Day 01: Arrive London
This morning you arrive into London. Upon arrival make your way to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore London. The metro is the best mode of transport. We recommend you buying the Oyster Card, which is available at any of the Underground metro stations. Later in the evening, imagine your favorite songs from the world’s most famous musicals as the perfect accompaniment to the sights of London.
Overnight in London.
Day 02: London
Wake up to breakfast this morning and it’s time for you to discover the city at your own pace by hopping aboard the Hop-on Hop-off bus. The 24 hour ticket allows you to see all of London’s top sights and attractions in a day. Ride the open top double decker bus for one day, hopping on and off at over 50 stops on three different routes located conveniently close to famous landmarks and attractions. The Red route takes in the best of historic London from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge, via Big Ben, the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Blue route also stops off at Harrods and London’s best museums. The Green Link passes through Bloomsbury, passing the British Museum connecting passengers with St. Pancras and Euston stations. You can hop off the bus to explore as often as you wish, and rejoin the tour once you’re ready. Enjoy a daily free walking tour (departing every day at 11am from Trafalgar Square) allowing you to marvel at the majesty and history of London with an introduction to royalty and politics and jump on board a river cruise for a one-way journey from Westminster to Tower of London or reverse.
London Eye (entrance ticket included) – Take a flight on Coca-Cola London Eye, a visually striking structure and the world’s largest cantilever observation wheel. As you ascend over the Thames you will see London’s famous streets, churches, palaces and monuments spread out below in a panoramic scene giving you a new perspective of a great city! On a clear day the views can stretch as far as 25 miles to Windsor Castle. You can also experience the four minute 4D Experience, focusing on the journey of a little girl and her father in London in which they visit the Coca-Cola London Eye and enjoy a spectacular take on the capital. Their experience is brought to life with vibrant 3D images of colourful parties and events inside the Coca-Cola London Eye capsules, dramatic firework displays, a snowfall over the city, revolutionary aerial footage of other iconic landmarks and sophisticated, fun 4D effects.
St. Paul’s Cathedral (entrance ticket included) – Towering high over the City of London, magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral is widely considered to be Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. Enter the Quire and marvel at the beautiful mosaics inside.
Overnight in London.
Day 03: London
Post breakfast this morning take a full day tour to Stratford, Oxford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle.
Walking tour of Oxford – Follow in the footsteps of Oxford’s famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous ‘dreaming spires’ and see the the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest libraries in Europe – on your travels. You’ll be captivated by the unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town.
Entry to Brasenose College – Brasenose College was founded in 1509 by Sir Richard Sutton, a lawyer, and William Smyth, Bishop of Lincoln. Brasenose boasts fairytale architecture and a rolling green lawn. Past students include the writer William Golding and David Cameron, current Prime Minister of the UK.
The Cotswolds – Enjoy views of breath–taking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as we drive through the charming scenery of one of England’s most beautiful regions.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Stratford–Upon–Avon – A market town with a difference, Stratford–upon–Avon is the famous home of arguably the world’s greatest writer, William Shakespeare. Visit the picturesque half–timbered house where the legendary Bard was born to gain fascinating insights into his childhood.
Take a break with a delicious lunch pack that can be enjoyed as you travel, providing more time to explore the attractions.
Warwick Castle – Be part of Britain’s Greatest Medieval Experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall becomes a hive of activity! Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size! Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations. Estimated arrival time back in London is around 6:45pm.
Overnight in London.
Day 04: London – Lake District – London
Day to explore Lake District.
Welcome Arrive at Euston Station at 08.00am and meet the local representative by the Ticket Office who will check you in and escort you to your reserved seats. Train departs at 08.30am arriving at Oxenholme in the Lake District at 11.08am, where your guide will meet you on the platform.
Oxenholme, Lake District and Beatrix Potter
Admire the spectacular views of Lake Windermere, as you make your way through the narrow country lanes that criss–cross this scenic landscape. We stop for a photo opportunity on the shores of Esthwaite Water, where Beatrix Potter penned her famous stories. Next we visit Hill Top*, the home of Beatrix Potter and see the farm and gardens. We continue to the medieval village of Hawkshead with its quaint alleyways. On our way to Coniston Water where we will enjoy a lake cruise, we pass Tarn Hows, a picturesque beauty spot and cross the Yew Tree Valley keeping our eyes open for the local roe deer. On our return to Windermere we have a photo stop at Yew Tree Farm which was the setting for the film, Miss Potter.
Cream Tea at Lindeth Howe – Home of Beatrix Potter
Savour some delicious cream tea in this classic Lakeland country house hotel in Bowness, set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was the home of the Potter family and where Beatrix Potter stayed. Your guide will then escort you back to the train station for your return journey back to London leaving Oxenholme at 6.30pm, arriving at 9.24pm. (Departure times on Saturdays may vary please refer to your welcome pack on the day)
*Hill top is closed on Fri however the gardens and shop are open.
Overnight in London.
Day 05: Depart London
Following breakfast this morning its time for you to make your way to the airport / train station for your onward journey.
All rates are per person in GBP