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Ticking off some of the most famous landmarks and locations in Britain, this diverse trip will lead you on a classic trail through some of England’s iconic locations. Discover the most beautiful of countryside and ancient cities and towns that have shaped the course of the country’s history.

Begin your trip with three nights in London and discover the highlights of England’s historic capital. Your passionate London guide will bring to life centuries of history and culture, as you discover the likes of the medieval Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the baroque masterpiece of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the significance of the city’s contemporary art scene.

Your next stop is Bath, a stunning and quaint World Heritage city located in Somerset. You’ll discover the rich history, captivating culture and vibrant atmosphere of the city, as well as use it as a base for exploring the stunning delights of the picturesque Cotswolds and splendid Oxford. A visit to Malmesbury Abbey Gardens will give you an impression of life living amid a marvellous 16th-century country house, before continuing to Berkshire for the final stops of your trip.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Windsor, home of Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official royal residences where she usually spends her weekends, as well as take part in an afternoon tea etiquette experience to truly delve into the best of British traditions.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

London

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Airside meet and greet at London Heathrow airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in London

Accommodation in London

Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey

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.

Inside London’s Contemporary Art Scene Inside London’s Contemporary Art Scene

London is at the heart of the world’s contemporary art market and is a mecca for collectors and artists alike. From the inner workings of Mayfair’s top auction houses to the institutions and smaller galleries that showcase innovative new work, our insider expert will guide you through this exclusive world. This is a chance to get behind-the-scenes in artists' studios, view contemporary art from a fresh perspective or simply connect with London in a new way.

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Tower of London Tower of London

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.

Secrets of the City walking tour Secrets of the City walking tour

The City of London is at once ancient and modern. Skyscrapers are built along medieval passageways. The juxtaposition of old and new makes the Square Mile one of the most exciting, but also enigmatic, neighbourhoods of London. For nearly 2,000 years, humans have been shaping this marshy land north of the River Thames with buildings, infrastructure, ideas, inventions and passions. Discover some of the secrets of the City on this privately guided walking tour.

St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is famous for many reasons, not least as the setting for Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles. It is also an exceptional architectural achievement on the part of Sir Christopher Wren, who masterminded the rebuilding of London in the 17th century.

Private t​ransfer to hotel in Bath via Lacock and Avebury Private t​ransfer to hotel in Bath via Lacock and Avebury

Enjoy a private tour of Lacock and its abbey, famous for its use as a location in multiple films​. The real interest, however, lies in its origins as a former nunnery and the birthplace of photography. You'll then head to Avebury to discover the biggest stone circle in England and enter the largest and most significant prehistoric tomb in the country, actively used for more than 1000 years and contemporary with the Pyramids of Egypt.​ Then head east along the King's road stopping at one of the best preserved Roman towns in England that lies empty except for its striking Roman town walls.

Days 4-7

Bath

Accommodation in Bath

Walking tour of Bath Walking tour of Bath

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.

Hidden Cotswolds and the making of England Hidden Cotswolds and the making of England

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 bec​a​me 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' ​a​nd explore ancient, untouched villages and Saxon churches that date back over 1000 years.

Malmesbury Abbey Gardens tour Malmesbury Abbey Gardens tour

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.

Aerial view of Oxford and the Bodleian Library, England, UK
Oxford walking tour Oxford walking tour

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 interests, whether it be college gardens, religion, stained glass or Inspector Morse or Harry Potter.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Berkshire

Days 7-9

Berkshire

Accommodation in Berkshire

Windsor Castle Windsor Castle

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.

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Afternoon tea etiquette experience Afternoon tea etiquette experience

Partake of afternoon tea with our trusted etiquette expert. In an elegant and classic setting at one of London's top hotels or department stores, learn all about the history and etiquette involved in this most typically English of rituals

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Heathrow Airport

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