Heart of England by Back Roads: London to London
- 5 Days
- 5 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,640
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.
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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.
- 5 Days
- 5 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,640
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London - Oxford - Cotswolds
After meeting with the group in London, you'll move on to the first stop: Oxford. Here, you'll take a step back in time and discover the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the streets of this historic city. Next, you'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. Tonight, you'll end the day with a delicious welcome dinner.
Cotswolds - Stratford-upon-Avon - Cotswolds
The life and times of William Shakespeare will take centre stage in riverside Stratford-upon-Avon today. Here, you'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 even be time to explore some more Cotswold hamlets as you wind your way back to the hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Cotswold - Lacook - Bath
Day three promises to be an indulgent one, with an afternoon of high tea on the agenda before you move on to Lacock, a showstopper of a village that often doubles as a film set. After imagining yourself as a costume drama hero or heroine, you'll step inside the magnificent abbey -- whose peaceful cloisters took a starring turn as the Hogwarts hallways in the Harry Potter series. Today you'll finish in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city with true 'wow' factor, where you'll make yourself at home for the final two nights.
Every beautifully preserved building you'll see in Bath tells a story. After a morning walking tour, you'll get a fascinating insight into Roman life with a visit to the breathtaking Roman Baths. After that, the afternoon is yours to explore the town for yourself. You could enjoy a bit of 'me time' at Thermae Bath Spa (Britain's only thermal spa), where you can 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 and wander past stylish boutiques and celebrated coffee shops. At your last dinner together, you'll swap stories and look back on your English journey with fond memories.
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Bath - Longleat - Avebury - London
The perfect way to follow up a day in Bath is with a morning at Longleat. This English stately home, the current seat of the Marquess of Bath, blends classic architecture with creative interiors. After you've had a look around, your journey will continue to Avebury, an immense stone circle set within an ancient landscape of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads that were first walked millennia ago. While Stonehenge attracts tourists from around the world and does not permit close access, at Avebury you'll have the opportunity to walk freely among the standing stones. Steeped in mystery, these prehistoric stone circles are a fascinating sight -- and make for a tremendous final stop. Afterwards, you'll return to the bright lights of London, where you'll say your goodbyes.
2019: Apr 22; May 6, 17, 24, 27; Jun 3, 17, 24; Jul 15; Aug 5, 12, 26;
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 25, 30; Oct 7
- 4 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
- Experienced Back-Roads 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.
- 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
- Arrival & departure transfers
- Optional activities
- Entrance fees not specified in inclusions
- Incidental expenses
- Laundry costs and any shipping charges
- Pre and post tour accommodation
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.
7 Oct 2019