SAMPLE - Luxury England Holiday

Mrs Test Testerson

Summer 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Overview

Enjoy exploring the heart of England on this incredible 15-day, carefully crafted adventure. From the stunning Georgian architecture of Bath to the spectacular views from the ridgeline of Malvern Hills – enjoy the gorgeous and diverse beauty of the Cotswolds. Joined by an expert guide, learn more about the region’s fascinating history and rich cultural heritage, visiting Avebury Standing Stones and Bristol’s Cliffton Suspension Bridge. After enjoying the peaceful tranquillity of the Cotswolds and its many pretty villages of honey-coloured stone, head into the bustling metropolis of London to join an exceptional guide to discover the iconic and the unexpected. From afternoons spent in the sunshine watching cricket to punting down a river in Cambridge, enjoy a wonderful trip in southern England where every detail has been meticulously taken care of.

Highlights

  • Steer a narrowboat along the canals around Bath
  • Visit Stratford Upon Avon where Shakespeare was born
  • Get off the tourist path in London to visit places you have never been to before

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to London

On arrival at Heathrow, meet the VIP team and be whisked seamlessly through arrivals to the awaiting transfer. From here, head into the city and check into your hotel, ready to meet up with friends and spend a relaxing couple of days in the city.

 

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: x2 Superior Rooms
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: SAMPLE | Flight Number: SAMPLE
Departure Airport: SAMPLE Arrival Airport: London Heathrow (LHR) | Arrival Time: 15:00

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Fastrack VIP Heathrow
Pick Up Location: Airplane side | Pick Up Time: 15:35
Phone: +44 (0) 333 305 8799

Meet & Greet, immigration assistance and hotel transfer.

The representative will meet you at the step of the plane, where the air bridge meets the terminal. The rep will bring a trolley and assist with luggage. Rep will escort you through the priority/fast track immigration line and transfer you to your luxury hotel.

Day 2 - Free Day London

Spend time with your friends in London today before setting off on your Cotswold adventure tomorrow. You may like to visit one of the city’s excellent museums, thread your way through a vintage market, or take a stroll through the deep green woodlands of Hampstead Heath. With many delicious cafes and restaurants around every corner, there are plenty of places to pause amidst the hustle and bustle for a cool drink and a bite to eat.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: x2 Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Avebury Standing Stones & Bath

A private transfer will collect you from your hotel this morning so you may begin your adventure into the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds. Visit the fascinating site of Avebury – a collection of ancient stone circles and neolithic burial sites. Here, meet your host and guide and set off to explore this incredible landscape. Afterwards, transfer to the architecturally stunning city of Bath and settle into your elegant hotel.

 

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: x2 Deluxe Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Luggage Transfer - Hawk Couriers
Pick Up Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel | Pick Up Time: 10:00

Your luggage will be collected from your hotel in Bath and transferred to Broadway in time for your arrival.

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: London Chauffeur Company
Pick Up Location: Mandarin Oriental | Pick Up Time: 09:30 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)20 3637 4557

Your driver will meet you at reception and take you to Avebury to meet your Guide.

Day 3 - Guide Details - Jeremy Martin Read More +

Name: Jeremy Martin
Contact Number: 0000000000
Meeting Place: The Red Lion, Avebury | Meeting Time: 12:30

Your guide will meet you at The Red Lion where you will have lunch and together you will then head off to meet your local expert guide and explore Avebury Stone Circles.

Drive time from Avebury to Bath is approximately 1 hour.

Day 4 - Cruising the Canal & Tour of the Royal Crescent

The ancient city of Bath is well known for its Roman Baths and beautiful Georgian architecture. Today, enjoy exploring the city by canal boat, cruising down the city’s historic waterways and steering through locks and around gentle bends as the canal twists and turns through the ever-changing countryside. Stop for a pub lunch or enjoy a delicious picnic on board. In the late afternoon, meet your guide and enjoy a private out-of-hours tour of No 1 Royal Crescent, discovering what life was like for the fashionable Bathonians of the 18th century.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: x2 Deluxe Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Private Out of Hours Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Out of Hours Tour
Start Location: No.1 Royal Crescent Museum | Start Time: 17:30
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Day 5 - Exploring Bath

Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, enjoy another day of exploring Bath. Enjoy a private tour of the Abbey Clock Tower, climbing the 212 steps to the top and enjoying a glass of something cold and bubbly as you admire the fantastic views. Visit the Roman Baths and enjoy an afternoon of exploring the secret nooks and crannies of the city only known by locals. Pop into some of the wonderful book and antique shops before relaxing back at your hotel this evening.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: x2 Deluxe Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Morning Walk & Arrive in Bristol

This morning, set out to the southern Cotswolds for a lovely hike. Enjoy the crunch of the earth beneath your boots and the bright, melodic sound of birdsong as you ribbon your way through the peaceful countryside. Afterwards,  transfer to Bristol and enjoy lunch with views of the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge. Explore some of the city’s quirky shops before sitting down to dinner at a delicious restaurant and then returning to Bath.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.
Drive time from Bath to Bristol is approximately 45 minutes. 

