Suzanne's England Adventure

Friday 12th July – Sunday 28th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights

Highlights

  • Admire the turquoise waters of Cornwall and it's botanical gardens
  • Experience the timeless allure of Downton Abbey locations
  • Delve into the history and marvel at the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds
  • Explore the historic streets of York

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 12th July - Welcome to London

On arrival in London, your private transfer will be waiting to whisk you off 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. 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 Kensington Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King

Day 2 - Saturday 13th July - Life of a Royal

This morning, meet your local expert guide and start with a visit to the Tower of London on a journey through centuries of British history. Marvel at the Crown Jewels, explore ancient battlements, and descend into the eerie chambers where prisoners were once held. Then, move on to Westminster Abbey, where grand gothic architecture and intricate stained glass windows create an atmosphere of reverence. Follow your guide through halls housing the final resting places of kings, queens, and literary giants. Pause at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, a poignant reminder of sacrifice. As you leave, you’re left with a profound sense of the intertwined stories that have shaped British culture and history.

Overnight: London | The Kensington Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Sunday 14th July - Exploring Downton Abbey Delights

Embark on a guided day exploring Downton Abbey locations in London, immersing yourself in the elegant world of the Crawley family and their esteemed estate. With your guide, walk along the picturesque streets of Mayfair, where the Crawleys often frequented social events and fashionable clubs. Stop by Claridge’s, the luxurious hotel where Lady Mary and Lady Edith dined and danced. Indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea at a charming tea room, reminiscent of the elegant gatherings hosted by the Crawley family. Savour delicate sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of fine teas. Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park, reflecting on the timeless allure of Downton Abbey and the enduring legacy of its captivating characters. As the day draws to a close, you carry with you memories of a quintessentially British experience, steeped in history, culture, and elegance.

Please note: Afternoon tea at Claridge’s is included

Overnight: London | The Kensington Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Monday 15th July - South to Cornish Waters

Embark on a scenic flight from London to Newquay in Cornwall, a journey that promises breathtaking views from start to finish. As the plane ascends, the sprawling cityscape of London gradually gives way to the patchwork fields and rolling hills of the English countryside below. Soon, the glistening expanse of the Atlantic Ocean comes into view, its azure waters stretching endlessly towards the horizon. From above, you catch glimpses of sandy beaches fringed by rugged cliffs, where waves crash against the shore in a mesmerising dance. Finally, as the aircraft descends towards Newquay, anticipation builds for the adventures awaiting you amidst Cornwall’s coastal splendour. Take time this afternoon to settle into your accommodation.

Overnight: Padstow | Padstow Harbour Hotel
Room Type: Standard Garden Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Tuesday 16th July - Tintagel Castle

Today, embark on a mystical journey to Tintagel, where the legends of King Arthur come to life amidst rugged cliffs and crashing waves. Explore Tintagel Castle, perched dramatically atop the cliffside, where Arthur is said to have been conceived, and traverse the iconic Castle Bridge for panoramic views of the wild Cornish coastline. Feel the sea breeze as you cross the chasm, transported back in time to an era of chivalry and magic. Pause to absorb the breathtaking scenery, with waves crashing against jagged rocks and seabirds wheeling overhead, inspiring countless tales of knights and quests for the Holy Grail. Bid farewell and enjoy the scenic coastal journey back to the heart of Padstow.

Overnight: Padstow | Padstow Harbour Hotel
Room Type: Standard Garden Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 17th July - Padstow Fishing Trip and Afternoon of Exploration

This morning, embark on a delightful day in Padstow, a picturesque fishing village along Cornwall’s rugged coastline. Head to the bustling harbour to board a traditional fishing boat. Glide across the turquoise waters, guided by a local skipper, and keep watch for playful seals and diving seabirds. Drop anchor at secluded coves to try your hand at fishing, feeling the thrill of reeling in your catch amidst the tranquility of the pristine surroundings. Once you’ve disembarked back onto the town, spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Wander through its charming streets, indulge in local delicacies, and then return to your hotel with memories of a quintessentially Cornish experience, enriched by the beauty of the coastline and the warmth of local hospitality.

