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UNITED KINGDOM 2022 
London and the English Countryside
Overview 
TOUR MAP 

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DATES & COST 

May 25 - June 2, 2022
9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour starts and ends in London

$4,380 per person/double occupancy
$1,440 optional single supplement
$420 additional night / per room
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 

This tour may be combined with:
the Athens and the Greek Isles 1 tour to Greece (May 14 - 24, 2022)
or The Soul of Poland tour (June 4 - 14, 2022)


Kings and queens, prehistoric monuments and famous art, forests and gardens, castles and pubs all define the English experience. During the London and the English Countryside tour, we'll experience both London: ancient and modern, funky and elegant, the city of royalty, art, the hip British style; and the fairytale English countryside with its gardens, castles, prehistoric monuments, grazing sheep, tiny Cotswolds villages and hearty pub food.

First, we'll get to know and love London, as we visit the city's most iconic, but rarely visited sights: the Westminster Abbey, the Westminster Palace and the Houses of Parliament, we'll ride the ultra-modern London Eye, and dine while admiring beautifully lit up London landmarks during a night-time Thames River dinner cruise. We'll enjoy atmospheric English pubs and an elegant afternoon tea, shop for flowers and treasures at neighborhood markets and for the latest fashions at London's fabled department stores. The highlight of our stay in London will be visiting the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, the most famous flower and landscape garden show in the world, attended by members of the British Royal Family and attracting visitors from all continents, as it is held every year since 1912.

We'll journey outside of the city to walk along the dramatic Seven Sisters Cliffs, visit the Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens to see some of the most thrilling landscapes in the south of England.

As we set out to explore the English countryside, we'll settle in the ancient Roman town of Bath, redesigned in the Georgian style and synonymous with Jane Austen's novels, as we tour the Kew Gardens, the Highclere Castle, better known as Downton Abbey, hike in the Cotswolds by chocolate box perfect villages, streams and open meadows, and admire a multitude of castles, palaces, gardens, manor houses and hunting lodges. We'll explore prehistoric English heritage, including Stonehenge, Avebury and the Bronze Age chalk art, but mostly, we'll create lifelong memories, as we enjoy international dining, world art and history, and connect with new, like-minded friends.

  • We'll spend 5 days at the elegant Bailey's Hotel, centrally located in London's celebrated Chelsea and South Kensington neighborhood, known for its museums, designer shopping and beautifully maintained city parks and gardens. Then, we'll spend 4 days in Bath at the stylish Francis Hotel, surrounded by the signature Regency style Georgian architecture.
     
  • We'll see London's most recognizable, but rarely visited architectural marvels: the Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Westminster Palace. Then, we'll wonder at the energy of the city from the London Eye, the world's highest Ferris Wheel.
     
  • We'll take a dinner cruise on the Thames River, past the lit-up landmarks of the city and enjoy an elegant affair of the English afternoon tea.
     
  • We'll visit the acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show to admire the world-class floral and landscaping displays.
     
  • In the south of England, we'll take a walk along the white chalk Seven Sisters Cliffs, visit the Bodiam Castle and the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.
     
  • We'll tour the spectacular botanical displays at Kew Gardens and visit the Highgrove Gardens, surrounding the family home of The Prince of Wales and explore lovingly maintained gardens and open spaces.
     
  • We'll travel back through time exploring the prehistoric ingenuity and human creativity in Stonehenge and in Avebury, and wonder at the stunning Bronze Age art left in the English countryside.
     
  • We'll walk in the steps of Jane Austen (and Bridgertons), as we visit the ancient Roman city of Bath, with its honey-colored buildings and elaborate Regency Era gardens.
     
  • We'll take a walk among the pastoral scenery of the Cotswolds, stopping in historic market towns and villages frozen in time, many of them starring in recent movies (Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Bridgerton, Doctor Doolittle, Poldark).
     
  • We'll dine in carefully selected gourmet restaurants, allowing for the fullest appreciation of England's international cuisine, including an upscale Indian restaurant, take in the ritual of an elegant afternoon tea and a friendly atmosphere of a traditional English pub.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 4 nights at the elegant Bailey's Hotel in central London's South Kensington and Chelsea neighborhood; 4 nights at the Regency style Francis Hotel in Bath
     
  • 8 hotel breakfasts, 6 dinners, 2 lunches, including drinks - a la carte, traditional or vegetarian menu
     
  • All transportation in London, and a comfortable, private bus while exploring the English countryside
     
  • A Blue Badge professional guide at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Palace and the Houses of Parliament; A Blue Badge professional guide in the city of Bath; an experienced guide at Seven Sisters Cliffs and at Highclere Castle; botanist guides at the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Kew Gardens and Highgrove Gardens, and award-winning audio guided tours at the Roman Baths in Bath, and in Stonehenge
     
  • An experienced Tour Director, all sightseeing fees and admissions as per itinerary
     
  • A champagne experience and a panoramic view from the London Eye
     
  • A dinner cruise on the Thames River and a formal afternoon tea
     
  • A guided walk in the scenic Cotswolds countryside
     
  • A visit to Stonehenge, the world's most renowned prehistoric monument, as well as stone circles of Avebury and the Bronze Age Uffington Horse
     
  • A private airport transfer on arrival and a group airport transfer on departure
     
  • All restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities

Please Note: Since the Highgrove Gardens are HRH Prince Charles's private residence, this tour may be cancelled at the last minute. Should this occur, it will be replaced with a tour of another garden estate.

NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, early hotel check-in, meals not included in the itinerary, optional Tour Director gratuities, optional activities not included in the itinerary, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses.
The cost does not include airfare.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament
  • Champagne experience at the London Eye
  • A formal afternoon tea
  • The cutting edge garden displays at the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Dinner cruise on the Thames River
  • Dining at a traditional English pub
  • Walking along the Seven Sister white cliffs
  • Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
  • Bodiam Castle
  • Botanical displays at Kew Gardens
  • The Downton Abbey experience at Highclere Castle
  • Walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen in Bath
  • Exploring the prehistoric monuments in Stonehenge and Avebury
  • HRH Prince Charles's Highgrove Gardens
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including unique England experiences
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • Knowledgeable private Blue Badge guides and award winning audio tours
  • Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Dining at upscale restaurants, including drinks
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • Experienced Tour Director
  • Inclusion of all tips and gratuities
Testimonials 

This was a wonderful overview of London and the Cotswolds! I loved having so many chances to ride the tube in London. The guides were so helpful and interesting. The bus was fabulous, and the Bailey’s Hotel in London was lovely and in a great location. The food at the Number Four Hotel in the Cotswolds was very good; great service there overall. – Jan from Illinois

Using the underground in London was great planning – so efficient! Loved all of London and the location of the hotel out of central London. Westminster Abbey, Windsor and Oxford were highlights. – Mary-Louise from Minnesota

Although it was more strenuous than I thought it would be, it was a great introduction to England and never boring. I was a total newbie at traveling and learned so much, not only about England, but also about trying new experiences, pushing my comfort zone and how to travel. - Nadine from North Carolina

I enjoyed the tour. The pace was fast but comfortable. The tour leader and fellow travelers were generally easy to be around. – Celine from Arkansas

I loved the London & English Countryside tour so much. It was a dream come true. I didn’t have to manage anything, it was all managed for me. I felt very pampered and loved making new friends. I especially appreciated the tour leader’s time spent organizing and waiting in line for the tickets (all the things I didn’t have to do!). I will travel with Sights and Souls again.  Thank you! – Cindy from Oregon

I love the experience of traveling with people who enjoy making new friends as much as seeing new sights! And Anne was wonderful! I would be delighted to be on another trip with her.  She saw to the schedule with an eye to get the most time possible from each stop. I saw her very kindly work to include solo travelers with dinner plans, and etc. - Ruth from New Jersey

My friends are all “over” informed about Sights and Soul, because I talk nonstop about you.  It was a fun and fantastic way for me to spend time with my daughter, sister and two nieces. Wonderful memories were made! I think you all are amazing, great trips and a caring attentive staff! Anne was attentive, making sure everyone was happy! She arranged dinners (for “free” evenings), suggested sights not to miss during free time.  She is lovely! - Tammy from New Jersey

Another hit! Well done. I cannot wait until I retire and can go on tours that don’t take place over school breaks. - Karen from Delaware

Already scheduled tour #6 and #7 in 2018. I am always talking about Sights and Soul to patients, doctors, and other nurses.  Always fabulous, very nicely done, and onward to the next destination. I don’t travel with anyone else. - Diane from Texas

I loved the Costwolds and Bath! I also enjoyed seeing Mousetrap, and all of the lovely meals we had (especially tea at Harrods!) Kew Gardens was also incredible. Our tour leader was great – she kept us organized and on time. My experience with Sights and Soul’s was fantastic! Every detail was accounted for and I was able to be present and relax without the responsibility of planning out every detail – a great gift! - Lauryn from California
My first group tour ever – definitely will not be my last World-class experience with a knowledgeable tour leader. Thank you for making my first group tour and my first trip to England such a PHENOMENAL experience. - Tammy from West Virginia
Loved the personal touches like Mimosas on the London Eye, and nicely chosen dinners. London was far more than I expected. Great group of ladies, super tour leader. Have never been disappointed. Am looking forward to my next trip. - Lindalee from Illinois 

I absolutely loved this tour! Everything from the tea time in London to exploring Jane Austen was amazing. Lisa, the tour leader, had tons of great knowledge about everything. I am pretty much telling every woman I meet to check out your tours. - Lori from Illinois

The tour far exceeded my expectations. The accommodations were outstanding, the food was terrific, the itinerary was perfect, and I loved that we got to see and experience so much. I experienced an excellent tour of London, and the English countryside was just amazing. The hotel at Stow on the Wold was the best. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. - Karen from Illinois

A memorable tour not to be missed. Lisa was wonderful: patient, accommodating, friendly and helpful. An asset to the tour. - Virginia from Maryland

The London and the English Countryside tour was a wonderful expierence. The amazing itinerary, beautiful hotels and incredible food were made even better by the companionship of great women. I will definitely travel with Sights and Soul again. Also, I think that the samll, personal touches added so much to the overall experience. A birthday card, luggage accessories, and friendly, prompt e-mail replies were wonderful. I appreciated all the detailed information that was provided throughout the process. Can't wait to travel with you again! - Ronda from Texas

The England tour was amazing from start to finish, far surpassing my expectations! My memories will always include the ladies in the group and Becky, our tour leader! - RoseAnn from Texas

Thank you so much for your thoroughness and thoughtfulness in providing the best trip for us all! We had a terrific time in England! - Holly from Connecticut

I had a marvelous trip to London and its environs. The museums, theatre, people, sights and sounds, castles, history and more all made for a wonderful trip! Thank you very much for all of your hard work to make us all feel so at ease. - Edwyna from Washington

Thanks again for everything. Our London trip with my mother was the highlight of 2009 and a bright spot in my life. - Jen from Nevada

I appreciated seeing all the amazing sights and being with women who enjoyed the same as me. Keep doing what you're doing. - June from Illinois

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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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