An Exclusive Tour of Royal Palaces and Regal Places

An Exclusive Tour of Royal Palaces and Regal Places

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You are cordially invited on a grand tour of England’s magnificent palaces to follow in the footsteps of the Her Majesty the Queen and other famous royals. During this regal affair we are treated to a private viewing of the Crown Jewels and discover a fascinating range of iconic landmarks; starting in London before venturing further afield to the Althorp Estate, the childhood home and final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as
world-famous Sandringham in Norfolk and charming Highgrove in the Cotswolds, where the spectacular gardens of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall await. As we weave our way around a splendid collection of exquisite castles, idyllic estates, country retreats and some of the most glorious gardens in England, our series of exclusive private tours illuminate the history of these stately treasures.

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$5,590

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Aug 13, 2023 - Aug 21, 2022

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Free private transfers to/from London Heathrow

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR MAP

Royal Palaces map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    August 13: Arrival (depart U.S. on 8/12)

    On arrival at Heathrow airport, a private transfer will take you to The Royal Horseguards Hotel, where we stay for the first four nights of our tour. In the evening, join the group for a welcome drink, followed by dinner.

  • day 2

    Frogmore House, The Savill Garden and Windsor Castle

    This morning we head to Frogmore House, firm favorite as a royal retreat for centuries and nestled within the Home Park of Windsor Castle. During our guided tour of the gardens and the house itself, we discover the impressive Mary Moser Room, commissioned by Queen Charlotte to reflect her passion for botany. We continue to The Savill Garden, Britain’s finest ornamental garden in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Tranquil strolls are the order of the day as we explore the oasis of designed gardens and woodland. The Rose Garden is an extra special addition, opened by The Queen in 2010 and perfumed with the most beautiful rose-bed scents. Our last stop is Windsor Castle for an evening tour of the oldest inhabited castle in the world, still one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II today. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodeled by successive kings and queens and is regularly used for ceremonial and State occasions.

  • day 3

    Tower of London, Buckingham Palace (State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews) and Clarence House

    We start the day with a visit to the Tower of London, the oldest building in London. Offering a peek into thousands of years of history, this former royal residence has also housed a famous selection of prisoners, such as the young Elizabeth I (prior to her coronation). We enjoy a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, the dazzling symbols of British monarchy which are still used in ceremonies today. No trip to London is complete without a visit to the world-famous Buckingham Palace, our next stop, which has served as the official London residence of the United Kingdom’s sovereigns since 1837. We discover the stunning State Rooms; these are the public rooms where the Royal Family entertain their guests on ceremonial, State and official occasions. Our Royal Day Out ticket also includes entry to The Queen’s Gallery in the palace, showcasing historic paintings, rare furniture and unique photographs, and the Royal Mews, home to the Royal Family’s state vehicles and horse-drawn carriages. Subject to availability, we then visit the nearby Clarence House. Once the home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother for almost five decades, this is now the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

  • day 4

    Kensington Palace

    A private guided tour of the gorgeous Kensington Palace awaits this morning. The Palace, now the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, boasts the impressively manicured Sunken Garden. A statue honoring Diana, the Princess of Wales was unveiled here on what would have been her 60th birthday. Later we check in to the University Arms Hotel, where we stay for the next two nights. After dinner at the hotel, we enjoy a fascinating talk by a guest speaker.

  • day 5

    Cambridge and Sandringham

    Today we spend some free time in historic Cambridge. Highlights include the exquisite architecture, ancient colleges and the pleasant river which winds its way around this classic university city.  Next, we visit the ultimate country retreat, the Sandringham Estate, loved by The Queen herself and the private residence of four generations of British Monarchs. We learn all about its royal connections during our private out-of-hours guided tour and also take a peek inside St Mary Magdalene Church, where members of the Royal Family attend services. This evening we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

  • day 6

    Althorp Estate

    Leaving Cambridge, we head to Althorp Estate, home to 19 generations of the Spencer family and one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics. Althorp was also the childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales as well as her final resting place. Later we check into the Randolph Hotel, where we stay for the next two nights.

  • day 7

    Tetbury and Highgrove Gardens

    This morning takes us to Tetbury where we walk in the footsteps of royalty. This lovely town in the Cotswolds is the home of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Expect chocolate-box cottages, atmospheric streets, traditional pubs and historic buildings such as the Grade I-listed Market House, built in 1655. We then explore Highgrove Gardens, the organic gardens of their Royal Highnesses. Over 30 years in the making, Highgrove has one of the most creatively inspired and innovative gardens in the country and embody HRH The Prince of Wales’s environmental philosophy ‘it is better to work with nature than against it’. After an expert-led guided tour we enjoy a delicious afternoon tea to round off our visit.

  • day 8

    Oxford and Blenheim Palace

    We make our way to Oxford, known as the city of dreaming spires and famed for its world-renowned university colleges as well as the Ashmolean, the world’s first public museum. We discover the history and many of the magnificent buildings of the city during our guided walking tour. Our final visit is to Blenheim Palace, designed on an awe-inspiring scale by Vanbrugh and set in beautiful parkland landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. As the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, a permanent exhibition commemorates the life of this famous wartime Prime Minister, whilst the magnificent State Rooms reveal a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture, which we discover on our guided tour. Later we check in to our overnight hotel, the Macdonald Windsor, where we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

  • day 9

    Departure

    A private transfer will take you back to Heathrow airport for your return flight home.

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