|Purpose:||History & Culture|
|No. of days:||5 days - 4 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||London|
|Other cities:||Stonehenge, Bath, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover|
Package does not include:
Hotels on your Package:
|Superior Tourist Class||Holiday Inn London West||4|
|First Class||The Caesar||4.7|
|First Class||Doubletree by Hilton Kensington||4|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of reservation and may be substituted by similar class or better.
Day 1: London
Upon arrival in London you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and adjust to the jetlag. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: London
The tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square to see the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married continuing to Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. After that, we'll see the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial before heading to St James' Park and Buckingham Palace to see the colorful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen's Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace to change with the old guard. Then have a chance to enjoy lunch at a traditional London Pub (not included). We take you on a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its magnificent dome. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, more recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Diamond Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armory and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-I-Noor. City Cruises operate a regular service between the Tower of London and Westminster Pier. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to Victoria. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa). [B]
Day 3: Stonehenge, Bath
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you board today’s tour. Your first stop this morning is mysterious Stonehenge, as one of the first visitors of the day you will beat the queues with our fast track entrance tickets. The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing center, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress.
Note Summer Solstice 2017
Stonehenge is closed to visitors on 20 & 21 June for the Summer Solstice. Our tours will visit Avebury on these dates
After time for lunch, not included, you’ll have a whole afternoon to discover Bath's major sights; our tour will show you Pulteney Bridge and the Circus, and you will get a fascinating insight into how Bath became the world-class attraction it is today. Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions. You will have plenty of time to discover the Jane Austen Visitors Center, Bath Abbey or the Roman Baths. There is so much to see in this beautiful city. Return to London for overnight at your hotel. [B]
Day 4: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral. Dover
Have you breakfast at the hotel and start the day heading out to Leeds Castle, passing through Greenwich, home of the famous 'Cutty Sark' tea clipper and the Royal Observatory, and crossing over the Greenwich Meridian.
Leeds Castle was described by Lord Conway as 'the loveliest castle in the world' and is set in the middle of a natural lake, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquility. There will also be time to explore the castle’s grounds where you will find the 'Lady Baillie Garden' with views over the lake, an aviary and maze.
Traveling through Kent, the county known as the 'Garden of England', we make our way to Canterbury to visit the Cathedral. This magnificent Cathedral is the most important church within the worldwide Anglican faith. The central 'Bell Harry Tower' dates back to 1498 and the crypt to the 11th Century. It is here where your guide will tell the story of the shocking murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170 and there will also be time to explore the narrow streets of Canterbury.
We continue our tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent, dotted with unusual buildings and quaint little villages to Dover, where you'll see the famous White Cliffs standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the White Cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle still watching over the town 800 years on. After the tour of Dover return to London for overnight at your hotel. [B]
Day 5: London, USA
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready to be picked-up for your transfer to the airport and board the flight for your next destination. [B]
[B] = Breakfast
Note: Additional nights in London available upon request
During the winter (Nov-Dec) the order of the visits may change
|Superior Tourist Class||Holiday Inn London West||April||$835||$1,325|
|First Class||Caesar||Apr 1-Juy 20l||$965||$1,589|
|July 21-September 15||$885||$1,429|
|September 15-30 November||$965||$1,589|
|First Class||DoubleTree by Hilton Kesington||April 1-May 15||$1,115||$1,885|
|May 16-July 31||$1,299||$2,259|
Prices are per person, valid until December 17, based on room chosen and may change without notice.
Tour Code: UK02LON17EE