10 Day Southern England

10 Day Southern England


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

England

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in London
Arrive in cosmopolitan London; transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm if possible
Overnight: London
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - London City Tour
Today, discover the history, pageantry, and sights of the city with a half-day tour of London's West End. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben. Continue to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Your tour ends in the heart of the city to explore this afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, join the optional tour of the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral. Visit the Tower of London, a former fortress and Royal Palace that has witnessed 1,000 years of history including a viewing of the Crown Jewels and continue for a guided visit of St Paul's Cathedral. Tonight, discover London at your own pace
Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul's Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Windsor Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon
On your drive toward Stratford-upon-Avon, stop to visit Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world, home to over 39 monarchs in the last 1,000 years. You will tour the splendidly furnished State Apartments that include art from the Royal Collection. Or, if the Queen is in residence, you will visit St. George's Chapel with its resplendent ceilings and Royal Tombs. Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, a thriving market town on the River Avon. The town is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's greatest poet, and playwright. Visit Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street, followed by a view of Anne Hathaway's cottage. Spend some free time to explore. Later this evening, dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Oxford University
Morning drive through the pretty Cotswolds region of outstanding natural beauty, characterized by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswold stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade. Visit Blenheim Palace. This birthplace of Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is a true masterpiece of 18th-century Baroque architecture that was built in celebration of the English victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim. Time to enjoy this glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on over 2,000 acres with stunning formal gardens. Next, travel to the university town of Oxford, housing the second oldest university in the world. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are renowned for some of the finest architecture in Europe. View Christ Church College, used in many of the Harry Potter movies, with its impressive landmark tower designed by Christopher Wren. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Bath, Glastonbury, Exeter
Travel to the charming city of Bath, founded by the Romans as a thermal spa. Admire the Georgian architecture of the imposing 18th-century terraced houses of the Royal Crescent, graceful Poultney Bridge, and the preserved 2,000-year-old Roman Baths with its natural mineral springs. Then, stop in the small Somerset town of Glastonbury brimming with history, myths and colorful legends of King Arthur. It is believed that King Arthur is buried in the Glastonbury medieval Abbey, an early center of pilgrimage. Now, this new age city with its bohemian culture is known primarily for its annual music festival. Travel to Exeter and spend some free time to explore
Overnight: Exeter
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Excursion to Cornwall
Your day begins with a journey southwest through the picturesque Cornish peninsula dotted with quiet coves and quaint villages to Cornwall. Here, view mighty St. Michael's Mount near Penzance, the jewel in Cornwall's crown; it is steeped in both legend and folklore. This spectacular castle perched atop a granite crag dates from the 14th century. Stop in the trendy artist's town of St. Ives before heading back to Exeter for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Exeter
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Stonehenge, Salisbury, Brighton
This morning, travel to the most mysterious prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge; named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the middle of the Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is unique among stone circles and its construction still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5,000 years ago with the structure finally completed 1,400 years later. Later, continue on to Salisbury Cathedral where you view a copy of the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 by King John and land barons of medieval England. After time for lunch, on your own, travel to the seaside town of Brighton. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous fish and chips dinner
Overnight: Brighton
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Royal Pavilion, Hever Castle, London
Today, visit the Royal Pavilion*, an exotic and eclectic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colorful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency England Romanticism with the visual style of India and China. Then, head to the 13th century Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Discover its splendid rooms, filled with fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and important Tudor paintings. Explore the magnificent gardens set on an 125-acre estate. Afterward, continue to London and arrive early evening. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers*For Sep 12 departure, the Royal Pavilion will be a photo stop only
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Depart England
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-London, London-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights London
  • 2 nights Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 2 nights Exeter
  • 1 night Brighton
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†♦
  • 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Discover the history and sights of London with a half day city tour
  • Tour Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world
  • Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare
  • In Bath, tour the preserved 2,000-year-old Roman Baths with its natural mineral springs
  • Excursion to Cornwall, here view St. Michael's Mount near Penzance, the jewel in Cornwall's crown
  • At Salisbury Cathedral, view a copy of the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 by King John
  • Visit mysterious Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire the exotic Royal Pavilion in Brighton, built as a seaside retreat for King George IV
  • Explore the 13th century Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    ♦ London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost.

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    Accommodations

    DoubleTree by Hilton London Islington
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Islington.

    Crowne Plaza Stratford-Upon-Avon
    This first class hotel is located on the River Avon, in Stratford, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

    Buckerell Lodge
    This tourist class hotel is a short drive away from the city center of Exeter.

    Jurys Inn Brighton
    This first class hotel is situated in Brighton's New England Quarter.

    DoubleTree by Hilton London Islington
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Islington.

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