TRIP DATES: July 15 through July 25, 2017
Historical monuments, royal treasures, amazing museums, fantastic shopping, some of the world's most famous landmarks, an unrivaled theater scene, and beautiful parks—London has it all! On this London tour, you'll have the opportunity to spend six nights in London with plenty of time to explore the city and some of the more famous cities surrounding it.
With an expert Local Guide who will bring the destination to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge, enjoy sightseeing of London's most famous landmarks as well as a visit to iconic St. Paul's Cathedral. Pay homage to Shakespeare on an excursion to his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, a beautiful town that offers a glimpse into life in 16th-century England. Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, a city steeped in history and home to some of England's most famous colleges. A highlight of this London & Country tour is an excursion to prehistoric Stonehenge, where you can try to figure out how these huge stones were placed there over 4,000 years ago. You'll also travel to Bath to see the fascinating Roman ruins built roughly 2,000 years ago for bathing and socializing.
My supplier has included special experiences to bring a local perspective to this London vacation. Enjoy dinner at a historic London pub; take a relaxed, narrated, nighttime cruise on the Thames River; and enjoy tickets to a West End show. From London, travel to Paris on the Eurostar train. Guided sightseeing in this world-famous city includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to 1163, and the Louvre, the world's most famous and visited art museum.
July 15: Depart for London
Depart for London
July 16: Arrive in London
Welcome to London! Your Tour Director will meet you upon your arrival at the hotel, and is available to help you make the most of your stay. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start exploring the lively British capital. This evening, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine, followed by a private, narrated CRUISE on the Thames River to admire some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights. (Meals Provided: Dinner)
July 17: 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 River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards 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. In the afternoon, you might like to consider an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, where you’ll see the magnificent State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 18: London on your own
Today offers you the opportunity to enjoy London on your own. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 19: London. Excursion To Shakespeare Country
Set out for an exciting day of sightseeing: in Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, with time afterwards to enjoy this pretty Elizabethan town at your own pace. Then, take a drive into the Cotswold Hills and through the picturesque villages and idyllic rolling English landscapes. The final highlight is a walking tour through Oxford that takes in the colleges where Britain’s elite receive their outstanding education. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 20: London. Excursion to Stonehenge & Bath
Today’s excursion brings you to mysterious, prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Travel on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, visit the ROMAN BATHS, built nearly 2,000 years ago. You will also have time to enjoy the city on your own and stroll past Bath Abbey and along the Avon River before returning to London. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 21: London on your own
Today offers you another opportunity to enjoy London on your own. For the finale of your London vacation, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a delicious three-course farewell dinner, followed by TICKETS for one of London’s leading theater productions. (Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner)
July 22: London–Paris, France
Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN (Upgraded class) to Paris. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 23: Paris
Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ most famous highlights, including the gothic NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and THE LOUVRE. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 24: Paris on your own
Today offers you an opportunity to enjoy Paris on your own. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
July 25: Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Meals Provided: Breakfast)
TRIP COST: $4,319 per person/$8,638 total
ALTERNATIVE TRIP COST: $5,535 solo traveler (included this pricing just in case your sister is not able to join you)
These prices are quotes and subject to availability until deposits are made. Please note that the quote does not include any optional excursions you and your sister would like to take during the tour. Finally, please keep in mind that this guaranteed departure date is going fast since it is during the busy summer season in Europe. Upon your review and approval, I will send you the paperwork to reserve your Passionate Traveler vacation.
Cherelle Mattox, Travel Advisor, Owner