Essential England

London, Bath, Cotswolds, Lake District, York and Cambridge

From £5100 per person in low season
From £5300 per person in high season

based on 7 nights & daily experiences

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Price includes:

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  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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  • Step back in time with a visits to Stonehenge and Bath

  • Follow in the footsteps on Shakespeare on a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Marvel at the vast expanse of Lake Windemere

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

This itinerary is a whistle-stop tour taking you through the best of what England has to offer. You’ll travel the length of the country visiting the iconic Stonehenge, strolling through the Georgian city of Bath and entering into the breath-taking countryside of the Cotswolds. Immerse yourself into the land of Shakespeare in Stratford and indulge in the clear beauty of Lake Windemere. By the end of your week you’ll have a clear insight into the enchanting culture of this welcoming country.

  1. Days 1-2: London

    Arrive into the capital of the United Kingdom, cosmopolitan and bustling London. You can set your own pace here, choosing to explore as much as you like. If this is your first time in London be sure not to miss Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal Family, The Tower of London, a historic fortress on the banks of the river Thames and the Houses of Parliament with its famous clock and bell; Big Ben.

    Accommodation: Rosewood London (1 night)

  2. Days 2-3: Bath

    You’ll start today by journeying back to pre-historic ages with a tour of the iconic Stonehenge. The scenic journey takes around 2 hours, although traffic can vary on the narrow country roads. Follow in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors as you hear the interesting theories as to how this mesmerising structure came to stand here. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

    After, you’ll continue to Bath, around a 1-hour drive north-west of Stonehenge. Bath is the only destination in the UK to have the whole city designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Back in approximately 60AD the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex around Britain's only hot spring that still flows with natural hot water. Nowadays you can’t bathe in the water here, but you can still see the water's source and the roman ruins of the temple which was once the hub of everyday life. Visit The Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent and Jane Austen Centre to name a few.

    Accommodation: Queensberry Hotel (1 night)

  3. Days 3-4: The Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds is a region of gentle hills, delightful cottages of local mellowed stone and secluded manor houses. As you venture into the Cotswolds we will take you to visit a selection of these charming villages and towns, where many Britain’s from the city escape for a weekend in the countryside.

    The village of Bibury is situated in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds and was once described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds'. One of the village's main tourist spots and overlooking a water meadow and the river is Arlington Row, a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century.

    The lovely old-world Cotswold town of Burford has a broad High Street that sweeps down the hillside, bordered by numerous antique and gift shops, all the way down to the bridge spanning the River Windrush. Branching off are delightful, narrow residential streets with flower-filled cottage gardens. In the days when the horse-drawn coach was the main form of transport, Burford was a way station. 

    Bourton-on-the-Water is probably the most popular village in the Cotswolds, and often referred to as the "Venice of the Cotswolds" as the River Windrush runs right through the centre.

    Accommodation: Slaughters Manor House (1 night)

  4. Days 4-6: Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon - The Lake District

    This morning you’ll visit the renowned University the town of Oxford, taking in sights such as Bodleian Library as well as the famous quads and dining halls of some of the famous Oxford colleges.

     Continuing to Stratford upon Avon, just over a 1-hour drive away, you’ll enter into the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. After exploring the town you’ll continue to Windermere, one of the main market towns in Lake District.  The Lake District is a fairytale destination strewn with lakes, mountain tarns and streams, its natural, watery splendour has launched a thousand postcards!   Covering a total area of just over 885 square miles, the Lake District National Park has been protected since 1951, and its picturesque patchwork of lakes, valleys, woodlands and fells make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors. The following day, you can enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere and relax by the lake. Enjoy the famous adventure playground, lakeside setting, fabulous gardens, gift shops and café. Stop in a country pub for lunch and, if you feel more active, consider a day of hiking in the beautiful scenery. Resting at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Wastwater is arguably the region’s most scenic lake; walking trails allow you to explore its stunning surrounds up close.

    Accommodation: Linthwaite House (2 nights)

  5. Days 6-7: York, Yorkshire

    After leaving Windermere, enjoy the scenic route to York, taking around 3 hours and passing through the beautiful market town of Richmond, the jewel of North Yorkshire.

      York is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in England. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon of exploring the ancient city’s small and atmospheric streets and sights including a tour York Minister, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and Jorvik Viking Centre and discover the hustle and bustle of Viking-age York in this special exhibition exploring trade, industry and everyday life in the city over 1,000 years ago.

    Accommodation: The Grand (1 night)

  6. Days 7-8: Cambridge

    Your final stage of your itinerary takes you back down south and towards another iconic university town; Cambridge. The journey takes approximately 3 hours by car.            

     As well as visiting the main sights of Cambridge you can also try your hand at “punting” along the River Cam, visit the tribute to Xu Zhimo by King’s College, and tour of the famous city’s landmarks as well as the famous University’s colleges and quads.

    To end your itinerary you’ll return back to the sparking lights of London, either to catch your return flight home or to perhaps extend your stay in the capital, perhaps enjoying a west-end show or savouring the views from the top of the London Eye.

    Accommodation: The Varsity Hotel & Spa (1 night)

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London, Bath, Cotswolds, Lake District, York and Cambridge

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