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The Union Jack waves its greeting as you amble through London’s avenues and lush green spaces, tracing centuries of heritage and historical landmarks from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, see the picturesque Cotswolds and indulge in a traditional English cream tea.
Welcome to London, capital of Great Britain. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel or take a stroll down Oxford Street – one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR)
This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. See the Changing of the Guard before the sightseeing tour finishes in central London. You may decide to go shopping in some of the most famous department stores or take a leisurely walk through picturesque Hyde Park. Alternatively 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 popularly known as Beefeaters. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the heart of the West End – one of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest London eateries. (FB, RM)
Today enjoy a full-day excursion from London. Visit Windsor Castle – one of the homes of the Queen and a working royal residence with a proud history. Visit the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel before free time for lunch in this picturesque town. Later discover the bestknown prehistoric monument in Europe – the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. Admire the stones and visit the world-class exhibition and visitors centre before returning to London. (FB)
Utilise your 3-day London Oyster card Pass. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions and recommendations on how to spend your day. Call in at Madame Tussauds or browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. Famous fashion houses are to be found on Bond Street and Sloane Street. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods and many other stylish shops and boutiques. Antiques and curiosities can be found on Portobello Road, Kings Road in Chelsea and at Camden Market. Alternatively you may consider a full-day Optional Experience to the enchanting Cotswolds visiting Shakespeare’s Stratford-uponAvon with a stop in the university town of Oxford for a walk through the cobbled streets. (FB)
This morning visit one of the most important churches in London and in the country on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Westminster Abbey has been the traditional location of the coronation of kings and queens and the burial site for the English and later, the British monarchs. Find out why this church lost its cathedral status and pay your respects at the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier. Later visit Kensington Palace for Cultural Insight into the lives of the Royal Family. Tour the Royal Palace that was once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and now housing the private apartments of her son Prince William and his wife Kate. Enjoy a delicious English cream tea in the orangery before returning to your hotel. (FB)
Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce. Your Travel Director will take you on a walk for a Cultural Insight into the daily lives of Londoners and the market traditions which have been passed down for generations. It is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat – chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking. This afternoon you may wish to visit one of the iconic museums which are free to visit. The Imperial War Museum or the British Museum are two recommendations. Otherwise you may wish to explore the South Bank of the city and use your Oyster card to explore on your own. (FB)
Your last full day in London is yours to enjoy. Do last-minute shopping or take a trip up the Shard – Europe’s tallest building – for spectacular views out over the city. This evening meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Sail under the famous Tower Bridge before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub with a toast to your unforgettable week. (FB, FD)
After breakfast, say farewell to London and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a fabulous week in one of the world’s greatest cities. London Airport Transfer services are available to purchase to Heathrow airport. Conditions apply. (FB)
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