Luxury Through The Heart Of England

12 days from $12,120 per person*
  • Discover the birthplaces of English icons; The Beatles, Shakespeare, and Winston Churchill.
  • With a private guide, explore historic Cambridge, Oxford and the Cotswolds.
  • Cruise through England’s beautifully picturesque Lakes District.
  • Stroll amongst ancient Roman relics in the town of Bath.
  • Private guides, transfers, and 5* luxury accommodations throughout.
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Take a trip through time down England’s opulent history, discovering peaceful countryside towns and London’s extravagant side along the way. This tour combines lesser-known historical gems with all of the highlights that England has become known for.

Spend a night in London, a city needing no introduction, before making your way to the historic walled city of York, passing through the legendary town of Cambridge, visiting Cambridge University, one of the world’s most famous and prestigious centers for higher learning. Discover England’s peaceful side with a visit to the charming seaside town of Whitby. Stop at the UNESCO world heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall, a defensive fortification wall dating from 122 AD. Bask in the magnificent scenery of the Lake District just outside of Windermere. Plenty of outdoor opportunities await you in this “most beautiful corner of England”, including a lake cruise and scenic waterfalls. Stop in Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles, en route to Chester, taking in the city's rugged blue collar routes. Learn about another English legend with a stop in Stratford-Upon-Avon, visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace, and setting of his most formative years. Become versed in the history of Roman Baths with a private guided walking tour of Bath. Explore the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds region with short hikes through rolling hills. Visit the birthplace of the great Winston Churchill in the city of Oxford. On your final day discover the must-see highlights of London along with some hidden gems pointed out to you by your private guide. Surround yourself in the refined comforts of 5* luxury accommodations throughout your trip. ... 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 Pack
    • Self-Guided - Museums At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 London to York
    London to York
    • Private Transfer - London - York [with Cambridge, King's College & York Walking Tour] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 3 York
    York
    • Private Tour - Whitby & Castle Howard (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 York to Windermere
    York to Windermere
    • Private Transfer - York - Windermere [with Hadrian's Wall, Vindolanda & Housesteads Fort] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Windermere
    Windermere
    • Private Tour - Lake District Discovery with Cruise - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Windermere to Chester
    Windermere to Chester
    • Private Transfer - Windermere - Chester [with Liverpool Tour] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 7 Chester
    Chester
    • Private Tour - City Exploration & Walking Tour - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 8 Chester to Bath
    Chester to Bath
    • Private Transfer - Chester - Bath [via Warwick Castle & Stratford-upon-Avon] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 9 Bath
    Bath
    • Private Tour - Wells & Walking Tour of Bath - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 10 Bath to Minster Lovell
    Bath to Minster Lovell
    • Private Transfer - Bath - Minster Lovell [via Cotswolds] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 11 Minster Lovell
    Minster Lovell
    • Private Tour - Blenheim Palace & Oxford - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 12 Minster Lovell
    Minster Lovell
    • Private Transfer - Minster Lovell - London Heathrow Airport [2 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
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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.

London is host to an array of world-class museums, which you are free to explore and enjoy at your leisure. Many museums in London have free entry, and are accessible via the London Underground (the Tube).  For your convenience, here are some of the more prominent museums in the city, and their corresponding Underground station: The British Museum (Holburn station), The National Gallery (Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross station), the Victoria & Albert (South Kensington station), The Wallace Collection (Bond Street station) or the London Transport Museum (Covent Garden station).

Accommodation: Royal Horseguards

The majestic chateau-style Royal Horseguards Hotel resides over the River Thames, just three blocks from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and within a half-mile of West End theaters. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central hotel opposite the London Eye reflects a proud heritage, and fully restored Victorian elegance. High ceilings, deluxe furnishings, full air conditioning and double-glazed windows make every guest room at the Royal Horseguards a quiet, and comfortable retreat. Have a meal at the award-winning One Twenty One Two restaurant, pop in for a drink at the Equus bar serving cocktails named after famous guests, or enjoy a quintessential Afternoon Tea in the relaxing lounge. 

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The National Gallery
The National Gallery
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  London
London

Day 2: London - York

Depart London with your private driver-guide, stopping in Cambridge today for a private tour as you transfer to York. Cambridge is most widely known as the home of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and consistently ranked one of the top five universities in the world. During your tour of Cambridge, you’ll visit King's College, founded in 1441 by Henry VI and is one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge. King's has an outstanding academic record and is also world-famous for its chapel and choir. Upon arrival to York, you’ll embark on a walking tour of the city’s medieval alleyways and Georgian avenues. Hear the stories of kings, martyrs and merchants, and see York’s medieval city walls, St Mary’s Abbey and England’s most photographed street, the Shambles.

