A leisurely tour that highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England. Your vacation starts with a short drive from London to Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. History buffs are sure to be delighted to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a town that brings 16th-century England to life; mysterious Stonehenge and the Georgian city of Bath. You will also visit magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta. Discover the Isle of Wight with its rich historical heritage and visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home.
Throughout this tour of Southern England, enjoy authentic experiences such as tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant in Salisbury and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom where the Bard was educated and inspired to become a writer.
Then take some time exploring the vibrant city of London
- Round trip airfare to London
- 5 night guided vacation First Class coach tour with individual headsets throughout the tour
- 3 nights hotel London
- Meals: 8 Full buffet breakfasts; 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Stratford
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
OXFORD – Walking tour
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – Walking tour, visit Shakespeare’s schoolroom; welcome dinner
TETBURY – Visit the picturesque Cotswolds town
BATH – Visit this elegant Georgian city
LYMINGTON–YARMOUTH – Ferry crossing
ISLE OF WIGHT – Visit Osborne House
EAST COWES–SOUTHAMPTON – Ferry crossing
SALISBURY – Visit the cathedral; enjoy tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant
STONEHENGE – Visit the prehistoric monument
Book by March 9 and save $200 per person (price reflects savings)
|May 18, 2020||Double Occupancy|
|Vancouver||$2949 + $519 tax|
|Kelowna, Victoria||$3249 + $519 tax|
|Calgary, Edmonton||$3149 + $519 tax|
|Toronto||$3949 + $519 tax|
|Single Supplement||add $1129|
2019 Itinerary (2020 to be confirmed mid September)
Day 2 LONDON–OXFORD–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. Drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, and enjoy a walking tour through Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Then, discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Your Tour Director will take you on a stroll ending at SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM. It was here that William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 3 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–COTSWOLD–BATH
A particularly scenic day. Enjoy a lovely, relaxed sightseeing morning through the Cotswolds’ idyllic rolling hills and discover its charming villages. Stop in Tetbury, a historic wool town and architectural gem, before continuing on to elegant Bath, famous for the Roman excavations and its stunning Georgian buildings. You will have time to discover the town on your own and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Later, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe.
Day 4 BATH–ISLE OF WIGHT–SOUTHAMPTON.
Take a short FERRY ride and discover the Isle of Wight, situated off England’s south coast, with unspoiled and spectacular scenery and a rich historical heritage. OSBORNE HOUSE, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, invites you to visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach, and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the fabulous views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. Return by FERRY to the mainland for overnight in Southampton.
Day 5 SOUTHAMPTON–SALISBURY–STONEHENGE–LONDON.
Today, visit the splendid Salisbury CATHEDRAL, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best-preserved, original Magna Carta. Enjoy TEA and PASTRIES in the Refectory restaurant. Then, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?
Day 6-8 LONDON
Explore London on your own at your own pace
Day 9 LONDON
Transfer back to the airport for your flight home