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London Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,550 per person
OCT 2022 - APR 2023
London Explorer

Countries Visited

England ...more England

Locations Visited

London, Stonehenge, Windsor, Cotswolds ...more London, Stonehenge, Windsor, Cotswolds
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that marches to its very own vibrant tune – yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers later this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your grand exploration of London.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  2. Day 2 Journey to Prehistoric Stonehenge and Windsor

    Regal traditions and ancient monuments take centre stage today as we embark on a full-day excursion from London. Our first stop sees us delve into the history of the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe – the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. Then enjoy some free time for lunch before visiting Windsor Castle, one of the King's elegant homes, including the superb Georgian State Apartments and St. George's Chapel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  3. Day 3 London Your Way

    Armed with your travel pass, London truly is your oyster. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to make the most of your full day at leisure. Walk through 'The City' exploring the oldest part of London – the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market's ornate façades and the Tower of London, with its grim history and extraordinary royal heritage. Pay tribute to Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square and wander down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837. 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 to admire the towering spires of cathedrals, churches and colleges.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  4. Day 4 Discover Multicultural London

    Ease into London's energetic pace before embarking on an included sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, which features 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 St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Wardens of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  5. Day 5 Experience London’s Markets and Museums Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals

    Saunter past the buzzing stalls of Borough Market, London's most renowned food market which has been feeding locals for centuries. Dive Into Culture and rub shoulders with the locals who buy the best of British produce here. Spend the rest of the day visiting London's extraordinary museums, many of which are free to visit. Use your London travel pass to traverse the length and breadth of the city. Perhaps visit the British Museum, whose global treasures are symbolic of the extent of the Empire in centuries past, or the Imperial War Museum, sharing the story of modern warfare from World War I to today. This evening you'll enjoy dinner and Connect With Locals at an exclusive Be My Guest experience.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  6. Day 6 Explore Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace Dive Into Culture

    Imagine the kings and queens who have glided gracefully up the 13th-century mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey. We’ll have an opportunity to explore this architectural wonder on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Find out why this church lost its cathedral status and pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Later, visit Kensington Palace and Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into the lives of the Royal Family. Tour the Royal Palace, which was once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and now houses the private apartments of her son Prince William and his wife Kate. Indulge in a delicious English cream tea in The Pavillion surrounded by beautiful formal gardens before returning to your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  7. Day 7 Cruise the Thames to Greenwich

    Enjoy one last full day in the lively city streets of London. Consider taking a trip up the Shard – Europe's tallest building, admire England's proud history reflected in its monuments to great men and victories, or see the treasures of the British Library. 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 and toast to your unforgettable week.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  8. Day 8 Cheerio London!

    After breakfast, say a fond farewell to London and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable holiday in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport Transfers to London Airports are available to purchase.

    meals Breakfast
London Explorer Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • London: The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • London: Enjoy a traditional British Be My Guest dinner with locals.

Dive Into Culture

  • London: Forage for the freshest food buys at Britain's most renowned food market - Borough Market.
  • London: Visit Kensington Palace gaining insights into the lives of the Royal Family.

Iconic Experience

  • London: See the iconic Houses of Parliament and Big Ben's clock tower on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Windsor Castle: Visit Windsor Castle, with entrance to the State Apartments and chapel included. On Sundays, St George's Chapel is closed to the public.
  • Westminster Abbey: Admire the architectural details and cultural prominence of Westminster Abbey with a Local Specialist.
  • London: Admire London from the Thames and travel along the river to Greenwich.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore London with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Borough Market and Greenwich
  • : Visit Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, and a choice of fantastic free museums including the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum
  • : View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace
  • : Scenic Cruise on the Thames from the London Eye to Greenwich
  • : Tickets London Oyster Card (Public Transport) pass

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • London: The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Online Booking Process

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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.


