secret garden tea tours
small group tours with an emphasis on afternoon tea
England Daily Itinerary
Arrive at London’s Heathrow
Make your way to Windsor (2 nights)
Windsor Castle (Independent Tour)
Day trip on train: Oxford
Tour of Blenheim Palace and tea
Train to Bath (3 nights)
Roman Baths & Spa Experience
Hop on Bus Tour of Bath
Bath Abbey Bell Tower Tour
Free time for optional tours/shopping:
Jane Austen Museum, Fashion
Museum, #1 Royal Crescent
Special Access Tour of Stonehenge
and Salisbury (no tea)
Private Bus Tour: The Cotswolds
Drop off in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Tour Shakespeare’s Hometown
No Afternoon Tea today
Travel to Stoke-On-Trent (1 night)
Historic Pottery Museum
Wedgewood Factory and Museum
Pottery factory tour
Shop china factory outlets
(Burleigh, Churchill, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Emma Bridgewater)
Travel to London (6 nights)
Each day in London will have a suggested itinerary, however everyone can choose what they would like to do, and meet at our planned location for afternoon tea.
Day trip on train: Newbury
Guided tour of Highclere Castle
and luncheon tea in the Coach House
Churchill War Rooms
The Tower of London
Thames River Cruise
Victoria and Albert Museum
Kensington Palace/Hyde Park
(Tea at palace)
British Museum open until 8
Portobello Road Market
Free time to shop (Harrods, Liberty of London, Selfridges, Twinings, etc)
Farewell Evening Tea at the Ritz
Tour ends after breakfast
If you wish to book tickets ahead for a show in London, the best evenings are Day 11 and 12. Day 13 is possible if you skip the British Museum or fit it in another time.
We will begin each day with breakfast in our hotel. Most days, the classic “Full English Breakfast” will be served, or you can select from a buffet.
Lunch will be on your own, but most days a light snack will suffice, since our big meal each day will be afternoon tea. The tea rooms we visit will vary greatly in style and ambience. Comparing and contrasting the very different styles and experiences is one of the delights of the trip!
Dinners, other than the welcome meal on the first night, will be on your own. You might wish to relax in your room with a snack or try a quaint spot you discovered that day. In London, there are dozens of restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel.
The fine hotels we have selected are centrally located to make it easy for you to enjoy all the action without having to take a taxi. We always choose charm over chain hotels, so expect some great ambience too.
All prices are based on double occupancy. If you do not have a roommate accompanying you on the trip, you will be matched with another un-paired traveler of the same sex.
Some inns provide two twin beds in a room, while others have only a double bed. Double bed rooms are assigned to guests traveling together first. There are a limited number of single rooms available (on a first request basis) for an additional fee.
You are responsible for transport the hotel in Windsor, which is a short taxi or Uber ride from Heathrow.
We will have private bus transport between cities, except from Stoke to London where we will have first class train seats. Hop-on-hop-off narrated bus tours will be utilized in Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. We will have a private bus shuttle us to the pottery factory tours and outlets.
In London, we will travel like locals with Tube and bus passes. The tour ends at the hotel, so you will need transportation back to the airport. We are happy to help you coordinate ride sharing with other guests.