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.
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.
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.
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.
7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea, 3 dinners.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|18 Mar 17||26 Mar 17||$2,250pp|
|25 Mar 17||2 Apr 17||$2,250pp||
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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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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