London and the English countryside

9 Days
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Experience London, the most dynamic city on earth and explore the English countryside

Our Town and Country program is adaptable and flexible. Switch tours, bolt on tickets and VIP touches to make The Classic Town and Country Tour extra special.

Each day your personal guide will manage the tour to suit your own pace and interests.  Our office is on hand to book theatre tickets, make restaurant reservations and assist in any way we can whilst you travel.

Day 1.  Friday,

Meet and greet London Heathrow plus tour of Windsor Castle

Your chauffeur will meet you inside the arrivals hall, assist with luggage and escort you to the vehicle.

Windsor Castle is a working palace, weekend home to the Queen and the largest and oldest continuously inhabited castle in the world. Visit the opulent State Apartments and enjoy a personal guided tour of the magnificent St George’s Chapel, the last resting place Britain’s Kings and Queens. Learn more about the Tudor monarchs and the connection with the “Game of Thrones” TV drama series. See the exquisitely constructed details of the one twelfth scale Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. This gift and work of art for Queen Mary was displayed at the festival of Britain in 1924.

Overnight: The Milestone Hotel, London

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Day 2.  Saturday,

Royal City: Westminster Abbey, Churchill’s War rooms and Aristocratic London (5 hours)

The Churchill War Rooms are where Sir Winston Churchill conducted operations during the London Blitz, a visit into these fascinating rooms also includes the Churchill Museum. It is the first museum dedicated to this extraordinary man. Experience the sights and sounds of the wartime bunker that sheltered the Prime Minster and his team of government officials, secretaries and high ranking military personnel during the aerial bombing of London. See communication, map and meeting rooms left as if the war ended only yesterday.

Enjoy a private tour inside Westminster Abbey, famous for coronations and royal weddings. The abbey is one of Britain’s most important historic buildings, a Royal church with tombs of Kings and Queens. Over time this architecturally gem has also become a special place of burial for the great and the good. See the coronation chair and the spectacular King Henry VII chapel.

Take a stroll through aristocratic London is characterised by elegant squares, specialist shops and smart restaurants. Before large department stores and online shopping ladies and gentlemen had a tailor, a hatter, shoe maker, cigar merchant, cheesemonger, wine merchant and so on.  These specialist stores can still be seen in the small streets of Mayfair and St James today.

Overnight: The Milestone Hotel, London

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Day 3.  Sunday,

Lazy Sunday

What would a Londoner do on a Sunday?  Go to the pub of course and enjoy a huge Sunday Roast Dinner with all the trimmings, washed down with traditional ale.

Finish your afternoon with a walk through Hyde Park or visit one of London’s free museums.

Overnight: The Milestone Hotel, London
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Day 4.  Monday,

The British Museum and the Old City of London (4 hours)

Boats, buses, taxi and tubes…and your own two feet!  Explore the city like a real Londoner with an expert tour guide by your side.

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons’

The collection is worldwide in origin and relates to places and people from the past two million years. The different cultures that can be found within the Museum range from the Aztecs and Native North America to Ancient Egypt, Imperial China, Anglo-Saxon and Renaissance Europe – the list is simply endless!

Today we hit the world famous highlights. The highlights include; The Elgin Marbles, the mummies of ancient Egypt, the Rosetta Stone, the key to the mysterious hieroglyphs, Anglo-Saxon treasure and Greece and Roman artefacts.

Back to the streets. Take a walk through time… get off-the-beaten path and explore the alleyways, snickets and ancient chapels and church yards of the Old City of London.

Tour inside St Paul’s Cathedral and see the beautiful interior of the dome, one of the largest in the world. If you are feeling energetic, climb the 533 steps to the top of the dome for incredible views of London.

Overnight: The Milestone Hotel, London.

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Day 5.  Tuesday,

Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath – full day touring
Enjoy a private guided tour of the mysterious site of Stonehenge. This ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is now classed as a World Heritage Site. It was thought to be a place of healing, as well as an astronomical clock and a religious site.

Visit the world heritage city of Bath with its grandiose Georgian architecture, boasting more listed buildings than London. The Circus and Royal Crescent represent Georgian architecture at its finest.

Tour the ancient Roman Baths. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Romans harnessed the hot local springs and were able to engineer a magnificent complex of plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas.  See Bath Abbey. The Gothic fan vault over the nave in the abbey is quite simply majestic.

Visit Salisbury Cathedral, (guided tour included) one of Europe’s great places of Christian worship, an architectural gem in its own right with a spectacular 404 spire. See the Magna Carta and beautifully preserved stone frieze depicting scenes from the old-testament.

Overnight: the Royal Crescent, Bath

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Day 6.  Wednesday,

Stourhead Landscape Gardens, Old Wardour Castle and Rural villages

The great advantage of having your own professional driver-guide is to be able to take scenic routes that are off-the-beaten-track and explore England’s country lanes, hamlets and lesser known villages. Stop for a rest a real local’s pub in a proper English village.

Considered to be one of England’s greatest gardens, Stourhead is one of the most remarkable landscaped gardens in Europe.  The garden is a living work of art, perfect to see at any time of the year.  See the dark and mysterious volcanic rock Grotto and come face to face with the river god.

Visit Old Wardour Castle, a real secret tucked away down a narrow series of country lanes, almost forgotten in time. Built in the 14th Century, the hexagonal castle was brought to ruin during the Civil War. Your driver-guide will take you around the castle rooms and up the circular stairs to see the panoramic landscape of Wiltshire. This is the perfect place for a picnic lunch, Wardour is truly magical.

Overnight: the Royal Crescent, Bath

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Day 7. Thursday,  

Cotswolds Country

Take a journey through England’s timeless countryside and visit the pretty villages surrounded by the Cotswold Hills. See traditional thatched cottages and delightful shops full of unusual and unique items.

Stop at Chipping Campden, the perfect Cotswolds market town, with its old pubs, tea rooms and a quaint market hall. Bibury first earned its title of ‘the most beautiful village in England’ from the artist and craftsman, William Morris.

During the afternoon you may wish to tour some of the quintessentially English gardens of the Cotswolds region. Tour Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of England’s finest gardens, a complete dream set high in the Cotswold Hills. The herbaceous borders and chambers of hedges add to the theme and character of the garden – every corner turned brings a smile to the face.

Overnight: Farncombe Estate, the Cotswolds

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Day 8.  Friday,

Blenheim Palace and Oxford

Oxford is home to the oldest university in England.  Oxford was home to C.S Lewis, JRR Tolkein and the birthplace of Stephen Hawking. Twenty-six British Prime Ministers were educated at Oxford University, along with many famous individuals such as Tim Berners Lee, computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web.

Enjoy a walking tour with your guide and visit Christ Church College with its vaulted staircase and elegant Tudor dining hall, the inspiration for locations in the Harry Potter films.

One of England’s ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with picturesque towns and villages made of honey-coloured limestone; the Cotswolds are a delight to explore. Once a wealthy wool producing area, this region is now a film maker’s dream.

Have lunch in a traditional country pub serving local ales and food, prepared with Cotswolds sourced ingredients. When the weather is inclement, pubs usually have roaring log fires to keep everyone warm.

Home to the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a grand aristocratic home befitting the high status of a Dukedom.

This Baroque masterpiece was built to impress; the long drive up to the great court provides splendid views of Capability Brown’s world famous landscaped grounds. Time-permitting, tour the magnificent state rooms.

Walk around the formal gardens and stroll through the collection of Italian, secret, rose and pleasure gardens along with the water terraces.

Overnight: Farncombe Estate, the Cotswolds

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Day 9.  Saturday,

Chauffeur-driven transfer to Heathrow airport