Cotswolds Signature

7 days from $4,295pp (based on 2 people)- $2,795pp (based on 6 people)*
  • Visit the birthplaces of both Sir Winston Churchill and Shakespeare.
  • Take in all the spectacular sights of London on a private guided tour.
  • Explore the Roman Baths complex with private guide.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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When you think about quintessential England, the images that spring to mind may very well be much of what the Cotswolds has to offer. Indeed, it is the country's largest officially designated, "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". With its gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), scenic countryside with river valleys, sleepy ancient limestone villages, and historic market towns, it is a place where time seems to have been suspended for 300 years. After exploring all that cosmopolitan London has to offer, slow the pace and watch the ever changing landscape on your train ride to Bath where you'll be met by your private driver-guide who will be your confidante for the next few days as you are driven around many of the highlights of the area. Take in the thatched cottages at Minster Mill, the ancient Roman baths in the City of Bath, abbeys, gardens, Shakespeare's stomping ground that is Stratford upon Avon, and England's largest stately home, Blenheim Palace, to name but a few things you'll see. Stay in a wonderfully English, cosy and well appointed hotel, sample some great food, and discover this wonderful pocket of England - all only a two hour train ride from London. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant (8:00pm-8:59am)& Bank Holidays(49)
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • England - London Welcome Package(2)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Central London (4 hrs) - Guide(5)
    • Self-Guided - Optional Dinner: The George Inn
  • Day 2 London to Bath to Minster Lovell
    London to Bath to Minster Lovell
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • London - Bath [2 hrs] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    • Bath - Cotswolds [with Roman Baths & Cotswolds Driving Tour] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(6)
  • Day 3 Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    • Following in Shakespeare's Footsteps & The Quaint Villages of Cotswolds - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(6)
  • Day 4 Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    • Ancient Ruins & Antiques Capital of The World (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(6)
  • Day 5 Cotswolds to Oxford to London
    Cotswolds to Oxford to London
    • Cotswolds - Oxford [with 1/2 Day Walking Tour ] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(6)
    • Oxford - London [2 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 6 London
    London
    • Private - 1/2 d City Highlights (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(6)
    • Self-Guided - Dinner at Leisure (in the West End)
  • Day 7 London
    London
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (departure) - Vehicle/Driver(4)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: London

For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant for you upon your arrival. A representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall after you pass through customs to assist. If a private airport transfer has been arranged, this representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport. You will then be escorted to the vehicle and onto the hotel to assist with check in. 

Meet your driver at Heathrow airport, and take a private transfer to your hotel.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

One of the world's great cities, vibrant London manages to shine in the grayest weather and its diversity defies a simple definition. This sprawling city has drawn people for centuries, looking for something and finding the unexpected. It's one of the world's most international cities and its influences blend to create something uniquely wonderful. Let your Guide know your particular interests and they will help you discover the city on your half day walking tour of central London. Learn how to take the "tube", explore the cobblestone streets, gardens, and markets, and be a Londoner for a day. Your Guide will meet you at your hotel. Please note that one should wear comfortable shoes and a hat; suitable for children. (No entrance fees included)

Consider having dinner this evening in the George Inn. Dating from the 17th century, this public house is London's last remaining galleried inn. It stands on the south side of the River Thames near London Bridge, which for centuries was the only bridge across the river. In olden days it was one of many such inns in the area, perhaps the most famous being the Tabard, where Chaucer began his 'Canterbury Tales' in 1388. It is tucked away in a cobbled courtyard just off Borough High Street. The exterior boasts a wealth of pretty lattice windows and oak beams. As for the interior, the ground floor is divided into several connecting bars while the Parliament Bar was the former waiting room for coachmen and passengers and has a rare Parliament clock. The Middle Bar was the Coffee Room, a haunt of Charles Dickens.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel (4*)

Reside in splendor in the heart of central London. Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, this Grade II listed building has been restored to its former glory following a multi-million pound refurbishment. Combining modern luxury with unique period features, the spacious rooms offer scenic views of Buckingham Palace Road, the Royal Mews, the Palace Gardens and the broad span of Victoria Station itself. Adorned in the finest Victorian architecture, they boast iPod docking stations with surround sound, Egyptian cotton linen and large plasma-screen TVs. The newly instated Grand Imperial Restaurant offers exquisite Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine prepared by renowned chef and restaurateur Rand Cheung. Furthermore, transformed from a first-class railway lounge into a destination bar, Réunion serves the finest signature cocktails in opulent style. Providing a fully equipped fitness center, Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel and 24-hour room service, the Grosvenor Hotel welcomes you to London.

