Cotswolds Signature

7 days from $6,594 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 »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant (Off-Hours)
    • Private Transfer - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver
    • England - London Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Central London Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 London to Bath to Minster Lovell
    London to Bath to Minster Lovell
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - London - Bath [2 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Bath - Cotswolds [with Roman Baths & Cotswolds Driving Tour] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 3 Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    • Package - Following in Shakespeare's Footsteps & The Quaint Villages of Cotswolds - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    Cotswolds to Minster Lovell
    • Package - Ancient Ruins & Blenheim Palace (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 5 Cotswolds to Oxford to London
    Cotswolds to Oxford to London
    • Private Transfer - Cotswolds - Oxford [with 1/2 Day Walking Tour ] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Train - Oxford - London [2 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 London
    London
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Black Cab London's Hidden Treasures (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 London
    London
    • Private Transfer - Heathrow Airport (departure) - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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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 Bloomsbury

Named after its eclectic neighborhood, The Bloomsbury hotel and its architecture reflect the true nature and history of this area and a number of literary icons who used to create here. This property is an excellent choice for travelers seeking comfort and intimacy in a historical setting. The neighborhood itself is often referred to as London’s hidden gem, with its elegant garden squares, and streets lined with a selection of shops and boutiques. It is also settled in close proximity to Theatreland, Soho and Covent Garden. The hotel’s furnishings, artwork, lighting, and color palette create a feel more akin to a private home than a traditional hotel. A beautiful restaurant, claimed to be one of London’s most sought after alfresco dining hotspots, as well as a glamorous club bar make this property truly fit in with the atmosphere of its surroundings.

Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Big Ben
Big Ben
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  London
London

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

The luxurious Old Swan & Minster Mill 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 2019 - 2020 -  Arlington Row
Arlington Row
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill
Thatched Cottage at 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
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 Bloomsbury
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 Bloomsbury
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 Bloomsbury : London

Named after its eclectic neighborhood, The Bloomsbury hotel and its architecture reflect the true nature and history of this area and a number of literary icons who used to create here. This property is an excellent choice for travelers seeking comfort and intimacy in a historical setting. The neighborhood itself is often referred to as London’s hidden gem, with its elegant garden squares, and streets lined with a selection of shops and boutiques. It is also settled in close proximity to Theatreland, Soho and Covent Garden. The hotel’s furnishings, artwork, lighting, and color palette create a feel more akin to a private home than a traditional hotel. A beautiful restaurant, claimed to be one of London’s most sought after alfresco dining hotspots, as well as a glamorous club bar make this property truly fit in with the atmosphere of its surroundings.

Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bloomsbury Exterior
The Bloomsbury Exterior
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bloomsbury Club Bar
The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Old Swan & Minster Mill : Minster Lovell

The luxurious Old Swan & Minster Mill 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 2019 - 2020 -  Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Cotswolds Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.
  • Mary W — May 05, 2019 — Europe

    My Kensington Tours Destination Expert, Jessica Clements, was so helpful and patient as we planned our trip. She was so helpful in recommending things based on her experience and so patient as our dates changed, and we had more ideas about what we wanted to see. Once we got to Greece, our pickups and transfers were seamless. Our tour guides, drivers and destination greeters were all so warm and welcoming. The hotels were fantastic in terms of service and location. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I have already recommended Kensington to several friends.

  • Rita B — April 24, 2019 — Europe

    Our entire visit to Poland was outstanding, first-class. Booking the tour with Karolina Stringer made it so easy. All I did was tell her the places we needed to visit and what was the feel we wanted for the visit. Not only did we want to see the landmarks of Poland, but we also wanted time to walk the squares, sit in the cafes, take public transportation. Everyone we encountered in Poland was top-notch. Our guide for Gdansk was Ewelina Danecka. This amazing woman enchanted us with her knowledge and her joy in sharing her country with us. On our first day, I requested we reverse the first two days of our plan and she was totally flexible. I gave her the name of a very obscure town and she and the driver found it! Ewelina acted as my interpreter with the parish priests of the two towns we specifically needed to visit for our family research. She and our driver stayed with us an extra two hours after they were scheduled to be done for the evening and because of their generosity we saw Wawel Castle, which wasn't on our schedule, we loved it! Our three days with Ewelina were so intense and emotional that we felt we were leaving family when we said goodbye to her. The Hanza Hotel was wonderful, overlooking the riverfront. Warsaw was waiting for us and so was Agnieszka Tomazuk. Agnieszka was wonderful. We were specifically interested to visit the Warsaw ghetto and the war monuments commemorating the valor of the Poles during the WW2. And we were very interested to know about the Polish life under communism. I specifically requested a "good" Chopin concert. We didn't get good, we got a brilliant concert given by Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryla, in the Szuster Palace, not some impersonal concert hall. Her passion for the music combined with her technical ability made that evening unforgettable. The Polonia Palace Hotel was very nice, though not quite within walking distance to the Warsaw town square. On the way to Krakow we stopped at Jasna Gora to see the Madonna. We were guided and educated by one of the nuns of the Monastery. Totally awesome. We could not have done Krakow without our guide, Marta Bochenek. She made sure we knew not just what we were getting into when we went into the Wieliczka Salt Mine, but how to get out and meet up with her, since there were not one, but two exits from the mine. And when we went to Auschwitz, Marta very wisely said that she would be waiting if we decided not to go to the Birkenau portion of the concentration camp visit. Respectfully and reverently done as it was, Auschwitz was so powerful, we decided not to go on to Birkenau. I'm so glad we did go to Auschwitz. The Sheraton Krakow was very fine. Our first cup of "real" coffee in Poland. Most of the hotels' coffee is made from Nescafe or some instant coffee. The coffee at the Sheraton Krakow was really whole roasted coffee. Kensington Tours is contracting with the first class tour agency in Poland. We could not be more satisfied with our entire experience. The mood of our tour exactly matched the attitude I relayed to Karolina at the very beginning of our planning. This trip felt like it was planned just for us. This is our second time using Kensington Tours. Like the first trip, this was OUR tour.

