Tyndall's Explorations in England

Monday 21st October – Saturday 2nd November 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 21st October - Welcome To The UK! Meet Your Guide & Head to Oxford.

On arrival at Heathrow you will be met by your private guide (who will also act as your driver for your time together) and together you will head to Oxford. Depending on your time of arrival you may be able to divert to visit Bletchley Park on route. Here you can step back into time to the unique world of the Allied Code Breakers of WW2. Then your guide will take you onward to the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ to settle into your welcoming hotel.

Overnight: Oxford | Old Bank Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Tuesday 22nd October - Exploring The Literary History of The City Of Dreaming Spires

This morning a local expert city guide will take you on a fascinating private walking tour of Oxford’s old town, focusing on the haunts and inspirations of CS Lewis. Discover iconic buildings such as the historic Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, where countless treasures of knowledge await. Pause for a moment of reflection at the Radcliffe Camera, and wander through the enchanting cobbled streets of the city centre. Hear the tales of the famous authors who lived here in surrounded by this unique academic architecture.

See the site of The Eagle And Child, where CS Lewis used to meet with other writers. Unfortunately this is not currently open, so enjoy a traditional pub lunch in a nearby charming establishment. Your guide will share some of their favourite local hidden gems with you this afternoon.

Finish the day with a serene river cruise, finishing with a delicious dinner in a riverside restaurant. The perfect end to the day.

Overnight: Oxford | Old Bank Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Wednesday 23rd October - Return To London & Meet Your Group

Your guide will take you into London this morning. If there is time then you can visit Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens before your guide departs before lunch. This afternoon you will meet up with your Group for your self-arranged tour.

Note: IF the Magna Carta is back on display in The British Library, then you can visit there this morning. It is currently not on show however.

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Thursday 24th October - Self-Arranged

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 5 - Friday 25th October - Self-Arranged

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 6 - Saturday 26th October - Self-Arranged

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 7 - Sunday 27th October - Self-Arranged

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 8 - Monday 28th October - Self-Arranged

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 9 - Tuesday 29th October - Self-Arranged

Overnight: Self-Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 10 - Wednesday 30th October - Morning With Your Group. Afternoon St Paul's

Your self-arranged tour finishes this morning and after lunch you make your way to St Paul’s Cathedral. Here you will enjoy a private tour, discovering areas of the cathedral not typically open to the public and layers of the religious history which has blossomed here. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish.

Overnight: London | Ham Yard Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Terrace Room
Meals Included: None

Day 11 - Thursday 31st October - Westminster Abbey, Churchill War Rooms & Iconic London

Your private expert city guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and together you will head to Westminster Abbey. This iconic Royal Church is a World Heritage Site and has witnessed many historic events over its thousand years of history. Soak in the unique spiritual atmosphere and stories as you explore with your guide. If possible you will take a tour with one of the Vergers to get a unique perspective, and access to some areas not open to general visitors.

Then explore the fascinating Churchill War Rooms. Get a glimpse of the private life of this giant personality as he lived through the Blitz and ruled the country from underground. See the desk where Churchill gave his famous speeches and imagine yourself in these unique secret headquarters in the most desperate of times.

Heading back outside you can admire the well known face of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, where the decisions of the nation are taken. This afternoon is flexible and your private guide will personalise your explorations to your interest.

Notes:

  • Verger’s Tours of Westminster Abbey cannot be confirmed before the day. If not available, then your knowledgeable private guide will take you round.
  • Houses Of Parliament are currently not open to the public in October. If this changes then you will take a tour inside.

Overnight: London | Ham Yard Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Terrace Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Friday 1st November - Kensington Palace & Gardens, Afternoon Shopping Explorations

Stepping into Kensington Palace feels like entering a regal time capsule, where history whispers from every corner. Your private expert city guide will share with you the tales of the elegant architecture, evoking a sense of grandeur which is certainly fit for royalty. Walking through the opulent State Rooms, one can almost envision the dramas and triumphs of past monarchs.

This is reflected in the varied sections of the generous gardens, from statues and a carefully curated sunken garden to relaxed wildflower meadows. You are sure to be charmed by the views as well as the stories of ‘Nanny’s Walk’ and Queen Anne’s Orangery.

This afternoon enjoy a change of pace as your guide takes you to some of the more unique shopping available in this cosmopolitan city. Check out some local markets and discover small boutiques tucked away from the main thoroughfares. Your guide will customise the day to your interests.

Overnight: London | Ham Yard Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Terrace Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Saturday 2nd November - 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
  • 5 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Some meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide-host from Day 1 to Day 3 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide while you are with them on Days 1-3
  • Private Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Admission to Bletchley Park
    • Private Walking Tour of Oxford with Expert City Guide
      • Focused on CS Lewis
      • Includes entry to Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral & 1 other entry fee as per interest
    • River Cruise in Oxford (approx 40 mins cruise)
      • Includes dinner in The Folly Riverside Restaurant
    • Private Tour of St Paul’s Cathedral
    • Private Walking Tour in London with Expert City Guide, including the following;
      • Taxi from your hotel to Westminster Abbey
      • Entry to Westminster Abbey & Verger’s Tour (If available, can only be booked on the day)
      • Entry to Churchill War Rooms
      • Tour of Houses of Parliament IF Available, or another entry as per interest
        • NOTE: This is currently NOT available for October
    • Private Walking Tour in London with Expert City Guide, including the following;
      • Entry to Kensington Palace & Gardens
      • Another entry fee as per interest if required
      • Shopping Explorations in Local Markets
      • Taxi Transfer from Kensington Palace to Shopping Area
  • 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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