DAY 1 | Aug. 20. Depart for London, England.
DAY 2 | Aug. 21. London, England
Upon arrival, transfer to Citadines Prestige South Kensington London.
Excursion: Introduction to Kensington and Chelsea. Take a guided orientation walk of the neighborhood around your hotel. You will be in what many consider to be the heart of London. The borough of Kensington and Chelsea is home to the city’s most fashionable restaurants, shops and even royalty. The hotel is just steps from Kensington Palace and Gardens, Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and many other attractions.
Local Flavor: Step into a Kensington pub for lunch. This evening, kick off your London adventure with a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
DAY 3 | Aug. 22. London
Excursion: The City of Westminster. Hop on the Tube this morning and head to Westminster, home to London’s most iconic sites, for a walking tour. See Westminster Abbey, the Jewel Tower and streets lined with beautiful Georgian homes. Tour Westminster Palace, aka the Houses of Parliament.
Local Flavor: Indulge in a most British tradition, afternoon tea, at the Houses of Parliament.
Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at leisure to explore London on your own. Stroll through Hyde Park and listen to the colorful orators at Speaker’s Corner. Explore the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery or Tate Britain. The choices are yours!
DAY 4 | Aug. 23. London
Excursion: The Old Palace Quarter. Return to the City of Westminster today. Take the Tube to Green Park, where you’ll begin a guided walk that takes you by Buckingham Palace, The Mall and St. James’s Palace. Stroll through cobblestone lanes and narrow alleys as you explore 2,000 years of London history.
Independent Exploration: The afternoon is at leisure to explore London on your own. Browse through London’s famous department stores for mementos of your trip, visit Trafalgar Square or get ready for an evening at the theater. Local Flavor: Join your fellow travelers for a drink and conversation in a neighborhood pub. The first drink is included.
DAY 5 | Aug. 24. Oxford
Excursion: Oxford. Travel to the town of Oxford, home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Stroll through the storied campus, and visit Christ Church College.
Educational Focus: English Literature. Trace the development of the English literary tradition.
Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in Oxford. Independent Exploration: Enjoy free time in Oxford before returning to London.
DAY 6 | Aug. 25. London
Educational Focus: Shakespeare. William Shakespeare and the city of London each had a significant impact on the other. Learn the role each played in the development of the other.
Excursion: The City. “The City” refers to a very specific area, the oldest part of London. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London, explore the storied streets of this district. Afterward, tour Shakespeare’s Globe, a faithful reproduction of the original theater.
Local Flavor: Join your fellow travelers for a drink and conversation in a neighborhood pub. The first drink is included.
DAY 7 | Aug. 26. London
Educational Focus: British Explorers. Delve into Britain’s storied history of exploration. Hear the stories of intrepid and curious individuals, such as Sir Francis Drake, Captain James Cook, David Livingstone and others, and how their discoveries not only changed maps, but the world.
Excursion: British Museum. An expert guide takes you through one of the world’s best museums. Marvel at items such as the Book of the Dead, the Rosetta Stone and other fascinating and important items from antiquity.
Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon at leisure. Stroll through The Regent’s Park, visit Churchill’s War Rooms or discover the dark history of the Tower of London. Local Flavor: Enjoy dinner this evening at a restaurant in London.
DAY 8 | Aug. 27. London
Excursion: Law and Order in London. Stroll through the Inns of Court, London’s very traditional community of barristers. Get the scoop on the centuries of history and gossip that developed behind these walls. Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at leisure. Head to Borough Market for lunch and a stroll. Take a ride on the London Eye for a spectacular view of the city.
DAY 9 | Aug. 28. Bath
Excursion: Bath. In the first century, the Romans founded a town around the thermal springs here. Bath transformed into a prosperous medieval wool town, and during the 18th century evolved into an elegant Georgian town with neoclassical Palladian architecture while still maintaining the integrity of its Roman beginnings. See Pulteney Bridge, the Circus, the Royal Crescent and the Roman baths, built around Britain’s only natural hot springs.
Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon at leisure in Bath. Enjoy lunch and a walk through the town on your own.
DAY 10 | Aug. 29. London
Excursion: Magical Mystery Tour. Explore London with a Beatles’ perspective. See Abbey Road Studios, the iconic Abbey Road crosswalk, Carnaby Street and many more landmarks of 1960s’ London. Independent Exploration: Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the department stores and fashionable boutiques of Oxford Street and pick up a few mementos. Looking for more culture? Many of London’s museums are free to enter. Stroll through the Tate Modern for a look at some of the world’s best contemporary art.
DAY 11 | Aug. 30. London
Independent Exploration: Enjoy a full day at leisure. Embark on an adventure of your own design! Visit Hampton Court Palace, home of Henry VIII, for a look at Tudor England, or stop at one of London’s famous hotels for afternoon tea. Another option is to visit Greenwich, where you can stand on the Prime Meridian. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner.
DAY 12 | Aug. 31.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.