MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RETREAT IN LONDON AND ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
August 17 – 25, 2018 | $3,780
Enjoy the urban chic of London, sprinkled with the magic of royalty, art and gardens. See a West End theater play, ride on the London Eye, tour the Tower of London, the British Museum, and take the Thames River cruise. Then venture to the picture perfect Cotswolds, discover the hidden Oxford, look for Jane Austen’s heritage in Bath and visit the prehistoric Stonehenge.
DATES & COST
August 17 – 25, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour starts and ends in London
$3,780 per person/double occupancy
$1,120 optional single supplement
$380 additional night / per room
Includes all fees and taxes
During the London and the English Countryside tour, you will experience both London: ancient and modern, funky and elegant tea time, the city of royalty, art, theatre, and hip British style, and the fairytale English countryside with its gardens, castles, prehistoric monuments, grazing sheep, tiny Cotswolds villages and hearty pub food.
We’ll get to know and love London, as we visit the Tower of London, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery and the Westminster Abbey, ride the ultra-modern London Eye, enjoy a West End theatre show and a cruise up the Thames River to visit the dreamy Kew Gardens. We’ll enjoy atmospheric English pubs and an elegant afternoon tea, shop for flowers and treasures at neighborhood markets and for the latest fashions at Harrod’s.
As we set out to explore the English countryside, we’ll visit Stonehenge, Oxford, the Windsor Castle, and the ancient Roman town of Bath, synonymous with Jane Austen’s novels, hike in the Cotswolds by picture-book perfect villages, streams and open meadows, and admire a multitude of castles, palaces, manor houses and hunting lodges. But mostly, we’ll create lifelong memories as we enjoy international dining, world art and history, and connect with new, like-minded friends.
We’ll spend 5 days at the elegant Millennium Bailey’s Hotel, centrally located in London’s Borough of Chelsea and South Kensington, known for its museums, designer shopping and beautifully maintained city parks and gardens;
We’ll spend 4 days at the heart of Cotswolds, at the serene Number Four Hotel, by the bubbling River Windrush and surrounded by manicured gardens and open meadows. The hotel is located in a 600 year old manor house, turned modern luxury property and is known for its fine dining;
We’ll see London’s highlights: the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum;
We’ll take a cruise up the Thames River, past the famous landmarks of the city and tour the spectacular botanical displays at Kew Gardens;
We’ll wonder at the energy of London from the red double-decker bus, then from the London Eye, the world’s highest Ferris Wheel;
We’ll visit Windsor, the largest castle in the world, a dramatic site which encapsulates 900 years of British history;
We’ll take a literary walk through the university town of Oxford;
We’ll admire the prehistoric ingenuity and human creativity in Stonehenge;
We’ll walk in the steps of Jane Austen as we visit the ancient Roman city of Bath, with its honey-colored buildings and elaborate Regency Era gardens;
We’ll stroll among the pastoral scenery of the Cotswolds, stopping in historic market towns and villages frozen in time;
We’ll shop at Notting Hill and at the famous Harrod’s department store;
We’ll dine in carefully selected gourmet restaurants, allowing for the fullest appreciation of London’s international cuisine, including an upscale Indian restaurant, take in the ritual of the afternoon tea and a friendly atmosphere of a traditional English pub.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
5 nights at the elegant Millennium Bailey’s Hotel in Kensington and Chelsea Borough of London; 3 nights at the serene Number Four Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
8 hotel breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2 lunches, including drinks – a la carte, traditional or vegetarian menu
All transportation in London, including unlimited use of London tube and buses and a private bus while exploring the English countryside
Introductory, live-narrated double-decker London bus tour, Blue Badge professional guides at the Tower of London, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, National Gallery of Art, Kew Gardens, Oxford, Roman Baths in Bath, and award-winning audio guided tours at Windsor Castle, Roman Baths in Bath, and Stonehenge
An experienced tour leader, all sightseeing fees and admissions as per itinerary
A West End theater play
A visit to Buckingham Palace
A champagne experience and a panoramic view from the London Eye
A cruise down the Thames River
Full day hiking in the Cotsworlds, including Bibury, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Bourton-on-the-Water
A visit to Stonehenge, the world’s most renowned prehistoric monument
A private airport transfer on arrival and a group airport transfer on departure
All restaurants’, guides’ and drivers’ gratuities.
Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, early hotel check-in, some meals not included in the itinerary, optional tour leader’s gratuities, optional activities not included in the itinerary, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses.
The cost does not include airfare.
Touring the Tower of London
Visiting the Buckingham Palace and Gardens
Cruising on the Thames River
Taking an elegant afternoon tea
Dining at a traditional English pub
British Museum and the National Gallery of Art
Riding the London Eye
Admiring the botanical displays at Kew Gardens
Seeing a play at a West End theatre
Visiting the Windsor Castle, the largest castle in the world
Strolling through colleges in Oxford
Hiking in the fairytale Cotswolds hills
Exploring the prehistoric monuments in Stonehenge
Walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen in Bath
Getting lost in the small-town atmosphere of Stow-on-the-Wold
What Makes This Trip Special
Carefully designed itinerary, including signature England experiences
Knowledgeable private Blue Badge guides and award winning audio tours
Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels
Dining at upscale restaurants, including drinks
Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
A small group of maximum 20 women
Inclusion of all tips and gratuities