Day 1: London
Arrival in London, reception and private transfer to your hotel, Claridge's, a deluxe 5 star hotel opposite our London based offices. Accommodation in a deluxe room.
Day 2: London (B & L)
After breakfast, a walking and private car tour visiting some of the highlights of this magnificent capital city which dates back to Roman times. We shall drive past the houses of Parliament and Big Ben stopping at Westminster Abbey for a tour around the magnificent landmark founded in 616AD.
Since the coronation of King Harold in 1066, Westminster Abbey has seen the coronation of all English and British monarchs to the present day except Edward V and Edward VIII neither of whom had coronations.
In addition to the coronation of Kings and Queens, Westminster Abbey also houses the final resting place of many British luminaries such as Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and Sir Isaac Newton to name but a few. A visit to St Pauls' Cathedral before stopping for lunch at 'the Grill' in the Dorchester Hotel.
The tour continues with a visit to, the famous Tower Bridge of London and the London Tower which houses the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Return to your hotel. Free evening.
Day 3: London (B & D)
After breakfast, we will continue the tour of London taking in Buckingham Palace with the changing of the guard (subject to weather and other factors), Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square with the famous Nelson's Column. In the afternoon, we shall visit the British Museum, one of the world's greatest museums.
The museum houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo including the Rosetta Stone. After the trip, you shall enjoy afternoon English tea at Fortnum and Mason. Return to your hotel. Dinner at Le Gavroche.
Day 4: London - Amberley Castle (B & D)
Free morning at leisure for shopping or revisiting some of the places visited yesterday before your early afternoon transfer to Amberley Castle, located a couple of hours south of London. For this trip, we recommend taking just night over luggage keeping your main luggage at Claridge's.
Hidden away for 900 years near the picturesque village of Amberley in the chalk South Downs, Amberley Castle is a magnificent historical treasure that offers a truly unique experience. Through the Portcullis and 60 foot curtain walls you will find beautiful landscaped gardens, fine examples of medieval architecture and an unrivalled atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
Upon arrival, enjoy the unique experience or perhaps enjoy the new professional standard 18-hole putting course within its extensive grounds. One of only two such courses in England, it has been designed and implemented by noted golf architect, Weller Design. Dinner at the castle.
Wait up until midnight and you will be treated to the spectacle of the incredible two tonne oak portcullis being silently lowered for the night.
Day 5: Amberley Castle - London (B)
After breakfast, return to London and your hotel. Free day at leisure. Option of visiting Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Please ask for costs and options.
Day 6: London - Bath (B & L)
After breakfast, embark on a marvellous steam train journey to Bath aboard the luxurious British Pullman train. Your steward will show you to your reserved seat in one of eleven carriages, each an original masterpiece from the 1920's or 1930's with their own name and unique personality.
The service, like your journey, will be calm and unruffled. Settle back into your deeply comfortable seat and be transported into another age while Britain's glorious countryside unfolds past your window.
The British Pullman can carry up to 252 passengers and consists of 11 parlour cars, of which 5 are kitchen cars, and a service car. The carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each.
With plush upholstery, surrounded by intricate marquetry, mosaic floors, solid brass fittings and softly-shaded lamps, your table is set with starched white cloths, shining silver and glittering glass. The cuisine is a delight and accompanied by wines judiciously chosen to complement the fine food.
Arrival to Bath at 15:55. Transfer to your hotel, the wonderful Relais & Chateaux Royal Crescent Hotel. Accommodation in a deluxe room.
Day 7: Bath (B)
After breakfast, a guided visit of the famous spa town which dates back to Roman times.
Free afternoon in Bath to visit museums and antique shops.
Day 8: Bath - Stonehenge - Bristol - Manchester - Lake District (B, L & D)
Today with a private guide and car, visit the ancient prehistoric site of Stonehenge dating back to 3100 BC. A UNESCO World heritage site it is thought to have served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found that burials took place as early as 3000 B.C, when the first ditches were being built around the monument. Burials continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years when the giant stones which mark the landmark were put up. A guided tour of the area before lunch at the Lamb Inn, a beautiful former coaching inn dating back to the 12th century. After lunch, we continue onto Bristol and onto the airport for the one hour flight to Manchester in Northern England. Arrival and private transfer to Lake Ullswater in the fabulous Lake District. Accommodation at the Sharrow Bay Country House, overlooking Ullswater.
Dinner at the hotel, with its Michelin rated restaurant.
Day 9: Lake District (B & D)
Full day trip around some of the highlights of the Lake District with your own private car and guide.
Return to your country hotel. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 10: Lake District (B & D)
Free day at leisure. Car with driver is at your disposal. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 11: Lake District - Manchester (B)
After breakfast, return to Manchester in your private car and to the airport for your flight home.
Our price Includes:
The price includes accommodation in 5 star deluxe hotels, a deluxe castle and luxury country hotels in superior/deluxe rooms, all tours in private with English speaking guides, afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason, some meals as per the itinerary at first class gourmet restaurants (no alcoholic drinks), business class air tickets Bristol to Manchester, first class carriage on the Pullman steam train to Bath and all taxes.
Our price does not include:
Flight to London, meals not specified and travel insurance are not included.