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London Explorer (Winter Season)

9 Days from $1,827 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

The Union Jack waves its greeting as you amble through London's avenues and lush green spaces, tracing centuries of heritage and historical landmarks from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace on this leisurely vacation. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, see the picturesque Cotswolds and indulge in a traditional English cream tea.

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Overview

The Union Jack waves its greeting as you amble through London's avenues and lush green spaces, tracing centuries of heritage and historical landmarks from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace on this leisurely vacation. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, see the picturesque Cotswolds and indulge in a traditional English cream tea.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that marches to its very own vibrant cosmopolitan tune—yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick off your grand At Leisure exploration.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:The Tower
  3. Ease into London's energetic pace this morning before embarking on an included half-day sightseeing tour with your Travel Director featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. See the stately Changing of the Guard before your sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Spend the rest of the day enjoying a slice of London culture or 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. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the heart of the West End—one of Chef Gordon Ramsay's most-celebrated London eateries.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. Regal traditions and ancient monuments take center stage today as we embark on a full-day excursion from London. Visit Windsor Castle, one of the Queen's elegant homes including the superb Georgian State Apartments and St. George's Chapel before free time for lunch in this historic market town. Our next stop sees us delve into the fascinating history of the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe—the ancient circle at Stonehenge—before returning to London.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. Armed with your 3-day travel pass, London truly is your oyster. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to make the most out of your full day at leisure. Walk through 'The City' exploring the oldest part of London. Pay tribute to Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square and wander down The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Alternatively, 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. Get a real taste of the city this evening with Trafalgar's exclusive Eatwith Optional Experiences. Consider sharing delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  6. Imagine the kings and queens who have glided gracefully up the 13th-century mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Later, visit Kensington Palace for a Cultural Insight into the lives of the Royal Family. Tour the Royal Palace that was once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and indulge in a delicious English cream tea in The Orangery surrounded by beautiful formal gardens before returning to your hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. Saunter past the buzzing stalls of Borough Market. Your Travel Director will take you on a leisurely walk for a Cultural Insight into the daily lives of Londoners. Embrace your inner foodie and indulge in the flavors of the best of British, before spending the rest of the day at leisure visiting London's extraordinary museums, many of which are free to visit. Use your London Oyster card to traverse the length and breadth of London.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  8. Enjoy one last full day in the lively streets of London. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a leisurely 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  9. After breakfast, say a fond farewell to London and newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable At Leisure vacation in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport Transfers to London Airports are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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  • Festive Celebrations
  • Valentine's Day
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Valentine's Day: This departure includes a alternate itinerary for Valentine's Day.

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park: Mid November 2018 - Early January 2019. Get in the festive spirit and visit Hyde Park which hosts the annual Winter Wonderland extravaganza! This is a popular event which attracts people from all over the country, offering festive cuisine from all over the world, handcrafted gifts and unique experiences like enjoying a cocktail in Bar Ice, admiring the sculptures in The Magical Ice Kingdom or watching the spinning acrobats in the Circus Megadome. There is something for everyone!

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

Shared Rooming: Room Share and triple rooms are not available on this trip

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

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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
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

11 meals: 7 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Forage for the freshest food buys at Britain's most renowned food market—Borough Market—and rub shoulders with royalty enjoying an English cream tea at Kensington Palace

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London and a guided tour of Westminster Abbey

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London
  • Orientation of Borough Market, Greenwich
  • Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, You will also have a choice of fantastic free museums to visit including the Imperial War Museum and the 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

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

London

Tower of London and St Paul's

Adult Price: £61

At the Tower of London, you’ll hear the legend of the Tower and the ravens from your Local Specialist and discover the story of the kings and queens who died here. You'll also see the world-famous Crown Jewels, still in use by the monarchy today. Then we're off to St Paul's for a visit to this 1,400-year-old iconic cathedral.

Oxford & The Cotswolds

Adult Price: £45

Join us for a full-day tour of the Cotswolds. First, we'll visit Stratford-upon-Avon for an unforgettable visit to William Shakespeare's house. Then, we'll head to Oxford, where we will discover the delights of the city, with a Local Specialist, before enjoying a tour of Christ Church College.

