London Explorer Winter 2016-2017

London Eye and Parliament along the Thames
9 Days

Get the inside story of one of the most exciting capital cities in the world with Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace your backdrop. Also visit Royal Windsor and mystical Stonehenge. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… walking through trendy Borough Market as Londoners do to purchase delicious fresh and seasonal produce. Or having dinner at one of Chef Gordon Ramsay's newest London restaurants in the heart of the action.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to London, capital of Great Britain. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel or take a stroll down Oxford Street – one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a traditional London pub.
  3. This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. See the Changing of the Guard before the sightseeing tour finishes in central London. You may decide to go shopping in some of the most famous department stores or take a leisurely walk through picturesque Hyde Park. The Park comes alive during the vacation season with Winter Wonderland: a magical festival that offers ice skating, food and drinks from around the world, a Christmas market and so much more. Alternatively join an Optional Experience to the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress popularly known as Beefeaters. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the heart of the West End, one of Chef Gordon Ramsay's newest London eateries.

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  4. Today take a full day excursion to visit the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. You will have time to admire the stones and visit the world-class exhibition and visitors center. Later visit Windsor Castle, one of the homes of the Queen and a working royal residence with a proud history. Visit the State Apartments and St. George's Chapel before returning to London.

  5. Utilize your 3 day London Oyster card Pass. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions and recommendations on how to spend your day. Department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. Famous fashion houses are to be found on Bond Street and Sloane Street. Antiques and curiosities can be found on Portobello Road, Kings Road in Chelsea and at Camden Market. London is famous globally as a shopping paradise and the sharpest prices are found during the annual sales before and after Christmas. From backstreet boutiques to Harrods, stock clears at big discounts during the vacation season. Alternatively you may consider a full day Optional Experience to the enchanting Cotswolds visiting Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon with a stop in the university town of Oxford for a walk through the cobbled streets.
  6. This morning visit one of the most important churches in London and in the country on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Westminster Abbey has been the traditional location of the coronation of kings and queens and the burial site for the English and later, the British monarchs. Find out why this church lost its cathedral status and pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Later visit Kensington Palace for a tour of the royal palace once home to Diana, Princess of Wales and now housing the private apartments of her son Prince William and his wife Kate. Enjoy a delicious English cream tea in the orangery before returning to your hotel.
  7. Borough Market is London's most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce. Your Travel Director will take you on a walk for a Cultural Insight into the daily lives of Londoners and the market traditions which have been passed down for generations. It is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat: chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking. This afternoon you may wish to visit one of the iconic museums which are free to visit. Your Travel Director will offer two different drop-off options, either the Tate or the British Museum. Otherwise you may wish to explore the South Bank of the city and use your Oyster card to explore on your own.

  8. Your last full day in London is yours to enjoy. Do last minute shopping or take a trip up the Shard – Europe's tallest building – for spectacular views out over the city. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Sail under the famous Tower Bridge before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub with a toast to your unforgettable week.
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  9. After breakfast, say farewell to London and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a fabulous week in one of the world's greatest cities. London Airport Transfer services are available to purchase to Heathrow airport. Conditions apply.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea, 3 dinners.

Your included sights

  • City tour in London.
  • Orientation of Borough Market and Greenwich.
  • Visit Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace. You will also have a choice of fantastic free museums to visit including the Tate and British Museum.
  • View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
  • Scenic cruise on the Thames from the London Eye down to Greenwich.
  • 3 day London Oyster card pass.

Your Insider Experiences

    • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in London and a guided tour of Westminster Abbey.
    • Cultural Insight: Visit London's famous Borough Market, a traditional food market. Visit Kensington Palace and enjoy a traditional English Cream Tea.
    • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
3 Dec 16 11 Dec 16 checkmark $2,275$2,161pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,275 $2,161 pp
14 Jan 17 22 Jan 17 $2,150$2,043pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,150 $2,043 pp
21 Jan 17 29 Jan 17 $2,150$2,043pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,150 $2,043 pp
28 Jan 17 5 Feb 17 $2,150$2,043pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,150 $2,043 pp
4 Feb 17 12 Feb 17 $2,150$2,043pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,150 $2,043 pp
11 Feb 17 19 Feb 17 $2,150$2,043pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,150 $2,043 pp
18 Feb 17 26 Feb 17 $2,195$2,085pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,195 $2,085 pp
25 Feb 17 5 Mar 17 $2,195$2,085pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,195 $2,085 pp
4 Mar 17 12 Mar 17 $2,250$2,138pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,250 $2,138 pp
11 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 $2,250$2,138pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,250 $2,138 pp
18 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 $2,250$2,138pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,250 $2,138 pp
25 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $2,250$2,138pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,250 $2,138 pp

Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The December 25th, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in London. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $630.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $66 per person.

Christmas Day in London: Please be advised that this the one day of the year when London practically shuts down. Major sights and shops close their doors and The Underground and buses come to a standstill. Most churches hold services on Christmas Day, with those at St. Paul's, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Westminster Abbey amongst the most memorable. Your Grand European Travel Director will advise further options on your arrival in the city.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to England must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the country.

  • The currency in England is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in London, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in London. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the cuisine.  Restaurants around London serve specialties such as fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

  • The climate in London is temperate with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in London often include a service charge of 12.5 percent, especially for large groups.  If service isn’t included, it’s customary to leave 10-15 percent of the bill.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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