So much of England feels frozen in time, charming destinations revealing the postcard-perfect images of eclectic eras. This luxury 10-day England tour itinerary connects these jigsaw pieces of the past, immersing you in everything from Neolithic wonder to medieval charm, Georgian beauty to Roman remains. Along the way, there's a complete sense of England's iconic countryside, plus glamorous stops that discover regal opulence. Seductive and sublime, this is a tour of England's untouched history.
London – Iconic Introductions in the Capital
All English roads lead to London, and the capital city offers the perfect start to any England itinerary. Nestled in the compact center, you'll find an eclectic sweep of the country's eras; glass-fronted skyscrapers are riding above 11th-century cathedrals, ornate Big Ben contrasts with the shimmering white of the London Eye. Most stops on this itinerary transport you into a particular century and architectural style; London is the complete mix, a congregation of ideas that have arrived from across the land.
You'll be picked up at the airport and transferred to a central five-star hotel. Meet your driver-guide and start by touring the Tower of London, the first of the World Heritage Sites on this itinerary. With its iconic turrets and unconquered walls, you're quickly introduced into the wealth and grandeur of England's past. Stopping to see the Crown Jewels confirms the sense of splendor, tens of thousands of precious stones glistening behind the glass. Now some English customs, an afternoon of high tea in the same five-star hotel Queen Victoria used to frequent. Cakes and artisanal snacks pile on a silver stand and the correct way to drink from the china teacup is with your little finger raised. Completing an eclectic first day is a West End show, an iconic performance wrapped in the exuberant atmosphere of Central London. Consider learning more about your potential UK tour operators, and see how they are able to personalize your itinerary to your every interest and desire.
Cambridge – A Beautiful University Time
Castle Howard to York – Medieval Splendor in Pristine Yorkshire
Alnwick to Durham – Memoirs to the Norman Era
Hadrian's Wall to Ullswater to Grasmere – Famous Monuments and Inspiring Rural England
Ironbridge to Stratford-Upon-Avon – Fascinating Industrial History and the Home to Shakespeare
Stratford-Upon-Avon – Quintessential Charms in The Cotswolds
Glastonbury to Bath – Roman History and Georgian Architecture in a Living World Heritage Site
Stonehenge to Oxford – Neolithic Wonder and Strolling Through Quaint Oxford
Oxford to London – Departure
- Travel through the centuries on a 10-day journey that reflects England's long and seductive history
- Move from Neolithic mystery to Roman remnants, Norman architecture to medieval glamor, and industrial beauty to Georgian wonder
- Looping through England, you explore all its iconic countryside, tracing a path through the hills of the Lake District and the sublime calm of the Cotswolds
- Discover England's regal history and immerse yourself in its stately homes, including magnificent Castle Howard and Burghley House
- Visit a series of England's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like Hadrian's Wall, Ironbridge, and the Tower of London
- Explore the two famous university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, home to fabulous architecture and compelling narratives
- Immerse yourself in the enchantment of rural England, with nights spent in postcard-perfect villages of thatched roofs and old cobbled squares
- Experience the customs and traditions of the country; think afternoon tea, roast dinners with Yorkshire puddings, and high boutique streets
- Admire the drama and charm of the English language with two theater productions, a musical in London and a Shakespeare performance in the playwright's hometown
The charms of history cascade across the English countryside, revealing millennia of influence and style. Neolithic Stonehenge remains mysterious, Roman ruins dot green hills, inspiring cathedrals stand untouched, Norman castles delight in their grandeur, and you've only just entered the second millennium AD. Villages unravel the seduction of a medieval time while the architecture of university towns always speak of excess. Then there's the regal beauty; stately homes and towering castles, as well as landscaped gardens and fortified manor houses. Every destination on this England tour takes you to another century, revealing another side to English history and a timeless ode to its era.
This unique 10-day itinerary pieces together the charming jigsaw of England's past, taking you on a journey across the length and breadth of the country. Start in London, where afternoon tea and the inspiring Tower of London introduce you to both customs and architecture. Move north to Cambridge and a day of opulent architecture in the university town. The following day takes you into the rolling green hills of Yorkshire, an iconic postcard backdrop for visiting York, a city that fuses the influence of Romans and the Vikings on a labyrinth of medieval cobbled streets.
While each day offers three or four sightseeing spots, this journey through England also immerses you in the enchantment of its landscapes. Each day brings a new angle, although each of these seem to resemble a revered image of what England promises. Move from the vast pastures of the south to the rugged hills of Yorkshire and the wilderness of Northumberland. Looping back towards England, you wind through the raw and rolling Lake District before the splendor of the Cotswolds seems to come straight from a watercolor painting. On most of the nights, you're further immersed in the countryside through the handpicked collection of hotels, a chance to escape other tourists and intimately experience rural England.
Next, Hadrian's Wall, the great Roman divide, before you get lost in the inspiring Lake District scenery. World Heritage Site Ironbridge is the world's finest architectural memory from the Industrial Revolution while Stokesay Castle seems to come straight from a televised costume drama. Complete the day with a Shakespeare performance at the birthplace of the playwright, an atmospheric production set in a preserved early 17th-century village. Then you're in Bath, another World Heritage destination, one that delights in remembering Roman history while creating blissful portrayals of Georgian architecture.
While the itinerary moves fast, England's great attraction lies in its size. Despite the world fame and influence, this is a small country; smaller than most people realize. You travel with a private driver guide, weaving through a route that connects the dots of history. It's rare that any of the individual journeys are longer than two to three hours. Complete this luxury tour with two of England's unmissable destinations. Admire the enormity and mystique of Stonehenge, then wander through the splendor of Oxford, the world's first university town.
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$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
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