Example Trip Itinerary
The West Coast
Airside meet and greet at Shannon Airport
On the way to your hotel, enjoy a visit to the stunning Cliffs of Moher.
Accommodation in The West Coast
- Dining room
Moy House is a former private home from the 18th-century that has been turned into a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking Lahinch Bay. Surrounded by ancient woodland and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic, this is an idyllic spot from which to appreciate the beauty of Ireland’s West Coast. The hotel is a mix of classic and contemporary with the air of an elegant country house. Rooms are traditionally decorated and have a real warmth to them, and those that face the ocean offer the most glorious views to wake up to. Food and drink are among the highlights of a stay at Moy House. The hotel has its own farm, home to pigs, hens, sheep and Dexter cows as well as a kitchen garden that provides vegetables, fruit and herbs for the restaurant. There is a six-course tasting menu, as well as an à la carte, and the dishes are finalised each morning depending on what’s ready in the garden.
- Two restaurants
- Cocktail bar
- Swimming pool
In County Clare, a short way north of Limerick, Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland’s most prestigious addresses. Entering its gates and following the meandering driveway through its pristine parkland, you’ll be transported back to the early 19th century when the current baronial country mansion was built. Now a fabulous hotel, and recently renovated with no expense spared, its rooms include suites whose canopied beds look out over the lake, and spacious family rooms, while even the more modest rooms still feature lavish furnishings, modern luxuries and exquisite bathrooms. The grandeur peaks in the public rooms such as the drawing room, cocktail bar and at the restaurant, the Earl of Thomond, a formal venue with a menu celebrating the best of local produce. The Fig Tree Restaurant in the Golf & Country Club is a more relaxed venue. Elsewhere in the sprawling 450-acre estate, find a championship golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, and space to pursue all manner of country pursuits from horse riding to archery, fishing and falconry.
Wild Kitchen is a unique food experience and involves guided walks on land and along the shore. You'll discover and identify delicious and edible wild plants such as seaweed, dilisk and sea spirulina. A wild food walk is such a great way to engage with nature and offers the opportunity to learn about the exceptional nutritional value and unique taste of wild plants. You'll learn how to identify them, what not to eat or touch, what’s in season, tasting as you go and all the while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way.
En route to Connemara, enjoy a two-hour walking tour of Galway city and experience the best of Galway’s local cuisine. Your local guide will show you Galway’s hidden food treasures, from new artisans to traditional family businesses. Indulge your taste buds and get to see the best of the city.
Accommodation in Connemara
- A 700-acre estate
- Mountain and river bedroom views
- Owenmore Restaurant
- The Fisherman’s Pub
- Open log fires
- Castle library
Found on a private 700-acre estate filled with enchanting woodlands and rivers, perfect for long walks in the heart of Connemara, you’ll find the impressive Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. This authentic historic Castle Hotel stands in front of a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range where it regally overlooks its own famous salmon fishery. Bedrooms and suites here are elegantly decorated with soft furnishings to compliment the surroundings and while some rooms have views of the grounds, the courtyard or mountains, others offer wonderful views of the woodlands or the river meandering past. Enjoy the magnificently appointed terraces above the majestic Salmon River at the Owenmore Restaurant where you can dine on authentic local produce in elegant surrounds. Or for a more relaxed environment head to The Fisherman’s Pub and Ranji Room which represent all that is great about Connemara. Activities are plenty at Ballynahinch, with fishing, woodcock shooting, hiking, and clay shooting available on the estate as well as with guided boat trips on Roundstone Bay and plenty of cycle routes around Connemara from the hotel. Yet for those who wish to enjoy a stay with a slower pace, there are several open log fires to lounge besides, as well as a traditional castle library to read in, ensuring there is something magical here for everyone.
