Day 1 – Departure
depart in the evening for your overnight flight to London.
Day 2 – Arrival, London
arrival in London you’ll meet your local Program Leader and head into the
city. After a short break for breakfast
you’ll begin a guided tour of the city.
You’ll see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square,
Piccadilly Circus, London Bridge and more.
After your tour you’ll head to your hotel for check in and a break
before dinner. In the evening you’ll have
dinner and then return to your hotel.
Day 3 – London
morning you’ll take a drive outside of London to Chartwell, the much-loved
Churchill family home and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration
from 1924 until the end of his life.
You’ll have a chance to visit the house, gardens and studio. After your visit you’ll head into central
London for a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. You’ll take a guided tour here and learn
about Shakespeare’s career as a playwright in London. You’ll learn about how and why he became
popular and how his legacy lives on today.
After the tour you’ll take a break for lunch and then continue to the
Tower Bridge and then to the Tower of London. This historic castle on the North
Bank of the Thames River was founded in 1066.
Throughout the centuries it has served as a castle, a prison, an armory,
the Royal Mint and more. Today it is
home to the Crown Jewels. After your
tour you’ll have dinner.
Day 4 – London
morning you’ll have breakfast at your hotel and then head to the Churchill War
Rooms. This is a part of the Imperial
War Museum and will allow you to discover the original cabinet war rooms, the
wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the “Blitz.” You’ll explore the historic
rooms and experience the secret history that lives on underground. Here you
will discover the
stories of those who worked underground as London was being bombed above
them, and then find out more about the life and legacy of Winston Churchill in the
Museum. After your visit you’ll
continue to the Imperial War Museum. The
museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving
Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It
seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the
history of modern war and 'wartime experience'.
The museum is undergoing renovations until the summer of 2014 which may
cause some exhibits to be temporarily closed.
After a break for lunch you’ll head down to the South Bank of the Thames
River for a ride on the famous London Eye.
You’ll see fantastic views of city of London from this 443 foot tall ferris
wheel that is now one of the UK’s most popular attractions. After your ride you’ll have free time before
Day 5 – London to Oxford
morning you’ll check out of your hotel rooms and then head to Warner Brothers
Harry Potter Studio. You’ll have a
chance to go behind the scenes and see the detailed sets, costumes, props and animatronics that went into making the most successful film series of all time. After your visit you’ll continue the drive to
Oxford. This fascinating city
established in the 9th Century and home to many prestigious
universities and colleges for the past 800 years has a multitude of interesting
places to visit. You’ll take an
afternoon tour and learn about the history of Oxford and its university as you
walk through the heart of the historic city center. You’ll 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-known “Harry Potter” sites from which some of the movie sets were
modeled. After your tour you’ll have
some free time before dinner. In the
evening you’ll head to your hotel for check in.
Day 6 – Oxford
you’ll visit Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace was built as a gift to the
First Duke of Marlborough in the early 18th Century to celebrate the
victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. Over the years Dukes made improvements and
the 11th Duke (the current one) committed his life to the
preservation of this great house and it is now a World Heritage site. The most famous member of the family, Sir
Winston Churchill, was born there in 1874.
After your visit you’ll return to Oxford where you’ll visit Oxford
Castle for the “Oxford Castle Unlocked” tour.
You’ll learn about the history of the centuries old prison and how it
operated throughout the ages. After your
tour you’ll have some free time before dinner.
Day 7 – Oxford
morning you’ll drive over to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace and childhood
home of William Shakespeare. Here you’ll
visit and tour the home of Shakespeare.
You’ll also have a chance to visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and
Shakespeare’s burial place. In the
evening you’ll have dinner in Stratford and then see a play at the Royal
Day 8 – Departure
morning you’ll have breakfast, check out of your hotel and then head to the
airport for your return flight home.