This Southern England tour highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England.
Day 1: Arrive in London, England
Welcome to London! Today is free for your enjoy at your leisure.
Day 2: London
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horse guards 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. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, how about an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (B)
Day 3: London – Hampton Court – Oxford – Stratford-upon-Avon
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and depart in the morning for a lovely day of sightseeing. First, a special visit to admire the ornamental gardens of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Your Tour Director will take you on a walk through the breath-taking grounds. Then, drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, and take a stroll in Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon in good time to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 4: Stratford-upon-Avon – Boradway – Bath
A particularly scenic day. Enjoy vistas of the Cotswold Hills as you travel to the Elizabethan village of Broadway. On to Wales for a drive through the beautiful Wye Valley to the romantic ruins of 12th-century Tintern Abbey. Stop here for tea and Bara Brith (speckled bread) at The Anchor pub. Cross the 987-metre (3,240-foot) Severn Road Bridge, and in elegant Georgian Bath, see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths, with time to explore further on your own. Later, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe. (B)
Day 5: Bath – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Brighton
Today, try to unravel the mystery of 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. In Salisbury, visit the splendid cathedral, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta, and enjoy a light lunch in the Refectory restaurant. Your overnight is in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Brighton – Hever Castle – London
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before visiting spectacular Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, a romantic, double-moated, 13th-century castle set in four acres of magnificent formal gardens that include Italian, rose, and Tudor gardens as well as a yew maze. Return to London in the afternoon. How about celebrating the end of your holiday by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)
Day 7: London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Extend your holiday with an optional 4 day add on tour of Paris.
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