LONDON YOUR WAY
- Duration:7 nights / 8 days
- Countries Visited: Italy
- Highlights: The Affordable – Flexible London Tour Visit the Highlights of the City on the Thames and create your own thematic educational program
- Tour Inclusions:
- Airfare NYC/LONDON/NYC
- Accommodations in tourist class or first class hotels
- Airport transfers
- Breakfast and dinner daily (beverages are not included)
- Professional English speaking tour director throughout.
- Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions as listed
- Transportation by private air-conditioned motor coach during sightseeing.
- Baggage handling of one suitcase per person no more than 50lbs.
- Select International Travel Portfolio
DAY 1: DEPART USA
DEPART USA on an overnight flight from your hometown to London, England.
DAY 2: LONDON
Welcome to England! We are greeted at the airport by our professional tour director and transferred to Windsor, to visit Windsor Castle, the world’s largest inhabited castle, with 1,000 rooms. We tour the richly decorated State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, and then continue to London. We then settle into the hotel. Our tour director will give us an orientation session about the local customs, traveling on the city transportation system, rate of exchange and more. Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 3: LONDON
Today we have a panoramic tour including such landmarks as the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington’s museums, Knightsbridge and Harrods, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, St. James Park and more. We visit Westminster Cathedral to see the burial place of some of history’s largest literary and historic giants, and the place where England’s kings and queens have been crowned, and the Parliament houses. Overnight London. (B.D.))
DAY 4: LONDON
We start the day with a ride on the London Eye, a British Airways rollercoaster from which we see all the important monuments of London. Then we visit Globe theater dedicated to Shakespeare and the Tower of London, one of Britain’s most fascinating and important historical structures. Our visit will include the armories, a display of instruments of torture and execution and the Crown Jewels. Then on to the London Dungeon, a ghoulish place designed to chill the blood, while reproducing the conditions of the Middle Ages. Exhibits include: a burning at the stake; a torture chamber with racking, branding, and fingernail extraction; a spine-chilling “Jack the Ripper Experience,” and a show called “Judgment Day,” where you are sentenced to death (by actors) and taken on a boat ride to meet your fate. Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 5: LONDON
Today we tour the British Museum, one of the most comprehensive collections of art and artifacts in the world. Highlights of our visit will include: the Rosetta Stone, whose discovery led to the deciphering of hieroglyphs, the Elgin Marbles, from the Parthenon in Athens, and the Sutton Hoo Treasure. We then visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s Renaissance-style masterpiece. Our visit will include an ascent to the Whispering Gallery, an acoustic marvel in which the faintest whisper can be heard clearly on the opposite side, as well as the American Memorial Chapel, honoring the 28,000 U.S. service personnel who lost their lives while stationed in Britain during World War II. Tonight we spend in the area around Covent Garden, and have the opportunity to attending a West End Theater Performance (optional). Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 6: OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO SALISBURY, STONEHENGE & BATH
Today we can visit Wessex, beginning in Salisbury, where we will visit Salisbury Cathedral. Our visit includes the cathedral’s 13th-century octagonal chapter house, which displays one of the four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta. We continue with a visit to mysterious Stonehenge, a huge circle of lintels and megalithic pillars, and one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. Our afternoon concludes in the ancient Roman city of Bath, where we will visit the Roman Baths, first associated with the Celtic King Bladud, and later established by the Romans in the 1st century. We return to London for the evening.
DAY 6: OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO STRATFORD & OXFORD
This morning we will journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, a city forever associated with the playwright William Shakespeare. We will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where the he was born on April 23, 1564, and died on the same date 52 years later. The modern Shakespeare Centre was built next door to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. We continue with a brief visit to Holy Trinity Church, the parish church where Shakespeare is buried, located in an attractive setting near the River Avon. Our afternoon concludes with a visit to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, located just outside the city center. The cottage provides a rare insight into the life of a family in Shakespearean times, and many of the original furnishings are preserved inside the house. This afternoon we will stop to explore Oxford, England’s oldest university city. We will take a Walking Tour to view many of the colleges that make up Oxford, as well as the Sheldonian Theater and the Bodleian Library. We will also visit Christ Church College, Oxford’s biggest and grandest Renaissance College, which was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey. The college’s Christ Church Cathedral is the smallest in England.
DAY 7: LONDON
The day is at leisure to take another optional tour or follow an educational program of your choice. Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 8: DEPART FOR USA
This morning you are transferred to the aiport and flight home (B)