10 Days Southern England – Heart of England Tour Package from $2595/- (Posted on Jun 23 2011)

10 Days Southern England – Heart of England Tour Package from $2595/-


“London was beginning to illuminate herself against the night. Electric lights sizzled and jagged in the main thoroughfares, gas-lamps in the side streets glimmered a canary gold or green.” ~ E.M. Forster

The outpost which would become London first appears in history as a small military storage depot employed by the Romans during their invasion of Britain, which began in A.D. 43. It was ideally located as a trading center with the continent and soon developed into an important port. Today, the world class city of London offers the best of the best, from super chic fashions to famous hotels, opulent royal palaces to ultra stylish bars and spas. We’ve incorporated the best that London has to offer, and added highlights of Southern and Heart of England. You’ll not only experience London, but also Stonehenge, Bath, Shakespeare Country, and Windsor. This tour is perfect for anyone visiting England for the first time.

london bridge

london bridge

Remember, these tours are for individuals, so they can be CUSTOM-DESIGNED just for you!

Day 1 – Departure
Depart from your home destination.
(Airport transfer from your home and/or airfare additional*)

Day 2 – Arrival in London (Heathrow or Gatwick)
The quintessential London transport awaits you as your authentic London black taxicab takes you from the airport into the center of London. After checking in to your 4-star deluxe hotel, the afternoon is yours to rest, or jump right into to London life! This evening, it’s a guided tour of London’s notorious street where the infamous Jack the Ripper** terrorized East London in the late 1800’s.  Hold on to someone close, just in case things do go “bump” in the night! Overnight in London – full English breakfast included.

Day 3 – Classic London
Today, you’re off to the Tower of London. This historic royal palace has been an integral part of British history for nearly 1,000 years. Only at the Tower can you marvel at the breathtaking Crown Jewels, stand on the execution site of three English queens, and hear the myths and legends that make a visit to the Tower ‘a day out to die for’. This evening, it’s a flight on the British Airways London Eye. The London Eye is the world’s tallest observation wheel at 135m high. Located on the banks of the River Thames it offers unrivalled views over London. Overnight in London – full English breakfast included.

Day 4 – A Royal Day
This morning, you’re booked for a guided tour at St. Paul’s Cathedral. A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces. Next, it’s Kensington Palace, one time home of Princess Diana. A Royal residence since 1689, today’s visitors can explore the magnificent State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. This afternoon, take tea as a royal might… Afternoon Tea at The Savoy. Served in the famous Thames Foyer and accompanied by the sounds of the resident pianist, Afternoon Tea consists of a mouth-watering array of sandwiches with a variety of fresh fillings, delicate pastries, teacakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a wide range of distinct blends of tea to choose from, imported by specialist tea suppliers from around the world. This evening, it’s only the best seats in the house for you! You will see a top major theatrical production in London’s famous West End**. Overnight in London – full English breakfast included.

Day 5 – Tussaud’s and Thames
As is implied, today you will visit the famous Madame Tussaud’s, and have a dinner cruise tonight on the Thames. Madame Tussaud’s, Britain’s most visited attraction, is yours to explore during the day. Get up close to your favourite celebrities at this amazing day out meeting stars such as Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and many more, all under one roof. You’ll see The Stardome, a 360-degree show playing The Wonderful World Of Stars. Produced exclusively for Madame Tussauds by Oscar-winning animators Aardman (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run) this fully-fueled experience offers guests a fun-filled take on fame and celebrity as seen through the eyes of inquisitive extra-terrestrials. Expect intense visual effects, quirky Aardman humour and a fitting finale to your exciting visit. So don’t miss out book online now! Tonight, it’s dinner and dancing as you sail down the River Thames on a fantastic dinner cruise with live music and a four-course meal! A perfect end to your time in London. Overnight in London – full English breakfast included.

