Lodgings in England
Planning for a trip to England
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Make your own way to Tyler’s Common Fishery in the London suburb of Havering in the morning, then meet your instructor to begin your carp fishing experience.
Start with a full safety briefing, then enjoy a guided tour of the site and learn how to use your fishing tackle and bait.
Afterward, pick your spot on the lakeside and put your new skills in to action. Under the guidance of your instructor, cast your line into the water and try your luck catching carp. Hear handy hints and tips to catch bigger fish faster, or boost your chances of a bite.
Practise different casting techniques and master the art of landing your catch. Then, after five hours at the fishery, your carp fishing adventure will come to an end.
Day 1: London – Oxford – Cotswolds
You will be collected from your London hotel in an executive Mercedes, then head out of the city. The first stop is Oxford, England’s world-famous university city. Visit the famous Christ Church, with its links to the past and Harry Potter. Afterward, be driven to the scenic Cotswolds for lunch.
Then, travel to Burford, full of history with a lovely spired church. Visit Chipping Campden, full of Cotswold stone cottages, some with thatched roofs.
See the village of Broadway and its iconic namesake tower.
Pay a visit to Hidcote and take in its beautiful gardens high on the lime stone ridge. See the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-on-Avon, which features a museum alongside other homes connected to his wife’s family and his son-in-law. Be dropped off at your chosen accommodation for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Burton-on-the-Water - Bath
Be picked-up from your hotel at approximately 9:30am. The first town on the itinerary is Burton-on-the-Water, probably the most visited town of the Cotswolds region. Situated on the clear water of the River Windrush with three lovely bridges, it is home to a bird sanctuary and other tourist attractions. Certainly the most “commercial” of the towns you will visit in the Cotswolds, it is best viewed in the morning, before the arrival of the crowds on the numerous coach tours.
Moving away from the potential crowds, cruise on over to Bibury via the ancient Roman road linking South West Britain with Lincoln in the east, the Fosse Way. Hailed as the most beautiful village by William Morris, Bibury remains a very picturesque village with a trout farm on the River Colne. Travel through the Rissingtons, yet another pretty village with several lovely manor houses.
On then to the main town of the Cotswolds, Cirencester, known as Corinium in Roman times, with its Gothic church and Roman museum. As an important Roman town, it had an amphitheater, the site of which can still be seen today.
Travelling then to Tetbury you unexpectantly pass the source of the River Thames. Tetbury is an old “wool town” with many beautiful historic buildings. The Market House, built in 1667, dominates the center of the town and is where traders bought and sold their wool.
Through the most historic town of Malmesbury your next stop is Lacock. Visit the abbey, the internal courtyard of the cloisters of which were used to shoot scenes for the Harry Potter movies.
After a stop at Castle Combe, one of the prettiest villages in England, is Bath. Take a tour of this splendid Georgian city, steeped in Roman history. After a very memorable two days, you will be dropped off at your London hotel or railway station in the Cotswolds.
Experience the incredible true story and songwriting talents of Carole King at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at London’s Aldwych Theatre. This inspiring, Tony-, Grammy- and Olivier-award winning musical charts King’s journey from penning her first hit ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ at just 17 to her rise to fame as one of the best-loved solo acts in pop history. As the story unfolds, enjoy many of her greatest hits, from ‘You’ve Got a Friend,’ to ‘Natural Woman,’ and more, all brought to life by stunning performances, music and choreography.
Make your own way to the Aldwych Theatre in central London to enjoy this captivating, award-laden show, based on the story of chart-topping pop songstress Carole King.
Your ticket guarantees you seats for the show, and ensures excellent views of the stage and every moment of the story, performances and songs.
Learn how the 17-year-old musical maestro sold her first hit, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,’ and went on to write Number 1 tracks for stars such as The Drifters, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees by the time she was 20.
Then, follow her incredible journey to a superstar in her own right, her marriage to songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, and her rise to become one of the most successful solo acts in pop history.
Along the way, listen to renditions of some of King’s classics that created a soundtrack for a generation, from ‘Up on the Roof’, to ‘Natural Woman’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, all segued together in one seamless and joyous musical.
You have the choice of two seating options for the performance inside the Aldwych Theatre. Standard priced seats offer a good view of the stage and are usually located in the rear stalls or dress circle. Alternatively, opt for top priced seating and enjoy a full view of the stage and get closer to the action!
Make your evening extra special by upgrading to enjoy a pre-show, 2-course dinner at the Strand Carvery. Serving traditional, mouth-watering oasts, the Strand Carvery is situated conveniently close to the Aldwych Theatre. See the Itinerary below for a sample menu.
Your 5-day tour introduces you to some of the top cities in England, Scotland and Wales. See the sights on walking tours, and enjoy overnight stays in York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff. As a bonus, if you travel on August 3, 10 or 17, a standard-seat ticket to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is included. Taking place annually, the evening event draws people from all over the world and features ceremonial marches, traditional music and dancing at the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Breakfasts are included daily (with the exception of Day 1) and ample free time is allocated for any other meals that are not included. All of your 4-star hotels are located centrally, so you can explore each city with ease in between traveling and excursions.
Sail down the Thames and enjoy the views from your cruise. Your Thames cruise ticket is valid in the central and eastern zones. Disembark at North Greenwich for Emirates Airline.
Soar over London in the Emirates Air Line cable cars. All tickets include a 360 Degree tour on Emirates Air Line, in-flight discovery film and souvenir in-flight guide and entry to Emirates Aviation Experience located by the North Greenwich terminal is also included.
Explore London from the deck of a boat on the Thames River! Escape the crowded tubes and buses to enjoy a journey on the fastest fleet of catamarans on the river. The boats depart every 20 minuets from a number of different locations including Westminster, Embankment, Greenwich, North Greenwich and Tower Bridge.
