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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
See the best of London and its surrounding areas on this action-packed 5-day tour! With the 5-star Grange Tower Bridge hotel as your base, your trip includes a sightseeing tour by vintage double-decker bus, discovering all the big-name attractions that give London its world-class reputation. Pass Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral; watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace; and visit the UNESCO-listed site of Stonehenge and the spa town of Bath independently. Then, visit sites used in the filming of the TV period drama 'Downton Abbey' including Highclere Castle and Bampton Village.

Highlights

  • 5-day tour of London including a sightseeing tour, independent Stonehenge and Bath tour and a Downton Abbey day trip
  • See top London attractions on a sightseeing tour by vintage double-decker bus such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
  • Glide down the Thames River on a sightseeing cruise and then watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stonehenge circle at leisure
  • Visit locations used in the filming of the hit TV series Downton Abbey including Highclere Castle
  • Enjoy four nights of accommodation in the 5-star Grange Tower hotel

What You Can Expect

5-Day London City Highlights by Vintage Bus and Day Trips to Stonehenge, Bath and 'Downton Abbey' Filming Sites

See filming locations from 'Downton Abbey' including Highclere Castle!

Start your 5-day London tour by checking into the 5-star Grange Tower Hotel in Tower Bridge, your base for four nights in the city. Centrally located for maximum convenience, Grange Tower boasts impressive facilities with a luxurious wellness center called Alaja Spa. Be sure to bring your bathing suit to make the most of its 82-foot (25-meter) swimming pool with steam room and sauna. Ample free time is included so you can enjoy the hotel and its surrounding area in between excursions.

Itinerary

Day 1: London
After checking into your hotel in the afternoon, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. See the sights around Tower Bridge, stroll along the banks of the Thames River or relax in your luxury hotel.

Overnight: 5-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London


Day 2: London (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then meet your guide for an introductory 4-hour sightseeing tour around London — your perfect overview to the city! Hop aboard a beautifully restored vintage double-decker bus and see sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and, of course, Buckingham Palace: home of the Queen. Listen to captivating explanations of each site from your guide.

Learn about the cherished London landmark; Westminster Abbey and its history from your guide . Hear of significant services that have taken place in the beautiful Baroque cathedral, like the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and the wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. Hop off your bus at the Tower of London, used as both a palace and a prison over the years. Stop for a photo outside by the monument and then walk to Tower Pier for a short Thames River sightseeing cruise to Westminster. Pass under London Bridge and see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the way.

See the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Accompanied by drumming from a military band, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march to the palace in their distinctive red tunics and bearskin hats. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, and then spend your evening doing whatever you wish in London.

Overnight: 5-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London


Day 3: London – Stonehenge – Bath (B)
After an early breakfast your guide will collect you from your hotel by coach and then drive west into the Wiltshire countryside. After a journey of roughly an hour and forty-five minutes, arrive at Salisbury Plain where the fascinating UNESCO-listed Stonehenge is located.

Your guide will give you the entrance ticket and you’ll enjoy most of your morning at leisure here. Walk around the intriguing monolithic stones, pondering the mysteries that surround them. How did they get there? Was the circle built as a Pagan shrine or a dynasty’s burial site? An audio guide is available for you to purchase should you wish to hear about Stonehenge’s history while ambling around.

The historic spa town of Bath is a short drive from Stonehenge and the next stop on your tour, where you’ll have time to explore independently and enjoy lunch (own expense). Walk around at leisure, admiring the city center’s Georgian architecture — built from sandy-colored local stone — and perhaps take a stroll across Pulteney Bridge. Alternatively you can visit the Roman Baths or Jane Austen Centre, dedicated to the popular English novelist. All attractions are payable at your own expense. After seeing Bath’s highlights independently, return to London by coach and spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 5-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London

Day 4: London – Oxford – Bampton (Downton Abbey locations) – London (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, depart by coach for the city of Oxford, approximately a 1.5-hour drive away. As you travel, your guide will keep you entertained with stories about this must-visit city, home to the world-famous Oxford University.

The colleges that make up Oxford University represent the city’s architectural highlights, and you’ll explore these during a comprehensive walking tour. Wander through ornate chapels, lavish libraries and spacious halls. Before leaving the city, you’ll have free time to discover its endearing charms independently. Perhaps visit one of its famous ‘Old English’ inns for lunch (own expense) or maybe explore Oxford’s wealth of interesting streets and independent shops.

In the early afternoon, hop back on board your luxury coach and head to the pretty village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See Matthew Crawley's mother's house as well as the hospital from the second series. Learn about how the current villagers' homes are transformed into a post office and pub for the TV show, and explore Bampton Community Archive and other local exhibitions to learn about the village history.

After visiting Bampton, travel south to Highclere Castle in Hampshire. Famous as the filming location for Downton Abbey, the stately castle dates to the Victorian era and is set in the middle of 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of stunning parkland.

With your guide, tour the incredible castle and see rooms frequented by the likes of Lady Mary, Cousin Matthew, Lord Grantham and other characters in the popular period drama. Venture through the magnificent main hall, library and sitting rooms, and learn about the real-life family — the Carnarvons — who have owed the estate since the 17th century.

After your walking tour of Highclere Castle, enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful grounds or relax with a hot drink and cake in the castle's tea rooms (own expense), before returning to London by coach. Your evening is then spent at leisure.

Overnight: 5-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London

Day 5: London (B)
After breakfast, the morning is yours to enjoy freely. Perhaps shop for souvenirs, sightsee independently, or make the most of the hotel’s swimming pool before checking out of your hotel in the afternoon.
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