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Hosted By: Carmen Johnston
Garden & Lifestyle Expert
Explore the best of England from the bustle of London to Oxford, Bath, and the rugged Cornish coast. Begin with a London city tour presented by a Blue Badge guide. We will explore Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, enjoy a full afternoon tea, and more. Visit Bletchley Park and learn about Alan Turing and the enigma machine. Go on a walking tour of Oxford, tour the Roman Baths, and in Devon, explore Greenway, Agatha Christie’s vacation home. Our April departure will visit Highclere Castle and our September departure will explore Blenheim Palace. Spend a leisurely day in Cornwall with a walking tour of Port Isaac and visit an authentic smuggler’s hideaway at the Jamaica Inn. Travel to the Salisbury Plain and marvel at monumental Stonehenge, then arrive in Windsor for a tour of Windsor Castle before we return home.
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September 9th, 2023 - September 19th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 06/06/2023
Day 1 : Fly to London
Relax during an overnight flight to Great Britain.
Day 2 : Hampton Court Palace
In London we are warmly welcomed by our British Blue Badge Guide, the most experienced guides in the UK whose enthusiastic passion for British history and traditions enhance our introduction to London. We then depart for Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s favorite palace. Located on the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace was one of England’s most modern, sophisticated, and magnificent homes of its time. Explore Henry’s opulent State Apartments, tour the vast Tudor Kitchens, and feel the eerie chill of the Haunted Gallery before strolling the glorious gardens. In the evening we settle into our accommodations in central London and get to know our fellow travelers during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : London City Tour
After an included English Breakfast, we arrive at the Tower of London and learn about its legendary past, see Britain’s Crown Jewels, the armory and much more. View the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Prime Minister’s Office on Downing Street, plus Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. Look forward to views of the city from the River Thames on a cruise. Our tour ends with a full afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, expertly brewed tea, freshly baked pastries, and scones with jam, at Harrods, a department store with more than 160 years of history.
Day 4 : Buckingham Palace
We tour glorious Buckingham Palace, headquarters to the United Kingdom’s monarchy. Tour the opulent staterooms used by the royal family for public events and ceremonies, the throne room, and the garden where the Queen holds her annual garden party. Savor a fish and chips lunch at the Anchor Bankside Pub. The remainder of the day is yours to discover everything London has to offer. In the evening, we settle in at our accommodations in central London and get to know our fellow travelers during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 5 : Bletchley Park & Oxford
We travel northwest of London to tour Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and many others worked in secret to unlock the German Enigma Machine during World War II. Explore the Visitor Center and the Codebreaking Huts. After, we travel to Oxford, known as the City of Dreaming Spires. We go on a walking tour of Oxford’s city center with our Blue Badge Guide, visiting local markets, Christchurch Cathedral and more. Some of these places, including our accommodations this evening at the MacDonald Randolph Hotel, are filming locations for several popular television series.
Day 6 : Blenheim Palace
This morning we travel to Woodstock and the ancestral
home of Sir Winston Churchill. The principal residence of
the Dukes of Marlborough, this is the only non-royal country
house to hold the title of palace. Filled with marvelous
treasures, this 187-room home is truly a wonder. This
afternoon, we journey to Bath and enjoy a city tour before
checking in to our comfortable accommodations.
Day 7 : Bath & Greenway House
Today we tour the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Baths, built over hot springs by the Romans and rediscovered in Georgian times. Next, we journey down to Devon and take a ferry to visit Greenway, the vacation home of mystery author Agatha Christie, located on a hill overlooking the River Dart. Our accommodations for the next two nights are in Plymouth.
Day 8 : Port Isaac & Cornwall
Our destination today is Cornwall, and our local guide is also an extra in a famous television series. We embark on a walking tour of the picturesque village of Port Isaac, the setting for a popular British medical drama-comedy. In the afternoon you may spend time at leisure in the village of Tintagel or visit the remains of Tintagel Castle, steeped in the legend of King Arthur with magnificent views of the Cornish Coast. Next we visit Jamaica Inn, once a haven for smugglers and shipwreck looters, and the setting to the famous Daphne du Maurier mystery novel, Jamaica Inn.
Day 9 : Stonehenge
After breakfast at your leisure we travel to the Salisbury Plain for a tour of its fascinating landmark. One of the most recognized prehistoric monuments in the world, few places have generated more speculation than the mysterious circle of standing stones known as Stonehenge. We have the afternoon to learn about the site, then travel east to the historic town of Windsor.
Day 10 : Windsor Castle
Today we visit Windsor Castle, the final resting place of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the oldest and largest continuously-occupied castle in the world. Prominently situated on 26 acres high above the River Thames, the castle features magnificent state apartments, St. George’s Chapel, and Queen Mary’s Doll House, a masterpiece in miniature. Have the rest of the afternoon on your own in Windsor. Tonight we feast with fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner, celebrating our final evening on the Sceptered Isle.
Day 11 : Fly Home
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Georgia-based gardening and lifestyle expert Carmen Johnston is passionate about creating lush, beautiful backdrops for family life and entertaining!
With nearly 15 years of experience plus appearances on The Today Show and HGTV and features in Southern Living and Country Living, Carmen inspires and serves clients all over the country.
She recently launched Bespoke Garden Plans, a full-service, nationwide remote landscape design service based on virtual client meetings and photos. Carmen and her curated network of landscape designers throughout the U.S.—who specialize in detailed hand drawings to beautiful 3D rendering —deliver customized blueprints that range from a small-scale yard refresh to a complete install.
Join Carmen and other garden enthusiasts on this amazing trip!
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