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London and the English Countryside - Itinerary

July 22 - 31, 2021
10 Days / 9 Nights
Tour starts and ends in London

$4,360 per person/double occupancy
$1,420 optional single supplement
$420 additional night / per room
Includes all fees and taxes


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This tour may be combined with:
the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 2 tour in the United Kingdom (July 11 - 21, 2021)
or the Cool Switzerland 1 tour (August 2 - 12, 2021)


This tour starts at 4:00PM on ThursdayJuly 22, 2021 at The Bailey's Hotel in London.
Your flight should arrive no later than at 1:00PM.

Day 1: London Introduction 

On your arrival in London, you will be met at the airport by our chauffeur, who will escort you to your upscale hotel in the upscale neighborhood of Chelsea in central London. After some time to rest, our adventure in England will start in the afternoon with a leisurely walk through the Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, as we get introduced to the city of London. We will get oriented with our location within the city, as we walk by the Kensington Palace with its famous Sunken Gardens and the Flower Walk, by the historic mews which originally housed horses and their carriages, the Royal Albert Hall, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, and Hyde Park. When we tire of the sights, we'll relax over welcome dinner at an elegant Chelsea restaurant. During dinner, we'll get a chance to get to know the other travelers and enjoy an informal discussion about the lighter side of London.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: The Bailey's Hotel, London

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, just like they first saw it - from the river. 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, full of secrets and hidden symbols, we'll take in the views of the iconic 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 and also the symbol of England's new Millennium Celebrations. In the evening, we'll enjoy dinner at a traditional English pub.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: The Bailey's Hotel, London

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 join a privately guided tour of the British Museum with the focus on the Egyptian and ancient art. British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture with a permanent collection of some eight million works, among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. After a short break for a second cup of coffee, we'll walk over to Trafalgar Square for a guided tour of the National Gallery. Founded in 1824, the gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. After the tour, we'll have some time for an individual exploration of the National Portrait Gallery to put faces on England's historical figures that we've been hearing about. We'll enjoy a late lunch at a contemporary restaurant high up in the sky which boasts the best views of the London skyline.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: The Bailey's Hotel, London

Day 4: London - Stonehenge and Highclere Castle 

In the morning, we'll travel back in time to the prehistoric Stonehenge, considered by many the most important prehistoric monument in the world. Composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones, Stonehenge is the central feature of a dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, including several hundred burial mounds. After our visit in the Neolithic period, we'll continue with a visit to Highclere Castle, better known from its portrayal of the cinematic Downton Abbey. This Jacobethan estate in Hampshire was built by Charles Barry, who was also the architect of the Houses of Parliament in London. After touring the castle and its gardens, we'll also have time to stroll in the woods on the estate, browse the gift shop or have an afternoon tea at the on-site cafe. In the afternoon, we'll travel back to London and enjoy another elegant British evening meal.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: The Bailey's Hotel London, Kensington

Day 5: London - Westminster Abbey, Afternoon Tea, West End theatre play 

Our today's adventures in London will start with its most spectacular architectural gem and end with its best entertainment. In the morning, we'll visit the Westminster Abbey for a Blue Badge guide led tour of England's famous 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, a classic English meal with freshly prepared pastries, finger sandwiches, and artisan teas. Afterwards, there will be some free time for shopping and exploring the surrounding Covent Garden area, and in the evening we'll enjoy one of the highlights of visiting London: a classic English play at the West End theater.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: The Bailey's Hotel, London

Day 6: London - Buckingham Palace, Kew Gardens 

After breakfast today, we'll set out to tour the Buckingham Palace, the historic London residence of the British monarchs, currently Queen Elizabeth II. During the tour, we'll learn about the palace's fascinating history and admire the exquisite palace interiors and grounds, as we stroll through its gardens. Afterwards, we'll travel past some of London's landmark sights and through the "fairytale come alive" English countryside to arrive in Kew, where we'll explore a quintessential English passion: its manicured gardens and the cultivated open spaces. We'll tour the magical Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, 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: The Bailey's Hotel, London

Day 7: London to Lower Slaughter via Woodstock and Oxford  

After all the excitement of London, this morning we'll set out for the bucolic Cotswolds in search for more architectural and historical gems scattered throughout the English countryside. Our first stop will be the Blenheim Palace, the only non-royal country house in all of England that holds the palace title. The baroque palace's history goes back to 1705, and is associated with Queen Anne, Winston Churchill and Consuelo Vanderbilt. In the afternoon, we'll visit the university town of Oxford, where a local Blue Badge guide will take us on a literary and scholarly walking tour, including the Christ Church, the New College and the Magdalen College. We'll arrive in Lower Slaughter and The Slaughters Country Inn, a former farm house reinvented as a luxurious country inn, and our home in the Cotswolds for the next 3 nights and enjoy a leisurely, traditional English dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: The Slaughters Country Inn, Cotswolds

Day 8: 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, along the old weavers' cottages, Arlington Row and along the Coln River and its photogenic Old Mill. Then, we'll take an easy hike, following the Wardens' Way 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 atmospheric restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: The Slaughters Country Inn, Cotswolds

Day 9: Bath  

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 start with an award-winning audio tour of the Roman Baths, before taking a break for a lavish English lunch at the storied Pump Room. Then in the afternoon we'll take an in depth guided walking tour of the town, visiting Bath Abbey overlooking the Avon River and following through the town in the steps of Jane Austen. We'll return to our hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the farewell dinner at our hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: The Slaughters Country Inn, Cotswolds

Day 10: Lower Slaughter 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 The Slaughters Country Inn 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 Director will assist you with getting back to central London and planning your time.
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends at 10:00AM on SaturdayJuly 31, 2021 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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