England Itinerary 2016
DAY ONE || Wednesday, June 1 || London arrival – Stratford-Upon-Avon || Meal & Overnight
Travel to England. Upon arrival to London Heathrow Airport, you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Arriving at William Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon, check in at your hotel and overnight.
DAY TWO || Thursday, June 2 || Overnight at your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon || BL
Stratford-Upon-Avon Walking Tour – PM. Shakespeare Production
Breakfast at your hotel, then join your guide in a walking tour to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps through the ancient streets to see Shakespeare's House (visit), Royal Shakespeare Theatres, River Avon, 15th century timber-framed buildings, Shakespeare's School and more. Hear fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, medieval cures, old-fashioned sayings and history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare. Continue on a visit of the cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife. Then enjoy a two-course lunch before you return to your hotel.
In the evening, Dr. Fleming will guide us as we make our way to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to watch one of Shakespeare's great productions "Hamlet". Return back to your hotel after the performance and overnight in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
DAY THREE || Friday, June 3 || Overnight at your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon || BL
Full day Tour to Warwick Castle
After breakfast at your hotel, travel with your guide to the medieval Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068AD, to see Tussauds waxwork, spine-chilling dungeons and tended gardens. Stop for a two course lunch then head back to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
DAY FOUR || Saturday, June 4 || Overnight in your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon || BLD
Blenheim Palace - Oxford
Breakfast at your hotel. Then join your guide in a half-day tour to visit Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough for over three hundred years. Continue to Oxford (coach only), home to one of the oldest universities in the world, with our very own, Dr. Steven Beebe, communication authority and scholar of C.S. Lewis. Enjoy lunch and dinner before heading back to your hotel.
DAY FIVE || Sunday, June 5 || Overnight in your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon || BL
Stonehenge & Bath
Breakfast at your hotel. Visit famous Stonehenge, a spiritual monument over 5,000 years old. Unlock the mysteries of this architectural and engineering marvel before heading to Bath in time for lunch (2 course lunch included). This beautiful Georgian city houses the famous Roman Baths built nearly 2,000 years ago (entrance ticket included), the Jane Austen Centre, and Bath Abbey, with time to explore all in this beautiful ancient Hamlet.
DAY SIX || Monday, June 6 || Overnight in the Queen’s Gate Hotel || BL
Windsor Castle & London
After breakfast, we drive back to London. On the way, stop and let your guide take you on a tour to visit Windsor Castle, the largest working castle in the world that is still occupied by monarchy. For over 900 years, since William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress here, this has been a royal home and fortress. Enjoy a 2 course lunch before you are transferred to your hotel in London for an overnight.
DAY SEVEN || Tuesday, June 7 || Overnight in the Queen’s Gate Hotel || B
London - AM. Big Bus Tour - PM. Show (TBD) London
Breakfast at your hotel then use your ticket to see the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. In the evening, you will be picked up and transferred to the West End's Theatre to attend a play or a musical. Transfer back to your hotel.
DAY EIGHT || Wednesday, June 8 || Overnight in the Queen’s Gate Hotel || B
London - Kensington Palace, Tower of London & Greenwich Tour - London
Breakfast at your hotel. Then join your guide in a tour to visit London's Kensington Palace, the former royal home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. Make your way through the magnificent King's and Queen's State Apartments and the beautiful Palace Gardens. Proceed to visit the the UNESCO-listed Tower of London. Explore this mighty complex, established in 1066. Check out the White Tower, Traitors' Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536; visit the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels; and see the legendary ravens with a Yeoman Warder `Beefeater'. Continue on to Greenwich, a quaint village area of London just downriver from central London. It is most famous for its maritime history and as home to the Royal Observatory. Located at zero degrees of longitude, all the world's time zones begin here with Greenwich Mean Time. Back to your hotel.
DAY NINE || Thursday, June 9 || Overnight in the Queen’s Gate Hotel || B
London - British Museum &the National Gallery - P.M. Show (TBD)
Breakfast at your hotel then join your guide in a tour by coach to visit the British Museum with millions of artifacts spread over 70 galleries. See mummies from Ancient Egypt, Anglo-Saxon treasures from England and the impressive Parthenon Frieze from the Acropolis of Athens, alongside other captivating relics. Then continue to the National Gallery, the fourth most visited art museum in the world. In the evening, you will be picked up and transferred to the West End's Theater to enjoy a captivating show. Back to your hotel and overnight.
DAY TEN || Friday, June 10 || London – Return/Airport || BD
London - Free day at leisure - PM. Show (TBD)
Breakfast at your hotel. Free day at leisure or consider taking an optional tour. In the afternoon, you will be picked up and transferred to the West End's Theater to attend a show. Then you will be transferred to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. Transfer back to your hotel.
DAY ELEVEN || Saturday, June 11 || London – Return/Airport || B
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your return flight home.
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In the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, this award-winning boutique hotel offers luxury rooms with a plasma TV. It is just 10 minute's walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The comfortable, 4-star bedrooms have thick duvets, tea and coffee facilities, free WiFi and a power shower. All rooms have stylish, modern decor, and each features air conditioning and a fridge.
The Queen’s Gate Hotel
This elegant 19th-century town house is just over a quarter mile from Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park. It features a small gym, spacious bedrooms, and a bar with a patio for snacks and tapas. The stylish bedrooms at The Queens Gate Hotel have been recently refurbished and have air conditioning, large windows, and mini-bars. Each has a chic design, with hardwood floors and an LCD TV. Located on a pleasant London street, The Queens Gate Hotel is about an 8-minute walk from Gloucester Road Tube Station (subway). The Natural History Museum is just under a quarter of a mile away, and the V&A Museum is a short extra walk.