Quintessential England...with a twist
Cards vs. Cubs, Castles, & Cathedrals Tour
Cards vs. Cubs, Castles, & Cathedrals Tour
Your tailor-made England tour includes hand-picked accommodation, extraordinary local guides, private transportation, all sightseeing admissions, and professional guidance with an immersive experience throughout.
Discover the essence of Southern England with its medieval castles, royal palaces, and grand cathedrals paired with the once-in-a-lifetime Cards vs Cubs game in London.
Dates: June 12th-20th, 2021
Southern England is defined by its soft rolling hills and quiet streams leading into picturesque villages that instantly transport you back in time. We will visit the must sees and the lesser known sites to give you a fully well rounded tour experience.
Sat Jun 12
Sun June 13
Mon June 14
Tue June 15
Wed June 16
Thu June 17
Fri June 18
Sat June 19
Sun June 20
Sat, Jun 12: Welcome to England
You will arrive at London Heathrow where you will be greeted by a private driver into your London hotel. You will have the day free to get familiar with the city at your own pace. This is where your personal Guidester guide will come in handy. Use your guide to start sightseeing the beautiful metropolis, hit some local attractions, have a bite to eat, and wander the lovely neighborhoods. We’ll have a get-to-know-you meeting at our hotel at 5pm before we head to a local pub for a group dinner.
Sun, Jun 13: Cards vs Cubs
Today is the big event; St. Louis vs Chicago at London Stadium! We will all take the tube together to the stadium for a fun-filled day of watching the Cards and Cubs duke it out in London. Evening at leisure.
Mon, Jun 14: Panoramic Tour and Tower of London
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for half day panoramic tour of London. After a tour around the city we will head to the Tower of London, where we will explore 1000 years of history at London’s iconic castle, royal palace, and infamous prison. Rest of the day at leisure. Transportation for half-day tour provided by private coach and entrance into the Tower and grounds.
Tue, Jun 15: Oxford and Windsor Castle
Transfer from London to Bath with sightseeing en route. We will stop in for a private tour at Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen and the oldest occupied castle in Europe. After Windsor, we stop in at the university city of Oxford for lunch and then on to Bath where you will settle into your 4 star accommodation in the heart of the city. You have the rest of the day free to explore the historic city. Transportation from London hotel to Bath via private motor coach and admission into Windsor Castle.
Wed, Jun 16: Bath Walking Tour
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a private walking tour around the historic center of Bath including a stop in the stunning Bath Abbey and the impressive ancient Roman Baths. Nestled in the beautiful county of Somerset, Bath is famous for the archaeological wonder from which it takes its name: its 2,000-year-old Roman baths. Today, some 500 of the city’s buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance — so important, in fact, that Bath was granted World Heritage Site status in 1987, one of only a handful of such locations in the UK. Evening at leisure.Transportation from Oxford to Bath provided by private coach. Admission into Bath Abbey and Roman Baths.
Thu, Jun 17: Full Day in the Cotswolds
Full day sightseeing tour of the Cotswolds. We explore some of the most gorgeous landscapes and charming villages England has to offer. Castle Combe, Bradford on Avon, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Bibury are a few of the quaint villages we will visit. Free time for lunch on own. Evening at leisure. Transportation for full day tour of Cotswolds provided by private coach.
Fri, Jun 18: Salisbury and Stonehenge
Transfer from Bath to Arundel with sightseeing en-route. We will stop at Salisbury Cathedral, an impressive Gothic cathedral housing an original copy of the Magna Carta, and the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, a 5,000 old monument to the ancient British past. Settle into your historic B&B with the rest of the day free to explore the quaint castle town of Arundel. Evening at leisure. Transportation from Bath to Arundel by private coach. Admission to Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge.
Sat, Jun 19: Arundel Castle and Grounds
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for full-day tour of Arundel Castle and Grounds. Arundel Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk is a restored stately home in the South Downs of Wessex. We will discover intriguing history as we explore the vast halls, passages, and gardens in the greatest combination of castle and palace in the entire United Kingdom. Entrance and guide to Arundel Castle. Evening a leisure.
Sun, Jun 20: Hever Castle and Depart for Home
Last breakfast in the hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for private tour of Hever Castle then on to departure at Heathrow airport.
Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Its panelled rooms, fine furniture, tapestries, antiques are regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor expression in England after the National Portrait Gallery. Transportation by private coach. Admission to Hever Castle.
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Tour Dates: June 12th-20th, 2021
Unless you are already in Europe, members will fly out on the 11th to arrive in London on Saturday the 12th to begin the tour.
Pricing: $3,550 per person (inclusive land tour + tickets to game)
June 12th-20th, 2021
9 day inclusive land tour – $3,550 per person
• Explore the best England has to offer, from stunning castles to quaint medieval villages.
• Visit Stonehenge, and embark on private guided tour of Bath.
• Take a stroll through Shakespeare’s London on a half-day walking tour.
• Discover the iconic splendor of the fairytale Cotswolds.
• Expertly selected 4-star accommodations and private transfers.
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