The Royal Crescent Hotel is not just a hotel, it’s a destination filled with a heritage that is perfectly combined with modern, elegant service and attention to detail along with a passion for making precious memories to last a lifetime.
A warm welcome to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, a five-star haven of elegance and tranquillity in the historic center of Bath.
Step inside and discover a multi-talented hotel that offers so much more than just a place to stay.
An iconic sanctuary in the city set in an acre of glorious gardens. A sensational spa for a blissful escape and beautiful bedrooms, each one uniquely designed with spectacular views.
Every inch of our hotel is underpinned by impeccable service, delivered by staff dedicated to making your stay unforgettable.
Heathrow to your final destination, Bath with stops.
Meet your driver after being escorted by your concierge and you will leave London on your way to Bath.
As you leave London you will head to explore some of the UK’s most historic and unique locales. Today on your way to Bath you will visit 11th-century Windsor Castle, the ancient city of Bath, and the mysterious Stonehenge.
First up is Windsor Castle, which, as it happens, is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite royal residence. In the recent past, it was the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, and the two exchanged vows in the exquisite St George’s Chapel. On tour, you’ll see St George’s as well as the burial place for the formidable Tudor King Henry VIII. You’ll also visit the luxurious State Rooms and see the spectacular doll house built for Queen Mary in 1921 as a gift from the nation.
The second destination is the prehistoric monument Stonehenge. Situated on Salisbury Plain, this archeological site exudes mystery. How did these 5,000-year-old sarsen stones get here, and what was their purpose? See if you and your family can solve the mystery as you inspect the site with the assistance of audio commentary via headphones. Afterward, glean even more information at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and see if you cracked the case.
Then you’ll travel west to the city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s name derives from its famous Roman Baths, which date to the first century. Bath is equally renowned for its breathtaking Georgian architecture. One shining example is the Circus, a ring of Georgian townhouses built in 1768.
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Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and head to Glastonbury.
This sensational private tour to the City of Wells and to mystical Glastonbury is a must when in Bath. You’ll discover Wells, the smallest city in England and a true gem of the South West. It boasts one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country and a moated Mediaeval Palace. Glastonbury will inspire and intrigue you with its Myths, Mystery, and Arthurian Legends. Two treasures in one unforgettable day.
The tour starts with a private walking tour of the historic center of Wells, the smallest city in England, famous for its medieval streets, magnificent Cathedral, picturesque Bishop’s Palace, and Marketplace. The city, which can be traced back to Roman times, takes its name from the freshwater springs which continue to well up in the gardens of the moated Bishop’s residence.
Wells Cathedral: This magnificent early English Gothic Style Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals” and it is famous for its scissor arches, clock, stunning chapter house, and stained-glass windows.
Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, a charming cluster of houses frozen in time from the 14th century and believed to be the oldest residential street in England.
You’ll pass by the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens and cross the atmospheric Marketplace to view the only medieval palace in Somerset, which has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for more than 800 years. Walk over the beautiful moat and drawbridge, where you might catch the resident swans ringing a bell for lunch as they have done for generations.
Head to Glastonbury. After lunch, in a traditional English pub, the tour continues on to Glastonbury, a town that is steeped in mystery and legend. This former market town turned New Age hangout is full of quirky shops, where the alternative is the norm. Visit the Abbey or climb the iconic Tor to savor the panoramic views over the Somerset Levels.
Glastonbury Abbey: The walking tour starts from the grounds of the impressive ruined Abbey, which is reputed to be the burial place of King Arthur. According to legend, this is also where Joseph of Arimathea arrived with the Holy Grail to establish the first English Christian church. Thereafter, enjoy an entertaining stroll through this lovely town center or climb the Tor. 45 minutes •
Glastonbury Tor This iconic hill dominates the surrounding landscape and has been a spiritual magnet for centuries, for both Pagans and Christians. The views from the summit are breathtaking and the experience is unforgettable. This is where prehistoric history, ancient folklore, and Arthurian legends all merge.
