The experience includes:
4 Nights accommodation at the 5 Star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel & daily Continental
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 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.
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.
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.
You can extend your stay or depart for your next travel experience.
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
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.