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William Shakespeare's birthplace

Literary tour through England

9 days from $11,745pp

William Shakespeare's birthplace
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Tour highlights

  • Marvel at the unspoilt village of Lacock and the mysterious ancient site of Avebury.

  • Attend a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  • Explore the wild countryside of the Lake District.

  • Wander the streets of the university city of Oxford.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival in London, you are driven by private car to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through Bloomsbury, one of the most literature-rich areas of London. The private tour concludes at the British Library, the second-largest library in the world, and you are welcome to explore the original pieces exhibited here.

  • This morning, your private driver will meet you at your hotel and transport you to Canterbury for a guided walking tour of the city’s history and architecture. Afterwards, you have free time to explore the city on your own. We recommend visiting Canterbury’s iconic cathedral, which, combined with St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Today, meet your driver at your hotel for a private transfer to Bath. Along the way, visit the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury and the preserved village of Lacock.

  • Meet your private guide for a full walking tour of Bath’s highlights, encompassing the ancient Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and the Jane Austen Centre. The tour also includes entry to the No. 1 Royal Crescent museum, a preserved Georgian house decorated in the traditional style of the times.

  • Travel via private car to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, schoolhouse, and final resting place on a private walking tour. In the evening, attend a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  • Travel by train to the idyllic Lake District, whose beauty inspired some of the UK's finest poets and artists. In the afternoon, visit William Wordsworth’s home and some of his treasured viewpoints.

  • Explore the highlights of the southern Lake District with your private guide. This tour focuses on Beatrix Potter, author of Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends, who lived here and drew inspiration for her stories from the beautiful scenery. A highlight of this tour is spending time with your guide, Mandy, who lives in Potter’s marital home and is an expert on the novelist’s life.

  • Make your way to the station for your train to Oxford. Upon arrival, meet your lively guide for a private walking tour of Oxford, including the local connections to Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. Afterwards, the rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy the bustling university city on your own.

  • Bid farewell to England as you enter a private vehicle for your transfer to the airport and onward flight home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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