Christmas in London (Itinerary B)
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Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to London, United Kingdom.
Day 2 London, England - Tour Begins
Welcome to London at Christmastime, a metropolis filled with light, laughter and the excitement of the holiday season. Whether perusing the city’s many Christmas markets for handmade gifts and colorful decorations, or basking in the scent of mulled wine and cinnamon, this will surely be a Christmas you’ll never forget. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 London
Join a local expert on a panoramic city tour. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. A Christmastime visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Harrods, the city’s most iconic department store. Find yourself exploring a wonderland of glorious holiday displays and its incredible food hall – a piece of gourmet heaven! This afternoon, perhaps you will join us on an optional excursion to celebrate the season at Windsor Castle: originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of Kings and Queens for nine centuries; make your way through the impressive State Apartments, adorned for the season with a stunning array of garlands, bedecked Christmas trees, and an array of festive decorations. (B)
Day 4 London
Set off on London’s famous Underground, known to locals as “the Tube.” Opened in 1863, this engineering marvel was the world’s first metro system. Travel to one of the city’s many Christmas markets and peruse the wooden chalets offering unique handmade crafts, artisan goods and local treats. Continue on to Covent Garden, known worldwide for its charming stores, unique galleries, and festive Christmas decorations. Cap off your afternoon with one of London’s finest theatre performances. (B)
Day 5 London - Oxford - Blenheim Palace - London
Travel across England’s beautiful countryside to the historic city of Oxford, home to the prestigious University of Oxford. Enjoy time to explore the historic Covered Market featuring 50 traders selling gifts, clothes, food and more or the famous Ashmolean Museum featuring world-class exhibits on art and archaeology. Perhaps you will find yourself among the shops and small Christmas chalets filled with handmade crafts as the sounds of Christmas and the smell of holiday treats fill the air. The festivities continue with a visit to Blenheim Palace, one of England’s most magnificent homes, that shines even brighter at Christmas. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this UNESCO World Heritage site will give you a glimpse into the life of English royalty. (B)
Day 6 London
It’s your last full day in London. Spend the day independently exploring more of London’s treasures. Or, perhaps join an optional excursion to explore Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square with a private guide, followed by traditional afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner inspired by the Christmas season and toast the end of a wonderful tour. (B,D)
Day 7 London - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant holiday memories. (B)
All This Included
Feel the holiday spirit when you experience the Christmas season in London, a world within a city. Explore London’s colorful Christmas markets, beautifully decorated department stores, and bustling streets. Join a local expert on a panoramic tour. See the Norwegian fir in Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the festive lights adorning Buckingham Palace. Travel to magnificent Blenheim Palace, an incomparable display at Christmastime. Explore the historic university town of Oxford decked out in holiday splendor. Feel the holiday warmth at one of London’s finest theatres. Embark on a relaxing journey as you discover the colorful history and regal pageantry only found “across the pond.”
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