Michael Gibbons is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. He was born and raised in the Connemara region. He has worked with the Department of Antiquities in Jerusalem and for the Museum of London City Excavation Programme. Michael is a member of the Nautical Archaeology Society and his current research interests include the archaeology of Irish uplands and islands, in particular the maritime pilgrimage tradition. He has carried out detailed research on some of the most important of these including Skellig Michael World Heritage Site.
Today you'll visit Westport before heading to the Great Western Greenway and finally Achill island.
Bright and vibrant even in the depths of winter, Westport is a photogenic Georgian town with tree-lined streets, a riverside mall and a great vibe. With an excellent choice of accommodation, fine restaurants and pubs renowned for their music, it's a hugely popular place yet has never sold its soul to tourism. Next you'll head to the Great Western Greenway where you can escape the bustle of urban life on the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.
Finally you'll head to the beautiful Achill island. Not only does Achill island offer spectacularly beautiful views, but it also rewards visitors with equally spectacularly beaches, two in particular – Keem Bay and Keel Beach are must visits. A visit to Achill Island can be as active, or as relaxed, as visitors choose. Achill Island offers lots of restaurants with fresh Atlantic seafood as a speciality, and its pubs and bars provide a traditional Irish welcome.
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh. It forms the border between counties Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland. Killary Harbour is also extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length.
En route to Dublin you will visit the Clonmacnoise Monastery, the Celtic Roots Studio and The Kilbeggan Distillery. The sixth-century Clonmacnoise Monastery, located on the banks of the River Shannon, is home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers. The monastery flourished for 600 years as a centre of learning and religious instruction as well as providing much of Ireland’s finest Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts.
The Celtic Roots Studio combines a workshop and gallery space with an interpretative centre and display of historic artifacts made from bogwood. This natural material was formed from trees that became engulfed in Irish bogs thousands of years ago and preserved in the low oxygen atmosphere of the peat. Now, discarded bogwood is reclaimed and slowly dried out over two years before it is carved and polished into contemporary sculpture and jewellery.
The Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, retaining its licence to distill whiskey on the same site and in the same buildings for over 256 years.
Accommodation in Dublin
- 205 rooms and suites
- 1930s-style bar
- Fitness suite
The Westbury enjoys a prime location in the heart of Dublin, just moments from the pedestrianised hub of Grafton Street, Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green. Decor is contemporary and chic but original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy ensure there is a nod to Irish history and culture. There are 205 rooms and suites, elegant and contemporary in design with a soft neutral colour scheme. The hotel restaurant WILDE is a beautiful 1930s-inspired space with huge windows and an abundance of greenery. The menu celebrates the finest Irish produce and combines much-loved local dishes with cuisine from around the world. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea at The Gallery, enjoying views over Grafton Street as you tuck into delectable pastries and savouries. Grab at a drink at the Sidecar cocktail bar, then head next door to the Balfes Bar and Brasserie, an all-day bistro where the vibe is trendy New York eatery meets high-end Parisian brasserie.
- 246 rooms
- Three restaurants
- Two bars
- Indoor swimming pool
- Fitness centre
Situated south of the river in the heart of Dublin city centre, The Shelbourne thoroughly encapsulates classic Irish charm and elegance. First opened in 1824, this stately hotel has remained a perennial favourite for visitors to the city and enjoys a prime location overlooking St Stephen’s Green. Catching your eye upon arrival are the delicate touches of gold leaf and ornate chandeliers, a visual promise of the luxury found within these walls. The warmth of deep mahogany and pastel green found throughout the hotel evoke Ireland’s quintessential greenery. Yet while these natural hues pay tribute to Ireland’s vast natural offerings, the Shelbourne is far from rustic. The 246 rooms and suites are classic and elegant and designed to emulate a homely yet luxurious hideaway. Balconies overlooking the natural beauty of St. Stephens Green can be found in some of the rooms while deep bath tubs are perfect for slipping into after a day exploring the city. The food enthusiast in you can rejoice over the choice of award-winning restaurants. The Lord Mayor’s Lounge offers a classic high tea experience while the Saddle Room restaurant specialises in hearty steaks and succulent seafood. The hotel’s most recent addition, the 1824 Bar, lures you in with its sophisticated style. Featuring a 19th-century Kilkenny limestone fireplace and oak bookshelves filled with books by famous Irish authors, it is reminiscent of a stately home gallery and library. The hotel’s facilities range from a state-of-the-art fitness centre and indoor heated pool to a full-service day spa. Exclusive to The Shelbourne and cementing the hotel’s bond between past and present, is the unique services of the genealogy butler. This allows you to delve deep into your own history to discover where your true ancestral roots lie.