Accommodation: The Grand Hotel & Spa

Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel & Spa in downtown York. Situated within the old town walls, and housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company, York’s only 5-star luxury hotel offers views of, and walking access to, the River Ouse, and historic York Minster.  Stay in one of the 107 elegant guestrooms, experience luxurious Afternoon Tea, sample a taste of Yorkshire fine dining at Hudson’s, and rejuvenate in the serene aura of the spa. History and heritage combine with everything a modern traveler could wish for in this iconic Edwardian building, with The Grand Hotel & Spa offering the very best in traditional English style and service, polished with a friendly Yorkshire welcome.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  King's College
King's College
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  York
York

Day 3: York

Embark on a full day tour with a private driver-guide, setting out to discover the coastal town of Whitby, followed by a visit to Castle Howard. You'll head northeast, driving through the scenic North York Moors National Park, a place of sheer beauty, shaped by nature over thousands of years, arriving to historic Whitby on the east coast of Yorkshire, former home 18th century explorer Captain James Cook. Take in the views of this town, soak in the fishing village ambiance, and admire sights of the hilltop ruins of Whitby Abbey, a piece of atmospheric inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous horror novel, Dracula. Looping back toward York, you'll head to Castle Howard, to visit one of Britain’s finest stately homes. Built for the third Earl of Carlisle over 300 years ago, the home has remained in the possession of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family ever since. Be dazzled by ornate interiors and world-renowned works of art, and enjoy time wandering the landscaped gardens before returning to York.

Accommodation: The Grand Hotel & Spa
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Day 4: York - Windermere

Along with your private driver-guide, and in the comfort of a private vehicle, make your way to Windermere today. En route you’ll stop to explore a stretch of Hadrian's Wall, an ancient Roman stone fortification, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Approximately 1,900 years old, and stretching proudly across 73 miles of Northern England, Hadrian’s Wall is the largest Roman artifact in existence. Just south of Hadrian's Wall, visit Vindolanda, a Roman Army Museum which provides an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome's extraordinary military legacy. Before continuing to Windermere, you’ll get to visit the nearby Housesteads Roman Fort, where you can wander ancient barracks blocks and hospital ruins.

Accommodation: The Belsfield

Built in 1845, the Belsfield Hotel sits on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, in the picturesque village of Bowness-on-Windermere. Set in six acres of landscaped gardens, this 62-room boutique hotel offers contemporary style and comfort for guests, with unparalleled views over Lake Windermere in the foreground, and the Cumbrian Hills further afield. As an AA Rosette winner for its dining experience, the Belsfield Hotel takes pride in its approach to food and drink, from exquisite fine dining, to terrace seating for afternoon lunch and tea, as well as a lounge bar for exclusive drinks.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Windermere
Windermere

Day 5: Windermere

In the company of your private driver-guide and vehicle, discover the Lake District today, renowned for being the 'most beautiful corner of England'. You'll travel over passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls and traditional Lakeland villages, and have plenty of time for stops to admire the views and take photographs along the way. During the course of your day, you'll also enjoy a lake cruise on a shared boat, and head to Keswick for a visit of the 4,000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, with some of Cumbria's highest peaks in the background.

Accommodation: The Belsfield
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Keswick
Keswick

Day 6: Windermere - Chester

Meet your private driver-guide and depart Windermere today for Chester, stopping en route in Liverpool for a tour of the city known globally for being the birthplace of The Beatles. During your tour, take in interesting facts about the band, and see various sites which have a particular relevance to The Beatles, such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Eleanor Rigby’s Grave and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to see some Liverpool’s historic maritime sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Conclude your day as you arrive to Chester for check-in.

