After early morning pickup from central London, travel west by air-conditioned coach to nearby Windsor, home to magnificent Windsor Castle.
As you travel, hear how this vast fortress-palace is the world’s oldest occupied castle. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1070, it boasts a long history as a royal residence, and is used today by Queen Elizabeth II as a weekend home and for state occasions.
On arrival, be one of the first to head inside, and explore independently. Walk around the grounds and the State Apartments, with their lavishly furnished chambers and halls, and marvel at stunning St George’s Chapel, the burial place of 10 sovereigns, including Henry VIII.
Depending on the day, and weather permitting, perhaps catch the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard — a centuries-old ceremony that takes place on select days.
Next, travel on to Runnymede, where the Magna Carta, the 13th-century document that was the foundation of modern democracy, was sealed in 1205. Drive by the picturesque site, and then return to London to visit Buckingham Palace, the working headquarters of Queen Elizabeth.
Head inside and take an independent audio tour of the opulent State Rooms, used by the royal family to receive guests on state and public occasions. Learn about the history of the richly gilded rooms as you view the exquisite furnishings and some of the treasures of the Royal Collection that include paintings by Canaletto and Van Dyck, porcelain and other finery.
Since Buckingham Palace plays host to many official royal events, these areas are only open to the public during the summer and tickets are highly sought after, so be sure to book early!
Your trip concludes at the palace after your visit, leaving you free to continue your London sightseeing or return to your hotel as you wish.