Day 1: Depart North America
Depart North America en route to London, England
Day 2: London Heathrow to London Central Hotel
The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington Getaway
The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is a contemporary four-star hotel located near The Royal Albert Hall, just a two minutes' walk from High Street Kensington underground station.
From world-class museums to spacious Hyde and Holland Park and even Kensington Palace being walkable, there is more than enough to do right on our doorstep.
Renowned for its warm hospitality, the hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms with an enviable central London location in Kensington. Stay on top of your business and entertainment needs with our free Wi-Fi connection, available in all rooms and on multiple devices. Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington also boasts a state-of-the-art fitness centre that is available to all guests so as to allow you to relax and keep in shape during your stay.
Vintage Double-Decker Afternoon Tour and Cruise
What better way to see the highlights of London than from the upper level of a vintage double-decker bus? Take in excellent views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London on a meandering route, sweeping through the streets and history of the English capital.
The tour also includes a boat trip on the river Thames as well as a visit to Buckingham Palace, the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Following your time at Buckingham, the scene shifts to the river Thames where you'll set off on serene sailing coursing through the central waterway of London, passing sites of interest including Shakespeare's Globe, London Bridge, the Shard and Tower Bridge before arriving at the London Eye pier, where you'll disembark. Shortly after, you'll be returned to the Victoria Coach Station where you'll bid farewell to your guide and enjoy time on your own.
Important note: The Changing of the Guards only takes place in the morning and therefore cannot be seen on this afternoon excursion.
Day 3: Stonehenge with Afternoon in Bath
Perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and an acclaimed world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in a vast empty tract of the Salisbury Plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and through the millennia it has been home to pagan religions, revered as a site of spiritual worship, and in more recent years, it has been the source of much public debate. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it designed to observe the moon, as a temple to the sun, or is it an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40-ton rocks? Though the secrets of this historic site are likely to remain unrevealed, this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design is sure to be enjoyed, whether in spite or because of its enigmatic history.
Next, you'll head to Bath, arriving in time for lunch. With fabulous restaurants, tea houses, sandwich and coffee shops, not to mention all the classic British pubs, there are no shortage of options for an excellent meal. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture.
Following the scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure before the return voyage to London, which you will arrive in at approximately at 7:30 pm.
Duration = 11 Hours
Day 4: Day at Leisure
Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.
Day 5: London - Stratford-upon-Avon
Leaving London on a small group adventure with like-minded explorers in tow, your adventure into Shakespeare's England begins with a visit to the World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace. Learn the history of this three hundred year-old masterpiece, explore the gardens, or take a ride on the estate's very own miniature railway line.
After the palace and a lunch break, the trip continues to the Rollright Standing Stones. An ancient complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, they are found on the crest of the Cotswold Hills and mark the borderlands between the great counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
Round off the afternoon with a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery where you'll learn about the production of beer in one of the Cotswolds' most beautiful areas and savour a lovingly produced, local drink. Soon after, a short drive will deliver you to Stratford-upon-Avon, your base for the next two nights.
Day 6: Stratford-upon-Avon
The day begins with a trip to Warwick Castle, one of England's best preserved medieval castles. Dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, Warwick Castle is often named as one of the best historic monuments in Britain.
In the early afternoon, return to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace and home of playwright William Shakespeare. Here you'll visit Shakespeare's birthplace, the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, or Mary Arden's farm where Shakespeare's mother once lived. You can also explore the narrow streets of this medieval market town, visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or take a stroll along the banks of the River Avon where you can rent a boat or take the ferry across the river.
During your overnight in Stratford, soak up the ambience of this charming and historic town.
Day 7: Stratford-upon-Avon - London
Departing Stratford-upon-Avon, you'll set out toward the Cotswolds, a huge area that covers five counties and offers a variety of unique landscapes and delightful villages. The rolling hills, communities, and farms of this area give you a glimpse of times-past, to an England with a gentler pace of life.
The first stop of the day is in Stow on the Wold, the most highly elevated of the Cotswolds Towns. The large market square is a testament to the huge markets and fairs that were once held in this hill-top market town. Continuing onward, you'll next visit Bourton on the Water, found nestled in the rolling Cotswolds hills. Known as 'The Venice of the Cotswolds', you'll have time to explore this ancient village that has stood on this spot since Anglo-Saxon times.
Later in the day, you'll visit 'Broadway Tower.' The second highest point in the Cotswolds, this 18th century hilltop folly provides excellent views of the surrounding area and public access paths allow guests to wander at leisure. A cafe for refreshments and - for a small fee of up to EUR5 per person - guests can additionally visit the nearby museum with its exhibits detailing the tower's colourful past and roof viewing platform.
Your final stop of the tour is in the City of Oxford. Here, you have time to explore the beautiful listed buildings, explore the precincts of the colleges, and climb one of the vantage points to take in the skyline. For those seeking to avoid the stairs, consider visiting the Ashmolean Museum where you'll find an excellent collection of art and antiques. After your time in Oxford, you will be returned to London.
Day 8: Depart England
Please make your own way to nearby Heathrow Airport ahead of your international departure.