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London and the English Countryside - Itinerary

July 15 - 23, 2020
9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour starts and ends in London

$3,890 per person/double occupancy
$1,160 optional single supplement
$380 additional night / per room
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with:
the Highclere Castle tour to United Kingdom (post-tour extension) (July 15 - 23, 2020)

or the Dublin and the Emerald Isle tour to Ireland (July 5 - 14, 2020)
or the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 2 tour to United Kingdom (July 24 - August 3, 2020)
or the Germany in Summer: Fairytales and History tour (July 25 - August 3, 2020)


This tour starts at 1:00PM on WednesdayJuly 15, 2020 at Millennium Bailey's Hotel in London.
Your flight should arrive no later than at 11:00AM.

Day 1: London Introduction 

Our adventure in England will start in the early afternoon with a leisurely walk through the Borough of Chelsea and Kensington and the Kensington Gardens, followed by a narrated, double-decker bus tour of London. We will get oriented in the city and get a preview of sights that we'll explore in depth on the following days: Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, the City, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and more. When we tire of the sights, we'll end the day with a welcome dinner at an elegant Chelsea restaurant. During dinner, we'll get a chance to get to know other travelers and enjoy an informal discussion about the lighter side of London.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

Day 2: London - The Tower of London, the London Eye 

On our first full day in England, we'll go back in time to the Middle Ages and see London through the eyes of medieval pilgrims and travelers. We'll start with a cruise on the Thames River for the river approach to the Tower of London. After an in-depth, guided exploration of this amazing medieval complex, we'll take in the Tower Bridge, then cruise back to Westminster to get an unsurpassed panoramic view of the city from London Eye, the world's largest, and slowest, Ferris Wheel. Afterwards, we'll enjoy an early dinner at a traditional English pub.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

Day 3: London - British Museum, National Gallery 

Today, we'll concentrate on the best art and the best museums of England. In the morning, we'll have a guided tour of the British Museum with the focus on the Egyptian and ancient art, then we'll walk over to Trafalgar Square for a guided tour of the National Gallery. Afterwards, we'll enjoy lunch at a contemporary restaurant with the best view of the London skyline, followed by an individual exploration of the National Portrait Gallery to put faces on England's historical figures that we've been hearing about.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

Day 4: London - Westminster Abbey, Afternoon Tea, West End 

We'll start today's experience of London with it's most spectacular architectural gem and end with its best entertainment. In the morning, we'll visit the Westminster Abbey for a verger led tour of England's coronation church, to admire its architecture and the splendor of its interiors, while listening to the singing of its choirs. For lunch today, we'll enjoy a formal afternoon tea, and there will be some free time afterwards for shopping and exploring. In the evening we'll enjoy one of the highlights of visiting London: a classic Agatha CHristie's play at a West End theater
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

Day 5: London - Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens 

This morning, we'll visit Hampton Court Palace, associated with King Henry VIII and his wives. Accompanied by a period costumed guide, we'll learn about the palace's history and admire the exquisite art and furniture collections, then stroll through the Hampton Court Gardens. Afterwards, we'll travel past some of London's landmark sights and through the "fairytale come alive" English countryside to explore a quintessential English passion: its manicured gardens and the cultivated open spaces. We'll tour the magical Kew Gardens, full of countless displays of exotic botanicals and intricately designed outdoor green spaces with a botanist guide, before returning to central London in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

Day 6: London to Stow-on-the-Wold via Windsor and Oxford  

After the excitement of London, this morning we'll set out for the bucolic English Countryside in search for more architectural and historical gems scattered throughout the English countryside. Our first stop will be the Windsor Castle, the largest, continuously occupied castle in the world, which encapsulates 900 years of British history. In the afternoon, we'll visit the university town of Oxford where we'll take a literary walking tour with a local Blue Badge guide. We'll arrive in Stow-on-the-Wold and Number Four, a country manor house turned a sophisticated hotel, and our home in the Cotswolds for the next 3 nights and enjoy a leisurely, traditional English dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Number Four at Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds 

Day 7: Bibury - Upper and Lower Slaughter - Bourton-on-the-Water 

Today, we'll set out to explore one of the most beloved regions of England, the charismatic Cotswolds region. We'll start with a short walk through the picture perfect village of Bibury, then take an easy hike through the "Middle Earth" villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter, relax in the charming town of Bourton-on-the-Water and end in the honey-colored market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. In the evening, we'll dine on English specialties and toast our adventures at the hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Number Four at Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds

Day 8: Bath - Stonehenge 

After a hearty English breakfast, we'll travel to the Somerset, and the Roman-built city of Bath. The Regency style Bath, a World Heritage City has the power to enchant with its doll-house design, its history and its literary associations. We'll tour the Roman Baths, then take a guided walking tour, following in the steps of Jane Austen. In the afternoon, we'll continue to the prehistoric Stonehenge, considered by many the most important prehistoric monument in the world. We'll return to our hotel in the evening and enjoy the farewell dinner at our hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Number Four at Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds

Day 9: Stow-on-the-Wold to London Heathrow - Departures 

This is our last day in England. Today, we'll say good-bye to London and the English Countryside, and take with us memories to last a lifetime. We'll be leaving Number Four Hotel after breakfast to arrive at the Heathrow International Airport at 10AM, so please schedule your return flight no earlier than 12 noon.  If you're extending your stay in England, the tour leader will assist you with getting to central London and planning your time.

Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends at 10:00AM on ThursdayJuly 23, 2020 at Heathrow Airport in London.
Please schedule your return flight at 12:00 noon or later.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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