Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

FIT Tour in England and Wales (10 days)

Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland

London, United Kingdom To Manchester, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Aug 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel None

Arrive London

    

Upon arrival at the airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your representative and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
London, United Kingdom
Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

London

    

This morning, an expert local guide and chauffeur will be waiting to meet you for a full-day sightseeing tour of London. You will start by visit the Tower of London, home of the ‘Beefeaters’ where you will see the dazzling Crown Jewels. You will also gain excellent views of Tower Bridge from the Medieval Palace. Proceed to St. Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666.


Head along the south bank of the River Thames, and enjoy a flight on the London Eye, from the top of which you will gain spectacular views of the city. Cross over to Westminster to the Houses of Parliament and ‘Big Ben’, one of the iconic symbols of England. Visit Westminster Abbey, the National Church of England that has been the scene of many state occasions including the Coronation. Continue down Whitehall and past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square, where the National Gallery of Art is overshadowed by Nelson’s Column. Finally return to your hotel driving past Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London. The staterooms of the palace may be visited in August and September.

Day 3
Canterbury, United Kingdom
Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Canterbury and Leeds

    

This morning, you will meet your driver-guide for a full day excursion by private vehicle to the Kent countryside that lies to the South of London. Drive to Leeds Castle, one of the most romantic and most ancient castles in the United Kingdom. Lovingly restored, it is home to a magnificent collection of medieval furnishings, paintings, tapestries and treasures, and is situated on two small islands in a lake. Take a delightful walk along a flat path, or for guests who are physically challenged, there is a small mini-coach available.


Drive from here across the hills called the North Downs to Canterbury, England’s first cathedral city with historic buildings and narrow streets. As you wander through the lanes, admire the architecture and shop in this unique place. Your highlight visit will be to Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of the world’s Anglican Communion. Walk through the soaring nave to the site where St. Thomas à Becket was murdered; then walk around the chancel to see the colorful ‘Corona’, and see the cloisters and chapter house.    

Day 4
Slaughter, United Kingdom
Lower Slaughter Manor Breakfast

London – Oxford – the Cotswolds

    

This morning, meet your driver-guide, who will be waiting with your private vehicle to take you on a full day journey into the English countryside. Head first to Oxford, home to England’s oldest university, where you may take a walk through the impressive buildings that are still home to the university’s main ceremonial and educational functions.

    

Proceed to Woodstock, stopping at Blenheim Palace for a tour. This home of the Duke of Marlborough, designed by the architect Vanbrugh, was the birthplace of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill. A vast park, landscaped by Capability Brown, surrounds the palace.

    

Afterwards continue to your hotel in the delightful English village of Lower Slaughter.

Day 5
Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
Lower Slaughter Manor Breakfast

Stratford and The Cotswolds

    

Your driver-guide will lead you on a full day excursion around one of the most quintessentially English parts of the country. Your first stop is Stratford-upon-Avon, the market town that is revered as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the town center, and visit Ann Hathaway’s Cottage in the nearby village of Shottery. You may also wish to visit Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. The church lies on the banks of the Avon beyond the world-famous theatre.

    

This afternoon see the famed cottages and villages built out of the honey-colored limestone that is so characteristic of the region in places such as Chipping Campden, Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water. You may also make an appointment to view works of art and antiques in the renowned galleries of Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold

    

This part of the world is also renowned for its traditional English pubs and tea rooms. Take time to enjoy a pint of local ale with a Ploughman’s lunch, or try an afternoon cream tea in quant old-fashioned surroundings.

Day 6
Skipton, United Kingdom
Cedar Court Hotel Breakfast

Cotswolds – Peak District – Yorkshire

    

This morning, your driver-guide will take you on a full day north on the highway into Derbyshire where the Peak District National Park is located. Here, visit Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke of Devonshire that is renowned for its fine art collection and exquisite formal gardens. Then cross the Peak District National Park and drive north to your hotel in Yorkshire.


