Travel via the 'olde' coaching route, also see the charming village of Castle Combe
Wednesdays; 09:00 - approx 18:30 (year round departures)
Traveling via one of "the prettiest villages of England" Castle Combe, we'll make our way to our main destination of Bath, the city of Georgian splendor and Roman antiquity. In Bath, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of Jane Austen’s city. This place was enjoyed by the social set of the 18th and 19th centuries, a setting for many writers. Austen fans will immediately recognize several streets and squares from her novels such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Visit the Bath Jane Austen Centre then you’ll have free time so you can explore Bath as you please. If you haven't been before, we recommend time in the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms or you could simply wander the lovely tea rooms and antique shops – the choice is yours!
Later, via the olde coaching road, we make our way back to London via medieval village of Lacock, which has hardly changed in the past 200 years. With its magnificent abbey, half timbered cottages and greystone houses, it provides a perfect setting. This lovely place has been used as a film set for many popular films such as the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle production of Pride and Prejudice, the BBC series of Cranford and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Weekly scheduled departures, subject to availability. Available for private departures day/date of your choice, subject to vehicle/driver/guide availability, for the appropriate private tour cost. Cost for private departures based on number in the party/size of the vehicle.
Oft imitated, never duplicated! This is an original SGT itinerary, property of Special Group Tours and to be used only with express permission/in conjunction with SGT.
Personal services of your SGT driver/guide/companion
Entrance fees to Bath Jane Austen Centre
DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)
DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00
We are happy to assist with your overall holiday plans to UK/Europe if you wish. Please ask us for details. SGT is at your service!
All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.
SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)
MONDAYS Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages
TUESDAYS Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester
WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock
THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum
FRIDAYS London Antiques Markets & Globe Theatre
SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)
SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)
SUNDAYS Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley
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The SGT Small Group Touring Concept is traveling with just 4 - 14 guests per departure. It is our aim to introduce you to the 'real' country and its people, not just ticking the boxes of a standardized route and treating you as an individual and not a number. Our concept allows for a leisurely touring pace and flexibility to get off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Of course you'll see the major sites but so much more too!
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