With its beautiful Georgian architecture, sweeping crescents, and honey-colored church spires, Bath is one of England’s most charming cities, its famous hot springs attracting people since Roman times. At the heart of the city is Bath Abbey, with its magnificent fan vaulting and stained glass windows. Next door, you’ll find the world-famous Roman Baths, where the city’s thermal springs still rise and the baths still flow with natural hot water.
One of the joys of visiting Bath is wandering along its streets lined with grand townhouses. Those with the most enviable of postcodes sit along the remarkable Royal Crescent. 30 Grade I listed houses arch around a perfectly manicured lawn, looking out over Royal Victoria Park. It is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture and epitomizes why Bath was, and still is, considered one of the most elegant cities in the UK.
Step back in time to discover Roman life. Younger children will love following Hoot the Owl on activity trails, while those a little older will be fascinated and entertained by our free audioguide designed just for children and read by the wonderful Michael Rosen.
Let them feel the stones beneath their feet as they walk in the shadows of the Romans who once bathed in the Great Bath, while professional guides and costumed characters immerse you all into Roman life.
Children and adults will love chatting to our Roman characters and learning about their lives.
Their knowledge about Roman life and ability to stay in character is captivating and sometimes very amusing. Just what will a Roman Centurion think if you high-five his slave?
They are not just making it up either! The characters are based on real people who lived and worked at Aquae Sulis 2000 years ago. Their stories have been reconstructed from evidence found here on site at the Roman Baths.
On any one day you might meet the Roman solider and armorer, or Flavia and Apulia our Roman lady and slave girl, or Sulinus and Brucetus who are stonemasons, or the priest Gaius Calpernius Receptus and a traveling merchant named Peregrinus.
A bit like home, but better! With unrivaled views across the Cotswolds, our three-holiday cottages – Elsker, The Hoot, and The Nook, make the perfect party pads to relax with friends and family for celebrations or group getaways.
Located just outside of the village of Broadway, our Hangouts make the perfect base for getting out and exploring all that the Cotswolds has to offer.
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ACTIVITIES in COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND
On a full-day tour of the Northern Cotswolds, you’ll start by visiting a few of the beautiful villages, including Broadway, Chipping Campden, and Blockley. It’s then a short drive to Dovers Hill, a local landmark, where it’s possible to see for over 60 miles on a clear day. From Dover’s Hill, we then make our way to Broadway Tower – an 18th Century ‘Folly’ located on the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment, with a colorful and fascinating history from World Wars to the Arts and Crafts movement.
In the afternoon you’ll head south of the region, towards the charming villages of Stanton (a place where its old-worldly architecture will make you feel like you’ve gone back 400 years in time) and Stanway, with its fine 17th Century Hall and host to the worlds tallest gravity-fed fountain. After lunch at a traditional 16th Century country inn (an opportunity to sample local food, cider, and ales), we will drive east from Winchcombe; an old Saxon town and home to Sudeley Castle (where Catherine Parr rests in St Mary’s Chapel), and continue on to the ‘Romantic Road’ which takes us through spectacular countryside towards Bourton-on-the-Water (also known as ‘Little Venice’), The Slaughters (from the old English ‘Slohtre’, meaning ‘Muddy Place’) and onto Stow-on-the-Wold. During the tour, we ensure that you also visit those ‘off-the-beaten-track’ locations which can often be missed if not familiar with the region. There will also be plenty of time to stop off for those important photo opportunities, as we cruise around the various locations.
What better way to travel to the local pub than on horseback? The experience can last for approx 3 1/2 – 4 hours and involves a ride to and back from the pub in one of the most beautiful areas of the Cotswolds with a scrummy lunch in between. Dine at either The Greedy Goose or The Fox Inn at Broadwell.
Hovercraft isn’t as simple as it might seem. With characteristics that resemble boats, planes, and supermarket trolleys, piloting these machines is tricky. We aim to teach you these skills quickly and safely.
Steering is by a combination of handlebars and kneeling to shift your body weight, while the thrust – which can take you up to 35mph – is from an enormous duct fan behind you.
You’ll be taught how to pilot one of our Farncombe Adventure Hovercrafts before a few laps of the circuit. Before a final flying lap!
