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Even if you missed the Royal Wedding, rest assured there will be plenty more of the world famous pageantry to indulge in for the British Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. London will be a colourful festival of history and heritage for this once in a lifetime occasion celebrating England’s longest reigning monarch. There will be processions, pageants, concerts, Royal exhibitions and a great atmosphere of celebration so why not start to plan your trip today?
From: 01 Jul 2011 - To: 30 Dec 2013
Upon arrival in the UK, your transfer will take you to your hotel. Once checked in, the remainder of the day is at leisure, giving you time to sample all that London has to offer - why not a lovely stroll through Hyde Park? Self Guided Hyde Park Walk
Get your bearings by taking a tour of the city aboard an open top double decker sightseeing Original Tour bus. Founded over 60 years ago, The Original Tour is now the largest and most popular open-top sightseeing bus operator in the world! You can choose to stay on the bus and take the whole tour or hop on and hop off at your leisure. The Yellow Route tour has a live guide (whereas some buses will only have a pre-recorded audio commentary) and takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes. It passes some of London's most famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street,The London Dungeon, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. Climb aboard the bus at any of the 80+ stops, but to take the complete tour, we recommend you join at The Original London Visitor Centre on Trafalgar Square.
Collect your free cruise pass from a member of The Original Tour staff - you can then present this at either Westminster Pier (Big Ben), Tower of London Pier or Greenwich pier and enjoy river cruising with City Cruises at your leisure for the same 24 hour period that your bus ticket is activated for. Again, you are able to take a circular cruise or hop on and hop off at lesiure - the choice is yours.
Make sure that you don't miss out on your walking tour. The Original Tour ticket allows you to join one of the three walking tours that take place daily - one in the morning, one at lunchtime and one in the afternoon. Each lasts around 90 minutes - The Original Tour team on the sightseeing bus will be delighted to let you have more details or feel free to call in at The Original London Visitor Centre on Trafalgar Square before you start your bus tour experience.
Enjoy an excursion out of London where you will visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath and have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional British pub lunch. The coach will collect you from your hotel and you will be amongst the first visitors to enter Windsor Castle that morning. Perched high above the River Thames just outside of London, Windsor Castle is the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. See for yourself the splendour of St.George's chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them! After our visit to Windsor, we drive through Runnymede, where King John signed the Magna Carta. What better way to enjoy lunch than in a classic country pub? Relax and soak up the charming atmosphere while being served some delicious home cooked food. Why not try the fish and chips? Refreshed after our lunchbreak, we head to Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Final stop for the day is Bath, another world heritage site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our guided tour of the city, there will be plenty of time to shop and explore. Why not head to the Jane Austen centre or enjoy afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the string quartet? The coach will arrive back in London around 20.30hrs and will drop you off back at your hotel where you can relax and look forward to your next exciting day.
Take to the skies and enjoy spectacular views of London from high above. Your fast track entry means that you will take the next available flight on the world's highest observation wheel - The London Eye. During the gradual flight in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules you will be served a glass of Champagne. The London Eye offers spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul 's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Since the year 2000, it has attracted over 34 million visitors and now boasts the first live action, spectacular 4D pre-flight show which offers an exclusive multi-sensory experience (included in your ticket). After your flight why not explore County Hall, visit the London Aquarium, or just enjoy the views across the Thames of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament? Enjoy some time exploring one of London's world renowned museums - The Naural History Museum and the British Museum are of particular note. Look forward to an evening of theatre in the West End. We will book tickets for you to enjoy the stunning Phantom of the Opera musical. You are free to choose a pre- or post- theatre dinner and we will confirm a table reservation for you at a nearby restaurant.
The coach will pick you up from your hotel for your Royal London Morning Tour. Following a coach drive past Big Ben and Parliament Square you will arrive at The Tower of London and be met on the middle drawbridge by your very own Beefeater! Leading you into this world heritage site before it opens to the public, your Beefeater will lead a private guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. You will be part of the first group to see the Crown Jewels that day and will then have the opportunity to enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower? And keep an eye out for the famous ravens! Tradition has it that if the Ravens leave the tower the Monarch will fall! Departing the Tower, the coach will head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queens Foot Guard Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace to military music dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies. (If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace and then visit the Horse Guards Parade). What better way to take in some of London's finest landmarks than on board a river cruise that edges along the Thames! At the end of the cruise, you can stay with the tour and enjoy a pub lunch in Whitehall, close to Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minister. (please note lunch would be at an additional cost and is not included in the tour price). The pub is also close to Westminster Abbey giving the opportunity to take photos after the meal before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.
Day at leisure
Prepare to head home with many great memories of a fantastic trip. Your transfer back to the airport will be booked in line with your return flight times. We would be delighted to assist with arrangements for any additional excursions or experiences if you are fortunate enough to have time to fit in a couple more things on your last day.
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