Available on Day 2

St Paul's and The Tower of London

At St Paul's, we'll visit the iconic cathedral in Central London whose origins go back more than 1,400 years. Then, 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've died here. You'll also see the world-famous Crown Jewels, still in use by the monarchy today.
Adult Price: £61

Available on Day 3

West End Theatre Show

Take the chance to see a West End theater show, a must-do while in London! For more details, please speak to your Travel Director at the start of your trip.
Adult Price: £50

Available on Day 4

Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon & The Cotswolds

Join us for a full-day tour of the Cotswolds. First, we'll stop at 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 one of Oxford's famous colleges.
Adult Price: £45

Soho Food and Cultural Walking Tour

Come on a unique gastronomic adventure through Soho, one of London's most colorful and interesting boroughs. Get a taste of culture, history and London’s incredible cosmopolitan flavors - including a stroll through Chinatown.
Adult Price: £60

Independent Reviews
Stella Love
Friday, July 29, 2022
Long wait lines for someone to answer the phone. Mostly helpful.
Interesting tours, good food and friendly staff. Well thought-out and flexible.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 27, 2022
Could have informed us our long reserved seat assignments had been cancelled. We just happened to discover that on our own. GET employees could certainly have been more helpful and less rude.
Stephen de Martin and Pino made the trip highly enjoyable. They were witty, charming, kind, concerned and knowledgeable. These two lovely men helped all the Travelers to find common ground, leading to our enjoying each others' company. We all loved them so much, we sang them a song our final evening together. Local experts Nicky and Conrad were delightful as well. The bus was quite good and the trips interesting.
Lindsey Draper
Saturday, January 18, 2020
it was fine mother made all the reservations and from what i know it was very well
the the travel coordinator in London was great as was the local guides/
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 23, 2019
Grand European Torus was wonderful to work with. Rob was the personal I worked with and he went above and beyond to help me. He has so much knowledge as he has traveled so much. We will definitely book through GET again
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate that very much. We will share your feedback with Rob and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
We booked a tour for London tour with Trafalgar and this was our first tour with them. We enjoyed the trip however felt our tour director was really not that knowledgeable or helpful. The local tour guides were great and had so much knowledge
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
All our questions were answered and she was helpful in booking our hotel extra days stay.
There was a lot of sightseeing that was included and plenty of free time to explore on our own. The optional sightseeing was excellent.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 30, 2019
We had no problems booking our tour and our air travel. The London Explorer tour with options keep us on the go, but was worth it. Very nice hotel with great full breakfast included. Ellie Teasdale, our tour guide was exceptiional.
Great included tour, but taking advantage of options was really worth the extra expense. Really nice accomadations for hotel and included meals.
Nancy Harvey
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
very helpful.. answered all question promptly
The travel guide was delightful and very helpful, Ellie provided any and all information that was needed. She helped in any way that she could. Stuart the guide at Westminister Abbey was the best. His sense of humor and knowledge proved he is marvelous at his job.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Booking was easy and the agents are knowledgeable.
It's fun and relaxing. Lots of free time to explore on your own. Tour Director was average and not very attentive.
John Fitzgerald
Monday, May 20, 2019
All was done professionally and well.
Excellent well-located hotel with good optionals (although somewhat misleading as the Cotswolds, for example, were not really toured. Nor was Greenwich. Our young guide was quite inadequate in almost every respect but charm. He gave little advance info, little onsite info, especially Greenwich, led poorly, and, in general, was the worst guide we’ve ever had. Waaay too laid back.
Andrew Ocif
Sunday, May 19, 2019
The original flight was changed on April 2, 2019 to arrive later in London with my approval, however, upon our arrival the agent for Trafalgar was not there. We did hook up with her later and she was unaware that the flight was changed. She did obtain a taxi for us to the hotel. Other than that the trip was great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the misunderstanding and frustration caused by your flight delay. We do communicate all flights changes to our London office, but apologize that this one did not seem to get to the right people. We are happy that you enjoyed London despite the rocky start to the trip.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tour guide was great and went above and beyond to make the vacation a success for us and others.
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