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Enjoy the glorious English countryside as we drive to see some of the many spectacular sights that Southern England has to offer. We will pick you up from your hotel and then explore the English countryside. A typical Countryside Tour lasts between 8 and 12 hours and we would normally visit two locations. Traditional English pubs make lunch a memorable part of the tour. Prices range from £590 to £820 for a full day tour. Shorter visits to just one location are available too with prices starting at £430. These prices are for the whole group, not per person. In addition you will pay for your entrance tickets and refreshments. If there are particular places you want to visit please let us know as we can always customise a tour for you. Some sites naturally work well together either geographically or because they complement each other - press the "Goes well with these sites" button to explore possible tours.

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Countryside Tours

The Round Tower at Windsor Castle where queen Elizabeth II lives
Windsor Castle

The world's oldest inhabited castle and Queen Elizabeth II's favourite weekend residence. Windsor Castle is a fortress with sumptuous state apartments to visit and admire. St George's Chapel is the burial place of many Kings and Queens of England and home to the highest order of chivalry - see the glorious banners of the Knights of the Garter.

Hamton Court Palace viewed from across the Privy Gardens
Hampton Court

Hampton Court is two palaces in one: the Tudor palace belonged to King Henry VIII and its scale is brought to life when you see how he housed and fed his 400 courtiers. King William III built the grander baroque palace in the 1600s. It was built to impress, especially when the King was conducting State business. The gardens are renowned for their colour, design and history.  

Snow scene of the Radcliffe Camera reading room at Oxford
Oxford 

Famous for its ancient university which dates back to the 1200s the Colleges of Oxford University shape the bustling city of Oxford. Visit at least one College to find out about student life, and as we walk amongst the honey coloured buildings you will learn about our education system. For Harry Potter fans there are sites to visit and recognise from the films. 

The mystical Stonhenge neolithic stone monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Stonehenge

This unique and at least 5000 years old mystical stone circle has intrigued people throughout the ages. Find out how it was probably built as a  religious or ceremonial site, unlock the secrets of the Solstices and marvel at  the feats of labour involved in moving, shaping and erecting these 40-tonne stones. Feel the atmsosphere at this unique World Heritage Site.

The majestic sweep of the Royal Crescent in Bath
City of Bath

The City of Bath's beauty is recognised in its World Heritage Site status. See how the Romans harnessed the natural hot spring and built the Roman Baths, which date back 2000 years. Enjoy great architecture from when Bath city grew in Georgian times. See why it was the place to be in the 1700s when Jane Austen lived, and set some of her stories, in Bath.  

Salisbury Cathedral with England's tallest spire
Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is set in a charming Close, has the tallest spire in England and is considered one of the finest medieval buildings in Britain. It has a varied collection of artefacts including a story of love and poison! We will see one of the original Magna Carta which defined and enshrined rights in 1215 and heavily  influenced the American Constitution.

The bridge over Blenheim Palace Lake
Blenheim Palace

This is the private residence of the Duke of Marlborough; this magnificent palace was built in the 1700s as a celebration of the military success of John Churchill. As the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill it has an exhibition about him. With beautiful gardens landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal Palace in the country.

Shkespear's Birthplace at Straford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-Upon-Avon

This is a charming country town to visit. It is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare who was educated at the local grammar school and buried in the local Church. Explore the family home where he was born, his classroom at school and, if time permits. his grave. You may also visit the Tudor farm where he courted his wife, Anne Hathaway. 

The ford at the charming Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter
The Cotswolds

Visiting this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a relaxing, scenic and charming tour. It can include a combination of traditional villages, larger market towns or even a small 5000-year-old stone circle. Drive through lovely English countryside and enjoy the thatched roof houses, made of honey coloured Cotswold stone and the traditional pub. 

Hever Castle - home of King Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn
Hever Castle

Originally built in the 1200s it is a moated castle with beautiful Italian gardens and a man-made lake. It was the home of the Boleyn family and you will see where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. Hear how it played an important part in history and see its hidden chapel. Enjoy the lovingly restored rooms that turned it into a comfortable country home in the 1900s. 

Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS Victory at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Dockyard

Portsmouth is the place to visit if you like naval history or want to see somewhere a little different. Explore HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Nelson who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Mary Rose warship sank in 1545; raised in 1982 it is now an atmospheric museum containing artefacts that bring to life the lives and times of its Tudor crew.

Canterbury

This charming historic Roman city was the birthplace of Christianity in the UK. The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the world wide Anglican faith. It is a soaring mix of Norman and Gothic architecture with a unique Huguenot chapel. Hear how the murder and martyrdom of  St Thomas Becket in 1170 created a world wide pilgrimage site.

Stonehenge - photo by Adam Woodrow