The experience includes: 4 Nights accommodation at the 5 Star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel & daily  Continental Breakfast Panoramic tour of London in a Vintage open Top Bus Cruise on the River Thames Tour of Oxford, Bampton and Highclere Castle and discover the film location of  the successful series Downton Abbey All entrance fees and taxes are included     Day 1 - London Arrival Arrival in London and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Day 2 – London Panoramic Tour and Tower of London   This morning you will be taken on the grand panoramic tour of London in a vintage open top bus. You will see the most iconic landmarks of London: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. You will enjoy a short river cruise on the Thames and have the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The tour will finish at the Tower of London (your entrance tickets are included). The Tower of London, constructed over 900 years ago by William the Conqueror, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armory and even a zoo. Today the Tower is home to her majesty’s Crown Jewels, on display for visitors to see and the infamous Beefeaters are tasked with the job of guarding them. Return to your hotel, with a five minute walk on your own. (B) Day 3 – London Stonehenge and Bath Tour    Today, you will head to the prehistoric Stonehenge which has been recently re-opened with a new visitor centre. Stonehenge is perhaps one of the most famous and enigmatic prehistoric monument in the world. Begun as a simple earthwork enclosure, it was built in several stages with the unique lintelled stone circle having been erected in the late Neolithic period around 2500 B.C. Stonehenge remained important in the early Bronze Age, when many burial mounds were built nearby. You will continue to Bath where the legend says that Bladud, father of Shakespeare’s King Lear, discovered the springs, later the Celts began their worship here by dedicating the springs to their god, Sul. In the 1st Century the Romans began the development of Bath. During the 18th and 19th centuries Bath became a cultural centre attracting famous writers such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. (B) Day 4 - London Oxford, Bampton & Highclere Castle Tour   Your excursion today will be to the University City of Oxford which is approximately an hour away from London. Oxford is situated at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Cherwell, it was founded in the 9th century by Alfred the Great, who created an impressive network of fortified towns and today is best known for its University which was founded in 1167. Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries are just a few of the architectural highlights. You will enjoy a unique tour which journeys through the heart of these ancient buildings before allowing free time to explore on your own and buy souvenirs. You will continue to the beautiful market town of Bampton  which is also known as  Bampton-in-the Bush. This picturesque town was used as the location for the Downton Abbey series, where many of the village scenes were filmed. You will visit the Church, Matthew Crawley’s mother’s house, the hospital and more. The village is quintessentially British. Continue to Highclere Castle, the real castle that plays the role of Downton Abbey and where most of the exciting scenes of Downton Abbey were filmed. Highclere Castle was built by Sir Charles Berry who also built the houses of Parliament and today it remains as the countryseat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent public main hall, the library and sitting rooms in addition to other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. At the end of the tour, why not spend some time enjoying the parklands created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who also designed the grounds of Blenheim Palace or indulge yourself with tea and cake at one of the tea rooms. (B) Day 5 En route  You can extend your stay or depart for your next travel experience. (B) Breakfast Hotel extensions, Theater tickets, other sightseeing excursions and travel extensions are available. Please contact us for more information.
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London and Downtown Abbey PrideWorld’s Iconic Tour 5 Days
PW invites you to the City of palaces, victories, power, love... Discover the true meaning of London's living and style, the enigmas surrounded in Bath and Stonehenge, the classic world of scholars at Oxford and the Castle of drama and dreams, Downton Abbey. Welcome to City of London and the legendary Highclere Castle.