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Extended Touring Programmes

Examples of the tours we operate. Go back to Land Programmes

South of England Tour

Day 1
On arrival in London you will be met and transferred to your 5* hotel. Following check-in the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and the surrounding area.

This evening is free for you to enjoy dinner at leisure.

Day 2
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of London with your experienced guide. Amongst London’s principal buildings and monuments see Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, Buckingham Palace and the Mall, Tower Bridge and St Catherine’s Dock.

Enjoy lunch in one of the oldest pubs in London before an afternoon of continued sightseeing that could take in any number of attractions including the Tower of London, the National or Tate Galleries, St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. Alternatively spend the afternoon in the wonderful shopping areas of London, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

This evening enjoy a London theatre performance of your choice.

Day 3
Meet with your driver and transfer to the city of Bath founded in 1 AD. The Romans were drawn to this site to relax by Britain’s only Hot Springs and to take advantage of their reputed healing powers. The Great Bath, which is still fed today by a Roman lead conduit, was originally decorated with intricate Roman mosaic pavements. After the Romans withdrawal from England around 410, the city was sacked by the Saxons and did not revive for many years.

Arrive at your hotel in the Royal Crescent which occupies the two central buildings in the world’s finest crescent. Following check-in you will have some time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and have a bite to eat before meeting with your guide for an afternoon walking tour.

The Bath that you will see this afternoon, with its squares, crescents and terraced town houses, was constructed largely during the renaissance that Bath enjoyed in the Georgian era. Today Bath is an important centre for the arts and culture, with many museums, exhibitions, concerts and performances scheduled throughout the year.

Some of the colourful sights of Bath that you may wish to visit with your guide include: Bath Abbey - A masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The Abbey churchyard is surrounded by 18th- century buildings with the Roman Baths Museum located in the Abbey Courtyard. Roman Baths Museum and Pump Room - The museum holds a fascinating collection of objects dropped into the baths by pious Romans. The Jane Austin Centre - The Jane Austin Centre is a new permanent exhibition, which tells the story of Jane Austin’s experiences in Bath and the effect that living in the city had on her writing. Sally Lunn's - a restaurant and museum situated in the oldest house in Bath, it is named after the 17th-century baker who first created the famous buttery tea bun, synonymous with Bath afternoon tea.

Return to your hotel and the evening is at leisure

Day 4
Meet with your driver and head for Cornwall where the beautiful coastline is dotted with lighthouses and tiny coves. A stop will be made on route in Exeter, Devon’s bustling capital city.

Built on a high plateau above the River Exe, Exeter city is encircled by substantial sections of Roman and medieval walls and you will find that the street plan has not changed much since the Romans first laid out what is now the High Street.

You will have free time for lunch and perhaps enjoy a visit to Exeter Cathedral which is one of the most glorious in Britain or simply stroll along the narrow alleys and cobbled streets which invite leisurely exploration.

Then continue your drive south skirting the edge of Dartmoor National Park’s 368 square miles of natural beauty and rugged grandeur before arriving at the Nare Hotel (or similar), surrounded by National Trust land and a perfect location to explore the attractive Roseland Coastline.

Following check-in at the hotel the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

Day 5
Lands End, St Ives, St Michael’s Mount are names synonymous with Cornwall, and today you will have a chance to see them all.

Departing from your hotel with your driver and guide, head into the true countryside, with your first stop being Marazion. Here enjoy fine views of St Michael’s Mount and Penzance across the bay. After a brief stop, continue to Lands End, where England's westernmost point on the mainland, plunges into the sea at the end of the Cornish Peninsula.

Here you may walk around the rocky plateau and, if the day is clear, enjoy the fine views of the steep granite cliffs and rugged coastal scenery. For generations of British mariners, sighting Land's End meant the end of a long, often arduous journey; watching it fade from view over the stern meant the beginning of unknown adventures to come.

Take advantage of some free time to explore the many shops or perhaps indulge in a bite or two of Cornish cream fudge. You may mail a postcard from England's 'last mailbox' or take some photos of the sign indicating the distance across the Atlantic to New York or to John O'Groats, Britain's most northerly point.

Then set off for St Ives, on the North Coast, passing Rosamunde Pilcher’s birth place of Lelant en-route. Explore with your guide and visit the Tate gallery recently opened here in honour of those generations of artists that have called St Ives home. Also visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum without which a visit to St Ives would be incomplete.

Take time for lunch at your leisure and to explore the numerous galleries and quaint shops before returning to your hotel over the Cornish moors, strewn with granite outcrops and mining villages and inspiration for many a good pirate or smugglers story!

Evening at leisure

Day 6
Depart the Hotel this morning and head for the ancient city of Salisbury home to one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain. Enjoy a stop on route in Sherborne where few other towns in Britain have such a wealth of unspoilt medieval buildings. Here you will have some free time for lunch and to explore the town where Edward VI founded the famous Sherborne School in 1550, saving intact the splendid Abbey Church, the almshouse and other monastic buildings that might otherwise have been demolished after the Dissolution.

After your free time continue your drive up through the west county until arriving in Salisbury and the White Hart Hotel, a striking 17th Century building with an elegant classical facade, lying just opposite Salisbury Cathedral.

Following check-in the rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Day 7
Meet with your guide this morning for a walking tour of Salisbury dominated by its magnificent cathedral and soaring spire which towers 404 feet high. Walk through the spacious and tranquil Cathedral close, a beautiful walled precinct of splendid houses dating from medieval times to the 18th Century, before visiting the octagonal Chapter House. Here you can see one of the four copies of the Magna Carta on display.

Enjoy lunch before meeting with your driver back at the hotel for your transfer to Berkshire and Cliveden Hotel regarded widely as the finest hotel in the UK. It was the home of the renowned Astor family for four generations, and prior to that of three dukes, an earl and a prince. In 1893 William Waldorf Astor bought the estate and today, there are reminders everywhere of his taste as a prodigious collector.

You will also have the opportunity to stop at Stonehenge on route to Cliveden.
Check-in at the hotel and the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Day 8
Transfer from Cliveden House Hotel to London Heathrow

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