6 days with CIE Tours Rating:
Day 1 Tower of London & Welcome Dinner
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Visit the iconic Tower of London to learn about its history as a royal residence, fortress, and famous prison. View the Crown Jewels and the ceremonial guardians of the Tower, the Beefeaters, in their full regalia, and the ravens that tradition says protect the monarchs of England and the Tower. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel with your group, and then dine together. (D)
Day 2 Windsor & Windsor Castle
Depart for the town of Windsor and enjoy a panoramic tour of this charming town located on the River Thames. Have lunch with your group, then visit Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen. Built in the 11th century, it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Marvel at its architecture, sumptuously appointed apartments, and extensive art collection. Head back to London for a free evening. (B, L)
Day 3 Stonehenge & Roman Baths
Travel to Stonehenge to view one of England’s most mysterious landmarks. Created between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, these massive stone monoliths each stand 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weigh approximately 25 tons. Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and archaeologists remain unsure of its purpose. Proceed on to the town of Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, wonderfully preserved ancient baths located at the site of a natural hot spring. Discover their history from Roman times and importance in Britain through the centuries. Return to London, where your evening is free for enjoying independently. (B)
Day 4 Oxford & Stratford-upon-Avon
Explore Oxford on a guided walking tour with your tour director, discovering this city and the famed university, founded in the 12th century. Next, go to Stratford-upon Avon, where you will enjoy free time for lunch. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, now a museum exploring The Bard’s early years and life in the 16th century. Drive through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds as you return to London for a free evening. (B)
Day 5 Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral
Journey to Leeds Castle in Kent. This picturesque castle was built on islands formed by the River Len. Most of the present-day castle dates to the 19th century, though its history goes back to 857. Proceed on to Canterbury, where you’ll gain admission to Canterbury Cathedral. It is one of the oldest and most important Christian structures in England, famous for its beauty as well as its place in history and literature. Travel on for a tour of a historic brewery to learn about beer and the brewing process before enjoying a beer tasting. In the evening, gather with your group for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 6 Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
All This Included
Visit England and Scotland, seeing the highlights of London; exploring the musical heritage of Liverpool, the home of the Beatles; traveling through the Lake District which inspired Beatrix Potter. Visit Edinburgh; enjoy a festive traditional dinner and Scottish ceilidh; taste whisky in the distillery where it is made, and more!
London: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel
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