Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Traditionally English (15 days)

Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland

London, United Kingdom To York, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Aug 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
None None

Upon arrival at one of London’s international airports you will be welcomed to England by your local Guardian Angel, and privately transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

An expert local guide and your chauffeur are waiting to meet you for a full day sightseeing tour (8 hours) of the City of London and Westminster. Visit the Tower of London, where the Beefeaters guard the dazzling Crown Jewels, and gain excellent views of Tower Bridge from the Medieval Palace. Proceed afterwards to St. Paul's Cathedral, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. This afternoon tour Westminster and enjoy a flight on the London Eye, gaining spectacular views of the city from the top. Continue on to Trafalgar Square, where the National Gallery of Art is overshadowed by Nelson’s Column. Head down Whitehall and past Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament. Visit Westminster Abbey, the National Church of England that has been the scene of many state occasions including the Coronation. Finally, return to your hotel past Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London.

Day 3
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Today, an expert local guide and your chauffeur are waiting to meet you for a half day sightseeing tour (4 hours) to the Bloomsbury area of London. Visit the British Museum that houses a world-renowned collection of historic artefacts, including the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and the Sutton Hoo treasures. Also see the excellent collection of Egyptian antiquities.


Time permitting, travel to the British Library building, where many priceless documents including a Gutenberg Bible and the First Folio edition of Shakespeare are on display. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore London’s many attractions, museums, sights and shops.

Day 4
Gloucester, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Travel with your driver-guide out of London following the River Thames into the countryside. Stop en-route briefly at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite residence. Continue along to the graceful riverside towns of Marlow and Henley. Marlow offers a wealth of Georgian architecture whilst Henley is home to the famous Royal Rowing Regatta, which takes place in June every year.


Also today, pay a visit to one of the UK’s greatest stately homes, Blenheim Palace. The vast stone palace was built in the early 1700’s and impresses visitors with its huge parklands, English baroque façade and palatial interiors. The palace was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Continue on to your countryside accommodations in Gloucestershire.

Day 5
Bath, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Spend the day with your driver-guide visiting the World Heritage city of Bath. The Romans first settled here in the 1st century with the construction of a temple and a network of baths to take full benefit of the natural springs. The city came back to favour in the 18th century when the gentry came to Bath with renewed interest in the healing properties in the waters. The legacy today is a city of fine honey coloured Georgian buildings epitomized by The Circus and the imposing Royal Crescent. Also of interest are the excavations of the Roman baths and the 15th century Abbey.


Returning to your hotel you may also stop in the village of Castle Combe, a picture-postcard English village, many times voted the most beautiful in Britain and setting for many film locations.

Day 6
Cotswolds, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Spend the day with your driver-guide touring the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the Cotswolds. The area is known for its quaint honey-coloured villages and rolling countryside. Undoubtedly one of the finest villages is Chipping Campden with quaint flower covered houses and the impressive St. James Church. Also tour Bourton-on-the-Water and villages with evocative names such as Upper and Lower Slaughter or Upper and Lower Swell.

Day 7
Chester, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Spend the day touring the Heart of England with your driver-guide. Travel first to Stratford-upon-Avon, a delightful riverside town of half-timbered houses. Stratford’s most famous son was William Shakespeare and here you can visit his birthplace and also the family home of his wife, Ann Hathaway.


Continue to Ludlow on the Welsh border, a quintessentially English town of black and white houses, churches and a red sandstone castle, which dates from 1058. Ludlow is also one of the gastronomic capitals of the United Kingdom; you may wish to take a late lunch (payable locally) in one of the three Michelin-starred restaurants in the town. At the end of the day, continue to your accommodations in historic Chester.

Day 8
Chester, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Spend the morning with a tour of the delightful city of Chester. Chester was originally a Roman naval base and the original boundary walls of the city today are still marked-out by the complete circle of city walls which date from the tenth century. The greatest expansion in the city happened in the 12th and 14th century, evidence of this can be seen in the rows of shopping arcades that date from this period and are still used for this purpose today.


This afternoon, travel across the border into Wales to Llangollen in the Dee Valley. Visit Plas Newydd, former home to a scandalous and eccentric group of ladies who collected curios and wood carvings to create one of the country’s first tourist attractions. Return to your hotel in Chester where the evening is at your leisure.

