Village Life in England's Cotswolds
- September 15 to 23, 2012
- From approximately $2995 plus air
For one full week, immerse yourself in England’s Cotswolds, the quintessential English countryside. Enjoy accommodations in the stately, 19th-century Queen’s Hotel, ideally located on the tree-lined promenade of splendid Cheltenham, an acclaimed spa destination since the 18th-century still defined by its dignified Regency houses, immaculate gardens and quaint family-owned shops. By special arrangement, meet Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill’s cousin and brother of the present Duke of Marlborough, for a guided tour of Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a private lunch. This exclusive itinerary also features visits to the Norman Gloucester Cathedral, the fabled quads of Oxford, the fairy-tale castle of Broughton, impressive Hidcote Manor and Garden and the storybook villages of Bibury, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden. The specially arranged Village Forum™ with local residents provides a personal perspective on daily life in the Cotswolds. Unpack just once and experience charming villages that time has left unchanged, stunning natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and grand historic landmarks at an exceptional value.