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 DOWNING STREET
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.
LONDON | IN SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD & TOWER OF LONDON
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. This afternoon, visit some of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, including the Tower of London, a historic castle built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Used as a royal residence and a prison, it is now home to the dazzling Crown Jewels, closely guarded by the Yeoman Warders, often called Beefeaters. Next, continue to St. Paul's Cathedral, rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Many memorable state occasions have taken place here, including the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
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, in the picturesque village of Broadway, and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
THE COTSWOLDS | AN INVITATION TO TEA
Journey into the idyllic English countryside, synonymous with glorious thatched cottages, rolling hills and beautiful rural settings, passing through picturesque villages made distinctive by the famous honey-colored Cotswold stone. Start in the eye-catching village of Bourton-on-the-Water, with the meandering Windrush River running through its heart. Stop for a lunch at leisure, before driving to nearby Stow-on-the-Wold. This market town stands beside the Roman Fosse Way, at its junction with six other roads, where a settlement has existed since the Iron Age. Return to the picturesque village of Broadway. You may wish to visit Broadway Tower for some fantastic views over the county.
THE COTSWOLDS | FROM OXFORD TO WOODSTOCK
Explore the charming English countryside to the west of London today with your knowledgeable driver-guide. Stop first at Oxford, called the “City of Dreaming Spires” and home to England's oldest university. Walk through the impressive campus buildings that are still home to the university's main ceremonial and educational functions, admiring the impressive architecture. Continue to Woodstock, stopping at Blenheim Palace for a visit. Currently home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, the palace was designed by the architect Vanbrugh and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Alternatively, today, visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the market town revered as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Tour the 16th-century half-timbered house where it is believed he was born, before heading to Holy Trinity Church to see his grave. This beautiful parish church lies on the banks of the Avon just beyond the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Following lunch at leisure, proceed to the nearby village of Shottery to visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Return to Broadway via the English market town of Chipping Camden.
This morning, privately transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight or begin a post-tour extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Privileged Private Viewing of the Churchill War Rooms
Privately explore the Churchill War Rooms, with privileged behind-the-glass access to the place where Winston Churchill, his war cabinet and staff waged World War II. Then, continue to the Churchill Museum.
Tour the British Museum
Enjoy a guided tour of the British Museum’s historic artifacts, including the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, the Sutton Hoo treasures and a marvelous assortment of Egyptian antiquities.
Craft Your Own Gin
Head to London’s Ginstitute for a primer on the spirit’s history, a guided tasting and a lesson in crafting your own blend.
Cycle the Cotswolds
Cycle the quaint villages and idyllic countryside of the Cotswolds, visiting Chipping Camden and touring a gin distillery along the way.
Afternoon Tea Class
Visit a Victorian home, before receiving step-by-step instructions for making scones, shortbread and specialty sandwiches, perfect for a traditional afternoon tea. The homeowner shares the art of English etiquette and conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.