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Best of England

Explore England’s history and literature on this fascinating tour which travels the length of the country before finishing in London

Here are more details of a sample tour as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can customize any program just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to London

    Today you depart home for the flight to London

  • Day 2


    You arrive in London where you will be met by you tour manager and transfer to the city of Winchester, the ancient capital with links to Alfred the Great. You explore Winchester Castle Castel and in the Great Hall can see the Round Table of King Arthur and his Knights. You also visit the Cathedral which dates from the time of William the Conqueror and where the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen is buried.

  • Day 3

    Stonehenge and Old Sarum

    Your day starts at the standing stones of Stonehenge, thought to date to around 3000 BC, and one of Britain’s most famous ancient monuments. You continue to the archaeological ruins of Old Sarum, the site of an ancient Celtic hillfort where subsequent Roman invaders, Saxons and Normans also lived. Beyond this is the town of Salisbury with its Cathedral dating from 1220 and with the tallest spire in England. The Cathedral has on display one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

  • Day 4

    Bath and the Cotswolds

    This morning you travel from Winchester to Bath, famed for its Roman baths which gave the city its name. Although there have been recent additions, you can still see the original Roman sections. Bath is also renowned for its handsome Georgian architecture and you will visit the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge. You then continue your journey to the Cotswold region where you can discover some of the quaint villages such as Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. Your day ends in the town of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This evening you can enjoy a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

  • Day 5

    Stratford and Warwick

    This morning you visit several sites associated with The Bard including his birth place and also Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the Elizabethan farmhouse which belonged to his wife. There is also a museum which documents his life. After lunch, you travel to York, stopping along the way to visit Warwick Castle, one of the finest fortresses in England. You can explore the Castle including its dungeons, torture chamber and ghost tower. In the afternoon, you continue your journey north to the town of York.

  • Day 6


    This morning you have a walking tour of the city which dates to Roman times, and which was subsequently raided by the Vikings from Scandinavia. The medieval city walls are thirteenth century and the cathedral, York Minster, is one of the finest in England. After lunch, you have a tour of the Jorvik Center which is an interactive museum documenting the Viking association with York. In the evening, there is a Ghost Walk through the narrow city streets.

  • Day 7


    This morning you travel from York to Cambridge. Along the route there are two interesting places to stop. You first visit the site of Fotheringhay Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was executed in 1587 on the orders of Elizabeth I. You also visit the town of Peterborough with its cathedral where you will find the tomb of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. The beautiful city of Cambridge is famous for its University and your afternoon walking tour will explore the many historic colleges. Cambridge is a student town and has a lively evening café scene which you can enjoy.

  • Day 8

    London - Buckingham Palace

    This morning you travel to London where you will see Buckingham Palace. Your guide will escort you on a walking tour past some of the most famous sights including Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Horse Guard’s Parade, Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. After lunch, you explore Westminster Abbey where the Kings and Queens of England have been crowned since 1066 when William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day. You can see the Royal Chapels and Poets Corner where there are memorials and burials of famous writers including Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling.

  • Day 9

    London - the Tower of London

    This morning you take a boat trip on the River Thames and can discover the infamous Tower of London which dates from the time of William the Conqueror. The Tower was used both as a fortress and a prison, and for many who fell out of favor with the Monarch it was a place of execution. Henry VIII’s second wife was executed in the courtyard and her body lies unmarked in the small church of St. Peter ad Vincula. You can see Traitors Gate, where convicted prisoners entered the Tower by boat from the River Thames, and also the Beauchamp Tower where prisoners graffiti on the walls dates to the 1500’s. Also on display at the Tower of London are the British Crown Jewels including the Coronation Crown of Elizabeth II. There will be time to see Tower Bridge and explore the pleasant Thames Walk before the evening which can be spent in the West End of London at Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. An evening at the theater can also be arranged.

  • Day 10

    London - St. Paul's Cathedral

    This morning you visit St. Paul’s Cathedral which was built in the late seventeenth century by Sir Christopher Wren after the previous cathedral was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. You can climb to the Dome and the famous Whispering Gallery. You can then walk across the River Thames by the new Millennium footbridge and continue to Borough Market for a flavour of old London. Close by is new London and the iconic Shard building, the tallest in Europe, which offers a stunning view of the city from the observation deck on the 72 floor. In the afternoon, you can spend time in the cosmopolitan Covent Garden area with its cafes, music and street theater. Also found here is the Royal Opera House for lovers of music.

  • Day 11

    Hampton Court

    Today you travel outside of London where you visit Hampton Court, the favorite retreat of Henry VIII and one which he expropriated from Cardinal Wolsey. You can see the historic kitchens which have been faithfully recreated, as well as the King's chambers and the ornate Chapel Royal where Henry worshipped and where the body of his Queen, Jane Seymour lay, after she died. Hampton Court also has wonderful gardens and a famous maze which should not be missed.

  • Day 12

    Windsor Castle - Depart for home

    This morning you visit Windsor Castle, the seat of the British Monarchs since the Hanoverian period when it became a favourite of George III who liked to hunt in the Great Park. You explore the State Apartments and also visit the St. George's Chapel where many Kings and Queens from the Hanoverian period onwards are buried. Your tour ends today as you depart to the airport for your homeward flight.

Prices start from

$3595 for a 12 day tour

Including a tour manager, all admissions and good quality hotels. Prices are based on East Coast departures. Contact us for a customized program and quote which includes flights from other departure cities.

includes flights

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