Quintessential England

10 days from $3,560 per person*
  • Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter at the Hill Top Farm.
  • Visit Stonehenge, and embark on private guided tour of Bath.
  • Sip afternoon tea as you enjoy spectacular views of Big Ben.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected 4* accommodations.
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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, 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.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant (8:00pm-8:59am)& Bank Holidays
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver- Small MVP
    • England - London Welcome Package
  • Day 2 London
    London
    • Tour - Shared - Magic of London (8.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 3 London
    London
    • At Leisure
    • Self-Guided - Museums At Leisure
  • Day 4 London to Bath
    London to Bath
    • Transfer - Private - London - Bath [with Stonehenge (Self-Guided)] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
  • Day 5 Bath
    Bath
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
  • 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
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 8 Windermere
    Windermere
    • At Leisure
  • Day 9 Windermere to London
    Windermere to London
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Train - Windermere - London [3.5 hrs] - Standard Train Ticket
  • Day 10
    • Local taxi (not included)
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

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will welcome you upon your arrival. A representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall after you pass through customs. If a private airport transfer has been arranged, your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport. You will then be escorted to the vehicle and transferred to the hotel. Your representative will assist you with checking in. 

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 waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)

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

Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  London
London
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone

Day 2: London

Board your coach and drive past some of London's most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before arriving at St. Paul's Cathedral- explore the masterpiece designed by Wren in 1673 with a professional guide, listen to the organ once played by Mendelssohn and pay visit to the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. After a quick a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey, you will head to The Mall to witness the Changing of the Guard (subject to availability). After lunch (not included) continue onto the Tower of London- you will be taken on a private guided tour led by a Yeoman Warder or ‘Beefeater' explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. View the remarkable Crown Jewels and take free time to explore on your own. Next, take a short ferry ride on the River Thames and indulge in the epitome of British tradition with Afternoon Tea, complete with a glass of Champagne; the most elegant way to enjoy an afternoon on the river. Glide along and admire the views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe. Tour ends at South Bank Pier situated by the London Eye.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  London England
London England

Day 3: London

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

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: The Marylebone (4*)
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The National Gallery
The National Gallery

Day 4: London - Bath

Meet your private driver for a transfer to Bath today. En route, you'll have the opportunity to 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. 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: Hilton Bath City (4*)

Hilton Bath City (4*) is set amid the fine Georgian architecture of central Bath, offering breathtaking views of the River Avon, and located just minutes from the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Center. All guest rooms and suites are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and come standard with air conditioning, LCD flat screen television, and optional wifi access. Enjoy a-la-carte French cuisine at the on-site Atelier Restaurant, or relax with a cocktail in the sophisticated Lobby Bar. Recognized under TripAdvisor’s Green Leader program, Hilton Bath City is making steps toward a lower environmental impact, for a cleaner tomorrow.

Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bath
Bath
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilton Bath City
Hilton Bath City

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: Hilton Bath City (4*)
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Royal Crescent
Royal Crescent

Day 6: Bath - London - Windermere

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price 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 using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel (4*)

The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel (4*) 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 2017 - 2018 -  Windermere
Windermere
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel
Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel

Day 7: Windermere

Board a mini coach and depart on a guided group tour of Beatrix Potter, focusing on the countryside she loved. Ideal for fans of Miss Potter as well as fans of exceptional scenery, you’ll start by making your way from Bowness Bay towards Waterhead, cruising aboard a boat on England’s largest Lake, Windermere. Sit back and enjoy the unrivalled views from the lake towards the fell ranges beyond. After arriving at Waterhead, you’ll make your way to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this 17th century cottage. You’ll be able to explore the garden and visit the shop, and even have an opportunity to go into the house (entrance, if desired, is payable on the spot. Not open Fridays). You’ll continue to the picturesque medieval village of Hawkshead, where you’ll have a little time to explore its many delightful features, and take some photographs, including the Old Grammar School attended by William Wordsworth. Onward then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows, which is one of the most photographed locations in the Lake District. Soak up the stunning views looking towards the mountains at Tarn Hows, before making your way back to Windermere.

Accommodation: Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel (4*)
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hill Top Farm Beatrix Potter
Hill Top Farm Beatrix Potter

Day 8: Windermere

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel (4*)

Day 9: Windermere - London

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

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

Accommodation: Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4 (4*)

The Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4 (4*) hotel is conveniently connected to Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport via a covered walkway. Spacious, soundproofed rooms feature large windows with blackout curtains, perfect for a good night’s rest before or after your international flight. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are just a few minutes’ Tube journey away, and Terminal 5 is accessible via the Hotel Hoppa transfer service. In the hotel you’ll find everything from three fantastic dining outlets and a bar to fitness and leisure facilities — everything you need for a great stay.

Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4

Day 10:

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

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 Marylebone (4*): London

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

Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone
Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby
The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby

Hilton Bath City (4*): Bath

Hilton Bath City (4*) is set amid the fine Georgian architecture of central Bath, offering breathtaking views of the River Avon, and located just minutes from the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Center. All guest rooms and suites are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and come standard with air conditioning, LCD flat screen television, and optional wifi access. Enjoy a-la-carte French cuisine at the on-site Atelier Restaurant, or relax with a cocktail in the sophisticated Lobby Bar. Recognized under TripAdvisor’s Green Leader program, Hilton Bath City is making steps toward a lower environmental impact, for a cleaner tomorrow.

Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilton Bath City
Hilton Bath City

Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel (4*): Windermere

The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel (4*) 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 2017 - 2018 -  Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel
Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel

Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4 (4*): London

The Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4 (4*) hotel is conveniently connected to Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport via a covered walkway. Spacious, soundproofed rooms feature large windows with blackout curtains, perfect for a good night’s rest before or after your international flight. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are just a few minutes’ Tube journey away, and Terminal 5 is accessible via the Hotel Hoppa transfer service. In the hotel you’ll find everything from three fantastic dining outlets and a bar to fitness and leisure facilities — everything you need for a great stay.

Quintessential England  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4
Hilton London Heathrow Airport T4

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.
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