This Southern England tour highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England. Your tour starts in London with guided sightseeing of the city's must-see attractions, including Big Ben and a visit inside St. Paul's Cathedral. History buffs are sure to be delighted on the visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a town that brings to life what life was like in 16th-century England; mysterious Stonehenge; the fascinating Roman ruins in Bath, once used over 2,000 years ago for bathing and socializing; and Hever Castle, the 13th-century, double-moated castle and childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Enjoy a walking tour of Hampton Court Palace's gardens, with their sparkling fountains and ornamental flower displays. Visit magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta.
Throughout this tour of Southern England, you will be accompanied and guided by local experts who will bring these destinations to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge of southern England’s history, treasures, and secrets. Plus, to give you authentic experiences, Lark Tours has included special adventures, such as tea and scones at The Anchor pub near the ruins of 12th-century Tintern Abbey in the beautiful Wye Valley on the border of England and Wales.
From the vibrant city of London to the relaxing, seaside town of Brighton, this Southern England tour is a vacation of a lifetime!
Day 1 Arrive in London, England
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 London
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, maybe an optional dinner followed by a cruise on the Thames River?
Day 3 London–Hampton Court–Oxford–Stratford–Upon–Avon
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. First, a special visit to admire the ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Your Tour Director will take you on a walk through the breathtaking grounds. Then, drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, and take a stroll in Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon in good time to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.Breakfast
Day 4 Stratford–Upon-Avon–Broadway–Bath
A particularly scenic day. Enjoy vistas of the Cotswold Hills as you travel to the Elizabethan village of Broadway. On to Wales for a drive through the beautiful Wye Valley to the romantic ruins of 12th-century Tintern Abbey. Stop here for [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] TEA and SCONES at The Anchor pub. Cross the 3,240-foot Severn Road Bridge, and in elegant Georgian Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, with time to explore further on your own. This evening, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe.
Day 5 Bath–Stonehenge–Salisbury–Brighton
Today, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE; first, explore the stunning visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. In Salisbury, visit the splendid CATHEDRAL, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta, and enjoy [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] a light LUNCH in the Refectory restaurant. Your overnight is in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton.Breakfast
Day 6 Brighton–Hever Castle–London
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before visiting spectacular HEVER CASTLE, childhood home of Anne Boleyn; a romantic double-moated, 13th-century castle set in four acres of magnificent formal gardens for all seasons, which include Italian, rose, and Tudor gardens as well as a yew maze. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the end of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?
Day 7 London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.Breakfast
The Best of Southern England
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