Get ready to release your inner woodland warrior with an action-packed axe-throwing session.
From mastering the ancient art of knife throwing to taking on the Tomahawk, this hour-long experience is not just the perfect stress reliever but bags of fun.
The key to success is a technique rather than strength, and our fab Farncombe Adventure team will be on-hand to provide tips and support. Ready, set, throw!
The Hôtel d’Aubusson reflects the very special atmosphere of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The neighborhood enjoys an international reputation as a result of its authentic and intimate character. Originally a townhouse dating back to the 17th century, the Hôtel d’Aubusson has preserved its charms of yesteryear: Versailles parquet, exposed beams, monumental fireplace in Burgundy stone, Aubusson tapestry.
ACTIVITIES from OXFORD, ENGLAND to PARIS, FRANCE
Oxford is one of England’s most charming cities, in large part thanks to its ancient university buildings. The university is thought to be the oldest in the English-speaking world with teaching dating back to 1096. There are plenty of quintessentially English cafes, museums, and galleries to dip in and out of, as well as pretty riverside walks. The Manoir is set in the charming village of Great Milton and is surrounded by 30 acres of manicured lawns and orchards.
If the weather is good, head out onto the lawns for a game of croquet or boules, or borrow bicycles and explore the countryside. There is also its famous two Michelin-starred restaurants for something truly decadent.
The presence of Oxford University can be felt throughout the center of this august city. Nicknamed the City of Dreaming Spires, the patchwork of college buildings, churches and quaint streets make Oxford a beautiful place to discover the stories surrounding some of the most important characters in British history. Your local guide will tailor a tour around your interests, whether it be college gardens, religion, stained glass, Inspector Morse, or Harry Potter. Also, enjoy a Behind-the-scenes tour of Bodleian Library
This is the ultimate Parisian Family day: Art and fun in the morning and chocolate in the afternoon!
Beginning with the Louvre Museum Spend time understanding its history and architecture, from a medieval fortress to the world’s biggest museum it is today. The Louvre treasure hunt made for all family members will take you to the Art collection, following the path of art history from the Ancient civilizations to the Modern era with pieces like Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and the Coronation of Napoleon. Your kid-friendly guide will explain it all in a fun way!
For lunch, ask your guide where to stop for crepes, steak fries, or even seafood! This is your private tour and you can decide whatever feels best on the day. Paris has no shortage of delicious bistros and eateries.
After lunch, you can cross the Seine River to reach the Left Bank, known for its long tradition of artists and writers living there, like Picasso or Hemingway. There your local expert guide will offer you chocolates and pastries in different boutiques, it’s the best way to enjoy the neighborhood and keep all your family happy!
You will end your tour by the Luxembourg Garden where you can relax and enjoy a magnificent park or go to the playground.
This is where your local guide will give you a list of recommendations for where to go and what to do for the remaining days you have here with us. There is nothing like tips and advice from a friend who lives in the city!
Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel as you head to the Most Incredible Palace in the world. Versailles was invented to illustrate the most amazing superlatives one can imagine. It does deserve its reputation! House of Kings and Queens and courtiers and mistresses, offers a unique gate to the history of the aristocracy of France and Europe for over a century.
Quite overwhelming isn’t it? We know. And it is because Versailles can be intimidating that we have created a new way to explore and enjoy this treasure of the world. You will get to know the personality of the Kings who have built Versailles, you will follow the day of the Sun King at the peak of his glory, and you will get to escape the crowds with Queen Marie-Antoinette!
Be ready to fall in love with Versailles and take a journey through legendary parties of fireworks, champagne, and masked balls!
This is tailored for you and your family to have a fantastic time and feel connected with centuries of fascinating history.
The spectacular Iron Lady is one of the most loved Paris attractions. It is a must-see site when visiting Paris, the City of Light, you can’t miss the amazing Eiffel Tower!
On this guided tour of 2 hours, you will climb to the summit to admire the wonderful view that the Eiffel Tower offers you. As you get to learn more about the construction of “La Dame de Fer“, you can see Paris in its entirety.
