Cotswolds Signature

7 days from $5,936 per person*
  • Visit the birthplaces of both Sir Winston Churchill and Shakespeare.
  • Take in all the spectacular secrets of London on a private black-cab 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 (Off-Hours)
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver- Mercedes Viano
    • England - London Welcome Package
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Central London Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 2 London to Bath to Minster Lovell
    London to Bath to Minster Lovell
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - London - Bath [2 hrs] - Standard Class
    • 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
  • Day 4 Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    • Ancient Ruins & Blenheim Palace (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 5 Cotswolds to Oxford to London
    Cotswolds to Oxford to London
    • Transfer - Private - Cotswolds - Oxford [with 1/2 Day Walking Tour ] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(6)
    • Train - Oxford - London [2 hrs] - First Class
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 6 London
    London
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Black Cab London's Hidden Treasures (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 London
    London
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (departure) - Vehicle/Driver- Mercedes Viano
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Day 1: London

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall of the airport after you pass through customs. They'll direct you to your transfer, assist in the hotel check-in process, and take you through your travel documents.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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 provided to you on your first day in destination.

Be sure to wear some quality walking shoes as you depart on foot with a private guide for a half-day walking tour of sightseeing in Central London. One of the world's great cities, London manages to shine in the grayest weather, and its diversity defies a simple definition. Depending on the location of your hotel, and your particular interests, your guide will happily tailor the tour so you can get the most out of your day. Wander the cobblestone streets, gardens and markets, and be a Londoner for a day. Walk through renowned Trafalgar Square, explore Soho, and check out some stalls at historic Covent Garden Market. See the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace, take some photos of iconic clock tower Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, see Hyde Park’s lively Speakers’ Corner. Using the Oyster card provided in your London Welcome Package, perhaps even take the Tube to cover more ground, allowing you to view the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and more.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)

Located just minutes from Oxford Street, and in the heart of bustling, high-fashion neighborhood Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel (4*) pulls off a rare feat: operating a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude, while maintaining all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. Just a short walk from London’s best, easily access Oxford Street and Park Lane, the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair, and the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park. Ranging in size from cozy to spacious, The Marylebone’s 252 rooms and suites offer the very best of 21st century technology, seamlessly blended with design flair and premium comforts.  The hotel’s 108 Brasserie and Bar and 108 Pantry provide a wonderful choice of venues to meet, drink and dine for locals and visitors alike, keen to capitalise on the charm and buzz along the cobbles of Marylebone Lane.

Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  London
London
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone

Day 2: London - Bath - Minster Lovell

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

Enjoy a relaxing train ride from London's Paddington Station to Bath. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

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 luxurious Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*) couldn't be more quintessentially English. At the heart of the Minster Lovell village, and with a history going back almost 600 years, this is the perfect spot to escape the city and explore the Cotswolds. Located just fifteen miles from Oxford and eleven miles from Blenheim Palace, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is peacefully nestled in acres of idyllic countryside. The traditional stone-built Old Swan is comprised of 15 charming guestrooms and suites epitomizing the classic beauty of a rural inn, while its modern counterpart, the adjoining Minster Mill, features 37 guestrooms with more of a contemporary, Scandinavian style. Seamlessly blending the rural charm of these historic buildings with modern design, luxurious comfort and delicious menus; this is the promise of the Old Swan & Minster Mill.

Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill
Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill

Day 3: Cotswolds - Minster Lovell

Depart with your private driver-guide on a full day tour hitting some of the highlights of the region as you follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare, and visit the quaint villages of the Cotswolds. Drive for just over an hour to Stratford-upon-Avon, renowned village where William Shakespeare was born, and spent his formative years. Spend time independently exploring the house that was the actual birthplace of Shakespeare, then head to Hall’s Croft to see the grand Tudor building that was home to Shakespeare’s daughter and her doctor husband. Round out the Shakespeare connection at Anne Hathaway’s cottage – the family home of Shakespeare’s wife. 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 off back at your hotel.

Please note, admissions are not included and are payable on the spot.

Accommodation: Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*)
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Shakespeare's Birthplace
Shakespeare's Birthplace

Day 4: Cotswolds - Minster Lovell

Meet your private driver-guide and set out on a full day tour of the Cotswolds today, with your first stop in Minster Lovell, visiting the picturesque ruins of 15th century Minster Lovell Hall set in a beautiful locale around a courtyard near the River Windrush. Continue with a drive to Swinbrook via Asthall, where you’ll see the Asthall Manor – the childhood home of the scandalous Mitford sisters. Arriving to Swinbrook, visit the quaint Norman Church of St. Mary, final resting place of four of the Mitford sisters, and host of the magnificent Fettiplace Monuments, a lasting reminder of the former wealth and power of the Fettiplace family. Continue to Stow-on-the-Wold, known as the "antiques capital of the Cotswolds", where you’ll navigate through the historic market town. The afternoon finds you driving 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, UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Return to your accommodation via Woodstock late in the day.   

Note: Admissions not included and are payable on the spot.

Accommodation: Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*)
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Day 5: Cotswolds - Oxford - London

Departing the Cotswolds today with your private driver-guide, make your way to Oxford, nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, and home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world; the University of Oxford. Upon arrival, set out on a half-day walking tour of this world-renowned University City. See the 17th century Sheldonian Theater, the neo-classical Radcliffe Camera, and the main research library of the University of Oxford - the Bodleian Library. Stroll through the lanes of the medieval center, seeing many of Oxford’s thirty-eight famous colleges, and walk through the picturesque Christ Church Meadow, enclosed by the rivers Thames and Cherwell.

Depart Oxford by train, traveling to London today. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

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

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Oxford Radcliffe Camera
Oxford Radcliffe Camera

Day 6: London

Your professional cabbie will come and collect you from your hotel and then take you on a magical sightseeing journey through London’s signature sights and hidden treasures. Stop for a photograph and historical explanation as you take in iconic sights like in Tower Bridge, the UNESCO-listed 11th century Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace; residence of the Queen. View Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral – where Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held, along with Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and several places that visitors to London rarely get to experience. You’ll wander alleyways and hear tales of murder and mystery. See odd spots like the smallest house in London, the smallest square in town, wander into Henry VIII's cow shed and tennis court. This tour takes you to both the landmark sites of London and the unusual for a unique, well-rounded experience.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Tower Bridge on the River Thames
The Tower Bridge on the River Thames

Day 7: London

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

The Marylebone (4*): London

Located just minutes from Oxford Street, and in the heart of bustling, high-fashion neighborhood Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel (4*) pulls off a rare feat: operating a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude, while maintaining all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. Just a short walk from London’s best, easily access Oxford Street and Park Lane, the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair, and the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park. Ranging in size from cozy to spacious, The Marylebone’s 252 rooms and suites offer the very best of 21st century technology, seamlessly blended with design flair and premium comforts.  The hotel’s 108 Brasserie and Bar and 108 Pantry provide a wonderful choice of venues to meet, drink and dine for locals and visitors alike, keen to capitalise on the charm and buzz along the cobbles of Marylebone Lane.

Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby
The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby

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

The luxurious Old Swan & Minster Mill (5*) couldn't be more quintessentially English. At the heart of the Minster Lovell village, and with a history going back almost 600 years, this is the perfect spot to escape the city and explore the Cotswolds. Located just fifteen miles from Oxford and eleven miles from Blenheim Palace, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is peacefully nestled in acres of idyllic countryside. The traditional stone-built Old Swan is comprised of 15 charming guestrooms and suites epitomizing the classic beauty of a rural inn, while its modern counterpart, the adjoining Minster Mill, features 37 guestrooms with more of a contemporary, Scandinavian style. Seamlessly blending the rural charm of these historic buildings with modern design, luxurious comfort and delicious menus; this is the promise of the Old Swan & Minster Mill.

Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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