Historical monuments, royal treasures, amazing museums, fantastic shopping, some of the world's most famous landmarks, an unrivalled theatre scene, and beautiful parks—London has it all! On this London tour you'll have the opportunity to spend six nights in London with the chance to explore the city and some of the more famous sites surrounding it. With an expert Local Guide who will bring the destination to life with first-hand, in-depth knowledge, enjoy a walking tour through Parliament Square with views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as well as a visit to Westminster Abbey, the coronation church for the British Monarchy since 1066. Pay homage to Shakespeare on an excursion to his schoolroom in Stratford-upon-Avon, a beautiful town that offers a glimpse into life in 16th-century England. Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, a city steeped in history and home to some of England's most famous colleges. A highlight of this London & Country tour is an excursion to prehistoric Stonehenge, where you can try to figure out how these huge stones were placed there over 4,000 years ago. You'll also travel to Bath to see the fascinating Roman ruins built roughly 2,000 years ago for bathing and socializing. Globus has also included a special experience to bring a local perspective to this London vacation. Enjoy dinner at a historic London pub and take a relaxed, narrated, nighttime cruise on the Thames River. Plenty of leisure time in London will also give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city. From its historical landmarks and monuments to its cultural attractions, this London tour is sure to delight all of your senses!
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
Welcome to London! Your Tour Director will meet you upon your arrival at the hotel, and is available to help you make the most of your stay. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start exploring the lively British capital. This evening, enjoy [LF] a three-course dinner, followed by a private, narrated CRUISE on the Thames River to admire some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights Dinner
Day 2 LONDON
Start your day with a [LF] walking tour past some of London’s most remarkable landmarks. Your Local Guide will bring you to Parliament Square where you’ll see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Church of St. Margaret’s—all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, pose for photographs with the statues of famous statesmen who oversee the comings and goings of today’s politicians: Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, just to name a few; and of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a leading suffragist who campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights. Today’s highlight is a guided visit to WESTMINSTER ABBEY, one of the most famous and spectacular Gothic churches in the world with over a thousand years of history. You will learn about royal coronations and weddings that took place here, including the modern-day nuptials of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This is where Britain’s monarchs and many honorable national figures like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking are buried. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels? And later, you could take in one of London’s West End theater shows complete with a three-course pre-theater dinner Breakfast
Day 3 LONDON.
Today offers you the opportunity to explore London on your own, or to join an optional excursion. You could travel to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were married, for a tour of the magnificent State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. In August and September, you might like to visit Buckingham Palace and stroll through the magnificent State Rooms, used by the Royal Family for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining Breakfast
Day 4 LONDON. EXCURSION TO SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY.
Set out for an exciting day of sightseeing. In Stratford-upon-Avon, your Tour Director will take you to [LF] SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM, where William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Afterwards, enjoy this pretty Elizabethan town at your own pace. Then, take a drive into the Cotswold Hills and through picturesque villages and idyllic rolling English landscapes. Today’s final highlight is a walking tour through Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education.
Today’s Distance: 216 mi / 348 km Breakfast
Day 5 LONDON. EXCURSION TO STONEHENGE & BATH.
Today’s excursion brings you to mysterious, prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Travel on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, visit the ROMAN BATHS, built nearly 2,000 years ago. You will also have time to enjoy the city on your own and stroll past Bath Abbey and along the Avon River before returning to London.
Today’s Distance: 238 mi / 383 km Breakfast
Day 6 AT LEISURE IN LONDON.
Another day with time for independent activities. A variety of optional excursions is offered: you could stroll through Hyde Park and stop for a visit of Kensington Palace, home to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; or you might consider an excursion to the Warner Bros. Studios, where the famous Harry Potter films were produced. This is an amazing opportunity to walk through the iconic set across the original stone floor of the Great Hall, or along Diagon Alley to see the array of wonderful wizarding shops Breakfast
Day 7 LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.