Quintessential England

10 days from $3,080 per person*
  • Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter at the Hill Top Farm.
  • Embark on private guided tours of Bath, London, and Windermere.
  • Sip afternoon tea as you enjoy spectacular views of Big Ben.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Discover the essence of extraordinary England through its medieval towns and royal castles steeped in history, as well as its cutting-edge art and innovative cultural scenes.

First there’s London, one of the world’s busiest and most dynamic cities that lays claim to numerous literary giants, a rich cultural scene, breathtaking parks and gardens, and more royal palaces than some entire nations. As if that’s not enough, the beauty of the English countryside, with its rolling hills, charming market towns and quaint thatched cottages, makes even the most jaded travelers pause and stare in wonder. Explore the very best England has to offer on this signature tour and be captivated by the land of Hope and Glory. In the evenings, relax in well-appointed accommodations that boast an atmosphere of history and serenity.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant(49)
    • England - London Welcome Package(2)
    • Self-Guided - Optional Dinner: The George Inn
  • Day 2 London
    London
    • Tour - Shared - Magic of London (8.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 3 London
    London
    • At Leisure
    • Self-Guided - Optional Dinner: The Ivy
  • Day 4 London to Bath
    London to Bath
    • London - Bath [via Stonehenge (Driver Only)] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
  • Day 5 Bath
    Bath
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide(12)
  • Day 6 Bath to London to Windermere
    Bath to London to Windermere
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Bath - London [2 hrs] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    • London - Windermere [3.5 hrs] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
  • Day 7 Windermere
    Windermere
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 8 Windermere
    Windermere
    • At Leisure
  • Day 9 Windermere to London
    Windermere to London
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Windermere - London [3.5 hrs] - Standard Train Ticket
  • Day 10
    • Local taxi (not included)
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

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

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. 

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.

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

Depart for your Magic of London tour, where aboard a coach, you'll drive past some of London's most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before arriving at the Tower of London where you will be met on the middle drawbridge by a Yeoman Warder. You will be led into this world heritage site before it opens to the public and taken on a guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment. You will be the first group to see the Crown Jewels before enjoying some free time to explore on your own. Departing from the Tower, head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony (Please note, the Changing of the Guard does not occur every day - enjoy a photo stop at Buckingham Palace when not running). Next, take a short ferry ride on the River Thames, enjoying excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe. You'll then have free time for independent lunch. Also, there is an opportunity for a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. The afternoon part of the tour begins with a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral. Explore the masterpiece designed by Wren in 1673 with a professional guide, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. Then end the day with a drive across the river to the South Bank. Enjoy magnificent views of Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament while enjoying Champagne Afternoon Tea in the luxurious surroundings of 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, at The Park Plaza Westminster Hotel.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel (4*)
London England
London England

Day 3: London

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

The Ivy is situated in the heart of London's West End, close to Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and the vibrant quarters of Covent Garden and Soho. Open late each night, the restaurant is also perfect for post theatre dinner. The Royal Opera House and Coliseum, Palace Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Wyndham's and Noel Coward Theatres are close by. All restaurant food comes from sustainable sources.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel (4*)
The Ivy
The Ivy

Day 4: London - Bath

Enjoy a transfer with your private driver traveling from London to Bath. En route, you will stop at the prehistoric Stonehenge - Mystery surrounds this 5,000 year old monument. Visit this prehistoric South West site near Salisbury in Wiltshire, and decide for yourself whether Stonehenge was a place of sun worship, a healing sanctuary, a sacred burial site, or something different altogether! Bath, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums and attractions including the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Thermae Bath Spa. Entrance fees are not included.

Accommodation: Hilton Bath City (4*)

Explore historic Bath from the Hilton Bath City hotel, set amid the fine Georgian architecture of central Bath. Visit nearby city attractions such as Royal Crescent, Theatre Royal, and Roman Baths, or relax at the Thermae Bath Spa. Relax in stylish guestrooms with 32" LCD TV's with Freeview, WiFi access (paid), and a range of luxury bathroom products. Enjoy a simple rustic ‘plat du jour’-style menu in the Atelier Restaurant that features French cuisine, or a good range of cocktails in the sophisticated Lobby Bar. Work out any time in the hotel's well-equipped, air-conditioned fitness room.

Bath
Bath
Hilton Bath City
Hilton Bath City

Day 5: Bath

Enjoy a private walking tour of Bath - visit the Royal Crescent, the Circus and the Georgian streets of Bath. Stroll along the river, visit the Abbey and learn the history of the Roman Baths.  The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses, laid out in a crescent and was built starting 1767 and completed 1774.  With its half Colosseum shape, it has been compared to the beautiful Versailles just outside of Paris.  The Circus is an example of Georgian architecture in the city of Bath, completed in 1768. The name comes from the Latin 'circus', which means a ring, oval or circle. Divided into three segments of equal length, the Circus is a circular space surrounded by large townhouses. Each of the curved segments faces one of the three entrances, ensuring that whichever way a visitor enters there is a classical facade straight ahead.

