LONDON

Option 1: London

(3 days)

Day 1: London

London has a history spanning over two thousand years and boasts a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere that never stops.  Before checking into the hotel, a scenic bus tour will take you past many of the city’s principal sites including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Regent Street, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, and Big Ben.  This evening, head by tube to vibrant Covent Garden and Leicester Square before enjoying a West End play. 

Overnight: Central London
Sites Visited: Bus tour of central London, Covent Garden, West End Play

 

Day 2: London

Located on the banks of the Thames River, the mighty Tower of London was established by William the Conqueror in 1066 and has been the scene of many of Britain’s most dramatic moments.  Used as a palace, prison, royal mint, zoo, and museum, the Tower now houses one of the foremost collections of armour in the world and the Crown Jewels.  Bombed during the First and Second World Wars, the Tower sustained a direct hit during the Blitz in 1940.   Cross the iconic Tower Bridge to the South Bank and walk the short distance to where HMS Belfast is moored.  Originally a Royal Navy Light Cruiser, the Belfast was launched in 1936 and saw heavy action during WW2. Explore the decks and discover stories of life at sea during the war.  This afternoon, visit the Imperial War Museum where collections span the history of Britain and the Commonwealth since WW1.  Recently reopened after a massive redevelopment to celebrate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, the galleries include armaments, vehicles, aircraft, original film, and many important objects like the 140 year old Canadian Red Ensign that was carried by our troops at Vimy Ridge and is the oldest known Canadian flag in existence. 

Overnight: Central London
Sites Visited: Tower of London, London Bridge, HMS Belfast, Imperial War Museum London

 

Day 3:  London

This morning explore one of the wold’s greatest repositories of history and culture: the British Museum.  Important pieces include the Elgin Marbles from the Acropolis in Athens, the Rosetta Stone, important collections of artifacts from ancient Egypt, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and much more. The Churchill War Rooms is the bunker built to shelter Winston Churchill and his government during the Blitz.  Walk through the historic rooms and experience the secret life that happened underground and ensured Britain’s government was able to function despite the constant threat of bombardment. An exhibit is dedicated to the fascinating life and legacy of Winston Churchill, one of the Second World War’s most important figures.  Later, stroll past 10 Downing Street, Horse Guard’s Parade, and into scenic St. James Park before emerging in front of Buckingham Palace.  The rest of the day is at leisure to explore London.

Overnight: London
Sites visited: British Museum, Churchill War Museums

 

*Depending on arrival and departure times (air or rail) , it is possible to condense the above into two full days by dropping the British Museum and HMS Belfast

 

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