Trace centuries of heritage, from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, on this City Explorer holiday. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, and indulge in an English cream tea.
ORIENTATION of Borough Market and Greenwich
VISIT Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace. You will also have a choice of fantastic free museums to visit including the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum
VIEW Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace
SCENIC CRUISE on the Thames from the London Eye to Greenwich
TICKETS London Oyster Card (Public Transport) pass
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel
Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers page link below for details
Arrive London (7 Nights)
Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that marches to its very own vibrant tune - yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers later this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your grand exploration of London.
London Sightseeing and Afternoon At Leisure or Tower of London Optional Experience
Ease into London's energetic pace before embarking on an included half-day sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, which features Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. See the stately Changing of the Guard before your sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Spend the rest of the day enjoying a slice of London culture, or join an Optional Experience to the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. This evening, we enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the West End - one of Chef Gordon Ramsay's most-celebrated London eateries.
Excursion to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge
Regal traditions and ancient monuments take centre stage today as we embark on a full-day excursion from London. Visit Windsor Castle, one of the Queen's elegant homes, including the superb Georgian State Apartments and St. George's Chapel. Then spend some free time for lunch in this historic market town. Our next stop sees us delve into the history of the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe - the ancient circle at Stonehenge, before returning to London.
London At Leisure or full-day Optional Experience to Oxford and the Cotswolds
Armed with your 3-day travel pass, London truly is your oyster. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to make the most of your full day at leisure. Walk through 'The City' exploring the oldest part of London - the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market's ornate façades and the Tower of London, with its grim history and extraordinary royal heritage. Pay tribute to Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square and wander down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837. Alternatively, consider a full-day Optional Experience to the enchanting Cotswolds, visiting Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, with a stop in the university town of Oxford to admire the towering spires of cathedrals, churches and colleges.
London Borough Food Market and Iconic Museums
Saunter past the buzzing stalls of Borough Market, London's most renowned food market which has been feeding locals for centuries. 'Dive Into Culture' and rub shoulders with the locals who buy the best of British produce here. Spend the rest of the day visiting London's extraordinary museums, many of which are free to visit. Use your London Oyster Card to traverse the length and breadth of London. Perhaps visit the British Museum, whose global treasures are symbolic of the extent of the Empire in centuries past, or the Imperial War Museum, sharing the story of modern warfare from World War I to today.
Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace with English Cream Tea
Imagine the kings and queens who have glided gracefully up the 13th-century mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey. We'll have an opportunity to explore this architectural wonder on a guided visit with a 'Local Specialist'. Find out why this church lost its cathedral status and pay your respects at the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier. Later, visit Kensington Palace and 'Dive Into Culture', gaining insights into the lives of the Royal Family. Tour the Royal Palace, which was once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and now houses the private apartments of her son Prince William and his wife Kate. Indulge in a delicious English cream tea in The Pavillion surrounded by beautiful formal gardens before returning to your hotel.
London At Leisure and Farewell Dinner in Greenwich
Enjoy one last full day in the lively city streets of London. Consider taking a trip up the Shard - Europe's tallest building, admire England's proud history reflected in its monuments to great men and victories, or see the treasures of the British Library. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a leisurely cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Sail under the famous Tower Bridge before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub to toast to your unforgettable week.
After breakfast, say a fond farewell to London and newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable holiday in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport Transfers to London Airports are available to purchase. Conditions apply.