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Idyllic England

12 days from $7,995pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • London
  • Bath
  • Stow on the Wold
  • The Cotswolds
  • Oxford
  • The Lake District
  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Visit Buckingham and Windsor Palaces – both residences of the British royal family

  • Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath

  • Travel through the rolling countryside and quintessential villages of the Cotswolds

  • Visit the famous university town of Oxford and try your hand at chauffeured punting

  • Explore the wild countryside of the Lake District

Audley Travel specialist Jasmine

What our specialists say...

Explore England and its varied attractions and landscapes. Beginning in the capital, London, you’ll explore some of England’s most historic cities, fascinating archaeological sites and a number of spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites. Along the way you’ll travel through the gentle, rolling countryside of the Cotswolds to the towering fells and serene lakes of the Lake District, before returning to London.

We recommend this trip for:

  • London
  • Bath
  • Stow on the Wold
  • The Cotswolds
  • Stow on the Wold
  • Oxford
  • The Lake District
  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • The Lake District
  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • The Lake District
  • London

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Day 1 London

London

On arrival you will be met at the airport by your driver, who will escort you to your hotel. You will have the morning to relax before being met by your driver-guide for your private Mini Cooper tour of the city. You'll get an overview of London and have a chance to see all of the major sites from the unique perspective and comfort of your private car.

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Day 2 London

London

In the morning you will be met by your guide and make your way to Buckingham Palace to watch the iconic Changing of the Guards ceremony with the regal backdrop of the palace. Afterwards you will head to Windsor Castle to explore the Queen's royal residence and the longest-occupied castle in the world, as well as the surrounding town of Windsor, a fantastic place to stop for tea and scones.

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Day 3 London

London

Today your private guide will bring you to St. Paul's Cathedral, one of London's most iconic sights. You'll get a chance to learn about the history of the building while admiring the impressive exterior of the infamous dome as well as the ornate architecture inside. If you're up to it, make the climb to the top of the dome for one of the best views of London. Afterwards you will be taken to Kensington Palace, home of the royals, for a guided tour of the state rooms and a chance to explore the gardens.

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Day 4 Bath

London , Bath

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and driven by private car to Bath. Along the way you will stop at Stonehenge, one of the most renowned sites in Europe. While the site is protected, you will have the opportunity to get out and walk around the eerie standing stone circle. You will have the evening free in Bath to explore the Roman city and get dinner.

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Day 5 Bath

Bath

To take full advantage of your day in Bath, you will be met by your private guide and take off on a full walking tour of this charming city. You will get the chance to explore the ancient Roman Baths, climb to the top of the Abbey for the best views of the city, and visit the No. 1 Royal Crescent museum, which is a preserved Georgian house, decorated in the traditional style of the times.

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Day 6 Stow on the Wold

Bath , Stow on the Wold

This morning you will make your way to the Cotswolds, one of the most scenic areas in England. En route you will stop by the picturesque and untouched village of Lacock, and then at Avebury, an ancient site with a stone circle and a manor house to explore. Upon arrival in Stow-on-the-Wold, you will have the evening to explore this picturesque village and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

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Day 7 Stow on the Wold

The Cotswolds , Stow on the Wold

After breakfast, you will be picked up by your private driver-guide, a knowledgeable Cotswolds local who will show you some of the main areas as well as the lesser-known hidden gems of the area. Along the way you will have plentiful opportunities for picture stops, to walk through the picturesque villages, stop at Broadway Tower to take in the stunning vistas, and pick up some souvenirs from local shops.

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Day 8 Oxford

Stow on the Wold , Oxford

Your next stop is the enchanting city of Oxford. You'll have a private transfer to your hotel, before heading off on a trip to Blenheim Palace, the best example of a private palace home in England. Enjoy a private tour of the stately home, and then have free time to explore the additional exhibits and the expansive grounds and gardens. This afternoon you will enjoy the peaceful Oxford tradition of punting. You will be guided by a professional punter as you drift down the river, who will offer you insights into life and the history in Oxford.

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Day 9 Bowness-on-Windermere

Oxford , The Lake District , Bowness-on-Windermere

Today you'll embark on a scenic train journey up to England's stunning Lake District. Sit back and relax to take in the gorgeous countryside. Upon arrival, breathe in the fresh country air as you are transferred to your hotel where you will have the evening free to explore the walking paths that surround the property or relax by the fire until you sit down to enjoy dinner.

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Day 10 Bowness-on-Windermere

The Lake District , Bowness-on-Windermere

After breakfast you will set off on an exploration of the stunning Western Lake District. You will travel up the steep and winding Hardknott Pass in order to reach Hardknott Roman Fort. Here you are free to explore the ruins and take in the stunning landscape and panoramic views from the site. Later you will head to the village of Eskdale to catch the steam railway train to Ravenglass. Settle in and enjoy the scenic open-aired journey. Your final stop of the day is Muncaster Castle where you'll spend the afternoon exploring this impressive historical and haunted castle and its grounds.

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Day 11 London

Bowness-on-Windermere , The Lake District , London

Wrapping up your stay in Lake District, today you will take the train back down to London. Once again enjoy this scenic journey and opportunity to take in the rolling English landscape. Upon arrival in London, make your way to your hotel and enjoy your last night.

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Day 12 Return home

London

Today you will be transferred by private car to the airport for your flight home.

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