See the best of London and its surrounding countryside with a more personal experience. Traveling in a small group, you will meet the locals and see famous sites after the crowds have left as well as hidden gems that many miss. Live the history of the areas you visit, sample life in small villages, and have experiences not open to larger groups in the company of your multi-talented driver/guide.
- London: see iconic sites, enjoy optional educational theatre workshops, backstage tours and in-depth specialty theme tours of your choice. Choose your focus, e.g., on culinary arts, sinister history, historic pubs, films sites, religious heritage, quilts and antiques, weekend street markets
- Sample pre-historic Britain, view famed Stonehenge and lesser known ‘cousin’ Avebury
- Bath, city of Georgian splendor, Roman antiquity and Jane Austen
- Discover the charm of the village of Lacock, setting for several period films and Harry Potter
- Explore the honey-thatched villages of the Cotswolds and meander enchanting gardens
- Historic towns of literary interest, collegiate Oxford and Shakespeare’s hometown Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Tour fairy-tale castles, Warwick and Sudeley, where you uncover some Tudor secrets
The aim of this tour is to introduce you to the ‘real’ country and its people, creating a very personal, authentic experience where you are treated as an individual, not just a group member.
Accommodations are converted historical properties and not custom built hotels; they are inns, farmhouses, b&bs of 3-4 star rating. Each is chosen for their location, architectural interest, the ‘welcome’ skills of the host, and the quality of the food. Custom groups can choose any level from hostel to 5-star luxury. Wherever possible we stay in a single accommodation for several nights, using it as a base for daily explorations, allowing you to have an in-depth experience, and to truly learn about the places being visited.
7 – 10 days
Best Time to Go:
April-May, Sept-Oct. Budget travelers prefer winter, but note there may be limited attractions.
- Small groups of 14 or less translates to minimal impact on local communities and gives visitors opportunity to experience the ‘real’ local cultures
- Support of local companies (driver/guides, accommodations, restaurants)
- Most food provided from local ‘green’ sources; guests can sample regional cuisine and treats
- Regional touring lessens petrol consumption
- Use of unmarked vehicles to lessen negative visual impact