London & Highclere Castle

East London Tower Bridge

from $1189 Per Person

Starting: 07/09/2015

Through: 12/31/2017

# of Nights: 4

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Day Destination
1 London
2 London Panoramic Tour and Tower of London
3 Day at Leisure
4 Oxford, Bampton & Highclere Castle Tour
5 Depart London

Highlights:

  • 4 Nights at the Grange City Hotel.
  • Room: * Twin room/* Single room, including continental breakfast daily.
  • Panoramic tour of London in a vintage open top bus
  • Cruise on the River Thames
  • Tour of Oxford, Bampton and Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was filmed)
  • All entrance fees and taxes included
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Hotels Description
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is the ideal central London location near numerous attractions including the Houses of Parliament - the London Aquarium and the London Eye. This South Bank hotel features a number of amenities including the Mandara Spa - Elemis and Bliss treatments - a fitness centre with a 15-metre swimming pool - a 24-hour gym - hotel l concierge services - a 24-hour business centre - free Wi-Fi - room service - an on-site restaurant and an Executive Lounge. A hotel designed to make your stay in London memorable.

Highlights:

  • 4 Nights at the Grange City Hotel.
  • Room: * Twin room/* Single room, including continental breakfast daily.
  • Panoramic tour of London in a vintage open top bus
  • Cruise on the River Thames
  • Tour of Oxford, Bampton and Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was filmed)
  • All entrance fees and taxes included
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Day Destination Experience
1 London

Upon arrival in London, transfer to your hotel on your own (not included). Rest of the day will be at leisure.

2 London Panoramic Tour and Tower of London

This morning you will be taken on the grand panoramic tour of London in a vintage open top bus. Pass by iconic landmarks of London; Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Your next stop will be the Tower of London, one of the world’s most famous fortresses which and has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armory and even a zoo. Today, the Tower is home to her majesty’s Crown Jewels and the infamous Beefeaters have the daunting task of guarding them. Enjoy a short river cruise  on the Thames, passing Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before arriving to Westminster Pier. Rejoin the bus and head to Buckingham Palace, the Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen. We shall find a perfect spot to watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (and if this is not taking place you will have the opportunity to take some great photos). Return to your hotel. (B)

3 Day at Leisure

Day at Leisure

4 Oxford, Bampton & Highclere Castle Tour

Your excursion today will be to the University town of Oxford. Approximately an hour away from London, Oxford is situated at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Cherwell. Oxford was founded in the 9th century by Alfred the Great, who created a network of fortified towns and today is best known for its University which was founded in 1167. Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries are just a few of the architectural highlights. We enjoy a unique tour which journeys through the heart of these ancient buildings before allowing free time to explore on your own. Continue to the beautiful market town of Bampton (also called Bampton-in-the Bush), picturesque town used as the location for the Downton Abbey series. You will visit the Church, Matthew Crawley’s mother’s house, the hospital and more. The village is quintessentially British. Continue to Highclere Castle, the real castle that plays the role of Downton Abbey, and where large parts of Downton Abbey were filmed. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent public main hall, the library and sitting rooms in addition to other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Spend some time enjoying the parklands created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who also designed the grounds of Blenheim Palace, or indulge yourself with tea and cake at one of the tea rooms once you have finished touring the Castle. (B)

5 Depart London

Extend your stay or depart for your next travel experience. (B)

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Land Prices Per Person Double Single
Priced From $1189 $1699
*Prices are per person. All sightseeing excursions are based on seat-in-coach tours. Other exclusions may apply.
Please enquire for hotel extensions; theater tickets and other sightseeing excursions.