- 142 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Garden terrace
- Cocktial bar
- Swimming pool
The Merrion is a beautiful hotel located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the museums, galleries and shops of Grafton Street. The hotel occupies four Georgian townhouses which have been sensitively renovated so as not to detract from the heritage of the original buildings. There are 142 rooms and suites, light and airy and decorated with colours and fabrics chosen from a subtle palette inspired by Paul Henry’s paintings of the Irish landscape – one of these beautiful paintings hangs at the foot of the Merrion’s main staircase. The hotel has strong culinary credentials with Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud the only restaurant in Ireland to hold two Michelin stars. The Cellar Bar, located in the original 18th-century wine vaults, and the Garden Room offer a more casual dining experience. In spring and summer guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens, while the drawing room with its open log fire is the perfect place to hole up with a drink or enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. The No.23 cocktail bar has the feel of a private lounge with pieces of art from the Merrion’s private collection on the racing green walls. Here you can enjoy a glass of champage or Irish whisky. At the hotel spa you’ll find an indoor swimming pool, steam room, private treatment rooms and a fitness centre.
Trinity College’s Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a must see for all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring you back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland's history and culture for over 800 years. For centuries it was the largest enclosed space on the island and it remains the largest cathedral in the country. It has been visited by some of Irish history's most influential individuals from Cromwell, William of Orange and King James I, to Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. We can organise a private vergers tour with behind-the-scenes access.
A five-star Guinness tasting experience for the ultimate Guinness connoisseur. This intimate session takes place in a private bar where expert staff will be your personal guides on a sensory journey filled with tales and traditions.
Private transfer to Dublin airport
Flight to Edinburgh
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Perthshire
- 232 rooms
- Three championship golf courses
- Six restaurants and bars
- Equestrian school
- Swimming pool
Set on 850 acres, this Scottish countryside estate boasts three championship golf courses, fine-dining restaurants and a variety of outdoor activities. With a choice between traditional opulence and contemporary luxury, many of the 232 rooms offer views over the grounds. Soft fabrics and modern touches make even the more compact rooms into intimate and comfortable havens. Take a table at the Michelin starred Andrew Fairlie restaurant, or dine at The Strathearn, The Dormy Clubhouse or enjoy lighter meals and drinks at one of the hotel’s bars. Gleneagles is perfectly suited to guests of all ages, and there are outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. From it’s world famous golf to off-road driving, mountain biking, falconry, fishing, archery and horse-riding, you will be able to make the most of Scotland’s fresh air and beautiful scenery. You can also indulge in a selection of traditional therapies and alternative treatments at The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA.
- 15 rooms
- Chez Roux restaurant
- Tennis court
Experience grand country living at its finest at Andy Murray’s Cromlix. Live like the lairds of old in elegant surroundings while enjoying exemplary service. The Victorian Perthshire mansion, set on 34 acres of woodlands, has been transformed into a 15-room country hotel. Light-filled rooms offer views over the manicured grounds and countryside and the décor showcases the house’s original heritage with carefully selected Scottish antique furniture. The luxurious bathrooms in most of the suites feature hand-painted freestanding baths in gold, silver and copper. While the restaurant is housed in a conservatory overlooking the gardens, meals from Chez Roux can be enjoyed in various spaces around the hotel. The open kitchen makes for a more interactive dining experience, and the menus are crafted around seasonal local produce.
