Do you hear London Calling? Answer your inner anglophile and skip across the pond for a look at the London area’s finest features – royal, castles, cottages, colleges, and more.
- Depart home for London, United Kingdom:
- Arrive in London: Meet your tour director and check into your hotel.
- Tour London: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace. Then visit Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. During the French “Reign of Terror”, Marie Tussaud made wax death masks of the victims of the guillotine, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. After the war, Marie moved to London and opened up a wax museum to showcase her sculptures. Visit the museum today to see some of her original works as well as hundreds of new wax additions created for “contemporary” royalty. Soar 450 feet over London in the world's highest ferris wheel. The London Eye, the fourth tallest structure in London, whisks visitors up up and away above the River Thames for spectacular views of the city and its surrounds. The unique, futuristic passenger "capsules" allow unobstructed, 180-degree views. On a clear day visitors can see as far as the Queen's residence at Windsor Castle -- 25 miles away.
- Continue touring London: Take a trip to the banks of the River Avon and explore the rich history of Warwick Castle, a 1,100 year old castle. Wander through its grand interior, meet Henry VIII and his wives, and experience the re-creation of the dark and grisly past of the castle’s dungeons. Then visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare's birthplace.
- Optional Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath full day excursion: Take a trip to the mystifying, neolithic Stonehenge, one of the most renowned sites in the world, with its immense standing stones and burial mounds. Visit Salisbury to discover its famous cathedral. Visit prehistoric Stonehenge, built in 3,000 BC, a mysterious monument of four concentric rings of hefty stones, believed to be a sacred place of worship or some type of calendar.
- Oxford guided sightseeing tour: Explore the ancient university city of Oxford from an American perspective, including Christ Church College, complete with portraits of American Revolutionaries, and the Bodleian Library. Discover why the college bell is still rung 101 times at 9:05 p.m.
- West End Theater performance: End with a night at the theater. You'll see a play in the West End, the British version of Broadway, with London's 40-or-so professional theaters, as well as restaurants, shops and cafés. Please note that theater performances may be moved to alternate days due to availability.
Meet great Britons from history. Debate their merits and contributions to decide who is the greatest of them all!
- Depart London for home: Board your flight home or opt for a two-day extension to Paris.
Discover a new country. Board the Eurostar and travel under the English Channel to Paris! Bonjour! Explore the city of lights, discovering Paris’s major attractions and developing a taste for Parisian life and culture.