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A leisurely tour that highlights some of the historical monuments and beautiful towns found throughout Southern England. Your vacation starts with a short drive from London to Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. History buffs are sure to be delighted to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and a town that brings 16th-century England to life; mysterious Stonehenge and the Georgian city of Bath. You will also visit magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 and home to the best preserved original Magna Carta. Discover the Isle of Wight with its rich historical heritage and visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home.Throughout this tour of Southern England, your Tour Director will bring these destinations to life with first-hand, in-depth knowledge of their history, treasures, and secrets. Plus, to give you authentic experiences, Globus has included special adventures, such as tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant in Salisbury and Shakespeare's Schoolroom where the Bard was educated and inspired to become a writer.From the vibrant city of London to the relaxing, unspoiled Isle of Wight, this Southern England tour is a vacation of a lifetime!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Walking tour, [LF] visit Shakespeare’s schoolroom; welcome dinner
Visit the picturesque Cotswolds town
Visit this elegant Georgian city
ISLE OF WIGHT
Visit Osborne House
Visit the cathedral; [LF] enjoy tea and pastries in the Refectory restaurant
Visit the prehistoric monument
Headsets throughout the tour except London.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Motorcoach; ferries Lymington-Yarmouth, East Cowes-Southampton. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals & Itinerary
Full English breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Stratford
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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–OXFORD–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. Drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, and enjoy a walking tour through Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. Then, discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Your Tour Director will take you on a stroll ending at SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM. It was here that William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 3 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–COTSWOLD–BATH
A particularly scenic day. Enjoy a lovely, relaxed sightseeing morning through the Cotswolds’ idyllic rolling hills and discover its charming villages. Stop in Tetbury, a historic wool town and architectural gem, before continuing on to elegant Bath, famous for the Roman excavations and its stunning Georgian buildings. You will have time to discover the town on your own and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Later, consider an optional excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe.
Day 4 BATH–ISLE OF WIGHT–SOUTHAMPTON.
Take a short FERRY ride and discover the Isle of Wight, situated off England’s south coast, with unspoiled and spectacular scenery and a rich historical heritage. OSBORNE HOUSE, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, invites you to visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach, and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the fabulous views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. Return by FERRY to the mainland for overnight in Southampton.
Day 5 SOUTHAMPTON–SALISBURY–STONEHENGE–LONDON.
Today, visit the splendid Salisbury CATHEDRAL, the ultimate in Early English Gothic architecture and home to the best-preserved, original Magna Carta. Enjoy TEA and PASTRIES in the Refectory restaurant. Then, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?
Day 6 LONDON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
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“As a Shakespeare's county local, from the stories of Kings, Queens and Heroes to the traditions, the culture and the food of everyday, I will be escorting you on an unforgettable journey across our breathtaking islands. By the end of it you will be as passionate about Britain as I am.”
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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A Taste of London
A traditional dining experience followed by a nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.
Price Range: $$$
A wonderful escorted evening in London's theater district starts with a delicious dinner, followed by excellent seats at your chosen show.
Price Range: $$$$
Excursion to 13th-Century Castle Combe
Few villages are as beautiful as Castle Combe, nestled in a wooded valley and setting for many great period films such as "Dr. Dolittle," "Stardust," and "War Horse". Enjoy the chance to explore before settling in for a traditional pub supper with two drinks of your choice.
Price Range: $$
Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.
For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.
Here's a sample of the additional cost:6 guests in a party: $2,220*18 guests in a party: $326*
Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.
* Supplement pricing is per person (CA) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.
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