Accommodation: Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel

Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel is a stylish hotel in the heart of the historic City of Chester, situated on the famous City Walls and near the Eastgate Clock Tower, said to be the second most photographed clock in England. First opened in 1650, you’ll find the 67-room hotel's period charm blends perfectly with modern luxury, creating the ideal environment to relax and unwind.  A stay at Macdonald New Blossoms has you wonderfully located to sample all the delights that Chester has to offer, including shopping, nightlife, the famous Chester Racecourse, and historical attractions such as The Rows and City Walls. When the day is done, there's no better place for you to retire to than the new Scottish Steakhouse restaurant where you'll dine on sensational food using fresh, quality ingredients, topped off with an excellent wine selection and friendly, personal service.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Liverpool
Liverpool
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (4*)
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (4*)

Day 7: Chester

Set out with your private driver-guide to explore Chester on a full day tour. Initially founded as a fortress back in the first century AD, Chester holds the title for several accomplishments, including having the most complete city walls anywhere in Britain, the country’s largest Roman Amphitheater, and also the oldest racecourse. Spot some of the city’s unusual black and white architecture, and visit the Chester Cathedral, with its 11th and 12th century Norman interior. You’ll also have time to shop amidst the 700-year-old shopping rows before your day comes to a close.

Accommodation: Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral

Day 8: Chester - Bath

Enjoy the journey from Chester to Bath today with your driver-guide, making stops along the way at Warwick Castle and Stratford-Upon Avon.

Warwick Castle as witnessed many chapters including medieval war, daring knights, plague and disease, state visits and Victorian glamour and wealth. Continue on to Stratford-upon-Avon, a vibrant, compact town, boasting a rich architectural heritage; the list of things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon is as impressive as it is varied. Delightful shops and top-quality restaurants and pubs line the medieval streets, all within walking distance of the scenic River Avon, and surrounded by wonderful Warwickshire countryside.

Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, possibly the most famous and most visited literary landmark in Britain. This is the house where it is thought that Shakespeare was born and spent his formative years.

Includes entrance fees to Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Birthplace.

Accommodation: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is located in the center of arguably the world's finest crescent; Bath’s Royal Crescent, designed by renowned 18th century architect John Wood, the Younger. With 250 years of glorious history behind its Georgian exterior, the 45-room Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers a haven of elegance and tranquility, just minutes from the historic center of Bath. Why not curl up by a crackling fire and lose yourself in a novel you’ve always been meaning to read, enjoy the sun’s warming touch and relax in the serenity of the glorious gardens for Afternoon Tea, or nurture both body and soul and plunge into tranquility with a visit to The Spa. From the Executive Head Chef to the knowledgeable Sommelier and highly experienced concierge, this remarkable, professional and dedicated group of people will be sure to make your experience at Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, spectacular.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bath
Bath

Day 9: Bath

Meet your private driver-guide, and set out on a full day excursion today, first visiting the medieval city of Wells, returning to Bath afterward for a walking tour through the picturesque city. In Wells, England’s smallest city, you’ll tour the impressive 13th century Wells Cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful churches in Britain. The adjacent Bishop’s Palace and Park contains the set of springs which gave Wells its name centuries ago.  Also check out Vicars’ Close, the oldest intact residential street of Europe. Return to Bath, admiring landmarks like Bath Abbey, a stunning Gothic church with history dating back to the 7th century. Marvel at the magnificent 18th century architecture of Royal Crescent, with a uniform Georgian façade designed by John Wood, the Younger. Visit the Roman Baths and Temple complex, providing you with access to four main features: the near 2,000-year-old remains of the Temple of Aquae Sulis, the Roman bath house, the Sacred Spring (the only hot spring in Britain), and a well-presented museum of artifacts found at the site. The Roman Baths are situated below street level of modern Bath, and other Roman ruins stretch out beneath the city in all directions.  

Accommodation: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral

Day 10: Bath - Minster Lovell

Leaving Bath today with your private driver-guide, you’ll tour the Cotswolds en route to your accommodation this evening in Minster Lovell. The Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, is characterized by picturesque medieval towns and villages with thatched roofs and distinctive yellow limestone. Take your walking shoes and explore some of the many short hikes across the rolling hills, and along the 102-mile Cotswold Way trail, or tour the villages, perhaps opting to eat in a traditional pub and enjoying afternoon tea in an authentic Cotswold tea shop (not included). The larger market towns and villages of the Cotswolds, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester, Chipping Norton and Tetbury, are famous for their shops. Maybe you’ll happen upon a hidden gem, a village off the beaten track such as Painswick, Biddestone, Winchcombe or Woodstock, or an unspoiled historic church, such as at Northleach often called the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds” – open the church door and you’ll discover a hidden world of history.

