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Heart of England Small Group Tour: London to London

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,113

The rolling hills of the beautiful English countryside are one major attraction certainly but then add Oxford’s colleges, a stay in the bucolic Cotswold’s. Stratford on Avon, visit quaint villages in Somerset, royal Bath, stately homes and much more. A very enjoyable “English” experience.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

Departing from London, travel through the softly undulating Chiltern Hills eventually arriving at Oxford, the city of dreaming spires and historic, attractive university colleges.  You will have time to leisurely explore this “seat of learning”. Later, reach the Cotswold’s, a quintessential region of English countryside with its scenic bucolic towns and villages.  Stay two nights in the small market town of Chipping Campden.

The next morning continue to Stratford upon Avon, famous for its Shakespearian connections. Visit the well known theatre and also Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Then later visit some of the idyllic Cotswold villages including Bidford and Broadway.

The day after, head to the picture-perfect village of Lacock in Somerset where many TV shows have been filmed including Pride and Prejudice.  Have time to explore the historic village streets, the local museum and abbey.  Eventually arrive at Castle Combe in Wiltshire where you will have a delicious typical English afternoon tea. Continue to the Bath, the well known centre for spa treatments. Stay here for two nights.

Bath is an exceptionally beautiful city with its amazing Georgian architecture. An example is the regal Royal Crescent, There is time today to take in a thermal spa bath treatment or go shopping. 

The next day brings you to the stately home of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat which you will tour. Continue to Avebury in Wiltshire where you will discover the largest prehistoric complex in Britain. This is similar to the Neolithic site of Stonehenge but without the restrictions. Finally drive back to London where your Heart of England tour terminates. 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,113

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Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel Zone 1

Duration1 Hour

Hilton Paddington

Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. With four London Underground lines at its doorstep - Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Bakerloo - this is one of London's best-connected hotels. With the capital, and the south and west of England conveniently accessible by rail and road, Hilton London Paddington is ideally positioned to connect those staying for business or leisure.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hilton Paddington

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    Hilton Paddington



    Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized ...

    Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. With four London Underground lines at its doorstep - Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Bakerloo - this is one of London's best-connected hotels. With the capital, and the south and west of England conveniently accessible by rail and road, Hilton London Paddington is ideally positioned to connect those staying for business or leisure.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fitness Centre
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

London - Oxford - Cotswolds

After meeting with the group in London, we'll set our sights on our first stop: charming Oxford. Here, we'll learn about the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the city's streets over the years.

Then: we'll venture through quintessential English countryside to meet with the Cotswolds. This charming area is a patchwork of green hills and farmland, peppered with centuries-old villages and caramel-hued cottages.

We'll end the day with a delicious welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

The Kings Hotel

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    The Kings Hotel



    The Kings Hotel is a charming 18th century town house boasting distinctive and stylish accommodation. Sympathetic and careful renovation means guests can enjoy all the modern day comforts they need yet still soak up the character and history of a Cotswold stone building. Nestled in ...

    The Kings Hotel is a charming 18th century town house boasting distinctive and stylish accommodation. Sympathetic and careful renovation means guests can enjoy all the modern day comforts they need yet still soak up the character and history of a Cotswold stone building. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Chipping Campden, it is the perfect location to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds. The Kings combines traditional character with contemporary style to create a relaxed and welcoming home away from home for every guest, whether for business or pleasure. The dedicated team at Kings draw on a wealth of experience to ensure your stay will be memorable and comfortable.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Cotswolds - Stratford-upon-Avon - Cotswolds

The life and times of William Shakespeare will take centre stage in riverside Stratford-upon-Avon today where we'll see the playwright's timbered childhood home and his wife Anne Hathaway's pretty thatched cottage. A stroll through the blooming gardens here is a must! There will be plenty of time to explore some more Cotswold hamlets as we wind our way back to our hotel, where the evening will be yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Cotswold - Lacock - Bath

Day three promises to be an indulgent one, with an afternoon of high tea on the agenda at the quaint Old Rectory Tearoom before we move on to Lacock. This showstopper of a village often doubles as a film set, and you may recognise it from Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey. After imagining ourselves as costume drama heroes and heroines, we'll step inside the magnificent abbey whose peaceful cloisters took a starring turn as the Hogwarts hallways in the Harry Potter series.

