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The medieval City of Wells, Glastonbury and Stonehenge tour

Britain has over 40 breeds of sheepDay 1. Tour the glorious English countryside to the medieval city of Wells, Your Chauffeur-Guide will take the countryside routes. Wells is named after St Andrew's Well, a sacred spring that bubbles up near the majestic Bishop's Palace, official palace of the bishops of Bath and Wells. The spring still trickles along an ancient conduit through the streets. Wells is the smallest city in England and looks more like a tranquil market town, famous for its magnificent Cathedral. The Cathedral was begun in the 1100s, the west front features 365 life size statues of Kings, Knights and Saints. The most striking architectural feature is the "scissor arch" installed to support the collapsing tower. Wells Bishops palace is surrounded by a protective moat and beautiful gardens, ideal for a stroll after lunch. See the old Vicars Close the most complete medieval streets in Europe.

Tour Glastonbury, shrouded in Arthurian myth, celtic and re-historic mystery. The town of Glastonbury was one of the most important places of pilgrimage, many thousands flocked to the Abbey to see the last resting place of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Glastonbury Tor (natural hill) seems to be the inspiration behind all the mystery. Climb the Tor to St Michael's chapel for impressive views of the Somerset levels. Tour the extensive ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, founded around 700, the monastery became the richest in the country, and eventually was dissolved during the reign of King Henry VIII. Overnight Wiltshire.

Walk among the stone, Stonehenge at dawnDay 2. Experience Stonehenge at dawn, we can arrange a private visit to Stonehenge before the crowds arrive, this will also enable you touch and walk around the stones, which is not possible during normal hours. This is one of the most wonderful ways to see, experience and enjoy Stonehenge, as the sun rises your guide will explain the astronomical alignments and purpose of the arrangement. After your tour we can a arrange for a breakfast stop nearby.

Stained glass, Salisbury CathedralTour Salisbury Cathedral is one of Europe's greatest medieval buildings. The spire reaches 404 ft and must be described as a medieval sky scraper. Built in one style of architecture in a just over 38 years (1220-1258), which is remarkable for the period. Churches of this magnitude usually take hundreds of years to construct. You can visit the octagonal chapter house and see one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta, the great charter of English liberties and the back bone of our modern democracy. Tour the Cranbourne Chase, dotted with pretty villages and steep hills, enjoy lunch in a cosy English country pub.

Jane Austen's House, ChawtonAfter Lunch, take the country roads to Chawton, the location of Jane Austen's house. Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. The house at Chawton is where she spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she compiled the majority of her mature writing, at the same time the 17th century house and village are charming. A visit helps tell the story of Jane Austen and her family. Return to London.

Stonehenge, the Old capital of England and a forgotten Castle

Day 1. Enjoy a private tour of Stonehenge, Europe's most most famous pre-historic monument with shaped stones weighing up to 45 tons, erected almost 5000 years ago. Your expert guide will explain the different theories of construction and purpose. You will also have the time to get up close to bronze age burial chambers. Enjoy lunch in at a lovely country inn.

Winchester CathedralTour Winchester Cathedral, the most important church historically and architecturally in the region. The arms or transepts of Winchester Cathedral date from the 11th century, and featuring round arches with thick cylindrical columns. The nave and choir were built in the later gothic style, the length of which is over 535 ft, once the longest church in England. Winchester Cathedral has a series of strange mortuary chests containing the bones of some of England's early Kings, who ruled over this land over a thousand years ago. The church is also famous for its elaborate chantry chapels and last resting place of one of England's greatest novelist, Jane Austen. It is not surprizing to learn that the City of Winchester, was once the Royal capital of England. Enjoy a private guided tour inside Winchester Cathedral with your expert guide.

Old Wardour CastleOld Wardour Castle is our forgotten castle, rarely visited due to its limited access. The unusual hexagonal ruins of this medieval castle stand in beautiful landscaped gardens by Capability Brown. This is a firm favourite with children and the perfect place for a picnic lunch, Wardour Castle is truly a magical place. Tour the rolling Wiltshire countryside and see pretty villages. Overnight Wiltshire.

Day 2. After breakfast, visit Stourhead House and Gardens, an outstanding example of the English landscape style of garden. Famous for its large collection of exotic trees, magnificent vistas with carefully placed classical temples. This was the garden that inspired the English aristocracy to change the way their estates were laid out, and adopt the romantic idealized landscapes of paintings by Claude Lorrain.

Tour Longleat House, set within 900 acres of landscaped grounds, the house is regarded as one of the greatest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. The house was built by Sir John Thynne from 1568 and is the current home of the 7th Marques of Bath. Some of the most interesting works of art to see at Longleat are a series of murals created by the present Lord Bath dating from 1964. Separate guided tours can be made of these private rooms, you will get an insight into the personality of the artist and his influences, truly fascinating. Longleat also features the UK's first animal safari park, see Lions, Tigers and Bears! Return to London.

Stonehenge, Stately Homes and the Jurassic coast tour

Day 1. Tour Stonehenge with your expert guide. Continue south to the county of Dorset. Kingston Lacy lies at the heart of a traditional Dorset estate. The house is situated a little off-the-beaten-track and maybe Kingston Lacy has been forgotten, it has been regarded as 'the secret estate'. As the home of the Bankes family for 300 years. kingston Lacy replaced the original family seat of Corfe Castle and is now presented by the National Trust as it was in its Edwardian heyday. This elegant country mansion contains an outstanding collection of fine works of art, including Titian and a Velazquez, as well as an unique group of Egyptian artefacts. Kingston Lacy is surrounded by 32 acres of formal grounds and hundreds of acres of woodland. Events and activities occur throught the summer season.

Enjoy a lunch at Corfe Castle. Corfe Castle is one of England's most impressive ruins, once controlling the routes through the Purbech hills. In AD 1090 following William's conquest of Britain, the Corfe Norman Castle was begun. For the whole of the Medieval period, Corfe was a Royal Castle. Kings used it as one of the five royal castles. King John kept his crown jewels here. Edward II was imprisoned here, much torturing and murder took place. Overnight Dorset.

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, DorsetDay 2. Tour the Jurassic coast line and visit Lulworth cove and Chesil beach, famous for the outstanding examples of beach geology. Visit Athelhampton and its estate have been in private ownership for over five hundred years. The House has been owned by the Cooke family for three generations Patrick and Andrea Cooke now run Athelhampton and they have managed much of the restoration and improvement you will see if you visit.

Athelhampton's famous yew treesAthelhamton is one of England's finest 15th century houses and is surrounded by a supurb architectural garden of great note. The wonderful grade one listed gardens, date from 1891, and contain the famous topiary pyramids, fountains and the pretty River Piddle. Collections of tulips, magnolias, roses, clematis and lilies can be seen in season. The dovecote is of particular interest being one of the earliest in the county of Dorset and with the capacity for 1200 birds, which would have feed a large family during winter months. Continue on to the famous Cerne Giant, The Cerne Abbas Giant is the largest hillfigure in Britain. The giant, carved in solid lines from the chalk bedrock measures in at 180 feet high, and carries a huge knobbled club, which measures 120 feet in length. Enjoy afternoon tea in the picturesque village of Shaftesbury. Return to London.

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