Overnight: Padstow | Padstow Harbour Hotel
Room Type: Standard Garden Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday 18th July - Glorious Gardens and St Michaels Mount

Today, embark on a tranquil escape to Trebah Gardens, a botanical paradise nestled in the heart of Cornwall’s lush landscape. Spend the morning surrounded by the vibrant hues of exotic flora, with towering palms, cascading ferns, and fragrant blooms beckoning you to explore further. Meander along winding pathways that lead you through ancient woodlands, past serene ponds, and down to the secluded beachfront, where the crystal-clear waters of the Helford River await. Pause to admire the majestic tree ferns, towering rhododendrons, and delicate camellias that thrive in this subtropical oasis, each species adding its own unique charm to the tapestry of colours and textures.  As you wander deeper into the garden, discover hidden glades and quiet corners where you can pause to reflect and connect with nature.

Later this afternoon, journey South to St. Michael’s Mount and step into a fairytale, with its castle-crowned island rising from the sea. Cross the tidal path with waves lapping the shore and take the opportunity to ascend the ancient castle for panoramic views of the coastline.

Overnight: Padstow | Padstow Harbour Hotel
Room Type: Standard Garden Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Friday 19th July - Stopover in Exeter

This morning, leave Cornwall behind and begin your journey North into Devon. Upon arrival into Exeter, begin with a visit to Exeter Cathedral, where medieval architecture and serene beauty captivate in the longest, continuous medieval stone vault in the world. This afternoon, wander through the city’s historic streets, pausing to admire landmarks like the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the medieval Guildhall. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a cozy cafe, followed by a stroll along the picturesque Exeter Quay. Conclude with a moment of tranquility in one of Exeter’s lush parks or gardens, reflecting on the city’s rich heritage and warm hospitality before closing the curtains with much anticipation for the adventures ahead.

Overnight: Exeter | Southernhay House
Room Type: Comfy Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Saturday 20th July - Welcome to the Cotswolds

As you travel further North this morning, enter the rolling hills of The Cotswolds. Start your journey by visiting Lacock, a quintessential English village steeped in Downton Abbey’s charm. Begin by wandering its cobblestone streets, flanked by historic stone cottages, before visiting Lacock Abbey, where you’ll explore grand halls and tranquil gardens reminiscent of the Crawley family’s estate. Discover the abbey’s cloisters and corridors, featured in the series, then visit the village church, where pivotal scenes were filmed. For lunch, indulge in a traditional English meal at a local pub, soaking in the idyllic ambiance. Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll and arrive at your hotel nestled in the countryside, reflecting on the timeless allure of Downton Abbey in this enchanting setting.

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

Day 10 - Sunday 21st July - Historic Cotswolds

Embark on a picturesque journey through the Cotswolds, where charming villages and ancient history await. Begin your day by meandering through idyllic villages like Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Castle Combe, each boasting honey-coloured cottages, quaint shops, and blooming gardens that epitomise English countryside charm. Pause to admire the historic architecture and soak in the serene ambiance of these timeless hamlets. Then, venture to Chedworth Roman Villa, nestled amidst rolling hills, where you’ll uncover the remnants of a once-grand Roman estate. Explore the well-preserved mosaic floors, intricate bathhouse ruins, and immersive exhibits that offer a fascinating glimpse into life in Roman Britain. As the day draws to a close, reflect on the beauty and history you’ve encountered in the Cotswolds, leaving with memories of a quintessentially English experience.

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

Day 11 - Monday 22nd July - Welcome to the Lake District

Today you’ll enjoy a scenic journey from the Cotswolds to the Lake District, with a stop at Tatton Park along the way. Explore the Georgian mansion and lush gardens of Tatton Park before continuing through the rolling hills and charming villages of the English countryside. Admire the scenic beauty of the Peak District National Park before arriving in the Lake District, where shimmering lakes and towering peaks await. Settle into your accommodation amidst the stunning scenery and reflect on the journey as you prepare for the adventures that lie ahead in the Lake District.

