England's World Heritage Sites evocatively represent the eras of world history: Jurassic fossils, neolithic mystery, Roman frontiers and spas, medieval pioneers, industrial innovators, and an inspiring list of architectural styles. This unique England UNESCO World Heritage tour reveals 16 UNESCO sites in 13 days, capturing the eclectic blend of heritage. Every day brings another inspiring monument from centuries past, revealing both historical England and the country's influence on the world.
London – Evocative Introductions at the Tower of London
The Tower of London stands peerless and unbowed, dominating Central London with its ancient stone turrets and sense of being unconquerable. One glance from the River Thames, and you immediately grasp the symbol of power. On a private tour, you journey through its scale, piecing together how it was built from the 11th to 13th centuries. This Norman-style would spread across Europe, and you'll see the castles it inspired later on this itinerary. An indomitable building of this size was always likely to hide riches, and you enjoy exclusive access to arguably the world's greatest collection of treasures. After the Tower has been officially closed, you're invited to enter the room that houses the British Crown Jewels.
Tens of thousands of precious gems glisten; rubies cover staffs, the world's largest cut diamond glistens from across the room, and your eyes are pulled in so many directions. This closed-door access enables you to appreciate both the intimate detail and the exquisite scale of these treasures fully, with your Jewel House Warden revealing when the Queen uses each of her crowns.
Upon your arrival, you'll be picked up from the airport by your guide and transferred to a five-star hotel in Central London. Throughout the tour, all transfers are by private saloon with your accredited driver guide, with most of the day's timing decided by you. Take time to freshen up and eat lunch before the afternoon tour of the Tower of London and your early-evening closed-door access to the Jewels. Consider reading some of our travelers' reviews about their experiences in England, and see how you can further customize your dream England vacation.
London – Palace of Westminster and Kew Gardens
London – Space and Time at Maritime Greenwich
London – Day Trip to Ancient Canterbury
Blenheim to The Cotswolds – England's Finest Stately Residence
Stonehenge to Bath – Neolithic Wonder to Roman Spas
Devon – From Jurassic Remains to Redolent Copper Mines
Durham – Immersed in the Gothic Beauty of Yesteryear
Durham – Hadrian's Wall and Frontiers of the Roman Empire
North Yorkshire Moors – Cistercian Abbeys and Memoirs to Vikings
Saltaire to Liverpool – Tracing the Power of the Industrial Revolution
Liverpool – The Remarkable 13th-Century Military Architecture of Edward I
Liverpool to Manchester – Departure
- Explore 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just 13 days, as you tour the wonders of England
- Journey back in time and piece together the eras, discovering everything from Jurassic remains to Neolithic mystique, Cistercian abbeys to the innovation of the industrial revolution
- Intimately explore London's World Heritage sites with closed-door access to some of its attractions, including the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster
- Marvel at the medieval grandeur of ancient England, embodied by the castles of Edward I and Canterbury Cathedral
- Unravel all the historical narratives as you are accompanied by an expert local guide and driver
- Immerse yourself in the regal grandeur of England with destinations like Blenheim Palace and the spa city of Bath
- Journey underground to pioneering mines that changed the world
- Explore the charms of rural England by staying in a series of postcard-worthy destinations
A journey through England's heritage is an exploration of the pioneers that shaped the planet. So much of the world was shaped by this tiny island, yet so much of England remains a redolent mystery. Exploring the country's World Heritage Sites takes you across the eras, stretching back 185 million years while also reflecting the styles now considered modern across the globe. On this England UNESCO World Heritage tour, you'll journey through the enigma of Neolithic times, through the quaint remains of medieval England, into some of the world's most important religious monuments, and along the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Along the way, you'll stop to admire the fascinating architectural styles synonymous with England, from domineering turrets to stately homes, exquisite palaces to landscaped gardens.
Traveling through England's World Heritage Sites captures the complete sweep of the country's attractions, enabling you to bathe in the grandeur and explore the originality. Every destination seems to reflect an iconic image, whether it's rugged landscape, a medieval castle, or a manor house surrounded by green. Many of the destinations are world famous, exemplars of heritage that cut across the fabric of our planet. And yet many remain relatively hidden, inspiring sites that are yet to be graced with fame. An expert local guide accompanies you throughout the trip, helping to untangle the narratives and tell the tales found behind the facades.
Start in London, a capital city that bursts with fame. The Tower of London provides an apt introduction to this luxury tour; you'll enjoy closed-door access to the Crown Jewels and a private tour of this vast World Heritage Site. Over the next three days, you also explore the Palace of Westminster, the Kew Gardens, the elegance of Greenwich, and the enchanting spires of Canterbury. The following days take you across Southern England, connecting the sublime – like Blenheim Palace – with the surreal, like Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast. Spend a night in a countryside village in the Cotswolds, as well as a night in Georgian Bath, an entire city that's on the UNESCO list.
Next, you fly north, into a wilderness land that's dappled with Roman remains and medieval castles. Spend a day amidst the Gothic splendor of Durham before a day roving across the frontiers of the Roman Empire, including Hadrian's Wall. Religious history is strong here, with a 12th-century abbey and various monasteries left in a resonant state of ruin. Tracing the lines of the Industrial Revolution, you cross northern England to Liverpool, before capturing the essence of England's World Heritage appeal. You'll be guided around the 13th-century castles and town walls of Edward I, relatively unknown sites to many, yet considered the pinnacle of military architecture by historians. Like so many of the stops, expect to be inspired by the intimate portrayal of styles that have shaped the world.
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$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
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