Discover some of Outlander's evocative film locations huddled along the iconic River Forth. Lallybroch Castle, the real life Midhope Castle, is the family home of Jamie Fraser. Nearby Blackness Castle was also used in filming along with historic Culross, a charming town and the setting for Geillis Duncan's house. Your guide will also tell you something of the real-life stories of these places, which are every bit as compelling as the world of Outlander.
Husband and wife team, Colin and Linda, will welcome you to their working farm and introduce you to life on a Scottish sheep farm. Highlights of the visit include a sheep dog demonstration in the fields and a talk on spinning yarn in Linda's studio, located in the farmyard. This is a wonderful insight into an aspect of rural life in Scotland at a working farm.
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s premier castles and has an impressive history. Home to a succession of Stuart kings and queens, this historic edifice sits atop a rocky outcrop and rivals Edinburgh Castle in both history and visual impact.
The lovely village of Dunkeld sits on the banks of the River Tay. The majestic Dunkeld Cathedral dominates this picturesque Perthshire village and features the tomb of the notorious Wolf of Badenoch. Nearby, walk along Atholl Street's variety of specialist shops or take a walk down by the river, which provides excellent views of Thomas Telford's Dunkeld Bridge. You can't miss the brightly coloured houses of Dunkeld which were built in the early 1700s. Restored to provide homes for local people, they are now in the care of the National Trust For Scotland. Another NTS property is the Ell Shop featuring the original 'ell' measure, just over a metre long, used for measuring cloth in days gone by.
After exploring Dunkeld village you'll head over to Blair Castle, the quintessential romantic Highland estate. Its baronial architecture and beautiful setting in wooded grounds with mountainous backdrop are the stuff of fantasy. But Blair Castle is rooted very much in reality and has played an active role in the development of Scotland as a country over many centuries. Join the castle's resident archivist on a very special tour behind-the-scenes. Head up into the attics where no other visitors get to go, or see letters written by Bonnie Prince Charlie, or learn about the Duke's private army, created with permission from Queen Victoria.
You'll then head over to Fife Arms in the Cairngorms National Park.
Cairngorms National Park
Accommodation in Cairngorms National Park
- 46 rooms and suites
- Two bars
This lovingly restored and refurbished hotel within the Cairngorms National Park in Braemar has been designed to feel like a welcoming country house, while retaining the property’s sense of grandeur and history. Each of the 46 rooms and suites has been individually decorated and furnished. There are six room types to choose from, with each fitting a meticulously researched theme or dedicated to a local person, place or event. The Royal Suites, with views out over the surrounding landscape, have been inspired by some of the noble visitors who visited Braemar in the past. Furnishings are rich, with carefully-chosen antiques, artworks and even some items that once belonged to some of the historic figures themselves. Reflecting the hotel’s history as a 19th-century coaching inn, the Victoriana Suites boast period wallpaper and have views over Braemar. In turn, the Scottish Culture Rooms have been inspired by some of Scotland’s leading figures in literature, astronomy, engineering and exploration. In the Nature and Poetry Rooms, natural materials like heather, wood and tweed feature in the decor along with beautiful headboards engraved with the words of poet Alec Finlay. When it comes to dining, expect menus which make full use of the finest Scottish seasonal produce. From fresh seafood and game to local whiskies and spirits, many of the ingredients used in the kitchens and bars will be sourced from local suppliers, gamekeepers and farmers. Enjoy a selection of ales and whiskies at The Flying Stag, take a table in The Clunie Dining Room and allow executive chef Robert Cameron to impress with Scottish cuisine, and enjoy a nightcap at the beautiful art deco cocktail bar Elsa’s.
