Discover some of England’s most precious treasures on this 12-day rail adventure.
Experience leisurely stays in England’s most iconic destinations. Spend two nights in bustling London. Sail the picturesque Lake District, made famous by poets and artists. Spend three nights in the Georgian resort town of Bath. Learn about Liverpool’s rich history and promising future. Savor a relaxing two-night stay in peaceful Cornwall. Experience the wonder of Stonehenge. Visit Glastonbury Abbey to view the reputed resting place of King Arthur. Enjoy a wine pairing dinner in the Cornish countryside. Explore the charming village of St Ives, the popular resort town and artist colony. Journey by train through beautiful countryside en route from Cornwall to London’s Paddington Station. From the bustling streets of London to the verdant landscapes of the Lake District to the Roman spas of Bath, these are England’s true treasures.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Ride the Great Western Railway from Cornwall to London
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 16 Meals
- Sightseeing per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Lake District
- Windsor Castle
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
“Come!—let me see thee sink into a dream.” William Wordsworth wrote those words for his poem Travelling over 160 years ago. Yet they still capture the essence of the out-of-the-way places and the contemplative beauty of England. Join us as we take in Stonehenge, Liverpool and London. Along the way we’ll stray from the well-traveled path with stays in Bath, Cornwall and Wordsworth’s own Lake District.
Day 2 - Arrive in Liverpool
Welcome to Liverpool, home to four English lads who changed music forever. Today, this once rough and tumble city is known as much for its unrivaled love of football as it is for The Beatles. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner on the Albert Dock. (D)
Day 3 - Liverpool to Lake Windermere
This morning, we set out to explore Liverpool with a local guide. Along the way, learn about the rich heritage of this historic port. Later, spend time at the restored Albert Dock complex or perhaps visit The Beatles Story (the world's largest permanent exhibition devoted to the group), the Maritime Museum or the International Slavery Museum. Then, we travel to the scenic Lake District and settle into our hotel for two nights on the shores of Lake Windermere. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. (B, D)
Day 4 - Lake District
Discover a corner of the world that gave inspiration to famed writers such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Sir Walter Scott. Set sail on Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Take in the tranquil backdrop as we cruise into the charming village of Bowness for some leisure time. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Soak up the romance of the Lake District with a visit to Rydal Mount, the home of poet William Wordsworth. Or, soak up some poetic inspiration on a guided hike through glacial valleys and along gorgeous lakeside trails. (B)
Day 5 - Lake District, Worcester & Bath
Today we head south to England’s rural heartland. Stop at Worcester Cathedral for a guided tour of this architectural marvel and final resting place of the legendary King John. Next, take a short drive to the ancient Roman town of Bath, your home for the next three nights. (B, D)
Day 6 - Bath
England is blanketed with beautiful cities, but Bath may just be the jewel in the crown. Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your local guide on a walking tour. Follow in the footsteps Jane Austen, Thomas Gainsborough and Charles Dickens as you take in beautiful Georgian façades, manicured parks, and the famous Royal Crescent, a dramatic row of 30 terraced houses. Next, visit the Roman Bath Museum to see these elaborate spas that have been prized since Roman times for their curative properties. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. (B)
Day 7 - Stonehenge & Salisbury
Today we visit one of the world’s most iconic sights. Travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious rock formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived here and try to imagine their true purpose. Then it’s off to the medieval market town of Salisbury. Enjoy free time to explore on your own before visiting the famous cathedral that towers above the city. Join a local guide who takes you on a tour through Britain’s finest 13th century Gothic cathedral. (B)
Day 8 - Bath to Cornwall
Today, visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, once the richest monastic community in England and the reputed home of the legendary King Arthur. Then travel south to Cornwall, England’s remote southwestern peninsula. Cornwall has always danced to its own tune. Passing through rugged moors and lush valleys, it becomes clear why this far-reaching corner of the earth has been a source of inspiration for so many. Stop at Lanhydrock. This picture-perfect country house perfectly pairs great wealth alongside the comfort and familiarity of a family home. The kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious dining room and bedrooms remain truly elegant. (B, D)
Day 9 - Cornwall
Enjoy a leisurely morning before setting out for a day of discovery. See iconic St. Michael’s Mount, a monastery turned castle that stands steadfast off the shores of Penzance in the mouth of Mount’s Bay. Then, travel along Cornwall’s stunning coastal road to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. Visit the popular artist colony and resort town of St. Ives for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we visit a local winery for a farm-to-table dinner and wine pairing. (B, D)
Day 10 - Great Western Railway to London
All aboard! Bid a fond farewell to Cornwall and board your Great Western Railway car en route to London’s Paddington Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning English countryside. Your welcome to England’s bustling capital begins with a local expert who will show you the quintessential sights, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. (B)
Day 11 - London
Today is yours to explore London. Or, you may choose to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle; originally build to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is one of the oldest royal residences still in use today. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a traditional English roast at one of Kensington’s favorite local restaurants and toast the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D)
Day 12 - Return Home
Your journey through England comes to a close today. (B)
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England's Treasures: Departs 26th September 2018 ($3,099), 24th October 2018 ($2,999)
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