Antonelli WW2 Adventure in England V1

Paul and Trish Antonelli

Friday 7th June – Thursday 20th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 7th June - Arrival in Portsmouth

Upon your arrival in Portsmouth after arriving in the Arrivals area you’ll be greeted by your wilderness guide, who will take care of your luggage and introduce you to your knowledgeable local guide before embarking on a captivating exploration of the city’s rich history. Dive deep into the events of World War II at the D-day museum, where tales of bravery and sacrifice come to life. Marvel at the landing craft 7047, emblematic of a significant era. Your guide will lead you to other noteworthy spots, weaving a tapestry of stories that echo through time. After a day filled with historical wonders, you’ll make your way to the serene oasis of Lucknam Park, where tranquillity and luxury await for the next two nights, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of nature’s embrace.

 

Overnight: Costwolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Country Room
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Saturday 8th June - Georgian Bath

On your delightful day trip to Bath, you will immerse yourselves in the allure of historical and Georgian sites that define this charming city. Joined by your Local guide, marvel at the graceful architecture and soak in the ambience of a bygone era as you explore the exquisite landmarks. The day unfolds with a delightful afternoon tea at the iconic Pump Room, where you’ll savour delectable treats in an elegant setting, a quintessentially British experience. Following tea, you’ll step back in time at the Roman Baths, marvelling at the ancient bathing and socializing complex, a testament to the city’s rich heritage. After a day of cultural indulgence, you’ll return to the luxurious embrace of Lucknam Park for your final evening, where you can relish the memories of your adventures in Bath.

 

Overnight: Costwolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Country Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Sunday 9th June - Northern Cotswolds

As you bid farewell to the picturesque city of Bath, join your guide as you take a scenic route north through the captivating landscapes of the Cotswolds. En route, you’ll make a fascinating stop at Chedworth Roman Villa, an ancient archaeological gem tucked amidst the rolling hills. The echoes of history will accompany you as you explore the remarkably preserved ruins, unveiling stories from the Roman era. Continuing your expedition, you’ll pause at the English Civil War site in Stow-on-the-Wold, where the past comes alive amidst the historic battlegrounds. Your adventure through time doesn’t end here; you’ll also visit the charming town of Moreton-in-Marsh, known for its bustling market square and quaint charm. Finally, your day culminates in Broadway, a picturesque village nestled at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment. Here, you’ll unwind at your charming country hotel.

Overnight: Broadway | The Fish
Room Type: Medium Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Monday 10th June - Exploring the Cotswolds

Wake up this morning in the peaceful rural beauty of the Cotswolds. After a leisurely breakfast, join your guide for a scenic walk along the Cotswolds hills. A landscape of green fields and wildflower meadows, tumbling castles and ancient ruins, it is a joy to traverse by foot. Our route will take you through old villages with babbling brooks, past weavers’ cottages with thatched roofs and under the canopy of old deciduous trees. Lunch will be found in the nook of a small village cafe before you continue on our circuit, circling back to Moreton-In-Marsh. Take some time to relax before dinner, perhaps enjoying a deep bubble-filled bath or a glass of fizz in the low-lit, fragrant garden.

Overnight: Broadway | The Fish
Room Type: Medium Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Tuesday 11th June - Blenheim Palace

After a delicious breakfast, join your guide as your day unfolds amidst the grandeur of Blenheim Palace, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the opulent rooms adorned with exquisite art and immerse yourself in the palace’s storied history, surrounded by manicured gardens and serene lakes that stretch as far as the eye can see. After a day of cultural immersion, your journey leads you back into the heart of the countryside, where you’ll find your sanctuary at Thyme in the Cotswolds. This charming retreat nestled amid the rolling hills offers a perfect blend of rustic elegance and modern comfort. With its cosy ambience and farm-to-table dining, Thyme provides an idyllic haven to unwind, savouring the memories of your day at Blenheim Palace and embracing the tranquillity of the Cotswold countryside before your adventures continue.

Overnight: Western Cotswolds | Thyme
Room Type: Cosy Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 12th June - Day at Leisure

Embrace a day of utter relaxation and indulgence during your stay at Thyme in the Cotswolds. Treat yourselves to a free day to immerse yourselves in the luxurious amenities of the hotel’s spa. Picture yourself enveloped in a world of serenity, where the scent of essential oils lingers in the air, and the gentle melody of calming music surrounds you. Pamper your senses with a range of rejuvenating treatments, from soothing massages to invigorating facials, expertly designed to melt away any lingering stress. After a blissful day of wellness, unwind in the tranquil spa garden, where the bubbling sounds of a fountain create a peaceful ambience. This free day at the spa is a perfect interlude, allowing you to rejuvenate your body and mind, ensuring you leave Thyme in the Cotswolds feeling utterly refreshed and revitalized.

