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UNITED KINGDOM 
London and the English Countryside - Overview
DATES & COST 

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

TOUR DIRECTOR 
TOUR MAP 
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This tour may be combined with:
the Highclere Castle tour to United Kingdom (post-tour extension) (July 23-24, 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 IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

Kings and queens, prehistoric monuments and famous art, forests and mountains, 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, theatre, and hip British style, and the fairytale English countryside with its gardens, castles, prehistoric monuments, grazing sheep, tiny Cotswolds villages and hearty pub food.

We'll get to know and love London, as we visit the Tower of London, the British Museum, Hampton Court Palace, the National Gallery and the Westminster Abbey, ride the ultra-modern London Eye, enjoy a West End theatre show and a cruise up the Thames River to visit the dreamy Kew Gardens. 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 Harrod's. 

As we set out to explore the English countryside, we'll visit Stonehenge, Oxford, the Windsor Castle, and the ancient Roman town of Bath, synonymous with Jane Austen's novels, hike in the Cotswolds by chocolate box perfect villages, streams and open meadows, and admire a multitude of castles, palaces, manor houses and hunting lodges. 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 Millennium Bailey's Hotel, centrally located in London's Borough of Chelsea and South Kensington, known for its museums, designer shopping and beautifully maintained city parks and gardens.
     
  • We'll spend 4 days at the heart of Cotswolds, at the serene Number Four Hotel, by the bubbling River Windrush and surrounded by manicured gardens and open meadows. The hotel is located in a 600 year old manor house, turned modern luxury property and is known for its fine dining.
     
  • We'll see London's highlights: the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum.
     
  • We'll take a cruise up the Thames River, past the famous landmarks of the city and tour the spectacular botanical displays at Kew Gardens.
     
  • We'll wonder at the energy of London from the red double-decker bus, then from the London Eye, the world's highest Ferris Wheel.
     
  • We'll watch a theatre performance in London's West End.
     
  • We'll visit Windsor, the largest castle in the world, a dramatic site which encapsulates 900 years of British history.
     
  • We'll take a literary walk through the university town of Oxford.
     
  • We'll admire the prehistoric ingenuity and human creativity in Stonehenge.
     
  • We'll walk in the steps of Jane Austen as we visit the ancient Roman city of Bathwith its honey-colored buildings and elaborate Regency Era gardens.
     
  • We'll stroll among the pastoral scenery of the Cotswolds, stopping in historic market towns and villages frozen in time.
     
  • We'll dine in carefully selected gourmet restaurants, allowing for the fullest appreciation of London's international cuisine, including an upscale Indian restaurant, take in the ritual of the afternoon tea and a friendly atmosphere of a traditional English pub.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 5 nights at the elegant Millennium Bailey's Hotel in Kensington and Chelsea Borough of London; 3 nights at the serene Number Four Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
     
  • 8 hotel breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2 lunches, including drinks - a la carte, traditional or vegetarian menu
     
  • All transportation in London, including unlimited use of London tube and buses and a private bus while exploring the English countryside
     
  • Introductory, live-narrated double-decker London bus tour, Blue Badge professional guides at the Tower of London, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, National Gallery of Art, Kew Gardens, Oxford, Bath, and award-winning audio guided tours at Windsor Castle, Roman Baths in Bath, and Stonehenge
     
  • An experienced tour director, all sightseeing fees and admissions as per itinerary
     
  • A West End theatre play
     
  • A visit to Hampton Court Palace
     
  • A champagne experience and a panoramic view from the London Eye
     
  • A cruise down the Thames River
     
  • Full day hiking in the Cotswolds, including Bibury, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Bourton-on-the-Water
     
  • A visit to Stonehenge, the world's most renowned prehistoric monument
     
  • A private airport transfer on arrival and a group airport transfer on departure
     
  • All restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities
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 
  • Touring the Tower of London
  • Visiting the Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Cruising on the Thames River
  • Taking an elegant afternoon tea
  • Dining at a traditional English pub
  • British Museum and the National Gallery of Art
  • Riding the London Eye
  • Admiring the botanical displays at Kew Gardens
  • Seeing a play at a West End theatre
  • Visiting the Windsor Castle, the largest castle in the world
  • Strolling through colleges in Oxford
  • Hiking in the fairytale Cotswolds hills
  • Exploring the prehistoric monuments in Stonehenge
  • Walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen in Bath
  • Getting lost in the small-town atmosphere of Stow-on-the-Wold
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature 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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