7 Days ● 8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
HIGHLIGHTS… Buckingham Palace, Harrods at Christmas, Big Ben, Christmas Markets, Covent Garden, Traditional English Tea, London Theatre, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Westminster Abbey
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2 – 6 Doubletree by Hilton Tower of London , London On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Day 1: Thursday, December 7, 2023 Overnight Flight There’s nothing like London during the holiday season.
Day 2: Friday, December 8, 2023 London, England - Tour Begins Welcome to London at Christmastime, a metropolis filled with light, laughter and the excitement of the holiday season. Whether perusing the city’s many Christmas markets for handmade gifts and colourful decorations or basking in the scent of mulled wine and cinnamon, this will surely be a Christmas you’ll never forget. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Saturday, December 9, 2023 London Join a local expert on a panoramic city tour. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. A Christmastime visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Harrods, the city’s most iconic department store. Find yourself exploring a wonderland of glorious holiday displays and its incredible food hall – a piece of gourmet heaven! This afternoon, you may choose an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, home to Britain’s Kings and Queens for nine centuries. Make your way through the impressive Province Apartments, adorned for the season with an array of festive decorations. (B)
Day 4: Sunday, December 10, 2023 London Set off to explore London’s charming Christmas markets. Peruse the sea of wooden chalets offering a plethora of unique crafts, artisan goods and local treats. You’ll also take in Bond and Oxford streets, known worldwide for their elegant department stores, posh galleries and some of the most stunning Christmas decorations in the city. In Covent Garden, enjoy a traditional English tea complete with delicious finger sandwiches and homemade pastries. Later on, take in one of London’s finest theatre performances. (B, L)
Day 5: Monday, December 11, 2023 London - Oxford - Blenheim Palace - London This morning, travel to the historic city of Oxford, home to the prestigious University of Oxford. Enjoy a leisurely walk to admire the iconic architecture followed by time at leisure to explore the quaint shops filled with handmade crafts and local treats. The festivities continue with a visit to Blenheim Palace, one of England’s most magnificent homes, that shines even brighter at Christmas. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this UNESCO World Heritage site will give you a glimpse into the life of English royalty. (B)
Day 6: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 London Hop on London’s famous Underground, known to locals as “the Tube.” Opened in 1863, this engineering marvel was the world’s first metro system. Travel to Westminster Abbey, the towering Gothic church that has been home to royal coronations and weddings. Take in a guided tour of this historic building before enjoying an afternoon at your leisure to explore the city. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in a traditional English pub, and toast the end of a wonderful tour. (B, D)
Day 7: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 London - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant holiday memories. (B)
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