We will embark on a very special and unique journey together, visiting two of the greatest seats of learning in the English speaking world, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. We will visit Bletchley Park, Stratford-upon-Avon, famed as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the Cotswolds, the city of Bath, Stonehenge and many more beautiful places in England - an unforgettable journey awaits!
Thames River Trip, Tower of London, Cambridge University & Punting on the River Cam
We will drive past some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including Marble Arch, Park Lane, Buckingham Palace and The Houses of Parliament (The Palace of Westminster), before alighting from our coach at Westminster Pier, to board a Thames river boat. On the journey we will see sights of London, past and present, from a very different perspective.
We disembark at the Tower of London, to visit this most magnificent of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After lunch, which we may take at one of the historic waterside inns, we will leave London heading north east to the university city of Cambridge. We will spend our afternoon walking through a select few of the colleges, in the company of a post graduate guide who will give us considerable insight into the 800 year history of this great seat of learning.
Before heading to our hotel tonight, we will stop at one of the riverside boathouses and go “punting” on the River Cam.
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Overnight stay including half-board in Cambridge.
Bletchley Park, Oxford, Oxford University & Cotswolds
Today we head west through the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire countryside, before arriving at Bletchley Park. Then, we’ll do a guided tour through this historic centre.
This afternoon we visit Oxford. England’s preeminent seat of learning, Oxford University. The oldest university in the English speaking world, comprises of 38 colleges and 6 Permanent Private Halls. The colleges and many other iconic buildings, including The Radcliffe Camera, The Bodleian Library, The Ashmolean Museum and The Sheldonian Theatre, are thankfully, close to each other, and will be seen, as we take a guided walking tour around at least two of the colleges.
Our last journey today will be to the supremely beautiful Cotswolds. Its butter yellow lime stone cottages, often with straw thatched roofs, abound in many small towns and villages that sit in the valley’s, in this 787 square miles of rolling hills and grassland.
Overnight stay including half-board in Cotswolds.
Bourton-on-the-water, Chipping Camden, Stratford-upon-Avon & Cirencester
After a hearty Cotswold breakfast, we head off for a meandering drive through some of the spectacular Cotswold villages, stopping at Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway and Chipping Camden, before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Stratford-upon-Avon has a long history, having been first inhabited by Anglo-Saxons in the 7th century but of course it is universally best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare born in 1564. From relatively humble beginnings, Shakespeare was to become the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. Before leaving Stratford-upon-Avon, we shall visit the waterside Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Stratford's oldest building, Holy Trinity Church, where the Baird was baptised and later buried within the church, together with wife, Anne and daughter Susanna.
We depart for our final destination today, the Roman town of Cirencester, "Corinium". Here we will visit the Corinium Museum, containing large collections of local objects found in and around the locality.
Overnight stay including half-board in Cirencester area.
Castle Combe, Lacock Abbey, Lacock Village & Bath
After a brief visit to Cirencester’s Roman amphitheatre, we will head south to the award winning village of Castle Combe. This is one of the most beautiful, picture perfect, villages in England. We will walk down “The Street” from the Market Cross, between terraces of 15th century cottages, arriving at the picturesque bridge over the River By Brook, a tributary of the River Avon. A visit to The Old Rectory Tearoom, is a memorable treat and should not be missed!
Soon we depart for Lacock Abbey and Village. Lacock Abbey was first founded in 1232 and was to become a major centre for wool production during the Middle Ages. The Abbey and village are owned entirely by The National Trust, who keep it, in appearance, as it was in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. We will visit the Abbey and gardens.
The centre of the village has no visible signs of modern life, being without television aerials, satellite dishes or road markings. It is completely preserved as it once was. There is much to see, including the medieval tithe barn, the old lock up prison cell and St. Cyriac’s 14th century Church. This is the quintessential English village.
Later this afternoon we will depart for the “Georgian” city of Bath.
Two overnight stays including half-board in Bath.
Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent & Jane Austen Centre
Sitting in the valley of the River Avon, this is a multi-layered centre of English history like no other.
Today we will visit The Roman Baths complex, considered to be one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. You will have the opportunity to taste the sulphurous water, claimed throughout history to have health giving properties (it’s not compulsory!)
The Gothic Abbey is an exquisite example of perpendicular gothic architecture. The city is perhaps best known for its 18th century Georgian architecture, constructed with honey-coloured Bath stone which heralded a golden age in the city’s history.
Other fine buildings, The Grand Pump Room, Pulteney Bridge and The Theatre Royal are notable amongst the many elegant terraces built during this period. We will spend today visiting all of these fine buildings and many more on a guided walking tour.
Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801 to 1806, at the height of the city’s popularity as a spa resort, we will complete our visits today at the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street, giving us a snapshot of what it was like to live in Regency times.
Tonight you can dine at any one of over four hundred restaurants the city has to offer, a truly amazing choice!
A free day to further explore and enjoy Bath, visiting the many museums, perhaps going for that hot spa and swim, or indulging in some serious “retail therapy”, the opportunities are endless!
Tonight is the last night of this tour and surely worth some celebration, at another of Bath’s wonderful choice of restaurants!
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Eaton College & London
Before we complete our journey together in London, our journey takes us east to Stonehenge.
As we head for London, we make one last stop at the most famous of Royal Castles, Windsor Castle, here we will visit the lovely little town of Windsor, located on the banks of the River Thames, with the castle at its centre.
We will explore the state rooms with their exceptional interiors and art collections, while we take an audio tour through the public areas.
On the other side of the river from Windsor, is Eton College, founded in 1440 and now described as the most famous public school in the world.
All good things must come to an end, as we leave Windsor and journey into central London, where our journey together must finish.