Mandee Stephens in London and The Cotswolds

Friday 16th August – Saturday 24th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 16th August - Welcome to London

On arrival in London, transfer to your centrally located hotel and take some time to relax ahead of your first evening in England. An unmissable destination for travellers, the capital city is an international melting pot that brims with culture, history and iconic landmarks.

Depending on your arrival time, indulge in a relaxing and quintessentially British experience with Afternoon Tea at the iconic Savoy Hotel. Savour delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and an array of exquisite pastries, all served in the elegant surroundings of this historic establishment.

With a well-known and well-deserved reputation for an eclectic and globally diverse food scene, your dinner this evening is sure to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair. Later, draw the curtains on the twinkling lights of the city to enjoy a good night’s sleep ahead of an exciting day of exploring tomorrow.

Overnight: London | The Henrietta
Room Type: Saint Paul Executive Room as Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Saturday 17th August - Mini Cooper Tour and Taylor Swift

This morning your driver will meet you at your hotel to tour the city in a classic Mini Cooper, a symbol of British heritage. Your expert driver-guide becomes your storyteller, weaving tales of London’s transformations over the past few decades. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip through the charming streets, passing by historic landmarks and trendy districts. Listen intently as your guide shares captivating stories about the city’s changing skyline, from the revitalisation of the East End to the evolution of London’s iconic landmarks like the Shard and the Gherkin. This immersive experience not only offers a thrilling ride but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the dynamic narrative of London’s recent history, making your journey through the city’s streets truly unforgettable.

Later on, your private transfer will whisk you to Wembley Stadium for a night of Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour. Your private transfer will return you to the hotel after the show.

Overnight: London | The Henrietta
Room Type: Saint Paul Executive Room as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Sunday 18th August - Historical London

This morning, explore the home of Royals for over 300 years, including the birthplace of Queen Victoria and follow in her footsteps. Stepping into the grandeur of royal history. Walking through the ornate halls and lush gardens, be captivated by the stories of kings and queens that once graced these grounds. With a sense of regal charm absorb the atmosphere and delights of the palace and leave in awe of the palace’s magnificence. Later on, meet your local expert guide and embark on a captivating journey through the Tower of London, a fortress shrouded in mystery and majesty. Led by your knowledgeable guide, traverse its labyrinthine passageways, each echoing with centuries-old stories. Immerse yourself in the dramatic tales of monarchs and traitors, as the history of England unfolds before your eyes. Behold the dazzling Crown Jewels, a breathtaking display of royal opulence and tradition and pause to reflect on the enduring legacy of this formidable stronghold, a testament to the triumphs and tribulations of the nation.

Overnight: London | The Henrietta
Room Type: Saint Paul Executive Room as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Monday 19th August - Foodie Tour and Afternoon of Leisure

This morning, enjoy a private foodie tour of Borough Market, where you’ll savour artisanal cheeses, freshly baked breads, and gourmet chocolates from acclaimed local vendors. Guided by a culinary expert, you’ll discover the market’s rich history and hidden gems, tasting a curated selection of seasonal delights. The experience culminates with a bespoke tasting session featuring premium wines and craft beers, perfectly paired with handpicked delicacies.

Later on, the afternoon is yours to search for treasures inside London’s many shops. Perhaps venture into Liberties Tudor revival building, the iconic Carnaby Street of Soho or hunt for luxuries on Bond Street. Visit the home of bespoke tailoring on Savile Row or explore the historically prominent Harrods and Regent Streets flagships. Return to your hotel with your treasure trove and spend the evening relaxing.

Overnight: London | The Henrietta
Room Type: Saint Paul Executive Room as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Tuesday 20th August - London to the Cotswolds

This morning leave the bustling metropolis of London behind and head west into the Cotswolds – a region cherished for its pastoral charm, pretty villages, flower-rich limestone grassland and deep incised valleys. The inspiration for many works of art and literature, including Beatrix Potter, J.R.R Tolkien and Laurie Lee, it’s a pretty and interesting place to explore. Arrive at a beautiful, traditional country inn tucked in the heat of a picturesque village and take some time to settle in. Perhaps enjoy a stroll in the warm afternoon light, before enjoying dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Overnight: Broadway | The Lygon Arms
Room Type: Main House Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Wednesday 21st August - Quintessential Villages

Spend a charming day in the Cotswolds, beginning with a leisurely stroll through the picturesque village of Bibury, known for its idyllic stone cottages and the serene River Coln. Visit Arlington Row, one of the most photographed spots in England, and enjoy a morning coffee at a cozy café overlooking the river. Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, where you can wander along its scenic low bridges and quaint streets, stopping at traditional tea rooms and exploring the local shops.

In the afternoon, head to Stow-on-the-Wold, a market town with a rich history and a vibrant array of antique shops and boutiques. Take a break for lunch at one of the charming pubs or restaurants, sampling local specialties such as Cotswold lamb or Gloucestershire cheese.

Overnight: Broadway | The Lygon Arms
Room Type: Main House Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday 22nd August - Broadway Tower and Arboretums

Spend a delightful morning at Broadway Tower, marveling at the stunning panoramic views of the Cotswolds from this iconic 18th-century folly. Explore the tower’s historical exhibitions and enjoy a leisurely walk through the surrounding picturesque grounds, perhaps spotting some of the resident red deer.

Spend your afternoon in a tranquil visit to Batsford Arboretum, nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds. As you enter, you’re greeted by a riot of colours from the diverse collection of trees and plants, with winding paths leading you through serene landscapes filled with majestic maples, vibrant acers, and delicate cherry blossoms. Enjoy the peaceful water features and gentle birdsong as you wander through the Japanese Garden, featuring intricate bridges, stone lanterns, and koi-filled ponds.

Overnight: Broadway | The Lygon Arms
Room Type: Main House Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Friday 23rd August - Blenheim Palace

Spend a captivating day at Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Begin your visit by touring the opulent state rooms, adorned with priceless art and tapestries, and learning about the palace’s rich history through interactive exhibits. Stroll through the meticulously landscaped gardens, featuring the majestic Water Terraces, the serene Rose Garden, and the enchanting Secret Garden. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the café, overlooking the stunning grounds. In the afternoon, explore the extensive parkland, perhaps taking a ride on the miniature train or visiting the Butterfly House. End your visit with a relaxing walk around the Great Lake, soaking in the breathtaking views of this grand estate.

Head back to your accommodation to spend your last night in the Cotswolds.

Overnight: Broadway | The Lygon Arms
Room Type: Main House Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Saturday 24th August - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections to Paris. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 8 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 2 to Day 4 and Day 6 to Day 8 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
  • Private Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • Private Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private transfer to Taylor Swift concert and return to hotel
    • Private 2 hour Mini Cooper Tour around the city
    • Afternoon Tea
    • Entry to Kensington Palace
    • Entry to the Tower of London and tour with private local guide
    • Private foodie tour of Borough Market
    • Entry to Broadway Tower tour with private local guide
    • Entry to Batsford Arboretum tour with private local guide
    • Entry to Blenheim Palace tour with private local guide
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed.
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision.
  • Activities are only private if so specified
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.
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