England's romantic landscape is a sensual patchwork of new experiences and iconic traditions. These 12 days helps reveal it all, enveloping you in a world of spa cities, opulent hotels, champagne picnics, and sublime architectural styles. From glamorous palaces to cute cottages, serene lakes to decadent cityscapes, this romantic tour of England loops around the finest boutique destinations in the country, offering a journey that's handcrafted just for two.
London – Romantic Welcomes at the World's First Boutique Hotel
Romantic vacations require a memorable introduction, a captivating first impression that sets the tone for everything to follow. Land in London and you're first transferred to Blakes Hotel, where the chic interiors provide a tempting glimpse. Relax, recuperate from the flight, get dressed up, and a limousine is waiting to take you to Claridge's, the historic five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair. A live pianist guides you into afternoon tea, providing the harmony to a blend of specialty teas and a silver platter of sumptuous delicacies. Pear and walnut pastries, scones with clotted cream, sandwiches perfected over 150 years of serving afternoon tea... Claridge's offers elegance and grandeur that remains unchanged after a century. As an extra treat for an afternoon of tradition, your afternoon tea comes with a glass of champagne and the stylish accompaniment of a live cellist.
Return to your hotel and the indulgence continues. Blakes proudly claims to be the world's first boutique hotel, and it's hard to argue. Every room is individually styled, bringing old-world colonial design into a chic Victorian townhouse in the heart of London. Every room is a creative blend of geographies; Louis Vuitton steamer trunks hide behind oriental lacquer screens, bird feather fans sit on a bar dominated by vintage photos, and four-poster beds are concealed by muslin drapes. There's an extravagance and exoticism to it all, one that has you exploring the entire world in your romantic suite. The evening is at your leisure.
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London – Luxury Exploration of the Famous Capital
Cambridge – Punting Along the River Cam with Champagne and Strawberries
Oxford – Fabulous Stately Homes and Relaxed Oxford
Day 5 - 6
Bath – Indulgent Serenity in the Original Spa Town
Day 7 - 8
Stratford-upon-Avon – Experiencing the 17th-Century World of Shakespeare
Day 9 - 11
Lake District – Immersed in the Romance of the English Countryside
Lake District to Manchester – Departure
- Revel in the allure of some of England's finest boutique hotels, each an exemplar of the country's old-world charm and most offering indulgent spa facilities
- Discover England's finest romantic traditions, like punting on the River Cam with champagne and afternoon tea in a five-star Victorian hotel
- Spend two days indulging in the spas of Bath, a World Heritage city that blurs architectural styles from the Roman Empire and Georgian era
- Be immersed in the Shakespearean world of Stratford-upon-Avon, including a night of open-air theater and iconic 17th-century lines
- Get lost together in the wilderness of the Lake District, England's epic national park that's packed with serene lakes and remote villages
- Spend two days in London and create your own itinerary of attractions in the capital city
- Explore the fabulous architecture of England's two famous university towns, Oxford and Cambridge, offering wonderfully relaxed days amongst a distant era
- Enjoy all the romantic extras you'd expect on a luxury England tour, like cocktail evenings, fine dining, and leisurely hours gazing over landscapes worthy of postcards
Romantic England is filled with both the iconic and the sensational. There are the unmissable experiences, like afternoon tea in an opulent city hotel or indulging in the World Heritage spa city of Bath. But there's also the quiet charms, hidden away for couples to discover; theaters with Shakespearean tales from a Verona balcony, boutique country house hotels lost in postcard wilderness and punting along a river with champagne and a punnet of strawberries. This unique itinerary captures the essence of the country's romance, blending the classic experiences with England's quaint yesteryear allures. Taking you across the country in 12 days, this romantic tour of England seamlessly provides serene private experiences and inspiring exploratory adventures. And it just wouldn't be a romantic English vacation without a handpicked collection of sublime five-star hotels, each as unique as the landscape it graces.
Start in London, and be enveloped in the regal charms of the capital. Stay in the world's first boutique hotel and sip champagne at an exclusive afternoon tea ceremony later. These first two days are leisurely, giving you time to explore at leisure, with luxury extras like pink truffles in the London Eye's Cupid's Capsule. Then, you're in Cambridge and Oxford, exploring cities of stunning architecture and a quintessentially English atmosphere. Punting on the River Cam and an exclusive tour of Blenheim Palace ensure you always see the decadent and amorous side of the cities.
Then it's Bath, a serene spa city where the ambiance is all about opulence and indulgence. Naturally, couple's treatments and lazy hours are part of the itinerary. But peel yourself from the baths and the city reveals its wonderful World Heritage character. Your boutique hotel is situated on Bath's ultimate street, the Georgian Royal Crescent. Just step out of the door and you find yourself in the heart of the city's appeal. Original Roman baths provide more salubrious relaxation while the city's assortment of styles are quick to enchant.
So many romantic lines were penned by William Shakespeare, and his hometown remains remarkably resonant of 17th-century times. Thatched roof cottages and cobbled streets are just the starts; with two nights in Stratford-upon-Avon, you're submerged in the atmosphere of the playwright's time, topped off by a stylish performance by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company. Completing the itinerary is the Lake District, England's great expanse of rolling hills and picturesque lakes. Gaze out from your country house and you see green peaks reflecting in Lake Windermere. Wander from the door and you're almost immediately alone in a patchwork of dry stone walls, rural pubs, and the landscape of English travel reverie.
Luxury chauffeured transfers are included throughout the itinerary, and there's a focus on ensuring you have the space to relax and explore at your leisure. A handful of tours and activities are guided; again, these are timetabled to your convenience, and there's an emphasis on discretion. This romantic vacation is all about you, so every day is carefully tailored to your requirements and energy levels.
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$5,455 per person (excluding international flights)
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