London
London
Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel

Day 2: London - Bath - Minster Lovell

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer in London.

Enjoy a relaxing train ride from London Paddington Station to Bath.

This morning you`ll be met by your local private driver-guide and vehicle to set out on your self-guided audio visit of the Roman Baths complex, a site of historical importance, as you travel en route to the Cotswolds. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level, while the buildings above street level date from the 19th century. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. Entries not included. In the afternoon, you’ll continue with your driver-guide and sit back and take in the sights on your driving tour of the Cotswolds area, stopping at opportune moments to take some picturesque shots and to stretch your legs. Take in the city views from the Skyline, Royal Crescent, The Circus & and Lansdown Crescent. Heading out of Bath, you'll pass through Castle Combe and stroll around the village before moving onto Malmesbury. Visit the abbey and take in the stunning Abbey Gardens before arriving in Tetbury to view the Chipping Steps where the annual Woolsack Races are held. Continue with a drive through Cirencester, the second city of Roman Britain and later a major wool trading town, with a late afternoon arrival in Bibury where you can take a walk along Arlington Row and it's iconic Cotswold stone cottages. At day's end, you'll be dropped off at your accommodation. Entries not included.

Accommodation: Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*)

The 5-star Old Swan & Minster Mill couldn't be more quintessentially English. At the heart of the Old Minster village and with a history going back almost 600 years, this is the perfect spot to escape the city and explore the Cotswolds, or alternatively, to simply relax, spa and dine. The Old Swan captures the charm of bygone years, with a good measure of modern convenience, and the laid-back atmosphere of a gastro-pub inspired dining room and log-fired bar thrown in for good measure. Next door at the Minster Mill, you’ll find a slightly less posh country-cousin. A bit of an upstart; funky modern rooms, smaller and without the history but all with the familiar style and personal touches that the de Savary Family cram in by the bucket-load.

Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill
Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill

Day 3: Cotswolds - Minster Lovell

Your private driver-guide will meet you to begin the day’s sightseeing, with an aim to hit some of the highlights of the region. Start off by visiting Stratford upon Avon (approx. 1hr 15 drive) for a self-guided visit at Shakespeare`s birthplace, before being driven to Hall`s Croft - a grand Tudor building, home to Shakespeare`s Daughter and doctor husband, finishing the Shakespeare connection at Anne Hathaway`s cottage - the family home of Shakespeare`s wife. Entries not included.

Later on, you'll drive past the "wool church" of St James and the 17th century Alms houses of silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks, as you make your way to Broadway. Drive through the town and maybe stop for a spot of light shopping or some window browsing. Moving on through Snowshill, enjoy a short stroll through this delightful unspoiled Cotswold village before photo stops at Upper and Lower Slaughter, as well as Bourton on the Water. At day's end, you'll be dropped back at your accommodation. Entries not included.

Accommodation: Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*)
Shakespeare`s Birthplace
Shakespeare`s Birthplace

Day 4: Cotswolds - Minster Lovell

Your private driver-guide will meet you this morning, and you'll set out for a visit to the local ruins of the Minster at Minster Lovell, before driving to Swinbrook via Asthall, and the Asthall Manor childhood home of the scandalous Mitford sisters. Arriving into Swinbrook, you`ll get to visit the Norman Church of St Mary with the magnificent Fettiplace monuments, and see the final resting place of four of the Mitford sisters in the churchyard. Next stop is Stow-on-the-Wold, known as the "antiques capital of the Cotswolds", and historic market town. Entries not included.

In the afternoon, drive through Chipping Norton, the highest town in Oxfordshire, before arriving at Blenheim Palace, the largest Palace in the country, home of the Dukes of Marlborough, World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You`ll be returned back to your accommodation via Woodstock, late in the day. Entries not included.

Accommodation: Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*)
Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Day 5: Cotswolds - Oxford - London

Leave your accommodation this morning in the company of your driver-guide for Oxford for a walking tour covering some of the great sites of the world famous University city. See the Sheldonian Theatre, Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. Walk through the lanes seeing many of the thirty eight colleges and through the picturesque Christ Church Meadows. You`ll also get the chance to see the Great Hall of Christ Church and the Cathedral, and the famous Covered Market. Entries not included. Your driver will leave you at your accommodation in the early afternoon.

