(London, Bath, Windermere)
Like the prettier sister, it’s hardly fair that England has been blessed with so many outstanding qualities.
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.
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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.
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, arrive 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. Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower and keep an eye out for the famous Ravens. Departing from the Tower, head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queen's Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace, dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies. (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. There will also be a chance to test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery (not normally visited by other tour groups). On Sundays when there is restricted viewing at the Cathedral, there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services. 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 The Executive Lounge at The Park Plaza Westminster Pier.
2nd August 2015 – due to Prudential Ride London taking place, most of the streets will be closed and tours will not operate.
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.
Enjoy a full day with your private guide 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!
For lunch, why not stop in one of the many country pubs en route (not included in cost)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take the train from Windermere to London (one change). Journey will take approximately 3.5 hrs.
Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel (formerly the Thistle Victoria) ushered in a golden age of travel. Restored to its former glory in a multi-million pound refurbishment, this Grade II listed building combines modern luxury, including free wi-fi throughout the hotel, with the finest Victorian architecture and unique period features. Enjoy the best of London from the 4-star Grosvenor Hotel, located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and to Victoria mainline railway station.
Explore historic Bath from the Hilton Bath City (4*) 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.
Standing on the shore of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, the historic Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa (4*) is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District National Park. The award-winning Number 23 Church Street restaurant offers unrivalled views over mature lawns to the lake. Enjoy one of the 106 luxurious bedrooms in a spectacular lakeside setting. On site facilities include spa treatments and packages, a 20m pool, gym, sauna and steam room, 2 AA Rosette restaurant, bar, lounge and terrace. The hotel is also in close proximity to local attractions and watersports.
Enjoy luxury surroundings and dedicated service at the Crowne Plaza London Heathrow hotel, a 6-minute drive from your flight at London Heathrow Airport. Walk into the gleaming, minimalist Lobby at Crowne Plaza London Heathrow, where Front Desk staffs are waiting to welcome you. Unpack in your spacious room or Suite, or relax in the large indoor pool and sauna at Spirit Health Club. The ambiance in Orwell's Brasserie makes for a sophisticated dining experience and you can unwind over a pint at O'Driscolls Irish pub.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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