Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a triple basis. Double rooms: $280 per person.
Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline.
All breakfasts. All dinners. Fish 'n' Chips dinner on Day 6. Dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon on Day 7. Carvery dinner on Day 8.
Services of a specially-trained passports Tour Director throughout.
Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.
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London City Sightseeing: Local guide
Visit to the British Museum
West End Theatre Performance
Excursion to Windsor Castle
West End Theatre Performance
Optional Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge: Tour director-led walking tour in Bath, Visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room
Optional Medieval Banquet at the Beefeater by the Tower
Globe Theatre Workshop
Guided tour of the Globe Theatre and visit to the Globe Theatre Exhibition
Fish 'n' Chips dinner
Excursion to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon with RSC Performance: Visit to Oxford University and one of the colleges, Visits to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company
Optional Ride on the London Eye
You head east, into a short night, and suddenly it's morning, and you're in England. Londontown: the hub and focus for theatergoers worldwide!
Settle into your hotel, then venture into your surroundings. Red, double-decker buses groan along the "wrong" side of the road, escorted by innumerable black taxicabs with engines that sound like sewing machines.
Enjoy a tour of the sights and sounds of the British capital. See such sights as St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Kensington, and Trafalgar Square.
A local guide will accompany your group.
Enjoy a visit to the world's oldest public museum, established in 1753, which has been splendidly renovated and has no admission fee. It houses countless treasures of ancient and modern civilizations, including Oriental ceramics. Sculptures from two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are on display along with the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, an important collection of Roman artifacts, and so much more.
Attend a performance at a West End venue. In London you can find anything you're looking for, from classical drama to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Perhaps a good tear-jerker?
Head to the town of Windsor, the location of royal residences for almost one thousand years, ever since William the Conqueror settled there in 1070.
A visit to Windsor Castle includes the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House (a palace-within-a-palace with functioning lights, running water and Lilliputian-size books written by famous authors of the 1920s) and St. George's Chapel, one of the country's finest churches in the typically English style known as Perpendicular Gothic.
During your stay in London, you may want to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum (free admission), which houses more than 4 million objects spanning 2,000 years and classified by topics too numerous to lists. The Theatre and Performance Gallery alone displays a vast collection of props, costumes and playbills previously exhibited at the former Theatre Museum, as well as documents on rock and pop music.
The London theatre scene is unmatched in Europe, from classical drama to Shakespeare, from whodunnits to musicals. Tonight, enjoy a West End theatre performance.
Plan your free time or consider an optional excursion.
Today's excursion brings you to the elegant city of Bath to admire its Georgian splendor, in particular the beautiful rows of honey-colored stone houses, arranged in graceful curves, that are known as the Royal Crescent and the Circus.
A walking tour will introduce city landmarks, including the 15th-century Abbey and the 18th-century Pulteney Bridge, lined with shops.
Enter the site of the thermal springs that had brought fame, long before their arrival, to the settlement the Romans called Aquae Sulis. The baths and the temple they built around the site of the "Waters of the Goddess Sulis" have endured to our time. Measuring over 900 feet in length, with a width of 350 feet, these baths are among the best examples of Roman architecture in England. A notable addition is the 18th-century Pump Room, which is also included in the visit.
Learn about the origins of this colossal structure erected between 2,000 BC and 1,500 BC. Hear how the immense blocks of stone were transported to this site and speculate about the religious customs of these prehistoric builders, who possessed a sophisticated understanding of arithmetic and astronomy.
This evening, you will attend a Medieval Banquet, served by costumed hosts with Falstaffian good cheer. Revel!
Enjoy some free time this morning.
You will meet and work with real Shakespearean actors and actresses at a Globe Theatre Workshop.
Follow a guide through the Globe Theatre for an inside look at the replica of Shakespeare's "Great Wooden O".
Visit the Globe Theatre Exhibition, which illustrates the history and reconstruction of the round theatre, with materials and techniques used 400 years ago.
Enjoy a real fish 'n' chips dinner tonight.
An excursion today takes you into Shakespeare's countryside.
Images of ornate Gothic spires and professors on bicycles will etch your memory and camera film. A visit is included to one of the colleges, such as Christ Church, where visitors can see the stained-glass window depicting Alice in Wonderland, the charming creation of one of Christ Church's most famous professors, Lewis Carroll.
Visit the main landmarks in Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace, on Henley Street, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the romantic thatched-roof dwelling on the outskirts of town where Shakespeare courted Anne before their marriage in 1582.
Enjoy a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hear it the way he wrote it! Thrills and chills up and down your spine, here in Merry Old England.
Interested travelers may want to take a riverboat to Greenwich to walk along the Prime Meridian. There are museums there as well: the Old Royal Observatory with its display of inventions and instruments that marked the advent of modern science, and the National Maritime Museum with the world's largest exhibit of ship models, naval instruments and maps. Nearby are anchored the clipper ship Cutty Sark (one of the fastest vessels of her time when launched in 1869) and Gipsy Moth IV, the 53-foot ketch which Sir Francis Chichester sailed solo around the world in 1966.
Take a walk down Oxford Street, London's well-known shopping street, renowned for its fashion boutiques and large department stores, such as Selfridges and John Lewis. The flagship store of the Marks and Spencer chain is situated nearby.
Enjoy a ride on one of the world's top ten Ferris wheels, magnificently situated by the River Thames, across from the Houses of Parliament. As it slowly revolves, this "Millennium Wheel" offers unique views of the capital city.
A traditional Carvery Dinner is included tonight. Most commonly found in pubs and hotels, a Carvery is a typical Sunday-style dinner, served any day of the week, with meat sliced to order and sides that usually include gravy and Yorkshire pudding.
With images of your journey still vivid in your mind, race the sun westward aboard your wide-bodied jet. Write down what you remember best. You'll be home before you know it, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.
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