Enjoy a train ride from  Oxford to London. The train takes around two hours.

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer in London.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel (4*)
Oxford Radcliffe Camera
Oxford Radcliffe Camera

Day 6: London

Enjoy a 4 hour tour around London with your own driver-guide. Entrance fees not included.

Meet your private guide/driver at the  hotel and then will escort you around the major sites of the West End where you will see some of the following sites:  Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus.

There are some great restaurants in the West End of London.Here are a few suggestions: J Sheekey, an incredibly smart seafood restaurant, Mildred's, London's best veggie restaurant, Sketch, the trendiest place in London, specializing in some of the best French food you'll ever taste, or for those looking for something simple and cheerful, enjoy a nice meal out at Zipangu. Or try the amazingly stylish Corrigan’s Mayfair.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel (4*)
Big Ben
Big Ben
West End
West End

Day 7: London

Meet your driver at your hotel and be taken to Heathrow Airport by a private transfer.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Grosvenor Hotel (4*) : London

Reside in splendor in the heart of central London. Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, this Grade II listed building has been restored to its former glory following a multi-million pound refurbishment. Combining modern luxury with unique period features, the spacious rooms offer scenic views of Buckingham Palace Road, the Royal Mews, the Palace Gardens and the broad span of Victoria Station itself. Adorned in the finest Victorian architecture, they boast iPod docking stations with surround sound, Egyptian cotton linen and large plasma-screen TVs. The newly instated Grand Imperial Restaurant offers exquisite Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine prepared by renowned chef and restaurateur Rand Cheung. Furthermore, transformed from a first-class railway lounge into a destination bar, Réunion serves the finest signature cocktails in opulent style. Providing a fully equipped fitness center, Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel and 24-hour room service, the Grosvenor Hotel welcomes you to London.

Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel Lobby
Grosvenor Hotel Lobby

Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*): Minster Lovell

The 5-star Old Swan & Minster Mill couldn't be more quintessentially English. At the heart of the Old Minster village and with a history going back almost 600 years, this is the perfect spot to escape the city and explore the Cotswolds, or alternatively, to simply relax, spa and dine. The Old Swan captures the charm of bygone years, with a good measure of modern convenience, and the laid-back atmosphere of a gastro-pub inspired dining room and log-fired bar thrown in for good measure. Next door at the Minster Mill, you’ll find a slightly less posh country-cousin. A bit of an upstart; funky modern rooms, smaller and without the history but all with the familiar style and personal touches that the de Savary Family cram in by the bucket-load.

Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Karen S. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    My trip to Scotland was absolutely wonderful. All the hotels were perfectly located, clean, and had wonderful amenities. The guides were exceptional and really knew Scotland and so much of the history. My Kensington representative, Lynne, was very helpful, very responsive, and was tremendously patient while I made numerous changes to the itinerary. It was a superb experience and one that I will never forget.

  • Ronald D. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Christian was our driver/guide. He was knowledgeable, thorough, caring/considerate and gave of his time greatly.

  • Meghan B. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    My husband and I had the time of our lives in the UK and Ireland! The tours that were set up for us were exactly what we hoped for and more. We learned so much and saw so much! Very impressed! I have already told others about Kensington tours. If you book, you won't be disappointed! Thank you, Kevin!

  • Diana G. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Our tour guide in Roma,Francesco, was the best guide we ever had on this and our last trip that was provided by Kensington. Our other guides were also very good, but Francesco was outstanding.

  • Darron J. — July 20, 2016 — Europe

    Our guides were excellent. Noel Clawson in Wales was friendly, knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to be around. Glen Jones for our day with him was also excellent and I would highly recommend a guided tour of London. Much more efficient than the hop on/hop off tour.

  • Edward G. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    All of the guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and conducted themselves in a professional manner. Both Dino Quaas and Andreas Zurner were extremely helpful and added significantly to the tour.

  • Major J. — July 15, 2016 — Europe

    Our honeymoon that was setup and organized by Kensington Tours was absolutely amazing. All the details were taken care of and made our trip pleasant and stress free. Our accommodations were top notch with beautiful views located close to our destinations. Our guides and trip advisors were very knowledgeable. I would recommend Kensington tours to all my friends and family for future use as a travel agency as well as they will be our first choice in our future travel plans.

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    I loved the vacation.. Your guides were fabulous and you put me into Hotels that were exactly where we wanted to be. Will contact you for our next trip!

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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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