Palaces, Castles, Cathedrals & Gardens - 8 Days

A 8 day trip to UK 
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This vacation gives you the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful Palaces, Castle, Cathedrals and Gardens in the country. Dive into the long and colourful history of England surrounded by stunning architecture and scenery.

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Places Visited 

Buckingham Palace (subject to season), Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Deal Castle, Dover Castle, Walmer Castle, the Royal Mews, Princess Diana's Memorial, Westminster Abbey

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1

Once you have landed in the UK your driver will be waiting to assist you with your luggage before transferring you to your city center hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore your surrounding and take in the sights and sounds of the city.

Day 2

The morning is free to take in the sights including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace which takes place most days at 11am, or you could visit The Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in Europe, as well as being home to many of the carriages and coaches used in official royal occasions. Perhaps you would like to see the lovely St James Park, one of the most visited parks in London. After lunch you would then board a luxury coach to have a "Royal London Tour" with high lights including Kensington Palace, a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the State Apartments (summer months only)as well as seeing many other famous London sights.

Day 3

Today you would have the opportunity to spend some time exploring the city and visiting the sights that are of interest to you. Armed with fast track passes and travel cards you would be able to visit places such as The Tower of London where you can take a tour of this 1000 year old site and visit the Crown Jewels which are on permanent display. Your day could also include a visit to St Paul's Cathedral which is Sir Christopher Wren's master piece and has dominated the London sky line for many years. Another lovely place to visit is Westminster Abbey which has been the venue for many weddings, christenings and funerals of our royal family and leading heads of state. The most recent wedding was that of Prince William and Kate last year.

Day 4

Today the morning would be free for a little more sightseeing or give you the chance to visit some of the famous London stores including Fortnum and Mason's and Harrods. After lunch you would be able to enjoy a luxury coach tour to Windsor Castle and Runnymede. Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of the Queen and you tour would include a visit to the State Apartments and St Georges Chapel. Departing Windsor, you tour continues on to Runnymede where King John met his Barons in 1215 and agreed to seal the Magna Carta which had profound influences on rights and freedoms not only in England but across much of the civilised world. Your tour also gives you the opportunity to see the memorial to John F Kennedy on an acre of land given to America by the people of Britain.

Day 5

A full days sightseeing awaits you today with a sightseeing tour taking you in to Kent, also known as the Garden of England, to see some of the wonderful countryside and historic sights. The journey takes you through Greenwich, home to the famous Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Meridian, before heading to the beautiful Leeds Castle. Set in the middle of a lake and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens you will have the opportunity to see the splendor of the castle before it opens to the public.Once you have see the inside of the castle you then have a chance to explore the grounds before boarding the luxury coach for the journey to Canterbury and the famous Cathedral. The central 'Bell Harry Tower' dates back to 1498, and the crypt to the 11th Century. It is here where your guide will tell the story of the shocking murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170 and there will also be time to explore the narrow streets of Canterbury. You continue your tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent dotted with unusual buildings and quaint little villages to Dover, where you'll see the famous White Cliffs standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the White Cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle still watching over the town 800 years on.

Day 6

Today's sightseeing takes you to visit one of the most famous horticultural sights in the country. Kew Gardens is over 250 years old and is home to the largest collection of living plants found any where in the world. The organisation employs more than 650 scientists and other staff. The living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is the largest in the world, has over 7 million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. The Kew site includes four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures in an internationally significant landscape.

Day 7

Today is your own mini excursion out of the city. Catching the fast rail link train from St Pancras you will head once more into Kent and to the small town of Deal. Deal is a sea side town, once with a busy fishing and mining community, but it has moved along with the times now. Two things that have not are Deal and Walmer Castle. Deal Castle is one of the most impressive of the Device Forts or Henrician Castles built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion from Catholic France and Spain. It is shaped like a Tudor rose, being perfectly symmetrical, with a low, circular keep at its center. In 1708 Walmer Castle took on a new role as the residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Cinque Ports Confederation originated in the 11th century when the five ports of Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich joined forces to provide ships and men for the defense of the coast and protection of cross-channel trade. In return for these services they received substantial local privileges including immunity from all external courts of justice and from national taxation.

Day 8

Departure day. We have arranged a driver to collect you in plenty of time for your check in at the airport. This will normally be about 4 hours before your departure time. If you wish for this to be more then we will arrange a pick up time of your desire.

Price

Price 

Your custom trip package will include accommodations, transportation within the country, guided tours and activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip. 

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