Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Visit the iconic Tower of London to learn about its history as a royal residence, fortress, and famous prison. View the Crown Jewels and the ceremonial guardians of the Tower, the Beefeaters, in their full Tudor-era regalia, and the iconic ravens that tradition says protect the monarchs of England and the Tower. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome drink at your hotel with your group, and then dine together. (D)
Depart for the town of Windsor and enjoy a panoramic tour of this charming town located on the River Thames. Enjoy some free time for exploring before visiting Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen. Built in the 11th century, it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Marvel at its architecture, sumptuously appointed apartments, and extensive art collection. Head back to London for a free evening to enjoy some of the amazing things to do.
Day 3: Stonehenge
Travel to Stonehenge to view one of England's most mysterious landmarks. Created between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, these massive stone monoliths each stand 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weigh approximately 25 tons. Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Proceed on to the town of Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, wonderfully preserved ancient baths located at the site of a natural hot spring. Discover their history from Roman times and importance in Britain through the centuries. Return to London, where your evening is free to enjoy independently.
Explore Oxford on a guided walking tour with your Tour Director, discovering this city and the famed university, founded in the 12th century. Next drive through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, past the charming thatched roof cottages and English gardens nestled along the route as you head to Stratford-upon Avon. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, now a museum exploring The Bard's early years and life in the 16th century. Return to London, where you are free to explore as you wish this evening
Journey to Leeds Castle in Kent, a picturesque castle built on islands formed by the River Len with a history dating back to 857, most of the present day castle was built in the 19 century. Proceed to Canterbury for a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. One of the oldest and most important Christian structures in England, it is famed for its beauty as well as its historic and literary importance. In the evening, gather with your group for a farewell dinner.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner