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Welcome in England! On arrival at London airport, you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Globe Trotter Travel Vouchers-Book at the front desk as you check in. The remainder of the days is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure and form your first impression of England and London.
London - 1° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel you will enjoy a half-day tour of London that includes visits to St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace where you will enjoy the pageantry of the changing of the Guard, and Trafalgar Square. The balance of the day is at leisure.
We suggest you to take optional activities and tour. Ask to one of our Globe Trotter travel agents, they will be very glad to help you.
London - 2° Overnight
Today drive to the Kent, England's oldest county. Your first stop will be the spectacular Leeds Castle a favourite with English Tudor Monarchs before journeying to historic Canterbury to explore the cobbled streets, gate-towers and gardens and the spectacular 12th Century Canterbury Cathedral. From here explore Dover, with its bustling harbour and the imposing Dover Castle sat high upon the famous white cliffs.
Canterbury - 3° Overnight
Explore England's South coast passing through Hastings and visiting the historic landmarks of Battle Abbey and Pevensey Castles. Make a stop in the tradtional Georgian seaside resort of Brighton to admire the grand regency architecture of the Brighton Pavillion before continuing along the coast to Portsmouth brimming with Royal Naval history and home to HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. Round off your day exploring historic Salisbury and the eerie and iconic site at Stonehenge.
Salisbury - 4° Overnight
Travel in to "Cider County" Somerset and to visit Glastonbury and Wells both steeped in Arthurian history and legend with many ties to King Arthur himself. Making your way through sleepy villages to arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath. Spend the afternoon exploring the Georgian Regency architecture such as the Royal Crescent and the ancient Roman history at the city's Roman Baths.
Bath - 5° Overnight
Spend 2 days exploring the beautiful Cotswolds landscapes passing through Cirencester, considered capital of the region, and the eccentrically named villages of Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold. Arrive in the charming, historic Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of the Great Bard William Shakespeare and now home to a myriad of related heritage sites including his birthplace, Hall's Croft, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and his final resting place at Holy Trinity Church. The stunning Warwick Castle is just a short drive north.
Cotswolds, Nr Stratford - 6°/7° Overnights
Make your way north through the Shropshire Hills to Ironbridge near Shrewsbury before arriving in Chester explore the glorious Roman walls, timber facaded, mock Tudor buildings, and excavated Roman Amphitheatre before making the short journey to Liverpool inspiration for the Beatles and crowned European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Chester - 8° Overnight
Take today to explore the English Lake District. Pass sweeping dales, deep valleys and the tranquil lakes making stops in traditional Cumbrian towns such as Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere home to quaint markets, bustling shops and traditional inns. Take long walks, perhaps a boat trip on the lakes and visit attractions at Dove Cottage, Hill Top or Royal Mount to discover why this region inspired artists, poets and authors alike including Turner, Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.
Lake District - 9° Overnight
Head south through Herriott country the beautifully rugged Yorkshire Dales, before arriving in York itself, once the capital of the Roman Empire. Explore the medieval city walls, York's Viking heritage at the Jorvik Centre, the Georgian history at Fairfax House and the famous Shambles, Britain's oldest shopping street where timber fronted shops tilt and lean over the narrow cobbled lane. You can't miss the "must-see" York Minster which dominates the city.
York - 10° Overnight
Returning south visit historic Lincoln along with its castle and cathedral before passing Nottimgham where the legendary Robin Hood once roamed. Make your way to one of England's famous university cities at Oxford or Cambridge, both of which are home to uniquely eccentric, laid-back academic ambience. Don't confuse the two as there is a hitoric, bitter rivalry between the univeristies. Spend your afternoon exploring your chosen stop.
Oxford or Cambridge - 11° Overnight
Nearing London visit one of England's great institutions with a visit to Eton College and museum, school to a host of famous Britons past and present including British Prime Ministers, Princes William and Harry and even James Bond! Then on to Windsor itself to wander the cobbled streets and visit the largest inhabited stronghold in the world, Windsor Castle.
Windsor - 12° Overnight