10 Nights of England
10 Nights of England
This tour is customisable and private, with a driver-guide in a Luxury Sedan (3 PAX) or Van (8 PAX). For larger families and groups we can provide coaches and a guide.
Stumble across sights and experiences you may not have heard of before. A mixture of classic locations, famous landscapes and secret hideaways.
This is one of our most favoured tours, because it covers a wide range of interests - including history, culture, art and film locations. We have handpicked the accommodation and guides to ensure you receive first class service throughout your journey with us.
Your trip includes Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Roman Baths, Cotswold, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare sites, Lake District, York and Cambridge.
You may want to combine our Classic Tour of London at the start or end of your trip.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Wiltshire Villages.
Visit Windsor Castle, a working palace and home to the Queen. It is the largest and oldest continuously inhabited castle in the world.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the mysterious site of Stonehenge. This ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt.
Stop off at a real ‘local’s’ pub in a classic English village. The great advantage of having your own driver-guide is being able to take scenic routes that are ‘off the beaten track’ and explore England’s country lanes, hamlets and lesser known Wiltshire villages.
Day 2. Stourhead, Old Wardour Castle and the Roman Baths.
Stourhead House is regarded as being one of Europe’s greatest landscaped gardens, featuring grottos, lakes and temples on a grand scale.
Old Wardour Castle is isolated, forgotten and great fun to get lost in! Your guide will explain the fascinating history of this very unusual place.
Tour the ancient Roman Baths. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Romans harnessed the hot local springs and were able to engineer a magnificent complex of plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas. End your visit to Bath with a visit to the impressive abbey.
Day 3. Cotswold Country.
The Cotswolds is a place to escape; a haven for those in need to watch the world go by. Take a journey through England’s timeless countryside and visit the pretty villages surrounded by the Cotswolds Hills. See traditional thatched cottages and delightful shops full of unusual and unique items. Meander through the village of Burford, lined with antique shops and ancient coaching inns. Stop at Chipping Campden, the perfect Cotswold market town, with its old pubs, tea rooms and a quaint market hall. Bibury first earned its title of ‘the most beautiful village in England’ from the artist and craftsman, William Morris.
During the afternoon, you may wish to tour some of the quintessentially English gardens of the Cotswolds region. Tour Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of England’s finest gardens, a complete dream set high in the Cotswold Hills. The herbaceous borders and chambers of hedges add to the theme and character of the garden - every corner turned brings a smile to the face.
Day 4. Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town close to Warwick Castle and like the castle, it was developed hugely during the Medieval period. Stratford has numerous properties associated with Shakespeare, including Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. The cottage itself is a piece of history, representing the life of Shakespeare’s family. Stop by Holy Trinity Church, also known as Shakespeare’s Church which is where the famous writer was baptised and buried.
After lunch, head to a place which has a thousand years of history within its domain. The medieval walls of Warwick Castle tower over the River Avon; appearing twice as big because of the reflection on the water. The structure of the castle was meant for military purposes and throughout history has proved its importance.
Warwick Castle is fun and educational, with various shows and exhibitions. The Bird of Prey Lawn is the best place to view the falconry displays. After touring the castle, you may wish to stroll through the Rose and Peacock Garden.
Day 5. Oxford and Blenheim Palace.
Enjoy a walking tour with your guide and visit Christ Church College with its vaulted staircase and elegant Tudor dining hall, the inspiration for some of the locations seen in the Harry Potter films.
Home to the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a grand aristocratic home befitting the high status of a Dukedom. This Baroque masterpiece was built to impress; the long drive up to the great court provides splendid views of Capability Brown’s world famous landscaped grounds.
Day 6. Peak District and Chatsworth House.
The Peak District was the first National Park to be established in Britain and one of the most visited in the world. From upland peaks, covered in peat to rolling lowland hills, the scenery is a patchwork landscape of moors, woods and pastoral valleys.
Chatsworth House, one of Britain’s greatest treasure houses, renowned for the quality of its paintings and sculptures. The gardens feature a maze, 200 metre cascade and the Emperor Fountain, one of the tallest gravity-fed fountains in the world.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 7. The Lakes and Castlerigg Stone Circle.
There is more to the Lakes District than its world famous natural environment. There are many towns and villages to explore, whether nestled in valleys or on the side of a lake. Coniston, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere each have their own story to tell.
Constructed during the Neolithic period, Castlerigg Stone Circle was a place for rituals and ceremonies. It is the ideal place for those wishing to walk around the stones and touch them. With no fencing, the stones are easily accessible; they look striking within their natural environment.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 8. Beatrix Potter Gallery & Hill Top Farm and Dove Cottage. Overnight the Lake District.
Beatrix Potter’s Gallery at Hawkshead contains original artwork of her most famous drawings and watercolours. Also on display are some of Beatrix’s personal possessions. Visit Hill Top Farm, the home of Beatrix, purchased after the success of the Tales of Peter Rabbit. (Please note, Hill Top Farm is closed on Fridays.)
Dove Cottage was the family home of William Wordsworth, one of Britain’s much-loved poets. See the family’s belongings and the rooms where little has changed since Wordsworth lived there.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 9. Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Castle and Fountains Abbey.
Enjoy the outstanding scenery of deep valleys, rich hay meadows and grassy hills as well as working farms. Known as ‘James Herriot Country’, the park covers 680 square miles and is home to castles and ancient monasteries.
For 600 years Bolton Castle has been under the same private ownership. Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner here by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. The castle has survived as a complete medieval structure.
Nestled in a wooded valley stands the awe-inspiring ruins of Fountains Abbey, built in the 12th century by an austere order of Cistercian monks. The Abbey now forms part of an extraordinary 18th century water garden featuring moon-shaped pools, temples and cascades.
Day 10. York Minster and shopping.
The city of York is surrounded by a medieval wall and is home to wonderful shops, museums, galleries and the National Railway Museum.
York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and includes a unique collection of medieval stained glass.
Day 11. Lincoln and Cambridge.
Lincoln Cathedral is a Gothic triple-towered building that stands out magnificently above the surrounding countryside. The famous stonecarved ‘Lincoln Imp’ sits above the Angel Choir.
The university city of Cambridge is full of different architectural styles; Kings College Chapel was founded by King Henry VI and is one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in England. Archaeological evidence links the city to the Roman and Bronze Age.
Return to London.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
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