Accommodation: Hilton Bath City (4*)
Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent

Day 6: Bath - London - Windermere

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Enjoy a relaxing train ride from Bath to London Paddington Station (approximately 2 hours).

Take the train to Windermere. Journey will take approximately 3.5 hours with one change.

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Accommodation: MacDonald Old England (4*)

Standing on the shore of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, the historic Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District National Park. Enjoy one of the luxurious bedrooms in a spectacular lakeside setting. The Restaurant at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa offers unrivalled views across the lake, and an award winning menu. Other on site facilities includes spa treatments and packages, a pool, gym, sauna and steam room, bar, lounge and terrace. The hotel is also in close proximity to local attractions and watersports.

Windermere
Windermere
MacDonald Old England
MacDonald Old England

Day 7: Windermere

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favourite places associated with Beatrix Potter. Your first part of the journey takes you to Hill Top Farm where she wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this 17th century cottage. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (additional charge and not open Fridays), explore the garden and visit the shop.

You will then continue onto the medieval village of Hawkshead with a little time to explore its many delightful features. There is plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth old Grammer School is located here.

Onwards then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows before descending to Coniston for the lake cruise to Brantwood. The final part of the tour takes you through the spectacular Yewdale Valley.

Accommodation: MacDonald Old England (4*)
Hill Top Farm Beatrix Potter
Hill Top Farm Beatrix Potter

Day 8: Windermere

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: MacDonald Old England (4*)

Day 9: Windermere - London

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Take the train from Windermere to London (one change). Journey will take approximately 3.5 hrs.

Accommodation: Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4 (4*)

Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel has soundproofed rooms and direct access to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4, via a covered walkway. Spacious rooms all boast large windows, interactive cable TV and an in-room safe. Also featured in each room is a work area, telephone, ironing facilities and free tea and coffee. Health facilities at Hilton London Heathrow Airport include a 24-hour gym, a pool, sauna and steam room. Therapists at Bhavani Beauty provide a range of treatments. The 3 restaurants offer 24-hour room service and varied menus, including Asian cuisine in Zen Oriental. Dancers Bar serves cocktails in the hotel’s atrium. Terminal 4’s Rail and Tube Station is on the hotel doorstep, providing 25-minute links to central London. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are just a few minutes’ Tube journey away, and Terminal 5 is accessible via the Hotel Hoppa transfer service.

London
London
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4

Day 10:

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

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

Hilton Bath City (4*): Bath

Explore historic Bath from the Hilton Bath City hotel, set amid the fine Georgian architecture of central Bath. Visit nearby city attractions such as Royal Crescent, Theatre Royal, and Roman Baths, or relax at the Thermae Bath Spa. Relax in stylish guestrooms with 32" LCD TV's with Freeview, WiFi access (paid), and a range of luxury bathroom products. Enjoy a simple rustic ‘plat du jour’-style menu in the Atelier Restaurant that features French cuisine, or a good range of cocktails in the sophisticated Lobby Bar. Work out any time in the hotel's well-equipped, air-conditioned fitness room.

Hilton Bath City
Hilton Bath City

MacDonald Old England (4*): Windermere

Standing on the shore of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, the historic Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District National Park. Enjoy one of the luxurious bedrooms in a spectacular lakeside setting. The Restaurant at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa offers unrivalled views across the lake, and an award winning menu. Other on site facilities includes spa treatments and packages, a pool, gym, sauna and steam room, bar, lounge and terrace. The hotel is also in close proximity to local attractions and watersports.

MacDonald Old England
MacDonald Old England

Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4 (4*): London

Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel has soundproofed rooms and direct access to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4, via a covered walkway. Spacious rooms all boast large windows, interactive cable TV and an in-room safe. Also featured in each room is a work area, telephone, ironing facilities and free tea and coffee. Health facilities at Hilton London Heathrow Airport include a 24-hour gym, a pool, sauna and steam room. Therapists at Bhavani Beauty provide a range of treatments. The 3 restaurants offer 24-hour room service and varied menus, including Asian cuisine in Zen Oriental. Dancers Bar serves cocktails in the hotel’s atrium. Terminal 4’s Rail and Tube Station is on the hotel doorstep, providing 25-minute links to central London. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are just a few minutes’ Tube journey away, and Terminal 5 is accessible via the Hotel Hoppa transfer service.

Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
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.
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    It was our first trip to Italy. I can only describe my experience as exceptional. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The tours were exceptional and very punctual. The accommodations and transportation were first class. I have already started to recommend Kensington tours and I will definitely will use them in my future trips.

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    This was the second tour we have taken with Kensington Tours. This was very different from our first tour but just right for this time. My husband and I traveled with my 85 year old parents.The accommodations and the pace of the travel worked very well. Our guide, Dermot, was very friendly and very understanding of our special needs as well as very knowledgeable. I have already had further communication with him. Thanks for the memorable experience.

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

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