Bespoke History/Sightseeing guided tours
around the rural surroundings of Oxfordshire
in a classic chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce
Visiting Hampton Court Palace, built by Cardinal Wolsey, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, who unable to arrange a divorce for Henry to marry Ann Boleyn, lost his power and in order to placate his master, he ‘voluntarily’ gave up this palace. See the Chapel where Henry was told of the infidelity of his young queen, Katherine Howard, the corridor haunted by her screams as she tried to beg for her life. You will also see the structure of the King’s Council, the Great Hall where Henry dined and the great kitchens, and the formal gardens and Maze. We will have tea at the Phyllis Court Club in Henley.
Visit the designer Bicester Village outlet using your discount card, and/or Sulgrave Manor, ancestral home of George Washington, or Waddesdon Manor, the sumptuous French chateau of Lord Rothschild and/or Stowe House, ducal palace of the Dukes of Buckingham, and their famous gardens. Nearby is the Bletchley Park exhibition about ‘Enigma’, that helped defeat the Nazis, or visit Canons Ashby, rebuilt from a ‘dissolved’ Henrician Tudor monastery. Drive a tank cross country and crush a car at Tanks-a-lot, or fly in a Tiger Moth biplane (both need pre-arranged notice and come at an extra cost).
We drive to the ‘chocolate box’ village of Bibury with its streams and ponds before venturing to Bourton On The Water for antiques and cream tea or luncheon. We then visit Blenheim Palace built by John Churchill, the great English general of the Marlborough Wars who was given a dukedom and built the palace where his descendant, Winston Churchill was born and we also visit the grave of Churchill, the greatest Englishman, the man who ‘gave England its roar!’ in World War Two and cemented the ‘Special Relationship’ between the greatest English speaking peoples.
After an hour’s drive from Oxford we visit the birthplace of Shakespeare, England’s greatest writer and poet, at Stratford upon Avon. Next on our route are the cottage where Anne Hathaway, the Bard's wife, resided, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s purpose-built theatre, and various other places of note in this world-famous literary town. For all you ‘culture vultures’, this itinerary can be combined with the fascinating automaton museum in Compton Verney or Warwick Castle for a view of a medieval castle which has been fully restored and is a great historical resource.
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All tours are in English.
Price per day subject to the itinerary chosen. Maximum party size: four persons.
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