Sometimes it’s good to get away and relax, putting yourself completely in someone else’s hands to show you the sights and help get an understanding of the culture. There are some fantastic guided and escorted tours available around the world, with many luxury destinations to choose from- here are some of my favourites.
Regency England heralded a period of opulence and excellence which still be can be enjoyed today. With Pride and Prejudice gaining a new set of fans after the BBC adaptation featuring Colin Firth and Downton Abbey captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, there has never been a better time to explore this period of history.
There are a number of tours available which take you around the world of Jane Austen. You’ll get to visit historic Bath to see how the city she called home influenced Austen as well as see locations used in the adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility. You should also explore Bath’s Roman sites and enjoy the city’s Roman baths which are still used to this day.
For true luxury, there are even escorted tours which provides you with your own private chauffeur. For Downton Abbey fans, take a guided tour of Highclere Castle where you’ll be able to see the rooms, costumes and landscape used in the programme.
Luxurious New England
America can certainly match England’s luxury and New England is definitely the destination to take a guided tour. Book your tour for the autumn to see this state in spectacular natural glory. Start your trip in Boston, a city alive with history. Home to the Boston Tea Party, you’ll get to see many historic sites such as key locations of the American Civil War and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library. From Boston, you’ll work your way around the state, exploring more of the history behind one of the earliest English settlements in America. New England boasts a rich literary heritage too and you’ll be able to explore this by visiting the home of authors such as Edith Wharton with a trip to the literary Berkshires.
Time to explore the sumptuous beauty of the state by heading to Vermont. Here you’ll be shown around the mountain ranges, even getting to see the area in a hot air balloon if the weather permits. The highlight has to be the views from Mount Washington. From here, indulge in culinary delight by visiting Portland to sample some of the finest seafood you’ll ever taste.
Japan is a country that ticks every box for a luxury encounter and with an utterly unique culture, it makes for the perfect place to take a guided tour. Take a trip into the land of the Rising Sun, starting in Japan’s capital, Toyko. Here you can cruise around Toyko Harbour, visit traditional markets and explore the sites of this bustling metropolitan city. Travel around the country in style by taking a trip on the bullet train as it whisks you through to your next destination at lightning speed.
Explore Kyoto, where you can indulge in your spiritual side. There are many temples to visit such as the Todai-ji temple which hosts the largest Bronze buddha statue in the world and you’ll even have the chance to stay in the grounds of the Fudoin Temple. Whilst you’re here, make sure you get to spend time amongst Japan’s mountains to see its natural beauty as well as indulge in some traditional culture such as a traditional tea ceremony for an unforgettable holiday.