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.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cotswolds
Cotswolds
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill
Thatched Cottage at Minster Mill

Day 11: Minster Lovell

Today you'll visit Blenheim Palace and the city of Oxford with your private drive-guide. Experience Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Baroque manor house where Sir Winston Churchill was born. Feel like a noble as you delve into the history of the 18th-century manor house, getting up close to priceless works of art and tapestries as you explore the opulent chamber, and wander the stunning park and gardens. After, visit renowned university town Oxford, known as the “city of dreaming spires”, home to the world's oldest English-speaking university, Oxford University. Tour the medieval city and enjoy a visit to Christchurch College, a unique institution, and one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford. 

Accommodation: Old Swan & Minster Mill
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Day 12: Minster Lovell

Depart with your private driver-guide from Minster Lovell to London Heathrow Airport today. Approximate drive time is 2 hours.

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.

Royal Horseguards: London

The majestic chateau-style Royal Horseguards Hotel resides over the River Thames, just three blocks from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and within a half-mile of West End theaters. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central hotel opposite the London Eye reflects a proud heritage, and fully restored Victorian elegance. High ceilings, deluxe furnishings, full air conditioning and double-glazed windows make every guest room at the Royal Horseguards a quiet, and comfortable retreat. Have a meal at the award-winning One Twenty One Two restaurant, pop in for a drink at the Equus bar serving cocktails named after famous guests, or enjoy a quintessential Afternoon Tea in the relaxing lounge. 

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Royal Horseguards Hotel
Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Grand Hotel & Spa : York

Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel & Spa in downtown York. Situated within the old town walls, and housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company, York’s only 5-star luxury hotel offers views of, and walking access to, the River Ouse, and historic York Minster.  Stay in one of the 107 elegant guestrooms, experience luxurious Afternoon Tea, sample a taste of Yorkshire fine dining at Hudson’s, and rejuvenate in the serene aura of the spa. History and heritage combine with everything a modern traveler could wish for in this iconic Edwardian building, with The Grand Hotel & Spa offering the very best in traditional English style and service, polished with a friendly Yorkshire welcome.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Grand Hotel & Spa
The Grand Hotel & Spa
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bar
Bar

The Belsfield : Windermere

Built in 1845, the Belsfield Hotel sits on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, in the picturesque village of Bowness-on-Windermere. Set in six acres of landscaped gardens, this 62-room boutique hotel offers contemporary style and comfort for guests, with unparalleled views over Lake Windermere in the foreground, and the Cumbrian Hills further afield. As an AA Rosette winner for its dining experience, the Belsfield Hotel takes pride in its approach to food and drink, from exquisite fine dining, to terrace seating for afternoon lunch and tea, as well as a lounge bar for exclusive drinks.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Belsfield Hotel
The Belsfield Hotel

Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel : Chester

Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel is a stylish hotel in the heart of the historic City of Chester, situated on the famous City Walls and near the Eastgate Clock Tower, said to be the second most photographed clock in England. First opened in 1650, you’ll find the 67-room hotel's period charm blends perfectly with modern luxury, creating the ideal environment to relax and unwind.  A stay at Macdonald New Blossoms has you wonderfully located to sample all the delights that Chester has to offer, including shopping, nightlife, the famous Chester Racecourse, and historical attractions such as The Rows and City Walls. When the day is done, there's no better place for you to retire to than the new Scottish Steakhouse restaurant where you'll dine on sensational food using fresh, quality ingredients, topped off with an excellent wine selection and friendly, personal service.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (4*)
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel (4*)
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Macdonald New Blossoms Lounge
Macdonald New Blossoms Lounge

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa : Bath

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is located in the center of arguably the world's finest crescent; Bath’s Royal Crescent, designed by renowned 18th century architect John Wood, the Younger. With 250 years of glorious history behind its Georgian exterior, the 45-room Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers a haven of elegance and tranquility, just minutes from the historic center of Bath. Why not curl up by a crackling fire and lose yourself in a novel you’ve always been meaning to read, enjoy the sun’s warming touch and relax in the serenity of the glorious gardens for Afternoon Tea, or nurture both body and soul and plunge into tranquility with a visit to The Spa. From the Executive Head Chef to the knowledgeable Sommelier and highly experienced concierge, this remarkable, professional and dedicated group of people will be sure to make your experience at Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, spectacular.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Walled Garden
Walled Garden

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.

Luxury Through The Heart Of England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Old Swan & Minster Mill
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Luxury Through The Heart Of England 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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