Go on an offroad tour on private hill roads into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. On the tour, you will have a good chance of seeing red deer, golden eagles, red and black grouse, red squirrels and mountain hares. You will discover a landscape steeped in history and folklore, learn about land management and the diversity of flora and fauna, absorb our breathtaking views. The tour is done at a leisurely pace to give you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the remote and dramatic landscape.
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Edinburgh
- 167 rooms
- 20 suites
- Michelin-starred restaurant
Standing proudly at No 1 Princes Street, this grand building, which started out as a railway hotel, blends the best of Scottish tradition and design with five-star contemporary luxury. The 167 charming rooms feature warm, welcoming hues and modern decor, while the 20 suites are spacious and stylish. Settle into a cosy turret alcove in one of the Grand Suites and gaze out at the historic city, or lose yourself in the lavishly furnished Scone and Crombie signature suite. When it comes to light lunches and dinner, book a table at Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux for sublime French cooking made with the finest Scottish produce. Or treat yourself to an extravagant gourmet adventure at the Michelin-starred Number One. This is modern Scottish cuisine at its finest. Find inner-city harmony at the award-winning Balmoral Spa. With five treatment rooms, an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam room and fully-equipped gym, it’s the perfect place to rejuvenate body and soul.
- 240 rooms and suites
- Coffee shop
With five Georgian townhouses dating back to 1775 at its heart, The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been carefully restored to create a well-appointed hotel which retains its local and historic charm. The 240 rooms and suites have been refurbished to reflect the heritage of the building, with luxurious materials like oak, leather, brass, and marble. The colour scheme was inspired by the works of the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. The period features, combined with stylish lighting and intuitive technology, make for a comfortable and convenient retreat. One of the townhouses, which was home to novelist Susan Ferrier, is now The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, where you can feast on modern Scottish cooking. The late-night bar serves up a variety of single malts, as well as local spirits like Edinburgh gin and Scottish vodka. Grab a fresh cuppa as Burr & Co, the hotel’s popular coffee shop.
- 199 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, The Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel comprises of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the the city’s New Town. 199 rooms and suites are eclectically styled and cleverly detailed, with a modern take on Scottish hospitality mixed with a curated collection of art and retro pieces found throughout. The beautiful glass-roofed internal courtyard, The Garden, is open from breakfast through to the wee hours and you can enjoy the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean at the fabulous BABA restaurant.
Visit the coastal town of Arbroath, home of the famous Arbroath Smokie. A smokie is a smoke-cured haddock and considered one of Scotland's most emblematic dishes. Many old smokehouses are still in operation around the harbour. Visit this atmospheric neighbourhood to experience an authentic and unchanged corner of Scotland.
This Scottish cousin of London's famous Victoria & Albert Museum is an exciting museum celebrating the very best of Scottish design. Set in a striking contemporary building, the galleries showcase a variety of works including a pannelled room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Beano artworks from local Dundee publisher DC Thomson.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and nicknamed the Athens of the North for its grand Georgian architecture. It’s the New Town that earned the city this sobriquet: its elegant neoclassical terraces were inspired by the buildings of Ancient Greece and though it’s called the New Town, this neighbourhood is already nearly 300 years old.
Edinburgh’s Old Town dominates the city from atop a volcanic outcrop and Edinburgh Castle balances perilously on the edge. The Royal Mile runs down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. The Windsor connections can be seen at a hidden location in the district of Leith, where the Queen’s Royal Yacht Britannia is now docked. Explore Edinburgh’s highlights with your expert guide and discover what makes this city perennially popular.
