Today you'll start your adventure to London.
Upon arrival, you'll meet your Tour Manager and head to your hotel.
Today you'll enjoy an open top double-decker bus tour of London! While riding a hop on hop off bus you'll have the freedom to tour the best sites of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, London Bridge and more! You'll enjoy and extraordinary day tour of London on the Hop On Hop Off bus tour, sure to satisfy your every desire. You will soar past such remarkable edifices as Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.
After breakfast, you'll visit the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous fortresses. The Tower of London has been a royal palace, a prison, an armory and even a zoo and it is home to her Majesty's Crown Jewels. The Tower of London has a vast history that includes the executions of two of Henry the VIII's wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, and Sir Walter Raleigh was a prisoner in the Bloody Tower for a time. The ravens that inhabit the White Tower are a special interest since it was foretold that if they were ever to leave, the great Tower of London would crumble and tragedy would befall England.
Then you'll take a tour of the iconic Globe Theatre. The original theater was built in 1599 and burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. The theatre was rebuilt a few years later, but closed again, seemingly for good, in 1642. Tenements were built on the location of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In the late 20th century the Globe was resurrected a few hundred yards from where the original structure once stood. The modernized Elizabethan open air theatre that you'll tour will transport you back in time with the engaging and informative look at the life of William Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote.
Next, you'll visit the London Dungeon. The ultimate thrill-filled journey through London’s murky past, turning 1,000 years of history into 90 minutes of laughs, scares, theatre, shocks, rides, special effects, characters, jokes, mazes and storytelling.
To end the day, you'll get a bird's eye view of London when you take a ride on the London Eye! It's a breathtaking feat of design and engineering where passengers in this monstrous 443 foot tall Ferris wheel can see up to 25 miles in all directions.
This morning, you'll visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's greatest museum of art and design. The collections are unparalleled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures.
Afterwards, you'll visit Camden Market. The moment you step outside the tube station, Camden attacks the senses. Bass thumps from the market stalls' speakers, the scent of street food and incense permeates the air, and goths, punks and tourists shove past, giving the area an unique and intriguing charm. Camden Market actually refers to the microcosm of markets that make up the northern Camden Town area. Each market has a character of its own, from the crafts and curiosities of Camden Lock Village to the Stables Market stalls' proclivity for all things Bohemian. You'll have free time to explore this unique area of the city.
You'll visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Located in Central London, Madame Tussauds is one of London's famous attractions.
Once you finish with dinner, you'll see a show at the West End show in London's theatre district.
Immerse yourself in suspense when you visit Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England that has been shrouded in mystery for thousands of years. It is one of the most famous sites in the world and consists of the remains of a ring of standing stones. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.
You will visit the site of the Ancient Roman Baths and take a self-guided audio tour. Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. You’ll tour the remains of the excavated bath houses built thousands ago by the Romans during their occupation of Britain.
Today you'll visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon. You'll see the house where young William grew up to become the most famous playwright in the world.
You'll explore Magic Alley in Stratford upon Avon where you can buy a handmade numbered wand, some ingredients for your spells or a signed copy of one of the Wizard's Thatch books; you can also grab an original recipe Butter'd Beer or Spiced Pumpkin Milkshake in the Golden Broomstick, as well as wander the corridors of the Enchanted Manor where you'll find outfits worn by members of the Bombay Family, a room full of confiscated magical artifacts from Dr Bombay's travels with Will Shakespeare and of course more history of Wizard's Thatch and the Ministry of Time.
After, you'll visit the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford which is the burial site of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare paid a handsome sum to be interred inside the church. It has been said that he wrote the epitaph that appears on his tombstone which some interpret as a curse for anyone who would dare disturb his final resting place.
At the end of the day, you'll see a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In the morning, you'll enjoy a guided walk through this fascinating city established in the 9th Century and home for over 800 years to many prestigious universities and colleges. You’ll learn about the history of Oxford and it’s university as you walk through the heart of the historic city center. You’ll also learn about the numerous famous authors that lived in Oxford including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. You’ll also see some of the well know “Harry Potter” sites which some of the movie sets were modeled from.
Then you'll visit Oxford Castle, a castle with a prison at its heart. The site has been a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of Her Majesty’s Prison Oxford in 1996. You will learn about the real people and events from the site's turbulent past.
After breakfast, your time in London will come to an end and you'll start your journey back home.
You'll check out of your hotel room.
You'll head to the airport for your return trip home.
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