- Enjoy boat rides in Oxford and tour the historic university
- Go horseback riding through the stunning Cotswolds countryside
- Bathe in ancient thermal waters and enjoy spa treatments in Bath
- Take a VIP tour of Stonehenge and learn the secrets to the stones
|Day 1||Arrive in London & Transfer to Oxford, Library Tour & Punting on the River||Oxford|
|Day 2||Oxford to the Cotswolds, Hidcote Gardens & Horseback Ride||Chipping Campden|
|Day 3||Free Day in Chipping Campden||Chipping Campden|
|Day 4||Cotswolds Discovery Trail South & Transfer to Bath||Bath|
|Day 5||Visit the Roman Baths, Thermae Spa Package||Bath|
|Day 6||Literary Tour of Bath||Bath|
|Day 7||Stonehenge VIP Tour & Transfer to London, Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in London & Transfer to Oxford, Library Tour & Punting on the RiverWelcome to the UK! Upon arrival in London, you'll hop a train west for the hour-long ride to Oxford, located in the south-central region of England. Oxford is the only city in the county of Oxfordshire which is known for its idyllic green countryside and abundance of medieval villages. Once here, you'll check in to your hotel.
The relaxing trip begins when you set off at a gentle pace south from the boathouse. You'll pass several of Oxford's iconic sights, such as the Botanic Garden, the playing fields of Magdalen College School, and Christ Church (where Lewis Carroll taught his students in the mid-19th century). Finally, you'll pass the fertile gardens of St Hilda's College before heading back to the boathouse. However, if you're feeling adventurous, the chauffeur will continue south to where the Cherwell meets the Isis (Oxford's name for the River Thames). The river opens up here to additional stunning scenery. Regardless of whether you choose to continue, you'll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the boat.
Day 2: Oxford to the Cotswolds, Hidcote Gardens & Horseback Ride
Day 3: Free Day in Chipping CampdenThis is a free day in Chipping Campden. Create your itinerary as you stroll the cobbled streets and admire the cottages and historic inns. Or take a walk across green fields to Broadway Tower, which sits atop Broadway Hill. The panoramic views around this 18th-century folly tower are breathtaking.
Day 4: Cotswolds Discovery Trail South & Transfer to Bath
In the morning, you'll embark on a driving tour of one of the most beautiful parts of the UK: the Cotswolds. This is another rural area of southern England that enjoys AONB conservation status. It is known for charming cottage homes constructed of a distinct yellow limestone mined in the area for hundreds of years.
You'll see this incredible region on the southern-loop portion of the Cotswolds Discovery Trail. Your driver will point out the highlights and best places to stop, hike around, and take photos throughout the tour. Know that Roman Britain is a big part of this route. You'll visit landmarks like the Roman amphitheater at Cirencester and a Roman villa near Chedworth, both of which date to the 2nd century. From there, you'll head east to Bibury, a lovely Cotswolds village on the River Coln.
Then follow the river through picture-postcard villages along the Coln Valley. You'll cross Fosse Way, a Roman road built in the first century, and continue west through rolling hills to the lookout point of Painswick Beacon. A short hike to the top offers incredible 360° views. Afterward, you'll head to the nearby village of Painswick. Known as the "Queen of the Cotswolds," the traditional cottages and buildings are made of the area's iconic limestone.
After Painswick, you'll drive south, cutting through beautiful grasslands and dodging grazing cows until you reach the market town of Minchinhampton. This hilltop village is a great place to stop and admire panoramic views that stretch to Wales. You'll then hop back in the car for the short drive south to the city of Bath, where you'll check into your hotel.
Bath is a fascinating and historically significant place in England. Its vast array of architectural treasures has earned the city Unesco World Heritage status, and it's home to the namesake Roman Baths, which date to the first century. Bath is also home to well-preserved Georgian architecture that is among the finest in the country. For example, both the Circus and Royal Crescent—rings of 18th-century townhouses—are some of Britain's grandest Georgian buildings.
Upon arrival, you'll have the rest of the day free to discover Bath's highlights on your own or opt for a pre-booked, organized activity. You'll certainly want to dive right into the city's rich gastronomic scene. Bath's pubs and restaurants have real appeal, and options include refined tearooms, classy restaurants, retro cafés, artisan bakeries, and a crop of quality gastropubs.
Day 5: Visit the Roman Baths, Thermae Spa PackageTravel back to the 1st century with a visit to the Roman Baths. The site of one of the great religious spas of the ancient world, the people of Roman Britain came here to worship goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the natural thermal springs, which still flow today. On a 2-hour tour, you'll explore the complex, walk on the original flooring, and see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The museum collection here includes a gilt bronze head of Goddess Minerva plus other Roman artifacts.
Entering the water in these baths is prohibited; however, you can bathe in the same thermal waters at the nearby Thermae Bath Spa. As such, you'll enjoy some real pampering with an evening spa package for two. It includes a rejuvenating spa session plus a healthy, gourmet meal at the on-site Springs Restaurant.
Day 6: Literary Tour of Bath
Jane Austen fans rejoice, because today you'll explore the former stomping grounds of the great writer on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Bath is synonymous with Austen, as she made her home in this city from 1801 to 1806 and even set two of her six novels here. On the tour, your guide will reveal fascinating insights about the nuances of life for women in Regency-era England, the social etiquette of the day, and the stories behind the landmark buildings.
Walking the historic streets and admiring the buildings, you'll see just how much Bath during Regency England influenced Austen's writing. During the early 19th-century, the well-heeled of British society flocked here to socialize, bathe in the Roman Baths, stroll the 18th-century Sydney Gardens, and dance and flirt at the endless balls and social engagements. You'll have a wonderful time if you're passionate about this time period and author. It brings a bygone age back to life for the 21st century.