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An Extraordinary Journey

October 7-17, 2023

London October 7-9

Explore the Grandeur of London

Settle into the historic and elegant Stafford London hotel. The St. James Location is a perfect spot where you can explore the City and all that it has to offer.

Because London has so much to offer, you’ll have plenty of time to explore independently. We will also include the following:

  • Dine with the group at the Reform Club, a historic private club on Pall Mall
  • Visit the Tower of London and crown jewels
  • View the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

We can also obtain theater tickets, museum tickets, and tours for those interested

Stay at the Stafford London

You will stay at the legendary Stafford London Hotel. Once a club for American and British officers, the Stafford London is a 5 -star hotel in an ideal location, convenient to the best shopping and sightseeing London has to offer.

Dine at the Reform Club

Join the group at a dinner (Included) at one of London's most historic and elegant private clubs. The Reform Club is the location where Phineas Fogg made his famous bet and the start and end of the classic "Around the World in 80 Days" written 151 years ago.

Visit the Tower of London

You can enjoy a visit to the Tower of London and view the Crown Jewels.

See the Changing of the Guard

Join the group for a behind the scenes visit during the changing of the guard.

The Stafford London Hotel

The Cotswolds
October 10-12

Take in the beauty of the Cotswolds

Our home base in the dreamy Cotswolds will be the Lygon Arms in the center of Broadway, a storybook village full of shops and activities.

En route to the hotel and once there you will enjoy:

  • Visit Blenheim Palace with High Tea
  • Hidcote Garden
  • Villages of Broadway, Chipping Camden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burton-on-the-Water
  • Warwick Castle
  • Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Stay at the Lygon Arms

Stay in the lovely Lygon Arms in the heart of the picturesque village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, surrounded by shops and galleries, with many hotel activities including shooting and a lovely spa and indoor pool.

Visit Blenheim Palace

This extraordinary palace is the home of the Duke of Marlborough. It is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world and is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and his burial site.

Enjoy Hidcote Gardens

Hidcote is a world-famous Arts and Crafts-inspired garden nestled in a North Cotswold hamlet, created by passionate plantsman and talented designer, Major Lawrence Johnston. Covering an area of 10.5 acres, the garden takes visitors on a journey through intimate formal areas revealing a different atmosphere or new vista at every turn.

Explore the Cotswold Villages

Renown as the most picturesque region in England, we will stop at villages that you will have seen in many movies and television shows.

Take in Warwick Castle

When you think of castles, you think of Warwick. This castle first built by William the Conqueror is one of the most impressive and historic in all the world.

Visit the home of William Shakespeare

We will visit the lovely village of Stratford-on-Avon and tour the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare. 

The Lygon Arms, Broadway

Kings and Romans
October 13-14

Stay in a Castle, Visit the Roman Baths

We will stay in one of Henry VIII’s castles where he and Anne Boleyn spent considerable time – now a luxurious Relais & Chateaux property with award-winning dining.  

Our visit will include:

  • Enjoy the stunning grounds and amenities of Thornbury Castle
  • Dine with the group in the castle
  • Visit King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s  gardens at their home at Highgrove House OR
  • Grab some fish and chips and visit the HMS Britain in Bristol
  • Visit the Roman Baths in nearby Bath
  • Dine with the group at the renowned Pump Room in Bath

Stay at Thornbury Castle

This one-of-a-kind destination, forged of imposing stone walls and steeped in palatial luxury, is an enduring testament to Tudor history, when royalty reigned supreme.

The Gardens at the King and Queen's home

Highgrove is the private home of Their Majesties The King Charles III and The Queen Camilla. The house is not open to the public, but the Gardens are open between April and October every year to allow visitors to share Their Majesties' enjoyment of this much-loved, inspirational place. The series of interlinked gardens have been created with imagination and passion over some 40 years and reflect The King's natural artistic ability.  flora and fauna.

Explore BRistol

An alternative to Highgrove House will be a visit to the nearby city of Bristol where the HMS Britain is in drydock. Britain was the first screw propellor ship.

Visit the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are a well-preserved thermae in the city of Bath, Somerset, England. A temple was constructed on the site between 60-70CE in the first few decades of Roman Britain.

Thornbury Castle

October 15-17

Majesty and Grace

We will stay at the extraordinary Cliveden House ,one of the finest hotels in the world as a last stop to unwind and enjoy your last days in England.

We will include:

  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Explore the historic Winchester Cathedral
  • Stay and enjoy the extraordinary spa and resort estate of Cliveden House
  •  Visit Windsor Castle 
  • Farewell  Dinner at Cliveden House

Relax at Cliveden House

Cliveden House is a privately owned five AA Red Star award-winning hotel, our story is one of over 350 years of powerful personalities, iconic parties and scandalous affairs. Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden House has remained a pinnacle of intrigue and glamour for the elite. Now, our Grade I stately home set upon 376 acres of beautifully presented National Trust grounds is a luxurious five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa, ready and waiting to welcome you to create your own moment in Cliveden's history.

Visit Stonegenge

Ancient and mysterious, Stonehenge is a must visit at least once in a lifetime.

Take in Winchester Cathedral

Founded by William the Conqueror this is the burial place of many English Kings and others including Jane Austen, Winchester Cathedral is one of the oldest and most historic in England. It has the longest nave of any Cathedral in Europe.

Visit the Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 40 monarchs.

Cliveden House

The ten night trip is offered at $6,275/person based on double occupancy. This includes:

  • Ten nights luxury hotel accommodations and full English breakfasts
  • Airport transfers
  • Four group dinners
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Tours
  • All entrance fees and local government taxes
  • Transportation
  • Special custom memento

Depending on interest level, an abbreviated trip may be offered with an itenerary change and return over the weekend.

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