Then: Onwards to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city with true 'wow' factor, where we'll make ourselves at home for our final two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Abbey Hotel

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    Abbey Hotel



    A perfect city centre location, comfortable rooms and one of the most exciting dining experiences in Bath - that is the philosophy of The Abbey Hotel. Privately-owned, by acclaimed hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor, this Regency property is located in North Parade, close to the ...

    A perfect city centre location, comfortable rooms and one of the most exciting dining experiences in Bath - that is the philosophy of The Abbey Hotel. Privately-owned, by acclaimed hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor, this Regency property is located in North Parade, close to the Abbey and Pump Rooms, and the famous Sally Lunn’s. With 60 bedrooms of varying sizes, it is ideal for those visiting Bath for leisure or for business. All rooms are en suite, the hotel has a lift, free Wi-Fi throughout (including bedrooms), and the ArtBar provides a relaxing area serving coffee through to late night drinks. The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Thermae Spa in Bath.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Cable TV
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage

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Day 5

Bath

After receiving a fascinating insight into Roman life on a morning visit to the Roman Baths, we'll visit the fascinating museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent.

The afternoon will then be yours to explore the town for yourself. You could enjoy a bit of 'me time' at Thermae Bath Spa (Britain's only thermal spa), and bathe in mineral-rich waters while scanning the skyline from the rooftop pool or, if you'd prefer to explore on foot, you could discover Bath's proud independent side as you wander past stylish boutiques and celebrated coffee shops.

At our last dinner together, we'll swap stories and look back on our English journey with fond memories.

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Day 6

Bath - Longleat - Avebury - London

The current seat of the Marquess of Bath, the impressive Longleat blends classic architecture with creative interiors and it's here that we'll start the day. We'll have plenty of time to explore before we move on to Avebury, an immense stone circle set within an ancient landscape of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads. While Stonehenge attracts tourists from around the world and does not permit close access, at Avebury we'll have the opportunity to walk freely among the standing stones. Steeped in mystery, this prehistoric stone circle is a fascinating sight and makes for a tremendous final stop.

Later this afternoon, our trip will come to a close back in London.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Hilton Paddington

Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. With four London Underground lines at its doorstep - Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Bakerloo - this is one of London's best-connected hotels. With the capital, and the south and west of England conveniently accessible by rail and road, Hilton London Paddington is ideally positioned to connect those staying for business or leisure.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hilton Paddington

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    Hilton Paddington



    Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized ...

    Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. With four London Underground lines at its doorstep - Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Bakerloo - this is one of London's best-connected hotels. With the capital, and the south and west of England conveniently accessible by rail and road, Hilton London Paddington is ideally positioned to connect those staying for business or leisure.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fitness Centre
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 7

London Central Hotel Zone 1 to London Heathrow

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Mar 15, 29; Apr 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Jun 7, 14, 21, 28; Jul 5, 12, 26; Aug 2, 9, 23; Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 6 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily (B)
  • Two evening meals (D)
  • A guided walking tour of Oxford
  • One traditional cream tea
  • Entrance fee included to: Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Lacock Abbey, Roman Baths, No.1 Royal Crescent, Longleat House and Avebury Stone Circle.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for driver/tour leader
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional activities
  • Entrance fees not specified in inclusions
  • Incidental expenses
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges
  • Pre and post tour accommodation

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility:
The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

  • Stay two nights in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
  • Visit Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen.
  • Enjoy lunch where Jamie Oliver grew up and worked in the kitchen.
  • Drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

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