England's history stretches from the surreal to the unreal, fascinating children with tales that defy the imagination. This unique family tour provides an inspiring journey through the paradigms, from fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast to exclusive medieval castle tours, and Harry Potter's Hogwarts to rural England's Shakespeare. Split across London, the Cotswolds, and the stunning Dorset beaches, it's 12-days spent revealing the family-focused side of England's past.
London – Welcome to England
With your first glance at London, you may find yourself overwhelmed. With the towering skyscrapers and crowds along Oxford Street, the capital city can appear a little daunting! However, London is full of vast areas of green space and places for kids to run and play. Various walking routes have been connected throughout the city, making it easy to stay in a pedestrianized area and still see the world-famous buildings. Land in London and to be greeted by your private guide and driver. Arrive at your central London hotel and have a relaxed welcome drink with your guide. The itinerary over the next four days is flexible, and your driver guide is available at all times to ensure that you can easily get to any London attraction.
To fully introduce yourself to the city, you will be taken for an early evening ride on the London Eye. Revolve above the city in a glass capsule and admire the iconic beauty found along the River Thames. Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Tower Bridge and more all come alive as dusk rolls around. As the sun dips below the horizon and the city lights turn on, the raised platform is the ideal way to explore London without having to move through the crowds.
London – Evocative Jurassic Remains in the Capital City
London – A Day at the Harry Potter Studio
London – Exclusive Private Tour of Windsor Castle
The Cotswolds – From Hogwarts to Shakespeare
Day 6 - 7
The Cotswolds – Live Theater and Beautiful Rural England
Jurassic Coast – Lounging on the Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast – A Fossil Hunting Guided Walk
Jurassic Coast – Walking in the Footsteps of Giants
London – A Final Day Amongst 185 Million Years of History
London – Departure
- Go fossil hunting on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, unearthing 185 million years of the world's history
- Explore Jurassic remains and some of the most complete dinosaur skeletons on earth
- Take a journey through the world of Harry Potter by visiting the Warner Bros. Studio and the filming locations for Hogwarts
- Discover the family side to London with four relaxed days in the capital city
- Connect with another great storyline by watching a Shakespeare production in the playwright's birthplace
- Get lost in the sublime landscapes of the Cotswolds, a place for walking and biking through quintessential English countryside
- Spend four nights on the sublime Dorset coastline, enjoying some of England's finest beaches
English history doesn't start with Henry VIII and his six wives, or even with the Neolithic rocks of Stonehenge. Liberally sprinkled England you will find 185 million years of history; from the staggering skeletons of Tyrannosaurus Rex to coastlines that still unearth ancient fossils. There are also surrealist tones that blur history and fiction, like wandering through Harry Potter's dining room and watching yourself fly through the air as if playing Quidditch. Even traditional England has an inspirational touch with jousting reenactments at medieval castles, and famous theater productions in the heart of rural landscapes. This handcrafted luxury tour brings your family through the eras, with a particular focus on the incredible Jurassic history found on the island. Go fossil hunting with a local expert, admire the mind-boggling remains of dinosaurs, and connect with the world that existed before man. In between, there's a sprinkling of iconic experiences that range from Harry Potter to Shakespeare, from empty beaches to rolling rural scenes.
This three-destination itinerary starts with several nights in London, a capital city with universal appeal. The pace is leisurely, giving plenty of time for you to explore the famous sites along with the attractions that truly excite children. The city's Natural History Museum contains one of the greatest collections of dinosaur fossils and skeletons anywhere on the planet. Next day, be entertained at the Warner Brothers Studio and its interactive Harry Potter exhibits, while the next day offers a private tour of Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle on the planet.
As you move into rural England, the landscape touches on the surreal. Stop to admire the filming locations from Harry Potter and stand in the heart of Hogwarts. Then travel to Shakespeare's birthplace and enjoy a family-focused production of one of his famous plays. The Cotswolds is your base for several days, a charming rural setting with country lanes ideal for bike rides and a dozen activities for active families. The landscape appears frozen in time, complete with thatched roof cottages and all the redolent grace of old royal England.
Dorset's remarkable Jurassic Coast completes the itinerary. With several days at this World Heritage Site, explore the quiet beaches that are alive with dinosaur history. 185 million years of life is still discovered here, and two unique fossil hunting walks enable your family to uncover your own evidence as the expert guide reveals what you've found and yes, the children can take it home. The days along this coast also provide a sense of serenity. A great destination for exploring as a family, but also for lounging on the pebbly beaches and splashing in the gentle waters. With these 12 days you will see London, the Cotswolds, and the Jurassic Coast; three very different destinations all within easy reach, all with a slice of inspiring history.
$4,195 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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