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Reviews

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dianne Williams
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : GET made the trip easy to book, with airfare at a good price. The trip was very well organized.
Vacation : Trafalger was excellent. The tour director, Anthony Perry, made the trip so pleasant. He is smart, energetic, patient and funny. Everything went smoothly, thanks to him. The schedule was good and varied. One negative, however, was the hotel, the Cumberland. We arrived early in the morning, and we were dead tired, but we could not check into the room until late afternoon. We did not know when a room would be ready, as the hotel could not say, but we waited in the lobby all day, as we wanted to freshen up before doing any sightseeing. The hotel kept telling us it should be soon that our room would be ready, but it was not. It was such a waste of the entire day. Our room was a disappointment and barely adequate.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : The tour guide, Tony, was exceptional. I have special dietary needs and he was over and above accommodating. He made sure whenever we had a group dinner that the restaurant was aware of my needs and that they fulfilled my requirements. He was very well informed about England's history and gave us detailed, accurate accounts/tid bits along the way. He was outstanding! The sights offered on the trip were wonderful, however, the time allotted for each visit was all too short. Perhaps less leisure time and more time spent on the important visits.
Vacation : Paying for extra lunches, dinners and one extra trip was more than I expected. The entire trip expenses ran over $500 more than the initial expense. I traveled alone, purchased no souvenirs and ate in local shops/Pubs, yet I found my "extra" expenses were far more than I anticipated. I thought the Tower of London cost was excessively expensive.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Walter & Debra Parker
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Service rating : It was the first time we did a hotel based tour and we loved it! The pacing and time devoted to each tour stop was well thought out. I wouldn’t change a thing. Our tour guide was especially knowledgeable and professional- Great sense of humor as well! His name was Tony Perry. I would recommend him and the tour to any and all of my friends. The drivers were top notch also!
Vacation : Great hotel based tour! I wouldn’t change a thing about the itenerary. Our guide was teriffic- Tony Perry! I’d highly recommend him and the tour to my friends and family! The drivers were great as well!
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Joan Middleton
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Service rating : The hotel was overrated, but the service was good. The guide was terrific!
Vacation : Terrific guide and bus driver. Hotel was tacky.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Robert Kelleher
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Service rating : Enjoyed the Tour Director and bus driver. They created a lovely tour.
Vacation : The price of the tour including the hotel was very acceptable. I did not utilize any of the optional tours that were described on the tour because I have been to London three previous times I did one of the optional tours alone (Tower of London). Had no interest in the other optional tours.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Patricia Mcdonald
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Service rating : YES! Anthony Perry was perfect as our Travel Director...I was disappointed that the optional trip to the Cotswolds didn't go thru any of the wonderful villages and have a lunch stop in one of them,plus a little shopping time.We only saw the countryside (Lovely) Kensington Palace afternoon tea was not very special.The food was ordinary...I did enjoy the Princess Diana clothes exhibit.The 16th century pub was delightful as was the Gordon Ramsey meal at his Eatery.The special guides at the Places we visited were knowledgeable and personable.The Proper English Breakfast plus anything else you could possibly want for Breakfast was delicious.The Bus Drivers were great.I would have liked more quality Fish&Chips places than we were provided.The Seashell on Lisson Grove is top notch if you want to provide first class Fish&Chips.
Vacation : We shopped Portobello Market....Not included in trip...had the very best time there...Bought Lovely Antique "Smalls"...This should be an optional excursion,something for everyone,Only 2 underground stops from Marble Arch.Great gifts of every price are to be had at this market.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Everything was done professionally and first class. The tour director was amazing.
Vacation : London and Paris were done extremely well.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
William Simmons
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Service rating : Excellent.
Vacation : Great service and fascination tour spots.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : The airplane and hotel reservations were top-notch. The tour director was amazing, very knowledgeable and kind and caring. He found a block of tickets for a London musicial which he added on as an optional tour experience, which was tremendous. We learned a huge amount about all the sites from him, and had a whole lot of fun doing it.
Vacation : Tony is an amazing, hard-working, very knowledgable about all the sites we went to, brought a lot of fun into every day. He handled the tour very well, and brought many additional experiences into our tour. Could not have been better.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Laura Ashley
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Service rating : Tony Perry was an excellent courier, friendly and very knowledgeable. We would have preferred to stay in the Main Cumberland Hotel as the annex is not nearly as nice. We had to change rooms because the odor in ours was dreadful...cooking odors. It took them 4 hours to clean another room, after they kept saying 20 more minutes over and over. Our entrance in the morning to reception in the main building was excellent carried out by a young gentleman whose name, unfortunately I cannot remember. We arrived about 10 am on Sept. 10.
Vacation : A good mix of free time and personal time. The restaurants were grand.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : We had many wonderful adventures on this tour of GB and our tour director, Denise, was great. But the tour guide for the 1/2 day tour London just prior to leaving for the notrh was not so good as he left me even though I arrived back at the bus at the appointed time. How disconcerting.
Vacation : This tour allowed you discretionary time to participate or not in the planned activities. Our guide Tony was excellent and very very helpful when trying to find restaurants and other activities.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Linda Clayton
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Service rating : I was very happy with the trip and I would recommend Grand European to everyone. I will look to book another trip with them.
Vacation : The trip was wonderful. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're thrilled that you had a great vacation and appreciate our staff. This year we will be launching more City Explorers, and we hope to see you again soon!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Steven Layh
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Service rating : Professional, knowledgeable and couldn't be more helpful. My second trip planned and wouldn't hesitate to book again.
Vacation : Great way to spend 8 days in London. Leisurely and loaded with plenty to see.
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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 24 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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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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