Overnight: Bath | The Royal Crescent
Room Type: x2 Deluxe Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Tetbury, Chedworth Roman Villa & Broadway

Depart Bath behind this morning and enjoy a scenic drive through the heart of the Cotswolds. En route to your accommodation in the pretty town of Broadway, stop in the charming village of Tetbury and explore its myriad of amazing antique shops. Afterwards, head to the ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa, rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago. Bring your day to a close by exploring Sudeley Castle and meeting an expert guide for a tour of the family apartments, castle and gardens. Settle into your lovely hotel this evening, which will be your base for the next four nights.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.
Drive time from Bath to Broadway is approximately 1hr 45 minutes. 

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: x2 Courtyard Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - After Hours Tour Read More +

Activity: After Hours Tour
Sudeley Castle:
Start Location: Sudeley Castle | Start Time: 16:00
Phone: +44 (0)1242 604 244

Day 7 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Luggage Transfer - Hawk Couriers
Pick Up Location: Royal Crescent, Bath | Pick Up Time: 10:00

Your luggage will be collected from your hotel in Bath and transferred to Broadway in time for your arrival.

Day 8 - Hiking in the Ancient Malvern Hills

Head out for a walk up Malvern Hills today, which are formed by some of the most ancient rocks in all of England. These hills are well known for their pure spring water (which was the only water her late Majesty the Queen used to drink) as well as the breathtaking views from the ridgeline. After your hike, enjoy lunch in Great Malvern before visiting the unconventional home of Charles Wade – the architect famous for building a model Cornish fishing village that attracted visits from both Queen Mary and Virginia Woolf.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: x2 Courtyard Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Exploring Stratford-upon-Avon

Spend the day exploring the home of William Shakespeare as you head north to the pretty town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy a private tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre with an expert guide. This pretty village is also home to many small, independent shops, which are perfect for seeking out hidden treasures. Later this afternoon, enjoy a decadent afternoon tea before heading onto the water to enjoy a riverboat cruise.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.
Drive time from Broadway to Stratford is approximately 30 minutes. 

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: x2 Courtyard Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Broadway Tower and Cricket

Enjoy a hike up to Broadway Tower this morning for its famous view of all five counties of the Cotswolds. After your walk, head to the hallowed grounds of Edgbaston to experience a true English spectacle – a cricket match. This is sure to be a fantastic day out as we listen for the thud of leather against willow and the roar of the Barmy Army as England storms to victory (we hope!).

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.
Drive time from Broadway to Edgbaston is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: x2 Courtyard Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Blenheim Palace & Return to London

Depart the tranquillity of the Cotswolds today and return to London. Before arriving back in the buzzing metropolis, stop to visit Blenheim Palace. Built between 1705 and 1722, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. With ornate interiors – where every portrait, tapestry and furnishing has a story – enjoy a private tour before a stroll around the meticulously curated and expansive grounds. Your guide will drop you at your London hotel in the late afternoon, giving you some time to relax before dinner.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.
Drive time from Broadway to Blenheim Palace is approximately 45 minutes. 

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: x2 Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: London Chauffeur Company
Pick Up Location: Blenheim Palace | Pick Up Time: 16:30 | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3637 4557

Your private chauffeur will collect you from Blenheim Palace and take you back to London while your guide returns the vehicle and will join you in London in the morning.

Day 11 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Luggage Transfer - Hawk Couriers
Pick Up Location: Dormy House Hotel | Pick Up Time: 10:00

They will collect your luggage from your hotel and take it to the Mandarin Oriental ready for when you arrive.

Day 12 - Walking Tour of the Capital

Meet your Blue Badge Guide in the foyer of your hotel today and head out for a fantastic walking tour of London. Where every corner, cobblestone and cloister is imbued with history, discover the world-famous and the unexpected. Explore Eltham Palace and the Greenwich Royal Observatory, learning more about the stories of the city. Enjoy getting off the beaten track without having to worry about directions – discovering hidden gems and secret spots.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: x2 Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Guide Details - Blue Badge Guide Read More +

Name: Blue Badge Guide
Contact Number: 000000000
Meeting Place: Mandarin Oriental | Meeting Time: 09:30

Your guide will be with you today as well as you explore more of the city with the Blue Badge Guide.

