The beauty of exploring England in a luxury coach is that you can combine visits to several destinations in one day. A number of esteemed London-based tour companies provide well thought-out packages to a wealth of legendary landmarks and cities. Stand at the foot of the towering spire of Salisbury Cathedral. Clap eyes on the ancient monuments of Stonehenge. Stroll among the elegant Georgian terraces of Bath. Pop into Oxford to admire the exquisite architecture. Drive over the undulating hills of the Cotswolds. Tread among Shakespeare's old haunts in Stratford-upon-Avon or cram in a visit to the wonderfully grand Warwick Castle. With all the above - plus closer trips including Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich and Windsor - you can see the best of England in just a few days. Golden Tours, Evan Evans and Premium Tours offer a vast selection of competitively priced tours, all of a consistently excellent standard.
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Visit sights within touching distance of London such as Stonehenge
Feast your eyes on some of England's most cherished landmarks
Sit back and watch the beautiful English countryside rush by as you travel on a high-speed train to more remote corners of this striking country. Zip up to Scotland for the day and visit the historic city of Edinburgh, famous for its stately castle and ornate architecture, where many an hour can be whiled away strolling down the medieval cobbled streets.
The ancient city of York is a little nearer. Delightfully quaint and historically rich, York has stood witness to over 2,000 years of history. Bedecked in intricate Gothic carvings, the soaring Minster is one of the most magnificent buildings in the country. We also recommend a day in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Packed with hundreds of things to see and do, this thriving city buzzes with life; grand Victorian shopping arcades weave through rafts of bars and restaurants, while the Millennium Stadium is one of Europe's main sporting arenas and offers daily walking tours.
The Lake District, celebrated for its beautiful landscape, is a great rural retreat where rolling hills meet vast stretches of water and chocolate-box villages. Made famous by the Beatrix Potter stories, the timeless scenery of the Lake District is both historical and wonderfully English.
Premium Tours, Golden Tours and Evan Evans all offer a number of rail tours. They organise everything from booking your rail tickets to escorting you to your train - so all you have to do is relax, watch the world go by and feast your eyes on some of England's most cherished landmarks.
Paris and Brussels are just a short train ride under the Channel away
Head for the continent at high-speed on a nippy Eurostar trains that can whisk you from St Pancras International, under the Channel and to Paris in little over two hours. Or perhaps take the train to Brussels?
A day or weekend in Paris is just enough time to sample the romance of the wonderful French capital. Enjoy panoramic views as you sail down the Seine, dine on exquisite French cuisine in an atmospheric bistro or take in a bit of time-honoured art at the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay. Brussels is also a great place to soak up a smidge of European culture. Wandering round the magical arcades and elegant streets you can get a real feel for the way of life in this beautiful city - and before you leave don't forget to sample some 'moules frites' and the best of Belgian beer and chocolate.
With the Eurostar, travelling to Europe has never been easier: it's fast, affordable and you'll be back among the bright lights of London by the evening. Premium Tours and Golden Tours both arrange fantastic day trips to Europe.
Blue Badge guides will drive you around on luxury day trips
When making the longer journeys to the raft of attractions around England, we recommend the exclusive comfort of a private driver guided tour. The tours are refreshingly flexible and you are treated to your own personal, exceptionally well-educated tour guide who will entertain you with heaps of fascinating facts and stories. The vehicles themselves are both spacious and luxurious. Passengers can stretch their legs out on lengthy excursions and watch the undulating English countryside flash by.
With tours to Windsor, Eton, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath, there is certainly a vast selection to choose from. We particularly recommend the tours to Cambridge and the surrounding countryside. Nestled in the Fens, Cambridge lays claim to charming meandering streets and striking Norman architecture. Best known for its world-famous university, Cambridge allows tourists to have a peek at some age-old traditions. Many colleges and university buildings can be visited, while punting down the River Cam is a truly magical experience.
British Tours and Luxury Vacations UK offer excellent packages with multi-lingual tour guides fluent in anything from Spanish to Russian. This may be an expensive way to tour England, but the quality is genuinely excellent.
31st October 2014
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