Overnight: Ambleside | Langdale Hotel & Spa
Room Type: Roomy Signature Lakeside Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Tuesday 23rd July - Lake Windermere

Savor a day of tranquility and adventure at Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of the Lake District. Begin by cruising along the serene waters aboard a traditional steamboat, soaking in panoramic views of lush green hillsides and mist-shrouded peaks. Pause to explore quaint lakeside villages like Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, where charming shops and cozy cafes beckon. Embark on a leisurely lakeside walk or take to the water with a kayak or paddleboard, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. As the day draws to a close, watch the sun set over the tranquil waters, casting a golden glow upon the horizon and leaving you with memories of a day well spent in this idyllic corner of England.

Overnight: Ambleside | Langdale Hotel & Spa
Room Type: Roomy Signature Lakeside Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Wednesday 24th July - Lake District Literature, Ambleside and travel to York

Step into the literary world of William and Dorothy Wordsworth with a visit to their home, Dove Cottage, where the Lake District played muse to these iconic writers. Immerse yourself in the ambience that shaped their creative endeavours, gaining insights into their writing style and the profound influence of the surrounding landscapes. Afterwards, indulge in a tasting of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, a local delight, before a leisurely lunch in the charming town of Ambleside. Post-indulgence, take a tranquil stroll around the scenic shores of Windermere, soaking in the natural beauty.

After a day filled with literary and scenic delights in the heart of the Lake District, meet your guide to journey East to the city of York. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and enjoy a delectable dinner before a day of exploring the city tomorrow.

Overnight: York | The Grand
Room Type: Classic Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Thursday 25th July - Exploring Historic York

Embark on a captivating journey through historic York, where tales of centuries past intertwine with the bustling energy of modern life. Begin your day by wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets of the city center, pausing to admire the majestic beauty of York Minster, a towering Gothic cathedral that dominates the skyline. Treat yourself to a lunch of local tastings at one of York’s charming cafes or traditional pubs, sampling regional specialties such as Yorkshire pudding and artisanal cheeses. Afterwards, stroll along the city walls, which offer panoramic views of York’s charming rooftops and the picturesque River Ouse winding through the landscape. Conclude your day immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Shambles, filled with quaint shops, cozy cafes, and bustling markets, leaving with memories of a city steeped in tradition and alive with the spirit of adventure.

Overnight: York | The Grand
Room Type: Classic Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 15 - Friday 26th July - Transfer to London and Afternoon of Leisure

This morning, the train journey from York to London unfolds with serene countryside vistas giving way to industrial landscapes before culminating in the bustling skyline of the capital. Passing through quaint villages and rolling hills, the rhythmic motion of the train creates a tranquil ambiance perfect for relaxation. Before long, you’ll arrive into London’s King’s Cross, where a private transfer will take you to your city centre hotel. This afternoon is yours to spend as you please.

Overnight: London | The Kensington Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16 - Saturday 27th July - Kew Gardens

As you continue your exploration of London, meet your expert local guide and start the morning with a trip to the enchanting Kew Palace and Royal Botanical Gardens. Cruise down the Thames, through a number Boroughs for a scenic sail past river round islands and stately homes before your arrival. Step back in time as you wander through the palace halls, once a beloved retreat for King George III and his family. Then, immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Royal Botanical Gardens, where lush greenery and vibrant blooms paint a picture of natural beauty. In the early evening, board your traditional Thames boat for the return journey where your guide will leave you at the hotel for a relaxing evening.

Overnight: London | The Kensington Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 17 - Sunday 28th July - Depart

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 16 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 1 to Day 17 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
  • 1st Class train tickets from York to London
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entry to the Tower of London and tour with a private local guide
    • Entry to the Westminster Abbey and tour with a private local guide
    • Entry to Tintagel Castle and Bridge
    • 4 hour Fishing trip with local skipper
    • Entry to Trebah botanical gardens
    • Entry to St Michaels Mount
    • Entry to Exeter Cathedral
    • Entry to Lacock Abbey
    • Entry to Chedworth Villa
    • Entry to Tatton Park
    • Steamer boat cruise on Lake Windermere
    • Entry to Dove Cottage
    • Entry to York Minster
    • Entry to Kew Gardens with return Thames ferry
  • 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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