Manor houses and Michelin-starred restaurants, rural serenity and urbanity in the capital, members of the landed classes and of the nouveau-riche, the United Kingdom is a country that is filled with culture and class. If you’ve ever wanted to explore a truly regal nation in truly regal fashion, then this is the trip for you.
London – A Jolly Welcome to England
This morning, you land outside of lively London, the capital of the United Kingdom and one the great cities in the world, surrounded by history and culture and pulsing with the driving rhythm of a great multicultural metropolis. A private driver will collect you at the airport and escort you to your flawless accommodations while in the city, where you can drop of your luggage, recover from jetlag and freshen up a bit before setting out to take in the sights of this incredible conglomeration of humanity.
Start by making your way to the shores of the winding River Thames, where some of the most famous monuments and most beautiful buildings in the country await, from the Gothic edifice and soaring clock tower of the Palace of Westminster to the elegant wheel of the London Eye, and from the iconic towers and supports of the Tower Bridge to the gorgeous green swath of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Walk the reverent nave and discover the memorial-filled chapels of Westminster Abbey, the most important religious building in the United Kingdom, where monarchs have been crowned for more than six centuries and where some of the greatest citizens of the Kingdom and Empire have been laid to rest, from giants of science like Newton and Darwin to the political movers and shakers like William Pitt, from great men of letters like Chaucer and Dickens to the greatest of England’s monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth, King Edward I and King Henry V.
Then continue down the Thames to take in the soaring dome and gorgeous façade of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the magnum opus of Sir Christopher Wren, whose imposing and inspiring frame has dominated the London skyline for more than 400 years. You can discover the many treasures of the sumptuous interior, see the graves of the great heroes of Great Britain buried in the crypt, and scale the steps to the base of the mighty and magnificent dome, where you can cast your eye over the whole of the city. You’ll be sure to spot the Tower of London downriver, as well as the reconstructed Globe Theatre and the famed Tate Modern right across the Thames.
Bowood – The Aristocratic Splendor of South England
Bath – Discovering the Landmarks of Britain’s Most Famous King
Bath – Roman Baths and Georgian Opulence
London – Through the Country, and through the Centuries
London – Exploring the Heart of the United Kingdom
London – A Fond Farewell to Enchanting England
- Explore the lively streets of London, from the inimitable shopping at Harrods and Covent Garden to the enthralling museums that surround Trafalgar Square to the most iconic of the city’s landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the Tower Bridge
- Spend two evenings of unmatched elegance at the Bowood Hotel, where you can enjoy the delicious dining, spectacular spa and breathtaking surroundings after discovering some of the hidden gems of the surrounding area
- Tour Bath, the oldest resort town in the country, from the ancient Roman spas to the spectacular Royal Crescent to the singular Pulteney Bridge
- Discover some of the most mythical places in southern England, from the rumored burial spot of King Arthur at Glastonbury Abbey to the prehistoric monuments at Avebury
The United Kingdom is a place of peerless sophistication, from the high-end boutiques that line London’s most cosmopolitan streets to the classic English countryside estates that dot the rural landscape. This weeklong tour will show you all of this remarkable country in the highest style, from its greatest monuments and most impressive edifices to the greenest parks and most sublime manor houses, with private guides and personal attendants all along the way.
Stay for two nights at the fabulous Bowood Hotel in the heart of the Somerset, where the rooms are opulent, the service exceptional and the amenities world-class. Stroll through some of the most beautiful cities and villages of southern England, from the Roman-turned-Georgian spa town of Bath to the impeccably preserved medieval village at Lacock. Visit the remains of some of the country’s oldest and most mysterious structures, from the Neolithic monument at Avebury to the ruined walls of Glastonbury Abbey, the rumored site of Arthurian Avalon. And revel in the endless array of activities in London, from masterful museums to superlative shopping.
From afternoon tea in a breathtaking garden in the confines of a baronial mansion to an evening play at the famous West End, from the high culture of London to the high society of England’s southwest, from a day at the spa to a night at the opera, this is the vacation for everyone who’s wanted to tour the United Kingdom in a truly noble fashion. And while you may not have to don your court clothes for an audience with the Queen, this vacation will make you truly feel like a member of the English gentry.
$3,180 per person (excluding international flights)
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