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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy a wonderful day exploring the English countryside on this tour from London. Visit Windsor Castle and historic Runnymede, travel through the beautiful Chiltern Hills, and spend time in the historic towns of Henley and Marlow, where you'll have free time to soak up the quaint atmosphere and enjoy a quintessential countryside experience. In these towns, take strolls along the River Thames, admire swans floating across the water, enjoy a meal and locally crafted beer at a typical English pub, and sip traditional cream tea at a cozy café (own expense). Your guide will provide commentary on the area’s history and culture along the way. Depending on the season, you can also choose to take a boat ride along the Thames River!

Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Day trip from London through the English countryside
  • Learn about the Magna Carta and see the Royal Air Force Memorial in Runnymede
  • Visit Windsor Castle to view the Queen’s most impressive residences, the State Apartments
  • Walk along the Windsor and Eton Heritage Trail or take an optional boat ride along the River Thames (seasonal)
  • Travel through the beautiful countryside of the Chiltern Hills to the lovely towns of Henley and Marlow
  • Enjoy free time to take walks, admire the scenery, and enjoy a meal and drinks at a café or traditional pub (own expense)
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

English Countryside Day Trip from London Including Windsor Castle

Explore the pretty riverside town of Marlow on your tour

Departing from Victoria in central London in the morning, travel west by comfortable minivan to the River Thames at Runnymede, where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. See a number of important monuments here, including the Royal Air Force Memorial.

Continue through Windsor Great Park to the royal town of Windsor, where you'll stop to visit magnificent Windsor Castle. Marvel at one of the Queen’s most impressive residences, the State Apartments, on your guided tour. Depending on the day, you may also see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Otherwise, you can follow your Windsor Castle tour with a self-guided walk down the Windsor and Eton Heritage Trail, or take a boat trip along the Thames River (additional cost; seasonal, runs from April to October).

Hop back in the minivan and continue to the beautiful riverside town of Henley, where you’ll stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant or café (own expense). Enjoy free time to visit historic attractions or take a stroll along the river. Your guide will recommend trying traditional cream tea at a lovely café, or sample some locally produced ale at a nearby pub.

In the afternoon, travel through the lovely villages of the Chiltern Hills on your way to the quiet riverside town of Marlow, home to cozy cafés, traditional pubs, historical hotels and beautiful parks (on some days, you may stop for lunch here instead of Henley). Spend time here seeing the sights and walking along the river to admire swans gliding across the water -- a picturesque scene straight out of a painting. Since Marlow is an important center for the sport of rowing, you may also see rowing crews practicing on the water.

After a relaxed afternoon in England's gorgeous countryside, make your way back to central London, just a short distance away.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful trip.
Very comfortable van. Driver was friendly and informative.
We were so happy that the trip went with only 4 people.
It was a lovely small group. Great value.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2014

First of all let me say our tour guide was fantastic. (Thanks Angie!) She did everything in her power to make our trip special. The problem was Windsor Castle was closed that day. There was a royal function at the castle. These events are not spur of the moment but planned well in advance. Viator should have known this and offered us another option or another comparable tour. We were expecting to tour a beautiful English castle with all it's splendor; what we got was a glorified drive by bus tour.

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