Exploration of the Cotswolds - Final Information

Virginia Silver and Paul Guarracino

Thursday 9th May – Sunday 12th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Highlights

  • Explore the Cotswolds and unveil a captivating tapestry of honey-colored villages, charming landscapes, and rich cultural heritage.
  • Delve into England's culinary scene and delight the palate with its hearty fare and regional specialties, showcasing a rich array of flavours from locally sourced ingredients.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 9th May - Arrival In England

A private driver awaits to whisk you away to the picturesque Cotswolds. En route, make a captivating stop at the enchanting village of Lacock, a quintessential village frozen in time. Wander through its charming streets, marvelling at the historic architecture and absorbing the timeless atmosphere of Lacock Abbey. As the scenic drive continues, anticipation builds for your arrival at Lucknam Park. This luxurious retreat promises an idyllic haven nestled in the heart of the countryside, where tranquillity and sophistication blend seamlessly. Your Cotswolds adventure begins with a touch of history and charm, setting the stage for an unforgettable stay at Lucknam Park.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 1 - Guide Details - Tania Deacon Read More +

Name: Tania Deacon
Contact Number: +44 (0)771 424 4990
Meeting Place: Stonehenge Visitor Entrance

Meet your driver guide Tania at the Stonehenge Visitor Entrance where she will take possession of your luggage from your transfer driver. After your tour, Tania will be waiting at the same location ready to whisk you into the countryside, starting with a stop at Lacock Abbey.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Lucknam Park | Location: Walled Garden
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: 11429899
Phone: +44 (0)1225 742 777 | Website: https://www.lucknampark.co.uk/dining/walled-garden-restaurant/

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only.  Clients to pay directly.

Day 2 - Friday 10th May - Exploring the Cotswolds

Continue your charming journey as you explore the quaint villages nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds. Stroll through picturesque streets lined with honey-coloured cottages, each exuding its unique character and charm. Immerse yourself in the idyllic atmosphere of these timeless villages, where history meets tranquillity. Meandering along scenic trails, you’ll discover the hidden gems and captivating landscapes that make the Cotswolds a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Take a peek at Chedworth Roman Villa and step back in time. Indulge in the simplicity and beauty of village life, and let the trails unveil the serene beauty that defines this quintessentially English countryside.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Massage Read More +

Activity: Massage
Start Location: Lucknam Park | Start Time: 5:00 pm | Approx Duration: 1 hrs

Bespoke Massage for Virginia

Day 3 - Saturday 11th May - Historic Bath

As you step out of the elegant surroundings of Lucknam Park, your guide awaits, ready to embark on a historic journey to Bath. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by Bath’s timeless charm, with its honey-coloured Georgian architecture and winding streets steeped in history. Follow your knowledgeable guide as they lead you through the cobbled lanes, unveiling tales of Roman baths, Georgian society, and literary legacies. Marvel at the grandeur of the Royal Crescent, immerse yourself in the ancient Roman Baths, and wander along the graceful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon. As the day draws to a close, you reluctantly bid farewell to Bath’s enchanting allure, returning to the serenity of Lucknam Park with memories of a day filled with discovery and beauty.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: Beckford Canteen | Location: Bath
Reservation Time: 1:45 pm | Booking Reference: BYKF4XK3
Phone: +44 (0)1225 338 470 | Website: https://www.beckfordcanteen.com/

Reservation for 4 people.

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only.  Clients to pay directly.

Day 3 - Guide Details - Lindsey Gardwood Read More +

Name: Lindsey Gardwood
Contact Number: +44 (0)7923375567
Meeting Place: No. 1 Royal Crescent | Meeting Time: 9:30 am

Linsey will meet you to take you on a walking tour of Bath, including the ancient Roman Baths and other sites of interest.

Day 4 - Sunday 12th May - Onward Travel

Bid a fond farewell to the luxury of Lucknam Park as you embark on a journey to London for your onward flight home. Leave behind the idyllic surroundings and pampering amenities, carrying with you the memories of a splendid stay in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pinkberry Cars
Booking Reference: C448372
Pick Up Location: Main Reception | Pick Up Time: 1:20 pm | Approx Duration: 1.75 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your transfer will meet you at the hotel reception to take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Day 4 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 12, 2024 | Airline: Delta Airlines | Flight Number: DL5985
Departure Airport: London Heathrow | Departure Time: 6:30 pm
Arrival Airport: Boston | Arrival Time: 9:15 pm

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 4 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 4
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
    • Guided hike in Lacock
    • Entry to Lacock Abbey
    • Guided hike along the Cotwolds Way
    • Guided hike through the quaint villages of the Cotswolds
    • Entry to Bath Roman Baths
    • Entry to Chedworth Roman Villa
    • Entry to Bath Abbey
  • 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

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.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness England):  +44 (0)17687 21210, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7482 170401 (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).

Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Meet Your Guide

Tania Deacon

Contact Number: +44 (0)771 424 4990

I am now living the dream in my third career, having worked in marketing, then as a teacher, and now as an outdoor instructor, walking guide and leadership development facilitator. I am happiest when outdoors in the countryside, enjoying our beautiful landscapes, flora, and fauna.

I have been lucky to have had the pleasure of living in many beautiful areas of the British Isles – Southern England, North Yorkshire, Dorset, The Cotswolds, and Scotland. We have finally settled back in Dorset, in the South West, and I am surrounded by an incredible playground. I can’t wait to share our beautiful and diverse country and show you some of my favourite haunts!