Spend 7 nights discovering London and Southern England, including Bath, Stonehenge and Cotswolds!
Your tour begins and ends in London – a truly cosmopolitan and vibrant city. Spend two nights in the unique Roman City of Bath, visiting mysterious Stonehenge and Avebury. Visit picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon – birthplace of William Shakespeare. Drive through the honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, and visit Oxford. End your tour in the shadow of Windsor Castle – official residence of the Queen.
Day 1. Welcome to London!
Arrival at a London airport. Take time to explore the highlights of the English capital. Visit the famous Oxford Street for shopping, and see the city from a new angle with the great London Eye! Or start your trip with a walk in the amazing Camden Market with its eclectic mix of people and products. You can also visit Buckingham Palace, the beautiful and impressive residence of Britain’s royal family. Overnight in London.
Day 2. London
Discover further highlights of London’s cultural heritage. See the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to learn more about the city’s history. Or the impressive 213-foot-high London Bridge, a familiar global symbol of London. Discover the iconic Big Ben, with its neo-gothic style clock tower. And last but not least, the unmistakable 700-year-old Westminster Abbey. Overnight in London.
Day 3. Bath, South West
After breakfast, take the road towards the lovely city of Bath. There are many fascinating places to stop along the way, including Stonehenge, one of the most famous tourist sites in the world, full of mystery and yet an enigma for archaeologists. Take a little break in Salisbury, the ‘City in the Countryside’, with its beautiful Early English Gothic Cathedral. You can’t miss the site of Avebury, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, discovered in the 1930s! Overnight in Bath.
Day 4. Bath
Today, take a stroll in the wonderful city of Bath. Begin at Pulteney Bridge, which is compared to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence! Continue with the magnificent Bath Abbey, a Norman Cathedral built in the late 11th century. Discover the Royal Crescent, a row of 30 terraced houses, laid out in a unique crescent shape. Amazing! To finish this nice day, what better than a visit to the 2,000 year-old Roman Baths complex, where naturally hot (46°C) water rises every day, as it has done for thousands of years? Overnight in Bath.
Day 5. Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands
Next stop Shakespeare country! There are so many possibilities for things to see along the way. Visit the gorgeous Hidcote Manor Gardens, a famous Arts and Crafts Garden created by the talented American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in 1905. Stop at the village of Broadway, the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’. Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, is not to be missed. The elegant village of Chipping Campden, whose buildings date from the 14th to 17th centuries, can be a great experience too! Overnight in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Day 6. Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands
After a good night’s sleep, discover the impressive ruins of Kenilworth Castle, founded in 1120. Or go to Warwick Castle to experience a wide array of activities and interesting diversions! Learn more about one of the world’s most famous playwrights by visiting the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a 1,040 seat ‘thrust stage’ theatre, which pays homage to all-things Shakespeare, and explore the birthplace of this great playwright and poet. Overnight in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Day 7. Windsor, South East
Your journey continues with a visit to the city of Oxford, with its very famous and beautiful university, the second oldest university in the world after the University of Bologna in Italy. The Museum of Natural History at Oxford will welcome you to discover the considerable collection of anatomical and natural history specimens! The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world! A walk in Oxford, ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, is the perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Windsor.
Day 8. Return to London and Departure
Return to your chosen London Airport three hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.