You will be confirmed for 2 nights at the Devonshire Arms, a hotel that is owned Duke himself and has an idyllic location the end of the scenic valley called Wharfedale near to the part-ruined monastery of Bolton Abbey.

Day 7
York, United Kingdom
Cedar Court Hotel Breakfast

Yorkshire


Your day excursion with your driver-guide starts with an exploration one of the most historic English cities. Visit York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral north of the Alps, and browse around the stores of the quaint streets including the Shambles. You may also walk on the ancient walls that circle the city.


This afternoon, you may prefer to take an excursion into the countryside surrounding York. Castle Howard is a fine mansion in the hills to the east of the city. With its large landscape garden, it was used as the setting for the television adaptation of ‘Brideshead Revisited’.

Day 8
Chester, United Kingdom
Holbeck Ghyll Breakfast

Yorkshire – Bronte Country – Chester

    

Leave Yorkshire this morning and head south with your driver-guide. Your route will take you through the Worth Valley, an area that is famed for its association with the Bronte Sisters. Stop in the small town of Haworth where this literary family lived at the parsonage with their father.

    

Continue from here past Manchester to the historic city of Chester. On arrival, take a walking tour of the city centre. Chester is the only town in England to preserve a complete circuit of medieval walls, from which you can walk and see the site of the Roman amphitheatre. Inside the walls, you may visit the colourful sandstone cathedral, and browse along the medieval half-timbered shopping arcades called ‘The Rows’.

Day 9
Conway, United Kingdom
Holbeck Ghyll Breakfast

North Wales – Snowdonia

    

Today, your driver-guide will lead you on a full day excursion into North Wales. Head west to the fortified town of Conway, where you will see the impressive town walls and ruined castle. Travel along the Vale of Conway into the Snowdonia National Park, where you will drive over some breath-taking scenery. The Llanberis Pass will take you down to Caernarfon, where Edward I’s sizeable castle dominates this largely Welsh-speaking town.

    

Time permitting, you may visit the Italianate village of Portmeirion; this ‘ideal village’ was created by architect Clough Williams Ellis to demonstrate how people should be able to live in beautiful surroundings. It is possible to arrive at the village by a miniature steam train on the Ffestiniog railway, one of the small trains built to carry slate from the surrounding mountains down to the ports.

Day 10
Manchester, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Depart Manchester

    

Today you will be privately transferred to Manchester airport for your departure flight.

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Description

A 10-day itinerary taking in the highlights of England and Wales, arriving in London and departing from Manchester.

About Us

For more than 25 years, Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland has provided outstanding journeys for discerning travellers across the United Kingdom. From its central base in the Cotswolds, the company operates an unsurpassed, localised network that allows the company to effortlessly arrange tours across the two regions. Guests enjoy a range of unrivalled benefits, such as Guardian Angels who provide friendship and reassurance and an inspired collection of "Insider Access" experiences such as granting private access to see the iconic Crown Jewels followed by an evening of cocktails and canapés in the Hall of Monarchs.

Insider Tip

The cities of London, Dublin and Edinburgh are wonderful but be sure venture out of the cities during your tour and experience the picturesque and often dramatic countryside of the UK & Ireland.

Terms & Conditions

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR FIT CLIENTS


1. CONFIRMATION OF RESERVATIONS

If after reviewing the one of our proposals your clients would like to accept a tour, we would require


A deposit of 10% of the indicated cost.


The final balance 30 days prior to departure.


Within 30 days prior to departure 100% of the estimated cost is required as deposit.


2. AMENDMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Once hotels and services are confirmed, any changes made will incur an administration fee of /50.00.


Cancellation received any time after the deposit has been made and up to 30 days prior to departure will result  in no cancellation penalties except for a /250.00 per person admin fee.


Cancellations received 30-15 days prior to departure will be subject to 25% of the total tour cost.

 

Cancellations received 14-7 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the total tour cost.

      

Cancellations received within 7 days of arrival will be subject to 100% of the total tour cost.


We regret that refunds cannot be made for any unused services confirmed on the itineraries.


