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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : April - October
Start: London, England
End: London, England

Heart of England: 1 nt London, 2 nts Cotswolds, 2 nts Bath

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Neolithic man, Roman forces, celebrated writers and contemporary filmmakers have all made a mark on England’s heartland. On this quintessentially English tour, we’ll follow their tracks – covering Wiltshire’s ancient stone circles and movie-set good looks, the delightful hamlets of the Cotswolds, Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’ and Bath’s incredible architecture.

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference
– Visit the childhood home and final resting place of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon
– Enjoy high tea at a charming village nestled amongst the Cotswolds
– Discover the rich culture and extraordinary architecture of Bath

Pick Up Location & TIme

Wellington by Blue Orchid  (London)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Wellington By Blue Orchid ( London)
Late afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 5 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Locally Guided Walking tour in Oxford, Stroll the High Street of Chipping Campden, See William Shakespeare's childhood home, step inside Lacock Abbey.
  • Visit the Roman Baths, Explore Longleat House. Walk among the standing stones in Avebury.
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1London

After meeting the group in England’s vibrant capital, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Day 2London – Oxford – Cotswolds

After breakfast, we’ll set our sights on our first stop: charming Oxford. Here, we’ll learn about the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the city’s streets over the years with a locally guided walking tour. Then: we’ll venture through quintessential English countryside to meet with the Cotswolds. This charming area is a patchwork of green hills and farmland, peppered with centuries-old villages and caramel-hued cottages. We’ll end the day with some free time to stroll the elegant terraced High Street of Chipping Campden – our home for the night – before tucking into another delicious group dinner at our hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: Kings Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds

The life and times of William Shakespeare will take centre stage in riverside Stratford-upon-Avon today – where we’ll see the playwright’s timbered childhood home and his wife Anne Hathaway’s pretty thatched cottage. A stroll through the blooming gardens here is a must! We’ll have some time to enjoy lunch at our leisure before slowly winding our way back to the hotel – with plenty of time to explore some more Cotswolds hamlets as we go. This evening will be ours to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Kings Hotel (or similar)

Day 4Cotswolds – Lacock – Bath

Day four promises to be an indulgent one, with an afternoon of high tea on the agenda before we move on to Lacock. This showstopper of a village often doubles as a film set, and you may recognise it from Pride and Prejudice or The Other Boleyn Girl. After imagining ourselves as costume drama heroes and heroines, we’ll step inside the magnificent abbey – whose peaceful cloisters took a starring turn as the Hogwarts hallways in the Harry Potter series. Then: onwards to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city with true ‘wow’ factor, where we’ll make ourselves at home for our final two nights. This evening, we’ll spend exploring Bath at our own pace. (B)

Accommodation: The Abbey Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Bath

After receiving a fascinating insight into Roman life on a morning visit to the Roman Baths, we’ll visit the museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent. The afternoon will then be yours to explore the city for yourself. You could enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ at Thermae Bath Spa (Britain’s only thermal spa), and bathe in mineral-rich waters while scanning the skyline from the rooftop pool – or, if you’d prefer to explore on foot, you could discover Bath’s proud independent side as you wander past stylish boutiques and celebrated coffee shops. At our last dinner together, we’ll swap stories and look back on our English journey with fond memories. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Abbey Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Bath – Longleat House – Avebury – London

The current seat of the Marquess of Bath, the impressive Longleat House blends classic architecture with creative interiors – and it’s here that we’ll start the day. We’ll have plenty of time to explore before we move on to Avebury, an immense stone circle set within an ancient landscape of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads. While Stonehenge attracts tourists from around the world and does not permit close access, at Avebury we’ll have the opportunity to walk freely among the standing stones. Steeped in mystery, this prehistoric stone circle is a fascinating sight – and makes for a tremendous final stop. Later this afternoon, our trip will come to a close back in London. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: July 11 $2,869 $3,449
2021: August 28 $2,869 $3,449
2021: September 4 $2,869 $3,449
2021: September 18 $2,819 $3,379
2021: October 3 $2,679 $3,209
2022: March 20 $2,819 $3,379
2022: April 10, 17 $2,819 $3,379
2022: May 1, 15, 29 $2,869 $3,449
2022: June 5, 12, 26 $2,869 $3,449
2022: July 3, 17 $2,869 $3,449
2022: August 7, 21 $2,869 $3,449
2022: September 4, 11  $2,869 $3,449
2022: September 18, 25  $2,819 $3,379
2022: October 9 $2,679 $3,209

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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