Day 6 – Bath & Stonehenge
Whether you choose to take the train or drive a car (both are included in tour price), you will drive through beautiful countryside on your way to Bath. After checking in to your 4-star hotel, you’ll join a few others for a tour to Salisbury Plain to see one of Britain’s oldest and most mysterious edifices, Stonehenge. Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain and has attracted visitors from earliest times. It stands as a timeless monument to the people who built it. The Stonehenge that we see today is the final stage and was completed about 3500 years ago. The evening is yours to explore the beautiful and ancient Roman city of Bath. Overnight in Bath – full English breakfast included.

Day 7 – Bath & Stratford-upon-Avon
This morning, you’ll visit what’s known as the best preserved Roman religious spa in the world, the Roman Baths. In Roman times these sources of hot water were something for which there was no natural explanation, so they were considered to be the work of the Gods. This sacred aspect added to their perceived curative powers and Bath was one of several sites in the Roman Empire where natural hot springs became a focus for pilgrimage and curative bathing. Regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries, the Pump Room is a striking neo-classical salon is the place to which hot Spa water is drawn for drinking. The Pump Room contains a number of curiosities, including the Tompion clock, given to the city in 1709 by Thomas Tompion, England’s best known clockmaker. You can also find sedan chairs here. Then, you’re on your way to the home of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. First, check in to your 4-star hotel. The evening is yours to visit one of Stratford’s many quaint pubs, or even take an early evening sail on the Avon, should the mood suit you. Overnight in Stratford – full English breakfast included.

kensington palace garden

kensington palace garden

Day 8 – Shakespeare Country
Shakespeare Country is home to many treasures, including theatres, castles and family attractions – all offering a wealth of things to see and do throughout the year. Stratford-upon-Avon with its river setting and Elizabethan buildings has a good choice of shops and restaurants. Today, you’ll join the “hop-on/hop-off” bus to view all five of the Shakespearean Homes: Mary Arden’s House, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and Nash’s House & New Place. If you haven’t yet had a peaceful sail down the Avon, now would be the ideal time. This evening, you’ll see a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company in one of the Stratford theatres. Bravo! Overnight in Stratford – full English breakfast included.

Day 9 – Wonderful Windsor
This morning, you’re headed to the ancient town of Windsor, just west of London and home away from home for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Check into your elegant town-house hotel overlooking the River Thames (walking distance of Windsor town centre). Then, it’s off to the castle – Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today. Your final evening in England is your to spend just as you like, whether it’s taking a stroll through town centre, having a few pints at a local pub, or an elegant dinner out.

Day 10 – Farewell, England
Your authentic black London taxicab will travel to Windsor to pick you up and take you back to the airport. We hope you’ve enjoyed the land we’ve come to love so dearly. (Airport transfer from your airport to your home and/or airfare additional*)

SUMMARY (What’s Included in Your Tour Price):
Airport Transfers in London to and from Heathrow/Gatwick (add’l fees may apply for Gatwick)
Four-star hotels in all locations (8 nights total)
Full English Breakfast each day

Entrance fees /tickets to:

  • Jack the Ripper (or other**) Tour
  • Tower of London
  • British Airways London Eye Flight
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Kensington Palace
  • Afternoon Tea at The Savoy
  • Tour (via coach) and Entrance Fees for Stonehenge from Bath
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespearean Houses Tour (incl. hop-on/off bus & entrance fees)
  • Windsor Castle

London Theatrical Production
River Thames Dinner Cruise (incl. Dinner & Dancing)
Stratford Theatrical Production
Ground Transport (Train or Car Rental) Days 6-9

Prices from: $2,595.00/per person

* Additional fees apply. Airfare not included in tour price.
** Performances/tours subject to change.
(Days 1 and 10 – airfare not included in tour price)

The above tour is subject to change without notice. E&OA

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Posted by on Jun 23 2011. Filed under England, Europe, London, UK.

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10 Days Southern England – Heart of England Tour Package from $2595/-

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