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OCTOBER 5 USA / LONDON: Depart from Chicago on your overnight flight to London, England.

OCTOBER 6 LONDON: Arrival in London, meet with your Tour Director and shortly afterwards make your way to the Victoria and Albert Museum for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the V&A Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) in London is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The museum owns the world’s largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being the largest outside Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. This evening, enjoy welcome dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D)

OCTOBER 7 LONDON: Enjoy breakfast before departing on a full-day of sightseeing in London. Your guided tour will include views of London landmarks such as Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The Shard, and others. Visit the Tower of London, where the Beefeaters guard the dazzling Crown Jewels, and where you will gain excellent views of Tower Bridge from the Medieval Palace. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Thames. Visit Westminster Abbey, a must-see and a significant structure in British history. This beautiful gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Complete with paintings, stained glass windows and other religious artefacts, Westminster Abbey owns the most important collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in Britain. Later, return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

OCTOBER 8 LONDON / WINDSOR / OXFORD: Enjoy breakfast. Depart from London and make your way towards Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world, and the Queen’s favorite residence. Subject to opening restrictions, you may see the State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel, and Queen Mary’s Doll’s House. Onward to Oxford, home to England’s oldest university, where you may take a walk through the impressive buildings that are still home to the university’s main ceremonial and educational functions. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, the smallest cathedral in England and the seat of the Bishop of Oxford. It is unique in serving not only as a cathedral but as the chapel of Christ Church College. Afterwards, check in to your hotel in Oxford. (B)

OCTOBER 9 OXFORD / SALISBURY: After breakfast, depart from Oxford and make your way towards Salisbury. Your first stop today will be visit the Bombay Sapphire Distillery. During your self-guided tour, discover the artistry and heritage behind Bombay Sapphire at the state-of-the-art distillery. Enjoy a special cocktail masterclass. Continue to visit Stonehenge, arguably the most famous prehistoric site in Europe, it inspires wonder at the effort it must have taken to drag the enormous stones over the land and erect them in circles. Later, head to Salisbury for overnight. (B)

OCTOBER 10 SALISBURY / BATH / STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Departing from Salisbury you make your way towards the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, often regarded as one of the loveliest cities in all of England. From its beginnings as a Roman camp in the first century AD, Bath developed through troubled centuries to emerge in the 1700′s as a fashionable “spa” resort. Some of England’s best-preserved Georgian architecture is housed here, together with fascinating relics of earlier eras. You will tour the Roman Baths that were discovered in an excellent state of preservation near to Bath Abbey church and see the magnificent Palladian architecture for which the city is renowned (seen at its best in the Circus and the Royal Crescent). Afterwards, depart and continue your journey towards Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house where it is believed he was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. Enjoy a special talk during your visit. Later, check in to your hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. This evening, enjoy dinner in the Royal Shakespeare Company rooftop restaurant. (B/D)

OCTOBER 11 THE COTSWOLDS: After breakfast, depart and travel the short distance to visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife. The beautiful thatched farmhouse was occupied by descendants of the Hathaway family until it’s purchase by the Trust in 1892 and still contains many rare family items of furniture that date back to Anne’s time, including the finely carved, oak Hathaway bed. Afterwards, enjoy the beauty of the Cotswolds, famous for its stone villages, lush pastures, and old-world atmosphere. You will enjoy some free time in the Cotswolds before making your way for a special tour and dinner in Gloucester Brewery. Afterwards, return to Stratford-upon-Avon for overnight. (B/D)

OCTOBER 12 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON / CAMBRIDGE / LONDON: Enjoy breakfast. Depart and make your way towards London. Pause to visit Bletchley Park. Home of the WW2 Codebreakers, was once Britain’s best kept secret and is now a vibrant heritage attraction. Learn how the Codebreakers’ breath-taking achievements helped shorten WWII by up to two years. Continue to Cambridge. See enchanting Cambridge from a different perspective on a chauffeured punting tour. Get a deeper sense of the history of this university town from the knowledgeable guide as you cruise past the Bridge of Sighs, the Wren Library, Kings College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, New Court St. Johns, and Clare Bridge. Steep yourself in 800 years of history. Afterwards, continue to London and check in to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D)

OCTOBER 13 LONDON AT LEISURE: Enjoy a full-day at leisure in London, using your 24-hour London Underground Pass. (B)

OCTOBER 14 LONDON / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to London as you transfer to the airport, where after check-in you will have plenty of time for your last-minute duty-free shopping. Your flight to the US arrives the same day. Have a safe journey! (B)

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 Inclusions

  • Round-trip air from Chicago to London on American Airlines
  • English speaking Tour Director for duration of tour
  • London – 2 nights, 4-Star Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth
  • Oxford – 1 night, 4-Star Mercure Oxford Eastgate
  • Salisbury – 1 night, 4-Star Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel
  • Stratford-upon-Avon – 2 nights, 4-Star Ettington Chase
  • London – 2 nights, 4-Star Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth
  • Full English breakfast daily, including day of arrival
  • 4, three-course dinners
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Full-day London City Tour
  • Tower of London
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Thames
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Oxford
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
  • Self-guided tour of Bombay Sapphire Distillery – including a cocktail masterclass
  • Roman Baths, Bath
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of the Cotswolds
  • Gloucester Brewery
  • Bletchley Park
  • Cambridge Chauffeured Punting Tour
  • 24-hour London Underground Pass
  • Portfolio of documents
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person
  • 24-hour emergency support while in England

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This is a Private Group Journey based on a minimum of 30 participants to operate. Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Departure taxes and fuel surcharges are included. Single supplement is additional $1,460.00. Air inclusive rates are subject to availability and are based on departure from Chicago on American Airlines. Rate includes round-trip economy class airfare, including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees, and the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees. Child/infant discounts are not available, and stopovers are not permitted. Baggage fees may apply; please check with carrier for specific policies. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Above mentioned hotels are subject to change. Cancellations/Changes: Rates are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change, and depend upon the package type. Trip protection is recommended. The applicable Travel Protection Plan will be applied to your purchase. Additional details will be provided on your Itinerary and Travel Protection Plan Voucher travel documents upon purchase. For travelers on offered Escorted Vacations, Golf, or Cruise Vacations, travel protection is provided by Trip Mate Inc. This coverage is designed to protect your travel investment with a full cash refund less the cost of the insurance and cancellation fees for the following covered reasons such as death, sickness, injury or certain other covered reasons. Full description of coverage can be found by visiting http://tripmate.com/wpF421S. The cost of this protection is 9% of the total cost of your trip and must be purchased at time of booking. All claims are to be made to Trip Mate Inc. 1-800-888-7292 or 9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 Plan #: F421S