Private transfer to Edinburgh airport
Flight from Edinburgh to London
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in London
- 96 rooms and suites
- Bowling alley
- Buzzing restaurant and bar
- Roof terrace
Just moments from bustling Soho and a stone’s throw from Mayfair, the Ham Yard Hotel is an oasis of calm in the heart of central London. Quintessentially British but with a modern twist, the hotel is bursting with character and is impeccably styled, its decor a unique mix of vibrant colours, patterns and textures. Each room has been individually designed and features floor-to-ceiling windows. There is the option of interconnecting rooms, making it an ideal base for families. Enjoy sweeping views across the London skyline from the roof terrace, a haven of tranquility with lush planting and tinkling fountains. There’s a real buzz around the beehive and the kitchen garden keeps the hotel restaurant’s larder well stocked. When you need to put your feet up, you can relax with the papers or a book in the library or curl up in front of the fireplace in the drawing room. There’s a world of culture on your doorstep, but in between soaking it up at the nearby galleries and museums be sure to pull up a chair at the bar and sip an expertly mixed cocktail or enjoy a decadent afternoon tea.
- 111 rooms and 23 suites
- Ritz Restaurant
- Palm Court for afternoon tea
- Rivoli Bar
- Private club
- A ratio of over two staff to every guest room
Since its opening in 1906 César Ritz, this London landmark has been a firm favourite of royalty, heads of state and thousands of discerning guests for over a century, and has become a symbol synonymous with true luxury. Its opulent Louis XVI neoclassical style flows throughout the establishment, from the grand Long Gallery lobby and into each of its 111 rooms with their signature blue, yellow, rose pink or peach colours. Some offer exquisite views into Green Park or Piccadilly and a handful can be connected for families. 23 suites range in size from 62 square metres (665 square feet) to a positively palatial 260 square metres (2,802 square feet) five bedroom suite. Each enjoy 24-hour butler service and a one-way London airport transfer in the chauffeur driven Ritz Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Palm Court is the setting for the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, while the Rivoli Bar is the place for Champagne and cocktails amidst Art Deco glamour. The Ritz Restaurant, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world, serves timeless fine French classics. There is also a spa on the seventh floor, a tranquil sanctuary in this bustling part of town, and the exclusive Ritz Club with its own bar, award-winning restaurant and 24 hour gaming facilities which residents of the hotel are welcome to visit during their stay.
- 50 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Swimming pool
London might be a city steeped in history but it’s certainly keeping pace with the best of them. The thoroughly British Haymarket Hotel is chic and modern whilst staying true to its roots, and there’s no compromise on location, either, as you find yourself in the heart of the capital’s theatre district. With bright splashes of colour, bold prints and plenty of quirky design features, the Haymarket is a beacon of contemporary British style. The 50 rooms and suites have been individually designed, each with their own unique character. The restaurant serves seasonal cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and the barmen are a dab hand at mixing elegant and refreshing cocktails. Make sure you indulge in the great British tradition of afternoon tea, a delightful mix of cakes, sandwiches, scones and of course, a pot of steaming loose-leaf tea. Head to the library when you want to retreat with a book or the morning papers. The hotel’s indoor pool is not just for the health conscious; a ceiling studded with hundreds of fibre optic lights and an ever-changing light installation adds a real sense of atmosphere and the poolside bar is your go-to for quenching your thirst. Exploring the capital couldn’t be easier: Mayfair and Regent Street are a mecca for shoppers; get your fix of culture at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery; and take a stroll around St James’ Park, the oldest of the city’s eight Royal Parks.
- 30 rooms and suites
- Massage rooms
- Swimming pool
- Business centre
Overlooking Yangon’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda, The Savoy is a boutique hotel in an old colonial mansion, just ten minutes away from the city centre. Service is a stand-out feature, with enthusiastically helpful staff available 24 hours a day. The rooms are very spacious, with wooden floors, polished wooden furnishings, and large windows; the suites have living areas, and are the best options for those staying for more than a couple of days, where the extra space will be appreciated. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and suites. The pool and adjacent lounge area make for great places to unwind away from the city bustle. You can dine at Kipling’s Restaurant, which serves a combination of western and regional cuisine, complimented by a view of Shwedagon Pagoda; there’s also a terrace, so you can make the most of the balmy evenings. Le Bistrot offers French food and is situated right next to the pool, affording guests a peaceful al fresco dining spot. For a more upbeat atmosphere, Captain’s Bar has live music on a weekly basis.
