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Chatsworth House (left), English countryside and Shaftsbury.

7 DAY TOURS - Discover the England that you have read about, seen pictures of and meet the people of different regions. England has some most diverse flora, fauna and geology in the world, making your vacation a very special experience. To have a highlights tour of England seeing all the major sights and off the beaten track touring you would need at least 7 nights. To really Explore England in depth you would need to tour from 10 -14 days.

Remember, you will be touring with an experienced Blue Badge guide who will be able to adapt to your route options, and give authorised tours inside the Cathedrals, Castles and Gardens. (In most cases only Blue Badge guides will be authorised to give guided tours).

Below are some examples of places you can see on a 7 day tour, however, every tour is individual and designed to meet your special requirements.

The Heart of England Derbyshire, is the location of the Peak district National Park. Natural beauty of the Peaks inspired writers such as the Bronte sisters, you can even stay at North Lees Hall once home of the real Eyre family who inspired Charlotte Bronte. Spa towns, rugged moors, ancient stone circles and magnificent country homes like Chatsworth one of Britain's most impressive country homes. The house features: cascades, fountains, a maze, Italian sunken gardens and palatial interiors. Lincoln is a city that rises dramatically on the cliff above the river Witham, founded by the Romans in AD48. Lincoln is renown for its giant Cathedral, Castle and the birth place of the great poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Ludlow a touring stop with hill top castle, quaint tea shops, once a centre for arrow making! a reminder of more brutal times. Ledbury is a real little gem of a small town with old market cross a some of England's fine old Inns serving the local brew. Nearby is Eastnor Castle, a Victorian treasure located in the misty Malvern hills. Other more famous places to see in this region are Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace.

The North Country Yorkshire, is an area of great scenic beauty, dramatic moorlands, green valleys, ruined monastries and Wensleydale cheese made famous by Wallace and Gromit. Fountains Abbey is the highlight of any tour to England, nested in a wooded valley of the river skell are the extensive ruins of Fountains Abbey founded in 1132ad. The gardens that surround the Abbey ruins are magnificent (see top) Cross the rugged moorland to Castle Howard, still the home of the Howard family, the finest country home in Yorkshire. Castle Howard was used as the location for the television version of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited. York, has retained much of its medieval character. The city is dominated by York Minster, the largest church north of the Alps. The famous tea shops are a must of this world famous city. The Lake District scenery is celebrated for its natural beauty. Which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The Lakes is known for the contantly changing light and cloud formations perfect for photographers. Northumbria's dramatic coast features: stunning beaches, fishing villages and castles such as Bamurgh. This great coastal fortress was once the Royal strong hold of the Kings of Northumberland. Once owned by the arms tycoon Lord Armstrong and features armour, great hall and medieval artifacts. Alnwick is another great fortress discribed by the Victorians as the Windsor of the north, now has become famous as the film location of Hogwart's school of wizardary. Lindisfarne or holy Island reached by a causeway at low tide. The Island has a castle and one of England's oldest Christian settlements made famous by the Lindisfarne Gospels

The South East & West Wessex a region that is predominantly rural, characterized by rolling hills, charming villages, windswept downs which give way to lush green valleys, which could explain the origin of the saying "Chalk and Cheese" Mysterious monuments litter the countryside such as Stonehenge, a 5000 year old time piece and Europe's most famous prehistoric monument. The City of Bath, the hot spring water has attracted visitors since Roman times when a bubbling muddy pool was transformed into a magnificent suite of baths. Bath was rebuilt in the 18th century and has a new 21st century spa. World famous Salisbury Cathedral, has a spectacular 404 ft spire. Stourhead is Europe's greatest landscaped garden, on your visit see grottos, temples, lake and romantic retreats. Hilltop Shaftesbury with its cobbled streets, old cottages is often used by film makers. Oxford, one of the most famous university cities in the World, with its wonderful architecture, rivers and dreaming spires. Enjoy a highlights walking tour of Oxfords most famous college buildings and discover some of the Cities secrets. Blenheim Palace, see the magnificent state apartments, Italian gardens and parkland. Continue to the glorious Cotswolds to see honey coloured stone villages. Hidcote Manor Gardens celebrated dream like garden arranged as a series of outdoor rooms, each with a different character or Kiftsgate Court a private garden set on an escarpment high on the Cotswolds with views towards the Malvern hills. Travel further west see 'Legends of the West Country Tour' click here.

East Anglia Immortalized by the painter Constable, unchanged since his day, scattered churches, windmills. The flat Fens, once a swamp was drained with the help of Dutch engineers in the 17th century for farming. Ely a small preserved city totally dominated by its huge Cathedral with unique octagon lantern. University City of Cambridge with its fascinating architecture of all styles, perfect lawns and meandering river Cam. Discover the secrets of the city including a visit to Kings College Chapel, one of the most impressive buildings in the country. Duxford, a former RAF base and still used as an airport but also now a famous museum featuring aircraft which played a part defending the country from invasion during the "Battle of Britain". Modern fighters, bombers and one of the largest collections of American aircraft outside the USA. Drive through the beautiful Suffolk countryside studded with half timbered wool towns suspended in time. See Dedham village, made famous by landscape paintings of John Constable, which you can see in the National Gallery & Tate Britain.

Whats included?
Cost is per car not per person and include: The services of your professional authorised Blue Badge driver/guide with luxury people carrier with air-con front and back, local tax, parking, complimentary mineral water, newspaper, tour planning for vacations and theatre booking if required. Please remember only Blue Badge driver guides are authorised to give guided tours inside the many of the great churches, museums and castles around Britain. Guides gratuity is at your discretion.

Cost for extended vacations is based on a daily rate and number of persons touring.
  • For up to 2 people, per day cost: 350 GBP including guides overnight expenses.
  • For up to 4 people, per day cost: 450 GBP including guides overnight expenses.
  • For up to 6 people, per day cost: 550 GBP including guides overnight expenses.
Qualify for Winter* rates when you book two full day tours in and around London. Offer not to include period starting 20th of December to the 2nd of January. Touring on the 24th/25th/26th /31st of December/1st January will incur a 150 per day surchange.

Entrance fees are not included. Example of entrance fees: The Tower of London: 13.50 for adults, 37.50 for family (2+3) The British Museum: FREE, Natural History Museum: FREE, Science Museum: FREE, Shakespeares Globe: 8.00 for adults, 24.00 for family (2+3) London Eye: 11.50 Westminster Abbey 7.50 for adults, 15.00 for family. Windsor Castle: 12.00 for adults, 30.00 for families (2+3)

How to pay and cancellation
We accept Visa, Mastercard Or Cash. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will incur the full cost of tour. Cancellations with less than 14 days notice will incur 50% of full cost of tour.

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