Pulteney Bridge in Bath

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to London Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America to London.
Day 2 Arrive London – Salisbury – Wessex
  • Arrive in London Our 24-hour WorldStrides Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next 8 day(s). We continue on our journey from London Airport to Wessex Area. En route we will stop in Salisbury
  • Salisbury Cathedral Visit Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain. It is well-known for having the tallest spire in the country, which we may climb if we wish. Our visit will be highlighted by the cathedral’s 13th century octagonal Chapter House, which displays the finest of four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta.
  • Travel to Wessex We will continue to Wessex, our base for the next 2 nights. Breakfast and dinner will be included at the hotel.
Day 3 Day Trip To Bath
  • Roman Baths Explore the extremely well-preserved Roman Baths, first associated with the Celtic King Bladud, and later established by the Romans in the 1st century. Step into the Pump Room, a set of elegant chambers built above the old Roman baths. The core of the Pump Room is the Grand Chamber, which looks down onto the old Roman Baths and we may have the opportunity to sample some of the spa’s natural spring water.
  • Bath Abbey Visit Bath Abbey, founded in the AD 7th century and noted for its unique façade. In AD 973, the first king of England, Edgar, was crowned in the Abbey, securing its importance in the nation’s history.
  • Walking Tour of Bath Take a Walking Tour through historic Bath, where we will see: the spectacular façade of Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, featuring wonderful views of the city and the River Avon, the Circus and the Royal Crescent, one of Britain’s finest streets.
Day 4 Wessex – Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. The cottage provides a rare insight into the life of a family in Shakespearean times, and many of the original furnishings are preserved inside the house.
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a half-timbered house preserved to reflect family life in the 16th century. The birthplace also contains a museum dedicated to the bard’s life. The modern Shakespeare Centre was built next door to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard's birth.
  • Holy Trinity Church Stop for a brief visit to Holy Trinity Church, the parish church where both Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway, are buried. It is located in an attractive setting on the banks of the River Avon.
Day 5 Stratford-Upon-Avon – York
  • Jorvik Viking Center Visit the Jorvik Viking Centre. This recreation of part of the old Viking city, discovered many feet below present ground level, was reconstructed to appear as it stood in A.D. 948. A ‘time car’ will take us back through the ages and detail this unique aspect of York’s history.
Day 6 York
  • Walking Tour of York Take a Walking Tour of York, through the medieval and historic parts of the city.
  • York Minister Visit York Minster, which traces its origins from the early 7th century and features stunning stained glass from the Middle Ages.
Day 7 York – Cambridge – London
  • St. Mary's Church Visit St. Mary’s Church, where you will have the opportunity to ascend the Bell Tower for magnificent views of the city.
  • King's College Visit King's College which was founded in 1441 by Henry VI (1421-71) and is one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge. King's has an outstanding academic record and is also world-famous for its Chapel and choir. We will visit the Chapel, famous for its glorious fan vaulted ceiling and considered the most elegant example of perpendicular architecture in England.
  • Continue to London For the next 2 evening(s) we will enjoy the convenience of our centrally-located London hotel, where daily breakfast will be included.
  • Westminster and Whitehall Take a Walking Tour of Westminster and Whitehall, including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Horseguards Parade, Parliament Square, Downing Street, St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace.
Day 8 London
  • Westminster Abbey Visit Westminster Abbey, where English kings and queens have been crowned since 1066. Our Blue-Badge Guided Tour will include the Royal Chapels, containing the tombs of the English monarchs, as well as Poets’ Corner, featuring memorials to many famous British literary figures.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral Visit St. Paul’s Cathe dral, Sir Christopher Wren’s Renaissance-style masterpiece. Our visit will include an ascent to the Whispering Gallery, an acoustic marvel in which the faintest whisper can be heard clearly on the opposite side, plus time at the American Memorial Chapel. If we are lucky, we will be here when the massive organ fills the entire cathedral with breathtaking music.
Day 9 Departure from London
  • Fly Home Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport on our final day.