright with a visit to the place of the Bard's Birth and his final resting place at Holy Trinity Church. We then meander through Cotswolds country following the lanes and passes through patchwork hills and honey coloured villages, typical of the region with an opportunity to visit one or more of these charming hamlets. Tonight we return to our delightful Cotswolds base for an evening at leisure.
Accommodation: The Kings Hotel (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds.
Highlights: Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Cotswold Villages.
Historic Lacock and Cream Tea at Castle Combe
Traditional Afternoon Tea
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, 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. We'll enjoy time to wander the village and visit the museum to learn about the 19th century photography pioneer Fox Talbot. Then it's on to the chocolate-box village of Castle Combe, set amidst the Wiltshire hills on the southern-most edge of the Cotswold; home to weavers' cottages lining the riverbanks, it's often called 'the prettiest village in England', and provides the perfect backdrop for a traditional Cotswolds cream tea. 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.
Accommodation: M-Gallery Francis Hotel (or similar), Bath.
Highlights: Lacock Village, Lacock Abbey and Castle Combe for an English Cream Tea.
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 firstly at the stunningly restored Roman Baths and Georgian pump room before seeing the towering 15th century Abbey and fascinating Pulteney Bridge. Then we indulge in a fashionable Georgian past-time by promenading along the Royal Crescent for sweeping hill-top views of the city. It's here we visit No. 1 Royal Crescent which offers an authentic glimpse in to an 18th century townhouse and its residents from the wealthy owners who might have lived like characters from an Austen novel to the workers living "below stairs". This afternoon is yours to spend at 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.
Accommodation: M-Gallery Francis Hotel (or similar), Bath - dinner included.
Highlights: Bath City, Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, Jane Austen Centre and No 1. Royal Crescent.
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 enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the house, its 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 of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads that were first walked millennia ago. 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.
Highlights: Longleat Estate and the Averbury Stone Circle.
Small group tours: Heart of England tour
- 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 (and gregarious) stately homes: Longleat House
- Stay in charming authentic accommodation representative of the English countryside
- Walk amongst the stones at Avebury, away from the tourist crowds
- Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- 4 nights in charming accommodation and breakfast
- All transportation by luxury mini-coach
- The services of your driver/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.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in central London
- Airport transfers
Small group tours: Heart of England tour
DEPARTURE DATES 2017
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
|Mon 21 Aug, 2017||Fri 25 Aug, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,015|
|Mon 28 Aug, 2017||Fri 01 Sep, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,015|
|Mon 04 Sep, 2017||Fri 08 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,015|
|Mon 11 Sep, 2017||Fri 15 Sep, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,015|
|Mon 25 Sep, 2017||Fri 29 Sep, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,015|
|Sat 30 Sep, 2017||Wed 04 Oct, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,015|
|Mon 02 Oct, 2017||Fri 06 Oct, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 995|
|Fri 06 Oct, 2017||Tue 10 Oct, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 995|
Single Supplement: £275 Apr/Oct, £300 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.
- 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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