Westminster Abbey stands next to the magnificent Houses of Parliament and is steeped in more than 1,000 years of history. It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, as well as 16 royal weddings. It is one of Britain's most important religious buildings, and here you'll discover a panorama of British history. Please note that the abbey is a working institution and subject to last minute closures.
Take a privately guided tour to the iconic British Museum. Established in 1753, with its current building dating from the 19th century, it has since amassed one of the largest collections of works in the world, documenting human history, art, and culture from all continents from its beginnings to the present. Some of the most famous pieces held here include the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Greek Parthenon, the Lewis Chessmen, the Egyptian mummy of Katebet and Persian Oxus Treasure.
One of the city's most famous landmarks, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, it saw several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. Although not its primary purpose, the Tower is perhaps best known as a prison, a function it performed from 1100 right up until 1952. A highlight for many are the Crown Jewels. Still regularly used by The Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State Opening of Parliament, they are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy, holding deep religious and cultural significance in the nation’s history.
The presence of Oxford University can be felt throughout the centre of this august city. Nicknamed the City of Dreaming Spires, the patchwork of college buildings, churches and quaint streets make Oxford a beautiful place to discover the stories surrounding some of the most important characters in British history. Your local guide will tailor a tour around your interestes, whether it be college gardens, religion, stained glass or Inspector Morse or Harry Potter.
Head off-piste in the Cotswolds and discover some of the ancient wool villages that made Britain rich during the Middle Ages. During your transfer you will have time to stop in some of the villages, which are famous for their honey-coloured houses but most remarkable for the unusually large parish churches which are reflective of the region's wealth in medieval times.
Accommodation in Bath
- 45 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
Situated in Bath’s iconic Georgian Royal Crescent, this luxurious hotel is spread across two neoclassical townhouses – perfectly encapsulating English grandeur. After a revamp in 2014 the hotel offers the perfect blend of its former 18th-century style with all the modern comforts of the 21st. From the award-winning restaurant, state of the art gym, exceptional spa and its acre of pristine manicured gardens, luxury exudes in every detail here. Grand staircases lead to impressive lounges with chandeliers, and each sophisticated suite is designed in the traditional 18th century style from luxury bedding to the period paintings mounted on the walls. The hotel sits on a peaceful and residential crescent overlooking the lawns, but only a five-minute walk to the city centre, giving its guests the best of both worlds.
- 42 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Swimming pool
Escape to an elegant country home set on 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa combines luxury and tradition, offering guests an indulgent space to retreat and feel pampered. The 42 rooms and suites in the Palladian mansion have been designed with the utmost comfort in mind. Antiques and deluxe furnishings are combined with modern elements, celebrating the hotel’s history as well as ensuring guests have everything they would expect from a luxury country hotel. Dine at the Michelin starred Park restaurant where the menu features organic ingredients from nearby suppliers, as well as from the hotel’s own gardens. For alfresco dining and more informal lighter meals, take a table at the stylish Brasserie near the spa. The beautifully maintained gardens around Lucknam Park make for invigorating outings on foot or on horseback. Explore the historic Walled Garden, The Rose Garden, the Arboretum and the old Vinery greenhouse. Visit the spa to make use of the indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and outdoor salt water plunge pool. Guests can choose from a variety of relaxing treatments and spend time in several thermal cabins. Or spend some time in the Wellbeing House where there are yoga and pilates studios, a Haslauer Reflective Sunlight Therapy room and a relaxation room. There are also on-site equestrian facilities including training, all-weather and lunge arenas and a cross country course. Or let the fresh produce from the lush gardens inspire you to take part in a cookery course.
Bath has always been a city of pleasure. From the time of the Romans, the famous hot springs have attracted folk looking to relax and socialise. The Georgians developed the city to become a harmonious architectural ensemble that is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many ways to discover this charming city, whether it's through its Jane Austen connections, indulgent foodie scene, graceful architecture, parks and gardens, or simply relaxing in the world’s best-preserved Roman bathhouses.