3. FORCE MAJEURE

Abercrombie and Kent will not be responsible for any direct or indirect loss, financial loss, consequential loss, loss of enjoyment, oain and suffering, damage, injury, accident delay or irregularity resulting from acts of God, civil commotion, arrest or constraint by prines, rulers and people, bad weather, closure of ports, quarantine and epidemics or any other event whatsoever arising that cannot be avoided or guarded against by the exercise of due diligence or the consequences of which cannot be avoided or guarded against by the exercise of due diligence.


Abercrombie and Kent acts as a booking agent for the suppliers of products and accepts no liability for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or irregularity that may arise to any customer or third party resulting from the customer's or third party's use of the products. Abercrombie and Kent makes all reasonable enquiries to determine that suppliers provide appropriate products.


4. PAYMENT

Payment may be made to Abercrombie and Kent Europe by wire transfer in US Dollars, GB Pounds Sterling and Euros to our bank accounts as follows:


US DOLLARS

Account Name:       Abercrombie & Kent Europe Ltd   

Account Number:    1601040203  

Sort Code:       071923695  (Swift ABA)

Bank address:         Harris Bank Oakbrook Terrace, F.A.O Tracy Zako,

                             17w695 Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, USA


GB POUNDS STERLING

Account Name:      Abercrombie & Kent Europe Ltd

Account Number:   10009608

Sort Code:     16-00-55

Swift Code:      RBOFGB2L

Bank address:      Royal Bank Of Scotland, Southern Corporate Office

                            PO Box 391, 40 Islington High Street, London N1 8JX, UK

IBAN     GB50 RBOS 1600 5510 0096 08

IBAN BIC     RBOS GB 2L


EUROS

Acc. Name:      Abercrombie & Kent Europe Ltd

Account Number:   ABKEEU-EURA

Sort Code:     16-00-55  

Bank address:        Royal Bank Of Scotland, Southern Corporate Office,

                            PO Box 391, 40 Islington High Street, London, N1 8JX, UK

IBAN     GB29 RBOS 1610 7010 0223 46

IBAN BIC     RBOS GB 2L



Abercrombie and Kent Europe accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.


When final payment is made via your clients' credit card, please submit a commission invoice and your commission will be paid in to your nominated bank account at the time of the commencement of the tour.

A&K Great Britain & Ireland offers luxury travel for FITs, special interest groups and incentives.


Please contact supplier for full terms and conditions.



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By: klnews


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We especially liked the wonderful service when we arrived in our cities. Guides were fantastic too
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Wonderful Experience

By: Janice


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

Abercrombie & Kent made arrangement for us to have drivers for July 5th, 6th and 7th and to return us to Dublin on the 8th. Although the drivers said they were not from A&K, they had been hired by them and took us to the preplanned sites and tours that we had agreed on. In addition, they (one on the 5th and 6th, another one on the 7th and 8th) included many sites and historical tours of the cities which we visited. Both were excellent drivers and expert guides! They were not, apparently, aware of the agreed to contract with A&K and we did have to pay for admission to all the tours that required fees, but we felt we got so much more from their experience that the cost was well worth what we paid.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Shepard
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Excellent guides

By: ScottSh


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

Each of our guides in different parts of Greece provided an amazing and insightful experience.
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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excellent guides and hotels

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

The hotels and France were fine, the guides and drivers excellent and historical explantions excpeptional. We appreciated that our excellent guides took us off the beaten tourist path and to places extraordinary and special. these fellows were wonderful and friendly and knowledgeable. terrific
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

Kirkpatrick - London Trip

By: Shelley


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family loved our trip to London! We were well taken care of by Peter and Vanessa. They were warm and welcoming to us in addition to being very knowledgable about everything London. Our Guardian Angel checked in on us several times and it was nice to have a contact in London in case an emergency arose. Thank you for helping to execute a wonderful, memorable trip!

Croatia

By: person


Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2017

We went on the A&K trip to Croatia, not GB & Ireland. It was wonderful
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael