For many, the unspoilt nature of England, Shakespeare’s “blessed plot,” lies in the traditional ways of town and country life practiced for centuries in this storied island’s idyllic university towns, pastoral villages and picturesque countrysides. Experience the time‑honored quest for knowledge as played out in the hallowed classrooms, dining halls and quadrangles of Oxford University. Learn more about how the legacy of days gone by transcends time and forms the roots of contemporary country life as you interact with village residents. Call on stunning Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit incredible Windsor Castle, a royal residence of England’s monarchy since the 11th‑century and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Uncover the deep history behind Highclere Castle, the authentic Victorian manor house now known as “Downton Abbey.” Savor the extraordinary experience of traveling in a small, merry group to the university town of Oxford and through the Cotswold region—town and country juxtaposed—discovering the great heritage and character of England’s historic academic centers, great country manor houses and enchanting villages.
Explore the age-old traditions of Oxford and become more familiar with the lives of great authors and icons of English history who were educated here or hailed from the surrounding region. Admire the picture-perfect scenery of thatched-roof cottages, English flower gardens and gentle streams, framed by the bucolic Cotswold landscape and dotted with evocative ruins and spectacular medieval churches built from the wealth of the wool trade. Hear about contemporary life from the local ladies and gents during the exclusive Town & Country Life® Forum. Experience the best of quintessentially English culture while staying in an iconic, Five-Star hotel moments away from the regal grounds of Windsor Castle; a deluxe, typically English hotel in the center of a quaint country village; and a historic, Five-Star hotel ideally located in the heart of medieval Oxford.
This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind, small group travel program is an exceptional value and the best way to experience the charm and beauty of English town and country life. So don’t delay—this popular program sells out quickly. Make your reservation today while Early Booking Savings and space are still available!
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.