Overnight: Western Cotswolds | Thyme
Room Type: Cosy Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday 13th June - Historic Oxford

A captivating day trip to Oxford awaits, where you will be guided by a knowledgeable local expert through the city’s rich tapestry of history and intellect. As you stroll through the hallowed halls of Oxford’s renowned colleges, you’ll immerse yourselves in the scholarly atmosphere that has inspired generations. Your guide will regale you with fascinating anecdotes about famous alumni and the city’s storied past, creating a vivid picture of Oxford’s academic legacy. Your day reaches its pinnacle with a visit to the Bodleian Library, one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful libraries. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore its magnificent reading rooms, adorned with ancient tomes and manuscripts, and feel the weight of centuries of knowledge at your fingertips. As the day concludes, you’ll leave Oxford enriched by its intellectual heritage, a testament to the enduring spirit of learning that permeates this historic city.

Overnight: Western Cotswolds | Thyme
Room Type: Cosy Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Friday 14th June - Windsor Castle and Arrival in London

As you make your way from the picturesque Cotswolds to the bustling city of London, seize the opportunity to explore the regal charm of Windsor. Arriving in this historic town, where the iconic Windsor Castle stands proudly against the skyline. Immerse yourselves in centuries of royal history as you wander through the magnificent halls of the castle, marvelling at the opulent State Apartments and the grandeur of St. George’s Chapel. Admire the intricate architecture and learn about the castle’s significance as an official residence of the British monarchy. The visit offers a glimpse into the lives of kings and queens, creating a memorable prelude to your London adventure. Arriving in the vibrant city of London, bid farewell to your Wilderness Guide and you ready yourself to explore this wonderful city.

Overnight: London | 11 Cadogan Gardens
Room Type: Superior Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Saturday 15th June - Day at Leisure in the City

Waking in the city, indulge in a delightful breakfast and prepare for a day of boundless exploration and leisure in the vibrant city of London. Your morning might begin with a leisurely stroll along the Thames, where the city’s iconic landmarks create a picturesque backdrop. Indulge your senses in the diverse culinary scene, savouring international delicacies in trendy eateries or experiencing traditional British fare in charming pubs.

Overnight: London | 11 Cadogan Gardens
Room Type: Superior Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Sunday 16th June - Exploring the Histories of London

Begin your day in London by meeting your local expert guide for an exclusive journey into history. Your morning unfolds with a private behind-the-glass tour of Churchill’s War Rooms, where you’ll step back in time and witness the nerve centre of Britain’s wartime operations. Absorb the atmosphere of this secret underground bunker, gaining insight into the crucial decisions made during World War II. Following this immersive experience, delve deeper into the city’s wartime past as you explore the World War II exhibits at the British Museum, marvelling at artefacts that tell stories of bravery and resilience. Your day of historical exploration continues at the Imperial War Museum, where vivid exhibitions bring the wartime era to life. With your guide’s expertise, the past comes alive, offering a profound understanding of London’s significant role during World War II, ensuring a day filled with enriching knowledge and poignant reflections.

Overnight: London | 11 Cadogan Gardens
Room Type: Superior Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Monday 17th June - Day at Leisure in the City

Perhaps start your day with a visit to the historic Tower of London, where centuries of royal history and intrigue await. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and explore the ancient architecture of this iconic fortress. Afterwards, wander through the charming neighbourhoods of Notting Hill or Covent Garden, where you can discover quaint boutiques, street performers, and cosy cafes. In the afternoon, delve into London’s art scene by visiting the Tate Modern or the National Gallery, both housing world-class collections spanning various art movements.

Overnight: London | 11 Cadogan Gardens
Room Type: Superior Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Tuesday 18th June - Tour of City

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 revitalization 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.

Overnight: London | 11 Cadogan Gardens
Room Type: Superior Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Wednesday 19th June - Day at Leisure in the City

Perhaps start with a royal exploration at Kensington Palace, once home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, and stroll through the picturesque Kensington Gardens. In the afternoon, embark on a relaxing Thames River cruise, allowing you to see London’s iconic landmarks from a different perspective. Admire the London Eye, the Shard, and the Houses of Parliament as you glide along the river.

Overnight: London | 11 Cadogan Gardens
Room Type: Superior Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 - Thursday 20th June - Departure

As your time in this captivating destination comes to a close, meet your private transfer for a seamless journey to the airport, marking the end of your memorable adventure. With the comfort of a private vehicle, you relax and reflect on the cherished moments you’ve experienced together. The familiar sights of the city pass by one last time, each one holding a special memory from your journey in England.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 14
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable UK qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 8, Day 10 and Day 12
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 8, Day 10, Day 12 and Day 14
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip Day 1 to Day 8, Day 10 and Day 12
  • 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
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Pricing:

The NET EXC VAT price for this itinerary, based on 2 clients with the rooms categories above:

  • £23,300 GBP
  • This includes a £12 per person conservation & community contribution which can be opted out of if wished, please see notes below.

Conservation & Community Contribution

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

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