English Experience

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Welcome to London

Welcome to one of the most exciting cities in Europe – London! After your arrival to the airport your driver will meet you at the arrival lobby and escort you to the car for your private transfer to your hotel. You can spend the rest of your day relaxing and recovering from your jet-lag, or in case you feel energetic enough you can hop on a double-decker or do some shopping on Oxford street.

 

Day 2: London – Stonehenge – Bath – Devon

Departing from London, we make our way to Stonehenge, the ancient archaeological wonder that has stood for thousands of years in the countryside of south-west England. You have the option to enter this ancient site for yourself and learn about the history of the area. Once we’ve had a chance to look around, we’re off to the beautiful and historic city of Bath, famous of course for the Roman baths built here during the reign of the Empire. We’ll then travel on to Devon, a county in the southwest of England known for its beautiful beaches and national parks. En-route we’ll drive through Cheddar Gorge, a stunning limestone gorge, before enjoying an included welcome dinner so you can get to know your tour leader and fellow travellers.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 3: Mevagissey – St. Ives – Tintagel Castle – Devon

Today we’ll explore Devon and the neighbouring county of Cornwall, with the drive taking us through Dartmoor, the national park known for its stunning natural beauty. The first stop of the day is Tintagel Castle, where you’ll have the option to visit the medieval island fortification long associated with the legends of King Arthur. We’ll then make our way to St Ives – one of the most popular seaside resorts in Cornwall, it’s the perfect place to grab some fish and chips for lunch. Our final stop of the day is at Mevagissey, a beautiful fishing village on the Cornish coast. This village dates back to the 14th century and you’ll have some time to explore the narrow streets and shop for some souvenirs before we return to the hotel this evening.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 4: The Cotswolds – Bampton – Oxford

As we make our way to the Cotswolds we’ll stop off in Malmesbury to see the Abbey where Athelstan, the first king of England, was buried in 941. The Cotswolds is an area known for the famous gold coloured Cotswold stone. The beautiful villages, historic towns and grand stately homes across the area are built from this material. This afternoon we’ll visit the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, which was the setting for the fictional Yorkshire village of Downton in the acclaimed TV drama Downton Abbey. Some of the shows most famous moments have been filmed in and around the church in Bampton. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in Oxford, the historic city known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the historic city centre, where you’ll see for yourself why Oxford is known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’, before an included dinner this evening in a local pub.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 5: Stratford upon Avon – Liverpool

After breakfast we make for Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare. A market town with more than 800 years of history, it still has many buildings that would be familiar to the bard if he was still around today. You’ll enjoy some free time to explore – why not visit Shakespeare’s house? We’ll then travel north to Liverpool, a famous British port city with a rich history – music fans will be enthralled to be in the home of The Beatles. Spot the famous sites with our driving tour of the city and explore the city yourself during your free time this evening. We suggest you head to Mathew Street, the beating heart of the live music scene and home to the world-famous ‘Cavern Club’, where The Beatles first made their mark on modern music.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 6: Samlesbury – Windermere – Cumbria

A short drive from Liverpool is our first destination, Samlesbury, where we’ll visit Samlesbury Hall, a famous medieval manor house and stately home built in the 14th century, this is included in your tour package. We’ll then visit Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, situated in the stunningly beautiful Lake District National Park. You’ll have some free time to explore Windermere before we head to our accommodation in Cumbria; considered one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty, it has provided inspiration for many famous artists, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 7: Hadrian’s Wall – Alnwick Castle – Durham Cathedral – York

Our first stop this morning is Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans as the northern limit of the Roman Empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then have the opportunity to visit Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland and the second-largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle. This castle has also featured in many famous films and TV shows, including two Harry Potter films (The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets), Downton Abbey and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Our next stop is Durham Cathedral, built in 1093 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture. Late afternoon we’ll arrive in York, where we’ll enjoy a walking tour of this historic walled city before an included farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 8: Cambridge – London

Today we make our way to the historic university town of Cambridge! Along with the exquisite architecture, quirky traditions and deep history, there are a significant number of bright sparks who have passed through the city’s famous university, including Charles Darwin, David Attenborough and William Wordsworth. We’ll do the traditional pastime and go punting along the river before we return to London where our tour concludes this evening.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 9: Free day in London

Today is all yours. You can visit museum or galleries, spend your day shopping or exploring the most famous sights in London. You can also take one of our optional escorted or private tours and visit sights in or around London.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 10: Time to say goodbye

After breakfast get ready for your private transfer which will take you to the airport. In case your flight is leaving later in the afternoon or in the evening you could take in more of London’s sights, do some last minute shopping or even join one of our half day optional tours.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

What’s included

 

• 9 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
• 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
• Return private airport transfer on the first and the last day.
• All taxes and fees
• Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
• Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs and toilet.
• 17 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
• A complimentary memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

 

Accommodation

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