Visit England and combine the exciting and dynamic city of London with the best of the English countryside.
- See world renowned sites like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
- Drive past Downing Street, Harrods, the London Eye and through areas such as Soho, Piccadilly and Kensington
- Lunch in a pub over 300 years old by the River Thames
- Explore Greenwich and Kew Gardens
- Visit Highclere Castle, the set of Downton Abbey
- Drive out of London through the glorious rolling hills, pictureque villages and dreamy landscapes of the Cotswolds
- Stay in elegant, boutique, luxurious hotels
- Eat at some of the best restaurants in the country
As an introduction to our extraordinary country, this itinerary combines the very best of what London and the Cotswolds have to offer. Spend a few days in the incredibly diverse and fascinating city of London, where you explore the key highlights and get under the skin of the city. An extraordinary melting pot of culture, history and architecture, there is something of interest for everyone and you may even find it a little hard to leave.
Your guided tours take you past many of the major sights and landmarks of London. You will see (exterior only) Westminster Abbey, where monarchs have been crowned since 1066, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard (subject to the schedule), the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Eros. Take a drive past Downing Street, Harrods, London Eye, museums, galleries, the areas of Soho, Piccadilly, Kensington Palace, Albert Hall, and much more before stopping for lunch. No London tour is complete without a pub lunch. Situated on the edge of the River Thames, lunch in a pub over 300 years old. Visit the Tower of London, the most impressive medieval fortress in Britain! Built by William the Conqueror, during its history it has been a palace, a prison, a zoo, a royal mint, an observatory, an armoury and a place of execution. It is home to the Crown Jewels, the ravens and famous Beefeaters. From here move on to Tower Bridge and then into the City of London, the one square mile that was built by the Romans over 2000 years ago. Take a river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier next to County Hall, famous London Eye and other world known attractions. Visit many more of the city's unusual and fascinating rarely seen monuments and treasures. Still within the city you will visit the site where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, then travel the short distance around to St Paul's Cathedral. During the course of your tours you will visit shops that are over 300 years old and still trading, visit a pub that sells corpses, see a house with false windows, a Roman Bath, a medieval Banqueting Hall, Winston Churchill's cigar chair. Have a photograph with an original gas lamp, visit a Dead house, Roman Landmarks, an Execution Dock.... this list is endless. We would tell you more but we don't want to spoil the surprises!
Leave London with your private driver/guide and visit Oxford en route to the heart of the Cotswolds. Here you stay for a few days where you visit Highgrove House, the residence of Prince Charles and explore the entire Cotswolds, the largest area of outstanding beauty in the British Isles.
See a perfect mix of lush green landscape, quaint quintessentially British villages and towns made rich by the wool trade steeped in centuries of history, grand stately homes and dreamy private gardens. Villages and towns to visit are Chipping Campden, Blockley, Snowshill, Stanton, Upper Slaughter, Lower Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, Cirencester, Castle Combe, Lacock, Bath, Tetbury and Stow on the Wold. Time permitting head to the extraordinary Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon. There is just so much to see and this tour covers it.
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