This whistlestop tour of London and the southwest takes in the capital city's historical highlights as you tour the Tower of London, visit the remarkable St. Paul's Cathedral, and pay your respects at Westminster Abbey. Sharpen your tastebuds at Borough Market and stop for tea before discovering Regency elegance in Bath. A tour of HRH King Charles' Highgrove Gardens, the charming Cotswolds, and the "dreaming spires" of Oxford complete this short but perfectly-formed trip.


  • See the historic Tower of London
  • Step into a Jane Austen novel in Bath
  • Tour the idyllic Cotswolds countryside
  • Visit Highgrove Gardens, the country home to HRH King Charles

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in London, Tower of London, Afternoon Tea London
Day 2 Borough Market, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey London
Day 3 Drive to Bath, Guided Walking Tour, Cross Bath Spa Bath
Day 4 Explore the Cotswolds, Highgrove House Gardens & Oxford Oxford
Day 5 Drive to London & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in London, Tower of London, Afternoon Tea

Tower of London
London's oldest surviving building, the Tower of London

Welcome to the UK! Upon arrival, your driver will transfer you to your London accommodation. Waste no time heading out to explore; this city is rich in history, culture, art, nightlife, and dining options to suit every taste and budget. Explore the capital's most recognizable landmarks with a hop-on, hop-off, open-top tour bus, or take the London Underground, affectionately known to Londoners as "the Tube."

Your first stop is the notorious Tower of London. Built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the Tower is London's oldest surviving building and was originally designed to dominate and suppress the city's Anglo-Saxon inhabitants. Since then, it has held some of the country's most famous prisoners, including Guy Fawkes, Anne Boleyn, Sir Walter Raleigh, and, for a few days in 1952, the infamous Kray Twins, the Tower's final inmates. In its current incarnation, the Tower, guarded by the Yeoman Warders in Tudor dress, serves to protect the British crown jewels. 

In the afternoon, head to one of the city's fine hotels (The Ritz and The Savoy are both excellent options) and enjoy the British tradition of sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake. Fashionable since the early 19th century, it was intended to fill the long gap between lunch and dinner and made famous by the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Nowadays, it's a treat rather than a stop-gap but remains a time-honored tradition where life is put on hold and questions such as "milk in first" or whether to substitute with a fresh lemon slice (yes, if it's Earl Grey) take center stage. 

Day 2: Borough Market, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey

St Paul's Cathedral
The unmistakable dome of St. Paul's Cathedral 

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out for a full day of sightseeing. Stroll along the banks of the River Thames and make your way to the bustling Borough Market. Dating over 1,000 years, its reputation as London's renowned food and drink market remains undented. Browse over 100 artisan stalls and sample everything from seafood, fine wine, Persian sharing plates, bao buns, cider, and plenty of British and European cheeses. 

Your next stop is the 17th-century iconic London landmark and Christopher Wren's masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral. This working cathedral has eulogized and laid many notable British figures to rest, including William Blake, Florence Nightingale, Sir Alexander Fleming, and Winston Churchill. Visit their monuments and don't miss the Whispering Gallery, the Crypt, and the Dome, inspired by St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. 

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Your final stop is Westminster Abbey. Hosting royal weddings, funerals, and coronations of kings and queens since 1066, the Abbey is steeped in British history. The resting place of over 3,000 great Britons, take a moment to pause in the Gothic surroundings and then pay homage to the memorials of key figures such as Jane Austen, Stephen Hawking, and the late Queen Elizabeth. 

Day 3: Drive to Bath, Guided Walking Tour, Cross Bath Spa

Roman Baths in Bath
Tour the UNESCO-listed city of Bath 

This morning, swap London's buzzy and vibrant energy for a gentler pace as you travel to the west-country gem of Bath. Surrounded by rolling green hills and home to some of Britain's grandest Georgian architecture and one of the world's best-preserved Roman bathhouses, it's easy to see why the whole city has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. 

Start with a walking tour through Bath's cobbled streets and a visit to the Jane Austen Center, where guides in period costume will bring to life the Regency era. Learn about the author's life and inspiration for her novels, including "Pride and Prejudice" and "Persuasion." Discover the elegant architecture of the Royal Crescent and the Circus before seeing the Roman Baths in the city center. Explore the underground caverns beneath street level before heading to your own spa experience at the Cross Bath, and enjoy an open-air thermal dip as you gaze across the city. 

Day 4: Explore the Cotswolds, Highgrove House Gardens & Oxford

Cotswold village
Discover picturesque country lanes and stone houses in the Cotswolds

Bath's position in The Cotswolds makes for easy exploring of the UK's largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With so much to see, it's better to hone in on a mix of larger towns, tiny villages, off-the-beaten-track locations, and some justifiably famous tourist spots. Don't miss Chipping Camden, a small market town dating back to the 14th century, and Bourton on the Water, known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. Stop for a drink in one of Stow-on-the-Wold's traditional pubs before seeing the region's highest castle, Broadway Tower

The Cotswolds are renowned for housing some of the finest gardens in England, and there is no better example than Highgrove House & Gardens, the country home of HRH King Charles. Tour the redeveloped gardens, scented with wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, and thyme, and the wonderful wildflower meadow, containing dozens of endangered native plants. 

The last stop on your tour and destination for the night is Oxford, home of the oldest English-speaking university in the world and a city that has been at the heart of global events from the Viking raids to the Norman invasion, Civil War, and World War II. Meander the unmistakable honey-toned buildings of the University's colleges that scatter the city and discover tranquil courtyards and narrow cobbled lanes as the city's famed spires twirl overhead. 

Day 5: Drive to London & Depart

Depart London
Until the next time, London!

Make your way back to London today, where you can either continue your UK adventures or head to the airport for your onward flight. Safe travels!

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