Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Arrive London, England
Arrive in London, where you are met by your Guardian Angel, transferred by private vehicle to your hotel and assisted with check-in.
London | Westminster Abbey to the Crown Jewels
Accompanied by your private guide, set out on a tour of London, starting in Westminster with a flight on the London Eye, enjoying spectacular views of this world capital. Proceed to Trafalgar Square to view Nelson's Column, before heading down Whitehall and past Downing Street, to the Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament. Stop at Westminster Abbey, the traditional venue for coronations and burial site of monarchs. Finish your morning with a drive past Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London. This afternoon, discover the City of London — an enclave historically distinct from greater London — where you enter the Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror. Once used as a royal residence and a prison, it is now home to the dazzling Crown Jewels. Gaze upon the fabled gem-encrusted regalia and enjoy stunning views of the Tower Bridge. Afterward, continue to St. Paul's Cathedral, site of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
London | In Shakespeare’s World
This morning, tour Shakespeare’s Globe, a wood-crafted replica theater founded by American actor-director Sam Wanamaker and located near the site of the original Globe, where the Bard first staged his immortal plays. Immerse yourself in the London entertainment scene of the late 1500s with an exhibition dedicated to the Elizabethan stage, and then visit the open-air theater itself. Afterward, stroll the wonderful Borough Market — a haven for anyone who appreciates fine foods, including tastings of artisan meats, charcuterie and cheeses. Pass your afternoon at leisure.
Windsor | The Home of Her Majesty
Drive west of London to visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. With a history spanning nearly one thousand years, it is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and her preferred weekend home. Subject to opening restrictions, you may see the State Apartments, St. George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls' House. Take in the excellent views of Eton College from the castle ramparts before returning to London.
The Cotswolds | Into the English Countryside
Travel to the Cotswolds, a range of hills in Gloucestershire, in southwest England, now designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Check in to your hotel, set in the beautiful countryside above the spa town of Cheltenham, and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
The Cotswolds | An Invitation to Tea
Journey through the idyllic English countryside today, passing through picturesque villages made distinctive by the famous honey-colored Cotswold stone. Enter the county of Warwickshire to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Tour the town center and visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where the playwright wooed his future wife. You may also visit his gravesite at Holy Trinity Church. This afternoon, stop for a traditional English afternoon tea at a local tea shop, before returning to your hotel. Alternately, further explore the Cotswolds, starting in Broadway, a village with organic farm shops and lovely traditional pubs. Also, stop in Chipping Camden, a center for the wool trade for 400 years. Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as “the Venice of the Cotswolds,” where a river arched by graceful stone foot bridges meanders through the village center. Finish the day with a stop at a Cotswold distillery of whisky and gin for a private tour and a tasting.
Bath | Georgian Architecture & Jane Austen
Visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. Tour the city’s ancient Roman Baths, discovered in an excellent state of preservation near Bath Abbey church. Take time to admire the magnificent architecture for which the city is renowned, seen at its best in 18th-century buildings named the Circus and the Royal Crescent. You may also wish to explore the Jane Austen Museum — dedicated to the author of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, who lived in the city from 1801-1806 — to take in the museum’s lovely period atmosphere, costume exhibits, maps and books.
This morning, privately transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight or begin a post-tour extension.
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London | Afternoon Tea
Spend an afternoon in a Victorian 1860s home where you learn the English tradition of afternoon tea. Receive step-by-step instructions and recipes for making scones, shortbread and specialty sandwiches, and practice your etiquette during a full afternoon tea in the drawing room.
London | Private Viewing of the Crown Jewels, Tower of London
Enjoy the splendors of the Crown Jewels away from the crowds with a private viewing, before opening, accompanied by the Jewel House Wardens, who are on hand to share their knowledge. Afterward, proceed to St. Paul's Cathedral, where the Prince of Wales wed Lady Diana Spencer.