This is the most perfect way to get through the centre of the city, enjoy unbeatable views of London's landmarks which are lining the river Thames. The Thames cruise ticket allows you to hop-on and hop-off at any pier in the central and eastern zones.
'Take off' on the Emirates Air line, launched in 2012 this stunning attraction allows you to get incredible views of the Olympic park, 02 and the London skyline. Take the Thames cruise across the river and board the Emirates Air Line.
Start your private tour with a pickup at your centrally located London hotel between 9am and 9pm. Alternatively, simply meet your private guide in the center of the city London. Then, hop into your restored Mini Cooper and set off through the streets.
Zoom along London’s famous thoroughfares in your classic Mini Cooper and take in top sites of interest such as the Houses of Parliament, The Shard, or St. Paul's Cathedral. Along the way, find out what really makes London swing!
With your private guide at the wheel, spin off the tourist route to corners of the capital only the locals know. Perhaps explore London’s street art scene in Leake Street, wind around the historic backstreets of Covent Garden, or soak up the atmosphere in local markets like the Borough Farmers’ Market.
After two hours exploring the streets and sites of London, conclude your tour back in the city center or at your hotel.
Start your experience with a hotel pickup by traditional London black cab, and meet your friendly driver who doubles up as your personal guide. Relax in one of the cab’s comfortable seats, and listen to tales and trivia about the Doctor Who TV series as you travel west out of the city, along the motorway to the Welsh capital.
After roughly 3 hours on the road, work your way into central Cardiff to see all the Doctor Who sights. Pass the American cafe where the Doctor regularly meets his friends, and visit the places where Captain Jack Harkness from the Torchwood Institute — an extraterrestrial-fighting team — and the Doctor puzzled over weird and wonderful events.
Having seen the fictional character of the Face of Boe (‘played’ by a giant mechanical head), loop past the houses of the Doctor’s two trusted sidekicks: Amy and Rory Pond. From the residential neighborhoods, travel back into the city center and head inside the Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay.
Enter the interactive exhibition at your own expense, and then explore with your guide, seeing a collection of original costumes alongside other attention-grabbing memorabilia and Doctor Who artifacts. Watch a short film about the series, and then become the Doctor’s assistant on a walk through the TARDIS time machine. Step through a crack in the wall, battle with the Doctor’s enemies and gasp in awe at the special effects that line your route. Finish by posing for a photo against a giant screen, displaying your choice of background.
Take a break for lunch (own expense), and then sightsee around Cardiff some more, seeing the wedding setting of Amy and Rory Pond besides others. Learn about Rose Tyler, played by British celebrity Billie Piper, while passing her place of work. You can stop for a quick snack before you make your way out of the city, traveling back along the motorway.
Meet your host in central London, and then hop aboard your luxury coach for your journey to Bicester Village, the luxury shopping outlet roughly 1 hour away. On arrival, leave your coach and head inside to enjoy 6 hours of shopping at leisure.
Explore the spacious outdoor mall independently and browse the wares at more than 130 luxury shops, discovering mens’ and womens’ clothing, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics and more. The village boasts a range of international brands including Matthew Williamson, Ted Baker and Yves St Laurent, and many shops offer savings of up to 60 percent. Use your 50-GBP gift card to shop ‘til you drop!
As an additional bonus, your shopping experience includes a VIP discount card, which entitles you to a further 10 percent off in select boutiques.
Take a break from shopping by paying a visit to one of the outlet’s eight cafes, each offering a range of food and drink to suit your appetite and budget. A delicious 2-course lunch with water at Villandry Grand Café is included.
At the prearranged time, meet your host back on board the coach and then travel back to London where your day trip finishes.
Choose the departure time most convenient for you, and then meet your private driver-guide at the prearranged location in central London. Settle into your seat inside a Morris Minor convertible — a classic car that burst onto the British motoring scene in the late 1940s — and set off on your tour of London’s world-famous landmarks.
Sit back and soak up the buzzing atmosphere as you’re chauffeured through London’s most recognizable areas. If you’ve upgraded to include a bottle of Champagne, pop the cork and sip on a glass of bubbles as you listen to your driver-guide’s insightful commentary on the capital’s biggest attractions.
Gaze out of the window, taking in top attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Continue on to 10 Downing Street, home to Britain's Prime Minister, and see the royal sights of the Pall Mall, St James’ Palace and the Horse Guards Parade.
Then, find yourself on the bustling shopping strips of Regent Street, South Morton Street and Jermyn Street.
After roughly an hour, your tour finishes near your original start point.
Please note: Morris Minors are small in comparison to most of today’s cars, so with comfort in mind, bookings are only accepted for a maximum of three people per car.
After your central London pickup, you will depart for Cardiff, Wales. You will be given a 45-minute break at the services on the way. You will be joined by a Welsh guide, then arrive in Cardiff, you will be taken on a city tour. The guide will point out a few of the major attractions and sites such as Cardiff Castle and the National Museum. At around 1:30pm, once the tour has finished, enjoy an hour of free time to take a look around Cardiff and perhaps grab some lunch. There are many restaurants and cafés along the Cardiff Bay with wonderful views.
At approximately 2:30pm, depart from the city center to Caerphilly Castle (Cardiff Castle on some dates). The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century and occupies around 30 acres of land making it the second largest castle in Britain. Upon your arrival, you will be taken on a walking tour and then enjoy free time to explore the medieval construction yourself.
Around 4pm, you will start our return journey back to London. You will have a 30-minute break at the services on route back to the drop off point. Arrive back in central London at about 8:30pm.