The Hampton Court Palace in England

Ten Days, Six Wives: The Henry VIII England Tour

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

Explore his lavish and flamboyant world on this unique 10-day England tour, a journey into exquisite castles, Tudor opulence, and the regal character of yesteryear. Immerse yourself in the 16th-century world of Henry VIII; the monarch made legendary for his six wives and insatiable extravagance. Atmospheric and evocative, this itinerary captures the essence of the monarch's exuberant excess. Allow yourself to settle into the royal opulence of Henry VIII's time.

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Trip Highlights

  • Trace the history of Tudor England and intimately explore the life and times of Henry VIII and his six wives
  • Spend the night in magnificent castles that offer a timeless ode to the 16th century, including the childhood home of Anne Boleyn
  • Discover some of England's evocative and remote attractions, like sublime stained glass in charming cathedrals and preserved Tudor villages
  • Immerse yourself in the flamboyance of Henry VIII with expertly guided visits to attractions like Hampton Court Palace and Eltham Palace
  • Enjoy closed-door access to  privately-owned attractions like Kimbolton Castle
  • Learn the stories behind the legend with a specialist Henry VIII guide
  • Settle into the opulence and enjoy royal treatment; think afternoon tea at stately homes, lavish four-poster beds, and atmospheric medieval banquets

Detailed Description

A monarch of myth and fame, Henry VIII provides the stories that help English schoolchildren delve into history. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived: so goes the rhyme of his six wives. Each has a story to tell, an evocative piece of legend hidden amidst a treasure map of the English countryside. Palaces were confiscated because cardinals refused to grant a divorce, domineering castles held wives on witchcraft charges, and stunning stained glass portrays more romantic times. With this unique luxury England tour, you effortlessly step into the Tudor era, finding yourself exploring early 16th-century England. From staying in Anne Boleyn's childhood castle to afternoon tea at glorious stately homes, this journey invites you to relive history and separate Tudor fact from fiction.

A specialist guide takes you on this private tour, unraveling the truth behind the narratives that have filled hundreds of history books. Start in London, where Henry VIII's childhood home offers an insight into the excess that would follow. Marvel at the opulence and extravagance of Hampton Court, the monarch's stunning residence in West London. Then, you're in Windsor, exploring the home of Queen Elizabeth II and the final resting place of Henry VIII. You then head north, through attractions that are mostly off the tourist trail. History comes alive as you connect the tales of Henry's wives, from grand manor houses to windows hidden in ponds, fabulous private castles to medieval villages.

This isn't just a historical sightseeing tour. Over these ten days, you're invited to live out the grandeur of the Tudor era. Stay in two historic castles, complete with regal four-poster beds, afternoon tea, and a strong sense of Henry VIII's excess. Bathe in the splendor of the English countryside and its sublime landscaped gardens. Watch jousters battle outside turreted walls and sit down to vast medieval banquets. You sleep in castles before returning to London on your final day to explore Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. A private access visit to the Crown Jewels is reflective of the style of this itinerary. Expect to be away from the tourist crowds, even when you're admiring England's most famous attractions. This is the world of Henry VIII, with the enchanting accompaniment of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr.

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Starting Price

$5,000 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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