England & Wales Explorer

9 days from $5,400 per person*
  • With private guide, tour the Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and medieval castles surrounding Cardiff.
  • Discover the famous university town of Oxford, and the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, with a private guide.
  • Tour London in a famous Black Cab.
  • Explore the mysterious site of Stonehenge, en route to Bath.
  • Expert selection of premium accommodations throughout.
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From mega cities to quaint outskirts, medieval castles to historic universities, and Roman relics to neolithic monuments, Great Britain has a wealth of history and culture to soak in on this journey from England to Wales.

Begin in the metropolis London, where you'll take a private guided walking tour of the central core, and then hop in a famed Black Cab for a tour around the city to see the renowned sites like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and more. Make a private guided day trip to Oxford, home of the oldest and most famous university of the English-speaking world, and then enjoy a visit to rural Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, where history and culture collide. On your way to Bath, visit the impressive neolithic monument Stonehenge, a truly bewildering site with as many questions as it has answers. Uncover Roman relics on a stroll through the city of Bath with a private guide, and then cross over into Wales and discover Cardiff, along with nearby medieval castles and towns as you tour the blissful scenery of the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons with your private guide. This is the Great Britain you've come to expect, though don't be surprised if there's a trick up its sleeve.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Private Transfer - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver
    • England - London Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Central London Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Self-Guided - Dinner at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 London
    London
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Black Cab London's Hidden Treasures (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 London
    London
    • Private Tour - Oxford & Stratford-upon-Avon - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 London to Bath
    London to Bath
    • Private Transfer - London - Bath [with Stonehenge (Self-Guided)] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Bath
    Bath
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bath to Cardiff
    Bath to Cardiff
    • Private Transfer - Bath - Cardiff [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Self-Guided - Exploring Cardiff
    • Wales - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Private Tour - Brecon Beacons and Penderyn Distillery (with Tasting, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Private Tour - Castles & Ruins of the Wye Valley (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Cardiff
    Cardiff
    • Private Transfer - Cardiff - London [Airport (3.5 hrs)] - 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.

Tonight, dine at leisure in London. Please ask your travel consultant for a curated list of recommended restaurants in the city.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel

Relax in Victorian splendor at the heart of central London at the Grosvenor Hotel. 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 touches 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. Be it the exquisite cuisine of the newly instated Grand Imperial Restaurant, or a signature cocktail at the stunning Réunion bar,  the Grosvenor Hotel welcomes you to London.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Big Ben
Big Ben

Day 2: 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: Grosvenor Hotel
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Tower Bridge on the River Thames
The Tower Bridge on the River Thames
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  London
London

Day 3: London

Depart with your private guide and vehicle, embarking on a full day tour to visit Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. First, arrive to renowned university town Oxford, nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, and home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world; the University of Oxford. For over 800 years, Oxford has been a home to royalty and scholars, and its age is still evident as you stroll through the lanes of the medieval center, seeing many of Oxford’s thirty-eight famous colleges along the way. Walk through the picturesque Christ Church Meadow, enclosed by the rivers Thames and Cherwell. See the 17th century Sheldonian Theater, the neo-classical Radcliffe Camera, and the main research library of the University of Oxford - the Bodleian Library. Afterward, continue on to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of the most influential poets and playwrights to ever live. Steeped in culture and history, and set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside on the banks of the river Avon, you’ll have an opportunity to soak in views of Shakespeare’s childhood home. You'll also stop briefly at Hall’s Croft - a grand Tudor building that was home to Shakespeare’s daughter and her doctor husband, and round out the Shakespeare connection as you see Anne Hathaway’s cottage - the family home of Shakespeare’s wife.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel

Day 4: London - Bath

Meet your private driver for a transfer to Bath today. En route, you'll stop at Stonehenge, for approximately two hours of self-guided discovery. A prehistoric monument recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is an icon of Great Britain. Dating back an estimated 5,000 years, wonder and mystery surround this impressive stone monument. With your admission included, you'll wander around and decide for yourself whether it was a place of sun worship, a healing sanctuary, a sacred burial site, or something different altogether! Afterward, return to your private driver and vehicle for your transfer to Bath.

Accommodation: Abbey Hotel

Situated in a classic Georgian building dating back to 1742, the recently renovated Abbey Hotel holds the perfect city center location on North Parade, a wide promenade that overlooks Parade Gardens and just catches a glimpse of Bath Abbey, with quick access to Bath’s older quarters, boutique shops and the spectacular Pulteney Bridge. Independently owned by award-winning hoteliers, this unique hotel boasts an intriguing blend of stylish, contemporary comfort with historic character and charm, perfect for your Bath discovery.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stonehenge
Stonehenge
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bath
Bath

Day 5: Bath

Meet your private guide and depart on a half-day walking tour, discovering the best of Bath’s splendid Georgian architecture, its vibrant modern culture, and learning of its ancient Roman heritage. Admire landmarks like Bath Abbey, a stunning Gothic church with history dating back to the 7th century. Stroll past the subterranean Roman Baths complex, and locate its street-level pump room. Marvel at the magnificent 18th century architecture of Royal Crescent, with a uniform Georgian façade designed by John Wood, the Younger, and view the early Georgian townhouses of The Circus, designed by his father - John Wood, the Elder. Unravel pomp and luxury on this walking tour through picturesque Bath. 

