This morning, you land outside of lively London, the capital of the United Kingdom and one the great cities in the world, surrounded by history and culture and pulsing with the driving rhythm of a great multicultural metropolis. A private driver will collect you at the airport and escort you to your flawless accommodations while in the city, where you can drop of your luggage, recover from jetlag and freshen up a bit before setting out to take in the sights of this incredible conglomeration of humanity.
Start by making your way to the shores of the winding River Thames, where some of the most famous monuments and most beautiful buildings in the country await, from the Gothic edifice and soaring clock tower of the Palace of Westminster to the elegant wheel of the London Eye, and from the iconic towers and supports of the Tower Bridge to the gorgeous green swath of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Walk the reverent nave and discover the memorial-filled chapels of Westminster Abbey, the most important religious building in the United Kingdom, where monarchs have been crowned for more than six centuries and where some of the greatest citizens of the Kingdom and Empire have been laid to rest, from giants of science like Newton and Darwin to the political movers and shakers like William Pitt, from great men of letters like Chaucer and Dickens to the greatest of England’s monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth, King Edward I and King Henry V.
Then continue down the Thames to take in the soaring dome and gorgeous façade of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the magnum opus of Sir Christopher Wren, whose imposing and inspiring frame has dominated the London skyline for more than 400 years. You can discover the many treasures of the sumptuous interior, see the graves of the great heroes of Great Britain buried in the crypt, and scale the steps to the base of the mighty and magnificent dome, where you can cast your eye over the whole of the city. You’ll be sure to spot the Tower of London downriver, as well as the reconstructed Globe Theatre and the famed Tate Modern right across the Thames.