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.
London – Introductions to Tudor Splendor
Eltham Palace takes you on a Tudor trail, the 14th-century royal residence a place of lavish feasts and vast regal parties. Behind the moat, enclosed within the exquisite stone, you wander through the childhood home of Henry VIII. The would-be King grew up in an environment of entertaining, the stunning Great Hall an indication of just how excessive those times were. After landing at London Gatwick, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in southwest London, a five-star residence along the River Thames. Freshen up and then get introduced to Tudor times with the visit to nearby Eltham. The landscaped gardens, the domineering turrets, the royal lodgings; it's all an intriguing indication of what's to come on this itinerary.
Journeying back towards the Thames, you garner a sense of the turbulence and change during Henry VIII's reign. This was a monarch that did as he pleased, confiscating property, accusing wives of treason, and splitting with the Catholic church because they wouldn't grant a divorce. Syon House touches on many of these narratives. An early 15th-century abbey was commandeered by Henry VIII and became famous as where Catherine Howard, the fifth wife, was sent after her arrest. As it appears through the woodland, you quickly see why it was so revered, the stately house standing resplendent against the backdrop of green. Touring the property enables your specialist guide to introduce the era and the style of the Tudors.
London – Henry VIII's Flamboyant Palace
London – Exploring Windsor
Cambridge – Exclusive Access to Tudor Homes
Hardwick – The Castles and Cathedrals
Gloucestershire – Glorious Manor Houses
Amberley – The Tudor Opulence of Hampshire
Amberley – Tudor Reenactments
Hever – Jousting, Tudor Drama, and Anne Boleyn's Story
London – Westminster Abbey and Tower of London
London – Departure
- 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
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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$5,000 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
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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