Day 1: Arrive in London
Arrive at London at make your way to Apartment, since you are staying near cerntral London it is the perfect opportunity to walk through the nearby area,be sure to check out some of key spots, like Kensington Palace, the Round Pond (where there are geese and swans waiting to be fed), the Italian fountains, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and the Peter Pan statue, commissioned by the author J.M. Barrie.This is also a good time to take care of things and exploring the area that you're staying in.Overnighta at Apartment.
Day 2: One day London Pass
For our second day Discover the joy of sightseeing with the one day London Pass, and enjoy free entry to 60 of its world-class sites like St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Save time as you skip the queues with fast-track entry at countless attractions, and take advantage of special offers at quality London restaurants and shops.Overnight at Apartment.
Day 3: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London
While there's no shortage of things to see and do in London, there are some pretty cool spots right outside of London to check out. A full day tour out to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.
Your tour starts at the home of the Royal Family for 900 years, and the world's largest and oldest occupied castle. Windsor Castle's fortified walls dominate the delightful town that has grown up around it over the years. You will see the lavishly decorated State Apartments and St. George's Chapel. You will also witness the Changing of the Guard in all its colorful pageantry and splendor. (On 30 April, 18 - 19 May, 16 - 17 - 18 June the State Apartment and St. George's Chapel will be closed, on these date you will visit Hampton Court Palace instead).
Going even further back in time, you'll travel through the rolling green Wiltshire landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged to this lonely plain near Salisbury 5,000 years ago. Who built it? Why? These questions have haunted the minds of centuries of scholars. Set in a landscape dotted with prehistoric mounds and carvings, Stonehenge continues to enthrall the imagination and captivate the heart of every visitor.
Next, it's on to Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture. During your panoramic tour of Bath you will be enchanted by the town's beautifully proportioned streetscapes. You'll see Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. During the tour you will also visit the Roman Baths, the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world. Overnight at Apartment.
Day 4: Thames river cruise -Shopping
This high-speed Thames river RIB experience cruise tour is tailor made for you! London will truly come alive and kicking with the fastest, most exciting River Thames cruise you could ever experience.The super-powered Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB's) are specially designed to operate on the River Thames. One minute you're cruising gently under Tower Bridge, the next you are racing out towards the Thames Barrier at a rate of 50 knots on a speed boat.
Spend the afternoon in shopping in some of the well-known, and admittedly touristy, shopping areas, including Portobello Market, Harrods department store, and Piccadilly Circus. Overnight at Apartment.
Day 5: Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
A region officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can't possibly be a bad place to spend a day. On this 10-hour day trip from London, you'll visit this so-named English area, the Cotswolds, as well as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Immerse yourself in England's history and scenery as you travel through rolling hills, admire picturesque villages, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and tour one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Depart London and head northwest to three of England's most-visited places - university town Oxford, a famous Tudor-era home in Stratford-upon-Avon and medieval Warwick Castle.
Your day trip from London begins with a journey across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires and home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Oxford's elegant, timeworn buildings and courtyards have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale). During your walking tour, you will see the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied. Tour also includes admission to Christ Church.
Next, you'll travel through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, an area steeped in gentle English beauty, history and heritage. Look out the window to admire the thatched-roof cottages and charming inns. You'll arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of the famous playwright William Shakespeare. You will visit Shakespeare's Tudor-era home, with its typical parlor, bedrooms, kitchen and buttery.
Then it's a short drive to medieval Warwick Castle, whose magnificent towers and ramparts remain mostly intact. You'll travel back through 1,000 years of history as you cross the footbridge to a bygone world of banquets, battles and ceremony. Climb the winding staircase to the Princess Tower, or, if you're feeling brave, visit the spine-chilling dungeons where prisoners were tortured. You might wish to take a stroll through the castle's lovingly tended gardens, where archery, falconry and jousting take place in the summer months.Overnight at Apartment.
Day 6: Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London
Book and jump the queue at the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. Don't waste time waiting in lines on vacation! Your pass is valid for one visit to each attraction and is valid for two years. You'll have plenty of time to explore the stories and intrigues at each site at your leisure, as part of your own itinerary.
Tower of London
Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London reverberates with dark secrets, where priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and pampered ravens strut the grounds. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its 900-year history as royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house
Hampton Court Palace
Flamboyant King Henry VIII developed this majestic palace after acquiring it in the 1520s. The palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings, and is set in formal gardens, which include the famous maze and Great Vine.
Generations of royal women have shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens, from Queen Mary to Victoria and, more recently Diana, Princess of Wales. Today, the palace also houses a stunning collection of fashionable formal dress worn for state and royal occasion. Overnight at apartment.
Day 7: Library, Tea and More Shopping
Start your last full day in London at the British Library, where there is a room full of literary treasures on display (in addition to, well, a lot of books). From behind panes of glass you can view Shakespeare's original folio, the Magna Carta, Jane Austen's writing desk, original music manuscripts from artists like Mozart, Ravel and the Beatles, and original writings from authors Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte and Sylvia Plath. There are also temporary displays in the lobby of the library, where you are able to check out the history of the Old Vic theater
Make your way to Oxford Street, which is a shopper's paradise and offers everything from high-end shops, exclusively British shops (like Marks & Spencer and Top Shop) and touristy souvenir shops. The end of Oxford Street (or the beginning, depending on where you start) meets up with Hyde Park, which you can walk through, heading toward the west end of the Hyde park to have afternoon tea at the Orangery in Kensington Palace.
Afternoon tea overlooking the lawns of Kensington Palace was a beautiful and relaxing way to end a very busy week touring London. Nothing can help prepare you for a long flight home quite like a relaxing afternoon in a palace.Overnight at Apartment.
Day 8: Check out Shopping
Check out from Apartment and make your way to Airport.
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Tour cost per person from £685
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- 7 nights accommodation in Londoan at Apartment
- 1 day london pass
- Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London
- Thames cruise
- Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
- Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London