London & Southern England

Innovative, artistic and historic, it is not hard to see why London is one of the most visited cities in the world and on this journey you’ll take in its most recognised landmarks – time-honoured and recent.

Journey Overview

Innovative, artistic and historic, it is not hard to see why London is one of the most visited cities in the world and on this journey you’ll take in its most recognised landmarks – time-honoured and recent – and venture through the glorious English countryside to Oxford and Bath visiting honey-coloured towns, imposing castles and grand gardens en route.

Journey Highlights

  • Meander through Covent Garden to the National Gallery on a walking tour
  • Walk in the footsteps of literary greats in Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires'
  • Admire the impressive Roman legacy and stunning Georgian architecture of Bath
  • Put yourself on the Downtown Abbey set at Highclere Castle
  • Visit Winston Churchill's home, Blenheim Palace

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive London

Welcome to the British capital and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Bloomsbury.

The Bloomsbury Hotel

Day 2: London

Explore London on foot strolling through Covent Garden with its wonderful markets and restaurants to the National Gallery which tells the story of European art, masterpiece by masterpiece. Head to the Wallace Collection, which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. This evening you have the option of attending a performance at the Royal Opera House (additional cost).

The Bloomsbury Hotel | Meals: B

Day 3: London - Oxford

Head for Oxford by way of the rolling countryside of Buckinghamshire. Arrive into the university city of Oxford later this afternoon.

Old Bank Hotel | Meals: B

Day 4: Oxford

Meet your local guide who will introduce you to the numerous literary giants, historical figures and world-famous architecture that has made this university city so famous on a walking tour ending at the prestigious Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, founded in 1683 and containing objects of ancient and contemporary art and archaeological artefacts.

Old Bank Hotel | Meals: B

Day 5: Oxford - Blenheim Palace - Oxford

Embark on a visit to historic Blenheim Palace, one of the grandest private residences in Britain, and the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a magnificent example of English Baroque architecture with the beautiful grounds designed by Capability Brown. After a guided introduction to the palace, there is time to explore on your own.

Old Bank Hotel | Meals: B

Day 6: Oxford - Bath

Travel southwest today to the spa town of Bath.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa | Meals: B

Day 7: Bath

Discover the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, often regarded as one of the loveliest cities in all of England. From its beginnings as a Roman camp in the first century AD, Bath emerged, in the 1700s, as a fashionable spa resort. Visit the Roman Bath complex and splendid Bath Abbey, with its magnificent stained-glass windows, honey coloured stone and fine Gothic-style fan vaulting. And be sure to admire the magnificent Palladian architecture for which the city is renowned as you stroll past the terrace houses of the Royal Crescent and the Circus.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa | Meals: B

Day 8: Bath - Sussex

Leave Bath behind you as you travel eastwards. Stop along the way at Highclere Castle, one of Britain's most spectacular Victorian castles, famously known as Downton Abbey. Discover the lavish rooms where most of the period drama was set and picture the characters taking tea in the drawing room, feasting in the dining room or celebrating in the main hall. Afterwards, explore the beautiful parklands and meander through the stunning gardens and woodland. Afterwards, continue to your glorious manor house hotel in the heart of Sussex.

Gravetye Manor | Meals: B

Day 9: Sussex - Hever Castle - Sussex

Discover 700 years of history at nearby Hever Castle, a delightful medieval moated property where Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, grew up. In the early 1900s, it was purchased by the Astor family, who restored the then-dilapidated building to its former glory. The splendid rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself. If you are travelling during the summer months you may choose to attend a performance at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival (additional cost).

Gravetye Manor | Meals: B

Day 10: Depart Sussex - London

Transfer to London Heathrow for your onward flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa

London & Southern England

Built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades in... Read more

Old Bank Hotel

London & Southern England

The independently owned Old Bank, centrally located on Oxford’s famous High Street, is a breath-taking statement in design. The 5-star ho... Read more

Gravetye Manor

London & Southern England

Relax in countryside luxury when you visit magnificent 16th century Gravetye Manor. The 17-bedroom manor house offers an encha... Read more

The Bloomsbury Hotel, London

London & Southern England

Located just a few minutes from The British Museum, Covent Garden, Soho, and Oxford Street, The Bloomsbury is set in London’s literary he... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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