LONDON & COUNTRY WITH PARIS EXTENSION - 2017
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Historical monuments, royal treasures, amazing museums, fantastic shopping, some of the world's most famous landmarks, an unrivaled theater 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 cities surrounding it.
With an expert Local Guide who will bring the destination to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge, enjoy sightseeing of London's most famous landmarks as well as a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, with its iconic dome and fascinating history. Pay homage to Shakespeare on an excursion to his birthplace 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 special experiences to bring a local perspective to this London vacation. Enjoy dinner at an historic London pub; take a relaxed, narrated, night-time cruise on the Thames River; and enjoy tickets to a West End show. Plenty of leisure time in London will also give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city.
Extend your holiday to Paris for 3 days!
Enjoy dinner at a historic local pub in London
Visit and tour Buckingham Palace*
Farewell London with dinner and tickets to a West End show
Welcome dinner at a historic London pub, followed by a relaxed, narrated, nighttime river cruise on the Thames; guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held; visit Buckingham Palace (August & September only); farewell dinner and West End show.
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace.
Walking tour through the university city.
Visit the prehistoric monument.
Visit the Roman relics.
- PARIS EXTENSION
This Monograms portion of your holiday includes travel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) from London to Paris, transfers to/from train stations, 3 overnights, guided sightseeing and services of an expert Local Host.
Motorcoach; Thames River cruise, high-speed Eurostar train.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Full English breakfast (B) daily
2 three-course dinners (D) with wine and choice of menu, including dinner at a traditional pub and a farewell dinner at a London restaurant.
Day by Day
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 a three-course dinner with wine, followed by a private, narrated CRUISE on the Thames River to admire some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. (D)
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. In the afternoon, you might like to consider an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, where you'll see the magnificent State Apartments and St. George's Chapel. (B)
Today offers you the opportunity to enjoy London on your own. For departures 0730 to 0917, a morning visit to BUCKINGHAM PALACE is included (dates are subject to unexpected closures). You will see the magnificent State Rooms richly furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection and used by the Royal Family for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. The afternoon is free for you to sightsee on your own or to join an optional excursion to the 900-year-old Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. (B)
LONDON. EXCURSION TO SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY.
Set out for an exciting day of sightseeing: in Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE, with time afterwards to enjoy this pretty Elizabethan town at your own pace. Then, take a drive into the Cotswold Hills and through the picturesque villages and idyllic rolling English landscapes. The final highlight is a walking tour through Oxford that takes in the colleges where Britain's elite receive their outstanding education. (B)
LONDON. EXCURSION TO STONEHENGE & BATH.
Today's excursion brings you to mysterious, prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor centre 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. (B)
AT LEISURE IN LONDON.
Another day with time for independent activities. A variety of optional excursions are 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. For the finale of your London holiday, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a delicious three-course farewell dinner, followed by TICKETS for one of London's leading theatre productions. (B,D)
Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to Paris. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay. (B)
Morning guided sightseeing features Paris' most famous highlights, including the gothic NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and THE LOUVRE. (B)
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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