Accommodation: Abbey Hotel
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lounge
Lounge

Day 6: Bath - Cardiff

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Cardiff.  Approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

The bustling capital city of Wales has plenty of interesting sites to discover. Cardiff Bay offers the visitor to the Welsh Capital a glimpse into Cardiff's historical past, present and future. See the shipping headquarters, once used by the founding family of Cardiff - The Butes, now alongside the modern iconic Wales Millennium Centre, which has captured the imagination of the Welsh people and is recognized on an international stage. Looking beyond the bay, Cardiff Castle stands as a strong icon of the city, while a range of theaters, galleries, museums, arts and live music venues are at arms-length. Enjoy time at leisure discovering the sights and places that are of particular interest to you.

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.

Accommodation: Cathedral 73

Cathedral 73 is a dignified Victorian townhouse with funky, fashionable 21st-century accommodation. The rooms and suites are bold and beautiful, with modern amenities designed to make your stay as seamless as possible. Guests can expect the highest level of service paired with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere and ambiance. Take part in afternoon tea served the proper, traditional way – then watch as the space transforms into a trendy piano bar in the evening.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay

Day 7: Cardiff

This morning you'll be setting out with your private driver-guide to further explore some of Wales’ pristine natural wonders within Brecon Beacons National Park. This beautiful park combines history, industry and natural wonder in over five hundred square miles of superb natural scenery in the South Wales valleys. It includes four mountain ranges full of caves to explore, rushing waterfalls and nearly three hundred recognized ancient monuments. The grassy moorland is home to Welsh mountain ponies and a variety of birds including the Red Kite and Peregrine Falcon. First, you'll stop to discover the Iron Age Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort at Mynydd Illtud which affords spectacular views over the park’s mountain ranges. Next, head over to Porth Ogof, to explore the largest cave opening in Wales. Gaze at the enormous limestone cliff of Dinas Rock, where it is rumored King Arthur and his army still sleep. Finally, marvel at the rushing waters of Henrhyd Waterfall, which you may recognize as the entrance to the Batcave in the 1992 film, Batman Returns! After taking in so much natural beauty, you'll arrive at Penderyn Distillery to unwind. Using the natural spring water from the Brecon Beacons, the distillery produces Penderyn single malt whisky along with other various liqueurs. Take a tour of the distillery to learn about the founding of Penderyn, how whiskey is made, and to truly appreciate how this whiskey differs from any other in the world. At the end of the tour, head to the Tasting Bar to sample some of the distillery’s delicious products. Conclude your tour back in Cardiff. 

Accommodation: Cathedral 73
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons National Park

Day 8: Cardiff

Meet your private driver-guide and embark on a full day tour to discover some of the most impressive highlights of Southeastern Wales. From Cardiff, you'll first head to the town of Caerleon, where you'll make a visit of some remarkable Roman archaeological remains, including a legionary fortress, an Iron Age hillfort, and some excavated Roman Baths. Then, in Tintern, you'll visit the stunning ruins of Tintern Abbey, a 12th century relic built on the bank of the River Wye, the first official Cistercian presence in Wales. With much of the structure still standing, catch glimmers of its former prominence. Continue to nearby Chepstow for a visit of 11th century Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest surviving stone fort ruins from the post-Roman era. You'll then visit the romantic ruin of Raglan Castle nearby, built in the 15th century, offering a noticeably different construction style, and a hexagonal keep. Head in a northwestern direction to Hay-on-Wye, the 'Town Of Books’, with its maze of narrow ancient streets, housing over 35 bookshops with over a million books for sale - a mecca for second-hand book and antiquarian book lovers! Heading south, you'll pass through Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Black Mountains, only partly tamed by human habitation. Tiny villages, isolated churches and delightful lanes are folded into the undulating green landscape, a peaceful way to conclude the day as you return to Cardiff. 

Accommodation: Cathedral 73
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cardiff
Cardiff

Day 9: Cardiff

After checking out, meet your private driver for a transfer to London today. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from 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.

Grosvenor Hotel : London

Relax in Victorian splendor at the heart of central London at the Grosvenor Hotel. 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 touches 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. Be it the exquisite cuisine of the newly instated Grand Imperial Restaurant, or a signature cocktail at the stunning Réunion bar,  the Grosvenor Hotel welcomes you to London.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel
England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grosvenor Hotel Lobby
Grosvenor Hotel Lobby

Abbey Hotel : Bath

Situated in a classic Georgian building dating back to 1742, the recently renovated Abbey Hotel holds the perfect city center location on North Parade, a wide promenade that overlooks Parade Gardens and just catches a glimpse of Bath Abbey, with quick access to Bath’s older quarters, boutique shops and the spectacular Pulteney Bridge. Independently owned by award-winning hoteliers, this unique hotel boasts an intriguing blend of stylish, contemporary comfort with historic character and charm, perfect for your Bath discovery.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Abbey Hotel
Abbey Hotel

Cathedral 73 : Cardiff

Cathedral 73 is a dignified Victorian townhouse with funky, fashionable 21st-century accommodation. The rooms and suites are bold and beautiful, with modern amenities designed to make your stay as seamless as possible. Guests can expect the highest level of service paired with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere and ambiance. Take part in afternoon tea served the proper, traditional way – then watch as the space transforms into a trendy piano bar in the evening.

England & Wales Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cathedral 73
Cathedral 73

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

Depart from 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.
  • Sandra S — August 11, 2019 — Europe

    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

  • Sara L — June 29, 2019 — Europe

    Our Iceland trip was fantastic. From planning with Melissa (many times over until we had it right) to being greeted in Iceland and all of the wonderful tours we took, we had a fabulous time. Our guide, Sigga, was excellent. She guided us, told us tales of Iceland, was extremely accommodating with my elderly mom. We enjoyed being with her very much. Inke, our guide to the glacier, was also wonderful. We had a great time and felt Kensington did a fabulous job. Thanks!

  • Dawn K — July 18, 2019 — Europe

    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

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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