Day 13 - Soho Markets

Today, head to Walthamstow, northeast London, where very few tourists visit. The name comes from ‘Wilcumstow’, which means the place where people are welcome. A vibrant and multicultural neighbourhood, here you can find an incredible market and food from around the world. Joined by your guide, who has lived here for 25 years, enjoy a real insider tour. Walthamstow’s urban landscape is punctuated with great street art and inspirational community gardening which has won many gold medals in Royal Horticultural Society competitions. Head back into central London this afternoon and relax.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: x2 Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Guide Details - Walthamstow Guide Read More +

Name: Walthamstow Guide
Contact Number: 000000000
Meeting Place: Mandarin Oriental | Meeting Time: 09:30

Your guide will still be on hand when you meet your expert local Walthamstow guide.

Day 14 - The East End and Kings Cross

After breakfast, head east into London’s financial centre (The Wall Street of London). Here, the ruins of the historic Roman London are now surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers. The contrast between the old and the new is fascinating, with the street-scapes changing every time you turn a corner. After exploring, visit the East End, a dramatic change from the glamour of the corporate centre. Your guide will point out the homes and studios of well-known artists and actors as you meander down the old streets of Spitalfields. Bring your day out to a close by visiting Kings Cross Station and learning about its impressive transformation. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner.

Your guide will arrange a meeting time with you the night before.

Overnight: London | Mandarin Oriental
Room Type: x2 Superior Rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Guide Details - Expert Local Guide Read More +

Name: Expert Local Guide
Meeting Place: Mandarin Oriental | Meeting Time: 09:30

Your guide will still be on hand when you meet your expert local guide.

Day 15 - Depart London

A private transfer will collect you from your hotel and take you back to Heathrow in time for your flight home, taking with you happy memories of a wonderful vacation in the heart of England.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Fastrack VIP Heathrow
Pick Up Location: Mandarin Oriental | Pick Up Time: 13:30
Phone: +44 (0)333 305 8799

You will bid farewell to your guide this morning.

Your private transfer will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you to the airport where you will meet your VIP representative who will escort you to check in and through immigration.  Your representative will escort you to your lounge and will be on hand should you need anything.  Your representative will then assist you through to the gate.

Day 15 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: SAMPLE | Flight Number: SAMPLE
Departure Airport: London Heathrow (LHR) | Departure Time: 17:15
Arrival Airport: SAMPLE | Arrival Time: 19:50

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 15
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 14
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 14
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • Expert guide at Avebury Stone Circles
    • Private hire of a narrowboat in Bath
    • Private tour of the Abbey Clock Tower
    • Expert city guide in Bath
    • Out of hours tour at No 1 Royal Crescent
    • Private tour of Sudeley Castle
    • Private tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company
    • Afternoon Tea in Stratford
    • Tickets to a cricket match
    • Private tour of Blenheim Palace
    • London Blue Badge Guide
    • Walthamstow Guide
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour 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
  • Activities are only private if specifically stated

 

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – May in England can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

 

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness England):  +44 (0)1768 721 210, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7766 794 640 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

Pricing Read More

Pricing:

The NET price for this itinerary is based on 4 clients on a twin-share basis, and includes a £12 per person conservation contribution :

  • £18,407 GBP per person

Conservation Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

Click here for more information.

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Accommodation

Mandarin Oriental

66 Knightsbridge | London |
SW1X 7LA | England
Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 2000
Web: mandarinoriental.com/en/london

The Royal Crescent

16 Royal Crescent | Bath |
BA1 2LS | England
Phone: +44 (0) 1225 823333
Web: royalcrescent.co.uk

Dormy House Hotel & Spa

Willersey Hill | Broadway |
WR12 7LF | England
Phone: 01386 852711
Web: dormyhouse.co.uk


Meet Your Guide

Jeremy Martin

Contact Number: 000000000000

My mum and dad were founding members of the “Rangiora Tramping Club” in New Zealand, so I grew up spending most of my weekends in the hills and valleys of Arthur’s Pass and other wild parts of New Zealand. At high school my mates and I taught ourselves to kayak by putting our boats in the school pool at lunch time and figuring it out.

Since then I’ve been working as a guide and instructor in New Zealand, Scotland, Turkey and other beautiful places.