|Purpose:||Fun, Culture, History|
|No. of days:||7 days - 6 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||London|
|Other cities:||Harry Potter Studios, Oxford, Burford, Bibury, Cotswolds, Bath, Lacock Village, Averbury|
Package does not include:
Hotels in your Package:
Hotels will be confirmed at time of reservation and may be substituted by similar class or better.
Day 1 - Mon: 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.
Note: You’ll receive the London Oyster card preloaded with £20, giving you unlimited travel in central London on all buses and underground trains. (see Oyster Card details)
Day 2 - Tue: London (The making of Harry Potter)
Today is dedicated to the Making of Harry Potter, a tour that provides an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. On this 7.5-hour tour, you will spend a minimum of 4 hours inside the Studios. Enjoy previously unheard anecdotes from the expert guides before taking a unique walking tour that takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. [B]
Here are just some of the things you can expect to see and do:
· View the original Hogwarts Express
· Step inside and discover the great hall.
· Listen to previously unheard anecdotes
· Explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures.
· Explore the Hogwarts express train.
· Step onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
· See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle.
· Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.
Day 3 - Wed: London (Oxford & traditional Cotswolds villages)
We head north west out of London for the day, passing close to Pinewood Film Studios – the home of James Bond – and through the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We travel through the picturesque countryside that inspired the television shows, Midsummer Murder and Vicar of Dibley, before arriving in Oxford, home to the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Oxford is a great literary center where JRR Tolkein wrote Lord of the Rings and CS Lewis wrote Alice in Wonderland. With over 1,500 listed buildings and a history dating back more than 1000 years, you have time to explore the precincts of the many colleges, climb one of the vantage points to take in the skyline We spend the afternoon touring the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds with their tiny ironstone cottages that have remained unchanged for centuries. We’ll visit Bampton, a village with a long association with traditional view of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ or view the rich art and antiquities collections in the Ashmolean Museum. Morris Dancing. You can explore its magnificent parish church of St Mary in which many iconic scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. Our next stop is in Burford, the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, a small market town with enormous character and a huge history. Its main street is lined with quintessential ironstone cottages and properties, the essence of the Cotswolds. You will have plenty of time to take in the local charm and hospitality, perhaps taking afternoon tea. Finally, we will make the short journey to Bibury, described by William Morris as the prettiest village in England, and the place that Henry T Ford wished to dismantle and ship back to the USA. Here we will have time to stroll past the famous Arlington Row, almost of doll’s house proportions, and the old woolen mill. After a full day exploring the city of Oxford and the villages of the Cotswolds we’ll embark on the comfortable return journey to London, arriving back at Victoria around 7.00pm. [B]
Day 4 - Thu: London (Bath, Averbury and Lacock Village)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you board today’s tour that takes us west out of London and into the county of Wiltshire to our first stop in the ancient Roman Spa town of Bath. This city has been inhabited for almost 2,000 years and here you’ll have time to explore the city, Abbey and Roman Baths and immerse yourself in the atmosphere and glorious Georgian architecture of this majestic city. Following a lunch stop, we travel deeper into rural Wiltshire to Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and its more recent role as a television and film location Our final stop of the day is at the pretty village of Avebury. Here we will be able to wander amidst the largest stone circle in the world - part of a World Heritage Site, a magical place whose stones have stood for over 4,500 years, before returning to London in the early evening. [B]
Day 5 - Fri: London (Total London with the London Eye)
The morning part of the tour begins with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral where we enter as their doors open. We will explore the masterpiece designed by Wren in 1673 with a professional guide, taking time to listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. Please note on Sundays there will be no guiding inside the cathedral due to church services. Next a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey before we head for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Watch the world famous changing of the Guard ceremony as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music. Free time will be given for lunch and our guide will be happy to recommend places to eat. Time for lunch on your own before you continue your tour. Arriving at the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, our guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress. Finally, we will take a guided private extended boat trip on the River Thames Enjoy excellent views of Tower Bridge, The Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe and of the Houses of Parliament from the river whilst being entertained by our tour guide. Standing at an amazing 443 feet above the center of London, the London Eye is the world’s highest observation wheel and offers magnificent panoramic views. Tour will finish at London-eye. [B]
• This tour will finish at the London Eye.
• The Guard Change may not be operational in bad weather conditions. We will go to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop instead.
• On certain dates St Paul's Cathedral is closed thus we will be visiting Household Cavalry Museum instead.
Day 6 - Sat: London
Explore London at your own pace with your Oyster Card and London Pass
Day 7 – Sun: 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
|Season||Tourist Calss||First Class|
Prices are per person, valid until November 18, based on hotel chosen and may change without notice.
Note: Additional nights in London available upon request
Tour Code: GB03LON18BBC
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