An 18th-century Provencal mansion with a contemporary touch, Hotel Le Pigonnet is a secluded and enchanting escape slightly outside the center of Aix-en-Provence. Promising a peaceful Eden with a grand gated entrance always open to welcome you.
Paul Cézanne loved walking in the hotel’s garden with his easel and painting admiring by far Mount Sainte Victoire. In the heart of this magnificent park, situated a few steps away from the city center, we have the pleasure to welcome guests wishing to discover Aix-en-Provence as well as the local residents wanting to experience an authentic, humble and elegant luxury.
ACTIVITIES in PROVENCE, FRANCE
Meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel as you head out to explore Aix en Provence’s fresh open markets full of colors and scents. World famous for its Medieval architecture and fountains, Aix en Provence is an art mecca. Known as the birthplace of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, The local council preserved sites including his childhood home and former studio.
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant at the foot of Montagne Saint Victoire, often featured in the painter Cézanne’s work. Following lunch, you will participate in a wine tasting at a friendly local vineyard.
It catches your eyes with its dramatic landscapes, made out of sharp white limestone cliffs. Those spring from a green valley full of orchards, vineyards, and olive groves. It harbors friendly wineries, home to the vineyards that produce the world’s best Rose (as well as superb Reds and Whites). Enjoy this beautiful region while tasting some Rosé of Provence.
“You’ve never tasted a real Rosé until you have tried a Rosé de Provence!”
The Wines of AOP Côteaux d’Aix en Provence-The AOP Côteaux d’Aix en Provence is the most Western appellation of Provence wines. It gathers 79 producers united around a group of top quality wines. Main red grape varieties are Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
They are fragrant when young, yet can acquire a dense aromatic complexity after 5 years of maturing. Using the same grape varieties and a cold maceration process, winemakers produce supple, light, and fruity rosés. These will match with most of the Summer dishes that our superb region has to offer. Bourboulenc, Vermentino, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon and Sémillon contribute to refined and balanced whites. Note the special status of Sainte Victoire: thanks to its typical landscape, Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire is an IGP (among five) belonging to AOP Côtes de Provence.
This Tour Includes:
The knowledge and guidance of a French wine expert, visits to the vineyard where production occurs and barrels are stored, entrance to 2 or 3 vineyards/cellars, and guided tastings.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and head through stunning Provencal landscapes, to discover the dramatic Bay of Cassis. Cassis is the only French AOC to be fully integrated into a National Park, in this case, the “Parc National des Calanques”.
In this picturesque Provencal village, enjoy visiting a winery or two, and taste in private iconic crispy white Wines.
After this interlude, let us drive to the pretty fishing village of Cassis. Have a stroll thru the narrow streets of this typical coastal haven, and visit “arty” souvenir shops. Have lunch in an idyllic Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking this beautiful bay.
This unforgettable experience is aboard a beautiful motorboat. Meet the Captain of the boat, and ride through the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, enjoy the beauty all around you. Throughout the trip, you can observe an exceptional coastal landscape of creek, relax, sunbathe and just simply enjoy the environment!
During a stop, you may swim in the clear water among the fish (if the temperature allows it). After this moment of relaxation and conviviality, we will travel back to the harbor. Then after this marvelous day, we will return to Aix en Provence.
Forcalquier is known to have the purest air in France, if not in Europe. This small town was built in the western part of the Alpes de Haute Provence, between the Lure mountain and the Lubéron.
Come and discover this landscape of hilltop villages, lavender fields, wild sage, and other hidden treasures which only a balloon ride can reveal!
Once at the meeting point you will be welcomed by our pilot and his team, you can park your vehicle in the car park.
The pilot will then choose the take-off site according to the direction of the wind, our team will then drive you there in a 4×4. you will assist with the hole preparation as well as the inflation of the balloon before taking off. You will also be advised of important security rules.
The flight lasts about 60 minutes but you will need to plan about 3/ 3.30 hours for the activity including :
As the wind guides the hot air balloon, you won’t be able to know the itinerary of the flight in advance. The pilot can only control the altitude of the basket by changing the air temperature in the balloon.
Every flight is unique and deserves to be shared with your family and friends. You will then be driven back to the meeting point.