Day 9
Lake District , United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Depart Chester today and head northwards to the region known as The Lake District, a National Park because of its outstanding natural beauty. En-route stop at Cartmel, a beautiful village with flower-filled corners, delightful streamside walks, humpbacked bridges, cobbled pavements and traditional inns. Having celebrated its 800th anniversary, the Priory Church of St Mary and St. Michael still serves as the centre of the community. Also visit Levens Hall, a fine Elizabethan Mansion with fantastic topiary gardens.

Day 10
Lake District , United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Spend the day with your driver-guide discovering the unique scenery of the Lake District. The geography of mountains, valleys and lakes was formed during the Ice Age. Enjoy a relaxing public lake cruise followed by a ride on the steam railway through the Leven Valley. Alternatively, the more active may wish to spend some time walking the many pathways and admiring the views. Afterwards return to your lakeside accommodation.

Day 11
Seaham, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Travel today up to the border with Scotland and the wall that was ordered by the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, to keep out Scottish invaders. All along the wall there used to be a full infrastructure of garrisons, forts and temples. The best preserved is The House steads, a fort where you can clearly see the foundations of the commandant, granaries, hospital and HQ building. Travel on up to the medieval university city of Durham. Durham Castle commands a strategic position above the River Wear and, for 750 years, served as the home to Prince-Bishops from where Northern England was ruled and the Scots kept at bay.


Durham’s other impressive site is its Norman Cathedral, situated on the Palace Green whose origins go back to the 10th Century. Spend the evening in the village of Seaham, overlooking the North Sea.

Day 12
York, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Venture down the coast today to the picturesque and traditional British resort town of Whitby. The ruins of Whitby Abbey are set high on the East Cliff, founded by St. Hilda in AD 657. Whitby also played a role in the inspiration of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Your driver-guide will take you to the North Yorkshire Moors, a dramatic National Park of heather-coloured moorlands and quaint villages. Your journey ends today at your hotel in York.

Day 13
York, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Begin your day with a walking tour through the beautiful, historic and ancient city of York. York’s history dates from Roman times but it has also played a pivotal role in English history through the times of the Vikings and the Norman’s. Dominating the city is the Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.


Exploring the narrow, cobbled streets of the city you will come to Clifford’s Tower, which now stands on the mound where York Castle once stood. Finally in York, visit the Jorvik Viking Centre. Standing on an authentic Viking site, archaeologists have re-created a Viking street with extreme attention to detail. Spend the afternoon at leisure, catching up on some last minute gifts or enjoy the facilities of your hotel.

Day 14
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Today, your driver-guide will lead you on a full day journey (8 hours) back to London. A choice of route today provides you with to sightseeing options: Visit Cambridge, the city that is home to England's second oldest university. Many of the college buildings here are very grand; chief among these is King's College Chapel, whose fan-vaulted roof is one of the architectural wonders of the world. Alternatively visit Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke of Rutland that sits atop a hill overlooking the surrounding agricultural region. With sumptuous interiors, the castle has a celebrated collection of paintings. Continue to your hotel in London.   

Day 15
York, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Today you will be privately transferred to one of London’s airports for your onward flight.

Tour Features

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Description

As English as the bowler hat and umbrella, this tour includes some of the best of England, featuring a selection of the most iconic sights.

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

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

Tour of The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland

By: Diana Chandler


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

Our travel agent set up a private, one-hour tour of the Old Course through Abercrombie & Kent and our St. Andrews guide, 82 yr old Jim Bowie, was fabulous! He was EXTREMELY knowledgeable with the history of, not only golf in Scotland, but with The Old Course as well. Jim is fit as a fiddle (golfs 6 days of the week!), and really took the time to answer questions and show us around in a leisurely fashion...he actually went over the one-hour limit—-we were thrilled to learn as much of the history of golf in Scotland as we could! We ended the tour at the golf shop where an Old Course golf ball and scorecard were given to each of us for booking the tour. This is included with a group tour as well. Afterward, Abercrombie & Kent had set up a luncheon reservation at Swilcan Clubhouse (you pay your own food/drink bill) and even though we were running late, they held our table at the windows overlooking the course! We would highly recommend using Abercrombie & Kent for this tour.
Travel Advisor:  Bob Romano
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tour operator

By: tj


Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018

everything was good, efficient and on time.
Travel Advisor:  Alfred Volden