  • Marilyn R — April 22, 2019 — Europe

    The absolute best trip to Europe we have ever taken. The entire process was flawless: best hotels, best guides, etc. This experience was new to us, but now it’s the only when I will travel! Kensington tours was the best. A truly 5-star experience from beginning to the end!

  • Sharayu T — May 13, 2019 — Europe

    The Eastern Europe trip was fabulous. Everything went smoothly. The guides and drivers were excellent. We enjoyed the trip immensely. To begin with, our arrival at Budapest train station and meeting up with Mr. Sandor went flawlessly. We were a little anxious as the main train station was closed, but when we got down at Budapest Kelenfold, it was such a relief to see Mr. Sandor waiting for us. All our guides, Sandor, Bozena, Agnieszka, and Sandra were very knowledgeable, friendly, and adaptable. They intermixed personal stories and anecdotes that made understanding the history and culture at each place very gratifying. The accommodations were comfortable, and the locations were perfect. Eastern Europe with its old traditions and architecture, and the suppressed existence during Nazi and Russian occupations offers a very different and distinctive experience. Thanks to Jessica Clements for facilitating a unique travel itinerary.

  • Mary Ann C — April 09, 2019 — Europe

    Courtney was wonderful. She worked through all of my concerns and was very flexible when Delta caused a plan change. Her responses to my requests were promptly answered and her communication with me was excellent. Petur, our guide, was a delight. We enjoyed Iceland and his thorough knowledge helped us to experience all the country had to offer.

  • John C — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    Jiri, our driver/guide in Slovenia, really made our trip. He is knowledgeable, flexible, and responsive. Even has a university degree in art history! He connected many of the dots between Slovenia and what has been going on in the rest of Europe over the past centuries!

  • Diana S — May 25, 2019 — Europe

    The itinerary was perfect, considering we only had 5 days to fit in this extension of our 22 day Transatlantic Cruise. Hope did a great job in coordinating for us the highlights of Sicily. All the guides and drivers are always helpful and knowledgeable from Kensington. In Agrigento, our guide was an archaeologist who teaches at universities. He had notebooks with diagrams and maps to show us exactly what we were looking at. He answered questions so thoroughly, we felt that we had a tour and a history lesson. It was amazing and the pace of all the tou

  • Kathleen K — May 15, 2019 — Europe

    We enjoyed working with Jamie Boar. She was knowledgeable, communicated well, friendly, and professional. We got all we wanted from the personal tours planned and were impressed with the high quality of the guide. We will certainly use Kensington Tours again.

  • Cynthia D — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    I found Kensington Tours on Google. At my first visit to the site, I was contacted immediately by Julie Couturier. She made my inquiry seem like we were having coffee, and she just happened to know everything I needed to make me choose her as my representative and travel expert. I was recommended to other tour companies, by friends, but it was Julie that made me realize Kensington was the best choice. We started our discovery in 2018 and because I was traveling with my grandchildren, I wanted to ensure the trip was perfect. We had to make changes as we went along, first because we were able to confirm a suite at the Marriott Grand Residence on Park St. with reward points. Julie was quick to make all the necessary changes in our tours. We felt privileged to have had the tour guides that Julie set for us, each one was so very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour which kept our 13 and 11 years old interested. Julie suggested a play and what child can say the saw “Matilda” in London. We certainly would not have enjoyed our trip as much if we had tried to do this on our own. Julie suggested a visit to Warner Bros Harry Potter and it was worth every moment. I would have never gone there, so congrats again to Julie. She was also able to advise us as to where to purchase groceries for our room, having lived in London previously. I have had many friends travel around the world and I don’t know of one that speaks as highly of their tour company or their travel expert the way my family has. Thank you Kensington Tours and especially Julie.

  • Rena K — April 06, 2019 — Europe

    We were extremely impressed with every aspect of our trip. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. Chantal, our Destination Expert, worked with us to make sure that my physical limitations were not a problem. Each guide and driver took such good care of us. They were so knowledgeable and helpful. We plan on booking with Kensington again in the future. The service and amazing itinerary could not have been better. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime!

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

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