The baths from which the city takes it name are one best preserved Roman sites in Northern Europe. Built on the site of an even early Celtic shrine, the temple was constructed in 60-AD, with a public bathing complex growing around it over the next three centuries. Georgian additions were also added, such as the The Grand Pump Room, and the neo-classical architecture overlooking the ancient architecture below is an iconic site. The natural hot spring waters, which fell as rain on the nearby Mendip Hills around before percolating through the rock and being forced to the surface once more by geothermal energy (a process said to take around 4000 years) are said to be curative and can be tasted from the old fountain.
Corsham Court houses one of the most exceptional collections of art of any private house in England. The Old Masters are well represented among the collection including a famous portrait for Queen Elizabeth I. Better than most galleries, one of the charms of Corsham is seeing art in the setting of a private home, as it was intended by the family's ancestors. Though it's open to the public, Corsham is happily off the main tourist trek but well known among scholars. Indeed, such is the importance of its collections that Bath Spa University has a campus at Corsham for the study of art history.
Discover some of the iconic sites of the Cotswolds as you delve back into history to where it all began. The tour will be full of revelations and insights as you learn the story of how England became England. You'll go deep into the story of England's first king as well as explore the authentic Cotswolds. Visit the 'most important town in England no-one has ever heard of' and explore ancient, untouched villages and Saxon churches that date back over 1000 years.
For your exclusive tour of the Abbey Gardens, you’ll be greeted by the owner and escorted around the house and gardens before they open to the public. The gardens are a series of rooms, each very different to the last, reflecting the history of the site and the personality of the current owners. You’ll be free afterwards to wander around the gardens at your own leisure and stroll through the town of Malmesbury.
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Berkshire
- 47 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Great hall
- Indoor and outdoor pool
- Fitness centre
- Tennis courts
Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden House is a beautifully historic Grade I-listed building set within 376 acres of National Trust Grounds. It has played host to many an occasion in its 350-year history and today it is every bit as glamorous as it once was. The house has stayed true to its roots, with antique furniture, period pieces and beautiful artwork adorning the walls. Entering the property feels like stepping back in time, but with all the modern amenities and facilities of a contemporary luxury hotel, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. 47 rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, many coming with private terraces that look out over the courtyard and the surrounding countryside. There is also a three-bedroom cottage perched on the banks of the River Thames with a private garden, two lounge areas with open fireplaces and a kitchen with its own dining area. Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Enjoy fine dining at Andre Garrett, where locally sourced ingredients and a menu that follows the seasons create a brilliantly British dining experience. For a more informal atmosphere, enjoy the mix of classic American and British dishes at the Astor Grill, located in the old stable block, and for something quintessentially English, take afternoon tea in the great hall. The Pavilion Spa is tucked away in the walled garden, and here you can enjoy a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool or relax and unwind with a signature treatment. There is also a fitness suite as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
Windsor Castle is still very much a working castle, and is the favourite home of Her Majesty the Queen. The magnificent state rooms provide an overview of architectural and interior design over the centuries and there is no shortage of stories about the characters who once filled these rooms. Windsor town is also a perfect place for some souvenir shopping. Please note that the castle is a working institution and subject to last minute closures.
Experience a unique perspective to the Great Park with a horse-drawn carriage ride accompanied by your guide who can share the knowledge of stories and events at the park, which have been passed down through the generations of coachmen who have worked for this family business. Ride down the famous Long Walk, which has wonderful views of Windsor Castle, and was part of the route the newlywed royals Megan and Harry took on their wedding day. The carriages are all classic models that have been maintained, restored or re-created to be the same as those used centuries ago. They are fitted with authentic wheels, traditional fittings and skills which date back to the 14th century.
Private transfer to Heathrow Airport
Airside departure assistance