Journey to London, the birthplace of modern theater and a global cornerstone of art and culture. You’ll spend your days browsing the ancient relics and priceless art at world famous museums and walking the halls of royal palaces. Your nights will include world class theater performances, where you’ll be dazzled by the lights and bustle of the hottest West End attractions and taken back in time in the historical grandeur of Shakespeare’s globe. You’ll stand a breath away from the royal jewels, stroll along the ancient roman springs at Bath-Spa, and gaze upon the ancient mystery of Stonehenge. Join us for an unforgettable trip to London.
Fly overnight to London, where you will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel. Become better acquainted with your fellow travelers at this evening’s welcome dinner. Your home for the next six nights is well located between London’s high fashion houses, financial powerhouses and the West End’s packed theater houses. The intimate hotel offers a warm and friendly atmosphere along with all the modern amenities. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON. (Meals Aloft; D)
So much to see, so little time, so make haste for today you will tour London and see such sites as Knightsbridge, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. Take in a local eatery on your own before proceeding to the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace to see priceless art from the Royal Collection. Afterward visit the oldest public museum in the world, the august British Museum, which oversees the collection, preservation, and curation of some 8 million objects related to human history and culture. The live artistry of the theater awaits you in the West End this evening. (Actual shows to be selected closer to departure.) DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON. (B)
Prepare to be gobsmacked when you visit The Wallace Collection and its Great Gallery described as “the greatest picture gallery in Europe” which has been recently refurbished at a cost of £5m. Head out for the National Gallery located on the north end of Trafalgar Square. Though the 1838 William Wilkens design was controversial when first proposed, its façade has withstood the tests of time and continues to act as a gateway to some 2,000 works of priceless art. Here you can find works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Rembrandt, and many others. After a brief introduction at both venues, you will be free to discover at your own pace. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON. (B)
Take to the heights of London when you visit the Saint Paul’s Cathedral atop Ludgate Hill, the city’s highest point. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the current cathedral has hosted services since 1697. Stroll across the gleaming London Millennium Footbridge, the first pedestrian bridge to be built over the Thames in a century, to the Tate Modern which picks up where the National Gallery leaves off with art from 1900 on, housed within a brilliantly repurposed Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed oil fired power station. From the minimalist lines of the Tate, transfer to the Tudor of the Globe Theatre, a labor of love, painstakingly reconstructed using building techniques and plans of Shakespeare’s time. Your visit is made complete by attending a performance here this evening. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON. (B)
Travel a short way to the town of Windsor that despite its 1000-year history, is actually a “new” Windsor, Old Windsor lying two miles downstream on the Thames. This ancient town has been the site of royal residence since William the Conqueror, and the vestiges of succeeding dynastic succession is evident in the multi-faceted architectural flourishes of the sprawling Castle, which a guide will elucidate upon. Leave Windsor and carry on to Millbank to visit Tate Britain, which opened in 1897, making it the oldest gallery in the Tate network. Continue your arts tour with a stop at Somerset House built in 1776 to serve as government offices. To say that it is a house is an understatement: It is an impressive neo classical edifice that functions as a major art and cultural center. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon where you have free time before being transferred to the West End to attend your third theater performance. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON. (B)
Today experience the “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” that is Stonehenge. Although Churchill was speaking of Russia, the enduring mystical qualities of the site qualify such a description. Continue to Bath, so named due to the presence of hot springs around which the Romans established a spa sometime around 60 A.D. While here take the “catwalk” to the Fashion Museum featuring clothing from the 18th century on. In the late afternoon return to your lodgings where you are at leisure to do what you wish for the remainder of the day. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON. (B)
Bid farewell to London’s many players and playhouses as you board your flight home today. (B, Meals Aloft)
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