Quintessential England

10 days from $7,190 per person*
  • Explore a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the world’s largest Roman artifact.
  • Visit Stonehenge, and embark on private guided tour of Bath.
  • Take a stroll through Shakespeare’s London on a half-day walking tour.
  • Discover the natural splendor of the stunning Lake District.
  • Featuring expertly selected 4* accommodations and private transfers.
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Discover the essence of extraordinary England through its medieval towns and royal castles steeped in history, as well as its cutting-edge art and innovative cultural scenes.

First there’s London, one of the world’s busiest and most dynamic cities that lays claim to numerous literary giants, a rich cultural scene, breathtaking parks and gardens, and more royal palaces than some entire nations. As if that’s not enough, the beauty of the English countryside, with its rolling hills, beautiful lakes, charming market towns and quaint thatched cottages, makes even the most jaded travelers pause and stare in wonder. Explore the very best England has to offer on this signature tour and be captivated by the land of Hope and Glory. In the evenings, relax in well-appointed accommodations that boast an atmosphere of history and serenity.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Private Transfer - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant (Off-Hours)
    • England - London Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 London
    London
    • Private Tour - City Highlights with Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral & The London Eye (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 London
    London
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Shakespeare in London Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide (max 6 pax)
    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 London to Windermere
    Bath to London to Windermere
    • Local Taxi (not included)
    • Train - Bath - London [2 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Train - London - Windermere [3.5 hrs] - Standard
    • Local Taxi (not included)
  • Day 7 Windermere
    Windermere
    • Private Tour - Lake District Discovery with Cruise - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 8 Windermere
    Windermere
    • Private Tour - Hadrian's Wall (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 9 Windermere to London
    Windermere to London
    • Private Transfer - Carlisle Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Windermere - London [3.5 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver- Mercedes Viano
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 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.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: London

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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.

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.

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.

Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  London
London
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bloomsbury Exterior
The Bloomsbury Exterior

Day 2: London

Meet your private driver and guide, and set out on a full day tour to familiarize yourself with London’s signature sights. In order to avoid the crowds later in the day, you’ll first make your way to the majestic Tower of London, heading through London’s historic center, passing Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Tower, an 11th century castle initiated by William the Conqueror, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the priceless Crown Jewels. From there, head through the City of London, home to the Bank of London and the London Stock Exchange, arriving to St. Paul’s Cathedral for a visit of England’s largest church, used for Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral, and the Queen’s 2002 Golden Jubilee. Pause midday in historic Covent Garden Market for an opportunity to spot street performers, unique souvenirs, and lunch at leisure, with many deli and bakery stalls to choose from. Afterward, make your way to view London’s iconic Buckingham Palace, the residence of the Queen, before continuing through Westminster, renowned home of Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Bond Street, and more. Wrap up your tour as you take to the skies for a magnificent vantage point over London, celebrating your day with fast track entry for a nearly 30-minute ride on the world famous The London Eye observation wheel.

Accommodation: The Bloomsbury
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tower of London
Tower of London

Day 3: London

In a small group of no more than six, set out on a unique, guided walking tour for lovers of Elizabethan London and fans of William Shakespeare alike, the world's greatest playwright. This tour is not meant to be a literary tour per se, but rather to uncover the social history of the Elizabethan times and Shakespeare’s remarkable role as actor, playwright and theatrical producer. That said, you'll certainly learn more about what Shakespeare wrote over the course of the half-day tour. Experience the famous Ferryman’s Seat, site of the Rose Theater, the site of the original Globe Theater, and the ruins of Winchester Palace. You'll walk by the original Clink Prison, admire the Southwark Cathedral with its beautiful Shakespeare stained glass window, and tour the splendid Globe Theater built by Sam Wanamaker. Let your personable guide show you lanes walked by the great Bard, church pews where he worshiped, and pubs where he drank with fellow actors, as you peel back the onion on Elizabethan London. Please note, this tour operates with a minimum of 2 guests, and a maximum of 6.

Accommodation: The Bloomsbury
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Globe Theater
Globe Theater

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.

Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Quintessential England 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
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent

Day 6: Bath - London - Windermere

Transfer by local taxi. Please note that this service is not included, and is payable locally.

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

Transfer by train from London to Windermere today. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours, with one change.

Transfer by local taxi. Please note that this service is not included, and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel

The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel is found in the heart of the Lake District, with a stunning lakeside location on the shores of Lake Windermere. With a £16 million renovation adding a new restaurant and a modern spa facility in early 2018, Low Wood Bay ushers in a new era for Lake District hospitality. The 131 individually-styled guestrooms are comfortable, and well appointed, featuring modern amenities - including free wifi - to ensure a pleasant stay. Guests will be delighted to know Low Wood Bay was a recent recipient of the TripAdvisor Green Leaders Gold Award for exceptional practices and a dedication toward the environment.

Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Windermere
Windermere
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel
Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel

Day 7: 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: Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Keswick
Keswick

Day 8: Windermere

Discover the furthest edges of the Roman Empire today as you set out with a private driver-guide for a full day tour to Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest Roman artifact anywhere in the world, dating back 1,900 years. To get there, you'll drive through the heart of Lake District National Park, beside the lakes and through the valleys, and on towards Penrith and the north of the country. Continue into the remote Debatable Lands of the Border Reivers - once ruled by rogues - as you head to Lanercost Priory, with time to see the Church of St Mary Magdalene built within the priory ruins, with stunning Burne-Jones stained glass windows. Continue along Hadrian's Wall, passing some of the 80 milecastles and 158 turrets to break midday with a visit of The Roman Army Museum, next to a stunning section of the Wall. Here you can get a sense for Roman army life during the rule of Hadrian. Afterward, visit Vindolanda, the historic ruins of a Roman auxiliary fort and settlement dating back nearly 2,000 years. In the afternoon you'll continue along the Wall, seeing the spectacular Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chester and finally Steel Rigg, offering some of the most stunning viewpoints along the wall, before returning to Windermere. 

Accommodation: Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall

Day 9: Windermere - London

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a Carlisle train station transfer.

Transfer by train from Windermere to London today. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours with one change.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: The Bloomsbury

Day 10: London

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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.

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.

Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bloomsbury Exterior
The Bloomsbury Exterior
Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bloomsbury Club Bar
The Bloomsbury Club Bar

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.

Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Abbey Hotel
Abbey Hotel

Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel : Windermere

The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel is found in the heart of the Lake District, with a stunning lakeside location on the shores of Lake Windermere. With a £16 million renovation adding a new restaurant and a modern spa facility in early 2018, Low Wood Bay ushers in a new era for Lake District hospitality. The 131 individually-styled guestrooms are comfortable, and well appointed, featuring modern amenities - including free wifi - to ensure a pleasant stay. Guests will be delighted to know Low Wood Bay was a recent recipient of the TripAdvisor Green Leaders Gold Award for exceptional practices and a dedication toward the environment.

Quintessential England Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel
Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel

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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