Majestic England: Yorkshire, The Lake District & Cotswolds
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
With your chauffeur-guide explore the beautiful mountain scenery of England's Lake District, home of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth, the peaceful valleys and ancient abbeys of the Yorkshire Dales, the elegant medieval city of York, the sweeping countryside of the Cotswolds, exuberant English gardens, the spires of Oxford, and
Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the setting of a recent Royal wedding.
Day 1: Depart London
Arrive in the ancient walled city of York for a two-night stay. You may either be collected by your chauffeur-guide from your hotel in London or arrive London, or Manchester Airport, in the morning and be at your hotel by lunchtime from Manchester, or the afternoon from London.
Day 2: York
Whole-day exploring the ancient walled city York, a former Roman and Viking capital, of cobbled streets, and narrow lanes. Walking tour including York Minster, England's finest Gothic church, the Shambles, York's wonderfully preserved medieval quarter. The afternoon is free for you to visit one or more of York's award winning museums such as the world's greatest railway museum, the 18th century at York Castle Museum, or the Jorvik Center, where you may head back 1,000 years to Viking times, You may also wish to enjoy afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Room, the local tea-and-cake institution with an art deco interior.
Day 3: Yorkshire Dales
Depart York for Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey, magnificent elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park, and ruined Cistercian abbey. Continue along a scenic backroad route of the wild yet tranquil Yorkshire Dales, some of the finest scenery in England. Pause at Bolton Castle for expansive views, before continuing to the spectacularly beautiful and mountainous Lake District in north west England.
Day 4: The Lake District
Scenic backroad tour of the best of the Lake District's dramatic mountain scenery with plenty of fun stops. Visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, the poet's remarkable humble home, the evocative Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circles, Derwentwater, cruise on Coniston Water, and visit Brantwood, home of John Ruskin, beautifully situated by the lake with mountain views.
Day 5: The Lake District
Cross Lake Windermere by ferry for visit to Hilltop Farm, Beatrix Potter’s painstakingly preserved home, and nearby Beatrix Potter Gallery, a collection of artwork by the creator of Peter Rabbit. After which say goodbye to the Lake District, and head south, to the romantic and peaceful valleys of the Cotswolds, for a two-night stay in the attractive village of Broadway.
Day 6: The Cotswolds
Today, visit Hidcote Manor & Gardens, the greatest of all gardens; Chipping Campden with Jacobean Covered Market and back-in-time attractive High Street with plenty of local pubs to enjoy lunch. Continue to Snowshill Manor & Garden in the pretty village of Snowshill, setting of Bridget Jones Diary, and Broadway Tower, a 19th-century folly where William Morris once lived, with beautiful views to the Cotswolds.
Day 7: Oxford & Blenheim Palace
This morning leave for the famous university city of Oxford for an overnight stay, and a private walking tour - including visits to the Bodleian Library, the Eagle and Child Pub where C.S. Lewis and Tolkein met, and exclusive access to two colleges. In the afternoon visit nearby Blenheim Palace, a magnificent estate set on 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, and home of 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
DAY 8: Windsor Castle & London
This morning depart Oxford for Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Explore the interiors of this famous palace, and the setting of some recent Royal weddings. Continue to London Heathrow Airport for your return flight or central London.
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS | York, Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District & Cotswolds, Oxford and Windsor Castle
Just a few tour highlights:
Roman & Viking City of York
Houses & Gardens of the Cotswolds
Coniston Water Cruise
University City of Oxford
Beatrix Potter's Home
CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION:
In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.
Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting.
Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.
2020 Prices & Dates
Choose any dates. Price is determined by your choice of dates, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices
below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences.
All prices are per person (USD) based on your group size, and double occupancy.
Superior Boutique - per person:
$2490 (5-6 people)
$3190 (3-4 people)
$3690 (2 people)
Luxury Boutique - per person:
$2990 (5-6 people)
$3490 (3-4 people)
$3890 (2 people)
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
Included with this tour:
Seven nights in Superior or Luxury Boutique accommodation
Daily English breakfasts
Four gourmet 3-course dinners
Luxury afternoon tea
Professional Chauffeur-Guide each day
Touring in a luxury SUV or van
Airport meet & greet
All entrance fees
Professional local guides
Local Taxes & Tolls
Each day customizable & flexible
Yorkshire, Lake District, Cotswolds & Oxford
This was a trip we had thought about for a long time but couldn't imagine how to manage it. You put together a wonderful itinerary and made everything easy. Thank you for your wonderful service! We will happily recommend you to our family and friends!"
Ellen and Kim P. - New York